Toronto exchange mostly flat while US indices set 2nd day of record

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index was relatively flat as gains in lumber operations were offset by losses in marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 21.24 points to 16,308.18.“It’s basically being pulled at two sides,” said Ian Scott, an equity analyst at Manulife Asset Management.“It’s basically like trees versus weeds today.”West Fraser Timber Co. (TSX:WFT) shares jumped 5.38 per cent or $4.33 to $84.83 after RBC upgraded West Fraser from under-perform to sector-perform, he said, removing the final under-perform rating for the company.That bump permeated throughout the industry, Scott said. Interfor Corp. (TSX:IFP) and Canfor Copr. (TSX:CFP) also both gained more than five per cent.But the boost from the materials sector was offset by a fall in health care. Shares in the sector shed more than six per cent on average, with two marijuana companies being the index’s biggest losers of the day.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) shares dropped 13.87 per cent or $5.21 to $32.35, while Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) shares fell 12.31 per cent or $2.53 to $18.02.Volatility is the name of the game in the marijuana sector now, Scott said.“Any time a stock climbs over 40 per cent in six days with no news flow, you should be prepared to see some profits taken,” he said.Canopy Growth shares closed at $29.74 on Dec. 29 and hit a 2018 high of $42.07 on Jan. 9 — a 41.46 per cent increase.On Wall Street, all three indices reached a second consecutive day of record highs.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 228.46 points to 25,803.19, the S&P 500 index advanced 18.68 points to 2,786.24 and the Nasdaq composite index moved up 49.28 points to 7,261.06.The Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.97 cents US, up 0.19 of a U.S. cent.The February crude contract advanced 50 cents to US$64.30 per barrel and the February natural gas contract rose 11.6 cents to US$3.20 mmBTU.The February gold contract gained US$12.40 to US$1,334.90 an ounce and the March copper contract shed roughly 1.5 cents to about US$3.22 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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Boeing, FAA say more time needed for fixing troubled 737 Max aircraft

first_imgNew York: Boeing and US aviation regulators say the company needs more time to finish changes in a flight-control system suspected of playing a role in two deadly crashes. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it anticipates Boeing’s final software improvements for 737 Max airliners “in the coming weeks.” Boeing was expected to complete the work last week, but FAA spokesman Greg Martin said the company needs more time to make sure it has identified and addressed all issues. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalChicago-based Boeing offered the same timetable as it works to convince regulators that it can fix software on the planes. “Safety is our first priority, and we will take a thorough and methodical approach to the development and testing of the update to ensure we take the time to get it right,” said Boeing spokesman Charles Bickers. Boeing needs approval not just from FAA, but elsewhere, including Europe and China, where safety officials have indicated they will conduct their own reviews. The planes have been grounded around the world since mid-March. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe news from the FAA suggests that airlines could be forced to park their Max jets longer than they expected. Airlines that own Max jets are scrambling other planes to fill some Max flights while canceling others. “We are aware that the resumption of service for our 737 Max aircraft may be further delayed, and our team will work with all customers impacted by any flight cancellations,” said American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein. American Airlines had been pointing toward a late-April return of its 24 Max 8s. Over the weekend, Southwest Airlines announced that its 34 Max 8s will be removed from the schedule through May instead of mid-April. United Airlines has idled its 14 Max 9s through June 5. Separately, US regulators and Boeing are awaiting a preliminary report from Ethiopian investigators into the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 jet shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa. The report will be scrutinized for information from the plane’s data recorders that might suggest similarities between the doomed flight and the October 29 crash of a Lion Air Max 8 into the Java Sea off Indonesia. The two crashes killed 346 people. Data from the Indonesian plane indicates that pilots unsuccessfully fought the automated anti-stall system for control of the plane, which plunged into the sea shortly after takeoff. According to published reports, the same system activated on the Ethiopian Airlines flight. Boeing is making changes in an automated system that is designed to prevent the plane’s nose from rising, which can lead to a dangerous aerodynamic stall. The changes include relying on readings from more than one sensor before the anti-stall system activates and pushes the nose down, and making the system’s actions less severe and easier for pilots to handle. Boeing has said it will pay to train pilots on the technology. Two American Airlines pilots who attended a session with Boeing experts last week expressed satisfaction with the manufacturer’s changes.last_img read more

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Dhoni credits tennis ball cricket for quick hands behind stumps

first_imgChennai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is lightning quick behind the stumps and the veteran wicket-keeper batsman said it is a skill which he has developed from tennis ball cricket. Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said, “I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important.” Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju Skipper Dhoni has been in super form in the ongoing IPL and after sitting out for a couple of matches due to fever and a stiff back, he smashed an unbeaten 44 off 22 balls to power Chennai Super Kings to 179 against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday night. CSK were struggling in the beginning but thanks to Dhoni, CSK scored 20 runs from the last over bowled by Trent Boult with the stumper finishing off with two sixes off the final two balls. Asked about his power-packed knock, Dhoni said he had spent enough time on the wicket to understand the bowlinglast_img read more

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De Villiers pulls out of next edition of Big Bash League

first_imgMelbourne: South African legend AB de Villiers has decided to pull out of the next edition of Big Bash League (BBL) after initially committing to play during the final phase of the tournament. While Cricket Australia has decided to make it a 14-match league affair on a home-and-away basis, there is a possibility that a lot of big names will not be available for the better part of the tournament due to cramped international calender. According to a report in ‘ESPNCricinfo’, De Villiers was willing to play for a “limited stretch towards its concluding stages” but has now turned his back after realising that both Cricket Australia and Big Bash League wanted maximum leverage from the Proteas legend’s participation and lift the dwindling TV ratings. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”Up to this point, CA, the clubs, and the broadcasters – Fox Sports and Seven – had appeared set to put together a package deal worth as much as 350,000 (AUD) to land De Villiers for a segment of the tournament, though there was a level of disquiet about how such a deal could be struck without an equitable system being in place for all clubs to secure big names,” cricinfo reported. De Villiers’ presence is a necessity for BBL and CA because in January, some of the biggest Australian names will first be busy playing Test series against New Zealand and then travel to India for the ODI series. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”Something we’ve really been focusing on irrespective of the Australian team going to India, we’re buoyed by some conversations that some of the clubs are having and it’s been reported some of the big names potentially coming out,” CA’s head of events Anthony Everard had been quoted as saying by the website. “The success of the BBL has always been predicated on a combination of marketable overseas players, some young up and coming stars and the foundation of the Australian domestic players,” he added. All the top T20 freelancers like the West Indies’ Andre Russell may decide on bargaining for better deals considering that Australian board needs saleable names for sustaining the viewers’ interest. “Cricket Australia is committed to a competition that meets fan demands. This includes supporting BBL clubs to create a competition that features international stars to complement strong local talent,” acting Head of the BBL Abhi Arunachalam said. “The recent rule changes have been implemented so clubs have the best opportunity to recruit overseas players among a cluttered global calendar.”last_img read more

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LeBron James May Go Down As The Greatest Loser Ever

LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers might be trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-2 in the NBA Finals. The Cavs might, as their Vegas odds suggest, have a mere 12 percent chance of winning the NBA championship. But according to just about every statistical measurement available, the self-proclaimed “best player in the world” is having a series for the ages.Build a bare-bones performance metric that simply adds a player’s points, rebounds and assists and then divides by the number of games the team played,1Using team games penalizes players who missed games — you can’t add value if you don’t play. and James’s 2015 finals ranks as the best of the past 30 years.Get more complex — using, say, a points above replacement (PAR) estimator based on the single-game version of Daniel Myers’s Box Plus/Minus2Which takes into account the location and strength of opponent for each game. — and James ranks sixth among all NBA Finals participants since 1985.3Despite not ranking in the top 25 in our bare-bones metric (and so not making the chart above), Magic Johnson’s 1988 finals performance places second in PAR per team game.So at either pole of the complexity spectrum, James has been the top player of these finals. (Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post and ESPN Insider’s Kevin Pelton came to similar conclusions using a few more metrics of varying intricacy.) And from a historical perspective, output of this level usually leads to winning the NBA Finals and the NBA Finals MVP: Every player near James’s combined total of points, rebounds and assists ended up garnering MVP honors.In a vacuum, then, James’s performance has been so historically strong that it would be a shame for him not to win the award.But on the other hand, if the Warriors win the series and the MVP goes to James, it will be the first time that a member of the losing team has received the honor since 1969, when Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers won in spite of the Boston Celtics’ championship. And, as Pelton notes, the culture of denying MVP honors to a nonchampion has grown in the intervening years, across all sports.In the NBA alone, nine players since 1985 have been the best player in their series by PAR through five games yet failed to win the MVP after their teams lost. (To a certain extent, this also speaks to what can happen between Games 5 and 7 of a series between closely matched teams.) In 2011, Dwyane Wade — then James’s teammate on the Miami Heat — outplayed Dirk Nowitzki to a greater extent than James has outplayed presumptive Warriors MVP candidate Stephen Curry4Andre Iguodala actually leads Golden State in PAR during the series. thus far yet still lost the award to the Dallas Mavericks star. So as great as James has been, it might not be enough to justify the award if Cleveland loses the series.There’s one more angle to think about, though, when it comes to James’s 2015 finals performance. It may be that all our stats and metrics simply break down when forced to consider the unparalleled burden that James has been forced to carry on this undermanned, undertalented Cavaliers squad. James’s 41.1 percent usage rate in this series is the largest of any finalist since 1985, breaking Michael Jordan’s mark of 39.6 percent for the Chicago Bulls against the Phoenix Suns in 1993. James is also logging an incredible 45.6 minutes per game, the eighth-most of any qualified5Minimum 140 minutes played in the series. finalist since 1985.As Tom Haberstroh wrote over the weekend, James’s physical workload during these finals has been termed “unfathomable” (among other things) by sports science experts. At the limits of human endurance and on-court influence — through his shooting and passing, James was involved in 70 of Cleveland’s 91 points in Game 5 — there may be no numbers that can do justice to how irreplaceable James has been for the Cavaliers in this series.They don’t necessarily give out awards for being completely and utterly essential to your team, of course. And, as always, “value” is in the eye of the beholder. But whether the Cavs win or lose, it’s not hard to imagine this series going down as a testament to James’s singular talent, stamina and durability. And if that doesn’t constitute “value,” I’m not sure what does. read more

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Baseballs Most Surprising Seasons Good And Bad

Adam Moore201026.340.2260.2 Jose Bautista201030.325.42199.9 Andruw Jones200831.350.2380.0 Tony Pena200827.299.1750.0 Alexi Casilla200723.354.2400.2 Carlos Ruiz201233.327.39698.4 Tyler Colvin201126.343.2130.0 Brandon Wood201025.300.1670.0 Travis Hafner200831.387.2700.0 Rob Brantly201324.347.2370.3 Jason Bartlett200930.325.39498.5 Josh Bard200628.311.39899.1 Chone Figgins201133.329.2320.1 PlayerYearAgeProj. wOBAActual wOBAPercentile Aaron Hill201230.309.38098.8 Tommy Manzella201027.339.2360.4 Garrett Atkins200627.339.41198.2 Mark Kotsay200732.333.2530.5 Luke Scott200628.316.43799.9 Brian Giles200938.346.2470.1 Brandon Moss201229.296.40299.8 Reid Brignac201125.320.2030.1 Clint Barmes200627.340.2510.6 Justin Morneau201130.367.2740.2 Carlos Quentin200826.334.41999.1 Ian Desmond201227.308.37598.2 Justin Morneau201029.358.43699.5 Jason Bay201234.331.2470.4 Jermaine Dye200632.338.42599.7 Nick Hundley201229.326.2090.0 Jim Thome201040.359.43098.8 Brent Lillibridge201128.297.37598.1 Mike Trout201221.330.42799.3 Magglio Ordonez200733.354.43599.4 Dioner Navarro201329.289.37298.8 Martin Maldonado201327.327.2280.4 Justin Ruggiano201230.311.40999.3 Chris Davis201327.337.41198.7 Mike Lamb200833.336.2530.6 Ryan Raburn201231.334.2190.0 Wily Mo Pena200826.350.2310.0 Scott Spiezio200634.301.37298.2 Pete Kozma201325.350.2390.2 Josh Hamilton201029.360.44199.4 Which baseball players have had the most surprisingly bad and surprisingly good seasons in recent years? I wondered about this while researching an article on whether spring training performance foreshadows regular-season production.I calculated the uncertainty in the Marcel forecasting system projection for batting wOBA — a measure of a hitter’s overall offensive production per plate appearance — based on the reliability of the forecast. This gives us a range of expected results and allows us to look at which players’ regular-season performances were the least likely going into the year. It’s a nice way of quantifying unexpectedly good and bad campaigns.First, the most surprising strong seasons in the dataset I used in my article, which extends back to 2006 (minimum 200 plate appearances): Adam Dunn201132.364.2690.1 Jose Bautista201131.359.43098.8 Mike Napoli201130.346.44499.9 Jacoby Ellsbury201128.337.41399.1 Adam Kennedy200731.335.2530.5 Jerry Hairston200832.290.38499.7 Ruben Tejada201324.321.2380.5 Ben Zobrist200928.311.41399.8 Ryan Raburn201332.305.38799.3 B.J. Upton201329.341.2600.4 Andy LaRoche200825.335.2320.5 Milton Bradley201032.372.2900.6 Melky Cabrera201228.326.39598.7 Carlos Gonzalez201025.342.41898.6 Jeff Francoeur201329.320.2350.3 Hanley Ramirez201330.346.44499.9 PlayerYearAgeProj. wOBAActual wOBAPercentile J.D. Drew201136.355.2750.6 Before the 2013 season, we would have expected there to be a 50 percent chance that Hanley Ramirez’s wOBA would be above .346. If you’d asked us what the odds were that Ramirez’s wOBA would reach or beat .444, we would have said practically zero — 0.1 percent, to be exact.The fact that Ramirez’s wOBA was .444 was an outcome in the 99.9th percentile of his preseason wOBA distribution.Flipping things around, here are the most disappointing seasons of the past eight years: Travis Hafner, if you’ll recall, had been one of the best hitters in baseball in the four years leading up to 2008, which was one of the big reasons why another statistical system for forecasting player performance, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver’s PECOTA, called for the Cleveland Indians to win 91 games that year. Instead, the Indians went 81-81 as Hafner’s wOBA sunk to .270 — an outcome that seemed almost impossible (hence, the 0.0 percentile score).Keep in mind that this method is based on the Marcel reliability score, which essentially measures how much of a given projection is made up of the league mean and how much belongs to the player’s statistical record. It employs a generic age adjustment, but it does not look at similar players at similar ages, as Silver did with PECOTA.Hafner, Andruw Jones, Chone Figgins, Adam Dunn and others on the second list hit their early 30s and, rather than declining gradually, completely fell apart. Marcel has no way to determine whether players with certain tendencies or body types are more likely to completely crater, which would affect our confidence intervals. Cleaning up projections on the margins like that is one of the ways a system such as PECOTA is superior to Marcel, even though the returns diminish sharply with extra complexity. read more

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OSU mens soccer defends Wolstein Classic title in overtime

Ohio State men’s soccer’s first win of the 2012 season was doubly important – it also clinched its second consecutive Wolstein Classic championship.OSU (1-2-1) captured its first win against Davidson, 3-2, on Sunday in an overtime victory in the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes drew with Coastal Carolina, 1-1, Friday to stay in the running for their second consecutive tournament title. The Buckeyes, also tournament hosts, rallied from 2-0 deficit to capture the tournament.“It’s awesome. It’s such a relief for us because we have been so close for so long,” said senior midfielder Austin McAnena. “I mean every single game we have been pretty unlucky at the end of games, and that last goal we got lucky and I think that can really turn our season around.”OSU coach John Bluem wasn’t too happy with how his team started in the beginning of the game, but was proud of the way his team finished.“It feels great. I thought we would already have won one by now,” Bluem said. “We lost some games we thought we could have won. Today was a game we thought we could win, and then we put ourselves in a really deep hole. Really proud of our players that they hung in there and got the win today.”With the Buckeyes down, 2-0, in the second half, things went from bad to worse, as sophomore midfielder Yianni Sarris was hit with a red card early in the period, and forced the Buckeyes to play with only 10 players on the field. Instead of the man-down scenario setting OSU back even more, it spurred the Buckeyes to a revival.“We all kind of looked at each other,” sophomore forward Kenny Cunningham said. “Let’s get it together; this is a turning point of our season. If we get this together, the whole season turns around.”Shortly after the red card, senior midfielder Sebastian Rivas scored the first goal for the Buckeye. Then freshman defender Alex Bujenovic tied the game up 2-2 with a free kick that forced overtime.In the 97th minute, Cunningham put Davidson away for good with a powerful, game winning shot.If the game had two different stories of the intensity level for the Buckeyes, McAnena said the penalty on Sarris ignited the team and brought them together.“I think it was just the intensity,” McAnena said. “We were a man down, and we really needed to pick it up. It was kind of our last stand, and when we were down 2-0, with Sarris on the bench, we just had to start attacking.”After the game, Bluem pointed out the issues with his team early in the season, but said he felt the team came together at the right time on Sunday.“I think one of the issues with the team through the first four games have been a little bit of selfishness,” Bluem said. “They got to start looking for each other rather than thinking about themselves, and I think they did that when we were a man down. They collectively came together and played harder for each other, so that is a good step.”As the team prepares for San Diego on Friday, there are other areas Bluem wants to correct within the team.“I think we need to be better defensively,” Bluem said. “We have allowed too many goals. Our goalkeeper has made some mistakes, as well as our back four, in allowing goals.”With the win, Cunningham said OSU no longer faces the pressure of taking its first victory.“It’s hard to explain, once you lose a couple of games in a row, it seems like impossible to win,” said Cunningham. “So getting out of this hole was really important for us, and for us to win our first game, it was really important.” read more

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Mens Basketball Ohio State ends regular season at No 13 in AP

Ohio State senior Jae’Sean Tate looks to pass in the first half of the Buckeyes’ 80-78 victory on the road at Indiana on Feb. 23. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team reached the end of the 2017-18 regular season that defied nearly all preseason expectations ranked as the No. 13 team in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Buckeyes rose up three spots from their No. 16 spot in the poll last week. They finished the week with a 79-52 home win against Rutgers on Tuesday and a double-overtime win on the road against Indiana on Friday to wrap up the season.Ohio State is joined by No. 2 Michigan State, No. 8 Purdue and No. 15 Michigan.This is the first time since the 2013-14 season that Ohio State has finished the regular season as a ranked team, when the Buckeyes were the No. 24 team in the nation. Ohio State’s 24 wins are the most in the regular season since it won 25 games in the 2011-12 season. The Buckeyes are now headed to the Big Ten tournament as the No. 2 seed. They have a pair of byes and will not play a game until 6:30 p.m. Friday. Ohio State will face the winner of the Penn State vs. Northwestern matchup. read more

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Ibrahimovic enjoying crazy start to Holloywood

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has revealed that he is enjoying his new “crazy start” to life at Hollywood after scoring a brace in his debut for LA GalaxyThe star made an instant impact on his debut in the MLS last Saturday by scoring a 40-yard stunner and then adding a second later on, as Galaxy overcame a 3-0 deficit to defeat Los Angeles FC 4-3.After an injury-ridden season at Manchester United, where the former Swede international’s appearances had become increasingly restrictive, Ibrahimovic is delighted to be playing regular football once more.“Every movie has a good start; hopefully it has a good ending also,” said Ibrahimovic, according to Sky Sports.“It has been a crazy start, playing the first game and scoring two goals – expectations are very high.“I demanded a lot from myself, I put a lot of pressure on myself because every time I play I want to perform. I want to do what I know I can do.“It will take time to adapt to everything but I’m just happy I’m playing football after my injury. I appreciate every time I put on my boots.”When asked who should play him in a movie, Ibrahimovic said: “Probably somebody like [Sylvester] Stallone.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The forward admitted that he may be unable to watch the Manchester derby on Saturday due to the jet lag he is currently recovering from, as United will be looking to prevent their local rivals Manchester City from claiming the Premier League title.“I don’t know because of the jet lag, probably not at that time! Of course I follow all the teams I played with because I have a good relationship with every club I was at.” revealed the 36 year-old.“I just want positive things to happen for them and I wish them all the best of the luck. Hopefully things go well – let’s see if I’m awake.”But Ibrahimovic is confident that his former United coach Jose Mourinho will have a plan to spoil the celebrations for City.“I think they are pumped. They are looking forward to a game like that because obviously City are ahead by many points and the rest of the league is not playing for the Premier League trophy,” predicted Ibrahimovic.“They are playing for the Champions League and the places behind City so someone will want to give them a little shake like Liverpool did the other day.“I know the coach very well. He is very motivated for these kind of games and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want them to become champions against him. He’ll make sure of that.”last_img read more

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Christian Abbiati tells all about AC Milan

first_imgThe veteran footballer believes his ex-team has a lot of room for improvement and can get a good start against NapoliEx-AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati believes his former team has had a good pre-season.With the return of Leonardo and Paolo Maldini as directors, he believes the Italian Serie A team can do well this season.“The returns of Leo and Paolo will do well for Milan, it is already a step forward, they know what to do,” he told Calcio Mercato.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“Gattuso? He’s a great man and has already demonstrated his worth last season. He brought out the best from all players available, in the second half of the season he got 40 points (third in the league).”“Napoli? It’s a tough game, very tactical, but Milan has all the conditions to start well. The absence of Calhanoglu could be a handicap, but Rino has had time to prepare for this,” he added.“Donnarumma? He still has great room for improvement. Even having Reina on the side will help, competition never hurts.”last_img read more

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Man Arrested For Breaking Into Girls Locker Room At KCHS

first_imgAccording to reports from KPD, officers responded and located the suspect, identified as Bradley J Smithwick, age 22, of Kenai, in the girl’s locker room. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Police Department received a report of a burglary in progress at Kenai Central High School on December 11, at 12:24 a.m. Smithwick was in possession of a bag of women’s clothing items when he was caught. He subsequently resisted arrest and fought with officers over their weapons. Smithwick was ultimately taken into custody and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial for Burglary II, Theft III, Resisting Arrest, two counts of Assault III on a police officer, Criminal Mischief IV, Criminal Mischief III, and two counts of Assault IV on a Police Officer. Story as aired:http://www.radiokenai.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Jennifer-on-KCHS-locker-room-break-in-.mp3last_img read more

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Anchor Point Residents Speak Out Against Proposed Gravel Pit

first_imgAccording to Trimble, of the 40 or so acres only 27 acres would be used to mine gravel, and the oceanfront parcels would  remain untouched The Planning Commission denied this permit last year. The appeal officer sent it back to the Planning Commissioners which now is being decided at the meeting on Monday, June 10, at 7:30pm. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission denied the gravel pit permits last July. Emmitt Trimble’s application to excavate his Anchor Point property was denied after hours of public testimony that raised concerns about potential disturbances created by the gravel pit, including damaged views, noise, dust, truck traffic and the property values of adjacent property owners. The Planning Commission will once again be considering the permit application at their meeting on Monday for the proposed 27 acre gravel pit mine.center_img An opposition group has taken to Facebook to speak out against the mine “If permitted, this gravel pit will destroy the beautiful, peaceful, quiet Anchor River fishing and State camping areas with gravel mine noise, rock crushers, increased equipment on roads, which are also heavily traveled by motorhomes, trucks pulling boats, bikers and pedestrians.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A local group is working overtime to spread one message “Stop the Danver Street Gravel Pit”. The proposed gravel pit mine of 27 acres, and has already had it’s permit denied once.last_img read more

