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Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke Comments On Shoulder Injury

first_imgBrian Lewerke throws a pass for Michigan State.TEMPE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Brian Lewerke #14 of the Michigan State Spartans drops back to pass during the first half of the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Brian Lewerke had one of the worst outings of his college career on Saturday, in Michigan State football’s loss to Michigan.The Spartans signal caller completed just 5-of-25 passes for 66 yards, before being pulled from the game.He did catch a touchdown pass—the team’s lone score of the game—on a trick play, but was completely ineffective otherwise against an Elite Michigan defense.After the game, a 21-7 Michigan State football loss, Brian Lewerke revealed that he was dealing with a shoulder injury.He didn’t practice in the week ahead of the game, and with Purdue coming to town this weekend, it doesn’t sound like he’ll get much practice time this week either.On Monday, head coach Mark Dantonio commented on the injury.“I think this is a situation that gets better over the course of time,” Dantonio said of Lewerke’s right arm. “So I think even now, as the week progressed, he felt better. That’s why we made the decision and he made the decision that he would play.“I think it’s better today than it was yesterday, so we’ll have to make the decision as we go.”Today, Lewerke spoke to the media himself. He didn’t want to address the shoulder directly, though.From the Detroit Free-Press:“I don’t really want to talk about the arm right now,” Lewerke said. “I’m just working through it to see if I’ll feel good in practice. … Mentally, you gotta be ready to play no matter what. I’m still gonna come in here and study, whether I play or not. I’m gonna study as much as I can.”If he can’t go, it will probably be Rocky Lombardi against the Boilermakers. He came on in relief of Lewerke against the Wolverines, completing 1-of-2 passes for 9 yards.[Detroit Free-Press]last_img read more

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Military Hero Gets Highway Sign in His Honour

first_imgThe province today, Nov. 10, named a connector road in Hantsport in honour of African Nova Scotian William Hall, the first recipient from the province, and first African Canadian, to receive the Victoria Cross medal for bravery. Premier Darrell Dexter unveiled the William Hall V.C. Memorial Highway sign at a ceremony at Province House. The sign, bearing Mr. Hall’s likeness, will be erected on the road from Highway 101 to Trunk 1 near Hantsport. “Today, during the week of remembrance of those war heroes who fought and died for our liberty, we honour one of our own military heroes,” said Premier Dexter. “Mr. Hall holds a special place in the province’s and the country’s history. He was the first Nova Scotian and the first African Canadian to receive this award and deserves to be celebrated for his courage.” Born in 1827, Hall worked in shipyards in Hantsport as a young man, building wooden ships for the merchant marines. He later crewed on a trading vessel and travelled the world before his 18th birthday. While in England in 1852, he enlisted in the Royal Navy as an able seaman. While sailing to China, his ship was ordered to assist British troops who had lost the fort at Lucknow, India, during the Indian mutiny against the British in 1857. Mr. Hall was one of the last men standing and he kept firing his gun, finally breaking a hole into the wall of the fort that allowed troops to enter and regain it. For this act of bravery, he received the Victoria Cross, the highest medal given in the British Commonwealth. Mr. Hall lived the rest of his life in Nova Scotia and is buried in Hantsport. His grave is recognized by a monument at the nearby Baptist church. The government of Nova Scotia retrieved Mr. Hall’s Victoria Cross medal from Britain in 1967. It is on permanent display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. During African Heritage Month 2010, Canada Post honoured Mr. Hall by issuing a commemorative stamp with his likeness.last_img read more

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Japan US reach broad agreement on trade deal reports

first_imgTokyo: Japan and the United States have reached a broad agreement in trade negotiations, reports said Sunday, with the leaders of both countries expected to hold talks on the sidelines of the G7 summit.”We saw a great progress,” Japan’s minister in charge of trade talks with the US, Toshimitsu Motegi, told reporters in Washington on Saturday after three days of extended bilateral negotiations with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.”This progress will be confirmed at the Japan-US summit” on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit currently being held in France, where how to proceed further will be also discussed, Motegi said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USUS President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enjoy close ties but the bullish US president has frequently claimed that Tokyo has an advantage in bilateral trade and has called for a “more fair” relationship.Lighthizer and Motegi agreed Japan will place tariffs on US agricultural products up to levels that apply to members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and major Japanese national dailies reported. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBoth sides agreed that Japan will cut tariffs on US beef and pork to the TPP levels, but will not set new quotas for butter and skim milk, NHK said, citing unnamed sources.Japan has repeatedly said the extent of the opening up of its agricultural market would be within the concession it had made to members of the TPP pact.After an abrupt US withdrawal, 11 countries circling the Pacific last year signed a slimmed-down version of the TPP trade deal, and the pact has been championed as an antidote to growing US protectionism under Trump. The US president has since sparked fears of a trade war by levying steep tariffs and denouncing unfair trading practices.The US will eliminate levies on a wide range of Japanese industrial products, but its tariffs on Japanese automobiles will be left for further negotiations as Trump sees the US trade deficit with Japan as a problem, NHK said.Both sides hope to reach the final agreement by late September, reports said.last_img read more

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Porcupine Lake now shooting in Port Severn

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Toys R US ends Canadian stores auction with Fairfax as the only

first_imgTORONTO – Toys “R” Us’s Canadian operations have found a safety net months after the retailer’s demise in the U.S. and overseas.Documents filed in a Richmond, Va. bankruptcy court on Monday revealed the retailer will be cancelling an auction for its 82 Canadian stores and seeking approval on Tuesday to sell them to Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., which is involved in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.The auction was triggered by a recent $300-million stalking horse offer Fairfax made that allowed others to make competing bids for the Canadian operations until Monday at 10 a.m. EST, but court filings showed no bidders other than Fairfax registered an offer.Fairfax’s successful bid signals an end to the uncertainty that has followed the beleaguered company’s Canadian arm since September, when it filed for creditor protection and its U.S. division sought bankruptcy protection. The moves, said to be the product of heavy debt and the rising popularity of e-commerce and electronic-based toys, prompted disappointment from toy lovers and investors alike.Among the most upset by the company’s demise was Isaac Larian, the executive behind California-based, Little Tikes- and L.O.L Surprise!-maker MGA Entertainment Inc.He and investors he refused to identify made a bid for the retailer’s Canadian operations, which are run separate from its U.S. dealings, outside of the now-cancelled auction in March, calling Toys “R” Us’s Canadian arm a “good business.”“They run it efficiently, and have good leadership,” he said. “At the right price, it makes economical sense.”When rumours suggesting Larian’s bid had been rejected started circulating last week, he at first said it was “disappointing,” but as more details about Fairfax’s bid emerged, he appeared to have taken on a new outlook.“As long as Toys “R” Us and jobs are saved, I’m happy. That’s what #SaveToysRUs was and is about,” Larian said in a statement.“In regards to Toys “R” Us USA, the fight to save it is just beginning.”For Larian, that fight has largely centred on a crowdfunding campaign he launched on Mar. 21 in hopes of raising $1 billion to salvage the business’ 70-year-old U.S. operations.He chipped in $200 million himself, but as of Monday at noon, had only raised an additional $62,000 from 2,043 toy lovers. The donors were being enticed to give with promises of #SaveToysRUs bumper stickers, special edition toys, invites to a reopening block party and opportunities to tour the oldest toy factory currently operating in the U.S. depending on the amount they give.Larian also vowed to give 10 per cent of proceeds from Little Tikes purchases made between the campaign’s launch and its May 28 end date to the plot.When the campaign launched, Toys “R” Us’s bankruptcy documents showed Larian was facing plenty of competition. There were 20 interested parties vying for the U.S. business, which includes 740 stores.Fairfax has not said whether it will vie for the U.S. operations, but the business, owned by billionaire Prem Watsa, has been on a recent spending spree.In February, it acquired part of infrastructure services company Carillion Canada, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January, and in November, it increased its stake in Torstar media company, which holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:FFH)last_img read more

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Ugandan flood victims receive vital communication tools from UN agency

The United Nations telecommunications agency has deployed 25 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of severe floods that have affected the eastern and northern regions of Uganda since August. The Government was forced to declare a state of emergency after torrential rains and flash floods swept through the country taking lives, stranding hundreds of thousands of people, destroying road and communication links, and submerging crops. The mobile satellite terminals, provided by the Geneva-based International Telecommunication Union (ITU), will help in restoring communication links and facilitating relief efforts in the affected areas. “There is no doubt that communication links are essential to ensure a more effective and coordinated relief effort,” Sami Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau, stated. ITU is providing both Thuraya hand-held satellite phones and Inmarsat Global Area Network (GAN) terminals, which are mainly used for voice communications and, in some cases, can be used for high-speed data. ITU pays for all expenses, including transportation of the equipment and usage. “Telecommunications can save lives when natural disasters strike,” Cosmas Zavazava, Head of ITU’s Division for Emergency Telecommunications, said, pointing out that this is not the first time the agency has deployed emergency communications devices in disaster zones. The ITU has provided telecommunications resources for disaster mitigation following an earthquake in Peru in August and severe floods in Bangladesh in September. “It is clear that we are making a difference on the ground,” Mr. Zavazava said. Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a food airdrop operation as part of a massive effort to reach about 10,000 displaced people in two camps after heavy rains blocked the delivery of relief food by road. “Resorting to food airdrops reflects the severity of the heavy rains and floods, which in some parts of Uganda are the worst in 35 years,” said WFP Uganda Acting Country Director Alix Loriston. “There is simply no other way to get survival rations to isolated people.” WFP says the situation in Uganda is serious as some 250,000 displaced people living in camps in northern Uganda did not receive September rations from the agency when heavy rains made it impossible for trucks to reach them. Other displaced people have not received food since July because torrential rains cut roads. WFP urgently needs $17 million to buy food for flood victims in addition to $3.2 million to operate trucks, boats and aircraft on behalf of the entire humanitarian community. It is also undertaking emergency road and bridge repairs. So far, WFP has only received one-fifth of its flood appeal made four weeks ago. 16 October 2007The United Nations telecommunications agency has deployed 25 satellite terminals to help restore vital communication links in the aftermath of severe floods that have affected the eastern and northern regions of Uganda since August. read more

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Cabinet agrees on spot fines

In keeping with the provisions of the Motor Traffic Act, Regulations pertaining to violation of seat belt provide, on conviction, after a summary trial in a Court of Law, for the imposition of a fine not less than Rs.1000/- and not exceeding Rs.2000/- on the first occasion, a fine not less Rs.2000/- and not exceeding Rs.3000/- on the second occasion, and a fine not exceeding Rs.3, 500/- and cancellation of the driving license on the third occasion, on conviction after a summary trial in a Court of Law. The cabinet has agreed to amend the Motor Traffic Act to impose spot fines against drivers contravening the seat belt regulations.At present the drivers and the passengers in the front seats of certain categories of vehicles that have registration numbers beginning with English letters shall essentially wear the seat belt. “Implementation of these fines is being carried out by the courts and the public have been inconvenienced” Transport minister Welgama said urging the need to amend the Law to impose spot fines. read more

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Lanka rejects IOC offer

Sri Lanka has been long negotiating a credit of up to $2bn with lenders including China, Russia, and South Korea  to upgrade and double the capacity of the refinery, after the government failed to find an investment partner for a proposed Iranian-backed overhaul. IOC had said last week it was willing to offer expertise to upgrade the facility but Premjayantha said that Sri Lanka had not accepted the offer.Premjayantha said that with IOC already operating a majority of fuel stations in Sri Lanka and as a result increasing fuel prices at will, handing over the refinery to the same company could hurt the local fuel distribution sector. IOC controls one third of Sri Lanka’s retail fuel market and has been operating in the country since 2003Sri Lanka is seeking alternative crude oil suppliers in view of the US sanctions on Iran coming into force from June this year.Over 90 per cent of Sri Lanka’s crude oil requirements come from Iran. He said that Sri Lanka needs to upgrade the facility in order to refine oil from other countries as the import of Iranian oil will be reduced owing to sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States. Premjayantha said that approximately USD 500 million will be required to upgrade the facilities at the refinery and Sri Lanka will seek expressions of interest to carry out the work. Sri Lanka has rejected an Indian offer to upgrade a local refinery which is built to refine only Iranian oil.Petroleum Resources Minister Susil Premjayantha said that the offer to upgrade the Sapugaskanda oil refinery had come from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) which operates most of the fuel sheds in Sri Lanka. read more

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Fraudster Alena Pastuch denied bid for bail

Sentenced to seven years in prison for a $5.5-million investor fraud, former Regina businesswoman Alena Marie Pastuch will remain behind bars while she awaits the outcome of an appeal after a judge denied her bail — but kept the door open to a future application.In her written decision released Thursday, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Justice Lian Schwann noted that for Pastuch to get bail post-conviction and sentencing, she must show her appeal is not frivolous, that she would surrender herself into custody under terms of a release order, and her detention is not necessary in the public interest.Schwann said Pastuch’s application at this point is simply premature, as the judge needs more information on which to assess the strength of her grounds of appeal and the public interest. Schwann said the transcript of the protracted trial — which opened in October and continued through to March — has not yet been prepared, and is a necessary tool to make that assessment.Although dismissing Pastuch’s bid for bail at this time, Schwann left the door open for her to re-apply once the transcript is available.Pastuch, 54, was sentenced on Aug. 16 after Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Elson found her guilty of fraud, theft and money laundering. The latter two charges were stayed, since they encompassed the same evidence. Between 2007 and 2009, Pastuch took in $5,523,507 from about 80 investors who believed their savings would grow in the development and sale of anti-fraud and child protection technology. Instead, Elson found the money was largely spent supporting Pastuch’s lavish lifestyle.Pastuch promptly appealed her conviction, primarily contending she did not get a fair trial and there had been a miscarriage of justice, in part because her complex PTSD condition and the stress of the trial meant she couldn’t effectively cross-examine witnesses. Pastuch, who represented herself without a lawyer, opted to call no evidence at the trial or take the witness stand.During her bail hearing last week, Pastuch argued she wasn’t a flight risk, never breached her release conditions for the five years she was on bail prior to her conviction, and has been told she’s a good candidate for an early release from prison, so doesn’t pose a public threat.Schwann’s ruling also notes Pastuch hopes to get a court-appointed lawyer for her appeal. She initially had court-appointed counsel for her trial, but was turned down the third time after parting company with the first two appointments.In addition to the prison time, Elson also ordered Pastuch to pay $5,523,507 in victim restitution. Any amount repaid will be deducted from a $5.5-million fine, reflecting the amount defrauded. Elson gave her 12 years to pay the fine after her release, and if she fails to pay up, is subject to a further five-year prison sentence.Elson found Pastuch spent most of the investors’ money on gambling, staying in expensive hotels in Vegas, Banff and Los Angeles, travelling, buying high-end clothing, and financing a house and car. She used investor funds to promote a rock band, including their trip to Disneyland, and to buy collectibles for her resale business. Only $137,097 has ever been recovered, and an expert, by a generous accounting, estimated only $455,000 could be considered business expenses.bpacholik@postmedia.com read more

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Security breaches rise in Darfur camps housing Sudanese who have fled violence

In the middle of the night, Sudanese army and police surrounded Al Geer camp in Nyala town, South Darfur, and forcibly removed some of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to another location which is ill-equipped to care for them, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York. “The site is currently not able to cater for any additional influx and as such is not suitable for any relocation.”He said roughly 15 trucks were used to relocate the IDPs. “The remainder of the population was dispersed into the surrounding area of Nyala town as a direct result of this action.”After briefing the Security Council, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Jan Pronk, told journalists that despite the memoranda of understanding the government had signed, continuous pressure on the internally displaced population (IDPs) resulted overnight in “violent pressure” on some of the 20,000 IDPs in El Geer to another location called Sherif.The IDPs were told that the move was being made in close consultation with the UN and with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), “which is not the case,” Mr. Pronk said.”This is flagrant violation of international humanitarian law. It is also in flagrant violation of the agreements reached with the government on the modalities of return and relocation of IDPs,” he said.The non-voluntary removals would have to stop, not only in El Geer, but everywhere in Darfur, he said, adding, “Stop it and reverse what has happened.”In another incident today, units of the Sudanese army and police undertook crowd control measures at a camp known as El Chareia, according to George Somerwell, a spokesman for UN Special Envoy Jan Pronk. “They fired tear gas and they fired shots in the air to try to calm the IDPs who are inside this camp,” Mr. Somerwell told UN Radio.Two weeks ago the population of El Chareia numbered 40,000, he said, and the IDPs feared that the Sudanese Government would remove them to an unknown location.The UN Advance Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) had contacted the Khartoum Government, which is “making every effort that it can to try to calm the situation,” Mr. Somerwell said.At the UN complex in Geneva, Switzerland, the spokesman for the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ron Redmond, said his agency, along with other international organizations, has been forced to cancel missions to Darfur this week because of security problems, including the kidnapping of 18 Sudanese from a commercial bus on the road between Zalinge and Nyala last Thursday.The local authorities had blamed the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement and Sudan Liberation Army (SLM/SLA) for the abductions, he said.In the Djabel Moon and Masteri areas, near El Geneina, tensions were high and travel restrictions, lifted two weeks ago, have been re-instated. A few dozen people were reported to be leaving each night to join the refugees in Chad, but others were afraid of the dangers on the road, Mr. Redmond said.In Chad, meanwhile, “instigators” have been holding night meetings that led to unruly incidents by day, he said. Aid workers from two international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) left Breidjing Camp after some refugees brought out knives during a discussion of how to prevent the spread of hepatitis-E and demanded to know why eight of the people causing trouble had been arrested.”At the heart of the problem lies the fear among many refugees that the creation of associations to set up income-generating activities will ‘normalize’ their situation, give the impression that they are well implanted in Chad and hamper their chances of returning to their homes,” Mr. Redmond said.Given this reluctance to create associations on the basis of working trades, no such groups were established, except for the water and sanitation committee, he said.UNHCR has received $83 million of the $114.8 million sought by the agency for refugees and IDPs in eastern Chad and Darfur through the end of the year. read more

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Liberals target students skills gap with roll out of educational placement cash

by Jordan Press, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 29, 2017 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberals target students’ skills gap with roll out of educational placement cash OTTAWA – The federal government is making its biggest push yet into the country’s classrooms, hoping that millions in new spending will help students heading on to campuses to leave there better prepared to join the workforce.The government has been told by its economic advisory council that it needs to put more resources into what’s known as work-integrated learning, because existing efforts aren’t big enough to tackle the “real gap” that exists in worker readiness, as companies believe a “majority of graduates are unprepared for the workforce.”The details outlined in federal documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act provide a look at the government’s thinking on the spending and how the money could influence post-secondary education.The Liberals had promised to spend $73 million over four years to subsidize educational work placements, with funds to start flowing last year. The spending was delayed until this academic year to finalize funding deals with the employer groups.The 2016 budget predicted the money would create up to 8,700 placements over four years, but Labour Minister Patty Hajdu announced this week the funding will create up to 10,000 positions. A further $221 million over five years should create 50,000 total placements for graduate researchers.“Oftentimes, they (students) are academically astute, but they’re not necessarily truly understanding how to apply that learning that they’ve gained through their studies to the work setting,” Hajdu said in a recent interview.“The idea behind work integrated learning is that it addresses that concern that employers have that there is this gap in terms of the applicability of what they’re learning.”Tom Murad, head of Siemens Canada’s Engineering and Technology Academy, a forerunner to the Liberal’s work-integrated learning program, said there will be delays in closing the skills gap without deep funding from the government. He suggested many companies could cut corners on programs that “are not going to give the same results and they may be self-defeating.”One of the largest programs in the country that has caught the attention of government officials comes out of Toronto where a group of 14 financial services companies have teamed with seven schools to provide educational work opportunities. None want federal cash for wages; instead, the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, which is overseeing the program, is looking for federal cash to scale up.The value for each company is attracting and recruiting students from “STEM” disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.“We never had a challenge attracting business students to our sector, but now, more and more, we need to attract more STEM students, we need to attract more students with agile project management skills,” said Sashya D’Souza, senior vice-president of talent initiatives at the Toronto Financial Services Alliance.“There’s a different skill set that’s needed in our workforce.”Eventually, the program will create a feedback loop where schools can tell companies how to tweak placement experiences, and businesses can tell educators what is needed to make curricula relevant to their needs, D’Souza said.The economic advisory council’s sub-committee on education and training envisioned that in an October 2016 presentation, saying companies need to have a hand in shaping curriculum, without mentioning that the process is usually long and can get bogged down in debates.Over half of undergraduates already have the opportunity to work as part of their studies by the time they graduate, but the hope from universities is to have 100 per cent coverage in the future, because schools see it as such a critical way for students to transition into the workforce, said Pari Johnston, vice-president, policy and public affairs at Universities Canada.“Students are asking for it,” she said. “The demand is very high and we’ve seen a real increase in the number of co-ops being offered, which have more than doubled in recent years.”The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations said this week it was happy to see the government provide opportunities to STEM and business students, but hoped the Liberals would expand the program to all academic disciplines.Minutes from a Dec. 8, 2016 meeting of federal and provincial education officials showed interest in doing just that, but also creating similar opportunities at the high school level.— Follow @jpress on Twitter. read more

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The Warriors Are Especially Hard To Handle After A Loss

The Warriors Are Especially Hard To Handle After A Loss

The Golden State Warriors didn’t lose very often this year, but when they did, the Dubs tended to bounce back with a vengeance. Following the 15 losses for which we know the next game’s outcome1So, not counting the Warriors’ loss in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. (including the playoffs), Golden State went 14-1, which was not only the NBA’s best record coming off a defeat, but also 24 points of winning percentage better than a statistical power-rating such as our Elo method would predict. (That was also tops in the NBA.) As terrifying as the Warriors are in general, they’re ever so much scarier still after a loss. That’s the version of Golden State the Cavaliers will tangle with Thursday night in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. As usual, LeBron James will have his work cut out for him.The good news for Cleveland: The game will be played at Quicken Loans Arena. Putting aside everything else, that means the Cavs should probably be favored to force Game 7. The bad news: Golden State’s not-so-secret weapon, Draymond Green, is coming back from his suspension.And less obvious on Cleveland’s bad-news front — but perhaps equally important — is how much the Cavs relied on an uncharacteristically amazing Kyrie Irving performance in Game 5. According to Game Score (John Hollinger’s rough estimate of a player’s performance in a given outing), Irving’s 33.2 mark easily represented his best game of the 2015-16 season, and was more than double his usual per-game output.In his career, whenever Irving has notched a Game Score of at least 25 — the benchmark of a very good outing — his output dipped to a Game Score of 18.9 in the very next game on average. And Irving’s Game 5 performance wasn’t just very good — it was transcendent. In fact, it was so far outside his usual production that he isn’t likely to approach it again: VIDEO: LeBron’s Game 5 performance was historically greatOur sports podcast Hot Takedown talks about the Cavs’ comeback chances. Irving is, by nature, on the streaky side as far as NBA players go — the standard deviation of his Game Scores was 19th largest among 126 qualified players this season.2We’re defining those as players who played at least 50 games and averaged a Game Score of at least 8.0 per game. (Stephen Curry, believe it or not, is the most “streaky” player, in terms of standard deviation in his Game Score — though his variance runs from “extremely great” to “closer to league average.” On the other end, Jonas Valanciunas and DeAndre Jordan ranked as the most “consistent” players among those performing at league-average or better.) So although Irving is capable of putting up huge numbers, as in Game 5, it also takes something fluky, like a hot night of unsustainable shooting, to pull it off.Speaking of which, Irving’s Game 5 featured the second-best “shot-making” performance of the entire playoffs,3Minimum 20 field goal attempts. with Kyrie hitting for an effective field goal percentage (eFG%) 34.1 points higher than we’d expect based on the location and defensive pressure applied to his shots. During the regular season, Irving outshot expectations by only 1.9 points of eFG%, and shot-making tends to regress heavily to the mean from game to game.To stave off elimination, the Cavs might need Irving to buck those odds. That 33.2 Game Score represented the best performance by a LeBron teammate all season; Irving also owns five more of the top 10, and 12 more of the top 25. LeBron chronically seems in need of strong supporting performances from his teammates, and if Irving doesn’t supply that again, it’s not clear who will — particularly with Kevin Love limited (to say the least) after suffering a concussion earlier in the finals.In other words, a not-insignificant portion of the Cavs’ Game 6 hopes are resting on a repeat performance from a streaky player. When it comes to Cleveland sports, crazier things have happened. Perhaps this time, the Cavs will come out ahead in the exchange. read more

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Clans given Edinburgh Castle welcome 272 years after siege attempt

first_imgHarry and James St. Clair with Daisy MacNab as a gathering of clansmen and clanswomen has been welcomed to the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle It is believed to be the only time that clans have been openly welcomed to one of Scotland’s oldest fortresses.During the Tattoo’s August extravaganza, the military showcase will champion the theme Splash of Tartan, a series of events that will encourage people living in Scotland and those with a link to it to explore their ancestral connections with the country.In the opening ceremony each evening, clan chiefs will lead their clan folk on to the Esplanade to the awaiting Tattoo crowd.Brigadier David Allfrey, chief executive and producer of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, said: “Edinburgh Castle has been at the centre of so many extraordinary events over the years and it is tremendous that we will see another story playing out this summer. Harry and James St. Clair with Daisy MacNab as a gathering of clansmen and clanswomen has been welcomed to the Great Hall at Edinburgh CastleCredit: Tony Marsh/PA A gathering of clansmen and clanswomen has been welcomed to the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle for the first time in centuries.The last time the clans marched to the castle was when they came to Edinburgh to lay siege to it during the Jacobite uprisings in 1745.The gathering on Monday was organised by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which is celebrating its own ties with the Scottish diaspora of clans this year. Sir Malcolm MacGregor, Daisy MacNab, Paul Macdonald, Brigadier David Allfrey (Tattoo), James St. Clair, Allen Henderson, Major General Mike Riddell-Webster and Gill RoberstonCredit:PA/ Tony Marsh “I wonder what the forebears of the clan chiefs and the leaders of the families would be thinking if they could witness so many of their descendants being entertained in the Great Hall?”As well as looking to our history and heritage, I hope the Tattoo’s ‘Splash of Tartan’ will serve to stimulate anyone with a little Scottish blood in their veins to visit and enjoy our hospitality and everything that is remarkable about modern Scotland.” In September 1745 more than 900 Highland clansmen marched to the city of Edinburgh to lay siege to the castle.Although they managed to capture Edinburgh and Holyrood, they were never successful in capturing the castle as General Guest, governor at the time, would not surrender the castle to Bonnie Prince Charlie and his men.Sir Malcolm MacGregor, convener of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, said they were looking forward to the summer events.He said: “For the participating clans, it will be a dream come true to march onto the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, a location that has, over the centuries, been central to the clan story.”Tartan will be to the fore with the clans kitted out in the ‘Garb of Old Gaul’.”The great cloth, that has been worn by the clans and Scottish regiments since the Jacobite period of the 1700s, will be on full display and worn with great pride.”The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo returns to the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle between August 4 and 26.Culture minister Fiona Hyslop said: “The clans are an integral part of our rich heritage, their histories shaping Scotland.”The clans generate significant interest from the international diaspora and I welcome their involvement in this year’s Tattoo.” Sir Malcolm MacGregor, Daisy MacNab, Paul Macdonald, Brigadier David Allfrey (Tattoo), James St. Clair, Allen Henderson, Major General Mike Riddell-Webster and Gill Roberston Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Nintendo president downplays role of cloud gaming

first_imgThe almighty cloud is having a significant impact on much of the entertainment and consumer electronics industries, but Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says he isn’t worried about what kind of effect the transition to cloud-based services will have on his company. In a recent discussion with investors, Iwata downplayed the growth of cloud gaming and said that, at least for some types of games, it just doesn’t make sense.The discussion, posted on Nintendo’s Japanese website, included Iwata saying that cloud gaming is not reliable because of the lag time between a user input and the server response. This isn’t an issue if you’re streaming a movie, but it’s critical if you’re playing a game. He went on to say that declaring cloud gaming as the future is “strange” and made it very clear that this is not a road Nintendo is going to take any time soon.It should come as no surprise that Nintendo would try to downplay the significance of a new technological innovation. That has been the company’s modus operandi for the last several years. The Nintendo 64 was one of the last holdouts for a cartridge-based system, and even when Nintendo did move to a disc platform with the Gamecube, it limited playback to the never-popular mini DVD medium. And of course, the Wii was released without high definition capabilities or any sort of online community.These are all things that Nintendo said didn’t matter at the time, and would then be looked down on a few years later as being way behind the times. Then again, what exactly is the state of cloud gaming right now? The only major player in the space, OnLive, declared bankruptcy. Sony’s acquisition of the cloud startup Gaikai has also seemingly not been put to use in any capacity for the end user as of yet, and the major console makers are all touting bigger and better hard drives, not bigger and better cloud capacity.The next console generation is approaching, though, and the Xbox 720 and PS4 could have vastly different approaches. If they make cloud gaming the next big thing, Nintendo will once again fall behind the curve.last_img read more

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CongressJDS coalition in Karnataka likely to be blown away by NDA as

first_imgKarnataka political party logosIBTimesAs the election result dates are nearing there is a strong sense of grim objection towards the ruling coalition of Congress and Janata Dal-Secular in Karnataka, according to the exit poll predictions.The constant unrest among the coalition partners in the state has often led to a disagreement between the parties with both the party workers supporting their leaders rather than focusing on the partnership to gain the majority.The Congress was successful during last year’s assembly elections to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party at bay by keeping an alliance with the JD(S). However, the fortunes have been more befitting for the BJP due to their immense popularity which is gaining more followers every day.A miscellaneous look on the polls shows that out of 13 exit polls for the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka the Congress-JD(S) alliance will only gather 9 seats whereas the BJP will grab 19 seats.According to the India Today Axis poll, the saffron party will win between 21-25 seats and the coalition partners will have 3 and 5 seats.The News18 IPSOS polls predicted the BJP win 20-23 seats with a vote share of 54.47% and the UPA will wrest 5-8 seats with 41.85% of the votes.The Republic C- Voter survey has predicted 18 seats for the NDA followed by 9 seats for UPA and the ABP-Nielsen survey predicts 15 seats for NDA and 13 for UPA.Although the exit poll figures are not always true, there is a lot of disgruntled party leaders in Congress who have given up on favouring the party and has joined the saffron politics. And with the looming differences between both the parties can topple the coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy.With a major fracture for the Congress in 2017 elections after the party only won 9 seats and JD(S) only 2, while the BJP garnered 17 seats in Karnataka marking a major victory for the saffron party.While the Congress-JD(S) alliance has pushed the major factors affecting the state like farmers issues, water and unemployment the BJP has played well with its nationalistic emotions and growing popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA government which has promised of a stable government.However, the end result can be seen on May 23 after the poll results get announced. The results will determine the future of the alliance partners and the saffron party who has been fighting inch-to-inch in the poll battle.last_img read more

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A Baltimore Homicide Detective Has Died After Being Shot on Duty Suspect

A Baltimore Homicide Detective Has Died After Being Shot on Duty Suspect

first_imgThe Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the FBI are searching for a murder suspect, who fatally shot a BPD homicide detective in the head Nov. 15. Baltimore Police announced this afternoon, Det. Sean Suiter, 43, who had been in grave condition overnight, has died from his injuries.Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, was shot in the head while investigating a murder in West Baltimore, Nov. 15. He died from his injuries about 24 hours after the shooting. (Courtesy photo)Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the force was a father of five, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. The police commissioner described Suiter’s assailant as, “a heartless, ruthless, soulless killer.”The manhunt for the murder suspect has encompassed a wide swath of the West Baltimore community of Harlem Park, which has been on a so-called shelter-in-place lockdown. Police cars and crime scene tape have cordoned off several blocks.The fatal shooting took place around 4:30 p.m., Nov. 15, in the 900 block of Bennett Avenue in West Baltimore, a neighborhood with a history of violence and homicide. According to police, Suiter was doing a follow up investigation to a homicide he had been working on, when he noticed a man engaged in “suspicious behavior.”“The detective approached the man, brief conversation took place, and the detective was shot in the head,” said Commissioner Kevin Davis at a press conference shortly after the shooting.Police say another officer, working in the same area, loaded the injured officer into a cruiser and started driving towards Shock Trauma, but an ambulance intercepted them and transferred Suiter to Shock Trauma.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby extended their prayers to Suiter’s family following the fatal shooting. “First let me ask that we just pray for the family…and let me just take a moment to remind us how dangerous our streets are at this time,” said Pugh. “We cannot have violent criminals running our streets. Too many guns on our streets…too many victims. When anyone is hurt in this city my phone rings. Everyone in each neighborhood deserves to be safe…I will be talking to the governor, we need to get control of violence in this city,” Pugh added.“This is the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve our city. We will do our part to ensure that this perpetrator of this offense is brought to justice,” said Mosby the night of the shooting. “He deserved to come home tonight and because of the act of cowardice, he’s not.”The FBI, and the ATF are assisting Baltimore Police in the search for the suspect who is still at large, in part, by offering a $64,000 reward for any information leading to the capture of the suspect. The suspect is described as a Black male, wearing a black hoodie with a silver stripe down the back.Authorities are asking anyone with any information to text tips to 443-902-4824, call 1-866-7LOCKUP, or call Detectives at 410-396-2100.last_img read more

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Time for Taiwan – All Aboard for Adventure

Time for Taiwan – All Aboard for Adventure

first_img Monday, January 7, 2019 Train travel is as iconic to Taiwan as its vibrant lantern festival or the sweeping views from Taipei 101. Hop on a train to circumnavigate the entire island – from the north end to the southern tip and everything in between. Whether you’re looking to tour the island’s largest cities or marvel at its natural wonders and stunning beaches, Taiwan’s rail service can transport you there. With a variety of car classes available, you can sit back in complete comfort and enjoy exclusive bento boxes while taking in all the picturesque scenery throughout your journey.Trains have an extensive history in Taiwan, with some dating all the way back to the 1920s. You can learn about the island’s astounding culture of transportation at either the Takao Railway Museum, descending from the very first railway station in Kaohsiung City, or while exploring the interactive displays and 19 themed exhibitions within the Taiwan High Speed Rail Museum in Taoyuan City.Taiwan offers a variety of different railway experiences for passengers depending on their needs. The famed High Speed Rail is all about speed and efficiency, taking you from northern Taiwan to the southern tip in about 90 minutes at an average of CAD$65. Conventional trains are known for convenience as well as scenic routes – navigating effortlessly between major tourist destinations and smaller, regional sites. Railways make various stops along Taiwan’s breathtaking coastline so you can elevate your journey by hopping off and enjoying the allure of sun-drenched white-, golden-, or black- sand beaches.Train stations across Taiwan are known for their helpful, friendly customer service and online ticketing capabilities in both English and Chinese. Signage across stations is in English to simplify navigation for tourists visiting Taiwan from near or far. Trains also offer accessibility for special needs passengers, providing a seamless experience for all to explore the vast beauty of this celebrated island.For more information, visit go2taiwan.net. Share Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Rail, Sponsored, Taiwan Time for Taiwan – All Aboard for Adventurelast_img read more

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Lawyers demand inquiry into UK Iraq abuses

first_imgThe hearing is set for three days, with no decision expected for weeks. The ruling can be appealed.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Top Stories “I could go on and on and on,” he added.Allegations of British abuses have been trickling out since British forces joined the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Most notable was the case of hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, whose death in a sweltering detention facility outside the Iraqi city of Basra led to the first conviction of a British soldier under international war crimes legislation.But many more Iraqi cases _ 227, by the military’s last count _ have been dealt with quietly, settled out of court for figures that collectively amount to more than 15 million pounds (more than $24 million).The military is currently conducting its own investigation into abuse allegations against British soldiers in Iraq, but the inquiry has been called into question by one former member who was quoted last year in the Guardian newspaper as calling the exercise “little more than a whitewash.”Attorney Michael Fordham told the High Court on Tuesday that it was important for somebody independent to “pursue the truth of what happened.”Britain’s military has described calls for a public inquiry as “premature and disproportionate,” saying that such an exercise would likely take longer than the military investigation now under way. How men can have a healthy 2019 LONDON (AP) – Lawyers acting for nearly 200 Iraqis went to court Tuesday to demand an independent and public investigation into abuses allegedly carried out by U.K. forces in Iraq.Such an inquiry could shed a harsh light on the behavior of British soldiers as they and their American allies struggled to control an insurgency whose violent aftershocks are still echoing across Iraq.“Some of the cases are truly shocking,” said Phil Shiner, whose firm, Public Interest Law, is representing the 192 Iraqis. Speaking outside London’s High Court, he described the case of a grandmother “who is led away alive … seen by her husband and her son alive, then found a few hours later in a British body bag very much dead, with signs of torture. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Comments   Share   last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Australian MICE outbou

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterAustralian MICE outbound industry confidence and belief in the one-day trade event Get Global, dedicated exclusively to former product, has emphasised to the founders that the format is what the industry has been looking for.Get Global director and founder, Gary Bender, “We’ve already had double the registrations compared to this time last year. Industry confidence is growing and the MICE market is using to Get Global to deliver real, tangible business results from the exhibition floor.”Donna Kessler, director and founder, Get Global, “With 65% of registrations coming from previous exhibitors, our industry is sending a clear message to incumbent events that the old format is not delivering. Get Global has proven it attracts a more targeted audience who has the influence and flexibility to talk and do business on the show floor.”Joey Templin, business development manager Australia and New Zealand – Meetings & Events By ClubMed: “After our attendance at Get Global last year, we were a certain exhibitor this year. Being able to attend, interact, write immediate business and meet decision makers in one day was key to our registration.”With over 1320 connections made at Get Global 2017, the 2018 event is set to really deliver on its promise – Where the World Meets – and attract even more decision makers from around the world.Get Global – Where the World Meets, will be held at the International Convention Centre, Sydney on Friday 20 July 2018.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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