Chris Ross. PBA IMAGESOnce the San Miguel Beermen found their rhythm, the Alaska Aces couldn’t keep in step.The Beermen poured in 33 points while holding the Aces to 15 in the third quarter to overhaul a 15-point deficit and win, 109-96, on Saturday night in Batangas City.ADVERTISEMENT Drawing firepower from reliables Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos, San Miguel notched its seventh win against two losses, including a shock defeat to Blackwater last week, to keep top spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.The Beermen, who bucked the absence of the injured Alex Cabagnot, also bolstered their bid for a top two finish in the elimination round that comes with a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSantos came through with a dunk off an inbound pass from Ross that shove the Beermen ahead, 98-87, going to the last minute as they dealt the Aces a second straight loss in a 4-6 card.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra tries to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinal bonus as it tangles with Meralco in their first meeting since Game 7 of the Governors’ Cup finals at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. But with the Elite teetering at the brink, Blackwater coach Leo Isaac has challenged his team to get the job done just two days after the 95-76 win over Kia.Fatigue remains a concern for Isaac, but the veteran mentor feels his team should have more than enough in its tank to overcome NLEX.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ In a tie with NLEX at fifth spot with a 5-4 record, the Gin Kings are looking to avoid complications in the quarterfinal race, even as the Bolts are hoping to keep their bid alive for a playoff spot.With their backs against the wall, the Bolts recovered in time to score a 92-90 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters last Wednesday.The Gin Kings are seeking a follow up to their 99-84 drubbing of TNT Ka Tropa last week.Just like Ginebra, the Road Warriors are gunning for a sixth victory against a Blackwater team coming off a morale-boosting win just two days ago.Banking on the heroics of rookie Kiefer Ravena, the Road Warriors have put themselves in a strong position of punching their ticket to the quarterfinals with games to spare.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate PLAY LIST 02:16Duque: It’s up to Palace to decide on Dengvaxia’s fate01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Happy Lady Eagles soar to victory
The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership said the new investment in arts and culture announced this week is a show of support for the sector. The provincial budget tabled on Tuesday, May 9, included $850,000 more for cultural organizations and activities — a 12.6 per cent increase over funding last year. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is also receiving a $361,000 boost in funding for operations and programming as well as a commitment to support year-round operations at its Yarmouth branch. In addition, the province provided one-time, year-end investments in the culture sector in 2005-06 totalling more than $850,000, including support for the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, and performing arts extravaganza, Drum!. “Nova Scotia has a unique and vibrant culture that provides important social and economic benefits to our communities,” said Judy Streatch, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We recognize the immense potential of the sector and we continue to build on a record of support with new investments.” The minister said provincial funding for arts and culture in Nova Scotia has increased by 32.5 per cent since 2002. The Nova Scotia Arts and Culture Partnership Council is advising government on areas of potential growth and development for the sector in Nova Scotia. “New investments in existing programs for arts and culture is exactly what we’ve been working for,” said Paul Gallant, chair of the council. “Our council is bolstered by this news and we plan to continue our efforts to bring arts and culture to the forefront in the coming years. In terms of showing commitment to the sector, this budget is a positive step.” The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia also welcomed the news. “This investment will help us continue to bring the art of the world to Nova Scotia and the art of Nova Scotia to the world,” said Jeffery Spalding, director and chief curator of the art gallery. “We can now also open the Yarmouth Gallery year round, increasing tourism, educational and cultural opportunities to rural Nova Scotia.” Nova Scotia’s culture sector is valued at $1.2 billion, and employs more than 28,000 people across the province.
On rappelle aux Néo-Écossais que la sécurité doit être prioritaire en cette période de la rentrée scolaire. « Environ 130 000 élèves retournent à l’école cette semaine. Les automobilistes, les parents et les élèves doivent donc être très prudents, a dit Marilyn More, ministre de l’Éducation. Si nous prenons des précautions, faisons preuve de bon sens et respectons les règles de la route, cette année scolaire pourra être sécuritaire et agréable pour tous. » Puisque de nombreux enfants marchent à l’école chaque jour, les automobilistes doivent conduire prudemment et faire particulièrement attention dans les zones scolaires et aux passages pour piétons. On rappelle également aux automobilistes les lois qui exigent un arrêt dans les deux directions lorsqu’un autobus scolaire fait clignoter ses feux rouges. Les automobilistes doivent s’arrêter complètement afin de donner assez d’espace aux enfants pour traverser la route. Sinon, une amende de 394 $ peut être imposée pour une première infraction. « Nous avons d’excellents antécédents en matière de sécurité en Nouvelle-Écosse, grâce à nos conducteurs d’autobus et à nos normes de sécurité, a dit Mme More. Les automobilistes doivent être vigilants en tout temps. » On demande également aux parents de rappeler à leurs enfants les règles de sécurité. Les enfants doivent savoir qu’il faut regarder des deux côtés avant de traverser la rue, de toujours utiliser les passages pour piétons, et d’obéir aux brigadiers ou aux signaux pour piétons aux feux de circulation.
