Super letdown: Patriots routed in 2nd half, Chiefs win 42-27

first_imgRead Next Kansas City’s star safety Eric Berry was carted off with 4:56 remaining with an undisclosed injury.The Patriots lost perhaps their best defensive player, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, in the third quarter with a knee injury. His absence showed on Hunt’s long TD reception. … WR Danny Amendola left in the fourth quarter with a head injury. He’s projected as New England’s slot receiver with Julian Edelman out for the season. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) eludes New England Patriots defensive end Cassius Marsh (55) as he runs for a touchdown after catching a pass from Alex Smith during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts — There were big plays all over the field. The Chiefs, not the Patriots, were making them.Alex Smith threw two long touchdown passes and rookie Kareem Hunt, after fumbling on his first NFL carry, scored three times to help Kansas City stun New England 42-27 on Thursday night in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses It was the first time the Patriots lost at Gillette Stadium when leading at halftime, a span of 82 games. The 42 points were the most they have allowed in coach Bill Belichick’s 17-plus seasons.They were no match for the Chiefs in the last two periods.Tyreek Hill scored on a 75-yarder and Hunt put the Chiefs in front with a 78-yarder to punctuate Kansas City’s charge after trailing 17-14 at halftime. Hunt also had a 58-yard scamper and finished with 141 yards rushing and 98 receiving. Hill had 133 yards through the air, and Smith went 28 for 35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions. He’s the first quarterback with 300-plus yards, four TDs and no interceptions against Belichick.Brady, the 13th quarterback to start an NFL game at age 40, didn’t look too spry. He struggled mightily in the second half and didn’t throw for a touchdown, finishing 16 for 36 for 267 yards.Patriots newcomer Mike Gillislee scored on three short runs, becoming the first player since Terrell Owens of Philadelphia in 2004 to score three touchdowns in his debut with a new team.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img Sans Fernandez and Bolick, San Beda hammers Mapua for 9th straight And Kansas City aided the Patriots’ cause with 15 penalties for 139 yards. Yet, in the end, the Chiefs looked like world-beaters.At the beginning, it seemed like an extension of February’s Super Bowl. Riled up, Brady and the Patriots tore through the opposing defense as if it belonged to, well, the Falcons, scoring in nine plays, with Gillislee surging in from the 2.One play later, they were at it again as Hunt fumbled. The Patriots took over at the Kansas City 32 and appeared to go up 14-0 on Rob Gronkowski’s diving catch. Then a replay review overturned the score, with NFL headquarters — which now makes final decisions on such reviews — determining the ball hit the ground as Gronk came down in the end zone.Gillislee was stopped on fourth-and-inches at the KC 10 and the Chiefs, looking very much like the host team, marched 90 yards in 12 plays. Hunt made up for his early gaffe by gaining 25 yards on the tying drive, which Smith capped with a sharp 8-yard pass to Demetrius Harris.The teams traded long touchdown drives, New England going 82 yards to Gillislee’s second TD, the Chiefs covering 92 yards at the end of the half before Hunt ran in with a 3-yard swing pass.Stephen Gostkowski’s 25-yard field goal was the margin for New England’s halftime edge.But the crowd’s fervor was silenced with Hill’s long touchdown on which prized free agent addition cornerback Stephon Gilmore was torched. Hunt sped down the middle behind linebacker Kyle Van Noy and DE/LB Cassius Marsh to put Kansas City in front for good.SHORT YARDAGENew England failed twice in the first quarter on short-yardage runs, by Gillislee and Super Bowl hero James White, and again in the fourth period, by Gillislee. If anyone proclaimed the Patriots were missing RB LeGarrette Blount, who scored 18 TDs last season and was a beast in such situations, well, Gillislee, who came from Buffalo as a restricted free agent, ran in for a pair of 2-yard touchdowns and a 1-yarder.ROGER, ROGERNot only did the crowd revel in the video highlights from the Super Bowl, the fans booed vigorously when Commissioner Roger Goodell was shown talking on the sideline Chiefs owner Clark Hunt during warmups. A website distributed thousands of towels featuring Goodell’s face adorned with a clown nose, and many fans also had T-shirts with the caricature. Goodell watched the game from a suite, but not with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.INJURIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hunt set an NFL record for a pro debut since the 1970 merger with 239 total yards.Coming off their sensational Super Bowl rally to a fifth Lombardi Trophy, the Patriots faded badly in the second half. A raucous sold-out crowd of 65,878 celebrated the unveiling of yet another championship banner, and there was plenty of talk about Tom Brady leading them to a 19-0 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter Week 1, though, they are winless.“Just a very poor effort and we’ll have to do a lot better,” Brady said. “Didn’t make a lot of plays tonight.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terry

first_imgThe 40-year-old Terry is beginning his 19th season in the NBA. He appeared in 74 games with the Bucks last year and averaged 4.1 points in 18.4 minutes per game. He also made 73 3-pointers in 171 attempts from beyond the arc.The 6-foot-2 Terry, who was selected by Atlanta with the 10th overall pick in the 1999 draft, has career averages of 13.8 points and 3.9 assists in 1,359 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary APMILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have re-signed Jason Terry after the veteran guard shot 42.7 percent from 3-point range last season.The Bucks announced the contract Monday night. There was no word on the length or value of the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA teams not obliged to lend players to PH squad for Champs Cup, says Reyes Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate KIFF

first_imgKolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) Australia would be the focus country of the 24th Kolkata International Film Festival, slated to be inaugurated by Bollywood’s living legend Amitabh Bachchan in the presence of a galaxy of superstars of Indian cinema including Shah Rukh Khan here on November 10, the organisers announced on Saturday.A carousal of 171 feature films, 150 shorts and documentaries from 70 countries would be on show at 16 auditoria in the city and Howrah with the 1967 Bengali classic ‘Antony Firingee’ being the inaugural movie of the eight-day festival.Besides Bachchan, venerable Iranian director Majid Majidi, and Australian directors Simon Baker, Jill Bilcock and Philip Noyce would grace the opening ceremony, to be presided over by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.Sanjay Dutt, Jaya Bachchan, Wahida Rehman, Nandita Das would also be present at the opening ceremony, said state youth and sports minister and KIFF chief advisor Aroop Biswas.The best film would be given an award of Rs 51 lakh, and the best director Rs 21 lakh, with both receiving a golden trophy christened “Royal Bengal Tiger”.He said Antony Firingee, with Uttam Kumar and Tanuja in the lead, was chosen as the inaugural film to mark the 100 years of Bengali cinema.Twenty six films from Australia would be on show, with Philip Noyce being honoured with a retrospective.Four popular works of Iranian film maker Majidi will also be screened.Bengali film directory giving details of the major celluloid ventures in the language would be published during the jamboree.–IANSssp/pgh/advertisementlast_img read more

Celtic tumble out of Europe with calamitous defeat in St Petersburg

first_imgRodgers said: “Defensively we lacked aggression, particularly in the first half. We didn’t close the space quick enough. We talk about defending forward and we just didn’t defend forward well enough. We conceded poor goals from that.“The corner is one that can happen, we were blocked off, they worked it well and found the space. Branislav is outstanding in the air.“The second goal, we didn’t engage quick enough from the throw-in. We’re too deep and have to press the guy who was shooting. At 2-0 we still have an opportunity in the game. But everything was too sideways and backwards and that’s about bravery and having that courage to play. With so many young players in the team, you see the contrast from last week.“We started the second half OK but, again, we concede possession too cheaply and they work the ball round for a cross. We should never concede that type of goal, the third goal.“We were much better than them in the first game. If we played with a little bit more courage and belief tonight, we could maybe have got a result.”Roberto Mancini claimed Zenit earned their place in the last-16. The manager said: “We deserved to win. We played a very good game. Celtic are a strong team but we played very well. Celtic’s tempo in Glasgow was very difficult for us. Tonight we scored three goals, had other chances and for 75 minutes didn’t concede any chances to Celtic.” Europa League Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Read more Share on Facebook European club football Share on Messengercenter_img Brendan Rodgers claimed Celtic needed more courage against Zenit St Petersburg after they crashed out of the Europa League in Russia.The one-goal lead from the first leg of the last-32 tie at Celtic Park was wiped out before half an hour had been played as the former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic put Zenit in front with a header. Daler Kuzyayev fired in a long-range drive in the 27th minute to turn the tie in the hosts’ favour.A goal was still all Celtic needed to go through but in the 61st minute Aleksandr Kokorin made it 3-0 on the night to end the Scottish champions’ hopes of reaching the last 16. Reuse this content Share via Email match reports Share on Pinterest Celtic Zenit St Petersburg Dismal Arsenal limp through in Europa League after Östersund deliver scarelast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positions

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri eager to strengthen wide positionsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is eager to strengthen his wide positions.Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League with the mid-season window now open.The Daily Mail says the former Napoli gaffer wants “better wide, creative options”.Sarri already has wingers Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro among his ranks, as well as youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi.But his preference for playing Hazard in an unfamiliar No 9 role seems to have shaped his January plans. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Watch: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul in full flow at nets ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 opener

first_imgWatch: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul in full flow at nets ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 openerMahendra Singh Dhoni was seen sweating it out in the nets in Southampton ahead of India’s first match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5.advertisement Rohan Sen SouthamptonJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 16:49 IST MS Dhoni hit a few balls out of the park in Southampton (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI posted videos of MS Dhoni and KL Rahul sweating it out in the nets in SouthamptonTeam India will open its World Cup 2019 campaign vs South Africa on June 5Dhoni and Rahul had both hit hundreds in India’s 2nd warm-up game vs Bangladesh on May 28Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in his elements in Southampton on Monday as he batted in full flow in the nets ahead of Team India’s opening match of the World Cup 2019 against South Africa on June 5.MS Dhoni went big in the nets session as he hit a few balls out of the park while also worked on his defensive shots at the same time.Dhoni has been in terrific form with the bat this year both for India and Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2019. The 37-year-old has amassed 327 runs in 9 ODIs for India at a staggering average of 81.75 with four half-centuries while in the IPL this season he scored 416 runs in 15 games at 83.20 with three fifties with CSK finishing as the runners-up..@msdhoni hitting them out of the park, nice and easy #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Y2CKjBfOUKBCCI (@BCCI) June 3, 2019This is Dhoni’s fourth 50-over World Cup and probably his last and he remains as vital cog in the wheel for Team India being the most experienced player in the side.Virat Kohli will be looking up to Dhoni for advice during the games as he has been doing in white-ball cricket ever since taking over the captaincy.Apart from Dhoni, Karnataka batsman KL Rahul was also seen grinding it out in the nets in Southampton. Rahul more or less settled the debate on who would bat at No.4 for Team India after his magnificent hundred in the warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 28.#TeamIndia batsman @klrahul11 sweating it out in the nets ahead of the first #CWC19 fixture at The Ageas Bowl. pic.twitter.com/0uOf1a1iViadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) June 3, 2019Rahul hit a classy 108 from 99 balls after walking into bat when India lost both their openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, cheaply in overcast conditions. His century was followed by Dhoni’s brutal 113 off 78 balls as India posted 359 for 7 and then bowled out Bangladesh for 264 to win the match by 95 runs in Cardiff.India’s spin-twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal both bagged three wickets each in the game while Jasprit Bumrah picked two.India lost it’s first warm-up match against New Zealand but bounced back in style against Bangladesh. Kohli’s side will be up against South Africa, who are yet to taste success in the tournament having lost against hosts England and Bangladesh in their first two games.Also Read | MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly standout Indian captains, says Michael ClarkeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni hits rapid hundred in warm-up against BangladeshAlso Read | Used to call MS Dhoni a terrorist but he became a saint: Former teammateFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow KL RahulFollow Team IndiaFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

New Music Monday: The Decemberists

first_img 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now In the music video for “Make You Better,” the lead single from The Decemberists’ new album, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, Parks & Recreation‘s Nick Offerman portrays a TV host in the middle of a fraught relationship with one of his coworkers. This change in role for Offerman, from rugged Ron Swanson to the vulnerable Franz, is indicative of a larger change in The Decemberists’ tone on their new album.What a Terrible World… is more direct than the band’s older catalogue. “Make You Better” deals plainly and openly with the burdens lovers place on one another, while tracks like “12/17/12” feature vocalist Colin Meloy singing on his own experiences rather than narrating stories about fictional/mythical characters (cf. The Hazards of Love and The Táin).That said, and even considering the band’s shift in lyrical style, What a Terrible World… is unmistakably a Decemberists album. “The Singer Addresses His Audience” includes sly references to the listener as it takes a serious look at issues of fame and artistry, and in another life “Philomena” could have been the most suggestive track The Hollies ever recorded.Meloy’s use of more personal lyrics is a rejuvenating move for the band. What a Terrible World… points toward a new way forward for The Decemberists. The band is exploring new lyrical territory as well as digging further into its roots and inspirations.What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World came out last Tuesday, January 20th, on Capitol Records and is available on Amazon, The Decemberists’ official site, and iTunes. William Grant and Sons Launches New Single Malt Whisky Brand Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung What You Need to Know About Sherry, According to an Expertlast_img read more

Ban on Smoking Most Far-Reaching Health Policy in Decades

first_img The tobacco regulations outline places where smoking is prohibited, such as all enclosed places, public transportation, workplaces… The Minister stressed that that the regulations were put in place to protect the country’s workers, non-smokers, the nation’s children and smokers themselves. Statistics show that across the globe, every six seconds, someone dies from a tobacco-related illness; Story Highlights Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the Public Health (Tobacco Control) Regulations 2013, which had provisions for the imposition of a ban on smoking in specified public places, is the most far-reaching public health policy in decades.“I know that what I am doing is good for Jamaica. In the next couple of years, when you see less heart attacks, less strokes, less asthmatics, you’ll begin to understand the glory of these regulations,” the Minister posited.Dr. Ferguson  was addressing a joint meeting of the Rotary Clubs of Kingston East and Port Royal, and Trafalgar New Heights, at the Eden Gardens Hotel in Kingston on November 18.In keeping with the Government’s 2013/14 strategic priority focus on human capital development in relation to health care, the ban was imposed on July 15, with the implementation of the Regulations.The tobacco regulations outline places where smoking is prohibited, such as all enclosed places, public transportation, workplaces, government buildings, health facilities; sport, athletic and recreational facilities for use by the public; educational institutions; areas specifically for use by children, and places of collective use, such as bus stops.There is also the requirement of the use of large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products, instead of the text only warnings currently used.The Minister stressed that that the regulations were put in place to protect the country’s workers, non-smokers, the nation’s children and smokers themselves.“Tobacco, in relation to avoidable deaths, remains one of the greatest threats to public health globally, but is avoidable, and therefore as a country, what we are doing is taking the tough decisions. I posit that the ban on smoking in specified public places is good for Jamaica,” he argued.The Minister informed however, that he is currently making some adjustments to the regulations, based on letters he has received following the ban.“We have gotten over 30 letters, we have gotten advice about certain things. What I will not do, is to compromise the health aspect of the regulations, but things like the fine, not to make it without teeth, but that will be reduced; and the question of custodial sentence, that will be removed,”  pointed out.Dr. Ferguson said he is pleased with the level of support from the public, noting that according to the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) survey, 83 per cent of Jamaicans supported the regulations, while 97 per cent knew of the regulations.He emphasized that it is important that Jamaicans continue to support the ban, as the Government works to protect the health of citizens, particularly in relation to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), of which tobacco smoking is a “most critical risk factor.”Citing statistics, the Minister noted that six million persons die annually across the globe from tobacco smoking, and 600,000 of that number die from second-hand smoking.Statistics also show that across the globe, every six seconds, someone dies from a tobacco-related illness; one in 10 adults dies every year because of tobacco; and nearly 80 per cent of the world’s one billion smokers live in low and middle income countries like Jamaica.last_img read more

I would love to work with Woody Allen

first_imgLos Angeles: Scarlett Johansson has backed embattled filmmaker Woody Allen, who has become a pariah in Hollywood in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. The multi-hyphenate director has become a subject of discussion over the resurfacing of the sexual assault allegations levelled against him Johansson, one of the founding members of Time’s Up, has taken an opposite position as far as Allen is concerned. Many of his previous collaborators have distanced themselves from the director and regretted working with him. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaJohansson, who worked with Allen in three movies – Match Point , Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona , said she is ready to collaborate with the director again. I love Woody. I believe him, and I would work with him anytime, the actor told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. As far as the allegations against him are concerned, Johansson said, “I see Woody whenever I can, and I have had a lot of conversations with him about it. I have been very direct with him, and he’s very direct with me. He maintains his innocence, and I believe him.”last_img read more

Darfur UN envoy hopes all rebel leaders will participate in peace talks

24 October 2007The United Nations Special Envoy to Darfur said today that he hopes as many rebel leaders as possible from the war-torn Sudanese region will eventually take part in landmark peace talks starting on Saturday, even though some of the splintering rebel forces are already signalling they will not attend. Jan Eliasson told reporters that it was still not clear exactly how many rebel leaders will participate in the talks in Sirte, Libya, but he warned that the stakes for the people of Darfur were too high for them to turn down the invitation.“We may have a very dangerous development if we miss this opportunity,” he said, noting that the Sudanese Government, the country’s neighbours, representatives of Darfurian civil society and some local tribal leaders have all said they are ready and willing to take part.“We are now, of course, coming close to the moment of truth. I would say [it’s] the moment of hope for Darfur.”He stressed that substantive negotiations on many of the most contentious issues, such as power-sharing and control of land, will not take place immediately, allowing the rebel groups time to hold consultations among themselves on the sidelines of the Sirte talks.But he said that further delays would only lengthen the suffering in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2.2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003 because of fighting between rebels, Government forces and allied militia known as the Janjaweed.The Security Council has authorized the creation of a hybrid UN-African Union peacekeeping force, to be known as UNAMID, to try to quell the violence.The lead-up to the talks in Sirte, which are being co-convened by Mr. Eliasson and his AU counterpart, Salim Ahmed Salim, have been complicated by the proliferation of rebel movements as many of the existing groups, including the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), splinter into smaller factions.Speaking today by videoconference from Asmara, Eritrea, where he has been meeting with senior Government officials to discuss preparations for the negotiations, Mr. Eliasson said there is “very little hope” that rebel leader Abdul Wahid el-Nur will attend, while Khalil Ibrahim of the JEM has also asked for the talks to be delayed. But he said he was still hopeful that other rebel leaders would join the Sirte talks later.Mr. Eliasson said obtaining a formal cessation of hostilities would be a priority of the talks, while arrangements for the return of displaced people can also be given immediate attention. He expects the initial discussions in Sirte will focus on issues of security and wealth-sharing.After hearing a closed-door briefing from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sirte talks, the Security Council issued a presidential statement calling on all parties to engage fully and constructively in the talks and to first agree to a cessation of hostilities.“The Council underlines its willingness to take action against any party that seeks to undermine the peace process, including by failing to respect such a cessation of hostilities or by impeding the talks, peacekeeping or humanitarian aid,” the statement noted.It added that the 15-member body was deeply concerned about delays in the deployment of UNAMID, and urged Member States to make available the aviation and ground transport units still required for the mission.The Special Envoy said the preparations for the talks had been adversely affected by the recent spike in violence in Darfur, particularly the deadly attack last month against AU peacekeepers in the town of Haskanita.Frustration is growing in the camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), he said, with many residents having spent four years there and some younger IDPs becoming increasingly radicalized. Violence in the camps is rising and arms are starting to flow in.The strained relationship in the National Unity Government, formed in the wake of the end of the separate north-south civil war in Sudan, was also adding to the difficulties, Mr. Eliasson said.In his latest report on the implementation of the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended that war, Mr. Ban says recent events underline the fragility of the pact and the failure to implement some of its key provisions.Earlier this month, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) – the former southern rebel group – suspended its participation in the Government, although it is now holding talks with the National Congress Party on how to resolve their impasse.Mr. Ban urges all sides to implement their commitments under the agreement, calling on the leaders to show political courage.“While the conflict in Darfur undoubtedly had consequences for the rest of the country, we must not lose sight of the fact that the comprehensive peace agreement remains critical to long-lasting peace throughout the Sudan,” the Secretary-General writes. read more

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Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 8 July 2011

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Farewell To Tim Duncan The Greatest TwoWay Player In Modern NBA History

Shaquille O’Neal56.325.435.0 Nobody combined offense and defense like Tim Duncan 8Larry Bird41,329120.353.674.2 Wilt Chamberlain35.849.041.4 18Pau Gasol41,57281.438.552.2 4David Robinson38,492100.680.389.3 Includes all NBA regular seasons and playoffs from 1973-74 to the present.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 14Magic Johnson40,783149.134.656.2 11Jason Kidd56,19994.855.470.0 20Patrick Ewing45,80141.265.350.5 7Kareem Abdul-Jabbar50,840144.453.578.0 Kevin Garnett50.033.039.8 10Scottie Pippen49,17487.462.372.7 Hakeem Olajuwon30.638.534.1 The post-Jordan NBA era unofficially ended Monday, when San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan announced his retirement after 19 seasons as a pro. Duncan was at the forefront of the league for the past two decades, winning five championships and a pair of MVPs as the best player of the generation that entered the league as MJ was on his way out. But for whatever reason — be it playing in small-market San Antonio, his relatively low-key public persona or all the things that go into a nickname like the Big Fundamental — Duncan’s greatness remains undersold in many quarters. So here are a couple of ways in which he made a case for being the best player in modern NBA history.All-around greatnessDuncan never scored more than 25 points per game after age 25, and he didn’t crack 20 PPG after turning 30. His low-post game, premised around that classic bank shot, was solid but rarely feared, particularly later in his career. But Duncan augmented his point totals with good efficiency, great rebounding and a nice passing touch for a big man that allowed him to anchor the Spurs’ offense even when his days as a big-time scorer were in the past.And on defense, Duncan was uniformly incredible throughout his career. He was named to 15 All-Defensive teams — the last of which came at age 38 — and led the league in defensive Win Shares five times, to go with nine other top-five finishes. In terms of suppressing offensive efficiency (relative to league average), Duncan’s Spurs were the NBA’s best defensive dynasty since Bill Russell’s Celtics. And even in the twilight of his career, Duncan consistently ranked among the league’s top five defensive players according to the plus/minus metrics. He’s undeniably on the shortlist of the best defenders in basketball history.Put it all together, and it’s hard to find a modern player with a better combination of offensive and defensive résumés than Duncan. To measure this, I used a couple of statistics from Basketball-Reference.com: value over replacement player (VORP) and Win Shares, both of which strive to capture a player’s total on-court influence over his team’s success.1Since VORP only goes back to 1973-74, that’s the earliest season included in my sample. I converted both metrics to a figure representing wins above replacement (WAR), and broke down each into its offensive and defensive components, zeroing out seasons where a player dipped into negative-value territory. Then I summed up offensive and defensive WAR for a player’s entire career — including the playoffs, where Duncan built a good amount of his legend — and took the harmonic mean (which favors balance between the two instead of a lopsided total in one category) of a player’s offensive and defensive tallies.By that standard, Duncan has no peers among modern NBA players: 13Charles Barkley44,179154.941.064.9 Moses Malone40.933.136.6 15Clyde Drexler43,109118.235.654.7 2Kevin Garnett55,701107.387.296.2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61.582.670.5 Paul Pierce36.337.436.8 19Horace Grant44,79368.341.351.5 6LeBron James46,861196.252.582.8 WINS ABOVE REPLACEMENT 3Karl Malone62,759162.567.595.4 Great both young and oldDuncan also performed those acts of all-around greatness for just about two decades straight, playing like a Hall of Famer as both a young player and an old one. Back in 2014, my colleague Nate Silver was curious about how rare that combination was for a player:I wondered which other players in the NBA, and in the other major team sports, have had so much impact over their full professional lives. In other words, which of them were both very effective as young players and as old players?For an answer, Nate looked at each player’s Win Shares before age 25 and after age 32, taking the harmonic mean (yes, that again) of the two numbers to find players who matched Duncan’s career path. There weren’t many.Since Duncan has only added to his post-32 totals since then, let’s re-run the same exercise, updated through the end of Duncan’s career: NBA WIN SHARES PLAYERTHROUGH AGE 24AGE 33 ONWARDHARMONIC MEAN Tim Duncan47.855.051.1 1Tim Duncan56,738108.1110.3109.2 Michael Jordan53.643.648.1 12Michael Jordan48,485206.541.669.2 PLAYERMINUTES PLAYEDOFFENSEDEFENSEHARMONIC MEAN 9Shaquille O’Neal50,016133.850.273.0 17Robert Parish51,88170.941.452.3 5Hakeem Olajuwon49,97179.593.385.9 The NBA’s best full life-cycle players Dirk Nowitzki53.037.543.9 Sorted by harmonic mean of NBA Win Shares through age 24 and from age 33 onward.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 16Shawn Marion43,93463.047.053.8 In the end, Duncan still trails Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — it’s really tough to beat that guy in longevity-based measures — but he did pass Michael Jordan for No. 2 all-time in Nate’s metric, another feather in Duncan’s cap as one of the best and truly unique players in NBA history.Better than the raw numbers?And as great as Duncan looks according to the numbers above, both studies were conducted using derivatives of the basic box-score stats. Those can be fine for estimating a player’s value in a broad sense, but they have a tendency to misfire in some areas — such as defense, or even the more subtle aspects of offense like screening or space-creation — where Duncan happened to excel.Perhaps that’s why, when Real Plus-Minus creator Jeremias Engelmann released a bank of adjusted plus/minus data encompassing the 2001-2014 seasons, Duncan ranked as the third-best player of that era, trailing only Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. That’s slightly higher than Duncan placed according to Player Efficiency Rating (he was fifth), Win Shares per 48 minutes (also fifth) or even Box Plus/Minus (sixth), which is designed to emulate plus/minus ratings derived from more granular data.In other words, Duncan’s contributions might be somewhat underrated when we line up his stats against those of other greats from history. The NBA won’t be the same without him in it next season. read more

Parents Christmas present for their autistic son 7 destroyed in arson attack

first_imgPOLICE IN MANCHESTER say that a 7-year-old boy’s Christmas was ruined after arsonists set fire to a sensory room that his parents had built for him. Over the past few weeks, the parents of the boy, who suffers from Phelan-McDermid syndrome, had kitted out their garden summer house in Woodhouse Park, Manchester with padded flooring, soft lighting, a digital radio and soft toys for their son to play in. But they awoke yesterday morning to discover that the sensory room had been destroyed by a fire in their garden. The digital radio and lighting had been stolen before the house was set alight. The fire also spread to a guinea pig hutch next to the summer house but both guinea pigs inside survived. Police believe that overnight rain helped extinguish the fire, preventing a more serious incident. Greater Manchester Police Detective Inspector Jane Curran said the arson attack was “heartbreaking” and described it as a “disgusting and cowardly crime”. “The family, like every other family across Greater Manchester, were really looking forward to showing their son his Christmas present when they woke on Christmas Day. Whoever did this really has no morals whatsoever,” she said.last_img read more

Hadopi des sanctions à venir pour les récidivistes

first_imgHadopi : des sanctions à venir pour les récidivistes ?Ça y est, Hadopi amorce une nouvelle phase du processus. Elle a transmis à la justice le dossier de certains internautes suspectés de partage de fichiers illégaux en ligne.C’est une première en France. La Haute autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet (Hadopi) a transmis à la justice des dossiers d’internautes suspectés de téléchargements illégaux.La Hadopi va-t-elle se lancer à présent dans une phase de répression ? La Haute autorité indique en tous cas que “les dossiers sont en ce moment envoyés en flux continu dans toute la France, auprès des parquets des lieux de résidence.” Ensuite, ce sont les procureurs de la République qui décideront si le dossier doit être examiné par un juge ou non. Car, seul un juge pourra décider de la coupure éventuelle de la connexion Internet. Le 30 décembre dernier, l’autorité faisait état de 165 internautes se trouvant dans la “troisième phase”, avant un possible appel à la justice. Les internautes concernés risquent une amende maximale de 1.500 euros et une suspension de l’accès à Internet durant un mois maximum. Le candidat PS à la présidentielle, François Hollande, n’est pas favorable à Hadopi et a fait part de son souhait de remplacer l’autorité par “une grande loi signant l’acte 2 de l’exception culturelle française”, conciliant “la défense des droits des créateurs et un accès aux œuvres par Internet, facilité et sécurisé”. Le 14 février 2012 à 10:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mavericks beat Blazers for 20 series lead

first_imgDALLAS — The Portland Trail Blazers must feel like they are in an NBA time warp. First they got beaten by Jason Kidd, now Kidd and Peja Stojakovic.Even the Dallas Mavericks are feeling the retro mood. They’re up 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2006.Stojakovic tied his career playoff best with five 3-pointers and had 21 points, and Kidd continued his surprising scoring surge with 18 points, powering the Mavericks to a 101-89 victory on Tuesday night in Game 2 of their first-round series.Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 33 points, but was practically a complementary player. He was at his best after the 30-something, former All-Stars built the lead, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter — including the team’s final 11 — to help the Mavericks keep the Trail Blazers from ever making a serious push. He scored 18 in the fourth quarter of Game 1.“We’re never sure which two or three guys we’re going to get hot, but we need contributions from a lot of different guys to be successful and that’s what we got tonight,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.Portland had a lot of things go right, from LaMarcus Aldridge scoring 24 to Gerald Wallace and Wesley Matthews regaining their scoring touch after struggling in the opener. But the Trail Blazers got only 11 points from their bench, none in the second half. And while they were limiting Nowitzki to 5 of 15 shooting through three quarters, former All-Stars Kidd and Stojakovic were lighting them up.last_img read more

MultiPlatform Publishing Offers New Opportunities for Print Buyers

first_imgThis includes each printer’s ROI-proven digital/print Value-Added Program (VAP) of interest to your company. Consider each as another “adjustment” category (as the printer’s pricing is offset by savings/income). But contractually require that your company retains ownership of the data and can move to another printer later, without losing the program’s benefits.After adding/subtracting the above adjustments to the printer’s basic pricing for a new yearly total, then multiplying that by the contract term (e.g., five years), you have the total cost of doing business.There are a number of items to incorporate in a printer RFP, including,• Specifications and production schedule.• Capabilities Comparator applying to that printer.• Request for printer’s VAP offerings for print and digital capabilities, including content management integration.• Printer’s Magazine Pro Forma worksheet by title.Enclose a covering letter indicating the Printer’s bid due date and request the Printer’s Standard Contract (boiler plate) along with a complete Price Schedule formatted similarly to the Pro Forma worksheet’s price itemization included within the RFP—to be enclosed with each bid.Identify Printers for Bidding: By defining your wish list and requirements in the preceding steps, you can then locate six (preferably more) qualified printers to compete for your business. REMEMBER: don’t favor just the largest printers, as they may not have the best arrangements including price for your company. But, make certain that each printer is financially sound!Receiving and Analyzing Printers’ Bids: Once you have the printers’ bids and their responses to the Capabilities Comparator, copy the printer’s filled in pro forma worksheet to replace that printer’s blank worksheet—then hyperlink it to the Magazine Summary worksheet.For comparing printers—I (along with the attorney) evaluate each printer’s boiler plate to incorporate any changes that you and your attorney require. Make note of these issues within the Capabilities Comparator while analyzing the other bids.Next, I analyze the rest of the bid for accuracy and completeness in comparison to the other bids and the “Target” you want to competitively achieve or surpass.Negotiating with Each Printer: You will negotiate pricerelated issues like comparison to target but also be open to new opportunities that the printer might offer which are favorable to your company. And, do not over-play your hand with risky demands! You don’t want any printer to walk away from negotiations for the wrong reasons.NEVER allow a printer to see the details of another printer’s bid. It is both unethical and prejudicial thinking that could backfire on you.Visit Each Finalist’s Printing Plant: A week or more prior to the trip, e-mail each finalist your talking points to cover during the meetings. Provide any pointers that you can to the finalists about their weaknesses—both in comparison to target ($$), as well as the updated Capabilities Comparator.Next, tour the plant to confirm the capabilities including state-of-the-art technology of the major equipment that the printer will use in producing your magazines (in comparison to the evolving Capabilities Comparator).Tour not only the pressroom and bindery, but all departments/facilities affecting your business, even accounting. Include in discussions with the printer regarding the printer’s ability to fulfill your USPS requirements (including USPS work-sharing programs); as well as all newsstand requirements in cooperation with your newsstand distributor); along with any other third party supplier.You, any project team, and your management can then go over the standings you have updated; and develop a consensus as to the best offer both quantifiably and in terms of workflows and business accommodations in your company’s favor.Bert N. Langford is a veteran independent publishing consultant with extensive background in Printing and Publishing (in the process: negotiating from “both sides of the desk”). He can be reached at (314) 458-8863 – or at bert@pubresource.com. Visit his Web site at www.pubresource.com. If you have not bid out your work to the printing marketplace in the past three or more years, you are likely missing out on a great opportunity, not only in your print deal, but also the growing synergies between digital and print that printers now offer.Within the following I’ll offer some tips (but not all, due to limited space) on how to conduct printing negotiations in a manner that maximizes your company’s benefits and opportunities.Your first step is to form an aggressive yet adaptable strategy for how to conduct negotiations and track the comparative results. In all cases, create the comparativeprinting analysis based on the same issue makeup found on your printer’s invoice (and reported by the same fiscal month) for the most recently completed fiscal year.Then below the line, adjust the basic pricing results to consider all costs of doing business with each printer that can occur over the contract term.last_img read more

Why Does Southeast Alaska Have A Daycare Crisis

first_img(Photo by Leila Kheiry/KRBD)Mention daycare to pretty much any parent in Southeast Alaska, and you’ll get an earful. It’s never been easy to find daycare in the region, but just recently, it’s gotten much worse.Download AudioBreanna Delaney is a single mom, so she has to work to support herself and her daughter. Delaney works an irregular schedule as a waitress, and she’s in desperate need of reliable day care, so she can keep her job.But there’s no space available. Delaney has signed up for waiting lists, but “they all say they’re full until September.”So, what are her options in the meantime? Delaney has a few relatives in town, then there are random friends who have kids and agree to babysit. But that doesn’t always work out.“There’s been so many problems with that, because they will tell me oh yes, I can watch her. Then super late at night, they say, ‘Oh sorry, forgot I had an appointment tomorrow, so can’t watch her,’” she saidDelaney isn’t alone. Daycare in the region has always been problematic, but it’s hit a breaking point.“We’re calling it the child-care crisis in Southeast Alaska, and that’s because it’s the worst that it’s been in about a decade,” said Jessica Mills Clark.Clark is the Ketchikan-based liaison for the Association for the Education of Young Children.On the association’s website, the home page is pretty much dedicated to helping parents who are scrambling to find daycare.“We have about 1,000 children under the age of 6, and we have 180- licensed child care slots,” Clark said.That’s just in Ketchikan. The shortage affects parents throughout Southeast. According to a 2013 report by Juneau-based Sheinberg Associates, the number of kids in the Capital City under the age of 6 was close to 2,500, and only 550 of those were in licensed child care.Clark said there isn’t a single reason for the shortage.“I call it a perfect storm, because it’s a couple of different variables,” she said. “It’s not just one thing that you can point to and say, ‘This is the problem.’”One known issue is that fewer landlords allow tenants to run daycares. So, if someone wants to open one up, they have to own their own home.“And then licensing standards are getting tighter, so it’s a combination of things,” Clark said. “Licensing isn’t my strength. I don’t know the ins and outs of licensing, but I do know that they’re just looking at things a little bit closer. And maybe their interpretation of the standards that are on the books make it seem tighter.”That has been Kim Stacy’s experience. She owns First City Kid Care, a child care center. Stacy said her frustration over licensing regulations is why she’s thinking about getting out of the business.“I’ve been a licensed provider since 1995, and everything has gone great until these last couple of years,” she said.The biggest issue, Stacy said, is a requirement that a larger center like hers must have someone with a child development associate certificate on site. Previously, she said, the state just wanted someone who works there to have a certificate; they didn’t have to be physically there all the time.Stacy has the certification, and one of her employees just finished the training. But, Stacy’s gotten in trouble for that regulation a couple of times in the past year. The second time, Stacy was at the hospital, so her employee was the only one at the center with the qualification.“She had run across the street for me to pay a bill, and they came in,” Stacy said. “She was actually only gone for four minutes, and I got charged $500.”Judie Klemmetson is the region’s state licensing supervisor for the Juneau-based Child Care Program Office. She said that particular regulation has been enforced for quite a while throughout the state, and noted that violations don’t immediately result in a fine.“It depends on how many times they’re repeated,” Klemmetson said. “We would start with a warning, and then eventually progress to a fine if necessary.”Klemmetson said that her office works with child care providers to help them comply with all the regulations.“Because we want them to be successful,” she said. “That’s part of our job.”There are an unknown number of unlicensed daycare operations, and AEYC’s Jessica Clark worries about the kids in places that nobody’s checking up on. But the shortage has forced that choice on some parents.“They’re making tough choices about: ‘I still need to work, I can’t make a choice about that, so I’m going to settle for a place that maybe I don’t feel great about, but I feel OK,’” Clark said.Adrienne O’Brien is one of the lucky working parents who has good, licensed daycare for her 2-year-old daughter. But it wasn’t easy to find. In fact, she describes it as the most stressful part of having a baby. Now she’s expecting her second child.“And I’m already kind of stressed out about it,” O’Brien said. “The center where Ava is has a preference for siblings. So it’s really likely there’ll be a spot, but nothing is guaranteed, and if it doesn’t work out, I don’t know what I’ll do, because there’s really nothing.”O’Brien won’t need that second daycare spot until February, but if she finds an opening in the meantime, she’s not letting it get away.“If a spot come open, I’m just going to have to grab it, and pay $800 month. Just to hold the spot,” she said.Other parents are doing the same thing, because this daycare crisis likely will continue for a while. Jessica Clark hopes that more people in Southeast Alaska will open up child care businesses, and those that do are pretty much guaranteed to fill up right away.For information about how to become a child care provider, plus details about assistance programs for providers and parents, visit http://www.aeyc-sea.org/last_img read more

Congress Passes Aviation Hurricane Tax Bill

first_img Share President Trump’s with congressional Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (left) and Chuck Schumer (center).Congress has passed a bill to prevent a shutdown of federal aviation programs and provide tax relief to hurricane victims. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump to sign. The bill extends the operating authority of the Federal Aviation Administration through March. If Congress had not acted, the agency would have been forced to partially shut down on Saturday, the last day of the federal budget year.The bill also includes five tax provisions for hurricane victims. One would allow them to withdraw money from 401(k) or other retirement accounts without penalty for storm-related expenses.The House initially passed the bill with provisions that would have expanded the private flood insurance market. The Senate stripped out those provisions and sent it back to the House, which passed it again.last_img read more