Kashechewan gets 325 million for houses

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Friday that another northern First Nation community along Ontario’s James Bay coast which once made national headlines over its own crisis would be getting money for houses.Duncan said in a statement that Kashechewan First Nation would receive $3.25 million over two years as part of an agreement the community signed with Ottawa in 2007.“This investment will allow Kashechewan First Nation to make strides in addressing their housing shortage,” said Duncan, in the statement.Kashechewan residents were evacuated in 2005 after high levels of E. coli were found in the community’s water system, causing widespread sickness. The Canadian military also sent a water purification unit to the community.Kashechewan Chief Jonathan Solomon said the housing money would also provide training in construction for some in this community.“This investment will allow skilled tradesmen from our community to build quality homes for the people who need them,” said Solomon, in the statement.The Conservative government is now locked in a legal battle with Attawapiskat, a neighbouring James Bay community, over Duncan’s decision to impose a third-party manager to take over the band’s finances.A housing crisis in Attawapiskat, where many families live in tents of shacks with no running water or insulation, set the federal government on its heels for weeks.The Canadian Red Cross was asked to intervene to provide aid to the community as harsh winter temperatures began to grip the region.Ottawa has since said it would be sending 22 modular houses to the community by the end of January.Temporary shelter in the community’s healing lodge is being prepared as a temporary measure until the houses arrive.Liberal interim leader Bob Rae and Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett are visiting the community this weekend.last_img read more

Extreme cold warning issued for the North Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Warnings2:32 PM PST Friday 01 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace region, strong northerly winds will continue tonight to produce wind chill values below minus 40. Windy conditions are expected to last through Saturday night.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning has been issued for the North Peace.Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected through Saturday night.  The wind chill will produce temperatures below minus 40.The forecast calls for temperatures to drop to minus 38 overnight Friday and to minus 43 overnight Saturday before the current storm moves out of the B.C. Peace. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

UN envoy and Japanese officials urge Myanmar to begin talks with opposition

26 October 2007In Tokyo today, the United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar joined senior Japanese officials in calling on authorities in the South-East Asian nation to begin a genuine dialogue with the opposition to resolve the ongoing crisis there. “The Government and the opposition must sit down together and discuss the future of their country,” Ibrahim Gambari told reporters in the Japanese capital, the current stop on a six-nation tour of Myanmar’s regional partners. While in Tokyo, the Special Envoy held meetings with Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Foreign Minister Masahiko Koumura, Vice-Foreign Minister Osamu Uno, and Deputy Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka. They discussed the need for the Myanmar Government to seize the current window of opportunity generated by the recent crisis to start dialogue with the opposition without delay and pursue an inclusive process of national reconciliation, according to a UN spokesperson.They also discussed Japan’s readiness to contribute to international efforts to assist Myanmar in meeting the humanitarian and socio-economic needs of its people as the country takes concrete steps to accelerate its transition to democracy. Prior to arriving in Japan, Mr. Gambari met with officials in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and China. He is expected to return to Myanmar in the first week of November, his second visit to the country since Government forces began using force to respond to peaceful protesters in August.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who dispatched his Special Envoy to consult with regional leaders on Myanmar, has also called on the Government to “seize the opportunity to take bold actions towards democratization and respect for human rights.”“Unless the Government decides to open up and broaden the process that is to define Myanmar’s future, the demands for greater inclusiveness, participation and transparency in order to accelerate the transition to democracy and civilian rule are likely to continue,” he says in a report released today on the human rights situation in the country. The Secretary-General adds that recent events constituted a “serious setback” for the country, as the Government’s repressive response to the demonstrations comes at a time when Myanmar is striving to move forward towards national reconciliation and the restoration of democracy.Mr. Ban remains deeply concerned about reports of continued human rights violations, particularly the excessive use of force and arbitrary detentions in the wake of the demonstrations, and the large number of individuals arrested without due process, according to the report.The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on the situation of human rights defenders has also expressed her concerns about the ongoing situation in Myanmar, calling it “the most glaring illustration of the suppression of the freedom to protest.”“Exercise of the right to protest plays an important role both for the promotion and the protection of human rights,” Hina Jilani told the General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, known as the Third Committee, yesterday.“Where States have enabled the realization of this right, values of democracy, pluralism and tolerance have gained support,” she added.In addition, the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, will make an official visit to the country to look into recent events there. read more

Two years after deadly rioting UN awaits inquiry by Nepalese authorities

17 September 2009The United Nations said today it is still waiting for thorough and impartial investigations into deadly rioting that broke out two years ago in the Nepalese district of Kapilvastu, which killed 14 people and displaced thousands. “It is to the credit of the Kapilvastu community itself and others neighbouring, with the support of human rights defenders, that they have taken responsibility to improve communal understanding and harmony,” said Richard Bennett, Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal.“Two years after the incidents, it is beyond time for the Government to match that effort by taking genuine steps to hold the perpetrators of the violence accountable.” The killing of local landowner Mohit Khan on 16 September 2007 ignited widespread unrest in and around the district of Kapilvastu, killing 14 people, causing extensive destruction and looting of property as well as the displacement of several thousand people. In February 2009 OHCHR published a report on its investigations into the incidents and made detailed recommendations to the Government, including that thorough and impartial criminal investigations must be conducted.In a news release issued today in Kathmandu, the Office said it stands by those recommendations, and also pointed out that the report submitted in January 2008 by a Government formed judicial commission examining the violence has still not been made public.“Victims and the families of those killed continue to express concern for their security and to demand that the perpetrators of the violence be held accountable,” OHCHR stated.“Unfortunately, the police have yet to properly investigate the crimes committed during the outbreak of violence, in particular investigations into the killings,” it added, noting that, in many cases, the perpetrators have been identified by community members. OHCHR noted that the security situation in Kapilvastu has yet to fully return to normal although determined efforts in the past year by civil society groups in the district have resulted in substantial improvements in inter-communal dialogue as well as understanding of and respect for human rights. read more

Burundi can hold credible elections despite delays Annan says

“Thanks to your courageous efforts, the peace process in [Burundi] is approaching what we hope will be its final stages, despite recurring delays,” Mr. Annan said in a message to the summit meeting of the Regional Initiative on Burundi read by Carolyn McAskie, his Special Representative for Burundi and Chief of the UN Operation there (UNOB).”I now call on Burundi’s leaders to take that last step towards meeting the aspirations of the Burundian people, who deserve nothing less than a democratically elected Government, committed to peace, stability and development.”According to the Secretary-General’s report last month to the Security Council on Burundi, a referendum on the constitution was postponed from November to February, delaying the whole process which had been scheduled to culminate “with the indirect election of the President by Parliament on 22 April 2005.”As long as the Burundian parties continued to show political will, however, the UN would continue to support the electoral process and he was confident that “a credible electoral exercise can be completed within the short time remaining,” Mr. Annan said.As guarantors of the peace process, the Regional Initiative might wish to suggest what mechanism should replace the Implementation Monitoring Committee, whose mandate would expire, along with other transitional institutions when the new Government was elected, he said.”My Special Representative would be pleased to share with you some thoughts on how the international community can support the newly elected Government,” he said. “Together, the Regional Initiative and the United Nations can continue to support Burundi on the road to long-term peace and stability and its efforts to play a productive role in the region.” read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 14 December 2012

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New paint form launched by Facilities Management

Departments looking to freshen their space this spring with a coat of paint are encouraged to use a new online form.The paint request form was recently introduced by Facilities Management to streamline the request process.In addition to basic information like contact details and desired completion date, the new form includes areas to enter a WorkDay Cost Centre, provide a detailed description of the scope of work and choose a paint colour. It also features a new official standardized colour palette that reinforces the Brock brand. Paint options vary depending on the building, and if the space is an office or public area.The paint request form can be found on the Facilities Management website along with the work request form, which is used for custodial services, maintenance and utilities as well as grounds services matters.Questions about the new online form or the standardized palette should be directed to Bryan Cober, Manager, Structural Services, at x3290 or bcober@brocku.ca read more

Toolsons double up as Utah Valley downs W State Colorado

OREM, Utah — Jake Toolson scored 19 points and Conner Toolson scored 18 and Utah Valley beat Division II Western State Colorado 82-59 on Wednesday night.Western State surged to a 16-8 lead when Cole Sienknecht made a 3-pointer. But Utah Valley (5-3) came back with a 12-2 run and led 20-18 when Jake Toolson buried a pull-up 3 on the left side of the floor during a fast break. Jackson Ehrlin tied it at 20-all, but the Wolverines took control with a 15-0 run capped by Conner Toolson’s basket with 4:55 left before halftime.Utah Valley finished shooting 47 per cent from the floor to 30 per cent for Western State. Utah Valley outscored the Mountaineers 48-22 on points in the lane. Connor MacDougall contributed 14 points for the Wolverines and Baylee Steele grabbed 10 rebounds in 13 minutes.Quincy Harding led Western State with 12 points.The Associated Press read more

Tressel talks No 1 ranking Pryor showdown in Madison

Because of Ohio State’s convincing defeat of Indiana on Saturday, coupled with Alabama’s loss at South Carolina, the Buckeyes head to Wisconsin this weekend with the No. 1 ranking in the nation. Despite the hype the top ranking creates, OSU coach Jim Tressel said Tuesday that Wisconsin is going to come prepared. “They were going to be ready if we were 15th,” Tressel said. “I don’t know that that will change their readiness. What’s most critical is our readiness and our preparation and how we handle the adversity.” Although Tressel said the ranking won’t change things in Wisconsin, senior defensive end Cameron Heyward said the ranking could present a more difficult challenge. “We always just want to be No. 2, then we just go under the radar,” Heyward said. “No one expects No. 2 to do everything, but when you’re at No. 1, everyone is looking for you to fall … We look forward to just proving them wrong.” Injury report After adding another dimension to the Buckeye offense with his strong play to open the season, tight end Jake Stoneburner has missed the last two games after spraining an ankle against Eastern Michigan. However, Tressel said there is a chance the junior could return to the lineup Saturday. “He was back doing individual drills on Sunday night,” Tressel said. “I’m told that he is probable, but that was said cautiously.” Offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts missed part of the Indiana game with lingering foot problems. Tressel said it is something Shugarts will deal with all year but said he expects Shugarts to be ready to go this weekend. Pryor continues to impress Even with his legs being a non-factor against Indiana, Terrelle Pryor continued to prove he is developing into a precision passer. Setting a personal best through the air with 334 yards and 24 completions, Pryor earned both Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week and team Player of the Week honors. And after another week to rest his quadriceps strain, Pryor is ready to run, Tressel said. “We feel going into every game that we need the two-way threat because sometimes the best decision that a quarterback makes is to tuck it and take off,” Tressel said. “It just so happens when he tucks it and takes off, it could be 60 (yards). So that’s huge to us, having that ability.” Battle in the trenches Wisconsin typically possesses one of the premiere offensive lines in the country. Tressel said that this week, winning the battle in the trenches is of utmost importance. “Every game is won there,” Tressel said. “The trenches are where it will be. Run game certainly, pass protection, for sure, both sides. That’s where the game is won and lost.” Heyward echoed his coach’s sentiments and said going up against Wisconsin’s offensive line will be no easy task. “I think Miami (Fla.) was a great offensive line as well, and there’s a couple teams that have a couple good players on the offensive line, but I think this is the most complete,” Heyward said. “They run so hard and finish blocks very well. They’re some trees and they get so much push, it’s going to be critical for us to keep up the line of scrimmage on our side.” Physical game With both Dan Herron and Dane Sanzenbacher suffering concussions during their last trip to Camp Randall, the Buckeyes are well-aware of the level of physicality to expect. “It’s a physical game,” Tressel said of OSU–Wisconsin meetings. “That’s the way Wisconsin plays and that’s why they’re good … They’ve got good intention to smack you.” Going for BCS No. 1 The Buckeyes might be ranked No. 1 in the polls, but projected BCS rankings have OSU at No. 5. Heyward said the team isn’t concerned. “I think every week is a chance,” he said. “We have so many opponents left on our schedule. No matter what the ranking is, it’s not even an upset or anything, it’s just Big Ten football. We know every opponent is going to give us their best shot, and every week we have to prove to everybody that we deserve that ranking.” read more

Two men jailed over murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly

first_img Short URL By Alison O’Riordan https://jrnl.ie/4571000 Share2 Tweet Email 10,881 Views Monday 1 Apr 2019, 2:55 PM Gardai examining a car at the scene of the fatal shooting in Co Meath in 2013. Apr 1st 2019, 2:55 PM Gardai examining a car at the scene of the fatal shooting in Co Meath in 2013. TWO MEN WHO played roles in the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly have been jailed by the Special Criminal Court.Peter Butterly (35) was chased and shot dead outside the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath, in view of students waiting for their school bus on the afternoon of 6 March 2013.The father-of-three died from gunshot wounds to his neck and upper back.Michael McDermott (60) was today sentenced to four years in prison, with the final six months suspended, while his co-accused Frank Murphy (59) was jailed for three years with the final year suspended.McDermott, of Riverdale House, Garrymore, Ballinagh, Co Cavan, pleaded guilty in November last year to helping an unlawful organisation murder Butterly.McDermott admitted to knowingly rendering assistance to the so-called Irish Republican Army, otherwise known as Óglaigh na hÉireann or the IRA, directly or indirectly at diverse locations within the State between 3 and 6 March 2013.In the same month, Frank Murphy, of McDonagh Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to committing an act to impede the apprehension or prosecution of former accused-turned-State-witness David Cullen, knowing or believing him to be guilty of possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances within the State on 6 March 2013.Both men had originally pleaded not guilty at the three-judge court to the murder of  Butterly and their trials had been under way since the beginning of October last year, the court heard.Sentencing McDermott this morning, Mr Justice Paul Coffey said the only assistance the court could be sure that the defendant was involved in was the recruiting and instructing of Cullen in the disposal of the murder weapon.Having regard to the gravity of the offence, the judge said it was at the lower end of the higher range and the maximum sentence was eight years in prison.The appropriate starting point for this offence was six years imprisonment, the judge indicated. Although McDermott’s guilty plea was not offered at the earliest opportunity, it was timely and valuable, outlined Mr Justice Coffey added.The court also took into account that McDermott has no previous convictions and is a “loving and supporting” husband and father.The judge said the court would reduce the headline sentence of six years to four years imprisonment. Following this, Mr Justice Coffey said the court would further suspend the last six months of the sentence on condition that McDermott entered a peace bond to be of good behaviour for a period of four years.Mr Justice Coffey, sitting with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge James Faughnan, sentenced McDermott to four years imprisonment with the final six months suspended, backdated to 12 October 2018 to take into account time spent in custody.Recorded by gardaí Referring to Murphy, Mr Justice Coffey said the maximum sentence for impeding the apprehension or prosecution of a person was seven years in prison.The judge said Murphy had driven to Gormanston College with the intention of picking up Cullen but Cullen was almost instantaneously apprehended by gardaí. There was unchallenged evidence that, on the day after the shooting, Murphy attended a meeting that was covertly recorded by gardaí, the judge said.The court said the starting point for this offence was four and a half years in prison.The mitigating factors in Murphy’s case were that he has no previous convictions and has suffered from failing health in recent years.Mr Justice Coffey said the defendant was also prepared to give an undertaking to the non-jury court not to associate with anyone in an unlawful organisation or with anyone charged or already convicted by the Special Criminal Court. On account of this, the court reduced Murphy’s sentence from four and a half years to three years.Mr Justice Coffey said the court would further suspend the final year of Murphy’s sentence if he entered a peace bond to be of good behaviour for a period of three years.The three-judge panel sentenced Murphy to three years imprisonment with the final year suspended, backdated to 14 November 2018 to take into account time already spent in custody.Following sentencing the two men gave little reaction before they were led away by prison officers.Cullen was previously charged with the murder of Butterly, from Dunleer, Co Louth.In July 2014, Cullen pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol at the Huntsman Inn on the day of the shooting. His plea was accepted by the DPP and a nolle prosequi – a decision not to proceed – was entered on the count of murder and he turned State’s witness.Cullen was sentenced to seven years in prison, with three and a half years suspended, for possession of the firearm in July 2014.Four men – Kevin Braney (44), of Glenshane Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin 24; Edward McGrath (37), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght; Sharif Kelly (49), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan and Dean Evans (27), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, Dublin – have all already received life sentences at the Special Criminal Court following convictions for Butterly’s murder. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Two men jailed over murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly The father-of-three was shot dead in Meath in 2013. No Comments last_img read more

