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Hart and Saugus are now in charge

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first_img Saugus returned the favor by knocking the Indians out of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs with a 2-1 victory in the regular-season finale. The Centurions, who held Coutin without a goal, climbed into a second-place tie with Valencia. The Vikings (6-8-4, 2-2-0), who finished a half-game behind Canyon last season, can improve their bid for an eighth consecutive playoff berth with a victory over the Cowboys today at 4:45 p.m. at Canyon. Valencia was the last team to win a league title before the Cowboys’ run began, accomplishing the feat in 2001. Before that, Hart won seven consecutive league titles, sharing the crown with Saugus in 1995, the Centurions’ last championship. With a 2-0 victory Tuesday over Valencia, Saugus has the league’s longest current unbeaten streak at nine games. Hart has won 12 of 13 games, the only loss being a 4-2 setback against El Camino Real of Woodland Hills in the Dec. 29 championship game of the Indians’ tournament. “Beating Canyon was a big win for us,” Hart coach Louis Romero said. “But it’s very important for us to take it one team at a time, and the next team for us is Saugus.” Not losing hope: Canyon coach Steve Ladanyi hasn’t given up on his team’s bid to win a fifth consecutive title. He knows things must go precisely to form in the final six games for the Cowboys to have a chance at sharing the championship. “The good news is we get to play (Hart and Saugus) again, and they play each other twice,” Ladanyi said. “We need to win out and hope that they split, and then we’ll rely on coin flips (to determine playoff seeding) after that.” Canyon, which has gone 31-1-8 in Foothill play the past four years, lost to Hart and Saugus in a four-day span this season. “Right now, we have to focus on two things, and that’s winning league and making the playoffs,” Ladanyi said. “As long as we’re in the playoffs, I still think we can beat anyone they put in front us. We proved that (by beating second-ranked Buena of Ventura) in the Buena tournament.” Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 erik.boal@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The pecking order in Foothill League girls’ soccer has changed for the first time in five seasons. No longer are Hart and Saugus chasing Canyon. Instead, the Indians and Centurions are trying to keep pace with each other. Hart snapped Canyon’s 22-game league unbeaten streak Jan. 10 with a 3-2 victory. Three days later, Saugus ended a 15-match winless streak against the Cowboys with a 1-0 triumph. Although Canyon isn’t out of the running for a fifth consecutive league title, the Cowboys (9-3-3 overall, 2-2-0 Foothill) will complete the first round of play in no better than third place. Hart (17-3-0, 4-0-0) and Saugus (12-1-1, 4-0-0) square off for first place at Hart today at 3:15 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Canyon was our biggest game, emotion-wise, but it wasn’t the game,” Saugus coach Lisa Rollo said. “Anytime we play Canyon, there’s so much hype, so to win is huge. But right now, Hart is our biggest test.” Saugus, which boasts one of the area’s toughest defenses, has given up only one goal in league play and seven in 14 games this season. The Centurions also rely on talented midfielders Betsy Kyle, Dani Morin, Courtney Moses, Erin Ortega and Amanda Terry. Hart, which has 12 shutouts in 20 games, is known for an explosive offense. The Indians have scored 87 goals, led by sophomore Sarina Coutin’s 31 and junior Brittany Clark’s 17. Coutin tied Laura Qualls’ 1997 school record for goals in a season with a pair in Tuesday’s 5-0 victory over Burbank. She has 51 goals in 43 career games. The Centurions lost only once during league competition last season, a 3-2 setback to Hart, in which Coutin scored a goal and added two assists. last_img read more

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Women’s Soccer Hosts Indiana State on Friday Night

