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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.”
United States Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte won’t be going back to Rio – at least not to face any of the charges brought against him.Ryan Lochte, who is being charged by Rio police with filing a false police report, will not be heading back to the site of the 2016 Olympic games to deal with the legal situation. Lochte was interviewed by TMZ early this morning and made it clear he will not return to face the charges.Lochte didn’t close the door on returning to Brazil someday – but obviously he’d have to settle with the city before that could happen. He also doesn’t believe that the U.S. Olympic Committee is going to penalize him for his actions.Ryan Lochte — I Won’t Go to Brazil to Face Charges … Not Happening (VIDEO) https://t.co/tHlgTdSiiM— TMZ (@TMZ) August 29, 2016No, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Most didn’t believe that it would be in Lochte’s best interest to return. But now it’s confirmed that he won’t be.
MONTREAL – Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it is among the first purchasers of Tesla’s new electric truck.Canada’s largest supermarket chain (TSX:L) says it has pre-ordered 25 of the vehicles called the Tesla Semi.“It’s part of our commitment to electrify our fleet,” spokeswoman Catherine Thomas said.Earlier this month, Loblaw committed to have a fully electric fleet as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 2030.That would involve adding 350 zero-emission vehicles and more than 2,500 trailers to the fleet.The Ontario-based grocer said removing diesel from its transport trucks and refrigerated trailers could reduce more than 94,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, the equivalent of removing more than 20,000 cars from the road.By 2030, Loblaw expects to have reduced emissions from electricity use by 35 per cent, transportation by 25 per cent, and refrigerants by 50 per cent.First deliveries of the Tesla trucks are expected in 2019.No price for the trucks was provided, but reservations for the Tesla Semi cost US$5,000 per truck.Wal-Mart says it has also pre-ordered 15 vehicles, including 10 for its Canadian routes.“We have a long history of testing new technology — including alternative-fuel trucks — and we are excited to be among the first to pilot this new heavy-duty electric vehicle,” Wal-Mart spokesman Ryan Curell wrote in an email.“We believe we can learn how this technology performs within our supply chain, as well as how it could help us meet some of our long-term sustainability goals, such as lowering emissions.”Tesla declined to identify any other Canadian buyers for the truck that it says can go from zero to 100 kph in five seconds without a trailer, compared to 15 seconds for a comparable diesel truck.It says the Tesla Semi requires no shifting for smooth acceleration and its brakes recover 98 per cent of kinetic energy to the battery.“Overall, the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traffic,” it said on the company’s website.Tesla says that a fully loaded Semi consumes less than two kilowatt-hours of energy per mile and has a range of about 800 kilometres. That could save owners at least US$200,000 in fuel costs over 1.6 million km.
OTTAWA – Canadians are inspecting the new U.S. political landscape following midterm election results that many believe have added fresh trade-related uncertainty.The Democrats’ majority victory in the House of Representatives could mean the ratification of the recently struck United States-Mexico-Canada deal, known as USMCA, will have to wait well into 2019 — or even until 2020.Experts predict the pact will eventually gain approval, but until it’s ratified businesses will have to deal with considerable unknowns as they try to make longer-term decisions on export strategy and investments.“There will be a lot of uncertainty for a number of months and that uncertainty is not good for Canadian business interests,” said Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with Herman and Associates. “There is a chance that the Democrats would agree to have this deal approved. On the other hand, as we’ve heard, there are those in the Democratic party who don’t want to give Trump and the Republicans any kind of break whatsoever.”Dan Ujczo, an Ohio-based international trade specialist, said it will be a “political miracle” to have the USMCA voted on in the spring.March, he added, is the earliest the deal could be voted on in Congress. Before that, the practical aspects of choosing a new speaker and committee chairs’ settling into their positions will take up considerable time. He also noted the 2020 U.S. election season will likely begin as early as spring 2019.“We’ll be lucky to get a vote in 2019,” said Ujczo, a partner in the law firm Dickinson Wright. “I think we’ve got to realistically look at 2020.”U.S. trade deals must be passed by both the House and the Senate, where the Republicans strengthened their majority in Tuesday’s vote.A senior Canadian source with knowledge of the trade discussions said Wednesday that Ottawa doesn’t think the midterm results have changed much in terms of timing when it comes to USMCA’s ratification. They insisted ratification has been considered dependent on calendars in the U.S. and Mexico all along.While Ottawa expects the Democrats’ new majority in the House to lead to political battles on trade, the feds are comfortable there’s widespread, bipartisan support for the U.S.