Mkhitaryan’s Arsenal shirt number revealed

first_imgTransfers Mkhitaryan’s Arsenal shirt number revealed – but he can’t wear it in the Europa League! Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:35 1/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Henrikh Mkhitaryan Arsenal Getty Transfers Arsenal Arsenal v Chelsea Chelsea League Cup The former Borussia Dortmund star follows the likes of Robert Pires, Kevin Campbell and David Rocastle in wearing the No.7 for the north London club New Arsenal signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan will wear the No.7 shirt for his new club, the Gunners have revealed.The Armenia international traded Manchester United for the Gunners on Monday, with Alexis Sanchez going the other way, after the 29-year-old successfully obtained appropriate documentation from the visa office in Liverpool.It was soon announced that Alexis would take up the historic No.7 shirt at Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of such players as Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, before it was confirmed that Mkhitaryan would don the same jersey at the Emirates Stadium.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Shakhtar Donetsk star follows the likes of Robert Pires, Kevin Campbell and David Rocastle in wearing the No.7 for the north London club.Mkhitaryan made 11 Premier League starts this season under Jose Mourinho before leaving for Arsenal, failing to establish himself as a regular first choice under the Portuguese during his time at the club.He made an additional four outings in the Champions League, one in the FA Cup and made a substitute appearance during the club’s Carabao Cup game against Bristol City in December. On the whole, though, Mkhitaryan found his playing time limited at Old Trafford and saw an opportunity to revive his career under a manager, in Arsene Wenger, who had previously made his interest public.”I’m very happy that we could finish this deal and I’m very happy to be here,” the attacker told Arsenal’s official website upon the completion of the move.#MKHITAR7ANGet the shirt https://t.co/oDIrRq2p79 pic.twitter.com/U4tg8wXbvh— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 23, 2018Why can’t Mkhitaryan wear No.7 in the Europa League?Mkhitaryan has taken Alexis’s No.7 shirt at Arsenal but he will not be able to wear that jersey in the Europa League, the Premier League club have confirmed.That is because the Chilean, who will also wear the No.7 shirt for Manchester United, played for the Gunners in the current Europa League campaign – their 3-1 win over Cologne back in September – wearing that same squad number.UEFA ruling states that if a player has played in the competition, another player is not then able to also appear at a later date with the same number.Therefore Mkhitaryan must choose an alternative number for the remainder of the club’s Europa League campaign this season, with the Gunners stating that it will be “confirmed soon”.last_img read more

Elder Abuse Awareness Day Focuses on Prevention

first_imgNova Scotians of all ages must take steps to recognize and help prevent elder abuse in their communities, officials from the Seniors’ Secretariat said today, June 15, as the province marked its second annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “We must work with communities to build awareness of elder abuse,” said Valerie White, executive director of the Seniors’ Secretariat. “We want seniors to feel safe in their homes and communities.” The awareness day coincides with the first World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. At a ceremony held at Province House today, officials emphasized why it is important for Nova Scotians to understand the problem of elder abuse. “Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of older Nova Scotians through the prevention of abuse,” said Barb Baker, elder abuse consultant for the Seniors’ Secretariat. “Elder Abuse Awareness Day is another important step towards achieving our goal.” Elder Abuse Awareness Day information kits were distributed to community groups and interested individuals provincewide. “One of the most effective ways to prevent abuse is by educating the public on the topic and increasing awareness,” said Ms. White. “The kits are a way for us to support communities, help change attitudes and behaviours and help people come forward.” Nova Scotia marked its first Elder Abuse Awareness Day in November 2005 when it released the Nova Scotia Elder Abuse Strategy: Towards Awareness and Prevention. For more information about Elder Abuse Awareness Day or to obtain a copy of the strategy, contact the Seniors’ Secretariat information line at 1-800-670-0065 or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/scs .last_img read more

Law Amendments Committee Meeting in Shelburne

first_imgResidents in, and around, Shelburne and surrounding counties will have an opportunity to have their voices heard at a meeting of the law amendment committee on the proposed legislation for electoral boundaries. The law amendments committee will meet at Sandy Point Lighthouse Centre, beginning Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and continuing Friday at 9 a.m. The committee will hear presentations on Bill 94, The House of Assembly Act, which will implement the recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Commission. People who wish to present to the committee are strongly urged to register in advance to ensure they have an opportunity to speak. People can register by calling the Nova Scotia Legislative Counsel at 902-424-8941. Written submissions can be sent to the Office of the Legislative Counsel at P.O. Box 1116, Halifax, NS, B3J 2X1, by e-mail to legc.office@gov.ns.ca, or by fax to 902-424-0547. People will also be able to make presentations to the committee during the regular meetings of the law amendments committee being held at the House of Assembly. The House of Assembly Act requires an independent review of electoral boundaries every 10 years. The full Electoral Boundaries Commission report is online at nselectoralboundaries.ca/. This is the third independent review of Nova Scotia’s electoral boundaries since 1992. Sandy Point Lighthouse Centre is located 10 kilometres outside of Shelburne at 1586 Sandy Point Rd.last_img read more

Hike in gold price would encourage smuggling black marketing Mitra

first_imgKolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra reacted sharply to the Union Budget on Wednesday, saying that the increase in the price of gold would encourage more gold smuggling and black marketing in the country.While speaking in the Assembly, Mitra said that the Centre increasing the price of gold is a ‘dangerous’ trend. He also said that he apprehends that it would have an adverse impact on the economy of the country. “The Centre’s decision to hike the price of gold is mysterious. Many people buy gold for different reasons. Some of them use the gold during their daughters’ marriages. What message is the Centre sending across by hiking the price of gold? Are they trying to allow more smuggling, hawala and black marketing to take place in the country?” Mitra questioned. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDuring his speech, Mitra has given a detailed account how the Centre has reduced budgetary allocation in different schemes in the current financial budget. He said that allotment in MGNREGA has been reduced by 1.8 percent in the Union Budget. Even the Swachh Bharat Mission, which is so dear to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has received a cut in the budgetary allotment by 25.5 percent. He also said that since the introduction of GST, Centre has been getting the revenues from cess, leaving nothing for the state government. “This undermines the federal system,” he added. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTearing apart the Prime Minister’s tall claim that the country is moving forward when it comes to employment generation, Mitra presented facts on how the unemployment rate in the country is on the rise. “Unemployment rate of the country is at 6.1 percent, whereas the figure in Bengal stands at 4.6 percent, which is much lower than the national average. What is more shocking is that the Centre has slashed the budgetary allocation for umbrella schemes for the Scheduled Castes by 28.4 percent,” Mitra added. It may be mentioned that the Narendra Modi government often claims that it is carrying out development projects for the people belonging to the Scheduled Castes category. However, many have raised questions on the implementation of the schemes. The Finance minister also pointed out that the food security scheme and health did not even find a mention in the budget and took a dig at the Centre by saying that farmers’ income in the last three years has been pitifully low in the country. He also said that fresh investments in the country have dipped by 19 percent, which the Centre has been trying to manage through foreign borrowing. Meanwhile, the West Bengal Appropriation (No 2) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Assembly on Wednesday, through which the state government will maintain parity between income and expenditure. How the funds would be utilised against which head on the basis of priority, would also be determined following the promulgation of the Bill. Mitra also mentioned in his address that the next edition of Bengal Global Business Summit will be held from December 15-16, 2020.last_img read more

Doug Ford slams federal carbon tax that takes effect in four provinces

first_imgTORONTO — Ontario Premier Doug Ford says there’s no reason to believe Canadians will recoup the cost of the federal carbon tax that takes effect today.Ford, whose government is fighting the tax in court, says he doesn’t trust Ottawa to make good on its promise to provide rebates to businesses and residents of the provinces where the tax is kicking in.The feds imposed the tax in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick after those provinces opted not to impose their own pricing schemes on carbon emissions.Residents of those provinces will be getting rebates on their income tax returns that start at $128 annually and increase for people with spouses or dependents at home.Ottawa has yet to reveal details about a program to rebate some of the increased costs faced by small- and medium-sized businesses.The federal government says the carbon tax is a sensible way to protect the environment — put a price on activities that pollute to discourage emissions, and give back most or all of the money through income taxes.The federal tax is $20 a tonne for this year and is set to increase by $10 annually until it reaches $50 a tonne in April 2022.The starting rate adds 4.4 cents to the price of a litre of gas, about four cents to a cubic metre of natural gas, and also drives up the cost of propane, butane and aviation fuel.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

UN assists refugees displaced by instability in Côte dIvoire

The State’s actions followed an attempted coup on 19 September by mutinying soldiers in Abidjan and two other major cities – Korhogo in the north and Bouaké in the central part of the country, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The agency said most of the displaced are Liberians and Sierra Leoneans. Many had lived in makeshift barracks in the surroundings of the Agban Gendarmerie camp, where fierce fighting took place. “Police forces have reportedly burned houses in that district, which is largely populated by immigrants from several African countries, in an apparent attempt to root out potential dissidents,” UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told reporters in Geneva. The UN refugee agency has organized emergency shelter at different points in Abidjan where the displaced refugees can stay safely. UNHCR has also distributed bread and sardines to refugees, with some of the food provided by local residents in what the spokesman called “a sign of solidarity.” Margarida Fawke, UNHCR programme officer in Abidjan, said efforts were being made to help resolve the long-term problems facing the refugees. “We are sending people to talk to the Sierra Leoneans in particular, and offer them the option to repatriate, informing them about what they can expect in Sierra Leone should they choose to do so,” she said. As of Monday, there were no reported movements of refugees from Côte d’Ivoire to any of its five neighbouring countries, according to UNHCR. The borders with Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso are now officially closed. read more

UN health agency delists certain generic HIVAIDS drugs pending further tests

In bioequivalence tests, volunteers take the generic medicines and their blood is tested after a certain time to determine whether the concentration of the generics in their blood is similar to that of the innovator or patented medicines in other volunteers.After an inspection of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. in Dewas, India, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) removed “the triple fixed-dose combination pill containing lamivudine, stavudine and nevirapine in two different strengths and a lamivudine plus zidovudine tablet” until the company can provide “unequivocal evidence” of bioequivalence.WHO was following a European directive, which came into force in May, requiring inspections of laboratories doing bioequivalence studies.The Ranbaxy products have met quality specifications and WHO said the company would submit them to a different laboratory for new tests.An inspection in late May led to the removal of a lamivudine tablet made by Cipla Ltd. in Kurkumbh, India, and a combination lamivudine-zidovudine tablet made by Cipla in Vikhroli, India, WHO said. Tests of Cipla’s triple fixed-dose combination of lamivudine, stavudine and nevirapine in a tablet were properly carried out, however, and it was retained. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 3, 2013 5:17 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,845.06 up 87.25 points):Ainsworth Lumber Co. Ltd. (TXS:ANS). Up 98 cents, or 33.33 per cent, at $3.92 on 30.3 million shares. U.S. forestry giant Louisiana-Pacific announced a friendly, US$1.1-billion takeover deal for the Vancouver-based maker of products used in housing construction.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up 26 cents, or 5.51 per cent, at $4.98 on 12.2 million shares. The company is exiting the fractional business aircraft ownership service after 18 years with the planned sale of Flexjet to a U.S. private equity firm for US$185 million.”Blackberry (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 32 cents, or 2.84 per cent, at $11.60 on 5.5 million shares. The Wall Street Journal reported that the smartphone maker has narrowed the list of possible bidders for all or part of the company, and hopes to wrap up the auction by November.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 0.33 per cent, at $6.08 on 3.99 million shares. October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange was ahead $1.14 to US$108.37 a barrel and the energy sector gained per 1.26 cent.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 43 cents, or 1.20 per cent, at $36.26 on 3.66 million shares.Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ). Miner. Up four cents, or 0.74 per cent, at $5.41 on 3.58 million shares. Gold stocks were the biggest TSX weight, down about three per cent as December bullion declined $17 to US$1,373 an ounce.Toronto Venture Exchange (947.78 up 0.60 of a point):Novus Energy, Inc. (TSXV:NVS). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.93 per cent, at $1.085 on 6.2 million shares.Solimar Energy Ltd. (TSXV:SXS). Oil and gas. Down half a cent, or 25 per cent, at 1.5 cents on 3.1 million shares. read more

Ebola UN envoy says intense response needed for western Sierra Leone and

Dr. Nabarro also told a press conference in Geneva that the national response, with support from the international community “is right, is working, and real progress is being made.”He later briefed by video link the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. and told members debating the response to the Ebola outbreak that he believed the needed capacity should be in place in the three most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone by the end of January next year.Meanwhile, in a message to a special meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Ebola preparedness in Bangkok, Thailand, the head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury, drew attention to the need for more international responders as part of the district-by-district strategy.“We need logisticians, information management people, we need epidemiologists,” Mr. Banbury said. “In this war that we are fighting now, our most valuable soldiers are epidemiologists, people who can understand this disease, who can help us hunt it down, who can work in the villages and identify any new outbreak so that we can quickly respond and bring it under control.”Back in Geneva, Dr. Nabarro, specified two areas of particular concern in the current battle to eradicate the Ebola in West Africa.The first area of concern, Dr. Nabarro said, was western Sierra Leone, in particular, the capital Freetown, and Port Loko, where there are high levels of transmission and “a much more intense response” is needed. He did say that some of the most experienced Ebola responders in the world were working in that area, together with UNMEER’s “Western Area Surge team,” the Government, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to ensure there were enough beds and burial teams. The UN envoy explained the logistical difficulty of staffing the Ebola treatment units with 300 beds that require some 300 people. The staff needed to change shifts every three to four hours because of the heat of the protective clothing, and each changeover was a dangerous moment, as was each interaction with patients, particularly with needles.The second concerning area, Dr. Nabarro said, is the northern part of the interior of Guinea, known as Guinea Forestiere. “UNMEER is also working very closely with Mali to ensure cases do not cross the border and if they do, that they could be dealt with very quickly,” he said, noting that he had been working closely on that with the President of Mali, as well as with the UN peacekeepers stationed there.On a positive note, Dr. Nabarro drew attention to a the N’Zerekore Treatment Centre in Guinea headed by a doctor from Niger, which he described as “a truly extraordinary” example of international, African and local cooperation, built with money from the European Union and constructed in 25 days of 24 hour shifts by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) with Red Cross volunteers and others there.Stressing that “communities are at the heart of the response,” he said “You couldn’t do this without local community involvement.”Dr. Nabarro said he is very pleased with the response from the UN family, as well as the global response. Regarding Africa’s response, he said African countries, small and large, have rallied their resources to fight the epidemic that has affected 17,800 people and left 6,331 dead.About the kinds of people being sought in the response, he said that they are those with clinical skills to treat patients; with epidemiological skills to follow the disease and its progression; with anthropological skills to understand community challenges; and with managerial skills to ensure proper management of different parts of the response.“All the people needed to be skilful teachers because increasingly the whole effort was to teach national personnel, medical and non-medical,” he said. “People who had worked on infectious diseases, particularly in developing countries, and people who could stay for three months or more, were particularly wanted.”In his message to the ASEAN ministers meeting on Ebola preparedness in that part of the world, UNMEER’s Mr. Banbury referred to the experience of Southeast Asia with SARS and noted how “preparedness is absolutely essential to protect the citizens of those countries, to protect the economies and to protect the regions and the world as a whole.”He also said what is lacking in the response are trained epidemiologists to work in the field, and he urged ASEAN countries to send health care works to fight Ebola in West Africa, saying that would not only help to quickly bring the outbreak to an end, “but it also helps spread critical experience and expertise that can be part of preparedness measures for the future.”In Liberia today, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia launched the “Ebola Must Go” awareness campaign in the capital Monrovia, UNMEER reported.v read more

Ecuador UN reports quake death toll hits 660 donor response poor

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that 23 persons are still missing, nearly 7,000 buildings have been destroyed, and 560 schools have been affected, with 166 of them suffering medium to severe damage.Health assistance has been provided to 513,762 people, including 4,605 injured during the first 72 hours of the emergency, and the number of people in shelters has decreased to 22,754.Humanitarian aid continues to reach affected zones, mainly urban centres and shelters. Two missions deployed during the past weekend to Portoviejo and Pedernales, the areas hit hard. A multi-sector initial rapid assessment (MIRA) and assessments by individual sectors are under way.The Government recently announced the replacement of top officials in the Secretariat for Risk Management (SGR), the Ministry of Foreign Trade, the Secretary of Water (SENAGUA), the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion (MIES).SGR has launched the website ecuadorlistoysolidario.com to channel all forms of national and international relief. read more

At UN Abbas rejects Israeli arrogance vows to terminate all agreements if

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr. Abbas strongly rejected the “arrogant” pre-election announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s of an “illegal plan” to annex and apply sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, the northern Dead Sea and other Occupied Palestinian Territories.    Vowing that if any such plan were carried out, by any Israeli Government, Palestine would terminate all previously signed agreements and relevant obligations.  “What would you do if someone tried…to erase your presence?” he asked the delegations in the Assembly Hall and demanded: “Hasn’t the time come for the emancipation of the Palestinian people and their freedom from this injustice, oppression and occupation?”Recalling that in 2012 his delegation had received UN Observer status, Mr. Abbas proudly reported that “despite the obstacles and policies imposed by the Israeli occupation and those behind it”, Palestine “is a State party to over 110 international instruments and organizations.”While accepting international legitimacy and law to resolve its cause, the President maintained that the peace it strives for is “severely endangered” by Israel’s policies and practices in its land, saying “the responsibility” is now “incumbent upon you”.A ‘reckless’ war in East JerusalemOn the situation in East Jerusalem, Mr. Abbas lamented that Israel “is waging a reckless, racist war against everything Palestinian”, from demolishing homes to assaulting clergy and legislating racist laws to denying access to holy places.“I caution against these policies and reckless measures, which will lead to dangerous consequences with unfathomable implications,” he warned, asserting that Palestine “will not surrender to the Israeli occupation regardless of the circumstances and no matter the pain”.“Let everyone know that occupation cannot bring peace or security or stability for anyone”, he stressed.Mr. Abbas said is “unfortunate and shocking” that the United States, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, is “supporting Israeli aggression against us – reneging on its international political, legal and moral obligations”.He cited “extremely aggressive and unlawful measures” the US has taken, such as declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel, “in blatant provocation” to hundreds of millions of Muslims and Christians.The Palestine President renewed his call for an international peace conference, saying “we cannot accept that the shepherding of peace be monopolized by one country”.In closing, he saluted the people in Palestine, in refugee camps and the diaspora across the word with the confident message that the occupation “will inevitably end”.“The dawn of freedom and independence is coming…a right is never lost as long as someone strives to claim it”, concluded President Abbas. read more

Colts look to rebound from dismal offensive performance

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck accepted the blame for Sunday’s shutout.By Monday, he and the Indianapolis Colts were already talking about Houston.It’s the same routine coach Frank Reich follows each week — make quick corrections, carefully game plan for the next opponent and don’t overthink what went wrong.Naturally, one subpar game won’t get Reich to change his strategy even with playoff aspirations at stake.“Offensively, we just didn’t execute at the level and that ultimately falls on me,” Reich said during his weekly conference call. “It’s my job to put the players in the best position and we didn’t get that done yesterday. It hurts but hey we are shifting, we are moving gears to Houston.”There were plenty of mistakes to correct Monday.After throwing at least three touchdown passes in eight straight games, Luck couldn’t get the Colts (6-6) into the end zone even once at Jacksonville. His timing and improved accuracy were off, leading to the first shutout of Luck’s pro career.Indy’s ground game wasn’t effective either and what had been an effective offensive line during the previous six games allowed three sacks and many more pressures Sunday without its starting centre. Ryan Kelly missed his second straight game with an injured left knee.Reich did some self-critiquing, too.Three times with Indy in position to kick field goals, he went for it on fourth down. All three plays came up short.“They outcoached me on that. They played a coverage they had not played in that situation. It was the answer in case they did that and we were just a little off in our execution,” Reich said, referring to the play on fourth-and-goal.“The second (fourth-down) call, the reverse to (Eric) Ebron, it was a high risk-reward. I had envisioned that play into breaking out — not just a first down but possibly a 20 or 30-yard gain. We had a half yard to go. That would be the one that I would question myself the most on. Just run it up the middle. We had half a yard, run a quarterback sneak or just run a dive play up the middle and get the half yard. I took the risk for the big play and I was wrong.”Those failures were compounded by a lack of potent plays, something that became a staple during the Colts’ five-game winning streak.But for everyone inside the locker room, it was a stark reminder of just how quickly results change in the NFL.Over those previous five games, which included two against top-six scoring defences, Indy averaged 34.6 points. Luck played at a high level and running back Marlon Mack’s return from a hamstring injury helped keep the offence balanced.That wasn’t the case Sunday.“I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain,” Luck said following the loss. “(We’ve) got to improve. It’s disappointing. I am disappointed at myself, but we’ll get back to it and we’ll improve.”Defensively, the Colts pressured quarterbacks, slowed down runners and held fast — as they also did against the Jags (4-8).This week, they face a similar scenario against the league’s hottest team. The Texans have won nine straight since starting 0-3.Houston’s defence is every bit as stingy and resourceful as what the Colts dealt with in Jacksonville. And yet Indy needs Luck & Co. to trade punches against a more proficient offence by fixing its flaws.But Reich refuses to let his team make the mistake of spending too much time breaking down Sunday’s miscues at the expense of trying to rebound this week and reassert themselves in the AFC’s tight chase for the sixth and final playoff berth.“What matters tomorrow is get better tomorrow,” Reich said. “Get better every day and then get ready to play the Houston Texans on Sunday.”Notes: Reich only noted two injuries from the game — safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and centre Evan Boehm (neck). Boehm returned from his injury and Reich expects him to be available against the Texans. He did not give a prognosis on Mitchell.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLMichael Marot, The Associated Press read more

Here Are The NBA Storylines You Should Be Following

Thursday night marks the return of NBA hoops, with teams entering the homestretch of their season. A few are fighting for their playoff lives, while others will try to avoid a late-season collapse. And for a handful of others, just playing basketball again figures to be a good thing, if only to shift the conversation from off-court turmoil that could bubble over.With that in mind, we analyzed five of the league’s most interesting storylines as we prepare to dive into season’s second half.What’s going to happen with the Celtics?Even after the Raptors got Kawhi Leonard and the Sixers got Jimmy Butler, the Celtics carried great expectations this season. As a club that made it to Game 7 of the conference finals without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, getting back at least to that stage with both of them healthy seemed like almost a given.Fast-forward to now, though, and it’s clear that there’s no guarantee they’ll get that far. The Bucks have joined the league’s elite. The Sixers have gone all in. And the Raptors are solid on both ends.Complicating matters, too, is the fact that Irving, a free-agent-to-be, is no longer willing to commit long-term to the idea of being a Celtic — a situation that has reporters and fans alike parsing his every word in interviews. (Irving’s exit would make it more difficult for the team to entice star big man Anthony Davis into staying in Boston for the long haul if the Celtics rolled the dice and traded for him.)No, Jaylen Brown hasn’t been as impressive as he was in his second year. And Al Horford, a defensive stalwart in years past, hasn’t been as consistently good on that end this season.Still, Hayward, whose mental blocks this season had left him struggling to look like himself, has shown positive signs as of late.1Although he sprained his right ankle (not the one he had surgery on back in 2017) earlier this week and is questionable for Thursday’s showdown with the Bucks. And more importantly, the Celtics — for all their early season struggles — remain in the top 10 in both offense and defense, which generally signifies a true contender.Whether they can make good on that level of promise is key because of how drastically their roster could change this summer, for better or worse.Can the Bulls’ rebuild be a blueprint for a team like the Hawks?It’s been far from a stellar season for the Bulls, who fired their coach early on, then saw players take issue initially with their hard-charging replacement. But the club has shown progress the past couple of weeks since trading for wingman Otto Porter, who looks to be a great fit on both ends with shoot-first players like Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen.Some fans didn’t like the move, as Porter’s hefty contract all but took the Bulls out of the running for a max-level free agent this summer. But there’s value in acquiring solid players who can complement your young core. The best evidence of that so far: The Bulls have logged a net rating of 14 — meaning they outscore opponents by 14 points per 100 possessions — in the 110 minutes that Porter, LaVine and Markkanen have shared on the court thus far. Not too shabby for a club that’s been beaten by 8.5 points per 100 plays on the year to this point.The early Chicago returns could serve as a blueprint for the rebuilding Hawks, who have young, budding talents of their own in John Collins, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter. The youngsters have each had their moments of offensive brilliance,2And Young, who struggled early on, has improved considerably — both in his passing and his perimeter shooting. He’s logged almost a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in February, and he’s up to nearly 40 percent this month from the 3-point line. but the trio, defensively challenged to put it kindly, has been outscored by 5.6 points per 100 possessions.Finding veterans who can consistently defend at a high level to play next to them, and developing those three on D, will go a long way in determining when and whether Atlanta can turn it around.The MVP race could come down to the wireMaking sense of this year’s MVP race has been a challenge. Just when Giannis Antetokounmpo seemed to be the clear leader for the award, given his eye-popping numbers for the team with the best record in the sport, James Harden came bursting through like the Kool-Aid Man, forcing himself into the conversation with a historic scoring streak.There are a couple of other players, like Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid3Who, as a precaution, will miss at least the next week with left-knee soreness. and Oklahoma City’s Paul George, whose outstanding play deserves consideration, too. But this will more than likely end up being a two-man race.Harden’s offensive domination over the past two months has shifted a narrative that was shaping up to be a runaway for Antetokounmpo. Yet it’s worth watching whether some level of voter fatigue (Harden won the award last year, whereas Antetokounmpo has never been a front-runner before) comes into play. And there are those who dislike Harden’s iso-heavy style, even though he’s had little choice but to rely on that, given the injuries his team has suffered.So it wouldn’t be surprising if Antetokounmpo eventually gets the nod here, particularly if the Bucks end up finishing in first place.Can LeBron will the Lakers into the playoffs?It would be jarring to watch all-time great LeBron James go from making the NBA Finals eight straight years to not even making the playoffs in his first season out West. But it’s more than a mere possibility at this point: FiveThirtyEight’s projection model currently has the Lakers with just a 26 percent probability of reaching the postseason.We wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if James can get the Lakers over the playoff line. Aside from his own individual greatness, the Lakers are in the process of wrapping up a difficult stretch in their schedule this month, with seven of their nine games as road tilts. Their fortunes figure to improve when the calendar turns to March.The bigger question is whether it’s ultimately worth it for James to go into overdrive simply to earn a No. 8 seed and a first-round date with the two-time defending champion Warriors.4Of course, if the Lakers really turn it on and end up with a No. 7 seed or better, there’s no telling what might happen in a seven-game series. As his five-week injury5The first one we’ve seen sideline him for that long. earlier in the season illustrated, James isn’t getting any younger. And while it’s nearly certain that he won’t take his foot off the pedal because of where the Lakers are in the standings, there’s an argument to be made that his energy would be better spent next season, once L.A. has another top-flight player to pair with him.Will Denver emerge as the top challenger to Golden State out West?Denver has been near the top of the standings all year, while clubs like the Thunder and the Rockets started slow before getting back on track to contend for home-court advantage in the first round.The Nuggets seemingly deserve the benefit of the doubt in this discussion. Aside from having led the conference standings earlier in the season, they still own the West’s best record against quality competition — even slightly better than the Warriors’ mark against teams .500 or better. Their defense hasn’t been as good as it was to start the season, but they still have enough balance — in both their first and second units — to get the job done. And after Golden State, Denver is basically neck-and-neck with Oklahoma City in net rating in the West.If anything gives us pause about the Nuggets, it’s their lack of playoff experience. It’s uncommon for a team that hasn’t been in the playoffs to suddenly make a deep run upon getting there, which might explain our model feeling better about a team like Houston, Oklahoma City or even Utah.But the beauty of all this, of course, is that Denver — after being eliminated in the last game of the regular season in 2018 — will get a chance to set itself apart over these final 25 games.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Fox limits nextday streaming noncable customers have to wait 8 days to

first_imgFor those of us who prefer not to pay for cable and watch our favorite network TV shows online the next day, the next-day wait period has unfortunately been extended. No, it’s not just a day or two extra. Now, if you want to watch the latest episode of “The Simpsons” on Fox.com or Hulu. Sound like a long time to wait? After all, in most states, you can register and buy a handgun in half that time. It sounds pretty ridiculous, but you can get a gun in about three days and still be waiting for access to the most recent “Glee” episode.Handguns aside (we don’t actually suggest you go buy one), Fox is taking a giant step by becoming the first broadcast network to force people to wait to watch its content online. With more and more people getting rid of their cable and using online options to watch content for free, many networks and cable companies are starting to break a sweat.AdChoices广告According to Market researcher SNL Kagan, as many as 4.5 million U.S. households could potentially ditch their cable service this year. I for one am part of that 4.5 million. After my cable bill seemed too ridiculous to justify, I got rid of my $120-a-month plan, got a Roku, and was happy watching things for free on Hulu and with my low-cost Netflix subscription.However, for people like me who don’t actually have a cable account, we can no longer just hop online the next day and watch a show we missed the night before. Starting August 15, Fox will only allow paying customers of approved cable and satellite distributors to view the content the next day. The first paid TV service to join Fox in this new strategy is Dish Network. The customer will have to enter verification to prove they are a cable or satellite customer. In the TV industry, this is known as an “authentication model.” Hulu Plus members, of which there are 1 million, also will have next-day access.Until other cable and satellite distributors sign a deal with Fox, all other customers will have to wait the eight-day period. So, Hulu Plus and Dish Network subscribers are the only people who will be able to see the next-day content. The other cable companies better join Dish Network fast as their customers will not be happy to hear their cable service provider isn’t part of Fox’s new shift.And Fox isn’t the only major station implementing this new limit. Reports say that ABC is also contemplating setting up a similar limit, which means other networks like NBC will surely follow suit.What do you think of the new limit? Will it save the cable and satellite industry?via LA Times Bloglast_img read more

Las Vegas Pizzeria Offers Grasshopper Pie Amid Insect Invasion

first_imgStay on target Evel Pie announced on their Facebook page that they are now selling “The Canyon Hopper,” which they say is “only for the bravest daredevils.”The pizza pie consists of chorizo, goat cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, and the pièce de résistance — lime- and garlic-roasted grasshoppers.“Sure it sounds nasty… Arugula, really? But, this pizza is damn good! It surprised us,” the pizza shop posted on Facebook. “We dare you to try it!” Some of you have been asking about the widespread radar returns the past few nights in #Vegas. Radar analysis suggests most of these echoes are biological targets. This typically includes birds, bats, and bugs, and most likely in our case–> Grasshoppers. #VegasWeather pic.twitter.com/reQX7hJR7Y— NWS Las Vegas (@NWSVegas) July 27, 2019Nevada, has had almost twice as much rain in 2019 than normal, according to CNN meteorologist Allison Chinchar. Las Vegas has had 4.63 inches of rain to date — much more than its usual average of 2.38 inches in the same period.Jeff Knight, state entomologist with the Nevada Department of Agriculture, said the grasshopper swarm is not terribly unusual given the amount of rain the state has had this year.GRASSHOPPER INVASION: Thousands of Grasshoppers took over a parking lot in Las Vegas. The massive numbers of pallid-winged grasshoppers were due to a migration. Officials say the insects are harmless and don’t carry diseases. https://t.co/Wt3iz8vsyZ pic.twitter.com/4iidUDEDmV— ABC News (@ABC) July 27, 2019“It appears through history that when we have a wet winter or spring, these things build up often down below Laughlin and even into Arizona,” Knight said. “We’ll have flights (of grasshoppers) about this time of the year, migrations, and they’ll move northward.”In May, Florida had to deal with their own seasonal insect invasion as lovebugs swarmed the Sunshine State. And last month, a swarm of mayflies invading Ohio also showed up on weather radar.More on Geek.com:Massive Wasp ‘Supernests’ Are Popping Up All Over AlabamaBug-pocalypse: Millions of Lovebugs Invade FloridaMaggot Sausages Could Help Feed ‘Overpopulated World,’ Scientist Says Grasshoppers are invading Las Vegas in numbers so large that they’re showing up on weather radar, but some are taking advantage of the pesky situation in creative (and tasty?) ways.The National Weather Service office in Las Vegas said in a tweet that birds, bats, and bugs can all register as “biological targets” on weather radar, but residents who have been dealing with swarms of grasshoppers the last few days know exactly what the culprits are.While there’s not much Las Vegas residents can do about the pesky invasion — experts have pointed to a relatively wet year as the cause — some business owners are taking matters (or bugs) into their own hands.One pizza shop in the city, for example, has started offering a new pizza with grasshoppers as toppings.center_img Watch: Man Uses Roman Candle to Kill Hornets, Sets Roof on FireMassive Wasp ‘Super Nests’ Are Popping Up All Over Alabama last_img read more

County officials urge residents to prepare as rain enters San Diegos forecast

first_imgCounty officials urge residents to prepare as rain enters San Diego’s forecast January 8, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Weather FacebookTwitter Updated: 3:58 PMcenter_img KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A powerful storm is expected to wallop Southern California Monday and Tuesday, the National Weather Service said Sunday, with snow possible in the San Diego County mountains.The winter storm is expected to deliver showers Monday afternoon through early Wednesday, with the heaviest precipitation likely to come down Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The city of San Diego is in line to get about three-fifths of an inch of rain, Julian about an inch and Palomar roughly an inch and a half, forecasters said.Free sandbags, fiber rolls and instructional brochures are available at a county facility in Bonsall for those who live in and around the burn area of the Lilac Fire, which blackened 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures after erupting in the Pala area on Dec. 7.The Erosion Control Homeowners Assistance Center at 2370 Pala Road is generally open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, though its hours are subject to change. Department of Public Works employees are available there to advise people on how to protect their homes and yards and can make site visits to inspect and assess individual properties.The county also is offering sandbags at more than two dozen other locations in preparation for the wet weather.The sacks and sand with which to fill them are available at the following locations (members of the public are asked to bring their own shovels):4900 Bonita Road, Bonita;40080 Ribbonwood Road, Boulevard39524 Daily Road, Fallbrook 39431 De Luz Road, Fallbrook4375 Pala Mesa Drive, Fallbrook Lakeside River Park Conservancy, 12108 Industry Road, Lakeside1587 Highway 78, Julian21610 Crestline Road, Palomar Mountain3410 Dye Road, Ramona 24462 San Vicente Road, Ramona16971 Highway 76, Pauma Valley28205 N. Lake Wohlford Road, Valley Center35227 Highway 79, Warner SpringsIn addition, bags only — no sand — are available at the following sites:1364 Tavern Road, Alpine1321 Deer Springs Road, San Marcos31577 Highway 94, Campo29690 Oak Drive, Campo8709 Circle R Drive, Escondido10308 Meadow Glen Way East, Escondido9718 River Road, Descanso17304 Highway 94, Dulzura2383 Honey Springs Road, Jamul5841 Highway 78, Borrego Springs25130 Highway 94, Potrero27330 Highway 78, Ramona829 San Vicente Road, Ramona37370 Montezuma Valley Road, Ranchita Posted: January 8, 2018last_img read more

USDAASAAfghan Cooperation Creates Afghanistans First Soy Processing Plant

first_imgWashington, D.C.… A distance of seven thousand miles is just the start of the differences between the Brookville, Ohio farm where Steve Berk grew up raising soybeans as an FFA project and his current residence in Afghanistan. Yet, a new soybean processing factory creates a landmark link between states like Ohio and Afghan reconstruction efforts.Berk is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Senior Representative at the U.S. Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif. He and U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Agriculture Minister Counselor Quintin Gray joined the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program at the unique soy processing business this summer.”It’s great to see the Afghan and U.S. partners get this soybean processing facility up and operating,” Gray says. “It will help Afghanistan agriculture continue to develop.”Through USDA’s Food for Progress Program, WISHH and its partners have established Afghanistan’s first commercial soybean value chain as part of the Soybeans in Agricultural Renewal of Afghanistan Initiative (SARAI). As a result, Iowa-made processing equipment from Insta-Pro now has soybeans from Afghanistan as well as Ohio, Michigan and other states flowing through it. An Afghan company provided the land and the building as well as employs the staff.People and livestock will benefit from the high-protein soy flour, soy meal and the crude soybean oil produced at the Mazar-e-Sharif manufacturing facility. An Afghan dairy, Kefayat Farms, made the first purchase of 10 metric tons of soybean meal for its herd of 140 Holstein cows. Farmhands soon noted the cows producing two to three additional liters of milk a day, and the milk quality was noticeably improved so customers were willing to pay more.A solid supply of soybeans is key to the processing plant serving as a reliable source to its customers. Throughout the three-year project, more than 200,000 bushels of U.S. soybeans will augment local production processed in the plant. Perdue Grain and Oilseed’s 2011 sale exemplifies how U.S. soybeans contribute to the processing plant being a steady supplier of soy products in Afghanistan.For example, USDA purchased 1500 metric tons of soybeans for the processing plant’s use from Perdue’s partnership with Commercial Lynks, a Virginia-based trading company. Perdue has more than 70 grain elevators east of the Mississippi River and used Michigan and Ohio soybeans for the USDA purchase. The soybean sale further contributed to the U.S. economy as the shipment loaded at a port facility in Chesapeake, Virginia.According to Perdue Grain and Oilseed Vice President John Cassidy, developing country markets represent a growing demand for U.S. feed ingredients. “WISHH is an important tool to expand markets in the U.S. soybean industry,” says Cassidy, who also appreciates the importance of USDA backing of the financing in countries that have immature banking sectors.In 2011, the project also assisted 891 Afghan farmers, including 91 women, in producing the country’s first commercial crop of soybeans on a total of approximately 450 acres. This year, 3,325 Afghan farmers, including 300 women, are planting soybeans through SARAI.The U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense contributed to this success by assisting ASA’s WISHH with military air transport of the Stine soybean seeds from Illinois to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The shipment was then trucked to farmers in a northern province. In 2011-12, a combined total of approximately 50 metric tons of U.S. soybean seeds went to Afghanistan for farmers to plant.In addition to generating income for subsistence farmers who typically have less than an acre of land, the soybeans are priming the growth of oilseed demand in the country. Currently, Afghanistan imports more than 90 percent of its cooking oil. Much of that is palm oil. Afghanistan’s poultry and livestock industries also look to expand with quality meal from oilseed crops, such as soybeans.Since being founded by U.S. soybean farmers in 2000, WISHH has worked in 24 countries to improve diets, as well as encouraged growth of food industries. The WISHH program is managed from ASA’s world headquarters in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.wishh.org.###U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service Agriculture Minister Counselor Quintin Gray (left) joined the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Program Executive Director Jim Hershey at Afghanistan’s first soybean processing factory. With USDA support, WISHH and its partners created a landmark link between U.S. agriculture and Afghan reconstruction efforts. (WISHH photo)For more information, contact:Karen Coble Edwards, KCE Public Affairs Associates • (703) 281-7600Patrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director • (202) 969-7040last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Mar 23 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioSavings on tax credits for oil and gas not as high as proposedAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauA bill to revise oil and gas tax credits from the House Resources Committee includes only a fraction of the savings Governor Bill Walker proposed.Canadian company seeks building railroad linking with Trans-Alaska PipelineRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksA Canadian company is looking into the feasibility of building a railroad to Alaska to link with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The rail line would ferry Canadian oilsands to markets in the Far East. The company has been pursuing the project for years.Bill banning sex ed from abortion providers moves forward in HouseHannon Colton, KDLG – DillinghamA bill to bar abortion service providers from teaching sex education in public schools narrowly cleared a hurdle in the Alaska House Wednesday.Several groups criticize Walker’s handling of fisheriesAssociated PressFishermen, Alaska Native tribal members and clean water advocates are criticizing Gov. Bill Walker’s administration over its handling of fisheries and water issues.Retreating sea ice: Good for walruses, bad for indigenous communitiesJohanna Eurich – FairbanksAs Arctic sea ice has retreated north during the last decade, walruses have adapted by changing their haulouts to take advantage of better resources and food. That’s good for the walruses… but it’s a problem for some Russian indigenous communities on the Chokotkan coast.Sitka basketball team rescues six-plex occupants from fireRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaQuick thinking by the Sitka boys basketball team averted tragedy Wednesday morning, when a six-plex in the Anchorage neighborhood where they were staying caught fire. The boys and their coach woke and rescued 11 occupants before firefighters arrived.‘The Grand Bargain’ seeks to improve Sitka communitiesEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaIn Sitka, a Citizen’s Task Force has been meeting for several months tocome up with a strategy for keeping the community’s basic services, whileadjusting the tax structure. And now, the Task Force is ready to revealtheir plan. They call it “The Grand Bargain.Rare Aluutiq quiver now part of Kodiak MuseumKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakKodiak’s Alutiiq Museum recently acquired a quiver that is a rare exampleof Alutiiq craftsmanship and also leads to a host of questions about itsorigins. Sven Haakanson (sven HAHK-in-sin) is Curator of Native AmericanAnthropology at the Burke Museum and recently passed the quiver – and thearrow that comes with it – along to the Alutiiq Museum.Skagway to host largest cruise ship to sail Alaska watersJillian Rogers, KHNS – HainesRoyal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to dock in Skagway thissummer. It’s the largest cruise ship to land in the Gateway to the Klondikeby about 1,000 passengers, and largest to cruise Alaska waters. The vesselwill also make port calls in Juneau and sail the Inside Passage and TracyArm.last_img read more

Madrasa girl raped in Narsingdi

first_imgRapeA female madrasa student was allegedly ‘raped’ by a young man at Krishnapur village in Manohardi upazila of Narsingdi on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.The alleged rapist was identified as Kamrul Islam, 25, son of Suruj Mia of the same village.Family sources said Kamrul intercepted the girl on her way to her next-door uncle and brought her to a desolated house. Kamrul tied up her hands and legs and mercilessly violated her there.Later, the alleged rapist fled the scene keeping the girl inside the house.The victim managed to untie her hands and legs after a frantic effort and screamed out through the window for help.Later, locals rescued the victim and sent her to Manohardi Upazila Health Complex.Confirming the incident, Manohardi police station officer-in-charge Fakharuddin Bhuyia said the victim’s family was asked to lodge a complaint with the police station.last_img read more