Croatia – a global tourist investment hit. Does it follow IT?

first_imgAccording to the analytical report Global tourism locations of the future 2017/2018, prepared by the fDi Division, the analytical department of the Financial Times, Croatia is the seventh in the world in terms of potential for investment in the tourism sector.Croatia is also the winner of the Special Editor’s Choice Award, for “impression stronger than size” (punching above their weight), along with Belize and Jamaica. These are the countries that have been assessed to have the greatest progress in the field of improving tourism infrastructure, accommodation and tourism development initiatives, and are making special efforts to attract foreign investment in the tourism sector.The fDi analysis also sees the growth of Croatia as a location for “film tourism“, Ie tours of locations for shooting popular movies or series. Croatia was rated the leader in the category as well Accommodation capacity upgrades, after the opening of 40 new or renovated hotels in 2016 and 50 in 2017. The number of hotels with pet zvjezdica grew for 44%, over six years (ending in 2016), and the number of hotels with four – for 77%. The number of two-star hotels fell by 29%, indicating a growing trend in the quality of accommodation. This growth, of course, is accompanied by technology.Croatia also has 61 marinas with over 20.000 berths – which earned it the award Investing in the Nautical Industry (Cruise Industry Investment award).The Ministry of Tourism has once again prepared a survey of investments in tourism for next year. According to the submitted data, in 2018 tourism will be invested 940 million euros. In doing so, companies will invest around 628 million euros in their tourism projects, while the public sector, ie counties, cities and municipalities will invest through 311 million euros. Announced investments in the private sector include investments in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, facilities and attractions, and investments in the public sector include investments in visitor centers, beaches, promenades, etc. Investments according to the survey in 2017 amounted to are 817 million euros, and in 2016 676 million euros.These, and related topics, will be addressed at the conference  3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech, which takes place after the success of last year ‘s edition 20. March, this time in a larger and more luxurious space Boutique Cinema Kaptol in Zagreb.Period to buy Early bird ticket, has been extended, but only minimally, by the end of the week, for all those who left the purchase for Friday, which is a common custom among Croats and beyond.Conference tickets are available through the Entrio system, the link is at the bottom of the conference page http://3t.bug.hr/The conference opens with a keynote lecture entitled Travel Drives Technology: New Apps Everywhere, will be held by a guest from Germany Martin Reents, serial entrepreneur & CEO.The round table, panel discussion, that follows will be moderated Ivan Ilijasic, Orioly. The name of the panel discussion is: How to solve the problem of seasonality in tourism with technology?The seasonality of Croatian tourism is already a well-known problem, and we should have started thinking about cases of “overtourism” a long time ago. How can we use technology to extend the season and make it easier to reach tourists outside of the hot summer months? What technological trends can help us with that today? What are the trends in, which are only current hyping and how to start introducing new trends in domestic tourism?One of the lectures will be about implementation of the new Law on Provision of Services in Tourism, which is an issue that concerns both IT people and “tourists”, will sustain it Monika Udovicic, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs and Standards.Some other topics that the organizers are preparing and planning for the conference are: Tourism monetization social networks, CRM in the tourism industry, Influencer marketing – how to make a brand that customers will recognize and recommend, Mobile payment IT solutions for the hotel industry. Instagram in tourism – where everyone is here and little Mujo / Ivica, Digital nomads – work without a job, Croatian nautical tourism on the web, Seasonality and technology, How to distribute your offer of excursions, Strategy advertising na free tools. (The program is subject to change until the last minute.)According to relevant data, Croatia of all EU countries ima the largest share of tourism in gross national product (GDP). Tourism is vital for us, and the IT industry it is the most active, the most profitable and the fastest growing branch last year. Can Croatia achieve synergy of the two sectors?How will it be shaped, and what trends will the tourism industry follow in the coming years? What will be the impact of technology? If you are serious about tourism and if you want to do tourism in the future, these are the questions you need to ask yourself, because all new trends and technologies directly affect your business, and day by day it will affect more and more.Early bird conference registrations 3T – Tourism, Travel & Tech are available in the Entrio system. A link to buying tickets, and more details on the content, can be found on the conference website: http://3t.bug.hr/last_img read more

