Blog Post – Dave G Plus http://davegplus.com/ Tue, 10 May 2022 11:54:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://davegplus.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default-138x136.png Blog Post – Dave G Plus http://davegplus.com/ 32 32 How Ahmad Gardner and other rookies can impact the New York Jets from day one – New York Jets Blog https://davegplus.com/how-ahmad-gardner-and-other-rookies-can-impact-the-new-york-jets-from-day-one-new-york-jets-blog/ Tue, 10 May 2022 11:49:08 +0000 https://davegplus.com/how-ahmad-gardner-and-other-rookies-can-impact-the-new-york-jets-from-day-one-new-york-jets-blog/ FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner showed up for college football on a Friday night in October 2019, when he scored on a 16-yard interception return that changed everything for him and the Cincinnati program. . Facing 18th-ranked Central Florida, Gardner — a freshman backup — played “out” of left cornerback coverage, prompting quarterback […]]]>

FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner showed up for college football on a Friday night in October 2019, when he scored on a 16-yard interception return that changed everything for him and the Cincinnati program. .

Facing 18th-ranked Central Florida, Gardner — a freshman backup — played “out” of left cornerback coverage, prompting quarterback Dillon Gabriel to throw a snag. Gardner broke quickly, raised his arms 33 1/2 inches to catch his first interception and headed into the end zone for a touchdown. The Bearcats pulled off the upset, starting a 29-game ranked streak.

More than two years later, the New York Jets studied that game and others like it, marveling at Gardner’s trickery, sass and physical skill. They made him the most drafted cornerback in team history (fourth overall). For coach Robert Saleh, the images on his screen conjured up memories of a corner he coached with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers – former All Pro Richard Sherman.

“You can see he’s an outside-the-box thinker, he’s got great court vision, he’s a terrific communicator (and he) can diagnose a game before it breaks,” Saleh said of by Gardner. “I’m not comparing, but just being with Sherm, I mean, the guy knew the game as soon as they broke up huddle. … He’s playing a different game. So Sauce has a terrific mental makeup that allows him to see the game differently than most players can.”

Gardner leads a seven-man draft class that is hailed as one of the best in the NFL. Time will tell, but with Gardner, wide receiver Garrett Wilson (10th draft), defensive end Jermaine Johnson II (26th) and running back Breece Hall (36th), the Jets have four players who should be major contributors immediately.

Let’s take a closer look at their projected roles (stats via ESPN Stats & Information).


Gardner

Barring injury, he’ll start on the outside with DJ Reed, their $11 million a year acquisition in free agency.

When a cornerback is drafted that high, he has to be on the field. Gardner, Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions, 2020) and Denzel Ward (Cleveland Browns, 2018) are the only top-four finishers in the past 24 years. That means Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols, who combined for just two interceptions last season, are considering replacement roles.

The big issue with Gardner is the transition from man-to-man-to-zone. In Cincinnati, he played 344 snaps in press coverage (man-to-man) in 2021, most of them in the FBS. Although the Jets are not a true zone team, they play it a lot, especially on first and second downs (63%, 14th). Their use of the zone drops considerably on the third down (28%, 30th).

As Saleh likes to say, football becomes a one-on-one game on third down, and he asks his corners to win their individual matches. Tackles will also be important, especially with AFC North on the programme. They are run-oriented teams that like to attack the perimeter.

“I like to play in the zone,” Gardner said during rookie camp last weekend. “I feel it’s easier. I like it a lot. When it comes to zone, I like to know what everyone is doing around me. That way I know where to be and when to be there I think I’m a big zone player too.”

If his anticipation and vision of the field are as good as Saleh believes, Gardner should have no problems adapting.


Wilson

It would be an upset if Wilson didn’t join Elijah Moore and Corey Davis in the top three. As he showed last year with Moore, who landed a starting job in training camp, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur isn’t shy about putting rookies in big roles.

Where will Wilson line up for the majority of his shots? At Ohio State, he played indoors and outdoors. In 2021, he ran 87% of his runs outdoors. In 2020, he was in the slot for 73% of his runs. At Wilson and Moore, they have two versatile chess pieces.

Slot catcher Jamison Crowder hasn’t been re-signed, so there’s a void at the position. LaFleur can go for the committee approach, rotating Wilson, Moore and Braxton Berrios, though Wilson is better suited on the outside due to his ability to stretch a defense. He also has a knack for winning contested holds on the perimeter.

Wilson is a sub-6-foot shadow, but receivers “come in all shapes and sizes,” Saleh said. “You have big guys who play small, small guys who can play big. What I think separates him is that he has tremendous body control and range in terms of his length and all that. He cheek larger than measured size.”

The Jets haven’t had much luck when it comes to recruiting receivers over the decades, but they think Wilson — the highest-rated player on their board — can turn the tide. Rookies can be stars; just look at Ja’Marr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2021.

“I’m very confident,” Wilson said. “I think I can have that impact.”


Johnson

Everyone looks at sack production when evaluating rushers, but what sets Johnson apart — and what could result in a Day 1 starting job — is his ability to play the run. Florida State defensive coordinator Adam Fuller told ESPN that Johnson’s best attribute is his physicality in the running game.

“There’s no pretty boy work in the trenches,” said Johnson, who relishes that part of his game.

He proved to be a versatile player in base defense for the Seminoles, as he had 5.5 of 12 sacks on first down – the second-highest total in the FBS.

The Jets can throw it to the defensive end in the base, slipping John Franklin-Myers at tackle. Saleh has previously said he would like Franklin-Myers to work more inside. He only rushed 49 times from inside, recording two sacks – a much better ratio than outside (342 rushes, four sacks).

If Johnson isn’t ready to start, he can play a leading role in the sub-packages. Everyone knows they do a lot of rotation. No defensive lineman played more than 65% of snaps last season.

Entrance

Hall and Michael Carter will split the races, but Hall believes he can move on at some point due to his speed. He has “home” speed, which means he can take it anytime. He ran the 40-yard sprint in 4.39 seconds and he dodged tackles on 19% of his carries last season, second most among FBS running backs.

Carter had a strong rookie year as the team’s top rusher (639 yards), but he produced just three carries of 20 or more yards. Quite simply, the Jets need more lightning in their backfield. They expect Hall to bring it, which is why he was the 18th ranked player on their board. He was running an out-of-zone program in Iowa State, so there should be a smooth transition. He hopes to have an immediate impact.

“Of course, I think that’s the type of player I am,” said Hall, who rushed for 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. “I’m an impact player.”

