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Men ask court to overturn towns decision to keep swastika in street

first_imgTwo residents of a southwestern Ontario town are asking a court to overturn the municipality’s decision to keep the word “swastika” in the name of a local street, arguing the term is offensive to many.The Township of Puslinch decided not to change the name of Swastika Trail in December after a group representing residents of the privately owned street voted in favour of maintaining the name.Randy Guzar, who lives on Swastika Trail, and William Knetsch, who lives nearby, filed an application for judicial review this week, asking a court to quash the township’s decision and the result of the vote by the Bayview Cottagers’ Association.“Given the evils associated with the swastika, Swastika Trail’s name is a matter of significant controversy and is offensive to many on the street, in the Township, in the province, and nationally,” the men argue in their application.The township’s decision to keep the name was unreasonable, the men claim.“The Township relied exclusively on the result of the Nov. 1 vote — a vote which … was plagued by procedural errors and was not even conducted in accordance with the Cottagers’ Association Constitution,” their application alleged.Puslinch’s chief administrative officer and clerk, Karen Landry, said in an interview that the township followed the processes of the Municipal Act on the matter. The town council will review Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application before deciding what course of action to take in response, she said.Bayview Cottagers’ Association President Donna O’Krafka declined to comment on the legal action, but said she does not believe a name change for Swastika Trail is necessary.Swastika Trail was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, local residents have said. Those in support of keeping the name have argued the swastika had a long history as a symbol of peace prior to the Second World War, but others have argued the name is now associated primarily with hate and genocide.The street in Puslinch is owned by a numbered corporation controlled by a man who lives on Swastika Trail, Guzar and Knetsch’s legal application says.The men claimed in their application that when they attended the meeting of the Bayview Cottagers’ Association last year, they did not know that they would be voting on the trail name issue, or that the township would treat the result of that 25-20 vote as “binding and determinative.”The association only allowed members who live on Swastika Trail to vote on the issue, contrary to the group’s constitution, the men alleged.The association’s notice of the meeting was “one-sided and tainted by bias,” containing a link to an article about the history of the swastika before its use by the Nazis, and a list of over 30 items — such as driving licenses and passports — that residents would have to have updated if Swastika Trail received a new name, Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application.They also argued that no one in favour of changing the trail’s name was allowed to contribute to the notice circulated in advance of the vote, or the agenda of the meeting at which the vote took place, though they acknowledged that Guzar was allowed to read a letter from a Jewish advocacy group opposing the street’s name at the meeting.Association executives also distributed pamphlets to members arriving at the meeting, urging them to “reclaim the swastika” and reminding them that the swastika has been a sign of peace for hundreds of years, the application said.Guzar and Knetsch alleged in their application that the township “abdicated its responsibility under the Municipal Act and exercised no independent judgment,” in allowing the cottagers’ association vote to determine the name-change issue.last_img read more

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Council approves new property tax rates for 2018

first_imgHere is a breakdown of the new tax rates.Property Tax Rates for the City of Fort St. John will increase in 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved new tax rates for 2018, that will see the tax rate increase for almost all property owners in the city.In April, the City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation on the proposed tax rates for 2018.  Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion.Joy said in April that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.last_img read more

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Vehicles appear to cause more pollution as compared to firecrackers SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday said why people were “running after” firecracker industries when it seems that automobiles were “bigger” contributor to pollution, and asked the Centre whether there was any comparative study on pollution caused by both.While expressing serious concern over loss of jobs of people involved in manufacture and sale of firecrackers, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said, “We do not wish to generate unemployment.” “Is there any comparative study on what proportion of pollution is caused by firecrackers and what proportion is caused by automobiles? It seems you are running after firecrackers, but bigger pollution contributor is perhaps vehicles,” the bench told Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, who was appearing for the Centre.last_img read more

