Bucks’ Giannis Picking up the Point from NBA Great Kidd

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — While catching his breath during a break along the sideline, the Milwaukee Bucks’ star pupil put his arms on his hips and leaned his 6-foot-11 frame over to listen to coach Jason Kidd.Giannis Antetokounmpo is learning the nuances of running a team from one of the best point guards and triple-double threats in NBA history.Give it a little more time, Kidd says. The fun is only just beginning with the 22-year-old Antetokounmpo.“The big thing is we gave him the ball and his appetite is big,” Kidd said.It was only in February 2016 that Kidd assigned Antetokounmpo to be a primary ball-handler. His career has taken off, much like one of his soaring dunks.In his fourth year in the league, Antetokounmpo turned into an All-Star this season after averaging career highs of 22.9 rebounds, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He ranked in the top 20 in the league in total points, rebounds, blocks, assists and steals, an NBA first.“He wants to learn. He wants to be a point guard,” Kidd said. “He wants to have the ball and help make decisions, be involved in the play.”It’s hard to miss the towering player who can breeze by defenders to the hoop, pass out of double-teams and make stops at the other end . He has been the best player so far for the Bucks, who take a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against Toronto into Game 4 on Saturday.The 6-foot-4 Kidd had an all-around skill set of his own back when he was playing, though he didn’t have Antetokounmpo’s imposing length and height.“I wish I was 7 feet tall,” Kidd said. “He’s better than I am.”Not quite yet.Kidd averaged 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists in a nearly two-decade NBA career that ended in 2013. His 107 career triple-doubles are third in league history behind All-Stars Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).Kidd could step back and hit 3s. He created in transition. His court awareness gave him a distinct advantage over opponents.Now he’s passing that knowledge on to Antetokounmpo, and Kidd isn’t that far removed from his playing days so he can relate to a team with a young core.“He puts himself in our shoes because he was in our shoes,” Antetokounmpo said. “It helps a lot because taking tips from J-Kidd — he was a player that was one of the best that’s ever done.”Antetokounmpo has professed to having a lighthearted moment of doubt about Kidd at one point during the coach’s first season in 2014-5 after being pulled from a game. A native of Greece, Antetokounmpo had to look up his coach’s credentials online. They checked out.“It’s really easy to accept (Kidd’s mentoring) because he’s been in my shoes. He knows how I feel right now,” he said.Team President Peter Feigin described a close relationship between player and coach bonded in part by what he called a shared “maniacal focus” to be the best. Antetokounmpo has spent long days and nights at the team’s practice facility in a quiet Milwaukee suburb.“There’s a tremendous amount of mutual respect,” team co-owner Wes Edens said. “You can’t really put a label on Giannis as a basketball player … but you can really see culturally he fits the model of a Jason Kidd player. He plays at both ends.”He’s already a matchup nightmare for opposing coaches, including Toronto’s Dwane Casey.“As far as keeping him off the free throw line we have to make sure we give him space. Challenge late. We have to mix that up and start trapping him also because he is getting where he wants to go,” Casey said. “We have to give him different looks.”Perhaps one of the next steps for the Bucks is regularly taking advantage of the extra attention that Antetokounmpo draws on the court. It happened in the Bucks’ 104-77 rout of Toronto in Game 3, when defenders were drawn by Antetokounmpo’s every move to open up room for teammates.Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points, eight rebounds and four rebounds, fairly pedestrian numbers for him. But six Bucks scored in double figures.“He’s still just understanding the point guard position and understanding how to run the team, how to carry a team, and what that means with not scoring … or what the team needs at what time during the game,” Kidd said.“He’s picked up a lot of those things quickly,” he added, “but he still has a long ways to go.”GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare33 Shareslast_img read more

