NewsAlert Canadas Sebastien Toutant wins gold medal in Olympic big air

first_imgBOKWANG, South Korea – Canada’s Sebastien Toutant has won gold in men’s big air at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.The 25-year-old from L’Assomption, Que., scored 84.75 points on his first run and 89.50 on his second for a combined 174.25 points. Toutant didn’t land his final run, but he didn’t need to.In big air, each rider gets three runs with the points from their top two combined for a total score. Jumps are judged based on difficulty and execution — including amplitude and landing.Kyle Mack of the United States won silver while Britain’s Billy Morgan took bronze.Max Parrot of Bromont, Que., who won silver in slopestyle last week, finished ninth with 117.75 while Regina’s Mark McMorris, the slopestyle bronze medallist, was 10th after struggling to land his first two jumps.Big air was making its Olympic debut.Toutant finished 11th in slopestyle last week.last_img read more

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Experts call for ban on waste exports after Philippine garbage embarrassment

first_imgNDP MP Gord Johns says Canada is not being a good neighbour by continuing to allow Canadian trash to be handled by some of the poorest countries in the world.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is vowing to crack down on plastic pollution but thus far has not committed to barring the export of waste completely.“Developing countries no longer want to take waste from developed countries,” said McKenna, noting there is an important lesson to be learned from this conflict. “That’s a good thing, it’s coming back to Canada.”The Filipino president threatened war on Canada, and their foreign secretary recently threatened to burn down the village of anyone that got in the way of this ship.The Trudeau government had offered to take the garbage back in June, but that wasn’t fast enough for Filipino officials.McKenna says the trash will be put to good use.“It will go to a waste energy facility so the good news is that it will be used to fuel homes,” she adds.The Canadian Press, with files from Cormac Mac Sweeney OTTAWA — One of Canada’s foremost experts on the garbage industry says the only way to stop Canadian trash from ending up in foreign ports and landfills is for Canada to ban waste exports altogether.Queen’s University professor Myra Hird runs a research group on Canada’s waste systems and says while an international treaty trying to keep wealthy countries from unloading their waste on the developing world might help, it doesn’t stop unscrupulous people from making big bucks by bucking the rules altogether.Canada’s garbage didn’t end up in the Philippines because people followed the rules, Hird says.That garbage — which led to a diplomatic confrontation between Canada and the Philippines — is now making its way back across the Pacific Ocean to Vancouver after languishing in two ports in the Philippines for nearly six years.WATCH: Philippines ships back Canadian trashlast_img read more

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Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant threatens supply

first_imgThe loss of 5% of world crude oil output from an attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil processing plant pushed crude prices sharply higher on Monday.U.S. crude oil was trading 9% higher while Brent crude added more than 10%. The attack on the Saudi Aramco facility halted output of more than half of Saudi Arabia’s daily exports.That’s especially worrying for oil thirsty Asia: China, Japan, South Korea and India are major customers for Saudi oil.“The attacks this time posed a serious threat to key international energy infrastructure, and we express concern that they undermine the energy security of the entire world and stability in the region,” South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.“We condemn any similar acts,” it said.Oil prices spiked shortly after trading began Monday, with U.S. crude jumping more than 15% and Brent leaping nearly 20%. But the initial surge moderated on talk of tapping strategic reserves to weather any shortfalls from the loss of 5.7 million barrels of crude processing capacity a day.U.S. crude had added $4.84 per barrel, or 8.8%, to $59.70 per barrel by mid-afternoon in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent picked up $6.02 per barrel, or 10%, to $66.24 per barrel.Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Saudi Aramco plant that paralyzed production of more than half of Saudi Arabia’s global daily exports and more than 5% of the world’s daily crude oil production.“To take Saudi oil production down 50%, that’s shocking,” said Jonathan Aronson, a research analyst at Cornerstone Macro.The attack may add to anxiety about the stability of the world’s oil reserves. “Saudi Arabia has been a very reliable supplier of oil in the world,” said Jim Burkhard, who heads crude oil research for IHS Markit. This attack is “adding a geopolitical premium back into the price of oil.” That means oil prices would rise because of worries about more unrest hurting supply. Higher oil prices tend to hurt the economy as consumer costs rise.Asia is the region most vulnerable to big supply disruptions.Saudi Arabia provides about a fifth of China’s crude imports, more than 37% of Japan’s and almost a third of South Korea’s. Japan is nearly 100% dependent on imports for its oil.The world’s richest countries have oil reserves of more than 2 billion barrels, but releasing those to alleviate supply concerns could potentially backfire and result in higher prices on the market as traders worry that there is a problem with tight supply, said Burkhard.According to the Joint Organization Data Initiative, Saudi Arabia has nearly 27 days worth of reserves. It holds reserves at home and in Egypt, Japan and the Netherlands. That can alleviate some concerns.Meanwhile work was under way to restore production at the Abquaiq plant. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Saudi officials said a third of crude output would be restored by Monday. Bringing the entire plant back online may take weeks. Officials said they would use other facilities and existing stocks to supplant the plant’s production.Chris Midgley, global head of analytics for S&P Global Platts, estimates prices could surge into the “high $70” per barrel range. It could go even higher if disruptions are prolonged, but that is not expected, he said in a research note.The situation is better today than it would have been a decade ago, thanks to the U.S. energy boom.The U.S. has a cushion because it and Canada both produce plenty of oil, leaving the U.S. less reliant on the Middle East. But it’s still a global market. “If you take oil anywhere out of system it affects everybody,” said Burkhard.Still, even if the plant goes back online and there is no fundamental change to the world’s supply of oil, prices may move higher and stay higher because traders would build in a “security premium,” said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research.It would reflect worries that future attacks might jeopardize global oil supplies. And in a world already concerned about supply, the impact of another attack could mean a sharp effect on prices, said Kevin Book, managing director of Clearview Energy Partners. “It’s almost like an open season for a big attack.”It’s that element of uncertainty that can roil markets.The attack on its oil infrastructure could lead Saudi Arabia to launch a military strike on Iran in retaliation, Book said. Countries attacking each other’s oil facilities and fields is a “prescription for a high oil price,” he said.Book argues the attack on Saudi Arabia is driving home the repercussions of the unraveling of the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out in 2018, imposing harsh sanctions on Iran, including its oil industry.___Business Writer Elaine Kurtenbach in Bangkok contributed.Tali Arbel, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Molly Sims To CoHost StarStudded Fashion Gala For Autism Speaks

