BC court suspends residential school cases handled by Calgary firm

first_imgBy Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG– A British Columbia court has suspended dozens of residential school survivor compensation cases handled by a Calgary law firm, APTN National News has learned.A B.C. Supreme Court judge suspended the cases of 50 residential school survivors that are being handled by Calgary law firm Blott and Company.The cases deal with compensation for serious sexual and physical abuses suffered by survivors at Indian Residential Schools under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).The details of why the judge issued the ruling are currently under a publication ban.The ruling however, could impact as many as 3,000 IAP cases that were all being handled by the law firm.It’s the second time in as many months that lawyers and the IAP have come under the microscope.In October, APTN reported on a memo issued to lawyers by chief IAP adjudicator Daniel Ish. He warned lawyers in June to clean up their acts when it came to dealing with IAP clients or they might not get paid,More than 200 lawyers have clients participating in IAP.Ish cited suspected “unethical” practices such as not meeting with clients prior to the hearing.As part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the government of Canada is committed to paying lawyers 15 per cent of the compensation awards their clients receive if their claims are ruled legitimate by IAP adjudicators.last_img read more

Toronto home sales see small uptick in January as prices continue to

The Canadian Press TORONTO — Home sales in Toronto and the surrounding area saw a small uptick in January, a sign that the real estate market in Canada’s largest city remains stable.The Toronto Real Estate Board reports that there were 4,009 home sales recorded though its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system in January, up 0.6 per cent compared with January 2018. On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 3.4 per cent versus December 2018.The board says the average selling price for all property types was $748,328 last month, an increase of 1.7 per cent from the same month a year ago. TREB reports that the more affordable condo segment led the price growth, up by 7.9 per cent in January.Semi-detached and townhouse properties also saw increases, while the price of detached homes fell by 2.8 per cent in January year-over-year.The board says the total number of new listings were up, climbing 10.5 per cent to 9,456 listings last month.TREB, which represents more than 52,000 real estate agents across the region, says the January figures are in line with its forecast that sales will finish higher in 2019. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday morning Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — Prices were lower in mid-morning trading at ICE Futures Canada on Friday:Canola: Nov. ’17 $6.20 lower $498.60; Jan. ’18 $5.80 lower $504.50; March ’18 $4.80 lower $509.10; May ’18 $2.90 lower $511.80; July ’18 $1.30 lower $516.70; Nov. ’18 unchanged $485.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $485.80; March ’19 unchanged $488.50; May ’19 unchanged $488.50; July ’19 unchanged $488.50; Nov. ’19 unchanged $488.50.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $140.00; March ’18 unchanged $140.00; May ’18 unchanged $140.00; July ’18 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $140.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $140.00; March ’19 unchanged $140.00; May ’19 unchanged $140.00; July ’19 unchanged $140.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $140.00. read more

Two schools to close in hybrid plan

Schoolboards across Ontario have been struggling with declining enrollment and aging schools. But finding a solution that makes everyone happy hasn’t been easy. Well, this evening in Hamilton, after a lengthy review of schools in east Hamilton, the board decided tonight to close two and fix up three others. And everyone seems to be alright with the plan.Abbie Boyko and other parents fought hard to keep Parkdale school open, cheering as they heard the board vote in favour of a motion that would see it saved: “All the teachers know the kids names, volunteers know the kids names, make the snacks, it’s a great community school, the teachers and principals are amazing , it’s in a good location with a lot of green space.”Parkdale was one of five schools that had been earmarked for possible closure by the board. Roxborough Park, Viscount Montgomery, Woodward and Rosedale were all on the chopping block. One recommendation was to close all five and build a new school. Another would have seen Parkdale and Roxborough close and the other schoold merge. And a third porposal was to close Parkdale, Roxobrough Park and Woodward and build a new school. But in the end, trustee Todd White proposed what he called a community hybrid plan. It would close Woodward and Roxoborugh Park come next June. Jessica Brennan is Chair of the board: “As a board, as a total board, we had a vote tonight that firmly supported the motion to close two schools in the community and make boundary decisions and look at ways to use unused space.”The community hybrid plan also includes spending four million dollars on urgent repairs for the remaining three schools. But some trustees don’t think that’s nearly enough money. Laura Peddle is a trustee: “I dont think the renovation money is going to be sufficient, we never have enough to do renovations so how are we going to have enough to keep up with reno’s needed in remaining schools and still properly serve students.”In fact one trustee said Parkdale school alone needs four million dollars in repairs. But for the students it’s not about the money. Grant Boyko goes to Parkdale: “I’m so excited. It’s shocking! We have a sewing club with Ms. Condon and the caretaker Miss Cinty does choir on her own lunch time.”The vote still needs to be ratified — that will be on June 16th. And there’s still a few logistical things to work out. Dome of the boundaries will have to change, so the board still isn’t sure what kids will go where when the schools close. But Parkdale will remain open. However, while this school is saved, there are two schools closing. But there didn’t seem to be any vocal opposition from parents at either of those schools tonight. read more

UN mission continues to press for return home of Hutu rebels from

“At present, our programme is and remains a programme of voluntary repatriation. We have repatriated on that programme somewhat more than 12,000 militia, of whom about two-thirds are Rwandans, that is, the ex-Rwandan army and the Interahamwe, many of whom were involved in the genocide of 1994,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC), William Lacy Swing, said.”We have come up against the limitations of that programme in the last year, however, we are increasingly doing joint operations with the Congolese army to put pressure on these groups to enter our programme and to return to Rwanda,” he added.Another 1,500 to 2,000 Ugandan elements are based in North Kivu province and a Burundian Palipehutu-FNL element moves back and forth across the border in South Kivu, he said. “So, we will be using an increasing combination of political, military and legal pressure, including the likelihood of sanctions by the Member States of the ‘Tripartite Plus Commission,” Mr. Swing said.The Tripartite Plus Commission comprises the DRC, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, with the UN, African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) as observers and the United States as facilitator.Some 12,000 to 15,000 foreign ex-combatants are left in the DRC and, together with their family members, the total to be repatriated may be 30,000, Mr. Swing said, adding, “That’s a lot of people.” “We have the wherewithal to help these people to go home if they come into our programme. We have set up six transit sites on the Congolese side of the border in North and South Kivu. The Rwandans themselves have added three demobilization centres to the two that already existed. So, on both sides of the border, we are ready to take these people home, and we’re just waiting for them to come,” he said. read more

Outotec snares €100 million contract

first_imgOutotec will supply Dubai Aluminium Company with a new green anode plant and spent anode crushing facility for their aluminium smelter in Abu Dhabi in a deal worth about €100 million.Outotec’s scope of delivery covers the engineering, supply and installation of a new green anode plant including two anode production lines, a crushing plant for spent anodes and ancillary facilities. The new plant will use innovative regenerative thermal oxidisation technology for efficient pitch fume treatment. The plant is designed for the annual production of 500,000 t of green anodes and the commissioning of the first production line is scheduled for June 2009.Outotec President and CEO Tapani Järvinen said Aluminium consumption was growing fast and customers were expecting it to double by 2020. Therefore, aluminium producers were continually increasing capacity in order to meet the surging demand. “The Middle East is attracting aluminium producers because the region offers competitively priced energy for the needs of highly energy-intensive aluminium production. Thanks to our broad technology portfolio, the Middle East offers a lot of possibilities for Outotec and we see many new aluminium and other prospects in the area,” he said.last_img read more

Bechtel opens new innovation centre for mine technologies

first_imgGlobal engineering, construction, and project management company Bechtel has opened the Bechtel Mining & Metals Innovation Center to lead, it says, “the development of new technologies that boost productivity, promote environmental sustainability and improve worker safety for the copper industry.”The Bechtel Mining & Metals Innovation Center is the result of an initiative begun three years by Bechtel’s Mining & Metals business unit, which is based in Santiago, to leverage the company’s construction expertise and copper concentrator design to achieve greater efficiencies in mining projects. The centre will promote the latest processes and technologies that add value to Bechtel customers by increasing productivity from the early stages of studies to project delivery.“We are thrilled to open this center in Santiago to demonstrate how we are leading innovation in the EPC/EPCM industry to deliver better projects to our customers throughout the region.” said Paige Wilson, President of Bechtel’s Mining & Metals unit.The innovations Bechtel already has developed will enable a step change in construction productivity to deliver safe, high-quality projects faster, at lower cost and reduced risk. These innovations are now available to our copper industry customers. The centre, which is located at the Mining & Metals headquarters, will drive productivity innovations that focus on delivering low-cost plants through lean design techniques, engineering for installation and construction technologies. This is Bechtel’s first innovation centre in Latin America.It aims to make construction jobs safer and more efficient by training workers to use cutting-edge tools. The centre also will convene entrepreneurs with Bechtel specialists and industry innovators to improve designs and delivery options.It will also be used to develop and demonstrate technological innovations available to improve product recovery and decrease water and power consumption, thus reducing operational costs for our customers.The picture shows the Mobile Base Camp, which enables instant access to digital documents and data at project work sites, shown here at the new Bechtel Mining & Metals Innovation Centerlast_img read more

Ronaldo or Salah – Zidane picks

Ronaldo or Salah – Zidane picks

first_imgAhead of Saturday’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, Zinedine Zidane was asked to choose between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed SalahThe Egyptian forward has had a sensational debut campaign for Liverpool this season and has scored 44 goals in all competitions, as well collecting five accolades for his displays.Salah’s rise to stardom in the football world has seen him being compared amongst even Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who both have a combined total of 10 Ballon d’Ors and 1,125 goals between them.But Zidane is remaining loyal to his star man: “No, I have Cristiano and I talk about my players.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…However, the Real boss is aware of the danger that Liverpool could potentially provide in Saturday’s final at Kiev.“They [Liverpool] have had a great season, in the Champions League and in the [Premier] league. They can cause us problems, we know that. We are not going to be surprised. Nor them with us. We know each other very well,” said Zidane, according to AS.This weekend’s encounter will be Zidane’s third consecutive Champions League final after being appointed the Real boss in January 2016.last_img read more

UPDATE Pedestrian in critical condition after I5 accident

first_imgOregon State Police (OSP) is continuing its investigation into this morning’s auto/pedestrian traffic collision on Interstate 5 near Aurora, south of Wilsonville. About 9:05 AM, OSP Northern Command Center received multiple calls of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle on I-5 near MP 281. The preliminary investigation showed a pedestrian was walking northbound on the southbound shoulder when he appeared to run into the travel lanes of the freeway. The pedestrian was then struck in the southbound ‘C’ lane by a one ton Chevrolet cargo truck. The pedestrian sustained severe injuries and all southbound lanes of I-5 were temporarily closed while Life Flight was landed on the freeway. He was then transported to Emmanuel hospital in critical condition.The names of the involved parties are being withheld at this time pending contact with the pedestrian’s family.The driver of the Chevrolet remained at the scene and cooperated fully with the investigating troopers. One southbound lane of I-5 was re-opened about 9:55 AM and all lanes were open by 1040 AM. OSP was assisted at the scene by Aurora Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, AMR Ambulance, and ODOT.last_img read more

India rapist guru faces sentencing

India rapist guru faces sentencing

first_imgGuru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. File photoSupporters of an Indian guru ended a tense standoff with soldiers Sunday after the “godman” was convicted of rape, but authorities are bracing for more trouble on the eve of his sentencing after rioting by devotees left 36 dead.Thousands of followers of Ram Rahim Singh had congregated in the spiritual headquarters of his sect in the northern state of Haryana over the weekend and refused to leave, despite calls from police and troops for them to disperse.Singh’s loyalists had gone on a rampage in many other parts of the state after the court decision Friday.On Sunday, followers began trickling out from the compound in the town of Sirsa one by one under army guard.Hundreds of soldiers and riot police had blocked approaches to the premises spread over 1,000 acres (404 hectares) and were urging those holed up inside to surrender peacefully.A curfew imposed in Sirsa, where soldiers patrolled empty streets, was briefly lifted Sunday morning to allow Singh’s followers to leave the headquarters as spiritual anthems blared from megaphones.Indian authorities have been on high alert since rioting and arson broke out minutes after Singh—who has starred in films and claims to have 50 million followers—was found guilty of raping two of his devotees.Police said at least 36 people were killed as tens of thousands of followers took to the streets, attacking television vans and setting fire to dozens of vehicles.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Sunday it was “natural to be worried” as the violence even briefly reached the capital New Delhi.“Violence is not acceptable in the nation, in any form,” Modi said in his monthly radio address.“Those who take law in their hands or take to violence will not be spared, whoever they are.”But his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which is also in power in Haryana, has come under heavy fire for failing to prevent the outbreak of violence and allowing the 50-year-old guru to travel in a luxury chopper to jail.Critics say state authorities grossly underestimated the risk posed by the 200,000-strong army of Singh devotees who poured onto the streets vowing to defend their spiritual leader who they consider innocent.“Father can do no sin”Authorities are taking no such chances ahead of Monday, when Singh will be sentenced in a prison-side court hearing in Rohtak. He could face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.The city has been heavily fortified ahead of the ruling, with roads blocked by barbed wire and residents warned to stay indoors.“We have made multi-layered arrangements so that nobody is able to reach the venue (prison) or enter Rohtak district itself,” police deputy inspector general Navdeep Singh Virk told Indian broadcaster NDTV.“I am fully confident everything will go on peacefully and there will be no untoward incident tomorrow (Monday).”As a precautionary measure, all senior members of Singh’s Dera Sacha Sauda sect have been placed under “preventive detention”, he added.The guilty verdict, and police response to the rioting that followed, enraged many of Singh’s supporters.“Our father can never do any sin,” said devotee Trilok Insaan at a shop in Sirsa adorned with posters of a heavily-bearded Singh.“This is a conspiracy. Authorities issued a ‘shoot at sight’ order at innocent devotees, which is totally wrong.”India has been rocked by numerous scandals involving popular ascetics claiming to possess mystical powers, and Singh is no stranger to controversy.He is known as the “guru in bling” because of his penchant for bejewelled costumes, and is often seen sporting flamboyant leather jackets and riding customised superbikes.In 2015 he started a film franchise portraying him as MSG or the ‘Messenger of God’, performing miracles, preaching to thousands and beating up gangsters while singing and dancing.His last flick ‘MSG – The Warrior Lion Heart’ was released last year, with the guru playing a secret agent fighting aliens and UFOs.But he has previously been accused of encouraging 400 followers to undergo castration at his ashram so they could get closer to god.He also stood trial for conspiracy over the murder of a journalist in 2002.last_img read more

AL has 20 women candidates BNP 13

AL has 20 women candidates BNP 13

first_imgJoya Sengupta, Selima Ahmed, Tahsina Rushdier, Shama ObayedBangladesh Nationalist Party has nominated 13 women candidates, mostly wives and relatives of party leaders, for the upcoming 11th general election.The significant opposition nominated 13 women in thr 2008 election too. Among them, three female candidates including the party’s chairperson Khaleda Zia were elected.Notably, Khaleda Zia’s candidature was rejected this time due to conviction on corruption charges.However, the other two women candidates elected in 2008, secured nomination this time too.Krishak Sramik Janata League’s Kuri Siddiqui will contest under BNP’s sheaf of paddy symbol as part of the Jatiya Oikya Front coalition. She is the daughter of Krishak Sramik League president Kader Siddiqui. As a result, 14 women candidates will contest the polls with the BNP party symbol.The 14-party alliance led by AL is fielding 20 women candidates this election.They are the AL president Sheikh Hasina in Gopalganj-3, Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury in Rangpur-6, Matia Chowdhury in Sherpur-2, Sajeda Chowdhury in Faridpur-2, Dipu Moni in Chandpur-3, Sahara Khatun in Dhaka-18, Meher Afroz Chumki in Gazipur-5, Simin Hossain Rimi in Gazipur-4, Momtaz Begum in Manikganj-2, Sagufta Yasmin Emily in Munshiganj-2, Begum Monnujan Sufian in Khulna-3, Mahbub Ara Begum Gini in Gaibandha-2, Selima Ahmad in Cumilla-2, Shirin Akhter in Feni-1, Ayesha Ferdous in Noakhali-6, Shahin Akhter Chowdhury in Cox’s Bazar-4, Ismat Ara Sadek in Jashore-6, Habibun Nahar in Bagerhat-3, Joya Sengupta in Sunamganj-2 and Rebeka Momin in Netrokona-4. All of them except Selima Ahmad and Shahin Akhter served as members of parliament earlier.Shahin Akhter is the wife of AL’s controversial MP Abdur Rahman Badi, accused of operating a drug racket.Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) president Selima Ahmad is the wife of former president of FBCCI Abdul Matlub Ahmad.Among the BNP women candidates are Hasina Ahmed in Cox’s Bazar- 1, Shama Obayed in Faridpur-2, Rumana Morshed Kanak Chapa in Sirajganj-1, Shamim Ara Begum in Dhaka-11, Rita Rahman in Rangpur-3, Tahmina Zaman in Netrokona-4, Zeeba Amin Khan in Jhalakathi-2, Sabina Yasmin in Natore-2, Sansila Zebrin in Sherpur-1, Rumana Mahmud in Sirajganj-2, Masuda Momin in Bogura-3, Afroza Abbas in Dhaka-9, Tahsina Rushdir Luna in Sylhet-2 and Afroza Khan in Manikganj-3.Tahmina Zaman is the wife of former state minister for home affairs Lutfozzaman Babar. Babar was given death sentence in the case regarding the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in Dhaka in 2004.Hasina Ahmed contesting in Cox’s Bazar is the wife of BNP’s standing committee member Salahuddin Ahmed. He was the former MP in Chakoria-Pekua constituency in 2008 election.Shamim Ara is the wife of Dhaka Mahanagar BNP leader MA Kaiyum who is currently in hiding.Romana Mahmud who was elected in 2008 election is the wife of advisor to BNP chairperson Iqbal Hasan Mahmud.Shama Obaid in Faridpur-2 constituency is the daughter of late BNP leader KM Obaidur Rahman.Tahsina Rushdir contesting from Sylhet is the wife of Ilias Ali, who went missing two years ago, allegedly abducted by government agents.last_img read more

