TORONTO – Two winning tickets were sold for Saturday night’s $7 million Lotto 649 jackpot — one in Ontario, the other in the Prairies — and each is worth $3.5 million.The guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Nov. 8 will be approximately $5 million.
Wayne Roberts, aptn National NewsBritish Columbia’s missing women’s commission of Inquiry held its first public forum in Vancouver.The inquiry is set to look into how various police forces handled the case of Robert Pickton.The pig farmer was convicted of killing 6 women and has confessed to many more slayings.Yesterday’s forum was an opportunity for Commissioner Wally Oppal to hear from families who have lost loved ones on Vancouver’s downtown east side.A number of family members, politicians and members of the public talked about Pickton and how police handle cases in the notorious area of Vancouver.Bernie Williams works with people in the area.Williams organized the Walk 4 Justice after her mother and two sisters were murdered.Her question revolved around the police handling of the Pickton case.“My question keeps going back why did it have to take 69 women plus for it to get this far how many years after the fact it is still happening yet.”Police had information about Robert Picton as early as 1996. But neither the RCMP, Vancouver police or Crown prosecutors fully investigated him.In December 2007, Pickton was convicted of murdering 6 women between 1990 and 2002 and is now linked to 32 other killings.Vancouver Police later issued an apology for not catching him sooner.Wally Oppal was BC’s Justice Minister during one period that Pickton was killing women. At one point he refused to hold a public inquiry into the murders in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Now he says it’s time to get answers.“Most of all what we are interested in is what happens to the information that the police received what did they do with it would the existance of one police force have had a more efficient way of solving the crime.”Federal NDP MP Libby Davies says there must be a full investigation.“This whole question of the missing and murdered women is probably the greatest failure in our society.”Local Vancouver politicians also spoke at yesterday’s forum.Ellen Woodsworth is a city councillor who is now wondering whether the scope of this inquiry shouldn’t be broadened to include the rest of the country.“We need a national inquiry…Why are hundreds of women across canada going murdered and missing and how that relates to first nations women.”Others called for a inquiry into the infamous cases surrounding BC’s Highway of Tears.The next forum will be held on Friday in Prince George, BC where families will get a chance to talk about the Highway of Tears.Wally Oppal is hoping to start the inquiry into Robert Pickton in June.
11 October 2007A new United Nations-backed development project will help nearly 120,000 Bangladeshi microentrepreneurs – 90 per cent of whom are women – expand their small enterprises and develop new ones. A new United Nations-backed development project will help nearly 120,000 Bangladeshi microentrepreneurs – 90 per cent of whom are women – expand their small enterprises and develop new ones. The UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) will provide a $35 million for the nearly $60 million Finance for Enterprise Development and Employment Creation Project. The main participants in the initiative will be current successful microcredit borrowers whose businesses are crucial for the growth of the rural economy, and the project also hopes that some 200,000 jobs for extremely poor people will be created the newly-bolstered small businesses. “The microenterprises create vital jobs for much poorer people who live well below the poverty line and often don’t have adequate housing or enough to eat,” said Nigel Brett, IFAD’s country programme manager for Bangladesh. “They often lack the confidence and ability to risk taking a microcredit loan to start an enterprise and would rather find employment in small local businesses.” Although the project will be national in scope, it will target rural areas. It will train microentrepreneurs to manage their businesses more effectively and teach them how to boost the value of their products throughout the market chain, from the purchase of raw materials to the sale of finished products. IFAD has supported 24 programmes and projects benefiting 8 million households in Bangladesh to date with loans totaling $424 million. The operations have worked to improve rural small entrepreneurs’ access to markets and credit and to increase women’s economic opportunities.
She also warned that the life of the soldier could be in danger, especially at the hands of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, today urged Army Commander Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva, to intervene and assist the investigations into the alleged involvement of a soldier over the disappearance of her husband.Eknaligoda urged Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva to hand over the soldier believed to have been involved in the disappearance of her husband to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). She also urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to conceal the report over her husband’s investigation owing to outside pressure. (Colombo Gazette) “The Rajapaksa’s are capable of burying evidence and killing the witnesses,” she said. There have been reports that a soldier attached to the Minneriya army camp is being questioned over the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010.Sandhya Eknaligoda said that she was expecting the investigations report on the disappearance of her husband to be released soon but to her disappointment it has not yet been released.
Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The Financial Post set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. You can find all of our coverage here.Canada has forged a well-earned reputation as a global leader in artificial intelligence. In March 2017, we became the first country to launch a national strategy for AI as part of a five-year, $125-million plan to invest in research and talent.But competition in this space is fierce. We are now one among many countries with national strategies, and companies worldwide that are competing for the best talent and innovative solutions.One way to maintain global leadership is by collaborating with like-minded actors in developing countries who have thus far not been sufficiently engaged by peers in the Global North. This would not only allow Canadians to scale up their work for global reach but make us a leader for the effective and responsible development of AI. Canada’s digital industry needs to set global standards — we all depend on it Innovation Nation: In the cutthroat race for talent, humanitarian hiring offers an edge Canadian tech companies are attracting more overseas talent, but brain drain to U.S. continues PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that AI will boost the world’s gross domestic product by US$15.7 trillion by 2030. Although only 11 per cent of those gains are expected to occur in developing countries, AI will have a profound impact — both positive and negative.On the upside, AI could augment healthcare delivery, help farmers produce more and better crops,and revolutionize education models. But risks include job losses as well as threats to privacy, civil liberties, democracy and human rights.AI also risks magnifying existing inequality if the unique context of each region is not considered. In an era of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), AI can either accelerate the achievement of the goals, or entrench existing gaps.Some organizations interested in engaging with developing countries may be unsure where to start. To help, the International Development Research Centre collaborated on a map of the AI ecosystems in developing countries.It includes more than 600 actors —among them, hundreds of startups, university teams, social sector organizations, accelerators and investors across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean.IDRC is also supporting the establishment of a network of AI researchers and innovators in sub-Saharan Africa that will explore how AI can help achieve the SDGs.But developing countries are not waiting for the Global North to come to them. They are already developing AI at a rapid pace. Canada has a choice – to stand up as a partner of choice for overlooked regions, or miss out when other countries beat us to it.Jean Lebel is president of the International Development Research Centre.
In Uzbekistan, a woman holds her newborn baby to her chest. Photo: UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi However, UNICEF’s data has shown that progress in getting more newborns breastfed within the first hour of life has been slow over the past 15 years.Particularly concerning is the situation in sub-Saharan Africa, where under-five mortality rates are the highest worldwide; early breastfeeding rates increased by just 10 percentage points since 2000 in East and Southern Africa, and remained unchanged in West and Central Africa.Even in South Asia, where the rates of early breastfeeding initiation tripled in 15 years, from 16 per cent in 2000 to 45 per cent in 2015, the increase is far from enough: 21 million newborns still wait too long before they are breastfed.UNICEF has also found that that women are not getting the help they need to start breastfeeding immediately after birth even when a doctor, nurse of midwife is assisting their delivery. For instance, In the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, women who deliver with a skilled birth attendant are less likely to initiate breastfeeding in the first hour of life, compared to women who deliver with unskilled attendants or relatives.Additionally, feeding babies other liquids or foods is another reason early breastfeeding is delayed. In many countries, it is customary to feed a baby infant formula, cow’s milk or sugar water in the first three days of life. Almost half of all newborns are fed these liquids.“When babies are given less nutritious alternatives to breastmilk, they breastfeed less often, making it harder for mothers to start and continue breastfeeding,” said the agency. “Globally, only 43 per cent of infants under six months old are exclusively breastfed,” it added.Babies who are not breastfed at all are 14 times more likely to die than those who are fed only breastmilk.But any amount of breastmilk reduces a child’s risk of death. Babies who received no breastmilk at all are seven times more likely to die from infections than those who received at least some breastmilk in their first six months of life. According to the agency, delaying breastfeeding by two to 23 hours after birth increases the risk of dying in the first 28 days of life by 40 per cent. Delaying it by 24 hours or more increases that risk to 80 per cent.“Early breastfeeding can make the difference between life and death,” France Bégin, UNICEF Senior Nutrition Adviser, said today in a press release.“If all babies are fed nothing but breastmilk from the moment they are born until they are six months old, over 800,000 lives would be saved every year,” she added.Breastmilk is a baby’s first vaccine, the first and best protection they have against illness and disease. Putting the baby to the breast also provides them with the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protects them from disease.A delay for this critical first contact not only decreases the newborn’s chances of survival, it limits milk supply and reduces the chances of exclusive breastfeeding.UNICEF has presented this information against the backdrop of the upcoming World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August in over 170 countries to promote breastfeeding and improve infant nutrition.