President Trump Gave His Opinion Of Urban Meyer At A Rally On Friday Night

first_imgDonald Trump speaking at a rally.LEWIS CENTER, OH – AUGUST 04: President Donald Trump speaks at a rally to show support for Ohio Republican congressional candidate Troy Balderson on August 4, 2018 in Lewis Center, Ohio. Balderson faces Democratic challenger Danny O’Connor for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District on Tuesday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Urban Meyer’s character has been called into question the past few months following his suspension for the way he handled allegations of domestic violence against former wide receivers coach Zach Smith. Friday night, president Donald Trump weighed in on his opinion of Meyer.Trump, speaking at a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, gave his opinion of Meyer – both on the field and off the field. He called him a “great coach” and a “great guy.”Trump also joked with the crowd that it seemed like he was in the middle of an Ohio State football game.The Washington Examiner captured the quote. It’s brief but sums up how the president feels about Meyer.“It sounds like we’re in the middle of an Ohio State football game. And speaking of Ohio State, they’re not doing too badly are they?” said Trump, to audience cheers. “They have a great coach, a great coach — a great guy. A great guy.”It isn’t the first time Trump has mentioned Meyer in a speech in Ohio. Back in 2016, he had a similar quote about the Ohio State coach – adding that while he isn’t sure if Meyer endorses him or not, he thinks Meyer had “awful nice things” to say about him.Meyer, following Ohio State’s investigation, was suspended for three games to start the 2018 season. The Buckeyes went 3-0 during that span – defeating Oregon State, Rutgers and TCU.Ohio State will look to keep things going against Minnesota on Saturday afternoon.last_img read more

Senate Passes Bill to Modernise Agricultural Sector

first_imgStory Highlights The Bill also provides for the establishment of the Agricultural Appeal Tribunal and for the registration and regulation of the agricultural loan societies by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, and the certification of approved organisations by the Minister. A Bill seeking to modernise the agricultural sector to meet the nation’s growing demands of food security and productivity was passed in the Senate on October 6. Closing the debate in the Senate on October 6, Government Senator, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said hundreds of thousands of farmers and their families will be impacted through the provision of more effective regulation and monitoring of important institutions. A Bill seeking to modernise the agricultural sector to meet the nation’s growing demands of food security and productivity was passed in the Senate on October 6.The Agricultural Loan Societies and Approved Organisations Act also facilitates the dissolution of the Agricultural Credit Board (ACB) and transfers the Board’s monitoring and regulatory functions to the Registrar of Co-operative and Friendly Societies.Closing the debate in the Senate on October 6, Government Senator, Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., said hundreds of thousands of farmers and their families will be impacted through the provision of more effective regulation and monitoring of important institutions.He said these institutions will provide resources to the farmers, so they will be able to feed their families, the country and the world.Government Senator, Dr. Saphire Longmore, said under the Act, farmers could benefit from numerous advantages, including self-ownership and democratic control, increased farming income, improved service, quality of supplies and products, assured sources of supplies, expanded markets, improved farm management, legislative support, local leadership development and increased farmer control of agricultureShe added that all these are important to the development of the country’s agricultural society.“We are all cognisant of how beneficial developing our agricultural sector is to our country. This Bill will make it more significantly possible for Jamaicans to realise this dream of food security and agricultural productivity,” she said.The Bill also provides for the establishment of the Agricultural Appeal Tribunal and for the registration and regulation of the agricultural loan societies by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies, and the certification of approved organisations by the Minister.last_img read more

Trump comes on board antiprotectionist measures but not climate change at G20

first_imgHAMBURG – G20 leaders managed to bring U.S. President Donald Trump on side against protectionist trade policies, but he still stands alone when it comes to resisting action on climate change.The Paris climate change agreement was one area where the leaders of 20 of the world’s richest countries could not reach unanimous agreement in Hamburg.“We take note of the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” reads the final communique from the two-day meeting.Trump also insisted on having fossil fuels mentioned in the document. Other countries resisted, but they finally agreed to a special paragraph for Trump to see the U.S. pledge to help other countries access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently.German Chancellor Angela Merkel went into the summit as the host looking to either get agreement from Trump on climate change or isolate him as the only holdout. She succeeded, though she wasn’t celebrating.“Unfortunately — and I deplore this — the United States of America left the climate agreement, or rather announced their intention of doing this,” Merkel said in German at her closing press conference.The isolation of Trump that Merkel has been pushing for was evident in the communique which says “the Leaders of the other G20 members state that the Paris Agreement is irreversible.”Some of the other leaders, from Europe in particular, had hoped Trudeau’s better relationship with Trump could have some sort of influence on him.That Trump has some respect for his Canadian counterpart was evident Saturday during a speech at a morning event where he gushed over Trudeau.“We have a great neighbour in Canada and Justin is doing a spectacular job in Canada,” Trump said.“Everybody loves him and they love him for a reason so congratulations on the job you’re doing.”Trudeau did not have a specific bilateral meeting with Trump at this summit but he did speak with him on the sidelines of the meeting several times, mainly about climate change and trade issues.Trudeau said in conversations with the president he underscored the fact economic growth and environmental protections “can and must” go together.“I emphasized this is something that matters deeply to citizens and impacts directly on our economic growth now and into the future,” he said.Nevertheless Trump didn’t budge and in fact ended up leaving the G20 meeting Saturday without making any public statements. Instead of a planned Trump press conference, the only images from the room were of officials taking down U.S. flags that had been set up.Tom Burke, chairman of the British environmental think tank E3G said “Trump has lost another collision between fantasy and reality.”“No other global leader shares his fantasy that climate change is a hoax,” he said.Trade was another mainstay of negotiations both around the full table and on the sidelines. Trudeau and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Union Commission, announced just prior to the end of the summit Saturday that the Canada-Europe free trade agreement known as CETA will be provisionally implemented on Sept. 21.Signed last year and ratified by both the European Parliament and Canadian Parliament, all 28 EU members have to ratify it individually as well. Only Denmark and Latvia have to date.CETA was to have been provisionally implemented on July 1, a date that came and went when agreements couldn’t be reached over Canadian quotas for European cheese imports and issues about pharmaceuticals.On Trade with the U.S., Trudeau said he and Trump spoke about both the softwood lumber dispute and the U.S. investigation to decide whether to apply import tariffs on steel.He said after the last few days Canada is “comfortable” the national security provisions Trump has cited for steel imports will not apply to the Canadian steel industry which is “extraordinarily well integrated” into the U.S. steel industry.The G20 communique includes a section pushing for efforts to reduce excess steel production around the world that distorts markets.Trudeau also discussed NAFTA in a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto Saturday afternoon, as the start date to renegotiate the deal at Trump’s insistence comes next month.“I do have to tell you we are working hand in hand and we are on the right path to this very promising stage of the negotiations,” Pena Nieto said through an interpreter.Despite Trump’s domestic protectionist rhetoric and his America First policies, and his resistance to anti-protectionist language, he did in the end give his blessing to the section which says the G20 will “fight protectionism including all unfair trade practices.”However there is a loophole so countries can have “legitimate trade defence instruments in this regard.”All of this took place against a backdrop of extreme violence as thousands of protesters took to the streets. While most protesters were peaceful there were many who chose to express their displeasure with the G20 by lighting cars on fire and smashing store windows.It was a jarring vision Friday night to see on the one hand the leaders and their spouses listening to a performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” by Hamburg’s Philharmonic State Orchestra at the city’s beautiful new concert hall, and on the other hand, protesters in the streets being sprayed with water cannon and beaten back with batons.Trudeau said Saturday his main message to those who don’t feel the G20 is there to help them, he understands their skepticism and frustration as did his counterparts around the table.“We know that the anxiety that citizens around the world are feeling is real,” he said.Trudeau said for many years trade has led to growth without a fair distribution of the benefits, but the hope is that many of the policies enacted by the G20 this weekend will begin to address those inequities.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Simon Cowells Got Talent For Face Painting