-Canada trading relationship, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter.The U.S. political parties, the official added, will need to find areas of common ground and Ottawa thinks USMCA will be one of them.Capri Cafaro, executive in residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, said she doesn’t expect the obvious divisions between the parties to hold up USMCA’s ratification for too long. Cafaro, a former Democratic minority leader in the Ohio state senate, expects the deal to be very early business in 2019.The Democrats have traditionally stood for free and fair trade, she said.“It is more likely than not that this might be an area where Democrats could work with the Trump administration and push it forward,” she said.“I don’t foresee it being an issue, but you never know.”Canada should also keep the worst-case scenario in mind — the USMCA fails to pass Congress and U.S. President Donald Trump decides to terminate the deal.Trump has repeatedly called NAFTA one of the worst trade deals he’s ever seen and he did so again at a news conference Wednesday. He called on the Republicans and Democrats to come together in support of the deal.“USMCA has gotten rave reviews,” Trump insisted as he addressed reporters.“Now is the time for members of both parties to join together, put partisanship aside and keep the American economic miracle going strong. It is a miracle — we’re doing so well.”Canada will also scrutinize the midterm results for other cross-border impacts, including the fate of the Trump administration’s painful tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from north of the border.Unifor president Jerry Dias, whose union represents auto workers, said now that the midterms are over Canadian MPs from all parties must apply more pressure to secure the removal of unjust tariffs he argues were imposed to score political points with the Republican base.But neither Cafaro nor Ujczo expects the U.S. tariffs — which allies, including Canada, have responded to with countermeasures of their own — will disappear any time soon.“I think barring significant market forces — that may have even more significant political implications — I don’t see the tariff issues going away,” Cafaro said.Ujczo said he hopes the tariffs are lifted by the USMCA signing at the end of November, but he noted there’s an increasing expectation in the business community that the levies will remain in place well into 2019.
OTTAWA — The $60-billion effort to build new warships for the navy has hit another snag, this time in the form of a legal challenge by one of three companies involved in the high-stakes competition to design the vessels.The federal government announced last month that U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin beat out two rivals in the long and extremely sensitive competition to design replacements for the navy’s frigates and destroyers.Lockheed’s design was based on a new class of frigates for the British navy. The company is now negotiating a final contract with the government and Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which will build the ships.But one of the other two companies, Alion Science and Technology, is now asking the Federal Court to quash the government’s decision, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the government’s stated requirements and should have been disqualified.Industry insiders had long warned that Lockheed’s selection as the top bidder combined with several changes to the competition after it was launched — including a number of deadline extensions — would spark lawsuits.While the government, Irving and Lockheed Martin are declining to comment, federal officials have previously defended the way the competition was run and expressed confidence about defending the decision in court.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press
• Large sections of penstock pipe will be transported along Old Fort Road. This requires occasional overnight rolling closures, with short delays to traffic. Check our website for upcoming deliveries.• Construction of a wash station to limit the migration of invasive species continues.• Contractors will continue to move equipment and materials to the site. This includes deliveries by rail and road.• Contractors are continuing construction and operations in their work areas: main civil works, generating station and spillways civil works, turbines and generators, and substation. Activities include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. Tower and mobile cranes will be used.• Transmission line work may occur on the 138 kV right-of-way within the dam site.• Excavation, including in-river excavation, will progress on both banks of the Peace River. • Construction activities will continue. This could include drilling, blasting, crushing, earthmoving, tunnelling, concrete placement, and road maintenance. We will use the tower and mobile cranes.85th Avenue Conveyor• Testing of the conveyor system has begun.• Work will use heavy machinery, resulting in noise, dust and vibration. Typical work hours are 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week. Road sweeping and dust suppression will occur.Highway 29• Noxious weed inventory and treatment may occur along Highway 29 and in Wuthrich, Portage Mountain, and West Pine quarries. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The following outlines the construction details for the Site C project for September 1st – 15th, 2019.Dam site area – north bank and south bank• Construction has started on a chain-up area for project vehicles on Old Fort Road, near the entrance to Site C at Gate B.• Noxious weed inventory and treatment will occur in the main civil works area, on the banks of the Peace River. • Construction will continue at Cache Creek West. This will include grading, road construction, and drainage work.• Geotechnical investigations will occur near Lynx Creek.• Site drainage at Cache Creek East will take place.• Archaeological studies will take place at Lynx Creek, Farrell Creek and Dry Creek.• Portage Mountain Quarry development will continue, including haul road construction, rock blasting and rip rap production.• Visit our website for more Highway 29 schedules, maps and construction updates.Reservoir area• New: Construction will begin on a causeway to an island in the Peace River. Boaters are asked to stay clear of the work area.• Forestry and access road data collection and site investigations will continue.• Road construction will continue in preparation for clearing on the south bank of the eastern reservoir.• Archaeological investigations may occur in support of reservoir access road design and construction.• Clearing on the north bank and south banks of the eastern reservoir has resumed, including areas in the middle reservoir east of Halfway River.Transmission works• Transmission line construction will continue. This includes helical pile foundation installation, testing and welding, and tower assembly.• Maintenance work will continue on roads that provide access to the transmission corridor.• Clearing activities may occur. This includes selective hand-falling and hauling logs to local mills. Wood waste will be chipped, mulched, spread as coarse woody debris or hauled off-site.• Road construction will occur in various locations on the transmission line right-of-way. This includes but is not limited to the Peace Canyon and Peace Hill, Trapper Main, Boucher Lake and Medicine Woman road areas.Other areas• Work is occurring downstream of the dam site for the Peace River side channel enhancements.• Aggregate and riprap production will continue in West Pine Quarry. We will transport material by rail to the dam site and by truck to Highway 29.WHAT TO EXPECTWork will take place during the day, night, and on the weekend until the project is completed. During this time, residents can expect:Traffic – please use caution and obey safety signage• Old Fort Road• Near Gate A to the dam site, drivers may encounter loose gravel and increased commercial traffic.• Gravel sections have developed near 85th Avenue.• Overnight deliveries of penstock pipes along Old Fort Road will result in rolling road closures and traffic delays. Deliveries will occur every one or two weeks.• Due to equipment delivery, there may be occasional short road closures along Old Fort Road from Tahltan Road to Gate B.• Highway 29: Construction-related equipment will travel along Highway 29. Visit drivebc.ca for the latest traffic advisories.• Other areas: Trucks with heavy loads will be accessing the dam site and other project areas, using public and resource roads.Equipment• Heavy machinery will be in the transmission line corridor. Please stay clear of the work areas.• Helicopters and commercial drones may be used to support investigative and construction works.Noise and vibration• Some noise and vibration may occur near the dam site and work areas, including the quarries. Pile driving may take place near the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands.Other• During noxious weed inventories, crews will travel through areas to capture data. Areas, where herbicide has been applied, will be signposted.• Please stay clear of active in-river work areas along the Peace and Moberly rivers. These areas are identified with signage and markings
Los Angeles: Veteran actor Micahel Keaton says the only reason for him to be a part of the live-action reboot of 1941 Disney classic “Dumbo” was the opportunity to reunite with his “Beetlejuice” director Tim Burton. Keaton, who has also worked with Burton on two “Batman” films in the ’90s, said it is always an enriching experience for him to collaborate with the celebrated director. “We worked together three times before. This is the fourth. He’s not only a friend, I also think the experience of working with someone like Tim although there actually is no one like Tim is something most actors would jump at. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “It’s always a really good experience for me to be around that kind of creativity, vision and imagination. When you’re working on a set with Tim, and the people he hires to surround him, you’re reminded of why you do what you do,” Keaton said in a statement. The 67-year-old actor said he was not a “Dumbo aficionado” when he boarded the project. He is playing V A Vandevere, a persuasive entrepreneur who sets his sights on Max Medici’s (Danny DeVito) circus and its newest, miraculous member, Dumbo, a flying elephant. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Your ears always perk up a little bit when Tim’s name is mentioned… There are certain people, when they call, you really want it to work if you can. There have been opportunities with other great directors where I just couldn’t do it, which was disappointing to say the least. But we slid this into a window and I’m glad. It’s just fun to show up for work and be part of all of this,” Keaton added. “Dumbo”, which also features Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins and Alan Arkin, releases in India on March 29.
Deoband (UP): Accusing the BJP-led NDA government of creating more rifts in the society than the British during colonial rule, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Sunday said this time, the Lok Sabha elections are to bring a “mahaparivartan”.Kicking off a joint campaign of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance here in western Uttar Pradesh, Yadav asked the BJP leaders to resolve not to lie during the auspicious occasion of ‘Navaratri’. Referring to the 2014 parliamentary election, the Samajwadi Party chief said, “He (Modi) came as a chaiwala (tea-seller) and we all believed (him) for the sake of ‘achche din’ and crores of jobs. But now, when elections have come again they say they are chowkidar (watchmen).” “This time, we all will together snatch the ‘chowki’ (seat) of every single chowkidar,” he said. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi coining an acronym ‘SARAB’ (alcohol) from the initial letters of the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party tie-up, Yadav said, “Our alliance is being termed ‘milawat (adulterated) alliance’, but those who talk about SARAB are intoxicated by power.” The Samajwadi party chief stressed that the dreams of socialist thinkers Ram Manohar Lohia and Kanshi Ram will be fulfilled by the alliance. “The coming election is for ‘mahaparivartan’ (grand change)… this is the alliance of giving a new government and a new PM,” he told the gathering. On the prime minister washing the feet of sanitation workers at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, the SP president said, “Everyone saw on TV when feet were being washed, but at the same time, jobs of the minorities and others were washed off.” The promise of ‘achche din’ (good days) has turned out to be ‘burey din’ (bad days). They (BJP)… brought GST, which benefitted big businessmen but the small ones remained harassed, he alleged. Taking a dig at the prime minister for making claims of all-round success, Yadav said, “The prime minister is making claims, but statistics prove the country is going backwards in all areas… They created walls within society, when what was required was that progress be made with the help of schemes.” He asked the BJP leaders to resolve never to tell lies, and said, “I have taken the same resolve this ‘Navaratri’.” RLD chief Ajit Singh took a swipe at the BJP’s “achche din” promise on Sunday, saying the good days were not meant for the people of the country but for Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself. Addressing a rally here, which witnessed the top leadership of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance coming on one platform to kick-off the joint campaign of the “mahagathbandhan” for the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls slated for April 11, Singh said, “What has PM Modi done in five years? He was not talking about your achche din, but his own achche din.” Elated over the massive turnout at the rally, Singh, a prominent Jat leader from the area, said it was an indication that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was going to be wiped out in the coming polls.
DraftPlayerSchoolOverall Off.TransitionHalf-Court 2009B. GriffinOklahoma948892 2013A. BennettUNLV979394 2014A. WigginsKansas778568 2015K. TownsKentucky9610094 2016B. SimmonsLSU806674 2018D. AytonArizona989398 2007G. OdenOhio State889487 ?Z. WilliamsonDuke95%93%91% 2008D. RoseMemphis766275 2010J. WallKentucky635648 2012A. DavisKentucky999499 Points Per Poss. Percentile Ten games into what will almost certainly be his lone season in Durham, Duke’s Zion Williamson has treated college basketball like a rim on a breakaway. Which is to say, he has left it trembling.On game days, the anointed freshman effectively has a residency on “SportsCenter,” his highlights the fantasy-come-true of any sports-radio personality or TV show producer. Need to fill time? Just discuss the comical absurdity of an 18-year-old throwing down midgame windmills with ease or opine that he’d be unable to handle the scrutiny if the Cleveland Cavaliers were to select him in the NBA draft.Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski shepherded in one of the most heralded recruiting classes of the modern era this summer, an embarrassment of riches featuring the top three prospects in the country. Unsurprisingly, the Blue Devils rank among the top teams in the nation, their lone loss coming against the veteran-laden Gonzaga Bulldogs in Maui. RJ Barrett, the consensus top-ranked player from the 2018 class, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Yet it’s Williamson who most often elicits the shock-and-awe moments that keep Instagram’s highlight-reel accounts fully stocked. It’s Williamson who draws comparisons — again and again and again — to the incomparable LeBron James. It’s Williamson who is appointment television.1Five of Duke’s next six games will be televised by the ESPN network.That’s because college basketball has never seen a player like him.With a 6-foot-7, 285-pound frame, Williamson looks more like a linebacker than he does a forward. The Wall Street Journal, with the help of a university physicist, found that attempting to draw a charge on Williamson is akin to colliding head-on with a Jeep. Among all active players in the NBA, only Boban Marjanovic outweighs him. And at 7-foot-3, Marjanovic is more than half a foot taller than Williamson. The build of the former South Carolina Mr. Basketball is certainly unorthodox.At Duke’s practice combine, Williamson’s vertical leap exceeded 40 inches. He corrals rebounds and defends the paint with the unadulterated violence of a center, runs the floor with the fluidity of a modern wing, possesses touch with both hands and has a shooting stroke that stretches to the perimeter. Relative to his size, Williamson’s athleticism doesn’t compute. He’s the Refrigerator Perry of the hardwood.In the one-and-done era of college basketball, Duke is no stranger to dominant freshman — players like Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker and Jayson Tatum. But what Williamson is doing in his first year at this level is downright historic for any player, let alone a freshman.One way we can assess a player’s contributions to his team is Box Plus/Minus, a metric that estimates the number of points per 100 possessions a player contributes above (or below) average using stats found in the box score. BPM has never seen a college player like Williamson. Among players who qualified for the points per game leaderboard at Sports-Reference.com and appeared in at least 10 games since 2010, the first year for which data for all players is available, Williamson’s mark of +20.4 ranks first among 25,793 individual seasons.Another way to evaluate a player’s contributions is using player efficiency rating. Williamson’s PER of 41.9 is the best mark by any player who saw action in at least 10 games since 2009, the earliest year for the data. Source: Synergy Sports It happens that Williamson is emerging at a moment in which the NBA is putting a premium on positionless players. A decade ago, Williamson might have been relegated to the post, his skill set withering away against taller opponents on the blocks. However, Krzyzewski doesn’t need to shoehorn Williamson in anywhere; ostensibly, he has free reign to roam the backside of the defense like a safety and run the floor in search of rims to pulverize.On one of the nation’s deadliest offenses, Williamson is likely the team’s most versatile player, dropping in a team-best 1.18 points per possession,2Among players with at least 11 possessions according to data provided by Synergy Sports. Because of his size and speed, Williamson has been a nightmare to defend in transition, where he contributes a team-best 1.48 points per possession.3Among players with at least 10 possessions. It doesn’t get any easier for the opposition in the half court, where he ranks in the 91st percentile in scoring.Fronting Williamson in isolation is a fool’s errand. He pours in 1.31 points per possession in those situations, good enough to rank in the 95th percentile nationally, with an adjusted field-goal percentage of 70 percent. Factor in his uncanny court vision and passing abilities, and the equation gets scarier. On isolation plays that include passes, Williamson is scoring 1.37 points per possession, which ranks in the 96th percentile.Allow him to find a spot on the interior of the defense, and you’re asking for more problems. Williamson scores a team-best 1.14 points per possession on post-ups, which ranks in the 89th percentile. When the opposing defense doesn’t send an additional defender, Williamson scores a robust 1.44 points per possession, which ranks in the 99th percentile.Williamson is adept at setting a pick in a pick-and-roll set, but he can also run it. On six pick-and-roll possessions as the ball handler, he scored 10 points.Defensively, Williamson is more than serviceable. As the primary defender, he allows 0.72 points per possession, which ranks in the 73rd percentile. Duke’s defense has improved considerably from a year ago, when Krzyzewski was so fed up with the team’s performance that he instituted a zone defense. This season, the Blue Devils are playing a zone base on just 3 percent of minutes and rank in the 97th percentile in points allowed per possession. Some of that certainly is attributable to the switchable Williamson, who averages two blocks and two steals per contest.His numbers already stack up well against the last five players to go No. 1 in the draft — and many draft projections indeed suggest he’ll go first overall. 2011K. IrvingDuke999098 2017M. FultzWashington715270 Williamson is averaging 20.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest, with a true-shooting percentage of 67.5. Only three other players since 1992 have hit those benchmarks, and each was an upperclassmen. And let’s not forget to factor his defense into the comparisons: No player in the past 25 years has averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals per contest. But that’s where Williamson is.At its roots, basketball is a sport largely defined by the exploitation of mismatches. Williamson is a mismatch for virtually every player tasked with defending him, and he’s putting up numbers that haven’t been seen in at least a quarter-century. Williamson garnered a reputation as a high flyer by punishing rims and opponents at the high school level, but his first — and likely only — season at the college level has revealed a more polished game that extends to every area of the court, not just above the rim. Zion sure looks like a No. 1 overall pickHow Williamson’s scoring prowess compares with previous top NBA draft picks based on their national percentile rank in points per possession