5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Brandon KuehlSince its inception in 2012, the EMV Migration Forum has worked to bring all payments industry players together to work collaboratively toward a successful EMV migration.To that end, the forum recently launched an online resource for all stakeholders moving to EMV chip card technology in the U.S., including merchants, issuers, consumers and manufacturers. The center organizes the growing number of available U.S. chip migration educational materials from across the Internet into an interactive, searchable spreadsheet. Essentially, the online Knowledge Center will serve as a one-stop resource for EMV migration-related documents.Resources in the forum include white papers, guides, specifications, frequently asked questions, press releases, articles and other materials focusing on U.S. chip card migration, chip implementation, analyst reports and technology education. continue reading »
It looked like easy money, and there’s no one more qualified to judge that then the founder and titular head of The Money Team.But sometimes chasing a pile of cash is more difficult than it seems.Floyd Mayweather Jr. found that out when he went looking for money in Japan. The deal, or so he thought, was to perform a three-round exhibition before what he said was a small group of wealthy spectators for “a very large fee.”Turns out Mayweather got hoodwinked. And then he quickly got out of town.He wanted no part of a rising young Japanese kickboxing star, even though he outweighed Tenshin Nasukawa by 30 pounds. A guy could get hurt in a real fight, especially if the rules weren’t all in his favor.The problem was, Mayweather had appeared at a press conference Monday in Tokyo in which the fight was announced. He posed for pictures with Nasukawa, and talked about how their New Year’s Eve bout would be an epic event.So he had to backpedal. And fast.Mayweather said he was blindsided by promoters at the press conference and went along when they said the fight was scheduled, with the rules to be figured out later. He said he didn’t even know who Nasukawa was.Fair enough. But Google is available in Japan, and it didn’t take Mayweather long to find out a few things about his opponent.Or maybe he just read an Instagram post from Joe Rogan, the UFC fight announcer who knew a little more about Nasukawa.“He’s a true striking genius,” Rogan said of the 20-year-old. “I doubt Floyd is going to agree to any rules that allow Tenshin to kick, but if he does, it could be a terrible night for him. This kid is the truth.”Whatever it was, Mayweather left Japan as fast as he could.And, really, who could blame Mayweather. He’s made a career — and made himself immensely wealthy — out of picking just the right opponent at the right time and this wasn’t the opponent or the time to get back in the ring.But in doing so he may have damaged his brand, if just a bit. Mayweather doesn’t do contrition well, but contrite he was in a lengthy post that didn’t exactly cast him in a favorable light.“I am a retired boxer that earns an unprecedented amount of money, globally, for appearances, speaking engagements and occasional small exhibitions,” Mayweather wrote.If that’s so, then perhaps Manny Pacquiao better go looking for another opponent for his next fight. Actually, Pacquiao already has, with plans to fight Adrien Broner in January.Still there’s a good chance the two could meet in May in Las Vegas in a rematch of their first fight. By then they might have made enough boxing fans forget what a snoozer the first fight was to pay big money for a rematch between two 40-something boxers.With Mayweather, it’s anyone’s guess. He already announced the Pacquiao fight for December, you might remember, though it will not happen then.And now he claims he’s just an old retired boxer trying to make a little spending money by giving speeches and small exhibitions.Who’s going to pay big money to see that?It’s hard to argue with what Mayweather has done in a career more spectacular for the amount of money he’s made than the epic fights he’s been in. He turned himself into a marketing phenomenon beginning with his 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya, and has made more money than even he can count.He also conned people into believing his fight with UFC fighter Conor McGregor was a legitimate match, before easily dispatching him in his last lucrative exhibition.But the Mayweather brand is getting old, and so is his appeal. He’s reduced to being the “opponent” in fights like the one he was planning in Japan and even his sycophants have to be getting the idea by now that they’re being played.A second fight with Pacquiao holds little intrigue after the dull affair the two put on in 2015. Like the proposed fight in Japan it’s strictly a money grab by the founder of The Money Team.In the end, Mayweather couldn’t run fast enough from a young opponent in Japan.We should all think about running if his next press conference is to announce a fight with Pacquiao.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg Floyd Mayweather, right, of the U.S. claps as Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa strikes a pose during a press conference in Tokyo, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Mayweather said he has signed to fight Nasukawa for a bout promoted by Japan’s RIZIN Fighting Federation on Dec. 31 in Saitama, north of Tokyo. (Katsuya Miyagawa/Kyodo News via AP)
