Jameis Winston’s Draft

first_imgJameis Winston of Florida State University has put his name in the upcoming NFL draft. It will be interesting to see just how high he will go in this spring’s draft.  After all, the NFL has declared that it is going to do its best to clean up its image.  If they draft Winston, this is the baggage he will bring along–he has been arrested for apparent rape, stealing soda from Burger King and crab legs from Publix.  Just for good measure, last fall Jameis climbed onto a table in the student union and swore obscenities for all to hear.I would say that whoever drafts Jameis will certainly get a visit from the hierarchy of the NFL.  After all, the newspaper people will be all over this story and asking what the NFL will do to ensure that Winston’s behavior is not a distraction.  He is likely to be the top draft pick of Tampa Bay, Miami, or Tennessee.  The quarterback is undoubtedly good enough for this high draft status, but so far his behavior leaves a lot to be desired.last_img read more

Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWendee’s Music will get kids to sing and dance, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 287-9050. Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday at La Mesa Junior High, 26623 May Way, Canyon Country. Call (661) 250-0022. Spring Dinner Theatre, 7 p.m. Wednesday (show only) and 6 p.m. Thursday in Tanner Hall at Placerita Junior High, 25015 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $7 Wednesday and $15 Thursday. Call (661) 259-1551. Spring Choral Concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday at Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. “Nothing But the Truth” will be presented, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Theatre Q at Canyon High School, 19300 W. Nadal St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6110. Spring Choral Concert will feature the mixed choir, women’s chamber, show choir and soloists, 6 p.m. Thursday in the small gym at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 298-8140. Spring Concert will feature the choir and band, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Rancho Pico Junior High, 26250 W. Valencia Blvd., Stevenson Ranch. Admission: $2. Call (661) 284-3260. Showcase of Talent will feature vocalists and a one-act musical directed by students, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Valencia High School Theater, 27801 N. Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 294-1188. Spring Home & Garden Show will feature over 120 exhibitors, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21 at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call Terri Burbank at (661) 259-3886. Some Like It Hot dance to the music of Jimmy Raschel & Longshot, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call (661) 259-9444. Danny Villalpando and Andrew Norelli will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Super Jazz X will feature jazz music performed by local and visiting junior and senior high school jazz bands, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Valencia High School, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Admission: $5. Call Bob Babko at (661) 294-1188, Ext. 524. Unity Day is a celebration of multiculturalism with musical entertainment, an art show, auto show, basketball tournament, food court, information booths, games and more, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Golden Valley High School, 27051 Robert C. Lee Parkway, Canyon Country. Call Bill Watford at (661) 298-8140. Blue Shadows Mounted Drill Team 40th annual Regimental Horse Show, 9:30 a.m. at 9721 Hierba Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0324. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Free film screening of “Works in Progress,” 7 p.m. today at Cheyenne Studios, 27567 Fantastic Lane, Castaic. Visit www.scvfilmfestival.com. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Zonta Golf Tournament, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Robinson Ranch, 27734 Sand Canyon Road, Canyon Country. last_img read more

Kenya on top of Chile quake data

first_imgMapped data points indicate areas that need immediate attention. (Image: Ushahidi Chile) Damaged apartment buildings testify to the violence of the February 2010 Chile quake. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Eric HersmanUshahidi operations directorRELATED ARTICLES • South Africa reaches out to Haiti• SA concert to aid Haiti • Supercomputers to the rescue • African inventions site honouredJanine ErasmusKenya’s Ushahidi group, based in Nairobi, is supplying valuable data to facilitate rescue attempts in the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck south-central Chile on 27 February.Ushahidi (Kiswahili, meaning “testimony”), is an open-source platform for real-time citizen-generated data-gathering, especially useful in the event of a crisis or other significant happening.It was established after Kenya’s controversial election in 2007, which led to a dispute over which of the two candidates had won and escalated into ethnic violence that left about 800 people dead and many thousands displaced. The two parties eventually signed a power-sharing agreement under the guidance of then UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.CrowdsourcingThe term commonly used for the way the data is collected is “crowdsourcing”, and it alludes to the fact that the data-gathering task is assigned or outsourced to a group or community.Ushahidi is also the name of the software that powers the site. It was developed by an innovative team of Kenyan bloggers, among them Erik Hersman who is the brains behind AfriGadget, named as one of Time magazine’s top 50 websites of 2008.The Ushahidi concept is beautifully simple – local eyewitnesses submit their reports via text messages, emails, Twitter or an online form, and their reports are added to a Google map so that events and trends may be tracked in terms of both time and location.Initially the management team comprised mainly volunteers, but has since become established as a more formal and focused operation, and it now has helpers from around the world.Reaching out to those in needThe centre was recently called upon to set up a comprehensive Haiti page, providing data about the earthquake that shattered that island nation in early January 2010. The page is available in English, French, Spanish and Creole.Their experience was needed again just a month later, when the 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in the early hours of 27 February. Over 700 people are reported dead, with about 2-million displaced.Its epicentre was just 115km northeast of the city of Concepción, the capital of the Biobio region, situated roughly in the centre of the long, narrow country. Chile also boasts the unwelcome distinction of the most violent earthquake in history, the 1960 disaster that struck some 900km south of the capital Santiago.The Ushahidi team sprang into action straight away after the February quake, setting up a crisis website within an hour. Less than 48 hours after the site went live, over 100 reports had already been mapped. This visualisation of the data is invaluable for rescue and law enforcement teams, as they can see at a glance where they need to focus their efforts.Management of the site was then turned over to volunteers from Columbia University‘s School of International and Public Affairs, with a group of Chilean expatriates assisting.The website can be read in English, French and Spanish. People receiving text messages of help from loved ones trapped in the ruins are encouraged to forward the message to the Chile Ushahidi website, where it will be mapped, enabling emergency crews monitoring the data to note the plea and respond swiftly.The site is also being used to track incidents of looting and vandalism, and to alert citizens to other issues such as road closures.Reports may be submitted by text message to +44 762 480 2524; by email to [email protected]; by tweeting #chile or #terremotochile; or online.The online form offers a variety of notification categories, ranging from emergencies, threats and service interruptions, to dead or missing people and shops that are open.Because blogs, news reports and even Twitter are at times clogged with useless information, the team has built Swift River, a customised open-source filtering system that screens and validates the incoming data, ensuring efficient use of priceless time.They have also developed utilities such as SMS Turk which automatically translates incoming text messages. This proved invaluable during the Haiti crisis when many messages were sent in Creole and French, and a speedy response was required.Sharing the codeThe Haiti website was probably the team’s biggest success to date, said Hersman. “It proved what we said all along – you can crowd-source useful crisis information.”Plotted data was used extensively by relief organisations such as the Red Cross.During the Kenyan riots, incidents of both violence and peace were monitored with the assistance of a cadre of 45 000 users on the ground.Accounts were verified, as they are with all the Ushahidi websites, before appearing on the map, using sources such as the Kenyan government, the local and international press, NGOs, and bloggers.The venture’s success prompted the developers to share their code in 2008 with a South African group, United for Africa, which monitored the xenophobic attacks that broke out in the country in mid-2008.The team realised that the software needed to be developed far more for it to be used efficiently, so with a donation of US$200 000 (R1.5-million) from grant facilitators Humanity United, they set to work and were ready to release an alpha version of Ushahidi by October 2008.Three more alphas later, the beta version is now available on the website as a free open-source download, so that others may use it for similar purposes. The developers said it can also be used for less distressing situations, such as corporate internal monitoring.Many organisations have implemented the Ushahidi software to monitor global events. These include the recent heavy snowfalls in Washington DC, the widespread swine flu outbreak, the 2009 Indian elections, wildlife tracking in Kenya and more.last_img read more

Offense is key this time

first_imgPanelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There are a lot of similarities in the way the Bolts and the Hotshots have played their first nine games, and the biggest of them all is how they have clamped down on their enemies to emerge as the top two defensive teams at this point in the conference.And while Star’s Chito Victolero believes that his defense needs to hold up to grab the solo lead for the first time here, Black, a Grand Slam champion and one of the winningest coaches of all time, believes otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“For a change, offensive execution will decide this game,” Black said over the phone, minutes before practice with his Bolts on Tuesday. “In a battle between the top two defensive teams in the league, it will all boil down to offensive execution versus solid defense.”Tip-off is at 7 p.m. with Black emphasizing that this is a “must-win game for both of us if we want to finish in the top two.” Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GFcenter_img SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Now shines Milan Melindo, the late-maturing star Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he thinks is a do-or-die game for both, Meralco coach Norman Black has a vastly different view on how his Bolts’ clash with Star will be decided.Tied at the top with 7-2 records, Meralco and Star tangle at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao on Wednesday, with the prize being one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Victolero is devising ways on how he can tighten his crew’s defense, especially inside the paint where Meralco thrives because of import Alex Stepheson.“We need to limit the activity of their import, especially in getting those offensive rebounds and second chance points,” Victolero said. “Our perimeter defense is also very important to prevent their guards from penetrating and creating shots.”Star will be seeking to extend a three-game winning streak, while the Bolts are still licking the wounds of an upset loss to GlobalPort last week, a setback that put Meralco in this situation.“We can beat the top teams and it follows that we can also lose (to the weaker ones),” said Black, who made it no secret that the Bolts are playing so well mainly because of the confidence Stepheson gives the local players.Meanwhile, Alaska tries to snap a three-game losing streak and make its way up to the middle of the standings when the Aces clash with winless NLEX in the 4:15 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Sindhu sails into quarterfinals with another easy win

first_imgWuhan (China), Apr 27 (PTI) Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu of India sailed into the quarterfinals of the Badminton Asia Championships with another clinical performance here today. The Rio Games silver winner easily notched up a 21-14, 21-15 win over unseeded Japanese Aya Ohori in the second round match that lasted just 40 minutes at the Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium. However, Ajay Jayaram crashed out in the second round of mens event, losing 19-21, 10-21 to Chinese Taipeis Hsu Jen Hao. World number three Sindhu began her campaign in the continental tournament by defeating Dinar Dyah Ayustine of Indonesia 21-8, 21-18 in a lop-sided first round encounter. London Games bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, HS Prannoy and the doubles pairs exited the tournament on the opening day yesterday. Seeded third, the 21-year-old Sindhu is the lone Indian in fray now, and will take on He Bingjiao of China in the quarterfinals. In the mens event, Jayaram, who had stunned Chinese fifth seed Tian Houwei in the first round, lost in straight games. In the mixed doubles category, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy went down to top seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 15-21, 21-14, 16-21 in 50 minutes. Sikki, partnering Ashwinin Ponnappa, also lost in the doubles competition to South Koreans Chae Yoo Jung and Kim So Yeong 20-22, 16-21 in 37 minutes. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

10 months agoBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revenge

first_imgBarkley insists Chelsea confident they can exact Tottenham revengeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoss Barkley is confident Chelsea can exact revenge on Tottenham when the two clubs meet in the EFL Cup semi-final.Tottenham beat Chelsea in an emphatic victory at Wembley last month.”Tottenham are a good side but we come into it with confidence and knowing what we need to do to reach the final,” said Barkley. “We will train really hard.”That will be in the back of our minds [Chelsea’s defeat at Wembley] because there are our rivals and we want to beat our rivals. It’s going to be a very exciting game.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

The CFB Programs Expected To Have The Most 1st Rounders In 2017 NFL Draft

first_imgLogos of the major college football programs and the NFL Draft.NFL Draft 2017The 2016 NFL Draft’s first round was dominated by Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Florida. Those four were the only college football programs to have multiple players selected during the draft’s first day. Ohio State had five, Ole Miss had three and Notre Dame and Florida had two. Which programs are expected to have the most first rounders in 2017? Using Walter Football’s 2017 mock draft, here are the programs projected to have the best first round next year. LSU lsuExpected total: 7RB Leonard FournetteS Jamal AdamsCB Tre’Davious WhiteOL Ethan PocicDE Lewis NealWR Malachi DupreDL Davon GodchauxClemson clemson logoExpected total: 2QB Deshaun WatsonWR Mike WilliamsFlorida florida logoExpected total: 2LB Jarrad DavisCB Jalen TaborFlorida State floridastateExpected total: 2RB Dalvin CookOT Roderick JohnsonGeorgia uga logoExpected total: 2RB Nick ChubbOL Greg PykeOhio State ohio state logoExpected total: 2LB Raekwon McMillanOL Pat ElfleinTennessee tennessee logoExpected total: 2DE Derek BarnettLB Jalen Reeves-MaybinTexas A&M texas a&MExpected total: 2DE Myles GarrettDB Armani WattsUSC uscExpected total: 2Juju Smith-SchusterAdoree Jackson[Walter Football]last_img read more