About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle winger Allan Saint-Maximin denies he’s injury-proneby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Allan Saint-Maximin has dismissed claims he’s injury-prone.Saint-Maximin insists there should be no long-term issues with his hamstring.However, United will continue to manage his training schedule to ensure the troublesome injury which disrupted his season does not re-occur.For his part, the winger says fans should not worry about his fitness. “This injury doesn’t happen a lot of times. In my last season in France I played in every game and all the time. I changed league, I’ve been injured but I keep working to come back and now I played 82 minutes and I feel good,” he told BBC Newcastle.
For a few hours, it looked like the beef between offensive line coaches Herb Hand and John Peterson had been squashed. A truce does not appear to have been reached after all, however.Earlier this offseason, Peterson and Hand had gone back and forth on Twitter debating which program – Penn State or Pitt – was the best in the state of Pennsylvania. It continued Thursday, as Peterson purposely put an “X” in front of both “State” and “College” when explaining where he was headed for a high school coaches convention. But Peterson eventually ran into Hand at the meetup, and the two took a selfie together.In tate ollege for the Pennsylvania high school coaches convention! #H2P— john peterson (@coachjpete) February 13, 2015My friend and I @CoachHand at the Pennsylvania high school coaches convention! HAIL TO OLINE! pic.twitter.com/chM2m53uGB— john peterson (@coachjpete) February 13, 2015Hand, however, did not realize that Peterson had dissed his program just hours earlier. Friday, he took to Twitter to tell his followers that he should have checked Peterson’s feed before agreeing to what he called an “olive branch” selfie. He also included the hashtag #BackToDominating and a funny Jim Carrey GIF.Should have checked my counterpart’s feed before our ‘olive branch’ selfie. https://t.co/sxCFvtMA59 #BackToDominating pic.twitter.com/fTeDJvBZt4— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) February 13, 2015As a reminder, Penn State and Pitt renew their rivalry in 2016.
One of the best men in the history of the University of Notre Dame has passed away, as Rev. Theodore Hesburgh died late Thursday on the South Bend, Ind., campus. He was 97. Father Hesburgh was Notre Dame’s president from 1952-87, helping develop the school into one of the country’s most powerful academic institutions. He is well known for his influence with U.S. presidents on civil rights and other issues of the 20th century. A 14-story library at Notre Dame is named after Hesburgh. Friday morning, the Fighting Irish community is mourning the loss of their former leader. Brian Kelly’s press conference to announce new assistants has been pushed to Monday in wake of death of Fr. Hesburgh— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) February 27, 2015Students have been gathering at the Grotto to remember and pray for Fr. Hesburgh. pic.twitter.com/WPCYFcPNPc— Notre Dame (@NotreDame) February 27, 2015IN has lost a man of unwavering faith, profound vision & monumental virtue in the passing of @NotreDame Father Theodore Hesburgh.— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) February 27, 2015RIP Father Hesburgh, you were a true pioneer and nobody could ever come close to replacing you.— John Swift (@jswift98) February 27, 2015Rev. Hesburgh helped create a small piece of Heaven at Notre Dame. My personally signed ‘God, Country, Notre Dame’. pic.twitter.com/ocadYG9OVv— Joel DeLorge (@JoelDeLorge) February 27, 2015A giant of a man, educator and priest has passed. RIP Rev. Hesburgh. Guided ND athletics for decades.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) February 27, 2015RPI, Rev Hesburgh your positive impact was enormous ! You were a giant in this lifetime and a true servant of God!!! You will be missed !!— Bill Kenney (@CoachKenneyWMU) February 27, 2015“Women ought to have the same opportunities to develop their talents as men do.” Thank you for all the opportunities, Fr. Hesburgh.— Kate Harrington (@kharrin12) February 27, 2015Every Catholic social justice leader today owes a debt of gratitude to Fr. Hesburgh. His faith fired his activism for civil rights and peace— John Gehring (@gehringdc) February 27, 2015In the pride of Catholic higher education, Fr. Hesburgh was our lion, says Fr. Holtschneider, president #DePaul. pic.twitter.com/jz0A6E7hMM— DePaul University (@DePaulU) February 27, 2015Fr. Hesburgh made @NotreDame coed, changing the lives of 1000s of women, including mine. #ThankYouFrTed pic.twitter.com/HfzrBLcMoo— Anne Thompson (@annenbcnews) February 27, 2015Father Hesburgh has passed / one of the most impressive men I ever met / May he RIP— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) February 27, 2015Rest in peace, Father Hesburgh.
