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18 Dec 18
The London Free Press

Walking through the bright, stylish exposed brick and hardwood design of Info-Tech Research Group’s new downtown office, chief executive Joel McLean loves the open, expansive work space.

18 Dec 18
'diff graff

World reknown artist Banksy has been rumored to have visited the South Wales town of Port Talbot for his latest piece of street art. Featured on a grey breese-block wall in the Taibach area of the town – the work encompasses two sides of a back street garage sprayed in Banksy’s familiar style. One local […]

18 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
Remember just a few short months ago when Oilers fans cringed at the thought of Mikko Koskinen? The Mikko Koskinen signing in the summer was a heavy topic of conversation in Oilersnation and the sound of his name made many people frown. I am guilty of these thoughts, and after watching Koskinen play in the preseason I was even more upset with Peter Chiarelli signing him and the situation we were in. Isn’t that hilarious? I guarantee you that there’s not one person on this planet that thought Mikko Koskinen, a man who played only four NHL games eight years ago, would currently have a 7-0 record at home with the Edmonton Oilers. Mikko Koskinen isn’t starting tonight against the Blues as Cam Talbot has an excellent record against them at home. However, I’m here to remind you how GOOD Koskinen has been playing and what an extremely pleasant surprise he’s been for this team and these fans. After 17 games played, Koskinen has 11 wins, a .928 S%, and a 2.18 GAA. Koskinen currently sits third in the league in GAA behind Pekka Rinne and Adin Hill (who’s only played nine games). He also sits fourth in S% behind Laurent Brossoit, Jaroslav Halak, and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Brossoit has also only played 9 games but side note – who would have expected him to be putting up these numbers with Winnipeg this year also? I’m happy for the guy and truly think he needed a change of scenery from here in Edmonton. Mikko Koskinen Career Stats Season Team Lge GP A PIM Min GA EN SO GAA W L T Svs Pct GP A PIM 2015-16 St. Petersburg SKA KHL 41 0 4 2379 96 0 3 2.42 20 18 0 1034 0.915 15 0 2 2016-17 St. Petersburg SKA KHL 23 2 6 1387 48 0 3 2.08 14 6 3 524 0.916 15 1 0 2017-18 St. Petersburg SKA KHL 29 0 4 1718 45 0 5 1.57 22 4 1 671 0.937 15 0 0 2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 0 0 993 36 0 3 2.18 11 4 1 464 0.928 NHL Totals 21 0 0 3 2.55 13 5 1 0.917
18 Dec 18
Edmonton Journal

Game 35: Blues at Oilers It’s been almost a full year now since Milan Lucic was a productive NHL scorer. The dividing line was as sharp as can be, right at Christmas 2017. Last December 23rd — a year ago this week — Lucic scored a goal to help his Edmonton Oilers to a 4-1 […]

18 Dec 18
OILERSNATION
My mother is one of the most well-read people I’ve ever met. She has read over 10,000 books and earlier this year, while renovating her living room, she installed a bookcase across an entire wall. It is filled with books of various genres. It’s almost like having a library in your own home. (She actually just finished writing her first novel — more on that later.) She loves reading and learning, and while she is very much an intellect, I will always remember the advice she gave to my brother and me when we were little. In grade one, some kid kept bullying my brother at school and stealing his toys in class. “Next time he does it, you look him right in the eye and say, ‘please stop,'” mom said to my brother. “If he doesn’t, then you ask him again to stop. If he continues then you tell him, ‘If you do it one more time I will have no choice but to punch you.'” Then she added, “And if you decide to punch him, make sure you hit him first and hit him hard enough he won’t get up.” I’m sure some oversensitive parent today thinks this is bad parenting, but at some point you need to stand up for yourself, especially after two warnings, and take matters into your own hands, rather than tattle to the teacher. My brother ended up socking the kid one day, and after that he never bullied him again, so the lesson worked. I think the lesson also applies to sports. It is always better to gain an advantage early or, shall we say, land the first blow. Scoring first in the NHL is still a major advantage. The Edmonton Oilers are 12-5-2 when they score first and 6-8-1 when they give up the first goal. Scoring first doesn’t guarantee you victory, but it gives you an early advantage and often teams can carry that momentum through the game. The St.Louis Blues are struggling. They are 3-12-1 when the opposition scores first and 9-3-3 when they score first, but lately netminder Jake Allen has really struggled out of the gate. In the past four games he has allowed ten first period goals on 40 shots. The Calgary Flames scored four goals on 16 shots on Saturday and Allen didn’t return for the second period. Three games earlier the Vancouver Canucks pumped three goals past him, on only six shots, in the first 14 minutes of the game and he was done for the night. The Blues are fragile and if the Oilers can get to Allen early, you know he and his teammates will be thinking, “Here we go again.” The mental aspect of the NHL plays a major role for every player and for collective teams. Score the first goal, and a team can get an early boost, and if it is one of your best offensive players then they often have more pep in their step the remainder of the game. It can also work the other way, especially for losing teams. They give up an early goal, and doubt creeps into their mind a lot quicker than it would for a winning team. Players try to block it out, and good teams do, but it is not a surprise that since Connor McDavid arrived in the NHL (2015/2016 season), no NHL team has a winning record when they surrender the first goal. Only three teams have a winning% over .400 when allowing the first goal during the past 280 games. Washington is 60-56-16, Pittsburgh went 56-58-13 and Tampa Bay is 61-65-17. In those 280 games the Oilers are 44-87-15 when the opposition scores first, but they are 88-35-11 when they score first. I recall someone trying to suggest the second goal was equally important, but that doesn’t jive for me. When you score first you get the early advantage, and it allows you to go up 2-0 and gain a bigger advantage, but it also allows you to surrender a goal and be right back to even. If you don’t score first you have zero chance of going ahead 2-0. The Blues have been on their heels all season. They’ve never won more than two games in a row and they’ve only done that three times. They are 4-6-2 on the road and have allowed four or more goals in half of their road games. In their four victories they’ve only allowed one first period goal, and in their eight losses they’ve allowed eight first period goals. The Oilers need to land the first goal (punch) tonight against a Blues team that has proven to have a weak chin so far this season. *A quick moment for a son to brag. My mother’s first novel, I, the Woman, Planted the Tree, was released earlier this month and is now available on Amazon.  It will resonate with those interested in a deeper learning of who you are and what your dreams are trying to tell you.  “An immersion experience for seekers, healers and dreamers, this book is a journey into the dark feminine. This is a real, gut-wrenching and timeless story of woman’s search for the Divine Feminine. A surprising story of the desperation and final release from seemingly endless depression, this book is for those who have found no relief either in talk therapy, the medical establishment, pharmaceuticals, or conventional religious and cultural institutions.” Recommend it to a friend if you have a moment.* LINEUP… Oilers Chiasson-McDavid-Draisaitl Rieder-Nuge-Rattie Lucic-Brodziak-Kassian Caggiula-Khaira-Puljujarvi Nurse-Larsson Gravel-Jones Garrison-Benning Talbot Hitchcock juggled his second and fourth line, and he did so in hopes of them getting more icetime. “Right now we are relying on too few players, and at the end of the game, especially an intense playoff-style game like in Vancouver, we had some people who were worn down and had played too many minutes and it showed in their play. We got to get more guys helping us in a better way, and he (Khaira) is one of them,” explained Hitchcock on the reshuffling. He also mentioned he feels Khaira and Puljujarvi have potential to give more. He didn’t say it in the way they were playing poorly, just that he feels that line along with Drake Caggiula should be able to play productive minutes. Talbot gets the start. He defeated the Blues 3-2 in a SO on December 5th, but he is only 3-4-1 on home ice. Hitchcock wants to keep both his goalies involved, and even though Koskinen has assumed the starters role, with ten starts to Talbot’s five (including tonight), he doesn’t want Talbot sitting too long between starts. If Talbot didn’t play tonight he likely wouldn’t have played until after Christmas. Because the Oilers will play Koskinen v. the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. The Oilers PK had been trending in the right direction prior to Sunday’s loss in Vancouver. Two of Vancouver’s three goals came from losing faceoffs. Ironically, the same Oilers centres have been better on PK draws than they have on the PP or at EV. Nugent-Hopkins is 45.6% on the PK (26-31) and 42.5% at EV (132-175). Draisaitl is 48.7% on the PK (19-20), but only 45% on the PP (58-71). He is a solid 51.6% at EV (208-195). Kyle Brodziak is also 48.7% on the PK (19-20), and is their best EV faceoff guy at 51.9% at EV (160-148). The PK needs a bounce-back effort tonight. The Blues have the fifth best road PP in the NHL at 24.3%. It is hard for any PK to have success without solid goaltending. Talbot needs to make a few more saves on the PK. He has allowed 15 goals on 61 shots (.754sv%), while Koskinen has allowed ten goals on 81 shots (.877sv%). McDavid needs one assist to reach 200 in his career and if he does it tonight he'll be the 8th fastest player to reach 200 assists.W.Gretzky-165 gamesP. Stastny-199 M. Lemieux-213D. Savard-214 P. Forsberg-214S.Crosby- 215J.Juneau- 236Tonight is McDavid's 243rd game. #NHL — Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) December 18, 2018 Blues Steen-O’Reilly-Tarasenko Schwartz-Schenn-Perron Maroon-Bozak-Thomas Nolan-Barbashev-Sundqvist Edmundson-Parayko Bouwmeester-Bortozzo Dunn-Butler Allen The Blues forwards are healthy with Steen and Schwartz returning. When the Oilers faced them two weeks ago, Sanford and Thomas started the game on the top line with Ryan O’Reilly. The Blues have some skilled players in their top six, and the Oilers can’t play too lose, but right now the Blues biggest weakness is in their defensive zone. TONIGHT… Photoshop: Tom Kostiuk GAME DAY PREDICTION: The Oil have won six straight at home. They won their final eight home games in 2016/2017, and they inch closer to tying that with a 4-3 victory. OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: McDavid picks up his 200th career assist. He finishes with two points and now has 11 points in 11 career games v. the Blues. NOT-SO-OBVIOUS GAME DAY PREDICTION: Tobias Rieder scores his first goal as a member of the Oilers exactly seven years and 156 days after they drafted him 114th overall. MONTH OF GIVING Thank you to Al Prokop and the groups at Blackhawk Golf Club and restaurant XIX for the great packages and to Ryan and Scott for their great bids. DAY 12: Package #2 REALTOR FEES from Michelle Derk Up for grabs is the seller’s commission for your house. (In a regular sale half the commission goes to the seller realtor and half to the buyer. So this is $3.5% on the first $100,000 and $1.5% on the balance). On a $500,000 house that is a value of $9,500.00. On a $600,000 house that is a value of $11,000.00. and so on. PACKAGE #2: Family and Rivalry games Four seats at centre ice (section 120) row 22 for Oilers/Canucks on Thursday, December 27th. Unreal seats Four Loge seats to the Edmonton Oil Kings v. Calgary Hitmen on Friday, December 28th. You can bid by listening to TSN 1260 and calling 780.444.1260 or text 101260 between 2-6 p.m. today. Proceeds will help The Christmas Bureau and Gregor’s Grads. GDB BROUGHT TO YOU BY COLLIN BRUCE MORTGAGE TEAM Find out why so many people are using Dominion Lending Centres #1 broker in Canada. We are paid by the banks on the size of the mortgage, not the interest rate, so we try to get you as low as rate as we can. Whether it is a purchase, renewal or refinance, contact us to see what we can do to help! Recently by Jason Gregor: Pacific Division Surge Can Alex Chiasson be the next Alex Burrows? GDB 33.0: Another KoskiWin? McDavid’s 300th point puts him in rare group GDB 32.0: Goin to Winnipeg Paging Nurse to the Top Unit Source: NHL, Official Game Page, 12/18/2018 – 1:00 pm MT
18 Dec 18
Laura Ivanović Photography

“Camera obscura” (lat. “mračna komora” ili “zamračena prostorija”) je kutija (svjetlonepropusna opna bilo kakvog oblika) čije unutrašnje plohe ne dopuštaju odraz svjetlosnih zraka (moraju biti obojene crnom mat bojom ili još bolje, prekrivene crnim filcom). Na stijenki kutije izbušena je rup(ic)a. Kroz taj sitan otvor (“mlaznicu svjetla”) svjetlosne zrake izvana, ulaze u mračnu komoru i projiciraju sliku motiva […]

18 Dec 18
The strongest weapons for african Americans are pen and paper

Former slave escapee, Frederick Douglass in a post civil war era fought for black equality after the civil war amendments have been passed not for himself, but for the other four million freed slaves that are jobless, homeless, and have no purpose in life. Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey was born into slavery in Talbot County, […]

18 Dec 18
Regina Leader-Post

Eighteen Saskatchewan lawyers will add Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) to their designation.

18 Dec 18
nsbagreenbook

Please be aware of Notice to Mariners No. 37 2018: YACHT AND SMALL CRAFT WAITING PONTOON Mariners and Port-Users are advised the waiting pontoon in the east end of the Trawl Dock is out of action and cannot be used by any vessels until further notice. Any yachts or small craft who require a berth […]

18 Dec 18
The Commentary Gazette®

This curious narrative is found on a cuneiform tablet in the British Museum. The original text is published in Plate 42 of Delitzsch’s work, ““Assyrische Lesestucke”.” I gave a translation of it in the “Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology,” Vol. IV, pp. 349-362. This tablet describes the revolt of the gods or angels […]

18 Dec 18
Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

New app piloted at the MUHC gives accurate, touchless wound measurements Credit: McGill University Health Centre Monitoring a wound is critical, especially in diabetic patients, whose lack of sensation due to nerve damage can lead to infection of a lesion and, ultimately, amputation. New research from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and McGill University […]

18 Dec 18
More UK News

Image copyright Neath Port Talbot Image caption Dozens of landslips have been recorded in Pantteg since records began Ten houses in the Swansea Valley evacuated after a landslip are likely to be issued with demolition orders next year, a council leader has said. Residents in Cyfyng Road, Ystalyfera, were handed prohibition orders after officials said […]