Can You Speak Baseball? Best-Selling Author Visits Library on Thursday

first_imgHave you always wanted to learn a new language?Bring the whole family to hear New York Times best-selling author Sally Cook 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue).  Cook will explain the inside language of America’s oldest team sport, baseball.She will conduct a baseball quiz with fun prizes based on her popular new book How to Speak Baseball: An Illustrated Guide to Ballpark Banter. This stylishly designed little book captures the vibrant, frequently fanciful vocabulary that describes the world of baseball. It’s the perfect book for ages 6 to 96.Always wanted to know how a book is made? Sally will then present a short slide show of how the same team that made How to Speak Baseball created their gorgeously illustrated book, Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball, a zany history of America’s favorite pastime.Sally will be available for questions and book signings.Visit Cook’s webpage to learn more.— News release from Don Smedleylast_img read more

Get the Drop on Oktoberfest

first_imgBeer enthusiasts wait all year for the holy grail of brew festivals: Oktoberfest. Germany has been the epicenter of the largest festival in the world for over 200 years celebrating beer, Bavaria, and bratwurst – not necessarily in that order. As the evenings get cooler and the days shorter, you may be reaching for a dark, belly-warming beer over that last Corona more often so now is the time to celebrate. Sure, it’s only the middle of September, but when has that stopped anyone from hosting an Oktoberfest beer party?If you can’t make it to Munich this year, don’t worry; there are plenty of opportunities to imbibe seasonal ales in a town near you. One of the biggest and best is this weekend in Kingsport, Tenn. We named the Kingsport Oktoberfest one of our “50 Best Festivals” in 2012 because of the huge variety of activities including family friendly entertainment, a wiener dog race, and “Das KidZone.” There is also a brat eating contest, cornhole tournament, and Beer University where local brewers discuss the intricacies of craft beer.Another good option, though not officially an Oktoberfest, is the French Broad Fall Fest in Hot Springs, N.C. This fest is a straight up celebration of craft beer and music put on by the same folks as the French Broad River Festival.Hot Springs, N.C.: French Broad Fall FestView Larger MapKingsport, TN: Kingsport OktoberfestView Larger Maplast_img read more

Brand South Africa congratulates Springboks for World Cup 2015 performance

first_img(Image: South African Rugby Union)Johannesburg, Friday 30 October 2015 – Brand South Africa joins South Africans across the country in congratulating the Springboks for placing third in the Rugby World Cup 2015 following their match against Argentina.Brand South Africa’s CEO, Kinsley Makhubela, said, “The Springboks have played with passion and from the heart throughout the World Cup. You carried the South African flag proudly and unwaveringly during this tournament.”“South Africa is proud is your performance, your commitment and your passion. We look forward to welcoming you home,” concluded Mr Makhubela.last_img

Inclusive internet essential to Africa’s growth – Cwele

first_imgThe internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.The main theme of the meeting, held in Durban from 16 to 18 October, is “Inclusive development and the digital transformation of Africa”.”While the internet was first developed in the US, it has become a global resource for the development of all our citizens,” Cwele said.”The African continent believes internet governance should be multilateral and democratic. It should involve all governments and relevant stakeholders – such as academics, NGOs and ICT companies – in their respective roles.“The minister cited the launch of the first African Regional Internet Exchange in Johannesburg three weeks ago by African Union (AU) Commissioner Dr Elham M Ebrahim as an example of internet innovation on the continent.The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGIF) annual meeting has been held every year since 2012. This year’s gathering aims to discuss and finalise African positions on the internet and its governance ahead of the December 2016 Global Internet Governance Forum in Mexico.”We are extremely grateful for your continuing partnership,” Cwele told delegates. This, he said, would “ensure that we build an inclusive continent by rolling out large infrastructure projects that connect Africans to opportunities – and each other”.A robust internet was essential to achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063, Cwele said. This 50-year plan aims to build effective institutions, enhance accountability, strengthen solidarity and integration, ensure gender equality and youth empowerment, and achieve peace and security across the continent.”AU infrastructure projects, particularly those of power and internet connectivity, are crucial for this continent to leapfrog in development to be on a par with the developed world,” he said.Locally, South Africa Connect, the country’s national broadband policy, has been prioritised as part of the Nine Point Plan to reignite growth after the global economic downturn.More than this, the South African government recently finalised the National Integrated ICT White Paper to guide the development of information technology. This was achieved, Cwele said, “after long consultations since 2012, and in line with our vision 2030, the National Development Plan”.The white paper, he said, outlined a policy framework for maintaining an open internet, to maximise the net’s potential to transform how citizens interact with their government, how government delivers services, and how businesses transact.”We need to ensure that the continent is empowered to take advantage of the internet and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Cwele said.”I hope that after three days we will have an action plan that we can take to the Global Internet Governance Forum and show that Africa is ready to do business with the international internet community on an equal footing.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

California voters approve Prop 12

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Election Day California voters approved Proposition 12, an initiative that, starting in 2020, bans the sale of pork and veal from animals raised anywhere in the country in housing the state banned through a 2008 ballot initiative. (In 2010, the California Legislature banned the sale of eggs from hens housed in so-called battery cages regardless of where they are raised.)Prop. 12 also requires egg-laying hens in the state to be cage free. National Pork Producers Council, which strongly opposed it, maintains that the initiative violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause and that it will be costly for farmers and consumers. The organization is supporting federal legislation that would prohibit states from regulating agricultural production practices outside their borders and is backing lawsuits — now pending before the U.S. Supreme Court — filed by attorneys general from nearly two dozen states against California’s egg sales ban and a 2016 Massachusetts ballot measure that banned the sale of eggs, pork and veal from animals raised in housing prohibited by the same measure.last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Bet Big On Yourself

first_imgI am just back from speaking in Las Vegas. Getting to the conference center required a walk through the Casino at Caesar’s Palace. There are two kinds of people you see in a casino.The first group, usually seen playing at night, has set aside some money to gamble during a night out with their friends. They aren’t gambling because they believe they are somehow going to solve their money problems or end up with real wealth (even if some do get carried away).The second kind of people you see in a casino, even during daylight hours, have not set aside money to gamble on a night out on the town with their friends. They’re playing with money they don’t really have, believing that luck will find them and solve their money problems.The people in the first group have bet on themselves and ended up in a position where they have money that they can gamble and lose. The second group of people bet on luck finding them because they don’t believe in themselves enough to place that same bet on their own success.Non-hustlers won’t bet on themselves because they don’t believe that bet is well-placed.They believe they have better odds of being lucky than figuring out how to generate the results they want for themselves.They believe that the chances of winning big in a casino are better than the chances of their following through with their commitment to do the work necessary to succeed.Non-hustlers believe that forces outside of themselves are what determine who you are and what you have.Hustler’s bet big on themselves, knowing that they cannot make a safer bet, nor can they place a bet that pays off at the same level, or over as a long a period of time.The business you talk about starting is a bet on yourself. That course you want to take so you can change careers is a bet on yourself. The time you spend working on your own hustle late at night and early in the morning is a bet that you can build the version of you that comes after this one.Bet big. But make that you bet on the one and only thing worth betting on: You. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

BJP opposes burqa ban demand by Shiv Sena

first_imgAn MP and national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), GVL Narsimha Roa, on Wednesday opposed the demand to ban burqa in public places across the country called by the Shiv Sena, saying there’s “no need for India to ban” burqa.Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, an ally of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), also differed with the Sena’s demand saying not all burqa-clad women are terrorists.”Not all women who wear burqa are terrorists, if they are terrorists their burqa should be removed. It’s a tradition and they have the right to wear it, there shouldn’t be a ban on burqa in India,” Athawale said.However, BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur agreed with the Sena’s demand and said that such decisions have to be taken for national interest.”Some decisions like these have to be taken for national interest. We have to follow the rules during checking at the airport,” she said.The Sena in its mouthpiece Saamna, asked Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi to follow Sri Lanka’s footsteps and ban burqa in public places across India as it poses a threat to national security.It said that the ban – something similar which the party has proposed in the past — “has already come in Ravana’s (Sri) Lanka, when will it be implemented in Ram’s Ayodhya — this is our question to (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi.””This restriction has been recommended as an emergency measure to ensure the security forces do not encounter difficulties in identifying anybody. People wearing face-masks or burqas could pose a threat to national security,” the Sena said in its editorial.advertisementThe Sena also said “no Mahatma Phules or Shahu Maharajs” were born among the Muslims nor were allowed to become, which has worked to the advantage of whimsical elements like Shahabuddin, Azam Khan, Owaisi brothers and Abu Asim Azmi.Shia Waqf Board chairman Wasim Rizvi also opposed the demand saying, “This is an irresponsible and unconstitutional demand . It’s up to the Muslim women whether they want to wear Burqa or not.””This work will require as much daring as a ‘surgical strike.’ The Sri Lankan President had done it by overnight banning burqa or veils or face-covers of any types in all public places. This is a work of great courage and restraint exhibited by (Sri Lanka) President Maithripala Sirisena,” lauded the Sena.It accused that many Muslims have not understood the true meaning of their religion (Islam) and they have confused it with traditions and customs like burqa, polygamy, triple talaq and resistance to family planning, the edit added.”When any voice is raised against these practices, immediately there are cries of ‘Islam is in danger’, and it seems religion takes precedence over nationalism among Muslims. Muslim women have been sporting burqas/veils under the wrong impression that it is a Quranic tenet,” the Sena said.It pointed out that there have been bans on both burqas for women and beards for men even in Muslim countries like Turkey in the past, especially when Kamal Pasha suspected that these were being misused for carrying out anti-national activities, “proving (burqa-beard) are basically not linked with Islam”.The Sena said the country (Sri Lanka) which has just been liberated from the LTTE’s terror is now in the grip of Islamic terror like India, and others like the UK, France, New Zealand.But it lamented that the kind of tough measures being adopted by other countries were still lacking here especially since areas like Jammu and Kashmir were being destroyed by the same Islamic terrorists.(With inputs from Nelanshu Shukla and IANS)READ | Shiv Sena asks PM Modi to ban burqa in IndiaALSO READ | Hindu Sena wants Home Ministry to ban burqa, nikab to prevent terror attacksALSO WATCH | Modi in Ayodhya, Smriti Irani jibe at Priyanka Gandhi, morelast_img read more

21 days ago​Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Tierney performance

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say ​Arsenal boss Emery delighted with Tierney performanceby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is delighted with Kieran Tierney after his return from injury.The summer signing from Celtic backed up his impressive debut last week with another quality display in Thursday’s comfortable win over Standard Liege.Asked about Tierney’s performance, Emery said: “Kieran after his injury is coming back with a good attitude.”He played last week against Nottingham Forest for 80 minutes with a good performance, and tonight was another very good performance.”We are a better competitive team with him and with Sead Kolasinac at left back. We are happy with him.” last_img

4-Star Alabama Commit VanDarius Cowan Makes It Clear He Isn’t Interested In Any Other Schools

first_imgVanDarius Cowan commits to Alabama and poses with Nick Saban.Palm Beach Gardens (FL) defensive end/outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan wants fans to know he’s not considering any other school.After committing to Florida State, Cowan switched his interest to the Crimson Tide, to which he gave a hard commitment in April. With recruits constantly posting their top schools of interest across social media, Cowan took the time to emphasize to ‘Bama fans that he’s not going anywhere else. Here is my Top 4 No order … Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Thanks To Everyone that have recruited me this far— VanDarius Cowan (@vandarius98) July 15, 2016The OLB is ranked at No. 141 on 247Sports’ National Composite Rankings. The site also ranked him as the 23rd-best player in the state of Florida.last_img

Is ChiefsRams A Super Bowl Preview Meh Probably Not

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PHI74PHI73DAL 27, PHI 20-0.5– 20158DEN3✓GNB2DEN 199512OAK4DAL1✓DAL 20076NWE1✓DAL5NWE 199110HOU4WAS1✓WAS NO64NO71NO 51, CIN 14+2.6– Playoff %Playoff % ATL78ATL76CLE 28, ATL 16+0.8– But even if it won’t change the playoff race or give us a sneak peek at Super Bowl LIII, the Rams and Chiefs’ tilt should be fun. And once it’s over, we can look ahead to Week 16’s Saints-Steelers battle for yet another potential Super Bowl preview … that probably won’t contain both conference champs, either.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersYou can check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings in our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times, to track how likely each team is to make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. On top of that, you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game. You’ll be playing for bragging rights, and the chance to climb up our giant leaderboard.Using data from the game, here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: 20155CIN5SEA4CIN CAR70.813.9DET3.63.417.21525 199415SDG4✓SFO2✓SFO 201215NWE1SFO3✓SFO 201015BAL5NOR2BAL 201811KAN2LAR4? PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS DAL25.512.5ATL21.711.323.81535 Less playoff success7856196 TB1.71.5NYG0.20.11.61398 IND56IND52IND 29, JAX 26-5.0– The best matchups of Week 11Week 11 games by ranking of average Elo ratings (using the harmonic mean) plus ranking of total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions 19979NWE4GNB1✓GNB 200017IND4MIN5IND WSH66.412.9HOU70.110.122.91507 GB61GB69GB 31, MIA 12+3.9– 19927KAN4DAL5✓DAL TEN62.517.7IND11.89.827.51506 PIT61PIT57PIT 52, CAR 21-5.4– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 199013BUF3✓PHI5BUF 20177NWE1✓ATL3NWE AFCNFC 199015BUF3✓NYG2✓BUF 19926KAN5PHI3KAN ARI0.10.1OAK<0.1<0.10.11354 One of these teams might be special. The other, not so muchHow each team in a midseason “Super Bowl preview” game fared, on average, by the level it reached in the playoffs. 199714KAN4SFO1KAN 20089TEN2GNB5TEN TB54WSH51WSH 16, TB 3+3.8– 20147DEN1SFO3DEN MIN62.9%±17.5CHI70.1%±17.034.51565 199317HOU4SFO2HOU 199313MIA4DAL1✓MIA KC88KC93KC 26, ARI 14-0.1– Three of the last four midseason Super Bowl previews featured 50 percent of the eventual Super Bowl matchup: New England and Atlanta played at foggy Foxboro in Week 7 last season (itself a Super Bowl rematch), and the Patriots later went to the Super Bowl. Seattle and New England reprised their own earlier Super Bowl matchup in Week 10 of 2016, and the Pats also went to that season’s Super Bowl. And in 2015, the Broncos used a Week 8 win over the Packers as a stepping-stone along their Super Bowl path. The exception in that stretch was Arizona-Cincinnati in Week 11 of 2015 — which sounds like an absurd potential Super Bowl, except that both teams were a combined 15-3 going into the contest, long before an injury to Andy Dalton ruined Cincy’s season.But if one team tends to emerge from these kinds of games on a championship path, the other usually stalls out well before the Super Bowl. Here’s a breakdown of how often each team in our sample of games ends up making each round of the playoffs, depending on how much playoff success they had: 199615DEN1GNB2✓GNB 201610NWE1✓SEA3SEA SeasonWeekTeamElo RkMade SB?TeamElo RkMade SB?Won Show more rowsSource: pro-Football-Reference.com In the grand scope of the NFL universe, having slightly better than a coin-flip’s odds to make the divisional round of the playoffs isn’t too bad an outcome. But for a pair of teams coming into a midseason game with Super Bowl aspirations, it is striking how rare it is for both to ultimately make significant playoff runs. Instead, one usually is left behind along the road to the championship. And, in case you were wondering, the winner of the Super Bowl preview advanced deeper into the postseason just 60 percent of the time, so it’s tough to say which team will be which, regardless of who wins the “preview.”Either way, this Rams-Chiefs game will treat the fans to some points. The over-under on the game is 63½ points — one of the highest point totals in NFL history. And according to our matchup quality metric (determined by the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game), this is also the best game of the entire NFL season so far. The only factor holding this particular Super Bowl preview back might be game importance — i.e., how likely it is to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs. Both teams have all but clinched playoff spots, so K.C.-L.A. drops to sixth place among Week 11 games once we account for a mix of matchup importance and quality: 199116KAN5SFO3SFO 199513KAN3DAL1✓DAL LAR69LAR74LAR 36, SEA 31+1.1– More playoff success100%97%75%58% Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 10Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 10 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. CIN34.217.2BAL24.413.230.41511 KC99.90.1LAR>99.9<0.10.11661 There’s a new team atop FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo rankings this week, and it’s the one we discussed in this space last time around — the red-hot New Orleans Saints. Fresh off an impressive victory over the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans turned around and walloped the Bengals 51-14 in Cincinnati. Based on how they’ve been playing recently, there’s no team more deserving of the No. 1 slot than Dem Saints.However, New Orleans is also the fourth different team to hold the top spot in Elo so far this year, joining the Patriots, Eagles and Chiefs. That’s tied for the most handoffs of the No. 1 spot through Week 10 of a season since 2002 (when five separate teams held No. 1 to that point in the schedule). So we still don’t have a great sense of who exactly will be meeting up in Atlanta in February. In fact, there’s still a decent chance it might just be the two teams that are scheduled this week for an epic Monday Night Football clash — the Chiefs and Rams.Both teams sport 9-1 records, and they have similar strengths and weaknesses. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) metric, the Chiefs rank second in the league on offense and 19th on defense; the Rams rank third in offense and 14th on defense. K.C. is led by a couple of 23-year-olds: quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who leads the NFL in passing yards, and running back Kareem Hunt, who ranks fourth in rushing. L.A.’s pair are both 24: QB Jared Goff (second in passing yards) and RB Todd Gurley (first in rushing).A nationally televised matchup between two exciting, young, star-studded teams in opposite conferences is sure to have a Super Bowl feel to it. And our model does give the Chiefs the AFC’s best odds of winning the Super Bowl, while considering the Rams to be the NFC’s second-most likely winner (behind New Orleans). But it also bears remembering that prospective “Super Bowl previews” on the midseason calendar usually don’t predict the actual Super Bowl very well (though they do often come close).To gather a sample of similarly huge AFC-NFC showdowns from seasons past, I filtered our database of games for ones that:Happened in Week 5 of a season or later (to give Elo time to “catch up” with how good each team is).Featured two Top 5 NFL teams at the moment of the game, according to Elo.Matched up teams from opposite conferences.Going back to the start of the current NFL playoff format in 1990, there have been 36 regular-season games that could have been considered Super Bowl previews, according to the rules laid out above. Of those, only two — Bills-Giants in December 1990 and 49ers-Chargers in December 1994 — ended up actually foreshadowing the Super Bowl to come. (The Giants flipped their regular-season loss on its head, while the 49ers obliterated the Chargers both times.)There have been plenty more regular-season games where the eventual Super Bowl combatants met months beforehand — think Patriots-Rams in 2001 or Giants-Patriots in 2007. But few were hyping those as potential Super Bowl previews at the time (even if coaches had their occasional premonitions about meeting up in the postseason). And on the flip side, when it comes to games highlighted for their Super Bowl potential, the exact matchup often finds a way to get derailed over the remainder of the season.Of those 36 regular-season matchups in our data-set, 23 did contain at least one of the eventual conference champions — so the odds aren’t bad that either K.C. or L.A. will make their way to Atlanta on Feb. 3. LAC76LAC82LAC 20, OAK 6+1.2– Share of teams reaching round 20015BAL1GNB4GNB Team that had …Wild CardDivisionalConf. ChampSuper Bowl NE63NE74TEN 34, NE 10-16.6– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN 199517PIT4✓GNB5GNB 20035IND5TAM1IND PIT92.35.8JAX2.52.38.01547 PHI26.49.2NO98.51.610.81634 20049PIT4PHI1✓PIT LAC91.95.8DEN1.41.77.51519 Another week, another loss for the readers against Elo, which now has beaten the field in nine of 10 weeks so far this season. This time, it was the Patriots’ surprising road loss to the Tennessee Titans that ended up costing readers the whole week — on average, they lost 16.6 points in that matchup, in a week where they lost by 12.5 total points. However, even though the readers have followed up their lone win of the season in Week 7 with three more losses in a row, they are getting better: In the season’s first six weeks, they lost by an average of 38.9 points per week; over the past three weeks, they’ve only lost by an average of 8.6 points.Among those readers who aren’t mired in a losing streak, congrats to David Ryborz, who topped all identified users in Week 10 with 148.6 points, and to Brian Hake, who continues to lead the season-long leaderboard with 808.4 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 19998DEN5MIN2MIN A brief history of regular-season “Super Bowl previews”NFL games after Week 4 in which both teams ranked among the Top 5 in FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings and were in opposite conferences, since 1990 199716DEN3✓SFO2SFO Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 20136NWE2NOR5NWE 200612NWE3CHI5✓NWE CHI65CHI67CHI 34, DET 22-0.1– 20026NWE4GNB5GNB NYJ63NYJ64BUF 41, NYJ 10-2.9– GB23.113.0SEA29.112.725.61515 200912NWE3NOR2✓NOR SF67%SF62%NYG 27, SF 23+4.7– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality 20088PIT3✓NYG4NYG 201511CIN4ARI3ARI read more

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