Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES University of the East, meanwhile, hung on and tamed Far Eastern University, 59-56, for its first win in the season.Eunice Chan finished with a near double-double of 19 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Warriors improved to 1-1, the same record as the Lady Tamaraws’.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLove Sto. Domingo aided Chan with 12 points and nine rebounds while Ruthlaine Tacula filled the stat sheets with eight points, seven boards, six assists, and three steals. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lakers’ Ingram alters shooting stroke, has grown 2 more inches—report Ateneo earned back-to-back wins in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after sneaking past University of the Philippines, 52-51, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Cara Buendia had 10 points and eight boards to lead the Lady Eagles, who are undefeated at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Dan EvansRoger FedererSchedulingtennis First Published: August 31, 2019, 8:55 AM IST New York: Roger Federer said he was “sick and tired” at suggestions Friday he dictated the scheduling at the US Open after thrashing Britain’s Dan Evans, who was hampered by a quick turnaround between matches.Five-time champion Federer motored into the last 16 by blowing Evans away 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in only 80 minutes, the Swiss third seed taking full advantage as just one of five men who benefited from a rest on Thursday. Evans, on the other hand, complained of fatigue and stiffness as he returned to the court barely 18 hours after his four-set win over Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the second round.”I have been there. I know what you’re talking about. Yeah, you could definitely argue that the scheduling was not in his favor,” Federer said.”But it’s anyway not fair for me to play my match under the roof, get it done, sit back, relax the next day while he’s battling out a four-hour or a three-hour match, whatever it is, against Pouille.”The problem already starts there. That’s tennis. It’s entertainment, and the show must go on,” he added.”I’ve lost maybe matches this way. I’ve won some this time. Luck was on my side. There you have it. So, yeah, I understand if Danny is, like, a little bit frustrated.”Federer, though, bristled at the notion he asked for the noon start at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I know there was questions to have a preference. But that doesn’t mean like, ‘Roger asks, Roger gets.’ Just remember that, because I have heard this shit too often now,” he said.”I’m sick and tired of it, that apparently I call the shots. The tournament and the TV stations do. We can give our opinion. That’s what we do. But I’m still going to walk out even if they schedule me at 4:00 in the morning.”‘SHORT STRAW’Evans questioned that idea and the world number 58 criticized organizers for sticking him up first in the day session.”That wouldn’t be the first time the higher-ranked player has had pull,” Evans said. “The tournament would rather Roger be going through that match than me so it’s understandable.”Evans was beaten by Federer in three tight sets at January’s Australian Open but was no match for the 20-time Grand Slam champion at Flushing Meadows.”I was fatigued,” he said. “I thought it was pretty tough I was first up after playing yesterday, if I’m being brutally honest. It was a bit disappointing.”Just to try and beat him feeling tired, stiff, playing four sets yesterday, it’s near on impossible. But I actually thought he played pretty much, you know, no-error tennis.””I actually thought I was first on today because I had doubles,” Evans added. “I actually asked the ATP guy and that wasn’t the case. It would have been nice to be second or a night match. I’m not sure who plays Novak (Djokovic) but someone’s going to get the short straw and it was me.”
MOST READ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Rice industry paralysis Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress READ: Ex-PBA import arrested after NZ bar incident“The NBL has directed the New Zealand Breakers to stand down Glen Rice Jr. from today’s game against the Perth Wildcats at RAC Arena following an incident in Auckland last Thursday,” the NBL said in a statement. “The incident has been referred to the Basketball Australia integrity unit to conduct an investigation. Rice Jnr. is not prevented from training or other club commitments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The NBL will monitor the outcome of the Basketball Australia investigation.”The Breakers previously confirmed that Rice was arrested Thursday after a scuffle in an Auckland bar, only 10 days after joining the Breakers, who are four-time league champions. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James, Lakers start fast in racing past Hawks View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics FILE – Glen Rice Jr., left, protects the ball against Ginebra’s Joe Devance during a PBA game in 2017. PBA IMAGESWELLINGTON, New Zealand — Australia’s National Basketball League has ordered the New Zealand Breakers not to play former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. after his arrest Thursday morning over an altercation in an Auckland bar.Rice traveled with the Breakers to Perth for their league match Sunday against the Wildcats, though it wasn’t clear that he would play. The NBL stepped in only an hour before tipoff with an edict that Rice should sit in the immediate aftermath of his arrest.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Glen alerted us to an incident the other night that he was out and got into a scuffle with some guys,” Breakers chief executive Matt Walsh told New Zealand media. “He told us and we’re aware of it. We’re trying to get information.“Like anyone on the team we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, innocent until proven guilty.”Rice joined the Breakers as an injury replacement for fellow American Brian “Scotty” Hopson. The 28-year-old is the son of three-time NBA All Star Glen Rice.He attended Georgia Tech but was dismissed by coach Brian Gregory in 2012 after multiple suspensions, the last involving a shooting outside an Atlanta nightclub.Rice was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers as the 35th pick in the 2013 draft but later traded to Washington. He was waived by the Wizards in January 2015.ADVERTISEMENT
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Copa America 2019: Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to clinch 1st title since 2007Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus scored one goal and assisted another before being sent off to help Brazil clinch their first Copa America title in 12 years.advertisement Associated Press Rio de JaneiroJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 08:06 IST Dani Alves lifts up the trophy after winning the final match of the Copa America against Peru. (AP Photo)Brazil didn’t need Neymar to win another Copa América title at home.With its injured star watching from the stands at a packed Maracanã Stadium on Sunday, Brazil beat Peru 3-1 to win its first South American title since 2007.It was Neymar’s replacement, Everton, who led the team to victory, scoring a goal and setting up another to give Brazil its ninth Copa América trophy, and fifth at home.Gabriel Jesus and Richarlison also scored for Brazil, which has won the title every time it hosted the tournament.”I gave everything I had today,” said Everton, who was voted player of the final and also finished as one of the tournament’s top scorers with three goals.”Who would have thought that Everton would be playing in the final and would be named the man of the