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Weather Specialist Warren Dean Joins CTV Regina Beginning Today

first_imgWarren Dean LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook REGINA (October 17, 2018) – CTV Regina announced today that Warren Dean has been appointed as weather specialist for the station’s weekday evening newscasts, including CTV NEWS AT FIVE and CTV NEWS AT SIX, beginning today. Previously, Dean served as weekend weather anchor for CTV Calgary.“Joining the great team at CTV Regina is the most wonderful homecoming I could imagine,” said Dean. “It’s an honour and a privilege for me to report on my home province, and I look forward to keeping viewers informed on the most up-to-date and accurate weather details so they are well-prepared for whatever the day brings.”“Warren is a veteran broadcaster who skillfully delivers significant weather updates and connects with local viewers,” said J.C. Garden, Director of News and Public Affairs, CTV Regina and Southern Saskatchewan. “His extensive experience and dedication to accuracy will make him a valued asset to Regina’s most-watched newscasts.” Login/Register With:  @CTVWDean @CTVRegina CTV Regina @ctvreginaAbout CTV NewsCTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN Bloomberg, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, W5, POWER PLAY, and QUESTION PERIOD. Flagship news sites include CTVNews.ca, as well as CP24.com and BNNBloomberg.ca, and are complemented by the CTV News, CP24, and BNN Bloomberg apps, and text-over-video product, ON THE GO, which provide a direct connection to Canada’s most trusted news anytime and anywhere. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the #1 news organization in Canada. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement During his broadcasting career of more than 15 years, Dean has been a trusted voice across numerous local television and radio stations in Western Canada, having served as weather anchor for CBC Edmonton and CBC Calgary, as well as an on-air host at Q107 Calgary. Born in Meadow Lake, Sask. and having grown up in the small town of Glaslyn, Dean is passionate about his home province and maintains a strong connection to the community.Social Media links Twitterlast_img read more

Protesters shut down commercial bridge linking Mexico Texas

first_imgCIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico – At least 200 demonstrators blocked a major commercial bridge between Mexico and Texas on Monday to protest the disappearance of dozens of people in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, snarling traffic in both directions into the night.The protest began around 9:30 a.m. at the bridge, which is used exclusively by cargo trucks travelling between Tamaulipas state and Laredo, Texas, and was still going late Monday.Thousands of trucks make the crossing each day, and long lines of tractor-trailers backed up along the highway.Demonstrators were protesting what they consider a weak response by authorities to 43 complaints filed with prosecutors over disappearances in Nuevo Laredo.“We are demanding justice,” said Estela Gonzalez, who lodged a complaint about a missing nephew-in-law. “Alive or dead or however they may be, we want to know what happened to them.”Nuevo Laredo’s acting mayor, Rafael Pedraza Dominguez, went to the bridge in the afternoon to try to persuade the protesters to leave, promising to engage in talks with them.But they ignored his pleas and vowed to maintain the roadblock.“What we want is a solution, and if (the missing) have already been harmed, well, what happened to their bodies?” Gonzalez said.Nuevo Laredo is a key smuggling corridor for rival drug gangs, and the city has been experiencing a wave of violence.In March, four members of a family were killed in the crossfire between Mexican marines and gang members. The following month federal prosecutors issued a report faulting officers for the deaths.last_img read more

Egypt police arrest 107 including 27 students

first_imgBy Mohamed AmmarCAIRO– Egyptian security forces have rounded up massive numbers of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters since Morsi’s ouster on July 3A total of 107 people were arrested across Egypt on Wednesday, including 27 university students. In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that 80 people in three provinces had been detained on assault and incitement-to-violence charges.According to the statement, 19 people were arrested in the southern province of Minya, 59 in the central Fayoum province and two in Giza.On Wednesday, 21 students were arrested during clashes with security forces near Al-Azhar University’s Cairo campus, bringing the total number of detained Al-Azhar students to 49, a security source said.Six students were also detained during clashes at Cairo University, bringing the total number of detained students from that university to 24, the source said.According to the source, 11 policemen sustained birdshot injuries during the violence.Egyptian security forces have rounded up massive numbers of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters since the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military.Most have been charged with “inciting violence” – allegations the Islamist group says are politically-motivated.last_img read more

Deon Grants Wish Comes True Retires as NY Giant

Deon Grant had his mind set on one thing upon entering the NFL back in 2000—making sure he retired from the game as a New York Giant, so he could be one for the rest of his life.Grant, the defensive leader of the Giants Super Bowl XLVI champions, officially announced his retirement on Wednesday.In a statement provided by the Giant ball club, Grant said, “The Giants are a connection in my heart that I knew that I was supposed to be there. The last year that I signed there to go to the Super Bowl I could have signed with a bunch of teams, but I wanted to sign with the Giants. The way that the owners opened the doors and signed me back and the general manager (Jerry Reese) and the coaching staff … we did each other a favor, but it definitely solidified my career for me.”Grant, 34, played with the Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks before signing with the Giants in 2010. After undergoing several surgeries to his shoulder, ankle and hand, he knew he’d had enough.Yet this might not be the last we see of the Giants’ safety, Grant hasn’t completely given up on the game and hopes to someday return as a coach.“I still study the game a lot,” he said. “I study the game because I think that’s going to be a place where I land on my feet as far as coaching. I do a lot of charity work, I have other businesses running for me, but my main thing right now is getting back into that whole football swing of things.” read more

The Biggest Surprises From Week 1 Of The NFL Season

sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, sports editor): It‘s been quite an opening week in the NFL — and that’s just on the field. We started with an old-fashioned defensive slugfest on Thursday and ended Sunday night with the Patriots still looking like the Patriots. And we still have two games left tonight! Throw in a tie for good measure, and the season is off and running.There was a lot to unpack in Week 1. What were your biggest surprises of the week?Salfino (Michael Salfino, FiveThirtyEight contributor): I think the Browns are the biggest surprise of Week 1. Not just Baker Mayfield and the offense — because maybe the Titans have a good defense. Who knows at this stage of the season? But the Cleveland defense, which seemed like it was perfectly designed to dominate in the trenches and on the perimeter with the corners, was just shredded. Marcus Mariota had 10.3 yards per attempt, admittedly inflated by a screen pass to Derrick Henry. And the Titans ran the ball well. So it was just a total team collapse by the Browns.sara.ziegler: I do feel like Cleveland was classically set up for this disappointment. Our model didn’t think the Browns would be nearly as good as everyone else seemed to think they would be.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Yes, we had warned Cleveland fans to kind of pump the brakes before the season. This was a good-looking team by Browns standards, but that’s different from being a good-looking team, period.Salfino: I know this is a little Narrative Street, but the Browns really set themselves up to be the hunted and not the hunters with all the offseason talk. I don’t know if there’s ever been a team coming off a losing season that had every opponent circling their game on the schedule. Maybe now they will just shut up and play because obviously there is a lot of talent there. Maybe the humiliation on Sunday in Cleveland will actually be good for them, since they needed humbling.neil: For me, the biggest surprise was Lamar Jackson. He was one of the worst QBs in the league as a rookie last season, and the Ravens adapted their offense to be incredibly run-heavy (particularly by 2018 standards) because he was such a better runner than passer. So to see him come out and throw for 324 yards on 17-for-20 passing, 5 TDs, 0 picks and a perfect 158.3 passer rating was nothing short of astonishing.You could have told me a QB would do that Week 1, and I would have guessed 25 QBs before Jackson.Salfino: The tricky thing with this game is whether the Dolphins are the 1962 Mets — or did the Ravens make them look that way? Let’s put it this way: If the Dolphins are trying to lose, they couldn’t have done it any better.neil: That’s a great point to keep in mind. The Dolphins have been accused of tanking all offseason, and they played like it Sunday.Incidentally, what’s the opening line on Pats-Dolphins next week? I shudder to think.Salfino: New England minus-14.5 at Miami, up to 17 now. That would put them among the biggest home underdogs since 1970.sara.ziegler: And now Miami players are reportedly asking their agents to get them off the team! Not great.neil: What was your biggest surprise, Sara?sara.ziegler: Arizona! Loved to see the fight from Kyler Murray and Co.neil: Fighting back for a TIE, no less.sara.ziegler: So great.neil: That’s just fighting back for the love of the game, not the glory. Lol.Salfino: Murray was Tebowing on Sunday: horrible for most of the game and then turned it on in the fourth quarter. I guess the slow start was opening day jitters. Maybe it was a mistake to not use the regular offense in the preseason.sara.ziegler: That’s a great point, Mike.So many of these offenses have looked SOOOOO bad. Maybe a few more reps in the preseason could help?neil: Maybe this is the year the “rest the starters all preseason” trend jumps the shark.Salfino: Start with Mitch Trubisky and the Bears.sara.ziegler: And Aaron Rodgers and the Packers!neil: That game was SO ugly.sara.ziegler: It kinda hurt to watch.neil: Although if they were going for symbolism with the NFL of 100 years ago, they kinda got what they were asking for.Salfino: Bears-Packers set back offensive football 100 years, so….sara.ziegler: So true.Salfino: I just am skeptical about changing the offensive system of an inner-circle Hall of Fame player — especially someone as generally grumpy as Rodgers — with that young of a coach who has not proven anything. How does this work? I would have given Rodgers Mike Shanahan — someone he had to respect — if you want to switch to a Mike Shanahan offense.sara.ziegler: Our colleague Josh Hermsmeyer wrote about the Packer play-calling that might have been holding Rodgers back last year … but I’m skeptical, too, about changing that on a dime.Salfino: And it’s kind of like, “Mike Shanahan is standing right here.” But the league is all about young coaches now. Does this work with a 35-year-old QB though? Will the QB, especially this QB, buy in?sara.ziegler: Hahahaneil: But at least there, you can use the coaching change as an excuse. Maybe they’ll find more of a rhythm as the season goes on. There were no such excuses for Trubisky’s poor performance.Salfino: For Trubisky, we kind of know what he is, right? His ability to execute plays that work as designed is definitely below the line. He sort of has to play with his hair on fire, out of structure, so he’s a tough player to design an offense for.Based on one game, I’d set the Browns over/under at nine wins, the Ravens at 10 and the Cardinals at six. (I mean, it was Matt Patricia blowing a game, right?)sara.ziegler: HahaWhat’s the over/under at Patricia still being the coach in January?neil: That’s the REAL over/under to worry about.Salfino: I think Patricia has to be a favorite to be fired in-season. The Dolphins aren’t going to fire a coach. It has to be a team that thinks they’re good with a “franchise” QB, I assume.neil: The funny thing is, Matt Stafford actually played well overall, with a 110.0 passer rating. But the defense badly collapsed down the stretch.sara.ziegler: Who else stood out? Philadelphia? Kansas City?Salfino: I wrote about the impact a downfield weapon has on the entire offense, regarding DeSean Jackson. That certainly was a factor in Sunday’s Eagles win, though Jackson did most of the damage himself. But now the best of these players for Kansas City, Tyreek Hill, is probably out a significant amount of time with a shoulder injury, and I wonder if this will slow down the Chiefs offense. Sammy Watkins was unreal on Sunday, but he did a lot of that damage with Hill in the game. Does the Chiefs offense seem more mortal now?neil: Not to mention that Pat Mahomes was hobbling around on a bum ankle.Salfino: And he no-looked away a TD to a wide-open Travis Kelce like he was Meadowlark Lemon.neil: If Mahomes shakes off any effects of that ankle — and it’s not supposed to be serious — they still have a lot of weapons even without Hill. But they were a team everyone was already wondering about perhaps regressing offensively, just because the highest-scoring offenses usually tend to fall off some in the following season.sara.ziegler: LeSean McCoy looked decent as one of those weapons.Salfino: They do seem to have an endless supply of super-athletic players, but Hill really dictates coverage and makes defenses more easy to dissect. The McCoy thing is interesting — Damien Williams still had 65 percent of snaps, compared to just 30 percent for McCoy. But how does Andy Reid tell a guy like McCoy — with over 14,000 scrimmage yards who just outplayed Williams — that he’s sitting behind Williams? I have to think McCoy is the primary back near term for the Chiefs — and he may be washed up, I know.Speaking of running backs, not a good day for Melvin Gordon.sara.ziegler: 🤣Salfino: You want to say that RBs are fungible, but Austin Ekeler is not just an ordinary backup. He’s electric. I think him leading a committee is perfect, and the Chargers are now 5-0 since 2018 without Gordon in the regular season.sara.ziegler: Not gonna lie: I forgot for a second about the Gordon holdout. The Antonio Brown drama just eclipsed everything.neil: Austin Ekeler:Melvin Gordon::James Conner:Le’Veon Bell ?(I think I got my SAT analogy format right there?)sara.ziegler: Very nice, LOLSalfino: Well, the Steelers looked like they missed Bell and Brown on Sunday night.neil: Steelers looked like they missed a lot of things Sunday night.Salfino: I think the story with the Steelers is that Juju Smith-Schuster is not a downfield wide receiver, and they have no one who can threaten defenses deep like Brown could (even though he was used all over the field). So the Steelers offense looked suffocated on Sunday. There was just no room to breathe.Ironically, the team on the field that really needs Brown was the Steelers.sara.ziegler: It was hard to watch that game and not think, “Oh, the Patriots are unstoppable again.”Salfino: But why even add Brown? I guess it makes sense if you are worried about Josh Gordon’s status, given that he has not completed an NFL season since 2013. But if you know you have Gordon — which of course you can never know — Brown is another mouth to feed and obviously a volatile personality on a team that does not remotely need his talent. Put it this way, if the Patriots had not signed Brown, the story off that game would be, “Of course they shouldn’t have signed Brown because they are a finely tuned machine right now, so why mess with that?”neil: That’s true. It sort of adds diminishing returns on the field and the potential for chaos off the field. But maybe they wanted extra insurance for Tom Brady at receiver with Gronk retired.Salfino: Brady is 42. He threw the ball very well, especially deep. But the expectation with an older player is that he will fade as the season progresses. It’s really the Patriots and Brady vs. Father Time. That’s the Battle of the Ages, not New England vs. the NFL.sara.ziegler: I just assume it’s part of the overall Evil Plan that Patriots always execute to perfection.neil: I will say this. I have compared Brady’s downfall (whenever it happens) to Peyton Manning’s in 2015, in the sense that when it does happen, it will probably happen very quickly. But for whatever one game is worth, Manning already showed signs of what was to come with a terrible opener that year against Baltimore. Brady, on the other hand, was perfectly fine. So if you’re mentally tracking the odds of a Brady collapse in 2019, those odds had to go down quite a bit just after a game.Salfino: But what about Peyton in 2014? Isn’t that the example that the Patriots (and Saints) have to fear? That did come all at once. And we ignored it heading into 2015, mostly, attributing it to nagging injuries, which probably was the point. Peyton started 2014 with 22 TDs and three picks in seven games.neil: True, while Brady was not great in the Super Bowl and had a mediocre game or two down the stretch, he wasn’t consistently struggling late in 2018 as much as Peyton did in 2014. So maybe that does mean the writing was more on the wall for him than Brady, anyway.Whatever happens, I love Week 1 because we’re all so eager to overreact to every little thing that happens once real football starts. So I wonder which things that seem clear right now will end up looking foolish in a couple months.sara.ziegler: Can’t wait to find out!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

LionsGiants Is The Biggest Game Of Week 15

2. New England (11-2) vs. Denver (8-5) — 90 total ‘swing’ points Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Green Bay3127347– Detroit84987127– Buffalo24—4– Tampa Bay5457516– We’re down to one wild card slot in the AFC. While neither Oakland nor Kansas City has officially clinched the postseason, we currently give both teams a greater than 99 percent chance, and only one of them (probably the Chiefs) will make it in as the AFC West champion. Denver is still clinging to that second wild card spot, but their loss to the Titans in Week 14 set their chances back. They’ll now face a brutal end-of-season schedule, facing New England, Kansas City and Oakland. Tennessee24%53%19%34– Washington46375013– Baltimore27322110– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown N.Y. Giants75%54%93%39– Atlanta9193894– 4. Carolina (5-8) vs. Washington (7-5-1) — 88 total ‘swing’ points AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF NE WINSIF DEN WINSSWING Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown Miami27361521– Indianapolis3142– Atlanta9192893– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF CAR WINSIF WAS WINSSWING AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TB WINSIF DAL WINSSWING Washington4649445– Minnesota1922174– Only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome shown The Panthers’ playoff chances are more or less nil, but they have the opportunity to play spoiler three games in a row against Washington, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.2You may have noticed that Tampa Bay-Dallas and Carolina-Washington both have a “swing” total of 88 points. That number is rounded, but we use a little more precision when we determine the rankings, and Tampa Bay-Dallas is the (very slightly) more impactful game. Washington would miss the playoffs if the season ended today and would fall to having just a 1-in-5 chance of making them with a loss here. Green Bay31243310– 1. Detroit (9-4) vs. N.Y. Giants (9-4) — 93 total ‘swing’ points Minnesota1914217– Tennessee2425232– Atlanta9189912– 3. Tampa Bay (8-5) vs. Dallas (11-2) — 88 total ‘swing’ points CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS The Buccaneers have won five straight and control their own playoff destiny. Dallas is guaranteed a postseason slot, but if you choose an outcome to this game on our new NFL predictions page you’ll see that a win improves their chance of a first-round bye to 99 percent, and a loss drops them to 80 percent. This makes a huge impact on their Super Bowl probabilities, so the Cowboys — who are at risk of dipping into a quarterback controversy — have quite a bit to play for here. N.Y. Giants7570778– Pittsburgh8991874– 5. Tennessee (7-6) vs. Kansas City (10-3) — 72 total ‘swing’ points N.Y. Giants75827012– Washington46%22%64%43– CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF TEN WINSIF KC WINSSWING CHANCE OF MAKING PLAYOFFS Detroit8486824– Detroit8482853– The Lions had their eighth fourth-quarter/overtime comeback of the season on Sunday, and now somehow find themselves in contention for a first-round bye. But Detroit’s remarkable season has come against a pretty weak schedule, and they’ll have to wrap up the year against the Giants, Cowboys and Packers. The winner of this game would be nearly assured of a playoff spot, but the loser will be in decent shape. Green Bay, which is in the hunt for the NFC North, is rooting for the Giants. Tampa Bay, Washington, Atlanta and (somewhat surprisingly) Minnesota would prefer a Detroit win to improve their wild card standing. Tampa Bay54%85%42%43– With three weeks left in the NFL season, 11 playoff spots are open. That means that most of the remaining 48 games — save some stinkers like 49ers-Rams — will make some impact on the postseason. What are this week’s biggest games?For the last month, we’ve been using the model behind our 2016 NFL predictions to calculate how much each team’s playoff chances “swing” depending on the outcome of each game. For example, we currently give the Green Bay Packers a 31 percent chance of making the playoffs. If they beat Chicago this week, we project those chances will increase to 40 percent (independent of other games). If they lose, their chances drop to 11 percent.1Our NFL predictions are based on 100,000 simulations of the rest of the season and are updated after every game ends. In the simulations in which Green Bay beats Chicago, they make the playoffs 40 percent of the time. In simulations where they lose, they make the playoffs 11 percent of the time. But it’s unlikely that Green Bay’s playoff probabilities will be exactly 40 percent or exactly 11 percent at the end of Week 15, because the team’s chances depend on the outcome of several games, not just their own. The Packers’ current chances are much closer to 40 percent than to 11 percent because they are much more likely to beat the Bears (69 percent) than lose to them (31 percent). That’s a 29 percentage point swing! By doing this same math for every matchup and factoring in how each team’s resulting record will affect others’ playoff odds, we can find out which games are the most impactful.But “most impactful” only tells part of the story. Let’s say you’re a Green Bay fan, or a fan of any other team on the playoff bubble. Which set of outcomes would help the most this week? To help answer this question, we’ve updated our predictions page to allow you to pick the outcomes of every game for Weeks 15 through 17, so you can see how each matchup affects every team’s probabilities. In the “best case” scenario I could find for the Packers, they’d beat the Bears, but also Dallas would beat Tampa Bay, San Francisco would beat Atlanta, the New York Giants would beat Detroit, Indianapolis would beat Minnesota, and Carolina would beat Washington.With these six outcomes, Green Bay’s playoff chances rise to 58 percent. Go create your own scenarios! The five biggest games of Week 15 are below. Denver5452542– Tampa Bay5458508– Houston75537926– Denver54%33%78%44– Green Bay3135287– Minnesota1923176– AFFECTED TEAMCURRENTIF DET WINSIF NYG WINSSWING The Titans also control their own destiny! Wins against the Chiefs, Jaguars and Texans in the final three weeks will leave the Titans with a 10-6 record and an AFC South title. And yet, we give them just a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. One reason for this is that this week’s matchup in Kansas City, where the Titans will be major underdogs by any measure. But it’s also possible that our ratings are understating the Titans’ overall strength. Elo carries over from season to season, and while most teams have shaken whatever effect 2015 had on their rating, Tennessee started in such a huge hole — their 2015 end-of-season rating was 1272 — that we’re still rating them as a significantly below-average team. A win in Kansas City would send their Elo, and their playoff chances, skyrocketing.CORRECTION (Dec. 15, 2:13 p.m.): A previous version of this article misstated the best-case scenario for the Packers in Week 15. In that scenario, the best outcome for Green Bay would be the Giants beating the Lions, not the other way around.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

