first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Wolves discuss Coady extension as Liverpool, Arsenal circleby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Wolves defender Conor Coady. The 25-year-old has starred this season for the Black Country club.It is believed Wolves are preparing a brand new contract for the Englishman to ward off any potential suitors.They would be Liverpool and Arsenal, according to the Daily Mail. Both clubs are in need for a centre-back this month. Coady graduated from Liverpool’s academy in 2013 before joining Huddersfield Town a season later. last_img read more

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum reacted this morning to Auburn’s dominant bowl victory over Purdue.Finebaum has been critical of Gus Malzahn and the Tigers, but he was impressed with their bowl game performance.Still, Finebaum is unsure if it means anything for the program moving forward.“Sometimes you get tired of hearing everything,” Finebaum said on WJOX this morning.“Last year they were hung over a little bit after the SEC Championship loss, (Kerryon) Johnson was out. And this year, they just seem motivated. Now what it means, moving forward? I have no earthly idea. It makes the offseason a little better. It doesn’t really change the circumstances very much.”Auburn heads into the 2019 season with some optimism, but the Tigers’ schedule is just brutal. Malzahn and Co. open the year against Oregon, which is returning Justin Herbert. Their cross-division SEC opponents include Florida and Georgia.“I’m not sure I see a more difficult schedule in many, many years,” Finebaum said this morning. “You guys tell me what the record will be.”Auburn finished the 2018 season with an 8-5 record. The Tigers might need to improve on that if Malzahn is going to keep his job, but that could prove to be difficult with the schedule.Regardless of what happens, Auburn will be one of the most-intriguing programs in the country to follow next year.last_img read more

