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UCP calls for an Alberta exemption to stress tests for homebuyers

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Brick by brick, UCP Leader Jason Kenney wants to scale back legislation from Ottawa when it comes to buying homes. He would like Alberta to be exempt from stress tests involved in buying homes.Kenney believes this broad legislation was brought in because of problems outside of Alberta.“One of the reasons why homes are less affordable in Alberta today is because of unfair rules imposed by Ottawa to deal with the overheated real estate markets in Toronto and Vancouver.”Kenney noted his party will act on this before any election.“A motion at the first opportunity in the next (sitting of the) legislature calling on the federal government to withdraw its unfair attack on Alberta home ownership.”Meanwhile, Mayor Naheed Nenshi is happy to see any party talk about housing ahead of the next provincial election.“I’d love to look at it because it clearly did not apply to the Alberta context.”Kenney also believes this causes problems for first-time homebuyers. That is an argument Nenshi could get on board with.“That stress test has actually been very challenging for first-time homebuyers. It has particularly been challenging for folks who are trying to access housing through Attainable Homes Calgary.”Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal is bringing forward a motion on Monday asking for a more regional approach from the federal government.Premier Rachel Notley quipped she may look into this but will be focused on what the provincial government can do to help.“That can help people have a higher quality of life and have more affordability. So that is what my focus is on.last_img read more

PM stays mum on clash with WilsonRaybould over high court pick leak

first_imgWINNIPEG — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying mum about whether he rejected former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould’s 2017 recommendation for chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.Sources tell The Canadian Press that Trudeau turned down Wilson-Raybould’s recommendation that Glenn Joyal be elevated from chief justice of Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench to chief justice of the Supreme Court over Joyal’s views on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.Joyal said Monday he withdrew his candidacy due to his wife’s health.Trudeau would not answer direct questions this morning about what transpired two years ago, nor would he say whether his office was involved in the leak of what is usually a highly confidential appointments process.Trudeau says it is the prime minister’s choice of who to nominate for the Supreme Court, as well as for chief justice, and that Canadians can and should continue to have faith in their judicial system.The House of Commons ethics committee will meet this afternoon in Ottawa to debate an opposition request to probe further into Wilson-Raybould’s allegations of political interference in the criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former First Nation chief seeking audience with Iran

first_img(Former Roseau River chief Terry Nelson. APTN/File Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsA former Manitoba chief who says the federal Aboriginal Affairs department orchestrated a “coup” against him plans to ask Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for permission to address Iran’s parliament on how Canada treats First Nations people.Former Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Chief, Terry Nelson, said he wanted to speak to Iran’s parliament on the “economic sanctions” Canada has imposed on First Nations.“I will go to Iran if they want me to address the issue of economic sanctions and what is happening with our Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Nelson. “The chiefs continue to go meet with (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and don’t do anything more than leave their people suffering.”Nelson visited Iraq in 1998.The former chief said he has no choice but to go international after what he calls a “coup” orchestrated by the Aboriginal Affairs department.Nelson said the department’s decision to cancel a referendum scheduled for Thursday in his community was aimed at ensuring he could not return to power.Roseau River band members were to vote on whether to elect a band government based on a custom code or one under the Indian Act.“This was a coup at Roseau River,” said Nelson, who has made national headlines when he called for a national day of action in 2007. “They are not allowing people to make any decisions…there is no democracy.”Nelson has been voted in repeatedly under section 74 of the Indian Act, but he is opposed by a group that adheres to an election code outside section 74.The Federal Court issued an interim ruling earlier this month naming the chief elected under the custom code as the legitimate leader of the community.The ruling is temporary and comes on the heels of a drawn-out power struggle where both sides claimed to be the legitimate government and the department refused to acknowledge either.The custom council attempted to oust Nelson in the fall and called an election that put current Chief Ken Henry Jr. in power.The department said in a statement that the planned referendum “has been postponed until further notice.”The statement said the department planned to “allow chief and council to submit a plan to address governance issues in the community.”The Winnipeg Free Press reported that Henry planned to have Aboriginal Affairs officials arrested if they came on the reserve to hold the planned referendum.Nelson won re-election last spring under section 74 of Indian Act election despite the department releasing a forensic audit a week before the vote that slammed Nelson’s council for poor management of band funds and incomplete accounting.Roseau River is currently under third-party management.A group of community members protested in Winnipeg Wednesday demanding the department hold the referendum.Nelson said the federal government has targeted him because of his recent calls for First Nations to assert jurisdiction over oil deposits and pipelines in their territories.He has also called for unspecified action against oil pipelines.A motion, partially authored by Nelson, calling on the Assembly of First Nations to back actions against pipelines was rejected in December because the organization feared it promoted “terrorism.”Nelson planned to hold a press conference Thursday at 1 p.m. local time.Nelson issued a press release on Jan. 23 stating he was not trying to hang on to his job as chief.“As I stated many times, I am not running for chief again,” Nelson wrote.He went on to accuse the federal government of meddling in his band’s affairs.“They want the court to install a regime that was voted in by less than 13 per cent of the 1,470 eligible voters and they want the court to give them access to millions of dollars currently held in trust for the First Nation,” he wrote.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Premier China needs strong measures to support economy

BEIJING — China’s top economic official says the country needs “strong measures” to counteract downward pressure on growth but Beijing plans to promote market-oriented reforms instead of relying on more lending and deficit government spending.Premier Li Keqiang, speaking in a nationally televised news conference, said Friday the communist government will cut taxes and take other steps to “boost the vitality of the market.”Li said, “We certainly need to take strong measures to cope with rising uncertainties that we face this year.” However, he added that boosting lending or government spending might “lead to future problems.”Li expressed confidence Beijing can achieve its annual growth target of 6 to 6.5 per cent. Economic growth last year fell to a three-decade low of 6.6 per cent.The Associated Press read more

Independent panel has begun inquiry into UNs OilforFood chairman says

Video of the press briefing [47mins] In the event of maladministration, questions related to why that maladministration occurred, where responsibility for it lay, and what lessons learned could be drawn would also be addressed, Paul A. Volcker told a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.The longest and most difficult aspect of the investigation by the Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) would relate to what went on in Iraq itself in terms of contractors, overcharging and undercharging, kickbacks and smuggling, “which is peripheral to our investigation but I don’t think we can help but touch upon it,” he added.Mr. Volcker, a former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve System, stressed it was crucial for the panel to establish a degree of control over the very important records held in Iraq, if its investigation was to be satisfactory.A team had been sent to Baghdad to make contact with the Bureau of the Supreme Auditor, which had responsibility for collecting and consolidating those records. That team would explore ways of achieving and maintaining sufficient influence over and accessibility to those records.The Oil-for-Food programme began operating in 1996. Under its terms, sanctions-bound Iraq was allowed to use a portion of its oil revenues to purchase humanitarian relief. The effort was monitored by the Security Council “661” committee, which included representatives from all 15 countries on the Council.Until its termination in November 2003, the programme was the largest-ever, in financial terms, administrated by the UN. It oversaw the delivery of some $39 billion worth of humanitarian assistance to about 22 million people, many of whom were largely dependent on outside aid to survive since normal economic activity was severely constrained by sanctions imposed after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. read more

Mozambique cyclones a wakeup call to boost resistance UN weather agency

A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) fact-finding mission to Mozambique recommended on Wednesday a package of disaster-risk-reduction priorities to strengthen the country’s early warning systems and reduce damage due to weather, climate and water-related hazards. “Mozambique needs to build resilience”, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a message to an international pledging conference to secure support for reconstruction, on Saturday. “Although the number of tropical cyclones globally is expected to reduce in the future, the number of most intense tropical cyclones (category 4 and 5), associated with more rainfall, will increase in a warming climate,” he said. He asserted that future sea level rise “will exacerbate the impact of storm surge on coastal regions” and raise flooding concerns, “particularly for low-lying cities such as Beira”, which was inundated by the cyclones in March and April. It also draws attention to Mozambique’s vulnerability to floods from both rivers and sea. The fact-finding team said that a $27 million investment is needed to strengthen meteorological and water supply sectors. This includes reconstruction, rehabilitation and modernization of infrastructure and equipment, land surveys for flood-risk mapping and satellite rainfall estimation and forecast training. The team of meteorologists and hydrologists, headed by WMO’s Filipe Lúcio, will present a report to an international pledging conference for Mozambique, taking place on Friday and Saturday in Beira. ‘A salutary warning’ On 14 March, months-worth of rain fell in a matter of hours around the coastal city as Idai provoked one of the worst disasters to ever hit the southern hemisphere.,Disaster management practices require:  Effective floodplain management practices, including land use, urban planning.  Devastation caused by #Idai and #Kenneth is a wake-up call about more high-impact tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and intense rainfall linked to #climatechange, says WMO fact-finding report released for #Mozambique reconstruction donor conference https://t.co/Cn3TEuLujM pic.twitter.com/KTY9tKaY7o— WMO | OMM (@WMO) May 29, 2019 Multi-purpose infrastructure to serve as shelters in cases of tropical cyclones and accommodation during floods.  Updated building codes to withstand intense tropical cyclone winds.  Consideration of structural measures for protection and management, where appropriate.,The cyclone and subsequent flooding killed more than 600 people, injured an estimated 1,600, affected more than 1.8 million and caused an estimated $773 million in damages to buildings, infrastructure and agriculture. “In times of floods, Mozambicans seek safety on roofs of buildings. But the ferocity of Idai’s winds blew the roofs away”, said Mr. Lucio. “It is a salutary warning about the future scale of the combined challenges from urbanization and climate change-related sea level rise and extreme weather”.  The fact-finding team’s visit coincided with Cyclone Kenneth, the most intense tropical cyclone ever known to have hit the Cabo Delgado province, on 25 April.,According to the report, WMO identified major weaknesses on preparedness, emergency coordination and response, including the lack of a back-up communication system for warning and emergency operations and an evacuation plan for cities, particularly in low-lying areas. Moreover, because Mozambique is downstream of nine major river basins, it is prone to devastating floods, but water use upstream can also exacerbated low flows during droughts. While climate change projections indicate a global decrease in numbers of tropical storms and cyclones, they signal possible increases in intensities and associated rainfall. And, assuming all other factors are equal, WMO predicts that sea-level rise will exacerbate the impact of storm surge on coastal regions. read more