The Suns Get Whistled More Than A High School Gym Class

This NBA season has produced more than its fair share of ridiculous, eye-popping statistics. Russell Westbrook got his record-tying 41st triple-double of the season on Tuesday. The Rockets shattered the league record for threes made in a single campaign with two weeks left to play. And 20-year-old Devin Booker, who’d never even scored 40 points in a contest before, somehow logged 70 points in one game last month.But Booker’s team is on the cusp of crossing a less-than-ideal threshold as things wind down: The Phoenix Suns, who lead the NBA in fouls by a wide margin with 1,963 so far, are on pace to eclipse the 2,000-foul mark, which would make them the first NBA club to hit that mark in 10 years.The Suns commit 25 fouls per game (the NBA average is 20) and send their opponents to the free-throw line an NBA-high 29 times a night. It isn’t necessarily a new problem, since Phoenix allowed opponents to go to the stripe more than anyone last season, too. But the team’s fouls are up 10 percent from last year, and the team is becoming a bit of an outlier by fouling more often, given that NBA foul rates have decreased over the past decade as more and more shooters space the floor, leading to less contact from play to play.The chronic fouling is a symptom of two much larger issues: 1. The team’s inability to contain their opponents on defense, where the Suns allow 109 points per 100 plays, third-worst in the league. Being that bad leaves their players out of position, often leading to more desperate fouls as they try to recover. And 2. Phoenix’s relative youth and inexperience, especially in the post, where it’s fairly common for players to struggle with foul trouble at the beginning of their careers.This talented group is still developing, both physically and mentally. The Suns are one of the NBA’s shortest and lightest teams, which might make them a bit easier to push around. But Phoenix — which last month used the youngest starting five in NBA history — also has plenty to learn when it comes to countering the offensive tricks and techniques that veteran players acquire over the years.“You ever seen a young group of guys play against a group of older guys in pickup? The older guys somehow manage to physically take advantage of the younger guys without making it look like that’s what they’re doing. Then the young guy starts to hit back, and it’s completely obvious? That’s what we look like sometimes,” coach Earl Watson told me last week during his club’s East Coast trip. “Players in this league are so good, and our guys are still learning how to be aggressive without committing obvious fouls.”Those gaps in experience are most apparent in scenarios where a single defender is being asked to hold his own: 1-on-1s and post-ups. The Suns have committed the second- and fourth-highest rates of shooting fouls this season when guarding 1-on-1s and post-ups, respectively,1Phoenix has been whistled for shooting fouls 14 percent of the time in isolation scenarios and about 15 percent of the time when guarding post-up opportunities. according to Synergy Sports.It’s hard to fault the players’ intent, despite the dismal results. They often sacrifice their bodies in hopes of forcing a turnover, but many times they haven’t established good enough positioning to ward off defensive-foul calls. This has been especially true of some young players, like Booker, rookie power forward Marquese Chriss and fourth-year center Alex Len, who are 1-of-18, 5-of-28 and 0-of-14 when it comes drawing charge calls this season. (Those numbers are pretty abysmal, considering that the leaguewide average charge rate is 40 percent.)Phoenix’s learning curve has gotten considerably steeper in recent weeks, since the Suns elected to shut down a handful of healthy veteran players, including usual starters Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler, in pursuit of some lottery ping-pong balls and a chance to give their younger, less-used talent some spin over the final month of a losing season.That has meant fielding lineups that have little institutional knowledge of how to defend without fouling.“If I’m the only young guy out there with four veterans, those four can kind of direct traffic and help cover for me when I mess up,” said Chriss, who commits 5.5 fouls per 36 minutes, tied for the NBA’s fourth-highest rate among players who’ve logged at least 1,000 minutes.2He’s tied with Len. “But when it’s a situation where everybody on the floor is, at most, 3 or 4 years into their career, that’s kind of tough, because then we’re all kind of lost, and still learning how to communicate with each other as players.”It’s not just an issue of youth. There are several other, less-examined factors that help explain why they’ve committed so many fouls. Phoenix plays at a blistering pace, handling more possessions than most, which puts the team in a position to commit more fouls than any other club. The Suns have been in more close games where they trailed late than any other team, meaning a decent number of their infractions were likely intentional and committed in hopes of stopping the clock. And it’s worth noting that Phoenix also comfortably leads the NBA in offensive fouls. So, not every foul Phoenix commits is a symptom of the Suns’ weak defense.Make no mistake, though: The Suns do an absolute ton of hacking, and they usually get called for it.“Refs officiate games with a certain rhythm. They’re used to a certain speed and rhythm. When you jump out of that rhythm, it’s easy for them to see, and you’re going to get called for it,” said Chandler, an NBA champion who joined the league as a teenager and went from committing more than 5 fouls per 36 minutes in his fifth season to eventually winning Defensive Player of the Year. Chandler added that the Suns, much like he was as a youngster, are often overeager to make a play, and wind up swiping or jumping when they shouldn’t.Nevertheless, struggles and all, Watson is an eternal optimist. He takes ample time most days to walk through film of the team’s fouling tendencies, and he told me that he feels his team is only a reinforcement or two away from a huge turnaround if the young players keep developing.“I was with OKC during Russ’s first year” — Westbrook, of course — “and I always let [my Phoenix players] know: That year, [the Thunder] won 23 games. The next year they won 50, and did it because their young guys had gotten so much experience and developed a supreme confidence.”Phoenix may not go on to write the kind of success story that the Thunder did, at least not next season. But if putting in a year at the School of Hard Knocks helps this team improve on defense, maybe the Suns will eventually be able to say that this furious foul pace was a worthwhile learning experience.Check out our NBA predictions. read more