Netflix Says It Never Accessed Facebook Users Private Messages

Netflix Says It Never Accessed Facebook Users Private Messages

first_imgIn 2014 Netflix introduced a feature that let members recommend TV shows and movies to their Facebook friends via Facebook Messenger or Netflix. According to Netflix, it had access to the friends’ lists of members who chose to use the feature, but it never accessed (or requested access to) anyone’s actual messages.“At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so,” a Netflix spokesman said in a statement. “Over the years we have tried various ways to make Netflix more social. [The Facebook integration] was never that popular so we shut the feature down in 2015.”Spotify claimed it was unaware that it had the ability to access Facebook messages; RBC denied it had any access to private Facebook messages.Facebook asserted that none of the partnerships or features that were detailed in the Times report gave companies access to information without users’ permission. “Our integration partners had to get authorization from people. You would have had to sign in with your Facebook account to use the integration offered by Apple, Amazon or another integration partner,” Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, wrote in a blog post Wednesday in response to the NYT report.Regarding access to its messaging functions, Facebook said users had to explicitly sign in to Facebook to use a partner’s messaging feature. That let them send and receive messages without leaving the partner’s app. “Our API provided partners with access to the person’s messages in order to power this type of feature,” Papamiltiadis wrote.Facebook has “no evidence that data was used or misused,” Papamiltiadis wrote, but he acknowledged the company left access to APIs in place even after it ended some of its integration partnerships. Those included agreements with Yahoo, the New York Times and Yandex, a Russian search engine, according to the Times report. Facebook has needed “tighter management over how partners and developers can access information using our APIs,” the exec wrote. “We’re already in the process of reviewing all our APIs and the partners who can access them.” Scrutiny over Facebook’s data-management practices kicked into high gear after the news earlier this year that info on up to 87 million Facebook users was misappropriated by Cambridge Analytica, a data consultancy that was used by Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, along with evidence of Russian misuse of Facebook’s platform to attempt to influence the 2016 election, led to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testifying before congressional committees.In early December, Collins’ U.K. parliamentary committee released a 250-page report, which included numerous internal company emails, detailing how Facebook granted favored partners including Netflix “whitelist” access to user info while it blocked rivals from accessing its data. Facebook said the documents, obtained through an app developer’s 2015 lawsuit against the company, were “cherry-picked” and lacked context.And Facebook has disclosed several security breaches and vulnerabilities that exposed user data in recent months. In September, Facebook announced the biggest hack in its history after it discovered a security hole had compromised up to 50 million user accounts. The company later said hackers had successfully accessed data from 29 million Facebook members. The exceptional level of access Facebook granted certain business partners — even if those partners didn’t actually abuse those privileges in a way that violated users’ privacy — led critics to suggest that the deals ran afoul of Facebook’s FTC agreement approved in 2012. Under the settlement, Facebook is required to give consumers “clear and prominent notice” and must obtain “their express consent before sharing their information beyond their privacy settings.”Facebook insisted the partnerships in question did not violate the FTC settlement, claiming partner companies like Netflix and Spotify were “service providers” that used data only for the purposes of providing feature extensions to Facebook.Critics charged that the latest revelations about Facebook’s business practices with respect to user data demonstrate that it operates in a monopoly-like fashion and can’t be trusted to safeguard consumer information.“We have to seriously challenge the claim by Facebook that they are not selling user data,” British lawmaker Damian Collins, chairman of the U.K. Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said in a statement Wednesday. “They may not be letting people take it away by the bucket load, but they do reward companies with access to data that others are denied, if they place a high value on the business they do together. This is just another form of selling.”According to Facebook, in 2014 it shut down its “instant personalization” features, which had powered search results in Microsoft’s Bing and elsewhere based on info that Facebook users’ friends had shared. Over the last few months, Facebook said, it has terminated almost all of its remaining data-integration partnerships, with a few exceptions: It maintains agreements with Amazon and Apple, “which people continue to find useful and which are covered by active contracts,” Papamiltiadis wrote, as well as Swedish firm Tobii, which sells a product that lets people with ALS access Facebook, and with Alibaba, Mozilla and Opera for browser notifications. Netflix had technical access to read — and even delete — personal messages of Facebook users who opted in to its now-defunct social-sharing integration with Facebook. But Netflix says it never exploited that ability.According to a New York Times report based on internal Facebook documents, the social giant granted more than 150 partners special access to data on millions of users, with privileges beyond what Facebook has previously disclosed. That included giving three companies — Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada — the ability to read, write and delete users’ messages and view all participants on a message thread, per the report.Facebook said that by necessity, it had enabled read/write/delete access for those partners to Messenger accounts of users who had opted-in to the features in order to make those integrations possible. Facebook also said that those features have been discontinued.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety last_img read more

Best Laptop Deals in August

Best Laptop Deals in August

first_imgBack-to-school season is still in full swing and retailers continue to put their best laptop deals forward.  For bargain shoppers, that means one thing: Now is a great time for laptop deals, especially if you’re looking for a college laptop. Alongside backpacks, laptops are one of the most sought after back-to-school purchases. Outside of Black Friday, back-to-school season tends to offer the best laptop deals. So whether you’re looking for Chromebook deals or an affordable gaming rig, you’ve come to the right place.  Best Chromebook deals Chromebooks are perfect laptops for students of all ages. They’re a different breed of laptop in that instead of Windows or MacOS, all Chromebooks use Google’s Chrome OS. The operating system functions like any OS, but it’s designed to offer  seamless integration with Google’s cloud-based services like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive.As a result, Chromebooks pack less horsepower than their Windows- and Mac OS-based counterparts. At times, they may even seen anemic with dual-core CPUs, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of eMMC storage. But keep in mind, these laptops aren’t meant for pro users or hardcore gamers. They’re meant to tackle everyday Internet-based tasks, such as writing papers in Google Docs and streaming videos on YouTube.  Sister site LaptopMag rates the Asus Chromebook Flip C343 as the best Chromebook of the moment. Meanwhile, the Samsung Chromebook 3 offers the best value for your buck.Samsung Chromebook 3: was $229 now just $159 @ Walmart  The Samsung Chromebook 3 is one of our favorite budget machines providing enough horsepower for everyday tasks like streaming and working in the cloud. It also has a spill-resistant keyboard, which is great for accident prone users.View DealAsus Chromebook C423NA: was $269 now $199 @ WalmartThe Asus C423NA is a stylish Chromebook with an edge-to-edge touch display. It also packs a Celeron N3350 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB eMMC. At $199, it’s one of the cheaper Chromebooks around.  View DealBest MacBook deals MacBooks are the notebook of choice for many college students. Unfortunately, they’re far from cheap. The base MacBook Air (Apple’s entry level laptop) will set you back $1,099, whereas the base 13-inch MacBook Pro will set you back $1,299. Both models come with a 128GB SSD, which is paltry for this price range. On the plus side, Apple’s laptops tend to age better than their Windows-based counterparts. (My 2015 MacBook Air, for instance, still runs like new despite packing 4GB of RAM and a 1.6GHz dual Core CPU). Apple’s macOS is also elegant, easy to use, and not a big resource hog.It’s worth noting that if you’re a student with an edu e-mail address, Apple is taking up to $200 off select Macs and bundling a free pair of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones. It’s one of the rare Apple Store deals that’s actually worthwhile. However, if you don’t have an edu e-mail, here are the best Mac deals below. (For even more Apple deals, make sure to also check out our guide to the best MacBook deals).MacBook Pro 13″ (2018): was $1,299 now $1,099 @ Best BuyIf you don’t need a Mac with the latest bells and whistles, this previous-gen model is an excellent buy. It features a 7th-gen Core i5 CPU, but offers enough power for daily tasks. At $1,099, it’s a solid choice for the classroom or the boardroom. MacBook Air (2017): was $999 now $749 @ Best BuyNeed an affordable Mac for college? The 2017 MacBook Air may be a few years old, but it’s still a solid machine with excellent battery life and an even better keyboard. It’s $250 off. View DealBest Dell deals From the Inspiron to the latest Alienware machines, Dell makes a wide range of laptops for just about every type of budget and user. The XPS 13 remains our top pick, however, offering the perfect balance of power, portability, and style. Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop: was $949 now $792 @ DellThe Dell G5 is good starter rig. This model features a Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. For a limited time, use coupon, “50OFF699” to drop the price down to $792.View DealBest Surface dealsFrom the Surface Pro 6 to the Surface Book 2, Microsoft’s Surface devices are great machines for college students. The Surface Pro 6 is frequently on sale ($699 is the cheapest it’s been in 2019), but keep in mind that you’ll need to purchase a Surface Type Keyboard if you want in on that 2-in-1 action. Surface Book 2 w/ 256GB: was $1,499 now $1,199 @ Best BuyThe Surface Book 2 is the best detachable 2-in-1 you can buy. It packs a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 touch LCD, 1.7GHz i5-8350U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Students get it for $1,199, which is $100 cheaper than Amazon’s price.  View DealMicrosoft Surface Pro 6: was $899 now $699 @ AmazonThe Editor’s Choice Surface Pro 6 is our favorite detachable 2-in-1 laptop. It offers blazing fast performance and can be used in tablet or laptop mode. It’s currently at its cheapest price ever.View DealBest Gaming Laptop deals A good gaming laptop should not only offer dedicated graphics, but an excellent display and keyboard as well. If you’re on a tight budget and don’t need blazing performance, Nvidia’s previous-gen GPUs (such as the GTX 1050 and 1060) provide solid performance at a lower cost. Otherwise, look for machines with Nvidia’s new GTX 16-series GPUs. Alienware m15: was $1,529 now $877 @ AlienwareThe 2018 Alienware m15 is a solid entertainment laptop that can tackle anything you throw its way. Use coupon code “LCS10OFF” to drop its price to an all-time low of $877.05. View DealNew Alienware m15: was $1,499 now $1,187 @ DellThe new Alienware m15 is built for gaming. This model packs a 2.4GHz Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1660 Ti GPU. For a limited time, Dell is taking 12% off and you can use code “LCS10OFF” to drop it further to just $1,187.99.View DealAcer Predator Helios 300: was $1,299 now $999 @ AmazonAmazon is taking $300 off the Acer Predator Helios 300. Log into your Prime account and you’ll save an extra $100 bringing this laptop’s price to an all-time low of $899.99. It packs a 15.6-inch 1080p 144Hz IPS LCD, Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a GTX 1060 GPU.View DealBest Tech Deals of Todaylast_img read more

US hotel industry saw record performance levels in 2017

US hotel industry saw record performance levels in 2017

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> U.S. hotel industry saw record performance levels in 2017 HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE — It was a great year for the U.S. hotel industry last year, according to new data from STR.Record-breaking performance levels were recorded across the board, with occupancy at 65.9% (+0.9%), average daily rate (ADR) at US$126.72 (+2.1%), and revenue per available room (RevPAR) at $83.57 (+3.0%).According to STR, the values in these three key performance metrics were each the highest it has ever benchmarked.The U.S. hotel industry also set records for supply (roughly 1.87 billion room nights available), and demand (roughly 1.23 billion room nights sold). Based on percentage growth for the year, demand (+2.7%) significantly outpaced supply (+1.8%), even though the supply growth figure was the largest for the industry since 2009.“The industry outperformed projections and reached record-breaking levels across the metrics in 2017,” said Amanda Hite, STR’s president and CEO. “Late-year demand growth, which was no doubt boosted by post-hurricane business in Houston and several major Florida markets, pushed well past a healthy influx of new rooms entering the marketplace. That allowed the industry to end the year well above forecasted levels after seeing more modest rates of growth through the first half of 2017.”More news:  Rome enforces ban on sitting on Spanish StepsHite added that given the tax cut and the stronger GDP growth that is expected, U.S. hotels are in solid position moving through the next year.“Construction activity is on the decline for the first time since 2011, so even as demand growth subsides, the effects on occupancy and rates should be more manageable for hoteliers.”Among the top 25 markets, Houston, Texas reported the year’s largest spike in RevPAR (+10.5% to $71.97), due primarily to the largest increase in occupancy (+7.1% to 66.7%). The market’s performance was lifted late in the year as the effects of Hurricane Harvey filled hotels with displaced residents, relief workers, insurance adjustors and other hurricane-related demand.Nashville, Tennessee posted the largest rise in ADR (+6.2% to $142.82) despite a supply-growth-related decline in occupancy (-0.8% to 74.1%).Orlando, Florida reported the only other double-digit jump in RevPAR (+10.1% to $96.40), due to the second-highest increases in occupancy (+4.9% to 79.3%) and ADR (4.8% to $121.53).More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyOverall, 18 of the top 25 markets recorded year-over-year RevPAR growth in 2017. Travelweek Group center_img Tags: America, Trend Watch Monday, January 22, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

BREAKING NEWS Two Newcastle girls missing in Ladysmith

BREAKING NEWS Two Newcastle girls missing in Ladysmith

first_imgTwo 15-year-old Newcastle girls have been missing since early this morning (Tuesday). They are believed to be in the Ladysmith area, according to a report in our sister newspaper, the Newcastle Advertiser. Cleopatra Rabie and Mariska Booysen did not attend school today and were last seen leaving the Ferrum High School grounds. According to information received from Newcastle SAPS, the girls were last seen in a maroon hatchback heading away from the school.It is believed that one of the girls contacted a 21-year-old man from Ladysmith this morning. However, a letter left behind by one of the girls claimed they would be headed to Pretoria.Read full story HERE WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

Midseason update American and ACC

Midseason update American and ACC

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Central Florida (3-2, 1-0): When they aren’t traveling to Ireland or Columbia, Mo., George O’Leary’s Knights are undefeated. UCF has won 14 straight against non-Power Five competition.Houston (3-3, 1-1): The insertion of Greg Ward, Jr., into the starting lineup led to a 28-24 upset of Memphis – he produced 283 total yards and two touchdowns on 45 total touches – and preserved the Cougars’ season from total collapse. For a team that was picked to compete in the American to start 2-4 (and 0-2 in the conference) that… wouldn’t have been good.Memphis (3-3, 1-1): The best part about what Justin Fuente has done at Memphis is that the Tigers are 3-3 through the first half of the season, and can be legitimately upset they aren’t 4-2. A team that runs with UCLA for four quarters and Ole Miss for three and blows out Cincinnati should not lose at home to Houston.South Florida (2-4, 1-1): South Florida’s scoring output since beating Western Carolina 36-31 to open the season: 17, 17, 10 and 17. The Bulls are 1-4 against FBS competition, and rank 104th or lower in every major offensive category.Tulsa (1-5, 1-1): The fact that Tulsa, at 1-5 overall, is technically tied for second place in the American tells you all you need to know about the state of this conference. There are 11 teams in this league, and two are above .500.Tulane (2-4, 1-1): Continuing the theme of American teams that can’t score, Tulane beat Southeastern Louisiana 35-20 on Sept. 13, and has scored 28 (in regulation), 21, 13, six and 12 points. The Green Wave are 64th in rushing, and 94th or lower in every other major offensive category.Cincinnati (2-3, 0-1): Have you seen the rest of this conference. Cincinnati can’t defend anyone – 124th in scoring and yards per play allowed, dead last in total defense – but the Bearcats can move the ball and they can score, which means they fall into at least seven wins.SMU (0-1, 0-5): Same song, different metropolitan university. While ranking 99th nationally in its specialty category – passing – the Mustangs are 115th or lower in every other major category, and dead last in scoring, third downs and plays of 10+ yards, and third to last in rushing. Beyond this sunken season, SMU’s next head coach needs to campaign with his superiors to lighten his load in non-conference. The Mustangs could be a legitimate AAC contender and still be 1-4 thanks to the Ponies’ suicidal scheduling strategy. While it’s nice to keep the memory of the Southwest Conference alive and playing local programs is the best way to drum up interest, there’s no reason to schedule Baylor and Texas A&M in the same season, especially when SMU already plays TCU every season. And that longterm home-and-home with North Texas is a bear trap as well.Connecticut (1-5, 0-3): Bob Diaco’s first (and, so far, only) win came by a 19-16 final over Stony Brook. Thank goodness for that and Diaco’s defense, because UConn may have the American’s worst offense. Considering the sludge we’ve already trekked through, that’s saying something. The good news for UConn? Temple was 0-5 at this point last season and finished 2-10. This ship can be turned.ACC AtlanticFlorida State (6-0, 4-0): Do teams that rank 65th in pass efficiency defense, 54th in rush defense, 44th in yards per play allowed, 98th in rushing, 78th in turnover margin, 74th in sacks allowed, 107th in sacks, 53rd in first downs allowed, 96th in third down defense, and 51st in plays of 10+ yards allowed usually go undefeated?Clemson (4-2, 3-1): The end of the Florida State game and the second half of the Georgia game will always stick in Clemson’s craw, but the Tigers have a very real chance to finish the season at 11-2 with a win over South Carolina and rank in or around the top 10 for the third straight season, all with an absolute star in true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson. The future is bright in Clemson.Louisville (5-2, 3-2): Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford are gone, and Todd Grantham is the new sheriff in town. And the Louisville defense has gotten better? Louisville is third in scoring defense, first in rushing defense, second in yards per carry allowed, second in pass efficiency defense, first in interceptions, third in yards per attempt allowed, first in total defense, second in yards per play allowed, first in opponent first downs, tied for third in sacks, first in tackles for loss, second in passes defended, first in third down defense and a mere eighth in red zone defense. Whew. The Cardinals host Florida State two weeks from tonight. How weird is it that Louisville would be an easy Thursday night home upset pick if only Bobby Petrino could get some good play out of his quarterbacks?Boston College (4-2, 1-1): No Andre Williams, no problem. If not for preventable home losses against Pittsburgh and Colorado State, B.C. would be undefeated. The Eagles have moved up from 20th to fifth in rushing offense, and if not for the misfortune of living in the same division as the conference’s three best teams, Steve Addazio’s bunch may be headed for the ACC title game.Syracuse (2-4, 0-2): The Orange beat Villanova (by one in double overtime) and Central Michigan to open the season, and haven’t come within 14 points of victory since.Wake Forest (2-4, 0-2): The Demon Deacons have beaten only Gardner-Webb and Army and haven’t scored more than 24 points this season, but none other than Jimbo Fisher is the president of the Wake Forest defense fan club. I’d buy stock in Dave Clawson and company.N.C. State (4-3, 0-3): Through one quarter on Sept. 27, N.C. State was 4-0 and held a 24-7 lead over No. 1 Florida State. Since that moment the Wolfpack have been outscored 120-31 and have slid to 4-3. Dave Doeren is 7-1 against non-ACC competition and 0-11 against the ACC.ACC CoastalVirginia (4-2, 2-0): Two months ago Mike London was everyone’s favorite hot seat candidate. Now he’s alone in first place in the ACC Coastal and has the conference’s second-best defense.Georgia Tech (5-1, 2-1): With the parity in the ACC Coastal, I wouldn’t be shocked if Georgia Tech won its next four to win the division and stood at 9-1 before finishing with Clemson and Georgia, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Yellow Jackets finished 6-6.Duke (5-1, 1-1): The Blue Devils miss Kurt Roper. If not for quarterback play that ranks 103rd nationally in pass efficiency – starter Anthony Boone is not among the nation’s top 100 – Duke would be an easy choice to repeat as ACC Coastal champions. Duke at Virginia on Saturday is Week 8’s most interesting game that you won’t watch.Virginia Tech (4-2, 1-1): Virginia Tech went on the road and gave Urban Meyer his only regular season loss at Ohio State, ending the game on a 28-14 run, and then promptly gave it back and then some with consecutive home losses to East Carolina and Georgia Tech.Pittsburgh (3-3, 1-1): Pittsburgh started 3-0 with a pair of wins that were more impressive now than they seemed at the time, winning at Boston College by 10 and hitting FIU for 42 points and 422 yards, and have since dropped three straight to Iowa, Akron and Virginia. Pittsburgh is the only ACC team sitting even at .500, and that feels entirely fitting.Miami (4-3, 1-2): You would never guess it to be true, but the friendly confines of Whatever They’re Calling The Dolphins’ Stadium Now Stadium provides a significant home-field advantage for Miami. The Hurricanes are 4-0 at home with average scores of 40-17, and are 0-3 on the road with losses via an average score of 33-20.North Carolina (2-4, 0-2): North Carolina’s defense has to be the most disappointing unit in the country, dropping a team that started the year ranked in the top 25 to last place in its own division. The Heels have lost four straight while allowing 70, 50, 34 and 50 points. CollegeFootballTalkIn day three of our midseason roundup, it’s time we take a look at the American and ACC. If you haven’t done so already, make sure to take a look at our midseason updates for the Big Ten and Pac-12, Mountain West, Conference USA and FBS Independents, and MAC and Sun Belt.AmericanEast Carolina (5-1, 2-0): No one thought of it that way at the time, but South Carolina’s 33-23 upset of East Carolina is the only thing barring Ruffin McNeill’s Pirates from a shot at a perfect season. You know about Lincoln Riley’s passing attack, but did you know the Pirates rank 11th nationally at 6.11 yards per carry, 14th in rushing defense at just over 104 yards a game and 15th in yards per attempt allowed at 5.8?Temple (4-1, 2-0): For my money, the hands down winner of “Best Unit You Didn’t Know About” over the first half of the year goes to Temple’s defense. The Owls are one of four teams to allow less than 10 touchdowns to this point in the season, rank fifth in passing defense, sixth in pass efficiency defense, third in turnover margin (3-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio), and are top 20 in yards per attempt allowed, opposing completion percentage, third down defense, and lead the country in red zone defense. East Carolina’s trip to Philadelphia on Nov. 1 is no gimme.last_img read more

