Corning >> The Corning High boys basketball team has an extremely deep and balanced rotation. On Saturday night the Cardinals utilized a lot of their parts as a way to win their own tournament for a third straight year with a 66-51 win over Durham at the 17th annual Corning Shootout. Corey Busta dropped in a game-high 19 points, earning tournament MVP honors, while fellow seniors Brendan Hoag and Noah Zoppi were selected all-tournament with 17 and 13 points respectively for Corning (13-2).Hoa …
Cricket standards are to receive a boostwith the new Optiplay cricket analysistool developed by the CSIR. The Proteas are one of the world’s topteams, but Optiplay could give them anextra edge.(Image: T20worldcupcricket.com)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani TseduCSIR, media and communications+27 12 841 3417Janine ErasmusA cricket-analysis application developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will help improve the standard of the game and enhance players’ skills.CSIR researcher Gert Wessels, of the council’s Consulting and Analytical Services division, developed the application with colleague Matt Vassard, a software developer from the Digital Modelling and Science unit.According to Wessels and Vassard, the new application, named Optiplay, is sure to become an essential tool for coaches.It works by recording all data relating to shots and deliveries, as well as comprehensive video footage of a game. This data can then be used later by the coach, team and analysts to scrutinise important aspects of the game, using a range of filters such as shot type or areas of the field where runs were scored, and work out a more efficient strategy to vanquish opponents.Vassard said the product was remarkable for its objectivity, and allows coaches to go over the smallest detail of the game. This will enable the coach to quickly identify areas of strength in his players, or problems with technique that need to be improved.On the other hand, he can also use it to analyse the opponents’ game and sniff out any weaknesses that can be exploited, and strengths that can be defended.However, coaches need not fear that their jobs are in any danger.“One must remember that the software is simply an enabling tool,” added Vassard, “and the responsibility to conceive game strategies remains that of the coach.”Helping players to reach the topThe new technology is based on another CSIR cricket notational analysis invention, called Crickstat. This product, which recorded deliveries and shots by players as well as umpires’ decisions, and allowed for instantaneous frame-by-frame playback and analysis, was developed with the cooperation of the former Proteas and Pakistan coach, the late Bob Woolmer.Crickstat has been widely used by cricketing nations around the world, including South Africa and the UK, where the England and Wales Cricket Board chose the South African solution above others it considered, and used it to analyse all first-class games in the county cricket league from 2007 onwards.The CSIR’s Sports Technology Centre, working with other CSIR departments, has developed similar tools for other sports, including Rugbystat, Netballstat, Hockeystat and Baseballstat.The centre is internationally recognised as a leading developer of performance-analysis tools, and the application thereof, giving teams that essential edge over their rivals. The development team has supported national squads in the Commonwealth, All-Africa, Olympic and Paralympic games, and has worked with the International Cricket Council and SA Rugby, among others.Initially it will market the product to its existing clients, with a view to bringing more customers on board during a global expansion later on. The technology is ready for use, said the CSIR, and any interested coaches are welcome to phone and inquire about it.Versatility and compatibilityThe application is built on and uses advanced technology from Microsoft, and is therefore compatible with the majority of computers. Because of this it is to be used as a demonstration application at Microsoft South Africa developer conferences countrywide.The programme has three different levels of functionality, each one more complex than the one before. At the lowest level, coaches can look at basic scoring and reporting. On another level, the programme provides information such as ball trajectory and the wagon wheel in 3D.Vassard said this versatility makes Optiplay applicable not only to the most skilled players, but also to beginners and those in grassroots cricket schemes.Optiplay could not have arrived at a better time. The national team, the Proteas, are currently ranked third in the world in the one-day game, and second on the list of test-playing nations. With the next World Cup coming up in February 2011 on the Indian subcontinent, the coaching team is sure to consider any strategy that will help the South African team win the title that has so far eluded them.
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Curdi, a small village in Goa known for its scenic beaches and Portuguese-era structures, is attracting tourists this season for a different reason. Though the village remains submerged under dam water in the rest of the year, in the month of May, it would rise above the water level, making it visible. Tourists as well as the original inhabitants of the village would visit the place during May, when water recedes exposing the village and ruins of an old Lord Shiva temple to the outer world. Locals host a traditional festival in the temple’s remnants, much to the delight of domestic and foreign visitors. Once the monsoon rains pick up, the low-lying village gets submerged, making those displaced sad again. Nestled amid the Western Ghats in South Goa district, Curdi was once a flourishing village bustling with over 600 families. However, its natives agreed to “sacrifice” their homes in late 1970s when then Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar announced construction of a dam on the Selaulim river flowing nearby, an old local resident told PTI. As per official records, the dam construction started in 1976 and was completed in 2000. Prakash Kurdikar (60), who was earlier a resident of Curdi, recalled that by 1986, the village started going under water.“It was an emotional moment for the villagers who sacrificed their homes for the sake of Goa. It is the greatest sacrifice anyone can make,” he said. Its residents were rehabilitated in the nearby Vadden and Valkini villages.State Water Resources Department’s executive engineer K.K. Ravindran said streams around the village have started getting filled up due to the pre-monsoon showers.“If it rains properly for 10 days, then the village would be submerged. It will be visible only after 11 months next year,” he said. This year, the monsoon has been delayed in Goa and the rains have started picking up now, he said.“So, if it rains for next seven days, then by the end of this month, Curdi will disappear,” Mr. Ravindran said, adding that the village is located 5km away from the catchment area of Selaulim dam. Locals claim that before getting submerged, the village turns into an island for a few hours and then slowly disappears under water.
A wry smile played on Gagan Narang’s face as he addressed the media at the Karni Singh Shooting Range on Wednesday. What his optimistic words failed to do, however, was hide his disappointment at finishing with four gold medals instead of the six he was aiming for at the Games.Narang’s failure to make it to the 50m rifle prone singles final put India’s final medal tally in shooting at 14 gold, 11 silver and five bronze medals. This is after Heena Sidhu took second spot in the women’s 10m air pistol and Samaresh Jung settled for bronze in the 25m standard pistol event.The tally was three more than India’s overall total of 27 medals from Melbourne, but two shy of the mark of 16 gold set there. Narang could only manage a 590 in the qualification round to finish tied eighth. He missed out on the final in a shoot-off, managing 51.6 points, the same as Wynn Payne of Canada. Sri Lanka’s Mangala Samarakoon shot 53.2.Hariom Singh made it to the final but finished eighth with a total of 689.6 points, seven behind the winner, Jonathan Hammond of Scotland. Australian Warren Potent, the bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics, took silver with 695.4 while Northern Ireland’s Matthew Hall finished third.Narang still counted the positives. “I am happy with my perform- By Shreyas Sharma in New Delhi ance, four gold medals with four new Games record is good. I did struggle a bit with prone position but I think we should look at the positives,” he said.advertisementNational coach Sunny Thomas said: “I have mixed feelings. The number of medals increased, but I wish the colour of a few of them was different. We could’ve got five more gold medals,” he said. Earlier, Heena suffered a heartbreaking loss in the 10m air pistol event.Leading Malaysia’s Pei Chin Bibiana Ng into the final on the basis of more perfect 10s after both had shot 383s in qualification, Heena only managed 98.6 compared to Pei’s 98.9 to end up with the silver medal.The other Indian in the fray, Annu Raj Singh, finished fourth, 3.1 points behind bronze medallist Dina Aspandiyarova of Australia. Jung, meanwhile, could not find his mark in the 25m standard pistol singles after having finished second in the pairs with C.K. Chaudhary.Any hopes of an addition to the tally in the last event of the Games evaporated with Allan Daniel Peoples (8th) and Mairaj Ahmad Khan (16th) failing to make the final in the men’s skeet singles.The surprise winner was England’s Richard Brickell, who beat former world champion Georgios Achilleos and his fellow Cypriot Andreas Chasikos in a shoot-off.Meanwhile, at the Kadarpur range, India managed to finish 11th in the full bore rifle pairs event, despite the athletes, Sushil Ghaley and Praveen Dahiya, having got their first experience of the guns just days before the competition.New Zealand won the pairs gold ahead of Scotland and England. Ghaley later finished 29th in the singles while Dahiya was 32nd, as England’s Parag Patel won gold, ahead of Australia’s James Corbett and Northern Ireland’s David Calvert.
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Six local authorities across five parishes have been selected to participate in a project geared at stimulating economic development at the community level.This is under the Caribbean Local Economic Development Project (CARILED), which is a six-year programme funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development, Canada (DFATD). It is focused on stimulating sustainable local economic development in the Caribbean region.Jamaica is one of seven Caribbean countries selected to benefit under the initiative, through six local authorities, namely, the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC); the St. Catherine, Clarendon, Manchester, and Westmoreland parish councils; and the Portmore Municipal Council.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Arscott, said the initiative is aimed at mobilising and using primarily local resources, assets and institutions to stimulate economic growth in communities.He was speaking September 26 at a one-day Local Government symposium at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew, to introduce elected officials to the concept of local economic development and to sensitise them of their roles.The Minister informed JIS News that very tangible economic development projects will be pursued in all six local authorities under the proposed initiative.“Several very unique projects will be identified by the respective communities. For example, the KSAC has already identified a project where they are collecting plastic bottles and compacting them for export. This is part of a recycling programme to help relieve the city and the landfill of these large quantities of plastic bottles,” he stated.He also informed that in Clarendon, residents have identified a project to further take advantage of the many benefits of the Milk River Spa.“This project will be implemented in collaboration with the Tourism Enhancement Fund and seeks to create a nucleus of activities utilising the river, flora and fauna. We will be creating a cactus park and setting up a bed and breakfast to complement the rooms already in the hotels, among other things,” Mr. Arscott disclosed.The Minister noted that the CARILED project is very timely, as it comes at a time when the Government of Jamaica has identified local economic development as a strategic policy intervention.Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Angela Brown-Burke, stated that stimulating economic development in the micro and small business sector is one of the keys to creating lasting economic growth on a national scale.She said the CARILED project also presents a unique opportunity to further include Jamaica’s youth population in national development.Head of Aid, DFATD, Marie Legault, pledged that the Canadian Government will continue to provide technical and financial assistance to Jamaica and the rest of the region in the area of economic growth.She noted that in this vein the Government has earmarked an investment of US$600 million over a period of 12 years for the Caribbean to focus on this priority area.Ms. Legault informed that CARILED forms part of this pledge and is geared towards revitalising local communities and local businesses.Launched in 2012, CARILED is headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago with sub-offices in St. Lucia and Ottawa, Canada.The project is being implemented by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in partnership with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), the Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities (CALGA) and the Caribbean Federation of Local Government Ministers (CFLGM).It aims to partner with 50 local government authorities to support the growth and development of 500 micro, small and medium enterprises. CARILED is a six-year programme funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Development, Canada. Jamaica is one of seven Caribbean countries selected to benefit under the initiative. It is focused on stimulating sustainable local economic development in the Caribbean region. Story Highlights
On March 19 and 20, artists Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bernie Williams, former NY Yankee and Latin Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist join leaders of the music instrument and products industry in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on the importance of comprehensive music education in our nation’s schools.Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (photographed here) and Other Renowned Artists Join Music Industry’s DC Fly-In to Advocate for Music Education.Credit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), Photo Credit: Laura GlassThe National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) organizes the annual Advocacy Fly-In on behalf of school music education programs in public schools, to promote the benefits that playing music can have for children and teens, and to assure that federal education policy and funding advance access to music learning for all children.Smith, long known for his music-education advocacy efforts adds his voice to NAMM’s Advocacy Fly-In and efforts to support music in America’s schools. “I am a perfect example of someone who’s been musically educated exclusively throughout grade school, middle school and high school by the public school system,” the GRAMMY-winning drummer said. “If there hadn’t been a music program in my public schools, I would not be where I am today. Every kid – and I mean everyone – needs a chance to learn and grow with music.” Smith also works with the Percussion Marketing Council’s (PMC) “Percussion In The Schools” program, The Boys Club of Milwaukee, The Collective School of Music, Harlem NYC Jazz, Fender Music Foundation, Little Kids Rock and as an ambassador for Music Drives Us.Pressure on funding for school music programs continue as many districts struggle with budgets and regulations that force schools to narrow their scholastic offerings at the expense of important core academic subjects, music and arts education.The issue of music education in schools is also close to the heart of longtime music-education advocate and gifted jazz guitarist Williams, who attended previous NAMM Advocacy Fly-in and has taken up the cause as a national advocate for music education. “As a student, music was available to me in my public school in Puerto Rico. It fostered discipline in me, and the ability to perform under pressure,” he said. “A lot of what music taught me led to my success in other areas – including professional baseball. Music has a profound effect on kids, and education must include music and the arts.”According to a Harris Poll, school principals report higher graduation rates in schools with robust music and art programs than do those without programs (90.2% as compared to 72.9%). In addition, those that rate their programs as “excellent” or “very good” have an even higher graduation rate (90.9%). Schools that have music programs have significantly higher attendance rates than do those without programs (93.3% as compared to 84.9%).Nearly 30 NAMM Members, executive committee and industry representatives will join Smith, Williams and NAMM president and CEO Joe Lamond for this year’s DC Fly-In March 18-20. “NAMM Members envision a world in which every child has a deep desire to learn music and a recognized right to be taught; and in which every adult is a passionate champion and defender of that right,” Lamond said. “Our work in Washington seeks to further that aim.”NAMM’s annual Advocacy Fly-In gives NAMM Members the opportunity to advocate to their Members of Congress for policy and funding to support music and arts education. This advocacy effort includes one day of preparation at the Kennedy Center and another day of personal meetings with representatives and other influencers. Sessions are preceded by an issues briefing and training, after which NAMM Members hit the halls of the U.S. Capitol and Congressional office buildings to lobby their representatives about the importance of music education and needed changes to assure access for music learning. During the trip NAMM Members are also trained on developing state-level advocacy efforts for music and arts education that they can take back to their communities in time for school budget season.
TORONTO – Royal Bank of Canada saw an uptick in demand for mortgages this fall as borrowers look to secure loans before tougher rules — including a stress test — take effect in the new year, one of the bank’s executives says.Neil McLaughlin, RBC’s head of personal and commercial banking, told analysts on its fourth-quarter earnings call there is a heightened awareness of the banking regulator’s revised mortgage underwriting guidelines, which is expected to reduce the maximum amount homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance will be able to borrow.“We have seen a little bit of pull forward this fall,” McLaughlin told analysts on the call Wednesday. “As we talk to customers, some of them are surprisingly aware of what the stress test is about and have decided to move more quickly.”McLaughlin’s comments came as RBC beat analyst expectations with a 12 per cent jump in its fourth-quarter net income to $2.84 billion, driven by double-digit year-over-year increases in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and capital markets. Its latest earnings for the three-month period ended Oct. 31 helped to cap off its fiscal year with a record $11.5 billion profit, up 10 per cent from fiscal 2016.It also comes as the banking regulator in October finalized changes to its mortgage underwriting guidelines — moves aimed at reducing risk amid high household indebtedness and rising home prices, particularly in Toronto and Vancouver.The revised guidelines, called B-20, require would-be homebuyers to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada. An existing stress test requires those with insured mortgages to qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate.Meanwhile, the Bank of Canada has raised interest rates twice in recent months to the current overnight lending rate of one per cent. On Tuesday, the central bank said in its semi-annual review of the financial system that the steady climb of household debt and still-hot housing markets remained top vulnerabilities. However, it said the new mortgage guidelines would help mitigate the risks associated with low-ratio mortgages (with down payments of 20 per cent or more).McLaughlin told analysts Wednesday that more than 90 per cent of its mortgages are already underwritten at these higher rates, and expects the overall impact of these guidelines to be “fairly modest.”“The vast majority of our portfolio and loan originations are not really going to be impacted,” he said.The Bank of Nova Scotia’s chief executive, Brian Porter, told analysts on its earnings call Tuesday that he expects the new guidelines to create a “five per cent headwind” to mortgage originations.McLaughlin told analysts that RBC expects “a similar number”.Dave McKay, RBC’s president and chief executive, said he expects mortgage growth to “slightly moderate.” Canada’s biggest lender by market capitalization had $142.1 billion in uninsured mortgages as of Oct. 31, up 11 per cent from $128 billion a year earlier.“As the Canadian housing industry digests the changing regulatory landscape, we expect mortgage growth to slightly moderate to the mid single-digits,” McKay said on the conference call. “Household demand, however, should still be supported by changing demographics including the large influx of immigrants expected in Canada over the next three years.”Borrowers are showing signs of caution, said Mark Hughes, RBC’s chief risk officer.“More recently, we have seen an increasing number of fixed rate mortgage originations, signalling increased conservatism by our clients in a rising rate environment,” he told analysts on the conference call.The guidelines could also help RBC retain its existing borrowers, said McLaughlin.The new stress test rules won’t apply to those renewing their mortgages if they remain with their existing lender.“We do see this as a positive, and we do expect some lift to our retention rates,” McLaughlin said.
DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 300,000 older Ram pickup trucks worldwide because the fuel tanks can sag.The recall mainly affects trucks in cold-weather U.S. states and Canada where salt is used to clear snow from roads.It includes Ram 1500 pickups from the 2009 through 2012 model years. In the U.S. the trucks are in 20 states and Washington, D.C.The company says an investigation found a bracket can corrode and let the tanks sag. The remaining structure will stop the tanks from falling. Fiat Chrysler says it’s not aware of any crashes, fires, leaks or injuries due to the problem.Dealers will reinforce the bracket. Owners will be told when to schedule service. Anyone who notices a hanging strap or lower tank should contact their dealer.