Judge convicts RCMP in NB massacre saying force left officers illprepared

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – RCMP officers were caught outgunned and “ill-prepared” to confront a gunman who targeted them on a warm summer night in 2014, a judge ruled Friday as he convicted the national police force of failing to provide its members with adequate use-of-force equipment and user training.Judge Leslie Jackson was harshly critical of how long it took the RCMP to equip its officers with carbine rifles ahead of the Moncton attack, which left three Mounties dead and two others injured.Justin Bourque had targeted police officers in hopes of sparking an anti-government rebellion.“It is clear to me that the use-of-force equipment available to those members on June 4, 2014, left them ill-prepared to engage an assailant armed with an automatic rifle,” the provincial court judge said in his 64-page decision.Rank and file members told the Labour Code trial they were outgunned by Bourque, who roamed a Moncton neighbourhood and opened fired on officers as people walked dogs and children played in yards nearby.Constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were injured in the shootings.The C8 carbine rifle was a central focus of the trial. The high-powered weapons were not available to general duty officers at the time of the Moncton shootings, and numerous witnesses who testified said they could have made a difference.Carbine rifles were approved for use in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions.The judge noted that Alphonse MacNeil, a retired assistant RCMP commissioner who conducted an independent review of the shootings for the force, stated during the trial that at the time of his review, he said the rollout of the patrol carbine program should be expedited.“I agree with MacNeil’s conclusion. The rollout took too long, even allowing for all the variables and challenges,” said Jackson.“A real concern for the health and safety of front-line members… would have seen a rollout of the patrol carbine prioritized and not left to the vagrancies of available funding.”The judge also accused RCMP leadership — who were unanimous in saying officers were adequately equipped — of sticking to “talking points designed to be the justification for their position” during testimony at the trial.“Their opinion is based on their observations made from the comfort and security of their offices; however the view of the responding officers who were facing imminent danger that day is different,” he said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Friday’s decision “carries important implications” and that the Trudeau government would be studying it carefully.“We need to make sure that the training, the equipment and the support services are there to put those officers in the position of doing the very best job they can to keep the community safe and at the same time, to keep themselves safe,” said Goodale in Regina on Friday.Jackson found the Crown did not prove its case on two other Labour Code violations, and issued a judicial stay on a fourth charge.The wives of the three fallen officers sat quietly in the packed Moncton courtroom amongst Mounties in plain clothes and at least one trial witness as the verdicts were read out during the brief hearing.“I felt all along that if the RCMP members would have had the proper equipment that my husband would not have died and the father of my children would not have died,” Doug Larche’s wife, Nadine, said outside the courthouse, across the road from a life-sized bronze monument of her husband and the two other slain officers.“My hope really is that the silver lining of all of this is that RCMP members that are serving now and in the future will be better equipped and that they’ll be safer.”Angela Gevaudan, wife of Fabrice, said she felt “vindicated.” She said the RCMP’s decision to fight the Labour Code charges had hurt the policing community.“It’s been very disheartening to have these charges challenged in the first place,” she said. “I think it breaks the trust and I think the members are still very hurt and feel unsupported and I think that needs to be addressed.”Cpl. Patrick Bouchard echoed that sentiment, saying senior leadership needs to listen to its members when it comes to responding to their needs. Bouchard worked alongside the Mounties who died and in June wrote an open letter on Facebook condemning the testimony of then-commissioner Bob Paulson in the trial.Paulson had testified that management had concerns over the possible militarization of the force.“When the organization fails — and it’s been proven today — that it fails to support the rank and file these tragedies happen,” Bouchard said Friday outside the courthouse. “This is why the RCMP needs to step it up and listen to the rank and file to what we need.”Lawyer Mark Ertel, who represented the RCMP at the trial, said Friday “it’s too early to tell” whether the force will appeal.But Const. Louis Philippe Theriault, president of the Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada, urged the RCMP to accept responsibility for not properly equipping members.“I don’t think tragedies can be avoided, but I think the magnitude of those tragedies can be mitigated if we have proper equipment,” he said.Ertel said they hope to detail what the RCMP has done to equip its officers at the Nov. 23 sentencing hearing.Crown attorney Paul Adams said the RCMP had been convicted of “what I would categorize as a very serious offence and I expect we’ll be approaching it that way when it comes to an appropriate sentence.”In a statement issued from RCMP headquarters in Ottawa, the force says it will review the decision and consider the next steps.Jackson found the force guilty under the Labour Code of failing to provide its members with the appropriate use-of-force equipment and user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter in an open environment.But the force was found not guilty of failing to provide its members and supervisors with the appropriate training for an active shooter event.Jackson said the available training enabled officers to respond to the threat they faced and additional training noted by the Crown during the trial did not exist prior to June 4, 2014.He stayed a charge of failing to ensure, in general, the health and safety of its members.The defence argued at the trial that the RCMP exercised due diligence in its rollout of patrol carbines, while the Crown argued management knew front-line officers were at risk and the rollout of carbines took too long.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

Sami Yusuf Named As Global Ambassador Against Hunger

first_imgThe internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer Sami Yusuf has joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.“I am honoured and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a statement to the press. “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping WFP address the needs of the hungry and in his new role as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger he can take this to a whole new level.”Mr. Yusuf, who is a long-time supporter of WFP, will use his new status to raise awareness about the agency’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.He has already visited WFP operations providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and he has seen how WFP works to improve access to nutritious food in Egypt.In the past, he has donated proceeds from the sale of his records to support WFP’s work in response to the Horn of Africa drought in 2011 and, more recently, he dedicated one of his songs to the survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.“Hunger is a tragic contradiction in an age that’s known for mass production and consumption,” said Mr. Yusuf. “It’s a sad reality that kills not only bodies but also a people’s spirit and hopes for future prosperity and peace of mind.”“It is a privilege to have been appointed Global Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and to be given the opportunity to serve such a noble and noteworthy cause. I will strive to do my utmost to help eradicate hunger – something that simply should not exist in our time,” he added.As a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Mr. Yusuf joins an influential group of international celebrities, including actress Drew Barrymore, singer Christina Aguilera, Chelsea Football Club Manager Jose Mourinho and the footballer Kaka.Mr. Yusuf, who has a huge international following, actively engages with his loyal fan base on social media, reaching out to millions through his profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which he has used to draw attention to the activities of WFP in response to hunger crises around the world.According to WFP, some 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat and poor nutrition causes nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of 5 years. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In 2013, it assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.last_img read more