first_imgAutism Speaks Southern California presents La Vie En BLUE Fashion Gala, a night of fashion and philanthropy produced by Metropolitan Fashion Week, hosted by Kevin Frazier and Molly Sims.This Parisian-themed evening will feature Zumanity by Cirque Du Soleil costumes designed by French fashion designer Thierry Mugler. Other featured designers include GUESS Kids, David Tupaz Couture, Dalia Macphee, Ron Tomson, Carl Andrada, Erick Bendana, Julie Danforth, Jovani Fashions, Usama Ishtay and Sivalia Couture.Stars such as Vivica A. Fox, Eve, Alicia Machado, Hilary Rhoda, Madison Beer, Shenae Grimes, Keltie Knight and Kristian Alfonso will strut the runway in gorgeous blue evening gowns to be auctioned off, while children on the autism spectrum will model the latest fashions from GUESS Kids.Also highlighting the evening will be an exclusive performance from ZUMANITY by Cirque du Soleil with costumes designed by Thierry Mugler.The gala will also honor two fathers and champions of Autism Speaks’ mission – City National Bank’s SVP Harry Topping Jr. and Untitled Entertainment talent manager Steven Grossman (who will receive the award from The Real’s Jeannie Mai).Stars that have lent their support to La Vie En BLUE’s honorary host committee include Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell, Molly Sims, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rivers, NeNe Leakes, Kelly Rowland, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai.La Vie En BLUE is generously sponsored by the Guess Foundation, City National Bank, CBRE, Paul Attanasio, Common Wealth Partners, Steelcase, Tangram, FX Networks, MK Rice, Gensler, Howard Building Co, Samsung Group, Coca-Cola Company, Two Faced Cosmetics, Urban Decay Cosmetics, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Big Sugar Bakeshop, Porto’s Bakery, Hidden Gardens Florist and The Los Angeles Kings. Entertainment Tonight and The Hollywood Reporter are media sponsors.For more info, click here.last_img read more

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Supreme Court of Canada wont hear Metis rights case from Alberta

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal involving Metis hunting and fishing rights in Alberta.The Metis Nation of Alberta had filed arguments on behalf of hunter Garry Hirsekorn challenging a lower court ruling restricting Metis hunting rights to Metis settlements in the northern part of the province.The arguments focused on a Supreme Court ruling 10 years ago that granted Ontario Metis hunting rights.Hirsekorn was convicted in 2010 of hunting out of season after he shot a mule deer near the cypress hills in southeastern Alberta.last_img

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Smithers Highway of Tears gathering another roadblock or road to bus line

first_imgThe Canadian PressVICTORIA — Community leaders along British Columbia’s notorious Highway of Tears meet this week to debate the highly charged issue of improving safety along the route that cuts across the centre of the province.Eighteen women have been murdered or disappeared along Highway 16 and adjacent routes since the 1970s.First Nations’ leaders and the Opposition New Democrats say government roadblocks in the form of endless meetings over transportation solutions that go nowhere must come down to improving safety.Up to 100 people are expected to be in Smithers to review locally developed transportation options along the 750-kilometre highway corridor, but Transportation Minister Todd Stone won’t attend and said he would leave the discussion up to local officials.Stone describes the Tuesday meeting as information gathering and non-political.North Coast New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice, who represents the Prince Rupert area, wanted to go to the meeting, but said she wasn’t invited.“I understand the chief administrative officers (from communities) are invited because those are the practical people. Minister Stone is always talking about practical solutions, and I guess those are the practical people who implement practical things.”Representatives from 23 First Nations along the corridor, municipal governments and the B.C. government will attend the day-long meeting.A government statement said the gathering will review previous community transportation reports, including a 2006 report that called for bus service between communities and the 2012 Missing Women Commission of Inquiry that recommended enhanced transportation in the area.Regional politician Bill Miller said many agree that Highway 16 is too geographically challenged for a region-wide bus service, but there’s concern about government stalling.“Sometimes it seems like we’ve just been put on a treadmill,” said Miller, an elected member of the Bulkley-Nechako Regional District. “We have some cost-effective and efficient solutions.”He said a more workable system would link neighbours like Vanderhoof, Fort St. James and Fraser Lake and would ease safety concerns for those who have to travel the route.“The underlying issue is vulnerability of women in general, First Nations women in specific.”But he said local governments need the province to help communities get the locally driven transportation system.“We’re going to send some people to the symposium in Smithers and hopefully get them to understand that this is a significant issue.”Stone said he agrees with some locals that a shuttle-bus service along the entire route isn’t practical. But the NDP said that recently released documents contradict Stone and highlight the concerns of local officials who say a bus service should be considered.“A lot of people are feeling this is past due and this is time to take action,” said Rice.Among the more than 600 pages of recently released government documents are bus service estimates, pegging costs of a six-day-a-week, Prince Rupert to Prince George bus at less than $1 million annually.Finance Minister Mike de Jong said last week he expects to deliver a quarterly financial update that includes improved financial forecasts, fuelling speculation the government has some money for targeted initiatives.Stone recently acknowledged the highway issue could be swept up in a call by the federal Liberal government for an inquiry into Canada’s murdered and missing women.An RCMP report last year stated nearly 1,200 Indigenous women were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012.last_img read more

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BC brings in tax credit to help spur liquefied natural gas investment

VICTORIA — British Columbia is changing the province’s tax structure for liquefied natural gas projects, aiming to encourage more development through a natural gas tax credit.Finance Minister Carole James says the change was introduced in legislation today and is meant to bring jobs and other financial benefits to the province through economic partnerships with Indigenous Peoples while also protecting the environment.Under the changes, the government would amend the Income Tax Act to implement the tax credit for LNG development.It would also repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act, which it says created barriers for investment and left the province open to footing the bill for special industry tax and regulatory protections.In October, LNG Canada announced plans for a $40-billion project in Kitimat.The government says the tax changes it is making will provide the fiscal framework needed for the project, which is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent jobs in the processing terminal.The new tax credit would go in effect on Jan. 1, 2020, to companies that qualify for it. It would be calculated at three per cent of the cost of natural gas and could be used to reduce B.C.’s corporate income tax rate from 12 per cent to nine per cent.The Canadian Press read more

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Immediate aid needed for droughtstricken children in Kenya UNICEF says

Nearly $3 million are needed at once to ease the impact of drought on children in Kenya, with 30,000 malnourished youngsters requiring urgent nutrition, 450,000 doses of measles and polio vaccination coming due, and 200,000 people lacking safe drinking water, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.The funding would also keep 3,500 children in schools who will otherwise have to drop out due to drought stress.UNICEF cited a recent assessment led by the Kenya Food Security Group, which indicates that while the 2004-2005 short rains has improved food security in many areas, a substantial number of people are still highly vulnerable and continued support is needed to protect livelihoods and reduce continued levels of high malnutrition amongst children.The Government of Kenya and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have extended their emergency operations to now cater for 1.64 million beneficiaries, down from the 2.3 million in August 2004. Prospects for improved food security now hinge on favourable long rains between March and August this year.Meanwhile the tiny Horn of Africa country of Djibouti is currently facing worsening drought conditions due to two consecutive failed rainy seasons, with the food security and livelihoods of nearly 30,000 people severely compromised by limited water and pasture, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.Significant over-grazing of pasture and the depletion of water sources have contributed to widespread livestock deaths and a considerable decline in milk productivity, it said. The remaining animals are in bad conditions due mainly to opportunistic parasites and diseases. read more

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High court temporarily blocks subpoena over sex ads

by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2016 5:42 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday temporarily blocked a congressional subpoena that seeks information on how the classified advertising website Backpage.com screens ads for possible sex trafficking.The order came hours after Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer asked the high court to intervene, saying the case threatens the First Amendment rights of online publishers.A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 on Friday that the website must respond to the subpoena within 10 days. Roberts said Backpage does not have to comply with the appeals court order until further action from the Supreme Court. He requested a response from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations by Friday.The Senate panel has tried for nearly a year to force Backpage to produce certain documents as part of its investigation into human trafficking over the Internet.After the website refused to comply, the Senate voted 96-0 in March to hold the website in contempt. The vote allowed the Senate to pursue the documents in federal court, marking the first time in more than two decades that the Senate has enforced a subpoena in court.A federal district judge sided with the Senate last month, rejecting arguments that the subpoena was unconstitutional, overly broad and burdensome. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed.Senate investigators have said that Backpage is a market leader in commercial sex advertising and has been linked to hundreds of reported cases of sex trafficking, including the trafficking of children. Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says the documents he is seeking will help lawmakers determine what if any businesses practices and policies the company has to prevent criminal activity.While Backpage has produced over 16,000 pages of documents responding to the subpoena, Ferrer said documents relating to the website’s system for reviewing ads are part of the editorial process protected under the First Amendment.“This case presents a question of exceptional nationwide importance involving the protection the First Amendment provides to online publishers of third-party content when they engage in core editorial functions,” Ferrer said in a brief filed to Roberts.Roberts handles emergency requests from the appeals court in Washington, D.C. High court temporarily blocks subpoena over sex ads read more

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Myanmar Ban encourages parties to reach ceasefire to end conflict in Kachin

