Day: January 10, 2018

Tyler Johnson’s revival is latest reason to fear the Lightning –

Johnson would probably say that what he’ll do in the playoffs is most important, and that’s been an area of strength even during seasons when he’s been banged up. Johnson has star-type postseason numbers so far in his career: 42 points in 47 playoff games.

Most of the headlines go to Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman, and Vasilevskiy, and rightfully so. Those guys are putting the Lightning so far ahead of the pack that they need a special rear-view mirror (maybe borrowed from the Capitals?) to see their nearest competition for the Presidents’ Trophy.

With all of that in mind, Johnson’s lining up one of the best seasons of his career. He already has 34 points in 42 games this season, putting him close to matching his totals from two tough recent campaigns (45 points in 2016-17, 38 in 2015-16). In those cases, he was unable to hit 70 regular-season games played. His best work, far away, came in 2014-15, when he scored 72 points in 77 games and was sensational in the playoffs.

It’s easy to lose track of such things when Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and Andrei Vasilevskiy are conquesting like Alexander the Great, yet it’s true. Johnson’s been electric in his own right.

In the past 17 games, Johnson’s generated 12 goals and 11 assists for a whopping 23 points.

Through the first 25 games of the season, Johnson managed a mere four goals and seven assists for 11 points. That’s not disastrous, but it didn’t exactly inspire confidence in the seven-year, $35 million contract he recently signed.

One big reason for the surge is that Johnson’s been playing with a guy he once had great success with (Ondrej Palat) and a rising star in Brayden Point. His most common linemate overall has been Alex Killorn (via Natural Stat Trick), but during the last 10 games, that trio’s been together even more often than Stamkos, Kucherov, and Vladislav Namestnikov (according to Left Wing Lock).

Of all the things that were going right for the Tampa Bay Lightning to begin 2017-18, Tyler Johnson wasn’t exactly lighting the NHL on fire.

Behind the smart gadgets, Amazon and Google are waging war – Business Insider

Google has plastered digital billboards and the Las Vegas Monorail with the “Hey Google” wake-up command. It’s announced a range of new gadgets featuring its assistant on everything from smart displays to pressure cookers. And it’s sent out the clowns — a jumpsuit-wearing army of advertising associates wearing brightly-colored Converse sneakers and hovering around partner firms’ booths to explain how Google’s technology works.


Amazon, which grabbed an early lead in this market, opted for a more subtle approach. Instead of an advertising blitz, its Alexa digital assistant has merely been popping up regularly in “smart” products across the convention — everything from mirrors and toilets to headphones and car dashboards.

Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. But these tech giants have built an imposing presence here this year as they work to weave their voice-operated digital assistants more deeply into our personal lives.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The flash of the CES technology show in Las Vegas is all about robots, drones and smart gadgets. But its subtext is all about Google versus Amazon.

England call up Liam Livingstone for two-Test tour to New Zealand – The Guardian

From the recent Ashes Test squad, the Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance, the Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball and the Surrey all-rounder Tom Curran miss out. James Vince, Moeen Ali and Mark Stoneman have been retained, however, despite having a difficult time in the Australia series.

Livingstone impressed for Lancashire last season, scoring 803 runs at an average of 47.24, and was one of the best performers on the recent Lions tour to Australia.

The national selector, James Whitaker, said the selectors have been “particularly impressed” with the 24-year-old’s ability against spin and seam.

“He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena. During the recent Lions tour of Australia, he was a standout performer and showed a lot of maturity in his attitude and put in some strong performances. We are particularly impressed with the way he bats against spin and is equally adept against the seamers.”

Regarding Ballance, Ball and Curran, Whitaker said: “All three will return to county cricket and will be looking to start the season well with a view to staking their claim to get back into selection reckoning. They are talented players and I am sure their time will come again.”

California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa won’t run for re-election –

Issa was a national figure and a staple on cable talk shows when he chaired the House Oversight House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from from 2011 to 2015. He was a relentless critic of the Obama administration and led the investigation of the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi until GOP leaders decided to create a special committee to handle that probe.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

So far, four Democrats have announced their intention to run for the seat: Doug Applegate, Sara Jacobs, Paul Kerr and Mike Levin. Applegate was Issa’s 2016 opponent.

Issa was narrowly re-elected to his seat in 2016, when he won with 50.3% of the votes. The district — a part of Southern California that swung in favor of Hillary Clinton in 2016 — has since been listed as a top target by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican whose seat was considered vulnerable in the midterm elections, announced Wednesday that he will retire from Congress at the end of this year.

Issa joins the wave of GOP lawmakers who have announced that they won’t run for re-election this year.

Ketogenic Diets: Do They Work Or Not? – Healthy Magazine

Slashing carbs and eating fats to enter ketosis; effective for weight loss?

Still, keto diets remain popular, in part because of celebrities. Notably, NBA star Lebron James was a proponent of low carb, high fat diets that promote ketosis.

Though there are many upsides to the diet, be warned of several things. First, slashing carbs to this extent can be difficult. Further, because the ketogenic diet is very restrictive it doesn’t always provide all the essential nutrients the body needs, and taking vitamin supplements are advised. The ketogenic diet is low in dietary fiber, so you’d want to make sure your digestive system is working properly and to watch it closely throughout the diet. Due to its restrictiveness, the ketogenic diet can be counteractive as people tend to overeat when they restrict themselves.

Keto diets might be hard to stick with because of drastic carb reduction, and might not always result in meaningful weight loss. Research does suggest benefit for some neurological conditions.

Florida wants to remove its herpes-excreting wild monkeys –

“Human visitors to the park are most likely to be exposed … through contact with saliva from macaque bites and scratches or from contact with virus shed through urine and feces,” the paper’s authors wrote.

“It is interesting to see oral shedding at all,” Civitello said in an email after reviewing the paper. “It will be important to figure out whether underreporting, low quantities, or low transmissibility would explain why infections in tourists have not been reported.”

“Herpes B virus infection is extremely rare in people, but when it does occur, it can result in severe brain damage or death if the patient is not treated immediately,” CDC spokesman Ian Branam said in a statement.

Human cases of the virus have been rare, with about 50 documented worldwide, and there have been no known transmissions of it to people from wild rhesus macaques in Florida or elsewhere. However, the researchers say the issue has not been thoroughly studied.

Scientists studying a growing population of rhesus macaques in Silver Springs State Park in Ocala say that rather than just carrying herpes B, which is common in the species, some of the monkeys have the virus in their saliva and other bodily fluids, posing a potential risk of spreading the disease.

ON THE SILVER RIVER — Wildlife managers in Florida say they want to remove roaming monkeys from the state in light of a new study published Wednesday that finds some of the animals are excreting a virus that can be dangerous to humans.

The findings suggest a public health concern, said David Civitello, an Emory University biology professor who was not involved in the study. Still, he said, while the research confirms the presence of the virus in the monkeys’ bodily secretions, more work needs to be done to establish how much virus there is, and how easily transferable it is.

“The commission supports the removal of these monkeys from the environment to help reduce the threat they pose. This can be done in a variety of ways,” spokeswoman Carli Segelson said in an email.

Issa becomes second California Republican to retire this week as Democrats look to reclaim US House – Los Angeles Times

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Another Year, Another Disaster for Sears – Bloomberg

Sears has delivered six consecutive years of losses and is on track to do so again in FY 2017


According to Intelligence, Sears had $4.3 billion in outstanding debt at the end of the third quarter, about $1.5 billion of which comes due this year. And yet in Wednesday’s press release, CEO Edward Lampert talked about using the cash infusion and cost savings to “increase our investment in the most promising opportunities in our enterprise, including our Shop Your Way network and our Sears Home Services business.”

Every time I read a press release from Sears Holdings Corp., I get a sense of déjà vu.

The latest such statement came on Wednesday, when Sears said it had raised $100 million in new financing and would start slashing $200 million in annualized costs through measures other than store closures.

It could still sell off Kenmore and Diehard, and the company said Wednesday it was continuing to weigh strategic options for those brands. That has the potential to provide short-term relief, but it won’t solve the essential problem that there simply aren’t enough people shopping at Sears and Kmart stores.

Source: Company reports

Sears has been bleeding money for years now: