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South Africa to take on West Indies today

first_imgIn what will be the first clash of the World Cup between two ‘strong’ teams, South Africa and West Indies face off at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday, promising to be a mouth-watering encounter.Both teams have their own sets of challenges coming into the tournament.South Africa will be trying out an untested spin combination in the sub-continent and also have Jacques Kallis returning from a rib injury.For the West Indies, a change in captaincy which sees Darren Sammy leading the pack, Adrian Barath and keeper Carlton Baugh ruled out due to injury right before the World Cup, and an unsuccessful tour of Sri Lanka makes things tricky.For the Proteas, they have a lot things going for them on paper.Their batting looks settled with skipper Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla at the top of the order. AB de Villiers has developed into a world-class middle-order batsman and their pace duo of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel can dispose of any line-up on any wicket.However, with AB de Villiers keeping wickets, the Proteas lose their best fielder in the circle and his ability to handle the sub-continent wickets and keep against the spinners, especially new import Imran Tahir, hasn’t been tested yet. Also, lack of proven big-hitters lower down the order means the South Africans have a fairly long tail.The West Indies, on the other hand, have a lot on their plate.Sammy was not even a certainty the ODI squad a year or so back and now finds himself leading the side at the World Cup after Chris Gayle gave up the captaincy. They were already missing fast bowlers Fidel Edwards and Jerome Taylor due to injuries and two more were added to the list last week. The West Indies will rely on Gayle and Kieron Pollard for big hitting and Shivnarine Chanderpaul to anchor the innings. One of the fastest bowlers in the world, Kemar Roach will be their pace spearhead. Dwayne Bravo and Pollard will be responsible for bowling in the middle overs.The last time the two met in a series, South Africa trounced the West Indies in their own backyard 0. So when the two teams lock horns at the Kotla on Thursday, it would be difficult to give a favourites’ tag to either team, especially since their head-tohead at the World Cup is 2-2.What will add to the mystique of the game is the Kotla pitch itself.This will be the first international match since the Delhi wicket was banned by the ICC for a ‘dangerous’ track during an ODI between India and Sri Lanka in November 2009. There has been no first-class game on the wicket for three months and only a couple of Ranji matches have been played on it. So there is little expectation of scores close to 300. The weather, too, will have a role to play as dew is expected during this time of the year. So the captains will be in a dilemma to bat first and bowl when the dew possibly comes in, or bowl first and hope the wicket doesn’t deteriorate later on while batting.Hope for the bestSouth African captain Graeme Smith hoped that the untested wicket at the Kotla would hold up Thursday.”We are all aware of what has happened in Delhi. From our perspective and the West Indies’ perspective, it is an unknown factor. But I think you can see they have a lot of work into the surface. Let’s hope it all works out tomorrow,” he said.For the Caribbean skipper, spin will be crucial to his team’s chances. “Spin has played an important part in the tournament so far. We have two quality left-arm spinners and Chris (Gayle) also bowls off-spin. So we have to consider all these options and choose the best team and perform,”  he said.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez cited Bible passage John 3:16 in suicide: Police

first_imgFormer NFL star Aaron Hernandez wrote a reference to a biblical passage in ink on his forehead and in blood on the wall of his prison cell before he hanged himself with a bed sheet, state police said in an investigative report released Thursday.The former New England Patriots tight end was found naked April 19 at the Souza-Baranowski prison, where he was serving a life sentence in the 2013 murder of a man who had been dating his fiancee’s sister. His suicide came five days after he was acquitted in the 2012 gun slayings of two men in a car.A report released by state police on Thursday says “John 3:16” was written on Hernandez’s forehead and on the cell wall.The Bible passage says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”The report, from a state police detective assigned to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.’s office, said a correction officer found Hernandez around 3 a.m.Correction officers found that cardboard had been shoved into the tracks of Hernandez’s cell door to prevent the door from opening. Hernandez also had put shampoo on the floor to make it slippery, the report states.Once the correction officers got inside the cell, they found Hernandez hanging from a bed sheet tied around the window bars. The officers and medical staff performed CPR, but Hernandez never regained consciousness. He later was pronounced dead at a hospital.advertisementState police said Hernandez’s right middle finger had a fresh cut and there was blood on adjacent fingers. Besides the “John 3:16” written on his forehead, there also appeared to be a large circular blood mark on each of his feet.On the wall of the cell were several drawings and “John 3:16″ written in what appeared to be blood. Under the drawings was a Bible open to John 3:16, with the verse marked in blood. Three handwritten notes were found next to the bible. A description of the notes was redacted from the state police report.Correction officers told police that Hernandez had been locked in his cell just before 8 p.m. on April 18. One officer said he last saw Hernandez around 1 a.m. on April 19.About two hours later, the officer saw a sheet hanging in front of the door to Hernandez’s cell. The officer said he asked Hernandez to remove the sheet or sound off. As the officer poked at the sheet it fell, and he saw Hernandez hanging from the window, according to the report.After that officer and others opened the door, they tried to lift Hernandez to relieve pressure. After Hernandez was cut down, officers began performing chest compressions.State police said a review of video surveillance shows Hernandez was on the phone just before being locked in his cell. Police said they listened to the last five phone calls Hernandez made.”Hernandez does not make any apparent indication of an intent to harm himself during any of the phone calls,” the report states.An autopsy performed by the state medical examiner’s office determined the cause of Hernandez’s death was asphyxia by hanging and the manner of death was suicide. The state police report said toxicology tests showed Hernandez’s blood came back negative for all substances tested, including synthetic marijuana.Hernandez’s lead attorney in his recent double murder trial, Jose Baez, has pledged to do an independent investigation into his death. The defense team sharply criticized state investigators, saying some leaked information to reporters while failing to keep the Hernandez family informed.”The unprofessional behavior of those entrusted to impartially and professionally conduct an investigation into Aaron’s death has caused grave concern as to the validity and thoroughness of the investigation,” Hernandez’s attorneys said in a statement.Hernandez grew up in Bristol, Connecticut. His suicide left friends, family and his legal team in disbelief as many searched for an explanation to the tragic end of a young man whose football skills earned him a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the NFL’s top franchise.last_img read more

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Giannis’ Bucks Roll Past Detroit Pistons 121-86 in Series Opener

first_imgMILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground.The team with the NBA’s best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down.“I don’t know if they were ready for us,” Antetokounmpo said. “But we just try to focus on ourselves. We just try to play with pace, run to our spots and try to make plays.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) falls to the floor after being fouled by Detroit Pistons’ Thon Maker (7) during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the Milwaukee Bucks rolled to a 121-86 victory on Sunday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.Seven players scored in double figures for the Bucks, who led by as many as 43 points. Their 35-point margin was the third-largest in the franchise’s playoff history.The Pistons only really caught up to Antetokounmpo when center Andre Drummond shoved him to the ground with both hands late in the third quarter, after the MVP candidate grabbed an offensive rebound with Detroit trailing by 41 points.Drummond was given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. He blew a kiss to the Fiserv Forum crowd as he was escorted off the court.“As a team we talked about it, to try to keep our composure whenever the opposing team tries to foul us hard or tries to hit us or play dirty,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, I’m not going to look to the referees for protection. I’ve just got to play smart and try to avoid the situations.”Antetokounmpo was only 5 of 12 on free throws and 1 of 5 from 3-point range, but was 9 for 17 from the field.Eric Bledsoe had 15 points, and Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton each added 14 for the Bucks. George Hill scored 16 points off the bench.“We were all over the map defensively and didn’t get anything done,” coach Dwane Casey said of the Pistons, who allowed 70 first-half points and trailed by 27 at intermission. “We have another level we have to get to with our intensity and physicality, because they’re coming through there with balance, Euro-stepping, throwing elbows and stuff like this.“We have to get our level of competitiveness up to start the game, because you can’t spot a great team like this that many points and expect to get back into it.”Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points. Detroit played without forward Blake Griffin, who sat out with a left knee injury.Detroit shot 38% from the field and went 8 of 27 from 3-point distance (29.6.“I think it was top-notch today,” Bledsoe said of the Bucks’ defensive performance. “Brook was protecting the paint all night. We were getting steals, playing our game and getting out in transition. We started early so that helped us out.”Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond, left, drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton during the first half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)The Bucks sank 15 3-pointers, just one shy of tying a playoff high, and compiled 31 assists on 44 made field goals.Drummond got the defensive assignment on Antetokounmpo after Thon Maker got in early foul trouble trying to stop him.“I have watched that kid since he got drafted so I know his game like the back of my hand,” Drummond said. “He is just going to put his head down and keep driving in there. (The plan) is to make him take tough shots, take charges when he does try to bulldog his way in, force him to take 3-point shots, and if we do foul him, foul him as hard as possible.”GRIFFIN GETS A TECHGriffin was issued a technical foul for protesting Drummond’s ejection. Casey said he understood what the referees were doing to keep control of the game but thought a flagrant 1 foul would have been more appropriate.“I think it was a flagrant but I don’t think Andre deserved to be out the rest of the game,” Griffin said. “At least that is my opinion in real time.”Casey said he thought Griffin did not deserve a technical.“What I didn’t understand was an official coming over and having a conversation with a player that’s not even playing and giving him a technical,” Casey said. “It’s a hot situation. Walk to the other side of the floor instead of having a conversation.”Griffin said it was frustrating having to watch Game 1 from the sideline.“I never like to feel like I’m leaving my guys out there,” Griffin said. “But I have to do what our organization, our training staff, our doctors think is best, and that is the bottom line.”TIP-INSDetroit: Maker faced his former team and started in Griffin’s place. He avoided a flagrant foul when he brought Antetokounmpo to the floor in the second quarter. The referees reviewed the play but stayed with their original call of a common foul. Maker had four points and four rebounds in 22 minutes and was booed heavily by the home crowd. “Thon is my little brother,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’ve known him since he came to the league. We’ve been friends. But I know he’s a competitor. I know he’s going to come out here and do whatever he can to help his team win. . Detroit entered with a 14-3 playoff record against Milwaukee, winning all four series.Milwaukee: F Nikola Mirotic played 15 minutes while scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting. “He’s just getting back in conditioning and health and everything like that,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Mirotic had missed the last 11 regular-season games after fracturing his left thumb on March 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers. … The Bucks’ 70 points were the second-most in a first half in franchise playoff history. They scored 77 against Philadelphia in the Eastern Division semifinals in March 1970.UP NEXTGame 2 is Wednesday night in Milwaukee.By: Charles F. Gardner, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s men

first_img4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIf Virat Kohli created history as the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia, it also means that his counterpart Tim Paine became the first Australian captain to lose a Test series against India at home.India ended a 71-year wait with their 2-1 triumph as the rain-affected fourth and final Test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground.The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli’s tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honours Down Under.The Australia captain, Paine congratulated the Indian team on their win.”Tip our hats to India. We know personally going to India and playing in foreign conditions, how difficult it is. Congratulations to Virat and Ravi. Huge effort to come and win a series overseas,” Paine said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Wins in the first Test in Adelaide and third in Melbourne ensured India could not lose the series but it was the Sydney weather that saved Australia from a 3-1 humiliation with no play possible after tea on day four.Paine rued the missed opportunities but conceded that Australia were clearly outplayed.”In the last two Tests, no doubt. Had our chances to win in Adelaide. India outplayed us in big moments in that Test. In Perth we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. So they deserve to win the series. There’s always positive. I know there’s been a lot of gloom and doom of late,” Paine said.advertisementJai Hind #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/meUaiPq2YJBCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019For some Australians the series will always carry asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.Tim Paine’s side were unable to paper over the cracks left by their absence, and even the vaunted pace attack of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins failed to fire except for spells in the victory in Perth.Paine though said that his current Test team does have talented players and it is only a matter of time that come into their own in due course.”Got some talent in this team. Obviously got some talent who aren’t playing. They were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world. Hopefully, they’ll learn,” Paine said.Celebrations begin for jubilant India: https://t.co/e1QRTcvErA #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aKa2afk3H3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019″Message is to keep scoring runs. That’s the currency in cricket. We’ve got guys outside the group that are putting pressure as well, so that’s a good thing. Our group is under no illusions. Cricket is a funny game. We know it can turn very quickly,” Paine added.When asked what’s next for him and his team, Paine said, “Will go home for a couple of days now. And some of us will head to the Big Bash. And then we’ll have an eye on the preparation for Sri Lanka which is a big series for us next.”Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | India win first ever Test series in Australia after Sydney Test ends in a drawlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 first official photos leak out, here’s what it will look like

first_imgWe are less than a month away from Samsung’s Unpacked event, which is scheduled to take place on August 7. The event will see the debut of the Galaxy Note 10 series, which is said to include a regular Note 10 and a Note 10 Plus. We have seen multiple renders of the Galaxy Note 10 that have given us an idea of what the next Note flagship will look like. Now, we have what seems to be the first set of official photos of the Galaxy Note 10 provided by two tipsters.The Galaxy Note 10 images were leaked out last night by WinFuture’s Roland Quandt and tipster Ishan Agarwal. These photos give us a crystal clear look at the Galaxy Note 10 from the front and back, and they keep in line with what we have come to understand about the device. Additionally, the photos also reveal some new colour options that includes a gradient blue-purple finish that looks inspired by Huawei P30 Pro.As one expects from a Samsung Note device, the Galaxy Note 10 has a rectangular shape with sharp corners, which looks a little more bold compared to the curved and sleek look of the Galaxy S10. The face of the Galaxy Note 10 is all display with bezels that look incredibly thin. There is no doubt that the Note 10 will offer the slimmest bezels yet for the series. We also see the punch-hole cutout centered on the top. On the back, the Galaxy Note 10 has been revealed in a solid black colour option and a gradient P30-like colour. We also see the vertical triple camera setup on the top left corner and the Samsung logo. There is no fingerprint sensor, which seems to confirm that the Galaxy Note 10 will offer an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy S10 and S10+. The Galaxy Note 10 will offer curved glass on the front and back.advertisementWe also notice something interesting with the buttons on the side of the frame. It seems Samsung has dropped either the power button or the Bixby button as we can only see two buttons on the left side of the frame. Typically, the left side sees the volume key and Bixby button while the power key is placed on the right side.These photos, unfortunately, don’t reveal whether the Galaxy Note 10 has a 3.5mm headphone jack or not. Past rumours say Samsung will be ditching the jack in order to perhaps offer a bigger battery or to reduce the bezels. The Galaxy Note 10 Plus will look identical, but will get a bigger display and quad cameras on the back.As for the specs, we hear that the Galaxy Note 10 will offer a 6.3-inch screen, while the Note 10 Plus/Pro will sport a 6.75-inch display. Additionally, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro are said to pack an upgraded Exynos 9825 chipset and the phones may get 5G variants as well.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launching on August 7: What should you expect from the next Note phoneALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 teaser video hints at powerful new Notelast_img read more

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NEW NORTHSIDE TRAIL SEGMENT OPENS FOR USE

first_imgA new trail segment has opened for use on Sioux city’s northside.The City Parks and Recreation Department says the Clark Early Childhood Center Trail segment runs from Hamilton Boulevard at Outer Drive to Perry Way.The Clark Trail segment will become part of the city-wide trail system and will be maintained by the City.It will provide a safe route for residents along County Club Boulevard and Perry Way to connect to both the Outer Drive and Floyd Trails.Although the trail is constructed along the edge of the Clark School property, it is not exclusive to the school and can be used by everyone.last_img read more

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Film Study: Mike & Mike Figure Out QB Run Game

first_imgHope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. We’re back at with another film study. Today we are going to look at two different run plays by Walsh. The first play we are going to look at is the long run Walsh made in the fourth quarter.As you can see in the above picture OSU is set up with trips right, fullback, and tailback in the back field.Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.44.26 AMJeff Carr is the third WR lined out wide, Walsh motions him into the backfield.When Carr goes towards the backfield, the entire Tech linebackers shift with him. Tech will be at a disadvantage against a QB run purely based on alignment.Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.45.02 AMScreen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.45.10 AMOn hut Walsh runs a zone read, this is where he reads what the defense does and decides whether tokeep it or hand it off. As you’ll notice, all the Tech defenders bite hard on the handoff. Walsh makes the easy read and pulls the ball back to run the QB keeper.I love this play so much. The linemen block down to the right, the RG pulls to become the lead blocker for the QB. I’ve said, it is so much easier to block a man with the direction they are already going than it is to move them from a spot they want to be.Tech is in a bad spot, if the backers stay at home and honor the QB run, Carr has two lead blockers and a lot of open space, as we saw in the Kansas game, when Walsh handed it off and he walked in untouched. If they flow with the handoff, Walsh can keep it with one lead blocker and the linebackers out of position.Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.46.51 AMThe circle next to Walsh is a Tech player who fell down after Walsh made a nice move to the right, it was subtle but just enough to cross the defender over. Up top you have Washington making a great block, and then you have the line doing a great job walling off the rest of the defense. Now it’s just a footrace.Can I get a “COME ON, MAN” there is no reason whatsoever that JW Walsh should ever be caught from behind like he was. He was so close, surely he had some reserves in the tank to get him across the end zone. I’m joking of course, this was great and even better execution. I really hope to see this more, you could run it with Rudolph, he won’t gain as many yards, but you could set it up for a play-action passAlso, shameless self-promotion, I’d like to point out that I called for this same formation and play to be used at other spots on the field and not just goal line. Mike & Mike, I know you’re reading my posts, first off you’re welcome. Second, great job last couple of weeks, please keep these styles of play calling. The WR will start catching the ball more consistently, so please don’t be scared away from the long ball with Rudolph. If y’all are hiring, I’m listening.Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.48.28 AMNext up, we have the play that Walsh scored on after the big run. OSU lines in a two receiver set, with a TE, fullback, and tailback. Tech knows what’s coming, but because OSU has thrown out of this, Tech can’t fully sell out to stop the run. This is something Yurcich has really improved on. You run multiple options out of the same formation or similar formation, and the defense can’t ever go all out to stop a single play. I imagine Walsh has the option to hand it off, keep it, or hit the TE or WR on a pass. Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.49.19 AMWalsh motions Ateman to the right. This tells Walsh that he has man coverage. Essentially taking two defenders out of a run play, this also helps set up the play fake. OSU has pitched it to the WR several times this game.Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 9.49.28 AMThe fake to Ateman and the running backs acting as lead blockers, causes the Tech linebackers to bite. They all step to their left, now Walsh has a pulling guard as his lead blocker and the defensive flow going another direction.If Walsh steps to his right, he walks in untouched. My guess is that he was still angry about only having getting away from the hall monitor speed and wanted to hit someone.All in all, this was a great offensive effort. If the receivers had played better I think this game could have been put away much earlier. I hope Rudolph understands that he is the man. The offense goes as he goes. Walsh is a great change of pace and in reality, his three possessions were two plays, three plays and two plays. OSU found a weakness in Tech and exploited that weakness.Something OSU hasn’t been doing.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Mike Gundy Would ‘Rather Watch SpongeBob’ Than CFB Playoff Show, Still Says OSU Is 9-1

first_imgMike Gundy was in rare form (even for him) at his Monday press conference. He was asked about the College Football Playoff committee and his “loss” against Central Michigan, and he took out a blowtorch.“Last night I said [to our team], ‘you’ve gotten to a point where you’re 9-1,’ said Gundy. “You only got here by busting your butt, overcoming deficiencies, finding answers, practicing hard and preparing for the next game. And they buy into that.”It got better from there.“When you get into administrative policitc, I’d just as soon jump off a building in dealing with people like that. Nobody will ever convince me we lost that game [to Central Michigan]. So however I talk to the team is the way we feel. What [College Football Playoff Committee Chair and Texas Tech athletic director] Kirby [Hocutt] wants to say to the committee, that’s his choice.” Whoooo boy. There’s more!“I never watch the show,” said Gundy. “I’d rather watch SpongeBob than … listen to [Hocutt’s] comments, to be honest with you.”Wowza!What Gundy is referencing is Hocutt coming on weekly on ESPN to discuss why teams were ranked where they ranked. It seems odd that a sitting athletic director would get to do this, but this is where we’re at. Also, it seems like there’s a little bad blood there between Gundy and Hocutt for some reason.What Hocutt said last week when OSU was bumped to No. 13 in the rankings is that the CFB Playoff committee is viewing OSU’s loss to Central Michigan as a loss.Kirby Hocutt on OkSt loss to CMU on final play: “We’re viewing it as a loss. It’s not within our purview to decide wins and losses.”— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) November 9, 2016The irony here is that it almost feels like the committee is treating OSU as if it only has one loss and not two. No. 13 is pretty high for a team that lost two games with one of those to Central Michigan. Or it is at least splitting the difference. Don’t try to tell Gundy, though, he has some cartoons to watch anyway. This is, I believe, the second time this year we’ve gotten a cartoon reference.I actually love this humorous shot. (Also: not surprised Mike Gundy watches cartoons with sleeping fort guards.) pic.twitter.com/pE9VckGOmR— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) September 12, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Police Partner with MADD for Operation Christmas

first_imgGovernment and law enforcement agencies are coming together to promote road safety during Operation Christmas. The annual campaign, aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practice safe winter driving, will be launched Thursday, Nov. 26, in Bible Hill and Truro. “We want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season without any tragedies on our highways,” said Truro Police Chief Dave MacNeil. “We all have a role to play when dealing with drunk drivers. I urge any member of the public who sees an impaired driver to dial 9-1-1.” Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable death and serious injuries on Nova Scotia’s roads. Checkpoints targeting impaired drivers will be set up in the Bible Hill and Truro area to highlight the start of the campaign. More checkpoints will be in place across the province throughout the holiday season. Truro Police Service is partnering with RCMP Northeast Nova Traffic Services to host the campaign. Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD) will also participate. “Accidents caused by drunk driving are tragic but they are avoidable. People need to be reminded to plan ahead, whether it is arranging for a way home or choosing a safe place to stay,” said Fred Sanford, director of policing services, on behalf of Justice Minister Diana Whalen. “We all have a responsibility to ensure that a person does not get behind the wheel when under the influence of alcohol.” The Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level above 0.08. Nova Scotia imposes administrative penalties, including a minimum seven-day licence suspension, for motorists who are driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 to 0.08. “We appreciate the opportunity to participate with our partners in such an important prevention initiative,” said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. “This holiday season, MADD Canada is very focused on reminding the public to call 911 if they see someone driving who may be impaired by drugs or alcohol. By working together we can save lives.” Nova Scotia drivers are also reminded to prepare for winter conditions by taking steps such as installing snow tires, checking windshield wiper blades and stocking vehicles with emergency roadside kits. An information sheet with winter safe driving tips is on the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at novascotia.ca/tran/winter/winterdriving.pdf .last_img read more

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Govt asks SC collegium to rethink its pick for Andhra HC

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is learnt to have asked the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider its recommendation to elevate a judge of the Allahabad High Court as chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.While returning the file of Justice Vikram Nath last month, the government did not cite any reason, sources said. This is perhaps the first recommendation to be returned to the collegium by the present government. The NDA-I had returned several recommendations back to the collegium. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatOn April 8, the collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recommended the name of Justice Nath for elevation as chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. “Mr Justice Vikram Nath is the senior-most Judge from Allahabad High Court and is functioning in that high court since his elevation. Having regard to all relevant factors, the collegium finds Justice Vikram Nath suitable in all respects for being appointed as the chief justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court. The collegium resolves to recommend accordingly,” a resolution uploaded on the Supreme Court website read. See P6last_img read more

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Casablanca Among 10 Most Disappointing Destinations in the World

first_imgCasablanca- Travel website Smarter Travel has recently published a list of 10 places it considers as the “most disappointing” destinations in the world. Casablanca has made it to the list.Casablanca, Morocco’s economic capital is a “soulless” city, according to Smarter Travel. According to the website, Casablanca is only a transitory station, unlike other places in the Northern African kingdom, and is thus one of the “10 most disappointing” destinations in the world. “Many international flights to Morocco arrive in Casablanca, but many visitors wish that their flight had kept right on going. This very commercial city is mostly office buildings and has been called “soulless” by many tourists. Transit here, but keep on going to the rest of Morocco if you want a more authentic experience,” says the survey. In addition to Casablanca, the top teen “most disappointing destinations in the world” includes Gibraltar (UK), the Niagara Falls in New York, Temple Bar in Dublin, California’s Hollywood, Nassau, in Bahamas, Liberty Island in New York, Frankfurt in Germany, Florida’s famous Walt Disney World, and Las Vegas. The survey, however, doesn’t says what are the criteria it used to arrive to such a conclusion or whether it based its ranking on the opinions expressed by travelers.In another survey published by American Magazine WeatherWise, Morocco’s largest city ranked 3rd best weather place in the world.  Referring to weather condition in Casablanca, the survey says: “Strongly moderated by cold currents of the Atlantic Ocean, the weather of the northwestern coast of Morocco experiences little seasonal variability and extremely mild temperatures year round. According to World Meteorological Organization data for Casablanca, which lies in the heart of this region, January experiences an average daily high of 63°F and a mean nighttime low of 45°F.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Jets place left guard James Carpenter on seasonending IR

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets have placed left guard James Carpenter on the injured reserve list with a shoulder injury, ending the season for one of the team’s most reliable players.Carpenter had started in 58 straight games since signing with the Jets as a free agent in 2015 until missing New York’s 27-13 loss to New England last Sunday. Spencer Long moved from centre to left guard, and Jonotthan Harrison took over in Long’s spot. It appears that will be the plan moving forward.The 29-year-old Carpenter was a first-round pick by Seattle out of Alabama in 2011. He played his first four seasons with the Seahawks, including winning a Super Bowl in 2014.The Jets also announced Wednesday that they have promoted offensive lineman Ben Braden from the practice squad.Running back Mark Thompson was signed to the practice squad. He was signed by Baltimore as an undrafted free agent in the spring out of Florida.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press read more

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Juan Mata officially becomes a Manchester United player

first_img“United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club’s history.“Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful in the coming years.”United Manager David Moyes was quick to pile praise on his new acquisition:“Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it’s a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He’s been instrumental in Chelsea’s recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.“I have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of the new Manchester United. I know our fans have admired Juan for some time now – he has always played well against us – and I know they will be delighted to see him in the red of United, starting on Tuesday.”Aguero saves City blushes as Everton cruise past StevenageVIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo almost gave us the goal of the weekend JUAN MATA IS officially a Manchester United player, the club have announced.The 25-year old put pen to paper this evening after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Premier League champions.Earlier, United and Chelsea agreed a club-record £37.1 million deal for the Spanish international who scored 32 goals for the Blues since his move from Valencia in 2011.Speaking to the official Manchester United website, Mata said:“I am thrilled to be joining United. I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea but the time has come for a new challenge.last_img read more

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Fake news will only be defeated by accurate factbased journalism that tells

first_img By Dr Fergal Quinn Jan 22nd 2017, 8:30 PM Source: Evan VucciDonald Trump has, from the moment he has stepped into the political arena, been hit by scandal after scandal; from shady business dealings and allegations of sexual assault, to his stated admiration for dictators.It serves his purpose perfectly to construct a narrative that everything you read in the media, in the New York Times or in your Facebook feed can be described as one great monolithic slab of fakery.Thus, there is no difference in “fakeness” between a picture of a shark swimming in the Shannon river, which is clearly photoshopped, and a picture of the aftermath of a bombing in Aleppo which has been verified and corroborated by numerous sources, though is being officially denied by the regime.What can be done to limit the effect of this cascade of misinformation? Because there is a lot at stake here, both internationally and here at home. When the holder of the most powerful elected office in the world sets a tone, have no doubt that existing and wannabe demagogues from Manila to Dun Laoghaire are taking note.Firstly, the media does need to take a look at itself. It must remedy the kind of weakness that canny communicators like Trump can exploit. There is evidence of a decline in journalism standards within established, “traditional” media companies in recent years, mainly due to time and resource constraints.The race to be first, to win the ratings war, the clicks, the ad revenue, has led to news organisations getting caught out, hurting public faith in the media as representing their interests.Media trustTrump and canny populists like him are using this vulnerability to push the notion, not that media policy makers should try to improve and protect the space in which good journalism operates, but that journalism itself is the problem and we simply shouldn’t trust any media content. This, of course, only serves their own agenda and their desire to be able to do and say as they please without uncomfortable scrutiny.Most of us who criticise content published in our media, whether it be the Journal.ie or the New York Times (and as a journalism teacher, I spend a great deal of time in my classes discussing just this), do so because we desire high standards and we believe in what journalism can and should be.We do not believe that there is no good journalism being done today, but that there should be more of it. Misinformation can only be fought only by a renewed commitment to true information.Journalists must always keep this in mind and those who consume news must also be aware of it. Think before you share on social media. Consider all the facts and not just the ones that suit your argument. This goes for people who are against Donald Trump and what he stands for as much as those who thinks he is what the US needs right now.Readers should be suspiciousBut it should be less a lazy reactionary cynicism than a healthy scepticism that drives one to check and corroborate everything before it is believed. And there’s the rub.In his heart of hearts, Donald Trump and those behind him know this too, that a blizzard of lies and distortions can be defeated by just the thing he is trying to discredit.Accurate, comprehensive, fact-based journalism which tells the truth. Which doesn’t flinch or back away and which shines a light on the darkness to give a full picture.The kind of picture that may well show us that the man who is shouting “fake” the loudest, is the one with the most to hide.Dr Fergal Quinn is a lecturer in journalism at University of Limerick. He tweets at: @quinnfergal.Six lessons for 2017 from an Irish fact-checker in a “fake news” era>Facebook is cracking down on fake news in Germany before Angela Merkel seeks fourth term> ‘Fake news will only be defeated by accurate, fact-based journalism that tells the truth’ The media needs to look at itself and remedy the kind of weakness that canny communicators like Trump can exploit, writes Dr Fergal Quinn. 102 Comments Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share58 Tweet Email2 Dr Fergal Quinn 452 Views http://jrnl.ie/3195116 Short URL “DARKNESS IS GOOD,” Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon said a few weeks back. “Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they (liberals) get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.”Bannon’s comments reverberated again last week, as Trump berated a CNN reporter for having the temerity to try and ask him a question. “Quiet,” he told him. “Your organisation is terrible…you are fake news.”It was the latest in a string of attacks by Trump on respected news organisations including The Washington Post, the BBC, The New York Times and suggests a pattern more significant than simple annoyance at hostile coverage.Trump’s co-opting of term ‘fake news’His use of the term “fake news” is a particularly interesting, co-opting of a term that became ubiquitous in recent months in descriptions of the type of false stories which flourished on social media leading up to his sensational win over Hilary Clinton.Clinton was, at varying times, implicated in paedophile rings and murder, while unlikely public figures such as the Pope and actor Denzel Washington declared their support for Trump.Term becomes meaninglessBut the term “fake news” has been used to describe so many types of news content that it becomes almost meaningless. It can be used to describe news output which is deliberately made-up, or accidentally wrong, news which is partially wrong, or simply incomplete.It is being used to describe news content that is badly reported or corroborated, and news which is thoroughly reported but framed to fit an agenda by a reporter or editor.As a term, “fake news” is far too all-encompassing to usefully describe and differentiate between what is happening recently, and more existential problems that have always been at the heart of how journalism is practiced.Objectivity has become an aspirationConsider, for example, the problem of objectivity in journalism, a value increasingly being seen as aspirational, as opposed to entirely achievable.If you are a white, Irish, middle-aged, middle-class, Catholic woman writing a story, your every word choice and sentence construction betrays your subjective perspective, whether you want it to or not.Should articles which lack objectivity then, be put under the same banner as deliberately falsified reporting? “Fake news” as a term is just vague enough and specific enough then to be highly useful for politicians who prefer to operate in areas where boundaries are blurred and meaning is unclear. In darkness, so to speak.Trump adopts it for his own purposeslast_img read more

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Alphabets Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls

first_img Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 7 Photos Track your health and step up your game with these smart shoes (pictures) Apple reading • Alphabet’s Verily is reportedly making shoes that track weight and falls Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Apple Watch Series 4 $349 Wearable Tech Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) • See It Apple Tags $399 Walmart See It See it Share your voice Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $413 News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It Verily is reportedly working on smart shoes. Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Your shoes may very well be your next fitness and health tracker.Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, has been reportedly working on smart shoes that can track your weight and movements and detect falls. As reported by CNBC, the Verily has been showing off a prototype pair to potential partners to co-develop the shoes.Sudden changes to a person’s weight can indicate health problems like congestive heart failure. Having a pair of shoes that can accurately track your weight could be a way to alert a person of a more serious condition as soon as it’s detected.The trend of wearables that can detect falls is nothing new. Last year, Apple launched its newest Apple Watch, which can detect when the wearer loses their balance. French company Helite makes protective jackets and vest for skiers, cyclists and motorcycle riders that inflate when a fall is detected. Helite also makes the Hip’Safe a belt for elderly people that inflates airbags to protect their hips in a fall.And Verily isn’t the only company working on beefing up shoes. Nike unveiled last month the Adapt BB, the latest iteration of its self-tying shoes. As if the Back to the Future-style tying wasn’t smart enough, Nike’s shoes pair up with your phone in order to collect data, make adjustments and even get software updates.It’s not known whether the smart shoes project is active or not. However, Verily isn’t the first company to pursue smart footwear. The French company E-vone announced a pair that can also track weight and detect the wearer taking a spill at CES in 2018. Verily did not immediately respond to a request to comment.First published Feb. 1, 2019 at 4:27 p.m. PT.Update Feb. 5, 2019 at 8:03 a.m. PT: Added more background information on smart shoes. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Best Buy See All 3 Google Apple Alphabet Inc. How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app $349 Comments Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinementslast_img read more

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Kotak Mahindra Bank takes RBI to court over promoter holding norm shares

first_imgKotak Mahindra bank has been given multiple deadline extensions by the RBI. In a similar tale, shares of Bandhan Bank had tanked as much as 20 percent in a single day in September after the RBI stopped it from opening new branches without prior approval and froze executive pay. The action was taken after the bank failed to cut promoter holding as per RBI’s banking licence guidelines. RBI stops printing Rs 2000 notes Kotak Mahindra Bank and ATM in Bengaluru, India.IBT Media/SVKrishnamachariKotak Mahindra Bank sued the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday after the central bank prevented promoter Uday Kotak from paring his equity holding in the bank using preference shares.Kotak Mahindra, India’s fourth largest private lender, said it had no other option to protect its interests with a December 31 deadline for promoter holding dilution looming.Kotaka Mahindra Bank is required to bring down promoter share holding as per an RBI-instituted timeline. As per the central bank requirements, promoter Uday Kotak must reduce holding in the bank to 20 percent by the end of December from 29.73 percent currently. The bank should further pare the promoter share holding to 15 percent by March 2020.The bank said it was moving the Bombay High Court as a matter of ‘abundant caution’. Kotak Mahindra Bank shares tanked as much as 7 percent intra-day even as benchmark index Sensex traded in choppy waters ahead of the results of elections to five states assemblies due on Tuesday. Kotak Mahindra Bank Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director Uday Kotak launches the ‘811 banking app’ in Mumbai on March 29, 2017.IANSUnder RBI’s stricture to bring down promoter equity, Uday Kotak moved in August to cut his holding by using preference shares rather than common equity. However, the RBI cut down the move saying the bank could not take the Perpetual Non Convertible Preference Shares (PNCPS) route to pare promoter holding.The bank said in statement on Monday that it had requested the RBI to reconsider the decision.”We have since clarified and conveyed to the RBI our position in relation to PNCPS being a part of paid up capital and the legal basis on the matter of dilution of shareholding under the Banking Regulation Act. We have also shared with the RBI the opinions of eminent jurists and senior most legal counsels of the country, which confirm our understanding,” the statement said.Banking licence guidelinesKotak also said it was filing the writ petition in light of the looming December 31 deadline. “However, we have not heard from the RBI on the above matter. Given the milestone of December 31, 2018, the Bank has been left with no option but to protect its interest. By way of abundant caution, the Bank has today filed a writ petition with the Hon’ble Bombay High Court to validate the Bank’s position,” the bank said. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closelast_img read more

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Nassau Paradise Island dishes out hotel updates says Baha Mar will hopefully

first_imgNassau Paradise Island dishes out hotel updates, says Baha Mar will hopefully open late 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — If you’re worried about Nassau Paradise Island not having enough variety in terms of accommodations, rest assured – the luxury destination truly does offer a wide range of properties that caters to all budgets.This was the main message conveyed at an industry lunch in Toronto yesterday hosted by the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and the Paradise Island Tourism Development Association. Said Fred Lounsberry, CEO of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, which represents some 15 hotels and resorts on the island: “Everyone knows it’s an expensive destination, but you’ll find that with the variety of hotels available, there’s something for everyone.”Lounsberry also noted that Canada is a very important market for the destination, and that although it’s been a difficult couple years due to the exchange rate and Hurricane Matthew, business is still good.“From Canada, airport arrivals are off about 3% year to year, which isn’t bad considering the recent challenges we’ve faced. Obviously we’d like it to be better, but we also know it’ll swing back around,” he said.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaWhen it does, Paradise Island and its bevy of accommodations will be ready to welcome an influx of tourists. At the top of the list is the brand new Warwick Paradise Island, a four-star, adults-only, all-inclusive resort featuring 250 rooms, four dining options, two bars, fitness centre and tour desk. The first new hotel product to hit Paradise Island since 2007, the resort also boasts the 10,000 square-foot Warwick Sea Terrace featuring an arrivals dock and expansive boardwalk.Bay View Suites Paradise Island opens today (Dec. 1) after completing a rebrand that includes a new name (formerly the Best Western Bay View Suites) as well as an updated marketing strategy and logo.The destination’s powerhouse property – Atlantis Paradise Island – has commenced a major US$20 million renovation of its Coral Towers, one of the most centrally located accommodations at the resort. Slated for completion in summer 2017, the refresh will also include a new pool concept featuring Bahamian-influenced and family-style programming.Ultra-luxe One&Only Ocean Club, which suffered property damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew, will reopen on Feb. 14. On the other end of the spectrum, Lounsberry reminded guests of the perks available at Comfort Suites, which thanks to a deal brokered years ago, allows guests to enjoy all the benefits of nearby Atlantis Paradise Island.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionBob Marley Resort & Spa is also a unique option for guests looking for an alternative to big-chain resorts. The former Marley Family home offers just 17 rooms and a honeymoon suite that used to be the bedroom of the iconic singer.And as for Baha Mar, Lounsberry said there’s been “a lot of movement” and promised that it will open “sooner rather than later.” He noted that there are active buyers, is not sure whether current brands will remain, and anticipates more news to come within the next 30-60 days. “Hopefully, it will open next year at this time in some shape, way or form.” Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, December 1, 2016 Tags: Baha Mar Sharelast_img read more

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Tunisias judges strike protesting firings

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Patients with chronic pain give advice Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) – Tunisia’s judiciary went on open-ended strike Wednesday to protest the government’s removal of 82 judges for corruption and ties to the previous regime.The judges called for the Justice Ministry to revoke its decision, describing the move as unjust and not giving those targeted a chance to defend themselves.“The firing of the judges is contrary to the fundamentals of transitional justice which calls for revealing the truth about people and judging those who have violated (people’s) rights, while guaranteeing equitable decisions and above all the right to defense,” said Raoudha Laabidi, head of the Tunisian Judges’ Union in a statement. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top Stories Justice Ministry spokesman Mondher Bendhiafi said Sunday in an interview that the judges targeted were “beyond the shadow of a doubt” involved in passing judgments to enrich family members of former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who was overthrown last year.Ben Ali ruled Tunisia for 23 years during which he and his relatives came to control large sectors of the economy, aided by a compliant legal system.Tunisia’s teachers and health workers have also announced they are going on a two-day strike calling for higher wages, while in the impoverished interior there are general strikes expected in the coming days.Since the uprising, which partly took place over high unemployment, the economy has only worsened and the country has been plagued by strikes for improved living conditions, especially in the interior.Tourism, one of the country’s main earners of hard currency, also suffered and there was a negative economic growth in 2011.According to the state news agency, the head of the General Union of Tunisian Workers, Houcine Abbasi said some strikes were actually canceled after negotiations with the government for salary increases and keep from exacerbating the fragile situation.last_img read more

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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald at tea

first_imgArizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald at team OTAs, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Tempe, Ariz. (Photo: Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Top Stories Even so, Fitzgerald said the locker room is a place like any other in life: it requires relationship management. During the 2009 season, teammate Chike Okeafor was griping out loud, and well within earshot of reporters, about the four-year, $40 million contract extension Fitzgerald had signed before the 2008 season.“You always have to manage,” Fitzgerald said. “Look around this locker room; around the National Football League. We were all all-state performers and MVPs of our teams and division player of the years. We all come from storied backgrounds and so you get that many guys who are used to having success, there’s going to be some rubbing, there’s going to be some heads bumping. You just have to understand it’s about the team and it’s about making each other better without causing any friction.”Fitzgerald has come to enjoy that aspect as much as any part of his job. He is always ribbing or chatting with teammates, and he is so comfortable around media that he hijacked an interview with Jaron Brown last week to inject some humor.“I think I enjoy the relationship aspect of it more than I did,” he said. “I really like seeing the young guys working and having success and seeing their hard work pay off for them. I would definitely say I like being a teammate. That’s fun for me.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   There was no formality to this gathering, no check of his hair or clothing or teeth. Instead, Fitz hopped up on a countertop in the middle of the locker room, feet dangling like a kid, while a semi-circle of reporters and cameramen swelled around him.It’s a scene nobody would have witnessed in Fitzgerald’s rookie season. He was reluctant to talk to reporters then. It wasn’t that Fitzgerald was timid, as some have suggested. He was simply being respectful.“I’ve never been one to be unsure of myself, but when you come into the league at 20 years old and you make millions of dollars, there’s going to be resentment there,” he said. “There is going to be animosity a lot of times. I think the fastest way to bring that down is to show them that you can play and you want to work; you want to be a part of the team.”“Just from being a youngster, being a ball boy for the Vikings, I saw it was usually better when the rookies just shut their mouths and did their jobs. If you start talking to the media as a young guy, a lot of the veterans look at that and think ‘oh, he thinks he’s this.’ I just wanted to be quiet and keep working. Once I showed them I could play and they respected me, then I could be myself.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img It’s hard to fully believe a pro athlete when they say they don’t care about stats, accolades or money any more, but Fitzgerald brings a unique perspective to the table. Aside from the maturity his two sons have demanded from him, Fitzgerald’s famous travels have provided a broader perspective on his own life and the individual-centric American approach.“When you first get into the league, I just wanted to get to a Pro Bowl. Everything is personal,” he said. “When you’re young, you have to establish yourself and then as you get older, once you have established yourself, individual accolades and statistics and things like that don’t really matter to you any more.“Winning a championship puts me in a completely different stratosphere. I know I have to go out and perform to help my team win but it’s not how many catches or how many yards. It doesn’t matter at this point any more.”It is all the more urgent for Fitzgerald, who turns 34 in August, to check that final box as he enters another season that could be his last, playing on an expiring contract.“Look at Carson [Palmer] and guys like Tom Brady and all the older guys. How much more money can we make? How many more touchdowns can they throw?” he said. “It’s not going to change much of anything with how people look at them. Winning is all that matters at this point. That’s it.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — It’s easy to feel comfortable sitting in Larry Fitzgerald’s skin. He is a Valley icon whose name is synonymous with the Cardinals organization. He is a multi-millionaire. If he never catches another NFL pass, his place at the Pro Football Hall of Fame is assured, and he is beloved by a fan base, a city and truth be told, much of the local media.Maybe that’s why reporters had given Fitzgerald a hall pass on interviews through most of OTAs. Fitzgerald must have sensed this as he was on his way out of the Cardinals’ locker room on Tuesday after a one-on-one interview. All it took was one additional request and he agreed to return for a full-on media scrum. Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter – / 11last_img read more

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