Shorthanded Leafs rally past Sicamous 6-3

first_imgNelson received scoring from an unlikely source as defenceman Patrick Croome had three helpers to lead the short-staffed Leafs to a 6-3 victory over Sicamous Eagles in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.Croome led a Nelson team that was missing two key defenceman and team leaders, Robson Cramer and Darnel St. Pierrie, both out of the lineup due to suspension.“Coming out with a short bench we knew this was going to be tough, but it was awesome the way we were able to come out in the second and take control,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap following the game.“Not only half of our defensive core was gone, but we were also missing a line so we were down to nine forwards,” Dunlap added.“We had a lot of guys injured but we were able to battle through and it showed out on the ice because no one was an individual out there . . . everyone was working as a team.”Not only did Nelson suffer its first regulation loss of the season Friday, a 4-2 setback to Kimberley Dynamiters at home, but the Leafs also lost Cramer and St. Pierre in the process to suspension.Cramer was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty in the final 10 minutes of the game — an infraction that carries with it a 10-minute misconduct and a one-game suspension.Meanwhile St. Pierre was hit with another checking-to-the-head penalty. The infraction cost the heavy hitter a two-game suspension due to an accumulation of head infractions.The loss of two veterans saw the versatile Blair Andrews move back to the blueline to help the defensive core. The move didn’t pay early dividends as two giveaways by Leaf players led to a 2-0 lead for the visiting Eagles after 20 minutes on goals by Nathan Piessis and Tyson Taylor.However, in the second period Croome & Company were able to take advantage to mental errors by the Eagles to pump in six consecutive goals — three coming in the opening five minutes of the frame take a 6-2 lead into the second intermission.Sicamous, a team that opened witih eight shots in the first frame, was held to just four in the second period as Nelson outshot the visitors 26-4.“We knew we had to score the first goal in the second . . . it was huge for us,” said Dunlap, who was convinced by Leaf new coach Dave McLellan to return to the team before training camp.“If they would have scored . . .. Being down 2-0 we were kind of down on ourselves. But we were able to come in to the room, regroup and were able to take it to them in the second.”Matt MacDonald and Jay Sidhu, each with a pair, Austin Lindsay and Cody Paivarinta, scored for Nelson.Dunlap said Sicamous gave the Leafs life by taking so many penalties in the second frame.“We’ve got a new power play system for us this year and it’s working really well for us,” said Dunlap.In the third the Leafs held the fort, even though Eagles’ forward Korwin Shewchuk was able to score once on goalie Adam Maida, who had a bounce back game between the pipes for Nelson.The strong second period gave Nelson the edge on shots, 40-23 and a win for Maida in the Leaf nets.LEAF NOTES: Nelson dressed 15 players for Sunday’s contest. . . .The offensive performance of Patrick Croome earned the rearguard Nelson’s Player-of-the-game honours. — Despite the weekend split, Nelson, 4-1-1-1, maintains a one-point advantage in Murdoch Division standings over Spokane Braves. Spokane split in a weekend series against Grand Forks. The Bruins won 3-0 Friday in the Boundary City before Spokane won the rematch 8-0 at home Sunday. Sicamous defeated Spokane 3-2 Saturday in Spokane. . .  .The three points by Croome (three goals, five assists) moves the Calgary native into second spot in Leaf scoring, one point behind Rayce Miller (five goals, four assists). . . . Nelson, 3-1-1-1, completes its home stand Friday against Chase at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.last_img read more

PACIFIC HEAT, PATRIOTIC DIAMOND AND ROO’S VALENTINE HEAD FIELD OF 10 IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 EVENING JEWEL STAKES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES

first_imgTHE EVENING JEWEL STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 11 (of 12)  Approximate post time, 5:05 p.m. PDTLater My Love – Agapito Delgadillo – 120Skye Diamonds – Victor Espinoza – 122Shy Carmelita – Joe Talamo – 120Pacific Heat – Flavien Prat – 124Be a Lady – Rafael Bejarano – 122Run Like the Boss – Fernando Perez – 120Bako Sweets – Mike Smith – 120Roo’s Valentine – Martin Pedroza – 124Patriotic Diamond – Abel Lezcano – 124Run for Retts – Tyler Baze – 120 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2016)–Stakes winners Pacific Heat, Patriotic Diamond and Roo’s Valentine will all return to dirt and cut back in distance as they head a field of 10 in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for California bred or sired 3-year-old fillies going six and half furlongs on the main track. Part of the lucrative Golden State Series, the Evening Jewel will be run for the fifth consecutive year.All three fillies ran in state-bred turf stakes going a mile over a surface deemed ‘good’ in their last outing; Pacific Heat in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita March 12 and both Patriotic Diamond and Roo’s Valentine in the Cal Cup Oaks on Jan. 30.PACIFIC HEAT- Trained by Peter Eurton, this filly by Unusual Heat was bought for $175,000 at the Barretts limited October 2014 yearling sale, and has had high expectations placed on her ever since. A resounding winner of a maiden special weight at Los Alamitos in late September by 13 ½ lengths at first asking, Pacific Heat went on win the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar Oct. 29. Her two most recent outings have been at a mile on the grass, resulting in a win in the Cal Cup Oaks Jan. 30 and most recently a fourth after leading throughout in the China Doll Stakes March 12. Owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Taylor Legan, she is 5-3-0-0 overall with $256,280 in earnings.PATRIOTIC DIAMOND – Trained by Patrick Biancone and owned by Diamond 100 Racing Club, LLC, this filly by Hat Trick last ran a game second to Pacific Heat in the Cal Cup Oaks on the turf but was a winner at six furlongs on the main track at Del Mar in the Generous Portion Stakes on Aug. 28, 2015. Sixth in the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos in December, her most recent work was a bullet 47 flat at Santa Anita on April 5. She will gain a new rider in Abel Lezcano Saturday and is 6-2-2-1 overall with $191,550 in earnings.ROO’S VALENTINE – Prior to a sixth place finish in the Cal Cup Oaks, this filly by Vronsky out of the Cindago mare, Black Valentine had never run out of the money. With a win on Nov. 5 in a one-mile turf maiden special weight, she followed that up with half-length score in the $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 5. Roo’s Valentine will retain the services of Martin Pedroza. She is 6-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $120,240. EVENING JEWEL IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIEScenter_img First post time for a 12-race program on Sunday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

49ers report: What we learned Wednesday might ‘shock’ you

first_imgSANTA CLARA — C.J. Beathard was in his puristic form Wednesday at the 49ers media podium, the spot where Jimmy Garoppolo typically would hold his weekly address. The contrast in charisma was striking, just as it could be on the field.Beathard strolled up in white socks without shoes, a baggy undershirt and backward cap. He spoke softly and even-pitched in his Tennessee drawl. He had no cover-boy smile, unless we’re talking Field & Stream Magazine.He definitely is no Garoppolo. And that’s OK …last_img read more

