Bright light with a big heart First victim identified in Toronto van

first_imgOne of the victims killed in Monday afternoon’s van attack in Toronto has been identified as Anne Marie D’Amico.D’Amico, along with nine other people, was killed after a van jumped the curb and plowed through pedestrians on Yonge Street between Finch and Sheppard avenues.“Anne Marie had a generous heart and always did big things for people. She wouldn’t stop until she went the extra mile for others and that was manifested in her loving attention to detail,” the family said in a statement.“She genuinely wanted to care for all those around her even if it meant sacrificing a portion of herself in return for others happiness. She only had kindness in her.“Her name has been broadcasted around the world attached to this terrible tragedy. But we want everyone to know that she embodied the definition of altruism. It comforts us knowing that the world has a chance to know her and we hope that in this time, people fight with the same altruism rather then anger and hatred. We ask that at this time your respect our family’s privacy as we come to terms with this tragic news.”D’Amico was an employee at Invesco, a U.S.-based investment management firm with offices at Yonge and Park Home Avenue. The company told 680 NEWS business editor Richard Southern that they would have counsellors onsite to help employees deal with the tragedy.“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those impacted by this tragic event. To help our employees deal with this tragedy, we have arranged to have counsellors onsite,” the statement read.She had also worked with Tennis Canada and the Badminton & Racquet Club of Toronto.“Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne Marie’s family and with all those impacted by this tragic event,” Gavin Ziv, vice president of professional events at Tennis Canada, said in a statement.“Anne Marie lived for working at Rogers Cup and seeing her fellow volunteers each summer. The tournament was such a large part of her life and we were so lucky to have her on our team each summer. Her passion for Rogers Cup was contagious and we are honoured to let the world know what an amazing person she was and the great things she did for others.”According to Tennis Canada, D’Amico’s grandmother, mother, father and brother were all volunteers with Rogers Cup and “the D’Amico family have provided a combined 84 years of incredible service for the event.” Tennis Canada also plans to honour her memory and service to the Rogers Cup at this summer’s event.CityNews sports reporter Danielle Michaud said she knew D’Amico from Tennis Canada. She took to Twitter, saying “My @TennisCanada family lost one of its brightest lights & biggest hearts in Anne Marie D’Amico. I’m devastated for her family … a big, loving, tight-knit group. No words for this tragedy.”Awful news pours in when you work at a news station, but this is the first to hit home. My @TennisCanada family lost one of its brightest lights & biggest hearts in Anne Marie D’Amico. I’m devastated for her family…a big, loving, tight-knit group. No words for this tragedy. pic.twitter.com/0FptJ40Ihc— Danielle Michaud (@CityMichaud) April 24, 2018A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims and their families, raising more than $20,000 by Tuesday morning.The city and Toronto police have set up hotlines to offer support to those affected by the incident, and for witnesses who may be able to help with the investigation.The driver, 25-year-old Alek Minassian, was apprehended by a single officer shortly after at Yonge and Sheppard. He has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.Related content10 killed, 15 injured after van plows through pedestrians at Yonge and FinchToronto comes together to remember victims of deadly van attackTributes pour in following Toronto van attacklast_img read more

Calgary Zoo says baby giraffe born this week died overnight

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — The Calgary Zoo says a giraffe that was born there earlier this week has died.In a Facebook post Saturday, the zoo says the male calf that was born last Sunday to an eight-year-old Masai giraffe named Emara passed away overnight.The post says staff knew when he was born “so tiny” that his survival would be an “uphill battle,” but they had “high hopes that the love of his Mama and round the clock care” would be enough to help him begin to thrive.Emara had three previous pregnancies, but two ended in miscarriages and a third produced a calf that died due to birth defects.This time around Emara received progesterone supplements — a treatment apparently not tried on a giraffe before.The post notes that the zoo is “heartbroken.”“We are supporting Emara and our team through this devastating outcome. Please join us in remembering our littlest tower,” the post said.Zookeeper Mona Keith had said after the calf was born that he was a little smaller than expected, indicating he probably arrived at the early end of the 15-month gestation period.Emara arrived at the Calgary Zoo in the summer of 2016 from the San Diego Zoo.Progesterone supplements are commonly provided to women, as well as domestic animals, with a history of miscarriage.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2019.last_img read more

