Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Lillard shot 7 for 20 with friends and family cheering him in the Blazers’ final scheduled trip to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to San Francisco next season.“That’s a hell of a way to go out,” Lillard said. “We needed this win. It was a big game for us, especially having to play them two times in a row, having to play such a solid game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefKevin Durant missed a 13-footer off the front rim as the final buzzer sounded but finished with his second triple-double of the season: 26 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.“I’ve got to make that shot, plain and simple,” Durant said. MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lillard clearly had mixed emotions about the Warriors’ upcoming move, saying: “You wish it wasn’t happening. You know how much it means to the city of Oakland to have something positive happening, especially with the team having so much success right now. … So it’s sad to see them moving on.”SELLOUT STREAKGolden State’s 311th straight sellout Thursday became a new franchise best, topping a run of 310 consecutive sellouts from March 9, 1989, to April 19, 1996.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland pushed Golden State into nine first-half turnovers while committing just two. … The Blazers were 21 of 23 on free throws.Warriors: Durant has scored 20 or more points in his last nine games 23 of 24. … Golden State lost by 20-plus points at home twice in the previous six seasons but has done it four times already.UP NEXTTrail Blazers host Warriors on Saturday. The Warriors last played an opponent in two straight regular-season games against the Lakers on Nov. 23-25, 2016. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Jon Jones defiant after failed drug test forces UFC 232 move PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 05: Damian Lillard #0 (R) of the Portland Trail Blazers talks with CJ McCollum #3 and Jusuf Nurkic #27 during the first half of the NBA preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 5, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Damian Lillard certainly left his mark over the years at Oracle Arena, and again in perhaps his final visit to a building he frequented as an NBA-crazed boy.Lillard hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in overtime and scored 21 points back home in Oakland, sending the Portland Trail Blazers past the Golden State Warriors 110-109 in a wild one Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Curry’s 33-footer with 8:42 left in the third on a pass from Draymond Green got Golden State within two, then Curry found Green for a tying layup the next time down to make it 55-all.A series of silly mistakes followed: Thompson made a steal and threw it toward midcourt and Green couldn’t keep the ball from going over the line for a backcourt violation, as Portland regained possession. Then, Green clanked a one-handed dunk try off the back of the rim. This after he had earlier thrown a pass off Thompson’s head.The Warriors missed nine of their initial 11 free throws and finished an uncharacteristic 6 for 15 at the line.“Unacceptable to miss that many free throws,” Durant said.In the opener of a home-and-home series, both teams were trying to rebound from embarrassing Christmas losses in which the 3-point shooting was dismal: Golden State following that flop to the Lakers at home and the Blazers a 117-96 defeat at Utah.In his last five games against the Warriors, Lillard has averaged 31 points, shooting 42.4 percent and 38.8 percent on 3s.“I represent this city, so when I come here I want to represent myself well. I have a lot of family and friends coming to see me play, so you’re excited about that. You’ve got energy, that’s what it is,” Lillard said.LILLARD’S ORACLE MEMORIESWhen Lillard was 9 or 10, he came to a Rockets-Warriors game with his brother and lucked into getting to take a shot on the court.“My brother and I were up at our seats and Steve Francis was doing his pregame workout and the ball bounced up and into the stands and I ran down the stairs and got it and I was going to throw it back and he was like, ‘No, come shoot it.’ And I went on the court and shot a 3 and airballed. That’s the story.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who helped coach Terry Stotts pass Rick Adelman for second place on the Blazers’ career wins list with 292 behind Jack Ramsay’s 453. Stotts sipped some celebratory bubbly afterward.The Warriors couldn’t overcome a comedy of errors in losing a second straight at home. They took a 127-101 beating from the Lakers on Christmas night.Seth Curry largely outplayed big brother and Golden State star Stephen — whose poor pass with the Warriors leading by two was stolen on the sequence that led to Lillard’s shot.Stephen Curry made a 3-pointer with 10:46 to play in regulation, then his little brother rattled off 11 in a row with three consecutive 3s.Klay Thompson’s shooting struggles continued. He went 6 for 19 and was just 2 of 9 on 3-point tries on the way to 15 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentslast_img read more

Barca’s Supercopa roster draws Sevilla threat

first_imgSevilla have threatened to file a complaint should Barcelona attempt to pick more than three players from outside the European Union in Sunday’s Supercopa de Espana.The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced ahead of the match that the two teams faced no nationality restrictions in compiling their squads, leaving Barca free to pick from their clutch of new South American recruits, Brazilian pair Arthur and Malcom and Chile’s Arturo Vidal having arrived at Camp Nou in the off-season.Sevilla had already been antagonised by the RFEF’s decision to stage the Supercopa, traditionally a two-legged, home-and-away tie, as a one-off match in Tangier.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! And the Andalusian club posted a message on Twitter on Saturday raising their concerns about Barca’s potential line-up.”Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF’s statement 24 hours before the Super Cup,” the tweet read.”It has stated that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered, despite the fact that in their last notice for the 18/19 season, only three were due to be permitted, without exception.”The club’s legal department is studying the matter and should FC Barcelona submit a team with more than three non-EU players, it would present possible ground for the filing of a complaint on account of an improper line-up.”Sevilla’s objections may prove unfounded, though. Widespread reports in the Spanish media claim Brazilian Philippe Coutinho has gained a Portuguese passport through his wife, easing Ernesto Valverde’s selection constraints.This will be the 32nd edition of the Supercopa, with the previous season’s winners of La Liga facing off against the Copa del Rey champions.last_img read more

Watch: Glenn Maxwell imitates MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot, Kevin Pietersen’s switch-hit

first_imgAustralia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell likes to put together videos of him either interviewing cricket superstars or him imitating their trademark shots.After the success of Maxi’s Blog, in which he went around interviewing sports stars like Virat Kohli and Usain Bolt, Maxwell has come up with another video of him imitating famous batsmen from around the world and the popular shots that they have played over the years.The segment titled Maxi Impersonates, he starts off by playing a pull shot like Ricky Ponting and then goes on to play the flick off his pads, a shot which Mark Waugh used to play with terrific success.The 30-year-old then impersonates Kevin Pietersen’s switch-hit before playing the famous helicopter shot, made popular by India legend MS Dhoni.And finally, Maxwell concludes the video with the sweep-scoop shot which South Africa superstar AB de Villiers used to play against the fast bowlers in limited-overs cricket.Two years ago, Maxwell was roped in by makers of the Ashes Cricket video game in which he was recorded playing all the shots in cricket. His movements were captured by multiple cameras inside the studio for the video game.Maxwell on Tuesday made 48 runs off 37 balls as Australia posted 298 for 9 against India in the second ODI at Adelaide. Shaun Marsh top-scored in the match with 131 off 123 balls.But India overhauled the target thanks to Virat Kohli’s 104 and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 55 to level the three-match series 1-1.Off late there has been a lot of debate in Australia on whether Maxwell should be promoted up the batting order in Australia’s one-day squad, especially with the big hits required in the death overs.advertisementBut head coach Justin Langer insists that No.7 is the perfect place for Maxwell to bat.”There’s a lot of debate about Maxi, but I think that’s the perfect position for him. The other night, he came in late, but that’s actually a good sign. If he can come in and put the finishing touches like he does, it’s always a nervous time for the opposition.”I honestly think, despite the debate, that’s his best spot in our team for us at the moment, and we’ll flick him in every now and then when we need a little cameo. He brings a lot, he bowled well tonight, he fields well. He’s probably the best fielder in the world, we love it, it’s contagious his energy. He’s got good leadership qualities,” Langer said.last_img read more

TFA Reaffirms Commitment to Inclusion and Deaf Sports Australia (DSA)

first_imgDate:  22 and 23 AugustLocation: DarwinVenue: Darwin High SchoolTime:  22/8 – 10am – 12.00pm23/8 – 8:00am – 9:30am. ACTNT Hearing impairments currently affect one in five Australians with that number expected to increase in coming years.The commitment by TFA to those who may describe themselves as deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired or a cochlear implantee, is another example of how the sport aims to improve the inclusiveness and experience for participants in the sport. As well as creating an environment where persons with a hearing impairment feel comfortable participating and be a part of the Touch Football community.Against this backdrop, Touch Football Australia (TFA) also announced this week the re-signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Deaf Sports Australia (DSA).The purpose of the MOU is to increase the number of participants who are deaf or hard of hearing in Touch Football, through: community based initiatives; the creation of specific material for hearing impaired persons; as well as the identification of development pathways in Touch Football.For further information, please visit www.touchfootball.com.au or www.deafsports.org.au.Head down to the above venues and witness first-hand something you don’t see every-day: a completely silent Touch Football match with all participants wearing ear muffs and no verbal communication allowed. Date: 24 August, 2017Location: CanberraVenue: Reconciliation Park, Parkes ACTTime: 12.00am – 2.00pm TFA is again proud to support Hearing Awareness Week with a focus on the fragility of hearing health and ways to protect it. Hearing Awareness Week (20-26 August) aims to eliminate the stigma, isolation, lack of work opportunities, and the associated health issues to improve the overall quality of life for people with deafness or hearing impairment.The first community initiative for TFA and Deaf Sports Australia in 2017 is the annual Silent Sports Challenge. The event this year will be held across two key locations, Canberra and Darwin; both centres will host Touch Football events to raise awareness of inclusion and encourage a place on the touch football field for everyone, as follows.last_img read more

Windstar Cruises’ Ship Runs Aground off Panama

first_imgzoom In the early hours of December 22, Windstar Cruises’ cruise ship Star Pride ran aground while coming into anchor at Isla de Coiba, Panama.“All guests and crew are safe. Guests were disembarked as scheduled for the day’s private island event,” the company said.Following the grounding, Windstar’s technical team inspected the ship and identified some areas of the hull that were damaged, making the ship unable to sail thus, canceling the ship’s cruise.“Because of Isla de Coiba’s remote location, an island off the coast of Panama, the lack of infrastructure in the area, and the lack of other support vessels, Windstar arranged for sister ship, Star Breeze, along with the Tere Moana, which was also sailing nearby to transfer the guests to the mainland,” Windstar added.Star Pride guests were transferred to Golfito, Costa Rica. From there they will be transferred to San Jose, Costa Rica where they have the option to stay in Costa Rica for the remainder of their vacation, or to fly home early.Windsar Cruises said that the ship’s guests were refunded 100% of their voyage, as well as a 100% of cruise fare paid for future cruise credit. The crew of the Star Pride joined the Star Breeze on Wednesday, December 23rd.The ship will be towed to the port of Balboa in Panama for further inspections and repairs.As a result, the cruise ship’s voyage set for December 26th was cancelled as well.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Antigonish County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 -30- ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104, West River No. 2 Bridge Highway 104 is reduced to one lane at West River No. 2 bridge for repairs until Monday, Nov. 19. Traffic control consists of control persons. Traffic signals are expected to be in place on Tuesday, Oct. 23.last_img

