Star Trek Discovery adds several Canadian actors

first_imgAdvertisement In Canada, the first episode will premiere on CTV, on the same night as CBS. All remaining episodes will initially air on Space (in English) and Z (in French), and then later stream on CraveTV. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Toronto’s Kenneth Mitchell has been cast as Kol, a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. London native Shazad Latif was originally announced in the role of Kol but will now play Lieutenant Tyler, a Starfleet officer in the Federation. No date has been announced for the premiere of the series, which has been pushed back a couple of times. TORONTO — Several Canadians have joined the cast of the Toronto-shot series “Star Trek: Discovery.” Rekha Sharma of Vancouver will play Commander Landry, the security officer of the Starship Discovery. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment It will debut on CBS with all subsequent episodes available on the streaming service CBS All Access. Clare McConnell of Toronto is in the role of Dennas, a leader in the Klingon Empire. And Toronto native Damon Runyan will play Ujilli, another Klingon leader. Login/Register With: Facebooklast_img read more

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Pandya Rahul fined Rs 20 lakh each for their sexist comments

first_imgNew Delhi: India cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were on Saturday fined Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman D K Jain for their sexist comments on a popular TV show. In the order published on the official BCCI website, Jain wrote that no further action will be taken against Pandya and Rahul, who have already served a provisional suspension and tendered an unconditional apology for their loose comments on women. Instead, he directed the World Cup bound players to play a fine of Rs 20 lakh each that included a payment of Rs 1 lakh each to “each of the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through ‘Bharat Ke Veer App”. Jain also instructed them to deposit Rs 10 lakh each in the fund “created by the Cricket Association for the blind”. All payments are to be made within four weeks from the date of the order — April 19, 2019. The Supreme Court-appointed Ombudsman had issued notices to Pandya and Rahul earlier this month to appear for deposition for their controversial comments on Koffee with Karan’. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (COA) for their remarks before the suspension was lifted pending an inquiry by the Ombudsman. Both players became subjects of nationwide criticism following their remarks on women. The controversial episode was aired in the first week of January, triggering outrage, which prompted the COA to call the duo back from the tour of Australia, handing them provisional suspensions. The two tendered unconditional apologies and their ban was provisionally lifted pending inquiry. Once Jain assumed his role, the COA handed over the matter to Ombudsman for the completion of inquiry. The two players have also spoken publicly on the incident, recalling one of the toughest phases of their respective careers.last_img read more

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Haiti escapes serious damage from Hurricane Irene UN reports

Irene is gaining strength as it approaches the south-eastern Bahamas but is losing its capacity to threaten northern Haiti, with rains there expected to decrease during the day.The “red alert” which Haitian authorities issued for the entire country has been lifted, although an “orange alert” is still in force in three northern departments, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.There are isolated areas of damage in the northern regions, but OCHA has deactivated the emergency joint operation centre it was coordinating. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), meanwhile, is keeping its regional crisis management centres active until local authorities and humanitarian actors decide they are no longer needed.Shipping activities are still interrupted but international and domestic flights have resumed.Only one of the more than 160 evacuation sites has been used so far, by 500 people, and some roads have been cut by landslides.MINUSTAH, which has been in the country since mid-2004 after then president Jean-Bertrand Aristide went into exile amid violent unrest, had put some of its nearly 12,000 peacekeepers on emergency standby in case they should be needed for rescue operations.Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is still struggling to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced 2.3 million others, and from Hurricane Tomas, which caused widespread flooding in November, unleashing a cholera epidemic that killed hundreds and infected some 20,000 people. 24 August 2011Hurricane Irene has left impoverished Haiti relatively unscathed, with only isolated damage from flooding and no widespread serious emergencies in a country that is still struggling to recover from last year’s devastating earthquake, the United Nations reported today. read more

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LNG plans for Kitimat turns doom town to boom town

