Best NFL Week 11 picks against the spread: Patriots, Cardinals, Raiders all safe bets to cover

first_imgA rip-roaring Week 10 of NFL betting, chock full of upsets and complete and utter stunners that sent seismic shockwaves through NFL betting markets is in the books, from Titans upsetting Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to Matt Ryan showing up Drew Brees and the Saints in the Superdome. Oh, and the Dolphins knocking off the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium was something else.  All in all, it was an unforgettable week for many NFL betting fans particularly those that banked on the upsets. Importantly, it proves there are no easy picks in the NFL.   So, with another week of NFL betting looming on the horizon, we look ahead to the current slate on offer in the market and serve up choice bets against the spread for some of the standout games that will feature. Let’s get cracking with our NFL picks for Week 11.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewDenver Broncos vs. Minnesota Vikings Sunday, November 17, 2019, 1:00 PM EST U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis TV Broadcast: CBS The Denver Broncos are coming off a bye week, which will give them the added advantage of rest and preparation for what is sure to be a tough road assignment for backup Brandon Allen. The rookie starter won his first-ever NFL start in week 9 when he led the Broncos to a win over the Browns at Mile High. Expecting him to back it up against a Minnesota Vikings side that is largely dominant at home might be expecting a lot.  As such, it’s no surprise the Vikings are giving a truckload of points to the Broncos on the NFL odds board. The Vikings are laying anywhere from -10.5 to (in some cases) as high as -11.5. That’s a whole lot of points in favor of the Vikings that could be exploitable.  Unfortunately, one win over an underwhelming Browns team is a small sample size for NFL bettors to hang their hats on. The Vikings are 6-4 ATS with an 8-point winning margin on average and a +4-point differential versus the spread on average. At home, those numbers double with the Vikings sporting a 3-1 ATS mark that includes a 16-point winning margin on average and a +8-point differential against the spread on average. NFL pick: Vikings -10.5 (-105)Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens Sunday, November 17, 2019, 1:00 PM EST M&T Stadium, Baltimore TV Broadcast: CBS The clash between young guns Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson should be the game of the week and a right cracker to spot on week 11 NFL picks. It’s quite likely the hottest young quarterbacks will showcase their combined talent in a game that could technically go either way.  The Ravens have home advantage and after what they’ve done in the last few weeks it’s no surprise they’re laying a handful of points on the NFL odds board. Beating the Patriots is nothing to scoff at, nor is backing up that win with a ruthless beatdown over the Bengals. It just adds to their clout. The Texans are no slouches though and Deshaun Watson has had his fair share of plays make the highlight reel this season. If there’s one advantage Watson and the Texans might capitalise on, it’s being the fresher team coming off a bye week. It’s not much but it’s something that could prove the edge in what is expected to be a close and hard fought battle between two AFC playoff hopefuls. NFL pick: Texans +4.5 (-110)Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:05 PM EST Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara TV Broadcast: FOX The Niners suffered their first loss of the season and it was a doozie to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime. Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners had their chances to clinch a ninth-straight “W” but opportunities came and went, including a botched field goal that summed up their rather unfortunate night where nothing seemed to go their way after Emmanuel Sanders left the game with a rib injury.It’s a short week but the Niners have a winnable game ahead and a chance to sweep a divisional foe for the first time in years. The Niners beat the Cardinals 28-25 on Halloween night a few weeks back. It was a closer affair and Kyler Murray and the Cardinals did give the Niners a run for their money, more so than the NFL markets tipped at the time.  Having seen first hand what Kliff Kingsbury and the Cardinals bring to the table should make the Niners better prepared for this divisional rematch at Levi’s Stadium. Plus, being a bit ornery after a frustrating loss to another divisional foe should give the Niners that extra umph to come through for their backers.  Whether the Niners can cover the massive spread on offer is another matter entirely however. It’s a lot of points by any standard and more so given Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle along with a few other offensive weapons are questionable to start on Sunday.  NFL pick: Cardinals +13.5 (-110) Cincinnati Bengals vs. Oakland Raiders Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:25 PM EST RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland TV Broadcast: CBS Ryan Finley may have his first start in the NFL out of his way but it was an unforgettable beatdown that could stay with him for a while. It remains to be seen how the young hopeful bounces back but it’s hard to hold out much hope for his chances when the Bengals as a whole are just terrible. Not to mention, a date with the soaring Oakland Raiders on the road is a tall order.The Raiders are in the thick of the AFC playoff race, which puts a premium on the win in week 11. On paper, this is a mismatch that should serve Jon Gruden’s side perfectly as they look to close the gap in the AFC West on the suddenly wavering Kansas City Chiefs. Josh Jacobs is a real find for the Raiders and he’s enthralling the Oakland faithful no end. Gruden is only too happy to lap it all up and Derek Carr is reaping the rewards on the field with one of his best seasons in a long time. This should be a straightforward victory for the Raiders against a team that’s done and done for 2019. NFL pick: Raiders -10 (-105)New England Patriots vs. Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:25 PM EST Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia TV Broadcast: CBS The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles are set to reprise hostilities for the first time since the Eagles stunned the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. Of course, with several notable absences – namely Saint Nick, who was shipped off to Jacksonville earlier this season.   One has to think that 41-33 loss to the Eagles still irks Bill Belichick and a chance for redemption against his counterpart Doug Pederson is right up his street. He won’t mind the absence of Nick Foles; in fact he might prefer it given how Carson Wentz has been up and down this season.  Both teams are coming off a bye week, so the playing field is level as far as the advantage of rest goes. The Patriots are coming off a loss in week 9 to the Ravens but they’re a healthy 8-1 SU and 6-3 ATS on the season, which includes a 19.1 winning margin on average and a +7.4 differential versus the spread on average. The Eagles won back-to-back games over the Bills and Bears to improve to 5-4 SU and 4-5 ATS, underscored by a 1.2 winning margin on average and a  -1.4 differential versus the spread on average. By all accounts, the Patriots enter week 11 as the road faves but they’re only laying a field goal or thereabouts on the NFL odds board. Patriots at -3.5 (available with most sportsbooks) is the lowest point spread this season Tom Brady and Co. have faced. Not sure why they’re such notional road faves when the Eagles haven’t been consistent at all. This must be the bargain NFL pick of the week.  NFL pick: Patriots -3.5 (-105)Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams Sunday, November 17, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ET Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles TV Broadcast: NBC The Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams are two of the most frustrating teams of the 2019 season, two sides that entered with boatloads of expectations that have gone to the wayside, leaving them bobbing along aimlessly in a sea of NFC competitors. The Bears did finally snap the negative trend with a win over the Lions but with Matthew Stafford on the side lines (back injury). The Rams, meanwhile, had their butts whooped by Mike Tomlin and the Steelers at Heinz Field. If there’s one thing both teams have in common, it’s questionable play from their starting quarterbacks. Another is the lack of trust each coach has in his starter – McVay more so than Nagy, surprisingly.Pulling Goff out to field Bortles ever so briefly and then electing to go with a special team play instead of Goff only for it to go spectacularly awry is very worrying and not a good look for the McVay-Goff relationship. All in all, Trubisky and Goff have regressed in 2019, a fact that makes it hard to feel confident about either side’s chances when this pair collides in primetime Sunday Night Football. How the Rams are favored by almost a touchdown is incomprehensible.  The Rams are 5-4 SU and 6-3 ATS  overall, but just 1-2 SU and ATS as home favorites this season, the latter of which includes a -3.3 losing margin on average. Chicago is  2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS on the road with a 3.3 winning margin on average. In short, this is a tossup for week 11 NFL picks. As such, hedging bets by taking the points with the Bears is probably the most viable option.  NFL pick: Bears +7 (-115)Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles ChargersMonday, November 18, 2019, 8:15 PM EST Estadio Azteca, Mexico City TV Broadcast: ESPN Ryan Tannehill rained down on Patrick Mahomes’ return to the line-up last week by serving up the upset over Kansas City. It was a worrying result that has carried over into the NFL betting market for week 11 and the showdown between the Chiefs and Chargers in Mexico.  Oddsmakers peg the Chiefs as the nominal -4 favorites in spread betting, their lowest point spread with Mahomes in the line up since week 1 when the Chiefs closed as the -3.5 road favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Of course, recent form has a lot to do with this watered down market. The Chiefs have lost three of their last six games and slip to a 6-4 SU mark. The lowly number also falls into their current wheelhouse as the Chiefs are 5-5 ATS with a 4.5 winning margin on average and a +1.1 differential versus the spread.  The Chargers, however, strike a less than inspiring pose in 2019 behind a 4-6 SU and 3-5-2 ATS mark that includes a 1.3 winning margin on average and a -1.2 differential versus the spread on average. In their last six games, the Chargers are 2-4 SU and ATS. The most concerning part for the Chargers is the fact that Philip Rivers has yet to show up in 2019, he’s a far cry from his lofty standards. While both teams have endured their fair share of struggles this season, the balance tips in favor of the Chiefs. So much so that this game may not even be as close as the NFL odds would have it.  NFL pick: Chiefs -4 (-105)last_img read more

‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ Posts Energy Data

first_imgLessons learned for next timeWere they to build again, Magwood said a few things would be handled differently. “We learned a lot!” he said in a followup email.Here’s how he summed it up:No full basement. The house has a full basement, mainly to accommodate a Clivus Multrum composting toilet. Since then, Magwood has discovered an alternate system called the Envirolet vacuum flush system that doesn’t require a full basement. Building on a slab or over a crawlspace would have saved roughly $25,000.More efficient duct work. “We couldn’t find anybody who would stand behind a design with the outlets in the central walls of the two floors, and ended up with old-school ducts under each window,” Magood writes. “We’ve since found a licensed heating designer who would have stood behind such a design, saving quite a bit of money and material.”Water storage outside. Instead of putting rainwater storage in the basement, it could have gone outside the house at a lower cost — another reason not to build a full basement.Make the house a duplex. A key change would have been to turn the single-family design into a duplex. “This would have made the slightly higher costs for the more efficient systems/materials a much easier sell from a financial point of view,” he said, “and also contributed more to urban density.”Construction costs were $398,000, or $173 per square foot. Rainwater collection, the composting toilet, and renewable energy systems accounted for $46,500 of the total. The construction budget also paid for 2.5 full-time instructors as well as professional trades.The house is expected to go on the market this spring. Students at the Endeavour Centre in Ontario, Canada, helped build a net-zero energy spec house a few years ago and called it “Canada’s Greenest Home” when they were finished. There is, of course, no way to prove that, but they can prove just how energy-efficient the building is.The school tracked energy consumption at the 2,300-square-foot two-story house between October 2013 and September 2014, logging the amount of power used every month against the amount produced by the home’s 5 kW photovoltaic system.Although total output was 2,792 kWh less than consumption, some months were so profitable under the province’s feed-in tariff system the house actually netted $2,000 by the end of the year. Unlike net-metering common to the U.S., under Ontario’s Micro-FIT system the house has two meters — one for outgoing power (which earns 38 cents per kWh) and another for power that’s purchased from the grid (11 cents per kWh), said Chris Magwood, project director and executive director of the school.Three adults, including Magwood, and a child lived in the house during the test period. Compared with averages for a 2,500-square-foot Ontario home, the Endeavour House used about 70% less energy, a total of 8,8678 kWh.Equipped with a rainwater collection system and a composting toilet, the house also used 71% less water than the provincial average, 66 liters per person per day vs. 225 liters (17.4 gallons vs. 59.4 gallons). Houses uses prefabricated straw panelsIn addition to building in energy and water efficiency, designers also tried to lessen the project’s environmental burden in other ways.Magwood wrote that 90% of the materials used in the house were sourced within 250 km. (155 miles) of the job site, and that construction waste was a total of 852 pounds, or roughly 10% of the typical amount of waste for a 2,000-square-foot house in the region.“It didn’t take government grants, corporate R&D or high-tech components to make the home,” Magwood wrote. “Every material and system used was an off-the-shelf item available to any builder, and the home was largely built by students in The Endeavour Centre’s Sustainable New Construction program.”The walls were assembled from prefabricated straw-bale panels 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The 16-inc- thick panels, finished with drywall and plaster on the inside and stucco on the outside, have a two-hour fire rating and an R-value of 35.Other features include a foundation made from insulated concrete forms, a composting toilet, an air-source heat pump, solar thermal collectors for hot water, and triple-glazed windows.The project was described in more detail in two earlier GBA articles (a 2012 article called “Teaching Deep Green by Building It” and a 2013 article called “Builders Complete ‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ ). More information on the house can also be found in a blog posted at the school’s website.last_img read more

Déjà Vu: Android Tops Apple In Tablets, Too

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Matt Asay It’s déjà vu all over again in Apple Land.Steve Jobs took the stage in 2010 to trumpet the iPhone’s dominance in the smartphone market. A few short months later, that dominance was gone. In 2011, with Android consuming Apple’s market share, Jobs pilloried Android for its anemic market share, boasting 90% market share for the iPad. He also sardonically labeled 2011 the “year of the copycats,” calling out Samsung and everyone else that wasn’t Apple.Two years later, the copycats have basically won, according to a new forecast from IDC:Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, March 2013It turns out that those smaller, cheaper tablets that Jobs derided as “D.O.A.” are actually alive and well — and this year should account for one of every two tablets shipped.None of which is to denigrate Apple, which makes the device upon which I’m typing this post. Rather, it is to echo Jay Yarow in suggesting that Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field is needed more than ever. With a stock price that has plummeted off its peak and real questions being raised about Apple’s future, Apple needs a Jobs.Or maybe it just needs to think different.For example, Apple needs to figure out how to be relevant outside North America and Western Europe, where people can’t afford to pay a premium for iPads and iPhones. As Asymco analyst Horace Dediu reveals, 99.4% of Android’s growth is outside the U.S., with that growth 150 times faster than U.S. Android growth:Source: comScore, Google, Asymco (2013)Apple needs to answer this global demand for devices, and keeping with a high-price, high-margin strategy isn’t the right answer.However much Apple or its fans point to Apple’s profits, Samsung, in particular, is catching up. Profit share follows market share, particularly when competitors like Samsung can not only build cheap Android devices but also high-end Android devices that are equal to or better than Apple’s devices. Android is already eating into Apple’s profit margins, pushing it to release smaller, cheaper devices that generate smaller profits.So maybe Apple is thinking different. But it needs to accelerate this. And not just in the U.S., which is one of the few markets where users can get the lower-end Apple devices (e.g., iPhone 4S) heavily subsidized.John Paul Titlow argues that Apple needs to go for broke with iOS 7. Given the innovation we’re seeing from Google with things like Google Now, that’s a great suggestion, but a jump in iOS innovation may merely be table stakes.(See Microsoft Is Basically Screwed In The Tablet Sector, IDC Says.)Apple needs to play the market share game. Wholly fixating on profit margins has kept it from aggressively targeting the global market where most of the growth is, now that the Western world is largely saturated with smartphones and, increasingly, tablets. Could Apple build lower-end devices that manage to maintain Apple’s polish and design flair? Of course it could.The only thing holding Apple back is an unwillingness to think different. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#Android#Apple#emerging markets#Google#IDC#iOS#market share#profits#Samsung last_img read more

Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Denver Nuggets guard Will Barton (5) drives around Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple (17) and Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Will Barton didn’t know Mike Malone was suspended by the NBA until the Denver Nuggets coach informed him as Barton got on the team bus to head to the arena.“I thought he was joking,” Barton said. “I told him we’d hold it down for him.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malone served a one-game NBA suspension for making contact with a referee in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver also was missing Millsap, who sprained his left wrist against the Lakers, and Chandler (lower back pain).After a sluggish first half, Denver pulled away in the third quarter following a 19-7 run late in the third quarter sparked by the long-distance shooting of Barton and Lyles. The Nuggets shot 15 of 32 beyond the arc and led by as many as 22 in the final period.“That third quarter we were real patient and sound, ran our sets and got going,” Barton said. “Anytime you’re missing two starters, impact guys like that, it’s going to take a while.”Nikola Jokic added 16 points and 14 rebounds, and Gary Harris scored 20 for the Nuggets.George Hill and Kosta Koufos scored 16 points apiece to lead six players in double figures for Sacramento. The Kings, who had won their three previous home games against the Thunder, 76ers and Trail Blazers, have lost five of six overall.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kings: Host the Lakers on Wednesday. The teams split the season series in 2016-17. “Athletically, (the Nuggets) go and get balls and jumped over the top of us and did some of those kind of things,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’ve got to be more physical. We were a step slow in the second half.”BARTON COMES UP BIGBarton shot 9 of 15 and made a season-high five 3-pointers on six attempts from beyond the arc. “He wasn’t an aggressive scorer but he was a playmaker for us,” Unseld said. “Down the stretch he controlled the game.”WHAT WENT WRONGJoerger thought his team played hard throughout the game but rookie guard De’Aaron Fox wasn’t so sure. Asked if the Kings let up in the second half when the Nuggets got on their roll, Fox said: “It felt that way. But it’s happened before, we’ve got back before. It’s just something if we go down, we’ve got to pick it up even more. You have to pick up your effort when things are going south.”TIP-INSNuggets: With Millsap and Chandler out, Unseld went to a three-guard lineup but the offense sputtered in the first half with 11 turnovers. Denver did a much better job after the break and pulled away. . The Nuggets dominated the offensive rebounding (14-5) and converted that into a 19-6 advantage in second-chance points.Kings: Zach Randolph had 12 points and six rebounds in his third consecutive start at center. … Buddy Hield missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle.UP NEXTNuggets: Play at Houston on Wednesday. The Rockets have won four straight against Denver. View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Next Minus their coach and two starters, the short-handed Nuggets did just that — and only 24 hours after losing by 21 points to begin their three-game road trip.Barton and Trey Lyles made two 3-pointers apiece during a big run in the third quarter, and Denver pulled away to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-98 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarton finished with 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in his third start this season for Denver, which also was without injured starters Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler.“Given the circumstances, I’ll take it,” said Nuggets assistant Wes Unseld Jr., who coached the team while Malone stayed back at the team hotel. “The minute (we) got in here from the team bus they knew it was a task at hand. We were under adverse circumstances and had no other option than to pull it together.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Pelicans rally after Cousins ejection, beat Thunder Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

9 days agoEintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebic

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Steubing enjoys swipe at AC Milan signing Rebicby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt chairman Wolfgang Steubing has enjoyed a swipe at Ante Rebic.Rebic left Eintracht Frankfurt for AC Milan over the summer.“Honestly, I don’t know what to say,” Steubing told Bild.“He wanted to leave, because otherwise he would be the only one of the three strikers to stay at Frankfurt.“Now, he sits outside. He took a gamble and lost. And it won’t get any easier for him.” last_img read more

JUTC to Reclaim Routes

first_img JUTC will be reclaiming routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) JUTC has added more units to its fleet, which will enable it to provide quality service to these areas Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, says that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will be reclaiming routes in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) that rightfully belong to the state-owned bus company.He said that the JUTC has added more units to its fleet, which will enable it to provide quality service to these areas, which have seen an influx of taxi operators.  The move is also expected to cut down on transport violations and ensure greater protection for commuters, while reducing losses to the bus company.“We have turned a blind eye to some of the violations because we were not able to provide the service…as the JUTC increases its roll-out… it won’t be allowed, because the JUTC carries too great a subsidy, to make losses at the present levels…so we are going to provide an improved level of service,” Dr. Davies said.He was speaking at a certification ceremony for participants in the Public Passenger Vehicle Driver and Conductor Training Programme on Wednesday, August 28, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, where some 541 persons received certificates for having successfully completed the course.Approximately $2.14 billion has been allocated in this year’s budget to purchase buses to service routes across the KMTR, where the current fleet of 244 will be increased to 350 as of next month.Managing Director of the JUTC, Colin Campbell, recently told JIS News that 35 new buses imported earlier this year, have been serviced and are ready to be incorporated into the fleet.Meanwhile, Dr. Davies stated that the training is part of efforts by the Ministry to transform the public transportation system into a civilized, efficient, first-world operation.He stressed that a reliable public transportation system is critical to the operation of any modern society.“We must understand the importance of these training courses, because we have to ensure that the people who man the system bring to the stage, what we can consider first-world…an objective of this administration, is that we will provide the same quality service, if not better than what is provided elsewhere,” he asserted.He said that while conduct cannot be legislated, measures can be put in place to ensure that those operators, who do not abide by the requirements, would be excluded from the public transport system.“It cannot be that anybody, who can’t do anything else, feels that his/her place is in the public transportation system. We are going to raise the quality of service, raise the respect demonstrated,” the Transport Minister said.In his remarks, Chairman of the Transport Authority, Norton Hinds said the training programme, which was first conceptualised and designed in 2004, in collaboration with HEART, covers the laws governing the transport sector, customer service, conflict resolution and defensive driving techniques.“This training programme has exposed over 5,000 drivers and conductors to customer service skills…several rewarding partnerships have been forged with the government and private sector stakeholders, which have formed the foundation on which the programme stands,” he stated.The course participants included 261 drivers and conductors from the KMTR; 61 from the North Eastern Transport Region; 120 from the Western Transport Region; and 99 from the Southern Transport Region. Story Highlights Approximately $2.14 billion has been allocated in this year’s budget to purchase buseslast_img read more

