Willow Fiddler APTN National NewsA coroner’s jury examining the deaths of seven First Nations students in Thunder Bay has come back with more than 100 recommendations.The students were all from remote communities and only in the city to go to school.After many delays, the inquiry got underway in Oct. 2015.The jury heard from dozens of witnesses who talked about everything from police indifference to the deaths, to racism in Thunder Bay.More on the Thunder Bay inquest.
From closets to cooktops, tech aims to bring efficiency homeFrom closets to cooktops, tech aims to bring efficiency home
LAS VEGAS — Closets that freshen clothes, cooktops that won’t let pots boil over, faucets told to dispense just enough water to fill the coffee maker. Wherever one looked at the annual Design and Construction Week, there was a new way to make our lives more efficient.“We can make appliances work harder for you,” said Cara Acker, a senior brand manager for Bosch Home Appliances.So while homeowners list security cameras, video doorbells and programmable thermostats as the technology they’re most interested in, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, the future is offering that and much, much more.More than 2,000 exhibitors participated in the annual trade show, which brings the NAHB and the National Kitchen and Bath Association together. Some highlights:___DRESS REFRESHTwo companies, LG and Samsung, demonstrated self-contained clothing lockers that use a combination of air and steam to remove dust and odours from clothes and other items, like stuffed animals and pillows.Samsung Electronics says a 25-minute cycle in its AirDresser removes 99 per cent of the germs and bacteria in clothes ranging from cotton to cashmere.LG Electronics, meanwhile, says its LG Styler with SmartThinQ eliminates so many allergens during a 20-minute cycle that it’s certified by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.Both units can hold three items and a pair of pants, and both are Wi-Fi-enabled to send alerts when the cycle is finished. The Styler can also recognize simple voice commands through Google Assistant.One difference between the two is that the AirDresser has hangers that send jets of air over and through the garments, while the Styler vibrates the hangers back and forth about 220 times per minute.“It extends the life of clothing in between trips to cleaners, saving users money and keeping them looking their best,” said LG Styler spokeswoman Taryn Brucia. Price tag: about $2,000.The Styler is already on the market, with a new black mirror finish available later this year. The AirDresser launch date isn’t yet set.___DRYER DISHESIt’s a bold boast, but Bosch and Thermador, which are owned by the same parent company, say their high-end dishwashers will eliminate towel and air-drying, even on plastic.To show how it works, Acker added water to a goldfish bowl containing small white pellets of the mineral zeolite. The water was quickly absorbed, and the bowl warmed noticeably. In their high-end dishwashers, the heat generated by the moist zeolite is circulated through the tub after the final drying cycle. This “CrystalDry” feature should be available in late summer on the Bosch Benchmark and 800 Series dishwashers. The price hasn’t been released, but the technology debuted last year on the Thermador Star Sapphire dishwasher with “StarDry,” which retails for $2,800.Not to be left out, the mid-priced Bosch 500 series dishwashers will be advertising a new feature called AutoAir. It pops the dishwasher door open about 5 inches at the end of the cycle to release steam. (Look for it in late summer. Price not yet released.)___COOKING CREATIVITYInduction cooking is getting an upgrade, and celebrity chef Brian Malarkey used it in a cooking demonstration at the GE display, touting the precise control it allows.“You have so much more range,” he said.For those with nascent cooking skills, GE Appliances’ new Cafe brand offers an induction surface that uses Bluetooth to sync the burner with a smart frying pan when following a recipe through its Hestan Cue app. That pairing will adjust the pan temperature and monitor the cooking time. It retails for $2,530-$4,300.For more confident cooks, Gaggenau has a full-surface, 36-inch induction cooktop that can determine the shape, size and position of up to six pots or pans. The power level follows the pan as you move it around the cooktop, and sensors ensure that pots don’t boil over. It retails for $6,750, with a five-pan, 30-inch cooktop selling for $6,200.___FLAUNT IT IF YOU’VE GOT ITWhile Houzz principal economist Nino Sitchinava told a seminar that a “hot new trend” is to hide the range hood behind cabinetry, GE Profile is taking the opposite approach with its new 27-inch “Kitchen Hub.”In addition to a four-speed ventilation system, the flat-fronted hood is a touchscreen that can take voice commands via Google Assistant. Cameras face forward and down to allow multitaskers to post food shots or video chat while they cook. The hood can also be used to access recipes, playlists, social media and Netflix, or to connect with some other GE and Haier smart products to perform tasks such as adjusting the thermostat or turning on the dryer. It is set to launch in May for $1,200-$1,400.___WATER WORKSFor those of us who can’t see straight until we’ve had our coffee, there’s now a way to measure the correct amount of water automatically.Delta’s VoiceIQ faucets lets you set up to six custom container sizes, so a voice command to “fill coffee pot” will turn the water on and off, dispensing the preset amount. It also understands requests for direct measurements, like “2 cups” or “3 quarts.” Available for the past few months on its $500 Trinsic faucet, the $150 VoiceIQ module will be sold separately starting this summer. It is designed to work on any Delta faucet with Touch2O Technology manufactured after January 2018.It also lets you track water usage.Another smart water product intended to reduce the headaches caused by leaking faucets and frozen pipes won an award at the show for best Smart Home Technology. The Flo by Moen hooks up to a home’s main water supply line. Sensors on the Wi-Fi-connected device monitor water flow, pressure and temperature, while artificial intelligence differentiates between normal and abnormal use. Homeowners are fed the information and alerts through a smartphone app. It retails for $500.