first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceHe’s the Oakland A’s chief operating officer, with a tall order — attracting more fans. So this season, Chris Giles is trying a novel approach on how to reel them in. And, it appears to be paying off, with the number of A’s fan memberships doubling in a single year.Giles is pioneering a first-of-its kind membership program called A’s Access. Under the plan, fans buy packages of reserved seats for as few as 10 or 24 …last_img

first_imgOriginal material in a fossil has been detected, this time from a leaf that is identical to modern leaves despite an alleged 50 million years.Shouldn’t the evolutionists have been astonished?  According to a press release from the University of Manchester, the fossil leaf they examined in X-rays was identical to modern leaves.  It even had the feeding tubes of caterpillars on it, as if they had munched on the leaf yesterday.  It contained primordial material from the living plant.  The leaf, though, found in the Green River Formation in Wyoming, is supposed to be 50 million years old.The authors didn’t blink an eye.  It was still millions of years old, in their account.  But when they shined the equivalent of a “million suns” in X-rays on this leaf, they found original copper, zinc, nickel and other primordial materials.  The details were exquisite – and familiar:The work shows that the distribution of copper, zinc and nickel in the fossil leaves was almost identical to that in modern leaves. Each element was concentrated in distinct biological structures, such as the veins and the edges of the leaves, and the way these trace elements and sulphur were attached to other elements was very similar to that seen in modern leaves and plant matter in soils….“In one beautiful specimen, the leaf has been partially eaten by prehistoric caterpillars – just as modern caterpillars feed – and their feeding tubes are preserved on the leaf. The chemistry of these fossil tubes remarkably still matches that of the leaf on which the caterpillars fed.”How could this leaf be so well preserved for so long?  The authors dreamed up “a way in which these specimens are so beautifully preserved over millions of years” – the copper acts as a natural biocide to preserve the original leaf tissues.  One wonders why they didn’t propose that museums sprinkle all their specimens with copper powder.  And according to their own eyeballs, this plant and the caterpillar that ate it had not evolved at all in 50 million years.You have to wonder if evolutionists ever realize how stupid they sound sometimes when they go into moyboy mode.  Maybe not; it’s a conditioned response that requires no thinking.  The moyboy mentality has been so drilled into them for so long, it’s graven on their hearts with an iron stylus. (Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag. A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz roll over short-handed Miami Heat Curry said he was surprised by the reaction to his remarks, made in casual conversation with teammate Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks player Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore and co-host Annie Finberg — the topics ranging from dinosaurs to golf clubs.“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked, with several fellow guests answering “no”.“They’re going to come get us, I don’t think so either,” Curry said, then added: “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, ‘Oh my God, he’s a fake-moon-landing truther’ whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada,” Curry said.While Curry professed surprise that anyone took his conspiracy theory comments seriously, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player said he will be happy to accept an invitation from NASA to tour the agency’s facilities, including the lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“One thousand percent,” he said of accepting the offer. “I am definitely going to take (NASA) up on their offer. I am going to educate myself first hand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years.“And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power. For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Washington Wizards at ORACLE Arena on October 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors star Stephen Curry walked back his moon-walk skepticism Wednesday, saying he was joking when he suggested the lunar landings were a hoax.“Obviously, I was joking when I was talking on the podcast,” Curry told ESPN on Wednesday, after his causal comments on the “Winging It” podcast sparked stratospheric reactions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid coach Simeone coy over move for Chelsea striker Morataby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is coy over talk of a move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.Atletico are now regarded as favourites to sign Morata, though they only want to take him on-loan.Asked about the reports, Simeone stated: “Morata? I do not think about players who are not with us. “I think of those who can give me solutions before Girona, it is my only concern.”Along with Atletico, Morata is also interesting Barcelona. last_img

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In one of the biggest crackdowns on the corrupting role of money in college basketball, 10 men — including a top Adidas executive and four assistant coaches — were charged Tuesday with using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents, even tailors.Some of the most explosive allegations appeared to involve Louisville, one of college basketball’s biggest powerhouses, which is already on NCAA probation over a sex scandal.Federal prosecutors said at least three top high school recruits were promised payments of as much as $150,000, using money supplied by Adidas, to attend two universities sponsored by the athletic shoe company. Court papers didn’t name the schools but contained enough details to identify them as Louisville and Miami.“The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, adding that the defendants were “circling blue-chip prospects like coyotes” and exploited them to enrich themselves.Prosecutors said that while some of the bribe money went to athletes and their families, some went to coaches, to get them to use their influence over their potentially NBA-bound players.The coaches charged are Chuck Person of Auburn, Emanuel Richardson of Arizona, Tony Bland of Southern California and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State. Person and Evans were suspended, and Bland was placed on administrative leave.Bland appeared in court in Tampa, Florida, wearing handcuffs and ankle chains. He said little during a brief hearing other than to answer the judge’s questions and did not enter a plea.Richardson appeared in court in Tucson, Arizona, where he was set for release on $50,000 bond. His lawyer declined to comment.Those charged also include James Gatto, director of global sports marketing for basketball at Adidas; Rashan Michel, a maker of custom suits for some of the NBA’s biggest stars; and various financial advisers and managers.NCAA President Mark Emmert condemned the alleged misconduct, saying, “Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families, and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.”Since 2015, the FBI has been investigating the influence of money on coaches and players in the NCAA. Kim noted a special FBI hotline was set up and asked anyone aware of additional corruption to come forward.Prosecutors said the coaches took bribes to use their “enormous influence” to steer players toward certain financial advisers and agents.Most if not all of the 10 defendants were under arrest. Lawyers for Gatto and two of the coaches did not immediately respond to requests for comment. It was unclear whether Evans had an attorney.Adidas said it was unaware of any misconduct by an employee and vowed to fully co-operate with authorities.Gatto and others are accused of funneling $100,000 to the family of a high school athlete to gain his commitment to play at Louisville and to sign with Adidas once he became a professional. Louisville and Adidas announced a 10-year, $160 million extension of their sponsorship deal over the summer.The player’s name was not released, but details in the criminal complaint make it clear investigators were referring to Brian Bowen, who did not return messages seeking comment.Louisville coach Rick Pitino said the allegations “come as a complete shock to me.”The development comes as Louisville is appealing a four-year NCAA probation over a scandal involving escorts hired for players and recruits. The scandal could cost the school its 2013 national championship.In court papers Tuesday, the FBI said it recorded a July meeting at which an assistant coach at Louisville was briefed on a plan to funnel thousands of dollars to a potential high school recruit. The participants in the meeting noted they had to be careful because Louisville was on probation.“We gotta be very low key,” said the coach, according to the FBI.Investigators said agents wiretapped a call in which Gatto and another defendant discussed an unidentified coach at Miami requesting that Adidas pay as much as $150,000 to another recruit, in part to prevent him from accepting a similar offer from a rival apparel company.Louisville interim President Gregory Postel confirmed the university has been informed it is part of the investigation and said, “Any violations will not be tolerated.”Miami said it will co-operate with authorities, while USC said it appointed former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.The investigation began after Martin Blazer, a Pittsburgh-based financial adviser to pro athletes, began co-operating with authorities in 2014. Blazer, accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of taking money from clients without permission, pleaded guilty this month to fraud and other crimes.He admitted making payments and loans to NCAA athletes as far back as 2000 to get them to hire him.Person, associate head coach at Auburn, was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in 1986 and played for five NBA teams over 13 seasons.Prosecutors said Person accepted about $91,500 in bribes from Blazer last year to steer clients to him when they reached the NBA. Some payments were alleged to have been arranged by Michel, a former NBA referee turned high-end clothier.Person was quoted by prosecutors as telling one player: “The most important part is that you … don’t say nothing to anybody … don’t share with your sisters, don’t share with any of the teammates, that’s very important ’cause this is a violation … of rules. But this is how the NBA players get it done.”Prosecutors said Evans solicited at least $22,000 over the past two years, while Richardson in February was paid $20,000 in bribes, some of which he kept for himself and some of which he gave to at least one high school athlete to get him to play for Arizona.___Associated Press writers Fred Goodall in Tampa, Florida, Gary Graves in Louisville, Kentucky, Larry Lage in Detroit and Fred Lief in New York contributed.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The growing frenzy around bitcoin and other cryptocurrency offerings has prompted warnings from a range of financial heavyweights on the risks that current and potential investors should keep in mind.Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz sounded the alarm last week, saying that buying into the trend is “closer to gambling than investing”, while Canada’s securities regulators association issued a special warning on Monday about the high level of risk associated with digital currency-linked products.Top of mind for many is the question of just how big a bubble bitcoin is in. Virtually worthless in early 2009, the cryptocurrency hit US$1,000 by early 2017 and then soared to its current price of just under US$17,000, a 12-month gain of more than 1,900 per cent.The disruptive potential of bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology is only helping fuel the speculation and could lead it to go higher still, said BMO Financial Group chief economist Doug Porter.“Bubbles start off with a very compelling story, a fundamental change that triggers a lot of enthusiasm and attracts a lot of investment, and often what we see happen is a good thing goes crazy.”“These sorts of things, whenever you get into the speculative mania, they can go a lot further and higher than many people believe is possible,” he said.Even those who fully believe bitcoin will keep growing and help to disrupt financial systems expect the price volatility to continue.