You are defined by the events of your life. The good news is that you are the one who defines what those events mean.You can choose to believe that negative events define your life in negative ways.You may decide that the circumstance of your birth defines you in some negative way.Maybe you were poor, you grew up in the wrong neighborhood, went to the wrong schools, and didn’t make the right connections. You might choose to believe that makes you a “have-not.”Maybe you made mistakes when you were younger, some of them serious. Those mistakes hurt other people, including people you loved and who loved you. You might decide that makes you “not a good person.”You had a relationship that was important to you fall apart. It wasn’t the first one. Some of it was surely your fault, and now you judge yourself. You might choose to believe that you are unworthy.These are all decisions you make. They are the frames you decide to put around events. They only define you if you invest that power in these events, events that you have in common with billions of other people, many of whom don’t believe they are negative.You can choose to believe that negative events define your life in positive ways.You can believe that you have (or that you will) escape the circumstances of your birth. You may believe that serious adversity provided you with the initiative and the intestinal fortitude to out-smart, out-work, and out-last those who were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and never met “the hustle.”You could view your misspent youth as the set of experiences that shaped your values, that taught you right from wrong. There are millions and millions of people who “grew up,” some of them later than others, who have gone on to make a tremendous contribution.Almost no one lives without the experience of losing an important relationship. Making mistakes is part of being human. Remaining vulnerable and open to the next relationship, even when you risk being hurt, is faith and confidence in the power of relationships.The meaning you give events can either empower you, or they can disempower you. You choose the frame. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
India’s “Act East” policy aimed at reviving age-old ties with the Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) nations has strengthened trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region and encouraged manufacturers to create value chains with these countries, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said here on Monday.Ms. Sitharaman said India and the CLMV countries could deepen each other’s manufacturing capabilities, learn from each other’s experiences and create a stronger regional platform for trade and commerce. India’s trade with the CLMV nations has grown ten times from 1.5 billion U.S. dollars to more than 10 billion U.S. dollars during the last 10 years.Addressing the 4th India-CLMV Business Conclave organised by the Department of Commerce and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Ms. Sitharaman said if the Indian manufacturers set up businesses in countries such as Myanmar, they would get benefit under the generalised system of preferences (GSP) for export to the U.S. and European Union.Less duty for exportsThe GSP gives the benefit of zero or less duty for exports from least developed countries to the U.S. and E.U.The Minister invited both governments and business communities of the CLMV countries to actively partner in “Make in India” programme, while affirming that India would participate in the Asia-Pacific region’s manufacturing growth and develop a strong India-CLMV vertical within the ASEAN market.Ms. Sitharaman said the land and sea connectivity with the South-East Asian nations was being enhanced to boost trade, with the work having started on projects such as Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport connecting Kolkata with Sittwe seaport in Myanmar.The Union Cabinet had last year cleared a proposal to create a ₹500-crore project development fund to increase economic presence in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, which can act as gateways for market access to China and E.U. Ms. Sitharaman said action was being taken for establishment of the fund.Chhuon Dara, Secretary of State, Ministry of Commerce, Cambodia, said an increased regional connectivity, reduction in transaction cost of trade and skill development were imperative if the India-CLMV trade and tourism were to reach their potential.Vietnam Vice-Minister of Industry and Trade Cao Quoc Hung, Myanmar Commerce Minister Than Myint, CII president Naushad Forbes and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also addressed the conclave.
The spat overshadowed a relatively routine victory for the 27-year-old.She now plays a former Australian Open champion, Angelique Kerber, in the last eight on Friday.The German came from a set down to beat Johanna Konta 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.The woman Wozniacki beat in Melbourne, Simona Halep, is also through beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-4, 6-3, keeping alive the possibility of a replay of the Australian Open final. Halep shrugged off injury concerns coming into the match about an ankle injury which had kept her out of action since Melbourne.She seemed relatively untroubled breaking her opponent’s serve late in each set to advance to the last eight.“I’m really glad that I could finish it in two sets and play like I played,” said Halep.The world number two will play 18-year-old American qualifier Catherine Bellis in the last eight, who beat defending champion and world number five Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7/4), 6-3. It is the first time the teenager has beaten anyone ranked in the top five.“I think it’s definitely a milestone. It’s great,” she said. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark returns the ball to Monica Niculescu of Romania (unseen) while competing in the round of 16 during the Qatar Open tennis competition in Doha on February 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFARAn irritated world number one Caroline Wozniacki progressed to the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Thursday in a feisty match where she complained and apparently mocked her opponent Monica Niculescu’s grunting.The recently crowned Australian Open champion won 7-5, 6-1 against the Romanian — who had knocked out Maria Sharapova in a previous round — but was visibly agitated in the ninth game of the first set, complaining her opponent was making noises as the Dane was about to hit the ball.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25Cayetano’s beef with ABS CBN? Unfair air time during 2016 campaign00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don Carter, owner who helped bring NBA to Dallas, dies at 84 Garbine Muguruza, world number four, breezed through beating Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-4 and will play France’s Caroline Garcia in the next round.And a resurgent Petra Kvitova beat world number three Elina Svitolina 6-4, 7-5 to set up a quarter-final clash with another top-ten player, Germany’s Julia Goerges. Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Afterwards she complained that her opponent was “a player that tries to get into your head”.She also told Danish TV that her opponent had used “unfair methods”.“(I) just tried to let him know to pay attention to her grunting because she’ll hit the ball and two seconds later when the ball is on my side and I’m right about to hit, she’ll start grunting and make a noise,” the Dane told reporters.“And she will change the grunt according to what she feels like.”Asked if she thought her opponent was grunting deliberately, Wozniacki responded: “I think that she didn’t do it in the second set, so…”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Wozniacki was so upset about the sounds coming from the other side of the net that she complained to French umpire Emmanuel Joseph.“It isn’t in the rule book that you are not allowed to grunt when the opposing player hits?” courtside microphones caught her asking Joseph.