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Sane the hero as City close the gap on Liverpool

first_imgLeroy Sane’s 72nd-minute strike proved decisive as Manchester City reinvigorated their title defence and ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run with a crucial 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.Roberto Firmino looked to have sealed a potentially vital point for leaders Liverpool in the title race when he equalised just past the hour, but Sane struck soon after, confirming the Reds’ first league defeat of the season in their 21st game and moving City to second and within four points of the summit.Liverpool were mightily unlucky not to take an early lead when a defensive mix-up between John Stones and Ederson followed Sadio Mane hitting the post, but they survived and finished the first half well – Sergio Aguero netting in ruthless fashion. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Firmino restored parity in the 64th minute and City initially looked rattled, as if they could see the Premier League trophy moving out of sight, until Sane found the bottom-right corner to breathe life into their challenge once again.A lively City start faded and they had a lucky escape in the 17th minute. Mohamed Salah released Mane into the box and the Senegal forward hit the post before Stones blasted his clearance against Ederson and hastily scrambled to clear off the line.Vincent Kompany was fortunate to avoid being sent off for a wild lunge on Salah 14 minutes later and City capitalised on that let-off just before the break.Bernardo Silva played a low cross from the left towards the near post, where Aguero nipped in front of Dejan Lovren and emphatically smashed past Alisson from a seemingly impossible angle.Liverpool hit back 26 minutes from time, however, as Andrew Robertson latched on to a lofted pass and played a volleyed cross for Firmino to bury with a stooping header.But City were not done.They caught Liverpool on the break and Sane found the net via the right post after being played into the box by Raheem Sterling.A Liverpool onslaught followed, with Ederson tipping a Salah effort wide, before Bernardo Silva and Sterling missed glorious chances to finish the Reds off – luckily for them, no fightback came and the champions held on.37 – Most goals in Premier League matches between ‘big six’ clubs since the start of the 2011-12 season:37 Sergio Aguero21 Harry Kane20 Wayne Rooney18 Robin van Persie17 Eden HazardPhenomenal. pic.twitter.com/40NcETIG9C — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 3, 2019 What does it mean? Aguero vital on the big occasion…again It is difficult to be surprised by Aguero these days, given how impressive he has been at this level for so many years, but his goal on Thursday was his 37th against the ‘big six’ in the Premier League since 2011-12. Harry Kane is closest to him with 21 goals. There really is no one else like him in England in terms of effectiveness in the big games. The win also gives City much-needed momentum and halts the relentless charge of Liverpool, who would have gone nine points clear of Tottenham and 10 ahead of City with a win.Sane the spark to reignite City’s hopes While his goal was undoubtedly a highlight, for its quality and importance, Sane also deserves praise for his general performance as he was a constant outlet on the left and caused Trent Alexander-Arnold plenty of issues.Lovren targeted It was plain to see for much of the match that Lovren was identified by City as Liverpool’s weak link. He picked up an early yellow card and was then caught on his heels by Aguero for his goal. In a game of this magnitude, there is not much coming back from that.Key Opta Facts:- Man City ended Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League start to the season in the 21st match – only Arsenal in 2003-04 (38 games), Man Utd in 2010-11 (24) and Man City in 2017-18 (22) have had longer unbeaten starts to a Premier League season.- This was only Man City’s second win in their last 12 matches against Liverpool in all competitions (D3 L7), winning at the Etihad in the Premier League in each of the last two seasons.- Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Sergio Aguero has scored 37 Premier League goals for Man City in meetings between ‘big six’ clubs – 16 more than any other player.- Liverpool have lost 10 of their 25 matches in all competitions under Jurgen Klopp in the month of January (W8 D7), making up 29 per cent of his total defeats as Reds boss (10 of 35).- Aguero has scored in all seven of his Premier League appearances for Manchester City against Liverpool at the Etihad, scoring one goal in each game.- Liverpool conceded more than once in a Premier League game for the first time since drawing 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion in April.- Man City won a Premier League match against a team starting the day top of the table for the first time since winning 2-1 against Liverpool in December 2013.What’s next? City have FA Cup and EFL Cup ties with Rotherham United and Burton Albion, respectively, coming up over the next six days, before returning to league action at home to Wolves on January 14. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are the Reds’ next opponents on Monday in the FA Cup, before travelling to Brighton and Hove Albion five days later. read morelast_img read more

JIS Gives Boys’ Home Facelift, Donates School Supplies

first_imgStory Highlights Employees of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) recently led a team of volunteers to conduct spruce-up activities at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, and assist in preparing the wards for the new school year. Employees of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) recently led a team of volunteers to conduct spruce-up activities at the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, and assist in preparing the wards for the new school year.Activities on the day included the painting of dorms, ironing of school uniforms and work in the vegetable garden.The wards were also given back-to-school packages comprising school bags, shoes, and other supplies.Among the volunteers were JIS summer employees, relatives and friends of staff, as well as sponsors and well-wishers.Assistant Director of the home, Kimberley Elliott, said the residents and staff were grateful for the assistance.“It was an amazing day; one that brought smiles to our faces and hearts,” she said.Home to 41 boys, Mount Olivet was adopted by the JIS in 2009, and remains the agency’s main corporate social responsibility project.Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Donna-Marie Rowe, noted that the agency is always ready to provide support to the home.She hailed the commitment of staff to the project and expressed appreciation to the longstanding sponsors, while welcoming new supporters such as ABC Electrical.“Our sponsors share our vision for the children to attain their full potential, especially as we prepare them for back-to-school,” she noted.Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator of JP Tropical Foods, Carol Rodriquez, said the entity continues to support the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home “because giving back is one of the policies of our (parent) company the Jamaica Producers Group”.“When you can actually see how what you’re giving is helping to motivate the boys, it also motivates you to continue to give back and visit the home,” she told JIS News.JIS summer employee in the Special Projects Department, Javan Orr, expressed pleasure at being able to participate in the visit.“It was a great experience to know that I was able to be a part of a project such as this, and to help in ensuring that the boys have items to go back to school,” he said.Sponsors of the visit were Sammy’s Shoe Store, ABC Electrical, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), and a private poultry farm in Clarendon. JIS summer employee in the Special Projects Department, Javan Orr, expressed pleasure at being able to participate in the visit. The wards were also given back-to-school packages comprising school bags, shoes, and other supplies. last_img read more

