Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReaching personal milestones in his 500th career game, Arwind Santos is grateful he’s able to join some of the league’s greats in San Miguel’s 94-91 win over Mahindra on Sunday.“Masaya ako dahil umabot ako sa ganoon. Hindi ko naman akalain na makukuha ko yun,” he said. “Kumbaga, kahit wala ka na sa mundo, nakaukit na yan sa istorya ng PBA.”ADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:08‘Andas wall’ prevents blocking of Black Nazarene image01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine (I’m happy that I reached that point. I didn’t expect that I’ll achieve it. Even if you’re not already in this world, it’s already etched in the story of the PBA.)Rejecting six shots, the former league MVP moved 10th in all-time blocks with 631 blocks, moving past Billy Robinson (627).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTS We are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliHe also hauled down his 3,002nd defensive rebound to become the 14th player in history to have at least 3,000 defensive rebounds.Matching these feats, Santos couldn’t help but look back at his idols growing up. Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter We are young Fajardo on surviving Mahindra: ‘You can’t take them for granted’ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise View comments Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes “I look up to coach Glenn Capacio, at his height, he’s small but he guards imports. Also Marlou Aquino, Benjie Paras, guys who are really known to block shots, as well as Jerry Codinera,” he said. “In the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo is my idol at that time.”As happy as he is to reach these milestones, Santos’ focus remains on the team, as he hopes that sooner or later, San Miguel will figure out their struggles to dominate the field again this 2017 PBA Philippine Cup.“May mga laro kami na parang yung ugali namin, parang ina-underestimate namin yung kalaban kasi alam namin kaya naming talunin eh. Parang minamadali namin, first quarter akala namin agad-agad bibigay sila,” he said. “Sabi nga ni coach Leo kanina, ‘Alam ko kaya nyo, pero hindi basta-basta matatalo ng ganyan-ganyan kagaya ng nilalaro nyo.’ Kailangan pa rin naming ibigay ang lahat, at kailangan nandoon pa rin yung respeto sa bawat isa.”(There’s games where we tend to underestimate the opponent because we know we can beat them. We’re rushing the games and think that they’ll fold in the first quarter. Like what coach Leo told us, ‘I know you can, but we can’t beat them easily with the way you’re playing.’ We still have to give our best and remain respectful of our opponents.)ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus EDITORS’ PICK
Article published by John Cannon 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 overSponsored There are many important conservation and environmental stories Mongabay isn’t able to cover.Here’s a digest of some of the significant developments from the week.If you think we’ve missed something, feel free to add it in the comments.Mongabay does not vet the news sources below, nor does the inclusion of a story on this list imply an endorsement of its content. Tropical forestsScientists set up a mirror for wildlife in the rainforest, with comical results (Sputnik News).Researchers in Ecuador discover a new species of frog with a thumb-claw (Newsweek).In late 2018, an eastern bongo, a critically endangered antelope from East Africa, was born at a Florida zoo (First Coast News, News 4 Jacksonville).Researchers argue that dams built in lowland rainforests are too costly to biodiversity to be justified (Phys.Org/University of Stirling).As Colombia’s forests fall, organized crime profits rise (Insight Crime).California’s plan for carbon trading could infringe upon communities’ rights, leaders say (Devdiscourse).Forest clearing for oil palm plantations in Borneo is affecting the group size of proboscis monkeys (Phys.Org/Cardiff University).Tanzania began a six-month push to root out illegal logging in the country (Khmer Times, Xinhua).Haiti could lose half of its species to deforestation-related habitat loss by 2035 (WHYY Philadelphia).Tree plantations in Southeast Asia are becoming a popular investment in China (South China Morning Post).Illegal logging led to landslides in Indonesia (The Jakarta Post).A female bongo died after complications from a cesarean section birth in Virginia (WAVY).Other newsRanchers across the western United States struggle to cope with increasing numbers of wolves (Pacific Standard).Warmer water is causing problems for Guadalupe fur seals (Hakai Magazine).Climate change is throwing off Australia’s “thermostat,” the Great Barrier Reef (Hakai Magazine).Proponents of a dam project in Tanzania’s Selous Game Reserve say its construction is necessary for the country’s economic development (IPP Media).The U.S. government shutdown is hampering wildlife conservation work (WBUR Boston).Wild animals are beginning to use a highway overpass in the state of Washington (Smithsonian Magazine).A bustling economy kept U.S. carbon emissions high in 2018, despite the closure of coal-fired power plants (The New York Times, The Washington Post).Banner image of an eastern bongo in Kenya by Chuckupd via Wikimedia Commons (Public domain).FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. 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Ian Hendon has been sacked as manager of Leyton Orient.Reports emerged on Saturday night that Hendon had been axed by the League Two club’s owner Francesco Becchetti following the 3-1 defeat to Exeter City at Brisbane Road.Orient have now confirmed his departure, with assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler taking caretaker charge.“The club can confirm that Ian Hendon has been relieved of his role as Head Coach of Leyton Orient,” read a statement on their official website.“The club would like to thank Ian for his commitment and passion during his time at Leyton Orient and would like to wish him the best in his future endeavours. “Assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler will be assuming Ian’s duties on an interim basis as Caretaker Manager. Leyton Orient will make an announcement at such time as a new appointment is made. “The coaching and management team will continue to focus on realising the full potential of the team and will be working intensively to enhance the club’s performance and position in the League.”Hendon, part of Sam Allardyce’s coaching staff at West Ham last season, had been in charge of Orient since May.He led them to five wins in his first five games at the helm and the O’s were top of League Two at the end of August.But their form has dipped and four victories in their last 21 matches has left the club in 11th, two points adrift of the play-off places. 1 Ian Hendon
Tigerair had the highest rate of cancellations. People traveling between Sydney and Melbourne were the domestic passengers most likely to see their flights canceled in 2018 as Australian carriers recorded a below average on-time performance for the year.Government statistics released Tuesday showed more than one in 20 flights were canceled on the world’s second busiest route with the rate standing at 5.4 percent in both directions.Other routes with above average cancellations included Brisbane-Sydney (3 percent), Broome-Perth (2.9 percent), Sydney-Brisbane (2.8 percent), Canberra-Sydney (2.8 percent) and Alice Springs-Darwin (2.6 percent).Weather and other issues saw overall on-time performance figures for 2018 coming in at a sub-par 79.8 percent for arrivals and 80.8 percent for departures.READ: Australia’s newest airport named after pioneering woman pilotThis was below both the 2017 figures and the long-term average for all monitored routes of 82.5 percent for arrivals and 83.8 percent for departures.The overall cancellation rate of 1.8 percent was also above the long-term average of 1.5 percent but below 2017’s 1.9 percent.Line honors for the major domestic airlines were split between Qantas and Virgin Australia.Qantas narrowly achieved the highest rate of on-time arrivals, arguably the most important of the two figures to passengers, with 80.9 percent.It was followed closely by Virgin at 80.8 percent, Jetstar at 75.3 percent and Tigerair Australia at 68 percent.Virgin’s lead for on-time departures was slightly higher as 82.5 percent of its aircraft got away within 15 minutes of scheduled departure, compared to 81.5 percent at Qantas.They were followed by Jetstar at 73.1 percent and Tigerair, which has a smaller fleet, at 69.3 percent.For the regional carriers, QantasLink outperformed its competitors for both on-time arrivals (84.3 percent) and departures (85.2 percent). It was followed by Regional Express (79.6 percent arrivals 83 percent departures) and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (75.3 percent arrivals, 78.2 percent departures).Combining the major full-service and regional airlines saw the Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink) beat its Virgin equivalent with 82.7 percent of its flights arriving on time and 83.5 percent departing on schedule.Tigerair Australia emerged king of the cancellations with 3.5 percent of its flights canceled during 2018.VARA came second at 2.7 percent followed by Jetstar (2.5 percent), Qantas (1.9 percent) Virgin (1.7 percent), QantasLink (1.5 percent) and Regional Express (0.9 percent).The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics monitors 64 routes and found Mt Isa Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals at 65.8 percent while four out of 10 flights at Ayers Rock Airport failed to get away on time.
From Enterprise Storage Forum Today, a terabyte of data is no big deal. 80 percent of organizations expect their data storage to grow by more than one terabyte in 2019 and more than 20 percent are currently managing data volumes that are larger than one petabyte in size, according to a survey by Enterprise Storage Forum. Businesses are relying more on the cloud for data storage. On-premise, HDD and Flash/SSD storage media are the most popular. The biggest storage challenge that businesses say that they face is aging storage hardware, another reason why cloud storage seems so appealing — once data is in the cloud, this worry becomes a non-issue. Other storage challenges include insufficient space and and contending with high operation costs. “You know, we often take big numbers for granted in the business of exploring space: light years of distance, terabytes of data, millions of pounds of thrust,” said Gaylon McSmith, Mars Odyssey Science Office Manager, after the launch of Mars Odyssey in 2004. Fifteen years ago a terabyte of data seemed enormous and something that few businesses, let alone projects, would ever be able collect.
The Alabama Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2018 has been enacted. The amnesty program will be held from July 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018.Eligibility for Alabama Tax AmnestyThe program applies to all taxes administered by the Department of Revenue except for motor fuel, motor vehicle, and property taxes. The taxes eligible for amnesty include:taxes due prior to January 1, 2017, andtaxes for taxable periods that began before January 1, 2017.Taxpayers must waive any right to protest or initiate an administrative or judicial proceeding to participate in the program. The agreement only applies to the specific tax and the tax period for which amnesty is granted. Amnesty applications will be submitted electronically.Waiver of interest and penaltiesThe program waives all of the interest and penalties associated with the tax periods for which amnesty is granted. However, penalties may be imposed for various reasons, including failing to comply with the amnesty provisions, providing false or fraudulent information, and/or cost of collection penalties.Look-back periodsA limited look-back period of the last three full tax years, or 36 months, applies separately to each tax type. If the taxpayer has collected any tax without remitting the tax to the department, the look-back period will be extended to include all periods, back to the point of collection.Amnesty requirementsAn eligible taxpayer who is granted amnesty must comply with many requirements.Past Tax ReturnsTaxpayers must submit to the department, by November 15, 2018, all applicable returns, supporting documentation, and the full payment of the tax. No payment plans will be entered into for taxes that are approved for amnesty. An amnesty payment or return submitted in a properly addressed envelope with sufficient postage delivered by the U.S. Postal Service is deemed paid or received on the date it is postmarked. An amnesty payment or return delivered by courier or taxpayer is deemed paid or received on the date it is delivered to the department’s headquarters or a regional office.Current Year ReturnIn addition, taxpayers have to include the current year return with the amnesty returns filed for the eligible tax type. Penalties for failure to timely file a return and failure to timely pay will be waived. However, waiver of interest does not apply to current year returns.Ineligible taxpayersTax amnesty may not be granted to a taxpayer under several circumstances.The taxpayer is a party to a criminal investigation or criminal litigation pending as of March 6, 2018 for nonpayment, delinquency, or fraud in relation to any state tax administered by the department.The taxpayer has delivered or disclosed a false or fraudulent application, document, return, or other statement to the department in connection with an amnesty application.The taxpayer has been issued a final assessment in which the appeal period has ended.The taxpayer has entered into a voluntary disclosure agreement with the department before December 31, 2017.The taxpayer has been granted amnesty for the tax type as part of the Alabama Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2016.Act 2018-153 (H.B. 137), Laws 2018, effective March 6, 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJust like his fellow “23-for-23” cadets, Abu Tratter couldn’t help but be starstruck over the star power he worked with when he attended his first Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday.“At first, I was just shocked to see June Mar (Fajardo) and Gabe (Norwood) and just to be able to be in the midst of them. I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully, they’ll still give me one. It’s just humbling,” he shared after the national team wrapped up the hour-long session at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA volleyball: Undefeated Arellano far from perfect, says coach ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Tratter knows very well how tough the competition will be to earn those coveted spots for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.Without much guarantee, he’s just relishing this opportunity to rock the Philippine threads and train with some of the best players in the country.“Just to be able to see these guys, to be able to practice with these guys, and to be able take in whatever information I can from them is already big for me. Hopefully in the future, I can apply it to my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The 6-foot-7 Tratter was one of the eight frontcourt players coach Chot Reyes listed in his 2023 cadet pool and was the lone Lasallian to make the cut.But his height wasn’t the lone reason he earned the ticket to the national team pool as the 25-year-old knows that it’s his grit that brought him to this stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I think, just doing the dirty work — whatever the team needed, whatever rebound or any steals, anything a player would need to pick up on,” said Tratter, who is set to play for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“That’s what I’m all about: turning garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything, and try to put the ball back.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid
CHARLOTTETOWN – The owner of a petting farm in P.E.I. says she never expected backlash for discussing how some of her goats will be served up next week in a Charlottetown restaurant.Flory Sanderson opened her popular Island Hill Farm to visitors four years ago but says she never disguised its main focus — raising goats for dairy and meat.“Some happen to go to table, and I think that’s A-OK,” she said from the 120-hectare property in Hampshire, northwest of Charlottetown.“It’s good. I think we need to teach our kids where your food comes from because it’s the next generation that is going to change how we see food, and how we eat.”Vegans and some parents have criticized Sanderson since she mentioned on Facebook that Charlottetown’s Terre Rouge eatery would feature her goat meat in donairs.Sanderson said all her animals are raised humanely with care. About 10 of her 100 goats are sold each year for consumption, depending on demand. They are killed off-site by local butchers.Sanderson said goats sold for meat are often too aggressive to interact with visitors and tend to be males aged nine months to two years. Females are kept for dairy and other products, including homemade soaps.Sanderson stressed that the farm’s best known goats are there to stay. They include the affectionate Bella — with her own social media hashtag #bellahugs — and Valerie, an orphaned goat that joined country music crooner Brett Kissel on stage last February during his swing through the province.Corona, a nine-month-old male that Sanderson saved from a meat farm last spring, will also remain at the farm.“You can’t keep them all,” she said. “Lots go for pets,” but others will continue to be sold for meat, she added.“Absolutely.”The roast meat pita sandwiches with garlic sauce will be served for lunch at Terre Rouge starting next week.Goat meat from Sanderson’s farm is also served at Taste of India, another restaurant in Charlottetown.“It’s illogical to bring children to … petting farms that are essentially disguising real farms, get them to fall in love with these animals, teach them to be kind to them, then turn around and kill the animal needlessly,” said one comment on Sanderson’s Facebook feed.“What kind of message is that sending?”Lucy Morrow, the chef at Terre Rouge, said she can understand why some people are upset. Still, it’s a chance to teach children where meat comes from, she said. She also noted that Sanderson has received overwhelming support from many local people and farmers across Canada.“Terre Rouge is totally farm to table. That means we have to get our meat from farms.”“I know her,” Morrow said of Sanderson. “I’ve been to the farm, I’ve petted the goats, I grew up on a farm. She’s an incredible person.“Instead of saying, ‘Oh, these children are petting the goats and unbeknownst to them they’re killed and eaten,’ I think that’s a great opportunity to introduce kids to the idea of a life cycle. If they’re not OK with knowing a goat died to eat meat, then maybe this is their opportunity to say, hey, I want to be a vegetarian. And that’s totally fine.”—By Sue Bailey in St. John’s, N.L.Follow @suebailey on Twitter.
The Hollywood Wilshire YMCA (Hollywood Y) will celebrate its 10th annual Comedy For A Cause fundraiser at the Sunset Strip’s world-famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22.Emceed by comedic actor, Rainn Wilson, and hosted by sitcom star, Mike O’Malley, the star-studded benefit will provide an entertaining evening of stand-up comedy by Hollywood’s top entertainers to benefit the Hollywood Y. The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 p.m. during which guests will mingle with the performers and take delight in hors d’oeuvres and specialty drinks provided by local sponsors. The evening will begin with an introduction by O’Malley at 8 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.“What better way to celebrate kids and families within the Hollywood community than with a night of great comedy at the Laugh Factory,” says Rainn Wilson, star of NBC’s The Office. “I used to be a member of the Hollywood Y when I first came to Los Angeles, so to be able to spend the evening supporting its programs is of great personal pride for me – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”“The support we’re getting from the Hollywood community, including from those in front of the camera and those behind the scenes, is amazing,” says Laurie Goganzer, Executive Director and Group Vice President of the Ketchum-Downtown and Hollywood Wilshire branches of the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. “We’re so grateful to be able to bring L.A. community members and TV’s funniest people in the same room for the purpose of supporting kids and our youth programs.”Comedy For A Cause brings together acclaimed comedians who volunteer their time and talent to showcase a line-up of stand-up comedy in support of the Hollywood Y’s youth programs, which are dedicated to instilling leadership qualities in its community’s children.Only 250 tickets will be sold for this exclusive fundraising event and can be purchased for $250 per person. For more information, click here. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event. To sponsor Comedy For A Cause, contact Natasha Radojcic, Associate Director of Development for the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA at (323) 762-8749.Comedy For A Cause (formerly “Comedy For Kids”) is an annual entertainment showcase held by the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA. Past talent includes comedy greats such as Jay Leno, Tim Allen, George Lopez, Andy Richter, Patricia Heaton, and Ray Romano. Comedy For A Cause is one of Hollywood’s main showcase events committed to supporting the Hollywood Wilshire YMCA’s youth programs, which provide tailored activities to develop character, leadership, health, and wellness among children and teens. More than 110,000 youth participate in Hollywood Wilshire Y programs ranging from preschool to wellness opportunities. For many low-income youth, the Y may be the only access to such activities – opportunities that provide a path to maturity, to college and to a brighter future.
Embed Code It all started as a predawn tweet: More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed But after the U.S. men’s Olympic curling team won gold in Pyeongchang, we knew it had to become reality. So, on Friday, despite bad weather in the Northeast — which left Nate calling in from an airport tarmac after his flight was diverted — I was joined in the FiveThirtyEight podcast studio by Olympic champion curlers John Shuster, Tyler George and Matt Hamilton.We talked about curling analytics, the team’s new celebrity fans and where the sport goes from here. You can listen to it on your phone by subscribing to our NBA podcast, “The Lab,”1Sadly, we don’t have a curling podcast feed … yet. or by clicking the play button below. By Neil Paine Here are some excerpts from the conversation.On advice for first-time curlers:Hamilton: “My best advice would be, don’t fall. In my first game at the Olympics, I fell. So don’t go down — it’s still hard ice. But in seriousness, if you go in with an open mind and are really curious about the sport itself — not just the throwing aspects, but actually immersing yourself in what curling is about — you’ll find all these people who are so willing to help and teach and get you into the strategy, which is really the draw. … Making shots is great, and it felt good when you made your first couple of shots in curling when you tried it, but when you finally learn why you’re throwing that shot, why making that shot set you up later in the game to win, it’s just a remarkable feeling. It really is like chess on ice, just that mental game mixed with a finesse game, mixed with the brute force of sweeping. It has all the aspects of a really fun game.”On preparing with analytics guru Gerry Geurts of CurlingZone.com:Hamilton: “He sat us down at our summer camp and explained to us where we sat [among] elite players at certain things, like with the hammer/without the hammer, up by one with the hammer/down by one with the hammer … and it went on for all of the potential scoring scenarios. And he gave us feedback [on] which positions we could be better at, which ones we’re really good at, where we need to keep doing what we’re doing. Then he gave us some info on other teams in those same kind of numbers. … I’d be lying if I said that didn’t come into play at all.”On the flaws of using curling percentage to judge players and teams:George: “It’s incredibly subjective because it depends on what types of shots you’re playing. And the way that they do stats for the television events [is] really simplistic because they’re only going on make/miss or how close you were to making the shot [but] not factoring in the difficulty of the shot. … So for the viewer at home, looking at our percentages, they probably thought that we weren’t playing nearly as well as our record would imply. … But a lot of that is because we’re playing with a lot more rocks in play. We’re making a lot more difficult shots, but the viewers are not seeing that.”On the role analytics might have in the game in the future:George: “There’s a major change coming up next season where they’re literally changing the rules in the game, where stats are going to have to be applied to figure out what the best strategies are … (Editor’s note: The change involves being able to add one extra protected stone to the area in front of the house.) It doesn’t seem like much — it’s only one more rock that you can’t take out to play — but it completely changes the strategy of how you start ends out, and they’ve been using it in Grand Slam events so far. So you see it maybe six or seven times a year, and teams are still kind of tinkering with strategy on how to defend, especially [because] it’s a way more offensive game. … Stats are going to be huge in figuring out the best ways to go about defending with this new strategy because we just haven’t done it that much.”On whether curling will be able to capitalize on its newfound popularity:Shuster: “I think you’re going to see it because [of] the ratings that we were getting during the Olympics and the ratings we’ve been getting with “Curling Night in America” the last couple of years. What happens is, we haven’t had national television coverage between Olympic cycles, and then every Olympics we get more and more coverage and the ratings get better and better. And then all of a sudden, NBC Sports Network ran “Curling Night in America,” so we had a weekly show going on. After we won the gold, they’re going to show one live game every single day during the world [championships] that are coming up in Vegas. … I think curling right now could be on [the same] trajectory as something like poker was 10 years ago. If the world championships are high-quality, entertaining TV this year, people are going to demand it more, and we’re going to start seeing it on more of a regular basis moving forward.”