VANCOUVER – A travel fund of only $150 may not sound like enough to spend much more than a day out of town, but two students from the University of British Columbia managed to cross the country for a total of $9.99 thanks to the generosity of strangers.Philippe Roberge, 22, and Ori Nevares, 23, hitchhiked from Whitehorse to St. John’s over the summer in an effort to see the country and mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.Roberge said they initially wanted to go to every national park in Canada but the gas cost alone would have been about $3,000.Instead, keeping with the theme of the sesquicentennial, Roberge said they set a budget of $150 each for their 42 days on the road this summer. They spent the $9.99 for groceries in Yukon near the start of their trip.The coast-to-coast journey exposed them to grizzlies, moose, bison and the diversity of Canada’s landscape while meeting plenty of Canadians in the 58 rides they were given.“Some of the major things we learned is how nice Canadians were and how generous they were. We never felt unsafe. We were always welcomed into people’s cars and homes and fed, which was really amazing to see,” Nevares said.Roberge, who was born in Montreal, said with the exception of a handful of trips in Canada, he had seen very little of the country while Nevares, who was born in Vancouver, said he had previously only gone as far east as Saskatchewan.“We really didn’t know very much about our country and we haven’t experienced a lot of it so we wanted to actually learn and educate ourselves about Canada,” Nevares said.The trip not only exposed them to the changing landscape through each province but also the diverse cultures and cuisine.They ate fresh sheep meat from a farm in Alberta, ribs in Manitoba, homemade poutine in Montreal, lobster in Maritimes and cod tongue in St. John’s.Although the trip wasn’t without a few bumps.The hitchhikers said they began questioning their decisions after narrowly missing a tornado in Saskatechwan and finding themselves back under the same storm system in Manitoba.“There was crazy lightning, multiple strikes every second. I’d never seen lightning like that before. And then according to the weather (reports), there was ping-pong sized hail supposed to come in and also another tornado warning,” Nevares said.A driver in a passing car took them to a Tim Horton’s where, once the storm had passed in the middle of the night, they pitched their tents in the parking lot. The next day, they made their way to Winnipeg.They said they learned many lessons along the way and asked all their hosts and drivers for parting advice.Roberge said a man from Moncton told them, “You don’t get what you don’t ask for. Often times the thing is waiting right there for you but you’re just too scared to ask so you never get it.”They’ve set up a Facebook page and website photos, video and a blog of their experiences from the road and they said they plan to put together a documentary with their footage as well as a coffee-table book.—With files from Gemma Karstens-Smith.
Facebook He claims that during his stay he was visited by another of its famous previous owners, The Mamas and the Papas singer Cass Elliot, known as Mama Cass, who died of heart failure aged 32 in 1974.He told Jo Wood on her Alien Nation podcast that he had felt a spectral presence in the house as soon as he moved in and said to the spirit: “I know that you are here and I am going to respect your space. I please ask you to respect mine as I am scared of you.”Explaining how a friend had also been haunted, he added: “My friend who I was living with at the time came down. He’d just had a shower and he was white. I said, ‘What’s up?’ And he said, ‘I’ve just had a conversation with someone that wasn’t there’.”Revealing how he knew the identity of the ghost, he told how the atmosphere changed in one room when The Mamas and the Papas hit California Dreamin’ played on the TV, saying, “there was this silence I’ve never experienced before or since”.He also said he had discussed the hauntings with another previous resident, Zak Starkey, who lived there as a child with his dad Ringo Starr, and added when he left removals workers refused to go back into the house “because of the old lady sitting in the chair”.In a 2013 interview with Esquire magazine Dan, 67, explained his own experiences in the home.“I’m pretty sure there were two spiritual presences in that house,” he said. “Mama Cass herself, and then another guy, who died in the hillside next to the house and was buried there.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Robbie Williams believes he was haunted by the spirit of Mama Cass in a house he rented from Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd.Robbie, 45, rented the Los Angeles home from Dan, who has previously claimed that the house and hauntings inspired him to write the spooky 1984 comedy, when working in America 18 years ago.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI received, Friday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, several foreign ambassadors who presented to the sovereign their credentials as plenipotentiary and extraordinary ambassadors of their countries in the Kingdom.The new ambassadors accredited in Morocco are:– Mangaya Yange Mandowa Henri, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo. – Dinesh K Patnaik, Ambassador of the Republic of India.– Karen Elizabeth Betts, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.– Miklos Tromler, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary.– Nadir Chaudhri, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.– Nathalie Dube, Ambassador of Canada.– Mgr. Vitto Rallo, Ambasaddor of Vatican.– Abdelaziz Mohieddine Khouja, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.– Massimo Baggi, Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation.– José Humberto De Brito Cruz, Ambassador of the Federative Republic of Brazil.– Mohamed Najem Gharsalli, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia.Subsequently, King Mohammed VI received the ambassadors of UAE, Al Asri Said Ahmed Al Dahiri, Tunisia, Chafik Hajji, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abderrahmane Ben Mohamed Al Jedaia, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Md Monirul Islam, who came to take leave of the Sovereign at the end of their mission in the Kingdom.On this occasion, the King decorated Al Asri Said Ahmed Al Dahiri with the Wissam Alaoui (exceptional class), and Chafik Hajji with Wissam Alaoui, first class (Grand Officer). The King also decorated Abderrahmane Ben Mohamed Al Jedaia and Md Monirul Islam with Wissam Alaoui, second class (Commander).With MAP
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 24, 2016 4:50 am MDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2016 at 5:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The head of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Crown corporation Nalcor Energy is slated to give an update today on the troubled Muskrat Falls hydro project.Stan Marshall is expected to speak to the media in St. John’s at 10:45 a.m. local time following a technical briefing.Marshall said last month that there was little chance the project would be cancelled despite soaring costs and delays.At the time, he said substantial progress had been made but that there will likely be more delays and he would provide a full status update after assessing cost overruns.He said the report would include changes at the senior management level to better control delays at the sprawling work site near Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.The province has already spent more than $4 billion building the dam and power house on the lower Churchill River, with cost projections for the province soaring to about $7.7 billion from $6.2 billion. Head of Nalcor Energy to give update on troubled Muskrat Falls hydro project
Advances in mobile technologies have increased mobile internet use and provided new opportunities for retailers. However, despite promising growth, mobile commerce still only represents a small proportion of the world’s total e-commerce market.This week’s Goodman Luncheon Speaker Series will feature Abdul Ashraf, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Goodman School of Business, as he shares his research on comparing customers’ value perceptions, trust and m-commerce use across six countries to provide insights to mobile retailers operating internationally. Ashraf is the latest recipient of the Goodman’s Emerging Scholar of the Year award for his recent research contributions.Ashraf will present his co-authored paper “Differential effects of customers’ regulatory fit on trust, perceived value and m-commerce use among developing and developed countries” on Friday, Nov. 30. The talk will run from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Goodman School of Business Room 310. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. The speaker series provides an informal opportunity to listen to and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues.Brock community members interested in attending the talk can email Jennifer Brisson at email@example.com to reserve a seat.