APTN National NewsRe-elected Nunavut Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq had no trouble painting the territory a shade of Tory blue Monday.Aglukkaq, who held the health portfolio in the previous government, easily defeated all of the candidates in the race.Star Liberal candidate Paul Okalik, a former premier, didn’t even come close.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll reports from Iqaluit.
Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed condolences on demise of former West Indies Cricket Board chief Patrick Rousseau. Rosseau was 85 and was the Caribbean cricket chief from 1996 to 2001. He was also a member of the ICC Board and is credited with the Caribbean hosting the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2007. In a statement, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “The death of Rousseau is sad news for the cricket world. His contribution in the game’s management has been widely acknowledged. He led cricket administration in the West Indies very capably and was a respected member of the ICC Board. “It was with great sadness that we learnt of his death. On behalf of the ICC, I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to his friends and family and to our colleagues at the CWI.”
Companies in this story: (CSE:SLNG, TSX:WEED)The Canadian Press TORONTO — The newly listed shares of a cannabis-brand company co-founded by two entrepreneurs whose first pot venture was bought by Canopy Growth have soared by as much as 33 per cent.Slang Worldwide Inc.’s stock was trading at $2 on the Canadian Stock Exchange in early afternoon, after it commenced trading at $1.50.Slang co-founders Peter Miller and William Levy also co-founded licensed producer Mettrum Health Corp., which was sold to Canopy in 2017 for roughly $430 million.Miller and Levy’s latest company, which trades under the symbol SLNG, is a cannabis-focused consumer packaged goods company with a portfolio of brands.Slang also has a 20 per cent interest in licensed producer Agripharm Corp., in which Canopy continues to hold a 40 per cent stake.Canopy also holds warrants that allow it to purchase 32 million shares of Slang if cannabis and cannabis-related products become federally legal in the U.S.
The Colombo High Court has decided to consider the objections against the bail application filed by Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on February 29.Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared in court today when the bail application was taken for consideration. (Colombo Gazette)
Mr. Malloch Brown, addressing the Belgian Royal Institute in Brussels, said the UN was built “on the ashes of 1945” but is now facing vastly different issues from what it was set up to deal with, including terrorism, bird flu, and massive levels of inequality and poverty where more than a billion people are still living on less than one euro a day.“To answer that, let me set out what Secretary-General Kofi Annan saw as the three pillars around which we need to reorganise today’s United Nations to give it focus, and to reconnect it and make it more relevant to its core constituents: the peoples of the world… development, security and human rights and democracy.”Citing progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and other developments such as the setting up the UN’s Peace Building Commission, as illustrating reform efforts already underway, he further stressed the importance of structural change in the organization, as also outlined earlier this year in the report Investing in the United Nations.He acknowledged that many of these reform proposals, involving for example human resource management, governance and oversight, had been “largely blocked by the wider political tensions and splits between groups and individual Member States,” but expressed hope of progress in the months ahead, while noting that the next Secretary-General would have to do “much more in the area of management reform.”Despite such challenges, Mr. Malloch Brown was upbeat about the overall reform process, expressing his belief that it was creating a “genuinely new United Nations… that we hope will reconnect us with the people.”“And, while the broader crisis of legitimacy facing multilateral organizations is very much with us, in the case of the United Nations at least, I hope we have now got the plan in place to confront these challenges.”
TORONTO – TD Bank (TSX:TD) increased its fourth-quarter profit but failed to meet analyst expectations as it increased provisions for credit losses and other expense items.The Toronto-based banking group had $1.746 billion of net income in the fourth quarter, or 91 cents per share, up from $1.616 billion or 84 cents per share a year earlier.Its adjusted profit also increased, rising to $1.862 billion or 98 cents per share, from $1.815 billion or 95 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2013.TD’s Canadian retail and its wholesale banking operations both saw increases from last year while its U.S. retail operation was relatively unchanged.However, TD’s profit missed analyst estimates of $1.05 per share of adjusted earnings and $1 per share of net income, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.The bank’s revenue increased by $452 million from a year earlier to $7.452 billion — well above the estimate of $7.01 billion.The quarter included $54 million of integration charges related to its acquisition of MBNA Canada’s credit card portfolio, which reduced earnings by three cents per share — compared with one cent a year before. Amortization of intangibles also reduced its profit by four cents per share, compared with three cents per share a year earlier.TD also increased its provision for credit losses by $19 million to $371 million, from a relatively low $352 million.“Almost everything that one does not want to see at TD came through in the quarter,” Barclays analyst John Aiken wrote in a commentary.“Considering we had anticipated that TD’s relative exposures would result in relatively more positive earnings than peers, the fourth quarter is a decidedly negative surprise. Given that we anticipate the market will share in our sentiment, we would expect the shares to be off sharply today.”For the full 2014 financial year ended Oct. 31, TD had $29.96 billion of revenue — up $2.7 billion from 2013 — while net income rose by $1.2 billion to $7.88 billion and adjusted profit increased about $900 million to $8.12 billion.TD’s next Jan. 31 dividend payment will be 47 cents per common share, which is unchanged.The year included TD’s acquisition of part of the Aeroplan credit card portfolio from CIBC, under a three-way agreement reached in 2013 by the two banks and loyalty-plan operator Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM).“We are pleased to finish out the year with strong total adjusted earnings of $8.1 billion,” said Bharat Masrani, TD’s new president and chief executive officer. “Results for the year reflect good earnings from each of our businesses, driven by organic growth, strong fundamentals, and good results from recent acquisitions.”Masrani officially became TD’s top executive after the 2014 financial year ended Oct. 31 but he had been named in April 2013 as the successor of Ed Clark, who retired effective Nov. 1 this year.In the fourth quarter, TD’s Canadian retail banking operations had $4.92 billion of revenue — up $400 million from a year earlier, while net income increased $67 million to $1.3 billion. Its U.S. retail banking operations generated $2.05 billion of revenue, up from $1.96 billion in the 2013 fourth quarter, and $509 million of net income, up from $448 million.TD’s wholesale banking arm had $604 million of revenue — little changed from $603 million a year earlier — but its net income rose $38 million to $160 million — an increase of 31 per cent. TD Bank former CEO Ed Clark, left, poses with incoming CEO Bharat Masrani in Calgary, on April 3, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2014 6:07 am MDT TD Bank Q4 profit rises but falls short of analyst estimates; dividend unchanged
TORONTO – Gowlings, one of Canada’s leading law firms, has teamed with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. to create a new international law firm.The firm says Monday’s launch of Gowling WLG, which is home to more than 1,400 legal professionals in 18 cities around the globe, marks a historic occasion in Canadian legal and business circles.Typically, Canadian law firms have been absorbed by their larger international counterparts.But Gowlings says the deal announced Monday marks the first time that a Canadian law firm has co-led an international law firm combination. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 22, 2016 1:30 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian law firm Gowlings combines with Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co. in U.K.
On his first day at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres today pledged to make 2017 a year for peace.“On this New Year’s Day, I ask all of you to join me in making one shared New Year’s resolution: Let us resolve to put peace first,” said Mr. Guterres in an appeal for peace. He said one question weighs heavy on his heart. “That is: how can we help the millions of people caught up in conflict, suffering massively in wars with no end in sight?” “Peace must be our goal and our guide,” he said, urging all citizens, governments and leaders to strive to overcome differences.“I appeal to you all to join me in committing to peace, today and every day. Let us make 2017 a year for peace,” he added.Having been formally appointed by the UN General Assembly on 13 October 2016, Mr. Guterres, aged 67, will serve for a five-year period from today to 31 December 2021. He was Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.
What do psychopaths look for when they pick their next victim? And how do psychopaths come across when they lure in those victims?Brock psychologist Angela Book’s previous research has shown that the way that a person walks — shuffling, looking at the ground, hunched over — can make them a potential target for a psychopath.Now the associate professor of Psychology is taking her work one step further by researching the personality traits that would make someone likely to become a victim.With her grant from the federal government’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Book and Lakehead University Assistant Professor of Psychology Beth Visser will be running a series of experiments that will assess where participants fall on the HEXACO scale, a model co-developed by Brock and the University of Calgary that measures six major dimensions of personality. The scale measures: honesty-humility; emotionality; extraversion; agreeableness (versus anger); conscientiousness; and openness to experience.“Our new project is going to look at the personality associated with being gullible and vulnerable to such manipulation or victimization,” says Book. “The second part of our research is to look at whether that translates into accurately predicting victimization.”In the federal government agency’s 2017 competition, Brock received a total of $2.2 million from SSHRC’s Insight Grants, Insight Development Grants, Partnership Development Grants, and student research awards.This total includes graduate student scholarships and fellowships.