But that’s not what I see on the tracks. Instead, I see that pulling the lever in favor of testosterone testing sends the trolley down a track that will harm not only women with high testosterone levels, but also every other woman athlete who looks too “manly” or otherwise does not conform to someone else’s notions of what a woman should be. I see the trolley barreling down a track that will crush the culture that I want sport to strive for — one that celebrates women athletes of all shapes, sizes, forms and talents. The Olympic stadium was quiet on Wednesday morning, and spectators in the sparsely filled stands seemed to pay little notice to South African runner Caster Semenya as she cruised to an easy win in her first-round heat of the 800 meters. But on Saturday evening, when Semenya will contest the 800-meter final, she’ll have the world’s eyes on her. “There is no more certain gold medal in the Rio Olympics than Semenya,” wrote Ross Tucker, an exercise scientist in South Africa, on his blog, The Science of Sport. “She could trip and fall, anywhere in the first lap, lose 20m, and still win the race.”If she does indeed dominate, some sports fans will be cheering Semenya, while others will be less inclined to celebrate, believing that she has an unfair advantage over her rivals. Semenya made headlines in 2009 amid rumors that track’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations, had required her to undergo tests to confirm that she was female. Media accounts have reported that she has hyperandrogenism, a condition that causes higher-than-average testosterone levels — an allegation that neither Semenya nor the IAAF has publicly confirmed.Semenya’s case is the latest saga in sport’s checkered history of sex testing, a task that is purportedly aimed at creating an even playing field but — as I’ve discussed previously — raises serious questions about how athletics organizations treat women. Her muscular build, deep voice and remarkable results had raised suspicions among some of Semenya’s rivals about whether she was really a woman. “Just look at her,” said Mariya Savinova, a Russian runner now tangled in her country’s doping scandal.Savinova’s comment highlights what’s wrong with making competitors in women’s events prove that they’re women: It encourages people to police who looks “feminine enough” and sanctions discriminatory behavior that can have life-threatening consequences. Indian middle-distance runner Santhi Soundarajan attempted suicide after failing a gender test in 2007 and being shunned by her community.Even if you think sex testing is necessary to ensure that women’s athletics are fair, the rules would need to be enforced uniformly. Testimony presented at a hearing on the IAAF’s sex testing procedures last year showed that “to date, [the testosterone limit] has only been used against women from developing countries” and that the rules created “an inconsistent and unfair patchwork of compliance by different countries around the world.” It’s notable that the women who’ve made the news for being scrutinized under the testosterone rule have been people of color.Sport has a long history of humiliating women deemed “too masculine.” To ensure that men were not masquerading as women in order to compete and win at women’s sports, competitors were subjected to sex tests such as nude body inspections and chromosome testing. Eventually officials realized that these tests couldn’t definitively distinguish between male and female competitors, because sex is not a binary trait but exists along a continuum. For instance, people with androgen insensitivity syndrome are born with XY chromosomes but develop female anatomy, because their bodies don’t respond typically to testosterone. Others are born with female genitalia but have male sex anatomy internally. These are just two examples of the wide range of variations found across the spectrum.After an especially shameful 1980s episode in which Spanish hurdler María José Martínez-Patiño was publicly shunned and outed as having androgen insensitivity syndrome, the blanket tests were dropped, and instead women deemed suspicious could be called in for testing. This is what happened to Semenya. The invasion of privacy and testing she endured created a push for a less ostracizing way to ensure that athletes vying in women’s competitions were women, and in 2011 the IAAF settled on a new approach, which the International Olympic Committee also adopted in 2012.Rather than allow inspections of women’s bodies, the new rule set an upper limit on testosterone. Women could compete only if their testosterone levels were below 10 nanomoles per liter — a cutoff devised by sampling woman athletes with polycystic ovary syndrome (a condition associated with elevated testosterone levels) and adding five standard deviations to it. Tucker wrote on his blog that this limit is “threefold higher than a level that applies to 99 in 100 women participants.”The argument for testosterone testing says that we divide sport into men’s and women’s categories because men have a practically unconquerable natural advantage over women. World records for men’s track and field and road running events are an average of 12.6 percent faster than the equivalent women’s events, and we give women their own class, akin to a weight class in combat sports, so they can have a chance to excel.The argument against testing is that the competitive advantage that men have over women arises from biological factors linked to sex, but sex is a biological trait without hard and fast borders. And that we can pretend that we divide competition by sex, but what we’re really doing is separating athletes by gender, which is an identity that has a social and cultural context as well, and those contexts may confer distinct advantages and disadvantages, too. Under this system, there’s an obligation to recognize Semenya under the gender identity that she has inhabited since birth, and to do so without subjecting her to invasive and humiliating inspections or tests. Her identity should not be up to strangers to decide.The debate over whether hormone testing is fair doesn’t have a scientific answer, only science-informed ones. There’s pretty good evidence that testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that men typically produce in greater quantities than women, is a performance-enhancing substance — that’s why it’s so popular among dopers. Joanna Harper, an athlete, scientist and transgender woman, found that her running performance dropped within weeks of starting therapy to reduce her testosterone levels, and she has documented similar changes in other male-to-female transgender runners. Insofar as you can pin the male advantage to a single factor, testosterone is it.Science shows that testosterone gives athletes an advantage, but it can’t tell us how much advantage is too much or how to categorize athletes who are women by gender but also have male sex traits — those are philosophical questions, not scientific ones. But it’s hard not to see sexism in the answers that