NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Cardale Jones #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after throwing a 47 yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith #9 in the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)When Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah mouthed off about the SEC to Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, he probably didn’t expect a feud like this. Cardale Jones has already joked about fighting and boxing against the former Florida Gator, and he continues to tweet at Noah during every game in the Bulls’ series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bulls lost tonight’s game five 106-101 to go down three games to two in the Eastern Conference semifinal, and Jones was all over Noah once again.I see the Bulls wanna start some mess while 12 ain’t there, yall lucky— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015LETS GO CAVSSSSSSS— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015GET UP CHUMP!— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Just double team D Rose, @JoakimNoah is self checked, he’s not a factor on offense— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Ain’t nobody hating on Noah I just don’t like the bum, Butler, Rose, Gasol, & the rest of the Bulls, mess with yall just not this series— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015CLEVELANDDDDDDDD— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015great pass @JoakimNoah— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Let Noah shoot the 3— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Ayyyyyyyyyy Lets Go Cavs— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Just in case @JoakimNoah don’t know 3-2…… CAVS— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 13, 2015Don’t insult Cardale Jones if you value your Twitter mentions. He doesn’t let people live anything down, apparently.
Four Toronto-area police officers are facing charges following an investigation that began after charges were stayed against an accused drug dealer, who alleged police stole items during a search of his storage locker.Lowell Somerville alleges the Peel regional police officers stole items that included a statue of fictional character Tony Montana from the movie “Scarface,” cash and various items of jewelry.A judge stayed Somerville’s charges of heroin trafficking, and possession of heroin, MDMA and cocaine in May 2017 after concluding the officers knew one of them had taken the statue and “chose not to tell the truth.”Peel police said Thursday that four officers — a sergeant and three constables — have each been charged with single counts of theft under $5,000 and obstructing police, and two counts of perjuryAll of the officers are suspended and are to appear in Brampton, Ont., court on June 4.Chief Jennifer Evans says she immediately ordered an investigation into the conduct of the officers following the court ruling.“Our officers are held to a high standard in order to maintain the trust that we have worked so hard to build with our community,” Evans said Thursday in a statement.Court documents show Peel police were conducting ongoing surveillance of Somerville and, on June 23, 2014, followed him to Toronto, where they saw him make what they believed was a hand-to-hand drug transaction.The person to whom the drugs were believed to have been sold was arrested and found to have about a gram of cocaine in his possession.After discovering the cocaine, police stopped Somerville in his car a few kilometres away and arrested him for trafficking, seizing one gram of heroin and one gram of methamphetamine, the documents say.While searching Somerville’s apartment in Mississauga, Ont., police seized more drugs and also located documents indicating that Somerville leased a storage unit in Toronto, for which they got a search warrant.Someville testified that after being released from custody on June 25, 2014, he went to the storage locker and noticed that things had been re-arranged and that there were items missing.In addition to the Tony Montana statue, Somerville said other missing things included a gold chain with a king of spades pendant, a shoebox containing $25,000 in poker winnings, diamond earrings and gold rings.Video surveillance from the storage facility showed one of the officers taking out a large object, court heard.The officer testified he had taken a heater from a hallway in the facility that had a sign saying “please take” or “free” and all denied removing anything of value from Somerville’s locker.“In my view, there can be no question that the conduct of the police in this case prejudiced the integrity of the justice system,” the judge said in issuing the stay.
