OTTAWA — The battle between Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and business partner John Ruddy over a proposed new downtown arena has escalated.Ruddy and Trinity Development Group Inc., are seeking more than $1 billion in damages from Melnyk and Capital Sports Management Inc., after filing a counterclaim on Tuesday.Last month, Melnyk filed a $700-million lawsuit against Ruddy, Trinity and others after the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a plan to redevelop land at LeBreton Flats, which was slated to include a new NHL arena as well as other developments.In the counterclaim, Trinity calls Melnyk’s lawsuit “meritless” and says “the claim against John Ruddy is especially scandalous.”It goes on to say “CSMI’s and Melnyk’s true aim is to have the City of Ottawa or Trinity fund and build the $500 million Event Centre for the Ottawa Senators hockey team, with the Senators getting 30 years’ free rent. CSMI also wants the valuable naming rights and an unreasonable degree of control over the LeBreton project.”Melnyk’s group, in its lawsuit, claimed Trinity was developing an adjacent property that was in direct competition with LeBreton.The National Capital Commission, the crown corporation that controls the land at LeBreton, said last month that the Melnyk-Ruddy RendezVous LeBreton group had until January to resolve internal partnership issues, or it would look for other options to develop the site.Ruddy, in a statement, said he hopes to continue working on LeBreton.“Let me be clear, I am committed to moving this project forward,” he said. “The vision we’ve brought forward is the right one. I will work with the NCC, the City of Ottawa, and the community at large to advance solutions that will make this project a reality, and avoid losing these important lands for another generation.”The Senators currently play in the Canadian Tire Centre in Kanata, well outside the Ottawa downtown core. The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsAfter being away from the glare of federal politics since May 31, former Liberal cabinet minister Hunter Tootoo met with supporters and members of the media Monday in Iqaluit.Tootoo defeated Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq in the October 2015 federal election.But just seven months into his job as minister of Fisheries and Oceans, he suddenly resigned.
Wow! Reflections on Enterprise Connect 2019 Marty Parker March 26, 2019 10 takeaways from an action-packed, information-filled week in Orlando, Fla., at EC19. Over the next seven months, we’ll be sharing lots of blog posts and podcasts previewing EC2020 content, but for now let me give you a few quick highlights of what we have planned for next year’s conference. For the content team here at No Jitter, the clock is ticking on Enterprise Connect 2020, which will take place March 30 to April 2 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, Fla. With content planning well in hand, the 2020 event promises to be bigger and better than ever — and with registration open as of today, there’s no time like the present to make sure you don’t miss out! 6 Trends Recapping Enterprise Connect 2019 Zeus Kerravala March 25, 2019 EC19 has come to an end, and oh what a week it was. Microsoft Wins Best of Enterprise Connect Overall Award Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 And AWS, Microsoft, Mio, Optanix, and Plantronics-Polycom win in four new breakout categories. Winning in Collaboration at EC19 Michelle Burbick March 19, 2019 From our ‘Best of’ awards, to new solutions from Microsoft and AWS and a successful digital transformation for Walmart, everyone is winning at Enterprise Connect! Of course, we’ll be busy on the mainstage, too, placing a keynote spotlight on high-profile industry and enterprise executives and providing a forum for in-depth panel discussions, including our perennial Enterprise IT Summit. Check us out here, and come back often for updates. And, don’t forget, registration is now open — sign up now to get our Advanced Rate! And as a No Jitter reader, you can save an additional $200 by entering the code NOJITTER at checkout!Tags:News & ViewsWorkSpace Connect SummitEnterprise ConnectAI & AutomationAPIs & Embedded CommunicationsCloud CommunicationsIndustry NewsNews & Views Articles You Might Like Migrating from the premises to the cloud… putting artificial intelligence to use in your contact center… taking advantage of communications APIs… driving toward a video-first culture… assuring quality of service for communications and collaboration services… supporting a great customer or employee experience… understanding 5G… no matter what pain points you’re looking to alleviate, technologies you need to learn about, or strategic decisions top of mind, Enterprise Connect 2020 is the one place you can go to get all the guidance you need. The EC2020 program will comprise 10 tracks — eight designed to provide practical guidance on technologies for the here and now, one to discuss the pressing business and management issues with which IT leaders must grapple, and the final one to explore the strategic decisions facing IT decision makers over the next three years. Specifically, the track lineup is: As always, we’ve got the best and brightest minds in enterprise communications and collaboration on tap for the conference. Just to name a few: Sheila McGee-Smith, of McGee-Smith Analytics, and Ira Weinstein, of Recon Research, will return to chair the Contact Center & Customer Experience and Video Collaboration & A/V tracks, respectively; Brent Kelly, of KelCor, and Phil Edholm, of PKE Consulting, will be back with their annual Microsoft vs. Cisco deep dive; Kevin Kieller, of enableUC, will provide guideposts for attendees making the transition from Microsoft Skype for Business to Teams. The speaker lineup also includes a slew of analysts from the BCStrategies group, IDC, our sister company Ovum, IHS Markit (now part of Ovum), Forrester, Frost & Sullivan, and independent firms, as well as popular UC consultants from the Society of Communications Technology Consultants. Contact Center & Customer ExperienceCommunications & Collaboration 2023Cloud CommunicationsEmbedded Communications & APIsManagement & SecurityPractical AIStrategic LeadershipTeam CollaborationUnified CommunicationsVideo Collaboration & A/V Additional highlights include: Our second-annual Women in Communications luncheonInnovation Showcase 2020, with a focus on securityPre-event TADHack-Mini, with winners to share their hacks as part of our conference program EC_countdown.jpg See All in Enterprise Connect » EC19: Know Before You Go Michelle Burbick March 16, 2019 Enterprise Connect starts Monday! Here are some things you won’t want to miss. Besides three-and-a-half days of programming across these tracks, the 2020 event will feature a one-day conference within a conference: WorkSpace Connect Summit. Attend this summit for a mix of in-depth, interdisciplinary sessions presented by experts across the IT, real estate/facilities, and HR disciplines. The goal is to help IT leaders participate in creating strategies, spaces, and best practices that enable collaboration among employees across situations, generations, work styles, and locations. Log in or register to post comments
Manitoba grand chief says blockades could support pipeline protesters in U.S. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2016 6:24 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – A Manitoba indigenous chief says there’s a desire for action — which could include blockades of Canadian pipelines and railways — in support of a protest against a North Dakota pipeline project.Grand Chief Terry Nelson of the Southern Chiefs Organization says chiefs and others attended a meeting Saturday at the Dakota Tipi First Nation near Portage la Prairie to discuss how to react if the U.S. government clears demonstrators from a camp occupied by the Dakota Access pipeline protesters.Nelson says one option includes blocking access to pumping stations along a pipeline operated by Enbridge, which has plans to acquire a stake in the U.S. pipeline project.After the meeting, Dakota Tipi members held a pipe ceremony on the Trans-Canada Highway near Portage la Prairie, Man., temporarily blocking a lane of traffic.The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to close an area where demonstrators have been camping for months.Some of the protests have resulted in violent confrontations, including one earlier this week that left one woman with a serious arm injury.“Everything is on the table. And no question the commitment is there. And it will snowball across the rest of the country,” Nelson said in an interview after the meeting on Saturday.“The people were very clear they don’t want to sit back and allow these things to happen. There was a lot of anger expressed there today.”The protesters in North Dakota believe the pipeline could harm drinking water and Native American cultural sites. Some Canadians have participated in the protests or have shown support through demonstrations in Canada.Nelson said there are a number of Enbridge pumping stations that protesters could target. He said if crews can’t reach them, the pipeline has to be shut down.Rail lines that carry bitumen could also be blocked, he said.“If Enbridge is part of the killing of Dakota people down stateside, then they could become a target,” Nelson said.“These are Dakota people. Those are our relatives in Standing Rock.”Enbridge said late last month that it is not yet an owner of the pipeline system which includes the Dakota Access project, but that it is monitoring the situation in North Dakota. It noted its planned investment for a minority equity ownership does not include construction or management of the project.Standing Rock Sioux tribal leader Dave Archambault said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has informed him that federal lands, including those where protesters have been camping, will be closed to public access Dec. 5 for “safety concerns.”Nelson said Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Derek Nepinak was also at Saturday’s meeting.He said Saturday’s pipe ceremony on the highway was short and that RCMP were notified.
“A total of 22 structures were demolished in four communities, displacing 78 Palestinians, including 49 children, the vast majority of whom are Palestine refugees,” said a joint statement issued today by the Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Robert Piper, and the Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Operations in the West Bank, Felipe Sanchez.According to the statement, all four communities are located in and around the area of the planned ‘E-1’ settlement, and both officials noted that this is the largest number of Palestinians displaced in the West Bank in one day in nearly three years. Concerns are also rising over reports of new displacements today in a Jordan Valley community.“Yesterday’s demolitions targeted some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank,” Mr. Piper said. “The scale of displacement is particularly concerning – nearly 50 children lost their homes yesterday.”“Many of these refugee families have now been displaced four times in the last four years” added Mr. Sanchez. The four communities are among 46 located in the central West Bank included in Israeli plans to transfer Palestinian Bedouin communities to three designated sites.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had previously stated that the implementation of the proposed “relocation” would amount to forcible transfers and forced evictions, contravening Israel’s obligations as an occupying power under humanitarian law and human rights law. “The strategic implications of these demolitions are clear,” said Mr. Piper. “[They] are occurring in parallel with settlement expansion. The relocation plan for these communities would effectively remove Palestinian presence in and around the planned E1 settlement project. This…project anticipates the construction of thousands of new Israeli housing units in the West Bank on the outskirts of Jerusalem.”E-1, he recalled, has long been opposed by the international community as an obstacle to the realization of the two-state solution and a violation of international law.
Scottish terrier8 “God loves a terrier.” — Gerry and Cookie Fleck, “Best in Show”Nearly 3,000 dogs are entered this year in the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show. Officially, they belong to 199 dog breeds and varieties, their names affirming the global success of dog breeding, one of the most awesome biological experiments in history: affenpinscher, Beauceron, boerboel, keeshond, löwchen, Plott, Samoyed, schipperke, vizsla, xoloitzcuintli.On Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, seven dogs will bound onto Westminster’s iconic green carpet in the event’s final round. Each dog will be linked to a human handler by a show collar and lead, the two participants expertly guided and guiding. When the applause finally dies down, a tuxedoed judge will carefully assess each dog for its appearance, gait, coat, ears, eyes, teeth and temperament — its form against its original function. After careful deliberation, the judge will deem one of these dogs the highest expression of what a dog can be. The award: A polished pewter bowl and the coveted title Best in Show.For a long time at the Westminster show — the club has put on dog shows since 1877 — the winner of this title came from the same group of dogs over and over and over again, resulting in a record that is unrivaled even by the most storied of sports dynasties. For decades, terriers reigned supreme over Westminster. But then