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe umpire said he thought everything was “regular”, but Wozniacki added: “It’s the only way she can win.” She then mimicked the grunts. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I was retired,” he said. “I was happy. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do in life. But I said, ‘This opportunity is too good to pass up. I’m going to take it.’ I’m here to compete, and that’s it.”Askren traveled a long way from suburban Milwaukee to the Vegas lights. He hasn’t fought in the U.S. in nearly six years during an MMA career that began shortly after he competed in freestyle wrestling in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Missouri won the Bellator welterweight title in just his seventh pro bout in 2010, but he wasn’t offered a UFC contract when he became a free agent in 2013. He moved to the Singapore-based ONE Championship and won another title, defending that belt four times while fighting in China, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. Askren never betrayed much dissatisfaction with his situation, praising the promotions that employed him while the UFC ignored him.Tyron Woodley, the UFC welterweight champion, was Askren’s wrestling teammate at Missouri. The close friends have trained together for UFC 235, which features Woodley’s latest title defense against Kamaru Usman in the co-main event.“I just felt like Ben wanted to compete against the best guys, be treated fairly, be paid well and keep dominating, so I didn’t know if he had to be in the UFC to actually facilitate those wants and needs,” Woodley said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of USA talks to the media during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonBen Askren retired nearly 18 months ago. He was content to end his mixed martial arts career as one of the best fighters never to compete in the UFC.Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for nearly a decade, his tactical fighting style and his personal beefs with UFC President Dana White had kept him off the sport’s biggest stage — and Askren insists he was at peace with it all.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Askren claims he really thought he was done with the sport when he retired in September 2017, convinced he would never have the right opportunity to join the UFC — and not even sure if he wanted it, given his online history with the company. He has sparred repeatedly on social media with White, who derided Askren as “the most boring fighter in MMA history” and an “absolute moron” before blocking Askren on Twitter.Everything changed last year when White and ONE Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong put together an unprecedented MMA trade. The UFC shipped former flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson to ONE in exchange for Askren, and both fighters eagerly jumped at the opportunity.“When this thing happened, I think it hit everybody by surprise, because who the hell would have thought a trade would have ever happened?” Woodley said. “I think it’s dope for the sport.”White hasn’t said much publicly about the reasoning behind the UFC’s decision to sign Askren after so many years. Askren still hasn’t talked to White at any length since the move.“I don’t think he wants to talk to me,” Askren said. “Maybe he doesn’t feel like he needs to, and that’s fine. Whatever.”Askren has changed during his decade in the game. He barely knew how to punch when he started, instead dominating with his superb wrestling, but his striking and jiu-jitsu have steadily improved.But his plan against Lawler (28-12) is simple and obvious, according to Askren: “Close the distance and wrestle him. Can you see a scenario where he beats me on the ground? I can’t see it.”Askren’s fans and teammates can’t believe the wait is finally over. They’re confident Askren will seize this surprising opportunity — and they can’t wait to hear what he’ll have to say about White and the UFC after it’s over.“He’s been talking like this since college, and I’ve just been trying to calm him down, because I recognize it’s an art behind it,” Woodley said. “It’s not ever taking away from his performance.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Javee Mocon recognized as top PBA rookie for February Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I can only control things I can control,” Askren said. “There was a guy who didn’t like me, and I can’t control that, and that was the reason I didn’t fight the better guys.”And then the UFC finally called last year. The 34-year-old Askren decided to answer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAfter winning belts in the Bellator and ONE Championship promotions, Askren (18-0) finally makes his UFC debut Saturday night against former champion Robbie Lawler. Instead of enjoying retirement, Askren will be locked in the T-Mobile Arena cage at UFC 235 for a perilous matchup with an inveterate brawler.Askren is at peace with this development, too. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed
Lenovo, the company that owns Motorola Mobility for all intends and purposes, launched its flagship phones, the Moto Z and the Moto Z Play in India on Tuesday. The Moto Z, which is the company’s top-end phone for 2016, has been priced at Rs 39,999, while the Moto Z Play which is simply a more affordable Moto Z will cost buyers Rs 24,999. Both the phones will be exclusively available for buying from Flipkart and Amazon India starting from October 17.The Moto Z, which is the spiritual successor to the original Moto X of last year, was first unveiled at Lenovo’s Tech World conference in San Francisco, earlier in June. It is a new-age Moto phone replete with top of the line hardware and top of the line premium looks. It is unlike any Moto phone that Motorola (and Lenovo) has built before. The Moto Z is also among the first few phones in the market to chuck out the standard 3.5mm audio jack. Lenovo, in fact, beat Apple in this regard, chucking out the audio jack well before the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus came along. The Moto Z Play, however, retains the 3.5mm audio jack.Also read: Moto Z and Moto Z Play: Full specs, top features, and everything you need to knowThe USP of the Moto Z (and the Moto Z Play) lies in its all-metal body which comes with 16 magnetic connector pins on the rear. The phone supports a number of modules that Lenovo calls Moto Mods which snap on to its back via the connector pins. Lenovo has a total of four modules for the Moto Z: one that turns the phone into a Pico projector, one that acts as a portable power pack, and one that adds an extra JBL stereo speaker to it and a true zoom mod, made by Hasselblad that allows for up to 10 X optical zoom on the Moto Z. In addition, Lenovo has a whole batch of custom rear skin modules for the Moto Z for those who fancy customisation. All the Moto mods along with the custom rear skin modules will be available for buying in India. Price starts at Rs 6,999 and go all the way to Rs 19,999.advertisementBoth the Moto Z and the Moto Z Play come with USB Type-C for charging and data-syncing purposes alongside a front-mounted fingerprint scanner.The Moto Z comes with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display while the Moto Z Play has the same screen size but with a lower 1080p resolution in comparison. The Moto Z is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with 4GB RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card. The Moto Z Play on the other hand has a humble octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable internal memory.Both the phones support dualSIM and 4G LTE connectivity, and run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box and an almost unmodified version of that.The Moto Z sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/1.8 aperture, laser autofocus, OIS and dualLED (dual tone) flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front. The Moto Z Play meanwhile has a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection and laser autofocus along with dualLED (dual tone) flash. On the front, there is a similar 5-megapixel camera as the Moto Z.While the Moto Z is backed by a 2,600mAh battery, the Moto Z Play comes with a larger 3,510mAh battery.
