10 months agoSouthampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseille

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton midfielder Lemina: Bielsa key to leaving Marseilleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton midfielder Mario Lemina has explained why he left Olympique Marseille.Lemina quit OM for Juventus before landing at Saints.He explained to Eurosport: “I spent only two years in Marseille. When I arrived, I thought I would stay longer. The first year, with Elie Baup was complicated but the next one with Marcelo Bielsa was magnificent. “We discovered another OM, more spectacular. With the coach, I learned a lot. It’s really very interesting to work under his orders. When he left, it was a shock for me and that’s what made me want to go.”Bielsa is now leading Leeds United in their promotion push frm the Championship. last_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit’s Thoughts On The AP Preseason Top 25

first_imgKirk Herbstreit talking on ESPN.ESPN’s top college football analyst has shared his thoughts on the AP preseason top 25.Kirk Herbstreit appeared on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning to discuss the release of the AP preseason top 25 poll, which you can see here.Here are Herbstreit’s thoughts on the poll:He’s not really surprised with the top five.“I think the one thing that stands out right away is that of the four teams that made the playoff, three are right back up there in the Top 3. I think it tells you a lot of times you’re voting by what happened last season and you’re trying to guess. Keep in mind we haven’t seen any of these teams yet and we’re speculating.”Ohio State at No. 6 might “raise some eyebrows.”“You’re trying to put together a team that can be competitive without knowing anything really. There’s nothing really shocking to me with the Top 5, but Ohio State up at 6 might raise so eyebrows for a lot people because of the losses.”There is parity.“This will be one of those years where there’s a lot of parity and it’ll come down to who’s healthy and who makes the most of their personnel. I don’t think the committee has it in them after 15 weeks of football to vote two teams from one conference. Even if they think they’re in the top four, I don’t see them ever doing that. They’ll be worried about feedback. This might be a year that it might be a valid point, but I don’t think he committee will ever put two teams from one conference in.”A College Football Playoff crasher? Houston. Or Boise State“Houston’s a pick that everybody seems to want to talk about because of last year and I understand that.Greg Ward and that offense is going to score. But if I’m looking at all these teams in (the Group of 5), I’d go with Boise State. They’ll be favored in most of their games after Washington State. Boise State can potentially ruffle some feathers if they beat the Cougs in Week 2.”Who are you picking to win it all this year?last_img read more

Ryan Gosling says Weinstein is emblematic of a systemic problem

first_imgRyan Gosling says he’s “deeply disappointed” in himself for being oblivious to the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.The London, Ont.-born actor posted a note Thursday on Twitter standing in support of the women who’ve shared their stories.“Like most people in Hollywood, I have worked with him and I’m deeply disappointed in myself for being so oblivious to these devastating experiences of sexual harassment and abuse,” he said. Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd are among the actresses who have come forward.The Canadian Press Advertisement “He’s emblematic of a systemic problem. Men should stand with women and work together until there is real accountability and change.”Gosling is one of the few male actors to speak out against Weinstein in the wake of a New York Times report that opened the floodgates for stories from women who say they’ve been assaulted or harassed by the Hollywood mogul. Ryan Gosling posted a note Thursday on Twitter standing in support of the women who’ve shared their stories about Harvey Weinstein. (CHRIS PIZZELLO / INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img 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

Ohio State wide receivers cleared to fly against Spartans

Senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) attempts to escape a tackle from Michigan State redshirt-sophomore linebacker Riley Bullough (30) during a Nov. 8 game in East Lansing, Mich. OSU won, 49-37. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorJust seconds after Michigan State missed a 39-yard field goal, Ohio State took over possession and wide receiver Michael Thomas was sure of one thing.He was going to be in the end zone.“Before the play came I knew I was going to score,” the redshirt-sophomore Thomas said. “I just had to do my job, run my route. I feel like no one can guard me.”Thomas caught a slant from redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett and took the pass 79 yards to the end zone, tying the game at 21.The Buckeyes didn’t trail for the remainder of the game.Just minutes later, Barrett found senior wide receiver Devin Smith for a 44-yard touchdown, giving the Buckeyes a 28-21 halftime score.Barrett, who had seemed to struggle on deep throws for a portion of the season, said after the game that he is getting more confidence in his deep shots as the season progresses.“I’m getting more comfortable each and every week,” he said. “We just make sure we’re getting that connection in practice so we can bring it out on gameday.”Barrett’s performance earned praise from Michigan State’s defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who said he was slightly surprised at how well the redshirt-freshman played.“That guy made about every pass he could. He hadn’t shown to do that really consistently, but we had a lot of respect for him. He is a great football player,” Narduzzi said after the game. “He played big in a big game. He didn’t throw off the mark at all and those guys were ready to make the catch. That goes to having a guy who throws the ball where it needs to be thrown. He is a heck of a quarterback.”OSU coach Urban Meyer tied Barrett’s performance in with Smith’s, complimenting both on their breakout games.“JT, boy, is he playing well. He was 16-of-26, 300 yards throwing and very accurate on the deep balls,” Meyer said. “Also Devin Smith, that’s his best game that we’ve had in the past three years. He’s one of the best, if not the best, deep ball players we’ve ever had. He tracks the ball very well.”Smith has had a knack for making big plays in scarlet and gray, as the Buckeyes are a perfect 20-0 when he catches a touchdown for OSU. The senior from Massillon, Ohio, finished the game with a season-high 129 yards receiving on six receptions to go along with the touchdown.Prior to his touchdown catch, Smith made what was arguably the biggest play of the game as he hauled in a 43-yard reception from Barrett up the Spartan sideline with OSU facing a third and 23, trailing, 14-7.Smith had a similar response to Thomas’ about the third-down pickup.“No disrespect to their team, but I felt all night they couldn’t hang with us. I told coach that constantly,” Smith said. “I told coach they needed to keep throwing it to us, and we had a good first half throwing the ball.”With his big game, Smith separated himself from former OSU-great Santonio Holmes on the Buckeyes’ all-time touchdown receptions list. Smith moved into sole possession of third place on the list with his 26th as a member of the Scarlet and Gray.Smith said following the game that his motivation to play well came from many people picking the Spartans to win, along with Michigan State’s nicknamed secondary.“Coming into this game, everybody had us losing and it kind of made me a little mad,” Smith said. “Then the whole ‘no fly zone’ stuff and all that. We had one job, and that was to come up here and win.”The combination of Smith and Thomas accounted for 220 of Barrett’s 300 passing yards, something Thomas said came from preparation and motivation.“It’s like a tag-team. That’s what we are trained to do,” Thomas said of his play alongside Smith’s. “We lost a lot of respect. And the only way to get back respect in this league, the Big Ten, is to step up and win this game.”With the win, the Buckeyes sit alone atop the Big Ten East standings, as they are set to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday in Minneapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. read more

Toure thanks everyone at Man City

first_imgYaya Toure has thanked everyone at Manchester City for a “very special night” after playing his final home game for the club in their 3-1 win against BrightonThe 34-year-old will be leaving the Premier League champions at the end of the season after eight years.City paid tribute to their long-serving midfielder by starting him for their final home game of the season against Brighton at the Etihad Stadium and made him the captain for the night, as Toure led the club to breaking three Premier League record that were all previously held by Chelsea.Prior to his last home match, Toure was presented with a framed shirt, a mosaic plaque and a lifetime season ticket with his older brother, Kolo Toure, at his side and has now taken to social media to thank everyone.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot,” wrote the Ivorian on Twitter.Thank you to everyone for a very special night at the Etihad! It really means a lot. ??#ComeOnCity ???? pic.twitter.com/tbMN2ZvOGT— Yaya Touré (@YayaToure) May 10, 2018last_img read more

Germany begin life after World Cup with a draw

first_imgThe German national men’s football team have begun life after an embarrassing outing at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia with a draw against France, according to DFB.de.The Die Mannschaft held the current world champions to a goalless draw at the Allianz Arena in Germany.After much debate, Joachim Low decided to stick with majority of the team that underperformed in Russia with Manuel Neuer started between the sticks for Germany, behind a back four of Matthias Ginter, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rüdiger. Joshua Kimmich started at defensive midfield with Leon Goretzka and Toni Kroos in front of him.Thomas Müller, Timo Werner and Marco Reus completed the starting XI as a front three. The German side started with purpose and soon got on the front foot, albeit without creating a clear-cut chance. For the majority of the half, the teams were in deadlock and headed into the changing rooms for half time with no more than a couple of shots on target to reflect on.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Low’s team continued to try to carve out opportunities in the wider areas but they couldn’t open up the French defence with the crucial final pass. In the 34th minute, for example, Rüdiger nearly got on the end of a dangerous cross from Kroos before Olivier Giroud tested Manuel Neuer with a header at the other end. The captain then parried a Kylian Mbappé free-kick from 20 metres out in the 43rd minute. The last chance of the first half fell to the world champions as a heel flick from Giroud went wide of the goal.Didier Deschamps’ French team started the second half as the better side as an Antoine Griezmann shot was saved by Neuer (48’). Timo Werner then tested Areola’s reflexes in the French goal from an acute angle (57’). Neither team could create many clear opportunities in front of goal with much of the game being contested in midfield. The next chance also fell to Griezmann, who attempted a shot from long distance (64’). At the other end, Areola spectacularly denied Reus with a fingertip save around the post (65’).A lack of cutting edge from both sides saw their first competitive meeting since 2016 end in a goalless stalemate.last_img read more

Luis Enrique plays down club differences

first_imgLuis Enrique has given credit to Real Madrid as the core of the Spanish national team after their 6-0 demolition of Croatia.However, the new Spain manager maintained his team is a United front irrespective of where the players ply their trade.“It doesn’t make sense to compare national teams and club sides,” the former Barcelona boss said after the Nations League clash.“We have our idea of playing football and today everything went wonderfully. We started with some doubts, but after that, we were brilliant and scored some incredible goals.“We were very effective. We want to get back to how good we were before. What I’ve liked most in these 10 days is the attitude of the players.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“From what I’ve seen, regardless of the results, I’m delighted. When I hear my name sung, I feel proud, but it’s the players who deserve it. Still, I appreciate it.“There are many things to improve on. Everything can change in a day. I’m not one of those who exaggerate in victory or martyr in defeat.“I’m looking for balance. I didn’t know there were six Real Madrid players in the XI, neither do I care;“They play for the Spanish national team, that’s it. They don’t play for one team or another. Our base is from Real Madrid and it looks good to me.“No-one from Barcelona? I only see a shirt, the national team’s one. Qualification? We still have to beat England and Croatia again.last_img read more

Everton boss frustrated by defeat

first_imgThe Everton Marco Silva was unhappy after receiving a goal and then seeing how Kurt Zouma was sent off.A single goal by Andre Gay gave Watford the 1-0 victory over Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday.And the Blues are now in the ninth position of the table with 33 points, after only nine wins, six draws and 12 defeats.This has led coach Marco Silva very frustrated.“When you do not achieve the result and do not score goals with the chances we created, it is a big frustration for us,” Silva told the club’s official website.“The first half was balanced, they created one good chance and we had a very good chance with Cenk Tosun.”“Second half was the same again. They started to create more problems with their long balls,” he commented.“I felt Andre Gomes and Gana were getting tired after we played on Wednesday night. Watford had one week to prepare for the game.”“I changed Andre and was preparing to put on Bernard when they scored,” Silva continued.“We reacted [to going behind].”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We had two balls off the bar and one clear chance for Dominic,” the manager said.“We created enough chances to score but were not effective [with our finishing]. Sometimes in these moments, something can happen – but it is only us who can work more to change things.”“When you play away and create the chances we did – and clear chances in some moments – we have to be more effective,” the Everton boss commented.“In one moment they will start to go in and we’ll start to win matches.”“But there is just one way: work more, become more confident and look forward and try to change things,” he added.“It is a good moment to rest the players, then bring them back to prepare for the next match against Cardiff and the derby against Liverpool.”💬 | The boss delivers his post-match verdict: A frustrating afternoon. #EFCawayday— Everton (@Everton) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Contes agent plays down Real Madrid transfer talk

first_imgAntonio Conte’s brother-agent has revealed he had no contacts with Real Madrid or AC Milan, stating his brother will soon resolve his dispute with ChelseaAfter a miserable start of the season, Julen Lopetegui is faced with immense pressure from the fans and the media. The several newspapers from Spain already written the former Porto manager off, suggesting Florentino Perez has started the hunt for a new technician.Over the past few weeks, the name of Antonio Conte has emerged as the likeliest one, especially after the Italian broke all ties with the Blues.However, speaking to the Corriere dello Sport, Daniele Conte has cooled down the recent talks.“There’s been no contact with Real Madrid or Milan.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“Antonio is on holiday in Egypt and I haven’t received any important calls. I’d like to clarify, in this regard, that I’m his only representative.”In the same interview, which has been broadcasted by the Football Espana, Daniele has confirmed his brother will soon be a free agent.“In the same way, it’s clear that my brother no longer has any ties with Chelsea after his dismissal in July.“Now we await the outcome of the case: our lawyers are at work.”last_img read more

Trump Creates New Space Policy To Send Missions To The Moon And

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen The President added that the policy “marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use. This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints — we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, to many worlds beyond.”NASA detailed that work toward the new directive will be reflected in its Fiscal Year 2019 budget request next year and NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot commented they look forward to “supporting the president’s directive strategically aligning our work to return humans to the Moon, travel to Mars and opening the deeper solar system beyond.”“Our workforce is committed to this effort, and even now we are developing a flexible deep space infrastructure to support a steady cadence of increasingly complex missions that strengthens American leadership in the boundless frontier of space,” added Lightfoot.The policy was a unanimous recommendation made by the new National Space Council, which Trump revived in July to advise and help implement his space policy with exploration as a national priority.center_img Share 00:00 /16:38 White House You Tube channelPresident Donald Trump (center) signs Monday Space Policy Directive 1 during a ceremony held at the White House on December 11th, 2017.President Donald Trump signed Monday Space Policy Directive 1, which represents a change in national space policy providing for a U.S.-led and integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.NASA noted in a news release that the policy calls for the NASA administrator to “lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.”“The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” said President Trump during a ceremony held at the White House.MORE: Former Astronauts, Congressman Discuss Returning To The Moonlast_img read more

…Redefining What Justice Looks Like

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comEven in a news cycle perpetually dominated by the maniacal political machinations of Donald Trump, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby was still be able to garner some national headlines with her announcement last week that her office would no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases. She is also seeking to vacate about 5,000 marijuana convictions.“This is not something that I arrived to overnight, this was the result of months of…researching the best practices across the country,” said Mosby as she sat for an interview with the AFRO in her downtown office on E. Baltimore St. She had just returned from the sentencing of Terrell Gibson, who received 80 years for the murder of Dionay Smith, the younger brother of T.J. Smith, the former spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department.Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is the latest big city prosecutor to announce their office will no longer prosecute marijuana possession cases. (Photo by Sean Yoes)“It has everything to do with the fact that it has no public safety value, it’s not making us any safer as a city to prosecute individuals in possession of marijuana. We have to be smart in our limited use of resources,” she added. “It makes absolutely no sense when you live in a city like Baltimore with 316 homicides…that we are expending resources to prosecute marijuana possession. And the most important aspect of it is the discriminatory enforcement and application of these laws on poor Black and Brown communities.”Mosby’s office published a policy paper last week, “Reforming a Broken System: Rethinking the Role of Marijuana Prosecutions in Baltimore City,” which outlines in detail the grievous racial disparities in marijuana arrests and prosecutions.While racial disparities are evident when considering the manner in which marijuana laws are enforced, the problem is even more compounded when such enforcement produces no demonstrable public safety benefit. For example, since 2014 the BCSAO (Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office) has closed 1,128 District Court cases for simple marijuana possession. Seventy three of those individuals were found guilty, five not guilty, 49 cases were stetted, and 1,001 (88%) cases were nolle prosequi.  As a matter of consequence, no public safety benefit was seemingly gained in the overwhelming majority of these cases, yet they required the extensive use of limited city resources, including resources from not only the BCSAO but also resources from the Baltimore Police Department, according to Mosby’s report. Since the decriminalization of marijuana in Baltimore City in 2014, the report indicates that Black people have been issued citations almost exclusively despite the fact Blacks and Whites smoke marijuana recreationally at roughly the same rates.      According to Baltimore Police Department BPD records, in 2015 45 citations were issued and 39 of those were given to Black people (89%). In 2016, records indicate that BPD issued 199 citations for marijuana possession and 187 (94%) were issued to Black people. In 2017, BPD issued 431 citations for marijuana possession, where 410 (95%) were issued to Black people. Shockingly, approximately 42% of the aforementioned citations were issued in the Western District, where approximately 95% of the residents in this District are Black.  Despite the seemingly obvious racial implications of enforcement of marijuana violations, Gary Tuggle, Interim BPD Commissioner released a statement that indicated officers will continue to make marijuana arrests. Michael Harrison, who is poised to be Baltimore’s fifth commissioner since 2015, has reportedly vowed to continue that BPD policy on marijuana.There has also been backlash against Mosby’s announcement from law enforcement agencies around the state.“I wanted to be sure the citizens of Harford County understand this latest disappointing action of the City State’s Attorney has no impact here,” said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler via tweet on Jan. 31. “We will continue to enforce the State’s laws in regards to marijuana possession because that is what we are sworn to do.”Still, Mosby’s initiative makes her part of a growing group of big city prosecutors who are choosing to eschew prosecuting marijuana possession cases including: Larry Krasner in Philadelphia, Kim Foxx in Chicago, Cyrus Vance Jr. in Manhattan and Eric Gonzalez in Brooklyn.Mosby, who was thrust into the national spotlight when she charged six officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in April 2015, acknowledges her continuing leadership role in the national conversation regarding criminal justice reform.“I think that Baltimore is in a unique position in that we can be a model for the rest of the country. I’m open to criminal justice reform, and any way I can utilize my platform or to be an example for redefining what justice looks like from a prosecutorial perspective, then I’m open to it,” Mosby said.“They can take our example, but I’m going to lead and ensure that the constituents that have elected me know that there’s always going to be one standard of justice in this city.”last_img read more

Cardinals Set to Compete at the ACC Indoor Championships

first_imgForty-two athletes will represent the Cardinals at the meet, 23 on the women’s side and 19 on the men’s side. At the 2018 Indoor Championships, the Cardinal women earned the highest ACC indoor finish in program history by tying for third place, while the men finished in seventh place. Live Results Thursday will feature the pentathlon and the first four events of the heptathlon. Addie Wanner will be competing in the pentathlon for the Cardinals, while Dominic McClinton, Clay Moss, and Aaron Johnson will be competing in the heptathlon. The top three finishers in each event will earn first-team All-ACC honors, while finishers 4-6  will be earn second-team All-ACC honors. Victoria Farley, Rashida Harris and Forrest will open the final day of competition at noon. in the women’s weight throw. The final rounds of sprint and distance running events will take place on Saturday. The meet will conclude with Kameron Jones, Martice Moore, Sterling Warner and Anthony Crandon competing for the Cardinals in the 4x400m relay. Field events will begin Friday afternoon with the men’s high jump. Gabriela Leon, the school record holder in indoor pole vault, will compete at 5 p.m. Coming off her personal-best performance of 22.18m/72-09.25 at the Hoosier Hills Invitational, 2018 ACC Indoor Champion Makenli Forrest will compete in the women’s weight throw at 5 p.m.center_img On the track, Dorcas Wasike looks to repeat as an ACC Champion in the 5,000m. She will run at 1 p.m. Louisville sprinters and distance runners will also compete in the preliminary rounds of their events Friday afternoon. Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville track and field team travels to Blacksburg, Va. to compete at the ACC Indoor Conference Championships this weekend.  Competition kicks off on Thursday and will run through Saturday.  Friday and Saturday’s events will be televised on ESPNU and WatchESPN. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Fossil find shows ancient beaked whale hunted fish in shallow waters

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Rarely-seen whale washes up on Massachusetts beach Modern Ziphiidae dive down to great depths to find prey such as fish and squid—their dolphin-like snouts and teeth allow them to capture prey and eat it, a marked difference from other whales that suck in huge amounts of water and filter the small creatures in it as their means of sustenance. The fossil that was found, the group claims, is the first known example of a ziphiid eating fish near the surface.The researchers believe the whale captured and consumed a large number of sardine-like fish, then a very short time later, died, possibly due to also ingesting a toxin of some sort, fell to the ocean floor and was entombed—but not before disgorging some of the contents of its belly. The fossil was found embedded in rock with multiple small fish inside of its body and in the immediate area surrounding it. Dating of material in the rock placed the age of the whale and surrounding fish to approximately nine to ten million years ago, placing them in the Late Miocene.The fossils were all in remarkably good shape—the team could make out scales on the fish, which is why they believe that they had not had much time to be digested before the whale that ate them died. More importantly, the fish were not deep sea dwellers, which indicated that the whale hunted near the surface at least part of the time. The number of fish, 40 to 60 of them, and their average size of 39 centimeters, the team notes, is in line with a bellyful of fish caught by the whales’ modern cousins. They note also that dolphins moved into the area not much later, displacing the whales, forcing them to seek food in deeper waters. Explore further Life reconstruction of three individuals of the extinct beaked whale Messapicetus gregarius preying upon a school of aged sardines Sardinops sp. (average body length 38.8 cm) in the upper part of the water column along the coast of nowadays Peru. The front individual is an adult male, whereas the last in the background is a female. Illustration by A. Gennari. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 9 September 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1530 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in Europe and Peru has found evidence of an ancient ziphiid (toothed beaked whale) that unlike its modern ancestors, hunted near the surface of the sea. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of the whale fossil found in a dolomite concretion beneath the sea bed off the coast of Peru last year.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B More information: No deep diving: evidence of predation on epipelagic fish for a stem beaked whale from the Late Miocene of Peru, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 9 September 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.1530AbstractAlthough modern beaked whales (Ziphiidae) are known to be highly specialized toothed whales that predominantly feed at great depths upon benthic and benthopelagic prey, only limited palaeontological data document this major ecological shift. We report on a ziphiid–fish assemblage from the Late Miocene of Peru that we interpret as the first direct evidence of a predator–prey relationship between a ziphiid and epipelagic fish. Preserved in a dolomite concretion, a skeleton of the stem ziphiid Messapicetus gregarius was discovered together with numerous skeletons of a clupeiform fish closely related to the epipelagic extant Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax). Based on the position of fish individuals along the head and chest regions of the ziphiid, the lack of digestion marks on fish remains and the homogeneous size of individuals, we propose that this assemblage results from the death of the whale (possibly via toxin poisoning) shortly after the capture of prey from a single school. Together with morphological data and the frequent discovery of fossil crown ziphiids in deep-sea deposits, this exceptional record supports the hypothesis that only more derived ziphiids were regular deep divers and that the extinction of epipelagic forms may coincide with the radiation of true dolphins. Citation: Fossil find shows ancient beaked whale hunted fish in shallow waters (2015, September 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-fossil-ancient-beaked-whale-fish.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Flying high

first_imgAakashan is a fusion of Australian and Indian traditional aerial acrobatics arts. The show was developed and directed by Catherine Daniel an Australian physical theater practitioner in collaboration with Indian choreographer Vikram Mohan, Carly Sheppard, an indigenous Australian contemporary and tradition dancer and the Kalakar Trust.Aakashan was presented and performed by young artists who belong to traditional artist families having low- income backgrounds. The show’s daring aerial acrobatics feats performed include the aptly named gazelle split, half angel, mermaid, bow and arrow & sleeping beauty.  All these elements require incredible stamina and endurance to perform. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion Sterre Sharma, founder Kalakar Trust said, ‘I am proud that the youngsters in this show showed the strength to succeed in spite of the challenges they have faced every day of their life.’Founded by 1992 by Sharma, The Kalakar Trust has grown to benefit more than 1200 families of mostly puppeteers, dancers, musicians, acrobats, and magicians.  The funding for the Trust comes from the sale of Sharma’s paintings.  The basic aim of the Trust is to keep the traditional art of these communities alive by providing education, health services, drinking water, income generation arts and community management.The Kalakar Trust is an NGO working for the up-liftment of underprivileged artists living in Delhi slums. The major project is in Katputli colony, West Delhi. The basic aim of the trust is to keep the traditional art of these communities alive by providing education, health services, drinking water, income generation arts and community management.last_img read more

Governor to meet SEC chief today take stock of poll prep

first_imgKolkata: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi will hold a meeting with state Election Commissioner A K Singh on Wednesday, to take stock of the preparations for the ensuing Panchayat elections, the dates for which was announced by the state Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday.Sources in the Raj Bhavan said that Singh had sought the time from the Governor, to discuss certain aspects of security and other things related to poll-preparedness. “The stand of the state government in various matters related to the polls and the allegations made by the Opposition will also come up for discussion in the meeting,” a top official of SEC said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMeanwhile, the state government once again engaged in a shadow duel with the Governor, over BJP state President Dilip Ghosh’s comment that the Governor was reportedly “worried about violence in Bengal and wanted Central forces in the state during the Panchayat polls.” State Education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee told mediapersons: “People of Bengal have stopped considering the Governor as a neutral person. We have never heard from the Governor that he wants Central Forces. But Dilip babu (Dilip Ghosh) has said so. Why should things said to a delegation come out in public? Why are the Opposition scared of the rule of law?” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedGhosh, along with BJP leader Mukul Roy, led a delegation and met Tripathi on Tuesday afternoon. It may be mentioned that one person has died in alleged clashes over submission of nomination forms ahead of the Panchayat polls. The filing of nominations had started on Monday, soon after the SEC put forth the notification, declaring the election dates. Clashes were reported from Bankura’s Onda, Lalbagh in Murshidabad, Arambagh in Hooghly district, Suri and Labhpur in Birbhum.”The Opposition has started visiting the Governor with an attempt to disturb the smooth poll process and the development taken up by the government under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee,” Chatterjee said.last_img read more

Cops use body lights to increase visibility in beaches

first_imgKolkata: Taking a unique initiative to help tourists easily identify policemen and civic volunteers even after sunset, the policemen on Digha and Mandarmani beaches have been provided with uniforms fitted with LED lights.The LED lights of blue and red colour are fitted on the shoulder of the uniform and are visible even from a distance. The lights are commonly called “body lights” by the police.It may be recalled that similar LED lights were first introduced by Kolkata Traffic Police and on-duty traffic constables and sergeants put the lights on after sunset while performing duty on road. It helps to identify them easily. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAt present, Digha and Mandarmani are the most famous seaside destinations at East Midnapore. Lakhs of people visit Digha every year and on almost every day, thousands of people gather at the sea beach after sunset. Similarly, many people also prefer to visit Mandarmani for its serenity. The district police have taken several steps to ensure safety and security of the visitors at both the tourist spots.There are around 65 policemen and civic volunteers who are provided with body lights. Fifty of them are posted at Digha while 15 are at Mandarmani. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe policemen and civic volunteers keep patrolling the sea beach to avoid any untoward incident. They keep watch to ensure that no tourist goes close to the sea after sunset, as it may lead to an accident. They also ensure that the tourists are not disturbed by anyone else.Often tourists need to approach police to seek some sort of help. Since the LED lights are visible even from a distance, a tourist can directly reach an on-duty policeman or a civic volunteer, instead of searching here and there.V Solomon Nesakumar, Superintendent of Police of East Midnapore district, said: “The basic idea is to help tourists as much as possible and the body lights will help them easily identify policemen in case they need any help. At the same time, manpower has also been increased to avoid any untoward incident at the beaches.”last_img read more