“The Secretary-General encourages the parties to reach a ceasefire and to redouble their efforts toward a fair, genuine and durable solution so that all of Myanmar can achieve peace for the first time since the country’s independence,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.In January, authorities in Myanmar announced a unilateral ceasefire following a three-week offensive against ethnic Kachin rebel fighters. Some 75,000 people have fled their homes in Kachin since fighting began in June 2011 between Government troops and rebels. At their talks in China last month, the two sides agreed to work on an overall framework for de-escalation of the violent conflict in Kachin and for monitoring such de-escalation.In the statement, Mr. Ban hoped that the decision to establish liaison offices will improve coordination and monitoring of developments and facilitate the implementation of previous agreements. “The Secretary-General welcomes the efforts of all sides to make this happen,” it added. Also, with both sides agreeing to expedite humanitarian relief to internally displaced persons, Mr. Ban expects that aid for those in need can now be delivered to all areas in Kachin, the statement noted, adding that the UN remains available as needed to assist in these efforts. read more

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UN envoy discusses FatahHamas reconciliation deal with Palestinian President

The deal, which will reportedly lead to the formation of a unity government in the coming weeks, was among the developments discussed during a meeting between Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.During their meeting, Mr. Serry was assured that this agreement “will be implemented under the leadership of the President and on the basis of the PLO commitments,” according to a statement released by the Special Coordinator.“President Abbas emphasized that these commitments include recognition of Israel, non-violence, and adherence to previous agreements. President Abbas also reiterated his continued commitment to peace negotiations and to non-violent popular protests.”Mr. Serry confirmed the UN’s continued support for unity on this basis as the only way to reunite the West Bank, which has been controlled by Fatah, and Gaza, which has been under the rule of Hamas since 2007, under one legitimate Palestinian Authority. “The Special Coordinator also underlined the importance for the parties, at this critical juncture, to refrain from measures that run counter to creating an environment for continued meaningful negotiations,” the statement added.The Israelis and Palestinians resumed negotiations last August following efforts by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. Direct negotiations between the two sides had stalled in September 2010, after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the round of peace negotiations being led by the US offers an opening to advance the two-State solution to the conflict.“Most importantly, the Israeli and Palestinian leadership committed themselves to nine months of focused talks on all core permanent status issues,” he stated in a message delivered to a round table held in Geneva on the question of Palestine. “However, given the complexity of the issues, nine months have proved to be insufficient to complete the task.” He urged the parties to continue the talks on a substantive basis beyond 29 April, warning: “The costs of walking away from the negotiating table would be exponentially higher than the pain of the compromises required to resolve the conflict.” read more

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Kawhi Leonard spoils emotional DeMar DeRozan return in Raptors win

Kawhi Leonard played spoiler on DeMar DeRozan’s emotional return to Toronto on Friday.Leonard, who was acquired in the blockbuster trade last summer that sent DeRozan to the Spurs, scored 25 points, including a breakaway dunk after a steal off DeRozan with 15 seconds on the clock, and the Raptors held on to beat San Antonio 120-117.Six players scored in double figures for the Raptors (44-16). Pascal Siakam had 22 points, Kyle Lowry and Danny Green had 17 apiece, Serge Ibaka finished with 13 and newcomer Jeremy Lin chipped in with 11 on a night that saw Raptors coach Nick Nurse ejected in the third quarter for vigorously arguing a call.DeRozan finished with 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the Spurs.The season’s first meeting between the two teams was ugly, a 125-107 rout by the Spurs on Jan. 3 in San Antonio where, Nurse believes, his team let their emotions of the night get the best of them.“I think we’ve got to really try to focus on what’s happening on the floor,” Nurse said prior to tipoff Friday. “At some point, you’ve gotta lose yourself in the game. I don’t know when that is. I don’t know if it’s when the ball goes up or if it’s after the first timeout and (DeRozan’s) tribute video is over.“But at some point, whatever emotions or noise or distractions or whatever are going on around the court, you’ve gotta get focused into the game and play it. So did we do a good job of that last time? No, we just weren’t ready at all.”The Raptors honoured DeRozan, who played nine years in Toronto, with an emotional tribute during the first timeout. But it was more the rust in their first game after the nine-day NBA all-star break, and the continued chemistry-building with their recently-overhauled roster that caused the Raptors fits on Friday.The Raptors led by no more than seven points through the first three quarters, despite draining a sizzling 12 three-pointers in the first half. They trailed 91-88 heading into the fourth.Playing just his second game with Toronto since he was signed on Feb. 13, Lin sparked a fourth-quarter outburst scoring 10 of the Raptors’ first 14 points. And when he fed Ibaka for a dunk with 5:25 to play it put the Raptors up by six.The Spurs pulled to within a point, but with Lowry draped on his good friend DeRozan like a wet towel, the former Raptor turned the ball over and Leonard scored on Toronto’s next possession, to the delight of the noisy Scotiabank Arena crowd that included TFC forward Jozy Altidore and his girlfriend/tennis player Sloane Stephens.A game that saw 16 lead changes came down to the final seconds. A three-pointer by Marco Belinelli put the Spurs up by two, Ibaka hit one of two free throws making it a one-point deficit, then Leonard stole the ball off DeRozan and his breakaway dunk with 15 seconds left prompted a deafening roar from the crowd.The referees threatened to spoil the fun when they ruled Lowry had stepped out of bounds when he hauled in a defensive rebound with a second on the clock, but they reversed the decision upon video review.The Raptors shot 43 per cent on the night, but 47 per cent from three-point range.Nurse, meanwhile, is tied with New York’s David Fizdale for the most technicals this season (eight).The rust from the long layoff was obvious early on Friday as the Raptors shot just 32 per cent in the first quarter but still led for most of the frame. The Spurs took a brief lead but Lin sent a no-look back pass to Ibaka who finished with a three, and the Raptors led 26-23 heading into the second.A three-pointer by Belinelli capped a 15-3 San Antonio run that put the visitors up by six points. Thanks largely to their three-point shooting, the Raptors pulled to within a point, trailing 56-55 at halftime.The Raptors stretched their lead to seven midway through the third but couldn’t put the Spurs away, and when former Raptor Rudy Gay drained two free throws, the two points put the Spurs up by five. A driving layup by Lowry cut the deficit to three with one quarter left.The Raptors play their next three at home, hosting the Orlando Magic on Sunday, the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, and Portland Trail Blazers on March 1. read more

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Football JT Barretts path to the biggest win in his career

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) signals a first down in the fourth quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: James King II | Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — Staring at a packed defensive line and an empty backfield, Ohio State’s drive hinged on J.T. Barrett. The situation: fourth-and-1 with seven minutes left on Wisconsin’s 13-yard line with Ohio State clinging to a narrow 24-21 lead.Barrett took the snap and rushed right into a defender behind the line of scrimmage. Wisconsin fans in the stands and players began to celebrate, but the play was not over. Barrett pushed on. Leaning on a knee that had surgery just six days ago, he spun free of the defender, bounced to the outside and willed himself to the first-down marker. “That was a very tough call. Offensive line wanted to go for it,” head coach Urban Meyer said. “But we’re up by three. If we do not, that gives them life. I’ve just been on the other side of that ball, all you need is a field goal to tie the game as opposed to you need a touchdown.”Barrett was not fully healthy. The knee that helped him spin out of the defender’s grasp had forced him to leave the team’s last game against Michigan with a knee injury and required surgery the following day. Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) crashes in a touchdown in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorSix days later, Barrett proved one healthy leg was all he needed to propel the No. 8 Buckeyes to the 27-21 victory in the Big Ten championship game against No. 4 Wisconsin. He finished 12-for-26 for 211 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, while rushing 19 times for 60 yards for one touchdown.After the team’s win against Michigan last week, Barrett said he would be ready to start despite uncertainty expressed by Meyer. He made sure he stayed true to that statement.“I said I was going to play next week,” Barrett said Saturday. “So if I didn’t, I was kind of going to be a liar. And I wouldn’t lie.”Having the arthroscopic surgery the following day was not an option, the quarterback said. It was a requirement.“I really couldn’t straighten my leg out being my meniscus popped out,” Barrett said. “But I mean, it was just a small procedure, really. And then just a lot of treatment. A lot of time in the training room. Tried to do my best to get my mental reps through film and then out there on the field as well so I’d be able to play today.”Barrett spent a minimum of 15 hours with the training staff, Meyer estimated. Meyer said after the surgery, his return was a step-by-step process and that by Thursday, the team knew he would be ready to go. That itself was remarkable considering all he had been through. Meyer said only one other player had come back within a week from that similar surgery and played.But he said there was never any doubt in his mind Barrett would start.“How you keep him out of a game, I just don’t know how it happens,” Meyer said. Redshirt senior center Billy Price said during the week in an effort to alleviate some of the potential pressures put on Barrett’s injury, Barrett spent time watching tape rather than fully participating in the physical warmups of practice. Barrett added that it wasn’t until Friday, the morning the team left for Indianapolis, that he even had any practice running.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) dives for a first down in the fourth quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I took about half the Thursday reps in practice. And I was mainly throwing the football. Didn’t run at all,” Barrett said. “And then yesterday before we took the bus ride here, I did a whole bunch of cutting and planting on my knee. And I had confidence in my ability to go out there. So it wasn’t like I was second-guessing at all.”When game time rolled around, the uncertainty over Barrett’s ability to start was not in question. But the players and coaches collectively held their breath whenever he would take a big hit.“Whenever he hits the ground, I want to be the first one over there to be, ‘Hey, are you OK? Everything good? Let’s get to the next play,’” Price said. “And I don’t like people hitting him anyway, so it’s an aspect of checking on your man. I mean that’s my dude.”Meyer knew he had backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who filled in admirably for Barrett last week against Michigan, at the ready should the need arise.It did not. Though Haskins was seen frequently warming up on the sideline, Barrett maintained his grip on the starting role from the opening snap until when he planted that injured knee on the ground in the victory formation in the game’s final seconds. It appeared early on that his injury was hampering his performance. The dual-threat quarterback appeared to wait in the pocket for receivers to be open down field far more often than normal and his speed appeared just a notch below normal.On his team’s first drive of the game, he escaped the pocket to the left for two yards before being tackled. However, there was plenty of open space and a healthy Barrett likely would have made it closer to, if not all the way, to the first-down marker.But he seemed to turn all questions around fast. In the quest for his first-ever Big Ten title at the helm, Barrett turned things around on his next drive. Junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught an 84-yard touchdown pass deep down the field and outran defenders for a touchdown. The next drive, Barrett found H-back Parris Campbell, who hauled in a short pass and took it to the house for the 57-yard score.Ohio State junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“The open pass to start the game to Terry McLaurin was a great pass,” Meyer said. “We caught them in zero hold coverage and it was a big hit. And Parris came out the end of the other bubble. Whenever you play zero hold coverage, if you break your tackle you come out the other end.”Barrett had two other chances to hit wide-open receivers for additional scores in the second quarter when H-back K.J. Hill and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon both found themselves with space behind the Badgers’ defense. Twice, Barrett overshot his intended targets.“We left a lot of yardage on the field,” Meyer said. “We had some misfires in the throw game that were — guys were wide open. But I thought we adjusted fairly good against one of the top defenses in the country. Still had 450 yards of offense, but there was a lot of offense on the field.”Despite the mistakes Barrett made Saturday, he did enough for Ohio State to win the game. He was not the MVP of the game. But Ohio State had several moments when its offensive leader did exactly what was needed.Barrett wanted to start Saturday, but was dealing with an injury. So he willed himself to start. Barrett wanted the first down on that crucial play in the fourth quarter. So he willed himself to the first-down. Barrett wanted the Big Ten championship game. So he willed himself to win. read more

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There She Goes creator Shaun Pye on why he turned raising his

She was born in 2006 with a genetic condition so rare it is still undiagnosed. It has left her is unable to talk and with the mental age of a 12 or 18-month-old. Speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Pye said there were moments when watching David Tennant and Jessica Hynes acting scenes from his life that almost overwhelmed him.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– … As a seasoned comedy writer, Shaun Pye is accustomed to mining personal experiences to get laughs. However, his latest subject is so raw he initially thought it was a step too far for a sitcom. There She Goes, which airs on BBC Four on Tuesday, takes an unflinchingly honest look at the struggles Mr Pye and his family have endured raising his now 12-year-old daughter.

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GECOM debacle Opposition pulls out of Border Commission

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Constitutional compliance’ needed on GECOM Chair appointment before moving forward- Opposition LeaderNovember 2, 2017In “latest news”Any new formula for the composition of GECOM will have to be impartial- JagdeoSeptember 13, 2018In “latest news”GECOM Chair: President’s interpretations now invalid in face of court ruling-JagdeoSeptember 27, 2017In “latest news” The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has pulled out of the Guyana Border Commission in retaliation to Head of State, David Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice (rtd) James Patterson, as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Thursday.Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo made the announcement shortly after meeting with the President ahead of the appointment.The move comes as part of the Party’s decision to embark on a process of non-cooperation on the part of the Opposition – part controlled regions included.According to the Opposition Leader, a decision was taken this past week to take part in a special caucus of the Border Committee given a recent development.Guyana and Venezuela have in recent years been locked in a stand-off over the Spanish speaking country’s claim over the Essequibo.Jagdeo told reporters his Party will no longer be taking part in the talks – a direct response to the President’s unilateral appointment.That body is scheduled to meet in the coming week to address issues related to the border controversy involving Venezuela.As it relates to participation at the local government level, Jagdeo disclosed that this too will be withdrawn until there is a resolution to the crises.The PPP/C won the popular vote during Local Government Elections (LGE) held in 2016, capturing 25,000 more votes than the APNU/AFC under the proportional representation (PR) component of the polls.According to the Opposition Leader, the clandestine manner with which the President has flouted the Constitution to swear in Justice Patterson under the cover of darkness, “represents the modus operandi of this Government to do things in secrecy, in the dark and to impose decisions that are undemocratic on the people of this country.”Jagdeo was adamant the party will begin mobilising its supporters across the country, saying “right now, this Government will not have our cooperation on any issue, any issue in this country until they start complying with our Constitution.”President David Granger presents the Instrument of Appointment as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to Justice Patterson at State HouseThe Opposition Leader when asked to elaborate on the threat to galvanise the party supporters into non-cooperation with the Government, said “it takes several forms.”He disclosed to media operatives that, “we will be meeting with the leadership across the country; there are several NDS and municipalities and regions that we control and we will have to have them go into a mode of non-cooperation.”Jagdeo, on Friday held wide-ranging consultations with the Parliamentary Opposition Members, Regional Democratic Councillors, members of the PPP Central and Executive Committees, and the three Opposition-appointed Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioners.The gathering resolved to incrementally roll out, inter alia, a series of measures over time:* Challenge, by Court action in the courts and at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as necessary, the steps undertaken by President Granger to subvert and thwart the spirit, letter, and intent of the Constitution* Sensitize the Guyanese people to the on-going threat to democracy and the Guyana Constitution, and resist the stealthy move to an authoritarian state* Undertake meetings countrywide to sensitize the Guyanese people, and use other means, including social media and media, to the reasons for non-cooperation and on the progress of the campaign*  Brief and consult civic society bodies which had participated in consultations which produced the 18 individuals whose names were submitted by the Leader of the Opposition to the President for the post of Chairman of the GECOM between December 2016 and August 2017*  Consistently and regularly engage with national and regional stakeholders to hold Government accountable, and ensure that democracy is not derailed*  Alert and advise the Guyanese diaspora on the threat to democracy and the continued deprivations wreaked on the Guyanese people by the PNC-led APNU/AFC*  Continue the fight in some aspects of the National Assembly and at the GECOM to protect the integrity of the electoral machinery, and ensure that conditions for free, fair and transparent elections are restored and met, both constitutionally and in the composition and practices of the institutions and persons tasked with this vital roleUndertake meetings, in and out of Guyana, with the representatives of foreign countries and international institutions, to expose the extent and import of constitutional violations by the Granger APNU/AFC regime* Launch picketing exercises, petitions, appeals, vigils, marches and other peaceful forms of protest to highlight the issues relating to the undemocratic, unilateral, and illegal appointment of the Chairman of the GECOM* Adopt a policy of critical non-participation in APNU/AFC governmental activities throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.The Opposition Leader was in fact adamant the fight should be one to engage all of the citizenry since “this country will become pariah again, pariah if we go down this route like it was in the past.”He told media operatives that President Granger is to be held responsible for the consequences of any non-cooperation and plunging the country into a “constitutional crisis.”“The President must be responsible for this, it’s not us,” he said and questioned “should I compromise on the fight for freedom in this country, not freedom for PPP people, freedom for all the people of Guyana because that is what is at stake here.”Jagdeo said, among other things, that “we are not going to cut corners on the fight for democracy or freedom in this country.” read more

