American Idol and now there are five Host Ryan Seacrest is hawking this season of American Idol (AI) as having the most talented crop of finalists in the show’s history. This is no overstatement. The picks this year are all outstanding and it is always sad seeing a contestant leave just because they did not get enough votes. Today, May 13, is the second to the last week of the competition. By tonight, we will already have the names of those who will see the big battle for the title. The suspense is mounting and it is now time to prepare ourselves for the disappointment of seeing some of our favorites make their exits. But no matter who makes the grade, I can honestly say that this one has been another fun, exciting season for the reality show. Here now are the five American Idol finalists. Check them out tonight at 6 on ETC. Alejandro Aranda, a 24-year-old dishwasher and busker from Pomona, California, who again moved the judges when he performed his … [Read more...] about American Idol and now there are five
Cashing big checks
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 5, 2019 Yeesh. I hope you all can get through this before the 3:30 p.m. game time because there’s some good stuff in here and I wouldn’t want you to miss any of it. So enjoy and try to enjoy the game. Maybe it’ll be fun. And there’s gonna be another one on Tuesday, regardless. - Q: Good day Doug and happy birthday month. Being a year or two older than you, I'm going to use your cue and go for a birthday season leading up to my next special day. Article Continued Below Since you will have lots of basketball questions, and since in your earlier life you covered lots of track action, I will throw another current issue at you for your comments. As you know, Castor Semenya has just lost her case allowing her to run without some sort of treatment to artificially lower her natural testosterone levels. I think this was the wrong decision for several reasons. Firstly, I cannot understand the … [Read more...] about Semenya to Millar to the Raptors; all in the weekend mail
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has stressed that there were no flaws in the company’s 2018 financial report, which had been criticized by two of the commissioners, saying that the report met the accountancy standards and abided by existing regulations. “It (the report) did not violate Financial Accounting Standard (PSAK) 23 because [under it], revenue can be included [in a financial report] before it is cashed,” according to Garuda in a statement received by The Jakarta Post, recently. Previously, two commissioners — Chairal Tanjung, who represents PT Trans Airways and Dony Oskaria, who represented Finegold Resources Ltd — objected to the airline's financial report, particularly details on the revenue from a cooperation agreement with PT Mahata Aero Teknologi (US$239.94 million) and receivables from PT Sriwijaya Air ($28 million) in the 2018 fiscal year. Garuda argues that according to PSAK 23, the income that can be included in financial reports … [Read more...] about Garuda argues no flaws in its 2018 financial report
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Wed., May 1, 2019 Brad Marchand’s true colours are showing through, huh? Gonna guess a fair bit of Leaf Nation is rooting for the Columbus Blue Jackets at the moment. Or maybe you should be with the Marlies, who signed Egor Korshkov (though his name is Yegor on hockeydb.com), for their playoff run. Game 1 vs. Cleveland (Columbus’s top farm team) is tonight. Korshkov, whose Leaf contract kicks in July 1 and runs two years, will stand out because he’s actually big. Six-foot-four. We’ll see what kind of pro he is, if he can skate, etc. His numbers in the KHL don’t exactly scream: “Prospect.” Injured most of this year, he had five points in 19 games, and 65 points in 119 career games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He had a terrific 2016 World Juniors, with eight points in seven games, losing the gold medal game to Kasperi Kapanen’s Finland. He was drafted by the Leafs that summer, already 19. … [Read more...] about Leafs forwards make the grade: Marner is the key