first_imgSimon Cowell and David Walliams took their bromance to another level earlier this week, as Simon showed off his face painting prowess by making David’s face funny for Red Nose Day.David Walliams and Simon CowellThe pictures were released to mark the launch of this year’s Red Nose Day campaign.Tess Daly and Rochelle Humes are also making a splash with their slap, all in the name of charity. The brave pair let husbands Vernon Kay and Marvin Humes loose on their lippies for Comic Relief.David, Tess and Rochelle hope that their resulting makeovers will inspire the public to make their faces funny for money this Red Nose Day which takes place on Friday 13th March.David said: “I feel absolutely beautiful. Simon’s been hard at it all evening and he’s even chosen colours that complement my eyes – I suspect this isn’t the first time Simon has picked up a make-up brush.”These celebrity duos prove how easy it is to make your face funny for money this Red Nose Day, and whether the public paint their face, wear a Red Nose or let their kids do their make-up, they’ll be joining millions of people up and down the country as they raise life-changing cash.The public can top off their funny faces with one of the nine new Red Noses to choose from. They’re a right bunch of characters and are hiding away in special surprise bags, available at Sainsbury’s, Oxfam and rednoseday.com.The celebrity pairs are joined by a host of famous faces launching this year’s campaign including Claudia Winkleman and Fearne Cotton. Many can be seen donning the Red Nose along with one of seven different Red Nose Day T-Shirts designed by Anya Hindmarch, Diane von Furstenberg, Henry Holland and Matthew Williamson. The collection, which also includes a onesie, is now available exclusively from TK Maxx and tkmaxx.com.The campaign will culminate in a brilliant night of TV that will be broadcast live from the London Palladium, for the first time ever, on Friday 13th March at 7pm on BBC One. Some of the nation’s favourite personalities, including Davina McCall, Lenny Henry and Claudia Winkleman will present an unforgettable evening of entertainment packed full of celebrity performances, comedy gold and silly spoofs.The public will also be treated to never-seen-before sketches. Dawn French returns as Geraldine Granger, Vicar of Dibley, as she campaigns for the role of Bishop amongst stiff competition from a host of familiar faces. Rowan Atkinson will return to Red Nose Day as Mr Bean, and there will be highlights of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights Live starring Peter Kay. As well as this there will be special edition of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice presented by Jo Brand, and stand-up performances from Trevor Noah and Cardinal Burns.Other TV treats include the first ever The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief, where inspiring members of the public, nominated by their friends and family, will partner with professional Strictly dancers to take on the glamorous ballroom challenge. The Great Comic Relief Bake Off makes a star-studded return as 16 celebrity bakers, including Abbey Clancy, Gok Wan and Jonathan Ross, try to raise as much dough as possible for Red Nose Day.Strictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman will call on the nation to take part in the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon on Sunday 8th March. The six hour non-stop dance frenzy will take place at The SSE Arena, Wembley and in locations across the country.Also donning his dancing shoes will be Dermot O’Leary who will bust out his best moves on Dermot’s Day of Dance for Comic Relief in an extraordinary fundraising feat as he boogies non-stop for a staggering 24 hours.Fundraisers feeling inspired can get involved by wearing a wig, donning a daft disguise or text- donating a silly selfie to make their face funny for money. To top it off, for a limited time only the public will be able to perfect their funny face pout by picking up Rimmel London’s limited edition ‘Red Nose Red’ lipstick by Kate for Comic Relief.Since the last Red Nose Day, Comic Relief has helped over 12 million people living unimaginably tough lives all over the world, using money raised through Red Nose Day, Sport Relief and other partnerships. Money raised this Red Nose Day will help to change the lives of millions more.last_img read more

Superstars and fireworks will take Las Vegas into 2019

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Tens of thousands of people are expected to ring in the New Year across Las Vegas. They’ll watch fireworks launched from the top of some of the city’s casino-resorts, attend superstar performances and participate in a celebratory midnight toast.Officials expect more than 300,000 people to gather on the Las Vegas Strip for a celebration anchored by an 8-minute firework show. Thousands more will convene in the area’s downtown entertainment district for live music.Acts including Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Gwen Stefani will keep celebrants entertained at venues around Sin City.Federal agents and local police officers will be out in force, including inside most major hotels on the Strip.The agency responsible for promoting Las Vegas expects 318,000 people will travel to Las Vegas for the holiday.Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Safe injection site opens in Hamilton