The San Antonio Spurs’ dynasty is a blessed one. Tim Duncan’s longtime brilliance and the twin discoveries of Tony Parker and (particularly) Manu Ginobili, both draft picks that had no business turning into Hall of Famers,5Parker was taken 28th overall in 2001; Ginobili went 57th (!!!) in 1999. are the kinds of gifts that, while not guaranteeing championships, certainly set a team up for them. And perhaps the biggest blessing of all is Gregg Popovich, the greatest coach of the NBA’s modern era — Phil Jackson included.For his article about LeBron James’s potential free-agent destinations, FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver created a projection system using my Statistical Plus-Minus (SPM) metric that predicted how well each player would perform in the upcoming 2014-15 season. We can also apply the projection process to previous years, using SPM data that would have been available at the time6While still using the players’ actual minute totals from the season in question. to form “retro predictions” for historical teams dating back to the 1979-80 season.If we compare coaches’ records to the ones we would have predicted for them, Popovich’s greatness becomes clear. No coach since 1980 has exceeded preseason expectations like Popovich has.Not only has Popovich outdone the computer by 117 wins over his 18 seasons at San Antonio’s helm — 33 more than second-ranked George Karl and nearly 62 more than the oft-extolled Jackson — he’s done it in far fewer games than his coaching peers. While it took Karl and Don Nelson around 2,000 games to add 83 extra wins apiece, and Jackson more than 1,600 games to beat expectations by 55 wins, Popovich racked up his excess victories in far fewer: just a shade more than 1,400 games.7In the chart above, coach games and wins above expectation were pro-rated up to account for years where the schedule was less than 82 games per team.The 2013-14 NBA champion Spurs were a classic example of Popovich coaxing superior performances from his roster. In addition to Duncan (age 37) and Ginobili (36) cheating Father Time, Kawhi Leonard’s and Patty Mills’s respective games grew at an accelerated rate, while Marco Belinelli, Boris Diaw, Cory Joseph and Jeff Ayres all played much better than their previous track records suggested they should have. Of San Antonio’s core players, the only one who had a down year relative to expectations was Parker, whose SPM fell to +0.1 from +2.5 in 2012-13.The aforementioned SPM projections think the Spurs will suffer a decline in 2014-15. They call for Duncan and Ginobili to finally show their age, and for the supporting cast to regress to the mean. But Popovich’s bunch have also exceeded those same expectations in every single season since 1997-98. The good money’s on them bucking the odds yet again this year. — Neil Paine The Rockets’ season may come down to whether Trevor Ariza, coming off a career year in Washington and beginning his second go-around in Houston, can be a better fit than Chandler Parsons. Parsons is a versatile offensive player, but in Houston his value came largely from his ability to work around Dwight Howard-James Harden pick-and-rolls, either spacing the floor or driving to the basket with well-timed cuts. Ariza is a more limited offensive player, particularly off the dribble, but he is great in transition and can be effective providing spacing around pick-and-rolls. No player made more corner threes than Ariza last season, and he shot 45.0 percent from that location, among the best marks in the league.But Ariza’s real value is his defense. While Parsons was capable, Ariza is a near elite defender. ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus estimates the effect Ariza has on defense as +1.04 points per 100 possessions, nearly twice that of Parsons. That’s an important difference when playing alongside Harden, whose defensive inadequacies are well documented.Ariza has a specific defensive talent that makes him such a great fit for Houston. Over the last two years, he is in the 90th percentile of all NBA players in his ability to affect an opponent’s turnover percentage, according to NBA stat blog Got Buckets’ adjusted Four Factors Ratings. Parsons ranks in the 61st percentile. Forcing turnovers has an effect on both offensive and defensive performance, as steals often lead to fast breaks. The Rockets’ preference for an up-tempo, transition attack is well known and it works well for them — last season they had an effective field goal percentage of 66.0 percent after forcing a steal, compared to just 52.8 percent overall.Ariza may not bring as much offensive versatility as the man he’s replacing, but the quality of his defense may end up being much more important for a team already rich with offensive players. — Ian Levy Basketball strategies come in and out of fashion, and last year the Trail Blazers might as well have been wearing dad jeans. In the post-“Moneyball” zeitgeist, long 2-point shots are verboten; it’s nearly always better to shoot a 3-pointer than a long, 2-point jump shot because the former has a higher expected number of points per attempt.But as with any fashionable tactic, there are those deploying countermoves. And the Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge is that movement’s leader.Below is a plot of the top 100 players by the number of shots per game they attempted from 17 feet to 22 feet last season.2The NBA 3-point line ranges from 23 feet, 9 inches at its maximum to 22 feet at the corners. So the attempts plotted here do not include any 3-pointers. And look at Aldridge, up on a peak by himself:Aldridge took more of these types of shots than any other player in the league — 489 in 69 games, nearly two attempts per game more than the next-closest player. Carmelo Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki, two superstars also known for long 2s, attempted 4.5 and 3.6 such shots per game, respectively.And Aldridge made a lot of them. He ranked 25th in long jumpers made, at 45 percent. Anthony shot marginally better than Aldridge (at 46 percent), while Nowitzki hits at a ridiculous rate of 52 percent. But Aldridge is taking many more of these shots than either Anthony or Nowitzki.Shooting this well at distance allows for greater offensive spacing for other players. With Aldridge, Portland has an invaluable asset: a great player whose talents run counter to the prevailing trends in the league. — Andrew Flowers For the past few seasons, the