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Previous articleThree Fun Michiana Events To Enjoy While Social DistancingNext articleGrace College student, 20, didn’t die due to COVID-19 Network Indiana WhatsApp By Network Indiana – November 3, 2020 0 380 Facebook (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) The election could have an effect on the direction of gas prices in the coming days. It’s just hard to say what that effect could be.“It could be a volatile week to go along with the volatile year that it’s been. Now that there’s a concern that there could be a legal challenge to some of the election results is concerning markets due to the fact that it could slow down stimulus and a whole lot of things,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.President Trump has also signaled that he could fire Dr. Anthony Fauci from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Fauci is considered to be the nation’s top infectious disease expert.“That’s just another thing to contend with here. There’s a lot of pessimism with it. It’s a sign of a volatile cabinet and a volatile White House,” said DeHaan.That volatility could lead to higher gas prices. DeHaan believes all of this uncertainty means it may be better for you to fill up your gas tank sooner rather than later.“It may not be a bad idea to fill your tank probably by Wednesday. There’s no price hike on the radar yet. We could go a little longer for the next hike. It really just depends on the price of oil and overall markets. Right now, there’s a lot of anxiety in those markets, so keep an eye on it,” said DeHaan.DeHaan thinks even if there is a price hike, prices shouldn’t go a lot higher than $2 per gallon.“We are seeing some of the lowest prices in northwest Indiana. It’s $1.68 at one station in East Chicago, $1.70 in Schererville. There is one station in Indianapolis selling it for $1.69. Stations in Greenfield tend to be low. There are some stations there at $1.78,” said DeHaan.The increase in coronavirus infections has also kept demand low. Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Election results could dictate the direction of gas prices Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNationalNews Pinterest Facebook Twitter
Sharing is caring! Share 95 Views one comment EducationLocalNewsSecondary CHS launches Green Movement by: – January 30, 2012 Share Junior Tourism Minister and PRO of the CHS Green Movement, Kitwani Carbon.The Convent High School (CHS) Environmental Club on Friday launched its ‘Green Movement,’ an initiative aimed at raising awareness among students about the importance of environmental conservation.The CHS Environmental Club was formed to help build a culture of cleanliness among the student population and promote the sustainable use of natural resources as part of national development. “Our main objective is to help the students acquire a set of values and concern for the environment. We hope to motivate them to participate in environmental protection by sensitizing them about the issues we are faced with, pollution being one of the most prominent,” said Public Relations Officer, Kitwani Carbon.Carbon was named Dominica’s “Junior Tourism Minister,” after she emerged winner of a Caribbean Tourism Organization Youth Conference in St. Maarten last year.Addressing the launching ceremony, the Minister for Environment, Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries, Dr. Kenneth Darroux commended the students for playing their part in preserving of the natural environment.Darroux noted that his government was engaged in several initiatives to promote conservation, including the annual November 4th beautification programme and the monitoring of quarrying activities along the west coast and the impact on the fishing industry.Darroux said the Roosevelt Skerrit Administration was also reviewing the Fisheries Act to regulate the use of fishing resources and pointed to Dominica’s anti-whaling stance as further evidence of a commitment to environmental protection.“At the very top level we recognise the economic importance of preserving our natural environment. At a ministerial level we are currently putting legislation together to ensure that environmental laws are current and applicable.“We are also looking to convert the environmental coordinating unit into a full-fledged government division,” he told the CHS students.January 27th has been designated Convent High School’s Annual Green Day.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share
SAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson’s status for Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg against the Jets is still in question but the Sharks defenseman appeared to at least take a small step forward in his recovery from a lower body injury.For complete Sharks coveragefollow us on Flipboard.Karlsson, who hasn’t played since Jan. 16, skated briefly Monday morning and left the ice about a half-hour before the Sharks’ practice ended. He did not skate on Friday and missed his fourth straight game Saturday against …
Moderate to heavy rain continued to lash several districts of Odisha since Wednesday morning affecting normal life in the southern and coastal regions of the State.Triggered by a well- marked low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal, heavy rain is likely over more areas of the State over the next three days.As less number of vehicles were seen plying on the roads, people living in slum clusters and low clusters faced difficulties in the urban areas of Berhampur, Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack during the day.The Bhubaneswar Centre of the India Meteorological Department said that heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over the districts of Koraput, Gajapati, Ganjam and Puri on Thursday. More rain forecastHeavy rain was also likely to hit the districts of Malkangiri, Rayagada, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Nayagarh, Khurda, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Sundargarh, Kendrapara and Bhadrak, the centre warned. The centre said that heavy to very heavy rain was expected at isolated places over the districts of Sundargarh, Bargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Keonjhar on Friday. The low pressure area, formed over the west-central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a depression by Thursday night, the centre said.
Most office pools — and a certain billion-dollar bracket contest — insist the NCAA Tournament still has the pleasing, symmetrical, 64-team format: Six rounds, each winnowing the field by half, for a total of 63 games, 63 losers and one winner. Fans, likewise, haven’t gotten over the habit of calling the round of 64, played out over the manic Thursday and Friday of this week, the first round.But the real first round is happening now in Dayton, Ohio, and for the fourth straight year, it really matters. In the so-called play-in games, eight teams will compete on Tuesday and Wednesday for four spots in the round of 64. And two of the winners will have a real chance at a deep tournament run — a better chance than you’d think if you’d glanced at the contenders’ resumes on Selection Sunday. Their first-round — I mean, round-of-64 — opponents could regret having to face them. And you, too, could regret filling out your bracket before the opening-round games are done: North Carolina State and the winner between Iowa and Tennessee could shake up the strong Midwest region.The play-in games aren’t just a gimmick. Like wild-card rounds in the playoffs for the NFL and MLB, they help sort the contenders from the also-rans. Teams that have to play, and win, a contest before facing their next opponent have momentum, an actual phenomenon in college basketball.1As my colleague Benjamin Morris will show in an upcoming article.Most important, play-in games provide vital data about teams’ current strength, which is hard to get from their schedules, littered as they are with non-tournament teams and results from months ago. Winning the play-in game, the most recent and important contest to date against a strong opponent, is a big indicator of a team’s ability today.The baseball playoffs have validated the potency of this combination of momentum and trial by fire. Wild-card teams that have won their first MLB playoff series have won their next series about half the time, despite facing opponents with home-field advantage and, usually, a better record. Winners in the NFL playoff wild-card round, on the other hand, have slightly underperformed expectations, winning three fewer games against rested opponents (out of 124) than would be expected based on their regular-season performance.2This finding is based on NFL playoff data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, combined with Simple Rating System scores from Pro Football Reference, and this formula for converting SRS into win probability (assuming home-field advantage is worth 2.5 points). Why are the NFL playoffs so different from baseball and basketball? Two untested hypotheses: 1) The extra week of rest matters more because the sport is so physically demanding; and 2) SRS understates the gap in quality between bye teams and wild-card winners because many top teams rest starters after clinching byes, artificially deflating their ratings. Also notable: More recently, the NFL playoffs have looked a lot more like MLB’s. Over the last nine postseasons, wild-card winners have won their next game against bye teams 15 times, compared to an expected total of 12 wins.Sorting contenders from also-rans is particularly helpful in college basketball, a sport that’s particularly hard to predict from regular-season results. Each team has played fewer than 10 percent of other Division I teams. Top teams come from more conferences in college basketball than in football, making each team’s average conference game less meaningful as a postseason preview. Many regular-season starting lineups are a mix of new players and players who have never played with them, meaning November results may predict little about March results.From 2001, when the play-in concept was introduced, through 2011, this sorting mechanism didn’t matter much, because the single game decided which team would offer itself up for ritual sacrifice in the next round. In those days, play-in games pitted two would-be No. 16 seeds against each other for a chance at a game against a No. 1 seed. Those games aren’t unwinnable, yet they were never won.Those 10 underdogs did slightly better than expected in the round of 64. Their Simple Rating System3Simple Rating System is, as its name suggests, a basic way of evaluating teams based on their schedule strength and margin of victory. score heading into the tournament, along with the SRS of their top-seeded round-of-64 opponents, suggested they should have lost those games by an average of 29 points. Instead, they lost by an average of 27 points — a layup better per blowout.Since 2011, though, the play-in round has expanded to four games, with four of the teams competing to be seeded from 11th to 14th. These teams have a lot more to play for: They aren’t going to face a top-two seed in their next game, so they have a fighting chance of winning.The NCAA’s move was both innovative and retrospective: The 1983 and 1984 tournaments — with field sizes of 52 and 53 teams, respectively — also had play-in games, then called an opening round. Winners advanced to the first round, which was then also a kind of preliminary round of its own, pitting outsider teams against each other for a chance to play the top 16 teams, which each got two byes.The back-to-the-future tournament restructuring of 2011 immediately paid dividends. Virginia Commonwealth beat the University of Southern California for an 11 seed in the Southwest region, where VCU was a 10-point underdog to Georgetown, according to pre-tournament SRS. Instead, VCU crushed Georgetown by 18 points. And that was no fluke — the Rams then routed third seed Purdue by 18 and went on to the Final Four.VCU’s run is an outlier; you’d want good odds to bet on any play-in winner reaching this year’s Final Four in Arlington, Texas. But it’s also consistent with the historical data. Since 1980,4As far back as our data set goes 61 percent of 109 teams that had to win an opening or first-round game exceeded SRS expectations in their next game, against an opponent with a bye. The data set spans the play-in games of the past 13 tournaments, plus the opening rounds and first rounds in the early 1980s, when more teams got at least one bye. And the average team outperformed its rating relative to its opponent by two points. An extra layup doesn’t matter in a blowout, but it could swing a close 5-12 matchup.The sample size here is too small to be definitive: The standard deviation of teams’ performance relative to expectations is almost 10 points. But other findings corroborate this one. For instance, the analysis so far hasn’t accounted for how play-in teams that won their next game did later on in the tournament. But many went on to make deep tournament runs. VCU was the seventh opening-round winner to get to the Final Four. The 1980 Final Four featured three teams that had to play their way into the main, 32-team bracket. And Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State championship team of 1983 was a No. 6 seed that didn’t get a first-round bye.Seven semifinalist berths is a remarkable yield from this group of teams. Treat the 32 opening-round winners who won their next game as you would any other team in that round of the tournament, and you’d expect seven of them to reach the Final Four. And yet these were no ordinary teams. Each was, after all, flawed — it was in the opening-round game for a reason. None was seeded in the top four in its region.Don’t take this as advice to write in any of this week’s play-in winners for a trip to Arlington. The most important factor in predicting winners will remain teams’ relative strength through the season. But if you’re looking for an edge in a bracket contest, you could do worse than backing a play-in winner. And if you’re a fan of a team slotted to play one, hope your team’s coaching staff has been keeping a close eye on Dayton.CORRECTION (March 19, 11:00 a.m.): An earlier version of this article said four teams would match up in two play-in games. Eight teams will play four play-in games this week in Dayton.
Ohio State men’s hockey players celebrate after a goal in the second period of the game against UMass on Oct. 19. Ohio State fell 6-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 27-day break, the Buckeyes returned to action with a sweep of the Mercyhurst Lakers by scores of 3-1 and 5-4.Ohio State (11-4-3, 4-2-2-2 Big Ten) dominated the Lakers (8-10-2, 6-5-1 Atlantic Hockey) on special teams and limited Mercyhurst’s shots throughout the series to secure the pair of wins.Game 1Ohio State won the first game of the series against Mercyhurst 3-1 including the first goal of the season by Ohio State junior defenseman Matt Miller. The teams failed to find the net in the first period despite a combined 25 shots between the two squads. Mercyhurst had an opportunity to score on the power play in the first 20 minutes, but the special teams of the Buckeyes held strong and killed the penalty. Scoring opened up midway through the second period as sophomore forward Austin Pooley scored for the second time this season. Pooley was assisted by senior forward Brendon Kearney and junior forward Sam McCormick. The goal came shortly after a failed power play attempt by the Buckeyes after Mercyhurst was called for having too many players on the ice. Overall, Ohio State converted on two of its five power play opportunities on the night and killed all six penalties it faced.Neither squad scored for the remainder of the period, and the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Buckeyes until Miller scored to increase the