Health officials in Hamilton are hoping a new safe injection site will cut down on the number of people dying from drug overdoses in the city.87 people died from an opioid overdose in Hamilton last year which is up from 52 deaths the previous year. This is the first safe injection site in the city. It opens on June 5th and will be open 7 days a week. People will be able to come down with their drugs and take those drugs under the watchful eye of a healthcare professional.At this temporary safe injection site, at 71 Rebecca Street in downtown Hamilton, drug users will be able to come with their drugs and be provided with clean needles and supplies. The safe injection site will be staffed by a medical professional and at least two community workers, one of which has either used drugs in the past, or are still using.People who spoke to CHCH say they’re in favor of the safe injection site.“In the end I do think it’s a good idea, because you don’t want people overdosing on the street and dying, every life is precious”.While this is the first location in Hamilton there are already safe injection sites in Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston, and Guelph. This is a trial run for the safe injection site that will run until the end of November. read more

Citing insufficient progress UN official urges more rapid change for gender equality

Speaking at an event held on the margins of the current session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, said the world had witnessed “numerous improvements” in women’s lives in fields such as employment and education since Beijing but equality was still elusive. “No sector or country has met the standards laid out in Beijing, where gender equality is a reality,” she said. “While we should rejoice at the progress made when we look back and see where we are at present, we do have to convey a strong message … that we need to take every step, every measure, every law, every programme in order to push the pace and push the envelope on this issue.“Otherwise, we are going to take almost another century to get to Planet 50:50 by 2030. This is absolutely not acceptable.”She called for evaluation of the progress achieved but also of the gaps, with a focus on what the challenges have been and on how to get to Planet 50:50 by 2030.The Beijing Platform for Action, she noted, mandated the full participation of women in the public, private and governmental realms. “It also affirms that the equal and active participation of women is fundamental for the achievement of equality, development and peace,” she said, going on to note the demands it made of the UN system as well.She said responsibility for implementing the Platform lay at the highest level and she pointed to the proven importance of the role of senior leaders in catalysing and bringing about change, highlighting Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a good example of a leader who had stood behind positive change.Even within the UN system, the situation of women faced significant challenges and had not achieved the aims of the Beijing Platform, noted Ms. Puri. “Good progress but not enough,” she said, adding that the slow rate meant it would take until 2043 for some parts of the UN to achieve full gender parity. “So even we are not going to be able to say 50:50 by 2030 if we do not speed up.”Deborah Gillis, the CEO of research advisory organisation Catalyst, described the research her company has done and the significance of the data produced.“Clearly there’s so much work ahead,” she acknowledged, noting significant movement in the percentages of women in several sectors of economies but adding that the extent of those moves had been nowhere near the expectations. “The picture that emerges from this data is that we have failed to make the significant progress that we’d hoped to.”She considered the work needed to shift that picture and accelerate change, and called for leadership commitment and individual intent. She also underlined the importance of engaging men and abandoning the idea that gender equality was an issue about women, for women, run by women.“It really must be a multi-sector focus for us to really see the kinds of achievements that we really all are in for,” she said. “Men need to be core to that conversation. We need to find more ways to empower them to make change happen.” read more

North Korea calls James Franco and Seth Rogens new film an act

first_imgSource: Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association ImagesNORTH KOREA IS demanding that US authorities ban James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film, which centres around an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.In The Interview, Franco and Rogen play a pair of TV journalists who are granted an interview with Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang – but are then recruited by the CIA to kill him.According to Sky News, North Korea has threatened the US with a “resolute and merciless response” unless the film is banned. Kim Jong-Un: not impressed Source: Wong Maye-E/AP/Press Association ImagesIn a statement given to North Korea’s official news agency, a foreign ministry official said the film was made by “gangster moviemakers” and should be banned: The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable.Here’s the teaser trailer for the film, which hits cinemas later this year: Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment/YouTubeWe can sort of see the parts they would be unhappy with. Just a bit.Lidl “at a loss” to explain ‘fruit whispering’ signs, as more appear>BBC News app goes bananas, sends out nonsense Game of Thrones update>last_img read more

214 WWE Results Abu Dhabi UAE Cena vs Barrett

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Jon Moxley Joins AEW Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Videos Articles Shawn Michaels Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns 2/14 WWE Results: Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.* Dolph Ziggler & Ryback def. Luke Harper & Tyson Kidd.* Erick Rowan def. Curtis Axel.* Sami Zayn def. Bo Dallas.* Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins.* Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods def. Goldust & Stardust.* WWE U.S. Champion Rusev def. Jack Swagger.* John Cena def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett via DQ.Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WhatsApp Videos Articles Seth Rollins Facebookcenter_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest 2/14 NXT Live Results: Bartow, Florida (Riddle and Dream vs. Barthel and Aichner) Videos Articles Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015 Now Playing Up Next Doctor who cleared Daniel Bryan said he shows “no definite evidence of prior brain injury”last_img read more

102 Mixed Match Challenge Highlights Jimmy Uso and Rusev channel Rikishi on

first_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook WWE uploaded these highlights from this week’s Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook. Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img

Oregon legislature to discuss Columbia River Crossing today

first_imgSALEM, Ore. (AP) — A state legislative committee scheduled a Monday afternoon hearing to take testimony on a bill declaring that it’s in Oregon’s interest to build a new Interstate 5 Columbia River bridge between Portland and Vancouver.Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders support the Columbia River Crossing for economic reasons.Critics, including those from Vancouver, question the cost of the $3.5 billion project and plans for light rail and tolls. They are expected to testify at the hearing.The hearing takes place 3 p.m. before the Legislature’s joint I-5 Bridge Replacement Project Committee, which will meet in Hearing Room F. House Bill 2800 would allow Oregon to pay its share of the project, which is estimated at $450 million.Live streaming audio of Oregon Legislature meetings can be found at this link once the hearing begins. Once on that Web page, click the “Live Audio Today” link.The meeting could last as late as 9 p.m., according to the agenda. As proposed, the $3.5 billion CRC project would replace the Interstate 5 Bridge over the Columbia River, rebuild freeway interchanges and extend a light rail line from Portland into Vancouver. The CRC plans call for Washington and Oregon to chip in $450 million each. Project leaders hope both states’ legislatures commit to at least some of that money this year.last_img read more

Walking Dead zombies are chasing me at San Diego ComicCon

first_img Walking Dead season 10 trailer premieres at Comic-Con Originally published July 19.  Surviving the zombie apocalypse at the Walking Dead experience Post a comment This Walker is ready to make a meal out of you. Tania Gonzalez/CNET It’s dark, it’s snowing, there are zombies hiding among the trees and in the drifts. I’m holding onto a rope with two of my fellow CNETers — we’ve recently had to flee the Kingdom, a location you might be familiar with if you watch AMC’s long-running zombie apocalypse series, The Walking Dead. San Diego Comic-Con has never been so tense. And … undead.Across from the San Diego Convention Center, where SDCC has set up shop for another year welcoming geeks of all kinds, AMC’s brought an interactive experience called Dead Quarters. It puts you into scenes from both The Walking Dead and its spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead. In one area, there’s a treehouse where characters from Fear the Walking Dead try to stay out of the reach of zombies. As in the show, you can lower a bird cage to distract the zombies and make a getaway. The zombies are everywhere, though, low-key menacing, constantly growling at you like they’re a protein bar away from lunging at your neck.  In another area, there’s a crashed cargo plane from Fear the Walking Dead as well. You walk through the hull and up to the cockpit, past a zombie caught in a net who looks like he could use a snack.  Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Speaking of food, Dead Quarters also has a partnership with Feed San Diego, and is accepting canned goods in return for discounts to various bars, restaurants and attractions. But back to that harrowing escape from the Kingdom. Standing in front of the doors waiting to get in, I think of something I’ve told myself on more than one occasion: If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse, I’ll be gone within a few days. And if sounds like I’m down on my own survival skills, let me assure you I prefer it this way. I’d probably offer my forearm just to get it over with. 3:55 The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019center_img Now playing: Watch this: Culture 0 Comic-Con 62 Photos Tags An actor ushers us inside to a dark room where she explains how we’re going to have to escape, but quietly, so as not to attract Walkers (a type of zombie from the show). The thing is — they’re everywhere. So, we make our way out into the night, snow flying, bodies strewn. The prospect of having something creepy jump out at me is intense enough, let alone seeing a grisly hand grabbing for ankles. Finally, we’re backed up against a door that won’t open. The only option? Crawling underneath a gate to the side.I’d like to pause here to mention I’m cosplaying as Sabrina, from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which means despite the wig, the dress and the tights, I’m on my hands and knees, crawling, trying to get to my feet as quickly as possible while Walkers close in, and finally bursting through a plastic-curtained doorway… into a room of people whose ankles haven’t been in danger recently. We’re back in the world of the living, where the sun is bright and bearing down. My tights are covered in fake snow. Maybe zombies will take over the world at some point. But not today. 4:30last_img read more

Streff Takes Command of National Guard

first_imgDownload AudioA new Alaska Army National Guard commander is taking the helm in the weekend ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.Col. Joseph Streff will take over from Brig. Gen. Mike Bridges at a ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.Officials say Streff has been with the Guard for more than 27 years.Streff is the first new commander under the administration of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker.The Guard is emerging from an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct among its ranks. The issue played a high-profile role in the 2014 gubernatorial race, which was under way during the release of a scathing federal report of sexual misconduct and fraud within the Guard.last_img

Unexplained gap impacts Kenai Peninsula rehab services

first_imgA state program that helps people convicted of drug and alcohol related crimes fight addiction says it’s seeing a decrease in court referrals for the cities of Homer and Kenai. But, local law enforcement reports there hasn’t been a significant drop in drug and alcohol related crime.Alaska judges often refer people who commit misdemeanor alcohol or drug related crimes to the Alcohol Safety Action Program or ASAP. ASAP gives courts the option to send substance abusers to treatment instead of jail. Finnley M’Kenna with the ASAP office in Kenai says her office evaluates people and determines the best way to help them avoid ending up back in court.“We screen clients and then refer them to local area treatment providers for earlier intervention and sometimes all the way up to residential treatment depending on what they need,” says M’Kenna.M’Kenna says her clients either accept help, or they lose probation and take their chances in court again. But at the start of this year M’Kenna was convinced her office was getting less referrals than normal from the Homer and Kenai courts. She counted the referrals received between the 1st of January and the last day of August this year and compared that to the number of referrals received during the same period last year.“From the Kenai court we’ve had a 37% decrease in referrals and from the Homer court we’ve had a 23% decrease. That’s pretty significant,” says M’Kenna.M’Kenna says a decrease in referrals is supposed to be a sign that the amount of alcohol and drug related crime is dropping, but she doesn’t believe that’s the case.“What we’re hearing from the community is substance abuse isn’t slowing down. Community members are seeing it to be more of a problem but we’re getting fewer referrals from the courts. So something is missing somewhere,” says M’Kenna.Henry Novak is the Director of Cicada, the Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Cicada is a rehabilitation center that regularly takes on clients referred by ASAP. Novak is worried his office is missing out on a chance to help people who ASAP could steer into treatment.“ASAP has been phenomenal for being able to give them a nudge and say, look you [have] to do this or, here’s what will happen. The court will be back in your life.’ That’s enough to make people [say], ‘I don’t want the court back in my life.’” explains Novak.Cicada has offices in both Kenai and Homer and Novak says they get calls every day from people complaining about drug use and alcoholism in both areas. M’Kenna says she’s spoken to Kenai District Attorney Scott Leaders and the Kenai Court Clerk’s office about the drop in referrals, but so far they haven’t found an explanation.  According to the clerk’s office, the Alaska court system doesn’t track the number of misdemeanor convictions involving drugs and alcohol.Also, Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran said the court was, “unaware of any decrease in ASAP referrals and the court doesn’t normally monitor the number of referrals.”Kenai District Attorney Scott Leaders did not return multiple requests for comment on this story and District Court Judge Margaret Murphy in Homer declined to comment. But, according to the Homer and Kenai Police Departments drug and alcohol related crime is not on the ropes by any means in their communities.Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says his department has only seen a slight decrease in drug related crime.“…approximately 5% lower numbers for this year versus 2014. Our alcohol related crimes are running almost neck and neck for both years.”Kenai Police have also seen little to no change in the numbers for drug and alcohol arrests in the last year. If the number of offenders hasn’t fallen then the question is, ‘has something changed in the courts.’ M’Kenna is still waiting for that answer.“If people are continuing to be arrested and convicted for misdemeanor charges what we’d like to do is see those referrals coming back to ASAP. With the referrals that we do get from the court, we do a really good job of making sure people get the interventions or the treatment or education they need. If we don’t have those referrals from the court we can’t really do anything.”Novak says when ASAP is used effectively the program not only helps people turn their lives around, it also removes the extra cost of housing those people in jail cells.last_img read more

India exports more gems and jewellery imports less gold

first_imgIndia is exporting more gems and jewellery to the world, even as its imports of gold — a key input for jewellery — have declined over the past four months.In May, gems and jewellery exports rose 24 percent to worth $3.71 billion as against $2.98 billion in May last year. The previous month saw exports rise 17.23 percent to $3.45 billion when compared with  $2.94 billion in April 2015.On the contrary, gold imports by India fell for the fourth straight month in May to $1.47 billion as against $2.42 billion in the corresponding month last year, a contraction of 39 percent. However, it was up from April when the world’s second-largest consumer of the yellow metal imported gold worth $1.24 billion.Meanwhile, total exports from India declined for the 18th consecutive month in May, a reflection of persisting weakness in the global economy.Exports stood at $22.17 billion in May, a marginal fall of 0.79 percent from $22.34 billion in May last year. Imports shrank 13.16 percent to $28.44 billion, year-on-year, leaving a deficit of $6.27 billion, a three-month high.Export of engineering goods rose 2.2 percent to $5.75 billion. Petroleum product shipment declined 15.5 percent to $2 billion last month, indicating the continuing weakness in commodity prices globally.last_img read more

4 handed death penalty for raping teenage girl

first_img.A Shariatpur tribunal on Tuesday sentenced four people to death for raping a minor girl at Ahmed Chowkidar Kandi village in Zanjira upazila in 2017, reports UNB.The convicts are Nur Morol, 35, son of a certain Hamed Morol of Morolkandi village, Chunnu Morol, 50, son of Siddique Morol, Swapna Begum, 45, wife of Chunnu Morol, and Selim Chowkidar, 37, son of Jasim Chowkidar of Ahmed Chowkidar Kandi village.According to the prosecution, victim Rima Aktar, 13, daughter of Ilias Chowkidar, went missing on 11 September 2017.Her body was recovered from an abandoned place at the village with injury marks to the neck and chest two days later.The victim’s father filed a case with Zanjira police station on 14 September.The male convicts raped the girl while Swapna abetted the crime. Later, they killed Rima, the prosecution added.last_img read more

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LAX to get scanners to speed up security

first_imgLAX to get scanners to speed up security Share LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles International Airport will be getting new fingerprint and iris scanners for passengers who want to speed through security lines.The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that biometric screening company Clear will install kiosks by the end of March in Los Angeles and at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.The company’s kiosks can confirm a traveller’s identification in seconds. Passengers must pay an annual $179 fee to enrol and use the system.Clear Chief Administrative Officer David Cohen says travellers who use the kiosks can head more quickly to the Transportation Security Administration’s screening.The company already operates in airports in San Francisco, Washington and New York. Tags: Airports, California, TSA Source: The Associated Press Monday, January 30, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more