Kane Hodder reveals while working Wes Craven on Hills Have Eyes, suffered a bad burn on set, and Wes remarked how a burn victim would be a great horror villain, leading to Freddy's creation for The Nightmare on Elm Street.
Kane Hodder reveals while working Wes Craven on Hills Have Eyes, suffered a bad burn on set, and Wes remarked how a burn victim would be a great horror villain, leading to Freddy's creation for The Nightmare on Elm Street.
MONTREAL — Air Canada pilots have ratified changes to their contract that will help the carrier grow its cargo business, as airlines scramble to minimize the pandemic’s toll on their bottom lines. The Montreal-based airline said in a statement Friday that it would convert several of its retired Boeing 767 aircraft to carry freight and that it had appointed a new executive, Jason Berry, to oversee its cargo division. "Air Canada and Air Canada Cargo have pivoted quickly to new and unique commercial opportunities in response to evolving market conditions over the past 11 months,” said Lucie Guillemette, Air Canada’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, in a statement. The airline has looked to cargo as a potential opportunity in an otherwise bleak year. In May, Air Canada announced it was adding flights to Bogota, Lima, Amsterdam, Dublin and Madrid to its cargo service, which includes up to 100 international all-cargo flights per week, according to the airline. With fewer flights, and less cargo being transported in the luggage compartments of passenger aircraft, the price of shipping cargo by air has increased. Other airlines such as American Airlines and United Airlines, have begun operating cargo-only flights this year, hoping to use the opportunity to stem their losses. But Air Canada’s decision to convert several planes to carry freight will require a bigger investment in its cargo business than before, when it was transporting goods on empty passenger jets or planes with the seats taken out, said John Gradek, a lecturer at McGill University and the head of its Global Aviation Leadership Program. That raises questions about whether the slump in passenger demand will last long enough for the bet to pay off, he added. Converting passenger jets to freighters involves cutting into the plane’s fuselage to create doors that can be used to load cargo and installing rollers on the floor of the plane, an effort that can cost tens of millions of dollars per plane, according to Gradek. “The airplane has to get literally rebuilt to operate as a freighter,” Gradek said. “It’s not like you’re just pulling seats out and away you go.” Air Canada's announcement today comes as the country's air sector awaits a decision from Ottawa on financial support for the industry. The Canadian government pledged in September to provide support for hard-hit businesses in the travel and tourism industries, but it has yet to announce a detailed plan. Air Canada says the contract changes will help it operate more competitively in the cargo business. Michael McKay, chair of the Air Canada Pilots Association’s master elected council, said the organization’s members voted on the revised agreement earlier this month. The Boeing aircraft, which have been grounded and were exiting Air Canada’s fleet, will form a new fleet once they are converted to freighter configuration, McKay said. Berry, whose appointment as vice president for cargo begins Jan. 1, will join Air Canada from Alaska Airlines' wholly owned subsidiary McGee Air Services, where he was president. He led Alaska Airlines' cargo business from 2012 until June 2019. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 27, 2020. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC) Jon Victor, The Canadian Press
Israel has alleged Mohsen Fakhrizadeh led a military program examining the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon in Iran.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump still won't bring himself to concede the election he decisively lost to President-elect Joe Biden. But he's now acknowledging he will leave the White House if Biden's win is affirmed by the Electoral College, which is firmly on track to do just that in a few weeks. “Certainly I will," he said Thursday when asked if he will vacate the premises after electors make Biden's win formal. “But you know that." Trump, who took questions from reporters for the first time since the election, unleashed another round of complaints about the vote and theatrical warnings that “a lot of things” would happen before the Electoral College meets Dec. 14 that could possibly change results. But while he's stirring uncertainty about how he will behave in the weeks ahead, there is no real suspense about the outcome. All states must certify their results before the Electoral College meets and any challenge must be resolved by Dec. 8. States have already begun that process, including Michigan, where Trump and his allies tried and failed to delay the process, and Georgia and Pennsylvania. Nothing stands in the way of Biden taking office Jan. 20 with a clear margin of electoral votes. No concession is needed from Trump for Biden to become president, none has been offered and Trump may never admit he was beaten fair and square. But there were a few signs that Trump was coming to terms with his loss. At one point he expressed concern that Biden would get the glory from pending coronavirus vaccines. “Don’t let him take credit for the vaccines," Trump said, “because the vaccines were me, and I pushed people harder than they’ve ever been pushed before.” The fact that a sitting American president even had to address whether or not he would leave office after losing reelection underscores the extent to which Trump has smashed one convention after another over the last three weeks. Vote certification at the local and state level is typically a ministerial task that gets little notice, but that changed with Trump's fierce but fruitless legal challenges and attempts to manipulate the certification process in battleground states he lost. No evidence has emerged of the widespread voting fraud that Trump and his legal team have repeatedly alleged, only to be slapped down by judges and state election officials. Trump spoke to reporters in the White House’s ornate Diplomatic Reception Room after holding a teleconference with U.S. military leaders stationed across the globe. He thanked them for their service, joked that they shouldn't eat too much turkey, then turned to the election after ending the call. He repeated grievances and angrily denounced officials in Georgia and Pennsylvania, two key states that helped give Biden the win. Trump’s administration has already given the green light for a formal transition to get underway. Yet Trump took issue with Biden moving forward. “I think it’s not right that he’s trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump said, even though officials from both teams are already working together to get Biden’s team up to speed. Asked if he'll attend the inauguration, Trump said he knows the answer but doesn't want to say. He said he'll go to Georgia to rally supporters before two Senate runoff elections that will determine which party controls the Senate. The White House said that rally is expected Dec. 5. One of the reasons Republicans have stood by Trump and his baseless claims of fraud has been to keep his loyal base energized for those Jan. 5 runoffs. But Trump, in his remarks, openly questioned whether that election would be fair, casting suspicions that could dampen Republican turnout. “I think you’re dealing with a very fraudulent system," he said. “I’m very worried about that.” He said: “People are very disappointed that we were robbed.” Trump made clear that he will probably never formally concede, even if he said he would leave the White House. “It’s gonna be a very hard thing to concede," he said. “Because we know there was massive fraud.” Electors “will have made a mistake” by affirming Biden's win, he said. Yet “time isn’t on our side.” Will he run again in 2024? Trump said he doesn't “want to talk about 2024 yet.” “This has a long way to go,” Trump said, even though he lost. Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
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A contract deadline between Dish Network and Nexstar Media Group is approaching this Wednesday, and Nexstar is warning that millions of subscribers could lose access to programming including NFL games and local news if a deal is not met.Nexstar is the owner of cable network WGN America along with dozens of local TV networks and also is a major broadcasting partner for CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The company is negotiating with Dish over a new contract to replace the one signed in 2016.Also Read: Dish Network Lost Record 413,000 Paid Subscribers in Q1“Since July, Nexstar has been negotiating tirelessly and in good faith in an attempt to reach a mutually agreeable multi-year contract with Dish, offering Dish the same fair market rates it offered to other large distribution partners with whom it completed successful negotiations in 2019 and 2020,” Nexstar said in a news release today.“Despite generating nearly $11 billion in revenue during the first nine months of this year and completing a billion-plus dollar acquisition of a wireless company, Dish has proposed rates that go significantly backwards and, in addition to risking the removal of Nexstar’s local broadcast stations, is threatening to also drop Nexstar’s cable network, WGN America, from its system.”Also Read: Sinclair Settles Lawsuit Over Scuttled Tribune Takeover, Will Pay Nexstar $60 MillionDish has been known for tough negotiations with networks over carriage deals, dropping HBO and networks owned by Sinclair after stalled negotiations with those companies while other networks like Univision were reinstated after months of holdouts. Dish says that Nexstar is “trying to strong-arm companies like Dish to pay outrageous rates and force unprecedented increases onto customers” and “trying to use its market power to demand unreasonable rate increases while intentionally using millions of Americans as pawns in their negotiations.”The deadline for a new contract is 8 PM ET on Wednesday, Dec. 2.Read original story Nexstar Warns of Dish Network Blackout as Contract Deadline Approaches At TheWrap
Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, Kofi Cockburn had 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Illinois rallied to beat Ohio 77-75 on Friday. It was Cockburn’s 15th double-double in 35 games for Illinois (3-0). Jason Preston scored 31 points for Ohio (2-1).
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Il s’agit d’un retour dans sa ville natale pour la propriétaire de ce nouveau commerce, Mylène Jomphe. Elle avait quitté la région il y a quelques années pour aller faire son cours en pâtisserie. Elle a ensuite travaillé pour une usine de chocolat dans la région de Québec. Par contre, l’usine dans laquelle elle œuvrait a fermé. Elle a donc saisi cette occasion pour revenir dans sa région d’origine et ouvrir une chocolaterie. Pour l’instant, il est possible de retrouver 14 variétés de bouchées individuelles. Parmi celles-ci, il y a des produits inspirés de la région comme une bouchée aux bleuets ou à la chicoutai. Il y a aussi 9 saveurs de barres de chocolat. Jusqu’à maintenant la réponse de la clientèle est plus que positive selon Mme Jomphe : « Il y a beaucoup de gens qui viennent à la chocolaterie et on reçoit de bons commentaires de leur part. De plus, le temps des fêtes arrive vite et j’ai beaucoup de demandes pour mes chocolats. » Elle ajoute qu’elle commence aussi à avoir de la demande pour ses produits à l’extérieur et que certaines personnes lui ont même demandés de lancer une boutique en ligne. Pour ce qui est du nom, Niapisca, celui-ci s’inspire en partie d’un monolithe qui porte ce nom sur l’île Niapiskau qui est présente dans la Réserve de parc national de l’Archipel-de-Mingan. Mylène ajoute que son père qui est sculpteur a fait une représentation de ce monolithe surnommé Madame de Niapisca il y a quelques années. Le nom s’est donc imposé de lui-même pour la chocolaterie. Pour celle qui débute dans le monde des affaires, elle explique qu’il y a plusieurs défis. « Je commence à réaliser toutes les choses pour avoir son entreprise. Il y a la production, la paperasse, la comptabilité en plus des commandes et de l’emballage. » Malgré tout, la jeune entrepreneure se montre confiante pour la suite des choses.Vincent Berrouard, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Nord-Côtier
Nova Scotia's housing minister says a rent cap and ban on renovictions — evictions in order to renovate or repair rental units — announced this week are a start, and that work continues to find more affordable places for people to live. Chuck Porter said he's having daily conversations with people in the private and non-profit sectors to increase Nova Scotia's affordable housing stock. "That's vital. That's most important to us," he told CBC's Information Morning on Friday. "I don't think that anybody is going to have a conversation with anyone whereby we're going to get any agreement and invest in anything that does not include an affordable housing component, and I think that developers and others understand that as well."Listen to the full interview with Housing Minister Chuck Porter here:The two per cent cap on rent announced Wednesday is temporary, and will expire Feb. 1 2022, or whenever the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted. What long-term solutions look like will be up to the new Affordable Housing Commission, Porter said. "Everybody's going to have a chance to be heard because there will be subcommittees and focus groups, etc. There will be opportunities for everyone to offer their input and there's nothing better than an informed decision."Porter spoke with CBC's Information Morning as part of its in-depth look at affordable housing issues in a series called Unaffordable or Unfit: Nova Scotia's Housing Challenge.Opposition leaders also weighed in, saying the changes Porter announced this week are needed, but not enough. "The government has profoundly neglected affordable housing over the seven years of their mandate, and the solution to this is for the government to get back in the housing business, to get back in the housing game in a very serious way," said NDP leader Gary Burrill. * He said a long-term rent control plan is also key and has proven to be effective in other provinces. Tim Houston, leader of the Progressive Conservatives, disagrees. "I've met with a number of ... people and organizations on the front lines of this. I've asked every single one of them, 'Do you want rent control? Is rent control part of the solution?' I've yet to find one of them say, 'Please implement rent control. This will really help us.' Because it won't and they know it won't."Listen to the full interview with Gary Burrill and Tim Houston here:MORE TOP STORIES:
A retired Alberta school teacher has been found not guilty of indecently assaulting one of his female students in the 1975/76 school year. David O'Reilly, a physical education teacher at Ellerslie Campus school at the time, was accused of kissing and fondling the Grade 9 student. The complainant, now 59-years-old and living in New Zealand, cannot be identified due to a court-ordered publication ban. Testifying by WebEx, she told the court that on one occasion, O'Reilly kissed her while he had her pinned against a wall. Another time, she said, he fondled her while she was sitting on his lap in his gym office. Crown prosecutor Jim Stewart urged Court of Queen's Bench Justice Thomas Rothwell to believe the woman's version of events. He called her a "careful and thoughtful witness". But defence lawyer Dino McLaughlin argued the complainant's evidence was not reliable and thought O'Reilly should be found not guilty. Rothwell was concerned about