“Even if there are corrections along the way, it will come back even stronger than before, so I’m not too worried about corrections. But for sure there is going to be volatility,” said William Mougayar, a cryptocurrency investor and author of The Business Blockchain.But with such an astounding run-up already this year, investors are turning to the debut of other coin launches in the hopes of repeating the astounding profits that have come to early bitcoin speculators.The rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) or token offerings used by blockchain start-ups to raise money has, however, led to other risks for the casual investor.With little regulation and more than US$3.6 billion raised in 234 offerings this year according to CoinSchedule, a cryptocurrency and ICO website, the area has been ripe for abuse, said University of Waterloo associate professor Jean-Paul Lam.“There has been quite a lot of fraud already, with companies taking advantage of the frenzy in ICOs and investors thinking they can make a quick return on their investment and they would invest in a lot of these projects without doing any due diligence.”“What has surprised me is the frenzy with people not assessing risk,” said Lam.The SEC has already cracked down on two such offerings this month, including one by Quebec-based PlexCorps that it said raised up to US$15 million from thousands of investors since August by promising a 13-fold profit in less than a month.Another seldom-mentioned risk is as old as money itself: taxes.While some believe their offshore wallets and decentralized ledger will allow them to hide their gains, Toronto tax lawyer Evan Kwok said the Canada Revenue Agency is actively looking into the issue and could begin a crackdown at any time.Active traders of digital currencies will likely have their profits taxed as business income, while those who have sat on their holdings would be taxed under capital gains, said Kwok.However, keeping track of gains can become complicated, since the digital exchanges don’t always provide complete transaction history, while those who actually use bitcoin to buy real-world items have to keep track of those transactions as well.“Once you transact away from that currency, let’s say you buy a coffee using bitcoin, that triggers a capital gain, you actually used it and liquidated your position.”Investors also have to understand the basics of the technology, including the public wallet, private key, and how to secure your private key, said Jean-Philippe Vergne, co-director of the Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Western University.He said investors also have to be wary of the cryptocurrency exchanges, as there have been numerous hacks, including a South Korean exchange that shut down Tuesday after a cyberattack.But despite the risks, Vergne said it could still be a way to diversify holdings for certain investors.“I think for investors who are interested in adding maybe five to 10 per cent of their savings in cryptocurrency, which is a nice way to diversify and gain exposure to an up-and-coming sector of the economy, why not, it may be a good idea.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will hear an appeal over jurisdiction in the latest stage of a long-running effort by Innu First Nations to sue mining giant Rio Tinto.The government of Newfoundland and Labrador launched the appeal after Quebec’s highest court ruled that the Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam and others could sue the company and its Iron Ore Co. of Canada subsidiary through Quebec courts.The attorney general of Newfoundland and Labrador has argued that Quebec courts are without jurisdiction in the matter because the mining operations are in Labrador.The Innu launched the lawsuit in 2013, seeking $900 million in compensation because the mine was built without their consent.They claim the mine, in operation since 1954, has caused environmental damage, displaced members of the community, and prevented them from practising their traditional way of life.The Innu First Nations of Uashat mak Mani-utenam and Matimekush-Lac John say they’re disappointed the Supreme Court will hear the challenge as it amounts to another delay in their lawsuit. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img SearchSearch inCandidateDistrict AreaVotesElected CandidateDistrict AreaVotesElected Nicole SoontiensRural Area of Dawson Creek89 Travis JonesRural Area of Dawson Creek115X Darcy HearttRural Area of Dawson Creek95 Kim EricksonRural Area of Dawson Creek110 Chad AndersonRural Area of Dawson Creek222X Tamara ZiemerDawson Creek1071X Andelina SchurmannDawson Creek819 Jennifer LalondeDawson Creek1108X Andrea SmithChetwynd220 Crystal HilltonChetwynd360X Jessica FairfulChetwynd79 Becky BortonChetwynd364X Roxanne GulickTumbler RidgeX Jennifer Lalonde and Tamara Ziemer were elected in Electoral Area III, while Angelina Schurmann was not elected.In Electoral Area IV, newcomers Chad Anderson and Travis Jones were elected to those two seats. Incumbent Nicole Soontiens was not re-elected, and neither was Darcy Heartt or Kim Erickson. School District 59center_img DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Here are the school trustee election results for School District 59.Incumbent Electoral Area I trustee Crystal Hillton was re-elected, along with newcomer Becky Borton. Incumbent trustee Andrea Smith lost her re-election bid, along with Jessica Fairful.Roxanne Gulick was acclaimed in Electoral Area II, which represents the Tumbler Ridge area.last_img read more

first_imgThe EMS Exemplary Service Medal is a member of the Canadian Honours System Exemplary Service Medal’s family. It was created on July 7, 1994, to recognize professionals in the provision of emergency medical services who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John Paramedic John Te Bulte recently received the EMS Exemplary Service Medal.Te Bulte received the medal in honour of his 30-year service with British Columbia Emergency Health Services.In a statement from British Columbia Emergency Health Services, it said, “John is an excellent paramedic and a great ambassador for BCEHS. He is an incredible mentor and team builder who never forgets what it’s like to be just beginning your career as a paramedic. His focus has always been to build people up as a driver preceptor, he makes new paramedics feel comfortable during what could be a very stressful and uncertain situation. John has also brought his commitment to environmental sustainability into the station and is always the first to start a recycling program. He is trusted and respected by all those around him and takes every opportunity to build coalitions with partners and advance the reputation of BCEHS”.last_img read more