15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Voting begins at the Rosemont Pavilion polling site for early in person voting, at 700 Seco street in Pasadena, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone) More Californians than ever are expected to cast their ballots by mail and vote early in the 2020 election.According to City News Service nearly 50,000 voters turned out over opening weekend in LA County to cast their ballots and 1,670,119 vote by mail ballots have been returned.Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean C. Logan said that 118 Vote Center locations were opened throughout the county, providing a safe in-person voting experience.All locations will remain open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and that on Friday, Oct. 30, an additional 649 Vote Center locations will open and remain open through Election Day.All election workers, who will be wearing masks and gloves, will also be wiping down surfaces and devices on a regular basis. Voting stations will be disinfected following each use. People who vote in-person will also be required to wear a facial covering and gloves, and, if needed, facial coverings and gloves will be provided. Business News Voting begins at the Pasadena City College’s Creveling Lounge polling site for early in person voting, at 1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena • Parking Lot 1 in Pasadena, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone) More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Voting begins at the Rosemont Pavilion polling site for early in person voting, at 700 Seco street in Pasadena, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone) Top of the News On Oct. 30, additional centers will open and remain open until Nov. 3. Pasadena vote centers scheduled to open include the Pasadena Convention Center, Blair High School, First United Methodist Church, Villa-Parke Community Center, Robinson Park Recreation Center, Washington Middle School, H&H Jivalagian Youth Center, Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, and Victory Park.“We are proud to partner with the county of Los Angeles and the city of Pasadena to make voting accessible in the city of Pasadena.” said Michael Ross, CEO of Pasadena Center Operating Co. “Establishing the Pasadena Convention Center as a vote center is part of our ongoing commitment to serve our community.”“The Pasadena Convention Center is pleased to provide a safe and convenient voting location,” said Convention Center Executive Director Naz Sabripour.According to LAvote.net, more than 400 secure drop boxes have been set up throughout the county. CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Early Voting Underway Pasadenans can cast ballots at any voting center in L.A. County By DONOVAN MCCRAY | Photography by JAMES CARBONE Published on Monday, October 26, 2020 | 4:38 am STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Voters line up at the Rosemont Pavilion polling site for early in person voting, at 700 Seco street in Pasadena, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone) Voting begins at the Rosemont Pavilion polling site for early in person voting, at 700 Seco street in Pasadena, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone) Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena ‹› Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Voters line up at the Pasadena City College’s Creveling Lounge polling site for early in person voting, at 1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena • Parking Lot 1 in Pasadena, on Saturday, October 24, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone) Pasadena residents can now cast their ballots at more than 100 voting centers that opened around Los Angeles County on Saturday, giving local voters their first opportunity to vote in person ahead of Election Day.In Pasadena, voters began casting their ballots at Pasadena City College and the Rosemont Pavilion.Vote centers also opened at nearby Franklin Elementary School, 527 Ventura St., Altadena, as well as at the South Pasadena Public Library, 1115 El Centro St.All 5.7 million registered voters in L.A. County received a ballot in the mail this year. So far, 1.5 million of those ballots have been returned. 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KGO-TV(San Francisco) — Newly surfaced video shows an Asian woman in her 50s brutally robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco in October 2020.The incident took place in the Sunset neighborhood. The woman, who only wished to be identified as Ms. Lee, according to San Francisco ABC station KGO-TV, said the attack occurred after she arrived at her niece’s home after having dim sum with friends in the Richmond District.Footage of the incident, which police are reviewing, appears to be taken from a security camera across the street and shows a white SUV pass by Ms. Lee, then circle back and stop near her. A person then jumps out of the van and grabs her.Lee falls to the ground and is heard screaming for help as the man pulls her bag from her hands and holds her at gun point, according to KGO-TV.She told the station that one suspect returned after the robbery of the handbag to take her jewelry and Rolex watch.“It really changed her so much, every time she talks about it, she cries,” her longtime friend Kathie Mar, who was at a restaurant with her earlier that day, told KGO.She said that Lee left the restaurant and was unknowingly followed for miles to the Sunset neighborhood.“She is definitely afraid to go out on her own now, to get in and out of her car, it’s scary,” Mar told KGO.The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the incident.The attack comes amid a spate of crimes against Asian Americans.The coronavirus pandemic and its suspected origins in the Chinese city of Wuhan is cited as having led to a fresh onslaught of anti-Asian discrimination in the United States that has waged on for over a year.From March 19, 2020, to Feb. 28, there were more than 3,795 hate incidents, including verbal harassment and physical assault, against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States, reported to Stop AAPI Hate, a nonprofit organization that tracks such incidents.