Boy, is Rasmus Ristolainen playing with some major confidence right now. Beast. 1-0 @BuffaloSabres pic.twitter.com/KkbJfLMFeU— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) November 28, 2018The Sabres acquisition of Brandon Montour before the trade deadline, plus the solid debut of rookie Rasmus Dahlen, could make Ristolainen expendable. A skilled all-around rearguard, he regularly led the Sabres in ice time (averaging 24:38 this season), hits and blocked shots. Ristolainen’s also a mobile blueliner with a right-handed shot coming off his fourth straight 40-plus point campaign.Botterill might be reluctant to part with Ristolainen, who carried a cap-friendly $5.45-million annual average value through 2021-22. Nevertheless, he could be tempted if a rival club seeking a top-four defenseman offers up a scoring forward.Whatever moves Botterill makes this summer must bring about immediate improvement for the Sabres. Another sputtering effort like this season could cost him his job by next April, if not sooner. A promising start to 2018-19 ending badly for the Buffalo Sabres. After sitting in first place in the Atlantic Division on Nov. 27 and still holding a playoff berth on New Year’s Day, the Sabres stumbled through the second half of the schedule and missed the playoffs for the eighth straight year.Heading into his third offseason as the Sabres general manager, Jason Botterill is likely feeling pressure from the club’s ownership and long-suffering Buffalo fans to jump-start a stalled rebuild. He wasted little time shaking things up behind the bench, firing head coach Phil Housley after two disappointing seasons. Finding a suitable replacement for Housley is an obvious priority. The Sabres are making their fifth coaching change since 2013 and there’s a critical need for stability behind the bench.PICK: Eastern Conference | Western ConferenceFormer Edmonton Oilers bench boss Todd McLellan was rumored to be a leading candidate for the job. That’s no longer the case as he’s now linked to the Los Angeles Kings. Former New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault would’ve made a suitable option but he was hired Monday by the Philadelphia Flyers.Botterill’s biggest task will be re-signing Jeff Skinner. Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes last summer for the bargain price of a draft pick and a prospect, the 26-year-old left winger quickly established chemistry with center Jack Eichel. The result was the first 40-goal season of Skinner’s career, just in time for his unrestricted free agency on July 1.Skinner is completing a six-year, $34.35-million contract ($5.75 million annual average value). He could seek over $9 million annually on a long-term deal.Jeff Skinner joined John Tavares as the second player to score at least 40 goals in their first season with a team.The 2005-06 season was the last to feature 2+ players: Dany Heatley (50 w/ OTT) and Alex Ovechkin (52 w/ WSH). #NHLStats #BUFvsDET pic.twitter.com/PqJUDu3DnP— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) April 7, 2019The Athletic’s John Vogl recently reported Botterill believes he can get a deal done with Skinner before July 1. Failing that, he’ll have to find a new first-line left winger. Vogl suggested New York Islanders captain Anders Lee and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Ryan Dzingel as the only viable options in this year’s UFA market.Skinner, meanwhile, doesn’t intend to rush into things. He told The Buffalo News’ Lance Lysowski he liked his teammates and enjoyed playing in Buffalo but will take some time to ponder his future.To retain Skinner, Botterill could have little choice but to open the vault. Letting him walk sends the wrong message to the Sabres (especially Eichel) and their fans that ownership isn’t willing to invest in retaining the best talent.Assuming Botterill gets Skinner under contract, he then must bolster their secondary scoring. He acknowledged this issue during his end-of-season press conference, admitting the team relied too much on Skinner, Eichel and Sam Reinhart for the bulk of their production. While the Sabres will continue developing their young talent, such as Casey Mittelstadt, Victor Olofsson and Alexander Nylander, Botterill said Buffalo will also look for additional offense.Cap Friendly indicates the Sabres have over $53.5 million tied up on 15 players for next season. Assuming ownership is willing to spend toward next season’s projected cap of $83 million, there’s plenty of room to re-sign Skinner to a hefty raise and pursue a scorer or two via trade or free agency.Botterill could find it difficult attracting free-agent talent like Columbus’ Artemi Panarin or Matt Duchene to a rebuilding club like the Sabres. The trade market could be his best option to land a scorer.MORE: NHL mock draft 2019: lottery prizes aplenty after No. 1His best trade chip could be Rasmus Ristolainen. As the regular season wound down, the 24-year-old defenseman surfaced in media trade chatter. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported a number of clubs scouted Ristolainen following the February trade deadline.
FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Two Fort Pierce police officers were arrested and are in custody after one hit a person in their custody several times.Albert Eckrode was arrested for felony battery, official misconduct, and false report of commission of crime, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who investigated the incident. FDLE also arrested Monica Frederic for false report of commission of crime. The Fort Pierce Police Department asked FDLE to investigate the allegations about unlawful use-of-force by one of their officer against a person being held at a Fort Pierce hospital. Members of FPPD reported the incident on February 20 to their supervisors, FDLE said. Two Fort Pierce police officers have turned themselves in connection with a criminal assault incident on a suspect at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center.Officer Albert Eckrode, a four-year employee, turned himself in Thursday night, while Officer Monica Frederic, a one-year employee, turned herself in early Friday in connection with the Feb. 20 incident.Photo by: Fort Pierce Police DepartmentFort Pierce police Officer Monica Frederic and Officer Albert Eckrode have been arrested.During a news conference Friday afternoon, Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney said officers encountered a man who was “intoxicated and combative” and took him to the hospital, where he continued to make “threats and racial slurs” at the officers, “particularly Officer Frederic,” and hospital staff.After the man ignored Eckrode’s orders to stop, Eckrode “slapped and punched” him, Hobley-Burney said.“So that we’re perfectly clear here, this was not a use-of-force situation,” she told reporters. “This was a criminal act.”Surveillance video of the incident showed the man sitting in a reclining chair in a room with Eckrode, Frederic and another officer. One of the officers, identified as Eckrode, could be seen pushing the man before punching him several times.At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, the safety and care of our patients is our top priority,” hospital spokeswoman Tiffany Woods said in a statement. “An incident occurred in February at our hospital involving a patient and police. After review of the incident, Lawnwood administrators contacted the Fort Pierce Police Department and we have been assisting them in their investigation. Additional information regarding the incident should come from the Fort Pierce Police Department. We are committed to doing what is best for our patients and we do not condone any actions or behaviors that do not support the health and well-being of our patients.”An independent investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined that Eckrode violated the law, Hobley-Burney said.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (May 30, 2015)–Argentine-bred Catch a Flight attended the early pace and outdueled favored Moreno late to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Californian Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length under Gary Stevens. Trained by Richard Mandella, Catch a Flight got 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.73 and stamped himself as one of the top contenders for the Grade I, mile and a quarter Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.Breaking from post position seven in a field of eight three year olds and up, Catch a Flight sat a close third behind Big Cazanova and Moreno, wheeled three-wide at the top of the lane and put the favorite away well inside the sixteenth pole.“Moreno was pretty sluggish leaving the gate and I out-broke him by about a half length,” said Stevens. “On paper and knowing these two horses’ records, it looked like a match race between the two of them and that’s how I wanted to ride it. It worked out because Big Cazanova went up there and kept Moreno occupied down the backside but they were running slow enough fractions for these kinds of horses.“It looked like a match race and it was a match race until inside the eighth pole. Ever since his first win here (a 1 1/8 miles allowance on Feb. 13), he’s shown me a lot of tenacity and it was just a question of if he was fast enough to win. He’s just now starting to figure out American racing. I think he’s still improving and I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.”The second choice at 2-1, Catch a Flight paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.80.Owned by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Inc., Catch a Flight, a 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway, followed up on a three quarter length win in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita on May 2 and collected his ninth overall win from 15 starts. With the winner’s take of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $393,239.“When Gary goosed him at the quarter pole, he responded pretty quickly,” said Mandella, who has now sent Catch a Flight out to three wins from five stateside starts. “Gary knows him well enough. I didn’t try to tell him how to ride him…This was a step forward. The time of the race was good and he beat Moreno. Every step he’s made had been forward. We’ll look at the Gold Cup here next.”Trained by Eric Guillot and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Moreno came off a rousing two length win in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Charles Town Classic April 18, defeating top rated older horse Shared Belief.“My horse, I gave him every chance and he stopped today,” said Velasquez. “The other horse, Catch a Flight, he ran good. My horse, he ran okay.”Off as the 6-5 favorite, Moreno finished 3 ½ lengths in front of Hard Aces and paid $2.60 and $2.40.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Hard Aces rallied from off the pace to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Blue Tone. Off at 9-1, Hard Aces paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.86, 46.94, 1:10.51 and 1:35.05.First post time on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–
Click here if you’re unable to view the video or photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — On game days, most of the action fans see at the Warriors’ new Chase Center is on the court. But up on the eighth floor, a different team works behind the scenes with the technology that delivers what’s seen live by thousands of people on screens all around the arena.As players warm up on the court tonight, the scoreboard operations team will attend a show meeting. They’ll go over the …
(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 T. Rex, Triceratops and other stars of the age of dinosaurs have made news lately. Here are some recent dinosaur findings.Predator or scavenger? Debates about T. Rex’s eating habits have raged for years. Was it a hunter, like the terror in Jurassic Park, or scavenger, picking the meat off dead prey? Evidence of a bite in a hadrosaur backbone seems to indicate the prey was alive when the king’s tooth bit into it, says a video clip on Live Science. But that’s just one data point, “the least you can have,” one skeptic cautions.Tooth conveyor belt: Some huge sauropods may have replaced their teeth every month. Science Now said that analysis of “well-preserved fossils” of Camarasaurus and Diplodocus led scientists at Stony Brook University to estimate the beasts replaced their teeth every 62 days and 35 days, respectively. The fossilized dentin shows rows of material ready to replace teeth worn down by their heavy diet of plant material. Science Daily added some Darwin from a researcher: “At least twice during their evolution, sauropods evolved small, peg-like teeth that formed and replaced quickly,” said Dr. Michael D’Emic. “This characteristic may have led to the evolutionary success of sauropods.” The BBC News refrained from the e-word, merely stating that analysis of teeth can reveal feeding habits.Big new ceratopsian: The name Nasutoceratops probably doesn’t roll out of a kid’s memory bank, but a large new horned dinosaur with that label has been found in Utah. “It belonged to the family of herbivore ceratops dinos, of which the famous triple-horned triceratops was a member,” PhysOrg reported, claiming the location of the fossil “sheds light” on moving continents. One mystery remains, however: how did two dozen large animals coexist on a landmass? Africa, with four times the area of the assumed continent of Laramidia, has only five large mammals. Also unknown is the purpose of the four-meter-long dinosaur’s oversize snout.Battle of the boneheads: More evidence that bone-headed dinosaurs like pachycephalosaur butted heads like rams was reported by Live Science. Analysis of wounds in 100 skulls by researchers at the University of Wisconsin makes head-butting the most likely explanation. It’s possible they used them for display, though, or perhaps for both functions.Tale of a tall tail: A huge well-preserved dinosaur tail of unknown species, probably a kind of hadrosaur or duck-billed dinosaur, is being excavated in Mexico, Live Science and PhysOrg reported. Found by locals, it’s about 16 feet (5 meters) long. The BBC News has a video report. Excavators have also found part of the animal’s hip, and hope to find more as the work continues. The tail would have been nearly half the length of the animal.Warm or cold blooded? The belief that dinosaurs were cold-blooded has been “put on ice” according to Live Science. Researchers at University of Adelaide came to the conclusion that dinosaurs must have been warm-blooded. They did this not directly, but by inferring the energy requirements for thrashing in living crocodiles and large mammals. As usual, not every expert agrees. Given the number of decades this aspect of dinosaurs has been debated, it’s hard to predict if a new finding will overturn the latest claim.Big fish: The largest bony fish that ever lived, some 16 meters long, was a contemporary of dinosaurs, PhysOrg says. Surprisingly, Leedsichthys (Leeds fish) was most likely a plankton eater. The gills, though “Extremely delicate and rarely-preserved,” were preserved well enough to show the mesh structure, resembling the honeycomb pattern in a beehive. The article claims that the same meteor that wiped out the dinosaurs wiped the big fish out, too. Maybe that reporter didn’t see the Live Science article that claims an “absence of any sign of a fish extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, when a mass extinction wiped out the dinosaurs.” But when the same article puts seahorses in the same phylogeny with tuna but not with swordfish, who you gonna believe?Someone had to ask: PhysOrg posed the question, “How did dinosaurs have sex?” (and no, the big bang theory does not apply here). Someone needs to answer, “Very carefully.” Alongside the headline is an artist’s rendition of a huge, bulky triceratops. Comparing dinosaurs with tiny birds and giraffes does not seem to shed light on the question. Speculator of the day John Long concluded, “I truly believe the day will surely come, probably when we least expect it, when a remarkable new dinosaur fossil pops up solving the age old mystery of how dinosaurs really did do the deed.”Some day, when you least expect it, John, someone may pop up to you and say, “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!”Does anybody remember the claims about dinosaurs from ten years ago, or even five? Science news is often like short-term thrills that wear off until the next fix. Debates about warm-bloodedness, extinction and feeding habits have raged on for decades – decades, and no resolution is ever forthcoming by scientific “experts” (people who used to be spurts, but are now ex-spurts). The latest claim by Dr. Science gets good press, till another claim comes along later and dislodges it.And where, anywhere, does anyone see the need for evolutionary theory? Dinosaurs once lived and are now gone, but that’s not evolution. Fossils of huge animals that flourished in a rich world of life show evidence of design with subsequent decline. Our world, rich and diverse as it is, is impoverished compared to the world filled with large, healthy animals and plants that once lived on it. It seems as if some catastrophe* happened.*Implausible? Science Now just reported that a megaflood appears to have carried house-sized boulders hundreds of miles, from China to India, as easily as modern rivers carry sand.
23 October 2013 South Africa has bolstered its massive HIV testing programme by including eye, blood pressure and TB tests in the campaign, but more still needs to be done to ensure full coverage of testing, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Addressing MPs and NGO representatives in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday at the start of a two-day HIV testing campaign targeting parliamentarians, Motlanthe said that more than 20-million South Africans had been tested for HIV since the launch of the country’s testing campaign in 2010. The campaign has targeted various workplaces and communities across the country, ranging from farms and taxi ranks to mines, banks and universities. Currently, HIV tests are complemented by screening for TB and high blood pressure. As HIV affects eyesight, eye tests have also helped to expand the reach of the campaign. “We must continue our programmes to achieve full coverage and, more importantly, we must maintain our focus on prevention, prevention and prevention,” said Motlanthe, who is also the chairman of the SA National Aids Council. He called on every South African to test annually for HIV, adding that it was important to test regularly so that people found to have the virus could take the appropriate action. “Those that test negative must do everything possible to ensure that they maintain their negative status, and those that are HIV-positive need to enrol in our treatment, care and support programme,” he said. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said that, before the launch of the HIV testing and counseling campaign in 2010, voluntary testing reached just two-million South Africans a year, whereas after the first year of the campaign about 18-million South Africans knew their HIV status. At the same time, the number of South Africans receiving free anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment had increased from 923 000 to 2.1-million people, while the number of facilities offering ARV drugs had climbed from 490 to 3 540 facilities countrywide, and the number of nurses trained in treating HIV/Aids had grown from 250 to 23 000. Also addressing MPs, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, said the country had faced a heavy burden of HIV/Aids. “Each one of us knows of a family member, a friend, a neighbour, a colleague, or comrade who is living with HIV/Aids or who has succumbed to it,” Sisulu said. “Thankfully, we are however at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/Aids and TB,” he said, adding that he was particularly encouraged by recent statistics that revealed that the number of new HIV infections had declined and that the number of HIV/Aids-related deaths were decreasing. However, he said, the country needed to push harder to reach zero infections and to end discrimination against HIV/Aids. Source: SAnews.gov.za
Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country.(Image: Maths Centre)Sharanjeet Shan of Maths Centre, a South African NPO, has been named 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.Shan is one of 33 social entrepreneurs around the world who have been recognised by the foundation for designing and applying practical solutions to social challenges.Maths Centre targets its programmes at teachers and students in some of the most poorly resourced primary and high schools in the country. The Schwab Foundation, an NPO, was founded in 1998 to foster social entrepreneurs who find innovative solutions that are able to help society progress.Indian by birth, Shan was educated in India and England, although she has lived in South Africa for over 20 years and considers herself a citizen of the world.An educationist at heart, she said: “Once you get to know who you really are and why you wake up every morning, then that’s the path you want to follow. For me that path was as a teacher and ultimately as a director at Maths Centre.”Under Shan’s leadership, Maths Centre develops programmes to enhance teacher qualifications and professionalism in teaching mathematics, science, and technology subjects, while systematically monitoring learners’ progress.As part of the award, Shan will represent Maths Centre at World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Shanghai, Cape Town and Davos.“Social entrepreneurs are visionaries but are also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions,” explained Hilde Schwab, the co-founder and chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. “The 33 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth. As such, social entrepreneurs represent an integral and dynamic community of the WEF.”David Aikman, the managing director of the WEF, said: “We are seeing greater appetite among other stakeholder groups of the Forum to learn from social innovation models and collaborate with social entrepreneurs in innovative ways.”He was confident this trend would continue to grow in the future. The WEF was proud to be among the stakeholder groups for social and environmental change.The 33 will join the broader Schwab Foundation community of social entrepreneurs, which includes more than 300 outstanding people from 60 countries. The foundation says they are fully integrated into the events and initiatives of the WEF. They contribute actively to and benefit from peer-to-peer exchanges with other social entrepreneurs, as well as interactions with top leaders in business, the government, civil society and the media.MATHS CENTREMaths Centre’s 2014 projects supported 520 schools, reaching 174 695 learners and 4 268 teachers in maths and science. Children affected by Maths Centre programmes achieved pass rates of 81.3% in mathematics and 85.5% in physical science. In addition, 146 pupils got bursaries to further their studies in industries that are dependent on maths and science competency, such as engineering and financial services.According to the centre, a recent project rolled out in Eastern Cape resulted in an increase of 86% in pupils’ average maths marks. A similar project in Limpopo led to an increase of 53% in average pupil maths marks. As a result of this strong track record, Maths Centre has received support from leading local and international funders including Shell, Absa and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. It has also partnered with provincial departments of basic education in all nine provinces.The contribution from a variety of funders and volunteers is indicative of Maths Centre’s aim to include all role players in ensuring a successful education for South African children. Shan said: “For true transformation to occur, we need to tackle all facets that are hindering disadvantaged schools from catching up to higher standards of education.”All doesn’t end in the classroom for the centre. Its programmes go beyond the school and include parents and communities in its solution to the education crisis. “Let every teacher champion their classroom, every parent their children, every grandparent their grandchildren with love, strong discipline and care, no matter what it takes,” she added.
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