the arc of history turned against them. “A lot of working-class people were involved with them in the U.K. because it was a hobby,” Green said. “It didn’t cost a lot of money to keep a dog and breed a few dogs, and working-class people would breed puppies and make a little money doing that.” Someone was always in the market for a good show dog. “A good one is always what everybody was looking for,” Green said.A “good one” was exactly what George Thomas was always looking for. In 1939, The New York Times called Thomas “one of America’s greatest all-around dog experts” when he judged Best in Show at Westminster. But it was his business acumen decades earlier that drove him to this distinction. Beginning in the late 1800s, Thomas imported terriers from England to the United States, and business was good. The English press dubbed him the “American Ambassador.” He imported hundreds of the greatest wire fox terriers ever produced in England to the U.S.The rich East Coasters who bought the dogs often got more than a dog in the deal. “George Thomas would say, ‘OK, I can get you the foundation stock; I can get you a man from England to come over and take care of the dogs and groom them for you,’” Green said. “And he did, literally, scores of people, started their kennels for them.”And judging by news reports from Thomas’s time, this was a profitable business. The 1915 Westminster champion, yet another wire fox terrier, was plucked from “the obscurity of an English barnyard” for 2 pounds. On our side of the pond, one Boston terrier3Actually the result of breeding bulldogs with the (now extinct) English white terrier. at the 1907 show sold for $1,000 — about $27,000 today — to “a prominent New Yorker.” 15-inch beagle2 Smooth fox terrier4 Norwich terrier2 Newfoundland2 Sealyham terrier4 Thomas’s heir apparent in the trans-Atlantic dog trade was Percy Roberts, who started as a kennel boy for Thomas when he was 16 years old. During his 70-year career, Roberts was terriers — “a leitmotif of the 20th century in dogs,” according to The Canine Chronicle, a show-dog magazine. Roberts won his first Best in Show, with a wire fox terrier, in 1926. And then the stock market crashed.Roberts was traveling from England to America with thousands of dollars’ worth of dogs in 1929 when he got news of the crash. He didn’t go back to England for another four years. The Gilded Age was, by now, a distant memory, and the Great Depression had begun. “There were some big kennels that went kaput when the crash came,” Green said. The Manhattan dollars that had been put toward show dogs dried up, squeezing the terrier-import business. Not only had the terriers themselves cost good money, but so had the mercenary experts that undertook the intensive endeavor that is terrier maintenance. And so went the terrier demand.And then television came along. While Black Tuesday changed the business from the U.S., a few decades later, mass media changed it from England. The English working class that was largely responsible for raising the dogs turned to other leisure pursuits. “So instead of you going outside in a cold shed and pulling hair, you can watch a football game, and you’re sitting in your kitchen by the fire,” Green said. “Well, which would you rather do for a hobby?” And so went the terrier supply.Echoes of these effects are visible in data. The American Kennel Club, which is the governing body for dog shows and whose membership includes Westminster, tallies the most popular breeds in the country each year, going back to 1935. This data is based on purebred dog registrations with the club, which says it registers nearly 1 million dogs each year. (There are something like 80 million dogs owned in the U.S.)4I obtained rank data — the American Kennel Club doesn’t release raw registration numbers. The club ranked roughly the top 100 breeds for the early years of this data set, increasing to roughly 175 breeds in more recent years. Many of the all-star terrier breeds5Those that have won more than two Best in Shows through 2015. The smooth fox terrier, which has won four Best in Shows, isn’t included in the chart because the data on its popularity during the last century is incomplete. began to decline. English springer spaniel6 German shorthaired pointer2 The breed group system was introduced at Westminster in 1924. The number of groups has increased since then; I’ve backdated the present group definitions for the chart above.2Five of the groups were introduced in 1924, the hound group was added in 1930, and the herding group was created in 1983. For the cat-fanciers among you: The sporting group is home to your retrievers and spaniels; the working group to huskies and mastiffs; the toys are pugs and Shih Tzus; the non-sporting are Dalmatians and bulldogs; the hounds self-explanatory; and the herding group is sheepdogs and collies.“Terriers are in many ways the most homogenous group of breeds,” Flyckt-Pedersen said. Terrier breeds tend to be similar to one another, especially compared with the heterogeneity of the non-sporting group, for example, which is home to both the Lhasa apso and the Norwegian lundehund.If terriers were once the Yankees of Westminster, one terrier breed in particular was their Babe Ruth: the wire fox terrier. Flyckt-Pedersen, who has bred terriers since 1963, called wire fox terriers “the ultimate” terrier breed. “They were hunting dogs, and they had to be tough and fearless to hunt badgers and foxes,” he said. “They have to have a real personality, they have to have a real character, and they have to be confident and, hopefully, fearless.” Wire foxes alone have won 14 Westminster Best in Shows. A distant second: another terrier. The Scottish terrier has won eight. Westminster’s dog show is the second-longest-continuously-running sporting event (if you’ll permit it the label) in the country, after the Kentucky Derby (ditto). Since Westminster first crowned a Best in Show, in 1907, 46 winners have been terriers. Of the 43 Best in Shows that were awarded in the first half of the 20th century, 29 went to a terrier.1There was no Best in Show awarded in 1923. The first three Best in Shows all went to the same terrier — Warren Remedy, a fox terrier. The terrier “is to Westminster awards what Meryl Streep is to the Oscars, except that the terriers win more,” The New York Times wrote in 2003. But this has changed. The market and tastes that made terriers such popular show dogs in the first half of last century shifted, and a broad decline in terrier popularity is now mirrored by fewer terrier Best in Show titles. Pekingese4 Bulldog2 The word “terrier” comes from the Middle French chien terrier — literally, dog of the earth. The dogs were originally bred to kill vermin — there’s still a breed known as the rat terrier. And it is this hunter’s instinct, this fearlessness, that has come to define the