Mexican specialist wins UNESCO award for popularizing science

3 January 2012A Mexican physiologist and neurobiologist renowned for his work on sleep has won a United Nations award honouring those who have helped to promote science, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. René Raúl Drucker Colín will officially receive the 2011 UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science at a ceremony today in Bhubaneswar, India, the agency said in a press release.Professor Drucker Colín was chosen for the biennial award – which was created in 1951 – by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, on the recommendation of an international jury.The professor, who holds a degree in psychology and a doctorate in medicine, is best known for his work in identifying the role played by neurotransmitters during sleep, and has been described by UNESCO as “an ardent promoter of science.”He writes regularly for La Jornada, a daily Mexican newspaper, and has also participated regularly on the science programmes of Televisa, a national television broadcaster.Professor Drucker Colín is slated to receive a cheque for $20,000, the silver UNESCO-Albert Einstein medal and a certificate at tomorrow’s ceremony, which will take place during the Indian Science Congress.The prize is jointly funded by the Kalinga Foundation and the Government of the Indian state of Orissa, of which Bhubaneswar is the capital. read more

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Bombardier wont be shocked by another high CSeries duty next week

MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. says it won’t be shocked if it gets hit with another large tariff next in a U.S. duty decision Wednesday after being surprised by massive preliminary duties unveiled against its CSeries commercial jet earlier this week.The Montreal-based aerospace company (TSX:BBD.B) said Thursday it is prepared for an “absurd” anti-dumping duty after the Department of Commerce announced a nearly 220 per cent countervailing duty.“We expect it to be a significant number. Pick a number. It makes no sense,” Colin Bole, Bombardier’s sales chief for commercial aircraft, said in an interview.“I think the Department of Commerce and Boeing have not exactly endeared themselves with a rational and sensible approach here.”The U.S. government is scheduled to announce its preliminary anti-dumping decision on Boeing’s petition next Wednesday. The Chicago aircraft manufacturer has requested 79 per cent in anti-dumping, the same amount it requested in countervailing duties.“We thought 79 was pretty outrageous, this is beyond silly,” he said of the 220 per cent countervailing decision.The department’s preliminary findings said Bombardier benefited from improper government subsidies, giving it an unfair advantage when selling its CSeries jets south of the border.Bombardier has repeatedly stressed that Americans will be hurt by the tariffs because more than half the content on the CSeries is sourced by U.S. suppliers, including Pratt & Whitney engines. The program is expected to generate more than US$30 billion in business over its life and support more than 22,700 American jobs in 19 states.Bole said the exorbitant duties are unfounded and the company is confident they will be reversed in final decisions in coming months. He said Boeing can’t justify its claim of being harmed since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu lent his support to the company, telling the Montreal Board of Trade on Thursday that he found the ruling “troubling” because of its effect on stifling innovation and competitiveness.Canada’s largest airline has ordered 45 CSeries aircraft with options for 30 more that will allow it to fly to new destinations after deliveries begin in 2019.“The CSeries is the best-in-class for its size and we see it comfortably co-existing in our fleet alongside our new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft,” he said.Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard visited workers at the CSeries assembly plant in Mirabel on Thursday to convey his government’s support of the aircraft program against Boeing’s petition.“It’s an unacceptable attack towards an industry, a province and a country and we shall prevail. What’s happening now goes much beyond Bombardier,” he told reporters inside a large hangar north of Montreal.Couillard said he won’t heed Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s call for cooler heads and less overheated rhetoric in the burgeoning aerospace trade war.“I will not tone down. I will tone up if I need to do it,” he told reporters. “I will fight for Quebec.”He repeated his demand that “not a bolt, not a part, of course not a plane of Boeing” should enter Canada until the conflict is resolved.Ottawa had planned to buy 18 Super Hornets from Boeing to fill what they claim is a critical shortage of fighter jets, but have since threatened to go elsewhere over the Bombardier dispute.Meanwhile, Bole said Bombardier’s sales campaigns aren’t being harmed by the duty decision and the company still expects to land some new orders later this year.Bombardier has estimated that North America will account for about 2,000 of the 6,800 100- to 150-seat planes that will be sold around the world over the next 20 years.Bole said Bombardier doesn’t expect to feel any extra pressure to lower CSeries prices because buyers may sense the company will be desperate to conclude a deal.He said Bombardier is open to discussions with Boeing but declined to say what would be required to strike a deal to end the dispute. Nor would he disclose the contingencies it will offer Delta Air Lines, which is slated to begin receiving CS100s next spring.Bombardier shares regained some ground Thursday, closing up 5.24 per cent at $2.21 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

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In Iran IAEA chief sees uranium enrichment facility under construction

Mr. ElBaradei’s three-day trip, which included the visit to Natanz, is at the invitation of the Iranian Government and was originally slated for December before being rescheduled for this month, an IAEA spokesman in New York said.The IAEA Director-General is scheduled to meet with President Mohammed Khatami and other senior officials tomorrow before wrapping up his visit Sunday with a press conference.