match,” Brazil coach Tite said.Neymar, who was ruled out before the tournament because of an ankle injury, sat with his son close to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro among the crowd of nearly 70,000 at the Maracanã.”Neymar is extraordinary, he’s a top 3 player,” Tite said. But “with teamwork we stayed strong.”Brazilian fans had some reason to worry after Gabriel Jesus was sent off in the 70th minute because of a second yellow card, but Peru couldn’t pull off one last upset after eliminating Uruguay in the quarterfinals and two-time defending champion Chile in the semifinals.”Brazil deserved the victory,” Peru coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We played better than we did in the previous match. We have improved as a team. We still have to improve more, but we are on the right track.”advertisementPeru, which had been routed 5-0 by Brazil in the group stage and barely avoided early elimination, was trying to win its first Copa América trophy since 1975 and just its second overall. It hadn’t returned to the final since ’75.The victory helped Brazil to regain the confidence of some supporters following its quarterfinal exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. It will also ease some of the pressure on coach Tite, who had been criticized for his selections and the team’s lackluster performances.Brazil hadn’t made it past the quarterfinals of the Copa América since beating Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 final in Venezuela. It didn’t even get past the group stage in 2016.The last time it won the Copa América at home had been in 1989, when Romário scored the winner against Uruguay at the Maracanã.Brazil’s only other trophy since 2007 came in the 2013 Confederations Cup, also at home.Brazil arrived as a heavy favorite but it was an even match from the start, with the hosts not being able to press too much despite being urged on by most of the crowd at the Maracanã.Everton opened the scoring in the 15th from close range after a well-placed cross by Gabriel Jesus, who made a surging run down the right flank.”I’m happy with the goal and with the penalty in the end,” Everton said. “I have to thank my teammates for helping me finish as a top scorer.”The 23-year-old Everton was elevated to the starting lineup after Neymar was ruled out and his initial substitute, David Neres, struggled in the first couple of matches.Veteran striker Paolo Guerrero equalized with a 44th-minute penalty after a handball by Brazil defender Thiago Silva. The goal allowed Guerrero to become the Copa América’s all-time leading scorer among active players with 14 goals.It was the only goal conceded by Brazil in six games.Gabriel Jesus put the hosts ahead again in the third minute of first-half stoppage time with a low shot after an assist from midfielder Arthur.Peru tried to take control after Gabriel Jesus was sent off for a hard foul on an opponent, but the visitors were not able to create many significant chances.Brazil sealed victory when Richarlison, who had missed a few matches because of the mumps, converted a penalty kick in the 90th after Everton was fouled.Both penalty kicks had to be delayed for video reviews.Brazil’s veteran right back Dani Alves was voted the player of the tournament.Also Read | USA outclass Netherlands 2-0 to clinch fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup titleAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Copa AmericaFollow BrazilFollow NeymarFollow Dani Alves Next
Kathleen Martens APTN News“So, can we search your vehicle?” is not what you expect to hear entering a community in Canada.But that’s what greets you at the main entrance to Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba.It’s part of a multi-thousand-dollar crackdown on illegal drugs and alcohol coming into the dry reserve.“If you refuse you have to turn around,” said security guard George Folster, one of the black-suited guards at the $600,000 station.The “voluntary searches” came into effect Feb. 24 as part of a sweeping safety bylaw, Folster added.Between March 1-22, a team of around-the-clock guards and safety officers checked 1,606 vehicles carrying 4,106 people.“It’s in our bylaw that everybody’s searched,” said Folster’s partner Fred Keam, “and we’re trying to enforce that bylaw.”The guards are equipped with handcuffs, pepper spray and batons. They are also in radio contact with the nearest RCMP detachment “in case something major happens.”The checkpoint opened in the midst of band elections last month. Some in the community of about 6,000 say it cost long-time chief Ron Evans his job.“It was brought up before the vote,” said Norway House member Jeff Muskego. “Some people don’t like it.“But the way I see it, this is very good for the community. Safety is Number 1.”Newly elected Chief Larson Anderson admits he’s coming in blind and only learning about the $500,000 annual operating cost now. His new band council plans to give the checkstop a few months before deciding its fate but says he’s not a fan.“My thoughts were it was a waste of money,” he said. “Our community has a lot of needs.”The brown brick building is equipped with computer monitors and surveillance cameras that wouldn’t be out of place at a real border crossing.Only, in this case, it’s approximately 450 kilometres north of Winnipeg.(This new, $600,000 checkpoint opened in February at the main entrance to Norway House.)Keam says they catalogue seizures before dumping booze at the side of the road and handing drugs over to the RCMP. He says they also keep a record of each vehicle and who was in it.“We want to have a clean, safe community,” he said. “There’s a lot of dangers out there.”And, some weapons.Guards say it was an exciting day when they recovered a .357 magnum someone threw into the bush near the checkpoint.“Since this checkstop’s opened I feel more secure at home,” added Muskego, a butcher at the community grocery store.“I see violence is kind of dropping a little. And I see there’s not that much activity now at nights.Dave Williamson, an instructor at the Norway House campus of the University College of the North, agrees.“The alcohol is a concern largely because of the violence that’s associated with it,” he said after consenting to a search of his car.“The drugs is a concern because of the gang activity that’s attached to it. This is a good starting point.”(Illegal alcohol seized on the dry reserve of Norway House in northern Manitoba.)Keam hopes the checkpoint succeeds despite the pushback.“Some people get aggressive towards us,” added Keam. “And they tell us, ‘No, you can’t do that. You have no right doing this to us. You’re not real officers.’“My response would be, ‘Well, everybody goes through it. It’s not just you.’”The security team already has a couple of files open that may lead to alcohol-related criminal charges.Keam says they’ve made 20 confiscations although he’s worried some drugs are still getting through.“Lately we haven’t been finding drugs. I wish we had a canine (officer) to help us,” he said.But Anderson says the checkpoint won’t stop contraband coming in via winter roads and summer waterways that surround the community on the bank of the Nelson River.He wants the Manitoba government to pony up some of the operating expenses from liquor tax on suds sold just outside the community.Keam says he grew up amid alcohol abuse in Norway House, which is home to about 6,000 people, and wants something different for his four-year-old son.“It’s kind of tough, too, when you have members from your own community trying to come through here saying, ‘You can’t search me ‘cause I’m from home,’” he said.“I say, ‘I may have to send you back or wait until the RCMP show up to do a search on you.’ Then most of them just get out and say. ‘Fine, do what you got to do.’”But he says that’s why the checkpoint was put in place. To help curb the number of calls to police, which he says numbered well into the hundreds.(Safety officer Fred Keam asks to search a vehicle driven by Dave Williamson.) Muskego says he’s for anything that cuts down on cocaine and meth amphetamine sold in the community, along with related gang activity, guns and alcohol use.But Anderson believes a trained squad targeting “known drug dealers” would be more effective than a checkstop. He says a five- to 10-member unit would enter band-owned housing and seal it until police arrive – an approach he says he is discussing with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.“We do want to stop the sale of alcohol illegally on reserve, as well as the drugs that are flowing into our community,” he said.In the meantime, motorists who are not from Norway House but need to pass through can transport a small amount of alcohol for personal use by showing firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW DELHI: Mayawati will meet with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi on Monday in what is seen as a significant outreach after the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief carried out an acrimonious campaign that was unsparing of the Congress.The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister attacked the BJP and the Congress in the same breath throughout her campaign in the national election, for which she teamed up with old rival Samajwadi Party. But even as she left the Congress out of her gathbandhan in UP, Mayawati said all the votes of the alliance would go to the Congress in Amethi and Raebareli, the constituencies of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. Mayawati’s meeting with the Congress top two is the latest in a series of meetings among opposition parties ahead of the results on Thursday, May 23. The three were last seen in public together when Janata Dal Secular leader HD Kumaraswamy took oath last year as chief minister of a coalition government with the Congress. Mayawati and Sonia Gandhi’s big smiles and forehead bump portrayed bonhomie that was not to be for long. The two parties failed to agree on seat sharing for the Madhya Pradesh state polls, and a furious Mayawati started clubbing the Congress along with the BJP as her top enemies. But now that the polls are over and talk revolves around numbers, Mayawati realizes that even if she wants the top post, no non-BJP coalition can come to power without Congress help. Meanwhile, continuing his efforts to unite opposition parties against the BJP ahead of Lok Sabha results, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday met Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Sitaram Yechury, among other leaders. He had on Saturday also held talks with several opposition leaders, including Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav in the national capital and with SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati in Lucknow. Naidu met Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party chief Pawar for the second consecutive day on Sunday morning, followed by a meeting with Sonia Gandhi in the evening. He also held a separate meeting with CPI(M) general secretary Yechury and discussed the possibility of all opposition parties getting together. The TDP chief’s efforts are being seen as part of the opposition strategy to bring all the non-NDA parties together and form an alliance to keep the BJP out of power. Naidu’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi assumes significance as the latter held an internal meeting with top Congress leaders Saturday evening to assess the party’s process and strategy to stake claim for government formation incase of a hung verdict on May 23 when the results are announced. The Telugu Desam Party president has held several rounds of discussion with various opposition leaders, including TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal and CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Naidu’s TDP was part of the NDA, but quit the alliance a few months ago. The Congress and other opposition parties have exuded confidence of forming the next government. With agency inputs
OTTAWA — Canada will play host to next year’s meeting of G7 leaders at a remote luxury resort in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, The Canadian Press has learned.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make the announcement at some point during this year’s G7 meetings, which get underway Friday in Sicily.Caroline Simard, the Liberal MP for the region, said she obtained “unofficial confirmation,” while a second source told The Canadian Press that the event would take place in the town of La Malbaie, 150 kilometres northeast of Quebec City.Simard — who represents the riding of Charlevoix-Cote-de-Beaupre — said such an event would bring economic benefits, as well as international media coverage sure to breathe new life into the region’s tourism industry.With Donald Trump’s trade czar now in place, he says he wants to start making ‘massive’ NAFTA changesBill Morneau and U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin to talk trade at G7 meeting in Italy, source says“It’s very exceptional for Charlevoix,” she said, noting that it would also demand an intense focus on security.“Such events mean not only enormous economic spinoffs but also spinoffs for tourism. More than a thousand journalists usually get involved in this type of event, so this would mean an exceptional opportunity to showcase Charlevoix.”The region is known for being very popular with tourists because of its rolling hills and lush greenery. One particularly popular spot is Tadoussac, where visitors gather to go whale-watching in the St. Lawrence estuary and the Saguenay fjord.The hotel’s managers refused to confirm any details about the meetings Thursday.The G7 comprises the seven richest economies in the world, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office would neither confirm nor deny that Quebec will play host to the 2018 meeting.It would mark the sixth time since 1981’s gathering in the Quebec resort town of Montebello that Canada has hosted the meetings, including in the Muskoka region of Ontario in 2010, Alberta’s Kananaskis Country in 2002 and Halifax in 1995.The Canadian Press
The Government today said that it had appointed a fresh committee to study the possibility of continuing the port city project.Cabinet Spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said thata proposal had been made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the cabinet this week to appoint a committee of high ranking officials to consider the ability of permitting the continuation of the project which has remained suspended since March. “As per the recommendations of the committee appointed to review this project the construction work has currently been suspended. The proposal made by the Prime Minister, to appoint a committee of high ranking officials chaired by the Secretary to the Prime Minister for considering the ability of permitting the continuation of this project after correcting the lapses and procedures was approved by the cabinet of ministers,” Senaratne said. The 1.4 billion US dollar port city project funded by China Communications Construction Company LTD. was suspended by the new Sri Lankan government which took office in January after concerns were raised over some aspects of the project. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Highways Eran Wickramaratne recently said that there was no corruption involved in the Colombo Port City project and the only concern was if the proper procedures had been followed.The project began construction in September 2014 and is expected to attract 20 to 25 billion US dollars of foreign investments once completed.
