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Banged up Bombers look to defend zone title Friday in Trail

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe biggest prize of the High School Girl’s Roundball season is up for grabs Friday in the Silver City as four schools compete for a berth at the B.C. High School AA Soccer Championship.Defending zone champion, L.V. Rogers Bombers, enters the final four as the second seed in the Kootenay Zone Tourney.Unfortunately, due a quirk in the regular season schedule — a quirk that saw two of the teams entering the zones not want to play the Bombers — LVR’s West Kootenay schedule consisted of two matches against two Single-A teams, Mount Sentinel Wildcats and J.V. Humphries Eagles of Kaslo.J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks, one of those teams refusing to play the Bombers, is the top seed and meets the winner of David Thompson Lakers of Invermere and Prince Charles Comets of Creston. The other team refusing to meet LVR is Stanley Humphries of Castlegar.The game goes at 10:30 a.m. at J. Lloyd Crowe Pitch.David Thompson and Prince Charles played Thursday with the winner advancing into the final four as the fourth-place team.LVR, led by the dynamic midfield of Andrea Stinson and Taylor Stewart — the two were mainstays on the Kootenay Thunder Regional Team — meet Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar at 10:30 a.m. at Haley Park in Warfield.The Rockers won’t be an easy mark for the Bombers, especially with the team nursing a few nagging injuries from too much action.Many of the Bomber players are part of the Nelson Selects U17 squad that won the gold medal last weekend at the Terry Walgren Girl’s Soccer tournament in Nelson.The teams slugged it out through four games, with the final against Newport being decided in shootout.The winners advance to the final at 2 p.m. at the Crowe Pitch.The zone champ represents the Kootenays at the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships June 2-4 in Port [email protected]last_img read more

Johnny Cueto strong again in Giants victory

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto’s comeback from Tommy John surgery continues to be an unqualified success.The 33-year-old right-hander pitched his second scoreless start since returning to the majors Sunday and the Giants beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 after Mike Yastrzemski scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning.With a crowd of 39,663 at Oracle Park for Star Wars Brandon Crawford bobblehead giveaway day, the force was definitely with Cueto again. He allowed the leadoff hitter on base each of …last_img

