Falcons owner Arthur Blank: ‘I haven’t lost faith in coach Quinn, GM Dimitroff’

first_img Kareem Hunt being investigated over separate punching incident, report says Three takeaways from the Chargers’ win over the Steelers Yet afterward, Falcons owner Arthur Blank told The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz he hasn’t lost faith in coach Dan Quinn or general manager Thomas Dimitroff.”I haven’t lost any faith in Coach Quinn or Thomas,” Blank said. “They’ll do the evaluations that’s needed.” Related News This season was not supposed to turn out like this. Coming off a 10-6 campaign last year, and just one season removed from a Super Bowl appearance, most observers predicted the Falcons would return to the postseason.Instead, injuries to key players such as running back Devonta Freeman, linebacker Deion Jones, safeties Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal, along with guards Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco, have left the Falcons reeling.center_img When a team owner gives his coach the cliched “vote of confidence,” it’s a sure sign the team is in trouble.The 4-8 Falcons certainly fit that definition. Things looked even more dire Sunday in a 26-16 loss at home to the Ravens. Atlanta has now lost four straight, and averaged a measly 17 points per game in that span. The offense gained only 131 net yards against the Ravens. “We’re sitting here at 4-8,” Blank said. “When there was chatter that we were Super Bowl contenders, and then this … it’s difficult to go through. It’s tough on everybody. We have a lot of injuries. That’s not an excuse, but … it’s reality. They’re fighting the best that they can.”Things don’t get any easier in the final four games for the Falcons, with three of those games on the road, including trips to Green Bay and rival Carolina, which will be fighting for a playoff spot.last_img read more

Fort St. John Co-op Presents the 3rd Community Christmas Concert with Tom Cole and friends

first_img– Advertisement -In the past two years, this event has raised over $10,000 for charity, with all tickets proceeds staying in the community. This year’s recipient of the proceeds is the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society. The line-up of local performers includes feature artist Tom Cole, as well as Benjamin Wheeler, Sandra Fehr, Darion Wray, and Clint Giesbrecht. There will also be a Sing-Along portion of the evening with classic Christmas carols the whole family can sing-along with. Tickets are $10 and available now at www.energetictickets.ca.Advertisement The doors open at 6:00 p.m. with the show starting at 7:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Co-op presents the 3rd annual Community Christmas Concert.center_img Tuesday, December 17th at The Lido Theatre, join Tom Cole and other local artists for a night of your favourite Christmas songs with a country twist. To view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE This event is powered by Fort St. John Co-op, Rips Shoe Re-Nu, Progressive Auctions, The Lido and 100.1 Moose FM.last_img read more

Week two in review

first_imgHalf-a-dozen touchdown passes from the arm of Will Omey and 12 tackles from Justin Hagler guided St. Bernard’s to a road win while a pair of redzone turnovers cost Eureka a chance at win No. 1 on the year during what was week two of the high school football season.Omey, Hagler and the soaring seniorsQuarterback Will Omey tossed six touchdown passes for St. Bernard’s in what was a 39-14 win on the road at Hoopa Valley Friday night.And it was all about the seniors.Omey connected with Lane …last_img

Webinar looks at the changing climate and agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather patterns are changing and presenting unique challenges to the agricultural community, both in Ohio and across the globe. An upcoming webinar will focus on the changing weather patterns, how those shifts have impacted the industry and ways the ag community can adapt.On June 20, 2019 at 11 a.m. EST Webinar host Aaron Wilson will take an hour long look at the changing climate. Wilson is an atmospheric scientist at The Ohio State University and an expert in weather, climatology and climate change. He holds a joint appointment as a research scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, as a climate specialist with OSU Extension and is a contributing member to the State Climate Office of Ohio. His recent work focuses on the local impacts of changing weather patterns, particularly those affecting the ag sector.The session will cover:Challenges a changing climate presents to Ohio’s ag sector.How agriculture can impact our changing climate.Effects of increasing greenhouse gases.Differences between weather and climate.Local and global context for impacts.How temperatures and precipitation have already affected agriculture in Ohio.An opportunity to ask questions.Listeners will get an update on scientific projections for the future, learn ways the ag community can adapt, get deeper understanding of weather and the impacts of our changing climate, and find out about mitigation efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and enrich our soils. To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5760563917587783180.last_img read more

TV Drama Color Grading Workflow in Baselight

first_imgCheck out this powerful Baselight color grading workflow used on an episode of Dr. Who.In this great video tutorial Filmlight colorist Bob Chorley demonstrates the high end abilities that come with grading in Baselight and walks through the details of a broadcast post production workflow. If you want to see what features are available in the latest version of the full Baselight system, Baselight 4:4, check out these tutorials available on the official site, including stereoscopic workflows and the ACES colour space.If you’ve interested in giving it a go yourself you can always check out Baselight For Avid on the FilmLight website. You can download a free trial or purchase it for $999 (but you should know that for the same money you could also get a full copy of DaVinci Resolve).Image from FilmlightBaselight For Avid Colour Grading TutorialsIn the first part of this two part series, Bob Chorley provides a quick overview of getting started with Baselight for Avid and the user interface, shortcuts, as well as how some of the internal features actually work.In part 2 of this overview, Bob demonstrates how to use secondary color correction features in Baselight for Avid to improve the look of your footage.In this last short tutorial you can learn how to get your edit out of Avid and into a full Baselight system.For even more Baselight color grading tutorials and grading breakdowns from professional colorists check out this previous post, right here on PremiumBeat.last_img read more

Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse

first_img“First and foremost, she wants this never to happen to another little girl,” Manly said in an interview.The settlement included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses and Maroney or her parents could be sued for more than $100,000 for violating the agreement. The suit seeks to invalidate those provisions under a California law which prohibits settlements in civil cases that could result in criminal sex offense charges.“It’s despicable and it is wrong,” Manly said of the settlement agreement.Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought treatment. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.Maroney’s lawsuit also names the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where Nassar had worked for decades.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSLOS ANGELES — Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was forced to sign a confidential settlement with the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts to keep allegations that she was sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar a secret, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Maroney, who won a team gold and an individual silver on vault as part of the “Fierce Five” U.S. women’s team at the 2012 Olympics in London, said Nassar’s abuse started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next After suffering sexual abuse and “years of psychological trauma,” Maroney reached a settlement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016, but the terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed in court papers. Her lawsuit seeks to invalidate parts of the settlement, arguing it violated California law and that USA Gymnastics “had a plan to keep the sexual abuse of Nassar quiet.”Maroney, who is now 22 years old, said in a Twitter post in October that the abuse started when she was 13 and attending a U.S. national team training camp in Houston. Nassar told her at the time that she was receiving “medically necessary treatment he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,” she said at the time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHer attorney, John Manly, said she had been abused between 50 and 100 times by Nassar, including at the Olympics and during the world championships.She has described Nassar giving her a sleeping pill while the team traveled to Japan for the 2011 world championships. Maroney says Nassar later visited her in her hotel room after the team arrived in Tokyo, where he molested her yet again. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The court complaint alleges the university had received complaints from two female athletes who accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them in the late 1990s and that the USOC has had “a culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers.”USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next weeklast_img read more

