The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, May 3———NOTLEY SAYS PROVINCE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT FORT MCMURRAY: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley returned to Fort McMurray a year after a fierce wildfire destroyed 10 per cent of the city and told its leaders and residents that the province still has their backs. Notley said it’s sad to remember all that was taken from people — everything from their homes to their cherished belongings. But she also said Fort McMurray residents have shown their resiliency and will continue to do so as the recovery moves ahead. The fire started deep in the bush on May 1, 2016, and exploded into a ferocious blaze that forced the evacuation of the entire city two days later. It was dubbed “The Beast” because it was so fierce and unpredictable. More than 80,000 people fled as towering flames licked at their homes and crackled along the highway used by thousands to leave the city. Activities such as yoga, pancakes and visits with friends were taking place in a riverfront park to mark the one-year anniversary. The low-key event — that also included dance, art, acupuncture and meditation — started at dawn on Wednesday and was to run until dusk.———CENSUS SHOWS COUNTRY AGING FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE: After nearly four decades in the workforce, 64-year-old Louise Plouffe is looking ahead to retirement. But Tristan Plummer, 23, is looking for work. Plouffe and Plummer represent opposite ends of the age demographic that defines the Canadian labour force, which is in the throes of unprecedented change, according to Statistics Canada’s latest census figures released Wednesday. The proportion of Canadians aged 15 to 64 grew just 0.4 per cent between 2011 and 2016, its lowest rate since 1851, comprising 66.5 per cent of the population. The agency expects that proportion to decline to about 60 per cent by 2031, when the youngest baby boomers turn 65. By then, the proportion of seniors domestically would rival the level currently seen in Japan, currently home to the oldest population in the G7. That gives Canada a few more years to benefit from what Statistics Canada calls a “demographic dividend”: a growing labour force while other countries watch theirs shrink. Eventually the numbers will decline in Canada as well, once populations age and retirements take hold, said Statistics Canada demographer Andre Lebel.———SAJJAN SAYS MILITARY GRAPPLING WITH UNDERFUNDING: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan offered a grim assessment Wednesday of the state of the military, saying years of underfunding has hollowed out the armed forces and left it struggling to do even basic tasks. The comments to defence industry representations and experts came as the Liberal government prepares to unveil its new defence policy, which Sajjan promised would begin to fix some of the problems. “It will be a plan to get out of the hole we are starting in and it will be a plan to build an even stronger military,” Sajjan said in a speech to the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. “It will be a plan to allocate realistic funding to those ‘bread and butter’ projects that will keep our military running efficiently and effectively for years to come.” It was the underfunding of those “bread and butter projects,” known in defence circles as the “Key 18,” that were the main focus of Sajjan’s address and which senior defence officials say pose the biggest problem. Those include upgrades and life extensions to two military helicopter fleets, air defences for infantry units, and engineering and logistical vehicles for the army, among others.———MOUNTAINEER PINNED BY WEATHER, QUAKES IN YUKON: Parks Canada says a team from Kluane National Park in Yukon is in close contact with a climber who is stuck on Canada’s highest peak. Natalia Martinez of Argentina is making a solo ascent of Mount Logan but her plans were disrupted by two powerful earthquakes that jolted the Alaska Panhandle and southwestern Yukon early Monday. Parks Canada’s Christine Aikens said the visitor safety team from Kluane National Park in Haines Junction was working with Martinez to develop a plan to get her off the mountain. An official with the company that flew the 37-year-old to the east ridge of Mount Logan several weeks ago said the experienced climber is pinned down at about the 3,700-metre mark of the nearly 6,000-metre peak. Williams said Martinez moved her camp to a safer area and is in good shape but was dealing with stormy weather and heavy snow that could prevent any rescue until Thursday or Friday.———TORONTO REAL ESTATE PRICES RISE NEARLY 25 PER CENT: The Toronto Real Estate Board says there is fresh evidence indicating that speculation and foreign ownership make up a small component of the city’s housing market, raising questions about the need for Ontario’s plan to tax foreign speculators. The board released new data on foreign buyers at the same time as it reported that prices continued to soar last month, though there were signs the market may be cooling as the number of transactions slipped. TREB says that between 2008 and April 2017, the average share of foreign buyers of properties in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, which stretches from the Niagara Region to Peterborough, Ont., was 2.3 per cent. It says during the same time period, the share of homes that were bought and sold within one year of the original transaction — an indication of speculative activity — was also low. The new data came as the average price for all properties in the Greater Toronto Area last month rose to $920,791, an increase of 24.5 per cent compared to a year ago. That was slightly below the 33.2 per cent year-over-year increase in prices in March.———FBI CHIEF JAMES COMEY DEFENDS CLINTON EMAIL DECISION: Under fire from Democrats, FBI Director James Comey insisted during repeated questions Wednesday he was consistent in disclosing information about an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails before Election Day while keeping quiet about a probe into possible contacts between Russia and the Donald Trump’s campaign. Comey, in his most impassioned public defence of how he handled the case, also said it made him feel “mildly nauseous” to think his actions in October might have influenced the race won by Republican Trump over Democrat Clinton. But he told the Senate Judiciary Committee the FBI cannot take into account how its actions might benefit or harm politicians. Persistent questions from senators, and Comey’s testimony, made clear that the FBI director’s decisions of last summer and fall involving both the Trump and Clinton campaigns continue to roil national politics and produce lingering second-guessing about whether the investigations were handled evenly.———POLICE NOW WELCOME AT ST. JOHN’S PRIDE PARADE: The Pride committee in St. John’s, N.L., has reversed course and invited uniformed police officers to march in the city’s Pride parade this July. As police forces across Canada face restrictions or bans at Pride events, St. John’s Pride is now welcoming uniformed members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and RCMP. Last July, the RNC said it would play a “less visible role” at the Pride parade in Newfoundland’s capital than it had in prior years, saying the force would offer traffic support but uniformed officers would not march in the procession. The decision came at the request of Pride event organizers, who had encouraged officers to take part in the proceedings while off-duty and not in uniform in an effort to make the event “more accessible to all.” The organization stressed that uniformed police would not be turned away from the parade, but encouraged officers to represent their unit in other ways like wearing T-shirts or carrying banners. Pride Toronto members voted to ostensibly ban official police floats from marches and parades in January, adopting a list of demands put forward by that city’s chapter of Black Lives Matter.———BOMBAY SAPPHIRE GIN RECALLED IN FIVE PROVINCES: At least five provincial liquor control agencies are recalling 1.14-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin because they contain more alcohol than the amount stated on the label. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario was the first to remove the affected product from all of its stores shelves. The Crown corporation says the recall was initiated after an investigation by its quality assurance team found the gin’s alcohol content was 77 per cent, instead of the 40 per cent declared on the label. Since then, the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, Saskatchewan’s Liquor and Gaming Authority, the Societe Des Alcools du Quebec, and Nova Scotia Liquor Control have all followed suit. Customers and licensees are advised to return the recalled product for a full refund. This is the second such incident in Ontario in as many months. An Ontario-made brand of vodka was pulled from shelves in early March because one batch contained double the stated amount of alcohol.———FLOOD WATERS CONTINUE TO RISE NEAR MONTREAL: Flood waters are continuing to threaten hundreds of homes in the Montreal-area town of Rigaud. Mayor Hans Gruenwald Jr. says about 400 residences could be affected by the surging water levels. Gruenwald says river levels have risen by eight centimetres in the past two weeks and are expected to climb another five to seven centimetres today. He says that means water could start entering homes through basement windows. Thirty-one families have had to evacuate their homes and are being helped by family, friends and the Red Cross. Flooding is also affecting homes in the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro on the western part of the island of Montreal. Gruenwald said he is very concerned with the situation in his community. The Red Cross has helped people in 31 Rigaud residences evacuate and the mayor urged others to follow suit.———B.C. LIBERALS ‘STAND CORRECTED’ ON #IAMLINDA: British Columbia’s Liberals say they “stand corrected” on claims the NDP planted a woman at an election campaign event to confront Christy Clark. The brief encounter last week between the woman and Clark has generated a buzz on social media as the hashtag #IamLinda became a rallying point on Twitter for people who oppose the B.C. Liberal government. When asked Wednesday if they believe the woman was an NDP plant, the Liberals issued a short statement that says: “We’re happy to stand corrected.” A video posted online last week shows Clark in a North Vancouver market shaking hands with a woman who introduces herself as Linda and says she would never vote for the premier and begins to explain why. Clark then cuts her off. Two people connected to Clark’s campaign later accused the woman of being a New Democrat plant and tweeted a picture of her with Nicholas Simons, a New Democrat member of the legislative assembly for Powell River-Sunshine Coast. The Clark encounter went viral and has been shared or retweeted thousands of times on social media. The hashtag had been used more than 34,500 times on Twitter by Wednesday at midday.last_img read more

Saganash pulled off flight because he was too drunk report

first_imgAPTN National newsNDP MP Romeo Saganash apologized Monday after he was taken off an Air Canada Jazz flight Friday because he was too drunk to fly, CBC is reporting.“It was Friday, it had been a long week and we’re all stressed out at that time,” Saganash told CBC News. “I apologize…This is the first time that it has happened in 30 years in the air. I regret what happened and it won’t happen again.”Saganash, a Cree MP, represents the riding of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.Saganash has taken a temporary leave of absence from his role as MP to seek treatment.In a statement, posted on his website, Saganash said he is battling with a “dependence on alcohol” which he said was an illness.“Neither fatigue nor stress can justify what I did. I need help to overcome a medical problem, a dependence on alcohol, like far too many Canadians,” he said, in the statement. “I am not looking at excuses, but I know that profound scars were left on me because of my time in residential school. I never shied away from that. The death of my friend and mentor Jack Layton also greatly affected me. Like him, I needed a crutch. The leadership race wore me out, on top of taking me away from my children and my loved ones even more often.”Saganash also ran for the NDP leadership but later dropped out.last_img read more

Weekend house fire on 88a St deemed not suspicious though cause is

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fire that erupted at a home on 88a St. early Saturday morning has been deemed not suspicious in nature, though the fire’s cause is still undetermined.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades said that fire crews were called out to the fire, which occurred inside a duplex in the 10400 block of 88a St., at around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. Fire crews were able to contain the fire to the room of origin, while the rest of the duplex unit suffered smoke and water damage. The neighbouring unit also suffered minor smoke damage.Blades said that initially, the RCMP was asked to assist the fire department with their investigation and that the cause of the fire could have been deemed suspicious. He said that investigators have since deemed the fire to not be suspicious in nature, though the exact cause of the fire was not able to be determined. Blades estimated that damage to the home is estimated at less than $50,000.last_img read more

Chinabuilt railway in southern Sri Lanka starts tracklaying

The project, funded by the EXIM Bank of China on a concessional loan, is being constructed by China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC) in consultation with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation and the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau.Vice President of CMC Zhao Jun said the railway extension project, which was under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, is a key project closely related to the development of Sri Lanka, since in future the railway will connect many industrial areas in the south of the country. (Courtesy Xinhua) The track-laying commencement of the first phase of the China-built Matara-Kataragama railway extension project has been held in Matara in southern Sri Lanka.The first phase of the project includes constructing a railway service from Matara to Beliatta, in the south of the island country. “Successive governments in the past have tried to implement this project. Due to the assistance of the Chinese government and the Chinese company, this project will soon be a reality,” the minister added.The Matara-Kataragama railway project is the first new railway line constructed in Sri Lanka since the island country gained independence in 1948. Sri Lankan State Minister for State Enterprise Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said during the ceremony on Friday that the Sri Lankan government was hoping to finish the first phase of the railway project in the coming months, which will benefit the public and tourists. “On behalf of the president and the Sri Lankan government, I would like to thank the Chinese government for this historic event. The extension is a historic development which will hugely benefit the public transport sector as well as the country’s tourism sector,” Abeywardena said. read more

Sri Lankan refugee boat arrivals mount in India UN agency reports

More than 1,000 Sri Lankans have fled to southern India since the beginning of the year, the vast majority by boat, because of the upsurge of violence between Government and rebel Tamil forces in the north and east of the island, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) reported today.Yesterday alone, 102 people arrived in India’s Tamil Nadu state, the largest number in a single day since the present outflow began, bringing the total to 1,019. They are being housed in camps run by the government, where 60,000 refugees from previous arrivals in the 20-year conflict are living. “After arriving in India, they told UNHCR they fled because they were scared of the rapidly deteriorating security situation,” Agency spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. “There are reports that more arrivals are on their way, but although we are monitoring the situation closely we are currently unable to verify this,” she added.Reports have been received that residents leaving Trincomalee district are selling their possessions to pay for the boat trip to India. Some have sought asylum in India before with one family saying they were going to India for the third time, Ms. Pagonis said.The latest outflow is a complete reversal of what had been happening in 2005, when UNHCR helped 1,173 refugees return home by air to Sri Lanka. Since 2002, when the now fraying ceasefire between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was signed, a total of 5,000 refugees have returned to Sri Lanka.Since the beginning of April, when the level of violence sharply increased, some 31,000 people have reportedly been internally displaced in Trincomalee District. UNHCR is now working closely with the Government, UN sister agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs) and other partners to verify how many have returned home after stabilization in some parts of the district. read more

With Fed looming global shares remain buoyant

With Fed looming, global shares remain buoyant LONDON – Global stock markets rose Tuesday as oil prices gained for a third day and China reported relatively strong industrial output for November. The focus is increasingly turning onto Wednesday’s policy statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve accompanying the central bank’s anticipated first rate hike of the year.KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany’s DAX advanced 0.6 per cent to 11,261 while France’s CAC-40 was up 0.6 per cent at 4,791. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.6 per cent, too, to 6,930. Wall Street was poised to push onto further record highs, with Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.3 per cent.FED WATCH: Investors expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to hike interest rates when it ends a policy meeting Wednesday. It would be only the second increase in a decade. The Fed has kept rates near zero since the 2008 global crisis but its leaders have indicated the U.S. economy is improving enough to start moving gradually toward normal policy. Low interest rates have helped to boost stock prices but are hurting savers who look for income from bank accounts and bonds.ANALYST TAKE: “The Fed’s projections and dot plot combined with Chair Janet Yellen’s comments in the press conference could be crucial in determining whether the Santa rally makes it to the new year,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA. “Investors haven’t been easily spooked recently but the prospect of three or four rate hikes next year may be enough to do it.”DOLLAR ASCENDANT: With expectations growing that the Fed may outline a series of rate hikes next year, the dollar continues to remain in favour. A day ahead of the decision, the euro fell 0.3 per cent to $1.0610 while the dollar rose 0.3 per cent to 115.28 yen.CHINA: Economic data for November showed relatively strong activity. Growth in industrial production accelerated to 6.2 per cent over a year earlier from October’s 6.1 per cent. Retail sales and investment in real estate and other fixed assets also rose. “Another set of broadly positive data suggest that China is on track to end this year on a strong note,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report.ASIA’S DAY: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 per cent to 19,250.52 and the Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.1 per cent to 3,155.04. Seoul’s Kospi advanced 0.4 per cent to 2,035.98 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.1 per cent to 22,446.70. India’s Sensex gained 0.7 per cent to 26,700.46.ENERGY: Oil prices rose further in the wake of last week’s decision by non-OPEC producers to cut production alongside the previously announced OPEC reduction. Benchmark U.S. crude was up 55 cents at $53.38 a barrel while Brent, the international standard, rose 57 cents, to $56.26 a barrel. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 12, 2016 8:20 am MDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2016 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A man looks at an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Asian stocks were lower Tuesday following Wall Street’s declines while oil prices eased after two days of strong gains. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi) read more

UN envoy strongly condemns wave of attacks across Iraq

“I strongly condemn the heinous attacks and the senseless violence that, once again, have claimed dozens of lives,” the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a news release.According to media reports, a series of attacks in 11 cities on Sunday killed more than 50 people and injured more than 200 others. The attacks reportedly targeted Iraqi security forces, police recruits and markets, and involved both bombs and attacks by gunmen. “My thoughts are with all those who’ve suffered the loss of a loved one today, and I wish a speedy recovery to those who were wounded,” Mr. Kobler added in the news release. read more

UN agency chiefs condemn Saudicoalition led air strike that killed dozens in

“This is the second time in two weeks that an air strike by the Saudi-led Coalition has resulted in dozens of civilian casualties,” said Mr. Lowcock, noting that “an additional air strike in Al Durayhimi on Thursday resulted in the death of four children”.Yemen’s conflict has its roots in uprisings that date back to 2011, but fighting escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of Yemen’s President.Echoing a recent statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, Mr. Lowcock, who is the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, called for an impartial, independent and prompt investigation into these most recent incidents. “I am also deeply concerned by the proximity of attacks to humanitarian sites, including health facilities and water and sanitation infrastructure,” he stressed, adding that “the UN and its partners are doing all they can to reach people with assistance”.Similar shock was expressed by UNICEF’s Executive Director who stated that she had hoped that the “outrage that followed the Saada attack” two weeks ago would be “a turning point in the conflict,” and that these latest attacks indicate that it was not.Mr. Lowcok highlighted the need for improved humanitarian access and for conflict-affected civilians to have the ability to voluntarily flee the fighting to access humanitarian assistance too.Both officials called the parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law and those with influence over them – the UN Security Council and the international community – to ensure that “everything possible is done to protect civilians”, and to “end this conflict once and for all”.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian operation as three in four Yemenis are in need of aid. In 2018, so far, the UN and its partners have reached more than eight million people with direct life-saving assistance. read more

Bruins bounce back to down Maple Leafs in Game 2

Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle scored during a raucous first period as the Boston Bruins downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 on Saturday to even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.Danton Heinen and Patrice Bergeron had the other goals for Boston, which flexed its muscle following a lacklustre effort against the speedy Leafs in Thursday’s opener. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots, while Marchand added an assist.Nazem Kadri, who could be facing another suspension after crosschecking Jake DeBrusk in the head late in the third following a three-game ban in last spring’s series against the Bruins, replied for Toronto.Frederik Andersen made 37 saves in defeat. Game 3 of the best-of-seven matchup goes Monday at Scotiabank Arena.The Leafs neutralized Boston’s top line of Marchand, Bergeron and David Pastrnak at 5 on 5 in their 4-1 victory in Game 1, while also using their superior quickness to expose 42-year-old defenceman Zdeno Chara.There would be no repeat on this night.Boston came out of the gate with a purpose, hitting every Toronto player in sight and building a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes inside an electric TD Garden.Andersen made terrific early stops on Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk, but could do nothing on Coyle’s opener.Inserted into the lineup after getting healthy scratched for Game 1, veteran winger David Backes was first to a loose puck behind Toronto’s net after a Nikita Zaitsev turnover before feeding Coyle in front to bury a shot past Andersen at 4:44.The Bruins continued to push the physical side, much to the delight of the boisterous Boston crowd. DeBrusk and Kadri went off for roughing after wrestling on the ice, although the latter did little to warrant a penalty, save for getting punched in the face.DeBrusk then went after Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott near the benches, punching the rookie blue-liner repeatedly in a sequence that didn’t result in a penalty.Boston then went ahead on another Toronto defensive miscue at 16:04 when Muzzin whiffed on the puck with his glove in the neutral zone. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 to Marchand, who delayed before sliding a shot through Andersen’s pads as Boston led 24-12 in shot attempts after one.The Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in both 2013 and again last spring, could do nothing with a power play that stretched between the first and second periods before Andersen made two more big stops on DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman.Muzzin crushed Torey Krug along the boards midway through the period on a hit that sent the wobbly Bruins defenceman to Boston’s locker room.Krug did not return, but the Bruins scored just 11 seconds later when William Nylander inexplicably lost the puck at the side of Toronto’s net, leaving an easy tap-in for Heinen behind a helpless Andersen at 10:39.Andersen – by far the best Leaf – robbed Heinen with an exceptional glove save before Rask made a toe stop on Andreas Johnsson at the other end. Kadri and John Tavares were denied on a Leafs’ power play, and Zach Hyman hit the post as the visitors tried to respond.Kadri was assessed a hooking penalty late in the period, and as he raced to get back in the play, grabbed the puck and took a knee-on-knee hit from DeBrusk. The Leafs centre stayed down, skated off on his own and returned for the third.Andersen continued to do his part, robbing Marchand with his glove at the side of the net early in the final period.Leafs head coach Mike Babcock switched up his top two lines and mixed his defence pairings looking for a spark.Toronto got a power play five minutes into the third, but could do nothing until Kadri broke Rask’s shutout bid on a deflection at 10:44.Kadri, who was suspended three games for boarding in last year’s series, got a five-minute major and game misconduct for crossching DeBrusk in the head after the Bruins winger hit Patrick Marleau into the curved glass at the end of the Bruins’ bench.Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play at 15:03 as the Leafs now turn their attention to Game 3 _ likely without Kadri.Notes: DeBrusk played despite missing Friday’s practice. Marcus Johansson (illness) sat out for Boston. … Rob Gronkowski, who retired from the NFL last month after nine seasons with the New England Patriots, revved the crowd up before the opening faceoff. … Game 4 is set for Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena. read more

Lack of rebounding means losses for Ohio State womens basketball

Redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion (25) looks for an open teammate during a game against Penn State Feb. 9 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 74-54.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorIt is said defense wins games, but for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, rebounding has been the deciding factor on the scoreboard this season.In games that OSU has outrebounded its opponents this season, the team is 11-1. When they are outrebounded, the Buckeyes are 3-13.The Buckeyes (14-14, 4-8) are currently ranked 10th in the Big Ten in rebounding margin, getting outrebounded by an average of 4.9 boards per game. That includes getting beat 57-33 on the boards in their most recent game, a 70-49 loss to No. 25 Michigan State Feb. 15, something coach Kevin McGuff said is unsatisfying.“We did not have the intensity or discipline that we had in the Penn State game,” McGuff said Tuesday, referencing his team’s performance on Feb. 9 when they outrebounded then No. 9 Penn State by a 40-38 margin. “It was disappointing.”During its current four-game losing streak, OSU has been outrebounded 187-144 and each game has been decided by 11 or more points.The deficiency in rebounding seems to fall largely on senior centers Ashley Adams and Darryce Moore, who played reduced minutes in the loss to Michigan State because of the emergence of redshirt-freshman center Lisa Blair. McGuff said Blair played more simply because she gave more effort.“She (Blair) seemed to be playing harder than the other ones,” McGuff said. “Whoever is playing the hardest is who I am going to play.”The rebounding effort is something everyone needs to improve on in order to be successful, redshirt-junior guard Amy Scullion said. Scullion is fifth on the team in total rebounds with 110.“That is definitely an area where I have to step up my game,” Scullion said Tuesday. “But rebounding is honestly a team effort so it has to be everyone.”When the Buckeyes have had success rebounding this season, it has typically come against smaller opponents. Their upcoming opponent No. 17 Nebraska (19-5, 9-3), lists their tallest player as 6-foot-5-inch freshman forward Allie Havers. In comparison, Blair is OSU’s tallest player at 6 feet 6 inches tall.The upcoming tilt against the Cornhuskers is a game junior guard Raven Ferguson said the Buckeyes need to win.“We have not beat them since they came into the Big Ten (in 2010),” Ferguson said Tuesday. “This is one of those games that you really want (to win).”Ferguson, who is the second on the team in scoring and third in rebounds, said despite their current losing streak, the feeling in the locker room is still upbeat.“We are still a confident team,” Ferguson said. “I still think we feel like we can win and we can beat anybody. We have seen spurts of that in past games.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to try to rebound their way out of their four-game skid against Nebraska Thursday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Kobe Bryant Says He Feels Good About His Recovery

Kobe Bryant has returned to the Lakers after traveling to Germany last week for routine medical treatment on his knee.Bryant received a standing ovation as he walked on to the floor in sweats during Tuesday night’s Los Angeles Lakers preseason game against the Denver Nuggets. The all-star, who is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon he suffered last NBA season, spoke about the progress of his injuries in a television interview.“It’s going well,” Bryant said. “I feel good. Obviously, I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about trying to get that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, and that will come.”There is no firm return date for Bryant’s return, but he has been making light jogging runs and set shooting in the Laker’s training camp practice.“Just keep grinding. Keep working hard and getting better,” Bryant said. “I gotta get in shape, too. I’ve been sitting on my butt now for a while. I gotta get up and get moving.” read more

Young woman dies after being hit by falling bricks in east London

first_imgA man was also treated at the scene for shock.A Health and Safety Executive spokesman said: “Inspectors have attended the site and are making ongoing inquiries in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police to investigate the circumstances of the incident.”As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further at this time.” Photo shows bricks scattered across the pavement where they fell from a crane Photo shows bricks scattered across the pavement where they fell from a craneCredit:Phil Harris “Our thoughts are with Matthew and his family at this time. Any donations to assist them would be gratefully received.”Within a matter of hours more than £3,000 of a £20,000 target had been reached.Officers from the Met Police attended the scene at 9.38am on Tuesday, where bystanders were helping the woman who had been spotted lying in a pile of rubble and broken wood.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A woman has died after being hit by a pallet of bricks that fell from a building site crane.The 29-year-old, named locally as Michaela Boor, died in hospital on Thursday as a result of her injuries after she was hit by debris after bricks fell from a building site crane in Burdett Road, Tower Hamlets, on Tuesday morning.A fund set up to raise money for the family of the young mother has received thousands in donations.Claire Thomas, from Matrix Construction where Michaela’s dad Matthew Boor works, set up the JustGiving page to help the family.Writing on the page, she said: “One of our employees Matthew Boor was called away from work yesterday, following the tragic accident at Mile End – His work colleagues have asked us to start this page to help him and his family at this difficult time.last_img read more

Examiners left horrified by flaws in English GCSE marking

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A GCSE English examiner has warned that marking guidance is so poor that students face being given the wrong grades in the subject.They claimed that fellow examiners for the exam board AQA were left “shocked” and “horrified” by the scripts chosen as guides for marking.In a series of now deleted messages on Twitter, the anonymous examiner alleged that “the standardisation scripts are all over the place” for this year’s English language GCSE.AQA cautioned that these were “personal opinions” adding that they do not “reflect the overall picture”.But the examiner’s claims will add to students’ fears that they will be left disappointed with their results in August. The whistle-blowing examiner said that there was “no debate at pre-standardisation among the senior examiners”.They added: “That means that the meeting where the standard is evaluated and agreed was a farce. We had examiners horrified at the standard.”Problems in the standards were flagged by the number of markers failing to spot elements supposed to ensure consistent standards.In one, the pupil was given 14 out of 40 when the “correct” score should have been 21, and in another a pupil was awarded 26 marks when a more senior examiner deemed the “correct” mark to be 40.They told the Times Education Supplement magazine that some examiners were so unhappy with this year’s standardisation materials they used those for 2018 instead.Claire Thomson, AQA’s director of operations, said: “These personal opinions, which the user has now deleted, don’t reflect the overall picture.“Getting students the results they deserve is our top priority and we have very effective quality assurance measures in place to make sure examiners mark to a high standard.”Ofqual, the exams watchdog, uses a system called “comparable outcomes” to ensure that roughly the same proportion of pupils get similar grades each year, and those who are the first to take the new, reformed courses are not at a disadvantage compared to other cohorts. This summer is the second year that students are taking revamped GCSEs in a raft of subjects, and the third year of the new English literature, English language and maths exams.The new courses were part of a package of reforms by Michael Gove, the former education secretary, designed to toughen up syllabuses, make courses more linear, and cut down on the number of students getting A*s.Last month, the head of exams watchdog warned schools to be braced for “more variation than usual” in this year’s GCSE and A-level results, as reforms take their toll. read more

Visa crackdown worries multicultural groups

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed he received calls and text messages from distressed leaders of multicultural groups prior to the cancellation of last week’s planned ‘Operation Fortitude’ in Melbourne.The operation proposed by the Australian Border Force in conjunction with Victoria Police was a targeted visa-checking exercise in the city’s CBD aimed at individuals “crossing any official’s path”. Premier Andrews was critical of the blitz, which was cancelled following a public backlash. “You saw a very, very Victorian response as people literally took to the streets to protest against something that was ill-conceived and not something supported by my government, not something supported by Victoria Police and indeed not something supported by the Victorian community,” he said.The premier was made aware of the operation following a press release by the Australian Border Force last Friday. “We were very clear that Victoria Police and the Victorian government do not and never will support an operation like this,” he said.Labor’s immigration spokesperson Richard Marles was quick to criticise the government and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, after the minister admitted he had not read a brief about the operation.“Peter Dutton needs to take responsibility and explain to the Australian people what was intended with Operation Fortitude and who made the decision to abandon this operation and what other material is there in his office which he has not read,” Marles said. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop described the incident as a “poorly-worded press release” and reiterated that it was not government policy to randomly stop the public to undertake visa checks. Bishop accused Labor of a “complete and utterly over the top” response. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was quick to respond. “Labor couldn’t have dreamed up this scheme to attack the government,” he said. “Now what we see is this Abbott government is so cowardly when it comes to owning their own bad ideas that now they’re going to throw some middle-level bureaucrat in a uniform under the bus and say it’s their fault.”last_img read more

The Horniest Aliens in The Universe

first_imgAs humanity reaches farther and farther outside our solar system in our quest to find a new planet now that we’ve wiped our butts so thoroughly with this one, our chances of encountering intelligent life increase bit by bit. Sure, current technology means it would take decades to even communicate with our closest stellar neighbor, but the odds are very good that there are aliens out there somewhere in the universe.We know what we want from them, but what could they want from us? If science fiction gives us any kind of roadmap, they might very well want to get it on. The concept of the horny alien who comes to Earth to mate has been explored in movies, TV shows and more for decades, and at this point we’re convinced that outer space is full of full-on Rick James level sex freaks.In this feature, we’ll spotlight eleven extraterrestrials who swipe right on everybody and knock boots like crazy. These must be the horniest aliens in the universe.Space GirlTobe Hooper’s Lifeforce is a bizarre blend of sci-fi and horror featuring a trio of vampiric aliens who feed on human energy. As played by Mathilda May, Space Girl (she has no other name) wanders around topless using her feminine wiles to catch victims unaware and suck them dry, then beam their vital essence back to the mothership. Yes, we know this sounds like something a guy in a fedora would make a YouTube video about, but it’s a pretty great movie.MaximaAliens come to Earth in the DC universe for all sorts of reasons – some for conquest, some to explore, and some… to get it on. Maxima is the queen of the planet Almerac and she’s having a tough time finding a mate who can keep up with her. So she comes to our world and immediately gets sprung on Superman, hatching plan after plan to get the Man of Steel in the sack so he can give her a baby or twelve. Unfortunately for her, Supes only has eyes for girls with the initials L.L, so she settles for trysts with Captain Atom and a few other B-listers instead.Mac, Zeebo and WiplocWhile some aliens travel light-years just to get to the sexual paradise that is Earth, the three protagonists of Earth Girls Are Easy wound up here pretty much by chance. On a long journey, they intercept a broadcast from Earth displaying hot late-80s California hardbodies and quickly change course to spend some time in Los Angeles. Once here, they get their fur shaved at a salon and blend into human society, with Mac getting it on with Geena Davis and the other two ending up in a chase with the LAPD – not really what you wanted to be doing at that time.StarfireThe characterization of Princess Koriand’r, better known as the Teen Titan Starfire, has changed a lot over the years. She’s well known for her long-standing romantic relationship with Nightwing, but when the DC universe underwent one of its periodic reboots and she moved over to Red Hood and the Outlaws, we saw a different side of the orange-skinned vixen. The new Starfire was an easily bored seeker of experiences, and those experienced included casual sex whenever she wanted, with whoever she wanted. It was quite a shock for long-time fans of the character.GorThe titular character of The Brain From Planet Auros is a terrorist criminal without a body – just a massive floating brain. When he gets to Earth, Gor possesses scientist Steve March and proceeds to explore all of the things you can do with a body – including getting laid. Unlike many of the other aliens on this list, Gor isn’t getting it on for reproduction. No, the sex-crazed cerebrum just wants to experience the sensations of intercourse with a human woman on his way to conquering our poor backwards planet.CelesteWhen she comes to Earth to learn about our culture in My Stepmother Is An Alien, Celeste (played by Kim Basinger) is armed with cultural references that are several generations out of date. Thankfully, she catches up with the 80s quickly – especially the sexual revolution. After being instructed in the ways of mating by her sentient purse (don’t ask), Celeste becomes enamored of Earth’s wacky ways and refuses an order to destroy the planet. When the sex is so good that it saves a world, you know you’ve got something special.QurchhhhStunt casting on cartoons is nothing new, but we have to give props to the producers of American Dad for getting Kim Kardashian to play hair-covered female alien Qurchhhh. Attracted to our planet from a funky outpouring of pheromones, Qurchhhh crash-lands in the woods and meets up with Roger, the show’s other alien. The two naturally decide to bump uglies, but when Qurchhhh starts to get too attached Roger tries to turn her into the CIA. One car crash later and she’s shaved off her fur and taken a new identity as a certain large-bootied Kanye muse.XtroThe alien star of Xtro wastes absolutely no time in getting down to business once he hits Earth. After getting hit by a car, it attacks a couple and then makes its way to a cottage, where it forcibly impregnates a woman and dies. That woman goes through the entire process of pregnancy in like fifteen minutes before giving birth to a full sized adult man. Listen, if you don’t want kids to have sex before marriage, just show them this movie and tell them that’s what it’s like. They’ll never take their underwear off again.Frank N. FurterWhen we first meet Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, he seems all too human. A little kinky, sure, but nothing that unusual. As the ribald story of the 1975 cult classic continues, we learn that Dr. Furter is no ordinary mad scientist – instead, he’s a sex-crazed cross-dressing extraterrestrial from the planet Transexual, as are his cronies Riff Raff and Magenta. When Frank abandons his mission and refuses to return to his world because Earth is just so horny, they turn on him and blast him with a laser, ending his existence and rocketing back home.Nolan GraysonAs Omni-Man, Nolan Grayson was Earth’s protector in Robert Kirkman’s Invincible – until it was revealed that he was an advance agent of the alien Viltrumites sent to prepare Earth for conquest. He slaughtered a bunch of the planet’s other heroes and fled, but later it was revealed that the bond between him and his Earth wife had caused him to renounce his mission of conquest. It’s a running joke throughout the book that whenever Nolan and Debbie Grayson have a spare five minutes, they’ll be in the bedroom knocking boots.SilThere’s no list of horny aliens that can survive without the titular character of the Species series. As played by Natasha Henstridge, Sil is a genetically engineered hybrid made from instructions beamed from deep space along with a recipe for nearly unlimited power. She grows to adulthood in mere weeks, breaks out of confinement and hits the streets of Los Angeles with the burning desire to mate. As Sil meets and discards potential mates, a team of humans tries to hunt her down. With a true form resembling a protoplasmic blob with a long tentacular mouth, these babies are lucky they can change shape. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Chelsea to unveil Maurizio

first_imgChelsea are set to unveil new head coach Maurizio Sarri, according to Sky Sports.The new manager of Chelsea FC will be unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday.The former Napoli manager who has been tasked with improving the fortunes of the club next season was appointed on Saturday after months of speculation.The Italian replaced his compatriot Antonio Conte was sacked on Friday despite leading Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season and the FA Cup in his second.Sarri becomes manager of the football club during a turbulent period for the club as owner and Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is undergoing a visa dispute with UK authorities, which has led to an indefinite postponement of new stadium plans.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.A lack of summer arrivals and doubt over the future of some key players won’t help the new boss settle in quickly.As Eden Hazard and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois have made known of their intention to leave the club while N’golo Kante is wanted by Barcelona and PSG.Chelsea insists that Belgium duo of Hazard and Courtois are not for sale but with their contracts expiring in 2020 and 2019 respectively the blues might be forced to cash in on them.Sarri has already seen the arrival of Jorginho from Napoli, the pair worked together in Italy and the new Chelsea boss was keen to bring him to Stamford Bridge.Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain continues to be linked with move to the club as Sarri looks to strengthen his forward line.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of January 27 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, January 27, 2019:190046 — Hughes Estate190098 — Land Court — 24 Blackstone Street190099 — Conservation Commission — 196 Ballardvale Street190100 — Conservation Commission — 900 Main Street190101 — Conservation Commission — 60 Adams Street190102 — Conservation Commission — 4 Lawrence Court190103 — Conservation Commission — 55 Chestnut Street190104 — Conservation Commission — 91 Salem Street190105 — Conservation Commission — 30 Kilmarnock Street193003 — 20 Arlene AvenueBurlington Self Storage Auction(NOTE: The above public notices is from MassPublicNotices.org.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of June 30, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Librarys Fall Youth Events Brochure

first_imgPreschool Exploration StationWilmington Community PlaygroupPumpkin PaintingHalloween Concert Read the brochure HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Youth Events BrochureIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Summer Youth Events BrochureIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Library’s Fall Adult Events BrochureIn “Community” Programs For Grades 4 to 8MCBA Middle Grade Book ClubCrafternoonsHumans vs. ZombiesFortnite Frenzy Registration Story TimesBaby TimesTime for TwosStory Time For ThreesStory Time For Fours & FivesPreschool Story Times Programs For K to Grade 5Lego BuildingArt AventuresRead To ThorKindergarten Book ClubKids KraftsStar MagPokemon ClubMinecraft MondaysEgg Drop ChallengeTravel Club: ItalyBetter Together Book ClubThanksgiving Craft-a-Thon Programs For Babies & ToddlersLittle MoversBaby LaptimeMusic & More with Bernadette BairdDrop-In Baby Times WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library recently released its fall events brochure for kids and teens.Highlights include:Family EventsMagic Show with Stephen BrennerSpot The RobotLibrary Pet ShowToto The Tornado KittenHalloween ConcertTales Best Told In The DarkBoston Typewriter OrchestraEd Popielarczyk’s Flea Circus Programs For Grades 6 to 12Teen Volunteer OrientationTeen Advisory BoardIntro To Dungeons & DragonsTeen TriviaBoard Game ClubIntro Magic The GatheringFirst Look Book GroupWorld Languages Foreign Film NightsHomemade PizzaSugar Skulls & Papel PicadoDIY Felt Letter BoardMurder Mystery DinnerCollege Planning Workshops Drop-In Story TimesDrop-In Baby TimesDrop-In Story TimesPJ Story TimeStories & Sweetslast_img read more