‘Lukaku will relish Man Utd challenge’

first_imgManchester United Lukaku will relish Man Utd challenge – Martinez Declan Payne Last updated 2 years ago 18:55 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Chelsea v Manchester United Belgium v Mexico Belgium Premier League Friendlies The striker has struggled in recent weeks, but has been backed to overcome the doubters and prove his worth at Old Trafford Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku needs to stand his ground in order to prove his critics wrong, according to Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.Rom 9/2 to be PL top scorerDespite seven goals in his first 11 appearances for United, the £75m summer signing has attracted criticism for not making an impact in the big matches – most recently against Tottenham and Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Martinez, who worked with Lukaku during the pair’s time at Everton as well as the national team, says the 24-year-old’s trust in his own abilities will not have been affected by the criticism he’s attracted.”For me nothing has changed in Romelu’s mind. He is confident, he has an incredible belief in what he can bring,” Martinez said.”All I want is that he carries on seeing himself in that manner when he scores and when he doesn’t, which is going to be highlighted in a club like Manchester United.”I’ve got a big advantage with Romelu because I’ve worked with him for four years… I know Romelu inside out.“I think he just relishes the challenge. He’s been enjoying a really good start to the season and now is a period he is ready to cope with.”I have no worries whatsoever. All he needs to do in his career is to carry on being himself in a club with the expectations and the demand of Manchester United.”Marouane Fellaini Manchester UnitedMeanwhile, Lukaku’s United team-mate Marouane Fellaini has withdrawn from the Belgium squad for the friendlies against Japan and Mexico due to a calf injury.Fellaini featured as a substitute in United’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Sunday after nearly a month on the sidelines and Martinez believes it was not worth the risk in playing the midfielder.”He needs a proper 10 days’ work with no game in order for him to be fully fit,” he said.”Medically it is the right choice to allow Marouane to get fit. If it had been a competitive game I think we would have called him up because maybe for the second game, he could have been on the pitch.”This is a period where we can afford not to risk him until he is 100 per cent.”last_img read more

Bayern tight-lipped on Sane pursuit after injury blow

first_imgHasan Salihamidzic wished Leroy Sane a speedy recovery from his knee injury but kept his counsel when quizzed on whether the issue affects Bayern Munich’s pursuit of the Manchester City winger.It was confirmed on Thursday that Sane requires surgery after suffering damage to the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in Sunday’s Community Shield against Liverpool.City did not put a timestamp on a potential return for Sane, who has been heavily linked with a return to Germany with Bundesliga champions Bayern throughout the transfer window. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Whether Bayern opt to continue their attempts to sign the former Schalke winger remains unclear, with sporting director Salihamidzic saying now is not the right time to comment.”Basically, as all of you know, he is a player of Man City and we don’t speak about players who are under contract in another team,” he told reporters. “But I am sad and really feel sorry that Leroy got heavily injured against Liverpool and I wish him all the best.”When pressed on whether Bayern will still attempt to sign him, Salihamidzic replied: “I hope you all understand that we won’t comment on that.”Bayern are eager to sign new wingers following the departures of veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.Head coach Niko Kovac was forced to apologise in July for saying publicly that he was “confident” a deal for Sane would be completed.Bayern have also been linked with moves for Barcelona’s former Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele, and Hakim Ziyech of Ajax.It is in defence that the Bavarians have focused their recruitment so far, swooping for two France internationals so far in the window. Benjamin Pavard joined from Bundesliga rivals Stuttgart, while Bayern also sealed the arrival of former Atletico Madrid left-back Lucas Hernandez at the start of the summer.last_img read more

EastGen Showcase Trains Youth for Agriculture Careers

first_imgNinety-five 4-H members from Atlantic Canada, including 70 from Nova Scotia, will learn about livestock management and show techniques at the 27th annual EastGen Showcase July 15 – 17 at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Bible Hill. Youth from ages 13 to 21 will learn through interactive sessions, educational presentations and a cattle show. Those selected to attend will share their experience with their 4-H club. “For the past 27 years EastGen has conducted a hands-on workshop in Nova Scotia for 4-H members,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Learning technical livestock skills at a young age will encourage these young people to become farmers and leaders in agriculture.” Participants learn about the latest techniques in show preparation for beef and dairy cattle, health of the show calf, livestock judging, showmanship, clipping, display design and herd management. “Learning opportunities, like the EastGen Showcase, remind me why I love the 4-H program so much,” said Alex Kennedy, a 4-H member from the St. Joseph’s 4-H Club in Antigonish County. “This is my second year attending that event. I plan to have a career in agriculture.” After two full days of training, 4-H members show their calves at the beef and dairy show. Awards will be presented to the champion showperson and calves as well as those who excelled during the sessions. The livestock show will take place Sunday, July 17, at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Information about the Nova Scotia 4-H Council is available at http://novascotia4h.ca/.last_img read more

India clearly conveyed its requirement for S400 to US Govt

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s requirement for Russia’s S-400 missile defence system has been clearly conveyed to the American side, including during US Secretary of Secretary Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to New Delhi, the government told the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.In a written reply to a question, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said a contract for the supply of the Russian S-400 Long Range Surface to Air Missile System to India was concluded in October 2018. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!On whether procurement of S-400 missiles by India has been opposed and threatened with a ban, he said the US ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act’ (CAATSA) requires the imposition of certain sanctions on persons or entities that have knowingly engaged in a “significant transaction” with the defence or intelligence sectors of Russia. The US Department of State will determine whether a transaction is “significant” for the purposes of section 231 of CAATSA on a case-by-case basis, Muraleedharan said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe US National Defence Authorization Act of FY 2019 contains a provision for presidential waiver for CAATSA sanctions subject to reporting and certification requirements by the administration, he said. The government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it, he said. “Our requirement for the S-400 system has been clearly conveyed to the U.S. side, including during the visit of U.S. Secretary of State to India on June 26, 2019,” Muraleedharan said.last_img read more

Strangers No More

first_imgIn preparation for my visit to Arunachal at the invitation of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, I picked up four books: Strangers No More by Sanjoy Hazarika, (which was also nominated for the REC VoW Book Awards), second of the three-part North East Trilogy (NET), The Eastern Himalayas by Dipti Bhalla and Shiv Kunal Verma, a coffee table book Enchanting Tawang by Abhishek Dev and Tsewang Norbu as well as The Legends of Pensam, a fine collection of short stories by Mamang Dai. While in Itanagar, I chanced upon a paperback by Bhupen Hazarika as I knew him through well-known filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi. Also Read – A special kind of bondWhile on the flight, I read through the eminently readable collection of 19 short stories by Mamag Dai, set under four meaningful heads: A diary of the world, Songs of the rhapsodist, Daughters of the village and A matter of time. Each of these reflects the world and the world view of the protagonists, and this is not just a world of hills, clouds and physical spaces – but the hidden spaces of the heart where a secret garden grows. In this world, anything can happen and everything can be lived; where the narrowboat we call life sails through both calm and stormy weather, and where the life of man can be measured in the span of a song. Also Read – Insider threat managementIt was through Lajmi’s book that I learned about the invite to Bhupen Hazarika to compose and sing the state song: Arun kiran sheesh bhushan kanth heem ki dhara, prabhat suraj chumbit desh Arunachal hamara; (The light of dawn, the crowning glory, the neck adorned with snow, a land kissed by the morning sun, my dear Arunachal) when Arunachal got its statehood in 1972.These lines actually capture the scintillating beauty of the Eastern Himalayas – and the visuals accompanying the second part of the NET – from the snow-capped Upper Dibang to the Siyom Siang confluence at Pangin and the waterfalls of Lower Dibang, the forests of alpine oak and fir in a riot of colour, a haven for birds of so many different hues, the sunrise in Subansiri, the ripples of Kamla river and the snow-capped Brahmaputra bend – are an eloquent testimony. An extremely informative, well documented and richly illustrated book, it aims at ‘demystifying and understanding one of the most inaccessible and challenging areas in the country’. We get an idea of the indigenous belief system, Donyi Polo, which is widely practised in Upper Siang. Donyi (the sun) and Polo (the moon) are the God and the Goddess who keep an eternal watch over the sentient beings. The festival calendar is rich and varied and all festivals are sanctioned and blessed by Sikimng Kine Nane – the goddess of wealth and food grain! Strangers No More: the title says it all. Thanks to investments in infrastructure, connectivity, migration and the increasing presence of the younger generation in university towns across the country – from Jalandhar, Chandigarh, New Delhi, Indore, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata – and their felicity in English which has opened up jobs in aviation, hospitality and retail sectors, the ‘margins’ are becoming part of the mainland, if not ‘the’ mainland. Nearly one-tenth of the student population in JNU is now from the North East, and this opens up their chances of joining civil services, academia and the corporate world. As Hazarika says “the impact of sweeping technological, socio-economic and political change is visible in urban areas across the North East, spurring rural to urban migration, creating both success stories and inequalities. The rising aspirations fan a desperate determination to move quickly out of the past”. This is a ‘must read’ for everyone wanting to know about each of the eight states that make up the North-Eastern region of India – for while we often club them together, each has its unique history and story about struggle, strife, insurrection and reconciliation with New Delhi. And even your columnist who has visited each state many times was unaware of many significant stories, and the so many unsung heroes – starting with the feisty and forthright Major Bob Khatling who, as a young officer of the Assam Rifles brought Tawang to India’s fold, later became Nagaland’s Chief Secretary and our ambassador to Burma (Now Myanmar). Hazarika takes a look at each of the eight states and their major faultlines and milestones. It looks at the issue of Naga identity and politics, as well as its impact on Manipur and Nagaland, including the continuation of the AFSPA, the Mizo story of rage, resistance, retribution and reconciliation with Laldenga, Lalthanhawla and Brig T Sailo as the dramatis personae, the issues of migration, discrimination and the ubiquitous Bangladeshis – both in Nagaland and Assam which threatens the fragile demographic balance. It goes on to discuss at length the border issues in Arunachal, especially with China, the ‘merger’ of Sikkim to India, the abuse of power and nature in Meghalaya, and last but not least, Tripura’s tryst with good governance and development which has ensured that the troops are back in the barracks . The last book on my shelf was Enchanting Tawang, a richly illustrated volume and a comprehensively informative guide to the fascinating and beautiful district of Tawang – the land of the Monpas and often referred to as the hidden paradise or the Last Shangri-La. Abhishek Dev, who was posted as the Deputy Commissioner there has carried on the tradition of scholar administrators who penned their thoughts on the districts they were posted to, and he received support in equal measure from Tsewang Norbu, a trained sociologist and researcher with the Arunachal government. While many district administrations publish books, this makes a mark for its lucid text, exquisite pictures as well as practical information on how to get immersed in and enchanted by Tawang! (Dr. Sanjeev Chopra is Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words: Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

This is a huge environmental issue City looks at restricting flyer delivery

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s capital is considering restricting flyer and ad mail delivery, potentially joining other Canadian cities that give residents the option of vetoing the uninvited paper clogging up their recycling bins.Halifax councillors will discuss a proposed bylaw Tuesday that would prohibit distributors from delivering flyers and ad mail to homes displaying a “No Flyers” sign.“The vast majority of people would pick these bags up from the end of the driveway, they’d open the bag, put the plastic in one bin, the paper in the other, and they’re never even looked at,” said Coun. Lisa Blackburn, a member of Halifax’s environment and sustainability standing committee.“What a waste of resources from that end.”Similar bylaws restricting flyer delivery have been passed in other cities including Calgary, Ottawa and Montreal.Under Calgary’s community standards bylaw, distributors aren’t allowed to deliver flyers anywhere a “No Flyers” sign has been posted.Conor Tapp, executive director of the Green Calgary environmental charity, said the group estimates the average home in that city receives roughly 69 pounds of junk mail per year.“When we look at the energy, and the water, and the paper and everything that goes into manufacturing and distributing flyers … I mean, this is a huge environmental issue,” he said.Green Calgary has sold over 10,000 “No Flyers” stickers since 2007, and Tapp estimates they’ve prevented more than 2.75 million pounds of junk mail from being delivered to Calgary homes.“Anything that’s left on my doorstep without me asking for it is litter, at the end of the day,” he said.Meanwhile, Ottawa’s had an opt-in flyer system since 2003 — but an environmental advocate says most residents aren’t aware that such a bylaw exists.“It’s certainly not promoted, encouraged, or enforced,” said Duncan Bury, spokesperson with Waste Watch Ottawa. “I haven’t seen or read anything about this issue.”Bury said he sometimes sees stickers on doors and mailboxes, but the city could be doing more to promote the bylaw and cut back on paper waste.In an emailed statement, Ottawa city spokesperson Roger Chapman, said “No Junk Mail” stickers are available for purchase at Ottawa’s Client Service Centres, and the bylaw is promoted through the city’s website and information pamphlets.Enforcement is complaint-driven, he said.Bury said that in Nova Scotia, unlike in Ontario and Quebec, the companies that distribute flyers aren’t contributing to municipal recycling programs.“Part of the issues with the flyers is what happens to them,” said Bury. “They end up being a municipal responsibility, but shouldn’t the people who put these flyers out be helping to pay for the cost associated with recycling these flyers?”Ryan O’Quinn, spokesperson with Halifax’s Ecology Action Centre, said he’s cautiously optimistic about the proposed bylaw heading to council Tuesday.He said people currently have more control over what enters their email inboxes than what enters their actual mailboxes.“With anti-spam legislation, you have to opt in for everything now,” he said. “But why can’t it be that way at your doorstep?”The Ecology Action Centre conducted what O’Quinn calls an “anecdotal study” on the effectiveness of “No Flyers Please” stickers in 2016.Out of a very small sample group of six people, half of whom used a sticker and half of whom didn’t, they found that those who didn’t use the stickers received 6.7 pounds of junk mail in a two-month period, while those who did received 0.027 pounds.O’Quinn said the Ecology Action Centre has estimated over two million pounds of flyers are sent to Halifax Regional Municipality residents every year.last_img read more

Chobani Joins FEED Chef Marcus Samuelsson In The Fight Against Hunger

first_imgChobani, America’s No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt, partnered with FEED, a social business that creates products that help FEED the world, and Chef Marcus Samuelsson in the fight against hunger, hosting a special dinner this week to raise funds for hunger relief in the U.S. and around the world.Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, right, FEED’s Lauren Bush Lauren, center, and Chef Marcus SamuelssonThe evening culminates FEED’s month-long FEED Supper campaign to provide 1,000,000 meals to children and families in need by today – World Food Day. Throughout the month, the FEED Supper campaign encouraged people around the country to host dinners to raise funds and attention for food insecurity.FEED’s fundraising milestone was shattered, reaching $1.6 million with the help of Chobani’s FEED Supper, which raised funds for nearly 100,000 meals. World Food Day is a day of action against hunger when people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, FEED founder and CEO Lauren Bush Lauren and celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson co-hosted the event as part of their long history championing hunger relief efforts. The dinner, held at Samuelsson’s Harlem restaurant, Ginny’s Supper Club, attracted notable attendees in food, fashion, media and philanthropy and featured a special musical performance by jazz musician Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human.“Providing access to better food is one of our most deeply held values at Chobani, and by working together with Lauren Bush Lauren and Marcus Samuelsson, who share this passion, I believe we can do even greater things to fight food insecurity around the world,” said Ulukaya. “In America alone, nearly 1 in 5 homes with children do not have enough food to meet their basic needs and companies, organizations and individuals play an important role in the fight against hunger.”“FEED Supper is about bringing people around a table to support the common cause of fighting hunger, and that’s what we did so successfully with Chobani,” said Lauren. “I hope this will encourage other companies to join our fight against hunger and to ensure philanthropy becomes a very basic part of doing good business.”“As a chef, fighting hunger is a cause that is extremely close to my heart,” said Samuelsson. “It’s very exciting to work with two organizations that really understand how to create true positive change and to participate in a night that is completely focused on ending hunger on a global scale.”Chobani has a rich history of supporting hunger relief efforts and other causes through the company’s charitable arm, the Chobani Foundation. The Foundation’s focus is on democratizing good food and empowering entrepreneurs to transform communities. Through local and national outreach, the Greek Yogurt maker’s philanthropic initiatives have supported over 50 groups to date, and have had a direct impact on funding several programs, including famine relief efforts in Somalia, emergency response aid in Haiti, and a state-of-the-art field for Central New York Little Leaguers.For more information on the FEED Supper campaign, visit feedprojects.com/feedsupper, and follow the campaign on Instagram via #FEEDsupper. And for more information on the Chobani Foundation and how organizations can work together with it, visit Chobani.com/foundation.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Interview with Kristi Soomer Encircled

