Man, 28, Found Dead in N. Amityville Pool

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Amityville man was found dead in a swimming pool at an apartment complex in North Amityville Tuesday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.A resident of the apartment complex at 615 Broadway found Maurice Stone floating face down in the pool at approximately 12:45 p.m., police said.Suffolk County police homicide detectives are investigating the drowning.last_img

Former SWAL SG Commends Members at Successful Congress

first_imgFormer Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) Secretary General, Mr. Akosa Ike, has commended SWAL members for a successful mini-congress last Saturday at Mr. Mustapha Raji’s Farm, Brewerville, outside Monrovia.Mr. Ike, who was instrumental in the further development of SWAL by bringing in young and progressive journalists under then president, the late John Taweh, said the increasing number of sports writers (75, but 40 were at the congress) has encouraged him.“I’m satisfied that today many young people are in the profession,” Mr. Ike said, “unlike the past when we had a manageable handful of people.”He said the increasing number of people in the association would nevertheless create problems in the quality of their work.“But overall I am satisfied that SWAL is developing faster with aggressive sports writers and broadcasters, which is good for the body,” Mr. Ike, who is presently the publisher of The West African Pilot, said.He called on sports writers to remember their responsibilities, which are: promote athletes, educate fans as well as entertain them.He paid a glowing tribute to his colleagues who are still around and providing support to the association, with specific mention of Omari Jackson, the first secretary general of the association, former SWAL president Malcolm Joseph, and the current administration led by Mr. Roland Mulbah.“I am happy to see my friend OJ (Omari Jackson) who is still with the association, and I think that is the right thing to do,” Mr. Ike said.He regretted that many sports disciplines are not covered as it was done in the past. “What happens to basketball, track and field, taekwondo, table tennis, boxing and others?”Mr. Ike urged sports journalists to widen their coverage since there are a sizeable number of athletes who are playing other sports.He, meanwhile, commended SWAL for the adoption of its constitution, which was the intent of the one-day mini-congress.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NLCS notes: Extra time off helps Walker

first_img “What they did was center the ball and San Diego took advantage,” La Russa said. “But each guy got important outs to get us to the finish line.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Honestly, I wouldn’t have been able to play (Monday) with my knee,” Walker said. “(Tuesday), I probably could. (Monday) was a bad day, but we got some work on it and it’s fine.” Big shot: The hubbub hasn’t died down over Chris Burke’s dramatic, 18th-inning homer that put the Astros in the NLCS for the second straight season. The utility player said Roger Clemens was among teammates giving him good-natured kidding. “Rocket asked me when I was going to do Letterman,” Burke said. “I turned him down. I told him I was doing Leno instead.” Bullpen blues: Cardinals starters had a 1.44 ERA in the first round, but the bullpen gave up eight earned runs and 16 hits in 8 innings. Manager Tony La Russa insists it’s of no concern. He points out the Cardinals outscored the Padres 11-0 in the first three innings and built big leads, leaving the relievers with the simple task of accumulating outs without walking batters in victories of 8-5, 6-2 and 7-4. Walker said getting plunked in just the wrong spot by Woody Williams in the second inning was much worse than the nasty-looking spill he took over a railing while chasing a foul ball later in the game. It’s the latest injury for Walker, who has received four cortisone shots this season for a herniated disc in his neck. center_img ST. LOUIS – The extra day the St. Louis Cardinals got between playoff series made it the perfect break for Larry Walker. The 38-year-old right fielder got hit by a pitch on his right knee in Game 3 of the division series sweep of the Padres, and needed time and therapy to reduce swelling in time for the NLCS rematch against the Houston Astros that begins today. last_img read more

Microsoft MIXed Messages on Silverlight, Internet Explorer 10

first_imgTags:#Analysis#hack How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleycenter_img Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Microsoft says it’s “all in” for HTML5. But Silverlight isn’t dead. Internet Explorer 9 and 10 enables developers to write the same markup and run it anywhere. But the browsers can do things no other browser can do, so you’ll need to write different versions of your Web apps anyway. Microsoft is sending mixed messages.Don’t get me wrong. Internet Explorer and Windows Phone 7 look better than ever. And Microsoft really does seem to get the potential behind Kinect, its most innovative product in years. But the muddled message shows that Microsoft is still experiencing some difficulty figuring how to be an “open company,” and is confusing hype with reality.Internet Explorer 10 and Markup PortabilityMicrosoft is calling the IE/Windows 7 implementation of HTML5 “native HTML5” because of the deep integration between the browser and the OS (where have we heard that before?) that “avoiding abstractions, layers, and libraries.” Basically, it renders SVG animations really, really fast – at least in the tests that Microsoft has created.In an interview, Corporate VP of Internet Explorer Dean Hachamovitch explained that Microsoft’s IE strategy is to show developers the performance capabilities inherent in the new versions of the browser. Once developers see what they can do, they’ll want to create these sorts of rich media experiences, he says. But what about users that aren’t running IE or are using devices that can’t support these features? Hachamovitch says developers can create alternate versions of their sites, much like the touchscreen and WAP optimized alternate versions developers create today. But that seems to fly in the face of the “write once, run anywhere” mantra Microsoft has been repeating.Hachamovitch also makes it clear that the browser won’t be available for other platforms like OSX, Linux, iOS or Android – all of which are popular among developers. Will developers want to build these sort of rich features on a browser they can’t use themselves? Or will they adopt Windows 7, Windows Phone 7 and IE? Maybe that’s not a huge problem for Microsoft, since IE is till the most popular browser in the world and Windows is still the most popular operating system. But with the proliferation of tablets and smartphones – most of which run Webkit-based browsers – “IE first” development doesn’t seem that appealing. Or will other browser makers step-up and improve performance – in which case, do IE’s advances even matter?The browser market is a tough place. On the one hand, you’ve got to make a browser that is standards compliant so developers don’t have to re-code their entire sites to work in it. On the other, you’ve got to create some way of distinguishing the product so that users want to switch. Since browsers are given away for free, the prize for winning is… well, nothing.Microsoft is banking on security, which has improved greatly in IE in the past couple years, and performance, which is increasingly important in the browser-centric world we live in. Microsoft has had a reputation for the past several years of being slow, insecure and unreliable. If the improvements its making here are real – and it’s too early to tell if they are – it could finally turn that reputation around. And that would be a win in and of itself.SilverlightInstead of providing clarity about Silverlight’s future, Microsoft provided a laundry list of new features, showed off a flashy new Silverlight-based website built for the U.S. Navy and failed to provide a real “killer use case” for Silverlight. Although HTML5 is an unfinished spec with many limitations, Microsoft is hyping it to no end and showing off the high performance HTML5 its platform enables. Silverlight is still more powerful, and existing Silverlight developers are still committed to the platform, but Microsoft is less clear than ever about why developers should use Silverlight instead of HTML5.Gavin Clarke writes for the Register about the session “HTML5 for Silverlight ” at MIX:“I get a lot of questions: ‘Should I use Silverlight or HTML5?’,” senior technology evangelist Giorgio Sardo told Mix. “I’m sure you know your customers better than anyone else. I’m not going to judge which works better. HTML5 has matured a lot in the last year. Silverlight is great for media scenarios. I believe HTML5 is ready. I think Microsoft is ready for HTML5. The question is are you ready?”In other words, Microsoft has no official stance – officially at least. It’s up to you.On the one hand, Microsoft invested deeply in Silverlight. On the other hand, it’s committed to HTML5, which is seen as “the future,” but isn’t really ready for prime-time. It wants to ride the HTML5 hype without diminishing Silverlight, and that’s becoming more difficult – especially as HTML5 performance is getting better.Ultimately, the answer is: use HTML5 whenever possible, use Silverlight (or something else) when it’s not possible to use HTML5.Does It Matter?Here’s what I can’t decide: does it really matter if Microsoft can “save” Internet Explorer? What benefit does the company gain by keeping users on its browser? At the moment, it seems designed to try to keep people using Windows and/or get them to upgrade to Windows 7. I still think that’s a tough sell.And If Microsoft’s future is really in the cloud – with Azure, Bing and Office 365 – then why does it matter which OS and browser you use?last_img read more

An Over-reliance on Marketing

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now It’s a mistake to rely too heavily on marketing.Give Me the Glengarry LeadsIt is a mistake to wait for your marketing department to deliver you leads. If you wait for your marketing team to develop your leads you are practicing the most dangerous strategy in sales: waiting.It doesn’t matter if marketing is supposed to generate leads or not. Your job is to create new opportunities and win them. The fact that marketing has not developed the leads that you need is not going to absolve you of your responsibility to win new business. And it may not save your job either.An over-reliance on marketing is dangerous. You’re far safer taking your fate into your hands by prospecting and developing your own opportunities. Marketing is the sprinkles on the icing on the cake.Nurture My Leads, PleaseIt’s also a mistake to believe that marketing can nurture your prospective clients for you. Our inboxes are full of marketing’s attempt to nurture relationships, and they end up filtered into a folder called “spam.” Because it isn’t personal, email filters believe the messages from marketing are spam. If marketing’s attempt to nurture your dream clients isn’t picked up by email filters, your dream client contacts believe it looks like spam and delete them.If you want to own the relationship, then you have to do the nurturing. The content that you use may come from marketing and certainly some of it should. But the message is different if it comes from you, regardless of what the content is. The message is different because you were thinking of your prospective client when you sent it. That means it’s personal, especially if you added your thoughts and insights to the content that marketing created.Marketing has an important role in the sales process. It’s above the funnel. It can create awareness. It can sometimes create a compelling case for change. Marketing can generate leads and share insights that help you create and win new opportunities. But you can do these things, too.An over-reliance on marketing is dangerous. You can succeed with or without marketing generating your leads for you or nurturing your dream client accounts.last_img read more

Inside the NBA Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode

Shaquille O’Neal and “Inside the NBA” are back with a new season of “Shaqtin’ A Fool.” Take a look at this week’s nominees in the first episode of the what has to be the funniest NBA show on TV.In its debut episode, “Shaqtin’ A Fool” regulars Kendrick Perkins and JaVale Magee make an early appearance. Perkins does what he does best, and on a fast break attempts to lob an alley-oop pass to a teammate, but throws the ball out of bounds.  Magee, who some believe is trying to get on  “Shaqtin’ A Fool,”  somehow ends up on a player’s back during a fastbreak.Two rookies made their “Shaqtin’ A Fool” debut, who probably won’t be segment regulars like Magee and Perkins.Later, a cameraman made it on the list because he tries to play it cool after his leg falls asleep resulting in a funky two set dance.Watch the video above and vote for your nominee for the Best Foolish Moment here. read more

In the NBA Its Not Whether You Win or Lose Its Whether

Other factors also affect a coach’s odds of being fired. Deep playoff runs help coaches. First-year coaches sometimes get mulligans and are less likely to be fired. We’ll save that discussion for another post, however.The lesson is simple: A coach is not long for his job when expectations run wild, as they often do in New York. With the benefit of hindsight, it now seems likely that Woodson’s Knicks overachieved in the 2012-13 season. That only made it harder for him to keep his job this year. It was the age of foolishness. It was the summer of trading three draft picks for Andrea Bargnani. It was the autumn of J.R. Smith being suspended for marijuana possession. It was the winter of disparaging the shot clock. It was the New York Knicks’ 2013-14 season. So when Mike Woodson was fired as the coach of the Knicks on a warm, spring day in Gotham Monday, New York breathed a sigh of relief.But Woodson’s problem wasn’t just that the Knicks were bad. The Knicks are usually bad. Woodson’s problem was that the Knicks — for a change — were expected to be good. They’d won 54 games and gone to the Eastern Conference semifinals the year before. Preseason over-under lines pegged their win total at 49.5 games. When my ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton, through his SCHOENE system, instead projected the Knicks to win 37 games, his projection threatened to turn Knickerblogger, the eminently sane and stats-friendly blog, into the basketball version of “unskewed polls.”The Knicks went 37 and 45.In the NBA, where about 30 percent of the league turns its head coach over every season, these expectations matter as much as reality. I mean that literally: Las Vegas’s preseason over-under lines predict coach turnover just as well as actual wins and losses do.I went back and collected preseason over-under lines dating back to the 2006-07 season. I compared them to each team’s actual record during the regular season. Then I ran a logistic regression analysis. The dependent variable is whether the team kept the same head coach from the start of that regular season to the next one. Here are the results:The regression output contains two variables: exp_w (the number of games a team was expected to win, per Las Vegas) and act_w (actual wins). For the 2011-12 NBA season, which was shortened by a player lockout, I’ve prorated both totals to 82 games.You may notice that the coefficient on each variable is almost identical, though they have opposite signs. What that means is that an expected win hurts a coach about as much as an actual win helps him.The graph below provides an illustration of this, and measures the probability of a coaching change under two scenarios: a team (like this year’s Sacramento Kings) that was expected to win 30 games, and a team (like the Knicks) that was expected to win 50. If the projected 30-win team wins 35 games, just slightly better than expectations, its probability of a coaching change is only about 17 percent. If the projected 50-win team wins 45 games, just slightly worse than expectations, the probability is 37 percent instead.Lest this seem too abstract, I’ve compiled a list of all teams since the 2006-07 season that underperformed their over-under line by 10 games or more. There are 33 of these. Here’s what happened to their coaches:Nine of them were fired during the season;Nine of them were fired after the season;One of them resigned during the season;Two of them resigned after the season;Two of them, Larry Drew of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brian Shaw of the Denver Nuggets, just completed their seasons and have yet to learn their fates;The other 10 kept their jobs, although five of them were fired during or after their following season. read more

Rashford assures he will be fit for the start of the

first_imgThe Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford who missed an open training session with a knock, but fears he could miss the tournament have assured fans he is fit enough to play the World Cup tournament.The 20-year-old Manchester United forward is currently in Russia with the England squad ahead of their World Cup campaign. However, there were fears the 20-year-old could be forced to miss some or all of the opening group games with an injury. He was seen hobbling out of a training session in Repino, but he has since allayed those fears.“Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting,” he Tweeted to his 1.13 million followers.“Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about.” harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Thanks for the messages I’ve been getting. Picked up a slight niggle but nothing to worry about ?? #ThreeLions— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) June 13, 2018The starlet lit up the Three Lions’ last game against Costa Rica by scoring an absolute belter and looking to take players on at any possible opportunity.England begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. They face Panama on June 24 before a potential top-of-the-table clash with Belgium on June 24.last_img read more

Roma closing in on Steven NZonzi

first_imgSteven N’Zonzi is set to complete a move to Roma from Spanish side Sevilla after reports emerged that both clubs have sealed a deal for the French midfielderRecent reports suggest N’zonzi reportedly agreed to join Roma for €25m plus bonuses, but they cannot sign the Sevilla midfielder until Maxime Gonalons makes way.According to Calciomercato.com, N’Zonzi reached ‘an agreement in principle’ with Roma sporting director Monchi, coincidentally the man who took the midfielder to Sevilla in 2016.The website explains the 28-year-old is currently holidaying in the United States, where the Giallorossi are playing their preseason tour, having just won the World Cup with France.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Blackburn player has been a subject of transfer tussle with Premier League side Arsenal equally keen on his services.Arsenal coach Unai Emery worked with the French midfielder in Spain and was keen to reunite with him, but it seems the Serie A have won the transfer battle.However, the Lupi would have to sell Gonalons first – a task that is not proving easy, with Everton and Crystal Palace seeing their offers ‘returned to sender.’last_img read more