Two Wildcats become National Merit Scholarship finalists

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Two students have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists. The seniors were selected from a pool of $16-thousand semifinalists across the country.Alpena High School seniors Clayton Donajkowski and Samuel Tuscher will continue in the competition to win thousands of merit scholarships worth more than $31-million dollars.Schools have to submit detailed academic records and achievements in order for students to become finalists. The 64th annual National Merit Scholarship winner of 2019 will be announced this spring.Principal Tom Berriman says he couldn’t be happier for his students.“This is the first time that Alpena High School had a National Merit finalist since 2008, so it’s been a while. It just shows how good the senior class is,” said Berriman. “The class of 2019 is really doing a lot of special things both in the classroom and on the athletic field…but Sam and Clay are special, unique individuals. They are tremendously gifted in many areas.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious State of Michigan makes new proposals surrounding medical marijuanaNext Wildcat Student Appreciation Night coming uplast_img read more

Wilder hits back at critics after Sheffield United victory

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesSheffield United boss Chris Wilder felt his side’s 2-1 victory at QPR was the perfect response to their doubters.They came from behind at Loftus Road, where David McGoldrick’s 65th-minute penalty gave them the points.Billy Sharp had equalised shortly before half-time to cancel out Ebere Eze’s opener.United lost the opening two matches of their Sky Bet Championship season, with their performances in defeats against Middlesbrough and Swansea attracting some criticism.“We’re really struggling with that character stuff, aren’t we?” Wilder said sarcastically after the Blades’ win.“Over the last two years we’ve not shown any bottle or character or spirit, no desire and we’re all over the place. People are having a fight in the changing room every day.”He added: “People will make assumptions, but I don’t sign players who don’t want to run about for this football club.“I said to the players the only way you’re going to show people if they’re questioning you is when you step out onto the pitch.“Noise and nonsense or whatever it is, we have to keep our cool and go through these periods – it happens to us all. The expectation levels have gone through the roof over the past two years.“We’ve done some things over the two years we like to think have been quite good.“When you fall a little bit, which we have done in certain periods of the two games, you have to take it on the chin what people say.“It wasn’t the most free-flowing performance. But it was a Sheffield United type of performance, with guts, determination, desire and a little bit of football played in there.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors organization

first_imgZaza Pachulia, a Warriors fan favorite and a contributor to a pair of Warriors championships, retired from the NBA and joined Golden State as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.The 35-year-old Pachulia, who was the starting center for the Warriors during their title years in 2017 and ’18, spent last season with the Pistons. After ending his 16-year playing career, he’ll contribute to Golden State in both the business and basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York …last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — December 21, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Only a couple more mild days before we turn markedly colder Today looks very nice, with temps above normal, winds slowly switching around to the west-southwest, and a decent amount of sunshine. However, tomorrow, even though we stay mild, we have clouds starting to push in and we have to keep the umbrellas handy, as scattered, light precipitation develops. We are looking at a few hundredths to no more than a tenth in spots, and coverage will be 50% or less, but still, it’s a change in the overall pattern.We continue to focus on Friday night as things start to get more active. We are tweaking the forecast some for the rains on Saturday, as they do not make it as far south, but still have the potential to be strong to the south, if thunderstorms can develop. Scattered showers pick up in intensity over southern Indiana and moisture spreads north. However, we see the best moisture staying farther south this morning, because the best thunderstorm threat looks to develop over eastern KY into WV. The heavy, 1.5” inch rains stay south of the Ohio River. Combined, we will lower the bottom end of the range to .1”  in NW Ohio and leave the top end up near 1.25” in far south central Ohio for now. The map above is a new look at combined potential action through Saturday.Sunday (Christmas Eve), much colder air is blasting into the state. The first half of the day is dry, but we see moisture arriving Sunday night, and it continues into Christmas Day on Monday. In the cold air, we are looking at all snow. Right now the snows look a little better. We are still about 12-24 hours removed from releasing our official totals, but we could see a few inches in there, enough for a white Christmas in many parts of the state. Some models are much more zealous than others on the snow, but we feel confident that at least 60% of the state sees snow accumulations from Sunday night into the first half of Monday. Christmas afternoon will be dry, and we may see some sunshine returning. Still, the bigger story is the cold air that arrives and stays then all through the week.We are dry and very cold for Tuesday through Thursday. Temps will be well below normal. Then a clipper system rotates through the state for Thursday night and Friday, bringing potential for several inches of snow. This will be ahead of a stronger system lifting out of the southern plains for the start of New Year’s weekend. Temperatures remain very cold right on through into the New Year.In the extended period, we have another clipper for late the 1st into the 2nd that brings snows out of the Great Lakes right across the region. WE follow that with a cold front for the 3rd into the 4th that can also trigger several inches of snow. The cold holds through at least the first third of January.last_img read more

Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys on his front nine and shot 77 to miss the cut.“It’s unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year,” Fowler said. “They typically get slick and quick on the weekend because they dry out, but at least there’s some sort of surface. But like I said, everyone’s playing the same greens.”It looked as though List was playing a different course when he went out with a bogey-free 32 on the back nine, added a pair of birdies on the front nine and then dropped his only shot when he caught an awkward lie in the bunker on the par-3 seventh.“It’s very relentless,” List said. “There’s not really too many easy holes, but if you hit fairways and go from there, you can make a few birdies out there.”List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour. This is the third time List has had at least a share of the 36- hole lead, most recently in South Korea at the CJ Cup, where he shot 76-72 on the weekend.“It’s kind of irrelevant because there’s going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead,” List said. “It’s going to be that type of week.”He was exaggerating — there were 11 players within three shots of the lead.And there was another guy four shots behind.Woods brought big energy to a Friday afternoon that already was hopping before he overcame a sluggish start and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to make the turn at 1 under for his round, and leaving him two shots out of the lead. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars.Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos. 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save. His round appeared to come undone when he found the water on the 15th and made double bogey for the second straight day. Tommy Fleetwood, who won the Race to Dubai on the European Tour last year, scratched out a 68 and was one shot out of the lead along with Webb Simpson (72), Russell Henley (70) and Rory Sabbatini (69).Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger each shot 72 and were in a large group at 139. They were among only 10 players remaining under par.Fleetwood laughed when asked the last time he was at 2 under after 36 holes and only one shot out of the lead.“Maybe some junior event,” he said. “It’s good, though. These are the toughest test in golf. Generally, one of the best players prevail at the end of weeks like this. Weeks like this challenge you to the ultimate level. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is. Because this is as hard as it’s ever going to get for you.”The difficulty was primarily from the wind, which blew just as hard in the morning when List shot his 66 as it did in the afternoon. More aggravating to the players are the greens, which are old and bare, firm and crusty. It’s a recipe for not making many putts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next View comments AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the Honda Classic.He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the dangerous 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a car driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix. A bogey dropped him to 2 over.The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water. That’s where Rory McIlroy made triple bogey earlier in the day that ruined his otherwise solid round of 72, leaving him seven behind. Making it even tougher for Woods is the Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about 6 feet. Woods got to the tee and the wind died, meaning 5-iron was too much and 6-iron wouldn’t clear the water.He went with the 5-iron.“I started that thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick,” Wood said.It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt.Thomas made 17 pars and a double bogey when he three-putted from 6 feet on No. 16. He felt the same way as Woods.“I’m in a good spot — really good spot — going into this week,” Thomas said. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Luke List delivered a round not many others found possible in such difficult conditions Friday, a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jamie Lovemark (69). They were at 3-under 137, the highest score to lead at the halfway point of the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007.So bunched were the scores that Woods was four shots out of the lead and four shots from last place among the 76 players who made the cut at 5-over 145. More importantly, he only had 13 players in front of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a difficult golf course right now,” Woods said. “Making pars is a good thing. I’ve done that, and I’m right there with a chance.”And he has plenty of company. Chemistry between Ross, Lassiter made SMB’s winning play happen Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Citylast_img read more

Honor View 20 price in India leaked with color variants ahead of January 29 launch

first_imgThe Honor View 20 is set to launch in India on Tuesday, January 29 after being globally announced earlier this week in Paris. We know that the new Honor flagship comes with a punch-hole display, a 48MP camera and a Kirin 980 chipset, among other things. We also know that the View 20 will be exclusively sold on Amazon India. What is still a mystery is the pricing, but it seems that too has now leaked out.According to a report, the Honor View 20’s price in India will start at Rs 35,999, which keeps in line with past rumours as well. This will be for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We expect Honor to launch the 8GB + 128GB variant as well, but there is no detail on its pricing as of now. If the price is true, this means the View 20 will directly take on the OnePlus 6T which is available at Rs 37,999.The Honor View 20 brings a few firsts for the company. It is the company’s first smartphone with a hole in the display and it is also the world’s first smartphone with a 48MP rear camera. The Honor View 20 somes with a glass and metal design with a unique look on the back which involves V-shaped pattern embedded in the glass and a gradient colour scheme in Midnight Black and Blue Sapphire. Both these colour options will be coming to India as per the latest report.The View 20 offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2310 pixels) TFT LCD display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio. It also comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster, and a USB Type-C port. It is powered by an octa-core Kirin 980 chipset with Dual NPU for advanced AI and machine learning computation. The V20 houses a 4,000mAh battery with super fast charge support and runs Android Pie with Magic UI 2.0 on topadvertisementHonor’s newest flagship sports a 48MP Sony IMX586 CMOS rear camera that aims to offer superior clarity and detail. The camera also uses pixel binning technology to merge four 0.8 micron pixels into one to offer a large 1.6 micron pixels when using the 12MP mode.There is also a secondary ToF (Time of Flight) camera on board to obtain depth information. Up front, the View 20 gets a 25MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture housed in the cutout.ALSO READ | Honor View 20 launched with punch-hole display, 48MP camera: Price, specs, India launch detailsALSO READ | Honor View 20 quick review: A hole new experiencelast_img read more

Advanced Metrics Still Like Oklahoma State Football In 2016

first_imgThis is a guest post by friend of the blog Justin Packard. It’s a good reminder that not all was lost last weekend in Stillwater. Oklahoma State entered this season ranked eighth in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI) preseason rankings, its highest preseason rank since ESPN expanded the FPI to the preseason.  Wondering if the FPI really just likes the Cowboys, or if we should be expecting another big season, I decided to look into how accurate the FPI preseason rankings have been over the past few seasons.A little bit of background on the FPI rankings. The FPI is a predictor measurement comparing the relative strength of a given team to an “average” team.  In this year’s preseason rankings, OSU has an FPI score of 19.3 meaning that the Cowboys would win by 19.3 points when playing an “average” team. The FPI is calculated using four metrics: previous performance (with the most recent season counting the most), returning starters, recruiting and coaching tenure.Let’s get to it.Oklahoma State started the 2014 season at 27th in the FPI rankings.  FPI predicted the Cowboys would go 7.1-4.9.  The Cowboys finished that year at 6-6 (FPI does not predict bowl games, so all records in this post include only regular season and conference championship games).  An interesting note from 2014: in the preseason, FPI had TCU and Texas Tech being equally good, both at a 12.6.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-56-26-pmThe 2014 preseason FPI expected OSU, TCU and TTU to all have similar seasons. (Photo courtesy: ESPN)This shows one of the major pitfalls of the preseason FPI. Because the major contributor in the calculation is previous performance, preseason rankings cannot take injuries into account or, in the case of TCU, Heisman finalist performances.  TCU ended 2014 ranked third in the FPI and first among Big 12 teams.Oklahoma State dropped to 48th by the end of the 2014 season, with an FPI of 6.5.  Although a drop of 21 spots seems extreme, the FPI overestimated the Big 12 in the preseason.  Six Big 12 teams dropped in the FPI rankings, five of which dropped by at least 15 spots.  Among Power 5 teams, the Big 12 had the highest average ranking change, losing an average of 5.8 spots.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-57-07-pmThis shows the average rank change for the Power 5 conferences from the preseason rankings to the end of the season. The Big 12 dropped nearly six spots on average in 2014, but gained more than seven in 2015, the biggest change of any Power 5 conference.Contrast that with the 2015 season, where Big 12 teams gained an average of 7.2 spots. With the Big 12 underperforming in 2014 according to FPI, it made it easier for the teams to get looked over in the FPI in 2015. Only two teams from the Big 12 fell in the rankings that season, OU and WVU. It all goes back to the first of the four metrics. The previous seasons performance affects FPI the most in the preseason rankings.Oklahoma State started 2015 ranked 24th and that is right where it ended up at seasons end.  FPI predicted the Cowboys to go 7.5-4.5.  It wasn’t until week 9 that FPI finally projected the Cowboys to get to 10 wins. OSU finished the regular season at 10-2.With that kind of performance, it means the Cowboys were bound to end up ranked higher to start this season compared with the last two. With a large number of returning starters, the Cowboys got boost and a consistent coaching staff helped gain a top ten FPI ranking to start the 2016 campaign.  So, can we expect the Cowboys to end the season ranked in the top ten at the end of the season? The FPI preseason projections get the W-L record to within 1.5 games around 60 percent of the time.  That would put the Cowboys anywhere from 7.8 to 10.8 wins.  screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-58-54-pmThe top 10 of the preseason FPI rankings. (Photo courtesy: ESPN)The game against Central Michigan gave us a good indicator of the Cowboys in the FPI because the Chippewas started the season close to average, scoring a 0.4. The loss dropped the Cowboys to an FPI of 16.0 and out of the top 10, coming in at 15th. The projected W-L moved to 7.9-4.1.screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-12-59-31-pmFPI projects the Cowboys to get eight wins after the performance against Central Michigan and has OSU ranked as the number two team in the Big 12.But remember the FPI only takes what it knows. As long as the Cowboys don’t have any major injuries, FPI will continue to favor them. After all, OSU dropped only six spots after last weekend’s debacle, keeping them in the top 15 whereas the AP and Coaches Poll both have the Cowboys unranked.  The next three weeks will be crucial for the Cowboys.  Pittsburgh is currently ranked 33rd with an FPI of 10.3. For comparison, Central Michigan is ranked 46th after beating the Cowboys, with an FPI of 6.1. Baylor is ranked 26th and Texas is 21st.  Strong performances to end the non-conference part of the schedule and open up Big 12 play will go a long way in helping OSU get back into the FPI top ten.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Tourism Minister says SMTE Conference was a Success

first_imgStory Highlights It sought to develop the capacity of SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the recently held global conference on small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) was a success. The conference, which was held on January 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a collaboration between the Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the recently held global conference on small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) was a success.The conference, which was held on January 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James was a collaboration between the Government and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).It sought to develop the capacity of SMTEs to deliver on the demand of the sector and generate more economic growth.“It was successful based on the outcomes. We have a blueprint for SMTE development. The ‘little man’ also benefited because he was there, and the funding agencies that he requires to provide capital for development were also there,” the Minister told JIS News.“We were able to ensure that the connectivity was there,” he continued.During the conference, the Organization of American States (OAS) committed a total of US$500,000 to building the resilience of Caribbean SMTEs to deal with disasters.The project, which is being executed over two years through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is managed by the OAS Secretariat for Integral Development.Its overarching aim is to reduce the severity, impact and duration of disruptions caused by a disaster on the operations of SMTEs in the Caribbean.The project will help to identify and address the macro (national) and micro (corporate)-level challenges that affect business continuity during and after catastrophic events, as well as to build the capacity of owners, operators and staff of SMTEs to prepare, execute, review, test and update business continuity/multi-hazard contingency plans.last_img read more

Toronto Filmmakers Sell Four Short Films to France

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook All of the films are two-hander scripts starring a selection of Toronto acting talent including: Vienna Hehir (Darc, Remedy), Katie Uhlmann (My Roommate’s an Escort, Recall), Franck Fon (Gnawed of Approval, IRL the Series), Jessica Reynolds (Taken, Nikita) and executive producer of the films Matthew Willson (Arrival, Skinning the Cat).All films are written and directed by Bobby Del Rio (creator of IRL the Series) and produced by Stephanie Baird (77 Days, IRL the Series).If you are interested in watching the films, please see below for a list of show times this November:Politics – November 11th at the Toronto International Short Film Festival (info)Schrödinger’s Cat – November 11th at the Hamilton Film Festival (info)The Hotel Room – November 12th at the Hamilton Film Festival (info) Advertisement Twitter Toronto filmmakers Matthew Willson, Bobby Del Rio and Stephanie Baird sell four of their short films to international distributor, Gonella Productions (www.gonella-productions.com).The films, under the production company Willson Entertainment Productions, include Politics (2016), Schrödinger’s Cat (2016), The Hotel Room (2015) and The Negotiation (2015) and range from 3 to 8 minutes in length.For questions or enquiries about these projects please contact Meg Sethi of Evolution Public Relations at [email protected] LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more