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Gardai investigating spate of burglaries in Inishowen

first_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ Previous articleDungloe Community Housing project to proceed to construction stageNext articleMan who raped Donegal woman has sentence upheld News Highland Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – May 14, 2019 center_img Gardai in Donegal are exploring possible links to burglaries carried out yesterday in the Inishowen area and reports from PSNI of a number of elderly people being targeted in a spate of similar incidents across the Strabane and Castlederg areas yesterday afternoon.Between 2pm yesterday afternoon and 6:30pm, two properties were targeted in the Muff and Fahan areas with a sum of money and jewellery taken.Meanwhile, Knowehead Presbyterian Church was also broken into with no reports of anything being taken.Gardai believe all three break ins to be linked and are interested in the movements of a black 1 series BMW.Garda Sean Sweeney is appealing to anyone who may have any information relating to the burglaries to contact Gardai in Buncrana:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/gardaslot1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Gardai investigating spate of burglaries in Inishowen Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Brooks Koepka upbeat after unsuccessful three-peat bid at PGA Championship

first_imgBrooks Koepka turned his attention to the two remaining majors in 2020 as the American star remained upbeat following his unsuccessful attempt to win a third consecutive PGA Championship.Koepka struggled on the final day of the tournament in San Francisco, where Collin Morikawa broke through for his maiden major title thanks to a thrilling two-shot triumph Sunday. Final scores:1. @Collin_Morikawa, -132. @Paul_Casey, -112. @DJohnsonPGA. -114. @Matthew_Wolff5, -104. @JDayGolf, -104. @B_DeChambeau, -104. @TonyFinauGolf, -104. Scottie Scheffler, -109. @JustinRose99. -910. @XSchauffele, -810. @Joel_Dahmen, -810. @Cameron__Champ, -8 pic.twitter.com/JOVWCdlKlu— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 10, 2020Asked about Morikawa as the 23-year-old closed in on his victory ahead of Casey and Dustin Johnson, Koepka said: “He’s a hell of a player. He’s really good. You see these guys coming out of college now, they are ready to win, and (he is a) prime example.”I think of that group, him, Matt Wolff, Viktor Hovland, it’s impressive what they do. They come out of college and they’re ready to play out here. Hats off to him.”For this week, it’s impressive. This golf course, you really have to golf your ball and make some putts. He was obviously the best at that, and that’s impressive. You know, to win a major this young in your career, he’s got a lot of upside.” MORE: How Morikawa won a majorEyeing a third straight PGA crown and fifth major victory, Koepka started the day two strokes off the pace, but a final-round 74 saw his hopes dashed at TPC Harding Park.Koepka finished tied for 29th at 3 under through 72 holes, 10 shots behind fellow American Morikawa.”To be honest, the bogey on (Hole 2) was not good,” Koepka, said as he reflected on his round. “But to make the turn at 4 over was disappointing, to say the least. You knew you had to be under par, at least one, to have a good chance on the back side.MORE: How much money does the PGA winner make?”It’s my first bad round in a while in a major. You know, I was just there to cheer (playing partner) Paul [Casey] on. That was it. Just try to help him get it in the house and see how well he could finish, because I had put myself out of it already.”Hey, wasn’t meant to be. Three in a row, you’re not really supposed to do two in a row looking at history, but that’s all right. Got two more the rest of the season (U.S. Open, Masters), and we’ll figure it out from there.”last_img read more

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Big Boys only in the Big Easy

first_imgFRESHMAN PHENOM—Kentucky’s Anthony Davis works against Baylor defenders during the first half of an NCAA tournament South Regional finals college game March 25, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) The players are as good as it gets when it comes to big men: Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. They’re all first-team All-Americans, and Louisville’s Gorgui Dieng isn’t bad, either.The teams, traditionally strong: Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State. Every one of them has won a national title, been to at 10 or more Final Fours—all at least once in the past seven years—and have coaches who have won titles or coached in the title game.Did we mention Louisville and Kentucky are playing each other?Yeah, this is going to big.THE STARSYou know college basketball, you know these guys. We’re going to tell you about them anyway.Robinson, Kansas. Big, strong, athletic, a double-double waiting to happen. Hard to believe this unanimous All-American wasn’t much more than a bit player last season.Davis, Kentucky. The 6-foot-10 forward has had as much an impact as any of coach John Calipari’s recent run of freshmen phenoms. Athletic and with a pterodactyl-like wingspan, he scores, he swats, he disrupts.Sullinger, Ohio State. The AP’s first repeat All-American in three years, Sullinger is the prototype of today’s big man: Big and physical, yet with good touch away from the basket and agile enough to get to the rim. Didn’t play when Kansas beat the Buckeyes on Dec. 10 because of a sore back.Peyton Siva, Louisville. The Cardinals point guard can take over games with his scoring, but it’s his ability to get everyone involved that makes him so dangerous. Quick enough to get around a lightning bolt, he’ll keep probing the defense until he finds the best shot for himself or a teammate.THE SIDEKICKSNot the stars, but not far behind.Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas. Ty is the guy when it comes to running Kansas’ offense.Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State. Sullinger gets all the attention, but Thomas has been the Buckeyes’ leading scorer in the postseason, averaging 21.8 points per game.Kyle Kuric, Louisville. The Cardinals’ leading scorer barely needs to touch the ball to get a shot off.Terrence Jones, Kentucky. The Wildcats have an NBA team in the making, so it was hard to pick just one player. We went with Jones, the super sophomore with the multidimensional skills who creates so many matchup problems.THE COACHESRick Pitino, Louisville. The first coach to take three different schools to the Final Four, he’s put together one of the best coach-’em-up jobs of his career this season, leading a team that had some big stumbles during the season into his sixth trip to the Final Four.Calipari, Kentucky. Became the second coach to take three teams to the Final Four when he got the Wildcats to Houston last season. Only thing missing for this master recruiter is a title.Thad Matta, Ohio State. Has the Buckeyes in the Final Four for the second time in six years after reaching the title game with Greg Oden in 2007. Kicking the team out of practice after a rough stretch in February, which prompted a team meeting, helped kick-start OSU’s run to New Orleans.Bill Self, Kansas. Solidified his reputation by winning 2008 national title with Jayhawks, led a team that was supposed to be rebuilding to the Final Four this season.NUMBERS2.5—Ohio State’s line over Kansas.8.5—Kentucky’s line over Louisville.13—Combined national championships by this year’s Final Four teams: Kentucky (7), Kansas (3) Louisville (2) Ohio State (1).52—Years since Ohio State’s lone national title.77.9—Points per game by Kentucky, most of the Final Four teams.SUBTLETIESThe natural inclination during a basketball game is to follow the ball. Whoever puts it through the hoop most wins the game, so that makes sense.Beyond that simple action, there are countless subtle things that lead to the ball going in or, in the case of the defense, not going in.Here’s a few to watch during this weekend’s games:Dieng’s anticipation. It’s one thing to see Louisville’s Senegalese shot blocker swoop in at the last minute and swat a shot away, but watch before the shot goes up, the way he sets himself up and figures out when to jump. And that coil—he’s like a cobra waiting to strike.Sullinger’s footwork. Satch Sullinger, Jared’s father and high school coach, had the Ohio State forward working on his footwork from an early age and now he’s like Chris Brown dancing around the basket. Pay particular attention to the way he uses his pivot foot to face up to the basket.Taylor’s first step. The Kansas point guard can blow past pretty much anyone in the game. That quick first step is what does it; watch how quickly he gets it even or past the defender’s leg to shoot by him.Aaron Craft’s off-the-ball defense. The Ohio State point guard has tap-dancer-quick feet and is like a second jersey while following an opposing guard around. He doesn’t want his man to get the ball, he’s probably not going to get it.ODDSHere’s your odds to win the title, from Glantz-Culver, even though no really bets on these things (Yeah, right):Kentucky, 6-5.Ohio State, 2-1.Kansas, 5-2.Louisville, 6-1.DID YOU KNOW?Kansas forward Justin Wesley’s two older brothers, Keith and Kevin Langford, both played in the NBA. Freshman guard Christian Garrett is the cousin of former NFL player Mike Garrett and New York Yankees great Chris Chambliss.For the inroads mid-majors have made in recent years, the national champion will come from one of the six power conferences for the 22nd straight year. UNLV in 1990 was the last smaller-conference school to break through.Louisville’s Chris Smith is the younger brother of J.R. Smith of the NBA’s New York Knicks and Mark Jackson Jr. is the son of former NBA guard and current television analyst Mark Jackson.Calipari played point guard at Clarion State from 1981-82, leading the team in assists and free throw percentage.The Superdome is expected to hold more than 74,000 fans after the lower bowl was reconfigured. Attendance was 54,524 when it last held the NCAA title game in 2003.Ohio State guard Shannon Scott’s father is former Boston Celtics great Charlie Scott.Marquis Teague’s brother, Jeff, plays for the NBA’s (Atlanta Hawks) and his Kentucky teammate Terrence Jones is the cousin of former NBA player Damon Stoudamire.Ohio State has finished as the national runner-up four times: 1944, 1945, 1946, 1968That should be enough to get you going. And, enjoy—it’s hard to imagine a Final Four much bigger than this one. by John MarshallIt’s going to be big boys only in the Big Easy.After a couple years of mid-majors breaking into the party and little guys leading their teams to titles, the Final Four will feature power players from power conferences.last_img read more

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Bits Of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 1

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market bernard lunn Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#web “Bits of destruction” is a phrase Fred Wilson uses to describe the destructive part of “creative destruction” brought on by digitization. We hear a lot about the destruction wrought on the newspaper business. A more interesting and nuanced wave is now hitting the book publishing business. Actually, it is three waves: the digitization of back catalogs, e-books, and print on demand. However this plays out, a lot of people will be affected, but the way in which it will play out is not at all obvious. This is too big a subject for one post, so read this as an introduction to a multi-post investigation.Somewhere Between Author and Reader Is Multi-Billion Dollar MarketData on market size is hard to come by. Albert N. Greco, in his book “The Book Publishing Industry” (the relevant extract of which is available, ironically, on Google Books), pegs the number at $65 billion in 1993. The value is probably higher by now. In any case, it is big.An author writes a book, and you read it. A lot of money is exchanged between those two actions. Consider the steps an author has had to go through in the past to make a living from writing books:Find an agent, who takes a cut and finds a…Publisher, who arranges everything and takes a very big cut and delivers the manuscript to the…Printer, who takes a cut and delivers the product to the…Distributor, who takes a cut and delivers the books to the…Retailers, who sell one to you.Courtesy of iReaderReview, we have created a very simplistic view of how the pie is currently divided:Author: 10% (This in fact ranges between 8% and 15%, depending on the author’s clout — e.g. Stephen King does better than most. If the author has an agent, the agent’s cut comes out of this. It is indeed tough for new authors.)Publisher: 30% (This ranges between 25% and 32%, again depending on the author’s clout — e.g. their percentage is less with Stephen King because the risk is lower too. Note: this is their net revenue, after deducting author royalties and printer fees.)Printer: 10%Distributor: 10%Retailer: 40%Enter the Dragon: AmazonJeff Bezos, who could go down in history as the most driven and talented entrepreneur of the Internet age, shook up this last stage: retail. About a decade ago, people were talking about how retailers were “getting Amazoned.” But then a couple of things happened:Amazon discovered that pick-and-pack distribution through warehouses was almost as expensive as running stores on Main Street.Because the end product was still a physical object, many people still liked browsing in bookstores.During all of these bruising battles, the publishers did just fine. The long-tail of online media enabled them to sell more of their back catalog.So, we know how e-commerce played out. But then along came three more waves.The Three Big Waves Hitting the IndustryOne massive wave crashing down is confusing enough. But when three crash at the same time, even seeing what’s going on (let alone predicting how things will play out) becomes really difficult. These three big new waves are:The digitization of print books by Google Book Search.Increasing consumer acceptance of e-books, mostly because of the Kindle.Print on demand.Wave #1: Google Book Search Archive DigitizationThe first wave, Google Book Search, has kicked up a storm of controversy, with some waving lawsuits in the air. Google threw down the gauntlet in classic Google style, threatening every player in the industry. Its initiative has reached an impressive scale:“On October 28, 2008, Google stated that it had 7 million books searchable through Google Book Search.” (Source: Wikipedia)Google is dealing with three types of books here:Books in the public domain but no longer in print or easily accessible outside of libraries. These are useful for research and can be downloaded as PDFs. Google has scanned these at considerable cost, and the content does not seem to be a good platform for selling ads, and so we would assume this is not a directly commercial venture. Non-profit initiatives in Europe are doing the same sort thing. No one could really argue with this point.Books that are out of print but still copyrighted. These were the subject of legal action taken by the Authors’ Guild and the Association of American Publishers to protect publishers’ revenue from back catalogs and authors’ royalty streams. The case was settled in October 2008.Books that were scanned by 20,000 publishing partners and sent to Google, which restricts how much of any one you can read online. Publishers are using Google in its classic role as a source of traffic. They hope the extracts entice you to buy the books.But this does not bear on the best-sellers and books that you buy at airports. Google is simply performing its normal role of directing online traffic.That is where the second wave, Amazon’s Kindle, comes in.Wave #2: E-BooksWith the Kindle, Jeff Bezos finally gets rid of those warehouses and delivery trucks. He still works through major publishers. As Steve Jobs did with the iPod and iPhone, Bezos is using a device to extract high rent for digital products delivered through the device.Alternatives to the Kindle exist, of course. But alternatives to the iPod and iPhone exist, too, and Bezos is betting that his device will exact similar loyalty in consumers, forcing all of the major players to work with Amazon.So, what does the book publishing revenue pie look like with the Kindle now in the eco-system? Let’s look at this from the point of view of authors. That seems a good starting point. Without authors, there would be no readers and thus no value for intermediaries to extract. Well, it turns out that the Authors’ Guild (yes, the one that sued Google and got a settlement) has a strong opinion on the Kindle, as its President, Roy Blount, explains in an article in the New York Times.Blount probably gets good legal advice. He is going after a weak link in Amazon’s legal defense, as he explains:“Serves readers, pays writers: so far, so good. But there’s another thing about Kindle 2 — its heavily marketed text-to-speech function. Kindle 2 can read books aloud. And Kindle 2 is not paying anyone for audio rights.”But this seems like a side issue. The real questions are:Does the reader get a cheaper product? Well, not yet. But consumers seem to be sending a loud message that e-books should be cheaper.Will authors get more than the 8 to 15% share of the pie that they currently get? That should be possible, because a few big pie-sharers have been eliminated by the Kindle, namely:Unless Amazon is giving a bigger percentage to publishers (which is unlikely, but possible), 60% of the pie is available to be shared between Amazon, publishers, authors, and readers.Printer: 10%Distributor: 10%Retailer: 40%. Here is an author asking all the right questions. And in the comments, another writer addresses the question of royalties on Kindle sales:“One-third of the cover price. If Amazon discounts the book, they still pay you one-third of the cover price you submit.”He goes on to explain that authors are paid monthly, and they do not ask for exclusivity and do not get advance royalties. That all sounds fine. You can check the actual terms and conditions on Amazon’s Digital Text Platform, and the forums contain other advice.But note that one-third of the cover price goes to the publisher. That is not the author’s cut. So, with the Kindle in the mix, the pie appears to be more like this:Author: 8%Publisher: 33%Printer: 0%Distributor: 0%Retailer: 0%Amazon: 59%In other words, publishers and authors get no more than they did before, and Amazon takes everyone else’s cut. This is very good if you own Amazon stock and quite a worry if you are a printer, distributor, or retailer.Wave #3: Print on DemandNot everybody wants to pay $359 for a Kindle, particularly when e-books for it are not significantly cheaper than print versions. Also, most books are not yet available on the Kindle, and many (for example, ones with a lot of high-quality images) are not suitable for the device (at least not the current version).This is where the third wave, print on demand (POD), comes in.While printing single copies of books using traditional technology such as letterpress and offset printing was simply never economical, digital printing technology now makes it possible.POD caters to the new long tail: new books that are not best-sellers. Authors go through one of the POD intermediaries: Lulu and Blurb.In simple terms, the intermediaries allow you, the author, to sell books one at a time. (You could give your book away for free, but you would still have to pay Lulu or Blurb for printing costs.) The model requires no up-front cost from you and no minimum purchase from the reader. Your print-ready content goes to Lulu or Blurb’s printing partners, which print and send the books to readers. The printers are willing to work with these intermediaries because they aggregate demand.You, the reader, see no difference. You order online, pay by credit card or PayPal, and get the book delivered to your home or office.This initially caught on in the self-publishing and vanity publishing industry, where books often had no market beyond the author’s immediate circle of friends, family, and associates. For a good breakdown of the types of publishers in this industry and what to look out for, see this article.A lot of publishers specialize in this area, including Epigraph, Xlibris, I-Universe, AuthorHouse, SelfPublishing.com, and BookSurge. But they typically require a minimum order, albeit a small one. Blurb and Lulu have used the Web to take this idea to its extreme: no up-front costs, and books printed one order at a time.Part 2: Wiping the Muck from Our Crystal BallIn part 2 of this series tomorrow, we will look at how this could play out for the major players:Readers: will we all get more choice at better prices? Almost certainly.Authors: will making a living from writing books be any easier for them? This is important to a lot of people but far from certain.How will the other players (publishers, printers, distributors, and retailers) evolve to meet the challenges of this new world?What new intermediary models will emerge, and which players stand to profit from them?UPDATE:Part 2 of this series is now available. It explores how this could play out in the future, specifically for the major players of book publishing: readers, authors, printers, publishers, retailers, and e-book device vendors. 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Your Loyalty Is Required

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now The deal is good for your prospect. The prospect will receive all the value you promise and more, but at a price that makes it impossible for your company to generate the profit necessary to serve the client and sustain a responsible margin. The deal is great for your prospect, great for you, but bad for your company.Your client has terms and conditions on their paper (read: contract) that shifts the liability so far in your direction that any profit you would stand to make would come at too great a risk. You want the deal, and your dream client wants the deal, but the risk-bearing party does not.The demands your prospective client is going to make on your operations is unlike anything anyone in that role has ever experienced—or anything any other clients has ever expected. It’s not that the service level agreements are going to stretch the operations team, but rather that they’ve been set up to fail with impossible demands that would break the laws of physics. The prospect really wants what they want, and you really want the business, but it will harm people responsible.A great company makes for a great prospect. They are financially strong and stable, and one of the ways they have such amazing cash flow is by stretching the companies that serve them with payment terms that are beyond the pale. Worse still, even though they have the money to pay and pay promptly, they make their suppliers ask for the money over and over before they pay their bills. They need your help, and you want the logo. Your company, however, doesn’t believe it is a bank.You serve your clients, and you need to care about them. They also need to believe that you create enough value to treat you like a partner, not a supplier or vendor. The best relationships are built on mutual respect and trust, something that is difficult to do with people who have a low moral intelligence (MQ).The company you work for is your house. It never makes sense to burn your own house to the ground.last_img read more

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Suresh Raina’s batting has taught me a lot: Moeen Ali

first_imgMoeen Ali has praised the approach of Indian batsmen including Suresh Raina in the ODI seriesEngland’s unlikely bowling hero in the Tests, all-rounder Moeen Ali also made an impact with the bat at Edgbaston while playing his first One-Day International(ODI) of the series and has admitted that he learnt a lot by watching Indian batsmen from the sidelines.”Sitting on the sidelines for the first two games, watching the way Indians bat, watching someone like Suresh Raina in the first game, they were in trouble and he came out and played the way he did. You can learn a lot from the way they approach it, with no fear and just back themselves to play their shots.”If there is a risk, they just take it. Sometimes it doesn’t come off but as a team if we can all do that and execute the plan like I say then we will be fine,” Ali said on the eve of the final ODI match at Headingley on Thursday.England lost the fourth ODI by 9 wickets as India took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Ali though, who struck a 50-ball 67 to help England gain some respect while batting first in Birmingham, still believes that the team has the hunger to win.”There’s still a lot to play for. A lot of the players are still playing for places in Sri Lanka. To win the game for England is important. He’s (Alastair Cook) trying to get us to stick together, work hard and execute the plan,” said Ali.advertisementMoeen Ali’s 50-ball 67 went in vain as England lost the 4th ODI against IndiaAli’s knock, laced with 4 fours and 3 sixes, was England’s first fifty in the ongoing ODI series and the left-handed batsman is just happy to contribute for the team.”I was just going and trying to get a score for the team, play how I play and mot fear anything or anyone, just enjoy batting, put bat to ball, try and be different, go out and accelerate a little bit and thankfully everything came off that day,” he said.”As a batsman you want to take the game to them. There is no point in playing the same way and getting out the same way all the time. I’d rather get caught on the boundary or stumped trying to do something than try and knock it around all the time,” he added.Despite calls for Cook’s ouster as ODI captain getting louder, Ali insists that the left-handed opener has the backing of team members to lead them in the 50-over version.Cook answered back his critics with England’s 3-1 Test series win against India but former players and pundits are back at the captain after the hosts’ disastrous showing in the ODIs.”It has been the same as it was in the Test series. He has been exactly the same in front of the lads. Obviously he has been trying to get everyone playing well and desperate to do well himself as well and I am sure hopefully he can do that we can do it as a team for him,” Ali said while defending his captain.After 3 straight losses post the first washed-out game at Bristol, England will surely be looking for a win before the one-off T20.”We are just desperate to do well,” said Ali ahead of the game. “Every individual wants to turn up and execute their plans. Hopefully if we can do that we will see a different result.”This series loss has come after a string of other ODI defeats against Australia and Sri Lanka recently, and has really asked the question, whether England care about Test cricket only. Ali though thinks otherwise.”Definitely we do. This thought doesn’t even cross our minds. There is obviously a change of personnel in the changing rooms. I would be surprised if anyone doesn’t care about one-day cricket or Twenty20 cricket as much as Test cricket,” Ali signed off.last_img read more

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TTC CEO Andy Byford leaving Toronto to head up New York City

first_imgTORONTO – The chief executive officer of Toronto’s transit agency is leaving his post to take a job as president and CEO of New York City Transit.Andy Byford — who announced his resignation Tuesday, six years after joining the Toronto Transit Commission — will remain on the job until Dec. 22, when deputy CEO Rick Leary is expected to take over as acting CEO.Byford told a news conference his time at the TTC has been the “absolute highlight” of his 28-year transit career to date.He says running New York City Transit is arguably the toughest job in transit right now and he’s looking forward to taking up the challenge beginning in mid-January.Byford says his last task in Toronto will be to open a long-awaited subway extension from north Toronto to Vaughan, Ont.Byford said he is most proud of his work on changing the prevailing culture at the TTC to make the organization more diverse and focus on supporting its employees.“World-class service can only be delivered through a highly motivated, well-informed team that wants to succeed and that feels supported in their mission,” he said. “We have put huge effort into changing the way we manage — focusing our attention on the vast majority of TTC employees that deliver great service day in and day out.”Byford also described an order of new streetcars from Bombardier as an “immensely frustrating” part of his time as CEO.“The fact that we only have 50 new streetcars now when we really should have about 150 of them is both a disappointment and a frustration,” he said. “Until the day I leave, every week now I’m having a weekly conference call with Bombardier to go through unit by unit where is it, when are we getting it.”Toronto Mayor John Tory said Byford is leaving the TTC in much better shape than it was when he became CEO.“Byford has been no less than superb when it comes to taking the tens of millions of additional dollars city council has given the TTC … and investing this new money quickly and wisely in restoring services previously cut and adding new service,” Tory said.Ontario’s transportation minister also wished Byford well.“On behalf of the province of Ontario I want to thank Andy not only for his leadership at the TTC but also for his unwavering and unquestionable dedication to getting the people of Toronto moving,” Steven Del Duca said in a statement.Byford came to the TTC from Australia, where he held the position of CEO for the Rail Corporation New South Wales. He had also previously held several positions with rail operators in the United Kingdom, including the London Underground.last_img read more

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Wagerers crossing the Delaware and Hudson for sports bets

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – In the time it takes for a red light to turn green, Leonard Sciascia can get his sports bets made, turn around and head home.The 39-year-old man from New York City’s Staten Island runs his own business selling advice on which teams to bet on. But when he wants to take his own advice, he needs to leave home and cross the border into New Jersey — the only place near him where sports betting is legal.He drives across the Bayonne Bridge, stops at the first traffic light, logs in to his mobile betting account with playsugarhouse.com, make his bets, turns around and drives back home. The whole process takes 25 minutes, door to door. He considers the $6.50 toll part of the price of doing business.“I’m looking at (betting) lines all day,” Sciascia said. “If I see something I like, I jump in my car and go.”Sports betting is all over the New York area — on the airwaves, billboards, train station ads and publications. But in order to actually place a legal sports bet, gamblers have to be within New Jersey’s borders. It’s the only game in, or rather near, town right now for people in New York and Pennsylvania who want to bet for the Philadelphia Eagles, against the New York Giants, or a thousand other options.So they travel into New Jersey.Some drive across bridges, or through tunnels. Some take a PATH train under the Hudson River from New York City into Jersey City or Hoboken. And some even ride their bicycles just over halfway across the George Washington Bridge, hoping the geolocation technology on their smartphones will realize they’re in New Jersey, however briefly it might be.And it’s all perfectly legal, as long as they are physically in New Jersey. They can bet in person at most Atlantic City casinos, as well as at racetracks in East Rutherford and Oceanport, New Jersey. Or they can bet anywhere in the state on their mobile devices.FanDuel says 9 per cent of its sports book customers live in New York and 4 per cent live in Pennsylvania. DraftKings has a similar breakdown, and says about 10 per cent of its active customers visit New Jersey from other states to place bets.Maurice Shalam travels each Sunday morning from Brooklyn into Manhattan, where he catches a train into New Jersey.“I’ll get off the train and stand right in the station, a few steps from where I got off, take out my phone, do my bets right there, and go back home,” he said. The 30-minute round trip across the river and back, along with the $5.50 fare, is just part of the price of playing, he said.The 23-year-old uses the FanDuel and DraftKings mobile apps, depending on whose odds are better that day.“I’m a big ‘over’ guy,” he said, referring to a bet that the total number of points scored in by both teams in a football game will exceed a certain number. “I bet a lot on the Chiefs and the over this year, and I’m doing pretty well with that.”New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting if they choose. So far, only five do: New Jersey, Nevada, Delaware, West Virginia and Mississippi, but others are considering it, and Pennsylvania is about to join soon.Since New Jersey began taking sports bets in mid-June, over $336 million has been wagered on spots in New Jersey.Laurence Berner lives in Philadelphia but works in a Trenton, New Jersey, rail yard for Amtrak. He places his bets during his morning rest break.Pennsylvania will begin allowing sports bets in a few weeks, but for now, New Jersey is the only option for the 31-year-old Berner, who makes $5 bets on eight-team parlay cards that pay off hundreds of dollars — providing he picks all eight games correctly. Two weeks ago he won $895 on one such bet.“It’ll definitely be easier when it comes to Pennsylvania, but for now, I’m at work in New Jersey, so I can do it there,” he said.For fellow Pennsylvania resident Anthony Tonzelli, sports betting is his job. The 44-year-old professional gambler from Bensalem crosses the Ben Franklin or Burlington-Bristol bridges over the Delaware River into New Jersey five days a week to make sports bets — lots of them. He has made $380,000 worth of sports bets since August, and is down about $3,000 since then.“This is just like going to a job for me,” he said. “Driving over the bridge and paying a toll really doesn’t matter when you’re putting $300 on a game,” said Tonzelli, who estimates he bets $5,000 a week on sports.Sometimes he’ll sit at a bar or restaurant and watch how his picks did; other times he’ll continue east to Atlantic City and play poker there. And when sports betting starts in Pennsylvania, Tonzelli still envisions himself crossing into New Jersey whenever the odds on a particular game are better.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC___This story has been corrected to show the percentage of DraftKings users crossing into New Jersey is 10 per cent, not 20 per cent.last_img read more

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Maintenance work scheduled tonight for Taylor Bridge

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Dawson Road Maintenance North Peace have announced that more maintenance work will be taking place on the Taylor Bridge.Dawson Road Maintenance says maintenance will be taking place tonight, July 31, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.Traffic will be single lane alternating with up to 20-minute delays. DRM is advising drivers to plan this delay in their commute.Check DriveBC for updates, or you can call the after-hours line at 1-888-883-6688.last_img

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Pulwama attack Pakistan says no terror camps exist on 22 locations shared

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it has examined 22 “pin locations” shared by India but found no terror camps and claimed that there are no links to nail 54 people detained in connection with the Pulwama terror attack as it shared the “preliminary findings” with New Delhi. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” it said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Similarly, the 22 pin locations shared by India have been examined. No such camps exist. Pakistan is willing to allow visits, on request, to these locations,” the FO said. It said that in consistent with its commitment to cooperate, Pakistan on Wednesday shared “preliminary findings” of its investigations with India along with a set of questions. “Subsequently, the diplomatic corps in Islamabad was briefed as well,” the FO said. India handed over the dossier to the Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan in New Delhi on February 27 with specific details of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s complicity in the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel on February 14 and the presence of JeM terror camps and its leadership in Pakistan. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The FO said soon after receiving the dossier, Pakistan constituted an investigation team, detained a number of people for investigation and initiated work on the technical aspects of social media content, a main basis of the Indian documents. The Indian dossier contains 91 pages and six parts, out of which only part two and three pertain to the Pulwama attack, it said. “Other parts are generalised allegations. Pakistan is focusing on those parts which relate to Pulwama incident,” it said. The FO claimed that during the course of investigations, all aspects of the information provided by India have been thoroughly examined including the “confessional” video of Adil Dar, “claim” of responsibility for the attack, Whatsapp and Telegram numbers used to share videos and messages in support of the Pulwama attack, list of 90 individuals suspected of belonging to a proscribed organisation and 22 pin locations of alleged training camps. Service Providers have been requested for data including relevant details of activities and contacts of the GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) number provided by India, it said. A request for assistance from Whatsapp has also been made to the US government, it said, adding that the said additional information and documents from India would be essential to continue the process of investigations. “Pakistan remains committed to taking this process to its logical conclusion,” the FO added. Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the suicide bomber of JeM killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. India launched a counter-terror operation against a JeM training camp in Balakot. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured its pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1.last_img read more

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