Shelby Hursh tosses nohitter Ohio State softball sweeps doubleheader

OSU redshirt senior Maddy McIntyre (30) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor The Ohio State softball team’s bats waited until the second game of a matinee doubleheader against Penn State to get going. But with junior Shelby Hursh not allowing a single hit in Game 1, the Buckeyes really weren’t required to hit much.OSU (21-8-1, 6-1-1) secured two wins against Penn State (17-16, 6-2) on Wednesday behind the strength of Hursh in the first game and potent offense in the second. The Buckeyes had to overcome a nearly two-hour rain delay in Game 2 to pull off the sweep.The blustery weather and early start time might have kept fans from filling the stands at Buckeye Field, but that did not stop Hursh from tossing seven dominant innings in the first game. The Buckeyes had not seen a no-hitter since 2014, which was also accomplished by Hursh, that time against Utah Valley.“I definitely knew, but we don’t talk about it because we think it jinxes it,” she said, when asked about what was going through her head throughout the game.On the day, sophomore Taylor White went 5-for-7, while junior Alex Bayne added her 13th and 14th home runs of the year and tacked on five RBIs to her team-high total of 32. Bayne is now five homers away from breaking the team’s single-season record, with 20 games still remaining.Senior catcher Cammi Prantl hit two doubles and a home run in the second game to bring in four runs, while redshirt junior Jess Machovina drove in three runs on a home run and single.“I’m just glad to be back on the field playing, and my hitting’s coming through,” Machovina said. “I can finally produce for the team, and that feels so good.”Game 1In her 12th start of the season, Hursh took the mound on the windy morning to throw her second career no-hitter in the Buckeyes’ 3-0 win on the Nittany Lions.Hursh struck out 10 in what turned out to be a war of pitchers against Penn State junior Marlaina Laubach, who registered six of her own.The weekly noon tornado test sirens wailed as Hursh recorded the final out of the game, a swinging strikeout by Penn State left fielder Macy Jones. “I think it has a lot to do with pitch-calling,” Hursh said. “(Prantl) did a great job, and she always just works so hard behind the plate.”OSU’s lead in Game 1 started early. After senior Maddy McIntyre fouled off six pitches and ultimately walked, Bayne pulled a long ball over the left-field fence in the bottom of the first.The Nittany Lions went down in order in the second and third innings, while the Buckeyes also remained scoreless, leaving two runners on. In the third inning, the shortstop McIntyre snagged a high line drive to keep the leadoff hitter, senior Reina Furuya, from getting aboard.In the bottom of the fifth, Bayne narrowly beat out the throw on a leadoff single up the middle. After Prantl drew a walk, sophomore first baseman Erika Leonard sent a single up the middle. Leonard earned an RBI thanks to Bayne’s speed, as she made the trip from second base to home before center fielder Lexi Knief could make the throw.White loaded the bases with her third single of the game after Penn State second baseman Mollie Sorenson missed the tag on Leonard as she advanced to second, yet back-to-back strikeouts from sophomore Ashley Goodwin and junior Anna Kirk halted OSU’s lead at three runs.Hursh hit four batters in her outing, including junior Shelby Miller, who advanced to second on a passed ball in the sixth inning. However, the Nittany Lions failed to score after Miller’s shoe slipped off on her way to third after Knief put a ball in play to the left side of the infield.Both OSU and Penn State went down without scoring for the remainder of the game, as both offenses struggled to even put the ball in play.Game 2Thunder and lightning rolled in during the top of the sixth inning, sending the second game into a severe weather delay with the Buckeyes up two. After lightning continued to strike and the dark clouds passed through, Prantl hit a two-run homer to solidify the Buckeyes’ 12-10 win.In the bottom of the first inning, Prantl recorded her ninth double of the season but was left stranded. With a chance to make a statement and two runners on, Penn State junior Kristina Brackpool ripped a three-run home run to left field to give Penn State its first lead of the day.The Buckeyes answered with a home run by Machovina, which brought in White with no outs. The homer, the first baseman’s first of the year, sparked OSU’s offense, which later tied up the game on Bayne’s single to center field. Prantl followed with another double to bring in two runners, and Leonard hit a sacrifice fly to right field to bring in Bayne from third.“Our offense is obviously there, especially after putting up 12 runs in that second game,” Machovina said.With the fourth home run to left field of the day, Jones hit a solo shot to lead off the third inning to narrow the Buckeyes’ lead to two. Jones’ homer and Miller’s follow-up single up the middle sent OSU junior starting pitcher Lena Springer to the bullpen and freshman Morgan Ray to the mound. Ray struggled to stop a hot Penn State offense with the bases loaded, as the Nittany Lions reclaimed the lead on senior Erin Pond’s bases-clearing double. While the first game only saw one pitcher on each side, both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions utilized much of their pitching staffs to combat tough offenses. Penn State freshman Madison Seifert took an early exit, giving way to Laubach to make a reprise in the circle. After Ray allowed another run in the fourth inning, Hursh also returned to the mound.“We all have different roles, and those roles change,” Hursh said. “And we just have to be ready to go in and shut teams down.”OSU tied it at eight on Bayne’s booming two-run homer to center field and then retook the lead in the following inning on Machovina’s single through the gap. Freshman Bri Betschel lengthened the lead to two on a slap hit past Furuya to bring pinch runner Megan Choinacky in from second base.Prantl’s home run brought the score to 12-8 heading into the top of the seventh inning, where the Nittany Lions brought only two runs across the plate, sealing a day that featured their first two Big Ten losses of the year.Coming upOSU is scheduled to make a trip to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights in a weekend series. Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday’s affairs set for 1 p.m. and noon, respectively. read more

Tiger Woods May Not Get A Better Shot At Another Green Jacket

2016Danny Willett—————— Masters winners do their best work from tee to greenStrokes gained rankings by category for Masters Tournament winners during the seasons they won, 2004-18 As the world’s greatest golfers convene in Augusta, Georgia, this week for the Masters, it’s time for every sports fan’s annual rite of spring: wild speculation about whether Tiger Woods can add a fifth green jacket to his closet. Picking Woods used to be a trendy bet; then it began to feel like a totally futile exercise. Well after he last won the event in 2005, there was a period when Woods was in the news constantly for everything except golf success. In fact, it wasn’t too long ago that Woods’s relevance as a winning golfer seemed finished, along with his bid to chase down Jack Nicklaus’s record for all-time majors won.But that all changed last season, when Woods put everything back together again to finish eighth on the PGA Tour money list and win the season-ending Tour Championship in September. Now Woods is back, in his best position in years to win another Masters. According to VegasInsider, Woods has the third-best odds of any player to win this weekend; he’s also playing even more inspired golf than he did during last year’s comeback campaign. But at age 43, will this be one of Woods’s last chances to win at Augusta before his days of being a viable champion are over?Certainly, Tiger has been outplaying many of his much younger rivals these past few seasons. Since the end of his lost 2017 campaign, Woods ranks sixth among qualified1Minimum 30 total rounds measured by ShotLink, the PGA Tour’s real-time scoring system. PGA Tour players in total strokes gained per round, trailing only Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood. He’s mostly regained his old mastery of irons on approach shots and still has some of the game’s best feel for shots around the green. In terms of strokes gained, Woods is picking up 1.67 shots (relative to the average player) per round so far in 2019, an even better mark than the 1.60 he posted last season — which itself was easily his best performance in five years.One of the most impressive aspects of Woods’s early play this season has been improved accuracy off the tee. According to the PGA Tour, Woods has hit 65.2 percent of possible fairways on his drives this season, which ranks 54th out of 214 qualified players. That might not sound amazing, but by Woods’s standards, it is ultraprecise accuracy. Last year, he hit only 59.4 percent of fairways, which ranked him 127th, and he struggled to break 55 percent over the four injury-plagued seasons before that. (Even during his really great pre-scandal/injury seasons, hitting fairways was an Achilles’ heel. In 2007, when he made the most money playing golf of his career, Woods ranked 152nd in driving accuracy and failed to hit 60 percent of fairways.) When Woods is scuffling, the first indication is often a wayward drive that requires subsequent artistry just to make par.With the help of that improved accuracy, Woods now ranks 72nd in strokes gained on drives this year — he was 100th last year — and ninth in strokes gained from the tee to the green, picking up 1.48 shots per round before ever setting his spikes on the putting surface. Classic Tiger was always a tee-to-green monster, ranking either first or second in the category every healthy season from 2006 to 2013, so his strong performance in that category this year is another signal that Woods is returning to vintage form.It’s also a very good sign for his chances at Augusta. That’s because, as Todd Schneider wrote about for FiveThirtyEight a few years ago, the Masters often comes down to a player’s skills with the long clubs — contrary to the tournament’s reputation for being a putting contest.Great PGA Tour players generally assert themselves most on approach shots and drives anyway, gaining about 4 strokes relative to average from tee to green for every extra shot they pick up on putts. But the recent history of Masters winners also suggests that a great long game is the true prerequisite for winning the green jacket. The average winner since strokes gained was first tracked in 2004 (excluding the 2016 and 2017 winners, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia, because they lacked enough PGA Tour rounds to qualify for official leaderboards) ranked only about 86th in putting performance per round but 35th in strokes gained off the tee, 32nd in strokes gained on approach shots and 18th in total strokes gained from tee to green. 2008Trevor Immelman116501131191113 2018Patrick Reed104742297224 Strokes gained tee-to-green was the top category (or tied for the top) for 46 percent of the Masters winners over that span,2No other category was above 38 percent. and 62 percent of winners ranked among the Top 10 in the statistic — like Woods does this year. (This is consistent with my previous research that driving distance and approach accuracy are the two secret weapons players can possess at Augusta, causing them to play better in the Masters than their overall scoring average would predict.)I haven’t mentioned Tiger’s putting numbers yet, and with good reason. Woods used to be the greatest putter in the world, but so far this season he ranks just 74th in strokes gained with the flatstick, adding only 0.19 shots above average per round. Last year, he was better — 48th on tour — though he still wasn’t the putting maestro who once showed me and countless others the fundamentals of a great stroke. However, Augusta has frequently seen putters who rank far worse than Woods win during the era of detailed PGA Tour tracking data. (In fact, more than half of qualified Masters winners since 2004 have ranked worse than 78th in putting.) Putting performance is so random from year to year — much less from tournament to tournament or even round to round — that it’s a lot easier for a good tee-to-green player to get hot on the green for a weekend than for a good putter to suddenly have an uncharacteristically amazing weekend off the tee.Because of all this, it’s not hard to understand why Woods is a strong 12-to-1 bet to win the Masters. But it’s also not hard to imagine that this could be the 43-year-old’s last, best chance to win another green jacket. Using our research on historical major winners from a few years ago, here’s what the aging curve for championship golfers looks like: 2017Sergio García—————— 2015Jordan Spieth15117492 2007Zach Johnson613016460513 2013Adam Scott21677510811 2012Bubba Watson1598431606 2011Charl Schwartzel224564199620 Average34.531.970.018.486.121.2 2009Ángel Cabrera3748169636351 2014Bubba Watson2476371098 2005Tiger Woods44128451 YearMasters WinnerOff TeeApproachAround GreenTee to GreenPuttingTotal 2006Phil Mickelson124664405 PGA Tour Rank 2010Phil Mickelson66532513312 Garcia and Willett didn’t play enough rounds to qualify for the PGA Tour’s rankings during their Masters-winning seasons.Source: PGAtour.com 2004Phil Mickelson7224351289 That spike in wins for players in their early 40s came from 42-year-olds Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Payne Stewart, Tom Kite and Gary Player, and it was the last actual uptick on the chart — and Woods is now on the wrong side of it. Jack Nicklaus famously won his final major at age 46, but most great golfers are largely done winning by their early to mid-40s. And the game has only gotten younger in the twilight of Woods’s career; while the average major-winner in our data set above (through 2014) was 31.9, that number is just 29.6 in the years since. With his own early career dominance and popularity, Woods has inspired a younger generation of gifted golfers that he now must do battle with.Woods is a special talent and in the conversation for the greatest golfer ever.3Even though most fans still give Nicklaus the nod. He’s playing as well heading into Augusta as he has in a long time and excelling in exactly the right categories. But between aging effects and his own injury history, he may never have a better shot at winning another Masters than he does right now. Once upon a time, Tiger was legendary for pouncing on every opportunity left in front of him. We’ll just have to see if he can summon that ability yet again. read more

