Remove the barriers to London’s outer boroughs

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Johansson’s OT Tally Wins the Series for the Caps

first_imgIt took six close games, five of them decided in overtime, for the Washington Capitals to finally extinguish the Toronto Maple Leafs with Marcus Johansson tallying his second goal of the night to give the Caps a 2-1 victory 6:31 into the extra session. The Caps will now move on to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two, starting on Thursday night at the Verizon Center, in what is a rematch of last spring’s second round battle.Like game five, this was another tight defensive battle with strong goaltending. Neither team scored through 40 minutes, with the Leafs owning the lead in the shot attempt totals, at 47-38, but the Caps had the better of the scoring chances, especially their second line.In the third period, it was anyone’s game, but Washington started to take over with their depth. The Capitals had several good scoring chances, but then a weird bounce and a missed defensive assignment cost them the first goal.Morgan Reilly dumped the puck in to the Caps end and it took a crazy carom off of the glass into the slot. Auston Matthews, who is already a star in this league at age 19, jumped on the puck and went in alone on Braden Holtby (37 saves). The kid from the desert went top shelf on the Holtbeast to make it 1-0 just 7:45 into the final frame. It was a fortuitous break for Toronto, but the goal was preventable. Had Evgeny Kuznetsov kept skating instead of gliding at the Caps defesnsive blue line, he could have beaten Matthews to the puck. It’s a good lesson for #92 and the whole team to learn in the playoffs – a single missed stride can cost your team a goal.In the past, the Matthews tally might have devastated the Caps bench, but not this year. No, this team amped their game up and started taking the play to the Maple Leafs and just over five minutes after #34 had all of Yonge Street thinking there was going to be a game seven, the Caps tied it up.Lars Eller made a strong offensive zone entry on the left wing boards and he fed a streaking Johansson in the slot. Marcus pushed the puck ahead to escape the Leaf defender and then he pinballed one in off of Frederik Andersen (34 saves) into the net with just 7:09 remaining. It was a monstrous tally and it came because the Capitals started to push the play.Washington would continue to do that and then in the overtime, they took their game to 11.The Caps had no thoughts of sitting back on Coach Mike Babcock’s squad and they thoroughly outworked and dominated a young Leafs team in the overtime. They had several scoring chances, Comcast’s Alan May had it 7 to 1, with Jojo getting his second of the night and the series winner on a play where he simply did what he had done all season long to score a career high in goals (24), he went to the front of the net.A Leafs icing forced Babcock to leave a tired crew on the ice, which included game one goat, Martin Marincin, as well as his fourth line (Kasperi Kapanen-Brian Boyle-Matt Martin). Coach Barry Trotz took his third line off and inserted Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Mr. Clutch, Justin Williams. Kuznetsov, who like many other Caps centers struggled on draws all game, won a huge face off against Boyle. When Stick received the puck from John Carlson on the right wing half wall, he smartly fired it on net. Jojo was parked in the slot above the paint and he appeared to tip the initial shot into Andersen’s pads and then fought off Marincin to bury the game and series clincher.Wow, what a game and what a performance by the Caps once they were down, 1-0! They pushed the play and looked like the team that won the Presidents’ Trophy this season. It’s the way they’ll need to play in the second round if they want to defeat the defending Stanley Cup Champions.Winning the first round is always the toughest; ask any hockey player, coach or executive and they’ll back me up. It was even harder for Washington because everyone picked them to win quickly and the Leafs had nothing to lose. Simply put, there was a TON OF PRESSURE on the Capitals to win this series and move on to face the Penguins for the rematch from last spring.As Coach Barry Trotz told me, Nestor Aparacio, and the great crowd at Greenmount Station back on March 20th, every series takes a piece out of you. Toronto took some pieces out of the Caps. Karl Alzner didn’t play after game two due to an upper body injury, Nazem Kadri put a cheap shot on Alex Ovechkin and knocked Ovi out for two plus minutes of game five (but the Russian Machine Never Breaks), and Leo Komarov put a dirty hit on Nate Schmidt late in game six (but the 88 car also returned to play four shifts after the hit, including being on the ice for the game winner).Luckily the Gr8 and Schmidt, plus T.J. Oshie, who I could see mouth “I’m all right” to Caps trainer Greg “Smitty” Smith after blocking a shot right before the winning goal, should be ready for Thursday night’s game one against the Penguins at the Verizon Center. The Leafs may have taken some pieces out of the Caps, that’s still to be determined how much, but in my book, Washington was able to ramp their game up to a tempo they’ll need to be at against Pittsburgh. I’m not sure they get to that pace level in a series against the Bruins or Ottawa. So I’m still glad the Capitals faced the Leafs. It was a very hard series, but they overcame an inordinate amount of pressure and persevered.Anyways, the Penguins series should be one heck of a rematch. The Caps have waited a whole year for it, but we’ll talk more about it as the week progresses, but let’s hope there’s a Rocky 2 type of ending this spring.Notes: Final shot attempts were 70-67, for Washington. It was all Caps after the Leafs marker…Ovechkin had 12 shot attempts, including seven on goal, in 22:45…the Caps lost the face off battle, 39-22, but they won some key ones, including right before the series winning tally. Kuznetsov was 6-8 (best Caps percentage)…Oshie had another strong game with five shots on goal in 19:35…the Caps were shorthanded for just 22 seconds and they had 2:22 of power play time…the Holtbeast was outstanding in this tilt, which included a huge save on Komarov, who was all alone after he took his run at Schmidt and #88 limped to the bench…Dmitry Orlov led the Caps in ice time with 25:38 and his partner, Matt Niskanen, logged 25:15. They played the hard minutes and that allowed Carlson and Schmidt to help the Capitals drive the play when they were on the ice…the Caps won the last three games of this series, which came after Coach Trotz tweaked his forward lines right before game four (bumped Tom Wilson up to the third line).last_img read more