Justice system examined as witnesses start to testify at Quebec inquiry in

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN NewsThe justice system was the subject of the Quebec inquiry that is examining the relationship between Indigenous peoples in the province and some state-run agencies and departments.On Monday, commissioners were in Kuujjuaraapik, Nunavik – a sub-artic region in northern Quebec.And the place where Inuit are killed by police at a much higher rate than other parts of the province.tfennario@aptn.ca@tfennariolast_img

Pak sends protest letter to Iran, demands action against killing of its 14 security personnel

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan sent a protest letter to Iran on Saturday demanding action against Tehran-based “terrorists” involved in a recent targeted killing of its 14 security personnel, mostly from the Pakistan Navy. Unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary soldiers Thursday massacred 14 passengers after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in the restive Balochistan province. The victims were not initially identified and it was speculated they could be Shia Muslims and ethnic workers from Punjab. But later it emerged that they were security personnel, most of them associated with the Pakistan Navy. According to the letter sent by the Foreign Office (FO) to Iran, at least 14 personnel belonging to the Armed Forces of Pakistan were offloaded from buses on April 18 in Oramra area of Balochistan and killed. The Foreign Office said the “terrorists” belonging to Baloch nationalist groups were operating from a border region in Iran and has asked Tehran to take action against them. “BRAS, which is an alliance of three Baloch terrorist organisations, has claimed responsibility for this terrorist act,” it said. “Killing of 14 innocent Pakistanis by terrorist groups based in Iran is a very serious incident that Pakistan protests strongly. Pakistan awaits Iran’s response to its request for action against the groups based in Iran, whose locations have been identified by Pakistan a number of times,” the letter said. It asserted that “after the incident, the terrorists who arrived from border region returned to that area”. Baloch nationalists are active in the Balochistan province and often target the security forces and people from other provinces, especially Punjab. The recent killing had occurred just ahead of the first-ever visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran starting on Sunday. Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif condemned the attack, saying enemies of Pakistan-Iran ties were responsible for it. “Strongly condemning the recent terrorist attack in Pakistan, just as PM Imran Khan embarks on his first, historic visit to Iran. Terrorists, extremists and their sponsors are terrified by close relations between Muslim states,” he tweeted. Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies. In the past, minority Shia Muslims and ethnic workers from the Punjab province have been targeted in such attacks. An ISIS suicide attack targeting Hazara Shias in the provincial capital of Quetta last week killed 21 people and injured 60 others. Armed gunmen kidnapped about two dozen passengers from two Karachi-bound coaches from Balochistan’s Mastung area in 2015, killing at least 19 of them in the mountainous area of Khad Kocha.last_img read more

Four Killed in Road Accident in Morocco

Marrakech-  Four people were killed and three others seriously injured in a road accident that occurred Monday morning on the national road N 9 connecting Sidi Bou Athman and Nzalet Laadam (Province Kelaat Sraghna), local authorities said.The accident occurred near the town of Draa Zitoun when a car collided head-on with an ambulance, local authorities pointed out.The four passengers of the car were killed on the spot, while the three passengers of the ambulance were seriously injured, the same source added.

Sri Lanka among risky countries to use credit cards

Recently, a private bank informed a customer that they would like to reissue a debit card “for security reasons” two days after she returned from a trip to Sri Lanka. A senior official of a private bank said there was no advisory or black list of countries but “we advice customers in a general way, like we tell them about phishing, to be careful while using credit cards”. (Colombo Gazette) Many travel agents have an informal list of countries where it is risky to use credit cards because information can be stolen and misused. Credit card information thieves often target tourists who buy electronics, or visit pubs and clubs, the Times of India report said. The newspaper report said that it is riskier to swipe credit cards in Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia than in Europe. “We tell travelers not to use credit cards at clubs, pubs, casinos, department stores or small shops when they travel abroad. It is a risk to use ATM machines in Malaysia. There is no advisory or black list available, but we get a lot of feedback from other travel agents about customer experiences abroad,” said Basheer Ahmed, an office-bearer of Travel Agents’ Federation of India.“It is better to ask your bank whether it is safe to use a credit card before going on a trip abroad. Banks say that Singapore is the safest. My bank issued a fresh card after I used it in Sri Lanka,” said D Sudhakara Reddy, national president, Air Passengers’ Association of India. Sri Lanka has been noted among countries where it is risky to use credit cards, Indian media reports said today.A report in the Times of India said that some banks in India have issued their customers fresh cards after they had used their cards in Sri Lanka. read more

Ford Police investigation

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 We know Mayor Ford did not say much at City Hall in the afternoon. But he did address the video and allegations of crack use back in May: “I do not use crack cocaine. nor am i an addict of crack cocaine. as for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have not seen and does not exist.”But Thursday, Toronto police held a media conference saying they have recovered a video that depicts images consistent with reports in the media. The discovery made during an investigation that took place over many months.For more on that part of the story we’re joined by Melissa Raftis.

UN agency grants Armenia new loan to boost its impoverished rural economy

Armenian President Robert Kocharian today visited the Rome headquarters of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to mark the agreement, which was being signed by IFAD President Lennart Båge and the Armenian Agriculture Minister Davit Lokyan.The loan, on highly concessional terms, will support the Rural Areas Economic Development Programme, building on the progress made by IFAD’s three previous initiatives in Armenia, which involved total financing of $36.5 million to improve food security in rural areas and meet the challenges of a market economy.The new programme targets unemployed men and women, small and medium farms, rural entrepreneurs, agro-processors and traders. It consists of a package of measures, including: loans for investment and working capital; grant-financing of small-scale infrastructure; and training in developing a business. It is expected that thousands of small- and medium-sized enterprises in rural areas will be created or enlarged as a result.The programme also aims to increase returns from farm labour, bringing higher levels of disposable income and to facilitate farmers’ access to markets. Most of the funds will be channelled through private banks and other financial institutions by means of an innovative refinancing facility.IFAD is a specialized UN agency dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent of the world’s poorest people – 900 million people – live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihoods. Through low-interest loans and grants, IFAD works with governments to develop and finance programmes and projects that enable rural poor people to overcome poverty themselves.There are close to 200 ongoing IFAD-supported rural poverty eradication programmes and projects worldwide, totalling $6.5 billion. IFAD has invested about $3 billion in these initiatives. read more

Transformers Age of Extinction dominates weekend box office with recordbreaking 100M

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ dominates weekend box office with record-breaking $100M by The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2014 2:53 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The “Transformers” film franchise is far from extinct.“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the fourth installment in Paramount’s morphing robots series, earned $100 million in North America during its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie this year.The sequel starring Mark Wahlberg as a human inventor who aids the hulking alien robots rolled over “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and its $95 million opening in April.“Age of Extinction” was distantly followed at the box office by “22 Jump Street” in second place with $15.8 million and “How To Train Your Dragon 2” in third place with $13.2 million.___The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:1. “Transformers: Age Of Extinction,” Paramount, $100,038,390, 4,233 locations, $23,633 average, $100,038,390, 1 week.2. “22 Jump Street,” Sony, $15,842,375, 3,426 locations, $4,624 average, $140,279,267, 3 weeks.3. “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” 20th Century Fox, $13,237,697, 3,750 locations, $3,530 average, $121,952,229, 3 weeks.4. “Think Like A Man Too,” Sony, $10,316,397, 2,225 locations, $4,637 average, $48,084,757, 2 weeks.5. “Maleficent,” Disney, $8,376,674, 3,073 locations, $2,726 average, $202,010,064, 5 weeks.6. “Jersey Boys,” Warner Bros., $7,712,264, 2,905 locations, $2,655 average, $27,444,750, 2 weeks.7. “Edge Of Tomorrow,” Warner Bros., $5,404,290, 2,535 locations, $2,132 average, $84,348,922, 4 weeks.8. “The Fault In Our Stars,” 20th Century Fox, $5,130,777, 2,845 locations, $1,803 average, $109,875,795, 4 weeks.9. “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” 20th Century Fox, $3,321,427, 2,014 locations, $1,649 average, $223,414,899, 6 weeks.10. “Chef,” Open Road, $1,657,391, 801 locations, $2,069 average, $19,413,441, 8 weeks.11. “Godzilla,” Warner Bros., $935,038, 750 locations, $1,247 average, $197,020,138, 7 weeks.12. “Neighbours,” Universal, $785,770, 510 locations, $1,541 average, $147,241,155, 8 weeks.13. “Blended,” Warner Bros., $593,070, 475 locations, $1,249 average, $43,545,859, 6 weeks.14. “A Million Ways To Die In The West,” Universal, $562,975, 483 locations, $1,166 average, $41,721,930, 5 weeks.15. “Obvious Child,” A24 Films, $549,878, 196 locations, $2,806 average, $1,279,508, 4 weeks.16. “Rio 2,” 20th Century Fox, $443,199, 322 locations, $1,376 average, $128,146,333, 12 weeks.17. “Ek Villain,” Eros Entertainment, $414,116, 104 locations, $3,982 average, $414,116, 1 week.18. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Disney, $403,920, 281 locations, $1,437 average, $257,225,897, 13 weeks.19. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” Sony, $322,430, 274 locations, $1,177 average, $200,185,511, 9 weeks.20. “Million Dollar Arm,” Disney, $300,252, 273 locations, $1,100 average, $35,012,418, 7 weeks. read more