AAF timeline: Explaining the events leading to football league’s reported end

first_imgThe Alliance of American Football is expected to suspend all football operations, according to multiple reports — a move that likely will mean the end of the fledgling professional football expirament after eight short weeks of play.This isn’t a total shock given recent reports and rumblings around the AAF and majority investor Tom Dundon, but it’s a little surprising the league is potentially shutting down already. The AAF was heading into its ninth week out of 10, so it’s odd the league couldn’t find a way to finish out the season. But here we are. Alliance of American Football owner Tom Dundon tells me a decision whether to shutter the 7 week old league could come as soon as tomorrow or days. He wants a development agreement with the NFL/NFLPA, but no evidence they are willing. Story in @sbjsbd.— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) April 1, 2019These comments were similar to the comments made to USA Today, but the increased timeline raised concerns for AAF fans.April 2There hasn’t been an official announcement from the league as of this writing, but mutliple reports said the AAF plans on suspending operations.What a source told me on @TheAAF: League heads were stunned by this, still working on a solution. There’s still a hope for a Hail Mary situation with outside funding, but they’re now suspending ops before a prime, pre-Final Four CBS time slot. This could get complicated.— Conor Orr 🇦🇶 (@ConorOrr) April 2, 2019Just got off the phone with a source close to the AAF. A few things:1. No one, I mean no one, gets why Dundon is doing this. Not the AAF, nor its partners, nor the NFL2. Just because Dundon is the control owner doesn’t mean it’s his company. Complications on the horizon.— Ben Kercheval (@BenKercheval) April 2, 2019It’s important to note “suspending operations” is different from folding. The league isn’t officially dead yet, but its future doesn’t look great. As the two reports above show, some league executives are still fighting to keep the AAF alive despite Dundon’s plans on shutting it down. MORE: Who killed the AAF? His name is Tom DundonThe question to ask now is: How did we get here?Due to the league’s short lifespan, let’s take a look back on the AAF’s timeline of events from the very beginning to its anitcipated demise.2016Founder Charlie Ebersol came up with the general idea for the AAF in 2016 while working on “This Was the XFL” for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. Ebersol was a filmmaker at the time, but his dad, Dick Ebersol (NBC Sports executive), co-founded the original XFL. So Ebersol was in the business and gained knowledge while making the film about what went wrong with the XFL, and why he could make a pro football league that would succeed.”When I started to dig back into that a couple of years ago to do the film, I started seeing how the potential was never met in terms of what you could do with football,” Ebersol told CBS Sports. “You had lots of people show up. They just showed up to bad products. So if you really focused on having a good product, there’d be something there.”One of Ebersol’s main points on why the XFL failed is that it overpromised and underdelivered. He sought to make a league that was driven by the product on the field rather than gimmicks the XFL relied on.2018MarchThe launch of the AAF was officially announced March 20, 2018.“This [spring football] is a massive gap in the market,” Ebersol said at the announcement. “This is a marketplace of tens of millions of Americans who have been telling us for decades that they want to see high-quality football longer than the football season.”Ebersol said the league planned to start right after the Super Bowl, despite not having team names or locations at that point. The rules and general layout of the league were also explained during the announcement. Several retired NFL players and executives were announced as being part of the league.People such as Bill Polian, Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Justin Tuck and even rules expert Mike Pereira were part of the process to start the league.NovemberAt this point, the league had announced all of its team locations and signed its first 250 players. The full schedule was set up: there would be a 10-week season followed by playoffs and a championship game. Things were starting to take shape, and the league was ready to begin business despite a short amount of time to do so.2019February 9The AAF kicks off to a rave reviews on Feb. 9, captivating the imaginations of football fans who desired an option to fill the NFL void.Ratings for the first game on CBS drew 2.9 million viewers, which passed the marquee NBA matchup between the Rockets and Thunder that same night (2.5 million). The hype was real. Just six days after the Super Bowl ended it seemed football fans were ready to crave this new league.February 18Perhaps the most important day in the AAF’s short history.According to a report from The Athletic, the AAF was in danger of missing payroll and needed an emergency investment. (Ebersol has disputed this, saying the payroll issue was a technical glitch). The league received an investment from Tom Dundon, the majority owner of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes.Dundon provided a $250 million commitment, although the money wasn’t given all at once. According to Darren Rovell, Dundon was financing the league week-by-week and ended up putting about $70 million into the league. Also, when the AAF agreed to allow Dundon to invest, “he took unilateral control of the board,” according to Rovell’s sources. This meant “any decision he wanted to make, including folding the league, was his to make.”February 25A man named Robert Vanech claimed the AAF was  idea and sued the league, claiming 50 percent of it should be entitled to him. The AAF responded saying Vanech’s claim was “without merit.” March 27Just over a month after Dundon made his initial investment, he hinted at the end of the league in comments made to USA Today.”If the [NFLPA] is not going to give us young players, we can’t be a development league,” Dundon said. “We are looking at our options, one of which is discontinuing the league.”These comments were a surprise at the time. Ratings for the league were high. So high that the league moved a few games to TNT and CBS several weeks earlier. Interest wasn’t quite as high as the opening week, but a league shutdown before the first season was even over seemed confusing.Some reports claimed Dundon was just playing hardball with the NFLPA and he wasn’t actually considering shutting down the AAF.April 1One day after the AAF wrapped up its eighth week, Sports Business Journal reported the league is seriously considering shutting down and could happen soon.last_img read more

Serena beats Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. returns a shot against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during their singles tennis match at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/ Joseph Nair)SINGAPORE (AP) — A new venue, an injury-hit preparation and insults from a top sports official — none of it could stop Serena Williams’ winning streak at the WTA Finals.The three-time defending champion made it 16-straight wins at the season-ending championships by beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in Monday’s tournament opener, shaking off the injuries that forced her out of her previous two tournaments and the off-court distraction of disparaging comments about her from Russian tennis official Shamil Tarpischev.Williams is now five wins behind Martina Navratilova’s all-time record of 21 in a row at the tournament, although she won’t have enough matches to catch up this year.“I just found out last time that I was 15 matches and I was like, ‘Oh boy, not another streak,’” Williams said. “So now I’m 16 and, gosh, here we go again.”Williams looked right at home in Singapore’s brand new indoor stadium, with the tournament having moved from Istanbul this year, despite having pulled out of her previous two tournaments in China through illness and a knee injury. She also showed no signs of having been preoccupied with an off-court issue involving comments by top Russian sports official Shamil Tarpischev.He has been heavily fined and suspended by the WTA for referring to Serena and elder sister Venus as “the Williams brothers.” He claimed the line was out of context and meant as a joke, but Williams said it was sexist and racist.In the other Red Group match, Simona Halep beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-3 in a meeting between the only two newcomers in the eight-player field.On Tuesday in the White Group, Maria Sharapova will take on Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova will face Agnieszka Radwanska.The top-ranked Williams was shaky in her opening service game, having to save two break points, but soon settled and took a 4-1 lead. Ivanovic got back on serve at 4-4 and had a crucial break opportunity to go up 5-4 but missed a volley.“That was a huge point but it was actually quite a hard volley, the ball was dropping fast and I didn’t come in fast enough,” Ivanovic said. “I kind of got down a little bit on myself, then I rushed a little bit that (next) service game, so that was a little bit disappointing.”In the final game of the opening set, Ivanovic fell behind 0-40 and eventually dropped serve on a double-fault — one of seven she made during the match.Ivanovic came from a set down to beat Williams at the Australian Open, and looked capable of a similar comeback when she broke in the opening game of the second set, but the American immediately broke back.Williams served 12 aces and improved her record against Ivanovic to 8-1 despite her injury-interrupted preparation.“I felt the knee a little bit, but compared to what it was in Beijing, it just feels so much better,” Williams said. “I was up 4-1 in the first set and cruising and she does what she does best. I felt my energy level got a little low and then I just tried to do everything I can to bring my energy level up to just to fight.”Williams will next face Halep on Wednesday.In the second match, Bouchard managed to win only four points against Halep’s first serve and committed 30 unforced errors against only 11 by her opponent.“Going for it is always my game style but today there was definitely a lack of consistency,” Bouchard said. “I didn’t feel match sharp, but I feel like I can build on this and I still have another match, which is a bit of a positive.”Not a lot was expected of Halep at this tournament, but she already has one win ahead of the match against Williams.“Maybe I can believe,” Halep said. “I have the chance to win this tournament, but I don’t want to think about this.”last_img read more

Kaylee Shukin brings back gold from BC Summer Games

first_imgBy Dusty Yurkin, BC Summer Games The first time she tried vaulting, Nelson’s Kaylee Shukin (Kootenays – Zone 1) fell in love. Now, it’s brought her gold in the equestrian event at the BC Summer Games on Saturday. Shukin said she shares her passion for horses with her mother. The 13-year-old has never looked back since neighbours allowed her to try vaulting during a visit to a farm. She has been vaulting for three years and now competes often in Canadian vaulting competitions, as well as many in Washington. She also stated that she does gymnastics in the winter to help keep her flexibility and help with her overall balance. Shukin’s favourite part about vauliting is “the horses, for sure.” Alongside Shukin on the podium, were New Westminster’s Carley Harder (Fraser River-Delta – Zone 4) who received the silver medal and Janelle Roed of Abbotsford (Fraser Valley – Zone 3) who received the bronze medal.last_img read more

For Indonesia’s newest tarsier, a debut a quarter century in the making

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered, Endangered Species, Environment, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Mammals, New Species, Primates, Research, Species Discovery, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Scientists first spotted a previously unknown type of tarsier on the Togean Islands off Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 1993, and it’s taken 25 years of further studies to describe the diminutive primate species as new to science.Niemitz’s tarsier (Tarsius niemitzi) is named after Carsten Niemitz, one of the scientists on that initial visit to the Togean islands, whom the authors of the new paper call “the father of tarsier field biology.”There are now 12 known tarsier species found in Sulawesi and surrounding islands, but the paper’s authors say the region could be home to at least 16, with more research needed.They warn that loss of habitat makes it “quite plausible” that some tarsier species may go extinct before scientists have a chance to identify them. JAKARTA — In 1993, scientists Alexandra Nietsch and Carsten Niemitz reported finding tarsiers, a type of small primate, on an island chain off eastern Indonesia’s larger Sulawesi Island.Sulawesi’s biodiversity was little known then, and the notion that the tarsier from the Togean Islands might be a new species spurred a series of studies that looked at everything from the tarsier’s vocalizations to its DNA sequence.Finally, in a study published this year in the annual journal Primate Conservation, that initial discovery by Nietsch and Niemitz a quarter of a century ago has been officially confirmed as a new species: Niemitz’s tarsier (Tarsius niemitzi), named in honor of the man “universally regarded as the father of tarsier field biology,” the study says.A map of the Togean Islands, top, nestled of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Image by L. Shyamal via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).“The biodiversity of Sulawesi is much like the biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Darwin’s work,” Myron Shekelle, a professor of anthropology at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, and the lead author of the paper describing the new species, told Mongabay in an email.“Numerous related species were each individually adapted to the specifics of a given island,” he added. “Why would any of us choose to walk away, while species remain undescribed and questions remain unanswered?”Shekelle was also the lead author of a 2017 report describing two new tarsier species from the northern peninsula of Sulawesi.Niemitz’s tarsier from the Togean Islands of Indonesia. Image courtesy of Shekelle et al., 2019.While newly described to science, T. niemitzi has long been known to locals by the names bunsing, tangkasi and podi. Its weight and tail length fall within the range of a number of other tarsier species, but the tarsier from the Togean Islands lacks a reduced tail tuft, which is atypical for tarsiers endemic to small islands, according to the study.Vocalization analysis based on recordings show that its duet is structurally simple, possibly the simplest of all known tarsier duets, the paper adds. “Togean tarsiers are unique among known tarsier acoustic forms in that they respond in playback experiments to all other tarsier duet calls by duetting themselves,” the authors write.They also looked into the conservation status of the Niemitz’s tarsier and suggested it be classified as endangered, largely due to its isolation on the Togean Islands, cut off from the Sulawesi main island by water that goes down to depths greater than 120 meters (400 feet).“The broader implication is that the Togean Islands possess a largely endemic biota of taxa that do not disperse easily across water barriers,” the paper says.These nocturnal creatures can easily leap 3 meters (10 feet) or more in a single bound, thanks to their super-elongated legs — the longest legs relative to arm length of any primate species. Tarsiers, which are found only on a handful of islands in Southeast Asia, use their extraordinary jumping ability to target prey with laser-like precision. They’re the only purely carnivorous primates on Earth, with a diet consisting largely of insects and lizards.To spot their next meal in the darkness of night, tarsiers have developed the largest eyes relative to body size of any known mammal, a crucial adaptation that grants them better night vision even in the absence of the reflective eyeball tissue that most nocturnal species have (think of the spooky glow of raccoon or cat eyes). Tarsiers’ eyes are so large, in fact, that the creatures can’t even swivel them in their sockets — a limitation they’ve adapted to by developing the ability to swivel their heads 180 degrees in either direction, like an owl.Skulls of three type specimens, from left: Jatna’s tarsier (Tarsius supriatnai), Gursky’s spectral tarsier (T. spectrumgurskyae) and Niemitz’s tarsier (T. niemitzi). Image by Myron Shekelle.The description of T. niemitzi brings to 12 the number of known tarsier species found in Sulawesi and surrounding islands. But Shekelle and his co-authors say Sulawesi could be home to at least 16 species of tarsiers, adding that further investigation of other species is needed.“The ability to answer many of the most interesting questions is slipping from our grasp, while at the same time it is quite plausible that some tarsier species may go extinct before we have even identified them,” Shekelle said.Funding for wildlife conservation efforts in general, and for tarsiers in particular, is inadequate to make them fully effective or stabilize the loss of the species’ habitat and the loss of biodiversity within their habitat, Shekelle said.“Nevertheless, while the conservation picture is gloomy, we are also aware that the tarsiers of Sulawesi serve as powerful conservation mascots for tourism, flagship species for awareness, and umbrella species to help protect all of the other Sulawesian biota, both known and unknown,” he said.Citation:Shekelle, M., Groves, C. P., Maryanto, I., Mittermeier, R. A., Salim, A., & Springer, M. S. (2019). A new tarsier species from the Togean Islands of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, with references to Wallacea and conservation on Sulawesi. Primate Conservation, 33.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Rain and fresh kings both in the forecast

