VANCOUVER — RCMP say they are investigating an alleged assault at an elite athletics club that trains minor hockey players in North Vancouver.The Mounties say they received details of an alleged incident at the North Shore Winter Club on Jan. 27.They say they are taking statements from players of the minor hockey club, coaches, guardians and parents.The RCMP said no further details would be released because the investigation is ongoing.The club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Alumni of the club include former National Hockey League players Paul Kariya, Brett Hull and Joe Sakic.The Canadian Press
Nordoff Robbins is tremendously excited to announce that the phenomenal Barry Gibb is to receive the Sony Mobile Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s O2 Silver Clef Awards. Barry says, “I am honoured to be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the O2 Silver Clef Awards. Having had music play such an important role in my own life for over 50 years I can truly appreciate the work Nordoff Robbins do, using music to transform other people’s lives.“I first got to know of Nordoff Robbins work in 1993, when the Bee Gees were awarded the Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs and it has been amazing to see how the charity has grown and developed and continues to support so many people with music therapy.” Famed for being one third of the incredibly successful Bee Gees, Barry Gibb has had an exceptional career, selling over 220 million records since the Bee Gees were founded in 1958.Known for his instantly recognisable falsetto singing voice, particularly on the cult Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album, which went 15 times platinum and stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks, it epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic in the late 1970s.Gibb shares the record with Lennon and McCartney for six consecutive Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones as a writer and is in the book of Guinness World Records as the second most successful songwriter in history behind Paul McCartney. In the 1990s Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has achieved the astonishing feat of having No. 1 hits across each of the past five decades and his music continues to delight fans the world over. Aside from his accomplishments as an artist Barry has also had great success as a record producer with the likes of Andy Gibb, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Kenny and Dolly and famously wrote and produced the track, ‘Grease’, for the hit movie, which featured vocals by Frankie Vali and sold over half a million copies. It is exactly 20 years since The Bee Gees won their well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs in 1993. David Munns, Nordoff Robbins Chairman, said,“I can think of no better artist to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award than Barry Gibb. With a career spanning over 50 years, he has released, written and produced some of the most influential music the world has ever heard. It is exactly 20 years since The Bee Gees won their well-deserved Special Achievement Award at the Silver Clefs in 1993, so what better way to pay tribute to Barry’s fantastic career than by honouring him in 2013 with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.”Nordoff Robbins uses music to reach children and adults whose lives are constrained by illness, disability, trauma or exclusion. This year’s Silver Clef Awards takes place on June 28 at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Also being honored on the night are Coldplay and Alison Balsom. Find out more here.
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzie‘Cultural genocide’ is what Canada is guilty of according to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC).That was one of the assertions describing Canada’s residential school system that brought a standing ovation from the crowd gathered in Ottawa for the TRC’s closing event, May 31 – June 3rd, 2015.Watch here to see how was the event received by residential school survivors.
Rabat – Hillary Clinton’s participation at the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa scheduled to take place in Marrakech next month appears to be unlikely.The former US Secretary of State had been scheduled to appear at the high-profile conference organized by the Clinton Foundation, on May 5-7. However, she might not join her husband, former US president Bill Clinton, at the event after she announced officially her intention to run for president in 2016, in a two-minute video posted to YouTube on Sunday.The Clinton Global Initiative Middle East and Africa aims at connecting governments and nonprofit leaders to address problems affecting host areas. Hillary Clinton’s candidacy has been plagued by criticism from republican opponents. They complained that the former first lady’s involvement with her family’s foundation and acceptance of contributions from foreign governments may pose a conflict of interest.Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has criticized foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation as “thinly veiled bribes,” according to politics website Politico.He also called on Hillary Clinton to return any donations from countries with “spotty human rights records” and others that abuse the rights of women.Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) resumed accepting new foreign donations months after Clinton stepped down as secretary of state in February 2013.The preliminary list of expected attendees at the Marrakech meeting includes executives from OCP and Coca-Cola, as well as the presidents of Rwanda and Tanzania and senior officials from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and the League of Arab States. Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is also on the list.Photo Credit: Getty Images
Rabat – In response to separatist provocations over recent months, Morocco is moving to strengthen its presence in Guerguerat, an area between Morocco and Mauritania which Polisario views as part of its self-styled state.According to Maghreb Intelligence, even if the move did not come with the traditionally triumphant announcements that have characterized the media offensives and counter offensives in the Western Sahara dispute, it was Rabat’s direct rejoinder to recent provocations from the separatist Polisario Front.Citing “sources close to the dossier,” the outlet explained Morocco’s move as a subtle riposte to Brahim Ghali’s recent call on Tindouf camps refugees to prepare for an “inevitable” armed confrontation with Morocco. “Despite Brahim Ghali’s gesticulations,” Maghreb Intelligence headlined, “Morocco continues to strengthen its presence in Guerguerat.”But, the piece goes on to establish, Rabat’s response is not merely a military-minded move.In addition to increasing its military personnel in the region, Rabat is planning social housing construction projects for the benefit of both the additional military contingent to be deployed and the local population in the area.The riposte is a two-armed move aimed at highlighting both Morocco’s readiness to counter any attacks from the Polisario Front, while also showcasing the colossal investments in improving living standards in the area.According to Maghreb Intelligence’s sources, the contracts for completing the two projects—building social housing for both the Moroccan military personnel and local populations—have been awarded to local companies. This will also result in creating jobs in the construction sector for the duration of the projects.In his call for war late last month, the Polisario leader argued that Morocco has had the upper hand in political settlement negotiations over the past years. “Morocco is unyielding because they know they have the support of great powers,” Ghali said.Meanwhile, increasingly appearing to have shifted the focus of its actions in the region from military presence to more social welfare-minded plans and proactive public diplomacy, Morocco has heavily invested in development projects in the region in recent years.This has resulted in an increasing wave of support for Morocco’s stance, with recent reports pointing to an almost overwhelming consensus over Morocco’s Autonomy Plan as the most “credible” and “serious” pathway to a lasting settlement.
