Skip the Shopping and Opt Outdoors with Free State Park Admissions this Black Friday

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities In our fast-paced, consumer-based society, it can be difficult to find time to take a break. After a long year, the Holiday season should be about relaxation and meditation. So instead of rummaging through bins and hectic crowds at some Black Friday sales, join the millions of people helping to create a new family holiday the day after Thanksgiving by hitting your nearest state park — for free.For the third year in a row, outdoor retailer REI launched their #OptOutside campaign in which it closes all of its stores and encourage others to get outdoors and explore.Since the alternative Black Friday began, national and state parks around the U.S. have been waiving fees for entry and parking to help continue the tradition. Besides, who could say no at an opportunity to refresh and remind themselves that the world is a beautiful place. Not only does REI promote outdoor activities, they also provide inspiring resources, tools, and content to allow you to get inspired and receive the most out of your trip — from trail guides, to advice, and other events.The Black Friday deals vary by state, of course. For example, it is the first year Washington state will be participating in the shenanigans. On the contrary, it will be the third year in a row that Oregon, Arizona, and California state parks will waive the day-use and parking fees.And the trend seems to be catching on around the nation. Some of these parks will even have organized events like group hiking trips for those who need that extra push to get outdoors and revel in the wild.You can find which state or national parks near you are participating this year below.State and National Parks with No Entry Fee for Black Friday 2017Alaska State ParksArizona State ParksBureau of Land ManagementCalifornia State Parks (Redwoods)Colorado State ParksDelaware State ParksGeorgia State ParksKansas State ParksMassachusetts State ParksMinnesota State ParksMissouri State ParksNational Forest FoundationNational Park FoundationNational Park ServiceOregon State ParksTennessee State ParksVermont State ParksWashington National Parks The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weatherlast_img read more

Restrictions Lifted Temporarily in Some Counties

first_imgRoads in the northern and eastern areas of Nova Scotia will see the temporary removal of spring weight restrictions. Effective immediately, the Department of Transportation and Public Works is temporarily lifting spring weight restrictions on all roads in the following counties: Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Guysborough, Antigonish, Richmond, Inverness, Cape Breton and Victoria. The restrictions will be lifted until 6:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4. Spring weight restrictions remain in effect until further notice in the counties of Yarmouth, Shelburne, Digby, Annapolis, Queens, Kings, Lunenburg, Halifax and Hants. Updated information on future road openings and closures, is available on the Department of Transportation and Public Works website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran . Transportation and Public Works staff will continue to monitor conditions to determine the level of frost in the roads. If the weather turns colder to the point that the roads are frozen and no damage can occur, then spring weight restrictions will be removed. -30-last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Queens County

first_img Local Area Office: 902-354-5035 Fax: 902-354-3106 QUEENS COUNTY: Eagle Head Bridge Because of storm damage, Eastern Shore Road is closed to all except local traffic from Hayes Road to the intersection of Eastern Shore Road and East Berlin Road for repairs on Eagle Head Bridge. Detours are available on Highway 103, Port Medway Road and Eastern Shore Road.last_img

Minimum Wage Increasing to 1015 on April 1

first_imgThe minimum wage in Nova Scotia will rise to $10.15, a 1.5 per cent increase from the present rate of $10.00 an hour. The minimum wage for an inexperienced worker, with less than three months’ experience in the work for which they were hired, has also risen from $9.50 to $9.65. “Nova Scotians deserve to earn a fair wage for a day’s work,” said Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “The minimum wage rate must continue to keep up with increases to the costs of living. This new schedule will also provide employers and employees in the province with predictability and stability going forward.” The increase to $10.15 is based on the Low Income Cut Off adjusted for inflation. Future increases to the rate will occur annually in April based on increases to the national consumer price index for the previous year. Fixing the rate to the consumer price index was a recommendation from the Minimum Wage Review Committee, made up of people representing both employers and employees. The committee had previously recommended a schedule of increases that would bring the rate back in line with the Low Income Cut Off, a figure set by Statistics Canada where people are devoting a significantly larger than average percentage of their income to the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing. The rate was last set in October 2011, at slightly above the Low Income Cut Off. A copy of the latest Minimum Wage Review Committee report is available in both French and English at gov.ns.ca/lae/employmentrightslast_img read more

NWT federal government reach deal on caribou conservation plans

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE — Ottawa and the Northwest Territories have reached a deal on protecting threatened caribou.The deal gives the territory deadlines to come up with range plans for its boreal caribou herds.The first of those plans is due this summer. If that deadline is missed, the federal environment minister has the power to step in and impose protections.Ottawa has reached similar deals with other provinces and territories.Environmentalists have pointed out the deadlines in those agreements are often ignored and the federal government faces at least one lawsuit trying to force it to act.Boreal caribou in the N.W.T. face few immediate threats.The herds number about 6,000 animals and more than two-thirds of their range is considered undisturbed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Waterford authors book to be turned into TV series

A Waterford author, who just had her first novel published, soon could be watching her story on TV.John Wells Productions and Warner Brothers purchased the rights to turn into a series Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. This is the seventh novel she has written, but the first to be published. It hit the shelves June 11.Lim will get producer billing and can be as involved as she wants in the production.“It should be exciting,” said Lim. “It should be great.”There have been no official announcements about the series will be broadcast.Lim’s story takes place in San Francisco, home of the oldest Chinatown in North America. The setting was inspired by Lim’s birthplace in Manila, which houses the oldest Chinatown in the world.The novel centres around food and magic, two things that Lim connects with.“I eat more than I cook,” she said. “I want to try everything and taste everything. I’m passionate about food and I’ve always loved books that have food in them.”Lim’s story is infused with “magical realism” inspired by superstitions.“I grew up with these superstitions that were kind of made for a bit of magical experience when you view it in an everyday context.”Lim emigrated from the Phillipines to Canada when she was young and grew up in Toronto. After marrying a Norfolk man, she moved to Waterford.She said getting a book published is a tough experience.“You have to be used to rejection,” Lim said. “It’s so hard.”While she spends a lot of her time writing, she uses art as an escape.“Right now, I do art as a hobby I enjoy, where writing is my job,” said Lim.“I do embroidery, illustration. When you’re writing you need something creative to take the pressure off.”Lim is currently working on her next book, which will be set in Paris and also include food and magic. It is expected to be published in July 2020.astaylor@postmedia.com read more

TMX Group post 264 million net loss in second quarter after writedown

TORONTO – TMX Group Ltd. (TSX:X) had a net loss in the second quarter as it recognized the impaired value of some of its assets, primarily its investment in BOX Market LLC, which operates a U.S.-based options exchange.TMX Group, which owns the Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and Montreal Exchange for derivatives, said it had a $26.4 million net loss attributable to its shareholders, or 49 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30.That included a $1.31 per share impairment item related to BOX and other assets. Excluding that and other items totalling 19 cents per share, TMX Group’s adjusted profit was $1.01 per share.In the second quarter of 2013, TMX group had net income of $25.5 million or 47 cents per share and 89 cents per share of adjusted earnings.The group’s revenue was virtually unchanged at about $182.3 million.The BOX writedown is a holdover from the reorganization of TMX Group in its current form, with the majority of its equity hold by members of the Maple Group of investors.TMX says that the value of goodwill and other intanbile assets related to BOX had fallen by $106.2 million after taxes as of the end of the second quarter, compared with the third quarter of 2012 when they were valued. Of the $106.2 million, $42.6 million was attributable to another investor and $63.6 million to shareholders of TMX Group. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2014 6:45 pm MDT TMX Group post $26.4 million net loss in second quarter after writedown of BOX read more

Weight Watchers stock gains as Oprah loses 26 pounds

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Weight Watchers stock is gaining again, thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s weight loss.The company’s shares soared Tuesday after a new commercial starring Winfrey aired where she says she has lost 26 pounds on Weight Watchers. Winfrey said during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” that she started on the plan in August.Winfrey bought a 10 per cent stake in the weight-loss company in October. Its stock is up more than 90 per cent since then. Winfrey is a natural fit for the company: Her struggle with weight was a frequent topic of her former talk show.“I love bread!,” Winfrey says in the new commercial. “That’s the genius of this program. I lost 26 pounds and I have eaten bread every single day.”Winfrey posted the ad online Tuesday to her nearly 31 million Twitter followers.Weight Watchers has also made changes to its plans recently to better fit in with Winfrey’s message of living a healthy and happier life, and not just focusing on weight loss.Shares of New York-based Weight Watchers International Inc. rose 21 per cent to $13.44 in afternoon trading. But they are still down about 21 per cent from a year ago. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 26, 2016 11:58 am MDT Last Updated Jan 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Weight Watchers stock gains as Oprah loses 26 pounds read more

