UHS, Lourdes see increase in COVID-19 patients, shortage in healthcare workers

first_img“As the community continues to experience an increase in COVID-19 cases, UHS’ hospitals also have seen a slight increase in the number of patients that we are treating for the virus.  We are taking every precaution to make sure that our organization can respond to the needs of everyone in our community during this pandemic.  UHS facilities are open, sanitized and safe, and we encourage virtual and in-person visits as appropriate.  Like other regions nationwide, the Southern Tier continues to experience a shortage in many health care positions, including nursing.” Ascension Lourdes says it’s facing the same issues: UHS said in a statement to 12 News: “Ascension Lourdes has seen a modest increase in COVID patients recently. We continue to monitor our resources daily as we have done throughout the pandemic. Much like the rest of the nation, our area is seeing a shortage in healthcare positions as well.As we embrace a new way of providing care to the community, Ascension Lourdes offers virtual visits as well as in-person visits and we have strong safety precautions and safeguards in place to protect patients, visitors and caregivers. We encourage the community to continue to be vigilant in wearing masks and practicing social distancing.”center_img According to the Broome County COVID-19 map, daily hospitalizations in Broome County have spiked throughout the month of July. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Two of the Southern Tier’s largest hospitals say they’re seeing an uptick in COVID-19 patients, as the area experiences a shortage in healthcare workers, like many hospitals across the nation. last_img read more

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No slow gear for young tech tycoons

first_img“Otherwise,” he asked rhetorically, “what have I learned?” During his PayPal days, Levchin was so committed to seeing the company succeed that he often sacked out at the office in a sleeping bag he kept under his desk. Considering that he described his apartment during some of this time as “scary,” that had a certain logic. Cardboard boxes served as his living room furniture; a discarded computer desk was his dining room table. These days, despite the phenomenal success of PayPal, which gave him the bulk of a fortune worth around $100 million, Levchin continues to work an average of 15 to 18 hours a day. “We occasionally go out to eat, he sleeps a few hours, he works out,” Minkova said. “But other than that, Max works.” Minkova half-joked that she might appreciate her occasional evenings out with Levchin more, if only he were not on his BlackBerry, answering e-mail messages and checking his Web site. One friend, Dennis Fong, who sold a company to MTV Networks last year for $102 million (and is already at work on a new startup), talks about the “weird growling sound” that Levchin tends to make when someone even mentions the name of his chief rival, RockYou. And so committed is Levchin to seeing Slide.com succeed that he keeps a blood-pressure monitor on his desk. “I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t start companies,” he said. “I’d probably think about slitting my wrists.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Levchin, who is now 32, is typical of a new generation of junior titans in Silicon Valley who might be called the prematurely rich – techies worth tens of millions of dollars, sometimes more, at an age when many others are just starting to figure out what to do with their lives. The Internet, a low-overhead medium with a global reach, has greatly accelerated the wealth creation phenomenon, producing a larger breed of multimillionaires even younger and richer than in the past. They are happy to be wealthy, of course, but many of these baby-faced technology tycoons often seem indifferent to the buying power of their money, at least at this stage of their lives. Instead, nearly all of them have chosen to throw themselves back into a startup, not so much because they want a spectacular new home or a personal jet – though many of them do – but because they are in a competition with themselves and one another. “For most of us, doing it again means surpassing what we’ve done previously,” said Peter A. Thiel, Levchin’s partner at PayPal, who also has started a new business, a hedge fund called Clarium Capital. “And that can be a really high bar.” Even among this jittery group of overachievers, Levchin stands out. In part that is because outdoing PayPal may be an all-but-impossible goal. Levchin acknowledges that he has already earned more money than he could ever spend. But he said he would not consider Slide.com, the photo and video sharing site he founded in 2005 that is still in its startup phase, a success unless it is ultimately worth, in real dollars, “at least $1.54 billion” – the price eBay paid for PayPal. SAN FRANCISCO – Max Levchin is not easily distracted from his work. A few years ago, Levchin, one of the young princes of Silicon Valley, bought his first home, a 12-room Edwardian high atop a hill here, for $3.4 million. But Levchin, who made a fortune at age 27 selling PayPal, the online payment service he helped start in 1998, never moved in. He sold it two years later without having slept there for even one night. Since then, Levchin has moved into his second home, a more expensive one found for him by Nellie Minkova, his girlfriend of eight years who has become his fiancee. But so consumed is he by work on his second company, an Internet startup focused on sharing photos and videos, that the cartons that contain what Levchin described as “85 percent of my worldly possessions” are still stacked in his living room, five months after moving day. last_img read more

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ELECTION 2014: BROGAN TOPPING POLL IN LETTERKENNY/MILFORD BUT McMONAGLE CLOSE BEHIND

first_imgIt is early days but Fianna Fail’s Ciaran Brogan looks like he will top the poll in the Letterkenny/Milford area.Ciaran Brogan is doing very well as expected.But the big news is how strong Sinn Fein’s Gerry McMonagle is polling coming in behind Brogan.Also polling well in the early tallies are Fine Gael’s Jimmy Kavanagh, Independent John O’Donnell and also local solicitor Dessie Shiels. It is early days yet but it looks as if those could surge ahead and leave a huge battle for the last seats.We will bring you more as the boxes are opened at the sorting centre at the Aura Centre in Letterkenny.     ELECTION 2014: BROGAN TOPPING POLL IN LETTERKENNY/MILFORD BUT McMONAGLE CLOSE BEHIND was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ciaran Brogamfianna failgerry mcmonagleSinn Feinlast_img read more

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50 days to World Transplant Games

first_img6 June 2013There are 50 days to go for the 50 countries that will contest the 2013 World Transplant Summer Games in Durban from 28 July to 4 August.The Games are the biggest organ donor awareness event in the world and aim to offer hope to those awaiting transplants and encourage the public to become donors, by showing the difference that organ transplants can make to the lives of young and old.They’re a celebration of the human spirit, giving individuals with previously life- threatening illnesses, the chance to compete in a high-level sports event and prove that they can not only lead normal, fulfilling lives, but push the boundaries of their physical endurance.Competitors in the Games have to be transplant recipients of either solid organs or bone marrow.Organ donationWorld Transplant Games Federation President, Olivier Coustere, commented; “Countries that have hosted the event have experienced a 30 percent or higher increase in organ donation rates.”South Africans wishing to register as organ donors can visit www.odf.org.zaThe World Transplant Games will unfold at various venues across Durban, with the majority of events planned for the Kings Park sporting precinct, including at the Kings Park Athletics Stadium where a new track has been flown in from Germany to upgrade the facility.EventsOver 50 events in athletics, swimming, tennis, squash, golf, volleyball and bowling will be contested, while cycling and road races will take place in the city.The largest contingent of athletes will come from Great Britain and Northern Ireland (298), followed by 142 from the United States of America, 136 athletes from South Africa and 110 from The Netherlands.The smallest teams will come from Nepal, Japan, Slovakia and Kenya, with only one athlete from each of those countries.2011 GamesAt the 2011 competition in Gothenburg, Sweden, 47 South Africans participated, winning 17 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals.Among the South African competitors who will be defending titles in Durban are: Daniel Matsoso (5km road race, 800m and 1 500m), Lourens Schultz (javelin world record holder), Constance Sithebe (ball throw), Edward Ormond (squash), Anil Balmakund (squash), Cathy de Beer (squash), Tracey Jegels (3km power walk), Kosie Laubscher (golf), Heilie Uys (golf), Robyn Emslie (lawn bowls) and Stephan van den Berg (discus).Four South Africans currently hold World Transplant Games world records.The event is expected to generate R50-million for Durban.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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22 days agoStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!

first_imgStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!by Chris Beattie22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Stupid. Moronic. Self-destructive. Pick one out – after all, Hugo Lloris had to do that seven times on Tuesday. But take one word to describe Christian Eriksen’s actions in the aftermath of the Bayern Munich humiliation…Ahh, remember the old days? Way, waaay back? Way back to 2017, when Prem players en masse, having delivered a performance as Spurs fans endured this week, would later admit wanting to stay in doors. Ashamed to show their face around the local haunts. Fearful of seeing the disappointment written across the faces of their most loyal and supportive fans. But today? Well today, at least if you’re a Spurs player, you’re straight onto your phone and your social media account. Not to offer an apology for the rank performance their fans have just witnessed. A humiliation. Something “historic”, as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief exec, described the 7-2 drubbing in London. Oh no, Eriksen was on his phone, on social media, reacting to some obscure, fantasist’s gossip about his girlfriend and teammate Jan Vertonghen. Gossip which hadn’t reached the press. Something that not only had just existed online – but in a tiny echo chamber. Though clearly an echo chamber Eriksen was aware of.And that gets to the crux of all this. In Eriksen’s world. In the player’s bubble. This social media account making these claims, matters. But beyond the scores of people (and that’s being generous) whom pay attention to this stuff, what matters is the last performance and the last result – in no particular order. That Eriksen, backed up by Vertonghen, should feel the need to address this garbage – and in the process bring it into the mainstream – is indeed stupid, moronic and self-destructive. Especially when the club is teetering as it is.Why even pick up your phone after such a result? Why switch it on and let all the abuse wash over you? Why not, just as players did not so long ago, do the electronic version of keeping their head down and simply switch the bloody thing off? Eriksen is a good pro and a good man. Those whom have been with this column long-term will be well aware of his attempts to move to a higher level. But he never made it obvious. He’s never kicked up a fuss or downed tools. Indeed, as we’ve covered here, the first hint of ambitions elsewhere didn’t come from him, but a former agent, Bayram Tutumlu – and that was over two years ago. But no matter the frustration, Eriksen has never let it influence his football.But with this one, he’s messed up. With Spurs being pulled apart like never before. From the chairman, to the manager and the players. To give oxygen to something that would’ve melted away in time was ridiculous. And delivering another negative angle to the storyline of this Spurs season is only half of it.With Chris Waddle ranting about a needed clearout. With manager Mauricio Pochettino accusing his players of “giving up” – and captain Hugo Lloris later admitting as much. With the headlines ablaze with stories about the commitment at Spurs, the last thing the fans want to see on the backpages of the biggest dailies is the stuff Eriksen volunteered to get in the middle of. At worst, for those who believe what they read on social media, all it’s done is fuel the talk that the players are at eachother’s throats. And for the others, Eriksen’s response only affirms the doubts about their focus this season.A week ago, Pochettino admitted the dressing room was fractured, stating: “Maybe performances are good but we need this mental connection, this energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness.”And in response, this column was critical of the Spurs manager and his contribution to this disunity. However, it must now be said, what chance has Pochettino to turn things around when his senior players are allowing themselves to be manipulated like this?The timing was stupid. The reaction moronic. And the result self-destructive. Next time – and for the sake of Spurs fans you hope there isn’t a next time – just switch the bloody thing off. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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LacMegantic residents say wrong people accused company responsible for disaster

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec man whose kid sister was one of 47 people killed in the Lac-Megantic tragedy says the three men acquitted Friday should have never been put on trial.“I think, very sincerely, that since the day of the accident, these people have been living in purgatory and it must have been extremely difficult,” Bernard Boulet told The Canadian Press. “I’m happy these three people are free.”A jury found Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre not guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people in connection with the July 2013 train derailment and subsequent explosion.Boulet says he agrees with the verdicts.“It was an unfortunate accident,” said Boulet, himself a former railway traffic controller. “It was caused by nonchalance and an accumulation of events — by the nonchalance of the (rail company) owner, Edward Burkhardt.”Before and during the trial, defence lawyers and Lac-Megantic residents often brought up Burkhardt’s name.They insinuated it was he who was primarily responsible for the tragedy in his role as chairman of the now-defunct, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, which owned the train and the tracks on which it derailed.Reached by telephone at his office outside Chicago shortly after Friday’s verdicts were announced, Burkhardt told The Canadian Press he wasn’t surprised to hear people were suggesting he should have been the one on trial.“There were a lot of people screaming for people — including me — to stand trial and all that,” he said.“The police and the prosecutors made a thorough investigation of what happened and so did the (Transportation Safety Board of Canada), and they concluded (if) there was going to be a prosecution it would be limited to the people that they brought, and I can’t say more than that.”Burkhardt became public enemy No. 1 in the days following the crash, when his blunt, sometimes unsentimental remarks drew the ire of the grieving public.His brief stop in Lac-Megantic is perhaps best remembered for his tumultuous news conference, during which he was heckled by angry locals.Burkhardt points out he lost his investments in the company’s bankruptcy and that he agreed to settle in a civil suit brought against him even though he doesn’t feel he was personally responsible for the tragedy.He did not say how much money he paid in the settlement.“Everything I’d done with respect to that company was to try to enforce stricter and stronger safety standards, and the fact that it all came unglued that day was just horrible,” he said, adding he and everyone involved still lives with the burden of what happened.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s investigation into the derailment somewhat contradicts Burkhardt, however.Its final report concluded, “There were also significant gaps between (MMA’s) operating instructions and how work was done day to day.“This and other signs in MMA’s operations were indicative of a weak safety culture — one that contributed to the continuation of unsafe conditions and unsafe practices, and significantly compromised the company’s ability to manage risk.”Jean Clusiault, whose daughter Kathy died in the disaster, said he, too, was satisfied with the verdicts.“The wrong people were accused,” he said outside the courthouse in Sherbrooke, Que. “The jury came back with the right verdict.”Clusiault, who followed the trial closely, said the U.S.-based management of MMA should have been charged.With the trial over, he said, “my daughter will always be in my mind.”Julie Morin, mayor of Lac-Megantic, said neither she nor the citizens of the 6,000-person town thought the three people accused were solely responsible for the tragedy.“The company, MMA, had a big role to play in this,” Morin, who was not mayor back in 2013, said in a phone interview. “It’s impossible that three men alone created what happened to us.”What her citizens want to focus on now, she said, is getting a bypass track that would move trains away from the core of the town, something the federal government is studying but has not yet promised to do.“There is still a lot to do — the entire downtown was destroyed,” Morin said.“There are people looking for financing to start projects, there is a lot of great work being done and it would be nice to get some attention on this rather than the trial.”last_img read more

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3 contrasting contenders in Germany vie to succeed Merkel

first_imgBERLIN — Three high-profile contenders are vying to lead Angela Merkel’s party as the longtime German chancellor makes way after 18 years for a successor who could shape the European Union’s most populous country for the next generation.The centre-right Christian Democratic Union will elect on Friday a new chairman or chairwoman, who will be the favourite to run for chancellor in Germany’s next election.Merkel has been CDU leader since 2000 and chancellor since 2005. She moved her party relentlessly to the centre, dropping military conscription, accelerating Germany’s exit from nuclear energy, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children and allowing the introduction of gay marriage.Most controversially, she allowed large numbers of asylum-seekers into Germany in 2015.Merkel’s popularity lifted her centre-right bloc for years, peaking in a 2013 election in which it won 41.5 per cent of the vote. But in October, after a troubled start to her fourth-term government and two dismal state election performances, the 64-year-old announced she would step down as CDU leader and wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor.Her potential successors need to lift a party polling under 30 per cent. They could take the CDU, which together with the Bavaria-only Christian Social Union has been post-war Germany’s most consistently successful political force, in different directions.ANNEGRET KRAMP-KARRENBAUER, 56The CDU’s general secretary since February, Kramp-Karrenbauer — often called “AKK” — is a Merkel ally and the closest to her centrist stance. She touts her own lengthy experience in regional government, which saw her become the first woman to become a state’s interior minister, or top security official, and serve as governor of western Saarland state.Kramp-Karrenbauer says she knows how to win elections, having defied expectations to win re-election in Saarland by a wide margin last year. And she says she put herself “at the service of the CDU” by giving up that job this year.Kramp-Karrenbauer has consistently shown more willingness than the chancellor to cater to conservative rhetoric and more vocally opposed gay marriage. Recently, she has sought to put careful distance between herself and Merkel without disavowing her, saying she has had “very lively discussions” with the chancellor on various subjects.She has talked tough on immigration issues, proposing a lifelong entry ban to Europe for asylum-seekers convicted of serious crimes. But she has warned that endlessly reheating arguments about the 2015 migrant influx is a turn-off for voters.FRIEDRICH MERZ, 63A one-time Merkel rival, Merz is seeking a spectacular comeback after more than a decade away from front-line politics. He stands for a more conservative and business-friendly approach.Merz led the centre-right group in parliament from 2000 until 2002, when Merkel pushed him out of that job. He left parliament in 2009, and in recent years practiced as a lawyer and headed the supervisory board of the German branch of investment manager BlackRock.A snappy speaker, Merz lacks government experience but is well-connected in the party and has presented his time away from politics as a virtue, saying that he has “had the opportunity … to look from outside at politics and its decisions.”In the past, he advocated radical tax reform and argued that foreigners should learn German “Leitkultur,” which could be roughly translated as “majority culture.”In this campaign, he has criticized the “unregulated influx” of migrants and charged that the CDU accepted the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany, which entered the national parliament last year, “with a shrug of the shoulders.” He appeared briefly to question the right to asylum enshrined in the German constitution, but quickly walked that back. And he has advocated encouraging greater use of private pension plans using shares.JENS SPAHN, 38A Merkel critic, Spahn became health minister in March as Merkel acknowledged pressure for renewal. He has support on the party’s right — but that appears to have been largely swallowed by Merz’s reemergence, leaving him as the outsider.Spahn has made migration a focus, calling it the “elephant in the room.” He has said that security is a key issue, and argued that “not everything is good again” even though the flow of migrants has slowed.Spahn, who is openly gay, has said that his party doesn’t need to “shift to the right,” but it does need to start “a real change of generations.” He looks highly unlikely to succeed this time, but this contest could position him well for the CDU’s next leadership change.AND THEN?The choice will be made by 1,001 delegates at a party congress in Hamburg, many of them professional or part-time politicians at federal, regional or local level.Merkel has signalled that she intends to remain chancellor for the rest of this parliamentary term before retiring from politics. The next election theoretically shouldn’t be until 2021, but that is uncertain.Merkel’s governing coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats, the CDU’s traditional rivals, has had an extremely bumpy few months. Another crisis, or an already-agreed midterm review next fall, could bring it down.Whoever becomes CDU leader will want to follow through on promises to sharpen the party’s profile. Observers struggle to imagine Merkel working well with Merz, in particular, though both dismiss that concern.“I have no doubt that, if that is the outcome, I can work well together with Friedrich Merz, as with every other candidate,” Merkel says.Geir Moulson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Dawson Creek officials bringing in pumps after water overtops 17th Street Bridge

first_imgHenderson said that the crossing on 102nd Avenue just downstream of the 17th Street bridge is said to be impeding the creek’s flow, and that pumps are being brought in to move water that is accumulating behind the 102 Ave. culverts.According to Henderson, the challenge faced by City officials is not knowing how much more snow is left to melt at near Dawson Creek’s headwaters.“The water that’s coming to town is coming from well west of the city. It’s really understanding how much the snowpack melts out there, which is outside our area. What we found out yesterday is that it takes probably at least twelve hours for that water to show up. The million dollar question is has it all melted to a point where that peak flow is now here and its on its way down, or is there more to come? I don’t have that answer, but there’s potential. But every day that we have a melt like this is one day closer to the end of it.”Henderson added that this year’s melt is slower than previous years, when rain combined with melting snow caused water levels to increase rapidly. A map of current streamflow levels in the B.C. Peace Region. Photo by BC River Forecast Centre. A map of current streamflow levels in the B.C. Peace Region. Photo by BC River Forecast Centre. Screen Shot 2018-04-26 at 10.01.46 AM Data from the BC River Forecast Centre and from Environment Canada shows just how much water is passing through the South Peace. The Pouce Coupe River, into which Dawson Creek flows, recorded a peak flow of nearly 500 cubic metres per second through the overnight hours. On Monday night, that level only peaked at 175 cubic metres per second. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Officials with the City of Dawson Creek are bringing in pumps to help deal with the large volume of water surging down Dawson Creek itself, after water overtopped one of the City’s bridges.The City’s General Manager of Development Services Kevin Henderson said that the 17th Street Bridge, which was closed to traffic late yesterday, was overtopped by water some time through the overnight hours. He said that the bridge is the only crossing that had – as of 10:00 a.m. Thursday – been overtopped by the creek’s water.  A Google Maps image of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. A Google Maps image of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. A Google Maps satellite photo of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. A Google Maps satellite photo of Dawson Creek near the 17th St. and 102nd Ave. crossings. last_img read more

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Federal election campaign underway with leaders in Ontario Quebec and BC

first_imgAsked what his government is hiding, Trudeau said his office gave the largest waiver of cabinet confidences in Canadian history but would not add anything more.He also declined to address what personal mistakes he might have made in the saga, which saw the ethics commissioner declare Trudeau broke the law by trying to influence a decision on whether the Quebec engineering firm should go to trial on charges related to alleged corrupt dealings in Libya.“My job as prime minister is to be there to stand up for and defend Canadians’ jobs,” he said.“I will always defend the public interest.”Before jumping on his own campaign plane this morning, a fired-up Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the SNC-Lavalin story showcases his belief that Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern.“Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan,” he said in French. OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau began his bid for re-election Wednesday by framing the next 40 days as a time for Canadians to make a choice: whether they want more of his sunny ways or a return to the gloomier days he says are characteristic of life under a Conservative government.But clouding over his optimism was the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life by a Globe and Mail report that the RCMP’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been limited by the shroud of cabinet confidence.Moments after emerging from Rideau Hall, where he asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, Trudeau faced a barrage of fresh questions on the affair. Scheer will spend Day 1 of the campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while Trudeau will head for Vancouver, the same place he launched his bid for election in 2015.“We’ve done a lot together these past four years but the truth is we’re just getting started,” Trudeau said.  “So Canadians have an important choice to make — will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?”Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.center_img The NDP launched its campaign Wednesday in London, Ont., one of the regions of the province where New Democrats think they’ll be able to hold onto seats.Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau and Scheer of failing to live up to promises to help Canadians, saying the costs for everything are getting out of control.“I believe we can do better,” Singh said.“But we can do that only if we have the courage to take on the powerful interests at the very top.”The Greens began in their own comfort zone of British Columbia, where Elizabeth May launched her campaign in Victoria.“This is the most important election in Canadian history,” May told about 200 cheering supporters.“We are going to stand firm. We will tell Canadians how serious the climate emergency is.”Later Wednesday, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is to appear for his own campaign debut in Toronto, alongside candidate Renata Ford, wife of the late populist Toronto mayor Rob Ford. At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2. There are eight independents — including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould. The People’s Party of Canada has one seat and former New Democrat Erin Weir sits as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Five seats are vacant.The election is Oct. 21.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 5 2017

All newsletters We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more MLB predictions See more NFL predictions Things That Caught My EyeUnpatriotic defenseThe Patriots offense has been great, as usual, but their defense is on pace to be the worst NFL defense since 2006. Looking at expected points added (EPA) per game, the Patriots have been coughing up 12.2 points per game and allowing an average 116.5 passer rating. [FiveThirtyEight]Lynx v. Sparks, Part II: Revenge of the LynxPrior to Wednesday, both the Lynx and Sparks scored exactly 908 points in their past 12 games — going back to the start of last year’s finals. The Lynx had won five and the Sparks seven, including last year’s title. But Minnesota won the latest round of this intense rivalry with a 85-76 victory over Los Angeles to win the Game 5 championship of the WNBA finals and seal their fourth title in seven years. [ESPN]Hockey has started!Dom Luszczyszyn over at The Athletic ran a massive fan poll to determine what NHL fans thought about the forthcoming season. Based on the wisdom of the crowds, Pittsburgh’s favored by 16 percent of respondents to repeat, followed by the Nashville Predators (11 percent chance to win), Washington Capitals (10 percent) and Tampa Bay Lightning (10 percent). [The Athletic]Dak could use a raiseCowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who is still on his rookie contract, is making $540,000 in 2017. For prospective, Matthew Stafford of the Lions makes Dak’s entire salary in 10 game minutes, Mike Glennon of the Bears’ bench made it in 32 minutes of game, and Jay Cutler of Miami took only about 52 minutes of game time to make Dakbucks. [ESPN]Bring your child to work day gets a little too real in CalgaryJaromir Jagr, the 45-year-old who’s the second all-time point scorer in NHL history, signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames for $1 million and another million in bonuses. Jagr will be playing alongside the son of a player he was drafted alongside in 1990, and 10 team members were not born when Jagr won the Stanley Cup in 1991. [SportsNet Canada]Cleveland has hope again, ughThe MLB postseason is underway, with the Yankees defeating the Twins and the Diamondbacks defeating the Rockies in the wild card games. Cleveland is most favored to win the World Series — we give them a 26 percent chance of doing so — followed by the Dodgers, Astros and Nationals. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number6 NBA ChimerasOnly six teams in the past 25 seasons have had three players with at least 25 percent usage over the course of the season: the 2016-17 Warriors, 2016-17 Cavaliers, 2008-09 Mavericks, 2007-08 Spurs, 2001-02 Bucks and 1999-2000 Bucks. This year between Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, the Minnesota Timberwolves may very well join that club. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackwalt:Want that 400 word Post about my Jets Browns bet for Friday? Can file tomorrowgfoster:Yeah for sure. Does the Jets being half decent screw it up? I guess not…walt:Nahwalt:They’re also half not decentPredictions MLB Oh, and don’t forgetWatch the most delightful man in New York — with correct feelings about the Eagles — crush it at Jeopardy NFL read more

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