16
October
2019

Chris Pratt Visits Childrens Hospital In Louisiana

first_imgChris Pratt visited patients at Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s Hospital in Louisiana over the weekend.Chris Pratt Visits Patients at Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookFrom the hospital’s Facebook page: “Our patients were all smiles and we are so thankful to Chris for lifting their spirits by visiting and handing out Jurassic World goodies.”Chris Pratt Visits Patients at Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s Hospital Over The WeekendCredit/Copyright: FacebookThe visit was coordinated by the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.Chris Pratt Brings Jurassic World To Our Lady Of The Lake Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookFor more photos, click here.last_img read more

08
October
2019

President to undertake official visit to Thailand

A Statue of the Gauthama Buddha will also be gifted to the people of Thailand as a symbol of the close friendship maintained between Sri Lanka and Thailand, based on Buddhist links that pre-dates the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.  Sixty Venerable priests from temples across Sri Lanka will also travel to Thailand to be part of the religious events which are scheduled for this occasion. During this visit, President Maithripala Sirisena will launch the exposition of the Sacred Relics from the Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya in Puttamonthon.  The exposition will continue until 16 November 2015. President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake an Official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from 1st to 4th November 2015, on the invitation of the Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-o-Cha.  This visit also coincides with the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand.During the visit, President Maithripala Sirisena will be received in audience by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and bilateral discussions will be held between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Chan-o-Cha. The discussions will focus on areas of mutual interest to enhance closer links and cooperation between the two countries.  President Maithripala Sirisena will address the business forum organized by the Thai Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking.  Associated with this occasion would be Somkid Jatusripitak, Deputy Prime Minister & Economic Affairs Minister of Thailand. read more

07
October
2019

Highdensity housing shot down

Norfolk council heard loud and clear this week that residents in neighbourhoods with single-family dwellings don’t want to live next to high-density subdivisions featuring row housing and condominiums.This week, Simcoe residents in the area of Thomson Road and Lee Avenue stated their objections in no uncertain terms to a subdivision proposal on five acres of forested land at the west end of South Drive.The Bremont Corporation proposal contained 50 townhouses along with six four-plexes for a total of 74 multi-residential dwellings. The proposed height of some townhouses was 11 metres – the maximum for a residential dwelling in Norfolk.“They want to create a wall of three-storey townhouses that Donald Trump would be proud of,” Brian Binks of Thomson Road told council Tuesday.“Do you know how high 11 metres is? This does not fit our neighbourhood. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not the City of Toronto.”Proposals for tall housing next to low-rise neighbourhoods usually generate concerns over backyard privacy and shadowing. Residents crowding the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square Tuesday reiterated these concerns.Norfolk planning staff and the consultant speaking on behalf of Bremont Corporation recommended a deferral so the application could be modified.Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen supported this. He said council and the community might be pleasantly surprised if Bremont were allowed to re-think its position.“We are trying to be fair to both sides,” Van Paassen said. “I’m not choosing one side over the other. I will not accept the application as is, but let’s give them a chance to work through this.”Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus countered that the proposal needs more than a few adjustments.“I think the applicant and the neighbours are too far apart,” Columbus said. “I would like this reduced by about 50 per cent before I support it.”In the end, the application was turned down in an 8-1 vote.Norfolk Mayor Kristal Chopp expressed surprise that Norfolk can devote so much staff time and tax money to formulating official plans and zoning bylaws only to have developers step forward with proposals that radically challenge the county’s planning objectives.The land in question is zoned R-1 for single-family dwellings. The developer wanted it rezoned R-4 for high-density housing.Chopp noted that the developer’s application represents a significant deviation from the county’s vision for this part of Simcoe.“The concern I’m hearing is that it’s not an 11-metre home,” Chopp said. “It’s an 11-metre wall (of homes).”It was a chaotic scene in the council chamber Tuesday prior to the start of the public meeting.Not only were there two high-profile, contentious development applications on the agenda – the other was a proposed 36-unit townhouse development on the front lawn of the former Clonmel Estate in Port Dover – a number of people attended from across Norfolk to receive county grant checks for worthy projects and community festivals.It was standing-room-only in the council chamber around 5 p.m. Tuesday. With so many in attendance, staff set up chairs and a TV screen in a committee room to accommodate the overflow crowd.“We have never had this many people in the council chamber in the short time I’ve been in office,” said Simcoe Coun. Ian Rabbitts, who greeted many of the Simcoe residents on the way out after the Bremont decision.According to the Norfolk staff report, sponsors of the Bremont proposal were William and Jenny Smith.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

06
October
2019

UNICEF names Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan a Goodwill Ambassador

