first_imgHighway 104, eastbound near exit 13, will be down to one lane beginning Tuesday, March 28, to replace a damaged girder on the structure above it. McElmon Road, which runs over the highway, will also be down to one lane. Signals are in place to direct traffic. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. as is expected to be completed April 26. -30-last_img

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first_imgLucy Scholey APTN NewsThe National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls publicly heard from a former First Nation chief for the first time Thursday, as she testified about the sexism, bullying and intimidation she faced as a leader.Adrienne Anichinapeo, who spent eight years in politics in the small Anicinape community of Kitcisakik, about 130 kilometres south of Val d’Or, said she wanted to tackle issues like a lack of running water and electricity. But she told the inquiry she faced problems from within her own band and often felt she was ignored.“We are very far from accepting a woman can lead a community,” she said, adding she was not respected in her position like the men who preceded her.She lost the election in August 2017 and has been trying to find a job within the community since.“The conditions in our community have not changed,” she said, adding that she has to drive for an hour out of town to do laundry. In the winter, she said her children have to leave the house to shower.Viviane Michel, president of Quebec Native Women Inc., told APTN that women in many Quebec First Nations face barriers to political work. The Innu community of Mingan, Que. is the only First Nation out of Quebec’s 44 Indigenous communities that has mandated gender parity on its council, she said.The solution is not setting a quota for women on council, but educating all First Nations members and encouraging more women to step up and run in elections, she said.Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said Indigenous women in leadership roles across the country often face sexism, violence, racism and bullying.“We work in a patriarchal system that is built on years of colonization which has disrupted our roles as leaders in our communities,” she said in an emailed statement.Commissioner Michèle Audette said the inquiry has heard similar testimonies from Indigenous women in leadership positions, but during private hearings.“We needed to hear that. Canada needs to hear that,” she said. “Our communities especially need to hear that.”On Thursday, the inquiry focused on survivors of violence. Anichinapeo said she experienced sexual violence growing up. When she lost the Kitcisakik election last August, she accepted it but suddenly found herself without work for the first time in her life. That’s when her troubled past caught up to her. Her story is one of many in her community, she said.“I look at the parents and children who live there and I see their misery.”More than 70 survivors and family members are expected to testify publicly or privately at the inquiry in Montreal this week. The hearings wrap up Friday.last_img read more

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first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, boosted by gains in the energy sector as the price of oil moved higher and the health-care sector which includes the big marijuana stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 6.52 points at 14,433.14.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 77.96 points at 23,511.12. The S&P 500 index was up 14.89 points at 2,546.83, while the Nasdaq composite was up 61.02 points at 6,799.88.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.14 cents US compared with an average of 74.57 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was up US$1.68 at US$49.64 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down eight cents at US$2.96 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$4.80 at US$1,290.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 0.50 of a cent at US$2.65 a pound.last_img read more

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Rabat – A prisoner escaped Tangier’s local prison on Saturday, August 10, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.MAP said that the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) issued a statement to announce the prison escape.The DGAPR statement added  that it sent a central commission to Tangier’s local prison to carry out a precise and comprehensive investigation into the prisoner’s escape. “The DGAPR sent a central board of inquiry to this institution to carry out an accurate and comprehensive investigation into this incident,” the statement said.DGAPR added that the investigation seeks to determine the circumstances of the escape in order to take the necessary administrative measures. read more

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Under the accord, signatories agree to arrest, investigate and prosecute actual or suspected pirates, seize their boats and rescue ships under attack. The agreement also covers possible hot pursuit into another country’s territorial waters, and shared operations such as nominating officers to embark in the patrol ships or aircraft of another signatory. But Somalia itself, which has not had a functioning central Government since 1991 and is riven by warring factions, is also expected to play a large part.“One can have few hopes that the situation at sea will improve dramatically unless and until there is significant improvement on the political front on land,” UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Efthimios E. Mitropoulos told the opening session of the four-day meeting, convened by his agency, on Monday in the Horn of Africa country of Djibouti.“For it is favourable political developments ashore that will help stem the scourge offshore. The fate of Somalia is in the hands of the people of Somalia as they, and they alone, are, and should be, the masters of their country and its destiny. We wish their leaders courage, wisdom, prudence and determination to bring peace and stability to their country and among its citizens.” Transport ministers and ambassadors of regional countries, States that have sent naval forces to protect shipping, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and United Kingdom, and officials of international organizations cooperating with IMO, including the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are attending the meeting.Mr. Mitropoulos stressed that the contributing alliances of Governments, organizations and individual countries such as the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia had done their duty and that the time had now come for regional States to add their own contribution.Regional States attending include Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.In December, the UN Security Council unanimously called on countries and regional bodies with the necessary capacity to deploy naval ships and military aircraft off the Somali coast to fight piracy, including possible action against pirate bases on land.Apart from chartered WFP ships, recent seizures by pirates have included a Saudi oil tanker and a Ukrainian ship with arms on board.Meanwhile, some 150 new members of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Parliament belonging to the Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) were sworn in today in Djibouti as part of an effort to bring former rebel opponents into the Government.“We are finally seeing progress from the hard work by all sides to create an inclusive Parliament,” UN Special Representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah said.The Parliament, which voted on Monday to expand by an additional 275 members, will elect a new president on 30 January, following the resignation of Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed last month. More ARS members will be sworn in tomorrow while 75 other seats are being kept for members of civil society and the opposition who are not members of the ARS.In a letter sent today to the Somali diaspora, Mr. Ould-Abdallah noted that Somalis would have preferred to see the expansion of the Parliament and presidential elections taking place inside Somalia. “However, this important step towards restoring stability should ensure that future political processes are convened where they belong, inside your country,” he wrote. 28 January 2009Regional States, countries patrolling the pirate-infested waters off Somalia, and United Nations agencies are set to adopt an agreement this week to reinforce the fight against a scourge that has seen dozens of ships held for ransom in recent years, including vessels carrying UN food aid for millions of hungry Somalis. read more

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In OUA Basketball, the top team in the nation are now, 6-0, as the McMaster Marauders women’s squad mauled the Ottawa GeeGee, 69-50, up in the nations Capital, Friday.Linnaea Harper led the way with 22 points while Danielle Boiago added 20 and Rachael Holmes 14.As for the men, they were knocked off 79-59 by undefeated Gee Gees.Both teams play the Carleton Ravens on Saturday night. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

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Spring Training Matters

On the other side, teams like the Rockies,8Because of the Rockies’ extreme park effect, which wouldn’t manifest in the spring, it’s possible that the model is being too pessimistic here. Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers showed unexpectedly anemic offenses in spring training, which drags down their regular-season projections. None of these teams had more than a faint hope at the playoffs anyway, but the third- and fourth-biggest decreases in expected offense belong to two potential playoff contenders — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox — which may now find their paths more difficult.So you don’t have to wait months to begin worrying (or in the case of Mets fans, hoping) about the fate of your team. Once combined with a dose of projections, spring training results go a long way toward predicting how well a team will hit.CORRECTION (April 10, 2:56 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a table with incorrect information on teams’ spring training OPS averages. It has since been updated. On opening day, every team has playoff dreams. Early on, the potential of the season outweighs our knowledge of each team’s quality. While our best predictions are modestly useful, they can’t tell us which team is destined for greatness with much certainty or which early-season trends to trust or disregard. That makes it tough for a baseball columnist — a pitiable lot, us — to write about anything with any certainty.But we do have spring training. Conventional wisdom holds that what happens in March is meaningless. But conventional wisdom can’t use R. Spring training results aren’t entirely worthless — either for players, as FiveThirtyEight’s own Neil Paine showed last year, or for teams. And I’m particularly interested in this idea that a team’s spring training may offer some indicators of how its season will go. What are the limits of its powers? And what is its potential?We know that spring training isn’t incredibly predictive. I gathered data on each team’s spring-training and regular-season performances in the last five years (2010-2014), checking to see whether there was any correlation between a team’s offensive performance in spring1I used on-base plus slugging percentage. and its average regular-season on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). Just as with other spring statistics, there was a weak but consistent2The correlation is a statistically significant r=.2. relationship between the two. The teams that bash in spring tend to continue doing so through the summer.Even so, spring training results were somewhat faintly reflected in the regular season — teams have to bash a lot before the trend is noticeably continued once the season starts. But we’re not just interested in how spring training correlates to the regular season; we’re interested in whether spring training should make us adjust our expectations of what’s to come.If we look at spring training performances and then compare them against what sabermetric projections3By projections I mean estimates of players’ future production based on their past history and the history of players similar to them. For example, based on the three years of MVP-caliber performance that began his career — and the rarefied historical company that performance puts him in — Mike Trout is likely to be excellent again this year, to the tune of a .297/.382/.519 triple-slash line (his spring training performance of .441/.514/.847 only reinforces that belief). have to tell us, these preseason games become a lot more telling. So rather than just see whether offensive stats from spring training correlate to regular-season stats, let’s tally up all of a team’s player projections (I used PECOTA projections from Baseball Prospectus), average them, and combine that with spring training stats.Once I added in the projections, I had a workable system for estimating a team’s regular-season OPS — much better than the one based solely on spring training data.4A simple linear model, incorporating spring statistics and regular-season projections is able to predict team OPS with r=.35. This isn’t so far-fetched — we make these kind of calculations in our heads all the time. If a team is terrible on paper but slugs like the pre-humidor Colorado Rockies in spring training, we assume it’s likely to end up somewhere between those extremes in the regular season.After factoring in the projected performance, a 100-point increase in spring training OPS raises a team’s expected regular-season OPS by 15 points. While that’s not a huge increase, it’s also a much stronger relationship than what we find for individual players, where a hitter whose OPS is 100 points better than expected in the spring improves their expected regular-season OPS by only six points.5These are not perfectly comparable because Neil Paine used weighted on-base percentage in his analysis and I’m using OPS. However, if you scale each coefficient in terms of the standard deviation, player projections remain less responsive to spring-training performance.There’s a reason spring training has more to tell us about teams than individual players. It’s about signal versus noise. For an individual player, any set of 50 plate appearances (in spring training or otherwise) is extremely volatile and doesn’t say much about them individually. But bring together all the plate appearances of the nine players who make up a batting order and the volatility begins to cancel itself out. All of a sudden we have some sense of how good the nine are in aggregate.For example, New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares hit much better than expected for the past month, and there was probably some luck involved in his .359 spring training batting average. But Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit much worse (.212/.226/.288) than PECOTA would have predicted. If we gather together Lagares’s lucky singles and d’Arnaud’s unfortunate strikeouts, we get a decent measure of the average ability of Lagares and d’Arnaud together — even if we aren’t sure how much of the difference between the average and their individual numbers will come from d’Arnaud improving or Lagares regressing.Speaking of the Mets, they led all of baseball with an .817 average spring training OPS despite mediocre projections. Such a performance is good enough to raise their expected regular season OPS by 11 points, which ought to be worth something like two wins over the course of the season.6This estimate was obtained by regressing team runs against team OPS. That should bolster the fans’ dark-horse World Series hopes (or at least their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in nine years).The success of other top spring performers had little effect on their OPS projections because they were already so high. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics were already expected to field excellent offenses, and so their spring performances only confirm what we already believed.7For the following predictions, I am using a different, more accurate model (r=.5) than the linear regression I mentioned above. read more

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The Big Questions Facing The Big Four In The East

gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): The first-round of these NBA playoffs was widely viewed as a small appetizer (an amuse-bouche?) before the real meal begins in the conference semifinals. That has largely held true, particularly in the East, where the four teams that won — the Bucks, Celtics, Sixers and Raptors — lost a combined two games. In the West, things have gotten more interesting with the Nuggets-Spurs going to seven games and the Clippers refusing to go away against Golden State.But let’s start by looking at the two East matchups, which begin this weekend. The first game of the second round is Philly-Toronto on Saturday. Our model gives the Raptors an 81 percent chance of moving on. Obviously Joel Embiid’s health is the big question here, and if he’s not at full strength, that could make those 19 percent odds look even slimmer. Does Philly stand a chance here? How much hinges on Embiid’s health?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): The Sixers definitely have a chance. I’d give them more than just a chance. But I have huge questions for them, too. And the Raptors deserve to be favored, for sure.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor in chief): With Embiid at 100 percent, you can make the case that the Sixers have a more talented starting five, however effective that talent might or might not be at coming together as a team. Without him, you really can’t.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): It’s obviously an understatement to say the Sixers’ chances hinges on how well Embiid plays, but I think they showed they can also play pretty well without him in the last series.chris.herring: Yeah. He was asked whether time off has been helping his tendinitis at this point, and he essentially said: Not really. I’m fascinated in this series from a matchup standpoint. It’s going to present some real challenges both ways.natesilver: I don’t think they had a terribly good record without him during the regular season, did they? And Toronto is much better equipped to exploit holes at both ends of the floor than the Nets were.chris.herring: Just 8-10 without himtchow: Yeah, as far as matchups go, it’s going to be really interesting to see how Marc Gasol does against Embiid. Gasol was solid against Nicola Vucevic last series, but Embiid — even a not-100-percent Embiid — is an entirely different scenario.chris.herring: I will say this: I would assume Embiid is going to be available for each game of this series. I could be wrong on that, and who knows how he’ll hold up. But they don’t have much room for error here, whereas against Brooklyn they did, and he still played four of the five games.Agreed that the Embiid-Gasol matchup is an interesting one, and one that Gasol played pretty well. Embiid has struggled some with him over the past year, even dating back to Gasol’s time in Memphis. Embiid tears Serge Ibaka apart when that’s the guy guarding him.natesilver: Kawhi Leonard also seems like he’s pretty well-equipped to neutralize Ben Simmons as an offensive force.tchow: How much should we read into the regular-season performance here? The Raptors went 3-1 against the Sixers this season, but all those games happened before the trade deadline, so no Tobias Harris on the Sixers and no Gasol on the Raptors. (Also, it’s fair to point out that the one game they did win against the Sixers, the Raptors were playing without Kawhi.)chris.herring: Not too much, in my opinion. We mentioned it before, but the Sixers only had 10 regular-season games with their entire starting five together. That group has been so jumbled all season. I think we saw both the best and worst of the Sixers in the last series. That first game against Brooklyn, they played as if they were total strangers. Shot totals were out of whack, and Jimmy Butler finished with 36 points. Simmons and JJ Redick were awful that game.gfoster: After going all-in on this season with Harris and Butler, the Sixers are very top heavy. They really don’t get much from their bench, and now Mike Scott’s status doesn’t look good for the start of the series. How much does this matter? It seems like depth is more an issue for the regular-season grind.chris.herring: It’s huge. The Nets’ bench outplayed Philly’s for most of the series. Sixers are going to need their starters to be fantastic.natesilver: In the playoffs, you can go about seven players deep instead of eight to 10 players deep, but Nos. 6 and 7 still matter quite a bit.chris.herring: Yep. And that means on both ends of the floor. It hasn’t been talked about a whole lot, but Harris is going to be a big swing player in this series, I think. Figuring out who he can guard in this series is critical.tchow: Would we see him on Pascal Siakam? Siakam seems like a nightmare for a lot of the Sixers’ starters.chris.herring: Maybe you can put him on Danny Green? But that’s the sort of assignment he’s not exactly used to. If he guards Siakam, Siakam will feast like it’s Thanksgiving. He’s definitely not guarding Kawhi. And it’s already strange in the sense that you might end up having to put Redick on Kyle Lowry, which is far from traditional in the first place. The Sixers are such an interesting team.natesilver: For Philly, what’s the threshold between a successful season and a failure? Do they need to win this series? If they play a good, tough series and lose in seven, is that a failure?tchow: It feels like they put this team together to reach the NBA Finals.chris.herring: Assuming it’s not a five-game series or shorter, I think Brett Brown can make an argument that this was a brand-new team that wasn’t cohesive at all. They’re going to need to re-sign either Butler or Harris, if not both. I think you could run this team back and see growth next season. No one is old at that point. I don’t feel like many people are taking the Sixers here, and an 81 percent chance for the Raptors seems like such a high number to me, given the talent Philly has. But they don’t have the experience together. Nor do they have home-court advantage.tchow: As much as I want a Sixers-Bucks Eastern Conference finals, I don’t think I’m taking the Sixers here either.gfoster: Part of that is us not having seen them very much at full capacity. And they aren’t even at full capacity now with Embiid banged up.natesilver: I guess all I’m saying is that both Boston and Philly are in this weird bucket where getting knocked out in the second round might seem like a disaster — but there are also two VERY good teams at the top of the conference and there isn’t necessarily a lot of shame in losing to them.chris.herring: Absolutely. I agree with that notion.gfoster: Speaking of getting knocked out in the second round, the Raptors’ playoff history is grim. But things are obviously different. For starters, they won’t be swept by LeBron for the third straight year. Also, Lowry is the only real holdover from those previous teams. Does this seem like a team that can go to the finals and make noise? We give them a 54 percent chance of making the finals, for what it’s worth.chris.herring: They are so difficult to believe in because of the slow, “Are they really doing this again?” sorts of starts they get out to.tchow: Game 1s are just not Toronto’s friend.chris.herring: They are a pretty complete package. I still don’t know that I would take them over the Bucks, but I wouldn’t argue with anyone who said they are taking Toronto to win the East.natesilver: Our model is REALLY high on Toronto right now. Which has been the downfall of many a good model in the past, being too high on the Raptors.chris.herring: And speaking of not playing at full strength, the Raps weren’t leaning heavily on Kawhi at all this season. You’d hope that pays dividends now, with him being rested and healthy.natesilver: Yeah, the model is basically saying that the fully intact, healthy version of the Raptors’ rotation is almost Warriors-level good.chris.herring: They are missing OG Anunoby, who may be back if they get to the Conference finals or NBA Finals. He’s solid for them, as a 3&D option. But they’re in a good place.gfoster: Interesting that their “full-strength Carmelo” is less than their current Carmelo. How does that work?tchow: I think it’s because our model is not high on Anunoby.natesilver: Yeah, it thinks Anunoby is a replacement-level player, whereas the other guys they’d play instead of him are closer to league-average playerstchow: I agree with Chris that he’s a solid option for Toronto once he returns. But according to our model, he’s a negative on both offense and defense.gfoster: Boston and Milwaukee met in the first round a year ago, with the Celtics winning in seven games (without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, no less). Obviously things are different this time around. We give the Bucks a 77 percent chance of winning this. Does that sound about right to you?chris.herring: I think so. I’m almost as high on Milwaukee as I am the Warriors, which sounds wild to say out loud. But I am.natesilver: It sounds about right to me: 3-to-1 favorites with the best player in the conference, home-court advantage, and a much better regular-season record seems reasonable.chris.herring: I do feel like this series has the potential to make me look stupid, though.gfoster: Best player in the conference or in the league, Nate?natesilver: Don’t bait me into answering that! I think he was probably the MVP this year, but answering if he’s the best player in the league going forward is trickier.tchow: Just to make sure our readers follow, we’re talking about Giannis right? There’s no Bucks fan out there that’s going to assume Nate thinks Eric Bledsoe or Malcolm Brogdon is the MVP.natesilver: We’re talking about Nikola Mirotic, Tony.tchow: Of course.gfoster: Who guards Giannis? Boston has two great defenders in Al Horford and Aron Baynes.tchow: I would assume Horford gets the assignment for the most part, but they’re going to have to double.chris.herring: They’ll use everyone. Probably starting with Horford, who’s guarded him pretty well before. I don’t think they’ll have to double! And it’ll be dangerous to try that, given all the shooting the Bucks have.tchow: For what it’s worth, Giannis averaged 31 points against Boston in the regular season. That’s his third-highest scoring average this season against a team he played at least three times (behind the Knicks and the Sixers).chris.herring: I just think they’ll try to confuse him by using a lot of different faces over the course of each game.natesilver: Don’t Horford and Baynes seem a little too slow to guard Giannis? I mean, 90 percent of the league is too slow, but they’re in that 90 percent, no?chris.herring: Horford’s been pretty decent at this before. If you can force him to pass without doing it through a double-team/over-helping, it’s a win. He was really, really good on Simmons last year, which is similar in some ways, even though Giannis is obviously the better player. It’s strange, but I almost feel like looking at last year’s series doesn’t help a whole lot. Milwaukee was playing such a stupid offense, and Giannis couldn’t kick the ball out to anyone because of their spacing.gfoster: It seems like the strategy for some teams is to just let Giannis get his points and shut down the perimeter. Could that work for Brad Stevens?chris.herring: It could. I think the biggest fear if you’re Boston is Horford getting into foul trouble, which, as Nate brought up, would force you to play Baynes a lot in a matchup that’d be tough for him.natesilver: I suppose that’s the strategy you have to try — shutting down the perimeter. Which is different than saying that strategy will succeed, but you have to try it because this Bucks team without the perimeter shooting is basically last year’s Bucks team, and that team was very beatable, obviously.chris.herring: The other alternative, if those guys simply can’t stay with Giannis, is to play small — Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, etc. This is another series where they’ll miss Marcus Smart. (And Milwaukee could really use Malcolm Brogdon as another ball-handler/shooter.) I really do think the key to the series will be more about how Milwaukee defends, though.natesilver: Yeah, I think Smart would have been huge in this series.chris.herring: To me, this series will probably answer the biggest question I’ve had about Milwaukee all along: Is their defense — which gives up more threes than any team in basketball — one that can work in the playoffs? They dare teams to shoot threes. In today’s NBA, that’s going against the grain hardcore. Especially when the other team has a big with that sort of range.And can the Celtics exploit that sort of defense, with Brook Lopez dropping back in pick-and-rolls instead of stepping up? Horford can shoot! It’s dangerous to sag off him.natesilver: I guess I didn’t realize how problematic the Bucks’ 3-point defense was during the regular season. They let opponents shoot 36.3 times per game — most in the league — at a 36.1 percent clip. Now, some of that is that their interior defense can be so good that threes are the only shots you can get. But if you’re forcing opponents to take undesirable threes, the percentage should be lower than 36.chris.herring: Exactly. That’s their entire strategy: To allow threes from the top of the key, which Lopez doesn’t venture out to, but to try and limit them from the corners, and to play a smart strategy in terms of who you’re letting take them. Mike Budenholzer’s idea is straight out of the Popovich/Spurs’ belief that you can plan to allow certain guys to get open and bait them into taking those shots.tchow: By the way, shoutout to Ben Falk from Cleaning the Glass. Just out here creating smarter basketball fans everywhere.chris.herring: But the Bucks go to an extreme with it, and a lot of it is rooted into having Lopez protect the rim, where he’s more comfortable. It’s amazing that Milwaukee basically lets teams take threes — in this day and age — yet still is the best defense in the league. It says a lot.But think about it: If you decide you aren’t going to take a three, it means you’re either pulling up from midrange or going into the paint against the long arms of Giannis AND Lopez?gfoster: Do we believe in the Gordon-Hayward-is-back narrative?chris.herring: I don’t know. His end of the season was encouraging. I feel like the Bucks could be a tough matchup for him, though. He was simply average, or slightly below average, against the Bucks this season.tchow: I see where that narrative is coming from though. His stats against Indiana last series aren’t that far off from his career averages. But yeah, this is a tough, tough matchup.chris.herring: I just kind of feel like the Bucks can bring you back down to reality very quickly with the way they defend. A shot that seems like it’s there and open can vanish really quickly against a defense that moves like Milwaukee does.gfoster: Hayward only had a 16 percent usage rate in the first round, so he’s not a huge part of the offense at the moment.chris.herring: I think it could be a great series.tchow: It’s kinda strange we’ve gone this long without even mentioning Kyrie.gfoster: I feel like if you are in the middle of the regular season and draw Giannis, it’s a nightmare. But if you give Brad Stevens four to seven straight games to plan a way to limit him or his teammates, maybe things change? (Or maybe I’m just too high on Stevens’s impact.)chris.herring: There’s been so much talk this year about Stevens and whether the media crowned him too quickly.gfoster: <—media idiotchris.herring: It seems like it’s been a real challenge for the Celtics to jell this season. They never really hit a true stride. And even their sweep over Indiana wasn’t the most convincing.natesilver: In some sense, I guess Stevens is a victim of his own success, because last season raised expectations so much.chris.herring: I’m just not sold on the Celtics. Which is saying a lot, because I picked them as my preseason NBA champs.tchow: Bold pick, Chris.chris.herring: It just seemed like there wasn’t a real answer for how to shake them out of their funk this year.natesilver: I mean, I don’t quite get the notion that the Celtics were huge juggernauts.They probably only have one top-25 player (Kyrie).chris.herring: I get it. They were a win shy of making the NBA Finals last year without two max players. Then they added those guys back in, and you figured you’d get the maturation from the youngsters who were so impressive in the playoffs.natesilver: Well, with a full-strength Hayward, it’s a different case, although even at his best he was also in the top-25-but-definitely-not-top-10 discussion.chris.herring: Absolutely. But their growth hasn’t been linear at all. Terry Rozier was pretty bad this season. Horford looked at least a half-step slow at times. And as you said, Kyrie is the only star who’s truly on a lot of the time. Hayward’s recovery and rehab into the player he was before still isn’t fully complete.natesilver: I’m just saying when you rely on grit and teamwork and so forth, sometimes those teams actually have limited upside because it implies they don’t have all that much talent.tchow: The leap, or lack thereof, of Jayson Tatum and Brown has also challenged those high expectations.chris.herring: Hence the “Is Brad Stevens the best coach in the league?” talk, which also seemed really premature.gfoster: Part of that narrative is people watching him take Butler University to the NCAA title game twice.natesilver: Yeah, this season was toward the lower end of expectations for Tatum. Some of that was probably because he was freakishly good (43.4 percent) on threes as a rookie, which really inflated his metrics. But it’s also not totally unusual for a guy who was perceived as overachieving in year one to regress a bit in year two.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about the West. The Warriors series was supposed to be over. It’s not. Is anyone a bit worried about them (not against the Clippers)? It seems like we are waiting for the switch to be flipped.chris.herring: Not worried, no. It may show us that when a team is giving everything it has — and is good, like the Clippers are — that’s enough to beat the Warriors. I don’t think there’s any indication that the Warriors would take a team like the Rockets for granted. And that may be all that matters once Golden State finishes this series.tchow: I’m still not worried, but maybe I should be? It’s still tough to bet that they won’t win it all, though.natesilver: At times during Game 5, it looked like they were ready to flip the switch and just didn’t have the energy for it. But, yeah, I’m with Tony that the question is less about whether they’ll beat the Clippers than what it says about the road ahead.chris.herring: Their defense is the real concerntchow: Yeah, if they advance (and our model gives them a 98 percent chance of doing so), I’m expecting them to be highly motivated against Houston. I don’t think you can say they were against LA.chris.herring: Lou Williams has been amazing, and they just haven’t had an answer for him in late-game situations.tchow: Lou is playing out of his mind.chris.herring: I will say this about the Warriors: I don’t know what it is, but Steve Kerr seems like he’s reaching a breaking point.natesilver: What do you think that means, Chris? That he knows this is the last run for the team as currently constructed? That it’s his last run?chris.herring: I just think the annoyances have built up to a level that they’ve never reached before. tchow: Kerr has talked so much about how tough it is to three-peat, mentally. I don’t think he was exaggerating.chris.herring: The video I posted is a small thing. But earlier in the season, there was the video of Kerr in which many people though he had mouthed that he was sick of Draymond Green. There was the stuff with Draymond and Kevin Durant. There’s the stuff with KD potentially leaving. The gap between the Warriors and other teams has closed. We haven’t even mentioned the DeMarcus Cousins thing much, because there’s still this perception that they should win anyway. And, as Tony said, it’s really hard to three-peat, and Kerr knows that better than anyone.natesilver: I feel like the Warriors sort of benefit from the fact that their two toughest series are in the second round and the finals and the Western Conference finals matchup might be comparatively easy. You bear down to beat Houston, and then you get another break where you can play not your best for a game or two and then still beat Portland or whatever. And then you can bear down again in the finals. That seems easier than having to play 12 or 14 really tough games in a row.chris.herring: I think the odds of them doing it without being truly pushed by someone in a series are slim at this point. Yeah. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t even think it’s a given that they get past Houston. Will they? Probably! But Houston had them on the ropes last year.And I’m amazed at how quickly we seem to write that off.gfoster: It’s odd that GSW seems to be a worse team at Oracle.natesilver: Oh, of course not. I’m not sure they’re particularly heavy favorites against Houston and didn’t mean to imply otherwise.chris.herring: I’m guilty of it, too, at times.natesilver: We now show Houston with almost a 40 percent chance of winning that series.chris.herring: It’s also amazing that the Clippers have beaten them twice — at Oracle, as Geoff mentioned — and we aren’t even slightly worried that it could become a series again.The Warriors can’t do anything to impress us anymore (not that this series would be a sign that we should be impressed). I think that expectation has to weigh pretty heavily on them at some point. But all of that said: If they come out dull in Game 6 — and particularly if they lose — the noise will reach a fever pitch. And I’d go as far as to say that Houston would be favored by a lot of people in the next series. Maybe they should be if they have that much rest.tchow: The Warriors are like sound mixers on films. You’re never impressed or notice sound mixing when everything sounds right, but the moment something sounds off, it’s all you can focus on. I don’t know if that analogy really works, but I’m running with it.natesilver: I was in San Francisco for the NBA Finals last year — not actually for the finals, I just happened to be there when Game 1 was being played — and the atmosphere was awfully nonchalant for it being a major pro sports championship. I went to the game, and inside the arena, it was better — although it’s a weird arena — but I don’t think it’s one of the bigger home-court advantages at this point.chris.herring: Thank goodness we’re doing this chat from our offices/homes, because Nate’s last message would have Warriors fans coming after us with pitchforks.tchow: Nonchalantly though. Coming after us, nonchalantly, with pitchforks.gfoster: Imagine what it will be like when they move to actual San Francisco. My understanding is that many Oakland residents resent the Silicon Valley scene their games have become.natesilver: It was a weird crowd. Everyone was either like a super awesome old-school die-hard fan or like a Rich Venture Capital/Tech Bro who whined about how unfair the refs were being to Golden State, without a lot in between.chris.herring: !!!gfoster: That sounds like 1990s Madison Square Garden. But bankers instead of Tech Bros.chris.herring: I love Oracle and will miss the roar that you hear when Steph or Klay goes nuts. And I feel for the folks in Oakland who feel like their team is being gentrified/taken away. (I honestly empathize with that part. Seriously.) But on a lighter note, as a journalist, I won’t miss the awful Wi-Fi or being shoulder to shoulder.gfoster: Lastly, we have a Game 7 on Saturday. Hooray! We still have Denver at 58 percent to make the conference finals. That seems high. Unlike Portland, the Nuggets still have a game to win to get into the semifinals.tchow: Our model still down on Portland.natesilver: Our model doesn’t really like any of the teams in this part of the bracket, so if it’s high, it’s not because it loves the Nugs so much as that it isn’t that enthralled with Portland. Or San Antonio, for that matter.chris.herring: I don’t feel particularly great about anyone on that side of the bracket, either. But I am kind of loving this “why not us?” mentality that Damian Lillard and his team have. They really shouldn’t be here. Extreme failures in their past. A first-round sweep to an underdog last year. Injury to arguably their second-best player this year, right at the end of the season. But here they are. And Lillard has been the best player this postseason, hands down.gfoster: After that performance, I’m officially on Team Dame in next round.tchow: These playoffs gave us that Dame stare-down meme. Whatever happens the rest of the way, it’s already been a great postseason.natesilver: Denver’s advantage in that series, according to our model, is all about (1) Jusuf Nurkic being out and (2) home-court advantage (the Nuggets have a big one). It’s not like they’re really a better team per se. But Portland is forced to either play a ton of Enes Kanter or some very strange lineups. And they have to win at least once at 5,280 feet. And those things aren’t easy.gfoster: Colorado’s venues need to be moved to sea level in all sports.chris.herring: Who knows if Denver even gets there? Jokic had the game of his life in Game 6 — one of the most sound NBA games ever — and it wasn’t enough. Although I did see that a No. 7 or No. 8 seed has never won a Game 7 before. Which is kind of a nitpicked stat, since seeds that low have won winner-take-all Game 5s before. But still.natesilver: Yeah, I’m being presumptuous, I guess. Our model would have Portland as like 2:1 favorites or better against San Antonio, which seems like exactly the kind of series that would boil down to “Portland wins because Dame Lillard is by far the best player on the court.”chris.herring: At this point, Portland and Golden State would be the most fun matchup we could ask for. Golden State seems to enjoy putting Denver in its place, whereas Lillard has shown that he’s not afraid and that he can dominate a series. I think round 2 is fascinating because Houston and Golden State will almost certainly meet then. But for the sake of spreading out the best series, I wish the Rockets had finished as a No. 2 seed instead. Because the East will be more than enough entertainment already, but I feel like we’re already somewhat down on the WCF.tchow: This is just more fuel for Dame’s fire, Chris.gfoster: All right, enjoy the second (and the rest of the first) round! 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first_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. “As the Diocese of Oxford we are committed to improving continually the quality of safeguarding and care and will seek to learn the lessons of Dame Moira Gibb’s review and put its recommendations into practice”.Lord Carey held the most senior role in the Church of England in 1993, when Ball’s abuse of a young man, Neil Todd, initially came to light. Mr Todd killed himself in 2012. Ball accepted a caution for gross indecency in 1993. The Gibb report found that Lord Carey was aware of six letters sent by members of the public making further allegations, but did not pass them on to police. He also wrote a letter to Ball’s twin brother, Bishop Michael Ball, following Ball’s caution, saying he believed he was “basically innocent”. Ball was convicted of misconduct in public office and indecent assault in 2015 after he admitted sexually abusing boys and young men. He was released from prison in February this year.  George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has resigned from his post in the Church of England over a report that said he was among senior figures who “colluded” with paedophile bishop Peter Ball. Lord Carey stepped down from his role as honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, urged him to “consider his position”. Last Thursday, an independent report by Dame Moira Gibb found that church leaders had mishandled Ball’s case by failing to offer his victims adequate support and concealing evidence of his wrongdoing. In a statement on Monday afternoon, the Rt. Rev Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, said: ““I have met with Lord Carey following the Archbishop’s letter to him. In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord Carey has resigned from his role as honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford. “Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him in the Gibb review and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball.”Along with many others, I have been deeply distressed to read Dame Moira Gibb’s report with its narrative of the abuse perpetrated by Peter Ball which remained hidden for so long.  I hope that the focus of attention will continue to be on the survivors of abuse and offering to them the care and support they need. Lord Carey earlier said in a statement last Thursday: “I accept the criticisms made of me. I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball.”I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations. I regret that after Peter Ball was cautioned I did not place his name on the Lambeth list.”center_img Former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball arriving at the Old BaileyCredit:John Stillwell/PA Former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball arriving at the Old Baileylast_img read more

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File photo: (L) Leslyn Collins, GTU’s First Vice President; Coretta McDonald, General Secretary; Mark Lyte, President; Lancelot Baptiste, Field OfficerThe Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) is willing to have the countrywide strikes by teachers halted, if Government agrees to their terms and conditions for some sort of arbitration to be met.“We are willing to call the strike off tonight if they agree to our terms,” GTU General Secretary, Coretta McDonald told members of the media.The GTU in its brief to the Labour Department, indicated that to arrive at a conclusive arrangement, they are proposing that the strike be called off provided that “there shall be no victimization by either party”, “there shall be no loss of pay and seniority”, and “the extant issues be referred to an arbitration panel.”They further highlighted that the Union is willing to commit to a stable industrial relations climate and wishes for normalcy to be returned.As such, they proposed that the “employer and the Labour Department consider referring this impasse to an arbitration panel comprising three persons, viz, i) a chairman agreed to by the employer and Union [and] ii) the GTU should nominate one person to the panel and the Ministry of Education, the other.”The union is seeking agreements of a 40 per cent increase in teachers’ salaries on each year from 2016 to 2020 but Government stresses that this request is just not feasible for the over 10,000 teachers in the system.Education Minister and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson at a recent meeting with parentsThe Education Ministry has been hosting several meetings urging parents to send their children out to school when classes start next Monday.The ministry says striking teachers will be substituted by CPCE trainees, recent graduates and retired teachers.Some parents however, fear that their children could be shortchanged by this arrangement.There are 998 schools across the country, and of the 10,000 teachers in the system, more than 7000 are members of the GTU. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeachers’ salary increase: Agreement being tidied up before signing- GTUOctober 23, 2018In “latest news”Lack of progress would likely see teachers returning to streets- GTU on salary impasseSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news”GTU to stage further picketing actions – says it has no confidence in members of Teaching Service CommissionMarch 9, 2016In “Local News” read more

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← Previous Story ZRK Vardar say “goodbye” to six players Next Story → TOP 20 “BEST BUY” 2016/2017: Nedim Remili is the KING of the season! RK PPD Zagreb need only a win in the last three matches of the domestic Play-Off to become new-old Croatian champions. The best team of Croatia, after bad performance in Cup win over RK Nexe ended after penalty shot-out, showed a real class against same rival in away match of Play-Off in victory 35:23 in front of 2.500 domestic fans.Nexe Našice – PPD Zagreb 23:35 (13:17)Nexe: Lelić 3 saves, Lorger 1  save, Vešligaj 6 saves; Vulić, Eter 2, Zrnić 3(2), Mrđenovć 1, Barišić – Jaman, Mičević, Sršen 9, Nuić, Sakić 2, Halilković 2, Vegar, Nenadić 1, Herceg 3PPD Zagreb: Stevanović 10 saves, Skok 6 saves; Turčić, Mrakovčić, Vujić, Kontrec 2, Vori, Šebetić 1, Marković 10(2), Horvat 6(3), Šušnja 1, J. Valčić 2, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 7(1), Miklavčić 5, Pavlović read more

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first_imgWhen you go through something like that you realise that you have to live each day to its full.You don’t realise how fast life goes by in a blink and how much time you spend worrying about the small stuff. I’m lucky to be alive and that is why I got this tattoo, I just hope I’ll be here for a little while yet, so I can enjoy it. They’ll all want a tattoo like granny’s now!Nora has been battling bone cancer and bone marrow cancer for the past five years. She said: She added: “Life is about making the most of it, this has almost been a blessing in disguise because I realise that now. Life is about getting up and putting one step in front of the other and life is for living”.(Pic credit: Ursula McLoughlin)6 little things you’ll never regret doing>Why getting older is secretly the greatest thing ever>center_img NORA MCLOUGHLIN FROM Donnycarney in North Dublin is described by her son as “tea-totaller, committed non-smoker, weekly mass goer and old fashioned conformist” until now, that is, he said.To celebrate turning 80-years-old, Nora decided it was just about time to get a tattoo.GrandchildrenSpeaking to TheJournal.ie, Nora said she is so surprised about the reaction she has gotten, saying she didn’t think it would be such a big deal to people. “My children and grandchildren think I’m mad. But I thought, I am turning 80, I’m lucky to still be here, so why not”.She said she never wanted a tattoo in the past, but after her son came home from Dubai with one, she said she was fascinated with it. “I thought, that’s what I want. It’s a perfect way to celebrate my birthday”.When asked how she decided to choose a design she said. “Well, I am a country girl at heart, I like flowers and nice colours and I love sweet peas, so that is how I decided I would get them tattooed on my arm”.Part of meShe said: “It is strange, but I have only had it a few days and it already feels like it’s part of me, that I couldn’t be without it. It feels like I have had it for years”.Nora said that her grandchildren thought she was great getting it done, adding :last_img read more

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first_imgTÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has insisted that Ireland “always raises human rights issues” amid criticism of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny for not pressing the matter while on a trade mission to three Gulf countries this week.Kenny and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton have been on an Enterprise Ireland trade mission to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE this week, but human rights issues have been largely off the agenda in meetings with senior politicians there.“Ireland always raises human rights issues,” Gilmore said at the RDS in Dublin today. “There are a number of ways in which we do that, one of the ways in which we do that is through the [UN] Human Rights Council, which we are a member, and [it] has a procedure where it reviews the human rights record of every country on a regular basis,”Gilmore said that the record of Saudi Arabia – where women are not allowed to drive – was reviewed last October and that Ireland made “specific recommendations” to the country at the time “in respect of the rights of women in particular”.Asked if the Taoiseach should have raised these issues in meetings particularly with Saudi’s deputy prime minister Crown Prince Salman, Gilmore responded: “The Taoiseach was on a trade mission.“There are ways in which the human rights issues are raised by Ireland. We do that consistently, we do that regularly and there are few countries that have a strong a record as Ireland in pursuing human rights issues in different parts of the world.”CriticismEarlier, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said that he was surprised that Kenny had not raised the issues.“Of course he should have and I mean it’s expected in encounters like that or in meetings like that you would raise issues pertaining to human rights,” he said.Martin identified issues in relation to the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia and hit out the Taoiseach congratulating Saudi for its election to the United Nations Human Rights Council.“You don’t congratulate people on a situation that clearly is not compatible with our own,” he said. The former Foreign Affairs minister said Ireland “consistently raise[s] these issues with, not just Saudi Arabia, but other countries where we believe human rights are being breached”.He added: “I think he should have at least raised it in the meetings.”Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy, who has already written to the Taoiseach over the issue, criticised Jobs Minister Richard Bruton, who is also on the trade mission, for his comments in a Newstalk interview this morning.“Minister Bruton cited the building of the World Cup stadiums as an example of ‘progress and growth’. Workers building the World Cup stadiums in Qatar are facing shocking conditions,” Murphy said.The Gulf trade mission concluded today with the Department of Jobs announced in a statement that it had ensured an initial 95 jobs for Ireland and 21 contracts and business deals worth a record €65 million.Around 100 executives from 87 Irish companies were also on the trade mission.Read: The human rights issues which aren’t being discussed on Taoiseach’s Gulf visitRead: Gulf states trade trip ‘not time or place’ to bring up human rights concernsRead: Government won’t say if Taoiseach has or will raise human rights concerns with Gulf stateslast_img read more

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first_imgGuyane : le lancement de la fusée Soyouz reporté de 24 heuresArianespace a annoncé cet après-midi que le lancement de la fusée Soyouz depuis le Centre spatial de Guyane est reporté de 24 heures. Il aura lieu demain à 7H30 heure locale (12H30 heure de Paris). La fusée Soyouz n’aura plus longtemps à attendre à Sinnamary au Centre spatial guyanais (CSG). Après l’incident technique survenu ce matin qui a cloué l’engin au sol, Arianespace a décidé de ne décaler le lancement que de 24 heures. La nouvelle tentative aura donc lieu demain matin à 7H30 heure locale, soit 12h30 heure de Paris et aura à nouveau pour objectif de mettre en orbite les deux premiers satellites de la constellation Galileo. À lire aussiQuand un étrange objet lumineux traverse le ciel de Los AngelesAu cours d’une conférence de presse tenue au CSG, le PDG d’Arianespace Jean-Yves Le Gall a ainsi expliqué que deux conditions devaient être remplies pour que la tentative ait bien lieu. Il faut d’une part, remplacer une valve défaillante qui est probablement la cause de l’anomalie observée et d’autre part, voir si les équipes sur place sont en état de procéder au tir.Si le décollage est réussi, ce sera alors la première fois qu’une fusée Soyouz s’élancera depuis la base de Kourou. Mais pour accueillir une telle technologie, le Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) français et l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA) ont dû bâtir un site entièrement consacré aux besoins de Soyouz sur la commune de Sinnamary, voisine de celle de Kourou, à 13 kilomètres des ensembles de lancement d’Ariane. Par ailleurs, il faut tout de même préciser que la version européenne du lanceur n’est pas tout à fait similaire à son modèle d’origine russe. Il comporte notamment un système de neutralisation qui permet, depuis le sol, de stopper le lanceur en cas de déviation de trajectoire. Le 20 octobre 2011 à 17:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgGoogle sommé de répondre à 69 questions de la CnilPerplexe quant aux nouvelles règles de confidentialité mises en place par Google, la Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (Cnil) a soumis à la firme de Mountain View un long questionnaire. Le numéro un de la recherche sur Internet doit répondre à quelque 69 questions concernant sa gestion des informations personnelles des internautes.Dans un communiqué publié sur son site Internet, la Cnil annonce avoir fait parvenir à Google un questionnaire détaillé sur ses nouvelles règles de confidentialité. Alliée aux 26 autres autorités européennes de protection des données, la Cnil avait demandé au géant de Mountain View de suspendre l’entrée en vigueur de cette nouvelle politique en février dernier. Une demande que la firme avait fermement rejetée, affirmant toutefois rester ouverte à la discussion.Les 69 questions que contiennent le formulaire adressé à Google “vise à clarifier les implications de ces nouvelles règles pour les utilisateurs des services Google” explique la Commission. “Les réponses de Google permettront notamment de vérifier si la combinaison de données entre services est conforme au droit européen” souligne-t-elle. Parmi les questions posées à Google, l’autorité souhaite savoir si la page réservée aux données personnelles a vu son nombre de visiteurs augmenter depuis l’annonce de la révision des règles de confidentialité. La Cnil demande aussi à la firme de préciser quels services sont concernés par cette nouvelle politique. Elle s’interroge en outre sur la collecte de cookies de Google, le traitement des données sensibles telles que les cartes de crédit, ou encore les logs de téléphonie et de localisation.Le géant de Mountain View a jusqu’au 5 avril prochain pour remplir le questionnaire et le renvoyer à la Cnil, qui comme elle le rappelle, a été désignée par ses homologues européens pour mener cette enquête. Le 21 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img Sushi Striker is a Tastier Puzzle Game on Nintendo SwitchWhat If I Told You The Matrix Code is Just Sushi Recipes? Were you a fan of Disney’s latest anime movie Moana? If you live in Japan, the conveyor belt sushi chain restaurant Sushiro is running a special promotion to keep the movie in the public eye, including Moana sushi, stickers, and other limited edition items. Sounds like one huge wave (yeah, I know, that’s a terrible pun) of Moana goodness! Since the movie just now made its way over to Japan, promotions like this are at an all-time high, and customers are going to come out on top because of it.The Sushiro sushi available as part of the promotion for Moana is made using popular Hawaiian flavors, like ahi poke, and other twists on traditional Hawaiian cuisine. For example, the ahi poke sushi features raw tuna marinated in sesame oil and soy sauce on a bed of sushi rice and a lead of lettuce. It features whipped cream on top and bacon bits to finish it off, which sounds disgusting, but hey! To each culture its own.The Hawaiian roast beef sushi features avocado, onions, and onion dressing, where the Cobb dressing shrimp sushi features shrimp, onion, bacon bits, and Cobb dressing to go with it all. Then you have the garlic shrimp sushi, spicy swordfish cutlet burger, and a simple Cobb salad to round out the savory menu.Sushi isn’t the only thing to get, however. There’s a pancake from the specialty shop VERY FANCY that features ricotta cheese, meringue, topped with mixed berries, coconut cream, drizzled with a berry sauce. There’s also a shaved ice with coconut cream and milk, vanilla ice cream, berries, berry sauce, and mango sauce.It’s a very Hawaiian time at Sushiro, and if you’re a Moana fan, you might want to try and visit if you’re in the area. Just look at these delicious treats! Stay on targetlast_img read more

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first_imgWhen Rosie Star had to take an early retirement from her job as employment specialist because of a back issue, she asked a neighbor who volunteered with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington if the nonprofit could use her help.“I don’t think they’ll let you volunteer because of your back,” Star recalled her neighbor telling her.But Star remained interested and spent some time on the Humane Society’s website, taking note of some of the photos of pets up for adoption.“And I thought, these pictures look horrible,” said Star. “Some of them actually look like a mop.”While in retirement, Star had more time for her longtime hobby of photography and passed the time taking photographs of squirrels in her backyard. So she called up the Humane Society and asked if she could take photos of pets at the shelter who needed permanent homes. Their reply: “Great, come on in.”Five years later, Star estimates she’s taken photos of thousands of dogs (along with a few cats and rabbits) up for adoption at the Humane Society. Stacey Graham, the Humane Society’s president, said in an email that the 1,100 people who volunteer at the nonprofit are an important part of its operations and are like an extension of the nonprofit’s staff and partners.Karen Clark, another volunteer, said Star has a unique role at the shelter. She said that if a dog doesn’t show well in the kennel, Star will get a good close-up that’ll capture the animal’s personality and make it more appealing for adoption.last_img read more

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MDI Appeals for more Government supportBy Muhammad Bah The Acting

first_imgBy Muhammad Bah The Acting Director General of the Management Development Institute (MDI), Mr. Alieu K. Jarju, has appealed for more government support to his Institute. He emphasized the important role MDI plays towards the development of education in the Gambia such as providing trainings forcivil servants to enhance better service delivery at work.Mr. Jarju made these statements on Wednesday, 20 May, 2015 while presenting theMDI Activity Report to members of the Public Accounts and PublicEnterprises Committee (PAC/PEC) of the National Assembly.According to Jarju, MDI needs additional funds to provide the requiredskills for the training of the country’s workforce is necessary. Headded that MDI was established to assist in providing trainings tomeet the skills training needs of government and the private sector.He informed the PAC/PEC Committee that his Institute is affected bythe lack of vehicles for transportation, amongst others.Further presenting his report, he said in 2013/2014, the Instituteengaged in partnership and resource mobilsation to supplement therevenues received from student tuition fees and government subvention.According to Jarju, the training and upgrading of skills andcompetencies of civil servants under the Country Programme for ActionPlan (CPAP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance andEconomic Affairs (MOFEA), was implemented.“Department of Financial Management and Accounting (DFMA) is thelargest department in the Institute offering about six differentcourses. In contributing to the actualization of MDI’s broadmandate of training the Gambian civil service and private sectormanagement related areas, the department offers long term programssuch as the Association of Certified Charter Accountant (ACCA), theAssociation of Accounting Technicians  (AAT), the chartered instituteof Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS), the Chartered Institute of InternalAudits (CIIA), the Foundation in Accountancy (FIA-formerly CAT), andthe Medium and Enterprise Training (MSEPT),” he said.Concluding the report, the acting MDI DG noted that due to thespecialty of certain financial and accounting disciplines, thedepartment rolls out short term tailored made programs to betteraddress these training needs, notably in Financial Strategy,International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), Internationalpublic Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), International Audit andInternal Controls.Mr. Lamin Camara, on behalf of the Gambia Public Procurement Authority(GPPA), said MDI was 90% compliant, which denotes substantialcompliance.However, MDI will be returning today for the consideration of itsreport by the PAC/PEC.]]>last_img read more

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Senate Approves State Operating Budget Fulll PFD

first_imgThe Senate’s budget also affirms the FY20 forward-funding for K-12 education approved last year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate passed the state’s operating budget for fiscal year 2020 on Wednesday, including a Permanent Fund dividend of approximately $3,000 for each eligible Alaskan. The budget includes $4.3 billion in unrestricted general funds (UGF) for agency and statewide operations – a reduction of $258 million over last year – and $1.94 billion to pay each eligible Alaskan a Permanent Fund dividend of approximately $3,000. Including a $3,000 dividend in the Senate’s version of the budget creates the possibility for a House and Senate conference committee to negotiate up to the full, statutory dividend amount, according to a release from the Senate.center_img $18.4 billion of Alaska’s $64.5 billion Permanent Fund is currently in an earnings reserve account that can be spent by the Legislature with a simple majority vote. The Senate’s budget moves $12 billion from the earnings reserve into the constitutionally protected corpus, which cannot be accessed without amending the state’s constitution. House Bill 39 passed the Senate by a vote of 19 to 1 and is now on its way to the Alaska House of Representatives for concurrence.last_img read more

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No Weekend Lowell Line Commuter Rail Service From July 7 Until December

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — To continue the testing of federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) technology, the MBTA will replace weekend Lowell Line train service with free bus shuttle service between Lowell Station and the Orange Line (connecting at Wellington Station) beginning July 7-8 with an anticipated completion in December 2018, with the exception of the July 28-29 weekend.Should testing be completed sooner than scheduled, customers will be notified prior to the return of train service via train announcements, Twitter @MBTA and @MBTA_CR, and T-alerts.Regular train service July 28 – 29Regular weekend Lowell Line train service during the weekend of July 28-29 comes as a response to customer feedback and input regarding Lowell Folk Festival festivities taking place during that time period. As a result, the MBTA has modified its shuttle schedule to accommodate riders and crowds attending the festival with regular weekend Lowell Line train service on July 28-29.PTC and GLX work on the Lowell LineWith efficiency as a top priority, the MBTA will also take advantage of Lowell Line weekend shutdowns related to PTC by performing work on the Green Line Extension (GLX) project. During weekends in August and possibly into late fall 2018, in which the Lowell Line train service will already be replaced with bus shuttles, GLX is able to perform construction activities that include the shifting of some portions of the Lowell Line track to make room for new Green Line rail in the same area.Bus Shuttle DetailsThe free weekend bus service along the Lowell Line between Lowell and Wellington on the Orange Line will make stops at all stations (except North Station). At Wellington, riders can make subway connections via the Orange Line using a one-way fare costing $2.25 on a CharlieCard or $2.75 with cash/CharlieTicket.All buses are accessible for persons with disabilities. Bicycles are prohibited on all buses during all service hours.Customers should also note that on Labor Day (Monday, September 3), regular Sunday train service schedules will operate on the Lowell Line, not weekend-related bus shuttles.More About PTCThe Lowell and Stoughton Commuter Rail Lines have been identified by the MBTA as PTC “pilot” lines as required by Federal PTC regulations. Rigorous testing of the new system must be completed on these lines by the end of 2018 with similarly robust testing occurring on all lines in which PTC is implemented following the success of each pilot line.The first MBTA PTC installation began the weekend of July 8, 2017, on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line with various Commuter Rail lines across the system currently at various stages of PTC hardware installation.The MBTA’s PTC Implementation Plan submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration provides for the installation of hardware on all commuter rail lines and 2 pilot lines in service (Stoughton Line and Lowell Line) by the end of 2018 with full PTC implementation by December 31, 2020.(NOTE: The above press release is from the MBTA.)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… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”Lowell Line Weekend Commuter Rail Service To Be Replaced By Bus Shuttle For 3 Weekends Beginning May 12In “Government”No Weekend Commuter Rail Service On Lowell Line From August 5 to October 1In “Government”last_img read more

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