CHEYENNE, Wyoming >> There have been some changes over the last 20 years at the “Daddy of ‘em All.” Just ask barrel racer Sherry Cervi from Marana, Ariz.Cervi, who is a four-time world champion, won this rodeo 21 years ago in 1995. At that time the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association part of the competition was held as part of the night show and their entrance into the arena was from the south.That put the placement of the barrels in the opposite direction as well, but the actual size of …
After a series of “surprise inspections” of lower courts in several districts by Chief Justice S. Ravindra Bhat, the Rajasthan High Court has passed a slew of directions for strengthening the infrastructure of courts, improving facilities on the court premises and giving security to judicial officers. The court has asked the State government to prepare a roadmap for all court complexes to provide facilities in a time-bound manner.The Chief Justice had visited the lower courts in Alwar, Udaipur, Banswara, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Bharatpur and other districts recently as a common man, without informing the authorities, and found serious infrastructural shortcomings. Almost without exception, public facilities such as toilets and drinking water for litigants and lawyers were inadequate, and at some places, virtually non-existent.A status report submitted by the State government in an ongoing case filed by the Rajgarh Bar Association revealed that adequate security was not available in most of the courts, while a tabular statement for 330 court complexes submitted by the High Court establishment showed that the Bar Rooms, litigants’ waiting area, lock-up, canteen, toilet, water cooler and parking facilities were lacking in them.A Division Bench, comprising the Chief Justice and Justice P.S. Bhati, observed that while statistics and figures painted a grim story, the actual ground reality was worse. “The statistics do not point out the condition of facilities with regard to footfalls… On a rough conservative estimate, 1.50 lakh persons visit the courts everyday, adding up to 4.50 crore annually. The State has the primary responsibility of ensuring minimum hygiene and cleanliness in these public buildings,” said the court.The court directed the State government to indicate within a month how it proposed to provide the required facilities in the court complexes in a time-bound manner. These facilities will include advocates’ chambers, adequate water supply for drinking and other use, canteens, separate public toilets for men and women and litigants’ sheds, which were essential for smooth functioning of courts.Posting the case for further hearing on August 26, the Bench also directed the State government to immediately take steps to deploy police guards at the residences of Principal District Judges and make appropriate security arrangements for all judicial officers. The court said suitable security arrangements for safety in the court complexes should also be made.Meanwhile, the State government’s Law Department has issued orders for getting houses for judicial officers on rent in the event of non-availability of government residence for them. A committee comprising the Collector, District Judge and the Public Works Department’s Superintending Engineer will get the houses at the district level, for which the State government will pay full rent.
In a show of solidarity, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav visited the residence of beleaguered senior party leader Azam Khan in Rampur on Saturday and met Mr. Khan’s wife Tanzeen Fatima, a Rajya Sabha member, who has been ailing for some time.Speaking to the press, Mr. Yadav asserted that the Rampur administration was working with a “feeling of revenge” against the nine-time MLA and sitting MP from Rampur. Mr. Yadav also said that if the party returned to power in the State, all the cases against Mr. Khan would be withdrawn.The former U.P. CM said he was taking copies of all the FIRs with him. “I will get them scrutinised and a high-level delegation of the party will meet the Governor.” In response to another question, Mr. Yadav said he had faith in the judiciary and was sure that Mr. Khan would get justice. The SP leader recalled that the party’s patriarch, Mulayam Singh Yadav, had also faced many “motivated” cases in the past. However, he avoided a direct response to a query on the eviction of the Lohia Trust from a Lucknow bungalow on Saturday by the State’s property department on the orders of the Supreme Court. “Everybody knew that it belonged to Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav). We were already getting it vacated.”From goat theft to attempt to murder, more than four dozen cases have been filed against Mr. Khan. During his two-day visit, the SP chief stayed at Mr. Khan’s Humsafar resort, which, according to authorities, was allegedly built on government land. However, Mr. Khan remained conspicuous by his absence.Asked why his party was not taking the government headed by Yogi Adityanath head-on, Mr. Yadav said while the SP was never afraid of hitting the road, to take on the BJP both “sangharsh (struggle)” as well as “sangathan (organisation)” were needed.Taking the BJP government at the Centre to task, Mr. Yadav questioned its defence equipment procurement policy. Referring to the Rafale and Apache deals, he said the defence deals with foreign governments had “weakened” and put a question mark on the “make in India” policy of the government.
Panathinaikos Athens pulled out a hard-fought 82-79 win over visiting Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul on Friday night in the Greek capital. Panathinaikos improved to 2-3 in Group E, while Darussafaka is still winless in its first Top 16 appearance. It was a game in which neither team managed to build a double-digit lead during the entire 40 minutes. Playing without Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos held a 42-38 halftime lead and went up by 9 early in the third quarter. But Darussafaka rallied behind Jamon Gordon and took the lead twice in the fourth, including 72-74 with two minutes to go after a Gordon triple. But down the stretch, Panathinaikos made more plays, and more free throws, to pull out an important win. Miroslav Raduljica scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and 3 steals, while Nick Calathes had 14 points and 9 assists to pace the hosts. Vladimir Jankovic bagged 12 points for the Greens. Jamon Gordon finished with a career-high 26 points along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals for Darussafaka and Luke Harangody had 18 points, while Semih Erden scored 11 in defeat.First quarter: Harangody, Gordon get visitors off to great startOgnjen Kuzmic opened the game with a big one-handed dunk, but a triple from Harangody before Gordon went coast-to-coast for a layup put the visitors up 2-6. Jankovic scored inside, but Gordon and Harangody each hit a triple, although two minutes apart, making it 5-12. Sasha Pavlovic scored a driving layup, and after Erden scored inside for Darussafaka, Antonis Fotsis hit a triple to make it 10-14. Manu Markoishvili made a short jumper, only to see Raduljica made a put-back for the hosts. Erden had a big dunk, while Raduljica countered with a soft baseline touch. Emir Preldzic nailed a tough triple for the visitors to open another 7-point lead, but Raduljica had another put-back, stringing together 6 points and ending the first quarter at 16-21.Second quarter: Fotsis, Pavlovic lead Greens’ comebackGist scored inside and Pavlovic drove for a layup-plus-foul that tied it at 21-21. Nikos Pappas made a nice move to bank in a shot and put Panathinaikos in front, but Milko Bjelica scored inside and Reggie Redding on a fast break. Bjelica’s corner jumper made it 23-27. Calathes hit a runner, but Bjelica scored on a fast break, helping the visitors lead 25-30. But Calathes and Pavlovic connected on an alley-oop dunk, before Fotsis put-back a free throw miss, and Gist had a thunderous put-back dunk to make it 32-30. Gordon tied it with a driving layup, but Raduljica also put back a free throw miss for a three-point play, before Fotsis nailed a corner triple. A triple from Calathes opened a 42-34 lead, but layups from Gordon and Harangody cut it to 42-38 at halftime.Third quarter: Darussafaka refuses to go awayJames Feldeine knocked down a triple, and Jankovic scored inside on a breakaway to open a 47-38 lead. Harangody used a soft touch from short range to score first Darussafaka’s points of the second half, then added a three-pointer to make it 47-43. Feldeine and Redding traded triples, before Jankovic nailed a three of his own, 53-46. Gordon answered right away from downtown, but Raduljica scored twice, including a put-back dunk to make it 57-51. However, Harangody nailed a triple, and after Gist scored on a fast break, Erden countered with an easy layup to bring his team within 3. Harangody’s free throws got the visitors even closer, but Calathes made free throws, too, and also hit a mid-range shot to make it 63-58.Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos pulls it outPappas made free throws for the hosts, but Gordon and Markoishvili both connected from long range to cut it to 65:64. Gordon’s reverse layup put Darussafaka in front, before Calathes hit a triple and then threw an alley-oop pass to Gist for a 70-66 advantage. But the visitors held Panathinaikos without a field goal for the next five minutes, a span during which Scottie Wilbekin and Gordon each hit a triple to put Darussafaka in front 72-74 with two minutes to go. Jankovic ended the hosts’ drought and tied it from close range. Erden missed both free throws, before Calathes split his to put Panathinaikos back in front by 1 with 73 seconds to go. Gordon threw in a wild three-pointer, before Raduljica’s spin move inside made it 77-74 with 29 seconds to go. Gordon banked one in on the ensuing possession, but Feldeine and Jankovic combined for 5 of 6 from the foul line to keep Panathinaikos with an 82-79 lead. Darussafaka had 4.4 seconds for the final possession, but did not manage to get off a shot.TweetPinShare0 Shares
…to ever get drafted in the first two rounds of BOTH the NFL and MLB drafts are: John Elway, Bo Jackson, and Brandon Weeden*.Elway – 1981 Yankees (2nd) | 1983 Colts (1st)Jackson – 1982 Yankees (2nd) | 1986 Bucs (1st)Weeden – 2002 Yankees (2nd) | 2012 Browns (1st)Should be noted that Bo didn’t play for either team he was originally drafted by. He went to Auburn instead of the Yanks out of high school, then shunned the Bucs and played for the Royals (who drafted him in the 4th round even though he’d barely played at Auburn and was the REIGNING HEISMAN WINNER!)Am I saying that Weeden’s legacy will be that of Elway (looks like Bodemeister and has two Super Bowl rings) or Bo (greatest athlete ever who once did a back flip out of a pool in waist-deep water)? No, but to be the answer to a trivia question about being a top draft pick in two of the deepest leagues involving the best athletes in the world with these two dudes? Pretty cool.Also, to those inquiring: Deion Sanders went in the 6th and 30th rounds in baseball and 1st in football. Dave Winfield went in the 1st round in baseball but the 17th round in football. Can you fathom 17 rounds of NFL drafting? Kiper and McShay would be doing triathlons in the summer to unwind from that. Schefty would just hook up to an IV and not eat for six months. It would be insane.*This is to the best of my (and Wikipedia’s) knowledge. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Six stories in the news for Friday, May 19———RONA AMBROSE WON’T VOTE IN LEADERSHIPInterim Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose says she won’t cast a ballot in this month’s vote to choose a permanent leader. Ambrose tells The Canadian Press that casting even a secret vote would compromise her neutrality in the race. Conservatives are in the midst of choosing their next leader and the results will be announced May 27. Ambrose announced this week she’ll leave politics this summer.———PM CONTINUES WEST COAST TRIPPrime Minister Justin Trudeau continues his visit to the west coast today. He’ll stop in B.C.’s Lower Mainland to promote his government’s child benefit to families. He’ll visit with families at a recreation centre in Surrey. Trudeau will also meet with members of the Vancouver-area’s Sikh and Filipino communities. He attended a Liberal party fundraiser in downtown Vancouver last night.———U.S. OPENS 90-DAY WINDOW BEFORE NAFTA TALKSThe United States has served notice of its intention to renegotiate NAFTA by triggering a 90-day consultation window before talks begin later this summer with Canada and Mexico. The Trump administration sent a letter to key congressional power-brokers who must now be consulted as U.S. negotiators prepare their list of priorities.———SENTENCING HEARING CONTINUES FOR SASK. SHOOTERA sentencing hearing continues today for a teen gunman who killed four people at a home and in a school in La Loche, Sask. in 2016. The hearing is being held to determine if the teen should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. The Crown will call more witnesses today and then the hearing will be adjourned until mid-June, when the defence will present its case.———McNEIL FENDS OFF ATTACKS IN N.S. ELECTION DEBATELiberal Premier Stephen McNeil fended off multiple attacks on his record Thursday as Nova Scotia’s major-party leaders clashed over health care, education and the economy during the first televised leaders debate of the campaign. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and NDP Leader Gary Burrill targeted McNeil’s broken promises, but he brushed off the barrage and pointed to his achievements while in office. Nova Scotians go to the polls May 30.———SEX ASSAULT EDUCATION NOW REQUIRED FOR ONTARIO JUDGESTraining on sexual assault issues will now be required for new provincial judges in Ontario, following outcry over judges’ comments about complainants in other parts of the country. The training will also includes instruction on legal and equality issues. The issue made headlines recently after an Alberta judge asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together, and a Halifax judge said “a drunk can consent,” while acquitting a taxi driver of sexual assault.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada will release retail trade figures for March and the consumer price index for April.
TORONTO – When most people think about deaths from influenza, elderly patients with underlying health conditions are likely the first to come to mind. But the complications of flu can also be fatal on rare occasions in children and young adults, even those who are otherwise healthy.The U.S. has recorded 30 pediatric deaths from influenza so far this season, including a 10-year-old Connecticut boy who developed pneumonia and sepsis days after coming down with the flu. Nico Mallozzi, described by his mother in news reports as being healthy and as strong “as an ox,” died in hospital Jan. 14.A couple of weeks earlier, 21-year-old aspiring personal trainer Kyler Baughman of Pennsylvania died from septic shock after contracting the flu. The highly fit young man had not been vaccinated and initially ignored his symptoms, his parents reported.In Canada, there had been fewer than five flu-related pediatric deaths as of Jan. 13, the latest week for which seasonal statistics are available. But 303 children under age 17 had been hospitalized for influenza, with 48 kids so sick they had to be admitted to the ICU, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported on its FluWatch website.“It’s tragic whenever there is a death due to influenza in a child,” said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the BC Centre for Disease Control. “No question about it, it’s heart-breaking.“Fortunately it is a rare event,” she said from Vancouver. “But that doesn’t mean that deaths due to influenza in otherwise healthy people — including children — don’t happen. They do. They’re just rare.”There are a number of complications that can arise from infection with one of the influenza viruses circulating this season, with A/H3N2 and B/Yamagata being the dominant strains.Pneumonia is among the most common, with either the influenza virus itself or a secondary bacterial infection taking up residence in the lungs, said Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.In some cases, that lung infection can make its way into the bloodstream, causing what’s known as sepsis. That infection of the blood can lead to septic shock, in which the body’s organs shut down, causing death.Flu can also severely exacerbate such chronic underlying medical conditions as asthma and cystic fibrosis in both children and adults, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure in older adults.Infectious diseases specialists say children and adults with pre-existing health conditions who develop flu symptoms — including high fever, chills, body aches, extreme tiredness, cough and sore throat — should seek immediate medical care so they can be treated with an antiviral medication to reduce the risk of complications.“We have a tendency to think that because influenza is so common and because almost all of the time you get it, you feel miserable for a few days and then you get better,” said McGeer.“That’s our view of influenza and we don’t recognize that there are a small number of catastrophically serious cases in children and young, otherwise healthy adults.”Still, both McGeer and Skowronski stress it’s important not to overstate the risk of death in children and youth.“Most otherwise healthy individuals are going to fully recover from influenza with no intervention,” Skowronski said.“We don’t want to set off alarm bells. We need to put this into context.”For instance, a study that looked at pediatric flu deaths in the U.S. from 2004 to 2012 found 794 children under 18 died of influenza-related complications over the eight-year period, of which 453 (57 per cent) had underlying health conditions. Of the 341 children without high-risk conditions, 189 were aged five to 17.Based on those findings, Skowronski calculated the risk of pediatric deaths from flu at about one in every two million children.Yet at an individual level, some of these deaths may have been preventable with a simple shot in the arm, doctors suggest.“The really hard part about influenza is that because it’s so common, we don’t take it seriously,” said McGeer, adding that children and adults should get vaccinated against the flu — and that’s especially critical for those with chronic medical conditions who are vulnerable to complications from the seasonal infection.And while doctors concede that the effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing cases of influenza isn’t ideal, it still can help reduce the severity of symptoms in those who contract the infection despite getting a shot.One of the great ironies, said McGeer, is that it’s easier to persuade people to get vaccinated against meningitis, a serious but very rare infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord, than it is against influenza.“Young, healthy adults are actually more likely to die from influenza than from meningitis,” she said. “But it’s really hard to persuade them of that, because that’s not how we see the disease.And that’s … a great pity. Because if more people got vaccinated, people like me would not see as many people dying in our ICUs.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
TORONTO – Wall Street hit a record high after U.S. Congress moved closer to ending a government shutdown, as Canada’s main stock index slipped into the red.The S&P/TSX composite index edged back 5.48 points to 16,347.98, with materials and industrials leading decliners.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 142.88 points to 26,214.60. The S&P 500 index added 22.67 points to 2,832.97 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 71.65 points to 7,408.03.U.S. stocks got off to a weak start in morning trading on Monday, but turned higher at noon after U.S. Congress moved closer to ending a government shutdown after Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill. The truce came after Republican leaders said they will soon address immigration and other contentious political issues.While the market has seemed to shrug off the bitter divide between Republicans and Democrats that led to last Friday’s U.S. government shutdown, “it’s becoming old news for investors,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“We’re all kind of waiting for some deal to work its way through — it’s just a matter of when, and hopefully the sooner the better. They got a deal this afternoon … and they succeeded in kicking the can down the road for a little bit.”On the Canadian corporate front, shares of medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis Inc. rose $1.02, or 7.57 per cent, to $14.50, as rival CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. gained $3.02, or 8.69 per cent, to $37.79. A truce between the two companies will continue past the original Monday deadline — CanniMed has been fending off a hostile takeover by Aurora, which wants the company to abandon its friendly takeover of Newstrike Resources Ltd.Meanwhile, Empire Company Ltd.’s stock was up 28 cents, or 1.10 per cent, to $25.78 after subsidiary Sobeys Inc. became the latest Canadian grocer to wade into e-commerce. Sobeys signed a partnership deal with Ocado Group for the British company to help build the grocer’s online shopping business.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.27 cents US, up 0.01 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the March crude contract added 26 cents to US$63.57 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up four cents to US$3.22 per mmBTU.The February gold contract gained US$1.20 to US$1,331.90 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent at US$3.20 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.(Companies in this story: TSX:ACB, TSX:CMED, TSX:EMP.A)
The thunderstorm is expected to start at around 2:00 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon, clearing by late tonight.You are being reminded to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.More information can be found on Environment Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch today, June 17, for the Peace Region.According to Environment Canada, conditions are favourable this afternoon for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.