the IAAF is providing. As espnW columnist Kate Fagan tweeted recently, “I shall steal line from someone on Twitter: I know Semenya is a woman because people are trying to control her body.” Women with high testosterone levels have been pressured to undergo life-changing surgery and medical interventions in exchange for the right to compete.The IAAF’s testosterone limit is necessarily arbitrary, and when Indian sprinter Dutee Chand faced scrutiny and demands to undergo treatment to reduce her testosterone levels, she pushed back. The medical interventions would be invasive, would be potentially irreversible and would come with side effects that could “interfere with the way my body has worked my whole life,” she wrote in a letter to the secretary general of the Athletics Federation of India, asking to have her eligibility reinstated. “I was born a woman, reared up as a woman, I identify as a woman and I believe I should be allowed to compete with other women, many of whom are either taller than me or come from more privileged backgrounds, things that most certainly give them an edge over me.”The case ended up in the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which suspended the policy in July 2015 and gave the IAAF two years to return with science to show that women with naturally occurring testosterone over the 10 nmol/L limit have an unfair advantage. The ruling meant that Chand, Semenya and other hyperandrogenic athletes could compete without altering their hormones.The decision was greeted in some corners of the internet as a sign of the apocalypse — the end of women’s sports as we know it. Hyperandrogenic athletes, this line of reasoning held, were being given a chance to compete in their identified gender at the expense of other women.You can think of this as a version of the classic trolley car problem in which a runaway trolley car is speeding down the tracks, and a human operator has an opportunity to pull a lever to direct the car down another track — but both options will result in casualties.When some testing advocates look at this problem, they see that sending the car down the track with no sex or hormone testing will mow down female athletes and women’s sports. Send the trolley down the track with testing, and you tear down Semenya, Chand and other athletes with unusually high testosterone levels.Stated this way, it seems like a straightforward equation. Someone will get run over, but if you pull the lever in favor of testosterone testing, the only people hurt are the women with naturally high levels. If it’s strictly a numbers game, you’ve found a solution that harms the fewest people. Although there’s been a lot of mansplaining about why a testosterone limit is warranted, this isn’t just a black-and-white case of sexism, since woman athletes (including Martinez-Patiño, the Spanish hurdler who was shunned after testing in the 1980s) have also spoken in favor of the rules. Tucker and Harper, high-profile proponents of hormone limits, have carefully acknowledged the cultural and social factors at play, but I don’t think they give these other considerations enough weight. When you’ve had people tell you that your body is too muscular or you’re not feminine enough (as I have), a system that makes it OK to enforce a particular kind of female body feels vindictive.There are consequences of an institutionalized process that seeks and targets women for looking like men (whatever that means). At the conclusion of a hearing on her case, Chand gave a brief statement telling the panel that “she fears that if she loses her appeal, she will have to leave her village.” This fear isn’t ungrounded. She also recounted the story of a young female friend who’d been forced out of her village after people refused to recognize her as a girl because of her appearance.It’s easy to sympathize with the women competing with Semenya. Her talents can seem insurmountable. But it’s wrong to prohibit her from competing with the body she was born with. She is not the first woman (or man) to dominate the competition. Once in a while someone comes along who’s an extreme case. Usually, we celebrate this.At Chand’s Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing, accomplished British runner Paula Radcliffe testified in favor of the hormone limit, saying that the rule fell under similar regulations “designed to ensure success is determined solely by talent and dedication, and not by ‘unfair’ advantage.”But what is “unfair?” Radcliffe also possesses extraordinary talent, and it’s hard to tease out and compare the boost that different advantages confer. Her marathon world record has remained untouched for more than a decade. Radcliffe herself has faced allegations of doping, abetted by a culture of doping that has made every performance suspect. Sex testing creates a similar atmosphere of suspicion, but the difference is that dopers are deliberately cheating. Hyperandrogenic women are simply competing with the bodies they were born with in the gender with which they identify and belong.In support of the hormone limit, the IAAF argued that dismissing conditions that produce unusually high levels of testosterone as “naturally occurring advantages would compromise the integrity of sport,” since that would be “analogous to having a system, where weight classifications exist, but then waiving the weight limit for certain individuals who cannot reduce their weight enough to fit into the required category.” The problem with that analogy is that in the case of a weight system, the person too heavy for a particular weight class has another class to compete in. What happens to Semenya under these rules if she doesn’t want to alter her body? The IAAF has said that a woman ineligible under the rules could compete with the men, but that feels a lot like shunning.Perhaps the most uncomfortable truth that this controversy forces us to confront is that there’s no such thing as a level playing field in sport. As much as we like the idea of athletes winning through hard work, guts and spirit, the fact is, much of it comes down to born talent. Most competitors never had a chance.In the end, the real question to ask is: What is the purpose of sport? Is it more important to provide uncomplicated stories that make us feel uplifted, or to celebrate extraordinary human effort and performance? My vote goes to the latter. Participating in sports taught me to feel powerful in my body, and I’m glad that no one put limits on how strong I could be. When Semenya takes to the line on Saturday, I’ll be cheering for her every step of the way.This was an edition of Strength in Numbers, my column exploring the science of sports and athleticism. 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Colin Kaepernick, who made a rousing debut as the San Francisco 49ers’ starting quarterback Sunday replacing concussed Alex Smith, will take all the first-team reps for the Niners as they prepare to face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.This comes from none other than Smith, to ESPN.The move seemingly would put Kaepernick on track to start against the Saints; players who receive first-team reps usually draw starts for that week’s game.Harbaugh said earlier Wednesday the QB for the NFC West-leading Niners (7-2-1) could change week to week, and even during the course of a game.Kaepernick went 16 for 23 for 243 yards, two touchdowns and an impressive passer rating of 133.1 in his first NFL start Monday against Chicago. The second-round draft pick out of Nevada in 2011 hardly seemed fazed by football’s big stage. He directed scoring drives and made beautiful throws on the Niners’ initial four possessions and completed 12 of his first 14 passes, with a 57-yard throw to Kyle Williams, setting up Vernon Davis’ 3-yard TD on the next play.Harbaugh rated Kaepernick’s debut start as “A-plus-plus.”Smith said plans to fight for his job once he is fully healthy, but he had yet to be medically cleared Wednesday after missing Monday night’s 32-7 rout of the Bears while recovering from a concussion. He was supportive Wednesday of Kaepernick’s success, even if the second-year pro takes Smith’s starting job as 49ers quarterback.“If you can’t be happy for your teammate’s success you’re playing the wrong sport. Go play tennis or golf or something,” Smith said Wednesday. “That’s ridiculous, I think. That doesn’t belong in team sports, in my opinion. It’s the quarterback position. It gets a lot of attention. We’re going to get talked about.”Harbaugh underwent a follow-up evaluation for his irregular heartbeat Tuesday and said, “believe we’ve got that one licked.” He has quit chewing tobacco and given up the four or five Diet Cokes he was drinking daily after doctors encouraged him to improve his diet and decrease his caffeine intake. Harbaugh underwent a cardiovert procedure last Thursday.“Zero,” he said of soda and dipping. “Cold turkey.”He swears he’s had no headaches as he moves off caffeine.Smith completed 18-of-19 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in a Monday night win Oct. 29 at Arizona for a passer rating of 157.1. Smith then sustained a concussion in the second quarter of a 24-24 tie against St. Louis on Nov. 11. He even threw a touchdown pass with blurred vision six plays after taking the hit doctors believe caused his injury.
When the Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders Thursday night, the outcome will go a long way toward determining who wins the AFC West and will influence the whole conference’s playoff picture. But further down the game’s list of notable implications is the fact that it’s one of the best Thursday night games1We’re counting any prime-time game played on a Thursday as a Thursday night game, even though some games played on Thursday nights are marketed as “Sunday Night Football” or “Monday Night Football” and some games marketed as “Thursday Night Football” are played on other days of the week. in NFL history.Just like when I sized up the awfulness of Week 8’s Jaguars-Titans Thursday night tilt, we can measure the quality of a given NFL matchup by taking the harmonic mean of the two teams’ pre-game Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet metric for estimating a team’s quality at any given moment). And according to that measure, tonight’s K.C.-Oakland game is the seventh-best Thursday night matchup in NFL history: The best Thursday night NFL matchups of all time 111/29/07DallasGreen Bay166016491655 211/27/14**SeattleSan Francisco166816291648 69/9/04*New EnglandIndianapolis166715911628 310/23/14DenverSan Diego168816071646 99/5/13*BaltimoreDenver162816091618 109/10/09*PittsburghTennessee164515931618 411/26/98**MinnesotaDallas167716101643 712/8/16Kansas CityOakland166215861623 811/24/11**BaltimoreSan Francisco162816101619 DATETEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 1TEAM 2HARMONIC MEAN 59/8/16*DenverCarolina163716341635 *NFL’s season-opening game.**Thanksgiving night game.In each matchup, “Team 1” is the higher-rated team according to Elo.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com At the same time, Monday night matchups have been getting worse, and now the two days have very nearly pulled even in terms of their average quality.2At least in prime time; I excluded non-prime-time Thursday games such as Thanksgiving day games. Both are still far, far below the level established by the league’s flagship prime-time games on Sunday nights. But with more games like tonight’s Raiders-Chiefs tilt, Thursday night is no longer merely a place for the NFL to stash terrible matchups so it can get every team on prime-time TV.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In fact, if we toss out special Thursday occasions — Thanksgiving and the NFL’s annual opening-night showcase — Raiders-Chiefs rises to third-best among the ranks of ordinary Thursday night games. We haven’t seen a matchup this good emerge organically from the Thursday night schedule since the Broncos hosted the Chargers in Oct. 2014.Good Thursday night games like Chiefs-Raiders are part of a larger comeback trend. Thursday night football has been a perennial punchline, particularly since 2012, when the NFL decided to play a Thursday night game almost every week instead of firing the feature up at midseason for the stretch run, as it did between 2006 and 2011. But after a rocky start, the quality of these midweek games has slowly risen over the past five seasons: PRE-GAME ELO RATING
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice woman, baby die in childbirth tragedyJune 3, 2019Similar postMother, unborn child dies at Suddie Hospital; doctor blamedDecember 31, 2014In “Crime”‘We need justice’ …family calls for independent probe into death of baby burnt at GPHCFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news” (CBS image)A baby cut out of his murdered teenage mother’s womb died Friday at a Chicago hospital of severe brain injury nearly two months after the attack, a family spokesman said, according to an AFP report.Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was killed on April 23 by a Chicago woman and her daughter, who lured the expectant mother to their home with the promise of free baby supplies.According to AFP, Police say Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree, 24, strangled the teen, who was nine months pregnant, and cut the baby out of her. The two have been charged with murder.The elder Figueroa then allegedly claimed the baby as her own after calling for medical help because the child was not breathing.The baby had been hospitalised on life support and was considered brain dead, according to the family.“It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of baby Yovanny Jadiel Lopez,” family spokeswoman Julie Contreras said in a Facebook post, the AFP reported.Police said they discovered Ochoa-Lopez’s body hidden in a garbage can at Figueroa’s home about three weeks after she went missing.Her family said undocumented members of the Latino community in Chicago did not provide crucial information about the missing person’s case because they feared speaking to police, AFP reported.
