January 11

West has the high rollers, 153-132

first_imgBryant, Carmelo Anthony and the West high rollers lit up the Strip with their own version of Showtime, romping past LeBron James and the East, 153-132, in the NBA All-Star game. “I think we had a little flair, a little Vegas in there,” West forward Shawn Marion said. “Hopefully the fans enjoyed it a lot.” • Photo Gallery: 02/18: NBA All-Star Game LAS VEGAS – Kobe Bryant headlined the biggest act in Las Vegas on Sunday night. And the players agree with Las Vegas officials that the game should come back here – whether Las Vegas ever gets an NBA team or not. “If they don’t do it here every year, they should at least have it here every other year,” East guard Richard Hamilton said. Anthony, a late addition to the team, scored 20 points and Marion, who played at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, added 18. Tracy McGrady had 11 assists to help the West snap a two-game losing streak. James scored 28 points for the East, and Dwight Howard had 20 points and 12 rebounds. The East barely shot 40 percent through three quarters in a game that isn’t known for its defensive intensity before a late flurry during garbage time. “It all comes down to is who plays with the most energy and it was the West with more energy, especially in the first half,” Dwyane Wade said. Wade had only 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting, but he had reason to be tired after hosting events Thursday and Friday night. Those were two of the many functions that kept the players out until all hours of the night. Still, the game was secondary to the show in this most unusual of All-Star games – and it was quite a show. With tickets unavailable to the public, brokers were asking more than $20,000 for a top seat. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Diddy, Prince, Eva Longoria and Adam Sandler were among those who scored spots in the front row, and Christina Aguilera and Toni Braxton performed at halftime. The event started with a celebrity red carpet, where Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, flanked as usual by his showgirls and backed by entertainer Wayne Newton, vowed again to get the NBA here full-time with a new arena to play in. Magicians Siegfried and Roy then welcomed the fans to Las Vegas, before introducing the showgirls who escorted Newton out to the stage for a performance of “Viva Las Vegas.” After the East All-Stars were introduced, Newton took the stage again for another performance before the West players were announced. After another Las Vegas entertainer, Danny Gans, sang the national anthem, it was finally time for some basketball – after about a 45-minute pregame. Perhaps that took its toll on the players. There were missed dunks and passes thrown out of bounds by both teams, but the East was by far the worst. They missed seven of their first nine shots, including a blown dunk attempt by Shaquille O’Neal. James later almost injured himself when he tried to throw himself a pass off the backboard and tumbled over another player, and Jermaine O’Neal appeared to tip in a basket for the West. A first-quarter timeout brought out some performers from a show at the Tropicana, but there was a serious moment at the end of the period when Bill Russell was among the former Boston Celtics who took the court with the daughter of Red Auerbach, who died last year. The West led 39-31 at the end of one, and quickly pushed that lead into double digits in the second quarter – Shaquille O’Neal missed another dunk during that stretch. The lead ballooned to 23 when Bryant nailed a 3-pointer and followed with a dunk on the next possession, and the West was up 79-59 at halftime. “The West came out tonight on fire,” Howard said. “The West has got a lot of great shooters, the East has mostly big men.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img When the showgirls, acrobats, magicians and Elvis impersonators were finally done, it was Bryant who heard the loudest cheers, as fans chanted “MVP!” “MVP!” in the closing minutes. Bryant scored 31 points, had six of the West’s record 52 assists and was selected the MVP. Amare Stoudemire added 29 points for the West, which quickly built a big lead and held it this time, a year after blowing a 21-point cushion in a loss in Houston. An event that some locals called the biggest thing fell a little short in the basketball department – the West had a large lead for most of the final three quarters – but that didn’t seem to matter to the fans or the players. “We got here at 2 o’clock,” the East’s Shaquille O’Neal said. “There’s a lot of stretching and standing around. We were all kind of stiff, so the game was a little lopsided. But that’s OK, they came here to see a show and they got a show.” last_img read more

December 25


first_imgA DONEGAL man caught wielding a sword outside his neighbour’s home later launched a vicious and unprovoked attack, a court has heard.Michael Sweeney, from Glencar Park in Letterkenny, appeared before the District Court in the town today.Garda Una Halligan told judge Paul Kelly that she responded to reports of a man “wielding a samurai sword” on November 18, 2012. She found 40-year-old Sweeney outside a neighbour’s home with the sword.Garda Halligan said when she arrived at the scene a male came out of a house was verbally abusive to the people inside the neighbour’s house.The witness said she arrested Sweeney and he had called her a “f***ing w****”Once at Letterkenny Garda Station, she said: “He hit me in the face with his head; I could see him coming out of the corner of my eye and he connected.“My eyes began to swell up almost immediately. He continued to shout obscenities; I fell backwards towards the door.“He looked down at me and he started laughing and said ‘did you like that?’.”Judge Kelly asked the Garda about her injuries.“I had to take a week off until the swelling went down a bit,” said Garda Halligan.The court heard Sweeney had 30 previous convictions including one for assaulting a Garda.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Sweeney suffered from a number of issues and applied for probation reports.Judge Kelly said the incident was “very serious”.He adjourned sentencing to await the results of the probation report.SAMURAI SWORD THUG HEAD-BUTTED WOMAN GARDA IN DRUNKEN ATTACK was last modified: November 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny CourtMichael Sweeneyswordlast_img read more

December 21

Why did Marshawn Lynch sound so optimistic after Raiders’ latest collapse?

first_imgMarshawn Lynch is conducting a postgame interview with a garbage can in front of him.“Don’t cross my barrier,” he says. pic.twitter.com/u7BYCNrDyI— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 23, … Beast Mode is not a talker — unless he is.After the Raiders fell to 0-3 in Miami, Marshawn Lynch was in a rare talkative mood.And an optimistic one.If it feels like you haven’t heard from Marshawn in awhile, you haven’t. The guy hadn’t talked to the media since Week Two of last season.last_img read more

December 17

Applications now open for 2019 pork industry scholarships

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board announces the opening of the application period of the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships. This program, now in its tenth year, is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. In addition, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 20 scholarships in 2019 totaling $46,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.“Human capital and identification of future leaders is critical for the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee recognizes this need and continues its commitment to encouraging these students through these scholarships.”The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is March 15, 2019. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April.“Students who meet the scholarship criteria are encouraged to submit an application for consideration.” Hostetler said. “This is an excellent opportunity for financial assistance for our students who are seeking swine-oriented careers.”Approximately 80 percent of the previous recipients of the Pork Industry Scholarship have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.last_img read more

December 17

Twitter’s Psychologist Strikes Again: Analyze Your Lists

first_imgjolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos When I looked at results for the list of women I follow, I saw they tweet a lot about sex, themselves, the past, anxiety and negative emotions, in that order. It was like watching an episode of Sex and the City flash before my eyes. They tweeted very little about money, learning, control (including self-control) and constructive behavior. Keep in mind, this isn’t a generalization about the state of womanhood on the Internet; I follow a very limited and eclectic group of ladies, all of whom I find very charming in their own fashion.Of course, I had to check out the stats on the ReadWriteWeb crew. We seem to tweet a lot about leisure and activities other than work. Uh, don’t tell the boss? However, tweets about work finished a close third, right behind tweets about ourselves. As a group, we don’t tend to tweet about personal things, such as money, sex or emotions.Other interesting hypotheses can be drawn when examining “social media” and “technology” lists. Many geek-centric lists I examined were shockingly devoid of tweets about leisure, positive or other emotions or physical sensations and dominated by tweets about learning, the self and control. Perhaps this is due to our realization that the personal and professional are quickly merging and our perceived need to present a reasonably consistent face and least objectionable programming-type content.At any rate, Zarrella’s given us another insightful peek into how Twitter reveals interesting snippets of information about various demographics and sociological segments.Give the new lists function a spin, and let us know your findings in the comments! Tags:#twitter#web And my lengthy list of San Francisco/Bay Area people on Twitter gave evidence of a complete lack of interest in celebrities and a preoccupation with self, the future and control.But when I looked at my “Southern Comfort” list of geeks south of the Mason-Dixon line, I got a very different picture. These folks are using the social web to tweet about their emotions, the passage of time, themselves, and dreams of unconscious thoughts, while they tweet less than others about celebrities, sex and money. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Dan Zarrella has long impressed us with his discourses on the science of retweets, as well as his psychoanalytic apps that scan and parse Twitter streams – one for general analysis and one for dreams.His latest project, TweetPsych for lists, is an enlightening and often amusing look at what your lists are talking about, how they view the world, what turns them on (or off), and more. Depending on how you group your Twitter friends, you can make interesting generalizations or conjectures about society as a whole. What do the denizens of L.A. or San Francisco tweet about most? What about women – what’s got them buzzing? Read on for more on precisely that cross-section of the Twittersphere.My “I Heart L.A.” list, a curation of tweets from the L.A. tech scene, shows a hilarious preoccupation with sex and a lack of tweeting about work, for example. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts last_img read more

October 14

Nathaniel Arcand to play 10th season as beloved veterinarian Scott Cardinal in

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsCelebrated First Nations actor Nathaniel Arcand will be reprising his role for the 10th season of the hit Canadian TV series Heartland.His character, Scott Cardinal, is described as being “a good Native Canadian friend of the Barlett/Fleming household who is also Heartland’s only vet.”“I’m just happy to be back and hopefully there’s more to be done in this season,” said Arcand.Cardinal is a rugged, cowboy character beloved by many fans and has been a steady presence on the show since the beginning.“He (Cardinal) was brought in by the mother (Marion) who passed away in the first episode after dying in a vehicle accident from saving a horse during a storm. Her character took him in off the streets and took him under her wings, became his mentor, then he became a ranch hand,” said Arcand.As the seasons played out Arcand’s character ended up forming a love interest with Marion’s daughter Lou but that relationship went south when she moved away for college.Cardinal remained in High River and became a veterinarian who now mentors the new cast members on the show.But over the last few seasons Cardinal hasn’t had too much face time on the show, which Arcand is hoping will change this season.“As an actor I would hope so. I don’t like going in for just one or two lines say, ‘Hey’ and then I’m out of there. I’d like to have a conversation, maybe be involved with something,” he said. “But that’s the style of Heartland these days. If you’re not the main star they just give you a couple of lines and throw you in there just to break it up a little bit.”Arcand, 44, has been acting since a young age after being inspired from watching Bruce Lee at the drive-in theatre performing in Chinese Connection. He said he enjoys portraying a character and having fun with it. The most exciting part of his job, is the travel, meeting new people and never knowing quite what to expect.Recently his eyes have wandered from his first love of acting to directing and producing.“I will always stay in the acting business as long as they’ll have me. But I also have been trying to get more on the production side of directing and more active that way behind the camera,” he said.Last year, Arcand wrote and directed his own film about missing and murdered Indigenous women based from a male perspective. The film, called Sister Daughter, currently in editing, is about a man who loses his wife and then falls into alcoholism and eventually almost loses his daughter. He then realizes the wrong in his ways and decides to turn back to his culture and community to overcome, said Arcand who is hoping to have it finished by next month then ride it out in the film festival circuits.“If anything it might air on APTN as well. It’s a touching movie, all I have to say is maybe bring a box of tissue if you’re going to watch it,” he said.He also directed six episodes of a kids TV show aired on APTN called Coyote Science. Another TV show he’s been working on, Wild Food, also aired on APTN is up for a LEO Award with one of the episodes that he appears in.Last month, he was nominated for best actor by the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards for an Alberta-made film called The Northlander.In his spare time, and sometimes getting paid at a bar or corporate gig, he enjoys belting out songs while playing guitar. It’s a passion that he’s carried since singing in a shower as a youngster and with a karaoke machine his mother bought the family in the late 1970s. It’s only been as of late that he’s taken it seriously.“I decided to take music seriously. For the past couple of years I’ve been playing music gigs. I don’t drink anymore so it’s nice to go to a bar and just play music for people,” he said. “I like all sorts of music…mostly old country and rock ‘n roll.”As much as he loves playing Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings there’s not too many similarities between the country man character of Scott Cardinal and Arcand in real life, he said.“I think the only thing similar to myself and Scott’s character is that him and I both love horses,” he said. “Other than that I know nothing about being a veterinarian other than what I read off of the script. I don’t own a truck…He’s a great character though. I think Scott deserves his own spinoff.”The feedback he gets from fans (mostly female) from the age of eight to 88 is always positive and Cardinal is seen as a role model.“I have a lot of young girls tell me they want to be just like me when they grow up as a veterinarian (and males too). I’m glad I inspire people to become something. It feels good to me because of what I do,” he said.As for his role on Heartland, Arcand said he if it wasn’t for his fans he probably would have given up on the show already to focus more on other projects.“Like I said I don’t know what’s going on in the story line and it will be just as surprising to everybody else out there when I go to work and see what’s going on. You never know with these guys (in production). I’m mainly back for the fans. Otherwise I don’t know if I’d want to go back,” he said. “I keep getting told from my fans that they love me on that show and that I’m the only reason they watch it a lot of times…so I’m just a character on the show and I enjoy playing my character as the doctor and then being able to have an adventure or two once in a while. That’s the extent of it.”bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img read more