Mamata questions PMs silence on Assam chit fund scam

first_imgDhubri (Assam): Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the TMC’s poll campaign in Assam on Friday and attacked Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP’s “key person” in the northeast, claiming her government has proof that “he had received Rs 3 crore” from the owner of Sarada, a firm embroiled in ponzi scam.The Trinamool Congress chief also claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “two lollipops” being doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “fool” the people of Assam. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsAddressing the election rally in Dhubri, Banerjee said the TMC has decided to contest in Assam after “40 lakh people were excluded” from the NRC. “We will contest in nine Lok Sabha seats in Assam. We have made a start. Do not consider us weak,” she said. Hitting out at Narendra Modi, the TMC chief said the prime minister talks about chit funds in West Bengal, but it is the state government which has exposed and arrested those involved in the ponzi scam. “Sarada’s owner has said he had given Rs 3 crore in cash to Assam Minister Sarma and I have documentary evidence which I have brought with me,” Banerjee said, waving a document at the rally. “Has Modi taken action against him? Have you arrested him?” she asked.last_img read more

UN nuclear watchdog agency offers assistance following Japanese earthquake

19 July 2007The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has offered assistance to Japan after a powerful earthquake rocked the Asian island nation on 16 July. The IAEA has been closely monitoring the situation at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant – on the northern coast of Japan’s largest island Honshu – since the earthquake.Early data shows the tremors may have exceeded the plant’s seismic design assumption, according to a press release issued by the Agency.Noting that a thorough and transparent investigation of the earthquake’s impact on the facility is essential, the IAEA has suggested sending a team of international experts to join the country’s efforts in assessing the consequences of the tremors. read more

UNESCO to choose sites to join global network of biosphere reserves

19 September 2007Experts from around the world are gathering this week at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider 33 new sites for inclusion into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Experts from around the world are gathering this week at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider 33 new sites for inclusion into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.The Bureau of the International Coordinating Council for UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, comprising representatives from 34 Member States, is holding a three-day meeting, which started yesterday, to consider proposals from 21 countries.For the first time El Salvador, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are proposing sites to join the existing network of 507 reserves in 102 countries.The Programme was launched in 1970 to promote sustainable development on a scientific basis with the active involvement of local communities and to reduce the loss of biodiversity around the world. The reserves in the network are ecological sites where those communities are involved in governance and management, research, education, training and monitoring, promoting both development and biodiversity conservation. read more

Guinea UN advances plans for international probe into deadly crackdown

19 October 2009Plans moved ahead today for an international commission of inquiry into last month’s violent crackdown on unarmed demonstrators in Guinea, in which at least 150 people were killed and many others raped, as a senior United Nations political official continued his talks in the region. Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Haile Menkerios left the Guinean capital, Conakry, for Ouagadougou in nearby Burkina Faso for talks with President Blaise Compaoré in his capacity as the mediator mandated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to look into the issue.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced last week that he would set up the commission to investigate the crackdown by security forces on 28 September in Conakry “with a view to determining the accountability of those involved,” sending Mr. Menkerios to prepare the ground. Mr. Ban said he “remains deeply concerned by the tense situation in Guinea” and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has called the crackdown a “blood bath.”In Conakry yesterday, Mr. Menkerios met with Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, the head of the National Council for Democracy and Development (NCDD), and also with the Prime Minister and the entire Cabinet. He consulted with representatives of political parties, civil society organizations and trade unions as well.There was broad support for the commission among Guinean stakeholders, and Captain Camara, who seized power in a coup d’état in December after the death of then president Lansana Conté, invited it to begin work as soon as possible to help establish the truth about what took place on 28 September, a UN spokesperson said in New York.Before that, Mr. Menkerios was in Abuja, Nigeria, where he met with a range of regional leaders, including ECOWAS Commission President Mohamed ibn Chambas, African Union (AU) Peace and Security Commissioner Ramtane Lamamra, and AU Chairman Jean Ping. The AU and ECOWAS Summit have welcomed Mr. Ban’s decision to set up the commission and pledged their full support. read more

Canadas job market mismatch puts economy at risk CIBC

We have people without jobs and jobs without peopleTORONTO — A CIBC report released in early December suggests Canada’s economic prosperity is at risk due to a labour market split that sees high-demand positions go unfilled while lower-skilled workers languish in unemployment.“We have people without jobs and jobs without people,” said author and deputy economist Benjamin Tal.The mismatch of companies unable to hire and people unable to find work is “simply big enough to impact the economy as a whole, our productivity, our potential growth and therefore our standard of living in the future,” Tal said.[np_widget id=”24″ /]The CIBC report breaks down the labour market divide into 25 “have” and 20 “have-not” occupations.It says the health and science fields, natural resources extraction, plumbing, social work, psychology and even the clergy are among the sectors that have openings, but not the people to fill them.The report says “traditional” occupations such as clerical work, manufacturing labour, teaching and food services are seeing a glut of workers chasing a limited number of jobs.“(People) in these kind of professions are actually not in demand and unfortunately there are too many of them,” Tal said, noting many seeking work in those fields are over the age of 45.He said this group accounts for nearly one in five of Canada‘s unemployed, who are increasingly sidelined for more than six months.And their skills, he said, are getting rusty or being rendered obsolete by employers’ ever shifting requirements, adding that even economic growth is unlikely to help them find employment.“It’s not a cyclical story … those people — in a good economy — cannot find a job because they don’t have the skill set that the economy needs.”Meanwhile, Tal said that almost one in three businesses is facing a skilled labour shortage, a number that has doubled in two years. He said the problem is worst in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.His research suggests those working in the 25 high-demand job groups face an unemployment rate of only 1%, while their real wage growth is booming at 3.9% annually. Meanwhile, wages for those working in the lesser-skilled group had no wage growth last year, the report suggests.According to Statistics Canada, as of October, the national unemployment rate stood at 7.4%.Tal said the skilled labour shortage means the economy is “underused” and businesses can’t expand due to lack of people.Government and business need to step up efforts on training in order to bring the growing number of long-term unemployed Canadians back into the economy, he said.Tal said a recent push to increase the number of apprenticeships to solve the skilled trade shortage has not yet had much of an impact problem.According to Tal, Ottawa has focused too heavily on bringing in immigrants and foreign workers to fill job shortages and needs to do a better job of training out-of-work Canadians to get them into new occupations.“The government is trying to solve the problem not by retraining but by getting new immigrants into the labour market,” he said. “At the same time we have an army of people who don’t have the skill set they need.” read more

TSX closes little changed weak economic data raises hopes for more stimulus

TSX closes little changed, weak economic data raises hopes for more stimulus AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2012 4:41 pm MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday with gains limited amid a big disappointment in U.S. retail sales and a revision to Chinese growth expectations, which elevated worries about the global economy.The S&P/TSX composite index was 6.65 points higher to 11,521.18 and the TSX Venture Exchange was down 3.6 points to 1,183.35.The Canadian dollar was down 0.01 of a cent to 98.55 cents US a day before the Bank of Canada makes its next scheduled announcement on interest rates. Economists expect the bank will leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent. But analysts will be looking at the tone of the bank’s accompanying statement for indications of when the bank might start to raise rates.U.S. markets were negative as American retail sales data for June came in much worse than expected. Sales slid 0.5 per cent versus the 0.2 per cent gain that had been forecast. The decline followed a 0.2 per cent dip in May.And the International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for China’s slowing economy Monday and said a “hard landing” was still possible.The IMF reduced its Chinese growth outlook for 2012 by 0.2 percentage point to eight per cent and for 2013 by 0.3 points to 8.5 per cent. Data released Friday showed that China’s second-quarter growth fell to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent as exports, consumer spending and factory output weakened.The IMF also said in a quarterly update that the world economy will likely expand 3.5 per cent this year, down slightly from its previous estimate of 3.6 per cent in April.However, as on Friday, investors were encouraged by the possibility that such weak data would persuade officials in China and other countries to embark on further stimulus to push the economy ahead.“If we get a meaningful amount of stimulus out of China and inflation remains relatively contained, that would be hugely beneficial for the Canadian market because the TSX has been under the heavy thumb of declining commodity prices for the last several months,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“And if we could start to see a hint of acceleration out of the Chinese economy, that will go a long way towards pushing external commodity demand up and the TSX will benefit greatly.”The Dow Jones industrials dropped 49.88 points to 12,727.21, the Nasdaq composite index dipped 11.53 points to 2,896.94 while the S&P 500 index declined 3.14 points to 1,353.64 .Traders also looked to a raft of U.S. corporate earnings statements that should shed more light on the state of the U.S. economic recovery.Citigroup reported earnings that beat expectations. The bank said earnings excluding extraordinary items came in at US$1 a share, versus expectations of 89 cents. Revenues came in at US$18.4 billion, less than the $18.76 billion that analysts expected and its shares rose 16 cents to US$26.81.Over the course of the week, around 90 companies listed on the S&P 500 are due to report earnings.Commodity prices were mixed after sharp runups in oil and copper at the end of last week.The energy sector was up 0.79 per cent as hopes for more central bank stimulus helped send the August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.33 to US$88.43 a barrel. Cenovus Energy (TSX:CVE) climbed 21 cents to C$33.49.The telecom sector was also supportive, up 0.39 per cent as Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) rose 36 cents to $38.07.The base metals group was the biggest decliner, down 1.88 per cent as copper prices slipped two cents to US$3.48 a pound. Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN) shed 24 cents to C$8.25.The gold sector was off about 0.45 per cent as bullion moved down 40 cents to US$1,591.60 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was down 20 cents to $34.33.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) helped depress the tech sector. Its shares lost 26 cents to $7.09 after a California jury ordered the troubled BlackBerry maker to pay $147.2 million to Delaware-based Mformation Technologies in a patent lawsuit. RIM said it is “disappointed”‘ and is “evaluating all legal options.”The consumer discretionary segment was also weak with Tim Hortons (TSX:THI) stock down $1.15 to $52.53 after Goldman Sachs downgraded the stock to sell. The move was based on concerns that more moderate recent same-store sales trends are underpinned by declining restaurant traffic. Analyst Michael Kelter told clients this may be an early sign of impending saturation of the Canadian market or a sustained increase in quick-service restaurant competition.In other corporate news, two Canadian real estate trusts are teaming up with a 50-50 partnership that will redevelop or intensify some of their properties in downtown areas of major cities. RioCan Real Estate (TSX:REI.UN) and Allied Properties (TSX:AP.UN) say they will work together to satisfy the growing demand for mixed-use properties in Canadian cities. RioCan units were up 23 cents to $28.33 while Allied units gained 66 cents to $29.64.Atco Group said Monday it is starting a new business that will provide pre-fabricated buildings to remote and aboriginal communities across Canada. The Calgary-based company (TSX:ACO.X) said the new subsidiary, Atco Sustainable Communities can design and build entire communities, including offices, schools, day care centres, housing, hockey arenas and retail outlets. Its shares added four cents to $73.93. read more

Lard Lad Donuts and Krusty Burgers at Universal Orlandos Simpsonsthemed Springfield USA

Lard Lad Donuts and Krusty Burgers at Universal Orlando’s Simpsons-themed ‘Springfield U.S.A.’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tamara Lush, The Associated Press Posted Sep 6, 2013 2:17 pm MDT ORLANDO, Fla. – Walking into Universal Orlando’s new themed area is a bit surreal. First, you hear familiar music. Then you spot the sign: “Greetings from SPRINGFIELD U.S.A.”And then you get a faint whiff of doughnuts.The hometown from the animated TV series “The Simpsons” has been brought to life in a theme park.The full Springfield experience opened to the public in the park in August. Universal has slowly been adding to the area for years, building it around “The Simpsons” ride that opened in 2008. With a new ride — the Kang and Kodos Twirl ‘n’ Hurl — and a food court that includes Moe’s Tavern, the show’s beloved watering hole, the area is now complete. Other attractions found in both the show and the park include the Krustyland carnival area and the Kwik-E-Mart, a convenience store on TV and a gift shop at Universal.Park designers worked with the show’s creators and writers to build a richly detailed environment where visitors can spend hours eating and snapping selfies in front of a statue of Chief Wiggum and his police car.The goal: to make people feel like they were stepping into the cartoon.“We call it ‘authentic fiction,’” said Ric Florell, Universal’s senior vice-president and general manager of resort revenue operations.While most of the details in Springfield mirror the TV show, there are a few tweaked concepts.Take the Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, for instance. It’s based on the two aliens on the show, and riders experience a spinning saucer movement while different Simpsons characters crack jokes. It’s a pretty calm ride, appropriate for all but the smallest of children.“There’s been no actual hurling, yet,” laughed Mike West, executive producer at Universal Creative.There’s also a new kiosk where visitors can have their photo taken on a replica of the Simpsons’ family sofa.And while the bold colours, funny signs in the queue of the Twirl ‘n’ Hurl, and brash Krusty the Clown character meet-and-greets are fun, the most impressive part is the food. Universal executives said that food is almost another character in the show, and it was a natural to showcase that while telling the Simpsons story in the park.“There’s a lot of food in the TV episodes,” said Florell. “We had to decide, what’s iconic?”Steven Jayson, executive chef at Universal Parks and Resorts, said that it took the better part of a year to create 28 new dishes for the area. All of the menu items can only be found in Springfield, and everything is made from scratch in Universal’s kitchens, he added.Not unexpectedly, given Homer Simpson’s diet on the show, health consciousness hasn’t exactly arrived in Springfield (although there is a nod to Lisa Simpson’s love of salads in “Lisa’s Teahouse of Horror,” a self-serve area where folks can grab hummus, greens and pretzels). The food is mostly concentrated in one building, called Fast Food Boulevard, and the mall-like storefronts are based on restaurants from the show.There’s the Krusty Burger, named after the cigar-smoking clown. It’s a basic burger, save for the “special sauce” and gooey cheese. For a larger burger, there’s the Clogger Burger, which involves two patties and bacon. Or a self-explanatory Chicken and Waffle Sandwich.Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck is new, and sells an unexpected option: Korean beef tacos.All of the food is either named after something on the show or something that Bart Simpson could conceivably say in a snarky tone: Chicken Thumbs. Heat Lamp Dog. Meat Liker’s Pizza.One of Homer Simpson’s favourite things — doughnuts — are available in two sizes: regular and huge. A kiosk called Lard Lad Donuts (and several other places within Springfield) sells the supersize, pink-frosted doughnuts in boxes. People sometimes use them as birthday cakes, Universal executives say.Visitors of all ages can quaff a non-alcoholic treat called a Flaming Moe, which is a citrus-vanilla tasting concoction that bubbles and smokes.But one of the most popular offerings is the beer.Duff Beer, the mainstay of Homer Simpson’s diet, can be found at two locations in the middle of Springfield. One is the Duff Gardens outdoor bar, which overlooks a lagoon and what will eventually be Diagon Alley, part of an upcoming Harry Potter expansion.The other is Moe’s Tavern, a popular spot for photos.There are three kinds of Duff Beer — Duff, Duff Light and Duff Dry (which is a dark beer) — all brewed locally.On a recent day, visitors were lined up at Moe’s Tavern and Duff Gardens at 11 a.m., waiting for both to open so they could taste the suds.As Homer once said on the show, “Ah, good ol’ trustworthy beer. My love for you will never die.”___Online: Tamara Lush on Twitter at read more

Fed survey finds severe weather held back economic activity in much of

Fed survey finds severe weather held back economic activity in much of nation this winter WASHINGTON – A Federal Reserve survey shows severe weather held back economic growth in much of the nation from January through early February. Even so, conditions improved in most U.S. regions, thanks to slight gains in areas such as employment and commercial real estate.Eight of the Fed’s 12 regions reported improved activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. The improvement was depicted as “modest to moderate.”New York and Philadelphia, two regions hard hit by winter storms and freezing cold, reported a dip in activity attributed to the weather. Retail sales, including auto purchases, were depressed. So was manufacturing. Factories reported power outages and delayed deliveries of supplies.The Beige Book is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered with other data when the Fed meets March 18-19.The summary and the individual reports from each of the 12 regions were sprinkled with numerous references to the harsh weather much of the country has endured this winter.The report said retail sales had weakened in many districts because of the winter storms. Nine districts — Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas — reported that the severe weather had hurt factory production and manufacturing sales.The report said the weather had caused power outages, disrupted supply chains and curtailed factory production schedules.When the Fed meets later this month to consider the Beige Book, among other economic evidence, it will be the first meeting under the new Fed chair, Janet Yellen. Last month, Yellen succeeded Ben Bernanke, who stepped down after eight years as chairman.The widespread expectation is that the Fed will continue paring the monthly bond purchases it has been making to try to keep long-term loan rates low to support the economy.In an appearance last week to deliver the Fed’s twice-a-year economic report to Congress, Yellen said recent economic data has pointed to some weaker-than-expected gains in consumer spending and job growth.She said the Fed will be watching to see whether the slowdown proves only a temporary blip caused by severe weather or is a sign of a more fundamental problem with the economy.Yellen said she was open to adjusting the pace of the Fed’s reductions if the economy should weaken.A key piece of data likely to influence the March meeting will be the release Friday of the unemployment report for February.The Fed has stressed that it’s standing by a plan to keep a key short-term rate at a record low near zero for an extended period. At the past two meetings, it has said short-term rates will likely remain low “well past” the time unemployment drops below 6.5 per cent. The unemployment rate in January dropped to 6.6 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2014 12:21 pm MDT read more

One journalist killed every four days in 2016 UN agency finds

More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said 101 journalists were killed in 2016, the equivalent of one journalist every four days. “The profession of a journalist is not a safe one, and a press accreditation card or display of media equipment has often served as an extra reason to be targeted,” said Frank La Rue, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.The UN agency coordinates the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity , which aims to aid media workers and journalists working in conflict and non-conflict situations.According to the figures recently released, the most lives were lost in the Arab States – where the armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen have claimed the largest share – followed by Latin America and the Caribbean.Each killing has been condemned by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, who called on authorities to investigate the murders.In addition to physical violence, journalists were also threatened through online hate speech and gender-based harassment.“When crimes against journalists, of any kind, remain unpunished, it implies that media can continuously be harassed and attacked,” added Mr. La Rue. “Impunity slowly gags journalists and media, where fear of reprisal turns into self-censorship, depriving each and every one of us from vital information.” read more

Students recognized for making life in residence better

2ndBradley Armadillos 7thSheaffe Titans 4thMerritt Wizards Marriott Cup (Overall Residence Cup) 8thYeo Crusaders 5thYeo Crusaders 6thMacdonnell Dragons 3rdKeefer Camels 4thKeefer Camels 9th Secord Barracudas 3rdMerritt Wizards Students who make residence life better for their peers were honoured recently during the 34th annual residence award dinner.The event recognized students working or volunteering in various roles within residence, including Residence Life Staff, Residence Action Council, Living Learning Communities Peer Mentors, Service Desk staff and many individual students who simply made residence a great place to live this year.There were awards presented to more than 100 individuals. Also trophies and plaques were handed out to groups of students in the friendly competition for residence cup points – and bragging rights.The evening’s ceremonies were captured on video by Brock TV and can be viewed at following is a list of the individual award recipients:House/Hall/Court/Block AwardsKeefer House Award – Brayden DeseureFitzgibbon House Award – Bethan HopkinsCruickshank House Award – David StarkHunter House Award – Allison IvesHolmes House Award – Vanish HiraShickluna House Award – Thomas FennSimcoe House Award – Sabrina ZamfirMacdonnell House Award – Teresa EspostoSt. Julien’s House Award – John FosterBrant House Award – Breanna DurocherBradley Hall Award – Bradley YoungMack Hall Award – Rachel WadsworthEgerter Hall Award – Eric EasterYeo Hall Award – Vlad BacosDufferin Hall Award – Anna AnnibaleRenaud Hall Award – Jamie WattMacDougall Hall Award – Ryland Dembek-BlairDoherty Hall Award – Adam StierSheaffe Hall Award – Kira RobbSecord Hall Award – Paula OstranderMerritt Hall Award – Zach HugginsMuir Block Award – Jake HarbinsonMcFarland Block Award – Lucas PowerLocke Block Award – Cindy HongGzowski Block Award – Rachel AgombarButler Block Award – Warren Juteau-PeallRobb Block Award – Kathleen FolleyBeatty Hall Award – Dandre MorganRichardson Hall Award – Sarah HoptonNelles Hall Award – Adam BiltonBrown Hall Award – Candice RenaudPierpoint Hall Award – Rebecca BorsaDittrick Court Award – Colin HarleyTheal Court Award – Matt AgostinhoLampman Court Award – Quinton MurneyTubman Court Award – Luke WebsterKirby Court Award – Olivia Belmonte and Liam ColesCarnochan Court Award – Ian BonnerPetrie Court Award – Emma RodneyWetherald Court Award – Joel MavesHainer Court Award – Alessia Di NinoCurrie Court Award – Tyler LundeGreen Court Award – Cameron LarocqueBennett Court Award – Anton LeungMcBride AwardsDeCew – Allison IvesVallee – Riley CleverdonEarp – Kira RobbQuarry View – Warren Juteau-PeallLowenberger – Karly RuetzVillage – Nathalie JacksonSheaffe Award: Shauna WilsonCrew AwardsDeCew – Mitch WalkerVallee – Emily FisherEarp – Rebecca TrotmanQuarry View – Sherry MarshallLowenberger – Pranali ParikhVillage – Quinton MurneyDon-of-Academic AwardsDeCew – Allison IvesVallee – Raagave MaheswaranEarp – Vicky Lea ThompsonQuarry View – Matthew MeechamLowenberger – Alex CatherwoodVillage – Anton LeungPositive Contribution Award – Thomas FennResident’s Committed to Excellence awards: Maddie Bird, Sharmila Sreetharan, Aline Saffran, Colleen Munro, Shanice Stewart, Adrienne Eby, Alyssa Urbshott, Doreen Watson, Glen Huffman, Johnathan Clancy, Joshua Lindup, Kailey Meehan, Kyle Bezaire, Madlaina Gruber, Marina Pereira, Nina Safi, Steven Greenwood, Steven Voulgaris, Jon Sniderhan, Natalie MooreResidence Life Staff AwardsDeCew – Daniel GarnerVallee – Katie McKeeEarp – Madeline LeggettQuarry View – Max BrownLowenberger – Jonah GrahamVillage – Cameron LarocqueResidence Action Council AwardsHR-of-the-year – Michael DubeDon-of-the-year – Jon SniderhanStudent-of-the-year – Jonah GrahamBoard of Directors-of-the-year – Shaleen TurakhiaExecutive-of-the-year – Allison IvesBuilding Advocate-of-the-yearDeCew – Daniel GarrenVallee – Alex Van De KleutEarp – Meghan BrownQuarry View – Jacob StickelLowenberger – Kelly MabeeVillage – Kunal CrastaCommittee Advocate-of-the-yearOctober – Layan Al-YassinNovember – Harshita SanthaJanuary – Liam WithersR/R – Alissa ReidLEC – Jaineel PatelTecumseh (First-Term Cup) 2ndButler Musketeers 10thSt. Julien Moose 5thShickluna Lions 5thBradley Armadillos 1stShickluna Lions Tenskwatawa (Second-Term Cup) 1stPierpoint Wolves 3rdMacdonnell Dragons 2ndPierpoint Wolves 4thBradley Armadillos 1stPierpoint Wolves read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get the 9 at 9 News audio Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 8:46 AM Share Tweet Email Short URL By Hayley Halpin The 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s what you need to know as you start your day.center_img Sep 4th 2019, 7:45 AM No Comments Updated Sep 4th 2019, 8:46 AM Source: Shutterstock/Olga MiltsovaEVERY MORNING brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #BREXIT: UK MPs last night voted to debate a bill today that would extend the current Brexit deadline to 31 January 2020 at the earliest.2. #NO DEAL: The Government will give ‘top priority’ to plans for a no-deal Brexit following a meeting of the Cabinet last night.3. #THEFTS: Gardaí in Dublin probing a spate of car thefts are investigating claims that two men dressed in what appeared to be boiler suits were carrying out the crimes using a new type of technology which allows easy access to vehicles.4. #PENCE: US Vice President Mike Pence is due to fly out of Shannon today, as his two-day Irish visit comes to an end.5. #APPEAL: Gardaí are renewing their appeal for information about 17-year-old Raonaid Murray on the 20th anniversary of her death.6. #DORIAN: Hurricane Dorian has claimed the lives of at least seven people after devastating parts of the Bahamas.7. #SANDWICH BOARDS: Dublin City Council has received zero valid applications from businesses to place sandwich boards outside their premises since the deadline passed on August 31.8. #PADDY POWER: Bookmakers Paddy Power is selling off 14 of its shops across the country. 9. #MEAT PLANTS: A Chinese delegation to Ireland will visit a meat plant in Roscommon today after a meeting on Monday was cancelled due to protesting farmers blocking the factory gates. On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. 9,019 Views last_img read more

Migrant detention conditions slammed

first_imgThe prolonged and systematic detention of migrants and asylum seekers in Greece is having devastating consequences on their health and human dignity, a leading international medical humanitarian organisation has said.In a report, entitled Invisible Suffering, released by Médecins Sans Frontières, the organisation, which has been providing independent medical and psychosocial care in Greek detention centres since 2008, highlights the massive impact of detention on the physical and mental health of migrants. The report also points out the gaps in healthcare provision and the absence of medical assessments, which lead to detainees with serious medical conditions being neglected or even being forced to interrupt their treatment.Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) stated given that Greece currently holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the European Union must stop turning a blind eye to these unacceptable practices in view of their serious medical and humanitarian consequences.“Over a period of six years, we have carried out more than 9,900 medical consultations inside detention centres and police stations where migrants and asylum seekers are held,” said Dr Apostolos Veizis, MSF’s head of mission in Greece to the Greek daily Eleftherotypia.“But despite our repeated calls for improvements to detention conditions and migrants’ access to healthcare, we have seen little change, while the overall situation continues to deteriorate.”Thousands of migrants detained in Greece for lacking the correct paperwork, including some asylum seekers and teenagers, are held in often appalling conditions without access to basic hygiene and regular medical care, according to the medical aid group, which accused the Greek state of causing “unnecessary suffering and harm”.In the report, Medecins Sans Frontieres, or Doctors Without Borders, expressed “grave concerns” and urged Greece to “put an end to the systematic and indiscriminate use of detention” for migrants found in the country without the correct documentation – many often picked up during random checks after living in Greece for years.Respiratory and skin diseases abound, exacerbated by unsanitary, crowded conditions, the group said, and detainees were displaying increased mental health problems including suicide attempts or extreme forms of protest such as sewing up their mouths.Throughout the system, migrant detainees lacked access to basic items such as clothing, clean bedding and personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste and detergent, MSF said.Greece is one of the main entry points for migrants trying to gain access into the European Union. Tens of thousands make the journey each year, either attempting to cross over land from Turkey, or heading to Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast, often in rickety boats that break down or sink. In mid-2012, the Greek government launched a crackdown on illegal migration, nicknamed Operation Xenios Zeus, in which tens of thousands of migrants were rounded up from city streets for identity checks. Those found without resident permits or refugee papers were sent to detention centres pending deportation.More than 6,000 people are held in migrant detention centres pending deportation, MSF said. Hundreds, possibly thousands, more are held in police holding cells where conditions are even worse.Source: ekathimerini, enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Facebook une modification du règlement soumise au vote

first_imgFacebook : une modification du règlement soumise au voteFacebook souhaite avoir l’aval de ses membres au sujet d’une modification de sa déclaration des droits et responsabilités et sur la protection des données hébergées sur le site.Le réseau social Facebook a décidé de consulter ses membres au sujet d’une évolution de son règlement. Les titulaires d’un compte sur le site pourront donner leur avis avant le 8 juin 2012. Le scrutin est ouvert depuis vendredi 1er juin.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?En effet, on peut lire sur la page Facebook Site Governance : “Facebook a récemment proposé des modifications de sa Déclaration des droits et responsabilités et de sa politique d’utilisation des données, en expliquant les changements apportés et en invitant les utilisateurs à commenter les nouvelles versions. C’est maintenant à vous de voter pour indiquer les versions des documents que vous préférez.”Les membres de Facebook sont invités à consulter quatre documents objets de modifications éventuelles concernant la déclaration des droits et responsabilités et la politique d’utilisation des données. Il est possible de confronter les anciens textes et les nouveaux puis de donner sa préférence.Enfin, il est à noter la position de l’association Facebook vs Europe, qui invite à s’opposer à la nouvelle politique de confidentialité du site. L’association indique en effet :”si sa nouvelle politique ne passe pas, Facebook devra la réécrire et améliorer des choses. En plus de cela, la nouvelle politique donne à Facebook plus de droits pour utiliser vos données et limiter votre vie privée, ce que nous ne pouvons approuver”.Le 6 juin 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Man faces judge convicted in fatal hitandrun case

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A man faced a judge Monday after he was arrested for the fatal hit-and-run of a father and son.Police said Earl Lewis was driving on Feb. 9 when he struck and killed Jose and Cesar Cepeda on the side of SR-836.The father and son were tending to a disabled vehicle at the time.Lewis is facing multiple charges, including leaving the scene of a fatal crash, driving without a license and grand theft auto.Lewis also held prior charges, which include attempted second-degree murder, battery and resisting arrest without violence.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Tata Zest Returns in New Batch of Spy Shots Company Ramping Up

first_imgTata’s upcoming sedan Zest has been spied testing once again in the country, suggesting the possible launch of the car in near future.Tata Zest, India’s first sedan with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technologies is certainly one of the much anticipated vehicles in the country. The auto enthusiasts have been drooling over Tata’s new sedan offering since its first appearance at the Delhi Auto expo 2014. Now the latest is a set of new spy shots of Zest, which was caught testing near Pune by the folks at Carwale. The images which show the uncamoulflaged Zest on road hint that the testing of new sedan is almost done.Tata Zest which made numerous appearances on the web is speculated to come in July. An earlier report had suggests that Tata would begin the bookings for Zest in June and will announce the launch of the car for Indian market on 4 July.Tata which already launched the exclusive websites for its upcoming Zest and Bolt is now in the process of hiring over 3,000 sales staff across the dealerships in the country. It is clear that Tata is doing the groundwork well before the launch of Bolt and Zest.”In line with our vision and strategy to provide an enriched purchase experience, we have undertaken a revamp expedition of showrooms and expansion of our dealership workforce to prepare for the launch of our exciting global cars, Zest and Bolt. We are gearing up as we move closer to the launch. Besides our new range of products, our retail experience will also go through a sea change. Our customer-centered cars are being backed with customer-engaging purchase experience at our dealerships. This is a step forward for us in reinforcing our commitment to provide best-in-class purchase experience,” Overdrive quoted Ranjit Yadav, president – passenger vehicles business unit, Tata Motors.Tata Zest -What We Know So FarThe car Zest will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the Zest will be powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 85 PS at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 140 Nm 1750-3000 RPM.The diesel model will come with a 1.3 litre Quadrajet motor, which can generate 90 PS power at 4000 RPM and 200Nm torque at 1750-3000 RPM. The car is expected to come with features like new front grille, projector headlamps, steering wheel and dash board.Rumours are rife that Tata would price the Zest in the range of ₹6 lakh to ₹8 lakh.Image credit: read more

Comicker Press Brings Its Creator Owned Magic Back to Kickstarter

first_imgSome Kind of Blue Moon is written by Michael D. Stewart, art by Thomas Boatwright, and lettering by James Greatorex. Includes the entire stand alone graphic novella, ten newly-created pages from Bert’s journal after the events of Some Kind of Blue Moon illustrated by Thomas Boatwright, concept art, a playlist, and exclusive pin-ups. Black and white interior art, 80 pages. MSRP $11.99. For readers 15 and up (due to language). Comicker LLC was founded by Saori Adams and Sean E. Williams, and launched in 2015 with its Comicker Digital imprint. Comicker LLC is designed to bring creator-owned comics series to readers any way they want them (as ad-supported webcomics, collected as digital issues, and in print as trade paperbacks via Comicker Press), and to give creators the flexibility to tell their stories exactly how they want to.Last year they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund bringing two of their comics to print. Right now, Comicker is back on Kickstarter with an ambitious campaign running through September 15th to bring five new books to print:The Casebook of Rabbit Black Volume 2 includes the next two extra-large issues of the comic series by Kate Sherron: “The Case of the Embroiled Ingénue” and “The Case of the Lady’s Finger.” Full color, 96 pages. MSRP $14.99. For readers 15 and up (due to violence and language). Renegade Rule Dominates eSports and Friendship for an Epic Win31 of Our Favorites From Inktober 2017 Stay on target Chimera: The Righteous & The Lost is written and illustrated by Tyler Ellis. The trade paperback includes the first six issues of Chimera, exclusive pin-ups and more. Full color, 168 pages. MSRP $19.99. For readers 15 and up (due to language and violence). Kyrie: Part 1: The Curse of the Macedonian Scroll is by Matt Crotts. The trade paperback includes the first seven issues of Kyrie, exclusive pin-ups and more. Full color, 136 pages. MSRP $16.99. For readers 12 and up (due to violence). Waking Life: Book 1: Pleasant Places is written and illustrated by Ben Humeniuk. The digest-sized trade paperback includes the first four issues of Waking Life, exclusive pin-ups and more. Full color, 200 pages. MSRP $14.99. For readers 12 and up (due to school drama and fantasy violence).I got the chance to talk to Comicker co-founder, Sean E. Williams, about their latest Kickstarter campaign. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me, Sean! Before we jump into the current Kickstarter, can you tell me a bit about Comicker Press? How have things changed since you and Saori Adams launched Comicker Digital in 2015?We founded Comicker LLC initially to make creator-owned comics more viable for more creators. Over the course of the first year and a half, though, we realized that there was a wide readership that wasn’t being served by the mainstream comics industry, and that our creators were already delivering representation on the page, and were a diverse group of creators themselves, at which point we knew that that was what we wanted the company to be. Which is why we now require that there be that diversity – either on or off the page – from all the projects we pick up. Hence the “Diversity Focused.” in our tagline.The one thing that hasn’t changed is that we’re still “Digital First.” But after last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign to bring LOST ANGELS: VOLUME 1: PARADISE HIGH and THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK: VOLUME 1 to print, we can actually mean “digital first,” and not “digital only.”Why is diversity important to you as a creator and publisher?Diversity is important to me as a creator because representation on the page means we’re going to have more diversity in the creators in the future – and we need those stories being told by those creators for our culture’s sake. Other publishers have complained about not getting submissions from persons of color, and frankly, we’ve seen some of that ourselves – our submissions are still predominantly very white. Because why would persons-of-color want to make comics, when they didn’t grow up reading them because none of the characters look like them, and none of their stories are relatable? Possibly the highlight of my career as a writer was when my SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN story came out, and I had a woman reach out to me jubilant because it had a character who looked like her and shared her name. Making comics, especially in America, is a freaking privileged position. You have to be rich, or have a spouse who can pay the bills and have health insurance, because comics (for a vast majority of people) doesn’t do that.  That’s partly why we created our publishing schedule as we did – so you as a creator can have a job and still tell the stories you want to tell.  On the publishing side, we don’t need more straight-white-guys-telling-straight-white-guy stories. Again, it gets back to representation. Representation leads to diversity, and understanding of other cultures, and acceptance (much less simple tolerance) which is what we as a country need more of – especially these days!Your first Kickstarter was successful with two books coming to print; one of which is getting a second volume in this new Kickstarter. What is the key to The Casebook Of Rabbit Black’s success?The key to THE CASEBOOK OF RABBIT BLACK is entirely its creator, Kate Sherron.  We met years ago when we kept running into each other while exhibiting at anime shows in the Midwest. When she announced that she was doing her own series right around when we started doing Comicker, I immediately reached out to see if she’d be interested in joining the Comicker family. Thankfully, she said yes! Since then, she’s continued to put out page-after-page of gorgeous work.You’re looking to fund five titles in print this time as opposed to two in the previous Kickstarter. What made you decide on this ambitious move?It basically boils down to the fact that we had five books become ready to go to print at the same time. When we ran the numbers, we realized we could bring all five series to print for just about twice what we brought two for the first time. Between all the creators and all the readers of the five series, it seemed feasible, if lofty. We’re pulling it off by doing smaller print runs, instead of skimping on the quality. After the last campaign, we ended up needing less money for shipping than we had budgeted, so we upgraded the books with better paper, and UV spot gloss on matte finished covers. Dropping the quality back down to lower our goal wasn’t an option.What’s the overarching theme or themes, if any, that runs through all five titles?There really aren’t…aside from the fact that they’re all creator-owned and made by passionate people. SOME KIND OF BLUE MOON is about friendship, KYRIE is about trust, CHIMERA is about betrayal, RABBIT BLACK is about doing what has to be done, and WAKING LIFE is about letting go – of family, of control, of fear. I guess in that sense; they’re all about how far people will go for the people in their lives, and the people they love. Which is what life’s all about, really, isn’t it?Seeing James Tynion IV of Detective Comics and The Woods fame endorse Chimera really jumped out to me. What is it about Tyler Ellis’ work that had you wanting to work with him and has some of the biggest names in the business cheering him on?As soon as I read Tyler’s pitch for CHIMERA and saw the sample pages he sent, I knew that we needed to publish this series. It’s an epic space opera that’s perfect for the 21st century. The universe-building that Tyler’s put onto every page is mindblowing, and the story is as heartbreaking as it is adventurous. And the fact that Tyler does it all – all the writing and all the art, month after month – I’m amazed (and glad) that he hasn’t been snatched up by one of the Big Two himself yet.Waking Life had me at Little Nemo In Slumberland meets Degrassi. How did you connect with Ben Humeniuk? With books like Lumberjanes, The Woods, and Gotham Academy out there, how does Walking Life appeal to people who may be picking up those titles while feeling fresh?Ben actually brought WAKING LIFE as an open submission to us! That’s one of the things I’m proudest of with Comicker – we have an open submission policy. Having an open door to the next generation of creators has always been a priority for me – even back when I was a producer in Hollywood – because breaking in is hard as hell, so having someone willing to shine a light on good talent is, in my opinion, a necessity. WAKING LIFE does an amazing job of taking that high school drama that we all had to live with, and adding in the fish-out-of-water element of the Princess of the Dream Realm to it. The fantasy sequences in the Dream Realm are as epic as you’d imagine, and the struggles to fit in as frustratingly real as you remember. Everyone can relate, and get something incredibly fun out it at the same time.What’s the future of Comicker Press? Will you continue expanding your digital library and Kickstarting more books to print?We’ve got some major plans that we’ll be rolling out at the beginning of next year, and yeah, we have no plans to stop making comics anytime soon. We’ve signed with an international distributor for our books that we’re still working through the preliminary set-up and can’t announce just yet, but all our focus right now is getting these books to the printer, which we can only do if this Kickstarter is successful. And Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing platform, so we have to raise enough for all five books for us to print any of them – so every pre-order helps!Sean was kind enough to give us a preview of Devil Skin, one-shot horror comic from David Accampo and Chris Anderson.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

GSpeak will make the keyboard and mouse obsolete w Video

first_img Hand movements challenge computer mouse © 2010 More information: ( — The mouse may soon become obsolete, with interfaces that interpret gestures rapidly approaching a stage at which they can be released for general consumers. Explore further Citation: G-Speak will make the keyboard and mouse obsolete (w/ Video) (2010, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A new system being developed by Oblong Industries harnesses gesture technology that uses special surfaces and displays that can track hand movements, providing the operator is wearing the special conducting gloves. The system works with images and videos, and has been dubbed the “G-Speak” spatial operating environment (SOE). In a G-Speak environment everything on screen can be directly manipulated by gestures such as pointing, and the system simplifies the control of real-world objects such as robots or vehicles, and allows physical tools and interfaces to be used as input devices.John Underkoffler, co-founder of Oblong Industries, says G-Speak should be available for consumers within five years, and its combination of interpretation of gestures, real-world pixels and recombinant networking represents the biggest step forward in computer interfaces since 1984. Underkoffler says applications for the new interface technology include the operation of 3-D interfaces, processing of large data sets, integration of multiple computers and large screens into building-scale work environments. G-speak networking’s collection of library components allows applications to scale dynamically and transparently across multiple computers, and in a LAN network this makes more effective use of CPU power and provides support for applications enabling collaborative work over the network. It will also be possible to add new people and computers to the network, and to add new code at run-time.G-speak controls applications through hand poses, pointing, and hand movements, with input from several hands simultaneously being fully supported. Hand and finger motions are tracked to an accuracy of 0.1 mm at 100 Hz.Using gestural I/Os is much more efficient at complex navigation tasks and selection/sorting, than the mouse and keyboard, but both will still be available for use when appropriate. G-Speak is already in use by Fortune 50 companies, and by some universities and government agencies, and a software development kit running on Linux and Mac is already available. — –– More videos:– Another video on YouTube: This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

One succumbs to injuries after stampede during hospital fire

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and at least 45 suffered injuries in a stampede that took place at the outpatient department (OPD) building of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital when a fire was spotted in a hospital room on Wednesday morning.Hospital authorities however claimed that there was no fire and smoke was billowing out of a ceiling fan triggering panic among the patients at OPD. The hospital started a probe on how the incident took place. It was learnt that the patients, who visited the outpatient department, spotted fire inside the room number 118 situated on the third floor of the hospital building. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe panic-stricken patients started rushing downstairs. The situation led to a chaos and a number of patients suffered injuries while climbing down the stairs. The injured persons were admitted to the emergency ward of the hospital. A woman patient reportedly succumbed to her injuries later in the hospital. According to hospital sources, some patients are in a serious condition. An eyewitness said the stampede occurred as the people at the hospital panicked after seeing the smoke coming out from the third floor of the hospital. Three fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the flame. It is said the security personnel and some staff members of the hospital extinguished fire before the fire tenders arrived the spot.The security personnel told hospital authorities that no such fire incident took place inside the room and only smoke was spotted coming out of a ceiling fan inside room number 118. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSome of the patients and their family who were at the spot at the time of the incident alleged that the public address system at the hospital did not work at the time of crisis as a result of the situation went out of control. “Had there been timely announcements from the hospital authorities the incident could have been averted,” said an eyewitness. Later, fire officials inspected the room where fire was allegedly spotted and initiated a probe. They are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the incident. According to preliminary investigation, an electrical short circuit might have led to the incident. The deputy superintendent of Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital suffered injuries after being attacked by a mob while leaving the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Police immediately rushed to the spot and arrested 8 persons for attacking the senior official of the hospital.last_img read more

Marriott expands Mobile Requests globally

first_imgMarriott International Inc. is expanding Mobile Requests, the industry-leading two-way chat feature on its Mobile app, to four additional brands – JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels and Marriott Executive Apartments.Originally launched at select Marriott Hotels, Mobile Requests is also now available at Marriott Hotels across the globe and is being rolled-out at Courtyard and Residence Inn properties in  Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.Mobile Requests is offered exclusively to the nearly 54 million members of the company’s award-winning loyalty program Marriott Rewards, enabling them to chat in real time directly with hotel staff to answer questions, or request services and amenities starting 72 hours before their arrival, and throughout their stay.Guests can choose to text in five languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, French and German.“We know nearly a quarter of our guests ask a question or make a request to hotel staff during their stay,” said George Corbin, Senior Vice President of Digital at Marriott International. “With Mobile Requests, guests can communicate immediately with their hotel right from their smartphones wherever they are before, during and after their stay, making the Marriott Mobile app experience for next generation travelers seamless, intuitive and fulfilling.”Marriott International was the first  global hotel company to offer a two-way chat option with on-property staff when it launched at 46 Marriott Hotels in May 2015.Guests with an upcoming reservation can use Mobile Requests to instantly communicate with staff hotel in two ways:  they may choose from a drop-down menu of most requested services and amenities, such as extra towels, bath amenities, or valet parking or begin a two-way chat with hotel staff using the “Anything Else” option.Guests have made thousands of requests since Mobile Requests was launched, and guest surveys show it has contributed to a rise in overall satisfaction.The Mobile Requests roll out is another step Marriott International is taking in leading digital innovation, following offerings such as mobile check-in, check-out and room ready alerts.Additionally, Marriott is piloting a series of new mobile services including Mobile Key – allowing guests to use their mobile phone as a room key – at select hotels with plans to expand to additional hotels.Marriott Rewards members who download the Marriott Mobile app will continue to benefit from these regular updates that further enhance the hotel stay experience. Download Marriott Mobile app for freeSource = Marriott International Inc.last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Gurley is coming off of a bad knee injury (ACL) and there’s no way to predict how healthy he’ll be. There are examples like Adrian Peterson, Willis McGahee and Marcus Lattimore. Although each’s injury was slightly different, all had different levels of recovery from college. Peterson was considered an injury risk out of Oklahoma, suffered no significant injuries early in his pro career, and recovered from his own ACL tear in 2011 enough to win a 2012 MVP. McGahee destroyed his knee in college and, despite rehabbing and sitting out his entire first season in Buffalo, still rushed for 1,000 yards four times in a 10-year career. Lattimore was drafted but never recovered from his college injury, never played a down in the NFL and is currently hoping to collect on an insurance policy.Gurley could end up anywhere on the recovery schedule, from Hall of Famer to career-less. For a franchise that is in contention for a conference championship, Arizona cannot wait for Gurley to recover. If the Cardinals were a year or two away, I’d be screaming to draft Todd Gurley. His recovery would coincide right when Arizona hit their upswing. This is not the case.Due to the ages of Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald, waiting until 2017 to get the best from Todd Gurley makes no sense. If the best player on the board when Arizona selects is a pass rusher or a defensive back, take him. If the best player on the board is Todd Gurley, accept the fact he’ll do great things for another team a few years from today. Any player drafted by Arizona in the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL draft needs to check three boxes:1) Does that player love and respect the game?2) Does that player hate to lose?3) Will that player help the Cardinals win the NFC West in 2015?If the answer is “no” or “not sure yet” to any of those questions, then I’m sure that player should not be a Cardinal. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A completely healthy Todd Gurley will be a great player in the NFL.The Arizona Cardinals should not draft Todd Gurley.This is the time of year when I write about different players I’ve seen in college football and who fits the Arizona Cardinals. I love Todd Gurley. He’s elusive enough to avoid contact but has no problem seeking contact when short yards are needed. Gurley doesn’t shy away from protecting the quarterback. He runs hard on every play.last_img read more