Fly From the UK and Europe to Fiji via Hong Kong Singapore

Fly From the UK and Europe to Fiji via Hong Kong Singapore

first_imgFiji the perfect holiday destination, a tropical paradise with over 300 islands right in the heart of the South Pacific. Its home to the happiest people you will ever meet. Enjoy perfect beaches, all-year summer, great diving, luxury resorts, adventures and other island activities you could dream of.Fiji Airways is currently offering special offers on the below.Departing City          Arriving          Child Return                 Adult ReturnLondon                     Fiji                  £704                            £1070                             BOOK NOWSingapore                 Fiji                 SG$389                      SG$645                           BOOK NOW****Singapore to Fiji: Sale ends 28 February 2019Travel Dates:Singapore to Fiji: 21 January 2019 – 30 November 2019Blackout Dates:Singapore to Fiji• Outbound: 25Apr19-02May19• Inbound: 05May19-12May19For further information on our offers click here.Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.Your Fiji Airways Sales Team Europe.   The post Fly From the UK and Europe to Fiji via Hong Kong, Singapore and Los Angeles. appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires On if it’s bad for the Cardinals that the Cowboys were beaten badly in last week’s game:“Beat so badly? Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t ever judge a team off one game. The other game, they looked pretty good in that New York Giants game. I’ve never judged a team, or a player, off one bad performance. This is a very, very good group that’s coming off a tough loss on the road, and they’re getting to play on Monday Night Football on the road, and we’ll be ready.”On what he can do to help himself when he’s getting pressured and hit on his five-step drop:“Well, get rid of the ball. Always getting the ball out of your hands is always a good thing for those guys.”On if he’s had enough time to do that in those situations:“Yeah, sometimes. Sometimes, you just don’t. Sometimes, a player makes a play on the other team, and that’s part of it. Sometimes, we make the play. Sometimes they do. Typically when you win, like we did, you’re making more plays than they are, and that was the case last week.”On T Jared Veldheer having struggles switching to the right side of the offensive line:“I don’t think so. I love him. He was my blind side for a long time, and now he’s on my front side. Like I said, bad plays happen. You miss some guys when they’re open. You throw interceptions. Guys are going to get beat in one-on-one situations sometimes. That’s the game. There are good players on the other side of the ball too. I couldn’t be happier with him on my right side and Wetz (John Wetzel) came in and played really good on the left side. We’ll continue to get better and I know it.” Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I don’t think so. Since he’s been within this system with us, he hasn’t gotten 25 to 30 carries a game. Even when he was starting, three years ago, he would still get spelled here and there by David (Johnson) and Andre (Ellington). There’s probably not going to be many games this year where he just gets fed the ball 30 times a game. It could happen. There’s no doubt. He could deal with it, and it’d be great for him, but it’s just not the way it’s been broken out and worked out so far.”On Johnson’s blitz pickup ability:“Really good. Really good.”On if you can tell he’s been playing for a while because of his blitz pickup ability:“Yeah. I remember saying and talking to you guys when he got here that he knew all of our protections the second day of walkthroughs. Very, very smart. Very few mental errors. For a guy that’s 205, 210 pounds, he blocks like he’s 220, 230. He doesn’t let guys get a big head of steam coming downhill at him and sit right in your lap. He attacks the line of scrimmage and stays out of my way, which is great.”On if he thought WR J.J. Nelson’s size could be an issue when he first saw him:“Maybe. I don’t remember back then. Any time you’re slight of build, obviously there’s going to be some things that come up. But, he’s been really durable and really tough. He had the shoulder, I think, his rookie year when he got hit late on that punt return, but for the most part, he has been really durable and done what he did last week, which is make big play after big play.” On how much momentum transfers game to game:“No, you see teams that are on win streaks that lose all the time. Confidence is big, but as far as picking up where you left off, that’s what you want to do, but momentum changes from the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, from week to week. We’d love to keep it going, but we’re not counting on that. We’ve just got to go out and execute.”On what’s different about Monday Night Football:“Obviously, like you said, you’re not getting up at 8:30 (a.m.) to get to the stadium by 10:00 or 11:00. You have an extra day to prepare. You have a little more rest. You have a little fresher legs.”On whether the stage is different and whether that matters to the team at all:“Yeah, a lot of people watch the games that aren’t on national television, too. It’s obviously special. Monday Night Football is something we all grew up watching, I’m sure. That is extra special. As far as preparation and all that, you get a little more time to prepare and a little more time to rest up.”On what challenges a team faces after spending four weeks on the road:“Yeah, that was a long time. It seemed like longer than that too, but it’s just good that we finally get a chance to play in front of our crowd, on our grass. I know our fans will be ready. There’ll be a bunch of Cowboys fans there too, I’m sure. But, it’s been a long four weeks, no doubt.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling TEMPE, Ariz. – Quarterback Carson Palmer, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media every Wednesday during the regular season.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters.On what the extra day of practice does for him personally:“Yeah, a little bit of rest just gives you a little more time to get ready for our first practice, which is a Wednesday practice on Thursday.” On what other things besides speed make Nelson successful despite his size:“He’s not a one-trick pony. It seems like he may be, but he catches the ball really strong. You’re talking about his slight build, but he catches the ball with really, really strong hands. He’s really smart. He sees defenses unfold. He’s got a lot of plays where they’re built, post-snap reads where he runs one of three routes. So, he’s really, really intelligent. I said it the other day, he’s one of those guys that when the lights come on, he makes plays. He’s a big playmaker.”On if he or other teammates have gotten on Nelson for being so quiet:“Quiet? I don’t see J.J. as being quiet. He’s very talkative. He may be quiet around you guys, but he’s talkative in the locker room, especially when I’m making fun of him. I don’t see that. I don’t see that side of him.”On Nelson’s confidence growing after last week’s performance:“Yeah, he’s had a lot of after-the-catch big plays. In Seattle, he had one or two big plays that were kind of quick slant-type throws. He is a threat, there’s no doubt about it. But, he can also throw the brakes on you and run comebacks and digs. He’s fluid in and out of the top of his routes, so he’s a complete receiver in my eyes. Confidence-wise, I don’t see it really fluctuate much with him. I kind of feel like he knows he’s a big-play-type player and expects to make the big play. So, I don’t see ebbs and flows to his confidence. He seems pretty consistent to me.” On why it was tough for Fitzgerald to get involved in the offense in last week’s game:“There’s a handful of doubling-type situations. That’s going to be par for the course for him. People are going to focus on him, especially with some of the injuries we’ve had outside. But, we’re always cognizant of trying to get the ball in his hands. You want to. You just don’t want to force itOn what he thinks of the Cowboys defense after what the Broncos did in last week’s game:“It’s going to be different. I’m not sure what’s happening injury-wise. I saw one guy leave with a concussion and another guy with a hamstring (injury), another guy with another injury. So, they’re going to be probably down on bodies. Maybe like we are, but it’s a very solid defense. The front is really good – two of the better linebackers, maybe two of the best, with Jaylon (Smith). He’s young and I remember watching him play in college. He was all over the place, and I remember thinking at the time, ‘This guy is unbelievable.’ He’s showing that now on film in just a couple games and a little bit here and there in preseason. Secondary-wise, they’ve got some youth. They lost a lot of guys from last year from a good unit. But, it’s a very, very good, solid defense. They’ve changed things up. They’ve sat back and kept everything in front of them. They’ve pressured some games. They played man some games. They’ve changed it up quite a bit, so we’ve got to be ready for all of it.” On if there are a lot of players in the NFL with legs his size:“Geez, you guys are all over him today. I’ve got to stick up for my guy. I saw him squatting 225 (pounds) on Monday or Tuesday.”On how a guy his size survives:“I don’t know. There are a lot of guys. You look at body types throughout history, and there aren’t many big, muscular, muscle-had, meathead-kind of guys that have been really successful. There have been. There have been a handful, but there have been a lot of guys that don’t look like David Johnson but play like David Johnson, and are fast, fluid and smooth. J.J.’s just fast and smooth. Leg size, I haven’t really measured his legs recently, but he runs a lot of routes. He’s got great endurance. Like I said, he was just squatting 225 with a buddy on Tuesday, or maybe it was last week. I just look at the film he puts out and the practices he has, and I’m proud of the way he’s playing.”On what WR Larry Fitzgerald does off the field that allows him to keep playing at a high level:“You’d have to ask him. I’m not sure of all the little tricks. I know he’s got some tricks up his sleeve. Some he’s told me that I don’t know if you want to give away all your secrets. I sure don’t. But, he’s a professional. There’s no doubt. You guys all know that. He takes great care of his body. He works extremely hard. He doesn’t come in, work and go home and do nothing. He’s always doing things for maintenance and staying on top of little things.” On if he had different thoughts on his performance after reviewing the Colts game film:“No. No, I felt pretty much the same about the way we played and about the improvements we need to make and I need to make in particular. Thoughts haven’t changed on that.”On the ups and downs of playing football:“That’s the game. That’s the position. Just kind of how it goes when you have great teammates like Frostee Rucker and Jermaine Gresham. There are going to be highs, and there are going to be lows. You’ve got to stay even-keeled throughout the whole process.”On the comfort level of having RB Chris Johnson in the backfield:“It’s been great getting him back. Last week was great. He’s got so much experience. He’s been very successful in this system, on this team, with the same guys, for the most part, around him. Obviously, one of the more dominant players in the game in his heyday, and he showed last week that he’s got that explosiveness if you leave a seam, especially on the back side of the runs, or on the front side of runs, he’s going to hit it.”On if Johnson is the type of player who needs 20 to 25 carries per game to chip away at the opposing defense:last_img read more

Whats on the line this weekend Everything

Whats on the line this weekend Everything

first_imgThe advertisers and the songwriters are right: this really is the most wonderful time of the year. As the rest of the world prepares for the holiday season, we in the college football world are heralding the arrival of a different holiday: rivalry week.Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the college football schedule makers have offered up a smorgasbord of intriguing, meaningful football. From Tuesday night through the wee hours of Sunday morning, fates will be sealed and postseason tickets will be punched all across the country.Real, tangible stakes will be on the line in 54 separate games, stretching on the map from the Palouse of Pullman, Wash., down to the tropical campus of Florida International and on the hierarchical totem pole from Michigan at Ohio State to Louisiana-Lafayette at Louisiana-Monroe. In all, 20 different teams will play to keep their conference championship dreams alive, while 25 different teams will play to extend their seasons into December.There are four games in which both teams are fighting to make a bowl game, and seven in which both are vying to reach their respective conference championship games. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix As if that’s not enough, both of the longest bowl streaks in college football history could be over by dinnertime on Saturday, and one of the most legendary coaching careers in the sport’s history could meet its end as well.Without further ado, here is your annual rundown of everything that’s on the line in college football’s rivalry weekend.TUESDAYat (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Chuck Martin’s Miami of Ohio club is 5-2 in MAC play, 5-6 overall… and still has a shot to win the MAC championship. The RedHawks can only win the division in the event of a 3-way tie between themselves, Buffalo (6-1) and Ohio (5-2), so Miami needs to win this game, then spend its weekend rooting for Buffalo to lose and Ohio to win.THURSDAYat (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): Ole Miss is 5-6, but a self-imposed bowl ban means the Rebels aren’t playing to extend their season. Instead, the Egg Bowl is their season. Sitting out bowl season is hard to swallow, but finishing a 6-6 with a second straight win over Mississippi State would make the winter pass much easier in Oxford.FRIDAYat (noon ET, FS1): Kansas is looking to send David Beaty out a winner, while a win puts Texas back in the Big 12 Championship. Oh, and Texas is looking to snap a 1-game losing streak in Lawrence.at (noon ET, FOX): Technically, nothing is on the line in Iowa City since Nebraska cannot make a bowl game and Iowa cannot win the Big Ten West. But Iowa is looking to beat Nebraska four times in a row for the first time ever, while Nebraska is looking to secure “Team to Watch in 2019” status by winning five of its final six games.at (noon ET, CBS Sports Network): Akron needs a win to reach a bowl game, while Ohio — preseason favorites to win the MAC, something the program hasn’t done in 50 years — will know if their dream still lives by the time this kicks off. If Miami loses on Tuesday night, Ohio will take the MAC East with a win in this game and a Buffalo loss to Bowling Green. If Miami or Buffalo win, the Bobcats’ MAC title hopes are done.at (noon ET, ESPNU): While Miami and Ohio need help, Buffalo does not. Win and the Bulls are in the MAC Championship for the second time ever, with their only other trip to Detroit coming in 2008. Should Lance Leipold’s club drop this game, Buffalo would also need an Ohio loss to win the division.at (noon ET, ESPN3): In a year where there projects to be more bowl eligible teams than available bowl slots, a 7-5 Eastern Michigan is much more likely to find a postseason home than a 6-6 EMU team. Eastern Michigan has just three all-time bowl trips to its credit.at (noon ET, ESPN3): The same situation described to Eastern Michigan above applies to Toledo, though the context is flipped. Toledo is looking to make a bowl trip for the eight time in nine seasons.at (noon ET, ABC): This one is simple — winner wins the AAC West, loser does not.at (3 p.m. ET, ESPN+): A win lifts Coastal Carolina to bowl eligibility. The Chanticleers made six trips to the FCS playoffs but have never played in a bowl game.at (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network): The AAC Championship dream died last week in Orlando, but Cincinnati can book the program’s first 10-win regular season since 2009 — a significant step forward in Year 2 under Luke Fickell.at (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): How serious is Virginia Tech about keeping its 25-year bowl streak alive? The school scheduled a hurricane make-up game against Marshall for next week that will be played only if the 4-6 Hokies beat Virginia — but Virginia Tech will pay Marshall regardless of whether or not the game gets played. Meanwhile, Virginia, its bowl trip secure at 7-4, is looking to win the Commonwealth Cup for the first time since 2003 and to win in Blacksburg for the first time since 1998.at (4 p.m. ET, FS1): Oregon State is looking to win back-to-back Civil Wars in Corvallis for the first time since 2004-06… it’s been a rough decade for Oregon State so give them that, okay?at (4:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): UCF clinched the AAC East by beating Cincinnati last week, but the Knights put their FBS-best 23-game winning streak on the line each time they step on the field.at (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): If Texas beats Kansas earlier in the day, only the winner advances to the Big 12 Championship. (If Texas loses, you could be looking at an immediate rematch depending on what happens in the Iowa State-Kansas State game.) Also, Oklahoma is looking to keep hope alive of backdoor-ing into its third College Football Playoff trip in four years.at (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX): Another clear-cut game — winner is the Pac-12 North champion, loser is not. Chris Petersen has never lost an Apple Cup game (5-0), while Mike Leach has not won since his first appearance (1-5).SATURDAYat (noon ET, SEC Network): Georgia needs a win to keep pace in the Playoff run. Georgia Tech has won two straight in Athens; the Ramblin’ Wreck hasn’t won three straight on Uga’s turf since the 1950s.at (noon ET, ESPN):Boston College has not won eight regular season games since 2009. Syracuse has not won nine regular season games since 2001. The winner will be in the running with Penn State and Army to win the Lambert Trophy, the trophy given to college football’s beat team from the Northeast.at (noon ET, ABC): By 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, two record Seminole streaks will either extend for another year or meet their deaths: the FBS-record 36-year bowl streak, and the program-record 5-game winning streak over their archrivals. It’s also the first UF-FSU game for both Dan Mullen and Willie Taggart.at (noon ET, FOX): To say the Big Ten East title is on the line is huge and also sounds like an insulting understatement. A Michigan win sends the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Championship — seriously, the game is seven years old and Michigan has never been — and puts them on the doorstep of their first Playoff trip. An Ohio State win sends Ohio State to Indianapolis for the fourth time in six years and keeps hope alive of launching another 11th hour charge to the Playoff, a la 2014. But this game is bigger than just season. Urban Meyer (6-0) has never lost this game as a head coach; Jim Harbaugh (0-3) has never won it. At the same time, Ohio State has never appeared weaker under Meyer, while Michigan has never been stronger under Harbaugh. Ohio State is 15-2 since Jim Tressel’s 2001 arrival and has won eight in a row in Columbus. Simply put, this is an “If not now, when?” game for Michigan and Harbaugh. The Big Ten title, the Playoff, the collective maize and blue psyche — all of them ride on this game. Other than that, though, there’s not much at stake here.at (noon ET, Stadium): A win sends FIU to its first Conference USA Championship. Established in 2002, FIU has one co-Sun Belt championship trophy in its trophy case, so Butch Davis and company are two wins away from the best season in school history by a million miles.at (noon ET, CBS Sports Network): WKU likely needs a win to secure a third season for head coach Mike Sanford and his staff.vs. (noon ET, FS1): Our first loser-stays-home game of the weekend — both teams enter a 5-6, so the winner heads to a bowl game while the loser shuts it down until spring ball.at (noon ET, ESPN2): Our second loser-stays-home game of the weekend, Purdue is looking to win the Old Oaken Bucket in back-to-back years for the first time since 2011-12 while Indiana looks to take the Bucket five times in six years for the first time since the 1940s.at  (noon ET, ESPNU): A year ago, Tulane saw its bowl dreams die at the 1-yard line in a 41-38 loss to SMU in Game 12. Now Tulane again enters Game 12 needing a win to reach the postseason.at (12:20 p.m. ET, ACC Network): NC State looks to win its third straight game in Chapel Hill for the first time since 1988-92 and possibly finish off the Larry Fedora era at North Carolina.at (12:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network): A win-or-stay home game for Wake Forest.at  (2 p.m. ET, ESPN3): In a rare in-season home-and-home, Liberty needs a revenge win over New Mexico State and a win over Norfolk State next week to achieve bowl eligibility in its first year of play in FBS.at (2:30 p.m. ET, AT&T SportsNet): A win-or-stay-home game for Wyoming.at (2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Winner takes the inaugural Sun Belt East championship, loser does not.at (3 p.m. ET, ESPN+): A win-or-stay-home game for Southern Miss.at (3 p.m. ET, ESPN+): Louisiana-Lafayette