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  • Stephen Curry ready to see LeBron James even more often

    first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs FILE – In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry goes to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, during the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A. After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Stephen Curry can only imagine the intensity level of the Lakers-Warriors rivalry now that LeBron James has landed in L.A.After four straight NBA Finals against James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, two-time defending champion Golden State will get four matchups against James during the regular season.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “And a whole new-look Laker team with some of the young kids. It should be fun, the Bay Area and L.A. and the whole thing,” Curry said Monday in a sit-down with The Associated Press while hosting his annual elite camp at Ultimate Fieldhouse. “When I first got into the league Oracle would be buzzing any time the Lakers came in. There probably will be a revolution of Laker fans that are going to try to creep in but I hope Bay Area and Dub Nation we keep control of that competition because we’re on top right now.”The schedule is set to be released later this week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Curry is eager to have new teammate and dominant big man DeMarcus Cousins healthy and recovered from surgery on a torn left Achilles tendon, which will give Golden State five All-Star starters on the floor together. Cousins has never been to the playoffs and can now chase a championship alongside fellow All-Stars Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.“It’s interesting because nobody going into free agency thought about DeMarcus as an option then all of a sudden he found his way onto our team,” Curry said before getting in an on-court workout of his own. “So for us to have a new dynamic, a new look, whenever he’s fully healthy it should be amazing. I think we got better. Obviously we lost some pieces that were very vital to us winning a championship but you’ve got to evolve, you’ve got to find different things to focus on as you’re trying to repeat, so it should be exciting.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning a second straight NBA title and third in four years, it’s another whirlwind summer for two-time MVP Curry, whose season was interrupted several times by injuries. He has a newborn son, Canon, and is hosting his Under Armour “Stephen Curry Select Camp” this week for top high school players — including two girls for the first time, one being his father Dell’s goddaughter, Cameron Brink, from Beaverton, Oregon.Later this week he will again play in the Web.com tour’s Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae in Hawyard. He has an indoor putting green at home as well as a swing simulator that has helped him leading up to the event given he also is busy with three young children at home.“Am I getting any sleep? I’m getting the right amount of sleep for having a month-old son, my wife as well,” Curry said. “There aren’t really many expectations when a new baby comes, but my golf game is in decent shape. I haven’t played as much as I’d like to leading up to the tournament. I have a full swing golf simulator in my house now that’s helping me prepare. Actually I’m getting in trouble because at home I sneak into that room way more than I should just because it’s right there and I get my little swings in. I would say my preparation level is adequate enough to play well and hopefully play better than I did last year.”ADVERTISEMENT San Sebastian pulls away to beat Mapua; Capobres gets career-high LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

  • Pauline Lopez falls to Chinese foe, settles for Asian Games bronze in taekwondo

    first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Hijab in sports? No problem, says Malaysian sepak takraw player LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Pauline Lopez settled for the bronze medal in the taekwondo women’s under-57kg event in the 2018 Asian Games Tuesday at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The 22-year-old Lopez, who won the Philippines’ fourth bronze medal overall, bowed to Luo Zongshi of China, 11-4, in the semifinals.Lopez, the 2015 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, steamrolled her way to the semis after dominating Gyani Chunara of Nepal, 20-0, in the quarterfinals and Xiao Feng of Macau, 8-0, in the Round of 16, but the taller Luo offered a different challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Frustrated, Lopez couldn’t hide her disappointment over the loss.“I had the chance but the plan didn’t work according to what it should be. I was going for it, I did my part but it’s just it was not there for me,” said Lopez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

  • DD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH NEWSLETTER

    first_imgNEWSLETTER OF ST EUNAN’S Sunday 17th February 2013First Sunday of LentEVENING OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION and GLOBAL LIVING ROSARY In this Year of Faith ‘Come Worship the King of Kings’ in an Evening of Eucharistic Adoration and Global Living Rosary led by the Children of our Parish in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Wednesday 20th February at 8 pm with guest speaker: Fr. James Kelleher, SOLT, Founder of Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade.CONFIRMATION CLASSESA TIME OF PRAYER AND PREPARATION for the children of the Parish receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this year will take place in St. Eunan’s Cathedral on Thursday 21st February at 6.30 pm. ALL children being confirmed and their families are invited to attend.GAELSCOIL ADHAMHNAIN CONFIRMATION Please remember in your prayers all the girls and boys from Gaelscoil Adhamhnain, their parents, families and teachers who will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation next Saturday 23rd February at 3 pm. CONFESSIONS for the Children, their families and friends will take place on Thursday 21st February at 8 pm.AFTERNOON OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAYERNext Sunday, 24th February, we will celebrate 25 years of JESUS truly present in the Blessed Sacrament in St. Pius X Adoration Chapel.Fr. Thaddeus Doyle (Curate’s Diary) will lead us in an afternoon of Thanksgiving and Prayer for healing in the Cathedral. We will commence at 2.30 pm with an Introduction followed by Exposition/Holy Hour. From 4.30 pm to 6 pm we will have a Eucharistic Healing Service. Mass will be celebrated at 6.30 pm followed by the laying on of hands for healing.Confessions available after 7.30 pm Mass every Monday SUNDAY 17th FebruaryMasses ~ 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 5 pm (Polish) and 6.30 pmBaptisms in the Cathedral – 1.30 pmSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is open at 7 pm ‘The Dead Theologians Society’ Young Adults Prayer Groupin the Cathedral Conference Room – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmMONDAY 18th February8 am Mass ~ Special Intention10 am Mass ~7.30 pm Mass ~St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openGrow Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmTUESDAY 19th February8 am Mass ~ See Mass Intentions on the next page10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Canon Harry A llison (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openBaptism Preparation in the Parochial House tonightDivine Mercy Prayer Group in the Crib Room – 8 pmLegion of Mary Meeting: Conference Room – After 10 am MassLegion of Mary Meeting: Room 112, Loreto Secondary School – 7 pmAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8.30 pmWEDNESDAY 20th February8 am Mass ~ Bridget and Carmel Collins10 am Mass ~ Teresa, Kathleen and Matthew Hegarty7.30 pm Mass ~ James Breslin (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openChildren’s Rosary in the Cathedral – 8 pmScripture Course in the Parochial House – 8.15 pmCathedral Choir Practice in the Conference Room – 8 pmMother’s Prayer Group Meeting in Loreto Convent – 8 pmNarcotics Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmTHURSDAY 21st February8 am Mass ~ Tommy Dillon10 am Mass ~ ®7.30 pm Mass ~ Thomas DorrianSt Pius X Adoration Chapel is openTime of Prayer and Reflection for Confirmation Children in the Cathedral – 6.30 pmConfessions for the Confirmation Classes from Gaelscoil and their families – 8 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmCharismatic Prayer Meeting in the Conference Room – 8 pmFRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY8 am Mass ~ Catherine Doherty10 am Mass ~ Anne and Packie McIntyre7.30 pm Mass ~ See Mass Intentions below8.15 pm Mass ~ Annette Larkin (Month’s Mind Mass)St Pius X Adoration Chapel is openAl-Anon Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 10.30 amAA Meeting for Women in the Cathedral Conference Room – 1 pmAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 5.30 pmGamblers’ Anonymous Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 8 pmSATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY10 am Mass ~ Frank Comiskey (First Anniversary)Gaelscoil Confirmation in the Cathedral – 3 pm7.30 pm Vigil MassConfessions: 12 noon to 1 pm and after the 7.30 pm MassAA Meeting in the Pastoral Centre – 11 amMass Intentions for 8 am Tuesday and 7.30 pm FridayEamonn KellyRECENT BAPTISMS ~ We welcome into God’s CommunityCadhla Lynn McVeigh ~ Martin Francis Mongan ~ Jack Kelly DonnellAndrew Philip BuchananPRIEST ON DUTY: Fr. Damian McGroartyPhone: 074 – 9121021Fax: 074 – 9121021Email: [email protected] Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Conwal and Leck ~ 9129503St. Vincent de Paul ~ Parish of Aughaninshin ~ 9122366Pastoral Council on [email protected]’T GIVE UP – TAKE UP! Why not take something up for Lent? There will be Reflection and Meditation on the scripture readings for the Sunday’s in Lent after 7.30 pm Mass each Monday evening. These sessions will last about half an hour and will be held in the Conference Room. Come and deepen your relationship with the Lord this Lent through His Word in Scripture.CONVERSATIONS ABOUT GOD, FAITH AND FAMILY LIFE – For parents/guardians who want to explore their Catholic faith and their own role as the first teachers of faith for their children will take place in The Colmcille Rooms (above Veritas) on Tuesday evenings, starting Tuesday 19th February from 7.30 pm to 9 pm.In order to raise the public’s awareness of the Governments intentions to legislate for abortion Public Meetings will held in An Cuirt Hotel, Gweedore on Thursday 21st February at 8 pm and in The Plaza, Buncrana on Friday 22nd February at 8 pm. Why not come along and find out why such legislation is not necessary and have your questions answered. The Speakers are: Joe McCarroll, ‘Pro Life Campaign’; Bernadette Smyth, ‘Precious Life’; Bernadette Goulding, ‘Woman Hurt by Abortion’, and Peter Saunders, ‘Christian Medical Fellowship’, England.Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are staging CALENDAR GIRLS, in An Grianan Theatre from Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd February at 8 pm nightly. Book by ringing An Grianan Box office 9120777 or online at www.angrianan.com. All profits from the first night are in aid of Buddy Bear and Barretstown charities.ST. JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETY monthly meeting will take place on Friday 22nd February at 8 pm in the Pastoral Centre. Everyone welcome.TASTE THE NEW WINE: REDISCOVERING VATICAN II – An evening of input, conversation and reflection with Bishop Donal Murray author of ‘Keeping Open the Door of Faith: the legacy of Vatican II’ on how the Second Vatican Council has shaped our understanding and experience of Church, will be held in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Monday 25th February at 7.30 pm. Booking essential – by phoning the Pastoral Centre on 9121853.MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE (Donegal N/W) – Annual Medjugorje Pilgrimage will leave Letterkenny on 29th September. Deposit of €50 secures discounted fare. Bookings and enquiries to Michael on 087-2922499.The following have been enrolled as DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE RAPHOE DIOCESAN SOCIETY. Rose Harkin, Drumany; Nellie Callaghan, Rosemount; Catherine Gordon, Lower Carnamuggagh; Bridget Duffy, Convent Road; Margaret E. Kelly, Letterkenny; Frank Comiskey, St. Columba’s Tce.; Ron Harrison, Letterkenny; Ruby Harrison, Letterkenny; Annie McAuley, Carnamuggagh; Eamonn Gallagher, Carnamuggagh; Marion Harkin, Glasgow; John Harkin, Glasgow; James Campbell, Glasgow; Manus Harkin, Glasgow; Joseph Harkin, Glasgow; Betty Menaghan, Letterkenny; Brigid McGettigan, Kilmacrennan; John McGettigan, Kilmacrennan; Margaret Drummond, Scotland and George Drummond, Scotland. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peacetalk Enrolment Fee for the R.D.S. (Living and Deceased) is €15.DD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: ST EUNAN’S CATHEDRAL PARISH NEWSLETTERlast_img read more

