River scrape into Club World final with nervy win

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodSOUTH American champions River Plate overcame their anxiety to reach the Club World Cup final with a jittery 1-0 win over Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday, keeping alive the dream of a meeting with Barcelona.River did not really look like scoring until Hiroshima goalkeeper Takuto Hayashi failed to clear Leonardo Ponzio’s free kick and Alario headed home the loose ball in the 72nd minute.But goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero was the real hero as he kept the Argentine side in the game with a flurry of first-half saves.River, backed by 15,000 fans who made the marathon trip in the hope of seeing their side meet Barcelona in the final, must now rely on the European champions to avoid a shock defeat against Asian counterparts Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday.Hiroshima, who qualified for the tournament thanks to a rule which awards a place to the champions of the host nation, had knocked out Auckland City from Oceania and African champions TP Mazembe in a surprise run to the last four.Although the Club World Cup is given scant regard in Europe, teams from South America regard it as the pinnacle of club football.They often struggle to beat supposedly lesser opponents in the semi-final when the prize of meeting a top European side is tantalisingly close.River coach Marcelo Gallardo’s relief was palpable after the game.“We needed a lot of patience and intelligence and it was decided on the small details,” he told reporters. “It was not easy to carry this huge responsibility but we didn’t allow it to make us lose our heads.”“There were ten minutes in the first half when we lost our organisation and they could have caused us a lot of damage.”River, whose supporters outnumbered the home fans by at least four to one, had plenty of early possession but struggled to create openings and looked very vulnerable to Hiroshima’s quick counter attacks led by Brazilian striker Douglas.The Argentines completely lost their shape midway through the first half but Baravero, one of several journeymen professionals in their team, came to the rescue.The 31-year-old, who has never played for Argentina, did well to block Yusuke Minagawa’s shot after the Hiroshima forward got clear of the River defence.Minagawa, always a threat, failed to connect with a Douglas pass from another counter attack and then saw an effort brilliantly turned away by Barovero after getting free of two defenders.In between, Barovero also tipped over Yusuke Chajima’s effort after he cut inside a defender to make space for the shot.River had their first real chance just after halftime but Rodrigo Mora skied his shot over from close range.The Argentines did not really look like scoring until Alario popped up with the winner late in the second half, sending the huge River contingent in the stadium wild with delight.last_img read more

Couch Leads all of NCAA Division III

first_imgEmory & Henry are off to the best start in school history and Jordan Couch of Sylva leads all of NCAA Division III in scoring, amassing a total of 12 goals in 6 games , including two four-goal matches.  He has scored at least one goal in every game.Additionally, earlier this year he was the ODAC player of the week, an honor he also received last year.EMORY, Va. – The Emory & Henry men’s soccer team jumped out to a historic start in its first five games this season, reeling off five straight victories for the best start in program history.  The Wasps now stand 5-1 overall after a 2-1 loss on the road at William Peace University. In the six games that E&H has played, the squad has scored 22 goals which match the total number of goals scored by the team in all 17 games last season. The success of the team can certainly be attributed to the improved talent level and team cohesion under fourth-year head coach Robert Richardson. But two players, Jordan Couch (Abingdon, Va.) and Zach Quest (Charlotte, N.C.), have led the Wasps offensively and are earning national attention for the program. Couch leads all of NCAA Division III in scoring, amassing a total of 12 goals so far, including two four-goal matches. Couch scored a total of six goals during the 2015 season.The junior, who was selected to the All-ODAC second team last season, stated “It’s both humbling and rewarding to see all the hard work that the team has put in this summer and during the preseason paying off. It’s still early in the season, and I know the team and myself still have a lot to work on to continue the early success that we’ve had thus far.”Quest currently leads all of Division III in assists with eight on the year and has two games in which he has tallied three assists.  On leading the nation in assists, Quest stated ” The assists have come quickly so far this season because the team has created a lot of chances, and we have some great finishers on the end of those chances.” But Quest does not just help others score.  He is currently second on the team in goals with four on the season. Quest has also been nominated by HeroSports.com for Division III Men’s Soccer “Hero of the Week.” Vote for Quest at http://herosports.com/news/d3-mens-soccer-hero-of-the-week-3.Couch and Quest have combined for 42 points on the early season. The two only had 16 points all of last year. Furthermore, the two have two match-winners each and a combined 35 shots on goal.The team has been earning national recognition as well. On HeroSports.com‘s national rankings, the Wasps were the biggest movers this week after E&H jumped an astounding 220 spots.You can find the Division III national statistics at http://www.ncaa.com/stats/soccer-men/d3.The Wasps will look to continue their winning ways as they open up conference play versus Roanoke College. The game will take place at Fred Selfe Stadium on the campus of Emory & Henry at 1:00 p.m.last_img read more