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Von KleinSmid Center, a central building for classes and student meetings on campus, has recently been upgraded with new square desks and adjustable chairs as part of a larger initiative from the Office of the Provost to update learning spaces on campus.Desks · Students in class at the Von KleinSmid Center are using new desks this semester after ITS’ efforts to make classrooms more adaptive. – Neha Jain | Daily Trojan “The idea behind it was to look at learning spaces and see if they fit the needs of the students and the teachers in the 21st century,” said Joseph Cevetello, director of learning environments from Information Technology Services.The decision to change the desks and chairs was made after a series of interviews with students and faculty, when ITS decided that mobile and adaptive desks would be added to many of the VKC rooms.“One of the things that came out of the meetings was that people felt there were a lot of challenges in the VKC learning spaces,” Cevetello said. “The rooms were uncomfortable and the seating was not appropriate, and the spaces seemed very inflexible with what you could do.”The new desks are meant to provide a more updated classroom that better fit the students and teachers, Cevetello said. All of the desks and chairs now have wheels and the chairs are adjustable to offer more comfort to a wider range of students.“In the other classroom buildings we tried out other designs,” Cevetello said. “In [the Social Sciences building], we went with tables and chairs and also some new individual desks.”This upgrade, part of an ongoing initiative, has already renovated 53 classrooms, three auditoriums and three computer labs.The overall goal is to renovate all 200 learning spaces — classrooms and computer labs — on campus.Yet students have had mixed reactions regarding the new desks at VKC. Although some students said the furniture looks updated and gives the classrooms a high-tech feel, others are concerned with their effectiveness in providing decent seating in classes with a larger number of students.“I find the new desk and chair setup to be very uncomfortable,” said Tammy Batzofin, a senior majoring in health and humanity. “I have to crane my body to see the board, since if I come in late the only seats open are the ones with the backs to the teacher. That makes it very uncomfortable to pay attention during class.”Michelle Gossman, a senior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention, agreed.“I also find the new desks to be a bit of a hassle,” she said. “In my classroom there are just too many people in the class so with the way the desks are oriented only half of the desk space is useful since the other half faces the board.”Other students said, however, they enjoy the new comfort and space that the desks and chairs provide.Brandon Nguyen, a sophomore majoring in international relations, said he liked the new chairs because they are more comfortable, as well as the flexibility of the new furniture.“You can move the tables around,” Nguyen said. “It does make it more crowded … fewer chairs, fewer desks could be better.
West London fighters Ryan Toms and Steve O’Meara clash tonight knowing a victory could secure a crack at the British light-middleweight title.They meet at Bethnal Green’s York Hall, where Toms defends his southern-area title – and his unbeaten professional record – against the slick O’Meara, who is likely to try to outbox the hard-hitting Northolt southpaw.Toms improved his record to 9-0 with an impressive fourth-round stoppage of Pat McAleese last time out, while former Prizefighter contestant O’Meara, 27, has won 13 of his 15 bouts.Toms is unbeaten in nine fightsBoth men were comfortably inside the 11-stone light-middleweight limit at yesterday’s weigh-in at Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly.They believe a win will pave the way for a fight with British champion Prince Arron, but a confident O’Meara declared. “There’s a lot at stake, not just because of that, but in terms of local pride as well.“We’re both from the west London area and know many of the same people. I don’t want to let down those who are backing me.O’Meara has sparred with American superstar Floyd Mayweather“I’ve sold lots of tickets for this and with the support he’ll have too, this might not be the main event but it will be the main event in terms of support and atmosphere.”The fight is the chief support to the Commonwealth super-featherweight clash between Liam Walsh and Paul Appleby.It also represents a step up in class for Toms, who acknowledges O’Meara’s boxing skills but is convinced he can extend his winning run.“O’Meara is a good technician. I’ll be looking to hit him with some good shots and break him down,” said the 29-year-old.“I’m improving all the time and showed that in the fight against McAleese. This is another test for me and I’m feeling really confident.”For updates from York Hall follow us on Twitter.