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Freeze Eases But Unsettled Weekend Ahead

first_imgThe good news is that temperatures heading into this weekend will not be as cold as it has been, however this weekend isn’t looking that great either. Friday will feature sunny skies with afternoon temperatures climbing into the low 40s with a lighter but still breezy westerly wind. Clouds will increase late in the day ahead of a warm front which will also bring a round of snow/rain showers overnight.A low pressure system will slide to our south on Saturday keeping us cloudy, chilly and wet. A light onshore flow will keep temperatures in the 40s all day with occasional rain.As the low pressure moves offshore on Sunday morning, winds will increase out of the north and colder air will move in. Any rain could changeover to snow before ending by Noon Sunday. Temperatures will be above freezing so any snow will have a hard time sticking. Some brightening of the skies is possible during the afternoon but temperatures will only make it into the low 40s.Models show rain changing to snow as storm intensifies offshore Sunday morning. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Looking for Spring?Spring officially arrives Monday morning at 6:29AM however, winter will still want to hang on a little while longer. Although temperatures will finally reach the 50s early next week, another chilly blast is set to arrive by the middle of next week. The good news is it will not be as cold as it has been with temperatures in the low 40s. For the final week of March temperatures should return into the 50s and possibly 60.last_img read more

Queenslanders drive surge in demand for fixed rate home loans: Mortgage Choice

first_imgDemand for fixed rate home loans is on the rise, according to Mortgage Choice. Picture: iStock.QUEENSLANDERS are driving a surge in demand for fixed rate home loans, amid the threat of further interest rate rises.Fixed rate home loans accounted for nearly 30 per cent of all home loans written in the state during the month of April, according to Mortgage Choice.Nationally, 26.5 per cent of all loans written last month were fixed — the highest number in 2.5 years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHousehold Debt00:51Mortgage Choice chief executive John Flavell said he wasn’t surprised to see a greater proportion of borrowers opting for the security of a fixed-rate loan.“Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen many of Australia’s lenders increase the interest rates across their suite of home loan products,” he said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Some lenders have increased their variable rates by as much as over 20 basis points.”Mr Flavell said he expected to see further increases in fixed rate demand as interest rates continued to rise over the coming weeks and months.“With Australia’s lenders making changes outside the Reserve Bank’s monthly Board meetings, we may see more borrowers choosing to fix their mortgage in a bid to avoid further rate hikes and ultimately give themselves a level of certainty and stability around their mortgage repayments,” he said.But variable home loan rates are still the most popular product among borrowers in Australia.In particular, ongoing discount home loans are the most sought-after — accounting for 43 per cent of all loans written.“As we have seen over the past several weeks, the lending space is rapidly changing, but it is important to remember that home loan rates are still low by historical standards,” Mr Flavell said.last_img read more

Cardinals Get Wins Over St. Michael’s

first_imgThe 5th Grade Cardinals Basketball Team defeated St. Michael’s of Brookville Thursday, December 11 by the score 25-19.Abe Streator led the Cardinals in scoring. Fourteen players for the Cardinals played in the tightly contested game.The fifth grade Cardinals will close-out their season Wednesday against Glendale Elementary.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.The St. Louis 6th grade boy basketball team played visiting St. Michaels of Brookville and came away with another victory, 33-23, Thursday night improving their record to 11-1.It was a hard fought game by both teams for the first two quarters as St Michaels led at halftime 15-14 after Ethan Back of St. Michael’s hit a three point shot in the closing seconds. The game stayed close through the third quarter but the Cardinals were able to take the lead by the end of the quarter by the score of 23-21. In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals got some key baskets from Andrew Oesterling and Jack Forbeck and played outstanding defense holding St. Michaels to only 2 points and the final score ended up 33-23.Defensively, the Cardinals were led by Riley Schebler and Sam Voegele and the scoring consisted of Oesterling with 12, Lleyton Ratcliffe 7, Voegele 6, Wil Freeland 4, Schebler 2 and Jack Forbeck with 2 points.The Cardinals last game is next Wednesday at St. Louis Activity Center against Greendale.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Selects U11 Boys

first_imgThe team includes, back row, L-R, coach Kerry Dyck, Michael Parish, Milo Baranyai Sheppard, Ezra Foy, Grayson Hill, Dylan Luscombe, Elias Lutz, Thomas Baxter, Ernesto Archambault and coach James Baxter. Front, Jesse Thurston, Josh Yasek, Keeper Jacob Erickson, Angus Paterson, Aidan Mushumanski and Jaden Dyck. Missing Bradey Sookero who missed the tournament due to a broken leg. The Nelson U11 Selects did more than impress a few coaches during a trip south of the 49th parallel. The squad dominated the opposition in capturing the gold medal at the Youth Soccer Tournament in Kalispell, Mont. Staff and Management at Mallard’s Source for Sports realize this may be the first of many more Team of the Weeks to come for this skillful group. last_img read more

