UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growing

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Central Florida’s Tacko Fall (24) stands above his team in a huddle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Hartford, Conn. The tallest player in college basketball strolls the campus at UCF _ not your traditional basketball power. But anybody in the NBA or college hoops who doesn’t know 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall should get up to speed on the 21-year-old from Senegal. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)ORLANDO, Fla. — Tacko Fall can never hide.The tallest man in college basketball was walking from the University of Central Florida student union to his dormitory one recent morning, waiting for the light to change at an intersection when a driver — perhaps under the illusion that there’s more than one 7-foot-6 kid enrolled there — hit the brakes and yelled a question out the window.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa They need to keep up with him, too.Fall might be an unusual star, but a star nonetheless. Walk with him around campus, and one of two things often happen — either fellow students yell his name and wave, or they try to act cool while sneaking a selfie. Fall doesn’t mind in either case. And yes, he’s heard every joke imaginable about his height and his name.“He’s very comfortable with who he is,” said Dawkins, who played with 7-7 Manute Bol and 7-6 Shawn Bradley in the NBA and tries to impart wisdom to Fall on what he learned from their experiences.Fall knows what they went through, but doesn’t want to be considered The Next Bol or The Next Bradley.“I want to be the first me,” he said.Fall truly is a center of attention.Wichita State is new to the American Athletic Conference this season, so at the league’s media day last month, Shockers coach Gregg Marshall was learning plenty of new names and faces. Fall, who didn’t exactly need a “Hello My Name Is” sticker on his black UCF polo shirt, went up to Marshall and introduced himself anyway.Marshall was impressed, and hadn’t even seen tape yet.“I saw him in the hallway,” Marshall said. “I’ve never seen a human that big. He’s a great young man.”Fall’s story is almost as unique as his size. Born in Senegal, his family went through some very difficult times. He often didn’t have enough to eat, to the point where he would have nothing for breakfast and then would try to ration his school lunch and preserve some to serve as dinner. Money was often tight. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending 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 When Fall was 16, Ibrahima N’Diaye changed everything. He ran a basketball academy and suggested to Fallthat he try to play in the U.S.There was one small problem. Fall despised the game, but eventually came around thanks to his basketball-loving grandmother.“There used to be cartoons on every day at 5 o’clock,” Fall said. “And one day, I think our national basketball team was competing, my grandma put that on instead of the cartoons. We had only one TV, and I got mad.”He got over it.He came to the U.S., first going to Houston and then bouncing around a bit before settling in Florida. He enrolled at Liberty Christian Prep — a place where the devout Muslim could have plenty of spirited, respectful, thought-provoking conversations with teachers and other students about religion.It was also a place where he realized basketball could provide a future.“The tough times really make you appreciate what you have,” Fall said. “It’s destiny. I met a guy who I had never met before, went home to talked to my mom about playing basketball which I never imagined I would play, wound up coming to the States and ended up in Florida, the best place I could have ended up at. Everything worked out just fine.”It might only get better.He isn’t sure if he’ll declare for the NBA draft next spring or just again explore his options. He speaks three languages now and is trying to learn Japanese, largely because of his affinity for anime. Food isn’t hard to find now — pasta and chicken before every game is his routine. And he’s hoping that his mom, whom he hasn’t seen in five years, might be able to get to a UCF game this season.And one day, he wants to go home with NBA money to do some good. Ask him his dream plan, and he’ll say itinvolves being able to build schools in Senegal. If everyone at UCF — and in college basketball — doesn’t know who he is yet, they might soon.“He’s learning things now that another player might have learned five years ago, by no fault of his own,” UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. “He just picked up the game later than everybody else. He’s super-intelligent, speaks multiple languages, he’s just off the charts. He just needs more experience. And how do you gain experience? There’s only one way. You’ve got to get out there and do it.”Fall is a quick study. He’s the reigning defensive player of the year in the American Athletic Conference, a blocker of 164 shots in his first two college seasons and a changer of countless others. He’s made 73 percent of his field-goal attempts in college, since most come around the rim. Defenses last season started pushing him more and more away from the basket, so Fall added a few pounds of muscle this offseason in hopes of pushing back.He took a look at the NBA this past spring, visiting with five clubs to get their feedback on his game.The critiques weren’t often kind. But he listened and learned.“They showed me things,” said Fall, who is listed at 295 pounds. “I was able to see it, not just hear about it, but see it. Skill-wise, I added a lot to my offensive game. Defense is probably going to be the biggest thing for me because of my size and how I can affect the game, but the game has changed a lot. There’s versatile bigs now and I need to keep up.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tickets for PH-Japan Fiba World qualifying game in Tokyo sold out “Kids look up to us,” Fall said. “You don’t always get opportunities to get out and do something with your life. Being able to help other people, when you can do that you’ve got to take advantage of it. Life is short. You’ve got to leave your mark. You’ve got to do something that matters. I want to do something that matters.” “Yo,” the man yelled. “You Tacko?”Fall waved, shrugged and smiled as the driver shot him a thumbs-up and drove away.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 shutout“I think he knew who I was,” Fall said.This is an everyday thing for Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall, a 21-year-old from Senegal who grew up playing soccer, couldn’t stand basketball when he first started playing five years ago and now has hopes of an NBA future. He bows his head to get through doorways, prefers sandals to shoes because they’re easier on his size 22 feet, and has found that even first-class airplane seats don’t give him enough leg room. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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LTC scam: Nitish comes down heavily on chargesheeted JD(U) MP

