Fort St John man busted at wheel of bait car in Kelowna

first_imgKELOWNA, B.C. — A man originally from Fort St. John was arrested in Kelowna on Sunday evening after he allegedly stole a Bait Car. At around 9:50 p.m. last Sunday,  members of the Kelowna RCMP members were advised by dispatcher that one of the city’s Bait Cars had been activated. Dispatch was able to provide live video feed updates to pursuing officers as the male suspect drove northbound towards Lake Country.Members from the Lake Country Detachment were advised of the vehicle’s location, and once police were in position the vehicle’s engine was disabled. The driver was taken into police custody without incident. 37-year-old Kenneth William Fawcett of Fort St. John has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and driving while prohibited.  Kelowna RCMP Cst. Lesley Smith said in a release that Fawcett is “a well known Prolific Offender and has a lengthy criminal record for vehicle thefts and other property related offences. In any given community prolific offenders account for 80 percent of all crime committed. Be rest assured our members will continue to identify, locate and arrest these individuals and hold them accountable for the crimes they have committed.”It’s not know whether Fawcett has been released from custody, or when he is due to make his next court appearance.last_img read more

Fort St John Chapter of the ALS Society holds Walk to End

first_img“It went really well, actually. We ended up raising, I think there’s still money coming in, but we ended up raising $43,963.”Out of that amount, Charlie Lake Elementary School managed to raise $12,000 in funds.The event featured food, music, games, raffles, and activities for the entire family.All money raised from the Walk goes towards helping support patients, families and caregivers that are fighting ALS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chapter of the ALS Society held their second annual ‘Walk to End ALS’ on Sunday, June 2.Over 200 walkers met at the corner of 100 street and 100 Avenue to take part in the Walk.Walk Coordinator, Audrey Jones, says the walk went really well, managing to raise close to $44,000 from this year’s walk.last_img

Denmark companies receive hazardous powder in letters

COPENHAGEN — Danish police are investigating a number of letters containing an unidentified powder and threats that were sent from Belgium to several food processing companies in Denmark.Uffe Stormly of Denmark’s National Police says the letters contained “a hazardous substance.” Stormly declined on Wednesday to disclose details about the letters as the investigation was ongoing.Danish media said the letters demanded a 30,000-euro ($33,735) ransom or their products would be infected.Danish Crown, which describes itself as Europe’s largest meat processing company, confirmed it received such letters. It said, citing information from authorities, that the letters had been sent to several food-processing companies in Europe.The company said neither staff nor consumers were at risk.The Associated Press read more

Former Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman John Forzani dies at 67

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2014 10:12 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Former Calgary Stampeders offensive lineman John Forzani dies at 67 CALGARY – Calgary lost a prominent businessman while the Stampeders lost a former offensive lineman. But John Hufnagel lost a friend.John Forzani, who spent six seasons with the CFL club and later built a chain of successful sporting goods stores, died Friday. He was 67.The Stampeders confirmed Forzani’s passing in a statement Friday morning. The Calgary native had been on life support in a California hospital after suffering a heart attack.“John was a teammate, a friend, one of the funniest guys I ever knew,” said Hufnagel, the Stampeders’ head coach and general manager. “John was instrumental, along with Ted Hellard, Doug Mitchell and Bob Vickers, in my hiring in 2008, which I’m very appreciative of.“Even though John is not with us, his legacy and his mark that he made in the sports world and in the business world in the community of Calgary will survive.”The Stampeders have become a model franchise under Hufnagel, finishing atop the West Division four times since his return. Calgary has reached the Grey Cup twice in that time, winning in ’08.Hufnagel has amassed a superb 87-36-1 record as Calgary’s head coach heading into Saturday’s home game against Winnipeg. The Stampeders have the CFL’s best record this season at 14-2.“He was pivotal in getting coach Hufnagel up here and for that reason alone, he’s directly contributed to our success on the field,” Stampeders running back Jon Cornish — the CFL’s outstanding player last year — said of Forzani. “He’s definitely a guy who took some of his football habit and kept on living with them throughout his life.“He’s always worked hard and played hard.”After attending Utah State, Forzani won a Grey Cup in 1971 in his first season with Calgary. He played alongside his brothers Tom and Joe.Forzani’s nephew, Johnny, was also with the club from 2010 to ’12.“John’s passion for community and football were singularly essential in the revival of the Stamps’ important role in the community,” Stampeders chairman Ken King said in a statement. “It is one, among many, of his great legacies. I will miss him dearly.”Commissioner Mark Cohon said the CFL family was saddened by the news of Forzani’s passing.“As a league, we are immensely proud to say he was one of ours,” he said in a statement. “As individuals, we are so grateful to have known him. On the field, John was a Grey Cup champion. In business, he epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit. In the community, he supported causes he believed in. And as a member of our board of governors, and an owner of the Calgary Stampeders, he did much to move the CFL forward.“Gregarious and outgoing, John was a joy to be around. He not only demonstrated to us all how to reach lofty goals; he showed us how to enjoy the journey as well. Our thoughts are with his family. Like all of his other friends across the country, we will miss him, and remember him.”After retiring from football, Forzani built his sporting goods business, which had over 500 outlets. That company, Forzani Group Ltd, was sold in 2011 to Canadian Tire, which renamed it FGL Sports.Forzani also established Calgary’s annual Mother’s Day Run and Walk in 1977, a fundraising event which continues to this day. In 2000, the Forzani Foundation was established to assist charities including Canadian amateur athletics.Forzani was also part of a local group that purchased the Stampeders in ’05. The Calgary Flames became majority owners of the football franchise in ’12 but Forzani retained a minority stake and was the team’s co-chair in 2013.Upon the arrival of the ownership group that included Forzani, the Stampeders went from a 4-14 team in 2004 to 11-7 the following season. The club has posted a winning record in nine of 10 seasons since.“I called him uncle John,” veteran Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis said. “He was part of the group that came in here and turned things around.“Being here in ’04 and seeing how bad we were as a team and the ownership group was always up in the air and you didn’t know what was going on, to move into 2005 when Ted Hellard and John Forzani and the rest of the owners came in, you could just see the difference.“There’s not a lot of loyalty in professional football, but when you’ve got a guy like John, you really look at him and he’s going to tell you what it is and how it is and you can respect it and you just love him for it.”Club president Gordon Norrie said Forzani will forever be a key figure in the CFL franchise’s history.“He was certainly instrumental in turning this football club around to the point you see how successful it is today,” Norrie said. “He was a great contributor to the community of Calgary too with the Forzani foundation, a significant businessman behind the Forzani group. It’s going to be a tough day for all of us.“He was the funniest man I met in my life and he had time for everybody all the time. A very uplifting individual.”Forzani is survived by his wife Linda and grown children Mike and Jodi. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known. read more

Private survey US services firms grew solidly in October new orders and

WASHINGTON – U.S. services companies grew at an accelerated pace in October as business activity, new orders and employment all strengthened, suggesting that the economy is building momentum from consumer demand in the final months of 2015.The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index climbed to 59.1 last month from 56.9 in September. Any reading above 50 signals expansion.The figures raise the prospect that consumer spending will anchor growth during the October-December quarter at a time when manufacturing, hurt by global economic turbulence, has slowed. The gap between how the ISM measures services and manufacturing has reached its widest point in roughly 14 years.The stronger dollar has hamstrung the exports of U.S. goods by making them more expensive abroad. Lower oil prices have also led energy firms to halt drilling activity. These setbacks led the ISM’s manufacturing index to fall to 50.1 last month, meaning that factory activity is barely improving.The dual ISM reports highlight “the two-speed economy where manufacturing continues to run at an unimpressive pace while the services side of the economy shows signs of strength,” said Bricklin Dwyer, a senior economist at BNP Paribas.New orders at services firms rose to a reading of 62, up from 56.7 in September. The business activity measure rose to 63. Employment advanced to 59.2. These gains indicate that services firms anticipate rising sales.“We’re entering the fourth quarter on a very high note,” said Anthony Nieves, chair of the ISM’s non-manufacturing business survey committee.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its services survey covers businesses that employ 90 per cent of workers, including construction firms and financial services.The improvement in the services sector comes as the economy showed signs of flagging during the third quarter. The pace of hiring has fallen, the stock market has become choppy, businesses are preparing for weaker consumer demand and there are mixed signals from the housing market.In addition, China’s efforts to evolve into a consumer-driven economy has curbed its growth. And Europe is just clawing its way back to health more than seven years after the global financial meltdown.Still, many economists expect the U.S. economy to strengthen in the end of the year. Employers added just 142,000 jobs in September and 136,000 in August — steep drop-offs from monthly gains that were averaging more than 200,000 for much of the year. Yet analysts foresee a rebound in the October employment report out Friday with the addition of 185,000 jobs.Similarly, the economy grew at an annualized pace of only 1.5 per cent during the July-September quarter, down from 3.9 per cent in the prior quarter.Economists are projecting that gross domestic product growth will average 2.5 per cent in the final three months of 2015, suggesting that businesses will stop cutting back on their inventories in response to consumer demand. Private survey: US services firms grew solidly in October; new orders and hiring improved FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2015 file photo, Bryan White breads chicken breast prior to frying it in the kitchen of a new Chick-fil-A restaurant, in New York. The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for October on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Nov 4, 2015 8:14 am MDT Last Updated Nov 4, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State uses second half run to beat Minnesota 6446

Junior forward Sam Thompson dunks the ball. OSU beat Minnesota, 64-46, Feb. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorFor 20 minutes, it looked like Minnesota was the only team that wanted to be on the court in a critical Big Ten Conference game.Unfortunately for the Golden Gophers, they still had 20 minutes to play against Ohio State Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.Led by junior forward Sam Thompson, who scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, the Buckeyes surged out of their first half funk with a 25-5 run to beat Minnesota (17-11, 6-9, seventh in the Big Ten), 64-46.“In essence I just said, ‘There’s nothing I can draw up on the board. There’s nothing we can really talk about until we play better basketball,’” OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game about his halftime speech. “For whatever reason … we didn’t have what we needed. We weren’t attacking the way we needed to attack.”The Gophers led, 28-18, at halftime after a sluggish start by OSU (22-6, 9-6, fifth in the Big Ten). Minnesota scored the first seven points in the game, and the Buckeyes failed to score their first point until the 16:04 mark on a layup by junior forward LaQuinton Ross.That started a 7-0 run by the Buckeyes, who never took the lead in the opening 20 minutes after shooting 6-22 from the field and committing eight turnovers.“The first half was definitely the worst we’ve played (this season),” Thompson said after the win. “Coach Matta said that at halftime. Up to this point in the season, we hadn’t come out and just laid an egg, but we did that in the first half of the game. We came out in the second half, we played some of the best basketball.”After Gopher junior guard DeAndre Mathieu scored the first points in the second half, the Buckeyes would finally come to life, taking the lead after a free throw by Ross with 14:24 left.OSU never trailed again.After the game, Ross said the reason the Buckeyes were able to get going “was a combination of everything.”“Big plays spark this team, especially on the defensive end so any time we get the steal and you are getting out there you can see everybody in the crowd, they was up on their feet knowing that we was about to do something exciting,” Ross said. “I think our defense is what this team is based on and how we win.”Thompson snagged an alley-oop from junior guard Shannon Scott at the 10:42 mark to give OSU a 45-35 lead, and the momentum for the Buckeyes continued as the Golden Gophers struggled to find their groove offensively.Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino said the reason for his team’s collapse was basic: turnovers.“Second half — very simple. I think we had nine turnovers,” Pitino said after the game. “And they made us pay on every single one of them.”The lead swelled to as much as 21 after a jumper by Scott with 1:33 remaining, signaling the end of a complete turnaround by the Buckeyes, who held Minnesota to just 18 points in the second half.Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. finished the game with 13 points while grabbing six rebounds, and Scott chipped in 10 of his own. Junior center Amir Williams was a force inside during the second half, and finished the game with seven points, four rebounds and four blocked shots while altering many others.Junior guard Andre Hollins finished with 13 points in a losing effort for Minnesota.Matta said the way that his team was able to respond in the final 20 minutes to avoid dropping its fourth game at home this season was because it played desperately in the second half — something that has to be done night in and night out in the Big Ten.“I think just from the standpoint of quite honestly every game is like the biggest game of your life in this league,” Matta said. “Obviously the way we played in the first half, if you’re not ready to compete, if you’re not ready to fight, if you’re not ready to execute, you can get embarrassed.”OSU is scheduled to head to Penn State (13-14, 4-10, tied for 11th in the Big Ten) Thursday. The Nittany Lions gave the Buckeyes arguably their most disappointing loss of the season Jan. 29, when they came to Columbus and won, 71-70, in overtime. Tipoff for Thursday’s game is set for 7 p.m. read more

Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop named Big Ten Player of the Year

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes the ball down the court in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was pegged by many as a sleeper for production before the start of the 2017-18 season. Bates-Diop was one of the returning players on an Ohio State team that was beginning a perceived rebuild and was expected to be a major cog in the team’s offense. In a season that has defied expectations, Bates-Diop vastly outperformed what many believed he could do, leading the Buckeyes No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament while as a star in the conference. His efforts for the campaign were rewarded Monday when the 6-foot-7 forward was named Big Ten Player of the Year.He is the first Buckeye to receive the honor since guard Evan Turner earned it after the 2009-10 season.Bates-Diop averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, while playing in 32.7 minutes per game. He finished the regular season with 12 double-doubles and scored more than 20 points 12 times.Before the season began, head coach Chris Holtmann said that both Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate were going to have to carry the load at times for Ohio State. That narrative quickly changed to Holtmann saying he expected Bates-Diop to eventually regress and stop averaging nearly 20 points per game. But Bates-Diop never let up too much, though he did average only 14.8 points in the final six games of the season. The breakout campaign came a season after the small forward was forced to redshirt his true junior season after fracturing his leg. He appeared in just nine games in the 2016-17 season, while struggling to maintain consistent production, averaging only 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. read more

How Alabama Ohio State Or Someone Else Can Crash The Playoff

CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds UCF0.10.1<0.1<0.1 Auburn58.659.157.20.8 How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds Miami26. Auburn58.6>99.99.444.9 USC10.611.99.01.5 Stanford3. Just as the SEC title game is basically do-or-die for the two teams involved, this contest is a simple binary for Wisconsin: Win, and clinch a semifinal berth; lose, and see those chances fall to basically nothing. Fair or not, a one-loss Wisconsin team would not compare favorably with the other playoff contenders, given its weak strength of schedule. For the Buckeyes, however, things aren’t quite that simple. Yes, they can boost their chances with a victory — which our model gives a 56 percent chance of happening — but OSU is far from a lock even if it wins. The Buckeyes will also need TCU to do them a big favor by upsetting Oklahoma — further boosting OSU’s chances to 75 percent — and hope for the committee to look favorably upon their impressive victories (and ignore their 55-24 loss to Iowa).Beyond the Big Ten, Alabama has the big rooting interest here. Since they don’t control their own destiny, the one-loss Crimson Tide need favorable contrasts in the eyes of the committee — and that means setting up a comparison against two-loss Ohio State, not undefeated Wisconsin. Bama’s playoff chances would be about 18 percentage points higher with a win by the Buckeyes than a win by the Badgers. And USC also requires an Ohio State victory here, as another component of its long-shot playoff bid. UCF0.1<0.10.1<0.1 Ohio State32.833.431.40.8 SEC Championship: Auburn vs. Georgia Saturday, 4 p.m. ET on CBS The only other game with potential playoff implications is the AAC Championship Game between Central Florida, which is making a bid for a perfect season, and Memphis. Sadly, because of UCF’s schedule strength, its chances of making the playoff are remote. But the combination of outcomes that gives the Knights the highest playoff probability (granted, still a measly 0.19 percent) involves wins by UCF, Clemson, Ohio State, TCU and Stanford. So, to all the fans of stale memes down in Orlando: Yes, I’m telling you there’s a chance.But most likely, the playoff will contain the SEC winner, the ACC winner, plus Wisconsin and Oklahoma — if they win — or Ohio State and/or Alabama (or maybe TCU or USC if the committee’s feeling really crazy) should the Badgers and/or Sooners fall. It’s an oddly tidy set of contingencies for a championship weekend that some are calling the best ever. But at the same time, I have a feeling this season isn’t quite out of surprises yet.Check out our latest college football predictions. Miami26. Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. TEAMCURRENTIF OHIO ST. WINSIF WISCONSIN WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Oklahoma65.5%99.9%7.7%43.2 pts Alabama30.430.729.80.4 Big Ten Championship: Wisconsin vs. Ohio StateSaturday, 8 p.m. ET on FOX Clemson76.576.976.00.4 TEAMCURRENTIF STANFORD WINSIF USC WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Auburn58.656.861.62.2 Wisconsin45.1%2.3%>99.9%48.1 pts Clemson76.5>99.919.233.3 Miami26. Pac-12 Championship: Southern California vs. StanfordFriday, 8 p.m. ET on ESPN UCF0.10.10.1<0.1 Stanford3. Georgia44. TCU7. USC10.613.96.43.7 TCU7. The ACC Championship is also very close to an NCAA quarterfinal. Certainly the committee is guaranteed to take Clemson (which placed No. 1 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings) if the Tigers beat Miami for the conference crown — which our model assigns a 71 percent probability of happening. If the Canes win, our model thinks there’s roughly an 11 percent chance that they’d somehow be on the outs — think a universe in which Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Georgia all win and the committee prefers Alabama’s résumé to Miami’s — but that’s unlikely. (Miami is only one slot behind Alabama in strength of record before a hypothetical win over Clemson.)Then again, our model also says the Tigers would have about a 19 percent chance of making the playoff even if they don’t beat Miami, a scenario that most likely involves TCU and Ohio State victories muddying the water for the committee. And several other teams across the country would benefit from Clemson winning, most notably USC (in Step 5 of the Trojans’ improbable CFP charge). Auburn58.659.457.60.9 Ohio State32.833.332.30.5 Much like Wisconsin and both SEC title contestants, Oklahoma can basically assure itself of a playoff berth with a victory over TCU here. With a one-loss résumé accentuated by the most dominating offense in the nation (plus another win over a top-15 team if they do beat the Frogs), the Sooners can also help vindicate the Big 12’s decision to revive its conference championship game this year. But that decision could very well backfire on the conference, too, and leave it without a playoff team yet again if TCU pulls off the upset. We give the Sooners a 63 percent chance of winning and making all of this moot; there’s even an unlikely backdoor route for OU if it loses that involves Ohio State winning the Big Ten. But the most straightforward path for Oklahoma (and the Big 12) is a Sooner victory.For TCU’s part, its playoff hopes are remote (if not nonexistent) and wouldn’t crack 20 percent even if it does upset the Sooners. According to the swing in our model’s playoff chances, Alabama actually has the second-greatest stake in the Big 12 Championship of any team in the country, including the Frogs. Bama would see its CFP chances swell from 30 percent to 48 percent if TCU beats Oklahoma, since the one-loss Tide are directly competing with the Sooners for a playoff spot. (In fact, Alabama fans should be watching this matchup far more intently than they will the SEC title game.) Likewise, Ohio State has a big stake in TCU winning, as does USC and several other contenders. In terms of outside rooting interests, this Big 12 title game is easily the most important game of the weekend. UCF0. Oklahoma65.565.865.10.3 How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds TEAMCURRENTIF CLEMSON WINSIF MIAMI WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Oklahoma65.565.565.40.1 Georgia44.044.044.0<0.1 TCU7.1< Auburn58.658.958.20.4 USC10. How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds How the outcome changes teams’ playoff odds USC10.6%<0.1%23.6%11.7 pts Miami26. USC10.611.29.10.9 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. Clemson76.575.079.01.9 Georgia44.043.644.70.5 Alabama30.432.827.52.6 ACC Championship: Clemson vs. MiamiSaturday, 8 p.m. ET on ABC TCU7. Georgia44.0%0.1%96.2%47.7 pts TEAMCURRENTIF AUBURN WINSIF GEORGIA WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Alabama30.438.520.19.1 Ohio State32.827.342.16.9 UCF0.10.1<0.1<0.1 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. After 14 weeks of anticipation, we’ve made it: College football’s championship weekend is finally upon us. Come Sunday at noon, the playoff selection committee will reveal its picks for the Final Four — who still has national championship life, and who’s left out in the cold. But we don’t really have to wait until then for clues about which teams will be booking flights for Pasadena and New Orleans on New Year’s Day. Based on what happens in this week’s games and a little tinkering with our college football predictions, we can make an educated guess about what the committee’s choices will be — though it has been known to throw us a curveball every now and then. Here’s what our model says to watch for over the weekend: TEAMCURRENTIF OKLAHOMA WINSIF TCU WINSAVG. CHG (+/-) Wisconsin45. The winner of this game is practically guaranteed to make the playoff. For Auburn — which the FiveThirtyEight model has favored here with a 54 percent chance of victory — that would mean capping off one of the most remarkable stretch runs in college football history. After losing to LSU on Oct. 14, Auburn had a 5-2 record and was staring at a mere 4 percent playoff probability. But a string of wins that includes beating two No. 1-ranked teams (at game time) has the Tigers set up for a potential CFP clincher. And on the UGA side of things, the Dawgs can get sweet revenge for their 40-17 loss on the Plains in November, stamping a playoff ticket for the first time in program history.Neither team has much margin for error if it loses, however. We give Georgia a 1-in-905 chance of being picked for the playoff without an SEC title, and while Auburn’s chances are slightly better with a loss (9 percent), the Tigers would need a convoluted sequence of events that includes TCU upsetting Oklahoma just to have any glimmer of hope from the committee. And as far as outside rooting interests go, the outcome here has surprisingly little effect on the rest of the CFP picture. (Even Alabama, sitting at home twiddling its thumbs, doesn’t see its chances budge much either way.) At most, USC needs an Auburn win as part of a very specific scheme that can push its chances with the committee up to a coin flip (more on that later). TCU7. Wisconsin45. Clemson76.577.874.81.5 Clemson76.576.376.70.2 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF Miami26.0%<0.1%89.2%36.8 pts Ohio State32.835.529.53.0 CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF Alabama30.430.031.00.5 Ohio State32.858.4<0.128.7 CHANCE OF MAKING THE PLAYOFF Big 12 Championship: Oklahoma vs. TCUSaturday, 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX Alabama30.419.848.213.3 Stanford3. Wisconsin45.144.745.90.5 Stanford3. With Stanford’s College Football Playoff chances slim at best — they’ll be only 6 percent even if the Cardinal wins the Pac-12 — the only real playoff implication for this game involves a guerilla playoff push by a USC team that hasn’t ranked in the AP top 10 since September. The Trojans seemed dead in the water after being crushed by Notre Dame six weeks ago, but they’ve strung together just enough victories to stay on the periphery of the playoff conversation. Now, their best-case playoff scenario depends on the following outcomes, with games listed in order of importance:USC beats Stanford (45 percent probability)TCU beats Oklahoma (37 percent)Ohio State beats Wisconsin (56 percent)Auburn beats Georgia (54 percent)Clemson beats Miami (71 percent)Memphis beats UCF (36 percent)If all of that happens, the Trojans’ playoff chances would rise to 51 percent; the playoff field would most likely be Auburn, Clemson, Ohio State and whichever team the committee prefers between USC, Alabama and TCU. It’s not an especially likely set of circumstances — but then again, nothing about this Trojan resurgence has been likely. Oklahoma65.565.665.20.1 Wisconsin45.144.645.90.6 Georgia44.044.044.0<0.1 Stanford3.36.0<0.13.0 Using FiveThirtyEight model simulations as of Nov. 29. Average change is weighted by the probability of each outcome. Oklahoma65.566.763.91.4 read more

Fundraising appeal set up for cyclist ordered to pay £100000 after colliding

A cyclist who knocked over a yoga teacher while she stared at her phone in the road has attacked claim culture, as it emerges he is facing a £100,000 court bill.Gemma Brushett, 28, was knocked unconscious and suffered damage to her front teeth and facial scars when commuter Robert Hazeldean crashed into her as she crossed a central London street on July 20, 2015.  But despite a judge saying she is “equally to blame for the accident”, he has been ordered to pay Ms Brushett, who is also a finance worker, compensation and court costs.At Central London County Court, Judge Shanti Mauger awarded her £4,161.79 in damages but also said Mr Hazeldean, who now lives in France, would also have to foot most of the bill for the two-day court case, estimated at about £100,000.”Ms Brushett and Mr Hazeldean were equally culpable in this accident and Mr Hazeldean, for whatever reason, hasn’t made a claim and so only Ms Brushett is getting a payout,” she said. He also warned cyclists may not be aware that they can counterclaim. He said: “This was not because I was not injured, but because I do not advocate the claim culture. Had I had legal representation at the time of preparing my defence, I would have taken those steps to protect myself.”He added: “I can only hope that the focus on this case highlights the vulnerability of cyclists.” His solicitor, Emma Farrell, said Mr Hazeldean had initially fought the claim without the help of lawyers, due to the cost involved.Ms Brushett was one of a “throng” of people trying to cross the road at the start of rush hour when the accident occurred. She was looking at her mobile phone when crossing the road from east to west and only noticed Mr Hazeldean approaching at the last moment, Central London County Court was told.She “panicked” and tried to dodge back to a traffic island, but the cyclist, who had been travelling at between 10-15mph, swerved in the same direction and hit her.Both Ms Brushett and Mr Hazeldean were knocked out by the impact.The exact figure he will have to pay will be decided at a later date, but the court heard between them the parties have racked up over £100,000 in bills. Robert HazeldeanCredit:Triangle News Robert Hazeldean Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Close friend Brittany Maher-Kirk has now set up a GoFundMe page in order to help Mr Hazeldean pay his legal bill.On Twitter, she said: “The courts have not only failed Robert today but have set a dangerous precedent for cyclists across the country.”This about so much more than one man on his way home from work.”I’m hoping to raise enough to cover all of Robert’s costs. If I, by some miracle, raise more, then I will donate the rest to @ActionAidUK Robert has sponsored a child through them for 13 years and has had to stop because of financial pressures.” Speaking afterwards, Mr Hazeldean said the ruling would leave him bankrupt and spoke of his regret in not bringing a claim against Ms Brushett himself.  He said: “I am of course deeply disappointed with the outcome, reeling from the impact it will have on my life, and concerned by the precedent that it might set for other cyclists.” read more

Michael Sheen says he will have to take on more acting roles

Sheen, from Newport, Wales, considered giving up acting to fight the rise of “demagogic, fascistic” politics in 2016 and admitted he had been scaling back his workload.But he said: “Now I’ve got to pay for this, so I’m going to have work a bit more now, because this has cost me more than I expected.”The charity football tournament, which sees teams of homeless players from 51 nations competing in Cardiff’s Bute Park until August 3, costs around £2million each year, with some funding coming from UEFA. The actor Michael Sheen has said he will have to take on more roles again after giving “everything” away to charity.Sheen, 50, revealed he used his own savings to ensure this year’s Homeless World Cup in Wales went ahead when funding fell short during the planning stages.The Frost/Nixon star, who appears in the Amazon Prime show Good Omens, said he has “earned good money” during his Hollywood career and felt he had to “put it all on the line” to make up for the shortfall. “We got into a bit of a state so I essentially put everything I have into this,” he told BBC Radio Five Live on Tuesday.”I figured, if I’m not prepared to give it all away… what am I doing? I’m just a hypocrite.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

New silver study predicts increased production investor demand in 2009

first_imgA new research report released by the CPM Group predicts continued silver production and investor demand increases in 2009. The Silver Yearbook 2009 notes that investors have been turning to silver and other precious metals as a safe haven in difficult economic times and that near record increase in prices over the past few years are a reflection of this trend. According to the report, investors purchased 102 Moz of silver in 2008. For 2009, CPM projects that investors will purchase 182 Moz of silver.In 2008, silver supply of 803.2 Moz was up 2.3% from 785.5 Moz in 2007, with mine production up 2.7% in 2008 to 548.7 Moz and secondary scrap recovery of silver up 4.7% to 254.5 Moz. The combination of global recessionary factors and high silver prices resulted in a drop in fabrication demand, which was down 3.1% in 2008 to 701.2 Moz. Fabrication demand is expected to drop further this year to 641 Moz.last_img read more

UCI President Pat McQuaid secures nomination for third term

first_imgAt its Board meeting on the 12th of April, the Board of Cycling Ireland agreed to the nomination request from Pat McQuaid for the President of the UCI. The Board requested that Pat McQuaid would raise with the UCI Management Committee certain concerns on governance issues which they would consider for tabling at the 2013 UCI Congress. The specific issues are:1. An independent review of the system of internal controls and processes at the UCI, with the findings to be published and the recommendations implemented.2. Engagement with Stakeholders to re-write the existing Governance Code and the Code of Ethics, as set out in the Constitution of the UCI.3. The following proposals are to be put forward to UCI Management Committee for tabling at the 2013 Congress at:a. A limitation on the period for which a president or vice president can serve in the UCI as follows effective after the 2013 Congress:The maximum number of two four year terms.No president, vice president or management committee member can serve the UCI for more than 16 years in total over their life time, in any capacity (paid, voluntary or other).b. That co-opted management committee members are permitted to vote on all matters which management committee members are entitled to vote. Jason Day leads Masters as Woods falters > PAT McQUAID HAS secured the nomination he needed from Cycling Ireland to stand for a third term as UCI President.However, the organisation has requested a number of changes withing the sport’s governing body to be implemented at the UCI World Congress in September.Cycling Ireland is seeking assurances that, in the future, a term limit of two four-year periods is imposed on the UCI President. The organisation also wants to limit the number of years any official can operate withing the UCI to 16.If that is ratified, McQuaid could be forced to step down later this year.McQuaid has already served eight years as road commission chairman and two four-year terms as President, the second of which has been marred by the controversy surrounding the disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong.At present, nobody has come forward to oppose his candidacy for a third term, although former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has said that he stand for election on an interim basis until a permanent successor to McQuaid is found.Here is Cycling Ireland’s statement in full:last_img read more

Tom Curran Miracle drug being withdrawn is like kicking the crutches from

first_imgMULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUVERERS are holding out hope that the ‘wonder drug’ Frampyra will soon become available by the HSE again.Since the end of last month MS sufferers taking the drug have had to face a bill of €500 a month to keep on it.It had been available to a number of sufferers for free for the past two years but was removed after the HSE said the manufacturer could not justify the prices in order for it to be refunded.Tom Curran, the partner of the late Marie Fleming, is campaigning for the drug to be available at a reasonable price for MS sufferers.He described it being withdrawn from the General Medical Scheme as “kicking the crutches from underneath sufferers”.Manufacturer Biogen Idec met with the HSE recently to discuss a potential revised application.The HSE told that it expects Biogen Idec will submit a revised application. The HSE will then re-consider the application in as timely a fashion as possible in line with the agreed procedures and timescales for the assessment of new medicines.Curran said, “the least we are asking is that some sort of arrangement could be arranged for the people who are already on it.It’s a huge psychological problem as well and the stress affects MS badly- anytime Marie got stressed her MS would get worse.He added that, “Biogen are not in a position to tell us how many people were on the trial but I know that there are around 20 people who now have to pay the full price.”He described the results from the drug as ‘miraculous’.Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty made the point that without access to this medicine, some people will no longer be able to work and so will be entitled to a €785 per month disability benefit payment.Curran also said that the long term effect of taking the drug would mean some people might not need the same amount of help from the State, so it would be an investment by the health service.Read: Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street>last_img read more

Warnock questions Camarasas character

first_imgThe Spanish footballer has missed Cardiff City’s last four matches because of a calf problem and has only played seven minutes all month.The month of February has been hell for Spanish player Victor Camarasa.The Cardiff City footballer has missed three out of the last four matches for his club in the English Premier League.He has also only played seven minutes all month when he was subbed in the game against Southampton earlier this month.The problem? He has suffered a calf muscle problem.“He’s a very important player for us. It’s been a really big disappointment if I’m honest,” Bluebirds coach Neil Warnock told Sky Sports.“I’ve never come across the situation that I’ve got at the moment, which we’re having physios and medical people from abroad more or less telling us what we can do with him when he’s our player, so it’s very difficult, not just for me but for the medical staff as well.”“I think it’s down to the player really. If you saw Sol Bamba’s scan on his thigh then he wouldn’t have played the last six weeks and he’s probably been our best player, and he told me ‘I’m allright gaffer.’ And I think that that’s the makeup of players, (some are) stronger than others,” he added.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We think he’s closer to fitness than his guys think.”“That’s our opinion but then obviously you run the risk of if you make him play and he breaks down, what are they going to say,” he continued.“I think if these last two games had been life or death for us at the end of the season, I’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t have played.”“He obviously listens to his physios and medical people and Tom, Dick, and Harry from abroad. There’s nothing we can do about that really,” Warnock concluded.”We’ve responded to knock-backs in the last couple of years and it looks like we’ll have to do it again.”👉— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 22, 2019last_img read more

MA Scorecard October 2008

first_imgBuying? Selling? Know someone who is?Submit M&A related tips and news to associate editor Jason Fell. Our panel says: “TechWeb’s job will be to invigorate the sales/marketing process [at Pyramid] and probably update the product set. Many buyers are looking for research firms that have mastered the more difficult aspects of the retainer-research business model and can monetize their expertise through complimentary products and services, particularly events.”August 29Buyer: Schofield MediaSeller: Silverdog Publishing (Health and Safety Monitor)Sale Price: Estimated less than $5 millionMultiple: 6x est.The deal behind the deal: Schofield Publishing, a division of international b-to-b publisher Schofield Media, acquired Health and Safety Monitor from England’s Silverdog Publishing.The acquisition, Schofield’s third in as many years, marks the company’s first property to include newsletter publishing. “Health and safety is a topic that cuts across all the titles we currently publish, and fits well with our portfolio,” Schofield Publishing’s Mike Tulloch said in a statement. “Also, Health and Safety Monitor brings us into the newsletter publishing market, a new area for us but one that I believe offers a lot of further opportunities.”Schofield Media was founded in 1999 by British entrepreneur Andrew Schofield (then Schofield Publishing). Today, it publishes 16 b-to-b magazines and has offices in London, Boston, Chicago and New York.Our panel says: “I think this is a very sensible acquisition. Schofield Media has developed a dynamic ad sales focus that has been successful for them. They’ve been looking to expand into this sector, and this seems like a great fit.”September 9Buyer: Sandow MediaSeller: World Publications (InSync)Sale Price: $1 million est.Multiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Sandow Media, the publisher that purchased Worth from CurtCo Media earlier this year, has acquired Texas-based World Publications’ InSync, a magazine for luxury watch enthusiasts and collectors. Sandow plans to rebrand the magazine as Watch Journal.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.According to Sandow CEO Adam I. Sandow, InSync is a “perfect” fit for the company’s portfolio of luxury brands. “The magazine represents a key component of our strategy as we continue to develop significant brands that serve the ultra high-net-worth market with exceptional journalism,” he said.InSync staffers in New York, Florida, Texas and at its European bureau will remain with the magazine, he said.In addition to Worth, Sandow Media publishes New Beauty and the Luxe line of magazines.Our panel says: “This is a small deal, but is a good fit for Sandow Media. It strengthens their niche in the luxury segment.”September 16Buyer: Skram MediaSeller: GSM Media (Mountain Gazette)Sale Price: N/AMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: Skram Media, enthusiast publisher of Urban Climber and Climbing has acquired 42-year-old mountain sports and culture publication Mountain Gazette. Along with the all-stock purchase, Felix Magowan, a founding partner of GSM Media, which purchased Mountain Gazette in 2006, will join Skram Media’s board of directors. Skram founder Mark Crowther said his search for another title began last year after realizing the infrastructure that came with the purchase of Climbing from Primedia in 2006 could support more products. Crowther told Folio: that he expects to continue to build up his holdings as a growing mountain sports media company. “When we bought Climbing we quadrupled the size of the company and I never want to do that again on my own, he said. “This is a nice little baby step compared to what we did before, and it keeps us in the game where we could pick up some other titles I’ve been looking at once the market conditions improve.”Our panel says: “This seems like a logical move for Skram Media in that it builds out its presence in the mountain magazine market. Mountain Gazette is a smaller title, but has had a longish run. It will be interesting to see how Skram plans to grow the publication.” The overall capital market took a severe blow September 15 when the Dow Jones fell more than 500 points, or 4.42 percent, on news that global investment bank Lehman Bros. filed for bankruptcy and investment firm Merrill Lynch agreed to be purchased by Bank of America for $50 billion. What direct affect that would have on magazine M&A, if any at all, remains to be seen. August 27Buyer: United Business MediaSeller: Pyramid ResearchSale Price: $8 millionMultiple: N/AThe deal behind the deal: London-based United Business Media acquired market research firm Pyramid Research for $8 million. UBM planned to integrate Pyramid— which analyzes and forecasts demand for communications and media services, applications and networks—with its own research group, Heavy Reading—an arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, which serves the telecommunications industry and is managed by UBM’s TechWeb group.Pyramid, which employs about 50, will remain headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Pyramid president and CEO Daniel Schimel will report to Heavy Reading managing director Dennis Mendyk.last_img read more

Andhra Pradesh Two arrested with 767 kg cannabis in

first_imgVisakhapatnam:Two persons were arrested and 767 kg cannabis worth around Rs 1 crore was seized from a truck in Narsipatnam area of rural Visakhapatnam on Thursday by officials of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition and Excise Department. “Acting on reliable information, the officials stopped a truck and found 767 kg cannabis from its vehicle. The smuggler and the driver were taken into custody,” Inspector Bahadur said. The cannabis, estimated to be worth around Rs 1 crore, was being transported from Visakhapatnam to Odisha. In another case, a medical practitioner was arrested and 108 kg cannabis confiscated from his house in the districtlast_img

Gold prices could rise almost 10 on Brexit Report

first_imgGold prices could swing both ways, depending on whether Britain votes to leave or remain with the European Union (EU). With fears of Britain’s exit (Brexit) receding in the past few days, gold prices have fallen and stock markets have rallied. However, should Brexit happen, gold prices could hit as high as $1,400 per ounce from Tuesday’s $1,283, according to an analyst.”While it (Brexit) may also support the dollar thereby creating some headwind giving the negative correlation we see an increased risk that gold could be propelled towards $1400, the 2014 high,” the Khaleej Times quoted Ole Hansen, head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank, as saying.Gold prices had hit a high of $1,900 an ounce almost five years ago when investors used it to hedge the yellow metal against inflation. “Gold is considered a good hedge against inflation. But the increase in gold price has far outpaced inflation, especially during the last decade,” Lloyd Thomas, professor of economics at Kansas State University, had told CNN Money in August 2011.A vote to stay with the bloc would have the opposite effect on the safe haven metal.”A ‘remain’ result would initially trigger a major relief rally across global stocks but with the dollar also likely to weaken and with global bond yields remaining compressed we see the downside risk limited to around $1250/oz,” he said.On the other hand, Brexit would push stocks and bonds down, according to Hansen. On Tuesday, gold prices fell from the day’s high of $1,294 an ounce to $1,283.50, reported Reuters. Gold prices have remained range-bound in India over the past two months. After closing at Rs. 28,850 per 10 gm on May 30 from a high of Rs. 30,200 at the beginning of the month, the yellow metal closed at Rs. 29,650 after breaching the Rs. 30,000-mark on June 16.  Based on Jan. 1 closing price of Rs. 25,510 per 10 gm and Monday’s (June 20) closing of Rs. 29,650, gold prices have gone up by 16.2 percent.  In the international market, gold prices have rallied about 24 percent since the beginning of calendar 2016.last_img read more

Telugu blockbuster Ninnu Kori to get a Tamil remake here are the

first_imgNinnu KoriNinnu Kori is a classic, worth a watch, Telugu film. The Nani, Nivetha Thomas and Aadi Pinisetty starrer marks the directorial debut of Shiva Nirvana. The film is a blockbuster and is a game-changer for both Nani and Nivetha.This romantic entertainer is now all set to get a remake in Tamil. Speculations have been rife that the makers have been in talks for a while. It has finally been confirmed that film is on cards.The film is reportedly going to have Atharva Murali and Anupama Parameswaran in the lead roles. Cosmo Kiran has bought the remake rights of this film. This is their first collaboration of the actors together.  TwitterAadi Pinisetty plays the second male lead in the original version. For the remake actor Vaibhav, son of producer Kodandarami Reddy, is reportedly in talks. Although, nothing has been finalised yet. However, because Aadi Pinisetty has his own market in Tamil cinema, it would be nice if he plays the same role once again.Tamil makkale! Back on Twitter to announce some nice news. Started shooting a Tamil movie today after a long break from the industry. Makes me feel happy to be back!! NINNU KORI Tamil remake with Atharvaa & Anupama ???? reprising the same role I did in Telugu.— Vidyu Raman (@VidyuRaman) August 5, 2019 TwitterActress Vidyulekha Raman took to Twitter to share the news that she is a part of the remake and will be playing the same role which she has played in the Telugu version. The remake of this film is definitely good news to all the Ninnu Kori fans and makers are pretty sure that it will attract the audience.The film is yet to get an official launch and is expected to go on floors pretty soon.last_img read more

Quota reform protester Ashiqur shot by BCL men

first_imgPolice in action on Dhaka University campus to disperse quota reform protesters on 8 April. File Photo: Prothom AloA quota reform protester and Dhaka University student, Ashiqur Rahman, is undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital after being shot allegedly by activists of ruling Awami League’s student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).A fourth-year student of the public administration department of DU, Ashiqur sustained bullet injuries in front of Gurdwara Nanak Shahi on campus early 9 April when a group of BCL activists chased the quota protesters, said his friends.They categorically alleged that BCL activists opened fire on Ashiqur.A classmate of Ashiqur who was present with him that day told Prothom Alo that around 2:00am a group of BCL activists chased the protesters from TSC (Teacher-Student Centre) to the DU vice chancellor’s residence, repeatedly opening fire.Ashiqur was shot, he added.Asked about the shooting, BCL general secretary SM Zakir Hossain told Prothom Alo, ”This allegation is baseless. No activists of BCL opened fire during the chase and counter-chase.”Then who shot Ashiqur as there were no police deployed there? Zakir Hossain said that the Dhaka University authorities can investigate the matter and find this out.Ashiqur has been under treatment of DMCH casualty department’s physician Faruq Hossain.Talking about Ashiqur’s condition, he said, ”The bullet is lodged inside his body. He also has injuries in his liver and lungs, but is now out of danger.”Besides Ashiqur, two more quota reform protesters have been undergoing treatment at DMCH.One of them, Mohammed Shahriar Hossain, a third-year student of DU’s chemistry department, sustained a total of eight rubber bullet wounds in his back. The other, Mohammed Tanvir Hassan, a fourth-year student of DU’s theatre and performance studies department, was baton charged by police.Shahriar Hossain told Prothom Alo that he was hit in the back when police fired rubber bullets and tear gas early 9 April.Tanvir, also a central committee member of BCL, was beaten by police as he was trying to save the protesters from rubber bullets and tear gas fired by police.”I’m first a student and then a leader of BCL. I took part in the protest as I support it ideologically.”*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.Read more:’BCL opened fire on protesters’last_img read more

18 arrested in Kolkata for running brothel

first_imgKolkata: Police busted a sex racket and arrested 18 persons including nine sex workers from Kolkata’s Park Street area, a senior officer said on Sunday. Acting on a tip off, officers of Beniapukur Police Station conducted a raid on the third floor of a building in 82 Park Street on Saturday evening and arrested the persons for allegedly running a brothel in the guise of a beauty parlour. “Nine sex workers, three customers and six other persons including the pimps and brothel manager Bikash Chakraborty were arrested,” Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police (Crime) Nishad Parvez said.last_img