I would have included Cutler initially, but I had a “problem” with his curve: It was coming out as a perfectly straight line, virtually indistinguishable from the y=x guide (a highly unlikely outcome). I thought this might have been a data problem, but it turns out Cutler’s results really were just too vanilla for the method I was using to pick up the variation. So I tried an alternate method that is more sensitive to small variation.10It turns out the issue was a quirk of the smoothing method I was using. The geom_smooth() function in R was using a GAM model, which “fits” what order of polynomial to use as well as what values to use for each argument. In Cutler’s case, the curve was flat enough that it was choosing to use a linear function.) So to get more contour, I tried using a different method (forcing the smooth to use a local regression — or “loess” in R. The alternate method turned out to be less sensitive to large variation as well, so I was able to plot a couple more notable quarterbacks as well as Cutler:Russell Wilson — like his comrade Andrew Luck — has a very impressive curve so far in his career, albeit over a sample still probably too small for this analysis. (He also gets very good support from a strong team around him.)Cutler’s curve is still remarkably unremarkable, but at least it shows up. He appears to do slightly above average regardless of the circumstances. As a special treat for Bears fans who had to wait two weeks — and because I wanted to see what was going into this virtually straight line — I’ve broken down Cutler’s curve by quarter, and compared each to the same breakdown for Peyton Manning (our standard-bearer for such things):Being very far ahead or behind in the first quarter is rare, so you should take the tails of that quadrant with a grain of salt. In the second and fourth quarters, Cutler seems to outperform average in a pretty uniform way, and in the third-quarter he has a bit of a reverse-Matthew Stafford thing going on.Most empirically significant game of this weekThe Cardinals’ matchup against the defending champion Seahawks is a pretty big test for the team with the league’s best record.But on top of that, the Cardinals have a lot of important parts coming and going, which is always empirically significant: Their top QB (Carson Palmer) is out. Last week, Cardinals backup Drew Stanton held off the Detroit Lions’ Stafford at the end of the game, but the Cardinals still struggled. Leading for most of the game, they rushed 26 times, but gained only 46 yards. And their top receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is injured but may play anyway. As demonstrated in the article on Moss, the value of top-notch WRs can affect our broader understanding of the game.And then there are the Seahawks — who were young powerhouses last year, but are possibly already in decline — and Russell Wilson, who last year averaged 33.7 yards rushing per game. That’s by far the most of any QB in a year his team won the Super Bowl — and he’s averaging 57.1 per game this year. What “running” quarterbacks mean for the game is a fascinating open question. A lot of newer, fancier QB-rating systems are giving QBs a lot of credit for their scrambling (often much more than if you treated those plays the same as completed pass attempts). But while those individual plays can be valuable, there haven’t been a lot of dynamic offenses built around running QBs, and it’s still unclear whether this is just a bonus skill or whether it will be a necessity in the future NFL.It’s perhaps even more valuable to see Wilson in action with the Seahawks struggling a bit (it can also be harder to isolate an individual player’s contributions when a team is firing on all cylinders). He’ll be tested against a Cardinals defense that grades out as one of the best in the NFL this year — a perfect opportunity to see what both are made of.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. The first 10 games of the NFL season are its exposition period — we get to know the characters and themes that we expect to see develop as the race to the playoffs unfolds.1That leaves only two stages left, development and recapitulation — meaning the season is finally one-third over! This year, like nearly every other in the past decade, the New England Patriots’ refusal to regress to the mean is a central storyline.Remember back when the Patriots were 0-1 and faced a must-win in Week 2? Well, they won. Then in Week 4 they dropped to 2-2, and the end of an era was supposedly nigh. Except no. Pats will be Pats, and now they’ve won their last six games en route to the best record in the AFC. That streak has included comfortable wins against the Cincinnati Bengals (who at one point projected to have the best record), the surprisingly strong Buffalo Bills, and Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. (The Patriots are also tied with the Green Bay Packers for a league-leading point differential). And according to my colleague Neil Paine, the Patriots are really a second-half team. I shudder to think.But there’s another storyline that’s dominated the exposition period: The best record in the NFL belongs to the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. While they’ve beaten some decent teams like Dallas, Philadelphia and San Francisco, they don’t have what the yakkers call a “signature” win. They have only the seventh-best SRS2Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule. in football, second to the Packers in the NFC, and only a half-point ahead of the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (who have four losses).Aside from being the class of their respective conferences so far this year, the two franchises have little in common. The Cardinals have now secured their second winning season in a row — and can count that as an accomplishment in light of their 90-year history of losing. Although the Patriots’ dominance of the regular season continues apace, they will likely be disappointed if they don’t win their first Super Bowl in 10 years.To illustrate just how divergent these two franchises have been, I created a chart to show the entire history of the NFL (or at least what we have stats for). This is the cumulative regular-season point differential since 1920, for all teams (with the Patriots and the Cardinals highlighted):The current Patriots dynasty is lengthy and steep, and belongs in the same group as the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s, the Cleveland Browns of the ’50s and ’60s, or the Chicago Bears of the ’30s and ’40s (especially when you factor in league parity).That chart is fun, but it would be a lot more useful if we could make out all 81 NFL franchises individually. Well …Chart of the weekThanks to the great work of designated Skeptical Football charts guru Reuben Fischer-Baum, you can do just that. Roll over a line to see the team’s entire history, and move along the line to see exactly how many points it has scored compared to its opponents at a given point. You can also click on a team to keep its line highlighted, and then roll over another team for comparison. Irrelevant dates (where no regular-season games were played) are excluded from the timeline.Here are a couple of things I found from the interactive that I thought were interesting:Even more Aaron RodgersFirst, Aaron Rodgers — apparently unmoved by my ongoing criticism of his failure to throw more interceptions3Of course, Rodgers throwing eight touchdowns in the first half over the past two weeks isn’t helping resolve the issue. For any skill level, win-maximization may call for “risky” strategic adjustments in certain scenarios. So while Rodgers keeps looking better and better, the Hacker Gods are remaining silent on his ability to make those adjustments. — is absolutely tearing it up this year (at least when his team is ahead, which is most of the time lately). Recently, he accomplished something pretty cool that I didn’t know about:On Sept. 25, 2011, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 27-17. With that result, the Packers had scored 2,991 more points than their opponents all-time, ahead of the Bears’ 2,989 — and the Packers haven’t looked back. As of last Sunday, Green Bay held the NFL’s best historical margin of victory by 358 points.Comment of the weekLast week Neil Paine and I wrote an article titled “Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time” — which focused on the insane “With Or Without You” stats that Moss put up in his career. In the discussion, we raised the possibility that if receivers can have as much of an impact as Randy Moss appeared to have, that may cast doubt on some previous knowledge — like how good of a quarterback Joe Montana was considering he had Jerry Rice running routes for so long.A few different people in the comments and elsewhere raised the point that Joe Montana had already won two Super Bowls before Jerry Rice arrived in San Francisco:Upon further consideration, I’m inclined to agree that it’s fairly unlikely that Rice was the driving force behind the 49ers’ success. But I’m not so sure Montana was either.Winning in the NFL can happen for a lot of different reasons — a star quarterback (think Peyton Manning), a successful new offensive or defensive strategy (think West Coast offense, zone blitz, or, more recently, the Wildcat), or a standout player who creates mismatches that other teams struggle with (think Randy Moss). But the effects of various win-generating phenomena can come in a lot of shapes and sizes.For example, let’s compare the 49ers to the St. Louis Rams. Pay particular attention to the “Greatest Show on Turf” era from 1999 into the early 2000s:The “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams had a few different things going for them, but their success was sudden, rocky, and lasted only a few years. They “broke the game” for a while in the sense that they were something the rest of the NFL didn’t know how to deal with. But despite having a lasting effect on how football is played, their dominance was fragile.On the other hand, from the early ’80s to the late ’90s, the 49ers outscored their opponents by around 2,500 points — by far the most dominant stretch in the Super Bowl era. And they did it with a practically straight line, meaning they were better than their opposition by a nearly constant amount.4Maybe you can do better, but I couldn’t find a line that straight for that long.If the 49ers owed a significant part of their success to any one player (or phenomenon of any kind), we’d likely see more variety in the team’s arc as that player’s performance fluctuated, or as he was injured, or left.5One interesting line for comparison purposes is the Indianapolis Colts, where you can see that Peyton Manning’s arrival shifted their trajectory, but it was still a lot rockier than for a team like the 49ers or the Patriots. But the consistency of the 49ers’ ascension suggests they were more of an organization-driven phenomenon. At the very least, it implies that they were the sum of many different quality parts.Playing around with the interactive, I’m fascinated by how different phenomena manifest. For example: How do the impacts of offensive and defensive innovation compare? What are the effects of a quarterback versus those of a coach? There are a lot of possibilities, so let us know what you uncover in the comments or on Twitter.Week 11 kicking awardsI keep thinking (and my editor keeps hoping) this will be the week I won’t bother talking about kickers, but then Las Vegas Locomotives alumnus Graham Gano has to go and attempt a 63-yard field goal with one second left in a thriller between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it was blocked.My kicking model suggests that a kicker in 2014 should typically be able to make a 63-yard field goal around 40 percent of the time — but this may be skewed by the fact that such long kicks are so rarely attempted. Still, Gano’s 63-yarder wasn’t what earned him the “kicker loss”6Where the margin of victory of a losing team is smaller than the points below expectation its kicker gave up. and Week 11’s Least Valuable Kicker award. What did him in was his previous miss, a 46-yarder, which a 2014 NFL kicker should typically make about 77 percent of the time.My algorithm picked the Falcons’ Matt Bryant as the MVK over the St. Louis Rams’ Greg Zeurlein (who had an excellent week, going 5/5 with two 50+ yarders in the Rams’ huge upset of the Broncos), on account of Bryant making four field goals in a game his team only won by two (though none was over 44 yards).But the biggest news of the week is that with Nick Novak missing a kick for the San Diego Chargers, we’re down to just two perfect kickers, and they’re both veterans: the Indianapolis Colts’ Adam Vinatieri and the New York Giants’ Josh Brown.Gunslinger of the weekThere were 26 interceptions thrown in Week 11, and seven of them were thrown by the Manning brothers. Eli Manning had five in the Giants’ narrow loss against the 49ers — four of which were thrown with his team trailing7And the last, coming on fourth down, was actually better for his team than an incomplete pass would have been. — enough to win him our Gunslinger of the Week award.8For those of you keeping score at home, our Week 10 winner will go down as the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, for his aggressive tack against San Francisco that almost led to a stunning comeback.Throwing a practically embarrassing number of interceptions now and then is something great quarterbacks do. QBs, don’t be ashamed of looking bad when trying to win! A loss is a loss, whether you throw zero interceptions or six. My maxim is: If a quarterback loses a game without throwing a few interceptions, he probably didn’t try hard enough.9Yes, future pedantic emailers, this is a deliberate oversimplification.In general, Eli Manning is a bit of an unknown. He puts up fairly big totals for a mediocre team, but often gets criticized for his high interception rate. Yet his win curve looks mostly like his big brother’s, only flatter, and it’s plausible that his shame-free style was partially responsible for the Giants’ shocking wins in two Super Bowls. Eli’s gambling wouldn’t necessarily make the Giants favorites against stronger competition, but it might have given them a better chance against a team like the 2007 Patriots than a better team with a quarterback who took fewer risks.Just for fun, I looked at the Pro Football Reference list of quarterbacks with the most four-plus-interception games. The top four are George Blanda, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Terry Bradshaw (all of whom won championships, and three of whom are in the Hall of Fame). Of the top 50 such QBs, 15 have won championships (and account for 20 Super Bowls), including both brothers Manning.Rookie QB watchThe biggest news in rookie QB-land was in Tennessee, where sixth-round-pick Zach Mettenberger had a fairly strong game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (263 yards and two touchdowns). He’s now guaranteed to reach the magical four-start line when rookie QBs are more likely to have successful careers. I’m not quite ready to move him up in the rankings just yet, but every pass he completes is one more than Johnny Manziel has completed all year. As of now, I’d order the rookies’ estimated career prospects like so:The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles had a bye week.The Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr, despite finally winning a game Thursday night (in dramatic fashion) has had a pretty weak couple of weeks, with just 172 and 174 yards in Weeks 11 and 12, despite a combined 69 pass attempts.The Minnesota Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater’s two game winning streak came to an end in Chicago.Mettenberger.The Patriots’ Jimmy Garropolo.Manziel once again got all dressed up with no ball to throw.Not really in the game yet but worth keeping an eye on: Logan Thomas is now second on the depth chart in Arizona. So far this year he has a 108.9 NFL Passer Rating, but he’s gotten it the hard way: He has only one completion in eight attempts (10 if you count sacks), but it went for 81 yards and a touchdown.Reader responseIn Week 9’s column, I introduced my experimental “win curves” for quarterbacks, which depict how much each QB typically wins relative to various expectations, and I included a number of examples.I covered most popular quarterbacks, with a couple of notable exceptions. One request I got an awful lot:
Le poisson à tête de serpent, une espèce invasive qui passe maintenant à la casseroleLes habitants du Maryland aux Etats-Unis sont depuis quelques années inquiétés par la multiplication de “poissons à tête de serpent”. Invasif, ce spécimen menacerait les autres espèces aquatiques par sa nature ultrarésistante et son caractère de prédateur. Afin de contrer l’invasion, la solution adoptée par tous ne manque pas de goût : manger le trouble-fête.Lorsqu’un poisson dérange dans le Maryland aux Etats-Unis, on le mange. Dans le cas présent, l’indésirable porte le nom de Snakehead ou “poisson à tête de serpent” et il ne plaît pas du tout. Sorte de Rambo des rivières, le spécimen peut peser jusqu’à 7 kilos et vit en eau douce. Ajouté à cela, il possèderait la faculté étrange et impressionnante de ramper hors de l’eau et de survivre entre 1 et 2 jours en milieu humide. D’après les spécialistes, ce fantastique prédateur serait originaire d’Asie et se nourrirait de tout. Loin d’être difficile, il pourrait ingérer mammifères, oiseaux, grenouilles, bars ou encore écrevisses. Aussi la menace qu’il représente pour les autres espèces est elle, concrète et bien comprise par les habitants du Maryland. Avec une espérance de vie de 10 à 15 ans, le poisson se serait développé de manière exponentielle (un millier d’individus) dans le Potomac, fleuve près de Washington.Une solution radicaleAfin d’éradiquer l’espèce dans les eaux américaines, les autorités locales, restaurateurs et commerçants ont donc décidé de le proposer de manière appuyée à la consommation. En effet, le weekend dernier se tenait le concours annuel de pêche au “poisson à tête de serpent” où plus de 150 pêcheurs sont arrivés munis de leur glacière. Le but : manger sans vergogne l’intrus.Brett Miron, mécanicien de Bushwood a remporté avec ses coéquipiers la somme de 1.500 dollars et avoue aimer le poisson “frit ou avec des oignons et du beurre”. Bien que peu attirant (dents acérées et aspect reptilien), il serait en effet délicieux. Cité par l’AFP, Chad Wells, restaurateur à Annapolis près de Washington, dit le servir en “ceviche” avec de la mangue et du poivron. Le spécimen n’aurait pas besoin d’être “trop travaillé, sinon on détruit sa saveur”. Le concours est organisé par Austin Murphy qui explique que l’on peut “s’amuser, faire quelque chose pour l’environnement et faire en même temps découvrir la saveur de ce poisson”.Des poissons à tête de serpent à Central ParkSi les habitants peinent à s’en débarrasser aujourd’hui, c’est bien parce le poisson s’est depuis dix ans, date de son arrivée, reproduit en masse (il pond deux fois par an). Le spécimen étant très apprécié en Asie, les autorités suspectent les marchés de poissons vivants de Chinatown à New-York d’avoir favorisé leur dispersion dans les rivières. Des individus auraient même été retrouvés dans le bassin de Central Park. Joshua Newhard qui travaille comme biologiste dans la section Pêche au ministère de l’Intérieur révèle que le “poisson à tête de serpent” est disponible en vente libre dans les marchés, animaleries, aquariums. Le gouvernement a donc décidé de prendre le poisson par les nageoires. Joseph Love un des responsables du département des Ressources Naturelles de l’Etat du Maryland explique que depuis deux ou trois ans, les pêcheurs sont très actifs dans le processus.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ils apprennent aux gens à cuisiner l’espèce, faisant de la publicité pour sa consommation. Avant ceux-ci le jetaient, “maintenant, ils tiennent vraiment à le ramener à la maison”, plaisante ainsi Austin Murphy.(Crédit Photo: Simon Fraser University)Le 7 juillet 2013 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambert
BLAINE (AP) — The Peace Arch crossing on the U.S.-Canada border was closed Tuesday after a man driving a van with Washington state plates shot a Canadian guard in the neck and then apparently killed himself, a police official said.Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Bert Paquet told reporters the female Canadian Border Services Agency officer was breathing when she was flown to a hospital, but he had no further details on her condition.The officer was in her booth when she was shot. Investigators were trying to figure out what happened and why, Paquet said. They hadn’t confirmed whether the suspect was the van’s owner.The Peace Arch crossing in Blaine is the third busiest port of entry on the northern border. Last month, it averaged 9,000 U.S.-bound cars a day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.The crossing features a park with a 67-foot-high monument in the form of an arch that connects the U.S. and Canada.Canadian Brian White told reporters at the scene he was waiting to cross northward when he heard the shot.He said guards immediately responded, and there were people screaming. Officials questioned everyone waiting to cross and took their car registration information.The officer’s identity and other personal details were withheld. Paquet said U.S. authorities were notified of the incident.“This is a very serious incident that occurred right on the border line,” he said. “We are sharing information with them.”It will be up to Canadian border officials to determine when the crossing will reopen, Washington state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Kris Olsen said.
SALEM, Ore. — Leaders in the Oregon House say momentum is building to legalize marijuana in Oregon, so the Legislature itself should write a ballot measure in hopes of getting a law that’s well thought out.Two years ago, Oregon voters rejected a marijuana law written by advocate Paul Stanford. That was the same year voters in Colorado and Washington approved marijuana legalization in campaigns financed in part by backers who shunned Stanford’s measure as poorly conceived and written.The Washington and Colorado elections and the Obama administration’s decision not to thwart them have persuaded leading Oregon legislators that, even if they oppose the idea of legal pot, the Legislature should put a proposal in front of voters next year, the Salem Statesman Journal reported Thursday.“We can see the writing on the wall,” said Democratic Rep. Phil Barnhart of Eugene, chairman of the revenue committee. “We ought to write the law we want. (The law) that we think will best accomplish the long-term goal of doing the best we can for the people of Oregon.”House Speaker Tina Kotek, a Portland Democrat, has expressed similar sentiments to others, said the minority leader, Republican Mike McLane of Powell Butte.“The speaker has indicated to me that we run that risk if we do nothing,” McLane said. “I think that’s reasonable.”The Statesman Journal said Kotek was unavailable for comment. Her spokesman, Jared Mason-Gere, told The Associated Press that McLane’s account was accurate.Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, has told the paper the Legislature should write the measure, but his group would move forward with an initiative if it doesn’t. Stanford said his organization, the Oregon branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is working on two marijuana initiative petitions.
Silbering added: “Our industry typically registers close to the event. But in this case, we had to make our decision sooner rather than later. Based on the current state of the publishing industry, we simply couldn’t wait any longer.” The 58th Annual Maggie Awards banquet, scheduled for April 24 at the Westin, will go on as planned.It’s the fourth such conference to be canceled or severely truncated this year.On Monday, the Society of National Association Publications consolidated a pair of annual events into one, effectively folding its November conference in Chicago into its Association Media and Publishing conference, planned for June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations postponed its annual conference in Toronto.Last month, the Magazine Publishers of America canceled its American Magazine Conference, the consumer magazine association’s annual, glitzy gathering of high-powered magazine editors and executives. A week later, b-to-b publishing trade association American Business Media downsized its two-day, e-media-focused Digital Velocity event to a half-day series of live Webinars. Another magazine association event has bitten the proverbial recession dust.The Western Publications Association’s annual conference has been cancelled, the association said today.The two-day conference had been scheduled for April23-24 at the Westin LAX in Los Angeles.”This was an extremely difficult decision to make,” WPA executive director Jane Silbering wrote in an e-mail to vendors. “We have a responsibility to our sponsors to deliver attendance worthy of your expectations and dollars spent, and to our speakers, to deliver an audience worthy of the time and effort spent in preparing their presentations. The WPA Board felt the decision to move forward or cancel had to be made in a timely manner, to give attendees, speakers and sponsors appropriate notice.”
Workers at German warehouses of U.S. online retailer Amazon.com Inc were called out on a new strike by labor union Verdi on Monday as part of a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.Verdi said in a statement that workers at six of the nine Amazon warehouses were joining the strike, which will run until December 24 at four of the centers and for shorter periods at the others.Germany is Amazon’s second-biggest market after the United States with 10,000 warehouse staff plus more than 10,000 seasonal workers.A Verdi spokeswoman said the union expected a similar number of workers to join the strike as previously, when hundreds of staff walked off the job at several warehouses.But an Amazon spokeswoman said only a small minority of staff were on strike.”There is absolutely no impact on our customer delivery promise. The vast majority of our employees are working,” she said, noting that Amazon uses a network of 29 warehouses across Europe to fulfill orders.Verdi has organized frequent strikes at Amazon since May 2013 as it seeks to force the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements in Germany’s mail order and retail industry.Amazon has repeatedly rejected the union’s demands, saying it regards warehouse staff as logistics workers and that they receive above-average pay by the standards of that industry.
Congress worker Reshma PadeknurA Karnataka Congress worker was found dead at Basavanabagewadi Taluk under Kolhar Bridge on the banks of Krishna river on Friday. The cause of her death has not been ascertained yet. However, the injury patterns on her body have the police suspecting that she was murdered.The woman has been identified as Reshma Padeknur. She previously worked with JD(S). During her tenure at JD(S), she served as the district president of the women’s wing for more than 10 years.Reshma’s relatives said that she was last seen on Thursday with a leader belonging to the All India Maklis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) party before she disappeared. This leader was from Maharashtra, reports The New Indian Express.The Police did not reveal details of the investigation. “We are not at a stage of confirming whether it is a murder or suicide. We have beefed up the investigation and her relatives have been summoned,” B.S. Nemegoud, the Additional Superintendent of Police told TNIE.Reshma quit JD(S) after she was not given a ticket and joined Congress. Since then, she was at war with her former party when she even alleged that she was sidelined by them even after all the work she did for them.
The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to President Donald Trump, requiring his administration to maintain protections he has sought to end for hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally into the United States as children.The justices refused to hear the administration’s appeal of a federal judge’s 9 Jan nationwide injunction that halted Trump’s move to rescind a program that benefits immigrants known as “Dreamers” implemented in 2012 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.The protections were due to start phasing out in March under the Republican president’s action, announced in September.Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, roughly 700,000 young adult, mostly Hispanics, are protected from deportation and given work permits for two-year periods, after which they must re-apply. Congress so far has failed to pass legislation to address the fate of the “Dreamers,” including a potential path to citizenship.San Francisco-based US District Judge William Alsup ruled last month that the government must continue to process renewals of existing DACA applications while litigation over the legality of Trump’s action is resolved, prompting the administration’s unusual move to bypass a federal appeals court and take the matter directly to the Supreme Court.“The DACA program—which provides work permits and myriad government benefits to illegal immigrants en masse—is clearly unlawful. The district judge’s decision to unilaterally re-impose a program that Congress had explicitly and repeatedly rejected is a usurpation of legislative authority,” White House spokesman Raj Shah said.“We look forward to having this case expeditiously heard by the appeals court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court, where we fully expect to prevail,” Shah added.The administration argued Obama exceeded his powers under the Constitution when he bypassed Congress and created DACA.Alsup ruled that the challengers, including the states of California, Maine, Maryland and Minnesota and Obama’s former homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano, were likely to succeed in arguing that the administration’s decision to end DACA was arbitrary.In a brief order, the Supreme Court justices said the appeal was “denied without prejudice,” indicating they will maintain an open mind on the underlying legal issue still being considered by the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The justices also said they expect the lower court to “proceed expeditiously to decide this case.”Trump, meeting with governors at the White House, took a swipe at the appeals court, which has ruled against him in other key cases, as well as the broader American judiciary.“Nothing’s as bad as the 9th Circuit,” Trump said.“It’s really sad when every single case filed against us is in the 9th Circuit. We lose, we lose, we lose and then we do fine in the Supreme Court,” Trump added. “But what does that tell you about our court system? It’s a very, very sad thing.”‘FULLY LEGAL’California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, called the administration’s bid to bypass the 9th Circuit “unusual and unnecessary” and said the DACA program is “fully legal. “For the sake of the Dreamers who help make our economy and our state strong, the rescission of DACA should not be allowed to stand,” Becerra said.Immigration activists said they were grateful the Supreme Court gave current DACA recipients more time, but said many young immigrants are still left unprotected.“We need a permanent solution now,” said Greisa Martinez, a DACA recipient who works in Washington with the immigrants’ rights group United We Dream. “This back and forth on DACA and the legislative process has created a crisis in our community.”The DACA dispute is the latest major case brought to the Supreme Court for its consideration arising from Trump’s immigration policies. The justices are due to hear arguments in April on the legality of his latest travel ban order barring entry to people from several Muslim-majority nations.Trump’s move to rescind DACA prompted legal challenges by Democratic state attorneys general and various organizations and individuals in multiple federal courts.On 13 Feb, a second US judge issued a similar injunction ordering the administration to keep DACA in place. US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis in Brooklyn acted in a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs including a group of states led by New York.Judges Alsup and Garaufis did not say that the administration could not at some point end the program, only that there was evidence it did not follow the correct procedures in doing so.The rulings allow those who had previously applied for protections and whose two-year status was soon to expire to apply beyond the deadline set by the administration in September. The original plan put on hold by the court rulings said that only those who re-applied by October and whose status was due to expire by 5 March could re-apply.The administration is not processing new applications.