first_imgPatna, Apr 18 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today refused to accept the defence of JD(U)s Rajya Sabha MP Anil Sahni, chargesheeted by CBI in LTC scam, and said he should have resigned and fought the charges in court.Coming down heavily on the MP, the new JD(U) president said the issue is related to ethics and “if the Rajya Sabha takes any decision to dismiss him on this ground, the party will welcome the logical step.”About Sahni continuously pleading innocence and refusing to quit from the Upper House, Kumar castigated him by commenting, “you alone is speaking truth!””CBI chargesheeted Sahni and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari gave approval to CBI to prosecute him. The Chairman must have given his permission only after perusing all necessary documents,” he said and refused to defend the MP.”Even after this if you (Sahni) have to fight the charge, go to court and do it legally after quitting Parliament,” Kumar said adding “this (display of morality by resigning) would have created good impression about him within the party instead of embarrassing it which he did by his conduct.””You have not been elected by the people, but the party sent you to Rajya Sabha twice. You should have displayed morality and quit after the Chairman gave nod for the prosecution,” he said.Anil Sahni was sent to Upper House after the demise of his MP father Mahendra Sahni in January 2010.Stating that the party has served the MP showcause notice and he has to it reply within a week, the JD(U) chief said, “We will not hesitate to take stern action against him after the time to reply to the showcause notice ends.”advertisementCBI had filed a charge-sheet against Sahni alleging that he conspired with other persons and used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud Rajya Sabha to the tune of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without undertaking the actual journey. PTI SNS SUS NSDlast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal to top year-end rankings after second round Paris Masters win

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal made sure he would top the ATP rankings at the end of the season when he beat South Korea’s Chung Hyeon 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday.Nadal, who has never won the tournament, was a break behind in the opening set before stepping up a gear to set up a third round meeting with Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas.Hyeon got off to a solid start and broke Nadal’s serve as he moved 2-1 up but the Spaniard then won four games in a row.Un VAMOS et le numro 1?? mondial @RafaelNadal l’emporte 7/5 6/3 face Hyeon Chung?? @TennisTV #RolexPMasterspic.twitter.com/ONwbJDsPPb- ROLEX PARIS MASTERS (@RolexPMasters) November 1, 2017The South Korean levelled for 5-5 but paid for his efforts as Nadal sealed the set with two successive games.The world number one made the decisive break in the eighth game of the second set and bagged a straightforward win on his second match point when Hyeon sent a forehand long.Earlier, Germany’s Alexander Zverev was knocked out in the second round when he slumped to a 3-6 6-2 6-2 defeat against Dutch journeyman Robin Haase.The fourth seed, who has already booked his ticket for the season-ending ATP World Tour finals in London, lost his way in the match after Haase levelled at one-set all.The 20-year-old Zverev converted his only break point in the first set to take the lead while Haase wasted six break chances.But Haase played a bit tighter in the second set and it was enough to unsettle Zverev, who never threatened again in an almost empty AccorHotels Arena.advertisementlast_img read more

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Canadian Celebrities Lend Star Power to Support Bay of Fundy

first_imgCelebrities from across the country are having fun and getting a little muddy in a video to let Canadians know they need to vote to make the Bay of Fundy one of the official New7Wonders of Nature on Nov. 11. The video opens with Premier Darrell Dexter and New Brunswick Premier David Alward, representing both sides of the bay. They are joined by well-known Canadians including Jann Arden, Joel Plaskett, Measha Brueggergosman, Rick Mercer, the anchors of Canada AM, and Maestro Fresh Wes. “Many Nova Scotians have taken in the amazing experiences offered on our spectacular bay,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. “This video will help Canadians realize its awesome power and beauty. We are letting people know that time is running out. The Bay of Fundy is Canada’s finalist and people must vote as often as they can before November 11 to make it one of the official New7Wonders of Nature.” Opera singer Measha Brueggergosman grew up near the Bay of Fundy, and is determined to reach out to Canadians to convince them they must vote. “As Canadians, we understand how amazingly beautiful our country is and it’s time we shouted it far and wide,” said Ms. Brueggergosman. “The reality is the Bay of Fundy is the very definition of a natural wonder. It boasts the highest tides on the planet, has incredible marine biodiversity and spectacular rock formations completely unique to the area. Not to mention it’s home to 12 species of whale. “The Bay of Fundy deserves to be officially recognized as one of the world great natural wonders and we’ve got to vote to make it happen. I can’t encourage Canadians strongly enough to text or vote online, tweet it, Facebook it, and tell all their friends and family to do the same!” More celebrity videos will also be posted featuring David Myles, the cast of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Jean-François Breau, Scott McGillivray, K.C. Collins, and Mary Jane Lamond with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac. The videos can be viewed online at www.votemyfundy.com. Canadians are encouraged to upload their own video explaining why they voted for Fundy on www.votemyfundy.com/celebrity-videos, and on the Bay of Fundy Facebook page. Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have been working together throughout the campaign to make the Bay of Fundy one of the top seven finalists in the New7Wonders of Nature contest. Premier Dexter and Premier Alward have also reached out to public servants in each province via e-mail, asking them to cast their vote for the Bay of Fundy. There are now three ways for Canadians to vote in the campaign. Free voting is available online at www.votemyfundy.com and the New7Wonders of Nature Facebook page www.facebook.com/New7WondersofNature or by texting FUNDY to 77077 on any Canadian smartphone for 25 cents per vote.last_img read more

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Finding enough workers still challenge as Nova Scotia rolls out preprimary

first_imgHALIFAX – Private and non-profit child care operators in Nova Scotia say it remains to be seen how their sector will ultimately be affected by the ongoing rollout of universal pre-primary for four-year-olds across the province.However, representatives told the legislature’s human resources committee Tuesday, the big issue remains access to enough trained early childhood educators.Nova Scotia has 2,700 registered early childhood educators (ECEs) with about 1,700 employed in regulated child care.“Despite the reported numbers of ECEs available to practice in the province, the regulated early learning and care sector has experienced and continues to experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, impacting quality across programs,” said Pam Streeter, of the Private Licensed Administrators Association, a group of for-profit day cares.A key Liberal campaign promise during the May 2017 election, pre-primary was launched last September in 54 classes in 45 schools. In March, Education Minister Zach Churchill announced an additional 130 new classes are slated to open in 84 schools next fall.Critics have questioned how fast the government proceeded with its plan, contending the sector will be hurt by the loss of children and qualified staff.Lisa Davies, of the Non-Profit Directors Association, said the quick rollout has had negative effects, although there hasn’t yet been the overwhelming loss of staff predicted.“Action creates change, speedy change often creates fear,” Davies told the committee.“I believe the speed with which this happened probably is the underlying fear for a lot of the issues that have been raised around the pre-primary program and its impacts on the child care sector.”Education Department officials said 110 early childhood educators were hired to meet initial requirements, and an additional 700 will be needed by the time pre-primary is fully implemented in 2020.“All of these new classrooms require ECEs. That is pulling those folks away from us — again not a new problem, but adding on to it,” Davies later told reporters.Streeter pointed out that pre-primary has only been introduced in under-serviced and rural areas, and the real test will come when it’s fully implemented in larger urban centres.“There aren’t regulated care centres necessarily there (in rural areas) to impact,” she said. “So it will be in this next year and the year after that we will see the real impact on regulated care.”Vicki Elliott-Lopez, executive director of Regulated Child Care and Licensing for the province, told the committee that universal pre-primary is providing more options for child care professionals and will act as a recruiting tool that will benefit the entire sector.Elliott-Lopez said the effects are already being felt, with enrolment for training programs “maxed out” at the Nova Scotia Community College for the upcoming school year.Still, she said work has to be done to bring back workers who are trained and currently aren’t employed, and to recruit professionals who will be needed to fill the positions created by the expansion of pre-primary.Elliott-Lopez said the department is working on an “aggressive marketing campaign” in addition to a long-term retention strategy.“We are working to try to build the quality of the workforce,” she said.Meanwhile, officials said the province is continuing work to help child care centres transition to accommodating children younger than four years of age.Last week the province announced $2.7 million in funding to assist 51 child care centres in converting 570 spaces to support families with infants and toddlers and after school care.The money, part of a $35-million funding agreement with Ottawa, will create 144 new spaces for infants, 346 spaces for toddlers and 80 spaces for pre-primary care.last_img read more

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MBA student faces new negligence charge in alleged Halifax drunk driving death

first_imgHALIFAX – An MBA student accused of drunk driving causing the death of a well-known Halifax bottle collector is now facing an additional negligence charge.Dennis Patterson, who is in his early 20s, was charged after Wray Hart was killed in January when he was struck and became pinned by a car in the city’s south end.“Nobody deserves to die the way he did, especially him,” said Gary “Caesar” Julien, a friend of Hart, outside Halifax provincial court Wednesday.“It’s just not right, what happened.”Crown lawyer Melanie Perry told Judge Theodore Tax Wednesday that an additional charge of criminal negligence causing death had been laid. Patterson also faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 causing death.His case is scheduled to return to court June 26.Hart, who was in his early 60s, was a fixture in downtown Halifax, where he could often be seen sitting outside the old library on Spring Garden Road or pushing a shopping cart piled high with recyclables.His son, Anthony Wray Hart, choked back tears as he told reporters Wednesday that his father was incredibly generous and helped many people get off the street.“I even watched him take the jacket off his own back and give it to someone else to keep them warm,” said Anthony Hart, standing next to other emotional friends and family of his father. “He was always there to talk to.”Robert O’Neill said Wray Hart was a “father figure” to many in the community.“He absorbed everything around in and relayed it in a way that gave you hope,” said O’Neill, a friend of Hart’s.“Even if he couldn’t spare a cigarette or he wasn’t even around to speak to you, when you thought of him, it gave you a strength… He was a beacon of (empathy).”There was an outpouring of support for Wray Hart after his death, with almost $9,000 raised through a GoFundMe campaign for his funeral arrangements.More than 100 people gathered to remember Hart at a funeral service in February.The GoFundMe page said Hart had been homeless for many years and often slept on a Queen Street bench, but was not homeless at the time of his death.last_img read more

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Andy Murray Named As WWF Ambassador