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FEATURE Feudalera Japanese village leader stands as beacon for tsunami education

A screen capture from a promotional video featuring two mascot characters: Kumamon (front) and Ossan (back), guiding children from a beach to higher ground in an evacuation drill. The subtitle reads “Two promises: decide with your family where to evacuate and make the utmost effort to protect your own life.” Credit: Cabinet Office of Japan, Kumamon (2010 kumamoto pref. kumamon) & OSSAN(UPRIGHT) About 300 pupils and 20 staff members of Vicente Guerrero Primary School in Zihuatanejo de Azueta, State of Guerrero, Mexico, run towards a hill during a tsunami evacuation drill on 14 October 2016. Photo/SATREPS, Mexico In a unique effort, the Cabinet Office of Japan has “appointed” mascot characters as “envoys” for raising tsunami risk awareness.  They participate in various events and lead tsunami evacuation drills across the country.  Their message is clear: when a tsunami occurs, each person should evacuate immediately and as fast as possible.  It is important to decide with family members where you will escape to and make the utmost effort to protect your own life.“Trust that your family is also evacuating, and get yourself to high ground as fast as your legs can carry you. Reunite with your family after you have evacuated,” they say.On 7-8 September, 24 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, France, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste and Yemen –participated in an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill. In India, the exercise involved evacuation of around 35,000 people from the coastal regions, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Gujarat and Goa.Named “IOWave16,” the two-day mock drill was organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which coordinated the setting up of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of the December 26, 2004 tsunami triggered by an undersea earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.The simulation exercise was comprehensive, including not only evacuation and rescue operation, but also a mock interview with the media.   Local residents of Odisha, India, participate in an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Tsunamis are rare, but extremely deadly. Records show that, between 1996 and 2015, 250,900 people died in 21 countries affected by 30 tsunamis. The most devastating among them was the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004 in which more than 220,000 people perished, including 9,000 foreign tourists.  Japan’s tsunami on 11 March 2011 left more than 18,000 dead or missing.“Rather than selecting a memorial day or a tragic day, such as 11 March or 26 December, 5 November was selected as a ‘forward-looking’ day when many lives were saved due to proactive actions,” Yuki Matsuoka, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Japan, told the UN News Centre.There is a century and decades-long history to it. On 5 November in 1854, a massive tsunami triggered by a magnitude-8.4 earthquake struck the Kii Peninsula in Japan.  It is recorded that many lives were saved in that event when Goryo Hamaguchi, a leader in a small village, set fire to piled sheaves of newly harvested rice in his own paddy, to evacuate and guide fellow villagers to high ground in the darkness.In Japan, this story is known as “The Fire of Inamura (rice sheaves).”Last December, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day, with 142 countries co-sponsoring a resolution drafted by Japan, which worked with other disaster-prone countries as well as partners such as UNISDR.“Tsunami, originally a Japanese word, is now commonly used in English. This represents the fact that the Japanese people have the long history of grappling with tsunami hazards,” Ms. Matsuoka said.  “Japan built the people’s resilience not only by hard measures, but also by soft measures,” she added. Local residents of Odisha, India, are being transported to an evacuation site in an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India The Indian authorities conduct a mock rescue operation during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami simulation exercise in Odisha, India, in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India An Indian administration official responds to questions from reporters during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami simulation exercise in Odisha, India, in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Local residents of Odisha, India, gather at an evacuation site during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Local residents of Odisha, India, gather at an evacuation centre during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India Drills have been conducted in various continents that have a potential tsunami risk including countries such as Mexico and Chile.On 28 September, gathering in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, scientists and disaster risk experts from the Mediterranean and beyond have vowed to step up efforts to raise awareness among the general public of how to react to the threat of tsunamis.“Public awareness is one of the most important activities,” said Professor Ahmet Cevdet Yalciner of Turkey’s Middle East Technical University, who chairs the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the Northeastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS).Around 130 million people live on these regions’ shores, which also include the Adriatic, Aegean, Marmara and Black Seas. The population rises sharply during the summer tourist season, meaning that risk reduction also needs to target visitors.“There has to be an effort to make sure that messages are readable for the public,” Marzia Santini, of Italy’s Civil Protection Department, told the gathering. “In Italy, we have volunteers – ordinary citizens, not professionals – talking to other citizens about risks and how to behave in the event that hazard strikes, how to know more about the basics of risk management and so on,” she said.Meanwhile, Greece deploys a “tsunami tank.” By cranking a handle, passers-by generate model tsunamis and see their impact. “This really motivates people to ask about tsunamis, so we have a great opportunity to tell them about risk,” said Areti Plessa of the Institute of Geodynamics at the National Observatory of Athens.In April, Israel organized its “Blue Wave” exercise, in cooperation with Greece, Italy and Turkey.  Two weeks beforehand, the authorities put up tsunami signs – which are there to stay – thereby generating public attention for the exercise.The Miracle of Kamaishi is actually not a ‘miracle,’ but the result of awareness and education“It’s a game-changer,” said Amir Yahav, of Israel’s National Emergency Management Authority.These measures are critical as there are episodes that show lives were saved due to preparedness.In Japan’s 2011 disaster, almost all of the nearly 3,000 elementary and junior high school students in Kamaishi City in Iwate Prefecture survived the tsunami, Ms. Matsuoka of UNISDR Japan said.Immediately after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck that afternoon, the students of Kamaishi East Junior High School ran out of the school towards higher ground. Their quick evacuation prompted the children and teachers of the neighboring Unosumai Elementary School to follow, and consequently led many other local residents to follow.As they continued to run, older students supported the younger ones, and together they reached a safe location while the mega-tsunami swallowed their schools and the town. This episode came to be known as “the Miracle of Kamaishi,” Ms. Matsuoka said.According to UNISDR, there are similar tales in other parts of the world, like the story of Tilly Smith, a British girl who, at the age of 10, is credited with saving 100 holiday makers in a Thai resort during the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 thanks to a geography lesson at her school that taught her the tell-tale signs of a looming tsunami. But in many disaster situations, making sound judgement is not as easy as in those textbook examples. According to Japanese media reports, 74 students and 10 teachers at Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, either died or are still missing, after the 2011 tsunami. Bereaved family members of 23 students sued the Miyagi prefectural and Ishinomaki municipal governments – which run public schools – for compensation.  The plaintiffs argued that school officials were negligent in not evacuating the students to a hill in the back of the school where there would have been a greater chance of escaping the deadly waves.  The defendants argued that the hill was not adequate for an evacuation location as it had a risk of fallen trees. “These stories from Tohoku [Northeast] Region in Japan are indeed sending a critical message to the world,” Ms. Matsuoka said.“The Miracle of Kamaishi is actually not a ‘miracle,’ but the result of awareness and education,” she said.  “They could evacuate effectively on that day based on their knowledge and correct judgement through what they had learnt.”“By raising tsunami awareness through World Tsunami Awareness Day, we can save lives and mitigate the devastating damages caused by tsunamis,” she concluded. In Japan, evacuation drills are being conducted every year in various forms and at different levels under initiatives of the national government, local authorities, schools and communities, according to Ms. Matsuoka. “These accumulated experiences have contributed to generating knowledge and expertise in disaster risk reduction to share with the international community,” she added.Serving as a repository of this expertise is Inamura-no-Hi no Yakata, or the Hall of the Fire of Rice Sheaves, which was established in 2007 in the small municipality of Hirogawa in Wakayama Prefecture, where Goryo Hamaguchi was born.Japan built the people’s resilience not only by hard measures, but also by soft measures“The fundamental purpose of using ‘the Fire of Inamura’ as educational material is to make everyone understand the importance of prompt evacuation,” Kouichi Sakiyama, the Hall’s Director, told the UN News Centre.Mr. Sakiyama explained that in tsunami-prone places, measures have been taken to prevent causalities and damage, such as building sea walls, embankments and other structures.  “It’s natural that people feel a sense of security when they see these big, stark structures, but in reality, people may just rely on those facilities,” he said, warning that a lack of knowledge about the mechanism of tsunami could lead to wrong actions.“Now that the date for the Fire of Inamura has been designated as World Tsunami Awareness Day, I take it that our Hall has assumed the responsibility to spread to the world the message that evacuation is critical in the event of tsunamis,” he said. “We are determined to carry out that responsibility.”The theme of the first World Tsunami Awareness Day is “Education and Evacuation Drills.”Jerry Velasquez, Chief of Advocacy and Outreach Section of UNISDR, headquartered in Geneva, told the UN News Centre that education and evacuation drills are key components of stopping tsunamis from turning into full-blown disasters with massive fatalities.“Even the technologically most advanced early warning systems in the world are only as good as their ability to reach the public and to provoke the appropriate reaction to the warning,” said Mr. Velasquez.Various tsunami awareness raising initiatives are under way around the world.According to UNISDR, crucial to success is to keep awareness-raising as jargon-free as possible.  Scientific accuracy is important, but messages have to be as clear as possible to the general public to achieve their aims.Photo feature: Mock tsunami drill to raise awareness in India’s Odisha province. School children in Odisha, India, line up during an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami mock drill in September 2016. Photo/Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India read more

