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ATLANTA — The Las Vegas Raiders have positioned themselves to make a run at what would be just their second playoff appearance since reaching the Super Bowl during the 2002 season.Of course, they've been here before.A year ago, in their last year in Oakland, the Raiders entered the stretch run with a 6-4 records — the same mark they have heading into Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. But the team that now calls Las Vegas home stumbled to the finish, managing one win in its final six games while averaging a league-low 14.7 points during that span.“We’re definitely a better team this year, but we have to — and I mean have to — finish this season better than we did last year,” quarterback Derek Carr said. “I’m hopeful and I believe that we will and I think that it’s different,"This year feels much the same to the Falcons (3—7), who don't have a whole lot to play for other than avoiding their third straight losing season.Interim coach Raheem Morris is trying to stay positive, even after an ugly 24-9 loss to the New Orleans Saints last weekend.“We had a couple of really good physical runs early that we were not able to maintain, that we have to be able to maintain throughout the whole game in order to finish teams off the way we want to finish teams off,” Morris said. "We have to figure out how to do that better.”The Raiders' hopes of contending for the AFC West title took a huge blow last week with a 35-31 loss to Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce with 28 seconds to play for the winning score.Coach Jon Gruden was in no mood to discuss comparisons to last year's Raiders. He's only looking ahead.“This comparing stuff is for ESPN analysts. Those days are in my past,” said the former "Monday Night Football" commentator. “We have a long way to go. We’re making progress.”BIG OPPORTUNITYThe Raiders have struggled getting to the quarterback, making the second fewest sacks in the league with 11. The only times they’ve had fewer sacks after 10 games in the Super Bowl era came in 2014 (10) and 2018 (9).But after watching Atlanta's Matt Ryan get sacked eight times last week by New Orleans, the Raiders are hoping to get some chances.“You get excited about that,” defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins said. “We obviously have to go out and play the game. Just because one team had nine sacks or whatever amount they had, doesn’t mean we’ll have the same, too.”RYAN'S RECOVERYOf course, Ryan is surely excited for the chance to bounce back against the league's 28th-ranked pass defence. Matty Ice is coming off his lowest-rated game since 2013, but he's never been one to wallow in a disappointing performance.“This league will humble you week in and week out," said Ryan, who will be playing in his 200th career game. "You have to flush it out of the system, get back to work and stay confident and believe that we’re going to play great this week.”FORMER FALCONSLas Vegas picked up a couple former members of the Falcons defence heading into the game.Defensive end Takk McKinley was claimed off waivers a couple of weeks after being cut by Atlanta, ending a tumultuous, injury-plagued stint with the team that made him a first-round draft pick in 2017.The Raiders also signed defensive end Vic Beasley Jr., an All-Pro with the Falcons in 2016, to their practice squad. Beasley hasn't come close to matching the form he showed in his best season.“Well obviously he’s had a history in the NFL," Gruden said. "We've got to see if we can get him going again, but I’ll make no predictions.”COPING WITH THE VIRUSThe Falcons had to cancel practice and work virtually Thursday after two non-coaching members of the staff tested positive for COVID-19.It's the third time this season the Falcons have taken such a step, but none of their games has been affected.The team also got a bit of good news on the virus front, activating defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from the COVID-19 reserve list.The Raiders are in better shape after having to practice last week without a significant number of players because they had “high-risk contacts” to a teammate who tested positive. Las Vegas, Gruden and its players have already been fined more than $1.2 million and docked a sixth-round draft pick for violations of the COVID-19 protocols.ODD CALLSThe empty stadiums this season have allowed TV audiences to hear much more of the talk that goes on at the line of scrimmage.Carr is particularly vocal, with his frequent audibles with interesting names like “Purple Walrus” or “Pistol Pete” becoming popular on Twitter. He was calling out so many last week that NBC announcers joked he was like the third member of the broadcast booth.“I’ve had some fun with it,” Carr said. “I got some new ones obviously for this game and all those kinds of things. My mind is always working, just coming up with stuff, but don’t get it twisted. I don’t come up with all of them. I’m not that smart.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at https://twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paulnewberry___AP Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLPaul Newberry, The Associated Press
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With several members of the football team in quarantine due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, ESPN said it had confirmed with a team official that Fuller will make the trip to Missouri with the men's team. Vanderbilt Football posted a Tweet "History in the making" accompanied by a picture of Fuller in uniform.
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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
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Kick returner Diontae Spencer is the Broncos player who tested positive for the coronavirus Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press.The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t revealed the name of the player who was infected prior to placing him on the reserve/COVID-19 list.The Broncos cancelled practice Friday, saying another player and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 one day after No. 3 quarterback Jeff Driskel was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after being infected with the virus.It's the third time this season the Broncos have cancelled practice and shut down their facilities because of the novel coronavirus.The Broncos (4-6), who host the Saints (8-2) Sunday, also shut down on Oct. 30 after guard Graham Glasgow got sick, and again on Nov. 4 when practice squad O-lineman Darren Paulo tested positive and defensive end Shelby Harris reported close contact with infected family members.Harris later tested positive for the virus and hasn’t returned to practice. He’s expected to miss his fourth game this weekend.The Broncos informed players early Friday that the building was closed and meetings would be held via videoconference. They plan to return to practice Saturday morning.They also cancelled Zoom media calls with coach Vic Fangio and players on Friday.While the Broncos haven’t had outbreaks like the Baltimore Ravens are experiencing this week and the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots endured earlier this season, they’ve been affected by coronavirus concerns over the last two months.Their game last month at New England was pushed back, first by a day and then by a week, resulting in a domino effect to their schedule and essentially costing them their bye week.Two executives -- general manager John Elway and team president Joe Ellis -- contracted the virus, as have three assistants: running backs coach Curtis Modkins, offensive line coach Mike Munchak and defensive co-ordinator Ed Donatell, who’s been out all of November.The players who have contracted COVID-19 include Von Miller and Kareem Jackson in the off-season, Andrew Beck in training camp, then Glasgow, Harris, Paulo, Spencer and Jurrell Casey, who was on IR when he was infected.The Broncos were cleared by the NFL's medical staff to practice on Thanksgiving after moving Driskel to the reserve/COVID-19 list. Other times, they've been advised to shut down for the day.Broncos kicker and union rep Brandon McManus tweeted Friday that the NFL needs a “league-wide decision tree. Can’t have some facilities shut down and other stay open and risk exposing more players when they just practiced with a positive player.”Teams are being tested daily, the league is dealing with coronavirus infections on a case-by-case basis and doing contact tracing and interviews whenever a player or staffer tests positive.Spencer missed three games this season with a shoulder injury and was replaced by cornerback Bryce Callahan on punts and rookie receiver Tyree Cleveland on kickoffs. Callahan, however, has been dealing with a foot injury that kept him out of practice Wednesday and limited him on Thursday.___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
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
Comme chaque année, les gens sont invités à faire preuve de générosité pour la Grande guignolée organisée par le Centre d'action bénévole (CAB) de Port-Cartier. L'organisme ne récolte que des dons en argent. La directrice du CAB de Port-Cartier, Laurencia Bond, explique qu'il y a deux façons pour faire un don. Les gens peuvent se présenter en personne aux locaux du CAB de Port-Cartier ou ils peuvent le faire en ligne en suivant ce lien. Il est possible de faire un don jusqu'au 16 décembre. Un reçu aux fins d’impôts pourra être remis pour les dons de 20$ et plus. L'argent récolté servira à offrir des bons en argent pour les familles dans le besoin. Avec ses bons, les personnes pourront se rendre dans les commerces pour acheter de la nourriture. Le CAB de Port-Cartier a commencé sa campagne en sollicitant les donations des entreprises de Port-Cartier. Jusqu'à présent, la grande guignolée a déjà réussi à amasser plus de 8 000$.Vincent Berrouard, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Nord-Côtier
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Le mercredi 25 novembre se tenait la première séance d'information concernant la recharge de la plage Rochelois à Port-Cartier. Pour l'occasion, des experts du ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec (MSP) étaient présents par vidéoconférence pour répondre aux interrogations de la cinquantaine de citoyens qui s'étaient déplacés. Le nombre de places était limité à cause de la pandémie. Le projet de recharge de plage qui est actuellement proposé par le ministère viendrait considérablement changer l'apparence de la plage. Présentement, il s'agit d'une plage sablonneuse et avec les travaux, elle deviendrait une plage de sable et de gravier. Durant la présentation faite par différents experts du MSP, Jean-Denis Bouchard, spécialistes des milieux côtiers a expliqué que des travaux étaient nécessaires pour protéger les infrastructures lorsqu'il y aura une tempête équivalente à celle de 2010 ou de 2016. « Depuis 4 ans, le secteur a été épargné par les tempêtes, mais on sait qu'elles vont revenir. On ne sait pas quand, mais il y en aura d'autres.» L'érosion dans le secteur de la plage Rochelois pourrait venir menacer une vingtaine de résidences et les infrastructures de la Ville de Port-Cartier telles que la rue Rochelois et les égouts. Selon le MSP, le projet de recharge de plage pourrait être effectué au cours de l'été 2022 et il est prévu que ce type d'ouvrage a une durabilité de 30 ans. Période de questions Bien qu'il s'agissait d'une période questions, plusieurs citoyens ont fait savoir qu'ils s'opposaient au projet dans sa forme actuelle et ont tenté de proposer d'autres solutions pour préserver la plage telle que la pose de végétation ou la construction d'îlots rocheux. Parmi les autres thèmes abordés par les citoyens, il y a notamment l'accès à la plage. Plusieurs citoyens sont inquiets que la plage soit moins attrayante pour aller se promener en raison du gravier. Le ministère explique que contrairement au projet de la plage McCormick, il y aura des mesures d'atténuation pour préserver l'aspect esthétique de la plage. Parmi les mesures proposées, il pourrait y avoir une recharge annuelle de sable. Le comité citoyen de sauvegarde de la Plage Rochelois et son porte-parole, Romain Prêcheur, ont déposé une pétition signée par 1 880 port-cartois qui s'opposent au projet de la recharge et qui souhaitent qu'une autre solution soit trouvée. Une rencontre constructive Le maire de Port-Cartier, Alain Thibault, a dressé un bilan positif à la suite de la rencontre d'information. Pour lui, il était important que les gens du MSP viennent expliquer aux citoyens tous les aspects du projet pour que les Port-cartois soient en mesure de prendre la bonne décision dans ce dossier. Rappelons que dans le dossier de la recharge de la plage Rochelois, la décision finale revient au Conseil de la Ville de Port-Cartier qui devra indiquer au MSP s'il souhaite aller de l'avant avec le projet. Lors de la séance du Conseil du 9 novembre, tous les conseillers et le maire avaient indiqué ne pas être favorables au projet, mais vouloir que le processus entrepris par le ministère se poursuive.Vincent Berrouard, Initiative de journalisme local, Le Nord-Côtier
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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: