Democrat hopeful talks pipeline protest in North Dakota

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe pipeline stand off in North Dakota is starting to become a more prominent national issue in the United States.For month, members of of the Standing Sioux Tribe, along with thousands of supporters, have been on the site of a construction site where a pipeline is supposed to be built.Recently the protests turned violent when security forces who had dogs and mace turned on a number of people at the site.A court ruling on whether to halt construction of the pipeline is expected Sept. 9.APTN’s Dennis Ward talked with Chase Iron Eyes who was raised on the Standin Rock Sioux reservation and is now running as a Democrat for the U.S. Congress.last_img read more

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Encana CEO says Canadian oilfield would produce more if regulated in the

first_imgSuttles made the comments during a panel discussion at a PwC-sponsored energy forum in downtown Calgary that examined what Canada’s energy sector can do to compete more effectively.PwC national energy leader Reynold Tetzlaff says it’s vital that the country get pipelines built to take products to market, starting with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that could be approved by the federal government next month.He says Canadian politicians also need to co-operate to establish a credible national energy policy.Suttles said the “complexity and uncertainty in the regulatory process is orders of magnitude higher” in Canada, where Encana produces about one-third of its oil and gas, compared with the U.S.“The Montney now is the biggest area of growth in Canada, it’s where we’re focusing our attention, and if it sat in the United States it would probably be producing two, three, four times what it is producing today,” he said. CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of Encana Corp. says Western Canada’s Montney oil and gas region would be two to four times more productive if it was in the United States with its more efficient regulatory systems.Doug Suttles says the enormous hydrocarbon-bearing formation that underlies the Alberta-B.C. border can compete with premier Texas shale oilfields but it’s being held back by a “cumbersome” regulatory system, along with the inability of smaller Canadian producers to access development capital.He says Encana has built some of the most energy-efficient facilities in the region with its partner to process the gas it produces, but it’s “ridiculous” that the years it takes to get permits is longer than the time required to actually build the plants.last_img read more

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Fords second quarter net profit up 6 per cent to 13 billion

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. beat Wall Street’s expectations in the second quarter as it chalked up a record profit in North America and made money in Europe for the first time in three years.But things will get leaner in the second half as Ford closes one of its U.S. pickup truck plants to prepare for the launch of its new aluminum-sided F-150. Marketing expenses for new products, like the truck and the Ford Edge in the U.S. and the Mondeo and Focus sedans in Europe, will also take a bite out of earnings.Ford, which earned $3.9 billion before taxes in the first half of this year, confirmed it expects full-year earnings of $7 billion to $8 billion. That’s down from $8.6 billion in 2013.“It’s really a set-up year for a step up in the business in 2015 and beyond,”Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told media Thursday morning at Ford’s Dearborn headquarters.For the April-June period, Ford’s net income rose 6 per cent to $1.3 billion. The profit, of 32 cents per share, was up from 30 cents per share in the same period a year ago.Excluding separation costs in Europe and a $329 million impairment charge for its money-losing joint venture in Russia, Ford earned 40 cents per share. That beat analysts’ forecast of 36 cents, according to FactSet.Ford’s revenue fell 1 per cent to $37.4 billion, but topped analysts’ expectation of $36.2 billion.Ford shares crossed $18 for the first time since early 2011 in morning trading, and were up 20 cents to $17.98 at midday.Mark Fields, a company veteran who became Ford’s CEO on July 1, told analysts and media on a conference call that he intends to continue the strategy he helped develop with former CEO Alan Mulally. That means focusing on profitable growth, working closely between regions and speeding up vehicle development time.“My message to our team internally, and now externally, is one of continuity but also acceleration of the plan,” Fields said.The results were less rosy at Ford’s crosstown rival, General Motors Co., which posted a net profit of $190 million after absorbing $1.5 billion in recall-related costs. GM’s shares fell nearly 4 per cent to $35.96 in midday trading.Ford’s worldwide sales fell 1 per cent to nearly 1.7 million. Sales were down in every region except Asia Pacific, where they jumped 21 per cent thanks to strong demand for new vehicles like the Kuga SUV in China. Ford made up for that by limiting production and commanding higher prices.Ford reported its highest-ever pretax profit of $2.4 billion in North America. The company’s U.S. sales fell, but Shanks said that was offset by lower costs for materials such as steel and increases in sales of parts and accessories.Ford plans to close its Dearborn truck plant for eight weeks beginning in August. The new F-150, with aluminum sides that shave 700 pounds off the truck’s weight, is scheduled to go on sale in the fourth quarter.In Europe, Ford made $14 million, its first quarterly profit since 2011. Ford expects Europe to be profitable for the full year in 2015.In Asia, Ford’s profit jumped 22 per cent to $159 million. Ford said its market share in the Asia Pacific region hit a record 3.7 per cent.Ford lost $295 million in South America, where its sales were down 23 per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford’s second quarter net profit up 6 per cent to $1.3 billion as Europe makes money again by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 4:40 am MDT read more

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No 12 Ohio State mens basketball rolls to 9755 win over North

Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) drives toward the basket during a game against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 17 at Nationwide Arena. Russell led the Buckeyes in scoring with 21 points in OSU’s 97-55 win. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorA change of scenery didn’t seem to affect the No. 12 Ohio State men’s basketball team as it rolled to yet another blowout victory, extending its record to 9-1 on the season.Playing a home game down the road at Nationwide Arena in downtown Columbus, the Buckeyes jumped out to a 17-2 lead and didn’t look back as they defeated the North Carolina A&T Aggies, 97-55, Wednesday night.The early run by OSU was started by sophomore forward Marc Loving, who buried a  three-pointer to open the scoring. Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell also contributed to the fast start, as he added seven points in the first 3:20 of the game.Loving finished the night with 15 points on 4-5 shooting. Russell led the Buckeyes with 21 points on 7-14 shooting.Loving said after the game that playing at Nationwide Arena gave the game a slightly different atmosphere.“It had a Big Ten Tournament feel to it,” Loving said. “Coming into the game, being in a different facility than the Schott, it was something that we are not used to.”The Aggies (1-11) tried to make a late run at the end of the first half, as a pair of three-pointers by junior guard Arturs Bremers cut the OSU lead to 39-26 at halftime.OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that the mini-run by the Aggies was due to missed opportunities.“I think that we went through a couple lulls where shots weren’t falling,” Matta said. “We just weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be on the defensive end.”OSU senior guard Shannon Scott, who recorded a career high seven steals, to go along with eight points and 12 assists said after the game that Matta got on his team at halftime.“We were up only 13 points I think at halftime and we felt like we should have been up by a lot more,” Scott said. “We took pride in playing more defense and getting more shots up.”The Buckeyes would pull away early after the break, as OSU outscored the Aggies 28-10 in the first eight minutes of the second half.Redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams scored all 15 of his points in the second half, as he shot 6-11 from the field.With nine minutes left to play in the game, all 10 Buckeyes that had taken the floor had scored at least two points.The Buckeyes turned the Aggies over a total of 26 times throughout the course of the game, which led to 40 points.Aggie coach Cy Alexander said after the game that by the time his team settled in to the game, it was too late.“We were a little intimidated early on and got down,” Alexander said. “I thought we competed really hard all game, especially in the first half. Give Ohio State a lot of credit, they took advantage of our turnovers.”Despite the blowout win, the Aggies hung with OSU on the boards as each team recorded 32 rebounds.OSU also converted on its first 17 free throws of the game and finished 20-22 from the charity stripe, with the first miss coming from freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate.The free throw shooting is something Matta said he thought the Buckeyes could take advantage of coming into the game.“We felt like we were going to get to the line tonight, (and I) was very pleased with how guys knocked them down,” he said.The Aggies were led by junior forward Bruce Beckford, who scored 15 of the Aggies first 20 points and finished with a game-high 26 points on 11-20 shootingAlthough OSU won in convincing fashion, Matta was not pleased with the way Beckford dominated the Buckeye defense.“No. 32 (Beckford) had just an incredible night. I told our guys at one of the timeouts, ‘we are making this guy look like a first round draft pick,’” Matta said.The Buckeyes now turn their attention to a showdown with the No. 24 North Carolina Tar Heels in Chicago on Saturday afternoon. The matchup will be just the second ranked opponent that OSU will have faced thus far this season.Matta said after the game that he had already started looking at film on the Tar Heels.“Obviously, (they are) a tremendous basketball team. Their size is something that (North) Carolina has always had. A lot like Louisville, they are going to try and pound the ball inside on us.”The Buckeyes are set to return to the court Saturday in Chicago against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the CBS Sports Classic. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST. read more

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Buckeyes almost where they need to be

Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer (6) runs the ball into the end zone after a reception during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorMistakes were made, records were broken, and it was cold.In the middle of all that, Ohio State (9-1, 6-0) found a way to pick up a second-consecutive road win against a team ranked in the College Football Playoff top 25.The Buckeyes — ranked No. 8 in that poll — overcame a pair of fumbles lost and an interception to leave Minneapolis — where the temperature was just 15 degrees at kickoff — with a 31-24 win against No. 25 Minnesota (7-3, 4-2) Saturday afternoon. But if OSU wants to keep rising in the poll going forward, things can’t go the way they did at TCF Bank Stadium — at least that’s how Tom Herman felt after the game.“Obviously we’re not going to be able to go where we want to go turning the ball over like that,” OSU’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach said.All season long, coach Urban Meyer has stressed that the place the Buckeyes want to be is in a position to “compete for championships in November.”Now more than halfway through the 11th month, Meyer and his team are just a win — or a Michigan State loss — away from locking up a spot in the Dec. 6 Big Ten Championship game. The Buckeyes’ next shot to book that trip to Indianapolis is set to come next Saturday against Indiana at home.That means OSU is close, but sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott agreed with Herman that the Buckeyes are a few mishaps away from being where they want to be.“We’re almost where we need to be,” Elliott said after he rushed for 91 yards against the Golden Gophers. “We keep making these little dumb mistakes but without those mistakes, the game last weekend and the game this weekend would’ve been a different outcome.”While OSU beat then-No. 8 Michigan State, 49-37, a week before topping Minnesota, both games saw the Buckeyes turn the ball over multiple times, leading to points for their opponent. In fact, all three Minnesota touchdowns came on the ensuing drives after each OSU turnover.Herman said turnovers come with the game, but added he was glad to see how the Buckeyes responded to the mistakes.“You can’t take those turnovers away,” he said. “They are what they are and that’s what made the game close. But I was proud of our guys to continue to battle back and continue to make plays.”Perhaps nobody felt the weight of the turnovers more than redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, as he had two fumbles in the game. One of those fumbles came on what would have been a likely touchdown for OSU, followed by an 80-yard touchdown drive from the Golden Gophers for a 14-point swing.Senior wide receiver Evan Spencer — who had a chance to recover that Marshall fumble in the end zone before the ball popped free — said the numbers on the scoreboard didn’t show how well the Buckeyes actually played.“We cut out those turnovers, it’s a completely different ball game,” Spencer said after the game. “But I feel as a team we had a really good team win, and that was a really great team that we just played.”Praise for Minnesota and the idea of a strong group effort were common themes among the OSU coaches and players after the game, and Meyer summarized it in his opening statement.“Great team win. Not great execution, but great team win,” he said. “Bottom line is 11 a.m. game against a very good team that we have a lot of respect for.”Herman mentioned the Golden Gopher’s standing in the national picture, and again praised OSU’s ability to overcome mistakes as a team.“This was a top-25 team with a top-20 defense on the road with very unfavorable conditions,” he said. “And we turned the ball over I don’t know how many times, and we still found a way to win.”Part of the reason OSU did pull out a victory was the play of redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett. He had some of his own mistakes — including an interception — but set three new school records.His 86-yard touchdown scamper was the longest run ever by an OSU quarterback, while his 189 rushing yards was also the top single-game output by a Buckeye signal caller in program history. And to top it off, Barrett’s second-half touchdown toss to redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas was his 37th total touchdown this season, moving him one ahead of the record set by then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller last year. He added a 38th touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 22-yard pass to senior wide receiver Evan Spencer.Barrett’s three touchdown passes in the game also moved him within one of Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith’s school record of 30 in a season set in 2006.The signal caller’s big day helped OSU to 489 yards of total offense, while the Buckeyes’ defense held Minnesota to 303 total yards.OSU’s defensive performance only faltered after the three turnovers. While two of those turnovers were undoubtedly on Marshall alone, Meyer said the Buckeyes won’t leave him out of game plans going forward.“We’re gonna come right back to him,” he said. “That’s what good teams do, they pick each other up.“He’s a good player, we’ve gotta get that fixed.”Aside from the turnovers from Marshall and Barrett and a shaky first-half performance from the run defense, redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee stressed that the Buckeyes still came away with the No. 1 thing that matters.“You’re never really satisfied, and that wasn’t really the best performance defensively and offensively in the first half,” Lee said after the game. “But we came together as a team in the second half and just regrouped and calmed down and did our job, and we finished the game.”Kickoff between OSU and Indiana is set for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Prescribe daily aspirin to prevent colorectal cancers doctors told

Once diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, patients are intensively screened using colonoscopy and polypectomy to look for pre-cancerous cells.Since 2017, everyone diagnosed with colorectal cancer should be tested for LS.A positive result means they can be monitored more closely for other cancers – such as ovarian or endometrial in the case of women – and it allows close relatives to be invited for testing.The child of a parent with a Lynch Syndrome mutation has a 50 per cent chances of inheriting it.As well as having a far great chance of developing colorectal cancer, people carrying Lynch Syndrome disease are more likely to develop the disease in their 30s or 40s.Although scientists cannot know for sure how aspirin protects against some cancers, they believe it may effectively “delete” stem cells most likely to progress rapidly to cancer.The drug’s anti-inflammatory properties may also play a role, although the authors of the study relied on by Nice believe it cannot fully explain the positive effect. “While there are risks associated with long-term aspirin use, the committee agreed that the benefits are likely to outweigh any potential harms.”It is important that clinicians and patients discuss the potential harms and benefits of long-term aspirin use so that an informed decision can be made.” Earlier this year medics called for bowel cancer screening to be introduced at the age of 45 after a sharp rise in younger people being diagnosed with the disease.A study published in the Lancet found that rates of the disease are rising by 1.8 per cent a year in the under-50s in the UK, while dropping by 1.3 per cent annually in older groups.The NHS is currently piloting checks from the age of 55 in some areas, while in others, screening is not offered until the age of 60.Officials in England have previously said they intend to lower the screening age to 50, which is the situation in Scotland.Also included in the new Nice guidance is a recommendation for patients with the most severe form of colon cancer to be given chemotherapy before surgery, following new evidence that doing so improved survival. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Taking aspirin slashes the risk of cancer for hundreds of thousands of people with an inherited genetic condition, health chiefs have said.Carriers of Lynch Syndrome, which affects roughly one in 300 people, would gain significant protection against bowel, rectal and colon cancers from the daily pill, according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).Roughly four in five who carry the genes develop one of these forms of the disease – known collectively as colorectal cancer.However, trials have indicated that daily aspirin can cut the risk by up to 60 per cent.It is the first time Nice, which determines what drugs and treatments must be offered on the NHS, has recommended aspirin as a preventative treatment for cancer.The blood-thinning drug is not without side-effects, however, including an increased risk of dangerous bleeds.Although colorectal cancer is the fourth most common form of the disease, it is the second biggest killer, accounting for an average of 44 deaths every day.Dr Paul Chrisp, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said: “The independent committee looked at evidence from a multi-country randomised controlled trial, which showed taking daily aspirin for more than two years reduces the risk of colorectal cancer in people with Lynch Syndrome. read more

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A sunlit picture of hell War poet Siegfried Sassoons WWI diaries published

first_imgOne of Sassoon’s entries, depicting an officer’s inner fears and confusion.JOURNALS KEPT BY British WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon have been published online for the first time by Cambridge University.The collection includes 23 journals written by the poet between 1915-27 and 1931-32 as well as two notebooks from 1916-18 carried drafts of his war poems. The poems include previously unpublished material from Sassoon, such as a version of The Dug-Out with an additional verse he later left out.Material included in the collection are Sassoon’s entries for when he was shot by a sniper and his recollections of the first day of the Somme, which he described as a “sunlit picture of hell”. Of the barrage of shells and machine guns, he writes: “The air vibrates with the incessant din – the whole earth shakes + rocks + throbs – It is one continuous roar”.The journals were small enough for Sassoon (1886-1967) to carry in his army tunic, according to the university.Some of the digitised notebooks bearing the thoughts, sketches and rough drafts by Sassoon carry physical evidence of being written in the trenches, such as candle wax or mud along the edges.Cambridge University Library said that, until now, the journal contents were mostly unseen by researcher and the public because of their poor physical condition, and only Sassoon’s official biographer had unrestricted access to the archive. August 1914: Members of the British Expeditionary Force photographed en route to Mons. Sassoon would later enter their ranks. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesCambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis described the collection as being of “towering importance, not just to historians, but to any one seeking to understand the horror, bravery and futility of the First World War as experienced by those on the front lines and in the trenches.”The war diaries Sassoon kept on the Western Front and in Palestine are of the greatest importance, both nationally and internationally, and we are honoured to be able to make them available to everyone, anywhere in the world, on the 100th anniversary of the First World War.Extract: Imperial ideas and imperial dreams – the cost of vanity during the Great War >This gif shows the spead of WWI into a global conflict >last_img read more

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Greek liquidity under ECB scrutiny

first_imgThe issue of cash flow in Greece will be among those to be discussed during Wednesday’s scheduled board meeting of the European Central Bank, with Greek central banker Yannis Stournaras informing his peers of liquidity conditions in this country.Bank officials have informed Kathimerini that the situation has deteriorated due to political uncertainty but added that the outflow of deposits is manageable for now. They noted that the 2.5-billion-euro decline in deposits in December may be significant, but is not causing any problems thanks to the existing liquidity.They explained that the drop in deposits last month is not natural and is a result of concern among account holders, households and enterprises regarding the election result and the possibility of a clash with the eurozone. Because of this a number of corporations are shifting funds abroad for safety reasons, while many households are withdrawing larger amounts of cash to be prepared for any event.There is additional pressure on liquidity from treasury bill issues: New T-bills will start being issued today and the state expects to draw a total of 2 billion euros. Local banks appear very reluctant to purchase the new paper, but don’t really have any choice. This new issue is being made to repay older issues that are maturing.Credit sector officials say that the state has so far issued T-bills totaling 15 billion euros, mostly bought by domestic lenders. According to Greece’s bailout agreement, out of the 15 billion euros in T-bills, the banks can only use up to 3.5 billion between them as collateral. That means the state has deprived the private sector of resources amounting to some 11 billion euros.Liquidity depends entirely on the ECB, which is why bank officials are stressing how important it is for the country to fulfill its obligations that secure its funding through the Eurosystem. As ECB sources have repeatedly underlined, as long as the country is in the bailout program, there is no question about the funding of banks. However if the rules are violated or any unilateral moves are made against the general European policy, the situation could very quickly become complicated.Source: kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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La réglisse un risque pour le coeur

first_imgLa réglisse : un risque pour le coeur ? Les autorités sanitaires américaines ont récemment alerté les consommateurs sur les méfaits potentiels de la réglisse : après l’âge de 40 ans, cette plante aromatique parfumant les bonbons entraînerait parfois des problèmes cardiaques et artériels.Originaire d’Europe et d’Asie, et utilisée tant par la médecine traditionnelle chinoise que par la médecine moderne pour traiter brûlures et ulcères d’estomac, bronchites, maux de gorge voire hépatites, la réglisse est une plante aromatique surtout connue dans les pays occidentaux comme agent de saveur pour les bonbons et autres friandises.À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Mais la Food and Drug Administration (FDA) américaine conseille aux plus de 40 ans d’en limiter leur consommation. En effet, les scientifiques ont découvert que l’acide glycyrrhizique, le principe actif qui lui donne son goût, avait la propriété de faire chuter le taux de potassium de l’organisme, entraînant potentiellement somnolence, tension artérielle, arythmies et insuffisances cardiaques. “Le fait de consommer 60 grammes de réglisse par jour pendant deux semaines peut envoyer certains gourmands à l’hôpital, explique ainsi la FDA cité par Futura Sciences. Astuce : méfiez-vous particulièrement des bonbons à la réglisse de couleur noire, qui sont les plus concentrés et surtout en cas d’arythmie, arrêtez immédiatement d’en manger. D’une manière générale, la FDA recommande aux consommateurs de tous âges de ne pas en abuser, car la réglisse peut également interagir avec certains médicaments, même homéopathiques.Le 9 novembre 2011 à 20:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Mass Effect Andromedas Facial Animations Were Reportedly Outsourced

first_imgStay on target Mass Effect Andromeda is one fun game. However, anyone that frequents social media knows that its human characters have questionable looking faces and facial animations. There were several theories bouncing around the internet to explain why this was the case. Now, a new report may have revealed why models and animations are so funky looking.Liam Robertson, known as the “Game History Guy” on YouTube, released a video where he explains what went wrong with Mass Effect Andromeda. According to his sources at Bioware, there was an over-reliance on Cyberscan technology. This technology is used to take digital 3D scans of physical objects. It’s a great tool for artists, but it is only meant to act as a starting point.“Cyberscans can provide a helpful alternative to having an artist manually sculpt the basis of a model themselves,” said Robertson’s source. While the technology is impressive, it isn’t advanced enough to create high-quality assets on its own. An artist still needs to come in and make refinements so that subjects look as good as possible. This is especially true for human faces, which can look off if not properly worked on.According to multiple sources, Robertson spoke with, much of the artistic work on human subjects was outsourced. Bioware’s internal team focused most of its attention on hard surface objects like environments and ships, as well as select aliens and robots. After the scans for human subjects had been taken, they were shipped to studios like EA Bucharest in Romania. This studio supposedly took on a great deal of the models and animation work on human characters, according to one insider.Bioware wasn’t unaware of what was happening on the model and facial animation front. Apparently, some members “actively went out of their way to offer their services to do additional work on the human character assets, and were turned away.” The decision by EA to have external studios handle the brunt of these animations could have been a cost-cutting measure. One insider suggests that management simply didn’t see the need to have the in-house team oversee and fix faces and animations.All of this is based on unofficial reports. If true, however, it would explain why human characters don’t look as impressive as they did in previous Mass Effect games. Hopefully, we’ll eventually hear official word about what went wrong with this situation. Bioware is promising to implement fixes via patches in the future. Hopefully, this will help humans look as good as everything else in the game. The Most Shocking, Surprising, and Awesome Gaming Moments of 2017Bioware Officially Cancels All Single Player DLC for Mass Effect Andromeda last_img read more

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3 candidates bring diverse agendas to 14th Legislative District race

first_img14th District candidates for state representativeGina McCabeAge: 51.Residence: Goldendale.Party: Republican.Past elections to public office: None.Occupation: CEO and general manager of Goldendale’s Quality Inn & Suites, owner of several businesses, high school dance and cheerleading coach.Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington, associate’s degree from Clark College, studied law for two years at Concord University.Top endorsements: Former congressman Sid Morrison, Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, Lloyd Watson, a co-founder of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.Amount of campaign money raised so far: More than $45,000.Paul GeorgeAge: 84.Residence: Yakima.Party: Democrat.Past elections to public office: Yakima city councilor, 2001 to 2003, mayor of Yakima, 2004 and 2005.Occupation: Retired, Washington horse racing commissioner.Education: Two years at the University of Portland, bachelor’s degree in English from St. Martin’s University (Saint Martin’s College at the time).Top endorsements: Yakima County Democratic Central Committee, Yakima South Central Counties Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 760, Klickitat County Democrats, Skamania County Democrats.Campaign money raised so far: $5,072.Adam YoestAge: 30.Residence: Yakima.Party: Republican.Past elections to public office: None.Occupation: Staff sergeant with the Washington Army National Guard, where he works as a government liaison to military contractors.Education: Master’s degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy, bachelor’s degree in political science from Central Washington University.Top endorsements: Republican Liberty Caucus of Washington State.Campaign money raised so far: About $3,200.Voters will get to choose from a batch of fresh faces in this year’s race to represent Washington’s 14th Legislative District.Instead of fighting to hold onto his seat for a fifth term in the Legislature, incumbent Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches, is running for Yakima County auditor. In his place, three new hopefuls with diverse backgrounds have stepped forward to vie for his seat in the House.last_img read more

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Gold Prices May Plunge to Rs 23000 in a Month

first_imgGold prices are estimated to decline further to Rs 23,000 per 10 grams in the next 30 days amid intensifying worries over interest rate hike by the US central bank in September.The yellow metal prices remain under pressure as the meeting of US Federal Reserve on 29 July is highly anticipated to send signals on rate increases.”The gold remains bearish and the prices are likely to decline to ₹ 23,000-23,500 per 10 grams in a week to month time,” Commtrendz Research Director Gnanasekar Thiagarajan told PTI.”This is mainly because the market is nervous of the outcome before July 29, when the US Federal Reserve will take a decision on rate hike. Whatever the decision, it will be negative for gold.”Trading at its lowest levels since 2010, gold closed at Rs 24,752 on Saturday on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX).The prices have fallen by over 27% in the past nine months, declining from a high of Rs 34,000 per 10 grams.Volatility in gold prices is expected to continue untill there is clarity over quantum and timing of policy rate hikes by the US central bank.”At MCX also, the close below ₹ 25700/10gms has put the bears in the front row, where in the immediate short run ₹ 24400/10gms can offer some support, but over the intermediate term the targets of ₹ 22600-22500/10gms look imminent,” Sugandha Sachdeva, Head-Metals Energy & Currency Research, Religare, told moneycontrol.com.Gold prices in the international markets also stay weak at just below $1,100 per ounce. Analysts estimate the precious metal prices to plummet to $1,000 easily in the coming months.Besides strong dollar, the metal prices are hit by its losing sheen as a safe-haven asset. Recent crisis in Greece and a crash in Chinese equity markets had failed to boost gold prices despite its safe-haven appeal.”I think we see more of a downtrend particularly over the next couple of months ahead of the market speculation of a September rate hike in the U.S., so I think you can easily see prices over the next two months breaching below $1,000 round level,” David Wilson, director of metals research and strategy at Citi, told CNBC.last_img read more

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Natural Disasters Widen Racial Wealth Gap Rice Researchers Find

first_imgWhites who live in counties badly damaged by natural disasters on average gain nearly $126,000 in wealth. Minorities, on the other hand, lose tens of thousands of dollars.This happens even when you control for income, education and a range of other factors.That’s according to a study from Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh.Part of it has to do with where governmental and business investment goes, said lead researcher Junia Howell, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a scholar at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.One example of that is New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.“What happened was whites in those areas ended up gaining more wealth,” she said, “because they were in communities now that had been reinvested and had more money being poured in, both in economics and infrastructure and other things.”What’s surprising, Howell noted, is that the wealth gap in counties that received more FEMA aid widened even more.She hopes future research will address possible solutions to this problem. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows a flooded subdivision during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Harris County. A study conducted by Rice University and the University of Pittsburgh has found that natural disasters widen the racial wealth gap.center_img Share 00:00 /00:51 Xlast_img read more

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This Snarky Personal Assistant is Also a Cat

first_img Ever wanted to have a cat, but didn’t want to deal with the litterbox or the other responsibilities of being a pet owner? What about having a cat that talks back?KiQ is a snarky, feline, personal assistant that connects with your smartphone and will alert you to incoming messages, calls, and will send you reminders, but will also tell you joke that you can personalize.The gadget, which is currently raising money on Kickstarter, gets the jokes from comedy writers, so hopefully you won’t hear any “what’s brown and sticky” jokes over and over again. KiQ is also supposed to react to certain gestures while telling jokes. If you pet KiQ, he’ll register that you liked a joke. If you don’t enjoy one, you can smack him, just like with a real cat! (Note: don’t smack a real cat).According to the crowdfunding page, KiQ can sense when you’re in range, using that as a cue to activate. He’ll also stay quiet if you put him on his side, sort of like forcing a cat to go to sleep. (Note: don’t force a cat to go to sleep. It won’t like you).Okay, so KiQ isn’t exactly like a real cat at all. But you can pet him, and instead of walking around and sleeping on your keyboard, he’ll actually try and help you throughout the day.Video Playerhttps://ksr-video.imgix.net/projects/2566855/video-710449-h264_high.mp400:0000:0001:47Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It does have some value in the work place, but mostly it’s promised to be a fun, smart toy. The company wanted to create something like Siri, but had a sense of humor.“We spent months researching existing personal assistant technologies and found them all to be lacking in…what’s the word? Oh yes–personality,” the company wrote on the Kickstarter page.“We wanted a personal assistant who will keep us organized and on schedule but who can also be fun and irreverent. Plus we’re allergic to real cats.”Sounds like good enough of a reason to me. Cats are wonderful. The only problem is that they don’t have a sense of humor.If you pledge for the proper tiers, you can expect to get a KiQ delivered sometime after shipping begins on Jan. 25, 2017. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Young Asian elephants form allmale groups to survive

first_img Asian elephants are not doing well—as humans increasingly encroach on their territory, elephants find survival more difficult. Some die due to poaching, but others are killed when they damage croplands or wander into populated areas. The researchers with this new effort report that some of the young male elephants have been adapting their behavior to give themselves a better chance of surviving—they have been forming groups instead of hanging out alone.In the past, as male elephants grew old enough to become sexually mature, they would wander away from their families and head off alone into the wild. Typically, they would look for an area with enough food and locally available, sexually mature females. But now, conditions are changing, the researchers report—instead of heading off alone, young males have started joining up with other young males, forming groups.The researchers began their study after hearing about groups of young male elephants running around together like human gangs. To learn more, they looked at photographs taken of elephants all across India during the year 2016 to 2017—from farmlands, forests and urban centers. In all, they analyzed 1,445 photographs of 248 individual young male elephants. They report that they did find evidence of young males forming groups. They also found a particular behavior pattern—the more dangerous a given area was for a young male elephant, the more likely he was to join a group. Thus, elephant groups in areas with more people were larger than groups in other areas. And in some places where elephants are known to be relatively safe from human harm, the males continued to head out on their own. The researchers conclude that the elephants in India are forming groups out of behavioral necessity. A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in India has found evidence of young Asian elephants forming all-male groups as a way to survive. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes their study of the elephants in different parts of India, and what they found. The older you get, the harder you seek: The mating secrets of Africa’s bull elephants Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: Nishant Srinivasaiah et al. All-Male Groups in Asian Elephants: A Novel, Adaptive Social Strategy in Increasingly Anthropogenic Landscapes of Southern India, Scientific Reports (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-45130-1 Citation: Young Asian elephants form all-male groups to survive (2019, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-young-asian-elephants-all-male-groups.html Journal information: Scientific Reportslast_img read more

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Cancun Telmex workers threaten strike if terms not clarified

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — Workers of Telmex in Cancun say they are ready to call a strike after waiting more than a year for the company to clarify its terms after diving into two.José Guadalupe Poot Díaz, secretary general of Section 103 of the Syndicate of Telephone Operators of Mexico, said that they are ready to strike after waiting a year for the company Telmex, to verify terms regarding its subsidiary Telnor.Poot Diaz says that it’s been more than a year since Telmex created the subsidiary, but due to lack of clarity, 60,000 union workers have their retirement benefits at risk.Poot Díaz pointed out that the Federal Government stopped investing in this area more than four years ago. He says they stopped investing in cellular and internet connectivity in the towns of Quintana Roo where residential telephone networks exist.He added that there are 3,000 public telephone booths in the streets of Cancun, but that 40 percent  are not operating due to lack of maintenance.“We continue with the fight, we are confident that we will move forward,” he said.On March 7, the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (Ifetel) gave Telmex and its subsidiary Telnor 20 days to submit new company bylaws. According to Víctor Manuel Rodríguez, head of the Regulatory Policy Unit of Ifetel, the deadlines for the formation of the new companies started March 7 explaining that Telmex is obliged to comply and report quarterly on the progress.Before the end of the year, the company must have the constitution of the Board of Directors of the new company and by the first quarter, have made the transfer of personnel, among other points that must be done in a period of two years.April 25 is the set date for Mexican telephone workers in Cancún to call a strike at Teléfonos de México (Telmex).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Air Canada named Best Airline in North America

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Posted by MONTREAL — Air Canada was the big winner of the night at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, where it was named Best Airline in North America.It is the sixth time in eight years Canada’s flag carrier has been named the continent’s best airline by Skytrax, which polled nearly 20 million travellers from over 105 countries between August 2016 and May 2017. The awards were handed out at the International Paris Air Show.“We are delighted to be recognized as the Best Airline in North America by Skytrax based on the opinions of those who know us best: our customers. This award is a significant milestone in the transformation of Air Canada into one of the world’s leading carriers and is all the more meaningful given the increased competition in our industry,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.Since 2010, Air Canada has embarked on a $10 billion capital expenditure program to elevate the travel experience. Customer-focused initiatives have included an expanded global network (Air Canada is one of only a few airlines in the world to serve all six inhabited continents), and new international, domestic and U.S. Maple Leaf Lounges.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterIt has also invested in a fleet renewal program that introduced Boeing 777s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with new Boeing 737MAX aircraft arriving in 2017 and Bombardier CSeries jets entering the fleet in 2019, plus refitted cabin interiors across its wide-body fleet, including the introduction of the first lie-flat business seat fleetwide in North America.“I thank our employees for their hard work and dedication in helping us earn this distinction and I thank our customers for their loyalty and support as we have expanded our reach across the globe. As we celebrate our 80th year in 2017, we are extremely proud to be Canada’s flag carrier, North America’s Best Airline and its only Four Star network carrier,” added Rovinescu. Air Canada named Best Airline in North America << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Nicaragua govt agrees to prisoner release to restart opposition talks

first_imgRelated posts:President Ortega celebrates anniversary; Costa Rica opens shelters Nicaraguan resistance group speaks out, refutes Nicaragua pointing finger at Costa Rica for attacks Nicaragua set for new talks on ending political crisis Nicaragua opposition says no new talks until political prisoners freed Nicaragua’s government agreed on Wednesday to release opposition prisoners within 90 days in order to restart stalled peace talks aimed at ending an 11-month political crisis, a dialogue mediator said.Organization of American States special envoy Luis Angel Rosadilla said in a press conference that President Daniel Ortega’s government had agreed to release “all the people detained in the context of the protests” that began in April last year, leaving over 700 people behind bars and 325 dead.The agreement includes a call on sanctions against Ortega’s regime to be lifted.The number of prisoners due to be released was not given.On Monday, the opposition alliance suspended talks that had begun on Feb. 27 after 100 protesters were temporarily detained on Saturday by police who used tear gas to prevent a protest against Ortega’s government.The Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy (ACJD) had said on Tuesday it would not resume talks until all “political prisoners” are released and the repression of anti-regime protesters ends.Releases could begin this week and “there will be no-one held beyond those 90 days,” said businessman Jose Aguerri, a Civic Alliance member.The International Committee of the Red Cross is due to monitor the process.The two parties have agreed on a six-point negotiation process to accompany the releases and have asked for international support in implementing the agreements reached, according to a statement issued by the presidency.“A call will be made to the international community to suspend sanctions to facilitate the right to the human, economic and social development of Nicaragua, favoring the most vulnerable sections of the population,” said the statement.Nicaragua’s government has been hit by U.S. sanctions and the threat of more from the European Union since trouble broke out last year.The country has been mired in political crisis since protests broke out initially over a now-scrapped pension reform before snowballing into wider anger at Ortega’s rule.Alongside his wife and vice president Rosario Murillo, he is accused of rights abuses and authoritarian leadership.One of the key opposition demands was for Ortega to step down and bring forward elections slated for 2021, something the 73-year-old former left-wing guerrilla has rejected out of hand.The Civic Alliance had also suspended the talks for three days last week until the government agreed to release some prisoners.Around 150 prisoners have been released since the talks began last month, although only to house arrest.The opposition has demanded their total liberation.The union of business leaders, part of the ACJD, said Saturday’s crackdown showed that “we’re faced with a police state that doesn’t allow the expression of the fundamental constitutional rights of all Nicaraguans.”This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5% Club. If only 5 percent of our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Emirates announces A380 service to Nice

first_imgNice Cote d’Azur AirportEmirates announces A380 service to Nice· First and only airline to operate an A380 to Nice Cote d’Azur Airport· Capacity increase to support the region’s growing business and tourism sectors· Supporting job creation by improving connectivity with the rest of the world· Eligible passengers to benefit from complimentary Monaco transfers by helicopter*Emirates announced the launch of a daily A380 service to Nice, gateway to the French Riviera and Provence. The daily A380 service will start on 1st July 2017, just in time for the beginning of the summer holiday season. After Paris, Nice becomes Emirates’ second destination in France to welcome the iconic double decker, further stimulating demand for travel to the region.Nice is currently served with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. The deployment of an A380 represents a capacity increase of 44% on the route. With 3633 weekly seats in each direction, Emirates will offer more seats to the Middle East and beyond than any other international airline, highlighting Nice’s importance as part of the airline‘s global network. Enabling an increase in passenger numbers will also result in additional tourism revenues for Nice and the wider region, which in turn will mean boosting the local economy and job creation.“Emirates started flying to Nice on 15th July 1994, almost 23 years ago. Since then, almost two million passengers have travelled with us on the route, with over 200,000 last year alone. We’re excited to see the city join the other 46 destinations Emirates currently serves with the A380 and look forward to being the first airline to fly this iconic aircraft to Nice,” commented Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “We expect the A380 service to further grow the number of leisure and business travellers that visit the south of France throughout the year,” added Antinori.As of 1st July, EK77 will be operated by an A380, leaving Dubai at 0845hrs and arriving in Nice at 1340hrs, while EK78 will depart Nice at 1540hrs and arrive in Dubai at 0010hrs the next day (local times). Passengers travelling to or from the following cities will enjoy optimal A380 to A380 connections in Dubai: Aukland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, and more.“I am thrilled to welcome the A380, a prestigious and iconic aircraft. Nice will be the only city in France, other than Paris, to boast a scheduled A380 service. The team at Nice Cote d’Azur Airport worked tirelessly to ensure a smooth arrival, from runway optimisation to boarding bridge modernisation. Emirates’ decision to upgrade its daily service to Nice confirms the appeal of our region, important enough to sustain a year-round long-haul flight,” commented Dominique Thillaud, President, Cote D’Azur Airports.*Travelling to Monaco? Arrive in style with Emirates‘ helicopter transfers offered in partnership with MonacairAs part of its commitment to offering the best travel experience to its passengers, Emirates is working with Monacair to offer helicopter transfers between Nice Airport and Monaco, including a limousine service from Monaco’s heliport to their final destination. The service will be complimentary to First Class passengers, €79 per passenger for Business Class and €109 per passenger for Economy Class.World class service from Skytrax’s “World’s Best Airline 2016”Emirates operates one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the sky, with an average fleet age of just 61 months, compared to the industry average of 140 months. Emirates’ Airbus A380 aircraft serving the Dubai-Nice route will offer high levels of comfort and high-quality service: a total of 519 seats in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. In all classes, Emirates passengers enjoy spacious seating and the excellent service delivered through our multilingual cabin crew. Business Class and First Class passengers also benefit from a complimentary chauffeur-drive service as well as access to Emirates’ global network of airport lounges.As with all Emirates flights, passengers will enjoy the extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of up to 35kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.Emirates Skywards, the award-winning frequent flyer program of Emirates, offers four tiers of membership – Blue, Silver, Gold and Platinum – with each membership tier providing exclusive privileges. Emirates Skywards members earn Skywards Miles when they fly on Emirates or partner airlines, or when they use the program’s designated hotels, car rentals, financial, leisure and lifestyle partners. Skywards Miles can be redeemed for an extensive range of rewards, including tickets on Emirates and other Emirates Skywards partner airlines, flight upgrades, hotel accommodation, excursions and exclusive shopping.Source = Emirateslast_img read more

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Rushing yards per game against 1261 1298

first_imgRushing yards per game against126.1129.8 Total yards per game against320.7365.6 CARDINALS VS FALCONS It also would not be a surprise to see Rob Housler become more of a focus this week. New Orleans’ Jimmy Graham torched the Falcons for 146 yards and two touchdowns last week and Housler, who has caught 14 passes over the last three games, has the size and speed to be a problem for the Falcons.Of course, this assumes the offensive line can hold up well enough to give Skelton time to throw the ball. They’ll have to deal with defensive end John Abraham, who leads the team with 7 sacks, as well as linebacker Sean Witherspoon (3 sacks) and defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux (3.5 sacks). When the Falcons have the ball: The Falcons used to be a team that relied on a strong running game and threw only when necessary.That’s no longer the case.Atlanta is led by quarterback Matt Ryan, who has thrown for 2,771 yards and 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions this season. He’s emerged as one of the best passers in the game and he has an embarrassment of riches with which to make his aerial assault.Like, for instance, receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones. White leads the team with 54 receptions and 823 yards, while Jones, a second-year pro, has caught 44 passes for 703 yards and five scores this season. They each average more than 15 yards per reception, meaning they can get down the field. Rushing yards per game76.292.7 Passing yards per game219.2292.6 Points against19.219.3 Passing yards per game against194.6235.8 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Patrick Peterson (28 tackles, 3 interceptions) will likely match up with Jones, leaving William Gay (33 tackles, 1 interception) on White. Of course, the receivers are only 2/3 of the problem.Tony Gonzalez, the tight end, is having another Pro Bowl-caliber campaign at the ripe old age of 36. He’s already caught 61 passes for 617 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. The Cardinals were burned by a tight end for a big play in Green Bay and will likely have a tough time keeping tabs on Gonzalez, though it’s likely Daryl Washington (75 tackles, 8 sacks) and Paris Lenon (57 tackles, 2 sacks) will get the assignment. It goes without saying the Cardinals could hinder Atlanta’s passing game by getting pressure on Ryan. That may be difficult, though, with Calais Campbell and his 3.5 sacks likely missing the game and O’Brien Schofield and his 4 sacks also being lost. It may lead to the Cards, who are tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks, finding it tough to get to the passer. Should that happen, the team would then need to contend with a running game featuring Michael Turner (529 yards, 4 TDs) and Jacquizz Rodgers (166 yards, 1 TD). Turner is not anything close to what he once was and Rodgers is not ready to be an every-down back, but with teams so worried about defending the pass each has had success on the ground. Total yards per game295.4385.2center_img CategoryCardinalsFalcons When Cardinals have the ball: The Arizona Cardinals used their bye week to rest up, self-examine, and make a few changes.They have a tough test against the 8-1 Falcons, though it’s worth noting Atlanta hasn’t won games because of its defense. The Cardinals will likely try to attack the Falcons on the ground with LaRod Stephens-Howling. They allowed 148 yards to the Saints last week, so it can be done. That is, if the Falcons have to worry about the passing game, too.With a bye week to get more acclimated to the starting role, the hope is John Skelton can build off a solid performance in Green Bay and get the offense going. He’ll of course be looking for Larry Fitzgerald (51 receptions, 585 yards, 4 TDs), Andre Roberts (40 receptions, 540 yards, 5 TDs) and maybe even rookie Michael Floyd, who figures to earn a more prominent role after a five-catch performance in Green Bay. And it’s Floyd who may prove to be the difference maker.The Falcons’ top two cornerbacks, Dunta Robinson (46 tackles, 1 interception) and Asante Samuel (28 tackles, 2 interceptions), are solid, and you can expect to see them get most of the time on Fitzgerald and Roberts. Robert McClain (25 tackles, 1 interception) is the team’s third corner, and at 5-foot-9 may not have the size to matchup with the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Floyd. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Points per game16.027.4last_img read more

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