View comments “I’m happy we won [but] still, I really hate the way we played in the third quarter,” said Fernandez. “It seemed like we didn’t know how to play basketball. We gave up so many points, we gave up so many turnovers.”Davon Potts unloaded 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who staged an 11-0 blitz with 2:38 left to regain control, 88-69, against Racal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJason Perkins and Alfred Ryan Batino also teamed up for 26 points as the Hawkeyes improved to 5-2.Earlier, Wangs Basketball snapped a two-game skid with a nail-biting 88-86 escape over Gamboa Coffee Mix. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao punishes spar mates 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cignal HD rolled to a fifth victory in the PBA D-League, but it wasn’t the kind of win coach Boyet Fernandez wanted.Nearly blowing early 20-point leads, the Hawkeyes held off Racal Motor’s late run for a 93-75 victory in the Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I expected to get the ball in the end,” said John Ambuludto, who sank the game-winner. “I thought if I did, I would shoot it anyway.”Gamboa Coffee’s Mike Parala tied the game at 86 with 8.6 ticks remaining before Ambuludto dropped a floater with two seconds left to win the game for the Couriers.Robert Herndon led the Couriers with 27 points, five rebounds, two assists and a steal.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido nearly finished with a double-double with a day-high 38 points and nine boards. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELLADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
Six months after the Commonwealth Games scam fiasco, former Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi has finally been arrested. The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested Kalmadi over financial irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the CWG.Meanwhile, the Congress suspended Kalmadi following his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case. The decision was taken by the disciplinary committee of the party.The CBI on Monday questioned the Congress MP from Pune to clarify details before arresting him in connection with cases related to alleged irregularities in hiring AM Films and AM Car and Van Hire Limited during baton relay in London.The CBI team had spoken the London-based owner of both the companies — Ashish Patel — who has given a lot of information and documents with regard to the allegedly overvalued deal.The documents and records made available by Patel will be provided to the CBI officially in reply to their Letter Rogatory issued to British Authorities.CBI sources said the agency now wants Kalmadi to reply to the new pieces of information on the monetary transactions with the two companies.The CBI had already questioned Kalmadi earlier on the massive scam in the CWG and had also carried out searches at his homes and offices.Kalmadi has also the backing of the Congress party. Congress sources say appropriate action will be taken at the appropriate time against Kalmadi.Kalmadi will be produced in a Delhi court on Tuesday.Minister of State for Sports Ajay Makan will also ask the IOA to remove Kalmadi and elect a new president in his place.advertisement
Just as Bindra, the lone Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics, and woman boxer Mary Kom unveiled the countdown clock for the London Games here on Wednesday they could not hide their excitement.Bindra may well have some of the best accomplishments in the sport but the ace marksman still looks at the London Olympics as a lottery.Abhinav Bindra”I must have pulled the trigger 30,000-40,000 times in my career so it might not be something different but, of course, it is the Olympics and just as anybody else it is a lottery for me as well,” said Bindra during a function at the British High Commissioner’s residence on Wednesday.The hype around the Olympics has already begun and Bindra said that he was as excited as ever to compete at the biggest stage of them all.With the 2008 Beijing Olympic gold already under his belt, Bindra was modest enough to admit that it took a lot of hard work for him to reach where he is today and said there was still a long way to go for him. ” I don’t think I was very talented and whatever I have achieved in my career it is all because of my hard work which I intend to continue. It was my sixth or seventh birthday when my parents gifted me a toy gun and from there on it has been a long journey.”But as far as the London Olympics are concerned I am really excited and it will be a challenging task to compete against the best shooters of the world. I have been working really hard but if I am not able to make it this time, I’ll look forward to 2016,” said Bindra with a grin.advertisementFor five- time world champion Mary Kom, the news that women boxing will also be a part of the Olympics, has given her an opportunity to stamp her authority in another major competition.Alongside the two Indian stalwarts were the British deputy High Commissioner Julian Evans and British Council director Rob Lynes who were probably as ecstatic as any other Englishman.”In the next 12 months, until the Games are over in London, we will be proud to justify that there couldn’t have been a better place to stage these Games as Nelson Mandela (former South Africa President) said in 2005,” said Evans. “Olympics are not just about games but engaging people for the Games as well. London has invested more than 9 billion and the venues are the best prepared to host the Games.”
