Another $150,000 for Passivhaus

first_imgCabinets are expected to cost an additional $22,000, to go along with $10,000 to make it universally accessible, and almost $16,000 to change the site to behind the current fire hall. Senior management also made the decision to build it to certify with German Passivhaus Standards, which brings a $44,000 price tag, plus the additional cost of specific “certified” building material. “We could have built it without the certification, but built it Passivhaus-like, but really because it’s a demonstration project, we really lose a lot of status that comes with it if you don’t go for the full certification to prove that you can do it in Fort St. John,” argues Hunter. In addition to all that, some of the costs like excavation and crane fees that were already approved were higher than expected, to the tune of over $22,000. All together, based on the original scope of the project, it is approximately $40,000 over budget, and the completed project cost with the extra work is expected to be $490,000. Despite that, it’s believed the house will still achieve council’s goal of having it cost no more per square foot than a standard house in Fort St. John. Advertisement “When you build this house this far north, there’s lessons that you learn,” admits Ackerman. “We believe that we have built a good example of how it will work.” Once finished, the Passivhaus would be the most northern in Canada, matched worldwide only by one in Finland. $300,000 was originally included in the 2013 Capital Budget, and the additional $150,000 will come from the Fair Share Reserve. Council only decided in late April that the house will be used as a temporary living area and recruitment incentive for new employees for the first year, and be turned into a single family home. “In order for us to encourage others who are building homes and developers to take this route, to get the real return on the investment, to see what that’s going to be, you need to have a family living in there,” maintains Mayor Lori Ackerman. – Advertisement -However, City Manager Dianne Hunter explains that meant the addition of work like cabinets, appliances, and furniture to the original plan. “Once council made the decision that we would like to put a family in there, and monitor its energy consumption,” she says, “then of course we realized we needed to put a kitchen in there, and then finish it and bring it up to occupancy permit stage.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Timo Meier makes his country proud in Sharks win

first_imgSAN JOSE — Kevin Labanc celebrated his 200th NHL game the right way: scoring an overtime winner that propelled the Sharks into first place in the Western Conference.By completing their four-game homestand with a perfect record, the Sharks leapfrogged the Calgary Flames in the Pacific Division standings, erasing a seven-point deficit in just nine days. In the process, Joe Thornton moved into a tie with Stan Mikita for 14th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list by potting his 1,467th career …last_img read more

Will Darwinian Law Protect the Unfit?

first_imgFor the soccer moms, sports fans and teen girls with cell phones glued to their ears who think Darwinism is just an egghead scientific thing, a press release from Vanderbilt University connects evolutionary ideas to legal policies that could affect individual finances, private property rights, political correctness, social conventions, use of resources and public safety.    Scholars from Vanderbilt and Yale argue that understanding the biological foundation of human behavior (i.e., human evolution) is critical to improving laws, yet they seem a tinge apologetic about past abuses.  Owen Jones and Timothy Goldsmith, publishing in the March issue of the Columbia Law Review, deny that “acknowledging biological causes of behavior somehow denigrates human free will or minimizes the importance of social and cultural conditions,” the article states.  Jones and Goldsmith also assure readers that proper understanding of biological causes can prevent misunderstandings and fear in the public mind:“It may follow from demonstrably false dichotomies, such as ‘nature versus nurture,’ taking misleading hold in the public mind,” he [Jones] said.  “It may also follow from a variety of misunderstandings about how genes, environments and evolutionary processes interact with implications for behavior.  And it certainly has something to do with fears about what the political implications – for racism, sexism, genetic determinism and other evils – might be, based on the use or misuse of biological information.”   