18 July 2008Five years after the peace agreement that ended its civil war, Liberia has made accelerated progress on several human rights issues, but there are still serious concerns about the rule of law, according to a United Nations expert who has just completed a two-week visit to the country. “The installations of a new democratically elected government which took office in January 2006 has witnessed the acceleration of progress on a number of human rights and development issues including economic and social rights,” Charlotte Abaka, the UN Independent Expert on the Situation of Human Rights, Technical Cooperation and Advisory Services in Liberia, said in a statement released today.Ms. Abaka cited the rehabilitation of schools, hospitals and courts as well as the launching of a poverty reduction strategy document, as signs of progress.Other positive developments were the near completion of the public hearings of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the launching of a judicial training centre.The rights expert also praised draft legislation that would pave the way for a Law Reform Commission and an Independent National Commission on Human Rights and welcomed a new UN and Government-backed programme to prevent gender-based violence as well as the opening of safe houses for its victims.However, Ms. Abaka stressed that rape and sexual violence continued to be the most frequently committed serious crimes in Liberia, saying that the very high rate of girls dropping out of school because of pregnancy was very worrisome. Twenty-four girls from Guthrie elementary and senior high schools had dropped out because of pregnancy in June this year, she noted.“Serious concerns remain with regard to the rule of law,” Ms. Abaka added. “The continued increase in armed robberies and rape cases is a security issue. Therefore there is an urgent need for far-reaching reforms in policing, judiciary and correction sectors.”Mr. Abaka called for action to ensure that protective and punitive measures were enforced to combat the ongoing scourge of sexual violence.“The challenges in relation to the promotion and protection of human rights which face the Government and Liberian society as a whole remain enormous,” Ms. Abaka concluded, adding that the “need for responsive and accountable policing, an effective judiciary which applies the rule of law and a strengthened corrections sector is yet to be adequately addressed.”
In a statement attributable to his Deputy Spokesperson, the Secretary-General said he was “saddened by the deaths and devastation” throughout Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and the town of Regent. “The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the people and Government of Sierra Leone for the loss of life and destruction caused by this natural disaster,” the statement said. Hundreds of people are believed to have died in the mudslide early this morning, many of whom were likely still sleeping.
When troopers arrived, they found 48-year-old Jimmy Branson, of Whitesburg, unresponsive. The Letcher County Coroner’s Office pronounced him dead at the scene.According to investigators, Branson was struck by a limb that fell when a tree was cut down near him. LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky State Police say a logging accident has left a Letcher County dead.State Police say the call came in just before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday about a man injured at a logging site off of Highway 931 North near Whitesburg. – Advertisement –
From ABC News: Check out our latest NBA predictions. neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Much to the surprise of the casual basketball-watching world, we’re three games into the NBA Finals and the Warriors are … DOWN 2-1. (Who could have seen a competitive series like this coming? 🤔) But in all seriousness, this was also a game the Raptors absolutely needed to win if they wanted a chance to win the series, right? With not only Kevin Durant but also Klay Thompson scratched from the lineup, they were never going to get a better shot at a depleted version of the Warriors than this.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): Don’t forget Kevon Looney, Neil. But for sure, this was a must-win for Toronto.chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): Yeah, there was definitely a must-win feel to this game. To their credit, the Raptors were really solid from start to finish. Steph Curry ate them for lunch, with 47 points, but he also pretty much had to do that, since no one else on his team could create any offense. I was really impressed by Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Danny Green.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): It was a VERY high-leverage game for a Game 3 because it really cuts both ways: Toronto needed the win, but also, with the loss, Golden State is in quite a bit of trouble now.Having to win three out of four against a team that’s pretty thoroughly outplayed you so far is not terribly easy, even if you wave a wand and everyone is magically healthy.tchow: Well, the FiveThirtyEight model still gives the Warriors 33 percent chance of winning the title. And 30-something-percent-chance things happen quite often, or so I’ve been told.neil: Ooooh, Tony.sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): If Toronto can’t beat a lineup that includes Quinn Cook, Jonas Jerebko and Andrew Bogut, that’s a problem.neil: Right, the Warriors would be more panicked if they had rolled out Klay and KD and still lost. At least now they can still tell themselves that the “injured guys returning” trump card exists.natesilver: Handicappers still have the Warriors as ever-so-slight favorites, though pretty close to 50/50. So our model is still a little out of line with the consensus.tchow: Handicappers are really not appreciating what Toronto has done this series.sara.ziegler: No one believes in the Raptors!neil: (Still.)sara.ziegler: (Except us, obviously.)natesilver: Yeah, it’s a bit nuts. Like, this could easily be a 3-0 series. Toronto clearly played better in the two wins, and Game 2 could have gone differently if they’d hit more shots.chris.herring: I do think there’s something to be said for how much the matchups differ with GSW’s main guys healthy.neil: For sure.natesilver: To me, the Warriors with KD and Klay back (but without Looney, although he has a shot to return) feel like about a 50/50 proposition to win three out of four games (one of which would probably have to be a Game 7 on the road).chris.herring: With a healthy Durant, Kawhi Leonard presumably has far less energy for offense — regardless of whether Durant is rusty. Wednesday was Golden State’s worst-case scenario, basically.natesilver: Yeah, Golden State’s problem has really been on defense so far.chris.herring: Yes, 100 percent.I used to think the worst-case was, “What if Durant throws off their rhythm?” But it’s clear that just having him there, rhythm or not, would help them a great deal. Even more so with Klay being back, too.neil: The Warriors put Draymond Green on Kawhi, and it didn’t really work. Leonard scored 15 on Green with 5-of-8 shooting. But they needed Andre Iguodala on Pascal Siakam for a good chunk of the game (which worked well in Game 2). Klay being out really messed with their ability to match up defensively.chris.herring: Their defense was horrendous at times on Wednesday. DeMarcus Cousins was really problematic defensively and just looked a mess.natesilver: But, also, Toronto is goooooooooood, we certainly don’t know that KD is healthy, and even if GSW is slightly better at full strength, Toronto has a game in hand.And in some ways, our model is being generous to the Warriors. Like, it’s treating Cousins as fully effective, which he obviously isn’t.neil: Yes, the Warriors really needed Cousins to provide extra scoring punch. But he struggled a lot — he only scored 4 points on 1-for-7 shooting. Steph scored 47 points, but the rest of the team only scored 62 total. Only three Warriors scored in double figures. Even Curry can’t do it