first_imgAs travelers look for new ways to explore our world, they are turning to more personal travel experiences shared with smaller groups.  One of the fastest growing sectors of travel today is small ship cruising, and interest in the waterways of North, South and Central America is booming.  Don’t miss out on selling this profitable travel style.  Small ship cruising throughout the Americas will attract new clients and also offers former clients an alternative to long-haul river cruising and escorted touring.  A Blount Small Ship Adventure is a perfect option for providing your clients with a unique way to travel. Named by USA Today and 10Best as one of the 10 Best River Cruises for 2016, Blount Small Ship Adventures (BSSA) was founded by Luther Blount in 1966 and remains family owned and operated today.  An engineer and ship builder by trade, and an avid adventurer at heart, Luther believed that in order to have a truly authentic cruising experience you had to either own your own yacht, or have a friend who did. Because Luther Blount owned such a yacht in the early 1960’s, he invited many friends to join him and his young family as they explored hidden and hard-to-get-to destinations; some of which he discovered while delivering the boats he built. When a waiting list for Luther’s trips became necessary, the idea for creating a small ship cruise line was born. With a commitment to “going where the big ships cannot”, and making travelers feel like they were “sailing on a friend’s yacht,” BSSA grew from one 16 passenger vessel to a fleet of three 83 passenger ships—each built to be different by design. Cruising with BSSA means sailing the waters less traveled in a personal, uncrowded way.  Going places that are inaccessible to larger cruise ships, docking where private yachts dock, and getting away from manufactured experiences are all values that have driven this company for five decades. “We take adventurous and curious travelers on unscripted journeys to places big ships can’t go,” said Nancy Blount, the President & CEO of BSSA.  “We believe the freedom of stepping directly off our ships and into adventure is the difference between going to a place, and being in a place.  And our welcoming and casual atmosphere, along with some of the friendliest staff and crew in the business, ensures that sailing with Blount still feels like sailing on a friend’s yacht.” Why Sell Small Ship Cruising in The Americas?Interest in the romance of river cruising has grown dramatically over the past decade….and that trend shows no signs of slowing.   Many Americans who have taken European river cruises are now looking for new, closer-to-home ways of experiencing our world.  Exploring historic waterways like the Erie Canal or St. Lawrence Seaway; the scenic and charming Atlantic Coast; or the relaxing, undisturbed treasures of the Caribbean have now become bucket-list leaders.  And this can be very lucrative for travel agents. The Benefits of Selling BSSA:Competitive commissionsCompelling consumer offersGroup rates & chartersDiscounted travel for youHappy repeat clients– a BSSA 60% Retention Ratio keeps travelers coming back to you    In addition, if you join the BSSA STARS Travel Agent Certification program, you can earn extra commission on all Blount cruises.  Plus, travel with BSSA and you can earn back the cost of your trip after you make 5 bookings within 12 months of your return date. Travel Agent Discounts:Receive between 40%-75% off regular departures, based on bookings made between 45 and 14 days of departure.  Aggressive companion discounts also available. Who Is The Typical Small Ship Client?55+ years oldCouples and Solo travelers65% FemaleCollege and Post College EducatedHas taken European river cruises and escorted toursActiveCuriousEnjoys a smaller “yacht club” type atmosphereInterested in history and culture Innovative Ship DesignsThe unique features of BSSA’s small vessels allow unparalleled access to destinations that are simply out of reach on larger cruise vessels. Access to tiny islands, secluded coves, and small river inlets are part of every Blount itinerary.  An ingenious retractable pilot house allows ships to glide gently beneath the lowest bridges and through locks, earning BSSA the distinction of being the only overnight cruise line able to transit the entirety of the Erie Canal. A 6’ draft allows navigation through shallow rivers, harbors and canals, bringing travelers to places only private yachts can go.  And, the signature “bow ramp” takes adventurers directly from the ship onto shore.  Imagine the faces of unsuspecting locals relaxing on the beaches of Belize as this ship approaches, landing directly on the sand! A Different Kind of Cruise ExperienceOn a Blount cruise, guests will never stand in lines or feel lost in the crowd. With only 83 passengers, every cruise experience will always feel exclusive and personal.  A famously friendly staff and crew consider every guest to be a part of the Blount family, creating an inviting and casual onboard atmosphere. Crew-members are consistently recognized by travelers for their expertise, knowledge and desire to make every guest’s adventure the most memorable experience possible. As a family-run business, many of the crew have been part of the Blount family for decades.  Taking a genuine pride in delivering unique experiences, they love to share their insights of the regions, waterways and cultures being experienced. Every cruise adventure is enhanced by onboard activities including guest speakers and destination experts, lectures by historians and naturalists, and live local music.  Bicycles and kayaks are available for those interested in getting even closer to a destination. Travelers may also choose to personalize their adventure with optional excursions at nearly every port. Amenities and Comfort Sailing with no more than 83 passengers means a personal, uncrowded journey that goes beyond cruising50 years of experience in small ship cruising and expert boat building ensures innovative itineraries, customer safety and satisfactionDifferent by design—because of the way they are built, Blount boats take you where other ships cannot goLocally inspired, delicious cuisineAn informal and casual cruising experience—like sailing on a friend’s yachtPrivate cabins are air conditioned with individual in-room climate controlNew single-occupancy cabins invite single travelers to come aboard at a special rateOnboard lectures bring destinations to lifeKayak and bike rentals are available for individual discoveryA stern swimming platform, skiff, and glass bottom boat allow travelers to get even closerA fitness area on aft deck features exercise bikes, full size and mini step machines, yoga mats, tension bands, and lightweight dumbbellsA unique BYOB policy and complimentary mixers allows guests to bring along their favorite beverages while avoiding high bar tabsFree wine and beer is served with lunch and dinner On-Board Activities Three common areas, including the lounge, dining room and outside top deck, all host activities while onboard including:Wine tastingsPhotography workshopsCulinary demonstrationsGames, movies, and readingLocal musicians, historians, and naturalists Culinary DelightsWith Blount Small Ship Adventures, every meal is a feast for the senses. Expert chefs create culinary delights with perfectly cooked meats and flavorful seafood, accompanied by fresh produce, home-made soups and breads, and creative salads.  Topping meals off are decadent desserts. Cuisine is tailored to reflect the regions visited on each itinerary, helping guests feel truly immersed in each destination’s local culture. Freshly baked pastries are available all day long and complimentary wine and beer is served with lunch and dinner. As guests indulge in each culinary masterpiece, they can admire the passing scenery through the large windows in an open-seating dining room. Sample Menu:LunchPotato and Leek SoupWatermelon and Feta SaladRoast Beef and Swiss on Rosemary FocacciaComplimentary Wine and Beer Dinner EntreesStrawberry and Arugula SaladFresh Herbed LoafCreamy Shitake RisottoSugar Snap PeasGrilled Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom Demi GlazePan Seared Mahi Mahi with Peach, Pineapple, Mango SalsaComplimentary Wine and Beer DessertsCrème BrûléeBread PuddingCheese Plate and CrackersIce CreamFresh Baked Pastries (available 24 hours) Innovative ItinerariesCruise itineraries for 2016 include: The Bahamian Out Islands:  12 and 16 daysSouthern Treasures:  8 DaysAtlantic Coastal Waterways:  16 DaysMaine & The Canadian Maritimes: 12 daysIslands of New England:  7 DaysMagical Lake Michigan:  8 DaysExclusive “Signature Series”Perennial favorites are part of a “Signature Series” programs including: Great American Waterways: Chicago to Warren, RI Sail four Great Lakes and many of America’s most iconic waterways! Begin your voyage in Chicago and explore the welcoming small towns of the Great Lakes region. Enjoy a day in Cleveland, OH, and admire the natural beauty of Erie, PA. Discover the treasures of Buffalo, NY and Rochester, NY, and watch as the ship’s retractable pilot house is lowered to transit the iconic Erie Canal! Sail the scenic waterways of eastern New York State, and behold the dazzling lights of Manhattan during a nighttime sail through New York Harbor before concluding in Warren, RI.16 days, 15 nights, departing May 18; June 4, 15; July 2, 27; August 10 Locks, Legends and Canals of the Northeast: New York City to Montreal Embark in dazzling New York City, then discover the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River Valley. Enjoy a full day of cruising the historic Erie Canal, and behold the foothills of the Catskills Mountains in Cooperstown, NY. Transit the Oswego Canal, gaze at the majesty of the Thousand Islands region, and cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway as you cross into Canada! Explore enchanting Three Rivers, QC, and enjoy an organ recital in the town’s awe-inspiring chapel. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Town in French-inspired Quebec City, QC, then discover vibrant Montreal, QC. A performance by local musicians is the perfect conclusion to your unforgettable adventure.14 days, 13 nights, departing August 28; September 12; October 12, 14 Islands, Castles & Canals is one of the special President’s Cruise sailings with Nancy Blount, featuring special hors d’oeuvres, exclusive activities, and other surprises throughout the voyage. Islands, Castles and Canals: Boston to MontrealEmbark in Boston, MA, the birthplace of American history! Discover the scenic islands of Martha’s Vineyard, MA and Block Island, RI, then admire the sweeping beauty of the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills Mountains. View the historic castles in New York’s stunning Thousand Islands region, then cross into Canada and sail the St. Lawrence Seaway, a system of locks, canals, and channels. Enjoy a private organ recital in the enchanting town of Three Rivers, QC, and explore Quebec City, QC, often considered the most romantic city in North America. A full day in Montreal, vibrant with culture, history, and artistry, is the perfect conclusion to your voyage.16 days, 15 nights, departing September 27 Unbeatable ValueBSSA offers one of the best values in small ship cruising! Prioritizing comfort over luxury and frequently offering specials, guests can earn discounts by booking two trips in a calendar year; or traveling as a group of 10 passengers or more. They can even earn a FREE cruise with Blount’s Frequent Cruiser rewards!One of the most popular features of a Blount cruise is the “BYOB” policy—guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages onboard! This unique alcohol policy gives our travelers the freedom to enjoy their preferred beverages without a costly bar tab at the trip’s end. Mixers and snacks are on the house, and barware, refrigeration, and bottle storage space are provided around the clock.With cruises starting at just $1,999 per person and departures from easily accessible ports, all your clients are sure to find a cruise they will love with Blount Small Ship Adventures. Set Sail with Blount Small Ship AdventuresCelebrate BSSA’s 50th anniversary in 2016 with special offers and programs! For more information or to order your FREE catalog, visit or call 800-556-7450. For access to an agents-only website, featuring marketing and sales tools, email us at  Welcome aboard!last_img read more

first_imgDINARD, France — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies are wrapping up a two-day meeting in the French seaside resort of Dinard where they hope to seal joint commitments on a range of global challenges and lay the groundwork for August’s G-7 summit in Biarritz.Diplomats from G-7 countries — which includes the U.S., France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy and the U.K. — want a joint statement by Saturday on the fight against trafficking drugs, arms and migrants in Africa’s troubled Sahel region, fighting cybercrime and stopping sexual violence against women in conflict zones, especially in Africa.But U.S. officials said that points of discord will also be discussed. Washington seems to be at odds with Italy over its stance on Venezuela and China’s trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Bank of Montreal reports higher Q2 profit and raises its dividend AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend and David Paddon, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2014 6:04 am MDT TORONTO – Bank of Montreal raised its dividend Wednesday as it reported an improved second-quarter profit of $1.1 billion, helped by its wealth management and Canadian banking businesses.BMO was the fifth of Canada’s big banks to beat expectations on adjusted earnings per share in a quarter that is proving to have more positive surprises than analysts expected.Profits were equal to $1.60 per share for the quarter, an increase from $962 million or $1.40 per share in the same quarter of 2013.Adjusted earnings per share were $1.63, which beat analysts’ expectations of $1.53.Meanwhile, BMO (TSX:BMO) increased its quarterly dividend by two cents to 78 cents.Traders reacted to the results by sending BMO stock’s to an all-time high of $77.46 in morning trading before pulling back and ending the day down slightly. The bank’s stock closed at $76.62 on the Toronto Stock Exchange, down 18 cents on the day but still up about three per cent in the past week since the big banks starting reporting earnings.Like its Canadian peers, BMO’s Canadian banking operations continued to be strong, while wealth management — although a smaller part of the overall business — showed even more year-over-year growth.BMO’s wealth management operations delivered net income of $194 million, an increase of 38 per cent from the same quarter a year ago. Its capital markets division posted $305 million in profits, up 16 per cent due to higher investment and corporate banking revenue.The bank’s Canadian personal and commercial banking produced net income of $480 million, up 14 per cent or $59 million year over year, but was relatively steady with the previous quarter ended Jan. 31.Cam Fowler, who has been head of BMO’s Canadian personal and commercial banking operations since January, said a generally slow start to the 2014 spring home-buying and mortgage-lending season had an slowing effect in the second quarter but that the volumes have risen in the fiscal third quarter that began May 1.“I think we’ll close the season quite well,” Fowler said in a conference call with analysts. “I expect we can continue to be a little bit better than the market.”Fowler said BMO is holding its own against competitors, which include Canada’s other big banks such as Royal (TSX:RY), Toronto-Dominion (TSX:TD) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS), which have also reported strong profit growth in the quarter.“It’s possible there’s a little more competition in the home finance market this year than last, but I don’t think to a large degree,” Fowler said.As for commercial lending, Fowler described competition as “healthy” and “I wouldn’t say there’s disproportionate pressure from any one player in any particular region.”In the area of credit cards, Fowler said Bank of Montreal is beginning to see positive results from its investments over the past few quarters — particularly with products in the premium segment of the market.“We’ve acquired more premium cards in the first half of this year than we did in all of last year,” Fowler said. “One fifth of those are new to (BMO).”In the United States, BMO’s personal and commercial banking operations posted weaker results, hurt by smaller gains on new mortgages. The division posted lower net income of US$140 million, down six per cent from a year ago.Provisions for credit losses were $261 million in the quarter, down from $322 million in the same quarter last year.BMO said its return on equity was 14.3 per cent compared with 14.2 per cent in the year-earlier period.National Bank (TSX:NA) reported its results after the markets closed on Tuesday and had a second-quarter net income of $362 million, down 13 per cent from a year ago. On an adjusted basis, earnings were $1.05 a share, a penny higher than analyst estimates and it also raised its quarterly dividend.However, revenue of $1.28 billion missed expectations of $1.34 billion and its shares tumbled $1.17 or 2.49 per cent to $45.86. read more

After days of intense discussions, nearly 500 delegates, including ministers and senior officials from 47 countries, adopted a comprehensive Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Population and Development.The document was finalized on the last day of the Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) in Bangkok, hosted by the UN United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). “Addressing one of the most important parts of our unfinished business, it affirms the importance of non-discrimination, of ending violence against women and girls, and of universal sexual and reproductive health, services, and rights,” UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Noeleen Heyzer, said at the closing of the week-long conference on Friday. She also noted that the document affirms the importance of national laws and policies which respect and protect the reproductive rights of every person, and “enables all people to exercise them without discrimination on any grounds.” The document will be the region’s input to next year’s UN General Assembly review of the 20-year action plan on sexual and reproductive health rights which was agreed on in 1994 in Cairo at the UN International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).The Declaration reasserts key principles of the ICPD Programme of Action, stressing States’ responsibility to protect human rights for all without distinction and to address the root causes of poverty. It also calls for universal and equitable access to sexual and reproductive health services, to further reduce maternal deaths, ensure access to family planning and prevent the spread of HIV. The Declaration emphasizes promotion of gender equality, including calls to end violence against women and girls and early and forced marriage. It also highlights actions essential to further progress, particularly the rights of young people and their needs, including comprehensive sexuality education, access to contraception including for the unmarried, education and employment opportunities. The Declaration is expected to contribute to discussions as the international community builds on the eight-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and prepares a post-2015 development agenda. The summit, and the ministerial document it produced, are “pointing the way to the future we want: one in which human rights are upheld for all of us, with the exception of none of us,” said UNFPA Deputy Executive Director Kate Gilmore, who also attended the meeting. read more

The US and Mexico Meet Again In The CONCACAF Womens World Cup

Just two minutes into the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifiers semifinal game in 2010, a free-kick from distance was flicked behind the U.S. back line, and a Mexican player running forward slotted it into the net. The U.S. looked stunned. Mexico scored again in the 27th minute and would go on to defeat the U.S. 2-1 — the only time it has managed to do so in the two teams’ 31 matchups — nearly eliminating one of the world’s best teams from the 2011 Women’s World Cup. (The U.S. was forced to play a two-games series against Italy to qualify for the World Cup, where it eventually finished second to Japan on penalty kicks.)On Friday night, the two teams will meet again in the CONCACAF Qualifiers semifinal, this time on U.S. soil. Despite handedly beating Mexico in two friendlies last month, 8-0 and 4-0, that 2010 semifinal game serves as a reminder for the U.S.: World Cup hopes can fade in a flash — even for a powerhouse team — with one bad game.We’ve updated our projections, and the U.S. now has a 95 percent chance of beating Mexico and advancing to the finals. That number makes it seem like Friday’s matchup will be lopsided, and it may be. But if Mexico sits in and defends as anticipated, the Americans may find it difficult to score and could be forced into overtime or penalty-kicks.Mexico, however, has not looked as strong at this year’s CONCACAF Qualifiers compared to 2010’s, losing to Costa Rica in group play 1-0. It has only a 4 percent chance of winning the tournament, but a 74 percent chance of placing third — enough to qualify for next summer’s World Cup.Below are the updated expected-win probabilities for the remaining CONCACAF tournament teams:The other semifinal matchup Friday night, between Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago, is evenly matched. Costa Rica is a slight favorite, with a 57 percent chance of beating Trinidad and facing the Americans in the final. The two teams have drawn two out of their five matchups. Costa Rica has beaten Trinidad twice, and Trinidad has beaten Costa Rica once. The last time they met, however, in December 2012, Trinidad crushed Costa Rica 4-0 (how seriously the teams took this game is unclear though, as it wasn’t recorded as an official qualifying or friendly match).The winners of the two semifinal games will play in the championship Sunday, with their World Cup berths already secured. The more interesting match may be the third-place game (also Sunday), when the winner will secure the last reserved CONCACAF spot at the World Cup. The fourth-place team, however, is not automatically eliminated and will play Ecuador in a two-game series for another World Cup berth. read more

Podcast A Special StatSchool Edition Of Hot Takedown

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s special show (July 14, 2015), we go to Stat School. With Kate on vacation, Chad out of the office and Neil stuck in New York, we pre-taped an episode that breaks down three ways to measure batting, in increasing complexity: batting average, OPS (on-base plus slugging) and wRC+ (weighted runs created plus). Neil schools Kate and Chad on the pros and cons of the stats, and what sabermetrics has taught us about players like the Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on this week’s show:Nolan Arenado’s stat page.An in-depth explanation of batting average.An OPS breakdown.What is wRC+? More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

first_imgLiam Thomson with partner Sophie and elder daughter Lola Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Liam Thomson with partner Sophie and elder daughter LolaCredit:nigel bennett/nb press ltd An IPCC spokesman said: “Our independent investigation into a fatal road traffic incident in the area of Pontrilas, near Hereford in which Liam Thomson died, is ongoing.”We have served notices on two West Mercia Police officers to advise them they are subject to investigation.”center_img Their lawyer Nick Turner, of Russell and Co, said the case could pave the way for other children who were unborn when their parents were killed to bring compensation claims. Mr Turner will argue that the children have been deprived of Mr Thomson’s income. He was a probationer dairyman when he died. The 22-year-old female driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is now on bail.The two police officers, who were pursuing the car on an unlit lane in dense fog in an unmarked BMW X5, have been put under investigation. Mr Turner said the case could involve a compensation clam for up to half a million pounds. He said: “I’ve been doing civil actions against the police for 25 years and I can’t recall ever coming across a case where the plaintiff is a three-month-old child born a week after the police killed her father,” he said.The sisters’ claim will be brought under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976, which allows relatives of those killed by the wrongdoing of others to claim compensation. This case will clarify whether the act covers unborn children.  A three-month-old baby is to become the youngest person ever to sue a police force after her father was killed in a police chase before she was born, in a case that could set a legal precedent. Amelia Thomson’s father Liam, 23, was killed in a night-time crash on a country lane in Pontrilas, Herefordshire, in December last year. His two daughters Lola, 5, and Amelia, three months, are now set to bring dependency claims against the force for causing his death. last_img read more