inconsistencies in the woman's testimony during which she admitted she had a foggy memory about some details, was unsure about timelines and, in some cases, made assumptions. For example, the woman thought she had no further contact with O'Reilly after school ended in June, but testified she and a friend were invited to watch the 1976 Olympics with O'Reilly and his wife at a cabin they owned. The Olympics were in July of that year and O'Reilly's now ex-wife testified they never owned a recreational property. Rothwell was also concerned that the woman discussed the case with a friend who was called to testify for the Crown. Neither lawyer suggested the women colluded, but the judge had concerns about the likelihood of the complainant's testimony being tainted, especially given the passage of time. "I have significant concerns about the reliability of her evidence," Rothwell said. "I do not believe she was intending to mislead the court; however, I am not able to conclude beyond a reasonable doubt the events occurred as alleged." In October, O'Reilly was convicted of indecently assaulting a different female student at the same school in 1980. He was given a suspended sentence plus 18 months probation and was also placed on the national sex offender registry. O'Reilly is appealing the conviction. McLaughlin has filed a notice of appeal calling the verdict unreasonable. He argues O'Reilly was denied the right to a fair trial because the judge was biased toward him. Failing an appeal, O'Reilly wants Alberta's highest court to order a new trial by judge and jury.
___ Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online NEW YORK (AP) — After months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy, Black Friday is offering a small beacon of hope. Black Friday is normally the busiest shopping day of the year and draws millions of shoppers eager to get started on their holiday spending. But a spike in coronavirus cases is threatening the economy’s recovery from the sudden plunge in the spring. Crowds were dramatically diminished as shoppers buy more online. Many retailers are beefing up their safety protocols. They are moving their doorbuster deals online and offering curbside pickup as a last grasp at sales before they head into the dark days of winter. ___ Stocks rise on Wall Street as S&P 500 hits record high NEW YORK (AP) — The S&P 500 is closing a shortened session at a record high Friday as investors continue to look forward to the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and relief for the economy. The benchmark index rose 0.2%, led by gains in technology companies, and closed at an all-time high of 3,638. Optimism about a vaccine persists even as one vaccine candidate suffered a setback and cases of coronavirus remain at elevated levels. Meanwhile, retailers were hoping that their slumping sales get a boost from shoppers on Black Friday but early indications are that store traffic was light. The yield on the 10-year Treasury slipped to 0.85%. ___ British bike maker pedals on, with Brexit deal up in the air LONDON (AP) — The team at Brompton Bicycle Ltd. thought they were prepared for Brexit. Bosses at the British firm looked at the uncertainty swirling around the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union and started stockpiling parts. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. Now, with just over a month to go until Britain makes a sharp economic break with the EU, Brompton faces uncertainty about supplies and unexpected new competition from China. Brompton is just one of thousands of British companies bracing for huge changes on Jan. 1, when Britain leaves the economic structures of the 27-nation bloc. Talks on a free new trade are stuck, with a breakthrough needed in days to avoid a disruptive no-deal British exit. ___ China slaps 200% tax on Australia wine amid tensions BEIJING (AP) — China has added wine to the growing list of Australian goods barred from its markets in a trade war against Australia over disputes including its support for an investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Commerce imposed import taxes of up to 212% that Australia’s trade minister said will make Australian wine unsellable in China, his country’s biggest export market. Earlier, China stopped or reduced imports of beef, coal, barley, seafood, sugar and timber from Australia after it supported calls for an independent probe into the origin of the pandemic, which began in China in December. ___ For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny WASHINGTON (AP) — The big tech companies enjoyed a cozy relationship with the Obama-Biden administration. Joe Biden is back now, ready to take the presidential mantle in January. But times have changed, and Big Tech is hardly expecting a return to those halcyon days. In the years since Barack Obama and Biden left the White House, outrage has grown among the public and politicians of both parties against Silicon Valley. Biden may aim to take a bite out of the dominance of Big Tech and may welcome an opportunity to work with the opposing side to curb tech’s power. But there will be speed bumps in the way. ___ UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to create a new watchdog to police big tech companies including Google and Facebook to counter their market dominance and prevent them from exploiting consumers and small businesses. The U.K. government said Friday that it’s setting up a “digital markets unit” next year to enforce a new code of conduct governing the behaviour of tech giants that dominate the online advertising market. The digital markets unit, scheduled to launch in April, will oversee a new regulatory regime for tech companies that’s aimed at spurring more competition. ___ Many turn to real Christmas trees as bright spot amid virus PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Christmas tree growers who have faced increased interest in artificial trees in recent years say demand for real, fresh-cut evergreens is strong this season. Wholesale growers and small farms alike say customers are showing up earlier than normal and there are more of them. More Americans are staying home for the holidays amid coronavirus restrictions and want a new — or renewed — tradition to end a dreary year on a happier note. Plus, the Christmas Tree Promotion Board says fresh-cut trees are largely displayed outside, where there’s a lower risk of viral spread. ___ Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections The Trump administration is moving forward on gutting a longstanding federal protection for roughly 1,000 species of birds in the United States. Friday’s move comes despite objections from former federal officials and many scientists that billions more birds will likely perish in coming decades as a result. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published its assessment of the rule, a final step that means the rollback could become official in 30 days. Oil and gas and other industries had sought the rollback, which sharply limits federal prosecution for industry practices that kill migratory birds. Industry operations kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds annually. ___ UK retail empire of billionaire Philip Green teeters on edge LONDON (AP) — The owner of some of Britain’s best-known fashion chains like Topshop appears to be on the brink of collapse following the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. Arcadia Group said Friday in a statement that it is working on “contingency options to secure the future of the group’s brands.” It is another devastating blow to the British retailing sector in the run-up to the crucial Christmas trading period. Arcadia’s brands also include Burton, Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins. Like others they have suffered during the pandemic and the associated restrictions on public life across the U.K. ___ Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage WASHINGTON (AP) — Gripped by the accelerating viral outbreak, the U.S. economy is under pressure from persistent layoffs, diminished income and nervous consumers, whose spending is needed to drive a recovery from the pandemic. A flurry of data released Wednesday suggested that the spread of the virus is intensifying the threats to an economy still struggling to recover from the deep recession that struck in early spring. The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week for a second straight week to 778,000, evidence that many employers are still slashing jobs more than eight months after the virus hit. ___ The S&P 500 rose 8.70 points, or 0.2%, to 3,638.35. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 37.90 points, or 0.1%, to 29,910.37. The Nasdaq gained 111.44 points, or 0.9%, to 12,205.85. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 10.25 points, or 0.6%, to 1,855.27. The Associated Press
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Andy Reid knows quarterbacks. So does Jon Gruden. And Sean Payton.For years, these elite NFL coaches have praised the performances of Tom Brady, Mr. Six Rings. And they do the same now with Patrick Mahomes, the NFL's biggest playmaker.On Sunday, in a matchup that fits prime time but wasn't one CBS was about to let get away from its afternoon lineup, Mahomes and the Chiefs visit Brady and Tampa Bay.They come into the showdown on different paths. Mahomes was heroic — again — in bringing Kansas City (9-1) back at Las Vegas, avenging its only defeat this season.Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians, who also knows a few things about quarterbacks, has called Mahomes' college workout at Texas Tech "amazing." A good word for Mahomes in the pros, too.“The day I worked out Patrick, I think the wind was blowing about 35-40 miles per hour and it didn’t affect his ball at all,” he says. "It was amazing down in Lubbock that day.”Arians, whose Bucs (7-4) have a bye next week (at last), saw his team and Brady struggle in a loss to the Rams on Monday night.“We’ve got to get ready to play a great football team coming up,” Brady said. “Nothing has been great to this point. We’ve had some good wins, had some tough losses. Everything is about one week here in the NFL. We’re going to have to go play really, really well against a great football team next week.”Yep.Texans 41, Lions 25: Deshaun Watson had a pair of go-ahead touchdown passes in the first half and threw for two more scores in the fourth quarter to help Houston pull away and beat host Detroit on Thursday.Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt had an early pick-6 and Will Fuller had six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns for the Texans (4-7), who have won two straight for the first time this season and three of their past four games with interim coach Romeo Crennel.Detroit (4-7), which entered the game coming off a 20-0 loss at Carolina, scored first before collapsing with turnovers on two straight snaps and three consecutive possessions in the first half against a defence that entered the game with an NFL-low five forced turnovers.Watson finished 17 of 25 for 318 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown 15 touchdown passes without getting picked off once in the past six games.Washington 41, Cowboys 16: Antonio Gibson ran for three touchdowns, Alex Smith had a scoring pass and Washington at least temporarily moved into first place in the woeful NFC East with a Thanksgiving victory over host Dallas on Thursday.Gibson’s second score was a 23-yard run on the first play after an ill-advised fake punt attempt by Dallas as Washington beat its division rival on Thanksgiving for just the second time in 10 tries, the most frequent visitor for the Cowboys in their annual holiday home game.Washington (4-7) slides ahead of Philadelphia (3-6-1) in the NFC East and will stay in first place if the Eagles lose to Seattle on Monday night. It was the third win in five games since a five-game losing streak dropped Washington to 1-5.Dallas (3-8) couldn’t build on a big win at Minnesota, losing for the fifth time in six games since star quarterback Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury. The Cowboys were playing a day after strength coach Markus Paul died at a hospital following a medical emergency at the team’s facility.Baltimore (6-4) at Pittsburgh (10-0), Tuesday nightOne of the NFL's best and most physical rivalries, but the Ravens are struggling and lost their past two games, while, clearly, the Steelers are surging.The Steelers are the 17th team since 1970 to start a season 10-0. Their 10-game winning streak is the second-longest single-season string in franchise history: The 1975 team won 11 straight on its way to the team’s second straight Super Bowl title. The Steelers can clinch a playoff berth with a win and losses by the Raiders and the Dolphins.This game was moved from Thursday night to Sunday and then to Tuesday night because of the Ravens' coronavirus issues. Baltimore apparently will be without several key players, including quarterback Lamar Jackson, running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram, along with defensive tackle Brandon Williams and both centres, all of whom are on reserve/COVID-19 list.Tennessee (7-3) at Indianapolis (7-3)Both of these AFC South leaders won in overtime with comebacks last week. The Colts already won at Tennessee this month.Tennessee has its best record after 10 games since going 10-0 in 2008, in part because the Titans have a league-low five turnovers. Derrick Henry became the first player in league history with multiple overtime rushing touchdowns in a single season and leads the NFL with 1,079 yards.“That’s just what they do,” Colts defensive co-ordinator Matt Eberflus says of Tennessee's run game. “They are just going to stay committed to it, and we have to stay — we feel like we’re in good shape in terms of our perseverance, in terms of our discipline and we will want to take that in the game and being able to finish."The Colts have won four of their past five overall and four of the past five in this series. QB Philip Rivers (right big toe) hopes to make his 235th consecutive start, which would break a tie with Eli Manning for the 10th-most starts in league history.Chicago (5-5) at Green Bay (7-3)Neither side comes into this renewal of the league's longest rivalry playing their best. Indeed, Chicago has dropped four in a row as its offence has disappeared. Green Bay is 3-3 after a 4-0 start.The Packers have won their past four home matchups with the Bears. Green Bay has gone 19-5 against Chicago when Aaron Rodgers is the starting quarterback.Seattle (7-3) at Philadelphia (3-6-1), Monday nightClearly, the way the Eagles have played has made their NFC East lead a mirage. And they're in the midst of the toughest part of their schedule.The Seahawks, meanwhile, are in the easiest portion, home meetings with both New York teams and a trip to Washington upcoming before finishing with divisional affairs with the Rams and 49ers. If Seattle's defence that finally showed up in last week's victory against Arizona is for real, Pete Carroll's crew should be in good shape.New York Giants (3-7) at Cincinnati (2-7-1)A huge break for the Giants, who actually are playing the best among the dregs of the NFC East. They won't have to face rookie sensation Joe Burrow after the quarterback and top overall draft choice tore knee ligaments in a loss at Washington.“I think when you look at this division, this is really the starting point for the division,” Giants coach Joe Judge says. “We’re coming out of Thanksgiving after this weekend, everyone is really on equal ground. The only thing that matters is what we do from this point forward.”Cleveland (7-3) at Jacksonville (1-9)Like the Ravens and Bengals in their division, the Browns have had some COVID-19 issues and will be without their best player, edge rusher Myles Garrett, for the second consecutive week. Cleveland has built its record by beating whoever it should, and certainly the Jaguars, losers of nine in a row, fit that category.Jacksonville will go with yet another QB, journeyman Mike Glennon, who steps in for Jake Luton, who stepped in when Gardner Minshew was injured.Miami (6-4) at New York Jets (0-10)Had the Dolphins not stumbled in Denver, this could be considered a trap game. Instead, look for a determined bunch from Miami, which figures to shut down the inept Jets with its strong defence.New York, threatening to become the third franchise to go 0-16 in a dozen years, hopes to get the oft-injured Sam Darnold back behind centre. The Jets really need to evaluate him over the final six weeks as they head toward major decisions.Los Angeles Chargers (3-7) at Buffalo (7-3)No major QB decisions ahead for these teams. Buffalo took Josh Allen four spots after Darnold went in 2018 and has no reason to regret it. The Chargers grabbed Justin Herbert with the sixth overall spot in April and are thrilled with him.The Chargers finally overcame their late folds in beating the Jets last week, while the Bills had a bye. Watch the performances of outstanding wideouts Keenan Allen of LA and Stefon Diggs of Buffalo.Arizona (6-4) at New England (4-6)It's been stunning to see the Patriots flop against mediocre or worse teams, with losses to injury-wrecked San Francisco, inconsistent Denver, and awful Houston last week. They seem to have little direction on offence, and the last time we could say that was 20 years ago.Arizona is right in the playoff mix in the NFC West and the conference, with two games against the division-leading Rams remaining. Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has to know that New England neutralized the similar style of Lamar Jackson two weeks ago.San Francisco (4-6) at Los Angeles Rams (7-3)At least the 49ers had a week off to get somewhat healthier, but this is a shell of the conference championship squad. Its reward upon returning is perhaps the NFC's most balanced squad.The Rams don't particularly run the ball well, but their dynamic passing attack makes up for that — and more. They won at Tampa Bay on Monday night even though Aaron Donald wasn't quite the force he usually is. Keep an eye on No. 99 in this oneNew Orleans (8-2) at Denver (4-6)As Taysom Hill stepped in so admirably for the sidelined Drew Brees, the Saints seized the top spot in the NFC. It's Hill's show for now, and the New Orleans defence appears ready to keep things rolling. Considering the only remaining opponent with a winning record, albeit a formidable one, is Kansas City, the rest of the schedule could be, well, a Big Easy.Denver, as up and down as anyone, ran all over Miami's tough D last week. So the Broncos are no pushover.Las Vegas (6-4) at Atlanta (3-7)Lack of defence could be decisive here. The Raiders have 11 sacks in the first 10 games, ranking 31st in the league. They allowed Kansas City to score touchdowns on two drives of at last 90 yards last week after giving up none in the first nine games. And they lost that game for just the third time in the past seven seasons when scoring at least 30 points.The Falcons have 17 sacks to rank 24th in the league. And they are vulnerable in protection: Matt Ryan was sacked eight times by the Saints last Sunday.Carolina (4-7) at Minnesota (4-6)The Vikings truly blew an opportunity by losing at home to Dallas and are 1-4 at home. The Panthers had their first shutout in 82 games when they manhandled Detroit as Brian Burns had a career-high two sacks. He leads all defensive ends in total tackles with 42.Like the Cowboys, Carolina has the receivers to damage Minnesota's spotty secondary.___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBarry Wilner, The Associated Press
It was mid-game on Nov. 14 when a player on the Canmore Eagles began feeling sick, says their coach and general manager, Andrew Milne.The Eagles were playing the Drumheller Dragons, a rival Alberta Junior Hockey League team, at the Drumheller Memorial Arena.Back on the bus with the team after the game, that player expressed "feeling a bit weak," said Milne. "We just played two games, our first two games in a while. So we thought maybe a little bit had to do with that."It was about an hour and a half after that the player's sickness intensified, the coach said."We saw that he got right off the bus and into his car, and it was isolation and isolating in his bedroom ever since," Milne said Friday on the Calgary Eyeopener.Milne said the team took the next day off, while monitoring teammates for symptoms. By Nov. 17, six members had some COVID-19 symptoms. They began isolating, but the remaining members met for a practice.On the morning of Nov. 19, they learned that the player who first felt sick in Drumheller had tested positive. That's when everyone on the team was told to immediately self-isolate.All but two players were billeted in the Canmore area, said Milne, so the majority of them isolated in their billet households. Two other members of the team isolated at home."We tested everybody, And that's when obviously the number started climbing. And, you know, it was evident that we had a massive outbreak in our club."Now, 16 players and staff on the team have tested positive, according to Milne, and he is one of the positive cases."I think part of the reason for the large numbers was the fact that we were just on a bus and there was very limited ability for us to move about in some recycled air," said Milne.That number doesn't include the families connected to the team that were affected, including Milne's family.Milne said the billet families have been "phenomenal" to work with, though this outbreak has caused some "disruption.""There was a lot of disruption to their families, but that's not what they signed up for."Milne said the team stuck to their bubble for social gatherings, practices and travel."It's amazing how fast the web can unwind and get going," he said. "You can see how fast it moves and how quickly it gets from one guy to the next."COVID cases on AJHL teamsThe Canmore Eagles reported their first COVID-19 case on Nov. 19 via their team website.Other teams within the AJHL have reported cases: * Calgary Canucks reported a positive case on Nov. 20. * Drumheller Dragons reported a positive case on Nov. 21. * Okotoks Oilers reported a positive case on Nov. 22.All announcements were made via team websites and citing privacy reasons said no more details would be provided.CBC News reached out to the coaches of the Drumheller Dragons and the Calgary Canucks but did not receive further comment.With files from the Calgary Eyeopener.
Premier League clubs are expected to tighten cyber security methods as investigators warn a hack on Manchester United is just the tip of an iceberg. United are believed to be facing a seven-figure ransom demand over the attack, which has left the club unable to yet fully restore its computer systems. GCHQ cyber security agents have been called in to help. The National Cyber Security Centre recently published a report showing 70 per cent of major sports organisations are targeted by hackers every 12 months. Ciaran Martin, a professor at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School, told Telegraph Sport on Friday night how he saw attacks on sporting organisations rise while he was chief executive at the NCSC. “The risk to sport was on the up, not markedly, but incrementally, because of the realisation by potential attackers of rich sources of data and money that might be available from sporting organisations,” he said. “It’s big business, as we all know.” Manchester City say it is a “matter of public record” that they have also been repeatedly targeted. In February, an IT worker was arrested amid claims he got players’ personal details and records of confidential transfer talks from Pep Guardiola’s email account. Last week, it also emerged British athletes were among hundreds of female sports stars and celebrities whose personal photographs had been breached in an iCloud attack. “Sports organisations are at risk from cyber attacks for two reasons,” Martin, one of the leading figures in the UK’s fight against cyber crime, said. Nation-state attacks – such as Russia’s breach against the World Anti-Doping Agency in August 2016 – are high profile, but rare, he explained. “The other, which looks more likely here – although I must stress I don’t know the details because I’m not in Government any more – would appear to be a standard criminal ransom attempt to extort money by encrypting data or otherwise compromising data.” The Football Association beefed up its security ahead of the World Cup in Russia in 2018, but many Premier League clubs have yet to bring their security levels in line with some other sectors. Government has no powers to stop victims paying out ransoms in such circumstances unless attackers are on prescribed terror lists. In United’s case, it is unlikely that the criminals are on the hit list of the US Treasury Department, which has powers to issue fines of up to $20million (£15million) in such circumstances. Martin says there is nothing “exceptional” about sports being targeted, but “organisations with data and money will tend to attract criminal attackers like everybody else”. “Improvements in cyber hygiene resilience and ability to cope with incidents, having backups and so forth, are absolutely key,” he added. “Hackers will not always know what they’re targeting.” Unted confirmed the hacking on Nov 20 and said they were not “aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers”. As of Thursday night, club staff still did not have access to email, and some other functions were also unavailable. The NCSC said it dealt with more than three times as many ransomware incidents compared with last year and noted that criminals were changing their approach during such attacks to increasingly threaten to leak information publicly unless payment is made. Steve Kuncewicz, a partner and sports law specialist at BLM, told The Telegraph: “I think United did the right thing by getting out in front of it as best they can by letting their fans know that they don’t think any of their personal data has been compromised, because what they do next will depend upon the extent of the infiltration.” The NCSC says “the primary cyber threat to sports organisations comes from cyber criminals with a financial motive”. “Major losses have been experienced by sports organisations as a result of bespoke attacks, where criminals have harvested information before undertaking fraudulent financial transactions,” the report concludes.
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