Mahadayi talks only after Karnataka poll: Goa BJP

first_imgThe Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said bilateral talks over sharing drinking water from the Mahadayi river with Karnataka will be held only after the Karnataka elections.The party had faced criticism from environmental activists, civil society members and Opposition parties after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar wrote to Karnataka BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa to discuss the release of water from Mahadayi.Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in North Goa on Sunday, Goa BJP president and Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar said the party was fully with Mr. Parrikar’s stand, but added, “The CM has already indicated that this will happen only after the Karnataka elections. Therefore, the question does not arise of using the issue for elections.”Flak from all partiesAfter Mahadayi Bachav Abhiyan (MBA), an organisation working against the diversion of water to Karnataka, the Opposition as well as allies of the government have joined those criticising Mr. Parrikar for his willingness to discuss the issue with Karnataka.On Sunday, All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said Mr. Parrikar must first provide regular drinking water to his constituents in Panaji before providing drinking water to others.Anand Shirdokar, president of the Goa Suraksha Manch, attacked Mr. Parrikar for offering to hold talks when the matter is in a tribunal, and Goa has till now said it will only go by the verdict of the tribunal.“It is clear that Mr. Parrikar has been pressurised by his party boss Amit Shah,” said Mr. Shirodkar.Government ally Goa Forward Party has also expressed reservations over the CM’s letter, and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, which had a central committee meeting on Sunday, has strongly opposed the move too. “The government must maintain status quo on the issue till the tribunal verdict is out,” MGP president and former Minister Deepak Dhavlikar told reporters after the meeting.Impact on caseMBA secretary and a member of the National Wildlife Board Rajendra Kerkar told The Hindu that the organisation fears that Mr. Parrikar’s sudden “surrender” could weaken Goa’s strong case in the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.last_img read more

Mavericks guard JJ Barea has season-ending Achilles tear

first_imgOKC Thunder to retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss He signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Timberwolves after winning the title with the Mavericks. Barea returned to Dallas after agreeing to a buyout of the final year of the deal with Minnesota. He’s in the final season of a four-year contract with the Mavericks. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists as a key part of the second unit for Dallas. The injury is likely to mean a significant increase in playing time for rookie Jalen Brunson, a two-time NCAA champion at Villanova and second-round draft pick.Barea is in his second stint with the Mavericks after being a catalyst for Dallas’ rally from a 2-1 deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami. The Mavericks won the franchise’s only title in six games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoosted by a sensational rookie season so far from third overall pick Luka Doncic, the Mavericks are seeking a return to the playoffs after falling out of the race early and finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference the past two seasons.Losing the trusty veteran presence of Barea won’t help. He was a big part of what made Dallas deeper than it has been in several years, with his pick-and-roll ability and playmaking in the lane helping the offense’s efficiency. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Barea was technically the backup to starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr., although the 21-year-old in his second season has missed 14 games, mostly with a right wrist sprain.Smith’s absence has made the versatile 19-year-old Doncic the starter at the point. Once Smith is healthy, Barea’s injury could increase his presence in the rotation.There’s no question Brunson will get more opportunities after his role has varied widely through the first half of the season. While he has spent most of the season in the rotation, he’s had stretches where he played sparingly or not at all.After Barea’s injury, Brunson hit a big 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves before Doncic scored seven straight Dallas points, the last on a 3 that put the Mavericks ahead for good with 23 seconds left.The injury to Barea came against the only other team for which the native of Puerto Rico has played.ADVERTISEMENT Dallas Mavericks’ J.J. Barea, right, prepares to lay up as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Dallas Mavericks have lost an important piece in their push for a return to respectability with guard J.J. Barea’s season-ending Achilles injury.Barea tore his right Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of a 119-115 victory at Minnesota on Friday night. The team said Saturday that Barea was weighing his options for surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Sanath Jayasuriya set to return as Sri Lanka chief selector

first_imgSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will hand Sanath Jayasuriya a second tenure as chief selector after the former opener stepped down from the post a little over a year ago. As of now the board is waiting for sports minister’s approval before making a formal announcement.According to SLC vice-president Mohan de Silva, the selection committee will also have former wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana and former offspinner Ranjith Madurasingha.Jayasuriya will be taking over charge from Aravinda de Silva, who had signed up for the two-month role before the World Twenty20. However, Mohan de Silva told ESPNCricinfo that the board is yet to fix a term for Jayasuriya-led selection panel and can extend till 2019 World Cup.The SLC vice-president also confirmed that the present Aravinda de Silva panel will select the squad for an upcoming England tour in consultation with Jayasuriya. During Jayasuriya’s tenure from January 2013 to March 2015, Sri Lanka won a World T20 title, Test series in England (both in 2014) and then losing in the  quarterfinal of 2015 World Cup.But Jayasuriya’s tenure as chief selector was riddled with public disagreements, particularly with senior players.Sri Lanka will be having a packed schedule this year. They start with a three-Test tour of England, followed by Australia visiting Sri Lanka on a full tour in July and August. Moreover, at the end of the year, Sri Lanka will be travelling to South Africa.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Australia beat India to seal semifinal berth

first_imgAustralia skipper Meg Lanning led from the front with a brilliant unbeaten half century to guide her side to an eight-wicket win over India and seal their semi-finals spot in the ongoing Women’s World Cup on Wednesday.The Australians have now 10 points in their kitty from six outings and sit on top of the table while India are fourth on the ladder with 8 points from six matches.The Indian eves now face a must-win situation in their final group tie against New Zealand on Saturday, to qualify for the last four stage of the tournament.Along with Australia, hosts England and South Africa have booked their place in the last four.Put in to bat, India rode on a defiant century from opener Punam Raut (106 off 136 balls, 11*4) and skipper Mithali Raj’s 69 (off 114 balls, 4*4, 1*6) to post a below-par 227-run target which the Southern Stars chased down without much hiccups at the County Ground here.Punam and Mithali lifted India with a 157-run second wicket stand after a disastrous start but failed to continue the momentum in the later stages of the innings.All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur (23 off 22 balls, 1*4, 1*6) was the only other batswoman to reach the double-digits as the middle order comprising Veda Krishnamurthy (0), Sushma Verma (6) and Jhulan Goswami (2) failed to provide any substance to the total.The 34-year-old Mithali, during her knock got past former England captain Charlotte Edwards’s record of 5992 runs and also became the first woman to breach the 6000-run mark.In reply, the Australians got off to a brilliant start with the opening duo of Nicole Bolton (36 off 48 balls, 6*4) and Beth Mooney (45 off 68 balls, 5*4) setting the tone with a 62-run stand.advertisementThereafter, Lanning (76 not out off 88 balls, 7*4, 1*6) and Ellyse Perry (60 not out off 67 balls, 8*4) held the innings together with a 124-run unbeaten stand for the third wicket to dent India’s hopes.Perry also took two wickets with her gentle medium pace giving away 37 runs during the Indian innings.Brief Scores: India 226-7 (Punam Raut 106, Mithali Raj 69, Harmanpreet Kaur 23, Ellyse Perry 2/37) lose to Australia 227/2 (Meg Lanning 76 not out, Ellyse Perry 60 not out, Beth Mooney 45) by 8 wickets.last_img read more

On Sports Illustrated’s motive and a lapse in logic

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSII’ve been looking for a more in-depth report on what, exactly, Sports Illustrated is trying to do with this whole story.Maybe I just missed some stuff along the way, or wasn’t paying close enough attention, but I finally came across a really interesting podcast with Jon Wertheim who is Sports Illustrated’s executive editor (and somebody whose writing I really like) here on Sports Business Radio.Here’s what he says about the OSU series:I had wanted to commission a story on what goes on at a big-time college football program. I wanted to look into a program and sort of venture inside the factory and spend some time there and give a comprehensive look at what goes on instead of sort of waiting for the next scandal to fall and then chase that.We wanted to look at a program that had gotten good very quickly and Thayer Evans had some knowledge and experience with Oklahoma State and we poked around there. The more we poked around the more we found players, ex-players, and coaches willing to talk and paint this portrait.We chose Oklahoma State but it really is — and I hope this doesn’t get lost — this is sort of intended to be representative of the landscape.A lot of this is specific to Oklahoma State and Stillwater but it’s sort of “these are the rules of engagement” and that’s not to say that every program is doing this but you’re naive to think this only goes on in Oklahoma.“This is sort of intended to be representative of the landscape.” Well, that’s not what you told me from the outset when you gave me this as the tagline for your series:The rapid ascent of the Oklahoma State University football program into a national powerhouse is examined in a five-part series to run across SI’s platforms.I don’t think you can logically portray both “the landscape” and “why OSU got good” (and we’ve already been over the fallacies you’re representing in the “why OSU got good” part).You can give me one or the other but I don’t think you get to give me both. George Dohrmann even said that it was multiple things, and basically said that this doesn’t go on everywhere. Here’s his quote:When we started digging in you didn’t find one thing. I’ve done a lot of these and you find academic fraud or you find a compensation system or you find a crazy drug program. But with Oklahoma State you were getting all of them.So is it representative of the landscape, or not? Because Wertheim tells me it is and Dohrmann pretty much says it’s not.Wertheim went on to talk about why SI picked Oklahoma State:We had heard murmurs of this program and it seemed the more we probed the more there was smoke there. I thought the AD’s statement the other day was really quite honorable.[1. Holder thanked SI for making OSU look at itself.] He basically said we’re going to look at these allegations and we take them seriously. There does seem to be this sense of “why these guys? why us?” from Oklahoma State but again this was more sort of — this was the sausage factory we chose to investigate but the idea is that this is more a comprehensive look at big-time college football in 2013.I just, I don’t understand.I’ve read every piece SI has put out and nearly every single word that has been written on the Internet about this entire thing and I’m still not clear what Sports Illustrated is trying to do. Are they trying to take down a program? Because if so, that’s looking quite silly at this point. Are they trying to shine a light on college football? Thayer Evans and George Dohrmann don’t seem to think so.It almost seems like the editors and the writers emailed 10 minutes before the whole thing dropped last Tuesday to discuss what they wanted it to be.Finally here’s Wertheim on how this ends:The last part of the series is on the human cost of all this. To me that was what was the most jarring and problematic. If you’re around sports in any way you’re not necessarily surprised to learn that yes for star players sometimes Ds get turned into Bs and sometimes they’re slipped $200 handshakes — I think we all cynically assume that goes on. To me the really jarring part of this whole series was the final part. To hear these kids, a lot of them were probably not in for college academically. For whatever reason, whether injury or they got in trouble or simply weren’t good enough — they were no longer of use to this program. Most of the 60 people we spoke to on the record[1. Hi, Aso.] felt as if they were exploited by the system, a lot of them did not graduate.So you write a 2,000-word piece pointing at OSU and saying “kick more people off the team” and your last piece is going to be about how OSU should have cared more and not gotten rid of the people you originally wanted OSU to kick off the team?Like I said on Friday, the lack of logic is breathtaking.So let’s break this down one last time. I have two issues with the logic Sports Illustrated is presenting overall (we won’t get into the allegations by less-than-reputable folks and no physical evidence to back it up).1. Because I don’t know what the piece is trying to tell me, I’m relying on what Sports Illustrated is telling me the piece is trying to tell me. Because they’re telling me two different things, I remain confused and start to wonder if Sports Illustrated even knows what they’re trying to tell me.2. This:How can SI’s editors, with a straight face, say “this is why #okstate got good” and not mention Boone’s $300 million donation?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 16, 2013John Walters mentioned this on Twitter last night but SI keeps saying “we wanted to know why OSU got good?” And their failure to put a finger cause and effect of this entire thing is just incredible. I mean, look at this chart:Screen shot 2013-09-16 at 8.46.30 AMIf Sports Illustrated is really telling me that OSU got good because Fath’ Carter got a couple hundy in lieu of Boone Pickens’ donation then them printing the entire series makes more sense, because only an idiot would think those things.Now I do want to note this…if Sports Illustrated wants reform in college athletics, good, I do too. If they want to have a conversation about giving kids a chance and trying to reconcile this billion-dollar industry with (what used to be) amateurism, good, I do too.Just stop bombarding me with non-sequitors and strangely sterile claims about a big-boy college football program.You want to talk, I’ll listen. But not like this.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Kyler Murray Seems Excited About The NFL Team He’s Visiting Today