“Brock continues to do very well in receiving funding from SSHRC,” says Brock’s Interim Vice-President Research Joffre Mercier. “The applications go through a very competitive process, and Brock’s success is a clear demonstration of the excellence of our researchers in humanities and social sciences research.”Book says her research results will help people to better understand their own vulnerabilities, taking the randomness out of abuse and hopefully preventing victimization from taking place.“It’s amazing that SSHRC gives the opportunity to do this kind of research,” says Book. “There’s no way I could afford to do this without the funding.”Brock researchers awarded Insight Grants in 2017 are:Natalie Alvarez, Department of Dramatic Arts, “Scenario training to improve interactions between police and individuals in mental crisis: impacts and efficacy”Angela Book, Department of Psychology, “Psychopaths as social predators: victim selection, social mimicry, and interpersonal interaction”Chantal Buteau, Department of Mathematics, “Educating for the 21st Century: post-secondary students learning progmastics, computer programming for mathematical investigation, simulation, real-world modelling”Jane Koustas, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, “Contemporary Irish and Quebec theatre: national identity/global reach”Jennifer Rowsell, Department of Teacher Education, “Maker literacies”Louis Volante, Department of Teacher Education, “Immigrant student achievement and education policy: a Pan-Canadian analysis”Anthony Volk, Department of Child and Youth Studies, “Reconceptualizing bullying: strengthening the foundation for measurement, research, interventions and policies”Dawn Zinga, Department of Child and Youth Studies, “Breaking down barriers: first generation students and programming that addresses barriers to post-secondary achievement”Brock researchers awarded Insight Development Grants in the 2017 are:Jin Lei, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, “Credit risk spillovers and corporate financial policies”Robert Steinbauer, Department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics: “How do mentors affect student entrepreneur proteges’ moral cognition and ethical conduct?”Dawn Zinga, Department of Child and Youth Studies, “Why do competitive dancers commit to dance? Exploring the lived experiences of young competitive dancers within a motivational framework”Brock researchers awarded a Partnership Development Grant in 2017 are:Christine Daigle, Department of Philosophy, “Posthumanism research network”SSHRC’s Insight Grants program provides funding for three to five years for research that accomplishes a number of goals, including: building knowledge and understanding; supporting new approaches to research; and providing training experiences for students.SSHRC’s Insight Development Grants program supports research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas.Partnership Development Grant proposals are expected to respond to the objectives of the Insight program or the Connection program, or a combination thereof.
Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe (10) and senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger (11) go for a block during an NCAA Tournament match against Wisconsin on Dec. 12 in Louisville, Ky. OSU lost, 3-2.Credit: Chris Slack / Lantern reporterLOUISVILLE, Ky., — After advancing into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team’s came to a sour end.The No. 18 Buckeyes (23-12) lost to Big Ten foe No. 2 Wisconsin for the third time this year.Despite the loss, the Buckeyes’ still managed to do something they couldn’t in two matches against the Badgers during the regular season by winning two sets. Wisconsin swept OSU on Sept. 28 and then again on Nov. 21 before the Buckeyes took its 3-2 (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 24-26, 12-15) loss in Louisville, Ky.After the loss, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said the match was sloppy as neither team had better than a .130 attacking percentage.“It was an old school (match), tons of digs,” Carlston said. “It wasn’t the cleanest match in the world, but it was definitely a drag out, punch for punch type of a match.”The two teams combined for 172 digs, which included five players in double digits for OSU, led by sophomore libero Valeria León with 22. Three Badgers had double-digit digs as well, with junior libero Taylor Morey’s 21 leading the way.After losing the first set, the Buckeyes won two in a row before dropping the fourth and fifth. The winner of each set was the team with the highest attacking percentage in each individual frame.Wisconsin finished the night with 52 kills and 28 errors, while OSU led the way with 64 kills but tallied 40 attacking errors.The Buckeyes showed throughout the five-set match that they were able to hang with the Badgers, despite their opponent recovering from being down, two sets to one.“We’re used to those five-set games,” senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said. “But in tournament time, it’s so different. What kept us punching, especially for me, was looking at all my teammates and seeing in their eyes and everyone believing that we could do it.”Sekinger and sophomore middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe tied for the match high with 17 kills, followed by junior outside hitters Elizabeth Campbell and Katie Mitchell, who each had 11. Campbell also had 17 digs. Her double-double was the one of two for the Buckeyes, as senior setter Taylor Sherwin had 57 assists and 12 digs.Badger coach Kelly Sheffield said the energy senior defensive specialist Kt Kvas provided for his team in the three sets she played was like “a shot of caffeine.”Kvas had three service errors, but also tallied three aces and a pair of digs.After losing a lead in the fourth set and losing the fifth set, Carlston said Badger senior outside hitter Courtney Thomas was the difference maker in the match.“(She) made some amazingly big plays in amazingly big moments,” he said. “She’s a gritty competitor, and I thought she was the difference tonight.”Thomas tallied 13 kills and nine digs while contributing to seven blocks. She also had one service ace.Three Buckeyes — Sekinger, Sherwin and senior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner — played their final collegiate matches Friday night. Senior middle blocker Anna Faul was out all season four OSU and served as a student assistant for the team.The Badgers are scheduled to take on another Big Ten opponent in the quarterfinals. Wisconsin and fifth-seeded Penn State are set to play on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.
We’re four days away from the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: NBA free agency. And with several of the league’s biggest superstars potentially on the move — at a time in which the race for the title seems as open as it’s been in years — we wanted to set the stage with the key questions players and teams alike will face as they prepare for their all-important meetings this weekend.Is Kyrie alone worth the trouble for Brooklyn?For months now, we’ve heard the speculation about Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving potentially landing with the same club this summer. But now, with Irving seemingly keyed in on the Nets regardless of what Durant opts to do, Brooklyn could find itself in an interesting spot.The Nets are fresh off their first playoff appearance since 2015 and were aiming to make a splash in free agency in hopes of taking their talented young roster to the next level. But the prospect of doing that with just Irving — who is unmistakably talented but seemed to mystify his Boston teammates this past season — would carry some degree of risk given the wholesale change it would mark. In doing so, Brooklyn would almost certainly be moving on from All-Star D’Angelo Russell, who made a considerable jump with the Nets this past year.While Irving is far more efficient and a more bankable star, the 27-year-old has also proved to be unpredictable in terms of what he wants from one year to the next. Russell, meanwhile, is just 23, and while there’s still a gap between him and Irving in terms of ability, our CARMELO player projection model at FiveThirtyEight has Irving as one of Russell’s closest player comparisons. Making this a more complicated conversation is Brooklyn’s reputation as one of the NBA’s most analytically inclined organizations, while also being one that prides itself on building its roster carefully. The analytics and the fanfare point to signing Irving, while the most cautious step might be to keep Russell (and hope he keeps blossoming) if it can be done for less than a max-level contract. The complicating factor here, though, is that Russell is a restricted free agent, meaning that a club like the Suns or the Lakers could put the Nets in a scenario in which they’d be forced to match a high-dollar offer to keep him. In other words, keeping Russell could end up being an expensive exercise for Brooklyn either way, depending on the market.If Irving ends up signing with the Nets, I think a defense-heavy club like the Pacers would be the best fit for someone like Russell, who can score a ton but isn’t much of a defender. He would make more sense for Indiana than Ricky Rubio, who is solid on D but not enough of an offensive threat.Who will get Kevin Durant?Nearly every aspect of how free agency would play out changed the moment it was announced that Durant ruptured his Achilles during Game 5 of the NBA Finals. For a team like the Knicks — who seemed like the front-runner to land him — and obviously for Durant himself, everything got thrown into a tailspin.So what happens now, with the superstar likely to miss a lengthy amount of time rehabbing? While KD will have the ear of any organization he’s interested in — reports suggest that outside teams like the Nets and Clippers may be most in play here now — it seems Durant’s brutal injury and the Warriors’ loss in the NBA Finals makes it more likely for him to stay with the Warriors than before.The notion that Durant would go to the Knicks always stemmed from the belief that, by going there, he would want to resurrect a franchise that hadn’t been consistently successful in decades — a polar opposite scenario from the one he stepped into with Golden State. But now, for the first time in years, the Warriors will enter a season vulnerable, with everyone knowing how much value Durant carried. So there may not be a need anymore for KD to validate that by starting over elsewhere.In the aftermath of his injury, there’s still a lingering question of trust, given that Golden State officials mistakenly told Durant he couldn’t get any more hurt by coming back during the finals.1To be fair, the Warriors have argued this was a collaborative decision between the Warriors and outside experts, along with Durant and his team of folks. But as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday, Durant has continued to have contact with Warriors’ officials, seemingly a promising sign for them as we head into free agency. And if there is enough of a trust there, it may help Durant to know whom he’ll be doing his rehab work with, as opposed to stepping into an entirely new situation with a new set of doctors and training staffers. It also doesn’t hurt that the Dubs can offer him a total of five years and a staggering $221 million, while other clubs can offer up to four years and $164 million.Durant’s choice may not affect who wins the title in 2020, since we don’t even know whether he’ll be back to compete next season. But his decision — both in how it impacts Golden State and the way the Warriors will handle fellow injured star Klay Thompson’s free agency — could play a seismic role for the future. Things get really interesting if he does opt to leave and another star player goes along with him.How should the Lakers use their cap space?There is plenty out there to suggest the Lakers, who already have LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the fold, are hoping to create the space necessary for a third max salary slot. Regardless of whether they get there, though, there’s an argument to be made that Los Angeles is better off splitting up its remaining cap space on multiple difference-makers instead of getting just one star.Of course, this depends on just how much of a star we’re talking about. If there is any indication that the Lakers can talk someone like Kawhi Leonard, or even a Jimmy Butler, into joining the mix, that’s a conversation worth having — particularly now, with the league wide open because of the long-term injuries to Durant and Thompson, who is scheduled to have surgery to repair his torn ACL this week. But star power on the level of Kemba Walker, for instance, doesn’t seem like it would be worth it.Yes, a player like Walker — who apparently will be courted by the Hornets, Celtics and Mavericks, according to a report — has unbelievable scoring ability, even when defenses are draped all over him. But aside from Walker’s issues on D, the Lakers don’t truly need another ball-dominant player. Instead, they would be wise to fill out the rest of the roster better than they did last season to make sure they have the necessary depth and balance around James, Davis and Kyle Kuzma.Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon would be an interesting option, though he’s restricted and could cost a lot depending on which teams pursue him. JJ Redick would be an ideal floor-spacer, and if he’s too pricey, a solid two-way veteran like Toronto’s Danny Green might come a bit cheaper. Depending on what someone like Indiana’s Bojan Bogdanovic goes for, he could be a great fit on both ends for the Lakers. And Pacers guard Darren Collison could be a perfectly fine signing, too.These aren’t the sorts of glitzy moves we’re used to hearing about when the Lakers have max or close-to-max space. But using that space to sign any two of these players looks more appealing than signing just one star who doesn’t make the club far better than it already appears to be.Which second-tier star shifts the balance most?Butler seems to be the line of demarcation as a game-changer this summer.We all watched him vault the Timberwolves into the playoffs the season before last and saw a number of moments in which he was integral to the Sixers this past year. Philadelphia will obviously prioritize keeping him, while the Rockets — desperately trying to pounce, with an aging Chris Paul and a hobbled Golden State — reportedly would love to negotiate a sign-and-trade for the 29-year-old.There still figure to be concerns around the way Butler will age, given the amount of minutes he’s racked up over the years — something we’ve written about before. But his ability to check off all the boxes — at a time in which the title is up for grabs and the Sixers were arguably a bounce or four away from beating the team that won it all — makes it seem as if Philadelphia will do what’s necessary to keep Butler, despite what it may cost in years and salary. (Keep in mind how much they gave up to get him, let alone Tobias Harris, who’s also a free agent and could end up walking.)There are a couple of other players of this caliber worth keeping an eye on, too. Despite his ACL tear, Thompson is the best shooter in the world not named Stephen Curry, and he will have suitors if the Warriors somehow don’t offer him a full max contract.2Though it’s hard to imagine that. If they lose Durant, you’d have to imagine they would want to keep Thompson because of his value to the franchise. And even if Durant stays, having Thompson in the fold would seemingly make them the favorites again once everyone is healthy in 2021. And Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton would fit any contender who needs a solid wing player that doesn’t dominate the ball.But since those two are widely expected to stay put, Butler — because of how many other teams will want to make a legitimate run at him and because of the risk involved with Philadelphia giving him a five-year contract — is arguably the most interesting free agent out there.Could Kawhi really leave Toronto?But what about arguably the best player in the world, who just led his team to a championship? How could he not be the most intriguing free agent right now?Leonard, who turns 28 this week, could obviously shift the balance for this coming season quicker than anyone by moving teams, as the Raptors would take a massive step back, and whichever club he joined would take a quantum leap forward. The truth is, no one knows what Kawhi — arguably the most enigmatic superstar the league has ever seen — will do. But it wouldn’t be all that surprising if he decided to run things back with Toronto on a two-year contract, with an opt-out after the first season of the deal.3Again, we have no clue what Leonard would prefer. He also could be against the idea of a short-term deal, given the quad injury that limited him to just nine games a season ago.Doing that would allow him a chance to defend his title with Toronto while also pressuring the Raptors to continue wooing him for yet another season, similar to the way LeBron did in Cleveland.The Clippers have been waiting almost a year now to make their pitch to Leonard, and they would ideally aim to pair him with another star. And other teams — the Knicks and Lakers, presumably — would love a chance to sell him on signing with them.We only truly know one thing in all this, as free agency approaches: The Raptors have done all they possibly could do to persuade Leonard to stay. And as much as it will sting Toronto fans if he opts to leave anyway, the ride to a championship, even if just for one year, was totally worth it.What will the Bucks do?Milwaukee has flown under the radar in the free-agent discussions because the Bucks almost certainly won’t be a contender for the biggest-name free agents. The reason for that: They’ve got a number of their own players they have to find ways to take care of.Middleton will be a top priority, and he figures to have a max deal headed his way. Brogdon could be a hot commodity as a restricted free agent. Brook Lopez earned himself a payday because of his ability to stretch defenses and protect the rim. And Nikola Mirotic, despite a brutal series against Toronto, will garner interest as a floor-spacing forward who defends better than he’s given credit for.The question for the Bucks, who had the league’s best record last season, is how much they can afford to spend without handcuffing themselves too much, too far into the future. Jon Horst, who won Executive of the Year this week, will want to maintain as much flexibility as possible to change things as necessary around league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. But with Antetokounmpo eligible for a supermax extension in a year, it would send the wrong message — and look cheap — to not offer Middleton, Giannis’s All-Star sidekick, a max contract.4The Bucks already signed Eric Bledsoe to a four-year, $70-million extension during the season.Assuming Milwaukee holds on to most of its own talent, the Bucks will be forced to bank on internal growth, not only from Giannis, but also from Brogdon, Middleton and Mike Budenholzer, who won Coach of the Year but made some questionable decisions down the stretch of the Toronto series.It’s crazy to think that a 60-win team — with the MVP, coach of the year and executive of the year — is a bit of an afterthought in free agency. But on some level, for Milwaukee, these next few weeks will be about playing defense as other clubs make a run at what looks like a wide-open bid for an NBA title. From ABC News:
Fleabag’s creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has defended her “privileged” background and claimed that pinpointing her social status is not a fair criticism of her work.In an interview with writer and author Elizabeth Day on her podcast How to Fail, Waller-Bridge, 33, admitted that although the hit BBC comedy is told through the “prism of a very middle class family”, she was using them as a device to “tell a story that was emotional”.Her comments came after the second series of Fleabag, which aired on BBC Three earlier this year, was reviewed as a show reserved for “posh girls”.As a guest on the podcast for the second time, Waller-Bridge, who grew up in Ealing, West London and had a private education, laid bare that she has never pretended to be from a lower class.Instead, she defended her upbringing, claiming she would have been inspired to write the story – now also a sold-out West End play – regardless of where she lived. 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. “To criticise a story on the basis of where the author had come from, or how privileged the author is, undermines the story,” the actress and writer said.She added: “It’s not like my privilege created Fleabag. “I created Fleabag, but from a point of place in my life where I was able to sit and write.”I like to think that whatever life I’d lived, wherever I’d been born or brought up, I would still have written if I had been given the encouragement.”
Phillips Machine South Africa, under the direction of Larry G Cantley, Phillips Machine South Africa Managing Director, is a branch of an American based Phillips Machine that has been involved in almost all phases of repairs, remanufacture, fabrication, development and sales of underground mining equipment, for the past 35 years in the US. The South African branch has been trading with the Phillips name since 2008 and has moved into newly-built premises, which includes 1,000 m2 of workshop space, 250 m2 office space in Middelburg, Mpumalanga Province, where Phillips Machine SA has commenced local manufacture of equipment line, and will be hosting an opening ceremony to all South African mining groups early in February 2010.Phillips Machine says the specific equipment it has supplied to the local market “includes battery and cable operated shuttle cars, ranging from 16 to 20 t payloads, higher payloads than comparative models in the current market, due to a free flow frame design. Also battery operated scoops with a three-post canopy for better visibility, equipped with Enersys cells (of which we are a South African Agent) for improved battery usage, and a fully sealed dual bearing centre section.”Phillips Machine SA also overhauls, fabricates new and assembles industrial mining batteries on any underground equipment.And Phillips Machine SA’s latest addition has been the complete supply of a cutter drum to STA Mining, with which it has achieved up to 20% reduction in vibration, improved sump and sheer speeds, better turning and visibly less washing on the pick holders. Phillips Machine SA will have a lacing fixture in-house to re-lace cutter drums to customer requirements by the end of January 2010.The company says “Our equipment log currently consists of 13 x FC16 (16 t) battery operated shuttle cars, three PM2110-FC16 (16 t) cable operated shuttle cars, 15 x PM2110-FC20 (20 t) shuttle cars and 13 Model number S280 battery operated scoops in the field, and a current back order list to fulfill in 2010.”
L’Archaeopteryx avait un plumage de plusieurs couleursPubliant leurs travaux le 13 juin dans le Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, des chercheurs britanniques ont établi, grâce à l’analyse high-tech d’éléments fossiles, que l’Archaeoptéryx, un ‘ancêtre’ des oiseaux, possédait des plumes présentant des zones claires et des zones sombres.Seuls 11 spécimens fossiles d’Archaeopteryx – une espèce de transition entre dinosaures et oiseaux, qui arpentait l’actuelle Allemagne il y a 150 millions d’années – sont connus. Mais – miracle ! – des scientifiques avaient réussi, assez récemment, à retrouver des plumes fossilisées de la créature. Plus précisément, des plumes et des mélanosomes – structures intracellulaires responsables de la pigmentation.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Or, à l’analyse (publiée l’année dernière), ces éléments suggéraient que le plumage de cet animal était de couleur noire. Mais seules certaines parties de ces plumes avaient pu être étudiées. Afin d’obtenir une image plus complète, l’équipe de Roy Wogelius, de l’Université de Manchester, a récemment utilisé un faisceau de rayons X émis par un synchrotron (accélérateur de particules) pour scanner complètement une de ces plumes fossilisées, ainsi que des échantillons de pigmentation trouvés dans la roche environnante. “Prises ensemble, ces traces chimiques montrent que la plume était de couleur claire avec des zones de pigment sombre le long d’un bord et sur la pointe”, explique Phillip Manning, paléontologue et co-auteur de l’étude cité par LiveScience. “Les scans d’un second Archaeoptéryx (…) montrent également (…) le même modèle de pigmentation du plumage. Le fait que ces composés aient été conservés en place durant 150 Ma est extraordinaire”, précise Manning. “Ce travail affine notre compréhension de la structuration pigmentaire chez ce qui est peut-être le plus important fossile connu. Notre technique montre que les motifs complexes étaient présents même dans les toutes premières étapes de l’évolution des oiseaux”, conclut pour sa part Roy Wogelius.Le 12 juin 2013 à 19:59 • Maxime Lambert
Beginning last week, the World Soy Foundation is sharing a “Spotlight” of a story, partner organization or project each week. Be sure to check us out on Facebook to see the daily posts and pictures about each (posts will be on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)!Our week two “Spotlight” is Valley View University in Ghana. This school is in charge of feeding over 400 children each week. Thanks to support from the WSF and DuPont Nutrition and Health, a team of agricultural development and school nutrition professionals first examined opportunities for better nutrition for the kids. This led to a joint effort from the WSF, WhiteWave and ADRA to purchase, transport and intall a VitaGoat soymilk processing machine as well as training operators and supplying a year’s worth of soybeans!Today, the VitaGoat feeds over 400 kids each week. The school also has enough product from the VitaGoat to sell to the community as a sustainable small enterprise. This project is an example of how the WSF leveraged U.S. soybean farmer contributions and industry support to feed malnourished children, promote sustainable economic development and build a thriving community!Be sure to watch for our Week Three Spotlight next week! To learn more about the WSF, be sure to visit us at www.worldsoyfoundation.org, on Facebook, Twitter (@TheWSF) or YouTube!
2 Mark-Oliver Roedel The stiletto breed of snakes are tricky for scientists and handlers to deal with. It’s not because they’re particularly aggressive, rather it’s because they inject their venom by stabbing their fangs out to the side of their mouth. In what’s good news for nature lovers and bad news for anyone who may have to actually hold one of these snakes, a new species of stiletto snake has been discovered in West Africa by Dr. Mark-Oliver Roedel and his team from Berlin’s Natural History Museum.The new snake is called Branch’s Stiletto Snake, or Atractaspis branchi, in honour of South African snake expert William Branch, who passed away last October. The team found three of the new snakes, and said in their paper that the species can be found in western Liberia and southeastern Guinea.Scientists usually hold snakes with good ol’ fingers-behind-the-head technique, since most snakes attack by opening their mouth and lunging forward. This doesn’t work for Branch’s Stiletto Snake and others in its family, who can bite — by stabbing with their fangs — without even opening their mouths.The team says the new species is thinner with a longer tail-to-snout ratio compared to other stiletto snakes. They also hypothesize that such snakes are endemic to the Upper Guinea forest zone. Comments Sci-Tech Tags Share your voice
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz introduces the new Homeless Community Leadership Council and Anchored Home plan during a press conference at city hall (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media)Officials in Anchorage are re-evaluating the city’s strategy for reducing homelessness. At a press conference at city hall Thursday, the mayor’s administration unveiled a new two-part plan they hope will improve coordination and accountability.Listen nowIn a packed conference room, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced the formation of the Homelessness Community Leadership Council.“It’s a group of community leaders who are going to make sure we hew to the right course when it comes time to following through with our homelessness plan,” Berkowitz said. “Making sure that resources are properly allocated, making sure that funding sources go to the right place, (making) sure that we break down the sort of silos that have made it hard for us to have the kind of results that we should have had in the past.”Co-chaired by the mayor and one of the heads of Providence hospital, the council has 10 additional volunteer members drawn from prominent non-profits, private companies and real-estate groups. The idea is to facilitate conversations between people who aren’t typically coordinating when it comes to the issue of homelessness. And to use funding pools more efficiently.“Part of the problem is, when I talk about the $25 million-plus that’s being spent on homelessness in this community, it’s very diffuse, it’s not organized,” Berkowitz said.The second part of the measures is an update to a comprehensive strategy from 2015 for reducing homelessness. The modified plan, called “Anchored Home,” is still in draft form, and the administration has public events next month to gather input from community members.Jasmine Khan directs the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and is overseeing the initiative, along with the city’s homelessness coordinator, Nancy Burke. According to Khan, the aim is not just to have strategies put on paper, but offer clear deliverables among stakeholders, establish accountability and collect good data on different sub-groups dealing with homelessness.“What Anchored Home is about is coalescing these plans into one plan, so we’re looking at the problem holistically versus looking at each population,” Khan said.The document will be finalized and implemented in October. The municipality is holding a public hearing on September 18th at the Loussac Library.