Public Lecture Complementary and Alternative Therapies

first_imgA lecture to help Nova Scotians understand the benefits and challenges of including natural products as part of cancer treatment and care will be hosted by Cancer Care Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The lecture, to be held in Halifax and by video conference at 16 sites across the province, will be presented by Debbie Saulnier, oncology pharmacist, Queen Elizabeth II Cancer Care Program. It is part of the Cancer Answers lecture series, designed to provide Nova Scotians with quality cancer information. “Often, patients hear conflicting information about the value of natural products and potential benefits in fighting cancer,” said Theresa Marie Underhill, chief operating officer, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “Ms. Saulnier has a great deal of expertise in this area and will provide participants with information to guide them in making informed decisions about their use of natural products in combination with traditional cancer treatments.” The lecture will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Royal Bank Lecture Theatre of the Halifax Infirmary, 1796 Summer St. Video conference sites are: Dartmouth General Hospital, Dartmouth; Hants Community Hospital, Windsor; St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish; Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston; St. Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre, Arichat; Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville; Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Middleton; Colchester Regional Hospital, Truro; Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital, Tatamagouche; Aberdeen Hospital, New Glasgow; Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Amherst; South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater; Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney; Victoria County Memorial Hospital, Baddeck; and Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Yarmouth. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health, created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, families and the health care system through prevention, screening, education and research.last_img read more

BC doctors cant limit opioids or discriminate against pain patients college

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia doctors treating patients with chronic pain will be required to prescribe opioids without limiting dosage or refusing to see patients who are on the medication that has come to be associated with illicit overdose deaths.In revising an existing standard of practice, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. provided more clarity to doctors about their obligation to treat patients through proper assessments and documented discussions about dosage, tapering and stopping the drugs if necessary, college registrar Heidi Oetter said.The new requirements, yet to be introduced to physicians, update a June 2016 standard that replaced national guidelines offering only recommendations and meant B.C. physicians became the first in Canada to face mandatory regulations involving prescription opioids.The original standard was set after B.C. declared a public health emergency in April 2016 over of a spike in overdose deaths, mostly involving the powerful painkiller fentanyl being cut into street drugs. The province still has the highest number of overdose fatalities in Canada, with 1,448 deaths recorded last year.Oetter said the standard was revised after widespread consultation of doctors in the province and patient advocacy groups that had complained people were being denied care or abandoned because they were on opioids.“Physicians cannot exclude or dismiss patients from their practice because they have used or are currently using opioids. It’s really a violation of the human rights code and it’s certainly discrimination and that’s not acceptable or ethical practice.”The college previously referenced a national guideline calling on doctors to cap dosages of drugs such as hydromorphone, oxycodone and the fentanyl patch to the equivalent of 90 milligrams of morphine per day, but physicians must now work with patients to decide appropriate dosages.“Hopefully it’s clear to physicians that the college is really expecting that they exercise good professional discretion, that they are really engaging patients in informed consent discussions and that patients are really aware of the potential risks that are associated with opioids, particularly if they’re taking them in conjunction with alcohol or sedatives,” Oetter said.Andrew Koster, who suffers from debilitating lower back pain from a type of arthritis called ankylosing spondylitis, said the 2016 provincial declaration created an “opioid chill” that had some doctors trying to get people off opioids or taper them too quickly.Koster, 65, said his doctor rebuffed his efforts to discuss transitioning to different opioids because the ones he’d been taking for eight years were no longer effective.“He basically walked out on me while I was in the middle of explaining that I was having trouble managing my pain with the set of prescriptions that I had,” Koster said, adding he’d had the same doctor for 15 years but was forced to switch to another physician after the college introduced its original opioid-prescribing standard.“The whole tone of the public health crisis, combined with these new regulations, made us very afraid that we were going to be forced off opioids because there was a provincial, and now national, health scare.”He said patients felt stigmatized for taking medication they needed.“I’ve had awful experiences that I’ll never forget,” he said of his efforts to get help from doctors who believed he was seeking drugs. “I’ve been kicked out of emergency rooms and told not to come back, with my back seized up.”Koster said his new doctor helped him taper off opioids and reduce the dosage by half over eight months.“The question in the minds of the general public is that opioids are bad, we’ve got to stop the opioid crisis. Now, the pendulum has swung the other way, I believe, so there’s a separation between what’s going on the street, as tragic as it is, and what’s going on with patients. There is sort of a fire wall developing.”However, the standard still advises doctors to suggest alternative treatments such as physiotherapy, which aren’t covered by the public health-care system and can be unaffordable for people who do not have private plans.Maria Hudspith, executive director of the patient advocacy group Pain BC, said the old standard was driven by doctors’ concerns about overprescribing even though coroners’ data have shown that tainted street drugs were behind most of the deaths.“The bigger concern that we heard from physicians was that they were fearful of sanctioning by the college or disciplinary action of some kind,” she said, adding the college must ensure it enforces its new standard.“This is a legal standard and we’re waiting to see them superficially take action in cases where patients have been harmed.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Nitro FMX World Tour returns to Dawson Creek this January

first_imgAll fans will receive free Pit Passes with advance ticket purchases until November 30, 2018. Pit Passes will allow fans to come on to the floor and Party in the Pits and meet all the stars of the Nitro FMX WORLD TOUR. Pit Party is from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. This allows fans the chance to meet the riders and take the opportunity to take pictures and receive autographs. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, October 19 at 10:00 AM PST.  Group packages are available for groups of 9 or more people.  Please call 250-782-7443 for group options.Tickets are priced at $39.00, $29.00 for adults and $15.00 for children ages 12 and under plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus location at the Encana Events Centre or at Systems Sound Source Ticket Outlet in Fort St. John. BC. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Nitro FMX World Tour will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Encana Event Centre Dawson Creek B.C. The NITRO FMX World Tour is an extreme action sports competition that was formed to tour the USA, Canada, Mexico and select European countries.Pro riders will participate in an intense competition, throwing out some of the most death-defying tricks ever seen. Superman Seat Grabs, Cliff Hangers, Kiss of Death, Back Flips and Super Back Flips combinations are just some of the tricks that will be used to fight for the “NITRO FMX World Tour” Championship Title. BACKFLIPS & SUPER BACKFLIPS are guaranteed at the “NITRO FMX World Tour” giving a full throttle explosive display. Watch as high flying FMX PRO’S compete to be on top. They’ll defy gravity and rock the Encana Events Centre on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 through death-defying stunts and HARD-CORE BACKFLIPS.last_img read more

Somalia deploys team to rescue Sri Lankans on Aris 13

Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13, a regional police official said late on Tuesday. A pirate called Abdullahi told Reuters by telephone: “We are now heading on boats toward our colleagues holding the ship at Alula. We are carrying water, food and weapons for reinforcement.”The Sri Lankan government said eight Sri Lankan crew were onboard and the ship flew a flag from the Comoros islands.Data from Reuters systems showed it made a sharp turn just after it passed the Horn of Africa on its voyage from Djibouti to Mogadishu. Security forces have been sent to free the Aris 13 ship and the Sri Lankan crew, the Reuters news agency quoted Somali authorities as saying.Pirates hijacked the oil tanker with eight Sri Lankan crew on board, the first time a commercial ship has been seized in the region since 2012. The pirates brought the ship to the port town of Alula, district commissioner Mohamud Ahmed Eynab told Reuters by phone. Puntland is a semi-autonomous northern region of Somalia. Alula is a port town there where pirates have taken the tanker.Experts said the ship was an easy target and ship owners were becoming lax after a long period of calm. “We are determined to rescue the ship and its crew. Our forces have set off to Alula. It is our duty to rescue ships hijacked by pirates and we shall rescue it,” Abdirahman Mohamud Hassan, director general of Puntland’s marine police forces, told Reuters by phone. The Aris 13 sent a distress call on Monday, turned off its tracking system and altered course for the Somali port town of Alula, said John Steed of the aid group Oceans Beyond Piracy.“The ship reported it was being followed by two skiffs yesterday afternoon. Then it disappeared,” said Steed, an expert on piracy who is in contact with naval forces tracking the ship.Aircraft from regional naval force EU Navfor were flying overhead to track the ship, he said. The force declined to comment. The 1,800 deadweight ton Aris 13 is owned by Panama company Armi Shipping and managed by Aurora Ship Management in the United Arab Emirates, according to the Equasis shipping data website, managed by the French transport ministry.Graeme Gibbon-Brooks, the head of private maritime security company Dryad Maritime Intelligence, said the vessel was an easy target because it was low, slow and close to the coast.Crews were beginning to relax their vigilance after a period of relative security for shipping, he said.Now that the ship was captured, Somali authorities must ensure it was contained and not used as a mothership, he said, referring to a hijacked vessel used to launch attacks.“The way that the authorities react now is crucial,” he said.In their heyday in 2011, Somali pirates launched 237 attacks off the coast of Somalia, data from the International Maritime Bureau showed, and held hundreds of hostages.That year, Ocean’s Beyond Piracy estimated the global cost of piracy was about $7 billion. The shipping industry bore roughly 80 percent of those costs, the group’s analysis showed.But attacks fell sharply after ship owners tightened security and vessels stayed further away from the Somali coast.There had only been four attempted attacks by Somali pirates in the past three years, the bureau said.Intervention by regional naval forces that flooded into the area helped disrupt several hijack bids and improved security for the strategic trade route that leads through the Suez Canal and links the oilfields of the Middle East with European ports.Before Tuesday’s hijacking, only one crew remained captive in Somalia. The crew of 17 Iranians was taken two years ago, but four are believed to have died, four were rescued and one escaped, Steed said, so only eight remained.“They’re from Baluchistan in Iran,” he said, referring to a violent and restive eastern province. “No one really cares about them.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

Report shows small business confidence static in Alberta plummeting elsewhere

by Jonathan Muma Posted Jun 29, 2017 12:12 pm MDT Small business confidence in Alberta didn’t change much in June, but it took some big downward swings in other parts of Canada.As a result, our province is now above the national average for the first time in two-and-a-half years.There was a 10 point drop in Ontario and according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business owners in Alberta can relate to that number.“Alberta had this idea to do $15 minimum wage, they had these radical labour changes coming in, and at the same time, Ontario is looking at that,” said CFIB Alberta director Amber Ruddy. “I don’t think it’s been a success story for small businesses here.”She added it’s worrying because the results of these surveys are often a glimpse of where the economy is headed.“The business barometer does tend to trend ahead of GDP, so small business owners feel it first and that’s later reflected through some of the numbers,” said Ruddy.The good news is that the general state of business health in Alberta is almost in line with where it used to be. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pixabay) Report shows small business confidence static in Alberta, plummeting elsewhere Alberta|Calgary|Canadian Federation of Independent Business read more

