November 7

NSC 2018 Finals

first_imgIn a thrilling day of finals play, The Cathedral College won the 9/10 Girls division in a 6-5 win against Helensvale State High, scoring that sixth try within the last 20 seconds of play. The Player of the Final award went to Olivia Jenkins.Coombabah State High School completely smashed it in the 9/10 Boys Final, with an 18-6 win against Iona College. Player of the Final was Harridon Wilson.In the 7/8 Girls Final, Helensvale State High defeated All Hallows’ 9-6 after dominating the competition for the whole tournament. Skylar Adams took Player of Final.Cavendish Road State High School took the 7/8 Boys Final, with a 9-6 win against Cleveland District State High. Player of the Final was awarded to Hayden Wong.last_img read more

October 13

Trail BC sees third sulphuric acid spill on area roads this year

first_imgTRAIL, B.C. – The movement of sulphuric acid by truck through a southeastern British Columbia city has been halted while officials try to determine why there has been a third leak of the corrosive liquid in less than six months.International Raw Materials says in a news release that it purchased the load of sulphuric acid from the Teck Resources Ltd. lead and zinc smelter in Trail and was moving the acid to a nearby reload facility on Sept. 22.A spill that the company describes as “less than one cup,” was found at the reload site and three “dime-sized drips” were spotted on a road, but the company statement says no acid was found on highways through Trail.International Raw Materials says trucking contractor Trimac will launch a full investigation and take corrective action but all acid shipments by road have been suspended while the probe is underway.The Insurance Corporation of B.C., is still trying to determine how many vehicles were damaged by sulphuric acid leaks on routes through Trail on April 10 and May 23.Claims related to the spills had topped 3,000 by early September and some of the vehicles damaged or written off include a new fire truck worth an estimated $800,000 and several school buses.Teck said in a release posted earlier this month that just under 300 litres of sulphuric acid leaked onto the busy route through Trail in the first two spills.Vehicles were damaged when they drove through puddles of the acid before the spills were identified.Sulphuric acid has the potential to corrode vehicle undercarriages, aluminum parts and especially brake lines and brake systems, an ICBC adviser said.Teck produces the acid at its Trail smelter but the product had been purchased by International Raw Materials and was being moved by that company’s contrators when the spills occurred.No one was hurt, the acid was neutralized and is not believed to have seeped into area waterways.last_img read more

October 13

Penalty for cancelling Saudi arms contract in the billions Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – The price for registering Canada’s outrage over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went up exponentially Thursday, as Justin Trudeau revealed the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The prime minister blamed Stephen Harper’s previous Conservative government — which signed the contract to sell light armoured vehicles to the desert kingdom — for making it so costly to cancel and for making it impossible for him to publicly reveal the exact figure.But he was accused by the NDP of inventing numbers to justify not cancelling the contract.Earlier this week, Trudeau signalled his reluctance to cancel the deal, saying he didn’t want “to leave Canadians holding a billion-dollar bill because we are trying to move forward on doing the right thing.”During a news conference Thursday with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Trudeau was pressed to say if that was a precise figure. He said the “extremely difficult contract” signed by the Harper government included a requirement for “total confidentiality” which prevents him from disclosing details.But he added: “Suffice it to say possible penalties would be in the billions of dollars but that is something we are looking at right now.”Trudeau also said that the government is “actively reviewing existing export permits” for arms to Saudi Arabia.While that review is underway, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said no new export permits will be approved.Canada temporarily suspended approvals of new export permits to the Gulf kingdom in 2017, while the government investigated allegations that Saudi Arabia had used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against its minority Shia Muslim population. The suspension was lifted a few months later after the investigation found no conclusive evidence of the allegation.While suspending export permits falls short of outright cancellation of the contract, Trudeau said Thursday it would provide a lever for Canada to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to come clean on what happened to Khashoggi.“One of the things that we are working on as an international community is ways to put leverage and put pressure on Saudi Arabia to give better answers as to what actually happened to Jamal Khashoggi and to understand that protection of a free press is fundamental to protecting human rights and upholding the stability and prosperity of countries around the world,” he said.Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Saudi Arabia initially insisted he’d left the consulate, then said he’d been killed in a fist fight inside the consulate and, on Thursday, finally admitted his murder had been premeditated.Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi hit squad — including at least one member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage — tortured, murdered and dismembered Khashoggi, whose remains have yet to be found.Rutte said the Netherlands has had “a very restrictive arms sales regime” with Saudi Arabia for years and he pleaded at last week’s European Council meeting for other European countries to do the same.Lawmakers at the European Union passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling on member countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia. The resolution also called on member countries to halt exports of “surveillance systems and other dual-use items that may be used in Saudi Arabia for the purposes of repression.”In the House of Commons, New Democrats urged the Trudeau government to follow suit.“Everyone knows the kingdom is one of the worst human rights offender in the world. This alone should be enough (to cancel arms contracts),” said NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere.“What are the Liberals waiting for?”Transport Minister Marc Garneau, standing in for the prime minister, said the government strongly expects that “Canadian exports are used in a way that’s consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives and that fully respects human rights.”“We have frozen our export permits before when we’ve had concerns about their potential misuse and we will not hesitate to do so again.”Meanwhile, the London, Ont.-based company that won the contract to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles announced Thursday that it is laying off more three dozen employees.In a written statement, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada said it reviewed its current business environment and work forecast and “concluded that a workforce reduction of 37 salaried positions was necessary.”The company insisted the layoffs are “part of a normal cycle of work” and have “no connection to recent events that the government of Canada is addressing.”___ with files from The Associated Press and Kelly Malone in Winnipeg.last_img read more

September 30

2014 NFL Preview The AFC South Cant Be Any Worse Than It

Last season was a disaster for Jacksonville, mitigated by a semi-competent second half. Through eight games, the Jaguars were 0-8 and had been outscored by a remarkable 178 points (more than 22 points per game). To compare, the 2008 Detroit Lions — the only team to go 0-16 — were outscored by “just” 102 points through eight, and the 1976 Buccaneers — the worst NFL team ever4The 1976 Buccaneers ended the season even worse than they started it, finishing with an 0-14 record and a -287 point differential (20.5 points per game). The 2008 Lions were only outscored by 249 points in their 0-16 season (15.6 points per game). — were outscored by 109.Unfortunately for rubberneckers, Jacksonville finished the season 4-12.5The Jaguars weren’t eliminated from playoff contention until Week 15, a remarkable feat given that they spent half the season on pace to become the worst team of all time. The team hopes to improve on that win total this season, but it must do so without bowling-ball-shaped running back Maurice Jones-Drew, the best player the franchise has had in the last decade. He’ll be replaced by Tobinbo Gunnar Gerhart, who’s spent his four-year career backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota. Will Gerhart be any good?From 2010 through 2013, Gerhart had 276 rushing attempts for the Vikings, and gained 1,305 yards. That works out to 4.73 yards per attempt, and if that sounds good, well, it is. The table below ranks running backs by yards per attempt through age 26 (post-merger, minimum four seasons played and 250 attempts). Gerhart is certainly worse than Peterson, but he still makes the top 30 out of 351 qualifying backs.There are a couple red flags on this list — Mercury Morris and DeAngelo Williams dropped off pretty sharply after age 26 — but Gerhart also compares favorably to LeSean McCoy and a young Frank Gore.Gerhart isn’t just racking up yards on tired fourth-quarter defenses. In nine games where’s he’s seen a heavier load (10 or more carries), he’s run for 697 yards on 148 attempts, or 4.71 yards per attempt. He also hasn’t gotten an enormous lift from his Minnesota teammates. By Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards statistic — which measures the offensive line’s contribution to the running game — the Vikings’ line placed 11th, 18th, 10th and 10th in the league since 2010; generally above average but by no means dominant.The Jaguars’ line, during the same span, placed second, 13th, 17th and 31st — meaning it’s yet another element of the game that has gone to hell in Jacksonville the last few years.6The only 2013 team worse than the Jaguars in this stat? The Baltimore Ravens, with Michael Oher at right tackle. Expectations are low in 2014, but if the offensive line can get it together, Gerhart just might be a pleasant surprise.Read more of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL season previews. Vegas is bullish on the Texans in 2014 (45 percent chance to make the playoffs!), despite a 2-14 record last year, 14 straight losses, and a last-place finish. Houston clearly underperformed, but it’s not like the Texans revamped much in the off-season: Andre Johnson and Arian Foster are both a year older, Owen Daniels and Ben Tate are gone, and the quarterback du jour is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has been cut by both the Tennessee Titans and the Buffalo Bills.But who cares about the offense? The Texans’ hopes this season lie in the enormous hands of two enormous men: 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt and rookie Jadeveon Clowney. Both defensive linemen saw regular double-teams last season. Now they get to combine their powers.Watt is an outstanding lineman in every regard, but his signature move is the batted pass. According to ESPN Stats & info, Watt had four batted passes his rookie year, while Jason Pierre-Paul and Calais Campbell led the league with eight. The next season, Watt had 16. This defensive focus was a pretty brilliant innovation, considering the steps that go into a successful NFL completion:Step 1: The quarterback does some stuff, throws the ball;Step 2: The ball travels through the air;Step 3: The receiver, having done some stuff, catches the ball.Recent NFL rule changes have made it much harder for defenders to disrupt Steps 1 and 3 (and stopping receivers may be even harder in 2014). So why not take a shot at Step 2?The Texans aren’t the only defensive line to focus on blocking passes, but they’re by far the most successful. The chart below shows the number of batted passes for each team in the league, since 2011.The Texans have had 21 more batted passes than the next closest team. Watt alone has had more batted passes than the New York Jets and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans’ offense could get ugly in 2014, but there might not be a more exciting defensive line in football.Tennessee TitansExpected wins: 7.1Playoff probability: 28 percent (19 percent to win the AFC South)Super Bowl win probability: 1 percent From 2004 to 2008, he was second in the league in EPA (82.0), then fifth (64.7), first (82.1), fifth (63.6), and fifth again (64.3). From 2003 to 2010, he never fell out of the top 20, and from 2002 to 2012 he never fell out of the top 40. Even with an injury in 2013, Wayne posted a 19.4 EPA in less than half a year, and finished 55th overall.Houston TexansExpected wins: 8.4Playoff probability: 45 percent (34 percent to win the AFC South)Super Bowl win probability: 2 percent FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.Indianapolis ColtsExpected wins (using implied power ratings from Las Vegas point spreads): 8.8Playoff probability: 54 percent (42 percent to win the AFC South)Super Bowl win probability: 4 percent Over the last two seasons, Indianapolis has gone 22-10 and outscored its opponents by just 25 points. That’s a worse differential than the Pittsburgh Steelers (+31) and San Diego Chargers (+48), both of whom have gone exactly .500 over the same span. Winning close games may itself be a skill, but it’s pretty clear that the Colts are a relatively mediocre team as far as good teams go, and this makes them the perfect candidate to reign as champions of the terrible AFC South.In 2013, the teams in the AFC South tallied 24 wins and a .375 winning percentage overall, which is even worse when you remember that each of these teams plays the others twice, so the division is guaranteed 12 wins.1Assuming no ties. Here’s a list of divisions that were worse than the 2013 AFC South by winning percentage, since the NFL introduced divisions in 19662The 2009 NFC West was just as bad as the 2013 AFC South, with 24 wins.:The 2008 NFC West (22 wins, .344 winning percentage)The 2008 AFC West (23 wins, .359 winning percentage)That’s it. That’s the list. The Colts are the favorite to win the trash heap again in 2014, largely because everyone else is worse than them and Andrew Luck will probably improve.But don’t forget about Reggie Wayne! Until Wayne tore his ACL against the Denver Broncos in Week 7 last year, he had played in 189 consecutive Colts games. During that streak, which began in 2001, his rookie season, he quietly positioned himself as one of the most productive receivers in the modern era.We can see Wayne’s dominance through the stat Expected Points Added (EPA) from Advanced Football Analytics, which calculates the net impact a player has on his team’s likelihood of scoring. Sum up the EPA for a player’s snaps over a season or career — it’s an accumulating stat, not a rate stat — and you get a good sense of who’s making the biggest difference to his team. Advanced Football Analytics has EPA going back to 1999. Since then, 722 receivers have debuted in the NFL, and just seven of them have accumulated 400 career EPA during the regular season. Wayne has accumulated 606.Wayne’s progress is driven by remarkably consistent production.3Wayne’s 606 EPA is actually second in total EPA produced since 1999, behind Randy Moss (627). Unfortunately we don’t know Moss’s career EPA, since the stat isn’t available for 1998, his rookie year. Nevertheless, even a down year for Wayne in 2014 would put him ahead of Moss’s current cumulative figure.Other players who debuted before EPA is available but produced more than 400 EPA since 1999 are:Marvin Harrison (536);Derrick Mason (455);Terrell Owens (454);Hines Ward (441). With records of 9-7, 6-10 and 7-9 the last three seasons, Tennessee has fallen into a cycle of inescapable mediocrity. One reason the Titans have been in limbo — maybe the biggest reason — is that QB Jake Locker keeps getting injured, be it his foot, hip or shoulder (on top of injuries to his ribs, thumb and neck from his college career). Locker has been the Titans’ opening-day starter the last two seasons, but has started only 18 games.To help protect Locker, who is still their quarterback of the future, the Titans gave a four-year, $20 million contract ($9.5 million guaranteed) to right tackle Michael Oher, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens. The homecoming for Oher, a Tennessee native made famous by Michael Lewis’s “The Blind Side” and the subsequent movie, is a feel-good story for everyone involved, even if Oher no longer technically plays on the blind side. Except for one thing: Oher isn’t a particularly good NFL tackle.This isn’t to say he’s terrible — terrible players (usually) don’t keep getting snaps, and Oher’s taken over 5,000 at tackle during the regular season — but he’s certainly below average.Oher entered the league in 2009. Since then, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), 77 tackles have taken at least 1,000 snaps as pass blockers. The histogram below shows how often these pass-blocking tackles let their quarterbacks take a hit on the play.A player doesn’t want to be on the right side of that distribution. Lines with the median tackle allowed a QB hit on 2.0 percent of pass-blocking snaps. Lines with Michael Oher allowed hits on 2.5 percent of snaps, an additional hit every 200 snaps. He’s far from the worst in this metric — that would be David Diehl, whose lines allowed a hit on Eli Manning on 4 percent of snaps — but 58 of these 77 tackles had a better figure than Oher.What’s more, Oher commits a lot of penalties while trying to protect the quarterback. For the same 77 tackles as above, the histogram below shows the penalty yards received per 100 snaps (both rushing and passing):Oher has even worse marks here, averaging 6.2 penalty yards per 100 snaps against a median of 4.4 yards. Some 84 percent of the tackles in the data set did better, and only two — Jonathan Scott and J’Marcus Webb — had a worse penalty yard rate and QB hit rate than Oher. For a Titans squad that’s already floundering, this is not exactly an auspicious combination.Jacksonville JaguarsExpected wins: 5.0Playoff probability: 8 percent (5 percent to win the AFC South)Super Bowl win probability: *rolls eyes* read more

September 28

Gallery Ohio State vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare for their game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes took on the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. After a shaky first half, the Buckeyes beat the Badgers in overtime by a final score of 30-23.

September 28

Under new coach womens lacrosse faces tough season ahead

First-year women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said she is still learning about her players and her young team is still trying to get better. “We have a lot to work on but we’re happy how it’s early in the season, and we have some time,” Venechanos said. The Buckeyes lost to No. 9 Stanford, 17-5, on Saturday. “Stanford is a tremendous team and you can tell they are the more experienced team right now,” Venechanos said. Venechanos, who was named coach in July 2010 following former coach Sue Stimmel’s resignation, said that being here since the fall has made the transition a little bit easier. “The fall was a smooth transition in getting to know the team,” she said. Venechanos has been a part of four national championship teams, two as a player at Maryland and two as an assistant coach at Northwestern. Having been in those positions, she said she isn’t worried about the tough loss to Stanford. “These tough games will get us in better situations toward the end of the season,” she said. Junior midfielder Alayna Markwordt agreed that having the new coach since the summer has made the change a little easier. “It’s been a good transition,” she said. “We’ve learned a lot this year.” The Buckeyes won their two previous games against American University and St. Bonaventure before the loss to Stanford. Markwordt said the team is looking to avoid these types of losses when it had played well the two games before. “We’re waiting for that moment where we put it all together,” Markwordt said. OSU (2-3) will look to bounce back as it hosts Canisius (1-1) at 1 p.m. Monday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

September 18

PSG eye Barcelona midfield duo

first_imgParis Saint-Germain are in the market for a Barcelona midfielder, with Ivan Rakitic or Sergio Busquets their two main targets before the transfer window shuts down.PSG have been linked with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante earlier this summer, but they have switched their focus to the Camp Nou duo since the English window closed.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Ligue 1 champions have asked about the availability of Busquets and Rakitic — but Barca are not willing to part ways with either, having agreed to a new deal with Busquets and seen Rakitic sign fresh terms last year.Reports say Busquets will have a release clause of almost £180 million in his contract, while PSG would have to pay some £112 million to have a chance of signing Busquets.The Parisians are aiming to become the first French club since Marseille in 93′ to win the Champions League title. And a solid midfield would help mount a serious challenge under Thomas Tuchel.last_img read more

September 17

Haitian Migrants Apprehended

first_img Related Items:apprehended, coral harbour, haitian, migrants, Royal Bahamas Defence Force Haitian Flag 213 Years old now Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base 4February 2016 (RBDF)…The Royal Bahamas Defence Force patrol craft, Lawrence Major, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Milton Munroe apprehended a vessel with approximately forty seven (38 males, 7 females and 2 children) Haitian nationals around 8p.m.The vessel was intercepted at approximately 284° Hog Cay Ragged Island. All migrants were transferred to Lawrence Major and transported to Nassau for further processing. Recommended for you Thousands of Haitian mark Flag Day differently in TCI for 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radarlast_img read more

September 17

Chula Vista Police City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime

first_img Updated: 11:31 PM Posted: August 7, 2018 Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – Earlier tonight, Chula Vista held its 8th annual “Night Out Against Crime.”Residents were invited to the police department to get to know the local officers and city leaders.Visitors toured police headquarters and received crime prevention tips.KUSI’s Dave Scott spoke to Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy, earlierChief Kennedy then introduced us to a woman whose family member was murdered, and the body was found inside of a barrel in the harbor last October.The goal for National Night is to make the community safe and a more caring place to live. center_img Chula Vista Police, City Hold its 8th Annual Night Out Against Crime Dave Scott, KUSI Newsroom August 7, 2018last_img read more