Lionel Messi was yet again the hero for FC Barcelona as he scored twice against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Thursday to send them to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.Barcelona put five goals past the Celta Vigo goal in the second leg of the fixture to beat them 6-1 on aggregate.Ernesto Valverde put up his strongest team after the Barcelona had drawn 1-1 in the first leg of the tie.Messi and the others responded with aplomb putting up a deadly attacking play on board.ALSO WATCHIn the 13th minute, Messi connected with Jordo Alba’s low cross to open the scoring for Barcelona and just moments later, the two combined yet again to bring about the same result — Messi goal on the board.Even when Barcelona were comfortably poised at 2-0, their pace did not drop down.In the 28th minute, Messi sent a curling pass from deep towards Alba who duly obliged and slid to send the ball at the back of the net.Suarez joined the party even before the half time whistle and capitalising on Pione Sisto’s sloppy back pass, Suarez found the net for the fifth game running.Ivan Rakitic completed the formalities in the 87th minute by putting one more on the board.Sevilla defeated fellow Andalusian side Cadiz 2-1 at home for a 4-1 aggregate win, while Espanyol overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg by beating Levante 2-0 away to join Barca in Friday’s quarter-final draw.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)
Barcelona ‘It has been a special day’ – Coutinho thrilled after making Barcelona debut Sacha Pisani 10:20 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Alex Caparros Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Barcelona v Espanyol Espanyol Copa del Rey The Brazilian was understandably delighted after making his debut for the Spanish giants against Espanyol Philippe Coutinho revelled in his debut for Barcelona after receiving words of wisdom from former star Ronaldinho.Coutinho made his first appearance since joining from Liverpool in a club-record deal reportedly worth €160million as Barcelona overcame rivals Espanyol 2-0 in the Cope del Rey quarter-finals.The Brazil international playmaker came off the bench and impressed in a 22-minute cameo Thursday , Barca sealing a 2-1 aggregate triumph at Camp Nou. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It has been a special day because these were my first minutes with this club,” Coutinho said.”It was a great night. I am very happy and excited, because of how the fans welcomed me.”I was a little nervous and anxious because of how big a club this is, but the way everyone welcomed me helped me to relax.”Coutinho’s bow came after former Barcelona attacker Ronaldinho had a message for his countryman pre-match.In a video posted to Twitter, Ronaldinho said: “It’s Ronaldo speaking here to wish you all the luck in the world. Some words of wisdom for @Phil_Coutinho from his idol – @10Ronaldinho ! pic.twitter.com/6XOkckWCy5 — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 25, 2018 “Give it everything and make people happy, that is what they like.”Enjoy yourself and the rest will follow.”Coutinho could make his La Liga debut when leaders Barca host Deportivo Alaves Sunday.
Washington: Mass rigging of India’s EVMs is “very difficult” to do as these machines are offline that makes them standalone units, an eminent American expert has said as concerned raised by the Opposition over the possibility of their tampering. Ahead of the counting of votes in India, allegations were levelled by some parties that EVMs were being changed in the strong rooms in Bihar ad Uttar Pradesh. The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected reports of alleged EVM tampering and asserted that all machines used in the elections are absolutely safe in the strong rooms. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ “My impression looking at the serious studies is that it (Indian EVMs) is a pretty reliable technology. While no technology is perfect, but in the case of India, because these machines are offline, the only way of tampering with them is actually to physically tamper with the machine,” Gelb told PTI in an interview. Gelb, who has mainly done studies on EVMs in neighbouring Pakistan and some African countries, said that his understanding is that mass tampering with machines of the type used in India would be very difficult. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China “It would be very difficult to tamper them (Indian EVMs) on a mass basis, without being on a coordinated basis, without being observed. And they almost certainly by their design will cut out other abuses which are very prevalent in manual systems like ballot stuffing,” he said in response to a question. And the addition of voter-verified paper audit trail or VVPAT adds another layer of check to the reliability and authenticity of EVMs, he said. “It’s advisable to have a technology which allows for a human affected process to audit it if necessary. That is usually some form of paper record. I believe that in the US now, almost all of the electronic voting technology is either based on a paper form or create some form of paper record to enable it to be audited, he said. Noting that question is not whether it does work, but the question of whether people feel they have the capacity to oversee it, he said in India some of the controversies about the electronic voting are different from the controversies that have gone on in other countries because India’s not doing internet voting. “It’s simply a standalone electronic device, which is different from some of the voting systems that other countries have where you actually vote over the Internet,” he said. As the row over the EVMs persisted and opposition workers at several places kept a tight vigil at strongrooms storing them, the EC decided to follow the established procedure of counting VVPAT slips for the mandatory five polling stations per assembly segment of each parliamentary constituency at the end of the entire counting process.
Kolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation that began health audit of the College Square swimming pool on Friday will take up the same exercise for all swimming pools in the city.The move by the civic body assumed significance as a Class-IX student Mohammad Shahbaaz of a swimming club drowned at the College Square pool on Sunday. “We had published a booklet with a series of guidelines to be followed by the swimming clubs for the safety and security of the swimmers in 2017. The health audit will be conducted to see whether the pools in the city are adhering to the directives. Action will be taken in case of any negligency,” said Debasish Kumar, Member Mayor in Council (Parks & Gardens ). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSwimming pools located at Hedua, Tala Park, Puddapukur in Bhowanipore and all those that are under the jurisdiction of KMC will go through the audit. The exercise will be conducted by Kolkata District Swimming Committee in association with India Life Saving Society. It may be mentioned that the guidelines for the clubs was issued by the KMC after an ace swimmer Kajal Dutta, drowned at the College Square pool in August 2017. The directives included employing at least two trainers at each pool, no swimmers to be allowed in the pool without a life jacket, divers to be deployed in the pool for the swimmers. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe guidelines also stated that in case of children, guardians should not leave their wards and go elsewhere while they are being trained in swimming. KMC has already barred the Calcutta University Institute College Square (Vidyasagar Udyan) club one of the five odd located in College from imparting swimming lessons for novices until further orders. Shabaaz , a novice belonged to this club, encroached into the pool meant for the seniors by crossing the demarcation line. It may be mentioned that Shabaaz’s brother has lodged a complaint with Amherst Street police station alleging negligence on the part of Calcutta University Institute College Square for the former’s death. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to come up with separate swimming pools for learners across the city. “We have already come up with such pools where there will be no scope to venture into deep water in a similar manner as the victim did,” a senior KMC official said. The KMC has plans to implement this decision by the next swimming season that will begin from March 2020.
Kolkata: A day after his arrest from Bihar’s Gaya district, top Indian functionary of Bangladesh-based terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB) Ejaz Ahmad was brought to Kolkata by the city police on Tuesday. The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police on Monday arrested Ahmad from Pathantoli village in Gaya’s Buniyadpur. He is also known to be the terror outfit’s main recruiter in the country. “Ahmad was brought to Kolkata on a transit remand from a Gaya court,” an STF officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja On Tuesday, he was produced before a Kolkata court, which sent him to 14 days police custody till September 10. Ahmad, a native of West Bengal’s Birbhum district, reportedly joined JMB back in 2008 and had been in constant contact with Salauddin Salahein, another JMB operative, and Kausar, one of the key accused in the 2014 Khagragarh blast in Bengal’s Burdwan district. Kausar, alias Boma Mizan, was arrested earlier this month from Bengaluru by the National Investigating Agency (NIA). According to the STF, Ahmad has been booked under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 130 (any person who knowingly aids or assists a state prisoner or prisoner of war to escape from lawful custody or harbours such a prisoner) and various sections of the Explosive Substances Act.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment HALIFAX – A celebration of excellence in Atlantic Canadian journalism was held Friday night during the 37th Atlantic Journalism Awards, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The gold and silver awards were as follows:Best Page Presentation: NewspaperThe gold winner was: Victoria Bond – Telegraph-Journal – Saint John, NB – The nature of nature. Advertisement Wayne Thibodeau/Jocelyne Lloyd/Carolyn Drake/Paul Pettipas – The Guardian – Charlottetown, PEI – The price of poverty.Photojournalism NewsThe gold winner was: Diane Doiron – For The Canadian Press – Pointe Sapin, NB – The fire within.The silver finalists in this category were:Keith Gosse – The Telegram – St. John’s, NL – Collision victim comforts friend.Keith Gosse – The Telegram – St. John’s, NL – Devastating fire.Photojournalism Portrait/FeatureThe gold winner was: Chris Donovan – Freelance Photographer CBC NB – Hampton, NB – Patricia’s dolls.The silver finalists in this category were:Andrew Vaughan – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – Proposal accepted.Scott Munn – The Deep – Halifax, NS – They call it Syria town.Tim Krochak – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Sliver of light.Atlantic Magazine ArticleThe gold winner was: Tom Cheney/Nick Hawkins – Atlantic Salmon Journal – Chamcook, NB – Sons of the river.The silver finalists in this category were:Deborah Carr – Saltscapes – Bedford, NS – Lighthouse Keeper’s daughters.Sarah Sawler – Halifax Magazine – Halifax, NS – Choose your own Halifax disaster.Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Growth op.Atlantic Magazine: Best CoverThe gold winner was: At Home on the North Shore – Pictou, NS – Spring 2017: Strait Up.The silver finalists in this category were:Atlantic Books Today – Halifax, NS – Spring 2017: 150? Canada’s sticky, messy history.Atlantic Salmon Journal – Chamcook, NB – Winter 2017: River life – Falls Brook Falls.Saltscapes – Bedford, NS – Spring 2017: Travel issue cover.Atlantic Magazine: Best Profile ArticleThe gold winner was: Janet Wallace – Saltscapes – Bedford, NS – Free Range.The silver finalists in this category were:Jennifer Hatt – At Home on the North Shore – Pictou, NS – At home with…Thomas Steinhart.Stephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Confessions of a real life ad man.Breaking/Spot News Reporting: Print and OnlineThe gold winner was: Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/Rachel Cave – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – Murder in Alberta.The silver finalists in this category were:Michael MacDonald/Michael Tutton/Kieran Leavitt – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – Four dead in “very, very shocking” house fire in New Brunswick.Mike Landry – Telegraph-Journal – Saint John, NB – Outage creates havoc across region.Breaking News RadioThe gold winner was: CBC Radio Labrador Morning Team – CBC NL – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL – Mud Lake evacuation.The silver finalist in this category was:Gerri Lynn Mackey – VOCM – St. John’s, NL – Search resumes for Cortney Lake.Breaking News/Spot News: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Bart Fraize – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Froude Avenue fire.The silver finalists in this category were:Bart Fraize – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Avondale standoff.Jodi Cooke – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Still searching.Enterprise Reporting: PrintThe gold winner was: Karissa Donkin/Shane Fowler – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – The lost children.The silver finalists in this category were:Aaron Beswick – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Annapolis tidal turbine.Andrea Gunn – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Former child refugee fights deportation to Somalia.Brett Bundale – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – Abortion access in Nova Scotia among worst in Canada: advocates.Enterprise Reporting: RadioThe gold winner was: Robert Jones – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – Property tax scandal.The silver finalists in this category were:Katie Breen – CBC NL – Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL – Ambulance response times.Phlis McGregor/Angela MacIvor/Christina Harnett/Jack Julian/Susan Allen – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Street checks.Enterprise Reporting: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Rob Antle/Ariana Kelland/Jen White/Fred Hutton/Paul Pickett – CBC NL – St. John’s, NL – Public figure, private turmoil.The silver finalists in this category were:Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB – L’Église catholique au bord du gouffre au Nouveau-Brunswick.Michael Gorman – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – IWK expense scandal.Feature Writing: PrintThe gold winner was: Chelsea Murray – The Deep – Halifax, NS – How not to die.The silver finalists in this category were:Brett Bundale – The Canadian Press – Halifax, NS – The silence after the blast: how the Halifax explosion was nearly forgotten.Michelle Bartleman – Times&Transcript – Moncton, NB – A day in the life of a monk.Feature Writing: RadioThe gold winner was: Elizabeth McMillan – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Voice: Returning to their roots.The silver finalists in this category were:Angela Gilbert/Lauren Bird/Karissa Donkin – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – Deep trouble: Joe Howlett’s story.Rachel Cave – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – Remembering Cindy.Feature Writing: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Sabrina