first_imgA series of rain storms moved across the North Coast late last week bringing sizable rises to the Chetco and Smith rivers over the weekend. With off and on rain in the forecast, both rivers will be up and down through the week and into the weekend. With the increase in flows, the rivers should see a pretty good influx of new kings, and should push the older fish into their spawning grounds. For the Humboldt rivers, including the Mad, Eel and Van Duzen, the rain coming over the next few days …last_img read more

World’s maths whizz-kids headed for South Africa

first_img25 June 2014The cream of the next generation of mathematicians, represented by 582 high school students from 109 countries, will converge on Cape Town in July for the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) – the first to be held in Africa.Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, briefing journalists in Cape Town on Tuesday, said South Africa hoped that hosting the prestigious event would generate enthusiasm around mathematics and help to inspire the country’s future engineers, accountants, doctors, teachers and inventors.“We do believe that it is important for learners to enjoy mathematics, and this Olympiad gives participants a unique opportunity to broaden their mathematics horizon and compete against the very best in the world,” Motshekga said.Professor John Webb, the event’s director and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town, said the event would “bring mathematics into the public eye and highlight the importance of mathematics education in South Africa’s economic and technological development.”Each participating country enters a team of up to six high school students in the problem-solving contest. The teams sit for up to four-and-a-half hours a day over two days, tackling six problems covering areas of maths that are not directly dealt with in schools.Their solutions are assessed by their team leaders and their marks are approved in consultation with a team of coordinators appointed by the host country. A maximum of seven points are awarded per problem.The top half of the contestants are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. All contestants who do not win a medal, but have solved at least one problem correctly, earn an honourable mention.The Olympiad will take place at the University of Cape Town from 13 to 12 July. The event is being organised by the SA Mathematics Foundation, with support from the Department of Basic Education and sponsors Google, SABC Education, the South African National Roads Agency and Sasol.The six students representing South Africa at the event are: Sanjiv Ranchod (Grade 10, Westerford High School, Cape Town); Tae Jun Park (Grade 11, Rondebosch Boys’ High School, Cape Town); Yaseen Mowzer (Grade 10, Fairbairn College, Cape Town); Bronson Rudner (Grade 10, South African College High School, Cape Town); Nashlen Govindasamy (Grade 12, Star College, Durban); and Robin Visser (Grade 12, St George’s Grammar School, Cape Town).The six were chosen from the top performing learners in the South African Mathematics Olympiad, an annual competition for high school learners countrywide.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Pirates, Lions extend streaks

first_imgLyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Rio silver medalist Diaz back in action Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Less time, fewer timeouts among adjustments for NBA coaches

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next — Tuesday’s start is the NBA’s earliest since 1980. It’s a week earlier than normal, with the maximum number of preseason games cut from eight to six.— Timeouts are reduced from 18 to 14, with each team having seven. They will be limited to two during the last three minutes of games, instead of the previous rule that permitted three timeouts in the final two minutes.— Teams can be fined $100,000 or more for resting healthy players during national TV games, and are discouraged from resting multiple healthy players in the same game or sitting them in road games.— Halftime will be 15 minutes for all games — and the league plans to be diligent about starting the clock as soon as the first half ends. There previously was a minute or two longer for national TV games, and sometimes the clock wouldn’t start until all players had cleared the floor.That change caught the attention of D’Antoni, who noted that in some arenas there is a longer walk from the benches to the locker rooms.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They are losing time and timeouts, with fewer days to prepare before the regular season and fewer chances to talk things over during games.Throw in new rules legislating how they can rest players, and there are plenty of adjustments even for veteran coaches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think it’s good,” said D’Antoni, the NBA coach of the year with Houston last year. “Take stuff out of coaches’ hands, because we just screw it up anyway. So it’s better for the players.”Among the changes: Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the shorter preseason wouldn’t matter to most teams, since they usually run a similar system from year to year unless there was a coaching change, and there were none.His team is different. The Knicks are largely scrapping the triangle offense they ran when Phil Jackson was president and redefining roles with leading scorer Carmelo Anthony traded. They’ve had a number of nagging injuries and may not see some combinations play together until the games count.“It’s one of those years that maybe you wish there was eight exhibition games, but it is what it is and we just have to work,” Hornacek said.There’s also a change for general managers in the form of an earlier trade deadline.Previously the Thursday after the All-Star Game, now it’s the Thursday 10 days before it. Spruell said in discussions with GMs, they felt that would benefit the traded players, who would have the break to acclimate themselves to their new cities.So there’s plenty that’s new, but Spoelstra said they will all catch on.“Whenever there’s rules changes, regardless, players or coaches, you eventually adapt and we’ll do that as well,” he said. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president World Cup failure prompts calls for US soccer ‘revolution’ NBA Coach of the Year, Mike D’Antoni of the Houston Rockets speaks on stage during the 2017 NBA Awards Live On TNT on June 26, 2017 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TNT /AFPNEW YORK—Mike D’Antoni ran an offensive system known as seven seconds or less, so he likes things fast.Good thing, because NBA coaches find things come at them more quickly this season.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “So instead of showing 10 clips at halftime, you might only be able to show two or three,” D’Antoni said.Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, said the goal wasn’t to shorten the length of games, which run about 2 hours, 15 minutes. He said the league wanted the games to have a better flow, and worked with the coaches and Competition Committee, which includes some coaches, during the summer on the changes.Spruell said coaches were fine with the removal of the under-9 minute timeouts in the second and fourth quarters, feeling they came too soon after the quarters started. There will now be two mandatory timeouts in each quarter, at the under-7 and under-3 minute marks.Even at the end of games, coaches acknowledged there were too many stoppages.“As a head coach you always want more timeouts. You want to have that flexibility at the end of the game to be able to help your team,” Miami’s Erik Spoelstra said. “But when I’m watching games, I want there to be less. I do. I want there to be less timeouts and for the games to go a little bit quicker, particularly at the end. You want to just see the action.”All timeouts will now be 75 seconds. Full timeouts were formerly 90 seconds.“Before you have the little pow-wow for a long timeout, the coaches try to get reacquainted and figure out where you’re going to eat dinner,” D’Antoni joked. “But now you’ve got to go in and actually coach.”Spruell said the league didn’t get a lot of pushback from coaches on the suggested changes, even coming around on the resting rules.“I’m just happy Adam Silver gave us some good guidelines to follow when it comes to that so we don’t feel like we’re cheating our fans,” Memphis coach David Fizdale said. “That was one good thing that came out of the coaches’ meetings, Adam Silver’s leadership on that.”Player health was one reason for the shorter preseason. By adding the extra week to the regular season, the league reduced back-to-back games and has no teams playing four in five nights for the first time. View commentslast_img read more