350,000-Year-Old Skull Looks Shockingly Like Modern Human

first_imgA 350,000-year-old skull that looks shockingly like a modern human by Dr Jerry BergmanTextbooks and science books written for laypersons often imply a certainty about human evolution that does not exist. If one reads widely, one soon finds that the precision implied in accounts of evolution vanishes, especially when it comes to human evolution. Some references admit this fact, but claim that evolution is true because it has been a fruitful theory that has inspired much research and exploration.One cannot deny that Darwinian evolution has been a fruitful theory, but this fact alone does not make it a true theory. Oxford professor Thomas Dixon succinctly dismisses this commonly-made claim by evolutionists. After stating that “Ptolemaic astronomy … was hugely successful for many centuries,” he added that “there is no reason to suppose that today’s successful theories [like Darwinism] are true. Both true and untrue theories can produce accurate predictions.”[1]In a breath of fresh air, one scientific report writes, “When and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago.”[2]The latest new evidence of human evolution, a review in Nature noted (as is common in reports of new fossil discoveries), demands rewriting of the textbooks.[3] The recently discovered fossil remains “suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than” 100,000 to 150,000 years “earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn’t suspect.”[4] The report on the find was a cover story published in none other than the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, Nature. The first issue of Nature magazine was published in November of 1869 and the journal has been an aggressive supporter for Darwinism ever since. It was ranked the world’s most cited scientific journal by the Citation Reports, a website that keeps track of citation numbers.The fact that our lineage as modern humans has been pushed back a hundred to a hundred and fifty thousand years with one discovery says several things. First, it shows how little evidence exists about human evolution, and, two, how tenuous the dates are. As the Nature report admitted, the “place and time of emergence of H. sapiens remain obscure because the fossil record is scarce and the chronological age of many key specimens remains uncertain.”[5]The report the paleontologists published in Nature[6] on the fossil skull of a Homo sapiens discovered in Morocco note it is a more elongated skull shape than modern humans. It appears, assuming that the ones uncovered are typical of this human variation, that they are simply another people group. The report admits that the brain case falls somewhere between what one might expect between ancient and modern humans.A review of the new fossil findings, as published in The Independent, opined, “The fossils could represent the earliest known examples of H. sapiens ever found (if confirmed by further research), and they serve as evidence that members of our species lived beyond sub-Saharan Africa.”[7]A History of the FindThe details of the discovery of the Morocco find make one very suspect of its validity. The first discovery in the area occurred in 1961. While plowing into a dense limestone wall, a crew of miners struck a soft patch that gave way to a mound of cinnamon-colored dirt. In the dirt was a nearly-complete skull. The miners, thinking the skull was from a modern human, turned it over to their field doctor. Soon after, the researchers uncovered more remains, including several jaw bone fragments and an arm fragment. The scientists then pegged the fossils at around 40,000 years old, a few thousand years before the Neanderthals were believed to have vanished.Roughly 40 years later, anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin and his team excavated the half-dozen layers of soil beneath the area where the skull and arm bones were discovered in 1961. The team found the remains of what looked like five individuals and flint blades which appeared to have been burned by nearby cooking fires. The evidence found at this cite indicated that these bone fragments were from modern humans.To date the bone fragments, the researchers used a dating technique that measures how much radiation had built up in the flint since it was heated, a technique called thermoluminescence.[8] Thermoluminescence dating measures luminescence exhibited by crystalline materials previously absorbed ionizing radiation energy that alters their crystal structure which retains the distortion. Heating the material causes the crystal structure to relax, assuming the previous conformation (shape) and causing the stored energy to be re-emitted as light which can be measured.Using this technique, Hublin and his team concluded that the ancient bones belonged to people who lived roughly 300,000 to 350,000 years ago. This assumes the ionization of the flint occurred at the same time when the people were cooking their meal. And it also assumes that the fire made by the people caused the ionization that the thermoluminescence technique measured. One major problem is contamination of ionizing radiation from such sources as radioactive elements in the soil or from cosmic rays.The Skulls Demolished the Previous Human Fossil Record When the team examined the skulls, instead of finding the robust features existing on faces of existing claimed human ancestors, including Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis, the face displayed a striking resemblance to modern humans. For example, the Homo erectus skulls have a single protruding brow ridge extending across the nose bridge. In contrast, the individuals they uncovered in Morocco had smaller separated brow ridges very much like modern humans. In addition, rather than a large face and flattened skull as common on Homo heidelbergensis, these people had small faces and rounder skulls also like modern humans.[9] As the lead researcher stated “The face of these people …  had a skull that is more elongated than most of us, but I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today.”[10]Implications of the FindThe major problem was, assuming their findings are valid, the discovery indicates modem humans lived close to the same time as our evolutionary ancestors. You cannot have descended from an earlier ancestor who lived close to the same time that you lived. Your early ancestors must have lived long before the time that you lived. This is why it was correctly stated that this find will force rewriting the textbooks! What was assumed to be our early human ancestor could not have been our ancestor. This is the same problem that the eminent paleontologist Louis Leakey discovered several decades ago that forced a redrawing the human family tree. It may have to be drawn yet again!Hublin added that he is convinced the Moroccan specimens “represent the very root of our species.” This means that all of the Homo sapiens ever found — including those uncovered far beyond Africa — trace their ancestral linkages back to the land that is today’s Morocco” and not sub-Saharan Africa as the current dominant theory teaches. This requires another major textbook revision, because the details of the evolution of humans, including loss of body fur/hair, bipedal locomotion, evolution of the brain, language, and all the rest is based on the sub-Saharan African evolution model. Thus, Darwinists will have to greatly revise many human evolution details.Associate professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton, Sonia Zakrzewski, concluded Hublin’s discovery was so important that it will encourage other archaeologists to drastically alter the way they think about human origins. She wrote, “It really sets the world alight in terms of the possibilities for understanding the evolution of Homo sapiens…. It certainly means that we need to rethink our models” of human evolution.[11] Indeed, evolutionists will have to do some major rethinking.Update July 11, 2018: It appears the out of Asia idea is catching on, meaning the origin of humans occurred in Asia and not Africa as once widely believed.  The cover of New Scientist included the following words in bold letters “Out of Asia. It’s time to rethink the map of human evolution.” (July 7-13, 2018). The article covers many of the early human fossil finds, including the Peking Man fossils discovered in 1923 which disappeared during the war. All that remains are casts which show them to be broad nosed men. Then came the 1992 find in China that looked like a hybrid mix of H. erectus and H. sapiens, which is not a problem if one concluded that H. erectus were H. sapiens, i. e., were the same species as many creationists concluded. Next came the 2009 find, also in China, classified as H. sapiens partly based on its very human like chin. This find was dated at least 50,000 years before humans were supposed to have arrive on earth.The New Scientist article then added the 2017 Moroccan fossils reported above going back 300,000 to 350,000 Darwin years, adding 100,000 Darwin years to the previous estimated date of the first humans. The problem is “our ancestors, in all their forms, were a promiscuous bunch. It seems as if every new genetic study reveals yet more interbreeding between groups that were once thought to be distinct species.” (Kate Douglas. 2018. p. 30).  This is what many creationists have been saying for some time. All, or most of, these fossil fragments are simply different varieties of humans exactly as we see today, except they exhibited more variety than modern humans. It looks like even more rewriting of the textbooks is called for. At the least, these new finds may reduce the dogmatism rampant in science.[1] Thomas Dixon. 2008. Science and Religion. Oxford University Press. p. 34.[2]  Brodwin, Erin. 2017. 300, 000-year-old skulls that look shockingly like ours could rewrite the Human Evolution Origin Story. The Independent, 10 November, 2017.[3] Hublin Ewen Callaway Oldest Homo sapiens fossil claim rewrites our species’ history. Nature 546; p. 212 June 7, 2017[4] Brodwin, 2017.[5] Hublin, Jean-Jacques et al. 2017. Nature 546, 289.[6] Hublin, J. et al. 2017. Nature 546, 289–292.[7] Brodwin, 2017.[8] Richter, D. et al., 2017. The Age of the Hominin Fossil from Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, and the Origins of the Middle Stone Age, Nature. 246: 293-296.[9] Brodwin, 2017.[10] Brodwin, 2017.[11] Quoted in Brodwin, 2017. Author Jerry Bergman, PhDDr Jerry Bergman, professor, author and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. He is currently a staff scientist at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). See his Author Profile for his previous articles and more information.(Visited 946 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field

first_imgPowerful female stars such as Serena Williams in tennis, Katie Ledecky in swimming and 6-foot-9 (2-meter) Brittney Griner in basketball also have been cited as possessing a distinctive physical edge.World-class triathlete Chris Moser, one of the few prominent transgender male athletes, suggested there was a racial element to the targeting of Semenya.“We do not police white bodies in the same way,” Mosier said in an email. “When Katie Ledecky beat women in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by an entire pool length, no one questioned her gender or her testosterone levels.”Aside from Semenya, there have been relatively few high-profile controversies involving intersex athletes, while there’s been an abundance of news stories about transgender athletes.Overall, supporters of increased trans inclusion in sports are heartened by the pace of progress. In the United States, a growing number of state high school athletic associations enable them to play on teams based on their gender identity, and the NCAA has trans-inclusive guidelines for all member schools.But there have been numerous bitter controversies, even at the high school level. In Connecticut, for example, the dominance of transgender girl sprinters Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood has stirred resentment among some competitors and their families.At the adult level, USA Powerlifting incurred recent criticism for sticking by its policy of banning trans women from its competitions. The organization contends that regardless of testosterone levels, male-to-female competitors generally have significant advantages related to bone density and muscle mass.Earlier this year, tennis great Martina Navratilova became entangled in the debate over trans women’s place in sports.A lesbian and longtime gay-rights activist, Navratilova was accused of being “transphobic” after asserting that many transgender women — even if they have undergone hormone treatment — have an unfair advantage over other female competitors. Among her critics was Athlete Ally, which ousted her from its advisory board.Another critic was Rachel McKinnon, a transgender Canadian track cyclist who in October won a world championship sprint event for women ages 35 to 44. She suggested that Navratilova’s argument reflected “an irrational fear of trans women.” MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The court ruled that Semenya and other female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events, notably the 400 and 800 meters.Track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, will also apply its testosterone regulations to the 1,500 meters , president Sebastian Coe said on Thursday, despite the court’s suggestion that it be applied only to the shorter distance races.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsComparable requirements apply to transgender women seeking to compete in the Olympics and in NCAA-governed collegiate sports in the U.S. Both organizations say male-to-female athletes should demonstrate that their testosterone level has been below a certain point for at least a year before their first competition.In Semenya’s case, the court voted 2-1 to uphold proposed rules issued by the IAAF, saying that they are discriminatory but that “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.” FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2018 file photo, Caster Semenya of South Africa crosses the finish line to win the women’s 800 meters for Africa at the IAAF track and field Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Semenya’s rollercoaster running career, jarred by an adverse court ruling on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, is unique in virtually all its details. Yet the dilemmas she has posed to the track-and-field establishment reflect how vast segments of the sports world are now wrestling with how best to deal with intersex and transgender athletes. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)NEW YORK — A court ruling requiring Olympic running sensation Caster Semenya to lower her testosterone levels goes to the heart of a dilemma facing the sports world: How to avoid discrimination against intersex or transgender athletes while ensuring that competitions are fair.The challenges faced by Semenya — a South African woman who reportedly has some intersex traits — differ in key respects from those confronting transgender women. But there are parallels as well, as evidenced in Wednesday’s ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the sports world’s highest court.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments McKinnon encountered widespread resentment after she won her championship event. A photo spread across the internet showing her on the podium with the two smaller, skinnier runners-up, triggering extensive social-media attacks.Joanna Harper, a medical physicist and transgender runner from Portland, Oregon, said the controversies raise complex questions, and she believes there needs to be a standard based on hormone levels.“The gender identity doesn’t matter; it’s the testosterone levels,” Harper said. “Trans girls should have the right to compete in sports. But cisgender girls should have the right to compete and succeed, too. How do you balance that? That’s the question.”The IAAF argued in Semenya’s case that high, naturally occurring levels of testosterone in athletes with intersex characteristics give them an unfair competitive advantage. It decreed a maximum level for females.Semenya — whose muscular build and super-fast times have led some to question her accomplishments — declared she will not be deterred by the court ruling.“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger,” she said in a statement. “I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES James Harden still dealing with eye injury but will play in Game 3 PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Athlete Ally, a U.S.-based group advocating for greater transgender inclusion in sports, assailed the ruling against Semenya.“Forcing athletes to undergo medically unnecessary interventions in order to participate in the sport they dedicate their lives to is cruel and a violation of their human rights,” said the group’s executive director, Hudson Taylor.Also angered was Kimberly Zieselman, executive director of InterACT, which advocates on behalf of intersex youth.The ruling against Semenya “is another example of the ignorance faced by women athletes who have differences in their sex traits,” Zieselman said in an email. “There is no one way to be a woman.”“It is an inherently flawed conclusion that Caster’s natural testosterone level is the only thing giving her physical strength,” Zieselman added. She noted — while citing swimmer Michael Phelps’ long arms — that many athletes have unique physical advantages.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Games Centre opens to welcome World Masters Games participants

first_img“Every Games participant’s journey begins at the Games Centre, which will process the  accreditations of the more than 28,000 competitors and more than 3,000 friends and family who’ve travelled with their loved ones,” Ms Osmond said.“With 17 of the 28 Games sports competitions starting on Saturday, including the football – the biggest World Masters Games competition – the Games Centre will be buzzing with people as they pick up everything they need in order to compete in the largest event of its kind.“The Games are bringing Sydney Olympic Park and its fabulous facilities alive in a way that we’ve not seen since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.” The Games Centre is open from today until Sunday 18 October, with extended operational hours tomorrow (0900-2100), Friday (0900-2300) and Saturday (0800-2200) to service the influx of local, national and international competitors.Also inside the Games Centre in The Dome at Sydney Showground is the Games Health and Lifestyle Expo, which is free to enter and accessible by both Games registrants and members of the public from today until Sunday afternoon.“For the first time in Games history, Sydney organisers have incorporated a Games Health and Lifestyle Expo in the event, bringing together the sports community to promote fitness and wellbeing to people of all ages,” Ms Osmond said. “The motto of the Games is fit, fun and forever young so the Games Health and Lifestyle Expo is a natural addition to an event that’s largely about promoting the health benefits of mature-age exercise and instilling a sport-for-life philosophy.“Attending the Games Health and Lifestyle Expo is just one of the many ways in which Sydneysiders who didn’t sign up as Games competitors can get involved in what’s shaping up as another phenomenally successful event for our city.”The Games Health and Lifestyle Expo’s doors are open until 2000 tonight, 0900-2000 tomorrow, 0900-2000 on Friday, 1000-2100 on Saturday and 1000-1700 on Sunday.Related Filesworld_masters_games_3-pdflast_img read more

Prominent New York restaurateur accused of sexual misconduct

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – One of the owners of several high-profile New York restaurants is taking a leave of absence after being accused of sexual misconduct by several women who worked for him.The New York Times reported the allegations against Ken Friedman Tuesday. According to the report, several women who worked for Friedman at the Spotted Pig restaurant said he regularly subjected them to unwanted sexual advances and groping.The Spotted Pig regularly attracted celebrity guests since it opened in 2004 with its VIP floor. And Friedman won the James Beard Foundation’s outstanding restaurateur of the year award in 2016.Friedman, who co-owns the Spotted Pig and four other New York restaurants with chef April Bloomfield, apologized for his actions in a statement that the Times uploaded to its website.An email to Friedman’s representatives was not immediately answered.Natalie Saibel, a longtime server at the Spotted Pig, told the Times about how in 2015 Friedman ran his hands over her buttocks and groin while saying he was searching for a forbidden cellphone.Another longtime waitress, Trish Nelson, told the Times Friedman grabbed her head and pulled it toward his crotch as she knelt to collect glasses from a low shelf.In addition to the New York restaurants, Friedman’s company owns Tosca Cafe in San Francisco and recently opened the Hearth & Hound in Los Angeles.last_img read more

BRP raises quarterly dividend reports Q4 profit down from year ago

first_imgMONTREAL – BRP Inc. raised its dividend as it reported a drop in profit for its latest quarter compared with a year ago as revenue also declined.The maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles says it will pay a quarterly dividend of nine cents per share, up a penny from its previous quarterly payment to shareholders.The increase came as BRP reported a profit attributable to shareholders of $115.2 million or $1.12 per diluted share for the quarter ended Jan. 31.That compared with a profit of $136.6 million attributable to shareholders or $1.22 per diluted share a year earlier.On a normalized basis, BRP said it earned 96 cents per diluted share compared with $1 per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the company’s fourth quarter totalled $1.26 billion, down from nearly $1.31 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO)last_img read more

Judge orders JayZ to face SEC questions in financial probe

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A New York judge says Jay-Z must answer questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission in a financial probe by the regulator.Lawyers for the SEC and Jay-Z settled on May 15 for a deposition Tuesday after U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe (GAHR’-duh-fee) said Jay-Z can’t dodge the questions any longer.Jay-Z has argued that his testimony is not that important to the SEC’s probe of the Iconix Brand Group. Jay-Z, who was not in court, sold his apparel brand to Iconix in 2007. He also says he’s too busy getting ready for a worldwide tour starting next month.Gardephe said the SEC has shown that Jay-Z’s testimony about the sale of his company and his participation in meetings, phone calls and emails are relevant to the probe into Iconix.last_img read more

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for BC Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Issued at 2019-06-27 00:19 UTC by Environment Canada: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details: An area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. UPDATE – The watch has been updated to a warning with the following information added to the warning: At 5:37 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the BC Peace.The watch says an area of thunderstorms just east of BC is moving toward the Peace River district and is expected to reach the region within the next hour. These thunderstorms have the potential to produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.last_img read more