Early Humans Sailed to Islands

first_img(Visited 669 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Stone tools and bones on islands show that Neanderthals and other “archaic Homo” individuals must have sailed there.Paleoanthropologists have been wiping egg off their faces for years now, after continual findings reinforce the fact that Neanderthals were just as smart and capable as we are (29 April 2019), not dumb caveman brutes like evolutionists had portrayed for a century.Earliest occupation of the Central Aegean (Naxos), Greece: Implications for hominin and Homo sapiens’ behavior and dispersals (Science). Unless you’re Jesus, you don’t get to an island by walking on water. How did artifacts dated at 200,000 Darwin Years get to islands in the Aegean Sea? This paper tentatively suggests that the makers boated there. Unless geologists can prove land bridges, or that the islands were in shallow water that enabled wading, that’s the only reasonable explanation – and it changes the view of the intelligence of Neanderthals and other “hominins” that were supposedly more primitive than modern humans.Here, we detail evidence from excavations at the chert source of Stelida on what today is the island of Naxos in the middle of the Aegean Basin, where paleodosimetric dates suggest that hominins were present in the region by 200 ka ago, accessing the chert quarry during a glacial lowstand when exposed land connected Anatolia to continental Southeast Europe, by seafaring, or through some combination of the two (Fig. 1). Throughout the remainder of the Pleistocene, this region was occupied and/or traversed at least sporadically, including by early H. sapiens ~40 to 30 ka ago (who may have arrived by boat), and later by indisputably seafaring Mesolithic hunter-gatherers of the Early Holocene.Naxos sits in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Nearest mainland is 75-90 miles away. (Google Earth)Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed (Science Daily). As usual, the paleoanthropologists were shocked by what they find. How did dumb brutes cross seas? Naxos is an island!An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited by Neanderthals and earlier humans at least 200,000 years ago, tens of thousands of years earlier than previously believed.Notice they’re talking about “earlier humans” than Neanderthals. This would have to be Homo  erectus or other members of Homo, which creationists argue are true humans. If they boated over to islands, they were not transitional forms from apes.In this paper, the team details evidence of human activity spanning almost 200,000 years at Stelida, a prehistoric quarry on the northwest coast of Naxos. Here early Homo sapiens, Neanderthals and earlier humans used the local stone (chert) to make their tools and hunting weapons, of which the team has unearthed hundreds of thousands.Reams of scientific data collected at the site add to the ongoing debate about the importance of coastal and marine routes to human movement. While present data suggests that the Aegean could be crossed by foot over 200,000 years ago, the authors also raise the possibility that Neanderthals may also have fashioned crude seafaring boats capable of crossing short distances.If “earlier humans” were there, they also had to use boats. Why did they have to be “crude” seafaring boats? If made of wood to float, there would likely be no trace left after just a few decades or centuries, so the researchers are just imagining they were crude.The findings, published today in the journal Science Advances, are based on years of excavations and challenge current thinking about human movement in the region — long thought to have been inaccessible and uninhabitable to anyone but modern humans. The new evidence is leading researchers to reconsider the routes our early ancestors took as they moved out of Africa into Europe and demonstrates their ability to adapt to new environmental challenges.The evolutionary paleoanthropologists are proposing that archaic human beings boated repeatedly over the sea to get chert on this island for tools, suggesting this was a frequent trip they made. The time frame for this occupation, in their dating, covers 150,000 years. In all that time, did they never think about building cities, planting farms, or domesticating animals. If they were smart enough to boat across the sea, is that plausible?Evolutionists cannot admit they were wrong, so we have expose them. They hide their shame in Tontological phrases like “this challenges current thinking” and goes against what was “long thought.” Whose thinking? Who ‘long thought’ that? Did you? Don’t let them sweep you into their mythology. The gig is up, evolutionists: your story of human evolution fell apart, and with it falls the moyboy timeline. These sailors were real people, not evolving apes. They were living not that long ago: thousands of years, not hundreds of thousands. The facts fit the Tower of Babel dispersion described in the Bible: post-Flood explorers migrating long distances and settling wherever they could, using their intelligent human brains to find materials to make tools. It took some time, but not a long time, for them to settle down in permanent dwellings, then towns, then cities. That makes sense. Living in caves for 20 times the length of recorded human history does not.last_img read more