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jon Miller, Fairfield CountyWe ran a little on Thursday and got rain on Friday. We had a pretty good day on Saturday before a rain came through in the evening. The good ground has good yields, but the soil types have made a huge difference so far. The lighter soils really took a hit with the stretch of dry weather this year. We are not running yet today. It was a pretty heavy dew this morning but we will hopefully get back out here soon.I don’t think the standability is going to be very good this year if we get any type of wind event. Some of the corn that died prematurely already fell over. We had pockets of corn already down here and there.Yields were a little lower than expected. It was still good corn, but lower than what we were thinking. It is too early to get a handle on yield numbers, but moisture-wise we were around 21% to 26%. For this early in the season that is not bad so we’ll hit it pretty hard this week if the weather cooperates. We have 300 to 400 acres of 108-day corn and after that if we stay dry and warm we’ll just keep at it.I expect the beans ought to do fairly well, but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high. It will be a week and a half or two weeks until beans are ready. The double-crops look pretty good too. The first crop beans are laid over pretty bad so they are tough to walk through right now.We’ll plant wheat this fall. I’d plant more if the price was more promising. We’ll stick with our normal rotation because of our straw market and the potential for double-crop beans. Otherwise wheat won’t pay the bills, but corn is not looking so great at paying the bills either.We did some test plots in some of the corn we ran. They are tough to learn much from so far. I think running out of water trumped anything we did to add bushels with fertility.For the rest of this week”s reports click here.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is through to the fourth round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.Tsitsipas broke the Georgian player’s serve to take a 4-3 lead, then had a match point on Basilashvili’s serve at 5-3. He served out the match in the next game, winning when Basilashvili hit a forehand into the net.Tsitsipas is the first Greek man to reach the round of 16 at two tennis majors. Next he will face defending champion Roger Federer. The six-time champion conceded only three points on his first serve in a 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 win over 21-year-old American Taylor Fritz, who was bidding to reach the fourth round at a major for the first time..Tsitsipas received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct from chair umpire Alexandra Robein when he became angry after having his service broken while serving for the third set at 5-4. While serving for the first set, he had to stop because of a screaming infant in the Margaret Court Arena crowd.Rain and wet courts continued to delay the start of play on all the outside courts. Play went ahead on the three main show courts with the stadium roofs closed.Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas smiles as he leaves the court after defeating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)_____12:20 p.m.Greek stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari featured on two of the three main show courts at Melbourne Park as rain delayed the start of play on outside courts.It’s the first time a Greek man and woman have advanced to the third round at the same Grand Slam tournament since 1936.At Rod Laver Arena, Sakkari lost the first set to Ashleigh Barty 7-5 and the Australian received treatment for an apparent stomach muscle issue at the end of the first set. A group of young men in blue t-shirts were vocal supporters of Sakkari, chanting Greek songs that echoed around the closed-roof arena.Over at adjoining Margaret Court Arena, Tsitsipas took the opening set 6-3 against Nikoloz Basilashvili but the Georgian player won the second by the same score.Tsitsipas was having to deal with an inconsistent ball toss, a bird trapped inside the arena that frequently swooped low over the court and a chair umpire that mispronounced his name.One Greek fan frequently began a slow clap just before Tsitsipas’ serves and yelled “go go go.” With the Greek player trailing 3-0 in the second set, moral support appeared to be on the way: Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ coach, came down the stairs and headed to his player’s box. Tsitsipas trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France.TweetPinShare1515 Shares
Barcelona Combative Pique delighted to ‘bring silence to the Espanyol fans’ Iain Strachan Last updated 1 year ago 05:22 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Barcelona Espanyol Espanyol v Barcelona Primera División After equalising to earn a point away, the defender did not waste an opportunity to continue his row with Barcelona’s rivals Gerard Pique continued his personal feud with Espanyol after scoring a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw against Barcelona’s local rivals in La Liga.The hosts had led through Gerard Moreno’s 66th-minute goal in the derby clash at RCDE Stadium, where Pique was booed relentlessly before gaining revenge by netting in the 82nd minute to earn a share of the spoils.Pique had angered Espanyol’s fans, and prompted the club to report him to the Spanish Football Federation, by making unflattering remarks about the club’s suburban location in Cornella following a 2-0 victory at Camp Nou in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final last month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 31-year-old previously claimed he and his wife, Colombian pop star Shakira, had been insulted by Espanyol’s followers during the first leg of that tie.And the Spain international was in no mood to soothe tensions after salvaging a point for his team on Sunday.”The least I could do was bring silence to the Espanyol fans,” he was quoted as saying by Marca.”To say that the club is from Cornella is not disrespectful, it’s simply the truth, Espanyol are increasingly uprooted from Barcelona and has a Chinese president.”They complain about me but don’t investigate the insults to my family; players are also people and react accordingly to what happens.”Lucas Digne was substituted in the 75th minute of the draw, and Barca later confirmed he may be set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing a finger in his right hand.
Everybody likes to cheer for the underdog, but hardly anyone bets on the underdog to win. We tend to put our money on the favorite most of the time. In fact, we bet on the favorite far more frequently than we should. To understand why, you have to understand some of the basic functions and malfunctions of human decision-making.Filling out a winning March Madness bracket is difficult, but the process itself is simple. All you have to do is pick a winner for each game in your bracket. Most of the time, sports betting is more complicated than that. It’s easy enough to pick the favorite to win, but what if we were to say the favorite has to win by at least eight points? And what if that eight-point spread were carefully crafted to make the game a toss-up — who would you pick then? This is the type of decision sports bettors have to make all the time.In 2004, University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt identified the fact that point spreads aren’t set like typical market prices, by equating relative levels of supply and demand. Instead, bookmakers set the margin to make the chance of the favorite covering the spread to be roughly 50 percent. Levitt speculated that bookmakers substantially improve their profits by biasing the spread very slightly against the favorite. This approach is profitable for bookmakers in part because, despite facing virtually even odds, people are much more likely to bet on the favorite than the underdog.The question that Levitt’s research left unaddressed is why people show such a strong bias towards favorites. As digital editor of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, I come across many studies, and I found a compelling answer to this question in the research of Joseph Simmons, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Leif Nelson, associate professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Simmons and Nelson say that people’s confidence in their own intuitions — regardless of whether that confidence is justified — guides their decision-making.“When people decide how to bet on a game, first they identify who is going to win,” Nelson said. That decision is often fast and easy, particularly when teams are not evenly matched. “The faster and easier it is, the less concerned they are with correcting that intuition when answering the more difficult question of whether the favorite is going to beat the point spread.”For all but the most experienced bettor, determining whether the favorite will beat the spread is incredibly challenging. Keeping in mind that the spread is carefully calibrated to make the choice a virtual coin flip, people simply don’t have much to go on besides their intuition. And because their intuition strongly suggests that the favorite will win, in the absence of information to the contrary it also tells them that the favorite will beat the spread. In a game between two fairly evenly matched teams, people’s feelings of confidence in the favorite to win are diminished, and they’re much less likely to pick the favorite to cover the spread.Simmons and Nelson analyzed betting data on 1,008 regular season NFL games on Sportsbook.com from 2009 to 2012. They found the average share of money bet on the favorite was 65 percent. This confirmed their initial study in which they tracked data from thousands of predictions of 850 professional and college football games on Yahoo.com for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. There Simmons and Nelson found, just as Levitt did, that even though favorites were about 50 percent likely to beat the spread (413 favorites beat the spread, 415 did not, and 22 were ties), people bet on the favorite more than two-thirds of the time. In fact, the more people believed a certain team would win, the more likely they were to also choose that team to beat the spread. Put another way, the confidence bettors felt in picking the winner translated into an unrelated belief that the winner would beat the spread.Simmons and Nelson also ran a series of studies in a controlled laboratory setting. They made sure that people knew exactly what it meant to bet the spread. In addition to asking people who they thought would win the game and how confident they were in their choice, the researchers asked them to estimate the margin of victory. Remarkably, people continued to overwhelmingly bet that the favorite would cover the same spread they had just personally estimated. And, once again, the more confident people felt that a team would win, the more likely they were to bet that the team would beat the spread.Astute gamblers may have noticed that although the bias towards favorites is a persistent one, it doesn’t appear to cost people very much. If the point spread is calibrated to give favorites a 50 percent chance of beating it, then even if people bet on the favorite every time, they should win half their bets, just as they would if they always bet on the underdog or chose at random. In another paper, however, Simmons and Nelson, along with Jeff Galak of Carnegie Mellon University and Shane Frederick of Yale University, found that favoritism towards favorites persists even when the playing field is tilted in favor of the underdog. People continued to show a bias toward picking favorites to cover the spread even when points were added to the spread dropping the favorites’ odds below 50 percent. Even explicitly telling people that the spread was artificially inflated didn’t stop them from making the costly error.Luckily, as you scramble to fill out your March Madness bracket, you don’t have to pick against spreads. You just have to pick who will win each game, something your intuition is pretty good at doing. So, in this case, go right ahead: Follow your gut and pick the favorites.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praises on Bernardo Silva following his performance against Liverpool on Thursday night.The Portuguese playmaker was outstanding as City defeated the Reds 2-1, picking up an assist whilst running an incredible 13.7km, the biggest distance by a Premier League player in any game this season.Guardiola praised his team’s collective effort but singled out special praise for Silva.“He did everything,” he said, according to the club’s official website. “He is the smallest one but he shows us that to play football, you don’t have to be tall or more physical.”“He is incredible. I haven’t seen a performance like that in a while. It was clean and clever.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Against Virgil van Dijk, he was comfortable. (In terms of how much he ran) I don’t know what he’s done!”“The game was a real game for both sides. We beat an incredible team. We were outstanding from the first minute. We are happy for this victory to reduce the gap. Everything is open.”“Everybody – Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte; everybody – gave everything, and in these situations, it’s nice for the victory.”“We don’t have a left-back. Huge compliments to Aymeric Laporte against these strikers. Everyone was outstanding.”“Playing against Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is not easy for any player it the world – they destroy everybody – but the defence handled them.”“I admire everyone who does everything for the team, particularly when they play in different positions (like Laporte). When I talk about how pleased I am, it’s for this kind of things.”