Avoid Hackney Central. Some guy just pulled out a knife on my overground train and the staff are saying he stabbed someone. Absolutely terrifying. #HackneyCentral— Joe Street (@joestreet18) 2 October 2018 Bunmi Ogunleye, who also witnessed the incident, said it was “mayhem”. He wrote: “About a minute to Hackney Central station. I saw the man waving the knife and rambling inaudible words. We were all terrified! The guy who got stabbed was running until he collapsed. Bleeding from the chest.”Local MP Diane Abbott, the shadow Home Secretary, tweeted: “Horrible incident tonight at Hackney Central. My thoughts are with the stabbed passenger and their family.”A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Officers are appealing for information after a man was stabbed at Hackney Central Overground Station earlier this evening. “Just after 6pm this evening BTP officers, along with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service, were called to a report of a man having being stabbed at Hackney Central Overground Station.”The London Ambulance Service has taken the victim to hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries.”A man has been arrested. Police are asking that anyone who was at Hackney Central Overground Station and saw anything suspicious, to please get in touch.” A man has just gone on a rampage with a knife on a train stopping at Hackney Central. He’s been arrested by police but it looks like some people on the train were injured. The train has been evacuated.— Nick Renaud-Komiya (@NickRenKom) 2 October 2018 A knifeman has been arrested by police this evening after a man was stabbed at a London Overground station.Trains were suspended between Highbury & Islington and Stratford following the incident at Hackney Central at around 6pm.Passengers on social media reported seeing someone being stabbed on the train, and that they had been evacuated from the station.The British Transport Police later confirmed one man was in custody in connection with the incident.Eyewitness Hazel Orton wrote on Twitter: “Full on stampede on the train after a man was attacked on the train coming into Hackney Central, 5 feet away from where I was sitting, people dropped phones and bags, hope victim is OK.”Joe Street wrote: “Avoid Hackney Central. Some guy just pulled out a knife on my overground train and the staff are saying he stabbed someone. Absolutely terrifying.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCDB funded sea, river defence works to progress this yearFebruary 1, 2018In “latest news”Dislodged seawall barriers replaced – MPIOctober 9, 2017In “latest news”$460M approved for emergency works on Mahaicony Sea DefenceAugust 6, 2019In “Business” Residents of Ruimzeight, West Coast Demerara (WCD), can rest assured that the ongoing sea-defence works in the area will not jeopardize their livelihoods. This assurance was given by Chief Sea and River Defence Officer, Kevin Samad, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).A completed section of the sea defence work in the Ruimzeight area.Samad was responding to reports which surfaced in the media that claimed residents of Ruimzeight were concerned that the sea defence works would result in the clearing of vegetation along the shoreline.  The Sea and River Defence Officer stated there was no need for alarm since the work being conducted will protect the adjacent communities from flooding.According to DPI, Samad explained that between Harlem to Ruimzeight there was no solid sea defence structure and over the years these areas have been protected by an earthen embankment and mangrove forests which reduced the erosive impact of high energy waves on the foreshore.Within the last five years, the Ruimzeight/Crane area has experienced severe erosion of the foreshore which has resulted in progressive depletion of the mangrove fringe. This erosion has resulted in an unprecedented low-lying foreshore which has left the area subject to intense wave action; increasing the susceptibility of the earthen embankment to breaches during the spring tide periods, DPI said.According to Samad, following continuous monitoring of the area, the Ministry took the proactive decision to undertake the permanent riprap works. “This structure was designed to provide adequate levels of flood protection for a minimum period of 30 years and caters for sea level rise. There will be minimal overtopping and therefore no flooding upon completion of the project,” he underlined.The scope of the project covers the construction of 860 metres of riprap works, which are essentially engineered rock armour sloping structures. The project which is 65 percent complete is nationally funded.Samad also stated the Ministry implemented a comprehensive Community Education and Awareness Programme during 2014 – 2015 under Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Government’s US$30.9M, Sea and River Defence Resilience Project. Through the programme, residents of Ruimzeight, as well as Crane/Mary, were updated on the environmental and social issues relevant to a project that will be implemented in their communities, DPI reported.The CDB funded Sea and River Defence Resilience Project will see the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 5.4 km of sea and river defences in eight critical areas and will benefit over 45,000 residents in Regions Two, Three, Four and Six. read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A team of scientists, led by Monash University researcher Dena Lyras,has unlocked the secrets of a disease causing bacterium that kills hospital patients worldwide. Quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote quote…Scientists have known for years that the ‘superbug’ Clostridium difficile causes severe diarrhoea in hospital patients taking antiobiotics, according to Lyras. However they could not figure out exactly how it caused illness.“When people go into hospital and are treated with antibiotics, these antibiotics do not only kill the bad bugs but the good bugs as well,” explains Lyras. “When this happens this bug is able to grow in the gut and make toxins that can kill people who are already really sick. We knew that this bacteria produces two toxins, toxin A and B, and our work aimed to identify which toxin was responsible for causing illness.”The bug is found in every hospital in Australia and was estimated in 1992 to cost each hospital $1.25 million per year. It is also believed to have contributed to 8000 deaths in Britain in 2007. Using a host of scientific procedures including DNA manipulation, Lyras and her collegues created mutants of the superbug and went on to identify that it was toxin B produced by the bacterium that caused disease. “The work we did was able to stop bacteria from making either one of the toxins- when we took toxin A away, the bug caused illness but when we took toxin B away, it didn’t, so we realised that it was toxin B that was responsible for the illness.”The discovery was recently published in the prestigious scientific journal, Nature.  Lyras reveals that her new focus now is on developing a treatment for the illness.  “There are currently antibiotics that can be used to treat this bug. The problem with this bug as with many bugs is that they develop resistance to antibiotics, and so they’re very difficult to treat once they’ve developed resistance. We are investigating a number of different ways to combat the bug and are very confident that we will find a prevention and treatment in the next five to ten years.”last_img read more

first_imgLabor has condemned Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that Australia was heading for a “Greek-style economic future” as inflammatory, irresponsible and capable of harming economic confidence.The prime minister should be far more responsible than this constant scaremongering which is having a clear impact on confidence in the community. Mr Abbott pledged he would not fix the federal budget this year at the expense of households but predicted a “broad budget balance” within five years.Prime Minister Abbott says his government’s second budget will be “dull” in terms of spending cuts.“Under the former Labor government we were heading to a Greek-style economic future,” the prime minister said. In 2012, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) showed Greece’s debt was 164 per cent of GDP, while Australia’s was 42 per cent.OECD data also showed that, in 2014, Greece’s unemployment hit 26 per cent of the labour force compared with 6 per cent in Australia.Alan Tudge, parliamentary secretary to the prime minister, says this is the constant argument from those who dismiss Australia’s debt as a problem: debt levels in places such as Greece are well over 100 per cent of gross domestic product while in Australia they are 15 per cent.He says Greece may have higher debt levels than Australia but it didn’t start that way. Rather, it started with low debt but found it impossible to stop its growth (despite repeated warnings) until it was too late. This is the real context for our debate.He says when Greece started to receive warnings about its debt levels back in the ’80s, it didn’t act. By the ’90s it started to cut back on some spending but couldn’t do enough. By the 2000s, it was too late. Australia is not Greece – the Greece of today or even the Greece of 1980. “Nevertheless, the lesson is clear: once a country is on a debt pathway it is difficult to turn it around. And what can start as a smaller debt can quickly become a seismic one,” Mr Tudge said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bernardo Silva wants Man City to become serial winners

first_imgManchester City will be striving to make history at Wembley on Sunday as they try to retain a trophy for the first time against Chelsea.Bernardo Silva feels City need to start becoming serial winners by defending their titles starting with the Carabao Cup on Sunday.A win for the Citizens will secure their sixth triumph in the competition and means only Liverpool, with eight, have won it more times.And Bernardo confirmed that keeping a grip on the cup would be a big boost.“Not only winning it once but keep winning and winning. We know we have the squad to do that but our opponents are very strong and it won’t be an easy job. We will do our best to try.”The Portuguese midfielder dismissed their recent 6-0 whitewash over Chelsea, suggesting the result is irrelevant.“To be honest we should forget that match because it won’t happen again. We are not expecting the same result,” he said via Manchester News.“We are playing against one of the best sides in the world even though lately their results are not the best for them.”WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.City did a number on Chelsea in that league meeting, after losing 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in December, by closing down main supply route Jorginho.And Bernardo warned it will take the same application and energy to win at Wembley.Here is Bernardo Silva…And Raheem Sterling rattles it home…and once more City are in front 😍😍😍😍— Nyame Ba (@JeffBazza10) February 15, 2019“Against this kind of players you can never relax and if you give them time to think, time to play, and time to decide they will destroy you,” he said.“So yes we have to play with the same intensity and try to win another trophy.”Guardiola’s men head into the tie in a confident mood after beating Schalke 3-2 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.last_img read more

first_imgTesoro, Savage executives plan meeting with local officialsTop executives of San Antonio, Texas-based Tesoro Corp. and Utah-based Savage Corp. will be in Vancouver next week to meet with elected officials and business leaders, according to an email sent to some business leaders about a closed meeting with the executives on Tuesday.The email sent by Kelly Love Parker, president and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, indicated that the meeting would be attended by Tesoro executives Keith Casey, senior vice-president, and Brian Sullivan, vice-president of corporate affairs. Nathan Savage, a senior vice-president of Savage Corp., was also scheduled to attend.Parker said the meeting was being organized by Tesoro and that the chamber’s role was simply to extend an invitation to its members.A new study commissioned by the Port of Vancouver has found a very low likelihood of a train derailment on tracks that run alongside a waterfront redevelopment project whose leader says will largely be ruined if an oil-by-rail transfer terminal is built at the port.A port spokeswoman said Friday the study — which focuses on a key 3,000-foot-long segment of the port’s rail corridor that begins just west of Columbia Street — reflects the port’s longstanding commitment to safety in handling a variety of cargo. But it also benefits the “community conversation” about the proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to handle oil at the port, said Theresa Wagner, the port’s communications manager.last_img read more

first_imgLowell Thomas Jr., a former Alaska lieutenant governor, author, adventurer, glacier pilot and son of the legendary broadcaster, has died.Listen Now Lowell Thomas Jr. in 1975 (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Education)His daughter, Anne Donaghy, confirmed his death Monday to The Associated Press. She says her father died Saturday at his home in Anchorage, Alaska, days shy of his 93rd birthday.He was born in London on Oct. 6, 1923, to Lowell Jackson Thomas and Frances Ryan Thomas. His early childhood was spent in New York City, where his father had a nightly radio broadcast.He was a flight instructor during World War II, and flying and skiing became lifelong passions. He and his wife flew across the world and chronicled their work in articles and a book.They visited Alaska in 1958, and fell in love with it, moving there two years later.Thomas was a state legislator and later lieutenant governor, a post he held from 1974 to 1978.The family plans a memorial later in Anchorage.last_img read more

Prince Harry Needed to get the Queens Special Consent to Marry Meghan

first_imgOne thing that makes a royal wedding so special is that, from beginning to end, they’re embellished with centuries-old traditions. It was no exception in the case of Prince Harry’s wedding with American actress Meghan Markle. For instance, as a royal bride, Ms. Markle was traditionally loaned a tiara by the Queen. The one that adorned Ms. Markle –or as her title now goes, the Duchess of Sussex–originally belonged to Her Majesty’s grandmother, Queen Mary. It was designed in 1932 to incorporate a separable brooch that Mary received as a wedding present on her special day in 1893. The sprigs of myrtle in the bridal bouquet is a tradition that began in 1840. Queen Victoria reportedly included the flower in her own bridal bouquet. When she subsequently received a gift of myrtle from the grandmother of her spouse, Prince Albert, Victoria had it planted at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, a favorite residence of Queen Victoria and her Prince Consort. A sprig of the same myrtle plant was used for the wedding of Princess Victoria, one of the daughters born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and ever since has been included in the wedding bouquet of all royal brides, including Elizabeth II.Not only did the bride’s outfit follow tradition, so too did the groom’s. Prince Harry, now the Duke of Sussex, wore the frock-coat uniform of his military regiment, the Blues, and Royals, just like any other male in the family on their wedding day.Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex travel in an Ascot Landau carriage (pulled by four Windsor Grey horses) as they begin their procession through Windsor following their wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)However, for all of this to take place, it required the consent of the Queen herself, which also takes a special protocol and is a tradition in its own right, one incorporated into British law ever since 1707.Her Majesty’s formal consent for the marriage union between her grandson and Meghan Markle is recorded in a document called the Instrument of Consent. An image of the special document was released by Buckingham Palace a day ahead of the wedding ceremony; it is handwritten on vellum and illuminated with designs that represent the royal bride and groom, and their heritage.Queen Elizabeth II attends the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, in Windsor, England. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)Earlier in 2018, the Queen approved the wedding at a privy council meeting. However, she now needed to abide with the Succession to the Crown Act (a law originally passed in 1707 and amended in 2015). Without the written declaration from the 92-year-old reigning monarch, Prince Harry, who falls sixth in the line of succession to the throne, would have otherwise been stripped of the possibility of ever becoming a reigning monarch himself–and the marriage itself declared “null and void.”8 Words you will NEVER hear the Royal Family sayOn a side note, the Royal Marriages Act 1772 required all descendants of George II (who, interestingly enough, was the last British king to appear on a battlefield) to obtain permission from the current monarch in order to marry. The law was slightly altered in 2013 so that only the first six persons in line to the throne must obtain such permission; Prince Harry was obviously not spared the protocol.The ‘Instrument of Consent’, which is the Queen’s historic formal consent to Prince William’s forthcoming marriage to Kate Middleton, is seen at the Crown Office at the House of Lords, London (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)The Instrument of Consent was signed “Elizabeth R.” by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the letter R denoting Regina, the Latin word for queen. The Great Seal of the Realm can be spotted at the end of the document, part of the document, which uses the official first name, Henry, for Prince Harry, goes as follows:“NOW KNOW YE that We have consented and do by these Presents signify Our Consent to the contracting of Matrimony between Our Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, K.C.V.O., and Rachel Meghan Markle.”Meghan Markle in March 2018 Photo By Northen Ireland Office CC By 2.0It has been noted that, unlike Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, in the Instrument of Consent for her royal wedding to Prince William in 2011, Meghan Markle is not referred to as “our trusty and well-beloved.” However, this is simply another tradition of legal terminology; only citizens of Great Britain or the Queen’s overseas Realms can be called “trusty and well-beloved” and the Duchess of Sussex is not (yet) a British citizen.Noticeable on the document are the designs on the left and the right side of the text. Included on the left is a red dragon, the emblem of Wales; three small escallops in red, taken from the Spencer family’s heraldic arms, Princess Diana of Wales’ family; and the rose, thistle, and shamrock, representing England, Scotland, and Ireland.Queen Elizabeth’s Formal Consent To Royal Wedding (Photo by Clive Gee/WPA Pool/Getty Images)On the opposite side, for Ms. Markle, is a design that depicts a similar rose, the U.S.’s national flower. There are also four poppies colored gold, a reference to Markle’s birthplace of California, and the olive branches seen on the Great Seal of the United States. The historical document includes the Commonwealth emblem, hinting at the royal couple’s pledge to follow suit as ambassadors of all the countries that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations.Markle and Prince Harry attending church on Christmas Day, 2017 Photo by Mark Jones CC-BY 2.0The vellum document, which is an exquisite parchment made from calf’s skin, was drafted by the Crown Office, and as the Buckingham Palace announcement explains, this type of parchment is reserved “only for important State documents.”Related story from us: Princess Diana, modern royal style icon, would not wear Chanel pumps after her divorce for a private reasonHad Harry failed to gain the permission of his grandmother, the royal wedding would have been invalid. Not only himself but any of his children or grandchildren would have also been excluded from ever being considered to wear the Crown. As the line of succession goes, he remains behind his father, Prince Charles; his brother, Prince William; and his nephews and niece, the children of William and his wife.last_img read more

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Oumar Maiga, a resident of Timbuktu, said the convicted man was shot in the back Tuesday evening but did not die until several hours later.The family of the man, a Tuareg who was a member of a separatist rebel group, had offered compensation to the victim’s family but it had not been accepted.He was brought in handcuffs to an area between two hotels in Timbuktu and seated with his legs pointed toward Mecca before a judge then ordered the sentence to be carried out.The al-Qaida-linked militants seized control of northern Mali earlier this year, taking advantage of a power vacuum in the distant capital back in March when mutinous soldiers overthrew the democratically elected government.The north of Mali has become increasingly repressive in recent months, according to human rights groups.Also Tuesday, Islamists gave 20 lashings to four people in the town of Douentza who had been accused of drinking beer.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Comments   Share   Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Associated PressBAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Radical Islamists in northern Mali executed a man on Tuesday evening who had been accused of killing someone, a punishment that was witnessed by about 600 people in the town of Timbuktu.The public execution was the latest move by the militants to impose their strict interpretation of Islamic Shariah law. Previously the Islamists have stoned to death a couple accused of adultery, and carried out at least eight amputations.center_img Sponsored Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories last_img read more

Problems pile up for Greek boatbuilders as taxes bite

first_img Comments   Share   The biggest gainers are foreign-owned boats or vessels used for work like those of fishermen — they are exempted from the tax.For many, it’s a case of finding the money or running up arrears and facing a fine with interest on top. Officials say they don’t have exact figures on how many boat owners would be affected by the tax.And there are doubts the moves will achieve what is hoped for — getting some easy cash back into state coffers.“I don’t believe they will have any income from this because even if someone would like to buy something, he would prefer to go to Italy or to another country to buy it,” said Vernicos.George Riginos, a partner in the family-owned Riginos Yachts located in the well-to-do Athens suburb of Glyfada, said chasing buyers away with higher taxes can only be damaging by putting a whole host of people along the chain out of work — from builders at shipyards to crew members and cleaners.The Greek government’s message of going after the “rich, capitalist yacht owners” just doesn’t ring true, according to Riginos.“It’s a pity,” he said. “Last year was the best year in sales in a long time and now that looks to be reversed.” Sponsored Stories Top Stories In order to get its third financial bailout in five years, Greece’s government has had to introduce a series of economic reforms and austerity measures — just to get discussions started.One involves the extension of an annual luxury tax to all recreational boats over 16.4 feet (5 meters), so it’s not just your average Catamaran that’s a feature across countless harbours in the Aegean Sea.Another has been increasing that tax to 13 percent from 10 percent.The combination, according to Kranitis, could prove to be the final death knell for an industry that’s already seen boat registrations shrink from a high of 11,112 in 2007 to just over 2,500 last year.“We’re being destroyed,” said Kranitis who also heads the Greek Boat Builders’ Association. “I can’t understand what these people in government are thinking.”With a coastline that’s 10,720 miles (17,250 kilometers) in length, which according to the Greek Boat Builders’ Association is equal to two-thirds of Africa’s, Greece is one of the world’s great maritime jewels with its hundreds of islands, picture-perfect bays and seaside tavernas. In any case, Vernicos says the rich will work out a way of avoiding taxes.“When you put taxes, you attack the more poor people, if I can say, rather than the very rich,” he said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Mesa family survives lightning strike to homecenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies ATHENS, Greece (AP) — At its height eight years ago, George Kranitis’ family-owned shipyard in Patra, Greece’s third-largest city, employed some 35 people and sold around 340 boats annually.But after years of biting recession, Kranitis has had to fire almost everyone at the 10,000 sq. foot (3,050 sq. meters) yard.And if that wasn’t enough, things just got a whole lot more taxing — literally. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall So the fate of the boating industry resonates far and wide in Greece.“Greece is a yachting paradise, a place where everyone likes to have a small boat,” said Greek Tourism Federation chief George Vernicos who also heads his own yacht business.Anyone thinking of raising some cash to make ends meet by selling a boat will struggle as the sales tax has also been increased by a whopping 10 percentage points to 23 percent — that’s unlikely to encourage buyers.Opting to hold on doesn’t come cheap. The owner of a 33-foot (10 meter) speed boat valued at 16,000 euros ($17,600) would have to pay 2,080 euros annually. For a 33-foot sailboat or yacht valued at 28,500 euros that comes with accommodation space for passengers, the amount jumps to 3,700 euros each year.There are some reliefs.For instance, if a boat is declared to be out of use for certain months of the year, say over winter, the tax is reduced accordingly. The vessel’s age can also be taken into account and so can the owner’s — pensioners get a big discount. There’s also a discount for boats made in Greece exclusively out of wood and fashioned according to traditional methods. Patients with chronic pain give advice Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 file photo, a man holds his fishing rod upright near a passing yacht, in Faliro, southern Athens. In order to get its third bailout in five years, on July 2015, Greece’s government has had to introduce a series of economic reforms and austerity measures. One involves the extension of an annual luxury tax to all recreational boats over 16.4 feet (5 meters), so it’s not just your average Catamaran that’s a feature across the countless harbors in Greece. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)last_img read more

by Victoria Ahearn The Canadian Press Posted

first_img by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted May 30, 2019 1:03 pm PDT Toronto Raptors fans line up to get into the fan area known as “Jurassic Park” outside the Scotiabank Arena ahead of game one of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, in Toronto on Thursday, May 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO — While most Toronto Raptors fans are likely hoping for a quick and victorious end to the NBA Finals matchup against Golden State, Bart Yabsley wants it to go on as long as possible.The recently appointed president of Sportsnet has been celebrating record-breaking ratings for the Rogers Media network during the team’s unprecedented playoff run and is hoping for the same as it airs several games of the finals.Sportsnet and Bell Media’s TSN split the Raptors’ broadcast schedule in Canada.For the finals, Sportsnet has the rights to broadcast Games 1, 3, 5 and 7, which would take place in Toronto and no doubt be a ratings boon.“If it gets to Game 7, there will be a party at our shop,” Yabsley said Thursday in an interview before Game 1, which he planned to attend.“I’m happy to say I hope it goes to Game 7. We will be nervous. I’ll probably be more nervous in Game 6: ‘Do we get Game 7 or not?’”Saturday night’s decisive sixth game of the Eastern Conference final, in which the Raptors beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, shattered the NBA’s Canadian television audience record.Sportsnet said an average of 3.1 million viewers tuned in for that game — well above the previous record of an average of 2.2 million, set in Game 7 of the second round against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.Sportsnet’s three games shown during the East final had a series average of 2.1 million viewers, a 77 per cent increase from the Raptors’ other conference final appearance in 2016.“We’re talking quantum leaps here,” Yabsley said.“I think our regular season audience was up 44 per cent over last year.” Such numbers rival those of the last Grey Cup, which netted an audience of around 3.1 million, said Yabsley.“That’s the kind of thing that gets me excited,” he said. “Three million people is a lot of people. We’re in major, major sporting event territory.”The Raptors aren’t just a slam dunk for ratings.On Saturday, Sportsnet set a one-day record for sales for its one-week pass to its Sportsnet Now live streaming service, said Yabsley.The Raptors’ success has also offered Sportsnet a chance to broaden, nationalize and grow its audience, he added.Yabsley hopes there’s also “a carry-over impact” when the season is over, with the creation of new fans who will watch the next regular season for the first time.“It’s a very different crowd than other sports, because of its diversity: ethnic, male, female. It cuts across a broad spectrum of society,” Yabsley said, adding Raptors’ audiences also skew a bit younger.“It’s a very attractive audience for advertisers.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Sportsnet hopes NBA Finals reach Game 7 as Raptors prove slam dunk for ratingslast_img read more