first_imgTennis star Andy Murray has become a global ambassador for WWF supporting the fight against poaching and illegal wildlife trade.The world number six seed will be helping to raise awareness and support an initiative in Nepal that trains dogs to track down poaching activity within and around Chitwan National Park.Andy, who is well known for his love of dogs, will be raising vital funds throughout his tennis tour next year to support this crucial work in Nepal.Nepal is home to magnificent species such as tigers and rhinos – both of which are under threat due to poaching for the illegal trade in their parts. Nepal has long been a key transit route for some illegal wildlife products from India, destined for China, and whilst Nepal has dramatically reduced poaching in its own parks, vigilance against future poaching in Nepal must be maintained.The sniffer dog program will work alongside current activities in the country to tackle poaching and illegal wildlife trade. In honor of Andy’s support a new puppy that will be part of the elite dog team will be named ‘Murray.’Andy Murray said: “It’s a shocking fact that rhino poaching in South Africa increased by over 7,700% between 2007 and 2013 and as few as 3,200 tigers remaining in the wild so anything we can do to deter poachers is a positive step in the right direction. I’ve followed WWF’s work on the illegal wildlife trade for a while now and been looking for a way to support their work. I think it’s incredibly important that this trade is prevented and the sniffer dog programme seemed like the perfect venture for me to get behind. I know from my own dogs how clever they can be and it’s fascinating how these sniffer dogs communicate with their handlers. I’m also really looking forward to going to see Murray at work at some point in the near future.”Heather Sohl, Chief Species Advisor at WWF-UK, said: “We’re delighted that Andy has joined us in our work to fight the illegal wildlife trade. This serious, organised crime is threatening some of our most iconic species, so such support from a global personality to champion the issue and the much needed solutions is invaluable. Andy’s support for the sniffer dog work in Nepal will complement existing efforts by WWF and our partners through dramatically improving investigations by enforcement teams.”As part of a global program to combat poaching and illegal wildlife trade WWF also promotes the use of other innovative approaches, such as managing patrolling using GPS and databases, using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor, detect and deter poaching – along with the use of sniffer dogs.For further info about this partnership visit www.wwf.org.uk/andy.last_img read more

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Toronto orchestra shuts down after saying only fit and slim members can

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement “It has been brought to our attention that although almost all of our vocalists are fit and slim – the way our boutique orchestras would like our front line performing artists to be – two of our featured singers were not,” it reads.“And we hope that they would, as such, refrain from using tight-fitting dresses and use loose (less physically-revealing, less physically-accentuating) dresses instead.”The email goes on to say that while being “physically fit and slim” is not required of their “instrumental musicians” because they are “essentially background wallpaper,” there are more stringent expectations for their vocalists.Management then suggests that those vocalists deemed physically unfit will not be invited to participate in their “boutique performances” unless they dress “strategically” and unassumingly.“Kindly note that for all future shows – as per our highly selective casting requirements for vocal artists taking on a prominent leading role on stage – only singers who are physically fit and slim (or, at the very least, those who know how to dress strategically/suitably in order to not bring attention to their temporary physical/dietary indulgences) would be showcased with our boutique orchestras,” the email concludes.In the wake of controversy and media scrutiny generated by the message, the executive of the orchestra resigned Thursday and said the organization would fold.“We sincerely apologize for any embarrassment/harassment that you may experience from media representatives or other individuals/parties as a result of misconstrued/malicious allegations and extremely negative/destructive/evil intent,” a resignation letter distributed Thursday afternoon read.Dunitz said she was “disgusted” and “shocked” by the email, which she called “incredibly inappropriate.”She said the email goes beyond the parameters of a dress code and instead treads on bullying.“Many struggle with weight, many suffer eating disorders, many are in the process of getting fit, many just plain enjoy their bodies the way they are. That says nothing about their musical ability, which is obviously fantastic if they have been chosen to taken on a prominent leading role onstage,” she said in her response to the orchestra, which was also posted to Facebook.“If any of the vocalists who sang this summer have any emotional issues dealing with their weight, this email could send them into a serious mental state.”Dunitz, who has been performing with the orchestra for the past five years, goes on to claim that members of the orchestra who were not “dressed appropriately” for a show were reprimanded in the past.“I am so disappointed to have received this email and learn that a part of my life I thought was completely safe from these ideals are not,” she said. “You’ve very much alienated your vocalists with your appalling words and not everyone is going to be self-confident enough to let you know how much you’ve crossed a line.”Touted as specializing in providing “professional musicians for the upscale market,” the orchestra is comprised of more than 100 vocalists and musicians from Canada and around the world.According to their press kit, 30 per cent of all their performance fees are donated to international charities including UNICEF, World Vision, Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders.To date, the group claims it has raised more than $1.5 million for such organizations.“I deal with women and self-consciousness and body positivity every single day, so to have this sent to me was actually a strange move on everybody’s part,” Dunitz, who runs a women’s strength training gym, said.“Obviously it hit me very hard because this is what I fight against every single day — the subject of prejudice (and) women trying to get over all of these fears that this email hit head on.”Dunitz has since received an apology from Sheraton Cadwell but said that it appears to be the “standard response” everyone has received.“The concept itself is terrible,” she said. “We all know it happens but to be this blatant in telling your orchestral members that they need to be fit and slim otherwise they won’t’ be able to perform is repulsive.”by Rachael D’Amore A Toronto-area orchestra ensemble that was accused of body-shaming after a now-public email from its management asserted that only “physically fit and slim” vocalists would be allowed to perform has decided to shut down.Sydney Dunitz, a now former vocalist with the Sheraton Cadwell Orchestra, posted a copy of the email on Facebook Tuesday night. The post has since accumulated more than 500 shares.In the email, signed by “The Management,” the orchestra outlines concerns about the physicality of two members of their vocalist ensemble. Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Cello players are seen in an undated file image. (CTV Montreal) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Raymond Cormier no saint but didnt kill Tina Fontaine defence lawyer