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Apparently the authors refer to the old Social Darwinism that simply ranked people as fit or unfit.  The new “evolutionary analysis in law” (a term coined by Jones in 1995), however, seeks only “to help inform the fields of law, economics and other social sciences with the latest scientific findings about human behavior.”  In what areas might “the biology of thinking” (e.g., behavioral biology, neurology, cognitive psychology) inform the law?  The article gives these examples:Such an approach might enhance understanding why some penalties are more effective than others, how people make choices in areas such as environmental protection and retirement savings, and what the underlying causes of aggression are and how they help explain why young men are sometimes willing – even in the face of the severest penalties – to kill in reaction to threats to their status.How could this evolutionary biological analysis affect lawmaking?In the article, Jones and Goldsmith explore how an understanding of current behavioral biology research could improve the effectiveness of laws by – among other things – identifying behavior patterns that would be useful to understand when developing laws; revealing conflicts that exist between innate human behavior and public policy written to regulate that behavior; improving the cost-benefit analyses that are often used in developing laws; exposing unwarranted assumptions; assessing the effectiveness of legal strategies; and outlining deep patterns [i.e., biological patterns from evolutionary history] in the legal architecture.The Dean of Academic Affairs at Vanderbilt is pleased that this paper, published in a prestigious journal, “indicates that the field of law and behavioral biology has momentum in legal scholarship.”  Though it is a “small but growing field,” evolutionary law will probably get a boost from this paper, and will foster “greater synthesis of life science and social science perspectives.”  Owen Jones has joint appointments in Vanderbilt’s law school and biology departments.  He founded the Society for Evolutionary Analysis in Law in 1997. Be afraid – be very afraid – when the Darwin Party writes the law.  Why?  Because they are biological determinists, moral relativists and elitists.  They do not believe that morals or responsibility exist except as phantom artifacts of mutations and natural selection acting over millions of years.  Jones and Goldsmith spout enough placating words to sound harmless, as if they have the best of intentions to merely prevent social evils (please define evil in evolutionary terms) like racism and sexism.  They just want to help the law be more effective, right?  But look down the road if consistent Darwinian theory were to be applied to the very areas they listed:Effective penalties:  effective for whom?  The communists were experts in the development of “effective” penalties.  If the penal code becomes oriented for effectiveness instead of justice, be very, very afraid, because effectiveness becomes defined in terms of the goals of the ones in power, rather in terms of intrinsic right or wrong, justice, and mercy.  Such terms are undefined in the Darwin Dictionary.  Brainwashing and psychology can be very “effective.”  And what is a penalty, if not a deserved punishment for a sin?  It becomes a tool in the hands of a Pavlov, a force an elitist wields to elicit the response he wants from the human dog.  One of the scariest parts of the novel 1984 by George Orwell was when the inquisitor was able to get Winston, under torture, to lie about how many fingers he was holding up: and not just to lie, but to believe the lie.  Truth became whatever the powermonger wanted it to be.  By contrast, American law and English common law were built on the assumptions of natural rights from our Creator, and the existence of truth and absolute moral standards derived from the Judeo-Christian scriptures.Environmental protection:  It is undeniable that evolutionary biologists, who are 100% Democrats (see 12/02/2004 entry), tend to view man as the villain in the ecology.  People will get the shaft in evolutionary law if the Elite Oligarchy, based on input from the Darwin Party soothsayers, determines that a certain gnat needs protection.Retirement savings:  Here, the Darwinists view human vagaries between the desire for immediate gratification vs. long term planning as evolutionary artifacts of ape in our ancestry.  Since people are unwitting subjects of the evolutionary forces of the jungle, they cannot be expected to make sound choices on their own; they need the Elitists to help them.  And you thought that evolutionary theory had nothing to do with the current debate over Social Security.Causes of aggression:  Carl Sagan used to talk about human tendencies toward aggression and territoriality as stemming from the “reptilian” part of our brain, another throwback to Haeckel’s recapitulation theory (see 03/08/2005 entry).  Darwinists cannot fathom a concept such as righteous anger or an axis of evil because these moral judgments are disallowed from “biological thinking” by definition.  Aggression is just a biological observation with no moral overtones, no different than a dog barking or a lizard hissing when threatened.  Humans are incapable of having moral motivations for aggression or for resistance to aggression, because such categories do not exist.  What happens in this line of reasoning?  It’s all about power, not about right and wrong.  The Darwinian Soothsayers tell the Elitist Oligarchy how mysterious Charlie Forces can help them win in the international pecking order, and what drugs to give the aggressive inmate to calm him down so that he is easier to control.  Being in control – that is the new righteousness.  It separates the elitists from the pawns.Murder:  To a Darwinist, young men full of testosterone and ape in their brains are incapable of thinking rationally or make responsible choices.  So on the one hand, we cannot penalize them when they do what their biology makes them do (see 03/08/2005 entry again), and on the other hand, for the convenience of society, it might become necessary to sedate troublemakers to keep them compliant. Owen Jones looks like a gentleman in his suit and tie, a calm and erudite man of peace, but his ideas are deadly and fallacious: fallacious, because if he just looked in the mirror he would see biology so complex just in his eyes that defy evolutionary explanation; deadly, because it is the utter absence of moral categories that makes “Evolutionary Analysis in Law” a prospect more fearful than communist psychopolitics.  Such beliefs feed right into an elitist mindset.If Jones were right that we were just evolutionary products from an animal past, we would have to live with that eventuality and make the best of it.  But he isn’t right and he could not be right.  For proof he isn’t right, look at nearly five years of reporting from of the scientific literature right here in these pages – there is hardly any category of evidence, from fossils to genes, that does not challenge evolutionary theory at every level.  And he could not be right, because his arguments are self-refuting.  If mind and intellect are products of mutations acting on molecules, then truth and values have no ultimate validity.  It is therefore disingenuous for Jones to use words with moral connotations (like evil, false, misleading, misuse, improve, effective) or even to make truth claims about what exists.  He cannot escape the Judeo-Christian assumptions that we live in a rational universe, and that as souls possessing the divine image, we can make use of universal laws of logic to discuss issues on an intellectual and moral level.  Even evolutionists act as if truth matters and has eternal validity, external to our transient biology; otherwise, they could not even claim evolution is true.    Does a creation basis rule out all behavioral study and consideration of human biological influences when devising law?  Of course not; if God created man as an eternal soul inhabiting an animal-like body, coexisting with other animals in the same world, it is to be expected that we will share certain behavioral attributes with animals, such as fight vs. flight responses (notice how adrenaline kicks in), imitation, fear, mob psychology, authority and submission, sexual and food desires, and other behaviors influenced by hormones and other biological factors.  Evolutionary reductionism focuses on the biology but ignores the reality of the soul, which is able to make a man or woman subjugate the biological urges and contemplate truth, good, beauty, purpose and destiny.  Humans are unique among physical inhabitants of earth: we communicate in language, we think abstract thoughts, we exercise true altruism (see 03/16/2005 entry), we use logic, and we contemplate our place in the grand scheme of things.  These distinctively human activities are all mediated through and modulated by our bodily faculties.    Creation-based law can and should take biological influences under consideration; Solomon, for example, remarked that no one despises a thief who steals bread because he is hungry.  But only humans make laws, and most laws presuppose that the moral categories of right and wrong are self-existent, not biologically determined.  “We hold these truths to be self-evident,” the American founders wrote, “that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  And to the protection of these rights they pledged their biology, their retirement savings, and (something evolutionists cannot fathom) their sacred honor.Jones and Goldsmith would probably denounce, in the most vociferous terms, any association with Nazi and Stalinist ideologies or the nightmare scenarios of 1984.  But where is any essential difference in foundational concepts?  The worst mass murderers of the 20th century believed that the law needed to be informed not by absolute standards of right and wrong, but by evolutionary thinking.  These modern intellectuals, looking innocent in their academic gowns, might want to distance themselves from the atrocities committed under those regimes, but since the evolutionary assumptions are the same, they must be held accountable to what new horrors would follow from application of their misguided counsel.    The law needs evolution like a shopping mall needs a terrorist.  Before the bloodbaths of communism and Nazism stained the 20th century as the worst mass-murder period in history, Christian scholar J. Gresham Machen warned of the deadly fallout of bad ideas, and advised thinking men of their priorities: “What is today a matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires,” he said.  “In that second stage, it has gone too far to be combatted; the time to stop it was when it was still a matter of impassionate debate” (Christianity and Culture, 1912, italics added).To make an effective impassioned debate against evolutionary lawyers, one must be informed and skilled in strategic argumentation.  Sadly, many well-meaning creationists enter the fray naked and unarmed in both knowledge and tactics.  Evolutionists dismiss religious based arguments out of hand; such approaches put them into patronizing mode.  They need to be knocked off their paper ivory towers.  Challenge them, instead, with the scientific fallacies evolutionary theory and the logical fallacies of evolutionary philosophy: i.e., don’t let them make truth claims or give advice inconsistent with their own assumptions, or let them get away with borrowing Judeo-Christian values and terms.  Challenge also their attempts to exempt themselves from the consequences of their own worldview.  They are not allowed to act as intellectuals detached from the rest of the pawns of evolutionary forces.  Such tactics trip them up in their own nets, turn their bluffing arguments into hot air, and make them fall on their own sword.  Learn the art and science of intellectual engagement: master the Baloney Detector and keep up to date on the news right here.If you want to take part in the most impassioned debate of our time – if you want a cause worth fighting for – now, before the armies march, before the empires are pulled down, is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their worldview.  Let Creation-Evolution Headlines be part of your daily basic training, and help recruit others.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Tips for Making High-Quality Small-Budget Video Tutorials

first_imgWorking on a small budget with minimal workspace? Boost the quality of your video tutorials with these helpful tips and tricks for your home studio.I’ve been creating video tutorials for several years now. I’ve produced them on the road, in tiny apartments, and almost always as a lone wolf. As a result, I’ve picked up a lot of knowledge along the way. Today, I want to share some of my favorite advice with you. These tips are aimed at you folks getting started making tutorials — the ones working from home, on a limited budget. These tricks will help keep your production quality high, while working on a small budget with minimal space.  LightingFor a while, I was using a few big soft boxes to keep my lighting consistent, but now I’m a stay-at-home dad with an eight month-old baby who’s just learning how to crawl. So, it’s quite dangerous to have light stands around. Also, constantly setting these up and breaking them down every day is not practical. So, what are some other options for lighting? As I’m sure you’ve heard in plenty of other tutorials, using natural light is always great. In fact, my setups almost always involve using 90 percent natural light. The downside to working with window light is that it will constantly change, and you can only shoot at particular times of day. Also, you might not have a window — or live in Alaska. As an alternative, I suggest purchasing a few small LED lights from Aputure. These wonderful little lights are bicolor, dimmable, and they don’t get too hot. These are perfect for my