alone.sara.ziegler: ^^^ that point share is just amazingneil: Curry also led the Warriors in assists AND rebounds!natesilver: In my series preview, I talked about how Klay and KD aren’t super compatible with one another. But being without BOTH is really tough. The Warriors constructed a team around not really needing a lot of usage or shot creation because you have so much of it with those three guys. But it means some of the lineups you put out there when two of them are hurt are pretty terrible.chris.herring: I saw a pretty wild stat: A handful of guys1LeBron James three times, Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook, along with Curry. have scored 43 percent or more of their team’s points in a finals game the past 10 years. Every single one of those showings was in a losing effort.natesilver: I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Warriors could really use like a … Michael Beasley type to score points off the bench.sara.ziegler: 😲chris.herring: I can’t believe you’re saying that, either! He would make the defensive issues worse! But I totally know what you mean, and there’s probably some merit to thatNick Young served that purpose once upon a time, though they used him as more of an off-ball sort of guy. The truth is, Klay’s absence hurts them there, too, because they always use him with the second unit.natesilver: I’m just saying that a guy who can rule the garbage-time minutes is worth something.chris.herring: Absolutely.natesilver: Especially if the Raptors were tending to sub out Kawhi at the same time the Warriors had some of their weaker lineups on the floor, which IIRC was mostly true on Wednesday.chris.herring: The truth is, there wasn’t enough shooting. And not enough shot creation, as Nate is saying. They Warriors made a grand total of two shots off the dribble that weren’t from Steph himself, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. That’s just not enough.neil: Toronto was better (+8) with Kawhi off the court than on (+6), which speaks to those sub patterns, Nate. I’d think that can’t be true if you’re going to beat Toronto.natesilver: I almost wonder if that was a mistake on Nick Nurse’s part — having Leonard out there during those non-Curry lineups. The Warriors’ lineups without Steph were so bad — basically a lottery/G League team — that maybe you want to maximize those opportunities.sara.ziegler: No Golden State player had a positive plus-minus on Wednesday, but the bench actually had higher numbers than any of the starters — even Curry.chris.herring: I was pretty surprised by just how bad Cousins looked. Especially after a really, really good Game 2 from him.neil: Yeah, after that double-double, I think people were ready to declare, “He’s back!”tchow: I think everyone was expecting a repeat of his Game 2 performance or something better.chris.herring: But he also wasn’t being relied on to play like a star for most of Game 2. Without Klay, the role became bigger. And he just didn’t look himself.natesilver: I’ll make the obligatory video game analogy, but with Cousins, it’s a bit like if you took the same shell of a player and tuned all his attributes down by 10 points. He looks sorta like himself, but just a much worse version of himself.chris.herring: A MUCH worse version. Sliders all the way down.A couple of really costly plays, including one where he fell down, appeared to want a foul call, and as he sat on the ground, Kawhi hit a backbreaking three in transition.natesilver: And again, I wonder if our model is not being too optimistic about how well, say, KD will play upon his return.He’s not even really practicing yet. You’d have to imagine that if it were the regular season, they’d take another week to figure it out before even considering giving him playing time in a game.neil: I wonder how much of the “Warriors are hopeful KD might return for Game 4” talk is situational. They wouldn’t be saying that if they were up 2-1.sara.ziegler: I’ll believe he’s healthy when I see him on the court.natesilver: Mayyyyybe it’s a good sign for KD’s return that the Warriors didn’t feel the need to rush Klay out there on Wednesday?Because 2-1 is a pretty devastating disadvantage if you don’t think you’re getting Durant back. With him, not quite as scary.neil: Did they need Klay dressed and on the bench just to literally meet the minimum requirement for warm bodies necessary for a game?sara.ziegler: LOLnatesilver: I wonder if there’s a part of the Raptors that almost wants all those guys to get healthy. Because if the Raptors win, the narrative about the series will probably be, “Oh yeah, that was the year everyone got hurt.”neil: Well, I definitely wanted to talk about that, Nate. Will this series carry questions of whether they really beat THE Warriors?tchow: I definitely think so. They don’t want any asterisk next to their win if they do win the whole thing.neil: It’s like the Ship of Theseus. How many All-Stars can the Warriors lose before they’re not really THE Warriors anymore?natesilver: At some point on Wednesday — I think the Vegas closing line had the Warriors by 4 or something? — people were just believing in the laundry, as Jerry Seinfeld might say.neil: tchow: Let’s say the Warriors never come back fully 100 percent at all during these finals and the Raptors win their first ring. I think it’ll be really unfair to diminish what Toronto has done to get that banner to say it’s only because the Warriors aren’t healthy. You play the team in front of you.natesilver: It was a lot like some of the LeBron James series where the Cavs were depleted (i.e. pretty much all of the Cavs’ finals except 2016) where it’s just like — even if the guy’s the best player in the world, there’s only so much he can do by himself.tchow: There was a similar narrative when Kawhi got hurt when the Spurs played the Warriors, and I wasn’t a fan of it then either.natesilver: Michael Jordan isn’t winning the finals if he had Shaun Livingston and injured-ass DeMarcus Cousins in your starting lineupchris.herring: Steve Kerr is talking right now here at practice. Klay will play tomorrow, barring a setback. He said Durant won’t, though.natesilver: 😬chris.herring: Said Durant won’t be scrimmaging today like he initially hoped, and that they’ll play it out over the next couple of days.natesilver: Gotta go update the model.tchow: Do you believe him, Chris?chris.herring: I do believe him.It still sounds like it’s fair to ask whether Durant will be able to make it back at all.sara.ziegler: ding ding dingnatesilver: Speaking of LeBron, it feels a little bit like with the Lakers this year how LeBron’s timetable kept slipping back.chris.herring: I honestly thought Klay would play in Game 3, so I definitely feel like he will for Game 4. But the Durant news is concerning, for sure.neil: Sounds like Klay honestly thought he would play too.chris.herring: Klay was going to make an argument to be out there regardless.sara.ziegler: Klay wanted to play SO BAD.neil: He probably would have played better than Shaun Livingston anyway.chris.herring: Kerr took a really good question from The Athletic’s Joe Vardon on Wednesday: If there’s any concern that he could make things worse, will he play tonight? And Kerr essentially said, that’s the whole issue. If he was still at a place where he could potentially injure himself worse, they didn’t want to risk it. Which makes sense, but they are running out of time — concerning the Durant injury, too.natesilver: I mean … if they throw Durant out there down 3-1 in the series, he has a chance to be a hero, I guess!tchow: Oh, man, can you imagine if they come back from 3-1 down to win it?neil: Imagine the memes.sara.ziegler: Cavs fans would be MAD.chris.herring: I think maybe Knick fans would be mad if Durant led them back from 3-1.Kerr is trying to clarify that there wasn’t a setback with Durant, by the way. For whatever it’s worth.natesilver: I mean, it sounds like there was a setback if he was supposed to scrimmage and then didn’t?neil: They’re going to be “optimistic” that he’s on a timetable to return by Game 8. Maybe Game 9.natesilver: Not that I