first_imgJohn Murray APTN NewsA jury will soon decide if Raymond Cormier killed Tina Fontaine in the summer of 2014 as closing arguments were made Tuesday.Defence lawyer Tony Kavanagh told the jury in his closing statement that Cormier was a drug addict, a thief and even politically incorrect but not a killer.“He’s not a saint but you’ve got to look at the evidence,” Kavanagh said.“We say Mr. Cormier was telling the truth when he said he didn’t kill Tina Fontaine.”Crown prosecutor Jim Ross said police intercept recordings caught Cormier saying otherwise during a six-month undercover operation.Cormier was heard arguing with a woman and saying that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.”“He’s exposed here legally … it could make him a pedophile,” Ross argued. “You all know who the little girl in the grave is.”Ross said in his closing argument that the intercepts are the heart of the case.He said the motive was to silence Fontaine, 15, after she threatened to go to the police over a stolen truck.Fontaine’s body was recovered from Winnipeg’s Red River in August 2014 wrapped in a duvet cover weighed down with rocks.While Ross relied heavily on intercept recordings, many of the recordings were difficult to hear and sometimes hardly understandable.Kavanagh reminded the jury that they were told by Chief Justice Glenn Joyal that they can only rely on the recordings, not the transcript provided by police.Cormier was captured on multiple recordings admitting to his attraction to Fontaine and saying how he had sex with her.Ross said those recordings are an admission of guilt and any denials Cormier has made are lies.Kavanagh said to consider that Cormier is truthful and it’s just as likely that some of the witnesses are lying.He questioned the accuracy and truthfulness of Ida Beardy’s testimony, the woman who positively identified the duvet cover as Cormier’s, saying that she already had animosity towards Cormier.He said Beardy’s testimony is put under further question because cigarette burns claimed to be seen were actually holes visible in the duvet cover caused by police “hooks”.Kavanagh also went on to say that the way the police asked Beardy about the duvet cover were prejudicial and subject to bias. He says the photograph should have been presented in a line-up of photos especially in consideration of the clear animosity towards Cormier.In addition, Kavanagh said there was no DNA or other forensics connecting Cormier to the duvet cover.He went on to say there was no forensic evidence connecting Cormier to the truck or the body.Joyal is to give jurors their instructions Wednesday.jmurray@aptn.ca-with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Afghanistan UNESCO to convene meeting on preserving Bamiyan Buddha site

The explosive charges used by the Taliban to demolish the Buddha statues in Bamiyan have severely damaged the surrounding area, according to UNESCO, which warned that because of large cracks in the rock at the top of the alcoves, the danger of their collapse is “increasingly likely.”The two-day meeting set to open on Thursday in Munich, Germany, will focus on setting project priorities for preserving the Buddhas. Japan has already committed $700,000 to UNESCO for safeguarding the site by consolidating the cliffs of the former Bamiyan statues and undertaking archaeological excavations. The Afghan authorities, who will be represented at the Munich meeting, are working with UNESCO on current plans and will take any final decision on the matter.In another development, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced that it is distributing some 3,700 tons of wheat seeds and 7,000 tons of fertilizers to half a million people in almost all of Afghanistan’s provinces.The seeds, given to farming families affected by conflict and more than three years of drought, were purchased from local suppliers. “Procuring seeds directly from farmers strengthens local production of high-quality seeds and the adoption of new varieties,” explained the FAO’s Anne M. Bauer.While underscoring the value of the initiative, she cautioned that much more remains to be done. “The current distribution of seeds covers only a small amount of the real needs,” Ms. Bauer said. “If we want to help farmers to get out of poverty and produce more food, we need to increase our assistance, extend the seed multiplication programme and improve the marketing and processing of seeds,” she added, appealing to donors to support this goal. read more

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Domtar adding diaper making machines while searching for acquisition targets

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Domtar adding diaper making machines while searching for acquisition targets MONTREAL – As it looks to expand its personal care business through acquisitions, Domtar is adding several new converting machines to expand output of its adult diaper business to gain market share and generate more profits.The bulk of its more than US$260 million of capital expenditures planned for this year will be used to add new machines and make infrastructure upgrades at its facilities in Greenville, N.C., and Aneby, Sweden.The company says the units, which each cost US$15 million to US$20 million, will be more efficient and boost production without reducing staffing levels.The units will start arriving by the third quarter and be fully installed by June 2014, helping the Montreal-based company achieve its goal of doubling the personal care segment’s operating profit to US$150 million within five years.“We should see a strong step up between 2014 and 2013 in terms of the earnings profile,” president and CEO John Williams said Friday during a conference call about year-end results.Domtar’s (TSX:UFS) shares fell in Friday trading after it missed analyst expectations due to lower shipments and prices for pulp and paper driving down profit in the fourth quarter. The shares were down 6.7 per cent, down $5.57, to C$77.43 in trading.The company says it earned US$19 million or 54 cents in the three months ended Dec. 31 — down from US$61 million or $1.63 per share a year earlier and US$66 million or $1.84 per share in the third quarter of 2012.Adjusting for one-time items related to closures and downsizing, it earned US$46 million, or $1.31 per share, down from US$93 million or $2.49 per share in the prior year.Analysts had expected Domtar would earn US$1.42 per share in adjusted earnings, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.The company, a leading supplier of office papers used for computer printers, faxes and copiers which reports in U.S. dollars, said sales fell three per cent to US$1.33 billion.Since entering the adult incontinence business in 2011 with the acquisition of Attends HealthCare, Domtar has added the European Attends business and last May bought U.S.-based EAM Corp., which develops and supplies the core material used in feminine hygiene products, baby diapers and puppy pads.The acquisitions have enabled the personal care segment to double in size in the past year, contributing $13 million of profit on $111 million of sales in the quarter and about $450 million of sales for the year.Williams said Domtar is only focused on the adult incontinence business — an US$8 billion global market growing five to six per cent annually even in developing markets like the U.S. and Europe.The new machines will allow Domtar to maintain its market share by growing production.“A few points of that growth are us filling out our range to make sure we have the appropriate products for the key markets that we serve, particularly the homecare market where we’re very strong and looking at the retail marketplace as well.”In the long-run, the company believes the personal care business can deliver US$300 million to US$500 million in annual EBITDA through acquisitions.EBITDA, a commonly used form of adjusted earnings, refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization items that are included in net income under standard accounting practices.Williams said the company has the financial flexibility to make a sizable deal because of its low debt, credit facilities and $661 million of cash on hand.“If the right opportunity arose, we’d look at that $1.5 billion if it was very compelling, but there’s nothing that says we’re going to blow our brains out on something gargantuan.”Meanwhile, he said its core paper and pulp businesses performed largely in-line with Domtar’s expectations from a sales standpoint in the fourth quarter despite a slowdown around Christmas.Higher costs for fibre and energy and unexpected costs incurred at a pulp mill following a planned maintenance outage affected results.“The fourth quarter rounded off a strategically important year for Domtar. While demand for uncoated freesheet was softer than prior years, our paper business performed well in 2012,” he told analysts.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets described the earnings miss as negative, with normalized EBITDA of $180 million, coming in below his forecast of $196 million and the $191 million consensus of analysts.For the full year, Domtar earned $172 million, or $4.76 per share, compared to $365 million or $9.08 per share in 2011. Sales dipped $130 million to $5.5 billion.Domtar returned $215 million to shareholders last year through dividends and share buybacks. It repurchased more than two million of its shares in the year, and nearly 8.7 million since May 2010.Williams expects Domtar will slightly outperform the three to four per cent anticipated drop in market demand for uncoated freesheet paper in 2013 because of its exposure to stable specialty and packaging papers and added volume from its supply agreement with Appleton. read more

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Brocks community observatory to host discussion on municipal reform

What: Public presentation of Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara policy briefWhen: Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 to 11 a.m.Where: Pond Inlet, Mackenzie Chown Building, Brock UniversityWho: David Siegel, Professor of Political Science with remarks from Jim Bradley, Niagara Region Chair and Debbie Zimmerman, Niagara’s first female Regional Chair It’s a discussion with an urgent deadline: How to address questions related to decision-making and service delivery in Niagara and other Ontario municipalities with two-tier systems.David Siegel, Professor of Political Science at Brock University, will be presenting his policy brief, Under the Knife & Under the Gun: An Overview of Regional Government in Niagara at a workshop to be held at Brock Tuesday, April 16.The workshop comes one month before the Ontario government’s deadline for feedback from residents on issues related to municipal reform such as amalgamation and cost savings.“The purpose of the workshop is to provide factual information to inform the discussion on this important issue,” says Siegel, whose brief was recently released by Brock’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO).“Ultimately, this policy brief and the discussions following from it are aimed at positioning the Niagara community to potentially influence the direction of governance reforms,” says NCO Director Charles Conteh. “We hope to provide a platform for separating facts from fiction in envisioning a governance reform that is tailored to the needs of the region.”Opening the workshop will be Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley, with closing remarks from Debbie Zimmerman, Niagara’s first female Regional Chair.The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required by emailing cphillips3@brocku.ca read more

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Womens gymnastics No 18 Ohio State prepares for even matchup at Penn

Senior Jaine VanPutten preforms on vault in St John Arena on Feb. 4. Credit: Megan Russell | Lantern reporterWith both OSU and Penn State sitting 2-2 in the in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s gymnastics team is preparing this week for a tough meet on the road against Penn State this coming Saturday.The Buckeyes had a record-breaking meet two weekends ago at Minnesota, earning the 10th-best score in program history of 196.600, and although the team saw a win against Rutgers in this most recent meet, the Buckeyes posted a comparably lower final score of 195.775. The team is looking to change their practice routine to cater to their coming meet against Penn State.  “As coaches, we look back at some of our weeks’ training plans and then look ahead at the meets, and the meets we performed really well, we obviously go back and try to replicate some of those workouts,” said OSU coach Carey Fagan. “Obviously, Minnesota was a great meet, so we’re molding this week’s practice kind of off of the week leading into Minnesota.”Similar to the week leading up to the Minnesota meet, the OSU team added a third floor-focused practice on Monday, in addition to the two regularly scheduled practices on Tuesdays and Fridays.The extra time dedicated to floor serves the dual purpose of helping the coaches determine who is performance-ready for the coming meet and helping the athletes build confidence in their routines.The team is also practicing in small group assignments for the week as another method to help the girls mentally prepare. Sophomore Jamie Stone is one of the athletes on the team who finds this practice method useful.“I kind of like the group assignments,” Stone said. “It’s a lot more challenging. I feel like it makes us more competition ready, because if I hit one, they have to or vice versa.”Although the Buckeyes placed first in every event against Rutgers this past Saturday, they also saw many minor injuries during the meet that will potentially change the floor lineup this coming Saturday.“Olivia’s (Aepli) ankle is pretty sore, so we’re probably going to rest her on floor,” Fagan said. “And then Taylor Harrison is still coming back from her hip. You know, she’s progressing, but she’s not quite at 100 percent in training, so we’ll have to make some last minute lineup changes again as we get closer to Saturday.”With Penn State posting a 195.925 in their last meet against Michigan State, the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions will potentially have a very close meet in their weekend matchup.How the OSU athletes perform in practice this week will affect the overall lineups, especially the lineup for floor, according to Fagan, and will play a contributing role in determining which team will come out with the victory. read more

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Protestors planning to disrupt Trump state visit as police block Whitehall march