Baseball Ohio State splits fourgame series in Big TenPac12 Challenge

Ohio State junior starting pitcher Connor Curlis delivers a pitch against University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Snowbird Classic on Feb. 16, 2018. Ohio State won 11-7. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros Magazine.The Ohio State baseball team rode 35 combined runs in its first three games in Surprise, Arizona, to capture two of its first three in the Big Ten/Pac-12 challenge.In game four the bats cooled off in the desert, and after getting shut out by No. 2 Oregon State (8-0, 0-0 Pac-12) on Saturday, the Buckeyes (5-3, 0-0 Big Ten) finished the road trip with an even two wins and two losses. Ohio State won both game against Utah (0-6).Defense was of significant concern for the Buckeyes across the four games, with a total of 12 errors on the weekend.Game 1: UtahOhio State already had a 4-0 lead in the opening frame when sophomore right fielder Dominic Canzone stepped up to the plate for his second time that inning, this trip with the bases loaded. He saw a 1-0 pitch he liked and smacked it into left, scoring a pair of runs as part of a seven-run opening inning for the Buckeyes Thursday.It was more than enough offense to get Ohio State past Utah 7-2.Junior Connor Curlis took the hill to start for the Buckeyes and pitched well, surrendering just one earned run in 5.1 innings with five strikeouts. He received credit for the win, his first of the season.Game 2: Oregon StateThe Buckeyes held a 6-4 advantage over the No. 2 Oregon State Beavers leading into the bottom of the eighth inning, but the Beavers came back with six runs in the frame aided by a pair of errors by Ohio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry.Ohio State attempted a comeback in the final at-bat, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, one from third baseman Conner Pohl’s second home run of the day, but Oregon State was able to hold on for the 10-8 victory against the Buckeyes.Junior starting pitcher Ryan Feltner opened the game on the hill, going six innings and giving up four earned runs. Senior reliever Seth Kinker took his first loss on the year after surrendering six runs in the eighth inning — none of them earned.The Ohio State defense committed four errors in the game.Game 3: UtahA 20-run offensive explosion propelled Ohio State to a second win, 20-13, against Utah Saturday in Surprise, Arizona.Five different hitters had at least three hits for the Buckeyes in the game, including a 5-for-7, four-RBI day from senior right fielder Noah McGowan, who hit his third home run of the season during the contest. This marked the seventh straight game with an RBI for the Ohio State right fielder. Canzone had a 4-for-6 day with two RBIs and his third stolen base on the year. Senior left fielder Tyler Cowles went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBIs.Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer started the game for the Buckeyes, going four innings and giving up six runs, four of them earned. Redshirt senior Curtiss Irving (1-0) was credited with the win after a scoreless eighth inning in relief.Game 4: Oregon StateOhio State might have kept it close with Oregon State in the initial meeting Friday, but on Sunday, Oregon State sophomore pitcher Grant Gambrell took the hill and delivered seven shutout innings. He retired a dozen hitters by strikeout.It was more than enough for the Beavers to notch a 6-1 win over the Buckeyes . The Beavers found six runs despite losing their best hitter, junior second baseman Nick Madrigal, before the game with a broken wrist.Redshirt senior pitcher Yianni Pavlopoulos (1-1) got the start for the Buckeyes and pitched four innings giving up six runs, only two of them earned after a pair of errors by senior first baseman Bo Coolen. read more

UCLA Files Appeal To Make Shabazz Muhammad Eligible

UCLA filed a formal appeal with the NCAA to overturn its ruling that has made freshman sensation Shabazz Muhammad  ineligible.The NCAA declared Muhammad ineligible to play after an investigation determined that he had accepted improper benefits in the form of travel expenses and lodging for unofficial visits during the recruiting period to North Carolina and Duke.UCLA coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference that the NCAA appeals committee is expected to hear the case on Friday and that the school hopes to have a decision shortly thereafter.“At this time, I’m optimistic and hopeful that everything is going to work out,” Howland said. “That’s about all I can say. Hopeful is a big part of that.”If the NCAA rules in Muhammad’s favor, he likely would become eligible immediately. But if the appeal is denied, Muhammad would have to go through the reinstatement process to regain his eligibility.The highly touted recruit has been under investigation since this summer, but less than two hours before the Bruins’ season opener last Friday, the NCAA announced Muhammad was ineligible to play.Dan Guerrero, UCLA athletic director, said last week the ruling was incorrect and unfair to Muhammad.During warmups before Tuesday’s overtime win against UC Irvine, freshmen Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Tony Parker wore “Free Shabazz” T-Shirts. Howland said that public display by the first-year players was a one-time show of support.“This is their friend. They love their friend,” Howland said. But “that’s not something we’ll do in the future.”Muhammad will continue to practice with the team as he awaits the NCAA’s decision.  The Bruins hope to have Muhammad available next week in the Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They will face Georgetown on Monday and then either No. 1 Indiana or Georgia on Tuesday. read more

