Fantasy sports scores with mobile and online users

first_imgCHERYL PEARSON-MCNEILWhen it comes to defining that which is “typically American,” I think we’re going to have to add “sports” to the old expression, “As American as Mom and apple pie.”We are a country full of sports fanatics.  (While I might not exactly fall into that category, I am the mother of an extraordinary 17-year-old athlete and lover of all things sports.  So, I have to admit, that I need to step up and try to keep up)!Nielsen numbers bear this out.  Sports programs are among the top watched in African-American households as well as those of the general population, with the Super Bowl consistently ranking as the most-watched program across the board.  In fact, Super Bowl XLVII drew 108 million viewers nationally.African–Americans made up a whopping 12.5 million of those viewers.  (Personally, I enjoy the parties and the commercials, the game? Not so much.)With football and basketball season in full swing, Nielsen has identified and measured a phenomenal, growing niche industry, Fantasy Sports.Now, for those of you who, like me, were not familiar with this popular trend—Fantasy Leagues are places where you can use the web, smartphones and/or tablets, act as sports general managers, to draft professional athletes from your favorite pro teams to make up the roster how you see it in your own personal league. Fantasy points are awarded to the players, based on their performance in the actual games being played.  You and your friends can compete or bet against each other while watching the real game.last_img read more

Shoprite Now Open in Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Christina Johnson |SHREWSBURY ­­– By 11 a.m. Wednesday on its first day of business, more than 1,000 customers were inside the brand new ShopRite at 1151 Shrewsbury Ave., moving slowly down the aisles of precisely arranged products, reading labels, checking prices and taking it all in.Throughout the 80,000-square-foot store, smartly uniformed store employees in black aprons stood outside their immaculate stations, greeting customers or offering samples. Saker ShopRite executives in suits buzzed through the aisles, chatting with staff and shaking hands with customers. The mood was festive, like a holiday.“It’s awesome. It’s amazing. I’m like, a little overwhelmed,” said Amy Montano of Little Silver, who was in the meat aisle, picking out Thanksgiving dinner items for her family of three with the help of a yellow store directory handout. Typically, the real estate professional will drive 20 minutes to Wegmans and Costco in Ocean Township to do the family shopping. But ShopRite is only 10 minutes from her home. She was impressed. “It’s just beautiful and everything looks great.”Convenience, quality, freshness and the overall customer experience are some of the ingredients in Richard Saker’s recipe for success. Saker, of Middletown, is president and CEO of Saker ShopRites, which continues to be guided by the family’s fifth generation of grocers. Of his 32 stores, 25 of have the “World Class” label for their amenities, extensive size and depth of offerings. The Shrewsbury store is a World Class store.Customers who know the Hazlet, Middletown and Aberdeen stores will feel at home in Shrewsbury. The layout of the grocery, produce, meat and seafood sections is familiar. But the Shrewsbury store stands out for its vast hot food and deli provisions selection, a smorgasbord of hundreds of prepared entrees from both the World Class Kitchens and Dearborn Farms brands that seems to go on and on from behind a long, gleaming 30-foot glass case, a feast for the eyes.Shrewsbury ShopRite meat manager Justin Hager shows off the premium, custom cut meat selection. Photo by Christina Johnson“Grab and go” foods prepared by ShopRite chefs aimed to appeal to busy working moms and dads who want to pick up a home-cooked meal to share together at night, is a sophisticated experience in Shrewsbury. “If you see a product with World Class Kitchens on it, we’re making that here in New Jersey, with good union labor. All our products are handmade and the vast majority of our products are 100 percent natural,” said Saker. “Which is something that is quite amazing, because there’s nobody else who does that. Everything is made fresh and everything is made locally.”Customers can buy homemade food in packages right in the refrigerated aisles, or they can be served behind the glass by an employee who will help a customer build an $8 or $9 meal with an entrée and two sides from the colorful selection.In the fresh pasta aisle, ShopRite’s Richard Saker shows beef ravioli made from his wife Laura’s recipe. Photo by Christina JohnsonThe Shrewsbury store also features a new fresh pasta operation where customers can buy packaged pasta products like angel hair, macaroni and ravioli produced on the premises. Kobe beef, a premium product not formally found in supermarkets, also gets star billing in Shrewsbury, where customers can order Kobe beef burgers, Kobe roast beef, Kobe corned beef and Kobe pastrami. These two new features will be rolling out to other ShopRite stores in the future.All of this is offered under video screens that show mesmerizing kitchen videos from ShopRite chefs slicing and dicing, sautéing and baking, or piping icing into flower shapes onto beautiful little cakes for the boutique patisserie. “We import some of the finest ingredients from all over the world,” including chocolate from Belgium, said Saker. “We are just a cut above any bakery. Nobody does anything like we do.”The meat section of the store is also something special in Shrewsbury. Customers can regularly find custom cuts of USDA Prime beef and Kobe beef, as well as specialties like pork crown roast and beef bracciole. Or they can request something different from the butcher behind the counter.The store, which employs 300 full- and part-time workers, has a local focus. Customers can find Booskerdoo Coffee, roasted in Monmouth County; Glenda’s Kitchen gluten-free, gourmet cookies, which are baked nearby in Atlantic Highlands; and the Grown in Monmouth branded plants provided by local farms like Louis Davino Greenhouses.There is also a pharmacy, a cafe, a full-service catering department and a store nutrition expert and nutrition center.The store is open 6 a.m. to midnight every day. The company offers a “ShopRite from Home” app with pick up from reserved parking spots, and will offer home delivery.ShopRite from home is a service that allows customers to place orders for pickup at a reserved section of the parking lot. The supermarket will offer home delivery. Photo courtesy ShopRite“Customers are excited, it’s a ‘wow,’ ” said Shrewsbury ShopRite store manager Mike Egan. “They’ve been waiting a while for ShopRite to come back to Shrewsbury,” he said, referring to a store that existed in the 1970s.Shrewsbury ShopRite store manager Mike Egan at the entrance of the store, where “Shrewsbury NJ” spelled out in oversized Scrabble tiles welcomes customers. Photo by Christina Johnson“Come check us out. We have a great staff, great people, and we’re happy to serve,” added Egan.This article was first published in the Nov. 15-21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Small in numbers, huge in heart Neptunes keep medals coming in Kimberley