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: South River Lake Road South River Lake Road, from the fire hall at Salmon River Lake east for 5.5 kilometres will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 KINGS COUNTY: Cambridge Bridge Cambridge Road will be closed for bridge repairs to Cambridge Bridge from Tuesday, Oct. 14 until Friday, Oct. 31. Detour routes: Trunk 1 to South Bishop Road., South Bishop Road to Loretta Avenue, Loretta Avenue to Roland Avenue, Roland Avenue to Riston Avenue, Riston Avenue to Cambridge Road. Local Area Office: 902-679-6414 Fax: 902-679-6187 CONTINUING WORK Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure, starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22, for 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4056 Fax: 902-625-0763 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 A section of Route 366 at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert until Monday, Oct. 20. Detour signs are posted. Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 between Boylston Bridge and the Department Of Natural Resources office, will be reduced to one lane and traffic will be detoured around the work site to allow for slope repairs and repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people will be on site during the day and traffic signals will control traffic at night. Work will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Saturday with the possibility of some work on Sundays. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 366 Route 366: The section of the road at Amherst Shore Park will be closed for installation of a new culvert until Monday, Oct. 20. A detour is posted. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-8294 Local Area Office: 902-893-6194 Fax: 902-893-8175 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Newcombe Bridge Newcombe Bridge, about 17.4 kilometres west from the Cumberland-Colchester county line on Trunk 2, will have one-lane closures to replace the rail and repair concrete until Friday, Oct. 17. Traffic control signals are in place. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Route 223 Sections of Route 223, from west of Portage Road to Peter Maclean Road in the Estmere area, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for repaving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Thompson Road Thompson Road, between Crowley Road and Pugwash River Road, will be closed for culvert replacement until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-543-4671 Fax: 902-543-5596 INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Traffic on sections of Highway 105, west of Exit 3, is restricted to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. VICTORIA COUNTY: Cabot Trail Repaving Sections of the Cabot Trail (Trunk 30), south from the Path End Bridge, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for paving. There are signs and traffic control people on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Saturday. Motorist are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: East River St. Marys West Side Road The Gunns Bridge on the East River St. Marys West Side Road will be closed until Wednesday, Oct. 15, to replace the bridge. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. until Friday, Oct. 17. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Northwest Arm Drive About one kilometre of St. Margarets Bay Road from Albert Walker Driver to Northwest Arm Drive will have one-lane closures for clearing, subgrading, gravelling and paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Glenelg Church Road Glenelg Church Road from Route 347 at Aspen south to Route 348 at Glenelg will have intermittent one-lane closures for upgrading and re-paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 Trunk 16 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgrading, gravelling and repaving from Phillips Harbour, east 2.8 kilometres, to Half Island Cove until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. NEW WORK Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 Sections of Route 333 (Prospect Road) between Beechville and Prospect Bay will be reduced to one lane to construct a bicycle lane. All lanes will remain open during the morning and afternoon rush hours. Work is scheduled for completion by Friday, Oct. 31. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Trunk 19 from Little Judique, north 5.2 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two-kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road (known locally as Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. Signs and barricades are in place. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Lane Closures, Highway 104 There will alternating lane closures on Highway 104 from Exit 31A at Addington Forks west for about four kilometres from Saturday, Oct. 11, to Monday, Oct. 13. Signs and traffic control people will be on site and delays are possible. Please drive with extra caution in the area. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. HANTS COUNTY: Halfway River Bridge, Highway 101 Continuing work on the new bridge and approaches at Halfway River on Highway 101 will require intermittent lane closures on the existing on- and off-ramps at Exit 8 until Friday, Oct 24. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Friday. Traffic control people and signs are on site. Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road About 6.4 kilometres of Aylesford Road will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Young Road Access to and from Highway 104 on Young Road in Pine Tree will be closed until further notice for the Highway 104 twinning project. The road remains open to local residents, but will have no exit. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30, It will be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road and Old Post Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Exit 25 Trunk 1 and Back Road at Exit 25 on Highway 101 will be closed for construction of a new interchange until Monday, Dec. 15. There will be a detour on Acacia Valley Road. Local Area Office: 902-749-6180 Fax: 902-742-6000 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Shore Road West Shore Road West in Middleton will be reduced to one lane for road, culvert, and guardrail upgrades until Friday, Oct. 31. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: River Inhabitants Road River Inhabitants Road to McArthur’s Bridge will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Oct. 18. Detour signs are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Keltic Drive Sections of Keltic Drive, between Seaview Drive and O’Neils Road, will be restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-667-6586 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 KINGS COUNTY: Ridge Road Construction Sections of Ridge Road, between White Rock Road and Greenfield Road, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31, for repaving. Signs and traffic control people are on site. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area. INVERNESS COUNTY: Upper South West Mabou Road The Upper South West Mabou Road, known locally as the Irish Road, is closed because of storm damage. The road, between Moran Road and the River Intervale Road, is expected to be closed for at least two weeks. ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Trunk 7 Sections of Trunk 7, south from the intersection of Highway 104 at Antigonish, are restricted to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31 for repaving. Signs, traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are one site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-625-4388 Fax: 902-625-4393 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There is a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, starting about 12 kilometres from English Mountain Road, west for about 2.8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Trunk 3, Gold River Bridge A one-lane bridge is open on Trunk 3 between Mahone Bay and Chester while the new Gold River Bridge is being built. Work is expected to continue until August 2009. Traffic lights are in place. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 PICTOU COUNTY: MacCulloch Brook Bridge MacCulloch Brook Bridge, between Acadia Avenue, Stellarton and Drummond Road, Westville will be closed for upgrading until Friday, Oct. 24. Motorists are advised to follow posted detour or use alternate routes. Local Area Office; 902-755-7060 Local Area Office: 902-752-4168 Fax: 902-755-7188 Fax: 902-755-7061 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge on Trunk 3, will be closed for repairs until Sunday, Nov. 30. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Drivers are advised to obey signs and reduce speed on the temporary bridge and in the work zone. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Route 316 Route 316 will have alternating one-lane closures for upgading, gravelling and repaving from the intersection with Trunk 16 and Half Island Cove, west for 4.7 kilometres, until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday with some Sunday work. Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 INVERNESS COUNTY: Murray Truss Bridge Murray Truss Bridge on the Murray Hill Road is closed because of storm damage. The bridge will be assessed and the road closed until repairs are completed. CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Morrison Road Sections of Morrison Road, between Birch Grove Road and the intersection of Trunk 22, are restricted to one lane until Saturday, Nov. 15. Signs, traffic control people, and a pilot vehicle are on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Motorists are advised to obey signs and personnel, and drive with caution in the area. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 -30-last_img read more

