New restaurant Mooney’s part of optimistic future for Johnson City

first_imgThey’ve been crucial to helping revitalize the area after large scale employers such as Endicott-Johnson and IBM left the Southern Tier. Frazier believes the influx of small businesses will help Johnson City reclaim its former glory. Mooney’s Sports Bar and Grill opens where the old Ground Round used to be, but it’s just one example of small businesses moving back into the area. “In this area we call the study area, in and around Corliss Avenue, the poverty rate is over 40 percent, so that’s what that happened when you become a Rust Belt town or city and you get depopulization and deindustrialization, and that’s exactly what happened,” said Professor John Frazier, a Binghamton University professor of geography who led a team which created a study to examine the economic landscape of the village from its founding to present day.center_img JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — While Johnson City has certainly seen better days, there are many reasons the economic future of the village is looking bright. A new restaurant opens Wednesday on Reynolds Road, and more small businesses are coming soon.last_img read more

Meet Africa’s greatest entrepreneurs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Who are the real power brokers in Africa? Who are the dynamic entrepreneurs making things happen on the continent? How did they do it and what are their personal stories? Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs is a unique collection of stories about 16 of the most successful entrepreneurs and business visionaries currently operating in Africa. Each chapter is dedicated to a single entrepreneur and focuses on a sometimes tumultuous but mostly exciting journey to success. Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. A TV presenter, producer, writer, actress and successful businesswoman in her own right, Makura holds an honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK. Each story is inspiring and informative in its own unique way. Author Moky Makura sheds light on the different historical, political and economic power structures that helped create – and in some cases frustrate – these business heroes. Published in November, this well-researched book examines the life of each entrepreneur and maps out the path each chose to follow in tackling the obstacles that stood in their way. After a career in public relations in both the UK and South Africa, Moky started her own consultancy in 1999, which she subsequently sold to one of the largest advertising communication groups in South Africa.center_img Richard Branson comments: “I truly hope that this book inspires many more people to use their entrepreneurial energy to change the world through creating opportunities for others.”SAinfo reporter Moky Makura, author of Africa’s Greatest Entrepreneurs, shares her findings with Zoopy TV. Click arrow to play interview. Since then she has worked as the African anchor for South Africa’s award-winning news and actuality show Carte Blanche, and recently produced a television series called “Living It” on the lifestyles of Africa’s wealthy elite. Meet Kagiso Mmusi, the Motswana transport millionaire; Richard Maponya, the South African behind Soweto’s Maponya Mall; Kwabena Adjei, the rags-to-riches Ghanaian millionaire; Wale Tinubu, the Nigerian head of the Oando oil and gas giant; Ndaba Ntsele, the South African king of high finance; Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-born telecoms millionaire; and more. 18 February 2009last_img read more

KZN capital tops on 2013 MTB calendar

first_imgRounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup took place in the city in 2011 and 2009, while, in road cycling, the UCI-backed Intakatech World’s View Challenge was hosted in 2008. “With our proposal to the UCI to host both Elite and Masters World Championships events one week apart at the same venue, the UCI have now changed their ruling and all future Masters World Championships will be hosted by the same country as that of the main elite, under-23 and junior event in future,” said Lenferna. Instead of seeing Pietermaritzburg hosting the opening leg of the UCI World Cup during March/April, South Africa’s cycling city will instead be hosting the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships from 26 August to 1 September. The city also hosted the UCI BMX World Championships in 2010, when Sifiso Nhlapo, claimed silver for South Africa in the men’s elite division. Furthermore, South Africa will also play host to the annual UCI MTB Masters World Championships, which is scheduled to take place a week prior to the elite event from 21 to 25 August. Event organiser Alec Lenferna says that this is an opportunity that will take many years before it repeats itself again. 17 July 2012 Last year, Pietermaritzburg became part of the UCI World Cycle Tour with the addition of the Msunduzi Road Challenge. This year, the event will serve as the UCI World Cycling Tour final. “This is the second biggest UCI event after the Road World Champs, and an opportunity like this does not come around often. “The Mountain Bike World Championship event is a very big deal,” he explained. No qualification criteria is needed to enter, making it a huge opportunity for local cyclists, but, for South Africans, the best way to test their skills in the crops-country and downhill disciplines is to participate in local provincial and national events before they commit to the Masters Worlds.center_img MastersThe Masters event is open to all non-elite cross-country and downhill participants and is a hot favourite with the team mechanics and support crews of the elite teams that will be racing a week later. Rare opportunity“It could be another 12 to 15 years before South Africa gets the opportunity to host a world championship again.” Masters’ definition The word “Masters” refers to all non-elite riders from any of the 30+ age categories, including sub-veterans, veterans, masters and grand masters. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Unlike the previous four years, where the UCI Masters Worlds was held in Brazil, the Masters will now be held in the same country as the host of the elite World Championship events in the future, thanks to a South African initiative. World cycling’s governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), recently released its mountain bike calendar for 2013. For South African fans of the sport, it will look a little different, but there is a good and pleasing reason for that. SAinfo reporter Lenferna also confirmed that Pietermaritzburg would host the UCI MTB World Cup opening rounds once again in 2014 and 2015. Cycling events in PietermaritzburgThe city previously hosted the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2009, 2011 and this year, when home town boy, Greg Minnaar won the downhill for a second time, and Burry Stander, who hails from Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, finished second in the cross-country.last_img read more