temperament of the breed today. As A. E. Housman, the English scholar and poet, wrote, “I can no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.” Hunting — like poetry to a poet — is just what terriers do.This temperament is highly valued in the present-day show terrier. “When a terrier group comes into the ring, they’ll all look confident and seem to enjoy doing what they’re doing,” Geir Flyckt-Pedersen, this year’s Westminster terrier group judge, told me.Terriers may have a temperament made for a dog show, but their coats are the stuff of nightmares. To maintain the coat coloring that is valued in the breeds, and to keep it properly harsh, a show terrier’s hair must be pulled, plucked and stripped, by hand. Every day. Pointer3 Illustrations by Joe McKendry This fall from prominence has affected more than the multi-champion terrier breeds. The Dandie Dinmont, the Skye, the Kerry blue, the Bedlington, the Welsh, the standard Manchester, the Australian and the Lakeland have all seen significant declines in popularity, as well.For some terrier breeds, the situation is existential. In 2011, a campaign was launched to save the Sealyham terrier — winner of four Westminster Best in Shows and once the dog of choice of King George V, Cary Grant and Elizabeth Taylor — from extinction. “If we can save the rhino or tiger, we can surely save this useful and charming breed of dog,” the British magazine Country Life wrote. Some related breeds, like the English white terrier, from which the Sealyham line descends, have already gone extinct. In 2010, only 49 Sealyham puppies were registered with the U.K.’s Kennel Club, down from 2,000 in the breed’s peak years. The near-extinction of the Sealyham is an extreme illustration of terrier decline — even among terriers, the Sealyham is extremely difficult to show. The dogs have very thick coats, for one thing, and their white fur tends to get dirty easily.Despite the difficulties, an intrepid few still soldier on in the terrier world. Diane Orange, a columnist for the American Kennel Club, told me that she has bred terriers since 1956 and now breeds Welsh terriers in West Virginia. When I reached her by phone, she had her hands full: “I’ve got a 6-month-old puppy running around loose, and I’ve got to put her back in her crate.�� When she returned a minute or two later, she continued: “Right now, I’m starting to work on coats for four of them for the summer, and once I get really working on the coats, it’s going to take me an hour a day, per dog, to get them ready to show, for about three months.”When terriers were hegemons of Westminster in the early 20th century, there were far fewer breeds in the country. And as terrier popularity has declined, the variety of dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and competing at Westminster has increased. But terrier titles haven’t gone down just because there is more competition now. In 1950, when terriers ended their run of winning 29 out of 43 Best in Shows, there were 19 terrier breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, 17 percent of the 109 total. Now, there are 31 terrier breeds, 16 percent of the 189 total.6Westminster did not have historical data on the number of breeds and varieties competing each year, so I used the American Kennel Club data, which is a close proxy. There are 10 more dog types on the Westminster list, though, because the breeds are divided into even finer categories — e.g., the dachshund is one breed on the American Kennel Club list, but its longhaired, smooth, and wirehaired versions compete at Westminster separately. A new terrier breed — the American hairless — was recognized just this year and will make its debut at Westminster in 2017. Of course, other breeds have their own issues. Where terriers are blessed with pluck, beagles, for example, “you have to convince them that they love what they’re doing,” Darlene Stewart, a committee chair for the National Beagle Club, told me. Training, rather than grooming, might be the main challenge.Ultimately, each dog is judged according to its own breed’s rubric. In the Best in Show ring, a dog competes against the others, but also against the platonic ideal of its own breed. And these ideals are public record. The American Kennel Club’s standard for the wire fox terrier, for example, comes in at just over three dense, single-spaced pages. Source: Westminster Kennel Club Miniature poodle3 In the past two decades, titles have been fairly evenly distributed across most of the breed groups. Last year’s winner was a beagle (a member of the hound group) known as Miss P, only the second beagle to take the title. The runner-up: Charlie, a Skye terrier. Boxer4 BREEDBEST IN SHOWS By Oliver Roeder More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Airedale terrier4 Standard poodle4 Afghan hound2 Old English sheepdog2 Oliver Roeder and Jody Avirgan visit the Westminster Dog Show on our podcast What’s The Point. Toy poodle2 Doberman pinscher4 Black cocker spaniel2 One Yorkie did win Westminster, back in 1978. But Yorkshire terriers, small as they are, compete in the toy group at Westminster. The terrier on the rise is barely a terrier at all.Despite the upending of the import market decades ago and the breeds’ often sharply declining popularity, the terrier experts I spoke to were still high on the dogs’ chances to prevail at the Garden this year. Oddsmakers haven’t cooled completely on their chances, either. The Wynn sportsbook puts the odds of a Skye terrier Best in Show at 5-to-1, making that breed the second overall favorite. The odds of a German shepherd win are 4-to-1.7The Scottish terrier comes in at 18-to-1, the wire fox at 40-to-1, and the Welsh at 125-to-1. Charlie, the Skye terrier who was last year’s runner-up, has good odds to win this year, as does Rumor, who was the best of the German shepherds and won the herding group on Monday.At the Garden on Tuesday, the mood among the dog handlers will be serious and competitive. “It’s just like what you would expect with trainers at the Kentucky Derby or mechanics at the Daytona 500,” said Stewart, the beagle expert. “They’re not going to be talking to each other about the new clutch they put in their car.”But that competitive tension can work in a terrier’s favor. “The chaos that is [the Westminster] show doesn’t bother the terriers,” Orange said. “They are so outgoing and so full of themselves that they don’t get exhausted. And they don’t stress out the way some of the more sensitive breeds do. Very few things bother a terrier.”The royal terrier bloodline may have thinned, but it’s royal nonetheless. “Terriers are still difficult to beat if you’ve got a good one,” Green said. Lakeland terrier2 For decades, it wasn’t just dog-show success injecting the terrier brand into the collective American psyche — politics and pop culture also shined light on these breeds. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had Fala, a Scottish terrier, as a pet in the White House. The dog was a centerpiece of a nationally broadcast speech given by the president in 1944, and a statue of the pet sits at Roosevelt’s memorial in Washington, D.C. The Kennedys owned a Welsh terrier called Charlie. Asta, a wire fox terrier and now a staple of crossword puzzle answers, became a Hollywood star, appearing in “The Thin Man” films and many other movies in the 1930s and ’40s. Alfred Hitchcock owned Sealyham terriers, and the dogs made cameos in his movies.But the history of terriers in America goes back further than that. To understand it, you have to start in the United Kingdom.Terriers were described by an English physician as early as the 16th century; by the Victorian era, the animals had become the people’s dog of choice. Flyckt-Pedersen and Peter Green, a legendary terrier handler who has won four Westminster Best in Shows, agreed that some combination of the animals’ hunting utility and the vagaries of public taste were responsible for terriers’ popularity in the U.K. Around the turn of the 20th century, “terriers were the popular things,” Green said. “The only other breeds that were popular were sporting dogs.” And different terrier breeds emerged that were tailored for different landscapes and different prey — rats, badgers, rabbits and so on. Most successful breeds at Westminster “The domestic dog is a genetic enterprise unique in human history,” a team of biologists wrote in a 2004 paper in Science. The animals are all one species — Canis familiaris — but they range from the diminutive 8-pound Brussels griffon to the massive 150-pound Neapolitan mastiff. But with the exception of the Boston terrier’s one-year reign in 1935, only four dogs have taken turns atop the American Kennel Club’s most popular breed list: the cocker spaniel, the beagle, the poodle and the Labrador retriever. And there is a disconnect between popularity in the broader canine world and success in the silk-stocking milieu of Westminster: Ubiquity doesn’t necessarily lead to first-place ribbons and shiny pewter bowls. No Labrador retriever (“America’s dog,” per the vice president of the American Kennel Club) has ever won Best in Show at the Garden. Nor has a retriever of any kind. No beagle had until 2008, despite more than 70 years in the popularity top 10.Some popular dogs do take the top prize, though. Poodles of various types have taken nine titles, and cocker spaniels, which have enjoyed two distinct reigns as the country’s most popular breed, have won four. In some sense, popularity is bound to help. “If a breed is bred in numbers and bred by serious people, the chances that you breed something fantastic is higher than if it’s a small breed, with a small number of breeders,” said Flyckt-Pedersen, the terrier judge.Some breeds have seen boom times. Chief among them: the French bulldog, Rottweiler, Maltese, and Siberian husky, each of which has risen from obscurity around 1950 to prominence today. But so far only one of these — a Siberian husky back in 1980 — has taken Best in Show. It remains unclear what the next dog-show dynasty will be or if there will be one at all. Might it be the dawn of the toy? A Pekingese and an affenpinscher took the titles in 2012 and 2013. Perhaps a long-in-coming age of the hound? Hounds have taken three titles since 2008 — as many as they’d won in the previous century. Or maybe the retrievers will finally get their due.Things change. A Portuguese water dog now lives in the White House. Our celebrities tote around Maltese and toy poodles. “Frasier” went off the air long ago, and its star terrier, Moose, is dead. So is Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier from “The Artist.”But amid the still-smoldering ruins of the terrier empire, one terrier prospers — the rose that grew while the others wilted. The Yorkshire terrier’s increased popularity, per the American Kennel Club data, stands alone as a terrier on the rapid rise. Stingray of Derryabah, a Lakeland terrier, won Best in Show at Westminster in 1968 and Best in Show at Crufts, the U.K.’s major dog show, the year before. Photo courtesy of AKC Gazette Collection Illustration by Sean Sims. 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The Dallas Mavericks have suffered their first loss of the season due to the arthroscopic surgery on the right knee of star Dirk Nowitzki.Nowitzki, who is 34, will miss at least six weeks rehabbing his knee and the beginning part of the regular season.Nowitzki sat out the Mavericks’ last three preseason games due to soreness and swelling to his right knee. He wanted to put the surgery off until after the season, but was advised that he needed to have the procedure because of the inflammation he is dealing with now.Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle addressed the media Friday about Nowitzki’s absence for the next six weeks.“We’ve got to really buckle down,” Carlisle said. “Six weeks is a long time. A week and a half of it is non-season time, so that’s a bit of a plus, but NBA games are hard and we’re going to have to have everybody ready to play. Simple as that.”With the loss of streaky guard Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics in the offseason, the offensive load will be relegated to newcomers O.J. and Darren Collison.The 11-time All-Star has had his knee drained twice this month by Mavericks’ medical staff, to have the swelling return days later. Nowitzki tried to rest and ice his knee, while doing low-impact conditioning work this week. After seeing no progress in his efforts he decided to have surgery.Nowitzki spoke to the media Monday after following three consecutive practices and the return of the swelling.“If it’s going to keep swelling up on me, that’s obviously not a way to go throughout an 82-game season and hopefully long playoff run,” Nowitzki said.He was first bothered by the knee during last season’s training camp, which caused him to take four games off to focus on his conditioning. Nowitzki went on to average 21.6 point and 6.8 rebounds last year for the defending champions, which was his third worst statistical year since entering the league in 1999. In the 1999 season he averaged 8.2 points and 3.5 rebounds as a rookie.With the Mavericks tipping the season off against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 30, everybody apart of the team will have to step their level of play up if they do not want to be at the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference.“It’s never going to be easy to lose a game-changer for six weeks,” Carlisle said. “We know that, but we’re going to have to make up for it in other areas. We’re going to have to play with grit and guts, and we’re going to have to raise our level of efficiency in all areas.”