want to put too much weight on this, but KD didn’t look particularly limber in those images of him in the tunnel and what not.neil: You’ve been spending a lot of time updating our injury spreadsheet, Nate. Were you breaking down that footage like the Zapruder tape?sara.ziegler: 🤣tchow: I feel like every NBA fan has become a body language doctor, especially after watching this series.chris.herring: May be double talk, I guess. Kerr basically said that he hoped KD might be able to scrimmage. But that was merely a hope, not an expectation that he would for sure. I think it’s fair to parse it, though.natesilver: It’s hard to know what to do with some of this, Neil! Since we literally do have to quantify injuries in our spreadsheet, there’s a fair amount of guesswork involved. And to some extent, sure, I’ll pay attention to fairly subtle signs.chris.herring: It is interesting that the Warriors may get Looney back at some point. But that and Klay, without Durant, will feel like getting a $10 refund when you’re still owed $20.natesilver: I guess “KD saves the Warriors” pretty much is the nightmare scenario for the Knicks, though. Although at this point, maybe even if that happens, KD would just be like, “I saved your asses and now you can go eff off anyway because I’m going to New York.”chris.herring: This whole series has been so weird. I really would like to see both teams at full strength. I’m convinced it would be a great series that way. Maybe it still will be.neil: Have there been any other finals in recent memory that was so ruled by injury reports? Maybe that Cavs-Warriors series with Love and Kyrie both out?sara.ziegler: Ban injuries, Chris!neil: Speaking of NBA2K, gotta toggle the injuries off for your franchise next time, Adam Silver.natesilver: Let’s remember that the Raptors’ two wins have come by 9 points and 14 points, respectively. Those are pretty solid margins. I know you can’t be quite this linear because of gameflow and all that, but our model figures that a healthy Warriors team is maybe 6-ish points per game better than the version they’ve been putting out there, so maybe Games 1 and 3 are still narrow wins for the Raptors.neil: And yet, didn’t it feel at times down the stretch of Game 3 that maybe — mayyyyyyybe — the Warriors would make a push?tchow: Yes! Everytime they cut it to 8 or 9, I was like, “here we go.”neil: That was the least safe-feeling 10-point lead ever.natesilver: They were on the verge of being on the verge, but never on the verge.I think the 14-point scoreline pretty accurately reflected how competitive the game was.tchow: Credit to Toronto for making shot after shot to not allow the comeback to really have momentum.natesilver: They did sink a lot of shots, yeah. Except in that stretch in the second quarter. But they don’t squander very many possessions on EITHER end, and that counts for a LOT.tchow: I can replay four or five possessions in my head right now of a Toronto shot that I was positive was not going to go in and would allow the Warriors to cut it to a two-possession game, but either Lowry with a ridiculous three or Danny Green with a shot-clock-beating three or Fred VanVleet with a rainbow, they all seemed to go in at the right time.chris.herring: It’s weird. I actually didn’t ever feel like the Warriors were RIGHT there. Partly because you knew they weren’t capable of the same sorts of runs we’ve grown accustomed to without the same sort of firepower on the court.Steph can’t do all that by himself.But yeah: The Raptors never let it get any closer than 7 down the stretch. They hit a big shot every time they needed one.sara.ziegler: Is it all about who you’re rooting for? Cuz I was sure the Warriors were coming back.neil: (Sara is pro-FiveThirtyEight model pre-series projection, and therefore staunchly pro-Raptors.)sara.ziegler: (Obviously.)natesilver: The Warriors’ third-quarter comebacks are also not something magical, though. It’s about having so much weaponry that they’re almost impossible to beat when they’re locked in and maybe the other team is worn down a bit.But you take away that weaponry, and you can’t have the shock-and-awe type comeback.chris.herring: Exactly.sara.ziegler: Nate, IT IS MAGIC.Stop using your fancy analytics talk.natesilver: It FEELS like magic in part because KD, Curry and Klay all have such nice shooting form and such uncanny ability to drain shots from anywhere on the floor. So it LOOKS like they aren’t even working for it.But you take two of those guys off the floor, and even with Curry scoring 47, it’s pretty hard to overcome a 10-ish-point deficit against a good opponent, even at home.chris.herring: Especially when you’re defending the way they were. The Raptors scored on five possessions in a row between the eight- and five-minute mark in the fourth quarter. That was essentially all she wrote at that point.neil: It is worth pointing out that they did have two recent All-Stars in that game in Curry and Draymond. (Plus another one in Cousins, which perhaps shouldn’t count.) How many other teams would love “only” that many stars?natesilver: The thing about Draymond is that he’s maybe one of the 10 best guys in the league to be in your lineup if you already have Curry/KD/Klay. But if you were starting a team from scratch, he might be, like, 40th? Because he doesn’t provide enough scoring punch.neil: Right, they are the wrong kind of All-Stars.But it kind of speaks to how insanely stacked the Warriors are at full strength that it feels like they are now, idk, the Atlanta Hawks or something.tchow: Orlando Magic.natesilver: FYI, the Warriors’ odds just fell from 33 percent to 29 percent (exactly what Trump’s were on ELECTION DAY!!!!) when I updated the model with Klay being healthy for Game 4 but KD’s timetable being a little pushed back.chris.herring: Nate is setting himself up for attacks from all sorts of people who don’t understand probability in case the Warriors win.tchow: That’s what I’m saying!natesilver: Oh, those will happen anyway, Chris.tchow: Déjà vu!chris.herring: 😂
← Previous Story ZUPO leads Qatari U20 National Team! Next Story → Uros Zorman stays in Kielce until 2017! top 10 transfers The last month of the season is the right time to present the TOP 10 list of “missed targets” – transfers which showed no valuable for the teams. It is questionable, whether teams made mistakes or these players need time to adapt, but season 2013/2014 wasn’t good enough for them to “avoid” this list…TOP 10 “MISSED TARGETS” OF THE SEASON 2013/20141.Gabor Csaszar (Veszprem – PSG Handball)Hungarian NT playmaker will remember year 2012 as the best of his life. He played in fantastic form for Hungary at EURO 2012 and Olympic Games in London, but after that his form began to fall down. He couldn’t find himself in the system of Antonio Carlos Ortega, but words of critics weren’t enough to build self-confidence and show even a piece of his potential in PSG Handball. Csaszar went to France as a big name, but only 4 goals at whole EHF CL season speaking a lot about it…2. Jakov Gojun (BM Atletico Madrid – PSG Handball)Another „star“ of PSG Handball didn’t find himself in the city of Light. Defensive specialist of Atletico Madrid and Croatia lost his place in the middle of the defense, who was one of the weakest part of the Gardient’s squad. Gojun is the player in the best ages and he must to do better…3. Michael Kraus (HSV Handball – FA Goppingen)His goals have secured the EHF CL title of HSV Handball last June, but action called „back to the roots“ wasn’t successful. Kraus didn’t get back in the form with his „handball father“ Velimir Petkovic, who lost the job after only three months of the season due sensationaly bad results of his players. World and EHF CL champion, Mimi Kraus became just a part of 13th squad of Bundesliga…4. Angel Montoro (FC Barcelona – Toulouse)Yes, he lost the place in Barcelona after Kiril Lazarov signed deal, but Angel Montoro couldn’t find himself on loan in French Toulouse. He stayed there only six months, when Manolo Cadenas expressed will to get him back on the track in Wisla Plock…5. Borut Mackovsek (RK Celje PL – TSV Hannover Burgdorf)Slovenian „wunderkind“ left Germany after only six months in Hannover. He was one of the „hottest transfer stories“ of the last summer, Flensburg and Hannover fought about him, but he didn’t show how big talent is. Slovenian NT coach Boris Denic took him to Dinamo Minsk to try to „wake him up“, but project in Belarus collapsed. Mackovsek next station is Montpellier, still is one of the most promising European left backs in generation 1992, but the fact is that he missed the first chance…6. Petar Djordjic (SG Flensburg – HSV Handball)Despite the re-rupture of his knee ligaments in the last part of the season, 9 months of the healthy period not convinced us that Petar Djordjic could be a real successor of Domagoj Duvnjak. Djordjic was more „bench guy“ than in Flensburg, where he reached the TOP level. It is obvious that he has potential to become a great player, but we haven’t seen too much in HSV „trikot“…7. Zarko Markovic (FA Goppingen – HSV Handball)Ex-Montenegrian and probably the future Qatari NT right back had just an episode in Hamburg after good seasons in RK Metalurg and Frisch Auf Goppingen.8. Arnor Atlason (SG Flensburg – Saint Raphael)The first big name in Saint Raphael could give more to his team in the first season. Icelandic left back has impressive CV with AG Copenhagen and SG Flensburg, but his first season in France wasn’t among the best in his career…9. Daniel Narcisse (THW Kiel – PSG Handball)“Air France” was just a part of an average team who didn’t reach the limit. He didn’t “make a change” on the court…10. Mikel Aguirrezabalaga (FC Barcelona – Dinamo Minsk – Eisenach)The name of Spanish left back with experience of playing in Barcelona and Spanish NT (25 appearances) was good enough reason for the fans in Belarus and Germany to think about nice period ahead. Mikel left Dinamo Minsk after only six months and wasn’t helpful to Eisenach to stay at Bundesliga…
EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about penalty points, the death of a young boy in Scotland – and that nun who gave birth in Italy.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The 5 most popular comments this week1. With 3,321 green thumbs, the top comment of the week was made by Demelza Cullen after the tragic and devastating death of young Scottish boy Mikaeel Kular was announced. The lads and ladies of DailyEdge.ie got immense fun out of Sharon’s Unimpressed Face. So much so, they made Ireland’s very own meme.Over on Facebook, Réidín Kelleher noted thatAengus still in the lead !!!(In case you’ve been living under a rock, she was referring to this)Here for each otherOn a piece about gay rights, Ryleigh Kane had some motivational words for LGBT couples with intentions of having children.My partner and I have two beautiful girls.Both of them are fostered.Like many other gay couples we encountered a lot of obstacles when we decided to foster.It was worth every minute and I want to say to every couple who wish to foster to stick with the process.You will succeed.It is not easy but the rewards are more than you could ever imagine.The comments section under videos which detailed the lung problems and heart diseases that have destroyed three smokers became a good forum of support for those trying to kick the habit.Crazy wrote:I quit smoking just over two weeks ago. Best thing I ever did. But I really dislike the way smokers are being made feel like lepers!!! The outcasts of society. Give them a break. It’s not easy to quit! And they are paying a huge amount of tax for their addiction. It’s not about educating a smoker. They know the risks. It’s an addiction! Stop slating them!!!!!Gerry Ryan shared his current situation:Three weeks off them today I hope to f@#k I stay off them!!The insomnia is killing me but I have been assured it will be worth it in the end!!…Heres Hoping!And Yazz Coyle gave him some dressing room words:It does go away , takes about 3 weeks to sleep right again !! If your using patches they can keep u awake 24/7 but it’s still so worth it !! I’m 2yrs off them last week and so glad !! I don’t think I’ll ever be a reformed smoker I loved smoking to much 😉 but it’s seriously worth giving up !! I feel 100times healthier !!! Good luckAnimal CrueltyUnfortunately, it is a symptom of the economic downturn that we are not looking after all our animals like we used to. Animal rescue services and shelters are busier than ever before and there have been a number of cruelty cases highlighted this week.Unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg. AHAR (Animal Heaven Animal Rescue) had to save 17 more horses/ponies that were left to die on Tuesday 21st Jan. The conditions these animals were left in were horrendous to say the least.. To quote them“As we drove in, four ponies stood knee deep in their own feces in a filthy paddock with nothing to eat. They were eating their own feces and had eaten the timber rail around them.We then walked into the stables and it was just the same. We all were in silence, couldn’t speak or even believe this was happening. Then we opened a door in to an indoor arena…. Oh my god! Just wait till you see the state of them. This is one hell of a cruelty case as we looked from one to another. They all came for us, begging for food. Searching our hands…. hoping for food. Outside we found a tiny foal just made of bones as she lay in her own dirt, too weak to get up. She is only about three months old, totally starved and no mother.” Please go and to the following facbook page https://www.facebook.com/ahar.ie?fref=ts and see amazing work they do…And support whatever way you can..maybe by becoming a volunteer ..Richard Ill noticed a pattern across the news stories, writing on one about a horrific case of dog cruelty:Ireland is starting to gain a big reputation for animal cruelty! The government has to bring in severe laws protecting animal welfare. How dare somebody do this to an animal, disgraceful!Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Image: @ChristineBohan)The above image of a music shop in Dublin was taken by our Deputy Editor Christine Bohan yesterday and we just had to share the sweet sign. Store owner, Geraldine Byrne, gave us the inside track in the comments section:That’s my music shop 🙂 sign was written by the doting grandmother Maria Moorkens Byrne and grandfather Charles Byrne. Baby Fiachra was born 11.08 Tuesday 21st and has a big brother Dara. Thanks for making us all smile today!DailyEdge.ie told us nine ways that parents have really embarrassed their kids on Facebook but we really felt for the sister of Laura W, who told us:My Dad was so p*ssed off at my sister last year for not looking after her room; he waited until she left it in sh*te again, took photos of it from various angles while she was out, posted them to Facebook and TAGGED her in them.Angry Dad – 1Angsty teenage sister – NilLaughsThis simple line from rotund jocularity made us laugh out loud after reading it on an article about a race being disturbed by an earthquake in New Zealand:Greyhounds ain’t got time for quakes! R.I.P little man. I hate this world sometimes.2. It was on a further development in the same story – that the three-year-old’s mother was detained in relation to the death – that Keith Shanghai Irish received 1,867 thumbs up for offering his sympathies. Absolutely heart breaking news to wake up to, sitting having breakfast with my wee girl of similar age. Just can’t understand it at all. RIP little man3. We all love a good pun – well, 1,700 of you do anyway, giving Vivian Wynne Philips green thumbs for this frankly excellent remark about the nun who gave birth to a baby Francis recently. She better not make a habit out of this…4. The death of Mikaeel Kular resonated with most of our readers and it was again on an article about his death that Wayne Scales received 1,590 green thumbs for his thoughts. I think the fact that so many people joined the search shows there are a lot more decent people than horrible ones, may the little fella RIP5. A good love story will always get us and Alan Mulvey got his just rewards – in the form of 1,442 thumbs up – for sharing his tale on a piece about online dating. I joined plenty of fish 3 years ago and went on a date. in 8 weeks im getting married to that girl and could not be happier in lifeThe top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. ‘I can now feel lucky every day’: Over 3,000 people granted Irish citizenship (430 comments)2. Anti-Muslim ‘Irish voice’ page to be reported to Gardaí, Facebook (285 comments)3. Spain’s new cardinal says homosexuality is a ‘defect’ (254 comments)4. Putin says gay people at Olympics must ‘leave children alone’ (246 comments)5. Traveller women refused entry to charity event win District Court case (211 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekFamily Fun
A Greek beekeeper is the new face in demand by television and modelling agencies across the globe, after his photograph went viral.The Cretan heartthrob, Stathis Stivaktakis, was photographed while taking part in a farmer’s protest at Syntagma Square in the centre of Athens, where he was taking a stand against a planned tax increase. Dubbed ‘the sexy Cretan’, the 25-year-old with dark hair and blue eyes, has not only been a hit amongst locals, his face capturing global attention thanks to the BBC and Reuters. In all the excitement, Stivaktakis was asked to make an appearance on Crete TV, where he made it clear he was not interested in the spotlight, and said that his love for the island was too great to ever leave.“I don’t want to be judged for my looks, but for my mind and soul,” he said. Since then however, it appears the young Cretan has had a slight change of heart, agreeing to be photographed for Cyprus edition of Down Town magazine (pictured above). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Tech Industry Internet Security Share your voice 0 Lawmakers are poised to send federal employees back to work for at least another three weeks. Getty Images US government tech workers will soon be back on the job.On Friday, President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers reached a deal to reopen the federal government for three weeks, ending a 35-day shutdown. The closure, which began on Dec. 22, idled workers at the Federal Communications Commission and the Food and Drug Administration, who were forced to push pause on safety reviews of tech products. Other federal workers charged with maintaining government websites couldn’t get into the office, allowing scores of security certificates to expire.Now, workers will be back on the job, at least temporarily. They’ll have a lot on their plates.Before the government can reopen, both houses of Congress must approve a bill authorizing funds, which must then be signed by Trump. When that happens, agencies with tech responsibilities, like the FCC and FDA, can get back to work. The FCC regulates the radio, television and phone industries, while the FDA certifies medical tech devices.”This is good news for businesses regulated by the FCC because now they can finally move forward with merger approvals, rulemakings, complaint proceedings, and equipment authorizations,” said Marc Martin, who heads Perkins Coie’s communications industry group.The FCC furloughed 80 percent of its staff and shut down most of its operations on Jan. 2, when it ran out of funding.As a result, the agency stopped taking consumer complaints and was unable to review or take any enforcement action on bad actors, like robocallers who violated its regulations. It also suspended any licensing activity for the broadcast, wireless or wireline industries. This meant the agency temporarily put on hold merger reviews, like that for the Sprint-T-Mobile deal, which is pending.Another major consequence of the shutdown is that the FCC and FDA also suspended the certification of devices, which many in the industry feared would delay the launch of new tech products. Neither agency responded to a request for comment.The FCC requires most new devices that emit radio frequency energy to be certified to ensure the energy doesn’t harm humans or interfere with other products or services that use radio spectrum. While most of the actual testing is outsourced to FCC-authorized companies, the FCC is still required to provide the final sign-off. And because the agency had shutdown its equipment authorization database, these applications couldn’t be processed.The Telecommunications Industry Association, a trade group representing makers of telecom gear, had warned that the launch of 5G networks could be delayed because devices used for these networks wouldn’t be able to make it to market.To deal with this issue, the FCC reactivated the Equipment Authorization System last Friday. This allowed the majority of devices needing certification to be processed. But because the support staff was still furloughed, products that required more “complex” testing and consultation with FCC staff still couldn’t get certified. BacklogsEven though the FCC had already started to certify devices, the shutdown has likely caused a backlog for the agency, which it will have to work through, said Ron Quirk, an attorney heading up the connected device practice at Marashlian & Donahue PLLC. Quirk said he’s telling his clients to expect delays. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a Democrat who served under President Barack Obama, echoed those sentiments.”This is not a situation where employees walk back in and pick up where they left off a few days before,” he said in a blog post this week.Still, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel is eager to get the agency working again. After Trump unveiled the deal on Friday, she tweeted a selfie that included a message saying she’s hoping the shutdown will end soon. “There is work to do — to extend the reach of broadband, update public safety communications, expand the opportunities of wireless technology,” she said in her tweet.Separately, scores of federal websites will need attention in order to update their security. At last count, internet security company Netcraft said 130 security certificates used by government websites had expired during the shutdown. The certificates enable important security features that encrypt information that users send and receive from a website.The lapsed certificates make it difficult for everyday Americans to reach government sites because browsers often block websites with expired credentials. If those users managed to access such sites, they could be vulnerable because hackers could get in between them and the websites, potentially stealing usernames, passwords, banking information or other sensitive data they entered.Security: Stay up-to-date on the latest in breaches, hacks, fixes and all those cybersecurity issues that keep you up at night. How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online. Tags Post a comment FCC Hacking
Yubico’s hardware security keys let you log on without a password on sites, apps and devices that support the FIDO2 authentication technology. Stephen Shankland/CNET Google has updated its support for hardware security keys so you no longer need to rely on its Chrome browser to log into websites like Gmail, YouTube and G Suite.Hardware security keys, small devices that connect to devices wirelessly or with USB, offer better logon security than passwords alone or passwords combined with short-lived numeric codes sent to your phone. But until now, Google’s support was limited to an earlier standard called U2F that came with a lot of confines. But now Google updated its login with the newer, broader standard of FIDO2 and its incarnation for websites, WebAuthn.The change means people using Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s Edge will be able to log into Google websites with hardware security keys — though for now they’ll still need Chrome to enroll in the system.And later, embracing FIDO2 opens the door for Google to move beyond passwords entirely, since FIDO2 enables authentication with a combination of security key and biometric data like faces or fingerprints. That would be a victory for those who want to move beyond today’s plague of problems with passwords.U2F, short for Universal Second Factor, is limited to uses that combine the hardware key with a password. Browsers like Firefox, Edge and Apple Safari don’t support it. FIDO2, which like U2F was developed by a consortium called the Fast Identity Online Alliance, encompasses U2F and other options, including just the hardware security key alone.Christiaan Brand, product manager for identity and security, announced Google’s move to WebAuthn in a tweet Thursday. On Friday, Mark Risher, director of identity platform and account security, added: “FIDO2 rolling now!”Google didn’t immediately comment on when people would be able to use other browsers to enable hardware security key login or whether Google plans to move to passwordless authentication. Google in February embraced FIDO2 for its Android software, a move that lets people use fingerprints to log into apps.Microsoft has embraced passwordless logon with Windows and online services like Outlook, Skype and Xbox Live. Gmail Google Drive Google Tags Post a comment 0 Security Share your voice
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll talk to LaRian Finney and D Chase representing Baltimore’s multi-million dollar basketball event, “The Basketball Tournament,” which is also focused on community service and employment opportunities. Also, Nakkia Rowe, principal of Renaissance Academy will talk about the $1.5 million investment in her beleaguered school, by Baltimore Ravens owner, Steve Bisciotti.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Common cold is pretty much around in winter, but it can be countered easily. Simple steps such as getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water or a mug of lemon tea with a teaspoon of honey can help you keep cold at bay, suggest experts. Here are some quick tips:Gloomy weather can induce your sugary and stodgy food intake, but try to balance it by including seasonal fruits and green vegetables in the diet. Also, do not overlook the benefits of adding jaggery in your daily meal as it makes your immunity stronger to fight daily health issues during winter. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVitamin D ingestion is vital in winter to feel energised. Soaking in the sun for half an hour daily can solve your purpose, but those who don’t have time for this can add eggs and fish in their meal to consume their dosage of Vitamin D.To beat winter blues, exercising is really important. It will not only help you stay active, but will also keep a check on your weight gain during winter.It is important to cover up. Go for multiple layers instead of one heavy jacket; synthetic fabrics and wool are better insulators. Take special care of areas like hands and feet, and head and neck.Add some spices to your daily diet. Spices tend to make a person feel warm and also provide strength to the immune system to fight against bacteria. You can add different spices like cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cloves, cardamom, bay leaf and turmeric in teas.
Park Hotel Group enters South Korea with Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, Seoul From left to right: Mr Min Kyung Eun, Managing Director of K2 Group, Mr Min Cho Heung, Chairman of K2 Group , Mr Kang Juhong, Deputy Chief of Mission, Minister & Consul General, Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Mr Lee Jeong Chan, Chairman, Nambu Newspaper, Mr Allen Law, Chief Executive Officer of Park Hotel Group, Mr Mohd Rafin, Chief Corporate Officer of Park Hotel Group.Park Hotel Group enters South Korea with Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, SeoulPark Hotel Group is pleased to announce its expansion into South Korea, a new destination in line with its strategic focus to grow its brand presence across Asia Pacific. The hotel management contract was signed with a member of K2 Group to manage Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, Seoul, scheduled to open in early 2017.“Going into South Korea has always been in the plan and this opportunity comes at a time when the country enjoys double digit year-on-year growth in inbound tourism in the first half of 2016, led by the government’s commitment and investment to boost tourism. There are many reasons to visit South Korea with its intriguing history and culture, traditional cuisine, breath-taking natural scenery, influence of its colourful entertainment industry and more,” said Mr Allen Law, Chief Executive Officer of Park Hotel Group.With its headquarters in Seoul, K2 Group specialises in credit card authorisation and financial transaction systems with over 360 exclusive distributors in South Korea. This partnership marks the company’s first hotel project as it seeks to diversify into new industries.“We are looking for a partner that shares the same growth vision as us and Park Hotel Group has a track record of delivering business and operational excellence for its hotels in Asia Pacific. With Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, Seoul added to its portfolio, we have every confidence that the hotel will offer a differentiated experience with its local knowledge matched with top quality service standards. We are very excited about a meaningful partnership to come.” said Mr Min Cho Heung, Chairman of K2 Group.Nestled in Seoul’s Yeongdeungpo district and near to the scenic Hangang River, the new build Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, Seoul is 45 minutes from Incheon International Airport. Just outside the Seonyudo subway station, the hotel offers easy connectivity to the Yeouido financial hub located just 10 minutes away. Within the Yeouido district, one can explore many landmarks and attractions including the historical National Assembly Building, 63 Square featuring an art gallery, aquarium, performance hall, wax museum and an observatory with panoramic views of Seoul. IFC Mall and duty-free stores are also a stone’s throw away. For some respite from the city bustle, the Seonyudo and Yeouido Parks are also easily accessible from the hotel. Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, Seoul offers 150 rooms and suites with three dining outlets including an all-day dining restaurant, gourmet coffee deli and a rooftop restaurant and bar. The hotel also has a gymnasium and function rooms.“The continued upswing in tourism infrastructure and activity in South Korea complements the Group’s plans to build its brand presence in the country and Park Hotel Yeongdeungpo, Seoul shall serve as a launchpad for further planned expansion in the country. The top feeder markets of South Korea also mirror our hotel destinations in Asia Pacific and this is hugely beneficial as we seek to develop synergies to drive interest and footfall to the hotel.” Mr Law added.Park Hotel Group owns and manages 14 hotels in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong,China, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Focused on delivering service with love and passion, the Group extended its service philosophy to resort properties with Park Hotel Nusa Dua, Bali last year. Park Hotel Farrer Park, the Group’s 5th hotel in Singapore is scheduled to open in Q1 next year, followed by its first hotel in Australasia and Malaysia, namely Park Hotel Adelaide and Park Hotel Melaka, slated to launch in 2018 and 2019 respectively.About Park Hotel Group Park Hotel Group is one of Asia Pacific’s best hospitality groups. The Group manages, owns and develops Park branded hotels around the Asia Pacific. Established since 1961, Park Hotel Group grew rapidly from its first hotel in Hong Kong to the current portfolio of 14 properties across 7 countries and 10 cities in the region, with access to over 4,000 rooms.Committed to delivering exceptional service with love and passion, the acclaimed Park Hotel Group has established a track record of operating successful hotels. As it strives to be a world-renowned brand in hospitality, Park Hotel Group continues to focus on its footprint expansion through acquisitions and hotel management services.Park branded hotels include the luxury Grand Park and the upscale Park Hotel. Source = Park Hotel Group
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Not very telling.How many touches and how much will the Cardinals lean on their star running back who is coming off a season-ending injury?“Um, we’ll find out,” Bradford added. “Obviously, David, he’s one of the best offensive football players in the league and you know, we’re going to look to use him in a number of ways and to try to get him as many touches as he can handle.”On Wednesday, maybe the most intel into offensive coordinator Mike McCoy’s plans came from Johnson himself, who seemed assured he will be featured often and diversely.“I hope so. It seems that way,” he said. “We have, also, other weapons, but I feel like I will be a big contributor to the offense.”EXTRA POINTS— Defensive end Markus Golden was the only player who did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Wilks said he is progressing but said that if “a guy is not practicing by Thursday it’s tough for them to be ready for the game.”— The Cardinals players voted Fitzgerald, Bradford, Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones, Corey Peters, Antoine Bethea and Phil Dawson as team captains for the season.— Sam Bradford, on what he’s seen from second-year WR Chad Williams: “Chad, he’s got all the tools to be a great receiver. Just his speed, his physicality. He’s won a number of contested one-on-one balls in training camp. He’s a guy who’s really strong at the catch point. If he gets his hands on it, he’s usually coming down with it.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments Share TEMPE, Ariz. — There’s no point in hiding the obvious.Running back David Johnson, mended wrist and all, will carry, jump-cut and catch the Arizona Cardinals to success or failure in 2018. He’s plenty motivated.He’s yet to reach a contract extension with the team as of Wednesday, four days before Arizona opens the year by hosting the Washington Redskins. The fourth-year pro, as humbly as one can, has his own goals, including becoming the third player ever to surpass the 1,000-yard rushing and 1,000-yard receiving mark for a single season. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact He’s got something to prove.“Obviously I want the contract to be done as soon as possible,” Johnson said. “That’s a little bit of a motivation. But there’s so much other stuff, the injury and everything that I’m going to prove — and with a contract, that’s another thing. I’m definitely going to have that in the back of my head when I play.Related LinksWeek 1 NFL injury report: Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington RedskinsFormer Cardinal Larry Centers: David Johnson is ‘before his time’Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries will host Big Red Rage on 98.7 FMBehind Enemy Lines: Washington Redskins open 2018 vs. Cardinals“I’m very excited though. Coaches really let us know we need to be physical, start at the line of scrimmage, be able to ground-and-pound.”Ah, yes. Johnson and a reloaded offensive line of four players who were first-round picks — plus rookie third-round pick Mason Cole at center — want to pave defenses like road graders.“I think it’s always important they reflect their draft status,” head coach Steve Wilks said dryly. “I think if you look at the offensive line, I think they’ve proven that.”Beyond that, what are these 2018 Cardinals?The preseason glimpses of the packages involving receivers moving between X, Y and Z, two tight ends and a fullback allude to an enticing array of possibilities. But the Cardinals’ head coach and their two offensive leaders not named Larry Fitzgerald wouldn’t offer much more on Wednesday. “Hopefully touchdowns, hopefully moving the chains, hopefully converting on third down, hopefully scoring in the red zone and not kicking field goals,” Wilks joked.Once he dropped the sarcasm, his only hope was for execution. Wilks also suggested the team will “spread the ball around.”At the head of that discussion, nobody outside Arizona expects much out of quarterback Sam Bradford, who reiterated he’s ready to go after a long recovery from knee surgery that began after Week 2 of last season when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings.Bradford flashed accuracy in the preseason, completing 8-of-11 passes for 73 yards while working out of quick three-step drops to help him avoid standing in the pocket and taking punishment. Also over the exhibitions, Arizona bullied opponents’ defensive lines on eight Johnson carries for 50 yards.But even how Arizona will use Johnson is unknown. The Cardinals running back caught one pass for five yards in two preseason games.“In the preseason, obviously we were pretty vanilla,” Bradford said. “We kind of lined up and did what we did. There weren’t really a lot of wrinkles used in the preseason. I would look to see a little bit of a different look.” David Johnson on Saturday, July 28, 2018, the first full day of Arizona’s training camp. (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)
Go back to the enewsletterRichard Branson has overnight [22 November 2018] announced the reopening of his private island in the Caribbean, Necker Island, part of the Virgin Limited Edition portfolio.The property was devastated in 2018 when it was all but wiped out by Hurricane Irma. The reopening of Necker Island was a few weeks later than the initially proposed relaunch in October.Below are other images Branson shared online as a “sneak peek” of the finished product.Virgin Limited Edition’s Necker Island | The new Balinese style house, Leha Lo“Here is one of the more active spots on the island, where all of the water sports are organised, from kitesurfing to Hobie Cat racing, kayaking to snorkelling. We’ve got a wonderful team ready to teach beginners, develop old hands and share their love of the ocean.”The Great House has been restored with two brand-new rooms and an additional Balinese-style house, Leha Lo.Virgin Limited Edition’s Necker Island – The Great HouseThe beach pavilion has been extended and refreshed so guests can dine out among the stunning stars, next to the ocean.Branson also said that further accommodations will be revealed in the New Year, including a new Bali High complex.Branson said the whole team at Necker, and beyond, “have done an incredible job”.“When I think back to the desolation after the hurricane, it is astonishing to think this is the same island. One of our Necker construction team, Sam Boddington, put it well: ‘The original Necker evolved over the years, whereas this time it’s a revolution!’”Branson said the revitalisation “simply wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication, talent and determination of the whole Necker Island team. Some of the crew have been here for more than a decade, some are relatively new, but we are one big family and we’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming guests to our island again.”Necker Island can be booked exclusively or as individual rooms at one of its celebration weeks. Go back to the enewsletter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATLANTA — Singer and rapper Ty Dolla $ign faces drug charges in Atlanta.Court records show a Fulton County grand jury indicted the 36-year-old musician on Nov. 30 on charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of THC and misdemeanour possession of marijuana.The rapper’s birth name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr. He and six others were stopped Sept. 5 after a police officer said he smelled marijuana coming from a van near downtown Atlanta. A police report says a search of the vehicle yielded marijuana and cocaine.Police initially detained all seven people in the van but released everyone but Griffin after concluding the drugs belonged to him.A representative for Griffin did not respond Tuesday to an email seeking comment. Court records show Griffin lives in Los Angeles.The Associated Press Rapper Ty Dolla $ign indicted on felony drug charges by The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 12:33 pm PDT