VIDEO: Columnist Dieter Kurtenbach looks ahead at the Golden State Warriors schedule and sees the team facing tough matchups against the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and the Phoenix Sun’s rookie DeAndre Ayton. OAKLAND — The Warriors opened up the 2018-19 season with a victory Tuesday, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder (sans Russell Westbrook) 108-100 at Oracle Arena.It’s just one game — there are 81 left to play (plus playoffs) — but that doesn’t mean that there …
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Hull coach Marco Silva’s 41-match unbeaten home record as a manager ended when his side lost to last-placed Sunderland 2-0 to intensify its relegation fears in the English Premier League on Saturday.Silva had not lost a home league game since 2014, a period taking in spells in charge of Estoril, Sporting Lisbon, Olympiakos, and now four months at Hull.Billy Jones struck in the 69th minute and Jermain Defoe added a second goal in injury time at the KCOM Stadium for Sunderland, which was relegated last weekend when Hull drew at Southampton thanks to a last-minute penalty save.Hull stayed fourth from bottom and just two points ahead of Swansea, which played Everton late Saturday.The result also was a boost for next-to-last Middlesbrough, which was six points behind Hull with three games left. Middlesbrough visits Chelsea on Monday.LEICESTER 3 – 0 WATFORDLeicester kept up its revival since dismissing title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri by beating Watford 3-0 in the English Premier League on Saturday.The soon-to-be-deposed champions have won seven of their 10 league games following the departure of Ranieri, who was fired with Leicester close to the relegation zone. Now, they have moved into ninth place and have the form to secure a top-half finish.The goals came from midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Riyad Mahrez, and Marc Albrighton.Ndidi lashed home from 10 meters in the first half at Kingpower Stadium after the ball fell loose after a corner.Mahrez celebrated making his 100th Premier League appearance by doubling the lead in the 58th, sprinting onto Jamie Vardy’s flick-on and beating Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes from a tight angle.advertisementVardy then fed Albrighton to add a third goal in the third minute of injury time.Watford has lost its last three games without scoring.BOURNEMOUTH 2 – 2 STOKEStoke missed out on a first away since January when an own goal allowed Bournemouth to draw 2-2 in their English Premier League match on Saturday.Defender Ryan Shawcross accidentally deflected Josh King’s strike into his own net. Stoke protested, believing King was offside, but the goal stood.Both mid-table teams had already secured positions in the league next season.Stoke benefited from opening with an own goal, thanks to a back-header by Bournemouth’s Lys Mousset. That was Stoke’s first away goal in 629 minutes.Bournemouth came back through Junior Stanislas, Stoke went back in front thanks to Mame Biram Diouf, then Shawcross helped the home side level again.
Image Courtesy: Royal WagenborgIn today’s spotted, we bring you an image of Egbert Wagenborg, a multipurpose ship (MPP) owned by Dutch shipping company Royal Wagenborg, which successfully completed its second and last sea trial. The newbuilding was completed at the Netherlands-based Royal Niestern Sander shipyard this month.Following its completion, the 14,200 dwt vessel was towed from the shipyard to the Port of Delfzijl.Egbert Wagenborg is 149.5 meters long and 15.9 meters wide.The MPP ship will be handed over to the owner also this month when christening and name giving ceremony are scheduled to take place.
HALIFAX – Nobody has the unfettered right to live in government-assisted housing of their own choosing, a lawyer for the Nova Scotia government told a human rights board of inquiry Monday.“It is not a right guaranteed by the government,” said Kevin Kindred, the counsel for the Attorney General, during opening arguments in a case advocates say could help people with disabilities move into supported housing in the community.The inquiry is considering the case of two people seeking to move out of locked-door, hospital-like settings and a third complainant who has died since the case started.Vince Calderhead, the lawyer for the three complainants, told the inquiry that Nova Scotians with disabilities who are kept in institutions are the “last vestiges of the … county asylum” where impoverished citizens were once housed.Calderhead said it contravenes the Human Rights Act to keep people with intellectual and physical disabilities in facilities where they lack control over their own lives, can seldom go out, and may be hundreds of kilometres from their family.He cites sections that prohibit discrimination in the provision of government services on the basis of physical or mental disability.“When the government provides social assistance to people in Nova Scotia, the way it provides it to people with disabilities cannot be worse than people without disabilities. That is the essence here,” he told reporters after the morning session.However, Kindred argued before inquiry chairman John Walter Thompson that while the province supports the principle of community-based care, it’s not a human right as defined in the legislation.Housing programs offered to people on social assistance also have limits and waiting lists, said Kindred: “When the government does provide housing solutions it can only do so in a way that involves limited choices and a system of limited capacity.”The arguments being made to the board of inquiry about waiting lists and inadequate services are better made to the minister of Community Services, argued the provincial lawyer.“You’re here in your role as a board of inquiry … and that role isn’t to make policy decisions about reform or how to best serve the needs of people with disabilities … This is not a public inquiry of the government’s programs for persons with disabilities as much as sometimes the complaint seems to be set up with something like that in mind,” he said.“Most social problems the government is called to address are not discrimination.”Still, the case, which will be heard over the next two months, is already surfacing details on the difficulties of the lives of people with disabilities in the province.Two nieces of Sheila Livingstone, the complainant who died during various delays in the case, were on hand as Calderhead told her story to the inquiry chairman.The lawyer said Livingstone had lived in institutions for much of her life, but for 18 years did well in a small options home.When she was temporarily hospitalized, she lost her place in the community and remained in a locked-door facility for a decade.“After a series of assaults on her, and complaints about those assaults, she was offered a placement not in the Halifax area but in Yarmouth. Why Yarmouth? Because there was a bed,” said Calderhead.The location of the supported home was 300 kilometres from her friends and family.The lawyer said he has documentation from the province showing from 2011 officials believed she could have lived in the community.“In the fall of 2016 she died with no family member around. … That is a feature of the province’s treatment of people with disabilities,” the lawyer told the judge.After the hearing, Jackie McCabe-Sieliakus, Livingstone’s niece, said she’s hoping the hearing prompts changes.“A lot of people are in the system like Sheila. Sheila suffered a lot and I think the government needs to step up and everybody needs to hear the story,” she said.“It won’t make a difference to Sheila now. But it will make a difference to other people.”The other complainants in the case are 45-year-old Joseph Delaney and 46-year-old Beth MacLean. Both have said in court documents they should be permitted to move from the hospital-like settings into small homes where assistance is provided in areas such as meals and personal care.The Disability Rights Coalition, an advocacy group for people with disabilities, is also participating in the case.A spokeswoman for the Department of Community Services has said it is working to improve its Disability Support Program and to create more small-options homes.The province says a new program called Flex Independent is making efforts to ensure that the community-based supports are in place and is moving people to them when it is safe to do so.The Liberal government has said it is investing $4.2 million to develop eight small option, community-based homes over the next two years, bringing the total from 222 to 230 homes.There were about 504 people awaiting some form of support from the Department of Community Services as of last Thursday, and 1,024 people awaiting a transfer to a different housing option or location.The human rights case resumes hearings on Feb. 13 at a hotel meeting room in Halifax.
Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre expects Jadon Sancho to get even better given his incredible progressThe 18-year-old winger has enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign at Dortmund this season and made his England debut over the recent international break.Sancho’s impressive displays at Signal Iduna Park earned him a new long-term contract at Dortmund last month.Speaking ahead of their Bundesliga game with VFL Wolfsburg on Saturday, Favre hailed Sancho and his special achievements.“Of course he has a lot of potential. He’s only 18, and he’s already playing with the England national team,” said Favre, according to Daily Mail.Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…“At the age of 18, that’s something special, you don’t see it very often.“Of course he can still improve a lot, that’s quite normal and he knows that. But he’s already very good.”He added: “He knows that he still has to improve. He just has to keep working hard, keep working calmly, and needs to have a lot of fun.”Sancho has scored five goals and provided eight assists in 14 games across all competitions this season.
GoAir flight. (Representational Image)Wikimedia CommonsLow-cost airline GoAir has announced a massive two-day sale beginning Thursday, January 3. It is offering all-inclusive flight tickets at Rs 1,199 between major cities like Pune, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Patna, Bengaluru, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Ranchi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Nagpur and Chennai.The cheapest ticket is priced at Rs 1,199 from Chennai to Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Some of the routes are Goa-Mumbai (Rs 1,499; travel period: July 15 to September 8), Patna-Kolkata (Rs 1,299; travel period: July 1 to September 8), Goa-Bengaluru (Rs 1,499; travel period: January 18 to February 20), Goa-Hyderabad (Rs 1,399; travel period: July 1 to September 15), Hyderabad-Bengaluru (Rs 1,499; travel period: January 18 to February 20).Interested customers can go to the company’s website and buy their tickets under the ‘Fly Smart, Save Big’ category.In December 2018, GoAir had offered all-inclusive tickets priced at Rs 1,499 for trips between April 1, 2019, and June 30, 2019.
Ukrainian soldiers drive APCs near Urzuf, south coast of Azov sea, eastern Ukraine on 29 November. Photo: APUkrainian officials on Friday barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbours.The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014. The vessels were trying to pass through the Kerch Strait on their way to the Sea of Azov. The Russians then captured the ships and their 24-member crew.The Ukrainian parliament on Monday adopted the president’s motion to impose martial law in the country for 30 days in the wake of the standoff.Petro Tsygykal, chief of the Ukrainian Border Guard Service, announced at a security meeting on Friday that all Russian males between 16 and 60 will be barred from traveling to the country while martial law is in place.President Petro Poroshenko told the meeting that the measures are taken “in order to prevent the Russian Federation from forming private armies” on Ukrainian soil.The announcement follows Thursday’s decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to scrap the much-anticipated meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Trump said it isn’t appropriate for him to meet with Putin since Russia hasn’t released the Ukrainian seamen.Russian government-appointed ombudswoman for Crimea told Russian news agencies that all the seamen have been transported from a detention centre in Crimea. The three commanders have been taken to Moscow, she said. It wasn’t immediately clear where the other 21 have been taken.A Crimea court earlier this week ruled to keep the Ukrainian seamen behind bars for two months pending the investigation.There has been growing hostility between Ukraine and Russia since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Russia has also supported separatists in Ukraine’s east with clandestine dispatches of troops and weapons. Fighting there has killed at least 10,000 people since 2014 but eased somewhat after a 2015 truce.
00:00 /56:36 X On Friday’s Houston Matters: Police in the Dominican Republic say 43-year-old Víctor Hugo Gómez, whose last known address was in Katy, is wanted in the mistaken shooting of former Red Sox star David Ortiz on June 9, 2019. Gómez, an associate of Mexico’s Gulf Cartel, was indicted in a major federal drug sting here in Houston back in March. We’ll discuss the latest development in this bizarre saga with Gabrielle Banks, who covers federal court for the Houston Chronicle.Then, News 88.7 energy and environment reporter Travis Bubenik will share details on the new Federal Action Plan to reduce childhood lead exposure.Also this hour: As heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran rise, we learn from Rice University fellow Jim Krane about how U.S. interests would be ‘deeply undermined’ by a war with Iran. We discuss what the implications are for Greater Houston’s oil and gas industry. Plus: Our panel of non-experts weighs in on stories from the week’s news and decides if they’re good, bad, or ugly. And, Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu chats with Mollie Haven Miller, executive director of Dance Source Houston, about the 5th Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest. We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Popular on Variety Rice, 53, is a controversial political figure. Conservatives have criticized her over her initial comments about the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, which she called “spontaneous.” Critics have accused her of lying and trying to downplay the premeditated nature of the attack. In addition, it emerged last year that as Obama’s national security adviser, Rice in 2016 had requested to “unmask” the identities of certain Americans identified in intelligence reports who had been intercepted speaking with foreign sources — and were linked to Donald Trump’s campaign and presidential transition team.Rice’s appointment increases the number of Netflix’s board members to 11 — and she becomes the company’s fourth female board member. In January, Netflix named Rodolphe Belmer, former CEO of Canal Plus Group, to the board.The other Netflix directors are: Reed Hastings; Anne Sweeney, former president of Disney-ABC Television Group; Richard Barton, executive chairman of Zillow Group and founder of Expedia; A. George (Skip) Battle, former executive chairman of Ask Jeeves and executive at Andersen Consulting; Timothy Haley, managing director at Redpoint Ventures; Jay Hoag, general partner at Technology Crossover Ventures; Leslie Kilgore, former Netflix chief marketing officer; Ann Mather, ex-CFO of Pixar and Village Roadshow Pictures, former Disney exec; and Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer, Microsoft.Rice served as a key adviser to President Obama during his two terms in office. From 2013-17, she headed the National Security Council staff, providing daily national security briefing to President Obama. Before that, she was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. from 2009-13 and served as a member of Obama’s cabinet.Previously, during President Bill Clinton’s second term, Rice was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and was a member of the National Security Council staff. She was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution from 2002-08.Rice began her career as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co. She has served on several boards, including those for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Bureau of National Affairs, National Democratic Institute, and the US Fund for UNICEF. The Washington, D.C., native is married to former ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron, and the couple have two children. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Rice’s appointment to the Netflix board was effective March 26. She has not yet been appointed to serve on any board committees. Netflix appointed Susan Rice, former U.S. national security adviser and ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, to its board of directors.Rice currently is a distinguished visiting research fellow at American University’s School of International Service, as well as a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.“We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “For decades, she has tackled difficult, complex global issues with intelligence, integrity and insight and we look forward to benefiting from her experience and wisdom.”Rice commented, “I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors of Netflix, a cutting-edge company whose leadership, high-quality productions, and unique culture I deeply admire.”