A 19-year-old, “E” Field Sophia Squatting Area, Greater Georgetown teen is now in the custody of the Police after he was found to be in possession of a small quantity of cannabis on Sunday.The teen was reportedly arrested in his home by ranks of the “C” Division who were at the time acting on information received.According to Police, the man was found with 40 grams of cannabis concealed in a quantity of small sized Ziploc bags.As such, he was taken into Police custody and charged for the offense. He is expected to make his first court appearance during the week. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeen among 2 nabbed over ganja discovery at SophiaAugust 1, 2019In “Crime”16 year old boy, two adult males arrested in connection with armed robberyApril 6, 2018In “Crime”16-year-old escapes police custody, recapturedApril 9, 2018In “Crime”
Jason Holder (Getty Images)(CMC) — West Indies captain Jason Holder has retained his all-rounder top-ranking ahead of Thursday’s start of the two-Test series against India in Antigua.The 27-year-old Barbadian topped the all-rounders’ charts in Tests back in January, following his stunning double hundred in the first Test against England at Bridgetown that propelled the home side to a massive 381-run victory.Holder also picked up two wickets in that match, to move up two places to the top rung.He will lead West Indies in the opening Test at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, where he will look to further solidify his status in the rankings.Holder is also the highest ranked West Indian in the bowling charts at number eight, having retained that spot while fellow bowler Kemar Roach has also retained his 11th place ranking.Speedster Shannon Gabriel is the other West Indies bowler in the top 20 at number 12. Australian pacer Pat Cummins sits on top the bowling rankings, with South African seamer Kagiso Rabada second, and veteran England seamer Jimmy Anderson, third.In the batting rankings, West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite is the highest-ranked Caribbean player at 36th, with Holder popping up at 37th.Roston Chase (41st), Shane Dowrich (46th) and Shimron Hetmyer (48th) round out the top 50.India captain Virat Kohli tops the charts, with Australian Steve Smith having climbed one place to second spot, and New Zealand Kane Williamson lying third. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHolder achieves career-best in bowling, all-rounders chartsJuly 16, 2018In “Sports”West Indies bowlers achieve 23-year highFebruary 5, 2019In “latest news”Pat Cummins, Jason Holder achieve career-best Test rankingsFebruary 5, 2019In “latest news”
Suncor has made the decision to replace its coke-fired boilers with two cogeneration units at its Oil Sands Base Plant, in Alberta, Canada, as it looks to lower its carbon footprint within the province.The cogeneration units will provide reliable steam generation required for Suncor’s extraction and upgrading operations and generate 800 MW of power, the company said.The power will be transmitted to Alberta’s grid, providing reliable, baseload, low-carbon power, equivalent to around 8% of Alberta’s current electricity demand. This project will increase demand for clean natural gas from Western Canada, Suncor said.Mark Little, President and CEO, said: “This is a great example of how Suncor deploys capital in projects that are economically robust, sustainability minded and technologically progressive.“This project generates economic value for Suncor shareholders and provides baseload, low-carbon power equivalent to displacing 550,000 cars from the road, approximately 15% of vehicles currently in the province of Alberta.”The project cost is estimated to be C$1.4 billion ($1.06 billion), delivering a high teens return and projected to be in-service in the second half of 2023.“This project will substantially contribute to the company’s goal of an increased C$2 billion in free funds flow by 2023,” the company said. “This will be achieved through oil sands operating cost and sustaining capital reductions along with margin improvements. It will also contribute materially to Suncor’s publicly announced greenhouse gas (GHG) goal.”Replacing the coke-fired boilers with cogeneration will reduce GHG emissions associated with steam production at Base Plant by some 25%. It is also expected to reduce sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by approximately 45% and 15%, respectively, the company says.The cogeneration units will eliminate the need for a flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) unit, which is currently used to reduce sulphur emissions associated with coke fuel. Decommissioning the FGD unit will reduce the volume of water the company withdraws from the Athabasca River by around 20%.“By producing both industrial steam and electricity through a single natural gas-fuelled process, cogeneration is the most energy-efficient form of hydrocarbon-based power generation. Suncor believes this project will contribute to both Alberta and Canada’s climate ambitions.”
