APTN National NewsHearings for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline have begun in Edmonton.Pipeline giant Enbridge is expected to speak about the economics of the project.APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto has this story.
Only in baseball can $2 million in cash, plus the Nos. 56 and 75 overall picks in the draft, seem like chump change. That’s what the St. Louis Cardinals were forced to give the Houston Astros as punishment for hacking into Houston’s scouting database several years ago. All told, it was an unprecedented penalty to be levied against a baseball team for an unprecedented act of espionage.Yet compared to cheating scandals in other sports, the Cardinals got off easy. Using the various draft-value charts floating around in the sports analytics blogosphere, let’s compare the relative value of the picks St. Louis relinquished with the consequences of some of the NFL and NBA’s biggest cheating scandals in recent memory. (We’ll put aside any monetary penalties, simply because each sport has its own salary structure, making those kinds of cross-league comparisons difficult.)According to research conducted by The Baseball Analysts, a sabermetric blog run by Rich Lederer, the 56th and 75th picks in the MLB draft tend to produce about 4.9 wins above replacement over their careers. How much is that? Losing 5 WAR over, say, a 10-year span decreases the average team’s odds of winning at least one World Series in the decade by 1.4 percentage points.1Based on a logistic regression for MLB teams since the 1994 strike.By contrast, consider the New England Patriots. For their role in Deflategate, they were stripped of the No. 29 pick in the 2016 NFL draft, plus a fourth-rounder (let’s say No. 1302That’s the final non-compensatory pick of the fourth round, which would go to the Super Bowl champion; our Elo prediction model currently favors the Patriots to beat the Falcons on Super Sunday.) in 2017. According to Chase Stuart’s draft value chart, those picks tend to produce about 43 total points of approximate value over their careers, the loss of which over a decade would cost a team 4 percentage points from their odds of winning at least one Super Bowl in that span.3Based on a regression since the NFL playoff field expanded to 12 teams in 1990. I also assumed a replacement-level NFL player would produce about 6 points of AV over that span. And the Patriots’ penalty for Spygate seven seasons earlier — losing the 31st pick in the 2008 draft — would lop 3.2 percentage points off a team’s odds of winning at least one championship in a 10-year period.(Similarly, the New Orleans Saints’ Bountygate scandal, which cost them a pair of second-round picks, carried a penalty that would decrease the average team’s odds of winning a Super Bowl over the next decade by a whopping 4.4 percentage points.)The granddaddy of all league-imposed draft-pick sanctions probably belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who lost five first-rounders for an under-the-table agreement with forward Joe Smith that attempted to circumvent the NBA’s salary cap rules. Although two of the picks were eventually restored, those that weren’t were worth about 61 career win shares, according to research by Basketball-Reference.com founder Justin Kubatko.4Note that it’s impossible to reconstruct exactly where the Wolves would have drafted in an alternate universe without the penalty, because the sanctions changed their roster for years to come. But going from their actual records, they would have owned the No. 13 pick in 2001, No. 23 in 2002 and No. 28 in 2004 — which add up to a value of 61 WS. Losing that many wins over a 10-year period5While also adding back in the roughly 8 win shares generated by replacement-level players. would reduce an NBA team’s championship odds for the decade by 6.5 percentage points — a crushing blow that helps explain why Kevin Garnett had to leave Minnesota to win his first championship.In light of those comparable scandals in other leagues, the Cardinals got away with a relatively light slap on the wrist. But then again, in a sport where the World Series favorite only has a 15 percent chance of winning it all in any given year, every single point of championship probability counts. Share on Facebook
#BahamasGeneralElections2017 #ObieWilchcombePromisesToWinBiminiForPLP Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 5th 2017, Bimini: Obie Wilchcombe is promising victory for the PLP in Bimini! The tourism minister send a strong message on Thursday night to his FNM Opponent Pakesia Parker, “You never get a lickin’ til you come to Bimini”. He says “this time we aint taking nobody for fun, this time we are serious here, to continue the path of growth” and promised to score big for the PLP come May 10th. The PLP’s gold team rolled into town, along with a slew of promises to expand the airport. Wilchcombe says flights direct from New York and Mexico were ready to come into Bimini, along with shops and restaurants for Biminites that would promote the sale of indigenous items.He went on to warn constituents not to give the FNM a chance, as Bimini could not afford to stop in its path of growth. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews
Dear Editor,As a Wilmington senior citizen who watches the Selectmen meetings weekly, I would like to offer my strong support and endorsement for Greg Bendel. He was elected to the Board of Selectmen three years ago and has shown by his action, knowledge, and deep concern for ALL of the residents of Wilmington.As an educator and coach, he is well aware of the needs of our children. Having served on the Wilmington Housing Authority, he is concerned and motivated to help our citizens. Raising a young family in Wilmington, he is aware of all the problems we share and all the great things Wilmington has to offer.Greg is available and makes it a priority to attend as many of the meetings and functions around town, knowing first hand of the wants and needs of the people. Along with Kevin Caira, who was elected to the Board three years ago and serves as Chairman this year, they have conducted the meetings in a very open, caring and transparent way.During public comments, Mr. Caira, in my opinion, is very generous, allowing everyone to speak and handles the sometimes unreasonable behavior with courtesy, civility, and patience. Mr. Caira has been involved in so many activities and volunteering in our town, including coaching Little League and Wilmington High School football and softball. And there are so many others.He was Vice Chairman of the Yentile Famr Recreational Development Committee, founding member and Vice President of the Wildcat Alumni and Friends Association member, and former Lodge President of the Wilmington Sons of Italy. (Also Past President and current National President of the Sons of Italy’s Committee for Social Justice.) And many more achievements for both Kevin and Greg to mention here.Both of these gentlemen are serving for the right reasons… and that is for you, for me, and for ALL of the townspeople of Wilmington.I would ask you to join me on April 27 and vote for Greg Bendel and Kevin Caira.Please know how very important your vote is.Thank you,Marilyn CoxLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE GETS TO WORK: 20 Building Projects Happening In Town RIGHT NOWIn “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIn “Letter To The Editor”
UK foreign minister Boris Johnson. Photo: ReutersThe government will inform the international community that Khaleda Zia was jailed for misappropriating money donated to the state for spending at an orphanage trust.A top government official told this to Prothom Alo on Thursday.Ruling Awami League (AL) took the stand after a Dhaka court had convicted and sentenced the former prime minister, also the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, to five years imprisonment.Foreign ministry officials think the issue will be raised during meetings with the visiting British foreign secretary Boris Johnson and the European Parliament delegation.Boris is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Friday on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional issues with a special focus on the Rohingya crisis.Johnson will call on Bangladesh foreign minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali this evening (Friday). He will go to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar on Saturday.Besides, four separate teams consisting 11 representatives of the European Parliament will arrive in Dhaka on Saturday. Three of the teams will directly go to Cox’s Bazar from Dhaka to visit the Rohingya camps.One of the teams of European Parliament, led by Jean Lambert, was scheduled to call on Khaleda Zia on 14 February.
Tesla Motors Inc chief executive Elon Musk pauses during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 8 September 2014. Photo: ReutersElon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, was sued for defamation on Monday for falsely suggesting that a British caver who helped rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July was a pedophile and child rapist.Vernon Unsworth, who lives north of London, sued over Musk’s 15 July tweet to more than 22 million followers referring to him as a “pedo guy,” a comment for which Musk later apologised.He also claimed that Musk falsely called him a child rapist and sex trafficker in a 30 August email to BuzzFeed News.Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Musk and the company.Unsworth is seeking at least $75,000 of compensatory damages plus unspecified punitive damages in his complaint filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles.The Hertfordshire County resident said he also plans to file a second lawsuit with the High Court of London for reputational damage suffered in the United Kingdom.”Elon Musk falsely accused Vernon Unsworth of being guilty of heinous crimes,” L. Lin Wood, a lawyer for Unsworth, said in a statement. “Musk’s influence and wealth cannot convert his lies into truth or protect him from accountability.”The case adds to a slew of litigation against Musk, including over his running of Palo Alto, California-based Tesla.Musk stunned investors last month with tweets saying he had “secured” funding to take his electric car company private in a buyout valued at $72 billion, before backing off.The billionaire’s behavior has raised concerns about his corporate leadership, and several Wall Street analysts and some investors have urged Tesla to appoint a strong second-in-command. Musk has admitted to severe stress from running Tesla.’Sorry, pedo guy”Unsworth said he has been exploring caves since 1971, when he was 16, and now shares a house in the Thailand countryside near Chiang Rai with a 40-year-old woman who owns a nail salon.He said he became a target for Musk after cavers rejected Musk’s offer of a mini-submarine created by his rocket company SpaceX to rescue the soccer team which was freed from the cave on 10 July after an 18-day ordeal.Though Unsworth told CNN three days later that Musk’s offer was a “PR stunt” that had no chance of working and that Musk could “stick his submarine where it hurts,” he said that did not justify Musk’s use of Twitter and the media to defame him.The 15 July tweet by Musk touted the mini-submarine and then, referring to Unsworth with a shorthand description of pedophile, said, “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”Three days later, Musk defended his mini-submarine proposal, but said he had “spoken in anger” toward Unsworth, and that “his actions against me do not justify my actions against him,” and that “the fault is mine and mine alone.”But Unsworth said Musk urged in his 30 August 30 email that the BuzzFeed reporter “stop defending child rapists,” and called him as “an old, single white guy From England” who moved to Chiang Rai, “renowned for child sex-trafficking,” to take a 12-year-old bride.Unsworth said he is not a pedophile, child rapist, child sex trafficker, husband of a 12-year-old bride, or liar, and that the defamatory statements “were manufactured out of whole cloth by Musk” because of the disagreement over the mini-submarine.”On the surface, it appears that Mr. Unsworth can assert the elements of defamation,” said Nancy Costello, director of the First Amendment Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law, in an interview.”Being called a pedophile can be defamation per se, meaning the claim could obviously damage his reputation,” she added.The case is Unsworth v Musk, US District Court, Central District of California, No. 18-08048.
Thousands of people from across the world came to the District of Columbia to participate in Howard University’s recent homecoming events. But, many were surprised when key activities were left off the schedule.During the week of Oct. 18-22, Howard celebrated its homecoming week, with the name “Blueprint,” which, according to the university’s website, stood for recognizing the past, celebrating the present and embracing the future. Homecoming events took place on the main quadrangle known as “The Yard,” the Burr Gymnasium, and throughout the university. But, some signature events such as the parade and the gospel concert didn’t take place this year, and some alumni weren’t happy about it.Howard University homecoming is one of the District’s most popular events. (Courtesy Photo)“I miss the parade and I am disappointed that it was cancelled,” Ryscha Williams told the AFRO. “I miss the gospel concert too. There were also too many people in line at the events and you had to do too much walking to go to things.”Kevin Jenkins, a graduate of Howard, agreed with Williams. “I was disappointed that there was no parade,” Jenkins told the AFRO on Oct. 22. “After getting my haircut, I stepped on Georgia Avenue and said to myself, ‘Where is the judges’ stand?’”The reason for the missing events had more to do with the budget than with a lack of interest. “The budget was reduced dramatically, by 20 percent,” said Victor Montgomery, director of special events and development and alumni relations told AFRO. “In years past, we’ve gone over for events that cost a lot, like the Gospel show and the parade, but receive little or no return. This put us in a hole fiscally. This year, the goal was ‘less-is-more.’ We put our focus in making fewer events more memorable for all.”Howard University has celebrated its homecoming since 1924 and it is considered one of the leading annual entertainment activities occurring in the District. As many as 100,000 people participate in homecoming activities that include a football game with a battle between Howard’s band and the visiting band, Yardfest, and a concert event that takes place on the The Yard the Friday before the Saturday football game that features well-known artists and bands.This year, rapper-entertainer Common, vocalist Faith Evans and the band Ayyy-tone entertained thousands of people at the International Yardfest. The Yardfest also had vendors in white tents selling food, university and Greek-letter paraphernalia, and organizations such as the Peace Corps and the D.C. Army National Guard.“Yardfest speaks to the fellowship, community and Howard. Issues with the crowd caused us to cancel it in other years, but the alumni reached out and expressed how much of a signature the event is to Howard,” Montgomery said.The step show, featuring Greek-letter organizations, took place on Oct. 20 and was sold-out. “I am glad to see the step show back on campus,” Williams said. The step show features Greek fraternities and sororities stepping in cadence with dance routines.Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said that “homecoming is a unique experience.”“It not only provides an opportunity for Howard University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends to engage with one another but it also reminds us why the Howard University experience is essential to the genetic makeup of the Diaspora and the world,” Frederick said.Katherine Powell, a spokesperson for the homecoming committee, told The Hilltop Howard’s student-run newspaper, that changes were made to make homecoming more focused on its popular events.“We wanted to bring everything back to those core events, the very traditional Yardfest and step show, everything that is most exciting,” Powell said. “Obviously the parade, R&B show, and the gospel show were events that the community loved, however we wanted to make sure that we allocated all of our efforts and funds to do a very strong Yardfest and step show.”There were other events such as a “Committed to Breath” town hall meeting, an LGBTA Reception, and a Tailgate that ultimately had thousands of people at the school’s parking lot across from the university’s bookstore.Inga Willis told the AFRO she was going to enjoy homecoming, parade or not. “I am happy to come to homecoming,” Willis said. “I think the homecoming committee and the administration did what was feasible. There should always be a flexible schedule in regards to those things.Not having the parade didn’t stop me from having a good time.”William Anderson, a junior at Howard, looked at homecoming differently. “It is great to see people come together and have a good time,” Anderson told the AFRO. “In terms of the parade, I have always learned that there will always be glitches. The main purpose of homecoming is for people in the Howard family to come together and have a good time.”Alexa Lisitza contributed to this article.
Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window UPDATE: This incident has now cleared A collision between a coach, lorry, and care is causing long delays on the M6 through Staffordshire. Two lanes are blocked on the motorway between junction 15, Stoke-on-Trent and junction 14, Stafford North, after a collision shortly before 11.40am. Highways England has warned motorists they face lengthy delays. A spokesman said: “Delays on the M6 due to a collision involving a coach, HGV, and a car. Two lanes are blocked (of three) with narrow lane sections between J15 and J14. Please take care on approach.” We will bring more as we get it in the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .13:22Carriageway now openA CMPG spokesman said: “Carriageway now open southbound, northbound busy because of broken down HGV in lane one between j14 and j15. Thank you for your patience.”12:56Video from the scene12:48Impact on nearby traffic: Meaford Queuing traffic on A34 The Fillybrooks Southbound from B5027 Newcastle Road (Meaford) to A520 Stafford Street (Stone). Delays are likely to be due to traffic avoiding the M6 following a multi-vehicle accident.12:47Impact on nearby traffic: Stafford Street Queuing traffic on A520 Stafford Street Southbound from Radford Close to A34 The Fillybrooks. Delays are likely to be due to traffic avoiding the M6 following a multi-vehicle accident. 12:35Recovery now in progressLane one and two (of three) remains closed following first reports of the accident around 11:15. Recovery is now in progress.12:28INRIX updateTwo lanes closed, severe delays and queueing traffic for eight miles due to accident, a coach, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Congestion to J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). The Northbound side is slow as well due to onlookers. Also queueing on the A500 D Road back to Hanford. In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 20 minutes.Lane one and two (of three) remain closed following first reports of the accident around 11:15.12:27CMPG update12:19Damage to the coachThe damaged coach (Image: CMPG)12:15Highways England update12:15No injuriesA CMPG spokesman said: “Long delays Southbound on the M6 between J16 and J14 because of earlier non-injury collision. Northbound also slow because of people slowing to look at the scene.” 12:06West Midlands Ambulance ServiceA spokesman said: We were called at 10.46am by Highways England to reports of a three vehicle collision on the M6 between junction 14 and 15. One ambulance and a paramedic officer has attended. We are assessing patients.11:52Highways England11:50INRIX updateTwo lanes closed, severe delays and queueing traffic for seven miles due to accident, a coach, a lorry and a car involved on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 (Stafford North). Congestion to Northbound side as traffic slows to look at the accident. In the roadworks area. Travel time is 1 hour 5 minutes.Lane one and two (of three) are now closed. Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman