Wimbledon 2017: Angelique Kerber survives rocky opening test to reach round two

first_imgAngelique Kerber enjoyed the honour of opening Centre Court proceedings on Tuesday in the absence of title holder Serena Williams and, while she looked far from her best, she reached the Wimbledon second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Irina Falconi.The German world number one, a first round loser at the French Open just five weeks ago, has been struggling to recapture the form that carried her into three grand slam finals in 2016.However, Kerber, who won two of those majors and finished runner up to Williams at the All England Club last July, ensured she would not add her name to the list of Wimbledon top seeds to have perished in the opening round.Instead, she survived the plucky challenge of American qualifier Falconi to register her first win at a grand slam tournament since bowing out in the fourth round at January’s Australian Open.Falconi had her chances to chalk up her first win in five appearances at Wimbledon, breaking Kerber once in each set.However, the world number 247’s lack of experience eventually caught up with her and a double fault handed Kerber two break points for a 5-4 lead in the second set.The German converted the second and then finished with a flourish, holding to love to seal the match with a forehand winner.Next up for her will be Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.last_img read more

O’s Rally Past Tigers, 7-6

first_imgBALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles once again battered Detroit’s shaky bullpen and pushed the Tigers to the brink of playoff elimination.Pinch-hitter Delmon Young delivered another big postseason hit, lining a three-run double during a four-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Orioles over the Tigers 7-6 on Oct. 3d for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five AL Division Series.J.J. Hardy made a nifty slide home, touching the plate with his hand barely ahead of the tag, for the go-ahead run. A Camden Yards crowd that saw the O’s fall behind Justin Verlander 5-2 in the early going erupted in an orange wave.Now Baltimore will try for a sweep in Game 3 on Oct. 5 at Detroit, when Miguel Gonzalez starts against the Tigers’ third straight Cy Young winner in David Price.A day after the Orioles battered Detroit relievers while scoring eight runs in the eighth for a 12-3 win, they came back from a three-run deficit.Orioles fans cheered when Joba Chamberlain came in to pitch the eighth with a 6-3 lead — the crowd knew that Detroit’s bullpen was beleaguered.Chamberlain hit Adam Jones with a pitch and gave up a single to Nelson Cruz, setting up Steve Pearce’s RBI single.Joakim Soria entered and walked J.J. Hardy to load the bases for Young, who quickly cleared them with a liner into the left-field corner. J.D. Martinez bobbled the carom for an instant, and Hardy never broke stride in scoring.Young went 10-for-20 as a pinch hitter during the regular season. He also was the AL championship series MVP in 2012 — for the Tigers — when they swept the Yankees.In the top of the eighth, baserunning also was a key point. Miguel Cabrera was thrown out at the plate when he tried to score on Victor Martinez’s RBI double with no outs.Zach Britton got three straight outs for the save. Soria wound up with the loss.The defeat left Detroit’s bid to reach the ALCS for a fourth straight year in serious jeopardy. The Tigers wasted home runs by J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos, along with a solid start by Verlander.Rooted on by girlfriend Kate Upton, Verlander left in the sixth with a 5-3 lead. He appeared to try to talk first-year Manager Brad Ausmus out of being pulled.Brad Brach got the win, getting two outs in the eighth after Kevin Gausman allowed one run and three hits in 3 2-3 innings.Detroit trailed 2-0 before peeling off five straight hits against Wei-Yin Chen. Torii Hunter singled, Cabrera doubled and Victor Martinez delivered an RBI single.J.D. Martinez and Castellanos hit consecutive home runs, the second day in a row that Detroit’s done it.Chen lasted only three more batters in his shortest outing since June 28 and left down 5-2.Baltimore got a run back in the bottom half with a two-out RBI single by Hardy, and the Orioles turned a nifty 5-4-3 double play against Cabrera in the fifth that began with a diving stop by Ryan Flaherty.Cruz led off the sixth with a single to chase Verlander. Anibal Sanchez entered, and Cruz advanced on a groundout. But that turned out to be the first of six straight batters that Sanchez retired.Sanchez had pitched only one inning since Aug. 8 while recovering from a pectoral strain. He led the AL in ERA last year and had been another starter for the Tigers before getting hurt.The game started shortly after noon, and the sellout crowd of 48,058 had plenty of enthusiasm left from the night before.The volume decreased, however, after Verlander began mowing down a potent lineup that one night earlier banged out 12 hits in a lopsided victory.He retired the first eight batters before Jonathan Schoop bounced a single up the middle. Nick Markakis then hit a 3-2 pitch off the roof of the grounds crew enclosure in right field.A replay confirmed the drive as a home run, ending Verlander’s 32-inning scoreless streak in the ALDS. Markakis’ first homer off the right-hander in 50 career at-bats came on Verlander’s 50th pitch.The lead didn’t last past the next half inning.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Raptors Shred The Nets, 91-74

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Hours after one of their best defenders had surgery, the Toronto Raptors got back to defending the way they know they can.Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Raptors handed the Brooklyn Nets their eighth straight home loss, 91-74 on Jan. 6.Even without DeMarre Carroll, who could be out a while after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee across town, the Raptors held the Nets below 40 percent shooting and won easily even while missing 18 of their 22 3-point attempts.“We’re going to have games where we’re not going to be able to score,” guard DeMar DeRozan said. “We’ve got to understand we’ve got to be able to win games in the 80s and keep teams, like tonight, in the low-70s, high-70s.”Kyle Lowry had 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He made all seven shots inside the arc but was 0-for-7 from 3-point range as Toronto bounced back after giving up nearly 120 points per game in consecutive losses to Chicago and Cleveland.Brooklyn is at the other end of the Eastern Conference standings, and its poor play at home is one of the reasons. The Nets haven’t won at Barclays Center since beating Philadelphia on Dec. 10.“We need to work through some things,” center Brook Lopez said. “It hasn’t all gone as planned.”DeRozan scored 15 points.Carroll is one of the Raptors’ best defensive players, but the Raptors had no trouble getting their defense back on track after their back-to-back losses. They have won 15 straight games when holding opponents below 100.“I thought overall we needed a game like that to show from start to finish we put our defensive imprint on the game,” coach Dwane Casey said.And it helped on the other end to have a strong game from Valanciunas with their outside shots not falling.“I think JV just did a good job of being in the right spots tonight,” Lowry said. “He was much more active and going against a true big like Brook he just got up for the challenge.”Lopez had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Brooklyn, which wore black uniforms reading “Los Nets” instead of its usual whites.But the result was the same as usual at home, where the Nets heard a few boos as the Raptors led by double digits throughout the fourth quarter.“It was just overall domination,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins said.The Raptors outscored the Nets 16-2 to close the second quarter, then finished the third with a 13-4 spurt that gave them a 70-56 lead. Toronto quickly pushed it to 18 to put it away.Joe Johnson, battling a bruised left quad, finished with five points on 2-of-7 shooting. He was scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer in the third quarter, giving him a field goal in 919 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)last_img read more

Tevez speaks of ‘beautiful’ World Cup dream

first_imgCarlos Tevez Tevez hoping for Argentina World Cup spot after Boca return Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:04 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Argentina Getty Images Boca Juniors Shanghai Shenhua Superliga CSL A place in Argentina’s World Cup squad for the 2018 World Cup is a top target for the Boca Juniors star Carlos Tevez has targeted a World Cup place with Argentina after completing his protracted return to boyhood club Boca Juniors.Tevez was released from his Shanghai Shenhua contract on Saturday, even though his deal with the Chinese Super League (CSL) side had a year to run.The 33-year-old struggled to settle in Asia after ending his second Boca spell in December 2016 and reportedly becoming the world’s best-paid player, scoring only four goals in the 2017 CSL and being left out of the squad for the Chinese FA Cup final amid complaints over his work ethic. 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 A delighted Tevez is back at La Bombonera and has set his sights on earning an Argentina recall, having not played for the national team since 2015, although Jorge Sampaoli can call upon a raft of high-class forwards including Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Mauro Icardi.”I haven’t got many years left of football and to be in a World Cup, for a player of my age it would something beautiful and it would be a sign of recognition too,” Tevez said of his Russia hopes when he was presented to the media on Tuesday. El presidente Daniel Angelici junto a Carlos Tevez y @emmamasok . pic.twitter.com/epw7VlcGoy — Boca Jrs. Oficial (@BocaJrsOficial) January 9, 2018 Tevez won the Copa Libertadores with Boca in 2003 at the start of his career, but the club – who also presented Argentina international Emmanuel Mas on Tuesday – have not claimed the title since 2007.”We all know the responsibility of playing in the Copa Libertadores,” added Tevez.”As the years go by it’s getting more difficult for us. Now is the moment to try and take this weight off our shoulders and win it, which is what all of us want.”I am here for this too, to give my best in order to reach the dream of the seventh Copa Libertadores for Boca Juniors.”I missed the adrenaline before playing. The feeling of this tickle when you are about to go in the pitch, the people… When you’re in the tunnel of La Bombonera the emotion and adrenaline goes over your all body. That is what I missed the most.”last_img read more