Your Guide To The 2018 National League

It’s opening week in the major leagues, and we’re catching up on what baseball’s been up to over this very odd offseason — and looking forward to the season ahead. We’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model, which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) What follows is our take on the National League — for the American League, click here. NL WestTeam to beat: Los Angeles Dodgers. At times last season, L.A. looked like it might belong among the greatest teams of all time. But it also looked like trash during one September stretch — then turned around and very nearly won the World Series. We can’t guarantee this season will hold as many ups and downs for the Dodgers, but they should be quite good once again. Start with the NL’s best projected pitcher (Clayton Kershaw), add in its top reliever (Kenley Jansen), and mix in four hitters projected for at least 3.3 WAR (Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig), and you’ve got a recipe for the top team in the National League. This division is pretty stacked in general, though, so you might see both wild-card slots go to NL West teams again. Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: New York Mets. Touted last season to contend for the East, the Mets got out to a miserable, injury-riddled start and never recovered. They do have a new manager now, former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and pitching was the biggest issue with last year’s squad. (New York actually finished 11th in position-player wins above replacement.) But Callaway was basically the extent of the Mets’ offseason improvements, aside from re-signing ex-Met Jay Bruce and scavenging third baseman Todd Frazier and reliever Anthony Swarzak in free agency. Essentially, the Mets’ 2018 season hinges on the same factors that destroyed them in 2017: the health and effectiveness of their pitching staff. Stay tuned to see how that works out.Rebuild alert: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves. The Phillies had been in this category for years, but they spent the offseason finally making win-now moves. Even the Braves, with their incredible farm machine,1Even after Atlanta was punished for the international signing rule violations that got former GM John Coppolella banned for life from MLB. won’t be long for this list. But the Marlins … whoo, buddy. Miami has just begun its descent into tanking hell, with new ownership and an offseason sell-off that actually surpassed the franchise’s famous fire sale two decades ago. Our model considers the Marlins the worst team in baseball, so let the rebuild commence.Player to watch: Noah Syndergaard, Mets. Last April, “Thor” was well on his way to once again ranking among the game’s best pitchers. Then he tore a lat muscle — and wouldn’t be seen back on an MLB mound until a very odd, meaningless late-September co-start. (Don’t ask.) Syndergaard is healthy again, however, and according to FanGraphs’ numbers, he projects as the third-best pitcher in baseball. What’s more, those projections don’t factor in the fireballs he was hurling in the spring, ostensibly trying to prove he’s still the hardest-throwing starter around. (We get it, Noah.) If Syndergaard stays healthy, he should dominate.Biggest enigma: Bryce Harper, Nationals. Harper is projected to be the eighth-best position player in baseball this season, but he’s far from a sure thing. Despite being one of MLB’s most exciting players, his numbers have bounced around wildly in the past few seasons. In 2015, we saw Harper perform at a level few players have ever attained, producing 9.5 WAR with a weighted on-base average 97 percent better than league average. The following year, he was down to a measly 3.5 WAR with a weighted OBA only 12 percent above average. And last year? He hit like an MVP in the early going but was injured later in the season, ending up with 4.8 WAR and a wOBA 56 percent better than average. No player’s WAR has moved around more from season to season over the past three years, so it’s anybody’s guess where Harper will end up in 2018. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee is an extremely difficult team to figure out heading into the season. The Brew Crew surprised everyone by winning 86 games last year, even leading the division as late as July 25. It also dealt aggressively over the winter, picking up both Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to patrol Miller Park’s outfield. But the forecasters are pretty split over the Brewers’ potential in 2018. Some systems see them pushing the Cardinals and Cubs again; others think they’ll struggle to crack .500. Our aggregation of various projections calls for 83 wins, but like Minnesota in the AL, this is another forecast I suspect we’re too low on.Rebuild alert: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Reds have been rebuilding for a half-decade now, if we include this season — and our projections say we most definitely should. Someday, perennial MVP candidate Joey Votto could play for a winning team again, but it probably won’t be this year (and it might not be for Cincinnati, either). Meanwhile, the Pirates are just embarking on their rebuilding journey, having traded away franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen and ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh probably could have made one last run at the playoffs this year if it had hung on to its stars, but that would have required everything to go right. Instead, general manager Neal Huntington opted to close the book on the franchise’s best period since the early 1990s.Player to watch: Jose Quintana, Cubs. When the Cubs picked up Quintana from the White Sox at last season’s trade deadline for a handful of prospects, it was about more than just renting help for the stretch run in 2017. Quintana’s contract extends through this year, with team options for 2019 and 2020 as well, so the Cubs were locking down one of the game’s most valuable arms for the long haul. According to FanGraphs, Quintana is projected to be a top-10 pitcher by WAR this season. Along with new teammate Yu Darvish, he should help Chicago recapture some of the form of its banner 2016 campaign that produced the