Electrifying Cooper Classic gets plug pulled as Xavier muscles way to victory

first_imgDuquesne University ushered in Black History Month in a big way by selling out the Consol Energy Center and playing a spirited basketball game that had historical significance. The Second Annual Chuck Cooper Classic, presented by PNC Bank, was designed to honor the legacy of former Duquesne star Chuck “Tarzan” Cooper, the first Black player drafted by an NBA team. AWARD PRESENTATION—Steelers Hall of Famer Mel Blount, left, accepts the Chuck Cooper Award for Bill Nunn Jr. Presenting the award are Joe Guyaux, right, from PNC and Chuck Cooper III. (Courier Photos/William McBride) Cooper was born in Pittsburgh in 1929 and he attended and won a City League championship at Westinghouse High School. In 1950, Cooper became the first African-American drafted into the NBA when the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round.Cooper died Feb. 5, 1984 and when a special video presentation and tribute to his ground-breaking achievements was played at half time there was not a dry eye in the place.“I’m proud of the sellout crowd and how far my father’s Classic has come in only one-year,“ said “Cooper’s son, Chuck III, who played basketball at Schenley High School, CCAC and the Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League.“We honored Bill Nunn Jr., and Mel Blount accepted the award for him. We are very proud. The Dukes have a great basketball program and the best is yet to come.”Although the Duquesne University dance team and the Bucket Boys fired up the crowd, it was Tu Holloway and Xavier who showed just how colorful the game of basketball has become 60 years after Chuck Cooper.The Xavier Musketeers (18-6, 9-1) knocked Duquesne (16-7, 8-2) out of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 71-63 victory.During warm-ups, the Duquesne does not look intimidating. It doesn’t have a dominating 7-foot center—the team’s tallest player is 6-7—and everybody in uniform appears to be clean cut, All-American type. They don’t appear particularly fast or particularly athletic.But how does that saying go about appearances?Duquesne is led by tiny 6’0, 160-pound freshman T.J. McConnell and when you playagainst T.J. and his team you better be prepared to put up your Dukes!After stockpiling various accolades following the 2010 high school basketballseason, where he averaged 35-points per game and scored nearly 2,500 careerpoint, McConnell admits he isn’t yet the same dominant player. But he isn’t far behind.McConnell leads the Dukes in assists leads the Atlantic-10 conference in steals. Ferocious defense is also a symbol of what he is about and he is a leader in his new role.Despite being much smaller than the Musketeers, the Dukes scrapped and foughttheir way to a one point halftime lead. Duquesne led 49-43, with 12:06 remaining.With the game on the line, Xavier played like the No. 1 team in the Atlantic-10and Holloway and 7-foot center Kenny Frease proved that size does matter. The Musketeers went on a 19-4 run and never looked back.Holloway finished with a game-high 20 points, but received help from teammatesDante Jackson and Frease, who finished with 19 and 12 points, respectively.“You got to keep pushing and disrupting the flow and we didn’t do that,” saidDuquesne senior forward Bill Clark. “It just seemed like we just didn’t come toplay in the second half.”Junior guard Holloway is one of four Division I players who average at least 20points and five assists per game.“Xavier is a team that, almost every guy on that club has been to a Sweet 16,”said Everhart. “That was basically the same team that eliminated Pitt from theNCAA tournament last year.”Duquesne hasn’t been to the NCAA tournament since B.B. Flenory and Norm Nixonran the backcourt in 1977.Cooper shattered the NBA racial barrier by becoming the first African-American player to play in the National Basketball Association, and it appears that his University is on its way back.Thanks to Coach Ron Everhart, the Chuck Cooper Foundation, PNC Bank, and the spirit of Chuck Tanner, Duquesne basketball finally feels like fam-a-lee again after wandering in the wilderness for more than 30 years.last_img read more

Roads to be gritted tonight as snow forecast later in the week

first_imgDonegal County Council has announced it is to grit all primary road routes across the county tonight as temperatures plunge once more.It comes as temperatures across the country look set to dip with wintry weather and even snow forecast during next week.Snow could hit parts of the country next week as our freezing cold winter begins. Sub-zero temperatures will prevail in the nights ahead, before rain turns to sleet and snow as early as Monday.Meanwhile, cold and wet condition are expected in the coming days.A Met Eireann spokesman said “Tonight showers will continue for a time before dying out later. Under clear skies fog and frost is likely to form away from Atlantic coasts. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees. Winds will ease overnight.“Sunday will be dry and bright at first with some sunshine. Later in the day, cloud will thicken from the west followed by rain in the late afternoon or evening here. “The rain will spread across the country during the evening. Highest temperatures of 8 to 11 degrees. Light southeast winds will increase moderate to fresh as the day goes on with strong winds along Atlantic coasts by evening.”“Wednesday will start mostly dry but rain will move in from the west later in the day. With low afternoon temperatures, the rain could turn to sleet or snow on higher ground.”ALL routes will be gritted across the county from 9pm until 9am tonight and tomorrow morning.The routes include:06: Inishowen West04: Inishowen South01: National Primary North02: National Primary Central03: National Primary South07: Milford South08: Milford North09: Cill Ulta East10: Cill Ulta West11: Na Rosa12: Binswilly13: Stranorlar North14: Stranorlar East15: Stranorlar West16: Donegal West17: Donegal North18: Donegal South19: Donegal National Secondary05: Inishowen EastBT: Buncrana TownLT: Letterkenny Town Roads to be gritted tonight as snow forecast later in the week was last modified: November 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalgrittersnowlast_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool winger Woodburn a target for Rangers boss Gerrard

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool winger Woodburn a target for Rangers boss Gerrardby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool winger Ben Woodburn is a target for Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.The Scottish Sun says Gerrard attempted to land the attacker, 19, in the summer before his loan switch to Sheffield United.But Gerrard’s been alerted to his availability again after his old club cut short Woodburn’s season-long stay at Bramall Lane due to a lack of game time.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen for the Wales international to go back out on loan.However, Rangers face stiff competition with Blackburn, Brentford, Hull, West Brom and Wigan all interested. last_img

PRODUCTION UNDERWAY ON FOOD NETWORK CANADAS NEW SERIES CHUCK DANNYS ROAD TRIP

first_img Facebook Force Four Entertainment and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that principal photography is underway on Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip, a cinematic culinary series for Food Network Canada starring chefs Chuck Hughes (Chuck’s Day Off) and Danny Smiles (Top Chef Canada). The six-part series sees chefs and best buddies Chuck and Danny hit the road in an RV and feast their way across some of the nation’s most spectacular regions, sourcing the freshest ingredients and creating memorable meals with celebrated local chefs and food experts from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to Prince Edward Island. The original new series is set to premiere on Food Network Canada in Spring 2017.For years, the Montreal-based duo have been creating unforgettable feasts for guests and friends of Hughes’ critically acclaimed restaurants, Garde Manger and Le Bremner, and now in this epic culinary “bro-trip”, they’re seeking out Canada’s brightest chefs and most dedicated food artisans to help them create six feasts in six different campgrounds across Canada, including three national parks.“We are thrilled to begin shooting with the immensely talented and charismatic Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles as they head out from their hometown of Montreal to experience the country in a whole new way,” says John Ritchie, Executive Producer, Force Four Entertainment.  “We know that Food Network Canada viewers are going to love seeing their camaraderie as they get hands on, sourcing the freshest ingredients and cooking up incredible campsite feasts at each stop along the way.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Chuck & Danny’s Road Trip is produced by Force Four Entertainment, in association with Corus Entertainment’s Food Network Canada. SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Facebook:Facebook.com/FoodNetworkCanadaFacebook.com/ForceFourEntertainmentFacebook.com/ChefChuckHughesFacebook.com/DannySmilezInstagram/Twitter:Food Network Canada – @FoodNetworkCAForce Four Entertainment – @forcefourentChef Chuck Hughes – @ChefChuckHughesChef Danny Smiles – @ChefDannySmilesAbout Force Four EntertainmentVancouver-based Force Four began operations in 1983, and has grown to be one of Canada’s most successful and respected television production companies, producing more than five hundred hours of television and earning accolades on the national and international stage. Force Four was acquired by international entertainment leader Entertainment One (eOne) in 2014.The company’s highly successful television programs include lifestyle, reality and scripted programming that have sold and aired around the world.  Force Four’s most popular series include Border Security: Canada’s Front Line, The Cupcake Girls, Shannon and Sophie, Village on a Diet, Murder She Solved, and the scripted sitcom Seed. Force Four has been awarded the prestigious Peabody Award, 10 Gemini Awards and over 25 Gemini nominations, and remains helmed by its previous owners President Rob Bromley, Chief Creative Officer John Ritchie, and Chief Operating Officer Gillian Lowrey.Force Four can be found on the web at www.forcefour.com.Food Network Canada is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Toronto stock index begins 2018 hitting new record high loonie strengthens

