Harvard sweeps Yale with 6-4 and 4-3 wins

first_imgThe Crimson had to come from behind twice last Friday night, including scoring three goals in the final period, to defeat a determined Yale squad by a score of 6-4 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.Harvard went on to beat Yale again Saturday night, 4-3. With Saturday’s victory, Harvard advances to the ECAC semifinals at Lake Placid, N.Y., where they play Quinnipiac this Friday.Crimson goalie Merrick Madsen ’18 is upended by Yale’s Chris Izmirlian. Harvard went on to win Friday’s game 6-4. On Saturday, Harvard and Yale met again on the ice, with the Crimson beating Yale 4-3. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn last Friday’s game, the all-senior line of Sean Malone, Tyler Moy, and Luke Esposito combined for nine points, with Esposito scoring twice and Malone registering a goal and three assists. Moy tied the game in the third period, with Alexander Kerfoot ’17 potting the game-winner midway through the period. This was a best-of-three series, which the Crimson concluded the next night with Saturday’s 4-3 score.Though ranked No. 1 in the ECAC, the Crimson (24-5-2) will have to be at their best on Friday, having split regular season games with Quinnipiac. If the high-flying team, currently No. 2 in the country, can win at Lake Placid, they will automatically advance to the Division I Men’s Hockey Championship. Short of winning, Harvard can still advance if they are among the 10 teams chosen by a committee vote, in addition to the six conference winners.Freshman defenseman Adam Fox was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year award, the conference office announced Friday.For more information about Harvard men’s ice hockey, visit the Harvard Athletics website.Harvard photographer Jon Chase contributed to this story.last_img read more

Brazil’s Security Forces Cooperate to Fight Drug Trafficking in the Tri-Border Amazon

first_img“In special cases [of suspicious boats], we also stop boats navigating in the opposite direction,” Oliveira said. Specifically, 70% of the narcotics that enter the Amazonas come in through the Solimões River. To stop them, Troops and police officers launch missions from the Anzol Base, located about 50 kilometers from Tabatinga, where the ferries BA-1 and BA-2 have been docked since the base opened on September 18. The BA-1 is used by nearly 30 police officers to inspect boats and passengers 24 hours a day from its station on the river’s right shore. The BA-2, meanwhile, is used by 15 Soldiers who alternate between two shifts on the left bank. Security forces use technology and trained canines Brazil’s Army, Federal Police, and Amazonas state security forces are working together to combat the flow of drugs entering the country from the tri-border Amazon region where Brazil, Colombia, and Peru converge. Alto Huallaga, located in the country’s northwest, is one of Peru’s largest cocaine-producing regions, while Vale do Javari encompasses parts of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru and is home to numerous cocaine plantations. Two Brazilian Army platoons cover that area: the Estirão do Equador Fourth Special Border Platoon (PEF) and the Palmeira do Javari Special Border Platoon. Security authorities constructed the Anzol Base close to the confluence of the Solimões and the Javari rivers, a location used to transport the majority of cocaine that’s produced in the Alto Huallaga and Vale do Javari areas. The location of the base, near the city of Tabatinga and between two islands on the Solimões, is significant because it allows authorities to use the power plant operated by the Amazonas Electric Company and decreases the chances of boats carrying contraband to evade authorities.center_img By Dialogo November 23, 2015 Brazil is falling apart. People are turning into zombies. Drugs are the worst enemy to society. “Because water routes are the primary means of transportation in the region, almost all of the illicit drugs produced in Peru and Colombia are transported on the Solimões River,” said Alexandre Silveira de Oliveira, Regional Executive Deputy for the Office of the Superintendent of the Federal Police in Amazonas. In that effort, security forces inspected 622 boats on the Solimões River during September – an average of 20 a day – in addition to interviewing or searching nearly 4,800 passengers. Every vessel that navigates the Solimões from Tabatinga to Manaus will continue to be stopped and inspected, except for Navy vessels and boats protected by international treaties. Forces bolster security by using sniffer dogs to find drugs and explosives, and units assigned to BA-1 have equipment that helps them conduct nighttime inspections, record images from the river, and transmit data over the Internet, which allows its personnel to support other police squads’ activities. Additionally, Military and law enforcement personnel at the Anzol Base also combat the illicit smuggling of merchandise and the illegal exploitation of mines thanks to the support expert technicians and intelligence service members. “Our specific mission is to intercept boats that try to evade inspection by BA-1, primarily during the night shift,” said Lieutenant Colonel Marcos Vieira Santana, commanding officer of the Solimões Border Command/8th Jungle Infantry Battalion. “We have a Guardian boat outfitted with two engines and weapons, which provides ideal conditions to fulfill our mission.” last_img read more

ESIC unleashes results of 7,500 strong survey on esports integrity, ESL santions altered accordingly

first_imgThe Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) has today released the responses on its survey focused on the appropriate sanctions for those caught cheating in esports. The survey saw 7,500 responses from those in the esports community at large. Quite notably, ESL, which is a member of ESIC, has changed its sanctions accordingly. ESL will also be lifting the indefinite ban on ex-IBUYPOWER players, and tournament rules for all events will differ from August 1st. You can read the full details of ESL’s statement on the matter here.  Ulrich Schulze, Senior Vice President Product at ESL noted: “We believe that integrity and fair play are of the utmost importance in esports, and our updated catalogue of sanctions reflects that commitment.”All of these adjustments do not apply to bans and punishments issued by Valve directly though, which will still be in place for all Valve sponsored tournaments run by ESL, such as Majors.”Ian Smith, ESIC CommissionerESIC Integrity Commissioner Ian Smith commented: “Esports is primarily about the community around each game – the players, fans and teams that participate and watch – and it was entirely appropriate for us to consult those communities about how its cheats and frauds should be punished.“Following the conclusion of the survey, I am very thankful to the community for their enthusiastic participation; particularly the CS:GO community, who responded in their thousands.”Back in April 2017, ESIC published a paper on cheating in esports (which you can read here) but the underlying point that the paper made that the esports industry needs ‘a consistent, fair and proportionate approach to how it deals with cheating, both to win and to lose (match-fixing)’. The views of the community is naturally a significant part of determining what is proportionate within esports. That said, it’s not the only thing that matters and as such ESIC also took into account the practices of other traditional sports integrity efforts and prosecutions and the consequences of match-fixing on those sports affected by it historically.ESIC has stated that one intention is to allow the academic study of the detailed results of the survey and it welcomes approaches ‘from reputable institutions for access to the full results’. It is clear from the hundreds of “FreeIBP” “FreeSWAG” and FreeBRAX” comments that a very significant number feel that the lifetime bans handed out in the IBP and other historic match-fixing cases were too harsh and, while a significant number of comments support lifetime bans for such activity overall, many more are critical of the publisher’s decision in these cases.As such there is some concern from ESIC that the community does not regard match-fixing as serious an offence as cheating to win. ESIC takes the stance that match-fixing is equally as serious as cheating to win and is, consequently, committed to engaging with the community to try and persuade them that their current perception needs to be reconsidered. A statement from ESIC on the matter read: “We will do our best to inform the community about the very real and serious threat to esports posed by betting fraud and match manipulation. It is ESIC’s position that match-fixing offences should attract at least the same level of punishment as cheating offences based on the experiences of traditional sports.”On the matter of IBUYPOWER (IBP), ESIC recommended that the banned players are unbanned and allowed to re-enter professional CS:GO from August 1st. ESL has confirmed that it concurs with this and the bans will be lifted. ESIC argued that “whilst the players are clearly culpable and should have known better, the rules surrounding this sort of activity were not clear at the time, no education had been provided to the players and the procedures used to sanction them were not transparent and did not comply with principles of natural justice”.The ESIC Anti-Corruption Code sets out clear rules about betting and corruption in esports and the ESIC Disciplinary Procedure sets out a fair and independent procedure for dealing with alleged offences that complies with principles of natural justice and allows a full and fair opportunity for accused participants to defend themselves and appeal against decisions they disagree with. ESIC, therefore, recommends that esports organisations adopt the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code and make use of our independent procedure. This will address the community’s obvious concerns about clarity of rules and the way in which decisions on these issues have historically been taken.The ESIC Disciplinary Panel is independent and not under the control or instruction of the Integrity Commissioner or any other ESIC employee or member and is, thus, able to reach their own decisions on sanctions based on the Code and the evidence before them. However, in the interests of fairness and consistency and based on the community’s strong feelings as revealed by the survey, ESIC recommends the following sanctions for future cases (first offence):Cheating: Disqualification from the tournament, results voided, forfeiture of prize money, ban between 2 year and lifetime depending on age and level of player and nature/size of tournament and how the player cheated (this offence includes “smurfing” where both parties involved are liable to sanctions). Cheating at a competition played above an amateur level (i.e. where significant prize pool is involved or qualification for a professional event is at stake) should normally result in a 5 year ban, but, in aggravating circumstances, can result in a lifetime ban.Match-Fixing/betting fraud: Results voided, 5 year ban unless significant mitigating factors in line with the ESIC Anti-Corruption Code or, in the presence of aggravating circumstances, a longer ban, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).Doping: Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).Competition manipulation and bribery: Results voided, ban of between 1 and 2 years, forfeiture of prize money and monetary fine (if discovered before the end of a tournament, disqualification).For second and subsequent offences, participants should expect far harsher sanctions and, in the cases of (a) and (b) above, in all likelihood, a lifetime ban from esports.Integrity Commissioner, Ian Smith, commented further, “This is, of course, a great deal more that could be said about these survey results, but finding out what the community thinks has been a fascinating and revealing exercise and I respect their opinions. They are, after all, the lifeblood of esports and we must pay heed to their views. Having said that and having lived through the match-fixing scandals that affected traditional sports, I am troubled by what the survey reveals about the community’s understanding of and attitude towards match-fixing. The relationship between esports and gambling is new and still forming; but it is growing very rapidly and, when fans no longer believe what they’re watching is real, they will turn to other forms of entertainment. Match-fixing can have that effect – it can kill a sport and the community needs to understand that and realise that match-fixing is far more of a threat to their passion in the long term than cheating to win. Esports Insider says: A comprehensive set of rules from ESIC and iBP are free. At least for ESL events. I wonder if there’ll be some sort of reaction from Valve — otherwise surely the iBP players are only going to play themselves as they won’t be able to enter Valve events anyway? Interesting results from the survey, too.last_img read more

Lakers officially hire Frank Vogel, bring an end to scrutinized coaching search

first_imgIt’s never quite over until the ink is dry.In that sense, the Lakers’ coaching search truly ended Monday afternoon, as the team officially announced what had been known for more than 48 hours – it has hired Frank Vogel to be the 27th head coach in its history. The hiring had been anticipated since Saturday afternoon, when a team source confirmed that Vogel would be hired to the Southern California News Group.“We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers,” General Manager Rob Pelinka said in a team-issued statement. “Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA playoffs, and he reflects the core qualities we were looking for in a head coach – including, detailed game preparation, extreme hard work, and holding players accountable to the highest basketball standards.”The hiring announcement marked the first public statement by the upper levels of the organization in more than a month, when the Lakers announced Luke Walton would not return as head coach after a three-year stint. The Lakers’ top officials have been largely tight-lipped since April 9 when team president Magic Johnson resigned – he has yet to be officially replaced. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers will officially introduce Vogel on May 20, following the NBA’s draft lottery and combine this week in Chicago.The 45-year-old New Jersey native has twice been an NBA head coach before: He led his most successful teams with the Indiana Pacers, accumulating a 250-181 record. He most recently coached two years with the Orlando Magic, finishing with a 54-110 record.The Lakers will charge Vogel to find a way back to the postseason following a six-year playoff drought, the longest in franchise history. He’ll be expected to find a breakthrough where his predecessor, Walton (98-148 record), could not. He’ll have the advantages – and the challenges – of coaching LeBron James through his current contract, which runs through the next three seasons (final year is a player option0. He’ll also likely inherit promising young players from recent drafts, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma, with the task of molding them into pieces of a contending squad.Vogel has been to the postseason five times in eight seasons as a head coach. He’s twice reached the conference finals, contending with James’ Miami Heat teams in 2013 and 2014. Part of his success was built on cultivating a strong relationship with Paul George, whom Vogel helped develop into a perennial All-Star. He has a reputation as a defense-first coach who twice led the NBA’s stingiest unit (statistically).“I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired,” Vogel said. “I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team.” Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Vogel’s official hire marks the end of a lengthy and sometimes fraught coaching search for the Lakers. As recently as a week ago, they were widely expected to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, whose deep-rooted relationship with James includes three straight NBA Finals appearances and the 2016 championship. Talks broke down Wednesday, with Lue reportedly taking issue with the years and salary offered by the Lakers, as well as the team’s desire to dictate assistant coaches on the staff.The team did not officially announce any assistant coaches as of Monday afternoon, but they are expected to bring in former Nets and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as an assistant. Kidd, 46, had previously interviewed for the head coaching role.The Lakers also interviewed Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns; Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard; and former Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff.The Lakers did not release the terms of Vogel’s deal. ESPN has reported that it spans three years. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Question for the American authorities

first_imgDear Editor,The recent intimation by Justice Kennedy that he intends to vacate his position in the US Supreme Court has been met with a barrage of questions focusing on the ‘political leanings’ of his likely successor.These questions imply that the resignation of Justice Kennedy provides Donald Trump, the current US President, the opportunity to select a replacement who obviously subscribes to the ‘political’ beliefs and ‘ideological’ leanings of the Republican party as opposed to the Democrat party.To virtually ‘institutionalise’ such ‘political’ considerations in the selection processes for such a critical position is worrisome from several standpoints; not least of which is the fact that it goes against the universally acceptable core principles of effective staff selection such as objective and relative knowledge, skills, qualifications, experience and competencies of the competing candidates.If these are relevant and essential in all other staff selection processes, why are they ignored in the case of Judges, especially Judges of the highest court of the land?I wonder what will be the reaction from all and sundry if the selection of Judges in Guyana was to follow suit!It would be interesting to have the comments of the American authorities on this apparent departure from universally acceptable staff selection processes.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more