first_img“Despite this, Logan Wright was able to earn some meet records in the 25m butterfly, 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke,” Afford added.Trail Stingrays continue to be the team to beat on the Kootenay circuit, finishing on top of the standings with 1317.5 points.Rival Castlegar Aquanauts took second followed in third by host Kimberley.Golden, Grand Forks, Creston and Nelson finished respectively through seventh position.Cranbrook and Colville were eighth and ninth.Afford continues to be impressed with the competitive fight from Cowan and Matthew.“The division swimmers that did come did a tremendous job and many of them put up some great times that I know they will be able to improve at the coming meet,” explained Afford, who also grabbed a bronze medal in Division seven girls.The Neptunes travel to Colville, Wash., this weekend for the Kootenay Regional Championships.The top swimmers qualify for the Provincial meet later this month in Nanaimo. The Nelson Neptunes may be small in numbers, but the club is huge on heart.The Neptunes took a, dwarfed by recent standards, team to the East Kootenay to compete in the Kimberley meet — the final regular season stop on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association campaign.Still Nelson won three aggregate medals, two my stalwarts Sage Cowan and Samuel Matthew.Cowan finished second in Division four girls while Matthew also earned the runner-up prize in Division four boys.“Kimberley was a really small meet for us,” Neptune coach Rebecca Afford commented.“We only had 14 swimmers in attendance and five of them were novices who swim exhibition meaning they do not score the team any points.”last_img read more

Jacked up and ready for the Canadian Senior Men’s Championships

first_imgThe BC Senior Men’s Champs are ready to reload as the rink begins quest for the top prize at the Canadian Senior Men’s Curling Championships beginning Monday in Digby, Nova Scotia.The rink, consisting of Kelowna curlers skip Bob Ursel and third Dave Stephenson along with second Don Freschi of Trail and lead Fred Thomson of Nelson qualified for the Canadian Championships after dominating the BC Championships last month in Richmond.“We’re really excited,” said Nelson’s Fred Thomson prior to leaving Saturday for the Maritimes.“We played really well in Richmond and if we continue to play like that I like our chances at the Canadians and going for to the Worlds.”Team BC opens the Championships seeded seventh and is slotted into Pool B with Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut.First up Monday is Jeff Thomas from Newfoundland and Labrador at 12:30 p.m. EDT before Ursel and Company takes to the ice to meet Quebec’s Richard Faguy in the evening draw at 7:30 p.m.“We would have liked to have played the next day,” Thomson said when asked about the team’s — running on all cylinders performance — at Richmond, where foursome suffered on only one loss during the round robin before hammering defending champion Wes Craig 7-2 in the final. “Since we put this team together we’ve been on quite a remarkable run . . . we’re 28-1 this year,” Thomson added.“We’ve all been throwing a lot of rocks since Richmond and have a lot of experience playing at this level. Hopefully we can pick it up as soon as we get back to the ice (in Digby).”Playing at the Canadians, Thomson realizes the competition will be that much better than Richmond.Looking at the rinks that have qualified, he sees a ton of Brier and Canadian experience on the opposing teams.“It’s interesting looking at the field that is here, most of the rinks have at least one player who has played at the Brier,” Thomson explained.Having said that, Thomson said BC is included in that assessment.“Both Don (Freschi) and I have been to the Brier along with Bob (Ursel) who even beat Dave (Stephenson) to with the Canadian Juniors when he curled for Manitoba,” Thomson said.The field is broken into two seven-team pools. Teams play a preliminary round from Monday to Wednesday with the top four teams qualify for the Championship draw to seed for the Playoffs.The Semi Final is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. with the Final going at 3 p.m.These Championships combine the Men’s and Women’s rinks.The Ursel Rink will be have a solid crowd of supporters as the Women’s BC Champs also are from Kelowna, with skip Diane Foster, third Leanne Ursel, second Cindy Curtain and lead Sherry Heath carrying the provincial BC colours.last_img read more

Missing Downton Abbey? Here’s How US Fans Can Get A Fix Now

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Tags:#Downton Abbey#streaming#video Except that this isn’t really about monetization. They’re giving the show away free to PBS viewers. They’re just making us wait six months to get it.Six months… of all those Brits gleefully filling Facebook and Twitter with talk of Mary’s baby, Lord Grantham, etc. I’m not going to wait. Neither is Laura Stampler of Time. Or a host of mommy blogs (here and here).Can’t Wait? You Needn’tI’ll let the blogs above tell you how to set up a VPN to spoof a U.K. IP address. Or you can simply use Get iPlayer Automator to download the video files each week after the program airs in the U.K. No, you won’t be watching it live, and you’ll have to watch it on your computer unless you move the show to your tablet or phone. You could also use your TV if you’re using AppleTV, Roku or something similar.But you’ll be watching it. And perhaps you’ll then discover all those other BBC and ITV shows friends have raved about.The irony is that I have bought every season, even after watching it before the rest of my American friends. It’s not about getting the show for free. It’s about getting it when my friends in the U.K. do. Given the special relationship that supposedly exists between the two countries, it seems it’s the least ITV could do to make Downton Abbey available to me without stooping to such dastardly tactics.Alas! No. So I’ll download it now, watch it now, and pay for it the second they let me.  5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts So you’re a Downton Abbey addict. I can understand. I am, too. Given that Season 4 just premiered to 9.5 million U.K. viewers, you have two options. One of them will make you immensely happy but an evil criminal. The other will make you a sanctimonious, law-abiding citizen who will be Downton Abbey-free until January 2014.I know which one I’m choosing.There are ways—some easy, some hard—to watch British broadcasts from the U.S., but the real question is why we’re being made to wait at all.Yes, I’m A CriminalIf you live in the U.K. and pay your TV tax, you can watch ITV and BBC programming for free. If you live in the U.S., you can watch many of the same programs for free, but on a time-delayed basis. In the case of Downton Abbey, millions of Britons happily watched it last week. Millions of Americans arguably would have been happy to pay to watch it with them, but were blocked by broadcast rights and some television exec’s decision as to how best to monetize Downton Abbey. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Matt Asay 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Lots of selfies in Padma Award nominations

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, then prime minister Manmohan Singh and Padma Awardees at an Investiture Ceremony-II at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on April 26, 2014.The government has invited the public to nominate people who are achievers and who they think deserve the Padma Awards to be given next year. The government is in for a surprise: Instead of nominating achievers, a lot of people are recommending their own case for the awards.Going by the list of recommendations the Ministry of Home Affairs received last year for the 2014 Padma Awards, many people actually nominated themselves. The numbers are so big that the practice has become a norm of sorts. (The full list) For the 2014 awards, the ministry got a staggering 1,878 nominations of which 127 were finally picked (the final list) . In this list, there are hundreds who were both the recommending authorities and the nominees themselves, meaning they told the government upfront that they should be given the awards.In some cases, people also nominated their family members.The only people who cannot nominate themselves or anyone else, as per the rules, are government employees including those in public sector undertakings.Everyone else, without distinction of “race, occupation, position or sex,” are eligible for these awards, including doctors and scientists working with the government.But how useful is self-recommendation? Not much it seems, given that the ministry prefers nominations from state governments and Union Territories, ministers, chief ministers and governors, MPs, ministries and government departments, previous awardees, governors and institutions. But private individuals and bodies too are free to send in names.advertisementThe nominations are then placed before a Padma Awards Committee which is named every year by the prime minister of India.So if you feel someone you know deserves a Padma award, you can now nominate the person’s name to the home ministry. If you think you too deserve the award, well, you can even recommend yourself. The last date for submissions is September 15.How can you nominate?Download a proforma from the Ministry of Home Affairs website by clicking on the Award and Medals category. (Click here to download the form)Fill up the form and also write a brief narrative citation, which should not be more than two pages long, containing not more than 800 words.Then post the form to this address:Home Minister/Home Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, North Block, New Delhi-110001What are the Padma awards?The civilian awards are conferred in three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – in fields of art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.The awards are announced on Republic Day every year.last_img read more

12 days agoMan City, Leicester watching Altinordu teen Burak Ince

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City, Leicester watching Altinordu teen Burak Inceby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAltinordu teen Burak Ince is attracting Premier League interest.Turkish giants Fenerbache have joined Manchester City and Leicester in the race to sign promising youngster Ince .Bayern Munich are also interested in the 15-year-old Altinordu playmaker but now Fenerbahce have entered the race.Yeni Asir says that the Super Lig side could have the advantage in the race for his signature as they have close ties with the Altinordu chief. last_img read more

Robert Smith Claims He Was The First Ohio State NFL Player To Say “The”

first_imgTwo analysts talk on one of the Big Ten network's shows.BTN.You’ve heard it a lot over the years.A former Ohio State football player introduces himself during an NFL broadcast and concludes his introduction with an emphatic, “The Ohio State University.”Who started that tradition?Apparently, it was former Buckeye running back Robert Smith.“It is true,” Smith said on the Big Ten Network earlier this week. “It was the official name of the university and they made a point in around 1994 to emphasize it.”It was Robert Smith who started saying THE Ohio State University in the NFL introductions!— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) September 1, 2016Smith played at Ohio State in the early 1990s before going on to star in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. He played in the NFL from 1993-2000.So, when you hear that first “The Ohio State University” this fall, you’ll know who started it.last_img read more

Victim wants adult sentence for school shooter who killed 4 wounded 7

first_imgREGINA – The last time Charlene Klyne was in the same room as the teenager convicted in a deadly school shooting in Saskatchewan, he opened fire and shot her in the face.Klyne, who lost her sight after the January 2016 shooting in La Loche, says she doesn’t want to be in the same room with him when his sentencing hearing starts Tuesday.“I just want him to be sentenced as an adult. He was two weeks short of being an adult,” Klyne said last week in Regina.“He looked at people in the eye and just fired. You’re an adult. It wasn’t a kid’s game. It’s not a kid’s game. You don’t shoot people for a game.”Klyne was a substitute teacher in the La Loche high school when the shooting happened.She said she remembers seeing the shooter through the window of her classroom door and the gun being raised. Everything went red because the pellets went into her eyes and she had a hard time with breathing because so there were many pellets in her neck.Then the shooter was gone.Teacher’s aide Marie Janvier was in the room, too, and ran for help, but the shooter came back. Janvier was killed.Klyne was one of seven people wounded that day in the high school. Janvier and teacher Adam Wood were killed.Two brothers, Dayne and Drayden Fontaine, were shot in their home.The teen, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has pleaded guilty to the first-degree murders of Janvier and Wood and to second-degree murder in the deaths of the Fontaine brothers. He also pleaded guilty to seven counts of attempted murder.Provincial court Judge Janet McIvor has set aside two weeks — the first starting Tuesday and another in June — to determine if the killer should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.The Crown has served notice that it wants an adult sentence.The maximum youth sentence for first-degree murder is 10 years in custody. An adult receives an automatic life sentence and, under a new provision for multiple murders, can receive consecutive periods of parole ineligibility of up to 25 years for each victim.Defence lawyer Aaron Fox said last fall that there are many factors to consider in an application to sentence a young person as an adult, including moral culpability, lack of a criminal record and level of cognitive or social development.No agreed facts about what happened — including a motive — were submitted to the court when the guilty pleas were entered last October.At the time of the shooting, the teen’s friends described him as the black sheep of his family and a victim of bullying at school. One person said the teen was often teased about his large ears.Another student kept a screenshot of a chilling exchange that took place on social media just before the shooting.“Just killed 2 ppl,” said the message. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”Klyne said the severity of the crime warrants an adult sentence.“I don’t think of a child grabbing a gun and shooting people … seven he wounded; four he killed. A child doesn’t do that.”It could also be tough for Klyne to get to the hearing, which is being held in Meadow Lake, Sask.Klyne has been living in Saskatoon, about 300 kilometres southeast of Meadow Lake, since the shooting because she needs continuous medical treatment.She lost all vision in her left eye, can only see dark shadows in her right eye and has numerous pellets lodged in 13 different spots from her jaw to her chest. She’s been told it’s too risky to have surgery to remove the pellets.She can’t drive anymore and doesn’t want to put stress on her family.“He wrecked my life. He wrecked my family’s life. He’s wrecked a lot of people’s lives,” she said.“I have a 96-year-old father. He wrecked his life. People phone him and tell him that I’m dying in the hospital. How is that fair to do to a 96-year-old man? He’s just wrecked everybody’s life.“Enough is enough.”last_img read more