A huge boulder rolled down a 100-foot high waterfall in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, killing seven people and injuring 30 others, the police said. A group of people, mostly youngsters, were bathing under the Siar Baba waterfall, one of the biggest in north India, at Talwara, 10 km from Reasi town, when the loose rock and other debris fell on them, Reasi SSP Tahir Sajad Bhat said. A police officer said the death toll might rise as the condition of many injured people was critical .Most of the dead and injured belonged to Jammu district, the officer said.Many people involved in the rescue operation complained that only one doctor was present at the Reasi district hospital at the time the injured people were admitted for treatment. National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah expressed grief and shock over the incident.
Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’d love to explore it,” Spieth said. “It’s just a matter of, like I’ve said every year, I try and figure out what’s going on the next week, let alone a year from now.”Spieth will play next week at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas where tournament host Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf. Wolves beat Booker-less Suns “It was a great finish,” Spieth said. “I felt like I hit a lot of really beautiful shots that weren’t necessarily rewarded today based on just trying to judge the crosswinds.“That’s all it was today. I really felt like I shot 62 today and it was 67, I had so many looks.”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 shutoutSpieth was coming off his longest layoff since his college days, nearly seven weeks since last playing in the Presidents Cup.Spieth was also playing without his regular caddie, Michael Greller, who stayed in the U.S. after the recent birth of his son. Spieth’s longtime coach, Australian Cameron McCormick, was on his bag the week Spieth was trying to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years.He won the Australian Open in 2014 in his first appearance in the tournament when it was played at The Australian. He won again last year in a playoff at Royal Sydney. In 2015, he finished in a tie for second with Adam Scott and a shot behind winner Matt Jones at The Australian.He said having his coach as caddie was beneficial.“I was just kind of voicing a lot more than I would have ever voiced to Michael,” Spieth said. “I thought it was important for Cam to kind of hear how I’m feeling hole after hole, day after day and about different situations. I think we actually made a lot of progress in that sense, or at least have a good starting point to make some progress this off-season.”Spieth was non-committal about making another trip Down Under for next year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jordan Spieth of the U.S. hits his second shot on the 10th hole during the fourth round of the Australian Open Golf tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)SYDNEY — Defending champion Jordan Spieth’s difficult week in Sydney ended on a positive note Sunday — the American eagled the 18th hole for a 4-under 67.Spieth never seemed comfortable at The Australian Golf Club earlier in the tournament and couldn’t break 70 over the first three rounds, posting earlier scores of 70-71-70 for a tournament total of 6-under 278.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:29Police 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
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, reacts as a foul is called against him next to teammates Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)WASHINGTON — With an offer to visit the White House as NBA champions rejected and rescinded, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors instead spent their day off in the nation’s capital touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with local students.In town ahead of their game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, Warriors players, coaches and front office executives met with students from Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, which is 8 miles from the White House. Traditionally, the reigning champs will be feted by the president when they play at Washington.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ “The kids — their smiles lit up the room,” Kerr said. “Our guys understand how much of an impact they can make on these kids. It’s a reminder of how powerful sports can be and how transformative sports can be for change.”Warriors guard Stephen Curry said in September that he would not visit the White House if invited. President Donald Trump then announced on Twitter that the “invitation is withdrawn!”Golden State visited the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama after its 2015 championship.Curry said that going to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened in 2016, offered the Warriors a better use of their time than meeting with a president whose policies they disagree with.“Rhetoric and hate and just general disdain from the top, trying to be divisive and whatnot, has had the opposite reaction from what it intended,” Curry said. “We’ve done our part, I think, to try to further that message.”ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Neymar to undergo foot surgery in Brazil Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The Warriors didn’t want to wade into much political talk at their pregame shootaround Wednesday, a day after they went to the museum.Did they miss the pomp and circumstance of the customary White House visit?“No,” Durant said. “Not at all.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis teammate David West simply shook his head when asked the same question. Coach Steve Kerr? “You’re not going to get me to go down that path, sorry,” was his reply.The Warriors spent Tuesday at the museum with 40 students from Seat Pleasant and 10 more from the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, which helps children who have lost loved ones that served in the military. The private museum tour lasted three hours. Read Next 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Watford dealt Manchester United a third successive defeat in eight days with a deserved 3-1 Premier League win that left Jose Mourinho raging at a rare run of failure.Goals from Etienne Capoue, Juan Zuniga and a stoppage time penalty from Troy Deeney overwhelmed the visitors, who had levelled with a solitary strike from Marcus Rashford, in Sunday’s big match.It was the first time Watford had beaten United since 1986.The Premier League said it was also the first time Mourinho had lost three consecutive games as a manager since 2006.Although the ‘Special One’ did suffer three successive defeats at Chelsea in 2015, before he was sacked by the Londoners, one of those was on penalties after a draw in the Capital One (League) Cup.For all their possession, United were unsettled by Watford’s harrying game and went behind on 32 minutes after Anthony Martial, still groggy from an earlier clash of heads, was robbed by Miguel Britos. (Also read: Europa League: Inter Milan stunned by Beer-Sheva, Manchester United beaten by Feyenoord)Daryl Janmaat picked up the ball and crossed for Capoue to fire his fourth goal of the season.Mourinho said his expensively-assembled team had to improve but also suggested the referee should have blown for a foul in the lead-up to the goal.”It was an obvious situation but it is something I cannot control. I cannot improve the referees or officials and luck will arrive when she wants to. But, yes, individual performances have to improve,” the Portuguese told reporters.advertisementUnited lost the derby to Manchester City last weekend and were then beaten by Feyenoord in their midweek Europa League clash.A half-time switch, which pushed Wayne Rooney further forward, settled United and they equalised on 62 minutes when Rashford scrambled the ball home after his header bounced back to him off a defender.Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes denied Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a flying save but United always looked vulnerable and Zuniga scored from a cutback by Roberto Pereyra less than a minute after coming on.Zuniga was then brought down by Marouane Fellaini inside the area late on to allow Deeney to score from the spot.