Pompeo visits Micronesia courts Pacific allies in face of Chinese competition

first_imgPohnpei: Mike Pompeo became the first US Secretary of State to visit Micronesia Monday, as Washington’s signalled a renewed interest in its Pacific allies, no matter how small, in the face of regional competition with China. Pompeo touched down on the paradise island of Pohnpei where he will spend a few hours meeting leaders from Micronesia’s Federated States, as well as neighbouring micro-states like Palau and the Marshall Islands. The diplomatic courtship follows a visit by Pacific Island leaders to the White House earlier this year, part of America’s drive for a “free and open” Indo-Pacific to counter China’s increasingly muscular and expansionist policies. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”It’s still a major strategic area, and this isn’t new,” said a senior State Department official noting past ties. “Now, the level of interaction is clearly elevated.” Elizabeth Economy of the Council on Foreign Relations told AFP that over the past year, the US had “worked aggressively” to shore up its position in the Pacific Islands region, considering it “of significant strategic interest”. Hugging the equator, the Federated States of Micronesia are scattered along nearly 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) of the Pacific, a significant area given Sino-American disputes over freedom of navigation in ocean waterways. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWashington is no stranger to the Federation — which brings together four island states and more than 600 islands and atolls — thanks to a compact that guarantees US development aid and military protection. Formerly part of the Caroline Islands, which were American trust territories, the federation signed a Compact of Free Association with the United States on gaining independence more than three decades ago. Those agreements are set to be renewed in coming years. In the meantime, China has launched a regional charm offensive that has alarmed the Trump administration, offering infrastructure loans and seemingly trying to have the Marshall Islands and Palau break off diplomatic relations with Taiwan. “The United States can no longer afford to take the Pacific Islands for granted,” said Economy. At times the United States has looked to these island states at the United Nations — when their voice is equal to any other state — in looking for support for issues such as recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But the major point of difference remains climate change, an existential challenge for low-lying nations but a trend that the Trump administration has variously dismissed as a hoax or unimportant.last_img read more

Richard Branson Gives Up Eating Beef

first_imgSir Richard Branson has blogged about giving up eating beef to help the environment and to make food production more sustainable.“Last month, the Guardian asked readers whether they would consider eating lab-grown meat to save the environment,” wrote Branson. “Almost a third of all respondents said yes.“These results should be taken with a grain of salt, but I think the trend they reveal is good news for the planet: more and more people recognise that conventional meat production can have truly devastating environmental impacts.“It’s one of the reasons I gave up eating beef earlier this year, and it looks like I am not the only one. Surprisingly, for myself, I haven’t missed it at all. If we could get many other people to do the same, we would be healthier, and we would help sustain the beautiful biodiversity we are losing in the rainforests.“As more people come out of poverty in emerging markets, the worst thing that could happen is that demand for cattle continuing to rise. If that happened we would soon have little rainforest left in the world, little biodiversity and climate change would accelerate.“Beef substitutes make the transition to more conscious consumption a little easier. One such company is Beyond Meat, which is developing plant-based foods that taste just like meat but eliminate the need for cattle and other animals to be eaten.“This will result in us being able to utilize 35 times less lamb alone, 15 times less water and could be as much as 20 times less costly. And on World Food Day, we should applaud any effort that helps make food production more sustainable.”Source:virgin.comlast_img read more

Rally in Winnipeg pushes province to call inquiry over First Nations mans

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National News6 months ago Errol Greene, 26, died in custody.He was epileptic and was refused medication.Friends and family are now pushing the province to call an inquiry to answer questions about what happened to him.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

UN mission strongly condemns deadly attack in southern Afghanistan

A pressure-plate improvised explosive device (PP-IED) was detonated on 7 April in Gilankicha village in Maywand district by a pick-up truck carrying 20 civilians. The incident took place on a road frequently used by civilians, according to a statement issued by UNAMA.“The recent increased use of indiscriminate, victim-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) by anti-Government elements in areas often used by civilians is particularly alarming,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. UNAMA reinforced its calls for an immediate end to the use of these illegal, indiscriminate IEDs. It has documented 187 civilian deaths from IEDs and injuries to another 357 during the first three months of 2014 – a 13 per cent increase in civilian casualties compared to the same period in 2013. Within these figures and time period, civilian casualties from PP-IEDs rose 93 per cent, reversing a decline observed in the use of this type of device in 2013.UNAMA highlighted that the use of illegal, indiscriminate IEDs may amount to a war crime. International humanitarian law – which binds all parties to the armed conflict in Afghanistan – strictly prohibits the use of weapons and attacks that do not distinguish between civilians and military objectives.The attack comes as vote counting continues in the country following Saturday’s presidential and provincial council elections. UNAMA has urged the presidential candidates and their supporters to respect the work of the national electoral institutions as they carry out their work, and called on them to await the release of official results. “The process is not yet complete,” he stated following a meeting yesterday with officials from both bodies. “Votes must be counted, complaints resolved fairly and efficiently, and the two bodies must cooperate closely to release the results in a transparent and timely manner.”The UN envoy noted that it is now vitally important to protect the impartiality and credibility of the election process so that the millions of ballots cast by voters can be translated into a legitimate outcome that is broadly accepted by the Afghan people.Preliminary nationwide results are expected on 24 April, and the final results on 14 May, after the formal adjudication of all complaints. read more

