SASKATOON – Humboldt Broncos player Evan Thomas was remembered Monday as a humble and compassionate young man who wanted a career in medicine.A memorial was held this afternoon for the 18-year-old in his hometown of Saskatoon.Mini hockey sticks were handed out to people as they entered SaskTel Centre.Family members walked into the service beneath hockey sticks raised in the air by Thomas’s friends and former teammates.Mourners heard that Thomas, nicknamed E.T., was also passionate about playing baseball and was brilliant in school, winning a top science award in Grade 11.Thomas and 15 others on the Saskatchewan junior hockey team’s bus died after a collision between it and a semi-truck on April 6.
According to the report by UNEP’s International Resource Panel, by 2050, human beings could devour an estimated 140 billion tons of minerals, ores, fossil fuels and biomass per year – three times the current consumption rate, unless economic growth is “decoupled” from natural resource use.Currently developed countries citizens consume an average of 16 tons of those four key resources per capita ¬¬¬– ranging up to 40 or more tons per person in some countries. By comparison, the average person in India today consumes four tons per year.With the growth of both population and prosperity, especially in developing countries, the prospect of much higher resource consumption levels is “far beyond what is likely sustainable” if realized at all given finite world resources, the report warns.The report calls for improving the rate of resource productivity or “doing more with less.”That goal, however, demands an urgent rethink of the links between resource use and economic prosperity, buttressed by a massive investment in technological, financial and social innovation, to at least freeze per capita consumption in wealthy countries and help developing nations follow a more sustainable path, the report recommends.The trend towards urbanization may help as well, experts note, since cities allow economies of scale and more efficient service provision. Densely populated places consume fewer resources per capita than sparsely populated ones thanks to more efficient services such as water delivery, housing, waste management and recycling, energy use and transportation, according to the authors of the report.“Decoupling makes sense on all the economic, social and environmental dials,” said Achim Steiner, the UNEP Executive Director. “People believe environmental ‘bads’ are the price we must pay for economic ‘goods.’“However, we cannot, and need not, continue to act as if this trade-off is inevitable. Decoupling is part of a transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient green economy needed in order to stimulate growth, generate decent kinds of employment and eradicate poverty in a way that keeps humanity’s footprint within planetary boundaries,” added Mr. Steiner.The report is the fourth one in a series and was launched earlier this month in New York at the annual meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, where sustainable consumption and production are key issues. 12 May 2011Humanity’s current voracious consumption of resources cannot be sustained, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) cautioned in a new report today, warning that the world was already running out of cheap and sources of some essential materials such as oil, copper and gold.
TORONTO — Stock markets in Toronto and the U.S. continued to fall back on Friday from large gains added mid-week after the Federal Reserve’s surprising decision to keep a key monetary stimulus program in place awhile longer than expected.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 28 points to 12,898.78. The Canadian dollar lost 0.21 of a cent to 97.24 cents US.The Dow Jones industrials index lost 23.94 points to 15,612.61 while the S&P dipped 1.59 points to 1,720.75. The Nasdaq was up 4.76 points at 3,794.14. What little economic or corporate news there was on Friday had largely been anticipated.Statistics Canada reported that the national annual inflation rate slowed to 1.1% in August, from 1.3% in July, while the Bank of Canada’s core inflation index rose 1.3% for August compared with 1.4% in July.The Canadian inflation numbers were in line with economists’ expectations and remain near the low end of the central bank’s target range. As a result, the Bank of Canada is expected to keep its key short-term rates unchanged.Many traders had expected the U.S. Federal Reserve to start pulling back on its $85-billion-a-month asset purchase program, which had been put in place following the 2008 financial crisis to keep long-term rates low.But on Wednesday, the U.S. central bank said it will continue to buy the mortgage bonds and Treasurys because it’s still worried about the pace of the economic recovery, and the high levels of unemployment.Allan Small, a senior investment advisor with DWM Securities, said markets are lower because they’ve kind of lost their way now that anticipation over the Fed tapering is somewhat over, and the Syrian situation is on the backburner.“The market now is sitting around saying, OK so now what? What do we have to focus on?” said Small. “The market is kind of pausing. It doesn’t really know which way to go. Today’s action is no indication of a (long-term) direction.”The Fed will meet next in October, and then again in December. A decision on tapering the so-called quantitative easing program can come at either occasion.U.S. indexes were also headed down after Fed member James Bullard told Bloomberg television Friday that the bank could start reducing its stimulus at the October meeting, but added that it will be dependent on the economic data available at the time. It’s been hinted that the bank would like to conclude the program by the middle of 2014.“Either way, the taper is coming. It’s going to happen at some point. Anyone who tries to figure out when the next taper is, that’s a fool’s game,” said Small.“The message is very simple. Whether the Fed tapers today, tomorrow or next year, the message is that interest rates are on the rise. That’s the bottom line.”Now that the Fed has spoken, investors will likely begin turning their focus to Washington and the political fighting between the White House and Congress over the approaching debt ceiling. It must be raised by Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown. Failure to do so could lead to the first-ever U.S. national default. Market volatility will increase as the deadline approaches, said Evan Lucas of IG in Melbourne, Australia.“This is the next key thing. A lot of people are looking for a reason to sell,” he said.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, most sectors were lower, as gold led the charge as it fell 2.92%. Shares in Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) dipped more than five per cent or $1.50 to $27.94. December bullion dropped $33 to US$1,336.30 an ounce.The metals and mining sector was down one per cent, as December copper dipped three cents to US$3.32 pound. The energy sector increased by 0.12%, while the October crude contract contracted 80 cents to US$105.59 a barrel.The leading shares on the TSX were from plane and train maker Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B), which surged ahead two per cents, or 10 cents, to $4.90. Potash Corp. stocks were up 1.31%, or 43 cents to $33.35.