Abortion “Science” Shows Its Deathly Bias

first_img(Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When science reporters discuss the biggest ethical issue of our day, they show no concern for the unborn.Recently, Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul was asked about his stance on abortion. He deflected the question back to the reporter, asking whether she would be willing to ask Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz “if she’s okay with killing a seven-pound baby that is just not born yet.” Clearly at 7 pounds, a baby is viable. According to National Review, Wasserman-Schultz didn’t have to wait for a reporter to pop the question. In response to Rand Paul, she made the following terse statement:“I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved,” she volunteered in a statement. “Period. End of story.“To Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Seminary, that answer more than anything else shows the worldview gap between conservatives and liberals (The Briefing, April 9).  By saying “Period. End of story,” the DNC chairwoman does not allow for a single exception, even when a 7-pound baby’s life is at stake. The concerns of the father or the government cannot enter into the equation. And what doctor? Could it not be someone like Kermit Gosnell, the convicted late-term abortionist who committed his grisly killings in filthy conditions?That’s the nature of the political divide. What about the science? When scientific media sites report on abortion, what side do they favor, if any?One must watch for what is said and what is not said. There are also keywords that give clues: like “fetus” instead of “baby” when late-term abortion is mentioned, or when grisly practices like D&E (dilation and extraction) are discussed (the act of cutting up a baby in the womb and extracting the dismembered parts). Another clue is how groups are identified: e.g., “pro-life” or “anti-abortion”; “abortion rights” vs. “pro-abortion.” The use of “scare quotes” can be instructive. One should observe what spokespersons are quoted, in what context, and in what order. Here’s a recent case posted by Medical Xpress by John Hanna, “Kansas governor signs nation’s first ban on abortion procedure.”Kansas became the first state Tuesday to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus….Abortion rights supporters say the law, which bans the dilation and evacuation procedure and redefines it as “dismemberment,” could be vulnerable to a lawsuit because it bans some abortions before a fetus can survive outside the womb and contains no mental health exception for the mother….Anti-abortion groups are confident the new law will withstand a legal challenge, based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2007 in which it upheld a federal ban on a late-term procedure described by abortion opponents as “partial-birth abortion.“Brownback signed the bill in a private ceremony at his official residence; his office said he would re-enact it at multiple public events later this month. A photo from Tuesday’s ceremony tweeted by the governor’s office showed Brownback flanked by anti-abortion leaders and two large photos of fetuses.Abortion rights supporters said the procedure is often the safest for women seeking to terminate pregnancies during the second trimester. It accounted for about 9 percent of abortions last year in Kansas, where most pregnancies are terminated in the first trimester and the state already bans most abortions at or after the 22nd week.Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley called it “a horrific procedure.” But Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women, said in a statement that the new law is “dangerous” and “dictates to qualified physicians how they can practice medicine and treat their patients.“Apparently, to Burkhart, the baby does not qualify as a “patient” or get any medical care, abortion is a case of “practicing medicine,” and if a woman can claim she needs to kill her “fetus” by cutting it up into pieces, for the sake of her “mental health,” then Burkhart is fine with that. By giving her the last word, Hanna gave her the emotional edge in the article. He also put scare quotes around the pro-life spokespersons’ terminology (“dismemberment” and “horrific procedure”), describing them as trying to “ban” a “medical procedure” on a “fetus”. Could a reader conclude that this science reporter agrees with Wasserman-Shultz that a 7-pound baby is of no concern, if the mother chooses to abort?Another issue of grave concern both nationally and internationally is abortion for gender selection. Quite often, in some cultures, parents want a boy instead of a girl; elective abortions in these cases discriminate against girls. In China, where the one-child rule has been the norm for decades now, this has led to a preponderance of boys, leading to social problems when women of marriageable age become less available.Recently, PNAS published the largest and most complete study on the “sex ratio” – the ratio between boys and girls in live births. It quantified, to more accuracy than ever before, the