first_imgEthical fashion is a phrase commonly thrown around in the fashion world. You may have heard it from American Apparel or your local vintage store. What exactly is ethical fashion and is there a way to be ethical without being labelled as a “hipster”?The answer is YES! Ethical fashion is an approach to the design, sourcing and manufacture of clothing which maximises benefits to people and communities while minimising impact on the environment. Encircled founder Kristi Soomer believes that one great way to minimise the impact of your closet is to actually wear all of the clothes you own most of the time. Encircled embodies the idea of minimalism and designs with the intention of being able to wear one piece multiple ways. Not only is that great for the environment but it’s fantastic for your wallet as well!READ MORE Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Brock scientists help protect vineyards during frigid temperatures

With extreme cold weather alerts across most of the province, scientists at Brock University are helping grape growers avoid crop loss.As the mercury plummeted, researchers and students were already out in the vineyards collecting grapevine buds for the VineAlert program run by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), in partnership with the Grape Growers of Ontario.Back in the lab, scientists have been analyzing the data to track a grape bud’s ability to survive these cold temperatures. This helps growers and wineries know when they should turn on wind machines to protect vines from winter injury and how to manage any damage they may have sustained.“We are closely monitoring this extreme weather across Ontario and sampling in vineyards to determine what impact it will have on bud survival,” said Jim Willwerth, CCOVI’s Senior Viticulturist. “We are then able to provide that timely information to the industry to help mitigate any impact through pruning practices and adjustments in the vineyard to reduce economic loss.”Although the cold snap is set to end this weekend, the work has just begun in the cold hardiness lab. Scientists should know within the next few weeks what sort of impact this deep-freeze has had on crops. read more

Raptors fans already lining up at Jurassic Park for Game 5

On a sunny Saturday morning, two friends are waiting at the front of a short line to get into the outdoor fanzone outside of the Raptors home arena.The fences that block off the entrance to Jurassic Park will remain closed for more than two days, until Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Monday.After 33-year-old Angie Taylor and 31-year-old Tyler Seaton watched Game 4 in Jurassic Park on Friday night, the pair got back right back in line for Game 5.“We’re here till Monday game time. Go Raps go!” Seaton says.Seaton and Taylor drove from Cambridge, Ont., to participate in what could be a historic moment for the team. But with nearly three full days off between games, the friends are taking turns sleeping in a tent.The Raptors could claim their first NBA title on Monday against the defending champion, after beating the Warriors 105-92 on Friday to take a three games to one lead in the best-of-seven series.Sleeping overnight, Taylor says, she could hear Raptors fans celebrating into the early hours of Saturday morning.They’ve been taking shifts between sleeping and guarding their belongings. They’ve packed groceries and a miniature portable grill to get through the next few days. Taylor also brought along a book and dry shampoo.Taylor says she plans to keep herself entertained by talking to Raptors fans passing by – along with anyone else that lines up with them.“The Raptors are such an amazing team, and the fans are so friendly – everyone here in Toronto is so friendly,” she says.There’s a bathroom nearby, and Seaton says they have everything they need.“This is a one-time opportunity to see the Raptors make history,” Seaton said. “This is worth it.” read more

The Overlooked Career Of Antonio Gates The SecondBest Tight End Ever

The Seattle Seahawks rarely have a hard time stopping any opposing offensive player. During last year’s playoffs alone, over the course of three successive games they shut down New Orleans’ star tight end Jimmy Graham, short-circuited San Francisco’s entire passing game, and humiliated Denver’s Peyton Manning (arguably the best quarterback ever). But on Sunday, the “Legion of Boom” had no answers for San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, who caught three touchdown passes in an upset victory over the defending Super Bowl champs.Seattle shouldn’t feel too bad, though. Gates has been doing this kind of thing for 12 NFL seasons now, practically since he made the transition from being the second-leading scorer on Kent State’s 2002 Elite Eight basketball team1Astonishingly, Gates didn’t play a down of football in college. to being an All-Pro NFL tight end. Yet, for all of his accomplishments — by Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value system, he’s the second-best tight end ever — Gates’s career remains under-appreciated. That’s what happens when you play in the long shadow of Tony Gonzalez.Gonzalez, a former tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, was a contemporary, a fellow converted basketballer and usually a division rival. Unfortunately for Gates, Gonzalez is also generally considered the greatest tight end the game has ever seen. That has often rendered Gates the position’s second banana within the AFC West alone, much less the whole league or all pro football history. But Gonzalez retired at the end of last season, and Gates (albeit a diminished version of the player he once was) showed Sunday he can still produce feats worthy of our full attention.It’s a quirk of timing that Gates followed Gonzalez’s script almost line for line. In college, Gates had real NBA aspirations but lacked a true position; at 6 feet 4 inches, he was too small to bang inside against pro-sized power forwards, but he also didn’t have the quickness to chase small forwards around the perimeter.2If Gonzalez started the trend of jumping from hoops to the NFL, Gates solidified it as a legitimate career option; in recent years, Julius Thomas, Jimmy Graham and Jordan Cameron became elite tight ends after playing basketball — and not football — in college. Gates’s agent, realizing his client’s lack of a future at basketball’s next level, scheduled him for a workout in front of NFL scouts and coaches, one of whom was Chargers tight ends coach Tim Brewster. San Diego signed him as an undrafted free agent.Ever since Kellen Winslow redefined the position while playing in Don Coryell’s Chargers system of the 1980s, coaches have been consumed with finding tight ends who check off enough boxes to create mismatches with opposing defenses. Now, when NFL scouts evaluate tight ends, they look for a combination of size, strength, speed and soft hands. In fact, because of the role’s versatility, a tight end can be an offense’s ideal all-around chess piece.Gates possesses an absurd mix of height, quickness, speed and eye-hand coordination. Even his instincts for the game are superior, despite not having the formative experience of playing in college. He runs routes, for instance, with skill and precision, smoothly changing direction and picking out holes in zone coverages, and shows a preternatural ability to adjust to the ball in midair (witness the transcendent one-handed catch he made on his third touchdown against Seattle).The incorporation of such talents in one package made Gates nearly impossible to cover in his prime,3Especially considering he frequently lined up against hopelessly overmatched linebackers or safeties. and puts him very much in the conversation for the most productive pass-catching tight end of his era — Gonzalez included.4Note that I said “pass-catching tight end.” For what it’s worth, neither Gates nor Gonzalez provided much value as a blocker; in the years for which Pro Football Focus’s play-by-play grades are available (2008-13), both were rated as significantly below average in that area, particularly in the running game. Among NFL tight ends over the past 10 full seasons,5So, the decade between 2004 and 2013. only Gonzalez produced more True Receiving Yards (TRY), and none came close to matching Gates’s Approximate Value.Gonzalez hit the scene first, though, and has had the advantage of longevity. Gates started his NFL career slightly later6Gonzalez was a rookie at age 21; Gates began playing in the league at 23. and his production began to slide due to injuries by age 30, while Gonzalez’s numbers were amazingly consistent throughout his 30s (including a remarkable second act with the Atlanta Falcons in which he was named to four consecutive Pro Bowls in his final four NFL seasons).That’s why, if we zoom out to consider the entirety of NFL history, Gonzalez’s body of work is plainly superior to that of Gates — and every other tight end who ever played the game.As football has evolved to the point where first-class tight ends argue (for salary purposes) that the league should simply consider them wide receivers, there’s a case to be made that Gates and Gonzalez should be side by side on the position’s Mount Rushmore.While the decades leading up to the 2000s saw occasional statistical aberrations like Winslow, Ozzie Newsome of the Cleveland Browns and Shannon Sharpe of the Denver Broncos, the best tight ends of the era were still more like Jay Novacek of the Dallas Cowboys or Brent Jones of the San Francisco 49ers — sure-handed receivers who mostly ran underneath routes and could block when needed. Between 1983 (Winslow’s final 1,000-TRY season) and 2000 (Gonzalez’s first), only twice did a tight end crack 1,000 True Receiving Yards in a season: Todd Christensen of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986, and Sharpe in 1996.But the arrivals of Gonzalez and Gates signaled a change in the position. They ran routes like wide receivers, adding an invaluable dimension to their offenses, and in turn their style of play directly helped spawn today’s generation of supercharged receiving tight ends. There have been more 1,000-TRY seasons by tight ends since 2000, when Gonzalez opened the floodgates, than in the previous 27 years, and more than half of those were by either Gates or Gonzalez.Because they emerged at nearly the same time, in the same division, Gates will probably never truly escape the comparison to Gonzalez. That’s unfortunate; it’s one that Gates can’t possibly win. But if you compare him to every other tight end in history, it’s hard to find another career that stacks up to his, at least in terms of pass-catching prowess. At age 34, Gates is only intermittently capable of the types of outbursts we saw from him on Sunday, but his legacy as a trendsetter — and one of the very best tight ends ever — should nonetheless be secure. read more

