North Peace Airport Society provides update to District of Taylor Council

first_imgThe Airport is also looking at ways for future expansion in terminal space and possibly in parking as the number of passengers using the Airport continues to rise. “From the perspective of policy development, we’ve actually started our policy package which has been fantastic. So we’ve talked about and developed the investment policy, so different ways we are going to invest our money, to looking at a capital approval policy and procedure as well as speaking about reserves.”Gordon Duke, Managing Director of the NPA, says they are proud of their community involvement and have teamed up with the Community Living Association. According to Duke, this partnership provides meaningful employment.“One of the things we are proud of is Community Involvement. We’ve started a relationship with the Community Living Association where we’re providing some meaningful employment for, right now, two adults but we’re looking to grow that program as we move forward.”Duke also says the Airport is collaborating with the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation on hosting some fundraising events along with sponsoring the High on Ice Festival.“We’re collaborating with the Hospital Foundation on a Runway Run Fundraising event we’re hoping to hold in the Spring and we’re also sponsoring the High on Ice Festival.”The North Peace Airport plans to continue and grow their involvement within the community. TAYLOR, B.C. – The North Peace Airport Society made a presentation to Taylor Council at a recent Council Meeting.The presentation looked at the history of the Airport, the structure of the Airport, and an operations report.Miranda Flury, Director of Strategy Capital and Planning, says the Society has started to develop a policy package that looks at different ways of investing money.last_img read more

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Madonna Supports Gaza Children Calls for Ceasefire

Rabat – Shaken by images of Gaza children being shelled by the Israeli heavy artillery, American singer and songwriter Madonna, has voiced her condemnation of to the war machine that is taking the lives of innocent Gaza children, and called for a peace and ceasefire.Reacting to the Israeli massacre in Gaza, Madonna posted, on her Facebook, a picture of colorful roses with the following words on: “These flowers are like the innocent children of Gaza! Who has a right to destroy them? No one!!!! CEASE FIRE! Peace in the Middle East.” Like many other Western and American celebrities who were criticized for expressing their opinion on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Madonna’s call for a ceasefire was immediately understood by some as a sign of support for Hamas.Madonna had to add another post to clarify her stand on the issue: “I do not Support Hamas! I support human dignity and respect! I support sharing! I support Peace! Cease fire.”Another U.S. Pop star, Selena Gomez was the subject of harsh criticism after posting a picture on her Instagram calling the world to pray for Gaza.“It’s about Humanity. Pray for Gaza. Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what’s important in life. It’s not any of this. We are here to help, inspire and love. Be that change,” The 21-year-old wrote. read more

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Casablancas Mohammed V Airport Named Worlds Worst Airport

Rabat – The Mohammed V International Airport of Casablanca is once again making the headlines, this time as the “World’s Worst Airport.”The Airports Council International recently ranked Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport as the best in Africa and one of the global leaders for good customer services, a recent traveler-driven survey has reached the opposite conclusion.“What are the best and worst airports you ever visited?” a traveling website recently asked a pool of travelers. According to eDream, the survey consisted of a sample of over 50,000 travelers, focusing on the quality of services such as “shopping opportunities, restaurants, and departure lounges.” “For eDream users, the world’s worst airport is Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport,” the website reported, further noting that of all the airports included in the survey, Casablanca, whose rating stood at 3.21 out 5, “got the lowest score.”Casablanca is followed in the top three “world’s worst airports” by Rome’s Ciampino Airport and Berlin’s Tegel Airport, with ratings of 3.21 and 3.30, respectively.On the other side of the spectrum, Germany has three airports in the top ten, and Singapore, Zurich, and Istanbul were picked as the three most-liked airports by eDream users.Whereas Singapore is reputed for the boundless shopping and touring opportunities the airport provides to its numerous visitors, Zurich was hailed “as one of the most beautiful airports of the world.” Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was applauded  for its excellent and well-integrated Metro-Airport system.If anything, eDream’s survey is set to unnerve and possibly shatter the confidence that Mohammed V Airport exhibits on its website, so a rejoinder is highly likely.According to the Office National des Aéroports (ONDA), Casablanca’s airport is, along with Johannesburg, Cairo, and Cape Town, among the four busiest and “more important” airports in Africa.With annual traffic reaching 2 million passengers, as well as 50 flight companies linking 80 destinations, Mohammed V witnessed an increase of over 11 percent in its annual traffic in 2017, with positive feedback from travelers, as well as international validations, ONDA reported. read more

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Migiro appeals for international cooperation on explosive issue of migration

17 January 2008Acknowledging that migration is an “explosive and often divisive” political issue in many nations, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro today urged bolstered international cooperation to aid the world’s 200 million migrants, along with their families and communities. “Only a short time ago, the international community had great difficulty discussing matters related to migration,” she said in an address to the Conference on Migration and Development in New York. “Dividing lines were drawn between north and south, between what we called ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’ countries.”However, recently, Ms. Migiro said, due in large part to large global meetings on the issue, accusations and recriminations have been replaced by “dispassionate discussion of how migration can contribute to development.”Countries have come to realize, she pointed out, that collaboration will bring the greatest gains to not only migrants and their families, but also to both the communities they leave behind and move to.“Let us build such an ethic of cooperation around issues of mutual benefit,” Ms. Migiro stated. “Then, as we build trust and achieve results, we can move on to address some of the more contentious issues we face.”Last July at the inaugural Global Forum on Migration and Development held in Brussels, Belgium, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized migration as “one of the great global challenges of our century.”Recognizing that it is a “sensitive” issue, he said that “we can work to strengthen the positive impact of migration on the development of migrants’ home countries. We can encourage destination countries to promote the success of migrants, both in their original and their adopted homes.”The Deputy Secretary-General will leave this evening for Egypt to attend an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) symposium on south-south cooperation. While in the country, she also plans to attend a conference on regional dialogue, as well as meet Government officials, the Secretary-General of the Arab League and UN staff. read more

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UN voices concern over worsening health conditions of Palestinian refugees

20 May 2008Calling for a boost in funding to continue its operations, a United Nations agency expressed its concern over the deteriorating heath conditions of Palestinian refugees, especially in the West Bank and Gaza, in a new report launched today. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in the report that many Palestinian refugee families must now spend nearly two-thirds of their incomes on food.Rising poverty rates and the lack of access to quality food are further threatening their health, Guido Sabatinelli, UNRWA’s Director of Health Services, told reporters in Geneva today. The agency has also witnessed an increase in diabetes, hypertension, post-traumatic stress and other behavioural disorders related to the violence.Though a network of 129 health clinics and 11 mobile clinics, UNRWA was able to provide 9 million health consultations to the refugees, he said, adding that the agency was satisfied that it has full control over communicable diseases, with no epidemic outbreaks.Surging prices globally have impeded UNRWA’s ability to provide all the medicines necessary to refugees. With its staff encountering problems of access, the agency has also found its ability to assist those in need has been impeded.UNRWA is appealing for a further 30 per cent of their budget to be able to provide the same level of services to 4 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza. read more

