Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic still wants Man Utd moveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus veteran Mario Mandzukic wants a Premier League transfer in January.Manchester United were close to signing the Croatia international during the summer – but Ed Woodward pulled the plug – thinking £14million was too much to pay for a 33-year-old.The Juventus striker has offers on the table from Qatar, where Al Rayyan are keen.However, Tuttosport claim Mandzukic is holding out for offers from England and with United’s striker crisis – Woodward could be forced to make a U-turn. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
georgia spike squad mark foxGeorgia basketball coach Mark Fox has always made it clear how much he supports the school’s football team. Saturday, he’ll be going all out, yet again, to help cheer on the Dawgs against SEC juggernaut Alabama.Friday, Fox, on Twitter, revealed that he’ll be joining the Spike Squad in the stands for the contest. The Spike Squad is notorious for wearing body paint and spiked shoulder pads to games.…& forgive me when I drip paint on you cause I’m #100%Dawg @UGASPIKESQUAD – I’m in! Time to GATA pic.twitter.com/ldchIG1e2q— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) October 2, 2015This isn’t the first time Fox has done this, and it probably won’t be the last. Very cool.
TORONTO — Hackers are targeting Toronto-Dominion Bank’s internal systems at all hours using cutting-edge techniques, but the bank’s head of cybersecurity isn’t losing sleep over them — they work for him, after all.The bank established late last year an in-house “red team” of ethical hackers — cybersecurity professionals who attempt to hack a computer network to test or evaluate its security on the owners’ behalf — who conduct live attacks against its own networks continuously, said Alex Lovinger, TD Bank’s vice-president of cyber threat management.“We’re doing it exactly how our adversaries would do it… So if we find a weakness or something like that, we can close it or address it before a real attacker,” he said.Canada’s biggest banks are fortifying their defences by hiring their own ethical hackers to test their systems as the frequency and sophistication of cyberthreats increases.A Senate report last month entitled “cyber.assault: It should keep you up at night” sounded the alarm about the potential consequences of major cyberattacks in Canada.“While some progress has been made federally in the past year, there is much more that the federal government and Canadians must do to protect ourselves,” said the report of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. “We must take the appropriate steps now, or soon we will all be victims.”Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has also raised concerns about a cyberattack.In 2017, 21 per cent of Canadian businesses reported that they were impacted by a cyber security incident which affected their operations, according to Statistics Canada. Banking institutions, not including investment banks, reported the highest level of incidents at 47 per cent, followed by universities and the pipeline transportation subsector, according to the agency.New regulations that require Canadian businesses to alert their customers about privacy breaches or face hefty fines took effect at the beginning of this month.In May, the Bank of Montreal and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s Simplii Financial digital banking brand said thousands of their customers may have had their personal and financial data compromised.BMO said hackers contacted the bank claiming to be in possession of the personal data of fewer than 50,000 customers, and that the attack originated outside of Canada. At the same time, Simplii also warned that “fraudsters” may have accessed certain personal and account information for about 40,000 clients.BMO’s chief executive Darryl White said he could not comment on the details of the privacy breach, as an ongoing investigation is underway, but noted there was a “very immaterial impact from a fraud perspective” and no material financial fallout.“We are a lot smarter as every event goes on. And there are events every day, there are events every hour of every day… It’s a continual improvement exercise,” White told reporters after the bank’s recent investor day.Meanwhile, BMO is also turning to in-house ethical hackers to test their systems. According to a recent job posting, BMO is seeking a senior manager with a certification in ethical hacking and whose responsibilities include managing a team of “network penetration testing” specialists.CIBC did not respond to questions about whether it utilizes ethical hackers.“We leverage internal and external expertise, and work closely with industry and government to enhance cyber security resilience, threat intelligence and best practices,” a spokeswoman said in a statement.Alberta-based bank ATB Financial in a recent job post said it was recruiting a “Senior Penetration Tester” with ethical hacking experience. An ATB spokeswoman said the posting is to fill a recently vacated role.The Bank of Nova Scotia also established its own in-house “red team” of hackers to test its defences, said its chief information security officer Steve Hawkins.“Scotiabank has used and continues to use third-parties to handle this penetration testing. However, because the volume of global cyber threats has significantly risen, the Bank wanted to have its own capabilities in-house and created its own red team this year,” he said.With the string of data breaches in recent years, what does worry TD’s Lovinger is the cumulative amount of data that has been exposed.“Hackers now sit on a wealth of information… That they can now leverage to do more targeted attacks,” he said.Royal Bank of Canada has had in-house ethical hacking capabilities for a few years now, as part of its cybersecurity program, said Adam Evans, the bank’s vice-president of cyber operations and chief information officer.“We want to make sure that we are testing our defences to make sure they stay relevant,” he said.RBC has been upping its cybersecurity budget and adding to its team annually. It now has roughly 400 cybersecurity professionals, up 50 per cent from three years ago, but a talent gap looms, Evans said.Demand for talent in Canada is climbing by seven per cent annually and there will be more than 5,000 roles to fill between 2018 and 2021, according to Deloitte. By 2022, the cybersecurity workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million, it said.As of October, there were 1,024 cybersecurity vacancies for every million Canadian job postings, up five per cent over the past year, according to Indeed Canada. That’s up 73 per cent since the beginning of 2015, said Brendon Bernard, an economist for the job search platform.Meanwhile, several Canadian banks have made recent investments in research or capabilities abroad or in universities at home to tap cybersecurity talent. For example, TD opened a cybersecurity-focused office in Tel Aviv, Scotiabank announced a partnership with an Israeli cybersecurity company and RBC made an investment in research at Ben-Gurion University.“With the talent gap in cyber, it’s something that organizations are going to have to address,” said Evans. “Because there is just not enough qualified people out there.” Companies in this story: (TSX:RY, TSX:TD, TSX:CM, TSX:BNS, TSX:BMO)Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press
“I remain hopeful that you will change course ahead of the Sept. 1 deadline for all provinces and territories to submit their carbon-pricing plans.”Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said as recently as Friday that the province has not changed its mind about being the lone holdout on Ottawa’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.After a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Moe said the province has a plan of its own and only signs agreements it can honour.McKenna said Saskatchewan will be subject to a carbon tax, whether it signs on or not.“To be clear, we cannot accept your request not to price carbon in Saskatchewan,” she said. “In the event that your government does not adopt a price on pollution that meets our standard, we would have no choice but to ensure that a price on pollution applies in Saskatchewan, just as we would anywhere else in the country.”The federal government would apply its carbon pricing in Saskatchewan and would ensure any revenues raised stayed in the province, she said.Saskatchewan has already missed one deadline to sign on to the federal plan, which McKenna has said means the province won’t get $62 million in funding for emissions-reduction programs. Both Moe and Duncan have said they will still apply for the money from the low-carbon fund.In her letter, McKenna said Saskatchewan’s share will be open to provinces, territories, municipalities, businesses, non-governmental organizations and Indigenous communities across Canada including in Saskatchewan.“Funding will be awarded to projects selected under a competitive process,” she said. “I look forward to seeing excellent proposals come forward from your province.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) REGINA, S.K. – Canada’s environment minister says Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it doesn’t sign on to a national climate change plan by the fall.Catherine McKenna says in a letter to her Saskatchewan counterpart, Dustin Duncan, that Saskatchewan is best positioned to design a carbon-pricing approach that works for the province.“The other nine provinces have taken us up on that approach,” she wrote. “It’s unfortunate that your government has not yet chosen to do the same.”
Nancy Ragan posted on the Energeticcity.ca Facebook page “Felt it here a peace island park! House shaking like crazy and pictures falling down”.Vivian Clarke said the quake shook her entire house. “Very strong shook my whole house and set the chandeler swinging.”Members of the School District 60 felt the quake just as their band concert started at the North Peace Cultural Centre.We had an earth shaking start to the Beginning Band Concert but the show went on! #yxj #sd60 #fortstjohn pic.twitter.com/DtAEyUNcIF— School District 60 (@sd60) November 30, 2018 UPDATE – Natural Resources Canada Seismologist John Cassidy says the cause is under investigation. “There have been alot of induced earthquakes in the area, along with natural quakes. The Oil and Gas Commission has been notified and will investigate. They will be looking into the depth of the quake and recent activity in the area. It could take a few days to determine the exact size and cause of the quake”.Cassidy went on to confirm at least two aftershocks were felt in the region. The first happened at around 7:06 p.m. and measured approximately 3.3. The second was stronger at 4.0 at around 7:15 p.m.Natural Resources Canada says the quake measured 4.5, while the US Geological Survey said the quake was 4.2. Cassidy says Natural Resource Canada has equipment in the area, while the USGS’s equipment is located farther away from the quake. Seismologists will look at all the data and determine the exact size and location of the quake in the coming days. Residents are encouraged to share what they felt during the quake to Natural Resources Canada. You can do that by clicking here.ORIGINAL STORYFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A 4.2 or 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt all around the B.C. Peace Thursday at around 6:27 p.m.The US Geological Survey says the quake happend 22 km east southeast of Fort St. John and was 4.2 in size. Earthquakes Canada says it was a 4.5 magnitued quake 16 km from Fort St. John.Many residents reported at least three aftershocks in the region. The PRRD says there has been no movement in the area of the Old Fort landslide. “The Ministry of Transportation has checked their monitoring equipment and there is no movement at this time.”Aftershocks could occur – take precautionary actions and drop, cover & hold on whenever you feel one. https://t.co/zOI9AnwLmO— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018 Eyewitnesses report feeling the ground shake as far away as Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek. At this point there are no reports of any damage caused by the quake.Click here to read more information about the quake from the US Geological Survey.USGS reports 4.2 magnitude #earthquake 22 km east southeast of Fort. St. John. Reports of it being felt in the area. More info: https://t.co/kHfw5Yrv9y— Emergency Info BC (@EmergencyInfoBC) November 30, 2018
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Wednesday took a swipe at the Modi government, charging that in this regime conviction comes first and investigation later and a person is guilty until proven innocent. He said the law secretary should “teach” the Prime Minister some basic lessons in law as the Supreme Court has said that bail is the rule and jail the exception. Chidambaram’s jibe at the prime minister came in the wake of Modi’s attack on the opposition leader. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details At a recent rally in Tamil Nadu, the prime minister had taken a dig at the former finance minister. Modi had said he was “shocked to read the recounting minister headed their manifesto committee. I was not surprised. After all, getting bail is important for his own existence,” apparently referring to cases against Chidambaram and his son Karti. Charges are flying fast and thick in the midst of election campaign for Lok Sabha elections that begin on April 11. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Chidambaram is facing corruption charges in the INX media case and has been granted bail by the court. “In Modi raj, conviction comes first and investigation takes place later! In Modi raj, a person is guilty until proved innocent!If PM has any doubt, he should consult his friend Mr Arun Jaitley,” the Congress leader charged. “The Law Secretary should teach the PM some basic lessons on law. The Supreme Court has said that ‘bail is the rule and jail is the exception,” he said on Twitter.
Los Angeles: Veteran actor Judi Dench says she is “allergic” to watching her own films. The 84-year-old star said if she saw her movies, she would get “irritated” by her acting and start judging her performance. “I’m so allergic to seeing myself… I don’t see myself on film. When I do, I’m terribly conscious of what I chose to do and not to do in a moment. And I always am irritated,” Dench told USA Today. She, however, added, “I like to watch it quite a long time afterwards when I have forgotten all the questions I had to ask myself in the moment. So I can look at it much more dispassionately.” Dench admitted she has not seen her 1985 classic Room With A View. The film, directed by James Ivory, written by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and produced by Ismail Merchant.
Lucknow: BSP president Mayawati Monday asked why the Election Commission was not cancelling the nomination of Pragya Singh Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate from Bhopal, despite the “BJP ratna” issuing controversial statements. “Malegoan blast case accused and BJP candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya is claiming that she is contesting a ‘dharm yuddh’. This is the real face of BJP/RSS which is being exposed continuously. But why is the Commission only issuing notices and not cancelling the nomination of BJP ratna (gem) Pragya?” Mayawati tweeted. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “If the Election Commission is not able to work in an impartial manner to the satisfaction of people despite severe criticism in the media, it is an issue of grave concern for democracy and no one else but BJP and PM Modi, who are surrounded by serious electoral allegations.” Thakur is out on bail in the Malegaon blast case of 2008. She is under fire for saying that Hemant Karkare died during the 26/11 terror attacks because she had cursed him for “torturing” her in custody when he probed the Malegaon blast as Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The BJP candidate from Bhopal retracted the statement after it drew severe criticism. Six people were killed and over 100 injured when an explosive device strapped on a motorcycle went off near a mosque in Malegaon, a town about 200 km from here in north Maharashtra, on September 29, 2008. Thakur has also said she was “proud” of her participation in demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. The Election Commission has issued a show-cause notice to her. On Monday in Kolkata, BJP national president Amit Shah defended his party’s decision to field Thakur as its Lok Sabha candidate, saying allegations against her are false and the real culprits in the Malegaon blast case have evaded the law.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cincinnati Bengals started the 2015 season 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. So a matchup with the lowly Houston Texans, who sat at 3-5, should have been no problem, right?Wrong. The Texans continued their domination of the Bengals with a 10-6 win in a defensive struggle in Paul Brown Stadium in front of a roaring jungle of 61,381 Bengals fans on Monday night.The most discouraging part is the Texans did it with their backup quarterback after starter Brian Hoyer was knocked out of the game due to a concussion. Given, T.J. Yates didn’t do much, but his 22-yard rainbow to DeAndre Hopkins pushed the Texans past the Bengals and into the driver’s seat in the lackluster AFC South.Sure it’s just one loss, and sure the Bengals are still 8-1 — sitting pretty in the AFC North with a three-game lead over Pittsburgh — but quarterback Andy Dalton showed a side Bengals fans are all too familiar with. One that should make Bengals fans uneasy every time they think about yelling out, “who dey.”The Red Rifle turned into the “Red Rider B.B. Gun,” as Texans defensive end J.J. Watt called Dalton after the game, and his inability to win in primetime games was on full display again as he pushed his overall primetime record to 4-8.Dalton finished Monday night’s blunder of a game 22-of-38 for 197 yards and an interception for easily his worst performance of the year.The biggest problem is the Bengals looked tentative to take shots deep down the field against the Texans — something they’ve excelled at so far this season. Dalton ranks third in the NFL for average yards per pass, according to NFL statistics, but couldn’t connect on passes downfield on Monday.Perhaps Watt breathing down Dalton’s neck all night had something to do with it. Watt’s pressure against backup right tackle Eric Winston clearly impacted the Bengals’ ability to convert on third-downs, finishing the game at an abysmal 23 percent (3-of-13) conversion rate.Ultimately, the fifth-year quarterback will take the brunt of the blame for the loss to the Texans, but realistically, Dalton isn’t the only one to blame. Tight end Tyler Eifert dropped several passes that he normally catches and receiver A.J. Green fumbled away the Bengals’ final hopes in the last minute. Pair that with the Bengals’ inability to run the football — 21 carries for 73 yards on Monday (3.5 average) — and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.The lackluster performance comes at the worst possible time for the Bengals, as the team’s next contest is on the road against the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in another primetime matchup on Sunday night.The question is, can the Bengals match up under the lights and show the NFL what they are truly made of? Or will they fry in the desert next week against the team’s former quarterback and possible league MVP Carson Palmer? Also, looking even further, the Bengals still have key division tilts against the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, as well as a Week 16 matchup with the Broncos in Mile High Stadium.Despite the 8-0 start, the Bengals could very well lose half of their second-half games. Sure, some might say I’m overreacting, crossing the Bengals off my list of Super Bowl contenders after Week 10. But my instincts and my gut tells me to not trust this bunch until they prove they can consistently win in primetime games, let alone in the playoffs.
