first_imgOntario’s Progressive Conservative government has unveiled more details on its plan to sell recreational cannabis. Here’s a look at provincial and territorial plans to date.– British Columbia has set the age of consumption at 19. Retail sales to be allowed through public and private stores, but retail licences won’t be approved without the support of local governments. Retailers will not be permitted to sell weed in stores that sell liquor or tobacco. People will be allowed to smoke pot in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted. It will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds. Adults will be allowed to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords and condo councils can restrict or prohibit cultivation and smoking on their properties.– Alberta plans will control the online sale of pot, but will leave over-the-counter sales to private operators, who will be subject to extensive background checks. Minimum age of consumption to be 18. Private pot stores will have to be physically separate from stores selling alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceuticals. Pot stores will not be allowed to sell anything but cannabis and cannabis-related products. The province expects to issue 250 licences in the first year. Stores will have to be 100 metres away from schools and health-care facilities.– Saskatchewan is proposing a minimum age of 19 and is banning consumption in public places. Sales will be handled by the private sector with about 60 retail permits awarded to private operators in as many as 40 municipalities and First Nations communities. The Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority is to regulate cannabis sales and municipalities will have the option to ban sales.– Manitoba plans to set its legal age at 19, a year later than the legal age for drinking alcohol. Government legislation proposes a ban on people growing cannabis at home for recreational purposes. The Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba would regulate the sale of cannabis and municipal governments would have the option to ban sales by referendum. People would be banned from smoking cannabis in most public places and people caught driving under the influence would be subject to fines and suspensions similar to those in place for alcohol-impaired drivers.– Ontario will sell pot through a government-run online retail channel when it is legalized this fall and plans to have cannabis in private retail stores by April 1, 2019. A Crown corporation will regulate the marketplace, and the Progressive Conservative government says it won’t put a cap on the number of pot shops that will operate. The legal age to buy recreational cannabis is 19. Legislation proposed by the government would prohibit smoking cannabis in places where smoking tobacco and using e-cigarettes would be prohibited. The maximum amount of recreational marijuana an adult can possess will be 30 grams.– Quebec has passed a law whereby all pot will be sold through a subsidiary of the provincially run liquor board. Quebec also plans to control sales online. It would be illegal to cultivate pot for personal or commercial use, unless authorized, and possession in a home is to be limited to 150 grams of dried cannabis and to 30 grams on a person. There is to be a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of any drug. The legal age for consumption is 18.– New Brunswick is setting the minimum age at 19 and plans to require users to lock away their marijuana when it’s in their home. The province says people would be able to buy cannabis at a subsidiary of the province’s liquor commission.– Prince Edward Island has set its legal age at 19, and says it will sell marijuana at stand-alone outlets run separately by its liquor commission. P.E.I. plans to allow online sales and restrict marijuana use to private residences.– Nova Scotia says marijuana is to be sold alongside alcohol in nine provincial liquor commission stores, as well as through online sales, to anyone who is at least 19. The province accepts federal rules setting a personal possession limit of up to 30 grams and a personal cultivation limit of up to four plants per household. It plans to establish provincial penalties for youth possession of up to five grams.– Newfoundland and Labrador will allow sales in private stores. Legal age set at 19. The Crown-owned liquor corporation is to oversee distribution to private retailers. Consumption to be restricted to private residences.– Yukon has set its minimum age at 19. Its legislation on legal marijuana would allow the public possession of up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent, and personal cultivation of up to four plants per household. Consumption would be limited to privately owned residences and adjoining properties, as long as the owners permit it.– The Northwest Territories has tabled legislation that proposes the minimum age of consumption at 19. The NWT Liquor Commission will be responsible for distribution and sales at existing liquor stores. Residents will be able to mail-order cannabis to allow access to marijuana in communities that do not have a liquor store. The government will be able to fine stores that don’t post signs about the health risks of pot. Communities will be able to hold a plebiscite on whether to restrict or ban sales. A maximum of four plants per household – no matter how many adults live there – and smoking is to be permitted in public where cigarettes are allowed, including trails and parks unless they are being used for public events.– Nunavut completed initial stakeholder consultations last summer and was holding a public survey to help guide the development of policy and legislative options.last_img read more

first_imgMADRID – A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant on Friday for former members of the Catalan Cabinet who were last seen in Brussels, including the ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who said he was prepared to run for his old job even while battling extradition in Belgium.The National Court judge filed the request with the Belgian prosecutor to detain Puigdemont and his four aides, and issued separate international search and arrest warrants to alert Interpol in case they flee Belgium.Puigdemont’s Belgian lawyer did not answer calls requesting comment, but has said that his client will fight extradition to Spain without seeking political asylum. Belgian federal prosecutors said they had received the arrest warrant and could question Puigdemont in coming days.“We will study it, and put it in the hands of an investigating judge,” spokesman Eric Van Der Sijpt told The Associated Press. “We are not in any hurry.”Puigdemont and the four others are being sought for five different crimes, including rebellion, sedition and embezzlement in a Spanish investigation into their roles in pushing for secession for Catalonia.The officials flew to Brussels after Spanish authorities removed Puigdemont and his Cabinet from office on Saturday for declaring independence for Catalonia. The Spanish government has also called an early regional election for Dec. 21.Puigdemont told Belgian state broadcaster that he was in Belgium “ready to be a candidate” in the early polls and because he had lost faith in the Spanish justice system.“We can run a campaign anywhere because we’re in a globalized world,” he told RTBF, adding that he was not in Belgium to “Belgianize Catalan politics.”“I did not flee, but it’s impossible to properly prepare” a legal defence while in Spain, he told the broadcaster.If Belgium acts on the international warrant issued by Spain and arrests him, Puigdemont would have to be brought before an investigating judge within 24 hours. His extradition procedure would take 15 days, Belgian legal experts say. But should Puigdemont appeal, that process could take a further 45 days, meaning that he would probably not leave Belgium before early January, well after the elections.In her decision on Friday, Judge Carmen Lamela said that Puigdemont “apparently is in Belgium” and accused him of “leading the mobilization of the pro-independence sectors of the population to act in support of the illegal referendum and thus the secession process outside the legal channels to reform the constitution.”Spain says the only legal way to achieve secession is by reforming Spain’s 1978 Constitution with an ample majority in the national parliament. The constitution says the country is “indivisible” and doesn’t allow regional votes on sovereignty.The arrest warrant came a day after the same judge jailed nine former members of Puigdemont’s separatist government. All members of the ousted Cabinet were ordered to appear at Spain’s National Court on Thursday to answer questions in a rebellion investigation. Five of them, including Puigdemont, didn’t show up.Spanish prosecutors want to charge members of the dismissed regional government —as well as six additional members of the regional parliament— for promoting official steps to declaring Catalonia’s independence.Meanwhile, a panel of National Court judges on Friday rejected an appeal seeking the release of two separatist activists who were jailed last month in a separate sedition investigation.A National Court spokesman said the president of the Assemblea Nacional Catalana, Jordi Sanchez, and Omnium Cultural leader Jordi Cuixart will remain in a Madrid jail while the investigation continues. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity in line with court policy.Sanchez and Cuixart are being investigated for allegedly orchestrating protests that hindered a judicial investigation to halt preparations for a banned independence referendum held on Oct. 1.Under Spain’s legal system, investigating judges can have suspects detained while a comprehensive probe, sometimes taking months, determines if they should be charged.Spanish government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo deflected questions by the media regarding the jailing of the Catalan officials. The separation of powers meant that the government’s focus was on preparing for the early election it called for Catalonia, Mendez de Vigo said.“What the government guarantees is that there will be elections where the parties that want to run can present their programs, and we hope that the election can end this period of uncertainty and the deterioration of harmonious coexistence in Catalonia,” he said.One of the nine jailed Catalan officials, ex-regional minister for business Santi Vila, posted bail of 50,000 euros ($58,000) and was released from custody on Friday. His passport was confiscated and Vila needs to show up in court regularly as the rebellion, sedition and embezzlement probe continues.The other eight were held without having bail set.“I ask for all political parties across Spain, appealing to their democratic values, to put an end to this terrible situation that has put politicians in prison,” Vila said as he left the Estremera prison near Madrid.Vila resigned in protest a day before Catalonia’s parliament voted in favour of the independence declaration. He has said he wants to lead the centre-right separatist Democratic Party of Catalonia in the upcoming election on a moderate platform.Puigdemont and his Cabinet were removed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who used extraordinary constitutional authority authorized by the Spanish Senate to depose the separatists, dissolve the regional legislature and call the early regional election.Spain’s Supreme Court is also investigating six members of Catalonia’s parliament. The court postponed a hearing Thursday until next week to allow more time for them to prepare their defences in the case.In all, Spanish prosecutors are investigating 20 regional politicians for rebellion and other crimes that would be punishable by up to 30 years in prison.___Cook reported from Brussels. Associated Press writer Joseph Wilson in Barcelona contributed to this report.___Find complete AP coverage of Catalonia here: https://apnews.com/tag/Spainlast_img read more

MONTREAL — Rothmans, Benson & Hedges has become the third tobacco company to receive a temporary reprieve from compensating 100,000 Quebec smokers after securing creditor protection in an Ontario court on Friday.Imperial Tobacco Canada and JTI-Macdonald Corp. were both granted creditor protection earlier this month.The three companies lost an appeal of a landmark $15-billion class-action lawsuit in the Quebec Court of Appeal on March 1.Rothmans, Benson & Hedges said in a statement that the Ontario Superior Court has stayed legal proceedings against all three companies until April 4-5.The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health led two class actions against the companies and won in 2015, when Quebec Superior Court Justice Brian Riordan ordered the companies to make payments of more than $15 billion to smokers who either fell ill or were addicted.At the time, the ruling was believed to be the biggest class action award in Canadian history.The tobacco company’s managing director said the creditor protection could provide an opportunity for the company to resolve all the pending Canadian litigation against it.“While RBH disputes liability in the Canadian litigation given the widespread awareness of the health risks of smoking, we are optimistic about reaching an arrangement that could resolve all pending litigation and allow RBH to focus on the future,” Managing Director Peter Luongo said in a statement.A spokesman for the Canadian Cancer Society accused the companies of seeking a “sweetheart settlement” that would allow them to avoid paying the bulk of the damages.“The tobacco industry has engaged in decades of wrongful behaviour that has caused disease and death on a massive scale,” Rob Cunningham said in a statement.“Court judgments in Quebec have been highly critical of the tobacco industry and have ordered the companies to pay billions of dollars. Now the companies are trying to avoid paying what they have been ordered to pay.”The Canadian Press read more

hacker-1944688__340.jpg As we move more toward software delivered as a service, our providers become more than suppliers — they become partners. Things move quickly in a hyper-connected world, so the best practice of carefully evaluating software before updating is obsolete. Not only are software updates more frequent and incremental, but the risk of waiting is high. We have to trust our providers to operate responsibly, and if or when they don’t that trust can be irreparably damaged. But that’s OK, the cloud also makes it easier than ever to change providers. Don’t Get Ripped Off with Video Conferencing Pricing Chris Heinemann July 30, 2019 Financially, the cost of video conferencing isn’t just high, it’s unpredictable. It’s time for a different approach. Video Communication Must Improve, Even as It Hits Its Stride Michael Helmbrecht September 12, 2019 Video conferencing at work has boomed. Now we need to fully deliver on its promise. The Legacy of Video ConferencingThe irony of this whole situation is that Zoom is using a Web server to run its app when the Web browser could just do the whole thing anyway. I understand how we got here, but question why we remain. It’s taken years for a browser reality, but it did arrive and continues to get better. WebRTC has evolved and is now generally supported across browsers. WebRTC support can be found in services from BlueJeans, Cisco Webex, Google, Highfive, LifeSize, Microsoft Teams, and more. Google and Highfive don’t even offer a traditional desktop client. If a zero-day vulnerability is discovered by someone without malicious intent, there is a responsible way to report the issue that balances safety with developer recognition. Responsible developers privately notify the company or organization responsible for the vulnerability, and potentially work jointly toward a resolution. They provide the vendor 90 days to correct the vulnerability before publishing their discovery. In the case of the Zoom issue publicized last week, the developer attempted to notify Zoom on March 8, and started the 90-day clock on March 26 (ending on June 24). Zoom was quick to point out that to its knowledge, this vulnerability is theoretical. That’s not really a defense. Malicious actors wouldn’t publicize their exploits. Nor can we assume that, were there any victims, that they were 1) aware of subject to the exploit and 2) were willing to publicize it. See All in Video Collaboration & A/V » Meetings Made Easy: One Video Platform or More Beth Schultz September 09, 2019 Standardizing on a single platform or enabling platform-agnostic collaboration are two ways to go about reducing friction in the meeting room. The Web server effectively enables click-to-join functionality — a major breakthrough in video conferencing usability. Without the Web server, it might be click-to-click-to-join, which is less trivial than it sounds. Zoom isn’t the only vendor to implement this helper approach. However, it made a mistake by allowing an undocumented API to do more than redirect the meeting to the client — it also could re-install the app. Also, Zoom never addressed removal of the Web server. We tend to have higher expectations for enterprise-grade software. While Zoom moved quickly once the researcher published his report, things appear to have moved more slowly during the 90-day notification period. The developer implied that Zoom didn’t respond appropriately, questioned the risk, and offered incomplete workarounds. Zoom has denied the researcher’s claims, but we know that the vulnerability was still there after 90 days. The researcher also claimed that Zoom offered payment to avoid public disclosure. The ResponseAfter last week’s public disclosure, on July 8, Zoom acted swiftly and responsibly. Zoom released a patch on July 9. Additionally, Zoom communicated its progress with customers and the public including a live interactive session with CEO Eric Yuan, who responded to security questions. The Web at HeartAt the heart of this vulnerability was a Web server. The Mac client consists of two components, the Zoom app and a related Web server that gets created during the installation. The local Web server was intended to simplify the user experience. It redirects the conference Web address from the browser to the application. Getting a browser to defer to a local application is natural on mobile, reasonable on Windows, but difficult on a Mac. What Risk?It’s a blurry line between a bug and vulnerability. In order to address the ambiguity of what constitutes a risk, the National Institute of Standards and Technology created a Common Vulnerability Scoring System. This particular Zoom vulnerability rated a 5.2 out of 10. However, risk is difficult to assess as opinions differ on matters of privacy and security. The vulnerability was that a malicious Web page or ad could cause the Mac’s browser to start, or re-install and start, the Zoom client without user consent — potentially with the camera on. Dave Michels is a contributing editor and analyst at TalkingPointz, and host of the TalkingHeadz podcast. With the Zoom vulnerability causing widespread confusion, many competitors, including BlueJeans, Cisco, Highfive, and Lifesize, posted statements on their security postures. To be clear, however, only Zoom and RingCentral, which uses the Zoom video software, were impacted by the vulnerability. RingCentral didn’t post a statement. What’s Up in AV? 4 Trends to Watch Jimmy Vaughan August 02, 2019 A look at some of the problem-solving solutions I saw at the recent InfoComm 2019 event. In addition to ease of use, Zoom is working to create a similar experience across clients. That’s tricky because the app developers don’t generally control the operating systems and browsers. MacOS is more restrictive, so Zoom had to initiate extra steps on the Mac client. The FixZoom released a patch that removed the offending Web server on the Mac. The user experience is largely unchanged; however, Safari users now have an extra click. The impact a few years ago would have been much more significant, so in a sense the Web server is a legacy component that outlived its usefulness. The most remarkable aspect of this story came July 10, when Apple also removed Zoom’s Web server. This type of single-app response from Apple is extremely rare, and very curious. We want conference participants to be comfortable discussing whatever is on their minds. This requires a comprehensive approach to security. While I support camera-on by default, it must be user-initiated. Encryption should also be on by default, and this is another area that Zoom users should review. Log in or register to post comments For most of its history, video conferencing has simply been too complicated. Every app has its settings in a different place and five minutes easily pass while users find and adjust settings, devices, and preferences. Eliminating the dreaded five-minute delay has been the unifying march of the video industry over the past several years. Final ThoughtsVisual communications is one of the hottest topics in enterprise communications — and for good reason. As I described here, we’re living in a visual-first world. Video is now central to the enterprise collaboration suites from Cisco, Google, Microsoft, and Zoom. As video adoption and usage increases, we need to escalate security — even over ease of use. It was reasonable to favor ease of use over security when video systems were less popular and more complex. But we’ve come a long way — as have the risks. Video, like other services, is transitioning from premises-based to cloud-delivered, and with that security concerns become critical. While the vulnerability and outcome were a surprise, they had resulted from deliberate design decisions that prioritized ease of use over other considerations. Zoom intended for its app to update automatically, and seamlessly start after clicking on a conference link. Unfortunately, it did a bit more. There’s more to WebRTC than just a browser. Its broad adoption and open source undergoes rigorous testing. Seeing zero-day vulnerabilities is less likely with WebRTC than commercial software. WebRTC also leverages ongoing browser improvements, including performance, security, and encryption. The browser, as a universal client, means fewer apps to maintain and update, and also offers a consistent experience across devices and operating systems. 3 Problems Still Facing Voice Services Alexey Aylarov September 04, 2019 Interconnectivity, teleconference audio quality, and robocalling issues are still impacting voice services. Joining a meeting with the camera (and microphone) on does make sense to me, but only if the user actively started or joined a conference. Also, Zoom violated an unwritten rule that software app removal should remove all components. Uninstalling Zoom not only left a component behind, but one that could re-install Zoom without the user’s knowledge or consent. These vulnerabilities existed on every Mac that currently has or had loaded the Zoom client. Zoom Video Communications last week responded to a zero-day security threat, as reported on No Jitter. While that threat has been resolved, questions linger. Security vulnerabilities are common, but rare within enterprise communications. This particular issue has caused confusion and divisiveness. Zero-day threats exploit previously unknown vulnerabilities. The vendors involved have essentially zero days to fix the issues. Zero-day exploits, in the wrong hands, can be malicious. There are literally armies out there working to discover them. Tags:News & ViewsZoomVideo-on vulnerabilityVideo Collaboration & A/VAnalyst InsightCloud CommunicationsNews & ViewsSecurity Articles You Might Like read more

TORONTO — Royal Bank of Canada increased its dividend as it reported $3.3 billion in net income for its third quarter, up six per cent from $3.1 billion a year ago.The bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of $1.05 per share, up three cents or three per cent.The Toronto-based bank’s diluted earnings per share for the three-month period ended July 31 was $2.22, from $2.10 a year ago.On an adjusted basis, RBC’s diluted cash earnings per share for the third quarter of its financial year amounted to $2.26, compared with $2.14 during the same quarter in 2018.On average, analysts expected $2.31 earnings of per share, according to the financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The bank’s results were fuelled by strength in personal and commercial banking, wealth management and insurance.However, the lender’s capital markets and investor and treasury services divisions were lower amid challenging market conditions. “Our focused strategy and diversified business mix continue to deliver strong returns for our shareholders as we leverage our scale and investments in technology to create new value streams for our clients,” RBC chief executive Dave McKay said in a statement. Companies in this story: (TSX:RY)The Canadian Press read more

PORT DOVER – Long before MacDonald’s, A&W or any other world-famous burgers-and-fries establishment, there was The Arbor.The restaurant at the corner of Walker Street and Main Street in Port Dover has been a favourite with beach-goers and day-trippers since it opened in 1920.When staff sling their first foot-long Thursday, they will mark the 100th year that The Arbor has been a going concern along the Lake Erie shoreline.According to historical accounts, The Arbor was an instant success when founder Carl Ryerse of Simcoe opened for business in 1920.Ice cream was the focus at the outset. However, when ingredients became scarce during the Second World War, Ryerse shrewdly shifted to hamburgs, hot dogs, fresh-cut fries and the unique orange drink that became known far and wide as Golden Glow.The business passed through sons Victor and Vernon Ryerse before it was sold to Tony Schneider Sr., owner of The Erie Beach Hotel next door, in 1984.Schneider’s sons Tony Jr. and Andrew were entering adulthood and their father saw an opportunity to launch them on their way.Today, Tony Jr. operates The Arbor while Andrew – a partner in the business along with his wife Pamela – manages The Erie Beach.“Andrew and I have never taken credit for what The Arbor is,” Tony Schneider Jr. said Wednesday.“But we will take credit for perpetuating The Arbor tradition.”The Schneider family is still thinking of ways to celebrate the centenary. Saturday, May 25 has been set aside for this purpose but the family wants to be careful how they go about it.Schneider Jr. has thought about going nostalgic and offering The Arbor’s famous Ritz Red Hots for 10 cents each. But that, he added, “would bring more people to town than Friday the 13th.”Given that weekends in Port Dover are crowded at the best of times, the family intends to keep it low key. There will be birthday cake, T-shirts and the occasional free give-away. More details will become available as the celebration draws near.There aren’t many eateries in Ontario that have been around as long as The Arbor. Wednesday, Great Lakes historian Frank Prothero noted that Mackies of Port Stanley opened for business in 1911 and is still going strong. Prothero contributed to the book Boardwalk Memories which was published on the occasion of Mackies’ centenary in 2011.Schneider says there’s no secret to The Arbor’s success.The business is in a great location near the Walker Street beach, which for generations has been a draw for families from Hamilton and the Brantford area. Customers often share stories of how their parents introduced them to The Arbor when they were children.Carl Ryerse was also a stickler for quality. He imported one of the first electric ice-cream machines to Canada in the early 1920s. And the menu and the quality of the food hasn’t changed much since the Second World War.“It’s like the Cove Room at the Erie Beach Hotel,” Schneider said. “People know what they’re going to get before they walk in the door.”That goes double for Golden Glow.Schneider is one of the few people in The Arbor’s long history who knows how to turn fresh oranges into the famous drink. The late Vern Ryerse personally showed him how.“People cut corners to save money,” Schneider said. “But you have to be careful. That can come back to haunt you.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Utah 8-110112121%11%2% Alabama 8-121435%43%12% Clemson is sitting pretty at the top spot. Alabama leapfrogged Ohio State to be No. 2. While LSU and TCU slipped, Iowa and Stanford made big leaps.So go the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Were the selection committee to form a playoff this week, its top four would be Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame. But who cares about this week? Let’s fast-forward to Dec. 6, when the final decision on this year’s playoff participants will be announced. Our model simulated the rest of the season, and the results are in the table below. TCU 8-1151239%10%4% Ohio State 9-032544%56%15% LSU 7-199814%12%3% Temple 8-122283944%<1%<1% Wisconsin 8-22517243%<1%<1% We project that three of the top four teams from this week will make the playoff, but we expect Baylor to surpass Notre Dame. It’s no guarantee, though; the Bears will play three games against top 15 teams — including a big one against Oklahoma on Saturday — so their playoff odds are only 31 percent.Another big change in our model since last week: Clemson has a lock on the No. 1 ranking. After gritting out a tough win over Florida State last week, the Tigers’ playoff odds are at 67 percent, with a 17 percent chance of taking the national title. Both numbers top all other teams. Ohio State has the second-highest odds of making the playoffs; the model put them at 56 percent. Alabama, fresh off an impressive win over LSU, has playoff odds of 43 percent.And finally, for you methodology diehards, we’ve made some slight tweaks to the model since last week. You can read about them here. For a deeper explanation, read Nate Silver’s original explanation of the model’s methodology. Oklahoma St. 9-0841338%23%5% Mississippi St. 7-21716153%3%<1% North Carolina 8-123182030%4%<1% Oklahoma 8-11214119%17%7% Michigan St. 8-11382211%10%1% Memphis 8-12131453%<1%<1% Clemson 9-013667%67%17% Navy 7-120155418%<1%<1% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title Florida 8-111101438%17%3% Notre Dame 8-1469—30%8% USC 6-3—19719%1%<1% Houston 9-024223634%2%<1% Iowa 9-05132928%22%2% Baylor 8-067234%31%12% RankingProbability of … Michigan 7-214201613%7%1% Mississippi 7-3—26109%<1%<1% Northwestern 7-2182961<1%<1%<1% Stanford 8-1751152%28%6% Florida State 7-21624170%<1%<1% Oregon 6-3—23321%<1%<1% UCLA 7-21921186%3%<1% College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 10. read more

Lebron James of the Miami Heat gives a thumbs up before a 95-88 win against the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, June 20, 2013.                         Credit: Courtesy of MCTAlmost four years ago, I sat in the passenger’s seat of my mother’s SUV, my mouth stuffed with red-stained tissues and napkins, sore from the early morning removal of my wisdom teeth.As my mom sped along the highway with my exhausted sister in the backseat (she had just been through an exciting week at a tennis camp at the University of Florida), I sat in that front seat, staring at the dark, star-speckled Florida sky, wondering  what I did to deserve this punishment.An hour earlier, LeBron James had uttered those infamous words that will forever live in NBA lore, spurning Cleveland, the city that I loved and opting to play, instead, about an hour away from where I lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.Four years later, I remember that entire day perfectly. I remember as I entered my house, with the five hour drive home from Gainesville behind me, I stormed into my closet and snatched every James jersey I had, looking to torch each of them slowly. Unfortunately, in my mind, the numerous pairs of LeBron sneakers I had worn for the past seven years would suffer the same fate.Those sneakers and jerseys remain in that same closet to this very day, as my mom was able quell my raging anger, but nevertheless, in one fell swoop, the King went from my hero to my personal villain.He came to South Florida specifically because I wronged him in one way or another, or at least that’s how my immature mind thought of the situation.As I matured and time passed, my LeBron-loathing lightened to a mild distaste and it became less and less about the move and more and more about the execution of the move.I came to admire again, as I had for the seven years James spent in Cleveland, his dominance and his reckless abandon for anyone who dared stand in his way between those painted lines.He was no longer my favorite player – I may never have one again – but he was no longer the object of my youthful vitriol. In fact, following his second title and a couple of forgettable Cavaliers campaigns, I began to realize what so many in Cleveland had feared: the Cavs needed the one who trashed them on national television to become relevant once again.On June 15, 2014, it seemed as if, all of the sudden, my sentiments regarding James were mirrored by the entirety of Northeast Ohio.As James and the Heat left the floor deflated following just their second NBA Finals loss in four seasons, this dream sequence I’d conjured over the years seemed to suddenly turn tangible.Be it the pictures of LeBron in the wine and gold, standing amidst Kyrie Irving and potential top draft pick Joel Embiid, or the way in which the Heat fell to the most underrated team in the history of basketball, it seemed as if James had already packed his bag, bought a plane ticket and was headed back home.Everything, and I mean everything, has set up perfectly for him to come back to the Cavs, some of it due to chance, some of it planned all along.On the Cleveland front, it’s been no secret that the Cavaliers have been scheming for the past four years, making every move in their power to lure King James back to his throne.It’s certainly no mistake that the Cavs have put together a young, talented roster without ever filling the small forward hole in their starting lineup.It’s not an accident that the Cavs, on the brink of the biggest summer in their existence, have hired an up-and-coming general manager and have yet to hire a head coach, perhaps in an effort to let James help them on that front as well.It’s not a coincidence that the Cavs have an unbelievable amount of cap space going into free agency – cap space that they haven’t used much of over the past couple of seasons.The Cavs have done their part pretty well, aside from their lack of playoff appearances, to bring James back, but there are certainly other factors that are all pointing in the Lebron-to-Cleveland direction.Those factors start with the perfectly timed demolition of James’ current outfit, the Miami Heat.The Heat’s problems right now are plenty.Dwyane Wade looks to be a slightly better, slightly more creaky version of Mo Williams.Chris Bosh is a victim of his own inability to command any respect.Ray Allen, Greg Oden, Shane Battier and Chris Andersen could all very well ride off into the sunset of retirement.Erik Spoelstra looked completely lost for the first time in his NBA career, or was it that the lack of production from Wade and Bosh finally shed light on his shoddy coaching ability?So, thus far, the Cavs have set up everything perfectly for No. 6 and the Heat crumbled at exactly the right moment.With the Heat’s run all but done, there seems to be one last factor in the formula for James’ return: a lack of other possible destinations.If his time in South Beach has come and gone, where else, outside of Cleveland, could he go?The Los Angeles Clippers looked to be the best place for James until the team’s owner Donald Sterling cost them that chance, so I now see only one option.The New York Knicks could be the place for the King. An Eastern Conference team in a huge market with a new President, a new coach and a ton of talent. Yet, the cap room could become an issue. Carmelo Anthony, presuming he sticks around, would have to take a massive pay cut, as would players like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire, to name a few.The Knicks could be interesting, but again, no place sets up more perfectly for james than Cleveland.Which is why he won’t return.Something will come out of the blue – something I, or anyone else, have yet to even consider – and LeBron will turn it into reality, unintentionally letting Cleveland down once again.Pat Riley will move some pieces around to strengthen the Heat’s struggling roster, the Boston Celtics will add Kevin Love, Jay-Z will somehow sell Brooklyn to James, something will ultimately happen that will send him to his third NBA city.As it often does, once again, Cleveland will be left to sit in its own misery and the Cavs, despite their numerous top draft picks and overall talent, will be more effective in Seattle, as the newest version of the SuperSonics.While all of this is nothing more than a series of situations playing out in my mind, this summer is setting up to be yet another fascinating one for the fans of Northeast Ohio.With Johnny Football already in tow and Lonnie Baseball hitting his way into the hearts of Indians fans everywhere, a return of Bronny Basketball could turn Cleveland into the most lucrative sports city in America.And for some reason – that same reason I tried to put my finger on as I sat heartbroken and gazing at those stars out of the window of my mom’s SUV on July 8, 2010 – it just won’t happen. read more

← Previous Story Velux EHF CL (Round 9): Copenhagen in France – Derby in Madrid Next Story → EHF CL (Round 9): AG Copenhagen and Metalurg with away wins! After Russian Medvedi won against MKB Veszprem 30:26, two other matches of the Preliminary Group B were played this afternoon.  BM Atletico Madrid secured the first place in the Group after win over Fuchse Berlin 32:27. In the second match, Polish vice-champion, Vive Targi Kielce wins on the away matches for the second time in a row after last weekend triumph in Veszprem. Team coached by Bogdan Wenta won easily in Danish Silkeborg – against home team, BSV 37:26.Vive Targi Kielce: Szmal, Cleverly – Grabarczyk, Tomczak 4, Jurecki 8, Tkaczyk 5, Zaremba, Olafsson 4, Kuchczyński 6, Jurasik 2, Jachlewski 1, Stojković 2, Buntić 2, Musa 3, RosińskiThe only things, which are definitive are the winner and the last team of the Group. Three more teams for the TOP 16 will be decided next week.1. Atletico Madrid 9-162. Vive Targi Kielce 9-103. MKB Veszprem 9-104. Chehovski Medvedi 9-95. Füchse Berlin 9-96. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg 9-0 BM Atletico MadridMKB Veszprem read more

first_imgCHRISTMAS DAY WOULDN’T be the same without the heavy scents that flood the air throughout the house.Smells like…1. Eau de Mam’s hamMam’s ham; often attempted, never imitated. It isn’t truly Christmas day until this mouth-watering scent floods the house. Source: sk8geek2. Christmas tree spritzNOTHING beats the smell of a real Christmas tree as it slowly dies in your living room. Not even the smell of new car, the pages of a book, or cold hard cash. Nothing. Source: hodgers3. Cinnamon scentWe don’t know when or where this connection to Christmas happened, but we like it. Want to make something smell like Christmas? Throw a bit of cinnamon on it. Source: CINNAMON VOGUE4. Whiff of wrapping paperLet’s face it, wrapping presents is a pain. But the smell of that freshly cut shiny paper, mmmmmm. Source: sealionsrule5. Musk of atticAll your decorations have been dragged down and the staleness of the attic lives through them. It’s a mixture of those year old newspapers you used to wrap them up and dusty insulation. Source: Kelseyandkevin6. Orange zestBit’ve orange in everything, now it’s Christmas. Dried orange, orangey chocolate, an orange with little cloves stuck into it. We’ve got notions of Christmas oranges considering we’re past the days when they used to be the only present you’d get in your sock, as your dad will constantly tell you. Source: robef7. Aroma of despairCan we leave now? Little dude on the right knows what we’re talkin’ bout. Source: Mask8. Burning dust of radHas the heat been off for the past week at all? Nothing says Christmas like lounging around uncomfortably full and sweating actual sweats alongside your meat sweats. “Are you warm? Will we turn off that heat?” gets banded around a lot, but nobody ever does. Source: TripAdvisor9. Fragrant frostIt may not be a white Christmas, but it will always be a frosty one. The frosty chill in the air and the crunch under you feet, it doesn’t smell like Christmas without that earthy air. Source: noii’s10. Cracker singeAfter you’ve been pressured into putting your paper hat on, it hits your nose. The card strip inside that snaps leaves a smoky chemical smell that just can’t be good for anyone. Breathe it in deep, it only comes once a year. Source: dearbarbie11. Canned Guinness gasNo, not that kind of gas. The actual gas that comes out of the can when you crack open a cold one to accompany the box of Heroes. Source: Stephen Douglas12. Sweet-box stenchA bit plasticy, a bit chocolatey. All in all, a welcome smell after your mountainous dinner. Choose wisely, choose carefully. Source: Louise McSharry7 things you miss when you’re away from home for Christmas>The essential ‘Christmas at home’ survival guide>last_img read more

first_imgDUTCH LEAD INVESTIGATORS into the shooting down over Ukraine of flight MH17 have said that data from the cockpit voice recorder was intact and had not been tampered with.“The cockpit voice recorder was damaged but the memory module was intact. Furthermore no evidence or indications of manipulation of the cockpit voice recorder was found,” the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said as the black boxes were being analysed in Britain.The recorders, salvaged from the plane wreckage in eastern Ukraine, have been handed to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch headquarters in Farnborough, southwest of London.Voice recorderAAIB experts are tasked with extracting information from the cockpit voice recorder, which should give them hours of pilots’ conversations, as well as the contents of the flight data recorder.“The cockpit voice recorder data was successfully downloaded and contained valid data from the flight. The downloaded data have to be further analysed and investigated,” the OVV said.“Tomorrow the team will start the examination of the Flight Data Recorder. This will show whether this recorder also contains relevant information, in which case the data from both recorders will be combined.”InvestigationThe boxes — which are actually orange in colour — were delivered to Farnborough by the OVV, which is leading an international investigation into the crash in which 298 people died, 193 of them Dutch.The OVV is coordinating investigation teams from eight different countries, including Russia.Pro-Russian rebels controlling the crash site handed the boxes over to Malaysian officials on Tuesday, following an international outcry over the treatment of the wreckage and the bodies of the victims.Western governments say the evidence points to the Boeing 777 plane having been shot down with a missile by pro-Russian separatists.- © AFP, 2014Read: UN rights council launches probe into Israel’s Gaza offensive>Read: Two Ukrainian military jets shot down in rebel-held area>last_img read more

first_imgEurostat figures for September confirmed on Tuesday that Greece had the lowest inflation in the eurozone, at just 0.3 percent, while the average in the euro area was 2.6 percent and in the 27-member European Union, 2.7 percent. Despite the general decline in the prices of products and services, they are still at relatively high levels in comparison with disposable incomes, which have shrunk dramatically. It is no coincidence that Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras insists that there is no need for further intervention in the labor market, but rather in the product and service sectors. Analysts say that prices remain high because various enterprises are refusing to cut charges and there are barriers to the free transport of goods.Source:Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Pinterest WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Videos Articles Paul Heyman Brian Fritz of Sportingnews.com passed along a new interview with Paul Heyman promoting the Brock Lesnar “Go to Hell Tour” this month. Here are some excerpts from the interview:On Lesnar appearing on the live Stone Cold podcast this month:“I think it’s a very interesting scenario, Brock Lesnar has not been in a position where he had to speak for a full hour. This is a first time for Brock. Austin is a great host, and he does tremendous research on the subject matter. Then he goes with his gut when he is on the air. So you have two very interesting people with great passion for what they do. There is no shortage of topics for them to talk about. I am watching this as a fan because I really don’t know what to expect. I don’t think either one of them knows what to expect yet. Brock has no game plan walking into this podcast. I would suspect that Steve Austin is going to feel it the night that he sits in front of that microphone. While he will be profoundly researched and have all his facts and figures, I think Steve is still going to improvise it with that ammunition and having the resource of all that information. I still think Steve is going to feel it the night of the show and go where he feels he needs to deliver the best podcast for the audience.”On WWE’s recent decline in TV ratings and reactions from the media & fans to it:“I think if there is erosion in the ratings then we are in a cycle within the industry where fans are going and looking for or finding other interests, this is not dissimilar to any other forms of entertainment. The key has always been to replace those who leave, to bring in more fans at any time you are losing fans. At this particular point in time there is a search to find the new fan. I am not one who looks at the ratings every Tuesday and says, ‘Well, we haven’t replaced everybody that is left. The ratings didn’t double.’ I’m not expecting that type of increase tomorrow or the next week or the week after that. Any business with longevity, and this is the one company in the business that has survived, deals with this. They survive because when there was an erosion of the audience and they had to replenish the audience, there isn’t a panic. Panic is never the answer. Panic never brings up the ratings. A long-term solution is with a number of brand new stars, all in compelling situations with riveting storylines and new matchups. That is what will bring an upswing to the ratings ever so slowly to where the average rating goes up a little bit each month. Then a couple of years from now the erosion have taken place of the people that have left being fans and a new generation or group or crop of fans has come in. It’s natural evolution of any form of entertainment.”Sportingnews.com: WWE’s master of the mic Paul Heyman on Brock Lesnar’s Go to Hell TourRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto Videos Articles Google+ Facebook WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?center_img Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter 2018.05.08 Tenacious D Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Bobby Lashley WhatsApp Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Videos Articleslast_img read more

first_imgIt was a typical Friday night commute for off-duty nurse, Paula Langer, until she encountered a woman at a Woodland gas station who had been shot in the face, and she sprang into action to save her life.Langer was one of about a dozen people who testified Thursday for the prosecution’s case during Brent Luyster’s triple aggravated murder trial in Clark County Superior Court. Luyster’s mother, Susan Dvorak, and Paul Sibley, the father of Luyster’s girlfriend, Andrea Sibley, also testified.Langer’s testimony further revealed how Breanne L.A. Leigh, who was allegedly shot by Luyster at a Woodland-area home, sought help for her injuries.Luyster also stands accused of fatally shooting Joseph Mark Lamar, 38; Lamar’s partner, Janell Renee Knight, 43; and Leigh’s partner, Zachary David Thompson, 36, at Lamar’s home southeast of Woodland.Langer testified Thursday afternoon that she left her work in Gresham, Ore., about 6:30 p.m. July 15, 2016, and drove to Vancouver to go grocery shopping. She headed home to Clatskanie, Ore., afterward but stopped in Woodland, as was usual, to fuel up.last_img read more

first_imgAn open house on May 12 at Vancouver’s U.S. Geological Survey center and the season opening of the observatory near the crater of Mount St. Helens on May 16 will be part of Volcano Preparedness Month in Washington.The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 12 at Cascades Volcano Observatory, 1300 S.E. Cardinal Court, in Cascade Park.Visitors can talk with scientists, tour labs and test their knowledge of volcano hazard zones and volcano safety, said Carolyn Driedger, USGS hydrologist and outreach coordinator.Displays and demonstrations will illustrate the work that happens daily at the observatory, including identification of earthquakes and interpretation of data arriving from monitoring stations on Cascade Range volcanoes.Scientists will demonstrate monitoring instruments, including thermal imaging, volcanic gas collection and a robotic arm that processes sediment samples.Computer simulations will show the ash path of a future eruption and forecast how far debris flows will travel downstream. Visitors can bring a favorite mystery rock to be identified by a geologist.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea forward Pedro believes everyone is reaping the benefits of Maurizio Sarri’s attacking philosophyFollowing his summer arrival from Napoli, Sarri has enjoyed a record-breaking start at Chelsea this season.The Blues are currently just four points adrift from Premier League leaders Manchester City and unbeaten after 12 games.And Pedro, who has scored four goals this season, reckons Sarri deserves all the credit for getting the maximum out of Chelsea’s forwards.“The style is very good for attacking players and I’m enjoying it a lot,” Pedro told the club website.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We’re moving the ball, pressing very high and when we recover the ball we move very quickly towards goal.“It’s very good for me and the other players.“It’s a different style and a different idea. With Maurizio it’s more attacking.“I prefer this way because for a forward it’s important to be close to the box to try and score.”Chelsea will face Tottenham today at Wembley in the Premier League with kick-off to begin at 18:30 (CET).last_img read more

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of young musicians from South Florida flew to the nation’s capital, Thursday, for the presidential inauguration.Twenty-four members of the South Florida Youth Symphony will attend the inauguration and participate in the Heritage Music Festival.Symphony director Marjorie Hahn said it will be an exciting experience for the children.“This is one of the greatest events I can think of to have these kids go and witness and be a part of,” Hahn said. “It’s just gonna be an awesome experience for them, and then they play at the festival on Sunday, so we’re hoping to come back with a nice trophy.”The symphony, composed of many underprivileged children, raised more than $15,000 in donations to make the trip possible.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A man has been hospitalized after a shooting in Miami Gardens.Officers responded to the scene near Northwest 207th Terrace 38th Avenue just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.According to Miami Gardens Police, the shooter approached the victim in a vehicle and opened fire. The victim was rushed to Aventura Hospital in unknown condition.Police are trying to find the exact scene of the shooting.Not details on the subject have been given.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgGrosser was transported to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and remanded on $25,000 bail. The male was reported to be Daniel Grosser, age 38 of Kodiak, who was known to have an outstanding felony warrant for Robbery, Kidnapping, and Assault charges. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers received a report of a wanted male hitchhiking on the Sterling Highway between Soldotna and Kasilof following an anonymous tip. Alaska State Troopers responded from Soldotna towards Kasilof and located Grosser walking along the Sterling Highway near approximately mile 104, on Thursday, December 14, at 9:41 p.m. Grosser matched the description provided by the complainant and was arrested without incident.last_img

first_imgDoha: Dozens of powerful Afghans resumed talks with the Taliban on Monday in Doha, where a possible ceasefire is on the table along with key issues such as women’s rights. Stakes are high for the talks which follow a week of US-Taliban negotiations with both sides eyeing a resolution to the bloody 18-year conflict. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that the Afghan gathering “has been a long time coming” and praised the country’s “government, civil society, women, and Taliban” for coming together. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Washington has said it wants to seal a political deal with the Taliban ahead of Afghan presidential polls due in September to allow foreign forces to begin to withdraw. Around 70 delegates are attending the two-day gathering which has been organised by Germany and Qatar. “History will remember those who were able to set their differences aside for the sake of the country,” said Germany envoy Markus Potzel as he opened the gathering on Sunday. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us A German source confirmed the second day of talks got underway just before 0600 GMT. Delegate Asila Wardak, a member of the High Peace Council established by former president Hamid Karzai to engage with Taliban elements, said “everybody is emphasising on a ceasefire” during Sunday’s session. The Taliban spoke about “women’s role, economic development, (and) the role of minorities” in a future settlement, she added. Advertise With Us Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said on Twitter that he looked “forward to constructive dialogue”. The so-called intra-Afghan meetings follow six days of direct US-Taliban talks that have been put on hold for the two-day Afghan conference and are set to resume Tuesday, according to both sides. US lead negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad said on Saturday that the latest round of US-Taliban talks “have been the most productive of the rounds we’ve had with the Talibs”. The Taliban said they were “happy with progress”. The United States is not participating directly in the two-day Afghan summit, which is being attended by political heavyweights, government officials and at least six women. The Taliban, who have steadfastly refused to negotiate with the government of President Ashraf Ghani, have stressed that those attending are only doing so in “personal capacity”.last_img read more