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Delta Air Lines posts biggerthanexpected 4Q profit on traffic fare gains

by Joshua Freed, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2014 6:04 am MDT This Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 photo shows a Delta Air Lines jet taking off at Miami International Airport in Miami. Higher fares and growing traffic helped Delta Air Lines Inc. post a bigger-than-expected profit, the company announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Delta Air Lines posts bigger-than-expected 4Q profit on traffic, fare gains MINNEAPOLIS – Higher fares and growing traffic helped Delta Air Lines Inc. post a bigger-than-expected profit on Tuesday.Delta’s yield — a key measure of what each passenger pays to fly one mile — rose 4 per cent for the quarter. Airlines tried about a dozen fare increases last year. While most failed after competitors didn’t match them, airlines still boosted yields by an average 2 per cent last year, according to the Airlines for America trade group.Delta President Ed Bastian said demand for air travel is “solid,” and Delta expects to see “significant margin expansion” in the current quarter.Bastian also said the airline industry is showing restraint in how much flying it adds. The view on Wall Street has been that reining in growth will give airlines more power to raise fares. Delta expanded flying just 1 per cent last year. It said it expects to grow 2 per cent to 3 per cent in the upcoming quarter.Delta said it expects its new joint venture with Virgin Atlantic to be profitable this year. CEO Richard Anderson said bankers in New York are especially interested in the flights, because Delta and Virgin America together have a fuller schedule between New York and London.Not counting a non-cash adjustment for taxes, Delta earned $558 million, or 65 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Dec. 31. Revenue rose 5.5 per cent to $9.08 billion. Both figures were better than Wall Street analysts expected, not counting one-time items.Including a one-time, $8 billion accounting benefit related to taxes, Delta’s net income ballooned to $8.48 billion, or $9.89 per share.After years of losses culminating in bankruptcy protection in 2005, Delta has posted four years of profits, including $2.7 billion in adjusted profits last year, not counting special items. Its past losses will cut its future tax bills, which amounts to an $8 billion asset being added to its balance sheet in the fourth quarter.In the year-earlier quarter, Delta earned $7 million, or a penny per share, after Superstorm Sandy hurt profits.Delta said its Trainer refinery near Philadelphia lost $46 million for the quarter because of tighter margins between the cost of crude oil and the market price for refined products like gasoline and diesel fuel. Delta said the same pricing issues helped reduce the price of jet fuel, though, reducing its overall fuel expense. The refinery should produce a “modest profit” this year as it shifts to using more U.S. crude oil, said Paul Jacobson, Delta’s chief financial officer.Shares of Atlanta-based Delta air Lines Inc. rose 94 cents, or 3 per cent, to $32.01 in afternoon trading. read more

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Ahead of highlevel meeting UN officials spotlight migrants contribution to societies

“Evidence clearly shows that migration contributes significantly to development,” the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, told reporters at a press conference on the eve of the General Assembly’s High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.“Migrant and diaspora communities can bring about innovation, trade and investment. Migrants contribute to economic development as entrepreneurs by creating business start-ups and employment,” he said.According to UN figures, migration continues to increase in size and scope. In 2000, there were 175 million international migrants compared to some 232 million in 2013. Half of them are women. The impact of remittance flows is also significant having reached $401 billion last year – nearly four times the $126 billion in official development assistance (ODA). “These remittances improve the access to [among others] health and education of migrant families. Thus they contribute directly to the achieving of the Millennium Development Goals,” Mr. Eliasson said.“At the heart of migration are human beings who move,” he added, reminding Member States of the need to protect their rights. “The term ‘migrants’ describes what they do but let us remember who they are: human beings with human rights.”Mr. Eliasson also outlined Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report for the High-level Dialogue, which includes eight key recommendations for UN Member States to consider, including protecting migrant rights by implementing relevant conventions and creating greater opportunities for legal migration. The report suggests that Member States should take collaborative action to reduce the costs of migration, such as lowering the transfer costs of remittances and fees paid to recruiters, especially by low-skilled workers.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration and Development, Peter Sutherland, pointed out that Member States are recognizing more and more the importance of international migration, but he expressed concern over the anti-migrant sentiment in many developed countries.“Migration is a toxic subject and some of the liberal societies who were supportive in the early days of this issue have, as a result of electoral change […] become negative about migration,” he said, expressing his hope that tomorrow’s High-Level Dialogue will produce an agenda for action.The Special Rapporteur of the Informal Interactive Hearings of Civil Society, Cathi Tactaquin, said she hoped the Dialogue will be a crossroads between “simply talking and action.” She also expressed her support for Mr. Ban’s report and reiterated civil society’s readiness to engage with the UN on this issue.Also today, a UN Committee appealed to all countries to join a treaty that protects the rights of migrant workers, who are often the victims of exploitation and abuse. “The International Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families (ICRMW) is one of the core international human rights treaties,” said Chairperson Abdelhamid El Jamri on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers.“Ratifying this treaty does not commit States to giving migrant workers special treatment. It does not create new rights nor establish additional rights specifically for migrant workers. What it does do is give specific form to standards that protect all human beings so they are meaningful within the context of migration.”The Convention, in force for a decade, has been ratified by 47 States. However, no major destination countries, among them the United States, member States of the European Union and Gulf countries, have ratified it, even though it reflects the rights set out in other core human rights treaties to which many States are already party.“Migrants are not commodities. They not only contribute to the economic development of their own country and their host country, but keep host countries demographically young, enrich their cultures and add to their productive capacities,” Mr. El Jamri said. “But in order for migrants to be able to make this contribution, their human rights must be protected and respected.”The Committee, composed of 14 independent human rights experts, oversees implementation of the Convention by States parties. Many of the States parties are not only nations of origin but now also transit and destination countries given the changing patterns of migration. read more

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Security Council extends UN missions in Abyei GuineaBissau Somalia

The 15-member body took that action in three separate resolutions, all of which were adopted by unanimous vote. The mandate of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) was extended until 15 October 2014. The force, set up by the Council in June 2011 following an outbreak of violence after Sudanese troops took control of the oil-rich area in the weeks before South Sudan became independent, is tasked with overseeing the demilitarization of the area and maintaining security.Among other measures, the Council reiterated its demand that Sudan and South Sudan immediately resume the work of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee “to ensure steady progress” on the implementation of the June 2011 Agreement, which provides for temporary administrative arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of troops by both sides.On Guinea-Bissau, the Council extended the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the country, known as UNIOGBIS, until 30 November 2014, so that it can continue to assist in tackling range of political, security and development challenges.The West African nation recently concluded the second round of presidential elections, which are widely seen as essential to restoring constitutional order following the 2012 military coup, as well as to economic growth and development.In its resolution, the Council reiterated its demand to the country’s defence services to submit themselves fully to civilian control, and condemned the violations and abuses of human rights. It also urged the authorities to take “all necessary measures” to protect human rights, put an end to impunity, initiate investigations to identify the perpetrators of such acts and bring them to justice.As it extended the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), for another 12 months, the Council commended it on its first year of operation. Set up last June, the Mission is tasked with, among other things, providing UN ‘good offices’ functions to support peace and reconciliation; assisting the Government and the existing African Union peacekeeping force known as AMISOM with advice on peacebuilding and State building; and helping build capacity in human rights and the rule of law.UN officials recently noted that the Horn of Africa nation is behind schedule on the development of a federal system, the constitutional review process and preparation for elections in 2016. The Council today called on the Federal Government to develop a “clear plan” towards the polls, including achieving key milestones such as a referendum on the constitution and the formation of interim state administrations. read more

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How Anthony Davis Would Fit On The Lakers Celtics Nets Sixers And

What the Sixers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Philadelphia 76ers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Expected wins28.8 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Courtney Lee01190020-0.5-1.1-1.5 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson08160024-1.8+0.4-1.3 Rajon Rondo25200027-0.9-0.3-1.2 Anthony Davis000192342+2.9+3.2+6.1 Shake Milton200002-1.2-0.8-2.0 Team total Moritz Wagner000000-2.1+0.0-2.1 Tyson Chandler00031215-2.3+2.4+0.2 Anthony Davis000172340+2.9+3.2+6.1 Expected wins46.5 What the Nets would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Brooklyn Nets with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings The Lakers’ package3Which may or may not include Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has a de-facto no-trade clause and can veto any idea that’s not to his liking. — likely made up of some combination of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac — isn’t really a secret to anyone at this point. That group is young and talented. It just isn’t clear whether any of the players possess the talent to become stars at some point. (For the sake of this exercise, we left Ingram out of the deal, though the Pelicans could easily demand that he, Kuzma, Ball and others be included. Their preference remains to be seen.)Ball, Kuzma and Ingram have all struggled to take the next step this season. That shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. It’s a huge adjustment learning to play with LeBron James and then having to go back to playing without him as he recovers from injury. But it does raise a big question for New Orleans: Should the Pelicans really be dealing away a superstar on the hope that one of these young Lakers will ascend into something significant? The answer becomes even more important considering that any picks the Lakers send over would likely be toward the back end of the first round, because a Davis-LeBron duo would peg Los Angeles as one of the top seeds out West.In the short term, the Lakers’ full-strength postseason version with Davis would improve to a CARMELO rating of 1645,4Using the same playoff adjustment as we usually do, except weighting it by projected regular-season minutes (according to our algorithm) rather than actual regular-season minutes to date (since Davis obviously has zero real-life minutes on his new team for now). up from the 1589 posteason mark we’re estimating with their current roster. That is roughly the same as the Denver Nuggets’ full-strength playoff rating, but it may also be understating the Lakers’ chances. Would YOU want to bet against a team led by James and Davis in the playoffs (at least against anybody except perhaps the Warriors)?5That would be a fascinating series. More than a few observers would be tempted to give the Lakers a strong chance, given its star duo, yet we project Los Angeles’s CARMELO rating to be about 200 points lower than the Warriors’ mark at full strength!CelticsPossible (offseason) deal for Davis: Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and picks.Boston probably has the most attractive, cost-controlled assets in the league. But the Celtics are in a holding pattern because of a little-known rule that prohibits teams from acquiring more than one player on Davis’s “Rose Rule” contract via trade. In 2017, Boston traded for Kyrie Irving, who also signed a Rose Rule extension. That means the club would have to deal Irving to acquire Davis — which obviously won’t happen. More feasibly, Boston could re-sign Irving to a new contract in free agency this offseason, which would give the team the freedom to then make a deal for Davis.The Celtics have several young, relatively cheap players — Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum — who would appeal to any team starting a rebuild. They’re also likely to have three first-round picks in the 2019 draft. With this war chest potentially available from Boston this summer, the Pelicans should consider waiting on a Davis deal if they are not blown away by an offer at the deadline.Just for fun, though, if the Celtics did trade Kyrie for AD this year — sending, say, Irving, Daniel Theis and Guerschon Yabusele to the Pelicans for Davis — the resulting team would be pretty stacked, with a playoff full-strength CARMELO of 1752. That’s about 50 points higher than the Houston Rockets and 20 higher than the Toronto Raptors, albeit still nearly 100 points lower than the Warriors’ mark. The Celtics currently have the third-highest standard rating in the East, but their playoff rating would easily vault to No. 1 with a Kyrie-for-AD swap (which, again, will not actually happen).(By comparison, it’s worth noting that in the far more realistic scenario — a Davis trade for Brown, Rozier, Smart and Tatum over the summer — the Celtics’ CARMELO would be 1723, which would also be a 30-point improvement over their current full-strength playoff rating, good for about two-and-a-half extra wins over a full season.)NetsPossible deal for Davis: Jarrett Allen, Allen Crabbe, D’Angelo Russell and picks. Johnathan Williams000213-2.0+0.2-1.9 Mitchell Robinson000000-1.2+2.4+1.2 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING New Orleans has to listen if the Sixers are willing to offer 22-year-old rookie of the year Ben Simmons — the burly ball-handling forward who will likely develop into a perennial All-Star. Simmons would not only give the Pelicans a franchise player, but he would also be on a reasonable contract, which buys New Orleans some time to build around him.The real question here is whether Philadelphia — which arguably possesses the best frontcourt in the league already — would even consider such a move. The Sixers already pulled off a trade in November for Jimmy Butler and have done well since then — even while some players grumbled over a need for more defined offensive roles. A deal for Davis would improve Philly’s roster on paper slightly, elevating its full-strength playoff CARMELO from 1677 to 1710, but maybe not by as much as a team might expect when adding a superstar of Davis’s stature. And a Davis deal — one that would force Joel Embiid to learn how to play alongside another dominant big — might bring about even more questions about chemistry, since they’d be somewhat redundant as rim protectors and floor-spacing bigs.All of this suggests that the Sixers might sit this opportunity out rather than offer up Simmons.KnicksPossible deal for Davis: Tim Hardaway Jr., Kristaps Porzingis and a pick. Jimmy Butler015200035+3.0+0.9+3.9 Anthony Davis000221840+2.9+3.2+6.1 Team total Dzanan Musa000000-1.8-0.5-2.3 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Corey Brewer000000-2.4+0.6-1.8 There are deals made at the NBA trade deadline every year, but rarely do those last-minute swaps truly change the trajectory of a season. Yet that sort of potential might exist this season: We learned Monday that superstar big man Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, which all but means that the Pelicans have to deal him before he leaves for nothing.Davis is supremely talented, enough so that teams that once said they wouldn’t touch their rebuilding plans are no doubt now counting their pocket change to gauge the cost of a deal with New Orleans. It’s widely assumed that the Los Angeles Lakers will be aggressive in trying to get something done before the Feb. 7 deadline. And there’s seemingly a huge incentive for them to make that push. The Pelicans can almost certainly create an even bigger bidding war if they wait to trade Davis this summer. By then, the asset-rich Boston Celtics can be involved, and the draft-lottery dust will settle, clarifying which club will have the rights to the No. 1 overall pick.1And a clear path to Duke freak of nature Zion Williamson. So it will probably take a home-run offer to entice the Pelicans to let Davis go now.For the time being, we took a crack at estimating where Davis could go and how five teams would fare with him — according to our CARMELO projection model, which generates depth charts and power ratings for every team — after parting ways with the players it’d take to land him.2Specifically, we focused on CARMELO’s “full-strength” playoff rosters, which are our best guess at which players would play — and how much — when everyone is healthy and ready for the postseason (including an adjustment for playoff experience).LakersPossible deal for Davis: Lonzo Ball, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Josh Hart, Kyle Kuzma, Ivica Zubac and picks. CARMELO team rating1560 240-1.8-2.9-4.6 JaVale McGee00001717-2.4+1.7-0.7 What the Lakers would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings DeMarre Carroll00715022-0.5-0.3-0.8 Spencer Dinwiddie31000031+2.3-2.1+0.2 Frank Ntilikina210003-2.6-1.0-3.6 CARMELO team rating1387 Ed Davis000055-1.3+2.1+0.8 Noah Vonleh00021021-1.3+1.5+0.2 Landry Shamet22000022+0.7-2.4-1.6 Joe Harris02900029+1.0-1.1-0.1 240+1.8+0.3+2.2 Mario Hezonja007007-1.9-0.2-2.1 Jared Dudley00414018-1.4+0.2-1.2 Enes Kanter00001313+0.5-0.6-0.1 Expected wins52.9 Alex Caruso11400015-1.6-0.2-1.7 T.J. McConnell24000024-1.1-0.5-1.6 Treveon Graham13200015-1.6-0.5-2.0 CARMELO team rating1645 240+1.2+3.4+4.6 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk01700017-2.0-1.6-3.6 240+5.6+2.3+7.9 Wilson Chandler00918027-0.9-0.1-1.1 They may not get much attention in this conversation, but the Brooklyn Nets probably have some dark-horse potential for landing Davis.Any deal would obviously hinge on the Pelicans’ interest in building around one of the Nets’ guards — either 22-year-old D’Angelo Russell, who has an outside chance at an All-Star spot and is a restricted free agent this summer, or Caris LeVert,6The deals would be pretty different, depending on which player was included. Russell makes far more in salary than LeVert, which means that more Brooklyn players would have to be dealt to complete a trade with LeVert as the centerpiece. who illustrated flashes of stardom before going down with an injury earlier this season. Beyond surrendering one of them, Brooklyn would also have to offer promising 20-year-old center Jarrett Allen. Allen Crabbe would almost certainly have to be part of any deal to make the money work, and it seems likely that the Nets would need to part ways with a couple of first-round picks.It’d be a steep, depth-diminishing price for a team that, after years of irrelevance, is just now finding its footing in the Eastern Conference playoff race. And even with Davis in the fold, the resulting roster, with a CARMELO rating of 1560, would not be much better than a lower-tier playoff team in the short term. But the Nets have long been interested in landing a top-flight star, and this provides them that chance, giving them more than a full season to build around Davis and convince him to stick around.SixersPossible deal for Davis: Markelle Fultz, Mike Muscala, Justin Patton, Ben Simmons and a pick. Michael Beasley000000-1.3-0.2-1.5 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Rodions Kurucs00002020-1.4-0.5-1.9 Amir Johnson000505-1.2+1.9+0.6 Shabazz Napier400004+0.2-0.8-0.6 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Anthony Davis000251742+2.9+3.2+6.1 LeBron James401421039+4.9+1.2+6.1 Alan Williams000000-1.7+1.3-0.5 Expected wins60.2 Zhaire Smith00150015-1.2-0.4-1.6 Emmanuel Mudiay30000030-0.3-2.0-2.3 What the Knicks would look like with ADProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2018-19 New York Knicks with Anthony Davis, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings Lance Stephenson01900019-0.8-1.2-2.0 Allonzo Trier31800021-1.9-2.6-4.5 Lance Thomas000000-2.7-0.1-2.9 Kevin Knox00275032-2.8-3.2-5.9 Caris LeVert09210030+0.0-0.6-0.6 Team total Luke Kornet00051217-0.4+0.6+0.2 Damyean Dotson01850023-0.7-1.1-1.8 Theo Pinson000000-1.7-0.5-2.1 Team total PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Trey Burke13000013+0.7-2.5-1.8 PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- Brandon Ingram00340034-1.4-0.4-1.8 Furkan Korkmaz061007-0.4-1.2-1.6 Joel Embiid00003131+1.5+2.6+4.0 J.J. Redick02730030+2.0-2.0+0.0 Jonah Bolden000000-2.2+1.1-1.0 Isaac Bonga8600014-1.8-0.2-2.0 CARMELO team rating1710 Expected wins: 28.8 | CARMELO team rating: 1387 Depending on how a New Orleans deal with New York would look, the Knicks could be in a similar boat to the one the Celtics are in.Because the Pelicans will be looking to replace Davis’s star power, they might be interested in exploring a deal with whichever team lands the No. 1 overall pick — something the Knicks are in the running for (we won’t have clarity on that until mid-May). If New York wins the lottery, it’s possible that New Orleans would have enough interest in that pick, Tim Hardaway Jr. and perhaps Kevin Knox to make a deal.But there’s another school of thought to consider: that perhaps it’s better for the Knicks to trade Kristaps Porzingis — who’s coming off an ACL tear and who basically plays the same position as Davis — than to surrender the team’s top pick to the Pelicans. And perhaps New Orleans would prefer to have the 23-year-old Porzingis, who was a known, All-Star level commodity before his injury.The teams’ preferences at this stage are a mystery. But if both the Knicks and Pelicans have legitimate interest, a few options potentially exist for a deal to happen. Would the resulting team even be any good, though? According to CARMELO, a Davis-led Knicks squad would still carry a below-average 1387 rating at full strength. That wouldn’t exactly be a great fit with what Rich Paul, Davis’s agent, described as the star’s preference to play for “a team that allows him a chance to win consistently and compete for a championship.”Yet the Knicks would have considerable cap space to put another top-shelf talent next to Davis during free agency, which would help boost their projection much higher.Jay Boice contributed research.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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We lacked killer instinct – Gerrard

first_imgRangers manager Steven Gerrard says his side “didn’t have a killer instinct” as they wasted a lot of chances in their narrow 1-0 victory against Hamilton on Sunday.Gerrard believed Rangers should have killed the game off sooner after dominating large parts of the game but managing to score just one goal.Rangers had fifteen goal attempts compared to Hamilton’s two and also controlled over sixty percent of the ball possession.“I am frustrated with certain aspects of our game, I thought without the ball today we were really good, we counter pressed really well, kept regaining the ball and kept attack, attack all the time,” Gerrard told the club’s website.“But when we get the ball in good areas we were lacking today, the final pass, the final cross, the final bit of quality.“We didn’t have a killer instinct about us and at 1-0 the game is always open and you always give Hamilton a chance to sneak back into it.Steven Gerrard, Michael OwenOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Thankfully we never but we certainly have a lot to learn, especially when we are in the final areas of the pitch.“We had 21 corners today and I am guessing here, but we had at least 30 crosses into the box. We are playing well up until a certain point but someone has got to go and want to go and score a goal or assist a goal to kill Hamilton.“As soon as that game goes to 2-0 I can get James Tavernier off the pitch because he has played every minute and I can rest people for the more important games coming up.“I didn’t have that luxury so the plan that I had in my head went out the window because we didn’t have a killer instinct today.“But being a Rangers player comes with pressure and responsibility, you have to step up in that last part of the pitch.”last_img read more

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House Appropriators Advance 6902 Billion Defense Spending Bill

first_imgThe House Appropriations Committee advanced its draft $690.2 billion fiscal 2020 defense spending bill Tuesday, CQ reported.The Democrat-crafted bill includes a 2% increase over fiscal 2019 defense spending, allocating $622.1 billion to DOD’s base budget with another $68.1 billion going toward overseas contingency operations. It falls short of President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2020 defense budget request by $8 billion, or 1%.Voting on the measure tallied 30-22 and fell along party lines.The bill would also restrict DOD from reprogramming funding for southern border barrier construction and sharply reduce authority to move military construction money within appropriations accounts from $9.5 billion to $1.5 billion, as On Base has reported.It would boost the Pentagon’s F-35 fighter fleet, appropriating 90 of the fifth-generation aircraft, 12 more than the Pentagon requested.The Hill reported word of a deal on lifting fiscal 2020 spending caps could be possible as early as Tuesday night, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), which would raise defense spending above the House appropriators’ bill.“Without a topline budget agreement, we aren’t making spending decisions based in reality,” said House Defense Appropriations subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Stephanie Ramirez ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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TPLinks Kasa smart home expands with 7 new products at CES 2019

first_img $79 Chris Monroe/CNET TP-Link’s Kasa line of smart home products is expanding this year, with the addition of multiple new devices. We’ve tested TP-Link’s smart plugs and even a smart power strip, and found them reliable and easy to use with the well-designed Kasa app. At CES, the company is showing off seven new products.The lineup includes a video doorbell, wire-free outdoor security camera, a highly affordable indoor security camera system, a light switch with built-in voice assistant, an in-wall outlet, an outdoor plug and an LED light strip. Rounding out its current offering of smart cameras, bulbs, lighting and plugs, these new products will be available throughout the first half of 2019. Kasa Smart Video Doorbell Kasa’s doorbell comes equipped with a 2K resolution high definition image sensor with HDR and infrared LEDs for day and night vision. It features a built-in microphone and speaker with noise and echo control for two-way audio. There is face detection in the AI engine of the doorbell, and it can be trained to recognize faces and alert you to strangers. The doorbell comes with two days of free video history and you can choose to upgrade that plan through a Kasa Care subscription. The doorbell is expected to be released in the first half of 2019. Pricing information is not yet available.tp-link-ces-2019-8 Chris Monroe/CNET Kasa Smart Wire-Free Outdoor Security Camera System Powered by a rechargeable battery, the Kasa security camera system is sold with one, two or three cameras and a hub. The cameras support 1080p HD live video and include two-way audio, as well as night vision. View your camera’s recordings in the Kasa app on your iOS or Android device. The camera hub increases the camera’s battery life and adds a siren feature and audio recordings that mimic occupancy in your home. Recorded clips are free with two-day storage and you can purchase 14 or 30 day plans. The system is expected to be released in the first half of 2019. Pricing information is not yet available.  tp-link-ces-2019-7 Chris Monroe/CNET Kasa Smart Spot Indoor Security Camera Kasa’s new indoor camera boasts a 1080p HD security camera, with two-way audio, 130-degree wide-angle video and night vision, that allows you to keep an eye on your things at home. Stream live video on your smartphone, Alexa- or Google Assistant-supported displays. Set multiple activity zones, receive instant alerts and snapshots when motion or audio is detected and save the activity as a snapshot for up to 3 hours. Easily upgrade for video recordings, cloud storage and other great features with Kasa Care subscription plans. The Kasa Smart Spot Indoor Security Camera (KC100) is expected to be released in Spring, 2019 with an MSRP of $50.tp-link-ces-2019-1 Chris Monroe/CNET Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch with Voice AssistantInterestingly, Kasa hasn’t announced which assistant will be living in its new light switch, but the team does say it will include two built-in microphones and a speaker. You’ll be able to integrate with the assistant directly at the switch. The design is similar to the Ecobee Switch Plus we reviewed last year. The switch also includes motion detection via an occupancy sensor and comes with a night light. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch with Voice Assistant is expected in the first half of 2019. Pricing has not yet been announced.tp-link-ces-2019-5 Chris Monroe/CNET Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power OutletKasa’s Wi-Fi Power Outlet is an in-wall outlet that replaces your dumb traditional version. Just like Kasa’s other outlets and switches it includes automation, scheduling and voice assistant smarts. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet will be available in February 2019 with an MSRP of $40. tp-link-ces-2019-4 Chris Monroe/CNET Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor PlugThis new outdoor plug includes two individually controllable and weather-resistant sockets. Outdoor plugs are a great way to automate and schedule powering on and off patio lights, holiday decor and other outdoor devices. You’ll get automat, scheduling and voice assistant compatibility in the Kasa app. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug will be available February 2019 with an MSRP of $45. tp-link-ces-2019-6 Chris Monroe/CNET Kasa Smart Wi-Fi LED Light StripKasa’s light strip is 2 meters long and comes with eight individually controllable sections. You can set each to a different color, brightness level or lighting effect. The Kasa app links these lights with your other Kasa lights or plugs to create a whole room or whole home scene. The Kasa Smart Light Strip will be available in the first half of 2019. Pricing information is not yet available.Kasa smart AI features will be added to the Kasa Care subscription plans throughout 2019. This includes features like person detection, facial recognition and video summaries. Kasa is certainly making a big push into smart home cameras and offering even more solutions for power and lighting. We’ll be sure to test all these new products out at the CNET Smart Home in the coming year.   Post a comment CES Products Wi-Fi Google Share your voice Best Buy Review • Alexa lives in this light switch. Does that make it worth $99? The most interesting PCs, laptops and tablets of CES 2018 $69 Ecobee Switch Plus CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. 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BNP shares concern over democracy with diplomats

first_imgIndian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Bardhan Shringla having some chats with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir during an iftar programme hosted by the party at a city hotel. Photo: Collected/Prothom AloCountry’s main principle opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday shared its concern with foreign diplomats that the democratic future of Bangladesh will be at stake if the next general election is not held in a fair and credible manner with the participation of all parties.”If we fail to ensure holding of a free, fair, acceptable and inclusive election, the democratic future of the country will be destroyed,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told an Iftar party at Westin hotel in the capital, reports UNB.BNP hosted the iftar party in honour of foreign diplomats working in Bangladesh on the third day of the fasting month of Ramadan.In absence of its chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, Fakhrul chaired the programme. Khaleda used to host iftar for foreign diplomats during Ramadan every year.Ambassadors, high commissioners, mission chiefs, charge d’ affaires and other envoys from about 35 countries attended the iftar.”In today’s globalised world when we share our concern with our foreign friends, we’re also convinced that we’ll have to take forward our struggle of our own,” said Fakhrul.In a brief address prior to iftar, Fakhrul said, “I welcome you with a heavy heart to this Iftar gathering. I’m sure many of you here are missing the presence of Begum Khaleda Zia. She’s been spending a difficult time within the four walls of an abandoned house re-designated as a prison for no fault of hers. As days pass the travesty of justice is getting exposed every day.”Sixteen high commissioners and ambassadors, including dean of diplomatic corps, ambassador of Vatican to Bangladesh archbishop George Kocherry, Chinese ambassador Zhang Zuo, Indian high commissioner Harsha Bardhan Shringla, Canadian high commissioner Benoit Prefontaine, Australian high commissioner Julia Niblett and Netherlands’ ambassador Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, were present.Besides, envoys from the USA, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Norway, Pakistan, Denmark, Sweden, Vietnam, France, the Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, the EU and some other countries and international organisations attended the programme.last_img read more

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Three more ships including Alaskabound Royal Princess to go MedallionClass

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Medallion, Princess Cruises, Technology Share Posted bycenter_img SANTA CLARITA — The travel industry’s move to wearable tech – aimed at expediting everything from check-in to room entry to payment – continues at full throttle with three more ships coming onboard with Princess Cruises’ MedallionClass.Three additional ships – Royal Princess, Crown Princess and Sky Princess – will incorporate the wearable tech OceanMedallions for Princess’ MedallionClass experience already available on the cruise line’s Caribbean Princess ship sailing the Caribbean, and with Regal Princess starting Feb. 17.The OceanMedallion, free to passengers, is a wearable device that elevates the guest experience by delivering an enhanced level of personalization and innovative services – and resulting in high guest satisfaction scores, says Princess.The Princess MedallionClass experience is coming to Crown Princess in July and Sky Princess in October, so that all Princess guests sailing in the Caribbean will be able to enjoy an enhanced vacation through simplified, personalized and engaging experiences by the end of 2019, says the line.The addition of Royal Princess will see a Princess MedallionClass ship sailing in Alaska.“Guests are finding their vacations enhanced with Princess MedallionClass on Caribbean Princess as a new and memorable experience, and we’re ready to offer these experiences and personalized services to even more of our guests, including everyone who sails with us in the Caribbean in the fall and winter,” says Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“Starting in April, we will continue the expansion to a total of five Princess MedallionClass ships expected this year, as we continue on our path to fleet-wide activation. And we look forward to bringing the experience to new groups for the first time, such as those sailing to visit exciting destinations in Alaska and Mexico.”Using their OceanMedallions Princess passengers can access a long list of experiences designed to enhance their cruise vacation, including:Guests who arrive at the terminal with travel documents (i.e. passports) uploaded to their profile have a personalized check-in process that starts their vacation with ease. Personalization starts pre-cruise by guests becoming OceanReady while at home.MedallionNet, the OceanMedallion-enabled WiFi access, is fast, reliable, affordable and unlimited, says Princess. MedallionNet provides land-like speeds that allow guests to stay connected from anywhere on the ship including staterooms which are each equipped with a Wi-Fi access point.Using their smart devices, guests have the ability to order drinks using OceanNow and have them delivered directly to them throughout the ship and even in their stateroom.Access to staterooms is a seamless experience where each guest is securely validated as the door automatically unlocks. Personalized greetings including loyalty level recognition welcome the guest on their door portal.OceanCompass: Available on guests’ smart devices and portals throughout the ships, OceanCompass leverages the OceanMedallion to enable point-to-point wayfinding throughout the ship.JourneyView: Available now on ship portals and coming soon to smart devices, this interactive timeline lets guests scroll through all of the events available on board during their voyage. Functionality will also soon give guests the ability to bookmark and add activities that appeal most to them to their own personalized itinerary.MedallionPay: An easy to use payment featureOceanCasino: On smart devices and select portals, guests can wager real money on games, including slots, poker, bingo, roulette, keno and lottery from anywhere on board.PlayOcean: On portals located shipwide and using smart devices, PlayOcean offers guests a new level of fun with interactive games, a digital scavenger hunt, customizable avatars, and more. PlayOcean also transforms guests’ mobile devices into game controllers for interactive gaming on the massive Movies Under the Stars screen.OceanView: Guests can stream more than 100 hours of Ocean Original travel shows to their smart device anywhere on the ship at no cost – content which airs nationally on weekends on ABC and NBC. OceanView is also available on stateroom TVs as well as on Roku, Amazon Prime and Apple TV. Three more ships including Alaska-bound Royal Princess to go MedallionClass Tuesday, January 22, 2019 last_img read more

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APGfK Poll Few trust Iran to follow through on agreement

first_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Five things to know about public opinion on a potential deal with Iran:MOST APPROVE OF DEALAccording to the new AP-GfK survey, 54 percent of Americans approve and 43 percent disapprove of the preliminary agreement between Iran, the United States and five other world powers to curb Iran’s nuclear program. That’s slightly fewer than the 60 percent of Americans in an AP-GfK poll conducted in 2014 who approved of an earlier interim agreement reached by the same group of nations.The U.S., Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China are aiming to finalize a deal with Iran by June 30 that puts limits on Iranian programs that could be used to make nuclear arms. In exchange, economic sanctions on Iran would be lifted over time. Tehran denies any interest in such weapons but is negotiating in hopes of relief from billions of dollars in economic sanctions.In the new poll, 7 in 10 Democrats, 4 in 10 Republicans and just under half of independents approve of the preliminary deal. Half of liberal to moderate Republicans but only 3 in 10 conservative Republicans say they approve of the deal.FEW CONFIDENT IN IRANAlthough most approve of the agreement in principle, only 3 percent of Americans say they’re very confident Iran will follow through, including allowing inspections of its nuclear facilities, shipping plutonium out of the country, and shutting down almost half of its uranium-enriching centrifuges. Another 25 percent are moderately confident, while 69 percent are not too confident or not confident at all. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation ___Online:AP-GfK Poll: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.comCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FEW PAYING CLOSE ATTENTIONFew Americans are paying close attention to the Iran negotiations — just 16 percent say they’re following very or extremely closely, 27 percent are following somewhat closely, and 55 percent aren’t following closely at all.Twenty-two percent of Republicans, including 28 percent of conservative Republicans, say they’ve been following very closely, making them significantly more likely than any other party group to be closely following the talks.OBAMA ON FOREIGN AFFAIRSFifty-seven percent disapprove of how Obama is handling the U.S. role in world affairs, while only 42 percent approve. That’s up slightly since December, when 38 percent said they approved of how Obama is handling the issue.___The AP-GfK Poll of 1,077 adults was conducted online April 23-27, using a sample drawn from GfK’s probability-based KnowledgePanel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.Respondents were first selected randomly using phone or mail survey methods, and later interviewed online. People selected for KnowledgePanel who didn’t otherwise have access to the Internet were provided access at no cost to them. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal struck between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, to limit its nuclear program, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. But few Americans believe Iran will live up to its end of the bargain.The preliminary deal will be a key point of discussion on Thursday when President Barack Obama hosts top officials from Gulf Arab countries at Camp David to reassure the anxious allies about the U.S. overtures to Iran. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Even among those who say they approve of the preliminary deal, just 5 percent are very confident in Iran to follow through, while 35 percent are moderately confident and 59 percent are not confident.The lack of confidence in Tehran crosses party lines, with no more than 5 percent of Democrats, Republicans or independents expressing a lot of confidence that it will follow through on its obligations under the deal.MOST CHOOSE ISRAEL OVER IRAN DEALAmericans’ desire to keep a positive relationship with Israel could stand in the way of their approval of a deal. If forced to choose, 53 percent think it’s more important for Obama to maintain the United States’ relationship with Israel, even if it means acceding to Israel’s wishes to stop negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear program, while 44 percent say it’s more important to negotiate a deal with Iran, even if it damages the U.S. relationship with Israel.Even among those who approve of the preliminary deal in principle, 4 in 10 say the U.S. relationship with Israel is more important.Most Democrats in the new poll think negotiating a deal with Iran is more important, while most Republicans think maintaining the U.S. relationship with Israel is more important. Independents are more likely to say that the U.S. relationship with Israel is more important than a deal with Iran, 49 percent to 41 percent. In this May 8, 2015, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council pose for photographers at the Chief of Mission Residence in Paris, France, to discuss Middle East concerns about an emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Kerry has also visited Sri Lanka, Somalia, Djibouti, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia on his trip. Many Americans like the idea of the preliminary deal that would limit Iran’s nuclear program but very few people really believe Tehran will follow through with the agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)last_img read more

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Ellie Mae Looks Forward to Dan Maddens Leadership

first_img Ellie Mae, a cloud-based platform provider for the mortgage finance industry, announced that Dan Madden will join the organization as EVP and CFO on December 20, 2018. Madden will report to Jonathan Corr, Ellie Mae’s President, and CEO.“Ellie Mae is leading the industry as we drive toward our mission of providing the true digital mortgage to lenders of all sizes,” Corr said. “Dan’s extensive financial, operational and strategic experience coupled with his knowledge of technology and SaaS businesses will be a huge asset to Ellie Mae as we continue to grow. We look forward to having Dan’s leadership and expertise on our team.”Most recently, Madden served as CFO for Revel Systems, a cloud-based POS platform, where he led the growing organization’s finance team. Prior to joining Revel, Madden was the CFO at Cepheid, a publicly traded leading molecular diagnostics company, and VP Finance & Corporate Controller at Symmetricom, where he led the company’s finance, accounting, and investor relations functions. Previously, Madden held financial leadership positions at Sonic Solutions, Advanced Fibre Communications, and McKesson. He began his career with Ernst & Young and holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.“I am excited to join Ellie Mae at such a pivotal time for the company,” said Madden. “Ellie Mae has been an industry leader for two decades and I’m thrilled to join the seasoned team as we continue on the path together toward transforming the mortgage industry.”Ellie Mae’s digital mortgage solution enables banks, credit unions, and mortgage lenders to originate more loans, lower origination costs and reduce the time to close, all while ensuring compliance, quality, and efficiency. Ellie Mae serves over 2,500 lenders and mortgage brokers who originate approximately 35 percent of all residential mortgages and more than 26 million transactions per month.   November 30, 2018 564 Views Advanced Fibre Communications Dan Madden Ellie Mae Ernst & Young Jonathan Corr McKesson mortgage Revel Systems Sonic Solutions 2018-11-30 Donna Joseph Sharecenter_img in Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Ellie Mae Looks Forward to Dan Madden’s Leadershiplast_img read more

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SANTA CLARA Calif — The Cardinals entered Thursd

first_img SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Cardinals entered Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers in a spot no one expected them to be in.Tied for last place in the NFC West at 1-3, they were in danger of seeing a season that had Super Bowl aspirations and expectations all but end in early October with a loss. While 1-4 would not have mathematically eliminated them from postseason contention, it would have put them in a considerable hole. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “If that’s desperate, it’s desperate.”It’s semantics, really, though there was not much disagreement in the locker room.Left tackle Jared Veldheer said his coach was spot on with his assessment but did note there was “a ton of urgency” to earn a victory Thursday night. Center A.Q. Shipley, overhearing the line of questioning, interjected and said that yes, this was a must-win game.“We wanted to win,” Veldheer added. “We wanted to get that win going, and we were able to get a win tonight and be able to search for another win next week. But it meant a lot.”Added safety Tyrann Mathieu: “We weren’t desperate. We’ve got a lot of talent. A lot of times the execution part of it doesn’t match up to our potential. But I wouldn’t say ‘desperate’. We were definitely hungry for a win.”Mathieu cited the expectations the team has for itself as part of the driving force, and to a man, the Cardinals strongly believe they are more talented than their early-season record would indicate. That’s why, according to defensive lineman Calais Campbell, saying they were desperate isn’t an insult or even necessarily off-base. “Given our situation and how good we can be, you have to be desperate in this situation,” he said. “It’s not OK to be 1-3, and now we’re 2-3 and there’s a lot of football to be played. It’s a better situation.“But we still have a long way to go. Got to just keep stacking them because this next game is crucial; at home, another primetime game. It’s going to be huge for us. We’ve got to find a way to get it done.”Arizona’s next game is Monday, Oct. 17, at home against the New York Jets. A win would even up the Cardinals’ record at 3-3 and give them some positive momentum heading into a stretch of games. A loss, however, would essentially put them back in the position they were in leading into the game against the 49ers.That’s a conversation for next week. For now, the Cardinals get to enjoy a win. Whether it will be remembered as the one that turned their season around has yet to be determined.“There’s only 16 games in the regular season,” Fitzgerald said. “I mean, you know after four games you’ve got 12, and the wins start becoming much more important every single week. Comments   Share   Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald walks off the field after the Cardinals defeated the San Francisco 49ers 33-21 in an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Top Stories LISTEN: Luke and Paige Show “We understood getting that getting into a 1-4 deficit this early in the season, that’s really tough to climb out of that hole. You know, 2-3 is tough to get out of, but it gives you a fighting chance.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter – / 31 Your browser does not support the audio element. The shovels can be put away, at least for one more week.The Cardinals started off slowly but ultimately pulled away from the 49ers for a 33-21 win. It wasn’t necessarily the prettiest of victories, but it was a victory. For a team that had lost its last two, it could not have come soon enough.“It’s good to get back on the winning track,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “Getting to 2-3 is a lot better than being 1-4.“I think on all three sides of the ball, special teams, offense and defensively we made plays today, and we fed off each other. That’s what it’s going to take for us to get wins.”This win, in particular, had the Cardinals, for perhaps the first time in a while, with their backs somewhat against the wall. They were without starting QB Carson Palmer, who stayed in Arizona while he recovers from a concussion, and also had to go without running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch, both of whom were placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.The saving grace for the team having to play in this situation on a short week may have been that their opponent, the 49ers, were dealing with their own injuries and, really, are not as talented a team as the Cardinals. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But in losses to the Patriots, Bills and Rams, one could argue being the more talented team did not do a whole lot for the Cardinals. Thursday night, with big plays on special teams, defense and offense, they finally did what they were supposed to do.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the win “was what we needed,” and it is difficult to argue. He lamented his team’s third-down offense (5-for-16) and said Stanton was playing a little too fast at times. The biggest issue he had was the team’s failure to score a point in the first quarter for the fifth time in five games.“So you can write about that — you’ve got something to write about,” he told the media. “Other than that, I’m pretty damn happy.”The truth is, there is no such thing as a bad win in the NFL, especially for a team whose season was teetering on the edge.Given that, conventional wisdom would say the Cardinals played well Thursday in part out of desperation, perhaps not just to get a win but save their season. Arians, though, wasn’t a fan of the word.“I think we’re a hungry team,” he said. “A team that knows that we dug a hole for ourselves and we had to win this game.last_img read more

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first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2017 1:20 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – With glowing reviews from critics and $450.8 million of worldwide box office in the first three days of release of “The Last Jedi,” all would seem to be right in the “Star Wars” universe.But some audience reaction metrics suggest not all Star Wars fans are so thrilled with Rian Johnson’s eighth episode in the franchise. While “The Last Jedi” sports a sterling 93 per cent fresh Rotten Tomatoes score, the website’s users give it only a 56 per cent score . A similar dichotomy is also found on the movie review aggregation website Metacritic , where the movie has a score of 86 out of 100 from critics but earned a woeful 4.9 out of 10 from users.The role reversal between critics and fans has caused consternation throughout the Star Wars galaxy. Could “The Last Jedi” be a critical smash and a dud with audiences? Is “The Last Jedi” more “Attack of the Clones” than “The Empire Strikes Back”? What in the name of midi-chlorians is going on here?For starters, the responses on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are to be taken with a Death Star-sized grain of salt. They’re supplied by users to the website who can, by creating numerous accounts, vote limitlessly, and need offer no proof of having actually seen the movie. Some believe a nefarious plot is at play, a theory backed up by the boasts of a few on social media . Similar ploys , after all, were used against the female-led “Ghostbusters.”But why would anyone want to sabotage “The Last Jedi”? Well, there have been growing signs of rebellion against the galaxy far, far away. Some conservative moviegoers have taken issue with the current trilogy’s embrace of multiculturalism. Claiming an anti-Donald Trump agenda, some called for a boycott of last year’s spinoff “Rogue One.” Writer Chris Weitz noted the Empire “is a white supremacist (human) organization.”Politics have always played a role in “Star Wars.” George Lucas has said he wrote it as a Nixon-era parable for the Vietnam War, about how democracies turn into dictatorships. But in carrying those themes forward to today, “The Last Jedi” has — like virtually everything else — been fed into America’s combustible politics. Even Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has volleyed with Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Twitter over net neutrality.“Similar to other movie sites, we’re currently experiencing a high volume of fan activity around ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’” said Rotten Tomaotes spokesman Tiyson Reynolds. “We’re closely monitoring all user review activity to make sure it’s valid.”But their low ratings don’t jive with other, more scientific data.Like “The Force Awakens,” ”The Last Jedi” won an A CinemaScore, which polls audiences coming out of theatres. CinemaScore counted feedback as 89 per cent positive. ComScore’s PostTrak audience survey recorded an average five-out-five star rating from moviegoers, with 80 per cent saying they would definitely recommend the film.And then there’s the mammoth box office. With $220 million in domestic ticket sales, “The Last Jedi” now ranks as the second highest grossing opening weekend of all time, after J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens.” Disney’s distribution chief Dave Hollis estimates “The Last Jedi” will have legs through the holiday season similar or close to those of “The Force Awakens,” which ultimately grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. “The Last Jedi” is likely to eventually rank among the highest grossing films of all time, but it will depend on strong word-of-mouth and repeat viewings to sniff the realm of “The Force Awakens” or “Titanic.”Yet regardless of any user scores, “The Last Jedi” has proved to be easily the most divisive “Star Wars” film. (Lucas’ second trilogy was too universally panned to be much argued over.)Even many fans who generally applauded the film have taken issue with its comic flashes, a Princess Leia moment roundly compared to Mary Poppins, and of the film’s treatment of Hamill’s Skywalker. (Cantankerous and ornery, he spends most of the film on an isolated island.) And by shifting the parameters for how the Force works, some have said “The Last Jedi” is, as Variety claimed, “making stuff up as it goes along.”For its part, Disney has sensed the tremors of backlash.“Rian Johnson, the cast, Lucasfilm, they’ve delivered an experience that is totally ‘Star Wars’ but at the same time is filled with things that are unexpected and new,” said Hollis. “And in that unexpected and new, it’s going to have people really talking.”Even the cast of “The Last Jedi” acknowledged they were surprised by the direction mapped out by Johnson, who wrote and directed. “What Rian came up with, I was stunned,” Hamill told The Associated Press earlier this year. Said Daisy Ridley of first reading the script: “I was going, ‘Uh, I’m not sure about this. It just took us all a second to be like, ‘OK, this is where the story is heading.”But Johnson made “The Last Jedi” disruptive by design.“Having been a Star Wars fan myself for the past 40 years, I know intimately how passionate they are about it and how everyone has stuff they love and hate in every single movie,” said Johnson. “That takes the pressure off a little bit just thinking, ‘Ok, there’s going to be stuff that everyone likes, there’s going to be stuff that people don’t like and it’s going to be a mixture.’”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP This image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP) center_img ‘The Last Jedi’ is a hit but how much did audiences like it?last_img read more

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Bank employees union calls for work stoppage over CBC debacle

first_imgBy George PsyllidesBank workers union ETYK on Wednesday called on Central Bank of Cyprus (CBC) employees to hold a one-hour work stoppage on Thursday at 11am to protest the goings on the island’s banking supervisor.“It is with disappointment, sadness, and concern that we are watching the crisis that broke out for the umpteenth time – with new protagonists — at the Central Bank in recent years,” the union said in a statement. “Witnesses to a sad situation that discredits the institution and causes additional woes to the already troubled banking sector.”ETYK was referring to allegations of conflict of interest against Governor Chrystalla Georghadji whose estranged husband, a lawyer, represented former Laiki strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos, seen as main culprit for the lender’s downfall.Parties have called for the governor’s resignation, but she refused. President Nicos Anastasiades, who cannot fire her under, has referred the matter to the attorney-general.Andreas Georghadhis rejected the allegations but also dropped Vgenopoulos in a bid to settle the issue.ETYK said it was not its intention to deal with who was responsible for the present crisis but it felt the need to condemn any action that discredited the institutions and deepened the values crisis plaguing Cyprus.“Instead of safeguarding the Central Bank as the crown of our banking sector, in recent years it became, and still is, the battleground to serve the interests of politicians and others,” the union said.ETYK suggested that the whole affair also discredited the employees who were trying to carry out the difficult task imposed on them by the condition of the economy.“We ought to leave the workers undisturbed and afford them every tool to do their difficult work, something, which has not been happening in recent years,” ETYK said. You May LikeDr. Marty3 Warning Signs Your Dog Is Crying For HelpDr. MartyUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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