Rockets, Bucks seek to avoid falling into 2-0 holes

first_imgThe Rockets were frustrated by Golden State’s defense, for far different reasons.Houston contended that Golden State was closing out recklessly on 3-point attempts and not giving the Rockets the proper space to land in many cases — a play that the NBA has tried to crack down on over the last couple seasons, especially since then-Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in such a play where then-San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard got hurt in the playoffs two years ago.Harden took 858 free throws during the regular season, 172 more than Antetokounmpo — who was No. 2 in the league in that category — attempted. And Harden got to the line 14 more times against the Warriors on Sunday, but felt he should have been there more.“I just want a fair chance, man,” said Harden, who had a 3-point attempt to tie the game late Sunday — on a play where he wound up falling to the court after a closeout by Warriors forward Draymond Green. “Call the game how it’s supposed to be called and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results.”Losses on Tuesday obviously wouldn’t doom either the Rockets or Bucks, but the task would get significantly tougher going forward. Only 20 teams in NBA history have successfully rallied from a 2-0 series deficit in a best-of-seven matchup. Milwaukee is trying to avoid becoming the 28th team to lose the first two games of a seven-game series at home; of those, only four have recovered and actually won the series.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s going to be tough to surprise anybody with a strategy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s all about execution.”TUESDAY’S GAMESCELTICS AT BUCKSCeltics lead 1-0. Game 2, 8 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: The Celtics are 5-0 so far in the playoffs, and have kept Indiana and Milwaukee under 100 points in four of those five games while seeing their own scoring number increase in every outing so far. Al Horford was fantastic on both ends in Game 1 against the Bucks, and the Celtics had walls of defenders around the rim it seemed on every drive by Antetokounmpo.INJURY WATCH: Celtics reserve big man Aron Baynes was limited to nine minutes in Game 1 with an ankle issue, but he’s hopeful of being out there for Game 2.KEEP AN EYE ON: Milwaukee’s shooting. The Bucks’ starters shot 30 percent — 15 for 50 — in Game 1. For comparison’s sake, Boston guard Kyrie Irving was 12 for 21 by himself.PRESSURE IS ON: No question, the Bucks. A team that rolled to 60 wins and swept through the first round is facing its biggest adverse moment of the season. Title-contending teams shrug off Game 1 losses, and that’s what the Bucks must do Tuesday.ROCKETS AT WARRIORSWarriors lead 1-0. Game 2, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNT Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown dunks over Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half of Game 1 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Celtics won 112-90 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The MVP front-runners are in some trouble.It’s a virtual certainty that either Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo or Houston’s reigning MVP James Harden will win the coveted award this season. And while the voting results there won’t be known until June 24, the only results that truly matter right now to both players are the ones that were determined on Sunday — and the ones that are coming on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NEED TO KNOW: Houston hasn’t lost consecutive games in more than two months, winning each of its last six games following a defeat. And they’ve already won at Oracle Arena twice this season, so the Rockets will be confident — probably even moreso now that they believe non-calls helped the Warriors in Game 1.INJURY WATCH: Golden State guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson played through gimpy ankles in Game 1; they shot a combined 10 for 25, and it was only the second time all season where both played, neither had more than five field goals and the Warriors won anyway.KEEP AN EYE ON: Houston guard Chris Paul. He scored 17 points in Game 1, got ejected late for picking up a second technical — but what might trouble the Rockets is he only took nine shots in 36 minutes. If he’s more aggressive in Game 2 that could help Harden (who took 28 shots) get even cleaner looks.PRESSURE IS ON: The referees. They’ll know that every call will be met with probably more scorn and disbelief than usual after the way the Rockets were angered in Game 1. Landing areas on 3-point tries will be a point of emphasis, for obvious reasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 10 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Antetokounmpo and the Bucks were handed their worst loss of the season, a 22-point defeat by the Boston Celtics that cost the NBA’s No. 1 overall seed the home-court edge in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. And the Rockets were angered by what they felt were a series of calls that didn’t go their way in a 104-100 loss to Golden State on Sunday in Game 1 of a West semifinal series.Both matchups resume with Game 2s on Tuesday: Boston at Milwaukee and Houston at Golden State.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Right now, we’ve got to focus on playing better,” Antetokounmpo said after Milwaukee fell 112-90 in Game 1. “Obviously, it was one of the toughest tasks we’ve had all season long and especially at home. We’ve just got to regroup … and be ready for Tuesday.”The Bucks were frustrated by Boston’s defense; Milwaukee’s 90 points represented its third-lowest total of the season.last_img read more

ABS Gives AIP to Hudongs GTT MARK III Flex LNG Carrier

first_imgzoomImage by WMN Classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) granted approval in principle (AIP) to Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding’s large LNG carrier with MARK III Flex membrane cargo containment system.Specifically, the Chinese shipbuilder received the approval for its 174,000 cbm GTT MARK III Flex design.“ABS is pleased to award Hudong-Zhonhua this AIP for their design to help meet the industry’s diversifying LNG shipping requirements, in this growing segment,” Vassilios Kroustallis, Vice President Europe Regional Business Development, ABS, commented.He added that the classification society continues to review advanced LNG designs.“Working with ABS through the AIP process we have demonstrated our ability to meet our clients’ requirements for more efficient LNG vessel design,” Chi Benbing, Vice President, Hudong-Zhonghua, said.Through this partnership with ABS, Hudong-Zhonghua can now offer its clients designs using both GTT membrane containment systems, MARK III Flex and NO 96 series.This allows the Chinese shipbuilder to use different kinds of cargo containment systems to best meet diversified requirements throughout the LNG carrier’s life.In December last year, Hudong-Zhonghua also received AIP from ABS for its very large ethane carrier (VLEC) concept. The VLEC is equipped with a specialized membrane cargo containment system suited to carry liquid gas cargoes such as ethane and propane.last_img read more

Canadians mostly happy with grocers despite breadprice fixing scheme survey

first_imgTORONTO – A new survey suggests Canadians still have a strong relationship with their grocer — with only about a third of respondents saying their view of their favoured retailer has worsened following revelations of an alleged industry-wide bread price-fixing scandal.The annual online survey by Argyle Public Relationships and Leger Research found 47 per cent of respondents said their views about their grocer didn’t change following allegations that at least seven Canadian grocers and bakery wholesalers co-ordinated the price of bread and related products for more than a decade.Nine per cent said the revelations significantly worsened their view, while 13 per cent said it improved their opinion of their retailer.Survey respondents over 45 years of age, as well as those who shop at Sobeys, Freshco or Loblaws were the most concerned.The annual relationships index found Canadians’ relationship with grocers is stronger than with brands in any other category surveyed since 2016, including banks and airlines.Grocery retailers scored between 68 and 74 out of 100 possible points in a public relations index that averages public ratings of how the brand respondents know best performs on six items, including trust, satisfaction and concern for people.Three Loblaw Companies Ltd. banners — No Frills, Loblaws and the Real Canadian Superstore — received the lowest scores of the 10 grocery retailers included in the survey, despite offering customers a $25 gift card as a goodwill gesture in light of the company’s participation in the alleged price-fixing scheme.Their competitors’ banners, including Sobeys and Metro, outperformed them slightly with scores of 72 and above.More than 1,500 Canadians were surveyed online between January 22 and 25, and February 12 and 15 for this edition of the index.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU)last_img read more

Freedom Mobile is star of Shaws Q4 as cable internet provider transforms

first_imgShaw Communications had a $200-million profit in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, down from the same time last year but in line with estimates given significant changes undertaken by the cable, internet and wireless service provider.The company’s Freedom Mobile wireless division was clearly the star of the quarter, as it added 85,014 subscribers — more than double the additions a year earlier — and increased its fourth-quarter revenue by 45.3 per cent from last year.Meanwhile Shaw’s cable video and internet services underperformed expectations, with total revenue generating units (RGUs) declining by 59,231, compared with a gain of 24,352 a year earlier on the strength of its internet offering.“Wireless had an exceptional year, with all of our key performance metrics moving in the right direction,” chief executive Brad Shaw told analysts Thursday in a conference call.“In 2018, we grew our subscriber base by 255,000 — or 22 per cent — compared with (fiscal) 2017, to end the year at just over 1.4 million customers.”Freedom’s subscriber growth gained momentum after the company began to sell Apple products for the first time in December. It also upgraded its network with faster technology capable of using advanced features of most devices.Shaw’s management team said they expected Freedom to continue growth, both in its established markets as well as additional cities including the B.C. capital Victoria and Alberta’s Lethbridge, and Red Deer.The larger part of Shaw’s business, providing home video products by cable and satellite and landline internet service, eked out a small revenue gain despite difficulties winning and keeping customers.“In our wireline business, we delivered F18 results that are consistent with our strategy — to focus on profitable growth and stabilize results,” Shaw said.“I’m pleased with the significant cost savings that we have achieved during the year. However, I believe we can execute better.”In particular, he said, results from Shaw’s home internet services didn’t capture “significant” opportunities during the second half of fiscal 2018, which spanned March through August.Several analysts focused on the weak wireline results, which coincided with a workforce reduction that resulted in 1,300 employees leaving voluntarily by Aug. 31, and the gradual switch to a new generation of video-internet service.Shaw president Jay Mehr acknowledged that the company’s chief wireline rival, Telus Corp. had been effective in winning customers with back-to-school promotions in August.“It’s clear in a competitive marketplace when you win a cycle and when you don’t win a cycle. And they absolutely won a cycle, so no excuses from our end,” Mehr said.Among other things, Mehr said that — in hindsight — Shaw underspent on internet promotions in the month of August.“If I had that to do over, I probably would have spent a couple million dollars more on marketing in August.”He also acknowledged that the voluntary departures, which were made available to all Shaw non-union employees, had affected results when some leaders left. But those who remained were energized and effective, Mehr said.“We’ve got a real nice business here that’s a lot simpler than it used to be. And we’re very proud of how the team is executing.”But Mehr said he doesn’t think there will be a big bounce-back in wireline RGUs going forward, because of a shift in Shaw’s focus towards containing costs and growing margins.“It’s part of how we’ve re-engineered the whole company in the (past) six months,” Mehr said. “I think you’ll see us grow revenue by small amounts on a steady basis, with decent improvement in gross margin and a significant improvement in overall consumer profitability.”Shaw’s net income for the three months ended Aug. 31 was $200 million, or 39 cents per diluted share, down from a net income of $481 million or 96 cents per share for the same quarter last year.Analysts had estimated $199 million of net income, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue for the quarter ending Aug. 31 was $1.34 billion, also in line with estimates and up from the $1.24 billion in last year’s fourth quarter.Wireless division revenue, which comes from Freedom Mobile operations in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, was $250 million — up from $172 million the comparable period last year.Revenue from Shaw’s wireline operations, which include residential cable television and internet services in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba, increased by 1.3 per cent to $1.09 billion.Business wireline revenue was up 6.6 per cent at $145 million but consumer wireline revenue was flat at $942 million as rate changes and higher internet revenue were offset by declines in video and phone subscribers.The company says it will leave its monthly dividends through to at least January 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:SJR.B, TSX:T)last_img read more