ON THE FIRST day of hearing from witnesses in one of the biggest court cases the country has ever seen, the trial of three former senior executives of Anglo Irish Bank heard from four witnesses in the first two hours.Beginning at 10.37am today, the court heard from an economics lecturer, the former company secretary of Anglo Irish Bank, an employee of the Irish Stock Exchange and an employee of the Companies Registration Office.The courtroom was again filled to capacity with standing-room only in Court 19 at the Criminal Courts of Justice, although the numbers were marginally smaller than yesterday, the first day of the trial.The court was shown relevant documents on three large-screen televisions screens placed around the courtroom, including one document showing the directors of Anglo Irish Bank in 2008.Seán FitzPatrick of Greystones, Pat Whelan of Malahide, and William McAteer of Auburn Villas in Rathmines have all pleaded not guilty to charges under section 60 of the Companies Act of providing unlawful financial assistance to people – including the so-called Maple 10 – to buy shares in the bank in 2008.The first of an estimated 103 witnesses was an employee of the Companies Registration Office, who had to prepare certificates which tracked any changes – including changes of directors – to companies on the register.“You have the dubious honour of being the first witness in this case,” senior counsel Úna Ní Raifeartaigh for the prosecution told Claire Pyke.The prosecution went through the list of executive directors and non-executive directors of Anglo Irish Bank, included the three accused, and the dates when they were appointed.UCC economics lecturer Seamus Coffey told the court about Contracts for Difference (CFDs), the complex financial tool used by Seán Quinn which increased his ownership in the now-defunct bank.Coffey compared CFDs to betting on a horse, saying that rather than actually buying the horse, people can bet on the horse and will be interested in the outcome of the race. He said that one of the keys to CFDs is difference – if the horse wins by a large amount then the bet would be worth more. However if the horse loses then the bet will be worth less.Members of the 15-person jury, made up of 8 women and 7 men, took notes as Coffey detailed the process by which people can take out CFDsCounsel for Seán Fitzpatrick Michael O’Higgins SC asked Coffey if the brokers or people who trade in derivatives always do well out of them.“It’s a bit like that Trading Places movie where they’re explaining that the great thing was that win lose or draw, the great thing was that they always got paid,” said O’Higgins.Coffey said that CFDs were “bound only” by the imaginations of people working in the industry, and said that they had excellent imaginations.
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La première éolienne flottante française installée en 2014 au large du CroisicLa première éolienne flottante française, Winflo, sera installée en 2014 au large du Croisic ont annoncé mardi DCNS et le groupe Nass&Wind.Winflo, c’est le nom de la première éolienne flottante qui sera installée sur le territoire français en 2014. C’est ce qu’ont récemment indiqué DCNS et le groupe Nass&Wind qui se sont assemblés en juillet 2012 au sein d’une co-entreprise. L’éolienne se dressera au large du Croisic, en Loire-Atlantique, sur l’un des cinq sites d’essais de l’institut dédié aux énergies marines renouvelables France Énergies Marines.Comme le rapporte l’AFP, Winflo est une éolienne de démonstration proche de l’échelle 1 et qui est développée en partenariat avec le groupe éolien Vergnet, l’Ifremer (Institut français pour l’exploitation de la mer) et l’Ensta Bretagne (École nationale supérieure de techniques avancées). La fabrication des différents blocs de Winflo devrait ainsi commencer dès cette année, son assemblage puis son installation étant prévus en 2014. “Il s’agit là de la première étape de la mise en place d’une nouvelle filière industrielle en France”, estime Stéphane Jedrec, directeur de la stratégie de Nass&Wind.”Notre ambition n’est pas juste de faire un projet de R&D” (recherche et développement, n.d.a.), souligne-t-il. Il explique également : “Nous nous sommes structurés pour pouvoir engager dès maintenant les travaux nécessaires pour le développement de la partie industrielle et pour une industrialisation des parcs commerciaux à l’horizon 2020”. C’est donc une grosse machine qui se met aujourd’hui en branle avec Winflo. D’ailleurs, DCNS et Nass&Wind visent “un marché international” bien qu’il reste évident pour eux que “la première étape doit se faire en France”. À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéAujourd’hui, il n’existe que deux zones d’éoliennes flottantes dans le monde, l’une en Norvège et l’autre au Portugal. Ainsi, “nous sommes réellement au cœur de la compétition” se réjouit Christophe Chabert qui dirige la filière éolienne de DCNS. En effet, les énergies marines renouvelables sont un marché en plein développement. Elles comprennent notamment les éoliennes en mer, fixes et flottantes, des hydroliennes et des systèmes visant à récupérer l’énergie thermique des mers.(crédits photo : Winflo) Le 11 avril 2013 à 17:05 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 14, 2016 – Here for island hopping Youth Empowerment Event, are NFL stars Matt Lawrence and Dwan Edwards.They will be in Grand Turk at HJ Robinson High TOMMOROW, and Friday visits to Long Bay High and Clement Howell High.Friday night they will be at Brayton Hall where ‘ALL’ youth and young adults are invited. FREE!!! Youth Evolution starts at 7PM. Related Items:nfl stars on island for youth empowerment event, youth empowerment event, Youth Evolution
If you live by the Norton Sound, get ready for salmon.On Monday, the Department of Fish and Game announced subsistence and commercial openings that will begin this Wednesday, June 18th, for three subdistricts in the Norton Sound.Subsistence openings in Norton Sound begin Wednesday, and fit in a strategy emphasizing chums and pinks. (Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Fish & Game)“We are going to allow some subsistence fishing this week in Norton Bay, Shaktoolik, and Unalakleet subdistricts. So in Southern Norton Sound we’re going open it back up to gillnet fishing. And so it’ll be 48 hours in Norton Bay, and a 30 hour opening in Shaktoolik and Unalakleet to allow subsistence salmon fishing,” Jim Menard, an area biologist for Fish and Game, said.The openings fit into an overall management strategy focused on harvesting chums and pinks. Fish and Game’s policies are determined in large part, though, by one particular salmon species they want users to avoid.“The net restrictions down in Shaktoolik and Unalakleet are 6” mesh or less,” Menard explained. “And that’s [because] we’re still trying to protect the big kings.”In Norton Bay the mesh-size is 4.5″. Menard says that’s because the outlook for pinks this year is so strong Fish and Game is allowing a 36-hour Commercial harvest from noon on Thursday, June 19th until Midnight of Friday evening, June 20th.“As we are expecting a good pink salmon run this year we’re going to get an early indication of how things look in Norton Bay,” Menard explained.And as for when the salmon will make it to Nome, Menard says the news has already begun trickling in.“I have heard one confirmed catch of a chum salmon, and I’ve been able to squash two rumors that I’ve heard elsewhere about fish,” he laughed.“As we get later in June we’re gonna start to see things happen down at the mouth of the Nome River.”You can find more details on this week’s openings here.
Vietnam’s only private airline VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co. has placed an order with Beoing Co. to buy 100 jets for $11.3 billion (based on the list price), reported Bloomberg. The low-cost carrier will purchase the Boeing 737 Max 200 planes.Signing of the deal is scheduled later on Monday when U.S. President Barack Obama will be on a visit to Vietnam.In a statement to the media, the airways said the delivery of the planes will start from 2019 and will help the carrier to expand its fleet to 200 by 2023.VietJet started operations in 2011 and since then Vietnam’s aviation market has grown consistently. In the past three years, the airline registered a 20 percent growth annually. Bloomberg earlier cited IATA (International Air Transport Association) data that the country is slated to be the world’s top 10 fastest growing aviation markets for the next two decades.It reported that the company today operates 250 flights a day and flies on 50 routes both in Vietnam and across the region including Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Myanmar and Malaysia.”They have established themselves domestically with a strong brand and high share of the market in a very quick time,” Brendan Sobie, Singapore-based chief analyst at CAPA Centre for Aviation, told the news agency. “They seem to be extremely ambitious,” he added.In an earlier interview, VietJet’s chief executive officer Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao reportedly said she wanted VietJet to be the “Emirates of Asia,” modelled on a Dubai-based carrier that is the world’s biggest long-haul airline flying on 150 international routes. She expected an initial public offering sometime in the second quarter of 2016-17. The money raised will fund its ambitious expansion to global routes, while also to become Asia’s top budget airlines, she told Bloomberg.Vietnam’s low cost airline market even today has fewer players and remained underserved for long until VietJet’s foray. In 2015, the airline registered revenues of $488 million and passenger capacity of 9.3 million. It targets to double both revenues as well as passenger capacity in this financial year. It accounts for more than 30 percent of Vietnam’s aviation market share.Bloomberg reported earlier that Thao, who will soon become the country’s first self made female billionaire, had brought in a revolution in the conservative world of Pilipino with two-piece swimsuit clad flight attendants across the airline.According to CAPA, VietJet could soon surpass even Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, as the nation’s biggest domestic carrier in 2016.