The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, Aug. 16———U.S. TALKING TOUGH AT NAFTA TALKS: NAFTA negotiations are underway and the United States says it wants major changes to the agreement, not mere tweaks. U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer welcomed his Canadian and Mexican counterparts to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for what he called a momentous occasion. Lighthizer says NAFTA has failed many Americans. He said he completely shares Donald Trump’s views on trade. And that view, he said, is that the U.S. wants substantial changes to NAFTA. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland noted Canada bought $8.1 billion more than it sold to the U.S. last year.———U.S. MAGAZINE TALKS UP FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN TRUMP AND TRUDEAU ADVISERS: Steve Bannon, the controversial chief strategist to U.S. President Donald Trump, told the New Yorker that he has struck up a friendship with Gerald Butts, the principal secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. According to the magazine, Bannon said Butts also told him that raising taxes on the rich can be a way to boost political fortunes. A spokesman for Trudeau did not address the quote, but said the Liberal government has been working hard to build a strong and constructive relationship with the Trump administration.———MORE BUILDINGS LOST TO B.C. WILDFIRE: The same fire that destroyed dozens of homes near Ashcroft six weeks ago has now consumed structures in the Green Lake area almost 100 kilometres away. Thompson-Nicola Regional District spokeswoman Debbie Sell says the fire is 1,680 square kilometre in size and still active in the region. She says downed power lines have added to the danger in the area and officials have not been able to access the site to determine what has been lost. Sell says affected property owners will be contacted as soon as specifics of damage are available.———N.S. LOOKING AT IMPROVING ABORTION ACCESS: Nova Scotia’s health minister says abortion access in the province is “out of step” with current practices, and has asked health officials to find ways to improve it. Randy Delorey says women and advocates have raised important issues about access and it’s the first time that the issue has been brought to the government’s attention. He says in a statement he has asked staff at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Health Department to look into the concerns and report back on how to improve access.———CIBC TO LAUNCH SIMPLII DIRECT BANKING BRAND: CIBC is launching a new online banking brand that will absorb some two million customer accounts currently with Loblaw-owned President’s Choice Financial. CIBC has provided the back-end banking services for PC Financial for nearly 20 years, but the companies said Wednesday they are going their separate ways. CIBC customers will be able to access Simplii Financial online, on smartphones and through call centres, with the roughly two million current PC Financial savings, chequing, and mortgage accounts switched over on Nov. 1.———WHITE NATIONALIST GROUP NOT WELCOME AT TORONTO UNIVERSITY: The University of Toronto has told a white nationalist group they are not welcome to hold a rally on campus. The group — called the Canadian Nationalist Party — has set up a Facebook page promoting a gathering on campus in September to discuss the nationalist movement in Canada and the future of the country. University’s president Meric Gertler said bigotry, hate and violence have no place campus and condemned the deadly clash between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia over the weekend that left one woman dead and 19 others injured.———GROUP WANTS ENERGY RATINGS FOR NEW HOMES: A coalition of environmental groups wants to see homes listed for resale in Canada to carry information about how much energy they use. Ten organizations, including the Pembina Institute, the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance and The Atmospheric Fund, want the federal government to implement nearly two dozen policies to cut energy use in commercial and residential buildings. In a letter to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, the group says nearly one-quarter of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada come from energy use in homes and buildings.———ARCTIC EXPLORER’S SHIP TO RETURN TO NORWAY: Nearly 90 years after she sank into Nunavut’s Arctic seabed, the ship that took famed explorer Roald Amundsen on his second polar expedition is finally ready to sail back home to Norway. The Maud, which has been raised from the ocean floor off Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, is expected to start the voyage home over the next few days after a six-year effort. The Maud was built in 1917 for Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole. He also made groundbreaking expeditions in the Canadian Arctic, including the first successful transit of the Northwest Passage.———TAKE CARE WHEN WATCHING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE: As excitement heats up about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, experts are urging people to take good care of their eyes when they enjoy the spectacle in Canadian skies. Ralph Chou, a University of Waterloo optometry professor and president of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, says that staring at the sun for more than a few seconds will cause harm. He says the eye feels no pain so it will be too late to look away from potential retina-burning solar rays before a person notices they’ve done potentially-permanent damage.———BOY WHO DROWNED ON TORONTO SCHOOL TRIP FAILED SWIM TEST: The Toronto District School Board says a teen who drowned while on a school-run camping trip this summer had not passed a mandatory swim test. John Malloy, the board’s director of education, said Jeremiah Perry was among 15 students who failed the mandatory test for the multi-day trip to Algonquin Park in July. Perry, a 15-year-old student, was swimming in a lake when he disappeared under the water and did not resurface. His body was found by search and rescue crews a day later.———last_img read more

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Jody WilsonRaybould says she was pressured got veiled threats on SNCLavalin