Buy This Comic DEATH ORB 1

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target “Rider, an ax-wielding wasteland survivor, carves a bloody path across a war-torn North America ruled over by the Lords, the mysterious Father, and their cult followers as he searches for his abducted wife and child. Information from one of Father’s hired mercenaries could lead Rider to his family–if the Lords don’t take him out first.”DEATH ORB #1(W): Ryan Ferrier (A): Alejandro Aragon (C): Chris O’HalloranI love when a comic surprises you. The sheer brilliance of what a comic can start and how it can end is always so exciting, especially when the context of the comic is so exhilarating. Death Orb #1 is a comic that guarantees every page will shock and surprise you. With a mix of Blade Runner, Mad Max, Road Warrior, and religion as the cherry on top, it kicks your ass and wakes you up. Death Orb #1 makes you feel alive within its fast-paced pages and brilliantly driven narrative.via Dark Horse ComicsRyan Ferrier can do no wrong when it comes to telling the stories he desires to tell. Something spectacular about his writing is that he can create a series or graphic novel in any genre. It always becomes an incredibly detailed and deeply intellectual and personal story underneath. Ferrier brings that same level of creativity to Death Orb #1. He provides a narrative that never slows down, but still has a deeply personal story that grips your you. You feel as if you’re tagging along Rider, searching for his something or someones with him.That’s one thing that this comic does perfectly. It takes you for a ride that you want to dip and dodge, never live in, but need to find out how it ends. Ferrier produces a story that utter grips you and keeps you there. One thing about this story that took me by surprise was the epic amount of world building with phenomenal characters laced in just its one issue.Ferrier is such a craftsman at world-building and characters. He creates these incredible foundations and develops them in a way that makes you feel like it can easily happen but not exactly. However, in that, you never know what you’re gonna get or if he’ll pull the rug from underneath you. With Death Orb #1, getting that rug pulled from under you is a testament to how good this story really is. He produces some incredible worldbuilding and laces these characters in their own personal journeys that only seem to build makes the story feel so much bigger than what you see. For example, Rider seems like there’s so much going on with him. He’s looking for something and he won’t stop until he finds it, but there are people looking for him as well. However, there’s something else that might stop that entire thing in its tracks.Death Orb #1 feels like an onion. You literally need to peel back the layers to know what you’re going and the journey may be long, but dammit is it ever worth it. With Alejandro Aragon’s art, they build this cyberpunk-meets-post-apocalypse type of narrative and effectively make it a suit their character and their world. This, while giving you a heartbreaking surprise and anticipating what comes next.via Dark Horse ComicsAlejandro Aragon builds upon Ferrier’s narrative, making every piece of his art matter in these pages and panels. Aragon’s art moves in a chaotic, action-packed, fluid way that leaves nothing to the imagination. However, within the story, it’s laid out in panels that amp Ferrier script and continues to make you wonder even more. It’s so rare to find an artist and a writer that are 100% in synch with each other. The chemistry between them blends on the pages something beautiful. You find yourself widening your eyes within panels, wondering where both of these creators will take you. Aragon’s art feels like action movie storyboards that would be a perfect layout if this becomes a film in the future. (It really should.)Aragon’s art is only enhanced by Chris O’Halloran’s neon vibe high-octane art. I don’t think anyone could have colored this issue as O’Halloran can. He creates such an energetic and high-powered mood throughout that keeps you on alert almost every page. The palette that he uses feels SO much like Blade Runner. O’Halloran carries some of the hardest reds that make you freeze and take everything in, almost showing you THIS is the danger ahead and low-energy moody blues against Rider that makes you feel for him. He also gives you bright yellows and oranges mixed to create The Outskirts that look like something from Mad Max.O’Halloran is a masterful colorist that gives you such an ominous yet exhilarating feeling within the issue. The marriage between these three creators is something breathtaking to see in these pages because you can tell how much they enjoyed making this.via Dark Horse ComicsDo yourself a favor and take the road trip with Death Orb #1. This issue has everything you need in it. Cute biker dude, slaughter, religion, action, an immersive world and an unexpected ending that will leave you legit shocked. Death Orb #1 is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.10/03/2018 Releases – In addition to DEATH ORB #1, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.Analog: A Cyborg-Dystopian Noir Vol.1: Death By Algorithm by Gerry Duggan (W), David O’ Sullivan (A) Image ComicsThe Dead Hand Vol. 1 by Kyle Higgins (W), Jordie Bellaire, Stephan Mooney (A) Image ComicsSparrowhawk #1 by Delilah Dawson (W) Matias Basia (A) Miguel Mercado (CA)What If: X-Men #1 by Bryan Edward Hill (W), Neil Edwards, Giannis Milonogiannis (A), Rahzzah (CA) Marvel ComicsShatterstar #1 by Tim Seeley (W), Gerardo Sandoval, Carlos Villa (A) Yasmine Putri (CA) Marvel ComicsEuthanauts #3 by Tini Howard (W), Nick Robles (A) Black Crown/IDWDead Rabbit #1 by Gerry Duggan (W), John McCrea (A) Image ComicsHouse Amok #2 by Christopher Sebela (W), Shawn McManus (A) Black Crown/IDWUmbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 by Gerard Way (W), Gabriel Ba (A), Nick Filardi (C) Dark Horse Comicscenter_img Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1Buy This Comic: CRIMINY last_img read more

PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak to join Lokomotiv Moscow

first_imgParis Saint-Germain defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is closing in on a move to Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow on a season-long loan with an option to buy, according to ESPN FC.Krychowiak, 28, who was part of the relegated  Premier League side West Bromwich Albion while on loan at last season, does not feature in Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Parc des PrincesAccording to the source, Krychowiak will join Lokomotiv for the campaign that will start at the end of this month — and Yuri Semin’s men will then have the option to make the Poland international’s stay at RZD Arena permanent for around €10 million when the term ends.Lokomotiv Moscow will pay an initial loan fee, said the source, taking the total amount that PSG could make on Krychowiak to nearer €15m and the option at the end of the loan could ultimately be paid in installments.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Krychowiak was part of the Polish side that was eliminated in the group stages at this summer’s World Cup, where he registered a goal against Senegal in their first group game.Krychowiak’s form has dwindled since he left Sevilla for PSG in 2016 after winning two consecutive UEFA Europa League titles.The source also added that Krychowiak, who played for Reims and Bordeaux before Sevilla in 2014, was recommended to Lokomotiv by fellow Pole Maciej Rybus, who left Lyon for Russia last year.last_img read more

Fortnite season 9 week 3 challenges and where to find Downtown Drop

first_img Comments Tags Fortnite season 9 week 3 Utopia loading screen Epic Games For the third week of Fortnite season 9, players will partake in challenges that are more akin to the X Games. Fortnite season 9 week 3 challenges went up Thursday. Similar to the week 2 challenges, they’re not too difficult but will take some time to complete. Fortnite season 9 week 3 challengesFortnite season 9 week 3 challenges Epic Games/Screenshot by CNET Free challengesStage 1 of 3: Land a trick with a Driftboard (0/1)Stage 2 of 3: Get 3 seconds of airtime in a Quadcrasher (0/3)Stage 3 of 3: Destroy opponent structures with a vehicle (3)Search chests at Lonely Lodge or Polar Peak (0/7)Deal damage to an opponent within 10 seconds after using a Slipstream (0/200)Paid Battle Pass Challenges ListStage 1 of 3: Visit Happy Hamlet and Shifty Shafts in a single match (0/2)Stage 2 of 3: Visit Sunny Steps and Dusty Divot in a single match (0/2)Stage 3 of 3: Visit Haunted Hills and Salty Springs in a single match (0/2)Throw the Flying Disc toy and catch it before it lands (0/1)Explosive Weapon Eliminations (0/3)Deal damage with different weapons in a single match (0/5)How to land a trick with a Driftboard — 2 Battle StarsDriftboards showed up in Fortnite season 7, and they’re spread out across the island. The floating snowboards are mainly found in the southwest, where most of the ice mountains are. Hop on one, look for a ramplike surface or cliff to jump off, hit the boost, and jump. While in the air, move in different directions to pull off different tricks and land to complete this challenge. How to get airtime in a Quadcrusher — 2 Battle StarsQaudcrushers were included in Fortnite season 6. The two-seater vehicles can help players zoom across the island, but for this task, it’s about getting airtime. Players can find Quadcrushers at different places on the map, but there are multiple vehicles in Happy Hamlet, Neo Tilted and Paradise Palms. The easiest way to get the three seconds airtime for the task is to find a hill to fly off using the vehicle’s boost, or simply make a long ramp structure. How to destroy opponent’s structure with a vehicle — 3 Battle StarsIdeally, players will use the Quadcrusher from the previous challenge to handle this task as well. There are also the Baller vehicles found on the island that can be used to destroy opponents’ structures.. An easy way to get this task done is to wait until the storm circle begins to close in. As the circle shrinks, more and more player-made structures can be found moving to the final spot of the map. This is much better than trying to destroy a structure while fighting against another player who’s building to protect themselves. Search chests at Lonely Lodge and Polar Peak — 5 Battle StarsThis challenge requires seven chests to be opened. Polar Peak will be a bit busy during this time, so it’d be best to head to Lonely Lodge to access more chests with fewer people around. Deal damage to enemies after using a Slipstream — 10 Battle StarsEpic Games added Slipstreams in Fortnite season 9. The futuristic transportation is primarily found in the new areas of the island:  Neo Tilted and Mega Mall. The trick with this challenge is that players will need to damage others 10 seconds after using the Slipstream, which means jumping into the Slipstream at the start of a match won’t help because the only weapon players will have is a pickax. The options are to land in the two areas, quickly search for a weapon, and build a structure to get into the Slipstream, or land at the houses near the two spots and look for weapons there. Then once equipped, hop in the Slipstream and look for other players who’re landing in Neo Tilted or Mega Mall who have yet to find a weapon. Fortnite season 9 week 3 challenges mapVisit Happy Hamlet and Shift Shafts in a single match; visit Sunny Steps and Dusty Divot in a single match; and visit Haunted Hill and Salty Springs in a single match. Epic Games/Screenshot by CNET Visit Happy Hamlet and Shift Shafts in a single match — 2 Battle StarsHappy Hamlet and Shift Shafts aren’t far apart from each other. They’re both located in the southwest of the map. To make things easy, land at Happy Hamlet first and look for a Quadcrusher. Hop on one and make a beeline to Shifty Shaft to complete this challenge. Visit Sunny Steps and Dusty Divot in a single match — 2 Battle StarsThis task is a little tougher since these two areas are farther apart with the volcano right in the middle. Best bet is to start at Sunny Steps, on the northeast part of the island, then move to Dusty Divot, near the center of the island. There are Quadcrushers to the north and northwest of Sunny Steps to make things easier. Visit Haunted Hills and Salty Springs in a single match — 3 Battle StarsOut of the three travel challenges, this is the longest one and arguably the toughest because players will have to travel through some populated areas like Neo Tilted. It’s best to start at Haunted Hills on the northwest part of the island and run to Salty Springs near the middle.. There’s a Quadcrusher near Haunted Hills, but players can also go from Haunted Hills to Loot Lake, where they can jump on a Slipstream to get to Salty Springs faster. How to throw and catch the Flying Disc toy — 5 Battle StarsUnlike previous weeks, this is the first challenge that requires players to have a certain Battle Pass tier. The Flying Disc toy is unlocked at tier 35, so players will need to run through most of the previous weeks’ challenges to get to this level. Equip the Flying Disc toy as an emote, point up and activate it. The disc will fly up and you can chase it down before it falls to the ground. Make sure to do this without anyone around or else you’ll become an easy target. Get three explosive weapon eliminations — 10 Battle StarsGrenades and rocket launchers are the go-to weapons for this challenge. Use regular weapons to take down enemies’ health, and finish them off with an explosive to make sure they’re eliminated. Deal damage with five different weapons in a single match — 10 Battle StarsVariety is the key to this challenge. Players should pick up every weapon type they can. Don’t try to use all five different types of weapons on one enemy, but try to use more than one. Ideally, use one from a distance and switch when getting up close to an opponent.Downtown Drop ChallengesIncluded in the v9.10 update is a new crossover event called FortniteXJumpman, which has new skins decked out in Air Jordan. There is also a new Downtown Drop creative mode that has players collecting coins through an urban playground while running around as if they’re on ice. With the new mode comes a new set of challenges that update throughout the event and will reward players with in-game cosmetics when completed. Fortnite Downtown Drop ChallengesFortnite Downtown Drop Challenges Epic Games How to find Jonesy behind a fenceJonesy is one of the default Fortnite characters and in Downtown Drop, a cardboard cutout of him are scattered throughout the stage. In one challenge, players need to find Jonesy behind a fence. When the game starts, stick to the left side and stay above ground. Follow the course for two right turns and when you may your way down to the left there will be a small picket fence guiding you into an alley. Alley to find Jonesy behind a fenceAlley to find Jonsey behind a fence Epic Games Down the alley is Jonesy behind the fence. Just open the door and get close to complete the challenge. How to find O-N-F-I-R-E lettersAnother Downtown