Not known to pull back punches, Gautam Gambhir hit back at Shahid Afridi, offering to take him to a session with “a psychiatrist” after the former Pakistan captain wrote a few uncharitable things about the Indian opener.Afridi in his just-released autobiography ‘Game Changer’ had sarcastically referred to Gambhir as someone who “behaves like a cross between Don Bradman and James Bond,” and has a “lot of attitude and no great records”Gambhir responded through his official twitter handle tagging Afridi.@SAfridiOfficial you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist.Chowkidar Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) May 4, 2019″…you are a hilarious man!!! Anyway, we are still granting visas to Pakistanis for medical tourism. I will personally take you to a psychiatrist,” Gambhir tweeted.The duo never shared a great rapport on and off-the-field and it was reflected in Afridi’s take on Gambhir.”Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude,” Afridi wrote.”Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (grumpy). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote.advertisementThe two had an angry bust-up during a bilateral series ODI in Kanpur back in 2007 (wrongly referred in Afridi’s book as Asia Cup game).”I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly, we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives,” Afridi recalled the uncharitable verbal exchange.Afridi has recently agreed that he had indulged in age-fraud and was 21 years old when he scored his hundred debut and not 16 as it was believed for a lot of years.Also Read | Umpires had to finish it off or I would have: Afridi recalls run-in with GambhirAlso Read | Pakistan star Shahid Afridi finally reveals his real age
New Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann has credited Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for his form in recent seasons, saying he felt “lucky” to have played under the Argentinian.Griezmann completed his €120 million (£107m/$134m) move to Barca last week after spending five years at Atleti playing under Simeone.His exit left a sour taste in Madrid, with Atletico adamant they should have been paid €200m (£179m/$225m) because they say Griezmann and his new club agreed terms before July 1, when his release clause dropped by €80m . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Atletico believe the agreement has been in place since March, and made clear their “disgust” with both Barcelona and Griezmann. Barcelona are confident there is “no evidence” of such an agreement taking place.”We contacted Griezmann after he made the video saying goodbye to the fans, there was nothing in March,” Josep Maria Bartomeu said as the player was introduced to his new side. And, despite the bad blood between the two clubs, Griezmann has now tried to smooth over the relationship, offering heavy praise for his former coach. “I am lucky to have learned from Cholo Simeone. Thanks to him, I’ve been playing at a very high level,” Griezmann said in an interview with Barcelona.”At Atletico, there’s never a day off. It’s very physical and there’s a lot of hard work on tactics. Nobody can let their guard down.”Griezmann won a Europa League, Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana at Atleti, but the France international ended up on the losing side in the 2016 Champions League final.Cross-city rivals Real Madrid emerged victorious in a penalty shoot-out after Griezmann had hit the crossbar with a spot-kick in normal time.”I know that if I win a Champions League with Barca, it won’t make up for the pain of losing that final with Atletico,” Griezmann added.”For the fans, for my team-mates, that was a tough moment.”Barcelona will be hoping he can help them return to the top of the European game.The Spanish giants last won the Champions League in 2015, when the club topped Juventus 3-1 in the final.
Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 HANTS COUNTY: Able Harvey Bridge Able Harvey Bridge on Cogmagun Road will be closed for repairs until Friday, Aug. 8. The bridge will be closed again on Monday, Aug. 11 and Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. but open during the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Alternate routes are available via Cogmagum Road to Beaver Pond Road, Highway 215, and Cheverie Road. KINGS COUNTY: Ira Bill Road Ira Bill Road in Billtown, Kings Co. is closed because of a culvert failure until Wednesday, Oct. 1. Traffic control consists of barricades. Detour signs in place. Local Area Office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 KINGS COUNTY: North River Road North River Road, 12.3 kilometre from English Mountain Road, west for about 2.8 kilometres will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 KINGS COUNTY: Berwick Bridge Berwick Bridge, Route 360, north of Berwick, will be reduced to one lane until Friday, Aug. 15. Traffic control consists of a flashing light. Work takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Trunk 2, Parrsboro Traffic on sections of Trunk 2 between the Parrsboro town line and Lakelands Road will be restricted to one lane to allow for repaving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work is taking place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Signs and traffic control persons will guide traffic safely through the construction zone. PICTOU COUNTY: Big Gut Bridge Now Open The Big Gut Bridge on Route 348 is now open to two-lane traffic, however work crews will be on the site until Friday, Aug. 15 adding finishing touches to the project. Drivers should travel with extra care in the construction zone and obey signs and personnel in the area. The old bridge was destroyed by fire in 2006 and a temporary one-lane bridge has been in place since then. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 324 and Route 325 Route 324 and Route 325 will have alternating lane closures for cold planing and paving until Friday, Aug. 22. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels, flashing light unit and traffic control people. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Aylesford Road Aylesford Road, north for about 6.4 kilometres will be reduced to one lane for paving until Friday, Oct. 31. Traffic control on site. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 224 Route 224 from Rocky Brook to Beaver Dam, about 6.1 kilometres, will have one-lane closures for gravelling and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-245-4090 Fax: 902-245-6620 Local Area Office: 902-755-7152 Fax: 902-755-7184 Local Area Office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-798-5957 Fax: 902-798-2927 Local Area Office: 902-896-7085 Fax: 902-896-8859 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107 will be reduced to one lane from Exit 19 to Exit 21, including ramps at Exit 20 and the William Porter Connector. Also, East Jeddore Road will be reduced to one lane from the intersection at Trunk 7 for 3.8 kilometres. Work takes place until Friday, Aug. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. VICTORIA COUNTY: Big Baddeck Road Big Baddeck Road will be reduced to one lane from the Old Margaree intersection north for five kilometres for pipe installation, ditching, guardrail installation and paving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Exit 8 Ramps Exit 8 ramps on Highway 101 will have one lane closures on the on and off ramps. Traffic will be stopped while girders are being installed until Wednesday, Aug. 13. Traffic control people and signs will be on the site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset, Monday to Friday. Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ingramport Bridge Ingramport Bridge, Trunk 3 will be detoured due to repairs to bridge. A temporary bridge is in place south of the work zone. Detour start on Tuesday, Aug. 5 until Sunday, Nov. 30. Please obey signs and reduce speed on temporary bridge and work zone. Detour in effect 24 hours a day. Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 CONTINUING WORK COLCHESTER COUNTY: Route 336 Route 336 from the intersection of Southside Road, south to the county line, will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, culvert installation and repaving, about eight kilometres, until Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of barrels and cones. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. NEW WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Highway 104 Construction work on Highway 104 in Antigonish County will be done around the clock until Sunday, Aug. 31. Repaving is happening from West River Bridge east for 5.7 kilometres to the intersection of Route 316 in Lower South River. Both lanes will remain open during daytime construction. From 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., there may be one-lane closures. Signs and a pilot vehicle are on site. Drivers should exercise caution in the construction zone. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge in Grand Etang will occasionally be reduced to one lane for bridge replacement until Friday, Oct. 31. A detour is available via a temporary bridge, marked with signs and directional lighting. Traffic control people will be on site. Local Area Office: 902-625-4200 Fax: 902-625-1946 Local Area Office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 Local Area Office: 902-835-1641 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 HANTS COUNTY: Bog Road Overpass Closed The overpass that carries Bog Road over Highway 101 is closed until Sunday, Nov. 30 to be replaced as part of the Highway 101 twinning project. A marked detour route is available on Rand Street, Bishopville Road, and Old Post Road. Local Area Office: 902-798-6889 Fax: 902-798-2927 PICTOU COUNTY: Pine Tree Road Pine Tree Road, Thorburn, will be closed to all traffic for bridge construction until Monday, Aug 11. Signs will be in place marking detour routes. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. INVERNESS COUNTY: Highway 105 Starting Tuesday, Aug. 12, traffic on sections of Highway 105, west of Exit 3, will be restricted to one lane to allow for repaving until Friday, Oct. 31. Work is taking place between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Signs, traffic control persons, and a pilot vehicle will guide traffic safely through the construction zone. HANTS COUNTY: Route 215 Detour Traffic on Route 215 in the Urbania area near Stewiacke will be detoured because of damage to a culvert. A two kilometre detour is provided on Ox Bow Road, (Old Loop Shore Road) until further notice. Signs and barricades are in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Burnside Drive Burnside Drive will have lane closures for widening at various times until Sunday, Aug. 31. Gravelling, signal installation, paving and repaving will take place from Commodore Drive to Exit 3 and from the eastbound ramp from Highway 111 to Burnside Drive for about one kilometre. Traffic control consists of cones, barriers, signs and traffic control people. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HANTS COUNTY: Trunk 14 Trunk 14 from Garden Road in Nine Mile River to Trunk 2 in Milford will be reduced to one lane until Sunday, Aug. 31. Traffic control people will be on site. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. KINGS COUNTY: Hantsport Kates Bridge on Tannery Road in Hantsport is closed for repairs until further notice. A detour is available on Avon Street. Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-543-6342 KINGS COUNTY: Glebe Bridge Glebe bridge on Route 201 will have a 2.7-metre height restriction and a 15-tonne weight restriction until further notice. Local Area Office: 902-424-6144 Fax: 902-424-0054 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Main-a-Dieu Main-a-Dieu Road will have a one-lane closure starting two kilometres east of Trunk 22 for about 4.7 kilometres towards Main-a-Dieu until Friday, Oct 31. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. -30- CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125, from Exit 6 (King Road/Trunk 4) to Grand Lake Road, will be reduced to two lanes to allow for repaving until Sunday, Aug. 17. Minor delays are expected. Alternate routes at Kings Road and Grand Lake Road. Work takes place from dawn to dusk. Local Area Office: 902-237-0068 Fax: 902-835-1860 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Truro Bridge Closure The overpass connecting Queen Street and East Prince Street over the CN Rail tracks in Truro will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, Aug. 12 until Monday, Sept. 1. Drivers should use an alternate route. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Highway 101 Traffic on sections of Highway 101 will be reduced to one-lane between Exits 18 (Middleton) and Exit 19 (Lawrencetown)to allow for repaving. Traffic will be controlled by signs and traffic control persons, but delays are possible. An alternate route is available on Trunk 1. Please drive with extra care in the construction zone and obey signs and personnel in the area. Work is scheduled for completion on Sunday, Aug. 31. Local Area Office: 902-925-2247 Fax: 902-925-2704 INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 19 Sections of Trunk 19 will be reduced to one lane for repaving from the intersection at Margaree Forks for eight kilometres south to the intersection with Route 395 at South West Margaree. Signs and a pilot vehicle will be on site. Work will take place from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Local Area Office: 902-827-2544 Fax: 902-827-5190 Local Are Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 Local Area Office: 757-2929 Fax: 757-2270 Local Area Office: 902-538-3877 Fax: 902-538-8288 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 DIGBY COUNTY: Chute Bridge Chute Bridge at the intersection of Shelburne Road, South Old Post and Back Road, will be closed for replacement until Friday, Aug. 15. Detour routes are marked and traffic will be control by personnel and barricades. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841 Fax: 902-563-2517 Local Area Office: 902-752-6224 Fax: 902-755-7184 PICTOU COUNTY: Granton-Abercrombie Road Granton-Abercrombie Road, from the Trenton Connector north for about 5.7 kilometres, will be reduced to one lane for patching and paving until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 Local Area Office: 902-825-4827 Fax: 902-825-3593 INVERNESS COUNTY: Portree Bridge The Portree Bridge on Hatchery Road will be closed until further notice. There will be a detour on East Big Intervale and Hatchery Roads. PICTOU COUNTY: Road Closure Flooding has closed two sections of Six Mile Brook Road in the Salt Springs area until further notice. The first section is at Morrison culvert south of Graveyard Road. The other section is for about one kilometre north of Morrison Culvert. Local Area Office: (902)-798-2369 Fax: (902)-798-2927 RICHMOND COUNTY: 4 Sections The following sections of road will be reduced to one lane for cold planing, pulverization, repaving and drainage until Tuesday, Sept. 30. – Trunk 4 from the intersection of Black River Road east to South Side River Bourgeois Road for about eight kilometres. – Highway 104/Trunk 4 Connector at Exit 47 for about one kilometre. – Trunk 4 from River Tillard Bridge, west to Highway 104 for about a half kilometre. – Rock Bay Road from the Rocky Bay Hall, east to Bona Road, for about 2.6 kilometres. There will be traffic control and a pilot vehicle on site. Work takes place from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 will be reduced to one lane for paving from Exit 7 (Enfield) to Exit 5A (Aerotech), including ramps, until Friday, Aug. 15. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Local Area Office: 902-674-2146 Fax: 902-674-2170 ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Route 245 Route 245 from Brierly Brook Road, west for eight kilometres, will have alternating lane closures for ditching, repaving and culvert installation until Tuesday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Route 333 About 8.8 kilometres of Route 333, from Blind Bay east to Shad Bay, will be reduced to one lane for patching and repaving until Sunday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A $1,810,950 road-paving contract in Lunenburg County has been awarded by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The contract was awarded to Dexter Construction Co. Ltd., to repave a section of Lower Branch Road from the intersection of Sarty Road north for 6.2 kilometres to the intersection of Tompkin Road at Stanley Section. The project is scheduled for completion this summer. “This project will result in smoother trips for drivers on this section,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This year we will complete our four-year pledge to repave 2,000 kilometres of Nova Scotia roads.” The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Memorial University business students are being asked to keep their studies family friendly after a custodian recently walked in on two people having early morning relations in a study room.“That space is for learning and working,” business administration school dean Wilfred Zerbe said in an interview Thursday, “and it’s not really appropriate or fair for our custodial staff to come upon that kind of behaviour.”Associate dean Larry Bauer stated in a recent email the students were “apparently having sex” in one of the faculty’s many study rooms about two weeks ago. Enforcement officers will now be closely monitoring the areas, he added.The incident prompted a flurry of emails to all business students, faculty and staff, including one from Zerbe, who assured them the executive will be debriefed on it to ensure everyone knows how to maintain a “healthy and productive” environment.It was just the second time in four years that a staff member had walked in on students engaged in an “activity of a more personal nature” in a so-called study room, he said.Zerbe said he didn’t want to overstate the seriousness of the incident, adding that he was surprised by the attention it has received.“We elected to remind students that that kind of behaviour was not appropriate,” he said from his office in St. John’s, N.L. “It raises questions of safety and decorum.”Zerbe offered few details on what took place, but said the pair were thought to be business students and that they were not sanctioned in any way.Bauer said empty beer and liquor bottles have also been found in the business building, and a student was reportedly smoking marijuana outside one of the entrances.“This type of behaviour does not just represent ‘youthful foolishness,’” he said in the email to faculty. “It could have very real consequences for our students, our staff and faculty, and our reputation.”However, Zerbe said he doubts the students’ sexual antics will sully the reputation of the business administration program and its roughly 2,000 students.“I hardly think that a couple of incidents like this really speaks to anything,” he said. “There are much more important issues in higher education in Newfoundland and Labrador than this one.”When asked whether the university’s response to an incident involving young people having sex on campus at the end of term was itself appropriate, Zerbe acknowledged there was a question of proportionality.“This was just a reminder. There was no discipline involved, so I think people are reacting to the potential here rather than what actually happened,” he said. “It’s not our interest to prosecute students.”In another email, a spokeswoman for the school said they sometimes have to remind students that study rooms are not to be used for personal purposes, adding that violations of university policies will be handled by the school and that illegal activities will be reported to the police.— By Alison Auld in Halifax
VANCOUVER – A lawyer for the Canadian government is urging a judge not to strike down the country’s solitary confinement law, saying the practice can be necessary to protect the safety of people and the institution.Mitchell Taylor delivered closing arguments Wednesday at a trial for a constitutional challenge of indefinite segregation filed by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society of Canada.Prisoners need to be isolated at times, Taylor argued, including when they pose a threat to others or are in danger of being harmed in the general population.“Administrative segregation is, in our submission, a reasonable, necessary tool for the safety and security of people — inmates and staff — and for the institution,” he said in B.C. Supreme Court.The current regime limits the practice to certain situations, for the shortest possible amount of time and as a last resort after all other alternatives have been ruled out, he said.Taylor said if Justice Peter Leask finds problems with the law, he should not strike it down, but rather identify the issues with it and allow Parliament to address them.The federal government introduced a bill in June that would set an initial time limit for segregation of 21 days, with a reduction to 15 days once the legislation is law for 18 months.It attempted to stop the trial, saying the bill addressed the concerns raised by the lawsuit, but the judge rejected the argument. Therefore the trial has focused on the current system, not the proposed law.Joe Arvay, a lawyer for the civil liberties association and the John Howard Society, has asked Leask to strike down the current law and instruct the government to set a 15-day limit and establish external oversight.Arvay said the law violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and there are many inmates in Canada that have been in solitary confinement for months or years, including one who has been segregated for 18 years.But Taylor argued there should not be a hard limit on how long a prisoner can be kept in isolation.“A hard time cap is an arbitrary setting of a certain amount of time that is not sensitive to the particulars of a given situation,” he said.He also said a time cap opens up charter issues for inmates who must associate with the prisoner who has just been released from segregation, as well as for prisoners who wish to stay isolated for their own safety.Leask questioned, however, whether inmates who were voluntarily segregated were the subject of the case.Taylor argued the current solitary confinement regime, which is a mixture of law and regulations, is robust.“It’s not a situation where they’re put in and there are no parameters that govern what has to be done. There are.Taylor said the law requires segregated inmates to be visited once a day by a mental health professional as well as by a warden, and also gives them a right to legal representation at review hearings, which determine whether they should remain in isolation.But Leask replied that there was no evidence before him that a segregated prisoner had ever been able to access a lawyer. Further, Leask said, a Correctional Services Canada representative testified that lawyers were not allowed at the hearings.Inmates in solitary confinement generally lack the funds to hire a lawyer, the judge added.“The right of a penniless prisoner to retain and instruct counsel without delay seems pretty empty.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.
Gururgam: There seems to be no respite for the residents of Gurugram as dusty winds have resulted in the city’s air being in the very poor category.On Monday, the particulate levels of 2.5 microns in Gurugram was registered at 350 micrograms per cubic metres. This is way above the prescribed limits of 60 micrograms per cubic metre set by the world health organisation (WHO). According to the met department, dust storm conditions are making the situation in the city worse. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles”Dust particles from the Thar in Rajasthan are blowing towards this region. That is a major cause of continuous deterioration in air quality. Also, wind direction is west-south-west, leading to the transportation of more dust particles from the desert,” said the Met official. If weather conditions were not favourable for the air to breathe what made the matters worse was the dust and vehicular pollution in the city. There was a high concentration of posonous gases like nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide that is mostly emitted by the vehicles. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarIn order to save the cost, there are a large number of vehicles especially the three-wheeler that use low quality fuel that further causes more harm to the people breathing the air. Large scale construction activities and the receding green cover has resulted in dust being the major contributor to pollution in the Millennium city. Even as strict orders have been issued by the National Green Tribunal to not allow the burning of the waste, the brazenness of not following the law can be seen even in the crowded area of National Highway-8. “There is a need for sustained and committed effort in dealing with such a major challenge. Unfortunately, a few days of favourable weather conditions cannot help us escape from the big challenge that surrounds us.” “The citizens and the government must collaborate together to fight this menace. Unfortunately, even though the awareness about pollution has improved, the pro-activeness about it has not changed much,” said Shweta Narang, a city resident. Most of the citizens from the city have taken to digital platforms to highlight the challenges that are resulting in a spike of deadly air levels.
BOSTON — A consumer advocacy group is reminding parents of the dangers of classic summertime toys like baby pools, high-powered water guns and inflatable pool rings.Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm issued its annual list of 10 “summer safety traps” Tuesday.Other toys on the list include water balloon slingshots, on-ground water slides such as the Slip ‘N Slide, and projectile-firing toy guns.Nonmotorized scooters also earned a spot because the organization says they’re responsible for most toy-related injuries.Trampoline parks, all-terrain vehicles, pool covers and defective pool drain covers were other child safety risks included on the list.The organization says July and August account for more preventable, accidental deaths than any other two-month period of the year.The Associated Press
Over the last several years of doing our annual Career & Salary Survey, we’ve learned quite a bit about how the communications industry breaks down in terms of job responsibilities and career opportunities. For example, last year’s survey results revealed that communications and collaboration has become more of a team effort, with responsibilities falling across a variety of IT disciplines ranging from PBX manager to network engineer, security analyst, application developer, contact center manager, and beyond.The continually diversifying roles is one of the things that makes this industry so interesting to follow. When I joined the No Jitter team just five years ago as an associate editor, there was no talk of digital transformation; yet now, not only do you hear about digital transformation efforts regularly, but there are entire IT teams dedicated to such projects, in some cases led by the newly emerging role of chief digital officer.Last year’s survey participants identified technologies and skills related to digital transformation as important for career advancement. In addition to digital transformation, the survey results suggested that communications professionals looking to differentiate themselves should consider boning up on technologies like communications integration, Internet of Things, speech interfaces, and artificial intelligence (AI).Put simply, there’s a lot of change going on in the communications space right now. Last year’s survey respondents called out IP networking, email, and communications APIs as among the most important to for IT professionals to understand in order to find success in their current jobs, but times they are a-changing. As the industry evolves, new technologies emerge, IT/communications roles shift, and the state of careers and salaries, as well as the opportunities for career advancement, transform right along with everything else.That’s why we’re hoping that, if you work for an enterprise organization, you will take a few minutes to participate in our 2018 Career & Salary Survey and keep us up to date on the changing factors that are impacting your career in enterprise communications and collaboration. Click here for the survey, and complete it by this Friday, November 16, for the chance to win one of three $100 gift cards. We’ll share the results on No Jitter, as per usual, so be sure to check back to this space for insights gleaned!Tags:News & ViewsCareer & SalarySurveydigital transformationIP networkingcommunicationsCareersNo Jitter ResearchTechnology Trends Articles You Might Like Enterprise Connect Research: 2018 Career & Salary Survey Beth Schultz December 12, 2018 A snapshot of your career in enterprise communications, from the skills you possess, your top job factors, and the salaries you earn 4 Imperatives for Enterprise IT Communication Managers Marty Parker June 11, 2019 With enterprise communications more dynamic than ever, you must adapt and lead to keep your organization competitive. Cisco Gives Certifications a Software Facelift Zeus Kerravala June 17, 2019 A new line of DevNet programs will verify core and advanced skills of Cisco platforms, applications, and APIs. Network Engineers: Time to Give Up Your Blankies Zeus Kerravala August 29, 2019 Following an SD-WAN user session at VMworld, sharing advice on why you need to embrace reskilling Don’t Surrender in the Fight for IT Talent Joyce Osenbaugh June 12, 2019 Combat the shortage by looking for your next hires in non-traditional places. Success_731.png See All in Careers »
Valentina Escobar is the third winner of an iPad for participating in the National Survey on Student Engagement.The first-year Sociology student filled out the undergraduate survey, which is for first-year and graduating students. The survey was distributed recently to students’ email accounts.Brock is giving away a total of four iPad prizes to students who fill out the survey.
LONDON — The pound dropped Tuesday to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985, excluding a brief “flash crash” in 2016 that may have been caused by technical glitches, as international investors fret over a political showdown over Brexit this week.The British currency fell as low as $1.1960, down almost a cent on the day before stabilizing around $1.1990. Not counting the brief plunge in the autumn of 2016, in which the currency fell to $1.1789 for about two minutes before recovering, the pound is now at its lowest level in 34 years.Brexit is facing a crucial few days as lawmakers challenge Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s insistence that the U.K. will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 even without a deal.Parliament is returning from its summer recess Tuesday with a key piece of legislation on its agenda that would see it take control of the Parliament’s agenda. If that passes, the lawmakers are expected to vote to block the government from bringing the country out of the EU without a deal, which many experts say would cause chaos for people and businesses as border checks and tariffs resume, among other things.Johnson has tried to crack down on members of his Conservative Party who oppose his Brexit plans, warning them they would be expelled from the party if they supported parliamentary efforts to block or delay Brexit. Johnson’s office also says he would call an early election, with uncertain consequences.“Markets are extremely negative about the consequences of a no-deal scenario,” said Alex Kuptsikevich, analyst at online brokerage FxPro. “The pound will have a hard time if the (lawmakers’) initiatives fail.”The pound has become the main indicator of international investors’ confidence in Britain’s economy. Its fall effectively makes British people poorer as they can spend less on travel and foreign goods, which become pricier.But it also helps British exporters as well as the many multinationals that are based in the country but make most of their money in other countries and currencies. Oil companies like Shell and BP make their money in dollars around the world, converting that back to pounds when they report earnings, so the pound’s drop is generally a boost to them. It’s a similar story for global bank HSBC, mining firms Antofagasta and Rio Tinto and consumer goods producer Unilever.That’s why the main stock index, the FTSE 100, has actually held up well in the face of the Brexit chaos. While the pound is down almost 7% this year, the stock index is up 8%. Stocks focused on Britain’s own economy, however, have fared more poorly.The fall in the pound can also make British companies more vulnerable to takeovers from abroad as they effectively become cheaper to buy. Foreign takeovers of British companies jumped after the June 2016 Brexit referendum, when the pound fell around 10% from over $1.500. They have increased again this year as the pound slipped again.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and British politics at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitCarlo Piovano, The Associated Press
“Any attempt to manipulate the process, including through restrictions on the freedom of the national and international press, the intimidation of voters and arbitrary arrests, cannot be tolerated and should be strongly condemned,” he says in his latest report on the poll that aims to cement stability in the vast country after a disastrous civil war.The six-year civil war cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease – widely considered the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II – and the security still remains tenuous in several parts of the country, notably in the east, as Mr. Annan notes in the report to the Security Council released today.Terming the elections historic, he “strongly encourages” Congolese political leaders to show a spirit of reconciliation and renewal, calls on the national police to take the necessary security measures to prevent possible violence, and warns of a twofold security challenge – inter-party tensions in large cities and the volatility in the eastern rural areas.The Congolese electorate of 25.5 million voters will be called upon, for the first time in45 years, to cast their vote in some 50,000 polling stations for some 33 presidential, over 9,000 national legislative and over 10,000 provincial assembly candidates, in polls that will cost hundreds of million dollars.“Risks of violence during the forthcoming elections are potentially high,” the Secretary-General writes. “Security sector reform efforts remain largely incomplete and most of the former belligerents maintain a military capacity with which they could challenge electoral results. The deployment of the (presidential) Garde républicaine to parts of the country has raised concern about possible intimidation of certain candidates.”He notes that despite some progress, the political and security situation in Ituri, the Kivus and Katanga, all eastern provinces, remains tenuous with militia fighting continuing to affect civilians. Joint operations by the national army, known by its French acronym FARDC, and the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC) have improved the overall situation in the Kivus, with progress made in containing and disarming militias.But there are a number of intransigent armed groups in the area that continue to pose a threat to the populations and MONUC intends to intensify operations against these remaining elements after the elections.Meanwhile, FARDC has engaged in “widespread, serious violations of human rights” partly due a somewhat ineffective integration of the national army, particularly given the lack of political will, the mismanagement and diversion of funds earmarked for salary payments, and inadequate training and logistical support.“I urge the Congolese authorities and bilateral donors, including the European Union and others, to accelerate the establishment of a reformed army and police force and to ensure that those responsible for human rights violations are swiftly brought to trial by an independent and credible justice system,” he writes.Mr. Annan notes that the humanitarian crisis in DRC remains severe, with a large number of internally displaced persons and while the UN and its partners have invested much effort and resources to mitigate the worst aspects, donors have pledged only 14 per cent of the $682 million needed for this year’s humanitarian action plan. He also stresses the importance of vital importance of continued aid after the elections. “The sustained engagement of the international community, and the establishment of follow-up peace consolidation mechanisms, will be critical,” he says.The future Government must establish a national action plan, including benchmarks and coordinated programmes of donor support targeted at key objectives, such as poverty reduction and security sector reform. As for UN involvement, Mr. Annan says he intends to provide the Council, after a possible second round of the presidential poll in October, with proposals for MONUC’s post-electoral role, including “critical areas” such as the extension of State authority, security sector reform, protection and promotion of human rights, protection of civilians and the provision of overall security.
US 30-year average mortgage rate rises to 4.08 per cent by The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2016 8:21 am MDT Last Updated Dec 1, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, “For Sale” signs are stacked up outside a new complex of townhouses in Houston. On Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, Freddie Mac reports on the week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File) WASHINGTON – Long-term U.S. mortgage rates marked a fifth week of surges in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election win, reaching their highest levels this year.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate on a 30-year fixed rate loan rose to 4.08 per cent from 4.03 per cent the previous week. The benchmark rate topped its 3.93 per cent level of a year ago.The rate on 15-year home loans, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, jumped to 3.34 per cent from 3.25 per cent.Long-term mortgage and interest rates have climbed in the four weeks since Trump’s surprise victory on Nov. 9 to become the country’s next president.Bond investors are looking toward tax cuts and increased government spending to upgrade roads, bridges and airports under a Trump administration, which could fuel inflation. That would depress prices of long-term Treasury bonds because inflation would erode their value over time. When bond investors foresee rising inflation, they demand higher long-term yields and pay lower prices for bonds. Bond yields move opposite to prices and also influence long-term mortgage rates.The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond stood at 2.38 per cent Wednesday, the same as a week earlier and up from 1.87 per cent on Election Day Nov. 8. It climbed to 2.45 per cent Thursday morning, its highest level since July 2015.More immediately, Federal Reserve policymakers are expected to raise the central bank’s benchmark rate at their Dec. 13-14 meeting for the first time in nearly a year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen recently told Congress that the case for a rate boost has “continued to strengthen.”The effect of advancing mortgage rates could be seen in reduced activity by prospective homebuyers. Applications for mortgage loans fell 9.4 per cent in the week ended Nov. 25 from a week earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications for refinancing dipped 16 per cent.Higher mortgage rates, along with rising house prices, could eventually reduce demand for housing.To calculate average mortgage rates, Freddie Mac surveys lenders across the country between Monday and Wednesday each week.The average doesn’t include extra fees, known as points, which most borrowers must pay to get the lowest rates. One point equals 1 per cent of the loan amount.The average fee for a 30-year mortgage was unchanged this week at 0.5 point. The fee on 15-year loans also remained at 0.5 point.Rates on adjustable five-year loans rose to 3.15 per cent from 3.12 per cent. The fee was steady at 0.4 point.
The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team capped off its weekend series against No. 3 Notre Dame with a 2-2 tie. The Fighting Irish went on to win the shootout, 1-0, in five rounds. The Saturday night draw came after a 6-3 OSU victory the night before. The series moved the Buckeyes from sixth place to fifth in the 11-team Central Collegiate Hockey Association. The top five teams will receive a bye in the CCHA Tournament next month. Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson’s starting lineup Saturday night featured five changes out of six positions from the night before. He replaced junior goalie Steven Summerhays, who was benched after two periods in the series opener, with senior Mike Johnson. Despite the personnel change, OSU’s sophomore forward Darik Angeli tallied a shorthanded goal with 8:49 left in the opening period. Notre Dame would pull even with just 6.7 seconds left in the first period on a goal credited to freshman forward Thomas DiPauli. The goal, of which OSU coach Mark Osiecki questioned the legitimacy, came after a number of players from both sides fought for the puck near the crease. “I’d love to see the replay that they had. The replay that we had, there’s no stick involved, and you see an arm move,” Osiecki said. Both teams would tally once in the second period. Notre Dame gained its first and only lead on a power play goal from senior defenseman Sam Calabrese. OSU freshman defenseman Craig Dalrymple scored with 65 seconds left in the period to knot the score at two. The Irish outshot the Buckeyes in the third, 14-3, but were unable to get past OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle. In the period, Hjelle made 14 of his career-high 45 saves. “That is by far the most traffic I have seen in front of the net so far this year,” Hjelle said. “I thought we did a great job and didn’t give up any easy shots.” Osiecki said his men “had a hard time getting out of our zone,” and that it might have had to do with the absence of junior defenseman Curtis Gedig, who left Friday’s game with an injury. After a scoreless overtime period, Notre Dame junior forward Anders Lee made a shootout goal to earn his team a second point after getting one for the tie. On Friday, the pivotal play of the series opener came late in the first period when Irish forward Mike Voran illegally checked OSU sophomore forward Nick Oddo from behind. Voran received a game misconduct penalty for the hit and was disqualified for the remainder of the game. “(He) was one of our penalty killers,” Jackson said. His absence would loom large. Oddo returned early in the second, scoring once and earning two assists in a span of less than three minutes on the ensuing power play to put the Buckeyes up, 3-1. Each team would score twice more in the period. An empty net tally by OSU sophomore defenseman Justin DaSilva provided the only offense in the closing period. OSU is scheduled to continue play with CCHA opponent Alaska Friday in Fairbanks, Ala., at 11:05 p.m. EST.
The dream-team paradigm has gone through several permutations over the years. In the era before the salary cap, star-powered rosters could stay together for many consecutive seasons, resulting in monstrous talent collections such as the Steel Curtain-era Pittsburgh Steelers (who had an absurd nine Hall of Famers on their roster in 1978) and even more recent teams such as Bill Walsh’s San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Johnson’s Dallas Cowboys. But the advent of free agency in 1993 — and the subsequent addition of the salary cap — made such dream teams more difficult to keep together, whether by pre-emptively forcing teams to let useful players go or penalizing for years teams that tried to skirt the cap by pushing player paydays into the future.More recent dream team attempts have been the subject of ridicule, such as when the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles signed a group of veteran free agents that included Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jason Babin and — of course — Vince Young. When Young was asked to describe Philly’s new squad, he infamously responded with a smile and two words: “dream team.” In the end, the Eagles went a disappointing 8-8, writing a cautionary tale for future free-agent spending sprees.But around the same time, the NFL’s current preferred team-building strategy began to come into focus as young, cheap (at the time) quarterbacks such as Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Seattle’s Russell Wilson won Super Bowls. With a change to the league’s collective bargaining agreement significantly lowering the price tags on incoming rookie QBs, teams realized that they could use the draft to acquire the most important asset in football — a star quarterback — for a relatively low price and then trick out the rest of their roster with the savings. The dream team concept was reborn.Take the 2017 champion Eagles, who spent a combined 4.5 percent of the cap on signal-callers Carson Wentz and Nick Foles — the former of whom vied for league MVP honors before a knee injury ended his season and the latter of whom was the Super Bowl MVP. That Philly team was laden with non-QB talent, and many of its members were productive veterans (Ronald Darby, Jay Ajayi, Alshon Jeffery, Timmy Jernigan, etc.) who had been plucked from other teams.This season’s Rams have taken a version of that same formula and run with it even further. They got 40 total points of Approximate Value1Pro-Football-Reference.com’s single-number measure of player value. out of veteran newcomers, which would rank 10th among Super Bowl winners, and that was with Talib, Peters, Suh and Fowler all having relative down seasons.That last part makes the Rams a bit different from other successful dream teams of the past. The 1994 49ers, for instance, were jam-packed with talented veteran newcomers — including Rickey Jackson, Ken Norton Jr. and Bart Oates, each of whom posted double-digit AV the previous season. The crown jewel, of course, was Deion Sanders, who arrived from Atlanta in free agency. They were all meaningful contributors to the Niners’ Super Bowl win that season, most notably Sanders, who won defensive player of the year honors. Similarly, the 1999 St. Louis Rams picked up Marshall Faulk from the Indianapolis Colts, along with many other newcomers, and went on to win the Super Bowl thanks to Faulk’s NFL offensive player of the year season.2An MVP turn from QB Kurt Warner didn’t hurt, either.The 2018 Rams don’t have anyone with the instant impact of a Sanders or Faulk. But one thing that makes them intriguing is how they’ve supplemented the dream-teamers they do have with younger, cheaper talent. The average age (weighted by AV) for the 10 Super Bowl champs most laden with new veteran talent3Ages are as of Dec. 31 for each season. I used a quick-and-dirty calculation that multiplies together AV from the current and previous seasons for incoming veteran players, to capture both established production and current-season value. was 27.6 years old; for L.A. this season, that number is 26.8. The Rams’ four best players by AV — Gurley, Donald, Jared Goff and Robert Woods — are all 27 or younger, and none of them were among the newcomers L.A. brought in this season. (And only Donald and Gurley were playing on contracts guaranteeing more than $30 million.) Whereas yesterday’s dream teams rose or fell more on the performances of their incoming stars, the new formula for general manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay has been to use them as supplemental pieces to help support a young core.Not that the current Rams have nothing in common with their dream-team precursors, mind you. Even though teams have gotten much savvier about using contractual tricks to free up cap space and avoid the kind of “salary-cap hell” that, say, the 49ers found themselves in during the late 1990s, the Rams’ aggressive roster moves have still ratcheted up the pressure to win in a relatively short window of time. While most of the Rams’ key starters are still locked up in 2019 as well (with the exceptions of Suh, Cory Littleton and Rodger Saffold), they will begin facing tough salary constraints in the offseason before 2020 — when most of the current secondary and offensive line hits free agency — and particularly before 2021, when Goff will need to sign an extension. Compounding things, L.A. also traded away its second- and third-round draft picks this spring to snag Peters and Fowler.4On top of downgrading from the fourth round to the sixth in 2018 and losing a 2020 fifth-rounder. Even a smartly managed win-now strategy has an expiration date.But then again, so does every team-building tactic in the NFL — unless we’re talking about the Patriots. The Rams are exactly where they knew they’d need to be to justify their all-in roster strategy. They have the young stars and the veteran talent, plus the right coach to steer things in McVay. All that’s left is one more win to prove that dream teams are a viable way to build an NFL champion after all. The Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams are a fascinating exercise in modern NFL team-building. While their opponents in Atlanta, the dynastic New England Patriots, seldom break the bank for anybody other than quarterback Tom Brady — who has been under center for a record nine Super Bowls with the Pats — the Rams spent aggressively after the end of last season. They opened the pocketbook for homegrown stars such as Aaron Donald and Todd Gurley, who each signed massive extensions, and also made a handful of outside pickups, including Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Dante Fowler Jr.All told, the spree left L.A. with 34 percent of its 2018 salary-cap dollars committed to returning veteran players on fresh extensions (tops among playoff teams) and an additional 22 percent of the cap spent on incoming veterans (third only to the Bears and Texans among playoff teams), according to data from ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. The result was a star-studded roster that many called the dreaded D-word — “dream team” — a label that has come to symbolize a roster concept that doesn’t always work in the NFL. But unlike previous dream-team iterations, the Rams have made it work, primarily by relying less on the newcomers and more on the talent they’ve developed. And that might provide a blueprint for future champions, if not exactly future dynasties.
IT WAS A week when the St Vincent’s Hospital refused to disclose how much they pay senior staff in additional payments.NAMA came under scrunity for reported information leaks, and an Independent TD gave a government minister a glass of ‘glorified piss’.All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes: