Warriors’ big man Jordan Bell finds redemption in win over Pacers

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Throughout his basketball career, Jordan Bell has played every important minute for his team.As a prep star at Long Beach Poly High School, he was a highly touted prospect. At the University of Oregon, he a was a three-year starter, reaching the Final Four in his junior season. Now, in his second year with the Warriors, Bell, who finished Monday’s 132-100 win over the Pacers with eight points, five …last_img read more

Saudi Women to Enter Stadiums for First Time to Watch Soccer

first_imgRIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women will for the first time be allowed to enter a sports stadium on Friday to watch a soccer match between two local teams — though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section.”The move is Saudi Arabia’s first social reform planned for this year granting women greater rights. The kingdom has also announced that starting in June, women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s only ban on female drivers.To prepare for the change, the kingdom has designated “family sections” in the stands for women, separated by barriers from the male-only crowd. The stadiums have also been fitted with female prayer areas, restrooms and smoking areas, as well as separate entrances and parking lots for female spectators.While many have welcomed the decision, others have spoken out against it. An Arabic hashtag on Twitter about women entering stadiums had more than 50,000 tweets by mid-day.Many used the hashtag to write that women’s place should be in the home, focusing on their children and preserving their faith, and not out at a stadium where male crowds frequently curse and chant raucously.Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is King Salman’s son and heir, is seen as the driving force behind these changes. He is set to inherit a country where more than half the population is under 25 years-old and hungry for change.Rather than grant citizens greater political rights, the crown prince has instead looked to boost his popularity by curbing the influence of ultraconservatives. His reforms are also aimed in part at raising local spending on entertainment as the country faces years of budget deficit amid continued lower oil prices.The first stadium to open its doors to women will be in the Red Sea city of Jiddah for a match between Saudi soccer teams Al-Ahli and Al-Batin later on Friday evening. The national stadium in the capital, Riyadh, will open to women a day later, on Saturday, followed by the western city of Dammam next Thursday.These stadiums were built with hundreds of millions of dollars when oil prices were nearly double what they are now. The government spent lavishly on the stadiums in an effort to appease young Saudis and provide spaces for fans eager to cheer on local clubs, as well as hold national parades and ceremonies.In a one-off, the main stadium in Riyadh allowed families to enter and watch National Day festivities in September — marking the first time women had set foot inside the stadium.A Saudi woman who tried to attend a soccer game in Jiddah in 2015 was arrested. Police were quoted in local media at the time as saying that security spotted her at the stadium “deliberately disguised” in pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses to avoid detection.Over the years, though, there have been some exceptions for foreign women.In 2015, an Australian female supporter of Western Sydney Wanderers soccer club was permitted to attend a match at Riyadh’s main stadium and a group of American women traveling with members of U.S. Congress watched a local club match, also in Riyadh.___ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI, Associated PressAYA BATRAWY, Associated PressBatrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Georgia Football: Malcolm Mitchell’s Latest Trick Catch Video Is Unbelievably Impressive

first_imgGeorgia's Malcolm Mitchell performs trick catches at practice.IG/money_mitch26 There may be better wide receivers in the country, but no one makes trick catch videos like Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell. The Bulldog pass catcher’s first videos showed him catching passes from his back, in an attempt to one-up New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. Today, he put out a video that blows it out of the water. He catches balls from his back while laying on a table, he catches a pass between his legs, and he even juggles two other football’s while catching a third from a JUGS machine. You need to watch this.If these skills translate to the field at all, Georgia’s going to be a must-watch team in 2015. With Nick Chubb in the backfield, they probably already are.last_img read more

Justice Minister Wants Cases Tried in Timely Manner

first_img Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says all stakeholders in the justice system have a duty to reflect on their role as they seek to improve both their performance and input in the delivery of justice.Addressing the Jamaican Bar Association’s annual conference at the Half Moon Hotel in Rose Hall, St. James, on November 18, Mr. Chuck said it is important to have cases tried and judgements rendered in a timely manner, adding that the people of the country expect and deserve nothing less.“Six months is a reasonable time within which judgements should be delivered. Indeed, the Jamaica Judicial Conduct Guidelines (2014), which sets out the ethical guidance for judges, recommends three months as the period within which judgement should be delivered. It seems obvious and highly desirable that judgements should be delivered promptly,” the Minister said.The Minister argued that for the Judge, after a trial, the material is fresh in his or her mind, and delays dim the memories of the arguments made at trial.“Prolonged delays, in my opinion, affect the accuracy and judgement of witnesses’ demeanour and, thus, the final decision,” Mr. Chuck said.“I think it is highly desirable for judges to deliver oral judgements within days of the completion of trials and, if necessary, an edited and written judgement within weeks,” he added.Mr. Chuck said that in complex cases, more time may be needed for the judges to read and digest the many cases usually relied on at trial, adding that greater reliance on technology and the requirement for detailed arguments delivered electronically, should help in this process.“Judges could also insist that trial attorneys provide written arguments and relevant passages from cases they quote during the trial. Perhaps if judges demand from the attorneys better particulars and written submissions, it would become easier to deliver judgements,” he reasoned.The Minister said the present situation cannot continue, with litigants having to wait years for the trials, as it is “simply frustrating and grossly disappointing for them to wait months and years to have judgements delivered”.“At the end of 2015, there were 311 Supreme Court matters with outstanding judgements. I hope the information for 2016 and 2017 will show significant reductions,” Mr. Chuck said.The Minister noted that other jurisdictions have enacted legislation to determine time standards and other judicial functions, going as far as withholding salary and pension, to get judgements delivered.“I honestly do not wish to see Jamaica go there. I shall continue to use moral suasion to urge the timely delivery of judgements, and hope that I will see less complaint letters coming across my desk on a daily basis,” Mr. Chuck added.The Minister said he will continue to ask the Jamaican Bar Association to provide a full list of judgements outstanding for more than six months, so the Chief Justice and others can be reminded of the extent and impact of the prolonged delays. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says all stakeholders in the justice system have a duty to reflect on their role as they seek to improve both their performance and input in the delivery of justice. “Six months is a reasonable time within which judgements should be delivered. Indeed, the Jamaica Judicial Conduct Guidelines (2014), which sets out the ethical guidance for judges, recommends three months as the period within which judgement should be delivered. It seems obvious and highly desirable that judgements should be delivered promptly,” the Minister said. Mr. Chuck said that in complex cases, more time may be needed for the judges to read and digest the many cases usually relied on at trial, adding that greater reliance on technology and the requirement for detailed arguments delivered electronically, should help in this process. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Keanu Reeves return to Winnipeg after two decades to be less dramatic

first_imgAdvertisement Presumably, Reeves will feel more comfortable with his Winnipeg gig this time out. Not long after performing the Melancholy Dane, Reeves told this reporter he had initially felt like a “deer in the headlights” confronted by a looming truck with the word “Hamlet” across its front.Siberia may be more in his comfort zone. The film is to be directed by Matthew Ross, best known for the recent feature film Frank & Lola, another story of obsessive love starring Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots. The script was written by Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan).Reeves is one of three actors making a return trip to Winnipeg. Sir Ben Kingsley, currently in town shooting the serial killer thriller Nomis opposite Henry Cavill and Alexandra Daddario, played the lead role of an alcoholic hitman in the 2007 film You Kill Me directed by John Dahl.According to the Internet Movie Database, actor Stanley Tucci has also joined the cast of Nomis. Tucci played a passionate ballroom dance contestant in the 2004 film Shall We Dance opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.The year continues to be a busy one for the Winnipeg film industry, which enjoyed a genre movie boom beginning in November with the back-to-back shooting of the First World War zombie thriller Trench 11, starring Rossif Sutherland, Incident in a Ghostland, starring French pop icon Mylène Farmer, the psychological thriller Behind the Glass, starring India Eisley, Mira Sorvino and Jason Isaacs, and Cult of Chucky, the seventh film in the Child’s Play franchise, starring Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly, which wrapped production last week.In that vein, city crews are also gearing up for a post-apocalyptic genre film titled Break My Heart 1000 Times, an adaptation of a young adult novel by Daniel Waters.According to a report in Variety, actress Bella Thorne (The DUFF, Scream: The TV Series) is set to star in the film, set in a world in which the barrier between the living and the spirits of the dead has been [email protected]: @FreepKing Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment IT was 22 years ago when actor Keanu Reeves, a freshly minted action star after the hit movie Speed, made a bold career pivot, signing on to perform the title role of Hamlet on the stage of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the winter of 1995.According to local industry sources, Reeves will be returning to Winnipeg this spring to shoot the movie Siberia (not to be confused with the 2013 NBC TV series of the same name, which was largely filmed in Birds Hill Provincial Park).The 52-year-old actor, still a hot action star in the wake of the US$130 million gross of John Wick Chapter 2, plays a diamond dealer trying to sell blue diamonds of questionable origin in Russia, falling in obsessive love with a Russian café owner along the way. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Questions swirl around fight between hockey players and ref in Manitoba

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of hockey players from a Manitoba First Nations were caught on video piling on top of a referee during a game last week. Media reports put the blame on the players. But there are now suggestions that the players were goaded by the referee.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has been looking into the story and files this report.last_img

Under fire Morneau to sell 21M worth of shares put assets in

first_imgOTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau, under siege from relentless opposition attacks over how he handled his personal fortune when he entered government in 2015, went on the offensive Thursday with a promise to sell off tens of millions of dollars worth of shares in the family business that bears his name.At least $21 million in Morneau Shepell shares held by Morneau and his family will be sold off, while the rest of his assets will be placed into a blind trust, the minister said as he sought to snuff out conflict of interest allegations threatening to undermine the federal Liberal government.All the while, the wealthy former businessman continued to insist he disclosed all his assets to the federal ethics watchdog when he came into office two years ago, and that he that he followed her recommendations very carefully to avoid any conflicts of interest.That, the embattled Morneau has now decided, wasn’t good enough.“I perhaps naively thought that in Canada following the rules and respecting the recommendations of the ethics commissioner … would be what Canadians would expect,” Morneau told a news conference. “In fact, what I have seen over the last week is that I need to do more.”Morneau said he currently owns about a million shares — $21 million worth at current stock prices — in the human resources and pension management firm he and his family helped to build. Public filings show that in March, Morneau’s father, William Morneau Sr., held just over 200,000 shares, worth about $4.2 million.Morneau didn’t, however, mention the dividends those shares generate: 6.5 cents a share, equating to roughly $65,000 a month.When asked why he changed his mind, Morneau admitted the issue has become a major distraction and was taking away from what he characterized as his important work as Liberal finance minister — work he wants to continue doing.“I’m going to go farther, above and beyond anything that might have been recommended because I want to make sure that this isn’t the discussion that we’re having tomorrow or the day after,” he said.“I am trying to make sure that we are successfully improving the lives of Canadians across the country, so if we’re getting distracted because some people are worried about my personal situation, it’s time to move on. And that’s what I’ve decided to do.”Morneau said until his shares are divested they will remain behind a conflict-of-interest screen, which has been overseen by the minister’s chief of staff, to ensure he abstains from any discussions or decisions that could benefit his personal interests.He said he could recall at least two instances where he was removed from meetings because of the screen.Thursday’s decision — aimed at silencing Morneau’s increasingly vocal critics — could also be considered a tacit acknowledgment that the rules themselves are in need of an update, something the ethics commissioner herself has suggested in the past.Commissioner Mary Dawson revealed this week that she told Morneau a blind trust wouldn’t be necessary, since his shares were indirectly held through private companies and were therefore not considered a “controlled asset” under the Conflict of Interest Act.However, Dawson urged the previous Conservative government in 2013 to amend the law to require blind trusts for personal assets owned by public office holders, regardless of whether they were directly or indirectly owned — a change that was never made.Morneau, who stepped down as Morneau Shepell’s executive chairman shortly after the election, said Thursday that when he first entered cabinet, he fully expected he would have to put his assets in a blind trust, as did the company he was leaving behind. However, Dawson told him it wouldn’t be necessary, he said.At that time, public filings showed Morneau owned 2,254,109 shares, most of them through an Alberta numbered company. On Thursday, he said it was only about a million shares, although he didn’t elaborate on what happened to the rest.All week long, the Conservatives and New Democrats have accused the government of being in a conflict of interest created by a finance minister regulating an industry that includes a company in which he owns significant shares.NDP MP Nathan Cullen has called on Dawson to investigate Morneau for spearheading pension reform legislation that could benefit Morneau Shepell and, through shares he still holds, the minister himself.In the days after Morneau personally introduced that bill, the value of Morneau Shepell shares rose 4.8 per cent, Cullen said during question period, Morneau’s first this week since the controversy exploded. The minister shrugged off Cullen, noting Dawson had already signed off on the arrangement.The opposition charges have all but drowned out the government’s efforts to address another, earlier controversy over its widely panned changes to small business taxes.“Of course, there’s been a distraction this week,” Morneau said earlier in the day during a news conference at a farm in the Ontario community of Erinsville, where he was trying to deliver good news: that the government would not proceed with a tax change that has angered farmers.He said Ottawa will reconsider the proposal related to the conversion of income into capital gains after hearing concerns from farmers and fishers. The proposal raised fears about how it could hinder the intergenerational transfer of family business, like farms.It had been one of the three key components of the government’s package of tax proposals.Morneau’s first to the House of Commons on Thursday after spending the week making announcements to scale back some of the so-called tax reforms, which have angered small business owners, doctors, farmers and even Liberal backbench MPs.Earlier this week, the government also ditched another proposed measure that would have had a negative impact on the transfer of family businesses from one generation to the next.Morneau also announced this week that he will scale back a proposal to crack down on passive investment income, which was one of the most contentious elements of his plan.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Aimia reviewing strategic direction reports 217M thirdquarter profit

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Aimia Inc. says it has launched a review of its future strategic direction as it works to complete the sale of its Aeroplan program.The loyalty rewards company says the board of directors has asked management to present it with alternative visions and plans regarding the company’s future after the sale of Aeroplan.The review came as Aimia reported it earned $21.7 million or 11 cents per share in its third quarter, compared with a loss of $40.3 million or 29 cents per share in the same period last yearRevenue totalled $372.7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up from $350.5 million in the third quarter of 2017.Aimia signed a $450-million deal in August to sell the Aeroplan loyalty program to an Air Canada-led group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp.The future of Aeroplan had faced questions after Air Canada rolled out plans to start its own loyalty rewards program in 2020 after its partnership with Aimia expired.last_img read more

Strained US – Canada relationship backs arguments for pipeline say Liberals

first_imgFederal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh disagreed with the notion that a full-fledged Canada-U.S. trade war bolsters the Trans Mountain argument. Canada’s economic future depends on investing in clean energy and technology that will create jobs and economic growth for decades, he said.“Investing potentially upwards of $10, $15 billion of public resources to build one pipeline, one specific project, doesn’t seem to be a vision of what we should be doing with our public resources.”While $15 billion invested in clean energy could make Canada a leader in the sector, spending that money on the fossil fuel industry is “short-sighted,” he added.Last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government would buy Kinder Morgan’s existing Trans Mountain pipeline and its associated assets for $4.5 billion and build the expansion itself, selling it back to the private sector once it’s financially marketable. “Well, yeah,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr replied when asked if the situation underscores why Canada wants to build Trans Mountain so badly. “I believe that Canadians believe that to have more than one customer for our main natural resource is good for Canada.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau inferred the link during question period Tuesday.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s plan to impose “a limit on oilsands development and a price on pollution” included a pipeline to get oil to markets other than the U.S., he said – “something we can all agree on is probably a good idea, this week.”In a speech at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary Tuesday, Notley said “it has never been more important for Canada to get a Canadian pipeline built to a Canadian coast for the benefit of all Canadians.”“If the last days and weeks tell us anything, it’s that we, as Canadians, need to take control of our economic destiny,” Notley said.Notley’s comments and her alignment with Trudeau widen the already yawning chasm between her and the federal NDP, which introduced a Commons motion Tuesday calling for Canada not to spend “billions of public dollars on increasingly obsolete fossil fuel infrastructure.” OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal Liberals are pointing to the unpredictable wrath of the American president to further buttress their argument that Canada needs the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to reduce its trade dependence on the United States.The U.S. is currently the destination for 99 percent of Canada’s oil exports – a fact the Liberals cite as evidence in favour of building Trans Mountain, which would allow Canadian bitumen to be shipped to Asia by sea.That argument appears to be getting fresh momentum from U.S. President Donald Trump and his Twitter feed, both of which have been the source of pointed attacks on Canada that have cast a worrying pall over the state of one of the world’s oldest and most enduring trade relationships.center_img Opposition to the pipeline and court challenges from the B.C. government made Kinder Morgan queasy about proceeding with its $7.4 billion investment in the expansion, all but abandoning it unless Ottawa could provide some measure of financial certainty.By Mia RabsonTHE CANADIAN PRESSlast_img read more