third-best rotation in baseball.Biggest enigma: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs. Schwarber’s career has already gone through so many twists and turns, it’s hard to remember that he’s still just 25 years old, with a shade over two years of MLB service time. Schwarber flashed outstanding potential at the plate in a half-season of action in 2015, and he provided instant memories when he returned from injury to hit .412 in the 2016 World Series. But a cold start buried his 2017 numbers, even though he hit quite well from July onward. Toss in an offseason of serious weight loss, and it seems like Schwarber is poised for a big breakout season — but still, FanGraphs’ projections see him generating between 0.9 and 3.0 WAR, so he’s stuck on the enigma list for now. Diamondbacks15238577+3843193 How Elo is forecasting the NL Central race How Elo is forecasting the NL East race NL EastTeam to beat: Washington Nationals. Aside from a stunning implosion in 2015 and a distant runner-up finish to the Atlanta Braves (remember that?) in 2013, the Nats have owned this division for most of the decade. For at least one more season, things should play out basically the same way. Washington returns essentially all of the core that won 97 ballgames a year ago, plus it’ll have leadoff man Adam Eaton back after a knee injury cost him most of last season. Nobody quite knows what to do with the Mets (see below), and the Phillies are finally on the rise. But it would take another unlikely confluence of underperformance from the Nationals and a breakout elsewhere for anybody to catch Washington this year. The Nats should savor it while it lasts — with Bryce Harper and others due for free agency after the season and Philadelphia and Atlanta soon emerging from their tanking projects, this division could look very different in a few years. But for now, it’s all Washington. How Elo is forecasting the NL West race Mets14917983-2124141 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Reds14657290-8783<1 Dodgers15689765+14581%63%13% Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Rockies15038082-92691 Braves14747587-58158<1 Pirates14837785-41186<1 Marlins14436795-12753<1 Nationals15469369+11173%62%8% Brewers15108379+1534142 TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series NL CentralTeam to beat: Chicago Cubs. Last year’s Cubs suffered one of the worst championship hangovers in baseball history, dragging them down from the historic heights they’d reached in 2016. (Note: They still won 92 games. Everything’s relative.) But between the offseason and last year’s trade deadline, Chicago now boasts a revamped pitching staff to go with a young core of position-player talent that already ranks among baseball’s best. The Cardinals, eternal archnemesis to the Cubs, are shaping up for a resurgent season as well — and who knows what to make of the Brewers (more on them later) — so this division could make for an exciting summer. But out of that triad of contenders, the Cubs are clearly the favorites to win the Central crown. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Phillies14907983-1924141 Giants14947884-272281 Cardinals15228676+4345223 Cubs15589567+12776%55%10% Padres14556993-11562<1 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: San Francisco Giants. The Giants’ weird run of even-year success seemed poised to end this season after the team sputtered to 64 wins a year ago. But San Francisco refused to let one of the most disappointing campaigns in recent history deter them. No, the Giants went out and acquired a bunch of recognizable names over the winter, including potential future Hall of Famers Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Will their efforts work? Well, PECOTA lists the Giants on the periphery of the playoffs. But other projections are less bullish. Also working against San Francisco: Only six teams in history have gone from 85 or more wins2Per 162 games. in one season to 70 or fewer the next, then back to 85 or more the season after that. A spring training injury to ace Madison Bumgarner — see below — isn’t helping matters, either.Rebuild alert: San Diego Padres. San Diego is perpetually rebuilding — it hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010 — and the Padres were dealt another blow3Probably. when Japanese two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani spurned them this winter. But the team has ranked third in Keith Law’s farm-system rankings in back-to-back years now, helping produce a few encouraging prospects who might be part of the next contending Padres team. That team probably won’t come along this season, though: Our model assigns the Padres the lowest division-title probability of any team in the National League.Player to watch: Corey Seager, Dodgers. Los Angeles has so many stars at its disposal that, Clayton Kershaw aside, it can sometimes be difficult for them to get their proper due. Take Seager, a slick-fielding, great-hitting, 23-year-old shortstop who ranks fifth among position players in WAR over the past two seasons. A player like that would be the centerpiece of most teams, but Seager finished behind three teammates (and tied with another) in MVP voting last year. Sure, some of that owed to Seager missing time with elbow and back problems. But when he’s healthy, Seager ought to be in the running with Kershaw for the title of L.A.’s best player.Biggest enigma: Madison Bumgarner, Giants. No pitcher in baseball looks more lights-out when he’s at his best than Bumgarner, whose playoff exploits are the stuff of legend. But that peak performance hasn’t always translated fully in the regular season, where Bumgarner ranks only 15th among qualified starters in fielding-independent pitching since his rookie season of 2010. Beyond that, his customary durability faltered last season, as a dirt bike accident landed him on the disabled list for several months with shoulder and rib injuries. And just this week, a stray line drive broke a finger on Bumgarner’s throwing hand, costing him an estimated six to eight weeks of action. If Bumgarner doesn’t dominate when he returns, the Giants’ bounce-back season might be doomed to failure.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Goalies fight for time in net