The Least Crowded Halloween Party of 2016

first_imgShare This!Welcome back to what has become a yearly tradition: predicting the least crowded Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party. We’ll look back at last year’s recommendations in a bit and give you the full 2016 list, but first make sure you check out our dedicated page for a complete list of dates as well as a thorough description of what the Halloween party is.In short, if you’re looking for the best 2016 Halloween Party to attend, we recommend Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Each of the past three years we recommended the equivalent party, September 17, 2013, September 16, 2014, and September 15, 2015. In 2013 it turned out to be the party with the lowest wait times by our calculation, while last year’s came in fourth. Last year’s didn’t do so great (as you can see in the chart below). The reason we still recommend that day is because the calendar of parties this year is much more like the ones in previous years. 2015 saw fewer parties and they began on September 15–later than in any other year that we’ve tracked. More on this below.The entire list of parties and how we rank them can be found below, but here are some general rules:September is less busy than October. There are exceptions, of course, but you are more likely to see crowds at the October parties.Tuesdays are generally less busy than other days. Sundays and Fridays are busier than other days. Sunday, September 18, 201613 Friday, October 7, 201626Sold out 1 day in advance in both 2013 and 2015, and 2 days in advance in 2014. Friday, October 28, 2016Highest Wait Times Thursday, September 8, 20164 Sunday, September 11, 20163 Tuesday, October 25, 20167Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013 and 7 days in advance in both 2014 and 2015. Sunday, October 30, 201612 Sunday, October 16, 201625Sold out 1 day in advance in 2014. Monday, October 31, 201624Sold out 27 days in advance in 2013, 71 (August 21) days in advance in 2014, and 89 (August 3!) days in 2015. Crowds will be heavy for character meets and parades. Oof, 2015 was a little rough on our predictions. On average we were off by 6 places, which is terrible by our standards (3.5 was our previous low), but we believe that we have identified the reasons for our missteps.Some of what happened was that 2015 parties were just plain busier than they have been in the 4 years we’ve been tracking. We track the wait times for several attractions that we find are good indicators for crowds. The average wait for all of these attractions during the Halloween parties was 10.8 minutes in 2012, 10.6 in 2013, and 9.3 in 2014. In 2015 the average wait was 12.3 minutes. Yes, averaging a 12 minute wait is not bad, but that represents a 20% increase over previous years.What also messed with us a little is that the range was much smaller, with only 4.7 minutes separating the average low and average high (that is normally a minute higher). The higher times and smaller range means that the margin of error was very thin: for instance, the 10th place party and 20th place party had average wait times less than minute apart.More than anything though, we didn’t take into account that the parties were just plain starting later in September. The first 2015 party was September 15–the latest the parties started from 2012-14 was September 11. That removed the early-September parties from 2014 that were lightly attended and packed all 25 parties into about 45 days. This particular problem is non-existent this year since the 2016 Halloween parties begin September 2. The increased crowds? That we’re not so sure of.Now let’s get on to this year’s rankings. Here are our predicted rankings of attraction wait times at each of the 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties. One important note is that we rank these based on attraction wait times. You will see that some of the higher-ranked parties sold out well in advance meaning that they were crowded. There are some parties–especially the late-October ones–where a large percentage of visitors chooses to enjoy the parades, trick-or-treating, and character meets rather than the rides. We present the chart below in order to give you as much information as we have so that you can make an informed decision.[Please note that prices have not yet been released for the 2016 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party dates. This page will be updated once they are out.] Friday, September 2, 20162 Tuesday, October 6, 201548 Tuesday, September 22, 2015210 Friday, September 30, 20166 Sunday, October 2, 201616 Party DateAttraction Wait Times RankNotes Monday, October 10, 201617Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013 and 2014. Thursday, October 27, 20168Sold out 28 days in advance in 2014 and 14 days in advance in 2015. Before we get to the 2016 party rankings, let’s revisit our predictions from last year to see how accurate we were. Here were our top 5 recommended party days and how they turned out: Sunday, October 23, 201619center_img Tuesday, October 18, 201615Sold out 1 day in advance in 2015. Thursday, October 20, 201621 Thursday, September 29, 201611 Friday, September 16, 201614 Tuesday, September 13, 2016Lowest Wait Times 2015 Party DateProjected Wait Time RankActual Measured Wait Time Rank Thursday, October 6, 201618Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013. Tuesday, September 20, 20169Sold out 1 day in advance in 2015. Friday, September 23, 201620Sold out 1 day in advance in 2013 and 2 days in advance in 2015. Sunday, September 27, 2015316 Thursday, October 13, 201622Sold out 2 days in advance in 2013 and 1 day in advance in 2014. Friday, October 21, 201623Sold out 1 day in advance in 2014 and 2 days in advance in 2015. Friday, September 18, 2015512 Friday, October 14, 201627Sold out 1 day in advance in 2014. Tuesday, September 15, 2015Lowest Wait Times7 Tuesday, October 4, 20165 Tuesday, October 11, 201628 Sunday, September 25, 201610Sold out 1 day in advance in 2015. Our wait times only include attractions−not character meet and greets, special shows, or parades. The characters, in particular, often have long lines, especially for rare characters like the Seven Dwarfs. Regardless of which party you attend, some of the character lines will be long. If those are a must do, do them as early in the evening as possible.To determine all of the above, we looked at posted wait times from key attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, it’s a small world, and The Barnstormer. We narrowed it down to times between 7pm and midnight, which is when the park is limited to party guests.Remember that, in general, the wait times during the Halloween parties are quite low, averaging only about 12 minutes last year (and 10 before that). If there are any attractions that you have really been wanting to do, experiencing them during the Halloween party might just be the time.Looking for more information? Erin Foster wrote an amazing overview of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party that will help you whether this is your first trip or your 100th (and if it’s your 100th, you might have a problem…being too awesome). You may also want to check out Derek Burgan’s Six Reasons why He Loves the Halloween Party for even more Halloweenieness (that made up word is even a stretch for me).If you consider yourself handy with the camera, or if you simply want better pictures, you can’t go wrong with Tom Bricker’s tips on photographing the Halloween party.Now that you are armed with the most powerful weapon…knowledge, you can plan your 2015 trip to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This blog post will help you find all of the party dates and prices.Hopefully this analysis will help you choose the best Halloween Party to attend. Make sure to check back here later, where we’ll soon be breaking down Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, as well.last_img read more

Holbrook, Koehn win races for Marshfield girls swimming at Onalaska

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterONALASKA – Elizabeth Holbrook won the 200 IM and Sophie Koehn took first in the 100 backstroke for Marshfield’s two victories at a nonconference girls swim meet Thursday against Onalaska-Holmen-Aquinas at the Onalaska YMCA.OHA won the meet, but team scores were not provided.Holbrook won the 200 IM by less than 4/10 of a second in 2:27.74 and Koehn won the 100 back in 1:08.88, winning by a little less than ½ second.Holbrook also took second in the 100 breaststroke with a tie of 1:15.24 and Ryenne Zee was second in the 50 free in 27.94 seconds for the Tigers.Marshfield will compete at the Hodag Relays in Rhinelander on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marshfield at Onalaska-Holmen-AquinasSept. 3, at Onalaska YMCAWinners and Marshfield finishers200 IM: 1. Elizabeth Holbrook (M) 2:27.74; 4. Elise Ashby (M) 2:56.16; 5. Malina Barker (M) 3:05.02.200 free relay: 1. OHA (Claire Hale, Eva Marchiando, Sally Bowman, Kelsey Linzmeyer) 1:46.72; 3. Marshfield (Sophie Koehn, Holbrook, Grace Hilbelink, Ryenne Zee) 1:56.17; 5. Marshfield (Ashby, Emily Hoppendietzel, April Read, Morgan Nordbeck) 2:11.47; 6. Marshfield (Amilyshree Trivedi, Mckenzie Wilsmann, Lindsey Tyrolt, Melissa Roberts) 2:27.97.400 free relay: 1. OHA (Marchiando, Jennifer Laux, Hale, Becca Enos) 4:16.40; 3. Marshfield (Ashby, Valerie Kushnir, Hilbelink, Erika Roeglin) 4:40.50; 5. Marshfield (Madira Hall, Taylor Ferch, Elizabeth Lecker, Hoppendietzel) 5:03.31.200 medley relay: 1. OHA (Hale, Linzmeyer, Bowman, Courtney Warren) 2:02.19; 2. Marshfield (Koehn, Holbrook, Kushnir, Zee) 2:05.46; 4. Marshfield (Barker, Lecker, Read, Nordbeck) 2:28.59.50 free: 1. Bowman (OHA) 27.11; 2. Zee (M) 27.94; 5. Roeglin (M) 30.43; 6. Nordbeck (M) 33.28.100 free: 1. Linzmeyer (OHA) 55.65; 3. Koehn (M) 1:00.43; 4. Zee (M) 1:01.31; 6. Roeglin (M) 1:11.08.200 free: 1. Laux (OHA) 2:15.41; 3. Kushnir (M) 2:24.43; 5. Hall (M) 2:33.31; 6. Nordbeck (M) 2:38.45.500 free: 1. Becky Pulvemacher (OHA) 6:10.57; 3. Hall (M) 6:39.61; 5. Hoppendietzel (M) 7:29.34.100 back: 1. Koehn (M) 1:08.88; 5. Barker (M) 1:19.70; 6. Roeglin (M) 1:25.12.100 breaststroke: 1. Linzmeyer (OHA) 1:11.59; 2. Holbrook (M) 1:15.24; 4. Hilbelink (M) 1:23.87; 6. Ashby (M) 1:35.12.100 butterfly: 1. Laux (OHA) 1:09.43; 3. Kushnir (M) 1:14.81; 4. Read (M) 1:18.48; 6. Hilbelink (M) 1:28.53.last_img read more

Chromecast Gets New Gaming Powers, Plus Showtime and Starz

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… adriana lee Related Posts center_img Tags:#chromecast#Google#Showtime#streaming#streaming media#TV Google really, really wants Chromecast to get on your gift shopping list. So to sweeten the deal, the company just announced some brand new functionality for its $35 TV-streaming stick. Say hello to casual gaming and new premium channels.If you already own a Chromecast TV-streaming device, congratulations! You have a new way to entertain (or distract) relatives on Turkey Day. Just call up a board game app on your mobile and fling it to your television. Compatible titles include Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe. Or clear the furniture for Just Dance Now, test Grandma’s Web knowledge with Emoji Party, or crown the king or queen of useless knowledge with trivia game Big Web Quiz, which uses Google Knowledge Graph to create questions. See also: How To Send Videos On Your Android Device to ChromecastThe game selection isn’t very extensive yet, and the offerings aren’t exactly console-worthy. But this debut set makes it easy to put some family-friendly fun on the big screen for your family and friends, while they use their mobile devices as directional or motion controllers.The thumb-sized streaming gadget also boasts support from two new premium TV channels. Showtime Anytime and Starz join the fold, which is great news if you want to binge-watch Homeland or want to catch Outlander. Like the HBO GO app, these new streaming channels require a cable subscription—for now. Also like that competitor, Showtime will also debut a standalone streaming service independent of cable packages next year. (Starz may also do the same.)Chromecast development has been ramping up this year, with literally hundreds of compatible apps now. To make it easier to wade through the pile, Google organized its Chromecast apps page with new categories covering compatible iPhone and Android apps. Now they’re sorted into New, TV & Movies, Music & Audio, Games, Sports, Media & Video and More. Harking back to its launch, when Google bundled free Netflix services for Chromecast customers, the company’s sweetening the pot again—this time with two free months of Hulu Plus and 90 days of the Google Play All Access Music service. (Limited to Chromecast users who newly sign up for the services.) Looks like Chromecast just leapt out of the stocking stuffer category and earned a primo place on primary gift lists.  12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Arkansas ~ Corporate, Personal Income Taxes: Apportionment of Partnership Income Passes

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe Arkansas State Legislature has passed a bill that would, if enacted, require multistate partnerships to apportion their income to Alabama in the same manner as corporations, applicable for tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2018.HB1562passesH.B. 1562, as passed by the Arkansas Senate on March 6, 2017last_img

Newsletter: Drop in solutions, expired certs, Fast Call for Help, and more

first_imgThis week, I decided to highlight our Use Case Reference Designs. Have you checked these out? We have a team dedicated to building these designs and they enable you to quickly implement specific Intel vPro functionality. Our engineers and tech writers put together a package of scripts, instructions, etc – whatever is needed to make the design return value to you quickly.Three of our Solution Architects have content showcased in this week’s newsletter. You’ll find expert info on topics such as expired GoDaddy certs, implementing Fast Call for Help with LANDesk, and communicating with Intel® AMT outside of your management console. Read the newsletter or subscribe to receive it in your inbox automatically. This newsletter goes out every two weeks.last_img read more

Roma work on Smalling deal

first_imgRoma have begun working on a permanent deal for Chris Smalling after the defender’s strong start on loan from Manchester United. Smalling is already a fans’ favourite at Roma, putting a muscle problem behind him to feature in all of the Giallorossi’s last five games. Now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio and Il Tempo, sporting director Gianluca Petrachi is making plans to thrash out a permanent transfer in the coming weeks. The Englishman’s move to the Olimpico at the end of August was only a dry loan, although the Lupi paid United €3m to borrow him. Despite Roma’s chronic injury problems, he has forged a quick understanding with fellow new boy Gianluca Mancini at centre-back. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Akshay Kumar: I don’t have the guts to ask Rajinikanth his number

first_imgAkshay Kumar said that he could not congratulate Rajinikanth, who was selected for Padma Vibhushan award, as he did not have “guts” to ask the south megastar his contact number.Padma Vibhushan is given for exellence and exceptional achievements in all fields of activities, disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Akshay is in thrall of Rajinikanth who is his co-star in forthcoming film Robot 2. Rajinikanth and classical singer Girija Devi were selected for Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award, while Anupam Kher, Udit Narayan, Priyanka Chopra and Ajay Devgn are among other Padma honorees from Bollywood.”I am happy. I don’t have Rajni sir’s phone number. I don’t have the guts to ask him his number,” Akshay told PTI when asked if he has congratulated the veteran actor.Akshay will play the main villain in Robot 2, the sequel of Rajinikanth’s sci-fi film Robot. Robot(2010) stars Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Danny Denzongpa in the lead roles.last_img read more