___BLACK IS THE NEW GRAY“We’re kind of tired of stainless steel,” said Sitchinava, of Houzz. “There is a contender that is coming through: black stainless steel.”On the show floor, stainless and black stainless appliances were in abundance, as were shades of white and the occasional pop of cobalt blue and emerald green.And there are new options on the horizon. The Cafe brand offers glass fronts over a platinum finish this fall. And, Samsung is launching a new neutral colour this spring: Tuscan Stainless. The warm natural bronze finish was shown on a refrigerator, which still carried accents of stainless steel. A Samsung spokesman said that was to allow the refrigerator to co-ordinate with existing stainless appliances.Karen Schwartz, The Associated Press
Leading the Way Through a Large-Scale Cloud Migration Darin Ward March 04, 2019 Fourth in a multipart series: Success begins at the top and is ingrained in the team Besides disconnecting unused POTS lines, we found other opportunities. For instance, we worked with FedEx and UPS to eliminate modem-based PCs and change the shipping systems to online. We learned that many of our postage machines could accept a USB adapter to work online and that allowed us to eliminate the phone lines. We upgraded many of our environmental monitoring devices for network connectivity. Since our VoIP solution supported fax machines, we ported fax numbers during our upgrade projects. Toll-Free Tools, Not Given So Freely Darin Ward June 06, 2019 If you don’t have access to a self-service portal, ask again… and again! From EC19 Mainstage Direct to You: Hear from Your Peers Beth Schultz March 21, 2019 In panels large and small, plus a keynote address, enterprise IT professionals share their goals, concerns, and vision for communications and collaboration in their businesses. Improving Inventory, Saving MoneyWhether you’re simply looking to cut costs or make room for newer systems, an audit on POTS lines can be beneficial for your organization, as I learned through experience. Through an internal test audit of roughly 15 to 20 plants and offices, I found the cost of our POTS lines varied greatly, and they were inaccurately displayed in our database. In general, our company used POTS lines for alarm systems, gas and water meters, postage machines, environmental monitoring, elevators, faxes, and remote access to devices. Many of these lines were missing a label in the database to describe their purpose, a common occurrence for companies that have been acquired or merged. In large companies, it’s easy to overlook POTS lines. They’re low-tech, usually standalone analog products that individually don’t cost much. However, they can cost a bundle. Check your inventory occasionally, and you may uncover an opportunity to reduce your expenses.Tags:News & ViewsPOTSTEMTelecom Expense Managementtelecom auditEnterprise InsiderBest PracticesNews & ViewsOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like 1 Year, 50 Sites: Lessons Learned in Cloud VoIP Project Darin Ward January 03, 2019 Second in a multipart series: The good, bad, and ugly… expect to see it all in a cloud migration. One thing I found was many POTS lines were abandoned, but we were still paying their bills. We didn’t have good control over our inventory of services, and fewer than 50% of these lines were even labeled in our telecom expense management (TEM) database. With a full audit of our roughly 500 sites, the company had the opportunity to improve its inventory and, most importantly, save money. Log in or register to post comments 1626_NJ18_EnterpriseInsider_774.jpg We also discovered that sometimes the business had ordered voice services without including me or our TEM in the process. This created new, standalone accounts with standard rates. Additionally, I found that we had purchased many of these POTS lines with unnecessary add-on services, like three-way calling and voicemail that cost us more money. Remember those services the business ordered? We added those services onto our carriers’ master service agreement for improved rates. Beyond Cost-SavingsAfter receiving approval on the project, I recruited stakeholders to ensure management’s support and under my supervision kicked off the project. Weekly meetings kept us focused, and we used a cloud-based workbook as a centralized repository for our field IT personnel to enter inventory notes. Following six months of audits, we were able to disconnect several thousand circuits and save almost a half-million dollars that year on monthly recurring costs. Many years ago, I turned a corner in my career. There was no title change or anything; just a change in mindset. I shifted from strictly focusing on effective architecture operations to the financial aspects, finding opportunities to save money. After spending several years doing PBX architecture, administration, and least-cost routing, I had largely ignored our plain old telephone service (POTS) lines. POTS lines are relatively reliable, analog in nature, but carriers are pricing them out of the market to free up infrastructure and make way for newer technology. See All in Enterprise Insider » Adapting Smartphone Sound Just for You Darin Ward July 03, 2019 A tip from the trenches on tuning audio quality for Samsung devices
New UN report shows poor people in Bangladesh face legal disadvantagesNew UN report shows poor people in Bangladesh face legal disadvantages
Human Security in Bangladesh: In Search of Justice and Dignity shows that in a country where more than 70 per cent of the population earns less than $2 a day, impoverished people face frequent court delays and lack access to legal aid. As such, many Bangladeshis are “priced out of the legal system.”The poor are also at a disadvantage when dealing with the police, who, according to the report, are most responsive to influential members of the community. To address the problem, the report recommends improved police monitoring and training.Another key finding reveals that despite constitutional and legislative guarantees, women in Bangladesh continue to be subject to violence, acid throwing, murder, rape and trafficking. UNDP suggests that the country tackle this problem through setting up a help line, increasing the number of women officials, and launching a systematic awareness raising campaign about gender-based violence.”Human insecurity is like a cancer,” said UNDP Representative Jorgan Lissner in Dhaka, “No single group of people or causes can be blamed for it, and it can only be tackled by all segments of society working closely together – the Government, academia, political parties, civil society, local communities and the private sector.”
Douglas Coupland to use 3D images of Canadians in customized artwork forDouglas Coupland to use 3D images of Canadians in customized artwork for
TORONTO – Canadians will be the stars of Douglas Coupland’s new art project set to be showcased at fashion retailer Simons.The renowned Vancouver-based novelist and artist has announced the launch of 3DCanada, a crowd-sourced art initiative.As a nod to Simons’ cross-country expansion, 3DCanada will capture 3D files of a sampling of Canadians from Quebec to British Columbia.Between now and 2017, Coupland will visit six cities across the country to scan Canadians at various Simons locations where participants will take home their own 3D printed busts.In-store events will take place on Saturdays during store hours, where up to 100 people will have the opportunity to meet Coupland and be scanned.Each 3D bust will be printed on site and will stand about five centimetres in height. The busts will be available for pickup the following week.The original Simons store in Quebec City will host the first scanning event on July 11, followed by Montreal Centre-ville on July 18.The next four events will take place at future Simons locations in Vancouver, Mississauga, Ont., Ottawa and Calgary.Coupland is set to unveil a sculpture composed of hundreds of 3D printed busts in 2019 at the future Simons location in Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto.“3DCanada is a cross-country portrait of Canadians 150 years into nationhood,” he said in a release.“What do we look like now and where are we going with technology? 3DCanada will present a glimpse of what a group portrait can look like in the 21st century.”Simons CEO Peter Simons has previously pointed to the retailer’s support of the arts community — which includes showcasing works by homegrown talents — as one of the company’s distinguishing characteristics.The remaining scanning events are slated to take place at Simons in Park Royal in West Vancouver this fall and Square One in Mississauga, Ont., next spring.They will be followed by events at future Simons locations at Rideau Centre in Ottawa in the fall of 2016 and the Core in Calgary in the spring of 2017. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 3, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Douglas Coupland to use 3D images of Canadians in customized artwork for Simons
TSX US stock markets steady ahead of Fed interest rate decisionTSX US stock markets steady ahead of Fed interest rate decision
by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 9:34 am MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX, U.S. stock markets steady ahead of Fed interest rate decision TORONTO – North American stock indexes were looking for some direction Monday ahead of a closely-awaited policy rate decision this week from the U.S. Federal Reserve.In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 38.14 points to 15,544.82, helped by gains in the metals and gold sectors.Among the most influential stocks showing gains was TD Bank (TSX:TD), advancing 96 cents or 1.45 per cent at $66.96. The bank’s shares had fallen $3.88 in heavy trading on Friday after CBC reported that current and former TD employees alleged they broke the law to meet sales targets in order to keep their jobs. TD has denied the allegations.Another major gainer was financial services firm DH Corp. (TSX:DH), adding $2.12 or 9.20 per cent to $25.16 per share after it received a friendly takeover offer.The Canadian dollar was trading at 74.38 cents US, up 0.10 of a U.S. cent.South of the border, markets seemed to have hit the pause button ahead of an upcoming Fed meeting, which ends on Wednesday. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 21.50 points to 20,881.48 and the S&P 500 index was barely changed, up 0.88 of a point to 2,373.48. The Nasdaq composite index gained 14.06 points to 5,875.78.Most investors anticipate the U.S. central bank will raise short-term interest rates at the meeting. It would only be the third increase after it had cut rates to a record low of nearly zero during the financial crisis in 2008.Although expectations are high, Canadian equities analyst Craig Fehr says there’s still a chance that the Fed might surprise the markets.“We went so many years where there was relatively no uncertainty heading into these meetings because the expectation was that the Fed was going to remain on hold,” said Fehr, who works at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“And now, we’ve started to embark on this new era of monetary policy in the states where there is going to be a bit of uncertainty meeting-to-meeting in terms of whether or not there is going to be a rate hike.”Fehr said regardless of the decision, the markets will be closely watching the language surrounding possible future hikes. The central bank has previously said it wants to raise rates as many as three times this year.Expectations of a March rate hike have been bolstered amid more evidence that the U.S. economy is improving, including Friday’s jobs report, which showed strong hiring in February.The Fed isn’t the only central bank meeting on interest rates this week. Other banks around the world are also meeting, including the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan.Meanwhile, commodities were mixed with the April crude contract down nine cents at US$48.40 per barrel and April natural gas up four cents at US$3.04 per mmBTU.April gold rose $1.70 at US$1,203.10 an ounce and May copper added three cents to US$2.63 a pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
Football Back from injury Tracy Sprinkle emerges as captain on defensive lineFootball Back from injury Tracy Sprinkle emerges as captain on defensive line
Ohio State redshirt senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle hits a pad at fall camp on Aug. 5. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.When then-redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was carted off the field in the first game of the 2016 season, his career was in jeopardy.He had ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee.Defensive line coach Larry Johnson believed the worst-case scenario had taken place.“I have to be honest with you, I thought that his career was going to end,” Johnson said. “That was a serious injury. Nearly 50 percent of people come back from that injury, or less than that. So it was 50-50 that he was going to make it.”A little under a year later, Sprinkle is preparing to enter his redshirt senior year as a possible starter on the defensive line, taking reps at nose tackle and was named one of nine captains for the team.Coach Urban Meyer made sure to note that the captaincy is based not only on the talent he brings to the table, but the leadership he demonstrated even while recovering from his season-ending injury.“That’s how much he means to this team,” Meyer said. “The amount of respect he has earned over the last couple years. You know, he worked so hard. You see an injury, that’s awful. It’s just great to have him back.”For Sprinkle, it has been a long journey to reach a starting role and leadership position with the Buckeyes.The fifth-year senior began his Scarlet and Gray career struggling to find consistency on the field and had issues off the field. After redshirting his first year in 2013, he was dismissed from the team after an arrest in July 2014 on a number of charges, including possession of drugs and rioting. However, after only a month, he returned to the roster and occupied a spot on the scout team.But Sprinkle did not let the dismissal and eventual assignment to the scout team dissuade him from pursuing his career at Ohio State. He kept putting in the time, both during and after practice, to do all he could to climb up to a starting role. And finally in 2016, the hard work paid off as he was named one of the starters on the defensive line. His path from practice-squad member to starter on the line is a part of a message he preaches to all players whose path to the starting line seems just as distant.“I first came here just struggling, started off on the scout team, so some guys on the scout team and I would let them know there’s still hope that you could still play,” Sprinkle said. “Sometimes it’s hard at Ohio State being that top guy, so we just helping guys out with the things that I’ve been through, letting them know that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”Then, just 14 snaps into his first game as the starting nose tackle, Sprinkle exited the game, and didn’t set foot on the field again for the remainder of the season.Sprinkle said he felt demoralized at the time of the injury. The recovery elicited doubt in not only his belief in his ability to return, but also his overall mentality and his faith.But through all the obstacles thrown in his way, he remained strong, and said the injury helped make him stronger.“I was kind of against the odds the whole time,” Sprinkle said. “My faith was challenged if I could believe in myself and believe in a higher power, and I made sure that (I) grew throughout the process. So my faith got really stronger throughout the process.”Though the injury took Sprinkle’s physical presence off the defensive line during games, he remained there as a guiding hand to many of the younger players. He said he was always there to instruct the younger players, and to also serve as a source of inspiration for those who might question whether they would ever be able to play for the team. “Last year, I was already taking a leadership role on the defensive line,” Sprinkle said. “And when I went down, I made sure I still kept to that. I just didn’t want to get away from the guys, so I tried to do everything I can without playing still to help those guys out.”Sprinkle worked during practices to help his teammates improve on the field, but put in just as much work outside of practice to return himself to full health. He worked with his physical therapist day in and day out to get back to the field, let alone the competition for the starting spot.And considering the extent of the injury, the coaching staff said it is remarkable that he has made it all the way back.“I’ve never seen a guy work as hard in rehab to get back to where he is right now. He shouldn’t be playing, but yet he worked so hard to get here, and you’ve got to respect it,” Johnson said. “You see him walking around and you’re like, ‘Wow. A year ago he was out of it.’”Sprinkle said he is honored to be named a captain for his final season at Ohio State.“I don’t want to say I was aware of it, but I mean, you kind of just feel it around the locker room,” Sprinkle said. “I have a very good impact on the young guys, and the older guys. So, I feel like that room is just great. From all the things that I’ve been through to be considered a leader of the team now, it’s a humbling experience.”
This NBA season has produced plenty of eye-popping box scores, but some of the most talked about stat lines recently have been the ones filled with zeroes and marked by a controversial note: Did Not Play-rest.On March 11, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr opted to keep his core players — Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala — out of his team’s marquee matchup with the San Antonio Spurs, citing a desire to protect his players’ health after Golden State’s 11,000 miles of travel over the preceding 13 days. One week later, the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue, held out LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love from the team’s own nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Those benchings apparently did not sit well with the NBA’s commissioner, Adam Silver, who sent team owners a memo saying that the coaching practice of resting healthy players is an “extremely significant issue” for the league. And Silver’s comments didn’t sit well with James: “I don’t understand why it’s become a problem now, because I sit out a couple games?”James is right: NBA players have been getting extra days off for years. But lately teams are embracing rest more than they ever have before, perhaps because coaches are convinced that giving a player a night off here and there can help a team come playoff time. If you’re looking for someone to credit or blame for the recent popularity of this philosophy, look no further than San Antonio. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is the guru of rest. Mike BudenholzerHawks1919 NBA players who have missed the most games because of rest Gregg PopovichSpurs61113 Paul PierceCeltics, Nets, Wizards, Clippers14 PLAYERTEAMGAMES MISSED FOR REST Rajon RondoCeltics, Kings, Mavericks16 Tim DuncanSpurs38 Tyronn LueCavaliers1515 Brett Brown76ers1515 Mike BrownCavaliers, Lakers—16 Dwane CaseyRaptors1919 Rick CarlisleMavericks3241 Doc RiversCeltics, Clippers2245 Tony ParkerSpurs17 Since 2006,1In our data set, the first instance of a rest notation is from a Phoenix Suns game on April 14, 2006. there have been 609 instances of a player missing a game because he was resting, according to a query of over 50,000 injury reports from Pro Sports Transactions Archive, a database containing NBA transactions dating back to the 1940s.2For all NBA games available in the archive, we queried injury reports for descriptions that included the word “rest.” In an email, the archive’s curator, Frank Marousek, said this would return “most (if not all) of the rest games” in the archive, whose injury data is drawn from internet sources, including media reports, as well as league and team contacts. Popovich has been responsible for 113 of those 609 games missed by healthy players — more than twice as many as any other coach — and even twice as many as any other franchise. (All the data in this piece is current through March 16 of this year.) And his influence has bled into the rest of the league, with many of his former coaching assistants (Mike Budenholzer, Mike Brown, Brett Brown) and former players (Steve Kerr) becoming some of the most enthusiastic adopters of the DNP-rest once they became head coaches for other teams.Popovich was also the first coach to unexpectedly rest four key players in the thick of the regular season for a nationally televised game — a strategy for which the Spurs were fined $250,000 by the league in 2012. His decision to send home Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Tony Parker before a November game against the Heat was the prototype for the prime-time no-shows that have echoed through the league in recent weeks.Popovich has defended his approach to player rest. “It’s a trade-off,” he said earlier this month. “You want to see this guy in this one game? Or do you want to see him for three more years in his career? And do you want to see him in the playoffs because he didn’t get hurt because maybe he got rest?”It’s unclear if regular-season rest really can prevent playoff injuries, but that hasn’t stopped Popovich from trying. In the 2013-14 season, Pop strategically managed the workload of his 30-something star trio, choosing to rest Duncan, Ginobili and Parker 10 times combined over the course of the season. Duncan, in particular, was given ample opportunities to relax. The Ageless One skipped a game each month in November, December, March and April and had two games off in February. Later that year, the Spurs beat the Heat to win the championship in part because James suffered through painful cramps during his fourth consecutive playoff run to the finals after a 2,900-minute regular season. Duncan, Ginobili and Parker, meanwhile, poured it on during the series, playing an extra 3.9, 5.9, and 5.8 minutes per game, respectively, than they did during the regular season. It’s impossible to say what role the extra rest played — but it couldn’t have hurt.Like his rivals, James has been taking the occasional day off for years, but until recently, 90 percent of his rest days came in April, during the final two weeks of the season — including three games in the last week of the 2011-12 Heat campaign. But during the past two seasons, the Cavaliers have taken a page out of Popovich’s book and embraced a near Duncan-esque rest program for LeBron. During Cleveland’s championship run last season, James skipped at least one game in each of December, February, March and April. This season, he’s missed games in November, December and March, with more rest likely leading up to the playoffs.As a result, James finds himself rocketing up the all-time “DNP-rest” list for NBA players. Predictably, the Spurs’ Big Three hold prominent positions on the list. But with Duncan (No. 1) and his longtime foe Kevin Garnett (No. 3) resting comfortably in retirement, James is in position to eventually overtake the top spot.3Teams’ injury descriptions are taken at face value. In the case of Joel Embiid, for instance, another team might have chosen a different description for his injury, but the Sixers listed it as “rest.” Dwyane WadeHeat, Bulls12 Joel Embiid76ers11 George KarlNuggets, Kings1826 Kevin GarnettCeltics, Nets, Timberwolves23 Steve KerrWarriors1919 LeBron JamesCavaliers, Heat19 Source: Pro Sports Transactions Archive Manu GinobiliSpurs26 LeBron’s recent increase in games missed for rest is emblematic of broader league-wide trends. Each season, the number of games missed to rest is increasing, and the timing of the missed games is shifting earlier and earlier into the season. Coaches who have rested players the most Source: Pro Sports Transactions Archive Mike WoodsonHawks, Knicks—16 Dirk NowitzkiMavericks12 BENCHINGS ATTRIBUTED TO REST COACHTEAMLAST 3 SEASONSTOTAL From 2005-06 to 2010-11, the overwhelming majority of games missed for rest were in April — at the very end of the season. In 2011-12, as a result of a lockout-condensed schedule, teams started resting players in January, February and March. (I looked into why there was such a dip in 2012-13, and there wasn’t a clear explanation.4The number of total injury entries in the Pro Sports Transactions Archive for 2012-13 is comparable to other nearby years, so there’s no reason to think there were data reporting problems for that season.) More recently, the tendency has been to rest players even earlier — like, in October. From 2005-06 to 2007-08, only teams that were in position to make the playoffs5I.e., teams that ranked among the top eight in their conference’s standings at the time of the DNP-rest — meaning they would make the playoffs if the season ended that day — as opposed to teams that ranked ninth or worse. rested players. Since then, the practice has spread — teams outside the playoff picture have accounted for 36 percent of the games missed for rest so far this season. But it’s the rest decisions of contenders that make headlines and invite controversy. Consider the outcome of the two ambitious rest campaigns discussed above — Duncan’s in 2013-14 and James’s in 2015-16 — both were rewarded with the NBA championship. Compare that to the Warriors’s meltdown in last year’s finals after they spurned rest in the regular season and hard-charged their way to the all-time single-season win record. For teams with serious championship aspirations, the motivation for rest is clear. It’s likely going to take more than a strongly worded memo from the league office to convince them otherwise.
Please keep the candles burning Sister of London Bridge victim James McMullanPlease keep the candles burning Sister of London Bridge victim James McMullan
A poem left for the victims On Monday, the family of 32-year-old web entrepreneur James McMullan found he was almost certainly dead after the police notified them his bank card was found on one of the bodies of the victims. A tribute to James McMullan She thanked the emergency services for doing their utmost to protect Londoners from the “deranged and deluded individuals” who took seven lives, noting that the police would not be able to formally identify her brother until the coroner completes his report over the next day or two.In a tragic twist, Miss McMullan told the Telegraph that it had been her brother’s first night out for months, as he celebrated the completion of business project to which he had dedicated every waking hour for two years.Their father, Simon McMullan, 61, vowed to continue the work on his “exceptional” son’s e-learning business.He said: “At this point in time the subject is too raw.”I’m just going to try to keep the business that he was doing alive. He was on the verge of signing his first contract, a $1.5 million deal.” “It was somehow peaceful with all the mayhem around me. It’s what James loved about London. How vibrant and diverse it was and it excited him to know that no 2 days would ever be the same.”I lit these candles last night in memory of all 7 angels. If you see them please keep them burning for them for us.”Thank you to everyone who has been to pay their respects and to the lovely people that approached me last night. She wrote on Facebook the morning after the tragic news: “Hi everyone, we just wanted thank everyone for all the lovely messages, phone calls and posts about the recent incident.”I am slowly getting through all of them and will reply to every single one of you as soon as I can. My parents are finding comfort in all the love and support that we have received over the last few days. Our thoughts are still with the other families also waiting for answers.” 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. Melissa’s message to her brotherCredit:Facebook The sister of London Bridge terror attack victim James McMullan has visited the tributes members of the public have left to her brother outside the Barrowboy and Banker, where he was killed.Pictures Melissa McMullan posted on Facebook show she has read many of the tributes, including a touching poem, left to her brother and other victims of the attack.Ms McMullan also laid tributes from the family to her brother. She wrote: “This is us. Forever. Love you eternally. You finally get to lay your head. Your baby sis, Melissa”.She wrote on Facebook: “Last night I went back to London Bridge to be close to my James McMullan. I felt drained and I knew he would give me the strength I needed to continue. Despite her indisputable anguish, Miss McMullan, 30, said: “While our pain will never diminish it is important for us to all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy us, and to remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more.”This is not a course we will follow, despite our loss.” “I read as many of the lovely messages left opposite the burrowboy and banker as I could get to. Thank you to the person who wrote the wonderful poem. It really touched my heart.” Melissa is comforted outside the tributes for her brother Mr McMullan from Hackney, east London had not been seen since he stepped outside the Barrowboy and Banker on Borough High Street, where had had been drinking with old school friends. Five minutes later, the terrorists ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing the vehicle directly outside the bar and indiscriminately stabbing people. “He was an inspiration,” his sister Melissa McMullan sobbed.“No words can ever match his essence. There will only ever be one James.“Nowhere else will you find such humour and unique personality – someone who puts his friends above all else.”For the McMullan family, the devastating news brought an end to a period of limbo in which all they could do was scour hospitals, make agonising public appeals and call James’s phone until the battery went dead.
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18 ingenious cooking inventions you need in your kitchen immediately18 ingenious cooking inventions you need in your kitchen immediately
18. And finally, this board that weighs as you chop Source: transformdhTake our money, great scholars. Take all of it9 futuristic inventions we were promised but never got>17 wonderful inventions to solve all your first world problems> COOKING AND THEN eating is just so hard sometimes. These clever utensils and appliances can make it all easier.You’re welcome, world.1. This innovative evolution of the simple ice-pop maker Source: Imgur2. Who needs the wheel when you’ve got an instant pancake machine? Source: Imgur3. Never cook too much pasta again with the help of this measuring wheel Source: Natalie Rogers4. Or, if you could eat a horse, just go for it Source: Reykjavik Corner Store5. JIF? Goodbye, sir Source: Imgur6. Take the proper steps to avoid the horror of only being left with a soggy middle slice Source: Imgur7. Can’t resist a nibble? Use this piece of Godly equipment to keep the cake’s shape after a quick taste Source: Quirky8. Never suffer from uneven herb distribution again Source: Cooksgarden9. This counter-top solves all of your crappy chopping disposal needs Source: Imgur10. Tong gloves, where have you been all our lives? Source: Amazon11. The only utensil needed for those sad Koka dinners Source: Pinterest12. Oreo dippers, for those who like to keep their fingers out of the milk13. The holy grail of multi-grain14. No, we can’t. Breakfast perfection15. Goodbye unsightly coffee rings16. Turning a guilty pleasure in to ‘just good sense’ Source: Pinterest17. Corn, eh? It’s nice on the cob but you need it for a salad…
Bank of Cyprus Australia opens new head office at Rialto TowerBank of Cyprus Australia opens new head office at Rialto Tower
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bank of Cyprus Australia’s new head office was officially opened at the iconic Rialto Towers last week by the Honourable Mr. John Brumby, Premier of Victoria.Over 70 guests attended the opening ceremony which was followed by a dinner at the Windsor Hotel attended by 180 customers and supporters of the Bank including the Greek Consul General Mr Christos Salamanis.The visiting Directors from Cyprus and the Premier were given a guided tour of the new premises prior to the opening ceremony and commented on the stunning views offered on the 41st floor of the Rialto. The official opening took place at the spectacular reception area of the new national headquarters located at Level 41, 525 Collins Street Melbourne with a blessing from His grace Bishop Izekiel of Dervis followed by a welcome from the Bank’s Managing Director Mr George Tacticos and addresses by Mr Artemis and Mr Brumby.Premier Brumby congratulated the Bank of Cyprus on its new head office. “Victoria is now the economic engine room of the nation because we took swift, decisive action when the Global Financial Crisis hit and our financial sector is performing strongly due to the courage and vision of companies like the Bank of Cyprus in continuing to invest, and continuing to move forward.” Mr Brumby said.Bank of Cyprus Managing Director Mr George Tacticos said, “Growth in both services and the number of customers have led to the move.”“In the last year our loans have increased by 22 per cent, our deposits have increased by 52 per cent, staff numbers have increased by 20 per cent but most pleasing is that customer numbers are up by 50 per cent.”Mr Artemis expressed his satisfaction at the performance of Bank of Cyprus Australia to date and congratulated the local management for their efforts.During the proceedings Mr Tacticos also announced the opening of two new branches in Melbourne this year, the first to open in Dandenong in the coming weeks and the second in the Northern suburbs, also due to open by the end of the year.
San Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020San Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020
San Diego Board of Supervisors vote puts North County development on 2020 ballot KUSI Newsroom, December 11, 2018 Posted: December 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Voters will decide whether a controversial North County housing development goes forward, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday.After a public hearing, the board voted 4-0 — Ron Roberts was absent – – to place the Newland Sierra project on the March 3, 2020, ballot.The board’s action came two months after a Sept. 26 vote amending several provisions in the county general plan that allowed for Newland Communities to build in the Miriam Mountains area, directly west of Interstate 15 and near the cities of Escondido, San Marcos and Vista. The proposed development is in an area noted for wildlife and a tranquil ambience.Newland wants to build 2,135 homes on the 1,985-acre site. The development would also feature 81,000 square feet of commercial space, a six- acre school site, 35.87 acres of public and private parks, 19.2 miles of multi- use community trails, an equestrian staging area and 1,209 acres of open space.The project would include numerous eco-friendly features, including solar panels, electric-vehicle charging stations, xeriscaping and gray-water systems, according to the developers.Opponents gathered roughly 117,000 signatures and presented their petition to the county.Supervisor Dianne Jacob — who was not at the Sept. 26 meeting — said the public will vote on whether the board made the right decision on Newland Sierra and “sound off on the general plan and a project in a high-fire zone, with 2,000 homes over what the general plan allows.”Board Chairwoman Kristin Gaspar said putting the Newland Sierra development on the ballot “lets voters do their homework.”She said the signature-gathering campaign was impressive, adding that while out in some locations, “I could barely get a leg out of my vehicle door before encountering signature gatherers, although some were not as well- informed.”Rita Brandin, senior vice president and development director of Newland Communities, told the supervisors the company is confident that voters “will embrace the plan when they hear the truth and many benefits.”She said that 80 percent of Newland Sierra homes would be attainable to working families, and that her company plans to invest $175 million in the community.Development opponents earlier in the meeting urged the supervisors to approve a referendum. Many reiterated concerns associated with Newland Sierra, including wildfire dangers, noise pollution, limited water supply, school overcrowding and greater traffic congestion.Tony Eason, who lives in the Deer Springs Oaks mobile home park in San Marcos, said an overwhelming majority of area residents do not want the Newland Sierra project, describing it as yet another attempt to destroy the Merriam Mountains. Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida man has overcome the odds and is serving as an inspiration for others.Hector Picard, a double amputee, competed in a triathlon in Virginia Key, Sunday. The athlete is racing to raise funds for the Broward Children’s Center, and he dedicated his race to a 17-year-old patient at the facility.Picard swam on his back and rode a specially outfitted bike while wearing a picture of the patient for whom he raced. “My advice to people is, if you see me going out there and having fun and exercising, there’s no reason you can’t do it,” he said. “Just find something that makes you happy, go all out and live life to the fullest.”Picard is planning to compete in more than 25 triathlons this year and will dedicate each competition to a different child.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Woman killed in shooting at NW MiamiDade mobile home parkWoman killed in shooting at NW MiamiDade mobile home park
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the people responsible for a shooting that claimed the life of a woman.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene at Honey Hill Mobile Home Park on Northwest 199th Street and Individual Living Boulevard, just after 3 p.m., Saturday.Patrol units found the victim lying on the ground and suffering from a gunshot wound to her upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene.A witness reported seeing two men fleeing the area.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.