Mavericks’ offense has been composed of Dirk Nowitzki and people paid to play well with Dirk Nowitzki. Making people play nice can be hit or miss. In 2011, it hit, with the Mavericks beating the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship. Other years, the strategy has usually been enough to get the Mavs a playoff berth, but rarely out of the first round.Dallas went through significant roster changes this summer and this year’s group of supporting specialists may be the team’s best yet. Judging by the decisions they made, the Mavericks sought out supporting players who possessed a few specific skills — breaking down the defense, creating shots for others, making open 3-pointers and finishing around the basket.The table below shows the better part of the Mavericks’ roster for this season and includes statistics on those offensive specialties, several of which come from the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking statistics. For a glossary of what each term means, check out the footnotes4Drives are defined as any touch that started at least 20 feet from the basket and was dribbled to within 10 feet. Assist opportunities include all assists, as well as passes that led to shooting fouls and passes that would have been recorded as assists if the shot had been made. Catch-and-shoot 3-point attempts are those where the player held the ball for less than 2 seconds and shot without dribbling.:For a central offensive player, Nowitzki is remarkably flexible — comfortable in the post, at the elbow or behind the 3-point line, and willing to score, pass or act as a decoy. Depending on the matchup, the Mavericks may want to surround him with shooters, drivers, creators or finishers. Looking over the roster for this season reveals a wealth of options in each case.This table shows the number of players last season who met some elevated benchmarks in these categories, against the number of players currently on the roster who met those benchmarks:It’s Nowitzki that makes the Mavericks’ offense great. Having this array of subtly interchangeable offensive parts could make them into something even more this season. Just don’t ask about the other side of the court. — Ian Levy Across the entire league, the percentage of shot attempts that have come on 3-pointers has been increasing by about 1.5 percentage points per season over the last three seasons. Last year, for the first time in league history, more than a quarter of the shots taken were 3-pointers.That revolution has not yet reached Memphis.Last season just 16.9 percent of the Grizzlies’ shot attempts were 3-pointers, lowest in the league for the second consecutive year. Over those two years, the Grizzlies have attempted nearly 500 fewer 3-pointers than any other team. This strange, against-the-grain trend is a mix of design and circumstance, but the circumstances might be about to change.One of the reasons 3-point attempts have been going up around the league is that more and more big men are venturing out to the perimeter. The Grizzlies don’t have the personnel for that. They play a tough, interior style built around Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, neither of whom has 3-point range. Their focus on defense also means a significant number of minutes have been given to wing-stopper Tony Allen, who doesn’t have 3-point range either.But this year, the team gets back its best 3-point shooter from 2012-13, Quincy Pondexter, who missed all but 15 games last year with a stress fracture in his foot. (Tayshaun Prince took most of Pondexter’s minutes and had a disastrous shooting season.)Going into this season, small-forward minutes should be going to a healthy Pondexter and Vince Carter, who was signed to replace the departed Mike Miller. You can see from the table below that Pondexter (whose 2012-13 numbers are shown) and Carter are both excellent 3-point shooters, and together they are much more active behind the arc than the Miller/Prince combination was.The Grizzlies likely aren’t going to be breaking any 3-point records this season. Their offense will still be run through Randolph on the low block and Gasol in the high post; defense will still be given priority in most rotation decisions. However, this season the Grizzlies should have just a little more 3-point talent than they’ve had in the past, enough to add some much-needed variety to their scoring attack and to make them that much more dangerous in the Western Conference. — Ian Levy The Oklahoma City Thunder had one of the best draft runs of all time in recent years. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Serge Ibaka — major, franchise-defining pieces all. And yet no NBA title. Harden was (infamously, in some quarters) traded, Westbrook has been hurt for significant parts of the past two seasons, and now Kevin Durant is out indefinitely with a foot fracture.Given the outsize role Durant has filled, using more than 30 percent of the Thunder’s possessions and playing virtually every important minute over the past five seasons, analyses of how the Thunder will fare without him will be imprecise, to say the least. And while Durant’s health will be the most important factor in determining whether the Thunder can win an NBA title this season, that, too, is currently outside the realm of statistical analysis.3At least for us plebeians in the public domain.And so, in the absence of a Durant analysis, let’s talk Reggie Jackson. Jackson’s third season was his best as a pro, and his emergence in the playoffs, including a 32-point performance in a vital win over the Memphis Grizzlies, gave the Thunder some hope that he could be a major piece going forward.His most valuable asset is his ability to attack off the dribble. According to SportVU, Jackson averaged 0.22 drives per minute last season, putting him 23rd in the league. He shot 48 percent on those drives, above average for a point guard, and generated more points for his teammates on drives when he did not shoot (0.74 per drive) than Kemba Walker and Jeff Teague, two other young starting point guards. Jackson’s ability to create for his teammates is not at an elite level, but it is improving; his assist rate increased to 23 percent last season.He’s an above-average defender, ranking as the 12th-best guard by Real Plus-Minus last season. But that likely overstates his ability; his length and speed help him match up well against point guards, but he gambles too often and doesn’t defend larger shooting guards well.Jackson is clearly the second-best guard on Oklahoma City’s roster, but he is not a natural two-guard. Scott Brooks may elect to start a better shooter, like Jeremy Lamb or Anthony Morrow, as a shooting guard, using Jackson off the bench. But in crunch time without Durant, a Westbrook-Jackson backcourt likely gives the Thunder the best chance to succeed. — John Ezekowitz The NBA season, like a Stockton-Malone pick-and-roll, always arrives on time. To prepare for the next 1,230 games (All-Star festivities excluded), we took each player’s projected Real Plus-Minus and wins above replacement, calculated a total for each team, and ran 10,000 simulations of the NBA schedule to divine likely records and championship odds.1The rosters we used came from ESPN.com’s depth charts, and were current as of Monday, Oct. 20. We’ve split the teams into the lower and upper tiers in each conference; these are the eight teams that will likely make the playoffs from the West. (We previewed the West’s lower tier here.) So fill that Kevin Durant-sized hole in your heart with the stats, x-factors and regressions that could help determine the West’s pecking order. Last season DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers’ 26-year-old center, led the NBA in rebounding — by the conventional statistic of rebounds per game. Which is impressive! But in the advanced-stats age, few stats are as they seem. Just because Jordan pulled in a lot of rebounds doesn’t make him a good rebounder — assuming, that is, we know what a good rebounder is in the first place.A better statistic than rebounds per game is Total Rebound Percentage.8This statistic and the data plotted come from Basketball-Reference.com. This measures the percentage of all rebounds a player grabbed while on the floor, which means it adjusts for how many rebounds were available to be gathered. That can vary by the pace of play, the team’s shooting percentage and other factors. By this measure, Jordan grabbed 21.6 percent of available rebounds, making him third in the league last year, behind Andre Drummond and Omer Asik, who gobbled 22.3 percent and 21.7 percent of available rebounds, respectively.But even this “advanced” metric, while an improvement, is still flawed. A truly good rebounder should not just grab a lot of rebounds, but rebounds above and beyond what his team would get otherwise. In other words, he shouldn’t be a rebound cannibal.Luckily, we can measure this form of cannibalism. From the basketball stats blog Got Buckets, we have plus-minus statistics that tell us how much a player steals rebounds from teammates when he’s on the floor.9I ran a regression between a player’s offensive rebounding percentile (which measures how well the team rebounds when the player is on the floor, after controlling for teammates and opponents) and his offensive rebounding rate (which measures only the player’s own rebounds grabbed) to determine the relationship between the two aspects of rebounding. (I also repeated the analysis for defensive rebound percentile and defensive rebounding rate.) For the entire population of NBA players, it’s a strong relationship, so there isn’t usually much difference between a player’s actual percentile and what we would predict from his individual numbers. However, some rebounders help their teams more or less than you would think from their own rebounding stats. With this data we can test whether prolific board-grabbers actually improve their teams in that category, essentially identifying “selfish” and “unselfish” rebounders.On the offensive boards, Jordan is a slightly unselfish rebounder, with his team ranking about three percentiles higher than you’d think given the share of offensive boards he grabs. (In the charts below, the unselfish players are above the lines, and the selfish ones below.)On defense, however, Jordan is a hungry cannibal.Even though he’s one of the most prolific defensive rebounders in the league (taking nearly 30 percent of available boards), the Clippers are 24 percentile points worse in this category when he plays, relative to what you’d think given how good Jordan is.Drummond is even more of a cannibal with the Detroit Pistons, however. The real winner seems to be Asik for the Houston Rockets, who, for a player in the top three in rebounding rates, still seems rather unselfish.Jordan is a good player, and a great rebounder. But don’t take his raw rebounding stats as gospel. — Andrew Flowers Very few first-time NBA coaches are lucky enough to inherit a team as talented as the one Steve Kerr has in the Golden State Warriors this year. Last year, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson shared one of the most remarkable offensive seasons any starting backcourt has had in the NBA since 2000. Together, they averaged a 55 percent effective field goal percentage10Effective field goal percentage accounts for the additional value of 3-point shots. The formula is (FG Made + 0.5* 3-Pointers Made)/FG Attempted. while combining to take 38 percent of the Warriors’ shots. That is the best eFG percentage for any backcourt that took more than 35 percent of its team’s shots since 2000.Kerr also inherits a defense that finished fourth in the league in defensive efficiency last season. Golden State’s defensive prowess, built on holding opponents to 46 percent shooting from inside the arc, the third-best mark in the league, was masked by its frenetic pace. The Warriors were sixth in the league in tempo last season, which meant that they actually gave up only the 10th-fewest points per game.Much of Golden State’s defensive success can be attributed to the signing of Andre Iguodala, perennially ranked by advanced metrics and scouts alike as one of the best wing defenders in the league. But drafting Draymond Green also helped. Green was the afterthought of the Warriors’ 2012 draft; Harrison Barnes, drafted seventh overall, was supposed to be the star. But Green quietly had a breakout campaign last year. He had the best defensive rebounding percentage (19.3 percent) of any small forward who played more than 15 minutes per game, and also was in the top three in block percentage and steals percentage. Green averaged only 21 minutes per game last season. He deserves more under Kerr.For Golden State to break through to a Western Conference finals appearance (or beyond), Kerr and associate head coach Alvin Gentry will have to maintain the team’s defensive record. Neither has ever presided over a top-10 defense in the NBA. They will also need the three veterans over 30 years old — Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Iguodala — to remain healthy, something that has not happened in recent seasons. The Warriors’ core is not getting any younger, and the elite in the West are not getting worse. But that’s for Kerr to worry about next year. For now, he needs to capitalize on his roster’s head start. — John Ezekowitz