PITTSBURGH, PA – JANUARY 14: Le’Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)On running back L.J. Scott’s monster one-yard touchdown run, Michigan State won a conference title and likely clinched a spot in the College Football Playoff. Former MSU superstar Le’Veon Bell is a very active support of his alma mater on Instagram, and just minutes after the game went final, he recorded a video congratulating the Spartans, and specifically, Scott.The Spartans deserve all the congratulations they get. What a phenomenal effort by the offense on that final, 22-play drive.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing slightly lower on Wall Street, erasing the market’s gains from a day earlier.Technology stocks fell the most Thursday. Apple lost 1.7 per cent.Supermarket operators and other consumer-focused stocks also fell. Kroger slid 2.8 per cent.“Harry Potter” publisher Scholastic sank 7 per cent after reporting a disappointing quarter.Industrial companies and banks led the gainers. General Electric rose 1.8 per cent.It was the first decline for the market this week.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 7 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 2,500.The Dow Jones industrials fell 53 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 22,359. The Nasdaq composite lost 33 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 6,422.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.28 per cent.___11:45 a.m.U.S. stock indexes edged lower in midday trading, wiping out modest gains from a day earlier.Technology stocks were down the most Thursday. Apple lost 1.3 per cent.Supermarket operators and other consumer-focused stocks also fell. Kroger slid 2.2 per cent.Industrial companies and banks led the gainers.Meal kit maker Blue Apron was up 1.8 per cent after a rival company, Plated, agreed to be acquired.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 3 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,504.The Dow Jones industrials fell 19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 22,393. The Nasdaq composite lost 22 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,433.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.25 per cent.___9:35 a.m.U.S. stock indexes are edging lower in early trading on Wall Street while several companies were moving on deal news.Calgon Carbon, a maker of water and air filtration systems, soared 62 per cent early Thursday after agreeing to be acquired by a Japanese company.Ash Grove Cement jumped 75 per cent after saying it would be bought by CRH, and meal kit maker Blue Apron was up 4 per cent after a rival company, Plated, agreed to be acquired.“Harry Potter” publisher Scholastic sank 10 per cent after reporting a disappointing quarter.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped 4 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,504.The Dow Jones industrials fell 15 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 22,395. The Nasdaq composite lost 22 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6,433.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Fed up with Facebook? You’re not alone. A growing number of people are deleting it, or at least wrestling with whether they should, in light of its latest privacy debacle — allegations that a Trump-linked data-mining firm stole information on tens of millions of users to influence elections.Even before that, users have considered dumping Facebook after growing tired of political disagreements with friends and relatives. And studies have shown that the mindless scrolling that Facebook is so good for can leave us feeling depressed.While Facebook has tried to address some of these problems, it’s not enough for some users. If you are one of them, there are options. Hard as it might seem to quit, especially for those entwined with it for years, it can be done.Mostly.___GOODBYE FOREVERBefore deleting your account, rescue your posts and photos. Facebook lets you download the data you’ve shared with Facebook since you joined. This includes your posts and photos, as well as the “activity log” — the history of everything you’ve done on Facebook, such as likes and comments on posts, use of apps and searches. The download also contains your profile, messages, list of friends, ads you’ve clicked on and IP addresses you’ve used to connect to Facebook.This process should give you a good — perhaps scary — idea of what Facebook has on you.What you won’t get are photos other people shared with you, even if you’ve been tagged. You need to save those individually. And some stuff will remain, including what others have posted about you, your chats with others and your posts in Facebook groups (though your name will be greyed out). To delete all this, you’ll need to sift through your “activity log,” accessible through your profile page, and delete each item individually.Once you’ve saved everything and gone through your activity log, sign in one last time. Go to http://bit.ly/198wIoI and click on the blue button. You can’t get that from the settings page, as Facebook, it may seem, doesn’t want you to leave. Facebook says the process could take a few days. Your delete request will be cancelled if you log back in during this time. Facebook says it may take up to 90 days for all the data associated with your account to be wiped, but you can’t change your mind after the first few days are up.If you used your Facebook account for third-party apps and sites, you’ll need new usernames and passwords for each.___TRIAL SEPARATIONIf you’re not quite ready for a divorce, deactivating your account is an option. To do this, go to your account settings.Deactivating means other people won’t be able to see your profile, but if you log back in, the whole thing is cancelled and you are “active” again. Ditto if you log into an outside app or site using your Facebook account.___FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT)Depending on whether you were a full-time Facebook addict or an occasional lurker, the psychological separation could prove harder or easier than the physical one. Facebook has become a one-stop shop for so many things. You can keep up with friends and family, find out about or create local events, buy and sell stuff, keep up with the news, raise money for a cause or join groups of like-minded people such as parents, porch gardeners and people with a rare disease.There are other places to do many of these things, though likely not all at once. There’s Eventbrite for events, Letgo for buying and selling stuff, Peanut for moms to connect, Meetup to find and meet like-minded people, GoFundMe for raising money and Twitter, or, gasp, your local newspaper’s website for the news.If you find your mind wandering back to Facebook as you go through your day, thinking how you might craft a post about a thought you’ve just had or an article you came across, it’s OK. Let it go. It’s all part of the breakup process.And while you may not see updates about near-forgotten schoolmates or that random person you met six years ago, the people who matter most will stick around. For them, there’s email, the phone, and meeting in person for coffee.___ABOUT THOSE OTHER APPSIf your boycott of Facebook has more to do with your view of the company than with tiring of the Facebook service, you might consider deleting Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger as well — they are all owned by Facebook. Deleting your Facebook account won’t affect your Instagram or WhatsApp account. If you want to keep using Messenger, you can create an account using your phone number instead of your Facebook profile.
OTTAWA – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers said Tuesday it has given strike notice to Canada Post that workers could walk off the job as early as next week.The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees said rotating strikes will begin Monday if agreements aren’t reached with the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units.The scale of the job action will depend in part on how talks go in the coming days, but union president Mike Palecek said they would look to avoid inconveniencing the public.“Our aim is not to disrupt the public, it’s not to disrupt the service that we provide, that we’ve been defending for years, so we’re trying to come up with ways to put some pressure on Canada Post without impacting the public.”The union decided to issue the strike notices after the nearly year-long talks stalled with the two sides fairly far apart, said Palecek.“We’ve said we would remain at the table as long as progress is being made, and we’ve reached a point where we’re not seeing a lot of progress.”He said the union, which provided five days notice rather than the 72 hours required, hopes the threat of job action will help the Crown corporation take the issues seriously.The union has been pushing for 3.5 per cent annual wage increases but has been met with offers of increases below inflation, while health and safety concerns have also yet to be addressed, said Palecek.Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in a statement that the service has found common ground with the union on several issues including workload concerns and has made meaningful offers.“Canada Post has made significant offers to CUPW which include increased wages, job security, and improved benefits and has not asked for any concessions in return.”The postal service will still be operational in the event of a strike, said Hamilton.“Canada Post will remain open for business, continuing to operate if the union decides to conduct rotating strikes across the country next week. We will notify customers of any disruptions planned by the union as soon as we are aware, however customers may experience some minor delays.”The possibility of a work stoppage has hovered over Canada Post since Sept. 26 after postal workers voted overwhelmingly in late summer in support of a potential walkout to back their contract demands.Canada Post is the biggest parcel shipping company in the country, having delivered about one million parcels per day during the holiday season last year — an increase of 20 per cent over the same period in 2016.The postal service also has contracts with numerous provinces to deliver the legal online cannabis sales that begin Wednesday, including Ontario where online sales will be the only source of the product until next April.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Community Bridge’s ‘Daddy and Me’ program continues due to funding from Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Shell Canada.The ‘Daddy and Me’ program is an event for all male caregivers to connect with their children in an informal and relaxed environment while meeting other male givers in the community. The events help promote positive father involvement and strengthen the father-child relationship. They also create an awareness of community resources.With recent donations made by Pembina Pipeline Corporation of $5,000 and Shell Canada’s donation of $7,000 the program can continue to provide opportunities for all the male caregivers in our community. ‘Daddy and Me’ includes free activities for children 0-6 years of age, accompanied by their male caregiver. (Father, Uncle, Grandfather)The following are the Spring Sessions;Saturday, April 27th, 2019, 3 pm – 4 pm, The Dinosaur Roar, FSJ Public LibraryWednesday, May 22, 2019, 6 pm – 7:30 pm, Bowling, Fort Bowling LanesSaturday, June 22, 2019, 10 am – 1 pm, Petting Farm and Pony Rides, Heartbreak AcresFor more information, CLICK HERE
Chiang Mai (Thailand): The air hanging over Thailand’s far north has become so polluted, the prime minister went Tuesday to see in person what is being called a severe health crisis. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrived by helicopter at an army base in Chiang Mai, a popular tourist destination where seasonal haze has been unusually bad and prolonged this year. The thick gray smoky air has largely hidden the forested mountains that surround the city, and many schools have closed. Pollution levels have soared into the hazardous zone and remained there for many weeks, putting the city at the top of the list of the world’s most polluted cities on many days, although readings often fluctuate by time of day. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMuch of the current pollution has been caused by the burning of forest undergrowth by villagers to make it easier to gather mushrooms and other products for sale. The burning often occurs at night, lighting the sky but making it hard to catch the perpetrators. The city is especially vulnerable because the mountains that surround it trap the pollution. The problem has been worse this year because of a drier-than-usual dry season. In several weeks, farmers are expected to start burning corn fields to clear them for planting, prolonging the pollution. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPrayuth handed out fire fighting supplies such as hoes and told local military personnel and fire fighters that he travelled to Chiang Mai to show his support. He met with representatives from eight northern provinces at an ad-hoc regional pollution monitoring centre and said the fires must be controlled within seven days. “We need to work on a long-term solution with understanding from the public,” he said. “We need time to change the way we grow crops and farm. Tens of millions of people could be affected. It could create confusion and chaos. We will work on the immediate problems and plan for long-term solutions.” There has been widespread criticism of the government’s response so far, with about 40,000 people signing a Change.org petition calling for the governor’s replacement. The local government has been hesitant to declare a state of emergency, in part because of the possible impact on tourism. Levels of tiny airborne particulates known as PM2.5 in Chiang Mai and surrounding areas exceed 300 mcg. on many days, six times the Thai safety limit, and have peaked at about 700. PM2.5 particulates are small enough to be sucked deep into the lungs and enter the bloodstream, and can cause respiratory problems and over time may raise risks of cardiovascular disease and cancers.
The Atlanta Falcons might have avoided one calamity with the news that Dunta Robinson has been cleared by the NFL’s concussion protocol program and allowed to practice on Friday.Robinson was injured in the regular-season-ending loss to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, a game the hard-hitting cornerback — and other starters — did not need to play because the Falcons already secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.Losing him for their first playoff game next week against either Washington, Seattle or Minnesota would have been catastrophic. Pass-rush specialist John Abraham also was injured in the game. But he should be all right from the ankle injury by next Sunday.Robinson led with his head when he attempted to bring down Bucs running back Doug Martin and suffered the concussion.“It was very good to get Dunta back,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said to the media on Friday. “Dunta has been cleared to start practicing again. It’s good to have him back. It was a great turnaround from Sunday to Friday.”According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Falcons had advised Robinson to stop leading with his helmet. IN 2010, he suffered a concussion trying to tackle in a similar fashion.“We address it all the time, not just with Dunta, but there is a certain strike zone that you try to hit when you’re tackling,” Smith said. “You really want to keep the head out of it.”For a while after Robinson’s injury, the Falcons would not admit he had suffered a concussion. They called it a “head injury.” A reporter asked Smith about Robinson on Monday and the coach responded that the player was “in the concussion protocol,” ending any speculation.Robinson will continue to be monitored as the Falcons go about getting ready to get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in four years.