situation because I don’t have to put them on a light stand and plug them in — they’re very small and run on batteries. I often place one on my desk and use it as a fill light, bouncing it off the wall. Both the F7 and MX are budget-friendly, and you can use both in any situation — as a key, fill, or backlight. I can even throw one in the background as an accent light.BackgroundIf you’re working in a small or shared living space, you might not have the option to set up a custom background for your shot. This can lead to revealing personal areas of your living space, including personal items. When I’m watching someone on camera, I always feel weird looking at their bed in the background. Or if everything is in sharp focus, my eyes will wander around curiously to their bookshelves and nightstands.I like to make sure that I don’t have anything too distracting in the background. To help keep the viewer’s attention on me, I simply blur it out. To achieve the blur, I open up the aperture to give the shot a shallow depth of field. If you can’t get a good blur, you can always use medium or close-up shots to help crop out any distracting items. It’s also helpful to keep the camera around eye level, so the viewer isn’t gazing awkwardly down or up at you. Last, but not least, windows can also help provide a more dynamic background.Framing and CompositionWhen you’re working by yourself, it can be a huge pain just trying to finesse the framing of your shot. For this reason, it’s great to get a camera with a flip-around screen. Alternatively, you can monitor your shot with your TV. My tutorial camera setup unfortunately doesn’t have a flip screen, so I simply plug the camera directly into my television via an HDMI cable, and turn it around so I can see the shot.Another trick is to vary the composition of your shot, which will give you options in the edit room. If you shoot everything with the same framing, it might prove difficult to avoid jump cuts. For this, you can simply shoot several takes at various compositions, or shoot in 4K. Shooting in 4K will allow you to scale and reframe your shot when editing in a 1920×1080 sequence. AudioI would prefer to use a nice shotgun mic with a mic stand and a shock-mount. But once again, this takes up quite a bit of room, and it can be pricey. You can pick up USB plug-and-play mics such as the Yeti Nano that are relatively cheap and very high quality. However, another issue I’ve run into is that these table mics will pick up the hum of external hard drives and vibrations from keyboards. To avoid this, you can get a boom arm to attach to your desk. I currently use the Yeticaster from Blue Microphones, which comes with the popular Blue Yeti mic attached to a shock mount on a boom arm. I have limited desk space, so it’s perfect, as I just push it out of the way when I’m not recording. When I’m traveling, I take the Yeti Nano.That’s it! Now, it’s time to put these tips into action and create some high-quality video tutorials.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Heartbeartz” by Cali“Glowlight” by Ethan RankLooking for more video production tutorials? Check these out.Learn to Create Your Own 8-Bit Art in Adobe After EffectsHow to Properly Film Windows for Daytime Interior ScenesSimple Tips on How You Can Capture Better Slow-Motion VideoHow to Alter the Color of Your Video Using Lumetri CurvesVideo Tutorial: How to Use Premiere’s New Freeform Viewlast_img read more

A look at the unbeaten and the winless in college basketball

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Little League for esports” hopes to organize youth gaming FURMANRecord: 11-0Best Start Since: This is the best start in school history.Highlight So Far: Furman won at Villanova on Nov. 17, 76-68 in overtime .Why They’re Unbeaten: Jordan Lyons leads the Paladins in scoring at 18.4 points per game. That includes a 54-point outing against Division II North Greenville in November in which he made 15 3-pointers. Matt Rafferty had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the Villanova game.Upcoming Challenge: The Paladins still aren’t in the top 100 in the rankings at kenpom.com, so some skepticism is in order. They play at LSU on Dec. 21.HOUSTONRecord: 8-0Best Start Since: 1969-70. Houston started 9-0 that season, then later had an 11-game winning streak that ended with a loss in the regional semifinals.Highlight So Far: The Cougars beat a nationally ranked Oregon team 65-61 on Dec. 1 , the night they opened their new $60 million arena. ST. JOHN’SRecord: 9-0Best Start Since: 1990-91. Lou Carnesecca was the coach and Malik Sealy was a captain on a team that also started 9-0.Highlight So Far: None of the