Smoking light ballast causes evacuation at Peace Villa

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An overheating light ballast caused officials to evacuate Peace Villa for a short time this morning.Deputy Fire Chief Darrell Blades with the Fort St. John Fire Department said that firefighters were called out to Peace Villa shortly before 7:30 Friday morning. He said that an overheating light ballast began emitting smoke, setting off the building’s fire alarms.Residents of Peace Villa seen during this morning’s evacuation. Submitted photo. Blades said that Peace Villa was evacuated while firefighters went inside to investigate. He said that apart from a minor amount of smoke, there was no extension of fire, and the facility’s residents and staff were allowed to return inside after about ten minutes. No one was injured.last_img

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PV Sindhu Srikanth seek to reclaim India Open crowns

first_imgNew Delhi: Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will look to shrug off their erratic form and ensure an Indian sweep at the USD 350,000 India Open, which is shorn of star power this time. With Saina Nehwal pulling out of the country’s blue-riband tournament after failing to recover from acute gastroenteritis, the onus will be on Sindhu and Srikanth to keep the tricolour flying at the business end of the tournament starting Tuesday. Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu, who claimed the World Tour Finals in December last year, will be the firm favourite to secure the women’s title after receiving the top billing following the pullout of Chinese top seed and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei due to medical reasons. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThe absence of Japanese players will also help Sindhu’s case. Sindhu had a decent start to the new season with a quarterfinal finish at the Indonesia Masters but a first-round exit at the prestigious All England Championship came as a major jolt. The Indian ace, who won silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the World Championship in 2018, will draw inspiration from her performance in the last two editions where she had reached the finals and claimed the title in 2017. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSindhu will open against compatriot Mugdha Agrey and is expected to face fast-rising Danish Mia Blichfeldt, seeded eighth, in the quarterfinals. A win is likely to pit her against Chinese third seed He Bingjiao. Youngsters Vrushali Gummadi and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka will also be in the fray in women’s singles at the World Tour Super 500 event. The tournament will hold a lot of prominence for third seed Srikanth, who has endured a title draught for the last 17 months. With defending champion and top seed Shi Yuqi pulling out, Srikanth will be at the forefront along with former world champion Viktor Axelsen, who had claimed the title in 2017 after three back-to-back finals. Srikanth, who clinched as many as four titles in 2017, consistently reached the quarterfinals in 2018 but couldn’t come close to claiming a title with the 2017 French Open triumph being his last win. The 26-year-old from Guntur, who clinched the title in 2015, will begin his campaign against familiar foe, Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent, and might come across fellow Indians Sameer Verma or B Sai Praneeth later as both are in the same half of the draw. Fifth seed Sameer, after reaching the semifinals at the World Tour Finals, will open against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke, while Praneeth faces a qualifier. RMV Gurusaidutt too is in the same half and will start against Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin. Praneeth, who had clinched the 2017 Singapore Open for his first maiden Super Series title, is coming into the tournament after securing a final spot at the Swiss Open and he will look to extend his good run. The other half of the men’s singles draw will have HS Prannoy, Subhankar Dey, Ajay Jayaram and Parupalli Kashyap. Prannoy, troubled by a gastro-esophageal reflux disease last season, is coming to the event after competing at the Asia Mixed Team championship and will take on Thailand’s eighth seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen. SaarLorLux Open champion Subhankar, who had stunned Asian Games champion Jonatan Christie of Indonesia on way to a quarterfinal finish at the Swiss Open, will open against fourth seed Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto. Ajay and Kashyap, two careers marred by injuries, will look to continue their comeback with first-round matches against Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei and Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu respectively. In doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty withdrew with the former still recovering from a shoulder injury. Sixth seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will lead the challenge in men’s doubles, which also features Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok. Arun George and Sanyam Shukla will also be a pair to look out for after they stunned World No. 14 pair of Liao Min Chun and Ching Heng last week at Hong Kong. In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram will be in fray, while Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki will be the best hope in mixed event.last_img read more

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MTY Food Group growing beyond the food court with deal to buy

MONTREAL — MTY Food Group Inc. is growing beyond the shopping mall food court with a $248-million stock-and-cash deal to buy Imvescor Restaurant Group Inc. and its full-service restaurant and grocery products businesses.The friendly deal will bring together such MTY banners as Thai Express, Vanellis and Manchu Wok with Imvescor’s Baton Rouge, Pizza Delight and Scores restaurants to create a company with a portfolio of over 5,700 stores under 75 brands.Under the deal, MTY (TSX:MTY) will pay $4.10 per share for Imvescor with the cash portion of the deal totalling about $50 million and the rest in stock.The companies said Tuesday the offer implies a 13.3 per cent premium to Imvescor’s 10-day volume weighted average before it disclosed it had received a non-binding expression of interest from an unidentified potential buyer on Oct. 26.However, stock in both companies fell after the announcement.MTY shares were down 5.1 per cent at $51.76 while Imvescor shares fell 3.6 per cent to $4.03 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Analyst Elizabeth Johnston of Laurentian Bank Securities said the deal is good for MTY, but undervalues Imvescor. She recently pegged a takeout of Imvescor’s shares at $4.25 to $4.65 per share.“Imvescor’s brands have a strong growth profile, with positive same-store sales growth and outlook for net new store openings,” she wrote in a report.Imvescor (TSX:IRG) chairman Francois-Xavier Seigneur said joining forces with MTY creates opportunities for Imvescor shareholders from an offer he described as representing a “full and fair value.” The combined company is expected to generate about $2.9 billion in annual sales.“This share exchange and cash deal provides our shareholders with…the opportunity to participate in the growth of a strong North American, Montreal-based company that will be better equipped to face the challenges that are in front of our industry,” he said in a conference call Tuesday.The restaurant industry is facing a number of headwinds, including rising minimum wages in several provinces and growing competition for scarce consumer dollars.MTY’s offer was submitted after Imvescor received an unsolicited bid from an unnamed group. The activity prompted Imvescor to contact several potential partners, but it didn’t proceed with a bidding process.MTY chief financial officer Eric Lefebvre said the deal represents a “compelling value proposition.”“Both sets of shareholders will become owners in a more diversified business with more brands in more corners of the market and in more locations,” he told analysts.MTY said it will gain experience and reach from Imvescor’s full-service restaurants, retail food business and network in the Maritimes.“MTY has expanded into that direction (but) I think there will be a substantial amount of potential for MTY to learn from the Imvescor’s in-house expertise to grow that side of the business,” added MTY chairman and CEO Stanley Ma.Ma said he doesn’t foresee making too many changes given Imvescor efforts over the past few years to improve its operations.“Right now they’re looking quite solid and we’re happy to continue that path and then we will make the necessary adjustments down the road if necessary.”The deal requires approval by a two-third majority of votes by Imvescor shareholders in February, as well as regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The deal is expected to close in March.Imvescor shareholders, including directors and senior officers, representing roughly an 18 per cent stake in the company have entered into support and voting agreements to back the deal. read more

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UN human rights commissioner urges Arab delegates to promote rights accords

“I should like to encourage you to stimulate ratifications of United Nations human rights treaties and to help in the preparation of reports and in the process of following up on their implementation,” Bertrand Ramcharan, the Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the opening meeting of the Arab Commission on Human Rights in Cairo today.Mr. Ramcharan also said he was making a “special appeal” to the Arab delegates to work on women’s’ rights.“The human rights of women require special attention. This is a matter of fundamental justice. It is therefore particularly important that every State ratify the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and work faithfully to implement it at home,” he said.The Acting High Commissioner also encouraged the group to disseminate human rights norms and conventions widely in the Arabic language, and noted that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan “accorded high emphasis to each State developing and strengthening its national human rights protection system.”Mr. Ramcharan said, “A national human rights protection system requires that a State update its constitution in the light of international human rights norms; that it brings its legislation in line with those norms; that its courts can have access to those norms; that there is human rights education; that there are specialized institutions, such as national human rights commissions; and that there is on-going attention to the plight of vulnerable parts of the population.” read more

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Dwyane Wade LeBron James Embrace Final Chance to Compete

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwyane Wade will be spending a lot of time in Los Angeles while he settles into retirement next year. He already has a house here, and his wife’s acting career would undoubtedly benefit from more time in Hollywood.LeBron James is a newly minted Southern Californian himself, and he’s already hatching schemes to occupy his former teammate, longtime rival and permanent friend.Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, smiles at Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) at the end of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)“I told him, ‘No one likes to work out by themselves,’” James said with a grin. “So he can come to Staples. He can come to the practice facility anytime he wants to get workouts in. He can come help me with the young guys as well. He’ll be around a lot more personally for me, so I’ll love that.”Wade still has 56 regular-season games left in his self-declared final NBA season with the Miami Heat, but he passed a major milestone in that procession when he lined up against James for the final time Monday night in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 108-105 victory.The result wasn’t the most important part of the night to either man. They were wrapped up in the pure thrill — in the chance to face off for the final time in two incredible basketball careers that have been chronologically parallel, frequently intersecting and always momentous.“I knew that at some point in the game, it was going to hit me that this was the last time we were competing against each other,” Wade said. “It hit me right away, once that buzzer sounded and we got the opportunity on the court to just look at each other and be like, ‘Man, this has been fun. This has been one hell of a ride, and we’ve enjoyed it together.’”James put up 28 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Wade scored all 15 of his points in the second half to go with 10 assists and five boards.But the best moments arrived late when James and Wade finally guarded each other, playing one last one-on-one game for keeps.Defense won out on both ends, probably because they know each other well enough to take away their strengths. They funneled each other to drive to their more uncomfortable sides, and James forced Wade to attempt a 27-foot turnaround, fadeaway 3-pointer that missed badly with 7.2 seconds left.Wade was more open when he missed a 3 that would have put the Heat ahead with 22.5 seconds left.“I needed that one,” Wade said with a grimace. “I wanted it so bad. I think I wanted it too much. It would have definitely been memorable. But this is my last time playing against this guy, you know? This is the holy grail in the NBA. Unless we figure this thing out and we go to the Finals, this is the holy grail for me. The competition of playing against the game’s greatest player. Playing it in LA. I thanked him for bringing us to this stage for our last hurrah on this stage. It gets no better than this.”Barring a change of Wade’s retirement plans or that incredibly unlikely NBA Finals matchup, they’ll never face each other in a real game — and the Lakers’ victory put James ahead of Wade 16-15 in their head-to-head matchups over their career.James marveled at the symmetry in this final showdown, but both players said their times together meant a whole lot more than their times in opposing uniforms.James and Wade won two NBA championships and four straight Eastern Conference titles together in Miami, along with their Olympic gold medals from Beijing.“The game is going to take care of itself, but just the fact that we were on the floor doing what we love to do, that’s what’s more important,” James said. “Wins and losses are going to happen throughout the course of the season and throughout the course of your career, but those moments right there, you can’t ever get back.”James and Wade swapped jerseys after the final buzzer, their bittersweet emotions overshadowed by the excitement of the moment and the possibilities of the future.“It’s the end of a storybook,” James said. “One of the best movies you could ever see. It’s too hard to put into words. Thank God they’re staying the night. We get to have dinner (later). I know he has more games, but that’s the last one for us.” read more

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Does Torontos Game 1 Win Spell Doom For The Warriors

Check out our latest NBA predictions. sara.ziegler: FiveThirtyEight’s most valuable player (valuable in the most literal sense), Pascal Siakam had an amazing NBA Finals debut, scoring 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting. How surprised were you at how well he played?tchow: You could say Siakam was shining bright like a pendeloque last night.neil: LOLOur model definitely thinks highly of Siakam as a player, but I’m not going to say I saw him scoring 30+ going in. He had 32 points on 82 percent shooting!!! That’s the fourth-best shooting percentage in a 30-plus-point finals game EVER, according to Basketball-Reference.com.chris.herring: The Warriors got a lot of questions here about Siakam after last night’s performance. Draymond Green said it’s clear that Siakam is “a guy” now — meaning that we might not have treated him as a difference-maker before, but we sure as hell will now.sara.ziegler: He’s a ⭐️ now.chris.herring: Golden State basically acknowledged leaving certain guys open to begin the game in hopes of taking away Kawhi Leonard. That process worked, in a way. Leonard wasn’t efficient.But as a result, everyone else — particularly Siakam and Marc Gasol, who played brilliantly — got going. Danny Green was also himself again. And Golden State was never able to turn off that faucet.neil: Siakam might be a problem for the Warriors going forward. They didn’t have many good options to stop him. He scored 16 directly on Draymond. He also showcased his dangerous range as a 3-point shooter when rotations broke down or he trailed the play.chris.herring: I understand why GSW was willing to take that gamble with Siakam. He’s become very good from the corners but is right around 30 percent — if not worse — from above the arc. The real issue was letting him get whatever he wanted in transition. He was 5 of 5 in transition and hit 11 shots in a row at one point — the longest streak in a finals game over the last 20 years. As good as he is, that simply can’t happen in a game like that if you’re the Warriors.Golden State gave credit to Siakam but also largely chalked the game up to them not having seen this Raptors club before. They hadn’t played since early December, and Toronto has added Gasol, while Kawhi obviously took turns in and out of the lineup to rest.sara.ziegler: Yeah, no one was expecting this from Siakam, so game-planning it would have been tricky.chris.herring: I feel like I should get my apology in now.Although I don’t know if I’m apologizing to a person or an algorithm.neil: Or are you apologizing directly to CARMELO Anthony? Lol.chris.herring: Our model narrowly had Toronto winning this series. I ruled that possibility out pretty swiftly last week.But Thursday’s game was enough for me to think that their defense is good enough to win the series — particularly if Durant doesn’t return, and perhaps even if Durant is back but doesn’t jell right away after the long layoff.neil: I wanted to go back to what you said about loading up to stop Kawhi. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala did a good job limiting his efficiency, although it seems like that played a little into Toronto’s hands. Jackie MacMullan had a great reaction story about just how many other efficient options the Raptors have now if a team tries to focus too much on Kawhi.Only two of the seven Raptors who played at least 10 minutes averaged fewer than 1.2 points per individual possession, according to Basketball-Reference. (For reference, the Warriors as a team averaged 1.17 points per possession in the game.)sara.ziegler: And even with Kawhi bottled up, he still scored 23.neil: And! I worry about Iguodala’s health after he came up limping late. He did the bulk of the job guarding Leonard.tchow: So far, it looks like he’ll be OK, though.chris.herring: Yeah. That was the one other concern we mentioned in the preview: While the Warriors clearly could use Durant on offense, their defense becomes really, really thin on the wings without him. Especially if Iguodala is hurt or isn’t himself. This is now the second time he’s been banged up — he didn’t play in Game 4 against the Blazers, either.Speaking of Durant: The Raptors’ starting front court outscored Golden State’s 75-18.neil: 👀sara.ziegler: WowHow much of a problem is that for the Warriors? If there’s no scoring help for Steph and Klay?neil: Certainly Draymond wasn’t much of a factor. Yes, he got the rare 10-10-10 triple double, but he also shot 2 of 9 from the floor and was a minus-8.chris.herring: They’re now 29-2 when he records a triple-double.neil: And both losses have come this postseason.chris.herring: I think what we saw yesterday is this: The Warriors, without KD, don’t have anyone who can shoot outside of Curry and Thompson.sara.ziegler: That seems … bad.chris.herring: I think Quinn Cook is probably the most reliable guy outside of those two.neil: How weird is it to think about the Warriors not having enough shooting?chris.herring: That’s where Durant’s ability to get his own shot comes in handy. He forces enough defensive attention to where he can play other guys open. Generally speaking, Steph often commands a second defender’s attention, so that’s enough to get someone else open and get the ball moving. It’s a tougher task when the other team can guard him and everyone else straight up.sara.ziegler: And Klay doesn’t really create his own shots.chris.herring: We haven’t talked much about DeMarcus Cousins’s return, but that’s both the blessing and the curse of having himYou hope he can create an occasional double-team. But by the same token, his spot could have been used on a guard — and I think some people were of that opinion when they first got him: that the Warriors might have been better served by having another shooter.neil: Yeah, I thought the Warriors might go smaller and take somebody like Gasol out of the game, but either Kevon Looney or Jordan Bell played most of the game, and Gasol logged nearly 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Cousins played eight minutes and didn’t really do much of note.chris.herring: He looked a little rusty, but he made a few really nice passes.It’s tough to get your first playing time in weeks and weeks at this level, in the finals. Same may be true of Durant, honestly, if and when he comes back.tchow: It feels like it might be too soon to judge Cousins, but this is the problem of reintroducing someone like him back into the lineup during the finals.chris.herring: Exactly.neil: And that might be one of the ways our model was overrating the Warriors. It considered him one of the biggest talents of the series, which is true, but didn’t factor in the injury comeback.chris.herring: Not to mention the fact that Golden State has been better with Cousins off the court this season.Albeit with Durant playing more often than not.tchow: Yeah, Neil, it probably did overrate the Warriors because of his return. He ranked as the fifth most valuable player (behind Curry, Durant, Leonard and Lowry) according to our projections.neil: And at full health, that might be true in terms of skills. But that was a lot to expect with him easing back into playing.sara.ziegler: While Cousins did play a bit, the other injured Warrior was spotted high-fiving teammates behind the scenes. What did you make of Durant traveling with the team?neil: It has to be an encouraging sign for his chances of returning sooner rather than later, right?sara.ziegler: Is there a chance he plays in Game 2?chris.herring: No, it sounds like he won’t. Kerr was pretty firm about him needing to practice before having a chance to play.They’ll have another two practices — today and again on Saturday — before Game 2. But it doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready to practice here in Toronto before they suit up again Sunday.neil: The good thing about the finals is the sheer gap in days between games.Game 1 on a Thursday — Game 2 … all the way on Sunday.sara.ziegler: He has at least resumed “basketball activities,” which is my favorite phrase in all of basketball.neil: That reminds me, I need to go to the gym and “resume basketball activities” as well.sara.ziegler: 🤣So what do the Warriors need do to even the series?neil: Well, it seems obvious that Siakam won’t be down for 30+ again, so they have that going for them.chris.herring: Be a little less focused on stopping Kawhi to make sure that the other Raptors don’t overtake Jurassic Park again.And they have to slow Toronto down in transition, where the Raptors can be wildly efficient.It’s more of a question as to what they do differently on offense. But getting more stops and creating more opportunities to get out and run off those misses will ease some of that concern, I’d think.neil: Yeah, and that probably played a part in Toronto’s 24-17 disparity on fast-break points as well. Not enough stops turning into chances the other way.tchow: They have to play with rhathymia. (Am I using that right?) Just be the fun-loving Warriors we know.sara.ziegler: LOLtchow: I also agree with Neil in that the Warriors could afford to play smaller and get Gasol out of the game. He’s been solid all playoffs like an imbirussú for the Raptors. Otherwise, the Raptors could embarrass you again. Calembour intended.(OK, now I’m just forcing it.)neil: Tony, you’re banned from watching the spelling bee at work ever again.chris.herring: It’s a lot tougher for the Warriors to dictate the tempo without Durant. Playing smaller alone doesn’t get it done if you don’t have enough shooting to force the Raptors to come out and guard you on the perimeter.sara.ziegler: It’s interesting to me, too, that Kyle Lowry didn’t add much on offense again. He had as many field goals as charges forced. If he heats up, that’s a different wrinkle for Toronto.neil: Lowry continued his trend of being associated with strong Raptors play (+11) despite garbage individual stats.chris.herring: Frankly, if they’re getting what they got from everyone else — Green, Gasol and Siakam — they don’t need Lowry to do anything but bring energy. He had massive moments in that last series, and he’s always going to give you what he has on defense.It also helps a ton that VanVleet can stay attached to Curry so well in the minutes that Lowry is taking a breather.tchow: VanVleet was draped over Curry like a ferraiolone and actually guarded Curry for more possessions than Lowry in the end (33 possession vs. 16).chris.herring: O_______oneil: I’ve come around on this, Tony, and I applaud your spelling work here.👏 👏 👏 👏tchow: Can we all pretend to be a marmennill for a minute? What do you think is going to happen now? Do the Warriors still three-peat? Do the Raptors pull this off?sara.ziegler: Our model (which accepts Chris’s apology) now has the Raptors at 63 percent to win it all. That feels right to me.chris.herring: The Raptors are the lone team that the Warriors haven’t beaten this season, and they have now won all three matchups against Golden State. I expect Golden State to respond. But stuff will get SO interesting if Toronto takes Game 2 as well.neil: 63 percent kinda makes more sense than our pre-series projection, to be honest. Home teams that win Game 1 of the NBA Finals win the series 78 percent of the time, historically. So this suggests that Toronto has far less of a talent edge than the typical home team that takes a 1-0 finals lead. Which is definitely true.tchow: This is anecdotal, but I was chatting with my cousin who lives in Toronto during last night’s game, and he said: “There’s just one guy outside our building somewhere screaming at the top of his lungs, ‘Let’s go, Raptors, over and over.” I can’t imagine what that guy will scream if the Raptors pull this off. That city is gonna be WILD.neil: I love seeing how excited Toronto fans are. (Drake aside.) Nav Bhatia was going nuts trying to distract Warrior free-throw shooters.chris.herring: I decided to walk home last night, about 35 minutes to my hotel. These two people were shouting “Let’s go, Raptors!” for entire blocks. I thought it was a crowd of people, and it was actually just those two guys.But between that, and all the car horns going off last night, people are on a noisy cloud here right now. Sort of how Milwaukee was to begin the last series. So we’ll see how it plays out.tchow: The city is gonna be as loud as a large flock of emberizines. From ABC News: sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): One game into the NBA Finals, and #WarriorsIn4 is already over. But what a first game! The Toronto Raptors led for most of the contest but weren’t able to put away the Golden State Warriors until the very end.tchow (Tony Chow, video producer): I’m gonna be honest. I was second screening Game 1 because my eyes were glued to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. I learned some new words that I’m gonna try to sneak in here, so you all better have your dictionaries ready — I’m about to drop some 🔥neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Omg, Tonysara.ziegler: TonyThough, I’m not gonna lie, I turned to that after the game was over.neil: Fortunately, the NBA can’t declare an eight-way tie for the championship. (Sorry, Celtics.)sara.ziegler: Chris, you’re in Toronto right now. What was the game like up close?chris.herring (Chris Herring, senior sportswriter): The atmosphere was incredible, and loud — both during the game and then pretty wild after. The fans here are insane.I think the game was what we hoped it would be, after years of watching relatively uncompetitive series with a team that couldn’t defend Golden State well enough. The Raptors’ defense is no joke, and it challenged the Warriors all game long. Toronto presents real problems for a club missing someone like Kevin Durant.neil: Yeah, Chris, this was the Warriors’ 20th-worst shooting game of the season by effective field-goal percentage. They still managed to get to the line, but they had a lot of turnovers, and Toronto held the non-Steph Curry scorers mostly in check. Fred VanVleet even did an admirable job keeping Curry from truly exploding.chris.herring: The Warriors shot 23 percent on contested shots last night, the worst mark they’ve had in a playoff game in the Steve Kerr era, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.neil: And you have to think that Durant — one of the best tough-shot makers in history — would have boosted that some.chris.herring: Yeah. I’m really curious as to where Curry is going to have problems with VanVleet — we mentioned in our preview that he’d done very little scoring this season — averaging just 10 points per 100 possessions when VanVleet is the man defending him. 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Searching for the Grenfell Tower missing One familys frantic hunt for their

first_imgAfter seven hours spent racing from hospital to hospital, hunting for their loved ones, finally there was a glimmer of hope.A kind nurse at St Mary’s Hospital took pity on the family of Farah Hamdan and Omar Belkadi, who were last seen on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower, and went to search her beds, armed with descriptions of the couple, their two elder daughters Malek, seven, and Tazmin, six, and their six month old baby girl, Leena.“She went away and then came down and said: ‘there is a child that matches one of the descriptions’,” says Adel Chaoui, one of Farah’s cousins, who has been pounding the streets looking for them since Wednesday morning.“They were taken up and stood around the bed sobbing. She was sedated at the time. My brother was staring at another child in another bed.”He tapped my cousin on the shoulder and said: ‘look over there’, and when she looked she realised it was the other sister. Adel, who like his cousin Farah was born and bred in West London, was heading home for some much needed rest when I spoke to him on Thursday afternoon.He hadn’t yet been to visit Tazmin and Malek, believing that he could be of far more use to them pounding the streets trying to find their parents.“I won’t stop searching,” he says. “What we need is a statement – even if just to the families to say everyone at the hospital has been identified, if you’ve not been contacted, then don’t waste your time at hospitals. That would put everyone’s focus away from trawling hospitals. Four of the other missing Grenfell Tower residents missing after the blazeCredit:Facebook/Handout Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Four of the missing people “As much as it would be awful if my family is not [in a hospital], at least it allows me to put that part of it to rest and prepare myself for the worst.”For now, Adel is hoping against hope that Farah and Omar and their baby are lying unconscious but alive in a hospital, unable to identify themselves.“I want my aunt to have some sort of closure. I want her family to not be running around lost, wondering where the parents of these two beautiful girls are. That’s her daughter and her grandchildren.” “She was begging her, saying: ‘what should I do, what should I do?’ And eventually when her sister saw that people were being told to get out, get out now, she told her to do that.“As I understand it, she was blocked from doing so. If that’s blocked by smoke, by fire, or officials, or neighbours, I don’t know.“Is it a case of them being younger girls and their lungs needing less air to get down? Or maybe a neighbour brought them down, or they managed to get down to a floor that the fire brigade were present in.“They lived on the 20th floor so they wouldn’t have jumped out of the window. Maybe Farah and Omar needed far more lung capacity to get down and there was just too much smoke to make it, I don’t know.” I’m hopeful that they got out, which is why I’m trawling hospitals and trying to extract information from the policeAdel Chaoui Both Malek and Tazmin remain in a critical condition in hospital, while there is still no news of their parents and baby sister.With family members taking shifts to be with them, others – including Adel – continue the search.The family had already been to three or four other hospitals before finding the girls at St Mary’s, and even then it took half an hour of pleading with hospital staff before a nurse took pity on them.All they could do to continue their search was to keep going back to Chelsea and Westminster, to Kings College, to UCH, begging for news.Each time, they were told no one of that description had been admitted to the hospital. And so they went on to the next, and the next.With both girls seriously ill in hospital, the family still have no way of knowing whether their parents tried to escape with them.“We think they made a run for it,” says Adel. “I’m hopeful that they got out, which is why I’m trawling hospitals and trying to extract information from the police.”center_img “We have had no help from the police, we understand that they’re busy, but they’ve got casualties in the hospitals,” says Adel. “The hospitals had no idea who these children were – they didn’t even realise they were related.” Farah’s brother-in-law called Adel to ask him if the Red Cross could corroborate the rumour. Did they need to rush back to the centre of town? Two days have passed since fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower, and hundreds of families like Adel’s are still searching for their loved ones.Since yesterday morning, Adel has been cycling between hospitals and back to the Red Cross centre which has been set up at Latimer Road, trying to find Farah, Omar and baby Leena.It seemed no one could tell him anything about what had happened to his family, and if it weren’t for the kindness of the nurse at St Mary’s and the work of the Red Cross, Adel says they may still be without any news, lamenting the rigid protocol which means hospitals are not allowed to give out information. That they have had to beg for scraps of news is unthinkable. After the hospitals, the logical next step was the mortuary. “Last night I was going to cycle off to Westminster mortuary,” says Adel. “They refused to pick up the phone and I was convinced by other family members not to go.”In the past 24 hours, the Red Cross have begun to pull together a civil list, as people have stopped using the casualty line set up by police, and turned to the immediate community at Latimer Road in their search for sightings of their loved ones.“The Tenants’ Management Organisation had started a list and it was taken off them by the police,” Adel tells me.“There is an enormous amount of goodwill there and people would say ‘oh yes I knew her from the lifts and I saw her’, or ‘I didn’t see her’.”It was when he was at the Red Cross centre giving volunteers there Farah and Omar’s details that Adel received a brief glimmer of hope, as a rumour began to circulate that Omar might have been seen at King’s College Hospital. “I was lucky that they got a police officer to sit down on a call for 20 minutes until he got a concrete answer from King’s College Hospital that no they’d identified everyone there and Omar wasn’t one of them.“Otherwise that would be another hospital I’d be rushing to to try and cajole people into talking to me. That would have been another couple of hours lost when I should be with my family.“Every time we hear a rumour we’re having to react to find out if it’s our family. I bumped into many people in hospitals yesterday who were finding the exact same thing.”There was an elderly West African lady with a walking stick desperately trying to find her loved ones.” “She screamed: ‘that’s her sister!’ She wasn’t sedated, she was in an awful way, in a coma.”Their joy at finding the girls was cut short as the realisation dawned that Farah, Omar and Leena were not with them. Adel has learnt that Farah, 31, called one of her sisters in the early hours of Wednesday morning, frantic.last_img read more

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Despite Stacrafts status as a national sport Koreans are not playing Starcraft

first_imgIt’s common knowledge that Blizzard‘s extraterrestrial warfare RTS Starcraft is popular in Korea: heck, since the game came out in 1998, it has sparked not only a multi-million dollar local industry, but is even a national sport. With that in mind, it seems obvious that South Korea would be just going nuts over the latest sequel, Starcraft 2. After all, Blizzard made Starcraft 2 with the Korean market in mind, even going so far as to launch a local $30 million ad campaign in the Asian country. How could Koreans not be lining up to play Starcraft II?AdChoices广告Unbelievably, though, Koreans are staying away from the game, even as the original title continues to enjoy popularity. According to statistics, only two to three percent of Korean gamers are actually playing Starcraft II… a tiny number considering the overwhelming popularity of the first game in the country.What the heck happened? Basically, it seems as if Blizzard’s aggressive attempts to maintain control of the multiplayer aspect of the game have backfired. Starcraft is a multi-million dollar industry and e-sport in South Korea, sure, but Blizzard never saw a dime of that, so they introduced mandatory online Battle.net into Starcraft II, as well as a proviso making sure that any events and tournaments are authorized by Blizzard themselves.The result? Koreans still love Starcraft, but they’re not so rosy about Starcraft II, and Blizzard seems to have squandered the enthusiasm of an entire country in a misguided attempt to milk a few extra dollars out of the franchise.Read more at Next-Genlast_img read more

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Viewer numbers for 416 WWE Smackdown viewers drop

first_img WWE Smackdown Live Ratings: Viewers slightly up for 2019 Superstar Shake-up WhatsApp Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Facebook WWE 205 Live Results – 4/16/19 (Cedric Alexander battles Oney Lorcan in the main event) Last night’s 4/16 WWE Smackdown drew 2.45 million viewers. This is down from last week’s show that drew 2.63 million viewers.The show tied for second with “Vikings” drawing a 0.7 among adults 18-49.Source: Showbuzzdaily.com, TVbythenumbers.com Smackdown Highlights: Second night of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up from Montreallast_img read more

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Two of My Favorite Things

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 13, 2018 – Providenciales – Six of the Top 10 best beaches in the world – according to Trip Advisor – are in the Caribbean and it is an absolute favorite thing that the number one is in the Turks and Caicos Islands; Grace Bay Beach does it again!  People love the softness of the sand… they love the hues of blue and turquoise… they love the sunny conditions, year round and they love that the beach which spans 12 miles is never ever ever crowded.At No. 3 is Varadero Beach in Cuba!  The tripadvisor voters say it is paradise with a beach extending for miles… milk white sand… turquoise waters and warm water.  98% of those who have visited and who have commented on the travel booking website just love Varadero in Cuba.And those are two of my favorite things. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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NewPage Turns Down Another Verso Merger Bid

first_imgA pair of announcements yesterday and today have shed light on the on-again-off-again discussions between paper makers Verso and NewPage entertaining a potential merger agreement. In this latest round, Verso is essentially making it publicly known that it floated a stock and cash offer to NewPage first-lien noteholders back in May then superseded that with another term sheet in June, but Verso’s courting so far has been rebuffed by NewPage, which has been trying to finalize its Chapter 11 reorganization plan.Verso says it offered NewPage $150 million in stock and $200 million in cash plus $1.075 billion in Verso first-lien notes for a $1.425 billion value. In addition, Verso says it would pay for NewPage’s debtor-in-posession financing and for the priority claims associated with the bankruptcy. NewPage entered Chapter 11 last September. Rumors and actual discussion of a merger began in 2010 and seemed to fade out early in 2011. Verso has kept up the pressure with this latest proposal, but is facing yet another rejection.In its announcement of its offer yesterday, Verso expressed its frustration at the stonewalling. “Despite these advantages, Verso has been disappointed with the lack of progress in advancing its discussions with the first-lien noteholders. Verso continues to believe that its proposed transaction is the most sensible.”In a response announcement released today, NewPage says it thoroughly evaluated the unsolicited proposal and determined that the combined company presented “significant downside risks,” adding that the first-lien noteholders that Verso approached didn’t like the offer either.  “Accordingly, NewPage does not anticipate further discussions regarding this proposal.”NewPage reported $3.5 billion in revenue for 2011, down 3 percent from 2010. The company had a net income loss of $524 million in 2011.last_img read more

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EC dialogue with electronic media begins

first_imgBSS managing director and chief editor Abul Kalam Azad, Channel I director Shykh Seraj, Ekattor TV managing director Mozammel Babu, Independent TV executive editor Khaled Muhiuddin, Masranga TV chief news editor Rezwanul Haque Raza, Bangla Vision head of news Mostafa Firoz, NTV head of news Khairul Anwar Mukul, ATN Bangla head of news ZE Mamun, RTV CEO Syed Ashiq Rahman, Jamuna TV chief news editor Fahim Ahmed, Bangladesh correspondent of Voice of America Amir Khasru, Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) president Sakhawat Hossain Badsha and BTV director general SM Haroon-or-Rashid are among the participants. On Wednesday last, the EC sat in the dialogue with newspaper editors, journalist leaders, senior journalists and columnists. Four election commissioners — Mahbub Talukdar, Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury– and EC acting secretary Helaluddin Ahmed are present at the dialogue. Earlier on 31 July, the EC started its dialogue with civil society members. Election Commission begins dialogue with electric media journalists ahead of 11th national election. Photo: Prothom AloThe Election Commission’s (EC’s) dialogue with electronic media persons and senior journalists began at 10:15am on Thursday, aiming to take their opinions over the arrangement of the 11th national election, reports UNB. The next national election is likely to be held in late December 2018. The commission will seek opinions from the media persons over different issues, including electoral law reform and delimitation of constituencies, updating voter list, fixation of polling stations and awarding registration to new political parties. As part of the EC’s roadmap prepared for the next general election, the EC will also sit in talks with 40 registered political parties, election observers, women leaders and election experts. Out of 34 invitees, 22 electronic and online media persons and journalist leaders joined the talks with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair at EC’s Nirbachon Bhaban conference room.last_img read more

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20 BL college teachers injured in road crash

first_imgkhulnaTwenty teachers of Government BL College were injured in a road accident on Rupsha Bridge in Khulna early Friday, reports UNB.Principal of the college Jahidul Islam said a bus of Falguni Paribahan, carrying the teachers, overturned on the Rupsha Bridge around 12:00 am as its driver lost control over the steering, leaving 20 teachers injured.The accident took place when a group of teachers of the college was going to Dhaka to join a rally of BCS (General) Teachers’ Association scheduled to be held on Friday, he added.The injured were taken to Khulna Medical College Hospital and nearby clinics.last_img

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FEMA Dont Give Up When Disaster Assistance Request Is Denied

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:06 Listen So far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out $70 million to victims of the two big Texas flooding events in April and May.But it could be even more.FEMA’s Darrell Habisch said too many people give up after they receive a rejection letter.“Unfortunately, people are in a very emotional state, of course, after any disaster and they just wad up the letter and throw it away,” he said. “We don’t want that to happen.”Habisch said they should read the whole letter to understand the reasons for denial and what options they have. It could be such simple things as forgetting to sign the application or provide documentation of damage.Applicants have 60 days to appeal.“It’s not a very involved legal process,” he said. “It’s just a process where you have to say, oh, something is missing, so let’s take a look at this.”Habisch said disaster victims can either call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or go online to take care of it.People can apply for federal assistance within 60 days after a disaster declaration was issued for their area.FEMA is also warning residents of scammers.Habisch said the agency is still doing outreach in areas affected by the May floods in Fort Bend County, for example. “Our disaster survivor assistance team members will all have a photo ID,” he said. “They will be wearing FEMA gear. They will never ask for money; they will never ask for anything in return for registering people.”Habisch said people should call police and notify FEMA when they are approached by scammers.At least one scam has been reported in the Houston area.last_img read more

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Feeding Your Face

first_imgThey say that you are the food that you eat. Well, what if I told you that you are the food that you wear? Today there is a new trend and it includes “slathering” food on your face. It’s been proven that taking natural foods from the very kitchen that we eat from and using them as topical treatments can keep our skin looking healthy and pretty. Just imagine how attractive you will look when you spread natural honey all over your face and sprinkle dried oatmeal on it…a look to die for. Well, below are some foods that can be used to do just that:Honey – Not just any ol’ store bought honey but the “real thang.” If you can, find some locally produced, raw honey that has not been pasteurized. Because it is unprocessed, raw honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which are great for keeping your skin clean and clear from blemishes as well as acne. It is said that raw honey was used during World War II on open wounds to keep them clear from infection. Honey is also a natural agent which seals in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated.Egg – Both the egg yolks and the egg whites are wonder for your skin. The yellow yolks have a high level of vitamin A, which aids in the skin repairing itself. It also contains an agent called lecithin that softens skin. The whites of the egg contain over 40 proteins, as well as an abundance of water and can be used to help tighten the skin.Yogurt or Milk – both of these contain lactic acid. This type of acid acts as an excellent exfoliant. The vitamin-B in these dairy products also provides additional antioxidant benefits for the skin. Adding a little ground nutmeg to your yogurt or milk exfoliant can give you a natural microdermabrasion treatment.Lemons – or grapefruit, or oranges, or even kiwi can help clear extra oil from the skin. For those who are bothered with dark spots, this may be your answer. Rubbing citrus fruit on your skin’s dark spots supposedly will brighten the skin tone. The acid in citrus fruit works as an exfoliant that helps the cells regenerate. It is important to use a moisturizer after using foods high in acid on your face so that the important oils that have been stripped from skin will be replaced.Oatmeal – When oatmeal is ground into a fine powder, it is great for anti-inflammatory skin treatment, which makes it exceptionally good for skin disorders such as eczema. When it is mixed with water or a natural healthy oil, it can be made into a paste and placed on the affected area.Sugar: Sugar is a great exfoliant and helps you get rid of the dry skin patches. Mix with a little olive oil for best overall results.Oils: The oil cleansing method is quickly becoming a must-do for problem skin. As strange as it sounds, it’s even recommended for oily skin. The oil cleansing method (OCM) is based upon the concept that oil attracts oil and suggests that castor oil become the basis for cleaning. By using castor oil on the skin, you are pulling the nasty hard oil your skin produced away from your skin and replacing with good healthy oil that repairs your skin. To get the most benefit, castor oil should be mixed with another oil.For oily skin, use sunflower or sweet almond oil.For dry skin, use avocado or apricot kernel oilFor normal skin, use grape seed or jojoba oil.For skin prone to acne, use sunflower or hazelnut oillast_img read more

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Standard Chartered shares rise on settlement

first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img In a brief statement to the market, Standard Chartered said Wednesday that it “continues to engage constructively” with other U.S. agencies including the Department of Justice, the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.Shares briefly shot up to 1,473 pence, just above the 1,470 pence closing price on Aug. 6, the day the New York agency announced its charges.Despite the positive bounce on Wednesday, analysts said investors are likely to remain cautious about Standard Chartered shares until the other investigations are resolved.“While not wishing to down play the magnitude of such a settlement, we think this is an excellent outcome for the group, in terms of the size of the settlement, the fact that the banking license has been retained and the speed with which the issue has been resolved,” said Gary Greenwood, analyst at Shore Capital in London.Richard Hunter, head of U.K. equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Securities, said the bank “appears to have taken its rap on the knuckles and is preparing to move on.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Men’s health affects baby’s health too LONDON (AP) – Shares in Standard Chartered PLC opened 4 percent higher in London Wednesday, a day after it agreed to pay $340 million to a New York regulator to settle accusations that it hid illegal transactions with Iran and violated U.S. sanctions law.New York states’ Department of Financial Services had threatened to revoke the bank’s license to operate in New York, which would have hit Standard Chartered’s dollar-based businesses. Top Stories last_img read more

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Cairns meetings website wins award

first_imgSource = The Business Events The Business Events website for Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has won a Queensland Multi Media Award for Best Website with more than 51 pages.Director of Business Events Rosie Douglas said the award reflected the careful work which had gone into the site’s redesign to deliver ensured it delivered for meeting planners who are the main users of the site.“Cairns website designer Precedence took on board the feedback we sought from meeting planners by creating time-saving search functionality and an easy to navigate design,” she said.“The key features of www.businesseventscairns.org.au are enhanced product search functions, improved destination information and a comprehensive resource centre with an online version of the region’s Meeting Planner Guide, image library and case studies.“Since redesigning the website we have recorded more than a 100 per cent increase in unique site visits.”last_img read more

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Jailed for speeding

first_imgA 39-year-old was jailed for a month in Nicosia on Monday after he was caught speeding earlier this year.He was found guilty of speeding and reckless and dangerous driving.The man was caught doing 207 kilometres per hour on the Nicosia to Troodos motorway where the speed limit is 100 kilometres per hour.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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British envoy says Brexit wont affect tourism

first_imgBritish High Commissioner Matthew Kidd said he does not believe that Brexit will impact Cyprus’s commercial ties with the UK, including in the areas of tourism and trade, even as Cyprus is a country affected most by Brexit.Kidd, who was commenting in Greek in an interview to state-radio CyBC on Monday, said that the exchange rate of sterling and the quality of services offered to tourists will be important.“But Brexit itself will not impact tourism directly,” he said. “Also, commercial ties will depend on the performance of our economy. We believe that we have advantages which will allow us to successfully maintain (post-Brexit) business ties with the rest of the world and also Europe”.The UK is Cyprus’s most important source of incoming tourism, sector that accounts directly or indirectly for roughly a quarter of the economy.The British diplomat said that divorce negotiations which started this summer have produced progress in the area of the rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons living in other member states and did not rule out further progress in other areas in the next rounds of discussion.EU chief negotiator in the Brexit talks Michel Barnier said on Thursday that he hadn’t made decisive progress with his British counterpart David Davis adding that differences include the UK’s demand that it still has a say in the single market, the UK’s financial obligations after the divorce and whether the European Court of Justice can rule on matters concerning EU citizens in the UK.Kidd said that despite a drop in the exchange rate of sterling following the June 2016 referendum in which British voters decided to leave the EU, there are no second thoughts on Brexit. Words like hard or soft Brexit are not important, he continued adding that while “the solution will be complicated and difficult, it can turn out positive both for us and the other countries. This is the common target”.He also said that for students commencing their studies this and next year, the situation will remain unchanged and they will continue benefiting from the current tuition fees.“The sector will remain very important and we will find a solution that will allow students from Cyprus and elsewhere to continue to feel that Britain is a suitable country to study in,” he said.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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