Christmas caring packed in a shoebox

first_imgToddlers at the celebrations in Swellendam,Western Cape province, get stuck intoopening their gifts.(Image: Santa Shoebox) Thousands of pairs of willing hands havepacked Santa Shoeboxes according to aset of guidelines, and with more than adash of love and care, for South Africa’sneedy children this Christmas.(Image: Fiona McRae)MEDIA CONTACTS • Janie van der SpuyFivestar PR+27 21 462 1677Fiona McRaeThanks to an innovative community project, some of South Africa’s underprivileged children will be able to experience the joy of Christmas.In a heart-warming display of the festive season spirit of caring and sharing, a plethora of presents and a whole lot of love have been carefully packed into shoeboxes to provide almost 32 000 needy children with a gift this Christmas.The Santa Shoebox Project was established in Cape Town in 2006 by Dee Boehner, director of the public benefit organisation then known as From the Children, To the Children.The organisation has since changed its name to the Kidz2Kidz Trust, but its principle of providing privileged children with an opportunity to do something for their not-so-fortunate peers, thereby teaching them the importance and the joy of giving, remains the same.The project’s first outing five Christmases ago saw 180 personalised gift boxes pledged, packed and delivered for distribution to needy youngsters. The following year’s total reflected a strong growth to 2 000 boxes, which burgeoned to more than 8 000 in 2008.Last year’s donations grew even more to see Santa’s bags at collection points around the country stuffed with more than 16 000 beautifully decorated shoeboxes, which were distributed to more than 200 children’s homes, childcare facilities and places of safety.The target for 2010 was initially set at 16 000 boxes but strong support saw this figure revised upwards to 28 000.In a thrilling indication of how the project has captured the imagination of a caring nation, a phenomenal 31 663 boxes were eventually pledged and have been dropped off at the 15 collection points around the country.This year, for the first time, the project is also extending into neighbouring Namibia, with a collection point in Windhoek.Spreading the spiritOne of those who took part this year for the first time was Lauren Collier of Port Elizabeth. She heard of the initiative from friends in Cape Town who had previously supported it.While Collier was wondering how she would be able to get her box to one of the drop-off points in the Mother City, she learnt that the project was coming to Port Elizabeth this year for the first time thanks to the initiative of local co-ordinator Kim Keen. After also learning of the venture while on a visit to Cape Town, Keen was determined to see it implemented in her home city.And the response has “completely blown me away”, she says.She started her planning with a very conservative and, she hoped, reachable target of 150 boxes. Within a week of online pledges opening nationally on 1 September, all of these Port Elizabeth boxes had been snapped up and Keen was inundated with calls from would-be donors eager to deliver.As word of the project spread rapidly, local pledges kept pouring in until there were 1 125 boxes, enabling Keen to increase the initial list of four beneficiary facilities in Port Elizabeth to 18. Supporters even drove in from the neighbouring centres of Grahamstown and Port Alfred, more than 100km away, to drop off their boxes, she says.But it did not end there. East London, some 300km further up the Eastern Cape coast, got wind of the project and collected 60 boxes for its needy children – despite having no official co-ordinator. Keen roped her mother, a Buffalo City resident, in to help. “She didn’t know what had hit her,” she laughs.Another Eastern Cape town, the surfing mecca of Jeffreys Bay, collected 70 boxes, while a supporter from George, on the Garden Route, approached Keen to volunteer as co-ordinator for next year, to see the project also implemented there.An easy way to contributeBut what is it about this particular project that has caused an interested South African public to so generously open their hearts, and their wallets, for the country’s children?“I always like to do something for those less fortunate at Christmas, and this seemed an ideal way to contribute,” says 23-year-old Collier, who has just completed her studies as a primary school teacher.What especially appealed to her were the very clear guidelines for packing a box, which she found on the project’s website“This makes it so much easier than trying to figure out what is appropriate to give – and all the children at any one facility then get more or less the same sort of things, making sure no one is disappointed when they open their box.”Another aspect that appealed to Collier was the personalised gift-giving. Project supporters can select the age and gender of the child (or children) for whom the box is intended, and receive a gift label with the child’s name to be attached to it. They also know the organisation through which the child will be reached.Keen agrees that this is one of the project’s most appealing aspects – that supporters can know exactly where their donations will be going and who will benefit. However, generic boxes are accepted when the number of boxes donated exceeds the number of children whose names have been provided by the beneficiary organisations.The project, on its website, explains that many people want to contribute to their community or do their bit for charity, but often do not know where to start.“The Santa Shoebox Project takes pride in channelling all that positive energy and goodwill into something that is credible, achievable, makes a real difference in a specific child’s life and leaves the donors feeling really good about themselves,” it says.Gift guidelinesThe website indicates a list of items that must be packed into each box – and those to be avoided. Boxes are required to contain a toothbrush and toothpaste, soap and a facecloth, an item of clothing, educational supplies, sweets and a toy. This carefully thought-out list ensures the child gets something to use, to wear, to do, to eat and to love.Gift ideas for each category are provided, with further ideas for boxes for babies and teenagers. All gifts must be new and age-appropriate. The organisation also warns of items which should not be packed into the box, such as fragile objects, electronics, medicines or violence-related toys such as guns or soldiers.Creativity is encouraged in both gift selection and decorating of the boxes, which can then become special keepsake boxes for the children – many of whom might never previously have had anything they could claim as exclusively their own.Volunteers at the designated drop-off points receive the boxes for distribution – this year to about 350 child-care facilities throughout the country, usually at Joy of Giving celebration parties.And Keen found plenty of local businesses only too happy to come to the party this year – all of Port Elizabeth’s celebration events have been sponsored by local companies, further enhancing the children’s Christmas experience.For her, being involved in “this amazing project” has been a humbling experience, Keen says. “It has been absolutely fantastic to realise how many genuine, caring and wonderful people filled with humanity there are out there.”And she has indeed seen the joy that both giving and receiving can bring. “Parents have really encouraged their children to get involved and make this project their own,” she says. “So youngsters have arrived beaming and proudly bearing their boxes – to be given to ‘a little boy’ or ‘a little girl … just like me’.”And the excitement and joy that opening a box holds for the receiver are something to behold, she says. “We had one young boy of about 10 who nearly went into orbit with delight when he unpacked his box to find a really cool Ben 10 t-shirt inside.”So, while it might not yet be the night before Christmas, Santa’s ever-growing band of helpers is already out there, hard at work delivering the goods.Swellendam Santashoebox Celebrationslast_img read more

App to understand South African visa rules

first_imgChild Visa Checklist App has been designed to help travellers to and from South Africa to understand the new child visa requirements.One of the reasons Drive South Africa created the Child Visa Checklist App is that many travellers don’t know which documents to carry into our borders, as per the new child Visa laws in South Africa. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThe South African government’s new child visa laws came into play on 1 June 2015 and they “are here for the foreseeable future”, according to Mayihlome Tshwete, the Department of Home Affairs spokesperson.The department published standard operating procedures that airlines and the tourism industry must follow; information was also published its website, to explain the new regulations to would-be travellers.But there is some confusion around the changes. In an email sent to all members of the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa), David Frost, the chief executive, said that he found the documents “complicated”.“The regulations are complex, daunting and not easily accessible for local and international travellers,” said Russell Jarvis, the head of communication at Travelstart South Africa. “Travellers need to know exactly what documents they require for a seamless and stress-free entry into our beautiful country’s borders.”To help would-be travellers understand these new requirements better, Drive South Africa created the Child Visa Checklist app. The app provides an easy-to-understand checklist of documents required by anyone travelling to or from South Africa with children – for their particular child-travel scenario.The web-based app, which works on mobile and desktop, helps users see precisely what travel documents they need, in three quick clicks or taps.According to Andre van Kets, the creator of the Child Visa Checklist App, “there are 15 different possible documents and 37 unique scenarios for children travelling in and out of South Africa”.“We initially create the app so that our travel consultants could fully understand the new child visa requirements, and better serve our clients. The app was so well received, that we’ve decided to go ‘open source’ with it and let anyone in the tourism industry – and travellers themselves – access the information,” says Van Kets.To use the app, a user selects an option under each step and it displays a checklist of documents unique to that particular scenario.It was launched on 30 May, and since then has been accessed more than 8 000 times by users from South Africa and 102 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi.The app has also been shared more than 1 300 times on Facebook and other social media platforms. Travel agencies around the world are using it to advise clients travelling to South Africa with children under 18 years.“Thanks for creating this app. It will be a fabulous tool to help get our clients organised,” said Amy Green, the client services director of the American travel agency, Hills of Africa.The Child Visa Checklist app was built in consultation with a panel of experts including: Megan Harrington-Johnson, the senior associate attorney, practising family law at Schindlers Attorneys in Johannesburg; and Van Kets, the co-founder and director of online travel company Discover Africa Group in Cape Town.Various members of the South Africa travel and tourism industry have also been consulted during the building of the app, including Frost and Otto de Vries, the chief executive of the Association of South African Travel Agents (Asata).Source: News24Wire.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Motloung prepares for Mandela role

first_imgSouth African actor Sello Motloung visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg to prepare for his role as Nelson Mandela in an upcoming movie, An Act of Defiance. The focus of the movie is Bram Fischer, the lead attorney for the Rivonia trialists in the 1960s.”There’s no better place to visit for in-depth research on the man and his journey,” said Motloung, following his visit.The foundation gave Motloung access to the audio records of “Speech from the Dock”, which Mandela delivered on 20 April 1964 during the Rivonia Trial. “Mandela’s 176-minute speech opened the defence case in the trial,” said the foundation.The movie is a co-production between South Africa and the Netherlands and is directed by Jean van de Velde. Peter Paul Muller takes the role of Fischer.On MandelaMotloung said he wanted to immerse himself entirely in Mandela’s journey. In doing this, he toured the foundation’s archives and permanent exhibition. It felt like he had visited Mandela himself, said the actor.”I had to suit the images and my dialogue with the life and energy that oozed through the recordings. Clearly, the man was way bigger than what one encounters in the media.”On Fischer“Bram Fischer, a white Afrikaner from powerful Afrikaner parentage, is one of the unsung heroes of the struggle for freedom in South Africa,” said Michael Auret, from production company Spier Films, speaking to movie news website, Screen Daily.”His work at the Rivonia Trial ensured that the leaders of the ANC of the time, including Nelson Mandela, lived to fight another day and ultimately lead a new South Africa.”After the Rivonia Trial, Fischer was also arrested and tried for conspiracy to overthrow the apartheid government. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.“One of those incarcerated with him was Denis Goldberg, the only white person convicted in the Rivonia Trial,” said the foundation. “Because of apartheid, he was not allowed to be held on Robben Island with Mandela and his other comrades.”An Act of Defiance is scheduled for release in March 2017.Source: The Nelson Mandela Foundation and SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

The Care and Feeding of Strategic Clients

first_imgStrategic clients require more from you than other clients. All clients are important, but your strategic clients have a different set of needs. They need you to be more engaged, and they need you to deliver greater outcomes than you would for a client that doesn’t have their same needs.CommunicationYour strategic clients require more communication. Because your relationship is deeper, they need to you to be aware of what they’re doing, and they need to know what you are doing. This isn’t just a good idea, it’s critical.You have to communicate with your strategic clients so that you understand their strategy. This is high level communication that ensures that you know where they are going, and that you are aligning the right resources to do your part. You also have to communicate much more frequently at a more tactical level, to make sure what is being delivered is working.Caring requires constant communication.ExecutionYou simply cannot retain a strategic client without being able to execute effectively. If they are strategic, they rely on what you sell to a great enough extent that you cannot fail them. The fastest way to lose a strategic account is to fail to execute.This is about outcomes. You are accountable for the outcomes you sell. The care and feeding of your strategic clients requires that you execute continuously. It’s not that you can’t have problems. It’s not that things can’t go wrong, or that you can’t hit a rough patch. You strategic clients have those same problems. It’s your ability to smooth out those rough spots and execute that allows you retain their business.Improved Performance, Yours and TheirsOver time, you have to help your strategic clients get better. Over that same period of time, you also have to get better.What you do has to help your strategic client get better at producing the results they need. You need to help them improve what they are doing. You will notice things as you execute, and those things will allow you to help them make changes, changes that improve their performance.You have to get better too. As you work together, you have to get better at delivering the outcomes you produce. As my friend, David Allen says, “The better you get, the better you better get.” It’s not enough to rest on your laurels. Or to believe your contract secures your relationship.New Value, New OutcomesBut wait. There’s more.The value that you created when you helped your strategic client understand their world and that led them to choose you is just the beginning. The value that you created as you executed is what allowed you to build the relationship. This is necessary, but not sufficient.From quarter to quarter and year to year, you have to create new value. You have to generate new ideas and new initiatives that take things up another level, that generate new outcomes. Some of these ideas and initiatives will be small, and some will be transformative. Sometimes the small ideas are what allow you to see the greater ideas. They are all important.The care and feeding of your strategic clients has always been about creating value. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Ramesh Bais sworn in as Tripura Governor

first_imgRamesh Bais, a seven-time MP from Chhattisgarh’s Raipur and former Union minister, was on Monday sworn in as the Governor of Tripura, an official said. The Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, Justice Sanjay Karol, administered oath of office to Mr. Bais in the presence of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and senior officials of the administration.Mr. Bais, 71, who succeeded Kaptan Singh Solanki, was accorded the guard of honour at the lawn of the old Raj Bhavan building here. Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that he would work for the all-round development of the State. The Chief Minister said that he had known Mr. Bais since 1999 and the new Governor’s experiences will be beneficial for the State.last_img

Jhulan Goswami becomes leading wicket-taker in women’s ODIs

first_imgIndia fast bowler Jhulan Goswami on Tuesday created history by becoming the leading wicket-taker in the one day internationals for women’s.The right-arm medium pacer achieved the feat when she trapped South African player Raisibe Ntozakhe leg before during the Women’s Quadrangular Series in South Africa.The world No. 2 Goswami finished with an impressive three for 20 from her 7.3 overs as India bundled South Africa out for 119 in 39.3 overs.The 34-year-old Indian all-rounder took her 181st wicket to better Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick’s 10-year-old record.She keeps breaking records & this is the one to cherish. India’s Jhulan Goswami is now the leading wicket taker (181) in Women’s ODIs. pic.twitter.com/VqbuFNBDVz- BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) May 9, 2017Most wkts in women’s ODIs181 – Jhulan Goswami (Ind)180 – Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Aus)146 – Lisa Sthalekar (Aus)141 – Neetu David (Ind)- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 9, 2017Goswami averages 21.76 with the ball and has bagged two five-wicket hauls in her 153 match career so far.In 2007, Goswami was named Women’s Player of the Year. During the course of a landmark 12 months, she averaged 12.40 in Test matches and 21.80 in ODIs while her economy rate of 2.10 in Tests and 3.17 in ODIs showcased her excellent control and ability to contain.Jhulan, who made her ODI debut in 2002, won the Arjuna Award in 2010 and two years later she won the prestigious Padma Shri.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 7

There’s really only one competitive match on the docket Wednesday, but it’s an intriguing one.Australia vs. Netherlands: 12 p.m. EDTSpain vs. Chile: 3 p.m. EDTCameroon vs. Croatia: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities. IN DEPTHThe best matchup of the day — by far — is La Furia Roja versus La Roja, Spain against Chile, a clash that could have huge implications for the advancement scenarios of Group B. Here’s the big one: If Chile wins and the Netherlands wins or draws against Australia (a 91.5 percent proposition, according to the FiveThirtyEight prediction model), Spain will be eliminated and fail to advance to the knockout round, a shocking fate for the reigning champs and one of the leading pre-tournament favorites.How did we get here? Chile took care of business in its opener against Australia, beating the Socceroos 3-1 behind a great game from Alexis Sanchez, the best Chilean player according to our Soccer Power Index (SPI) player ratings. Meanwhile, Spain … um, how can we put this? Spain could have had a better second half against the Netherlands. In fact, after being slaughtered by the Dutch, Vicente del Bosque’s side dropped from third in the SPI rankings on Friday morning to eighth on Wednesday — one spot behind Chile.Spain came into the tournament with the best SPI defensive rating of any team in the world, but it must get a vastly improved performance out of goalkeeper Iker Casillas and its back line if it’s to beat Chile, SPI’s fifth-best team on offense. Spain’s World Cup future could depend on it.The next-closest match figures to be Cameroon versus Croatia, in what our numbers predict will be a low-scoring affair. Croatia is coming off a defeat against Brazil that was equal measures frustrating and promising; it conceded three goals, including two to Neymar (one coming after a somewhat questionable penalty call), but also held a lead for 18 minutes and was able to generate chances at the other end of the pitch. If Croatia beats Cameroon on Wednesday, advancement is still a possibility (although Mexico’s tie with Brazil on Tuesday didn’t help the Croatian cause). Meanwhile, Cameroon hung tough against Mexico in its first outing, and a 1-0 loss against a top-25 team wasn’t a bad debut for a side SPI considers one of the worst in the World Cup field. But it’s not going to get much easier for the Indomitable Lions — Croatia is a solid favorite against them here, and, of course, Brazil waits in the wings.Brazil isn’t going to lose a lot of sleep over that one, nor is the heavily favored Netherlands going to fret about Wednesday’s match against Australia. Our model gives the Dutch a 73.6 percent probability of winning, and in concert with Chile’s chances of a win or draw against Spain, that means there’s a 47.5 percent chance the Netherlands cruises into the knockout stage before the day is done.YesterdayBrazil entered Tuesday 6-0-0 all-time in World Cup play against CONCACAF teams. In fact, Costa Rica was the only CONCACAF side ever to score against Brazil in the World Cup (in the 2002 group stage). And Brazil has had particular success against Mexico, winning all three of their previous World Cup matches for a total goal margin of 11-0.Although Mexico didn’t score on Tuesday, El Tri became the first team from outside UEFA/CONMEBOL to take a point from Brazil in the World Cup.Based on the statistics, Mexico’s going scoreless doesn’t appear all that surprising. Mexico had four shots in the first half, all from outside the penalty area, and none was on target. Mexico managed just four touches in the attacking penalty area in the first half; Brazil had 13. Mexico ended the match with an average shot distance of 28.5 yards, the second-longest in a match thus far.Much more surprising was Brazil’s failure to find the back of the net. According to SPI, the odds of Mexico holding Brazil scoreless were just 4.8 percent. The star of the match was Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who has led or tied for the lead in saves in France’s Ligue 1 each of the last three seasons playing for AC Ajaccio. Ochoa ended the match with six saves, tied for the most by a Mexican goalkeeper in any World Cup since 1966.Perhaps Ochoa’s best save was a diving stop of a Neymar header in the 26th minute. Neymar was the driving force for Brazil in the match, leading the team in shots (three) and shots on target (two), as well as chances created (four). Yet it was all for naught.By defying the odds and picking up a precious point, Mexico’s chances of advancing to the knockout round increased from 58.7 percent to 80.2 percent. — Jacob Nitzberg, statistics analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHLet’s play a word association game. What country do you think of when you hear about kangaroos? Vegemite? “Mate”? What about tulips? Windmills? Coffee shops?Yes, Australia and the Netherlands both have pretty distinct international identities. But does the two countries’ relationship confirm these stereotypes? OECD data provides some interesting insights. The largest single export from Australia to the Netherlands in 2011 was rapeseed (used for animal feed, vegetable oil and biodiesel) at 24 percent, followed by coal at 22 percent — in case the Dutch get inspired to throw some shrimp on the barbie. The Netherlands’ main exports to Australia were machines and chemical products, but there was also $258 million in tobacco exports and $225 million in flower, bulb, seed and live plant exports in 2011, so it looks like the Dutch are learning from the Aussies, as well. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGSpain Must Beat Chile If It Hopes to Advance in the World CupThe End of Ghana’s Golden GenerationUSMNT’s Bald Eagle of Glory, John Anthony BrooksCLARIFICATION (June 18, 11:30 a.m.): An earlier version of this post was confusing on the Netherlands’ chances of beating or drawing against Australia. The chance of a Dutch win in Wednesday’s match is 73.6 percent, and the chance of a draw is 17.9 percent. That means the chance of the Netherlands winning or drawing against Australia is 91.5 percent. read more