The NBA Player Whos So Good At Taking Charges We Created a

Anthony TolliverSacramento544277.7% At first glance, Sacramento Kings forward Anthony Tolliver is an NBA player with little that sets him apart. In an earlier era, his range might have been a defining characteristic given his height, but now that seemingly every big man has a jumper, he doesn’t even have that. The most remarkable part of the 31-year-old’s resume is how long it is. Tolliver has played for nine teams — almost a third of the NBA — during his nine-year stint in the association.1Tolliver became the ninth player in league history to play for at least that many NBA teams during his first nine seasons, according to Basketball-Reference.com. The other eight? Ish Smith, Lou Amundson, Mike James, Drew Gooden, Kevin Ollie, Damon Jones, Tony Brown and Tony Massenburg. Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A number of other players around the league have struggled in this area just as much as Tolliver has succeeded in it. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has drawn just one charge but has been called for 16 blocking fouls, a Charge Rate of 6 percent. Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been almost just as bad, inducing one charge in 13 tries, for an 8 percent Charge Rate. Minnesota’s Cole Aldrich, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric, Toronto’s Lucas Nogueira and Brooklyn’s Joe Harris have combined to go 0-for-36 in drawing charges this season, highlighting just how tough it can be for some players to persuade officials to side with them in bang-bang scenarios.Tolliver knows he’s good at this very particular task. “I just try to be smart about it, and pick my spots. Someone like Ersan is really aggressive about it, and he’ll jump in front of somebody every single time,” Tolliver said of Ersan Ilyasova, a former Pistons teammate, who leads the NBA in charges but sports a considerably lower Charge Rate than Tolliver, at 61 percent the past three years. “Nine times out of 10, guys know [Ilyasova’s] gonna try to take the charge, so they adjust to that and go after his shoulder to make him look like he’s not squared4Tolliver was also complimentary of his ex-teammate’s ability to draw charges, saying Ilyasova “is incredible at anticipating.” [properly]. But keeping the offensive player on his toes can make you more effective.”The other thing that helps? Tolliver says he doesn’t flail or flop. He argued that it’s not necessary to, because of the way he takes contact.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge9.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I don’t just fall because I get bumped or whatever. I try to absorb the bumps. When I get hit, it’s usually the type where you say, ‘Man, you must’ve really gotten run over,’” Tolliver explained. “When you look at someone like Marcus Smart, he tries to sell [charges] sometimes by flailing, but it’s not just him. DeMarcus5Tolliver said he and Cousins — his former teammate in Sacramento — came into the season talking smack about which player would draw more charges this season. Cousins holds a pretty sizable advantage, even though Tolliver has won a greater percentage of calls in collision scenarios. flails, too, and as a result, he doesn’t get some calls that he should get, because refs are trying to make a decision: ‘Did he get hit, or is he just trying to pull a fast one on me?’”Much of how Tolliver is programmed to think on defense stems from his time at Creighton, where then-Bluejays coach Dana Altman6Now the coach at Oregon often preached the importance of drawing charges. Under Altman’s direction, Creighton ran frequent practice drills teaching players how to properly take charges. And because of the coach’s emphasis on drawing charges in practice, the program seemingly began paying more attention to the skill in games. Rob Anderson, the team’s longtime sports information director, said he began manually tracking the metric — which isn’t kept by the NCAA — along with a stat spotter in 2002.Tolliver said drawing charges wasn’t a focus for him when he first got to Creighton, and numbers seem to bear that out, as he didn’t take any charges during his freshman season. But from his second year on, it became routine to see him morph into a human bowling pin, as he drew nine and 17 charges as a sophomore and junior, respectively, before drawing 23 charges — the same total as the rest of his team combined — in his senior year.7All the numbers come from Anderson’s tracking.“I took those drills to heart, and [drawing charges] became a major part of the way I play,” said Tolliver, who began his career at Creighton shortly after Cavaliers sharpshooter Kyle Korver finished there. (Korver also played for Altman, and is very good at drawing charges. He’s gotten the call on 11 of his 17 collisions this year — four more than the league average would suggest he should have — and drew the call on all nine of his collisions during the 2013 season.)Of course none of this means that being skilled at taking charges is the same thing as being a good defender. Tolliver himself, merely a decent stopper, would be the first person to tell you that. And the fact that Sacramento — tied for the NBA’s fourth-worst defense — manages to get 4 points worse per 100 plays on D when Tolliver is playing illustrates that no amount of charge-taking would make the Kings good on that end of the floor.Still, there is an art to how he goes about taking charges — both to prompt refs to side with him, and to avoid getting seriously hurt during the collisions. The key, according to Tolliver, is to set your feet, then begin falling as soon as the driving player makes contact with you, and not a millisecond before.“If you launch yourself backwards as soon as the contact hits you, the ref can see you getting hit without you having to take the full brunt of it,” he said. “Guys mess up because they start falling before they get hit.”But any way you slice it, taking a charge is going to be uncomfortable, he said. The main objective, aside from winning the call, is to avoid a potentially serious injury.“You can get really hurt if you don’t know how to take one. Even if you do know how, it’s gonna hurt. It just doesn’t feel good,” he said, adding that teammates asked him if he was OK after taking a knee to the chest from Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams. “I told them, ‘Yeah: I know how to fall,’” he said.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge6.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge7.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Whereas other players might not be good at taking charges, or simply may not want to, Tolliver feels as if he has no choice but to play to his strengths in hopes of finding a more permanent NBA home. So that means relying on his ability to draw fouls in a physically taxing way.“Fans don’t care about that sort of stuff; you’re not gonna get any glory out of that,” he said of charges. “At least by making a pass, you might get an assist. You can get something out of that. With a charge, I get a bruise or two out of it.”But maybe now, with more statistical information at our disposal, Tolliver’s nearly flawless ability to draw charges will get the credit it deserves.Neil Paine assisted with research for this piece.Check out our latest NBA predictions.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Draymond GreenGolden State433069.7 Dennis SchröderAtlanta493367.3 Gorgui DiengMinnesota703651.4 This season, Tolliver has been almost automatic, drawing 10 charge calls in 12 collisions for an eye-popping 83 percent success rate2The charge, block and collision statistics for this story were last updated March 14.. He’s won five more calls than you’d expect the average player to earn in those same 12 situations.3His ratios have been impressive in past years, too: In 2014-15, for instance, he drew 19 charges against just four blocking calls. Marcus SmartBoston764153.9 Kemba WalkerCharlotte715070.4 Leaguewide charge rate is 40 percent. Excludes players with fewer than 30 charges drawn the past three years. As of games played on March 14.Sources: NBA Miner, Basketball-Reference.com, BigDataBall Players who had the greatest share of collisions called as charges since the 2014-15 season Ersan IlyasovaAtlanta1499161.0 Marreese SpeightsLos Angeles1016261.3 Monta EllisIndiana834959.0 Devin HarrisDallas814758.0 The Kings’ Anthony Tolliver is the master of the charge. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images Aron BaynesDetroit783139.7 But there is something else that could distinguish Tolliver: a stat that could unveil the undrafted journeyman’s best skill. The only problem is that it hasn’t been invented yet.The fuel of this stat: collisions, particularly when a ballhandler is barreling his way toward the basket despite a defender standing in his way. If those collisions make their way into the stat sheet, they usually go one of two ways: a charge call on the offender or a blocking foul on the defender. Players such as DeMarcus Cousins, Ersan Ilyasova and Marreese Speights have dominated the leaderboard of charges drawn in years past — and this year — according to NBA Miner, an advanced stat site that has tracked charge numbers for several seasons.But shouldn’t we be interested in more than just how many charges a player draws? The raw number doesn’t tell the whole story because it’s not speaking to a player’s success rate. If a defender draws a ton of charges, but gets whistled for nearly as many blocking calls, then the fouls essentially negate the turnovers he creates.With that in mind, I decided to take a more holistic look at things by creating “Charge Rate,” a simple stat that measures how efficiently a player draws charges. All it entails is dividing a player’s total of charges drawn by the total number of whistled collisions he’s been involved in; a number we can generate by incorporating the blocking fouls he’s been called for. At the top of the list was Tolliver, who has been the NBA’s best player at drawing charges while not getting whistled for blocking.Over the past three seasons, Tolliver’s garnered 42 charges in 54 total collisions, a Charge Rate of 78 percent; easily the best mark among players who’ve taken at least 30 charges since the start of the 2014-15 season. For context, consider that the average NBA player this season has a Charge Rate of just 40 percent, according to the collision counts on BigDataBall, which logs play-by-play data. DeMarcus CousinsNew Orleans1198268.9 Donatas MotiejunasNew Orleans794050.6 PLAYERTEAMNUM. OF COLLISIONSNUM. OF CHARGESCHARGE RATE Ryan AndersonHouston623150.0 Greg MonroeMilwaukee613862.2 Kyle LowryToronto714461.9 Luis ScolaBrooklyn693753.6 Thaddeus YoungIndiana663451.5 read more

Football JT Barrett named Big Ten Player of the Week

Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs the ball in the second quarter against Nebraska in Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing his seven-touchdown performance in No. 6 Ohio State’s win against Nebraska, quarterback J.T. Barrett was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Monday morning.Barrett has been named conference player of the week on eight occasions, the third-most ever. If he wins it again, he will tie former Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson for the most career times being honored with the award.The redshirt senior completed 27-of-33 for 325 yards and five touchdowns, adding 48 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the Buckeyes’ 56-14 victory. He tied the school record — which he set in last year’s game against Bowling Green — for most touchdowns accounted for in a single game with seven scores.Barrett picked up his 32nd career win Saturday which gave him sole possession of the second-most victories by a Buckeye quarterback.Barrett and Ohio State do not play this weekend, but return to action against No. 2 Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Jonathan King used fame to lure young boys into Daimler before sexually

He would flatter them and pretend that they could help him with research or promotionRosina Cottage QC, prosecuting Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt, blue tie and colourful trainers, he appeared in court under his real name, Kenneth George King.Wearing round glasses and a bum bag, he sat expressionless in the dock as the case against him was opened on Wednesday afternoon.A jury of five men and seven women was told King denies he would ever have sex with anyone under age or force himself on someone without consent.But the prosecutor said his denials are “hollow” and told jurors he was convicted in 2001 of sexual offences against five teenage boys in the 1980s. Jurors were warned they would see pictures of a blow-up doll as well of images of naked girls during the trial.The prosecutor explained: “The reason that you have them at all is because the individual boys, at the time, said they were shown photos… of naked girls to try to encourage them to believe they were going to have sex with those girls.”The trial, which could last until August 3, continues. King, of Bayswater, central London, is standing trial at Southwark Crown Court where he denies 24 serious sexual assault charges against boys aged between 14 and 16, alleged to have taken place between 1970 and 1988. The ex-music mogul arrives at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday Ex-DJ Jonathan King arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London Referring to the current allegations, she added: “He claims not to know or remember most of the boys, despite their photographs or letters or addresses and details still being in his home up to 30 years later, like trophies kept for his own private perusal.”The court heard King would target straight, immature boys, securing sex by showering them with gifts of records, concert tickets, meals and alcohol, as well as paying insincere compliments and making false promises.Ms Cottage said: “This case concerns sexual assaults by this defendant upon 11 teenage boys in the 1970s and 1980s.”The defendant used his position in the music industry and his fame to lure boys into his Daimler or Rolls-Royce, where he would flatter them and pretend that they could help him with research or promotion. The ex-music mogul arrives at Southwark Crown Court on WednesdayCredit:Rick Findler /PA Jonathan King wore a dark suit, colourful and a bum bag in courtCredit:Rick Findler /PA “He would then drive them to his home where he would give them alcohol and promise them sex with teenage girls and show them pornography.” Jonathan King, the former music mogul, used his fame to sexually assault teenage boys after showering them with gifts or promising sex with girls their own age, a court has heard.The convicted sex offender, 73, allegedly exploited his position in the record industry to carry out attacks on 11 teenagers as young as 14 in the 1970s and 1980s.King, an ex-pop star and producer for acts including Genesis, is said to have lured youngsters into his Daimler or Rolls-Royce cars before driving them home, where they were plied with alcohol.He also gave them presents, including records and concert tickets, showed them pornography and made false promises of sex with teenage girls, said prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC.”When they were in his power and in no position to repel his advances he would assault them,” she said. “It appears that it was a game of manipulation and power over boys aged about 13 to 16,” she said. “He would play the same routine again and again, honed for success.” 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

Lars Walther Wisla Plock Chances 60 – 40 for HSV

HSV HandballLars WaltherOrlen Wilsla Plocksaint raphael ← Previous Story Demis Radovcic (Bozen): “We are going to win in Romania” Next Story → VELUX EHF CL qual: Favorites in the final battles! One of the most interesting clashes this weekend will be played in French Saint Raphael where in the semi-finals Polish Orlen Wisla Plock and German HSV will fight. Danish coach of Polish vice-champion, Lars Walther gives a title of favourite to the German team:– At the moment it’s 60-40 for Hamburg. Germans take advantage from the fact that they are playing together for many years in an almost unchanged team. This year we have some new players, and I do not know how to behave in certain situations under pressure. But that can change quickly during the match from the first whistle – said Walther to the official website Orlen Wisla Plock. read more

Haass talks with NI parties fail to reach consensus but Gilmore says

first_imgEarlier, DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson told the BBC that Haass had indicated that if agreement could not be reached before Christmas, the discussions would recommence on 27 or 28 December.Gilmore said:At this point I would ask the five parties of the NI Executive to see through the very important work they have engaged in over recent months on the difficult issues of parades, flags and dealing with the past.The next few days are an important opportunity for reflection following an intensive period for all concerned. He added that the Irish Government stands “ready to support the process in any way possible”.Gilmore added: “Our objective, which I know we share with all of the parties in the Northern Ireland Executive and with the British Government, is to see Northern Ireland make further progress towards reconciliation”.Alex AtwoodCommenting after the talks breakdown, Alex Atwood the MLA representative for Belfast West in the Northern Ireland Assembly said while they haven’t got a Christmas Eve deal, a New Year’s Eve deal can still be achieved.When asked if Haass would be returning to the talks after Christmas he said that it would be “well worth his while to come back” so as to achieve “what we have not achieved here tonight”.He urged all parties to “grasp” the opportunity so as to deliver “what the people want”. It is believed that Dr Haass will forward a list of questions to the parties and depending on their response, he will decide whether he should return to reconvene the talks.Atwood added that the most difficult part of the talks is “dealing with the past” adding that it can be difficult to deal with the “fears and hopes of victims and survivors” but urged the parties not to lost focus on what they are trying to achieve.Gilmore said that an agreement on these issues “is essential” to reaching the objective of reconciliation.Related: Haass talks with NI parties expected to last well into night> Updated 13.13pmCROSS-PARTY TALKS by former US diplomat Richard Haass and Northern Ireland’s politicians aimed at reaching a compromise on  issues relating to flags, parades and the past have failed to reach an agreement.Talks began after 9pm and  continued into the early hours of this morning. However after eight hours of discussions he announced that no agreement could be brokered.In a tweet he said:All five of the North’s major parties took part in the talks in a hope to resolve some of the more sensitive and contentious issues in the Northern Ireland.Dr Haass will return to the US today, but he may return if there is an appetite to move the talks further.The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said he had spoken to Dr Haass this morning and thanked him and Vice-Chair Dr Meghan O’Sullivan for their “guidance of the process to date, and their willingness to return to Northern Ireland later this week if they judge that there may be the basis for agreement”.In reaction to the talks breakdown, First Minister Martin McGuinness  tweeted:last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Sunday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.iebrings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #POPULARITY: Fianna Fáil has topped another opinion poll, reaffirming it’s new position as the most popular political party in the country. The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll puts the party at 27 per cent, two per cent ahead of Fine Gael with Labour on just 13 per cent and Sinn Féin on 20 per cent.2. #PROMISSORY NOTES: The legality of halting all cases against IBRC is in doubt, The Sunday Business Post reports this morning as officials at the Department of Finance work on changes to the legislation. However KPMG liquidator Kieran Wallace told the paper that anyone who is successful in a case against the bank would be considered an unsecured creditor and probably would not be paid.3. #ROADS: A 22-year-old man has died of injuries sustained in a serious two car collision in Thurles, Co Tipperary on Friday night. The driver of the second car, also aged 22 years, was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later discharged. Gardaí are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.4. #CROKE PARK: Further talks are to take place today on extending the Croke Park Agreement following yesterday’s negotiations, with unions saying they hope this round of discussions will result in a deal, RTÉ reports. Bodies representing gardaí have said they will not be returning to any talks that involve negotiating pay cuts.5. #GEORGIAN: Negotiations over the future of the ESB-owned Number 29 Georgian House Museum are underway though the company has said there are no plans to close it. The ESB told TheJournal.ie that there are some negotiations with staff in respect to reducing the costs of running the  museum.6. #COALITION: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that he is not ruling out the possibility of going into a coalition with either Sinn Féin or Fine Gael after the next general election. In an interview with TheJournal.ie, Martin said there is no strong parliament and that people are rightly disillusioned with the lack of any radical political reform.7. #DEPORTATION: Britain’s Home Secretary has slammed the judiciary accusing judges of “subverting” democracy by ignoring rules aimed at deporting more foreign criminals. Writing in The Mail on Sunday newspaper, Theresa May said some judges had chosen to “ignore parliament’s wishes” by disregarding guidance making clear that convicted criminals’ rights to a family life had limits.8. #CYPRUS: Cypriots began voting today in a crunch election to choose a new president tasked with securing a bailout deal to prevent the recession-hit country going bankrupt, AFP reports. Nicos Anastasiades, 66, of the rightwing main opposition Disy party, is tipped to win the first round in which 550,000 Cypriots are eligible to vote.9. #MARRIAGE: Some 3,500 couples have taken part in the first mass ‘Moonie’ wedding since the death of the founder of the Unification Church, the organisers of the event. Another 24,000 people were also married via video link as part of the ceremony with all of the couples dressed identically, BBC reports.(Image: Lee Jin-man/AP)last_img read more

Column Unemployed people already feel they have no worth without being called

first_img‘FIND A JOB you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life’ goes the cliché. Sayings become clichés because they express something that we all accept without thinking. What do we accept in this glib phrase? Basically, that humans find their worth and happiness in work – something ordinary people accept, but also a foundational assumption of much psychology, economics and sociology.Now, apply the saying to job-seekers. By definition, these individuals have not found a job they love, and therefore, they work every day in their lives. Seriously. Every day is a drag: empty hours, pointless leisure, killing time. The effort of job-seeking is constant, and increasingly enforced by the government’s Pathways to Work policy, which monitors, cajoles, re-trains and can cut social welfare payments to below the minimum standard for a decent life. Until 2013, €186 euro was considered the minimum cost of sustaining life – a baseline for survival; but recently this ‘luxury’ has been discarded.Before we explore the actual experience of unemployment in any greater detail, let’s definitively clear one thing up; most people receiving the dole are not ‘spongers’. This can be statistically proven – only around 30,000 people were long-term unemployed in 2006. And many of these may have had good reason, for instance, parents who could not afford childcare. 30,000 is less than a tenth of those currently unemployed; anyone blaming the unemployed for unemployment is 90 per cent wrong. However, the issues go far beyond statistics and economics. The experience of unemployment has serious consequences that cannot be measured on an abacus.Work equals worthIn previous eras, there were other ways of measuring individual worth, like good character, social connections or religious piety. The contemporary world values people in terms of work. We are raised in a culture which respects work and eventually espouse these values ourselves, whether we realise it or not; and the value we place on work is visible in the vitriol vented against ‘spongers’, in pubs, homes and cafés, at the end of this article no doubt, and even by those who are currently unemployed.Work benefits us in five ways: Firstly, it gives a person status as a competent, responsible and active contributor to the economy. Secondly, it provides financial rewards, comforts and pleasures which are not distributed to all equally but dependent on the value of one’s work. Thirdly, work gives a structure and meaning to everyday life, marking work as valued toil and leisure as deserved relaxation. Fourthly, work provides social networks of people united in a collective task who respect each other’s position and contribution. Fifthly, work provides a sense of collective purpose – even the most menial job is part of the doughty little Irish economy which, supposedly, will revive and lift us from the current mire.Unemployment deprives individuals of these five elements, which causes psychological suffering: unemployed people have twice the average rate of depression and are two to three times more likely to die by suicide, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Even if employment resumes after long term unemployment mental health is still impaired for years or even decades. These consequences cost the state in terms of missed ‘man-hours’ or the state expenditure in palliating these problems. More importantly, the suffering of the unemployed, and collective and political lack of sympathy, is a stain on the nation.How it feelsWhat does unemployment feel like? Firstly, one lacks status – at best you can say that you ‘used to be’ something or other, or have trained to be something, but essentially, you are not this thing. Those with other roles in their lives beyond a career – like being a parent or an artist – tend to feel better.Secondly, the financial rewards are meagre, leading to food poverty and a low quality of life. Moreover, the few comforts which €188 a week will afford are experienced as guilty pleasures – undeserved and begrudged.Thirdly, one’s days are a mixture of the interminable work of job-seeking and killing time, so that each day is a burden of hours which must be passed in activities which have no worth. Doing nothing is religious for Buddhist monks, but for the hundreds of thousands in Ireland who used to work, it is a meaningless limbo.Fourthly, unemployment leads to social isolation – even though there are more opportunities to socialise, being made redundant often leads to a retreat from society, the withering of workplace networks and a decline in hobby and voluntary activities.Fifthly, an unemployed person is defined in the media and the popular imagination as a drain on the resources of the state, and often subjected to surveillance and suspicion by the Department of Social protection.Rethinking work and unemploymentUnemployment is not just an economic problem to which jobs are the solution. Rather, how society thinks about work and leisure has to change. Plainly, the environment cannot support seven billion people behaving like Celtic Tiger cubs. Eventually, sustainability must be more important than productivity. Globally it makes sense to produce less and consume less, which ultimately means to work less.Much environmental and social depredation occurs simply to support the frenetic world of work. For instance, the production of fast-food and ready-meals pollutes more and creates more obesity, but would be unnecessary in a world where people worked less. Employment laws which decreased the length of the working week and enforced quadruple remuneration for over-time would lead to more people working for shorter time. And – for those who only count the bottom line – this would also lead to a reduction in costly state services, associated with problems from obesity to public order.Such measures would reduce the actual numbers of unemployment but more importantly shift the values, so that work would not equal worth. Instead, it becomes possible to respect people for their character, interests or beliefs – for who they are, not what they do.Tom Boland lectures in Sociology at Waterford Institute of Technology and is co-ordinator of the Waterford Unemployment Experiences Research Collaborative. To read more articles by Tom for TheJournal.ie click here. Read: ESRI predicts economic growth and fall in unemployment in 2013>Read: Another dip in live register figures but unemployment rate unchanged>last_img read more

Une bibliothèque numérique sur ActuaLitté avec Google Books

first_imgUne bibliothèque numérique sur ActuaLitté avec Google BooksLe site ActuaLitté a lancé une bibliothèque numérique grâce au travail de numérisation des livres entamée par Google.Avec ActuaLitté, ce sont des millions de livres qui sont désormais disponibles au format numérique. Le site a communiqué l’ouverture de sa bibliothèque en ligne, soutenue par Google Books. Depuis 2004, le géant américain numérise en effet des millions d’ouvrages et a donc accepté de les mettre à disposition d’ActuaLitté. À lire aussiVous pourrez partager vos lectures préférées sur Google +Si tous les livres présentés ne sont disponibles au téléchargement, ActuaLitté propose un concept très intéressant, à savoir utiliser ces immenses ressources afin de proposer “de quoi éclairer l’actualité et l’information quotidienne, à la lumière des livres anciens”. Chaque semaine, un ouvrage sera mis en perspective avec un fait de société ou une information particulière. A noter que les livres seront lisibles sur tous les types d’appareil, excepté le Kindle d’Amazon.Le 23 décembre 2011 à 14:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un gros astéroïde frôlera la Terre début 2013

first_imgUn gros astéroïde “frôlera” la Terre début 2013L’astéroïde 2012-DA14 est dans la ligne de mire de la NASA. Il s’agira du plus gros astéroïde à frôler la Terre, l’an prochain, le 15 février 2013.Se déplaceant à la vitesse de 8 kilomètres par seconde, l’astéroïde 2012-DA14 mesure pas moins de 45 mètres (soit un demi-terrain de football), pèse environ 120 millions de kilos et est en mesure de pulvériser des centaines de kilomètres carrés en cas d’impact. Mais bien qu’il se dirige droit vers la Terre, il ne devrait pas entrer en contact avec elle et se contentera de “frôler” notre planète, d’après les spécialistes. Le passage le plus proche de 2012-DA14 se fera ainsi le 15 février 2013, lorsqu’il se situera à seulement 24.000 kilomètres de la Terre. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreD’ici là, il continue toutefois d’être surveillé par les scientifiques de la NASA. “C’est le plus grand objet qui est venu si près de la Terre depuis que nous avons lancé […] notre programme de surveillance” a déclaré Lindley Johnson du programme d’observation des objets géocroiseurs de la NASA cité par Canoe.ca. Son collègue Don Yeomans souligne de son côté que l’astéroïde va passer à l’intérieur de l’anneau géostationnaire de la Terre, là où se trouvent les satellites de communication. Il est toutefois très peu probable, selon lui, que l’objet céleste heurte la Terre. Ce qui n’empêche pas les scientifiques de garder un oeil dessus.En effet, “l’orbite de DA14 est très semblable à la Terre” et il repassera dans l’entourage de notre planète en 2020. C’est durant ce deuxième passage que les chances d’impact augmenteront légèrement (une chance sur 77.000 de frapper la Terre). “Ce n’est pas un problème en 2013 et presque pas un problème en 2020, mais vous ne pouvez pas l’exclure”, a déclaré M. Yeomans. Rappelons qu’en 1908, un astéroïde de taille semblable à DA14 a frappé un coin reculé de la Sibérie. Il avait détruit 2.150 kilomètres carrés de forêt et avait répandu une vague de chaleur ressentie à environ 65 kilomètres du point d’impact.Le 16 mars 2012 à 16:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Valverde reflects on horrible defeat to Roma

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde recalled their “horrible” defeat to AS Roma in last season’s Champions LeagueThe Spanish giants had won the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou and looked all set for the semi-finals.But then Roma pulled off one of the greatest comebacks ever by beating Barcelona 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and progressed to the last four of the Champions League instead.“We had a horrible day,” Valverde told the club website.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“The analysis that I have of the second leg is that everything surrounding that tie wasn’t good. When the draw was made everyone was clapping because we got Roma.“The first match was a complicated one where we took the advantage, but that was worse than it seemed. We won 4-1, if we’d won 2-1 then everyone – absolutely everyone – would have been more focused for the second game.“It was a match where we were on the back foot from the beginning, they came at us strong and we couldn’t turn it around.“Credit to them. In competitions like those, the Champions League or the World Cup, it can all come down to a single mistake on a single day. You have to be especially focused.”last_img read more

Effort to put antilight rail ordinance on ballot in jeopardy

first_imgFor the second year in a row, it appears that a petition put forward by light rail opponents won’t make it onto the 2011 ballot.Organizers had hoped to gather 6,000 signatures to put an ordinance on November’s ballot that would prohibit any city resources from being used to extend TriMet’s MAX line into Vancouver.When organizing this year’s effort in March, Columbia River Crossing critic Larry Patella said he and volunteers hoped to finish signature-gathering work by mid-June. But Patella said this week that he grew too busy with his own business to continue the effort, so he handed the responsibility over to fellow light rail foes, Camas resident Margaret Tweet and Portland resident Jim Karlock.“I’m not sure what they’re doing with it,” Patella said. “Between you and me and the fence post, I think it’s a lost cause right now.”Tweet declined comment when contacted Thursday. She said Debbie Peterson is a leader in the effort.“The jury is still out on whether or not it will make it on the November ballot,” Peterson said Thursday, “The time requirement is at the discretion of the city council.”last_img read more

Reservations accepted starting Saturday for Lewis River parks

first_imgARIEL — Campground reservations for PacifiCorp’s Cresap Bay and Cougar Camp parks along the North Fork of the Lewis River will be accepted beginning at 9 a.m Saturday.Reservations can be made online for the first time.To reserve online, go to www.lr-reservations.com. A $5 fee will be charged for all campground reservations, changes and cancellations. Credit card payment will be accepted so the reservations can be confirmed immediately.Individuals will be limited to four reservations for the 2014 season due to the popularity of the campgrounds. A toll-free reservation line also will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday on a call-back basis. The number is 1-855-414-0004. Given the call volume, it may take several days for a reservation agent to return calls.Individual sites at Cresap Bay and Cougar cost $20 per night.The utility offers 318 campsites, hot showers, boat ramps and recreational vehicle stations at its system of parks along the river.PacifiCorp operates Merwin, Yale and Swift dams.Cresap Bay on Merwin Reservoir will be open May 23 though Sept 30. Cougar, on Yale Reservoir, will be open May 23 through Labor Day. Beaver Bay, also on Yale, will be open April 26 through Sept. 30. Swift Forest Camp, on Swift Reservoir, will be open April 26 until the end of late deer hunting season in mid-November.Saddle Dam and Yale Park boat ramps on Yale, and Speelyai Bay boat ramp on Merwin, are day-use facilities.No parking fees are charged except on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Sept. 15, when a $3 parking charge is in effect.last_img read more

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