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At least 60 presumed dead after Russian airstrike on school https://davegplus.com/at-least-60-presumed-dead-after-russian-airstrike-on-school/ Sun, 08 May 2022 11:15:06 +0000 https://davegplus.com/at-least-60-presumed-dead-after-russian-airstrike-on-school/ At least 60 people died after a Russian airstrike on a school where people had taken refuge in the village of Bilohorivka in eastern Ukraine, the regional governor of Luhansk said on Sunday. Fires raged at the school after Saturday afternoon’s strike, Serhiy Haidai said in a post on his Telegram channel. He said two […]]]>

At least 60 people died after a Russian airstrike on a school where people had taken refuge in the village of Bilohorivka in eastern Ukraine, the regional governor of Luhansk said on Sunday.

Fires raged at the school after Saturday afternoon’s strike, Serhiy Haidai said in a post on his Telegram channel. He said two people had been confirmed dead. Of the 30 people evacuated, seven were injured, he added.

“Most likely the 60 people who remained under the rubble of the buildings died,” Haidai said.

His comments preceded a scheduled video call between leaders of the world’s biggest economies and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in a show of unity the day before Russia marks its Victory Day holiday to honor Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany on May 9.

The Group of 7 Nations meeting comes after Zelenskyy warned in a late night video address that Russian forces are likely to intensify their attacks through Monday. His comments came after the key Black Sea port of Odessa was hit by cruise missiles and the continued shelling of the Azovstal steelworks on the coast in Mariupol.

Read full coverage of the war here.

Evgeny Maloletka / AP

A man stands in a crater after a Russian airstrike in Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine on Saturday.

Speaker of German parliament arrives in Kyiv

German parliament speaker Baerbel Bas arrived in Kyiv on Sunday to commemorate World War II victims and hold political talks, a parliament official said on Twitter.

Enrico Brissa, the Bundestag’s chief of protocol, posted photos on Twitter of Baerbel arriving on a train and of his meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

‘Failing performance’ drew Russian commanders to the battlefield, UK MoD says

Senior Russian commanders were drawn to the battlefield because of “failing performance on the front line” and “difficulties in command and control”, the British Ministry of Defense said in a Sunday briefing. intelligence briefing.

Commanders, who “rarely delegate operational authority to their subordinates” are likely to take the lead personally, he said in the regular Twitter update.

“Commanders’ forward deployment has exposed them to significant risk, leading to disproportionate losses of Russian officers in this conflict. This has resulted in a force that is slow to react to setbacks and unable to alter its approach on the battlefield. “, did he declare.

“However, it is not clear that the presence of these commanders on the battlefield led to a refined or modified operational concept,” he added. “Faulty planning assumptions and failures in sustainment continue to undermine Russia’s progress.”

At least 60 presumed dead after Russian airstrike on school

At least 60 people died after a Russian airstrike hit a school where people were sheltering in the eastern village of Bilohorivka, Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said on Sunday.

Fires raged at the school after Saturday afternoon’s strike, Haidai said in a post on his Telegram channel that was translated by NBC News.

He said two people had been confirmed dead. Of the 30 people evacuated, seven were injured, he added.

“Most likely the 60 people who remained under the rubble of the buildings died,” Haidai said.

Russian missiles rain down on Odessa, Ukrainian military says

Jill Biden hears grief from Ukrainian mothers now in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania — Jill Biden on Saturday heard heartbreaking stories of Ukrainian women and children who fled war in Russia and found refuge across the Romanian border, and the US first lady praised the Romanian government and humanitarian organizations for the range of humanitarian assistance they are providing to refugees.

At a Romanian public school hosting refugee students, Biden saw firsthand the relief efforts to help some of the 900,000 Ukrainians who have fled to Romania since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Most of these Ukrainians have left for other countries, but many – mostly women and children – have remained as the fighting rages on.

“We’re on your side,” Biden told some students’ mothers after visiting classrooms where children ages 5 to 15 attend school.

500 hospitals damaged, dozens of doctors killed and injured since the start of the war, according to the Ukrainian Minister of Health

Ukraine’s health infrastructure has been badly damaged, in some cases beyond repair, Health Minister Viktor Liashko said.

Speaking on Ukrainian television, Liashko detailed the extent of the destruction and the toll of medical professionals in the weeks following Russia’s February 24 invasion.

“Since the start of the war, 10 of my colleagues (doctors) have been killed and more than 40 injured,” Liashko said.

More than 40 hospitals have also been destroyed and cannot be rebuilt and around 500 hospitals have been damaged and cannot provide treatment, he said.

“All of this violates the WHO motto: ‘Health for All’,” Liashko said.

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DDG Weekly DTN Price Drops on Average https://davegplus.com/ddg-weekly-dtn-price-drops-on-average/ Fri, 06 May 2022 16:51:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/ddg-weekly-dtn-price-drops-on-average/ Based on the average price collected by DTN, the value of DDG to corn for the week ended May 5 was 99.63%. The value of DDG to soybean meal was 66.99% and the cost per unit of protein for DDG was $10.59, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal of $8.99 […]]]>

Based on the average price collected by DTN, the value of DDG to corn for the week ended May 5 was 99.63%. The value of DDG to soybean meal was 66.99% and the cost per unit of protein for DDG was $10.59, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal of $8.99 .

In its weekly DDGS export update, the US Grains Council said: “In the export market, brokers and exporters are reporting Barge CIF NOLA values ​​down $19 to $22 per ton. metric (mt) for May-August shipments, while FOB Gulf offers are down $20-25/mt FOB Gulf offers for June averaged $343/mt this week, down $20.-25/mt. $27 from the previous week.Container offers are also down, although they have had more support than the FOB market.40ft container offers to Southeast Asia are down. down $16/tonne from last week at $443/tonne.”

The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that U.S. DDGS exports totaled 927,134 tons in March, up from 870,844 tons in February and up 5% from a year ago. Mexico was the top destination in March, absorbing 20% ​​of US exports, followed by South Korea and Vietnam. In the first three months of 2022, US DDGS exports increased by 12%.

NOTE: All prices listed below are subject to change at any time and are subject to seller confirmation.

ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION FLUENT PREVIOUS CASH
THE SOCIETY STATE 05/05/2022 04/28/2022
Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816 714 3413)
Missouri To dry $295 $300 -$5
Humid $160 $165 -$5
Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)
To dry $280 $298 -$18
Humid $150 $155 -$5
CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)
Illinois To dry $260 $280 -$20
Indiana To dry $260 $280 -$20
Iowa To dry $270 $285 -$15
Michigan To dry $265 $280 -$15
Minnesota To dry $265 $280 -$15
New York To dry $285 $285 $0
South Dakota To dry $285 $305 -$20
MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302)
To dry $290 $295 -$5
Humid $102 $105 -$3
POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)
Indiana To dry $285 $305 -$20
Iowa To dry $295 $300 -$5
Michigan To dry $280 $285 -$5
Minnesota To dry $290 $295 -$5
Missouri To dry $315 $315 $0
Ohio To dry $285 $300 -$15
South Dakota To dry $310 $320 -$10
Nebraska To dry $300 $310 -$10
United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)
Kansas To dry $330 $330 $0
Humid $110 $110 $0
Illinois To dry $295 $295 $0
Nebraska To dry $330 $330 $0
Humid $110 $110 $0
American Products, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)
Illinois To dry $280 $290 -$10
Indiana To dry $290 $300 -$10
Iowa To dry $265 $275 -$10
Michigan To dry $275 $285 -$10
Minnesota To dry $270 $280 -$10
Nebraska To dry $290 $300 -$10
New York To dry $305 $315 -$10
North Dakota To dry $295 $305 -$10
Ohio To dry $280 $290 -$10
South Dakota To dry $295 $305 -$10
Wisconsin To dry $267 $275 -$8
Western Kansas To dry $365 $365 $0
Humid $125 $125 $0
Western Milling, Goshen, CA (559-302-1074)
California To dry $400 $405 -$5
**Weekly average: $286 $296 -$10
(Prices shown per ton)
**Average weekly prices above only reflect DTN businesses
collects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,
Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,
Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York and
California is not included in the averages.
DDG VALUE VS. CORN AND SOY FLOUR
Settlement Price: Quote date Bushel short ton
But 05/05/2022 $8.0375 $287.05
Soy dish 05/05/2022 $426.90
DDG Weekly Average Spot Price $286.00
DDG value relative to: 5/5 04/28
But 99.63% 101.57%
Soy dish 66.99% 67.24%
Cost per unit of protein:
DDG $10.59 $10.96
Soy dish $8.99 $9.27
Remarks:
Corn and soybean prices are taken from DTN market quotes. DDG Award
represents the average spot price of companies in the Midwest
collected on Thursday afternoon. Cost of soybean meal per unit
of protein is the cost per tonne divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unit
of protein is the cost per tonne divided by 27.

Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.com

Follow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn

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Google bought MicroLED startup Raxium for its AR headset displays https://davegplus.com/google-bought-microled-startup-raxium-for-its-ar-headset-displays/ Wed, 04 May 2022 22:40:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/google-bought-microled-startup-raxium-for-its-ar-headset-displays/ Today Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh confirmed that the company has acquired Raxiuma five-year-old startup with MicroLED technology that could play a key role in creating a new generation of augmented, virtual and mixed reality headsets. It adds to the evidence that Google’s next big AR move is getting closer: it previously acquired eyewear maker […]]]>

Today Google hardware boss Rick Osterloh confirmed that the company has acquired Raxiuma five-year-old startup with MicroLED technology that could play a key role in creating a new generation of augmented, virtual and mixed reality headsets.

It adds to the evidence that Google’s next big AR move is getting closer: it previously acquired eyewear maker North in 2020 and reportedly hired engineers to build an augmented reality operating system. We learned in January that Google Labs was building an AR headset called “Project Iris,” under the same leadership as the high-resolution Project Starline video chat demo shown off at its I/O event last year.

Image: Raxium

When information first reporting on Google’s purchase of Raxium last month, he noted that MicroLED technology could be useful in creating AR displays that are more energy efficient than other solutions, but still colorful. Additionally, Raxium is working on “monolithic integration” for MicroLEDs, which information reports would mean making them from the same type of silicon used for most CPUs, which could bring the price down significantly. Other companies working on MicroLED AR hardware include Oppo, Apple, and Vuzix.

As for the competition, Microsoft has already shipped an augmented reality device with HoloLens, while Apple, Meta, Snap and others are reportedly investing heavily to create their own hardware that overlays information and images on top of the real world.

According to the Raxium website, a Super AMOLED display on your phone has a pixel pitch (the distance between the center of one pixel and the center of another pixel next to it) of around 50 microns, while its MicroLED might manage around 3.5 microns. It also boasts of “unprecedented efficiency” which is more than five times better than any world record.

Osterloh referenced both size and efficiency in his blog post about future display technologies Raxium could build. He said the company would join Google’s Devices and Services team and that its “technical expertise in this area will play a key role as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts.”

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DOJ antitrust division chief promises litigation to break director’s lockdowns https://davegplus.com/doj-antitrust-division-chief-promises-litigation-to-break-directors-lockdowns/ Mon, 02 May 2022 23:18:17 +0000 https://davegplus.com/doj-antitrust-division-chief-promises-litigation-to-break-directors-lockdowns/ May 2, 2022 Click for PDF The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division promised in a recent speech to strengthen enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits competing companies from sharing common directors or officers. The prevailing enforcement climate means companies need to have a compliance plan in place to uncover potential ties between […]]]>

May 2, 2022

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The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division promised in a recent speech to strengthen enforcement of Section 8 of the Clayton Act, which prohibits competing companies from sharing common directors or officers. The prevailing enforcement climate means companies need to have a compliance plan in place to uncover potential ties between directors before developing and monitoring existing outside director positions to ensure they comply with existing section 8 exemption rules.

Background

Jonathan Kanter, assistant attorney general in the DOJ’s antitrust division, said in an April 2022 speech that “[f]or too long, our application of Article 8 has essentially been limited to our merger review process.[1] The DOJ is “increasing its efforts to identify violations across the economy” and “will not hesitate to bring cases under Section 8 to break up interlocking directions.”[2]

Agencies have periodically issued Section 8 compliance warnings. In 2019, the FTC published a blog post, Mindfulness Interconnectionreminding companies of the need to avoid the overlapping of administrators, particularly in the event of a merger or demerger.[3] This followed a 2017 article advising that companies “[h]with a plan to comply with the bar on the horizontal locks”.[4] Kanter’s statements are a marked departure from the FTC’s 2017 guidance stating that the Commission “rely[s] on self-monitoring to prevent violations of Article 8”,[5] and indicate that the DOJ can take legal action to resolve potential lockdown issues.

Clayton Act, Section 8

Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19) prohibits a person from being an officer (defined as an “officer elected or selected by the board of directors”) or director of two corporations that are “under their business and location of operation, competitors.“Person” has a broader meaning than a natural person and includes only one business.[6] According to this interpretation, the same company could not appoint two different people as agents to sit on the board of directors or act as an officer of two competing companies.

Section 8 broadly defines “competitors” to include two companies where “the elimination of competition by agreement between them would constitute a violation of any of the antitrust laws.” Section 8 is broad and potentially applies where two competing corporations have a common officer or director, subject to certain exceptions.

There are three potential safe harbors under Article 8:

  1. Competitive sales of Is business account for less than 2% of that business’s total sales;
  2. Competitive sales of each business account for less than 4% of that business’s total sales; or
  3. Competitive sales of Is company are less than $4,103,400 in 2022.

Although there are no penalties or fines imposed due to a breach of Article 8, the law requires parties to remove the lockdown if a breach is found to have occurred. . There is a one-year grace period to remedy violations that occur after the lockdown has occurred (for example, competitive sales exceeding de minimis thresholds), provided the lockdown did not breach Article 8 when it first occurred.

An antitrust investigation into a potential foreclosure can force the resignation of key executives or directors, delay the closing of a proposed transaction, or trigger consumer class actions alleging collusion.

Section 8 Compliance in Today’s Regulatory Environment

As noted in a previous client alert, the DOJ took action against suspected lockdowns even before Kanter’s April 2022 statements. Companies must take proactive steps to detect interlocks before they happen and monitor those. that exist to ensure that they comply with the current section 8 of the safe harbors.

Companies whose directors or officers are being considered for an outside position should first assess the position for potential Section 8 concerns. Where a director or officer of one company holds an outside position at another subject company to a safe harbor due to either a lack of competition or a de minimis overlap, the attorney should periodically re-evaluate the relationship to ensure market developments do not impede the position in violation of Section 8. This may occur due to sales growth in overlaps existing ones or the entry into new sectors of activity. These checks can be incorporated into existing director/officer independence analyses.

Companies engaged in financial transactions, such as spin-offs where directors or officers of the parent company may hold positions within the spin-off, should consider whether the parent company and the spin-off can compete with each other in any industry of activity and assess potential problems in Section 8.

Private equity firms holding board seats or appointing officers in multiple portfolio companies should carefully consider whether any of them might be considered “competitors” for the purposes of Section 8.

Other antitrust laws, particularly Section 1 of the Sherman Act (which prohibits agreements that unreasonably restrict trade), continue to apply even if the lockdown is within Section 8 safe areas. A strong compliance body will therefore also establish procedures to prevent the sharing of competitively sensitive information and prevent potential competition issues from arising.

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[1] Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Kanter delivers opening remarks at the 2022 Spring Enforcers SummitApril 4, 2022, available on: https://www.justice.gov/opa/speech/assistant-attorney-general-jonathan-kanter-delivers-opening-remarks-2022-spring-enforcers.

[2] Identifier.

[3] Michael E. Blaisdell, Mindfulness InterconnectionJune 26, 2019, available on: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/competition-matters/2019/06/interlocking-mindfulness.

[4] Debbie Feinstein, Have a plan to comply with the bar on horizontal locksJanuary 23, 2017, available at: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/competition-matters/2017/01/have-plan-comply-bar-horizontal-interlocks.

[5] Identifier.

[6] Mindfulness Interconnection (Section 8 “prohibits not only a person from acting as an officer or director of two competitors, but also any person solidify to appoint two different people to serve as its proxies as officers or directors of competing companies”).


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CHIEFS BLOG: Chiefs season ends with playoff loss to Kamloops https://davegplus.com/chiefs-blog-chiefs-season-ends-with-playoff-loss-to-kamloops/ Sun, 01 May 2022 03:24:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/chiefs-blog-chiefs-season-ends-with-playoff-loss-to-kamloops/ It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Chiefs, but there’s no doubt this team is heading in the right direction. SPOKANE, Wash. — Only two teams had ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in a Western Hockey League playoff series and while the Chiefs came a long way to becoming third, that was their […]]]>

It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Chiefs, but there’s no doubt this team is heading in the right direction.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Only two teams had ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in a Western Hockey League playoff series and while the Chiefs came a long way to becoming third, that was their goal as returning home to the Spokane Arena for game 4 of their first round playoff series with the Kamloops Blazers.

The 7th-seeded Chiefs were a huge underdog in the series with the 2nd-seeded Blazers, and Kamloops showed why with 3 convincing wins on their home ice over a 4-day span.

The Blazers had won Game 1 9-0, followed by a 6-2 victory in Game 2 the following night, then put Spokane with a 5-1 victory two nights later. The Chiefs were on life support ahead of Game 4, but the club hoped the homecoming would put the club back in the win column.

Friday’s Game 4 came with the disappointing news that starting goaltender Mason Beaupit would still be down with a knee injury sustained in Game 2 at Kamloops. The club did, however, bring defender Graham Sward back on the ice, after missing Game 3 due to last-minute illness on match day. The Chiefs returned to 16-year-old goaltender Cooper Michaluk after making his first playoff start in relief of Beaupit in Game 3. Michaluk would be tested early as the Blazers would get the only two power play advantages in the first period and would outscore the Chiefs 16-6 in the first 20 minutes. Michaluk blocked 15 of those attempts, with Logan Stankoven giving the Blazers the first goal of the game on a power play count at 3:12 into the game.

Spokane would come out in the second and get a few rushes to the Blazer end, but the closest the Chiefs would come to score would be a Reed Jacobson shot that rang the post that would have tied the game at one. Michaluk once again stopped 15 Blazer shots, but once again Stankoven found the net as he scored on a rebound at 18:17 to give Kamloops a 2-0 lead going into the third. Spokane was outshot 32-11 in 2 periods, but Michaluk kept the Chiefs in the game as the club hoped to start the offense in the final period.

Stankoven would have other ideas as he beat the Chiefs defense at the blue line and went in and scored on a partial breakaway at 5:59 of the final quarter to put Kamloops in control at 3-0. Spokane’s offense outshot the Blazers 9-8 in the third, but the Chiefs had to kill 4 Kamloops power plays in the period, which limited the club’s ability to generate more offense. The Chiefs had a few powerplays, but the first lasted just 12 seconds as Spokane took back-to-back penalties to nullify that opportunity. Spokane would then squash their second chance in less than a minute with another penalty. Blazers goaltender Dylan Garand stopped 20 Spokane shots en route to his second shutout of the series as Kamloops advanced to the Western semifinals with a 3-0 victory.

The loss ended a Chiefs season that started disappointingly, saw the club struggle at the bottom of the Western Conference in late January, which would lead to the departure of head coach Adam Maglio. Assistant Ryan Smith would take over and the club would respond, playing just one game under .500 in the past two months to finish 7th in the West and make the postseason. It was a great recovery from what could have been the worst season in franchise history. Spokane was able to recover and begin to build a future that looks bright for next year and beyond.

Friday’s fourth game ended the careers of 20-year-old Bear Hughes and Nick McCarry. Hughes, who grew up watching the Chiefs grow in Post Falls, would finish as the Chiefs’ leading scorer this season with 67 points. McCarry, who was acquired from Kamloops at the trade deadline, was the club’s second-leading scorer with 63. Closing those gaps in offensive production and leadership will be a major focus for the team heading into the next year. The club also had five 19-year-olds this season, forwards Reed Jacobson, Erik Atchison and Cade Hayes, as well as defenders Mac Gross and Raegan Wiles. Spokane can only keep three next season, so at least two of those players also played their last games as Chiefs. The team has a number of upcoming 16-year-olds who should be able to make the team next season, so Spokane can only keep two 20-year-olds like they have this season.

The group of forwards next year will be led by Chase Bertholet, who was acquired from Winnipeg in the Jack Finley trade in December. Bertholet tied for the team lead with Hughes in goals with 24, and finished third with 58 points. Number one overall pick Berkly Catton represented his team well during his 15-year season and played second-row minutes in his first playoff series. Catton and Bertholet together the next 2 seasons is reason enough to be excited about the Chiefs’ future. Besides Bertholet, returning 19-year-olds include forwards Blake Swetlikoff, Ty Cheveldayoff, Grady Lane and import Yannick Proske. Defenders Graham Sward and import Timafey Kovgoreniya are the two 19-year-olds due to return. The Chiefs’ new general manager will have some interesting decisions to make on whether to bring back the two imports to Proske and Kovgoreniya, just one, or a new pair of imports for next season. The returning group of 19 will need to take the next steps in their games for Spokane to improve in the standings in a fiercely competitive U.S. Division next season.

The 18-year-old squad returns to forwards Carter Streek and Michael Cicek, who both struggled with injuries in the latter part of the season. Defenders Logan Cunningham and Brayden Crampton have both had plenty of playing time and should be ready to step into their roles next year. The 17-year-olds will include forwards Jake Gudelj and Kooper Gizowski and defender Saige Weinstein. Copper Michaluk, who was superb in net for the Chiefs in Game 4, made a strong statement to come on as a backup for starter Mason Beaupit, who will be back in net at 19 next season. Manny Panghli, who has supported Beaupit for much of this season, will struggle to maintain his role as a substitute if Michaluk proves to be just as good or better next year.

Many things can change on the list with trades starting in the year. This season, the Chiefs started with forwards Jack Finley, Luke Toporowski and Cordel Larson, all of whom were dealt before the trade deadline. Spokane will have a new general manager in place of Scott Carter, who resigned for health reasons. Whether Smith is back as head coach will depend on the new general manager, but my personal hope is that the club retains Smith. He did a tremendous job taking over from Adam Maglio and managed a last place club and took them to a tiebreaker to become the 6th place team in the West.

What excites me are this year’s draft picks who will likely be part of the club at 16 next year. Catton will definitely be a part of the club and is expected to be joined by fellow forward and second-round pick Luka Shcherbyna. Defensemen Nathan Mayes and Will McIsaac, the team’s 3rd and 4th round picks, have also seen action this year and have shown me enough that they should be part of the defensive rotation next season. It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the Chiefs, but there’s no doubt that this team is heading in the right direction with the playoff spot this year and the possibility of this young club being even younger next year is a possibility. real. Young, but talented, which means a bright future for the Chiefs heading into the 2022-23 season and beyond. It’s off-season and see you at camp at the end of August!

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Heading down? – Weekly Blog #730 https://davegplus.com/heading-down-weekly-blog-730/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 05:20:00 +0000 https://davegplus.com/heading-down-weekly-blog-730/ Igor Kutiaev/iStock via Getty Images In the midst of a never-ending pre-determined campaign, it’s hard to guess both the timing and the outcome. We are in this position today, and the best we can do is guess. Generally, there are two approaches to guessing. The first is to assess past contests and the second is […]]]>

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In the midst of a never-ending pre-determined campaign, it’s hard to guess both the timing and the outcome. We are in this position today, and the best we can do is guess. Generally, there are two approaches to guessing. The first is to assess past contests and the second is to focus on current conditions. I will briefly do both, including two surprising differences.

Story

Every market and/or economic decline is different. Experts use labels for stock markets, such as market phase, correction, and bear market. Economic declines are divided into cyclical and structural. Neither is an accurate description, but it is somewhat useful in describing what happened, with some predictive value.

Stock market drop

A 20% drop from a former high is called a bear market, a 10% drop is called a correction, and a smaller drop is called a market phase. The problem today is that the three popular US stock indices can each be labeled with a different name:

DJIA -8.82% = Market phase

S&P 500 -12.28% = Correction

NASDAQ Composite -25.06% = Bear Market

The majority of the public and therefore politicians get their brief market information largely based on the DJIA. Securities distributors and small-staffed financial institutions use the SPX, while professional traders pay attention to the NASDAQ. No wonder there is confusion regarding the current state of the market and, to some extent, where it may go. Almost by definition, the bigger the drop, the sooner a bottom is reached. Long-term subscribers know that I often find the NASDAQ Composite to be a better predictor of the market than the other two metrics. The NASDAQ led both up and down. The reason for this is that the junior index has proportionately fewer passive (index) investors who make specific stock judgments.

If you accept this analysis, then we have reached the level starting a trough, as most troughs occur after a 25% drop. Therefore, NASDAQ followers may begin to believe that the bottom of this market is near. This view is supported by the level of trading on the NYSE and NASDAQ, as well as the number of new lows for the week ended Friday. On a year-to-date volume basis, the NYSE is +6.98% and the NASDAQ is -6.10%. Last week, the number of new lows on the NYSE was 649, compared to 1023 on the NASDAQ. (Analyzing NASDAQ, it’s important to recognize that tech stocks were the top sector, both up and down. (Long term, I think ‘tech’ stocks will be among the leaders, but not necessarily the same names.)

Cyclical or structural economic declines

Cyclical economic contractions are much more frequent than structural changes. Typically, cyclical contractions are caused by excessive growth in the money supply, which leads to too much borrowing and inflation.

Symptoms

We are currently experiencing these symptoms. The M2 measure of money supply growth is currently +13.21% on an annual basis, which clearly includes what politicians call stimulus and I call political kickbacks. Unsurprisingly, this led the JOC-ECRI to grow by +17.37% this year. (The good news is that the index fell 1.51% this week). Therefore, it is reasonable to speculate on a recession in our future.

The critical risk is that political leaders will turn a cyclical downturn into a structural downturn, as they did globally in the 1930s. This is not a prediction, but as a trained U.S. Marine, I am always on the lookout for a sneak attack and need to be aware of the risk. There are currently an unfortunate number of parallels to the 1930s. Despite general economic expansion globally, there is a vocal minority that can be exploited by politicians. (Remember, I believe Mark Twain said a politician’s job is to find a parade and get in front.)

The current leadership is becoming more autocratic in several countries. Small regional wars have the potential to become global wars, eg Ukraine>>>Black Sea >>>Asia Minor >>>>East versus West?

The French presidential election shows that a large part of the population votes against. This election is consistent with the idea that there are almost no popular governments, just more popular than the opposition. This in turn makes long-term plans difficult, which also makes investment judgments difficult.

What do you think?

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Editor’s note: The summary bullet points for this article were chosen by the Seeking Alpha editors.

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Zelenskyy calls for more weapons ahead of planned visit by US officials https://davegplus.com/zelenskyy-calls-for-more-weapons-ahead-of-planned-visit-by-us-officials/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 15:04:14 +0000 https://davegplus.com/zelenskyy-calls-for-more-weapons-ahead-of-planned-visit-by-us-officials/ Pope Francis renews his call for an Easter truce in Ukraine The Associated Press 30 m / 15:04 UTC ago VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has renewed his call for an Easter truce as Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter Sunday, when worshipers mark the resurrection of Jesus. Without naming a country, Francis urged the aggressors to […]]]>

Pope Francis renews his call for an Easter truce in Ukraine

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has renewed his call for an Easter truce as Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter Sunday, when worshipers mark the resurrection of Jesus.

Without naming a country, Francis urged the aggressors to “stop the attack to help the suffering of the exhausted people.”

Francis told a crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square that two months had passed since Russia invaded Ukraine and said that “instead of stopping, the war got worse. It is sad that in these holiest and most solemn days for all Christians, the deadly clamor of arms is louder than the sound of the bells announcing the Resurrection.

‘It was killing me’: Mother accuses Russia of forcibly deporting her son from Ukraine

Natalia Demish escaped the horrors of besieged Mariupol last month.

But while now in relative safety in the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, she was cut off from her 21-year-old son Yuri by the ongoing fighting when she fled.

Demish, 40, says Yuri has now been forcibly deported to Russia, and she fears he will be forced to fight his own country.

Read the full story here.

Red Cross ‘deeply alarmed’ by situation in besieged Mariupol

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Sunday it was “deeply alarmed” by the situation in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, whose population it said was in “urgent need of help”.

The ICRC called for “immediate and unimpeded humanitarian access” to allow the safe passage of thousands of civilians and hundreds of wounded out of the city, including from the Azovstal factory area, where Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are resisting.

“Every day, every hour that passes has a terrible human cost,” he said.

Russia claimed to have taken control of the strategically important city last week.

The town has been at the center of what Ukrainian officials and aid organizations have called a humanitarian catastrophe, where residents are surviving on little or no water, food, medicine and electricity.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Russian forces of refusing to allow humanitarian aid to flow into the city from Ukraine. Both sides have accused each other of not respecting the conditions of the humanitarian corridors to get civilians out of the city. Ukraine also accused Russia of forcibly deporting residents of the city to Russian territory.

Zelenskyy accuses Russia of killing ‘tens of thousands’ in Mariupol

Orthodox Christian spiritual leader says ‘indescribable human tragedy is unfolding’ in Ukraine

The spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians around the world on Sunday called for the opening of humanitarian corridors in Ukraine, where he said “an indescribable human tragedy is unfolding”.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who has previously called for an end to the war, said he hoped Easter would be “the impetus to open up humanitarian corridors, safe passages to really safe areas for the thousands of people surrounded in Mariupol”.

“The same goes for all other regions of Ukraine, where an indescribable human tragedy is unfolding,” Bartholomew said after an Easter service in Istanbul, where he is based. “We call once again for an immediate end to the fratricidal war which, like any war, undermines human dignity”,

His comments came after the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose support for Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine has appalled many Christians, said on Saturday he hoped it would end soon, but again did not condemn him.

Ukraine has repelled numerous Russian attacks, UK MoD says

Ukraine repelled numerous Russian assaults along the line of contact in its eastern region of Donbass this week, according to a briefing from the British Ministry of Defense.

Although Russia made territorial gains, Ukrainian resistance was strong on all axes and inflicted a significant cost on Russian forces, he said.

“Poor Russian morale and limited time to replenish, re-equip and reorganize forces from previous offensives are likely hampering Russia’s combat effectiveness,” he added.

8 people die in attacks in Lugansk, according to the regional governor

Eight people have been killed and two others injured by Russian shelling in recent days, the regional governor of Lugansk in eastern Ukraine announced on Sunday.

Serhiy Haidai said at least seven homes and a police station were hit in a message on the Telegram messaging app which was translated by NBC News.

“The Russians fired 12 times at the peaceful homes of Luhansk residents on April 23,” he said. “Among the towns affected are Hirske, Zolote, Lysychansk and Sieverodonetsk, among others.”

Haidai said 6 people died and two were injured following Saturday’s artillery attack on the towns of Gorskoye and Zolote. He added that two women who were trapped by a strike on a building in the town of Popasna several days ago also did not survive.

The bombardment comes as the Russians continue their offensive to take full control of Donbass, the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine.

‘They were trying to escape’: Ukrainian man says he saw Russian forces shooting at civilians

HAVRONSCHHYNA, Ukraine — Driving past unspeakable fields in the countryside near kyiv, it’s easy to miss a small family car abandoned by the side of the road.

But the vehicle – riddled with bullets, littered with baby clothes and splattered with human remains – is a microcosm of the horror that has descended on Ukraine.

It is also an example of the heroism that has allowed it to endure.

“It was chaos. I couldn’t feel anything. I was numb. Some people were trying to hide in my house. I was trying to pick up injured people,” said Yuriy Patsan, 42, a mechanic, describing the March 15 incident that ended with the car stuck outside his house on the edge of this small village of around 1,000 people about 30 miles west of the capital, kyiv.

The vehicle is now one more piece of a giant puzzle for investigators collecting evidence of alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces, a charge they deny. Moscow has also repeatedly denied that it was targeting Ukrainian civilians.

Read the full story here.

‘We ask God for a great grace,’ says Zelenskyy in Easter message

As Ukrainians celebrated Orthodox Easter Sunday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy sent a message of support and faith to his compatriots.

“At Easter, we ask God for a great grace, to realize our great dream – for another great day, a day when great peace will come to Ukraine. And with it – eternal harmony and prosperity,” Zelenskyy said in an Instagram Publishaccompanied by a video of him walking through the historic Saint Sophia Cathedral in kyiv.

“With faith and trust in this, I wish you all a happy Easter,” he said. “Take care of yourself. Take care of your loved ones. Take care of Ukraine,” he added.

8 dead in missile attack on Odessa, says Zelenskyy

Eight people were killed and at least 18 others injured in a missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Odessa on Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

“Ordinary peaceful people. Among the victims is a 3-month-old baby girl. How did she threaten Russia? Zelenskyy said in an address, an English version of which was posted on the Ukrainian president’s website.

Video following the missile strike in the southern port city showed rescuers rappelling along a damaged building in search of survivors or injured people.

A building damaged after a Russian bombardment in Odessa

A damaged apartment building after a Russian bombardment in Odessa, Ukraine, Saturday, April 23, 2022. Ukrainian officials reported that Russia fired at least six cruise missiles at the Black Sea port city.
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A damaged apartment building after a Russian bombardment in Odessa, Ukraine on Saturday. Ukrainian officials reported that Russia fired at least six cruise missiles at the Black Sea port city.

Russian command post in Kherson destroyed, Ukrainian army says

Ukraine’s military said on Saturday it had destroyed a Russian command post in Kherson, a southern city that fell to Russian forces early in the war.

Ukraine’s military intelligence agency released a statement saying the command post was hit on Friday and two generals were killed and one seriously injured.

Oleksiy Arestovych, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said in an online interview that 50 senior Russian officers were in the command center when it was attacked. He said their fate was unknown.

The Russian military did not comment on this claim, which could not be confirmed.

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Explosions rock Lviv in west as Mariupol fights ‘to the end’ https://davegplus.com/explosions-rock-lviv-in-west-as-mariupol-fights-to-the-end/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 12:12:05 +0000 https://davegplus.com/explosions-rock-lviv-in-west-as-mariupol-fights-to-the-end/ Russian strikes on the rocky city of Lviv, considered a refuge from war LVIV, Ukraine – Monday morning’s attack on Lviv, which local officials say killed at least seven people, marked a deadly extension of Russia’s war in a city that has become a haven for thousands of people fleeing further east as well as […]]]>

Russian strikes on the rocky city of Lviv, considered a refuge from war

LVIV, Ukraine – Monday morning’s attack on Lviv, which local officials say killed at least seven people, marked a deadly extension of Russia’s war in a city that has become a haven for thousands of people fleeing further east as well as major supply and logistics. center.

It served as a grave reminder that Russian forces would continue to threaten all of Ukraine even as the Kremlin refocused its military campaign on the east of the country.

NBC News heard two of the missile strikes and saw two more, but did not verify the number of people killed or the number of missiles used. The first indication of the missiles was the sound of the jets, which was unusual as few planes had flown over the city since the start of the war. The missiles sounded almost like two planes falling from the sky until dull explosions could be heard and smoke poured from the explosion sites.

Emergency services worked quickly to put out the fires, although the sudden sense of unease caused by the strikes persisted.

Read the full story here.

MoD says Siege of Mariupol slows Russian advance

LONDON — Britain’s Ministry of Defense says the continued siege of Mariupol is pinning down Russian forces and slowing its advance ahead of a planned major offensive in eastern Ukraine.

In a daily intelligence update, the British Army says “concerted Ukrainian resistance has strained Russian forces and diverted men and materiel, slowing Russia’s advance elsewhere.”

The Sea port city of Azov has been devastated in weeks of Russian strikes. Britain says “large areas of infrastructure have been destroyed” and that there are “significant” civilian casualties.

Britain accuses Russia of using similar all-out war tactics against civilian areas it has deployed in Chechnya and Syria, despite Russian claims at the start of its invasion “that Russia would not hit cities or threaten the Ukrainian people”.

Moscow says 20 Ukrainian military targets hit in recent strikes

MOSCOW — The Russian military claims to have hit more than 20 Ukrainian military targets with missiles.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Monday that precision-guided air-launched missiles destroyed 16 military installations, including five command headquarters, a fuel depot, three ammunition depots and concentrations of Ukrainian military vehicles and personnel in several areas of the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro regions.

Konashenkov also said the army fired land-based Iskander missiles to destroy four ammunition dumps and three groups of Ukrainian troops near Popasna and Kramatorsk in the east and Yampil in central Ukraine.

He said the military used artillery to strike 315 Ukrainian targets and Russian warplanes carried out 108 strikes to target Ukrainian troops and military equipment.

Konashenkov’s claims could not be independently verified.

Explosions rock Lviv in western Ukraine

Missile strikes on Lviv
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LVIV, Ukraine – The regional military administration and the mayor’s office said several missiles hit this western town on Monday morning.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said Russia had targeted the city with four missile strikes. Smoke could be seen rising above the city after the blasts around 8:30 a.m. local time.

The exact targets remain unclear, but the blasts rocked what was a safe haven in the country throughout Russia’s war.

Lviv has become a city of refuge for those fleeing fighting in central and eastern Ukraine, with more and more displaced Ukrainians continuing to arrive daily by train and car.

The city also serves as a hub for military and humanitarian supplies, as much of the equipment and goods that are sent to Ukraine from the west cross the Polish border some 40 miles away.

Ukraine releases video of Medvedchuk calling for Mariupol swap

Ukraine’s State Security Service posted a video on its Telegram channel on Monday appearing to show a pro-Russian Ukrainian politician asking Russia to trade him for the safe release of residents and fighters in the port city. besieged Mariupol.

Viktor Medvedchuk, a member of the Ukrainian parliament, has been detained in Ukraine since April 12, with his wife recently claimed that he appeared to have been beaten while in police custody, according to Reuters.

In the video posted on Telegram, Medvedchuk appears to appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy to facilitate the exchange. The video has not been independently verified by NBC News, and the circumstances under which the apparent request was made were not immediately clear.

Tens of thousands of people have fled Mariupol, but more than 100,000 civilians are trapped in the city without access to food, water, heating, medicine and other basic necessities, according to Ukrainian officials.

Take refuge in Lviv

Russian forces attack civilian targets in Lviv, killing six people
People took shelter after an air raid siren sounded in Lviv, Ukraine on Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Four dead after Russian forces were accused of shooting civilians in Luhansk, official says

A Ukrainian official said Monday that at least four people had died after Russian forces fired on civilians trying to flee the town of Kreminna in the Luhansk region on Monday.

In a statement posted to Facebook on Monday, Serhiy Hadai, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, said Russian forces opened fire on a car carrying civilians. “Four people died,” he said.

At least one person was seriously injured, Hadai said. However, he said doctors were unable to reach them due to the “endless shelling”.

Hadai said control of the city was “lost”, with street fighting also breaking out in the Kreminna.

9 civilians killed, 25 injured in Kharkiv shelling

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 others injured in shelling on Sunday evening in the Kharkiv region, state administration officials said.

In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday, the Kharkiv regional state administration said Russian forces shelled residential areas in the city of Kharkiv on Sunday evening, killing six people and injuring 24 others.

He added that shelling in Derhachi, about 16 km northwest of Kharkiv, also killed two people and injured one person. Another civilian died in an attack in Zolochiv, about 40 km northwest of Kharkiv, he added.

NBC News was unable to independently verify the attacks or the reported death toll.

Zelenskyy calls for more military supplies as battle in Donbas looms

Firefighters fight a blaze in Lviv

Russian forces attack civilian targets in Lviv, killing six people
Firefighters battle a blaze after a civilian building in Lviv, Ukraine was hit by a Russian airstrike on Monday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Deadly strikes hit central Dnipropetrovsk region, local officials say

At least two people were killed in a Russian missile strike on Ukraine’s central Dnipropetrovsk region, the local governor said.

The deadly blast hit infrastructure, while another destroyed railway infrastructure but caused no injuries, Governor Valentyn Reznichenko said in a message on Telegram.

Ukraine completes EU accession questionnaire

Ukraine has filled out a questionnaire which will serve as a starting point for the European Union to decide whether to join, said Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen handed the questionnaire to Zelenskyy during her visit to Kyiv earlier this month, promising a faster start to Ukraine’s bid for EU membership after the invasion of Russia.

“Today I can say that the document was completed by the Ukrainian side,” Zhovkva told Ukrainian state television on Sunday evening.

The European Commission will have to issue a recommendation on Ukraine’s compliance with the necessary membership criteria, he added.

Zhovkva added that Ukraine hopes to obtain the status of a candidate country for EU membership in June at a scheduled meeting of the European Council.

“Then we will have to start accession negotiations. And once we hold these talks, we can already talk about Ukraine’s full EU membership,” Zhovkva said.

At least 7 dead in strikes in Lviv, local officials say

At least seven people were killed, including a child, and 11 others injured in the missile strikes on the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, local officials said.

Four strikes hit the city early Monday, regional governor Maksym Kozytskiy said, including three targeting military infrastructure and one hitting a car repair shop.

The sites were all badly damaged, Kozytskiy said, with emergency services working to put out the ongoing fires.

The city’s mayor said 11 people were injured in addition to the 6 deaths reported so far.

Shockwaves shattered the windows of a hotel housing evacuated Ukrainians, according to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi.

A photo shows the aftermath of an explosion near Lviv station

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JD Vance wins Trump’s endorsement after months of crawling https://davegplus.com/jd-vance-wins-trumps-endorsement-after-months-of-crawling/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 22:08:36 +0000 https://davegplus.com/jd-vance-wins-trumps-endorsement-after-months-of-crawling/ After making Republicans cringe while seeking his endorsement in Ohio’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate, former President Donald Trump decided to back author and venture capitalist JD Vance. Vance once swore against Trump’s presidency and even wrote a controversial diagnosis of Trump voters, but he’s all into Trump’s conspiratorial rhetoric now and has since […]]]>

After making Republicans cringe while seeking his endorsement in Ohio’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate, former President Donald Trump decided to back author and venture capitalist JD Vance.

Vance once swore against Trump’s presidency and even wrote a controversial diagnosis of Trump voters, but he’s all into Trump’s conspiratorial rhetoric now and has since apologized for his past comments.

This pitiful retirement and the chance to put a former foe to heel is likely what made Trump consider endorsing Vance in the first place.

“Like others, JD Vance may have said some not-so-good things about me in the past, but he gets it now, and I’ve seen it in spades,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “He is our best chance of victory in what could be a very tough race.”

Thursday, NBC News reported the mere thought of Vance receiving it on longtime Trump loyalists had pushed some Ohio Republicans against a wall. Far-right Senate candidate Josh Mandel, known for almost fight a main opponent and repeatedly targeting Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter on Twitter — was among those whose team ultimately tried to change Trump’s mind.

Mandel’s campaign would have sent Trump’s team a poll showing he would be ahead of the pack significantly if Trump approved him, while the same poll showed an endorsement for Vance only put him in a tie for second place – always behind Mandel. Despite Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, as well as Trump’s racist stereotypesthere were signs in recent days that Vance would be Trump’s choice.

Nevertheless, after NBC News reported on Trump andendorsement expected Thursday, several GOP officials in Ohio frantically sent a letter to Trump discouraging him from endorsing anyone in the crowded Senate primary. The letter, first obtained by Politicowas signed by dozens of local Republican officials who cite Vance’s past criticism of Trump as disqualifying him from the primary.

“While we were working hard in Ohio to support you and Make America Great Again, JD Vance was actively working against your candidacy,” they claimed.

Politics too mentioned two Mandel donors pressed Trump for his endorsement at a recent campaign event for another Ohio lawmaker, but Trump reportedly said the sight of Mandel almost fighting a nearly 70-year-old man was “embarrassing “.

Ahead of last year’s attack on the United States Capitol, Trump encouraged his supporters to “fight like hell” for him. Of course, that was not permission for them to come almost to blows in their own Senate campaigns. Either way, in the battle for Trump’s love, Mandel was beaten by crawling superior JD Vance.

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