Wisconsin’s tournament run ends in one-point loss to Kentucky

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas — The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team made just two three-point shots in the NCAA semifinals. The second came with six seconds left to push the Wildcats into the title game, beating Wisconsin 74-73.Kentucky freshman forward James Young led all scorers with 17 points. Julius Randle pitched in with 16 points and five boards.Sam Dekker and Ben Brust picked up 15 points each for Wisconsin while Frank Kaminsky was held to eight points after averaging 18.5 points per game in the NCAA Tournament entering the Final Four. Joey Reuteman/The Badger HeraldWith the game tied at 71 and 16 seconds left, Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison fouled Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson behind the three-point line to give the Badgers a chance to, at worst, essentially guarantee an overtime period with three shots at the free-throw line.Jackson missed his first attempt, but would recover to sink the next two, giving the Badgers a two-point advantage.On the ensuing possession, Andrew Harrison passed the ball to his brother, Aaron Harrison, on the right elbow and Aaron would sink a step-back three with Josh Gasser’s hand in his face to give Kentucky a one-point lead.“Aaron has been doing that all tournament,” Dekker said. “He’s got that clutch gene and props to him for hitting that shot. You got to tip your cap when credit is due.”Aaron Harrison has now hit three-straight game tying or go-ahead 3-point shots in the final minute of the game in the tournament.Wisconsin owned possession with six seconds left on the clock, down one, with a chance to walk away winners at the buzzer.As it has all year long, Wisconsin put the ball in Jackson’s hands with the game on the line.Jackson drove the length of the court and jump stopped just right of the free throw line to get a look at the basket. The junior pulled the trigger and the ball banged off the backboard and over the hoop to mark the end of Wisconsin’s run in the tournament.“I got hit on my arm and I had to kind of adjust in the air, that’s why I hit the backboard,” Jackson said. “I can’t make any excuses, you got to make better plays with that opportunity.”Wisconsin gained control of the game early, building a nine-point lead seven minutes into the first half off of a 10-0 run.The Badgers received a spark off of the bench from freshman guard Bronson Koenig who scored all 11 of his points in the first half.After opening the game 8-for-15 from the floor, Wisconsin’s shooting would go cold, hitting just one of its eight field goal attempts in the final 7:07 of the first half, allowing Kentucky to cut its deficit to four, 40-36, at halftime.Dekker would get the Badgers off to a quick start in the second half, hitting a three-pointer on their first possession, but Kentucky would come roaring back answering with a 15-0 run that would put the Wildcats up by eight, 51-43, with 15:33 remaining.“Good thing was I didn’t tell them that they had just scored 15 in a row on us,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “That might have made our guys nervous.”Wisconsin showed no signs of nerves or backing down, responding with a 15-4 run to take back a three-point lead.The bench again would give the Badgers a lift as junior guard Duje Dukan scored eight points — six coming from behind the arc — in less than three minutes to help put Wisconsin back in the game.“The bench picked us up,” Ryan said. “Some guys made some plays. We got some stops. That’s the only way you can come from behind.”But the Wildcats would exploit the Badgers down low all game long, outscoring Wisconsin 46-24 in the paint and winning the rebound battle 32-27.Kentucky grabbed 11 offense rebounds and converted those into 23 second chance points compared to Wisconsin’s 10.“That’s the way they play,” Ryan said. “That’s something that we had to try to answer and we’re like a lot of teams, we didn’t get that part done…they impose their will that way.”Wisconsin was able to draw fouls on Kentucky and get to the free throw line. The Badgers set a Final Four record for free throw percentage at 95 percent (19-20), but the single miss would prove to be fatal.The loss marks the end of senior guard Ben Brust’s Wisconsin career. Brust is the all-time leader in three-point field goals made with 235.“It’s the seniors last go around, the last time we got to suit up with those guys,” Gasser said. “That’s why it’s tough and you lose a one possession game, that’s not easy.”With the exception of Brust, Wisconsin will be returning every player that averaged at least seven minutes a game.While the team is still recovering from the loss Saturday, expectations have already been set for next season.“We got a taste of what it’s like to play at this stage and we’re going to be back. I know it,” Kaminsky said.[Photo by Joey Reuteman/The Badger Herald]last_img read more