Ali Wentworth To Speak At MPTFs Deal With It A Womens Conference

first_imgMPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) will host its fourth annual “Deal With It: A Women’s Conference” on September 25 at the Montage Beverly Hills.The conference is designed to give women in the entertainment industry practical advice for planning and dealing with life’s unexpected curveballs. This year’s keynote presentations will feature author, actress and social commentator Ali Wentworth, and author, activist and nationally recognized ageism expert Ashton Applewhite.“Deal With It showcases MPTF’s mission to support our entertainment community in living and aging well, and in helping each other in times of need,” says MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher. “I am amazed every year by the quality of speakers and panelists we attract to this event and even more by the vibrancy and richness of the conversations in the room among our attendees. Our industry members leave Deal With It with the insights, resources, and inspiration to make meaningful changes in their lives and improve their overall well-being.”The invitation-only event, which reached capacity literally just hours after the invitations were sent, features a roster of 45 speakers who are the most respected experts in their fields—many of whom are best-selling authors. Breakout panels will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including resolving personal and work-related conflicts, career transitions, caring for an aging parent, dealing with anxiety and depression, managing stress, estate planning and more.“Everyone has struggled to repair a damaged relationship, dealt with job loss, or sought that elusive sense of purpose. It is so rewarding to see first-hand how our attendees become empowered, educated and armed with the information and resources they need to deal with whatever comes their way,” says conference producer, Madelyn Hammond of Madelyn Hammond & Associates.In addition to the sessions and keynotes, the women also have an opportunity to sample products and engage with women who own their own companies or have succeeded as entrepreneurs. Sampling partners include barkTHINS, Blamtastic, McFaddy Candy Co, doTerra Essential Oils, King Soba Noodles, Wyler’s Light, Otter Pops and Kreation Organic.Corporate sponsors of the event include SAG-AFTRA, UCLA Health, DouglasElliman, Select Medical, Cedars-Sinai, Keck Medicine of USC, Providence Health & Services, City of Hope, DLA Piper, PwC, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Venable LLP, HCR Wealth Advisors, Goldfarb & Luu PC, Golden Door Spa, Kreation Organic and Delta Air Lines. Media sponsors include Deadline Hollywood, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times, TIME and Variety.Past keynote speakers include actress and best-selling author Sandra Tsing Loh, best-selling author, screenwriter and producer Delia Ephron, Candy Chang, creator of the “Before I Die” project, and CBS Sunday Morning Contributor Nancy Giles.For more information, including a complete list of speakers and descriptions of sessions, visit mptf.com/dealwithit.last_img read more

After facing hurdles Liberals look to meet increased youth green jobs promise

OTTAWA — The federal government will find a way to create 15,000 green jobs this year, even after falling well short of a smaller goal last year, Canada’s labour minister says.Labour Minister Patty Hajdu says it took the government “a little bit of time to co-ordinate ourselves,” after promising during the 2015 election campaign to create 5,000 so-called “green jobs.”But Hajdu said eight federal agencies involved in the push should meet the jobs goal now that they have a better relationship with private employers in the field.“The more we get to know stakeholders and the better our relationships become, which this government is quite clear that we do — we work in partnership with stakeholders — the more opportunities there are,” Hajdu said in an interview.“I feel very comfortable with that number (15,000) still. I think we’ll be able to reach that target.”Last summer, Parks Canada employed 1,636 students, an increase of 435 over students employed during summer 2015 — but only one-third of the total the Liberals promised. Overall, across multiple departments, there were expected to be more than 2,000 green jobs, but the final tally from 2016 won’t be known until this fall.Internal government documents about the proposal show just how complicated fulfilling the original promise has been for civil servants.Days after the Liberals were sworn in as government, officials from nine federal departments met on the third floor of a government building in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa, to talk youth jobs, including the green jobs pledge.The minutes from the meeting show that Parks Canada raised concerns about the 5,000 jobs commitment, specifically that there was no mention of it in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s mandate letter to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.The agency also raised concerns about the costs associated with ramping up its summer work program. At best, it could create another 100 summer jobs, but would need more cash to make it happen because of “significant accommodation and supervision” costs.McKenna’s department, Environment Canada, had other questions: Did the jobs need to be permanent, or temporary? Could they send students up North as support staff for researchers?In the end, Employment and Social Development Canada suggested all departments involved in the effort try to find the jobs in existing programs “given ambitious implementation timelines” and to keep operating costs from skyrocketing.Officials eventually decided to define “green jobs” as any at companies “linked to a greener economy” and that required special skills to produce environmental benefits.“This definition is quite inclusive, as it considers all jobs in green companies and all green jobs in all sectors,” reads a proposal dated Nov. 30, 2015.The Canadian Press obtained copies of the documents under the Access to Information Act.This year, the government announced that it planned to create 15,000 green jobs across eight departments: ESDC, Parks Canada, Environment Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Innovation Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Heritage and the National Research Council.A spokeswoman for ESDC said that green jobs are being defined as those with employers that help reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials, limit greenhouse gas emissions, minimize waste and pollution, and protect and restore ecosystems. read more

Ontario budget fills in blanks on provinces plan to pay for public

TORONTO – Ontario will pay for transit expansion and road repairs by restricting tax credits for large corporations, stopping construction companies from claiming the fuel tax exemption and increasing the tax on aviation fuel by four cents a litre, the province revealed Thursday in its spring budget.The minority Liberals’ fiscal blueprint — widely considered the party’s re-election platform — confirms measures laid out in documents obtained by The Canadian Press this week from a source outside the government.The government announced last month it would invest $29 billion over 10 years into transportation infrastructure, saying some of the money would come from re-routing about $1.3 billion a year in gas taxes, and the rest through debt and unspecified “revenue tools.”Those revenue tools were spelled out in Thursday’s budget, along with plans to pull revenue from the sale of provincial assets and from high-occupancy toll lanes once they become available.It also showed how the Liberals propose to fill the hole in its coffers after funnelling the provincial portion of the gas tax into transit — by hiking taxes on high-income earners and tobacco.The plan “will help Ontarians get to work, home or school more quickly, and will be an immediate boost to jobs and economic growth,” Finance Minister Charles Sousa said as he presented the budget in the legislature.“And we will do this without raising taxes on gasoline, the Harmonized Sales Tax, education property taxes or personal income taxes on low- to middle-income individuals, nor will we raise general corporate taxes, which would be extremely risky in our economy.”The Progressive Conservatives panned the budget, which they have already vowed to oppose.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, whose decision will likely determine whether the province heads to the polls, wasn’t present to comment on the budget. But her party has proposed to hike business taxes to help pay for a massive public transit expansion in the Toronto-Hamilton area.Ontario’s transit agency has also recommended turning to taxpayers in the region for the estimated $2 billion a year required. The plan released by Metrolinx roughly a year ago called for a five-cent a litre fuel tax increase and a one percentage point hike in the HST for residents.And a panel appointed by the government said last fall the province should raise the gas tax by three cents a litre in 2015, climbing to 10 cents after eight years. It also recommended the government borrow more money, redirect the HST it collects on the gas tax and raise corporate taxes by half a percentage point to 12 per cent.The transit investments will be split into two separate funds — one for transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, which will receive $15 billion, and another for roads, bridges, transit and other infrastructure in the rest of the province.About two thirds of the money will come from the province’s dedicated revenue tools, about a quarter from provincial borrowing, including green bonds, and the balance from the federal government, the budget said.The money will be allocated by population using census data, the Liberals said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ontario budget fills in blanks on province’s plan to pay for public transit expansion by Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2014 2:09 pm MDT read more

Noi Fisher back for TCU in 8769 win over Eastern Michigan

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kouat Noi had 27 points and Jaylen Fisher added 12 points on four 3-pointers as TCU beat Eastern Michigan 87-69 on Monday night, after the Horned Frogs dropped out of the AP Top 25 poll earlier in the day.Neither Noi or Fisher started in what was only the second game of the season for both after missing the first three games because of knee issues. They entered about 5 1/2 minutes into the game, not long before a 31-10 run put the Horned Frogs (4-1) ahead to stay.Kevin Samuel had 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Desmond Bane and JD Miller each had 11 for TCU, which had been ranked 18th before a nine-point home loss to Lipscomb in its only game last week.Eastern Michigan (4-4) had an 11-2 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half after Paul Jackson rebounded a Fisher miss, leading to Damari Parris’ alley-oop pass to Boubacar Toure for a dunk.Toure had 20 points and 12 rebounds for EMU, while Jackson had 18 points and six assists.Samuel’s dunk on the opening possession was TCU’s only points in the first nearly eight minutes of the game. The Frogs missed seven shots in a row until another dunk by Samuel started a go-ahead 17-4 spurt. That was part of the bigger run that turned a nine-point deficit into a 12-point lead before halftime, including the first of Noi’s five 3s.Fisher was limited to 17 games last season before a torn meniscus in his right knee last January, and then the junior point guard needed arthroscopic surgery on that same knee in September.BIG PICTUREEMU: The Eagles have lost three in a row, a streak that began when they scored only four points in the first half at Rutgers last week. Once their early nine-point lead was gone, the Eagles never led again.TCU: Having Fisher and Noi back on the court will be a boost for a team that has already had seven players make their TCU debuts this season.UP NEXTEastern Michigan plays Saturday at Northeastern in Boston, then has three in a row at home before going to No. 2 Kansas after Christmas. The Eagles lost at then-No. 1 Duke two weeks ago.TCU wraps up its season-opening six-game homestand Friday night against Central Michigan. The Horned Frogs only go about 40 miles for their first road game on Dec. 5 at SMU.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Stephen Hawkins, The Associated Press read more

The Chiefs New Quarterback Is Walking Into An Ideal Situation

With seconds left in the first half of the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons last Friday, new starting QB Patrick Mahomes showed once again why KC felt comfortable dropping longtime starter Alex Smith in favor of the talented 22-year-old they took 10th overall in 2017. *Weighted Approximate Value equals a player’s AV from the previous season multiplied by three, plus his AV from two seasons ago multiplied by two, plus his AV from three seasons ago. A team’s total above is the sum of the weighted AV numbers for all of its primary non-QB skill players.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com Campbell2007WASPortis • Betts • Cooley • Moss • Randle El231 Roethlisberger2004PITStaley • Bettis • Ward • Burress • Randle El235 Hipple1981DETSims • Bussey • Scott • Thompson • Hill185 Manning2005NYGBarber • Finn • Burress • Shockey • Toomer210 New QBYrTmSkill PlayersWtd. A.V. Culpepper2000MINSmith • Kleinsasser • Moss • Carter • Davis226 The Chiefs have set Mahomes up for successAmong quarterbacks in their first season as a primary QB, those whose primary supporting cast (2 RBs and 3 WRs or TEs) produced the most weighted Approximate Value* in the previous three seasons, 1970-2018 King2000TAMDunn • Alstott • Johnson • Green • Moore234 Rypien1989WASByner • Riggs • Monk • Sanders • Clark235 Sanchez2009NYJJones • Greene • Cotchery • Keller • Edwards188 White1980DALDorsett • Newhouse • Hill • Pearson • DuPree264 Leftwich2003JAXTaylor • Edwards • Smith • Edwards • Brady204 Fitzpatrick2008CINBenson • Perry • H’mandzadeh • Johnson • Kelly202 Mahomes2018KCHunt • Ware • Kelce • Watkins • Hill221 Cassel2008NEFaulk • Morris • Welker • Moss • Gaffney220 Batch1998DETSanders • Vardell • Morton • Moore • Crowell258 Staubach1971DALGarrison • Thomas • Hayes • Alworth • Ditka211 Gannon1990MINWalker • Fenney • Carter • Jones • Jordan220 George1990INDBentley • Dickerson • Hester • Brooks • Morgan203 Leinart2006ARIJames • Arrington • Boldin • Fitzgerald • Johnson235 Although Kansas City’s talented group isn’t quite the most gifted core that a young QB has ever had to work with, it is close — ranking 12th-best since 1970 and the best this decade. In terms of what it might mean for the Chiefs, the rest of the teams on this list ended up posting an average of 8.9 wins per 16 games — just a tick below the average of 9.0 wins posted under their old QB — with the new QB generating exactly the same value (10.5 AV) as his predecessor had done in the role the year before. So if history is any indicator, Chiefs fans may not feel much of a drop-off from Smith to Mahomes, despite the latter’s inexperience.The only real concern around KC’s offense (which scored the sixth-most points of any team last year) might be the state of the team’s offensive line, which ranked among the middle of the pack in pass protection last year and has been up-and-down during the preseason thus far. But even there, Mahomes is in comparatively good hands. If we run the same exercise as above, but for Kansas City’s O-line instead of its skill players, Mahomes’s blocking support ranks 15th among first-time primary QBs since 1970. It’s not exactly the road-grading machine that Dak Prescott had in front of him when he broke in as Cowboys starter in 2016, but the KC line isn’t without talent — including 2017 second-team All-Pro Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle and former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on the left side.All told, you’d have to go back to Tampa Bay Bucs QB Shaun King in 2000 to find a first-time primary signal-caller who got more support from both his skill-position teammates and his offensive line than Mahomes figures to get this season. And while King was little more than a stopgap starter for Tampa, Mahomes is lined up to be the Chiefs’ answer under center for the long haul. With ample talent around Mahomes to help smooth away any rough patches, don’t be surprised if his career as KC’s quarterback gets off to a fast start. And it had better — because if it doesn’t, neither Reid nor his young starter will have many places to lay the blame. Rivers2006SDTomlinson • Turner • Gates • Parker • McCardell291 Hogeboom1984DALDorsett • Springs • Hill • Cosbie • Renfro240 Just how impressive was that bomb from Mahomes to Tyreek Hill? As Yahoo’s Michael David Smith noted, Mahomes’s pass traveled further through the air — 68.6 yards, according to the NFL’s NextGen Stats — than any touchdown pass did during the entire 2017 NFL season.1That’s impressive even though the 2017 stats include very little of Aaron Rodgers, king of the deep TD strike. So there’s no questioning Mahomes’s arm. And perhaps more importantly, he’ll be surrounded by plenty of supporting talent that will help him ease into his new role — maybe more of this talent than any other quarterback this decade. But does this ideal situation mean Mahomes is destined to make KC fans forget about Smith — and cure the Chiefs’ chronic postseason problems?Certainly, Mahomes will demonstrate a very different style of play than Smith did. During Smith’s seasons at the helm in Kansas City (2013-17), only Tom Brady had a lower interception percentage,2Among the 39 NFL passers with at least 800 attempts over that span. and nobody topped Smith on the percentage of passes he threw that ended up at or behind the line of scrimmage. Although Smith did begin to stretch the field more as a deep passer over his time in KC, he was mostly defined as an extremely accurate short-range passer who kept the Chiefs’ offense on schedule and didn’t make mistakes. Mahomes, by contrast, carries the “gunslinger” label for a reason: In the his one full start last season, 40 percent of his passes traveled at least 10 yards downfield, which would have ranked fourth in the league if he’d played enough to qualify. Mahomes also throws plenty of interceptions: In addition to the one he tossed during his lone NFL start (thereby increasing KC’s total picks thrown by quarterbacks by 20 percent), he also threw 25 in his final two seasons at Texas Tech,3Where, it should be mentioned, he also averaged a ridiculous 4,853 passing yards and 39 touchdowns over those two seasons. and struggled with turnovers during training camp as well.Fortunately, Mahomes will have an incredible arsenal of weapons to choose from when he’s running Andy Reid’s offense this year. At running back, KC boasts a pair of prolific rushers from the past few seasons in Kareem Hunt — who ran for 1,327 yards as a rookie in 2017 — and Spencer Ware, who missed all of 2017 with injury but notched 921 yards on the ground in 2016. Mahomes will also be throwing to wideouts Hill (1,183 receiving yards in 2017) and newcomer Sammy Watkins, who battled injuries in recent years but had 1,047 yards through the air in 2015. Finally, Mahomes can also go to Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce, who has racked up at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons — and is widely considered one of the best two TEs in the league, along with Rob Gronkowski.In other words, there’s a reason ESPN’s Bill Barnwell ranked Kansas City’s non-QB skill players as the best offensive arsenal in the league heading into the season. And in fact, if we zoom out beyond 2018 and look at NFL history, few first-time starters have ever been surrounded by a better group of skill-position talent than Mahomes will have at his disposal this season.To measure this, I went back to the 1970 NFL-AFL merger and tracked each team’s top two running backs and top three receivers (whether wide receivers or tight ends) for each season using Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value metric, which assigns each player a numerical value roughly corresponding to his statistical productivity that year.4It’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison with this season’s Chiefs, since I used end-of-season numbers for past seasons, and we obviously don’t yet know for sure who the Chiefs’ leading skill-position players will be this season. But using the players who are atop the depth chart heading into the season gives us a reasonable best guess. For those core groups of primary offensive skill players, I added up a weighted sum of their AV over the previous three seasons,5Where — somewhat arbitrarily — AV from the season before gets a multiplier of three, AV the season before that gets a multiplier of two and AV from three years ago gets a multiplier of one. to get a sense for how productive the group had been in the handful of seasons leading up to the one in question. Finally, I filtered for teams whose quarterback was in his first season as an NFL primary QB,6Meaning he led the team in attempts and started at least 10 games that season. to look for situations comparable to the one Mahomes currently finds himself in.After tallying up all the skill-position AV, here are the top supporting casts a new starter has gotten to play with since the merger: Evans1980CHIPayton • Harper • Scott • Watts • Baschnagel197 Woodley1980MIANathan • Williams • Moore • Harris • Cefalo208 Ponder2011MINPeterson • Gerhart • Harvin • Shiancoe • Jenkins204 Phipps1972CLEKelly • Scott • Pitts • Morin • Hooker226 Stabler1973OAKHubbard • Smith • Siani • Biletnikoff • Moore209 read more

