Cabinet shuffle coming on Monday after Brison quits Trudeau says

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first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will shuffle his cabinet Monday to deal with the resignation of Treasury Board President Scott Brison.The longtime Nova Scotia MP announced Thursday morning that he won’t seek re-election this fall because he wants to spend more time with his family.He’ll said he’ll quit the cabinet before then because the government is best served by ministers who are running again.Brison has been the face of the Liberal government in Nova Scotia, where the party won every seat in 2015.But he’s also been close to the story of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who’s facing a trial for breach of trust related to allegations he leaked secrets to promote a navy shipbuilding contract.Norman’s case is to go to trial late this summer, just as the campaign for the Oct. 21 election is getting underway.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

No national tracking system in place as numbers of Indigenous women who

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first_imgAshley Brandson, Martha Troian APTN News When the RCMP announced in 2014 that they had compiled a list of 1,181 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada, it marked the first time such a comprehensive police report dedicated to the tragedy had ever been completed.Almost 5 years later, the number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls has only continued to climb but there are no plans for another study.“I think this country is not fully acknowledging what is going on to do with Indigenous women and girls,” said Sheila North, an advocate and a former grand chief of a Manitoba political organization.“There should be a way to keep track of what’s going on because the longer that we deny the truth, the longer it’s going to take to fix what’s going on.”Despite this, it’s unlikely that another major statistical report dealing with the tragedy will be conducted, let alone an active database to track every case.RCMP report a ‘special project’Initiated in 2013 by the RCMP, the national police service worked in conjunction with 300 policing agencies and Statistics Canada to create the report, ‘‘Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview.’The report revealed 1,017 homicide victims and 164 missing Indigenous women and girls spanning from 1980 to 2012.It also showed that Indigenous women and girls were more prone to violent deaths compared to non-Indigenous women, and similar to other female homicides, most victims knew their perpetrators and most homicides were committed by men.Read: 1,186 murdered and missing women over past 30 years: RCMP(Janice Armstrong, the RCMP’s deputy commissioner for contract and Aboriginal policing announcing the RCMP-led report in May 2014)It was seen as a ground breaking report and garnered national attention.However, in an email statement Cpl. Caroline Duval with the RCMP National Communications Services wrote, “The 2014 Overview was a special project” and that “The RCMP is not mandated nor funded to conduct statistical research of this kind” and stated further data on homicides of Indigenous women to consult Statistics Canada.(Lorilee Francis is just one case from the RCMP’s Canada’s Missing site. Francis was 23 years old when she went missing from Grand Prairie, Alta., in October 2007. Photo: Canadasmissing.ca)As for Statistics Canada there are no immediate plans to undertake another study with the RCMP or any other enforcement agency, according to communications officer Fabrice Mosseray.Definitive number difficult to determineBetty Rourke, a family member who lost both her daughter and sister to murder, thinks the RCMP and other policing agencies should invest in another major report.(Betty Rourke in her Selkirk, Manitoba home. Rourke said her daughter Jennifer McPherson was the sweetest thing and would never say anything bad about anybody. Photo: Martha Troian/APTN)“They’re the ones that get the case, they’re the ones that are called immediately. If they have funds for anything else, why can’t they have funds for this?” said Rourke.“We need to remember these women and girls, we can’t forget them.”Rourke also feels it’s important to know the precise number of cases.Francyn Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada believes the number of cases was always higher than the RCMP count.In an email statement Joe wrote, “They say a lot of crime goes unreported, Indigenous identity may be unknown and historically cases weren’t always taken seriously by police.”Though the organization once researched and maintained a database of cases in its Sister in Spirit initiative, Joe confirmed that’s no longer the case.An inquiry, yet no one keeping trackThe national inquiry into missing and murdered women and girls cannot provide a clear number either.“It’s difficult to come to a definitive number of MMIWG in Canada, as police services across the country have different methods of identifying who’s Indigenous, or who is murdered and missing,” said communications lead Catherine Kloczkowski.(Commissioners at the institutional hearings on police policies and practices in June 2018 in Regina, Saskatchewan)After years of not being on former Conservative leader Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s radar, in December 2015 the Liberal government finally launched a national inquiry.Led by four commissioners, the inquiry has gathered more than 2,300 statements from family members and survivors of violence since March 2017.(The AFN asserts we need better data collection and analysis when it comes to violence against Indigenous women and girls)The Assembly of First Nations are also not maintaining a national database.In an email statement National Chief Perry Bellegarde with the Assembly of First Nations wrote, “Law enforcement agencies across the country must develop coordinated and reliable methods of data collection respectful of women, girls, LGBTQ2S and all First Nations.”Outside the RCMP numbers, many advocates have suggested the number can be as high as 3,000 to 4,000 cases.MMIWG Inquiry report due next monthIn April, the inquiry will be releasing its long-awaited final report.In November 2017, the inquiry released its interim report citing a national police task force to be able to reopen cases especially for family members who might feel dissatisfied with the level of investigation into their loved one’s case.Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba is just one community grappling not only from multiple cases, APTN confirmed 20 cases in total, but with many family members who have expressed police failure.Read: First Nation counts nearly two dozen missing and murdered women(Danielle Twoheart, 26, died after falling from a three-story balcony in the Caribbean in February 2019. Photo courtesy: Holly Twoheart)The latest case from Sagkeeng is that of Danielle Twoheart, a young Indigenous mother of two who died after falling from a balcony at an all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort.Based on a police report shared with the family, it was mentioned that Twoheart’s death was an accident, something the family disagrees with.Read: Grieving mother believes daughter’s death at Caribbean resort suspicious.“I hope that there is some glaring, obvious recommendations on how we can move forward,” said Sheila North about the inquiry’s upcoming final report.“What I would like to see come out of the report is that we, as a nation, find a way so that Indigenous women and girls are safe, and that they’re independent and self-sustaining.”news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

Emotional Jean Coutu says farewell after shareholders approve sale to Metro

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first_imgMONTREAL – Jean Coutu fought back tears as he bid adieu to shareholders Wednesday after they approved the sale of the pharmacy chain he founded to Metro Inc. in a move that could pave the way for expansion beyond Quebec.“I gave my all, my best, in business and my profession,” the company founder said before choking up.Coutu, 90, said he will now devote his time and energy to helping the poor through a foundation established with his wife and family.The Marcelle and Jean Coutu Foundation, which has around $500 million in assets, has long helped projects to aid the poor, women, child abuse and fighting drug addiction.Coutu, who founded the pharmacy chain in 1969, said watching the network join another retailer was a bit like a mother watching her youngest child leave home.“You’re glad because you hope they’ll be a success but at the same time you feel a little sorrow,” he told reporters.A near-unanimous 99.9 per cent of votes cast sanctioned the $4.5-billion transaction, well above the two-thirds requirement.Shareholders of Jean Coutu (TSX:PJC.A) are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share. The Jean Coutu Group will appoint two members to Metro’s (TSX:MRU) board of directors.The deal announced nearly two months ago still requires Competition Bureau approval and is expected to close by March.Quebec’s second-largest pharmacy network, including Jean Coutu and Brunet, will operate as a separate division of the Metro, headed by Francois Coutu, son of the company founder.Francois Coutu expects the combination will open opportunities to expand in Ontario where Jean Coutu has just eight stores.“That is something we think we can exploit more than what we have done so far,” he said.But Coutu said the first step is to merge the pharmacy operations in Quebec and then see how the growth will extend to neighbouring provinces.Jean Coutu and Metro had casually discussed a deal for more than seven years, but only entered into detailed negotiations last spring.The vote Wednesday was all but a foregone conclusion since the Coutu family and affiliated entities which held 93 per cent of the voting rights, along with company directors and senior officers, agreed to vote in favour of the deal.The food and pharmacy industries have faced intensifying competition from other food retailers, Wal-Mart, Costco and Amazon’s entry in the grocery space with its purchase of Whole Foods.The proposed merger follows Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s (TSX:L) deal in 2014 to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart, which operates as Pharmaprix in Quebec.last_img read more

Hearings began yesterday in deportation case of alleged ISIS supporter arrested in

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first_imgHamdan was arrested in Fort St. John nearly three years ago, and was charged with four terrorism-related offences. He was acquitted of all charges in B.C. Supreme Court last fall, but continued to be detained by Immigration officials since he is not a Canadian citizen.Hamdan’s deportation hearing is scheduled to finish on May 16th. A separate hearing to revoke Hamdan’s refugee status took place last week, though the decision from that hearing has not been published. In the meantime, Hamdan remains in custody at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre in Maple Ridge.Story courtesy Global BC: https://globalnews.ca/news/4147042/deportation-hearing-isis-supporter/?utm_source=980CKNW&utm_medium=Facebook VANCOUVER, B.C. — An RCMP officer took to the stand yesterday at a deportation hearing in Vancouver for a former Fort St. John resident who was acquitted of terrorism charges last year.According to Global News, Cst. Tarek Mokdad testified at the deportation hearing of Othman Ayed Hamdan Monday, saying that that he had found “clear support” by Hamdan for the so-called Islamic State in his online posts. Cst. Mokdad said that Hamdan’s Facebook posts were a “cause for concern” about whether Hamdan presents a danger to national security.“I found clear support for the Islamic State,” said Cst. Mokdad, who is a member of the RCMP’s national security division, while on the stand at the Immigration and Refugee Board hearing.last_img read more

Dairy Queens Miracle Treat Day August 8th 2019

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Tomorrow, August 8th, 2019, is Dairy Queen’s Annual fundraising event, Miracle Treat Day.To participate in #MiracleTreatDayHead to Dairy Queen and purchase a BLIZZARD Treat and the net proceeds from each BLIZZARD go towards local Children’s Miracle Network Canada hospitals such as BC Children’s Hospital. To view social media, CLICK HERElast_img

Door is open for India to bring serious trade plan to table

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first_imgWashington: Observing that trade has been an area of frustration in bilateral ties, the US has said that the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table to address the issues related to trade and market access.The US in November last year revoked duty-free concessions on import of at least 50 Indian products, mostly from handloom and agriculture sectors, reflecting the Trump administration’s tough stand on trade-related issues with New Delhi. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsA senior State Department official said Friday that the US is proud to be India’s largest export market and most important economic partner. “But we have struggled with regulatory issues that get in the way of the ease of doing business and market access for American companies and products,” said the official. “Trade has frankly been an area of frustration in the relationship, but the door is open if India is prepared to bring a serious proposal to the table,” he said. Despite intensive engagement with the Government of India for nearly a year, India did not assure the US that it would provide equitable and reasonable access to its market, which led to its termination from the Generalised System of Preferences programme, the official said. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-Sep”While we were pleased that the growing US exports to India, largely crude oil and LNG, led to a 7.1 per cent reduction in our bilateral goods trade deficit last year, many structural challenges in our trade relationship have yet to be resolved,” said the senior State Department official. During the just concluded visit of the Foreign Secretary, while the focus was on strategic, defence and regional issues, in particular Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the visiting diplomat is believed to have been conveyed that the ball is in India’s court on resolving the trade related issues. The US is understood to have told India that the Trump administration is willing to review its decision to revoke its GSP privileges to India, if New Delhi comes with a credible proposal to address the market access issues that America has been talking about for nearly a year. The GSP notification is still within the 60 days period, after which the benefits would formally be withdrawn, it is reliably learnt that the US has told India that it is not too late. But it is unlikely to happen, given that India is now into an election campaign mode, officials on both sides said. While India argues that it is difficult to take any policy decision at this point of time because of the elections and the model code of conduct, American points out that it has decided to take its decision on revoking GSP privileges only after it exhausted all its options with India. During talks with India, America is believed to have said that “there are creative ways of solving” all the trade related issues that addressed concerns of both the countries.last_img read more

Kohli not shrewd franchise skipper cant be compared to Dhoni Rohit

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first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is not a “shrewd captain” who could be compared to his national team deputy Rohit Sharma or former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who have won three IPL titles each, feels former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. The former India opener, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL trophies in 2012 and 2014, feels that in result oriented franchise environment, Kohli has been “lucky” to have survived despite Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) never winning the coveted title in his eight years as skipper. “I don’t see him as a shrewd captain. I don’t see him as a tactful captain (tactician). And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately, a captain is only as good as his record,” Gambhir told on host broadcasters’ ‘Star Sports’ show ‘GamePlan’. Gambhir’s comments is specific to Kohli’s success as a leader in IPL since he is the first captain who has led India to a Test series win on Australian soil. “There are people who have won the trophy three times. MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go. You cannot compare him to someone like Rohit or Dhoni at this stage,” Gambhir said. “He has been a part of RCB, and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years, and he has been very lucky and should be thanking the franchise that they stuck with him. Because not many captains have got such a long rope where they haven’t won a tournament,” said Gambhir, who had to part ways with KKR in 2018 after seven long years and two titles.last_img read more

Children missing DCPCR identifies 50 vulnerable areas

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights has identified 50 areas from where the cases of missing children are regularly reported. The child rights body with the help of local volunteers will raise awareness on the menace.According to DCPCR, earlier they had mapped 20 areas depending on the report of missing cases. But recently they found some new places from where children go missing regularly. Samrah Mirza, member of child rights body, said that they have taken data from Delhi Police regarding the issue and identified the areas vulnerable to kids. “Through our Bal Suraksha Mitra, we are creating awareness in the vulnerable areas and also assisting the family in need, “said DCPCR member. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to the commission, earlier they had conducted a comprehensive study from 2015 to 2017 and found that Ranhola, Narela, Samaypur Badli, Shahbad Dairy, Jaitpur, Neb Sarai, Khajuri Khas, Sagarpur, Jahangirpuri, Bhalswa Dairy, and Mehrauli were among 20 areas prone to missing children cases. The commission claimed that areas including Gandhi Nagar, Malviya Nagar, Jamia Nagar, Burari, Chhawla, Najafgadh, Okhla, Sonia Vihar, New Usmanpur, Punjabi Bagh are among the 50 places from where the missing cases are being reported. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDCPCR official said that they regularly visit the area and meet the families to make them aware about the menace. The Bal Suraksha Mitra sends a report to the child rights body in cases where the missing/kidnapped children family feels handicapped or requires assistance. According to Delhi Police data, around 1,177 cases of missing children have been registered in the city in just 74 days. Police sources told Millennium Post that up to March 15, as many as 585 kids were traced whereas 592 children are still missing. As many as 1,080 kidnapping cases were reported in which 315 were solved and 60 persons involved in the crime arrested. As per the analysis, in most of the cases, children go missing due to reasons like parents not being at home, academic pressure, losing their way, elopement.last_img read more

We Came Up With A New Way To Determine Baseballs Top PowerSpeed

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9Y. Moncada869087.6T. Story789886.9 Baseball has always prized players who can hit the ball a country mile or run like the wind. And when the same player can do both of those things, he becomes the stuff of legends — like when Willie Mays hit 36 home runs and swiped 40 bases in 1956, or when Jose Canseco inaugurated the 40-40 club in 1988.So, who is today’s version of Mays or Canseco — the best mix of both power and speed? There is the traditional way of measuring it, but we can do a better job using MLB’s new Statcast metrics, which track the exact velocity of a ball off a player’s bat and the speed of his body around the basepaths.Bill James originally captured a player’s combination of slugging and running by inventing a statistic called the Power/Speed Number, introduced in his 1980 “Baseball Abstract.” The formula is simply the harmonic mean of home runs and stolen bases: two times home runs times stolen bases, divided by the sum of home runs and stolen bases. “It is so crafted that a player who does well in both home runs and stolen bases will rate high,” James wrote, “and his rating is determined by the balance of the two as well as by the total.”According to this basic accounting system, the best combo of power and speed in any single season belonged to Alex Rodriguez in 1998, when he hit 42 home runs and stole 46 bases — just the third of four 40/40 seasons in MLB history.1The most recent was Alfonso Soriano’s in 2006. The best Power/Speed Number last season belonged to Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians, who hit 39 home runs and stole 34 bases; that season is tied for 31st all-time in James’s metric.For this season, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson led baseball on April 18 with a 4.8 Power/Speed Number (four homers and six steals) — though that’s not really comparable to full-season numbers because the metric is a mean of two cumulative stats, meaning that it grows as the season goes on.2The career leader in Power/Speed is Barry Bonds with a mark of 613.9 — gargantuan relative to the single-season record of 43.9. A better way to get numbers that resemble full-season stats is to combine actual results from the first few weeks of the season with rest-of-season projected homers and steals from FanGraphs’ depth charts. After we did that, the top projected Power/Speed player of 2019 was Adalberto Mondesi of the blazing-fast Kansas City Royals — he’s on pace for 48 stolen bases and 22 home runs. Starling Marte24.9Tim Anderson24.0Eric Davis198640.4 1M. Trout919592.9C. Bellinger999596.6 3T. Story889892.5R. Acuña889892.3 * Harmonic mean of the percentile ranks for exit velocity and sprint speed2019 numbers through April 18Source: Baseball Savant Mookie Betts31.0Ronald Acuna27.4Eric Davis198742.5 Javier Baez26.0Jonathan Villar24.0Barry Bonds199040.4 7S. Ohtani978188.1H. Pence918587.8 Mondesi certainly is fast — he ranks second in all of baseball (behind Minnesota’s Byron Buxton) in Statcast’s sprint speed metric, which tracks a player’s velocity on running plays in which he is theoretically hustling. His pop is also impressive for a speedster. If Mondesi were to hit his projections, he would be in great company: The 40/40 club’s lesser cousin, in which a player has 20 homers and 40 steals, has been done only 50 times in history and not at all since 2013. But according to Statcast, the average exit velocity of Mondesi’s batted balls is 88.9 miles per hour, which puts him in the bottom half of all qualified hitters.3Minimum 25 batted-ball events.Homers and steals are proxies for power and speed, but they’re imperfect ones. If we use Statcast’s rankings as the basis for a new conception of James’s old Power/Speed Number — measuring power with exit velocity and speed with sprint velocity — it turns out that there are hitters who do an even better job than Mondesi of combining these two facets of the game.I took every player who had at least one batted-ball event and one running event in every 1.8 games through April 184Which worked out to about 10 so far this season and about 90 over a full season. and calculated his percentile rank in each category. Then, like with James’s original metric, I took the harmonic mean of those two values for a combined score that rewards high rankings in both power and speed.Last season’s top power-speed player was — who else? — Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who ranked 31st in exit velocity and 17th in sprint speed.Of course, Trout also ranked fifth on our original Power/Speed leaderboard … but where is Ramirez in this updated version? Surprisingly, the Indians’ MVP candidate was only 85th in the new ranking, despite leading MLB in James’s metric. He had a lot more steals and homers than we would have expected from his raw physical tools. As my colleague Travis Sawchik documented last season, Ramirez made up for a lack of pure power with a concerted focus on lifting the ball in the air to his pull side, particularly to right field as a lefty hitter. (Ramirez hits from both sides of the plate.) He was also smart about picking his spots as a base-stealer, ranking seventh in stolen-base percentage with an 85 percent success rate.But this version of the Power/Speed Number is more about measuring the skills that help lead to home runs and steals — rather than the homers and steals themselves — so players like Ramirez are out in favor of those like the Braves’ great young left fielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who consistently hits rockets off the bat and is one of the fastest runners in the sport. Trea Turner26.4C. Yelich24.0Bobby Bonds197340.9 8A. Altherr849287.9J. Báez928487.4 Acuña was second last year and is third so far in 2019, coming up on the heels of Buxton (who might be the anti-Ramirez — he has one of the league’s highest average exit velocities despite zero home runs this season or last). But neither player ranks No. 1. That honor belongs to Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers.The power part isn’t shocking. Bellinger already has 11 home runs this season, second in the majors behind Christian Yelich. He’s leading the majors in an absurd array of stats, including wins above replacement, batting average, slugging percentage, hits, runs, total bases and on-base plus slugging (OPS). Through April 18, Bellinger ranked sixth in average exit velocity at 95.9 miles per hour.But speed? According to FanGraphs, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Bellinger was rated by scouts as a “45” in the category back in 2017, with average at 50. And yet, Bellinger was up to 16th in Statcast sprint speed at 29.0 feet per second, tied with Kansas City speed-merchant Billy Hamilton (!). In just the first three weeks of the season, Bellinger already had 27 of what Statcast classifies as “competitive runs,” which contribute to his average, so it’s unlikely that the radar-trackers merely picked up a few aberrant readings. That’s particularly the case since Bellinger also ranked 35th overall in sprint speed last season, with a 28.8 feet-per-second average over 224 competitive runs.Interestingly, the power component might be the more likely area of regression for Bellinger. Although he exploded for 39 home runs in his first 132 major league games in 2017, his power dipped last season, with an average exit velocity that didn’t rank among the top quarter of MLB hitters. He appears to have made adjustments after a classic sophomore-slump campaign, blistering the ball early this season, but Bellinger has the longer track record of having an elite sprint speed than having elite batted-ball metrics.Bellinger is simply surprisingly fast in terms of in-game speed. And that works in concert with his crazy mashing to make him MLB’s best power-speed player in the early part of this season.Check out our latest MLB predictions. C. Yelich27.3Mookie Betts24.8Jose Canseco198841.0 Mike Trout29.7Jose Ramirez26.9Barry Bonds199641.0 6T. Hernández948588.9N. Goodrum909089.9 Who combines the best Statcast power and speed metrics?2018 and 2019 MLB leaders in percentile ranks for both power (by average exit velocity) and speed (by average sprint speed) 2018 Leaders2019 Leaders 5T. Pham978590.5M. Trout919090.4 10M. Chapman987987.2J. Martin898486.2 2R. Acuna889892.5B. Buxton9110095.5 Tim Anderson22.6Javier Baez23.8A. Soriano200240.0 * Projected full-season Power/Speed Numbers (as of April 18, 2019) according to FanGraphs’ depth chartsSources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs Jose Ramirez36.3A. Mondesi30.2Alex Rodriguez199843.9 Trevor Story31.2Mike Trout27.8A. Soriano200643.4 2018 Leaders2019 Leaders*All-Time Leaders F. Lindor30.2Trevor Story27.4R. Henderson198642.4 PlayerpowerspeedMean*PlayerpowerspeedMean* Baseball’s best at combining homers and stealsThe top players in 2018, 2019* and all-time according to Bill James’s Power/Speed Number (PSN) 4C. Yelich958891.4J. Alfaro939091.4 PlayerPSNPlayerPSNPlayerYearPSN read more

Week in review Reds top Indians in Battle of Ohio

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Cleveland IndiansAfter going 4-2 the previous week, the Indians struggled this week, going 1-6.Cleveland lost outfielder Grady Sizemore and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to the disabled list and was swept at Tampa Bay and at home against Kansas City.The toughest loss of the week came Wednesday night when the Indians had a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning against Kansas City, but lost 8-4 after closer Kerry Wood gave up five runs in the inning.But the Indians were able to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Sunday to end their six-game losing streak.Stud: Trevor Crowe. After being called up from minor league affiliate Columbus, Crowe hit safely in six of his seven starts and had five RBIs. In the win over Cincinnati, Crowe went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and stole his third base of the week.Dud: Kerry Wood. In Wednesday’s game against the Royals, Wood gave up five runs in the top of the ninth to give the Royals an 8-4 win. For the season, Wood is 0-2 with one save and one blown save, both coming in the last five games.Up Next: The Indians open with a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox at Progressive Field before traveling to Yankee Stadium Friday for a four-game series with the New York Yankees. Cincinnati RedsThe Reds were two walk-offs shy of a perfect week.Cincinnati started off with a two-game series at Milwaukee. In the first game, a Jonny Gomes three-run home run sparked a five-run seventh inning to break open a tie game as the Reds won 6-3.In the second game, the Reds were down 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth when Scott Rolen’s two-run shot and Joey Votto’s walk-off single won the game for the Reds, completing the sweep over the Brewers.The Reds then played a two-game series at Atlanta, with some different results.The Reds tied the first game at 4-4 in the top of the ninth, only to see Jason Heyward hit the game-winning single for the Braves with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, as the Reds lost 5-4.The second game might go down as one of the more embarrassing losses in recent memory, as the Reds couldn’t hold on to a seven-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, losing the game 10-9.But the Reds didn’t let the big loss bother them, as they finished the week with a series win over the Indians.In the first game, Laynce Nix had three hits, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning that put the Reds up 5-4. The Reds won the game 7-4.The second game against the Tribe was Nix’s third straight game with a home run. Jay Bruce also went 4-for-4 in the game as the Reds beat the Indians 6-4.In Sunday’s game, Scott Rolen hit two home runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Reds lost to the Indians 4-3.Studs: Jonny Gomes and Laynce Nix. Trying to decide which of the Reds’ hot-hitting left-fielders to start is a good problem to have. This week, the two combined for 13 hits and 13 RBIs.Duds: Cincinnati’s bullpen in the second game against the Braves. They had a 9-3 lead, and all they had to do was get three outs before the Braves scored six runs, which they proved is harder than it looks.Next Week: The Reds will stay at home for another full week of baseball, as they will play four games against the Pirates followed by three games against the Astros. read more

Alaves boss believes they can salvage points against Madrid

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first_imgBoth teams will face off tonight in Matchday 8 of the 2018-2019 Spanish La Liga tournament but Abelardo Fernandez believes his team can do wellAlaves will host Real Madrid tonight in what many have said it could be the return of goals for Los Merengues.The Spanish La Liga team hasn’t scored in the last three matches, including two Spanish tournament games.But for Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez, Los Blancos are not invincible.“They can’t play with more intensity than us,” the coach said as quoted by Football España.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The beauty of being in the Primera is being able to enjoy matches like these, but it’s not a special game, it’s one more. We’ll prepare for this one like any other.”“Madrid didn’t play poorly in Moscow. It’s true that they’ve gone three games without scoring a goal, but they’re the third highest scorers in the League,” he added.“They need a period of adaptation under Julen Lopetegui, although they’ve improved in many areas, such as when applying pressure after losing the ball.”“They remain one of the best teams in the world. They’ll need to have a bad day and us a perfect day to be able to win,” he commented.“Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Atletico Madrid are above everyone else and it’ll be very difficult to take points off them when they find their best form.”last_img read more

Ifaenyi continues to shine on world stage Bronze medal winner

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first_img Turks & Caicos Miss Teen Universe, Miss Amber Hall Captures Miss Congeniality in Costa Rica Recommended for you Teen TCI First Runner Up going to Intl Pageant too Amber Hall gets Miss Congeniality at Teen Universe pageant Related Items:bronze medal, costa rica, gertrude forbes, Ifeanyi Otuoyne, NACAC Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – It was a Bronze medal on the weekend when leading long jumper, TCIs own Ifeanyi Otuoyne jumped the third best at the NACAC Games staged in Costa Rica. A special thanks to Gertrude Forbes for keeping us posted on Otuoyne’s great showing for the Turks and Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img

La Jolla High School student arrested after allegedly issuing threat of campus

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first_imgLa Jolla High School student arrested after allegedly issuing threat of campus violence Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: La Jolla High School, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, San Diego Unified School District FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom March 9, 2018center_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Amid a continuing spate of malicious rumor-mongering about school violence, a La Jolla High School student was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening a campus shooting.The 15-year-old boy was taken into custody off-campus Friday morning, said Maureen Magee, spokeswoman for San Diego Unified School District. His name was withheld because he is a minor, and details on the purported threat — including whether it allegedly was issued verbally, in writing or online — were not released.Investigators found no guns during a search of the suspect’s home, police Lt. Steve Waldheim said.At least six other juvenile arrests have taken place in the San Diego area — three this week — amid a rash of school-violence threats that have erupted nationwide in the aftermath of last month’s mass-casualty shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.None of the local threats were believed to be credible. Posted: March 9, 2018 Updated: 10:35 PMlast_img read more

Former AP Exec James Capo Joins Cygnus Digital Media Group

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first_imgJames Capo, who most recently served as an online services exec with Associated Press, now joins Cygnus’ Digital Media Group as director of digital business development. Capo will oversee business and product development for Cygnus Business Media’s public safety digital platforms, including Firehouse.com and Officer.com. Capo previously helped Cygnus launch its first iPad ap for Sustainable Construction Magazine.At Associated Press, Capo worked to relaunch AP’s $12 million premium broadcast service and served on AP’s domestic video strategy team. He joined AP in 2004 as senior news production specialist. Last month, Scott Bieda took over as publisher of the Cygnus Public Safety & Security Group, replacing former Cygnus president Mike Martin, who became executive vice president of the group when the president position was eliminated in February.last_img read more

DOD Holds onto Analysis Measuring Risk of Sexual Assault by Installation

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first_imgThe Defense Department has delayed the release of a report that rates the risk of sexual assault for military personnel by installation, citing concerns about the methodology employed by the nonpartisan RAND Corp. “Estimating risk for a large number of military installations worldwide requires some complex statistical analysis, and RAND’s 2014 military survey was not designed with this task in mind,” said DOD spokeswoman Air Force Maj. Carla Gleason. The department is discussing its concerns with the organization before making the report public, Gleason said.RAND researchers stand by their report and its conclusions, reports USA Today. “We have demonstrated that the 2014 data can be used to construct installation level estimates, and the results have cleared rigorous, independent peer review,” said RAND spokesman Jeffrey Hiday. He emphasized that “the entire point of the study is to estimate the risk of sexual assault at installations.”The report was supposed to have been released months ago. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who has been critical of the Pentagon’s response to sexual assault, has called for the report’s immediate release.Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Giant Food Stores rolling out googlyeyed helper robots nationwide

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first_imgMarty is a robot that’s on the lookout for grocery store spills.  Giant Food Stores Employees at Giant Food Stores will soon have a new googly-eyed robot coworker. Marty, a tall grey robot assistant, will take on the aisles of all of Giant Food Stores’ 172 locations, the company said Monday. The robot can identify and report spills to customers and employees. Marty roams the store unassisted to flag spills and other hazards using image capturing technology, according to The Washington Post. When it finds them, the robot will reportedly alert customers by saying “caution, hazard detected.” It’ll also announce the incident through the store’s public address system to notify employees, the Post said.  Tags Gadgets Robots 2center_img Giant Food Stores ran a pilot program with the robot in two of its Pennsylvania stores last year.  “Bringing robotics and AI from a research lab to the sales floor has been a very exciting journey, and we were thrilled by the customer response in our pilot stores,” Nicholas Bertram, president of Giant Food Stores, said in a statement. Marty is fitted with scanners to prevent it from bumping into objects and people, according to PennLive. It’s reportedly powered by rechargeable batteries and has multiple internal cameras.  The robot frees up associates to spend more time working with customers, Giant Food Stores said in its statement. And have no fear: Marty won’t replace human workers, said spokesman Christopher Brand. Giant Food Stores isn’t the only company adding robots to its workforce. Walmart said last month it would place autonomous floor-scrubbing robots in its stores across the country by the end of January. In October, the retail giant also said it was testing the use of robots to handle repeatable tasks like scanning shelves and making sure pricing is correct.  Giant Food Stores will roll out Marty “in waves over the coming months,” and expects to have the robots all in place by mid-2019. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

Microsoft employees prepare for massive layoffs likely to begin on Thursday

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first_imgThe Microsoft logo is seen on an electronic billboard on an office building in New York City, July 28, 2015. The global launch of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system will take place on July 29.ReutersAmerican multinational technology company Microsoft has been garnering quite some attention in the last few days, thanks to the massive layoffs that it has reportedly been gearing up for. While the job cuts have been predicted for quite some time, it is now being said that Microsoft’s corporate rejig is likely to begin on Thursday, July 6.Conference rooms have reportedly been booked and numerous employees have been asked to meet their managers for about 15-minute discussions, according to details on anonymous chat app Blind, which was shared with Business Insider. While the exact number of job cuts is not known yet, many employees believe that they will not be laid off but will instead be asked to move to another department.”Microsoft is implementing changes to better serve our customers and partners,” a Microsoft spokesperson had earlier told AFP without commenting on the reported rejig. But the much-talked-about job cut is likely to affect the sales and marketing staff the most.The exact intention behind the rejig is yet to be known, but GeekWire is said to have got hold of a document, which it indicated were excerpts from the Microsoft memo, and it says that this is a part of the company’s plans to help its customers with “digital transformations.”As the market is witnessing various changes at a rapid pace, Microsoft plans to increase its focus on cloud computing and business services instead of just software. “From large multinationals to small and medium businesses to non-profits all over the world, organizations are using Microsoft’s cloud platforms to power their digital transformation,” Chief Executive Satya Nadella had earlier said.Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s executive vice president of worldwide commercial business, has said that the reorganisation is designed to “align the right resources for the right customer at the right time,” reported the Verge. Microsoft has just built a special version of Windows 10 for Chinese government officials.Creative CommonsHowever, Microsoft is yet to make an official comment on the reported layoffs.Meanwhile, this is not the first time that the company is making such massive changes to its strategy. It has announced quite a few job cuts in the last few years, the most talked about being 18,000 positions removed in 2014. The tech giant laid off 7,800 employees in 2015, and 4,700 in 2016.last_img read more

DMCH Ansar member held with Yaba

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first_img.Detectives arrested an on-duty Ansar member along with Yaba tablets from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early Monday, reports UNB.The Ansar member was Asad Miah, 35.A team of Detective Branch of Police arrested Asad from the Ansar camp of DMCH around 1:00am along with the Yaba tablets.last_img

RMG workers block road in Dhaka

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first_imgRMG workers block Tejgaon`s Saat Rasta intersection road in Dhaka. Photo: Google Map grabTraffic movement in Tejgaon Saat Rasta intersection in the city remained halted for around one and a half hours on Thursday morning as several hundred readymade garment workers put up barricade on the busy street for a hike in their wages, reports UNB.The workers of several RMG factories including those of Standard Group took to the street around 8:00am, creating severe gridlock on Mohakhali-Moghbazar road and its adjoining areas, said Abdul Rashid, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Industrial Police.The workers of the factories have been staging demonstration for the last couple of days demanding salary hike, he added.The workers took to the street when they found the main gate of a factory closed in the morning.Commuters had to suffer immensely due to the aggravated traffic condition during the rush hour.However, the traffic congestion became normal around 9:30am after police intervention.last_img

BNP not optimistic about Jaishankars visit

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first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.BNP on Monday said there is no reason for Bangladesh to provide its land to India in Brahmanbaria to expand Agartala airport, reports UNB.”There’ve been media reports about it (India’s desire to use Bangladeshi land in Brahmanbaria). We’re closely observing the matter,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “Bangladesh government hasn’t agreed yet, and there’s no question about providing any land. There’s no reason to give our land to any other country.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, marking its 39th founding anniversary.Media reports said India wants a piece of Bangladesh’s land in Brahmanbaria to expand the Agartala airport, but the country is yet to make any proposal in this regard.Fakhrul said their party is not ‘optimistic’ about getting any positive outcome to resolve the outstanding problems with India from the visit of its external affairs minister S Jaishankar.”We’ve been hearing for 10-12 years that the Awami League government’s relation with India reached the highest level, but we still didn’t get the fair share of water from the Teesta River. Border killing could not be stopped while no step has been taken to remove the trade deficit with India,” he said.The BNP leader said Bangladesh’s no pending issue with India has so far been resolved. “But India solved its own problems with us. That’s why we can’t be optimistic and we also don’t expect much from this visit.”S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday night to discuss bilateral issues and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India.Fakhrul protested prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark involving Zia with the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 15 August 1975, saying the ruling party is trying to distort history.”It’s historical fact that Ziaur Rahman in no way was involved with the assassination. Their people (AL leaders) were involved with it (the murder of Bangabandhu). Those who formed the government and parliament after the assassination were involved with it,” he observed.Fakhrul criticised industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun as he accused BNP of involving in rawhide disaster, and said the minister made such an imprudent comment to hide his failure.He said the current government has failed to run the country as it lacks people’s mandate. “There’s no representative of people both in the government and parliament. The unelected ministers have nothing to do except making unguarded remarks.”The BNP leader alleged that the government is trying to be the ‘master’ of people by eliminating politics and political parties. “They want the country to be run by a single party, but people won’t let it happen.”He warned that people will surely restore democracy in the country through a movement as they did in the past.last_img read more