  • MICRO-LENDING SCHEME MUST BE DELIVERED – DOHERTY

    first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to fulfil its pledge to introduce a new personal microcredit scheme to assist people who have no or limited access to loan finance.Pearse Doherty TDThe proposed scheme, which has yet to be formally introduced, was advocated in a report by the Social Finance Foundation and the Central Bank of Ireland, and envisages making loans of between €500 up to €2,000 available to anyone currently ineligible for mainstream banking or credit union loans, subject to repayment capability. The document also proposes that such a scheme be administered through the credit union movement.Deputy Doherty said there are thousands of families and households across this state that are unable to access credit for relatively small amounts which they need to meet sudden financial requirements and unexpected bills. “Scenarios such as the family car breaking down, home repair bills or back-to-school costs can often be a nightmare for families particularly if they have been refused a loan by an institution due to pre-existing debts, a poor credit rating or a perceived inability to repay.”“These families are left with little or no choice but to borrow money from moneylenders at extortionately high interest rates, with even licenced moneylenders charging borrowers as much as 260% interest per annum.”“The report also highlighted statistics which have been handed over to the Department of Social Protection showing that 54.4% of households are unable to afford what is classified as an ‘unexpected expense’, while also claiming that 17% of households are becoming indebted due to the imposition of ‘ordinary living expenses.’”“Sinn Féin believes that a microloan scheme is urgently required to cater for the thousands of people who so desperately rely on different types of moneylenders to meet their financial obligations and to cover the costs of essential expenditure.” “Such schemes exist and operate quite successfully in other jurisdictions and they have been designed to reduce dependency on unregulated moneylending and high interest lenders.”“My party colleague Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh raised this very issue with the Minister before the Dáil summer recess as it’s our belief that a suitable scheme which aims to give financial relief to the thousands who are trapped in this debt cycle must be a priority for any government which is serious about tackling this issue.”“While such a scheme would be of great benefit, it must also be fair to the borrower. This is why when the Dáil resumes next week, I intend to raise this matter with the Social Protection Minister where I will be asking her to give a definitive timeframe as to when she envisages a scheme will be introduced, and for her to clearly outline the specifics of any such scheme including the average term for loans as well as the monthly interest rates which will be applied to them.”MICRO-LENDING SCHEME MUST BE DELIVERED – DOHERTY was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGovernmentloansPearse Dohertylast_img read more

  • Making the Chrome Prettier: Google Launches Artist Themes

    first_imgGoogle just launched a large number of new themes for Chrome. These ‘artist themes‘ were designed by well-known artists, architects, and designers, including Jeff Koons, Karim Rashid, Oscar de la Renta, DJ Tiesto, Kate Spade, Donna Karan, Kid Robot, Casey Todd Oldham, Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Mariah Carey.  In total, the new gallery features over 90 themes, ranging from simple patterns and photographs to elaborate artworks that were custom-made for Chrome. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When Google first launched its themes for Chrome in August, a lot of users were rather underwhelmed by the available selection and quality of the themes. Thanks to the Artist Themes, Chrome now offers a far larger selection of themes and switching themes is as easy as clicking ‘Apply theme’ on the gallery page. With Personas, Firefox obviously offers a very similar feature and currently also offers a far wider range of themes than Chrome. Unlike Firefox, however, Google doesn’t offer a central repository for themes that were created by users.Nice Themes, But What About Usability?The problem with most of these new themes, though, is that while the images are quite nice, they usually just get in the way of usability. When you can barely read the text in your bookmark’s bar, for example, it doesn’t matter if the theme was designed by Oscar de la Renta, Jeff Koons, or a random Google engineer. Tags:#news#web last_img read more

  • 10 months agoNewcastle, Burnley move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jie

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle, Burnley move for Marseille forward Clinton N’Jieby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMarseille forward Clinton N’Jie is being linked with a return to the Premier League.The Daily Mail says Newcastle United have asked about N’Jie. The former Tottenham forward is available on loan with view to a permanent deal but also has interest from Burnley, Cardiff and Crystal Palace. The 25-year-old was set to join Sporting CP on loan last summer but the move collapsed after the clubs failed to agree terms. The Cameroon international forward enjoyed two productive seasons after joining from Spurs but he has started only four games this season. last_img read more

  • U2 Helps Music Therapy Charity Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    first_imgOne of the world’s greatest rock bands are helping music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins celebrate its 40th anniversary.The Music Rising GuitarU2 has donated a massive package to be auctioned at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on July 3.The package includes: 4 VIP party package tickets for one of the band’s upcoming shows at the London O2 Arena, which includes: ◦ Premium reserved price level 1 ticket ◦ Pre-show buffet dinner and bar ◦ U2 Tour VIP gift (not available for public sale) ◦ One parking space ◦ On-site VIP concierge The guitar will be presented by The Edge during the stage tour on the night of the show at the London O2 Arena.Please see the terms and conditions for full details of the prize. This entire Lot is being auctioned at the O2 Silver Clef Awards on Friday 3 July and this is your chance to pre-bid prior to the awards. (Please note that the Lot will still be auctioned live at the Awards on the day).The Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar is a special instrument. Only 14 were ever offered to the general public.In 2005 the Southern United States were devastated by one of the fiercest hurricanes in history — “Katrina”. With staggering ferocity, “Katrina” destroyed all in her path, and leveled much of New Orleans in the process.

Following a visit to New Orleans in November 2005, U2’s The Edge announced the unveiling of Music Rising, a campaign to raise funds to replace the lost instruments and accessories of the musicians affected by the hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Coast region.

Lead partner Gibson Guitars spearheaded the initial effort by collaborating on the design, manufacture and sale of an exclusive Gibson guitar with all proceeds going directly to the Music Rising program. The instrument captures the essence of the Gulf Coast’s musical tradition. All proceeds benefited Music Rising.

The Gibson Music Rising guitar features hand-painted designs using the colors of Mardi Gras. Each guitar is individually painted and handmade so no two are alike. All of the usual plastic parts (back plate, pick guard, toggle cover, truss rod cover) have been replaced by woods from the States affected by the hurricanes and the Music Rising logo, exclusive to this guitar, is etched into the pick guard.To find out more about the auction and make a bid, click here. A private, exclusive tour of the stage and production given by The Edge personally. A signed Gibson Les Paul Music Rising guitar. The guitar will be hand signed by all four members of U2 after having been played during a show on the current iNNONCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour by The Edge, with photographic verification of the date and song during which it was played.center_img A framed gold disc of The Joshua Tree (1987). Signed vinyl copy of The Joshua Tree by all four members of the band.last_img read more

  • Landslide at Muskrat Falls prompts renewed calls for independent review

    first_img(The above photo was posted to Facebook on Saturday. It was reportedly shared by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site and shows a landslide on the north side of the river.)Justin Brake APTN NewsAnxiety in on the rise in Labrador as land protectors and others living downstream of Muskrat Falls react to images that show a landslide on the banks of the Lower Churchill River at the project site.Residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Mud Lake held a motorcade in Happy Valley Monday to protest the Crown energy corporation and Muskrat Falls proponent Nalcor Energy’s response to the event.On Sunday, after the photos were reportedly leaked by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site the previous day, Nalcor issued a statement saying the slide poses “no safety risk in relation to the North Spur or the Muskrat Falls facilities,” and that landslides along the river are “fairly common.”The North Spur is a natural peninsula in the river that Nalcor is using to form a “natural dam” as part of the Muskrat Falls facilities.As far back as the project’s environmental assessment process Innu elders and others with knowledge of the area have expressed concerns with the dam being built in part on land comprised of sand and marine clay, also known as “quick clay”.“We are asking that Nalcor and the [provincial] government show genuine concern and empathy and give us honest and forthright answers,” the Labrador Land Protectors said in a press release issued Monday ahead of the motorcade.“We feel Nalcor’s response is insensitive to the concerns of those who live downstream of this project, who have already seen the wrath of the river in last spring’s flood.”Last spring residents of Mud Lake, a remote community of about 50 that resides in the Muskrat Falls flood zone, were airlifted to Goose Bay in an emergency evacuation after water levels in the Churchill River flooded many homes.Residents say that in Mud Lake’s 200 year history water levels have never risen to the extent they did in May 2017.Many attribute the flooding to the Muskrat Falls facilities and believe the dam, which is reportedly more than two-third complete, altered the behaviour of the river flow and caused an ice jam that backed up water into Mud Lake.An independent review of the flooding concluded that Muskrat Falls was not to blame, though some observers have argued the analysis did not have enough data to render a definitive conclusion.“For Nalcor to simply say there is no danger with this newest landslide shows an offhanded dismissal of the downstream population’s very real fears,” the Labrador Land Protectors’ statement continued.“We have been vocal that residents living in the flood zones, especially Mud Lake and the lower Valley, are under incredible stress and anguish while government and company continue to downplay concerns as trivial and insignificant.”An aerial view of the Muskrat Falls facilities in January 2018, with a view of part of the North Spur on the right. Photo: Nalcor Energy.APTN News requested information on the slide from Nalcor; a spokesperson responded by directing APTN back to the corporation’s three-paragraph statement, which only says the slide occurred on the north side of the river, downstream of the North Spur and outside of the North Spur dam stabilization area.Residents of the area, including Innu and Inuit who were involved in the 2016 protests that led to blockades and an occupation of the Muskrat Falls site, have been calling on the provincial government to order an independent review of Nalcor’s assessment of the North Spur and the corporation’s geotechnical engineering plans to stabilize the area to prevent a dam breach.While the Liberals have ordered a public inquiry into the project as a whole, and more recently a forensic audit of Nalcor, they haven’t alleviated locals’ fears of a dam breach with calls for an inquiry into the North Spur.Independent Newfoundland and Labrador MHA Paul Lane told APTN Monday that residents of the area have told him “they’re in fear of their life,” and that “they can’t sleep at night.”“If Nalcor is confident in the fact that they have a solution [to stabilize the North Spur], then come forward with what exactly it is they’re going to do — and have that open to be scrutinized and have an independent review,” he said.“Because quite frankly people are not willing to take their word for it, and I think that’s what it’s come down to. For them to just simply proclaim, ‘Don’t worry about it guys, everything is ok — we’re confident’ — people are not accepting them face value on their word.”Maurice Adams, a blogger and longtime critic of Muskrat Falls, said his and others’ primary concerns around the North Spur and the dam’s stability once water levels are raised in the reservoir are consequent to Nalcor’s methodology in its assessments of the North Spur.“Once the reservoir is raised up to 39 metres, from what I’ve read the increase in the pressure, horizontally, is exponentially higher in accordance with the increase in the depth in the water. So we don’t really know that that particular area is safe,” he said Monday.Adams referred to the work of Swedish engineers Dr. Stig Bernander and Dr. Lennart Elfgren, who have taken an interest in Muskrat Falls because of the dam’s position atop glacial marine sediments and the unique challenges that poses.They questioned Nalcor’s methodolgy in assessing the probability of landslides around the North Spur once water levels are raised in the Muskrat Falls reservoir, in a report released last year. They fear a dam breach may occur if the proper work is not done to properly assess the risks of landslides, and to adequately stabilize the area prior to flooding.Nalcor has repeatedly maintained it has done the proper work, though critics like Adams and many locals living downstream say Nalcor hasn’t sufficiently addressed the concerns highlighted by Bernander and Elfgren.“An independent assessment into whether or not what Dr. Bernander is saying, and the methodology he says needs to be used to assess what kind of stabilization might be appropriate for the North Spur — that needs to be independently assessed and somebody need to determine whether or not what Nalcor has done there is based on sound engineering methodologies,” said Adams.Roberta Benefiel of Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, another longtime critic of the Muskrat Falls project, said she wants Nalcor to immediately lower the water in the partially flooded reservoir.“We want them to slowly lower the water, now, because we’re worried — Mud Lake is very worried,” she said Monday. “We think that’s the least [Nalcor] can do. Start to lower the water now, and do it at a sensible pace, instead of what they did last year.”In a Facebook live video of the motorcade posted by the Labrador Land Protectors Inuk land protector Marjorie Flowers criticizes Nalcor’s response to the slide.“The audacity is the only word that comes to mind, to only focus on their infrastructure when people have been living in real fear and anxiety for so long. And then this slide happens, and nothing,” Flower says.In their press release the land protectors also took aim at the government, which received a petition days before the May 2017 flooding of Mud Lake from more than a thousand residents, including many from the five communities downstream of Muskrat Falls.The petition asked for an independent review of the North Spur.Land protectors say almost a year later they still have not received a response from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, who is also the self-appointed minister responsible for Labrador Affairs and the Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs secretariat.APTN requested comment from Ball Monday, but that request was passed on to the Department of Natural Resources. A response was not received by the time of publication.Land protectors said in their press release that an independent inquiry into the North Spur would “finally allow residents to feel supported and that their elected representatives were ensuring their lives and safety.”[email protected]last_img read more

  • Enes Kanter May Be One Of The Last Players To Cash In

    At a glance, Kanter is the kind of young post player whose services teams line up around the block to pay for. The list of big men who snagged at least 15 points and 8 rebounds a game as 22-year-olds, as Kanter did last year, is littered with Hall of Famers, to say nothing of players whose numbers Kanter matched (18.7 PPG, 11.0 RPG) after a midseason trade to the Thunder. Decades ago, Kanter would have been seen as one of the league’s rising stars.Today, though, players are judged on their advanced metrics in addition to per-game averages and the eye test. And few players benefit less from this development than Kanter.Granted, it doesn’t take supercharged data to suspect Kanter of playing poor defense. He has a reputation for ineptitude at that end of the floor, and his block totals are routinely anemic. But defense is also a complex area of the game that statistics have traditionally been ill-equipped to measure accurately. And without reliable data, defensive deficiencies were easy to deny or downplay as more opinion than fact.Modern advanced stats, though, help quantify the defensive inadequacies of players such as Kanter with far greater precision than was previously possible. Without Real Plus-Minus (RPM), for instance, you wouldn’t know that Kanter had the worst on-court defensive influence of any center last season. And without SportVU player tracking data, you wouldn’t know Kanter allowed the highest field goal percentage at the rim of any qualified1Minimum 500 minutes played. big man a year ago. The recent advent of deeper NBA data has made it tougher for poor defenders to hide their shortcomings.Surprisingly (at least to me), Kanter’s offense also suffers on the sabermetric front: He doesn’t appear to help his teams score as efficiently as would be expected from his basic statistics. Only a few players have scored as much, and with as much efficiency,2As respectively measured by usage rate and true shooting percentage. as Kanter has over the past three seasons, but it doesn’t seem to matter. During Kanter’s career, his teams have scored 1.5 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than without, and — perhaps not coincidentally — he had the second-worst offensive Box Plus/Minus (BPM) of any player in the aforementioned group, and the fifth-worst offensive RPM.The single most important component of a player’s on-court offensive influence3As measured by offensive RPM. is scoring efficiency, and that’s not a trouble spot for Kanter. But even more important (when taken collectively) are a player’s assist rate and his ability to get to the line and to take 3-point shots, and Kanter sets the team back in both areas.That may not seem important because Kanter is still personally scoring points, but basketball is a tricky sport that way. The fascinating thing that happens when you search for links between component categories and overall offensive performance is that unexpected relationships fall out of the data. A player’s passing can amplify (or diminish) the potency of the threat his scoring talent represents; his ability to stretch the floor or collapse defenses into the paint can open up opportunities for teammates. Kanter’s own numbers might not be affected, but his weaknesses show up in his team’s rates of shooting efficiency, turnovers and, ultimately, offensive success.The idea of players being hollow stat-stuffers is hardly new, but the ability to quantify it with enough certainty to resist the lure of the potential “20 and 10” guy4Kanter averaged 19.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per 36 minutes last season. at the negotiating table is a novel development. Too novel, in fact, since OKC did eventually cave and match Portland’s offer to Kanter, putting the Thunder above the luxury-tax line they’d traded James Harden to avoid less than three years earlier. But if the rapid acceptance of advanced metrics is any indication, Kanter might be one of the last of his kind.In other words, don’t be surprised if the days of a player cashing in on hollow numbers are, well, numbered. In the history of NBA free agency, there have been worse moves — particularly when you consider the crazy money that teams have shelled out to big men over the years. And through a certain prism (one that used to be the norm not so long ago), it even seems perfectly reasonable. But the Oklahoma City Thunder’s decision to match Portland’s maximum-level ($70 million) offer sheet to center Enes Kanter received mostly scorn from the Internet after it was announced late Sunday. read more

  • Football JT Barretts improving accuracy tight end most improved position and more

    Nine spring practices have come and gone for the Ohio State football team and the depth chart appears more definite just a week-and-a-half before the spring game.Coach Urban Meyer discussed the ongoing position battles and some standout performers in spring practice, while also revealing that sophomore linebacker Malik Harrison has undergone shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the spring. Meyer added that Harrison has been “having a tremendous spring” and “will compete for a starting spot” once he is healthy again.Here are five takeaways from Meyer’s Tuesday’s press conference.Barrett improving accuracyComing off a season where redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett completed his lowest percentage of passes in his career, Barrett has been working with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day on improving his accuracy and trying to rediscover the success he found in his redshirt freshman season.Last season, Barrett completed just 61.8 percent of passes, 1.5 percent worse than his 2015 season and 2.8 percent less than his redshirt freshman season.“I thought his freshman year, he was a very accurate player and the last two years weren’t quite as accurate,” Meyer said. “Our deep ball percentage was the best that it’s been since we’ve been here last week. We were charting everything and JT and the boys did a really good job. We didn’t catch all of them, but as far as accuracy, it was almost something like 90 percent and that’s what we’re looking for.”Burrow leading the race for backup quarterbackThere was never really a competition for the starting quarterback job with Barrett’s return, but Meyer offered insight on the battle for the No. 2 at the position.Redshirt sophomore Joe Burrow currently stands out among the quarterbacks to serve as Barrett’s backup in the upcoming season, but freshman quarterback Tate Martell is still taking plenty of reps, Meyer said.“I’d say Joe is ahead of them, but they’re both getting reps,” he said. “Tate had his best day, too, the other day in the scrimmage, so it’s good competition there and that brings out the best in people. We all know what happened a couple years ago where all of a sudden someone taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘You’re the starter. Go beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game.’ And they did it. So that position is a key guy.”Offensive-line recruiting has ‘missed’ in the pastPart of the reason the offense struggled to produce at its same level in 2016 was because of an offensive line that did not provide the same level of pass protection that it had in years past.Meyer said that two of his offensive-line classes “didn’t turn out” the way he had hoped, but that he has a trio of offensive lineman who are really coming along in practice and should be able to help improve the play of the line in 2017 .“Yes we have (missed a few). More than a few. You can’t do that. That’s what happens is you have a year like we did last year where guys — you know, true freshmen should have not played then,” Meyer said. “Demetrius Knox is running with the ones and Malcolm Pridgeon is still learning the offense, but Matt Burrell is probably one of the most improved offensive lineman at this point and the other guys are much improved as well. Very pleased with where we are at on the offensive line.”Tight end is most improved position in spring practicesThere has been improvement in the offensive line and the quarterbacks so far, but the position that has stepped up its game in spring the most has been the tight ends, Meyer said.Even with senior tight end Marcus Baugh missing spring practice so far with offseason shoulder surgery, the tight end position has looked promising thus far and has been “the most improved position on the team.”“A.J. Alexander is really coming on and Luke Farrell is a little bit ahead of Jake Hausmann, but they’re both very comparable,” Meyer said.Defensive line will be backbone of the teamThe defensive line will be returning a lot of stars from last season, including all defensive ends and the team will count on them to once again be the backbone of the defense in the upcoming season.With a returning group of defensive ends that include Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa and senior Jalyn Holmes, the defensive line will be “as good as anybody in America,” Meyer said. “I think as of right now, it’s the strength of our team on defense,” Meyer said. “Dre’Mont Jones is really turning into a fine player here for us. On the other side, we’re really hoping Tracy Sprinkle can give us some depth and be the guy that we thought he was going to be before he got hurt.”Meyer added that Hubbard, who finished third on the team in sacks and second in quarterback hits, is “the definition of elite” and works as hard as anybody to perfect his craft.“We call it 10-80-10 around here and it’s elite self discipline, self respect and incredible work ethic, that’s how you identify the characteristics of an elite player and he’s as elite as I’ve ever been around,” Meyer said. Other notes:A battle for the position of kicker will continue on over the remainder of the spring and the summer between junior kicker Sean Nuernberger and recruit Blake Haubeil, Meyer said, with Nuernberger in “much better shape than he’s ever been,” though he will still have to win over the spot.Sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor has “a bit of a sore shoulder,” Meyer said, but he’s making progress and has the talent to do “anything he wants.”Meyer said that senior safety Damon Webb is “a much improved player than he was in the spring” and credited Webb’s success to recent weight loss read more