The Diamonds breezed through the Soccer Quest Christmas Co-Ed Indoor Tournament this week, defeating The Midget Pinkies 5-2 to claim the title. The annual Co-Ed tourney attracted eight teams to the Soccer Quest Indoor Facility.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute The Diamonds and The Midget Pinkies with Co-Team of the Week honours.Member of both teams are pictured, starting at the back row, L-R, Marlesa Manson, Samadhi Bouchard, Alexi St-Jean, Meghan Morrison, Jan Williams, Heather Stewart, Taylor Stewart, Tayler Anderson, Nick Diamond, Emmanuel Huva and Reed Bambrick.Front, Laura Waterer, Josiah Mori, Sachi Del-Sniveli, Dallas Sauer, Jordan Micheaux, Andy Galewitz, Taylor Russel and Nick Davis.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather patterns are changing and presenting unique challenges to the agricultural community, both in Ohio and across the globe. An upcoming webinar will focus on the changing weather patterns, how those shifts have impacted the industry and ways the ag community can adapt.On June 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST Webinar host Aaron Wilson will take an hour long look at the changing climate. Wilson is an atmospheric scientist at The Ohio State University and an expert in weather, climatology and climate change. He holds a joint appointment as a research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, as a climate specialist with OSU Extension and is a contributing member to the State Climate Office of Ohio. His recent work focuses on the local impacts of changing weather patterns, particularly those affecting the ag sector.The session will cover:Challenges a changing climate presents to Ohio’s ag sector.How agriculture can impact our changing climate.Effects of increasing greenhouse gases.Differences between weather and climate.Local and global context for impacts.How temperatures and precipitation have already affected agriculture in Ohio.An opportunity to ask questions.Listeners will get an update on scientific projections for the future, learn ways the ag community can adapt, get deeper understanding of weather and the impacts of our changing climate, and find out about mitigation efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and enrich our soils. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5760563917587783180.
Mumbai, Dec 5 (PTI) As brothers-in-arms or partners-in- crime, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has shared fond memories of spending his life – both onscreen and offscreen – with veteran actor Shashi Kapoor, the “incredibly handsome” star, who passed away yesterday.The actor breathed his last at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital here at 5.20pm last evening.Having worked in around 14 films, including hits such as “Deewaar”, “Kaala Patthar”, “Trishul”, “Suhaag”, “Shaan”, among others, the duo also collaborated in “Ajooba” (1991) with Shashi directing Bachchan for the first and only time.The megastar, in his personal blog, remembered feeling a little uncertain as an aspiring actor about his future in the film industry with the likes of charming actor like Shashi around.”I said to myself, as very uncertain thoughts raced through my mind of wanting to become a film actor, that, with men like him around, I stood no chance at all…”Bachchan recalled coming face-to-face with Shashi in a glitzy magazine, which announced his debut in films.”Standing elegantly without a care in the world, I saw him standing by a Mercedes Sports car, a convertible, a smart trimmed beard and moustache, adorning involuntarily, the face of this incredibly handsome man…” he wrote.The actor, who was fondly called babbua by Shashi, said he knew the veteran actor had been ailing for a long time but he avoided visiting him.”I had visited him on occasion in Hospital during some of the times he had been hospitalised earlier… But I never went to see him again… I would never have… I never ever wanted to see this beautiful friend and samdhi in the state I saw him in hospital…advertisement”… and I did not today, when they informed me that he had gone,” he wrote.Bachchan also recounted couple of incidents with Shashi at the centre – where he always ended up receiving something from the generous actor.The “Pink” star said he learnt the “self-introduction habit” from Shashi, which he uses till date.He said the “Waqt” actor would extend a “warm soft hand out” in his first acquaintance with someone, disarming people with the “twinkle in his eyes” and “mischievous, gentle, yodel in his voice”.And it was Shashi who inspired Bachchan to cover his ears with hair in the era that thrived with leading men in thick sideburns.”Hey! maybe you should think of covering your ears as well… and off I went to Hakim the hairdresser at Taj Hotel with my plan… and executed, it remained till date…”Shashi passed away due to kidney ailment. His funeral will be held today in the afternoon. PTI RDS RDS
A global, one-of-a-kind program developed by the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix is changing the lives of thousands of Hispanics outside of the United States who are living with Parkinson’s disease.What started as a small group in 2007 with few Spanish education classes and support groups has grown into a comprehensive and far-reaching program with a presence in 16 countries on three continents.“This kind of outreach program is exactly what Muhammad and Lonnie Ali wanted when they agreed to help open the center in 1997,” says Holly Shill, MD, director of Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. “Muhammad wanted to ensure that everyone, patients and caregivers alike, would have access to the same great care and support that he received.”The center’s Hispanic Outreach Program is led by Claudia Martinez, who has been instrumental in both growing the program and developing its unique cultural sensitivities. The program emphasizes helping people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to maintain a positive quality of life.The first expansion of the program began after two patients from different cities in Mexico came to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center for a Spanish Parkinson’s education course and stressed that there was no education or support like this in their communities.In response, the outreach program held its first international education seminar for which the University of Chihuahua and a group called Parkinson Sinaloa in Mexico, and the Parkinson’s organization called Fundación Parkinson Colombia in Colombia streamed the live internet event. From there, Martinez was contacted by other Parkinson’s support groups and programs throughout the world.“The Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s community in the Americas is indeed large, committed, and also in need of resources and outreach. In the last three years, our comprehensive Hispanic outreach program has expanded to create a network of Spanish-speaking people with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers in 16 countries,” says Martinez. “The outreach resources that we provide through the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center were previously scarce or non-existent in many of these communities. This unique network has stayed active via social media and online conferences.”Interacting with this international community inspired Martinez to launch a unique initiative to give Hispanics with Parkinson’s the opportunity to represent their countries at the World Parkinson Congress which was held late last year in Portland, Oregon. The language barrier and cost were prohibitive for them to participate. However, with Martinez’s direction and the help of art instructor Gregory Pearce, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center developed a mosaic-style poster which allowed more than 100 people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers to represent the Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s communities in North, Central and South America.Comprised of a variety of activities, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center’s Hispanic Outreach Program includes support groups, education classes, workshops for caregivers, and exercise and art classes. It also offers a Promotores Program for Hispanics with Parkinson’s, which is a first-of-its-kind course taught by specially trained Hispanic volunteers who provide in-home visits for people who otherwise would not receive important education and support. Additionally, its Spanish choir, called Voces Unidas, has received special recognition by the World Parkinson Congress for the song and video they produced which continues to attract media attention.The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute is one of the most comprehensive Parkinson’s treatment centers in the world, coordinating patient care, physical therapy, pharmaceutical and surgical care, research, and patient education and outreach. Headquartered at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is a Center of Excellence designated by the National Parkinson Foundation.
The Lutz Creek #BCwildfire is ~4,000 ha and ~5 km south of Lower Post which is 200 km northeast of Dease Lake and 20 km southeast of Watson Lake, Yukon. Structure protection is set up and operating in that community. Firefighters, heavy equipment and air tankers are responding. https://t.co/VUTqh2FmKt— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) August 22, 2018 FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Alaska Highway is open again between Coal River and the Yukon Border.The Highway was closed Tuesday after a forest fire near Lower Post caused officials to close the highway. Highway 97 is open to single lane alternating traffic and is pilot car controlled.Lower Post remains under an evacuation order due to the Lutz Creek Fire. The fire is now 5,000 hectares and 33 firefighters are working to fight the fire.
In the top of the 10th inning in Sunday night’s nationally televised contest between the Astros and Rangers — one that will most likely be remembered as the night a 44-year-old nearly no-hit the defending World Series champs — the visiting Rangers grabbed a 3-1 lead.In the bottom of the frame, the home team’s hopes rested on Jake Marisnick, who, with runners at the corners, two outs, and his team still trailing by a pair of runs, worked a 3-1 count against Jake Diekman. A Marisnick walk would load the bases for the Astros, bringing reigning World Series MVP George Springer to the plate, a hit away from tying or winning the game.On Diekman’s fifth pitch, it appeared that Marisnick had earned a walk. “This is not a strike, this is off the plate,” ESPN broadcaster Jessica Mendoza opined as the networks’ K-Zone showed the pitch a few inches outside. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari disagreed, however, calling the pitch strike two. Marisnick struck out swinging on the following pitch to end the game, and the outfielder slammed his bat in disgust.Umps miss balls and strikes all the time. But the strike two in that Marisnick at-bat is emblematic of a larger pattern of borderline calls, albeit one that umps probably produce unwittingly: In extra innings, umpires will vary ball and strike calls in ways that tend to end the game as quickly as possible.To find this pattern, we looked at pitches thrown in the bottom of extra innings, when the game could quickly end.1Data was grabbed using Bill Petti’s baseballr package, which scrapes pitch location information from Baseballsavant.mlb.com. If the away team scored in the top half of an inning and held a lead, as was the case in Marisnick’s at-bat, an umpire hoping for a faster exit would call more strikes, making it more likely that the home team will be sent down quickly. Alternatively, if the home team got a runner aboard, umps would be more likely to favor them by calling fewer strikes, giving the team more chances to get the runner across the plate and send everyone home.Here’s a chart showing how umps changed their behavior in these situations between 2008 and 2016, a sample of roughly 32,000 pitches. Each square shows the percentage increase or decrease in the likelihood that a pitch is called a strike in that part of the strike zone. The color of each square (green for more balls, pink for more strikes) corresponds with which side umps are favoring, while how darkly shaded the square is reflects the size of the change (in percentage points). The left panel shows the comparative rate of strike calls when, in the bottom of an inning in extras, the batting team is positioned to win — defined as having a runner on base in a tie game — relative to those rates in situations when there’s no runner on base in a tie game. When the home team has a baserunner, umps call more balls, thus setting up more favorable counts for home-team hitters, creating more trouble for the pitcher, and giving the home team more chances to end the game.The right-hand side of the chart shows squares at identical strike zone locations, but shaded according to changes in strike rates when the extra-inning scenario favors the away team. More specifically, any time the away team is trying to hold onto a lead in the bottom half of an inning after the ninth. Here, and as in the pitch to Marisnick, umps call more strikes, giving the batting team fewer chances to extend the game.Altogether, teams that are in a position to win get up to a 27 percentage point increase in the rate of called balls, while teams that look like they’re about to lose see increased strike rates of up to 33 percentage points. Differences are largest in fringe areas of the strike zone, where the opportunity for umpire discretion is the highest: 62 percent of these squares in the left panel are green, while 72 percent of fringe squares on the right panel are pink.2We’re defining the fringe area as squares within one square of the black line marking the edge of the strike zone. In both settings, umps are more likely to use whatever behavior gets the game over with the quickest. That may not necessarily be a bad thing. MLB games are already slow, and extra-innings play often comes late at night, which means smaller crowds and fewer television viewers.MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the league has made no secret of its interest in shortening games. Even so, umpires may not be consciously deciding who should win. Humans are susceptible to various biases they may not be aware of, and even just a bit of fatigue could unintentionally push umpires in one direction or the other on borderline calls.Moreover, according to sources within the umpire union, umps don’t get paid more when games go to extra innings. In other words, MLB asks them to take on extra work without providing any extra compensation. That’s one more reason they may want the game to end early — their paycheck’s the same regardless.