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What Was Life Like Beside Bowie New Doc On Guitarist Mick Ronson

first_img New Rock Doc On Bowie Guitarist Mick Ronson what-was-life-beside-bowie-new-doc-guitarist-mick-ronson Email Twitter News What Was Life Like Beside Bowie? New Doc On Guitarist Mick Ronson Facebook Guitar great and David Bowie’s early ’70s musical partner is the subject of a new documentary out this fall Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 5:52 pm As of late, more and more compelling music documentaries have been unearthing the stories behind the eras and albums we love. This fall, glam-rock guitar great Mick Ronson’s story gets its own rock doc.Behind Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story follows Ronson’s prolific career from his work with David Bowie as guitarist in the Spiders From Mars to his work with Lou Reed on his 1972 classic album, Transformer, and then with Bob Dylan as part of the Rolling Thunder Review live band in 1975–1976.”I spent a little time with David [Bowie],” Queen drummer Roger Taylor says in the trailer, “and he used to say when I found Mick Ronson, I found my Jeff Beck.”Ronson’s untimely death in 1993 at age 46 came far too soon, and Bowie said of his musical sideman, “If Mick had lived on, he would have become a major producer and arranger, and of course, he would have remained one of rock’s great guitar players.”The film hits select theaters Sept. 1 and home video Oct. 27.Read More: James Murphy On Advice From David Bowie, Being “Done” With Producinglast_img read more

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Razer unleashes new gaming laptops with overhauled Blade Pro 17 and OLED

first_img See it 23 Photos Razer makes its Blade Pro gaming laptop future-ready Comments Now playing: Watch this: Razer’s mid-2019 Blade gaming laptops glide along the cutting edge 1:34 Tags The price is down, too — it was $4,000 when it launched in 2017, but now it will start at $2,499 with an RTX 2060.Unfortunately, the drawback of its shrinkage is we lose a couple of our favorite features: the volume scroller on the keyboard and the side-lighting on the touchpad. But Razer has also replaced the meh keyboard of its predecessor with a better version.Razer packs it with the most-recent technologies in a lot of areas, to future-proof it against another few years — they include 2.5GB Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax), a UHS-III SD slot and upgradable memory. Those, plus the RTX GPUs, make this sound like a potentially great option for video editing, not just for playing the AAAs.We’d love an OLED display to round out that package, but, alas, the technology isn’t here for 17-inch panels yet. But it is for 15 inches, and the Blade 15 Advanced’s getting one as an option: a 60Hz 4K touchscreen with 100% DCI P3 gamut coverage, though it’s available on the RTX 2080-based model only. Plus, the Advanced models now have a 240Hz HD option, Wi-Fi 6 and 10 Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Razer Blade Procenter_img Share your voice $3,299 Review • Razer Blade Pro review: Which organs can you live without? Preview • Razer Blade Pro: the best graphics in a thin laptop for an insane price Laptops Gaming 3 Enlarge ImageThe 2019 Razer Blade Pro 17 (left) compared to its 2017 predecessor. It’s prettier on the inside, too. Sarah Tew/CNET While every laptop and its brother is partying with a bump to ninth-gen Intel Core mobile processors and Nvidia’s new, cheap mobile gaming GPUs, Razer’s gone beyond, launching a major overhaul of its 2-year-old 17-inch Blade Pro, which shrinks both in size and price. It takes on the same design as the most recent Blade 15 Advanced, bringing slim display bezels and a conventionally located center trackpad to decrease its volume. And, of course, make it thinner. Mentioned Above Razer Blade Pro Razerlast_img read more

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Avengers Endgame deleted scene reveals possible Gamora spoiler

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $60 at Best Buy 32 Photos Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit $299 at Amazon $59 at eBay Share your voice $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TV and Movies Share your voice HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Best Buy $999 Now, in a touching deleted scene from Endgame, that 2014 Gamora makes an appearance. In the scene, a number of the Avengers poignantly kneel in tribute to their lost comrade (you know who). 2014 Gamora, who to be fair, doesn’t know the departed hero, is seen walking away. It’s proof she is still alive and well, thus possibly setting up the plot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. We have an EXCLUSIVE @Avengers deleted scene from #Endgame that gives fans a heroic must-see moment → https://t.co/Y0tiB90wX7 pic.twitter.com/QZDxovUCT2— USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) July 26, 2019 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Turo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. See It Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview 0 An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Angela Lang/CNET Read Google Home Hub review See at Amazon 3:04 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast.center_img See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal The 2014 version of Gamora (Zoe Saldana) is still out there. Marvel Warning: Possible spoilers for Avengers: Endgame and future Marvel movies ahead.The fate of Gamora (played by Zoe Saldana) from the Guardians of the Galaxy was unclear after Avengers: Endgame. Her father, Thanos, killed her in the present timeline (during Avengers: Infinity War) because he needed a sacrifice to obtain the Soul Stone. But a 2014 version of Gamora showed up in Avengers: Endgame, and it wasn’t clear what happened to her at the film’s end. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Post a comment Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Comments Sprint Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the AirPods review Marvel The Avengers,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Now playing: Watch this: Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP $210 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Rylo $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $155 at Google Express Gamora may not be into it, but watching the other Avengers kneel in tribute is a lump-in-the-throat moment for many fans. You can watch the scene above, or catch up when Avengers: Endgame comes to digital download on July 30 and DVD/Blu-ray on Aug. 13. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 Sarah Tew/CNET See it The Cheapskate DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Amazonlast_img read more

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66 lakh benefit from Mudra scheme claims PM Narendra Modi

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said some 66 lakh people, including 24 lakh women, have benefited from the Mudra scheme that provides loans for setting up business.”So far about 66 lakh people have benefited … with Rs.42,000 crore spent. I am happy to announce that out of 66 lakh people, some 24 lakh are women,” Modi said in his radio address Mann ki Baat.He said that Dalits, tribals and people belonging to the OBC category make up for most beneficiaries.”The scheme is trying to help small workers such as barbers, laundrymen, milkmen, newspaper vendor who run the economy,” Modi said.”It provides a boost to three Es – Enterprises, Earning and Empowerment. The scheme encourages enterprises, provides opportunity for earning, and in the truest sense empowers people. It is helping small entrepreneurs.”last_img read more

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LT Infotech focuses on hiring in India even as IT firms ramp

first_imgA logo of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is pictured outside its Corporate office in Mumbai, India May 25, 2016.ReutersEven as numerous major technology conglomerates have been making efforts to hire in the United States, Larsen and Toubro Infotech has said that the firm’s focus remains on India and that is where most of the hiring activity is going to take place.While the firm earlier sent many workers from India to the US on H-1B visas, the firm now plans to hire a few local talents and carry out a majority of work through offshore operations.”This year we have said we will hire around 1,500 freshers and maybe up to 1,000 laterals (both in India and overseas). And I am not going to increase my onsite ratio. So, we will hire some locals for onsite but predominately bulk of the hiring will happen in India,” Sanjay Jalona, CEO at L&T Infotech, told BusinessLine.”So 24 per cent I am saying don’t change the onsite ratio. The same percentage of people will get hired in the US and obviously we want to hire more number of locals. Suppose you are hiring 5 people out of 60 (posted onsite) in the past locally, now you may want to hire 25 people out of 50.”Even though L&T Infotech plans to hire a few locals in the US for onsite operations, the plan may take some time to materialise as Jalona believes that procuring the right kind of talent in the US is not easy. He explained that the firm has been facing issues when it comes to onsite workforce in the US as talent is not readily available. Instead, the firm has been carrying out business through video conferencing. “Using these technologies we do more work even offshore,” Jalona added.Speaking of the change in H-1B visa norms and other government regulations Jalona said that the impact hasn’t been massive yet, but will slowly have an effect. He was, however, thankful that L&T Infotech’s presence is much smaller in the UK due to which Brexit will not have any major effect on the firm.”I think there are a good amount of opportunities. Obviously, the protectionist environment will also come into play both in the US and the UK. Thank god we have small mercies in the Netherlands and France….but otherwise I think its positive overall,” he said. ReutersMeanwhile, numerous IT firms have ramped up hiring in the US after the Donald Trump administration expressed displeasure over US firms outsourcing jobs to other countries. Indian IT giants such as Infosys and Tech Mahindra too have said that they plan to hire a large number of employees in the US.last_img read more

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Indias auto crisis deepens tens of thousands losing jobs

first_imgCar and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 people and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers.ReutersSlumping sales of cars and motorcycles are triggering massive job cuts in India’s auto sector, with many companies forced to shut down factories for days and axe shifts, multiple sources said.The cull has been so extensive that one senior industry source told Reuters that initial estimates suggest that automakers, parts manufacturers and dealers have laid off about 350,000 workers since April.Within this previously unreported figure, car and motorcycle makers have laid off 15,000 and component manufacturers 100,000, with the remaining job losses at dealers, many of which have closed, the industry source said.Reuters was able to identify at least five companies that have recently cut or plan to cut hundreds of jobs, mainly from their temporary labour force.The downturn – regarded by industry executives as the worst suffered by the Indian auto industry – is posing a big challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government as it begins its second term at a time when India’s jobless numbers are climbing.To revive the sector, auto executives plan to demand tax cuts and easier access to financing for both dealers and consumers at a meeting with officials from India’s finance ministry scheduled for Wednesday, the senior industry source said.The industry’s plight was highlighted by the Automotive Component Manufactures Association of India (ACMA), with the trade body’s director general, Vinnie Mehta, saying the sector was experiencing a “recessionary phase”.SPREADING MALAISEThe malaise has been spreading across much of the industry, both in terms of vehicle type and components as well as geographically in India’s manufacturing hubs.For example, Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor and auto components makers including France’s Valeo and Subros have laid off about 1,700 temporary workers in India after a slump in sales, sources told Reuters.Subros, which is part-owned by Japan’s Denso Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp, has laid off 800 workers. Indian parts maker Vee Gee Kaushiko has cut 500 people while Yamaha and Valeo last month reduced their workforces by 200 each, said several sources aware of the cuts.Meanwhile, automotive supplier Wheels India could cut its temporary workforce by as much as 800 and has started realigning its shifts, two of the sources said.The layoffs come as carmakers including Honda Motor Co, Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra have implemented brief suspensions to production in recent weeks in the face of slow demand, separate sources said.The auto sector, which contributes more than 7% of India’s GDP, is facing one of its worst downturns.Passenger vehicle sales have dropped for nine straight months through July, with some automakers suffering year-on-year declines of more than 30 percent in recent months.Manpower is the only variable factor for companies and more workers will face the axe, said ACMA’s Mehta.Yamaha, Subros, Vee Gee Kaushiko and Wheels India did not respond to requests for comment.Valeo India said it is realigning for changing conditions and has trimmed its temporary workforce. ReutersHUGE FALLOUTThe fallout from the auto slump could be huge. The sector employs more than 35 million people directly and indirectly, accounting for nearly half of India’s manufacturing output.India’s jobless rate rose to 7.51% in July 2019 from 5.66% a year earlier, according to private data group CMIE. The CMIE data is more up-to-date than government figures and regarded in financial markets as more credible.At least 7% of temporary workers employed by 15 automakers in India have lost their jobs in recent months, said Vishnu Mathur, director general at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).”It is a conservative estimate based on our initial analysis,” he said.Maruti Suzuki, India’s biggest carmaker, cut its temporary workforce by 6% over the past six months, Reuters reported on Friday.There is little sign of a revival.Tata Motors has had week-long shutdowns at four of its plants in the past two weeks, while Mahindra has said it had 5-13 days without production at various plants between April and June.A statement from Tata Motors said it has aligned production with demand and adjusted the shifts and temporary workers.Honda has stopped production of some car models at its plant in the northwestern state of Rajasthan since July 16 and is halting manufacturing entirely at its second plant in Greater Noida on the outskirts of Delhi for 15 days from July 26, two sources said.The company’s Indian business said that production management will be critical throughout the year and it is seeking to avoid stock build-up.last_img read more

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Vehicles move at snails pace on DhakaTangail highway

first_imgTailback is seen on Dhaka-Tangail highway. Photo: Kamrul HassanVehicles were seen moving slowly from Shafipur to Mirzapur on Dhaka-Tangail highway on Friday morning due to excessive numbers of vehicles, reports UNB.Highway police said long queues of vehicles were seen at different points of Kaliakoir and Safipur due to the heavy rush of vehicles carrying the holidaymakers ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.Besides, vehicles on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Tongi and Bhogra points were moving very slowly.Vehicles are moving at snail`s pace on Dhaka-Tangail highway. This photo taken on Friday morning. Photo: Masud RanaPeople were also seen waiting for hours at the many points of the highways for lack of vehicles.The Eid holidaymakers were seen traveling on the roofs of buses and in trucks and pickups, risking their lives to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha with their families.last_img

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Banker driver killed in Sirajganj road crash

first_imgBank official, driver killed in Sirajganj road crashTwo people, including a bank official, were killed when a private car plunged into a ditch by the Hatikumrul-Banpara highway at Harinchara Bazar of Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj on Thursday morning.The deceased are Amarul Hossain, 42, senior officer of Agrani Bank Ltd posted at its training institute in the capital and son of Abdul Malek of Sardia village in Boalmari upazila in Faridpur district, and Rubel, 45, driver of the private car, reports UNB.Abdul Quader Zilani, officer-in-charge of Hatikumrul Highway police station, said the private car carrying the bank official skidded off the road and fell into the ditch around 8:30am as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving Amarul dead on the spot and Rubel injured.The driver died on the way to hospital, he said.The bank officer was returning home from his in-laws’ house in Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj when the tragedy struck him down, the OC added.last_img read more

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