Canadian auto sales off to a strong start after recordbreaking January

first_imgRICHMOND HILL, Ont. – DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales in Canada bucked expectations to reach an all-time record for the first month of the year.The consulting firm says about 117,300 vehicles were sold in January, up 5.7 per cent from the same time last year.Continued demand for light trucks, which hit a near record of 73.2 per cent of the market, were up 9.1 per cent from December.Sales of passenger cars slumped, down 2.6 per cent from the previous month.Looking at volume, FCA led the field with sales of 17,761 new vehicles, followed by General Motors at 16,791 and close behind, Ford, at 16,461.DesRosiers says it’s too early to predict where the market will be in 2018, but suspects increasing interest rates may have prompted more buyers to lock in a low interest rate in January.Canadians last year purchased more than two million vehicles for the first time thanks to record sales of light trucks.last_img read more

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

first_imgBOSTON — The nation’s deadly opioid crisis is bringing new and unwanted attention to the wealthy Sackler family and complicating its philanthropic legacy.The Sacklers own Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin, and the family name is on the walls at some of the world’s great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard.Members of the family have been accused in a lawsuit brought by the state of Massachusetts of deceiving patients and doctors about the risks of OxyContin.In light of the allegations, activists have called on institutions to cut ties with the family.Many of the donations, however, were made by Arthur Sackler, who died nearly a decade before OxyContin even went on the market. His widow says it’s unfair to connect him to the opioid crisis.Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Man wanted Canadawide has alleged criminal past in Grande Prairie

first_imgSURREY, B.C. — A 25-year-old man from Surrey who is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for assaulting an autistic man in Ontario is one of seven people that were arrested in Grande Prairie nearly a year and half ago in a series of police raids.Ronjot Singh Dhami, who was 23 years old at the time, was arrested on November 16th, 2016, when the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team raided four Grande Prairie homes. During the searches, police seized two shotguns and a handgun, along with cash and drugs with a combined street value of over $40,000.Dhami was charged with two counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking and one count of possession of the proceeds of crime. The case is continuing to make its way through the courts. According to the Langley Times, Dhami is one of two people that are wanted Canada-wide for an assault at the Square One bus terminal in Mississauga at around 10:45 on the evening of March 13th. A 29-year-old autistic man was sitting at the bottom of the stairs on the terminal’s lower level when three men approached him, punching and kicking him multiple times before leaving.The victim was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. 21-year-old Parmvir Singh Chahil, of no fixed address, is also wanted Canada-wide in connection with the assault. The third suspect has not yet been identified by police.With files from the Langley Times: read more

Cats orphaned after Alipore jail shift find new home

first_imgKolkata: At a time when beating up of stray animals, their killings and even abandoning have become rampant in Kolkata, an NGO has given shelter to the cats which were left uncared for due to shifting of the Alipore correctional home to Baruipur.The organisation which is working for the welfare of stray animals for the past two decades has successfully rehabilitated 82 cats, left unattended due to the shifting. The cats were raised by the workers and inmates of the correctional home. They were fed regularly by the staff of the correctional home and the inmates. After the correctional home was shifted to Baruipur, there was no one to look after them. The cats became weak. Senior officials of the Correctional Home department were contacted and permission was sought for the rehabilitation. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersOn Sunday, in the presence of Biplab Das, Additional Inspector General (Correctional Home), the NGO took the cats in its possession. Earlier, the inmates had requested the senior officials at Alipore Correctional Home to take the cats along but their plea had been turned down. A spokesman of the NGO said the cats have been kept in a separate enclosure at the Shibrampur centre. There are already 80 cats there. The newly-adopted cats will be given 200 grams of fish per day along with milk. After they were brought to the centre, they were examined and kept at a separate enclosure. “The cats would not have survived had they not been attended on time,” said a spokesperson of the NGO.last_img read more