When it comes to sports, Indian parents are still not sure whether to make their child a sportsperson or not.Aren’t we grew up listing to these orthodox phrases, ‘Padoge likhoge banoge nawab, kheloge khudoge banoge kharab’.However, sports personalities like Virat Kohli, Saina Nahwal are changing the image of sports in society. Do you know how much money these athletes make?Here’s the list of 10 highest paid global athletes featured by Forbes in 2018.The 100 top-earning athletes hail from 23 countries and compete in 11 sports.#1 Floyd Mayweather AGE: 41SOURCE OF WEALTH: BoxingSALARY/WINNINGS: $275 MENDORSEMENTS: $10 MRESIDENCE: Las Vegas, Nevada#2 Lionel Messi AGE: 31SOURCE OF WEALTH: SoccerSALARY/WINNINGS: $84 MENDORSEMENTS: $27 MRESIDENCE: Castelldefels, Spain#3 Cristiano Ronaldo AGE: 33SOURCE OF WEALTH: SoccerSALARY/WINNINGS: $61 MENDORSEMENTS: $47 MRESIDENCE: Madrid, Spain#4 Conor McGregor AGE: 30SOURCE OF WEALTH: Mixed Martial ArtsSALARY/WINNINGS: $85 MENDORSEMENTS: $14 MRESIDENCE: Kildare, Ireland#5 Neymar AGE: 26SOURCE OF WEALTH: SoccerSALARY/WINNINGS: $73 MENDORSEMENTS: $17 MRESIDENCE: Sao Paulo, Brazil#6 LeBron James AGE: 33SOURCE OF WEALTH: BasketballSELF-MADE SCORE: 28SALARY/WINNINGS: $33.5 MENDORSEMENTS: $52 MRESIDENCE: Akron, Ohio#7 Roger Federer AGE: 37SOURCE OF WEALTH: TennisSALARY/WINNINGS: $12.2 MENDORSEMENTS: $65 MRESIDENCE: Bottmingen, Switzerland#8 Stephen Curry AGE: 30SOURCE OF WEALTH: BasketballSELF-MADE SCORE: 31SALARY/WINNINGS: $34.9 MENDORSEMENTS: $42 MRESIDENCE: Alamo, California#9 Matt Ryan AGE: 33SOURCE OF WEALTH: FootballSALARY/WINNINGS: $62.3 MENDORSEMENTS: $5 MRESIDENCE: Atlanta, Georgia#10 Matthew Stafford AGE: 30SOURCE OF WEALTH: FootballSALARY/WINNINGS: $57.5 MENDORSEMENTS: $2 MRESIDENCE: Detroit, MichiganAlso read: Here’s a list of the women teams and athletes who have been making us proud while we didn’t even cheer for themadvertisementAlso read: Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list of highest-paid athletes: ForbesInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Majili opens to a brooding Purna (played by Naga Chaitanya), who seems to be living a life that he despises. Nothing in life excites him, even if it’s his favourite sport, cricket. Purna is passionate about cricket but he is grief-stricken and his life has changed completely. As he lives a life that he didn’t envision for himself, director Shiva Nirvana takes us on a journey that is replete with sob stories and a few laughs here and there.Purna aims to become an Indian cricketer, but the sport takes a backseat when he meets Anshu (Divyansha Kaushik). They fall in love with each other, but circumstances do not let them take their relationship to the next level. Anshu’s dad doesn’t approve of his daughter’s love and they are separated.Purna’s life takes a drastic turn and he ends up marrying Sravani (Samantha), who is the ideal ‘wife’. Sravani is devoted to her husband even if he doesn’t look her in the eyes. She understands that Purna is undergoing something tragic in life and waits for years for him to come around.Making a romantic drama is not an easy task, given that Tollywood churns out at least one love story a week. That is where director Shiva Nirvana’s Majili gets stuck. The entire film gives us a ‘been-there-seen-that’ feeling.Majili’s runtime is too long for its own good. While the first half featuring Naga Chaitanya and Divyansha Kaushik is quite interesting to watch, the second half is a bore fest with many unbelievable moments. The screenplay of Majli is lazily written. The film has nothing to offer and does nothing to its genre.advertisementNaga Chaitanya has delivered his career-best performance as Purna. As a grief-stricken guy, he shines in the portions where he is still recovering from his tragic break-up. Samantha has literally been on a roll from last year. From Irumbu Thirai to Majili, she has been delivering kickass performances one after the other. Especially in the climax scene of Majili, Samantha moves people to tears with her natural performance.If the scenes in Majili are done to death in similar films, the background score by SS Thaman is lifted off Tamil film Mouna Ragam and similar movies. Gopi Sundar’s music is soothing but the placement of the songs slow down the pace.Samantha and Naga Chaitanya’s latest film Majili, directed by Shiva Nirvana, is a love story with overused ideas. The film is replete with scenes which we have seen films of the same ilk.2 out 5 for Majili.ALSO SEE | Aaranya Kaandam gave me confidence to become actor: Fahadh FaasilALSO WATCH: I-T raids conducted at residences of Tamil actors Vijaya, Samantha, Nayantara
The Oklahoma State defensive backfield struggled mightily towards the end of the 2015-2016 season, getting exposed in the three consecutive losses to Baylor, Oklahoma, and Ole Miss to end the season (Giving up 45, 58, and 48 points in each of those three games.) The Cowboys ended the season a disappointing 92nd in the NCAA in passing yards per game, averaging 244.3 allowed to the opposing team.But there is hope that the secondary will make great strides in 2016. Thus far in camp, Coach Gundy has been impressed by a couple of young corners who hope to contribute early and help shore up the secondary in 2016. Madre Harper and Rodarius Williams were mentioned as standouts Sunday to Orange Power Studios:Today was our first day in full pads. Check out what @CoachGundy had to say about it. #okstate#GoPokeshttps://t.co/siUZrNeuTN— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 7, 2016Who are these two newcomers? Let’s take a quick glance at the two freshmen that have looked very good in Fall camp thus far.Fr. Madre Harper, 6’1 175 lbs.Harper is a freshman from Arlington, Texas, ranking as a three-star corner by Rivals. Harper turned down offers from Pittsburgh, Northwestern, and Oklahoma to sign with the Cowboys, and was named to first team-all district three years in high school at Lamar High School.He possesses very good size at 6’1 at the corner position, and can frustrate wide receivers with his length and athleticism. Harper is still gaining weight, and will pick up muscle in the weight room with Rob Glass. However, Harper’s advanced coverage skills and height give him a chance to play and make a difference early for the Cowboys this season, even as a freshman.Fr. Rodarius Williams, 6’0 172 lbs.Williams is another three-star corner and was ranked by ESPN as the no. 35 corner in the 2016 class. Williams played his high school ball at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana, being selected to both the All-District and All-State teams.Rodarius Williams also possesses good size at 6’0 at the corner position, and has impressed early with his coverage skills and quick improvement in camp. Williams is just a true freshman as well, but may provide the Cowboys with solid play at the cornerback position in 2016. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
On Saturday, in an NFL stadium, Mason Rudolph put the nation on notice zipping the ball around the field and setting records with ease. At times the college QB looked more like the QB set to take the same field one day later.On this particular play Rudolph went full “Big Ben,” escaping pressure and finding Marcell Ateman for 69 yards and six points.“He made some big plays today at crucial times,” Mike Gundy said “and you see the importance of having a quarterback who makes plays. He made a lot of plays.”It was a big play and one that broke Pittsburgh’s back. Possibly a Heisman moment. It — along with his 497 yards and five scores in the blowout win — pushed the senior record-setter right into the thick of the discussion. He’s now behind only Baker Mayfield in betting odds to win it, according to Vegas.And when you scanned the box scores on Saturday, his counterparts among Heisman favorites didn’t do themselves many favors on the weekend that Rudolph shined.Lamar Jackson looked like the leader in the conversation last week. That was until his Louisville Cardinals ran into a dominant Clemson defense. Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner was held to an inefficient 21 of 42 in the air and only 64 yards on the ground — his lowest output this year and well below last year’s average of 120.8. It’s almost impossible to win the award back-to-back years, and this weekend’s performance dropped him pretty far back int he discussion heading into the meat of the season.Preseason darling Sam Darnold of USC didn’t exactly wow anyone during his team’s primetime matchup with Texas. He struggled at times against a defense that allowed 51 points to Maryland at home. Honestly, the Longhorn defense looks much improved from Week 1. But Darnold was held to a pedestrian 57.1-percent completion percentage and threw two picks. Through three games the sophomore has a TD-to-interception ratio of 7:6.Josh Rosen threw the first two interceptions of his season in UCLA’s 48-45 loss to Memphis. His Bruins fell out of the top 25 after the Group of 5 loss and head next to Stanford for another tough road game.Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley gained just 47 yards on 10 carries but caught four passes for 142 yards and a score as the Nittany Lions blew out Georgia State 56-zip. But as far as big-time games go, the next big matchup for Barkley and Penn State will be in mid-October when they welcome Michigan a week before traveling to Columbus. He could make up a ton of ground with strong performances if his teams gets wins there.In-state rival and spring-break buddy, Baker Mayfield planted his flag in the middle of the Heisman discussion table in Week 2 and probably remains the favorite. But in this week nobody was watching. Like, you had to pay to watch it. From my internet box score I see that Tulane hung with the Sooners for a bit in the first half before the inevitable blowout occurred. Mayfield was his normal efficient, no-doubt obnoxious, self and leads all Power 5 QBs with a 224.2 passer rating, 10 TDs and no interceptions.Mayfield and the Sooners had their early-season marquee matchup in the Horseshoe but look forward to a pretty ho-hum slate until October 14 in the Red River Shootout. At this point it’s anyone’s best guess which Texas team will show up or what its record will be. It’s very possible that Mayfield won’t get to bolster his Heisman case against a ranked opponent for seven more weeks when he heads to Stillwater, handlebar mustache in-tow.Meanwhile, Rudolph is enjoying the best statistical start of his career, boasting a 72.3-percent completion rate, nearly 380 yards per game and is second only to Rosen with 11 TDs. He also threw his first pick on his last play from scrimmage in what was essentially third-quarter garbage time against Pitt.While some of the other nominees have started slow and others are about to enter the cupcake portion of their schedules, Rudolph could be just getting started seeing his name on SportsCenter. He opens up Big 12 play at home in a No. 6/No.16 matchup against TCU, then heads to Lubbock for what will likely be a shootout. Homecoming against Baylor should be an easy win but then OSU heads out on the road against Texas and West Virginia leading into Bedlam.Rudolph’s numbers and his arm have put the nation on notice and should facilitate him remaining in the talk around the water cooler. But to stay at the front of the pack there’s one stat that really matters. Just win, baby. He’ll have plenty of tests and opportunities to put on a show before the two kings of Oklahoma meet for their yearly tussle. If both teams make it unscathed to November, we’re looking at a top-5 or top-3 Bedlam matchup with Big 12, playoff and Heisman implications.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
zoom Spanish maritime salvage and rescue organisation Salvamento Maritimo was called in yesterday to tow the 9,400 TEU container ship MSC Ajaccio after it suffered problems with an oil pump west of Cape Finisterre and was drifting towards Cape Touriñán.The crew of the disabled 300-metre boxship were unsuccessful in their attempts to fix the faulty oil pump, and issued a distress call to Salvamento Maritimo at around 4 pm local time yesterday.Salvage vessels Don Inda and Sebastian Ocampo were dispatched to aid the 2013-built MSC Ajaccio and its crew of 28.The two tugs towed the vessel in pretty rough weather conditions, and reached Punta Langosteira at around 2 pm local time today.MSC Ajaccio was en route from Las Palmas to Rotterdam when it suffered the oil pump malfunction.World Maritime News Staff; Image: Salvamento Maritimo
—————————————————————The province is raising the level of teaching and learning in public schools. Proposed amendments to the Education Act, introduced today, Nov. 23, will provide a new instructional leadership program for educators, and ensure student information is protected and used to improve the quality of education. “The new instructional leadership program will help ensure we have the best-trained principals and teachers educating our students,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “The additional training option will improve teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom.” The amendments give authority to the Minister of Education to provide the program for principals and teachers in leadership positions. It will focus on developing effective teaching practices, and improving supervision and coaching skills. “The role of the instructional leader is critical in the professional teaching practice that ultimately affects student learning,” said Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Alexis Allen. “This program will help provide principals with the tools needed for effective instructional leadership in their schools.” The amendments will also clarify how the Department of Education can collect personal information from students, teachers and others in the public school system. The department uses statistical and personal information, such as that collected from provincial student assessments, to develop policies and improve programs and services for students. “By gathering and analyzing student information, the department is able to develop more effective strategies to improve student performances in key subjects, such as math and literacy,” said Ms. More. “At the same time, the legislation can assure families their personal information will be protected.” The department is also proposing the name of the Handicapped Persons’ Education Act be changed to the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority Act. The new terminology describes the students being supported by the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority in a more appropriate and respectful manner. EDUCATION–Amendments to Improve Teaching and Learning in Schools
TORONTO – Canadian researchers say they’ve found evidence that the ancient ancestors of modern-day frogs were once keen predators with thousands of teeth to help devour their prey.The team from the University of Toronto examined fossils of animals believed to have evolved into the amphibians people are familiar with today.The fossils, believed to be 289 million years old, show that frogs, salamanders and other amphibians have evolved significantly over time.While modern frogs have several small teeth lining the edges of their mouths, their predecessors’ jaws were much more menacing.The ancient ancestors, known as dissorophoids, boasted thousands of tiny hooked teeth throughout the roof of their mouths, as well as large fangs meant to sink into their prey.Senior researcher Robert Reisz says the findings raise intriguing questions about the way the species has evolved over the millennia.“It’s an interesting mystery,” Reisz said in an interview. “It takes a lot of energy to make these teeth, and it may have been that they were not needed in the changeover from these ancient terrestrial predators to frogs and salamanders.”Reisz said the perfectly preserved fossils were discovered in caves located in Oklahoma alongside thousands of other bones.He said the caves acted as natural traps for animals of the period and helped maintain their remains in excellent condition over the centuries.Reisz said the preserved skull of a dissorophoid gave researchers a detailed look at the inside of the mouth.The teeth that prevail in present-day frogs were still in evidence, but Reisz said the rest of the mouth bore little resemblance to today’s amphibians.They found thousands of tiny teeth not only embedded in the bone on the roof of the mouth, but also in the soft tissue that covers the palate.“They’re very cool and very interesting because they all point backwards,” he said. “They’re hooked … and they would have probably just stuck out of the skin of the roof of the mouth, so they would be like tiny, tiny little grappling hooks that would allow for the food to go down the gullet, but would prevent it from moving out of the mouth.”Researchers initially speculated that the hooked objects were denticles, which are tooth-like projections that don’t have characteristics of real teeth.But Reisz and his team analyzed the projections and found that they matched the definition of actual teeth. They all featured pulp cavities, an enamel covering, and the hard, calcium-heavy material known as dentine that comprises the main part of proper teeth.Reisz said the animals would have been replacing these teeth every few months.Modern-day amphibians are carnivores that primarily survive on insects and other animals, but Reisz said the findings suggest their ancestors were “pretty effective little predators” in a different class from the creatures that succeeded them. The power of the small teeth would have been enhanced by larger fangs ideal for sinking into unsuspecting prey, he added.Reisz said the next step of the research is to investigate how the process of replacing the teeth took place in the ancient dissorophoids, as well as to probe reasons why the teeth in the roof of the mouth are nowhere to be found in today’s amphibians.Follow @mich_mcq on Twitter
On January 13-15, the Clinton Foundation will host its third annual Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation Conference at the La Quinta Resort and Club in La Quinta, California.This conference will showcase what leaders from across sectors – business, technology, sports and philanthropy – are doing to contribute to the health and wellness of people throughout the United States, and is held in conjunction with the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event January 10-19 in the Coachella Valley. Tenet Healthcare Corporation is the title sponsor for this event.Following the success of 2013’s conference, which facilitated $100 million in strategic investments to promote health and wellness, this year’s conference will feature a panel on health transformation moderated by President Bill Clinton; a panel on mental health and prescription drug abuse prevention moderated by Dr. Travis Stork, Emergency Room Physician & Co-Host of The Doctors; a panel on leveraging digital platforms to promote health moderated by Chelsea Clinton; and a panel on strategies to close the great health divide in the United States moderated by Jenna Wolfe of the Today Show. Montel Williams will also take part.This year’s conference will debut more than 30 new strategic partnerships as well as highlights of the progress of strategic partners and commitment makers featured in 2013. There will be several major announcements in the health and wellness space from Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) strategic partners, including a commitment to help prevent prescription drug misuse by young people from the Jed Foundation, MTV, and Facebook, as well as an announcement from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.CHMI works to improve the health and wellbeing of people throughout the United States across all generations. CHMI builds strategic partnerships to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and reducing health disparity and inequity gaps. CHMI builds scalable solutions to address the drivers of health and wellness, serves as a catalyst for community health transformation by convening local partners and commitment-makers, and leverages the digital platform to innovate and disseminate best practices.The conference will be webcast live here. Viewers can join the discussion and submit questions to @ClintonFdn by using the hashtag #HealthMatters2014.
Police sources said 70 members of these outfits were arrested and released last evening. A section of members of the Viduthalai Tamizh Puligal Katchi, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, and Tamizhar Vidiyal Katchi were arrested in Tiruchi, India after they staged a protest in front of the KFC outlet condemning the US for trying to cover up the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka by supporting a local inquiry by the island nation government, The Hindu newspaper reported.The protestors holding their respective outfit’s flags took out a march and held a protest in front of the outlet raising slogans. They demanded an international probe into the alleged war crimes against Sri Lankan Tamils and to hold a referendum on separate Eelam.
by John Flesher, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:29 am MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Michigan official calls for shutting down oil pipeline TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Michigan’s attorney general on Thursday called for shutting down twin oil pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, as the state released a consultant’s report outlining alternative scenarios for the future of oil transport in the ecologically sensitive tourist destination.Republican Bill Schuette said a “specific and definite timetable” should be established for decommissioning the nearly 5-mile-long (8-kilometre-long) section of Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, which environmental groups want removed but the Canadian pipeline company insists is in good shape.“The safety and security of our Great Lakes is etched in the DNA of every Michigan resident,” Schuette said, adding that “the final decision on Line 5 needs to include a discussion with those that rely on propane for heating their homes, and depend on the pipeline for employment.”The segment is part of Enbridge’s sprawling Lakehead pipeline network, which transports oil and liquid natural gas to markets in the U.S. Midwest, East Coast and eastern Canada. Line 5 runs underground from Superior, Wisconsin, across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to the straits area, where it divides into two 20-inch pipes that rest on the lake floor. It continues south through the state’s Lower Peninsula to Sarnia, Ontario, carrying about 23 million gallons (87 million litres) of light crude oil and liquid natural gas daily.Enbridge, based in Calgary, Alberta, says the pipeline delivers crucial supplies of oil for gasoline, propane and other refined products and is closely monitored.“After more than 60 years in service, Line 5 is in outstanding operating condition because the rigorous maintenance done through the decades,” said John Gauderman, director of operations for the Great Lakes region. “We intend to keep it that way.”Critics say the underwater section of Line 5, in place since 1953, has been buffeted by strong currents and shows signs of wear. They note that Enbridge offered similar assurances before another of its pipelines ruptured in southern Michigan in 2010, fouling the Kalamazoo River in one of the nation’s largest inland oil spills.Schuette said in a news release that he “strongly disagrees” with a suggestion in the report by the engineering consulting firm Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems Inc. that Line 5 could operate indefinitely.Environmental activists said the attorney general, who is expected to run for governor next year and has said previously that Line 5’s “days are certainly numbered,” should prove he means business by ordering a shutdown. Although the federal government regulates oil pipelines, Michigan owns the straits area Great Lakes bottomlands and could revoke an easement it granted to Enbridge when Line 5 was installed, said Liz Kirkwood, executive director of a group called For Love of Water.“He has the authority to act now and we want him to act now,” said David Holtz, chairman of the Sierra Club’s Michigan chapter.State agencies considering what to do about Line 5 commissioned two reports from separate consulting firms, one analyzing risks posed by the existing situation and the other focusing on future option. Enbridge covered the more than $3 million cost. Officials announced last week that the state had cancelled the nearly-finished risk analysis after discovering a conflict of interest involving one of the firm’s employees.The Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems report released Thursday lists six alternatives, including continuing the Line 5 segment’s current operations or shutting it down. Others include building a new pipeline through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that wouldn’t cross open Great Lakes waters; moving Line 5’s oil through other existing pipelines; using oil transport methods such as rail cars, trucks or barges; and putting new pipelines in the straits that would run through a trench or tunnel.The report doesn’t endorse a particular alternative but analyzes each for technical and cost feasibility. It also assesses the condition of the existing pipelines and possible outcomes of oil spills in the area.Enbridge said it needed more time to study the report before commenting, while environmental groups said it was too friendly toward the company’s position.A final version will be issued this fall after several public information and comment sessions.
Northwestern Dan Vitale en route to making his vote.In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports.“You got to give the people what they want!” one of the players shouted at reporters, who were kept away from them as they entered a campus building to vote. Some waved and another busted out dance moves.Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months — perhaps even years — as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.The full National Labor Relations Board agreed Thursday to hear the school’s appeal of a regional director’s March ruling that the players are employees and as such can unionize. Ballots will be impounded until that process is finished, and a court fight could come after that decision.Supporters of the effort say a union would help college athletes obtain better compensation, medical care for injuries and other benefits. The NCAA endorsed a plan this week that would give big schools like Northwestern more autonomy to address such issues for its athletes.None of the players participating in an early round of voting stopped to talk with reporters, but the excitement of some was evident as they waved or thrust their arms into the air in view of TV news cameras. A second round of voting was scheduled for later in the day.Cheering them on was Fred Massey, a former high school basketball coach from Detroit, who is now an advocate for student-athletes.“These kids are afraid to rock the boat because as athletes … that big dream of the NFL and the NBA is being dangled in front of them with all the millions of dollars,” he said. “So, you just do what you’re told. They don’t want to jeopardize that.”Last month’s decision by NLRB official Peter Ohr sent shockwaves through the world of college sports, prompting sharp criticism from the NCAA, Northwestern and college athletic departments nationwide. While the ruling would apply only to private universities — they are subject to federal labor law while public schools are under state law — many saw the decision as a first step toward the end of the traditional “student-athlete.”The 76 scholarship football players eligible to cast ballots know the spotlight is on them, said Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association, which would represent the players at the bargaining table if the pro-union side prevails.Some of the pressure the players feel stems from dire Northwestern claims about the consequences of unionization, Huma said Thursday.“They’re looking at anything and everything to invoke fear in the players,” said Huma, a former UCLA linebacker. “We feel like some of the tactics are scare tactics.”Northwestern, which was required by law to let the vote proceed, denied applying undue pressure on players to vote “no.” It did send a 21-page question-and-answer document to the players outlining the problems with forming a union. In it, Northwestern said it hoped unionization would not lead to player strikes in the event of a dispute — but that if it did, replacement players could be brought in to cross picket lines.“The tension created in such a situation would be unprecedented and not in anyone’s best interest,” it said.The school also said divisions could emerge between scholarship players eligible for union membership and walk-ons, coaches and staff.
It happens every few years: a star-studded college team, fresh off a dominating performance, is compared favorably to the worst squad in the pros. A few years ago, it was the Anthony Davis-led Kentucky powerhouse vs. a pitiful Charlotte Bobcats outfit that set a new NBA low for winning percentage in a season. Now, it’s Kentucky’s 2014-15 team, which trounced fifth-ranked Kansas on Tuesday, vs. the tank-tactic Philadelphia 76ers.In a radio interview this week, former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (now of the Phoenix Suns) said his alma mater would own the hypothetical matchup. “I’m definitely taking Kentucky,” Bledsoe said when asked who would win a best-of-seven series between the Wildcats and Sixers. “I think Philly would probably get maybe one game.”As others have pointed out, that’s absurd. As awful as they are — and boy, are they awful — the Sixers’ roster represents an All-Star team of college players from the past few seasons:Center Nerlens Noel was first-team All-SEC two seasons ago; if he were in college now, he’d likely be considered the best player in the country;Point guard Michael Carter-Williams was an honorable mention All-American as an NCAA sophomore; had he not left Syracuse, he would likely be considered the best guard in the college game;Guard Tony Wroten made first-team All-Pac 12 as a freshman two years ago;And rookie K.J. McDaniels was named to the All-ACC first team last season.These are all players who could still have NCAA eligibility if they had they not departed early for the NBA.To put these anecdotes in a more rigid framework, we can return to the same projection methodology we used for our NBA preview. The premise there was to take Real Plus/Minus data from last season, adjust for aging effects and regress to the mean to estimate each player’s true talent level. In this case, we also need to account for any information gleaned from the first three weeks or so of the NBA season; since RPM isn’t available for 2014-15 yet, I’m using a weighted average between a player’s current 2014-15 Statistical Plus/Minus (a box score-based statistic designed to emulate RPM in situations where RPM isn’t available) and our projected RPM ratings from the preseason.By this accounting, the 76ers are made up exclusively of below-average players. In fact, 54 percent of the team’s minutes have gone to players below the replacement-level RPM threshold of -2 points per 100 possessions. If we compute a minutes-weighted aggregation of ratings for Philadelphia’s 2014-15 roster (and adjust for the fact that the Sixers are usually trailing in their games), we’d expect them to lose to an average NBA team by 8.9 points per 100 possessions, which is ridiculously bad for a team’s true talent level. (Other teams have posted worse seasons, but that’s usually because they have bad rosters that perform below their talent levels.)But as bad as the Sixers are, Kentucky’s roster would translate to an even worse team at the NBA level. Looking at how well players’ draft slots predicted their rookie RPM performances (and, in turn, how well ultra-early mock draft rankings like these predict a player’s draft slot), and turning the clock back on those rookie-year RPM projections using an aging curve, we can also estimate an NBA-equivalent 2014-15 RPM talent level for every player on the Wildcats’ roster. Their top prospect, Karl-Anthony Towns (who sits at No. 3 in ESPN’s class-of-2015 draft rankings), would translate to a -2.6 RPM performance at the NBA level this season, worse than almost every player on Philadelphia’s roster. Every other Kentucky player, from Willie Cauley-Stein to Alex Poythress and the Harrison twins, grade out with various shades of putrid RPM ratings that would embarrass even Hakim Warrick.The aggregation of Kentucky’s NBA-translated RPM scores would predict an efficiency margin of -13.6 against an average NBA team. Even after accounting for the fundamental uncertainty surrounding projection models, such a team would lose about 88 of every 100 games against average NBA competition on a neutral court. The Sixers are far from average, of course, but even they would be expected to beat the Wildcats 74 percent of the time at home, and 56 percent of the time on the road. Using those probabilities to simulate Bledsoe’s hypothetical best-of-seven matchup, Kentucky would lose the series 78 percent of the time even if we gave them home-court advantage, most frequently falling in six games.It’s also likely those numbers vastly overestimate Kentucky’s chances. The NBA doesn’t let prospects who are not believed to be pro-caliber players take the court in games, so we don’t really know what kind of performance expectations to set for those Wildcat players who will never play in the NBA. This means the aforementioned translations are naturally biased toward inflating Kentucky’s rating. Furthermore, it’s probably not appropriate to assume the same uncertainty level around Kentucky’s rating that we would for an NBA team. Ironically, because we know they are a college team with no historical track record against NBA teams, we should probably be more certain that their horrible aggregated RPM rating is appropriate, because the sample of (NCAA) teams they’re being drawn from is known to be inferior to the NBA.Kentucky would not be favored against any NBA team, even one as horrid as the Sixers have been. The Wildcats look good when dismantling collegiate opponents, but the NBA is, quite literally, a whole different ball game.
Ms Fitzpatrick claimed that over a period of almost 10 years she had been subjected to behaviour including being mocked about having a miscarriage, being told certain staff didn’t want “a foreign woman”, and subjected to racist language.One of the men allegedly involved, who has left the agency, told the Corporation: “These are false allegations. I can’t remember the event you mention, but if it did happen, it would have been office banter. Just a craic. Certainly nothing to do with abuse.”Ms Fitzpatrick, of Janetstown, near Thurso, is understood to have been signed off from work since her father died in November 2016.She is understood to be facing a disciplinary hearing from her employers at the end of May, over charges of being “overzealous” in her job and rude to clients. A whistleblower who complained of a racist and misogynistic culture in a Scottish Government agency claims she was taped to a chair and gagged by two male colleagues.DeeAnn Fitzpatrick said the restraint took place during years of bullying and harassment at Marine Scotland’s Scrabster office.The fisheries officer has taken her case to an employment tribunal and claims she was taped up as a warning to keep quiet.The photograph, said to have been taken by one of the two men allegedly responsible, was obtained by BBC Scotland.Ms Fitzpatrick, 49, a Canadian national, said the incident happened in 2010 as a result of her speaking out about a threatening and misogynistic culture at the quango’s office in Scrabster, on the north coast of Scotland. In evidence to the tribunal, she said that one of the men told her: “This is what you get when you speak out against the boys.”However, the employment tribunal in Aberdeen is unable to consider the restraint incident as it occurred more than three years before the case was brought.The Scottish Government is responsible for the agency which acts as the watchdog for the fisheries and aquaculture industries.Rhoda Grant, a Labour MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said the photograph was “horrific”, adding: “I’m kind of speechless. It would have been office banter. Just a craic. Certainly nothing to do with abuseone of the men allegedly involved A spokesman for the government said it had “clear standards of behaviour which apply to all staff”, adding: “Any concerns raised by staff are taken seriously and investigated fully.” It also said that in addition to the ongoing tribunal there were “internal procedures” underway, and it would be “wrong to pre-empt the outcome”. DeeAnn Fitzpatrick has been giving evidence at a tribunalCredit:BBC “In some of my dealings with DeeAnn it’s very clear that there is a culture in that office that people can get away with what they say and what they do. It seems to me that it’s out of control.”In an email from a manager after Ms Fitzpatrick raised the alleged incident, it was claimed that it was a case of “boys just being boys”. 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.
Homosexuality is no longer the taboo it once was. But figures suggest that young people are even more open to experimentation than previously thought.Only two thirds of Generation Z identify as solely heterosexual, in stark contrast to previous generations, a study has found. Research by Ipsos Mori found that 66 per cent of young people, aged between 16 and 22, are “exclusively heterosexual” – the lowest figure of any generation.Among millennials, 71 per cent say they are exclusively heterosexual, as do 85 per cent of those in “Gen X”, and 88 per cent of baby boomers. –– ADVERTISEMENT ––The research group suggested that social media was playing a part, with young people more likely to be aware of different sexualities because of the availability of such information on the internet. Researchers said the statistic showed that the youngest generation were “being affected by more open and fluid attitudes”. Hannah Shrimpton, one of the authors of the report, said there was a “hugely greater exposure to communications on the variety of lifestyles available to young people today through social technology.”In particular, this generation of young has grown up at a time when gender as a simple binary and fixed identity has been questioned much more widely – this is new, and will affect wider views of gender, sexuality and much broader aspects of identity,” she told the Daily Telegraph. The figures suggest a much higher level of openness to non-heterosexuality than previous polls had suggested, with the most recent ONS figures showing that in 2016 just two per cent of people aged 16 or over identified as lesbian, gay or bisexual, with the number rising to four per cent among 16-24 year-olds. The overall number had risen from 1.7 per cent the year before. In a speech on Tuesday Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt called this idea “abhorrent”, and also said the Government would introduce school materials in the relationships and sex education curriculum which were catered to LGBT people. Figures also released on Thursday suggest that older people are less likely to believe that same-sex relationships could be as fulfilling as heterosexual ones. Almost half of over-55s think heterosexual relationships are more fulfilling than others, compared to less than one in three 18-34 year-olds, Opinium, a market research agency found. Other figures published by the researchers suggest that more than 70 per cent of those in Gen Z and 69 per cent of millennials had no problem with homosexual relationships, compared to 43 per cent of baby boomers.However, it added that in some ways the lives of the youngest adults in society “hark back to the 1940s”. “Many more are staying at home with their parents past the age of 18, and families are closer,” it said, pointing to a statistic showing that the proportion of children aged 11-15 who talked to their parents about something that mattered to them each week had increased by 14 percentage points between 2002 and 2015.The organisation said its research also showed that trust in news outlets had fallen. Among 12 to 15 year-olds in a 2017 survey, half felt that the news they see on news websites and apps was either entirely or mostly true, compared to 87 per cent of young millennials who said the same in 2008. The figures come as the Government launches an LGBT action plan, in which it commits to banning conversion therapy, a controversial practice designed to change someone’s sexuality from gay to straight. The report suggested that an increasingly “liberal context” in which gay relationships are seen as acceptable has led young people to have a “less binary view of sexuality”, in which there is no need to identify as exclusively gay or straight. Its research also shows that three in five of British 15 to 16 year olds think sexuality is a scale and that it is possible to be somewhere in the middle. 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.
A Jeremy Kyle guest who died in a suspected suicide feared “repercussions” after failing lie detector test, a detective has told his inquest.Steve Dymond, 63, was found in his bedroom in Portsmouth, Hants, surrounded by drugs.He told his landlady he thought about “taking drugs on the way back from Manchester” having been at The Jeremy Kyle Show studios trying to convince his partner, Jane Callaghan, he was faithful.Landlady Michelle Thaxter told police that before Mr Dymond went on the show he was “very stressed and in a bad way” but was determined to take a lie detector test to get the relationship “back on track”.His body was found by Ms Thaxter’s son on May 9, before the show was scrapped.Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills, of Hampshire Constabulary, said the construction worker was “concerned about the repercussions of the show” once it had been aired.DS Mills told Portsmouth Coroner’s Court, Hants, the death is a ‘suspected suicide’.He also said: “Michelle said he kept himself to himself but they knew he was in a relationship with a lady called Jane and they had split. 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. “Steven said to Michelle he was going on The Jeremy Kyle Show to have a lie detector test to try to prove he had not cheated and get their relationship back on track.”He was very stressed and in a bad way due to the relationship breakdown but seemed like he was trying to get things sorted out.”He went back to live with her for three or four weeks before going on the show at the beginning of May.”Steven made a comment about taking drugs on the way back from the show in Manchester and said it had not gone well and he was kicked out of the house by Jane.”DS Mills added: “Steve had not seen his son, Carl, for 30 years. He was concerned about repercussions of the show.”The hearing was also told Mr Dymond left two letters, one to son Carl and one to ‘on-off’ partner Ms Callaghan, as well as cards to both of them with messages inside.Senior coroner David Horsley set a provisional inquest date for November 21. He added: “In the meantime my investigations will continue.”Last week ITV bosses permanently cancelled The Jeremy Kyle Show, which ran 3,320 episodes over 16 seasons since it first aired in July 2005. “He said he was kicked out of their home in Gosport following allegations he had cheated however he strongly denied these allegations to Michelle. The Jeremy Kyle show was pulled days after Mr Dymond’s deathCredit:PA
Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gary McAllister took the stand before the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on Tuesday.Deputy Superintendent of Police, Gary McAllisterMcAllister during his testimony said that he was tasked by the Commissioner of Police to inspect the books of several Police Stations in the E&F Divisions to look for entries of the June 2008 killings at Lindo Creek.Contrary to the testimony of retired Colonel Fitzroy Ward, who on Monday told the CoI that he took a caution statement from gang member Dwane Williams at the Ituni Police Station, McAllister testified that the records showed no entry of such being conducted.According to McAllister, the record only had the arrest of Williams who was 14 at the time. The Policeman said mention of the killings only came into the records on June 21, 2008 when a report was made by one George Arokium at the Kwakwani Police Station.Ward testified that Williams told him, under caution and in the presence of other ranks of the Special Joint Services team, that the criminal gang headed by Rondel “Fine Man” Rawlins would have murdered the miners at the Lindo Creek camp.The allegations were made at the Ituni Police Station on June 16, some 5 days before the discovery was made and 6 days before the remains were brought to Kwakwani.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related15-y-o ‘Fine Man’ gang member told Police that gang killed miners- Lindo Creek CoI hearsMay 8, 2018In “Crime”Fineman’s gang was responsible for the Lindo Creek Massacre -Top CopMarch 13, 2018In “Crime”Lindo Creek COI: GDF transcripts are being deliberately withheld – ChairMay 14, 2018In “latest news”