VICTORIA — The sense of excitement in Kitimat is palpable, says Mayor Joanne Monaghan.The northwest British Columbia town cited by Census Canada in March 2007 as the community with the greatest population decline in Canada now is looking at multi-billion-dollar investments in proposed liquefied natural gas projects, aluminum smelter upgrades and the Northern Gateway pipeline.Once posting a rental vacancy rate of 44.5%, Kitimat now is brimming with construction jobs, fighting traffic jams and worrying about rising rents, said Monaghan.Monaghan, elected to Kitimat’s council for the past 38 years, says residents are pinching themselves and wondering if it’s all real.This month’s opening of Kitimat’s first Tim Horton’s outlet confirmed for Monaghan that economic reality hasn’t fully set in among residents.“When I announced we would have a Tim Horton’s and people would meet me on the street they wouldn’t talk about the LNG, they would say ’We’re getting a Tim Horton’s,”’ said Monaghan.Now, Monaghan said her council is seriously considering operating a local ferry service to bring aboriginal workers to Kitimat from area coastal villages of Klemtu, Hartley Bay and Bella Bella to work on what will be thousands of construction jobs.“I honestly felt (four years ago) I was the mayor of doom and now I feel like the mayor of boom,” she said.After more than a year of hype from the provincial government about a jobs plan focused on LNG development, Monaghan’s community and others are beginning to feel the creeping effects of the flurry of investment in the resource.Recently, B.C. Premier Christy Clark likened the province’s LNG development opportunities to that of the Alberta oil sands.Her government’s jobs plan forecasts one LNG export plant in operation by 2015 and three in operation by 2020.The LNG projects involve building pipelines from northeast B.C.’s natural gas fields to LNG terminals near Kitimat, from where the product will be shipped to Asian markets. LNG is natural gas that is cooled to the point where it can be loaded onto tankers.Rich Coleman, B.C. minister for energy, mines and natural gas, said the province is in negotiations with at least three LNG development proposals in the Kitimat area.Two others are proposed for the Prince Rupert area, about 120 kilometres northwest of Kitimat, and billionaire Krishnan Suthanthiran has proposed that Kitsault, a northwest mining ghost town he bought for $7 million in 2005, be used for an LNG export facility.Two of the five proposed LNG projects highlighted by Coleman have already been granted federal export permits.The Douglas Channel Energy Project is described as a small LNG plant, but will likely be the first in operation in the Kitimat area by 2015.The project, already under construction, proposes to use the existing natural gas pipeline to Kitimat from the northeast to transfer the gas to a barge-based LNG plant in the Douglas Channel, where it will be loaded onto tankers.Kitimat’s Haisla Nation aboriginals are business partners in this project.The proposed Kitimat LNG project, which also has an export permit and is located on Haisla Nation land, is a joint venture of Apache Corp. and Chevron Ltd.Late last year, Chevron purchased operating interest in Kitimat LNG and the Pacific Trail Pipeline from EOG Resources Canada Inc., and EnCana Corp., prompting industry analysts to state that LNG exports from Kitimat are getting closer to reality.The third proposed LNG Canada project at Kitimat is being developed by Shell Canada Ltd., and joint venture partners, Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS), Mitsubishi Corporation, and PetroChina Company Ltd.Shell applied to the National Energy Board for a 25-year export licence last summer and announced plans to build a $4 billion natural gas pipeline from northeast B.C. to Kitimat.Last September, British Gas Group Corp., announced a development deal with Spectra Energy to develop plans for a natural gas pipeline from northeast B.C. to a potential BG Gas LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert.Earlier this month, Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. announced it was selected to build a $5 billion pipeline to connect the proposed Prince Rupert area LNG plant for Progress Energy, which is now a subsidiary of Malaysian state-owned firm Petronas.Coleman said when companies like Shell, Chevron, British Gas and Petronas — whose profit last year was larger than B.C.’s total budget, show interest — the stakes become huge.“These are not carpetbagger, shyster-type companies,” he said. “They are dead serious. That’s why we have to recognize we have to have our fundamentals in place and we have to be consistent about those fundamentals because the investment could go to another jurisdiction.”Coleman cites staggering job creation numbers and financial returns if the five proposed LNG plants are developed.The Energy Ministry forecasts one million person years of employment during the construction phases and 2,700 permanent jobs. If five large LNG plants are built, the ministry forecasts the benefit to B.C.’s gross domestic product could reach more than $1 trillion by 2046.At least $1 billion in royalty revenues could be achieved by 2020 from the first three LNG projects, says the ministry.“I do know we think we’re going to have about a million jobs equivalent over a period of time, some temporary, some long term,” Coleman said. “When I say it’s a game changer, it’s a game changer.”Calgary-based energy expert Geoff Hill, a partner at Deloitte, said B.C. and Canada stand to create huge profits by seizing energy opportunities available in Asia with gas and oil, particularly China.Hill said despite huge reported natural gas discoveries within China, the country’s projected growth and energy needs are mammoth opportunities for B.C. and Canada.“The demand for natural gas globally is increasing daily,” said Hill. “That’s why there’s a lot of interest by a lot of the big players. When you have the likes of the companies that are involved and interested in this, it’s more of a reality than a dream.”Natural gas export developments in Canada are attractive investment opportunities because of the huge available supply, stable government and stable economy, and the potential to sell the product at much higher prices in Asia, he said.“You put all that together and globally, Canada is an attractive place to get natural gas from,” said Hill.But potential labour shortages concern energy industry insiders and could play a role in future investment decisions, he said.“It’s our opinion that Canada has a significant labour issue in the provinces that have the most growth, and that would be out West,” Hill said.“Does that mean the projects will stop, no, but what it does mean is companies need to seriously look at those factors when they are planning out their capital investments.”Skills training and labour shortages are destined to become major issues in this spring’s B.C. election campaign as both the government Liberals and Opposition New Democrats have staked themselves as engines of provincial skills training.Coleman said he expects thousands of skilled workers to descend upon northwest B.C. from across Canada to work on the LNG projects.Hill said Canada’s labour needs require a three-pronged process that includes promoting skills training, relaxing immigration rules and offering inter-provincial transportation of workers.Shell Canada spokesman David Williams said the company’s proposed Kitimat joint venture pipeline and LNG export project is targeting the Chinese market for the end of the decade.“I think it’s too early to talk about identified customers, but if you look at the growth markets in the world for LNG, China would certainly be the country that’s likely to attract the most growth as it develops its economy,” he said.“You have to consider natural gas and all its potential uses for generating electricity, for home heating and also as a transport fuel, and we believe that there is considerable growth in the Chinese market towards the end of the decade,” Williams said.Recent numbers show Japan is currently the world’s largest importing of LNG at 79 million tonnes per year. South Korea imports 36 million tonnes annually.Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and Russia are among the world’s leading LNG export nations.Back in Kitimat, mayor Monaghan says her husband recently exclaimed that he was forced to wait at three traffic lights before he made it home.“Usually you go right on through,” she said. read more

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Closing Bell TSX falls while New York lifted amid negative economic data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market plunged more than 100 points Wednesday as traders digested a slew of economic data signalling a possible slowdown in both the Canadian and U.S. economies.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,473.65 -103.40 -0.82%S&P 500 — 1,658.78 +8.44 0.51%Dow — 15,275.69 +60.44 0.40%Nasdaq — 3,471.62 +9.01 0.26%The S&P/TSX composite index fell 103.40 points to 12,473.65.The Canadian dollar was down 0.02 of a cent at 98.31 cents US.Statistics Canada reported that manufacturing sales edged down 0.3% in March to $49.5 billion, the third decline in four months. The agency said the decline largely reflected lower sales in petroleum and coal products and the chemical manufacturing industries. Excluding those industries, Canadian manufacturing sales rose 0.3%.Overall, sales fell in 10 of 21 industries, representing approximately one-third of Canadian manufacturing.Meanwhile, the number of Canadian houses and condos sold last month was slightly better than in March but down from April 2012, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.Its figures showed the number properties sold in April edged up 0.6% on a seasonally adjusted basis, while the number of newly listed homes fell 0.9%. CREA’s home price index rose 2.2% in April, the smallest gain in more than two years.Senior investment adviser Alan Small said neither the manufacturing nor the housing numbers were surprising.“For the most part, we’re seeing a slowdown in our economy and it’ll be interesting to see if our government does anything to stimulate,” said Small, who works for Dundee Wealth Management Securities.“Recently, they talked about balancing the books in the next couple of years, rather than choosing to stimulate but — if the numbers continue to show poor economic data coming out of country — maybe our government will take a different approach.”At the close, all sectors on the Toronto stock exchange were lower, with gold seeing the largest decline — more than four%. Shares in Agnico Eagle Mines (TSX:AEM) were down 5.62%, or $1.73, to $29.03.June bullion was down $28.30 at US$1,396.20 an ounce, its lowest price in a month.Small said gold prices are falling because they take their cue from the U.S. economy, which is showing some signs of recovery.“I lack to see a catalyst to take gold higher. In fact, there is definitely a case for gold to fall even further,” he said. “When the (U.S.) dollar is strong, and the economy is strong, people are leaving these types of investments, like gold and silver, and buying stocks and into the U.S. economy.”The telecom sector was off 1.43%, pulled down by shares in Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B), which dropped by more than three% to $48.20.The June crude contract was down nine cents at US$94.30 a barrel as the TSX energy sector fell by 0.88%. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) saw its shares dip 1.79%, or 21 cents to C$11.50.July copper dipped two cents to US$3.26 a pound as the metals and mining sector fell by 0.73%.Engineering company SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) said allegations about a subsidiary using a secret code to account for bribes on several projects across Africa and Asia have been resolved and are history. The company says it is focused on moving ahead with systems that would prevent the problems from reoccurring.According to media reports, the company paid so-called “consultancy costs” between 2008 and 2011 to win contracts for 13 development projects. Its shares were down 1.3%, or 55 cents, at $41.79.Meanwhile, U.S. indexes turned higher, boosted by a two% jump in the shares of department store Macy’s. Search engine giant Google also saw its shares soared past US$900 for the first time on the first day of the company’s annual conference. Shares in Apple Inc. fell more than three%, or $15.01, to US$428.85.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 60.44 points to 15,275.69, while the S&P 500 index gained 8.43 points to 1,658.77. Both the Dow Jones and the broader market measure, the S&P 500, had record-high closes on Tuesday.The Nasdaq also ended the day positive, climbing 9.01 points to 3,471.62.U.S. indexes were down for most of the morning following the release of a number of disappointing economic reports, but bounced back as the signs of sluggish growth may mean the U.S. Federal Reserve will continue with its monetary stimulus program.The Fed said manufacturing output dropped 0.4% in April — the third decline in four months and the biggest since October as auto companies cranked out fewer cars and most other industries also reduced output.The U.S. Labor Department reported the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, fell a seasonally adjusted 0.7% in April from March. It was the second straight decline.Meanwhile, weak economic data across the eurozone pushed European stocks lower, as news hit that the 17-country currency bloc is now in its longest-ever recession. Germany’s gross domestic product rose 0.1% in the first quarter of the year while the French economy has fallen back into recession.What investors were watching today: Why are investors so bearish on Canadian banks?Why markets don’t care that the eurozone has fallen into its deepest recession everGoogle shares top US$900 for first time in company’s historyThere was nothing precious about precious metals todayON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.International securities transactions (March) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 330,000 new claims, up from last week Consumer Price Index (April): Economists expect a 0.3% fall from the month before, 1.3% rise year over year Housing starts (April): Economists expect a decline of 6.4% from the month before Building permits (April): Economists expect 3.8% rise 10 a.m.Philadelphia Fed Index (May): Economists expect a reading of 2, up from the month before read more

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OPP target distracted driving in March Break safety blitz

Ontario Provincial Police have launched a March Break traffic safety blitz.The safety campaign officially kicked off this morning at the OPP’s Toronto detachment.Officers will be focused on high-risk behaviours, including distracted driving.“The OPP has identified that an inattentive driver is the deadliest kind of driver on OPP-patrolled roads in the past five years,” said OPP Supt. Tony Cristilli.“Distracted driving is not just about drivers talking on their cellphones. It also includes anything that takes their focus away from driving.”Officers have spotted people reading, eating, even putting on makeup while on the road.The #OPP is launching the March Break – Distracted driving – Provincial Traffic Safety Campaign.Your actions can have tragic consequences on other motorists with whom you share the road.#BeSafe#PutDownThePhone pic.twitter.com/BhAOZcpwOb— Sgt Kerry Schmidt (@OPP_HSD) March 12, 2018OPP will have several different patrol vehicles for this initiative, from an unmarked patrol car, to a commercial vehicle and even a transport truck.This safety campaign will be on from Mar. 12 – 18. read more

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Sentencing day arrives for former massage therapist Mark Donlevy on sexual assault

Mark Donlevy enters Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on Oct. 19, 2018 Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix A former Saskatoon massage therapist accused of sexually assaulting 12 female clients is set to be sentenced Monday after pleading guilty earlier this year to six counts of sexual assault.Mark McMahon Donlevy, 50, pleaded guilty in July to sexually assaulting three women in 2009, one woman in 2015 and two more in 2016. The offences are related to his work as a massage therapist.The Crown agreed to stay the six remaining sexual assault charges upon sentencing Monday — the day Donlevy was originally scheduled to stand trial on 12 charges. Donlevy was first charged in 2016 after two women reported he had touched them inappropriately in 2013 and 2016, during separate massage appointments at his home business, MD Muscle Therapy, in the 1200 block of Main Street East. The women came forward after reading online posts about similar alleged experiences, police said.More allegations were made to police after the charges were announced, leading to Donlevy eventually being charged with 10 more counts of sexual assault. He was also charged with sexual assault against two other women outside of his massage therapy work.He is currently serving a three-year sentence after being convicted in 2018 of raping a woman during their first date in 2004. He is appealing the conviction.Donlevy remains before the court on his 14th sexual assault charge. Police said the charge stems from an incident that allegedly took place in 2012.The complainant, a 48-year-old woman, filed a police report in December 2018, alleging Donlevy assaulted her after they met on a dating website six years ago.Related Complete coverage: Mark Donlevy Mark Donlevy pleads guilty to sexually assaulting six female massage clients Saskatoon massage therapist Mark Donlevy faces 14th sexual assault charge Saskatoon massage therapist Mark Donlevy appeals rape conviction read more

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How Randall Cunningham Taught NFL Quarterbacks To Fly