How to File a Homeowner’s Claim

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionIn fact, in the following situations, experts recommend NOT filing a claim:If the cost to repair and replace may well be less than the deductible;If the cost to repair and replace isn’t going to be much more than the deductible (most say not to file unless it’s at least $500-$1000 more, while some advise going even higher);If the damage is caused by an event that is unlikely to be covered by the policy (remember, those without flood insurance are most likely NOT covered for a high-water event);If the homeowner has made more than two claims in the last decade (meaning the insurance company already considers him or her high risk);If the problem happened because of needed maintenance the homeowner failed to do (meaning the claim will likely be denied)This might seem contrary to common sense. After all, we may think, this is why we have insurance. Unfortunately, however, homeowner’s insurance companies can and do raise rates or even pull coverage completely based on homeowner claims—even claims that were denied. (Laws on this do vary by state.) In the end, the monetary benefits from filing may be dwarfed by cost increases to the policy.What’s more, a homeowner’s claim history will follow them around and potentially count against them. Insurers use an information system called CLUE, the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, to check on claims history before insuring or issuing a quote. CLUE tracks all the car and homeowner’s insurance claims a consumer has made over the past 7 years, including those that were denied.So before putting it on record that a claim has been made, homeowners should think carefully. Of course, there is definitely a time and place for making a claim, but that time and place is typically after major and catastrophic damage.Document the DamageLet’s say damage is severe enough to warrant filing. Although it may seem tempting to start cleaning up the home right away, the homeowner’s first job is to document the damage and list the losses, as thoroughly as possible. Today’s smartphones make this task easy, but it’s crucial to take notes as well, and to date them.Do not throw out damaged items yet, as the adjuster may want to see them. At the same time, don’t place belongings at risk of further damage by leaving them exposed to the elements. Move salvageable goods to a safe storage area.Finally, homeowners who have been the victim of a crime, such as a theft, should report it to the police. Get copies of the police report.Begin RepairsAlthough homeowners may think they should wait to receive a check or at least see an adjuster before making any steps toward repair, this is not the case. In fact, they should not hesitate to make repairs that are needed for safety or to protect the home, such as fixing broken windows. Holding off may cause the insurance company to say that damage has been worsened by negligence. However, save receipts from these repairs.If the home’s damage is so severe that it is unlivable, families should seek shelter elsewhere–again, saving receipts so they can be reimbursed.In part 2 of this series, we’ll cover filing the claim, dealing with problems, severe disasters, and special concerns for military members.ReferencesHill, T. (2017). How to Make the Most of Your Home Insurance Claim. Retrieved from https://smartasset.com/mortgage/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-home-insurance-claimInsurance Information Institute. (n.d.) How do I file a homeowner’s claim? Retrieved from http://www.iii.org/article/how-do-i-file-a-homeowners-claimLake, R. (2016). How to file a homeowner’s insurance claim. Retrieved from https://smartasset.com/mortgage/how-to-file-a-homeowners-insurance-claimOchalla, B. (2017). When not to file a homeowner’s insurance claim. Retrieved from  https://quotewizard.com/home-insurance/when-not-to-file-a-homeowners-insurance-claimProcter, B. Financial Recovery and Risk Management. Retrieved from http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPrinterFriendlyPub.aspx?P=emw1022Waters, J. (2013). When not to file a home insurance claim  Retrieved from http://www.marketwatch.com/story/think-twice-before-filing-home-insurance-claims-2013-10-16 New Home by paulbr75. CC BY 2.0. By Carol ChurchIf you’ve ever had the experience of having your home robbed or seriously damaged, you know how awful it can be. Seeing the destruction and mess can feel deeply upsetting, and somehow very personal.At times like these, we may react in emotional ways. However, it’s key to try to stay calm. This may well be a time to make a claim on homeowner’s insurance. But to do so effectively, there are some things that are important to know.Should You File a Claim?When we see any kind of damage to our home, our impulse may be to pick up the phone and immediately call the insurance agent. But in real life, it’s actually not that simple. Before making that call, homeowners should consult the terms of their policy and consider the potential price of making a claim vs. the cost of repairing and/or replacing the missing or destroyed items.last_img read more

LEVEL 3 COACHING COURSE

first_imgTouch Football Australia will be holding a level 3 coaching course in May or June 2006. APPLICATIONS CLOSE APRIL 24!Candidates interested in being involved must apply using the job description below. They must also select one of the contemporary topics from the list below and submit a 2000 word paper with their application.In addition candidates must have had 10 coaching observations done on them must submit these with their application.Candidates should also have completed 10 coaching observations on other coaches – copies of these should be attached as well.If you have any queries please contact Dennis Coffey on 0411 850 494 or Peter Topp 0411 270 306 or via email [email protected] 3 COACH JOB DESCRIPTIONLEVEL 3 COACH RESEARCH TOPICSlast_img read more

Dont Read Too Much Into Ohio States Unanimous No 1 Ranking

The 2015 Ohio State Buckeyes haven’t played a game yet, but they’re off to a historic start. Not only does the team rank first in the Associated Press’s preseason poll, but it also garnered all 61 possible first-place votes — making it the first time in the 66-year history of the preseason rankings that a team was unanimously voted No. 1.There’s no question that the Buckeyes are bursting with talent, having retained 14 starters (including three All-Americans) from last year’s 14-1 squad that won the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship. The metrics are fond of them as well: The Buckeyes rank No. 1 in ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index (FPI), with a 31 percent probability of finishing the season without a loss. (No other team has more than an 11 percent chance of going undefeated.)But as great as Ohio State figures to be, the share of No. 1 votes that a top-ranked team receives hasn’t historically been a reliable indicator of how strong it will be at season’s end.Among top-ranked teams in the preseason since 1992, there’s a passable relationship between the percentage of available No. 1 votes gathered and the team’s eventual end-of-season power rating.1As measured by the Elo-like estimated version of FPI we used here. But that’s almost entirely because voters (sensibly) tend to hand their No. 1 votes to teams that were already good in the first place. If we look at whether the share of No. 1 votes a top-ranked team receives in the preseason predicts the change in its rating from the preseason to the end of the year, there’s essentially no relationship at all.In fact, Ohio State’s accomplishment might actually be more indicative of an overall trend toward consolidation atop the preseason poll. In the five polls between 1992 and 1996, for instance, the No. 1 team accumulated 56 percent of all top votes on average. In the most recent five years, that average was 79 percent, with each of the past three preseason No. 1 teams garnering at least 95 percent of the vote.This year’s Buckeyes should be a treat to watch. But their unanimous No. 1 ranking doesn’t make them any more likely to dominate the season than a team with the same FPI but a less-impressive vote tally. read more

Can The Eagles Beat The Bears Can Houston Stop Andrew Luck

sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The NFL’s 2018 regular season is finally in the books. Before the playoffs get rolling, let’s look back on an interesting Week 17 and preview next weekend’s wild-card round. We’ll end with giving our Super Bowl predictions again, just to keep us honest.Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): I will have to revise my Saints-Steelers Super Bowl pick.sara.ziegler: LOLThe AFC had all the drama yesterday, so let’s start with the Ravens/Steelers/Colts/Titans business.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): I was very much hoping for that Colts-Titans tie. But alas.sara.ziegler: If the NFL were scripted, we would have ended the regular season on a tie.neil: Particularly this of all regular seasons.Salfino: What’s interesting to me about the Ravens is that teams are not punishing Lamar Jackson for running.joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): I’m unclear on why teams don’t force Jackson to beat them with his arm as well. It’s worked in the past against other highly mobile QBs, and there seems to be no great reason why it won’t work again.neil: That’s part of what makes the Ravens so interesting, that their second-half playoff push basically coincided with the QB change and this rush-heavy identity that seems so different in a league that set new records for passing in 2018.Salfino: Yes, the Ravens and the Chiefs are the offenses you really can’t prepare for in a week, IMO. I have no idea how a team can prepare for Jackson in one week. But LAC at least just faced him. Is that advantage Chargers? To me this is the most interesting game of the wild-card round.sara.ziegler: The Ravens nearly let Sunday’s game slip away, though.Salfino: The problem is that it’s so hard to stay disciplined and not chase him. Defenses are taught to be aggressive.Jackson allows the offense to play 11 on 11, and all of defense is predicated on the defense playing 11 on 10.joshua.hermsmeyer: Also strange is that we can make legit comps between Jackson and Josh Allen. Bill Belichick kept Allen in the pocket during Week 16 knowing the main danger he poses is from his legs. And New England won.Salfino: Yes, the Patriots are just taught to be super disciplined so they can counter that probably better than most teams.sara.ziegler: Did the Browns figure that out a little bit too against Jackson? The Ravens rushed for 8.5 yards per carry in the first half and just 4.5 in the second.Salfino: Maybe as the game wore on, but by then the damage was done. The Browns were just getting gashed. The Ravens were running on 3rd-and-long and converting. It was like a college game — old-school college before the passing explosion.joshua.hermsmeyer: Credit as well to the play-calling, I think. It’s a very creative scheme the Ravens are rolling out.Salfino: Is the Ravens defense overrated? Where are the blue chip players? They are just coached so well. Wink Martindale should get interviews.neil: And Jackson’s own speed is really something to behold. On that first TD Jackson scored, it looked like he was shot out of a cannon.Salfino: Jackson also looked like he was playing at video game speed even on the shorter second TD run. He just darted into the end zone like everyone was standing still.I think the Ravens offense is underrated and their defense is overrated.sara.ziegler: In the other afternoon AFC game of note, the Steelers came out incredibly flat before rallying for the win, which wasn’t quite enough.neil: Pittsburgh’s season will go down as one of the all-time collapses, I think?Salfino: The Steelers have to be the most disappointing team in recent memory. They were top 10 in all the key defensive stats except interception percentage — which is fluky, but man that killed them. They have Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 5,000 yards, two All-Pro WRs, and the running game was fine. Yet they just blew one game after the other.joshua.hermsmeyer: Antonio Brown has been inefficient this year, but he was missed.Salfino: The Steelers were sixth in yards per play and sixth in yards allowed per play and didn’t make the playoffs. This is almost impossible. I thought it was impossible.neil: After Week 11, we gave them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.sara.ziegler: I was surprised all season that they were as high in Elo as they were.Salfino: Being third in sack rate and 28th in interception rate defies conventional wisdom that pressure creates turnovers. Maybe PIT was super unlucky, too.sara.ziegler: They reeled off six wins in a row, but they never looked dominant.neil: Some of that was probably residual, Sara, from last year, when they had Le’Veon Bell, etc. But the narrative all first half was how they didn’t need Bell.sara.ziegler: Yeah, and James Conner filled in well for them!Salfino: Is MIN more disappointing than PIT? This is going to be a brutal offseason for Kirk Cousins. No player in memory is going to be under more pressure than he will be next year.neil: This is a fraught question for Sara ….sara.ziegler: I can’t even talk about it.neil: Yep.sara.ziegler: Well, Mike, we all know how well Cousins does with pressure.neil: 😬Salfino: I really thought Cousins was a franchise QB. He did pretty well with just garbage offensive talent in 2017 in WAS, and this year he just never really could get it going. He played so tight.neil: Sunday was sort of symbolic of the whole 2018 Vikings.They controlled their destiny at home (granted against the Bears).Cousins goes 4-for-11 for 2.1 yards per attempt and two sacks on third and fourth down.Terrible overall performance.Salfino: It seemed like Cousins averaged about a yard per attempt. If I were the coach of the Vikings, I’d tell him to take chances and not care about INTs. They’re overrated.neil: The Minnesota defense was uncharacteristically bad on third down, too. Allowed 57 percent conversions after giving up only 28 percent all season before Sunday.sara.ziegler: sara.ziegler: 🤣Salfino: I think the Bears just crush the Eagles. This spread is all Foles-narrative-driven, and I don’t believe in fairy tales.sara.ziegler: Wow, Mike.LOLneil: Anybody picking the Eagles probably does have visions of this being yet another Bears team that got into the playoffs on defense with a weak QB performanceAnd promptly lost. But that’s not really this team. Trubisky has been progressing.(The defense is still amazing, of course)joshua.hermsmeyer: You can dink and dunk on Chicago. This will be the defining image of the season for me.Salfino: Cousins showing Thielen how to run routes was both hilarious and sad.joshua.hermsmeyer: One silver lining for the Vikings is that the situational football we typically use to judge Cousins as a disappointment is among the least predictive of future performance in all of football: throws under pressure, third-down conversions. Kirk deserves his share of the blame, but the entire offense looked out of sync yesterday and for a lot of the second half of the season.sara.ziegler: Cousins has his redemption narrative all set for next season, LOL.Salfino: The Eagles benefit from the Vikings’ struggles. I can’t believe that the Bears are only 6-point favorites.neil: Particularly with Nick Foles not necessarily 100 percent.sara.ziegler: The Eagles don’t even need Foles, Neil!neil: Carson Wentz? Nick Foles? Nate Sudfeld? No problem.sara.ziegler: Well … Wentz? Some problems.Everyone else? Fine.neil: Philly was always a backup QB’s dream city during the McNabb era. Some of that has carried over, I guess.Salfino: Foles has got to be the most volatile QB in NFL history. We should quantify that. He’s below average for his career and is treated like a franchise QB based on about 16 games, if we include all of 2013.neil: Yeah, the gap between his best 16 and worst 16 starts has to be one of the biggest ever.Salfino: I can’t even imagine the Bears losing to the Eagles. They are just going to chew Philly up. The Eagles’ best playmaker is still 100-year-old Darren Sproles, who is amazing, but come on.joshua.hermsmeyer: I can’t think of Foles without wincing that he lost $1 million because of four snaps.This is just brutal.sara.ziegler: Ooof.Salfino: Foles is going to get $100 million in about three months, so I will not feel sorry for him.joshua.hermsmeyer: hahsara.ziegler: LOLThe one other meaningful game yesterday — aside from the games that cost coaches their jobs — was Colts-Titans. Anyone surprised that the Colts dominated that one?neil: I mean, Blaine Gabbert was starting for Tennessee, Sarasara.ziegler: FairSalfino: Titans-Colts is QB wins to me. Luck vs. Gabbert. Come on. Murder. She. Wrote.joshua.hermsmeyer: Oh gawd not QB WinzSalfino: YES!!!Give me the better QB, and I’ll take my chances.joshua.hermsmeyer: smhMarlon Mack outrushed Derrick Henry, so why not RB winz?Salfino: No RB winz because winning yards per carry gets you nothing in win probability.Josh, you and I agree broadly but just quibble about how much credit quarterbacks get in the passing game.joshua.hermsmeyer: This is true.neil: Either way, it’s been great to see Andrew Luck bounce back from the injury and lost season to play well and lead a playoff push.sara.ziegler: I’m still amazed by the Colts’ turnaround.They were at 4 percent to make the playoffs on Oct. 15.Salfino: Luck should be in the MVP conversation. I understand it’s Patrick Mahomes. But Luck has done a lot with a lot less than Mahomes. Luck does seemingly have great coaching now though. Frank Reich, who the Colts backed into, was the hire of the offseason. I think better than Matt Nagy even.joshua.hermsmeyer: Luck truly played himself back into game shape. Early on, his throws were routinely Derek Carr short, and by the end of the season he was mostly back to the old Luck.sara.ziegler: So let’s turn to this weekend’s games.Colts-Texans and Seahawks-Cowboys on Saturday, Chargers-Ravens and Eagles-Bears on Sunday.Which underdog has the best chance?neil: Three of the 4 underdogs are +2.5 per Vegas.Salfino: Colts-Texans is the game of the week to me in terms of having no idea who will win. The Texans are a strange team with great strengths (QB, pass rush) and crippling weaknesses (offensive line, pass coverage).On paper, the Colts are a terrible matchup for the Texans because Luck led the league in lowest sack rate as he completely transformed his game to protect his health. So smart.neil: Indy also also beat Houston in Houston less than a month ago.Salfino: I am going to fade the Seahawks: 25th in yards allowed per play and 31st in sack rate allowed. That’s so bad. I can’t believe they even made the playoffs.neil: Ironically, our Elo gives Seattle the best chance of any wild card weekend team. 😉Elo has a tendency to react strongly to recent hot streaks, for better or worse.Seattle has won six of its past seven, including a win over Kansas City.Salfino: If you have Russell Wilson, anything is possible. I will stipulate.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Seattle for my part. Turnovers are wildly unpredictable, and that drove their defensive Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for much of the season, but they are built to win close games like this one where both teams appear to want to “establish the run.”Salfino: The football story of the week when it comes to the chess aspect of the game and coaching is whether the Chargers having experienced the Ravens offense can now shut it down. But they don’t really do much on defense except play that Seattle, straight-up style. So do they even have a bag of tricks?sara.ziegler: Seems strange to me that the Ravens are favorites over the Chargers.Baltimore is hot right now, but L.A. has been solid all season.Salfino: Well, Baltimore has had the best home-field advantage in football when you factor in road vs. home record. So LAC are up against it.neil: Never underestimate the extra value of home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs, too.sara.ziegler: Yeah, that all makes sense.I still like the Chargers. I’m being obstinate, LOL.neil: Well, this is a little bit of a counter to the QB Winz debate from above. L.A. clearly has the better QB.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Philip Rivers and the Chargers as well. Particularly if the Chargers keep Jackson in the pocket.Salfino: No Super Bowl team has won a road game since the 2012 season. But I’ll say that the most likely road winners this week in order are the Colts (they win), Chargers (I can see it but don’t think they adjust defensively), Seattle (Wilson gives them a chance) and Eagles (no chance unless Mitch Trubisky craps the bed).sara.ziegler: 🔥joshua.hermsmeyer: The Baltimore defense prevents completions, that’s their best skill. But Rivers has completed passes at 1.8 percent over expected this season.Salfino: New England really gets tested if the Colts win. (They would have to play the winner of Baltimore-LAC.) If the Texans win, Houston is just made for an easy Patriots victory in the divisional round.Little worried about how Rivers has looked of late. But probably just random variance. There’s not much data on QBs this old late in the season and into the postseason other than Brady.sara.ziegler: I’m worried about how Rivers looks, too — at least in this Mina Kimes drawing: joshua.hermsmeyer: looolneil: That’s still accurate.I loved that segment on NFL Countdown Sunday, where they talked about Rivers’ trash talk. Which somehow never includes swearing.sara.ziegler: I’ve always really liked him. A perfect fantasy football QB.Salfino: Philip Rivers is great. A Hall-of-Famer IMO. But unbelievably he has as many career playoff wins as Mark Sanchez. He needs more pelts on the wall.sara.ziegler: Very fair.Is anyone taking the Eagles over the Bears?neil: I recuse myself.LOLsara.ziegler: Wait, we can’t make predictions about our favorite teams?I’ve literally been picking the Vikings to lose all season.neil: I gotta hand it to you, those were accurate predictions.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: As opposed to this one: Salfino: Remember, Foles was LUCKY to beat the Falcons last year. He had a ball go off a Falcon’s knee, or they probably lose that game. Then he turned into Cinderella, and I have no idea how or why.sara.ziegler: He did get to face the Vikings last year — that undoubtedly helped.joshua.hermsmeyer: If Foles can be efficient and healthy, and the Eagles are patient, I can totally imagine a game where Biscuit implodes and the Eagles move on. I think the spread has some of that in it.Salfino: I do not believe in the Eagles defense at all. But I also don’t like how Nagy hasn’t given Tarik Cohen consistently more touches than Jordan Howard. And the Bears are all banged up now at WR.I agree with Josh on Trubisky, but the Bears and Nagy can’t put him in a position to lose that game. The Eagles have no playmakers. Dare them to score.sara.ziegler: Yeah, it could be closer than it seems. Of course, if Foles can’t play, then the Eagles will REALLY need a fairy tale.All right, let’s wrap this up with our Super Bowl predictions, so we can continue to look ridiculous when our picks all lose.Salfino: I’m going Saints-Chiefs, but that’s predicated on the Colts beating the Texans and giving the Patriots a nightmare matchup in the divisional round. It’s so public to fade the Chiefs that I’m fading the public. Offense!Mahomes wins MVP and Brees wins Super Bowl MVP. Seems fair.neil: I’ve been saying New Orleans over K.C. for these past few chats, and that’s still possible, so I’m sticking with it. (Despite the defensive concerns!)sara.ziegler: I took the Bears last time, and now having watched them flatten my own team, I probably need to keep them. Bears-Chiefs, Chiefs take it down.joshua.hermsmeyer: Chiefs-Rams rematch, Chiefs win. Because that would be the best ending to the best offensive season in the NFL probably ever.neil: What’s the score on that one, Josh? Is it the first Super Bowl whose score will be mistaken for an Arena Bowl?joshua.hermsmeyer: 36-35 with the game decided on a 2-point conversion.neil: Ooh, going low. I like it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Football Ohio State looks to make it six straight wins against rival

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) pushes past Michigan defenders during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 win on Nov. 26. Credit: Lantern File Photo“The Game” returns Saturday.Having already punched its ticket to the Big Ten Championship game, No. 9 Ohio State (9-2, 7-1 Big Ten) will travel north to take on its rival, No. 24 Michigan (8-3, 5-3 Big Ten), to finish the regular season. The two teams will clash for the first time since the first-ever overtime game between the rivals last season in which Ohio State won 30-27 on a walk-off touchdown in double-overtime by H-back Curtis Samuel. Ohio State offense vs. Michigan defenseOne of the top offenses in the country will square off against one of the top defenses in the nation Saturday, with Ohio State’s potent offense (third in the nation in scoring) and Michigan’s stout defense (11th in the nation in fewest points allowed) pinned against one another. The heart and soul of the Wolverines’ defense this season has been its ability to stifle opposing aerial attacks. Michigan’s top-ranked pass defense has allowed 144.4 yards per game and the third-fewest yards per attempt at 5.7. Only once this season has Michigan allowed more than 200 passing yards and it has yet to allow multiple passing touchdowns in a single game.That passing defense has been carried by the performance of two of its starting safeties, Khaleke Hudson and Tyree Kinnel. The pairing are No. 2 and 3 in total tackles on the team, respectively, and both have a pair of interceptions so far this season. Hudson also has forced two fumbles while Kinnel returned an interception for a touchdown. This secondary will be tested Saturday, however, against the top passing offense it will face all season. Before Ohio State, only Penn State cracked the top 25 in passing yards per game at No. 24, and Ohio State sits firmly six places ahead of them at No. 18. The Penn State offense put up 282 passing yards and a touchdown against Michigan’s defense.Michigan’s front seven, led by Butkus semifinalist linebacker Devin Bush, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst and defensive end Rashan Gary, will apply pressure to the offensive line and quarterback J.T. Barrett. The Wolverines are tied for seventh in sacks per game with 3.27, and Bush, Hurst and Hudson all have more than five sacks. However, Ohio State’s offense has gone away from the passing game lately, posting its two fewest pass attempts over the past two games. That is why so much of this game will come down to Michigan’s ability to stop the run. The Wolverines have been one of the top teams in the nation at stopping the run, allowing the 15th-fewest yards per game (116.8) and 17th-fewest yards per carry (3.41). However, that rush defense has been either boom or bust for the Wolverines this season. It has often been suffocating, allowing just 11 yards on 27 attempts to Florida and less than 100 yards in five other games. At times, it also has been exposed. Michigan has allowed more than 150 yards on the ground five times, including a 224-yard, five-touchdown outburst from Penn State, led by its star running back Saquon Barkley. That has been a trend for the Wolverines this season. They have have allowed an average of 3.13 yards per carry to unranked opponents, but 4.9 yards per carry to ranked opponents. And against the Buckeyes, they will be tasked with trying to stop the second-best rushing offense they have faced all season. Ohio State has the 12th-most rushing yards per game and is tied for seventh-most yards per carry. The Buckeyes also are an offense that is clicking as of late, having put up its two highest rushing totals of the season at 335 and 325 yards against Michigan State and Illinois, respectively. Ohio State defense vs. Michigan offenseThe flip side of the matchup does not appear to be quite the same battle. Michigan’s offense has struggled this season, posting only the 101st-most yards per game at 360.4 and is tied for the 82nd-most points per game at 26.3. Ohio State’s defense, on the other hand, has done its part to keep opposing offenses at bay, allowing the 22nd-fewest points (19.8) and eighth-fewest yards per game (291.5).If the Wolverines are to find any success, it will have to come on the ground. Their rushing offense ranks 35th in the nation in yards per game at 194.2 and has the 52nd-most yards per carry at 4.64. The bulk of that production has come from junior running back Karan Higdon, who has rushed for 874 yards on 136 carries and 10 touchdowns. Michigan also will  lean on running backs Chris Evans and Ty Isaac,who have both rushed for more than 500 yards and have combined for eight touchdowns. Unlike Michigan, Ohio State has been consistent in stopping the run this season. The Buckeyes have only allowed more than 150 rushing yards three times and have held teams to under 100 six times this season. Even matched up against ranked opponents like Penn State, Michigan State and Oklahoma, Ohio State has only allowed 2.4 yards per carry. Where Ohio State struggles most defensively also happens to be where Michigan struggles the most offensively. Ohio State has looked incapable of defending against the pass at times, even if the 15th-fewest passing yards per game appear to tell a different story. But the Wolverines also have struggled to pass with any consistency. They have only three games with more than 200 passing yards, and they have just eight touchdowns to seven interceptions.The biggest question mark for the team will come down to the man under center since Brandon Peters had to enter concussion protocol after taking a hit against Wisconsin. Peters had shined in his five games played, throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. And with last season’s starter Wilton Speight still questionable for the game, Michigan might have to turn to John O’Korn, who has a 53.2 percent completion rating and one touchdown pass to five interceptions.The latest edition of the rivalry does not appear destined for a shootout. Michigan’s offense does not appear to have the firepower to rack up gaudy point totals, but its defense could provide Ohio State with one of the Buckeyes’ toughest challenges of the season.Predictions:Edward Sutelan: Ohio State wins 28-20Colin Hass-Hill: Ohio State wins 34-21 read more

Gear Hour Restrictions For Upper Cook Inlet Set Gillnet

first_imgThe announcement also restricts set gillnet  gear in the Kenai and Kasilof sections only. In a release on Wednesday, DF&G have modified the weekly fishing periods with set gillnets in the Kenai and Kasilof sections of the Upper Subdistrict, effective at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. With regularly scheduled fishing periods on Mondays and Thursdays no longer in effect in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, except for the East Foreland Section, any and all fishing time provided to this set gillnet fishery may occur only via EO beginning July 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game announced both hour and gear restrictions for Upper Cook Inlet set gillnet in both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.  Commercial fishing periods in the Upper Subdistrict set gillnet fishery, excluding the East Foreland Section, are open for no more than 48 hours per week, with a 36-hour continuous closure per week beginning between 7:00 p.m. Thursday and 7:00 a.m. Friday.last_img read more