first_imgkyler murray speaks after winning the heisman trophyNEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Kyler Murray of Oklahoma poses for a photo after winning the 2018 Heisman Trophy on December 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray is a polarizing prospect in the NFL Draft. But that hasn’t stopped all of the top quarterback-needy teams from having him over for an interview.Taking to Instagram on Thursday, Murray revealed that he’s meeting with the New York Giants – a prospect that he definitely finds exciting based on his latest post. The Giants hold the No. 6 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft.Murray is probably a longshot to be selected by the Giants. The franchise is notorious for selecting quarterbacks with the prototypical NFL size – something Murray lacks despite his many other talents.Nevertheless, it’s clear that the Giants are leaving no stone unturned as they pursue a would-be successor to quarterback Eli Manning.Kyler Murray posted a picture on Instagram of the front of the Giants’ training facility. pic.twitter.com/rlxfHTUvg8— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2019Multiple outlets believe that Murray will go No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, where he’ll be reunited with one of his biggest fans, Kliff Kingsbury.But outside of the Cardinals, Murray could probably go just about anywhere that has a pressing need at quarterback.The former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback set multiple records for the team last year en route to a Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff in his first year as the team’s starter.last_img read more

The 5 Most Overrated Teams In The 2019 Preseason Coaches Poll

first_img Still, there are some definite red flags here.As we move toward Week 1 at the end of the month, here are the five most overrated teams in this initial coaches pollNo. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio State coach Ryan Day celebrating during a football game.(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)On paper, Ohio State has a ton going for it. Come November, few will balk at the idea of the Buckeyes making yet another run to the Big Ten title game, and potentially the College Football Playoff. The Big Ten would certainly welcome it, given the conference’s recent struggles to get into the playoff picture.The No. 5 ranking is just too high given the questions the off-season presents, even if the answers may be compelling. It is far too easy to assume that Ryan Day will step right in and pick up where Urban Meyer left off. Lincoln Riley may have done just that at Oklahoma, but he has proven to be a rare offensive mind. If Day is Meyer from day one, or better, even, lightning will have struck twice in three years in college football.The Buckeyes also lose a Heisman-caliber quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, who may in fact be underrated in the college football world since he wasn’t quite Kyler Murray, Tua Tagovailoa, or Trevor Lawrence. Haskins put together a statistically historic season in his one year as Buckeye starter. Former No. 2 recruit Justin Fields may very well be a Haskins-level player, but like Day and Meyer, it is hard to just pencil that in. Fields has the pedigree, but he has very little game experience from his brief Georgia tenure.The Buckeyes may wind up being the fifth, or even the first, ranked team in the country. At this juncture, that kind of praise feels premature though.No. 6 LSU Tigers LSU quarterback Joe Burrow warms up before the Fiesta Bowl.(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)It is hard to look past Alabama’s dominance of the SEC West, but LSU took a nice step forward last year. Ed Orgeron has started to finally move the Tigers past the issues of the Les Miles era. Ending UCF’s undefeated streak in last year’s Fiesta Bowl was a solid capper to the 2018 season.Entering 2019, Orgeron has done some very nice things to try and complete this transition. His biggest splash may be bringing on New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady in as passing game coordinator, to try and revamp a passing game that has lacked explosion.He’ll work with second year starter Joe Burrow, who is a.) probably the best LSU quarterback in some time, and b.) part of the problem with that lack of explosion. While Burrow was an effective leader last season after transferring in from Ohio State, he completed a pretty mediocre 57.6-percent of his throws for a decent if unspectacular 7.6 yards per attempt. Burrow is better than what LSU has had, but he’ll need to take a big step forward himself for the Tigers to come anywhere close to breaking into college football’s top tier, even with a defense on the other side that is as stacked as ever.No. 14 Penn State Nittany Lions Penn State's Sean Clifford throws a pass during warm-ups.