Sika realizes dream after donning scarlet and gray

It’s pretty fitting that a guy like senior offensive lineman Scott Sika would be from a town called Strongsville, Ohio. But not just for the obvious reasons one would expect. Sika was able to walk on to the Ohio State team because of his heart and work ethic. But he is a pretty strong guy, too. Putting on the scarlet jersey and silver helmet was a lifelong dream for Sika. Nearly every member of his family went to OSU. He remembers watching every Buckeye game on Saturdays when he was growing up with his father, who went to optometry school at OSU. “He’s been a big influence in my life. He’s one of the main reasons why I chose to walk on too, because he would always tell me ‘you could play here,’ but you always have doubts in the back of your mind,” Sika said. “But once you get here you realize, as they say, fathers know best. Just his influence has helped me.” Choosing to walk on to OSU’s team did not come without any risks. He would not be guaranteed a scholarship, like he had been offered from smaller programs. Nor would he be guaranteed any playing time. But Sika never had a problem focusing on the positives. “I couldn’t pass up the chance. I really wanted to go to college here. Why not give it a try and play. It’s turned out really well for me,” he said. Sika said the rigors of playing for the scout team were difficult at first, but he always maintained a team-first mentality. “When I started I knew I was going to be on the scout team. Basically I’m here to help the team. Granted, I wish I could play as much as possible, but I’m just doing what I have to do to help the team,” Sika said. “It’s coaches’ decision, whether it’s playing scout team or playing with the twos, I just do what I do and I’ve enjoyed it.” While Sika’s father, brother, sister and mother all attended OSU, his uncle wore navy and maize as a football player for the Michigan Wolverines. “It was pretty ironic,” he quipped. “We always gave each other a hard time. Every week he says he roots for us, aside from when we play Michigan obviously. We go at it, but the last couple years I’ve easily had the upper hand and he hasn’t been able to say much. It’s a fun relationship, we go back and fourth but he just wants the best for me.” The memories of multiple BCS games, including a couple National Championship games and the Rose Bowl, will stay with Sika, But he said aside from all the obvious big stages he’s seen, it’s been the relationships he’s built with his teammates that he’ll remember most. Sika will be graduating with a degree in sports management. He plans on using everything he’s learned as a football player at OSU and the connections he’s made to help him in the professional world. But no matter what, he’ll always remember the feeling he had when he first realized he was a Buckeye. “It was surreal,” he said. “As I tell a lot of people, you don’t really understand it when you’re doing it. Sometimes you sit back and say to yourself ‘wow, I’m playing for the second ranked team in the nation.’ “You get to play where Orlando Pace and Eddie George played. It’s just an honor and you don’t realize it when you’re here but once you’re gone … it’s just memories and I’m so thankful to have had an opportunity.” read more