Buckeyes’ lead. Miller found the net during a five-on-three power play after two Lakers picked up penalties within a minute of each other. Senior forwards Dakota Joshua and Mason Jobst assisted on the goal.Mercyhurst scored with under a minute remaining in the game with an empty net to make it a one-score game, but the Buckeyes’ defense held strong and even added an additional empty net goal by Jobst with two seconds remaining to make the final 3-1. Jobst was assisted by Kearney, his second assist of the game. Redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo allowed one goal on 20 shots faced, with the one goal coming during a six-on-five. Through his first nine games he started this season, Romeo has allowed 18 goals and is averaging 2.19 goals allowed per game in addition to a .916 save percentage.Game 2In more of a high-scoring affair, Ohio State finished the sweep of the Lakers, winning 5-4 on a game-winning goal by senior defenseman Sasha Larocque.Mercyhurst took their first lead of the series midway through the first period, an even-strength goal by freshman forward Geoff Kitt. The Buckeyes responded just over four minutes later with a goal by junior forward Ronnie Hein, assisted by Larocque and junior forward Tanner Laczynski, his 10th of the season.The Buckeyes followed up the score with a power play goal by senior forward Freddy Gerard, his sixth goal of the season. Gerard was assisted by Hein and Laczynski, his 11th assist of the season.Saturday’s game was the 100th game played by Gerard for Ohio State. Through Saturday’s game, he has scored 18 goals, 26 assists and 44 points during his career at Ohio State.In the second period, Mercyhurst scored two unanswered goals to take the lead over Ohio State, one coming on the power play and the other at even strength just over three minutes in. Junior forward Carson Meyer responded just 20 seconds later to tie the game 3-3, assisted by Joshua and senior forward John Wiitala.With six minutes left in the second period, Mercyhurst found the net to once again take the lead, but less than four minutes later, Meyer once again scored to tie the game. With his two goals against Mercyhurst, Meyer now sits at six goals on the year, tied for No. 2 on the team with Hein. Ohio State scored on three of its four attempts on the power play Saturday night and allowed the Lakers to convert on one of their three attempts. Overall, the Buckeyes were three for nine in the series and killed all but one of the Laker’s nine tries with the man advantage.The tie was eventually broken by Larocque midway through the third period with his second goal of the season to give Ohio State the 5-4 lead, and from there the Buckeyes ran with the lead, limiting Mercyhurst to only seven shot attempts in the third period. Freshman forward Gustaf Westlund assisted on the goal, his 11th of the season.The five goals by the Buckeyes were tied for the most they’ve scored this season, also finding the net five times against Penn State on Nov. 24. The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers 94-47 in the series.Sophomore forward Tommy Nappier allowed four goals on 26 shots. So far this season, he has allowed 16 goals and has a .941 save percentage.The Buckeyes will stay at home to take on Michigan State on Jan. 4 and 5. The puck drops on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
October 17, 2012Different Skies, the annual festival of electronic and experimental music returned to the Colly Soleri Music Center for its 10th year. Different Skies 2012 participants [from left]John Krikawa: keyboards, Russel Foster: drums and guitar, Otso Pakarinen: keyboards and guitar, Allan Goodman: guitar, keybords and audio mix, Mike Medley in the chair: keyboards, aebea & iPad, Dave Fulton: keyboards, Giles Reaves: keyboards and drums, and Tim Walters: bass and manta. Some have attended the week-long Different Skies Music Festival since its beginning in 2003.[photo by Sue Kirsch]It was an intense week for the group. After enduring several days of strong rains and hail that interrupted rehearsals and flooded the floor of the stage, Different Skies nevertheless gave a terrific performance on Saturday evening, October 13.[photo by Jeremy Schevling]A good-size crowd wrapped in coats and blankets in response to a chilly Saturday night, enjoyed Different Skies’ program of brand-new compositions. Within the week the musicians wrote the music, practiced each others compositions in group and put together a program of distinctly personal pieces. All this with highly skilled musicians![photo by Jeremy Schevling]Video images, including a beautiful collection of time-lapse photography taken by Giles Reaves during the week at Arcosanti, were projected on a screen behind the musicians. [photo by Jeremy Schevling]