The Ohio State baseball team celebrates its victory against Xavier March 19 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 10-3.Credit: Sam Harrington / Lantern photographerWith Big Ten play looming, the Ohio State baseball team appears to be starting to play their best ball of the season.Playing under a gray sky for most of the evening, the Buckeyes (13-6, 0-0) came out shining and rolled to their fifth-straight victory, defeating Xavier, 10-3, Wednesday.The game featured two freshman starting pitchers on the bump with the Musketeers’ (11-7, 0-0) Trent Astle going against the Buckeyes’ Tanner Tully.Tully, starting his first collegiate game, began with a commanding five-pitch first inning. Astle wasn’t so lucky.Sophomore infielder Troy Kuhn was batting first for the Buckeyes and, on the second pitch he saw, smacked a homerun over the left field wall. The shot was Kuhn’s fourth of the year, good enough to lead the team.“I’m seeing the ball real well,” Kuhn said. “I keep getting good pitches to hit … taking advantage of other teams mistakes.”With runners on second and third and still no outs, freshman outfielder Ronnie Dawson had an RBI groundout and sophomore infielder Zach Ratcliff followed with an RBI single to give the Buckeyes a quick 3-0 lead.Astle found himself in another jam to begin the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic hit a sac fly to deep center that plated two. Junior outfielder Pat Porter followed with a sac fly of his own to score another and give Tully a six-run lead to work with.The freshman responded, going five innings with five hits on no runs scored. When Tully had Musketeers in scoring position, he turned up the heat to keep them at bay.“It was good just to go in there and throw strikes and keep the defense in it,” Tully said. “I throw a little bit harder, hit my spots a little bit more (with runners in scoring position) and make sure they don’t score.”Coach Greg Beals was impressed enough with Tully’s first start to say he would probably be the Sunday starter this weekend.“There was no question in my mind he was capable of starting and capable of doing what he did,” Beals said. “To put five zeros up like that, though, was sure good to see … in our meeting tomorrow there’s a pretty good chance we decide Tanner Tully is our Sunday starter this weekend.”The Musketeers scored one in the sixth and two more in eighth to give them a chance, but the offense rose to the occasion and responded with four runs of their own in the eighth.Redshirt-senior reliever Tyler Giannonatti recorded the final four outs to give him his first save of the season and keep the Buckeyes perfect at home so far.The win streak has been an enjoyable one for the Buckeyes, but they know it isn’t time to get complacent.“We’re pretty happy (with where we are), but this is where our mission starts,” Kuhn said. “We want to come out hot.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to Friday when the Michigan State Spartans come to town. First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m.
Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) passes the ball during a game against James Madison on Nov. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 73-56.Credit: Sam Hollingshead / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s basketball team missed back-to-back 3-pointers to start the game, but the Buckeyes never relinquished their lead after Marc Loving connected from deep on their third possession.Loving — a sophomore forward — made another long ball less than three minutes later before the Buckeyes (5-0) opened up an 11-point lead just over five minutes into their 73-56 win against James Madison (4-2) on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. OSU led by double digits for the final 34:57 of the contest.But despite the perpetual lead, the Buckeyes allowed the Dukes to move within 10 at the half and struggled to shoot the ball throughout the game after starting off 6-for-10 from 3-point range.Senior forward Sam Thompson said the Buckeyes have to be able to win, even when not shooting well, and proved they have that ability against the Dukes.“Sometimes you’ve gotta win like that,” Thompson said after the game. “You’re not gonna score 100 points every game, shoot 65 percent. We obviously don’t want to play like that, but … gotta find ways to win.”OSU shot just 41.3 percent from the field and missed its last eight 3-pointers while turning the ball over 15 times in the game.Coach Thad Matta said OSU lost energy at times in the game, and added that’s bound to happen from time to time.“I think every now and then you have a game like this, and just a little bit lackadaisical,” Matta said after the game. “And that was the biggest thing we talked about after the game, was just trusting the system and knowing that it works. And everybody has to do what they’re supposed to do.”After allowing the Dukes to inch closer at the end of the first half, the Buckeyes opened up an 18-point lead with 15:44 to play after freshman guard D’Angelo Russell found Thompson for an alley-oop.The dunk moved Thompson past the 700-point mark in his OSU career. His 13 points in the game give him 703 for his time in Columbus.Even though they were shooting just over 41 percent from the field with 9:17 to play, the Buckeyes held a 21-point lead. James Madison worked back to a 16-point deficit with four minutes to play.Despite pulling out to a 17-point lead in the first half, the Buckeyes were only up 37-27 at the break after James Madison closed out the opening 20 minutes on a 15-8 run.OSU finished the half shooting just 46.7 percent from the field. Loving didn’t score in the first half after his early 3-pointers, while Russell led all players with 10 points before the break.James Madison out-rebounded OSU, 19-18, in the first half and forced eight Buckeye turnovers.Thompson said the Buckeyes brought down their energy level after starting fast in the first half.“We got off to a hot start and then for whatever reason we really slowed ourselves down in that last probably 10-12 minutes of the first half,” he said. “And obviously take nothing away from (James Madison), but we thought we stopped attacking, stopped being aggressive on the offensive end.”On a day when his team had an up-and-down performance despite picking up a 17-point win, Matta said one player in particular — freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate — brought a spark to the Buckeyes off the bench.“I’d give Jae’Sean Tate the game ball today, just with his energy and just the passion he played with, I thought he was tremendous,” Matta said. “That has to become contagious, we’ve gotta get other guys doing that.”Tate said he’s embraced the role of spark-plug for the Buckeyes five games into his collegiate career.“(I’m a) high-motor guy,” Tate said after the game. “I bring the juice, is what coach would say, and I just try to get us a little kick start when we need it.”Russell scored just four points in the second half but led the Buckeyes with 14 points in the game. Thompson’s 13 made him the only other OSU player to score in double figures. Senior guard Shannon Scott tallied a game-high six assists while senior center Amir Williams led all players with nine rebounds.James Madison junior guard Andre Nation scored a game-high 15 points while sophomore forward Yohanny Dalembert chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.OSU is scheduled to play its first road game of the season against Louisville in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday. Tip is set for 9:35 p.m.
Then-OSU freshman guard D’Angelo Russell dribbles the ball during a game against Maryland on Jan. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThursday night in the 2015 NBA draft saw the two-round event start off with the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Karl-Anthony Towns first overall and ended with the Philadelphia 76ers taking Luka Mitrovic with the 60th selection.As with every draft, whether it is basketball, football, baseball or hockey, fans of a certain team will have their fervent opinions about their new young player. I offer my opinion with first-round picks I loved, first-round picks where the teams could have done better, and second-round sleepers.First-round selections I loved:D’Angelo Russell (2nd overall), Los Angeles LakersPassing on Jahlil Okafor had to be a tough call for the Lakers, but D’Angelo Russell has the chance to be Kobe Bryant’s successor. Picking a guard over a big man at the top of the draft is not the norm, but Okafor does not give much on the defensive end with shot blocking and rebounding at the center position, which have turned into necessities in the current NBA. Russell is the best playmaker and passer in the draft, and can help take the Lakers to the playoffs next year, especially if they can add a big man in free agency such as Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge to pair with Julius Randle.Mario Hezonja (5th overall), Orlando MagicMario Hezonja was my top international prospect in the draft, and he will give the Orlando Magic much-needed shooting help. Recently, the Magic have taken athletes in the draft who struggle from the perimeter in Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. Hezonja is a top-three athlete in this draft class, as well as a top-three shooter loaded with confidence.Devin Booker (13th overall), Phoenix SunsThe Phoenix Suns needed a shooter and they got their guy in Devin Booker, who can also be a solid defensive player. The Suns have some guards hitting free agency this offseason and Booker gives them a guy who can contribute immediately in a more up-tempo offense with Eric Bledsoe leading the charge.Justin Anderson (21st overall), Dallas MavericksJustin Anderson is well built with speed, size and strength that really improved his jump shot this past college season. His offensive mindset displays a “no nonsense” style by catching the ball and attacking straight to the hoop immediately. He is a very good defender as well, though he was unable to display his versatility in full in Virginia’s pack-line defense.Jarell Martin (25th overall), Memphis GrizzliesJarell Martin is a stretch 4 without NBA three-point range. He will be able to play outside of the paint when he enters the game and will allow more space for either Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol, if he re-signs. Martin will be able to hit a midrange jumper or attack the basket from 20 feet away.R.J. Hunter (28th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics picked up an elite three-point shooter late in the first round. He does not need the ball to be effective, and that will allow for more space from some of Boston’s attacking guards.First-round selections teams should have done differently:Kristaps Porzingis (4th overall), New York KnicksThe Knicks were in a tough situation where they probably did not get a great offer to move back in the draft. Porzingis will take a few years to possibly develop with an aging Carmelo Anthony, which suggests the Knicks are looking past the Carmelo Anthony era. Wing player Mario Hezonja, point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and even an elite defensive big in Willie Cauley-Stein would have made sense here, if they are still in the Carmelo era.Trey Lyles (12th overall), Utah JazzTrey Lyles is a skilled stretch 4 who cannot take a defender out to the three-point line yet. I thought the Jazz could use a pure shooter, such as Devin Booker, at this spot to pair with Gordon Hayward and two guards who can struggle from the outside in Dante Exum and Trey Burke.Kelly Oubre Jr. (15th overall), Washington WizardsI agree with the position of choice: small forward. The Wizards moved up four spots by trading two future second-round picks, but I thought there were two better fits at small forward, namely Sam Dekker and Justin Anderson, to pair with Otto Porter.Terry Rozier (16th overall), Boston CelticsThe Boston Celtics already have a couple of similar guards to Rozier, such as Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas. Rozier is a pesky defender, but again, I thought either Sam Dekker or Justin Anderson would have been great selections.Larry Nance Jr. (27th overall), Los Angeles LakersLarry Nance Jr. is an undersized power forward who will compete for a backup role. I thought R.J. Hunter would have been a good selection here to bring some shooting off the bench, or a different undersized power forward who can really bring energy off the bench in Montrezl Harrell.Trading their picks (15th and then 19th overall), Atlanta HawksThe Atlanta Hawks originally owned the 29th pick but had rights to swap it in a previous Joe Johnson trade, so they owned the 15th pick. The Hawks then traded back to 19 for two future second rounders, and then sent the 19th pick to the New York Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr., who has been inconsistent from the three-point line and struggles defensively, with only two years left on his rookie contract.Second-round sleepers:Montrezl Harrell (32nd overall), Houston RocketsHarrell is a high-energy guy off the bench who can give the Rockets some insurance if they decide to trade Terrence Jones.Anthony Brown (34th overall), Los Angeles LakersBrown is a good shooter to bring off the bench and Brown can provide good on-ball defense for the Lakers. He could be a solid role player throughout his career.Guillermo Hernangomez (35th overall), New York KnicksHernangomez projects as an international big who played in one of the top professional leagues in the world but will probably not come to the NBA for a couple of seasons. The Knicks gave up two future second-round picks for Hernangomez, who has a knack for finishing down low.Rakeem Christmas (36th overall), Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers made a great trade by dealing their 24th pick and getting out of a first-round contract. If Rakeem Christmas was a couple of years younger, he probably would have been a late lottery pick. He is an active post player who can also hit a mid-range jumper consistently.Josh Richardson (40th overall), Miami HeatJosh Richardson improved each year offensively while playing collegiately at Tennessee. If he can improve his spot-up jump shot, he is already a great on-ball defender with slashing potential on the offensive end.Marcus Thornton (45th overall), Boston CelticsI thought the Celtics could have done better at 16 with the Rozier selection; Marcus Thornton is a pretty similar player to what they already have. If Thornton finds a role with the Celtics or a different team, he could take advantage of the opportunity. He is a great athlete who really scored at the college level at William & Mary. Thornton is very agile and then accelerates on his jump shot, not allowing defenders to contest his jumper.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR An $8 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) awarded last week to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy will be used to help dozens of communities and companies across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana address the loss of jobs in the defense industry stemming from cutbacks in DOD spending.“When communities are faced with the type of sudden and severe economic dislocation that can result from a defense plant closure or a mass layoff, it is necessary, but often difficult to create an effective community response,” Lawrence Molnar, an associate director at the institute and the project’s principal investigator, said in a news release. “Our community-based scope of work combines assistance from both the public and private sectors in communities and regions experiencing or anticipating adverse impacts of defense downsizing.”The university — in partnership with Purdue University and Ohio State University — already has designed and begun to implement strategic programs tailored to more than 40 companies and seven communities through the school’s Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program. The new funding will allow that effort to increase collaborations with regional defense industry research institutions.The $8 million grant, awarded through OEA’s defense industry adjustment program, will support a two-year project that will target 72 communities and companies across the three states. The goal is to generate diversification plans for those communities and companies so they are more resilient and can attract new business, while retaining and growing existing enterprises.The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program assesses many factors for each participating company and community, including their financial health and market placement. The program then works with each participant to implement diversification plans, which are jointly funded by all parties.The University of Michigan currently is working with Battle Creek and Sterling Heights and is in the process of evaluating a number of other municipalities — Ypsilanti Township, Saginaw, Lansing, Cadillac and Grand Haven — to determine the impact from defense jobs losses and community interest, reported the Detroit Free Press.Michigan, Ohio and Indiana have lost more than 6,800 defense supply-chain positions in recent years as DOD has drawn down from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and stringent budget caps have been imposed across the federal government.
Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am ‘Hamilton’ wins Best Musical Theater Album GRAMMY-winning musical becomes sixth best-selling Broadway album of all timeRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 10:38 am Since opening on Broadway in 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “Hamilton” has notched some impressive feats, from winning a GRAMMY to taking home 11 Tony Awards. Now, the original Broadway soundtrack is taking this musical to new heights. Twitter “Hamilton” Spends 100 Weeks On The Charts “Hamilton” Moves Up In Broadway World hamilton-spends-100-weeks-charts News Email Billboard announced that the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack, currently at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, has reached 100 consecutive weeks on the chart. With 1.285 million units in total album sales, “Hamilton” has also edged out the soundtrack from 1996’s “Rent” in album sales. This means the popular historical sing-along is now the sixth best-selling original musical cast album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.The current highest-grossing original soundtrack of all time is the London recording of “The Phantom Of The Opera” with nearly 5 million copies sold. Next in line is “Wicked” (2.7 million), followed by “Mama Mia!” (1.72 million), “Les Miserables” (1.66 million) and “Jersey Boys” (1.44 million).With its Los Angeles touring run in full swing, no doubt there’s an opportunity for “Hamilton” to gain more fans and reach even higher chart heights.”Hamilton” Pulls Into Los Angeles, Brings #EduHam To Teens
Share your voice Music Online Comment Tags Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour lives forever and ever on Netflix How Taylor Swift flipped online fandom on its head for the better Some days social media is a laugh-a-minute whirlwind punctuated by puppy gifs, travel inspo and meme exchanges with your best online friends. Some days it is hell.It’s something global superstar Taylor Swift knows all too well.In an essay on turning 30 for the latest edition of Elle magazine, Swift opens up about how she copes with the massive amount of noise directed at her through social media platforms, and specifically how she deals with negative comments and trolls. Taylor Swift 1 It’s unlikely that any regular human being gets anything like the influx of notifications or comments that celebrities deal with. But as Swift explains, minimizing this is more than just about keeping the constant pinging to a minimum.”Social media can be great, but it can also inundate your brain with images of what you aren’t, how you’re failing, or who is in a cooler locale than you at any given moment,” she said in the essay.”One thing I do to lessen this weird insecurity laser beam is to turn off comments. Yes, I keep comments off on my posts. That way, I’m showing my friends and fans updates on my life, but I’m training my brain to not need the validation of someone telling me I look.”The question of how much of our ego and self-worth is tied up in validation from social media is relatable no matter how many, or how few followers, you might have. Whether you turn off comments and notifications or delete apps altogether for a while, everyone has their own way of getting a handle on those negative feelings — Swift included. “I think it’s healthy for your self-esteem to need less internet praise to appease it, especially when three comments down you could unwittingly see someone telling you that you look like a weasel that got hit by a truck and stitched back together by a drunk taxidermist. An actual comment I received once,” she said.For Swift, a successful woman, abuse and negativity are sad and still unavoidable side effects of putting herself out there. Keeping comments turned off is one way to block out “anyone who might feel the need to tell me to ‘go die in a hole ho’ while I’m having my coffee at nine in the morning,” she said.Swift is in the top 10 most-followed people across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. But for the reasons she herself has stated, it’s rare to see her engage with people directly through any of these services. Instead she tends to hang out on Tumblr, where she follows many of her fans. She often likes and sometimes comments on or reblogs their posts.But there have been times when Swift has disappeared from the internet altogether. In her essay, she described what it feels like when it feels like the internet turns completely against you.”A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet,” she said. “The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.”Unlike the other measures suggested by Swift, this might not be a practical solution for everyone dealing with internet bullying. But the point is to take a stand and make a statement in a way that allows you to laugh rather than feel bad about yourself.”It’s the Stadium Tour equivalent of responding to a troll’s hateful Instagram comment with ‘lol,'” she said. Related stories
Map of Papua New Guinea locating the Buimo jail, where at least 17 people were killed after a mass breakout, reports said Monday. AFPSeventeen prisoners have been shot dead after a mass breakout at a jail in Papua New Guinea, police said Monday, with 57 still on the run.Inmates from the Buimo jail in the Pacific nation’s second largest city of Lae made a dash for freedom after breaking out of their compound on Friday, with prison warders opening fire.The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary said in a statement 17 were killed, three were caught and 57 were still at large.”These are undesirable people and will be a threat to the community,” Lae police metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said of the escapees, warning the public to be vigilant.”The majority of those who escaped were arrested for serious crimes and were in custody awaiting trial.”A good number were arrested by police last year for mainly armed robberies, car thefts, break and enter and stealing.”Police shot dead 12 inmates during a jailbreak at the same prison last year. In 2015 more than 50 prisoners escaped from the same facility.Jails in PNG are often overcrowded and conditions are poor.Wagambie said locals in Lae should brace for a spate of crime.”We experienced an upsurge of criminal activities when Buimo jail reported a mass breakout last year,” he said, urging family members and associates of the escapees not to harbour them.”I am warning them that they will be caught. They must do what is good for them and surrender.”Crime and lawlessness is rampant in PNG, a sprawling nation where many still live traditional and subsistence lives in remote areas.
Laura Skelding for The Texas TribuneFormer Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on November 16, 2016. Combs has started a project to help women called HERdacity and written a book, Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny. The project is an online community aimed at empowering women and the book will be released in early 2017.President Donald Trump announced Monday he will nominate former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs to serve in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Trump is tapping Combs to be an assistant secretary of the Interior for policy, management and budget, according to the White House. The department is responsible for the management of federal land.Combs, who has also served as agriculture commissioner and a state representative, was once considered a candidate to be Trump’s agriculture secretary. She met with his transition team multiple times, but the job ultimately went to former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. Combs was not a vocal Trump supporter during the campaign. She supported two of his primary rivals: former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.Combs’ nomination was applauded by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who said Texans “have long benefited from the leadership and tireless work ethic of Susan Combs.”“Always a fierce advocate for rural Texans, Susan will be a tremendous asset to the Department, and I look forward to supporting her nomination,” Cornyn said in a statement. Share
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROTechnically the 41st district Senate seat is still occupied by long time legislator Nathaniel Oaks. However, the pending corruption charges against him have fueled speculation that two high profile candidates may vie for it next June when the democratic primaries are held for state office seekers: Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and ex-State Delegate Jill Carter.Two formidable Baltimore politicians, former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and former 41st District Del. Jill Carter may be eyeing the 41st District State Senate seat currently held by embattled Sen. Nathaniel Oaks. (Courtesy Photos)The potential matchup would pit two of the city’s best known and most formidable politicians in a battle for the 41st district senate seat, and offer a rematch between a former mayor who resigned from office and the top vote getter in that district.“They might smell blood in the water,” said Delegate Curt Anderson (D-43). “Depending on what happens with the charges.”Oaks was appointed to the seat after Lisa Gladden resigned in 2016 due to health reasons. But six months after joining the senate he was indicted on nine counts of bribery and fraud charges for allegedly accepting payments in exchange for helping FBI informants to procure a federal housing contract.His trial is scheduled to begin in May.Both Carter and Dixon have name recognition and decades of experience in public office. But in the 41st, Carter would hold the advantage some say due to her commanding vote tallies in previous elections.“Jill certainly has won by a wide margin in the district, “Anderson said.Still, neither candidate has formally announced their intention to run. Dixon told the AFRO she is still in the process of weighing her options.“I’m between 50 percent to 75 percent,” she said. “I’m waiting to meet with some key constituents to get their input before I decide.”Former Delegate Carter who currently heads the city’s Civil Rights and Wage enforcement office says she is considering running but has also not decided.“At this point I am not saying I will run, I am being asked forcefully by many people to run,” Carter said.But the lack of clarity on who will be on ballot next year didn’t stop either candidate from criticizing their prospective opponent.“Why didn’t she go for the seat when it was open,” Dixon said, referring to the process during which Oaks was selected by the Democratic Central Committee.“I think the 41st district has been neglected and I can use my skills and experience to change that.”But Carter was more blunt, noting Dixon’s prosecution for corruption while she was mayor and subsequent resignation shortly after her conviction in 2010.“Time for her to give it up. She had a long career in politics and it ended badly. It’s over and that’s that,” Carter said.Since he was charged Oaks has maintained his innocence and has given no indications that he will step down, perhaps making the electoral machinations even more dicey.“Technically his trial could be postponed,” Anderson noted.Oaks did not return a request for comment,The potential battle in the 41st comes amid a flurry of challenges to sitting state senators that are making the upcoming campaign season unusually active. State Delegate Cory McCray (D-45), has announced a run for the 45th district seat held by Nathaniel McFadden. Similarly, Delegate Antonio Hayes (D-40), recently threw his hat into the ring in the 40th to unseat Senator Barbara Robinson.State Delegate Mary Washington (D-43) has filed to challenge Senator Joan Carter- Conway, who has held the 43rd district senate seat for nearly 20 years. She says the upstart campaigns are a response to constituents who want more engaged representatives.“I think what a lot of us understand is there is a grassroots push to be more engaged,” she said. “The electorate is not accepting the top down approach anymore.”
Aspirin can prevent the tuberculosis (TB) bacterium from hijacking immune cells and allow the body to control infection better, say researchers who found that the common pain killer could treat the top infectious killer worldwide that claims around 4,400 lives a day. Researchers from the Centenary Institute in Sydney found that the TB bacterium hijacks platelets from the body’s blood clotting system to weaken immune systems. “Our study provides more crucial evidence that widely available aspirin could be used to treat patients with severe TB infection and save lives,” said lead author Elinor Hortle, research officer at Centenary. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUsing the zebrafish model of TB, the team used fluorescent microscopy to observe the build-up of clots and activation of platelets around sites of infection. They found that the platelets were being tricked by the infection into getting in the way of the body’s immune system. Treating the infections with anti-platelet drugs, including the widely available aspirin could prevent hijacking and allow the body to control infection better, according to the paper published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. “This is the first time that platelets have been found to worsen TB in an animal model. It opens up the possibility that anti-platelet drugs could be used to help the immune system fight off drug resistant TB,” Hortle said. According to the World Health Organization, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In 2017, 10 million people fell ill with TB, and 1.6 million died from the disease.
Travelweek Group LAX has just given us smart bathrooms and we should all be grateful Tweet LOS ANGELES — Starting today, passengers at LAX will be doing their business in far more intelligent quarters.Los Angeles International Airport has partnered with tech companies Infax and Tooshlights to transform a bathroom in Terminal 4 into a ‘smart restroom’. Available to American Airlines, American Eagle and Qantas fliers, the updated lavatory combines cutting edge technology to make it a little less gross and a lot more efficient.As part of the pilot program, 20 restroom stalls will feature a lights system similar to those found in parking garages; each unit consists of a smart latch and indicator light that turns green when it’s available, and red when it’s occupied. There are also blue indicator lights for ambulatory stalls.Credit: ToshlightsYou know what this means – no more having to duck your head under stalls to check for feet, a major plus in our book!In addition, Travel+Leisure reports that a digital tracking system keeps count of the number of people who go in and out of the restroom, as well as the amount of time in between cleanings. After a set number of uses, janitors are then notified to clean the facility.More news: Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?“We’re incredibly excited to try out this new technology, which should help improve our guest experience and allow us to better monitor and service our restrooms,” said Barbara Yamamoto, Chief Experience Officer at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). “The desire for clean and available restrooms is consistently in the top ranks of what guests want at an airport, and this will help us provide a higher level of service to the travelling public and allow us to better meet our strategic goal of delivering facilities and guest experiences that are exceptional.”If the pilot program is successful (and we don’t see why it wouldn’t be because, yay for clean bathrooms!), LAX hopes to expand the program throughout Terminal 4. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Tags: Airports, California