Demonstrators have vowed lay siege to Downing Street in a bid to hamper Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain, despite police imposing a ban on marching down Whitehall.Tens of thousands of protestors are set to descend on central London on Tuesday to voice their opposition to the US President as he meets outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.The Metropolitan Police said it would prevent the demonstrators marching past Downing Street from Trafalgar Square and into Parliament Square.That raises the prospect of clashes at the barriers being erected by police just north of the Women’s War Memorial to stop marchers gathering outside the gates to No 10.Activists have pledged to hold a ‘Carnival of Resistance’ to disrupt the president’s visit.Lindsey German, of the Stop the War Coalition, one of the groups backing the protest, said: “We are determined to get as close to Downing Street as possible. The Prime Minister has just resigned and invited over a racist, sexist warmonger. If the Tories think that’s a good idea then they better think again.”Senior officers want to avoid the prospect of climate change activists and other militants staging blockades and sit-down protests outside the gates of Downing St, in a repeat of the scenes which brought chaos to parts of central London last month. Police were criticised for not clamping down on the Extinction Rebellion protests and are keen not to be caught out again.Up to 10,000 police officers will be drafted into London as part of a £25m security operation during the state visit, with hundreds of officers lining the route of the protests and hundreds more trained in riot control stationed in side streets.Organisors of the protests have urged those taking part to make their opposition to Mr Trump’s policies, from migration to climate change and abortion rights, heard.The Stop Trump umbrella group said: “The Carnival of Resistance will be going on yards from the building where Trump is meeting with members of our chaotic government, disrupting his visit and getting our message across loud and clear – Trump and his politics aren’t welcome in the UK.”The group has the backing dozens of MPS and trade union leaders, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband; former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Green MP Caroline Lucas, along with Paloma Faith, the singer, writer Caitlin Moran; Meera Syal, the actor and screenwriter, and comic Frankie Boyle.But police fear more militant elements may try to hijack the protest in an attempt to bring parts of central London around Whitehall and Westminster to a standstill on what is a working day.More than 1,100 people were arrested and charged when climate change protestors blockaded key arteries and landmarks in the capital, including Waterloo Bridge, the Stock Exchange, Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, over a 10 day period in April.Demonstrators are expected to travel to London from all over the country to join Tuesday’s protest, with coaches going from Swansea, Newcastle, York, Manchester, Leeds, Matlock, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Birmingham, West Bromwich, Coventry, Sheffield, Oxford and Norwich.When Mr Trump travelled to Britain last year he avoided London, where an estimated 250,000 people marched against him.Scotland Yard said it had a duty to balance the right to lawful protest with the need for public order and safety.A spokesman said: “A very experienced command team is preparing the multi-faceted policing and security operation for the President’s visit, and whilst the Met has a responsibility to ensure the right to lawful protest, this needs to be balanced with the complex requirements of this policing plan.”As part of the state visit The Queen will give a State Banquet for the President at Buckingham Palace on Monday evening – with protestors expected to gather outside the palace gates.Anti-Trump activists are also planning to protest in Portsmouth against the President’s appearence a the D-Day commemoration ceremonies on Wednesday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Growing up in Ireland How stress and depression can impact on parenting

first_imgTHE LATEST REPORT from the Growing up in Ireland study of children will be published later today and will show how a parent’s sensitivity towards their baby can have an important impact on the child’s development.The national longitudinal study of children in this country has produced a report entitled ‘Parenting and Infant Development’ which investigates the development of infants from nine months to show how this is associated with parenting.The study by Dr Elizabeth Nixon, Lorraine Swords and Aisling Murray found that children born prematurely scored a lower overall development score with low birth weight associated with delayed infant development.However Dr Nixon, from Trinity College Dublin, said it is possible these children just need more time to catch-up.“The information that has been collected on these families when the children were 3 and 5 years will allow us to investigate further how these early experiences affect outcomes later in the child’s life,” she said.Babies whose parents were more sensitive in their interactions with them had higher development scores. But the magnitude of association between parental sensitivity and infant development was found to be relatively small.Parents reported that they had less sensitivity with children who had difficult temperaments while parental depression was associated with lower levels of sensitivity for both mothers and fathers.For both mothers and fathers, high levels of parental stress were associated with lower sensitivity towards the children.Importance of sensitivityA significant association was found between higher levels of depression and higher levels of stress in that parents who were depressed reported higher levels of stress.Stress among mothers was strongly associated with a difficult temperament from an infant, with a slightly weaker association for stress among fathers.Nixon said: “These findings show that even from a very young age, the sensitivity that parents show when interacting with their babies is important for their development. The findings also show that parenting does not happen in a vacuum.“Both mothers’ and fathers’ parenting behaviours can be negatively affected by stress and depression but babies can be protected from these potentially negative influences if sensitive parent-child interactions can be maintained”.The Growing up in Ireland study, started in 2006 and funded by the Department of Children, involves two cohorts of children: 11,000 children recruited into the study at 9 months of age and 8,500 children recruited at 9 years of age.The study is aimed at informing government policy and has already been extended for a further five years between 2015 and 2019.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “This research highlights the important role of parenting and family contexts for children’s developmental outcomes, and the impact of factors such as gestational age, birth weight and parental ‘sensitivity’ or parents’ ability to interact effectively with their infants.”Read: What’s it like being a child in Ireland today?Revealed: The life of a 13-year-old growing up in Irelandlast_img read more

