Federal Court of Appeal to rule on letting pipeline challenges proceed

first_imgOTTAWA — The Federal Court of Appeal is to reveal today whether a new set of legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline project can proceed.The federal government has twice approved a plan to twin an existing pipeline from Alberta’s oilpatch to the B.C. coast.Margot Venton, a lawyer with the group Ecojustice, says there are about a dozen challenges from environmental groups, First Nations and the City of Vancouver.“Our challenge focuses on the failure to meet the legal requirements of our federal species at risk act when they approved the pipeline.”Last year the Federal Court of Appeal tore up the original approval, citing both an insufficient environment review and inadequate consultations with Indigenous communities.The Liberals say they fixed both problems and approved the expansion a second time in June.Environment groups still say there are not adequate protections for endangered marine species, including the Southern Resident Killer Whale, that will be affected by tanker traffic picking up oil from a terminal in suburban Vancouver.Several First Nations say the federal government came into the most recent discussions having predetermined the outcome. Do you think the fight against the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion will ever end?YesNoVoteView Results Take Our PollThe court will decide on whether it will take up any of 12 requests to appeal the June approval. The ruling is to be issued in writing at 2 p.m. ET.The federal government bought the existing pipeline and the unfinished expansion work for $4.5 billion last year, promising to get it over the political opposition that had scared Kinder Morgan Canada off proceeding.The move disappointed environmentalists, who say the global climate can’t handle more emissions from Alberta’s oilsands and the eventual burning of the petroleum they produce. The Liberals say they’ll use any profits from the project to fund Canada’s transition to a cleaner-energy economy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

How a social media sisterhood unleashed a storm of allegations against James

first_imgAdvertisement It started with a simple hashtag.Amid mounting allegations levied at Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and the online tidal wave of #metoo conversations about sexual harassment and assault, Canadian actress Chantal Cousineau used Twitter to share her own experience, adding the hashtag #jamestoback.Cousineau soon found herself corresponding with dozens of women who allege they too have had run-ins with Toback, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Bugsy and the director of films such as Two Girls and a Guy and The Pick-up Artist. Advertisement Login/Register With: Her tweets helped spark hundreds of other reports of accusations and caused the union that represents Canadian actors to reopen an investigation its current president concedes may have been lacking when initial reports were made.READ MORE Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Director James Toback is the subject of multiple sexual harassment allegations. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/Associated Press) Twitterlast_img read more

Third phase set to be litmus test for Trinamool Congress

first_imgKolkata: The campaign in South Dinajpur, Murshidabad and Malda Lok Sabha seats came to an end on Sunday, with the three districts set to go to polls on Wednesday, April 23.Election in the third phase of the seven phase Lok Sabha polls will be held in the Balurghat seat at South Dinajpur, Jangipur and Murshidabad seats at Murshidabad and Malda South and Malda North seats at Malda. Of the five seats, Trinamool had only won Balurghat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, with the party candidate Arpita Ghosh securing 1.06 lakh votes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Jangipur and Murshidabad seats were won by Abhijit Mukherjee and Badrudojja Khan. Mukherjee of Congress had won the seat by 8,161 votes, while Khan was elected by 18,453 votes. Malda North and South were won by Congress. Mausam Benazir Noor, who has recently joined Trinamool Congress and is the party’s nominee from the seat, got elected by 65,705 votes while AHA Khan Chowdhury won the seat by 64 lakh votes. Political experts are of the opinion that these seats will be the litmus test for Trinamool Congress. The five seats are still considered to be Congress bastions. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThough Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, who has held meetings in all five Lok Sabha seats and urged the voters not to vote for Congress, BJP and CPI(M) as they will not be able to come to Delhi, it is to be seen whether the voters respond to her call or not. Rahul Gandhi had also campaigned in Balurghat and Malda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also addressed election meetings in the districts. Meanwhile, Tollywood heartthrob and Trinamool Congress candidate from Ghatal Dev campaigned for Arpita Ghosh in Balurghat on Sunday. There was resentment against Ghosh due to her long absence in her constituency. However, Banerjee had clarified why Ghosh could not visit Balurghat frequently because of a road accident which kept her away. In the Malda North seat, Noor has not left any stones unturned to retain the seat. She took part in road shows and visited every house, requesting people to cast the vote in her favour.Political experts feel that in order to fulfill Banerjee’s dream of securing 42 out of 42 seats in the state, Trinamool candidates will have to do extremely well in these three districts. The chance of Trinamool Congress winning the seats is evenly poised and one has to wait for the people’s verdict till May 23, when the results will be out.last_img read more