Handmade wooden pneumatic clock is one of a kind

first_imgWatching most clocks is about as interesting as eyeballing drying paint, but the video below shows an exception to that rule. It shows off an air-driven wooden clock named the Pneumachron, which will have you wondering where the time went as you stare at the marvelous machine built by clock expert John Hilgenberg. The air-powered clock combines older principles of motion with modern day technology to produce a one-of-a-kind piece of art. Inspired by Clayton Boyer, a kinetic artist that is known for perfecting a wooden-gear system for his intricate clock designs, the Pneumachron is a study on the pursuit of excellence. Powered by a simple aquarium pump, the system is “functionally the same” as an old steam locomotive. although it looks different as the pistons have a unique purpose. Along with the locomotion technology, Hilgenberg included a Huygens power loop for dealing with the excess energy generated by the pistons as well as a Harrison grasshopper escapement. The escapement became famous as it was included in the first clock that was accurate enough for a navigator to gauge the location of a ship at sea during the 1800’s. It gets its name from the fact that it resembles.During the video we are given a few brief looks at the back of the clock where we can get an idea of the effort that went into its design. Hilgenberg himself says that the Pneumachron design is far from simple. After watching it in action, I tend to agree. Before you start asking yourself where you can buy a clock> like this, you need to know it’s a one of a kind. I’m pretty sure Mr. Hilgenberg won’t be parting with it anytime soon.via WoodGears fan pagelast_img read more

Russia confirms its ambassador to the UN has died unexpectedly

first_img Image: Screengrab/RT 14,364 Views Image: Screengrab/RT Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 20th 2017, 6:55 PM Share8 Tweet Email Devastated by passing of Russian UN Amb Vitaly Churkin.Diplomatic maestro &deeply caring man who did all he cld to bridge US-RUS differences— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) February 20, 2017 40 Comments By AFPcenter_img Monday 20 Feb 2017, 6:55 PM RUSSIA’S ENVOY TO the United Nations Vitaly Churkin died suddenly today, the country’s foreign ministry confirmed, without giving details of the cause.“On February 20, the Permanent Representative of Russia in the UN Vitaly Churkin unexpectedly died in New York,” it said in a statement.Churkin was 64 and died one day before turning 65, the ministry said, offering condolences to his family.“The outstanding Russian diplomat passed away on his post,” it said.Churkin had served in the role since 2006.Previously he worked at the foreign ministry in Moscow, served as an envoy to Canada (1998-2003), Belgium (1994-1998) and as a special representative to the talks on former Yugoslavia (1992-1994).The news of his death was met with shock at the UN headquarters. Diplomats holding a routine meeting on General Assembly affairs observed a moment of silence.UN spokesman Farhan Haq, who heard the news during the regular daily briefing, offered his condolences, adding:We mourn Ambassador Churkin. He has been such a regular presence here that I’m actually quite stunned.- © AFP, 2017Read: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom to be sent to the US to face fraud trial Russia confirms its ambassador to the UN has died ‘unexpectedly’ Vitaly Churkin (64) died suddenly today, Russia confirmed, without giving further information. http://jrnl.ie/3249752 Source: Samantha Power/Twitter Short URLlast_img read more

In photos ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in

first_imgIn photos: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no water In 2016 inspectors initiated 32 prosecutions and saw 15 finalised in court. By Cliodhna Russell Warning: this story contains graphic images. THE ISPCA NATIONAL Animal Cruelty Helpline has received over 53,000 calls since the Animal Health and Welfare Act (AHWA) came into force three years ago on 6 March 2014.ISPCA inspectors have carried out 11,065 investigations and over 2,795 animals were seized or surrendered. A total of 92 prosecutions have been initiated, 25 of which have been finalised in court to-date.The ISPCA launched their 2016 Inspectorate Report today which outlines the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts in 2016.The report reveals that 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations where 995 animals were seized or surrendered.Here are just some of the cases outlined in the report: In Carlow, a horse was euthanised on humane grounds after it was discovered in poor condition with cracked hooves, swelling on its face and discharge from its nose.In Mallow, four husky puppies were found in a filthy pen with no access to food or water. A female husky was chained in a disused building and living in a dark, dirty area with no access to food or water. The five dogs were seized and transported for veterinary assessment.All of the dogs were surrendered to the care of the ISPCA and were responsibly rehomed. 21 Comments Mar 7th 2017, 3:26 PM http://jrnl.ie/3275112 Short URLcenter_img Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 3:26 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A six-year-old Labrador had to be put down on humane grounds after it was found emaciated and barely able to walk in Navan, Meath.The dog was also suffering with a severe chronic skin condition over the entire lower half of her body resulting in complete hair loss, thickening of the skin and infection.In Waterford, an 8-year-old West Highland Terrier was humanely euthanised after it was discovered with a horrific untreated skin condition. It was being kept in a shed and had chronic inflammation to her skin and ears. She was also diagnosed with cancer.In Donegal, a donkey that was too weak to stand, two emaciated calves and an emaciated pony were all euthanised on site after being discovered. Seven other ponies were also surrendered to the care of the ISPCA.ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said, “The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 which came into force three years ago was a significant step forward for animal welfare in Ireland, but like any legislation it is only as good as its enforcement.Our Inspectors became authorised officers under the AHWA in May 2014 and since then have used their statutory powers effectively to deal with animal neglect, cruelty and abuse.“In 2016 alone, our inspectors initiated 32 prosecutions and saw 15 finalised in court with successful conclusions.”Kelly added, “We currently only have eight inspectors covering 17 counties. Our resources are stretched to breaking point and we need more inspectors on the ground dealing with animal cruelty.“Our aim is to recruit enough inspectors to cover the whole of the country and we would like to appeal to the animal loving public to help us with this work.”Read: Woman in her 40s questioned after almost 28,000 cigarettes destined for Moore St seized in house> 14,586 Views Share42 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Former Fine Gael TD and minister Austin Deasy dies aged 80

first_imgFormer Fine Gael TD and minister Austin Deasy dies aged 80 Deasy was a Fine Gael TD for Waterford from 1977 to 2002. Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland FINE GAEL LEADER Leo Varadkar has led the tributes to former Minister and TD Austin Deasy, who passed away at the age of 80 after a short illness.Deasy was a Fine Gael TD for Waterford from 1977 to 2002.He served as Minister for Agriculture in 1982 by then-Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald and served for four years.Deasy’s son – John Deasy – is currently a sitting TD for Waterford.Paying tribute to Deasy, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar paid his sympathies to his family.“I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to the Deasy family on the news that Austin Deasy has passed away,” said Deasy.“Austin had a long career in public service, first entering politics in 1967 on Dungarvan District Council.“He went on to serve in the Cabinet, Dáil and Seanad, and was well-loved and respected by the people of Waterford whom he was proud to represent, and of the course the people of Dungarvan which is my mother’s home town.I met Austin on a number of occasions. The one that stands out though was one afternoon almost twenty years ago when he came to speak to us as students in the Trinity Branch of Fine Gael.He argued that Fine Gael needed to be distinctive in terms of policy and have a clear mission and raison d’être in order to secure support and bring the country forward. It’s advice that has stuck with me ever since. Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 6:27 PM 15,160 Views 19 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Jun 10th 2017, 6:27 PM center_img Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland My thoughts are with Austin’s wife Kathleen; daughters Sally and Jane; sons Jamie and John, who carries on the proud Deasy tradition of public service today in the Dáil.Read: Adams hits back at ‘hurler on the ditch’ Martin over Sinn Féin abstentionism Share Tweet Email3 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3437561 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Wastewater district awards contract for sewer project

first_imgRIDGEFIELD — The Clark Regional Wastewater District board awarded a $2.4 million contract to Tapani Inc. of Battle Ground to build a new sewer pumping station and install about a mile of pipe, allowing future sewer service for about 1,000 acres of land around the eastern city limits of Ridgefield near Interstate 5.The pump station will be installed near North 10th Street, east of North 45th Avenue. The pipe will run east, under I-5 toward North 65th Avenue, according to the district. Construction is scheduled to start in May.The district said it’s coordinating with Ridgefield’s Public Works Department. There will be temporary traffic controls placed as needed during construction, but the district expected traffic impacts will be limited to increased area truck traffic, as much of the construction will not be in public roadways.“This project is a catalyst for job creation, for the development of industrial and commercial services around the Ridgefield I-5 junction, as well as residential investment in the northeast portion of the city,” Norm Harker, district board president, said in a news release.The upgrade will also support future development of Clark College at Boschma Farms. Funding for the improvements came from revenue collected from taxes on new development.last_img read more

House Member proves some Govt Salaries will be lower

first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:benneth williams, civil service, delroy williams, government salaries, pnp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 07 Apr 2015 – People’s paychecks and what is or is not there and what will now be deducted extra continues to make headlines in the Turks and Caicos. Political cartoonist, Benneth Williams, this weekend in his latest drawing illustrated a possible effect for some workers with the postponed start-up of minimum wage; Magnetic Media focuses on the contribution of Wheeland Member, Hon Delroy Williams who is a long-time advocate of salary disparities within Civil Service.“No increase, they will get less. Some civil servants Mr. Speaker will lose housing allowance, island allowance some will even lose their hone allowance, Mr Spoeaker that can’t be right.”Williams is again charging that the PNP Administration is not a caring government and not a government of its word with documentation to prove that there are meager salary improvements and in some cases less pay going to government workers.“Supervisor maintenance; we have three. In 2014/15 they were paid between the three of them $75,816, this year we are projecting to pay $73,400… same three!”“Under the Sports Department, Administrative Assistant 2014/15 was $33,600; it is now $22,250…”“Another, $38,920 now it’s down to $32,600; Page 4.40 from $53,400 for two officers to $42,800; Page 4.37 Education again, Raymond Gardiner High School, from $25,800 to $21,400.”The Premier and Deputy Governor in announcing the pay and grade review salary improvements had assured that there would be no decreases in wages to anyone. There have been many complaints though to the contrary. Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

Radys Celebration of Champions and San Diego 2018 Brain Tumor Walk

first_img Posted: May 12, 2018 May 12, 2018 Rady’s Celebration of Champions and San Diego 2018 Brain Tumor Walk Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSaturday, San Diego hosted several charity fundraising events. Rady Children’s Hospital held their 23rd annual Celebration of Champions at Embarcadero Marina Park North and the 2018 San Diego Brain Tumor Walk took place at Waterfront Park.The Celebration of Champions® raises funds for critical cancer support programs at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. According to their website, so far they have raised nearly $32 thousand dollars.The “Celebration” as it is fondly referred to, is a special day away from the hospital for children from the San Diego region whose lives have been touched by cancer. At the event, participants carry and run with “The Torch of Life” accompanied by their sponsors, family and celebrities. This is a dynamic and exciting event for the children and symbolizes their spirit and determination to fight this life-threatening disease.To learn more about Celebration of Champions®, click here: http://give.rchsd.org/site/TR?fr_id=1140&pg=entry#.WvZaqaQvy3cAround one thousand San Diegans gathered for the Brain Tumor Walk and raised $78 thousand dollars for brain cancer research and support services for patients. According to their website, the walk aims to raise awareness and much-needed resources to fund critical brain tumor-specific programs to improve the lives of all those affected by brain tumors.Hosted by the National Brain Tumor Society, the San Diego Brain Tumor Walk offers individuals and teams a chance to honor and remember loved ones, connect with others interested in the brain tumor cause, and to help educate the local community on the diverse needs of the brain tumor community.To learn more about this event and the National Brain Tumor Society, click here: http://events.braintumor.org/san-diego-brain-tumor-walk/ last_img read more

Missing boater found dead in Biscayne Bay

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have confirmed they have recovered the body of a boater who went missing in Biscayne Bay on Friday.Officials said the Miami Beach Police Marine Patrol located the body of 22-year-old Tyron Robinson near Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sunday afternoon.Miami Fire Rescue had also received a call of a deceased man floating in that area. Officials said people on personal watercraft discovered the body.In an email, Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said, “His death appears to be a tragic accident; foul play is not suspected at this time.”Multiple agencies responded to reports of a missing person, Friday, just before 7:30 p.m. Officials said Robinson was on a 17-foot rental boat with his girlfriend when he entered the water and failed to resurface. His girlfriend then contacted authorities.Robinson had been last seen in Biscayne Bay, near the Venetian Causeway, approximately 500 yards north of Belle Island, in Miami Beach. Search teams used boats and helicopters but were unable to find him.According to Robinson’s family, he was visiting South Florida from Washington D.C. for Labor Day weekend. He is survived by a 3-year-old son. Police said the medical examiner will determine the final cause of death pending an autopsy.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Look For Library Princesses At Fun On The Fourths Family

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at www.wilmlibrary.org or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult EventsTips for Resumes and Interviews *RR Monday, July 9, 10 amArtie Lynnworth, retired business executive and author of four books including Slice the Salam–Tips for Life and Leadership One Slice at a Time plus Tips for Résumés and Interviews, All in One Hour, will address how to ace an interview and create an effective resume. He will share a successful process for at-home preparation, including STAR communication techniques, with the goal of having you achieve the job you want.Fiction Critique Group *RR Monday, July 9, 7 pmLove writing fiction? Whether you are drafting a short story or a novel, joining our Critique Group is a great opportunity to meet other writers and get constructive feedback in a supportive environment. When registering, please provide your email address so you can receive an agenda and any prep materials before the meeting. Open to all experience levels writing in all genres. Led by local writing enthusiast, Barbara Alevras.How to Rumba! *RR Tuesday, July 10, 7 pmAttending a wedding and bringing your two left feet? Let the directors of Dance Fever Studios, Emil and Ruta Ioukhnikov teach you the “dance of love” – the rumba! Learn how to shake those hips, keep a connection with your partner, and feel the music during this class. Dance Fever is the prime ballroom dance studio in the greater Boston area. Join us as we step, strut, and swing through summer – no partner required.Pints + Pages Book Group *RR Thursday, July 12, 7 pm (note second Thursday) Featured book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro Location: Biltmore & Main (Reading, MA)A social book group geared towards readers in their 20’s and 30’s. The group meets on the first Thursday of every other month. Librarians from the Wilmington and Reading Public Libraries host the book discussion.Kids & TeensToddler Dance Party *RR Friday, June 29, 10 amLet’s Dance! We’ll do the hokey-pokey, the bunny hop, the chicken dance, and more! Ages 1-2Drop-in Rock Band Friday, June 29, 3 pmIt’s a battle of the (air) rock bands! Pick guitar, bass, or drums, and compete against your friends. Grades 4-8Little Movers *RR Monday, July 2, 10 amLet’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2Preschool Storytime: Musical Instruments Tuesday, July 3, 10 amThis storytime on musical instruments for preschoolers includes books, rhymes, music and a fun craft. Parents and caregivers accompany the child and participate in the activities. Space is limited. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Ages 3-5Baby Times Thursday, July 5, 9:30 amThis program of songs, rhymes, games and picture books is for babies under the age of two years and their caregivers.Time for Twos Thursday, July 5, 10:30 amThis fun program is for two year-olds and features books, songs, rhymes, music and movement. Parents and caregivers accompany the child into the story room and participate in the activities.Fun of the 4th Family Day Saturday, June 30, 9 am-12 pm.Look for WML princesses at Family Day! Stop by their tent and make craft. Then visit the Book Store Next Door and have your picture taken with the Cat in the Hat. Don’t forget to buy some gently used books for your summer reading.(NOTE: These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Summer Bash With Food Trucks & Live Music Set For August 15 On Swain GreenIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Buzz Lightyear To Visit On July 29; Boston Globe’s Meredith Goldstein Talks On Aug. 1In “Community”last_img read more