LA County Sees Largest Number of New COVID-19 Cases Yet at 4,015

first_img Top of the News [UPDATED] Health officials in Los Angeles County announced the largest-ever single-day increase in new detected infections on Tuesday, blaming the spike, in part, on a backlog of test results.The L.A. County Department of Public Health reported 4,015 newly-detected COVID-19 infections and 46 new deaths. That brings total infections reported in the county to 120,539 – or about 43 percent of the state’s 277,774 cases. In all, 3,579 people have succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the county, making up 59 percent of all COVID-19 deaths reported in California.New infections reported in L.A. County accounted for 66 percent of the newly detected COVID-19 cases in the state and 41 percent of the new deaths reported throughout California on Tuesday. State officials reported 111 new fatalities, bringing the statewide death toll to 6,448.“The high number of cases are, in part, due to a backlog of about 2,000 test results received from one lab who just submitted lab results from July 2 through July 5 today,” according to a statement from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.The positivity rate in the county also continues to climb drastically.The total rate of people testing positive, compared with total tests administered, has reached 9 percent, officials said. But over the past week, that rate jumped to 11.6 percent.The positivity rate and hospitation rate at the state level both remained on an upward trajectory looking back at the past two weeks, according to the California Department of Public Health.More than 1,950 people COVID-19 patients were being treated at hospitals, county health officials said. About 27 percent of them were being treated in intensive care units, and 18 percent were on ventilators.“The number of daily hospitalizations has steadily increased to over 1,900 since July,” the county statement said.Pasadena health officials reported seven new infections and no new deaths on Tuesday. The city’s totals stand at 1,415 known COVID-19 cases and 97 deaths.Sixty-four people were being treated at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, as of Wednesday morning data shows.L.A. County Director of Public Health reiterated that residents are not merely bystanders to the pandemic, but hold the solution to ending it.“Every single person we have lost to COVID-19 was someone’s parent, sibling, friend and neighbor,” she said. “Our actions have consequences and they affect real people in our community.”“Choosing to not practice physical distancing or objecting to wearing cloth face coverings when around others can be a life-altering decision. Everyone shares the collective responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 to save lives,” according to Ferrer.More information, including a city-by-city listing of detected infections, can be viewed on the L.A. County Department of Public Health website. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Subscribe HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Biggest Signs You Want To Be With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News LA County Sees Largest Number of New COVID-19 Cases Yet at 4,015 By BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 | 3:04 pm Community News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Oxford University releases Michaelmas Term plans

first_imgThe University has today released plans to reopen to students at all levels from the start of Michaelmas term. “Our commitment to supporting our students includes their health and wellbeing and the quality of their experience. We are working closely with the colleges and student representatives to achieve this balance. We will take active steps to ensure all students can access Oxford’s enriching opportunities regardless of their background or personal circumstances. For example, Oxford SU is planning a virtual version of its Freshers’ Fair, giving new and returning students the chance to engage in their wider student community, and find out about the wide range of clubs and societies and local organisations that support students. Image credit to Max Pixel. The University is also working with the city of Oxford to prepare for the influx of students in autumn to reduce additional burdens on local services. Additionally, given than building may not be operating at full capacity, it is considering the possibility to extending term time “to ensure students get suitable levels of contact time”. Prof Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, said: “The Oxford University experience is unlike any other. We want all our students to enjoy Oxford’s academic and social opportunities as fully as possible, and these plans will help them to do so within the constraints of the ongoing pandemic. Large-group teaching like lectures will remain online “at least for the first term”, hosted over Canvas and other platforms. The University also states that it will support students who need to self-isolate on returning to the UK, but students will need to arrange accommodation with college: “They will accommodate you from the date of your arrival, at the usual rates.” “We recognise that these are unsettling times, but have worked hard to provide opportunities for all to connect with other students and thrive in these new conditions, whether face-to-face or online – regardless of their backgrounds, or any disadvantage or disruption they may have faced as a result of Covid-19.” In addition, “Oxford has set out clear guidance as to what is expected of students and staff and how they can best protect themselves and others. This includes a dedicated testing service, support for students needing to self-isolate, and clear guidance informed by scientific advice.” Colleges will be open with accommodation available for students, as well as libraries and laboratories, though in a more limited capacity. The University has stated: “Work is also ongoing to preserve the much-valued social aspects of college life for students”. The SU Fresher’s Fair has been moved to a virtual format. Guidance states that the University recognises some will not be able to return in Michaelmas, for travel or health reasons, but that all students are expected to be in residence by the start of Hilary term. last_img read more