UNESCO mourns death of famed Kyrgyz author

16 June 2008The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today voiced sorrow over the death of the renowned Kyrgyz author Chinguiz Aitmatov, describing him as one of the leading literary figures of the 20th century. Koïchiro Matsuura offered his condolences to the family of Mr. Aitmatov and to the authorities and people of Kyrgyzstan after learning of the author’s death last Tuesday.“A close collaborator of UNESCO for many years, he campaigned constantly against violence, and was a fervent promoter of dialogue between civilizations, which he considered so necessary to preserve humanity’s precious cultural diversity,” Mr. Matsuura said in a statement.Mr. Aitmatov served as Kyrzgystan’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO for 11 years, during which he initiated the second international Issik-Kul forum in 1997, which brought together writers, artists and intellectuals to debate their vision of today’s world with policymakers.He was also one of the main organizers of the UN Mountain Summit, held in Bishkek in 2002 to discuss how to improve the lives of people living in mountainous regions and to safeguard their ecosystems.Mr. Aitmatov’s work has been translated into at least 160 languages, and his best known titles include Jamila, The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years, The White Ship, The Scaffold and Farewell, Gulsary. read more

Security Council hails interState commission on CroatiaFR Yugoslavia issues

Briefing reporters following closed-door consultations, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius said Council members also expressed support for the ongoing bilateral talks between the Croatian and Yugoslav authorities, requesting both parties to keep the Council informed regularly on the progress made.During its closed meeting, an official of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping told the Council that the situation on the ground was “very calm,” according to the President. Ambassador Koonjul added that the Council planned to adopt a resolution on Tuesday extending the current mandate of the UN Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (UNMOP) for six months.Such an extension was recommended by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in his latest report on UNMOP, which is monitoring the demilitarization of the Prevlaka peninsula – a strategic area disputed by Croatia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. read more

China and Russia veto UN bringing Syria to court for war crimes

first_imgThe victims of the Assad regime’s industrial killing machine and the victims of terrorist attacks deserve more than to have more dead counted.Moscow is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s closest ally, and has provided him with diplomatic cover throughout the crisis.Beijing generally aligns with the Russian position.“It is disgraceful that they have yet again vetoed the Security Council’s efforts to take action on human rights violations in Syria,” said British ambassador Mark Lyall Grant.Countries who sponsored the textThe text, drawn up by France, was co-sponsored by 60 countries, including members of the European Union, Japan, South Korea and several African states.Syria is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court so only the Security Council can decide whether to refer war crimes or crimes against humanity on its territory to the court.It did the same for Darfur in 2005 and Libya in 2011. The U.N. Security Council vote on referring the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCHINA AND RUSSIA vetoed a draft UN Security Council resolution today to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court for crimes committed by both sides in the three-year civil war.Western powers pressed for the resolution in the face of mounting atrocities in Syria, including chemical attacks, systematic torture, barrel bombings and blocked aid access.‘Paralysing’It was the fourth time China and Russia have blocked Western resolutions on the conflict, paralysing Security Council efforts to end a war estimated to have killed more than 160,000 people.The 13 other members of the Security Council voted in favor and Western powers rounded on China and Russia for protecting not just the Syrian regime but also opposition “terrorist groups.”“Our grandchildren will ask us years from now how we could have failed to bring justice to people living in hell on earth,” said US ambassador Samantha Power. Syrian activist Quasi Zakarya, center, stands at the request of U.S. Ambassador Samantha Powers as she addressed the U.N. Security Council Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFrench ambassador Gerard Araud said before the expected veto it “would be an insult to millions of suffering Syrians.”Western powers said they would continue to document atrocities and press for justice.Security Council ‘must unite’Writing in The Wall Street Journal today, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the Security Council “must unite.”Holding the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity accountable for their actions is a way of obtaining justice for the victims.Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary general of the United Nations, told the Security Council before the vote that the chamber’s more than three years of disagreement was deeply damaging.“If members of the Council continue to be unable to agree on a measures that could provide some accountability for the ongoing crimes, the credibility of this body and of the entire organization will continue to suffer,” he said.But the Russian veto had never been in doubt.Peace talks have been locked in stalemate since February and international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi has resigned.Western diplomats say China is embarrassed but was reluctant to oppose Russia again after abstaining from a resolution denouncing the separatist referendum in Crimea in March.London-based rights group Amnesty International accused China and Russia of displaying “chilling disregard” for the countless victims in Syria.- © AFP, 2014Read: Eamon Gilmore calls for support on UN Syria, but Russia’s already said no>last_img read more

National Unfriend Day is Today

first_imgWe’re not expecting you to take all of your marching ordersfrom a late night comedian (and, let’s face it, when push comes to shove, he’sno Conan), but it’s certainly a good excuse to reexamine some of those tenuousonline connections. Video of the holiday after the jump. Happy National Unfriend Day! Don’t see the holiday onyour calendar? Sorry, you’re going to have to take our word for it. After all,it’s a fairly new event, having been declared earlier month by late night talkshow host Jimmy Kimmel (I bet you didn’t know that the job description bestowedsuch honors).Kimmel has declared today a day for “cutting the fat” onyour social networking connections. As he put it,Remember five years ago when no one was on Facebook and youdidn’t know what the guy you took high school biology with was having forlunch?  Remember how that was fine? Let’sgo back to that.last_img read more

No 15 Arizona beats Washington State 5937

first_imgPULLMAN — Anu Solomon threw five touchdown passes and No. 15 Arizona beat Washington State 59-37 on Saturday in a game featuring the top offenses in the Pac-12.The freshman quarterback was 26 of 38 for 294 yards without an interception. Terris Jones-Grigsby added 107 yards rushing for Arizona (6-1, 3-1), which was coming off an off week after losing to Southern California.Washington State (2-6, 1-4), also off last week, lost its third straight game.Washington State’s Connor Halliday, the nation’s leading passer, completed 56 of 79 passes for 489 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions, and became the leading career passer in school history. Isiah Myers caught two touchdown passes for the Cougars.Washington State gave up 60 points in a loss to California and 59 points to Arizona in its past two home games.Arizona scored 24 straight points in the first quarter, including two touchdowns by DaVonte Neal, to win for the fourth consecutive time in Martin Stadium.Washington State went three-and-out on its first possession and punted. Neal returned the punt 81 yards for a touchdown, continuing a season-long trend of special-team failures for the Cougars. Arizona drove 84 yards on its next possession, but had to settle for Casey Skowron’s 31-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead.last_img read more

NAP NDP join Jukta Front

NAP NDP join Jukta Front

first_imgAQM Badruddoza ChowdhuryBikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will expand Jukta Front, taking National Awami Party (NAP) and National Democratic Party (NDP) which quit the 20-party alliance in the alliance.The decision was taken at a meeting between BDB chief Badruddoza Chowdhury and the leaders of NAP and NDP.The leaders of the two parties met B Chowdhury, also a former president, at his Baridhara residence around 4:00pm and held a closed-door meeting.Earlier on Tuesday, NAP and NDP announced to sever ties with the 20-party alliance as they think BNP has deviated from its moral position by forging the Jatiya Oikya Front with the actors of the 1/11 political changeover and ‘minus-two formula’.Talking to reporters after the meeting, NAP chairman Jebel Rahman Gani said they want to work together under the leadership of B Chowdhury for ensuring continuation of democracy and a fair election.”We consider the ex-president as our guardian. We three parties will work together for ensuring a healthy democratic practice in the country,” he added.NDP chairman Khandaker Golam Mortuza said they came to B Chowdhury for forging a greater unity of democratic and nationalist forces.BDB joint secretary general Mahi B Chowdhury said the meeting decided to expand the Jukta Front involving NDP and NAP.On 13 October, Jukta Front’s two partners — Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) and Nagorik Oikya — formed Jatiya Oikyfront with BNP and Kamal Hossain’s Oikya Prokriya.last_img read more

Abe targets N Korea after win

Abe targets N Korea after win

first_imgPrime minister Shinzo Abe stormed to a landslide “super-majority” in snap Japanese elections, near complete projections showed Monday, with the hardline nationalist immediately pledging to “deal firmly” with North Korea.Abe’s conservative coalition is on track to win at least 312 seats with only a handful left to call, according to public broadcaster NHK, giving him a coveted two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament.That will allow him to pursue his cherished goal of proposing changes to the country’s pacifist constitution to beef up the status of the military, which is effectively restricted to self-defence.Abe, 63, is now on course to become Japan’s longest-serving premier, winning a fresh term at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy and key US regional ally.The hawkish prime minister said the crushing election victory had hardened his resolve to deal with the crisis in North Korea, which has threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea and fired two missiles over its northern islands.“As I promised in the election, my imminent task is to firmly deal with North Korea. For that, strong diplomacy is required,” stressed Abe, who has courted both US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.‘Some concerns’ about AbeHowever, while local media acknowledged what was described as a “landslide” victory, many chalked up Abe’s win to a weak and ineffective opposition and urged caution.“The voters didn’t think the opposition parties were capable of running a government… they chose Prime Minister Abe, who is at least better, even if they had some concerns about the ruling coalition,” said the Nikkei daily.The Asahi newspaper said: “The Abe brand is not as strong as it was before. There are some signs that voters are seeking a change in the situation whereby Abe is the only decent option.”“Winning an election in a democracy doesn’t give the winner carte-blanche and he would be overconfident if he thought people were satisfied with the past five years of government management,” said the paper.According to an exit poll by Kyodo News on Sunday, 51 percent of voters said they do not trust Abe with 44 percent saying they did.Turnout was expected to be only a fraction higher than all-time low set in the 2014 election and was boosted largely by people voting early to avoid a typhoon, which smashed into Japan on election day.The opposition Party of Hope, formed only weeks before the election by the popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, suffered a drubbing. It won just 49 seats according to the NHK projections.A chastened Koike, speaking thousands of kilometres away in Paris where she was attending an event in her capacity as leader of the world’s biggest city, said it was a “very severe result” for which she took full responsibility.The new centre-left Constitutional Democratic Party out-performed Koike’s new group but still trailed far behind Abe with 54 seats.“People are reluctant about Prime Minister Abe, but then who would you turn to? There is no one,” said Naoto Nonaka, professor at Gakushuin University in Tokyo.‘Deepen constitution debate’Abe, who has in the past been criticised for an arrogant attitude towards voters, vowed to face the challenge posed by the victory “humbly.”He struck a cautious note on possible revisions to the US-imposed constitution, saying that he would “deepen” debate in parliament on the divisive issue but not seek to ram anything through.“I don’t plan to propose (changes) via the ruling bloc alone. We’ll make efforts to gain support from as many people as possible.”Any changes to the document must be ratified by both chambers of parliament and then in a referendum, with surveys showing voters are split on the topic.Many voters stressed that the economy is their biggest concern, as the prime minister’s trademark “Abenomics” strategy of ultra-loose monetary policy and huge government spending has failed to rekindle the former Asian powerhouse.Abe has vowed to use the proceeds from a planned sales tax hike to fund free childcare in a bid to get more women into the workforce.“Neither pensions nor wages are getting better… I don’t feel the economy is recovering at all,” said 67-year-old pensioner Hideki Kawasaki as he cast his vote in a rain-swept Tokyo.But investors cheered the victory, with the benchmark Tokyo index up 1.15 percent, extending a winning run that has seen 14 straight consecutive gains—the first since 1961.last_img read more

AP FACT CHECK What About Trumps Vow on Health Coverage

AP FACT CHECK What About Trumps Vow on Health Coverage

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Americans he’d do it all on health care: “insurance for everybody,” better coverage and lower consumer costs. By the reckoning of nonpartisan budget analysts at Congress, that’s not what will happen if the Republican bill he’s backing becomes law.Graphic shows Congressional Budget Office estimates of uninsured under the Affordable Care Act and Republican alternative; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;The Congressional Budget Office is respected for nonpartisan rigor in its estimates of the costs and impacts of legislation, but no projection is infallible — particularly when it comes to large, complex programs. For example, the agency in 2010 overstated the number of people expected to buy insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, misjudging how many would join because of the threat of tax penalties.A look at how statements by Trump and his team compare with the CBO’s estimates and facts underlying the health care debate:TRUMP: “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” — To The Washington Post, Jan. 15.CBO:  It estimates the bill would leave 14 million fewer people insured in the first year, 24 million fewer by 2026.In the first year, the biggest reason more people are uninsured would be repeal of penalties Barack Obama’s law imposes on those deemed able to afford insurance but who don’t buy it. Still others would decide to forgo coverage because of higher premiums or do without Medicaid.In following years the main reason for a drop in the number of insured would be that the Republican bill scales back Medicaid for low-income Americans. Altogether, CBO estimates 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026, a vast distance from “insurance for everybody.”___TRUMP: People covered under the law “can expect to have great health care. It will be in a much simplified form. Much less expensive and much better… lower numbers, much lower deductibles.”CBO: It says cost-sharing payments in the individual market, including deductibles, “would tend to be higher than those anticipated under current law.” Cost-sharing subsidies would be repealed in 2020, “significantly increasing out-of-pocket costs for nongroup (private) insurance for many lower-income enrollees.”___TRUMP, at a Cabinet meeting Monday: “Obamacare, all of a sudden, the last couple of weeks, is getting a false rep that maybe it’s OK. It’s not OK, it’s a disaster and people understand that it’s failed and it’s imploding. And if we let it go for another year, it’ll totally implode.”CBO:  Not in the view of the budget experts. They described the market for individual policies under Obama’s health care law as “stable.” They said it is likely to remain stable under the proposed GOP replacement legislation, too.___MICK MULVANEY, Trump’s budget director: “If you have coverage that doesn’t allow you to go to the doctor, what good is it in the first place?  …Democrats took all of this credit for giving people coverage, but ignored the fact that they had created this large group of people that still could not go to the doctor.” — Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”THE FACTS: Republicans gloss over reality when they make this argument. While deductibles are high for the Affordable Care Act’s private insurance plans (averaging $3,000 last year for a standard silver plan), the law requires preventive care to be covered at no charge. And more than half of the people enrolled in the health law’s insurance markets get an extra subsidy when they go to seek care. It can reduce a deductible from several thousand dollars to a few hundred. The GOP bill would repeal those subsidies.Other evidence points to tangible benefits from Obama’s coverage expansion. For example, government researchers have found fewer Americans struggling to pay medical bills. A 2015 report found that problems with medical bills had declined for the fourth year in a row. Most of the improvement was among low-income people and those with government coverage, and it coincided with the ACA’s big coverage expansion.___TOM PRICE, health and human services secretary: “I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we’re going through.” — NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sunday.CBO: There are losers as well as winners, the analysts found. Generally, older people are bound to face higher costs because the legislation would let insurance companies charge them up to five times more for premiums than they charge young people. They can only be charged three times more now. The bottom line, the analysts say, would be “substantially reducing premiums for young adults and substantially raising premiums for older people.”___MULVANEY: “Actually I don’t think the costs will go up at all.” — ABC’s “This Week,” Sunday.CBO: It estimates that some costs indeed will go up, at least for a few years. The analysts say average premiums in the private insurance market would rise in 2018 and 2019 by 15 percent to 20 percent, compared with current law, then start to come down. By 2026, average premiums could be 10 percent lower, compared with the existing law. One reason: insurers could eliminate a current requirement to offer plans that cover a set percentage of the cost of certain benefits.___Associated Press writer Jim Drinkard contributed to this report.___Find all AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdlast_img read more

Southeast DC Seeing More Smash and Grab Crimes

Southeast DC Seeing More Smash and Grab Crimes

first_imgThough District-wide property crimes are slightly down, smash and grab car break-ins are occurring more frequently in neighborhoods east of the Anacostia river.According to the Metropolitan Police Department, as of June 20, total property crime in D.C. is down 1 percent (13,354) from the same time a year ago (13,556) with theft from automobiles down 8 percent from 5,350 reported incidents in 2016 to 4,920 reported incidents to date. But, according to data provided by the police department, smash and grab crimes in Southeast D.C.  are significantly higher than other crimes. As of June 19, there were 25 homicides, 549 assault crimes, and 869 auto thefts.Sheila Carson, a Ward 7 advisory neighborhood commissioner, told the AFRO that there are even more crimes happening in southeast D.C. than reported. “Numbers are down is not true. You are [lucky] if the victim reports it,” she said.“The crime is [attributed] to the individuals who are poor and have drug addiction problems,” Carson said.Paul Trantham, advisory neighborhood commissioner for Ward 8, told the AFRO, “[A] great majority of violence is going on because of the younger generation, if you want to work, you are going to find a job. They don’t want to abide by any structure they want to live wildly.”Whether the uptick in theft crimes is a result of drug usage or the younger generation, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser held a public briefing June 19 in northwest D.C. to provide residents with tips on how they could help decrease crime occurrences.“Being more mindful is particularly important during the summer months when we see an uptick in theft. Often times, these types of thefts are a crime of opportunity. We’re asking residents to take away those opportunities by never – not even for a few minutes – leaving belongings visible and unattended in their cars,” Bowser said at the briefing.Bowser suggested that residents remove keys from the ignition, lock all vehicle doors, close all windows and employ deterrents.  Bowser also said that the city, in an effort to decrease crime, has increased police patrols and has officers going door-to-door to speak with residents in high crime areas. A public outreach campaign, Back2BasicsDC, is also being developed through the Mayor’s office.“Because there is a lack of resources, lack of love and a lack of social life, crimes are going to be consistently high,” southeast D.C. resident Eric Weaver, chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Returning Citizens, told the AFRO. James Wright contributed to this article.last_img read more

Larry Bird made the Pacers the seond best team in the East

Larry Bird made the Pacers the seond best team in the East

first_img Advertisement In the NBA, when it comes to rebuilding, if you’re not close to winning a title most teams burn it all down and start over. The Pacers and the Celtics are largely in the same position of the Eastern Conference pecking order. Both teams made the playoffs in the East. Both were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round. The Pacers won 45 games and the Celtics won 48 games. Neither are close to matching up with the Cavs.Heading into last night’s draft, the public perception of the teams was that the Celtics were on the verge of contending in the East if they could add a proven All-Star. The Pacers were seen as mired in the no man’s land cycle of barely making the Playoffs and losing early, or missing them altogether.In less than a week, that perception has been flipped directly on its head. Celtics GM Danny Ainge foolishly pinned his hopes on a weak draft. He saw his meticulous plan to accumulate three first round draft picks (3, 16, 23) and leverage them for a veteran star blow up in his face. Jimmy Butler’s name had been thrown around as a player the Celtics were targeting.It turns out Ainge’s collection of draft picks was about as valuable as a collection of Beenie Babies. The Celtics had the misfortune of having the third pick in a two man draft. They couldn’t find any takers for the #3 pick, and couldn’t move up to one of the top two spots to take Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. Ainge had to eat the pick. Pacers GM Larry Bird wasn’t burned by the subpar draft. He had the foresight to make pre-draft trades for point guard Jeff Teague and forward Thaddeus Young. The moves vault the Pacers from the middle of the pack to the top of a weak Eastern Conference, and all he gave up for the haul was George Hill and a the 20th overall pick.Today in The Herd, Colin said that Bird’s shrewd acquisitions have turned the Pacers from afterthoughts into the second best team in the East. Nobody saw it coming.“The reason Larry Bird had a great night, because Larry Bird knew this is a weak draft. And the Indiana Pacers are now the second best team in the East. Why? Because they got Jeff Teague. Unlike Boston and Philadelphia, Indiana didn’t want to bottom out. They wanted to win games, reward their fans, and remain viable.”The Pacers now have a core group of Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, Paul George, Thaddeus Young and an emerging Myles Turner.  The Celtics were forced to use the third pick, and took Cal swingman Jaylen Brown. Even if he turns out to be a decent player, he won’t do much to help the Celtics contend next year.The NFL absolute truth that accumulating draft picks is always the best way to rebuild a team doesn’t equally apply to the NBA. Just ask Danny Ainge, he’s still looking to trade the third pick.last_img read more

Cirque du Soleil cartwheels into Costa Rica

Cirque du Soleil cartwheels into Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Christmas-themed theater warms hearts this month Cirque du Soleil pays homage to carny culture in ‘Corteo’ National Theater announces 2015 season ‘Blood Wedding’: García Lorca tragedy opens at Teatro Espressivo When you hear the name “Cirque du Soleil,” you probably don’t think “funeral.” But that is exactly what “Corteo” is about – a funeral. Except that this funeral is for a clown. And the clown is somehow able to watch his own last rites. And it takes place in a carnival tent. And there are lots and lots of acrobats.What does that look like? You’ll have to see the show, which arrived in Alajuela last weekend and plays through Feb. 8.The Montreal-based theater company has produced 19 different shows, and each production loosely tells a story through dance, slapstick, multimedia effects, and superhuman gymnastics. Founded in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is one of the most successful theatrical franchises of all time. The name is a permanent fixture in Las Vegas and its touring companies travel all over the world – and now its latest production has arrived in Costa Rica.“Corteo” is an Italian word that means “procession,” in this case a reference to funeral marches, but the avant-garde nature of Cirque du Soleil remains decidedly French. Take the show’s politely erotic, gravity-defying “chandelier” sequence: Known locally as “Circo del Sol,” this company is no stranger to Costa Rica: The Cirque performed its show “Varekai” here in 2013. “Corteo” has earned mixed reviews in various countries, yet the show broke the record for most-attended Cirque production in Montreal. Tickets aren’t cheap, but the spectacle is world-renowned; the talent of Cirque performers can’t be overstated. See whether the clown gets a last laugh. Costa Rican pianist and former culture minister Manuel Obregón attends the premiere of “Corteo.” (Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil)“Cirque du Soleil: Corteo” continues through Feb. 8 at Hacienda Espinal, Alajuela. Tue.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 4 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 12 & 4 p.m. 38,000-140,000 ($74-280). Info: eTicket. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

New remand for suspect in double murder case

New remand for suspect in double murder case

first_imgA Nicosia court on Monday issued a fresh eight-day remand order for a 22-year-old held in connection with the brutal murder of a couple inside their house last month.Police said the man had admitted he was the hooded individual who entered the house through the kitchen on the night of April 18 and 19.The door had been opened by a 33-year-old man suspected of being the mastermind of the apparent botched robbery and the person who stabbed to death Giorgos Hadjigeorgiou, 50, and his 59-year-old wife Dina Sergiou in their bedroom.The 33-year-old, his girlfriend, 21, and brother, 23, are also held in connection with the case.The court heard that the 22-year-old, after entering the house, went up to the bedroom where he saw the couple dead.Authorities were alerted to the crime after the couple’s 15-year-old son ran to a neighbouring house at 1.35am saying his parents had been murdered and that he had been locked in the basement but managed to escape.The boy told police he was in bed at 10.30pm when an unknown man entered his room and told him he had killed his parents and asked him where the money was.The man, who did not have his face covered, got the boy out of bed, covering his mouth and threatening him with a knife.He led him downstairs to the kitchen and on the way told him not to be afraid.The suspect asked the boy to open the kitchen door, which he did, and a second, hooded individual, came in.You May Likeshoetopia.comSee the latest in women’s shoe trends at awesome prices!shoetopia.comUndoSimpleMost41 Things You Should Get Rid Of Today For A More Organized, Clutter-Free HomeSimpleMostUndoGotGravy.com15 Of The Most Unwanted Christmas Gifts You Are Secretly Avoiding To ReceiveGotGravy.comUndo Greece to overturn law that made universities no-go zone for policeUndoData is the new oil so watch out for mass mining – Netflix filmUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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