Mark Lloyd outside Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ CourtCredit: WALES NEWS SERVICE A court heard how he used his benefits cash to help fund his travels around the globe on the action-filled outdoor adventures.Prosecutor Chris Evans said: “You’d be forgiven for thinking this was two different people from hearing about his condition and how it affected his day-to-day life, and then hearing about the type of activities he was undertaking.”He set out in his claim forms he needs a walking aid and on a bad day he can’t bend and reach his knees.”He said he can only walk between 20 and 50 metres, can’t walk on uneven ground, suffers pain when walking long distances and needs to sit down every 20 minutes. The court was shown photos of Lloyd taken during the HSBC triathlon in September 2015, showing him running during the event’s final stage before eventually coming in first place.He was also pictured in the same month posing with an African guide during his five-day trek to the summit of the highest mountain in Africa 19,000ft up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mark Lloyd at the 125-mile Devizes to Westminster canoe raceCredit: WALES NEWS SERVICE This is a man who believes as he is an ex paratrooper who was medically discharged from serving his country, he feels he deserves every penny he getsDistrict Judge Martin Brown District Judge Brown adjourned sentencing until August – warning Lloyd he could not rule out a custodial sentence. The court heard Lloyd was medically discharged from the army in 2011 after suffering injury to his lower back while serving in Afghanistan.In 2014 Lloyd applied for the Personal Independence Payment – up to £141 a week for those suffering long-term ill health to help cover costs of their care.He then applied for more money a year later, saying his condition had worsened and he would be bedridden for a day if he walked more than 50 metres.Mr Evans said: “The case is not whether he has an injury or not, but if he exaggerated his condition to claim money.”Lloyd admitted filling in risk assessment forms to enter three triathlons without revealing he suffered ill health.He said: “I didn’t want any special treatment or assistance. I wanted to be self-sufficient and compete at the same level as everyone else. “That does not tally up with the activities he was undertaking.”Lloyd took part in punishing physical activities to raise money for charity – including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, tackling triathlons, skiing in the Swiss Alps and wing-walking. A benefits cheat fiddled £7,000 saying he was too weak to walk more than 50 metres – then climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, won two triathlons, went wing-walking and skiing in the Alps.Former paratrooper Mark Lloyd, 33, was paid disability benefits after claiming a slipped disc in his back left him in “excruciating pain”.But he was known as “Action Man Mark” – because of his love of gruelling physical activities around the world. “After competing I’m bedridden for a couple of days. But I wanted to push myself.”James Harris, defending, said Lloyd had not been dishonest – and had simply been able to push through the pain barrier because of his training in the army.Mr Harris said: “He has the ability to push himself through pain. He is an ex serviceman. When climbing Mount Kilimanjaro he said he pushed himself and was in agony.”But he did it anyway because his choices were either to sit in the house and let his mental health get the better of him or get out and get on with his life.”But District Judge Martin Brown called Lloyd’s defence “nonsense” – saying he had deliberately lied to get “every penny he could”.Judge Brown said: “The very fact he lied about a number of factors shows he realised he was being dishonest. He blatantly lied about the severity of his condition.”This is a man who believes as he is an ex paratrooper who was medically discharged from serving his country, he feels he deserves every penny he gets.”Lloyd, of Pontypridd, south Wales, was found guilty of fraud at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court.The court heard his latest offence took place while he was serving a 20-week suspended prison sentence for common assault.
Universities which fail to improve their record on the number of BME students they admit, as well as other disadvantaged groups such as those from poor households, will be sanctioned by the regulator, which could include financial penalties.It is one of a raft of Government measures to tackle racial inequality in higher education, announced on Friday at King’s College London by David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister and Chris Skidmore, the universities minister.There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.However, just 53 per cent of black students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class degree last year, compared to 78 per cent of white students.Black students are also up to 50 per cent more likely to drop out of university than their peers. The OfS has set a target for the attainment gap between BME students and their white peers to be closed by 2030.Three year degrees will ‘not be the norm’Three-year classroom-based degrees will “certainly not be the norm” in future, the new universities minister has said. In his first speech, Mr Skidmore said degrees need to be “tailored” to the needs of the UK’s workforce.Speaking at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) he said universities must “face facts”, adding that the Government “invests substantially” in higher education and universities.“We cannot just sit back on our hands and wait for more progress – especially when there is a clear and urgent need to equip people with the skills this country needs for the future,” he said. His comments suggest the Government wants to stem the tide of large numbers of graduates progressing into low paid and low skilled jobs, and instead encourage more school leavers into pursuing vocational and technical routes. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Duchess visited ACU in her capacity as its new patronCredit: Chris Jackson Meanwhile, 6.5 per cent of professors were men from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds male and just 2 per cent BME women.Dr Cowan, who supports ethnic minority and female staff at Manchester University and met the Duchess at an event for the Association of Commonwealth Universities yesterday, said: “She was really surprised, she was like ‘oh my god, really, we need to get a photograph of this’. “We’ve all got lots of initiatives in this area but we’re making glacial progress. I could she was very knowledgeable and interested in our work and she will make the perfect ambassador for the ACU.”The Duchess visited ACU in her capacity as its new patron, a role she recently took over from the Queen. She has regularly highlighted her passion for feminism, making gender empowerment a cornerstone of her work in the Royal Family. During an hour-long engagement, in which she was left waving at students in Ghana over Skype after a planned live discussion suffered technology problems, she met with students to discuss issues from equality to female health in the developing world. Dr Ephraim Kisangala, a Commonwealth PhD scholar from Uganda, who is studying Public Heath and Health Promotion at Bangor University, spoken to the Duchess about his thesis on menstrual hygiene management in refugee settlements in his country. Saying he had told her Uganda had the second highest number of refugees in the world, he disclosed: “[She] said to me how shocked she was and how it was so important to raise awareness of this issue so that more can be done.” The Duchess of Sussex is said to have exclaimed in dismay after learning about the lack of black and female professors in British universities.The Duchess said “oh my God” when she was shown a sheet of data published by a higher education charity showing that UK professors were overwhelming white males, said Dr Rachel Cowen.It comes as the Government announces that universities which admit the fewest black students will be named and shamed for the first time. The higher education watchdog, the Office For Students (OfS), will publish the ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background of every university’s new intake of students, as well as their degree class.This is intended to “shine a spotlight on those making good progress and those lagging behind”, the Department for Education has said. Dr Cowen, who is Manchester University’s lead for equality, diversity and inclusion, pointed out the research from Advance HE that revealed 68 per cent of British professors were white men, 23 per cent white women. The Duchess of Sussex speaks over Skype to Hilary Harawo, a student in Ghana, during a visit to the Association of Commonwealth UniversitiesCredit: Yui Mok
That guy accused of stalking Mark Zuckerberg? Yeah, he was just trying to help his dying mom. That’s apparently the word from Pradeep Manukonda, whose visitations to Facebook headquarters and Mark Zuckerberg’s home prompted the CEO to obtain a restraining order.Manukonda apologized to Zuckerberg yesterday (not directly, of course–that would be illegal), telling gossip site TMZ, “I’m a peaceful guy. I’m sorry he thought I was trying to harm him.”AdChoices广告The site has also obtained some documents that explain Manukonda’s odd behavior. His mother is sick, apparently–gravely sick–and he had decided to approach Zuckerberg for some money to help with treatments.The letter doesn’t actually say what Manukonda’s mother has–or how much he wants from the Zuck, but he does promise to “”repay the entire amount incurred for her treatment.”He has since promised not to contact Zuckerberg.
We keep hearing about advances in artificial intelligence and the coming apocalypse as foreseen in the Terminator movies. But not all AI is created equal, and some will be squarely focused on doing one task really well. In the case of the /laundroid1, terrible name aside, that task is folding your laundry.Everyone hates folding their laundry, but it’s a mandatory task if you don’t want clean clothes that require a hot iron to get the creases out. If there was a machine that could do the folding for you, though? Now that would be a popular edition to a lot of homes.So, Seven Dreamers Laboratories, in collaboration with Panasonic and Daiwa House Industry, have created just such a machine. However, folding laundry correctly turns out to be quite a complicated task, and so an artificial intelligence was required to make it a reliable process.Laundry folding is actually a five stage process, including:GrabbingSpreadingRecognizingFoldingSorting/StoringThe grabbing and spreading seems pretty easy, but then the machine needs to understand what type of clothing it needs to fold. That recognizing stage requires both image recognition and AI. The image recognition classifies the type of clothing, then the AI figures out which processes to use in order to start folding.Here’s the prototype shown off last year, which was only capable of recognizing and folding individual items:The 2016 version of the /laundroid1 is pretty impressive when you think about it. You simply throw your dry clothes into the box at the bottom of the machine and then it goes to work sorting out the clothes and folding them for you. It can even sort them by color and type. It’s not fast, though, with the 5 stages taking about 10 minutes to cycle through.You’re going to have to really hate laundry folding in order to purchase a /laundroid1 when it launches in March 2017. It’s going to cost just under $2,000.
BANGOR, Maine — The husband of Republican Sen. Susan Collins says a threatening letter that claimed to contain deadly ricin specifically mentioned her vote to nominate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.Thomas Daffron told WABI-TV on Tuesday that the writer claimed the letter was tainted with ricin residue. He and Collins were allowed to stay home after preliminary tests indicated there was no public threat.Collins and her staff have been subjected to threats over her decision to back Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.Collins tells WABI she is not going to live her life any differently and will not be intimidated or live in fear.She says she first learned of the letter in photos sent from her husband. Her husband and their Labrador retriever, Pepper, were both quarantined for a time.
AS Roma president James Pallotta has hit out against the “embarrassing” decisions that the referee made in their defeat against Liverpool in the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueThe Giallorossi came narrowly close to repeating their shock comeback victory against Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico in the previous round by defeating Liverpool 4-2 in the return leg on Wednesday.Two late goals from Radja Nainggolan gave Roma hope that they could produce a miracle comeback, but they ultimately fell short with the visitors holding on for a 7-6 aggregate win.But things could have gone differently for the Serie A side had Edin Dzeko not been wrongly ruled offside earlier in the game and they were then later denied a clear penalty when Trent Alexander-Arnold handled Stephan El Shaarawy’s shot in the box.“It is very clear VAR is needed in the Champions League because you just can’t let stuff like this happen,” said Pallotta, as reported on Sky Sports.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“You can all look at it yourself. Dzeko in the 49th minute wasn’t offside and he gets taken down by the goalie; the 63rd minute was a handball that was obvious to everyone probably in the world except people on the pitch; the 67th minute [Patrik] Schick gets taken down in the box.“I know it is difficult to referee but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that.“By the way, it should have been a red card which would have been 10 men in the 63rd minute.“Liverpool is a great team, congratulations going forward, but if they don’t get VAR in the Champions League stuff like this is an absolute joke.”
WILMINGTON, MA —The WHS Girls Varsity Tennis Team defeated Melrose High, 5-0, on Monday, May 7 in Wilmington.Wilmington junior Emily Hill defeated Grace Sanderson, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Lia Kourkoutas defeated Catherine Denning, 6-1, 6-0.Wilmington sophomore Carolyn Roney defeated Emma Bates, 6-0, 6-0.Wilmington junior Jessica D’Arco and senior Krista Brown defeated Annie Kavanaugh and Maeve McGuillicuddy, 6-3, 6-1.Wilmington seniors Jill Roche and Lauren Field defeated Helen Burtnett and Hannah Brown, 6-1, 6-0.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wilmington Sweeps MelroseIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Near Perfect Against StonehamIn “Sports”WHS GIRLS TENNIS: Wildcats Defeat Stoneham & Wakefield On Back-To-Back DaysIn “Sports”
At least 10 people were injured as the motorcade of BNP leader Fazlul Haque Milon came under attack while visiting different puja mandaps in Kaliganj upazila on Wednesday afternoon, reports UNB.BNP organising secretary Milon alleged Local Awami League, Jubo League and Chhatra League activists carried out the attack.Local BNP leaders said that BNP Gazipur district unit president Milon went to visit different puja mandaps in the upazila and exchange views with the Hindu community people.After visiting Jamalpur puja mandap when he was heading to Mokatarpur union along with BNP leaders and activists, some miscreants attacked their motorcycles and private cars, leaving 10 people injured.However, local Awami League leaders denied the allegations.
According to police, Ameen Pehalwan has more than a dozen criminal cases registered against him. The cases include robbery, attempt to murder, rioting. In 1995, he was first arrested for an attempt to murder, later he was held in 1999 and then in 2001. In 2010, after being released from jail, he started a construction business in the area. Earlier, the Delhi Police had arrested the other four accused in the case. The incident took place on Sunday night when Shahnawaz was returning home with his two sons. Mid-way, he hit an i20 car, after which the argument turned violent. Shahnawaz was beaten to death and when he was rushed to LNJP hospital, he was declared dead.On Wednesday, Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay met the family members of the deceased. Meanwhile, the family members of the victim met CM Arvind Kejriwal at the Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday. The minister of Home Jitender Singh Tomar and minister of Environment Asim Ahmed Khan were also present. Kejriwal assured the family of all possible help on behalf of the government.
Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Check your body, save your life Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories ISLAMABAD (AP) – A Pakistani militant leader with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head has offered aid to Americans hit by superstorm Sandy.Hafiz Saeed says his organization, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, is prepared to send volunteers, medicine and food if allowed by the United States.Saeed said in a written statement Tuesday that it is a religious duty under Islam to help Americans affected by the storm, even if the U.S. has put a bounty on his head. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Comments Share Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The U.S. offered $10 million earlier this year for information leading to Saeed’s arrest or conviction. He founded Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group blamed for attacks in India’s city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed over 160 people.Jamaat-ud-Dawa is believed to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, which was banned by the Pakistani government.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Gareth Evans has been appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group following the resignation of Colin Storrie earlier this year. Mr Evans has been acting group executive finance, and had also been performing all the CFO duties. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said, “He brings to the role strong airline operational experience across a broad range of functions, in addition to his corporate finance skills from roles at Caltex, KPMG and within Qantas. “I look forward to working with Gareth Evans in his new role as CFO at the Group level.” “We share a common vision of Qantas Airways operating the world’s best premium and low-fares airlines, in Qantas and Jetstar, and the financial disciple required to ensure it remains on the of the strongest airline groups in the world.“Gareth was appointed after a search process that considered a very strong internal and external field, and I would thank all those who we considered in that.” <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1d78d/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F
China becomes third biggest tourism market in the world Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P China’s rapidly growing tourism industry is not showing any sign of slowing down with recent figures reporting the country has become the third largest tourism market in the world.According to a report issued by the National Tourist Administration (NTA) China’s total income from inbound and outbound tourism for the last five years leading up to 2010, totals a whooping six trillion yuan, Xinhuanet.com reported.During the past 16 years from 1994 to 2010, China’s total tourism income has increased 11-fold, with the last five years having received 9.3 billion people.National Tourism Administration Director Shao Qiwei said the figures indicate we have created the biggest domestic tourism market.“Additionally we are the third largest tourism destination in the world, at the same time, we’ve become the biggest Asian country for people travelling to overseas countries,” Shao Qiwei said.The report reveals that the tourism industry has largely supported economic growth in China, contributing over 90 percent to the hotel business, and over 80 percent to the aviation and railway sector.While at the same time created nearly 14 million jobs in the tourism industry alone and 60 million jobs in other areas.“Tourism has progressed economic development in rural areas, last year over 400 million people visited the Chinese countryside. Rural tourism has benefited about 20 million farmers,” Shao Qiwei said.During the past five years, China has signed cooperation plans with the U.S., Russia, Australia, Japan, and South Korea. Looking ahead China is anticipated to generate 100 million new outbound departures each year from now to 2015.
US President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will repeal President Obama’s policy on US relations with Cuba, including tightening travel restrictions that had been relaxed under the previous Administration.Importantly, those people already booked on a tour or cruise to Cuba are not affected. The new rules will not take effect until regulations have been written by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. (OFAC). Although technically tourism to Cuba is prohibited, OFAC has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel including family visits, journalistic activity, professional research and meetings, and official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organisations.Where tourists are concerned, provided travellers are booked as part of a group tour or take shore excursions as part of a recognised cruise, travel to Cuba is still ok under Trump’s new restrictions. In these instances, shore excursions and tours are covered under some of those 12 categories, including ‘educational purposes’ and ‘cultural exchanges’. American-based cruise lines already comply. Effectively, the new rules will only impact some “people-to-people” travel from the USA to Cuba (exploring Cuba autonomously). American-based cruise lines, including RCI, Carnival and NCL, have reassured passengers booked on their cruises to Cuba that they will not be affected. Those cruise lines have released statements indicating that they will continue to stay abreast of policy changes, and comply, as the Trump administration moves to draft and enact the new policy.Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd“Royal Caribbean is pleased there is no impact to any of our cruises to Cuba as announced in the new U.S. policy toward Cuba today. Our guests are already enjoying curated people-to-people experiences under the approved categories of travel.We will continue to review the full and exact scope of the policy changes and any updated regulations during the implementation period which may take several months.”Carnival Corporation“We will review the extent of the tightening of the travel rules, but our guests have already been traveling under the 12 approved forms of travel to Cuba since we undertook our historic first cruise to Cuba more than a year ago.Our experience in Cuba this past year has been extremely positive. We look forward to the new cruises being planned for Cuba with Carnival Cruise Line and Holland America Line. We also have requested approval for our other brands to travel to Cuba.”Norwegian Cruise Line“We were very concerned about any potential changes, given how popular Cuba itineraries have proven to be with our guests, and we view this as a win for the cruise industry, our valued guests and travel partners.Across our three brands [Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises], there are 70,000 guests booked to sail to Cuba who would have been very disappointed if they were unable to experience this spectacular destination.”Authentic experiences in Cuba /carnival.com CarnivalcruiseCubaNCLRCItourismTrumpUSA