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould gave an explosive testimony, confirming the allegations of inappropriate pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office on the SNC-Lavalin case.Testifying to the House of Commons justice committee, the Vancouver-Granville MP says she was subjected to sustained efforts from 11 people in the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office, and the Ministry of Finance to cut a deal for the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.RELATED: Trudeau disagrees with Wilson-Raybould’s recounting of SNC-Lavalin events“For a period of approximately four months between September and December of 2018, I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the Attorney General of Canada in an inappropriate effort to secure a deferred prosecution agreement with SNC-Lavalin,” she said.BREAKING Former Justice Minister says she was subjected to sustained efforts from 11 people in PMO, PCO, and ministry of finance to cut a deal for SNC Lavalin. Says she felt it was inappropriate #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/nKPx96MQKY— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019“These events involved 11 people — excluding myself and my political staff — from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Privy Council Office and the office of the Minister of Finance. This included in-person conversations, telephone calls, emails, and text messages. There were approximately 10 phone calls and 10 meeting specifically about SNC and I and/or my staff were a part of these meetings.“Within these conversations, there were expressed statements regarding the necessity of interference in the SNC-Lavalin matter, the potential of consequences, and veiled threats if a DPA was not made available to SNC.”. @Puglaas says she confronted Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau asking him if he was interfering with her decision as Attorney General. She says he said “no no no we just need to find a solution” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019According to Wilson-Raybould, the discussions she had go right to the prime minister himself.She says Justin Trudeau and others repeatedly brought up the risks to the company if it were convicted of corruption and fraud in relation to work it sought in Libya.Wilson-Raybould says there was even a meeting with the prime minister in which she feels he crossed the line by discussing the Quebec election and the fact he was a Quebec MP.That’s when she says she looked him in the eye. “I asked ‘Are you politically interfering with my role, my decision as the attorney general? I would strongly advise against it.’ The prime minister said ‘No, no, no. We just need to find a solution.”Even though the Prime Minister denied he was interfering and told her it was her decision, it was after that discussion that @Puglaas asked her staff to keep detailed notes about all conversations on SNC Lavalin #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019Wilson-Raybould says Trudeau told her jobs would be lost if she didn’t “find a solution” for SNC-Lavalin. She says that happened during a meeting in September which included the clerk of the Privy Council, but she refused to interfere.“I further stated that I was very clear on my role as the attorney general and that I am not prepared to issue directive in this case — that it would not be appropriate,” she testified.“The prime minister again cited the potential loss of jobs and SNC moving,” she added. “Then, to my surprise, the clerk stated — or started to make the case — for the need for a DPA. He said ‘There is a board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20th with stockholders.”WATCH: Trudeau denies Wilson-Raybould’s claim of interference in SNC-Lavalin case Wilson-Raybould then quoted the clerk again. “‘They will likely be moving to London, if this happens, and there is an election in Quebec soon.’ At that point, the prime minister jumped in, stressing that there is an election in Quebec and that ‘I am an MP in Quebec — the member for Papineau.’”She says the talks ended on Dec. 19, 2018.“A few weeks later, on Jan. 7 2019, I was informed by the prime minister that I was being shuffled out of the role of minister of justice and attorney general of Canada.”Wilson-Raybould believes she was shuffled out of the justice portfolio because she wouldn’t play ball.She resigned from cabinet earlier this month.Statement, speaking notes from Jody Wilson-Raybould’s testimonyFailed to fetchThe shuffle and resignation came after a story broke that she had been pressured inappropriately to arrange a “remediation agreement” that would have headed off prosecution.In her testimony, Wilson-Raybould says the decision not to pursue such an agreement was made in September, but she and her staff heard repeatedly from Trudeau’s office and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office after that, trying to find ways to help SNC-Lavalin.She says she was told repeatedly the decision was up to her, but attempts to talk her into a remediation agreement were relentless.. @Puglaas syas she was concerned that she was shuffled out as Justice Minister because she wouldn’t grant a DPA to SNC Lavalin. She says that was denied by the PM and Gerry Butts #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019Earlier, Wilson-Raybould talked about another meeting with Ben Chin, who works with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. She said he suggested “we can’t have SNC leaving Quebec.”Chin’s name may be familiar because he worked in former B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s office.SNC-Lavalin has been shortlisted to build the new Pattullo Bridge and it’s won past bids to build major infrastructure projects in B.C.RELATED: Wilson-Raybould warns she still can’t tell full SNC-Lavalin storyWilson-Raybould is speaking freely to the justice committee, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had waived solicitor-client privilege and cabinet confidentiality to allow her to do so.In a letter to the Justice Committee, the Vancouver-Granville MP had previously warned she doesn’t believe she can tell her full story, noting the waiving of privilege and confidentiality doesn’t go far enough.It only applies to her time as attorney general but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that should give her the freedom to speak freely about this controversy.Trudeau has denied the allegations.“We know that people need to understand her perspective on this. We know the justice committee needs that to do their work,” he said earlier.“She will be able to speak fully” says the Prime Minister of @Puglaas’ testimony today #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019However, the opposition is not so sure saying this testimony could just be the start of a new chapter with accusations flying of potential criminality. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he still feels Wilson-Raybould is restricted from telling her whole truth.“Clearly there are some things Justin Trudeau doesn’t want her to say,” Scheer told reporters. “It’s very frustrating, we’re going to continue to put pressure on Justin Trudeau to do the right thing and let her give her version of all the events.”Conservative Leader @AndrewScheer on former Justice Minister @Puglaas saying she still feels restricted from telling her whole truth while testifying at committee today #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/B6S7y8Ve0A— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) February 27, 2019But Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia disagrees, adding the historic waiving of privilege and confidentiality has to be related to the matter at hand, not the entire business of government.Her former cabinet colleague Fisheries Minister John Wilkinson says he is feeling confident ahead of her testimony. “I think that what was done was entirely appropriate,” he adds.This controversy has already cost the Liberals general support in the polls and today’s testimony can either inflict more pain or stop the bleeding with months to go before an election.last_img read more

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UN Human Rights Council to appoint a rapporteur to look into Iranian