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Obeis Football Management begins talent hunt

first_imgAn Accra-based soccer academy, Obeis Football Management, on Friday began a “justify your inclusion” exercise as part of its annual ‘Talent-Hunt’ exercise at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex in Accra.The Talent Hunt, which has been divided into four phases, is expected to select 23 players from a total of 2000 at the end of the exercise.Mr Enoch Dodoo, General Manager of the Academy in an address at the opening of the first phase in Accra, which attracted about 500 players said the final squad of 23 to be selected at the end of the exercise would then be camped for a training tour of South Africa and France to develop their talents.He said the aim of the exercise was to offer the youth with an opportunity to gain employment through football.It is expected that the exercise would also serve as a source of ready material for the national football teams, Mr Dodoo said.Mr Dodoo urged the players, especially the lucky one’s to be selected to take their training seriously and aspire to greater heights to win laurels for themselves and the nation. He took the opportunity to advise the youth against being manipulated by politicians to indulge in violence before, during and after the elections on December 7 this year.Source: GNAlast_img read more

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UFC on ESPN, Overeem vs. Harris: Preview and predictions

first_imgMy prediction: Ige gets at least one take down and controls the fight pace throughout for a decision victory. Ige, decision. Anderson will look to use his heavy hands to avoid having this fight hit the judges’ scorecards. Jotko is 14-1 in fights that go the distance and his chin came into question during his losing streak. Couple this with Jotko’s 85% take down defense, and Anders will try to keep this fight standing and search out opportunities for an explosive knockout. Jotko wants to control the tempo of the fight on his feet and rack up control time on the ground to secure a decision, as only six of his victories have come via knockout. My prediction: Hill is a tough fighter that stands a good chance of winning if she can keep the fight standing. However, if she has not improved her take down defense, Gadelha will take her down throughout the fight and score a decision victory. Gadelha, decision. Dan Ige comes into the fight on quite a hot streak, having won five straight and taking only one loss in his last twelve fights. Barboza, on the other hand, has won only once in the last three years, a span of five fights. Barboza drops down to featherweight for this fight in hope of kick starting a new path. For the third time in roughly one week, the UFC will bring us a sporting event as the country is looking for some semblance of normalcy. This fight card will be shown on ESPN and available to everyone with a basic cable subscription, meaning that it will be available to most people. What does the card have in store for fans? Dan Ige (+110) vs. Edson Barboza (-140), Featherweight Alistair Overeem (+125) vs. Walt Harris (-160), Heavyweight My prediction: Anders is still improving in the octagon and can strike at any time, from anywhere. He waits for an opening here and drops Jotko. Anders, KO/TKO The explosive Eryk Anders has won two in a row since dropping three straight from September, 2018 to April, 2019. The southpaw takes on a fellow southpaw in Jotko, making this his second straight fight against a lefty. Like Anders, Jotko has also won two in a row after dropping three straight. My prediction: I look for Harris to keep the heat on Overeem and land enough heavy blows to knock him out. Harris, KO/TKO. Song Yadong (-200) vs. Marlon Vera (+150), Featherweight Only 22 years old, Yadong is one of the new wave of Chinese fighters making their mark on the UFC. Before his draw against Cody Stamann in December, Yadong had run off seven straight victories, including four in the UFC. Vera has put together five straight victories, all via TKO or submission. Vera’s performance since his loss against Douglas Silva de Andrede in February, 2018 has the UFC world taking notice. Cláudia Gadelha (-215) vs. Angela Hill (+195), Women’s Strawweight This fight was slated to take place back in December before tragedy struck the Harris family. As a result, Overeem fought Jairzinho Rozenstruik and had his lip relocated to a different zip code than the rest of his body. Overeem has been fighting professionally since before the turn of the century. Recently, his age has caught up with him as he has dropped three of his last five fights including two knockouts and one TKO. In fact, Overeem’s last nine losses have come by KO/TKO. Harris has turned in two straight “Performances of the Night” in knockout wins over Aleksei Oleinik and Sergey Spivak. Each of Harris’s 13 victories have come via KO/TKO. My prediction: This is a close fight to call and should be extremely exciting. The longer the fight goes, the more it benefits Vera. I think Vera’s stoppage streak is broken here, but he pulls out a decision with a strong ground game. Vera, decision. Please follow and like us: Barboza is a talented striker with one of the best kicking games, if not the best, in the UFC. The Brazilian’s kicks are some of the fastest the fight game has ever seen. Though a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitso, Barboza has only one submission in his career and often gets dominated on the ground. Ige is a former college wrestler with a formidable take down game. For his part, Barboza has an 80% take down defense rate. Barboza will look to stand and strike, while Ige searches for a take down. Hill will look to keep this fight vertical. The 15th ranked strawweight is only 3-6 when her opponents score a take down. Hill has a nice repertoire of punches and kicks that will allow her to earn points from her feet. Gadelha is a heavy handed puncher that is also one of the best take down artists in the women’s division. She will look to take this fight to the ground and avoid Hill’s strikes. Erik Anders (+105) vs. Krzystof Jotko (-138), Middleweight In Harris, Overeem faces another dangerous striker. Look for Harris to come out fast and move forward looking for a quick knockout. Overeem’s chances to win will come by keeping Harris at range looking to pick him apart or shoot for the take down. Yadong likes to start off fast, often attacking during the first several minutes of the first round. With clean, hard strikes and a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Yadong is a well-rounded fighter that likes to force the action. Vera is also a well rounded fighter with no glaring weaknesses in his game. Vera’s strikes snap on impact and his stamina is among the best in the game. Coming into her first fight in ten months, Gadelha has been a pedestrian 4-5 in her last nine fights, eight of which went the distance. Hill is coming into this fight off of three straight wins, all coming within the last eight months. Hill has finished two of those fights via TKO. last_img read more

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Aurora announces dates for 30th summer concert series

first_imgAURORA | Grab your dancing shoes and picnic baskets, it’s time for Aurora’s summer concert series.The City of Aurora this week released the dates of seven concerts set to take place in public parks across Aurora throughout June and July. The shows run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday from June 16 through July 28.This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual series, and the city will celebrate the occasion with additional fanfare at the June 30 show. The last concert of the series, scheduled for July 28, will also feature extra hoopla (likely birthday cake) in honor of the city’s ongoing 125th birthday celebrations.All the concerts are free and will have food available for sale from local vendors, including Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q, McAlister’s Deli and Legends of Aurora Sports Grill. Food providers will rotate each week.The full list of performers with dates and venue information can be found below.June 16: Dean Bushnell Orchestra (big band swing) at Bicentennial Park, 13655 E. Alameda Ave.June 23: Buckstein (country rock) at Utah Park, 1800 S. Peoria St.June 30: Raising Cain (pop, rock) at Utah Park 1800 S. Peoria St.July 7: Hazel Miller and the Hazel Miller Band (blues, jazz and R&B) at Meadowood Park, 3054 S. Laredo St.July 14: Pan Jumbies (steel drum) at Meadowood Park, 3054 S. Laredo St.July 21: Chris Daniels and the Kings with Freddi Gowdy (roots rock with horns) at Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy.July 28: 6 Million Dollar Band (‘80s) at Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Pkwlast_img read more

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Sportsday Podcast on talkSPORT 2: November 10, 2017

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Judge not impressed about bail hearing delay for Wallaceburg woman accused of murder

first_imgOntario Superior Court Justice Thomas Heeney chastised the lawyer representing Kourtny Audette, a Wallaceburg woman accused of first-degree murder, after a bail hearing was halted on Monday.“I’m not really impressed with the really cavalier attitude that seems to me that is evident here,” Heeney told Windsor lawyer Laura Joy, after she notified him – after arriving late for the bail hearing – that the proposed primary surety for Audette was unavailable to attend due to a work commitment.Joy also indicated that due to the busy work schedule of the proposed surety, she wants to secure a secondary surety to ensure Audette would get to court and other appointments.Heeney expressed frustration over driving two hours for what he expected to be a full-day bail hearing.“An entire day has been set aside for this; all of that is now wasted,” he said.The judge said with the existing pressures on the court system “it is simply unacceptable to waste court time like this.“It seems to me that if the matter wasn’t going to proceed for the reasons I’ve been given, notice could have been given last week at the very latest,” he said.Heeney said this situation could have been avoided and he could have been reassigned to another court to be more productive.Audette, 26, is accused in the death of 24-year-old Nick Laprise. She left the courtroom in tears to be returned to custody after learning her bail hearing would not proceed.According to previously published reports, emergency crews responded to a Book Street home in Wallaceburg on April 18, 2018, where a man, later identified as Laprise, died at the scene.Joy told the court that a member of Audette’s family was in the courtroom and prepared to offer a cash bail. She also noted a bracelet to keep track of Audette’s whereabouts is arranged, and a neuropsychologist is prepared to begin seeing her client.Crown attorney Rob MacDonald informed the court the Crown opposes bail.He also indicated he would want any proposed surety to be present for the bail hearing in order to be cross-examined.The matter has been adjourned to July 3 to be spoken to in order to try to arrange another bail hearing.A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 15-19 and July [email protected]@Chathamnewslast_img read more

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Air New Zealand moves quickly to boost Tasman capacity

first_imgAir New Zealand is expecting 19 million passengers by 2020. Image: Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has moved quickly to announce a big boost to trans-Tasman capacity as it repositions itself on its biggest market after axing its alliance with Virgin Australia.The airline announced Monday it would increase overall capacity between Australia and New Zealand by 15 per cent as it compensates for the loss of its Australian alliance partner.READ Air New Zealand looks to muscle up on the Tasman.The move is likely to be good news for passengers because significant capacity increases usually mean lower fares.The increase includes two new routes to operate from December 18. The carrier will operate to four times a week between Queenstown and Brisbane and up to five times a week between Wellington and Brisbane.The new routes will boost international capacity out of Queenstown by 20 per cent and by 15 per cent out of Wellington.From October 28, it will move to double daily services on peak days on Christchurch-Melbourne and Christchurch-BrisbaneREAD World’s best airlines for 2018.This and a boost to double daily Monday-to-Friday services on Christchurch-Sydney will see capacity from the South Island city increase by 15 per cent, or 35,000 seats.“Air New Zealand will also offer 125,000 additional trans-Tasman seats ex Auckland, including a new business timed morning flight to Melbourne, more evening flights to Brisbane and a new middle of the day flight to Sydney,’’ the airline said.The airline surprised industry figures in Australia on April 4 with its announcement it was ending its seven-year trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin and turning its back on the domestic feed from the Australian carrier’s network.Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace told AirlineRatings a trigger for the decision was the costly and time-consuming process of renewing the alliance when it expires in October and uncertainty about approval after the withdrawal from the trans-Tasman of Qantas partner Emirates.The Kiwi carrier said all customers booked on an Air New Zealand ticket to travel on a Virgin Australia aircraft after 27 October 2018 would be moved across to Air New Zealand operated services in the next few weeks.It said there was no need for action by the customers; they would be contacted by either the airline or the booking agent regarding the change.last_img read more

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What corporate IT workers can learn from Sony PSN and Facebook

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Analysis#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… david stromcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair A lot of electrons have been consumed already about the Sony PlayStation Network outage that lasted several weeks and brought down more than 75 million gamers and music lovers. Also in the news last week was how Facebook brought its new Oregon data center (the company’s third) online after months of extensive testing. But what hasn’t been covered as extensively is what enterprise IT managers can learn from both of these experiences. As a way to start off my tenure here at ReadWriteWeb, I offer a few suggestions.First, apologize early and get out in front of any breach. Reveal what was revealed, make amends, and offer something free to compensate the victims. Don’t do a Steve Jobs and clam up. Whatever you do, do it within 24 hours of the event, and sooner if you can. While your corporate legal team will want to wait, convince them that waiting has its own costs and drawbacks. It took Sony three weeks to have this post on its own blog to explain anything.Second, consider your responses carefully to the public and your customers. Overall, be transparent, take a positive tone, and understand the customer service implications of your actions. These are standard social media response tactics, but they bear mentioning in this context. Use social media to get your message out in terms of blogs, Twitter, and other posts. Jeremiah Owyang mentions these along with other advice on how to plot your crisis response social media strategy here.Contrast this with how transparent Facebook has been with its own data center rollout here, providing details on its architecture and testing plan, among other items.If you like thinking in terms of a flow chart, take a look at this one from the US Air Force that walks you their rules of engagement for bloggers. Every IT manager should print out a copy and put on their walls as a reference.Third, make sure when you do restore service that you can handle the traffic flood of requests, as all of us are somewhat OCD about retrying or reloading our browsers when we hit a problem page. When the Sony PSN was brought back online last week, they had two separate issues. First, the network was overwhelmed with password resets (which makes sense since users’ passwords were one of the key data elements that were compromised) and they had to take things offline for 30 minutes, according to their blog. And then later in the next they had to take down the actual password reset page itself, because of coding errors that could have made it easier for someone to hack the reset operation. Ooops.One of the things that Facebook did in bringing up their new data center was testing it with actual traffic, and segmenting a portion of their Virginia data center to make it look like a third facility. That was smart, and enabled them to find problems that – taking a page from Donald Rumsfeld’s playbook — they called “unknown unknowns.” Fourth, put in place better leak protection, especially for your outward-facing Web apps. Sony announced these measures that they had taken:“updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls. The company also added … an early-warning system for unusual activity patterns that could signal an attempt to compromise the network.”There are two basic types of technologies that are suggested by these remarks: Web application firewalls that prevent apps from being compromised from external attackers.These have been around for many years — we wrote about these issues here.If you need a place to get started, here is a review of six such products for Information Security magazine. While it is a few years old, it is worth taking a look at.The second set are data leak protection products to monitor what is going out over your network. Here is an article that I wrote for eSecurityPlanet that will walk you through the issues in selecting this equipment.Finally, promote better password policies among your staff. I know, this is an old chestnut, and most of us don’t follow this because it is just too damn hard. But at least segregate passwords for financial accounts from the rest of your online life. For our previous coverage of the Sony PSN issues:PSN comes back almost a month laterPSN doesn’t have any restart timeframelast_img read more

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LD GST 3 LAST

first_imgAfter passage by Rajya Sabha, the constitution amendment After passage by Rajya Sabha, the constitution amendment bill on GST will have to be approved by 50 per cent of the state legislatures. Jaitley said that once the bill is approved by Rajya Sabha, the other steps would not take much time as the government is ready with supporting legislations, of which one has to be passed by Centre and two by states. “Our draft legislations are almost ready. We will require meeting of empowered committee to clear them and they can be passed. We need the IT backbone, and those handling the IT infrastructure inform us they are in position to put it in place by April 1, 2016 comfortably… we are keeping ourself in readiness,” Jaitley said. Accusing Congress of delaying the GST, he said, “the only veto is right to disturb the Rajya Sabha so that the Chairman can adjourn it.” He further said that Congress had raised certain demands, which were not there in the GST bill prepared by the UPAs Finance Minister in 2011. Jaitley said that it was not possible for the government to put a cap of 18 per cent on the GST rate in the constitution bill, as was being suggested by Congress. It is for the proposed GST council to decided the tax rates, he said, adding “suppose tomorrow states agree and alcohol comes under GST then should medicine and alcohol be taxed at same rate. This wisdom has dawned on Congress party only after it lost power!” the minister. PTI RNK RR SKC AMR CS ANZ ABKadvertisementlast_img read more

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