Dream Team VI Coach Siasia Robbed in Atlanta

first_imgNigeria’s Olympic Dream Team VI Coach Samson Siasia has been robbed in Atlanta, Georgia, where his team has been training ahead of next month’s Olympic Games.“It is true that my car was burgled but I have taken the necessary steps on the item stolen in the car,” Siasia confirmed.“We are focused and preparing hard for the Olympics that is what I can tell you for now.” The car Siasia has been using to run around for the team was broken into at the team’s hotel’s car park and his credit cards, two phones, the phone of his personal assistant Abu and some money were taken away.Siasia’s team is due to play a final warm-up game against Honduras Olympic team today before they depart for Brazil on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Indian athletes who are policing the streets during Covid-19 lockdown!

first_imgAdvertisement 2godNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb1v2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eeg2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) jfWould you ever consider trying this?😱7fefCan your students do this? 🌚1ixcjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Persuading people to stay home amid a nationwide lockdown isn’t a very easy task, but some of these Indian athletes who are now accomplished police officers are playing a key role in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 2007 T20 World Cup-winning allrounder Joginder Sharma, Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Akhil Kumar and Asian Games champion kabaddi player Ajay Thakur – have all earned the opportunity to serve their country through jobs in the service and are manning the streets during these testing times. Advertisement Under such critical times, these sporting heroes could’ve enjoyed their usual privileges; instead they decided to demonstrate their role as people of influence while proving to be of greater human resource than just being athletes.Advertisement In a recent interview, Joginder Sharma, Akhil Kumar and Ajay Thakur opened up about their challenges that come with “doing duty” during an unprecedented crisis.Joginder SharmaAdvertisement “I have been a DSP since 2007. This is one of a kind challenge for me as a police officer because of the general fear and I can tell you that I have seen quite a few challenges in my years of service,” said Sharma, who made history with the Indian Cricket team in the final against Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup.“Our duty time starts around 6am and we do patrolling, making people aware, send those who are out for fun to their homes, help those in need of essentials or medical aid and take action against those who try to defy without any good reason,” said the 36-year-old former all-rounder, currently serving in Hisar, Haryana.“They respect me for my achievement and sometimes it helps my work when they see my nameplate. When I tell people to not crowd markets for cheap deals, they adhere. I tell them how costly it would be if they catch this infection, that they should not risk a deadly disease for saving a few bucks,” he added.Akhil KumarThis flamboyant bantamweight boxer who happens to be Sharma’s good friend is posted in Gurugram Police as ACP since September last year.“People are generally cooperative and, in any case, essential services are being kept open so there is not much panic. I believe only a strict enforcement of lockdown will be able to halt this virus. People are slowly understanding this,” said the 38-year-old who bagged gold in the 2006 Common Wealth Games.However, one of the most difficult duties for his department during these days is to control the young willful violators, or those who choose to ignore the situation.“There are some who genuinely don’t know but there are others who come out despite knowing what it means. I think they should be dealt with sternly, that’s the only language they understand,” he asserted.“I reach out to their parents. That’s the best way to make them understand because they are a little unaware of the gravity of the situation,” Kumar said.Ajay ThakurArjuna award winner Padma Shri Ajay Thakur is a DSP in Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh since 2017. The 2014 Asian Games gold-medallist recently shared a photo of himself patrolling the streets of the town, raising awareness about the crisis.“Please stay home save lives” wrote the 33-year-old on his Instagram account which has over two lakh followers! You may also like:Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma relay an important Coronavirus message to IndiaShoaib Akhtar’s message to the world in fight against Coronavirus: It’s time to rise above religion Advertisementlast_img read more

Tiny coffeeshops help owners save on rent in highcost Toronto Vancouver

first_imgFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — Customers who don’t work in the building that houses Kento Kitayama’s tiny cafe near Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood better be prepared to settle for takeout. He can only take orders through a little window facing the sidewalk. Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand, which opened late last month, has no seating and sparse furnishings. Kitayama could likely stand in the middle of the roughly 17-square-metre shop and reach out to touch the sink, refrigerator and shelving unit, counter, and espresso machine that mark the shop’s boundaries without moving.The cafe reminds the co-owner of how tobacco shops sold goods in his native Japan, but also suits his budgetary constraints. Kitayama and other business owners challenged by high rents in Canada’s two most expensive housing markets are turning to creative solutions in tiny spaces to open cafes that otherwise might not be profitable.For a typical 85-square-metre cafe space in the city, Kitayama said he’d likely pay about $3,000 monthly. That’s unaffordable for his new business.Robust data on average food retail lease prices in Canada doesn’t exist, but some figures help shape a sense of the market.Last October, Toronto’s average commercial lease rate per square foot was $21.31, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board — down 1.1 per cent from the same month in 2017. But that includes all retailers, and the data is part of only 40 total lease transactions that month where the price was disclosed.Three of the four most expensive main streets in Canada are in Toronto and Vancouver, according to an annual report from Cushman & Wakefield. The company tracks nearly 450 of the top retail streets in 65 countries. In June 2018, rents on Toronto’s Bloor Street were $300 per square foot and $100 on Queen Street West. On Vancouver’s Robson Street rents averaged $183.High and rising rents have caused several restaurants in both cities to shutter their doors in recent years.Wild Rice Market Bistro in New Westminster, B.C., served its last patrons on New Year’s Eve.“We are all familiar with our high cost of living which is reflected in higher rents, increasing food costs and the difficulty in recruiting and retaining staff,” proprietor Andrew Wong wrote in a note to customers, adding the restaurant “is no longer viable in our current economic climate.”Lease prices also pose a big barrier to entry for new hopefuls like Kitayama, who have turn to smaller-scale operations in an effort to trim start-up costs.Iktsuarpok Coffee Stand may be the newest diminutive shop, but it’s not the smallest in the country.Joshua Campos believes his less than two-square-metre shop (roughly the area of a twin mattress) may be the smallest in the world. He’s applied for the Guinness world record, but has yet to hear back.The Coffee Lab, which opened about seven months ago, operates out of a window in a small nook of a Toronto building. Floor-to-ceiling glass lets curious passers-by or customers see one staff member prepare drinks inside.Campos, who previously operated a cafe out of a bookstore until the landlord sold the building, noticed a “for lease” sign in the window of what is now his new cafe.The landlord first rejected Campos’s idea, saying the lease sign was for an office space in a different part of the building. But Campos persisted and eventually the landlord caved.“The idea is just to keep the overhead super low,” he said.It came with a few logistical challenges. He had to find smaller espresso machines to fit the space, while maintaining drink quality. Only one staff member can work at a time, and the cold winter slowed business as customers balked at the idea of waiting outside for their caffeine fix.Campos has applied for a patio license and plans to build a roughly five to nine square-metre heated enclosure.Another Toronto coffeeshop, The Nugget, is housed inside a former garage nestled between two buildings.Co-owner Jake Holton rented the attached building to open another location of his pizza chain, Village Pizza, and asked the landlord if they cared if he converted the garage into another eatery.The roughly 15-square-metre cafe opened July 2017, in part to help offset rent for the pizzeria, said Holton.For such a small space, though, the monthly fee is low. Holton operates another coffeeshop, Hub Coffee, that’s considerably bigger with about 25 seats. The Nugget, aptly named for its size, pays about one-sixth in rent in comparison.“It’s not even close,” he said.While cheaper rent may be part of the business plan, these spaces can be a hit with customers because of their unique forms.In the social-media age where Instagrammers hunt for the perfect shot of outrageous food or compelling backdrops, a pint-sized coffeeshop can generate buzz and draw a crowd.“People love it,” said Holton, adding several people stop by daily and coo over the Lilliputian cafe.“People seem to love the novelty of just having like a little walk-up counter.”last_img read more

Truck snagged on power lines caused outage for over 500 near Fort

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A semi-truck that snagged power lines caused over 500 residents near Fort St. John to lose electricity on Monday evening.Cpl. Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that officers were called to a report of a collision involving a semi-truck that had snagged onto overhanging power lines on the Rose Prairie Road north of Fort St. John at around 8:50 p.m. Monday. Cpl. Saunderson said that police and BC Hydro crews contained the scene because of live wires that had been brought down by the truck’s impact. No one was injured.Cpl. Saunderson said the cause of the collision is not clear at this point, and wasn’t able to say whether the driver of the semi exceeded the clearance below the lines, or if the lines had sagged below their stated clearance. On November 9th, 2014 a dump truck activated their bucket while driving in Chetwynd, snagging power lines and killing power to over 1,000 customers in that community. Exactly two months later, another transport truck snagged onto the same lines, which had sagged below their stated height after being struck by the dump truck. BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer said that the truck likely snagged onto overhanging phone lines mounted lowest on the poles, but that the force of the impact broke one of the electrical poles holding the lines off the ground. Gammer said that in total, 562 customers south of the Doig Road were without power until 5:20 Tuesday morning.last_img read more

Winter Storm warning remains in place more snow on the way

first_imgHighways are snow covered in areas with slippery sections. Please use caution throughout your travels today and drive to road conditions. Please check DriveBC.ca for current highway conditions.Much the same in the North Peace, with a travel advisory still in place for the Alaska Highway between Wonowon and Fort Nelson.There is also a report of a collision on Highway 2 at the B.C./Alberta border.  Flaggers are on scene directing traffic, but delays should be expected.This photo was sent to Energeticcity.ca of a truck on it’s side on Highway 2 at the B.C./Alberta border.For more on the condition of highways in the Peace, visit www.drivebc.caWarnings3:37 PM PDT Thursday 22 March 2018Winter storm warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverHazardous winter conditions are expected. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Peace remains under a winter storm warning.  Environment Canada says the Fort St. John Airport has received 14cm of snow since the storm started and the forecast says more is on the way.Anywhere from 20 to 30 cm of snow is expected by late Friday.  A low-pressure system will continue moving across the BC interior tonight, giving a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. Snow will continue tonight through Friday morning and ease in the afternoon. Additionally, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow tonight through Friday morning.According to Caribou Road Services, most of the highways in the South Peace are snow covered. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 30 cm are expected by late Friday.A low pressure system will continue moving across the BC interior tonight, giving a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. Snow will continue tonight through Friday morning and ease in the afternoon. Additionally, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow tonight through Friday morning.Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Over 3000 customers without power in Fort St John

first_imgFort St. JohnJun 228:10 p.m.Crew status: Not assignedNorth of 79th AVE, East of OLD FORT RD, West of 84th ST, South of 117th AVEView on map2493Under investigationJun 228:19 p.m. Fort St. JohnJun 228:11 p.m.Crew status: Not assignedWest of 116 ST, South of RD 246View on map566Under investigationJun 228:13 p.m. UPDATE as of 9:40 p.m. – B.C. Hydro says it will take until 2:30 a.m. Saturday before power is restored to the remaining 583 customers.  The outage happened Friday night and affected over 3,000 customers.  The remaining 583 customers are mostly in the Clairmont and Grandhaven areas outside of Fort St. John.For more updates on the outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outagesUPDATE as of 9:05 p.m. – Power has been restored to 2,500 customers.  There are still over 600 customers without power.  This outage is mostly affecting Grandhaven and Clairmont.  There is no estimate on when power will be restored.center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over 3,000 customers in Fort St. John and Grandhaven are without power.The outage started at around 8:10 p.m. Friday and was caused by a downed power line.  As of 8:26 p.m., Hydro has assigned a crew to restore the outages, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.As we get more information about the outages, we will post updates.  You can also find updates at www.bchydro.com/outagesThe following information is from B.C. Hydro. This was posted at 8:19 p.m.last_img read more

Stage set for phase I of LS polls voting in 91 seats

first_imgNew Delhi: Ninety-one Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two UTs, including all in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, will go to polls on Thursday in the first phase, with Nitin Gadkari, Kiren Rijiju and VK Singh among several Union ministers in the fray.In Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Odisha, assembly polls to 175, 32 and 28 seats, respectively, will be held simultaneously in the first phase. Voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting will be done on May 23. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsIn Uttar Pradesh on eight seats, the ruling BJP will clash with the newly-formed SP-BSP-RLD alliance. Seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra will go to polls. In Bihar, four Lok Sabha seats will see polling on Thursday. In the North East, of the two seats in Arunachal Pradesh Union Minister Kiren Rijiju is seeking re-election from Arunachal West. Four seats in Assam will go to polls on Thursday. Sixty lakh voters in Odisha will exercise their franchise in the first phase of polls for four Lok Sabha and 28 assembly seats on Thursday. Two seats each in West Bengal, J&K and Meghalaya will see polling in the first phase. Lone Lok Sabha seats going to polls on April 11 include Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep.last_img read more