Fabian/Jean-Francois Bisson – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Climate change taking toll on mental health of Inuit.The silver finalists in this category were:Héloïse Bargain – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB – Les généreux collègues de Zoe Suarez.Trina Roache – APTN – Halifax, NS – Bart Jack – Innu resistance.Business Reporting: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Karen Pinchin – The Deep – Halifax, NS – Catch and release.The silver finalists in this category were:Connell Smith/Paul Hantiuk – CBC NB – Saint John, NB – At loggerheads.Frances Willick – LocalXpress.ca – Halifax, NS – Rockweed.Sports Reporting: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Maria Jose Burgos – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – Transgender athletes thwarted in pursuit of university sports.The silver finalists in this category were:Mark Dwyer – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Little champion, big hero.Sean Hatchard/Sarah Seeley – Times&Transcript – Moncton, NB – Rough year for high school football.Arts & Entertainment Reporting: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Zach Goudie/Mark Cumby – CBC NL – St. John’s, NL – Still some more to go.The silver finalists in this category were:Chad Pelley – The Overcast – St. John’s, NL – Mary MacDonald’s message: art = work. Important work.Heather Gillis – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Come From Away opens on Broadway.Commentary: Any MediumThe gold winner was: Maggie Rahr – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – #MeToo The man who raped me moved into my neighbourhood.The silver finalists in this category were:Adam Bowie – The Daily Gleaner – Fredericton, NB – Why Gord Downie mattered – to me and the rest of the countryStephen Kimber – Atlantic Business Magazine – St. John’s, NL – Pushing for a human economy.Video Journalist: TelevisionThe gold winner was: Brett Ruskin – CBC NS – Halifax, NS – Show of work.The silver finalists in this category were:Danielle Barron – NTV – St. John’s, NL – Show of work.Philippe Grenier – Radio-Canada Acadie – St. John’s NL – Show of work.Best Community Newspaper News StoryThe gold winner was: Kyle Greenham – Northern Pen – St. Anthony, NL – Williams Harbour resettlement.The silver finalists in this category were:Aidan Cox/Andrew Ryan/Jennifer Bishop/Mark Rickard – The Northern Light – Bathurst, NB – Beluga whale rescue.Tammy Scott-Wallace – Kings County Record – Sussex, NB – Father hopes his “princess” can walk for the prom.Editorial CartooningThe gold winner was: Bruce MacKinnon – The Chronicle Herald – Halifax, NS – Show of work.The silver finalists in this category were:Michael de Adder – The Chronicle Herald/Brunswick News – Show of work.Wayne Wright – Journal Pioneer – Summerside, PEI – Show of work.Best Information News Radio Program (Selected Program)The gold winner was: Verglas 2017: Émission spéciale du 29 janvier – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB.The silver finalists in this category were:Maritime Noon October 11, 2017: Sexual harassment in the workplace – CBC NS – Halifax, NS.The Sheldon MacLeod Show June 13, 2017: Sober second thoughts – NEWS95.7 Rogers Radio – Halifax, NS.Best Radio Newscast (Selected Newscast)The gold winner was: VOCM 1 PM News May 17, 2017 – VOCM – St. John’s, NL.The silver finalists in this category were:CBC PEI 4:30 PM News July 26, 2017 – CBC PEI – Charlottetown, PEI.NEWS95.7 Morning News September 7, 2017 – NEWS95.7 Rogers Radio – Halifax, NS.Best Television News BroadcastThe gold winner was: Here & Now October 30, 2017 – CBC NL – St. John’s, NL.The silver finalists in this category were:Le téléjournal Acadie, épisode du 25 janvier 2017 – Radio-Canada Acadie – Moncton, NB.CBC Nova Scotia News January 20, 2017 – CBC NS – Halifax, NS..The Jim MacNeill New Journalist AwardThe gold winner was: Maria Jose Burgos – CBC NB – Fredericton, NB – Show of work.The silver finalists in this category were:Michael Robinson – Telegraph-Journal – Saint John, NB – Show of work.Michelle Bartleman – Times&Transcript – Moncton, NB – Show of work.Best Student JournalismThe gold winner was: University of King’s College Students – The Signal – Halifax, NS – 9:04:35.The silver finalists in this category were:Hadeel Ibrahim – The Aquinian, St. Thomas University – Fredericton, NB – English department loses its muise.Kyle Greenham – College of the North Atlantic Journalism – St. John’s NL – Missing: a town on edge.Our thanks to Cision for sponsoring this announcement. 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(The parents of Josiah Begg make another plea for his return Wednesday at a media conference in Thunder Bay. “Please come home,” said his mom Sunshine Winters. Photo: Willow Fiddler.)APTN National NewsThe conduct of Thunder Bay police and its handling of its investigations into a missing youth and the death of another came under fire Wednesday as chiefs said they have no confidence in police to conduct thorough investigations.Police ruled there was no foul play in the death of Tammy Keeash, 17, May 7.And police haven’t been able to locate Josiah Begg, 14, who has been missing since May 6.“All available resources should have been deployed on a 24/7 basis since the day Josiah disappeared and the city should be turned upside down until he is found,” said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Police have done no better investigating Tammy’s death, accepting drowning as the cause but failing to determine how she ended up in the water.”Pearl Slipperjack says not enough counselling for kids like her daughter #TammyKeeash + shld be more resources “Tammy was a troubled kid”. pic.twitter.com/l3tDJqmTnT— Willow Fiddler (@WillowBlasizzo) May 17, 2017According to the chief of North Caribou Lake First Nation, where Keeash was from but living in a Thunder Bay group home, Keeash was trained to survive in difficult environments.“Tammy lived in community surrounded by water. As a member of the Junior Canadian Rangers she was trained to survive in harsh conditions. We are skeptical about how she died and where her body was found,” said Chief Dinah Kanate. “We have many questions and look to the police and appropriate agencies for answers.”Begg, from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, was in Thunder Bay with his father for a medical appointment when he was last seen around 10 p.m. near the Vale Community Centre.“It is a stressful time for the family and our community as we await word of our missing youth, Josiah Begg,” said Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug Chief James Cutfeet.Police said May 12 that a post-mortem examination indicated Keeash’s death was consistent with drowning.NAN has pushed police to treat Keeash’s death as a suspicious death after her body was found in the Neebing McIntyre floodway.#TammyKeeash was a trained Canadian Ranger, she knew water safety says #NAN @gcfiddler abt Coroner’s drowning conclusion #tbay pic.twitter.com/NP1HrJovt5— Willow Fiddler (@WillowBlasizzo) May 17, 2017“Our communities do not have confidence in the police to conduct thorough investigations. Our leaders are now forced to pool their resources to coordinate their own searches and – potentially – fund their own private investigations. If the police won’t act, we will,” said Fiddler.NAN said the missing persons investigations have been questioned before, which led to the inquest into the deaths of seven NAN youth since 2000 while living in Thunder Bay.In November 2016, the Office of the Independent Police Review Director announced a systemic review of the Thunder Bay Police Service’s practices for policing Indigenous peoples.The review is looking at policies, practices and attitudes regarding missing persons and death investigations said NAN.NAN has established a command centre at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School to lead the search for Begg.“We are heartbroken over Tammy’s tragic loss and our hearts and prayers are with her family and the Weagamow community, who laid her body to rest (Tuesday),” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “We appreciate the efforts of everyone searching for Josiah and we will not give up hope for his safe return. His family and community desperately want him back, and we will do everything possible to find him.”firstname.lastname@example.org
31 December 2009The United Nations environmental agency has identified three priority areas in the race to mitigate climate change based on harnessing the benefits of ecosystems, from coral reefs to forests, coupled with non-fossil fuel technology that exploits solar, geo-thermal and wind energy. “It is now widely recognized that healthy ecosystems from coral reefs and wetlands to mangroves and fertile soils are a key to successfully adapting to climate change,” the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a news release on what it called a rapidly evolving strategy “in response to the needs of Member States and the growing number of requests on how best to realize a low carbon, resource efficient Green Economy for the 21st century.”Calling the management and maintenance of such systems “a buffer and an insurance policy against extreme weather events and a rapidly changing climate,” UNEP stressed that ecosystems and the services they provide represent serious, multi-trillion dollar economic assets.It cites a recent UNEP report compiled with scientists that estimates that carbon emissions equal to half the annual emissions of the global transport sector are being captured and stored by marine ecosystems such as mangroves, salt marshes and sea grasses alone.Based on this, UNEP is helping Member States in demonstration projects such as assisting Iraq in rehabilitating the marshlands of Mesopotamia, supporting Kenya in restoring the Mau forest complex and aiding Mali in reviving Lake Faguibine. Plans are also under way for ecosystem rehabilitation in Haiti. “UNEP is ready to support Member States in gearing up their economies to overcome policy and financial barriers and to incorporate ecosystem adaptation measures into national climate, development and sectoral strategies,” the agency said. The second priority area concerns the so-called REDD and REDD+ programme – Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation. Emissions linked with deforestation and forest degradation may account for close to 20 per cent of current global greenhouse gas emissions and UNEP is part of the international effort to prepare developing economies for a REDD regime.Through the UN-REDD Programme – a partnership between UNEP, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – nine countries are being made ready for REDD with methodologies, monitoring and verification systems and safeguards to ensure value not only in climate and national economic terms but in terms of livelihoods for local communities.Methodologies, monitoring and verification techniques are being tested in western Kenya, China, Niger and Nigeria. It should soon allow farmers and landowners to benefit from carbon sequestration of different farming and land management regimes including agro-forestry. By some estimates a country such as Indonesia could generate revenues of around $1 billion a year initially if deforestation rates are halved. The third priority area is clean technology readiness. “Investing in low-carbon energy alternatives and reducing emissions from inefficient energy consumption also make economic and environmental sense,” UNEP noted. “However, although many low-carbon technologies are already commercially viable, transferring them to new markets and mainstreaming their use globally remains a challenge.”To bridge this gap, UNEP and its partners are already delivering via smart market mechanisms. In India, a joint project with the UN Foundation, the Shell Foundation and Indian banks has brought down the cost of solar technology loans. Within a matter of a few years, 100,000 people have accessed solar electricity in rural areas and the initiative is now self-financing. Another project, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), targets more efficient geothermal exploration in East Africa. The penetration of solar water heater systems in North Africa has also been pioneered by UNEP and partners with the critical linking of loans to electricity utility bills – the key to unlocking the market.Meanwhile, UNEP has undertaken renewable energy mapping assessments, helping 15 developing countries determine their solar and wind potential and devise policies to tap them. It has also launched an effort to help more than 35 countries determine the specific low greenhouse gas technologies best able to meet their development needs and prepare national plans to acquire and use those technologies.
President Maithripala Sirisena today appointed P.H. Manatunga as the new Chairman of the National Police Commission.Manatunga replaces Professor Siri Hettige who had resigned from the post recently. (Colombo Gazette)
Members of the Security Council today voiced their backing for the work of the United Nations envoy seeking to resolve outstanding matters relating to Iraq’s 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait, and hailed the Baghdad Government for its role in the process.Following a briefing today from the envoy, Ambassador Yuli Vorontsov, Council members issued a press statement voicing their “full support” his continued efforts and welcoming the “continuing construction engagement” of the Government of Iraq.The current President of the 15-member body, Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, also voiced confidence that the parties could work towards a satisfactory solution to all of the outstanding humanitarian aspects related to the loss of Kuwaiti and third country persons and property resulting from the invasion.In addition, Council members repeated their previous condemnation of the execution of Kuwaiti and third country nationals by the previous Iraqi regime, in violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and reiterated their conviction that those responsible should be brought to justice.
Mars recalls candy bars in 55 countries after plastic find BERLIN – U.S. chocolate maker Mars said Tuesday it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries in Europe and elsewhere after plastic was found in one of its products.Roel Govers, spokesman for Mars in the Netherlands, told The Associated Press that the recall affects 55 countries but would not provide further details, saying the company would email a news release later.Mars in Germany confirmed that it was one of the countries affected, and said in a statement that the recall affected products with “best before” dates from June 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017.“We have intentionally chosen a long production time frame in order to ensure that all possibly affected products are recalled,” the company said in a German-language statement, adding that it was in “close contact” with food safety authorities.It also did not specify which other countries were affected, and Mars in Germany did not respond to calls or emails. The German news agency dpa cited a Mars Germany spokesman saying the voluntary recall affects products made early this year in the Netherlands.The Dutch food safety authority posted what it said was a Mars press release on its website, saying a piece of plastic had been found in a product that could lead to choking. It listed affected products as: Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations, and Mini Mix.Mars, Inc. is privately held and based in McLean, Virginia. It also owns the world’s largest chewing gum maker, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.The Mars family owns the secretive company, making it one of the wealthiest families in the U.S., according to business research company Hoover’s.___David McHugh in Frankfurt, Germany, contributed to this report. FILE- In this Feb. 11, 2008 file photo, chocolate bars from Mars are pictured in a store in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. U.S chocolate maker Mars said Tuesday it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries in Europe and elsewhere after plastic was found in one of its products. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File) by David Rising, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 9:40 am MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Junior guard C.J. Jackson signals to his team during Ohio State’s 95-64 win over Robert Morris. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorChris Holtmann received texts from coaches and friends before Friday’s game against Robert Morris telling him to enjoy the moment of his first game as head coach of Ohio State. He ignored those texts.Rather than feeling excited for the moment, he said he felt anxious, hoping to provide the 11,128 fans in attendance with a winning game in his debut. He did not disappoint as the Holtmann-era of Ohio State men’s basketball began with a resounding win as the Buckeyes (1-0) ran away to an easy 95-64 victory against Robert Morris (0-1).Ohio State finished the game going 40-for-67 from the field compared to just 23-of-65 for the Colonials. Though the Buckeyes turned over the ball 19 times, they made up for it by dominating in the paint, finishing the game with 51 rebounds to Robert Morris’ 23. The Buckeyes dominated the game nearly across the board, but it was the turnovers that stood out the most to the head coach.“The 19 turnovers is my overriding thought right now,” Holtmann said after the game. “They forced us into some things and then we had some foolish plays as well.” Playing in his first game since Jan. 1, redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop provided the spark Holtmann’s Buckeyes needed throughout the game, finishing with a team-leading 19 points and 11 rebounds. A primary question mark heading into the season was Ohio State’s depth at point guard. Junior C.J. Jackson was a bench player last season, but was expected to step up and be the starter at the one being that he was the lone natural point guard. He quickly impacted the game, making Ohio State’s first block of the season at 1:07 into the game and the first basket of the season for the Buckeyes. Jackson finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and six assists. All night Jackson was on point with his passing. At 14:18, he found freshman forward Kaleb Wesson under the net on a pick-and-roll play, leading Wesson to the bucket for an easy lay-up. Then with 5:12 left in the first half, Jackson floated an alley-oop pass to freshman guard Musa Jallow, who finished for the dunk to put the Buckeyes ahead 34-19.Ohio State stumbled briefly out of the gate and fell behind 6-2 to Robert Morris. But with 16:59 remaining, redshirt senior guard Kam Williams made a 3-pointer to give the Buckeyes a 7-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.It was all Ohio State from there. The Buckeyes went on an 18-5 run to plant themselves firmly out in front of the Colonials 25-11. Bates-Diop said the slow start for the team simply came down to nerves in the team’s first regular season game.“Just first game jitters,” Bates-Diop said. “And then we obviously cleaned it up quick as we could.”Shortly after the Buckeyes had put themselves ahead, Jallow stole the ball away from junior forward Malik Petteway and raced towards the basket before driving home a dunk with 11:23 remaining for the first two points of his collegiate career. He finished the game with 11 points and three rebounds. As Jallow ran away with the basketball, a simple thought lingered in his mind as nothing but the basket stood in front of him.“Don’t trip over my foot,” Jallow laughed. “That’s probably the first thing and then the second thing is just dunk it as hard as you can, just try to get the crowd into it. But it’s really exciting.”Jallow was not alone in stealing the show with his flashy plays. Young drove home a loud dunk with 0:51 remaining in the game. Eleven seconds later, he finished another as the fans stood up and remainded on their feet until the end of the game.The freshmen — Jallow, Wesson and forward Kyle Young — all proved to be crowd-pleasers throughout the game, and all played meaningful minutes for the team. Jallow, Young and Wesson each finished with impressive stat lines, registering 11, four and 13 points, respectively, in the contest. Jallow finished with three rebounds, Young with three and Wesson with seven rebounds.Holtmann said he did not enter the game with a number in mind for minutes on the freshmen, but as he has said all offseason, he knew the three would see the court. And with each one delivering some thrilling moments throughout the game, Holtmann said the move to use them will pay off down the road. “I think I knew that we were try to go a rotation is about nine or 10 deep right now, and we’ll try to, I would like to play guys now to get a feel for in how we can be moving into the later parts of the season,” Holtmann said. “But I think we had some good moments from everybody on the bench and we also had some moments that we can take film from and say, ‘Hey, listen, we’ve got to do this better.’”Unlike the first half, the Buckeyes came out firing on all cylinders to open up the second. On their first possession just 17 seconds into the half, sophomore center Micah Potter soared over the defense in the post to electrify the Buckeye crowd with a dunk. The next possession, Jackson missed a 3-pointer, but Bates-Diop recovered the rebound and scored five seconds later on a layup. With 16 minutes left in the game, Bates-Diop attempted a layup and missed, but fought through traffic to collect his own rebound and knock it in on a second layup attempt with 15:55 remaining. Another steal by the Buckeyes 14 seconds later, this time from Jallow, led to the freshman’s third dunk of the night to put the Buckeyes out in front 73-43. Robert Morris was forced to call a timeout. The Buckeyes are back in action when they host Radford at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Schottenstein Center.
Frank Layden1988-89Jazz158411-6Resigned COACHSEASONTEAMELOCOACH RECORDNOTES The Cleveland Cavaliers fired head coach David Blatt on Friday, even though he guided the team to the NBA Finals last season and a 30-11 record so far this year.The NBA is a tough league. But as far as we can tell, no coach has been fired under similar circumstances before.Below, you’ll find a table of NBA coaches since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77 who were fired or resigned in the middle of the regular season when their teams had an Elo rating of 1550 or higher.1The table excludes interim head coaches who were dismissed after a permanent replacement was found. The league-average Elo rating is about 1500, so a rating of 1550 reflects a pretty good team; about as good as the Atlanta Hawks right now. Coaches don’t usually get fired when their teams are playing well. But Blatt’s Cavs haven’t just been good; they’ve been on the verge of great. The team’s current Elo rating is 1669, far higher than that of any other team when it fired a coach mid-season.When a coach does get fired despite a solid record, it’s usually because his team is underperforming lofty expectations. But that can’t really be said of the Cavs. Their preseason team win total at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook was 56.5 wins; they’re actually a little ahead of that pace, currently projecting to finish the season 61-21 instead.Yes, the Cavs were embarrassed on Monday by the Warriors, 132-98. But one bad regular-season loss isn’t usually enough to doom a coach. It’s reasonable to ask whether the overt tension between Blatt and superstar LeBron James played a role because there’s not really a good precedent for something like this happening. (James was reportedly not consulted about Blatt’s firing.)Larry Brown resigned under pressure as head coach of the New Jersey Nets late in the 1982-83 season despite a 47-26 record, but that was because he’d agreed to take a job the next season at the University of Kansas. Del Harris was canned as Lakers’ head coach early in the 1998-99 season when the team had a strong 1611 Elo rating, but its record was just 6-6 at that point, below the perennially high expectations in Lakerland. Don Nelson2004-05Mavericks159742-22Resigned Larry Brown1982-83Nets159947-26Resigned under pressure Paul Westhead1981-82Lakers15727-4Fired Larry Brown1991-92Spurs158621-17Fired David Blatt2015-16Cavaliers166930-11Fired Gene Shue1977-7876ers15592-4Fired Source: Basketball-reference.com Del Harris1998-99Lakers16116-6Fired Stan Van Gundy2005-06Heat158011-10Resigned under pressure Jack McKinney1979-80Lakers155210-4Injured Danny Ainge1999-2000Suns156313-7Resigned The most abrupt NBA coaching departures
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. The Kennel Club’s long-standing secretary has resigned after being accused of racism – sparking claims by whistle-blowers that there is a “climate of tyrannical fear” at Britain’s oldest charity for dogs.The organisation’s official spokeswoman Caroline Kisko, 63, quit after a staff member reportedly complained she said “n**gas in the woodpile”.She was said to have apologised immediately after using the expression during a meeting with two colleagues last month.But staff were left shocked when the KC publicly announced her sudden departure on August 30, according to the Mail on Sunday.Earlier that day all board members but chairman Tony Allcock had been informed by email that she was leaving immediately “to pursue other interests”.The crisis at the 146-year-old organisation, which runs Crufts pedigree dog show and whose patron is the Queen, then escalated after whistleblowers wrote a letter to each member of the board claiming that there was a climate of fear for staff at work.It came as its chief financial officer Kevin McGuirk faces racism claims from a current employee at an employment tribunal due to be held in November.The letter stated: “Kevin [Mr McGuirk] has created an atmosphere of tyrannical fear among staff and anyone who opposed orquestioned his bullying and abusive manner has been either disciplined or dismissed.”The resultant atmosphere of total fear has stopped anyone coming forward to complain. Caroline was the heart and soul of the KC and we were all proud every time we saw her on TV defending the KC or heard her on the radio speaking out for all of us.””There are a good deal of rumours which frankly we believe may be true. If this is the case, then it is probable that Caroline was pushed out of the KC against her will.”The KC refused to comment.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFire at Queen’s College building quickly contained by prompt Fire ServiceSeptember 20, 2017In “latest news”Major catastrophe averted at GRAFebruary 12, 2019In “latest news”Update: UG to undertake fire safety audit of all its facilities- Vice ChancellorMarch 9, 2017In “latest news” A fire of unknown origin which erupted at the Giftland Mall, Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was quickly contained saving the institution from further damage.Clean up works following the fireAccording to reports, the fire started at around 06:10hrs this morning (Saturday) in the Royal Castle outlet located on the upper flat of the Mall.This publication understands that the security team was called upon when smoke was seen emanating from the vents of the Royal Castle outlet.As such, management was alerted and upon breaking into the building, the fire was noticed in the supervisor’s office of the outlet.The fire service was called to the scene and the fire was quickly extinguished.Divisional Officer of Operations of the Fire Service, Gregory Wickham said they “received a call from the fire department that there is a fire at the Giftland Mall and upon arrival, we were able to see that smoke and flames were emanating from the Royal Castle department.”Wickham, who noted that investigations are ongoing, could not say what the cause of the fire was at the time.Health and Safety Officer of Giftland, Dale Denisford revealed that the fire was confined to a small area and as such, the company did not suffer much losses.He revealed that “the fire was contained to the office room of the royal castle, we were able to utilise our procedures to extinguish that fire. The fire did not affect any other place other than a small part”.As such, the Mall was reopened at around 11:00hrs.