We Looked At Almost 2000 Mock NFL Drafts Heres What We Learned

Metcalf became an overnight internet sensation during February’s combine with his comic-book physique and blazing 4.33-second 40-yard dash — a ridiculous amount of speed for a 228-pound man. He then turned right around and disappointed athletic measurable aficionados by posting a sluggish 7.38 seconds in the three-cone drill. Brown was not slow, running a 4.49 in the 40 at 226 pounds, but he appears to have stabilized at a level well below his teammate, and it’s unclear why. According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Brown caught 1,320 receiving yards on 435 routes at Ole Miss in 2018, good for 3.03 yards per route run. Metcalf, hampered by injury, caught just 569 yards on 197 routes at 2.88 yards per route run, well under the efficiency set by Brown. Combine speed only weakly correlates to actual game speed, so it’s curious that a player like Metcalf would be selected over his more productive peer. Again, it might just be based on D.K.’s shirtless photo, suggesting this could be one the mock drafters get wrong. On Thursday, we’ll discover just how accurate these expert and amateur mock drafts are. If 2018 is any indication, mock drafters will probably correctly identify the majority of the players selected in the first round but completely whiff on the exact order and the actual team to select a player, which is probably for the best. Between last-minute trades and out-of-left-field picks, it’s more entertaining when we don’t know everything going in.From ABC News: Williams, a defensive tackle, finished eighth in the Heisman voting in 2018 and closed out the year at Alabama with 10 sacks and 55 pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Williams also ranked first in the nation in run-stopping rate with 14.2 percent, showcasing his versatility. Meanwhile, Josh Allen (not to be confused with Bills QB Josh Allen, who can hit a goal post 50 yards away from his knees) creates pressure from the outside — pressure that Eric Eager and George Chahrouri of Pro Football Focus have shown to be more valuable in generating negative expected points for the opposing offense than interior pressure. Allen’s pass-rush productivity — the share of pass plays in which the defender applied pressure on the opposing QB — led the nation at 15.2 percent. The success of Rams interior lineman Aaron Donald seems to suggest that teams might hope for similar returns from Williams, but a sharp team will focus on creating as much outside pressure as possible by choosing Allen.The Iowa tight endsOne set of players moving up mock draft boards not only play the same position, but they were also college teammates. Tight ends Noah Fant and TJ Hockenson of Iowa are both mocked to go in the middle of the first round, and they’re also the only two TEs likely to be called in Round 1. But while Fant’s mock draft graph shows a flat overall trend, Hockenson’s draft stock has surged since the combine in February. On average, he’s now surpassed his Hawkeye cohort in projected draft position. The NFL draft is a spectacle. Last year, the draft averaged more viewers than the previous year’s Stanley Cup Final. Social media and fan interest have exploded with a thirst for draft information, and media outlets have sprung up to cater to those fans with a bevy of mock drafts conducted by analysts and armchair handicappers.There are even sites dedicated to tracking the predictions of mock drafters so that consumers of draft information can properly judge who is most reliable. Last year’s top forecaster, NFL analyst Evan Silva, identified 28 out of 32 players selected in the first round and also correctly predicted the team that would select 10 of those players. That 31 percent hit rate on pairing a drafted player with a team may not seem impressive, but it was good enough to place Silva at the top of the 2018 rankings and vault him to 16th over the past five years.“You should be able to pick 26 of the 32 first-round picks rolling out of bed,” Silva said. “The hard part is matching teams to players. I’m continually surprised each year. Teams don’t act like I expect.”Despite that uncertainty, the mock drafters can give us a pretty good sense of the names Roger Goodell will call on Thursday night. Perhaps even more interesting, we can use this data to explore the player trends as the draft process has progressed. The actual draft may be one weekend in April, but draft prognosticating is a year-round affair. Mock drafts from last June hardly resemble the ones on the eve of the draft, as the stock prices of college players are constantly ticking up and down based on a host of reasons — performance, health, eligibility and results from the scouting combine.Using data from Benjamin Robinson, who has curated close to 2,000 mock drafts from expert, media and fan sources from April 2018 to present, here are some of the most interesting fluctuations over the past few months — along with some of our own analysis mixed in. After all, it’s the draft, so we are all experts.The pass rushersPass rusher may be the position most stocked with top-end talent in this year’s draft. If Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray isn’t the first overall selection, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa will likely be called. But two other promising defensive standouts, Kentucky’s Josh Allen and Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, are expected to be off the board by the 10th pick. Both players wreaked havoc on the SEC in 2018, and the evolution of each player’s draft value has mirrored the other’s. While Bosa has been a fixture atop draft boards all year, Allen and Williams have each steadily climbed from a late first-round position. The mock drafters probably have the ordering right: Hockenson had 760 receiving yards — 25.8 percent of Iowa’s team total, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — while Fant gained 519 yards for a 17.6 percent share. Hockenson is the better blocker of the two TEs and also ran 340 routes to Fant’s 242. But it wasn’t just volume that drove Hock’s numbers: He was also slightly more efficient on a per route basis, gaining 2.24 yards per route run vs. 2.14 for Fant. Hockensen was deployed further downfield than Fant as well, earning an average depth of target of 9.2 yards — nearly half a yard better than Fant. And despite the deeper routes, Hockenson still managed a higher catch rate.149 catches on 66 targets for Hockenson, 39 catches on 61 targets for Fant.The Ole Miss receiversOddly, another pair of teammates that play the same position are also vying for a first-round selection. The fortunes of Ole Miss wide receivers A.J Brown and D.K. Metcalf have flipped since the start of the draft process. Last July, A.J. Brown was considered a high first-round pick, but he has since seen his draft stack plummet to the bottom of the first round. read more

Ohio State volleyball sweeps 9th Annual Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic

Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team meet in a huddle during a match against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 5 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1. Credit: Emily Yarcusko / For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept the competition at the 9th Annual Sports Imports D.C. Koehl Classic and improved to 4-2 on the season.OSU first beat Auburn (3-3) and then Florida Gulf Coast (2-4) on Friday, before defeating Southern Illinois (2-5) on Sunday.In the third match of the tournament against Southern Illinois, the Buckeyes defeated the Salukis in four sets (22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19).Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led the Buckeyes in kills with 16, while freshman outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe each had 11. Schirmer also led the team in digs with 15, followed by sophomore libero Valeria León with 11.OSU coach Geoff Carlston said he liked what he saw from the team’s defensive play after making changes following the University of Oregon Invitational the previous week.“We made a couple tweaks that made a big difference,” he said. “It simplified less movement so we could dig some balls.”Junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell said on Friday that the Buckeyes corrected problems were already showing in their first two matches.“Another key (to victory) was to communicate on the court,” Campbell said. “We had a lot of young (players) playing tonight and just talking to each other throughout helps (them) out.”In its second game on Friday against FGCU, OSU won in what was its closest game of the tournament in four sets (22-25, 25-20, 26-24, 25-18).Sandbothe led the Buckeyes in total points with 16 kills, three digs, one block and one assist. León led the team in digs with 19 and Schirmer contributed 12 kills.FGCU senior setter Gigi Meyer, the daughter of OSU football coach Urban Meyer, had 131 assists and 27 digs throughout the tournament. Against the Buckeyes, she led the Eagles with 42 assists and had 9 digs.In its opening game of the tournament game, OSU defeated Auburn in three sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-20).In the first set, OSU went on a 10-0 run to gain a 15-5 advantage and from that point held all the momentum. The third set proved to be a closer fight, but the Buckeyes still managed to win by five — which was their largest lead of the period.Senior setter Taylor Sherwin had 17 assists and 2 digs. Schirmer had eight digs, six kills and four blocks.  Sekinger led the Buckeyes in kills with 10 while León led the team with 13 digs.Campbell, Sandbothe and Schirmer all received all-tournament recognition, while Schirmer was named the most outstanding player.After receiving the all-tournament team selection in Columbus after doing the same in the Buckeyes’ season-opening tournament in Oregon, Sandbothe said she believes having home court advantage was helpful in fixing mistakes made in Oregon, and for the future.“Getting a home court advantage really helped us to lean on what we needed to do,” Sandbothe said. “We’re still a pretty young team so having leadership come from the younger players is a huge part of what makes us work.”The team is scheduled to be back in action Friday at the Millenium Hotel Invitational. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Syracuse at 4 p.m., followed by Ohio on Saturday at 10 a.m. and Xavier later that evening at 7 p.m. read more

Bechtel partners with Planetary Resources for space initiative

first_imgPlanetary Resources (PR) has announced that Bechtel has joined their core group of investors and will be a collaborative partner, helping PR achieve their long-term mission, which is to mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from elements used in rocket to precious metals, through the development of effective robotic explorations techniques  that are cost-effective. PR has multiple contracts to develop miniaturized and responsive technologies with far-reaching applications to space assessment, accessibility and resource recovery.Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of PR, Peter Diamonds said “As we pursue our vision to expand the resource base beyond Earth; we’re extremely excited to announce this partnership with Bechtel. They are a world leader in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry. Bechtel has a history of consistently tackling the most challenging projects, beginning with the construction of the Hoover Dam more than 75 years ago.”Riley Bechtel, Bechtel Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said “Planetary resources’ mission is ambitious, but they’ve assembled a world-class team to succeed. Our companies share a common vision to continually innovate and push boundaries, all aimed at contributing to a better quality of life. We look forward to joining the Planetary Resources’ team.”last_img read more

Virtual World Rewards Kids for Physical Activity

first_imgHere’s a novel concept–a virtual world that gives kids all manner of online rewards for actually going outside and being active. The site is called FunGoPlay. It’s a “Virtual Sports Theme Park.” Kids rack up points by playing with a series of real-world sports products.The real-world gear tracks kids’ play periods and lots them points, medals, power-ups, and the like. The site will be launching in the coming year under a freemium subscription model. In the meantime, there’s a static place holder and a promise of future updates over at Fungoplay.com.last_img read more

PintSized Einstein Robot Is Officially the Best Kickstarter Ever

first_imgStay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket You’ve seen plenty of cool ideas pitched on Kickstarter before, from Raspberry Pi accessories to home brewing gear. None of them can compete with this tiny robotic Albert Einstein.The project page claims Professor Einstein is everything you ever wanted in a personal robot. That’s assuming that you want a robot that can hold an enlightened conversation with you, teach you all kinds of great science-y stuff, help you keep your schedule organized, and even give your brain a workout with challenging puzzles and games.He’s edutain… tional! That’s a thing, right? Professor Einstein is sort of like having Google Home, or Amazon’s Echo shoved into a delightful little animatronic genius that lives right on your desk… which sounds like a pretty sweet — and very geeky — combination.Oh, and perhaps the most important thing of all… Yes, he does stick his tongue out like Einstein did for that unforgettable photo. Hopefully they tweak his expression so the eyes stay open:There’s also a companion app called Stein-O-Matic that Professor Einstein will be more than happy to guide you through. His creators at Hanson Robotics have already created a wide array of learning and recreational activities for it, and they plan to offer up additional fun and games (and educational goodies, too) as time goes on via a cloud-based service.center_img How much will it cost you to get your hands on your very own 14.5-inch robotic version of one of the great minds in the history of humankind? If you move fast, you might be able to score one for the very reasonable price of $249!Once the early bird deals have all been snapped up, Professor Einstein will go for $299.last_img read more

W Moved Out of Fairchild Fashion Group

first_imgPatrick McCarthy will continue to serve as FFG chairman through the end of the year, Condé Nast said. The FFG includes WWD, WWD.com, Footwear News, Fairchild Summits, Fairchild Books and associated trade shows.Last year, ad pages at 450,000-circ. W evaporated—declining 45.8 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. Consumer fashion title W no longer will be managed by Condé Nast’s Fairchild Fashion Group, the publisher announced Wednesday morning.According to Condé Nast president and CEO Chuck Townsend, the restructuring “formally establishes a structure for W consistent with our other consumer magazine titles, and allows FFG the autonomy to focus on their core business-to-business publications and related businesses.”As a result of the restructuring, the senior editorial staff that was shared by W and trade title WWD will now work exclusively for WWD. Edward Nardoza, editor-in-chief of WWD, will report to FFG president and CEO Gina Sanders. Condé Nast will now search for a top editor for W.last_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of September 23 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, September 23, 2018.Sunday, September 23No MeetingsMonday, September 24The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session begins at 6pm. It appears the regular public meeting may begin AFTER 7pm, perhaps closer to 7:30pm. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, September 25The Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 7:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Rom at the Tech. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, September 26The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.Thursday, September 27No MeetingsFriday, September 28No MeetingsSaturday, September 29No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Ask a Climatologist Anchorage this gloomy spring is all in your head

first_imgClouds hang over Hope, Alaska on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk)In Anchorage, complaining about the gloomy weather this spring has become something of a new pastime.But is the weather really worse than normal?Listen nowAccording to Brian Brettschneider with our Ask a Climatologist segment, the answer is no.Brettschneider says since April, the weather in Anchorage has been a few degrees warmer than normal and also drier than normal.How is that possible?Brettschneider says there haven’t been any really warm days. Typically Anchorage hits 60 degrees at least once by May 14, but the warmest temperature so far has been 59 degrees.“So there can be this disconnect where there can be no really warm days, but we can still be above normal,” Brettschneider says.Brettschneider says it’s also been a bit cloudier and significantly windier than normal.“But for the most part, the story of this spring has been warmth.”last_img read more