24 March 2011The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to appoint a special rapporteur to look into the situation in Iran, expressing concern over its lack of cooperation with a previous General Assembly call for the country’s authorities to improve their human rights record. The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to appoint a special rapporteur to look into the situation in Iran, expressing concern over its lack of cooperation with a previous General Assembly call for the country’s authorities to improve their human rights record. In a resolution adopted with 22 votes in favour, seven against and 14 abstentions, the 47-member Council said the rapporteur would report to both the Council and to the General Assembly. The text also called on the Iranian Government to grant access to the country for the independent human rights expert who will take up the rapporteur post. Earlier this month Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released an interim report to the Council on the human rights situation within Iran, noting “many areas of continuing concern.” Mr. Ban said he had been “deeply troubled by reports of increased executions, amputations, arbitrary arrest and detention, unfair trials, and possible torture and ill-treatment of human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and opposition activists.” The report encouraged the Government in Tehran to address the concerns raised and to fully guarantee freedom of expression and assembly. Iranian authorities had taken some positive steps, Mr. Ban’s report noted, such as preventing stoning from being used as a method of execution and limiting the application of the death penalty on juvenile offenders. But “these measures have not been systematically enforced and cases of this nature continue to arise.” Speaking against the resolution, Iranian representative Seyed Mohammad Reza Sajjadi warned that the Council must not be the domain of the few and must avoid politicization and double standards. In other developments, the Council agreed to extend the mandate of the special rapporteurs on the following subjects: the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), the right to safe drinking water and sanitation, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, human rights defenders, minority issues and violence against women. Yesterday the Council agreed to appoint a special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, as well as members of working groups or expert mechanisms on several other subjects. read more

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Palau becomes first Pacific nation to join global pact to curb illicit

“I welcome Palau’s ratification of the Port State Measure Agreement as the first-ever country in the Pacific to have done so,” said FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva, during a meeting with the President of Palau on the sidelines of the United Nations climate conference in Paris (COP21), according to a news release issued by FAO. Mr. Graziano da Silva noted that small islands are heavily dependent on fisheries, making them particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of illicit fishing and he expressed hope that Palau’s decision will encourage other small island countries to do the same. According to FAO, port state measures set standards for inspection of foreign vessels that seek to enter the port of another state and more importantly, it allows a country to block ships it suspects of having engaged in illicit fishing and thereby prevent illegally caught seafood from entering local and international markets. FAO estimates that illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices may account for as much as 26 million tonnes of seafood each year, or more than 15 percent of the total global output. The decision makes Palau the 15th party to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing that FAO members adopted in 2009. “We look forward to partnering with FAO to strengthen our collective efforts to fight IUU fishing,” said President of Palau Tommy Remengesau, adding that these measures will support his country’s larger efforts to conserve and manage its fish stocks and biodiversity.According to FAO, Somalia joined the pact earlier this month and a number of other countries are in the advanced stages of becoming a party to the treaty, which could make the treaty come into effect within the next year, as the agreement stipulates that “it will enter into force once there are 25 Parties to the Agreement.”FAO said that to help countries such as Palau and Somalia to build their capacity to implement the agreement, article 21 of the treaty foresees a special assistance fund for developing countries. According to the UN agency, port state measures not only protect economic interests but also protect local food security and ocean health by combating the types of fishing that threaten the sustainable management of fish stocks. According to the news release, during the recent Our Ocean Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, Mr. Graziano da Silva stressed that ocean conservation is a key component for achieving long-term development goals, stating that “the health of our own planet and our food security depends on how we treat the blue world.” He also added that encouraging states to become party to the Port State Measures Agreement and to fulfil their international obligations as spelt out in the Guidelines for Flag State Performance, is “essential.” Speaking at COP21, President Remengesau recalled the added stress that climate change imposes on ocean health in the Pacific, especially on the marine environments and reaffirmed that “Palau is working hard to protect our ocean,” according to the news release. President Remengesau also highlighted the importance of adopting the agreement as it is critical for the success of the country’s recently established Palau National Marine Sanctuary, “which encompasses our entire exclusive economic zone [EEZ] and includes a no-take zone of over 500,000 square kilometres,” an area roughly the size of France that covers some 80 per cent of Palau’s EEZ, with the remaining 20 per cent designated for domestic use to assure food security for its people. “Large marine protected areas are critical to allow marine biodiversity to recover and fish stocks to rebound, benefiting our region and the world by helping the oceans to maintain their critical function as an effective carbon sink,” said President Remengesau adding that the agreement should help ensure the success of the newly established marine sanctuary. read more

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Weise helps Flyers defeat slumping Penguins 42

PITTSBURGH — Dale Weise scored in the first minute of the third period and the Philadelphia Flyers held on for a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.Claude Giroux, Travis Konecny and Jakub Voracek also scored for the Flyers, who won for the second time in eight games. Anthony Stolarz stopped 30 shots.Sidney Crosby scored his 14th for Pittsburgh, while Riley Sheahan also scored for the Penguins, who lost their second straight and seventh of 10. Casey DeSmith made 22 saves.Weise gave Philadelphia a 3-2 lead 51 seconds into the third period with a short-handed goal. He beat DeSmith between the pads on the breakaway for his second goal this season. The Penguins have allowed a league-worst six short-handed goals.Stolarz kept the Flyers in front when he stopped Derek Grant on a short-handed breakaway later in the period. Voracek sealed it with an empty-netter.It was the first meeting of the season between the cross-state rivals. It was also the first game since the Penguins swept the regular-season series and eliminated the Flyers in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs last spring.The Flyers, who started the day last in the Eastern Conference, fired general manager Ron Hextall earlier this week in addition to their assistant general manager and an assistant coach in an organizational purge.Crosby opened the scoring 39 seconds into the game. He finished a 2-on-1 with a one-timer on a pass from Jake Guentzel. Crosby, who recorded his 11th career hat trick Wednesday against Colorado, has 14 goals and 24 points in his last 16 games. Crosby and Guentzel are both riding a four-game point streak.Konecny evened the score when he beat DeSmith to the blocker side on a breakaway. Konecny has points in five of his last six games.The teams traded goals 1:03 apart in the second period. Sheahan gave Pittsburgh a brief lead and Giroux tied it on a one-timer from a sharp angle near the goal line.NOTES: Patric Hornqvist returned for Pittsburgh after missing three games with a concussion. … Flyers F Jori Lehtera played in his 300th NHL game. He was a healthy scratch the previous three games. … The Flyers recorded their first power play in eight periods on Saturday. Their most recent power play came two games ago Nov. 23 against the New York Rangers. … The Penguins and Flyers will play an outdoor game Feb. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.UP NEXTFlyers: Meet Columbus at home on Thursday.Penguins: Continue a three-game homestand Tuesday against Colorado.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Scifo, The Associated Press read more

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Nate Silvers Poker Tips

FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver traveled to Australia to play in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship. While he was there, he spoke to Fairfax Media about tics, tells and “playing the math.”,FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver traveled to Australia to play in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship. While he was there, he spoke to Fairfax Media about tics, tells and “playing the math.”

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Theres A Team That Can Beat The Warriors — It Just Doesnt

15Grizzlies3742713324.9 TOTAL MINUTES SPENT … 4Heat1582510536.5 7Rockets3383616330.3 13Jazz3702613725.6 TEAMBEHINDTIEDAHEADPERCENTAGE OF TIME AHEAD 27Pacers232114415.4 9Hawks189208428.5 21Mavericks4071910119.1 10Nuggets3242313828.4 5Celtics1712310334.6 1Spurs1842926755.6% 3Bucks1551511740.6 11Lakers3922815727.2 16Wizards212126422.3 14Kings4072814525.0 6Thunder3462416330.5 After the Warriors accomplished the inevitable — winning a championship with relative ease after adding superstar Kevin Durant to a 73-win core — there were two natural questions looming for the rest of the NBA: What will it take to dethrone this budding dynasty, and when will that realistically happen?The answer, as far as oddsmakers are concerned, is seemingly no time soon. Even Cavs star LeBron James, the greatest player of his generation, sounded unsure of how to beat the Golden State going forward after the club extinguished Cleveland in five games.“Teams and franchises are going to be trying to figure out ways that they can put personnel together, the right group of guys together, to be able to hopefully compete against this team,” said James, whose team needed a historic shooting night to stave off a sweep. “They’re assembled as good as you can assemble, and I played against some really, really good teams that was assembled perfectly, and they’re right up there.”By examining the Dubs’ handful of losses in recent seasons, a formula does appear to emerge, albeit in a regular-season setting. And while that doesn’t answer the larger question about dethroning them, it helps illustrate what teams have consistently done to knock Golden State off stride.The league’s other 29 teams were less likely to beat the Warriors by playing an inferior version of Warriors basketball. Cleveland needed to practically burn down the nets with its 3-point shooting to win a Game 4 shootout. But opponents have been more successful by taking Golden State out of its element: having enough defense and length to disrupt the Warriors’ shooting, while having enough offense to keep up with the inevitable points allowed.Opponents with top-12 defenses1The top-12 defenses that knocked off the Warriors this past year included the Spurs (twice), the Grizzlies (twice), the Jazz, the Heat, the Bulls and the Celtics. fared best against the Dubs this past season, accounting for eight of Golden State’s 15 regular-season losses. More broadly than that, beating the Warriors will likely require slowing them down2The Warriors averaged 23.7 points on fast breaks in wins, and 17.7 in losses this season., not only in transition, where they’re far and away the best in the league, but also in half-court scenarios.The clubs that have the most success against them have smart, versatile defenders who possess the length to contest Golden State’s sharpshooters3During ABC’s broadcast of Game 5 on Monday, announcers discussed a graphic showing that Kevin Durant’s release point on his jump shot was 10 feet, 3 inches high, making it a nearly impossible task to defend him without considerable height, length and athleticism. — the team shot 41 percent from 3-point range in its regular-season wins, but just 27 percent in its losses — and the height and size to switch defensive assignments and neutralize the Warriors’ highly unusual methods for setting screens. How teams have fared against the Warriors, from 2014-15 to 2016-17 17Timberwolves3883311221.0 1976ers210195920.4 That partially explains how long, rangy teams such as the San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks have done better against the Warriors during the past three regular seasons than just about anyone else. They have respectable defenders they can throw onto the Warriors’ best scorers, and the ability to force Golden State far later into the shot clock — where efficiency plummets — than most other teams can.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/spursd.mp400:0000:0000:20Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/bucksd.mp400:0000:0000:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s abundantly clear that shutting down this offense altogether is a pipe dream. Aside from tying for the most efficient regular-season offense of all-time, the Warriors scored at least 113 points in all five games of the NBA Finals. You also need to be able to score on them to have a chance. This past season, it often took a team that moved the ball4Eight of the Warriors’ 15 losses came to teams that ranked in the top 12 in the league in passes thrown per game. and shot well (opponents who walked away with victories hit 38 percent of their 3s against the Warriors, up from 31 percent in defeats) to win. Because of how the Warriors’ defense can smother an opponent, it also helps to push the ball in transition without turning it over too much (think Wizards or Clippers).Or, if you play a more deliberate style, you may be able to find points in half-court situations if you’re willing to set multiple screens that shed seconds off the shot clock (like Utah, which played at a snail’s pace but was among the NBA’s most efficient teams in late-clock scenarios). Then, of course, there are the Cavs, who, with James and Kyrie Irving, can create scoring opportunities for themselves regardless of how well the Warriors defend.But as we saw in Game 3: Even a duo going off for a combined 77 points might not be enough to win a single game against Golden State, let alone four in seven tries.It’s easy to look at Milwaukee’s and Utah’s rosters and see considerable upside5The Jazz, of course, need Gordon Hayward to re-sign with the club in order to continue their upward trajectory.. The same is true of Boston, which has the No. 1 pick in this loaded draft. But most contending clubs look at least one star away from truly competing with the Warriors in the next year or two, if not longer. The Spurs — who had a promising start to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals before Kawhi Leonard was knocked out for the series — will become a greater challenger if they manage to pry Chris Paul away from the Clippers. And Cleveland, if it manages to find solid, attentive wing defenders somehow, may be capable of doing better next season.In the meantime, don’t be surprised if more teams than usual decide to take the long view in the years to come. The Warriors can be beaten, but doing that requires near-perfection — something almost no other team can produce anywhere near often enough to unseat them. 18Trail Blazers3912611020.9 29Raptors24910289.8 20Pelicans3873810820.1 23Magic213225318.4 8Pistons189148529.5 25Bulls226194816.3 26Hornets232114515.5 22Suns4392910918.9 28Knicks242133311.5 12Clippers3952515627.0 24Cavaliers216205117.7 2Nets1431313746.7 Includes regular season games since 2014-15.Source: ESPN Stats and Info read more

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New Shell lubricants blending plant for Indonesia

first_imgShell plans to build a new lubricants blending plant in Indonesia, with construction starting after completion of a tender process over the coming months.  Each Shell lubricants blending plant is equipped with a dedicated laboratory that conducts tests at all stages of production to ensure quality, as shown.The plant is due to be located at the Marunda Center, just north of Jakarta, and will produce a range of high quality consumer, transport, industrial and marine lubricants.  It is expected to have a capacity of 120,000 t/y, making it the largest lubricants blending plant operated by an international oil company in the country. Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President, Shell Global Commercial said: “We are delighted to confirm this significant new investment in our supply chain in Indonesia, a fast-growing lubricants market.  We continue to implement our strategy of being close to our lubricants customers – driving business growth by offering the right products and services in the right places.”Strong growth in lubricants demand is expected from Indonesia, driven by new vehicle ownership and production, construction and industrial activity – especially in the power generation and oil and gas production sectors.  Shell is the largest international supplier of lubricants in the country, currently importing finished products from its blending plants in Singapore and Malaysia.Darwin Silalahi, Country Chairman, Shell Companies in Indonesia, said, “Shell has strong lubricants brands and brand preference in Indonesia and the region.  It is exciting that products such as Shell Helix, Shell Advance, Shell Rimula, Shell Tellus and Shell Omala will be made in Indonesia in the coming years.  This investment is testament to Shell’s confidence in the Indonesian market.”The plant will be constructed to incorporate world-class lubricant blending, filling and packaging technology.  Processes in the plant will be automated and the plant will be equipped with a stringent quality control system that will text at all stages of production to ensure products meet the quality specifications associated with Shell’s brands.last_img read more

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STRUGA 2016 RK Metalurg at the final

← Previous Story Russia beat Norway to make Scandi golden era over! Next Story → Final placement between 5-12 place: Croatia, Slovenia, Brazil… rio 2016Struga handball tournament The 44th International Handball Tournament in Struga (Macedonia) has the first finalists. RK Metalurg Skopje celebrated second win in their second match on the first pre-season test. Lino Červar guys were better against domestic RK Eurofarm Bitola 21:19 (11:10) after intensive battle in which goalkeeper Arsic (13 saves) and young left back Taleski (seven goals) made the crucial advantage at the end.In the first match of Day 2, French Chartres beat domestic RK Pelister Bitola 28:15 (14:7).

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Biotech Working Group Discusses Regulatory Issues China and More

first_imgMembers of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotechnology Working Group met in Minneapolis, Minn. this week to discuss key developments and regulatory issues facing the industry. The meeting was held in conjunction with the U.S. Global Trade Exchange.The Biotechnology Working Group brings grower-leaders from ASA, United Soybean Board (USB) and U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) together twice a year to engage in dialogue about emerging technologies, the pace of worldwide biotech approvals, stewardship plans for upcoming commercial launches and other issues surrounding the use and introduction of new biotech seed traits.In addition to individual biotech trait company consultations with soybean farmers, plans for upcoming U.S.-China Biotech Planning Meetings were reviewed in advance of the U.S. visit by China’s President Xi Jinping, where the need for China to make specific systemic reforms to their biotech regulatory policy will be stressed.last_img read more

