0Shares0000Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – Kenyatta University student Phillip Kimani overcame 150 competitors to claim the Jumia FIFA gaming tournament, at the Thika Road Mall, over the weekend.Kimani secured a 2-1 aggregate (decided on golden goal rule after 1-1 draw in first leg) victory over Boniface Maina to walk away with the prestigious trophy and Shs 50,000 in prize money. Maina received Sh 10,000, while second runners up Joseph Macharia pocketed Sh 5,000 in the one-day inaugural event.“I’m extremely happy to be the first winner of this Fifa tournament. It’s a great feeling having beaten one of the toughest opponents in the final. I’m truly lost for words, but it’s my hope that I will keep getting better and better,” said Kimani.“It’s a very tough game. It reached a point I almost gave up, but I kept holding on until I won it. As far I am concerned, this is the best event I have seen so far: from display to features.“I will use the money to buy a console to help me continue practising in order to win in future events. Research shows that many people abroad have taken Fifa gaming as a career, winning large amount of money. I think here in Kenya, we are also on the right path.”Close to 500 Fans, who turned out in large numbers, were also not left out as lucky ruffle tickets winners went back home with give-aways courtesy of Jumia partners Dell, Hisense, Asus and Game Changer.Jumia Head of Category Kwenhui Tawah said: “The great turn out shows the power of gaming in Kenya. This is just but the beginning because we are still in the early days for the sport.“This was a great opportunity for the youths to show case their skills as well as celebrate the FIFA 19 on the back of the world cup. Based on the turn out we’ve seen that there is great demand for this type of programs in Kenya and as a result we are going to make this an annual event.”Reflecting on the tremendous growth of E-sports in Kenya, Dell Brand and Category Manager Central and Eastern Africa Peter Mbiti said: “We are focused on helping E-sports in Kenya and supporting the youths in this initiative. I was really impressed with the turn out. The future of E-sporting is pretty bright and it would be awasome if they make a career out of it.”Resan International Sales and Marketing Manager Manishi Dhami added: “It’s really nice to see the response of the event in terms of turn out. We look forward to continue partnering with Jumia in promoting E-sports in the country.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsSaskatoon police are investigating a claim that a man was taken on a starlight tour by officers resulting in him being hospitalized.A police news release said dispatchers received a call from a woman at approximately 1:40 a.m. saying a 19-year-old man had been driven outside of city limits and forced to walk home.The alleged starlight tour was said to have happened Monday evening.A starlight tour is when police pick up an individual and drop them off outside of town forcing them to walk back. It’s particularly dangerous in frigid temperatures. The temperature overnight in Saskatoon reached below -30 C.But alleged victim Drayton Bull told APTN National News he doesn’t remember much of what happened, including if he was in the back of a cruiser.Bull said he was at the casino to have a couple beers and then went to his brothers for a couple more. He was “highly intoxicated” and left to go to his dad’s house.He doesn’t remember what time he left but remembers waking up outside of his father’s at about 10:30 p.m.What happened between then is what’s in question.Bull said when he left his brother’s he remembers a police car going by “really slow” and trying to hide so they wouldn’t take him to the drunk tank.He then blacked out and came to again. He then remembers a man in black pants behind him. He blacked out again and was running on trails he jogs in the summer. The next thing he remembers is waking up outside of his dad’s home. His step-mom called Saskatoon police claiming they had driven Bull outside of town.“I am hoping (my memory) will come back in the next couple of days,” said Bull.Bull was taken to hospital and treated for a concussion. He also has a large sore on his head.Police said they take allegations of starlight tours seriously.Police said all patrol cars are equipped with GPS tracking devices but none of their cars came up as being outside city limits during the alleged time.As of Jan. 1 police vehicles also have audio and video technology. The systems are activated when the back door is opened, or when the siren is activated.The GPS was a recommendation made at the inquiry looking into the death of Neil Stonechild. Stonechild, 17, was taken on a starlight tour in November 1990 by Saskatoon police. He died as a result.Police also said Bull was not a subject of a police computer check, either nationally or locally, during the alleged time frame.Police said they will check the in-car camera once they speak to him.This allegation comes about a week after a man in Brandon, Manitoba wrote on Facebook that he was taken on a starlight tour only to recant the statement hours later.APTN National News spoke to Jay Moosetail and he said police threatened to do it and roughed him up a bit but he was just mad and made it up. Moosetail was leaving a house party and waiting for a cab when approached by police.He was adamant Brandon police called him a “dirty Indian” and said “Idle No More mother****er” before [email protected]@afixedaddress
APTN National NewsInukshuks can be found along roads and rivers across the country.But for the Inuit they hold a special meaning.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has this story of some Labrador youth learning about that part of their history.
But to examine the broader question of whether balance helps a team, we need to see if our measure of balance — specifically, the absolute difference between a team’s index and the league average of 100 on both offense and defense — tracks meaningfully with a team’s future success after controlling for its overall talent level.To that end, I computed the same offensive and defensive indices as above for each team on July 31 of every season since 1986, when the trade deadline was permanently moved to that date (except this year, when the commish moved it to Aug. 1 because July 31 fell on a Sunday). As a first pass, I checked whether a change in a team’s balance correlated with improved play over the remainder of the regular season — and the relationship was practically non-existent.2In statistical parlance, the r between the change in a team’s balance from before the trade deadline to after and its change in winning percentage was 0.018. I then did the same thing but for eventual playoff teams only … and got the same result.3This time, the correlation was -0.009. Finally, I looked at whether a playoff-bound team’s balance had any real bearing on its World Series odds after controlling for its talent, and again, a team’s balance had no significant effect. (If anything, less balanced playoff teams have tended to win the World Series more often since 1986, though that finding is likely just noise.)In other words, balance isn’t something for a team to seek at the deadline — talent is. Teams should be wary about dealing from a strength to improve a weakness if it doesn’t leave them in a better overall place than where they started. Even under the bright lights, a run saved is still worth the same as a run scored, balance be damned.Check out our latest MLB predictions. One school of thinking about the MLB trade deadline, which passes at 4 p.m. Eastern time, is that teams should address their weaknesses and become more balanced in preparation for the stretch run. The notion, which we’ve taken as a given around these parts in the past, is that sacrificing in some area of strength (whether on offense, pitching or defense) to plug a weakness makes a team less vulnerable in the postseason. But is that true? Certainly teams should patch up their weaknesses if it doesn’t mean taking away from their strengths, but all else being equal, balance for its own sake may not necessarily help improve a team’s chances.It’s easy to look at a team’s offense/defense balance — defined as how closely matched a team’s run-scoring and run-prevention capabilities are. We can quantify the clubs most in need of it at the deadline this season by indexing each team’s (park-adjusted) runs scored and allowed per game against the league average. In the chart below, the teams in the bottom right-hand corner are the most balanced — they’re good at both scoring and preventing runs1In this case, a lower defensive index is better because it means a team allowed fewer runs. — but those in the adjacent quadrants have a weakness in one of the two categories. (Those in the top left are just bad at everything.)
The play he’s talking about came as the Falcons clung to a 28-20 lead with about four minutes left in regulation time. The Patriots had just finished scoring 17 unanswered points to pull to within a single score of Atlanta, and the Falcons had run a grand total of six offensive plays over that span before QB Matt Ryan started the drive at his own 10. Atlanta still had about a 92 percent chance of winning the game according to ESPN’s win probability model, but a window had been opened for the Pats.At first, the Falcons appeared to close it again. Ryan hit Devonta Freeman for a 39-yard gain to reach midfield, and a few plays later, Julio Jones made an amazing catch that seemed destined to join the pantheon of great Patriot-killing Super Bowl grabs. But on second and 11 from the New England 23, the Falcons decided to pass instead of running the ball and setting up an insurance field goal, and Ryan was sacked for a loss of 12. Between that and a 10-yard holding penalty on the subsequent play, the Falcons were pushed out of accurate kicker Matt Bryant’s field-goal range and had to punt the ball back to Brady.The rest, as they say, was history.If the Falcons had run the ball on those second and third downs instead, then kicked the field goal, they’d have forced the Patriots to mount an 11-point comeback with something like 2:30 to play — not an 8-point comeback with 3:30 to go. The odds of a team doing the former are about 3 percent; for the latter, 8 percent.The counter-argument, of course, is that 8 percent is still improbable. Even after the sack and the punt, the Falcons were still overwhelmingly likely to win the game. Only one Super Bowl in history had ever seen a team overcome longer second-half odds. (Granted, it was the Patriots’ victory two years ago.) In order to tie the game, Brady and the Pats still needed to:Convert a third-and-10 from their own 9;Complete a 23-yard pass to Julian Edelman, whose catch rivaled the greatest in Super Bowl history;Complete a 20-yard pass to Danny Amendola;Have James White scamper 20 more yards on two catches;Score a touchdown from the Falcons’ 1;Successfully pull off the 2-point conversion.If just one of those plays goes differently, we might be talking about Atlanta’s first Super Bowl title. And even after all that, the Pats still needed to stop Ryan and the Falcons from quickly driving for the game-winning score with under a minute left (which has happened before), and they needed luck on the opening coin toss of overtime and they needed a handful of big plays in OT in order to win. Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special As you may have heard by now — perhaps from the eardrum-shattering sound of New England Patriots fans booing Roger Goodell — the Patriots are Super Bowl champs, having rallied back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 on Sunday. The comeback alone was historic, ranking as the most improbable in Super Bowl history, but there’s also a whole layer of history attached to the accomplishments of New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, plus the revenge narrative of Deflategate. It’s a lot to keep track of.Amidst all the postgame analysis, however, there’s always a place for second-guessing the Super Bowl loser’s coach. And on Sunday night, New Yorker staff writer James Surowiecki provided an instant classic in the genre: Related: Hot Takedown It’s true that the decision to pass instead of run and kick was the proverbial turning point, from which most subsequent plays saw the Pats increase their chances of winning until they hit 100 percent on White’s game-winning TD run. It’s also true that running the ball and going up 11 would have made the Pats’ comeback more difficult — and when you’re going up against the best coach/QB tandem ever, it’s generally not a good idea to gift them free win probability.But in the end, the Falcons still had plenty more chances to snuff out the Pats’ comeback from that point onward. Whether because of poor defense or Brady’s clutch-ness (or both), they didn’t — and it’s the totality of many plays that has us talking about Brady and Belichick’s legacies on Monday, and not crowning a new champion in Atlanta.
The former Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta said he and his family had a hard time adapting to Japanese life.One of Barcelona’s biggest stars, Andres Iniesta, decided to leave the Spanish La Liga giants to join Japanese side, Vissel Kobe.For many it was a shocking move, to others it was expected as the player is now aging but he doesn’t want to stop playing football.And now the 34-year-old explains how difficult was to adapt to the Japanese lifestyle.“I have to confess that the adaption process has not been easy during my first six months in Japan, in sporting and in family terms,” he was quoted by ESPN.“We arrived here after the World Cup, so we had hardly any time to organize ourselves.”“We have spent our time getting used to the differences between the two cultures,” he added.“Japanese customs are radically different to ours [in Spain] but, finally, we feel adapted. Now it’s time to enjoy being here.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“After a run of six or seven defeats when I first got here, I was surprised how well the fans took the bad results,” he said comparing how Barca fans feel after a bad result.“The Japanese take losing in a very different way to how we do in Spain.”“I’ve found it hard to adapt to that philosophy. I have always been very competitive. I have never liked losing. Now, I have to learn from them and see it from another point of view. They’re competitive, but they extract other conclusions from defeats,” he explained.“But my time here has been infinitely more relaxed than my spell at Barca. I was completely empty [in Spain]. I had nothing left. The pressure at a club like Barca is huge. Coming to Kobe has released me from that tension.”90 años de fútbol, de pasión y de ilusiones. Fue un privilegio jugar en @LaLiga con tantos y tantos grandes jugadores y compañeros. Por muchos años más de fútbol. pic.twitter.com/htBDa4r3P9— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) February 11, 2019
The Premier, Sharlene Robinson, who was also celebrating her birthday on Monday September 4 addressed concerns about tourists during the media debriefing yesterday. By Deandrea Hamilton Turks and Caicos Premier says nation ‘elated’ over removal from Zika list; praises CARPHA and CARICOM Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIPremier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp OECD listed but never informed of concerns on TCI investor policy, Premier calls clarity and proof of any breach Recommended for you Turks and Caicos Statutory Board review report released, Government to embark on vigorous reforms Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 5th, 2017 – Providenciales – Guests to the Turks and Caicos are being asked, if they can, to leave early and the plan of the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports authority is to keep the airports open for as long as possible.FAA and CAA requirements are that all airports close though when wind speeds get to around 45mph.