The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending December 30, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Crazy Rich Asians2. A Simple Favor3. Venom4. Mission: Impossible – Fallout5. Home Alone6. The House With a Clock In Its Walls7. Elf (2003)8. Sicario: Day of the Soldado9. Night School (2018)10. White Boy RickiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. Colette2. Mid90s3. Eighth Grade4. Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers5. Galveston6. Juliet, Naked7. RBG8. The House That Jack Built9. The Dawn Wall10. The Death of Stalin__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

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Search suspended for man reported missing near Kinuseo Falls

first_imgCpl. Saunderson said that after an extensive search conducted on the water with jet boats and in the air with a helicopter and a fixed-wing aircraft, officials have suspended the search because the condition of the river is hampering search efforts at this time.She added that Search and Rescue officials plan to return to the area to search once the river levels are safe to do so. TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The search for a Dawson Creek man who went missing near Kinuseo Falls over the weekend has been suspended.North District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said in a release that the RCMP and Search and Rescue units have suspended the official search for a 29-year-old man who is believed to have fallen into the Murray River near Kinuseo Falls sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning. The RCMP were notified about the missing camper at around 6:30 on Sunday morning.Police Dog Services and swift water response teams with local Search and Rescue units were immediately called to the scene and managed to locate items believed to belong to the missing man.last_img read more

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FireSmart BC Urges Fort St John to prepare for Wildfire season

first_imgFireSmart BC’s new website is a good resource with practical information about the program and how individuals and communities can get started, including:local FireSmart eventscoursesguidesFireSmart Home AssessmentInformation on how to become a FireSmart Recognized Community“FireSmart BC’s website is a central resource dedicated solely to wildfire prevention for property owners and communities in B.C.,” said Kelsey Winter, FireSmart Program Lead for the BC Wildfire Service. “It provides all the information resources necessary to FireSmart a home or become a FireSmart Recognized Community.”There are now 65 FireSmart Recognized Communities in B.C., and over 100 communities are currently involved in a FireSmart program.“Interagency co-operation is critical in wildfire prevention,” said Councillor Arjun Singh, President of the Union of B.C. Municipalities. “As a member of the BC FireSmart Committee and funding administrator for the Community Resiliency Investment program, we appreciate this ongoing partnership to build awareness and reduce the risk of wildfire.”Anarchist Mountain has been a FireSmart Recognized Community since 2014, focused on protecting the community from wildfires, evacuation preparedness and notification planning. Anarchist Mountain covers 4,800 hectares of forested land about 40 kilometres east of Osoyoos.Every year, dedicated FireSmart volunteers educate residents about FireSmart principles and implement measures to reduce the number of potential ignition sources. Other activities include home assessments, vegetation management, and the controlled burning of residential debris under the guidance of the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department. “Protecting Anarchist Mountain from wildfire is a community effort,” said Denis Thompson, chair of the community FireSmart Board for Anarchist Mountain. “We are available as a resource to any community looking to become a FireSmart Recognized Community.”“We are proud that First Nations communities were among the first in B.C. to become FireSmart Recognized Communities,” said Jeff Eustache, RFT, Manager, Forest Fuel Management Department, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society of British Columbia. “As members of The BC FireSmart Committee, we work to keep wildfire prevention ‘top of mind’ for First Nations.” VICTORIA, B.C. – All British Columbian communities and residents are being asked to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season by mitigating wildfire risks where they live by the BC FireSmart Committee.The Committee is also asking people to join forces and help make their community become a FireSmart Recognized Community, through FireSmart Canada.“Communities whose residents work together to reduce their vulnerability have a greater chance of limiting fire-related damage,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “We encourage all residents in rural communities to take simple and effective measures to FireSmart their homes and properties.”last_img read more

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44 more candidates, including BJP’s Jaya Prada, file nomination papers in UP

first_imgLucknow: Forty-four candidates on Wednesday filed their nomination papers for the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, taking the total number of nominations filed to 102.Some of the prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers for the third phase of the general elections on Wednesday are: S T Hasan of SP from Moradabad, cine-star Jaya Prada Nahta of BJP from Rampur, Major Jagat Pal Singh of the Congress from Sambhal, Dharmendra Kumar of the BJP from Aonla and Dharmendra Yadav of SP from Badaun. According to Chief Electoal Officer L Venkateswarlu, April 4 is the last date for filing nomination papers, while scrutiny will be done on April 5. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 8. Voting will be held on April 23.last_img

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Four railway officials suspended after tickets issued with PM’s photo

first_imgNew Delhi: Four railway officials were suspended Tuesday after tickets carrying photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were issued to passengers at Barabanki railway station in Uttar Pradesh.The Lucknow divisional railway manager suspended a chief reservation supervisor, a commercial inspector and two reservation clerks, officials said. The model code of conduct, besides other things, bars a party in power to use the official machinery to help it in elections. This comes days after the railways was pulled up by the Election Commission for issuing tickets with pictures of the prime minister and in another instance where tea was served to passengers with the slogan “main bhi chowkidar” written on them. The photograph was part of an Urban Development Ministry advertisement campaign. A portion of the back side of the ticket is often used for advertising.last_img read more

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Delhi CS removes three officers for ‘serious misconduct’

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev has removed three government officers from service for alleged “serious misconduct”, according to an official statement issued Tuesday. They were removed as part of a drive against “corruption”, it said. These officers belonged to the revenue department and held positions of sub-registrar-II Punjabi Bagh-Nangloi, and tehsildars Preet Vihar and Mehrauli. The statement stated that as part of a “sustained drive against corrupt practices, Vjay Kumar Dev, Chief Secretary, has removed three senior officers of the Delhi government from government service for committing serious misconduct.” The then sub-registrar of Punjabi Bagh-Nangloi was removed on charges of registering sale deed of agricultural land of Tikri Kanan village in 2013 without obtaining the no-objection certificate from the additional district magistrate, according to the statement. It stated that the officer registered the sale deed despite the land being under draft notification and proposed to be acquired for public purpose. The then Preet Vihar tehsildar was compulsorily retired on charges of submitting false and incorrect status report during 2011-12 in respect to a government land and gram sabha land to the sub-registrar for sale and purchase, it stated.last_img read more

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Davidson Basketballs Sixth Man The Math Department

Earlier this week, we read with interest in The New York Times that Davidson College’s math department is helping its men’s basketball team win games. Since this combines three of our favorite subjects — sports, math and using math to win at sports — I asked Tim Chartier, a professor in Davidson’s mathematics and computer science department, to elaborate on the unusual partnership between his department and the Wildcats.He was understandably reluctant to spill too many details — particularly regarding how the math department analyzed the data about Iowa, Davidson’s round-of-64 opponent in the NCAA tournament Friday, or Gonzaga and North Dakota State, one of which Davidson will face if it reaches the round of 32 and both of which he’d already started scouting. But Chartier did shed a little more light on the math behind the surprise Atlantic 10 champs. And it sounds a lot like what we do at FiveThirtyEight, except with a goal of winning basketball games instead of writing articles about winning basketball games. Here are edited excerpts of his reply:So, what do we offer the coaches?Heat maps: Two members of Cats Stats, as we call our group, track the games for heat maps. They mark who takes a shot and estimate the location by clicking a computer program that I wrote. Then, as you see, regions of the court are marked as hot and cold regions. Two members of the group met with coaches in January and went through heat maps not just at the team level but player level and then various combinations of players. The coaches found this very helpful and discovered things that led them to analyze player combinations with similar tendencies that they then recognized.Lineup efficiencies: Here we show Dean Oliver’s Four Factors for offense and defense for every five-man lineup and the total amount of time that lineup has been used. Then, we also found various subsets of lineups, as well, like guard trios and forward pairs. For example, we might see that two big men are most efficient/inefficient when in the game together.Personal scouting: Here we produce a detailed breakdown of players’ tendencies and how well they performed in each aspect of the game. Here no new statistics were created. We presented data and numbers so that the coaching staff could easily implement the reports into their game plan. It could range from things like whether or not a player liked to shoot off the dribble and how effective they were in those situations to things like how effective a player might score driving left out of isolation situations. Said another way, we look for the tendencies in the numbers, especially outlier numbers. We think of these as creating data points or dots. Then, we dig into the video that accompany these stats on Synergy and figure out the story/tendency behind the number. That gives context and, in a sense, connects the dots. For example, if a player drives to the right 80 percent of the time and scores much better than going left, that is important. But, then the video can help see that his first step when driving is quicker going right than left, allowing him to beat his man more often. read more

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New century of Ohio State mens tennis dawns

The Ohio State’s men’s tennis team’s first match of the spring season ushered in a new century of tennis at OSU Wednesday, and it has players and coaches reflecting on the history and future of the program. Founded in 1912, the men’s tennis team is in its 101st season. The seven-time Big Ten regular season champions begin the year on a 128-game winning streak at home, and have lost one of the last 57 road games. “Everyone wants to beat you and some guys come in here like we should have recruited them instead,” said coach Ty Tucker. Tucker, a former OSU student, left Columbus after his junior year in 1992 to play tennis professionally. Twelve years later, he was inducted into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame. He has since been awarded Big Ten Coach of the Year the past six years in a row. During the 2006 season, OSU became known as one of the premier tennis teams in the nation. Two record-breaking Buckeyes, Ross Wilson and Scott Green, were the first doubles team in the history of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor All-American National Championship to win consecutive indoor titles. “We want to be a strong doubles team,” Tucker said. “Hopefully, come May, we’ll be there.” But an experienced coaching staff has not always guided the men’s tennis team. For two seasons, the Buckeyes had no coach at all. Between 1918 and 1919, OSU went 12-5 without a coach, posting its highest winning percentage at the time. The team went through three more coaches before settling on Herman Wirthwein in 1925. Wirthwein stayed with OSU for 33 years and remains the longest standing coach in program history. He also had one of the worst coaching records in Buckeye tennis, 117-147-3. The team has been strong leading up to a notable 100th season.  As the program celebrated the anniversary last year, the tone has been set for the next century. “No one wants to let the streak go,” said redshirt junior Devin McCarthy. “Everyone’s under pressure and they don’t want to be that guy that lets everyone down.” McCarthy said he and the others look up to the seniors that just graduated and try to guide the younger players to play their best. With a solid foundation, the Buckeyes hope the next chapter will bring continued success and their first NCAA national title. “In the last four years I’ve been here, we’ve been close,” said senior Steven Williams. “It would mean a lot to the coaching staff.” The dreams of achieving national recognition in the NCAA tournament might not be far off. OSU has a group of young players who have received numerous accolades at the conference and national levels, led recently by sophomore Blaz Rola, who is the No. 2-ranked singles player in the country. The combination of Rola and senior Chase Buchanan has baffled opponents for the last year. The pair is the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the nation. “It’s a good feeling knowing everyone wants to beat you,” Williams said. “We’ve gotten used to it and use it to as fuel  to practice harder.” Tucker said his goals for the team at this point include getting good grades, fighting for every point and “just trying to win.” The men’s tennis team continued its home winning streak by defeating Butler, 7-0, in a double-header at the Varsity Indoor Tennis Center Wednesday afternoon. OSU followed that with a second victory on Wednesday night against Xavier. The Buckeyes won, 2-0. The team will now prepare for Mississippi State, which will visit Columbus, Ohio, at noon Sunday. read more

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Ohio State footballs Jordan Hall still nursing injury academic issues

Ohio State rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall was absent again Tuesday when the Buckeyes adorned full pads for their sixth spring football practice of the season. While Hall is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this spring, coach Urban Meyer indicated Tuesday that Hall is also dealing with academic issues off the field. “I think Jordan loves the game of football, but he’s got to take care of his business, too, and I trust he will,” Meyer said. The Buckeyes who were healthy and available Tuesday participated in a two-hour, full-contact practice inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was the third practice of the season open to the media. Standing out on defense One of the highlights of Tuesday’s practice came during goal-line drills, when rising redshirt senior safety Corey “Pittsburgh” Brown stuffed rising sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn just outside of the end zone on a simulated fourth-down situation. Meyer said he hopes Brown develops into “a Reid Fragel,” an example Meyer has used on multiple occasions this year to describe players who he hopes will emerge to have breakout seasons. “I’m hoping he’s going to step it up,” Meyer said of Brown. “He hasn’t done a whole lot around here. He’s a nice kid with some talent.” Orhian Johnson’s departure following his senior season leaves an opening for playing time in the secondary behind the Buckeyes’ two starting safeties, rising redshirt senior C.J. Barnett and rising senior Christian Bryant. Brown, however, said he is trying not to get too caught up in worrying about his playing time next season. “I’m trying to do everything I can possible,” Brown said. “I just want to work hard … I just want to do whatever I can for the team.” While Brown impressed Meyer on Tuesday, safeties coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said Brown still has a long way to go in his development. “I think he’s got to step out of his comfort zone, and that’s what we’re trying to push him to do,” Withers said. “I don’t think he had a very good scrimmage last Saturday.” Rising sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, rising sophomore defensive end Adolphus Washington, rising sophomore defensive end Noah Spence and rising junior defensive Michael Bennett were additional players Meyer praised Tuesday for stepping up for the Buckeyes’ defense this spring. More injuries In addition to Hall being away from practice, a few players left practice early Tuesday. Rising junior wide receiver Evan Spencer suffered a stinger, rising sophomore defensive tackle Tommy Schutt sprained his ankle and rising sophomore linebacker Josh Perry suffered an asthma attack. Meyer said all three of these issues are “nothing major.” No joke: Chris Rock joins OSU football Chris Rock, a former Michigan defensive lineman who happens to share his name with a famous comedian, has joined the Buckeyes as a walk-on. A product of St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, Rock redshirted for the Wolverines in 2011 but left the team in May 2012. He enrolled at OSU in August and will be a redshirt sophomore in terms of eligibility next fall. Rock wears No. 91 for the Buckeyes. Quarterback development Asked whether there is a noticeable difference in the development of rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller this spring, Meyer’s reply was “not enough.” “He’s doing good,” Meyer said. “Not great, but he’s doing very good. His quarterback development is behind a little bit. As a player, it’s not. He’s a good player.” With Miller firmly entrenched as the team’s starter, the Buckeyes tested their depth Tuesday. Rising redshirt senior back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton received some work with the first-team offense, while rising redshirt freshman Cardale Jones worked with the second-team offense. Meyer expressed concern about Jones’ performance Tuesday. “He wasn’t very good,” Meyer said. “We got to knock the rust off him and get him ready to play a little bit.” Running back depth The Buckeyes also tested their depth at running back behind rising senior starter Carlos Hyde on Tuesday, with Dunn and rising redshirt junior Rod Smith splitting most of the day’s repetitions. “I couldn’t tell you who our backup is right now,” Meyer said. “They’re both battling pretty good.” On the NCAA Tournament While Meyer’s focus might be on winning the next national championship in college football, he has been paying attention to March Madness as well. Meyer was asked about who he will be rooting for on Friday night when Florida, where he coached football from 2005-2010 and won two national championships, plays Florida Gulf Coast, where his daughter is a student and plays volleyball, in the Sweet 16 game. Meyer replied that he is “always a Gator,” adding that his daughter might attend the game. “It’s incredible for that school,” Meyer said of Florida Gulf Coast. “They’re good. I watched them the other day. That’s not like smoke and mirrors. They got really good players. That’s going to be a good game.” read more

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Commentary 5 things to watch for Ohio State v Indiana

4. Last game in the ‘Shoe, B1G implicationsAlthough OSU is scheduled to visit Michigan next weekend, it can clinch a second consecutive Leaders Division Title and a spot in the Big Ten Championship game with a victory against Indiana. Everyone knows about the win streak since Meyer came to Columbus, but a win Saturday will finally earn OSU something substantial. Not to say an undefeated season last year wasn’t noteworthy, but running the slate again this year will reap the benefits of getting a chance to play in Lucas Oil Stadium Dec. 7. A win against the Hoosiers will finalize that. The Buckeyes should have a refreshed focus with that in mind, so a close game is not likely. 1. The quest for 1,000 yardsSenior running back Carlos Hyde is on the precipice of history. Hyde only needs 53 yards in Ohio State’s remaining games to become the first running back coached by Urban Meyer to gain 1,000 yards on the ground in a season. Since Big Ten play began, Hyde has been averaging 151 yards on the ground a game, including going for a career-high 246 yards against Illinois last weekend. He tied for the third highest total in Buckeye history, and now faces off against another bottom five run defense in Indiana, which ranks 122nd in the nation. Last weekend, the Hoosiers gave up 554 yards on the ground to Wisconsin, so Hyde will be looking to have a huge day. 3. Injured BuckeyesMeyer said Wednesday a slew of Buckeyes who either missed the Illinois game or left it because of injury — sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry, junior linebacker Curtis Grant, freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa and redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort — are good to go for Saturday. OSU jumped out to a 28-0 lead against the Illini, but Illinois was able to hang around for the majority of the contest, even cutting the lead to 12 in the fourth. Having four starters back will surely help OSU, particularly on defense, but keeping an eye on them will be necessary in case their injuries resurface. 5. No. 4 Baylor against No. 10 Oklahoma StateAlthough the Buckeyes are focused on taking down the Hoosiers Saturday, there is another game just as important for OSU. The Baylor Bears are closing the gap on the Buckeyes in the BCS rankings, and will likely jump OSU with a victory against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have jumped into the top 10 of the BCS, after only losing once this season to West Virginia, 30-21, Sept. 28. It is set to be the Bears’ toughest test of the year and could have huge implications for the Buckeyes in their quest for a national title. 2. Senior Day focusThis season has been one of outside distractions for OSU. Two of its top players, Hyde and redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, were suspended for parts of the year because of off-the-field issues. Not to mention the BCS race, which has the Buckeyes slowly slipping out of third place in the BCS rankings — further and further from a national title spot. Saturday’s game is Senior Day for nine Buckeye starters, providing yet another distraction for the team. If OSU loses focus, they could be at risk of falling behind to a talented Indiana offense, ranked 16th in the nation with 496.8 yards per game. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) walks of the field during a game against Illinois Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 60-35.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about this weekend’s road matchup against Illinois. read more

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