Stolen teacup poodle Mickey prompts search by Vancouver police BC SPCA

first_imgVANCOUVER – A search is underway in Vancouver for a tiny, teacup poodle snatched from the British Columbia SPCA shelter earlier this week.Mickey weighs just over one kilogram and was being cared for at the society’s kennel while recovering from giardia, a contagious intestinal infection.SPCA spokeswoman Lorie Chortyk says the fluffy brown dog, along with five other teacup poodles, had been surrendered about two weeks ago by the owner after a complaint about their care.Chortyk says Mickey was stolen when someone used bolt cutters to break through the outer gate of the shelter after it closed Tuesday and then cut through the kennel door to grab the dog.There’s concern that Mickey may not be getting adequate care for his condition and Chortyk says if anyone has seen the poodle or knows anything about the theft, they should contact the society or Vancouver police.Adoptions had already been arranged for all the poodles and Chortyk says Mickey’s new owner was scheduled to pick him up on Wednesday.last_img read more

Alberta strikes working group to make recommendations to ban conversion therapy

first_imgEDMONTON — The Alberta government has created a working group to determine the most effective way to ban conversion therapy.Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says the practice is both damaging and hateful and she looks forward to acting on the group’s recommendations.The committee, to be co-chaired by NDP Edmonton legislature member Nicole Goehring, will meet with stakeholders over the next five months, then draft recommendations.Goehring has already been working on a private member’s bill to outlaw conversion therapy, which has been previously banned in Manitoba and Ontario.Conversion therapy refers to any treatment, counselling or behaviour modification to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.The working group is to include representatives from the health and legal professions, faith leaders and the LGBTQ community.Goehring says the recommendations need to be a broad-based effort.“I’ve heard from Albertans and community leaders that any ban on conversion therapy must be community-driven and can’t let anyone fall through the cracks,” said Goehring in a statement Friday.Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan accused the NDP of playing politics with the issue and said the government should ban the practice immediately.“Alberta’s youth cannot wait another five months for an NDP committee to reach the conclusion that is obvious to most people in this province. What further input is needed to convince this government?” said Khan in a statement.“The NDP are willing to delay any meaningful decision in a desperate attempt to turn this into an election issue. This could put vulnerable children at risk.”Voters will go to the polls this spring in a general election, which by law can be called any time now but must be over by the end of May.Goehring had been expected to bring forward her private member’s bill this past fall, possibly with the support of the government, but that never materialized.United Conservative Opposition Leader Jason Kenney said at the time he couldn’t comment on legislation he hasn’t seen, but said he would keep an open mind on whether to support such a bill.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Khloe Kardashian Helps Launch Live Chin Up Campaign

first_imgEarlier this month, Allergan plc, a leading global pharmaceutical company, kicked off their Live Chin Up campaign at an exclusive event at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in New York City, hosted by television personality and New York Times best-selling author Khloe Kardashian.The Live Chin Up campaign is designed to help encourage people to not let the things that bother them get in their way.At the event, Kardashian moderated a distinguished panel of experts which included a dermatologist who discussed submental fullness and treatment options, including KYBELLA (deoxycholic acid) injection 10mg/mL. Additionally, a patient joined the panel to discuss her experience living with submental fullness.“We are very pleased that Khloé was able to serve as the host of our event and discuss how she lives chin up,” said Philippe Schaison, EVP and President Allergan Medical. “As someone who lives life in the public eye, Khloé embodies what it means to live chin up by refusing to let negativity stand in her way. We feel she is the perfect person to kick off this inspiring campaign.”Anyone interested in learning more about this campaign or how they can live chin up can visit www.livechinup.com.last_img read more

Diaspora Remittances Hit $7.4 Billion in Morocco in 2018

Rabat – The 2019 Migration and Remittances report from the World Bank has expressed positive expectations on the inflow of remittances from the Moroccan diaspora.In 2018, according to the report, Morocco received $7.4 billion from its diaspora, equal to 6.2% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).The report found that remittance inflows to North Africa and the Middle East overall experienced ”rapid growth” in 2018. Egypt ranked highest in remittances, having receiving $28.9 billion from its expatriates, followed by Morocco, Lebanon with $7.2 billion, and Jordan with $4.4 billion. Tunisia and Algeria received only $2 billion and $1.9 billion, respectively.Read Also: Moroccan Diaspora’s Remittances Reach MAD 60.2 Billion in 2017Throughout the year, the Moroccan diaspora sends or brings home remittances which help the country’s economy.The North African country receives thousands of returning expatriates for holidays throughout the year.In 2018, 1,741,212 passengers, 464,977 vehicles, and 4,390 buses transited the Tangier Med port during the Marhaba 2018 operation that annually facilitates the summer influx of Moroccans living abroad (MREs).In addition to Tangier Med Port, thousands of MREs also choose to fly home for holidays.In January, Reuters said that remittances from the Moroccan diaspora dropped 1.7%.The World Bank report also evaluated the cost of sending money between countries within the Middle East and North Africa, emphasizing that “sending money” within the regions “is less expensive than sending money from outside.”The report found, however, that the fourth highest “cost corridor” in the region was to send money from Israel to Morocco. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher as hopes for Chinese stimulus compete with

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Wednesday amid optimism about the Chinese economy and cautious hopes about the pace of negotiations aimed at heading off a serious U.S. fiscal crisis.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,157.29 +20.11 0.17%S&P 500 — 1,409.28 +2.23 0.16%Dow — 13,034.49 +82.71 0.64%Nasdaq — 2,973.70 -22.99 -0.77%The S&P/TSX composite index was 20.11 points higher to 12,157.29 as the market also found support from major acquisition activity in the real estate sector and significant cost-cutting moves from Canadian Pacific Railway.The TSX Venture Exchange was down 8.32 points to 1,184.54.The Canadian dollar rose 0.16 of a cent to 100.84 cents US.Traders also looked to possible progress on a deal to avert the so-called U.S. “fiscal cliff” of automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the start of the new year. Without a deal, the U.S. could well fall back into recession and push much of the world down with it.“That’s what markets are focused on, will the U.S. careen off the fiscal cliff or not?” said John Stephenson, portfolio manager at First Asset Funds Inc. He observed that the laser-like focus on the fiscal issue has resulted in markets, “whether they be oil markets, gas markets, bond markets, equity markets, moving together instead of moving by their fundamentals.”“(The cliff) is the main story right now and everything else is secondary.”New York markets were mainly higher after Bloomberg reported that some 40 Republicans have signed a letter calling for exploration of “all options” on taxes and entitlement programs, a signal that some rank-and-file members could be ready to bargain.House Republicans have so far proposed a 10-year, US$2.2-trillion blueprint that calls for increasing the eligibility age for Medicare and lowering cost-of-living hikes for Social Security benefits.But the White House has dismissed the GOP plan since it fails to raise the top two tax brackets for upper-income earners — a core promise of President Barack Obama’s election campaign and a central demand in the current talks.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 82.71 points to 13,034.49, the Nasdaq declined 22.99 points to 2,973.7, paced by a 6.4% drop in Apple Inc. shares, while the S&P 500 index was up 2.23 points to 1,409.28.Markets had started the session off on a positive note on hopes that China’s new leadership will back new measures to stimulate the world’s second-biggest economy.The catalyst to the optimism had been a Chinese government pledge to maintain policies intended to strengthen the economy and an expression of willingness to “fine tune” them and make them more effective.There were also reports that the government lifted investment limits for insurance companies and that the new Chinese leadership will remain focused on urbanization, which could ramp up infrastructure spending.China has been a major prop for a global economy still trying to recover from the financial collapse and subsequent recessions of 2008. Signs of stimulus are welcome because the Chinese government had to take steps to weaken the economy over the last couple of years to deal with higher than acceptable inflation.A group led by KingSett Capital is proposing a $4.4-billion takeover of Primaris Retail Real Estate Investment Trust, one of Canada’s largest shopping mall operators.At the same time, industry leader RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust has conditionally agreed to buy five regional malls and three other shopping centres currently owned by Primaris. RioCan values that part of the Primaris portfolio at $1.1-billion. Primaris units surged 14.58% to $26.40 while RioCan units rose 34 cents to $27.30.Canadian Pacific Railway plans to bring down operating costs by cutting about a quarter of its workforce, or 4,500 employees, by 2016. The cuts are part of a plan to increase annual revenue growth between four and seven% from 2012 levels as well as reduce its full-year operating ratio, a closely watched measure of how much revenue is required to run the business, to the mid-60s range by 2016. CP shares ran ahead $3.82 or 4.11% to $96.82.Commodity prices were mixed and the mining sector led advancers, up 1.79% as March copper edged up three cents at US$3.66 a pound on the Chinese reports. The country is the world’s biggest consumer of the metal, viewed as an economic bellwether because it is used in so many industries. Teck Resources gained 95 cents to $34.20 while First Quantum Minerals climbed 47 cents to $20.85.The energy sector gained 0.67% with the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 62 cents to US$87.88 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources was ahead 35 cents to $27.7.The gold sector was the leading decliner, down 2.74% while February gold fell $2 to US$1,693.80 an ounce. Iamgold dropped 78 cents to $10.66 and Goldcorp Inc. was off $1.24 to $36.61.Traders also took in some weak jobs data. Payroll firm ADP reported that the private sector created 118,000 jobs during November. The U.S. government releases its non-farm payrolls report for November on Friday and economists expect the economy created only about 95,000 jobs. But they agree that job creation was impacted by Superstorm Sandy.Other data showed increasing expansion in the U.S. service sector.The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity rose to 54.7 from 54.2 in October. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. A measure of employment fell sharply but still showed companies added workers last month.In other corporate news, resource giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold says it is buying oil companies Plains Exploration & Production and McMoRan Exploration for about US$9-billion. The additions of the oil and gas drillers are expected to create a natural resources conglomerate with assets ranging from oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to mines in Indonesia and Africa. Freeport shares tumbled 16% to US$32.16 in New York.Here’s the news investors were watching today:EXCLUSIVE: CP Rail’s Harrison details new plan to cut nearly quarter of workforce‘We can solve this in a week’: Obama sees fiscal cliff deal imminent if RepublicansKingSett group seeks to buy Primaris for $4.4-billionFreeport to buy Plains, McMoRan Exploration for US$9-billionCitigroup to slash 4% of its workforce, 11,000 jobs worldwideON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSEuropean Central Bank and Bank of England make interest rate decisions CANADA8:30 a.m.Building permits (Oct): Economists expect 2.3% rise 10 a.m.Ivey Purchasing managers’ index (Nov): Economists expect a reading of 58.2, flat with last month 10:30 a.m.Bank of Canada financial system review UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger Layoff report (Nov) 8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 380,000 new claims, down from last week 12 p.m.Flow of Funds (Q3) CORPORATE NEWSCANADACIBC Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.98 a share TD Bank Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.81 National Bank Q4 earnings: Analysts expect $1.92 Dollarama Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 69¢ Lululemon Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 37¢ Transcontinental Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 63¢ Harry Winston Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 15¢ UNITED STATESH&R Block Q2 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 40¢ read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 19

Last week, we told you the U.S. had a 1.2 percent chance of winning the World Cup. The odds of that dream have dropped by half since then, without the U.S. playing a match: Underdogs like the U.S. have come oh so close before without winning a match in the knockout stage.Argentina vs. Switzerland, 12 p.m. EDTU.S. vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. EDTIn briefSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In depthHeading into Tuesday, the last day of the Round of 16, six group leaders have played six group runners-up in the knockout stage. Nearly every match has been close-fought and competitive. Brazil and Costa Rica needed penalty kicks to advance. Germany went to added extra time. The Dutch needed to come from behind in the final minutes. And France was locked in a scoreless battle until the final 20 minutes.Yet in every case, the group leaders won.That’s bad news for the U.S. and Switzerland, the two remaining group runners-up, for two reasons: First, if they do manage to upset Belgium and Argentina, respectively, difficult opponents await. In their half of the draw is the Netherlands, sixth in the world in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ratings. If they somehow reach the final, one of the world’s top five teams awaits.The second reason is that by winning, all the soccer powers have demonstrated they’re even better than previously thought, making it even less likely that a solid but not elite team such as the U.S. could upset them.Add to that a tweak to our model late last week, to account for the advantage favorites have in added extra time and penalty kicks, and the U.S. team’s chances of winning the Cup have dropped to 0.6 percent, from 1.2 percent after last week’s match against Germany. Switzerland’s chances have dropped to 0.7 percent from 0.9 percent after its previous match.Winning the Cup was always a long shot for these two teams, though. Reaching the quarters would be a good result for either one. And the U.S. has the better chance. It gets Belgium, the second weakest of the eight group winners, in the late match Tuesday. The U.S. has a 41 percent chance of winning. That’s nearly double Switzerland’s 23 percent chance of upsetting Lionel Messi and Argentina.Drawing Belgium in the Round of 16 was the U.S.’s reward for making it out of one of the toughest groups. Belgium advanced to the World Cup out of one of the weakest European qualifying groups, then won the weakest World Cup group. It remains a formidable opponent and is better than the U.S., with high-priced talent on its roster, much of it familiar to English Premier League fans. But Belgium is a tier or three beneath tournament favorite Brazil. After nearly beating Portugal and nearly equalizing late against Germany, the U.S. shouldn’t fear another European opponent.Switzerland, meanwhile, will attempt to earn what would be only Europe’s third win in 10 tries against South American opponents at this World Cup. The Swiss have one of the two wins so far, over Ecuador. (The Netherlands has the other, over Chile.) Ecuador is a far cry from Argentina, though. Messi has scored on four of his seven shots on target, all with his left foot. Switzerland might need Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a hat trick against Honduras, to live up to his stretch of a nickname, “Alpine Messi,” to have a chance.YesterdayTwo Union of European Football Associations powers stamped tickets to the quarterfinals Monday thanks to substitutes. France beat Nigeria behind the influence of Antoine Griezmann, whereas it took an André Schürrle goal to finally open the scoring in Germany’s lively 2-1 extra-time win against Algeria.Olivier Giroud started at forward for France, but the French game really started when Griezmann replaced him in the 63rd minute. Giroud had 14 attacking-third touches and didn’t create a chance during a lackluster 62 minutes, but Griezmann provided the necessary spark. He had 12 attacking-third touches in 28 minutes, including a great scoring chance with a 1-2 ball to Karim Benzema in the 70th minute. In total, the French created six chances in the first 62 minutes and five over the final 28, converting two for goals.Griezmann was the difference, though he did not officially figure in either goal. His best “shot” was an 84th-minute close-range strike that required a reaction save from Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Enyeama left the tournament with a competition-best 21 saves over Nigeria’s four matches. Although it wasn’t a shot, Griezmann’s near-post run in the first minute of stoppage time produced a goal officially credited as a Joseph Yobo own goal.The Germans, meanwhile, did not lack for attacking possession throughout Monday’s match, posting a 246-90 advantage on touches in the attacking third. In the first 90 minutes, Germany completed almost four times as many passes into the attacking third as the Algerians (125-32), but it couldn’t convert a massive advantage in chances created (18-5) into a regulation winner.Two minutes into extra time, Schürrle put the Germans ahead. He actually hit the ball on his near-post run (as opposed to Griezmann), and Schürrle was credited for the goal. But the result was the same in both cases.Mesut Özil scored later in the extra time, and that proved to be the eventual game-winner, though Algeria scored before the final whistle. Abdelmoumene Djabou’s left-footed finish was the latest goal in World Cup history, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Germans from facing France on July 4. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOff the pitchArgentina and Switzerland cooperate in a number of ways — investment protection, aviation, legal protection  — but perhaps the most important aspect of their relationship is trade. According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Swiss exports to Argentina have increased significantly in recent years, from $187 million in 2005 to $1.06 billion in 2012, which is most likely because of an increase in bilateral trade agreements. A majority of those exports were health-related products and chemicals, at 62 percent. Watches made up 7 percent of the exports, chocolate comprised .22 percent, and milk and cheese was just .05 percent. Trade in the opposite direction has increased over time as well, but not to the same degree. Argentine exports to Switzerland totaled $121 million in 2005 and $627 million in 2012. Gold dominated at 79 percent, followed by wine, trucks/vans and bovine meat.  — Hayley MunguiaFurther readingLionel Messi Is ImpossibleHas the U.S. Men’s National Team Plateaued?Stoppage Time Is Often Home-Cooked, Especially in the MLSThe Rise of the Red Devils read more

The Milwaukee Bucks Mediocre Record Is Hiding A Dangerous Team

MILWAUKEE — The NBA’s elite teams almost always have a singular, defining trait.Golden State gives opposing teams headaches due to its ridiculous outside shooting. Cleveland’s players, as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving illustrated during the Finals, can get almost any shot they want in one-on-one matchups. The San Antonio Spurs, the gold standard for team play and consistency, have long drawn praise for their lack of egos.Then there are the 18-16 Milwaukee Bucks, who, bizarre as it sounds, are quietly building a case for inclusion onto that short list of the league’s best teams.As of Thursday, Milwaukee was just two games ahead of the ninth-place Washington Wizards and far from a lock to reach the playoffs. But for most of the season the Bucks have ranked among the league’s top-10 teams in both offensive and defensive efficiency, generally a loose prerequisite for a team to be a title contender. (Sixteen of the past 20 NBA champions, including each of the past six, finished in the top-10 in both categories. By contrast, no team with that profile has missed the playoffs since the 1974-75 season, when three teams did it in an 18-team league, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.)Unlike with the Warriors, Cavs or Spurs, the average fan might struggle to identify a particular trait about the Bucks, aside from their star player having a name that’s challenging to pronounce.But spend a little time watching the Bucks and it becomes clear that Milwaukee’s defining characteristic is its weirdness. Its roster full of interchangeable, Stretch Armstrong-types goes outside the bounds of the NBA’s traditional parameters of play at both ends.Still, Milwaukee is far from the first team to lean on its length and athleticism. “Positionless basketball” has been in vogue for a while now.In recent years, the Big Three in Miami was unusually aggressive with how it tasked Chris Bosh with defending pick-and-rolls. The Brooklyn Nets turned their 2013-14 season around (and did so under current Bucks coach Jason Kidd) after injuries forced them to downsize to a quicker small-ball lineup that could switch assignments and jump passing lanes. And of course the Warriors can make life miserable for opposing offenses and impossible for opposing defenses with their range and versatility, particularly when they opt to use their Megadeath Lineup, with Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.No one is going to mistake these Bucks with the Warriors any time soon, or with the Cavs or Spurs, for that matter. But the Bucks’ combination of uncommon youth, length and style of play makes Milwaukee uniquely equipped to deal with teams that throw more traditionally constituted opponents into disarray. In other words, teams like Golden State.The formula starts with the Bucks’ unusual youth and length at multiple positions. In Giannis Antetokounmpo (22 years old), Jabari Parker (21), Tony Snell (25) and John Henson (26), Milwaukee trots out four starters who are all 26 or under, and boast at least a 6-11 wingspan, making them one of the youngest1The Bucks are the NBA’s sixth-youngest team when you weight players’ age by minutes played, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. and longest teams in the NBA. The Bucks use their length and athleticism to play a more aggressive, switch-heavy brand of defense than most teams.They often gamble by overloading one side of the floor and using two players to blitz a pick-and-roll ball-handler, trusting that they’ll have enough back-end quickness to snap back into position before opposing players can capitalize by finding the open man for a clean look. (Milwaukee also sends aggressive help when teams dump the ball onto the block, explaining why the Bucks own the stingiest post-up defense in basketball, according to Synergy Sports.)So many interchangeable defensive parts moving, switching and rotating in harmony has a suffocating effect on an offense. Milwaukee’s defense has forced opposing offenses to throw more passes than all but eight teams this season after leading the league in the stat the past two years, according to an analysis run by SportVU, and has pressed opposing clubs into the last four seconds of the shot clock — where offensive efficiency plummets due to rushed shots — more often than any other defense this season, per Synergy.“Against them, you have to go in understanding that it may take several extra passes or multiple paint touches” in order to find a good shot, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said ahead of a recent game against Milwaukee. “What appears to be an open shot often turns out to be a contested shot.”The stat sheet seems to agree with Donovan. While the Bucks give up the fourth-most 3-point attempts per game — generally a bad sign for a defense — Milwaukee also contests 87 percent of opponents’ threes, the highest percentage in the league. As a result, it holds foes to 34.6 percent from 3-point range, tied for the NBA’s fourth-lowest mark. In other words, lots of attempts are not quite as open as they seem.“Shooting is obviously huge,” said Henson, the Bucks’ best defensive big man. “But probably the best things to counter the shooting in today’s game are interchangeability and length. And we’ve taken the idea of building around length to another level.”That’s a key trait in the NBA today. The commitment to flustering ball-handlers and ability to close out shooters help neutralize the floor spacing that teams like the Cavs and Warriors usually take advantage of.While the Bucks have targeted length as a market inefficiency, that length comes at a cost.For one, the Bucks’ lengthy, versatile athletes aren’t as gifted from long range. Last season, Milwaukee attempted the fewest threes in the league and made just 34.5 percent of them, below league average. (This is a big reason the Warriors are so special: They combine many of the same elements that make the Bucks unique with all that outside shooting.)But this season the offense has increased its number of 3-point attempts per game by a whopping 53.5 percent while also increasing its conversion rate, led in part by Parker, who’s hit 39 percent of his triples while taking more than six times as many threes per game as last season.“[Coach Kidd] told me [two years ago] that I was too reliant on my jumper and challenged me to work on my inside game first, then take what the defense was giving me on the outside,” Parker said in an interview, explaining that he and Antetokounmpo were essentially banned from taking threes when Kidd first got the job. But Parker said they’ve since been given the green light to fire away. (That inside-out mindset is an interesting one, given that Kidd himself developed into a much better shooter as his own career progressed.)In any case, Parker and the Bucks are still working through a handful of issues. The former Duke star has improved as a defender, but still gets beaten off the dribble far too frequently on the wing, leaving the team vulnerable at the rim at times. And despite the club’s ability to get out to shooters quickly, it’s not ideal that the Bucks surrender the highest number of corner threes in the league, since those shots are among the most valuable in basketball.And even after Antetokounmpo’s heroic last-second shot to beat the Knicks on Wednesday, Milwaukee’s stats in crunchtime (when the score is within 5 points in the last five minutes or overtime) are among the worst in the NBA.But things are beginning to come together. The awkward fit with scoring big Greg Monroe has been alleviated with a move to the bench, where his limited rim protection isn’t as much of a liability. After struggling to score last season, Milwaukee has found success in having Antetokounmpo bring the ball up the floor himself after grabbing a board instead of having to look for a teammate. (The Bucks rank fifth in fastbreak points, despite ranking 20th in possessions per game; impressive given that the four teams ahead of them in transition scoring — Golden State, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Houston — rank among the top-10 in pace.)And the club could even get injured swingman Khris Middleton back toward the end of the season; potentially a big lift for the Bucks, given that he was arguably their best player at times the past few seasons.The teamwide developments, though, have been mere icing on the cake, as no one in the organization saw Antetokounmpo producing a season anywhere near this impactful so soon.His defense, particularly as an occasional rim protector, has been a revelation. Antetokounmpo, despite being a wing player, is near the top of the defensive leaderboards among players who defend at least four close-range shots per game, according to SportVU. But understandably, his offense draws the lion’s share of the attention, both because of his unconventional point-guard play and the gaudy numbers he’s posted.He currently owns career-high marks in total-shooting, rebounding, assist, block and steal percentage — and a career-low turnover percentage — all while handling the ball more and using a much greater share of Milwaukee’s possessions in his fourth season.Even with his rapid ascension in mind, it might still seem wild to consider Milwaukee among the NBA’s best. But give it time. If the young Bucks continue on their current trajectory, and their gambles on length and versatility continue paying off, the thought may not seem so far-fetched this time next year.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

THE END of winning series Zajecar didnt win after 1369 days

RK Zajecar Serbian women’s champion RK Zaječar didn’t win in domestic Championship after almost four years of fantastic series! The best Serbian team played 26:26 (17:13) in Kragujevac against Radnicki what was the first match in which Zajecar didn’t win since May 16 2009, when these girls lost against Kikinda 31:33. That means the end of winning series in which 1369 days Zajecar was unstopable for his rivals.Last weekend Zajecar lost in the Cup Winners Cup TOP 16 phase against Russian Dinamo Volgograd. ← Previous Story EHF CL: Flensburg is new leader in Group A! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic stops Montpellier! read more

Irish nonprofit staff help save Filipino typhoon victims

first_imgEvert Bopp of Disaster Tech Lab said that the incident showed the need for “coordinated emergency services on the island”.“There were no other serious injuries and, luckily, everyone is back on land.“We were originally doing internet services and communication, but the current Philippines deployment is the first one where we have, in response to request from on the ground, added a medical capacity to our team.“For the last week, we’ve been joined by volunteers from Careline Ambulance Service.”All pics: Disaster Tech LabColumn: My Christmas in the Philippines after typhoon HaiyanRead: “If tourists choose not to come then Malapascua will slowly go back into the dark ages” In the midst of the evacuation, a fishing boat capsized, tossing eight people into the water. On of those who fell into the water was seriously injured. She was struck by the boat and received head and back injuries.She was taken to Bantanya hospital and her injuries are described as “critical”. THE MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS of an Irish non-profit were involved in a dramatic sea rescue in the Philippines yesterday.Disaster Tech Lab, a non-profit that specialises in providing communication and internet services in disaster zones, have had a pre-hospital medical team on the ground in the Philippines since December.The group is currently training local volunteers on CPR and other first aid skills.On Friday, the team in Bantanyan received word that a small typhoon had created problems with a ferry docking. One of the charity’s volunteers was one of the 300 people onboard and an evacuation of the boat was made. He was carrying wi-fi equipment that was to be used in an area affected by November’s Typhoon Haiyan.In all, 300 people were moved to fishing vessels.last_img read more

Up close with the Google Fiber hardware in Kansas City

first_imgThis past weekend I had the good fortune to be able to go and check out the brand new Google Fiberspace facility in Kansas City. Being a local made it easy for me lay eyes on the search giant’s latest foray into the consumer technology market. While most of you reading this probably aren’t too concerned with the Fiberspace itself (with good reason, it was a bit of a bust), Google’s hardware was on view and it was operational.While visiting the Fiberspace I was able to capture images of all three of the set top boxes, but the remote app for the Nexus 7 was under wraps as was the hardware remote. Read on to check them out, and make sure to peruse the gallery at the end…Google Fiber StackAs you are probably aware of by now, the full Google Fiber stack consists of three different services: television, storage and internet access. The three devices pictured above are the consumer interfaces for those, with the television box on top, (local) storage in the middle, and the fiber modem on the bottom. The footprint for all three is much smaller the DVR devices for Dish Network or Direct TV, with the trade-off being that they are considerably thicker.The most interesting detail (without being allowed to take a screwdriver to them) is that all three devices were running very hot. It was surprising as I moved them around to feel the amount of heat the stack was putting off. It’s early hardware so this might be resolved before the release, but these units could really heat up your entertainment cabinet.While at the Fiberspace I was not allowed to take images or video of their televisions or of the Nexus 7 tablet running the remote app. I can tell you that the experience was very similar to what we’re used to with other content providers, but was souped-up with Google flavor. The picture quality was crisp, the units were responsive, and Google was showing off the things you could do if you’re lucky enough to live in a Fiberhood that has reached its registration goals.Everyone in the building seemed excited about the possibility of having this service installed in their homes. However there are hurdles, one of them being the lack of popular content. The television service Google is offering doesn’t have ESPN or other “must-have” channels due to a lack of an agreement with Disney and ABC. Will that stop people from switching over to the new television service from their current provider? Time will tell if it does, or if Google can arrange that and other content deals by then.Check out the gallery below and stay tuned for more information as we approach the September deadline for the Fiberhood registration.Google Fiber HardwareGoogle Fiber HardwareIMG_20120728_161016IMG_20120728_161025IMG_20120728_161034IMG_20120728_161050IMG_20120728_161220IMG_20120728_161529Google Fiber StackStack frontGoogle Fiber Stack backIMG_20120728_161612IMG_20120728_161621Read more about Google Fiber.last_img read more

Sarri unconcerned by Chelsea defeat

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri dismissed the significance of their defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday night due to the fact that their rivals were better prepared for the encounterThe Blues had a promising start at Dublin with Antonio Rudiger giving the club a sixth-minute lead over their London rivals when his header found the back of the net.But, following Alvaro Morata’s penalty-miss, Chelsea’s early dominance began to gradually decline with Arsenal grabbing a very late equaliser through Alexandre Lacazette in the third-minute of injury time to force a penalty shoot-out.After the first 11 penalties were all taken perfectly, Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s miss proved to be decisive with Arsenal leaving Ireland with a 6-5 win.However, due to Chelsea’s late start in their pre-season preparations, Sarri was still “really happy” with his new side.“We had our first training on 16 July,” he told the club website.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We were late compared to Arsenal’s physical condition. We did very well in the first half. We made a mistake in the last minute, but I’m really happy with the performance.”As for Morata’s penalty-miss, Sarri suggested that the birth of his twins on Saturday might have had an impact.“I don’t know if he is not confident. Maybe he was tired. The last three days for him were very intense, so maybe this match he was a bit tired. I am not worried about Morata,” he said.Next up for Chelsea is the Community Shield against Manchester City on Sunday.“The starting XI today is very near to the starting XI in the Community Shield,” added Sarri.last_img read more

Suspected drunken driver crashes into vehicle tree

first_imgA Vancouver man suspected of driving while intoxicated struck a vehicle before driving off and crashing into a tree Sunday evening, police said.Joshua L. Enders, 37, was driving a 2005 Kia Sorento north on Southeast Ellsworth when he struck a vehicle that was turning into an apartment complex about 5:40 p.m., Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.Enders then kept driving, eventually crashing into a tree in the at 1300 block of Southeast Nancy Road, Kapp said. Neither Enders nor the driver of the other vehicle were injured.Enders was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and hit-and-run.last_img read more

Rio Tinto freezes staff pay

first_imgAnglo-Australian metals and mining firm Rio Tinto is freezing staff pay across the business.The freeze forms part of the organisation’s bid to control costs in the face of challenging conditions for the mining sector.There will be no salary increase this year for any members of staff, including Rio Tinto’s chief executive Sam Walsh. Travel budgets will also be limited.The salary freeze was outlined in an internal memo sent to all Rio Tinto employees last week.A spokesperson from Rio Tinto said: “In tough times, generating and conserving cash is the business imperative. When prices are low and margins are thin, cash is hard to come by, but it’s the only way to guarantee continued strength and give us options for the future.“We will continue our pursuit of greater productivity, and we will seek to do things differently wherever there’s a possibility of generating incremental cash. As we have over the past three years, we need to continue to drive down our costs in order to preserve cash. As part of the focus on cash, from the chief executive down, we are implementing a salary freeze for 2016.“Of all the actions we are taking, this decision was one of the most difficult, as it doesn’t reflect the hard work or effort put in by our employees. But it is necessary given the market context.”last_img read more

300 Villages Shishmaref

first_imgThis week, we’re heading to Shishmaref, on a barrier island in Western Alaska. The island is gradually sinking into the sea. Its 600 residents might be some of the first people in the world forced to relocate because of rising sea levels caused by global warming. Tony Weyiouanna Senior is President of the Shishmaref Native Corporation.Download Audiolast_img

Health Department Says Medicaid Expansion Can Save State Money

first_imgHealth Commissioner Valerie Davidson and Alaska Governor Bill Walker announce the state’s plan for Medicaid expansion and reform. (Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage)Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson unveiled two new reports Friday at a press conference in Anchorage she hopes will help make the case for Medicaid expansion.Download AudioThey show Alaska can actually save money by expanding the program, even as the federal match drops below 100 percent. But whether Republican state lawmakers skeptical of expansion will agree with the analysis is an open question.The Healthy Alaska Plan: A Catalyst for ReformMemorandum: Projected Population, Enrollment, Service Costs and Demographics of Medicaid Expansion Beginning in FY2016Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson never misses a chance to promote Medicaid expansion. Even when that chance comes in the form of a cell phone ringer that someone in the press conference crowd forgot to silence:“Maybe it’s somebody calling saying they’re ready to sign up! Which would be great. We’ll be ready this summer,” she said.A lot has to happen between now and this summer – July specifically – when Davidson hopes to role out expansion. The health department is devoting extra resources to fix big problems with the systems that enroll new Medicaid members and pay providers for services. The biggest obstacle, though, will be Republican state lawmakers, who have to approve the receipt of federal Medicaid expansion funds in the budget. Many say the state can’t afford to expand the Medicaid program, which is already one of the biggest drivers of the state budget. But Davidson says the new analysis shows Medicaid expansion won’t cost the state, even when the federal match drops to 90 percent in 2020.“We’ve… identified some pretty significant savings and Alaska actually saves general fund dollars by covering this new population,” Davidson said.State prisoners, for example, would be eligible for Medicaid expansion, saving the state $4-7 million a year, according to the report. The health department would also be able to redirect millions of dollars in grant money that is currently used to help the population who would be eligible for expansion. Davidson also wants expansion to spur the process of reducing the cost of the entire Medicaid program. She thinks the cost savings combined with reform will convince lawmakers to approve it:“Quite frankly I think there are some legislators who aren’t necessarily so hot on expansion but they’re interested in reform and if the two go hand in hand and we can show that there are savings to the state at a time when we are looking for those savings opportunities in our general fund, then I believe they’ll come on board,” Davidson said.Republican legislators declined to comment until they had more time to review the reports. Earlier Friday, Senate President Kevin Meyer, of Anchorage, said he was open to Medicaid expansion if it didn’t cost the state any money.In the coming weeks, they will be hearing from a long list of organizations that support expansion, including the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The organization is pledging $1.6 million for the first year of expansion to cover the state’s share of administrative costs. Jeff Jesse is chief executive office with the trust, which serves Alaskans with substance abuse problems, mental illness and cognitive disabilities. He says it makes sense for the trust to help out because expansion will benefit Alaskans the group serves.“The Trustees certainly had to think about the cost issue, but the purpose of the Mental Health Trust is to be a catalyst for change and assist in enhancing our service system for our beneficiaries, so this is a very appropriate project for the trust,” Jesse said.The Trust is also giving $300,000 to the health department to pay national experts to study successful Medicaid cost reform efforts in other states.About 40,000, mostly childless adults, would be eligible for Medicaid expansion. But in the first full year of implementation, according to the new report, only half of those who are eligible would sign up.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Pipeline Promises Alaskas quest for a natural gas line

first_imgIn all, there have been at least ten different versions of the pipeline mega project. And not one has come close to breaking ground.This week, Alaska’s Energy Desk is examining some of the reasons why the state has struck out in its efforts to bring it’s substantial natural gas reserves to market.LISTEN NOWStory 1: On a tour of the state’s love affair with a gas lineThe 1970s were a crazy time in Alaska. The state was young and along with that adolescence came its first infatuation, oil.  Prudhoe Bay was discovered in 1968 and it changed everything. It was North America’s largest oil field.But Alaska wanted more, and even as the behemoth Trans-Alaska Pipeline System was being built, several companies were pursuing natural gas pipeline projects to bring North Slope gas to market.Bill White, a pipeline historian and former journalist, takes reporter Rashah McChesney on a tour of Anchorage that includes the important sites in the state’s long romance with a gas line. An LNG tanker fills up at the ConocoPhillips liquid natural gas export facility in Nikiski, Alaska. When it opened in 1969, it was the only facility of its kind in the U.S. to get a license to export its gas to Japan. For more than forty years, the state has attempted to develop similar projects to bring natural gas from the North Slope to market, none of those projects have broken ground. (Photo courtesy of ConocoPhillips)For more than forty years, the state has tried, and failed, to bring natural gas from Alaska’s North Slope to market.last_img read more

Jeffrey Tambor May Be Leaving Transparent Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

first_imgAlberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images“I don’t see how I can return,” said Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor. As Amazon Studios investigates two allegations against the actor, no official decision has been made about Tambor’s future with the show.Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has announced he may be leaving the hit Amazon series after two women accused him of sexual harassment.Tambor continues to deny the allegations leveled this month by one of his co-stars on the show and by his former assistant. But the actor intimated his departure from the show, in a statement provided to NPR, due to a recent “politicized atmosphere” on the set.“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent.’ “According to Deadline, which first broke the news on Sunday, the first allegation against Tambor was made by his former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes. In a private Facebook post earlier this month, Barnes claimed her former boss, without naming Tambor, had sexually harassed and groped her, prompting Amazon Studios officials to open an investigation into the matter.Just more than a week later, his transgender co-star Trace Lysette released a statement that Tambor “made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical.” She proceeds to describe an instance in which he pressed up against the actress and “began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth” against her, in between filming.In response to the allegations, Tambor admitted he “can be volatile and ill-tempered … But I have never been a predator – ever.”When news dropped of the network’s investigation, Deadline reports that Transparent writers considered writing Tambor’s central character Maura out of the upcoming fifth season.Still, Tambor has yet to officially quit the show. A source close to the show says no final decision about next season has been made by Tambor or Amazon.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Paper supercapacitor could power future paper electronics

first_img More information: Liangbing Hu, Hui Wu, and Yi Cui. “Printed energy storage devices by integration of electrodes and separators into single sheets of paper.” Applied Physics Letters 96, 183502 (2010). Doi:10.1063/1.3425767 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In the paper supercapacitor, all the necessary components are integrated onto a single sheet of paper in the form of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). High-speed printing could be used to print the SWNTs directly onto a piece of paper – anything from Xerox paper to newspaper and even grocery ads will work. At first, the researchers found that the SWNTs were so small that they penetrated the paper through micron-sized pores, which would cause the device to short-circuit. To solve this problem, the researchers first coated both sides of the paper with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), which blocked the pores but still allowed for electrolytes to be transported through the paper. As such, the treated paper could function as an electrolyte membrane and separator without short-circuiting. “The key design is that SWNTs stick well on paper and do not penetrate through paper completely to avoid shorting,” Yi Cui of Stanford University told PhysOrg.com.Once the SWNTs were printed onto the treated paper, they experienced strong bonding forces similar to those experienced when writing with a pen or pencil on paper. Even when rubbed or subjected to tape, the SWNTs remained attached to the paper. After printing SWNTs on both sides of single sheets of paper, electrolyte was loaded to form a supercapacitor. The SWNTs served as both the electrodes and current collectors in the supercapacitor, which had a capacitance of about 3 F/g. The device also showed an excellent cycling stability, with very little loss of capacitance after 2500 cycles. The researchers say the same concept could be extended to make batteries, as well.The fully integrated supercapacitor is based on an earlier version that the researchers made, in which nanomaterials were coated separately onto different anode and cathode substrates and then assembled together with a separator. The advantage of the new integrated structure is that it allows for high-speed printing, which greatly reduces fabrication costs and brings disposable, flexible, and lightweight paper electronics closer to reality. Cui said that, in the future, the researchers plan “to use this new design for real applications.” Citation: Paper supercapacitor could power future paper electronics (2010, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-paper-supercapacitor-power-future-electronics.html Photos at left and center show the paper supercapacitor printed on Xerox paper. The right photo shows the paper supercapacitor printed on newspaper. Image credit: Liangbing Hu, et al. ©2010 AIP. (PhysOrg.com) — All those paper transistors and paper displays that scientists have been designing can now be powered by an onboard power source, thanks to the development of a new paper supercapacitor. Designed by researchers at Stanford University, the paper supercapacitor is made by simply printing carbon nanotubes onto a treated piece of paper. The researchers hope that the integrated design could lead to the development of low-cost, disposable paper electronics. Explore further At Stanford, nanotubes + ink + paper = equal instant battery (w/ Video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Moderate to heavy rainfall inundates various parts of city

first_imgKolkata: A moderate to heavy rainfall lashed the city and various South Bengal districts on Thursday morning resulting in inundation in some parts of the city.The drainage department officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) acted promptly to discharge the accumulated water in various places. Water logging occurred in some stretches of North Kolkata leading to a slow movement of traffic in the morning. Many of the office goers, who stepped out of their houses without an umbrella, had to get drenched in the rain. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice and the KMC officials were out there on the city’s streets from the early morning to manage the water-logging situation. The KMC engineers acted on a war footing to release the accumulated water within minimum possible time so that the people do not face any inconveniences. Senior police officers were on the streets particularly in the important intersections managing the traffic. There were some traffic snarls in some parts of the city during the morning hours due to rain. The situation was brought to normal as the day progressed. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Thursday predicted that rainfall will continue in various South 24-Parganas districts, including the city in the next 48 hours. The intensity of the rainfall will however be reduced as the low pressure trough formed over Bay of Bengal moved towards Jharkhand. The low pressure trough will have a forward march towards the Western part of the country. “Though the low pressure trough moved towards western parts, the Monsoon has become active in the state which will bring some more rainfall in the state in the next two days. Various South Bengal districts particularly the costal districts may receive moderate to heavy rainfall. The city may also witness scattered rainfall,” a senior weather official said. In the past 24 hour the city received considerable amount of rainfall. Behala area received highest amount of rainfall of 85 mm in the city in the past 24 hours. The other pumping station areas like Joka received 76 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours, Mominpur 74 mm, Dum Dum 53 mm, Patuli 51 mm, Dhapa 49 mm, New Market 48 mm. Santoshpur area in the Southern fringes of the city received 46 mm rainfall while Cossipore in the North recorded 45 mm. Ultadanga area received 25 mm of rainfall since Thursday morning. Manicktala recorded 31 mm of rainfall, Thanthania 32 mm and Ballygunj 33 mm rainfall till Thursday afternoon. East Midnapore district administration conducted surveillance in all the beach towns including Digha, Sankarpur, Mandarmani on Thursday to ensure that visitors do not go to the sea when it is turbulent. The MeT officer earlier predicted that the sea will be rough due to which fishermen were also asked to return to the sea shore.last_img read more

Film crew in town

first_imgX CON FILMS visited Ladysmith on Tuesday morning to shoot a documentary about Islam.Their production, called An-Mur, is aired every Saturday on SABC 3 at 6pm. The crew is from Cape Town.This production shows and teaches the history of Islam, and the different countries that are significant to Islam.The crew travels all around the world, visiting places and interviewing people with the intention of reaching more Islamic viewers.The crew visited Ladysmith and met up with Mr Iqbal Khan. Mr Khan showed them all the historic places in Ladysmith and highlighted their symbolic history as well.  This is the first time the crew has been to Ladysmith – they were surprised and pleased at how friendly the people of Ladysmith are.“I really love this town and the friendly people, as well as how neat the place is,” said assistant producer Roxanne Harris.After shooting their documentary with Mr Khan, they visited Mr Bemaat and had a quick shoot with him as he prepared his favourite dish.After a busy and entertaining day, they enjoyed a hot meal and left for Johannesburg for more filming.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more