Childrens literacy levels fall as social media hits reading

“Communication skills in face-to-face situations have been on the decline since social media has become more widely used. Speaking and listening skills are often the forgotten literacy dexterities and students will struggle in work, school and personal relationships without them,” she said.Research by UCL and the IESR also found the heaviest users of social media, including 10-year-olds spending up to four hours a day online, suffered greater levels of depression.Girls were 50 per cent more likely than boys to be using social media for four or more hours a day by the time they were teenagers and were also more prone to depression than boys.Key factors, according to the researchers, were lack of sleep, the increased risk of cyber-bulling and low self-esteem from an obsession with “likes”. “Girls are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of social media and may be an important group to focus on among those looking to mitigate these effects.”Dr Booker said guidance recommending limits of potentially two hours for under-11s and three or four hours for adolescents could help parents enforce rules on tech use within the home. “It gives everybody – parents, adolescents and adults – an idea of how much time you should be spending on screen as well as social media,” she said.“A lot of what children do is modelled on our behaviour. If everyone has in their head a time in their heads of two hours, it means that you can have time when you are technology free, like no phones at the dinner table.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Heavy use of social media by children has been linked to lower levels of literacy for the first time.The landmark study by University College London (UCL), based on 11,000 children tracked from their births in 2000, found their time on social media could be detracting from reading and homework, with a potential knock-on effect on their literacy.Professor Yvonne Kelly, director of UCL’s  International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, said the findings suggested a link between “the amount of time young people spend on social media and their levels of literacy”.Both boys and girls who were heavier users were affected the same. “We looked at whether the more time young people spend on social media, the less time they have for the things that might improve their literacy such as reading for enjoyment and doing homework,” said Professor Kelly.She said it was now time for the government to consider setting official “healthy” time limits on children’s social media use outside school. Her research also showed heavy users of social media – and particularly girls – were more likely to be depressed. Figures from the millennium cohort study, which tracked children born in 2000 at ages nine months, three, five, seven, 11 and 14, found that by their teenage years children were far more likely to spend time on social media or video games after school than doing homework or reading books.Around half of the teenagers spent some time on social media on a weekday. It was higher for girls at six in ten (61 per cent), against 39 per cent among boys. One in ten spent more than three hours a day on social media, although the average time was 1 hour 21 minutes per day.For boys, gaming was more popular than social media. Almost half (48 per cent) of all boys had spent time on video games, and of these, 12 per cent reported spending more than five hours a day gaming. Just one in ten girls had spent any time on video games.By comparison, only 40 per cent did homework on an average weekday with boys (35 per cent) less likely than girls (44 per cent). Those who did do homework spent an average of 1 hour 13 minutes on it. Only one in ten spent any of their spare time reading, although girls (14 per cent) were more likely to do so than boys (seven per cent). Dr Cara Booker, research fellow at Essex University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research (IESR), said the tendency to use shorthand words on social media or when texting such as “nite”, “u” and “@” could be having an impact on literacy. Communication skills in face-to-face situations have been on the decline since social media has become more widely usedDr Cara Booker “More hours spent on social media appear to impact negatively on young people’s wellbeing and could have knock on effects for their longer-term prospects at school and work,” she wrote in an article for the Royal Society for Public Health’s “scroll-free” campaign for people to give up social media for September. Professor Kelly said: “Our research indicates it may indeed be time for recommended healthy and safe limits of social media use and that a focus on girls, especially initiatives to boost their mental health could help mitigate some of the negative effects.“Heavy users of social media are less happy and have more problems at school and at home. Interventions to help them limit and manage social media use better are likely to be important. read more

Jet boring to start at very highgrade Cigar Lake uranium mine

first_imgThe CNSC has granted Cameco a uranium mining licence authorising construction and operation of the Cigar Lake project. The Cigar Lake orebody is being frozen prior to mining to improve ground conditions, prevent water inflow and improve radiation protection. The high grade ore will be removed by a non-entry method jet boring system that will be deployed within access tunnels being developed about 25 m beneath the orebody. Jet boring involves using water under high pressure to carve out cavities in the orebody and then collecting the resulting ore slurry through pipes. The Cigar Lake mining process also involves backfilling the cavities in the orebody with concrete once the ore is removed.The licence will be valid from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2021. “We are pleased with this decision,” said Tim Gitzel, Cameco’s President and CEO. “This licence will allow Cameco to advance the Cigar Lake project into production and shows Canada’s nuclear regulator has confidence in our team. As planned, we expect to begin jet boring in ore this summer, with the first packaged pounds expected in the fourth quarter of this year.”Cigar Lake is the world’s second largest known high-grade uranium deposit, with grades that are 100 times the world average. Cameco is 50% owner and the mine operator. Its share of the deposit’s Proven and Probable reserves is 108.4 Mlb U3O8 at an average grade of 18.3%.Ore collected by the jet boring system will be taken to underground grinding and thickening circuits and then pumped to surface as slurry. At the surface, the ore will be loaded in special containers for truck transport to the mill.Cigar Lake ore will be processed through a toll milling arrangement at Areva’s McClean Lake operation, located 70 km to the northeast of Cigar Lake.last_img read more

Black Friday Sears Kmart Open on Thanksgiving

first_imgRetailers have become infamous over the past few decades fortheir constant expansion of the “holiday shopping season.” That expansion hasbeen furthered in past years by increased competition from online retailoutlets. The question then, at this point, is where to go from here?Well, with Black Friday being the the focal point of theseason, the answer seems obvious: Thanksgiving. Why not get a jump on theretail push by making all of your employees come into work when they should beat home, eating food with their families?Kmart did so last year, and plans to do it again in 2010.This year Sears is joining in. The old school department store is offering anumber of deals on the Sunday through Wednesday leading up for the holiday(like $800 off a 46 inch Sony HDTV).On Thaksgiving Day, the company will be offering one dayonly deals from manufacturers like Panasonic, Zenith, and RCA. Kmart will beoffering TV deals on Turkey Day, as well, including a $500 46 inch PanasonicHDTV.last_img read more

“Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic” set for 10/7 NXT TakeOver

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Courtesy of WWE.com:William Regal announces NXT’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournamentNXT will hold the first ever Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournamentDuring the historic NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn broadcast on WWE Network, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that NXT will be paying tribute to the late WWE Hall of Famer “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes with a tag team tournament to be held in his honor.The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will feature the best of NXT’s past, present and future, duking it out for tag team supremacy, with the finals taking place at the next NXT TakeOver, live on WWE Network on Wednesday, Oct. 7.Rhodes himself was no stranger to tag team competition during his illustrious career. The American Dream was a multiple-time tag team champion, holding titles with the likes of Dick Murdoch, Dick Slater and “Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez. Rhodes and Nikita Koloff also survived through a field of 24 teams to win the 1987 Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Cup.Though he made an incredible impact inside the squared circle, The American Dream made, perhaps, an even greater impact during his time with NXT. Rhodes served as a mentor to the entire NXT roster, helping them to find the Superstar or Diva within. It is because of his profound contributions to the future of WWE that NXT is honoring his legacy with this tournament, ensuring that The American Dream will live on.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Twitter Videos Articles Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Luchasaurus talks about how Dusty Rhodes came up with his gimmick, teaming with Jungle Boy Google+ Cody on using WCW as inspiration for AEW and competing against Vince McMahonlast_img read more

Two Haitians held on suspicion of helping and hiding in illegal landing

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 15, 2016 – The two work permit holding Haitian men caught allegedly helping a boat load of illegal migrants after a landing in NW Provo were yesterday charged in Grand Turk court.The two are reportedly asking for legal representation and are going to be held until they return to court on February 28, 2017.  Some 100 migrants were believed to have made it on island and still at large after the Halloween morning landfall.last_img read more

Community program seeks funds for grants

first_imgCAMAS-WASHOUGAL — The Camas-Washougal Community Chest is raising money and accepting donations for its 2015 grant cycle. The umbrella nonprofit agency for East County has been supporting local nonprofit organizations since 1946. The Community Chest is a volunteer organization that relies on donations.Grant applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 15. Applicants must demonstrate that their project or program benefits residents of Camas and Washougal in one or more of the following categories: education; youth activities; aid for people with special needs; natural resource conservation; health and welfare; crisis and emergency services; and other similar charitable or civic objectives.Instructions are at www.CamasWashougalCommunityChest.org. Or call agency vice president Marilyn Boerke at 360-798-3077 or email Marilyn.Boerke@camas.wednet.edu.Grant awards will be announced in March. The Community Chest is trying to raise $75,000 to fund the grants. Find out more about donating at the website above or mail checks to Camas-Washougal Community Chest, P.O. Box 960, Camas, WA 98607.This year, the agency awarded 17 grants totalling nearly $83,000 to agencies including the Interfaith Treasure House, the East County Family Resource Center, Janus Youth Programs and New Day Dental Clinic.last_img read more

Regalado City of Miami will not comply with sanctuary city order

first_img“We took an oath when we took office that we would defend and protect the constitutional laws of the United States, the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County,” Gimenez said in an interview on Fox & Friends.The memo came after Trump’s executive order where he threatened to cut federal funding to counties and cities that do not comply with federal immigration authorities.Gimenez’s office said they have already worked with the federal government and not much will change now. “We have always cooperated with the federal government. We will continue to cooperate with the federal government,” said Michael A. Hernández, the director of communications for Mayor Carlos Gimenez, “and that is what the order did – a continuation of the cooperation. Miami-Dade Police officers are not immigration enforcement agents, nor will they ever be.”The ordeal already caused confusion in a Miami-Dade courtroom, Friday. “I don’t know. I’m a criminal court judge. I don’t handle immigration matters,” said Judge Mindy S. Glazer. “Yesterday, I guess, before the mayor made his announcement, it was only a request to hold. Now since the mayor made his announcement, they are going to put, in fact, an immigration hold for deportation. That’s what they said.”Gimenez was not in town on Friday, unable to face those who said he is putting money over his family and his office. “We are not going to jeopardize and never will jeopardize federal funding,” Hernández said.The compliance brings an already existing fear for families and children of undocumented immigrants in the Miami-Dade school system.“Some have already come to us expressing stress, concerned not for themselves because, again, their rights are protected, but obviously, for their parents’ rights,” said Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “This is an issue, at the very least, heart wrenching, heart breaking and one that we must find a solution that’s both human and humane.” @mkg1123 I am an immigrant. The City of Miami will not comply. However Miami Dade County is a whole different government.— Tomás Regalado (@Tomas_Regalado) January 28, 2017Earlier on Friday, more than 50 protesters objecting to Gimenez’s enforcement of the Trump administration’s agenda surrounded Miami-Dade County Hall to voice their concerns. “He just created a fear in Miami that, it’s palpable as of now,” said protester Juan Carlos Carabantes with United We Dream. “It’s in the air, and our community is feeling it.”Demonstrators held signs and filled the area in front of the Stephen P. Clark Center. Some even made their way to the entrance in an effort to get Gimenez’s attention.“I was a former student, and now I’m working. I have never committed a crime, and all I do is work for my family to provide for my family,” said protester Eiejo Ramirez. “Just because I was not born here, I did not choose what side of the world to be born, I’m still considered a criminal.”Protesters screamed “shame on you” and “Mayor Carlos Gimenez is an immigrant too.” In Spanish, they chanted “Gimenez, we are in the fight.”Demonstrators said they are in fear of their future and feel that Gimenez betrayed them by going along with President Trump’s agenda.“You became American citizens, you can’t turn around and throw the federal position of ICE on our police force,” said protester Christy Figueras.Gimenez released a memo Thursday that ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration authorities and will detain undocumented immigrants who have committed a crime. The mayor’s office also clarified that they have never been considered a sanctuary community and reiterated that they are complying with the federal government. “We are not going to jeopardize, and never will jeopardize, federal funding,” said Hernández.In response to Regalado’s tweets, Gimenez’s office told 7News that the City of Miami has no jurisdiction over this matter. If, for example, an undocumented immigrant is arrested in Miami, they have to be taken to a county jail because there are no jails within the city limits.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the City of Miami acknowledged the county does have control over such arrests.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado took to Twitter to announce he has no intention of complying with President Donald Trump’s executive order aimed at denying federal funds to so-called sanctuary cities that shield undocumented immigrants from deportation.The tweets, posted Friday night, suggest Regalado is at odds with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who said he will enforce the commander in chief’s order. On Thursday, Gimenez ordered county jails to comply with federal immigration authorities.Regalado tweeted, “@MiamiPD’s job is to protect and serve the residents of the @CityofMiami. I am disappointed with the decision of the County.”He went on to respond to another Twitter user, “I am an immigrant. The City of Miami will not comply. However, Miami-Dade County is a whole different government.”last_img read more

Search underway for burglar in Miami Shores

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man seen burglarizing a Miami Shores home.Surveillance photos showed the armed burglar inside the residence along Northwest 97th Street and North Miami Avenue, around 10:44 a.m., on Jan. 15.Officials said the man entered through an unlocked window and stole two guns.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

GHMC to inspect old buildings in city

first_imgHyderabad: To avoid the Pune-like incident of wall collapse in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Monday decided to take necessary actions to inspect the old building walls in city and to decide either to demolish or else repair the walls to avoid any untoward incidents.GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore held a meeting with zonal officers, deputy commissioners and other officials over video conference at GHMC Headquarters. He instructed all the officials to take necessary actions to avoid the incidents like Pune, which claimed some 15 lives recently. Dana Kishore instructed the town planning officials and deputy commissioners to serve notices to the owners of the buildings, whose walls are in bad condition in Banjara Hills and Jubilee Hills. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us In the wake of the warning of heavy rain for the next two days by the Meteorological Department, the commissioner said that Monsoon monitoring officials should coordinate with the local deputy commissioners, town planning engineers and other officials and visit their respective allotted circles in the city. Haritha Haram As the monsoon begins, the state government will officially launch the Haritha Haram plantation in the next week or within 10 days, the commissioner said, and instructed the officials to be prepared fully before the plantation takes place in a large scale. Already one-crore saplings are ready to be planted in the city and tenders should be called for remaining saplings, he said. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Legal officers The commissioner said they have more than 5,000 cases on the GHMC and to file counters on these cases as well as to handle the cases, they need to appoint 13 legal officers, he said. He also said that BC voters counting will be completed within two days. Additional commissioners Amrapali Kata, Shruthi Ojha, Advaith Kumar, Sandeep Jha, Enforcement Director Vishwajit Kompati and other chief engineers were present at the meeting.last_img read more

Tahsildars to speed up passbooks issue

first_imgVikarabad: District Collector Ayesha Masrat Khanam has directed tahsildars to complete the pending works of pattadar passbooks under purification of land records. She conducted video conference with RDOs and tahsildars from the Collectorate on Thursday. She said all pending works related to mutation, virasat and nala cases should be completed immediately along with 700 correction accounts.She told them to speed up the work by creating special cells in Parigi and Pudur mandals. She reviewed the work done in the last month. Joint Collector Aruna Kumari, DRO Mothilal, AD of survey and land records Ramreddy were also present.last_img read more

Rangasamudram backwaters inundate villages in Wanaparthy

first_imgWanaparthy: The villagers of Khambalapur village in the newly-formed Rangapur mandal of Wanaparthy district are facing hardships as their houses got inundated due to the backwater from the Rangasamudram reservoir.According to Rajendra Prasad Yadav, ZPTC of Rangapur mandal, the Khambalapur village got inundated due to the backwaters from the Rangasamudram reservoir. “Under the Bheema Phase –2 Lift Irrigation Project, the irrigation officials have constructed 20th distributor sub-canal under the 15th package works. However, this sub-canal has been stopped abruptly near the Pebbair-Rangapur Ranganayaka temple highway, because of which the water stored in the canal is entering the village and inundating the roads and the residences. We are demanding the government to direct the irrigation officials concerned to construct the canal and save the village from further inundation,” said Rajendra Prasad. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us He alleged that the officials and the TRS leaders were creating hurdles in the way of extension of the sub-canal further towards downstream areas where more than 15,000-20,000 acres of land will be irrigated due to the stagnant waters. He said since the TRS leaders would have to forfeit their land for the canal, they were opposing the expansion of the sub canal tooth and nail. “The people are facing a tough time due to backwaters entering the village. The TRS government and its leaders are talking tall of providing irrigation waters, but, why are they playing double standards here is not known. Since Chief Minister is visiting Wanaparthy tomorrow, we are urging the media to take this issue to the CM’s notice. At least, the District Collector should take cognisance of the issue and direct the irrigation officials to do the necessary work to save the villagers,” observed Rajendra Prasad. “We are facing a tough time as water is entering our homes. Because of this, we are unable to come out of our homes,” said a women from Khambalapur village, pouring out her woes.last_img read more