Watch Earth, Wind, & Power Bring The Love To A Feast of Funk & Soul Food [Exclusive Videos]

first_imgAcross the country, Thanksgiving debates are raging. From the recent election, to the day’s football games…even the age old “white meat vs. dark meat” debates are warming up as fast as ovens stuffed with epic dinners. So we thought it might be nice to focus on one thing we can all agree on…our love of the wonderful music made by the premier funk/soul band Earth, Wind & Fire. Thanks to The Nth Power, who themselves bear the standard of hope and love high in their music, we have some fresh and tasty music to add to your already burgeoning feasts with highlights from their Earth, Wind & Power tribute at the recent A Feast of Funk & Soul Food.Earlier this year, the tragic loss of EW&F’s Maurice White gave The Nth Power a reason to celebrate the beloved music he created. The band quickly rallied an all-star cast of additional instrumentalists, including Jennifer Hartswick and James Casey from TAB, Farnell Newton, sax madman Skerik and more to bring the full orchestra sound of Earth, Wind & Fire to life for a show that is being called the best of the year by scene veterans and fans lucky enough to have witnessed their show during Jazz Fest. To truly honor the music they loved the players held rigorous practices and formed a cohesion rarely seen in one off tribute shows that was reflected in the quality of their performance. After a highly successful debut performance at One Eyed Jacks, the band returned to the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive to prove that dreams really do come true. The third helping was served at A Feast Of Funk & Soul Food, pleasing fans beyond belief.Nick Cassarino showed his tremendous skills and charms on guitar and vocals with rock solid and splashy drums by his partner-in-crime Nikki Glaspie for a nearly three hour parade of incredible songs and solos. The crowd was once again in the palm of their musician’s hands and the covenant between performer and audience was never stronger. Everyone had their mission and whether it was making the music and sending out the love or accepting that love and returning it ten fold, no soul shirked their duty.Thanks to our own Rex Thomson, we have exclusive highlights of the magic for you to watch. Hits like “September,” “Fantasy,” their homage to the traditional EW&F cover of The Beatles “Got To Get You Into My Life” as part of a twenty five minute medley and a truly epic final encore rendition of “That’s The Way Of The World.” Check out the fun below, and we hope the music finds you and yours sharing a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with warmth and love.“In The Stone>September”“Fantasy”“Medley”“That’s The Way Of The World”last_img read more

WHS Golf preview: 10 Things to know about this year’s Crusader golfers

first_img10. And then there’s state… The regional winners will advance to the Class 4A State Golf Tournament in McPherson at the Turkey Creek Golf Course. on Tuesday, May 26. The top two teams at the six regionals and then the next five lowest individual scores that are not members of qualifying teams will compete.Follow us on Twitter. 5. The starters so far…In high school golf the top four scores of the team’s six players are accumulated.Yesterday, DeJarnett shot an 88, as Wellington’s top golfer.Jonah Luna, a freshman, finished with the Crusaders’ next low score, shooting a 95.Shane Hughes, a returning starter, finished with a 100, and Carson LeGrand rounded out the team scoring with a 105.Jake Walton, a junior, finished with a 117, and Ty Wilson, a freshman, shot a 118.“We gained a lot of valuable experience in this tournament,” Ginter said. “We will get better.” 3. Wellington and its first golf tournament… The Wellington varsity team made its 2015 debut in the Crestview Country Club tournament Monday afternoon in what was a great day to play golf.Unfortunately, the team finished 11th out of 14 teams. The Crusaders finished with a 388. Andover, the host, won the event with a 315 with Buhler finishing second at 317 and Wichita Collegiate at 312. Class 4A Regional Hughes, Shane11 6. The 2015 roster… Thurs., April 30Tex Consolver1Various teams Thurs., April 23Hesston1Various teams 4. So what does this mean?…It means Wellington has plenty of growth in its future.“We did not play as well as we would have liked, but there were some promising signs,” Ginter said. “We had three young men who played in their first varsity tournament yesterday.“This will only help them prepare for our upcoming tournament in Wellington.” Scott, Max9 Tues., May 12Winfield – Quail8AV-CTL tournament Mason, Aaeron11 8. The full schedule…Wellington has a full slate for the next two months… Thurs., April 30Hesston1Various teams. Haydon, Kelsie10 Wilson, Ty9 DeJarnett, Grayson11 Mon., May 4Wellington3Andover, And. Cent., Augusta, Buhler, Clearwater, Goddard, Goddard Ike. Heimer, Jack9 Friesen, Joseph11 2. Young but growing…How young is the Wellington golf program? There is just one senior: Jessica Reyes. There are five juniors, four sophomores, and eight freshman. That’s not to mention the 20 or so Wellington Middle School golfers who are part of the inaugural Knights middle school program.“Our numbers are up this year with 17 players,” Ginter said. “This is good news for the program.Ginter said the eight freshmen is the biggest number out for a particular for the sport in years.“With the addition of the middle school program, the future looks bright,” he said. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Ten things to know about the Wellington High School golf team as it embarked on its first golf tournament Monday.1. Where we last left off …Wellington’s Chance Russell and Graysen DeJarnett made all league at the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League DIV tournament held in Winfield, a year ago.  Russell is gone but DeJarnett, a junior, will return after shooting an 86 at Quail Ridge in the AV-CTL tournament a year ago.WHS returns three varsity starters from that team a year ago, including DeJarnett, Shane Hughes, and Jake Walton.“The leadership will be vital to the growth and success of our young teams,” said James Ginter, Wellington head golf coach. Luna, Jonah9 Schoemann, Aaron9 Walton, Jake11 Levirich, Jake10 Tues., April 21Serra Hills3Various teams Mon., April 13Sierra Hills3Various teams Mon., April 6Crestview1Andale, Andover, And. Cent., Augusta, Buhler, Circle, Ike, Maize, Mulvane, V. Center, W. Collegiate, R. Hill, Eureka, W. Trinity. Thurs., April 9Wellington1Andover, And. Cent., Augusta, Circle, Clearwater, Goddard, Goddard Ike, Maize, Mulvane, Collegiate, R. Hill, Chaparral, Hesston, M. Lodge, Trinity. Wellington JV golfLocationTimeOpponents Class 4A State. Tues., May 5Newton – Sand Creek8Various teams. Wellington golfLocationTimeOpponents Thurs., May 7Tex-Consolver3Various teams. Fri., April 24Cherry Oaks3Various teams. Mon., May 18TBA 7. Tournament this Thursday…Wellington High School will be hosting its annual invitational this Thursday with 14 other teams from the area.It should be a good one. Andale, Andover, Andover Central, Buhler, Circle, Goodard Eisenhower, Maize, Mulvane, Wichita Collegiate, Rose Hill, Eureka and Wichita Trinity are scheduled for the event.Every boy, who placed in the top 10 in Crestview Monday, will be on the Wellington links Thursday. Tues., May 26TBA LeGrand, Carson10 McComb, Matthew9 9. Wellington to host regional…Wellington Golf Club will be the host of the Class 4A Regional on Monday, May 18 – one of six in Class 4A.Those participating will be Wellington, Andale, Augusta, Clearwater, El Dorado, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Circle, Wichita Trinity and Winfield. NameClass Bales, Blake9 Tues., May 5Clearwater3Various teams Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Global Affairs aware of Canadians detained in Syria

first_imgGlobal Affairs Canada says it is aware of Canadian citizens being detained in Syria.The confirmation comes in the wake of a CNN report which spoke to two women – a college student from Toronto and graphic designer from Alberta – who say they recently fled the former ISIS controlled town of Baghouz Al-Fawqani in eastern Syria.Syrian Democratic Forces said more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the IS-held area as U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group from a small pocket of land near the border with Iraq.A woman identified by CNN as Dura Ahmed said she left Toronto in 2014 with her husband, claiming she didn’t know anything about ISIS despite studying “English and Middle Eastern studies.”“It was an easy life. It was a city. It was stable,” she tells CNN about her arrival in Raqqa. “You’re there and you’re eating Pringles and Twix bars. You’re just there. You don’t feel like you’re in a war.”The Alberta woman, whom CNN says did not identify herself, also claimed not to know anything about ISIS before arriving in Syria. She also left Canada at the insistence of her husband.“He’s like, ‘it’s obligatory for you to come here. You have no choice, and as your husband I’m telling you to come here.’ And as a Muslim wife you have to obey, even though it was really hard for me to do it,” she tells CNN.Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Richard Walker says given the security situation on the ground in Syria, their ability to provide consular assistance is extremely limited.“Canadian diplomats have established a communications channel with local Kurdish authorities in order to verify the whereabouts of some Canadian citizens,” he said in a statement to CityNews.“Reports of an agreement concerning the repatriation of Canadian citizens from Syria are false.”Even if the two women were able to leave Syria, they would likely face arrest and prosecution in neighbouring countries if they were found to be affiliated with ISIS.U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that IS has lost 99.5 per cent of its territory and is holding onto fewer than 5 square kilometres in Syria, or less than 2 square miles, where the bulk of the fighters are concentrated. But activists and residents say IS still has sleeper cells in Syria and Iraq, and is laying the groundwork for an insurgency. The U.S. military has warned the group could stage a comeback if the military and counterterrorism pressure on it is eased.Files from The Associated Press were used in this reportlast_img read more

Private school finds no exam written by Sidoo son on date alleged

first_imgVANCOUVER — A Vancouver private school has concluded its investigation after an indictment alleged that businessman David Sidoo paid someone to take a high school graduation exam on behalf of his oldest son in 2012.Sidoo was charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in Massachusetts as part of a prosecution by United States authorities of an alleged college admissions scam involving dozens of accused people.The indictment released Tuesday alleged Sidoo paid $200,000 in total for someone to take the SAT on behalf of both his sons, and that he also paid an undisclosed amount for someone to fly to Vancouver and take the high school exam.St. George’s School says a review of its records from 2012 indicates no school or provincial exams were written at the school by the student in question on or around the date referenced by the indictment.Sidoo is CEO of Advantage Lithium and a former Canadian Football League player for the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders who is also known for his philanthropic causes in the province.Sidoo’s legal team also released a statement on Wednesday saying he intends to plead not guilty at a court appearance in Boston on Friday.“David Sidoo’s children have not been accused of any impropriety and have achieved great accomplishments in their own right,” the statement adds.“We urge the media to recognize that Mr. Sidoo is presumed innocent and that he intends to appear in court Friday, plead not guilty, and exercise his right to defend himself against the current accusation.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

CIBC expects 50 per cent drop in new mortgages in latter half

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce anticipates it will issue half as many new mortgages in the latter part of the year as it did in the same period of 2017 amid cooling in the real estate market.The bank has noticed a slowdown in the housing market in the last few months, likely due to changes to mortgage underwriting guidelines, Christina Kramer, CIBC’s group head of personal and small business banking for Canada, said Wednesday. Those changes include a new stress test for buyers who don’t need mortgage insurance, which has made it harder for some would-be homebuyers to qualify.“When we take a look at the second half, we continue to see that there will be origination decline, probably in around 50 per cent range relative to the same period last year,” Kramer told analysts on a call discussing CIBC’s results for its second quarter, ended April 30.CIBC, the first of Canada’s Big Six banks to report second-quarter results, announced a double-digit profit bump Wednesday, handily beating market expectations despite slowing growth in mortgage lending.Concern has been mounting over the impact of a cooling real estate market on mortgage loans at Canada’s biggest banks, as national housing sales activity reach lows not seen in several years.In April, home sales dropped to a seven-year low for the month that typically kicks off the busy spring real estate season. The Canadian Real Estate Association largely blamed a new stress test for uninsured mortgages that came info effect on Jan. 1. The new stress test requires would-be homebuyers with more than a 20 per cent down payment to prove they can service their mortgage if interest rates rise.CIBC’s said its quarterly profit attributable to common shareholders was $1.29 billion, up from $1.04 billion a year ago on strong results both at home and south of the border after some U.S. acquisitions last year.On an adjusted basis, it earned $1.32 billion, or $2.95 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.06 billion, or $2.64 a year earlier. Analysts had expected a profit of $2.81 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.CIBC’s spot mortgage balance for the second quarter was $203 billion, up 6.8 per cent from a year ago, but flat compared with the first quarter. By comparison, in the second quarter of 2017, CIBC’s spot mortgage balance was up 12.4 per cent from the previous year and up 2.2 per cent from the previous quarter.In the latest quarter, the bank booked $7 billion in uninsured residential mortgage originations, down from $11 billion a year ago.“We’ve actually seen a very soft start with the spring market,” Kramer told analysts. “We don’t know whether that’s a bit of a pause in the market or consumers changing behaviour or waiting to see what happens.”The slowdown in mortgage originations at CIBC was welcomed by analysts, which had been concerned about how quickly the bank’s mortgage book was growing compared to its peers.“CIBC’s domestic residential mortgage growth was essentially flat, potentially relieving a relative overhang on the stock as investors have become increasingly concerned with CM’s relative exposure,” Barclays analyst John Aiken said in a research note.Real estate secured lending accounted for 49 per cent of total net loans across the Big Six Canadian banks during the fiscal first quarter of 2018, according to a recent CIBC World Markets report. CIBC had the highest exposure among its peers, at 62.8 per cent.Kramer said CIBC has become less reliant on real estate lending for revenues.“A year ago, two-thirds of our revenue would be directly related to our mortgage performance and our mortgage business. And today that’s about one-quarter.”In other banking operations, CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management arm saw net income in the second quarter jump by 431 per cent year-over-year to $138 million, helped by its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp, which closed in June 2017.The lender’s domestic commercial banking and wealth management arm earned $310 million for the quarter, marking a nine per cent increase from the same period a year ago. However, its capital markets arm saw a seven per cent decrease in net income to $249 million compared with one year ago.Despite headwinds in the Canadian real estate market, CIBC’s chief executive Victor Dodig said the bank expects to continue generating strong earnings growth in excess of its five per cent target going forward, if macroeconomic environment conditions remain benign or relatively positive.However, Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones based in St. Louis., said while it appears CIBC’s diversification is paying off, questions remain about how it will compensate for lower mortgage revenues.“It could be difficult for them to continue to offset such a big chunk of what’s been driving growth, over the next couple of years.”Companies in this story: (TSX:CM)last_img read more

North Dakota officials seek dismissal of road closure suit

first_imgBISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota officials have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed over the five-month closure of a section of highway during the large protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying they had both the authority and an obligation to do it.The federal lawsuit brought by two members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a reservation priest alleges that the closure of state Highway 1806 near the pipeline route north of the reservation unduly restricted travel and commerce and violated the free speech and religious rights of them and others. It seeks unspecified monetary damages from state officials, Morton County and TigerSwan, a North Carolina-based company that oversaw private security for the Texas-based pipeline developer, Energy Transfer Partners.Attorneys for the county and the state officials, including Republican Gov. Doug Burgum, contend in a court filing dated Friday that the highway shutdown was warranted because of “mayhem” caused by some of the thousands of demonstrators who gathered in the area in 2016 and early 2017 to protest the $3.8 billion pipeline, which now moves North Dakota oil to Illinois.“The criminal behaviour included trespassing, destruction of private property, vandalism, setting fire to multiple vehicles on the bridge, stampeding bison and shooting at law enforcement personnel in attempts to kill them, unlawfully blocking the highway, throwing Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at law enforcement, and evading and resisting arrest,” state Deputy Solicitor General James Nicolai wrote.State officials closed a stretch of the highway just north of protest camps in October 2016 and didn’t reopen it until March 2017, after initial repairs to a bridge were completed and the protest camps were cleared out.The highway is the main route between the reservation and Bismarck, the nearest large city. Plaintiffs allege that the closure was targeted at them and didn’t apply to pipeline workers, who were allowed to continue using that stretch of highway.Nicolai and Shawn Grinolds, an attorney for Morton County, argue that at one point, the protesters, themselves, blocked the highway with hay bales and other objects and that for months, they ignored an evacuation notice issued by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. They argue that pipeline workers had a legitimate reason to use the highway and that blocking others from using it was not retaliatory.“The plaintiffs’ peaceful protests were disrupted by a violent criminal faction that required responsible public officials to take necessary and appropriate steps to quell a criminal riot, protect private property from criminal activity and to ensure public safety,” Nicolai said.TigerSwan asked to be dismissed as a defendant, arguing that it had nothing to do with the decision to close the road. Attorney Lynn Boughey also asked U.S. District Judge Dan Hovland to force the plaintiffs to pay the company’s attorney fees.The three plaintiffs are reservation businesswoman Cissy Thunderhawk, pipeline opponent Waste’Win Young and the Rev. John Floberg of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball. They’re suing the county, its sheriff, Burgum and Dalrymple, and the heads of the state Transportation Department and Highway Patrol.In addition to the monetary damages, the lawsuit seeks stricter rules for road closures in such instances and class-action status, meaning it would apply to all affected people, if granted.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholsonBlakeBlake Nicholson, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Rental vacancy rates increase across BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In 2018, the rental vacancy rate has gone up across British Columbia.In a report released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, it says that the average apartment vacancy rate in B.C. has increased to 1.4 percent in 2018 from 1.3 percent in 2017.Meanwhile, the report says vacancy rates in Northeast B.C. declined again in 2018 after peaking in 2016 following a broad-based pullback in commodity prices, particularly oil and natural gas. Despite some downward movement, vacancy rates in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek remain elevated at 16.7 percent and 9.0 percent; the highest percentages within the Peace. These rates are down from 19.2 percent and 11.7 percent.These high vacancy rates are expected to drop within the next year as oil and natural gas projects start returning to the Peace.CMHC conducts the survey based on telephone interviews and site visits, from information provided by owners, managers, or building superintendents. The survey is conducted during the first two weeks of October, and the results reflect market conditions at that time.last_img read more

We Break Down Each MLB Playoff Matchup And Predict The World Series

sara.ziegler: LOLThe Yankees look like they’ll be starting with J.A. Happ in Game 1.travis.sawchik: “Bullpen Game”sara.ziegler: Aaron Boone is all talk on bullpen games. He says he’s open to them, but I doubt he’ll actually go through with it — particularly in light of how it worked out for Oakland on Wednesday.travis.sawchik: Happ has been excellent in New York: 7-0, 2.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 11 starts. The Yankees have a real shot … but the Red Sox have Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinezneil: And for the Red Sox, I’ve seen a lot of worry that the 108-win season will all be for naught. Maybe that’s New England pessimism talking, but I think they also probably played a bit above their heads this year. Either way, a 100-win team will be going home, which is kind of sad this early in the postseason.gfoster: Why is New England pessimistic? Are they disappointed by two decades of NONSTOP TITLES?neil: LOL. Old habits with the Red Sox, I think.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox have to have the edge in batting, right? Because of the aforementioned Betts and Martinez?travis.sawchik: I think the Yankees and Red Sox are pretty similar in terms of overall offensive production. Two elite lineups. FanGraphs has Yankees with a 111 wRC+, Red Sox 110 wRC+.neil: Yeah, relative to park, the Sox only scored about 14 more runs than the Yankees. (They allowed 37 fewer.)travis.sawchik: Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers has done a good job with getting even more out of Betts, who has worked with Hyers and Martinez on increasing his power profile.The Yankees are all about launching baseballs into the air … and bullpenning … and throwing a lot of breaking balls. Modern baseball will be on display.gfoster: Sara, I also wonder if we have not seen the full potential of the Yankees lineup, even despite all those wins. Aaron Judge has been injured, Gary Sanchez has been awful, Giancarlo Stanton started slow. They were never at full capacity it seemed; Didi Gregorius basically carried them for a month early on.travis.sawchik: And Aaron Hicks!gfoster: Aaron Hicks is going into monument park.travis.sawchik: Hahasara.ziegler: Hicks has been great, I’ve heard.travis.sawchik: Yeah, read that somewhere …sara.ziegler: I’m having a hard time getting excited about either of these teams, since this series seems to have been written in stone for a while. That’s part of the problem with the AL.gfoster: Let’s go to the National League. The first series up this afternoon is Colorado vs. Milwaukee, which carries less cachet and less breathless announcer speak but is interesting nonetheless.neil: Well, I for one am curious about how a pitching-centric team like Colorado will perform.gfoster: Travis, you were doubting that Colorado would make it; are you surprised they are here, or have you come around on the Rox?travis.sawchik: The Rockies are such a weird team. They are a pitching-first team with one of the worst offenses (25th in majors in wRC+) and outfield defenses in baseball, and they make their home in the most offensive environment in baseball, with one of the largest outfields. They committed $106 million to free agent relievers, but Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw (two of those high-priced investments) have been poor, while a reliever left off last season’s postseason roster, Adam Ottavino, has been amazing. I like the Brewers in this series given the strength of their lineup and bullpen. The Brewers seem like the rare team that won the offseason — Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Jhoulys Chacin were all key offseason additions — and its division.neil: They’re also the spitting image — in many ways — of a world champion: The 2015 K.C. Royals. So clearly, Milwaukee will storm through the postseason.sara.ziegler: And win the World Series against a team from New York, Neil?😉neil: I’d be happier with that this time around.sara.ziegler: The Rockies will have played three games in three different cities in four days. And one of those was in 13 innings.travis.sawchik: Brutal schedule stretch for the Rockies, for sure. At least they could just bus up I-94 after the wild-card game.sara.ziegler: I wonder if they got stuck in traffic in Kenosha. As one does.gfoster: It’s just ridiculous that these series are five games. And that the schedule is so condensed. Why are they even playing today? Give them another day!! In the NBA, the playoffs last five months and no one seems to be bothered.travis.sawchik: This is strange to say, but the Rockies actually hold a starting pitching edge in a postseason series.neil: Well, hasn’t that usually been the case with the Rockies’ best teams after adjusting for park? We think of the Rockies as an offensive powerhouse, but they never can hit away from Coors. Even this year, they had a .665 road OPS.travis.sawchik: Yeah, the Rockies’ best teams have typically had above-average starting pitching when adjusting for park and run environment. By ERA-minus, this is second best pitching staff in Rockies’ history.I’m not sure many people realize how good German Marquez and Kyle Freeland have been for Rockies in second half. Only Jacob deGrom has been more productive than Marquez in the second half as an MLB starting pitcher.neil: One other thing about the Rockies: By run differential during the regular season, they were really only about an 85-win team. So I think there’s a case for them being the worst team in the field. (Then again, ask the Cubs how facing them worked out.)sara.ziegler: Meanwhile, the Brewers didn’t get here with their starters, obviously. But the bullpen is just outstanding. Can it hold up under the pressure of the postseason?gfoster: OK, let’s shift back to the AL. Indians-Astros is really the ALCS we were all expecting last year, as both teams were 100-plus game winners. Are these teams better or worse than their 2017 versions?travis.sawchik: The Indians are weaker than they were a year ago when they entered the postseason with the game’s best run differential and the to-be-named AL Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber. They’re dealing with a significant injury as Trevor Bauer suffered a fractured ankle in August, and his velo was down in his brief return. Their top starter in the regular season going into August, Bauer will begin the series in the bullpen.The Indians’ bullpen, once a strength, was the weakest in the playoff field in the regular season. Though a healthy Andrew Miller could change that.neil: The Astros might actually somehow be better. Hot take: They’re the best team in MLB, despite an inferior record to the Red Sox. (At least, that’s what our Elo model thinks.) They had 109 Pythagorean wins! Who does that??sara.ziegler: The Astros are so weird. Their biggest names weren’t that good! And yet here they are, better than last year. They have Alex Bregman to thank, I guess.neil: It helps to have that ridiculous pitching staff, too.sara.ziegler: So true.neil: They had the best FIP in the league by a mile (3.23; next best were the Dodgers at 3.60).travis.sawchik: The Astros are so talented. The defending World Champs basically added an ace — Gerrit Cole — and an MVP candidate (Bregman breakout) since we last saw them in October.gfoster: I’m interested in how big a role Josh Donaldson plays for Cleveland. He seems healthy finally.travis.sawchik: The Indians needed another bat, and Donaldson has looked like his old self in a brief sample. He’s a wild card this postseasonsara.ziegler: He better perform offensively, given that his presence has messed with Cleveland’s defense — pushing people into different positions.gfoster: I love that the lineup that has Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley “needed another bat.”travis.sawchik: Well, another bat relative to the lineups they are facing in the AL field. The Indians rank last in remaining AL teams in wRC+, third in runs.neil: There are some real question marks surrounding Cleveland’s bullpen, though. They finished 26th in relief WAR this season.(Which is surprising since they are the O.G. of playoff bullpenning.)gfoster: Even with Brad Hand?neil: Hand has definitely stabilized things some, and Andrew Miller is back after missing a huge chunk of the reg season. But Cody Allen was pretty mediocre this year (93 ERA-plus).travis.sawchik: The Indians thought their bullpen was such a problem that they traded their top position player prospect, Francisco Mejia, at the deadline. Trading a consensus top 50 prospect for a reliever is apparently the thing to do at the deadline nowadays.sara.ziegler: Miller does seem to be healthy again — which is huge for the Indians. (An end-of-season blowup against the Royals notwithstanding.)travis.sawchik: One concern with the Indians is some of their players are trending down at the wrong time again. Jose Ramirez, an MVP candidate (favorite?) at the All-Star break, hit .223 in the second half. Ramirez has really struggled with breaking pitches. I’ll be interested to see how many fastballs he sees in series against an elite fastball team in the Astros. Could be a fascinating strength on strength: One of the game’s best fastball hitters (Ramirez) vs. the elite four-seamers of Justin Verlander and Cole.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about the last series, and then I’m going to ask for predictions. The Braves return to the postseason, perhaps a little earlier than some expected, and will take on the Dodgers, which was the last team they actually played in October in the NLDS in 2013. I literally have zero memory of that.sara.ziegler: That was 10 lifetimes ago, Geoff.travis.sawchik: That happened?neil: Was that one of those random Dan Uggla 30-homer seasons for Atlanta? (Edit: No, he hit .179 that year. LOL.)gfoster: Those Braves had Uggla, Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Andrelton Simmons and two Uptons (B.J. and Justin). The only guys of note still there are Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran.sara.ziegler: Two Uptons!neil: As far as five-year rebuild plans go, that’s pretty impressive to fully tear down and build back by now.travis.sawchik: Only the Yankees have a younger group of positional players than the Braves in the playoffs, with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies and maybe Dansby Swanson. It’s a pretty strong under-25 core. Atlanta is ahead of schedule and trending up.sara.ziegler: And on the other side, remember a month ago, when we thought the Dodgers might not make the playoffs? On Sept. 6, our model gave L.A. a 55 percent chance of getting here.neil: That remains incredible, given that they finished with 102 Pythagorean wins.travis.sawchik: The Dodgers are the most talented NL team in the field. They lead baseball in position player WAR and are fifth in pitching WAR. And it feels like the Dodgers have never been right all season with injuries to key stars like Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager. L.A.’s Walker Buehler looked like an ace in Game 163 vs. Rockies. He’s another wild card in the postseason. Big time young talent.gfoster: I was just going to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if Buehler is one of these young pitchers who makes his name with a great October, much like Madison Bumgarner did a few years ago.neil: All of that is why the Dodgers have a 45 percent chance (!) to make the World Series according to our model. That’s easily the highest pennant probability of any team. (It also says a lot about the rest of the NL.)sara.ziegler: Max Muncy finally has a chance to make his name nationally, too. (No one on this chat has ever referred to him as “Matt Muncy,” that’s for sure.)neil: Sara, you were an early adopter on Muncy in fantasy.sara.ziegler: I was! Before I could remember his first name.travis.sawchik: Muncy has been an amazing breakout story.sara.ziegler: The Dodgers had a hard time finding a consistent spot for him during the season. They shouldn’t make that mistake in the postseason.gfoster: I’m interested to see which Kershaw we see: the one who has been the best pitcher in baseball for a decade or the one who has been one of the most disappointing playoff pitchers over the past decade.travis.sawchik: Kershaw has suffered a loss in velocity and overall swing-and-miss capability. In 2015, his fastball averaged over 94 mph; this year, it was 90 mph.gfoster: Is he throwing the breaking stuff more? Making his metamorphosis into a crafty old lefty?travis.sawchik: Kershaw has had a curious spike in spin rate on his fastball, which is highly unusual to accompany a velocity decline.neil: But enough about the Dodgers! The Braves are good, too.travis.sawchik: Acuna is somethingneil: Yes, he is quite good! In fact, the Braves have a ton of position-player talent. They were seventh in WAR from batters this year. But eight of their top 10 most valuable players were position players. Pitching-wise, there are questions.sara.ziegler: Don’t forget Mike Foltynewicz, though! I love pitchers like that who come out of nowhere.travis.sawchik: I’m pretty bullish on the Braves’ future, but there are questions on the pitching end, as Neil said, and the Dodgers seem like the NL’s only “super team,” whereas there are three or four in AL field.gfoster: OK, let’s get the World Series prediction. I want to see winner, number of games, MVP. And you will all be judged on these for 12 months.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: No pressure… 😬travis.sawchik: 😮sara.ziegler: I’m gonna go with my ❤️. Brewers over Astros in seven, Christian Yelich MVP.gfoster: I like it.travis.sawchik: I think we’re headed for an Astros-Dodgers WS rematch. Houston over L.A. in six. Bregman MVP.neil: Our model says Astros over Dodgers again, too, but that’s boring. (Also, Travis already took it, haha.)gfoster: Yankees over Dodgers in five, Gleyber Torres MVP.sara.ziegler: Wow.travis.sawchik: !!!sara.ziegler: I mean, at least go Luke Voit as MVP.gfoster: I was considering Voit. It won’t be Judge or Stanton; if the Yankees win, they will get an incredible hot streak from someone less expected. I do feel like the Yankees haven’t experienced a true Stanton home run barrage like he had for the Marlins several times last season, so maybe that’s due?neil: What the hell, I’m gonna go Red Sox over Braves in six. Betts MVP. Boston’s current team over its former team. (For old timers from, like, the 1940s.)travis.sawchik: I guess the model and I are in this together.neil: It’s generally better to be on the model’s side, I’ve found.gfoster: No love for the Indians here.neil: I couldn’t pull the trigger with that Astros matchup.travis.sawchik: Too many questions for Cleveland, IMO.gfoster: OK, thank you all. Enjoy the baseball!Check out our latest MLB predictions. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s postseason MLB chat. We are done with the one-game wild-card playoffs. We are done with the one-game playoffs to figure out who would play in the one-game playoffs. And the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs are the first casualties of October. I think Oakland has to be pleased they made it that far with their ragtag team of relievers and .247 hitters, while the Cubs probably had higher hopes for 2018. They now have a two-year World Series drought in the works. But on to the division series!Here’s how the eight remaining teams stack up in terms of wins above replacement1Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. during the regular season to get a sense of where each team’s strengths and weaknesses lie:We are going to go through all four matchups. Let’s start with America’s two most lovable teams: the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who are playing each other for the first time in the postseason since 2004. This was inevitable wasn’t it? Boston gets to potentially start Chris Sale twice in five games; does that give them the edge?sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, general editor): I’m just happy last night’s game didn’t go to 13 innings. 😴travis.sawchik (Travis Sawchik, baseball writer): Assuming Sale is 100 percent, starting arguably the most talented pitcher in the AL potentially twice is a huge edge. But Sale landed on the DL twice in the second half (left shoulder inflammation), and his velocity has trended down, which is a troubling indicator.neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): And that’s kind of concerning if he doesn’t live up to his usual expectations. Our model gives the Sox a 57 percent chance of winning the series, but that’s partly a function of the large pitcher adjustment it gives Sale. With Sale at home in Game 1, we give Boston a 65 percent chance of winning that game; with a generic pitcher in the same situation, Boston would only have a 57 percent chance of winning.gfoster: David Price has to be a concern for Boston. He’s really been terrible in the postseason, after those early heroics as a relief pitcher for Tampa. He’s also gotten bombed by the Yankees this year.travis.sawchik: David Price career postseason: 2-8, 5.03 ERA. David Price career vs. Yankees: 15-14, 4.90 ERA. Price is fatigued from discussing his issues in postseason and vs. the Yankees, but they have to be a concern for the Red Sox. And the Red Sox bullpen is arguably only stronger than Cleveland’s in the AL field. That makes Sale so important for Boston.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox bullpen is obviously an issue — at least getting to Craig Kimbrel.gfoster: The Yankees’ Game 1 starter is pretty intimidating: read more