Mayor’s Message: Oct. 4

first_imgDear Friends,I’m pleased to report that on Wednesday the New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership approved Ocean City’s grant application for the installation of an upweller at the Bayside Center to cultivate shellfish. Ribbed mussels will be raised there, then transferred to Shooting Island to further protect and restore the shoreline and wetlands there.The native non-edible species will help provide a reef system that can absorb wave energy and reduce erosion and damage from coastal storms. The mussels also filter bacteria, microalgae, nutrients and contaminants. Scientists estimate that 400 square feet of mussels can clean 3 million gallons of water daily.The grant also will allow the city to partner with the school district to provide hands-on educational opportunities for Ocean City High School students and other volunteers interested in marine science. I’d like to thank ACT Engineers and all our professionals who helped put together this successful application.Work continues on the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority project force main replacement project. A detour will be in place on Bay Avenue between 24th Street and 34th Street with all but local traffic directed to West Avenue. New Jersey American Water will be working on its pipe replacement on West Avenue at Third Street and continuing its work on 11th Street. As always, I thank you for your patience and understanding as these important upgrades are completed.As we move into fall and winter with their potential for storms, I want to remind everybody to sign up for emergency alerts and information. When the National Weather Service issues an advisory or watch, our Office of Emergency Management will send an email notification, along with posting information on the city website and on OCTV-97. To register for this service, visit www.ocnj.us and click on “Alert Me.”Only when the National Weather Service issues a warning (when more severe hazards are imminent) does Emergency Management launch a Code Red telephone alert. You can add any mobile telephone number to our database by clicking on the Code Red link on the “Alert Me” page.As of Tuesday, the county’s single-stream recycling program stopped accepting shredded paper and bulky rigid plastic (non-bottle items larger than 2.5 gallons). These items should be disposed of as trash. Cardboard, office paper, newspaper, junk mail, magazines, paperback books, dry food boxes, beverage carriers and clean pizza boxes should continue to be recycled and placed in your recycling can. For more information, visit www.ocnj.us/recycling.I’d like to welcome all the owners participating in Saturday’s Jeep Invasion on the boardwalk. It should be a gorgeous weekend, and I hope you get a chance to enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer. I also want to encourage the community to come out for the annual Ocean City Fire Department Open House from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. The event gives the community a chance to learn more about how the department works, and there are a lot of hands-on activities and demonstrations for the kids.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillianlast_img read more