For the second straight year, the Ohio State men’s hockey team has a fierce competition at goalie. Junior Dustin Carlson and sophomore Cal Heeter are again battling for time between the pipes.“I got my chance last year to play, I played the first game at Denver and the next game in Michigan,” Heeter said. “Then Dusty [Carlson] really got on a roll and coaches just stuck with him.”Carlson went on to have one of the best seasons in OSU history. He recorded 21 wins, fourth in program history, and four shutouts, which is third in program history. Carlson’s 1,014 saves last season ranked second in the conference and fifth in program history.Consequently, Heeter finished the season with only three starts. However, with the new season, the competition has been renewed.Heeter said he was told at the end of last season “If you come in and work hard you’re going to have your chances to play and you’ll just have to prove yourself in games.”So far this season, Heeter has taken full advantage of his opportunities winning two of his three starts. His wins came against No. 3 Denver in a 4-0 victory and against Lake Superior State by a score of 4-3.While Heeter has thrived in the early season, Carlson has struggled. Carlson has failed to record a win in his three starts this season, but his record isn’t necessarily due to his own play, coach John Markell said.“One guy right now is the recipient of more goals than the other,” Markell said. The Buckeyes have scored nine goals in Heeter’s three starts while scoring just four goals in Carlson’s.“Both of them are going to have the opportunity to play and that’s part of being a team,” Markell said. So far, the teammates seem unaffected by the rotation.“As far as playing one game a weekend, I think in some ways its easier,” Heeter said. “But if they call on me to play two, that’s not going to bother me either.”The duo also seems to have embraced the situation, and worked with each other to improve. “It’s a healthy competition between us. We push each other to be the best,” Heeter said.Heeter and Carlson will continue to push each other in the Buckeyes’ next two games against No. 11 Notre Dame. The games are Friday at 7:35 p.m. and Saturday at 5:05 p.m. at Notre Dame. read more

HSE warns of contaminated cannabis as two women remain in critical condition

first_imgTHE HSE HAS issued an alert to service users and community and voluntary groups working with drug users about a contaminated batch of cannabis which appears to be circulating in the Cavan/Louth/Meath area.This follows news of two women who were hospitalised in Drogheda and required intensive care after using the drug.Today the HSE said that reports have been received that this batch has “unusual side effects leading to admission to intensive care”.A garda spokesperson tole TheJournal.ie that the two women had similar symptoms and that “the same intoxicants” were found in their systems. They said they are both in critical condition at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.Andrew Ogle of the HSE Addiction Services in the North East said that if someone gets into difficulty after consuming a substance “it is critically important to get help immediately by calling the emergency services.”It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.The HSE renminded the public that taking drugs” carries serious health risks”.“As well as the danger of addiction, drug misuse has serious health risks and is associated with a wide range of conditions and complications, both physical and psychological,” it said. “These include heart failure and respiratory failure, both of which can be fatal.”Read: Irish smoke as much marijuana as the Dutch>Read: Two women arrested after €500,000 seizure of cannabis plants>last_img read more

Poll Are you saving for a pension

first_img Poll Results: Wed 8:22 AM Image: Shutterstock/ptnphoto I’m already retired (652) 23,173 Views Share1 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 8:22 AM By Sean Murray 54 Comments Image: Shutterstock/ptnphoto YesNoNo, but I want toI’m already retiredVote No, but I want to (1701) https://jrnl.ie/4804336 NEW RESEARCH PUBLISHED today has said that 55% of retired men receive a private or occupational pension, compared to only 28% of women. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) said that retired women have around 35% less income to live on compared to men on average. The ESRI said that the gender pension gap is down to a “complex mix of factors”, and this research echoes other studies which have shown that women are far less likely to be preparing for their retirement than men. So, today we’re asking you? Are you saving for a pension? Short URL Yes (5249) No (1740) Poll: Are you saving for a pension? According to ESRI research, men are far more likely to receive a private pension than women. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Big banks are not the only options for borrowers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While more than 50 per cent of Australians have experienced “bank rage” few are willing to switch lenders. According to a new report by Colmar Brunton on behalf of Heritage Bank, just 5 per cent of Queenslanders are looking to switch their home loan in the next 12 months. Heritage Bank chief executive officer John Minz said the research showed the need for the federal government and smaller financial institutions to keep promoting measures that increase competition in the banking sector. Source: The Adviserlast_img read more

Parkinson diminuer les effets secondaires liés au traitement de la maladie

first_imgParkinson : diminuer les effets secondaires liés au traitement de la maladieFrance – Les chercheurs de l’Inserm et du CNRS sont parvenus à limiter les symptômes causés par le traitement de la maladie de Parkinson, en agissant sur la production de dopamine.Pour traiter la maladie de Parkinson, une thérapie à base de L-dopa est administrée aux personnes atteintes. Elle comble le manque de dopamine à l’origine des syndromes parkinsoniens tels que les troubles moteurs. Malheureusement, ce traitement entraîne au fil du temps des effets indésirables comme des mouvements involontaires (dyskinésies) ou des fluctuations brutales d’activité. Les chercheurs se sont penchés sur le sujet, pour tenter d’améliorer le quotidien des malades. Ils ont pour cela restauré, chez le rat et le singe, la production de la protéine GRK6 qui contrôle le circuit des récepteurs de la dopamine. Grâce à cette action, les effets indésirables se sont révélés moins importants chez ces animaux. “Cette avancée montre que nous nous intéressons à la bonne molécule. Mais nous sommes conscients que la technique que nous avons utilisée ne sera pas rapidement accessible en routine chez l’homme. Nous avons donc d’autres idées pour proposer des solutions adaptées aux patients parkinsoniens”, a expliqué Erwan Bezard, de l’Inserm. Les chercheurs ont démarré un nouveau programme de recherche afin d’identifier en particulier les petites molécules qui pourraient imiter l’action de GRK6. Les résultats de ce travail ont été publiés dans la revue Science Translational Medicine datée du 21 avril 2010.Le 27 avril 2010 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Ridgefield Multicultural Festival fetes rich history growing diversity

first_imgHow will quaint, cute Ridgefield — a quiet, old-fashioned, mostly homogenous place that’s sometimes called Clark County’s “Mayberry” — handle an invasion of Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Hawaiians, Indians, Filipinos, Russians, Nigerians and Mexicans, all bearing cultural gifts?With a day of celebration and education about homegrown diversity, naturally. Downtown Ridgefield’s monthly First Saturday celebration for Sept. 1 will be the first-ever Ridgefield Multicultural Festival — an occasion for international music and dance, drumming and parading, cooking and, of course, eating.“What I really love about Ridgefield is, every first Saturday of the month, volunteers and the city have been putting together programs for the last couple years. It’s really impressive what they can pull off,” said festival founder Dr. Megan Dudley, a pediatrician who moved to Ridgefield with her husband and children a few years ago.“My family and I always walk downtown and participate. It is really fun for our kids,” said Dudley, a fourth-generation Japanese-American who works for Kaiser Permanente in Longview. But those events never seemed to draw her Kaiser colleagues who are immigrants to the U.S. and to Ridgefield; Dudley wondered how she could get them engaged with their new hometown.It also got her thinking about her own cultural background in the context of small-town America.“My grandparents were Japanese-Americans and they were interned in Arkansas” during World War II, Dudley said. “And in the postwar period, being Japanese was difficult. There was a feeling you didn’t want to express your culture and your language. My mom didn’t cook Japanese food and we never attended any cultural events.last_img read more

MINISTERS SAME JOBS CHANGING FOR SOME

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Jan 2015 – Islanders more intimately in the know are right now buzzing about an impending Cabinet Shuffle. Media was already invited to attend a press conference tomorrow hosted by the Premier. There is strong speculation that he will reveal the portfolio changes at that time. The Premier will reportedly release his Tourism job and give it to Hon Portia Smith as he takes on Health and Human Services.Magnetic Media is told the Tourism portfolio may be shared and we are also told Hon George Lightbourne will swap with Hon Amanda Missick.If this all pans out as sources say, it would not be the first shuffle by the Premier since being elected in November 2012.The new roles will reportedly take effect January 19. Related Items:cabinet members, premier rufus ewing, shuffle Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Row over Grand Turk infrastructure reaches fever pitch in Parliamentlast_img read more

Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference Making Vinyl

first_imgNews Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference jack-white-spearheads-new-industry-conference-making-vinyl NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Jack White’s P&E Wing Speech: “Let The Music Tell You What To Do” Jack White has been a major player in the return of vinyl interest, both before and after the opening his own pressing plant at the Detroit, Mich., offices of his label, Third Man Records.On top of his ongoing contributions to the format, DigitalMusicNews.com is reporting that White’s label has become a major sponsor involved in launching a new two-day business conference called “Making Vinyl,” which will aim to bring together industry giants to discuss and promote the future of the pressing physical records.Details are still forthcoming, but White is officially signed on as the opening keynote speaker, with Record Store Day co-founder Michael Kurtz onboard to deliver an additional keynote. DMN has also hinted that White will provide attendees with a multi-hour tour of the Third Man pressing plant.Registration for the conference opens on Aug. 21, with the event slated to take place in Detroit on Nov. 6–7.Gibson Guitars Names Slash Global Brand Ambassador The 12-time GRAMMY winner’s label Third Man Records is a major sponsor for a new pro-vinyl industry eventBrian HaackGRAMMYs Aug 17, 2017 – 12:33 pm GRAMMY.comIt’s no secret that vinyl is riding a continuing wave of resurgence in sales and popularity. Just this year, it’s been reported that vinyl sales are currently at the peak of a 25-year high, after rising 26 percent in 2016 alone.Even as far back as 2014, indie labels like Asthmatic Kitty, home to Sufjan Stevens, were already reporting a minimum 3-month wait list for getting their artists’ records pressed and ready for distribution, due to rising consumer demands for the once-dying format. Email Jack White Spearheads New Industry Conference “Making Vinyl” Facebook Twitter last_img read more

David Bowie Elton John Train Collaborator Paul Buckmaster Dies

first_imgNews Facebook Email David Bowie, Elton John, Train Collaborator Paul Buckmaster Dies Twitter Paul Buckmaster: 1946–2017 david-bowie-elton-john-train-collaborator-paul-buckmaster-dies https://twitter.com/McDanielEnt/status/928303370607005696 The GRAMMY-winning composer/arranger worked with some of the biggest acts in rock historyBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2017 – 5:35 pm GRAMMY-winning artist, arranger, conductor, and composer Paul Buckmaster died on Nov. 7, according to a tweet from his management company, McDaniel Entertainment. An official cause of death has not been revealed. He was 71 years old.A classically trained cellist from the age of 4, Buckmaster shifted gears to composing orchestral arrangements for pop and rock artists in the late ’60s, making a name for himself after writing the string arrangement for David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”Throughout the early 1970s, Buckmaster rubbed elbows with many now-legendary artists in the early phases of their careers, contributing to Elton John’s albums Elton John, Tumbleweed Connection, and Madman Across The Water, as well as Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones.He was also an active film score composer, having worked on films such as The Man Who Fell To Earth (starring David Bowie) and Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys. More recently, he collaborated with acts like Taylor Swift, Chris Cornell, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, and Heart. At the 44th GRAMMY Awards, Buckmaster won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for his contribution to Train’s “Drops Of Jupiter.”Photo caption: Paul Buckmaster (center) with Train at rehearsals for the 44th GRAMMY Awards in 2002Joni Mitchell Gets Candid In New BiographyRead morelast_img read more