(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)The end of the first great era of Penn State football under James Franklin may be upon us. If that’s the case, it came in two years.The first saw the departure of Saquon Barkley, one of the most dynamic running backs in program history, who is now dazzling in the NFL. Perhaps more impactfully, Joe Moorhead, who helped change the fortunes of Franklin’s program when he came over from Fordham, left to take over as Mississippi State head coach after the 2017 season.After last season, Penn State lost Trace McSorley, who is one of the best quarterbacks in program history, Barkley’s understudy Miles Sanders who was a very capable starting back, and a slew of others. Five starters departed for the NFL, and the team lost a bunch of depth with 11 players transferring. That includes some that would’ve played pretty big roles in 2019.Franklin is recruiting very well, and has Penn State rolling along. The team will probably be solid this year, with Sean Clifford stepping in at quarterback, and some dynamic running backs continuing that proud PSU tradition.Will PSU be a Big Ten East contender again? That seems doubtful. With Michigan tabbed to make a step forward, and Ohio State as talented as ever, the Nittany Lions seem set for a step back. The back end of the Top 25 may be more appropriate for this group.No. 16 Auburn Tigers A closeup of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Gus Malzahn has bounced between the hottest hot seats and contract extensions for what feels like three decades now. As much of the already brutal SEC West improves around him, this season may finally be the one that does his tenure in.Auburn will always be measured against Alabama, which is quite unfair, but is reality with how heated that rivalry is. LSU has stabilized, even if I’m not sold on LSU stepping into the realm of the elite (see above), Texas A&M seems to be moving forward under Jimbo Fisher, and the two Mississippi schools seem to be on the upswing.Meanwhile, Auburn is spinning its wheels, on paper at least, and will need to rely on a very unproven quarterback. Redshirt freshman Joey Gatewood and true freshman Bo Nix, a former five-star, are both very talented prospects, but are quite unproven.Whomever wins the job will be behind what was a very shaky offensive line last season, which returns three of five starters. The experience with those three may help them take a step forward, but the SEC West is unrelenting up front. The running back corps has talent, but struggled to really get things going behind that line last year.Malzahn has the reputation as an offensive guru and mastermind, but the team racked up less than 400 yards per game last season, in a sport where top offenses regularly top 500 on a weekly basis. The defense is very talented, although there is a big hole at linebacker.The young quarterbacks could help Malzahn save his job for another year if they show a lot, but that is a lot to ask.No. 25 Northwestern Wildcats Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald reacting during a game.(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)In a preseason that has thrown hype all over Nebraska, with stalwarts Wisconsin and Iowa (who are both Top 25 squads as well) also receiving attention, it is hard to not see Northwestern’s inclusion as a nod to the 2018 season.The Wildcats emerged out of nowhere to capture the Big Ten West last fall. It was an impressive season, considering improving depth in that division. Statistically, it also looks a bit fluky.Over the last few years, Northwestern has been one of the least explosive offenses in the entire country. Four-year starting quarterback Clayton Thorson, perhaps the team’s biggest departure, was a steadying influence, but didn’t provide the big plays that usually help teams win Power Five divisions. His replacement may have a higher ceiling, as former five-star Hunter Johnson gains eligibility after sitting out following a transfer from Clemson. Still, he is unproven.The advanced numbers really don’t like Northwestern as a Top 25 team. ESPN’s Football Power Index has the Wildcats at No. 52. Bill Connelly, formerly of SB Nation and now ESPN, has the S&P+ model based on a number of key metrics. That ranks Northwestern 57th.Obviously none of that matters if the Wildcats thrive, but it will be hard to repeat last year’s success if Johnson doesn’t make a difference in Northwestern’s big play ability, especially as basically every other team in the division, led by Nebraska, continues to improve. 2018 was a big year for Fitzgerald’s club, but it can’t just bet on repeating that success with the same model. Two Ohio State football helmetsNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)For those who are eagerly counting down the days until college football is truly back, today was a big step forward. The 2019 preseason coaches poll is officially here.The very top of this first Top 25 probably doesn’t surprise too much. Clemson, for the first time in program history, will open the year at No. 1, in this one poll at least.They’re followed by quickly developing rival Alabama, the Tigers’ three-time national title game foe. SEC East power Georgia comes in at No. 3, followed by Big 12 power Oklahoma.It is hard to argue much there, but as we work down the preseason coaches poll, there are some programs that seem to be a bit higher than you might expect.A number of schools seem to be riding on reputation, or their success from 2018. To be fair, coaches have plenty to concentrate on before they deal with ranking other teams, so not everyone may be aware of the particular comings and goings from all of these rosters.last_img read more