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Comedian Joel McHale to host new Netflix series

first_img(WSVN) – Actor and comedian Joel McHale is set to host a new series on Netflix.“The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale” will be similar to McHale’s former show “The Soup” and will feature celebrity guests, comedy sketches and viral videos.The show launches Feb. 18.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Driver hospitalized after train hits car in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews have taken one person to the hospital after a freight train slammed into a car in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along the 7000 block of Southwest 13th Terrace, just after 4:15 p.m., Friday.Officials said there were three people inside the car. Two occupants were able to escape unhurt, but the driver suffered injuries.Paramedics transported the injured victim to an area hospital in unknown condition.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this breaking story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Papireddy Nagar Association felicitates CI Alluri Ganga Reddy

first_imgJagatgirigutta: Papireddy Nagar Welfare Association general secretary Chittireddy Sridhar Reddy and treasurer Maya Rajaiah felicitated Jagatgirigutta Circle Inspector Alluri Ganga Reddy on Thursday. They urged him to take steps to ensure peace in the colony. The duo explained to him various problems in the colony. Residents Narasimha Reddy, Bala Narasaiah, Devender Reddy, Srinivas and others were present.last_img

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5 Bangladeshis killed in Malaysia landslide

first_imgPhoto: The Star Online of MalaysiaNine people including five Bangladeshi workers were killed in landslide in Malaysia, reports Malaysia’s state-run news agency Bernama.Nine bodies were found, four injured and another still missing four days after a landslide took place at the Jalan Bukit Kukus paired road project site in Paya Terubong in Malaysia.The incident at the Bukit Kukus paired road project site had so far killed nine people, namely, three Indonesian men, five Bangladeshi men and a Burmese woman.Until 10pm tonight, Monday, the rescue team was still looking for another victim who was reported missing and was feared buried in the incident at 1.5 pm on Friday.“We will continue the search operation until the tenth body is found. So far the weather is good and the lighting is adequate,” Bernama quoted State Fire and Rescue Department director Saadon Moktar as saying.He said the search for the victim, known as Md Rahaz, 25, from Bangladesh, would be concentrated in the third sector, namely, the site where the body of the ninth victim, Mohamad Uzzal, 33, was found under a crushed container.last_img read more

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PS4 Twitch streaming used as standin Chaturbate Twitch wields ban hammer

first_imgWhereas the Xbox One focused on its cable pass-through and voice control, the PS4 focused on social gaming. You can yell at your Xbox One and get it to check what’s on Comedy Central, but with the PS4, you can watch your friend’s streaming game session then take control of it over the internet.However, there’s an app on the PS4 that displays a large, live feed of whatever the PS Camera is pointed at — The Playroom — and since it’s technically a game, people realized they could stream feeds of themselves. Since this is the internet, some gamers have inevitably created their own little Chaturbate using the PS4, streaming things you wouldn’t want your parents to witness.For the uninitiated (or really, people who pretend not to know), Chaturbate is a webcam service that features live strip and sex shows where the viewers tip the streamers with a virtual currency that can then be redeemed for real currency. The PS4’s Twitch streaming capability doesn’t allow for a virtual marketplace, but it does allow you to easily stream whatever you happen to be doing in front of the PS Camera.Not all of the non-gaming streams are what you’d expect though, as two gamers hosted a live call-in talk show. However, one stream reportedly showed a married couple drinking until they passed out, but the husband waking up and stripping the wife naked on the stream. Another stream reportedly showed a person in a horse-head mask performing an act on a woman of which Vince Vaughn’s character in Wedding Crashers would be proud.As time goes on and more people realize they can stream themselves using The Playroom, we’ll likely hear about more nefarious acts being broadcast. The problem here, though, isn’t really that those acts will be broadcast — that goes hand-in-hand with the capability to stream a live feed over the internet — but that this specific iteration of it will be tied to the PS4, Sony, and mainly video games in general.It’s no secret that certain uninformed news outlets tend to blame video games for acts of depravity. The next time something wicked is streamed using the PS4 and those news outlets get wind of it, we’ll all have to deal with a storm of controversial negative press focused on video games yet again.Twitch has been banning the offending accounts, but the easy solution on Twitch and Sony’s part is to simply remove The Playroom from being allowed on stream. Granted, self-censorship is unfortunate — especially when the software is currently the only one that really shows off the PS Camera’s features — but that’s perhaps better than a news storm.last_img read more

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Microsoft is making PC gamers wait for Gears of War Ultimate Edition

first_img@ArlessLewis @1stsaintinferno @KevPlaysGames @FameEnt2k Gears on Win10 is later than Xbox One version.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 22, 2015So when exactly is “later” Phil? I guess at least it gives PC gamers a little more time to perform that required Windows 10/DirectX 12 upgrade.From a business stand point releasing exclusively on Xbox One first makes sense. The remastered 1080p 60fps version of a very popular game has the potential to sell consoles as well as making a healthy profit in games sales alone. It doesn’t stop this being any less frustrating, though.If the PC version needs more work, then it’s fine for Microsoft to state this publicly and we’ll thank them for taking that time. Nobody wants Gears of War: Ultimate Edition to be another Batman: Arkham Knight, do they? We want a game that’s superior to the Xbox One version even, due to the extra performance our gaming rigs can offer.IGN asked Microsoft for more info about the delay and was told by a representative that the decision was taken to split release dates so as to “prioritize polish and performance.” With that in mind, PC gamers will get “4K resolution, unlimited refresh rates, and controller and mouse and keyboard controls.”I at least hope we get to see the game before the end of 2015. Looking forward to playing the remastered Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on August 25? Then just be sure you own an Xbox One, because you won’t be playing it on PC come launch day. In fact, we don’t know when you’ll be able to play it without booting up a One.Microsoft has taken a decision that will be quite familiar to PC gamers: they’ve decided to give the console version a priority launch and leave PC gamers hanging without a launch date for the exact same game. Confirmation of this came directly from Phil Spencer on his @XboP3 Twitter account:last_img read more

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You can soon play Katamari Damacy on your phone with Tap My

first_imgGet ready to roll up the world once again with The Prince and his Katamari in an all-new series coming straight to your smartphone.The trailer for Tap My Katamari debuted at Jump Festa, a celebration in Tokyo that is put on by the company known best for publishing the Shōnen Jump manga books. The annual event focuses on anime, manga and video games and gave fans a first look at the latest in the Katamari series, which was first rumored back in November.The King of All Cosmos is belting out a tune in the shower, and his magnificent singing breaks all the stars in the universe! As usual, his son The Prince is left to clean up the mess left by his errant father. It looks like The Prince has developed a bit of a backbone, though, and he finally challenges his father for the mistakes he credits to both of them making. Though they fall on deaf ears, the young cosmic child is sent to Earth to gather up bits of the cosmos, and anything else he catches, in his Katamari to restore order to the galaxy.Unlike the previous games for the Playstation, this one looks like it’ll be a side-scroller action puzzle clicker game. Which is a huge missed opportunity to make use the phone’s built in accelerometer and create a Katamari game in the more traditional 3D space it’s normally presented in. It could be that not all phone’s tilt control systems are aligned perfectly, and a tap-style game was just easier to code. But those of you looking for a true Katamari Damacy legacy game on your mobile device are out of luck.At least the game has kept its same adorable designs and catchy music, which has been a trademark of the series going back to the first Katamari Damacy that came out for the Play Station 2 in 2004.If you are excited to just get your hands on a fun time-passer with some old friends, a familiar story, and all the rolling you can handle (even if it involves vigorous tapping) then Tap My Katamari may be the game you’re looking for. No word when it comes out, other than the ambiguous “coming soon” to both Android and iOS devices.last_img read more

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Celebrating achievements fostering excellence

first_imgThe mentor group of StratFirst India honoured and celebrated the achievements of Dr Gagandeep Kang – first Indian woman scientist elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, and Dr Virander Singh Chauhan’s Lifetime achievements in science and institutional leadership.StratFirst India is a private initiative to promote excellence in teaching and research, particularly amongst institutions of higher learning in India. Set up by a group of visionary advisors and mentors that include some of the most respected names in education, industry and public policy, StratFirst is working to ensure that at least 50 Indian Universities or deemed Universities are ranked in the top 500 institutions globally. Team StratFirst is committed to adhering to the highest standards of corporate best practices; every client is a partner and solutions are customised and built on the rich experience, out-of-the-box thinking and relies on the extensive global network of associates. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking on the occasion, Professor Amitabh Mattoo Chair of the Mentor Group of Stratfirst India said, “At Stratfirst we believe in celebrating achievements as well as fostering excellence.” Nancy Jain, CEO Stratfirst India said, “We focus particularly on the triple helix of the complex challenges of education in India: Access, Equity, and Excellence. StratFirst is on a mission of maintaining quality and excellence, and is our top most priority.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the event, Dr V S Chauhan said, “We are the second largest system in India and it is a great time to raise quality of education in the country. Apart from investment, we require capability also. We need to own our responsibilities at the individual departmental and institutional level. We have huge potential as far as education is concerned. The world is looking at us and we have to utilise the huge talent pool.” Discussing the need of the hour, Dr Gagandeep Kang said, “In India, we have to look at peculiar problems and matters related to immunisation and vaccination. Keeping in mind the heterogeneous population of India we need to understand the human system better and the patterns of its immune system and utilise our pool of scientist who is looking at excellence in research regarding the same.” Dr Bijayalaxmi Nanda, Principal Miranda House College, said that it’s an honour which brings together excellence of women scientists and engage with emerging concerns of research in medical science and its significant link with public health. Present on the occasion were Dr Harsha Vardhana Singh, Former Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr DP Singh Chairman UGC, Professor Yogesh Tyagi VC Delhi University, Professor RC Kuhad, Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Haryana , Professor Ashok Aima, VC of Central University Jammu and Kashmir, Professor Mehraj-ud-Din, VC Central University Kashmir, Trustee of Navchetna Naveen Chawla, Former S K Sopory VC JNU, and top civil servants, academician and intellectuals.last_img read more

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Super offpeak the cheapest times to visit your favourite destinations

first_imgIf this year’s Christmas build-up has been more ho-hum than ho ho ho, jazz things up a bit next year. November’s the month to pick up bargain flights to Singapore, with return fares currently available for around £462. Go mid-month and you can be there for the start of the Christmas festivities, when the Orchard Road lights are switched on and shopping malls and hotels start to go into full twinkle mode. Leave it till the end of the month and you can check out Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay, where the already somewhat surreal setting of the Supertree Grove gets even more wonderfully bizarre with the addition of huge light sculptures, fairground rides, Santa’s grotto, a European style Christmas market and regular ‘Blizzard Times’, when fake snowfalls from the Singapore skies. Stay: Base yourself near Times Square and you’re right in the heart of the theatre district. At LUMA Hotel Times Square (where a night’s stay in January starts from around £123), you get bright, well-designed rooms and an in-house restaurant fronted by an award-winning chef. Oh, and Alina, a robot butler, who springs into action if you need extra towels or toiletries delivered to your room. Search flights to Paris Search hotels in Paris Search flights to Dubai 3. Dubai – Early March 2. Paris – February 4. Bangkok – March Stay: Glossy magazines love Hotel Henriette and it’s easy to see why. A sweet little boutique hotel on a cobble-stoned street in the 13th arrondissement, it’s owned by a former fashion stylist who’s brought her design-savvy eye to bear on the interiors, combining an eclectic mix of colours, fabrics and furnishings to give each of the 32 small bedrooms its own extremely photogenic boho-chic style. In February rooms start from £107 per night. Search hotels to New York 1. New York – January/February Ready to book your next off-peak adventure? Dubai’s not the cheapest of destinations and pinning down the best time to book a bargain break there is a tricky one. If you’re quick, there are good deals to be had on flights in January, with return fares from less than £300 – but hotel rates then are high, so any savings on transport might be eaten up in extra accommodation costs. You‘ll find cheaper rooms in July/August, when flights start from a still reasonable £330 or so – but you could end up spending a fortune in the shopping malls at this time because the summer weather is too hot for sightseeing and all you really want to do is hide out in air-conditioned cool. What to do for the best? Compromise. In early March you can still find flights from around £300, hotel rates are down from their high season peak, and temperatures hover happily in the mid 20˚Cs. Win, win, win. Search hotels in Singapore Stay: Go for a hotel where the bedrooms have air con rather than just a ceiling fan and you’ll appreciate it as the mercury begins to rise. At the rather chic 50-room akyraTAS Sukhumvit Bangkok you’ll find cool, calm decor, plenty of going-out options right on the doorstep, and rooms from around £90 a night. Search hotels in Dubaicenter_img Stay: Rooms at M Social Singapore (from £84 in November) aren’t huge but, designed by Philippe Starck, they’re cool and quirky with chapel-style ceilings, oversized bedheads and sometimes their own little terrace. Plus the whole hotel was created for ‘the Adventurers, the Explorers and those who live for new experiences’ – and they probably have far more exciting things to do than fret about room size. Search flights to Singapore Search flights to Bangkok ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Search hotels in Bangkok All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of publication on 18 December 2018. Search flights to New York Stay: Dubai hotels may be famous for OTT glitz and expense but if fun and funky is more your style, check out Rove Hotels. There are five dotted around town (and more in the pipeline), all with pool, gym and eminently Instagrammable interiors. At the newest, Rove Dubai Marina, you’ll find double rooms in early March for around £94, while at Rove City Centre they’re an even cheaper £67. Given its city of lurve reputation, you’d think a February jaunt to the French capital would be off-limits for bargain hunters, with smoochy Valentine’s couples pushing up prices for the rest of us. Turns out Paris is anything but, with plenty of good deals on flights – London-based travellers, for example, can pick up returns from around £58. There’s also plenty to do that doesn’t involve roses or romance. Sports fans can head to the Stade de France to catch some of the fixtures in the 2019 Six Nations tournament; arts-lovers can check out the works of the 2,000+ artists who exhibit at Art Capital in the Grand Palais (13-17 Feb); and for something more offbeat there’s one of the world’s biggest circus festivals, Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (31 Jan-3 Feb), and Paris Face Cachée (1-3 Feb), a weekend of opportunities to visit sites that are normally closed to the public. If you fancy nipping over the Atlantic for a buzzy few days in New York, take advantage of the slight tourism dip early in the year, when return flights start from around £212. Sure, the weather in January and February isn’t exactly balmy (wear your thickest coat and boots, pack lots of winter layers and prepare for sub-zero temperatures and every chance of snow) but the pay-off is fewer tourist crowds. That means museums and galleries are quieter, tickets for the big Broadway shows are easier to come by and you might even get to bag a table in the most in-demand restaurants. Better yet, if you come at the end of January/beginning of February, you’ll coincide with NYC Restaurant Week (21 Jan-8 Feb) and NYC Broadway Week (21 Jan-10 Feb) when hundreds of restaurants lay on special fixed-priced menus and many theatres offer two-for-one ticket deals. Itching to book a break away but wary of splashing too much cash? We’ve pored over flight prices to five of the most popular destinations to figure out the best-value time of year to travel. While we were at it, we picked out some pretty cool places to stay, too. Don’t say we never spoil you. Peak tourist season in the Thai capital is during the cooler winter months, so once visitor numbers thin out a bit at the end of February you stand a good chance of nabbing a bargain to Bangkok, with return flights in March starting from just under £300. Temperatures and humidity may be starting to pick up but it’s still nothing like as hot (or as rainy) as it will be come April. Do your sightseeing early in the day, take all the usual heat precautions, and it’ll be all hunky dory. Going at this time of year brings a delicious bonus for foodies as well: March is the start of mango season, when the ripe, fragrant fruits start to appear on market stalls and local chefs vie to see who can whip up the best mango sticky rice, so massively popular that it’s practically the national dessert. 5. Singapore – November Related8 of the cheapest flights to get winter sun right nowTo paraphrase Frank Sinatra, ‘Fly me to the sun, let me play among the sandbars. Let me see what winter is like in Florida and Oman.’ Ol’ Blue Eyes might have liked the moon, but as his perma-tan showed, he loved the scorching sun – as do we. So we’ve…Where to go on holiday in FebruaryJust when winter seemed like it might never end, these cool destinations will have you planning an escape route in no time at all. From crazy carnivals to lazy beach breaks, check out our inspired ideas for holidays in February.Match these flights to your favourite people to make the ultimate Christmas giftWhat would your loved one rather pull out from under the tree on Christmas Day – a scratchy wool jumper or a ticket to an unforgettable adventure? Whether you send them to seek out the Northern Lights or soak up some winter sun, you can match the type of traveller…last_img read more

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