Blizzard reaches South Bend

first_imgAs severe winter weather hit the South Bend area Tuesday, neither Notre Dame nor Saint Mary’s had made a decision whether to remain open for Wednesday classes. As of Tuesday night, the National Weather Service predicted snow accumulation could reach 12 to 18 inches by Wednesday morning, with an additional two to three inches of snow accumulation during the day Wednesday. University spokesman Dennis Brown said Notre Dame usually makes decisions to close offices and cancel classes based on winter weather around 5 a.m. The University last closed due to winter weather on Dec. 12, 2000, Brown said. Final exams were postponed for one day due to snow. In a weather advisory e-mail Tuesday night, Brown said students, faculty and staff should stay tuned to hear early Wednesday morning whether the University would remain open. “If the decision is to close, the information will be communicated via local television and radio stations, as well as on the University home page,” the advisory stated. Patricia Ann Fleming, Saint Mary’s senior vice president and dean of faculty, sent a similar e-mail to the Saint Mary’s community Tuesday afternoon. Fleming said the College planned to make a decision early Wednesday morning. “Should classes be canceled and offices closed, dining services will be in full operation, residence hall staff will be available and security staff will be available for emergencies,” the e-mail stated. Fleming also said if Saint Mary’s campus remained open and students felt conditions were not safe enough to drive to campus, they should e-mail their professors immediately. South Bend Mayor Stephen Luecke declared a “Snow Route Clearance Condition” Tuesday that will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday morning. This condition prohibits parking on streets designated as snow routes. A Monday media advisory from the City of South Bend said Luecke would likely issue a Snow Emergency on Tuesday or Wednesday, which makes it illegal to drive on all streets throughout the city. As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, no such declaration had been made.last_img read more

GSEs will be here for years to come

first_imgShow Me The Money!The NCUA chalked up two more settlements in its lawsuits against investment banks involved in the sale and underwriting of the mortgage-backed securities purchased by the failed corporates. NCUA announced that it reached settlements with Barclays Capital ($325 million) and Wachovia ($53 million) to settle claims about their underwriting activity.  NCUA says it has now obtained over $3 billon in settlements.Housing Reform is DeadThe Obama administration virtually assured yesterday that housing reform is going to be the next President’s problem.  For credit unions, this is a good thing, at least in the short to medium term.  It also speaks volumes about just how messed up – dysfunctional is too kind at this point – our political system has become.Since it’s been a while since I talked about housing reform, let me get you up to speed. When Fannie and Freddie were taken over in 2008, causing the first tremor of the mortgage meltdown, they were placed in conservatorship under the supervision of the newly created Federal Housing Finance Administration.  They were nationalized.  The government brought slightly less than 80 percent  of their common shares. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Badgers still in 4th-place tie with Bulldogs

first_imgJAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoOne moment the Wisconsin men?s hockey team and the Kohl Center crowd were rocking out to House of Pain?s ?Jump Around.? The next, they were frozen in shock after an overtime goal slipped through the spot UW goaltender Shane Connelly had just vacated, giving Minnesota-Duluth (11-9-6, 7-8-5 WCHA) the 2-1 win and a series split.?This will be a kick in the stomach until we get back on the ice,? said UW head coach Mike Eaves of the defeat that puts his team back into a fourth place tie in the conference standings with UMD.Following a roller-coaster game Friday night in which the Badgers (12-11-5, 8-9-3) willed themselves to a 3-1 victory despite several ?dumb? penalties and poor execution, Wisconsin appeared as though it would be rewarded for improved play Saturday when the game was still in a 1-1 deadlock at the end of regulation. But that wasn?t destined to be.According to Connelly, UMD hadn?t been shooting much from the point, so when Travis Gawryletz launched one from there a minute into the extra period, UW?s goaltender was unprepared.?I didn?t see it until ? it was in the back of the net,? Connelly said.Gawryletz?s shot was redirected off the stick of forward Jordan Fulton and went into the net for the win.?In a tight game there may be 25 to 30 shifts that you have, and you never know which shift is going to make a difference. It comes down to details,? Eaves said. ?We didn?t get to a puck that got deflected tonight.?The game started off in much the same promising way, only to end in disappointment.A hooking penalty by UMD defenseman Jay Cascalenda put Wisconsin on the power play just two minutes into the game. Rather than using the opportunity to get on the board, the Badgers, after a defensive lapse in which Kyle Klubertanz got beat to the puck behind his own net, found themselves down 1-0. Andy Carroll out-hustled the senior blue liner and then snuck a wrap-around shot past UW goaltender Shane Connelly for his seventh tally of the season. The goal marked the eighth time this season that Wisconsin has allowed a shorthanded goal.?We got extended in the amount of time we were on the ice, we lost a one-on-one battle and didn?t have support,? Eaves said.Looking back on the play, Connelly wished he would have gone out and played the puck.?If I had gone to the corner, could I have made a difference? Yeah, most likely,? he said. ?If I had it over again, I would have tried to make something happen.?Wisconsin got on the board early in the second period on a nice feed from Ben Street to a streaking Matt Ford, the senior?s fourth of the season. Ford had snuck in behind the Bulldogs’ line of defense and beat UMD goaltender Alex Stalock with a top-shelf one-timer on the man advantage.That was the last of the scoring for either side in regulation, but there were plenty of chances, particularly for the Badgers. The combination of Stalock?s performance and the lack of execution were primarily responsible for UW not scoring again.Friday night led to more positive results for the Badgers, even though they didn?t play as well as the staff would have liked.?There were moments where we did some good things and moments I?m scratching my head saying, ?what are we doing” Eaves said. ?Good teams find ways to win when they don?t have their A-game. And tonight, I think, was a good example of that.?As it did both nights, UMD jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. Courtesy of a great centering pass by Fulton, Gawryletz one-timed the puck into a wide open net from the left crease just nine seconds into a Bulldog power play. Midway through the second period, UW defenseman Jaime McBain provided the equalizer.Blake Geoffrion and Patrick Johnson collided out in front of the net, screening Stalock from the puck, and McBain took advantage with his first even-strength goal of the season and third overall.?I just tried to follow up the play. The puck kind of came loose so I tried to put it upstairs and fortunately for me, it went in,? McBain said. ?I noticed that the goaltender goes down and spreads a little bit when he doesn?t know where the puck is, so I put it upstairs.?Less than four minutes later, Geoffrion flipped a rebound off a Klubertanz shot into the back of the net for his eighth goal of the season. The go-ahead power play tally was set up by a great feed from freshman Kyle Turris, his second assist of the game, along the goal line.The Badgers appeared to go into cruise control in the third period, and it nearly cost them. UMD controlled play for most of the frame and had several good looks that Connelly turned aside.?I knew that I was going to be called on to make plays in the third period with that lead,? Connelly said. ?Overall, I felt pretty good.?Street scored an empty net goal to seal the victory with 51 seconds showing on the clock.last_img read more

SNAI ups digital marketing & acquisition capabilities with Betgenius

first_imgShare Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Fabio SchiavolinItalian gambling operator Gruppo SNAI (SNAI) will push its 2017 digital marketing campaigns utilising Betgenius data and player engagement services as the firm looks to increase player acquisition capabilities of its online sportsbook an industry review, Betgenius has been selected as SNAI online sportsbook partner to help accelerate player acquisition and growth through a multi-faceted digital marketing campaign.Jack Davison, Managing Director at Betgenius, said: “We are extremely proud to have been chosen by Snai to drive the growth of its online sportsbook. Our proven track record in harnessing unique, data-driven solutions will enable us to attract new customers while maximising their turnover.”The partnership will see Betgenius integrate its unique Betslip Retargeting technology, enabling Snai to track their customers’ unconfirmed betslips and serve up relevant offers, even when they have left the bookmaker’s site.Use of Betgenius’ ‘Popular Bets’ tool is also included in the agreement, while dynamic in-play and video banners will serve up relevant content to customers.Fabio Schiavolin, CEO of SNAI, commented on the marketing partnership: “Our partnership with Betgenius continues to be very important to the growth of our sportsbook, enabling us to deploy a test and learn approach on new creative and acquisition strategies. We truly believe this will lead to consistent and successful campaigns and look forward to even more success with Betgenius in the future.” Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Betgenius: The sound of silence… What impact does an empty stadium have on trading? May 26, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Lakers’ Roy Hibbert believes he will overcome early conditioning issues