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index cruised to a new record high in its first day of trading for the year, as the loonie gained ground on the U.S. dollar.The S&P/TSX composite index surged 100.86 points to 16,309.99 on Tuesday, with energy and mining shares among major advancers on the commodity-heavy index.The February crude contract was down five cents to US$60.37 per barrel. A rally late in December sent oil to its highest price since June 2015.“Oil, up where it is right now, is maintaining that $60-plus level and at that price there are a lot of shale producers that are quite profitable,” said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager of Canadian equities at CIBC Asset Management.“And with the profitability of those shale producers we’re likely to see the supply response come on at this point. So it will be tough for prices to be maintained at these levels.”Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract was up 10 cents to US$3.06 per mmBTU, as the cold snap that continues to blanket many parts of North America is driving short-term natural gas prices higher.The February gold contract added US$6.80 to US$1,316.10 an ounce and the March copper contract was down two cents to US$3.28 a pound.South of the border, technology and health-care companies jumped as U.S. stocks started 2018 the same way they spent the last one: rising steadily and setting records.“This time of the year the prognostications are often for the continuance of the trend and it’s going to continue until there’s some sort of hiccup,” said Jerusalim.“But for the time being people are still optimistic…. It’s almost that fear of missing out where investors are chasing returns. At some point there’s going to be a catalyst that changes that sentiment.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average advanced 104.79 points to 24,824.01. The S&P 500 index was up 22.20 points to 2,695.81 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 103.51 points to 7,006.90, both record highs.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of $79.89 cents US, up 0.18 of a U.S. cent.Jerusalim said the loonie’s strength has been surprising given the divergence of macro data coming out of North America.“The United States has been stronger as of late. Combine that with interest rate policies where people are expecting interest rates to move higher south of the border where they’re expected to say flat in Canada,” he said.“That should suggest that the stronger loonie is not going to be sustainable in the medium term.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgPlease continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] tweet reports using #BCStorm.More details on the alert are available here. See the full warning below.Issued at 2018-12-20 11:50 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 15 cm is expected.An approaching Pacific low pressure system will drop 10 to 15 cm of snowfall accumulation over Williston, Pine Pass, McGregor and the B.C Peace. Over the Peace lesser amounts will occur away from the Rockies.Snow will begin this morning and end late this evening or overnight tonight, as the low moves into Alberta.Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the B.C. Peace and the Pine Pass.The warning says our region could see anywhere from 10 to 15 cm.  More snow will fall if you live closer to the Rocky Mountains.The snow is expected to start Thursday morning and end later in the same day.last_img read more

NASA spacecraft explored edges of Martian sea in 1997

first_imgWashington DC: NASA’s first rover mission to Mars, the Pathfinder, may have explored the edges of an early Martian sea in 1997, according to scientists who say that images from the probe could yield evidence of habitability on the Red Planet. The landing site is on the spillway of an ancient sea that experienced catastrophic floods released from the planet’s subsurface and its sediments. Nearly half a century ago the Mariner 9 spacecraft returned images of some of the largest channels in the Solar System. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangOrbital observations of the gigantic channels suggested they were formed approximately 3.4 billion years ago by cataclysmic floods, much larger than any known to have occurred on Earth. The prospect that abundant flowing water once sculptured the Martian landscape ignited renewed interest in the possibility that life may have once thrived on the planet. To test the Martian mega-flood hypothesis, NASA deployed its first Martian rover; the Sojourner, on board the 1997 Mars Pathfinder spacecraft that journeyed to the Red Planet. Also Read – Want to bring back US forces engaged in endless wars: TrumpNASA spent a total of USD 280 million on the mission, including the launch vehicle and mission operations. The terrain within the rover’s visual range includes potential fluvial features suggestive of regionally extensive flooding. However, those features suggest floods that were at least 10 times shallower than those estimated using images obtained from orbit. Hence, the mission was not able to exclude still disputed alternative views sustaining that debris or lavas flows could have in fact dominated the channels’ formational history without significant water discharges. “Our paper shows a basin, with roughly the surface area of California, that separates most of the gigantic Martian channels from the Pathfinder landing site,” said Alexis Rodriguez, lead author of the study published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports. “Debris or lava flows would have filled the basin before reaching the Pathfinder landing site. The very existence of the basin requires cataclysmic floods as the channels’ primary formational mechanism,” he said. “The basin is covered by sedimentary deposits with a distribution that precisely matches the inferred extent of inundation from potential catastrophic floods, which would have formed an inland sea,” Rodriguez said. “This sea is approximately 250 kilometres upstream from the Pathfinder landing site, an observation that reframes its paleo-geographic setting as part of a marine spillway, which formed a land barrier separating the inland sea and a northern ocean,” he said. “Our simulation shows that the presence of the sea would have attenuated cataclysmic floods, leading to shallow spillovers that reached the Pathfinder landing site and produced the bedforms detected by the spacecraft,” Rodriguez said. The team’s results indicate that marine spillover deposits contributed to the landscape that the spacecraft detected nearly 22 years ago, and reconcile the mission’s in situ geologic observations and decades of remote-sensing outflow channel investigations. The sea bears an uncanny resemblance to the Aral Sea on Earth in that in both instances they lack distinct shoreline terraces. Its rapid regression over shallow submerged slopes resulted in rates of shoreline front retreat too fast for the terraces to form. The same process could partly account for the long-recognised lack of northern plains shorelines.last_img read more

Mamata slams UP CM for calling Indian Army Modi ji ki sena

first_imgHowrah (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for reportedly referring to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena”, saying it was an “insult” and humiliation for the force. Describing the Indian Army as the an asset of the nation, Banerjee said it belongs to the countrymen, and called upon the people to “stand up and reject” Adityanath’s statement. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation,” the Trinamool Congress supremo tweeted. “We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. They are a great asset of our nation, and not a cassette of the BJP. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement,” she said.last_img read more

SPBSPRLD alliances prospects to improve in next 2 phases polls Maya

first_imgAzamgarh (UP): Rubbishing the BJP’s claim that it was doing good in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, leaders of the opposition BSP-SP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh said on Wednesday that on the contrary, its prospects were improving day by day.”Our (electoral) prospects are improving…the prospects of the opposition alliance will further improve in the remaining two phases of Lok Sabha polls,” BSP chief Mayawati said at joint rally with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRLD chief Ajit Singh also addressed the rally at the Azamgarh Muslim Education and Welfare Trust ground. The BSP supremo said ever since the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) was formed, “BJP leaders have lost their sleep”. Mayawati appealed to the voters to ensure a historic win for Yadav, who is the joint opposition candidate from the seat held by the SP in the outgoing Lok Sabha. Hitting back at the BJP, the BSP chief said, “We are not ‘mahamilawati’, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is ‘mahamilawati’ (highly adulterated).” Modi has often labelled the opposition alliance as “‘mahamilawati”. Dubbing the Congress and the BJP as two sides of the same coin, she said, “Dono kaa chaal charan ek hai (both have same nature and character).” She said Modi would try to create more confusion in the days to come and appealed to the voters not to fall prey to his designs. PTIlast_img read more