How Wide Receivers Are Like College Football Teams

One of my absolute favorite early “sabermetric” football studies was conducted in early 2005 by Doug Drinen, the founder of Pro-Football-Reference.com. At the time, Drinen was spending a week guest-writing football posts at the blog of a fellow professor, the economist J.C. Bradbury, and was performing innovative statistical research using the first iteration of the Pro-Football-Reference database. In those days, digitized historical football data was very difficult to come by, and Drinen’s collection — mind you, a small fraction of the current PFR database’s size — was the best on the web.As one of his experiments, Drinen made an unorthodox attempt to rank modern wide receivers relative to one another. (For what it’s worth, the conundrum of how best to rate receivers is still a problem nine years later.) His unique twist? The method he used treated receivers the same way he would, elsewhere, treat college football teams in a power-rating system such as the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) used.Drinen’s rationale was as follows:Wide Receiver is the only position where even small groups of players are actually competing against each other under nearly identical circumstances… [Two receivers] are working in the same system with the same quarterback, the same offensive line, even the same game conditions. Raw numbers probably are a good way to determine to what extent [one is better than the other]… Every season, every team has a group of 3 to 5 guys that can, for the most part, be rank-ordered by their numbers. This situation is unique to wide receivers.But how does this help us compare [receivers]? Think college football. USC didn’t play Auburn [in 2004]. So who was better? Well, you know USC was good because, among other reasons, they crushed Oklahoma, who we suspect was pretty good; they beat Texas, for example. We know Auburn was good, in part, because they beat Tennessee, Georgia, and LSU, all solid teams. While there is unfortunately no direct evidence to help us settle the Auburn/USC debate, there are piles and piles of indirect evidence. Every game played by either team, or the opponents of either team, or the opponents of those teams, serves as a tiny sliver of indirect evidence about how good USC and Auburn were. And many very intelligent people have devoted lots of their time and talent to convincing computers to assimilate all this information.So why not put this technology to work ranking wide receivers?Drinen went on to describe his system. In it, each receiver competes against his fellow teammates for receiving yardage; the degree to which one beats the other is how much he outgains him statistically (after adjusting for aging effects). When receivers change teams, they face different matchups against a different set of opponents, which help tell us about not only the receiver’s own quality, but also the relative quality of his old and new teammates. Do this for every season in NFL history, and we have a rough way to gauge how much each receiver would outgain (or be outgained by) the average NFL pass-catcher, adjusted for his strength of schedule (teammates).While doing research for my article about receiving stats and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I replicated Drinen’s “BCS rating” — right down to the aging curve — but applied it to True Receiving Yards per game (Drinen used total yards). Here were the leaders among pass catchers who started their careers in 1950 or later:You can find the full results for this rating alongside each player’s career True Receiving Yards and With or Without You (WOWY) scores, as well as the data for the TRY per game aging curve, on GitHub. read more

Mens basketball former Ohio State commit Dane Goodwin announces intention to play

OSU commits Kaleb Wesson and Dane Goodwin battle for a rebound in a game at Upper Arlington High School on Jan. 25. Wesson had 49 points and Goodwin had 35. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter decommitting from the Ohio State men’s basketball team on June 21, four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin from the 2018 class has verbally committed to Notre Dame, the recruit tweeted Wednesday.He had committed to Ohio State — led by former head coach Thad Matta — on Dec. 1, 2014. Ready to be apart of the family! pic.twitter.com/ARmfvVqMtj— Dane Goodwin (@danegoodwin23) July 6, 2017Previously the Buckeyes’ only 2018 recruit, Goodwin is the fourth-best prospect in the state of Ohio, 74th-best overall and 16th-best at his position, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The Buckeyes have no commits in their 2018 class. The Upper Arlington native was the third prospect in his class to decommit from Ohio State, following decommitments from four-star small forward Darius Bazeley (now committed to Syracuse) on April 26 and four-star small forward Justin Ahrens on June 6. read more