victories have been all that eye-catching, but beating Rutgers by 19 on the road Nov. 16 was a strong effort.Why They’re Unbeaten: Star guard Shamorie Ponds is the player to watch for the Red Storm. He’s averaging 22 points a game and shooting 53 percent from the field.Upcoming Challenge: St. John’s starts Big East play at Seton Hall on Dec. 29.TEXAS TECHRecord: 8-0Best Start Since: 2009-10. Then coached by Pat Knight, the Red Raiders started 9-0 but ultimately finished 19-16 after losing in the NIT quarterfinals.Highlight So Far: Nebraska has looked pretty impressive lately, but Texas Tech handled the Cornhuskers 70-52 on Nov. 20. Furman’s Mike Bothwell (3) brings the ball up the court while defended by Charleston Southern’s Sean Price during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)Just more than a month after the season started, there are only nine unbeaten teams left in Division I men’s college basketball. And it’s a similar story at the other end of the spectrum: Only five teams have yet to win a game.Getting this far without a loss is no small feat. Just ask Gonzaga, which knocked off Duke and Creighton before finally losing to Tennessee last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Why They’re Unbeaten: The Red Raiders are allowing opponents to shoot just 34 percent from the field, and they have a plus-48 turnover differential through eight games. Jarrett Culver is the top scorer.Upcoming Challenge: Texas Tech plays Duke on Dec. 20 in New York.VIRGINIARecord: 9-0Best Start Since: 2014-15, when Virginia started 19-0 and lost only twice during the regular season.Highlight So Far: The Cavaliers have played a forgiving schedule, but a 53-46 win over Wisconsin on a neutral floor Nov. 23 was an impressive result.Why They’re Unbeaten: The Cavaliers were roundly mocked after losing to 16th-seeded UMBC in last season’s NCAA Tournament, but it’s still business as usual for coach Tony Bennett’s defensive-minded team. Opponents have managed only 51 points per game.Upcoming Challenge: Virginia opens ACC play against Florida State on Jan. 5, but that game is at home. Trips to Duke and North Carolina loom later.___The last remaining winless teams: For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ALABAMA A&MRecord: 0-9Best Game: Alabama A&M lost 70-66 in overtime at Northwestern State on Nov. 23.Why They’re Winless: This start is nothing new for the Bulldogs, who haven’t won a nonconference game since the 2015-16 season. The game against Northwestern State was their highest-scoring output this season.Possible Win: Alabama A&M faces another winless team, La Salle, on Dec. 21, but that game is in Atlantic City, New Jersey. A more likely victory is the home matchup with Jackson State on Jan. 5. The Bulldogs beat Jackson State a season ago.COPPIN STATERecord: 0-11Best Game: The Eagles took James Madison to overtime on Nov. 29 before losing 81-71.Why They’re Winless: The Eagles have awful offensive numbers in a variety of categories, including points per game (58.1), field goal percentage (36.4) and turnovers per game (16.9).Possible Win: Coppin State begins its MEAC schedule at home against Savannah State on Jan. 5. Why They’re Unbeaten: The Cougars came within a buzzer beater of a Sweet 16 berth last season. Guards Armoni Brooks and Corey Davis are each averaging 16.5 points per game.Upcoming Challenge: The Cougars host LSU on Wednesday night. Their conference schedule includes trips to Central Florida (Feb. 7) and Cincinnati (March 10).KANSASRecord: 8-0Best Start Since: 2010-11. Kansas began that season with 18 straight wins and kept right on rolling until a loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the regional finals.Highlight So Far: The Jayhawks began the season in style, beating Michigan State 92-87 in Indianapolis on Nov. 6.Why They’re Unbeaten: The Jayhawks narrowly escaped in overtime against Tennessee and Stanford, but the talent level is obvious. Junior Dedric Lawson is averaging 19.1 points and 10.6 rebounds.Upcoming Challenge: Kansas hosts defending national champion Villanova on Saturday. The Jayhawks also play at Arizona State on Dec. 22.MICHIGANRecord: 10-0 MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Record: 9-0Best Start Since: 1930-31. Not a misprint. Buffalo went undefeated that season, finishing 15-0.Highlight So Far: CJ Massinburg scored 43 points to lift Buffalo to a 99-94 overtime win at West Virginia on Nov. 9.Why They’re Unbeaten: Massinburg leads the way, but the Bulls also have three other players with scoring averages in double figures. They routed Arizona in last season’s NCAA Tournament and have picked up where they left off.Upcoming Challenge: Buffalo isn’t shying away from tough nonconference matchups. The Bulls play at Syracuse and Marquette next week.ADVERTISEMENT Here’s a look at each of the remaining teams with a zero in either the win column or loss column:___FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefFirst, the undefeated nine:BUFFALO SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LA SALLERecord: 0-10Best Game: The Explorers lost by one to Lafayette in the second game of the season, but the team’s most credible outing was probably an 85-78 loss to Villanova on Dec. 1.Why They’re Winless: The Explorers have allowed at least 75 points in every game, and opponents are shooting 51 percent against them.Possible Win: Next up for La Salle is that Dec. 21 matchup with Alabama A&M.MONMOUTHRecord: 0-11Best Game: Monmouth led in the final minute at Hofstra on Dec. 5 before losing 75-73.Why They’re Winless: It’s been quite a decline for the Hawks, who just two seasons ago won 27 games. Monmouth is shooting only 25 percent from 3-point range. In this day and age, it’s hard to accomplish anything with a number like that.Possible Win: Monmouth hosts Saint Peter’s on Jan. 5. The Peacocks have only two wins themselves.MOUNT ST. MARY’SRecord: 0-9Best Game: Only one of the team’s defeats has been by single digits, and that was against Lehigh. The best performance for Mount St. Mary’s was probably an 85-71 loss to St. John’s on Dec. 5. It was a two-point game midway through the second half.Why They’re Winless: Opponents are shooting 41 percent from 3-point range against the Mountaineers. They have plenty of other problems, too, but that certainly isn’t helping.Possible Win: Mount St. Mary’s faces Division III Wilson College on Saturday. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Best Start Since: 2012-13. The Wolverines started 16-0 and ended up going all the way to the national title game.Highlight So Far: Michigan went on the road and routed Villanova 73-46 on Nov. 14 in a rematch of last season’s NCAA championship game.Why They’re Unbeaten: The Wolverines were one of the best defensive teams in the country last season, and they might be even better now thanks to the emergence of 7-foot-1 Jon Teske. Freshman Iggy Brazdeikis has helped Michigan withstand Moe Wagner’s departure to the NBA.Upcoming Challenge: Michigan resumes Big Ten play in January, but even then the schedule is reasonably forgiving until a visit to Wisconsin on Jan. 19.NEVADARecord: 10-0Best Start Since: 1951-52, when Nevada started 14-0 playing a schedule that looked a lot different than it does now.Highlight So Far: The Wolf Pack knocked off Arizona State 72-66 on Friday night in Los Angeles. Nevada trailed by 16 in the first half.Why They’re Unbeaten: The Wolf Pack have experience with Jordan Caroline and Caleb Martin, and they don’t beat themselves. Nevada averages only 9.1 turnovers a game.Upcoming Challenge: This unbeaten run could go on a while. There seems to be a substantial gap between Nevada and the rest of the Mountain West, but a trip to Fresno State on Jan. 12 could provide a test. View commentslast_img read more

Ex-Premier League manager Redknapp claims his players bet on a match

first_imgFormer Premier League manager Harry Redknapp said his players bet on the result of one of their matches, according to the newspaper investigation that has seen England coach Sam Allardyce lose his job.The Daily Telegraph’s undercover reporters filmed Redknapp discussing the game although the 69-year-old later told the paper he did not think it was against FA rules at the time.However, FA rules ban players from betting on matches they are involved in and managers are expected to report any misconduct.The Telegraph said lawyers for Redknapp said he was not aware of players betting on the match at the time.The newspaper did not say which club was involved. (Sam Allardyce contrite after being sacked as England manager)Former West Ham United, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Queens Park Rangers manager Redknapp met reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm that wanted to break into English football’s billion-pound transfer market.Redknapp has denied any wrongdoing. (England manager Sam Allardyce caught in newspaper sting)The newspaper’s revelations have so far led to Allardyce and Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright losing their jobs. Allardyce was sacked on Tuesday after the FA said he had behaved inappropriately following secret filming that showed him offering advice to businessmen on how to circumvent rules on player transfers. (Sam Allardyce sacked by English Football Association after newspaper sting)last_img read more