The state of emergency has been declared due to the violent and criminal activities, which have taken place in certain parts of the country during the past two weeks, loss of lives and damage to property owing to those activities, tensions and discord among ethnic and religious groups arising from those criminal activities, attacks on religious places, property, transport facilities and damages caused by them and continuity of such criminal activities affecting the law and order. “President promulgated a state emergency a short while ago to redress the unsatisfactory security situation prevailing in certain parts of the country. The Police and Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in the society & urgently restore normalcy,” the President’s Media Division said. In some instances, these incidents have taken place in violent circumstances, and some of these criminal activities have been unleashed by organised groups, the President’s office said.In such circumstances, it has been necessary to bring into force the Section II of the Public Security Ordinance as a measure to contain the situation, and restore normalcy. President Maithripala Sirisena promulgated a state of emergency for one week to redress the situation in the country, the President’s Media Division said.The President’s Media Division said that the Police and Armed Forces have been suitably empowered to deal with criminal elements in society and urgently restore normalcy. As such, the President has promulgated a state of emergency to restore normalcy and for the protection of the lives of people, maintenance of essential public services without interruption, and to restore peace, law and order.Regulations enacted by the promulgation of the state of emergency provides the Police and Tri-Forces with powers to bring the prevailing situation under control.The President has instructed the Police to impartially, comprehensively and promptly deal with those engaged in criminal activities and those causing or attempting to cause ethnic and religious tensions, irrespective of their ethnic or religious identities and political affiliations. The President has given special instructions the Police and the tri-forces to take action in terms of these regulations, in a lawful manner in good faith while ensuring minimum disturbance to the life and well-being of people, in conformity with Fundamental Human Rights of people. (Colombo Gazette)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Friday amid data showing a disappointing read on U.S. home sales and lower than expected price pressures last month.The loonie was up 0.14 of a cent to 95.23 cents US as the currency erased early losses amid a greenback which weakened after the U.S. Commerce Department said new-home sales dropped 13.4 per cent during July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 394,000.That’s down from a sales pace of 455,000 in June, which was revised sharply lower from a previously reported 497,000.The report cast some doubt about U.S. growth expectations and raised questions about whether the Federal Reserve will start to cut back on its economic stimulus of US$ 85 billion dollars of monthly bond purchases.“The massive drop in new home sales will raise an eye-brow (or two) at the September 18 Federal Reserve meeting, and could either delay tapering or result in a tinier taper than the market currently anticipates (a reduction of around $10 billion to $15 billion in asset purchases) unless it’s offset by stronger economic data in the weeks ahead,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri.Meanwhile, Statistics Canada said the July consumer price index came in at an annualized rate of 1.3 per cent, up from 1.2 per cent in June.Economists had looked for Canada’s inflation rate to rise by two-tenths of a point to 1.4 per cent.Higher gasoline prices were the main reason for a higher consumer price index in July. Gasoline prices jumped 6.1 per cent, which helped pushed the overall cost of transportation higher.On a month-to-month basis, prices were only one-tenth of a point higher in July than they had been in June.The dollar has tumbled about 1.5 U.S. cents this past week as the U.S. currency rose against other currencies amid growing conviction that the U.S. Federal Reserve will move this year to cut back on its monetary stimulus.The Fed has been buying bonds to keep rates low and encourage investment. There is still a great deal of doubt about when the Fed might embark on tapering its asset purchases and the pace of such a cutback.Speculation about what the Fed may do about its asset purchases has driven bond yields higher. On Friday, the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury was down 0.07 of a point from late Thursday afternoon at 2.83 per cent.But bond yields are still up a good 120 basis points since Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned the possibility of the Fed tapering its bond purchases in May.Commodities continued to benefit from the release of strong Chinese manufacturing data Thursday and the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up $1.39 to US$106.42 a barrel.September copper edged up two cents to US$3.35 a pound while December bullion climbed $25 to US$1,395.80 an ounce. Dollar closes higher, greenback moves lower amid disappointing U.S. housing data by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2013 8:53 am MDT
Source: Sports-Reference.com Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 First schoolSecond school Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange
For nearly three months, Jim Tressel’s punishment progressively grew more severe, despite a lack of NCAA instruction or new hard evidence further faulting the coach. What started as a slap on the wrist – a two-game suspension and $250,000 fine – ultimately became an indirect pink slip – his forced resignation. Ohio State planned to keep Tressel until the backing for such a measure eroded and external pressure heightened, said athletic director Gene Smith, who voiced his support for Tressel for most of the 12 weeks the coach was under siege. “Our intent was to retain him as our head coach,” Smith told The Lantern on Tuesday. “When you look at his body of work and what he accomplished, you look at this one action and try to take that in total perspective. I felt that (retaining him) was the best thing for the kids who he had recruited to his program and who were here.” The two-game ban didn’t last long. Nine days after a March 8 press conference in which Tressel admitted to his role in covering up OSU’s offseason scandal, Tressel asked for his suspension to be upped to five games. “I request of the university that my sanctions now include five games so that the players and I can handle this adversity together,” Tressel said in a statement on March 17. The coach and his players never got the opportunity to deal with the adversity together. On May 30, Tressel resigned, though not until OSU released its response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations last Friday did the university publicize that it “sought and accepted” Tressel’s resignation. “The University eventually determined that it was in the best interest of the University and Tressel for Tressel to resign, and he agreed to do so,” OSU’s response to the NCAA reads. Outside pressure forced the university’s hand, Smith said. “As we went on and had conversations about expanding it to five games and then ultimately asking him for his resignation, the support had deteriorated for Jim,” Smith said. “The brand of the institution was now at stake in a greater form. We were constantly under attack, and so when I sat down with him that Sunday night and had that conversation, there was no hesitation on his part when I asked him for his resignation. “It was a process, and we moved to a point where we just felt that the brand of the institution was at stake and we just needed to separate our employment relationship and try to restore the brand of the institution.” Through email conversations with former OSU walk-on Christopher Cicero, now an attorney, Tressel knew of Terrelle Pryor and DeVier Posey’s involvement in selling memorabilia to Eddie Rife, owner of Fine Line Ink tattoo parlor. Cicero warned Tressel that Rife dealt drugs. Heeding that warning, Tressel kept quiet. Rife pleaded guilty on June 28 to charges of selling marijuana and laundering drug money. When university officials discovered the email chain between Tressel and Cicero, OSU suspended Tressel for two games for his failure to pass along his knowledge to the appropriate university figureheads. Tressel reached out via email to Ted Sarniak, Pryor’s mentor from his hometown of Jeanette, Pa., but never contacted Smith, President E. Gordon Gee or anyone in the OSU compliance department. In Tressel’s response to the NCAA Notice of Allegations, his attorney, Gene Marsh, wrote, “He prioritized those concerns as his focus on the safety of the student-athletes, the gravity of the federal criminal investigation, and the request for confidentiality made by the individual who provided the information. At the time, those concerns trumped any thought he had relating to possible NCAA rules violations.” Smith said when he learned of Tressel’s wrongdoing, he was understanding given the coach’s precarious situation. “I kind of understood it for a while as I first looked at it,” Smith said. “I said, ‘OK, I see that.’ But obviously, the infractions are sitting right in front of you, so I couldn’t get by that. You have a responsibility as an NCAA member to ensure compliance. To make that decision on your own without at least bringing it to me or university general counsel, I have a hard time with it.” Tressel spent a decade as a luminary figure in Columbus, supported by OSU fans appreciative of the program’s winning tradition and of his influence in the community. That’s what made his actions so difficult to swallow, Smith said. “I was totally shocked and surprised and really disappointed when I first heard of his decision and saw the emails,” Smith said. “Every single level of emotion went through me. I was dumbfounded as to why he would make a decision on his own and not share that information and ask for help.” Smith touched on a number of topics during his interview Tuesday with The Lantern. On his confidence in the athletics compliance department: “I never wavered on them. There are things that we can do better and we have been creative, you saw some of those things in our response that we’re going to implement and they’re focused on particular issues, not broad-based compliance.” On whether the NCAA needs to adapt some of its rules to coincide with today’s world: “A lot of the rules in our books need to be modified to where we are today. There’s a number of rules in our books that were put in place in the ‘80s, some even in the ‘70s. They’re not applicable to today’s culture and today’s reality.” On how he went about selecting media members to attend a private press conference last week to discuss OSU’s response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations: “We just focused on people that I’d worked with for a long time and wanted to have a discussion and that’s what we did. In the moment at the time, I did what I felt what I needed to do relative to the message.” OSU will start its season Sept. 3 against Akron under Tressel’s replacement, Luke Fickell.
EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #ON HOLD: Clare County Council are still waiting for repair work to be carried out following storm damage in late 2013 and early 2014. The works are ‘on hold’ because of funding confusion.2. #NO BATHING: Pack away the togs. Despite the pick up in the weather, swimmers have been warned against swimming in six Dublin beaches due to poor water quality.3. #FISH KILL: Over 650 salmon and trout have been killed after a slurry spill in Limerick.4. #I’M COMPLAINING: The Standards in Public Office Commission’s annual report shows that two TDs made formal complaints about the former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.5. #RUSSIA: Edward Snowden has been granted a three-year residence permit in Russia and he has permission to travel.
Although we enjoy wireless in most other capacities of our mobile lifestyle, we’re still not at the point where we can take wireless syncing for granted on Android or iOS devices. The same will be true indefinitely for iDevice owners, but Android customers just got a major gift from the team over at doubleTwist, who have just added wireless syncing to their media management app for Android devices.The new app is called AirSync, and it’s an upgrade to the doubleTwist app for Android costing $0.99 for the first 10,000 customers and $4.99 thereafter. For the price, you get both a desktop client and an Android app that can locate and communicate with each other on your WiFi network and automatically sync iTunes and doubleTwist playlists through the ether, no USB cable required. AdChoices广告It doesn’t just do music, either: doubleTwist will also sync your photo and video libraries, as well as podcasts. The set-up’s simple too: it’s basically just a straight adaptation of iTunes’ passcode pairing system.If you’re an Android user looking for another “wow” feature to brag about to your iPhone toting buddies, doubleTwist has just given you one.Read more at AirSync
Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ WWE has uploaded a video looking at 7 moments where a referee failed.This includes recently at the Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia, Ric Flair as an acting referee between The Undertaker and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the night Chris Jericho supposedly defeated Triple H for the WWE Championship on RAW.You can check out the video above courtesy of WWE.Smackdown Live reporter out with injuryWWE is reporting that Smackdown Live reporter Dasha Fuentes is currently out recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. Dasha posted a photo about her surgery to Instagram.https://instagram.com/p/BmBYxZTFmvT/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_loading_state_control Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte
German midfielder Emre Can has given his verdict on the differences between teams in the Serie A and Premier League.Emre spent four years at Liverpool, where he managed 14 goals and 12 assists in 167 appearances, before leaving for Juventus on a free transfer last summer.The 25-year-old has since gone on to feature regularly at Juventus this season and he’s now disclosed that the main difference between teams in Italy and England lies in their tactical approach.“I think here in Italy the teams are better tactically, [but] I think the football in England is maybe quicker but here it is sometimes very difficult to score a goal,” Emre told Sky.“It was not always easy for me my first few months here in Italy because I had a few problems and then the surgery, now I feel better really because I play a few games.“I need to get used to the football here in Italy. I feel in good shape and ready to go.”The Germany international took the opportunity to praise team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo for the impact he’s made both on and off the field at Juventus.Emre also hopes to win the Champions League alongside the Portuguese star after coming so close at Liverpool last season, where they lost 3-1 to Ronaldo’s Real Madrid at Kiev in the final.“Every footballer wants to play with Cristiano, he’s a big, big player and off the pitch he’s a great guy,” said Emre.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“You can always talk to him, you can learn from him a lot and I think he gives a push to the team.”He added: “Last year, I lost the final but this year I want to win it, with him together of course.“I heard a lot of times this year when we played, they [fans] want to win the Champions League. I think the fans are really looking forward for it and really want to win it.“Of course everybody say you will win the Serie A but it’s very difficult and the last seven years Juventus won it, this year the eighth time and it’s not always easy, we have to train every day hard.”Emre, who has made 21 appearances for Juventus this season, will hope to help get the club back to winning ways at Sassuolo on Sunday in the Serie A.Massimiliano Allegri’s side are looking to bounce back following a 3-0 defeat to Atalanta in the Coppa Italia and a 3-3 draw against Parma last weekend.A busy 2 weeks ahead with 4 games! Hard work and preparation is 🔑⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#EC23 #iCan #WeCan #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/iz9ANG0Qhv— Emre Can (@emrecan_) February 5, 2019
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who, they said, robbed a bank in Coral Springs and might also be connected with other robberies in Broward County.The FBI released surveillance pictures of an armed man robbing the SunTrust near Wiles Road and North University Drive in Coral Springs, Wednesday. Investigators said the thief demanded money from an employee and took off.Police believe he may have hit as many as seven other Broward banks over the past year.If you have any information on his whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Defense Department has obligated $55.7 million for civilian water and wastewater improvement projects related to the realignment of Marines from Okinawa to Guam, Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D) said this week.The funds were authorized in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill and are part of a $106.4 million appropriation for public infrastructure projects approved by Congress. Language Bordallo added to this year’s defense policy bill would authorize the remaining funds.About 5,000 Marines and 1,300 dependents will be moving from Okinawa to Guam.The funding released this week will cover four projects, reported Pacific Daily News:final planning, design and construction to refurbish the sewer line in Northern Guam which supports Andersen Air Force Base and the new Marine Corps Base ($30.6 million);improvements to the northern district wastewater treatment plant ($21 million);final planning, design, and construction to improve the monitoring system for Guam’s northern aquifer ($3.7 million); andanalyses for the water and wastewater projects by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ($350,000).The new Marine base is expected to produce about 1.2 million gallons of wastewater per day.“These projects are critical to supporting upgrades and improvements to Guam’s civilian water and wastewater system, and they further demonstrate the progress we are making to move forward with the Marine realignment,” Bordallo said. “I will continue to build on the progress that we have made to ensure that the realignment moves forward and is mutually beneficial to our civilian and defense community.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
There comes a time when teams are forced to make decisions about aging superstars. The Colts had to with Peyton Manning, the Heat with Dwyane Wade, and that time is approaching for the Patriots with Tom Brady.Brady isn’t in decline….yet. At 39, he’s at the top of his game, and playing at an MVP level. The Patriots don’t have to make the decision this year, or even next year, but the decline for old quarterbacks is drastic and happens quickly. Colin thinks that when the time comes, the Patriots need to choose Jimmy Garoppolo, who can start for a decade, over Brady, even if he has several good years left. Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.“This league, pro sports, is about finding franchise guys in their athletic prime that you can ride for a decade or more. It won’t be that tough of a decision.”Only the best businesses and sports teams have an easily describable identity. Seattle and New England play this weekend, and Colin says they are two of only a handful of teams that can be described in one word. New England is smart. Seattle is aggressive. Too many teams try to be too many things and do nothing extremely well. They lack an identity.“It’s amazing how few teams in the NFL, how few businesses, you can describe in a word. And those are the great businesses.”Colin has been consistent in his defense of player movement in free agency. He supported LeBron James moving to Miami, and recently supported Kevin Durant to the Warriors. Last night, Kevin Durant had an opportunity to surpass Michael Jordan’s record of 72 straight games scoring 20 or more points. He declined a chance to re-enter the game to break the record. Colin thinks this shows that Durant made the move for the right decision. Titles and wins are more important than records.“Records are for losers. Wilt’s got a million of them. Russell’s got 11 titles. Kevin Durant left OKC for absolutely the right reasons. Not for the money, not for the points. Not for the records. Wins and titles.”Also, Colin releases his NFL Week 10 Blazin’ 5 on a Friday. Caution flammable.Guests:Michael Lombardi – Former NFL Exec and Fox Sports NFL Insider joins the show to talk about the possibility of Jim Harbaugh returning to the NFL, if the Patriots would ever part ways with Tom Brady, why it’s so hard to go on the road to a dome, which college coaches could be NFL fits, and his Week 10 NFL picks.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA insider is in-studio to talk about the young Lakers mini-resurgence, his take on D-Wade’s Miami return, what players respect about LeBron’s off-court success, why some players struggle with how much power he has, and why he disagrees with Colin that Kevin Durant passing up an the record for consecutive 20+ point games is a good thing.Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders starting quarterback joins the show to talk the Raiders impressive 7-2 start, his relationship with his brother, why overcoming off-field adversity has given him perspective, how he’s developed since his rookie year, his relationship with Jack Del Rio, and how he got his killer instinct from watching Kobe Bryant.Dave Wannstedt – Former NFL and college coach and FS1 football analyst is in-studio to talk about players he coached that have become coaches, which players that he coached were the most prepared, how the NFL head coach hiring process has changed in recent years, and an insight into player evaluation.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe A5 is closed in both directions between the M6 and Cannock following an accident this evening. Staffordshire Police are leading the response to the accident, between junction 12 of the motorway and the A4601, south of Cannock. It is unclear how many vehicles are involved in the accident, which is understood to have taken place at around 10pm. We do not have any information on whether anyone has been injured, but the road is expected to remain closed for several hours as a result of the accident. A Highways England spokesman said: “The A5 is closed in both directions, between the A4601, just south of Cannock and the M6 J12, due to a collision, led by Staffordshire Police. “Information from scene indicates that the A5 will remain closed for a few hours.” Read MoreFour roads closed due after road accident brings down power cables Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes for now. We will bring you more on this story as we get it.
News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Case Study | May 05, 2010 Building Business Through Technology and Comfort The John C. Lincoln Health Network Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more John C. Lincoln Health Network is a Phoenix-based health system that includes two hospitals, two dozen physician practices and, as of May 2009, one of Arizona’s first truly comprehensive breast health centers. By providing technologically advanced breast care in a comfortable setting, the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center is setting a new standard for quality breast care. From routine mammograms to advanced interventional procedures, John C. Lincoln provides the latest technology, including Hologic Selenia and Selenia Dimensions 2D digital mammography. In addition to providing superior exams, the state-of-the-art equipment significantly improved the breast center’s workflow. John C. Lincoln saw its mammography volume quadruple in less than a year, while enabling the staff to focus even more on patient care. Improved Workflow Quadruples VolumeJohn C. Lincoln installed its first Hologic Selenia FFDM system in one of its hospitals in January 2008. The digital system replaced two old analog systems. At that time, the hospital was averaging 250 to 300 mammograms per month. The hospital doubled its mammography volume the first year it went digital. Following this success, John C. Lincoln planned to open its new breast center in May 2009 with two digital mammography units, but due to budget constraints and the uncertain economy, they scaled back to one. But within the center’s first week, demand quickly surpassed capacity, so Director Sherry Gage ordered a second machine from Hologic. In September 2009, the center installed a third unit, a Selenia Dimensions 2D. The Selenia Dimensions 2D system is Hologic’s newest mammography platform that can be configured for tomosynthesis when and if it becomes available in the United States. With a total of three machines, John C. Lincoln quadrupled its mammography volume in a seven-month period compared to the prior year. According to Gage, digital’s superior image quality and speed improved their workflow and allowed the center to cut its screening exam times by half and its diagnostic exam times by 75 percent. “The improvement in image quality was amazing, particularly for women with dense breasts,” she said. “It was like somebody washing your windows – all of a sudden everything is so much clearer. We make sure to share this with our patients, to show them that we’re not just offering this because it’s the latest trend. There’s really an enormous benefit.”Digital mammography is also amazingly fast, particularly the new Selenia Dimensions 2D system, Gage says. With instantaneous image acquisition, technologists can position more accurately and even perform repeat views almost instantly if necessary. Patients no longer have to leave the room and technologists no longer have to process films. As a result, John C. Lincoln began scheduling both screening and diagnostic appointments every 10 minutes. “Ten minutes is ample time for a mammogram when you have that type of workflow,” Gage said. “The ease and workflow of digital mammography is amazing.”The streamlined workflow enables John C. Lincoln to better serve its patients by providing same-day diagnostic work ups and results, screening results within 24 hours and mammography appointments in 72 hours or less. Truly Comprehensive CareCustomer service is as important to John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center as offering the latest technology. That is why they were careful to ensure that the improved workflow did not come at the expense of patient care. Despite the fact that the center was accommodating four times as many patients, technologists discovered they were able to offer better care, including enhanced patient education. Every woman receives 20 minutes of one-on-one personal attention with their technologist. The first 10 minutes are spent in a separate room, filling out paperwork and discussing patient concerns. When the technologist takes the patient into the exam room, another technologist enters with the next patient and repeats the process. “This allows us to maintain an efficient workflow, while still providing patients with personal attention. This is hard to do when a technologist is simultaneously trying to fill out paperwork, talk to the patient and set up the equipment in the exam room,” Gage said. Their Hologic TechMate technologist workstations offer staff members a greater opportunity to educate patients during the exam. Technologists use the workstations to recall previous images and even manipulate and enhance images on the screen. The TechMate is always turned towards the patient, and technologists explain what the patients see on the screen. “When you educate the patient, they tend to relax more because they know what you’re doing and why you’re doing it,” said Gage. “Education is very important to us. Not only do we have state-of-the-art technology but we’re explaining that to the patients.” In fact, it is the emphasis on education that sets the Center apart. Mammography is rarely the beginning or the end of the center’s involvement with a patient’s breast health. “Technology is important, but you also need to educate patients to take control of their health,” Gage said. “We’re very big on education and walking the patient through the entire journey of breast cancer.”The journey often begins with risk assessment, followed by mammography, and, if necessary, ultrasound, breast MRI, breast biopsies, surgery, radiation oncology or reconstructive surgery. All of these treatment are accessible at the breast center. A patient care coordinator assists women at every step, including scheduling appointments and communicating with referring physicians. The state-of-the-art facility also features a full-service library with reference materials and brochures as well as books that patients can take home. “We educate patients about everything – nutrition, health and why they need at mammogram at a particular age,” said Gage. It is this same dedication to service that sets John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center apart from its competitors. This case study was supplied by Hologic.The site was an early believer in MammoPad, a soft foam breast cushion that can help relieve the discomfort many women feel during a mammogram. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Sherry Gage says the superior image quality and speed of digital improved the sites workflow and allowed the center to cut its screening exam times by half and its diagnostic exam times by 75 percent. Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more The site was an early believer in MammoPad, a soft foam breast cushion that can help relieve the discomfort many women feel during a mammogram. News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Sherry Gage says the superior image quality and speed of digital improved the sites workflow and allowed the center to cut its screening exam times by half and its diagnostic exam times by 75 percent. Related Content IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more PreviousNext
PRESS RELEASEGlobal fresh produce grower and trader the Jupiter Group is pleased to reveal news of an acquisition that further expands its international portfolio.The family-run, Shropshire-based firm has purchased the major share in the South African-fresh produce company Bonaire, as it continues to build on its impressive international growth that saw it enter the Sunday Times International Track 200 earlier this year.It’s a substantial acquisition for the Jupiter Group as Bonaire farms over 800 hectares of citrus across two different locations, as well as both stone fruit and grapes at a further three sites.As part of the acquisition agreement, the new company will be known as Jupiter South Africa and some teams have merged to create influential groups of highly skilled employees.Jupiter Group directors Mark and Yvonne Tweddle, of Lichfield, wanted to “bring together both the farming and marketing expertise that each of the teams respectively achieves”.The couple said that the potential for the farms is “extremely exciting” as there are 1000s of hectares not currently being farmed.Mark said: “This is a major acquisition for us and reinforces the change in direction that we have taken to become international growers.“Already the teams have plans to increase immediate production to 1200 Ha including new varieties within each category of fruit, the build of a new pack house and installation of a new industry leading packing line.“We’re also assessing existing equipment on the farms and improvements will be made as, and where, needed. AS our plans evolve we will be sure to update our customers and suppliers.”South Africa has a very fond place in Mark and Yvonne’s hearts, as the business started on the back of produce growing in the same region.Yvonne went on to say: “We are extremely pleased to be putting back into the communities and farms of this region.“We hope to bring prosperity and opportunity to those working on the farms and will be investing time, equipment and support into the local communities to improve the lives of others.The company values, way of working and ambition are already being introduced to the teams and integrated into the new Jupiter South Africa way of life, and have been received extremely well.To give a warm welcome to the new members of Jupiter’s family, Mark and Yvonne hosted a welcome evening at the company’s newly refurbished offices in Paarl, which mirrors the dynamic atmosphere of the UK’s head office in Newport.“It was a real pleasure to meet such an enthusiastic group of people,” added Mark.Following a thorough assessment of the acquisition team members a new working structure is now in place and sets strong foundations for the future.Financial, marketing, logistical and technical control has been centralised in the Jupiter UK team while the farming, agronomy and procurement teams are working directly within the region.Jupiter’s other news this year includes: Welcoming the first yield of exciting and pioneering new varieties of ARRA table grape; being named the UK’s ‘Best Fresh Produce Company 2018’ by Lux Life; and launching their new quarterly corporate magazine. Jupiter reaching Asia and America with Greek Kiwi … Jupiter Group acquires Cool Fresh International … November 14 , 2018 You might also be interested in
Your browser does not support the audio element. Arians expressed confidence in Jones because of how well the coordinator knows the game and his ability to educate players.“He has coached at every single level and has paid his dues,” Arians said. “He’s a great teacher; he knows how to get it taught and how to get it done. It’s one thing to have knowledge and one thing to be able to teach it, he could flat teach it.”The head coach said he thinks his team will “have a chance to be very dynamic on special teams.”In order to do so, Arians said four to five guys will make his squad based on how they fare on special teams during training camp. He added that every practice is to begin with special teams rehearsal led by Jones and five to six assistants.For his part, Jones said he’s looking forward to getting things going with the Red Birds and working with the team’s experienced special teamers such as kicker Jay Feely, punter Dave Zastudil and long snapper Mike Leach. But, he warned, nobody is a lock at their position no matter who they are.“All of those guys have to be evaluated as we go through the process and nobody can stand on their laurels from last year because it’s about this year now,” he said. LISTEN: Amos Jones, Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians completed putting his coaching staff together earlier in the week, and one of the new members of his staff is special teams coordinator Amos Jones.“One of the most important phases of our football team will be special teams. I think our specialists are solid guys,” Arians said, before turning his attention to Jones. “I saw him take over a difficult situation in Pittsburgh this year and did an outstanding job. Our relationship goes way back and I have the utmost confidence that he will maintain and improve our special teams.” But it’s not just veterans that Jones is keyed up about; the special teams coordinator said he plans on getting punt returner Patrick Peterson back to the player he knows he can be.“The exciting thing about that guy is the ball in his hands. He’s an offensive guy on defense as far as we’re concerned,” he said. “He’s got courage and a lot of talent, it’s our job to get him going and back to where he was two years ago when he came out.“He’s going to have parameters … but you can’t second-guess him because if you do then you take the aggressiveness away from him and we want aggressiveness. As long as he’s got good catch procedures, which he’s shown, then we’ll live with some things.”Jones also mentioned that having players like Justin Bethel and Calais Campbell on the defensive side of special teams will only make his job easier.“The biggest thing guys like that afford you is you don’t have to scheme, you don’t have to go to the drawing board and say here’s the scheme of the week. It’s line up and get after the ball,” Jones said. “I’m really excited about the opportunity to work with those guys because the quick get off affords us a larger lineup of sick ’em and go get ‘em. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I’m looking forward to being able to get it going out here and continue the success that they’ve had.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories
NEW YORK, N.Y. – After hours of television commentating, swinging needles on election meters and reams of statistics from obscure counties called up on computer screens, CNN’s Jake Tapper had a revelation about Tuesday’s midterm elections.“Actually,” he said, “this is pretty much what we thought was going to happen.”The House of Representatives appeared on the brink of switching from Republican to Democratic control. Republicans looked like they would expand their advantage in the Senate. Some close races broke blue, others broke red.Polls had suggested those results for months. Networks quoted exit polls that showed two-thirds of voters had made up their minds more than a month ago.Still, for news organizations covering the election Tuesday night, getting to that point was a roller-coaster journey of dips and dives.Sensing extraordinary interest in the midterms, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted their entire prime-time schedules to monitoring the vote count across the country; most recent midterms had them covering the results for only one hour. Cable news networks gave it wall-to-wall coverage.As the evening began, there were similarities to the 2016 election and President Donald Trump’s surprise win. The cable networks gave attention to late-afternoon exit polls that seemed to indicate this year’s vote would be a repudiation of Trump.There were glum reactions on the set at Fox News Channel. Commentator Steve Hilton said that Trump has had a lot of achievements as president, but it seemed the midterms were becoming a battle of style vs. substance, and style was winning. Laura Ingraham said Democrats are better than Republicans in telling the story of America.But by around 7 p.m., MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow confided that she was feeling a post-traumatic stress disorder reaction to what happened two years ago.“At some point, the Democratic confidence is going to run up against some real numbers,” she said.Many of President Trump’s fans do not participate in polls, and especially won’t talk to someone conducting an exit poll, said CBS’ Major Garrett. Some of these voters get measured only once, on Election Day, when it really matters, and that has an impact on the predictions, he said.Maddow’s fears were soon realized and, like in 2016, Florida was a bellwether. Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson and gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum had jumped to early leads, but results started coming in and they fell behind. On MSNBC, guest James Carville’s face looked grey.“There was some hope the Democrats were going to have a wave election,” Carville said. “It’s not going to be a wave election. It could be a good election. But I see the chances of a wave dissipating every time I look up at the board.”Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, wearing a bright red dress and wide smile for an appearance on Fox, cited Carville’s words.It quickly became a common wave, nearly a cliche, across the dial: no blue wave, no tsunami. Election meter needles slipped close to the toss-up range for the House race.“This is heartbreaking,” said CNN’s Van Jones, predicting that Democrats would wake up the next morning with the same sense of outrage they’ve felt for the past two years.The change came like a thunderclap, and from an unexpected source. Fox News declared at 9:30 p.m. ET — a full 90 minutes ahead of rival CNN — that Democrats would win control of the House.And as more results came in, there was another change in mood.Carville’s grin was back. He said the meter MSNBC was using to indicate the odds of House control had been driving him crazy but “I’m starting to like it as it goes toward the blue.“I wanted to throw something at it a little bit earlier,” he said.On CNN, Jones said that “my heart has been restored.” It might not be a blue wave, but given the number of women and minorities being added to the House, it’s a rainbow wave, he said.At MSNBC, before likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even gave a victory speech, there was a report that Democrats would seek release of Trump’s tax returns. Anchor Brian Williams questioned the timing.“Is that the right look by the Democratic Party before this night is even over to start making noise about the president’s tax returns?” he asked.In some respects, the roller-coaster ride was just beginning.___Associated Press Television Writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives Fox News announces U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as the winner over challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, during the Dallas County Republican Party election night watch party on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at The Statler Hotel in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter) by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 6:02 am PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
IRREGULAR appointments to the Competition Protection Commission, as well as understaffing issues, have traditionally been the main source of its inefficiency, the House plenum heard on Friday.Ethics committee chairman Zacharias Zachariou read out to the body the committee’s 25-page report on the CPC’s operation, which included the finding that the required political will to address issues of unfair competition has never been forthcoming.According to the report, the committee unanimously found that irregular appointments to the CPC have traditionally hindered its efficient operation, resulting in long delays in investigating complaints and issuing decisions.Additionally, the Ethics committee said, such problems with unlawful appointments resulted in overturning of a large number of CPC decisions, and the re-launching of investigations from scratch.Committee members concluded that the procedures of investigation and adjudication should be simplified, without infringing on stakeholders’ or defendants’ right to be heard.Although the CPC has been in place for several years, the committee found, understaffing issues make it unable to adequately address oligopolies and monopolies observed in Cyprus.As a result, it urged, the CPC must be relieved of duties relating to opinions on competition issues which lie beyond its remit and take up its staff’s time and energy.Staffing shortages greatly hinder the commission’s work, particularly with regard to data-collection in investigating cases, the Ethics committee members said, and called on the government to support it adequately by staffing it with adequate specialised and competent personnel.The MPs also found that the legally-prescribed procedures governing the CPC’s operation are cumbersome and result in long delays in issuing rulings.Additionally, the CPC appears to be struggling to collect the fines it imposes, partly because of irregularities in appointments and partly because the commission has an inadequate debt-collection mechanism.The committee noted that the CPC must become more accessible, employing plain language suitable for both businessmen and the public at large, either on its website or in informative print material.You May LikeSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Are Leading The Pack. Research 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsSUVs | Search AdsUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia Will Pay Homeowners to Install SolarSolar SolutionsUndo Authorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola