National Spotlight Shines on Local Talent

first_imgN.S. FILM DEVELOPMENT CORP.–National Spotlight Shines on LocalTalent Three locally produced films have recently garnered sevennominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Televisionfor the 2004 Genie Awards. Among the nominees were three nods for the film Marion Bridge. Produced by Idlewild Films of Halifax, Marion Bridge tells thestory of three estranged sisters who come back together to carefor their ailing mother. Two of the nominations were in theperformance by an actress in a leading role category for RebeccaJenkins and Molly Parker. The third nomination, in the adaptedscreenplay category, recognizes Cape Breton native, DanielMacIvor, for his writing mastery. Marion Bridge is based on hisplay by the same name. Thom Fitzgerald’s The Wild Dogs, produced by imX communications,earned nominations in performance by an actor in a supportingrole (David Hayman), achievement in editing (Michael Weir) andachievement in music – original score (Sandy Moore) categories.The Wild Dogs weaves together a week in the life of severalcharacters living in Bucharest. Olympia Dukakis was nominated in the performance by an actress ina supporting role category for her role as a mother supportingher son’s decision to end his life in a second Thom Fitzgeraldfilm, The Event, produced by Emotion Pictures. “We are fortunate to have many talented filmmakers in NovaScotia. Our directors and writers push the edge regularly withcompelling stories and our producers are among the best in thecountry and internationally in recognizing quality projects anddeveloping innovative ways of completing these projects,” saidAnn MacKenzie, CEO Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation. The Genie Awards recognize excellence in Canadian filmmaking. They are set to air on Saturday, May 1 at 9 p.m. on ASN.last_img read more

Whats robbing Adele Céline Dion and more singers of their voices

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The music industry is placing more pressure on singers to perform live and audiences are craving big, bold vocals — a potentially dangerous combination.Céline Dion and Shakira both recently cancelled concerts because of voice issues. Sam Smith, Adele, and Michael Bublé were all forced to put their careers on pause due to vocal cord strain.Vibrating 1,000 times a secondIt all comes down to the delicate membranes of tissue in a person’s throat. As we exhale, air passes over vocal folds that vibrate 100 to 1,000 times a second, creating sound. But when vocal cords are strained, they swell. At first, singers may feel fatigued and their sound can become breathy because the vocal folds no longer close properly. Advertisement Advertisement Canadian jazz singer Sophie Milman has a close relationship with her doctor. It makes sense, given she’s the person that inserts a steroid directly into Milman’s vocal cords with a needle.Dr. Jennifer Anderson is one of a handful of doctors in Canada that specialize in relieving vocal cord strain, which is increasingly becoming an issue for singers. From opera singers to Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, performers like Milman come to the vocal clinic at the St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto looking for solutions.“I have had times when I left here in tears,” Milman said. “I usually don’t cry in front of Jennifer.” Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

People will decide who is an opportunist says Trivedi on Arjun Singh

first_imgKolkata: Taking a dig at Arjun Singh who joined the BJP on Thursday, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi said people will decide “who is an opportunist”. “I wish him all the best. People have their faith in Mamata Banerjee and they want her to play a bigger national role,” he said. Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress strongman and Bhatpara MLA Arjun Singh had joined the saffron party in New Delhi on Thursday afternoon, in the presence of senior BJP party leaders. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe legislator was miffed with the Trinamool leadership as he was denied a Lok Sabha ticket from the Barrackpore parliamentary constituency, presently represented by Trivedi. Singh is likely to be fielded from the Barrackpore parliamentary constituency as the BJP candidate. Asked about the same, Trivedi said: “In democracy, they can give him ticket. But people will decide who is an opportunist and who is not.”last_img read more

Belgium Police Interrogate Moroccan Man for Receiving Veiled Women in His

Rabat- A man of Moroccan origin was questioned by the Belgian police after his neighbors had complained about the presence of veiled women in his house, Alyoum24 news website reported.The man, identified as Ramzi bin Attiq, wrote on his personal Facebook page saying that his neighbors informed local authorities of “unusual movement” when they apparently noticed the presence of many women wearing the Islamic veil, coming in and out of the house where he has been living for years.Ramzi bin Attiq said that the “strange” incident came to an end when he finally managed to explain to the police that the veiled women showed up to his house in order to offer condolences to him and his family after the passing away of his grandmother. He added that the Police asked him to understand the fears and concerns of his neighbors fueled by some media outlets in the wake of the terrorist attacks in France last month and the recent manhunt of suspected terrorists in Belgium.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

Violence at French yellow vest protests prompts new rallies

PARIS — French police are investigating how a prominent yellow vest protester suffered a dramatic eye injury in Paris, as well as other protest-related injuries.Violence by protesters and the sometimes-aggressive police response have prompted a national debate since the anti-government movement kicked off two months ago.A counter-demonstration is planned Sunday in Paris by groups calling themselves the “red scarves” and “blue vests” to protest the violence.Paris police said Sunday they are investigating the eye injury of protester Jerome Rodrigues, among other protest injuries. Video images show Rodriguez collapsed on the ground Saturday near the Bastille monument in Paris, where protesters throwing projectiles clashed with police seeking to disperse them.The movement sees French President Emmanuel Macron’s government as favouring the wealthy. Most of its actions are peaceful.The Associated Press read more

CSN insists funds seized does not belong to CSN

“I was made to understand by officers of the FCID that this money belongs to a company by the name of Amtrad Holdings (Pvt) Ltd. Some media reports had mistakenly reported that one of the directors of Amtrad Holdings by the name of ‘Rohan’ – was myself,” Welivita said. Carlton Sports Network (CSN) has denied reports that funds seized by the Government last week belongs to CSN.CSN Director Rohan Welivita said that it was widely reported in the media that a sum of Rs. 157.5 million belonging to the CSN Channel had been confiscated by the Government. However he says the money said to have been confiscated does not belong to CSN nor does that money belong to any directors or shareholders of CSN from its inception to the present. Welivita said the confusion has damaged the reputation that he built up over four decades as a media person and an artiste. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Aphria says president Jakob Ripshtein is resigning June 7

LEAMINGTON, Ont. — Cannabis company Aphria Inc. announced Tuesday that Jakob Ripshtein, the company’s president, was resigning as it made several other changes in the executive suite.The company said Ripshtein will remain in his current role until June 7.The move came as the company named James Meiers as chief operating officer of its greenhouse, Aphria Leamington.Meiers joins Aphria from Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a natural and organic products company with operations in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Germany to launch home-grown cannabis farming as Aurora, Aphria subsidiaries win contracts Aphria shares tumble on low sales, impairment charge on Latin American assets Aphria review finds LATAM price within range, but identifies ‘conflicting interests’ in acquisition The company also named Tim Purdie as chief information officer and chief information security officer, and Maureen Berry as vice-president, corporate human resources.Aphria is still looking for a permanent chief executive since Vic Neufeld announced in January he would be stepping away from the role.Irwin Simon, Aphria’s interim chief executive, welcomed Meiers and Berry and the promotion of Purdie.“A top priority for us is to continue to build our executive talent and culture,” Simon said in a statement.“We believe today’s appointments demonstrate our commitment to adding depth, experience and leadership to our team as we further advance Aphria’s strategic priorities in Canada and around the world.”Aphria took a $50 million non-cash impairment charge related to its assets in Latin America earlier this year after the Ontario Securities Commission requested it perform an impairment test.Short-sellers alleged in December that Aphria’s acquisition of these assets in Latin America were purchased at “vastly inflated” prices, prompting the company’s board to task a special committee to conduct its own review.The special committee determined that the LATAM purchase was within an acceptable range, but the company said the impairment charge was due to a reassessment of the discount rate and financial forecasts due to new financial information. read more

USbased Lowes to buy Rona years after nationalist sentiment crushed deal

Rona Chairman Robert Chevrier, left, and Lowes International president Richard Maltsbarger shake hands at a news conferernce in Montreal, Wednesday, Feb.3, 2016. U.S. giant Lowe’s has proposed to buy Rona in a $3.2-billion friendly deal that would shake up Canada’s home improvement industry.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz U.S.-based Lowe’s to buy Rona, years after nationalist sentiment crushed deal by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 3, 2016 4:12 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2016 at 4:04 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Home renovation chain Lowe’s unveiled a $3.2-billion friendly bid Wednesday to acquire Rona, four years after nationalist sentiment protected the Quebec company from a hostile takeover from the U.S. giant.The deal is likely to shake up the fiercely competitive home improvement industry and comes after Lowe’s expanded its footprint in Canada last year.“I don’t feel that we’re giving up,” CEO Robert Sawyer said in an interview Wednesday. “I think it’s going to be a stronger company.”Rona has deep roots in Quebec that can be traced back to 1939, when a group of hardware stores was formed in response to a monopoly that the company says threatened its supply chain at the time.Years later, Rolland Dansereau and Napoleon Piotte took control of the company and renamed it Rona — a combination of the first syllables of their names. It has since grown to nearly 500 stores throughout Canada.“It’s a bit sad that a Canadian retailer gets gobbled up, but we believe that the Canadian market is not big enough for three major home renovation retailers,” said retail analyst Jean Rickli of the JC Williams Group, referring to Rona, Lowe’s and Home Depot.The prospect of a Quebec business mainstay falling into foreign hands drew a harsh response from Parti Quebecois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau, who said the deal was the latest sign of the province losing control of its economy.The announcement also sparked reaction from a union that represents workers at Rona. Teamsters Canada Local Union 1999 said the sale of a Quebec “economic showpiece” to American interests is raising concerns, even if Lowe’s is promising to maintain the majority of Rona jobs.“Managers at Lowe’s need to know that we’ll be very vigilant regarding the more than 2,000 Teamster jobs at Rona,” union local president Serge Berube in a statement.But Rona chairman Robert Chevrier downplayed concerns that Quebecers would object to the acquisition, noting that many of them shop at U.S. retailers such as Home Depot.“I’m not so sure there’s that much nationalism in the buying patterns,” he said at a news conference.While it hasn’t finalized its integration plans, Lowe’s said it plans to preserve existing jobs and Rona banners.For Lowe’s, the acquisition is a foray into Quebec and will allow it to expand its growth ambitions. Rona officials said they expected the company’s profits would have been hurt if its deep-pocketed U.S. rival had opened 20 to 30 stores in Quebec, which accounts for half of Rona’s revenues.“It would have been extremely challenging for the next five years in the competitive environment that exists in Canada and more so with the aggressive approach of Lowe’s opening more stores,” Chevrier said.Rona officials said the agreement would allow it to tap into the strength of a multinational company while preserving its brand, business relationships and most of its current operations. Lowe’s Canada president Sylvain Prud’homme would lead the merged company from Rona’s headquarters in Boucherville, Que.Lowe’s officials said they believe they can double the operating profitability of the combined Canadian company over five years after identifying more than $1 billion in opportunities including adding appliances to Rona stores, extending Lowe’s private label and e-commerce capabilities and leveraging its supplier relationships and enhanced scale.For Rona shareholders, Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) is offering $24 cash per common share (TSX:RON) — about double what the stock was worth at the end of trading on Tuesday before the announcement.The publicly traded shares closed Wednesday at $23.30, just below the offer price, with nearly 20 million shares traded on the day. The offer is about $10 above the $14.50 per share that was rejected in 2012. Lowe’s will also pay $20 for preferred shares and assume $445 million in Rona debt.Quebec’s Caisse de depot, which owns about 17 per cent of Rona, said it supports the deal.“Overall, la Caisse believes the transaction will result in equal or superior economic activity generated by the Rona banners in Quebec,” said the Montreal-based pension fund manager.With its network of 42 stores, Lowe’s trails Rona and Home Depot in Canada. But in the U.S, Lowe’s has the second-most stores in the home improvement sector after Home Depot.The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter after receiving regulatory approvals and the support of Rona shareholders by April 8.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had a headline that said the deal was worth $3.2 billion in cash. read more

Emery Dominates South Sevier

ETV News stock photo by Dusty ButlerThe Emery Spartans thrashed South Sevier in a region contest on Thursday afternoon.The first half was all Emery as the Spartans notched six goals while only letting one in, taking a 6-1 lead into halftime. After the break, the Spartans put in one more and shutout South Sevier to take the 7-1 win.Brock Winter was a force for Emery, scoring three of the team’s goals. Bryan McCandles, Colten Childs, Gage Mangum and Spencer Hadfield each recorded one goal apiece for the Spartans.Emery (4-3, 2-1 Region 15) sits in second in Region 15 standings behind the Grand Red Devils. The Spartans will look for another win on Tuesday, this time against Richfield (3-4, 1-3 Region 14). Kickoff will be at 4 p.m. at Emery High School.

Photo from Alaska trip wins vacation photo contest

“Summer time days in Alaska just don’t seem to end,” writes Marriott. “I snapped this photo at 3 a.m.” Marriott spent nine weeks in Alaska, where he “climbed mountains, hitched rides and practiced my beard-growing abilities.”We had nearly 40 entries and some incredible shots in this year’s “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” Photo Contest.From eating breakfast with a turtle and frolicking in water parks, to happy pigs and midnight races in Helsinki, The Brock News got fantastic entries from faculty, staff and students.Earth Sciences student Jordan Marriott earned first place for his photo of a 3 a.m. Alaskan sunset. Marriott’s shots also included a back-lit photo of a hitchhiker holding a sign asserting how safe it is to give him a ride, and his team doing a 14-day trek up the Matanuska Glacier. He took them during a nine-week trip to Alaska.“Not only was his summer vacation a really unique trip, the images were really nice,” said Julie Jocsak, award-winning photojournalist with the St. Catharines Standard who judged the contest. “I also like that he spent his summer vacation in the snow.”Marriott wins a $100 gift card from the Campus Store.• View all of the contest entriesSecond place went to Mercedes Walchuk, a first-year Brock student majoring in French. Walchuk took a 13,656-kilometre road trip with her mother, visiting spots such as the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah and the Petrified National Forest in Arizona. She wins a $50 gift card for the Guernsey Market from Brock Dining Services.“I really like the whole series of photos Mercedes submitted,” Jocsak said. “It was tough to decide what was the best. But in the end, I chose the one with her and the tree. It was a good way to take advantage of a great background and make a really interesting photo.”Third went to Alicia Lorenz, a fourth-year Visual Arts student who went to Italy, Thailand and China.“I’m not sure if you would call it an elephant hug or not, but I like the spontaneity of the photo,” the judge said.Honourable mentions went to:Brooklnn Cooper, who took amazing photos of her trip across Europe, particularly a photo on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland that impressed Jocsak for a photo that “says summer vacation to me.”Qian (Amy) Wen, whose night scene of a ship was impressive. “Night scenes are never easy, especially with moving objects like the ship in this photo,” Jocsak said. “The stark contrast of the red masts of the ship against the almost monochrome skyline make the photo.”Stephanie Bowes, whose black and white beach photo is “timeless”Second place: Mercedes Walchuk(see all of her photos)”Redwood Forest National Park, in California, while on a 13,656 km roadtrip with my mom this summer.”Third place:Alicia Lorenz(see all of her photos)”This picture is from a elephant refugee camp in Chaing Mai, Thailand where this baby elephant was giving out free kisses!”Honorable mentions:Brooklnn Cooper(see all of her photos)Brooklnn Cooper traveled across Europe, including the Cliffs of Moher in IrelandQiun (Amy) Wen(see all of Wen’s photos)”I took a trip to Hong Kong in the summer and find that night scene attracts me the most,” writes Wen. “When I enjoy the view in the Victoria Harbour, a ship with red sail came into my sight. With brilliantly illuminated building across the harbor, I took this picture.”Stephanie Bowes(see all of her photos)A beach shot in Port Dalhousie by Stephanie Bowes• View all of the contest entries read more

The 53 Best Franchise Players In The NBA 201617 Edition

14K. PorzingisNY22PF+0.0D. NowitzkiY. Jianlian39.7 7Anthony DavisNO24PF+1.8K. GarnettD. Favors45.6 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR A few years ago, Kevin Love would have ranked much higher on this list. But a couple of good-but-not-great seasons since joining the Cavs have dropped his standing within the league significantly. Ditto Blake Griffin — though Griffin’s problems have largely been the result of injuries, not underperformance. Griffin’s strong start to 2016-17 suggests he might be moving up the rankings soon. Also, check out Minnesota, with two point guards in this group. Ricky Rubio has always been a tantalizing player for statheads, but often a disappointing one; even this year, he’s been injured and played poorly in the two games he did suit up for. Kris Dunn is younger, but still a rookie, and he’s also been uneven in 2016-17 thus far. How he, Rubio and Wiggins perform will go a long way toward determining whether the T-Wolves live up to the playoff-bound expectations CARMELO set for them in preseason. We’re starting to enter the territory of elite players. Then again, the NBA is a notoriously top-heavy league, so all of the names in this group are still probably too young (Hi, Aaron Gordon), too old (Kyle Lowry) or too otherwise flawed to be the No. 1 player by value over the next six seasons. But this portion of the list features some fascinating possibilities for future league leaders, including John Wall and his breakneck speed, Damian Lillard and his endless range, and Kristaps Porzingis and Ben Simmons, who both have freakish star potential. (Though we won’t really see what Simmons can do this year until he returns from a foot injury.) And although Chris Paul slipped down to No. 12 from eighth place last year, he’s played like a man possessed in the early going this season. (Maybe the Clippers can win a ’chip with a star point guard after all!) Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 25Marcus SmartBOS23PG-7.7D. HarperJ. Givens32.3 6-YEAR PROJECTION 46Nicolas BatumCHA28SF-1.1A. EnglishR. Davis21.4 6-YEAR PROJECTION 51A. WigginsMIN22SF-1.9S. A.-RahimM. Beasley19.9 49Gorgui DiengMIN27C+2.1J. NoahS. Pollard20.2 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR 16Damian LillardPOR27PG+1.5R. AllenB. Roy39.2 36Blake GriffinLAC28PF+5.5P. GasolB. McAdoo24.2 Two weeks into the NBA season, it’s still too soon to come to many sweeping conclusions about the state of the league. Maybe the talent-stuffed Warriors will continue to underperform like so many superteams have before them; maybe they’ll click and start dominating. Maybe the Clippers really are the best team in basketball; maybe they’ll still have to reckon with the trend of point guard-led teams underperforming in the playoffs. Bottom line is, there’s a lot of basketball left to be played.In some ways, then, it feels more relevant at this stage of the season to check in on the state of the game at the player level. So we thought we’d use our CARMELO projections to update an analysis we did last year: finding the league’s top 50 (or thereabouts) franchise building blocks. These rankings are based on preseason projections, ordered according to how much value each player is expected to produce1Specifically, how much positive value; we quantify a player’s upside by adding up his wins above replacement and zeroing out negative seasons. over the following six seasons (including 2016-17). But for each player, I’ve also listed how much a player is exceeding (or underperforming) his preseason projected box plus/minus so far this season. We’re only a few games into the NBA’s infamously long regular season, but some players could play themselves up or down the list based on how they’ve performed thus far.In keeping with last year’s 53-player ranking, here are the 53 best franchise players in the NBA for 2016-17, according to CARMELO: 6-YEAR PROJECTION Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 53-41 26Kyrie IrvingCLE25PG-4.1S. CurryB. Gordon32.0 11Dr. GreenGS27PF+1.3L. NanceR. Reid43.1 13Ben SimmonsPHI20PF—C. BoshA. Bennett42.0 39Ricky RubioMIN26PG-7.0J. KiddA. Hill23.8 20Aaron GordonORL21PF-1.4L. DengM. K.-Gilchrist34.0 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR 34Kris DunnMIN23PG-1.5D. LillardL. Jackson26.0 Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 30-21 22Jimmy ButlerCHI27SG+2.4D. MajerleJ. Howard33.7 37Joel EmbiidPHI23C-0.1J. NoahM. Bradley23.9 44K. C.-PopeDET24SG+1.9H. HawkinsH. Barnes21.5 2R. WestbrookOKC28PG+6.2M. JordanG. Hill63.1 40J. WinslowMIA21SF-3.3K. GarnettM. K.-Gilchrist23.7 Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR 41D. ValentineCHI23SF-6.1K. HinrichR. Gaines23.2 35Kevin LoveCLE28PF-3.4J. SikmaS. A.-Rahim25.3 6LeBron JamesCLE32SF+0.5K. MaloneD. Wade50.0 Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 20-11 47B. IngramLAL19SF-0.2C. BoshA. Wiggins21.3 Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 43A. DrummondDET23C+0.7S. KempA. Biedrins22.2 Top NBA franchise players: Nos. 40-31 21D. CousinsSAC26C+1.6K. MaloneB. Griffin33.7 27G. HaywardUTA27SF+0.1C. MullinB. Roy30.1 24Kemba WalkerCHA27PG+3.8J. TerryE. Johnson32.6 33Otto Porter Jr.WAS24SF+4.3R. McCrayH. Barnes26.4 1Stephen CurryGS29PG-4.5L. BirdT. Porter73.0 23Paul GeorgeIND27SF-2.1D. WilkinsL. Hughes32.9 12Chris PaulLAC32PG+11.9J. KiddK. Johnson42.0 42Elfrid PaytonORL23PG-4.3B. DavisL. Wright22.9 8Kevin DurantGS28SF+0.4K. MaloneB. Daugherty45.1 28Nerlens NoelPHI23C—J. SikmaS. Swift28.6 6-YEAR PROJECTION Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 9G. AntetokounmpoMIL22PG+6.2K. GarnettR. Gay43.6 Based on “upside WAR” — wins above replacement with negative seasons zeroed out — over next 6 seasons. 15Rudy GobertUTA25C+0.2J. NoahD. Causwell39.5 In this neighborhood of the rankings, you’ll find a number of really solid players either entering or already in their primes, though not all of them have met expectations in the early going. Boston’s Marcus Smart, for instance, was a CARMELO favorite in 2016, but he didn’t have the star turn the algorithm expected and he’s been downright bad so far this season. (Unsurprisingly, Boston has also failed to meet preseason projections as a team this year.) But Charlotte’s Kemba Walker has been a pleasant surprise: His individual numbers have beaten CARMELO’s forecast,2He has a +6.6 BPM, compared to his projection of +3.0. and his Hornets are off to a 6-1 start. It could be another career season for a player who’s improved his BPM every year of his career. 17John WallWAS26PG+1.2J. KiddT. Evans38.0 19Kyle LowryTOR31PG-2.2G. PaytonG. Williams36.3 18D. JordanLAC29C-2.2B. WallaceE. Okafor36.6 53Jae CrowderBOS27SF+0.7D. MajerleH. Pressley19.4 5Kawhi LeonardSA26SF+5.1C. DrexlerW. Davis51.0 32D. RussellLAL21PG-0.1R. WestbrookZ. LaVine27.0 52Ed DavisPOR28PF-5.4D. DavisT. Battie19.4 30Victor OladipoOKC25SG-3.2R. AllenO. Mayo28.2 50Al HorfordBOS31C-1.3P. GasolT. Gugliotta20.0 PLAYERTEAMAGEPOS2017 +/- VS. PROJ.BEST CASEWORST CASEUPSIDE WAR Top NBA franchise players: The top 10 3James HardenHOU27SG+5.9L. JamesG. Hill62.7 4K.-A. TownsMIN21C+1.2K. GarnettJ. Smith59.4 31Paul MillsapATL32PF-1.5K. MaloneD. Roundfield28.2 45Eric BledsoePHX27PG+0.4K. LowryL. Drew21.4 38Steven AdamsOKC24C+1.7V. DivacJ. Valanciunas23.8 6-YEAR PROJECTION 29Derrick FavorsUTA26PF-5.2P. GasolS. Swift28.4 10Nikola JokicDEN22C-1.3S. KempZ. Pachulia43.2 48M. PlumleePOR27C-0.8J. NoahC. Johnson20.6 Al Horford at No. 50! That’s probably not what the Celtics were hoping for when they inked him to a $113 million contract, but he’ll also turn 31 in June and his reputation has always (slightly) exceeded his numbers. Meanwhile, Andrew Wiggins is an old hobbyhorse here at FiveThirtyEight, and — although his breakout season hasn’t quite materialized yet — CARMELO thinks he’ll start to show his true skills during the 2016-17 season. He’s not alone among the talented-but-kinda-raw perimeter types in this group, which also include Elfrid Payton, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and rookies Brandon Ingram and Denzel Valentine. CARMELO has been particularly high on Payton for a few years now, though he (like Wiggins) hasn’t shown many signs of turning that potential into production thus far. Finally, the top 10. And first, the surprises: Nikola Jokic at No. 10? (Twenty-year-old big men don’t put up the kind of season he had last year very often.) Giannis Antetokounmpo at No. 9? (His youth and versatility are great indicators for the future, and he’s playing even better so far this season.) Kevin Durant down at No. 8? (CARMELO is still cautious after KD’s injury-plagued 2015 season.) Anthony Davis, last year’s No. 1, dropping to seventh place? (You can read our analysis of AD’s down 2016 season here and here.) Defending NBA champ LeBron James below up-and-comers Kawhi Leonard and Karl-Anthony Towns? (This one depends how gracefully LBJ ages.)But at No. 1, we’re rolling with longtime FiveThirtyEight favorite Steph Curry. Although Curry is off to a weaker start than projected this season, his revolutionary 2015-16 season was one of the greatest performances in league history. Russell Westbrook is the greatest triple-double machine known to man (and has only added to his legend so far this season), so we’ll have to keep an eye on the Steph-Russ derby all season. But for now, Curry projects to contribute the most value of any NBA player over the next six seasons, to go with all the other Warriors high up on this list.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Indonesian teenager raped by brother jailed for abortion

Message Name(required) Submit Email(required) (CNN) A 15-year-old girl has been imprisoned for six months for having an abortion after her brother repeatedly raped her, according to an Indonesian court official.The girl was given the custodial sentence last week, according to Listyo Arif Budiman, one of the judges in the case and a spokesman for the Muara Bulian District Court on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.The victim’s 17-year-old brother, who raped her eight times in the last year, was given a two year sentence for sexual assault of a minor, Budiman said. The prosecution had originally petitioned for a one year sentence for the girl, he added, who had the abortion six months after becoming pregnant.The siblings, who were both represented by government lawyers, will see out their sentences in a juvenile rehabilitation institute, the spokesman said. They will receive job training to help them integrate back into society, Budiman added.According to Budiman, neighbors discovered the headless fetus and immediately reported the discovery to the police, who began an investigation. The girl admitted that the fetus was hers after the investigation began.The siblings’ mother is currently being investigated for facilitating the abortion.The girl should not be imprisoned because she is a victim, according to Maidina Rahmawati, head of research for the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform, an independent legal organization which aims to protect the rights of citizens.She added that while abortion was still a criminal offense in the country, court guidelines require judges to “carefully examine cases involving women, specifically in cases of sexual violence (due to) its complexity.”She told CNN that that it “is clear that the judge involved didn’t really examine this case…. they don’t look deeper into what things were really happening behind the case.”She added that the prosecution had sought a seven-year sentence for the girls’ brother, and that the state could still appeal the sentences. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrothers given life sentences for raping 10-year-old niece in IndiaNovember 3, 2017In “World”Qatar convicts ‘raped’ Dutch woman – for having sex outside marriageJune 13, 2016In “World”Argentine 11-year-old’s C-section sparks abortion debateFebruary 28, 2019In “latest news” Website read more

VIDEO watch ducks swimming for the first time and bloody loving it

first_imgRESCUED FROM FILTHY conditions where they were being kept by a hoarder, these ducks took some persuading to take to their natural habitat.But watch when the magic starts to kick in at around 0.52. Ducktales WOO-HOO!(Also watch out for the cat attempting some show-stealing near the end of the video)Uploaded by WoodStock SanctuaryVIDEO: Bear (huge) frightened away by woman (tiny)The best animal escape video you’ll see today>last_img

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1.#UNEMPLOYMENT: For the first time since May 2009, less than 400,000 are on Ireland’s Live Register. New figures from the CSO showed that the unemployment rate dropped to 13.2 per cent last month, but Minister Joan Burton said that it was still “unacceptably high”.2.#SPYING: The Tánaiste said today that he raised concerns over US agencies spying back in July. Eamon Gilmore said that he was satisfied with the US Embassy’s response, believing that Ireland was not under NSA surveillance. Gilmore later said “friends don’t bug each other’s telephones“.3.#LABOUR PAINS: The Labour Party lost another councillor today – the third is as many days. Wicklow County Council chaiman Jimmy O’Shaughnessy said that the “people at the top of the party” had “lost their way”.4.#ASSAULT: A priest in South Armagh was assaulted last night, the PSNI said. The priest had discovered three youths in the parochial house who then assaulted him, forcing him into a bathroom. He was taken to hospital for facial injuries.5.#GONE: Danske Bank announced that it will withdraw from the personal banking market in Ireland, shedding 150 jobs. Speaking to this morning, IBOA general secretary Larry Broderick said that today’s announcement represented a “sad day for banking in Ireland”.last_img read more

Ryanair finalises €12 billion order for 175 new Boeing planes

first_imgRYANAIR AND BOEING have completed a deal that will see the Irish airline buy 175 new aircraft – bringing its fleet to over 400.The deal, worth just over €12 billion ($15.6 billion) at current prices, will bring Ryanair’s fleet to over 400.Documentation for the deal was signed by Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary and his Boeing Commercial Airplanes counterpart Ray Conner in New York today.The purchase – of 175 ‘next generation’ Boeing 737-800 planes – will be the largest ever aircraft order by a European airline if it is approved by Ryanair’s shareholders later in the year.Ryanair said the agreement would also represent the single biggest investment in US manufacturing ever made by an Irish company, and would sustain thousands of manufacturing jobs at Boeing.Ryanair currently has a fleet of 305 Boeing 737-800 aircraft, about 75 of which would be replaced if the order is backed by Ryanair’s shareholders.The airline says the expansion of its fleet would help to expand its passenger base – which stood at 79.6 million in 2012 – to over 100 million by March 2019.“These 175 new airplanes will enable us to lower cost and airfares even further, thereby widening Ryanair’s cost and price leadership over other airlines in Europe,” O’Leary said.“They provide Ryanair with the additional capacity to exploit substantial growth opportunities that currently exist as many of Europe’s flag carrier and smaller airlines are restructuring and reducing their short-haul operations.”Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief executive Ray Conner said its partnership with Ryanair was “of the utmost importance to everyone at The Boeing Company and I could not be more proud to see it extended for years to come”.Shares in Ryanair were up by 4c to €5.84 in London this morning.Read: EU blocks Aer Lingus takeover, Ryanair says it will appeallast_img read more

Meet Irelands first ever gentoo penguin chick

first_imgTWO PROUD PENGUIN parents at Dingle Oceanworld, Co Kerry, have hatched Ireland’s first ever gentoo penguin chick.This chick is the first ever baby for mum Sneachta (4), and the second for dad Fletcher (7) who watched over the hatching.After a hatching process of ten hours, the chick was finally born just after midnight last Wednesday.The baby penguin weighed 116g (that’s less than an apple) at birth, and aquarium staff say it’s growing quickly.Both parents took turns incubating the egg, and are now splitting the job of feeding and keeping the chick warm. It’s a little bit camera shy. Source: Dingle OceanworldThe new arrival has caused great excitement for the staff, with some staying up late into the night to watch the egg hatch.It’s not yet known if the chick is a boy or a girl, as its DNA can’t be tested until it’s a couple of months old.Here’s a video of the baby penguin at just three days old: Source: Dingle Penguins/YouTubePreviously: A wedding could be on the cards for Ireland’s first gay penguins>last_img read more

At least four dead after avalanche in French Alps

first_img Tignes At least four dead after avalanche in French Alps Five people are still buried under a huge mass of snow,” said a rescue official. Share3 Tweet Email AT LEAST FOUR people have died in the French Alps after an avalanche engulfed nine people who were in an off-piste area near the ski resort of Tignes, rescue services said.“Five people are still buried under a huge mass of snow,” said a rescue official from nearby Albertville.The rescue workers initially said they had found two people dead and two alive, but later reported four dead.The police said the two people found alive appeared to have died shortly after being rescued.The avalanche, some 400 metres wide, was apparently set off by a group of skiers higher up, the ski station said in a statement.Two helicopters, rescue workers and sniffer dogs were searching for those missing, in the worst accident in France since the start of this year’s ski season.The accident near Tignes, a major resort near the Italian border, occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres.Monday’s avalanche risk in the area was listed as three on a scale of five.Before the avalanche, 13 accidents have been recorded in the Alps and Pyrenees so far this winter, claiming a total of three lives.Last winter there were 45 accidents and 21 fatalities.- © AFP 2017Read: Calls for UN to step in after Kim Jong-Un ‘personally guides’ ballistic missile launch 9,907 Views 2 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 13 Feb 2017, 1:59 PMcenter_img Feb 13th 2017, 1:59 PM Tignes Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Naryshkin Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Naryshkin Short URL By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

SC upholds HC bail to exMP Rana

first_imgHigh CourtThe Appellate Division on Monday upheld the bail granted by the High Court to former Awami League MP from Tangail-3 (Ghatail) Amanur Rahman Khan Rana in a case filed over killing of two Jubo League leaders, reports UNB.A four-member bench, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting a petition filed by the state seeking stay on the bail order.Talking to reporters Rana’s lawyer Monsurul Haq Chowdhury said now there is no bar to Rana’s release from jail following the court order.Lawyer Monsurul Haq Chowdhury stood for Rana while attorney general Mahbubey Alam and deputy attorney general Bashir Ullah represented the state.On 1 July, the Appellate Division stayed till today (8 July) the bail granted by the High Court to Rana in the case and asked the state counsel to file a regular leave to appeal petition by 8 July.Earlier, on 20 June0, the Appellate Division stayed the High Court order that had granted permanent bail to former MP Rana in the case, till 1 July.The High Court on 19 June granted permanent bail to Rana in the case.Baghil union Juba League leaders Mohammad Shamim and Mohammad Mamun went missing on 16 July, 2012 in the district town.The following day, Shamim’s mother filed a general diary with Tangail sadar police station.Later, police arrested several suspects over the incident when two of the arrestees – Shahadat Hossain, 16 and Hiron Mia, 27 – revealed that both of the Juba League leaders had been murdered as the order of MP Rana.Rana surrendered to the Tangail additional district and session’s judge court on 18 September 2016 ending his 22-month fugitive run in another murder case.last_img read more

TBS Digital Releases The Passage Short Film From Turners NowShuttered Super Deluxe

first_imgCould Super Deluxe win an Oscar posthumously?TBS on Friday released modern-day silent film short “The Passage” on its website and YouTube channel. The film comes from Turner’s Super Deluxe studio, which the WarnerMedia-owned programmer shut down last month.“The Passage” was created by and stars theatrical clown Philip Burgers. The 22-minute film follows Phil, a “sweetly mysterious and childlike wanderer,” traveling across a surreal multicultural landscape to escape the clutches of two bumbling pursuers.“The Passage” is available free to watch on at this link and on YouTube at this link, and is slated to be available to purchase on Apple’s iTunes. It’s also on the FilmStruck movie-streaming service for fan buffs — but only through Nov. 29, when the Turner/Warner Bros. Digital Networks service will cease operations. Popular on Variety Super Deluxe had been positioning “The Passage” as an Oscar contender. The short premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Among other laurels, it won best short fiction at the L.A. Film Festival and best comedy at Aspen Shortsfest, which are both Oscar-qualifying film fests, as well as the grand jury prize at the Nashville Film Festival.In “The Passage,” Burgers — an alumnus of French clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier — never speaks. Although the people around him speak, they do so in foreign languages and, purposefully, the film provides no subtitles. “The Passage” was developed at Super Deluxe and produced by Abso Lutely Productions. It is directed by Kitao Sakurai (“The Eric Andre Show”).“I hope that the spirit within the film – that sense of humanity, joy and playfulness that connects all of us regardless of our culture, race, or language – can keep on resonating. It’s a message that feels especially important in these times,” Sakurai said in a statement.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Latest traffic news sees long delays on M6 after vehicle fire

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailLong delays on the M6 this morning were caused by a vehicle fire which forced two lanes of the motorway to close. Emergency services were called to the scene on the southbound carriageway between junction 17, for Sandbach, and junction 16 for Stoke-on-Trent, shortly before 4am. Traffic monitoring company Inrix reports lanes one and two, of three, were closed since emergency crews arrived, but fully reopened by 6.10am. An Inrix spokesman said: “Two lanes were closed due to vehicle fire on M6 Southbound from J17 A534 Old Mill Road ( Sandbach  / Crewe) to J16 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent / Crewe). In the roadworks area. “All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Traffic was released by 6.10am. Lanes one and two (of three) had been closed until around 6.05am when traffic was stopped.” Highways England were also at the scene and urged drivers to take care when approaching the scene. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed fire engines from Crewe, Sandbach and Holmes Chapel had been sent to the scene shortly before 4am. A spokeswoman said:  “Fire crews were called to a lorry fire on the M6 southbound near to junction 16. Crews found that the rear axel of the lorry was on fire and crews, one wearing a breathing apparatus, used two hose reel jets to put out the fire. Crews also closed two lanes of the motorway, with assistance from Highways England, whilst they were tackling the fire.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more