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Sinn Féin set to be biggest party on Dublin City Council

first_imgSINN FÉIN LOOKS set to make massive gains on Dublin City Council.The party currently has five seats on the council, but will see that rise after claiming seats in almost every ward of the authority.Most notable is the Cabra-Finglas constituency, where they look set to pick up three seats, with Seamus McGrattan, Anthony Connaghan and Emma Murphy all claiming seats. That will be mirrored in Finglas, with Noeleen Reilly and Cathleen Carney both set to take seats.In Ballyfermot-Drimnagh, Daithi Doolan has 19% of first preferences according to tallies, which may be enough for him to bring Gregory Kelly over the line. Kelly’s 7.7% of the vote means the party took ver one in every four votes cast.In Clontarf, Ciaran O’Moore looks set to take a seat, gathering 10% of votes.In the North Inner City, Sinn Féin could take three seats of the six available, with Janice Boylan, Gaye Fagan and Jonathan Dowdall all in the top six. Interestingly, independent councillor Christy Burke, a former Sinn Féin councillor, will also be elected.In Crumlin-Kimmage, Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Ray McHugh both look likely to take seats, coming in first and second, respectively. In the Beaumont-Donaghmede nine-seater, the party looks likely to take a third of the seats, with Larry O’Toole, Mícheál MacDonncha and Denise Mitchell all polling strongly.In Pembroke-South Dock, Chris Andrews’ high-profile defection from Fianna Fáil will be met with success, with the Andrews dynasty member topping the poll.In Rathmines-Rathgar, Dominic MacConraí is in contention, but it will be a tight race.If MacConraí is elected, he currently sits fifth in a six-seater, it will mean that all of Sinn Féin’s candidates for Dublin City Council would be successful.This would leave them the biggest single party on the council on 18 seats, with independents the second most represented among the 63 seats.LIVEBLOG: Local election results 2014last_img read more

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Wahoo Fitness Blue HR votre Iphone affiche votre rythme cardiaque

first_imgWahoo Fitness Blue HR : votre Iphone affiche votre rythme cardiaqueUne application Bluetooth 4.0 permettant de connaître ses battements cardiaques apparaîtra prochainement sur iPhone 4S. Elle nécessite l’achat d’un bracelet pour fonctionner.Voici une des premières applications Bluetooth 4.0 pour iPhone 4S. Celle-ci permet de mesurer son rythme cardiaque. Le Blue HR de Wahoo Fitness permet de transformer votresmartphone en undispositif capable d’afficher le rythme des battements du cœur.À lire aussiUn Français de 17 ans crée une appli pour aider les malvoyants à lire les étiquettes des produitsGrâce au Bluetooth, un bracelet communique avec le smartphone. Ce bracelet sera disponible en janvier 2012 au tarif de 61 euros. Il sera présenté lors du CES prochainement. Attention, il ne fonctionnera pas avec la norme Bluetooth antérieure ! D’autres accessoires de ce type et compatibles avec le Bluetooth 4.0 seront certainement présentés lors du CES, début janvier. Le Bluetooth 4.0 est apparu sur l’iPhone 4S, le MacBook Air et le Mac mini récemment. La firme de Cupertino mise beaucoup sur la complémentarité d’applications logicielles à installer sur son terminal compatibles Bluetooth.Le 24 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Stamp Out Hunger food drive gets more than 73 tons

first_imgOne of Clark County’s biggest annual food drives packed on a few pounds this year, with the Stamp Out Hunger campaign collecting more than 73 tons.The May 12 drive collected 146,564 pounds of food, said Don Young, the Clark County coordinator.That was 21,000 pounds more than the spring food drive’s 2017 haul.“It was a fantastic food drive,” Young said. “It was our best total in 15 or 20 years.”About 250 Postal Service employees took part, assisted by about 25 volunteers. Ten Clark County post offices served as collection hubs. The main Vancouver post office, 2700 Caples Ave., took in 60,417 pounds; the East Vancouver post office was right behind at 57,850 pounds.Stamp Out Hunger is a national food drive in its 26th year, organized by the National Letter Carriers Association.People are asked to leave a bag of nonperishable food by their mailbox on the second Saturday of May, and neighborhood letter carriers collect it during their mail routes.It’s the second-largest single-day food drive in Clark County, behind the fall Walk & Knock drive. The annual May collection makes a significant contribution to the Clark County Food Bank’s inventory — for a couple of reasons.Last year, food drives generated 548,202 pounds of food for the nonprofit; the 2017 Stamp Out Hunger event accounted for 125,535 pounds. Do the math, and almost 23 percent of the food that was donated in 2017 food drives came on that one Saturday in May, said Matt Edmonds, communications manager at the Clark County Food Bank.last_img read more

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3M CRC error led to wrong cost estimate

first_imgThe Columbia River Crossing says an error of more than $3 million was the reason project officials gave the Federal Transit Administration an inaccurate operating cost estimate for at least two years.When the CRC provided its most recent financial summary to the FTA as part of a grant application process, it listed the project’s annual future operating cost related to light rail at $12.81 million as of November 2012. That appeared to be a significant jump from the 2011 figure provided to FTA, which was $8.35 million.But a CRC representative said this week that the 2011 number was given in error, and should have been reported as $11.6 million. The same mistake also led to an inaccurate number in 2010, according to the project.So what happened? “The wrong cell in the spreadsheet was selected for the report,” CRC spokeswoman Mandy Putney said in an email. The most recent figure is correct, and the earlier mistakes weren’t repeated elsewhere, she said.Each of those figures, revised yearly, refer to the predicted operating cost of light rail in 2030. The number has grown due to inflation and an uptick in expected maintenance costs, Putney said.last_img read more

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