Midsomer Murders plants easter egg clues for diehard fans in 20th anniversary

John Nettles as the original DCI Barnaby in Midsomer Murders In promotional material for the show’s 20th series, which starts on ITV on March 10th, “Fans are being invited to watch out for carefully hidden clues that make reference to the previous 19 series of this much loved drama in the episode entitled Death of Small Coppers,” a spokesman said.Michele Buck, executive producer, said: “We hope fans will relish the 20th anniversary series and enjoy watching out for the hidden hints to past episodes they have watched and loved.”The episode will tell the dark story of Mahesh Sidana, a butterfly collector and founding member of an elite IQ society, who found murdered, dissected pinned to a wall just like his specimens.Ian Strachan, the producer who has overseen 347 corpses across 19 series, said he believed the show’s popularity lay in how “it’s all handled with taste, decency and a certain degree of flippancy”. 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. Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby in series 20Credit:ITV John Nettles as the original DCI Barnaby in Midsomer Murders Neil Dudgeon as DCI Barnaby in series 20 “It’s not The Handmaid’s Tale, where people are constantly being hanged, or one of those cop shows where if the police want to know something they tie you to a chair,” he told the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine.“We are as imaginative as we can be without turning people’s stomachs. It doesn’t matter if someone is being beheaded with a Samurai sword or thrown out of a plane, you know it’s going to be family entertainment.“We’re Midsomer Murders, not a manga novel.”He added that the most complaints received about the show came not from the murders, which are carefully filmed to prevent copycat deaths, but the two episodes where there was no killing.“In an episode called Habeus Corpus, there was a bit of body-snatching and a body was dumped but it was already dead,” he said. Series 20 will guest star Elaine Paige Series 20 will guest star Elaine PaigeCredit:ITV “When that show went out the Midsomer chat rooms got rather alarmed. We had to make it up to the audience afterwards.”Midsomer Murders sells to more than 220 territories worldwide.In series 20, guest stars will include Elaine Paige, Eastenders actress Annette Badland and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, a Danish actress who has previously appeared in The Killing.“Midsomer Murders is very popular in Denmark,” she said, returning to the show for a second time.“It first and foremost comes down to the great love and connection that the Danes feel with the UK and the people here.“Also, the show is exciting and thrilling without being too scary, so it appeals to a broad audience and several generations. You can watch it together as a family, which is wonderful.”“We do love to see all of the beautiful and romantic, countryside locations where Midsomer Murders is filmed.”     Over 22 years, 116 episodes, and countless ever-more-innovative deaths, Midsomer Murders has left fans around the world with the simple satisfaction of a puzzle well solved as the credits roll.If viewers want to get the most out of its 20th anniversary series, however, they will have had to be paying close attention.The writers of Midsomer Murders have promised a smattering of hidden treats for loyal fans, as they place clever references to past episodes in its newest shows.The insertion of in-jokes and hidden messages, which have become known as “Easter eggs”, are increasingly popular on television in the internet era, with fans swapping the things they have spotted on social media and forums.The Royal Television Society recently noted that while planting messages for die-hard fans has been going on for decades, citing the cameos made by Alfred Hitchcock in his own films, the trend for “Easter eggs” has seemed “like a relatively new phenomenon” thanks to cult classics Doctor Who, Games of Thrones and Black Mirror.Now, that venerable television institution Midsomer Murder has joined the fun. read more

Apple Tops Product Placement List

first_imgApple has a sneaky to promote the Apple products we all love.The company donated iPads, iPods, iPhones, and, computers to over 30 percent of 2010’s top movies. This comes shortly after it was revealed that Apple used Google Adwords as part of the advertising trick.Product placement has become a popular this past decade. Apple placed products in Toy Story 3 and Kick Ass, along with a number of other films.The company has been doing this for a few years. What movies have you seen Apple products in?Via Gizmodolast_img read more

First ever photographic exhibition commemorating the Evzones visit to Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An exhibition showcasing the official visit of the Evzones, the highest ranked of military guard in Greece, who visited Australia last April to participate in the events that marked the anniversary of Anzac Day and the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Crete, opened its doors on 6 August at St Basil Homes in Adelaide and will remain open to the public until the end of August.Three well-respected Adelaide-based photographers, Paul Bradshaw, Shane Reid and Katina Rozaklis, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes following the nine Evzones and their lieutenant entourage around whilst in Adelaide, have put together an incredibly touching and much celebrated collection of images which captured the historic moments of the Evzones’ visit. The artists together with the Foundation for Hellenic Studies have decided to showcase their work during the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA), whilst a series of books with all the images is scheduled to be released. “Art feels good. Art feels sad. Sometimes it raises questions, other times it reveals answers. Feeling and engaging with one another are just a couple of the miracles that art brings to St Basil’s. We launched ‘Ψυχή (Psyche): Tell Me My Story and I Will Tell You Yours,” says PR coordinator, Connie Kosti in an interview with Neos Kosmos. After obtaining special attendance permission from the Greek government, the nine Evzones and their two lieutenants visited two Australian cities; Adelaide and Sydney.“Their presence bestowed the Foundation for Hellenic Studies with a sense of great pleasure and honour in being accorded the opportunity to introduce them to our community, to have them participate in significant ceremonies in Adelaide to honour the Anzacs, and to show them our state,” Harry Patsouris, trustee of the Foundation for Hellenic Studies, had said to Neos Kosmos during the official visit, that was organised in collaboration with the Office of the President of the Hellenic Republic. During their stay in Adelaide, the Greek Presidential Guards also visited St George Orthodox Church for a Vespers and Divine Liturgy Service for its patron saint, St George, where His Grace Bishop Nikandros welcomed them and, after congratulating them on their ethos, thanked them for bringing such an important part of Greece to Australia. During the speech, two of the Evzones became so overwhelmed with emotion as a result of their experiences in Adelaide and their overall Australian welcome, that they couldn’t hold back their tears. This touching moment was captured by Paul Bradshaw’s photographic lens and the image of 25-year-old Evzones Konstantinos Lousias from Arta went viral in Australia, the US and of course Greece, sending a message of patriotism and unity to the Hellenes all over the globe. “The heartwarming welcome and love we received from the moment we arrived in Adelaide, combined with Bishop Nikandros’ words, who spoke so highly of Greece and us, the Evzones, brought tears to my eyes; what the world witnessed was the culmination of all the emotions I have accumulated from the day I joined the Evzones until now,” Konstantinos Lousias had said the next day in an exclusive interview with our newspaper. “Exhibitions can be viewed between 12.00 pm and 3.00 pm over the remaining weekends in August and part proceeds from the art sales will be donated to St Basil’s Living Well initiatives,” explains Kosti.“This is the first ever exhibition showcasing the Evzones’ visit in Australia and the response from the public has already been overwhelming. We are just incredibly proud that we are able to share this piece of art with our fellow Greek Australians who were touched by the Evzones’ visit and want to reminisce those historic moments of their presence in Australia,” said Kosti. “If we can wish for one thing, that would be to have the Evzones come back to Australia soon.”last_img read more

Maladie de Horton traitement évolution définition de quoi sagitil

first_imgMaladie de Horton : traitement, évolution, définition, de quoi s’agit-il ?La maladie de Horton est une inflammation des artères causant des douleurs à la tête et à la mâchoire. Définition : qu’est ce que la maladie de Horton ?La maladie de Horton est une inflammation de la paroi des artères. Elle est également appelée artérite temporale, du nom de l’artère la plus souvent touchée, située au niveau du crâne. La maladie de Horton se manifeste par de puissants maux de tête et des douleurs à la mâchoire. Elle peut engendrer de nombreuses complications graves si elle n’est pas rapidement traitée, comme des AVC ou la cécité. Les personnes les plus souvent affectées par la maladie sont les personnes âgées de plus de 50 ans dont deux tiers de femmes. Symptômes : comment reconnaître la maladie de Horton ?Les principaux signes cliniques de la maladie de Horton sont des maux de tête persistants (céphalées), situés au niveau d’une ou des deux tempes. Ils s’accompagnent généralement d’une fièvre et d’une grande fatigue. La claudication de la mâchoire est un des symptômes caractéristiques de la maladie. Cela correspond à des douleurs lors de la mastication ou lorsque la bouche est grande ouverte. On peut également constater une baisse de l’acuité visuelle, une diplopie (dédoublement de la vision), une hypersensibilité du cuir chevelu ou une perte de poids. Causes et facteurs de risques de la maladie de HortonLa maladie de Horton provoque une inflammation des artères qui vont alors enfler, réduisant la quantité de sang et donc d’oxygène arrivant aux différents organes interne. C’est cette diminution du flux sanguin qui entraîne l’apparition des symptômes. La cause exacte de ce phénomène n’est en revanche pas connue.Il existe certains facteurs susceptibles d’augmenter les risques de contracter la maladie de Horton comme l’âge, le sexe ou le syndrome de Forestier-Certonciny.Evolution de la maladie de Horton En l’absence de traitement, plusieurs complications peuvent apparaître de façon plus ou moins soudaine. Les troubles oculaires sont les plus fréquents. Le gonflement des vaisseaux sanguins oculaires réduit la quantité de sang arrivant aux yeux, provoquant une perte de vision (cécité) ou une paralysie des yeux. Lorsque cela se produit, c’est malheureusement le plus souvent permanent. La maladie de Horton peut toucher toutes les artères, comme celles irriguant le cerveau ou le cœur. Dans ces cas là, il y a de grands risques d’accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC) ou de crise cardiaque. Cela reste une complication rare de la maladie.Traitement : comment soigner la maladie de Horton ?Le traitement de la maladie de Horton consiste en une corticothérapie. Il s’agit de l’administration de corticoïdes ou corticostéroïde (anti-inflammatoires stéroïdiens) comme la Prednisone. Plus la prise en charge est précoce plus elle sera efficace. Il est donc recommandé de la débuter dès les premiers soupçons de la maladie. À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Les symptômes régressent dès le début de traitement. Il est néanmoins important de le poursuivre pour une durée d’au moins 18 mois, les doses de médicaments étant progressivement réduites avec le temps. Certains effets secondaires peuvent faire leur apparition, notamment chez les personnes âgées comme de l’ostéoporose, de l’hypertension artérielle ou un glaucome. Le 16 novembre 2017 à 17:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

We deserved to win – Warnock

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says his team deserved all three points at the King Power Stadium as they went home with a 1-0 victory against Leicester City.Cardiff goalkeeper kept his side in the game by saving James Maddison’s 75th penalty, before Camasara Victor sent a rocket shot into the top right corner of Leicester’s goal to give the visitors all three points.“I’m really pleased and I’m proud of the lads because I thought we played some good stuff. I thought we deserved it today, we got the late goal, but I thought we shaded it a bit,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“If we had a little bit more clinical finishing in the last third, I think we could have to put it to bed. But all credit to them, it took a penalty save to keep us in the game.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I thought it was an iffy penalty, a little bit like Mo Salah’s last week, some would have given it and some wouldn’t, but I thought the right result came out of that. I’m glad that penalty didn’t win the game if I’m honest.“We haven’t had that much luck away. We missed a penalty at West Ham at 0-0 and there were a couple of other games where we could have put a lot of pressure on teams, but we have improved as the season’s gone on.“I can’t tell you how much we’ve improved since August/September time and I think we can get better now, especially with one or two additions in January, I think we can give everybody a good run for their money.”last_img read more

Soy Growers Find Faults Opportunities in Proposed White House Budget

first_imgFollowing the release of President Obama’s proposed FY2016 budget on Monday, ASA drew attention to multiple areas in which the association saw potential dangers and opportunities in the proposal.Atop the list of ASA’s concerns is language in the proposed budget that would make disabling cuts to crop insurance programs authorized in the 2014 farm bill. Specifically, the President’s budget requests $16 million in cuts to the farm program over 10 years, the bulk of which would come from reductions in the portion of crop insurance premiums subsidized by the federal government.“Crop insurance is the cornerstone of the farm safety net,” said ASA President Wade Cowan. “Farmers spend approximately $4 billion a year of their own money to purchase insurance from the private sector, which is far more efficient and effective than government-run delivery systems. Attacking farmers’ most important risk management tool only weakens the bipartisan farm bill that Congress carefully crafted after years of deliberation and more than 40 hearings.”ASA is concerned with specific elements of the president’s proposed tax policy, namely a plan to increase taxes on inherited property and assets through elimination of stepped-up basis. The proposal has very little chance of being enacted by Congress, and the impact would occur only if an heir sells an inherited farm or asset, ASA is still concerned that the President would propose this tax change that would adversely impact farm families and their rural communities.ASA did call attention to several aspects of the proposed budget that soybean farmers support, including the proposal’s full funding of the Market Access Program and Foreign Market Development program, which the industry uses to help access new and growing export markets. Also, the association noted its support for the president’s proposed $478 billion spending on highway infrastructure and projects to improve freight rail corridors.We’re encouraged to see a commitment to expanding our reach to new and existing trade partners, and some increased investment for domestic infrastructure that help us to get American soybeans to our customers faster and more economically than our foreign competitors. At the same time, we are disappointed that the President’s budget again called for decreased funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for maintenance and upgrades to our inland waterways and ports. These are vital to the competitiveness of soybean exports and are in as much or more need for investment and upgrade as our highways.last_img read more

Read The Ballot Before You Cast Your Vote

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are links to the ballots that Wilmington voters will use when they cast their votes in this year’s mid-term elections.Remember! Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, from 7am to 8pm at your regular polling location, and five days of early voting remains — Monday, October 29, 8:30am to 7pm; Tuesday, October 30, 8:30am to 4:30pm; Wednesday, October 31, 8:30am to 4:30pm; Thursday, November 1, 8:30am to 4:30pm; and Friday, November 2, 8:30am to 4:30pm — at Wilmington Town Hall.Ballot For Precincts 1, 2, 4-6Ballot For Precinct 3Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Town Clerk Sharon George Explains Early Voting In WilmingtonIn “Government”Town Of Wilmington Announces Details Of ‘Early Voting’ For November 6 ElectionIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Early Voting Comes To Wilmington For Presidential ElectionIn “Government”last_img read more

1 held 20 injured in Ashulia RMG factory fire

first_imgAt least 20 people were injured and a man was held in connection with an incident of fire at garment factory of Narasinghapur in Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, on Sunday.The fire broke out at the building of ‘Medlar Limited’ around 9:15pm on Saturday, said duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Mahmudul Hoque.Around 2,500 workers were working at the factory while the fire erupted and at least 20 of them were injured while rushing to escape the blaze, witnesses said.The injured were admitted to local hospitals.On information, 10 units of firefighters rushed to the spot and after three hours of frantic efforts they managed to control the fire around 12:00am.However, the cause of the fire was not clear yet.Officer in-charge of Ashulia police station Abdul Awal said they held a suspect Helal in this connection for interrogation.Following the blazing incident, the local administration blocked Abdullahpur-Baipal road around 10:30pm as the intensity of the fire was increasing, said officer in-charge of Ashulia police station Abdul Awal.A long tailback was created on the road, said the OC, adding that an adequate number of law enforcers have been deployed in the area to fend off any trouble.last_img read more

Kolkatas restaurant count reaches 38838

first_imgThe National Restaurant Association of India’s Kolkata Chapter along with NRAI India Food Services Report 2019 (NRAI IFSR 2019) was launched by the Addl Chief Secretary, Home Industry, Commerce and Enterprises, and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textile, Alapan Bandopadhyay on July 2.NRAI IFSR 2019, released once every 3 years, is the 4th edition of National Restaurant Association of India’s study to map trends, opportunities, and challenges of India’s food service sector. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTalking about the contribution of the restaurant industry in the economy, as well as the formation and launch of NRAI, Dr Amit Mitra, Finance Minister of State, said, “Restaurant industry is the third largest after retail and insurance in the service segment. It has been a significant contributor to the country’s overall economy in many ways. The industry engages millions of people, both directly and indirectly. The employment covers a full range of unskilled, semi-skilled and fully skilled people.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMitra also mentioned the industry figures for the Kolkata market. “There are a total of 38,838 restaurants, in Kolkata, 7994 of which are in the organised segment. There is a huge scope in Kolkata for the growth of non-home cooked food and foodservice market, compared to cities like Delhi and Mumbai. It is towards this purpose that NRAI has launched its Kolkata Chapter,” he added. It is to note that market size of Kolkata’s organised food service sector is estimated at INR 5,049 Crore for 2018-19. The industry in Kolkata currently generates direct employment for 66,234 people and stands fourth in comparison to Mumbai (4,28,358), Delhi (3,01,715) and Bengaluru (1,17,660). Sagar Daryani, Chapter Head of NRAI Kolkata and CEO, Wow! Momo speaking on the occasion said, “NRAI Kolkata Chapter has put forth Restaurant Industry’s concerns with respective Government departments and it is very encouraging to receive a positive response from the State Government and a warm welcome from the fraternity members.” Mentioning that this is the only industry that offers multiple opportunities for various job roles/levels with varying education and skill levels, he said, “We will assist in conducting soft skill and food safety training of youth in rural areas and later provide them with employment opportunities in the sector. We also plan to provide training infrastructure for hands-on-training on food safety, hygiene, and soft skills for existing and to become a platform for training and creation of new workforce ready to operate resources in the food service sector”. The mega launch was attended by the who’s who of the F&B fraternity. NRAI IFSR 2019 is a comprehensive compilation of data gathered from in-depth interactions with over 130 restaurant CEOs and 3500 consumers across 24 cities in India. Kolkata specific pull-out provides extensive data on a variety of parameters like average monthly spend per person, popular hangouts, employment and consumer’s eating out behaviour and trends.last_img read more

Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe by Luxury Travel Advisor

first_imgSource = Hotel Esprit Saint Germain Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe by Luxury Travel AdvisorTop Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe by Luxury Travel AdvisorWe are thrilled and honored to announce that Hotel Esprit Saint Germain has won the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence for “Top Luxury Boutique Hotel in Europe“. This significant distinction is a result of the hotel’s continued commitment to excellence in service and hospitality.Hotel Esprit Saint Germain has been designed along the lines of a private residence. Ideally situated in the heart of Paris, on the Left Bank. This is a very Parisian, very intimate and very warm five-star boutique hotel, stunningly designed with real loving care put into each of its 28 rooms and lounges. Clients are welcomed as if they were guests in a friend’s home sitting in the living room by the fireplace with a personalized and dedicated service, while enjoying complimentary drinks anytime during their stay.It is just what you imagine a French hotel should look like.All this is thanks to your support during all these years. Our goal is always to have happy guests.Our relationship with the travel agent community is most important to us.We continue to work towards taking the best care possible of your valued clients.last_img read more

Housing Starts and Building Permits Rise

first_img Share Single-family units were at the center of increasing housing starts in July. According to the latest new residential construction statistics for July published by the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), housing starts rose 0.9 percent over June 2018. Though building permits increased 1.5 percent month over month, housing completions saw a decline of 1.7 percent.On a year-over-year basis, housing starts were 1.4 percent below their July 2017 estimates. However, building permits rose 4.2 percent over the same period last year. The rise in building permits was led by single-family unit authorizations that were at a rate of 869,000 units, a rise of 1.9 percent over the revised June figures, the data indicated.According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American, the rise in single-family permits shows that homebuilders are pushing through new construction projects despite the headwinds of rising tariffs and costs.“Despite significant cost headwinds, home builders are pushing through new construction projects. In fact, residential building permits increased 4.2 percent since this time last year,” Fleming said. “Permits for single-family homes increased 1.9 percent compared to the previous month, the largest monthly gain since October of 2017.”The data indicated that housing completions for single-family units lagged and were 5.2 percent below the revised June rate of 859,000. So what do these figures mean for homebuyers? For one, they can take respite in the fact that construction of new homes is on the rise, according to Fleming. “The Census Bureau report on housing construction showed builders are starting work on additional housing, inching closer to balancing inventory with demand,” he said.The increase in building permits also pointed to some easing of the inventory pressure in housing. “The increase in permits is a welcome sign as a strong economy with continuing job and income growth, millennials aging into homeownership, and baby boomers living longer and more independently than ever will continue to drive demand and keep the pressure up on the housing market.” Builidng Construction Data homes HOUSING Inventory Permits Starts 2018-08-16 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newscenter_img August 16, 2018 571 Views Housing Starts and Building Permits Riselast_img read more

New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineJust in time for Mother’s Day, Gucci has unveiled the limited edition Mamma bag, designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini as part of the label’s ongoing partnership with UNICEF, now in its sixth year.Available exclusively online, a quarter of the proceeds from the sales of each bag will go directly to UNICEF’s HIV/AIDS programs, which provide HIV test kits to expectant mothers with the goal of eliminating infections in newborns. Gucci has guaranteed a minimum donation of $70,000 to the organization.“My inspiration for this special edition bag came from my trip to Malawi with UNICEF in November 2009, when I witnessed first hand the AIDS epidemic that affects entire generations of families,” said Giannini. “As part of our continued efforts with UNICEF to improve these circumstances, the Mamma bag allows all those who would like to help make a difference in the lives of these families to contribute a gift that will have double meaning on Mother’s Day.”Designed for modern mothers-on-the-go, the Mamma bag features a front-zip pocket and two open side pockets for extra storage, as well as the house’s signature green-red-green web and a touch of luxe leather trim. Celeb moms like Salma Hayek have already gotten their hands on the chic tote.The Mamma bag retails for $970 will retail at Gucci.com through June 15th.www.gucci.comlast_img read more