And the (Sports) Oscar goes to…

first_imgSo Sunday was the Oscars. I’m not much of a movie buff myself — I finished dead last in the Herald’s Oscar pool, correctly guessing only two of six winners — but it was on in the office so I watched it. It was actually quite educational for me, too. I learned from City Editor Courtney Johnson that it is absolutely unacceptable to wear a leopard print dress to an awards show, “Little Miss Sunshine” is not, in fact, a Beach Boys song, and I have absolutely nothing in common with the people who pick these movies except for the fact we are both breathing.Me, I could care less about the stinkin’ Oscars. The fact that neither “Ricky Bobby” nor “Beerfest” received so much as a nomination is proof the whole thing is a sham. How whoever wrote “Beerfest” didn’t win one for that scene where Landfill comes back to life is beyond me. When you think back years from now on the movies of 2006, what will you remember that year for — the patriotic epic which gave us the “They’re not that drunk” chant and a glorified, super-secret beer drinking contest dominated by the good ‘ole United States (no real surprise there, what don’t we dominate the rest of the world in?) or some movie by a foreign dude named Alejandro Gonzalez? Not to mention “Borat.” You’re telling me there were five other movies, let alone five other documentaries, better than “Borat?” I’m not buying it for one second. I never saw “Volver” or “The Queen,” and I don’t feel like I’ve really missed all that much. What’s that? I’m not cultured? So be it. Who cares about sound mixing or art direction anyway?So, without further ado, I present to you the 2007 Sports Oscars. No montages (basically because we couldn’t secure funding) and guaranteed no political statements. Winners need not thank the Academy or be present to win. Best Supporting ActorWinner: Cincinnati District AttorneyAlso Considered: Tim Tebow, Devin Hester, Yadier MolinaThere were plenty of instances during this past season where the Bengals could have swerved off course. With nine arrests on the season, the Cincy DA could have easily locked up a terrible season for the Bungles. Instead, he took one for the team and looked the other way, allowing the players to avoid missing any games per the law. The team repaid him by picking up fewer wins (eight) than arrests. That’s unselfishness. I mean, it’s not like the crimes were anything major, like drunken driving or carrying unregistered handguns in a nightclub. Oh, they were? Never mind, then. Is Mr. Tebow here? Best ScreenplayWinner: George MasonAlso Considered: Michigan-Ohio State (1 vs. 2 game), New Orleans Saints, Boise State The NCAA tournament is known for its Cinderella stories. So what made George Mason’s improbable tournament run the Best Screenplay of 2006? This Cinderella didn’t stop dancing in the Sweet-16, the tournament’s midnight. After making it past a first-round game against Michigan State without suspended guard Tony Skinn, the Patriots continued right on winning, defeating four of the previous seven national champions in Michigan State, North Carolina, Wichita State and Connecticut on their way to the Final Four. In doing so, their tournament games became must-watch events and left people saying “screw you” to their brackets and rooting for Cinderella to keep bustin’ some moves. Best DirectorWinner: Jim LarranagaAlso Considered: Tony Dungy, Avery JohnsonCoaches, whether it’s fair or not, are evaluated by how their teams do in postseason play. Knowing this, one could understand if a coach excused some questionable behavior in the interest of helping his team’s chances of postseason success. Larranaga took the high road, though, personally suspending Skinn for one game after Skinn took a cheap shot below the belt to a Hofstra player in the CAA conference tournament. The Patriots overcame the suspension and made their magical run, and in doing so, Larranaga proved winning can be done the right way.Worst ActorWinner (or Loser, if you want): Rex GrossmanAlso Considered: noneAlright, I won’t even try to pretend this isn’t just a gratuitous anti-Bears shot. Let’s just move on…Lifetime AchievementWinner: Bobby KnightDick Vitale won’t stop blabbing about how Indiana should rename Assembly Hall in honor of Knight. Maybe this will appease him. In all seriousness though, Knight deserves this (as if this award means anything to anyone). He passed Dean Smith for the most wins all-time in college basketball and has been probably the most influential coach of the last 30 years — Knight’s motion offense served as a template for Bo Ryan’s swing — despite all the controversy that seems to follow him. Best DuoWinner: Rick Majerus and foodAlso Considered: Shaq and Dwyane Wade, Tim Hardaway and John AmaechiChemistry is important in any working relationship, and the best duos get along off the playing field as well. Controversy struck the early favorites — Hardaway and Amaechi — when Hardaway said he hated Amaechi like he hated broccoli or a chef at a restaurant. That swung momentum toward an outraged Majerus and distressed food. Really, it is only (tightly) fitting that Majerus and food win this award, as the hefty color commentator often makes longing references to food during his telecasts and the two are quite literally joined at the hip.Best ActorWinner: LaDainian TomlinsonAlso Considered: Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Dwyane Wade, Steve NashShaun Alexander set the bar for touchdowns in a single season two years ago. LDT saw the bar, looked at Alexander and said, “You call that a record?” Tomlinson broke the record in week 14 and spent the final three games of the season adding to it. When it came time for the league MVP to be announced, there was really no suspense. Tomlinson won with 88 percent of the vote. Besides that, Tomlinson also earned the 2006 Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his contributions to his community off the field.And finally…Best PictureWinner: UCLA vs. Gonzaga (Sweet 16)Also Considered: Heat vs. Mavericks (NBA Finals game 3), Connecticut vs. George Mason (Elite 8), Oklahoma vs. Boise State (Fiesta Bowl) and Cardinals vs. Mets (NLCS game 7)Sure it might not have been a championship game, but “The Morrison Game” was still an absolute classic. Behind the nation’s leading scorer, Adam Morrison, Gonzaga built a big lead in the first half and led by double digits for most of the game. UCLA mounted a comeback late and took the lead on a steal and layup inside of 10 seconds left. The lasting image of this game is of Morrison sprawled out at mid-court sobbing in defeat. Big bonus points to this game for Gus Johnson’s announcing.Ben is a sophomore majoring in political science. Feel like he made an egregious omission? Agree that “Borat” got screwed? 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Video: Is this the best footballer on the planet?