With a 12-day retrospective of his work running in New York, Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan has also been given another honour. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed him a Goodwill Ambassador, focusing on polio eradication and educating the public on HIV/AIDS.In a signing ceremony yesterday at UNICEF headquarters in New York, Mr. Bachchan, known to millions of fans worldwide as “Big B,” agreed to make public appearances and field visits on behalf of children for the next two years.“Amitabh has the star power to illuminate the lives of the millions of children who are living in dire circumstances,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. “We look forward to a long collaboration with him, and we feel honoured to have him as part of the UNICEF family.”Mr. Bachchan previously supported UNICEF during a polio outbreak in northern India by making award-winning and effective television and radio advertisements urging parents to get their children inoculated against the crippling disease, the Fund said.After last December’s tragic tsunami, he made a public service announcement reminding the public of their duty to care for and protect children, particularly in times of crisis, UNICEF said. read more

28
September
2019

The Thunder Are Falling Apart Without Andre Roberson

In a typical year, the NBA’s All-Star break offers the league’s most dysfunctional contenders a chance to reset, take inventory and right what ails them heading into the final stretch before the playoffs. This season, thanks to Cleveland’s moves at the trade deadline, the post-All-Star watch likely will fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder and how it weathers the loss of Andre Roberson, the beating heart of its defense.After an offseason that included acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to combine with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder expected to compete at the highest levels. It hasn’t worked out that way. The team is 33-26 at the break and has lost six of its last nine games. There are all manner of reasons for this, from the obvious difficulties of integrating three high-usage stars to the decline of key players on an already-thin squad. (Offseason acquisition Patrick Patterson, who was a reliable stretch 4 for years in Toronto, has disappointed and tanked the offense while he’s been on the court.) Despite all that, the team seemed to have figured something out by January, when it ran off eight straight wins on the strength of its defense and a newly thriving offense. But late in that stretch, Roberson went down with a ruptured patellar tendon. He was lost for the season, and the Thunder had a whole new sort of crisis.Roberson is a singular player in the NBA. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and at 6-foot-7, he has the size and quickness to guard four positions. Roberson’s effect on the Thunder defense is tremendous. He can switch practically any matchup, cover opposing stars and not only challenge their shots but also dissuade them from even attempting them. His defensive Real Plus-Minus — a stat that heavily favors big men — ranks fourth in the league. Overall, the defense was 12.5 points worse per 100 possessions when he left the floor. His effect doesn’t grade out at quite the same level of Golden State’s Draymond Green or Utah’s Rudy Gobert, but he just about maximizes the impact a perimeter defender can have on a game.Or as Westbrook put it: “I think people outside our building, people across the world always complained about different things Andre didn’t do instead of embracing all the great things he did do. I’ve always embraced Andre and I was always very, very happy he was on my team because of things he did on both sides of the ball. Setting screens, cutting, running the floor. A lot of things that you can’t teach.”Those “things Andre didn’t do,” of course, refer to Roberson being one of the worst regular offensive players in the league. Roberson is a notoriously inept and unwilling shooter. He is shooting 22 percent from the 3-point line this season on a diet of wide-open shots the opposing defense is thrilled to see him take. And yet, his overall effect on the offense doesn’t seem to have been as dire as advertised.Since Roberson went out, Oklahoma City’s defensive rating has been 112.3, which would rank 27th in the league, ahead of only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. That’s extreme though not unexpected with Roberson no longer there to cover for weaker defenders like Westbrook or Anthony. But here’s the kick in the head: The team’s offensive ratings has barely budged despite losing one of the worst offensive players in the league, going from 110.9 before Roberson’s injury to 111.8 after it. This is much harder to explain.Roberson didn’t simply deprive his offense of a player who could do a better job of shooting, passing or dribbling. He shrank the court, allowing defenders to roam guilt-free, to harass ballhandlers and make life difficult for anyone establishing post position or running around off-ball screens.So clearly the team would be expected to show more improvement than it has in his absence. But while the overall offense has been flat, the individual stars have thrived with Roberson out. With Roberson on the floor, the Thunder pick and roll barely worked at all, producing just 87 points per 100 chances, according to data from Second Spectrum. It didn’t much matter if it was Westbrook handling the ball (90 points per 100 chances), George (73), Raymond Felton (91) or Carmelo Anthony (94). Without Roberson there, the team’s pick-and-roll points jump to 95. Westbrook and George see especially large jumps without Roberson, landing at 100 and 91 points per 100 chances created on the pick and roll, respectively.It gets stranger: George produced only 77 points per 100 chances on drives with Roberson on the floor; without him, that shot up to 96 — on a significant number of shots. Westbrook, too, goes from 98 points per 100 chances to 105, or the difference between Ish Smith and Victor Oladipo this season. And while Roberson didn’t actually affect the team’s effective field goal percentage overall, both Westbrook and George suffered large drop-offs in their shooting numbers when they shared the court with him.But the Thunder have yet to capitalize on the additional space available with Roberson out. Westbrook has played well in some ways, creating at James Harden/Chris Paul levels on the pick and roll, and poorly in others, shooting just 43 percent from the field and 18 percent from the three in the games since Roberson’s injury. George has been hot from the three — he’s hit at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive games — and has averaged 29.6 points on a 62 effective field goal percentage through those 10 games. But Anthony has gone absolutely dormant, and both he and Westbrook missed two games to injury.There’s plenty to be encouraged by over these past few games. George looks like a different player without Roberson, and all may be right if he and Westbrook are both firing at close to optimal levels by the playoffs. Further, second-year shooter Alex Abrines, seeing increased minutes with Roberson out, has run hot and cold, shooting 35 percent on threes overall since the injury. That should improve over time.But even so, the offense taking a dip despite subtracting a guy who may be the single worst offensive player who’s actually allowed to play s troubling, and Oklahoma City doesn’t have an obvious source of those unteachable qualities Westbrook mentioned — the cutting, the running, the screens. The Thunder’s stars may finally have the room to operate as stars, but its problems are now ones not solved easily by star power.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

28
September
2019

Adolphus Washington doing good things at new position for Ohio State football

Then-sophomore defensive lineman Adolphus Washington (92) gets up after tackling an opposing player during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAll it takes to end a career early is an injury.Even if the injury itself isn’t of a significant nature, the possibility remains that the player who steps in as a replacement can do such a good job that the original starter loses his place forever.For junior defensive lineman Adolphus Washington, that possibility became all too real for the briefest of moments last season. After injuring his groin against San Diego State Sept. 7, Washington watched then-freshman Joey Bosa come in and claim the starting defensive end position, opposite then-sophomore Noah Spence.But a late season switch saw Washington take up a position on the interior of the line, something that could take a career that was once hanging by a thread and turn it into something completely different.Now with Washington “inside for good,” he said he has been improving this offseason with the different style of play on the inside.“I’ve been doing real good with it this spring,” Washington said Thursday. “Especially going up against guys like (redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman) Pat Elflein and (redshirt-junior offensive lineman) Tommy Brown. If I can do it against them, I know I can do it against pretty much anybody.”New defensive line coach Larry Johnson said Washington has the right skill set to be successful as an interior lineman.“You always want a three-tackler, a guy that’s going to get a lot of one-on-ones and have an ability to rush the passer,” Johnson said Thursday. “He’s 285, 290 and that’s big enough to play inside. So you have to take a skilled guy who’s rushed on the edge and play inside and play as a guard position, it’s going to give you a different edge on the inside. That’s what I’m excited about. He’s got great hips, he can rush the passer, so there should be some great things coming from him.”But it’s not just the skill set Washington brings that has Johnson raving, it’s also the drive Washington shows on the practice field.“He’s worked really hard,” Johnson said. “He’s had a really good … spring ball. He really has. We moved him inside because of the pass rush ability, he’s playing the run real nice and then he’s doing a great job for us.”Last season, in limited time, Washington recorded 36 tackles, to go along with four tackles for a loss and two sacks.Even though he played on the interior later in the year after Bosa became established as the defensive end starter, Washington said he was uneasy when practice first started, but that things have improved.“At first I was kind of nervous and scared about it. But now that I got a hold of it, it’s whatever. I am just going to go out there and play,” Washington said.He added that sometimes having to face multiple blockers at once — compared to the one he would face at end more often than not — is what really made him nervous.“The double teams. I used to watch … (senior defensive lineman) Michael Bennett used to tell me about them and he used to be like ‘You just have to get your pads low and fly off the ball,’” Washington said. “So I am like, ‘I can do that’ if that’s all it takes. I can just do that.”Johnson said facing the double teams won’t be a problem for Washington, as long as he pays attention and learns from his coaches.“Talk technique to him. Show him how to fit the double teams, and he’s doing a great job for us so far in spring ball, doing that and as he does it, confidence will come in the run game,” Johnson said. “I’ve been really excited for all these guys, Adolphus has done a really good job for us.”Washington is likely set to have his second chance to start on the interior of the line for the Buckeyes — after starting the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson — when OSU opens its season Aug. 30 against Navy.Kickoff is scheduled for noon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. read more

28
September
2019

Ohio State womens soccer suffers first loss recovers with victory over the

OSU freshman defender Kylie Knight fights for a ball during a game against West Virginia on Sept. 11 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 2-0. Credit: Kylie Bryant / For The LanternThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team hosted No. 8 West Virginia on Friday evening at 7 p.m., falling to the Mountaineers 2-0.The defeat was the Buckeyes’ first loss of the season.Throughout the entire first half, the Mountaineers played a tight defense and the Buckeyes couldn’t get anything going. OSU and WVU seemed to fight through every possession and headed into halftime with no score on the board for either team, but the Mountaineers held a commanding 12-1 lead in shots.“I think the first thing was that we had very good possession, we were keeping the ball, but our possession was not progressing forward,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “We needed to be able to gain space with every pass and we just kept knocking the ball around the back, around the back, around the back and that’s not ever engaging a team.”The Mountaineers put the first point on the board in the 77th minute, with their second goal scored less than two minutes later.Despite the loss, Walker said after the game that she was glad the team had a chance to learn from a strong opponent like WVU.“This was a fantastic opportunity for us to play against a team that I think is going to go very far this year. And we learned a lot,” she said. “And so there’s a lot we can gain from this, and as long as we don’t lose the lessons, the loss won’t hurt us that much.”The Mountaineers led the Buckeyes 23-5 in shots.The Scarlet and Gray then hosted Bucknell on Sunday afternoon, shutting out the Bison 2-0.The game marked the first meeting between the two teams.Sunday was also Parents’ Day, where each player’s parents were honored on the field at the start of the game.OSU put the first point on the board with a goal by junior defender Bridget Skinner on a header from sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts’ free kick.The opening score was Skinner’s first career goal.“I was so happy,” Skinner said. “I actually said on Friday morning that that was my goal for the season, so to have that come in the same weekend was pretty cool.”The second half got underway with a goal from freshman midfielder Sarah Roberts in the 50th minute, deflected off a Bucknell defender. This was also Roberts’ first career goal.“It’s surreal,” Roberts said. “I don’t think I really expected it. I haven’t been taking that many shots this year, but Coach had said everybody needs to take at least one shot before halftime, and after halftime, so I had my chance and I took it.”Roberts also explained the importance of carrying the team’s momentum into Big Ten play.“I think we need to learn from our mistakes,” she said. “Watch film, break it down. We’re 5-1-1, and that’s huge going into Big Ten play where the teams are going to be harder, they’re going to be stronger, everything elevated to the next level. So, if we can carry our momentum through the Big Ten, I think we’re going to be competing for the championship.”Walker said she was pleased with the way her team bounced back from Friday night’s loss.“I think the biggest challenge coming off of a loss against a top team is to have a high level of energy, and certainly playing at noon on a Sunday it’s important to wake up and really find that quick rhythm, and I thought we did that today,” she said.The Scarlet and Gray now prepare for conference play as they enter 5-1-1 on the season. “We’re still trying to play faster, all the time, just trying to increase your speed to play,” Walker said. “The faster you can play, the quicker you can pull defenses apart.”The Buckeyes are set to open up Big Ten play in Columbus on Thursday evening as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

28
September
2019

Down the rink Columbus Blue Jackets Week 1 recap Week 2 preview

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sonny Milano (22) celebrates after scoring a goal against New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) during the first period at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Oct. 6, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Columbus Blue Jackets’ first two games of the 2017-18 NHL season couldn’t have been much different. They rocked Nationwide Arena Friday with a 5-0 victory on opening night against the New York Islanders before losing at Chicago 5-1 Saturday. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, last season’s Vezina Trophy winner, recorded a franchise record 20th shutout with the Jackets in the first game, then rested the next night while Joonas Korpisalo got the start in net.Here are some headlines from Week 1 of the Blue Jackets’ season.Panarin impressesArguably the No. 1 storyline coming into the season for Columbus was what type of impact Artemi Panarin would have. The big offseason acquisition, who came to Columbus via a trade with Chicago for Brandon Saad, wasted no time Friday making his presence felt.The left winger tallied three assists in his team debut, setting a franchise record for most points in such a game. His first assist came on an odd-man rush created at the Islanders blue line where right wing Cam Atkinson intercepted the pass as New York attempted to clear the zone. He dropped it to Panarin who dashed to the right side of the net, sent the puck to Atkinson, who deflected it into the net off his skate“Saader lights it up there. They have a good player there in Chicago. We got a pretty damn good one here,” head coach John Tortorella said Friday.Panarin’s speed and his ability to take the puck from end to end are skills the Blue Jackets front office sought out in an effort to be an elite offensive team this season. His two other assists came on a delayed penalty in the second period, when he found defenseman Ryan Murray to the right of the net, and on the powerplay just four minutes later.A few times on defense as well, Panarin positioned himself well and be productive on the back-check.“He’s known for his scoring … I didn’t realize how much work he puts into the other part,” Tortorella said. “I thought it was going to be a little bit of a learning curve in that part of the game. From Day 1, he’s been involved, he’s asked questions; we didn’t have to go to him, he came to us. He had a couple really good back-checks [Friday].”Milano and Dubois score first NHL goalsThe loud expectations put on the Columbus Blue Jackets for the 2017-18 season were matched with cannon fire early and often in Friday night’s season opener. Left winger Sonny Milano netted his first career NHL goal just one minute and seven seconds into the season to start a three-goal first period.For the team’s final goal of the night, left winger Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his first career goal in his anticipated debut. After being selected as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Dubois failed to make the roster in his first camp, but the 19-year-old earned a spot this season and was moved to left wing to allow him to play freely. He said that despite being one of the youngest teams in the league, the depth at forward can be a stronghold.“I had a chance to perform on a two-on-one and kind of wanted that one back,” Dubois said. “So to get another chance like that and a nice play from [defenseman Seth Jones] at the blue line, it felt good.”Milano was one of six players taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft that hadn’t yet played a full season with his club. His goal Friday and another Saturday in Chicago were examples of his unwillingness to play another season in Cleveland. “Sonny, there were some great teaching situations for me with him where he tried to do too much at certain times, but then he made some really smart plays as far as simplifying,” Tortorella said. “That’s where I’m going to keep my thumb on him, just making sure he makes simple plays, and then when the offensive chances come, he’s on his own.”Looking aheadThe Blue Jackets begin a three-game week at Carolina Tuesday night with right winger Josh Anderson back in the lineup. Anderson sat out all of training camp because of an elongated contract dispute that ended in a three-year deal worth less than $2 million per year. Anderson was recalled from Cleveland after passing a conditioning test Monday.There will likely be several line changes Tuesday with Anderson’s arrival. Tortorella put Anderson on the third line with left winger Matt Calvert and center Brandon Dubinsky. Centers Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg swapped the top two lines, and Milano was shifted to the fourth line, despite scoring twice last week.Top performersArtemi Panarin – three assists, three points (franchise record for most points in Jackets debut)Sonny Milano – two goals, two pointsAlexander Wennberg – two assists, two pointsNick Foligno – two assists, two pointsGoaltending:Sergei Bobrovsky – (1-0), 29 saves, zero goals allowed, one shutoutJoonas Korpisalo – (0-1), 24 saves, five goals allowedIn the circle (faceoff record, faceoff percentage, EV record, PP record, SH record)Brandon Dubinsky – 21-19, 52.5, 18-15, 2-0, 1-4Alexander Wennberg – 11-21, 34.4, 10-18, 1-2, 0-1Nick Foligno – 19-5, 79.2, 17-4, 2-1, 0-0Lukas Sedlak – 7-10, 41.2, 7-9, 0-0, 0-1Team: 59-57 overall, ranked 14thSpecial teams units:Powerplay – 1-for-2 vs. NYI; 0-for-2 vs. Chicago (25 percent overall, ranked tied-seventh)Penalty kill – 1-for-1 vs. NYI; 1-for-2 vs. Chicago (66.7 percent overall, ranked tied-27)Up next: 10/10 – at Carolina (1-0-0)10/13 – vs. New York Rangers (1-2-0)10/14 – at Minnesota (0-1-1) read more

25
September
2019

Drunk pilot who tried to fly plane at Heathrow while ten times

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. Prosecutor Douglas Adams said Jitsukawa was challenged by security staff on the plane after colleagues had noticed alcohol radiating from his breath and believed he was “drunk”.After he was challenged, he said he had drank whisky the night before but had already passed a breathalyser test.But he said he needed to grab his blazer from the plane.“He (the security manager) went back on the plane to find the defendant in the toilet rinsing and gargling his mouth with mouthwash,” the prosecutor said.The pilot was removed from the flight deck of the JL44 to Tokyo on October 28 and some 40 minutes later police arrived to find him “swinging” and struggling to stand straight, the court heard.A preliminary breath test found him to be more than 10 times the limit with 93mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, while the legal flying limit is 9mg.The drink-drive limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 35mg. A drunk Japanese pilot who attempted to fly a passenger jet from Heathrow was caught gargling mouthwash to cover up the smell of alcohol on his breath.First officer Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, who was about 10 times over the alcohol limit when he was arrested, has been jailed for 10 months.He was arrested at the airport after failing a breath test 50 minutes before the Japan Airlines flight was due to take off with him in the cockpit.The co-pilot was caught after security noticed he smelled strongly of alcohol, seemed drunk and had “glazed eyes”, while an officer later noticed he had “difficulty standing straight”.As he was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, Judge Phillip Matthews said Jitsukawa was clearly “very intoxicated” prior to the 7pm take-off and had been drinking that day.“You are an experienced pilot but you had clearly been drinking for a long period up to a time shortly before you were due to go into that plane,” the judge said. Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, had pleaded guilty  to performing an aviation function with alcohol in his blood exceeding the prescribed legal limit “Most important is the safety of all persons on board that very long-haul flight, potentially 12 hours or more, their safety was put at risk by your inebriation and drunkenness.“The prospect of you taking over control of that aircraft is too appalling to contemplate. The potential consequences for those on board was catastrophic.” Katsutoshi Jitsukawa, 42, had pleaded guilty  to performing an aviation function with alcohol in his blood exceeding the prescribed legal limit read more

22
September
2019

Sanja Damnjanovic to Siofok KC

Hungary will be the sixth country in which will play Serbian left back Sanja Damnjanovic. The 30-years old Serbian girl will join Hungarian Siofok KC on two year basis, currently ninth team of the domestic Championship.Damnjanovic is member of ZRK Vardar Skopje. After two years she will leave Skopje next summer. The silver medal winner with Serbia at WCh 2013 in Belgrade, played also at Viborg HK (Denmark), RK Podravka (Croatia), RK Krim Ljubljana (Slovenia) and ZRK Zajecar (Serbia). ← Previous Story Per Johansson leads CSM Bucharest! Next Story → Bjerringbro-Silkeborg must create another miracle in Szeged read more

21
September
2019

RIM posts video putting iPad and PlayBook headtohead

first_imgRIM has taken the gloves off to show the performance of the yet to be released BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook, which was announced in September of this year, is RIM’s entry into the tablet market space. The PlayBook’s specs include:7″ widescreen display1GHz dual core processorFlash 10.1 out the box with hardware accelerationSupport for HTML 5 and OpenGL so this is a tablet for gamingAdobe AIR supportA mere 9.7mm thickSetup for mutlitasking, music, multimedia playback, and as a business device1080p video capableHD camera on front and backUSB and HDMI portsHDMI allows for dual displaysSecure pairing of devices through BluetoothOf course, RIM’s number one target to put the PlayBook up against is Apple’s iPad. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that the iPad has grabbed 95% of the tablet market share. Naturally, this makes it a huge target for RIM to go after. So, what better way to go after the iPad than with a head-to-head video:AdChoices广告Since the time that RIM announced the PlayBook the biggest selling point of the tablet has been its web browsing speed. That’s exactly what this video puts to the test. Of course, the PlayBook comes out ahead in the video every time. Also demonstrated is the PlayBook’s ability to quickly render Javascript and HTML5 scrtips as well as its support of Adobe Flash. We all knew Flash isn’t supported on the iPad so that wasn’t anything knew, but the difference between the two devices when it came to the animation test near the end of the video doesn’t put the iPad in a good light.While some people commenting on the video claim that RIM could be doing something as fraudulent as placing the two devices on separate networks, it seems the reason that the PlayBook has the edge is obvious. The PlayBook utilizes a dual-core processor compared to the iPad’s single-core. That differentiator will surely be addressed by the iPad’s sequel, though the PlayBook will still have an edge thanks to its Adobe Flash support. Of course, Apple won’t see it that way since they see Flash support more of an hindrance based on comments made by Steve Jobs.Read more at RIM and YouTubelast_img read more

20
September
2019

Accord entre la Sacem et Dailymotion sur les droits dauteurs

first_imgAccord entre la Sacem et Dailymotion sur les droits d’auteursLa Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (Sacem) a renouvelé son accord avec la plateforme vidéo Dailymotion.L’accord signé en 2008 entre la Sacem et Dailymotion a été renouvelé. Il porte désormais sur deux années supplémentaires. Il couvre l’utilisation sur Dailymotion des différentes œuvres du catalogue géré par la Sacem, le site de streaming s’acquittant d’un paiement de droits, dont le montant n’a pas été divulgué, à la Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique. Les œuvres musicales, d’humour, les poèmes, sketches, les documentaires musicaux, clips, mais également les œuvres de doublage et de sous-titrage sont ainsi concernées.Cet accord fait suite à celui de septembre 2010 avec Youtube. La Sacem peut donc se féliciter de posséder des accords valables jusqu’en 2012 avec les deux principales plateformes de streaming, ainsi qu’avec Wat.tv.    Le 4 mars 2011 à 12:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

19
September
2019

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results to air 33116

first_img WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Twitter Shawn Michaels Google+ Pinterest The following was taped on Monday night in Brooklyn, New York.Wrestleview.com’s Mike Tedesco passed along this live report.WWE Smackdown tapings for March 31, 2016:* AJ Styles def. Heath Slater.* D-Von Dudley def. Jey Uso.* Dean Ambrose def. Erick Rowan.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo 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 Videos Articles Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remissioncenter_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Facebook WhatsApp Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler)last_img read more

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September
2019

Suspects charges now include homicide due to victims death

first_imgThe charges for a woman involved in an injury vehicle crash in late September now include vehicular homicide following the death of one of the crash’s victims.Vancouver’s Fontella Hooper, 30, faces a new charge of vehicular homicide, along with vehicular assault and third-degree driving with a suspended license charges, for a fatal crash on the evening of Sept. 21.A police probable cause statement included in court records says Hooper failed to stop at a stop sign when turning from P Street onto East Fourth Plain Boulevard in Vancouver.Hooper turned into oncoming traffic and hit a Dodge Caravan driven by Jodalee M. Wakeman, according to court records. Both Wakeman and a passenger, Kimberly D. Makarowsky, sustained serious injuries.Makarowsky was taken to a hospital unconscious with a head injury and died three days later, according to court records.Officers at the scene said that when they contacted Hooper her breath smelled of alcohol, her speech was slurred and repetitive, and she needed help to stand, according to court records.last_img read more

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September
2019

Thousands flee wildfires burning in the US and Canada

first_imgSANTA MARIA, Calif. — Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a California campground.Here’s a look at the wildfires blackening the West.BRITISH COLUMBIAFirefighters were contending with more than 200 wildfires burning in British Columbia that had destroyed dozens of buildings, including several homes and two airport hangars. The three biggest fires, which ranged in size from 5 to 8 square miles (14 to 20 square kilometers), had forced thousands of people to flee.“We are just, in many ways, at the beginning of the worst part of the fire season and we watch the weather, we watch the wind, and we pray for rain,” outgoing Premier Christy Clark told reporters in Kamloops.Rob Schweizer, manager of the Kamloops Fire Centre, said it had been an unprecedented 24 hours.“We probably haven’t seen this sort of activity that involves so many residences and people in the history of the province of B.C.,” he said.NORTHERN CALIFORNIAIn Northern California, a Butte County wildfire swept through grassy foothills and destroyed 10 structures, including homes, and led to several minor injuries.last_img read more

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September
2019

Dan Alon survivor of 1972 Munich Olympic Massacre to speak at Brayton

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Related Items:#DanAlon, #MagneticNewsMedia, #municholympicmasacre Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 17, 2016 — Hundreds are expected to flock to Brayton Hall on Thursday, Dec. 1 to hear the story of a man who survived the first live-broadcasted terrorist attack.Dan Alon, an Olympic Fencer and the event keynote speaker, will share the harrowing tale of his narrow escape from the 1972 Munich Massacre in Germany. The event, which is free and open to the public, is organized by the Provo Jewish Community and sponsored by Casablanca Casino, Fortis TCI, Gansevoort Resort, Grace Bay Car Rentals, Misick & Stanbrook Attorneys,  E. Jay Saunders & Family, TCBC and Waterloo Investment. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the event will begin at 7 pm.In addition to the community event, we are thrilled to announce Alon will be speaking at a separate program for all the high school students on the island.“Our children will have a unique opportunity to witness history as a living experience, not from academic books, but from a man and athlete whose dreams of sportsmanship and fraternity were shattered in a brutal act of terrorism. We further hope that our young people will understand the need to oppose all forms of injustice and prejudice in a forceful, yet peaceful manner,” says Mrs. Wigglesworth, principal of the British West Indies Collegiate.In a world where violence continues to threaten innocent lives worldwide, Alon’s story remains a relevant and powerful one.  The Provo Jewish Community is proud to bring Alon to the island to hear his story of resilience, witness courage to start life anew and learn from the strength he found to overcome tremendous challenges.Dan Alon’s story is one that can ignite the peace and unity needed for the global community to heal our fragmented world.  The importance of a program like this is to learn how we can overcome our differences and come together in unity to find love and connection between all people.”For more than three decades, Alon remained tight-lipped about his harrowing experience. But in recent years he decided to break his silence and share his experience with others to keep the story alive. That goal has taken him around the world, and now, to the Turks and Caicos. “We are grateful to our sponsors whose partnership is a testament to their commitment to education and concern for the danger of indifference”.“It was too emotional to talk about,” Alon has said. “The memories were harsh realities that I had to face on a daily basis.”When Dan Alon left his native Israel to participate in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games at the age of 27, he was the country’s top fencer and had dreams of returning with gold medals. However, the Munich Massacre cut that dream short, and he found himself on a flight home with the coffins of his friends and teammates instead.The terrorist attack, captured in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film Munich, claimed the lives of 12 people, including 11 members of the Israeli team and a West Germany policeman.  The tragedy was later blamed on a terrorist group called Black September.This is not the first lecture of its kind that the local Jewish community has organized.  In 2013, the group hosted Rena Finder, a Schindler’s List survivor, drawing an audience of over 400 people to Brayton Hall and leaving a lasting impact on all who attended.“It is our goal to bring speakers who can impart an uplifting message and bring together all people on the island, regardless of their cultural and religious backgrounds,” Rabbi Bluming says. Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Recommended for youlast_img read more

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September
2019

KiwiRail agrees to a twoyear pay deal for 2319 RMTU members

first_imgNew Zealand-based transport operator KiwiRail has agreed a two-year pay deal with trade union The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU).The deal, which is effective from 1 July 2018, will award 2,319 RMTU members working at KiwiRail a flat rate of higher pay across all salary bands, rather than a percentage increase.This means that KiwiRail’s lowest-paid employees will receive the highest pay rise, which equates to around 6.9%. Employees who are in the higher pay bands will receive a lower percentage pay increase.Peter Reidy, chief executive officer at KiwiRail, said: “This deal was negotiated within a day and with immense goodwill on both sides of the table. I commend the RMTU for initiating this innovative solution, which is not only fair but will help those who need it most.“KiwiRail’s purpose is providing stronger connections for a better New Zealand. This deal reflects our desire to play our part and improve the standard of living of all, while lifting productivity.”The pay deal, which was formally agreed on Monday 27 August 2018, was the result of a High Performance, High Engagement programme that KiwiRail and the RMTU have been jointly working on for the past three years. This aims to unite management and employees in order to develop frontline solutions to business issues. Reidy noted that the programme has already contributed to improvements in productivity, health and safety measures and workplace relations.Wayne Butson, general secretary at the RMTU, said: “This is a significant pay deal for those who need it most. Personally, I’m over the moon that RMTU members have seen the value of a pay deal which evens the playing field and supports the fairness and collective bargaining principles of unionism. Maybe this small chink in the capitalist armour will see a new age of fairer pay deals, less greed and a more equal society.”last_img read more

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September
2019

Man arrested in attempted home burglary in Miami Shores

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly attempted to burglarize a home in Miami Shores.The incident occurred on Saturday in the area of Northeast 93rd Street and 10th Avenue.Miami Shores Police officials said the man was identified as 27-year-old Elijah Baker.Surveillance video allegedly showed Baker picking up a rock and throwing it against a window to a house before leaving and trying again.He was charged with attempted burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and misdemeanor mischief.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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September
2019

New dads celebrate Fathers Day in South Florida

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A few first-time dads in South Florida have new reasons to celebrate Father’s Day.Two bundles of joy were born at North Shore Medical Center in Miami, making it a very special Father’s Day for their dads, Sunday morning.Another dad welcomed his new baby at Palmetto General Hospital.Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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September
2019

Mojangs Minecraft followup Scrolls launch date and price revealed

first_imgWord broke in March that Mojang’s next project, Scrolls, which happens to be the studio’s first real game project after Minecraft, would be launching its open beta back in April. It’s almost June now, and we still haven’t seen the launch of the digital TCG. We’ve all been around the release date block to know that it’s difficult to hit targeted dates, so we cut Mojang a bit of slack, and some of us might have downloaded roughly one billion different mobile TCGs in an attempt to satisfy the urges that Scrolls was supposed to quell. Now, Mojang has announced that the game will hit open beta starting June 3, which is effectively an official launch for studio.Though this is the open beta for the game, Mojang is employing a similar strategy it used for Minecraft, where consumers can purchase the game and get access to the polished, playable open beta. The game will run you $20, but details aren’t yet clear on what the purchase entails. With Minecraft, if you bought into the alpha or beta you received certain perks, such as free updates for the rest of the game’s life, rather than being charged some kind of expansion fee that may come down the line. Keep an eye on the game’s website for more information regarding a beta purchase, which should be announced sometime before that June 3 launch.It’s probably safe to say that Scrolls won’t hit the levels of popularity that Minecraft reached — if anything because TCGs are something of a niche market, whereas Minecraft essentially created a market — but mainly because not many things have managed to hit a Minecraftian level of popularity. However, Scrolls looks to be like a true digital TCG, opposed to iOS card battlers that are just a stats-comparison affair and dispense with any level of strategy. There is certainly enough room in that market for Scrolls to make a splash.If you don’t mind parting with $20 in a few days, you’ll not only get to see what Mojang has been up to since Minecraft, but you’ll have a new digital TCG that might scratch a certain itch that’ll prevent you from overloading your phone with the TCG dregs of your preferred app store.last_img read more