Mr Justice Mann had analysed competing arguments at a preliminary High Court hearing in early May and has announced his decision in a written ruling.The judge has said BBC bosses must provide a “proper answer” to the question Sir Cliff had asked about whether the source came from “within Operation Yewtree”.Sir Cliff has sued the BBC over coverage of a raid at his apartment in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014.Lawyers representing the singer say he has suffered “profound and long-lasting” damage.BBC editors have said they will “defend ourselves vigorously”.A spokesman said the BBC had reported Sir Cliff’s “full denial of the allegations at every stage”. The BBC must provide a proper answer to the question posed.Mr Justice Mann Sir Cliff Richard has won the latest skirmish in a High Court battle with the BBC.A judge has told BBC bosses to give the 76-year-old singer more information about how a journalist learned that he was being investigated as a result of a sex assault allegation.Mr Justice Mann has ruled that BBC bosses must tell Sir Cliff whether the source of information was someone working on a wider Metropolitan Police inquiry into sex abuse allegations, an investigation codenamed Operation Yewtree.Lawyers representing Sir Cliff wanted more detail about the source.BBC bosses said they should not be forced to reveal more information. Mr Justice Mann said the singer wanted to know whether the BBC’s source was from “within Operation Yewtree” or someone who had obtained information from Operation Yewtree.He said he had weighed Sir Cliff’s rights to a fair trial against journalists’ rights to protect sources before reaching a decision.”There is no real risk of the answer leading to the identification of the source,” said the judge.”If [Sir Cliff’s] privacy rights have been invaded, he has a good case for saying that he needs the information in order to vindicate those rights.”The judge added: “A fair trial, with the benefit of being able to argue that which can legitimately be argued, requires that the question be answered.” 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. Metropolitan Police officers had passed the allegation to South Yorkshire Police in July 2014.Sir Cliff had denied the allegation and in June 2016 prosecutors announced he would face no charges.Mr Justice Mann has overseen a number of preliminary hearings.Any trial is expected to take place next year.Sir Cliff had also sued South Yorkshire Police.The judge was last week told how that dispute had settled after the force agreed to pay the singer “substantial” damages.Sir Cliff has alleged misuse of private information, infringement of his human right to respect for private life and a breach of data protection legislation. Sir Cliff RichardCredit:David Davies He went on: “The BBC must provide a proper answer to the question posed.” A BBC umbrella outside the Charters Estate in Sunningdale, Berkshire, where Sir Cliff Richard has an apartmentCredit:Andrew Matthews Lawyers have told how in late 2013 a man had made an allegation to the Metropolitan Police, saying he had been sexually assaulted by Sir Cliff at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football stadium, in Sheffield, when a child in 1985.
The military should be deployed to combat cyber attacks, the new head of the army has said.In his first speech since being appointed to the role, General Mark Carleton-Smith described how the modern battlefield had expanded rapidly, and is “no longer bound by the laws of physics.” Opening the Land Warfare Conference, hosted by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), General Carleton-Smith added that “revolution is the new evolution” and warned “existential threats occur at the speed of the internet”.The new Chief of the General Staff used his inaugural speech to warn of the growing evidence that the cyber domain is being used to undermine Western societies and democratic processes. He suggested military forces should be employed as part of a national response to a crisis earlier than they have traditionally been considered, warning: “War and victory are no longer helpful as a lens through which to consider the employment of military force.“Success will depend on operating across multiple domains, jointly, cross-government and multi-nationally.“Our ability to manoeuvre in the Information and Cyber domains is already being tested, and will increasingly influence how we will modernise, train and fight our armies into the future.”Responding to General Carleton-Smith’s comments, Lord Hague, a former Foreign Secretary and the current Chairman of RUSI, called for NATO to develop an “Article 5B” to counter hostile action in cyberspace. Article 5, the fundamental principle which underpins NATO, says that an attack on one member state is considered an attack on all. Lord Hague’s proposal would see this expanded to explicitly cover cyber attacks. The former Conservative leader added that by the country that leads the world in Artificial Intelligence technology by 2040 will be as powerful as the country that led in nuclear weapons research in 1940, and that in the future there are likely to be military operations in support of a social media campaign, rather than the other way round. Lord Hague also described the “misunderstanding” between the West and Russia in his comments, but stopped short of directly criticising Moscow.“There has been a vast misunderstanding between the West and Russia,” in recent years, he said. Whilst the expansion eastwards of Euro-Atlantic institutions and democracy seemed natural in the West, it was perceived as a threat in Russia; “a country that has been invaded many times in its history,” he noted. He feared the West has fragmented in recent years, with nationalism and populism on the rise and was concerned that the recent G7 summit showed “the greatest disarray in our lifetimes” where countries were “dumbfounded” by how to deal with President Trump. 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.
Massey Energy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Don Blankenship addressed the Company’s annual meeting on May 13 and said that he believes Massey’s reserves “will prove to be more valuable than those of any other North American coal company.” Citing 20 years of successful execution of a “Position to Win” strategy, Blankenship spoke of Massey’s increasing share of the coal reserves in Central Appalachia. “We have nearly tripled our reserve base” and “our reserve share has increased from less than 7%, when this management team began to lead the Company, to nearly 38% today.” Blankenship added that had the company predicted this growth 20 years ago, “no one would have believed it.”Looking ahead, Massey’s Chairman expects the company’s position to improve even further. “If the current trends continue, Massey is on track to be in control of more than two thirds of the remaining Central Appalachian coalreserves in just 10 years,” he stated. The company currently owns or controls more than 2,000 Mt of high quality coal reserves in Central Appalachia. It produces some of the highest quality coal in the world with diversecharacteristics that enable it to meet the demands of nearly any coal market in the world, the company reports. Some 800 Mt of Massey’s reserves are considered to be of metallurgical quality.“We are very excited about this year as we believe we are just beginning to realise the benefits of our strategy. As we roll out our expansion and increase production, the opportunities will only be getting better,” Blankenship concluded.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Beginning in January, 21 Greek- and Cypriot-born scholars, hailing from a cross-section of 16 prominent United States and Canadian universities, will travel to Greece to conduct academic projects with their peers at Greek universities, working in areas that range from public health to chemical genomics research, and from English language curriculum to continuing education studies in urban food security. Twelve Greek universities were selected by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to host the fellows for collaborative projects that meet specific needs at their institutions and in their communities, through proposals submitted by faculty members and administrators at the Greek universities. The Program is designed to help avert Greece’s brain drain and develop long-term, mutually-beneficial collaborations between universities in Greece and the United States and Canada. It is managed by the Institute of International Education in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation in Greece, and funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.Over a period of two years, the program will award Fellowships to 40 US and Canadian based academics to collaborate with universities throughout Greece to develop curricula, conduct research, and teach and mentor graduate students in priority areas identified by the Greek universities. Projects supported by the first round of Fellowships include: – Democritus University of Thrace will host a collaborative research project in software development for neurosurgical planning‚ and curriculum co-development for graduate student and medical fellow training in neurosurgical procedures with a fellow from the University of Houston.– A fellow from the University of Notre Dame will visit the National Technical University of Athens to work on collaborative research in earthquake engineering in order to enhance the resilience of communities to seismic hazards.– Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will host one fellow from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and one from The Ohio State University to assist with the creation of archival resources‚ research material and identification of exhibits for a future Museum of Greek Diaspora and Immigration in Greece.“The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is thrilled both with the appeal and interest the program has generated among academics of the diaspora, as well as the wide ranging expertise of the first round of Fellows,” Stelios Vasilakis, Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at SNF said. “We look forward to these partnerships, which we believe will build long-lasting relationships and be beneficial to all parties involved. We are grateful to the Institute of International Education for their dedication to the program as well as the invaluable input of the esteemed Advisory Council.”While Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education said The Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s generous support for these Fellowships “demonstrates the Foundation’s commitment to expanding Greece’s human capital and investing in the country’s long-term economic recovery”.Call for Project Requests and Scholar Applications for the second cycle of Fellowships Until January 31, degree conferring universities in Greece can submit a project request for visiting Fellows to come to their universities starting in May 2017. Greek- and Cypriot-born academics residing in the United States or Canada can apply any time, and are matched with accepted projects on a rolling basis. Prospective hosts and fellows can find eligibility requirements and instructions in the ‘How to Apply’ section of the program’s website. Prospective hosts and fellows can also work together to develop specific projects.How the Projects and Fellowships Work All projects are collaborations between the host institution and the visiting Fellow. The proposed scholar and project requests are each evaluated by a review committee based on merit and are subject to approval by the Advisory Council. Fellowships match host universities with Greek- and Cypriot-born scholars.Host Institutions: Degree conferring institutions in Greece are invited to submit a project request to host a scholar for 14 to 60 days. Prospective hosts may name a proposed scholar with whom they have a preexisting relationship in a project request, but this is not required. If a project request does not name a scholar, IIE will review the roster of qualified Greek- and Cypriot- born academics to fill the university’s stated needs. Prospective Fellows: IIE maintains a roster of qualified scholars to facilitate matches, according to the discipline, expertise, activities and objectives described in a project request. Candidates are required to have a terminal degree in their field and can hold any academic rank. When a scholar is successfully matched with a selected project, he or she is awarded a Fellowship to conduct a project visit to the host institution. The Fellowship includes a daily stipend, transportation, a housing allowance and health insurance coverage during the specified length of the project visit. Scholar applicants are also encouraged to contact universities to explore collaborative projects.For further information regarding the application process, email firstname.lastname@example.org
De nouvelles statues vieilles de 3.400 ans découvertes à LouxorDe nouvelles statues du pharaon Amenhotep III (1410-1372 avant J.-C.) ainsi que de nombreuses divinités antiques, ont été découvertes à Louxor, en Egypte, par des archéologues.Les pièces sont vieilles de 3.400 ans et la plus importante d’entre elles est un fragment d’une statue d’Amenhotep III. Toutes les statues ont été retrouvées par des archéologues au nord du temple du pharaon. Le secrétaire général du Conseil suprême des antiquités, Zahi Hawass, a expliqué dans un communiqué que l’équipe de fouille cherchait en fait les ruines du Temple des millions d’années lorsqu’ils ont fait cette découverte.C’est la cinquième statue représentant le pharaon Amenhotep III que les archéologues ont trouvée en six mois. Zahi Hawass pense que la partie nord du temple (un des plus grands de l’époque) aurait peut-être servi à inhumer des statues endommagées.L’équipe de fouilles cherche désormais à retrouver d’autres statues autour du temple d’Amenhotep III.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 12:43 • Emmanuel Perrin
Comment mieux comprendre les épisodes de pluies intenses ?Pour prévoir avec précision et fiabilité les épisodes de pluies intenses, des chercheurs viennent de montrer qu’il est important de tenir compte de la vitesse du vent. Chaque année, la France se trouve confrontée à des crues rapides dangereuses et sources de nombreux dégâts matériels. Le plus souvent, celles-ci sont causées par des pluies intenses qui font tomber en quelques heures de nombreux litres d’eau. Le sud-est de l’Hexagone notamment est fréquemment touché par ces épisodes qui résultent de la rencontre entre le relief et les masses d’air chaudes et chargées d’humidité provenant de la mer Méditerranée. A l’heure actuelle, les prévisions météorologiques permettent de les anticiper mais seulement partiellement. En effet, il est encore difficile de prévoir à l’avance leur localisation et leur intensité exactes. Pourtant, ces deux facteurs sont essentiels et conditionnent largement l’ampleur des inondations. Face à cela, une équipe du Laboratoire d’aérologie (CNRS/Université Toulouse III) a décidé de mener une nouvelle étude sur la question. Des processus cruciaux Publiés dans la revue Quaterly Journal of the Royal meteorological Society, leurs travaux ont mis en évidence deux processus cruciaux : la microphysique des hydrométéores (pluie, neige, grésil) et la turbulence atmosphérique. L’objectif était alors de déterminer la relation entre ces deux processus et leur impact sur la sensibilité des prévisions. Pour cela, les chercheurs ont étudié cinq épisodes de pluies intenses ayant eu lieu entre septembre 2010 et novembre 2011 dans le sud-est. Pour chacun d’entre eux, des simulations d’ensemble ont été effectuées avec le modèle atmosphérique de recherche Meso-NH (permettant de traiter une large gamme d’échelles). Ce dernier a permis de donner plus ou moins ‘importance aux deux processus, explique le CNRS dans un communiqué.Une source d’erreurs significative Les résultats obtenus montrent que dans les événements dans lesquels la vitesse du vent est forte, les précipitations sont peu affectées. Il ne serait donc pas utile de prendre en compte la microphysique des hydrométéores et la turbulence atmosphérique pour améliorer la prévision des épisodes de fortes pluies. En revanche, l’interaction avec le relief s’est avérée déterminante dans le déclenchement des précipitations. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?A l’inverse, lorsque la vitesse du vent est plus faible, l’intensité des précipitations et leur localisation sont beaucoup plus sensibles à ces deux processus. Si la microphysique des hydrométéores et la turbulence atmosphérique ne sont pas correctement prises en compte, cela ne peut donc pas conduire à des prévisions vraiment fiables et précises. Et ces erreurs “contribuent de manière significative à l’erreur totale du système de prévision”, indique le CNRS. Tenir compte de ces processus permettrait donc d’améliorer la prévision des épisodes de pluies intenses lorsque la vitesse du vent est faible. Le 13 décembre 2013 à 20:08 • Maxime Lambert
OLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers on Monday received updated numbers that show state revenues have increased by nearly $319 million for the current two-year state budget, which is now projected to be about $44.4 billion.The numbers released by the Office of Financial Management at a meeting of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council also show that the state is projected to have nearly $2.8 billion in reserves by the end of the biennium.The update comes a week after the state Supreme Court ruled that while lawmakers have made progress in a multiyear effort to fully fund basic education, they are not on track to meet next year’s deadline and will remain in contempt of court.Gov. Jay Inslee will release his supplemental budget proposal next month.Legislative leaders in the House and Senate will release their budget proposals during the 60-day legislative session that begins in January.
Scotland team captain Andrew Robertson insists the team owe their fans a good performance.The Liverpool defender has called on his international teammates to repay the support of the Tartan army with winning displays in their UEFA Nations League games against Albania and Israel.Robertson, who admitted every player except goalkeeper Allan McGregor was below in the reverse fixture against Albania, is looking for atonement on Saturday night.“Of course we owe everyone a performance after Israel,” he said, according to Daily Mail.“It didn’t happen over there and we owe it to ourselves first and then everyone around us to give a good performance in Albania.”Scotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“I came out after the Israel game and said my own performance wasn’t good enough. When you get the armband everyone looks to you to lead and when things go wrong you get criticised the most. I need to take that on the chin.”“I never played well that night but none of us did. Ten of us were poor, the only one who got pass marks was the goalkeeper. He kept the score down to 2-1. But we’re all looking to bounce back and I’m sure we will.”Meanwhile, Robertson also revealed that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp nicknamed him ‘The Real Braveheart’ after he told the former Borussia Dortmund boss he had been named Scotland captain.“It’s a good nickname and I hope it can work to my advantage,’ he smiled. ‘Will we need the Braveheart spirit tonight? We’ll need everyone pulling together – the players, the staff, the families back home.”“All the players are up for it but it always helps when the nation is behind you. That’s what we need.”
The Employee Benefits Awards are returning for their 15th year in 2017 and are now open for employers to enter to showcase their exceptional work.The Employee Benefits Awards are an opportunity for employers to demonstrate and celebrate the outstanding work they have carried out on their reward and benefits strategies, and the difference this has made to their organisations.The annual event recognises best-practice approaches to a range of benefits, and includes categories for best defined contribution (DC) pensions strategy, best mental health strategy, best flexible benefits strategy, and best benefits for a multi-generational workforce.Winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will be held on 9 June 2017 at The Artillery Gardens at the HAC in London. The awards ceremony is a must-attend event, giving the industry the opportunity to come together to network and celebrate employers’ achievements.The deadline for awards entries is Friday 9 December 2016, so do not miss this opportunity to share your success with your peers.For more information and to enter.
The levels of turbidity in the Kenai often exceeds state water quality standards applicable to recreation and drinking water uses. Sayers-Fay, with DEC: “We plan to take the time that is needed to gather additional data that would be helpful in better understanding the potential causes of the high turbidity and the degree to which we have a continuing problem.” The Kenai River was listed as impaired due to excess turbidity. Turbidity is a measurement of water clarity, and increased turbidity is caused by sediment particles and other organic matter becoming suspended in the water column. The public has until 5 p.m., January 29, 2018, to comment on DEC’s findings in the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Report. In the Integrated Report, eighteen waterbodies that were examined are listed as meeting all water quality standards. Under the Clean Water Act and state law, all water bodies are to be protected for all designated uses unless the state follows a separate public process to remove a designated use. The 2-stroke motor ban went into effect in January 2017 and is expected to reduce petroleum pollution to levels that meet state water quality standards for petroleum. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has released for public comment the draft 2014/2016 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. According to the release from the DEC, Fishing from boats with older, more polluting 2-stroke motors is prohibited in the Little Susitna under a ban passed by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. DEC is also proposing to also add the Little Susitna River to the list as threatened by petroleum pollution. Petroleum at the levels measured in the Little Susitna River can be detrimental to aquatic life. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-DEC-propsoing-to-put-Kenai-on-water-list.mp3VmJennifer-DEC-propsoing-to-put-Kenai-on-water-list.mp300:00RPd
Department of Veterans Affairs flagEarlier this week, the head of the nation’s Veterans Administration, Secretary David Shulkin gave a press conference at the White House on the status of the nation’s largest healthcare provider.Listen now“What you’re gonna hear today is really a candid assessment of where our problems are in VA,” Shulkin said.What followed was a detailed outline of major problems that the VA is still facing, even after hasty reforms were enacted through sweeping legislation by Congress following a scandal over wait-times in 2014.The VA in Alaska isn’t immune from those issues. But at a press conference Friday in Anchorage, Dr. Timothy Ballard, the VA’s healthcare wing director, gave an update on where they’ve made progress and what work is left to do.“We have a lot of issues about care coordination, we have questions about how our internal operations work in customer service, and we have a lot of questions about benefits,” Ballard said.Ballard took his position eleven months ago. He highlighted where the state’s VA system has regained ground in connecting veterans with primary and mental health care since the implementation of the Choice Act threw the in-state system into disarray.That includes reducing wait times for appointments to well below the national average, improving partnerships with private providers and military services, as well as working to improve staff morale.But echoing the tone set by Secretary Shulkin, Ballard was forthright about major problems that remain for Alaska’s VA — many of them tied to actions and appropriations from Congress. And he cast doubt on whether the federal framework under the Choice Act can work at all within Alaska’s unique healthcare system.“Because we are different in regards to healthcare availability, location and the like, when you’re trying to nationalize a program for Choice, we end up on the outside looking in,” Ballard said. “And so hopefully we can make an impact on that. So that’s something I’ve been pushing at our townhalls across the state, with overwhelmingly positive response. Providers, veterans, our staff would all like to go back to the old way.”Ballard said that while his feedback has been well-received, there’s not yet any proposal for exempting Alaska’s VA care from the federal system.State-wide, the VA is still about 200 positions below what the system needs to function optimally. The organization also continues to suffer from delayed reimbursements for travel and healthcare services, as well as ongoing confusion over billing and the referrals process.
Khammam: District Collector RV Karnan has launched the services of Khammam Seva Club here on Tuesday. The Seva Club would render services with the help of Suvidha Software Solutions and Mokshitha Helping Hands Foundation.As part of its initiative, a job mela was conducted by the Club at the SR&BGNR Degree College where over 250 candidates were selected. The company representatives of over 45 firms conducted three rounds of interviews and selected the candidates. Speaking on the occasion, the District Collector appreciated the Club members for conducting the job mela in the town. Padmasri Vanajeevi Ramaiah, Suvidha Software Solutions Chief Executive Officer Kishore Babu, Directors Sneha and Lead India coordinator T Sudheer and others were present during the launch.
InstagramThe excitement of the India – Pakistan world cup match has seeped not just into the common men but also in Bollywood celebs. While Anushka Sharma is there in the fields to cheer for husband and Indian team skipper – Virat Kohli, Ranveer Singh was there to cheer for the team.Ranveer Singh not only interacted with his own fans but also was awestruck seeing all the cricketing legends together. Ranveer, shared a selfie with the Pakistan TV host, Zainab Abbas. And guess who photobombed his picture? None other than former Pakistan cricket team captain and bowler, Wasim Akram.Anushka Sharma too posed with fans, one of whom shared a picture with the NH10 actress. Anushka and Virat’s recent pictures from London have been doing the rounds. Anushka has decided to spend most of her time in London, to cheer for her husband and team India.Ranveer Singh also has developed a cricket connection as the actor would be seen playing the role of legendary cricketer and former Indian team’s captain Kapil Dev. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film titled ’83, will mostly be shot in Scotland and India. Deepika Padukone would be seen playing Kapil Dev’s wife, Romi Bhatia, in the film.Talking about bagging the role of Romi Bhatia, Deepika had said in an interview with TOI, “The personal equation doesn’t spill over into the workspace. I can’t think of anyone else who could do justice to the role of Kapil Dev, but if there was someone else playing him in the film, and not Ranveer, I would still do my part.” Deepika would also be co-producing the film. Talking about turning producer, Deepika said, “This isn’t coming from a personal equation, but from my passion and enthusiasm for the film.”
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is said to be the last game in the series to star protagonist Nathan Drake. Even director Neil Druckmann has stated that with the way the game ends, it will be very difficult to make a follow-up game starring Drake. That statement is still too vague to determine if Nathan will die by the game’s finale, but whatever the outcome may be, Druckmann believes that the ending will have people arguing.“I think people will discuss the ending. If focus tests are anything to go by, there will be some arguments about the ending,” said Druckmann to IGN at a recent Uncharted 4 event. “I’m excited. Indifference would be the worst thing. I would rather have people hate it than be indifferent to it. We’ll see how they react.”He also spoke about how the studio takes user input when it comes to what goes into their titles. Druckmann says for the most part, Naughty Dog trusts in itself and isn’t influenced by outside sources. “What I found is you kind of have to ignore other people. Any time you try to please something outside yourself, it can easily come off as false,” he said. “Whenever we make something that’s honest to us that is the game we truly want to play, you know whether you succeed or not.”Having people talk about the ending of your game can be both a good and bad thing, depending on what that ending is. I’m sure most folks, especially BioWare, haven’t forgotten the reception to the ending of Mass Effect 3, a finale that was ultimately changed due to negative user feedback. Going by what Druckmann said about Naughty Dog’s self-trust, we shouldn’t expect a revised ending to Uncharted 4, even if the majority of people are displeased. However, given Naughty Dog’s portfolio of game endings, there probably isn’t too much to worry about.