first_imgDrivetime host Adrian Durham believes Barcelona star Andres Iniesta is the best footballer on the planet at the moment – do you agree?last_img

Streetiquette teaches people about road safety

first_imgOne of the performances for Streetiquette is “Little Red Riding Hood crossing the street”. (Image: Open Streets Cape Town)A campaign to raise awareness of pedestrian safety is under way in Cape Town to minimise the risks pedestrians face in the streets.The campaign, aptly named Streetiquette, is inspired by a popular form of engagement in Latin America in which colourful performances and interactive theatre are used to tackle unsafe and irresponsible behaviour on urban streets by motorists and pedestrians. The campaign aims to trigger self-observation, self-reflection and, ultimately, self-education, and has been adapted for local audiences.It is a collaborative effort between the Western Cape government, its Department of Transport and Public Works, and Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT), a citizen-driven initiative working to change how streets are used, perceived and experienced.STREET PERFORMANCESThe performances started on 23 November and end on 3 December at five busy CBD intersections. They are directed by Mandisi Sindo, the artistic director of Theatre4Change Therapeutic Theatre.A soccer referee, a gogo and Red Riding Hood will be among the characters who bring the campaign to life. They will interact with pedestrians at the intersections of Darling and Buitenkant streets, Darling and Plein streets, Wale and Long streets, Adderley and Bureau streets, and at the pedestrian crossing near Parliament on Plein Street. A “finale” will take place on 3 December at the intersection of Bree and Wale streets.“We are anticipating an atmosphere of fun and hope Streetiquette will start an important conversation that everyone becomes a part of,” said Marcela Guerrero Casas, co-founder and managing director of OSCT.To get involved in the action on social media, tune into the hashtags #WalkSafe, #SafeRoadsForAll and #Streetiquette and keep an eye on www.twitter.com/OpenStreetsCT.CAPE TOWN PEDESTRIANSAccording to the Western Cape government, over 2 800 pedestrians were hit by vehicles in central Cape Town from 2005 to 2014, which means a pedestrian has been struck in the area approximately every 28 hours for the past 10 years. More than 450 of these cases resulted in serious injuries.“The Open Streets Cape Town manifesto states our strong belief that streets can be more than they are. The way we interact on those streets is the result of a combination of infrastructure regulation and human behaviour,” said Guerrero Casas.“We believe that embedding respect in our streets can lead us to truly change them as public spaces that are inclusive and conducive to a prosperous society.”Above all, it was a safer system we must develop, said Donald Grant, the provincial minister of transport and public works. “Right now, in the contexts of the National Development Plan, national, provincial and departmental strategic plans, we are developing the right models for the province to link legislation, institutional frameworks, infrastructure, district safety planning, public transport, population level communications and above all, data-driven intelligence and evidence, in such a way as to build a safe system that keeps people as its central focus.“Such a system must be based on evidence and best practice, yet allow for innovation, for trial and error, as we make our way forward,” he said.last_img read more

How to Shoot Cinematic Real Estate Videos

first_imgReal estate videos are highly specific projects that can have a huge impact on the targeted audience. Here are the must-take steps to creating cinematic real estate videos that actually sell property.Cover Image via RUHM Luxury MarketingReal estate is a visual medium, so photos and video are crucial to sales. This includes everything from home sales, luxury office space, or extravagant vacation rentals. Pictures are crucial to websites that showcase homes for sale, hotels, and even places listed on sites like Airbnb. But often, real estate agents find themselves needing to showcase bigger properties in bigger ways. This is where real estate video has seen huge growth.In this post, we will cover the basic rules of real estate video production and the three main types of real estate videos. By the end, you will have a solid understanding of what it takes to make a must-see real estate video that really impresses your potential buyers.The Basic Rules of Real Estate Video ProductionFor your typical real estate property, aim to keep the final video under three minutes. Don’t waste your buyer’s time, as many are just flying through listings until they find something that catches their attention. The video can be longer if the property is a multi-million dollar facility that has plenty to show off. That said, it still should not go over eight minutes. A real estate video that has a length over 10 minutes is a waste of time and investment.Now that you know you should be sticking to a tighter schedule, be sure to only highlight key features and amenities. It’s easier to put the type of fixtures in the description than it is to show them in the video. You can even throw in a quick voiceover that talks about some of the tiny details like the floors and windows.Image via ShutterstockBe sure to shoot wide as often as possible. Close up shots of decor and furniture are not helpful, as those things don’t come with the property. Viewers should be able to see the entire room and imagine their own belongings inside. Give a feel for the space, not the material items already inside.While the property should be the main focus, you can include some quick shots of the neighborhood and nearby stores or restaurants. By doing so, you add incentive to living or working in that area. That said, don’t get carried away with everything outside of the property. Your goal is to sell the real estate in the video. Keep your focus there.Image via ShutterstockWhen it comes to cinematic real estate videos, the toughest part is lighting. This includes natural lighting, built-in property fixtures, and lighting kits. To really WOW the buyer, the lighting needs to match the ambience. You will find that shooting during the middle of the day in a home with huge windows is going to be a pain.The trick to lighting comes down to the time of day and proper color temperature. The golden hour is the best time to shoot property, because this allows your viewers to see inside and outside of the windows at the same time. Otherwise, you will have blown out windows – meaning the windows will be full of bright white light.If a room doesn’t have enough light, use a lighting kit to fill the room. We have previously covered the fundamentals of lighting and color temperature. That said, you don’t have to have a big, expensive kit. There are plenty of cheap alternatives to adding the right amount of light. Just make sure the lighting is complementary to the room. A bedroom should have a warm inviting feel, not be harshly lit to look like a hospital operating table.Image via RUHM Luxury MarketingNow that we have covered the inside of the property, what about outside? The best thing to do, once again, is to shoot wide. This doesn’t work for every property, as is depends on the look of the neighboring properties. The best look will come from setting the camera up on a tripod. You can also shoot wide at a low angle to give a very impressive look to any facility.You may be tempted to use a drone to capture impressive aerials. You really shouldn’t do this. Drones should only be used if you have an FAA Section 333 exemption. Your work on these videos classify as commercial work. This makes drone use illegal — at least until new drone regulation passes. You face a penalty from the FAA when using a drone in commercial work.While on the subject of penalties, don’t forget to license your music! Don’t spend all that time making a real estate video for it to be pulled by YouTube for a copyright violation. Luckily for you, you already found this site. The added benefit of using a PremiumBeat track is a song’s multiple use. Meaning if you absolutely love one of our songs, you just have to license it one time — then you can use it in all of your real estate videos. Three Types of Real Estate VideosImage via ShutterstockThere are essentially three different types of real estate videos – which really tie into the property value. The more expensive the real estate, the more luxurious the video should be. Standard real estate videos with use either a slide show or virtual tour, where high-end homes and vistas will often use a documentary-style approach.Now, you can certainly make a documentary-style video for a standard home, but a real estate agent won’t have as much return on their investment. The reason the documentary approach is used on expensive homes is the larger budget to sell the home.Needless to say, any real estate video should accomplish two main goals. It should showcase the property for sale, which should in turn help sell it quickly.  It should also create a call-to-action to send potential buyers to the real estate agent. Even if the property featured in the video sells right away, the real estate agent can potentially get more customers that are looking for similar properties. The call-to-action can be as simple as listing the real estate agent at the end of the video or throughout the video on lower thirds.1. Slide ShowThe slide show is the easiest and most popular style of real estate video. In fact, a majority of these videos only use photographs. Since they are so simple, you’ll need to make your slide show real estate videos stand out. Add motion graphics to make the video pop. If you don’t have much experience, try using a template.Our friends at RocketStock make excellent After Effects templates. You literally just drop your photos and videos into the template, and you have instant added production value. Here is an example of their Skyline template, which was designed for property promotions.2. Virtual TourThe virtual tour showcases an entire home, room by room. This can be done with photographs and/or video. It can also be done in 360 degrees, which allows buyers to experience the home themselves.In this video from Stockworth Realty, the call-to-action immediately shows up in the beginning with a contact and phone number. Then the real estate video jumps into a nice brief intro to the property. You will then see that a majority of the video is shot wide, while the close ups only give a look at detail — like the granite countertops.There is also plenty of movement on a slider. This keeps the shots from being too static. If you aren’t going to be moving the camera — then you should probably just take photos. The video then ends with a second call-to-action to visit the website and lists the agent’s contact information. All of this is done in under three minutes. It’s an excellent example of what a real estate video should be.These virtual tours are really the best type of real estate video in terms of return on investment. They require more work than a slide show, but don’t cost nearly as much as a documentary-style real estate video.For more on these types of virtual tour real estate videos, check out this tutorial from our friend Dave Dugdale. He covers his experience making his first real estate video. He confirms that these videos should come in under three minutes, while balancing the right amount of footage inside the home versus outside the home. He also talks about using actors in the video, but not using faces so viewers can picture themselves in the property.3. DocumentaryThe documentary-style real estate video is best for luxury properties. This style does not really work for smaller homes, because it requires you to film a lot of material. The overall cost of production is very high. That said, these videos are the most popular and likely to go viral.In this video from RUHM Luxury Marketing, we are given a full tour of the home and surrounding area, all while following an incredibly charismatic and funny host. The video spoofs many home and garden cable television shows, but does so while still focusing on selling the home. The script was expertly written, mixing necessary information, humor, and some fun notes.This video does break the previously mentioned three minute rule, but the property has so much to offer and showcase that the length is justified. There are many wide interior shots on a slider, close-up shots of the beautiful wood floors, and tons of great footage of the nearby beach and retail outlets. RUHM Luxury Marketing produces some of the best real estate documentary videos, and this video is one of their best.In comparison, on of the most popular real estate videos ever is the tour of Michael Jordan‘s home. The property went up for auction, and the following tour was developed to drum up interest in the sale. The video comes in at almost nine minutes, just going over the ultimate 8 minute guideline we previously set. That said, the home and career of a basketball legend has more to offer than your typical home for sale.The real estate video still follows the same real estate video guidelines. It opens with a call-to-action, mentioning the auction company, auction date, and contact information. Nearly every shot is either wide or super-wide. A host and the listing agent take you through the entire home. This video does focus on the furniture as well, but that’s because all of the furnishing come with the purchase of the property.The video replaces the surrounding neighborhood footage with career highlights, but odds are you won’t have similar footage to work with. The outro repeats the call-to-action while adding additional information to the properties sale. Even a property as fantastic as this uses the same selling techniques constantly listed above.Ever shot any real estate videos? Share your process in the comments below!last_img read more

Tenure of Rajasthan Lokayukta cut

first_imgThe Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokyuktas (Amendment) Bill to reduce the tenure of the Lokayukta from earlier eight years to five years. The Bill was presented by Energy Minister B.D. Kalla in the House on behalf of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and was passed by voice vote. Under the amendment in the Bill, which was brought to replace an ordinance issued in March this year, the tenure of the Lokayukta has been reduced to five years from eight years. The previous BJP government had increased the Lokayukta’s tenure to eight years from five years last year. “Recently, the term of office of the Lokayukta was increased from five years to eight years by amending section 5 of the Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayuktas Act, 1973. But in most of the States of the country the Lokayukta holds the office for a term of five years. “Moreover, the term of the chairperson under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 (Central Act No. 1 of 2014) is also five years,” the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill said. “In order to maintain parity with the term of Lokayukta in other States of the country and, chairperson of Lokpal in the Centre, it was decided by the State government that term of five years is adequate for the office of the Lokayukta,” it further said. Heated argumentsDuring the debate on the Bill, heated arguments broke out between Speaker C.P. Joshi and Deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore when the latter was asked to be specific on the topic.last_img read more

Napa elated as Wangs Basketball-Letran off to a good start

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES “We just have to work on our defense so that we can play well in our games,” he said.Wangs Basketball-Letran returns to the court on Monday against Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentscenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “Everything we worked on, everything coach Jeff taught us on defense, we were able to do in the game,” said the 23-year-old guard, who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists in his debut with his new squad.For Batiller, the key for this easy transition is the team willingly welcoming newcomers like him, Fajarito, and Larry Muyang to the team — something which could only mean good things for Wangs Basketball-Letran this conference and with the Knights in the long run.“They accepted us wholeheartedly and they trust us that we can help the team. I think that’s the reason why we’re playing the way we were againts AMA,” said the transferee from University of the East.Napa, however, knows that the best is yet to come for the Couriers as players like Jerrick Balanza and Fran Yu are still on their way back from their injuries.But as always, regardless who is on the floor, the mild-mannered mentor only wants to see nothing but no-frills basketball from his wards.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m happy with how we played and I’m positive with this team’s potential. I built this team and no matter what happens, this will be the players I will lean in from now up to the NCAA season,” the mentor said in Filipino.Napa’s expectations were realized when his side bucked the nerves early in the game and slowly built the 12-point cushion, 38-26 in the second quarter, before pulling away and taking a 22-point lead, 81-59, at one point in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In the start, I felt they were excited, but when we finally got our rhythm, we made a big run and everything went as planned,” he said.Batiller echoed his coach’s observations and was elated that all of the team’s hardwork in the offseason was paid off with the win. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESCoach Jeff Napa was proud to see his team’s hard work come to life as Wangs Basketball-Letran impressed in its season-opener against AMA Online Education on Tuesday.Newcomers like Bonbon Batiller and Christian Fajarito seamlessly blended in with Knights holdovers like Bong Quinto, JP Calvo, and Jeo Ambohot as the Couriers cruised to the 93-75 victory over the Titans.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LeBron James becomes seventh to reach 30,000 career pointslast_img read more

The USWNT Is On To The Next Challenge — With An Eye

TeamThenNowDiff.ThenNowDiff.ThenNowDiff. Japan5638-183226-663-3 China3257+251017+7110 How the odds have changedOdds of advancing in the Women’s World Cup before the tournament started and after the group stage Norway3534-11313021-1 Italy14%43%+293%10%+70%0%0 France8077-35440-142019-1 Cameroon316+1314+3000 England6584+194150+9109-2 Spain3922-17147-6220 Germany7291+193552+171115+4 Nigeria129-332-1000 Australia6566+13133+275-2 Make QuartersMake SemifinalsWin World Cup Below the top three, it’s a bit of a crapshoot. England won all of its group-stage matches but is scoring less than xG suggests it should be. And it will have to contend with a Cameroon side that advanced to the knockout stages in dramatic fashion on Thursday thanks to a stoppage time goal from forward Ajara Nchout. The Netherlands won all of its group-stage matches and is the current European champion, but the Dutch are scoring more goals than xG suggest they should be and will have to beat a Japanese team that has underperformed so far.Australia’s World Cup has been a bit of a mixed bag, but the Matildas boast one of the best players in the world in Kerr. Canada has Christine Sinclair — who’s just two goals shy of tying Abby Wambach’s all-time international goal-scoring record — but it has to beat a very strong Sweden side next. All of this indicates that this tournament has already lived up to its billing as the most competitive in Women’s World Cup history, and we expect more of the same going forward.Still, the marquee potential matchup remains the U.S. vs. France next Friday. If both teams do what’s expected of them in the round of 16, the eventual World Cup champion might be decided by a quarterfinal at the Parc des Princes in Paris next week.Check out our latest Women’s World Cup predictions. USA7178+7464601824+6 Netherlands4762+152847+1979+2 Canada4359+152529+467+1 Brazil5323-29227-1642-2 Sweden5141-102217-443-1 The U.S. women’s national team faced its most difficult test at this World Cup so far in its match Thursday against Sweden, and it wasn’t much of a test at all. The 2-0 scoreline doesn’t reflect it, but the Americans dominated the Swedes from the first whistle to the last. They possessed the ball 61 percent of the match and created 13 scoring chances.1According to data from Opta Sports. Sweden, on the other hand, created just four chances and rarely looked threatening otherwise.Judging the U.S. women’s probability of winning the World Cup after their first two matches was tricky. They obliterated newcomers Thailand 13-0 and then handily swept Chile to the side 3-0, but neither opponent was expected to advance beyond the group stage, let alone make a run. The Americans were always favored to win those matches with ease. But Sweden entered the tournament with a chance — albeit a small one — of winning the whole thing, and the team has been a thorn in the USWNT’s side in the past.Blowouts in the first two matches didn’t say much about what the USWNT is capable of against top competition (although Norway, which won the World Cup in 1995, proved that blowout wins in the group stage can be a good omen). But the assertive performance against Sweden proved that the USWNT is ready for all comers.2Swedish coach Peter Gerhardsson rested some starters, notably defender Nilla Fischer.Having finished atop Group F, the Americans will play Group B second-place finishers Spain in the round of 16. The FiveThirtyEight model gives the Spanish a 22 percent chance of beating the Americans and advancing to the quarterfinals. Spain’s defense has been stingy — it has conceded just two goals in three group-stage matches — but the team has struggled to find the back of the net. The Spanish are scoring just one goal per 90 minutes — 1.2 goals fewer than their expected goals (xG) tally suggests they should be scoring.The upside for the Spanish: They are creating chances. The downside: They’ll be going up against an American side that hasn’t given up a goal and has conceded exactly zero big chances in their first three matches, according to data from Opta Sports. If Spain hopes to pull off the upset of the tournament, Jennifer Hermoso will have to capitalize on whatever chances she gets. The forward scored twice in the group stage, but her mark of 0.67 goals per 90 minutes is below what xG suggests she should have. If Hermoso can’t cash in, the Americans will probably advance to the quarterfinals.The USWNT’s likely opponent in the quarterfinals is host nation France. Les Bleues won all three of their group-stage matches — although one of those wins came as the result of a *cough* controversial VAR decision *cough* that gave star defender Wendie Renard two shots at scoring from the penalty spot against Nigeria — and the FiveThirtyEight model gives them a 77 percent chance of beating Brazil in the round of 16.But France might have preferred an opponent that didn’t include Marta. At 33, the Seleção legend is decidedly past her prime. But she’s the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the World Cup — men’s or women’s — for a reason, and she’s still capable of inspiring awe. And Magic Marta isn’t alone: Brazil forward Cristiane Roziera has four goals at this World Cup, which places her one behind Australia’s Sam Kerr and the U.S.’s Alex Morgan in the race for the Golden Boot. If Cristiane draws level with — or overtakes — Kerr and Morgan, the quarterfinal match everyone is anticipating might not even happen. That said, Brazil has to be the least happy of any team with its draw. According to our model, its odds of making the quarters dropped by 29 percentage points, the most of any team remaining.The Americans and the French might be the two most likely teams to win the tournament, but that doesn’t mean anyone should sleep on Germany. The Germans won all of their group-stage matches with relative ease and, along with the Americans, conceded the third-fewest shots on goal per 90 minutes. Not coincidentally, the Germans, like the Americans, didn’t concede a goal in the group stage. Our model gives them a 91 percent chance of beating Nigeria to advance to the quarterfinals and the third-best chance of winning the tournament.Indeed, the group stage didn’t end up telling us a whole lot that we didn’t know entering the World Cup. The top of our model looks a lot like it did before the tournament began. On June 7, it gave France the best chances of winning, the U.S. the second-best and Germany the third-best. France and the U.S. have since flip-flopped — the U.S. chances to win jumped from 18 percent to 24 percent, while the French chances to win fell to 19 percent from 20 percent. Germany’s chances to win jumped from 11 percent to 15 percent, but its chances to advance to the quarterfinals jumped by an astounding 19 percentage points to 91 percent. read more

Cannabis oil explosion leaves one seriously injured in South Bay

first_img October 28, 2018 Cannabis oil explosion leaves one seriously injured in South Bay KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 28, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A person was seriously injured in an explosion during an apparent cannabis oil extraction operation at a South Bay home, an officer said Sunday.Police and paramedics were called around 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening to a house on Leider Drive near Green Bay Street, in Egger Highlands, according to San Diego police Officer Sarah Foster.One person was badly burned and had to be taken to a hospital, Foster said.No identifying information was available on the person. center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 7:57 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more