Tennis star Denis Shapovalov chosen as Canadian Press male athlete of the

first_imgNo athlete in Canada held the spotlight in 2017 quite like Denis Shapovalov.The 18-year-old’s remarkable run up the ATP rankings, leaving behind upset wins over Grand Slam tournament champions, has earned the Richmond Hill, Ont., tennis player the Lionel Conacher Award as the Canadian Press male athlete of the year.Shapovalov collected 20 of 64 votes (31 per cent) in a poll of broadcasters and sports editors from across the country. He edged Sidney Crosby, who led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a second straight Stanley Cup, by a single vote. Slugger Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds was third with 11 votes (17 per cent).“To be honest, I’m a little overwhelmed to get this award, this huge honour,” Shapovalov said in a phone interview from his training base in Florida. “There are so many Canadian athletes that deserve it, so it’s honestly motivating me to keep going and work harder. I’m very happy.”It is the third time in five years the award has gone to a tennis player. Milos Raonic, still Canada’s top-ranked player at 24th despite an injury-shortened season, took it in 2013 and 2014.Shapovalov is hot on Raonic’s heels. He started the year ranked 250th in the world and reached as high as 49th after big performances at the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the U.S. Open in New York. He ended the season ranked 51st.The Canadian is being touted as a rising star with potential to crack the top 10 or even top five in the world.But what moved voters was Shapovalov’s style and sense of timing as much as his skill. The left-hander with shaggy blond hair and a one-handed backhand had the country in thrall as he seized his wild-card entry into the Rogers Cup in August and went on a spectacular run.In the second round, he posted a two-set victory over Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, and followed that by coming from a set down to defeat 15-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal. He had another comeback win in a quarter-final over Adrian Mannarino to become the youngest player to reach the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament before falling to another teenage prodigy, Alexander Zverev.“It was definitely, absolutely crazy,” Shapovalov said. “I was so proud to be playing at home, having the whole country watching my back.“It was honestly a dream week. It’s something I’ve dreamt of my whole life. Hopefully in the years to come I can actually lift the Rogers Cup trophy. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. So many emotions that week. Everything kind of had to fall into place. I had to play big, which I was able to do, so it was definitely a life-changing week. A week I’m never going to forget and hopefully I can keep building off that feeling and just keep moving forward.”Voter Wayne Moore of Castanet News in Kelowna, B.C., wrote that Shapovalov “grabbed the imagination of tennis and non-tennis fans with his flair and talent.”“Shapovalov came out of absolute obscurity to rock the tennis world,” wrote David Hughes, executive producer of CTV National News in Toronto. “He also helped re-energize men’s tennis in Canada with his streak to stardom.”Shapovalov stayed hot at the U.S. Open three weeks later as he got through the qualifying tournament and made it to the fourth round, beating 12th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before losing his seventh match of the fortnight to Pablo Carreno Busta.But the turning point of the season actually came before all that. Shapovalov pointed to the Aegon Championships on the grass courts of the Queen’s Club in London just before Wimbledon in June.“It was one of my first ATP tournaments and I saved match points in the qualifying, got through qualifying, beat Kyle Edmund in the first round and pushed Tomas Berdych, who is an unbelievable player, to three sets, to the limit,” he said. “That really gave me the confidence that I can compete with the best in the world.“After that, it was a matter of having that opportunity to play on the big stage again. And sure enough, the next chance I had at Rogers Cup I was able to play great tennis.”Shapovalov also made headlines for the wrong reasons in the decisive match of a Davis Cup tie against Britain in February when he was ejected after angrily smashing a ball away and inadvertently striking umpire Arnaud Gabas in an eye. Shapovalov apologized, called it a learning experience, and was fined.He made up for that by winning both of his singles matches against India in Edmonton in September to help keep Canada in the World Group for 2018.Those who have tracked Shapovalov aren’t surprised to see his success. He took the U.S. Open doubles title with Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal in 2015 and won the junior singles at Wimbledon in 2016. He was winning Futures and Challenger-level tournaments before joining the big boys.Now he’s in position to get direct entry into most ATP tournaments and hopes to continue his climb. The goal for 2018 is to crack the top 25.“It’s a very difficult goal,” he said. “You have to have an extremely good year to reach that number, but I think it’s possible if I can play well and if things fall into place like they did this year.”Sprinter Andre De Grasse was last year’s winner of the Conacher Award, which has been handed out since 1932, and is named for the all-rounder voted Canada’s athlete of the half-century in 1950. The illustrious list of past winners also includes basketball star Steve Nash, who won it three times, Crosby (three), and hockey icon Wayne Gretzky (seven).The Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for the Canadian Press female athlete of the year will be announced Wednesday, followed by the team of the year on Thursday.last_img read more

Vancouver Aquarium makes deal to stay in citys Stanley Park for 35

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium will remain in the city’s Stanley Park for another 35 years under a new agreement it has reached with the parks board.Lasse Gustavsson, CEO of aquarium operator Ocean Wise, says the agreement provides the foundation for its five-year strategic plan with a focus on conservation and public education.The aquarium has been in the park since 1956.It has been locked in a legal battle over the board’s ban on whales and dolphins at the facility, but Ocean Wise says in a statement that it has dropped the legal action.It says the lease agreement confirms a commitment it made last year to no longer display cetaceans.The organization says it will also continue to invest in research programs, which have contributed to global knowledge of marine wildlife.“Ocean Wise aspires to become a global ocean conservation organization and wants to inspire people in every corner of the planet to participate in creating healthy oceans, but for most people the ocean is ‘out of sight, out of mind,’ ” says Gustavsson.“There are many threats to the ocean, but the greatest threat is that many believe someone else is going to save it. Ocean Wise has an important role to bring the ocean to the people and the people to the ocean, and the Vancouver Aquarium is one of the best tools we have to do that.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Quebec to hire Indigenous police officers in Val dOr as a pilot

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsSupport for the Indigenous women in Val d’Or continues to grow.Last week, Crown prosecutors said no officers in the Quebec town will face charges after women came forward alleging sexual abuse.The province just announced a new pilot project that will see Indigenous officers stationed in Val d’Or.That hasn’t quieted calls for an inquiry.last_img

SecretaryGeneral calls on all sides in Nepal to resume dialogue and halt

In a statement issued by his spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan said the arrests were made ahead of a demonstration planned for the capital, and that the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal had raised the matter with the Government. UN human rights officers had also visited 97 of the more than 120 persons detained.“The Secretary-General once again appeals to all sides for calm, the suspension of fighting and the urgent initiation of an inclusive national dialogue,” the statement said, noting that Mr. Annan’s repeated calls for dialogue between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) had been rejected.Last month, the Secretary-General urged a truce between the Government of King Gyanendra and the Maoists days before a ceasefire declared by the Maoist rebels in September expired on 2 January. In a statement released by his spokesman on 30 December, the Secretary-General voiced deep regret that no progress appeared to have been made towards a mutually agreed truce between the parties.Shortly after the four-month unilateral ceasefire expired, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour urged all sides to avoid a renewal of the gross abuses that have characterized a conflict that started in 1996.Such abuses include extrajudicial executions, forced disappearances and abductions, attacks on public transport buses, indiscriminate bombing of civilian areas, widespread torture and other crimes. Children have been killed and injured, forcibly recruited, used as informers, and arbitrarily detained and beaten, the High Commissioner’s office said. read more