UK heavy truck market declines in Q3 after five consecutive quarters of

Demand for new HGVs falls -3.6% in Q3 2016, with 11,242 units registered.Rigid vehicles keep market buoyant, up 5.6% compared with the same quarter last year.Year-to-date market remains strong, with registrations up 6.2% – the highest since 2008. Download the full release and data table. The new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market declined -3.6% in the third quarter of 2016, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The fall in demand follows five consecutive quarters of growth, and year-to-date the market remains strong, with registrations up 6.6% against the same period in 2016.Demand for rigid vehicles continued to increase in quarter three, with registrations of vehicles in the >6-16T and >16T segments recording growth, up 6.1% and 5.3% respectively. Continuing a trend set in 2016, registration of 3-axle artics fell by -17.3% following substantial growth of 38.6% in this segment the previous year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Disruption to fleet renewal patterns, triggered by regulatory changes, resulted in a significant rise in registration volumes last year. Therefore it’s no surprise to see a comparative decline in the truck market at this point in 2016. Despite the decline, the HGV market remains strong, with year-to-date registrations ahead of the same period last year, and now at the highest level in eight years. Maintaining economic certainty for operators will be key to the sector’s ongoing success. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Scouting Notre Dame A look at the 2015 Fighting Irish

Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer scores a touchdown against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Nov. 7. Notre Dame won 42-30. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOn New Year’s Day, two of the most storied programs in the history of college football, Ohio State and Notre Dame, are set to square off on the gridiron.The Buckeyes and Fighting Irish last played each other in 2006 in the same game they’re playing on Jan. 1: the Fiesta Bowl.This year’s game is considered by many to be the best matchup outside of the College Football Playoff semifinals, as the teams’ three combined losses have all come against opponents ranked in the top 6.OSU’s lone loss came via No. 3 Michigan State on Nov. 21, while Notre Dame’s first defeat was at the hands of top-ranked Clemson by just two points on a rainy, sloppy Oct. 3 in South Carolina.The Fighting Irish’s second loss was again by a mere two points, but this time against sixth-ranked and Rose-Bowl-bound Stanford on Nov. 28.A lot of the hype focusing on the game is due to OSU and Notre Dame’s history, but a decent portion of it is because a missed kick or a successful two-point conversion might have been enough to put both teams in the playoff.But instead, they’re slated for a date in the desert to welcome in the new year.Here is a deeper look at coach Brian Kelly’s team.Injuries wearing offWith each passing week, it seemed like another key cog for the Irish fell victim to the injury bug. As it stands, five players sustained season-ending injuries that will keep them out of the Fiesta Bowl. That number should be higher, except the long layoff is allowing two major contributors to get back in the lineup after initially being ruled out for the year.The first of that duo is tight end Durham Smythe. The redshirt sophomore tore his MCL during Notre Dame’s win over Virginia on Sept. 12, resulting in an operation on his right knee, as well as a minor procedure on his right shoulder.Spring practice was originally set as his return date, but his rehabilitation has gone quicker than expected. In early December, Kelly said he was at “full strength” and had been cleared to practice immediately.Smythe had been the starting tight end for the first two games of the season prior to being hurt. He had two catches for 13 yards and one touchdown. The 6-foot-4 Texan will be a big boost to the Notre Dame passing game that, at times, has struggled to find a secondary target beyond junior wide receiver Will Fuller.Rejoining the active roster alongside Smythe is redshirt junior Jarron Jones. The defensive tackle tore his MCL during fall practice and has yet to play in a game for the Fighting Irish. The Rochester, New York, native was projected to start at nose tackle, but instead, Kelly was forced to look elsewhere to fill that spot.Jones had appeared in 12 and 11 games in his first two seasons, respectively. Sophomore Daniel Cage, who is from Cincinnati and had been recruited by OSU, filled Jones’ void for the most part, doing a decent job. Cage will likely start the Fiesta Bowl, but Jones will be in the rotation on the defensive line.OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott has the ability to wear teams down as the game progresses, so Notre Dame getting Jones back adds to the depth, allowing Cage and his fellow defensive linemen to stay more fresh throughout the game’s 60 minutes.Players coming back from injury doesn’t just stop with Smythe and Jones, though. Two more contributors, linebacker James Onwualu and running back C.J. Prosise, are trading their spots on the injury report for a place on the depth chart.Onwualu, a junior and former wide receiver, missed the final two games of the season with an MCL sprain, but he will be back at his outside linebacker spot in Arizona. On the year, Onwualu has 36 tackles, five of which were for a loss.The Notre Dame defense has, by no means, been impenetrable this season, but it still ranks 39th nationally, surrendering 362 yards per game. It has dealt with a gaggle of injuries throughout the year, but getting two contributors in Jones and Onwualu back will certainly help the unit in its quest to slow down the Buckeyes.For Prosise, the redshirt junior will be back after missing the third-to-last game against Wake Forest, as well as the regular-season finale versus Stanford, with injury.A concussion and upper body injury kept him sidelined against Wake Forest, but he returned the next week against Boston College, only to suffer a high ankle sprain, causing him to leave the game prematurely, while also missing the loss to Stanford.Prosise wasn’t even supposed to be the starter this season, but Tarean Folston tore his ACL on his third carry of the year against Texas, elevating Prosise to the No. 1 spot. He responded nicely to the promotion, carrying the ball 156 times for 1,032 yards and 11 scores.He might not get the same percentage of carries prior to the injury, but for Kelly’s offense, having Prosise back alongside freshman running back Josh Adams is another crucial addition.Players being lost to injury dominated the narrative surrounding this Notre Dame team during the regular season. If the Fighting Irish are victorious against the Buckeyes, players with injuries again might be part of the discussion. But this time, it might be about the players’ contributions after returning, instead of their departures.Counting on KizerUnder center for the Fighting Irish on New Year’s Day will be redshirt freshman DeShone Kizer. Fitting with the theme surrounding the rest of his team, Kizer was not supposed to be the starter, but Malik Zaire fractured his ankle against Virginia in Week 2 and has been out ever since.Kizer assumed the starting position with questions swirling about whether the freshman was ready to lead the Fighting Irish.He answered them.The Toledo native, who was not offered a scholarship from OSU, has been rock solid for Kelly’s squad — even sensational at times — throwing for 2,600 yards and 19 touchdowns on a 63 percent completion rate.Kizer supplemented that with 499 yards and nine scores on the ground. He has developed exceptional chemistry with Fuller, the team’s leading receiver with 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns. Smythe returning helps Kizer, too.When Kizer took over for Zaire, it was, essentially, sink or swim for Notre Dame. The Irish would either go down in flames with the inexperienced Kizer, or he would flourish, keeping the team in the discussion as one of the nation’s elite.The latter happened.Kizer has proven that despite being 19 years old, he was ready for the limelight associated with being at the helm for Notre Dame. The OSU defense will definitely be a test for him, but based on his performance throughout the year, the expectation is he will not sink under the pressure.OSU and Notre Dame are set to kick off at 1 p.m. in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 1. read more

Ohio States John Simon Braxton Miller named best of the B1G

The accolades just keep coming for members of the Ohio State football team. A day after being named first-team All-Big Ten by the media, sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and senior defensive end John Simon were recognized as the Big Ten Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday. The award comes three days after OSU completed its undefeated season by defeating Michigan 26-21. Miller, who was also named the Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the Big Ten, joins elite Buckeye company in being honored as the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Former OSU greats Eddie George, Orlando Pace and Troy Smith are the only other Buckeyes to have received the award, established in 1990. Simon sat out the Michigan game with a knee injury, ending his streak of 37 consecutive starts, but his nine sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss were enough to earn him the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year in addition to being named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. “It means a lot to win this award,” Simon said in a release. “It is truly a great honor, but first and foremost it is a team award. I wouldn’t be given this award if it weren’t for the great play of my teammates … great coverage in the back end and guys taking up blocks on the front end. I praise those guys for helping me get this and that is what it is all about.” Coach Urban Meyer has called Simon “the heart and soul” of his team and said the awards are well-deserved. “I think everyone knows how highly I think of John Simon,” Meyer said of the two-time OSU captain in a release. “He is absolutely one of the finest young men I have had the privilege to coach. His determination and effort and selfless approach are second to none, and there is no better player or person to be honored with this player of the year award.” OSU’s coach was complimentary of his quarterback as well. “Winning this award is quite an achievement for this young man because he can still get better,” Meyer said. “I am happy for him and very proud. This is a terrific honor for a Buckeye to receive.” In his opening season at the helm of Meyer’s offense, Miller thrived while propelling OSU to a 12-0 record – the school’s first undefeated mark since 2002. The sophomore quarterback set a Buckeyes’ record for total offense, throwing for 2,039 yards while running for 1,271, surpassing the former mark of 3,290 yards that was set by former OSU quarterback Bobby Hoying in 1995. Miller had 28 touchdowns on the season, the most by an OSU quarterback since 2006, when Smith, a Heisman Trophy winner, had 31. “I’m appreciative of everything that went down this year,” Miller said Tuesday. “The work we put in in the offseason with coach Mick (Mickey Marotti), it paid off at the end. So I’m pretty appreciative of that.” After a dismal 6-7 season in 2011 that saw Miller and the Buckeye offense put up about 25 points per game, OSU exploded in 2012. Led by Miller, the Buckeyes averaged 37.1 points a game in 2012, a figure that ranked best in the Big Ten. The sophomore quarterback seemed to improve greatly from his freshman campaign, too. He threw for 880 more yards, upped his rushing total by 556 and got in the end zone eight more times, in just three more starts. Miller attributes most of his growth to the new coaching staff, specifically Meyer and offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman. “Coach Meyer and coach Herman, they helped me a lot since (freshman year),” Miller said. “A lot of things outside of football (too), I learned a lot.” Miller said he got stronger and faster in the offseason, but the sophomore quarterback didn’t truly realize how much better he and the rest of the Buckeyes had gotten until the Nebraska game Oct. 6. OSU blew past the Huskers at Ohio Stadium, 63-38, with Miller accounting for 313 yards of offense and two touchdowns. “It was crazy. The first night game, I believe, the guys were hyped and everybody was excited to get out there (in front of) the home stands and just light it up,” Miller said. Following that performance, Miller started to receive serious Heisman consideration from the media. He said he never really paid attention to it, though, besides the occasional teasing from his teammates. “I heard (Heisman talk) a few times, in the front side of the season. I didn’t really pay attention to it. The guys, they always make a joke about it and see it on TV,” Miller said. Since then, the talk of Miller holding the bronze trophy has quieted, with Texas A&M redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, or “Johnny Football,” emerging as the favorite. Miller said he’s seen Manziel play, and that the two young quarterbacks have a similar style of play. Regarding the nickname, Miller said, “it’s smooth.” But does Miller need a nickname to compete with the Aggies’ star? “I don’t know about a nickname,” Miller said. Miller’s first name, Braxton, seems to stand on its own fairly well. “The only person that I know (named Braxton) was one the Jamie Foxx show, the dude, ‘Braxton.’ He’s the only one I know,” Miller said. Nickname or not, Miller’s head coach said there is plenty of room for him to improve next season. “Our quarterback fundamentally, he wasn’t the best fundamental quarterback in America,” Meyer said in his postseason news conference Monday. Miller agrees, saying he needs to improve on his footwork, which is “jittery” at times, along with his passing mechanics. But when he does get technically sound, OSU’s offense – the best in the Big Ten this season – and its quarterback could be even scarier. “I still have no idea where his ceiling is. Pocket awareness, comfort, just the fundamentals of throwing the ball, I don’t see the ceiling yet. He’s got that much further to go,” Meyer said. “Braxton, if he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. It will be comical what he’ll do.” Miller’s offensive coordinator feels similarly. “The sky’s the limit for him,” Herman said. Miller recognizes what his coaches see in him, too. “Just the potential I have, I haven’t really reached all the things I can accomplish yet. Just taking it one day at a time and getting better,” he said. When he does get better, Miller and OSU can likely expect a few more awards and trophies to come their way. read more

Metalurg suspends players that are boycotting

handballmetalurgrakomet ← Previous Story IHF: Bahrain won’t play in Qatar – Decision about possible replacement on November 21 Next Story → Petar Misovski new HC Metalurg goalkeeper HC Metalurg management did what they have announced. Players that are boycotting the club trainings and games have been suspended. For the things to be more absurd, the club management sent an ‘express mail’ van to the hotel where the players were preparing to start their independent-from-the-club trainings, and the captain Naumce Mojsovski was personally handed over the letter of suspension for the players that boycott.source: sportmedia.mk

Weird Wide Web Facebook nosiness a GIF machine and a virtual reality

first_imgWELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.Emoji globe of the weekWe talked about the Emoji Tracker before but now someone has pulled together all of the data from it to show the most popular emojis around the world in real time, Gizmodo reported. When we looked at the Silicon Feelings app on Friday afternoon, there were a lot of angry and crying faces over the UK and Ireland. Hopefully everyone’s feeling better now… Source: Silicon FeelingsNosey Facebook update of the weekAs if break-ups weren’t bad enough already, now Facebook is going to let people ask their friends what’s going on with their love lives, Business Insider reports. If you’ve decided not to display your relationship status, either because you want to keep it private of because it just hurts too much, people can click an “Ask” button and begin their interrogation. And their judgement.Dictionary additions of the weekMerriam Webster added selfie, tweep, hashtag and unfriend to its dictionary database this week. These guys will be happy.GIF machine of the weekWe’re big fans on the GIF in here so this gadget is right up our alley. The OTTO camera lets you make GIFs live from the camera, sending them straight to your phone. We see a lot of drunken GIFs in this invention’s future… Source: Technology Blog/YouTubeVirtual reality news of the weekLast week you saw us trying out the Oculus Rift headset at TheJournal.ie HQ. This week, we learned that Samsung is trying to get in there before Facebook’s Oculus and Sony’s project Morpheus, rushing a virtual reality headset to the market, Engadget reported. We may have a virtual reality war on our hands here.Read previous Weird Wide Webs>last_img read more

HTC Holiday spotted running on ATT LTE with 45inch display

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a new superphone soon and you want one that rides on AT&T’s speedy new LTE network, the previously-spotted HTC Holiday has been sighted once again. This time, it’s more than a Craigslist listing for a prototype with a broken screen — Engadget has scored a handful of photos and screenshots from the device.The Holiday will feature a pocket-devouring 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, front facing 1.3MP camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and, like numerous other HTC models, four capacitive buttons for navigating Android.Software-wise, the HTC Holiday features Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 (at least at this stage of the game) and HTC Sense 3.0, the company’s recently updated custom UI for Android.That’s all that’s known for now — other vitals like battery capacity, thickness, and weight have yet to be called out. It’s also not known when exactly the Holiday will launch, but it is thought to be one of the first phones AT&T will put or for sale in its LTE markets. A name change may also be in the works: Engadget says there’s a good chance the phone will be re-badged as the HTC Waikiki.Waikiki? Hey, sure — nothing reminds one of sun-drenched Hawaiian beaches, gorgeous, tanned women and crashing surf like a chunky, angular, gray-and-black smartphone.Speaking of dual-core LTE phones, Verizon customers are still eagerly awaiting the Droid Bionic. More details are coming out every day, and we’re pretty sure that the handset will be available some time in September, but there is no definite date yet.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Spalleti on Mourinho and Atalanta clash

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has urged Inter Milan players to treat the Atalanta clash like a Champions League clash and went to talk about Jose Mourinho.“It is an extremely difficult test and we must consider it an extension of the Champions League week,” warned the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia just days after a 1-1 draw with Barcelona.“Atalanta paid for the Europa League efforts and the disappointment of that exit, but they always performed well and now they are making more of their chances.“When playing in Bergamo, they really come out and attack you, showing their mental and physical strength. Gian Piero Gasperini’s influence is visible and he is great for Italian football, making it more modern and entertaining.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We’ve got to remember that a contract makes you part of Inter, but only results and victories let you be part of this club’s history. We saw that with the reaction Inter fans had to Jose Mourinho’s gesture. After the results he achieved here, the love for him is infinite and we must want to experience that too.”Spalleti equally shared his thoughts on Mourinho’s recent gesture after Manchester United beat Juventus in the Champions League.“If you provoke a lion, it will roar at you,” smiled Spalletti. “Mourinho himself said that in the cold light of day he shouldn’t have done it, but there are emotional pressures during certain games and there is the risk of reacting. I know full well. As long as it remains at this level, it’s all part of the spectacle.“Juventus are the strongest side in Italy and will probably win the Scudetto, but there are other teams and difficulties can arise during a Serie A season. The other sides must try to do the impossible and never give in, even at the 95th minute.”last_img read more

Cantwell stumps for US farm bill

first_imgSen. Maria Cantwell said Friday that a failure by Congress to pass a long-overdue farm bill would amount to a huge lost opportunity for Washington’s agricultural industry and Clark County’s exporters to tap Asia’s rising demand for Northwest food products.The Washington Democrat, speaking at the Vancouver office of the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association, said Congress has only until Sept. 30 to break a House-Senate impasse on a farm bill extension. Without an extension, she said, the nations would revert to farm policies set in 1949.Cantwell, accompanied by agricultural and local business representatives, focused on the bill’s funding for agricultural research and export market development. She sidestepped discussion about the political wrangling that has stalled the extending of farm policies that historically have won bipartisan support.“To me, the issue is the incredible economic opportunity at our doorstep,” said Cantwell, who stood beside a display of Washington agricultural products for a news conference. “Vancouver is the portal to that opportunity.”The agricultural sector remains Washington’s top employer, Cantwell said, with 160,000 jobs and $40 billion in revenue, representing 12 percent of the state’s economy. Some 70 percent of the Port of Vancouver’s exports are agricultural products, she said.last_img read more

19yearold shot in Miami transported to hospital

first_imgMiami Fire Rescue responded to a shooting at 5231 SW 6th Street in Miami, at around 8 a.m. Saturday.Police said the 19-year-old victim was approached by a person who was armed with a rifle. The victim was shot once in the left thigh before the shooter fled the scene on foot.The victim was transported to Ryder Trauma Center with non life-threatening injuries.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Scientists use drones to ease shark fears its probably just a dolphin

first_imgWhat’s that dark shadow in the water? Getty Images Going to the beach in Australia can be a potentially deadly affair. Stonefish, pufferfish, box jellyfish, stingrays — and cute octopuses that delight oblivious tourists (and contain enough neurotoxin to kill 26 adults). But there’s one thing you can worry less about at Australian beaches: sharks. Researchers at Australia’s Southern Cross University (SCU) National Marine Science Centre, alongside the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, have used two years’ worth of drone footage to study the prevalence of sharks at Australian beaches. They found that, despite attention-grabbing headlines about shark attacks (and the ensuing fear among some members of the public), shark sightings at beaches are actually rarer than we think.”Our extensive data suggests it is up to 135 times more likely to be a dolphin than a shark,” said Brendan Kelaher, who led the SCU study.  Share your voice Related Reading Over a total of 216 drone flights, the team identified 4,388 individual large marine animals, according to the research published in the scientific journal Marine and Freshwater Research. In that sample size, the team found a huge variety of marine life, but also discovered their findings didn’t necessarily match public perception. “Over the last three years, we have routinely captured footage of fevers of rays exceeding 100 animals, whales feeding on bait balls in the shallows and incredible chases between sharks, rays and dolphins,” said Kelaher. “We do see potentially dangerous sharks in the shallows, but our data show they are much less common than people would have you believe.”scu-drone-sharks-raysEnlarge ImageThe “fever” of rays. Southern Cross University The video compiled by SCU is a sight to behold — particularly the “fever” of rays (add that to your list of collective nouns) huddled together in the clear waters as a defense against predation. But ultimately, if the sight of sharks has you alarmed (not to mention all the species we listed in the top of this article that you may have never known about), Kelaher has some helpful advice. “If you are concerned, it’s best to get out of the water,” he said. Check out the video (complete with ray fever) below. Drones Rebooting the Reef: CNET takes a deep dive into the tech saving the Great Barrier Reef. Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. 0 Post a comment Tags Rebooting the Reef: The tech saving Australia’s natural wonder Sci-Tech Droneslast_img read more

Samsungs latest Galaxy S10 update said to address May patch issues

first_img Mobile Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) Galaxy S10 settings to change right now Comments 5 $899 $899 A new update for the Galaxy S10 is causing problems.  Andrew Hoyle/CNET A new update is reportedly making its way to Samsung Galaxy S10 phones and will supposedly fix issues stemming from a previous patch. Update XXU1ASE6 for the Galaxy S10 showed up phones Wednesday, according to SamMobile. The new patch will include improvements to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the S10 camera, but more importantly, it has a fix for the May 20 update that reportedly caused myriad issues for some who downloaded the software. The problematic update, XXU1ASE5, was made available on May 20. Its description said it would improve the S10 camera’s night mode and other various fixes. Some phone owners saw their phones freezing, restarting, draining more battery and several apps were not responding after the update. Samsung then pulled XXU1ASE5 on May 28. A new update appeared in Switzerland on May 29, according to SamMobile. The European country is typically the first country to receive Galaxy phone updates and users saw a new XXU1ASE6 patch made available, which reportedly did fix problems from the May patch.Samsung didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Originally published on May 29.June 5: Adds new update info.  Best Buy Samsung How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Abt Electronics Share your voice News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you Sprint See It See It Tags $899 Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Samsung Galaxy S10 $899 See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 2:37 See It Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more