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Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction – CRC ORE – and

first_imgThe focus of CRC ORE is to address key challenges facing the industry in terms of integrated evaluation (planning) and extraction (characterisation, mining and processing) of mineral deposits. Its primary goal  is to develop the capability to characterise and evaluate both the economic and environmental performance of alternative, integrated scheduling and extraction options. This includes new blasting technologies and comminution optimisation models.In July 2009 AMIRA International undertook to support the bid by the University Of Queensland (JKMRC and the Bryan Research Centre) for the establishment of the centre by allocating the value in P9 and P843 to the CRC ORE. This represents a significant proportion of CRC ORE’s cash funding from non-government sources. The total funding for the CRC is around A$60 million. Given the significance of its funding contribution AMIRA will take part as a CRC Core Participant to ensure that it can represent member interests in a proactive manner.AMIRA has worked with Professor Alan Bye, CEO of CRC ORE, over several months to develop a Participants Agreement that provides appropriate protection of the rights of sponsors of P9 and P843 as well as for AMIRA International. This agreement and the mode and basis of AMIRA’s participation in CRC ORE has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the AMIRA Board.CRC ORE will deliver tangible products in the following areas:1. Characterisation: The development of analytical tests for characterising the economic and environmental implications of processing ore.2. Energy Reduction: The development of software and technology to optimise the economic and environmental impacts of mining operations to drive a significant reduction in energy usage across the value-chain. This includes assistance with the management of carbon pollution reduction schemes.3. Optimisation: Software to predict the economic and environmental impacts of different mining and processing options, which is expected to increase viable mineral reserves.The CRC ORE program is of particular relevance to P9 and P843 sponsors as it contributes considerable direction and resources to significantly progress capability around multi-component simulation and resource characterisation in an integrated manner. www.amirainternational.com.last_img read more

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CSA Global reports Gabanintha boost for Technology Metals Australia

first_imgPerth-based Technology Metals Australia (TMA) has developed a maiden inferred resource estimate for the Southern Block of its Gabanintha vanadium project in Western Australia’s Mid-West region. Work by consultants CSA Global, using the data from a 23-hole RC program completed in August, has delivered 21.5 Mt at 0.9% V2O5 and 10.1% TiO2, which includes a high grade component of 10.4 Mt at 1.1% V2O5 and 12.6% TiO2 within the highly continuous and consistently mineralised massive magnetite zone.TMA has a larger inferred resource of 62.8 Mt at 0.8% V2O5 and 9.7% TiO2, including a high grade component of 29.5 Mt at 1.1% V2O5 and 12.6% TiO2, in its Northern Block, some 9km to the north-west, which CSA is reviewing with the aim of shifting part of the resource into the Indicated category.Next year TMA is hoping to deliver a global resource for the project.The Gabanintha mineralisation covers a mineralised layered mafic igneous unit, but is spilt between the high grade massive magnetite zone and disseminated and/or banded magnetite zones in the hanging wall and foot wall of the massive magnetite.The orebody appears suitable for open pit mining with low strip ratios by incorporating the higher and medium grade materials improving the potential economics.TMA believes the Southern Block resource has not been closed off at depth, and could be partially shifted into the Indicated category with 100 m infill drilling.The company and CSA Global are planning a resource infill and extensional drilling program, mixed with some further diamond drilling to collect metallurgical samples, as TMA moves into a PFS in the immediate future.It believes Gabanintha is one of the highest grade vanadium deposits in the world, and has a more consistent geology than most other Australian vanadium deposits.last_img read more

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Beach Handball WCh 2014 Brazil and Qatar to fight with Europeans for

It was a sunny day in Recife. But the Danish dynamite was drying too late. Against Hungary the team from Scandinavia won the last match in preliminary round B. But it was a victory only for statistic books. Spain and the team from the Ukraine won their last matches too, so Beach Handball World Silver medalist from 2010 and 2012 could make it only to the fourth place in the final ranking. The winner of this decision is Hungary. The European Champion starts with four points into the main round. Defending champion Brazil has also four points. The host stormed from victory to victory in its group. Also Norway was not strong enough to stop the Brazilians. The top favorite for the title is the only unbeaten team in the women’s competition. Norway and Italy complete the main round. But there are also interesting matches in the consolation round. Australia is the only team without victory. But the girls from down under lost unluckily two times by shoot out. Chinese Taipei and Taiwan won one match each – now they will meet in the consolation round. It’s the rematch of the final from the Asia Games last year, when Taiwan won the title. Defending champion Brazil was the top team in the first round of the men’s competition. Denmark was strong but not strong enough to bring the host into trouble in the little final of the group. The third place in group A was reserved for Serbia. The Serbs bet Oman. Uruguay ranked fourth, than Oman and Australia.Nothing was clear before the last matches started in group B. Croatia and Qatar with six points, Egypt, Russia and Spain with four points fought for the three places in the main round.  Qatar won against Egypt, Spain was too strong for Australia but the real thrilling match was the fight between Russia and Croatia. After the 2×10 minutes the result was 1:1. The shootout decided – not only about the match; also about the way in the tournament. Finally the European Champion was the lucky team. So Croatia won the group, Qatar and Spain walk together with the Bronze medalist from the 2012 Beach Handball World Championships into the main round. All three teams took two points into the next matches. They bet each other in the preliminary matches. So Brazil will be on the top of the ranking when the main round starts. And the host remains the top favorite for the whole tournament – in the men’s and women’s competition.MEN’S TABLE:Brazil 4Denmark 2Spain 2Qatar 2Croatia 2Serbia 0PHOTO: fb Beach Handball 2014 Beach handballbrazil handballbrazil recife ← Previous Story MEN’S U20 EHF EURO 2014 – DAY 2: Last chance for Norway and Hungary? Next Story → THW Kiel – photo-shooting with new jerseys and new faces… read more

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Sweden v Ireland Robbie Keane out to make a point for Boys

first_imgROBBIE KEANE HAS said that Ireland cannot afford to lose tomorrow night’s match away to Sweden if they are to have any designs on qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are currently just a point behind the Swedes, but the latter’s 4-4 draw with Germany has altered the dynamics of the group, and the Irish captain feels it is vital to make up ground with an away point.“These are the two most important games,” Keane said of the double-header involving Friday’s match and then Tuesday’s at home to Austria. “It’s vitally important by Wednesday we have four to six points. If we lose tomorrow it’s certainly going to be tough. It’s very important we get something out of this game.”Keane also cited the need for Ireland to approach the game intelligently and spoke of his own altered role.“Playing away against a strong team, my role changes a small bit, dropping in, make an extra midfield player and play in the hole to stop their midfielders from playing. With the players we have, we can [go for it] but we have to be clever and not naive from the start to try and win the game in the first 20 minutes.“We’re not here to sit back and let them run all over us. We’re here to give them a game. There’s not much between the two teams. We’re similar in players we have and the way we play. They are at home and fans expect them to get result but we’re here ourselves to get a result. if we roll up our sleeves and do what we do best we’ll be OK.”Keane, meanwhile, also cited the much-discussed roof as a positive — in contrast to the earlier sentiments of his manager.“I think it’s going to create a good atmosphere. As a player you thrive on that and it’s something we should be looking forward to.”Trap places trust in Clark, Green as he names starting 11 to face SwedenJoe Hart: United are ‘a killing machine’ this seasonlast_img read more

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16 objects you inexplicably collected as a kid

first_imgThe Greatest Toys of All Time Ever9. TrollsInexplicable.Flickr/Cali4beach10. PogsWas there some kind of game you were meant to play with these? Nobody really knew.Wikimedia Commons11. Sylvanian FamiliesMmmm. Felt-y.Flickr/Freddycat112. Top TrumpsNobody could ever agree on the precise rules. What did you do if there was a draw? Did the winner get to keep the cards? It was a high-stakes game.eBay13. RubbersAnd other things with which to stuff your bulging pencil case, likeFlickr/stevendepolo14. Gel pensFor example.Flickr/Public Domain Photos15. Eircom CallcardsThey never topped the George Michael edition though.ebay.ie16. …and sticksNothing like finding a good stick when you’re out on a walk. Then you’d insist on bringing it home. Then you’d discard it in the garden because you weren’t allowed bring it in the house.It’s tough being a kid.Flickr/abbydonkraftsWhat have we missed? What was stashed in your bedroom chest of drawers? Let us know in the comments…5 incredible gifs of Phil Lynott in Dublin>People running for trains in slow motion> 1. Kelloggs pencil toppersThe bigger and fluffier, the better.ebay2. Fancy paperOr  for the real aficionado: scented fancy paper.etsy.com3. MarblesThe ‘pearly’ ones were the best, obviously.Flickr/RebeccaBaray4. Knight Rider stickersOr any other stickers, really.You could put them in a book! You could put them on a folder! You could enrage your mother by plastering them on your bedroom wallpaper! Your call.Flickr/Andrei!5. Pro Set football cardsLook at the step-cut on Gazza.footballfilter.com6. Holy medalsNot for religious reasons, but because it meant you’d BEEN THERE. (With ‘there’ being Knock.)aro.ie7. Sea shellsCollected obsessively for the duration of your holiday in Trabolgan. Then forgotten forever. (Unless they started to smell and your mum made you throw them out.)Flickr/deeje8. Kelloggs bike wheel reflectorsSee also: those clicky things you put in your spokes. Man, they don’t make cereal boxes like they used to.last_img read more

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