Ohio State volleyball winning streak snapped at No14 Purdue

Senior Taylor Sherwin (8) backsets to sophomore Taylor Sandbothe (10) in the match against Northwestern on Saturday Oct.11 at St. Johns Arena. OSU won 3-1.Credit: Abby Hofrichter / For The LanternAfter defeating Indiana (12-8, 3-5) Friday to extend its win streak to five games, the No. 22 Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-6, 5-3) lost to No. 14 Purdue (17-3, 7-1) Saturday.After being down 0-2, the Buckeyes took the next two sets against the Boilermakers before losing in a fifth set (19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 9-15).Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger led the team in kills with 18, followed by junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell with 12. Senior setter Taylor Sherwin had 38 assists and three services aces and sophomore setter Maggie Heim added 13 assists. Sophomore libero Valeria León had 10 digs.Redshirt-freshman setter Ashley Evans, a native of Liberty Township, Ohio, had nine kills, six digs and an assist for the Boilermakers.Against the Hoosiers, the Buckeyes got a clean sweep (27-25, 25-17, 25-20).Three Buckeyes had double-digit kills against the Hoosiers. Leading the way for all players was Campbell with 20 kills, followed by junior outside hitter Katie Mitchell with 13 and Sekinger with 11. Sherwin led all players with 45 assists. León had 11 digs and had the team’s only service ace.After the short road trip, the Buckeyes are set to return to St. John Arena this week to face Michigan State (12-7, 5-3) on Friday and Michigan (10-8, 5-3) on Saturday. Their match against the Spartans is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and the matchup with the Wolverines is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. read more

OSU wrestling team strives for another strong finish to season

After starting the season 11-1, the No. 3 ranked Ohio State wrestling team is looking to avoid a midseason slump and finish the season strong.  The Buckeyes were in a similar position the past two years and ended each season by finishing second in the nation. Coach Tom Ryan believes this team is capable of a similar finish.“Finishing second the past two years has resulted in a very positive environment,” said Ryan, the reigning National Coach of the Year. “There is a strong sense of pride among the team members.”The addition of talented freshmen along with the return of some key upperclassmen has the team’s outlook looking bright, senior captain Reece Humphrey said.“We’ve improved at every single weight class [since last year],” said Humphrey, who is the No. 1 ranked wrestler at 141 pounds. “Younger guys have filled into their potential, that’s what it’ll take to win nationals.”Despite its young guns, the team’s heart and soul is its senior class, more specifically Humphrey, the national runner-up at 133 pounds last season. The two other senior captains, Mike Pucillo and Lance Palmer, are both three-time All-Americans.“Reece Humphrey has been wrestling well up at 141 [pounds] … Lance Palmer has been wrestling very well also,” Ryan said. “There are not too many surprises in the sport; the people that work hard consistently do well. It boils down to the right habits, those with great habits do well.”Ryan has gotten in the habit of watching his seniors have remarkable success, which he claims comes as no accident.“Our senior class is leading us,” Ryan said. “This is a team with five seniors who have worked very hard to bring the program to the level it is currently at.”Ryan believes the other team members feed off the triumphs of his accomplished seniors.“Success breeds success,” Ryan said. “Wrestling is a sport that requires a tremendous amount of energy and a strong mentality. It is very helpful when athletes at a very high level are training alongside each other; it gives them a great frame of reference to where they stand in the sport.”Humphrey believes the Buckeyes may finally have what it takes to bring home a national title after coming up short two years in a row.“We have the individuals to win the title,” Humphrey said. “If a couple of the younger guys turn it up at nationals, we’ll have a good shot.Ryan thinks the team’s achievements over the past few seasons have landed them a vast amount of faith in themselves.“This is a team that believes they can win an NCAA team title,” Ryan said. “The previous two runner-up finishes have strengthened this team’s confidence.” read more

BNSF offers reward for information about tampering

first_imgBNSF Railway is offering a reward for information in connection to the suspected tampering of railroad tracks that delayed nine trains in Southwest Washington on Monday.The railroad is offering an up to $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for tampering with tracks between Vancouver and Chehalis on Monday, spokesman Gus Melonas said.Anyone with information should call the crime tip hotline at 1-800-832-5452, he said.Informants aren’t required to give their name to get the reward.Officials discovered the tampering just before 11 a.m. Monday near the Longview junction, Melonas said. BNSF personnel later found tampering at several spots on the tracks between Felida and Chehalis prompting the organization to shut down traffic for a few hours.“Heightened inspections through the corridor continued through the night and into the day,” Melonas said. “Hundreds of local BNSF employees are on the lookout for any suspicious activity.”Operations in the 60-mile corridor returned to normal on Tuesday, Melonas said.last_img read more

No benchmark for quality education

first_imgBangladesh’s education lacks any yardstick to measure its standard. Prothom Alo File PhotoBangladesh’s education – from rudimentary to university levels – lacks any yardstick to measure its standard, confirms a UNESCO report.The state of quality, stakeholders say, is reflected in students’ poor employability and lag in global testing and below-par ranking of Bangladeshi educational institutions.The country’s current system of primary school completion examination is “not competence-based”, concludes UNESCO’s “Global Education Monitoring Report 2017/18”.“Weaknesses in the examination’s administration mean that it cannot serve to benchmark the achievement of standards,” according to the report.It reveals officially invisible corruption committed by officers assigned to monitor grassroots education, which is also impaired by politically handpicked managing committees.Experts have no disagreement on another observation of the UNESCO report that ‘private tutoring’ and ‘high-stakes tests’ are undermining learning and depriving the poor of the fruits of education.Terming Bangladesh’s higher education structure complex, the Paris-based educational, scientific and cultural arm of the UN has observed that there has been “no recognised quality assurance body”.“We’ve been trapped in universal substandard education while pursuing expansion of literacy,” explains Hossain Zillur Rahman, a former education adviser to the caretaker government.In the current context, he thinks, the key to quality is the issue of governance which is “rather driving the poor quality education”.“A national debate on quality of education is missing.”Asked how quality can be understood, Zillur Rahman, a researcher by profession, cites the examples of capturing high-paid jobs in Dhaka by foreigners, Bangladeshi students’ struggle in overseas tests and poor ranking of Bangladeshi institutions in global lists.The report has highlighted the mismatch in education delivered at the lower echelon as primary completion rate is 80 per cent while upper secondary completion rate is 19 per cent.Private tutoring is increasing worldwide, but, the UNESCO shows Bangladesh among a few countries where at least half of surveyed high school students used private tutoring.“Lack of capacity to monitor centres in Bangladesh, for example, has undermined government attempts to cap tutoring fees,” the UNESCO comments.“If the teachers deliver properly in the classroom, private tutoring is not required for learning. It’s been a bad culture of making money,” regrets professor Abdul Mannan, chairman of University Grants Commission. He emphasises stringent government action to stop it.The UNESCO report cautions that private tutoring can increase students’ academic burden and stress.It sheds light on high-stakes test, saying, “Schools may initiate practices that maximise test score improvement rapidly but undermine overall quality and learning.”“We’ve seen grade inflation in recent times as a consequence of such unhealthy competition. Again, the students who are the products of such cheap grading could not show their competence in commensurate with their score,” Hossain Zillur Rahman elucidates.Professor Mannan adds, “Unfortunately in our system, if a student fails to appear in an exam or performs not well in an enrolment test, s/he loses a year or sometimes everything.” He, however, feels that certain flexibility in the form of retake or make-up exam may remedy the situation.The UNESCO report, which has focussed on accountability in education worldwide, has identified Bangladesh’s policy vagueness in establishing teachers’ accountability. “…many policies refer to the increasing role of parents and communities in teacher accountability, but few provide details on what this means in practice.”The report has mentioned that politically driven selection led to uneducated or uninterested people being appointed to committees responsible for running institutions.It takes more than five years to get preliminary audit observations relating to primary education and 10 years for secondary education whereas government agencies are supposed to respond within 45 days, the report points out.It refers as well to an expenditure survey which finds that about 40 per cent of district and upazila (sub-district) primary education officers admitted to making ‘speed payments’ to accounts officers to be repaid for certain types of expenditure. “These illicit payments were not visible in expenditure records or identifiable in institution audits.”The UNESCO report reads, Bangladesh, with an expanding tertiary education system, struggles to establish a quality assurance mechanism.“There has been no recognised quality assurance body due to delay in passing a bill establishing an accreditation council.”However, professor Mannan informs Prothom Alo that an accreditation council would be formed soon as parliament has already passed the relevant law. “Such council, we hope, will at least be able to measure quality.”last_img read more

Is Andrew Luck under the most pressure in the NFL this season

first_img$140 Million over 6 Years… Biggest Contract in NFL History… Congrats to #12!!!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 29, 2016 Andrew Luck can finally afford his hospital bills from playing behind the Colts offensive line. Earlier this afternoon Colts Owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the Colts had agreed to a 6 – year extension with franchise quarterback Andrew Luck worth $140 million. The contract makes him the highest paid player in NFL history.Andrew has signed through 2021— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 29, 2016 Adam Schefter reported the guaranteed base compensation is around $63 million.Andrew Luck’s base salaries during each year of his contract: pic.twitter.com/IJPEdS1I5N— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 29, 2016Today on Speak for Yourself, Colin and Whitlock debated whether Luck is under the most pressure in the NFL after signing his massive deal. Luck missed 7 games last year after suffering a lacerated kidney, and struggled when he was on the field. With his new contract in hand, the fans and media will expect results regardless of what the Colts put around him.Colin sees Luck as an undervalued stock who’s unfairly taken heat for playing hurt while being surrounded by an awful roster, courtesy of GM Ryan Grigson.“The best player they’ve given him is T.Y. Hilton though the draft. That’s the best  player they’ve given him.” Colin added, “Last year, he plays with a lacerated kidney, I could not host this show with a lacerated kidney.  So we look at last year and go, ‘I’m not sure I buy Andrew Luck.’ Okay, then you sell the stock to me. I’ll buy all of it. This guy has been underwhelmed by the people around him. He’s carrying the franchise,” Whitlock thinks Luck shouldn’t get a break for not having weapons around him when Cam Newton made a Super Bowl while missing his top receiver.“Here’s how Andrew Luck is going to be judged. There’s a guy over in Carolina, who’s about the same age as him. Who lost Kelvin Benjamin, their top wide receiver. Carried his team to 15 victories in the regular season, all the way to the Super Bowl, got the MVP of the league. Whether fair or not, he’s going to be compared to that guy.”Even if Luck is under the most pressure in the league this year, it’s not like the former #1 pick, who was drafted to replace Peyton Manning, isn’t used to it. Advertisement “This guy has been underwhelmed by people around him. He’s carrying the franchise!” –@ColinCowherd on Andrew Luckhttps://t.co/5e83bckRmh— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) June 29, 2016last_img read more

Need an Ohms Law Party Trick Take a Light Bulbs Temperature

first_imgRhett AllainAnd next is the disclaimer. Trust me, this disclaimer always comes next but maybe you missed it. Here it is: This expression only works for certain elements that we call “ohmic.” Other materials that don’t follow this are called “non-ohmic.”OK, maybe this disclaimer isn’t really true. Perhaps it would be better to say that some materials have a mostly constant resistance and other materials have a nonconstant resistance. For a non-ohmic material, the calculated resistance at low current is different from the resistance at high current.How about an example of a non-ohmic element? The filament in an incandescent bulb does not have a constant resistance. If you take a bulb and increase the voltage across it, the current increases too. An increase in current means the bulb gets hot—hot enough to glow. As the temperature increases, however, the resistance also increases.Now for the fun part. Let’s measure current and voltage to determine the temperature of a light bulb. Yes, this will be fun. Here’s how it will work. I’m going to take one of these old-style tubular lights (incandescent) and connect it to a variable DC power supply (instead of plugging it into the wall). Yes, incandescents will run just fine on DC current instead of AC current. I will measure the voltage and current and then slowly increase the voltage. Eventually the filament will start to glow—like this:Rhett AllainHere is a plot of the voltage and current from 0 volts to just under 30 volts (as high as my power supply went). Notice that this is NOT a linear function:[embedded content]Fitting a linear function to just the low current values of the data, I get a “cold” resistance of 161.5 Ω. When the bulb is glowing, the resistance (the slope of the curve) is around 490 Ω. For materials (like this filament made of tungsten), the resistance is proportional to the temperature according to this model.Rhett AllainThis says that the resistance (R) can be calculated if you know the resistance (R0) at some other temperature (T0) along with the resistance temperature coefficient (α). For this bulb, I can assume that the resistance at room temperature is 161 Ω with room temperature at 294 K (about 70 F). Also, the coefficient for tungsten is 4.5 x 10-3 K-1.Now I can just work backward. If I know the resistance of the hot bulb is 490 Ω, I can solve for the corresponding temperature.Rhett AllainPutting in my value for the resistance at the glowing (but not super bright) point, I get a temperature of 748 K (887 F). Yes, that’s hot but not full brightness hot. If you want the bulb all the way “on,” the filament would be at a temperature of about 3000 K. Instead of getting this bulb to a higher voltage, it might be simpler to use a flashlight bulb and repeat the experiment. I think I will leave that to you as a homework assignment. In every semester of introductory physics, an instructor (or a textbook) introduces the idea of Ohm’s law. Ohm’s law is a relationship between the voltage across an element, the current going through the element, and the resistance of the thing. You can write it as the following equation.Rhett AllainBut what do these three quantities really mean? A full explanation would take a whole semester, so let me instead give a brief summary. The ΔV is the change in voltage (also sometimes just called voltage). It’s essentially the change in energy per unit charge for some charged object to move across a region. The unsurprising unit for voltage is the volt. You can measure the voltage with a voltmeter by placing one lead on each side of the element you want to measure.The electric current (I) is a measure of the movement of electric charges in the element. It is literally the amount of charge (in coulombs) that moves past a point per second. The standard current unit is the ampere (amp), which is equal to 1 coulomb per second. You can measure the current through a device by connecting an ammeter in a way that the same current passes through the ammeter and the element.Finally, the resistance is really just a proportionality constant between the voltage and the current measured in units of ohms (often using the symbol Ω). For a plain copper wire, the resistance is usually extremely low—so low that you could just say it’s zero ohms (but it isn’t). If you break a wire so that there is an air gap, the resistance is super high—approximately infinity.Normal resistors come in a wide range of resistance values. This is what they look like: More Great WIRED StoriesMost Android antivirus apps are garbageFreitag’s latest bags have a funky new ingredientHow investigators pull data off a crashed jet’s black boxesDNA crime-solving is still new, but may have gone too farGoat-birthing, tomato-brining homesteaders of YouTube👀 Looking for the latest gadgets? Check out our latest buying guides and best deals all year round📩 Want more? Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest storieslast_img read more

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first_imgNovember 13, 2008 – Hologic Inc. received CE Mark approval for the Celero vacuum-assisted, spring loaded core biopsy device, the first U.S. FDA-cleared vacuum-assisted core biopsy device for the breast ultrasound market. The company has also received CE Mark approval for the CeleroMark and CeleroMark-2S biopsy site identifiers, as well as the Celero Intro-12 introducer, clearing the way for sales in the European Union (EU) and all countries recognizing the CE Mark. As ultrasound-guided large-core needle biopsy has become a reliable and acceptable alternative to surgical biopsy for the classification of breast lesions, the company hopes the Celero device can help increase the number of women who can avoid surgery and opt for a minimally invasive biopsy procedure to diagnose breast lesions Hologic is further registering the Celero device in markets in Latin and South America, the Middle East and Asia. The Celero device was approved by the FDA in April 2007.With the option of firing inside or outside the breast, the Celero device is designed to access hard-to-reach lesions in the axilla, near the chest wall, near implants or behind the nipple. The lightweight design of the handheld Celero device and its highly echogenic needle provides smooth penetration to lesions while reducing deflection and offers a visible aperture location for target verification under ultrasound imaging prior to tissue acquisition. The Celero device is designed to securely hold the tissue sample in place while acquiring large cores. Research shows that with the Celero device, only two to three samples are needed for a diagnosis In addition, the Celero device requires only two to three insertions to gain the same results, as opposed to more needle insertions for other spring loaded core biopsies. For more information: www.hologic.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | November 13, 2008 Hologic Gets CE Mark for Biopsy Device for Breast Ultrasound Market last_img read more

1 of all TravelBrands sales on Wed Aug 16 will benefit SickKids

first_img Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Tags: TravelBrands MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands says it will donate 1% of all Aug. 16 sales to the SickKids Foundation.“Our goal is to bring the travel community together for a great cause,” says Frank DeMarinis, President & CEO, TravelBrands. “Whether you are a client or a supplier, we are encouraging everyone to support the advancement of child healthcare.”This one-day event complements other charitable initiatives TravelBrands participates in to raise money and awareness for SickKids, adds DeMarinis, including an annual 5km employee walk, participation in the MississaugaDragon Boat Race Festival and the annual TravelBrands Charity Golf Classic.To date, TravelBrands has raised approximately $447,000 for the SickKids Foundation.All net proceeds will be contributed to the SickKids’ Labatt Family Heart Centre. These funds support its goal of being the leading pediatric and congenital heart disease centre in the world.Clients, suppliers and partners are encouraged to make their bookings through TravelBrands on Aug. 16 to contribute towards a fantastic cause. To plan your booking visit http://www.travelbrands.com. For more information about the SickKids’ Labatt Family Heart Centre see sickkids.ca/Labatt-Family-Heart-Centre. << Previous PostNext Post >> 1% of all TravelBrands sales on Wed. Aug. 16 will benefit SickKids Foundationlast_img read more