Scan a list of the NFL’s best quarterbacks nowadays, and you’ll find names such as Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor and even that of rookie sensation Dak Prescott — dynamic passers who can run the ball, too. The question of whether a team can succeed with that kind of dual threat under center has basically been settled in today’s game; such a QB has led his team to the Super Bowl in each of the past four seasons.1Colin Kaepernick did it in 2012; ditto Wilson in 2013 and 2014, and Newton in 2015. And no five-year period in modern NFL history2Going back to the start of the Super Bowl in the 1966 season. has seen quarterbacks gain more rushing yards per game than they have over the past five seasons. The golden age for mobile passers is right now.In the not-too-distant past, a quarterback was supposed to stay in the pocket, survey the field and make the throw — not take off and run. Not only was rushing mostly absent from the job description, it was often seen as a bad habit that needed to be discouraged. But Randall Cunningham helped change all that when he took the NFL by storm in the mid-1980s. 25Donovan McNabb2002419141211 30Steve McNair20011,102109198 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 9Steve Young19921,737142263 After flashing abilities as a passer, runner and punter at UNLV, Cunningham was selected in the second round of the 1985 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. And almost immediately, his unique skill set grabbed his teammates’ attention.“You knew there was something special about Randall,” former Eagles defensive back Eric Allen said. “[He was] extremely athletic, played with a great sense of self, understood that he was good, understood that he could do a lot of things that other quarterbacks in the game could not do, and he had a great deal of confidence.”Despite his talent, Cunningham sat behind Ron Jaworski, a more traditional dropback passer, for most of his first two NFL seasons. But he became Philly’s starter after Jaworski was hurt late in the 1986 season — and the Eagles’ iconoclastic coach, Buddy Ryan, soon let Cunningham loose as the game’s first true dual-threat QB.“Buddy Ryan allowed me to be the player he believed I could be,” Cunningham told me. “He saw something in me and gave me an opportunity to flourish as an athlete, and not just a quarterback, but to really take it to a whole other level.”Cunningham wasn’t the first mobile QB in NFL history. Before 1986, six quarterbacks had put up 500 or more rushing yards in a season; in 1972 alone, two of them — Bobby Douglass of the Chicago Bears and Greg Landry of the Detroit Lions — combined for a whopping 1,492 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Those were the two best pre-Randall QB rushing seasons according to my yards above backup QB (YABQ) metric, which assigns a value to a quarterback’s passing and rushing statistics in a way similar to Football Outsiders’ yards above replacement (and can also be calculated throughout history).3Specifically, YABQ converts Chase Stuart’s calculations for a QB’s passing and rushing value above average into a measurement of total value that uses as its baseline a backup-level quarterback, a la Football Outsiders’ YAR metric. But Landry’s days as a scrambler were limited — he only had a couple more 200-yard rushing seasons in his 15-year NFL career — and Douglass, as great as he was running the ball, couldn’t throw.4Douglass generated fewer passing yards that season than a backup-level QB would have in the same number of attempts. There was the occasional outlier, like Minnesota’s Fran Tarkenton, who was a strong passer and able scrambler, but before Cunningham, those players were seen as unicorns more than archetypes.Cunningham ushered in the age of the running QB. In 1987, his first full season as Philadelphia’s starter, he passed for 349 more adjusted net yards than a backup-level QB (16th best in the NFL that year) and rushed for an additional 125 yards above backup (which easily led the league). It was the third time in history a quarterback had hit both of those benchmarks in the same season, after Landry in 1972 and Steve Grogan with the New England Patriots in 1978.5Along with Landry and Douglass, Grogan was another of the few pre-Cunningham QBs who could run; in 1976, he scored 12 touchdowns on the ground, a record for QBs until Cam Newton scored 14 in 2011. And Cunningham was just getting warmed up.In 1988, he piled up 336 YABQ through the air and 171 on the ground, the first time in league history that combination had ever been achieved. In a “down” 1989 season, he notched 248/147, a combo that had only been reached twice before (by Landry in ’72 and Cunningham himself in 1988). And in 1990, Cunningham set a standard for dual-threat seasons that has yet to be eclipsed in the 26 years since. That year, he was 750 yards better than a backup through the air, and he tacked on another 249 YABQ on the ground; if we take the harmonic mean of those two numbers (a particular kind of average that emphasizes high values in all numbers being averaged, in order to capture seasons when a player produced a lot of passing and rushing value), it’s the single best combined passing-rushing season by a QB in the Super Bowl era: 3Russell Wilson2014659225335 5Michael Vick2010860202327 21Randall Cunningham1992445144217 By Neil Paine In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we examine how Cunningham frustrated defenses not only with his speed and agility but also with his ability to throw the ball. It was a combination of skills that no quarterback had ever really possessed before, and it helped Cunningham transform the way people thought about the game’s most glamorous position. 17Steve Grogan1978484146224 6Cam Newton2011512224311 22Tyrod Taylor2015682129217 7Cam Newton2012608195295 28Russell Wilson2012952111199 27Greg Landry1971861113200 Embed Code 2Robert Griffin III2012847218347 4Michael Vick2002679218330 14Rich Gannon2000947129227 23Colin Kaepernick2013803125216 Greatest dual-threat QB seasons, 1966-2016 PLAYERYEARPASSINGRUSHINGHARMONIC MEAN 12Daunte Culpepper20001,558129239 15Randall Cunningham1988336171226 24Cam Newton2013423143213 20Kordell Stewart2001610132217 8Cam Newton2015633169266 11Steve Young19981,474133244 19Daunte Culpepper2002288181222 16Michael Vick2011593140226 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed 26Donovan McNabb2000232178201 10Greg Landry1972547167256 29Steve Young19911,030110199 There have been better pure passing seasons by mobile QBs; Steve Young had more than a few of them. As Cunningham told me, “People cannot forget about Steve Young, because [he] and I were battling out every single year to be the No. 1 rushing quarterback.” There have also been better QB rushing seasons; in 2006, Michael Vick became the first quarterback to break the 1,000-yard barrier in a season, though his passing was below the backup level that year. But nobody combined the two aspects of quarterbacking in a more prolific way than Cunningham did during that magical 1990 season, one which earned him league MVP honors from the Pro Football Writers of America.Alas, Cunningham would injure his knee in the Eagles’ 1991 opener, and miss the entire season. He returned in 1992 to produce what was, at the time, the sixth-best dual-threat season in modern history (according to my method above),6It ranks 21st now. but ongoing battles with injury and inconsistent play eventually paved Cunningham’s way out of Philly in 1995. After a year away from football entirely,7He spent the season running a granite company. a rejuvenated Cunningham joined the Minnesota Vikings and, in 1998, he enjoyed the 25th-best passing season of the Super Bowl era, according to YABQ — a testament to his skills as a pocket passer after his athleticism had eroded with age and wear.Cunningham finished his 16-year NFL career with the 40th-most total YABQ of any quarterback since 1966 and the second-most rushing YABQ — trailing only Vick. (He also generated about twice as much value through the air as Vick did.) But Cunningham’s biggest football legacy might be in the number of dual-threat QBs that followed in his footsteps. Before Cunningham’s 1987 season, only four quarterbacks had produced at least 200 passing and 100 rushing YABQ in the same season: Tarkenton, Landry (twice), Grogan and Doug Williams. Afterwards, 16 different quarterbacks pulled off the feat in 36 seasons, not including Cunningham himself. And 21 of the 25 best dual-threat seasons in modern history have taken place since Cunningham’s banner 1990 campaign.There are still quarterbacks in today’s NFL who play like the traditional archetype of the drop-back passer. But there are also a number of top QBs whose playing styles resemble that of Randall Cunningham. By proving that a quarterback could dominate the game with both his arm and his legs, Cunningham opened up a new path to success for subsequent generations of signal callers. So anytime a passer rolls out and fires a dart to a receiver who broke free because the defense was worried about the QB running, remember that in some small way, that play was made possible by the influence of a Philadelphia Eagle who changed the game three decades ago.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era. 1Randall Cunningham1990750249374 18Steve McNair1998450149224 YARDS ABOVE BACKUP 13Kordell Stewart1997422159231 read more

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Annual World Exploration Trends report reveals global mining exploration recovering from 2016

first_imgS&P Global Market Intelligence reports a 21% decline in worldwide nonferrous metals exploration. The latest World Exploration Trends (WET) report showed a fourth consecutive year of falling exploration. It is based on S&P Global Market Intelligence’s 27th Corporate Exploration Strategies (CES) study, which calculated that the mining industry’s total budget for nonferrous metals exploration was just $7.2 billion in 2016, compared with the record $21.5 billion budgeted in 2012. Despite the steep plunge in annual exploration budgets, the past three quarters have brought signs of optimism for a long-struggling industry. Since last March, exploration companies have increasingly been able to raise funds and restart focused programs. The steep plunge in exploration budgets can be attributed to investor wariness of exploration and a significant reduction in spending by producing companies as they sought to improve profit margins.The exploration estimate for 2016 is based on information collected from more than 2,000 mining and exploration companies worldwide, of which almost 1,600 had exploration budgets of at least $100,000. These reported budgets amounted to $6.89 billion, with a further US$310 million estimated to have been budgeted by companies for which data was unavailable.Additional findings from the report:Canada was the most popular national target, accounting for 14% of the global totalOntario accounted for 23% of the overall Canadian exploration budget, followed by Quebec with 18%Despite a 19% fall in its dollar allocation, gold still accounted for 50% of the Canadian budget. Planned spending for base metals was down more than 33% from 2015, lowering its share of Canada’s total budget to 14% from 17%Globally, gold remained the top-explored commodity last year, with the yellow metal accounting for 48% of the global exploration budget, matching the record high of 2011In dollar terms, gold exploration declined to its lowest level since 2006, dropping $643 million, or over 16%, to $3.30 billion.last_img read more

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Bank of Sydney appoints new director

first_imgThe Bank of Sydney has announced the appointment of a new director, Mr Lex Bartlem OAM. Formerly Australia’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Mr Bartlem was also a senior officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Delighted to have the new director on board, chairman of the bank Dr Nicholas Pappas said: “His expertise will be an asset to the Bank of Sydney’s board. He has all the attributes that we sought during the thorough recruitment process for a new director.”The Bank of Sydney has its sights set on becoming Australia’s only ‘relationship’ bank, placing an emphasis on developing personal relationships with its customers and offering them a premium service.Mr Bartlem has served a number of communities abroad, including Bali, where he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to victims and their families following the Bali bombing in 2002.According to CEO Ms Julie Elliott, Mr Bartlem’s background and experience aligns with the bank’s focus and will assist the team in driving its strategy to the various community groups that the bank serves in Australia. “I am delighted to join Bank of Sydney as a director, bringing my knowledge of our communities and the economic climate, which will open doors for new partnerships,” said Mr Bartlem. “The bank has a remarkable heritage and strong customer base, which I look forward to developing and growing.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Pesticides les jardiniers amateurs peuvent facilement sen passer

first_imgPesticides : les jardiniers amateurs peuvent facilement s’en passerFrance – Le ministère de l’Écologie vient de lancer une campagne de sensibilisation visant à inciter les jardiniers amateurs à se passer de pesticides. Elle se déroulera jusqu’à la fin du mois de juin.Alors que parmi les 17 millions de Français qui jardinent, 32% seulement considèrent les pesticides comme potentiellement dangereux, 20% estiment que ces produits ne présentent aucun danger.À lire aussiUne étude établit un lien inquiétant entre le pesticide DDT et l’autismeAfin de faire évoluer les comportements de ces jardiniers amateurs et les sensibiliser aux dangers que représentent les produits phytosanitaires pour la santé, le gouvernement a lancé dans le cadre du Grenelle de l’Environnement et du plan Ecophyto 2018 (lequel vise à réduire l’usage des pesticides de 50% d’ici 2018, ndlr) une campagne baptisée “Pesticides, apprenons à nous en passer”.”Cette campagne de sensibilisation nationale est primordiale pour faire prendre conscience aux jardiniers amateurs des dangers auxquels ils s’exposent et exposent leurs proches. Il est possible de jardiner autrement en adoptant des solutions alternatives à l’usage de pesticides” souligne le ministère de l’Écologie. Et le gouvernement de rappeler que la France est le premier consommateur européen de pesticides avec 78.000 tonnes utilisées en 2008, et le quatrième au niveau mondial.De nombreuses solutions alternatives à l’usage des pesticides seront régulièrement communiquées via cette campagne, notamment les pratiques de jardinage naturelles, l’utilisation de compost ou de fumier pour fertiliser le sol, ou la création d’espaces favorisant la biodiversité. Des conseils que les jardiniers amateurs pourront découvrir sur le site www.jardiner-autrement.gouv.fr.Le 25 juin 2010 à 11:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Portable et cancer 71 des utilisateurs ne prennent pas de précautions

first_imgPortable et cancer : 71% des utilisateurs ne prennent pas de “précautions”Selon un sondage Obea/InfraForces qui paraîtra prochainement dans Santé Magazine, 71% des utilisateurs de téléphones portables ne prennent pas de “précautions particulières” lorsqu’ils se servent de leurs appareils.Si l’usage du téléphone portable a été récemment classé comme “cancérogène possible” par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), les utilisateurs de ces appareils ne semblent pas s’en inquiéter. Un récent sondage Obea/InfraForces indique en effet que 71% d’entre eux ne prennent pas de “précautions particulières”.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosL’enquête réalisée par téléphone auprès de 1.008 personnes âgées de plus de 18 ans et résidant en France métropolitaine met en évidence les habitudes des consommateurs. Selon les résultats, 11% des personnes interrogées disent privilégier les SMS, 10% utiliser de préférence un kit mains libres, 6% éviter de porter leur mobile sur eux et 2% éviter de téléphoner quand le réseau est mauvais. Le sondage révèle par ailleurs un véritable engouement des français pour l’utilisation du téléphone portable. En effet, 85% ont affirmé en avoir un. Les trois-quarts ont déclaré une consommation de plus 2 heures par mois (dont 37% moins d’une heure), 16% ont annoncé une consommation mensuelle de deux à quatre heures, 5% de quatre à six heures et 6% de plus de six heures.Selon l’OMS, l’utilisation du téléphone portable pourrait favoriser l’apparition du gliome, un cancer du cerveau. Afin de prévenir ce risque, l’Organisation recommande aux utilisateurs de réduire leur exposition aux ondes radio émises par l’appareil en privilégiant les SMS ou l’utilisation d’un kit mains libres pour les appels. Toutefois, une récente étude réalisée sur des enfants et adolescents a remis en doute le potentiel cancérogène du mobile, suggérant que celui-ci ne favorisait pas l’apparition de tumeur cérébrale. Le 3 août 2011 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La tomate une arme efficace contre le cancer de la prostate

first_imgLa tomate : une arme efficace contre le cancer de la prostate?Si les légumes sont depuis toujours bons pour la santé, ce que l’on savait moins en revanche c’est que la tomate, comme le soja, seraient tous deux des aliments qui permettraient de lutter efficacement contre le cancer de la prostate chez l’homme. Bien que des tests n’aient été uniquement effectués pour le moment que sur des souris de laboratoire, les résultats obtenus avec des tomates et du soja par deux chercheurs lors d’une étude menée sur le cancer de la prostate, laisseraient à penser que ces deux aliments possèderaient des vertus non négligeables pour la santé.Des résultats édifiants qui parlent d’eux-mêmesÀ lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosEn effet, selon des recherches menées par le professeur en science de la nutrition, John Erdman de l’université de l’Illinois, et la corédactrice de l’étude Krystle Zuniga, la tomate et le soja, pris alternativement ou ensemble, seraient deux aliments qui aideraient à réduire les effets du cancer de la prostate. Pour mener à bien leur étude, les chercheurs américains ont ainsi divisé un groupe de souris avec lesquelles ces derniers travaillaient en quatre groupes distincts avec d’un côté des souris nourries exclusivement soit de tomates ou de soja, de l’autre des rongeurs nourris avec les deux aliments en même temps et enfin un dernier groupe qui n’a reçu aucun de ces aliments.Au terme de cette expérience, les résultats ont révélé que les souris qui avaient été nourries de tomates et de soja avaient développé un cancer pour 45% d’entre elles, celles nourries exclusivement de tomates, 61% et celles à qui il avait été donné uniquement du soja, 66 %. Autre résultat étonnant: les souris qui avaient été nourries avec aucun de ces deux aliments ont pour leur part toutes développé le cancer de la prostate. “Le régime à base de tomates, celui à base de soja et la combinaison des deux ont tous réduit considérablement les effets du cancer”, a expliqué le professeur John Erdman dans un communiqué relayé par le site canoe.ca.Des aliments qui ne profitent pas à tout le mondeDevant de tels résultats, la chercheuse Krystle Zuniga recommanderait même aux hommes de se nourrir quatre fois par semaine de tomates et deux fois par jour de soja afin de limiter les risques de cancer de la prostate. Si chez les hommes, le soja semble prouver son efficacité dans le cas du cancer de la prostate, le contraire semble par ailleurs s’opérer dans le cas des femmes pour qui la consommation excessive de soja (en compléments alimentaires) aurait des effets néfastes sur l’organisme en favorisant l’apparition de cancers gynécologiques et du sein. Le 12 mai 2013 à 15:27 • Guichaoua Virginielast_img read more

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Construction Updates On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgSTERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, ONE-LANE traffic and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Through June 8, a Wildlife Crossing DETOUR will be in place at Sterling Highway MP 64.5. This zone has a 25 MPH speed reduction in place.Construction crews have begun milling operations between MP 77 and 79. Traffic will drive on a gravel surface until foaming operations begin Monday, June 11.During foaming and paving work, drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations and 15 to 20 minute delays, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for flagging and PILOT CAR operations, with 5 to 10 minute delays.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberConstruction crews are working on the additional left turn lanes at Forest Lane and Jim Dahler Road from the Sterling Highway at MP 89.8.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonDrivers should be aware that the temporary signals are on a timer, not detection, so usual signal patterns have changed.STERLING HIGHWAY BELUGA LAKE DAM IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through mid JulyThe area of impact for this construction is approximately a 1/2 mile, with guard rails on both sides of the highway. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more

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Zoo celebrates Suzis 33rd birthday

first_imgBahadurpura: The Nehru Zoological Park on Tuesday celebrated the birthday celebrations of Chimpanzee named ‘Suzi’ aged about 33 years. The mammal’s enclosure was arranged with different types of fruits and vegetables, while giving priority to her taste.According to zoo officials, Suzi was gifted to Nehru Zoological Park by the Sahara Group supremo in 2011. To celebrate the event, the zoo management organised a get-together with young visitors, animal keepers and veterinary staff to cut the cake close to its enclosure. N Kshitija, the Curator, M A Hakeem, Deputy Director, G Gnyaneshwar, M Bhavani Shankar, Satish Babu, Assistant Curators and other officials were also present on the occasion.last_img