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Securing halophytes

first_imgHalophytes are salt-tolerant plants that grow in waters with high salinity, such as in mangrove swamps, marshes, seashores and saline semi-deserts. Only two per cent of the plant species found on the Earth are halophytes. As they are able to tolerate high salinity through different adaptation methods like tolerance, resistance and avoidance, they have less competition in saline environments. Halophytes are classified into aqua-halines, terrestro-halines and aero-halines. Also Read – A special kind of bondAqua-halines include Emerged Halophytes, among which most of the stem remains above the water level and Hydro-halophytes, among which almost the whole plant remains under water. Terrestro-halines include Hygro-halophytes, which grow on swamp lands, Meso-halophytes, which grow on non-swamp and non-dry lands and Xero-halophytes, which grow on dry or mostly dry lands. Aero-halines include Oligo-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl (Sodium Chloride) from 0.01 to 0.1 per cent; Meso-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl from 0.1 to 1 per cent and Euhalophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl greater than one per cent. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the state of Tamil Nadu, where I come from, halophytes are found growing in waters with high salinity along the seashore in Pichavaram in North Tamil Nadu as well as the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve along the Palk Strait in the southern part of the state. These are the associates of the true mangrove plants. Some of the mangrove associates that grow abundantly in the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Muthupet areas include Suaeda monoica, Suaeda maritima, Suaeda nudiflora, Arthrocnemum macrostachyum, Tecticornia indica, Salicornia brachiate and Sesuvium portulacastrum. Out of these halophytes, plants belonging to the Suaeda genus have been growing in large numbers. They are herbaceous plants growing to a height of 1 to 2 metres. Suaeda maritima has red streaks on the main stem, which is missing in Suaeda monica. The Suaeda and Salicornia varieties do not compete with each other. Unlike other plants, those of the Sesuvium genus grow by spreading on the floor. Their stems and leaves are red in colour. Halophytes are generally colonisers and grow in areas which are subjected to periodic inundation. Suaeda monica is the only halophyte which is observed growing more gregariously in degraded areas when compared with other halophytes. As halophytes are salt extractors, they perform the key function of reducing soil salinity and making the area more suitable for growing mangrove species. Over a period of time, in the course of ecological succession, halophytes are gradually replaced by mangrove species, which grow vigorously and get established. If not for the presence of halophytes, the regeneration of mangroves would be very difficult in seashore areas which face frequent seawater ingress. Seawater generally contains 40 grams of dissolved NaCl per litre. Beans and rice can grow in water containing about 1-3 grams of NaCl/ litre. Barley and Date Palm can grow in water with 5 grams of NaCl/ litre. Though these plants have more salt content, parts of them are used for human consumption and as cattle feed. Halophytes that grow in desert regions, estuaries where rivers join the sea and along the seashore, are used for human consumption, cattle feed and for biofuel production. In Point Calimere, the succulent leaves of Suaeda monoica are relished by black bucks while in Somalia and Kenya, it is browsed by camels and goats. It is said that during famine, the leaves of Suaeda monoica were boiled and eaten by the people of this region. Edible oil is extracted from the Salicornia species. The salt absorbed through its roots is evaporated through the minute pores of the leaves of the halophytes. Generally, halophytes will have very small leaves. When there is scarcity of water, they shed them. These plants are bestowed with long roots that help in the search for fresh water. When the leaves are absent, photosynthesis will take place through the stems. Some of the halophytes grow on top of hills situated near seashores and on sand dunes. They are capable of thriving even in semi-desert regions with scanty saline water. The succulent leaves help the halophytes for storing water in these kinds of adverse conditions. A treasure trove from Nature Halophytic flora plays a major role in protecting coastal habitats and maintaining ecological stability. They often creep and act as sand dune binders. They prevent erosion to a great extent and seawater incursion into freshwater habitats. Halophytes provide food and shelter for a large number of aquatic and terrestrial animal species. Researchers have identified some halophytes which have the potential of yielding sustainable supply of renewable resources like food, fodder, fibre, fuel, green manure and raw materials for pharmaceutical, industrial and household products. Studies have shown that many halophytes can be used as sources of nutritious grain and oil, while some bear edible or economically-useful roots, bark, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. Certain halophytes are able to accumulate and transform toxic levels of heavy metals (lead, cadmium and selenium) into organic compounds. Salicornia cultivation is considered to be economically profitable since it is harvested as selenium-rich animal feed because of its ability to convert high concentrations of inorganic selenate into organic selenium. Salicornia plantation has been initiated in Mexico as it plays a key role in carbon sequestration. The commercial viability of halophytes is determined by screening relevant properties such as salt tolerance, nutritional value, palatability, and digestibility. Halophytes are assessed to have potential as biomass crops to directly sequester up to 0.7 Gt C. Thus, halophytes, like trees, can play a significant role in mitigating climate change. In reality, many of the frontline field staff of forest departments in India are not able to identify these valuable halophytes. The ecological values of the halophytes are not known to many. So far, no tangible action has been initiated to propagate and protect halophytes by any government agency. Since halophytes play an important role in helping the establishment of mangroves which in turn protect the interior from tsunamis, cyclones, and storms, it is very essential to propagate and protect them. It is high time that the Central and state governments make some serious efforts to identify, propagate and protect the most useful halophytes. (The author is President, the Society for Conservation of Nature, Trichy, Tamil Nadu and consultant with the Society for Social Forest Research & Development, Tamil Nadu. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