Melvin Ritsema: Staying true to Royal Panda’s sportsbook roots

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit In the second of an exclusive three-part series for SBC News, Royal Panda CMO Melvin Ritsema discusses his company’s takeover by LeoVegas, staying true to its own sportsbook roots despite the acquisition, why the UK market remains the principal target, and how pricing ploys around the World Cup will be taken forward into future high-profile tournaments.SBC: Was the Royal Panda sportsbook impacted by the LeoVegas takeover? Or do the two effectively still run as separate businesses?MR: We had just launched our sportsbook a couple of months before being acquired by LeoVegas. They were very impressed by what we had achieved on our sportsbook in such a short amount of time, and the decision then was to keep our own sportsbook. This still holds true today. We are happy to operate completely independent from LeoVegas, with our own platform, our own sportsbook and our own operational teams. This allows us to grow in our own unique way instead of becoming the exact same product under two different brands.SBC: You estimate that 80% of your sportsbook business comes from the UK market; is this by design, or just a reflection of where your casino business was strongest?MR: It’s a representation of our casino business as well. Casino already had the majority of our business from the UK, and when we launched the sportsbook, we decided to focus mostly on the UK. We also had our UKGC license before the MGA one, so we went live in the UK before other markets. A main reason is that we want to focus and grow in regulated markets, since these markets are more sustainable long-term.SBC: How much of an increase would it take to consider moving the sportsbook tab ahead of either Casino or Live Casino? Do you anticipate that the casino side will always take prevalence?MR: We want to be a one-stop-shop for any online betting and gambling. While casino is currently the homepage, the idea is to ensure every customer can easily find what they want on the website. I don’t think we would shift to a sportsbook first, but definitely a sportsbook equal to casino is the aim.SBC: Looking back on the World Cup, how successful was it for the Royal Panda sportsbook? Did you turn to LeoVegas for advice given their experience of launching ahead of Euro 2016?MR: The World Cup was a huge success. We went all-in on getting our name out there in the UK. We joined the Oddschecker odds grid + offered top price match odds on England in all games + outright markets. We also had a lot of top price on Harry Kane and other England markets. This has worked well for us, though with England winning a lot more than anticipated, and Harry scoring quite a few goals, this came at a price. Still we managed to make a healthy profit over the world cup while attracting a lot of new punters, so we are very happy with the result. Now our sport and CRM teams are working on keeping these newly acquired players active for the new football season as well.SBC: What will you take from the marketing ploys you deployed this summer? Is going top price on core markets for England matches something you would revisit in tournaments to come?MR: I definitely prefer it over an inflated price at a max cap. A lot of companies boost 2/1 to 20/1 for instance, with a max bet of £1. We prefer to boost our odds slightly, just being (joint) top price. We’ll lower our spread and margin by doing this, but allow players to win as much as £5000 per bet. That seems much more interesting to a genuine punter than a £1 bet to win £20, doesn’t it? Sharelast_img read more

Scientist Sees Evolutionary Sense in Coordinated Complexity

first_imgAn article on PhysOrg tells “A vertebrate story,” and a story it is: the more complex a phenomenon becomes, the more it makes evolutionary sense.    Portuguese scientists were studying the interaction of Hox genes with the development of the ribs in vertebrates.  You can imagine the control that these genes must have when thinking about the differences between a mouse, with 12 pair of ribs, and a snake, with 200 to 400 pair.  The variety of ribs between a snake and a Tyrannosaurus are staggering, yet are under the control of developmental genes that direct their formation at the right time and place in the embryo.  The genes must be switched on and off in a coordinated fashion for the skeleton to come out right.  It usually does – except when scientists interfere.    The scientists found that genes for Hox10 are not the only ones involved.  Another class, called Hox6, interacts with Hox10 to regulate the formation of vertebrae.  By deactivating these genes they could get embryos to grow extra ribs in different portions of the spine.  They found that one set of genes promotes rib formation in the thoracic region, while another blocks the activity in the lumbar region.  Then they found that the genes for rib formation do not switch on unless genes that control the formation of both muscles and ribs are also switched on.  Suddenly the picture started looking a lot more complicated.     One would think this complexity would create additional problems for evolutionary theory.  Moises Mallo, however, waltzed right past the problem and rejoiced in the new insights it provided him.  Here is his prize for Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: “Our findings reveal a more complicated process than we would have imagined, but one that makes perfect sense, from a functional and evolutionary point of view: it is no good to make ribs without muscle, so, in the embryo, the production of both ribs and their associated muscles is under the control of a single and coordinated mechanism.”You may now all emit a collective groan.  Make sure it is heard at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, where certain people need to be turned right-side up.  Evolutionary sense: how’s that for a prize-winning oxymoron?  David Berlinski put it well: “The unfathomable complexity of living systems, Darwin’s theory affirms, is the result of random variation and natural selection.  Is it indeed?  Of these concepts, the second is hopelessly confused and the first is of no intellectual interest” (Daily Californian, 04/01/2005).  No wonder he began that essay with the line, “Wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots, Darwinian biologists are persuaded that a plot is afoot to make them look silly.”  That’s about all they’re wearing, too.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

95% of SA registered with Rica

first_imgMobile phone users in South Africa havejust a day to register their sim cards. Obed Bapela, communications deputyminister, has been on the road urgingSouth Africans to register their sim cards.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Busiswa MlanduMedia EnquiriesDepartment of Communications+27 72 070 6896RELATED ARTICLES• South Africa braces for digital TV switch-on• Telkom mobile to launch soon• High-speed internet from Cell C• Mobile networks in tower-sharing dealBongani NkosiThe number of mobile phone users in South Africa who’ve registered their network connection or sim cards in accordance with the new Regulation of Interception of Communication Act (Rica) has jumped to over 37-million.About 2.7-million users are yet to register their sim cards, as just a day remains before operators switch them off the networks.The country’s operators, Vodacom, Cell C, MTN and 8ta, have made significant progress in registering users over the last few months. The Department of Communications said only in March 2011 there were over 7-million outstanding users.Now 95% of the population is registered and the campaign to record the rest is notching up a gear as the deadline looms only 36 hours away.Those who’ve not yet registered at their local outlets have been warned that they will be cut off the networks by midnight on 30 June.“We want to thank South Africans for responding to the call. Registering 95% is quite an achievement,” communications deputy minister Obed Bapela said in a press briefing held in Midrand, outside Johannesburg, on 29 June. Bapela was joined by executives from the four network operators.8ta, the country’s new operator, has registered 100% of its users. Cell C has registered 99% of its contract customers and 92% of its prepaid users, while MTN has roped in 98% contract and 96% prepaid users. Vodacom has registered 98.4% contract and 93.6% prepaid customers.Registration outlets will be open until late on 30 June day to meet the expected 11th hour demand. Registration requires an identity document and proof of residence, all physically presented by the person registering.While users will still be able to register after being cut off on 30 June, they are urged to do so beforehand to avoid being switched off. “Don’t wait to be disconnected, but if you are just go to your service provider,” Bapela said.Customers should check with their operators if they are registered, just in case they doubt their details were not captured properly.Operators lead the campaignThe networks have invested heavily in the registration campaign, which has also created temporary employment for youngsters across the country. 8ta said it employed at least 20 000 people to register users.Bapela conceded that the government’s efforts to promote the Rica campaign were rather late, and commended the operators for their efforts. His department embarked on a drive in mid-June to get people to register.“It’s been a real expensive process (and) a huge campaign,” said Lars Reichelt, Cell C’s CEO.The operators stood to lose customers if they didn’t get them to register. Loss of revenue will now be avoided as millions of users have responded to the call to register.Other data sim cards, such those used in traffic lights and broadband connection, also need to be registered.It will be evident on 1 July if all municipalities have registered their traffic lights’ sim cards. Bapela noted failure to comply before deadline may result in traffic chaos.Necessary crime-prevention lawSouth Africa’s parliament passed Rica in 2009 as a crime-prevention measure.“It’s a necessary law for South Africa,” Bapela said. “We want to ensure that every citizen communicates in a safe environment, and that they are protected.”Rica will make it harder for people to buy a connection card for once-off use.Bapela noted that in the recent past criminals involved in heists would just buy a card, “after using it they’d throw it in the river or in the bush (to) make it difficult for police to investigate”.“The number of heists has decreased, so it (Rica) does have an impact,” said Bapela.“It’s quite necessary to register all sim cards in South Africa, so that we know which sim belongs to whom,” he added.South Africans have not voiced any objections to Rica.The Department of Communications and the operators have assured the public that information captured through Rica will not be used for any other reason besides preventing crime. The data, which is confidential, will only be accessed for legal reasons, and no other.Even the South African police will have to provide credible reasons to access the mobile phone data. Bapela said police would only access the data via permission gained from a magistrate.Operators have invested heavily in ensuring the data is secured in accordance with the law. “We’ve got huge security at MTN around the data,” said Karel Pienaar, the group’s MD.Vodacom executive Vuyani Jarana said: “We have a very clear protocol that the information remains highly protected.”8ta’s Stephen Blewett said they store the data in state-of-the-art technology, through which “no one can gain access”.last_img read more

India beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs in one-off T20 match

first_imgVirat Kohli’s fine half-century and Irfan Pathan’s opening spell helped India beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International played in Pallekele on Tuesday.Riding on Kohli’s well-crafted 68, the Indians managed to put up a respectable 155 for three. In reply, Sri Lanka were bundled out for 116 in 18 overs, largely due to Pathan (3/27) and career-best effort of four for 19 by Ashok Dinda.Pathan bowled a fine opening spell as he dismissed Tillekaratne Dilshan (0), Upul Tharanga (5) and the dangerous Mahela Jayawardene (26, 5×4) during his first spell of three overs. If Pathan ran through the top-order, Dinda cleaned up the lower order, taking the last three wickets without conceding a run.Aided by condition that helped seamers, Pathan repeatedly swung the ball back into the right handers as he induced Dilshan into playing across the line and getting him castled in the process.Left-hander Tharanga got a ball that swung away from him as he went for a drive only to offer a simple catch to first slip.Jayawardene, who hit Umesh Yadav for four boundaries in an over, got one from Pathan that came back to hit him on the pads. The Lankan skipper wasn’t happy as he felt that the delivery might have been missing the leg-stump.At 35 for three, Lahiru Thirimanne (20) and Angelo Mathews (31) joined hands to add 33 runs before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed the former who went for an ambitious reverse sweep. At 68 for four, things looked ominous for the islanders.Mathews edged one to Dhoni off Dinda and Jeevan Mendis hit one from Yadav straight to Rahane at covers. At 100 for six, the Lankans could hardly do anything better than wait for the inevitable.advertisementlast_img read more

Sesame Streets Grover to read to 1500 students today courtesy of Beaches

first_img Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Related Items:beaches resort and spa, enid capron primary school, sesame street. grover Sandals drops major bomb, makes Misick brothers look terribly suspect Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2015 – Education Week continues today and Sesame Street’s Grover will leave the Beaches Resort property to read to students of three area schools. The ‘Reading with Grover campaign will include Enid Capron Primary – 9:45am; Oseta Jolly Primary – 10:15am and then Ianthe Pratt Primary— 10:45am. Yesterday, the Turks and Caicos International School transformed its institution to depict the culture and history of the country with students being the main presenters. Today the Fortis TCI Science Fair opens at the Gus Lightbourne Gym.last_img read more

Brazil Argentina are coming to Turks and Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:argentina, brazil, karen whitt, stacy cox Recommended for you In the Pink attracts hundreds Zika virus getting stern reaction from country leaders Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2016 – There is vacation interest in the Turks and Caicos strongly from the Brazilian and Argentinean markets and during Travel Marketplace at Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, there were significant appointments to expand visitor arrivals from the countries. Magnetic Media was at the show, where 28 countries of the region were represented. Among the Turks and Caicos properties on the floor at the Grand Ballroom, were The Sands at Grace Bay, the Palms Resort, Windsong, Villa Del Mar, La Vista Azul, the Amanyara and Beaches Turks and Caicos via Sandals Resorts International. TCHTA executive Stacy Cox, Karen Whitt and President Michel Nuetelings were there; so was Ralph Higgs of the TCI Tourist Board and Tourism Board Chairman, Don Gardiner. It was the 33rd year for Travel Marketplace. CDC says: Men spread Zika through Sexlast_img read more

Property money of drug dealers to be confiscated

first_img-Property and wealth of drug dealers will be confiscated as per draft of a revised narcotics control law.The government recently revised the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 that also said the drug dealing is a non-bailable offence.The revised law also said when a trial against any drug peddler is underway, the bank account of the accused can be frozen.Persons listed as drug addicts and those convicted for drug trafficking, will not be issue driving or firearms licenses, the draft law added.The use of narcotic substances in various industries and pharmaceutical production will require permission from the authorities. Physicians will be able to prescribe addictive drugs without written permission from the Narcotics Control Department’s director general.Officials at the home ministry said 75 per cent of the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 has been changed in the newly drafted Narcotics Control Act, 2017.A total of 7 sections and 28 definitions have been added to the new draft.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo that the old law did not include punishment for the use of various drugs such as yaba and shisha.Also, nothing had been mentioned in the old law about misuse of drugs in pharmaceutical and others industries. This new law has included death penalty and Tk 10 million as fine for financers, suppliers, addicts, carriers, and sponsors of such contraband drugs, he added.Punishment for othersIf any offenders under this law repeats the offence, they will be jailed for minimum 20 years and fined Tk 1 million.If anyone under the influence of alcohol creates disturbance for anyone, he or she will receive a minimum one-year prison sentence and and fined Tk 10,000.Anyone is possession of drug manufacturing equipment will be jailed for 2 years. Anyone proven in court to be addicted to drugs will be sentenced to jail for five years.The financier of the drug trafficking will be punished as per law and fined Tk 10 million.Those refusing to cooperate with narcotics control agencies will also be punished.Treatment for addictsCriticising parts of the draft law, psychologists said the law has skipped medical treatment for drug addicts and put non-physicians in charge of the addicts.This will hamper proper treatment of the addicted persons.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo Bangla print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

Video of couple getting scammed by Paris taxi driver goes viral

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> PARIS — A Thai couple is being hailed for keeping their cool after a Paris taxi driver tried to charge them nearly five times the actual fare from Charles de Gaulle airport to the city centre.The couple filmed their exchange with the driver while still seated in the backseat and uploaded it to YouTube earlier this month where it quickly went viral with over 220,000 views.In the video, the driver is seen demanding €247 for the 45-kilometre ride, nearly five times the flat €50 or €55 fee official Paris cabs charge from the airport to Paris’ right or left bank, respectively. The driver repeatedly insists that taxi fares in Paris are not fixed – “it’s by metre” – and shows the couple an app on his phone that indicates the price of 247.The couple, who were previously told by friends that a cab ride from the airport should cost “less than €70”, refuses to pay and questions whether he is a legal taxi.More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is back“It’s not my car, it’s the company, you understand?” the driver angrily replies.He claims it’s a company car from Chauffeur Prive, a legitimate company, reports the Independent. But according to the company’s website, a ride from Charles de Gaulle airport to Paris costs a flat fee of €45.The couple asks to be taken to the police station where they suggest the matter can be resolved, but the driver refuses. They eventually offer to pay €100, but the driver calls them “crazy” before speeding up.At this point, the couple is heard calling emergency services but are unable to pinpoint their exact location. They eventually agree to pay the driver €200 simply to get out of the car.“The doors were locked and we had all our luggage in the trunk. He did not want to let us out, and kept driving while [supposedly] phoning his company to find a compromise,” Charkrid Thanhachartyothin, one of the passengers, told Le Parisien.More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesBoers, the city’s specialist taxi police brigade, is currently investigating the incident. Posted by Travelweek Group Friday, November 16, 2018 Tags: Crime, Paris Video of couple getting scammed by Paris taxi driver goes virallast_img read more

Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombia

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 5, 2019 TORONTO — Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and San Francisco Investments have announced plans to open a luxury hotel and private residences in Cartagena, marking the third Four Seasons in Colombia.Located on the doorstep of Cartagena’s historic walled city, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will feature 131 rooms, including a Royal Suite and a Presidential Suite boasting 390 square metres and 325 square metres of living area, respectively.The hotel will also include approximately 16 private residences, 16,000 square feet of meeting and event space, six food and beverage concepts with both indoor and terrace dining, a spa and fitness centre as well as a rooftop pool with views of Cartagena Bay.In addition, several culturally significant buildings, such as the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres, Teatro Cartagena, Teatro Calamarí, Teatro Bucanero and Teatro Rialto will be revitalized and restored by Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksAs part of its investment, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Cartagena will revitalize and restore several culturally significant buildings dating as far back as the 16th century, including the Cloister of Saint Francis, the Club Cartagena, and four renowned theatres.“This new Hotel and Private Residences is the perfect project for us to expand our presence in South America, providing us with the rare opportunity to convert such an exceptional collection of historic buildings within a marquee location in one of the region’s most alluring cities,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together with our partners at Valorem, we look forward to bringing the very best in luxury hospitality to Cartagena.” Posted by Four Seasons Hotels to open third location in Colombiacenter_img Tags: Colombia, Four Seasons Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more