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first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer team continues its homestand on Friday night as Indiana State visits the Cownie Soccer Complex for Missouri Valley Conference action. First kick with the Sycamores is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Freshman Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) earned her second career MVC Newcomer of the Wek award the same day as Rodgers was awarded player of the week. Bormann, a forward, assisted on two of Rodgers’ goals in the victory over the Crusaders. In her first season, she leads the team in assists with four and has scored one goal. Bormann was previously named MVC Newcomer of the Week on Sept. 18. Drake is 8-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the MVC after its 4-2 win over Valparaiso in its Valley opener. The Bulldogs have won five-straight matches and are 7-1-1 in their past nine games with the lone loss during that span to then No. 16 Wisconsin. Following Friday’s game, Drake hosts UNI on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. The Panthers are off to hot start at 10-1-1 and 2-0 in MVC play, going into their Saturday match at Missouri State. Drake and UNI have battled to three consecutive draws in the head-to-head series. Print Friendly Version Drake’s defense is another piece to its success in 2017. The backline of seniors Kasey Hurt (Ankeny, Iowa), Brooke Salisbury, Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) and junior Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) and senior goalkeeper Haley Morris (Clive, Iowa) have recorded four shutouts and held teams to one goal in three other wins. Smith (1st), Salisbury (2nd), Hurt (3rd), Gorom (4th) and Fiorito (5th) comprise the top-five on the team in minutes played. Midfielder Rebecca Rodgers (Peotone, Ill.) is one of the key pieces fueling Drake this year. Rodgers has claimed back-to-back MVC Player of the Week award winners, the latest coming after she recorded her second career hat trick in the Valpo victory. She has found the back of the net eight times in the past six games, and has nine goals on the season to rank second in the league. Rodgers, who continues to add to her program-leading career goals total, currently ranks 18th in the NCAA in goals/game at .75. Indiana State (5-6-1, 0-2 MVC) dropped its last two matches to Missouri State and UMKC. The Sycamores beat the Bulldogs twice in 2016, including winning in penalty kicks in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals in Terre Haute, Ind. Drake leads the all-time series with a 12-4-2 advantage.last_img read more

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South African voters’ roll at record high

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first_img12 February 2014South Africa registered another 1.2-million voters on the final voter registration weekend ahead of the country’s general elections on 7 May, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson Pansy Tlakula said on Tuesday.Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, Tlakula said new registrations over the past weekend -1 259 560 in total – had increased the overall registration level to 80.5 percent of eligible voters, with a record 25.3-million South Africans now on the voters’ roll.Taking into account the 1.1-million first-time voters who registered in November, some 2.3-million new voters are to be added onto the voters’ roll – about 17% higher than 2-million target set by the IEC, she said.“In total, just short of 3-million people visited our 22 263 voting stations this weekend. That is 16 percent higher than the 2.5-million who visited voting stations in November.”She said it was “encouraging” to see that 79.89 percent (or 1 006 260 people) of all new registrations were voters under the age of 30. This included:691 002 voters aged 20-29;255 398 voters aged 18 and 19; and59 860 voters aged 16 and 17.A further 1.48-million registered voters also used the opportunity to change their voting station, according to Tlakula, while 183 377 people re-registered at the same voting station.New provincial registration totalsIn terms of new registrations, the following are the provincial totals:Eastern Cape – 130 072 new voters (10.33 percent)Free State – 70 161 new voters (5.57 percent)Gauteng – 339 728 new voters (26.97 percent)KwaZulu-Natal – 298 652 new voters (23.71 percent)Limpopo – 86 835 new voters (6.89 percent)Mpumalanga – 97 732 new voters (7.76 percent)North West – 74 389 new voters (5.91 percent)Northern Cape – 25 332 new voters (2.01 percent)Western Cape – 136 659 new voters (10.85 percent)Women comprised 51.50 percent of new registrations, while men comprised 48.50 percent, according to the IEC.Overall registration levels for estimated eligible votersThe overall registration level against estimated eligible population for the provinces are as follows:Eastern Cape – 85.3 percentFree State – 85.8 percentGauteng – 77 percentKwaZulu-Natal – 83.6 percentLimpopo – 81 percentMpumalanga – 77.3 percentNorth West – 78.5 percentNorthern Cape – 84.3 percentWestern Cape – 77.8 percentRegistration is also under way for overseas voters at South African diplomatic missions abroad.“As of yesterday we had received 3 521 applications for registration. According to figures provided by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, we anticipate approximately 700 more applications being couriered to us for capturing,” Tlakula said.Registration conducted at correctional facilities throughout the country last week resulted in 9 949 registration applications by inmates.Registration remains open for eligible voters until 5pm on the day of the official proclamation of the election date, which is expected to be later this month.Eligible voters can still register at their local IEC office until that day, after which the voters’ roll closes. Contact details for IEC offices are available on www.elections.org.za or call 0800 11 8000. Voters who registered this weekend can check their new registration details from Monday, 17 February, by SMSing their ID number to 32810.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Dorthy: Search and Dream in Public

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first_imgRelated Posts dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img At first glance, the phrase “dream achievement service” conjures images of people in head scarves listening to self-help tapes. Nevertheless, in the case of semantic search service Dorthy, “dream achievement” is about getting good results free from the irrelevant fodder of the regular search experience. In August 2009, Dorthy celebrated its Alpha release and as of this evening it’s opening access to its data. Dorthy claims to be a mixture of “AI, machine learning, natural language processing and common sense reasoning.” Rather than focussing on individual keyword search, the site looks at the combined history of a users searches and adapts to omit and serve specific results. Users are asked to enter their dream or passion and the site offers related Tweets, videos, articles, blog posts and photos. As of today, in addition to the above results, the site also allows users to view each other’s dream pages and subscribe. Once you subscribe to a dream page you can message like-minded users and delve deeper into their content. While sites like Hunch.com match like-minded users via a survey process, Dorthy matches them on their actionable interests. To test this unique approach to search visit dorthy.com. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Renu Bala gives India first gold in weightlifting

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first_imgRenu Bala Chanu gave India its first gold medal in Commonwealth Games weightlifting event after finishing on top in women’s 58-kg category in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium sports complex on Wednesday.Renu Bala outshone all her competitors as she smoothly lifted all the weights before failing in her last attempt of 103 kgs in clean and jerk event, but by then she had already pocketed the No. 1 position.And although Sean Lee of Australia tried to come close to her but she had to be satisfied with a silver medal, while Zoe Smith of England took bronze.Renu Bala looked comfortable from the very beginning. She ended the snatch event with a highest lift of 90 kgs that made her set a new Commonwealth Games record.Ciana Agricole with 87 kgs after the snatch event was placed second but she ultimately finished fourth.Then in the clean and jerk category, Renu Bala lifted 104 kgs in her very first attempt, and followed it up by 107 kgs to make it a total of 197.Lee, who with her successful lift of 106 in her second attempt in clean and jerk plus her 86 kgs lift in snatch event, acquired a total of 192.In her final lift, she opted for 111 kgs to pose some challenge to India but she failed. And that automatically handed Renu Bala the yellow medal.Renu Bala, on her part made an attempt to lift 113 kgs in her third and the final chance but she could not.The bronze medallist Zoe Smith, meanwhile ended with a total of 188 kgs.advertisementlast_img read more

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THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?

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first_imgOn 25 June, arguably the most important meeting in the history of the sport will be held. The Special General Meeting will vote on a new constitution that will fundamentally change – for the better – the way the sport is managed and delivered across the country. Let’s assume that the vote is `yes’. What does this mean for the affiliates; for those people actually out there delivering the sport, running competitions? If you’ve been wondering what the answer to this question is, it’s well worth your time to check out the following document… THE UNITARY MODEL- WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOUR AFFILIATE?last_img
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10 months agoBayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool draw

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bayern Munich chiefs Kovac, Salihamidzic concerned after Liverpool drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich coach Niko Kovac believes getting Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16 is the toughest draw they could land.The Bundesliga champions will travel to Anfield for the first leg on February 19 with the second leg at the Allianz Arena on March 13.Kovac said, “Liverpool got to the final last year, they’re top of the Premier League and one of the favourites for the Champions League.“We’re FC Bayern München, though, and I’m sure Liverpool know they’ve got to come here to Munich for the second leg. The chances are 50-50. We’ll see what happens. I’m very confident we’ll get through.”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “They’re the team of the hour, they’re the league leaders in England.“They play good football, they’re very physical and they’re full of energy.“You need two good days. They were in the final last year, they’re a top side, it’s a tough one but these are the challenges that you look forward to as a player and that you have to overcome in your career.”Winger Arjen Robben was also gushing in his praise of Jurgen Klopp’s side.“It’s an epic match. Liverpool are a super team who have gone through a great development,” Robben told Bayern’s website.“They have big players, a lot of pace and creativity in attack and they’re a real unit. The atmosphere will be phenomenal. It’s just a great draw. It’s a dream for every player to be involved in a game like this.”However, Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer claimed that the Reds can still be “vulnerable” defensively having shipped seven goals in the group stage.“They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year,” Neuer said.“They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.” last_img read more

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a month agoOxford destroy West Ham with four-goal thrashing

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first_imgOxford destroy West Ham with four-goal thrashingby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup after suffering a shock 4-0 defeat to League One side Oxford United.The Hammers were dire as Oxford run riot at Kassam Stadium.Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes to the team that beat Manchester United last Sunday and was punished accordingly.Second-half goals from Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste gave the U’s a deserved victory.Speaking after the game, Pellegrini said: “We played against a team who played very well.”It’s easy to say that we played very badly, but I think Oxford did everything they needed to win this game here at home for them.”They played with a lot of motivation, with desire and we didn’t play well.”If you give them time and space all of them are good players. They scored four goals, they had other chances and I think we only created one in the first ten minutes of the game and one in the last minute.”In the second half we lost all the moments [which decided the match].”If you want to continue playing in all competitions you have to use your whole squad, and we played with [experienced] players. I repeat, Oxford made it tough and after that [we perhaps showed a] lack of belief that these games are always very difficult for the teams who are in the better league.”Of course for the fans who came to Wimbledon, and to Oxford today, it’s not the best way to answer them. Football is like this, unfortunately it was a very bad night for some players and we’ll try to recover in our next game in the Premier League.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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College Football Playoff Rankings Unveiled By Selection Committee For Week 11

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first_imgCollege Football Playoff bracket.Twitter/@Adam_Longname None of last week’s top four teams lost, but that doesn’t mean the week was without its College Football Playoff drama. Baylor, ranked sixth last week, fell to No. 12 Oklahoma at home, giving the Sooners a big boost this week. Stanford, which was ranked seventh last week, fell to Oregon, all but knocking the Pac-12 out of the running for one of the four spots, barring some extreme craziness. LSU’s loss to Arkansas also makes the SEC a two horse race, as far as playoff berths are concerned.The selection committee just unveiled its third rankings of the year on ESPN. Here is the full Top 25:1. Clemson 2. Alabama 3. Ohio State 4. Notre Dame pic.twitter.com/ayBIEp6c4E— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20155. Iowa 6. Oklahoma State— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 20157. Oklahoma 8. Florida 9. Michigan State 10. Baylor— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201511. Stanford 12. Michigan 13. Utah 14. Florida State 15. LSU— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201516. Navy 17. North Carolina 18. TCU 19. Houston 20. Northwestern— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 201521. Memphis 22. Mississippi 23. Oregon 24. Southern California 25. Wisconsin— CFBPlayoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 18, 2015How’d they do this week, football fans?last_img read more

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Government faces balancing act on marketing packaging of legal marijuana

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first_imgVANCOUVER – David Brown’s marijuana marketing students are often shocked to learn how difficult it is to — well — market marijuana.Advertising medical cannabis is essentially banned in Canada, with some exceptions. Restrictions on recreational weed are set to be a bit looser, but Brown still advises students to think of the constraints as opportunities.“These limitations can really aid in creativity. Marketing weed isn’t difficult, but marketing a highly regulated cannabis product is a lot more of a challenge,” said Brown, an instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s cannabis professional series.As legalization looms, observers say Ottawa faces a tricky balancing act on marketing. Large growers say branding is necessary to convince consumers to switch to the legal market, while health advocates call for plain packaging and strict advertising limits.The Cannabis Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana next July, would restrict marketing similarly to tobacco. It would ban promotion that appeals to youth, contains false or misleading statements or depicts people, celebrities, characters or animals.It would allow ads that present facts or promote brand preference. But they could only be shown in places where youth are not legally allowed, or broadcast if “reasonable steps” have been taken to ensure they “cannot be accessed by a young person.”The rules have been criticized as hazy. It’s unclear, for example, whether a commercial could air before a TV show or movie that is intended for adult audiences or how Internet ads would be policed.Health Canada spokeswoman Tammy Jarbeau said the “reasonable steps” to ensure an ad cannot be seen by a young person would depend on the circumstances. For example, websites could use age verification mechanisms, she said.“This would provide an opportunity to communicate factual information about cannabis, as well as information about a product’s brand characteristics, to allow adult consumers to make informed decisions,” she said.She said the government was not considering changes to the advertising provisions of the legislation, but if it’s passed by Parliament, Health Canada will develop guidance documents to help industry comply with the rules.Seventeen licensed producers have formed a Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Branding and put forward proposed guidelines, including that ads be allowed on TV, radio and websites where at least 70 per cent of the audience is expected to be over 18.Provinces can introduce additional marketing rules. Quebec’s framework allows some ads in newspapers and magazines where 85 per cent of readers are of the legal age, as well as in displays inside cannabis stores.“Offloading it to the provinces is not the answer,” said Lindsay Meredith, a Simon Fraser University marketing professor, who added it can lead to “spillover advertising,” where ads that comply with rules in one province are shown in another where they don’t.Mark Zekulin, president of Canada’s largest licensed producer, Canopy Growth, said branding breeds accountability. If consumers are going to be more likely to remember their experience, companies will put more effort into ensuring it’s a good one.“If everybody’s in the same white packaging, maybe they’ll remember what they bought, maybe they won’t,” he said.Health Canada recently proposed regulations that would limit the use of colours and graphics on packages and require labels to have specific product information, mandatory health warnings and a standardized THC symbol.They would also restrict brand elements, including requiring a standard font, size and colour relative to other information on the package. Public consultation on the rules ends Jan. 20.Restrictions on fonts, graphics and colours open the door to brand prohibition, limiting the ability of companies to differentiate from each other and the black market, said Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, a leading licensed producer.“What you’ll see is a race to the bottom, where all these products are essentially competing on price,” he said. “You’ll see less investment in high-quality products.”Rebecca Jesseman of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction said the regulations were positive overall but restrictions on brand elements should be clearer.“It’s a tricky balance, because we don’t want to promote increased use and we don’t want (packaging) to be flashy, but we do certainly want to use it as a way to convey information effectively,” she said.“I think we’re looking at something that’s informative, truthful and perhaps a little bit bland.”Canada can learn from U.S. states that have legalized pot. Colorado allows print, radio, TV and Internet ads if there’s reliable evidence that 70 per cent of the audience is over 21, while Washington state requires ads to contain a number of warnings.Colorado banned promotions that appeal to kids when it legalized cannabis, but over time the rules became more specific, including prohibiting edibles shaped like animals, said Lewis Koski, the state’s former marijuana enforcement director.The federal government has given itself extra time to allow edibles, such as candies and cookies, in the marketplace, with regulations expected by July 2019. Koski, co-founder of consulting firm Freedman & Koski, praised the strategy.“Health Canada has done a really, really good job,” he said. “They’ve been very thoughtful in their approach and they recognize that this is going to take some time and it’s going to evolve.”The department said companies that violate the advertising or packaging rules, if passed, could face licence suspensions or revocations, fines of up to $1 million and potentially be referred to police.Brown, the Kwantlen instructor, said he expects Health Canada to make examples of those who don’t comply early on. The department already sends a stern letter about once a year to all the licensed medical producers, he said.“Inevitably, it’s a cycle where they all agree and they all comply, and then six or seven months later, they tend to drift away from that compliance,” he said. “We’ve yet to see any enforcement of that.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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