OTTAWA — Striking Canada Post workers are shutting down the mail in Ottawa today as the House of Commons takes up legislation that would force them back to work.The capital, as well as smaller towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, Que., are all being targeted by rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots.On Thursday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled a bill to end mail disruptions across the country but debate on it was held back to give a special mediator time to settle the dispute.Hajdu said the Liberal government brought forward the legislation after exhausting every option, adding it has a responsibility to all Canadians and businesses that drive the economy.Canada Post says it could take weeks — even stretching into 2019 — to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in December. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 7.5 per cent (8.1)— Halifax 5.7 (6.2)— Moncton, N.B. 5.2 (5.2)— Saint John, N.B. 6.3 (5.7)— Saguenay, Que. 5.1 (5.4)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.5 (5.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.3 (5.3)— Montreal 5.9 (5.9)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.6)— Ottawa 5.0 (4.6)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.5)— Peterborough, Ont. 5.2 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.8 (5.7)— Toronto 6.0 (6.2)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.3 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.1 (5.1)— Brantford, Ont. 6.4 (7.0)— Guelph, Ont. 2.3 (3.0)— London, Ont. 5.0 (4.8)— Windsor, Ont. 5.4 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 4.8 (5.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.3 (6.3)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.2 (5.1)— Winnipeg 5.8 (5.9)— Regina 5.9 (6.4)— Saskatoon 5.6 (6.1)— Calgary 7.6 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.3 (6.2)— Kelowna, B.C. 3.3 (3.9)— Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.5 (4.6)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.1)— Victoria 3.6 (3.8)The Canadian Press
EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta has passed landmark legislation giving it sweeping power to intervene in oil and gas exports that could result in punitive price spikes in British Columbia in the dispute over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion.Premier Rachel Notley won’t say when and how the power will be used, but said she won’t wait long.“Alberta will be equipped with new tools to assert our rights to control the flow of our resources to British Columbia,” Notley said Wednesday prior to Bill 12 passing third and final reading. “Albertans, British Columbians and all Canadians should understand that if the path forward for the pipeline through B.C. is not settled soon, I’m ready and prepared to turn off the taps.”The bill would give Alberta the power to intervene in the energy market, to decide how much fuel is sent and by what means, be it by rail or pipeline.B.C. Premier John Horgan called the Alberta law provocative.“Instead of asking how can we work together on this, they took aggressive action,” he said in Chilliwack, B.C.B.C. Attorney General David Eby, in a letter, said legislation designed to inflict harm on another province violates the constitution.He urged Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley to first run the bill past the courts to confirm its legality. “In the absence of such a commitment, I intend to instruct counsel to bring an action challenging its constitutional validity in the courts of Alberta,” said Eby.“Bill 12 is a step back towards trying to resolve differences through threats of economic harm.”Cutting oil flow to B.C. is expected to cause price spikes in gas at the pumps along with other related fuel fees.But Notley said it’s justified legislation, given that Alberta is losing billions of dollars due to transportation bottlenecks and the fact that B.C. is frustrating the federally approved Trans Mountain project. “With pipeline capacity stretched to the limit, Albertans have the right to choose how our energy is shipped,” said Notley.“Alberta has the right to act in the public interest.”The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast.Notley said Alberta oil sells at a discount because of tight pipeline capacity and because most of it goes to the United States. A better price could be fetched on overseas markets.The $7.4-billion project was approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in 2016, but since then has been hamstrung by permit delays and court challenges in B.C.Horgan has said his government remains concerned about the effects of spills on the inland waterways and coastline.The pipeline owner, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, has scaled back spending on the line and has given Trudeau’s government until May 31 to show that there is a way to complete it.The Alberta and federal governments have committed to backstopping the project with public dollars if that’s what it takes to make sure it’s completed.Earlier Wednesday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said those talks continue. He said if Kinder Morgan wants to abandon the expansion, there are plenty of other investors willing to step up.Notley’s bill echoes similar legislation passed in Alberta a generation ago in the early 1980s in a dispute with Ottawa over oil ownership and pricing.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
McQuarrie says changes in the landslide status depends on the weather conditions.“It will all come down to how much rain you will get in the Spring, how much snow you get over the Winter, and how things melt. That’s when the next risky period is going to be when it comes to Spring.”Highlighted in the report, the main elements at risk that will be monitored will be the southern part of the gravel pit, the temporary access road, and Old Fort Road.According to McQuarrie, they are still unsure as to how deep the landslide is and the rate of its movement.McQuarrie’s presentation ended as some residents continued to argue with him about the quarry and how they claim it is a contributing factor to the landslide.Following McQuarrie’s presentation Nikki Hogg, of Ministry of Transportation, gave an update on the current road status and the monitors that have been set up to watch the progress of the slide.Hogg says there are currently four thresholds that collect data that monitor slide activity.“We have four different thresholds, and that triggers different responses. They’re pretty conservative right now just because we want to see how the slide’s reacting. Since we’ve installed them since the slide has slowed down and has stopped moving, we haven’t seen any alerts from those monitoring systems and where they’re placed right now, right around five centimetres is when we will start to trigger an alert, and we will be sharing that information with the Regional District and other affected agencies to make some decisions on whether we need to close the road, increase patrol, how it’s affecting the road, and those types of things.”Hogg assured the residents that the Ministry would continue to monitor the condition of the road.Regional Chair, Brad Sperling, was on hand to report some resolutions that have been sent by the Regional District to the Provincial Government.Some of those resolutions include that the government takes full responsibility to monitor the landslide movement and that the Ministry of Public Safety should launch an investigation into the cause of the slide. Sperling feels this should not be PRRD’s responsibility.Some residents wanted to make sure that the Regional District is on board when it comes to them staying in there homes as long as possible.Sperling responded saying, “You will be, as long as it’s possible and if you’re not in danger, you will be staying there.”Sperling also assured residents that the Regional District has an evacuation plan set in place if any further sliding were to occur.At the end of the meeting, residents stated that they wish to be better informed when it comes to the releasing of information about the landslide status, as they feel they are the biggest stakeholders involved in this situation since it is they’re homes and livelihood that would ultimately be heavily affected by the landslide.The District says it will continue to improve ways of keeping residents informed on updates as they become available.The full geotechnical report can be viewed on the Regional District’s website. To present the completed geotechnical report was Eric McQuarrie of Westrek Geotechnical Services.McQuarrie says the movement of land has ceased for the time being in part to seasonal changes.“The movement has ceased, but it’s what we call suspended. We won’t call it inactive yet; it has to go through a full cycle where we don’t see any movement; have a little bit more confidence that it has stopped. This case here is just suspended because we got into the cold and we got into lower groundwater levels.”McQuarrie says a change in groundwater levels and pressures is a likely cause of the landslide and not the gravel pit alone.“Groundwater pressures are a significant contributing factor to most large landslides; therefore, the causes of the landslide would most likely be factors that increase groundwater levels or piezometric pressures. The removal of overburden soils as part of the gravel pit operation could have impacted the groundwater level by greatly reducing the volume of soil capable of absorbing groundwater within the vadose zone.”Some residents in attendance were pretty upset by the report as they say it does not list the gravel pit as a contributing factor to the landslide as they have large stockpiles of gravel on top of the hill. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District hosted a community meeting for the residents of Old Fort on Monday at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Many concerned and frustrated residents came out to listen to the updates on the landslide status.The meeting included a presentation of the completed geotechnical report, slope monitoring system, and discussions of the DRAFT evacuation plan. McQuarrie says the weight of the gravel pit stockpiles is pretty minor in contributing to the landslide.“The weight of the stockpiles is pretty minor. Weight is not an issue, and the weight hasn’t changed. They haven’t really changed, what’s happened is the groundwater has changed.”McQuarrie adds that while most slides are caused by loading issues, he believes this is not the case in Old Fort, stressing that the purpose of this report is to determine imminent hazard and not the precise cause of the slide.“In most slides, the loading is an issue. In this one, we haven’t gone into enough detail, and that’s going to be a different report. You have to keep in mind that what we’re trying to deal with the imminent hazard.”
San Francisco: Microsoft has unveiled its Xbox One S All-Digital Edition for $249 which would be available starting May 7. This is a new model that will be sold alongside the original Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X. “A disc-free, completely digital Xbox One is no longer just a rumoured pipe dream for cord cutters and the current generation of Fortnite fanatics who’ve never had to set foot inside of a GameStop. “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will hit retailers on May 7 for $250 (that’s $50 less than the Xbox One S) and it’s available for pre-order today,” Engadget reported on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The new console comes with three popular Microsoft-owned titles, namely Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft. “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 less than Xbox One S and we expect to maintain at least this price difference between the two consoles,” Jeff Gattis, General Manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft was quoted as saying by The Verge. There’s also a special offer on Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription service that includes access to more than 100 games.
Mumbai: Jacqueline Fernandez is set to make foray into the digital entertainment space with Netflix thriller Mrs Serial Killer, the streaming service announced on April 24. The film is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. “When her husband is framed and imprisoned for serial murders, a doting wife must perform a murder exactly like the serial killer, to prove her husband innocent,” reads the one-line synopsis of the movie. The feature is one of the 10 new Netflix Indian original films that the streamer announced last week. Mrs Serial Killer is slated to be released on the streaming platform later this year. By the end of 2020, a total of 15 new original Indian films – including previously announced titles Music Teacher, Cobalt Blue, Chopsticks, Upstarts and Bulbul – will be available to Netflix subscribers around the world, the streamer said previously.
Paul George kept playing after colliding with Dwyane Wade late in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. But after the game, George said he briefly lost consciousness, a possible sign of a concussion.Here’s the collision (which came in the fourth quarter of Miami’s 87-83 win over Indiana): If George did suffer a concussion, it would be just the 10th such injury this season. That’s according to a database I’ve compiled tracking injuries in the NBA over the last six seasons based on team reports.NBA players experience very few concussions compared to players in other major sports. There’s been one concussion for every 149.5 NBA games played this season. By comparison, the NFL saw a concussion occur once every 1.4 games during the 2013 season. According to my database, there have been 89 total concussions in the NBA since the start of the 2008-09 season; the NFL recently reported 228 concussions were diagnosed during the 2013 season alone, down from 261 in the previous season.In fact, the NBA’s concussion rate is the lowest among the four major U.S. leagues. According to data collected in a 2013 study, a concussion occurs in the NHL once every 20 games. And while baseball, like basketball, isn’t considered a contact sport, MLB sent 23 players to the seven-day concussion disabled list last season, generating a concussion rate of one incident for every 105.7 games.Whether or not George suffered a concussion, the Pacers may have mismanaged his injury. The NBA concussion policy, implemented during the 2011-12 season, states:If a player is suspected of having a concussion, or exhibits the signs or symptoms of concussion, they will be removed from participation and undergo evaluation by the medical staff in a quiet, distraction-free environment conducive to conducting a neurological evaluation.If George was displaying any of the symptoms he mentioned during post-game interviews, then he should have been removed from the game. Expect the Pacers’ actions and George’s eligibility for Game 3 to be under close watch until Saturday, when the series shifts to Miami.
Members of the OSU football team huddle around coach Urban Meyer during the first day of fall practice Aug. 4 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorAfter the departure of four starters from the 2013 Ohio State football team’s offensive line, coach Urban Meyer has his eye on one slot in particular.“The left guard on offense, that’s the one,” Meyer said Monday after the team’s first practice of fall camp. “If I had to say where is all the focus, to me it’s at left guard.”Meyer went on to compliment a few different position groups, including the defensive line, linebackers, safeties and running backs, but went back to the importance of the battle for left guard duties.He said four players, including two in senior Joel Hale and redshirt-junior Chase Farris who have spent time as defensive linemen for OSU, have a chance to start. Meyer said the other contenders are redshirt-junior Antonio Underwood and redshirt-freshman Billy Price.Outside of left guard, Meyer touched on position battles at safety and punt return for the Buckeyes heading into the 2014 season. He said the battle for the two starting spots at safety is still up in the air, with three returning players and a true freshman fighting for playing time.“All three, that’s a three-man race right now, and all three of them think they’re going to play,” Meyer said of redshirt-sophomore Tyvis Powell, sophomore Cam Burrows and sophomore Vonn Bell. “And you throw (freshman) Erick Smith chomping at the bit, too — you’ve just got to keep them healthy.”Powell totaled 48 tackles in 2013 to lead that group, while Burrows and Bell combined for 30 tackles. Powell had a game-sealing interception on a 2-point try against Michigan, and Bell recorded a pick in OSU’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson.According to Meyer, sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson is the front-runner at punt return, but there are a handful of players vying for a chance. He named off redshirt-junior wide receiver Corey Smith, redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall and freshman cornerback Marshon Lattimore as potential competition for Wilson.“You got some really talented guys,” Meyer said of the group.Smith and Marshall both redshirted last season, while Wilson was the team’s leading kick returner but has not returned a punt in his Buckeye career.While many of those position battles were on display during the evening session of Monday’s practice, the majority of the OSU freshmen took part in a practice session in the morning.“Really good first day with the young guys,” Meyer said of the early practice.The Buckeye coach said it’s still early but added he was “really impressed” with how the freshmen performed. He saved special praise for a handful of the newcomers, including Lattimore and Smith.At least two true freshmen had a chance to practice with the returnees in the evening, which Meyer attributed to their maturity. Both freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan and freshman wide receiver Johnnie Dixon could be seen on the field throughout practice.“They’re just guys that are over 3.0 students, take care of their business,” Meyer said. “They act like pros, they act like grown men, so we let them practice with the grown men today.”One addition to the OSU roster for fall camp was redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle, who had previously been dismissed from the team following an arrest. Meyer said Sprinkle lost his summer scholarship and will be suspended for OSU’s first game.“He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field,” he said.Among other notes from Monday’s press conference, Meyer confirmed offensive lineman Tommy Brown had decided to transfer away from OSU. He also said senior quarterback Braxton Miller is “100 percent” but added that he wasn’t at his sharpest in his first practice after missing the entire spring due to shoulder surgery.According to a Monday OSU press release, Brown isn’t the only Buckeye no longer playing for the team. Senior tight end J.T. Moore had to end his career due to continuing knee issues, but the release said he will still graduate from OSU in December.The release also said defensive lineman Michael Hill was granted a medical redshirt for the 2013 season and will therefore have four years of eligibility remaining. Additionally, freshman Sam Hubbard is currently listed as a linebacker after originally being slated to play tight end for the Buckeyes.OSU is scheduled to return to practice Tuesday for the second of 18 practice days before the season kicks off.The Buckeyes’ 2014 schedule is set to kick off Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore. The game is scheduled to start at noon.