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Charity sector hardest hit as war for talent continues

first_imgThe number of voluntary sectororganisations facing recruitment problems has risen by half in only three months,according to a survey by recruitment firm Reed.The Reed Skills Index,which tracked the recruitment trends of nearly 1,500 organisations for thefirst three months of this year, reveals that 67 per cent of voluntary groupsreported difficulty finding suitably skilled staff. This represents a growth ofnearly 50 per cent on the previous quarter.World developmentcharity Cafod has had trouble filling editorial and facilities managementpositions. It was offering salaries between £23,000 and £25,000.Roger Morton,personnel officer at Cafod, said, “Candidates have dropped out because oursalary levels are lower than they can get outside.”He said charitiesshould tackle the problem by better targeting advertising in order to attractpeople interested in the work, for whom salary is not an issue.While voluntary groupsare hardest hit by the recruitment crisis, over half of businesses have alsobeen unable to find suitably skilled and qualified people.One in five ofemployers who have had recruitment problems said secretarial and administrativevacancies are a problem. Accountancy and sales recruitment posts are also hardto fill.Many of the businessessurveyed said skills shortages led to more pressure on existing staff. Theysaid they face reduced profits due to pressure to raise salaries and the lackof human capital to resource plans for growth.While an upwardpressure on salaries is cited by many as an impact of the current skillscrisis, this is most prevalent in the public and voluntary sectors.James Reed, chiefexecutive of Reed said, “The year-on-year rising trend indicates asteadily increasing problem for business which should not be ignored.”www.reed.co.ukBy Gideon Burrows Charity sector hardest hit as war for talent continuesOn 18 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Death toll rises to 20 from New Zealand volcano eruption

Survivors of the 47 people, mostlytourists, who were on or near the volcano when it erupted on Dec. 9., are stillbeing treated in hospitals in both countries for severe burns. An aerial view of the Whakaari, also known as White Island volcano, in New Zealand on Dec. 12, 2019. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA The two individuals were HaydenMarshall-Inman of New Zealand and Winona Langford of Australia, police said. WELLINGTON – The death toll rose to 20on Thursday from a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island last month,as two people still missing were officially confirmed dead. From the official tally of 20 deaths,18 people have died in New Zealand and two in hospitals in Australia. Official inquiries into the eruptionand New Zealand’s response will take up to a year, Prime Minister JacindaArdern said.(Reuters) read more

Lady Pirates Come Up Short Against Lady Spartans

first_imgLady Pirates fall to Connersville in the last conference game, 2-1.With 18 minutes of determination from both teams, Greensburg was first to score. Emily Rosales had a long shot right at the 18 mark that found the Spartans keeper way out of the goal. The Spartans did not wait long to respond. After the next six minutes of play, Connersville would be on top 2-1. The second half would be a hard-fought battle to see who could claim the next point. The Lady Pirates rallied in the final minutes and another long shot from Rasales would put hope in the air but the ball did not settle in the net leaving the final score was 2-1 with the Spartans claiming the victory.Greensburg keeper Ella Lowe had another impressive performance. Lowe saw 20 shots and managed to keep all but 2 off the scoreboard. Alaina Nobbe also managed to have two saves on goal to help the cause.This brings the Lady Pirates record to 1-10-3. Their next competition is Saturday (10/5) at Triton Central. Next week the Lady Pirates host sectionals. The draw sets up a competition between the Greensburg and Indianapolis Shortridge. They meet on the second day of sectional action at 7 p.m. on Thursday (10/10).Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Drake Caggiula for Game 2 of their qualifying round series against the Oilers.Caggiula received a one-game suspension from the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton’s Tyler Ennis during the second period of Saturday’s win against Edmonton. NFL-NEWSEagles coach has COVID-19 UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for COVID-19. August 3, 2020 Thomas closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 13-under 267 and take the $10.5 million winner’s check for his 13th PGA Tour title. He took the lead for good on the par-5 16th with his second straight birdie, while Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) bogeyed the hole.Thomas is No. 1 for the first time since June 2018.Koepka finished in a second-place tie with Phil Mickelson, Daniel Berger and Tom Lewis at minus-10.In other golf action:— Richy Werenski is the winner of the Barracuda Championship, finishing one point ahead of Troy Merritt under the Modified Stableford System. Werenski collected 13 points in the final round for a 39-point total. Fabián Gómez and Matthias Schwab were two points back. — Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals in a 4-3 verdict over Nashville in Game 1 of the qualifying series. Christian Dvorak, Clayton Keller and Michael Grabner also scored to support Darcy Kuemper’s (KEHM’-purz) 40-save performance. The Predators rallied behind two goals by Filip Forsberg, the second of which got Nashville within 4-3 midway through the third period.— Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) stopped 28 shots in his first playoff start and Cam Atkinson scored early in the third period of the Blue Jackets’ 2-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs in the qualifying round tourney in Toronto. Korpisalo got a lot of help from a smothering Blue Jackets defense, which did not allow a Toronto shot in the last seven minutes of the game. Alexander Wennberg sealed the win with an empty-netter with 19 seconds remaining.— Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) stopped 28 shots and the Wild scored two power-play goals in a 2-0 shutout of the Canucks. Kevin Fiala (fee-AL’-ah) put Minnesota ahead 2:50 after the opening faceoff. Jared Spurgeon added a second-period goal and an empty-netter to clinch it.NHL DISCIPLINEBlackhawks’ Caggiula suspended for Game 2 vs. Oilers Update on the latest sports The Trail Blazers are 2 1/2 games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.Also on the NBA schedule:— Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Rockets relied on strong defense down the stretch to top the Bucks, 120-116. It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston’s offense on a night James Harden scored 24. Houston tied an NBA record for most 3-point attempts in a regulation game with 61, making 21 of them.— The Spurs pulled out a 108-106 win over the Grizzlies on DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second to play. Dejounte (deh-YAHN’-tay) Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.— Caris LeVert scored 25 of his 34 points in the second half of the Nets’ 118-110 downing of the Wizards. Joe Harris scored a season-high 27 points and Jarrett Allen added 22 with 15 rebounds, helping Brooklyn move seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington for the final Eastern Conference playoff berth. The Heat said only that Butler had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler, saying “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in.” Crowder’s reference to “quarantine” suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra (spohl’-struh) said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. Also Sunday, the NBA sent a memo to team executives, coaches and health officers reiterating the importance of wearing face masks and coverings on the Disney campus, as well as adhering to social-distancing guidelines. The memo also stressed that eating or drinking while walking on campus is now prohibited. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers stifle Bruins — Aaron Judge extended his career-best home run streak to five games by going deep twice in the Yankees’ sixth consecutive win, a 9-7 comeback over the Red Sox. Judge banged out a three-run homer in the second inning and broke a 7-7 tie with a two-run shot with two out in the eighth. — The Reds swept the first-ever seven-inning doubleheader in big league history. Shogo Akiyama hit an RBI single in the seventh that sent the Reds over the Tigers, 4-3. Cincinnati took the nightcap, 4-0 as Trevor Bauer struck out seven while allowing two hits over seven innings.— Kyle Wright and the Atlanta bullpen combined on a 10-hit shutout as the Braves downed the Mets, 4-0 to complete a three-game sweep. The Braves have won five in a row, while the Mets have dropped five straight.— Mitch Garver hit his first home run of the season and the Twins used their bullpen to string together a two-hitter in a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Max Kepler doubled in each of his first two at-bats and came around to score on RBI singles by Jorge Polando and Nelson Cruz.— White Sox prospect Nick Madrigal had the first four hits of his promising big league career, including two during a seven-run seventh that propelled Chicago to a 9-2 rout of the Royals. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added three RBIs and Nicky Delmonico two as the White Sox completed a three-game sweep. — Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with a big three-run homer in the seventh inning that secured the Rangers’ win over the Giants, 9-5. Shin-Soo Choo slammed a two-run homer and Scott Hieneman hit a two-run double for Texas.MLB-NEWSAP Source: Marlins get 2nd straight day of no positive testsUNDATED (AP) — For the second day in a row, the Miami Marlins had no positive tests among their players and staff still in Philadelphia, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Philadelphia Phillies have received results of Saturday’s COVID-19 testing, and there were no new positives. The team was set to work out at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday in preparation for the resumption of games Monday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner struck out six while allowing just three hits over 5 2/3 innings of the Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of the Diamondbacks. He threw 81 pitches and retired his first 10 batters.Kershaw was supposed to make his ninth opening day start on July 23, but was scratched hours before the game because of a back injury suffered in the weight room.NL MVP Cody Bellinger hit his first home run of the season to help Los Angeles beat the Diamondbacks for the third time in four days.Mookie Betts homered and doubled before leaving early because of an injury. Elsewhere in the majors: Associated Press — Reds first baseman Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) has been placed on the injured list. The team gave no reason for the move but specified the six-time All-Star is not on the 10-day injured list. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list.— The Rockies may be without reliever Scott Oberg for the rest of the season after he developed blood clots in his right arm for a third time in his career. Manager Bud Black said Oberg felt some discomfort in his throwing hand during a throwing session yesterday. He was evaluated by vascular doctors, who discovered the clots. — Cleveland manager Terry Francona left the team before the game at Minnesota on Sunday, due to what the Indians said was a minor gastrointestinal condition not related to COVID-19. First base coach Sandy Alomar took over managing duty for the four-game series finale against the Twins.— Mike Trout is expected to return to the Angels on Tuesday after taking the weekend to be with his wife and newborn son. Manager Joe Maddon said the three-time AL MVP is likely to play in Seattle at the start of a six-game road trip. Trout missed his fourth straight game Sunday after the birth of his first child, Beckham Aaron Trout, on Thursday. NBA-SCHEDULE LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Brad Keselowski has won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, his third victory of the NASCAR season and 33rd of his career.Keselowski swapped stage wins with Denny Hamlin and took the checkered flag 1.647 seconds ahead of Hamlin. Martin Truex Jr. was third after working his way back from the rear of the field because of a penalty for a runaway tire in the pits. Joey Logano was fourth and Kevin Harvick fifth. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s recordcenter_img The Eagles released a statement saying Pederson hasn’t experienced any symptoms, is feeling well and under self-quarantine. The team also said any person who was in close contact with Pederson has been notified and will be tested daily. Per NFL protocols, Pederson can return to the team’s practice facility after waiting 10 days since his first positive test if he remains asymptomatic or at least five days if he has consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart during that five-day span. In other NFL news:— Receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Matt LaCosse joined a list of six other Patriots players who have already declared their intentions to sit out this season over concerns about the pandemic. Linebacker Dont’a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, tackles Marcus Cannon and Najee Toran, running back Brandon Bolden and fullback Danny Vitale previously opted out.— Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been placed on the active/physically unable to perform list following offseason hip surgery. The team stressed that Landry remains on schedule to return this season, and he has said he expects to be back on the field sometime this month. The four-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a game during six NFL seasons with Miami and Cleveland. Celtics blow big lead before downing BlazersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 1-1 since the NBA restart as they try to nail down the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30 as the Celtics got past the Trail Blazers, 128-124. Tatum rebounded from a terrible performance in a loss to Milwaukee on Friday when he scored just five points on 2-of-18 shooting.Boston led by as many has 24 in the second quarter, but the Trail Blazers chipped away and used a 15-4 run in the fourth quarter to take a 101-98 advantage.Damian Lillard had 30 points and 16 assists for Portland. Jusuf Nurkic (YOO’-suhf NUR’-kihch) added 30 points in his second official game back after breaking his leg in March 2019. The Marlins haven’t played since July 26 in Philadelphia because of an outbreak within their traveling party. In other MLB news:— Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy suffered a heart attack during a Saturday team workout at Miller Park. Brewers general manager David Stearns said the 61-year-old Murphy received a stent and is expected to get released from the hospital “in a couple of days.” Stearns said it was too early to estimate when Murphy might be back in uniform.— The Mets say slugger Yoenis Céspedes (yoh-EHN’-ehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) has opted out of the remainder of the season due to concerns about the coronavirus. His whereabouts became a concern early Sunday after he didn’t report to the ballpark and didn’t reach out to management with any explanation for his absence. Céspedes went 0 for 4 during a 7-1 loss on Saturday, leaving him 5 for 31 with 15 strikeouts this season. — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was out of the lineup for a second straight game on Sunday, a day after reporting a stomach ailment. The Cubs says Bryant tested negative for the coronavirus on Friday and Saturday and is scheduled to be tested again on Monday. Manager David Ross said the team is taking the right precautions to keep everyone safe. — The Orioles completed their first three-game sweep in almost two years as Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of their 5-1 decision over the Rays. Renato Núñez and Pat Valaika homered to help Baltimore send Tampa Bay to its fifth consecutive loss.— Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMcMahon and Matt Kemp homered while the Rockies built a 9-1 lead in a 9-6 win against the Padres. Antonio Senzatela looked good in holding San Diego to a run and four hits over six innings.— Javier Báez singled through a drawn-in infield in the 11th inning to score David Bote (BOH’-tee) and give the Cubs a 2-1 triumph over the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber tied the game with a fifth-inning double before Chicago beat Pittsburgh for the 10th straight time at Wrigley Field.— Alex Bregman poked an RBI single in the 11th inning to push the Astros past the Angels, 6-5. Bregman also homered in the seventh after Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) launched a grand slam that put Los Angeles ahead, 4-2.— The Athletics beat the Mariners, 3-2 as Ramon Laureano broke out of a slump with a three-run homer to help Chris Bassitt become the first Oakland starter to earn a victory this season. Bassitt struck out seven and allowed three hits with no walks in 5 2/3 innings. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEKershaw sharp in season debutUNDATED (AP) — It was vintage Clayton Kershaw on the mound as he made his injury-delayed season debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. — The Jets released right guard Brian Winters and will save $7.28 in salary cap room. The 29-year-old Winters was the Jets’ longest-tenured player and had been mostly a solid starter for New York, which drafted him in the third round out of Kent State in 2013.— The Jaguars have placed starting quarterback Gardner Minshew and four teammates, including two of his roommates, on the COVID-19 list. Running back Ryquell Armstead, tight end Charles Jones, receiver Michael Walker and safety Andrew Wingard also landed on the list. Jones was activated from the COVID-19 list earlier in the day, then went back on the list due to the NFL’s pandemic procedures.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about participating during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed. The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one.It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule that pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. NASCAR-NEW HAMPSHIREKeselowski wins at Loudon UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have taken Game 1 of their NHL round-robin series that will determine seeding in the Stanley Cup playoffs.Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist while the Flyers scored three times in the second period of a 4-1 victory against the Boston Bruins in Toronto. Raffl opened the scoring 5:33 into the period and set up Nate Thompson about four minutes later. Phillipe Myers restored Philadelphia’s two-goal lead late in the period, eight seconds after Chris Wagner got the Bruins within 2-1.Scott Laughton also scored and Carter Hart turned back 34 shots in the Flyers’ 10th win in their last 11 games overall.In other NHL postseason openers:— Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) scored a buzzer-beating power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 2-1 comeback victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues in Western Conference round-robin play. Kadri’s shot crossed the goal line with 0.1 seconds on the clock. The NHL reviewed the play for several minutes before calling it a good goal. — The Magic improved to 2-0 since the restart as Nikola Vucevic had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 132-116 rout of the Kings. Terrence Ross finished with 25 points and Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half to help Orlando win its fifth in a row dating back before the league shutdown.— Devin Booker scored 30 points, but the Suns erased a double-digit deficit with their All-Star guard on the bench with foul trouble, rallying for a 117-115 victory over the Mavericks. The Suns have won both games in the restart after coming in with the worst Western Conference record among playoff hopefuls. NBA-HEAT-BUTLERButler misses Heat practice, teammate hints he’s isolatingLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix despite a puncture on the last lap. It’s his 87th career victory, four-behind Formula One all-time leader Michael Schumacher.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.GOLF-TOURNAMENTSThomas wins FedEx St. Jude, becomes No. 1UNDATED (AP) — Justin Thomas has reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in men’s golf by capturing the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. — Danielle Kang fired a final-round 2-under 70 at Inverness Club to clinch the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour’s first event in more than five months. Kang claimed the victory when Celine Boutier made a tentative stroke on a tricky putt at 18. The ball caught the left edge of the cup and spun away, allowing Kand to win with a 7-under total.— Jim Furyk (FYOOR’-ihk) closed with a 4-under 68 and won the Ally Challenge when Brett Quigley bogeyed his last two holes. Furyk became the first player since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2014 to win in his start on the 50-and-older circuit.last_img read more

Forward Taurean Thompson has reportedly withdrawn from Syracuse

first_imgUPDATED: Aug. 28, 2017 at 2:38 p.m.Forward Taurean Thompson has reportedly withdrawn from Syracuse and “likely won’t be back,” according to Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com.“We have been informed that Taurean is taking a leave of absence from Syracuse University,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement to Syracuse.com. “My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues.”Summer-long rumors speculated something like this would happen, Ditota reported. She wrote that Thompson did not attend summer classes, “unusual though not unprecedented.” That Thompson was rumored to maybe transfer from SU or pursue a professional career. That Thompson has not responded to messages and invitations from teammates over the summer.Thompson’s two high school coaches, Bob Hurley at St. Anthony (New Jersey) High School and Jason Smith at Brewster (New Hampshire) Academy, both told The Daily Orange that they had not heard from him in months.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThompson attended a closing ceremony for St. Anthony in May, Hurley said, and at that time everything seemed “normal. School and everything seemed good.” Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerLast season, Thompson averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 54.6 percent from the field while playing 17.9 minutes per game. He scored well, but struggled with foul trouble and learning the Orange’s 2-3 zone defense. Thompson rotated in at center.Now, at that position, Syracuse has only Paschal Chukwu, the 7-foot-2 Providence, Rhode Island transfer who missed most of last season after eye surgery, and Bourama Sidibe, an incoming freshman. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

Who’s worth more: the team or the player?

first_imgWhen Valve introduced the new Dota Pro Circuit (DPC), the way we viewed the competitive Dota 2 scene drastically changed. Back before teams were penalized for changing their rosters, we would see teams dropping players weeks before a major tournament. The magnitude of these changes meant that teams who trained together for months were suddenly left trying to obtain a $23m (£16.2m) dollar prize pool with new teammates. The effect that these last minute changes had on teams left players scrambling to synergize. The expectations of the fans and their organizations added more weight onto their first place aspirations. The chaos of the pre-DPC shuffle emphasised the success a potential line-up would have over the developed and cohesive team they could build. It was a system rules by instant gratification over patience.  These last minute drops weren’t too commonplace but they did occur.The Aegis of Champions, the ultimate aim for any Dota 2 player. Credit: ValveTake Evil Geniuses (EG) as an example. Back in January of 2015, Artour “Arteezy” Babaev and Ludwig “Zai” Wåhlberg very abruptly left EG to join Team Secret. This sudden line-up change occurred about a month before the Dota 2 Asia Championships (DAC). Luckily EG was able to fill the two spots with the recently released Kurtis  “Aui_2000” Ling and the pub star Syed Sumail “Suma1L Hassan. EG went on to win the DAC and succeed against the odds. This emphasis on the team meant that potential investors saw  value in the team rather than the individual players. It also meant that teams could drop players at a moment’s notice without suffering any consequences. So how did the DPC change all this?An Emphasis on the PlayerThe introduction of the DPC forced teams into regulated roster changes and doesn’t allow teams to change their line-ups without a penalty. This gave a much needed protection to players who previously were seen more as pawns rather than the foundation of a good team. Suddenly players were given more value as they were the holders of the new DPC points, not the teams. The eight teams who had acquired the most points would receive a direct invite to The International 2018 (TI8) and the points would be based on the top three players who have accumulated the most points.The new DPC system places a much larger emphasis on the player which changes the dialogue for investors. Just recently we saw Fnatic drop Khoo “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin and then pick up Sahil “Universe” Arora. This change saw Fnatic jump from 11th place to 9th place, leaving them to just one place away from automatically qualifying for TI8. No longer is the emphasis on the team but rather on the player. The Wild West of Dota 2Esports is an ever growing industry with new investors waiting to see what’s a worthy investment. What’s worrying about the sudden emphasis on players instead of teams is that it turns potential investors away from the Dota 2 competitive scene. Are team organisations still a worthy investment if the emphasis is now placed on the player rather than the team? If teams can drop points as quickly as they achieved them, is the Dota 2 landscape a stable investment? It’s hard to create an argument that supports the stability of the current Dota 2 competitive scene. While it seemed that Valve was attempting to regulate the movement of players amongst teams, it really feels like Valve created more chaos than order. Valve’s regulations have now changed how players are valued and thus, changed how investors view both the player and the team. The two are now separate entities with players potentially being seen as commodities, not integral members of a squad. This year has proven that the Dota Pro Circuit isn’t flawless and still needs further development. The Dota 2 competitive scene has come a long way. What’s worrying is potentially seeing what happened with Ohaiyo happen next season at the mid point of the circuit – or even just before The International this year. Will more teams recognise their ability to shuffle their teams to accumulate points without having to play in the tournament ? Will Valve see this flaw in their system and add more provisions to ensure teams don’t capitalise on this ‘flaw’? The type of swing that Fnatic had might please their investors now but this won’t always be in favour of the organisation. Future shuffles could see bigger highs and lows – and not just in the favour of the organisation or their investors.last_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020: Giants pursue Chase Young, Jets get offensive punch in Jerry Jeudy

first_img7. Denver Broncos (3-7)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OkahomaThe Broncos, wherever they go at quarterback in 2019, need another big playmaker outside to complement Courtland Sutton. Lamb has needed only 46 receptions in 11 games to put up 999 yards and 14 TDs. At 6-3, 190 pounds, he is both a great vertical threat and a red-zone target.8. Atlanta Falcons (3-7)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaThe Falcons might not have defensive-minded coach Dan Quinn around to help make this pick, but a long, lean 4-3 end who can disrupt in the backfield would be nice for the Falcons. Epenesa (6-6, 280 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player with some traits similar to those of Joey Bosa.9. Arizona Cardinals (3-7-1)Grant Delpit, S, LSUThe Cardinals, who can’t cover tight ends, need someone who can fly around the field and stop the run like an extra linebacker and make big plays while inside in coverage. Delpit plays like the Chargers’ Derwin James with tremendous size (6-3, 203 pounds) for the position.10. Detroit Lions (3-6-1)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaThe Lions invested in Trey Flowers at defensive end, but they’ve struggled against the run this season. For help in that area as well as getting inside pressure on the QB, Kinlaw makes a lot of sense. Damon Harrison is 30, and both Mike Daniels and A’Shawn Robinson are pending free agents. Kinlaw has been a big-time inside disruptor for the Gamecocks with 6 sacks in 11 games. At 6-6, 310 pounds, he would be a great fit for Matt Patricia.11. Los Angeles Chargers (4-7)Calvin Throckmorton, OT, OregonThrockmorton (6-5, 309 pounds) is putting together a fine senior season for the Ducks while blocking for Herbert. He is a smooth, agile pass protector with the upside to develop into a better run blocker in the NFL. Phiiip Rivers could really use him with current tackles Russell Okung and Sam Tevi hurting.12. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6)Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateYannick Ngakoue is a pending free agent who might be out of their price range, and Calais Campbell is 33. The Jaguars will need to re-supply their pass rush, and Gross-Matos (6-5, 242 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender who can thrive in Todd Wash’s 4-3 scheme.13. Cleveland Browns (4-6)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaSecuring the edges of their offensive line, especially in pass protection, is the Browns’ top priority. At 6-5, 315 pounds, Wirfs is the all-around stout tackle the Browns desperately need to fortify their front for the sake of both Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. Both teams are in pursuit of similar types of players once again. Quarterback is out of the way for both thanks to Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold, but the crosstown rivals could use some pass-rushing and pass-catching help.MORE: Blaming Nick Saban for Tua Tagovailoa’s injury is a pointless exerciseFrom the updated 1-32 based on current NFL standings and playoff seedings, here is Sporting News’ fourth in-season projection for the 2020 NFL Draft.2020 NFL Mock Draft 4. Miami Dolphins (2-8)Justin Herbert, QB, OregonWith no healthy Tagovailoa, this has to be the choice for the Dolphins. Herbert (6-6, 237 pounds) is an athletic, accurate playmaker who can continue to close the gap between himself and Burrow after making the wise decision to return to school — matching the mostly good decisions he makes on the field. After a slow start to the Ducks’ season, he has revved up his performance to restore his first-round status.5. New York Jets (3-7)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe Jets need an all-around perimeter guy for Sam Darnold, as speedy deep threat Robby Anderson won’t be re-signed. Jeudy is a classic, drive-finishing No. 1 at 6-1, 198 pounds. He also won’t be the only ‘Bama wideout taken in the first round.6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-7)Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio StateOkudah has emerged as a premier ballhawk for the Buckeyes with his three interceptions in nine games, and he keeps getting better as a shutdown type at 6-1, 200 pounds. The Buccaneers have been awful on the back end with Vernon Hargreaves disappointing to the point of release and Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart being liabilities. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/46/b7/tee-higgins-062619-getty-ftr_wwgzkzpbsc771eo2mgeth34zu.jpg?t=-1803990973&w=500&quality=80 The NFL future of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took an unfortunate hit when he went down hard against Mississippi State on Saturday and suffered a major hip injury. That prompts the biggest change in mock drafts everywhere, as Tua’s availability for 2020 and beyond is now a big question mark.Also of note: The Giants lost to the Jets in Week 10 and the Jets won again in Week 11 while the Giants had a bye. That means New York’s NFC team for will have a higher pick in the 2020 NFL Draft than New York’s AFC team. 23. Buffalo Bills (7-3) Chase Claypool, WR, Notre DameThe Bills need a big outside No. 1 to complement the speed of diminutive dasher John Brown and the welcome slot work of another veteran newcomer, Cole Beasley. Claypool has lived up to his first-round talent with dominant performances in recent weeks. He has a little Mike Evans-upside in him at 6-4, 229 pounds. He has 56 receptions for 828 yards and 10 TDs in 11 games as a senior.24. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Seahawks, two years removed from losing Richard Sherman, still need to get better at cornerback. Henderson (6-1, 202 pounds) plays bigger than he is with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.25. Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaThe Chiefs have been trying to get by with a rotation in the middle, and the results have been awful, as they can neither stop the run nor cover backs or tight ends. Murray (6-2, 243 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.26. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaGallimore (6-2, 301 pounds) is getting more attention for the punch he has shown on the Sooners’ interior line this season, blossoming as a senior with three sacks. The Cowboys could use someone like him to further set the tone up front and get to the quarterback to complement what they have on the edge. 19. Indianapolis Colts (6-5)Jonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinMarlon Mack is a good power back, but he has some durability issues and has lost some effectiveness behind the Colts’ elite line and can’t be a three-down option. Taylor (5-11, 219 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner, and he doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which has been on display more this season.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, AlabamaThe Jaguars can replace Jalen Ramsey with Diggs, who can pair well with A.J. Bouye because of his size (6-2, 207 pounds), strength and downfield speed. Diggs is rising fast with his big senior season (three interceptions in eight games).21. Las Vegas Raiders (6-4)Isaiah Simmons, OLB, ClemsonThe Raiders are weak on the second level, both against the run sometimes and in intermediate coverage most times. Simmons (6-4, 240 pounds) is an active player who seems to be all over the field for the Tigers. He’s a perfect fit for the strong side of Paul Guenther’s defense.22. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)Tyler Biadasz, C/G, WisconsinThe Vikings need to keep upgrading their power run blocking to fit their new offensive identity with Dalvin Cook, and Biadasz (6-3, 321 pounds) is next in the strong line of Badgers blockers (Travis Frederick, Kevin Zeitler). (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/4a/jonathan-taylor-083019-getty-ftrjpg_16mpuqj8pxxnl1fgybhf6irrug.jpg?t=-440286804&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/5b/1e/henry-ruggs-091199-getty-ftrjpg_s9gdm84gug4817un9n9oj7mxj.jpg?t=852611605&w=500&quality=80 Creed Humphrey, G, OklahomaHumphrey (6-4, 312 pounds) is a good hand fighter who has great athleticism for the position to fit nicely in Kyle Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. The 49ers need line help in some form, and they target a right guard upgrade over Mike Person here.32. New England Patriots (9-1)Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaDavis (6-7, 312 pounds) is a massive, versatile player from a scheme and program Bill Belichick likes. He can line up at both end and tackle to eat space against the run. Also look for them to be interested in stashing an injured Tagovailoa behind Tom Brady later in the draft. Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/84/chase-claypool-0181818-ftrjpg_16g2sz0ufa9xs1itpqusqn8v3y.jpg?t=617263903&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/7e/58/dandre-swift-052119-getty-ftr_17h3u6ud7jve21kuva3xrnqczb.jpg?t=-597871166&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/d/joe-burrow-110719-getty-ftrjpg_1x76w71rnuipjzccee96p9siu.jpg?t=1194348822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/51/ba/justin-herbert-110219-getty-ftr_1wjjt48qfq93m1gdyvtsprg6p4.jpg?t=794429838&w=500&quality=80 30. Green Bay Packers (8-2)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonHiggins combines tremendous, No. 1-style size (6-4, 205 pounds) with explosiveness. He is averaging 20 yards per catch with 8 TDs for the Tigers in 2019. The Packers need to clean up the committee behind Davante Adams.31. San Francisco 49ers (9-1) 14. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Raiders have made it work with Tyrell Williams as their default No. 1 after the Antonio Brown trade didn’t work out, but they could use a true complete receiver to line up outside for Derek Carr. Ruggs (6-0, 190 pounds) plays bigger than his size as a dynamic deep threat with underrated qualities as a possession man.15. Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUEveryone can see the Eagles’ desperate need for a lockdown corner who has a nose for big plays, given how messy that position has been or them in 2019. Fulton (6-1, 192 pounds) is a physical cover man with great technique and footwork, giving him shutdown upside.16. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, ColoradoThe Dolphins will look for someone to pair with Herbert as his fellow rookie go-to guy, and with Jeudy, Lamb and Ruggs off the board, they still will have plenty of top-flight options. Shenault is a complete receiver at 6-1, 215 pounds. He has 52 catches for 721 yards and 4 TDs in 11 games for the Buffaloes.17. Tennessee Titans (5-5)Jalen Hurts, QB, OklahomaMarcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill are unsigned for 2020. This is a copycat league in which QBs from Oklahoma’s great passing system were the past two No. 1 picks. The NFL is more open to dual threats of his ilk, and Hurts, at 6-2, 219 pounds, has good enough size with a welcome winning pedigree. The latest buzz on him can’t be denied, and it doesn’t hurt that Kyler Murray is looking great with Arizona.18. Carolina Panthers (5-5)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Panthers, after addressing the edge with Brian Burns and Christian Miller, need to beef up their front with a quick disruptor who makes plays in the backfield. Brown (6-5, 318 pounds) fits that mold. 27. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaThe Dolphins can complete their offensive skill rebuild by adding a feature back. They need more of a power runner with a dash of explosiveness and some receiving upside. Swift (5-9, 229 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field.28. New Orleans Saints (8-2)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Saints need a dasher to complement Michael Thomas and stretch the field. Reagor fits the bill at 5-11, 185 pounds and also provides some nice run-after-catch skills.29. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)Justin Jefferson, WR, LSUJefferson is getting plenty of first-round hype after looking great against Alabama (7 catches, 79 yards) to build on a great overall solid season (75 catches, 1,037 yards, 12 TDs). He can be an excellent intermediate complement to Marquise Brown for Lamar Jackson, adding to last year’s draft haul of Brown and Miles Boykin. Jefferson is tough and quick enough at 6-3, 192 pounds to be effective as a big slot. 1. Cincinnati Bengals (0-10)Joe Burrow, QB, LSUBurrow has enjoyed a meteoric rise as the new Heisman Trophy favorite and appealing top QB prospect in this class, and his big performance in the win over Alabama stamped that status. At 6-3, 215 pounds, he combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and accurate delivery. His leadership skills also have flourished in Baton Rouge. Coach Zac Taylor will see some Jared Goff qualities in Burrow as a traditional passer, but Burrow is better than that with his athleticism. He, and not Ryan Finley, should be the long-term replacement for Andy Dalton.2. Washington Redskins (1-9)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaAssuming the Redskins want to stick with and develop first-round QB Dwayne Haskins with a new coach and will part ways with Trent Williams, they need a new rock of a left tackle. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 320 pounds) with good hands and footwork, so he can also be an asset in the running game for Derrius Guice.3. New York Giants (2-8)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateThe Giants have loved themselves some transcendent pass-rushers over the years, and Dave Gettleman will jump at the chance to get this cornerstone talent for the team’s defensive rebuild. Young (6-5, 265 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor. He has followed a 10.5-sack season with 16.5 already in 11 games as a junior. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b8/ba/ceedee-lamb-062619-getty-ftr_2fqkl1qvoa0a1xv9pxp77rwpp.jpg?t=-1804400909&w=500&quality=80last_img read more

Florida mom facing possible life sentence after killing teen she accused of molesting daughter

first_imgA Florida woman is facing a life-sentence after she killed a teen who she believed molested her daughter several years prior.43-year-old Connie Serbu was convicted Thursday for the 2016 murder of 18-year-old Xavier Sierra.According to the report, Serbu contacted the teen and asked him if he wanted to make money by assembling bunk beds.Serbu then met up the with teen and confronted him about allegations that her young daughter made about Sierra touching her inappropriately when the girl was about five-years-old and he was 12 or 13.Serbu and her brother, 29-year-old John Vargas armed with  two stun guns, two handguns, an ice pick and a potato to silence the gun, then drove the teen to an undeveloped area near the Naples airport where he was then killed.Vargas was fatally wounded in a struggle for one of the guns as the teen attempted to escape. Serbu then fatally shot the teen in the chest.During a police interview, Serbu confessed to wanting to kill the teen because her daughter told a babysitter that Sierra inappropriately touched her.Serbu has been found guilty of second-degree murder and now faces a possible life sentence. Her next hearing is set for Jan. 3rd.It is unclear if the child’s allegations are true.last_img read more

Felicity Huffman released from prison after 11 days

first_imgDesperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman is officially out of prison.The 56-year-old was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, after serving her 14-day sentence, which began on Oct. 15.Huffman was supposed to be released from the low-security prison on Sunday, which would have been the 13th day of her sentence.However, she was released on Friday, her 11th day behind bars, per prison policy for inmates who are scheduled to be released on weekend days, according to reports.Huffman will reportedly be placed on supervised release for a year.She plead guilty in May of this year for her role in the college admission scandal.Related content:Felicity Huffman gets 14-day sentence for cheating scandal Actress Lori Loughlin opted to plead not guilty in connection to the cheating scandal and is now facing additional charges that could land her in jail for a maximum of 50 years.last_img read more

Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy consistent with homicide not suicide, expert says

first_imgA renowned forensic pathologist says Jeffrey Epstein may not have taken his own life.In an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends, Dr. Michael Baden said Epstein’s injuries appeared more consistent with homicidal strangulation rather than suicidal hanging.Epstein’s brother hired New York City’s former chief medical examiner to observe his brother’s autopsy after he was found hanged in his Manhattan lockup in August.Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson ruled his death a suicide “after careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings.”Baden, however, disputed those findings noting in Wednesday’s interview that what he found was something “he’s not seen in a suicidal hanging in 50 years. ”After reviewing the autopsy, Dr. Baden said he found two fractures on the side of Epstein’s larynx, and another fracture on a bone above the Adam’s Apple emphasizing that both appeared “extremely unusual.”The 66-year-old millionaire’s death came about a month after his arrest on federal sex trafficking charges, and just days after he was taken off suicide watch.Epstein’s case was highly publicized while he was alive, and his death has not been any different as a whirlwind of allegations and conspiracy theories continue to go viral.This story is developing.last_img read more

Deadlines in Impeachment Probe Approaching for White House

first_imgDeadlines for the White House to respond in the impeachment probe are fast approaching.By Sunday, the Trump Administration has to decide whether to let President Trump testify in the Wednesday hearings or send someone to represent him.By December 6th, next Friday, Trump’s counsel has to decide whether they’ll be calling their own witnesses forward or if they’ll be making any statements.Under House rules, the President’s lawyer can take part in the hearings in the Judiciary Committee.This story is developing.last_img read more

40 Employees Treated for Scabies at Jupiter Medical Center

first_imgAbout 40 employees at Jupiter Medical Center received treatment for scabies in recent days, the facility announced Thursday.According to a hospital spokesperson, a critical care cancer patient was admitted to the facility last month and was identified as having scabies while being treated.The hospital says it is now past the peak of the outbreak, and the original patient is no longer at the hospital.The case was also reported to the Florida Department of Health on Thursday. It was apparently isolated to that one patient and one unit of the center, which has since been decontaminated, the hospital says.Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by a microscopic mite. Symptoms may include itching, a rash and sores.“Jupiter Medical Center is closely working with the Department of Health and is following recommended scabies treatments outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” a statement reads. It continues, “Jupiter Medical Center is proud of our patient safety record and overall five-star national quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”last_img read more

JetBlue Flight Diverts to PBIA Due to Smoke; No Injuries Reported

first_imgA JetBlue flight that was heading from the Bahamas to New York with 143 people aboard was diverted to Palm Beach International Airport Thursday afternoon.Local and federal authorities say the crew declared an emergency due to a report of smoke in the cockpit.No one was hurt as Flight 421, which originally departed from Nassau for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, landed at PBIA, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue officials add that the smoke was limited to the cockpit and had already dissipated by the time firefighters boarded the aircraft.The FAA is investigating the cause of the incident.Officials at PBIA say the passengers were deplaned but did not have additional information about their travel plans.last_img read more

Thurston County REALTORS End the Year with More Giving

first_imgFacebook158Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORSThurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA) installed their 2019 officers and board and raised money for several charities at their Installation Luncheon and Holiday Charity Auction on December 6, 2018. The annual event drew nearly 200 attendees and was held at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club in Olympia, Wash.Wreaths, arrangements and gift baskets contributed by local businesses and individuals lined the large ballroom at the country club for the Holiday Charity Auction that raised more than $7700, a record amount for what has become a yearly event. The money raised by each item went to the charity chosen by the item’s winning bidder.At the event, REALTORS also presented a $6000 check—part of the proceeds from the Association’s annual fundraising golf tournament last September—to the Thurston County Food Bank. The Association had also donated a portion of the money raised at the tournament to the REALTOR Relief Fund that provides help for those who experience devastating loss from disasters like the recent California wildfires.Newly installed TCRA President Kevin Gordham says that in 2019, REALTORS will continue their many charitable activities that contribute so much to local Thurston County communities.“We are out in the community daily helping clients find or sell a home here and the quality of life we all enjoy is one of the biggest attractions to the area,” says Gordham. “Our Association members are dedicated to community giving and support.”Thurston County REALTORS have installed their 2019 officers. Photo courtesy: Thurston County REALTORSThe 2019 officers installed at the event are:President: Kevin Gordham, Keller Williams Realty South SoundPresident-elect: Christina Janis, Epic RealtyTreasurer: Kim Torres, Academy MortgageTreasurer-elect: Necia Leach, Thurston County TitleSecretary:  Michelle Mewhinney-Angel, Windermere Real Estate/OlympiaPast-president: Tonia DeBeaux, John L Scott, Puyallup Main Along with its officers, 10 of the local organization’s board members were also sworn in.A day following the Luncheon, about 100 TCRA members, many of whom donned Santa hats and other festive wear, rang bells and sang carols in front of several area stores to help fill the traditional Salvation Army’s Red Kettles during Thurston County REALTORS® Ring Day.Many REALTOR Associations across Washington state and the U.S. participate in Ring Days in December. TCRA has participated in their event organized by REALTOR® Gregory Moe of Windermere Real Estate/Olympia for the last several years. This year, they helped raise more than $18,700 for the Salvation Army–Olympia Corps.“The enthusiasm for the day was incredible,” added Gordham. “Our members devote their time to help the less fortunate. We are motivated by our care for the community, the wonderful place where we help people find a home. Ring Day is just one of the local REALTORS’ charitable activities in a year that is filled with giving.”The Thurston County REALTORS Association is a professional trade association of more than 700 REALTOR and Affiliate members and is dedicated to protecting homeownership, ethics and professionalism within the real estate industry.last_img read more