Zahidul IslamHe was only 12 at the time. There was a canal near his house. He had to swim down the canal to go to school every day. There was an old boat in his house that he later used to cross the canal along with his friends.One day it struck him that it was essential to have a bridge over the canal to lessen the sufferings of the locals. He was so young, but talked to the elders and convinced them to build a bamboo bridge.This is Zahidul Islam, the man who built nearly 500 wooden bridges in various places around Bogura and districts nearby.Zahidul is now 52. He has lost count of how many bridges he has built till now. He started keeping record in a diary since 2012. These records show he has built wooden and bamboo bridges in more than 197 places since 2012.Zahidul lives in Haldibaga village of Sonatola upazila, Bogura. He made three bamboo bridges on Ichhamati river for Bathiabhanga village of Gabtali upazila in Bogura last year.He constructs bamboo or wooden bridges along with the locals at various places. People of some areas themselves call Zahidul for help. He responds immediately and helps them construct bridges.Prothom Alo published the story of Zahidul’s journey, ‘Need a bridge? Zahidul is here’ on 22 November 2008.”Zahidul is not like others. He helps people with labour and money. I think, he has built at least 450 bamboo bridges so far. He built another bridge in the nearby Nurra-Patal village just a few days back,” said the union parishad chairman of Digdair union, Ali Taiyab Shamim.Besides building bridges, Zahidul has also been active in preventing many child marriages in his area. He also helps people with money, buys medicines for the ill and plants trees along the roadsides. The UP chairman Ali Taiyab made him a member of the child marriage prevention committee.Fotu Mia, a resident of Bathiabhanga village in Gabtali said, “We lost hope after waiting for a bridge over the Ichhamati river for decades. Then Zahidul one day came to the village and discussed building bamboo and wooden bridges. He went door to door making arrangements for the bridge.”“He finally he managed to build the bridge and the villagers Tk 500 to celebrate the success of building the bridge,” Fotu added.Zahidul told this Prothom Alo correspondent that people from different places call him to build bridges.It gives him pleasure when people are relieved of the sufferings, he adds.The Prothom Alo correspondent found 29 bamboo bridges constructed by Zahidul in the past one month in Gabtali, Shahjahanpur, Sonatala, Shibganj and Sariakandi upazila of Bogura. He is now constructing a bamboo bridge on the Kartoa river along with the people of Sujabad-Balapara village of Majhira union of Shahjahanpur upazila.Zahidul is not well-off. He earns his living by farming on his four bighas of land. As he keeps busy making bridges most of the time, his wife Shaheen Begum takes care of their three children’s education and the family.Zahidul’s eldest son Israfil Islam is an Alim examinee this year from the Government Mustafaiah Madrasa of Bogura. Another son, Bayezid Bostami, is also a HSC examinee from Syed Ahmed University College of Gabtali. His only daughter Tabassum Akhtar is in the ninth grade of a local high school.“Zahidul had to quit studies in the fifth grade. He does take much care of the family. Instead, he sells out rice and cattle to marry off other’s daughters and spends all his money in making bridges,” Zahidul’s wife said.She goes on to say, “Instead of buying groceries, he buys saplings to plant by the roadside. I get fed up at times. But then when the local people praise him for his goodness, I feel so pround.”According to Zahidul, it costs Tk 30,000 to Tk 100,000 for a bridge. The villagers fund the entire construction.“I don’t contribute much, I try to help with labour. I install tube-wells to earn a little extra. I spend a portion of the money in making bridges,” Zahidul told the Prothom Alo correspondent.“I made 450-500 bamboo and wooden bridges in 40 years in various places including Bogura, Gaibandha, Dinajpur and Jamalpur,” he added.Sonatola upazila parishad chairman Minhaduzzaman said, “We are proud of Zahidul. Besides bridge building, he does a lot of social work.”Incidentally, Zahidul planted more than 50,000 trees in the compounds of mosques, schools and colleges and along the roadsides with his own money.*This piece originally appeared in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat
The bridal glow is every bride’s dream. Don’t let the harsh summer come in your way, and work your way towards it by keeping yourself hydrated and moisturised. Here are some easy tips by skin care experts to make you glow on your big day: 4Hydrating is important: Hydrate plenty in summer to combat the heat. The best solution for brides is to use a hydrating lotion. Ideally, water is the best remedy for fixing up your skin as it helps in flushing out toxins from your body making you feel refreshed during the hot days. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Cleansing is a must: Use a gentle skin cleanser twice a day with tissue or water. This cleanses without irritation to leave your skin soft and smooth. This mild, soap-free formula removes dirt, make-up, and impurities and also helps retain the skin’s moisture. 4For brides with oily skin, it can be a challenge to cope with make-up. Hence, investing in a cleanser which helps in getting rid of the skin’s grease and grime, is a good bet. It is kind on sensitive skin and perfect for those who suffer from acne. 4Replenish the skin’s moisture: Summer can be harsh on your skin and last-minute breakouts, darkening and dullness can stress out any bride with dry skin. Choose a moisturiser which is light weight, yet rich in macadamia oil which helps to hydrate and nourish the skin. Make sure it is specifically formulated to soothe dry skin and is non-greasy, non-irritating and non-comedogenic since this will eliminate clog pores.
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