Drop challenge is to find the “ONFIRE” letters scattered in the city. The letters are aqua blue and they’ll take the shape of the next letter in the word. To find the first, when the race is about to start, move all the way to the right and stand still. When you land, you will see the first letter next to a red car. If you’re already moving then you’ll just have to complete the lap and catch it the next time around. Fortnite Downtown Drop first ONFIRE letterFirst letter for the “O-N-F-I-R-E” letters in Fortnite Downtown Drop Challenge. Epic Games Head down the hill and stick to the left for the second letter. It will be next to the fence at the corner. Fortnite Downtown Drop "ONFIRE" Challenge letterSecond letter for the “O-N-F-I-R-E” letters in Fortnite Downtown Drop Challenge. Epic Games Go down the hill to the next corner where the two food trucks are. Next to a dumpster will be the third letter. Fortnite Downtown Drop "ONFIRE" Challenge letterThird letter for the “O-N-F-I-R-E” letters in Fortnite Downtown Drop Challenge. Epic Games To get to the fourth letter, backtrack just a bit and look for stairs going underground to your left. Down the stairs will be an open space where the fourth letter is at. Fortnite Downtown Drop "ONFIRE" Challenge letterFourth letter for the “O-N-F-I-R-E” letters in Fortnite Downtown Drop Challenge. Epic Games When heading out of the underground, you’ll find yourself near another turn. At the corner is a semi truck that is turned slightly to the right. Behind the truck is the fifth letter. Fortnite Downtown Drop "ONFIRE" Challenge letterFifth letter for the “O-N-F-I-R-E” letters in Fortnite Downtown Drop Challenge. Epic Games The last “O-N-F-I-R-E” letter comes right before the end of the track. When making your way down, keep an eye out for an orange crane on the right. Just in front of it will be the final letter to complete the challenge. Fortnite Downtown Drop "ONFIRE" Challenge letterSixth letter for the “O-N-F-I-R-E” letters in Fortnite Downtown Drop Challenge. Epic Games FortbytesNew in Fortnite season 9 are Fortbytes, which are only available to Battle Pass owners. The collectibles are scattered across the island, but also unlockable by reaching certain tiers and gaining a designated amount of XP. Each Fortbyte will reveal a piece of an image teasing Fortnite season 10, and a new one appears every day.Fortnite Season 9 Fortbyte Challenges1: Awarded for gaining 175,000 XP6: Accessible with Yay! Emote at an ice cream shop in the desert7: Accessible by using the cuddle up emoticon inside a rocky umbrella8: Found within Junk Junction10: Awarded for gaining 60,000 XP13: Found at a location hidden within loading screen number 216: Found in the desert house with too many chairs17: Found inside a Wooden Fish Building22: Accessible by using the Rox Spray in an underpass24: Found within Fatal Field25: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 4031: Found at a meteor crater overlook32: Accessible by wearing Kyo Pet Back Bling at the northern most point35: Awarded for gaining 225,000 XP36: Accessible by Sentinel on a frozen island39: Awarded for completing six challenges from Week 241: Accessible by using Tomatohead Emoticon inside the DurrrBurger restaurant44: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 2046: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 10047: Found between a Reboot Van, pirate camp, and a crashed battlebus50: Accessible at night time inside mountain top castle ruins55: Found within Haunted Hills57: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos, or solo 25 times64: Accessible by Rox on top of Stunt Mountain.66: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos, or solo 75 times71: Awarded for completing six challenges from Week 172: Found within Salty Spring74: Found in a filing cabinet inside an assassin’s basement on the desert coast77: Found within a track side taco shop81: Accessible in daytime near a mountain top cactus wedge82: Accessible by solving the pressure plate puzzle NW of the Block84: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 6085: Awarded for gaining 30,000 XP87: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos, or solo 50 times90: Awarded by finishing top 10 in squads, duos, or solo 100 times92: Accessible by using Rock Love Spray near a lavafall96: Awarded at Battle Pass tier 8099: Awarded for gaining 125,000 XPUtopia ChallengesLike in previous seasons, Fortnite season 9 has a season-long set of tasks called Utopia Challenges, for Battle Pass owners. Tackling these special challenges requires the completion of all the weekly challenges throughout the season. The reward for all the work is the Utopia skin. Fortnite season 9 Utopia ChallengesFortnite season 9 Utopia Challenges Epic Games/Screenshot by CNET Something new in season 9 are Fortbytes, and it’ll take finding 90 of them to complete one of the Utopia Challenges. When players finish the weekly challenges, they’ll receive a new loading screen that hints at a secret Battle Star. Completing the Fortnite season 9 week 1 challenges unlocks the loading screen below. The clue to where to find the secret Battle Star is on the side of the minigun that gives the coordinates I5, I6, J5 and J6. This is a spot just south of Lonely Lounge, right before the green plains turn into the desert. The hidden Battle Star will appear only if a player who completed all challenges is within close proximity. Fortnite season 9 week 1 Utopia loading screenFortnite season 9 week 1 Utopia loading screen Epic Games For week 2, the unlocked loading screen doesn’t have a hint hidden in the image, but instead, it’s in the description of the screen. It says, “Last seen battling at Dino Park outhouse, these two can’t be stopped.” This’ll lead to the location of Fortbyte #13 and not a Battle Star for the week. Fortnite season 9 week 2 Utopia loading screenFortnite season 9 week 2 Utopia loading screen Epic Games Once a player’s done with week 3’s challenges, a new loading screen will show a new Doggo skin. The hint for the Battle Star is in the drawing on the small wall that the dogs are sitting on. It leads to a stack of cars in Junk Junction and the secret Battle Star will appear when players come near it. Fortnite season 9 week 3 Utopia loading screenFortnite season 9 week 3 Utopia loading screen Epic Games The week 4 Utopia Challenge loading screen was found by data miners in the v9.10 update, but it won’t be solved until the Fortnite season 9 week 4 challenges are released.  Share your voice Name: “Scimitar”Description: “Razor sharp and battle ready.”Rarity: RareName: “Sandstorm”Description: “Timeless Warrior”Rarity: RareMale/Female Skins in this -> pic.twitter.com/FObkzhuiQr— Lucas7yoshi // Fortnite Leaks & News (@lucas7yoshi) May 22, 2019center_img Fortnite is available on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC, and Android and iOS devices.In the multiplayer online game, you parachute onto an island and use various weapons to eliminate opponents in a last-person-standing scenario. The massively popular game has attracted players with live events like virtual concerts and special limited-time game modes. Developer Epic Games is also hosting the Fortnite World Cup this summer. Online qualification for the esports competition began in April, and finals will take place in New York in July, with a prize pool of $30 million.Originally published May 23.Update, May 23: Adds Utopia Challenges section. Update, May 24: Adds Fortbyte #41 and Downtown Drop Challenges. Update, May 28: Adds Fortbyte #31, #32, #77 and #50 2 Gaminglast_img read more

An Underwater Look at the Gulf of Mexico

first_img Share (Photo: Michael Hagerty Houston Public Media)Houston-based writer and photographer Jesse Cancelmo is publishing a book that he hopes will inspire better understanding and appreciation of the Gulf of Mexico.It’s called Glorious Gulf of Mexico: Life Below the Blue, and he joins us to talk about his work.Cancelmo discusses what prompted him to do the book, why he thinks the Gulf of Mexico gets a bad rap in terms of its aquatic life — at least compared to the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans — and he tries to clear up some misconceptions about the gulf.last_img

Why Is Ted Cruz — Given Name Rafael — Picking On Nicknames

first_imgPhoto by Michael Vadon. Creative Commons license.Senator Ted Cruz of TexasSen. Ted Cruz smiled Wednesday when an interviewer raised the obvious point about his deriding an opponent for using a nickname: Cruz uses a nickname too.“You’re absolutely right,” the Texas Republican told CNN. “My name is Rafael Edward Cruz.”Shortly after the polls closed Tuesday in Texas’ first-in-the-nation primary, Cruz tweeted a 60-second country jingle targeting his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso. The jingle calls O’Rourke “liberal Robert” and says he “changed his name to Beto.”FIRST LISTEN: our new 60-second statewide radio ad introducing our liberal opponent, Congressman Robert O’Rourke, to Texas voters.Help #KeepTexasRed: https://t.co/PVsiCtbbyL #CruzCrew #TXSen pic.twitter.com/OxK61gZ0ek— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 7, 2018O’Rourke responded Wednesday with his own tweet : a childhood photo of him wearing a shirt inscribed “BETO” in block letters.pic.twitter.com/1IO1dgmCkv— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) March 7, 2018Cruz said in the interview Wednesday that “some of it is just to have a sense of humor.” After saying his full name, Cruz told the story of his father, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba.Mark Jones, a Rice University political scientist, said one implied motive might be to remind Texas voters that O’Rourke isn’t of Latino descent.While Democratic primary turnout surged past 1 million on Tuesday, it was still well short of the more than 1.5 million people who voted in the Republican primary. Despite having fundraising success and drawing national attention, O’Rourke enters the general election against Cruz as a heavy underdog.Any Democrat hoping to win statewide in Texas and break a 24-year losing streak for the state party will have to draw lots of Latino voters to the polls.Even though O’Rourke speaks Spanish — while Cruz admitted in a 2012 interview that his Spanish was “lousy” — he is of Irish descent.“So many people in Texas, because of his first name, sometimes assume that he’s Latino,” Jones said of O’Rourke. “This is one way for Cruz to indirectly signal that he’s not.”“His best option going against O’Rourke is to lower O’Rourke’s likability among Texans so that they view them in an equal manner,” Jones added.Asked in a separate CNN interview if he would respond with his own song, O’Rourke declined.“I just don’t think that’s what folks in Texas want us to focus on,” he said. “We can get into name-calling and talk about why the other person is such an awful guy, or we can focus on the big things that we want to do for the future of our country.” Sharelast_img read more

Ouya sub100 game box challenges console giants

first_img(Phys.org) — A Los Angeles-based startup looking for Kickstarter pledges is seeing big bucks. Ouya wants to bring to market a $99 gamer’s home console with controller featuring free games. As of early Wednesday, Ouya was already topping $2.5 million with 28 days more to go. That people think their idea is welcome could be an understatement. What the company wants to do is to sell a free-to-play model that will make upstart history as “the people’s console.” To date, home gamers in a living-room environment pay for games upfront or a monthly fee to access libraries. © 2012 Phys.org The unit, under $100, carries features and a design concept that are additional drawing points in the project. Yves Behar, who designed the XO laptop for One Laptop Per Child, is behind the Ouya console design. The device is to come with eight gigabytes of flash storage, Nvidia’s Tegra3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and Bluetooth connectivity (Bluetooth LE 4.0). There are standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), and a touchpad. The games are connected up to the TV via HDMI connection, with support for up to 1080p HD.Games developed for the platform must have a trial portion that is playable for free. The system would have its own online store for finding titles. The business model for developers would be that, while only games with a free component would be featured, players could be charged in other ways. The developers could profit by offering a game upgrade, game items for purchase, or by asking users to subscribe. Developers would receive 70 percent of the revenue for anything they sell on the platform.The product is only in prototype stage, although the company team said they are far along in the user interface and industrial design process. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Ouya sub-$100 game box challenges console giants (2012, July 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-ouya-sub-game-console-giants.html More information: www.kickstarter.com/projects/o … f-video-game-consolecenter_img Sony remodels PlayStation Home Explore further OUYA Demo Ouya went on Kickstarter, a site that lets people pledge dollars to various projects, for money to convert the prototype into production-ready models, work out regulatory approvals, place production orders, and deliver developer kits. As for global reach, the Ouya team said, “Gaming is global, and we will get you OUYA. We still have a lot to figure out in regards to rights and countries, but it can be done.”Reactions to Ouya’s plans have been met with interest but also with a sobering wait-and-see. Said a blog in The Guardian: “While dollars pouring in are impressive, success will come in 2013, if the company uses that funding to deliver a device (and a store, and a developer ecosystem around it) that delivers on its considerable potential.” The Android-powered video game console would allow gamers to access free games that could be played out on big screens, up from just enjoying freebies on smartphones and tablets. Julie Uhrman, Ouya’s chief executive, has asked, ”With all our technological advancements, shouldn’t costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!” Her team is looking to make home gaming less expensive to make and less expensive to buy. last_img read more

Demonstration of room temperature spin transport in germanium

first_imgCredit: Sergei Dushenko/Osaka University and Masashi Shiraishi/Kyoto University Researchers using germanium instead of silicon for CMOS devices More information: Experimental Demonstration of Room-Temperature Spin Transport in n-Type Germanium Epilayers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 196602 – Published 13 May 2015. journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/ … ysRevLett.114.196602 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1501.06691ABSTRACTWe report an experimental demonstration of room-temperature spin transport in n-type Ge epilayers grown on a Si(001) substrate. By utilizing spin pumping under ferromagnetic resonance, which inherently endows a spin battery function for semiconductors connected with a ferromagnet, a pure spin current is generated in the n−Ge at room temperature. The pure spin current is detected by using the inverse spin-Hall effect of either a Pt or Pd electrode on n−Ge. From a theoretical model that includes a geometrical contribution, the spin diffusion length in n−Ge at room temperature is estimated to be 660 nm. Moreover, the spin relaxation time decreases with increasing temperature, in agreement with a recently proposed theory of donor-driven spin relaxation in multivalley semiconductors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. , arXiv Citation: Demonstration of room temperature spin transport in germanium (2015, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-room-temperature-germanium.html Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working in Japan has demonstrated that it is possible to conduct a spin current through a short segment of germanium at room temperature. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes their technique which could help lead to the development of spintronic devices. Spintronics is the science of searching for and using materials that can sustain a spin-polarized current. The hope is that devices based on spintronics could allow for faster and more efficient computers. Some have even suggested they could play a role in the development of true quantum computers. But for this to happen, materials must be found that can overcome spin–orbit interaction—where fluctuations in magnetic fields present in materials causes scattering, resulting in changes to spin, destroying the possibility of it carrying useful information. In this new effort, the research team describes their analysis of germanium as a possible useful material for spintronics.Prior research has suggested that germanium could carry spin current for a short distance if the material was in a very cold state—to find out if it might work also at room temperature, the researchers doped a layer of germanium with phosphorous (to serve as an electron donor) which grew on a silicon substrate. A spin current was injected (using microwaves) into the germanium via a ferromagnetic strip (which caused the spins to be aligned) placed on one side of the germanium layer. The current moved through the material towards a strip made of metal on the other side of the germanium layer, where it was subsequently detected by a device able to note spin polarization. The team reports that the current moved successfully through the strip, which was 660 nanometers thick, a distance comparable to other materials that are being tested and which is actually larger than the distance between size features in integrated circuits. That means a circuit could conceivably be made with information passing between two or more spintronic devices.The team also noted that cooling a germanium sample down to 130 K doubled the distance the spin current was able to travel before degradation grew to the point of significance. Explore further © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more

Hilton Worldwide named one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to

first_imgHilton Worldwide announced that it was selected as one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, by global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This list recognises companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.The selection process includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about company practices and programmes. Great Place to Work then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.“Our Team Members are the heart and soul of our business,” said Christopher J Nassetta, President & CEO of Hilton Worldwide. “We succeed when they succeed. Respecting, recognising and rewarding them create an environment where – together – we have created the world’s best hospitality company.”Creators of the methodology behind the list, Great Place to Work, have found that employees believe they work for great organisations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.Hilton Worldwide listens closely to its team members to help create the benefits and programmes that matter most to them. Examples include industry-leading parental leave policies that provide ten weeks of fully paid leave for mothers, as well as paid time off for fathers and adoptive parents. In 2015, the company introduced a new GED Assistance programme to help employees in the U.S. earn their high school equivalency diploma. In addition, the company provides 10-day advanced scheduling for hourly team members and continues to expand remote workforce opportunities. Read more about how Hilton Worldwide is creating exceptional careers for its team members.“Now more than ever, it is important for companies to prove they are great workplaces,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. “Top talent expects as much as they seek new opportunities, and customers are demanding it as well as they decide where to spend their dollars. The 100 best workplaces are at the top of the heap in demonstrating they have a high-trust, high-performing culture.”last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   Arizona needs a quarterback of the future, and this is a sneaky spot to grab one — if he’s still around. Carson Palmer, 37, showed his age last season, and backup Drew Stanton hasn’t proved he’s a starting-caliber QB. So now Bruce Arians, who’s a brilliant offensive mind, would get Palmer’s heir apparent in Watson, who flashes top-five-pick talent at times but was inconsistent in 2016. At 6-2, 221, Watson has the arm strength, toughness and athleticism to play for a long time. He could back up Palmer in the short term while he adjusts gradually to the NFL. Keep an eye on the secondary here, too; the Cardinals lost their two starting safeties plus a corner in free agency.Watson declared for the draft after capturing the National Championship with a 35-31 comeback victory over the University of Alabama to cap off his third year at Clemson.In 2016, he completed 67 percent of his passes for 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns but also threw an ACC-high 17 interceptions. The dual-threat quarterback also accumulated 629 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground, but his yards per carry dropped from 5.3 from his breakout sophomore season to 3.8 last year.He finished second in the 2016 Heisman voting behind Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Top Stories Watson initially thrust himself onto the national scene as a sophomore, finishing third in the Heisman voting after completing 67.8 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,109 yards, 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He added 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns with his legs.Watson’s 116 total touchdowns and 157.5 passing efficiency rating both rank second in ACC history, behind only Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Florida State’s Jameis Winston, respectively.He also performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine, coming in the top-five for quarterback prospects in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, broad jump and three cone drill.Kiper’s mock draft is one of five of the 154 mock drafts tracked by Arizona Sports that has the Cardinals choosing Watson with their first-round selection. Watson is the second quarterback off the board in Kiper’s mock, after the Cleveland Browns take North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky one pick before Arizona. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo While Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer is returning for at least one more season, the fact remains that he is 37 years old, and both head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim have said that the team is looking for a potential replacement.ESPN football analysis Mel Kiper Jr. predicts the Cardinals will find one, as he has them taking Clemson University quarterback Deshaun Watson with the 13th pick of the first round in his newest mock draft. Clemson’s Deshaun Watson celebrates a last second touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more