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College Football Expert Makes Bold College Football Playoff Field Prediction

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first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)USA Today college football handicapper Danny Sheridan joined The Paul Finebaum show on Friday. He wasn’t afraid to let some interesting takes fly.His College Football Playoff field is no different. During the show, he named the four teams that he sees making it.Two will come as no surprise. Alabama and Clemson have appeared in the last three College Football Playoffs, facing off for two national championships, and last year, a semifinal.A third team is also a past Playoff participant: Washington. He likes Jake Browning to lead the Huskies to their second berth in three years.The final team would be a College Football Playoff newcomer. He likes Penn State to “smoke” Ohio State, and represent the Big Ten in the field.Early @CFBPlayoff prediction from @DannySheridan1Alabama, Clemson, Washington & Penn State— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) June 1, 2018Every year of the College Football Playoff has featured at least one new team.Penn State would fit the bill, and it is hard to argue against the upward trajectory that the Nittany Lions have been on over the last few years. Here’s what he had to say about that Ohio State prediction:“Penn State will definitely be an underdog. They catch Ohio State at home early, in September. Ohio State figures to have their quarterback situation unsettled at that point. I think Penn State will be a slight underdog, maybe two and a half points or three, and I know that will be one my picks and I think Penn State will smoke them. They’re going to pay them back for last year.That is correct, they lost 39-38. I picked them last year to win outright. The year before that, I picked them against Ohio State. I didn’t pick them to win, they did. They covered the spread. But my point is that the last two years, Penn State has been getting better and better and this is the year they’re going to smoke Ohio State.They may lose to Michigan, but they’re going to win the Big Ten. They’ll definitely smoke Ohio State. And that’s not an insult to Ohio State. It’s just hey, welcome to parity in college football.”This would leave the Big 12 on the outside looking in. The conference has been left out twice in the first four years of the system.[ESPN]last_img read more

New Job Opportunities for Income Assistance Recipients

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first_imgNova Scotians who receive income assistance now have more options to help them on their journey back to work and to earn some extra money, thanks to a new program from the Department of Community Services. Harvest Connection is a voluntary program that links income assistance recipients to job opportunities in rural communities during harvest season. Individuals who have received income assistance for six months can earn up to $3,000 a year, on top of their basic income assistance, by harvesting crops like apples, vegetables and Christmas trees. “Harvest Connection will benefit farmers and income assistance recipients who are looking for work in their community,” said Community Services Minister Judy Streatch. “We’ve heard from farmers and producers and we know there is a serious shortage of seasonal workers to harvest their crops. Harvest Connection will help some of our clients return to work while addressing a pressing need for help to complete the harvest.” “We are pleased to support rural Nova Scotia and the agriculture industry through this new initiative,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “It will provide additional labour options for the farming community throughout the province.” One of the most significant challenges identified by the agriculture and Christmas tree industries is a shortage of seasonal workers to successfully harvest crops. “Accessible labour is important to our success and our ability to get our product to market,” said Greg Webster, president of Webster Farms Limited in Cambridge, Kings Co., and human resources chair for Horticulture Nova Scotia. “This change should improve the availability of seasonal workers during the critical harvest period.” “It’s getting tougher every year to attract seasonal labour. Having more local workers available to help us harvest Christmas trees would be great,” said Dwight Herman, vice-president of the Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Council and manager of Kirk Forest Products in Bridgewater. In 2005, the agriculture and Christmas tree sectors generated about $453.4 million in sales and employed about 9,000 people. The Department of Community Services helps people achieve greater self-sufficiency which, for many, means returning to work. A wide range of employment services are available through the department, such as programs to gain on the job work experience, learn a trade or specialized skill, or learn to read. Since 1998-99, the number of people receiving income assistance has declined from 42,000 to about 30,000. Each year, up to 10,000 individuals participate in employment support programs. In 2005-06, the Department of Community Services helped about 3,100 income assistance recipients return to the work force. For more information or to apply for Harvest Connection, income assistance recipients should contact their local Community Services office.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

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Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,244.59, up 77.03 points).Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up 29 cents, or 6.64 per cent, to $4.66 on 13.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 25 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $12.78 on 10.6 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Down five cents, or 0.99 per cent, to $5.02 on 9.5 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Down 28 cents, or 1.21 per cent, to $22.92 on 8.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 14 cents, or 1.4 per cent, to $9.85 on 6.8 million shares.The Bank of Nova Scotia. (TSX:BNS). Financials. Down 30 cents, or 0.41 per cent, to $72.48 on 6.8 million shares.Companies reporting:Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Down 80 cents to $61.50. Canopy Growth has acquired AgriNextUSA, in a move to boost its hemp business in the United States. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Earlier this year, Canopy was granted a licence by the state of New York to process and produce hemp, a member of the cannabis plant family.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up two cents to $31.46, WestJet Airlines. (TSX:WJA). Up 28 cents to $19.24. Canada’s two largest airlines have at least one of the optional safety features on their Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft that were reportedly lacking on the jets that crashed in Ethiopia and Indonesia. Air Canada and WestJet Airlines both say they purchased disagree lights used by the aircraft’s software system during flight to avert stalls.Hudbay Minerals Inc. (TSX:HBM). Up five cents to $9.35. Hudbay Minerals has proposed numerous measures to reduce impacts on the environment, including what it says is an “unprecedented” use of dry-stack tailings to secure approval at its nearly US$2-billion copper mine in Arizona. The company plans to squeeze water for reuse from about 528 million tonnes of processed ore, the equivalent weight of close to 5,000 CN Towers, to reduce water use by about half compared with its consumption if it were to use conventional tailings. The Canadian Press read more

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