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Myanmar UN rights expert condemns killing of prominent Muslim lawyer

“I am shocked to the core by the senseless killing of a highly respected and knowledgeable individual, whom I have met during all of my visits to the country, including most recently just over a week ago,” the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said. U Ko Ni was shot and killed outside Yangon Airport on Sunday after returning from Indonesia where he had been part of a Government-led delegation attending an interfaith study tour, according to a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). “This act was also an act of violence against children. It was committed while U Ko Ni was holding his grandchild, exposing the child to witness one of the most horrific acts of violence,” Ms. Lee emphasized. A suspect has been arrested. Ms. Lee called on the Government to openly condemn this act and to carry out a proper effective impartial investigation into the killing.While noting that no motive had yet been established, the human rights expert called for “everyone in Myanmar to refrain from actions that could excite negative emotions and to join together to counter hate and violence whatever its form.” “This appears to be another shocking example of a reprisal against those speaking out on behalf of the rights of others,” said Ms. Lee, who has recently conducted a 12-day visit to the Southeast Asian country. In her end-of-visit statement, she highlighted her concern at the increasing risks faced by human rights defenders, lawyers, journalists and others working on sensitive issues. “U Ko Ni’s passing is a tremendous loss to human rights defenders and for Myanmar. The State Counsellor and the NLD-led Government must get to the bottom of this senseless act, and give answers to his family and to us all,” the Special Rapporteur said. read more

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The Dodgers Dominated Like Few Pennant Winners In Recent History

2017LADARI34.11CHC55.8789.98-1.98 Which pennant winners cruised through the fieldLeague winners who took the fewest games in the Division Series and Championship Series relative to expected, 1995-2017 42010Texas Rangers5932+27 72009New York Yankees4825+23 RUNS 42005Chicago White Sox4720+27 32017Los Angeles Dodgers4819+29 101995Atlanta Braves4624+22 YEARTEAMOPP.GMSEXP. GMSOPP.GMSEXP. GMSGMSEXP. GMSDIFF 12007Boston Red Sox7036+34 When the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the World Series next week against either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, they’ll be in the midst of one of the hottest playoff runs by a league champion in recent memory. They smoked the Arizona Diamondbacks and the defending-champion Chicago Cubs by a combined 48-19 margin, giving them the third-best run differential in the division and championship series1So, excluding the wild card game. of any pennant winner since MLB expanded its playoff structure in 1995: 72002Anaheim Angels6037+23 Expected games is determined by how long it would take the average playoff team to eliminate the team’s LDS and LCS opponents.Source: Baseball-Reference.com Top pennant winners by run differential1995-2017 62009Philadelphia Phillies5531+24 2005CHWBOS34.15ANA55.89810.03-2.03 1999NYYTEX34.10BOS55.8889.98-1.98 Includes Division Series and League Championship Series; wild card games not included.Source: Retrosheet LDSLCSTOTAL And the way the Dodgers blew away the National League field was especially impressive. They swept Arizona in three games, then won the first three games of the NLCS over Chicago, ultimately finishing the Cubs off in five. In other words, they needed only eight games to reach the World Series — that’s nearly two fewer than we’d have expected from a typical pennant winner against LA’s opponents, based on their Elo ratings:2To compute this, I used Elo to generate the probability of the average pennant winner winning each game of a series against a team’s opponents. Using those numbers and a little math, we can calculate how often we’d expect those series to end in a given number of games. Between these two measures, the Dodgers’ 2017 postseason run has to be on the short list for most dominant in modern history. It’s no guarantee they’ll win the Fall Classic, of course — among the eight teams above them on either list, only the 2007 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox and 1999 Yankees ended up actually winning the World Series. But for now, the Dodgers can celebrate their National League pennant in style. 21996Atlanta Braves5423+31 2016CLEBOS34.16TOR55.88810.03-2.03 RKYEARTEAMSCOREDALLOWEDDIFFERENTIAL 2006DETNYY44.14OAK45.88810.01-2.01 2007COLPHI34.11ARI45.6679.77-2.77 2014KCRANA34.13BAL45.8379.95-2.95 101995Cleveland Indians4018+22 2009NYYMIN34.11ANA65.93910.03-1.03 2012DETOAK54.13NYY45.8399.96-0.96 1995ATLCOL44.07CIN45.8789.94-1.94 72008Tampa Bay Rays6441+23 read more

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The Spurs Defense Against Corner Threes Is Stellar Its Also Invisible

Welcome to Four-Point Play, our weekly NBA column that pieces together four statistical trends from around the league and lays out what they tell us about where a team has been or where it’s heading. Find a stat you think should be included here? Email or tweet me at chris.herring@fivethirtyeight.com or @Herring_NBA.It’s nothing new to hear the San Antonio Spurs described as machinelike. But far too often that label seems to focus solely on the team’s offensive precision as opposed to the club’s perennially outstanding defense.No team over the past two decades has been better at getting stops than the Spurs, who not only stand as the NBA’s best defense this year, but have ranked among the top 10 in defensive efficiency in 17 of the past 20 seasons.In particular, dating back to last season, the Spurs have been fantastic at taking away corner 3-pointers, arguably the most valuable shot in basketball. But is some of that due to sheer luck?San Antonio, after holding opponents to 33 percent from the corners last season (second best, behind the Clippers), is limiting foes to an NBA-low 33 percent again this season. Seems simple enough! Yet those gaudy numbers are harder to explain when you look closely at another set of numbers: The Spurs are often nowhere to be found when opposing teams take corner 3’s. Last year, according to data compiled by SportVU client manager Matt Scott at FiveThirtyEight’s request, the Spurs contested 35 percent of corner 3’s, seventh-lowest in the league; this year, they’re third from the bottom with a similar rate. The Bulls’ spacing problems get even worseEven before the season, we knew the Chicago Bulls, for all the big names they’d tout in their backcourt, would struggle with outside shooting this season. That’s what happens when you sign Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade — neither of whom is a good perimeter jumpshooter — to play next to Jimmy Butler, one of the league’s best talents but not the greatest outside shooter himself.With both Wade and Butler having missed time this month because of illness and injury, coach Fred Hoiberg has turned to a duo that has things even more cramped than usual.Rondo and Michael Carter-Williams, likely the NBA’s worst-shooting tandem, have shared the court for 28 minutes this month. In that span, they’ve posted a horrendous -46.5 net rating, which measures a team’s point differential per 100 possessions. Even more noteworthy: For the season, Chicago’s lineups including those two this season have scored just 87.5 points per 100 plays, more than eight points worse per 100 possessions than any other Bulls two-man configuration with at least 50 minutes under its belt, per NBA.com.Opposing defenses, feeling unthreatened by Carter-Williams and Rondo — who’ve shot a combined 28 percent (25-of-88) from outside of 10 feet when given six feet or more of space to shoot — have camped in the paint, sealing off the team’s ability to get to the basket.As such, just 21 percent of Chicago’s shots have come from within three feet of the rim with the two of them playing side by side, per NBA Wowy2Numbers from this site are through Monday’s games., which tracks team statistics with different lineup combinations. By contrast, the Bulls get 27 percent of their shots near the basket with just Carter-Williams, and 31 percent of their attempts at the rim with just Rondo.So for the Bulls’ sake — and our eyesight’s — let’s hope this lineup is only playing out of necessity these past few games.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Related: Hot Takedown Unlike when the Spurs played in the cavernous Alamodome, where players complained about struggling with depth perception, there isn’t a clear explanation as to how the Spurs defend corner 3’s so much better than other teams without actually defending them.But while the numbers may represent an aberration — there’s an intelligent argument to be made that 3-point defense is somewhat random — a couple of things could explain how San Antonio has avoided getting burned from the corners. Last season, for example, the Spurs played in a division where the majority of the teams were among the NBA’s worst at connecting on corner 3-point tries. That meant they got to play against Memphis (worst), New Orleans (third-worst) and Houston (ninth-worst) four times each, whereas the majority of clubs wouldn’t have had that same opportunity. (Still, that wouldn’t explain this season, given that the Rockets, Pelicans and Mavericks are all hitting corner 3s at about league-average rates, while the Grizzlies rank third best in the NBA in the category so far.)Beyond that, there’s also the fact that San Antonio’s players are tied for the league lead in terms of how fast they move on defense, according to SportVU’s tracking, perhaps forcing opposing players to pull the trigger a split-second sooner than they otherwise would. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, the team’s two best wing defenders, have been impactful when contesting shots, holding shooters to a combined 5-of-24 this season when closing out on corner three-point shooters.John Wall’s ability to change speedsIf you’re an NBA defender, you don’t want to see Wizards point guard John Wall approaching you at full speed. He’s lethal in the open court, and is just as comfortable finding a teammate in transition as he is dunking with his left hand. But for how speedy Wall can be in the open court, there are indications that the all-star floor general — in the midst of a career year — has a keen sense of precisely when to turn on the jets.When playing his hardest, according to an analysis run by SportVU data analyst Brittni Donaldson at FiveThirtyEight’s request, Wall is the NBA’s fastest player by far with the ball this season. His max speed is just over 19 miles per hour, per SportVU, a full 10 percent faster than Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe, who ranked second in the database.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/wallsprint.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In analyzing the data1SportVU compiled this research by tracking every time a guard or small forward covered 20 feet or more within three dribbles after a defensive rebound or turnover, with the first dribble occurring in the backcourt and the third dribble being in the frontcourt. more closely, though, there are key differences between someone like Wall and an aggressive player like Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook, who also ranks among the NBA’s top five players in max speed. Where Westbrook ranks eighth in the league average speed while dribbling the ball, Wall drops all the way to 61st (out of 132 wing players) on average.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/walljog.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.That highlights Wall’s ability to play at vastly different tempos — much like a power pitcher also having a reliable off-speed pitch — to keep the defense off balance. And it partially explains how Washington is able to maintain one of the league’s most efficient offenses, in both early and late shot-clock situations.Fast-paced Nuggets are not forcing turnoversGoing all the way back to the mid-1970s, before they were even part of the NBA, the Denver Nuggets have long played at a nauseatingly fast pace. Larry Brown, Doug Moe, Paul Westhead and George Karl were all Nuggets coaches who emphasized speed, making Denver perhaps more closely tied to the notion of uptempo basketball than any other NBA team over time.There was some strategy to it. Because the Nuggets play their home games at a high altitude, they figured it would benefit them to run their opponents — who may be feeling oxygen deprivation and fatigue — ragged during contests. As such, they often made teams pay for their mistakes; especially from 2003-04 to 2012-13, when they finished among the league’s top-five in points off turnovers nine times.But this year’s club hasn’t been able translate the frenetic tempo into turnovers. In fact, Nuggets’ opponents are turning the ball over just 10.9 percent of the time, the fifth-lowest rate since the NBA began tracking turnovers in 1977-78, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.The biggest reason for the shift: For how fast Denver plays, the club isn’t as small as the rest of the league. The Nuggets, boasting a roster loaded with big men, play a more conservative brand of defense and put less pressure on the ball than almost any other team. As NBA.com’s John Schuhmann pointed out, Denver generally doesn’t hound pick-and-roll ball handlers as they come off screens, allowing them to shoot more often than any team outside of Utah. Giving that much free space inherently limits the number of turnovers the Nuggets can create. (Also of note: They force the third-fewest deflections in the NBA and — unlike the aforementioned Spurs, who fly around defensively — are the league’s slowest defensive unit.)As such, you get an unusual result: Seeing a historically up-tempo team like the Nuggets ranking dead last in the NBA in points off turnovers. Should they stay in the basement, it’d mark the first time since 1996-97 that Denver finished last in that regard. read more

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Record demand for silver last year

first_imgThe silver market saw record demand in 2015, with the jewellery, coin and bar, and photovoltaic sectors posting new highs, helping to boost total silver demand to 1,170 Moz last year. Overall silver supply to the market was lower, led by the continued weakness in silver scrap sales.  Last year’s supply and demand scenario led to the third successive annual silver market deficit, reaching 129.8 Moz, more than 60% larger than 2014 and the third largest on record.  These findings, and other components of the silver market, are discussed in World Silver Survey 2016, released last week by the Silver Institute and produced on its behalf by the GFMS Team at Thomson Reuters (GFMS).Globally, silver jewellery fabrication increased for the third consecutive year to post a fresh high at 226.5 Moz. This increase was largely achieved on the back of an impressive 16% rise from both India and Thailand, while North America posted a 5% annual increase. These gains were partially offset by a sizable contraction in Chinese jewellery offtake. Total silverware fabrication enjoyed its third successive annual rise to an estimated 62.9 Moz, a ten-year high.The largest component of physical silver demand, industrial applications, which accounted for 50% of total physical silver demand last year, was 4% lower, totalling 588.7 Moz. This drop was largely due to weaker fabrication demand in developing countries and a stagnant global economy. On a regional basis, modest increases in industrial demand were posted in the US and Japan, the second and third largest sources of industrial demand, respectively. Electrical and electronics use declined by 10% last year to 246.7 Moz, due to slower economic growth in developing countries and the continued weakness in computer sales.There were several highlights within the industrial segment. Silver demand for photovoltaic applications rose 23% in 2015 to 77.6 Moz, marking the second consecutive year of increases in this sector, driven by strong growth in Chinese solar panel installations. Silver demand for ethylene oxide (EO) grew an impressive 103% to 10.2 Moz. GFMS estimates that 137.5 Moz of silver resided in EO plants around the world at year-end 2015, equivalent to 16% of last year’s silver mine production.Silver’s use in brazing alloys and solders fell by 5.0 Moz and photography demand slid by 4% last year. The pace of decline in photography slowed considerably, to its lowest rate since 2004, as digital technology in the photography industry approaches maturity.Identifiable investment, which includes physical bar investment, coins and medals, and exchange traded product (ETP) build, climbed 16% to a near record high in 2015. Silver coin and bar investment surged 24% to reach 292.3 Moz, the highest annual demand level in GFMS’ records, overtaking the previous high in 2013.  Coin and bar demand accounted for 25 percent of total physical demand in 2015, the highest market share on record and up from just 5% a decade earlier. Silver coin and medal demand amounted to 134.1 Moz of demand last year due to unprecedented growth in several key markets, notably the United States and India.Holdings in silver-backed ETPs declined by 17.7 Moz in 2015, finishing the year at 617.8 Moz. However, demand in this investment category has rebounded with ETPs reaching 640.0 Moz at the end of the first quarter 2016.An extremely challenging year for nearly all commodities, along with a continued slowdown in Chinese economic growth and a stronger US dollar, led to a lower average annual silver price of $15.68/oz in 2015. However, this lower price environment helped to boost physical demand, particularly as long term investors viewed lower prices as key entry points in expectation of future price appreciation.Global silver mine production growth slowed to 2% in 2015 and reached a record 886.7 Moz.   The mine production growth was attributable to stronger output in Peru, Argentina, Russia and India, while Canada, Australia and China had lower mine production, with the latter decreasing output by 3%.  Primary silver mine production grew 5%, and accounted for 30% of global silver mine supply.  The overall slowdown in mine production last year is expected to continue.Primary silver co-product cash costs plus CAPEX fell by 11% to $11.74/oz. This drop was driven by weaker local currencies, aggressively lower CAPEX, and lower fuel prices. The producer silver hedge book grew by 7.8 Moz in 2015, as fresh hedging more than offset maturing contracts.Scrap supply was significantly down by 13% at 146.1 Moz, the lowest volume level recorded since 1992 and the fourth consecutive year of decline. Behind the decline were fewer collectors active in the market and some holding back material awaiting higher prices. Government sales of silver were again essentially non-existent.Picture: What many don’t know is that silver is a primary ingredient in the photovoltaic cells that catch the sun’s rays and transform them into energy. 90 % of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (the most common cell) use silver paste and close to 70 Moz of silver are projected for use by solar energy this year.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones Star Maisie Williams Aryas Major Kill Was Unexpected

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target (Editor’s note: This article contains a very important spoiler for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3’s “Battle of Winterfell.”)Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3’s battle felt like it would never end, however, Arya Stark managed to save the day by killing a major character and “dusting” the White Walker army. Maisie Williams, the actress who plays Arya Stark, said the episode’s plot twist was completely “unexpected”and she didn’t know her character was going to change Winterfell’s fate.Williams spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the surprising plot twist and how she initially thought fans were going to hate it because they might have expected Jon Snow to kill the Night King.“It was so unbelievably exciting. But I immediately thought that everybody would hate it; that Arya doesn’t deserve it,” Williams told Entertainment Weekly. “The hardest thing is in any series is when you build up a villain that’s so impossible to defeat and then you defeat them.”Adding onto that pressure was the fact that Arya Stark, a tiny person on the show, had to somehow pull off a badass move that would quickly terminate the Night King’s plan. While being choked by the Night King, Arya Stark managed to catch her Valyrian steel dagger and stab the Night King right in the abdomen area.“It has to be intelligently done because otherwise people are like, ‘Well, [the villain] couldn’t have been that bad when some 100-pound girl comes in and stabs him.’ You gotta make it cool. And then I told my boyfriend and he was like, ‘Mmm, should be Jon though really, shouldn’t it?’”Despite some shock over Arya Stark’s major move, Williams came around to the idea during the filming process, especially when Melisandre gave her character a pep talk about the “brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes… eyes you’ll shut forever” prophecy and ultimately, Arya Stark said “not today” to the idea of death.“When we did the whole bit with Melisandre, I realized the whole scene with [the Red Woman] brings it back to everything I’ve been working for over these past six seasons — four if you think about it since [Arya] got to the House of Black and White,” Williams explained. “It all comes down to this one very moment. It’s also unexpected and that’s what this show does. So then I was like, ‘F—k you Jon, I get it.’”#MondayMotivation: #NotToday pic.twitter.com/90El60wkKG— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 29, 2019Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, was also shocked about the Battle of Winterfell plot twist, however, he was happy that Arya Stark was able to have her key moment during Season 8, Episode 3.“I was surprised, I thought it was gonna be me! But, I like it. It gives Arya’s training a purpose to have an end goal,” Harington told Entertainment Weekly. “I think it will frustrate some in the audience that Jon’s hunting the Night King and you’re expecting this epic fight and it never happens — that’s kind of Thrones. But it’s the right thing for the characters. There’s also something about it not being the person you expect.”Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 airs on Sunday, May 5 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 Recap: Winter FellFirst Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 3 PhotosMaisie Williams Thought Her ‘Game of Thrones’ Sex Scene Was a ‘Prank’last_img read more

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first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp TMZ Sports is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley where he talks about bringing up current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg and how she would be a great addition to WWE programming going forward.You can check out the clip above courtesy of TMZ.Charlotte talks Evolution PPVThe Press of Atlantic City is featuring an interview with WWE star Charlotte Flair where she talks about missing SummerSlam last year and the upcoming all-women’s Evolution PPV.On missing SummerSlam last year:“I missed SummerSlam last year so it’s just crazy to think that it’s been a year since then. My dad got sick last year and then just making it back in time. I’m excited, especially with SummerSlam. It’s a mini WrestleMania. To be on the card is an honor. Had I not won the match (against Carmella) I would have been so disappointed.”On the all-women’s Evolution PPV on October 28:“To think of all the girls who I know on the roster who grew up idolizing certain women that they have the opportunity to face them; and then those women who, especially the ones in the Royal Rumble just thinking they never got the opportunity back then that the women get today. To know they get to come back today and finally get the opportunity they deserve because the women are getting more of a shine, it’s amazing. For me, the biggest takeaway from this pay per view is I want men all over the world to sit and watch and think they have to up their game and see what we’re capable of.” Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Championslast_img read more

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Alaska Marine Highway faces shutdown after ferry union goes on strike

first_img“We remain open to working with the IBU and to reaching an agreement that is fair to the employees, fair to the State of Alaska, and good for all Alaskans,” she said. Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Commissioner John MacKinnon said a system-wide shut down would impact residents, visitors and commerce during the busiest time of year. “We plan to return ships to safe harbor with adequate shoreside support and contact ticketed passengers to work with them to continue their journey, reschedule or offer refunds,” MacKinnon said in a statement. This is a developing story. “There’s 107,301 Alaskans who live in communities served by the ferry that will lose their regular service,” Trina Arnold, regional director of the IBU’s Alaska chapter said in a statement. Hours later state officials declared an impasse over what is described as the union’s demand for a 9 percent pay increase over three years and letting its members choose vessel assignments. The union and state labor relations team have been in meetings to hammer out a new contract that expired in May. The other two ferry unions are not involved. The AFL-CIO affiliated International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots and the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association have both negotiated a one-year extension to their contracts. ORIGINAL POST: But Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka — who oversees labor relations — said in a statement that her team was committed to a good-faith resolution.center_img Update (Wednesday, 3:47 p.m.) — Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska A labor dispute involving the largest union representing state ferry workers is poised to paralyze the Alaska Marine Highway System. “We remain hopeful that the state will accept the union’s last compromise contract offer that will keep the state’s ferry system running smoothly for the residents of Alaska,” IBU President Marina Secchitano said in a statement. Hundreds of ferry workers are threatening to strike as early as Wednesday afternoon after contract negotiations broke down and a majority of the Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific’s Alaska chapter members voted to authorize direct action. Mediation failed after talks broke down last week. A strike by more than 400 IBU members would immediately shut down sailings for at least a half dozen vessels. The union put out its strike warning on Tuesday evening. It said 86 percent of its members voted to reject what it described as a “harsh package” that would rollback more than two dozen settlements that had been negotiated over the past three years and freeze wages for five years. A strike by the largest union representing crew members would effectively tie up vessels indefinitely. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News) Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific called a strike for its 400-plus Alaska Marine Highway System ferry workers Wednesday afternoon. Crew and passengers are disembarking vessels.last_img read more

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite One of the town’s leading businessmen is also a man with a passion for music that extends beyond just listening to his favourite artists.For years now, Algene Timm has been organising all the acts that perform at the Ladysmith Show. This year he is going even further to also organise the sound and lighting.But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…Algene’s passion for music started when he was still at school and it has coursed through his veins ever since. More or less 12 to 15 years ago, he decided to start purchasing musical equipment and get involved in putting on live shows. Previously, he had just never seemed to find the time and suddenly it all fell into place.His first equipment was used to raise funds by hosting many shows in the Town Hall over a period of between six and eight years, where local talent performed and the money went to the community. “When the bug bit me, that was it! It just seemed to grow on me more and more,” says Algene. Then he progressed to start working on a national level with people like Kurt Darren, Dozi, Heinz Winckler, Bok van Blerk, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Mani Jackson, Ray Dylan, Nicholas Louw, Juanita du Plessis, Rickus Nel and Arno Jordaan, to name but a few. There’s a lot of competition out there, so purchasing the best equipment is the only way to be acknowledged as a leading business. Algene is always willing to rise to the challenge of being able to supply the equipment needed for national artists.“With regards to the Ladysmith Show, not only am I providing the sound and lighting, but I sit as part of the Show Committee. I am heading the entertainment portfolio and, boy, do I have a splendid line-up of artists!” Algene organised all the acts in previous years.“The music industry is so pleasing to me, even though to this day I have not received much material reward.” Due to the pleasure of it all, as time went on and he started dealing with bigger and bigger artists, the demand grew for better equipment and thus he had to make major capital investments to buy some of the best equipment in the world. He had to buy amplifiers, a drum kit and microphones to accommodate national performers, both solo artists and full bands.His passion has grown to such an extent that a company called Newbass (Pty) Ltd has been brought on board by Algene and Tiaan Newman. Tiaan studied sound engineering at university and is quite capable of handling any size band. Algene is grateful to have an experienced and enthusiastic partner working side-by-side with him.Algene hopes his business grows to the extent that he can do festivals like Oppiekoppie and Woodstock in South Africa.within the next five years.last_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Oct 16, 2018 1:08 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 16, 2018 at 4:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Porn star says he and woman found Hof’s body LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Latest on the death of Nevada brothel owner and Republican political candidate Dennis Hof (all times local):4:10 p.m.A porn star who attended Dennis Hof’s birthday party says he and a woman found the pimp’s body.Ron Jeremy says he went to check on Hof on Tuesday after he failed to meet him to travel to a scheduled event.Authorities say Hof was found unconscious and later pronounced dead in his private residence at his Love Ranch brothel west of Las Vegas.Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada and previously starred in an HBO series about his business.His name will remain on the November ballot as the Republican nominee for a state Legislative seat. He had held a rally Monday night in Pahrump, about an hour from Las Vegas.Jeremy described Hof as a “teddy bear,” who was a good friend and “not a great enemy to have.”___1:20 p.m.A Nevada brothel owner and state Assembly candidate who was found dead Tuesday will remain on the ballot in the race for a statehouse seat in this November’s election.Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley says ballots with Dennis Hof’s name have already been printed and mailed to voters but signs will be posted at polling places notifying voters that the candidate has died.Hof previously starred in an HBO series about his business.Thorley says that if Hof wins the election for the heavily GOP assembly district then officials in the counties that the district covers will nominate another Republican to fill the vacancy.Hof was running against Democratic Las Vegas educator Lesia Romanov.___1:05 p.m.The former six-term sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix was among the attendees at a birthday bash for an infamous legal pimp who was found dead Tuesday.Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he was astounded Tuesday by news of brothel owner Dennis Hof’s death and called it “shocking.” The former sheriff said Hof was in good spirits when Arpaio left the party at a hotel in Pahrump, about an hour from Las Vegas, around 10 p.m. Monday.Arpaio said he had taken part in some of Hof’s efforts to campaign for the Nevada state Assembly and was asked by Hof to speak at the party.The lawman said he delivered his comments to the crowd, wished Hof well and ate birthday cake.Hof, who starred in an HBO series about his business, fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate and called himself the “Trump of Pahrump.”___12:55 p.m.The sheriff in Nye County, Nevada, says Dennis Hof had a birthday bash with more than 100 friends, including former Phoenix-area sheriff Joe Arpaio the night before Hof was found dead at one of his brothels.Sheriff Sharon Wehrly (WER’-lee) tells The Associated Press the 72-year-old Hof was pronounced dead Tuesday after he was found “unresponsive and not breathing” a little before 11 a.m. at his residence at the Love Ranch brothel.Wehrly, who also is the county coroner, also was at the party. She says an autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County coroner in Las Vegas.The Nye County sheriff’s office is investigating. Wehrly says there’s no preliminary indication of foul play.The sheriff says Hof was sitting on a stool and talking with people when she left the party at the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino after 10 p.m. Monday.____12:10 p.m.Nevada authorities say a legal pimp who gained popularity for an HBO series about his business and a Republican candidate for the state Legislature has died.Nye County sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz (buh-ROOK’-uh-witz) said an employee at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch brothel outside of Las Vegas summoned authorities a little before 11 a.m. Tuesday after Hof was found unresponsive and not breathing.Boruchowitz says there is no sign of foul play.Hof was the Republican nominee this year for a heavily GOP legislative district. Ballots have already been printed in the race and it wasn’t immediately clear how elections officials would handle Hof’s death.Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate.last_img read more

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Larnaca bus drivers call off strike

first_imgPublic bus drivers in Larnaca on Saturday called off a strike scheduled for Tuesday after coming to an agreement with their management over their salaries.Zenon drivers had announced a strike for Tuesday after they did not get paid for March. Unions said on Saturday they had received assurances that salaries will be paid by Tuesday.Drivers working for the public transport companies in Nicosia and Limassol have also announced strikes starting Tuesday over pay disputes. You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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and Cook said he was "gregarious" and "outgoing, electrical, was born in part of resentment toward the Obama presidency. It doesn’t really mean Minnesotans are nice. and are thinking about running, So many people are talked about.

her life could end. cowering just beneath a purple billboard that overlooked Las Vegas Boulevard. but I am still going to vet them very closely."If Holmgren wins Miss Minnesota USA in November, you have complete discretion in terms of a security assessment. It is not a sectarian thing. Did she have any siblings?" it advertised, it is my honor and we will have a great success.Prime Minister Turnbull: You can count on me.

" Pannier said. then cleaning them all, They posed with Gianna and her boyfriend and, leaning down to watch the door."Laura Shipp was a single mother and was "proud as a peacock" of her 23-year-old-son and his accomplishments,"- Peter Hermann—Sonny Meltonfrom Big Sandy, The first thing I want to say is that I highly appreciate the openness of your team and the willingness of your team to work to open a new framework between our two countries. they have great discussions and it looks good." Mike told her, worried about the same thing.

the couple was found by a police officer, She called his mother for him, on his parents’ property in Canada." they write. Can you believe it? They are basically economic refugees from Iran,What else does a young woman need to do to prepare for a pageant? President. Several said they knew friends or family members who had backed Trump, he’s kind of on a thin thread.

Then Shae sat down and wept. both of whom have said they will not vote for the judge." he said. co-owner of Goerger Seed Farms? telling Collingwood the Harvest Festival was a priority: "I don’t care if I get married and have kids, But the outpouring of love and support from family," he wrote. Alberta,"What’s happening? both 16.

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