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115 feared dead in shipwreck off Libya coast

first_imgRescued migrants sit on the coast of Khoms, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli, on 26 July 2019. Photo: AFPAbout 115 people are missing and feared to have drowned and another 134 were rescued by Libyan coast guards and local fishermen after a wooden boat carrying migrants capsized off Libya, a Libyan navy official said on Thursday.Earlier, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said that up to 150 people were feared dead.”The worst Mediterranean tragedy of this year has just occurred,” UNHCR head Filippo Grandi said in a tweet.There were about 250 people on board, mainly from Eritrea and other sub-Saharan Africa and Arab countries, when the boat capsized off the coast near Komas, east of the capital Tripoli, Libyan navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem said.Libya is a hub for migrants and refugees, many of whom try to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats.The latest shipwreck takes the death toll of Mediterranean migrants to over 600 this year, putting 2019 on track to be the sixth year in a row with more than 1,000 deaths, UNHCR spokesman Charlie Yaxley said.”Until we address the reasons why people take these dangerous boat journeys, sadly, this is unlikely to be the last tragedy like this that we see,” he said.Yaxley said survivors of the wreck were likely to be brought to two detention centres in Libya where they would face further risks, and he called for their immediate release.Rescued migrants sit on the coast of Khoms, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tripoli, on 26 July 2019. Photo: AFP”We know that inside these detention centres there’s insufficient food, water, often unsanitary conditions, there have been widespread reports of human rights violations taking place,” he said.Libya says the migrants are illegally entering and leaving the country. It regularly detains them in centres that the UN says are effectively jails, exposing them to the added risk of being caught up in the country’s civil war.One detention centre in Tripoli was hit by an air strike earlier this month, killing more than 50 people. UNHCR subsequently said it had been closed, but rescued migrants have continued to be sent there.Human rights activists have accused politicians in the European Union of turning a blind eye and letting people die rather than risk a voter backlash by appearing soft on immigration. Europe struggled to cope with an influx of more than one million refugees and migrants in 2015.Italy, many African migrants’ intended first destination, has taken a tough line since a populist government took office in 2018, and immediately sought to close the nation’s ports to rescued migrants.last_img read more

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Outsiders reaping benefits of Bengals health schemes

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of people from neighbouring states are getting benefits of various health schemes initiated by the Bengal government.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream projects of providing free-of-cost health services in all state-run hospitals and medical colleges, have already become a great success with a large number of people availing free treatment at the hospitals. Now, it has been found that many patients from neighbouring states and countries are also benefitting from the health schemes.The success of the project has gone to the extent where a large number of people are coming to the city to undergo critical surgeries at various hospitals, thereby availing the benefits of the health schemes started by the Mamata Banerjee government. According to a senior Health department official, people from outside the state are reaping the benefits of the projects and many of these patients are undergoing critical surgeries at various state-run medical colleges in the city, free-of-cost.A sizeable number of patients are from Bangladesh. In most of the cases, the state Health department is clueless about the whereabouts of these patients coming from outside, as they show themselves to be local residents. After the disease is cured, the patients go back to their respective native places. This in turn is creating a pressure on the state government.”We cannot stop a patient from outside from being treated at a government hospital free-of-cost, only because he/she is not a resident of the state. Thus, many outside patients are found to be getting the benefits of various health schemes of the state,” a senior official of the Health department said.It has been found that in many cases, the patients mention the address of their local relatives, where they stay during their visit to the state. Most of these outside patients are from Jharkhand and Bihar, among other states. A large number of people from Bangladesh and Nepal also visit the hospitals.last_img read more

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AKQA a global innovation agency introduces Speedgate an AIdesigned outdoor sport

first_imgEarlier this month, AKQA, a global innovation agency, introduced a new outdoor sport called Speedgate, which is created by an AI system built by them. This AI system was trained on more than 400 sports including Rugby, Soccer, and football to form the rules and regulations for Speedgate. In Speedgate, each team has six players consisting of forwards and defenders. The teams playing the game have to score goals by kicking through two consecutive gates. When a player kicks the ball through an X gate, the center gate will unlock the goal gate. After the center gate is unlocked, the team in possession can score by kicking the ball through the end gate in any direction. Here’s a video showing how this game actually works: Developers at AKQA trained a recurrent neural network and a deep convolutional generative adversarial network on over 400 sports. It uses NVIDIA Tesla GPUs for training the neural networks as well as for inferencing. Additionally, the neural network was also trained on 10,400 logos to generate the official Speedgate logo. The model was able to generate over 1,000 different sport concepts. Though many of them were interesting, the team wanted the AI system to come up with a game that was in addition to being fun and easy to understand was also active and accessible. And, Speedgate checked all the boxes for them. Kathryn Webb, AI Practice Lead at AKQA, said, “GPU technology helped us to condense training and generation phases down to a fraction of what they would’ve been. We would not have been able to achieve so many unique ML contributions in the project without that speed. It gave us more time to test, learn and adapt, and ultimately helped to produce the best final result.” Read more in detail, visit AKQA’s official website. Read Next OpenAI Five beats pro Dota 2 players; wins 2-1 against the gamers Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019 Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOSlast_img read more

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