Mens soccer looks to bounce back against Oakland

Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov (32) takes a goal kick during a game against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorThe Ohio State men’s soccer team is getting a break from its Big Ten schedule Wednesday, when it welcomes the Oakland Golden Grizzlies to Columbus.Oakland (5-3-5, 3-0-1) is a member of the Horizon League, but Buckeye coach John Bluem said his team would be wrong to take the small conference school lightly.“We’ve played Oakland many times before and they are a very good attacking team,” he said. “One of the things we’ll have to make sure we do is to first, (is) bounce back after (Sunday’s game). It’s a short turnaround to play again on Wednesday night. We’ll also have to make sure we respect our opponent, we can’t look at Oakland and say, ‘This is a team from a smaller conference and we should be able to win.’ Well you know, that’s not how it’s going to happen for us, we’re going to have to fight every single game as hard as we can if we want to get a result.”Oakland enters the match against the Buckeyes (2-6-5, 0-2-2) coming off a 3-0 loss to another Big Ten team, then-No. 14 Michigan State. The Grizzlies sit in second place in the conference.Defense has been crucial to The Golden Grizzlies’ success this season, as they have only allowed an average of 1.23 goals per game this year. Oakland junior forward Joey Tinnion leads the team with 14 points (six goals and two assists) in 2013.Bluem said the Buckeyes have been “riding the coattails of an incredible goalkeeper this year,” and the defense will have to remain strong in Wednesday’s match.OSU redshirt-junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said his job is to keep the team in the game at all times and that the team needs to remain focused in its upcoming matches.“It’s very important to keep the spirits of the younger guys up and make sure that they’re still checked in and focused on the season,” he said. “(The season) is still not over — everything is up for grabs. I think because we’ve been so close, the soccer gods will come through. We’ll get something eventually.”Three of OSU’s last four opponents have been ranked in the top 20 at the time it played them. Sophomore midfielder Zach Mason said confidence from playing those teams, after tying all three of them, will help the team finish the season strong.“We’re going to do what we’ve been doing (in practice),” he said. “I think we have a lot of confidence. You know, we’ll stick to the basics, stick to what we’ve been doing, we’ve been really close and I think we are right there.”Wednesday night’s game is set for 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The team’s next match is scheduled against Cleveland State Oct. 27, before it resumes conference play against No. 13 Penn State in Columbus Nov. 2.An earlier edition of this story noted that OSU had lost to the last three ranked teams it had played. The Buckeyes have in fact tied all three of these opponents. read more

Sweden players deserve Golden Ball

first_imgSweden have lost out of the quarter-final in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-0 loss to England but Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Sweden’s players all deserve to be given a Golden Ball award for their performance so far at the World Cup.Sweden performed beyond expectations and even without the services of Ibrahimovic, who was impressed with Janne Andersson’s side. Every player should get a golden ball in Sweden. What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show pic.twitter.com/VsoaUY6W99— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 7, 2018“Every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden,” Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter.“What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show.”Ibrahimovic lost a bet with another former United player, David Beckham, and he will now have to watch an England game at Wembley with the ex-LA Galaxy star.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.In the bet, Beckham had promised to buy Ibrahimovic whatever he wanted from IKEA if Sweden won England in Samara. Zlatan Ibrahimovic lost the bet!It looks like he’s heading to Wembley with David Beckham.Get the #ENG shirt on order.The fish and chips can probably wait, though…??#SWE #SWEENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/bLImKr8Rkb— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) July 7, 2018last_img read more

Pogba wont make Juve switch Fabio Paratici

first_imgJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici revealed the club holds Paul Pogba in high esteem but are not considering to reunite with him any time soon.Pogba is believed to be having a torrid time with Mourinho at Old Trafford and has been linked with a move to other clubs including Turin.But the Juve supremo has ruled out any move for him.“We love him very much,” Paratici confirmed at the Manlio Scopigno awards.“We’re connected to him, but we’ve never thought about it and we’re not going to think about it.“Sergej Milinkovic-Savic? He’s a great player, but we haven’t spoken to him or Lazio.”Paratici will soon have more responsibility with the Bianconeri, as general manager Giuseppe Marotta is leaving on October 25.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“Up until now, I’ve managed quite well behind the scenes, not least due to my character. Now the situation will change a bit, but I’ll keep working to make Juventus as strong as possible.“I dedicate this award to the person who raised me, and really for me, he’s been a putative father: Dr. Marotta.“Could he go to Inter? I wouldn’t be surprised, because he’s a great director and one of the best of the past 10 years, perhaps along with [Adriano] Galliani, and the Nerazzurri are a great club.“I only hope that he’s happy, and if that means being a director at a big Italian club, that’s fine.“As for myself, I’ve never thought about changing, I’m in love with Juventus. I like the environment in which I work and I like the squad.“Fortunately I have a very well prepared staff and I share my ideas with [Vice-President] Pavel Nedved and the Coach [Max Allegri].”last_img read more

Juventus keen to introduce fresh blood into the squad

first_imgJuventus are reportedly already working on new signings in spite of an astonishing start of the seasonLed by the likes of Massimiliano Allegri from the touchline and Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, the Bianconeri have been flourishing this season on all fronts.With a record of nine wins and a draw, the Turinese giants top Serie A table, while they enjoy a 3-game winning streak in the Champions League.However, the reigning Italian champions are not fully satisfied with the current roster, as they intend to add more quality and potential to their respective squad.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku 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.According to the Italian newspaper, Calciomercato, Juventus have identified Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele and Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt as the top targets for next summer.The 21-year-old French midfielder has been one of the revelations in Europe football over the past year or so, as he continues to impress with Les Gones both in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.On the other hand, the 19-year-old Dutchman is named the Lancers’ vice-captain despite the young age. The Netherlands international has shown immense potential in Ajax’s Champions League quest this season, demonstrating some genius pieces of defending against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.last_img read more

ExMan United youth coach Eric Harrison passes away

first_imgManchester United have announced that former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away peacefully on Wednesday night.The 81-year-old joined United as a youth coach in 1981 from Everton and famously oversaw the Class of ’92 team that consisted of the likes of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs.Harrison also worked under another United legend in Mark Hughes as an assistant manager at Wales for four years and won an MBE for his services to football last year.Since 2014, however, Harrison had been living in a nursing home after being diagnosed with mixed dementia and died on Wednesday.“We are extremely saddened to report that our former youth coach Eric Harrison passed away last night,” read a statement on United’s Twitter.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Eric’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”Also paying tribute was the legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who praised Harrison’s contribution to football and labelled him one of the “greatest coaches of our time.”“Eric’s contribution to football and not just at Manchester United was incredible,” said Ferguson.“When I came as manager I was lucky enough to have Eric on the staff as head of youth development, so I got to see the work he did and not just with the Class of ’92 but with all the young players.“He built character and determination in those young players and prepared them for the future. He was a teacher, he gave these players a path, a choice and he only did that through his own hard work and sacrifice.“He was able to impart that education to the young which made him one of the greatest coaches of our time.”Former United midfielder Beckham wrote on Instagram:  “We’ve lost our mentor, our coach and the man who made us.“He taught us how to play, how to never give up, how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club.“He was always watching and always with us every time we played, I can still hear him telling me NO MORE HOLLYWOOD PASSES.“I can still see him as we played on The Cliff training ground looking down on us either with a proud smile or a loud bang of his fist on the window knowing any minute he would be on his way down to probably advise me in the most polite way to stop playing those passes.“More importantly he made us understand how to work hard and respect each other and not just on the pitch. We won’t forget the life lessons he gave us.“Eric we love you and owe you everything. Gary, Phil, Ryan, Paul, Nicky and David.”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.Below are some of the tributes that have been coming in today from other United greats.Eric Harrison, one of footballs greatest people has sadly passed away. Responsible for the development of The Class of 92 and so many other great players that came through the @ManUtd academy he was one of the clubs biggest heroes. RIP Eric pic.twitter.com/gainlxov5u— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) February 14, 2019We’ve lost our mentor , our coach and the man who made us. He taught us how to play , how to never give up , how important it was to win your individual battles and what we needed to do to play for Manchester United Football Club. Eric we owe you everything ❤️ pic.twitter.com/iv0uisTGCl— Gary Neville (@GNev2) February 14, 2019Such sad news to hear of Eric Harrison’s passing- Eric was a massive part of my education,not only in football but life in general-hard work, desire ,commitment and respect. He built character and determination in all of us , he was a great coach and a great man ❤️ I’ll never— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) February 14, 2019Forget the letter he wrote to me after my release from United , a letter I have to this day , saying that he believed in me and dont give up , Eric along with my family was the reason I didn’t and to this day I will always be so thankful to Eric ❤️— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) February 14, 2019So sad.Thoughts are with Eric’s friends and family.I’ve heard so many stories over the years about the influence Eric had on the lads coming through the youth team. Schooling and developing them into some of the worlds best players.Such an integral part of the club.RIP🙏🏻 https://t.co/gsXhCmDv2l— Michael Carrick (@carras16) February 14, 2019last_img read more

Congresswoman Susan Davis introducing bill about military family food insecurity

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many military families don’t know how they’ll pay for their next meal, especially in a place like San Diego where the cost of living is high.CEO of the San Diego Food Bank, Jim Floros, talks to KUSI about what’s being done to help. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 18, 2019 Congresswoman Susan Davis introducing bill about military family food insecurity KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Board Approves Consolidation Of SoHi SoHi Prep

first_imgA meeting for Skyview Middle School and River City Academy students and families will be facilitated by the school principals on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm, at Skyview Middle School. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with KPBSD: “To retain essential elective offerings for 9th-12th grade students in Soldotna, and ease the teaching position reductions caused by a potential rise in the Pupil-Teacher-Ratio (PTR), this move will create an economy of scale that will lessen the amount of staff reductions and allow for more core and elective offerings for Soldotna 9th – 12th grade students. The consolidation and school move will result in a savings to the district of approximately $630,000.” Erkeneff: “The district office will work with Mr. Graham to determine other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. A plan will be developed to address equipment and supplies from both buildings, and communications with staff, students, parents, and the community.” Tony Graham will continue to be principal of the consolidated Soldotna High School.  The District Office will work with Graham on determining other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board voted at Monday nights meeting to move forward with the consolidation of Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School. In addition, the board voted to relocate River City Academy to Skyview Middle School. District administration will work with both schools in a similar manner to Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep to facilitate River City Academy’s move to Skyview. This savings would come from reduced building operations and personnel costs to operate the current building housing two schools.last_img read more

Jack White Donates 10k Toward Detroits Hamtramck Stadium Restoration

first_img Email Twitter https://twitter.com/HamtownStadium/status/1102930657842466817 Facebook Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) and Piast Institute are behind the campaign and its plans to restore the playing area for community use, followed by restoration of the grandstand seating area.”From its founding, the Piast Institute has focused on telling the story of Polish-Americans in Detroit and Hamtramck, which are intertwined with the stories of the historic African-American communities in both cities,” said Piast Executive Vice President Virginia Skrzyniarz. “The revival of Hamtramck Stadium will be a living monument to Hamtramck’s legacy of diversity and tolerance.”Renowned names from the past, now in Cooperstown, that played on the field include Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and it was home field for Detroit Stars’ Turkey Stearnes.Supporters have until April 2 to raise the $50,000 needed. Contributions can be made at the campaign’s Patronicity page. Success will be met with $50,000 in matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.In other news at the intersection of baseball and music, the GRAMMY Museum will open its new exhibit “Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime”on March 14, accompanying the 2019 Major League Baseball season with a celebration of baseball’s musical soundtrackJack White’s ‘Boarding House Reach’ Reaches No. 1Read more Jack White Donates $10K To Restore Detroit Stadium jack-white-donates-10k-toward-detroits-hamtramck-stadium-restoration News Jack White Donates $10k Toward Detroit’s Hamtramck Stadium Restoration A true baseball enthusiast and supporter, White’s personal connection to the field’s Detroit Stars is long-standingPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 6, 2019 – 1:57 pm Jack White is among the Detroit natives who love their city’s heritage and the game of baseball, so he’s pitching in with $10,000 to help start a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign to restore his city’s Hamtramck Stadium, a former local resource now one of few surviving fields from early black baseball history. Hamtramck hosted teams such as the Negro National League Detroit Stars and players such as Turkey Stearnes.The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown blogged raves about Jack White’s baseball acumen after his visit in 2014. “When Jack threw out a ceremonial first pitch in Detroit,” they noted back then, “he wore a Stars jersey, out of respect to the Negro leagues team that called The Motor City home.”last_img read more

Marvels WandaVision Loki Falcon and Winter Soldier show details revealed

first_imgJasin Boland/Marvel Studios In between MCU Phase 4 reveals for Marvel Studios’ films like Black Widow, Thor 4 and Shang-Chi, the first Marvel TV shows destined for the Disney Plus streaming service were detailed Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.Marvel’s WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, will have a multiverse aspect that will directly tie into 2021’s Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness. Also set for spring 2021 is Loki starring Tom Hiddleston. The actor confirmed at the panel that the show will feature the version of Loki seen in 2012’s first Avengers film. The show will also include an adult Monica Rambeau, first seen as a child in Captain Marvel, played by Teyonah Parris. Then come fall 2021, Disney Plus will debut the new Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner. It will feature Kate Bishop, who in the comics becomes a second Hawkeye. Marvel The Avengers Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, an original series with Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2020. pic.twitter.com/FmFMKWUrhO— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 WandaVision is set to debut on Disney Plus in spring 2021.Coming a bit sooner than that will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. A new logo for the show includes an aspect of Captain America’s design, possibly confirming that we’ll pick up with Falcon essentially being the new Cap. The show is set to debut in fall 2020. Share your voice Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…?, the first animated series in the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher and many actors from across the MCU reprising their roles as voice talent. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Summer 2021. pic.twitter.com/el6etc3xZH— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 TV and Movies Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE with Jeremy Renner, an original series that will also introduce Kate Bishop. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2021. pic.twitter.com/qPH8M2TQSj— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019 “It does take place after Endgame.” And Lt. Trouble will appear!! She’ll be played as an adult by Teyonah Parris #MarvelSDCC #WandaVision #SDCC2019 pic.twitter.com/Nm4IvR4OUz— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 These TV shows will join Marvel films released theatrically starting in 2019 as exclusive to the Disney Plus service, which is set to debut Nov. 12 in the US for $7 a month. 3:04 Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 The animated Marvel What If…? series will feature actor Jeffrey Wright as the narrator of a variety of stories that will change a major aspect of what was seen in the MCU films. For instance, one story could be what would happen if Peggy Carter became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers. That show will debut in summer 2021. WandaVision coming Spring 2021! “It’s gonna get weird!” says Elizabeth Olsen. #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019 pic.twitter.com/DZ9hubXiaP— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019 Tags Marvel’s Phase 4 plan explained Comic-Con Tom Huddleston confirms we will see @Avengers 2012 Loki as we know him! #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2019 pic.twitter.com/cz1NSrcJ46— cait petrakovitz 🦹🏽‍♀️➡️#SDCC (@misscp) July 21, 2019last_img read more

Trump vows forceful response after Syria attack

first_imgUS President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC on Monday. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump was poised Tuesday to decide on possible military action against the Syrian regime, after vowing to respond “forcefully” to the latest alleged chemical atrocity in the country’s bloody civil war despite strong warnings from Damascus-ally Russia.The United States, backed by Britain and France, has said it is ready to act with or without support from the United Nations, where the Security Council was to vote as early as Tuesday on rival US and Russian proposals to probe chemical attacks in Syria.Trump met his cabinet and then dined with top generals Monday, telling reporters “we have a lot of options militarily and we’ll be letting you know pretty soon… probably after the fact.”Washington and Moscow set out starkly different positions at a stormy emergency session at the UN Security Council, where Russia’s ambassador Vassily Nebenzia warned that the possibility of US military action was “very, very dangerous.”Nebenzia rejected a US call for the world body to set up a probe to identify the perpetrators of what rescuers called a “poisonous chlorine gas attack” late Saturday in the enclave of Douma, near Damascus.But US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the “world must see justice done.”“History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria,” Haley declared.Diplomats said the United States was pushing for a vote on Tuesday on its draft resolution setting up a Syria gas attacks inquiry, but Russia could veto the measure.Trump slammed the “horrible attack” and vowed to respond “forcefully.”“We’re going to make a decision tonight or very shortly thereafter,” he told reporters.Rescuers and medics in Douma say more than 40 people died after the suspected poison gas attack in the last rebel-held pocket of the one-time opposition stronghold of Eastern Ghouta.Access to the area, which has faced weeks of regime bombardment, is limited and AFP has not independently verified the accounts.In April last year, Trump launched a cruise missile strike against a Syrian air base after a previous chemical weapons attack UN monitors later pinned on Bashar al-Assad’s regime.‘Very dangerous’The punitive raid did not draw US forces any deeper into Syria’s civil war, nor did it dissuade Syria or its Russian and Iranian backers from pursuing their campaign against rebel groups.And any new action raises the risk of open conflict with Russia which, like Iran, has deployed forces to defend Assad’s regime.Nebenzia, reflecting earlier warnings from President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, said: “From what we hear now, I am afraid they are looking for a military option, which is very, very dangerous.”Earlier, Trump was asked whether Putin bore some of the responsibility for the latest attack. “Everybody is going to pay a price. He will. Everybody will,” the American president warned.Washington’s main European allies stood by reports blaming Assad.Trump spoke to France’s President Emmanuel Macron for the second time in two days over the alleged attacks, with the pair expressing a “desire for a firm response from the international community to these new violations of the chemical weapons ban,” according to the Elysee Palace.British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke with the acting US secretary of state and, according to London, they agreed that “this attack bore hallmarks of previous chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime.”As the UN debate took place, a huge blast tore through a multi-story building in the jihadist-held city of Idlib, in northern Syria.The cause of the explosion was not immediately apparent, but the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 13 people had been killed and another 80 wounded.Investigation launchedThe Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it was investigating the Douma attack allegations, but that so far only a “preliminary analysis” had taken place.Syrian regime forces have carried out an offensive against Ghouta since February 18 that has killed more than 1,700 civilians and cornered rebels in their last holdout of Douma.After capturing most of Ghouta, Syria and Russia secured two negotiated withdrawals last month that saw 46,000 rebels and civilians evacuate.Following fraught negotiations and a regime bombing blitz, state media announced Sunday a deal for Jaish al-Islam to leave Douma within 48 hours and release hostages.A group of detainees arrived in Damascus overnight Monday to Tuesday after being freed by Jaish al-Islam, state news agency SANA said.In a parallel operation, 65 buses carrying fighters and civilians left the outskirts of Ghouta and headed to northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.last_img read more

Wife of deputy secretary dies as DMCH dengue toll rises to 10

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoThree people, including the wife of deputy secretary of health ministry died after suffering from dengue fever at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on Monday and Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.DMCH assistant director Nasir Uddin said two of the patients died on Tuesday while another died on Monday.The deceased are identified as Farzana Hossain, 42, wife of Nurul Amin, deputy secretary of health ministry; Liton Hawladar, 25, from Bauphal in Patuakhali and Upendra Chandra Mandal, 65 of Mirzapur in Tangail.Farzana got admitted to the hospital on Monday and died around 1:45am on Tuesday at the ICU.Liton Hawladar was hospitalised on 27 July. He died around 10:15am.Upendra died around 5:00pm on Monday, hours after he was brought to the hospital.“So far, 10 dengue patients have died at the hospital among the 600 people who were brought here since 1 July,” said Nasir Uddin.Meanwhile, 1,335 dengue cases were reported in 24 hours until 8:00am on Tuesday.The number of people suffering from dengue has been rising gradually over the recent weeks as the disease spreads across the country.last_img read more

Grenade attack on 3 telecom facilities in Srinagar 4 injured

first_imgAfter nearly two months, militants again targeted telecom facilities on Friday, police said. They allegedly carried out three grenade attacks in Srinagar, in which four persons were injured.The attacks were carried out within four hours in 1-km, targeting facilities of Aircel, Vodafone and government-run BSNL.In the first attack, two unidentified men barged into the office of Aircel at Karan Nagar, located less than 300 metres from Zonal Police Headquarters, at 11.30 am and asked the staffers to vacate the premises, police said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“The militants then hurled a grenade on the premises and fled,” a police official said.About 500 metres away from this spot, the second attack was carried in a similar fashion at a Vodafone showroom. Initially, no injuries were reported. However, later three persons showed up at SMHS hospital with injuries. Doctors said the trio had suffered minor injuries caused by splinters of glass panes.The two blasts – within 30 minutes – shook the area and prompted the police to issue an alert for the assailants.  Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindA few hours later, another attack was carried out in Shaheedgunj at 3pm. Militants allegedly hurled a grenade at a BSNL tower. A labourer was  injured in the incident. The BSNL is less than a kilometre away from the scene of the earlier two incidents. The labourer, Farid Mohammad Bhai, working in the neighbouring house, sustained splinter injuries in the blast, a police officer said. He was admitted to SMHS hospital.  Police have launched a manhunt to nab the militants.last_img read more

Why functional programming in Python matters Interview with best selling author Steven

first_imgPython is currently one of the most popular and desired programming languages. Primarily for its simplicity, agility and ability to be used across a variety of software development projects. Although an Object Oriented language, Python supports an array of programming paradigms, including Functional Programming. Functional Programming is a paradigm that treats computation as the evaluation of math functions. It’s quite advantageous as it allows for efficient parallel programming and error-free code. We recently interviewed Steven Lott, a true Python professional and best-selling author of a number of Python books. Steven talks a bit about modern Python and how the language adapts well to the Functional paradigm, offering developers a range of solutions to build modern, cloud based applications. He also talks about his most recent book, the second edition of his best seller, Functional Python Programming, and how it will benefit developers looking to enter the world of functional programming with Python. About Steven Steven F. Lott has been programming since the 70s, when computers were large, expensive, and rare. As a contract software developer and architect, he has worked on hundreds of projects, from very small to very large. He’s been using Python to solve business problems for over 10 years. Steven is a technomad who lives in various places on the east coast of the U.S. Follow his technology blog to stay updated on the latest trends in tech. You may also connect with him on LinkedIn. Key Takeaways Why learn Python? One of the major reasons developers appreciate Python, is because it’s simple, and has the ability to create succinct and expressive programs. For example, data scientists prefer Python because they can build sophisticated analytical tools using simple functions and produce useful results. Why Functional programming? The functional programming paradigm forms the perfect foundation for developers and architects to build and design modern architectures like Serverless. But Python isn’t inherently functional. Although an object oriented language at heart, Python can create higher order functions and other functional features. Python 3 has made this easier. Steven’s Python 4 wish list: In future versions of Python, Steven hopes to see a wider use of Unicode operator characters like × in addition, * for multiplication, and ÷ in addition to / for division. Also, he expects PyPy and RPython projects to be more widely used; future Pythons versions will benefit from optimizations and restructuring the interpreter. One of the most helpful features of Python 3 are type hints, which allow one to write clear and implicitly documented code while preventing the invoking of methods with wrong data types. Steven’s latest edition of Functional programming with Python, explores type hints in depth along with core language features such as lambdas, generator expressions, functions, and callable objects. Full Interview Python is one of the top programming languages. List down top 3 features of Python that make programmers love it.. It seems like programmers love Python primarily because it allows them to create succinct, expressive programs. Before long, they learn the vast library of code – is another reason for Python’s immense popularity. Many people adopt Python because of the low barrier to entry: it really is as simple as download and start working. You’ve been working with Python for over a decade. How has your experience been with Python as a primary development language? Over my 40-year career, I’ve used a variety of languages. And I’ve found Python to be extremely productive. A team can build and deploy microservices-based applications at a tremendous pace. Data scientists can build sophisticated analytical tools using simple functions to produce useful results without the overheads of complex compile and build environments. Back when Python 3 just came into existence, we saw certain resistance to the notion of Python being apt for functional programming. How would you say Python has progressed since then? At its core, Python is an object-oriented language. Consequently some functional features aren’t central. One of the essential functional design tools — creating higher-order functions — has always been part of Python. The wider use of generator functions in Python 3 has made functional Python programming much more common. Many Python applications are hybrids, mixing object-oriented and functional features of the language. Now that type hints are available, it becomes practical to use mypy to confirm that the code is very likely to work properly. For a developer who’s picking up the Functional Programming paradigm for the first time, what do you think are the prerequisites? Functional programming is closely aligned to the core mathematical ideas of functions and functional composition. As a consequence, a minimal background in programming could be advantageous to help leverage essential function definitions and avoid needless state change. For programmers already heavily invested in procedural programming, it may be helpful to set the idea of stateful objects aside. In the above context, how does your book, Functional Python Programming, Second Edition, prepare its readers to be industry ready? What are the key takeaways for readers from your title and how does it help with the learning curve? The examples in the book are related to exploratory data analysis, an important skill in the broader area of data science. They also focus on the standard library, allowing someone to apply the functional design approach to other libraries and tools. I think a focus on the core language features (e.g., lambdas, generator expressions, functions, callable objects) provide a foundation that allows a programmer to apply the core ideas more widely to different kinds of problems and other software packages. What new and updated content is available in this edition, for developers who’ve purchased your previous book? Almost all of the examples have been rewritten to include type hints. This can be an important quality check helping to ensure the Python code works. When used with doctest examples, it becomes relatively easy to provide reliable, correct code. In a few cases, external packages (i.e., the pymonad library) don’t have type hints and the examples reflect this gap. Can you throw some light on Functional Reactive Programming and how FRP with Python is boosting the implementation of modern architectures like Cloud Native and Serverless? The central idea of serverless programming — a collection of isolated functions — fits the functional programming paradigm very elegantly. The processing is generally stateless, with stand-alone functions waiting for their inputs. Ideas like “choreography” of web services work with this idea of stateless functions that respond to an input by producing an output. This leads to careful separation of persistence and state change from the other transformational processing. This helps create software with easy-to-understand behavior and implementation code that’s very expressive of the algorithm. As Python inches towards a 4.0, what do you think should/can be changed/rectified in the language, for the better? At some point, I expect the PyPy and RPython projects to create some optimizations leading to a fundamental restructuring of the interpreter. Perhaps these changes could remove the need for the GIL (Global Interpreter Lock) by exposing a minimal kernel of code that requires exclusive access to internal data structures. Of more general interest, I’d hope to see wider use of Unicode operator characters like × in addition to * for multiplication, and ÷ in addition to / for division. Perhaps ∻ could be adopted for truncated division. This could also lead to use of ℝ instead of float and ℤ instead of int providing a more mathematical look to type hints. It would be nice to expand the use of the Unicode character set to create more readable programs. List down 3 reasons for developers to choose your book as the book of choice for Functional programming in Python. Programmers who want to create succinct and expressive code often find functional design to help them fulfill this. The Functional Python Programming book provides extensive examples that show multiple ways to achieve this goal. In many cases, generator functions and lazy processing can be a large performance improvement. A generator function can use less memory than a large data collection, and this change can be helpful. This book will provide number of examples of lazy processing to avoid creating large, in-memory collections. It can be difficult to get started with type hints. The use case in this book show type hints in somewhat more complex real-world situations. If you enjoyed this interview, head over to check out Steven’s latest edition of Functional Python Programming, He is leveraging Python to implement microservices and ETL pipelines. His other titles with Packt Publishing include Python Essentials, Mastering Object-Oriented Python, Functional Python Programming, and Python for Secret Agents. Read Next: What is the difference between functional and object oriented programming? 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