Georgia Freshman Quarterback Announces Major Transfer

first_imgA closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)It’s the week of the college football quarterback transfer, apparently.So far this week, we’ve had several major quarterbacks announce transfers, including Ohio State’s Tate Martell (to Miami), Alabama’s Jalen Hurts (to Oklahoma) and Oklahoma’s Austin Kendall (to West Virginia, expectedly).You can add another one to the list.Georgia freshman quarterback Matthew Downing is heading to TCU.The quarterback announced the decision on Twitter.Thank you God ?? #Blessings pic.twitter.com/b85F9nDoj4— Matthew Downing (@M_Down07) January 17, 2019Downing entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal earlier in the week.The pro-style quarterback came to Georgia as a preferred walk-on and it looked like he could provide solid depth for the Bulldogs, who have had a ton of movement at the position over the last year.Georgia has since solidified its standing at the quarterback position, though, and it seemed doubtful that Downing could rise up to No. 2 or No. 3 on the depth chart.The pro-style quarterback will now head to TCU.last_img read more

Facebook mail site evacuated after possible sarin scare

first_imgMenlo Park: A Facebook mail facility near company headquarters was evacuated Monday after a routine check found mail possibly containing the nerve agent sarin. Authorities put the site under quarantine as they conducted additional testing. Four buildings were evacuated and three have been cleared for people to come back in, said Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison in a statement. The suspicious package was delivered around 11 AM to one of the company’s mail rooms, he said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”Authorities have not yet identified the substance found,” Harrison wrote. There were no reports of injuries, Menlo Park Fire Marshal Jon Johnston said. Incoming mail undergoing routine processing by machine tested positive for sarin, but it could have been a false positive, Johnston said. “Right now we don’t have anybody that has any symptoms,” he said. “We’re just doing verification.” The FBI is assisting in the investigation, as is common in incidents such as this one. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says sarin is a chemical warfare agent that is a clear, colorless, odorless and tasteless liquid. It can evaporate into the environment, prompting symptoms within seconds. A drop of sarin on skin can cause sweating and muscle twitching, and exposure to large doses can result in paralysis and respiratory failure leading to death. The CDC says people who are mildly exposed usually recover completely.last_img read more

Tories demand government explain how much a carbon price will cost Canadians

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre will ask the House of Commons this week to force the government to show Canadians how much more they can expect to pay for gas, heat and groceries once every Canadian will be charged a $50 per tonne carbon tax.Poilievre says he knows the government has the information because access to information requests he filed produced a finance department memo that says there is an analysis of the potential impact of a carbon price, based on household consumption data across different income levels.However, he says the actual data from the analysis is blacked out.Poilievre says he has given notice of the intention to file a motion demanding the government table documents in the House that show how much a $50 per tonne carbon price will cost a median income Canadian family.The federal government requires every province to put a price on carbon by the start of next year or it will impose one itself. Legal authority to do so is laid out in the government’s budget implementation bill currently working its way through Parliament.Poilievre says the carbon price legislation takes up 200 pages of that bill, but nowhere does it say how much it will cost people.“Government cannot tax what Parliament does not approve, but Parliament cannot approve what it does not know,” Poilievre said Sunday. “Right now, Parliament is being kept in the dark.”In refusing to provide the analysis done by the department of finance, the government says it can be withheld because it is either advice to government or information that can possibly harm the Canadian economy.“If the knowledge of the cost of the carbon tax in itself would cause injury to the Canadian economy, then that cost must be even worse than we have imagined,” said Poilievre.He also filed a complaint with the information commissioner, asking her to investigate the government for its refusal to release the information in the access request response. He said Caroline Maynard has agreed and has started looking into the matter.Four provinces already have carbon pricing systems in place, but the federal requirement will mean on January 1, every province has to have a system that applies a price of at least $20 per tonne of carbon emissions. The price has to rise $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022. At that point, Ottawa will review the system.The documents outlining the proposed federal pricing system, to be used only in provinces that don’t have their own plan, do provide information about what impact the price will have to the cost various types of fuel such as gasoline, natural gas, propane and coal.However, Poilievre says it’s not detailed enough for individual families to understand what it means to them, because the price will not only affect the price at the pump but most of what people buy as the cost to produce and ship products also goes up.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Sunday a price on carbon has a low cost and high impact.“We know polluting isn’t free — there is a cost,” said McKenna.She said carbon pricing pushes for innovation to find ways to reduce emissions in order to pay less, and is one of the ways Canada will meet its international commitment to reduce climate-changing emissions.McKenna has also been criticized for not answering questions about how much emissions the carbon price will cut.“We will be releasing more information shortly,” she said Sunday.The Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change estimates 86 million tonnes of emissions will be eliminated in Canada from the measures contained within, but it does not specify how much of that is to come from carbon pricing.last_img read more

Todd Herremans And Dicks Sporting Goods Host Shopping Event For Kids

first_imgThe Todd Herremans Foundation recently hosted members of Leprechaun Sports Association of Philadelphia at DICK’S Sporting Goods.Todd Herremans with kids at DICK’S Sporting GoodsEagles players Todd Herremans, Jason Kelce and Mark Sanchez served as “Shopping Consultants” and surprised the kids with $100 shopping sprees from the Herremans Foundation as they shopped for winter coats, gloves, boots and other cold-weather gear.“It’s a great feeling to provide underserved children with a chance to get the cold-winter gear they need, as well as some other great things from DICK’S,” said Herremans. “I’m really thankful for (Jason) Kelce and Mark (Sanchez) to take time out of their busy schedules to help spread some holiday cheer.”last_img

Peter Coyote To Introduce Girl On The Edge At REEL Recovery Film

first_imgSan Rafael-based Alcohol Justice and Studio City-based Writers In Treatment have announced that actor Peter Coyote will introduce his new film Girl On the Edge to kick-off the 2nd Annual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium – San Francisco Bay Area Edition.The four-day event will screen 18 select feature-length and short, fictional and factual alcohol and drug addiction-themed films in 14 sessions at two locations with a goal of engaging audiences with honest stories about the disease as well as the hope and opportunity for recovery. There will be expert panel discussions following most of the sessions.Girl on the Edge, follows the journey of a young girl struggling with the aftermath of a horrific trauma, the toll that it takes on her family and the last chance she has to overcome it in the most unlikely of places. A post-screening Q&A will take place with Producer/Director Jay Silverman, and actor Mackenzie Phillips. Immediately following there will be a VIP Reception at the Hotel Kabuki with live music by singer/songwriter Elizabeth Edwards.The festival ends on Sunday June 14, 2015 with a Robin Williams Tribute, featuring a screening of his 1998 movie Patch Adams. The film will be followed by Comedians Into Recovery, live standup performances by three of Williams’ fellow comedians, Johnny Steele, Mark Ludholm, and Barry Diamond, with Jan Wahl as MC.Tickets to these events and everything in-between are available exclusively through BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information about the festival, and to view a PSA featuring Michael Pritchard, go to: FilmFestSFBay.org “The ticket price for most of the sessions is just $10,” stated Michael Scippa, director of the event. “But if there are seats available we’ll allow anyone admittance regardless of their ability to pay.”Alcohol Justice and Writers In Treatment are producing the festival with generous support from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab, Center Point, Inc., West America Bank, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefits Programs – Marin/Sonoma Area, Marin County Mental Health Substance Use Services, Ghilotti Construction Company, KRON-TV, the Michael Basso Foundation, Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services, KPOO-FM, North Bay Recovery Center, Hotel Kabuki, Book Passage Book Store, and many Bay Area individuals and families.last_img read more

Linamar stock has best day in weeks in wake 12billion of MacDon

first_imgGUELPH, Ont. – Linamar Corp. stock jumped nearly 12 per cent, following its agreement to buy Winnipeg-based agriculture equipment maker MacDon Industries Ltd. for $1.2 billion.Linamar (TSX:LNR) stock rose 11.50 per cent or $7.48 to close at $72.50 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.It’s Linamar’s best day on the market since Nov. 7, when it reported a drop in third-quarter earnings compared with a year ago and missed analyst estimates.The MacDon deal will allow Linamar to further diversify its operations, which make precision metallic parts for a range of sectors including automobiles.Linamar says the acquisition will also complement its existing agricultural harvesting business in Hungary.CIBC analyst Todd Coupland says that agricultural equipment businesses generally trade at higher valuations than auto parts suppliers.CIBC also estimates MacDon will add about 70 cents per share of earnings to its 2018 estimate for Linamar.The company has 59 manufacturing facilities globally and about 24,500 employees.last_img read more

No Football Passion in US and Canada Maradona

Rabat – Argentina’s former football legend Diego Maradona has criticized the North American win of hosting rights to the 2026 World Cup, decrying the lack of football passion in Canada and the United States.Maradona also expressed disappointment over Mexico’s joint bid.“Mexico doesn’t deserve it,” Maradona told television channel Telesur. “The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany…and ‘boom’ they’re out,” he said.2026 will be the third time for Mexico to host the World Cup.According to Maradona, “Canadians may be good skiers, and the Americans wanted to have four periods of 25 [minutes] for the advertising.”FIFA’s 68th Congress decided on Wednesday that the North American countries will host the 23rd World Cup in 2026. United 2026, the North American bid, received 134 votes from all corners of the continent, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.In April, Maradona appeared in a photo with Brazilian footballer Rivaldo Vitor Borba Ferreira, in which both are wearing Morocco’s national football team jersey.Maradona is known for his love for Morocco and King Mohammed VI. During his visit to Morocco on November 2015, the star was filmed dancing to Moroccan rhythms on the 40th anniversary of the Moroccan Green March, when he performed a gala match in Laayoune.During Morocco’s 2026 campaign, Maradona said that “Morocco’s infrastructure has developed strongly.” read more

Parties to UN tobacco convention agree on stronger smoking control measures

21 November 2010Parties to a United Nations convention on tobacco have adopted a number of new measures to strengthen the control of tobacco use worldwide, including regulating flavouring ingredients that increase attractiveness of tobacco products. Parties to the UN World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) unanimously adopted the measures at the 4th session of the conference of the parties to the convention which ended yesterday in Punta Del Este, Uruguay.State parties to the convention also agreed that services aimed at enabling people to stop smoking should be integrated into national health systems to make them easily available for more smokers who wish to quit.They also decided that there should be mechanisms to build capacity to support education, communication and training with a view to raising public awareness and promoting social change on tobacco use.A report on price and taxation policy of tobacco products was discussed and delegates agreed to establish a working group tasked with examining the issue further and, if possible, prepare guidelines for implementation.Parties to the convention also decided that work on economically sustainable alternatives to tobacco growing will be extended in order to find appropriate policy options and recommendations.Negotiations on a protocol to combat illicit trade in tobacco products should continue with the aim of concluding it in 2012, it was decided.Delegates also adopted decisions on promoting the treaty”s implementation and strengthening assistance to developing countries to meet their obligations under the convention.They also decided that further work is required on the control and prevention of smokeless tobacco products and “electronic cigarettes” liability with regard to the health effects of tobacco consumption and cross-border advertisement.The conference is the governing body of the WHO FCTC and, as of this month, is comprised of 171 parties to the convention. The WHO FCTC is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO and provides a new legal dimension for international health cooperation. read more

The Latest Greek Cypriots reject joint gas drilling panel

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on Turkey and the sanctions approved by the European Union over the dispute about drilling near Cyprus (all times local):4:20 p.m.Greek Cypriot leaders on ethnically split Cyprus have turned down a renewed proposal by breakaway Turkish Cypriots to form a joint committee on managing natural gas discovered offshore the east Mediterranean island nation.Deputy Minister Vasilis Palmas says the proposal by Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci detracts from the substance of Cyprus’ political problem and the need for an immediate resumption of reunification negotiations.Speaking after Tuesday’s leaders’ meeting chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades, Palmas said Akinci’s proposal contains provisions that “don’t serve the best interests of either the Cyprus Republic or the Cypriot people as a whole.”Akinci reissued the proposal just prior to the European Union’s decision to issue sanctions against Turkey for illegal gas drilling in waters where Cyprus has exclusive economic rights.___10 a.m.Turkey has rejected as “worthless” an initial set of sanctions approved by the European Union against Ankara, and vowed to send a new vessel to the eastern Mediterranean to reinforce its efforts to drill for hydrocarbons off the island of Cyprus.EU foreign ministers on Monday approved sanctions against Turkey over its drilling for gas in waters where EU member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights. They said they were suspending talks on an air transport agreement, as well as high-level Turkey-EU dialogues, and would call on the European Investment Bank to review its lending to the country.They also backed a proposal by the EU’s executive branch to reduce financial assistance to Turkey for next year. The ministers warned that additional “targeted measures” were being worked on to penalize Turkey, which started negotiations to join the EU in 2005.The EU sanctions came as Turkey also faces possible economic sanctions from the U.S. over its purchase of a Russian-made missile defence system which Washington says is incompatible with NATO equipment.The Associated Press read more

Burundi UN experts urge Security Council to follow resolution with concrete steps

The experts welcomed the “clear message and alert” sent by the Council’s unanimously adopted resolution, which condemned the increased cases of human rights violations and abuses in Burundi, the seven UN Special Rapporteurs emphasized that actions must now be undertaken to follow up the text and provide “concrete responses fitting the magnitude of the risks at stake, for Burundi and the region.”The experts went on to recount a raft of ills, saying the situation in Burundi continues to deteriorate with daily reports of serious human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, attacks on independent media and harassment and killing of human rights defenders, unjustified limitations on freedoms of peaceful assembly and expression, adding to more than 200,000 persons displaced by violence.“This is a crisis that is eminently political in nature and entails an increased risk of escalation of violence and further fracturing of the Burundian society,” the experts warned and urged the Security Council to adopt immediate measures if the security situation deteriorates further, and prevent additional loss of life.They also urged the Burundian authorities to take immediate steps “to put an end to the rampant human rights violations and ensure there is no impunity for the perpetrators.”The experts recalled that in the last two months, reports received suggested that people arrested by the security forces have been found dead, many with signs of torture, in several locations of the capital, Bujumbura, stressing that nothing under international law can justify these “unacceptable” violations. Last week, Welli Nzitonda, the son of a prominent human rights defender was found dead after being arrested by the police earlier in the day. “The brutal killing of Mr. Nzitonda shows that, in spite of constant demands, nothing has been done to protect human rights defenders in Burundi,” said the Special Rapporteurs. “If a well-known and reputed [rights] defender is attacked in such a way, we fear the worst for those defenders who are more isolated and less visible,” they stressed.The Special Rapporteurs warned that the situation in Burundi dangerously worsened in the recent weeks and observed that security forces continue to disrespect the human rights of Burundians, amid a general climate of impunity.“Horrendous manoeuvres or strategies that seek stifle a plurality of views in civil society, send a chilling message to those trying to assemble peacefully and associate freely and only add to the insecurity in the country,” the independent experts said adding that the members of the security forces and supporters of the ruling party have also been attacked and killed by unidentified armed men.“We call for political solutions and mobilize all means and instruments available to prevent a further deterioration of the situation, including through political dialogue and ensuring accountability for the violations committed,” the experts said urging the authorities to dissociate themselves from divisive and inflammatory speeches.Further, the independent experts called on the UN to provide all the resources necessary for the High Commission for Human Rights, the African Union and the African Commission of Human Rights to effectively operate in the country, in particular monitoring and report on the human rights situation, and supporting prevention efforts as a matter of priority.“In this context, we take note of the commitment of the Burundi Government to fully cooperate with the UN Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, and call, in particular, for a visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions to the country – whose request has been left without answer by the Government,” they concluded. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. The experts participating in this call are: the Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai; the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; Michel Forst; the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez; the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, Chaloka Beyani; and the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff. read more

Julio Jones Is the Best

T.Y. HiltonIND2525623844167.8 Doug BaldwinSEA487321627167.4 Weighted overall rank comparison of wide receivers, 2014-16 Allen RobinsonJAC242083684165.1 RECEIVERTEAMTARGET FREQ.AVG. DEPTHCATCH RATERUN BLOCKAFTER CATCHWEIGHTED SUM Antonio BrownPIT457151944105.2 Emmanuel SandersDEN1423413175130.1 Odell BeckhamNYG751371517115.5 Steve SmithBAL1064345333166.3 Julio JonesATL240302728103.0 Rishard MatthewsTEN2936332056143.5 Larry FitzgeraldARI208214164142.9 DeAndre HopkinsHOU122769390139.1 Demaryius ThomasDEN35949432123.9 RANK Jordy NelsonGB1942292241128.5 Jarvis LandryMIA896111612135.6 Eric DeckerNYJ224645583149.0 Brandon MarshallNYJ183572980161.7 Mike EvansTB6681796126.0 Rankings are out of the 98 wide receivers with a minimum of 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 yards from 2014 to 2016.Sources: ESPN Stats & Information Group, ProFootballFocus.com Willie SneadNO398018225164.5 Let’s get this out of the way at the top: Julio Jones was the best receiver in football this season. Just about any way you slice it, whether using traditional stats,1Yards per game, for instance. advanced metrics2Like FootballOutsiders.com’s defense-adjusted yards above replacement. or even play-by-play grades,3Such as the ones compiled by ProFootballFocus.com. Jones was the receiver who kept defensive coordinators up at night worrying about all the havoc he could wreak. His explosiveness and diversity of skills enabled offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to build the one of the best offenses in NFL history.But what makes Jones so good?At the most basic level, Jones dominates because of an unmatched combination of size and speed. Posting a 4.34-second 40-yard-dash before he was drafted, Jones ran the ninth-fastest combine time of any wideout who had at least 400 receiving yards in the 2016 season.4One limitation to this approach is that combine data is a snapshot of speed at age 21 or so. Needless to say, that number is probably a tad outdated for an NFL veteran like, say, 37-year-old Steve Smith Sr. Still, for most players, combine times give a decent approximation of their pure speed. All of the faster receivers are also smaller — nearly 5 inches shorter than the 6-foot-3 Jones, on average. While Jones was one of the fastest at the position regardless of height, most NFL wide receivers as tall as Jones ran the 40 slower than the overall position average of 4.47 seconds. A.J. GreenCIN531312961109.4 Wideouts that big and that fast are very difficult to cover. Think of Randy Moss (who, at 6-foot-4, ran an “unofficial” 4.25 second 40 in 1998) or, more recently, the two unrelated Johnsons, Andre (6-foot-2, 4.40) and Calvin (6-foot-5, 4.35), who used that formula to dominate the league’s receiving leaderboard in recent years. Moss in particular showed that a receiver who can stretch the field in all directions with speed, and then pluck balls from over defenders’ heads, can make an offense run far more efficiently than its individual components suggest it should.But Jones’s dominance is more than just a product of “big guy runs fast.” Since he returned from a foot fracture that cost him most of the 2013 season, no receiver has put those gifts to better on-field use than Jones — across every aspect of the position, from the flashy to the technical.We can measure how good Jones has been by breaking down what makes a great all-around receiver:The guy has to get open, so we’ll look at how often the ball comes his way (targets) as a percentage of his routes run.Ideally, receivers can go deep, so we’ll look at how far the ball travels before it gets to him (air yards per target).Then he still has to catch the darn ball, so we’ll look at his catch rate. (Air yards and catch rate are usually at odds with each other,5In my sample of top receivers from 2014 to 2016, the correlation between those two metrics was -0.7. since it’s harder to catch deep throws than short ones.)Once he’s open, has run a long ways and has caught the pass, it’d be nice if he could keep running without being tackled. So let’s also look at yards after the catch per reception.Oh, and one more thing — being a receiver isn’t all about receiving, so let’s look at blocking ability by using ProFootballFocus.com’s run-blocking grades.If we rank every active receiver6With a minimum of either 500 receiving yards in 2016 or 900 total yards from 2014 to 2016. in those categories over the past three seasons and add up the ranks (with some weighting based on the relative importance of each category7Specifically, the ranks for air yards per target and catch rate were assigned no special weight; targets per route was given 50 percent extra weight; yards after the catch was given 75 percent less weight; and run blocking was given 15 percent less weight. These weights were determined by regressing the first four categories against adjusted catch yards per route, an overall measure of receiving effectiveness, and running a separate regression against PFF’s “overall” grade to determine the relative value of blocking.), Jones rates as the most complete wide receiver in the NFL. Among the 98 receivers in our sample, he ranks 40th or better in every area of the game — the only receiver in the league who can make that claim.8Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson ranks in the top 42 in each category. Alshon JefferyCHI173268942143.7 Jones’s impressive combination of size and speed shows up most notably in his ability to get free of defenders — Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan targeted Jones on 30 percent of the routes he ran, the second most of any receiver (behind Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill at 31.5 percent) — as well as in his rare talent for keeping his catch rate up even as he goes deep. Based on the length of Jones’s average target — 11.9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage — we’d expect him to have caught only about 60 percent of the balls thrown in his direction; instead, he caught nearly 66 percent, a difference that amounts to 26 extra catches, many of the big-play variety. (Jones has 20 total receiving touchdowns over the past three seasons.) In other words, Jones mixes the reliability of a possession receiver with the big-play potential of a deep threat.And once he catches the ball, he’s frequently off to the races:So what hope do the New England Patriots — specifically, their defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia — have of containing Jones on Super Sunday?For their part, the Patriots had the NFL’s 10th-worst pass defense during the regular season and the 13th-worst D against No. 1 receivers like Jones. But they also boast two of the 12 highest-rated cover cornerbacks in football (according to PFF) in Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan, plus Devin McCourty, PFF’s top-rated coverage safety. And in the playoffs, they’ve also held both Antonio Brown (No. 2 in our receiver rankings above) and DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10) to relatively tame performances.In Jones and Atlanta’s high-powered offensive “buzzsaw,” however, the Pats face their toughest challenge yet. The Falcons have had a startling offensive breakout this season: They easily led the league in expected points added (EPA) through the air — and offensive EPA in general — during the regular season, QB Matt Ryan enjoyed one of the most efficient passing seasons in league history, and the offense has only improved in the playoffs.9During the regular season, Atlanta averaged 11.5 more offensive EPA per game than an average team, 9.0 of which came in the passing game. After adjusting for the defenses they faced, the Falcons are averaging 21.5 offensive EPA above average in the playoffs, 20.9 of which have come via the pass.At the center of that offense is Jones. “Nobody can stop us but us,” Jones told reporters after the NFC title game. Whether that’s true or not will largely depend on whether New England can slow down the game’s most uncoverable receiver. Based on Jones’s performance these past few seasons, that’s a pretty tall (and fast) order. read more

Mens basketball report Junior forward Keita BatesDiop out for season with stress

OSU sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) during a game against Rutgers on Jan. 13 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 76-75 loss to No. 20 Purdue on Thursday night that dropped the Buckeyes to 10-5 and 0-2 in the Big Ten, it appears the team’s uphill climb to the NCAA tournament just got a whole lot steeper.OSU coach Thad Matta said in the postgame press conference that junior forward Keita Bates-Diop will undergo surgery on a stress fracture on his shin next week. Bates-Diop did not play against the Boilermakers. He had missed five games earlier in the season with a high-ankle sprain he suffered on Nov. 17 against Providence.Bates-Diop originally suffered this injury in the summer and after attempting to play through it, the injury kept reoccurring, Matta said.“That’s definitely a punch in the gut to us,” he said. “It is what it is and we got to move forward.”Matta called the 6-foot-7 Bates-Diop the team’s best defender considering his length and his ability to rebound with the taller players in the country.The Normal, Illinois, native played just nine games this year, starting three times. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in an average of 23.3 minutes. Matta said that Bates-Diop will receive a medical redshirt.1/5 Correction: Matta said Bates-Diop will have surgery next week. It was originally printed as Friday. read more

Gaz à effet de serre Emirats arabes unis Australie et EtatsUnis en

first_imgGaz à effet de serre : Emirats arabes unis, Australie et Etats-Unis en tête des rejets de CO2La société britannique de conseil Maplecroft vient de publier les résultats d’une étude combinant les émissions de CO2 actuelles et les rejets historiques des pays de la planète, pour déterminer quels sont les plus gros émetteurs. Ce sont alors les Emirats arabes unis, l’Australie et les Etats-Unis, qui forment le trio de tête. Pour réaliser ce classement, Maplecroft a pris en compte les émissions actuelles totales, puis les a ramenées à la population des pays, avant d’ajouter à son indice le total des rejets cumulés au cours de l’histoire. Pour chaque Etat, les rejets de gaz à effet de serre par habitant représentent 50% de la note finale, tandis que les rejets nationaux et historiques comptent chacun pour 25%.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?En tête du classement se placent les Emirats arabes unis, en raison de leur forte consommation d’énergie dont la quasi-totalité est produite à partir d’hydrocarbures. Vient ensuite l’Australie qui paie le prix de sa forte dépendance au charbon, tandis que les Etats-Unis, qui occupent la troisième marche du podium, doivent leur classement à l’accumulation de leurs émissions de CO2 au cours du siècle dernier, et au très fort taux des rejets de gaz à effet de serre rapportés à la population.Le Canada, les Pays-Bas, l’Arabie saoudite, Singapour, la Russie, la Belgique et le Kazakhstan occupent les places suivantes du classement, alors que la Chine, qui est aujourd’hui le principal pays émetteur de gaz à effet de serre en données brutes, se classe 26e grâce à ses rejets relativement faibles lorsqu’ils sont rapportés à sa population de 1,3 milliard d’habitants.Ces données seront sans aucun doute prises en compte lors des négociations sur la lutte contre le réchauffement climatique qui s’ouvriront à Cancun à la fin du mois. Alors que les propositions de réductions de leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre faites à Copenhague par les Etats s’avèrent insuffisantes pour parvenir à l’objectif d’une limitation à 2°C du réchauffement climatique global, il est aujourd’hui clairement admis que ce sommet international n’aboutira pas à un accord contraignant capable de succéder au Protocole de Kyoto. Ce dernier arrivera pourtant à échéance en 2012.Le 17 novembre 2010 à 16:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hotline numbers released to report price gougers

first_img Bahamas Min. of Labour speaks on Price Gouging Recommended for you Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PriceGouging, #PriceInspectors PNP Opposition: Premier has got the Power Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Labour Minister Dion Foulkes had something to say to merchants today, and to the consumers he announced a hotline number to report #pricegouging which is a crime.    The Minister said, “it is illegal, unethical and immoral for businesses in The Bahamas to artificially increase the price of goods and services offered for sale or hire in an attempt to secure abnormal profits in anticipation or in the aftermath of a national disaster, in this instance, Hurricane Irma.”Minister Foulkes explained that the Government has directed #PriceInspectors throughout The Bahamas, Inspectors from the Bureau of Standards, and Family Island Administrators to be keenly vigilant and monitor businesses suspected of price gouging.The Hotline numbers are: 376-1507 and 376-5125.The Minister said his officers will pay special attention to those who try to inflate prices on bread basket items.    It was also explained that the three of the major fuel suppliers had sufficient fuel (regular and diesel) to satisfy the public demand pre and post Hurricane Irma.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas PM warns “Price Gouging is a criminal offense”last_img read more

Jayne Herrera Beutler smashes a lob out of reach to local GOP

first_imgIt was like a tennis match. A hopelessly one-sided tennis match, with Jaime Herrera Beutler playing the role of Serena Williams and the Clark County Republican Party looking like a weekend recreational player.Not that the Republican Congresswoman should have even been in this contest to begin with. But when the local GOP served up an amateurish lob, well, she was compelled to smash it out of reach. Consider Herrera Beutler’s retort when threatened with censure by her own party: “A movement can’t grow if it is more concerned with burning heretics than winning converts,” she wrote in a letter. The conservative representative had been accused of, well, not being conservative enough, and her response was a 140 mph smash that the local GOP couldn’t even see whiz past. Then again, they often are blinded by their own intransigence.Keep in mind, this is a group that in 2013 chastised Herrera Beutler after she correctly criticized Congressional Republicans for shutting down the federal government. Keep in mind, this is a group that currently is firing spitballs at Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey — another Republican — for his actions leading up to the vote on the county charter. Apparently not content to support members of their party who easily win elections, the Clark County crusaders embark on missions to burn the heretics.Look at the complaints the local GOP lobbed toward Herrera Beutler. “Please understand, we receive no satisfaction from disciplining one of our own,” read the letter the party sent to her. “However, silence is acceptance, and we cannot accept your poor voting record; therefore, we cannot remain silent. We hope this will cause you to reflect upon your actions . . .” All that was missing was a threat to send her to her room without dinner.last_img read more