common finding that boys outnumber girls at birth by a slight amount. This ratio changes from conception to birth, and then throughout life. It starts at .5 (a 50-50 ratio), but by birth, males have a slight edge. Since males tend to die younger than females, it comes out even by nature. This new study took into account the actions of parents to select genders and terminate pregnancies:Our dataset is the largest ever assembled to estimate the sex ratio at conception and is the first, to our knowledge, to include data from 3- to- 6-d-old embryos, induced abortions, chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, and fetal deaths and live births. Our results indicate that the sex ratio at conception is unbiased, the proportion of males increases during the first trimester, and total female mortality during pregnancy exceeds total male mortality; these are fundamental insights into early human development.The authors discussed their numbers with clinical coldness, failing to comment on gender-selective abortion. Writing about this in a commentary piece in PNAS, evolutionary biologist Steven Austad at the University of Alabama discusses social reasons for the study’s surprising results, justifying it in evolutionary terms:Two remarkably consistent and poorly understood features of human biology are the slightly male-biased sex ratio at birth and the female survival advantage throughout life. These patterns appear across geography and time wherever reliable birth and death records are available. The slight male bias, typically ∼51.3% of live births, is so consistent (Fig. 1A) that when birth sex ratios deviate much from it, suspicions are aroused of sex-specific abortion or infanticide. Putting together the birth sex ratio bias and the female survival advantage, we expect a monotonically declining sex ratio from birth to death, which is exactly what we find across cultures and across historical epochs (Fig. 1B). By age 100 y, there are three to four women for every surviving man, and by the extraordinary age of 110 y, 95% of the survivors are women. Note, however, that until later life the sex ratio does not stray far from 50:50, an observation that would gladden the heart of evolutionary biologist, Sir Ronald Fisher, who argued that natural selection should favor equal parental expenditure—a delightfully vague phrase—in males and females. Fisher assumed, as have many since then, that the human sex ratio at conception is even more male-biased than the sex ratio at birth, and there were some good reasons to assume this. First, males are less likely than females to survive from birth to age 5 y in all countries with reliable records. Therefore, extrapolating backward suggests a more male-biased sex ratio in utero. Second, male babies born at very low body weight are less likely to survive than females born at the same weight. Finally, up to 70% of babies spontaneously aborted early in gestation are male. Thus, given this evidence that males are more susceptible to death—that is more frail—both before and after birth, the question wasn’t so much whether the sex ratio at conception was male-biased, but exactly how dramatic that bias was. Therefore, it comes as something of a surprise when, in by far the most comprehensive analysis of prenatal sex ratios ever performed, Orzack et al. (9) report in PNAS that the sex ratio at conception is not significantly different from 50:50.Austad says several things of note here. (1) The natural ratio is so predictable, differences can be attributed to “sex-specific abortion or infanticide.” (2) The sex ratio should be a manifestation of natural selection. (3) The facts contradict evolutionary explanations. Follow-up questions that could be asked are: (a) Is sex-specific abortion or infanticide also a manifestation of natural selection? (b) If so, is it morally acceptable? (c) If there were good reasons to assume Fisher’s evolutionary explanation for the sex ratio, why did he get it so wrong?Listen to Albert Mohler’s Briefing about this subject. More than anything else, the subject of abortion defines the divide between right and left world views. When scientists and reporters throw their lot in with Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, it’s time to ask them Rand Paul’s question: is it OK to kill a 7-pound baby that is not born yet? Instead of letting Planned Parenthood and the DNC define the issue with “reproductive rights” and “women’s health” terminology, that question should focus attention where it needs to go. If the answer is yes, “Period. End of Sentence,” then at least we will have brought clarity to the issue. Fortunately, Carly Fiorina has also shown ability to toss the hot potato back at reporters this way. If a 7-pound baby can be put to death for any reason whatsoever, with no concern for its rights or health, then God help us. Is the beheading of Christians by ISIS any less repugnant that cutting up millions of babies in the womb? Where is the “war-on-women” crowd about gender-selective abortion? No problem, a consistent evolutionist would have to say; it’s just natural selection.last_img read more

Rising scruples in European countries over Saudi arms sales

first_imgBERLIN – The killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi has prompted soul-searching in some European countries about their sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, long one of the biggest buyers of sophisticated Western weaponry.While the United States ranks first among Saudi’s arms suppliers, Europe, too, has been selling billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the kingdom for decades.Appeals have mounted in recent days calling for such deals to be halted: On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that arms exports to Saudi Arabia “can’t take place in the situation we’re currently in,” citing Khashoggi’s death. But despite the outrage, no European country has yet taken concrete action to change how business is done.Spain’s prime minister said Wednesday his government would fulfil past arms sales contracts with Saudi Arabia despite his “dismay” over the “terrible murder” of Khashoggi earlier this month in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.Pedro Sanchez told lawmakers that protecting jobs in southern Spain was central to his decision last month to go ahead with a controversial bomb shipment to Saudi Arabia.In London, British Prime Minister Theresa May also rebuffed a call from opposition lawmakers to end weapons sales to the Arab kingdom, telling Parliament on Wednesday that “the procedures we follow are among the strictest in the world.”Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland each accounted for about two per cent of Saudi Arabia’s arms imports between 2013 and 2017, according to figures compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI.France accounted for about 4 per cent, while Britain took a 23 per cent share of the business — behind the United States with 61 per cent.Merkel’s economy minister, Peter Altmaier, called Monday for a common European Union position on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, telling a public broadcaster that “only if all European countries agree would this make an impression on the government in Riyadh.”Even if Germany were to stop the exports, “it will have no positive consequences … if at the same time other countries fill this gap,” he said.Slovakia’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it was willing to discuss the German proposal. In neighbouring Czech Republic, Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said he also supported a discussion as he summoned the Saudi ambassador to Prague to tell him “any attacks on journalists are unacceptable.”But Britain’s foreign secretary highlighted the difficulty in agreeing on a common EU stance on Saudi arms exports when he pointed out last month that “With countries like Saudi Arabia, countries like China, the way you make the most progress is by talking to them in private.”“If you talk about these things publicly you lose the access, they say ‘we don’t want to deal with you’ and you put yourself in a position where you have no influence over what’s happening,” Jeremy Hunt told Sky News.Should Western nations halt their sales, one country that might step in is Russia.Russian and Saudi officials discussed possible arms sales including S-400 air defence systems during a landmark visit by King Salman last October, but no contract was signed.Saudi Arabia also has expressed interest in setting up production of Russian Kornet-EM anti-tank missiles, TOS-1A rocket launchers and AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and the latest version of the Kalashnikov assault rifle in their country. It is unclear if any of those deals are nearing implementation.Russia’s cautious stance on Khashoggi’s murder could be changing that, experts say.Kirill Semenyov, a Middle East expert on the Foreign Affairs Council which advises the Kremlin, said the Saudis would be looking for alternatives like Russia if one of their key partners were to pull out of the deals.“If the U.S. or Britain were to renege on the contracts to supply fighter jets or other weapons like tanks, it would be a serious blow, that would push Saudi Arabia to buy arms from Russia like T-90 tanks or Su-35 planes,” he said.A sizeable Russian business delegation on Tuesday descended on an investment conference in Riyadh to show that Moscow is unfazed by the accusations against the royal family.Kirill Dmitriev, chairman of the state-owned Russian Direct Investment Fund, told state-owned Rossiya 24 channel that “Saudi partners are appreciative of our balanced position.” ”We continue to co-operate with Saudi Arabia’s investment fund and other partners,” he added.Dmitriev likened the investigation into Khashoggi’s killing to recent accusations levelled against Russia over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain and cyber-attacks around the world.“There’s a lot of speculation and unverified information around,” he said.French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday that Paris will agree to sanctions against Saudi Arabia only if it’s proven they are to blame in the journalist’s killing.“As long as these facts are not corroborated by our intelligence services, we will withhold our response,” Griveaux said. “But once the light is made, that these facts are corroborated by our services, and in the event that Saudi Arabia’s responsibility is proven, then we will draw the consequences and we will take sanctions. And I will tell you something, it would not be just about weapons.”Diederik Cops, a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute in Belgium, suggested that the European focus on military goods would have been more appropriate years ago in reaction to the Yemen conflict, where Saudi relies heavily on foreign arms and equipment. It may have taken the Khashoggi killing to force a change, he said.“Most governments are threatening with arms and questioning arms exports because they know that is the most strong … political pressure instrument they can use at this moment toward the Saudis,” he said.But, he added, it’s hard to tell if a global initiative on prohibiting arms exports to Saudi Arabia will take hold because of geopolitical and economic factors.Rights groups have long called unethical the multibillion-dollar U.S. and European arms sales to Saudi Arabia, for decades one of the world’s largest buyers of weapons. They point to the growing number of civilian casualties in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, in which the Saudis lead a mostly Arab coalition against Iranian-supported Shiite rebels known as the Houthis.Calls for the deals to be suspended have often surfaced in the wake of airstrikes by the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Iranian-supported Shiite rebels in Yemen. The airstrikes have killed hundreds of Yemeni civilians, including women and children, since the commencement of the war in 2015.After an August airstrike hit a bus carrying Yemeni children on their way to school in the country’s north, killing more than 40, Human Rights Watch said the incident highlighted the “callous indifference of the Western powers enthusiastically arming the Saudi-led coalition.”On Wednesday, Spanish activists protested outside Parliament holding bomb-shaped signs reading “Decisions that kill.”Haizam Amirah Fernandez, an expert at Madrid-based think-tank Elcano Royal Institute, said Saudi Arabia’s current leadership “is aware that it has taken bold steps in the past three plus years with an absolute impunity” because the White House is its biggest backer.“Everybody else, including the Europeans, look at Washington to see what signals come out of the White House regarding support to the Saudi monarchy. And the signal so far has been of an unshakable support with timid criticism toward Saudi Arabia,” said Amirah Fernandez.___Parra contributed from Madrid. Mark Carlson in Brussels, Samuel Petrequin, Jill Lawless in London, Colleen Barry in Milan, David Rising in Berlin, Karel Janicek in Prague and Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, and Hamza Hendawi in Cairo contributed to this report.last_img read more

Fort St John RCMP seek public assistance in identifying debit card theft

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that allegedly used a stolen debit card.On September 8, 2018, at 7:50 am, a stolen debit card was used at the Safeway Gas Bar.The alleged suspect is seen inside the store paying for diesel fuel and a phone charger. The suspect is wearing a dark hoodie.The Fort St. John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident or can assist in identifying the suspect, you are asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As a result of information received from the public the Fort St. John RCMP were able to eliminate the individual seen in the photos from the January 25 release.The RCMP were able to determine that due to an error in the time stamp on the video that was provided to Police, the wrong person was considered as a person of interest.Original release:last_img read more

In the Woods Animal Rescue hosts upcoming Meet and Greet

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. –  A ‘Meet and Greet’ Adoption Event and Fundraiser for In the Woods Animal Rescue will be taking place Saturday, April 6, 2019.The Adoption Event will be held at the old Aspol Motors Building on 102nd Ave in Dawson Creek between 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Rescue volunteers will be bringing 20 dogs and puppies as well as 8 cats that are all in need of a forever home. Pictures of the rescue animals attending the event can be seen on the rescue’s FB Page.There will be a silent auction available for bidding upon and the Rescue welcomes donations of dog/cat food and cat litter. Danika Rita Photography will also be on site taking pet portraits, you are welcome to bring along your own pet for a picture. Butcher Block hotdog cart will be serving hotdogs and other refreshments by donation.In the Woods is a non-profit volunteer rescue operated by Sheryl Woods located justoutside of Nampa (Marie Reine) AB. In the Woods has been in operation for six years and during that time, 3500 dogs and over 500 cats have been rehomed.The rescue’s existence depends on volunteer hours and private donations. The rescue is typically filled to capacity with 80+ dogs/puppies and 100+ cats/kittens. The rescue always appreciates any and all help they receive.A link to the meet and greet FB Group; CLICK HEREA link to the In the Woods Animal Rescue; CLICK HERElast_img read more

In The Spread Offense Era Can Wisconsin Rush Its Way To The

The football game played Saturday in Madison could have taken place 20 years ago. Wisconsin performed a complete takedown of Michigan, outclassing the Wolverines on both lines. The Badgers were unstoppable in the running game, piling up 359 yards on 57 carries. They pressured Michigan on 39.6 percent of dropbacks, negating the Wolverines’ speed at the skill positions. They led 28-0 at halftime and had the ball for more than 41 out of 60 minutes.In short, they played the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has always wanted his team to play. After he accepted his first head coaching job, at San Diego in 2004, Harbaugh told legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler that he would always have a fullback on his roster. As they shift toward spread concepts — Harbaugh brought in coordinator Josh Gattis last offseason to overhaul his ground-and-pound offense and replace it with a no-huddle attack as a last-ditch effort to break Michigan’s Ohio State curse — this year’s Wolverines don’t have a fullback. But Wisconsin has three, and one of them, John Chenal, scored a touchdown against Michigan. After Saturday’s rout and shutouts of South Florida and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0, Paul Chryst’s team is 3-0, No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Badgers appear to be the best version of their traditional hard-nosed, smashmouth selves. The question this year is: Is that good enough to make the College Football Playoff?In the spread-offense era, Wisconsin would be quite the party-crasher. The Badgers this season have averaged one snap every 31 seconds, playing at a slower tempo than any of the 20 playoff teams to date. Just 41.4 percent of their play calls are passes, fewer than any playoff finalist except Georgia in 2017. Chryst’s team has run more than half of its plays (118 of 224) from under center and huddled before 99.1 percent of its snaps. On its fourth play from scrimmage Saturday, Wisconsin faced fourth-and-inches from its own 34-yard line and came out in a jumbo formation it calls “14-Hippo” featuring seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor. “We slowly got to where we wanted to be, right?” Chryst told reporters afterward. “It worked.”Wisconsin has been playing this way for years; since 2005, the style has produced nine double-digit-win seasons and three Rose Bowl berths. But the Badgers have not played for a national championship in that time. They came closest in 2017, when they marched undefeated through the regular season but fell just short to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That team, perhaps more than any other, illustrated the perils of playing a plodding style in this era. When it counted, Ohio State raced past Wisconsin for 57-yard and 84-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Badgers managed only one offensive touchdown in a 27-21 loss. When their defense gave them two final chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, their offense finished those drives with a punt and an interception.This year’s team may already be different in one area: quarterback. From 2016 to 2018, Wisconsin started the inconsistent Alex Hornibrook, whose touchdown-to-interception ratio was just 1.42 and whose highest completion percentage in a season was 62.3 percent, good for 33rd among the top 100 quarterbacks. (The other two years he didn’t make the top 100 in completion percentage.) He threw crucial late interceptions in games such as that 2017 Big Ten championship and a 2016 trip to Michigan. Coan faced no such problems Saturday, when he rushed for two touchdowns. In Coan, Wisconsin might now have a capable quarterback to pair with its defense and Taylor, its Heisman candidate running back.This year’s Badgers have one opportunity that the 2017 version didn’t: a regular-season trip to Ohio State. Two seasons ago, Wisconsin did not play a top-15 team until the conference championship, and losing that game knocked the team out of playoff contention. This year, the Badgers can make a huge statement by beating the Buckeyes for the first time since 2010. Their schedule may even afford them two cracks at it: If they win all their other games, they could lose to the Buckeyes in their regular-season matchup next month, avenge that loss in the Big Ten title game and still make the playoff.If they can’t beat Ohio State, the Badgers will likely become another good team with a stout defense and an offense that’s serviceable but not flashy, potentially ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl but missing the playoff. And if Wisconsin can beat its old rival, Alabama and Clemson will likely be lying in wait, setting up the ultimate test of speed versus power.1So far this season, Alabama and Clemson are huddling before 40.4 percent and 34.4 percent of snaps, respectively. This decade has overwhelmingly favored speed. Old-school Wisconsin is hoping it can turn back the clock. read more

Bahamas Govt to pay for residents new notable water supply

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 7th 2017 – Nassau – Minister for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister, Kwasi Thompson has announced that the Government will assist residents in getting access to water. Thompson said the government would be paying the required deposit for residents in both East and West Grand Bahama, which will allow them to access the newly installed notable water supply.These deposits represent the initial $150 deposits required by the Grand Bahama Utility Company in order for customers to get connected. Once this is provided to residents who qualify, all that is left is for the applicant to make arrangements with the Grand Bahama Utility Company to pay the balance over time.Thompson said, “After discussions with the Members of Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Peter Turnquest and Parliamentary Secretary, Pakesia Parker Edgecombe, the Government of The Bahamas agreed to further assist residents who qualify, particularly senior citizens and Indigents and those with low income. ” He added, that the assistance will aid approximately 100 persons.The Grand Bahama Utility Company has also reduced their service connection fees from $680 to $418.75, inclusive of the $150 deposit fee.The Potable Water Project is currently in its second phase in East Grand Bahamas and is expected to be completed within 90-120 days.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews New cruise ship new border policy coming for grand Bahama Bahamas Govt bids to buy Lucayan Strip resorts, PM Minnis tours site Grand Bahama is future Caribbean silicon valley, Govt tells Diplomats Related Items:#magneticmedianews, grandbahama, waterlast_img read more

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