wins the inaugural Sun Belt West title and advances to face the Troy-App State winner, while ULM needs a win and an Arkansas State loss. ULL has won three of four, but ULM won the most recent meeting.at (3 p.m. ET, ESPN3): This game’s importance hinges on the Marshall-FIU outcome. If FIU loses, Middle Tennessee takes the C-USA East with a victory. If FIU wins, MTSU is eliminated and UAB, already crowned the C-USA West champion, is playing for the right to host FIU in the C-USA Championship.at (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS): There’s a school of thought out there that Alabama could get in the Playoff even with a loss to Auburn as long as the Tide beats Georgia next week; Nick Saban would rather not test it. All the principals have said Gus Malzahn will return in 2019, but nothing would put the whispers to bed quite like another Iron Bowl stunner.at (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC): After last week’s heartbreaker against Ohio State, Matt Canada’s crew must pick itself up off the mat and beat Penn State — which it has done just once since joining the Big Ten — to reach a bowl game.at (3:30 p.m. ET, BTN): This game means nothing because Northwestern clinched its first Big Ten West title two weeks ago. Just wanted to remind you.at (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1): The first Territorial Cup game between Herm Edwards and Kevin Sumlin is also a lose-or-stay-home game for Arizona.at (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN): A year ago, Miami came into this game 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country. Pitt won the game and has since taken The U’s mojo. The Panthers have already clinched their first ACC Coastal, while Miami looks to avoid a sub-.500 ACC record.at (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2): A win accomplishes two separate, massive things for Minnesota — it snaps a 14-game losing streak to Wisconsin and sends the Gophers to a bowl game for the first time under PJ Fleck.at (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network): A win-or-stay-home game for SMU.at (4 p.m. ET, ESPN3): Arkansas State needs a win and a Louisiana-Monroe victory over Louisiana-Lafayette to win the inaugural Sun Belt West championship.at (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network): Our fourth loser-stays-home game of the weekend. A win would mark Jeremy Pruitt’s debut a success, while a loss deems it a failure. Derek Mason would love to welcome his new AD with a bowl trip. Vanderbilt has taken two straight over Tennessee, its second such streak in the past six seasons; the ‘Dores have not won three straight since the 1920s.at (6 p.m. ET, Stadium): A year after pummeling their way to a Conference USA championship, Lane Kiffin’s team must win to reach a bowl game.at (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Clemson needs a win to stay in the Playoff hunt and to beat South Carolina for a fifth straight time since taking a program-record seven straight from 1934-40.at (7 p.m. ET, FS1): At 5-6, a Kansas State loss not only ends the Wildcats’ season, there’s a very real chance it proves to be Bill Snyder’s 333rd and final game as K-State’s head coach. Also, in the event of a Texas loss to Kansas and a West Virginia loss to Oklahoma, this result decides who meets OU for the Big 12 title — an Iowa State win puts Texas in, and a K-State victory puts WVU in.at (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Kentucky must win out to achieve its first 10-win season since 1977, while Louisville fans, with Bobby Petrino already out, would love nothing more than to cap off an awful season by making their archrivals feel exactly how they’ve spent the past three months feeling.at (7 p.m. ET, Pac-12 Network): Mike MacIntyre is already out, so Colorado is playing a win-or-stay-home game that would also avoid the Buffs the indignity of starting 5-0 and finishing 5-7.at (7 p.m. ET, ESPN+): It’s been a bittersweet season in Denton. Viral sensations and 5-0 to begin the year, UNT dropped three games by 13 combined points — and held double-digit leads in all three. Still, the Mean Green could match a school record of 10 wins and book a 5-0 record against Texas teams for the first time in more than 70 years.at (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network): Conference and national titles off the table, LSU can still record an 11-win season and clinch a trip to a TBD New Year’s Six bowl with a win. Texas A&M would love nothing more to build a genuine rivalry with its neighbors to the East, but the Aggies are 0-6 against LSU since joining the SEC. Jimbo was hired to fix that.at (8 p.m. ET, ABC): Notre Dame needs a win to clinch its first Playoff trip, while USC needs a win to avoid going from Rose Bowl champions, to Pac-12 champions, to missing a bowl game in successive seasons.at (8 p.m. ET, FOX): Oklahoma State clinched a 13th straight bowl trip with last week’s West Virginia upset, while TCU needs a win to avoid missing a bowl for just the third time in the last 20 seasons.at (9:30 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network): Fresno State will play for the Mountain West championship regardless, but Nevada can call itself the MW West co-champion with a win over UNLV and a Fresno State loss to San Jose State.at (10 p.m. ET, FS1): Utah has clinched the Pac-12 South. BYU has clinched a bowl. So there’s nothing really at stake here except this — BYU and Utah first met in 1896 and have played annually since 1922. The longest winning streak is actually two separate winning streaks, one 9-game run by both teams. Utah can extend its current streak to eight win a win here.at (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Winner claims the MW Mountain Division, loser does not. Furthermore, the winner here is the top choice to appear in a New Year’s Six bowl (likely the Fiesta) if UCF loses in the AAC Championship.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineIn a highly anticipated collaboration, Marc Newson has partnered with Riva and their official designers, Officina Italiana Design, to reinterpret the ‘Aquariva’ speedboat. ‘Aquariva by Marc Newson’ will be launched as a limited edition of 22 units in September 2010, available worldwide through Gagosian Gallery.“As a kid obsessed with designing and making things, post-war Italian design was a huge source of inspiration. I was amazed by the seamless ability of designers and industry to produce every conceivable type of industrial product, from furniture to automobiles. My own career has undoubtedly been influenced by the Italians’ ability to impact so many areas of design,” says Marc Newson. “That influence is fully evident in ‘Aquariva by Marc Newson’, my first nautical design project for the iconic Italian brand.”Newson’s design for the Aquariva vessel is unique in its conception, as well as the materials chosen. A wood-like, textile-based laminate (phenolic composite) was used for the deck area and instrument panel. This material was developed in the first half of the 20th century, and was a precursor to fibreglass. While having an ostensibly organic feel and aesthetic, it is significantly more durable than wood. To give the exterior a more high tech look, Newson utilized anodized aluminum, a material not generally associated with boats; this lightweight material is used in lieu of stainless steel and chrome brass, yet remains contextual among Riva’s glamour and classical design. Respecting the DNA of the original project created by Officina Italiana Design was paramount to Newson’s design for Aquariva. With this in mind, some of the changes he makes are truly innovative: the re-imagining of the transom (at the stern), the wrap-around, laminated glass windscreen, the split cabin door entry, the functionality of the lounge and dining area, and the re-introduction of separate driver and passenger seats. Aquariva by Marc Newson’s simplicity and functionality are what make the boat truly extraordinary. The end product of Newson’s design is an uprated Riva complete with a bow thruster and state-of-the-art electronic transmission.“Aquariva by Marc Newson is a natural extension of the artist’s work with planes and automobiles. The result is a brilliant blend of form and function, looking back to La Dolce Vita of the 1950’s and 1960’s and forward to the latest trends in nautical design,” says Larry Gagosian. “I can’t wait until it is on the water.” Australian born Newson’s aesthetic vision and uncompromising originality have won him the highest international acclaim. Working across a broad spectrum of disciplines, Newson has created furniture, interiors, timepieces, objects of all sorts, and sculptural work, as well as major projects in the transportation industry, particularly aviation and aerospace. Appointed a “Royal Designer for Industry” in the United Kingdom, Newson has received numerous design awards and academic honours. He has had solo exhibitions at major museums and galleries, with work featured in the permanent collections of the world’s most renowned museums including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, centre Pompidou, Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2005, Newson was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.“We are proud that Marc Newson has chosen the Aquariva, which we first created in 2001, as the vessel in which to express his vision for nautical design. His design will carry on Aquariva’s legacy as a timeless classic, continuing a thread that connects past to present, and tradition to innovation”, Officina Italiana Design comments.
“Officina Italiana Design and Marc Newson represent the best in international design. It is an honour for me to witness this partnership, one I am firmly convinced will both win great approbation and mark the history of design,” affirmed Norberto Ferretti, Chairman of both Ferretti Group and Riva.last_img read more