first_imgBut despite finishing last in the conditioning drills that were open to reporters on Wednesday, Hibbert still argued he’s “doing all right.” After losing 15 pounds of fat and changing his diet this offseason, Hibbert maintained his investment will soon net some long-term gains. “I don’t want to finish last. So I’ll keep at it,” Hibbert said. “I knew what I was getting myself into when I came here. That’s why I prepared myself during the summer by running a lot more than I have in the past.”• VIDEO: Lakers writer Mark Medina recaps Day 3 of training camp in HawaiiScott has prided himself on running conditioning-heavy drills in training camp, believing the work usually reserved for track stars will help elevate his players’ endurance late in games. Scott also rarely hesitates to criticize a players’ performance or effort. Yet, Scott did not hold Hibbert’s stamina issues against him.“He works as hard as he can and does whatever he can to help out his teammates,” Scott said. “Defensively, he’s the captain back there navigating everybody and letting everybody know what needs to be done. These last three practices, I’ve been very happy with how he has helped younger guys.” HONOLULU >> The Lakers’ big men stood side by side on the baseline, waiting for coach Byron Scott to blow his whistle before laboring through another conditioning drill.Within seconds, Lakers center Roy Hibbert already was a few seconds behind everyone else. That routine lasted for several minutes at the end of the Lakers’ morning session on Wednesday at Stan Sheriff Center, leaving Hibbert hunching over to catch his breath once he finished. He then needed a few minutes to clear his mind before talking with Los Angeles News Group. “I haven’t done sprints like that since I was in college [at Georgetown],” the 28-year-old Hibbert said. “But most of the time when we ran, I was dead-last by a considerable amount.”Hibbert spent his seven-year NBA career with the Indiana Pacers before they traded him this past offseason to the Lakers. The Pacers made the move despite receiving only a second-round draft pick, eager to shed themselves of his expiring $15.5 million contract. But Indiana’s trade also reflected Hibbert’s struggle to adapt to the franchise’s shift toward fielding a quicker and smaller lineup. Still, Hibbert sounded aware something else could determine whether he can write his comeback story with the Lakers. All the numbers suggest that NBA teams should go small, the influx of speedy point guards and outside shooters forcing the game to put less of an emphasis on size and power. So Hibbert shed some pounds so he would no longer remain seen as a plodding center.““It’s changed some things up,” Hibbert said. “But I feel I’m in a place where I can hold my own in the post and get up and down the court.”Hibbert hopes to emulate Golden State’s Andrew Bogut. Hibbert argued Bogut’s contributions on the Warriors’ NBA title run became overshadowed by the outside shooting from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, as well as the defense from Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green. Yet, the 7-foot Bogut still landed on the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team and finished sixth in Defensive Player of the Year votes despite averaging a career-low 23.6 minutes per game. “He didn’t score a lot, and he’s not the fastest guy out there. No disrespect to him,” Hibbert said of Bogut. “I admire his game and how he sacrifices what he does to help his team win a championship. I don’t mind being the older guy that has to sacrifice and be the defensive anchor.”Hibbert sure had to sacrifice in his last season with the Indiana Pacers after averaging only 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in 25.3 minutes. But the Lakers are leaning on Hibbert’s credentials as a former two-time All-Star and an All-NBA second defensive team member to revamp the Lakers after finishing 29th out of 30 NBA teams in defensive efficiency.“He knows his positioning and angles,” Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell said of Hibbert. “On defense, he protects the rim well and communicates his butt off. On the offensive end, he’s a threat. He can step out and make 10- or 8-foot jumpers. He’s a big body and really knows what he’s doing.”Hibbert said he also knows how to diet properly. He listened to the Lakers’ feedback in varying his eating times and nourishing his body with more protein. He did not listen to his inner voice.“Would I like to have a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting? Yeah, I would,” Hibbert said, laughing. “But this is part of my game.” So is running, a skill that leaves Hibbert wanting more even as he gasps for air. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more