APTN National NewsThe emotional inquiry into how Phoenix Sinclair died while in the care of Manitoba social workers is over.The five-year-old girl was murdered by her biological mother and mother’s boyfriend.But now the head of the inquiry is tasked with determining how that could happen under the noses of social workers who were supposed to protect her.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot explains what happens next.
APTN National NewsWith the high cost shipping people living in northern and remote communities struggle with expensive grocery bills.APTN’s Delaney Windigo is in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation and has a story of one family using traditional methods to offset those costs in northern Ontario.
Over in the Western Conference, James Harden’s Houston Rockets, however, rank as the fourth most unbalanced team in the past 31 years — in the 2nd percentile! Meanwhile, this year’s Warriors team is more balanced than usual, ranking in the 76th percentile, which is amazing given that Stephen Curry himself has 2.0 WAR through the first two rounds. The Dubs have a superstar and a well-balanced team. (Which probably goes a long way toward explaining why they’re so great.)The Cavs are favored not because their third, fourth or fifth starter is better than his counterpart on the Hawks. He isn’t. The Cavs are favored because they have LeBron James — and that’s probably enough to get LeBron to his fifth straight NBA Finals. The Fighting LeBrons — err, we mean the Cleveland Cavaliers — face off against the Atlanta Hawks for a trip to the NBA Finals. It’s the four-time MVP vs. four All-Stars.And it’s a close matchup, though the Cavs have a slight edge. The Hawks earned the top seed in the East and home-court advantage, but the Cavs still have a 63 percent chance of winning the series, according to our Real Plus-Minus projections.But if these two teams are similar in their overall level of talent, they are radically different in its distribution. This year’s Hawks team is historically well-balanced — like the 2004 Detroit Pistons, the 2006 Phoenix Suns and the 2013 San Antonio Spurs. The 2015 Cavs, in contrast, are largely carried by James (and, to a lesser extent, by Kyrie Irving).Atlanta has four players — Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and DeMarre Carroll — who have all accrued 1.1 to 1.5 wins above replacement (WAR) through the first two rounds of the playoffs. Meanwhile, LeBron has amassed 2.1 WAR for the Cavs all by himself.The Hawks rank fourth out of the 124 teams to make the conference finals since 1985 in terms of the evenness of their production. (As measured by the distribution of WAR among the five players with the most minutes through the first two rounds, weighted quadratically.1That is, the player with the highest WAR is given a weight of one, the second-highest WAR player gets a weight a four, the third gets a weight of nine and so on.)By that measure, the Hawks’ score was 52.2. (The higher the score, the greater the contribution the team received from its less-heralded players.) LeBron’s Cavs, however, ranked 71 out of the 124 teams with a score of 26.9 — so they’re not extraordinarily unbalanced, but they are less balanced than the typical team in the conference finals. In addition to the brilliance of James, that number was primarily driven by the weak production from Cleveland’s fourth- and fifth-best players, namely Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov.Below is a table of each conference finalist since 1985 with their weighted WAR and its percentile. The Hawks are in the 98th percentile, while the Cavs are in the 43rd.2Past LeBron teams, whether the Cavs or the Heat, are even more unbalanced than this year’s Cavs team.
Dirk Kuyt has been left suitably impressed with former team-mate Steven Gerrard’s route on to reaching his ultimate goal of becoming Liverpool managerThe 38-year-old vacated his role as a youth coach at Anfield last summer to take charge of Scottish Premiership side Rangers and has since guided them to second place in the standings.Gerrard has managed 19 wins, 13 draws and six defeats in his opening 38 matches in charge at senior level as a coach.And Kuyt, who retired from football in 2017 after leading boyhood club Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years, praised Gerrard’s bold move to joining Rangers.“When Steven Gerrard just became a coach with the Liverpool youth, I talked to him about the road he was going to follow. He made a conscious choice to leave Liverpool right away,” Kuyt told De Telegraaf.“He wants to develop himself as a coach outside the spotlights of the Premier League. Glasgow Rangers is a big club. His dream will be to eventually become a coach at Liverpool.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“In order to get there, he also travels his own way.”Kuyt played for Liverpool between 2006 to 2012, where he managed 71 goals and 40 assists in 285 appearances across all competitions with his sole piece of silverware coming in the Reds’ EFL Cup triumph in his final campaign.The former Netherlands international started out his playing career at Utrecht and also spent three years playing for Turkish giants Fenerbahçe in the Super Lig.During his playing days, Kuyt won the Dutch Footballer of the Year prize in 2006 and played a key role in Holland’s route to the final of the 2010 World Cup, which they lost to Spain in South Africa.Nowadays, Kuyt has begun working on pursuing a coaching career and has taken charge of Feyenoord’s U-19 team for this season.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A new feature added by ride-hailing company Lyft that will allow service members and civilians requesting a ride from or within Camp Pendleton, Calif., to be matched only with drivers cleared to make pickups and drop-offs on the base also is being offered at Fort Meade, Md. Lyft currently is engaged in discussions with other installations to expand its “Base Mode” service, reports Military Times.
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74 Photos Galaxy’s Edge from every angle: We take you along for… Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason has some cool scenes featuring Emperor Palpatine, but he doesn’t play a major role in the novel. Penguin Random House Star Wars fans should be grateful to Grand Admiral Thrawn creator Timothy Zahn. His ’90s Thrawn trilogy isn’t canon anymore, but it gave the Star Wars universe the shot of adrenaline it needed and paved the way for new movies such as The Rise of Skywalker.So it’s always worth paying attention whenever Zahn dives back into a galaxy far, far away, particularly if he’s writing another adventure starring the genius Imperial tactician. Thrawn: Treason continues the canon story that started with the character’s 2017 origin and teamed him up with Darth Vader in last year’s Thrawn: Alliances. It’s set halfway through the fourth season of CGI animated series Rebels, which takes place before A New Hope.One of the first scenes in Thrawn: Treason sees the titular grand admiral in a shadowy meeting with Emperor Palpatine and other Imperial bigwigs including Grand Moff Tarkin and Rogue One’s Director Krennic. Zahn injects the scene with a delicious sense of cloak-and-dagger political intrigue as Krennic gets Thrawn to help with problems plaguing the Death Star’s super-secret supply line. Thrawn has one week to solve the problem, or else funding for his TIE Defender project will dry up. Krennic wants that money for the Death Star, so he dispatches his agent, Assistant Director Ronan, to hinder Thrawn. Ronan’s anti-Thrawn stance creates some nice conflict, but gets a little exhausting sometimes.This sends Thrawn on an investigation that reveals a plot against the Empire and brings him back into contact with members of his own race, the Chiss, who are hunting the Grysk — an aggressive species that’s been quietly working towards an invasion. We saw the first hints of this plot line in Thrawn: Alliances.Grand Admiral Thrawn is flanked by his fellow Chiss in the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive cover. Penguin Random House So Thrawn essentially has to balance his mission as an Imperial with helping the Chiss deal with the Grysk threat. Meanwhile characters like the antagonistic Ronan are questioning Thrawn’s loyalty to the Empire. Unfortunately, we never really question that loyalty because the Chiss feel underdeveloped.The Grysk suffer from a similar lack of development. They’re largely faceless antagonists and we mostly hear secondhand tales about the threat they pose. As a result, they feel like a weak surrogate for the Yuuzhan Vong, a violent race of invaders longtime Star Wars readers will know from the no-longer-canon New Jedi Order novels.Luckily, Thrawn is such a magnificent character that he almost makes up for these shortcomings. Zahn spends a reasonable chunk of the novel’s 333 pages focused on Thrawn, who’s busy hatching and executing brilliant strategies, and the author’s detailed writing makes these a treat to read. You’ll root for his two proteges, Commodore Faro and Eli Vanto, as well. And there’s plenty of excellent Imperial politics and backstabbing for them all to deal with.Overall, Thrawn: Treason proves a slightly uneven outing for the Imperial tactician. It’s worth your time because he remains as compelling as ever, but hopefully Zahn will flesh out his non-Imperial allies and adversaries a bit better in a future adventure.Star Wars: Thrawn: Treason, from Del Rey, hits shelves July 23. null 15:04 Star Wars land: Everything we saw at Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge Share your voice 0 TV and Movies Culture Tags Now playing: Watch this: Disney Star Wars
PUBG Mobile already has a lot of problems on its plate and it looks like it started another controversy on its first birthday. While reports about the game getting banned in some Indian cities to incidents like PUBG claiming lives of players in various ways are making the rounds of the internet, PUBG Mobile faces another nightmare as players are boycotting the popular battle royale game.As a part of its first birthday celebration, PUBG Mobile introduced a new birthday crate into the game, which offers a “Birthday Chicken and a chance for BP and Silver.” Players can exchange the “Birthday Chicken for event rewards. While it all sounds fun and exciting for millions of players out there, it sure didn’t seem to sit well with a lot of them.PUBG Mobile’s birthday crate design irked Muslims as it resembled that of Kaaba, the holiest Islamic site in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. A lot of users were not impressed by PUBG’s move, and many even deleted the game app from their phones to protest. There’s even a petition on Change.org that demands PUBG Mobile to change the birthday box design. PUBG Mobile 0.11.5 update posterPUBGThe design gaffe appears to be getting a lot of heat, but PUBG was quick enough to apologize for its blunder and promised a redesign soon.”We appreciate your feedback on the Birthday Crate, and we apologize for this oversight. We will redesign the Birthday Crate and release it soon. Thank you for your continued support of PUBG MOBILE,” PUBG Mobile said on Friday.Top Pic – Kaaba, An islamic holiest place in Mecca. Bottom Pic – PubG Birthday Crate. is there any similarity? Why PubG needed to do something like this or to design a Crate like Kaaba?Can you answer? @PUBG @PUBGMOBILE @PUBG_Support @PUBGpartners @PUBGEsports @PUBGMobile_IN pic.twitter.com/l3sDmCmLiE— The Tech Star (@techstarsrk) March 20, 2019@PUBG new update on pubg the birthday create looks like KaabaBuilding in Mecca, Saudi Arabia please change it as well as possible and do the needful. pic.twitter.com/9ieS1EdPx7— Rizwan (@Rizwan56116100) March 21, 2019PUBG This Is Totally Wrong❌❌❌ If U Insult Our Religion #boycottPUBG pic.twitter.com/hrzA6E4RI8— Ammu (@ammumuzz786) March 22, 2019Given the gravity of this issue and how it could hurt sentiments of a large religious community, PUBG developers seemed to have acted swiftly on the matter redesigned the birthday crate.Thanks alot to PUBG Comunication,Producer And The Owner of PUBG for redesigning Birhtday Crate .Thanks Alot ?? pic.twitter.com/cw2kkL3L0o— Muhammad Khan (@Muhamma06016576) March 22, 2019While PUBG works on this sensitive matter, a recent update fixed the door opening delay issue, which has marred players for over two weeks now. In addition, PUBG Mobile is also reportedly working on making good on its promise to encourage a healthy gaming environment and finally act upon the ban requests in India. PUBG mobile.PUBG mobileAccording to reports, PUBG Mobile is adding a 6-hour playtime restriction on the game for all players in India. Once a player has finished playing the daily quota, he or she will be requested to get back after a few hours. The six hours restriction is on a 24-hour clock, so players can either choose to play at once or go hour by hour.