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What Did We Learn From The NFL Divisional Playoffs

Salfino: I’m surprised that the Saints barely won play success over the Eagles. But that just shows you that they were unreal on third downs — 8-for-15, and a lot of them a high degree of difficulty.neil: And Foles’s third-down magic seemed to abandon the Eagles. They only went 2-for-7 during the game on third downs. Usually third-down efficiency is a calling card of these Foles playoff runs.joshua.hermsmeyer: Neil beat me to it.Salfino: Re: Josh’s point, it’s really easy to say not to overpay for a QB unless you don’t have a QB. Someone is going to give Foles $100 million. I see the Giants or Jaguars as the landing spots for Foles.gfoster: Josh, I don’t know what team fits that bill and needs a quarterback. It would almost need to be like the Sam Bradford trade a couple years ago when Teddy Bridgewater got hurt. Maybe Washington gives him big money because they are mess and have no idea what they are doing?neil: The Giants would be HILARIOUS. Jettisoning Eli for basically a younger EliSalfino: Washington just gave big-ish money to Alex Smith though.gfoster: Yeah, but his career is possibly over. What do they do?Salfino: Someone on my Twitter mentions said that Foles is the new Earl Morrall. (I liked that.)joshua.hermsmeyer: Googles Earl Morrallgfoster: LOL. Here you go.neil: Ooooh, I like that. Or maybe Craig Morton? LOL.Salfino: Morton was never really a backup though. He was part of the two-QB rotation with Staubach. Morton I believe has the all-time record for yards per completion in a season. Morrall had a magical MVP season in 1968 and then flagged the Super Bowl against the Jets with all those picks and then basically disappeared until Shula resurfaced him in Miami after Griese got hurt during the perfect 1972 season.gfoster: Let’s stay in the NFC and talk about the Rams. Are we feeling better about them? They survived another tough road contest at home this weekend.neil: I loved how they completely ran over the Cowboys D.joshua.hermsmeyer: The fact that there isn’t a top 10 defense left in the playoffs confirms all my priors and warms my cockles.neil: Who knew CJ Anderson would be such an effective featured back? Or, like, their featured back at ALL?Salfino: The Rams had 51.3 percent play success, which is oddly exactly what the Patriots registered. CJ Anderson was hilarious in killing all the Gurley DFS guys but actually quite effective. A generational talent, some may say.gfoster: Gurley got his points, though.neil: (Kinda speaks to your story earlier this season, Josh, about Gurley being kind of a product of McVay and that offensive scheme.)joshua.hermsmeyer: That (incredibly large) hole Gurley ran through for his long TD was so much not Gurley it was amazing.Salfino: Is Gurley like Marshall Faulk with the St. Louis Rams, “the queen on the chessboard,” or is he replaceable? I would have thought the former, for sure.neil: One thing on the Rams is that Goff didn’t necessarily play all that well. Again.gfoster: Imagine what Zeke would do in that Rams offense. Because he seems to have to work for every yard, regardless of how much praise the Dallas O-line used to get or maybe still gets.Salfino: Yeah, I have a hard time envisioning Goff beating Brees in New Orleans. Huge home-road splits for Goff, too. Does Jason Garrett get that extension still?joshua.hermsmeyer: I saw a report that Garrett will get extended. Does anyone think he deserves it?Salfino: The Cowboys offense is good if it’s working but if it’s not working, Garrett never seems to be able to figure something out on the fly. Garrett is weird in that he’s a CEO coach, but is so closely tied to the offense, which he doesn’t really run.So what is Garrett’s value, really? Managing the staff? Managing the game? I think when you are a CEO coach you have to have a really strong personality like a Bill Parcells, be that “leader of men.” This is not Garrett, IMO. He just seems easily replaceable.joshua.hermsmeyer: He is elite at clapping.Salfino: Lombardi ended his clapping, which is sad.neil: Yeah, I don’t understand Jerry Jones’s fascination with Garrett. It’s like they were looking for ANY excuse whatsoever to extend him.gfoster: I just don’t think it’s a desirable job to coach with Jerry breathing down your neck.Salfino: Remember, Jones doesn’t want a strong personality that will basically kick him out of the locker room and tell him to stay in his owner’s lane.neil: He’s going to end up being one of the longest tenured coaches ever, and his record will pale in comparison with the others in the conversation. (Except maybe Marvin Lewis.)joshua.hermsmeyer: For all the grief Jones gets, he does seem incredibly loyal, and that is a terrific boss to have in a league like the NFL that moves on from most coaches far too quickly. Stability does have value.Salfino: He is basically Marvin Lewis, who also was a CEO coach without a really strong personality/culture. Tell that to Jimmy Johnson🙂:gfoster: Going back to Rams-Saints: The Saints lost their starting DT, Sheldon Rankins, to a possible torn Achilles. That’s a big loss, especially to be down a big interior lineman against the Rams.joshua.hermsmeyer: Mike, good point about Jimmy Johnson.neil: The way the Rams were clearing space against Dallas was unreal. According to ESPN Stats & Info Group, the Rams rushed 33 times for 195 yards and averaged 4.1 yards per carry before first contact between the tackles.Salfino: Maybe that will trick the Rams into running even more, especially on first down, right Josh?joshua.hermsmeyer: You never want to lose a starter, but if I had to pick a position to lose, give me DT.gfoster: That’s fair.Salfino: Exactly right. If it’s a pass rusher DT, OK, that’s worrisome. But there are only like one of those and he’s on the other team. Where are the big plays in the Rams passing game? They’re going to need some, I’m certain, to win.neil: True, their longest reception vs. Dallas was a 21-yarder to Brandin Cooks.Salfino: 186 passing yards on 28 attempts is not the Rams offense from October, for sure.joshua.hermsmeyer: With the loss of Rankins and their success with play-action, I would think the shot plays would come there. The linebackers may try to make up for Rankins’s loss by cheating a bit more than usual.Salfino: Are they still successful at play-action, Josh? I think that’s debatable.joshua.hermsmeyer: They did OK with it against Dallas I think.neil: Yes, Goff was 6-of-11 for 108 yards off play-action vs the Cowboys. That’s not as amazing as their early-season standards. But it’s still much better than when he passed without play-action.gfoster: Let’s talk about the AFC. The Chargers, who were 9-0 on the road, got absolutely destroyed by the Patriots. This was the one game that seemed completely over in the first quarter.Salfino: Yeah, getting to Josh’s point, the Patriots-Chargers were exhibit A in “offense mostly controls outcomes.”neil: Classic Patriots home divisional-round win.Salfino: I absolutely hated the team flying back to Los Angeles after the Wild Card win in Baltimore.gfoster: I think people tend to overweight air travel. But maybe you are right in this case.joshua.hermsmeyer: The win probability charts basically concur with your assessment Geoff. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): The Divisionals returned normalcy to the NFL. All four home favorites won outright – three of them covered the spread comfortably. There will be no wild card team making a run this year, which seems like a harder and harder path to the Super Bowl. But let’s start with the last team to get in, the Saints, who were the only home favorite to not cover, and they actually had to dig out of a 14-0 hole as Philly looked primed for another upset. So, is Foles Magic officially dead? And, where is Foles playing next year?Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): Foles seems to have said his goodbye to Philadelphia. So it seems safe to say he’s leaving.joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): Hanging this on Foles seems deeply wrong. On that last drive, it was the receivers that failed, not Foles. That said, since we are positing magic, I guess it’s true it is gone.gfoster: I wasn’t blaming Foles. I actually thought he played great.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): Foles started the game so hot. The script seemed to be writing itself. But after those early drives, he really reverted back to the QB he has usually been over his career.Salfino: The last drive was definitely not Foles’s fault but after those first two drives, he really did not make a play.neil: In quarters two through four, Foles went 10-22 for 4.0 YPA and 0 TDs, 2 INTsgfoster: OK, so maybe “great” was a reach.neil: (Brees, meanwhile, went 26-32 for 8.5 YPA and 2 TDs, 0 INTs after a rough first quarter start — literally as rough as it gets on the first play of the game.)gfoster: I feel like someone could have huddled up with the Eagles defense and said “Hey, I think they might be trying to throw to Michael Thomas; should we do something about that?”joshua.hermsmeyer: 💯Salfino: Ginn was open, too, by a couple of steps. Brees also was short on another throw later to Taysom Hill. But he was really good at attacking the deeper middle of the field, especially on third down. Plus the Eagles helped by suffering a spate of injuries.neil: And at one point the Saints seemed to be doing everything they could to give the game away with penalties.gfoster: The Saints seemed to almost abandon the run, which is very unlike them. And until that late 36-yard run by Ingram, the Eagles took Kamara and Ingram basically out of the game plan, it seemed.joshua.hermsmeyer: I think Foles will get hired on somewhere, but if I were a GM I would let the other guy overpay for his services. His completion percentage by depth is really just average. Overpaying for average is a team killer unless you are absolutely loaded everywhere else. neil: I do wonder how much the travel had to do with it. They seemed out of sorts most of the game, especially on defense early. Didn’t help that their weird hybrid LB/DB scheme was totally ineffective against Brady and the Pats.Salfino: I hate a West Coast team in the early slot in a playoff game, but the Chargers were their own worst enemy in opting to go back home. Still, it probably wouldn’t have mattered, as flat as Los Angeles seemed (especially with the missed tackles). The Patriots were flawless. Brady looked like a different player, and there are reports that trick play with him as a receiver against the Titans hurt his knee pretty badly. He was able to practice fully again though.joshua.hermsmeyer: Angry Tom in the cold is the narrative, I think.Salfino: Did you see how the Patriots taped that thermostat on the wall where the Chargers had to come out on the field? Seems lame but maybe it worked.gfoster: Also, people spent all week talking about Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. That’s not too relevant when you dump the ball to James White 15 to 20 times a game.neil: Tactically, you have to appreciate the way they used their RBs against Los Angeles’s defense. Sony Michel ran for 129 and 3 TDs, plus James White had 15 catches out of the backfield. The Chargers had no answer for that attack. Michel was averaging 4.6 YPC with eight-plus defenders in the box against a defense that had smothered the run-heavy Ravens a week before.Salfino: The Patriots are all spares and no strikes now. They ran a ton with Michel. They had 15 catches for under 100 yards from White. Edelman got some big plays somehow, but he’s not a gamebreaker. Gronk had one catch. But this hyper efficiency works for them because they avoid mistakes. I’m not sure why the Chargers stuck with the Ravens defense with all those defensive backs. The Patriots are not a fast team at all. You want more size against them.neil: Well, people spent all week saying they’d revolutionized NFL defense with that scheme.joshua.hermsmeyer: Against a mobile QB, I think it’s a great defense. Against a pocket passer, I’m not sure what you are gaining.Salfino: The difference between the Patriots and other teams is that they solve the puzzle with an opponent and move on to the next opponent. They don’t bring whatever worked one week necessarily into the next.gfoster: Is Gronk a concern? Or not so much? Considering we’ve seen them go on SB runs without him before. He practically got the Bronx cheer from the Foxboro crowd when he made that one catch.joshua.hermsmeyer: Gronk had a fantastic day…checks notes…blocking.Salfino: Gronk’s yards per target this year was still good. He did gain 27 yards on that one play. It’s hard for me to believe he’s shot. He’s clearly not the same player, but I think he can still be effective. The Chargers are really designed to stop tight ends, though, with Derwin James.gfoster: Also, is it me, or did Rivers’s deep balls look terrible? Just floating up in the wind, asking Mike Williams to make jump ball catches 40 yards downfield.neil: In fairness, he was under heavy pressure much of the game.Salfino: Williams has to make that catch, Geoff. I thought Rivers had a lot of pop on most of his throws. But the Patriots played that Ravens blitzing defense and it really surprised Rivers. By the time he adjusted, the game was over.neil: According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Rivers was pressured 24 times against New England, which was most of any quarterback in a playoff game in the last 10 seasons.joshua.hermsmeyer: What’s interesting is that while the Chargers kept their Ravens defense, the Patriots adopted the Ravens defense with their cover-zero looks and massive pressure on Rivers.Salfino: Yes, interesting but clearly not surprising that Belichick out-coached Lynn. That was the big worry for the Chargers in this game.What was interesting and unknown was “how” Belichick would get the edge.gfoster: Rivers’s deep ball seemed like me trying deep passes in Thanksgiving touch football. “I got someone out there, so just going to heave it and hope for the best.”Salfino: This is what those Ravens blitzes reduce you to, low-percentage deep throws.What’s funny is that exactly no one thinks that the Patriots having had success blitzing are going to bring that into the Chiefs game.gfoster: When the Chiefs played the Pats in the regular season, it was 43-40 and probably the most entertaining game of the season. I don’t think we will see 80+ points again. Or will we? The Chiefs defense seems to have improved recently.Salfino: I think we do see 80 points again.gfoster: Interesting. Even if conditions are much worse?Salfino: If it’s windy, that’s a problem. Cold? Nah. Unless it’s Ice Bowl-like.neil: Certainly seems like Patriots punter Ryan Allen probably won’t get as much of a workout as Rigoberto Sanchez against KC. Seemed like every time you looked up, Indy was punting.gfoster: Judging by the Chargers games, I wasn’t aware the Patriots had a punter.Salfino: Luck was so bad. It seemed like every other pass was deflected at the line. The first three, I’m pretty sure, though whether the first pass of the game was tipped is not entirely clear. That has to be a record though.joshua.hermsmeyer: Regarding the total, Vegas has it at 57.5. That’s super high. I’m not sure I take the over.gfoster: Kareem Hunt totaled 185 combined yards in that Patriots game. But Damien Williams has made people forget about him pretty quickly. Interestingly, Patriots were able to limit Kelce’s production (somewhat), which the Colts had no answer for.Salfino: OK, I revise my prediction since the forecast is for a high of 16 degrees on Sunday.joshua.hermsmeyer: If Sammy Watkins can contribute big, high-leverage plays, I think he will be one too many weapons for the Patriots to account for.Salfino: Belichick wants to x-out Kelce in these games. And then Hill kills them. Also Hunt out of the backfield in the last game, though that’s no longer a threat.neil: Gosh, that 57.5 is with the temperature baked into the over/under? (Well, maybe not “baked.” Frozen?) What would it be in a dome?Salfino: Hunt actually killed the Patriots as a receiver in the last two games they played. Can Williams function this way? I don’t see it.gfoster: Weather moves the total more than anything (except quarterback injuries), so we will see what happens with that line.Salfino: No appreciable wind in the forecast, though about 20 mph on Saturday so maybe that’s a threat, too. I tell all my fantasy friends, it’s just wind other than super extreme conditions on the other side — cold, rain or snow. And really wind at over 20 mph only.gfoster: Who does the weather help though? You could argue the Patriots. Has Mahomes played in games this cold? Brady sure has.joshua.hermsmeyer: I’m going to fade the idea that something like weather can stop Mahomes. While it didn’t snow as much people envisioned, the Indianapolis game was plenty cold and Mahomes looked fantastic.neil: For the sake of fun trivia, it was 17 degrees in Mahomes’ debut start. (According to PFR, that’s the coldest game he’s played as a pro.)Salfino: Brady has played one game in 10 degrees or colder — in 2003. He had a 73.3 passer rating. (Note that includes playoffs.)joshua.hermsmeyer: Are any of you picking the Patriots?gfoster: Great segue! Let’s close with our Super Bowl predictions.neil: If the game was at Foxboro, I’d think about it. But Brady hasn’t won a road playoff game since this wacky one against the Chargers. Hard to believe! But Pats usually play at home in lead-up to Super Bowl.gfoster: That’s where the game-sealing interception was fumbled for a first down?Salfino: He’s 0-2 since then.neil: Yes, the Marlon McCree game.Salfino: So I will stick with my Chiefs-Saints Super Bowl.neil: I will do the same!Salfino: Save us, Josh.joshua.hermsmeyer: I think we’ll see the proverbial passing of the torch from Old Angry Tom to Mahomes, kinda like when Favre beat Young in the playoffs. And I still like the Rams in the NFC.neil: Josh, Elias says this is the biggest age difference in a QB matchup in conference champ history. joshua.hermsmeyer: Great statneil: I am also looking forward to Mahomes potentially doubling the record for playoff wins by a Big 12 quarterback.gfoster: I also will take the Chiefs. But I’m going to say Chiefs-Rams just because I still haven’t seen the return of that devastating Saints offense. It’s been hibernating since the loss to the Cowboys in Week 13. The Saints managed just 20 points against a banged-up Eagles defense. It seemed like a struggle at times, even though a lot of that was self-inflicted penalties. Brees was under a lot of pressure. Trubisky even had more passing yards than Brees! Trubisky!!!Salfino: I will defend the Saints. They had 420 yards to 250 for the Eagles. That’s actually 28 expected points (formula is a point every 15 yards from scrimmage). To me, that’s pretty close to being on schedule. I mean, they had 25 first downs.gfoster: You know what the Saints need Mike, right?Salfino: Do not say it, Geoff.gfoster: More Taysom Hill gadget plays!Salfino: Payton was determined to make noise with Hill in that game.Salfino: Who would Taysom Hill be in the Star Wars universe? (Only episodes I-III.)gfoster: He’s young Anakin in Episode I. Ten minutes into the movie, you are like “Is this kid really going to play this big of a role, here?”joshua.hermsmeyer: I was going to say Porkins. “Stay on target.”gfoster: I would love to see a close-up of Brees’s face every time he is set out wide with Hill under center; I feel like he’s rolling his eyes — but I can’t be sure.Salfino: Ha ha ha.joshua.hermsmeyer: His body language instills fear in the DB every time.neil: One day, Brees will burn someone over the top.Salfino: Brees has large hands and probably could win 50/50 balls.joshua.hermsmeyer: No matter what combination of teams ultimately makes it, this is the correct four teams in the championship round, and the perfect end to the greatest offensive season in NFL history.neil: Agreed! It’s the first time since the 1970 merger that each of the top four teams in scoring made the conference title game.gfoster: We wanted offense. We got offense. 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Gabi hopes final will not be Griezmanns last game for Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid captain Gabi is hoping that tonight’s Europa League final against Marseille will not be Antoine Griezmann’s last game for the clubThe French forward has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer and is looking increasingly likely to end his four-year association with Atletico.Since arriving from Real Sociedad in 2014 for the then-Champions League finalists, Griezmann has yet to win any silverware at the club.Tonight’s final in Lyon will be his first chance at finally ending that drought with Atletico aiming to win a record-equalling third Europa League crown.While acknowledging that a player of Griezmann’s calibre will always want to win, Gabi remains hopeful that he will remain at the Spanish capital.“We’ve been talking on Antoine [Griezmann] the whole year,” said the Spaniard, according to SportsKeeda.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“He is fine.“I see him very good, physically very good, focused in this game because it is very important for him to win a title.“With his level, he just wants to win titles. I wish it won’t be his last final with Atletico. Because we need him, and he knows that we all want him to stay.”After turning down a move to Manchester United last summer, Griezmann initially struggled to hit top form this season.But since January, he has put doubts over his uncertain future to one side and has now netted an impressive 27 goals in 47 appearances for Atletico this term.last_img read more

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Kenai Airport Raising Operating Costs

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The operating costs for the two airlines that contract with the Kenai Municipal Airport will be increasing at the start of the new fiscal year. According to the resolution put before the Kenai City Council,  the city determined the rental rates for non-signatory, airline, apron space on the Kenai Airport are significantly undervalued taking into account land values, construction cost of improvements, and maintenance costs. The proposed amendment to the Airport’s Airline Operating Agreement calls for a 5% increase inlanding fees, terminal rents, and signatory, airline, terminal apron parking and GSE storage spacerent. Both Grant Aviation, and Ravn Alaska will see an increase in their operating costs, on July 1, after the City of Kenai renegotiates the existing lease agreements with both airlines.center_img Ravn would see an increase of 14.4 percent, and Grant would see a 6.4 percent increase (based on the size of areas each airline uses inside and outside the airport). Rental car companies with sales counters in the terminal will also see an increase , but the restaurant located in the airport will not. Currently the Kenai Municipal Airport is undergoing the Terminal Improvement Project, which is estimated to cost $9.7 million for construction.last_img read more

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House Elects Temporary Speaker

first_imgAs of Thursday, the House remains unorganized with no majority or coalition. One of the first actions of the temporary speaker was to swear in Sharon Jackson to the vacant House seat in Eagle River. Jackson was nominated by Governor Mike Dunleavy to file the vacant seat. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House of Representatives has elected a temporary speaker after the start of the Legislative session on Tuesday.center_img On a vote of 35-4, House members supported Nome Democratic Representative Neal Foster for the job. The only other nomination for temporary speaker was Big Lake Republican Representative Mark Neuman.last_img read more

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Dakota Johnson have fun in barely there swimwear with

first_imgGwyneth Paltrow.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesChris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow have taken ex-cordiality to the next level. The pair ‘consciously uncoupled’ three years ago. But it sure looks like there are no hard feelings between the two.In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin took it a step further, they were spotted having fun with their current partners in tow. Gwyneth and Chris were accompanied by Brad Falchuk and Dakota Johnson. Chris Martin and Dakota recently put up quite the public display of affection tamping down the breakup rumours that had begun to swirl.And it seems Paltrow is in full support of his relationship with Johnson.’Gwyneth really likes Dakota and she likes Chris and Dakota together as a couple,’ an insider told E! News.’Dakota has always fit in really well and felt like part of the family when they all hang out. She’s very mature, she’s smart and she’s interesting. They have a lot to talk about.’In fact, Gwyneth may even have played a very important role in keeping Chris and Dakota together. But the actress may have played an integral role in keeping Chris and Dakota, who were plagued with split rumors near the start of summer, together.  Actress Dakota Johnson poses as she arrives to attend ‘Fifty Shades Freed – 50 Nuances Plus Claires’ Premiere at Salle Pleyel in Paris on February 6, 2018.PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images’Gwyneth is the one who pushed them to [stay together],’ an insider revealed to Us Weekly.The Oscar winning actress could be seen rocking a gorgeous and tiny triangle top which helped her boost her tan. She kept on a pair of baby blue shorts however. Dakota and Chris looked adorable together and there did not seem to be any awkwardness between the exes at all. Which we have to say is quite a feat.Meanwhile, Dakota Johnson seemed relaxed in a classic look, a pair of denim shorts, a white tee shirt and Birkenstocks, which she took off to tread towards the ocean. We hope we can maintain such a relationship with our exes. You can check out the pics here.last_img read more

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