Warriors Beat Cavs in OT, 108-100

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. — After an eight-day break, the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show. Only one kept it up for 53 minutes.And only one survived without a serious injury.Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4.“It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win,” Curry said of the overtime.In the finals for the first time in 40 years, the Warriors gave their long-suffering fans quite a treat. They rallied from an early 14-point deficit, absorbed a finals-best 44 points from James and shut down Cleveland in the extra session.James shot 18-of-38 from the field and had eight rebounds and six assists in 46 minutes. But the four-time MVP missed a long jumper at the end of regulation, and Cleveland missed its first eight shots of overtime — and 12 straight going back to the fourth quarter.“We got to do more around him,” Cavs coach David Blatt said.Adding to the Cavs’ frustration, point guard Kyrie Irving limped to the locker room after aggravating his troublesome left knee in overtime. He did not return.With Kevin Love already out, the Cavs obviously need Irving. He missed two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of knee and foot injuries and sounded unsure of his status for Game 2 on June 7 in Oakland.“Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little worried,” said Irving, who buried his head in his hands at his locker and left on crutches.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he hopes Irving is able to play the remainder of the series. “I mean that,” Kerr said. “You probably don’t believe me, but I mean that.”There were 13 lead changes and 11 ties in a game tightly contested across the board. There was little edge in shooting (Warriors 44.3 percent, Cavaliers 41.5 percent), rebounding (Warriors 48, Cavaliers 45) or assists (Warriors 24, Cavaliers 19).The biggest difference might have been the benches. The Warriors’ reserves outscored the Cavs’ 34-9, with J.R. Smith the only Cleveland reserve to score — and he was 3-of-13 from the field.In the end, it came down to the biggest stars making plays — or not.James and Curry carried their clubs through the fourth quarter, trading scores and assists in a back-and-forth duel in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596 — most wearing those blinding, golden yellow shirts. Both also had a chance to win the game in regulation.Curry, the current MVP, beat Irving off the dribble and moved in for the go-ahead layup. Instead, Irving blocked Curry from behind, Smith came up with the rebound and the Cavs called a timeout with 24.1 seconds left.James, trying to end Cleveland’s 51-year championship drought, dribbled down the clock and missed a contested jumper over Andre Iguodala just inside the left arc, and Iman Shumpert’s desperation shot nearly went in at the buzzer, sending a collective sigh through the crowd.The Cavs never came so close again. “I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before,” James said. “It’s a make or miss league, and we had our chances.”James hit a game-winning 3 over Iguodala two seasons ago with Miami from almost the same spot. Iguodala wasn’t about to let it happen again.“I kind of knew that play he wanted to get into, just going left, step back, and I was right there on him,” Iguodala said.Curry drew two deep shooting fouls at the start of overtime and made all four free throws, and Harrison Barnes hit a corner 3 just in front of the Cavs bench to give Golden State a 105-98 lead with 2:02 to play that had fans screaming at full throat.Irving, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, limped to the bench trying to shake off his troublesome left leg after the play. He was replaced by Matthew Dellavedova.The Warriors went ahead 108-98 on free throws with 1:16 to play. James’ layup with 8.9 seconds left accounted for Cleveland’s only points in overtime.James, who missed three shots and had two turnovers in overtime, walked off the court in frustration as time expired.Klay Thompson, who wasn’t cleared to play until June 2 after suffering a concussion last week, scored 21 points and Iguodala added 15 points for a Warriors team that started slow but closed with a flurry.“That’s what we’ve been doing the whole year,” Thompson said, “wearing down teams.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

MORNINGSIDE AVENUE WORK SHIFTS TO PHASE TWO

first_imgPHASE TWO OF THE RECONSTRUCTION OF PART OF MORNINGSIDE AVENUE IN THE PETERS PARK AREA WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY.THE CITY’S ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT SAYS WORK WILL SHIFT FROM THE NORTH SIDE OF THE STREET ACROSS TO THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE AVENUE BETWEEN SOUTH ROYCE TO SOUTH NICOLLET STREETS.TRAFFIC WILL BE ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION IN THAT SECTION OF THE AVENUE.SIDEWALK PAVING WILL ALSO TAKE PLACE AND ACCESS TO BUSINESSES WILL BE MAINTAINED.THE PROJECT IS SET TO BE COMPLETED BY NOVEMBER 21ST.last_img read more

Enduring allure of all-conquering All Blacks makes them big in Japan

first_imgJapan rugby union team All Blacks fall behind before brushing aside brave Namibia at Rugby World Cup Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Akio Ohisi, one of those Japanese All Black fans outside the ground, says this means “we’re already familiar with many of the All Black players from the Top League, but we don’t know the Europeans, because we rarely get to see them”. But then the Top League pulls in crowds of only about 5,000 and a lot of the other people here are what Ohisi calls “niwaka” fans – newbies attracted by the All Blacks’ cachet.You can find plenty of that down at the Adidas store in central Tokyo, where they are running an All Blacks-themed art exhibition with works by Noritake Kinashi, huge swirling psychedelic designs inspired by the All Blacks’ “playful creativity”. Those aren’t necessarily the first words that come to mind when you think of, say, Colin “Pinetree” Meads, but still, inside, the queues for one of the All Blacks’ limited-edition bomber jackets is so long it’s doubling back on itself.Out front there were a couple of young kids shouting at the passing out-of-towners. “Hey All Blacks!” they say in what seems to be their only piece of English. “All Blacks! Very cool!” Show Steve Hansen fears tackle red cards could swing World Cup knockout games • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Rugby World Cup pool permutations: who needs what in the last week? Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. The man who captained Japan in that match, Masahiro Kunda, thinks of it as a noble failure. The reason Japan lost so badly, he’s said, was because he told the team “no matter how many points we concede let’s go and score a try”. That strategy didn’t work too well, so four years later Japan had a different one. Rugby World Cup Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Hide Thank you for your feedback. It’s not just about money. The NZRU has been encouraging its players to come up here, too. Not just old stars – though Dan Carter is playing in Kobe – but squad players. Guys such as 31-year-old flanker Matt Todd, who might otherwise be weighing up offers from clubs in Europe. The short Japanese season means they can get back in time to play Super Rugby. The NZRU’s head of professional rugby recently described it as the “lesser of two evils”, since the alternative is losing them for good. There hadn’t been a single New Zealand-born player in the team they took to the 1995 World Cup – for the 1999 tournament they had five of them, including the former All Blacks Graham Bachop and Jamie Joseph, who is now their coach.It wasn’t just the national team. A lot of the top schools arranged exchange schemes, too, and kids from New Zealand started coming over to study here for a year abroad. Some, such as Michael Leitch, ended up staying. Established Japanese players started going back the other way, such as the scrum-half Fumiaki Tunaka, who played for Otago and then Highlanders, and his back‑up, Kaito Shigeno, who spent 2015 playing for Ponsonby and Auckland.The last thing New Zealand needs is more players, but, on the other hand, they do want more fans. There are only 4.75 million people in New Zealand and they have already made fans of most of them. According to the NZRU’s annual report it put a “special focus” on marketing in Japan last year, turning out Japanese language posts on social media and sending Steve Hansen, and other All Black grandees, on special visits to the country during the summer. Whatever that cost, it will have been offset by the $1m fee the little city of Kashiwa paid for the right to host their training camp for four days.center_img Read more Read more Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph is a former All Black who also played for Japan at the 1999 World Cup. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Topics Twitter In Tokyo the crowd was so thick there were policemen with bullhorns on every corner urging you to “please stay close to the person in front of you and keep moving”, but I latched on to one bewildered New Zealander who had stopped in a far corner. His name was Dave Ward and he had just got in from Wellington. “Jeez, it’s like a home match,” Ward said. “I got to the station and it was like a sea of black in front of me. I’ve never seen so many New Zealand fans.”Ward shouldn’t have been so surprised. The All Blacks have spent years building their brand in Japan. That match against Namibia was the fifth Test they’ve played here in the last year, and the seventh in the last decade. They have got commercial partnerships with two Japanese firms, Nissui and Mitsui Fudosan, and two of their main sponsors, AIG and Adidas, have been running expensive PR campaigns here, too. AIG’s advert, in which the All Blacks hare around Tokyo tackling people out of the way of crashes and accidents, is running on a loop on the little TV screens fixed in the subway trains. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Three hours before kick‑off, the little square outside Tobitakyu station was already overflowing with New Zealand fans, spilling out down the road towards Tokyo Stadium. The ground holds 50,000 and by the time it was full you could see at least three-quarters of them were wearing black, mainly branded All Blacks swag. Jerseys, jackets, caps and flags. It didn’t matter that most of them have never even been to New Zealand. It’s been like this at every game the All Blacks have played. They had the best part of 65,000 at Yokohama, almost 40,000 at Oita, where they were packed so tight around the front gate that the jam made the buses late. New Zealand rugby union team Facebook The All Blacks first toured Japan in 1987 but the game everyone remembers was in 1995, when the two teams played each other at Bloemfontein in the World Cup. The All Blacks won 145-17, which is still the record for the most points ever scored in a Test. In Sapporo, I met Len Schinkel who is half Japanese, half New Zealander, and spent his childhood moving between the two countries. “Rugby used to be big here,” he said, “but when we lost to New Zealand so badly in the 1990s everyone stopped watching. They only started again when we beat South Africa in 2015.” Was this helpful? Rugby World Cup 2019 Pinterest Rugby union features Read more Sportbloglast_img read more

First Nation sues tug firm BC Canada over fuel spill that caused

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia First Nation whose fishing grounds were soiled by a diesel spill when a tug boat ran aground is suing the owner of the vessel for alleged negligence and the federal and provincial governments for what it calls an unacceptable response.The Heiltsuk’s territory centres in the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s central coast, and its lawsuit says the fuel spill decimated members’ livelihoods, its clam fishery and took a toll on first responders.The American-owned tug the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground and sank near Bella Bella on Oct. 13., 2016, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel fuel, lubricants, heavy oils and other pollutants.The Transportation Safety Board released a report in May saying a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch.Elected Chief Coun. Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council told a news conference Wednesday the legal action in B.C. Supreme Court hinges on loss: “Loss of food, loss of employment, loss of culture and loss of trust.“I cannot overstate the importance of Gale Pass to our community,” she said, referring to the nation’s food harvesting, village and cultural site.Slett said two years after the spill, the provincial and federal governments as well as Houston-based tug boat owner Kirby Offshore Marine have declined to do a meaningful environmental impact assessment to determine the extent of contamination on the surrounding land, sea and marine life.“Though we have made several requests, Canada and B.C. have refused to acknowledge their duty to consult with us on the framework guiding the environmental impact of the spill,” she said, adding the First Nation is hoping the legal action sets a precedent for oil spill response for the province and the country to prevent the type of “chaos” that resulted after its experience.“There’s a value that has been passed down by generations, that says, ‘When the tide goes out the table is set.’ It is fundamental to our way of life. We harvest foods that are vital to our way of life, like clams and seaweed.”The allegations have not been proven in court and no statements of defence have been filed on behalf of the governments or Kirby Offshore Marine.The Attorney General of Canada did not respond to a request for comment.British Columbia’s Environment Ministry said in a statement it is committed to working with the federal government and to “engage with Heiltsuk as appropriate for a federally led initiative.”Matt Woodruff, spokesman for the Kirby Corporation, said in a statement that the company’s lawyers “will take the appropriate actions to defend our interests in court.”Besides compensation for missed harvesting opportunities, the Heiltsuk incurred costs associated with environmental testing and its own investigation, Slett said, adding the First Nation is working to assess overall damages, which would be in the millions of dollars.The First Nation is seeking clarification on several key matters as part of its lawsuit, including Canada and British Columbia’s duty to consult communities affected by spills and whether Aboriginal title applies to the seabed and foreshore.“This has never been decided by Canadian courts,” Slett said of water rights versus land claims.“Canada claims it owns the seabed and B.C. claims it owns the foreshore. Meanwhile, nations like ours have occupied the oceans and foreshore in our territory long before contact and have never ceded, surrendered or sold our title.”Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt, who was a first responder after the spill, said the nation was misinformed about the seriousness of the spill and given the wrong location.“When we arrived we were not given any resources, when the materials and crew did arrive they were ill equipped and disorganized.”Booms were not deployed around the Nathan E. Stewart for 12 hours and were the wrong type and incorrectly set around the tug, causing them to break apart by the currents, Humchitt said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said costs associated with the First Nation’s investigation would be in the millions.last_img read more

STARZ LAUNCHES IN CANADA

first_img Facebook Streaming on Sunday, March 10 before its television premiere on STARZ that evening at 10 p.m. ET, the new, coming-of-age, half-hour comedy series NOW APOCALYPSE was created by Gregg Araki and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. It was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and stars Canadian actor Avan Jogia, as well as Tyler Posey, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, and Roxane Mesquida.Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, the series follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends as they explore identity, sexuality, and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on, or if he is just smoking too much weed. Karley Sciortino, author, Vogue.com sex columnist, and creator and host of SLUTEVER on Viceland (also available on Crave), co-wrote the series with Araki and serves as consulting producer.STARZ subscribers in Canada have access to the following series across two television channels, the SVOD platforms of participating television providers, and on the STARZ streaming service (available as an add-on to Crave), with new programming being added every month.AMERICA TO ME, Season 1 (March 10)BLACK SAILS, Season 1-4BOSS, Season 1-2COUNTERPART, Season 1-2DAN VS., Season 1-3DAVINCI’S DEMONS, Season 1-3THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, Season 1GRAVITYMAGIC CITY, Season 1-2 (April)NOW APOCALPYSE (March 10)PARTY DOWN, Season 1-2POWER, Season 1-4 (Season 5 coming soon)SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Season 1-4SWEETBITTER, Season 1 (new season 2019)VIDA, Season 1 (new season 2019)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY (coming soon)THE WHITE QUEENTHE WHITE PRINCESSWRONG MANIn addition, STARZ is home to hundreds of classic films with new titles launching every month. March sees the premiere of fan favourites such as The Breakfast Club (March 3), Big Trouble in Little China (March 8), Olympus Has Fallen (March 6), Patch Adams (March 8), This Is 40 (March 9), Sixteen Candles (March 10), Do the Right Thing (March 10), My Best Friend’s Wedding (March 16), American Graffiti (March 17), Step Brothers (March 22), Les Misérables (March 23), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (March 24).How to get STARZ in Canada:On two linear channels and the on demand platforms of participating television providers.Via the STARZ streaming service which is available directly to all Canadians with access to the internet as an add-on to Crave for an additional $5.99/month. It can be accessed at Crave.ca, and the Crave app on iOS and Android, and Apple TV Generation 4, with additional platforms rolling out in the coming months.About Bell MediaBell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, digital media, and more. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services. Bell Media is Canada’slargest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 109 licensed radio stations in 58 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral, an out-of-home advertising network of more than 30,000 faces in five provinces. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; video streaming services including Crave, TSN Direct, and RDS Direct; and multi-channel network Much Studios. The company produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; owns a majority stake in Pinewood Toronto Studios; is a partner in Just for Laughs, the live comedy event and TV producer; and owns Dome Productions Inc., one of North America’s leading production facilities providers. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX,NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. Learn more at www.BellMedia.ca.About LionsgateThe first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world.  In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies.  Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure.  The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.About StarzStarz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that produces and distributes premium streaming content to worldwide audiences across subscription television platforms. Starz is home to the flagship domestic STARZ® brand, STARZ ENCORE, 17 premium pay TV channels and the associated on-demand and online services, including the highly-rated STARZ app. With the launch of the STARZPLAY international premium streaming platform and STARZ PLAY Arabia, Starz is expanding its global footprint in a growing number of territories. Sold through multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 10,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular programming. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Now Apocalypse – Key Art Advertisement Advertisement Starz; Crave (CNW Group/STARZ) Advertisement TORONTO, March 5, 2019 – STARZ has officially launched in Canada, delivering a slate of the bold, diverse, and genre-bending programming that has already established the channel as one of the leading pay television services in the United States. STARZ is now the Canadian home of all new STARZ original programming, select library titles, and classic films from all eras, including the new millennial comedy series NOW APOCALYPSE from acclaimed filmmaker Gregg Araki who’s behind such indie hits as Kaboom, the winner of the first-ever Queer Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.Life is just a crazy adventure. See for yourself when #NowApocalypse premieres March 10 on the @STARZ App. https://t.co/UfYLw5Q2b2 pic.twitter.com/vwaqydu2my— Now Apocalypse (@NowApocSTARZ) March 4, 2019Available as an add-on to Crave for $5.99/month and as two linear channels (following last week’s rebrand of Encore), Canadians now have access to a lineup of buzz-worthy STARZ originals that also includes the highly anticipated spy-thriller THE ROOK premiering this summer; past seasons of popular titles such as POWER, PARTY DOWN, and THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE; critical darlings VIDA and SWEETBITTER; hundreds of fan-favourite movies, and more. Twitterlast_img read more

National Energy Transition Morocco Makes First Steps in Carbon Market

Rabat – The State Secretariat for Sustainable Development is organizing the National Carbon Market Conference on Friday, July 7 in Rabat, where it is expected to announce Morocco’s integration to the carbon market two weeks after the adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Morocco is expected to officially integrate the carbon market today. Seven months after the organization of COP 22, the conference aims to present Morocco’s first feedback on the Climate Change conference, as wells as the best practices of the carbon market around the world, informing and involving state and non-state actors as well as soliciting their contribution and commitment, the State Secretariat said in a statement.The National Carbon Market Conference also constitutes an opportunity to galvanize international financial institutions and climate finance and to promote the leading role of Morocco in the implementation of the Paris agreement. This integration is expected to be announced today during the conference gathering some 200 to 300 high-level personalities, political, economic and financial decision-makers from Morocco and around the world, particularly Africa.During the Energy Forum held yesterday in Casablanca by the CGEM, Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary General for Sustainable Development, underlined the importance of this step, especially after the adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) two weeks ago by the Ministerial Council. Considered a benchmark for all national sustainable development policies, the adoption of the NSSD would therefore be immensely supported by Morocco’s integration to the carbon market, a crucial step in pursuing environmental commitments made by Morocco before and during COP22.El Ouafi highlights a number of advantages of this integration, including a paradigm shift in production and consumption. “The sequence of these different stages will undoubtedly bring about major changes in production and consumption patterns and will constitute a major turning point in our ecological transition process,” the Secretary General explained yesterday during the Energy Forum. El Ouafi also confirms “Morocco’s unwavering determination to continue its transition to an economic model based on the fight against the harmful effects of climate change.” A crucial step in Morocco’s transition processMorocco’s energy transition is conditioned by four major pillars, which are the frameworks for national environmental action. If the energy transition, as a strategic orientation, constitutes the first pillar, the national environmental charter, Morocco’s engagement in fighting greenhouse gases (GES), and the implementation of an energy transition model are the three others.Due to Morocco’s economic situation and the international status of the carbon market, including low demand for carbon credits, this national debate will help mobilize economic sectors to become more involved in the carbon market through sectoral strategies, thus generating high-quality carbon credits as well as a strong involvement in the international system.The National Carbon Market Conference, launched in partnership with the World Bank four months before COP 23, will maintain the momentum generated by COP 22 by capitalizing on its results and in particular by launching the study Design of the Carbon Market model. read more

BC government to eliminate tolls on two Vancouverarea bridges

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. — Premier John Horgan is citing fairness and affordability for his fledgling NDP government’s decision to eliminate tolls on two major Vancouver-area bridges in time for the Labour Day weekend.Tolls will come off the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges on Sept. 1, a move Horgan said is aimed at treating commuters in the Lower Mainland the same as those travelling in other parts of the province.“The tolls, in my opinion, are unfair,” he told a news conference in Port Coquitlam on Friday.“If you live in Kelowna you don’t pay tolls to cross a bridge. If you live on Vancouver Island you don’t pay tolls to use the highway. If you live in Whistler you don’t pay tolls to use public infrastructure. You shouldn’t have to pay tolls because of where you live in Maple Ridge or Surrey or other points south of the Fraser River.”Horgan said eliminating tolls will save an average commuter $1,500 a year and commercial drivers crossing a bridge once daily will pocket at least $4,500.Getting rid of tolls will also allow commuters to get home earlier as they stop using alternate routes “just to save a few bucks,” said Horgan, whose announcement fulfills a key election promise for his minority NDP government.“Families will benefit mostly from this decision,” he added.About 121,000 vehicles a day use the Port Mann Bridge connecting Coquitlam and Surrey, and about 40,000 use the Golden Ears between Surrey and the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge area.Green Leader Andrew Weaver called the decision “reckless” because it transfers $3.4 billion in debt from the Port Mann Bridge to the province, leaving less money to spend on social programs.“There is no question that the affordability crisis facing so many British Columbians is a significant concern. However, this policy is high cost and low impact,” he said in a statement.“It is disappointing that the first major measure that this government has taken to make life more affordable for British Columbians will add billions of dollars to taxpayer-supported debt.”The Liberals promised to eliminate tolls on the Port Mann Bridge and work to eliminate them on the Golden Ears in a throne speech before they were defeated in a confidence vote about two months ago that allowed the NDP to form a government.On Friday, the Liberals said the NDP’s decision does not consider the long-term financial implications for the province.“The premier himself said today that people shouldn’t have to pay tolls based on where they live,” finance critic Shirley Bond said in a news release. “Transferring the debt from these bridge projects to the province is essentially telling northern and interior British Columbians that their tax dollars will be subsidizing Metro Vancouver commuters.”Both bridges are still in the red, years after being built. This year’s provincial budget projected the Port Mann Bridge would lose $88 million in 2016-17 and $90 million in 2017-18. The Golden Ears Bridge lost $45.2 million in 2015.Horgan said the decision will cost the province about $132 million this year and that can be managed without affecting borrowing costs.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said about 180 workers will be affected by the elimination of tolls. While all of them won’t lose their jobs, there will be job losses, she said.The toll to cross the Port Mann Bridge is $3.15 for cars, pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles, and $9.45 for commercial vehicles. The toll on the Golden Ears is $3.20 to $4.45 for cars, and $9.45 to $10.70 for commercial vehicles. read more

14 reasons Johanna Konta is the best woman in Britain right now

first_img3. She has won £2m prize money… so farBefore the 2016 Australian Open, Konta had won 11 International Tennis Federation singles titles and four doubles titles in her career, and accrued £600,000 in prize money.The £937,000 cheque sitting in her purse from the Miami Open will be a welcome validation for all the years of hard slog. Not to mention the £550,000 reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon will net her.As well as giving a proportion of it to her parents, the balance of her Miami winnings was apparently be reinvested in her support staff, led by Belgian coach Wim Fissette. No flash watches or country mansions for Konta, she is determined to improve her game, not her property portfolio. So humbled by this whole experience. Thank you so much to everyone for their continued support! #grinningeartoear pic.twitter.com/QuKMnB5SYk— Johanna Konta (@JoKonta91) April 1, 2017 “If she wasn’t a tennis player she would probably be at the big summer festivals…. She loves all that.”She’s funny because she’s quite a contained, shy introverted person off court, but actually there’s a performer in there.”She said if she wasn’t playing tennis she could see herself up there with Coldplay on a big stage in front of 50,000 fans. I think that tells you a little bit about Jo, why she’s so happy on the big courts.”13. She doesn’t mind posing for selfies with fansWell, if a Chelsea pensioner asks… But Konta has always said that her sights are firmly set on a grand slam trophy – and now that dream is closer than ever. She reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year, but Wimbledon 2017 is her best chance so far.“I’ve always wanted to become a grand-slam champion, and to become the best in the world. Without that, the victories aren’t as sweet or the defeats as motivating.”  Born in Sydney to Hungarian parents – her dad, Gabor, is a hotelier and her mum, Gabriella, a dentist – she initially trained at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona.The family moved to England in 2005 when Konta was the age of 14, basing themselves in Eastbourne.Konta used to compete as an Australian – her sister still lives in Sydney – but finally became a British citizen in 2012 having “wanted GBR next to my name for a very long time.” Having spent much of her young life living and training here, she gently points out to anyone who questions her nationality, that she has played more tennis in Britain than anywhere else. The 5ft 11in tall player – who also speaks fluent Hungarian – now lives in a London apartment with a view of the Thames, which she bought herself.   8.  She is hard as nailsKonta is determined to get to the top. And that means she has no time for sitting back and revelling in the glory of winning a few matches. Konta after her win in MiamiCredit:REX She has triumphed over world number two, Simona Halep, to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time and today will take on Venus Williams on Centre Court. The first woman to reach the last four since Virginia Wade in 1978, Konta is making SW19 history. And if you didn’t know her name a week ago – you certainly will now.The 26-year-old’s star has steadily been on the rise for the past couple of years. In April this year, she won the biggest title to be held by a British female tennis player since Wade won Wimbledon in 1977 – taking home £937,000 prize money after she beat Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Miami Open.The British player is quickly becoming one of our favourite sports stars – understated and unfailingly calm on court.  Konta having a selfie with Chelsea Pensioner John Griffiths  12. She is a festival fanJo’s Twitter profile says that, in an ideal world, she’d spent every night at a concert. And  Sam Smith, former British number one, has confirmed that she is a “big music fan”. So far, she’s been quick to shut them down and that includes avoiding questions about her new boyfriend, 24-year-old photographer Jackson Wade.Her previous partner, believed to be former coach Kether Clouder, was referred to only as “The Boyfriend”.5. She’s a foodie, who rates ice-creamIn a recent interview, Konta said fame and attention did not interest her.“I’m not unaware of it,” she said, “but it’s as big as you make it, really, and it becomes as important as you want it to. It’s very much not the focus point of my career. It’s not what I play tennis for.” Instead, she seems to live a very normal life away from the court and has fast gained a reputation as a foodie – attributing her recent success to a diet of fish, eggs, passion fruit and chia pods. According to her Twitter bio, her other great loves are music and ice cream: “I play tennis during the day. Would love to go to concerts most nights. I take gelato very seriously.” 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. Konta with the GB Federation Cup team in February 2017center_img 4. She keeps her relationship under wrapsKonta has generally avoided the spotlight. But her rapid rise to stardom had lead to inevitable prying into her private life. “Unless I’m physically unable to compete, once I commit to something I look to follow through on it,”  she once said.9. She used to drive a Peugeot hatchbackShe may not be outwardly interested in splashing the cash, but Konta’s sudden prosperity has finally allowed her to exchange her old Peugeot hatchback for a natty red number (though it was provided by her sponsor, Jaguar). 10. She loves bakingNot satisfied with her rising star in SW19, Konta also has one eye on the rise of her cakes. Baking has been an unlikely distraction throughout the tournament. She beamed when describing her talent for making the perfect muffin, which she brings to Wimbledon for her team most days.“I love to talk about my baking,” she said. “Today, I had white chocolate and raspberry. So far, they are the biggest hit. Prior to that, it was chocolate chip. But I forgot the vanilla essence.”She also rates her roast potatoes – something surely only a true Brit could be passionate about.11. Everyone adores herScour the headlines for a negative comment about Jo Konta and you’ll be out of luck. Anyone who has ever worked with her, speaks of her highly. The words that come up, time and again, are ‘friendly’, polite’ and ‘well mannered’. Former junior tournament director Trevor Adamson told the Daily Mail: “You get a few of that age who can be quite difficult but she was never a problem. She was very well mannered and spoke very well, nice to tournament staff, good to deal with and so were her parents.” 2. She has her sights on a grand slamKonta, who picked up a racquet aged eight, played her first Wimbledon in 2012 courtesy of a wild card. She lost to American Christina McHale in the first round.Last year’s tournament saw her make it past the first round for the first time, before losing to Eugenie Bouchard in the second. Indeed, many considered 2016 a “traumatic” year of tennis for the young player. Konta with the GB Federation Cup team in February 2017Credit:Getty Images  14. She’s not afraid to be emotionalAndy Murray might have encouraged her to show more emotionon court, but Konta’s mask does slip sometimes. She admitted to crying after losing the Australian Open quarter final to Serena Willliams, and broke down in tears during the Federation Cup, when Romanian coach Ilie Nastase swore at her.The 26-year-old may be known for playing in a ‘tennis bubble’ and not letting herself get distracted on court, but that doesn’t mean she’s robotic… 6. She is close to her familyA portion of her prize money has been earmarked as payback for those closest to her: her father Gabor and mother Gabriella, who shuttled the whole family around the world during Konta’s teenage years in search of the best training environment. Indeed, not only is she bringing an end to Britain’s talent drought on the women’s tennis circuit, but she also seems to be a thoroughly normal, unshowy sort of person.So here’s what you need to know about Britain’s shiniest sports woman…1. She’s lived all over the worldFor many tennis players, becoming truly successful at a young age seems to involve spending your childhood in intensive training camps all over the globe. Konta’s teenage years were no exception. Konta having a selfie with Chelsea Pensioner John Griffiths Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley  “I would love to get my parents a house somewhere or a place in the country,” she said when she spoke to press after the Miami Open win. “That’s next on the saving-for list. I’m sure a portion of my prize money will go nicely into that.”7. She is utterly unshowyShe keeps a relatively low profile on social media and also seems to have an impressive amount of perspective on the game. Unlike some of the young bucks coming through in men’s tennis who throw their egos around the court, Konta appreciates what she has now and how hard she has worked to get there.“It wasn’t that I was a bad tennis player before,” she said last year. “Reaching 150 is still an incredible accomplishment. Not many people can say ‘I was top 150 in the world for something’ in any discipline.”For me, it was a question of maturity. I needed to go through certain life experiences, and not just on the court, to make me into the competitor that I am, and also the person.” Konta after her win in Miamilast_img read more

Ion multiplie ses gammes

first_imgIon multiplie ses gammesC’est un programme chargé qui nous attend sur le stand de la société ION lors du prochain CES 2012.  En effet, avec ces accessoires très axés sur le jeu, ION chouchoute les utilisateurs de produits Apple.A commencer par l’iPad, qui aura le droit à son tout premier scanner, le Docs2Go. Ressemblant à un dock audio, il suffit de poser l’iPad dessus, de télécharger l’application adéquate. Ensuite, vous insérez votre document dans le scanner, qui l’avale, pour rendre la numérisation presque instantanément à l’écran de votre iPad. Très pratique lors de déplacement, le Docs2Go serait commercialisé à un prix entre 149 et 179 dollars, mais aucune date n’a été précisé par ION.À lire aussiAu zoo de Washington, les orangs-outans jouent et apprennent avec un iPadPour le côté plus ludique, la GuitarApprentice débarque. Un accessoire en forme de guitare, de taille réelle, où vient s’emboiter un iPad. Ce dernier, via un logiciel de guitare, affichera les cordes sur l’écran à l’instar du prototype Itar que nous avions déjà présenté. Seul hic, on ne joue qu’avec la main droite, donc l’apprentissage de la guitare (qui se joue à 2 mains n’est-ce pas…) n’est que partiel.  Quoi qu’il en soit, cet accessoire sera vendu au prix de 99 dollars (un peu moins de 80 euros).Enfin, la dernière nouveauté de l’américain ION, est l’iCade Mobile. On y fixe son iPhone ou iPod Touch et l’accessoire se transforme en véritable console portable, avec un pavé multidirectionnel et 4 boutons. L’iCade Mobile s’adapte même à la bascule de l’affichage (mode paysage à portrait) de votre terminal ! Le support sera vendu, quant à lui, pour 79,99 dollars (un peu plus de 60 euros).Le 9 janvier 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

New Nintendo Switch Model is Reportedly Coming in 2019

first_imgAccording to a report by The Wall Street Journal (via Kotaku), Nintendo plans to release a new model of the Nintendo Switch sometime in the latter half of 2019.The report itself is light on details, but the system will “likely share many features with the current version and be compatible with existing Switch game software.” Nintendo hopes this new iteration will boost sales of the handheld/console hybrid. As for compatibility, it makes sense that this new system would play nice with existing software. It’s doubtful Nintendo would want to alienate the millions of Switch owners.However, it’s also possible the new Switch will have some sort of additional features. Apparently, Nintendo “is still debating what new hardware and software features to include in the upgrade.” Hardware-wise, one of the options being discussed is a new screen found in “more recent smartphone LCDs.” This would make it “make it brighter, thinner and more energy-efficient.”AdChoices广告Nintendo released a new version of the 3DS which had the ability to play titles the original 3DS could not. Despite that, users could still play their old 3DS games. This is likely what Nintendo hopes to do with this new Switch model. Switch’s current screen does a fine job of displaying vibrant images so it’s hard to imagine a new screen making the graphics look any sharper. But, a new, more energy-efficient screen would certainly extend the life of the system in handheld mode.Right now, we don’t have much to go on beyond what The Wall Street Journal is reporting. Personally, I’m excited to see what new features (if any) the system has. I’ve never been a fan of the Switch’s graphics (at least compared to consoles like PS4 and Xbox One). Perhaps the new system can boost its graphics while in docked mode? I don’t want to speculate here, but the possibilities are exciting. We’ll keep you posted on any updates as they become available.last_img read more

Pereira ready for United role – Mourinho

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho insists young midfielder Andreas Pereira has the mental strength to fight for a role at the club.The midfielder has spent the last two years on loan in Spain with Valencia and Granada but looked very impressive during United’s preseason this summer.Mourinho thinks playing in Spain for two years as a loanee for Granada and Valencia has helped“I wasn’t happy that he didn’t play in his best position for Valencia,” he said, according to Daily Mail.“But from a human point of view, I think it was a great experience. He became more of a man, more ready physically and mentally.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Then it was the question in the Premier League to play him in the position we think is the best, to educate him, to help him understand the position.”“The fact that we had only three midfield players for the pre-season, he had to play all the five matches for 90 minutes which was very good for him.”Mourinho took off the player after 45 minutes against Brighton last weekend with United 3-1 down but Pereira could get another chance against Tottenham on Monday night at Old Trafford.last_img read more

Mississippi Water Levels Expected to Sustain Barge Traffic Through January

first_imgThis week the Army Corps of Engineers indicated that the Mississippi River will be able to sustain navigation through the end of January for towboats and barges at a 9-foot draft. The Corps attributed the good news to successful work to remove the rock pinnacles and the release of additional water from the Carlyle Lake Reservoir to augment water depth on the mid-Mississippi.While this is very good news, the waterways industry continues to express concerns that low water restrictions could re-emerge and the uncertainty of long-term water levels creates costs and inefficiencies for shippers that must make logistical decisions weeks in advance. The waterways operators are urging the Corps to provide assurances that all options to maintain navigation remain on the table.The American Soybean Association (ASA) remains engaged with the Corps, waterways industry, and Congress to ensure that all appropriate actions are taken to maintain necessary water levels and that sufficient funding will be provided for the Corps dredging and maintenance activities for the duration of FY13 and future years.last_img read more

NYPD Cop ambush killer told passersby to watch

first_imgNEW YORK — The gunman who fatally ambushed two New York City police officers in their squad car had a long criminal record, a hatred for police and the government and an apparent history of mental instability that included an attempt to hang himself a year ago, police said Sunday. Ismaaiyl Brinsley approached people on the street moments before opening fire and asked them to follow him on Instagram, then told them to “watch what I’m going to do,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.A portrait of the shooter emerged as big-city police departments and union leaders warned officers to change up their routines and insist on extra backup a day after Brinsley carried out what he portrayed online as retaliation for the slayings of black men at the hands of white police.Investigators were trying to determine if Brinsley had taken part in any protests over the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, whose names he invoked in his online threat, or simply latched on to the cause for the final act of a violent spree. Police said he had no gang affiliation.Brinsley, 28, had at least 19 arrests in Georgia and Ohio and a troubled childhood so violent his mother was afraid of him, police said. Brinsley had also ranted online about police and government and expressed despair about his own life, Boyce said.last_img read more

Services Want Tenant Bill of Rights

first_img ADC AUTHOR Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson wants to “put a little more leverage into the hands of the renters,” she told Reuters this week. She is working with the Army and Navy to put a tenant bill of rights in place following national uproar over the condition of some privatized housing.She proposed letting military families break their leases or withhold payment if landlords do not fix pressing concerns, for example.Wilson has instructed wing commanders to inspect all 50,000 privatized houses by March 1, according to the article.U.S. Air Force photo by Tommie Hortonlast_img read more

Borough Seeks Railroad Funds

first_img The legislative appropriation for the rail spur is at the top of the Borough’s wish list, approved by the Borough Assembly in the fall. The rail link between Houston and the port is necessary to make Port MacKenzie a viable economic engine for the Borough and the rest of the state, according to Moosey. But the Borough’s priority list,  and Moosey’s November comments, were made before oil prices went into freefall in December.The total cost of the rail link is estimated to be 272 million dollars. Part of the spur has been completed, but the Borough needs the state to ante up more money to complete the job.Within a month of his election, Governor Walker released a trimmed down version of the state budget that cuts spending by some 600 million dollars, with capital projects taking the brunt of the cuts.  But  Moosey is not losing optimism concerning the rail spur appropriation, for several reasons.“With this latest drop in oil prices.. we are very heavily dependent, as everybody knows, on state oil. By finishing up this rail project, it helps us to bring additional resources to the market to really give us a piece to help diversify the Alaska economy.So, with that, we think we have a great opportunity here.”Moosey says the rail spur is 2/3rds  complete, and he is meeting today [Friday ] with LNG producer WesPac. WesPac wants to build an LNG plant at Port MacKenzie to ship LNG to Fairbanks, possibly competing with a state plan to truck LNG from the North Slope. Moosey says the WesPac project would be funded entirely by private money, cutting state costs in the process.“There has been a push and quite a bit of investment on energy and planning on bringing North Slope LNG down to Fairbanks. And that investment was going to be at least 300 million $ from the state. The WesPac project which will bring to the city gate cheaper product, does not have a single dollar investment from the state of Alaska.  So that is one good point. ”In December, Governor Walker announced a state agreement with Japan- based REI to construct an LNG export facility at Port Mac. The gas would come from Cook Inlet. Teddy Pease, a staffer at REI’s Anchorage office, says the shipments do not depend on rail access to the Port MacKenzie dock.Construction of the rail spur has come under criticism by some conservation groups, notably Cook Inletkeeper, because of concerns about costs and about possible impact on salmon habitat. In August of last year, Joe Perkins, the Borough’s executive for the rail extension project, told the Borough Assembly that the rail project is over budget and behind schedule. Work on the rail link started in 2008, but Perkins said that the way it had been funded, through yearly legislative appropriations, had not worked to keep costs down.“We had intended to have the train running by now, had we received sufficient funding to do that. So, we have had some impacts from delays in funding. Our construction management people are having to stay a considerable number of years past what we have anticipated, same thing with our engineering people. So, again, the way this thing has been funded with eight different appropriations and some more to come, has certainly increased our costs.” The rail spur construction was divided into six segments. Three are complete, and another near completion. Perkins said that a major cause of cost over-runs were delays spurred by litigation against the project filed by the Sierra Club and Cook Inletkeeper.  The lawsuits caused stop work orders which lasted months. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has since given the go ahead for the project. The price of oil briefly dipped below fifty dollars a barrel early this week, highlighting state budget concerns.  Governor Bill Walker has issued a statement putting six major state – funded projects on hold.. among them, the Knik Arm Crossing and the Susitna- Watana Dam. Both those projects were slated for the Mat-Su. Missing from the governor’s hit list, however, is a state appropriation for the final phases of the Port MacKenzie rail spur linking the Port with Alaska Railroad’s main line in Houston.Download Audio John Moosey, Mat Su Borough manager, told a joint session of the Anchorage Assembly and the Borough Assembly on November 14 that it will take 120 million dollars to finish constructing the Port MacKenzie rail spur. Moosey told the panel that several investors are waiting, like California based WesPac, which is ready to build an LNG facility at the port, but the plan is contingent on rail link access.“We need to have some funding to keep this in step.  Because if the WesPac project goes, they will need rail service in two years. And we are also working with REI, which has a Japanese market.  So, our problem with how the state has been dribbling out the money is that we can really not tell our customers when the rail will be complete.  It has always been our top priority every year for the past seven years. The legislature has been good at getting us the funds.”last_img read more

Nagam to return to TDP

first_imgHyderabad: Will TDP play the minority card to resurrect the party’s political prospects in Telangana? It appears that the party is mulling over the prospects and possibility of fielding candidates from the minority community proportion to their population in the ensuing municipal elections. The issue was discussed at a surprise meeting held between the party national president N Chandrababu Naidu and the TPCC leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy. The meeting also raised many eyebrows and speculations are that Janardhan Reddy may stage a homecoming. Naidu was here for the weekend. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Reddy has been staying away from active politics ever since he was defeated in 2018 Assembly elections. He, apart from being a minster in Naidu’s Cabinet, was considered to be a close aide of the TDP chief during Naidu’s heydays in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. He was also the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee. Reddy quit TDP when Telangana movement was at its peak and floated his own political outfit. However, as his party drew blank he shifted to BJP. As he did not get the kind of importance he had expected in the saffron party, the veteran Telangana leader opted out and joined the Congress party. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Sources said that Reddy and Naidu exchanged their views on the political developments that have taken place after the Lok Sabha elections in two Telugu States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Reddy is learnt to have expressed his desire to play active political role in Telangana. The winning prospects of the Congress in the municipal elections is also said to have figured during the meeting. Earlier, TDP leaders from Telangana K Dayakar Reddy, Arvind Kumar Goud and minority leader Tajuddin also met Naidu.last_img read more

Attorneys for Botham Jeans family Criticize Affidavit in Dallas Shooting

first_imgBy The Associated PressAttorneys for the family of a Black man who was shot and killed by a White Dallas police officer who says she mistook his apartment for hers are criticizing an affidavit that gives a narrative of what happened.The lawyers said the arrest affidavit released Monday contradicts neighbors’ accounts. Amid their concerns, though, the district attorney said the case against Amber Guyger will get a hard look by her office and be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter in last week’s shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean.Brandt Jean, center left, brother of shooting victim Botham Jean, hugs his sister Allisa Charles-Findley, during a news conference outside the Frank Crowley Courts Building on Sept. 10 in Dallas about the shooting of Botham Jean by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. He was joined by his mother, Allison Jean, second from left, and attorney Benjamin Crump, second from right, as attorney Lee Merritt, right, speaks to the media. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)Benjamin Crump, one of the attorneys for Jean’s family, said the affidavit “is very self-serving.” And Lee Merritt, who is also representing the family, called it an attempt to “condone what happened, give her a break.”The document, prepared by a Texas Ranger, appeared to be based almost entirely on Guyger’s account.Guyger, a four-year veteran of the police force, told investigators that she had just ended a 15-hour shift Thursday when she returned in uniform to the South Side Flats apartment complex. She parked on the fourth floor, instead of the third, where she lived, according to the affidavit, possibly suggesting that she was confused or disoriented.When she put her key in the apartment door, which was unlocked and slightly ajar, it opened, the affidavit said. Inside, the lights were off, and she saw a figure in the darkness that cast a large silhouette across the room, according to the officer’s account.The officer told police that she concluded her apartment was being burglarized and gave verbal commands to the figure, which ignored them. She then drew her weapon and fired twice, the affidavit said.She called 911 and, when asked where she was, returned to the front door to see she was in the wrong unit, according to the affidavit. Authorities have not released the 911 tapes.The Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Jean died of a gunshot wound to the chest. His death was ruled a homicide. Guyger was arrested Sunday night and booked into jail in neighboring Kaufman County before being released on bond.At a news conference Monday evening, Merritt said two independent witnesses have told him they heard knocking on the door in the hallway before the shooting.He said one witness reported hearing a woman’s voice saying, “Let me in! Let me in!” Then they heard gunshots, after which one witness said she heard a man’s voice say, “Oh my God! Why did you do that?”Merritt said he believes those were Jean’s last words.As for the contention that Jean left his front door ajar, Merritt said Jean was a “meticulous individual” who made it “a point to close the door behind him.”“He put everything in a particular place,” Merritt said.He said Jean had a red doormat outside his apartment door. “In fact, to ensure no one mistook his apartment the way this officer is claiming in this case, he went out and bought the biggest, brightest red rug and placed it right there at his doorstep,” Merritt said.Merritt has represented relatives of an unarmed Black teenager who was fatally shot in the back by a White police officer in June while fleeing a traffic stop near Pittsburgh.Crump is best known for representing the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. Martin, 17, was fatally shot in 2012 in Florida by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic man who was a neighborhood watch captain. Brown, 18, was shot to death in 2014 by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.“Black people in America have been killed by police in some of the most unbelievable manners,” Crump said earlier Monday, citing “driving while Black in our cars” and “walking while Black in our neighborhoods.”Now, he said, “we are being killed living while Black when we are in our apartments.”Protesters gathered at police headquarters Monday night in Dallas, The Dallas Morning News reported. Several dozen blocked traffic as they marched about half a mile from the headquarters. Police fired pepper balls to help control the crowd at one point.Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said the decision to allow Guyger to surrender somewhere other than Dallas County’s jail was made by the Texas Rangers, who are also investigating. She emphasized, though, that her office is conducting its own probe.“We are committed to making certain that we get to the bottom of (it),” Johnson said.She will have the option of presenting more serious charges to the grand jury.It wasn’t immediately clear if Guyger has an attorney.Guyger’s blood was drawn at the scene to be tested for alcohol and drugs, Police Chief U. Renee Hall said, but authorities have not released results.Jean grew up in the Caribbean island nation of St. Lucia before attending college in Arkansas. He graduated in 2016 from Harding University, where he often led campus religious services as a student. He had worked for accounting firm PwC since graduating.Jean wasn’t the first person shot by Guyger. She shot a man named Uvaldo Perez on May 12, 2017, while on duty.According to an affidavit filed against Perez, police were looking for a suspect when Guyger and another officer were called to assist a third officer. Perez got out of a car and became combative with Guyger and another officer. A struggle began and Guyger fired her Taser at Perez, who then wrested it away from her. She then drew her gun and fired, wounding Perez in the abdomen.Sgt. Michael Mata, president of Dallas’ largest police union, the Dallas Police Association, said Guyger was a respected officer who worked on a high-risk team tasked with arresting some of the most violent offenders. On the day of the shooting, Guyger’s unit had arrested multiple suspects for armed robbery, he said.last_img read more

Going public with it

first_imgThinking out of the box and making it public. That is the leitmotif of this exhibition, Enamel revisited 5. The case in point is public art, which has seen expression in the works of 12 artists who have been working on them for the last seven years.Their medium of work is also quite interesting. They have chosen a material which will not wilt to the pressures the fluctuating climate yields on it. Rather, it will sustain. So they have used enamel to create their works. The aim of course is to get invited to create more public art. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are art and craft pieces, 3D forms, ceiling to floor mobiles, paintings and jewellery. Twelve artists – Pradeep Malhotra, Jyoti Singh, Kana Ram Lomror, Ritu Sanghal, Sima Uppal, Triveni Mahajan, Anindita Kishore, Kavita Dhankar, Shruti Gautam Dev and Veenu Shah – have been working on the pieces for quite some time now.   ‘Enamelling to me is the epitome of  the origins of our universe. It is a miniature cosmic creation forever in the making. Enamel paintings are created through fire and air and a fusion of glowing  jewellery colours and burnished metal,’ says Anindita Kishore. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPradeep Malhotra likes experimenting with various mediums and diverse themes. He has now turned his attention on human forms and abstract impressions done with enamel on steel, and pencil and acrylic on paper and canvas.‘I love the play of fire, glass colours and textures on metal,’ says Shruti Dev who likes making both artworks and handcrafted jewellery.Jyoti Singh started off with pottery and loves working on copper, giving it form and texture and making it three dimensional and then she adds the colours. ‘My recent experience of working with industrial enamels on steel has been exciting. I wish now to develop sculptural forms and to combine different materials in my work,’ says Singh.The works make for interesting viewing. Have a dekko over this weekend.last_img read more

Free movies invaluable joy

first_imgThe 61st National Film Festival 2014 began in New Delhi on 29 June. All the National Award winning films for the year 2013 are being screened for the public during the festival. Being organised by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting at Siri Fort Auditorium Complex, 30 feature films and 23 non-feature films will be screening during the four-day festival. The festival was inaugurated by the Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar in the presence of Mohan Agashe, Sumitra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar, Amruta Subhash and Pranjal Dua. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival opened with two films. Sumitra Bhave’s Marathi film Astu which was about a person losing his memory. Agashe being the lead actor and co-producer of the film. Chidiya Udh was the other 22-minute FTII diploma film which revolved around a young boy from a chicken farm and a maid at a luxury hotel. These films have won the awards of Best Dialogue and Best Direction respectively. Some films screened on the previous days were Soojit Sarcar’s Madras Cafe, Sange Dorjee’s Crossing Bridges, Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus, Hansal Mehta’s Shahid, Subhash Kapoor’s Jolly LLB, and many more. The festival comes to an end on 2 July. So, all those people who missed out on the previous days can still catch up in the two days that are left. Films like Gulabi Gang, Accsex, Jal, Foresting Life, December 1 and others are yet to be screened. The entries are on first cum first serve basis, free and promises a wonderful time!last_img read more