Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday claimed that incidents of crime against women are on the wane in the State. He said the accused were now hardly acquitted and the punishment ratio increased. Mr. Deb was speaking at a capacity building programme for police officers on investigation of crime against women. The Tripura police organised the event in collaboration with the National Commission for Women.“We now have an improved situation with lesser incidents of crime against women. 2018 saw 8% reduction [in crimes against women] and situation is well again this year so far,” Mr. Deb asserted.The BJP-led coalition government came to power in Tripura in March last year.Mr. Deb said the accused were caught in 99% cases. For this reason, the punishment ratio also increased. Top police officials including Director General of Police A.K. Mathur spoke.
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kerber has been dealing with an injured foot and was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Anastasia Potapova. That was the opening match in the largely rebuilt main stadium, a structure of concrete and glass that is expected to have a retractable roof by the 2020 French Open and now features padded beige seats instead of plastic green ones.Across the way, 2016 champion Muguruza inaugurated the new 5,290-seat Court Simonne Mathieu, which is surrounded by greenhouses displaying tropical plants, with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Taylor Townsend of the U.S.Later in that same spot, the 38-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam titlist and the 2002 runner-up in Paris, exited in the first round for the fourth time in the past seven years at Roland Garros. She was broken in seven of her nine service games during a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 9 seed Elina Svitolina.Federer, the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles, will turn 38 in August and, frankly, who knows how many more of these he has left?“Not getting any younger,” he noted.ADVERTISEMENT The guy certainly appeared delighted to make his return to a tournament he won a decade ago, completing a career Grand Slam, but sat out each of the past three years. In 2016, he was sidelined by a back problem, ending his then-record streak of 65 consecutive appearances at majors. Federer then skipped the entire clay-court circuit in each of the past two seasons to focus on preparing for grass and hard courts.Not since a quarterfinal loss to Stan Wawrinka four years ago had Federer competed at Roland Garros, which is why he described himself Sunday as “quite tense at the start.”Didn’t seem that way, though. More like someone who never went away. He led the 73rd-ranked Sonego, who was making his French Open debut, 4-0 after less than 15 minutes, then went up a set and 4-0 in the second after 40.“There are times when you recognize that he makes the difficult things look easy. It’s incredible,” Sonego said. “All you can do is hope he messes up now and then, because otherwise, it’s really hard.”Federer gave the folks what they wanted, providing a live-and-in-person highlight reel of his full and considerable repertoire. There was the ace at 121 mph (195 kph) to begin his first service game, and the ace at 110 mph (178 kph) to conclude it. The drop-volley winner on the run. The serve-and-volley putaway. The sprint for an up-the-line winner off a delicate drop shot by Sonego that was so good, and so apparently hard to reach, that an Italian fan gushed, “Bravo! Bravo!” in praise of her countryman before Federer got to the ball.“In the important moments, he raises his level and turns into a computer,” Sonego said. “He never makes the wrong choice.”Really, the lone blip for Federer came when he double-faulted to get broken for the only time, eliciting an admonishing slap of racket strings from him — and a collective “Awwwww” of dismay from his thousands of admirers. That was part of a three-game, dozen-minute surge for Sonego, who got within 4-3 in the second set before ceding it.By the end, Federer had won the point on 25 of 30 trips to the net and put together a ratio of 36 winners to 15 unforced errors.While so much of the title speculation is focused on Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic — both play Monday — Federer enjoys the unusual-for-him position of lowered expectations.“It’s nice to be an outsider,” he said with an almost imperceptible shrug. “That’s how I feel, anyhow. Just see how it goes, you know. … This is not a show I’m putting on; this is the truth: I really don’t know how far I can go in this event.” Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning in three sets 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler )PARIS — Roger Federer entered a refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015, greeted by the sun peeking through the clouds and the full-throated support of spectators in their designer sunglasses, straw hats and sweaters tied over their shoulders.Were it permitted, perhaps some ticket-holders would have embraced Federer right then and there, delivering a kiss on each cheek, as if reunited with an old friend at a sidewalk cafe.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Alas, the welcome was limited to wild applause and enthusiastic chants of his first name — “Roh-zher! Roh-zher!” — before and during a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory against Lorenzo Sonego of Italy on Sunday. The match lasted a mere 101 minutes yet Federer found enough time and space to sprinkle in some tremendous shot-making.“The reception I got today was crazy. Was really nice to see a full stadium for a first round like this,” Federer said, comparing the atmosphere to that of a final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I feel,” he said, “that the public missed me. And I missed them, as well.”His presence at the year’s second Grand Slam tournament was the highlight of Day 1, which included losses by multiple major winners Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber and Svetlana Kuznetsova, along with victories for Sloane Stephens, Garbiñe Muguruza, Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori. 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New Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) There is no proposal before the government to provide central grants to state governments for installing CCTV cameras in schools, HRD minister Smriti Irani said today. “The matter relating to installation of CCTV cameras in schools is within the purview of state governments,” she said in Rajya Sabha, adding that at present, there was no proposal with her ministry to provide central grants for this purpose. Asked whether government proposed to install CCTVs in all schools to ensure safety of children, Irani said that education being on the concurrent list, majority of the schools were under the jurisdiction of state governments. During Question Hour, she said the Bombay High Court had during a hearing suggested that Maharashtra government should consider fixing of CCTVs in schools. Irani said some Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas have also installed CCTVs. She assured members that state governments were quite serious with regard to the safety and security of children in schools. Congress member Rajiv Shukla also raised doubts about the efficacy of schemes for adult education on which upto Rs 6000 crore was spent. Irani responded by saying that adult education has been a priority not only for the current government but the previous ones as well. PTI ADS ARC
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LUBBOCK, TX – NOVEMBER 12: A general view of play between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Although Antoine Wesley has one more year of eligibility remaining, the star wideout is clearly ready for the next chapter of his football career.Wesley finished his junior season with 88 receptions for 1,410 yards and nine touchdowns. Now, he’ll embrace the challenge of playing in the NFL.In a heartfelt post on Twitter, the Texas Tech wideout announced that he’ll forego his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.The main message was about taking the next step, but he also went out of his way to express his appreciation for the Red Raiders, saying “I will always cherish my time at Tech. I learned how to work and how to take responsibility for the man next to me.”Here is Wesley’s full announcement:Blessed for the past. Excited for the future! GUNSUP ALWAYS ??LOVE YOU TEXAS TECH RAIDERS & RED RAIDER NATION ⚫️? pic.twitter.com/w3Xsobo3BO— Antoine Wesley (@antoine_wesley) December 10, 2018The Texas Tech star also released a video on Twitter, as he says goodbye to his time in the Big-12.pic.twitter.com/J1WgXzCUrg— Antoine Wesley (@antoine_wesley) December 10, 2018Perhaps Wesley can follow in his former teammate’s footsteps, as Keke Coutee went from dominating with the Red Raiders to becoming an important role player for the Houston Texans.Congratulations to Wesley on an impressive stint at Texas Tech.
ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: D’Andre Swift #7 of the Georgia Bulldogs runs with the ball in the first half against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re in the middle of NFL Draft season, between the NFL Combine and the draft itself, so a lot of attention is being paid to the guys who have just finished their college football careers. There are plenty of stars returning to the sport too, though.We’ll have plenty of star power, especially looking at the twow teams that participated in last year’s national title. Alabama and national champ Clemson were both very young, especially on the offensive side.Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence return at quarterback, and most of the teams’ major playmakers are back. And that is just for Clemson and Alabama.ESPN has identified the “game breakers” for each of the end of 2018 Top 25 college football teams.Some of the picks are a bit more non-traditional, though Clemson’s is one of the best players in the country.For the Tigers, ESPN went with superstar running back Travis Etienne.Etienne has arguably the best first step of any back in the game, and he possesses a combination of physicality and breakaway speed that allows him to turn any run into a home run.Some other picks from the list:2. Alabama: WR Jaylen Waddle: “The native Texan returned one punt for a touchdown, had 14 receptions of 20-plus yards and averaged 8.04 yards after catch.”3. Oklahoma: WR CeeDee Lamb: “With Marquise Brown now gone, Lamb will take over as the No. 1 wideout and is primed to be OU’s latest All-America-caliber pass-catcher.”4. Georgia: RB D’Andre Swift: “All told, he averaged 6.4 yards per rush and 9.3 yards per reception. And still there’s the sense with him that the best is yet to come.”5. Ohio State: WR K.J. Hill: “With excellent hands and breakaway speed, the senior should have plenty of opportunity to improve on the 70 catches and six touchdowns he had last season.”6. Notre Dame: DE Julian Okwara: “Okwara’s eight sacks as a junior was impressive, and he came within a step or two of adding so much more — finishing the season with 21 QB hurries.”For the full write-ups and Top 25 list, head to ESPN.
commentary Press Trust of India MohaliApril 17, 2019UPDATED: April 17, 2019 12:01 IST Ashwin was adjudged man-of-the-match in the game against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKings XI Punjab (182/6) beat Rajasthan Royals (170/7) by 12 runsAshwin picked up 2 for 24 and scored 17 off 4 balls vs RR in MohaliKXIP are currently tied on 10 points with Mumbai Indians and Delhi CapitalsKings XI Punjab batsman David Miller heaped praise on captain Ravichandran Ashwin for his all-round skills, saying the wily operator has been a huge asset for the team.Ashwin and opener KL Rahul played pivotal roles as Kings XI produced a superb all-round performance to script a comfortable 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a second leg IPL clash to bring their campaign back on track on Tuesday.Rahul hit a 47-ball 52, while Ashwin (2/24) smashed 17 off four balls in the last over and then took two crucial wickets as KXIP bounced back after successive losses in the last two matches to record their fifth win this IPL.”(Skipper) Ashwin has contributed extremely well with bat and bowl,” Miller told a post-match press conference here.The South African said that it is not just with his bowling, but Ashwin has also chipped in with useful contributions with the bat putting the team in good positions.”His bowling has been extremely good. His economy rate has been really low and he’s got wickets as well”.”He has been a huge asset in our bowling department and again tonight he bowled really well and it was great performance leading from the front.”The @lionsdenkxip Skipper @ashwinravi99 is the Man of the Match for his bowling figures of 2/24 and a quick fire 17* off 4 deliveries. pic.twitter.com/IYS3Pa3QPXIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 16, 2019The other spinner Murugan Ashwin also bowled well, earning a scalp besides giving away 24 runs from his four overs.”We tried to use big side of the boundary to advantage. Both Ashwins bowled extremely well, they kept us in the game in that middle period… Rajasthan needed 50 odd in the last three overs, but our bowlers did their job and we are happy with that,” said Miller.advertisementHe said that it was an overall good team performance with contributions in all the three departments of the game.Kings XI Punjab players Moises Henriques and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up injuries, giving their team a minor scare in the second half of the IPL.While Henriques, who was set to make his KXIP debut, injured himself during warm-up before the game against Rajasthan Royals, Aghanistan spinner Mujeeb hurt his shoulder in the match.Asked when you see a player getting injured just before the World Cup, does it affect a player mentally, Miller replied, “I think it’s always going to be there. Nowadays, there is so much cricket throughout the year, so you have to put that aside, that’s how we train, stay nice and fit and make sure that you are in a good physical condition, it is what it is.”Unfortunately, it is part of the game if you are going to get injured, you don’t want to see someone get injured. I don’t know how Moises is at the moment. We will have to wait and see and hope he recovers quickly because there is still some important games coming up in IPL,” Miller added.Also Read | Watch: R Ashwin does bhangra after starring in KXIP’s 12-run win vs RRAlso Read | IPL 2019: Mujeeb, Moises Henriques injuries big worry for Kings XI PunjabAlso Read | The race is heating up: R Ashwin after KXIP win their 5th match of IPL 2019For 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 byrohan sen advertisement No data available! scorecard graphs view more view less R Ashwin huge asset in our bowling department: David Miller after KXIP winR Ashwin and opener KL Rahul played pivotal roles as Kings XI produced a superb all-round performance to script a comfortable 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.
Une nouvelle ressource, un recueil de poèmes de l’auteur de la région George Borden, donnera aux élèves néo-écossais la chance d’explorer le patrimoine africain pendant toute l’année. Aujourd’hui 16 janvier, M. Borden s’est joint au ministre des Affaires afro-néo-écossaises, Tony Ince, qui était présent au nom de la ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, pour le lancement du recueil intitulé « I Never Heard Their Cry! Selected Poems of George Borden ». « Je félicite M. Borden pour la publication de son recueil, et je le remercie de l’avoir offert à nos élèves, a dit le ministre Ince. La préservation et la promotion du patrimoine afro-néo-écossais est d’une importance primordiale, particulièrement pour nos jeunes, et je suis ravi que l’œuvre de M. Borden soit présentée dans les écoles aux fins de réflexion et de discussion. » Au cours de l’été 2011, M. Borden a fait don de son recueil de poèmes au ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance afin qu’il soit transmis aux élèves de la province. « L’histoire des Noirs n’a pas été racontée aussi bien qu’elle aurait dû l’être, et seulement dans quelques cas par une personne noire. J’essaie de corriger cette situation », a dit M. Borden. Le ministère a publié le recueil et, au printemps, il en fera la distribution aux écoles secondaires dans le cadre d’un envoi d’ouvrages par des auteurs de la région. Des exemplaires supplémentaires seront remis pour les cours sur les études afro-canadiennes de 11e année et les cours sur le patrimoine africain de 12e année. M. Borden est un auteur, un poète et un auteur-compositeur originaire de New Glasgow. Il a écrit des contes pour enfants et des gospels, et il a publié une trilogie de recueils de poèmes qui relatent l’expérience des Noirs, de l’Afrique à la Nouvelle-Écosse contemporaine. Ses œuvres ont également été publiées dans plusieurs anthologies et dans plusieurs journaux et magazines provinciaux et nationaux.
Gurugram: In the biggest campaign under Jalshakti initiative, the district administration has formed 56 teams to survey that all the builder societies have rainwater harvesting pits and there are no illegal borewells. The project will be surveyed by the deputy commissioner Amit Khatri. Fifty builders were served notices to ensure that there were rainwater harvesting pits in their residential colonies or buildings. The teams started conducting inspection on Friday in areas along Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, MG Road, Southern Peripheral Road and sectors along Dwarka Expressway. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe inspection will be part of the Jalshakti Abhiyan that is being carried out under the supervision of district administration against illegal pumping of groundwater and operation of illegal borewells in Gurugram. RS Bhath, the district town planner, said that 56 teams will check the provisions and functionality of rainwater harvesting systems in private colonies. “Large condominium complexes and plotted colonies have been identified on major roads and assigned to each team which shall visit there and find the status of RWH systems in respective areas,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsBhath said that they had started working in June towards compliance of rainwater harvesting rules after they received directions from the headquarters in Chandigarh about implementing the zero rainwater discharge system for Gurugram. “We are already working on how to integrate the RWH structures in private colonies and use of recycled water for different activities so that rainwater is not wasted,” he said, adding rainwater harvesting structures are part of the sanctioned building plan and need to be constructed. A high profile meeting was convened by Amit Khatri, commissioner of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, who directed every executive engineer to seal minimum 20 illegal borewells. To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per rules. Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting, will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director of DTCP.
In fact, more than $1.7 trillion dollars was spent last year on arms and armies – the highest level since the fall of the Berlin Wall. That is around 80 times the amount needed to meet the humanitarian aid needs of the whole world, he said.Third, he said that new technologies, when used maliciously, could help start a new arms race, endangering future generations.“The combined risks of new weapon technologies could have a game-changing impact on our future security,” he said.Disarmament – including arms control, non-proliferation, prohibitions, restrictions, confidence-building and, where needed, elimination – is “an essential tool to secure our world and our future,” said the UN chief. “The paradox is that,” he added, “when each country pursues its own security without regard for others, we create global insecurity that threatens us all.”New impetus needed to achieve a safer and more secure worldThe cover of the Agenda, a 73-page document, depicts Orizuru, an origami paper crane. Its significance is that Japanese legend has it that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes, will have their wish granted by the gods.UNODAIn her hospital bed, Sadako Sasaki – a survivor of the atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima in 1945 – folded more than a thousand paper cranes, praying that she would recover from the deadly leukaemia caused by the blast.She died at the age of 12, but her story spread around the world and origami cranes have since become symbols of peace.In the final paragraph of the Agenda, Mr. Guterres quotes the late Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjöld, saying “in this field, as we well know, a standstill does not exist; if you do not go forward, you do go backward”.The Agenda concludes with an appeal to all “to use every opportunity to carry forward momentum for disarmament where it exists, and to generate new impetus where it is needed, in order to achieve a safer and more secure world for all.” “We are one mechanical, electronic or human error away from a catastrophe that could eradicate entire cities from the map,” he warned.Mr. Guterres said the States that possess nuclear weapons have the primary responsibility for avoiding catastrophe. In that regard, he appealed to Russia and the US to resolve their dispute over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty; to extend the New START treaty on strategic offensive arms, which is due to expire in just three years; and to take new steps towards reducing nuclear stockpiles.Disarmament prevents and ends violence. Disarmament supports sustainable development. And disarmament is true to our values and principles – UN chief GuterresSecond, he said disarmament of conventional weapons, which include small arms, light weapons and landmines, could “save lives,” in particular those of civilians who continue to bear the brunt of armed conflict.The UN chief said that beyond the appalling numbers of civilians killed and injured, conflicts are driving record numbers of people from their homes, often depriving them of food, healthcare, education and any means of making a living.At the end of 2016, more than 65 million people were uprooted by war, violence and persecution, he said.“My initiative will have a strong basis in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world’s blueprint for peace and prosperity on a healthy planet,” he said, noting that excessive spending on weapons drains resources for sustainable development. “The United Nations was created with the goal of eliminating war as an instrument of foreign policy,” Secretary-General António Guterres said, unveiling his new agenda, entitled, Securing Our Common Future, at the University of Geneva, in Switzerland.“But seven decades on, our world is as dangerous as it has ever been,” he warned.“Disarmament prevents and ends violence. Disarmament supports sustainable development. And disarmament is true to our values and principles,” he explained.We are one mechanical, electronic or human error away from a catastrophe that could eradicate entire cities from the map – UN chief GuterresThe launch comes at a time when “arms control has been in the news every day, sometimes in relation to Iran and Syria, sometimes the Korean Peninsula,” said the UN chief.The new Agenda focuses on three priorities – weapons of mass destruction, conventional weapons, and new battlefield technologies.First, he stressed that disarmament of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons could “save humanity,” noting that some 15,000 nuclear weapons remain stockpiled around the world and hundreds are ready to be launched within minutes. UNODAGlobal stockpiles of nuclear weapons.
LAKE LOUISE, Alta. — Kjetil Jansrud of Norway won the opening World Cup super-G of the season Sunday as he began his quest to capture a third straight title in the discipline.Jansrud darted down the course in 1 minute, 33.52 seconds to eclipse Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria by a 0.14-second margin. Mauro Caviezel of Switzerland took third.Jansrud is attempting to become the fourth man to win the super-G standings three seasons in a row. He would join Swiss standout Pirmin Zurbriggen, Austrian great Hermann Maier and Norwegian teammate Aksel Lund Svindal.The Lake Louise super-G has long suited Jansrud and Svindal, who wound up fifth. The Norwegian tandem have won seven straight super-G races held at the venue, with Jansrud taking three and Svindal four.American Ryan Cochran-Siegle tied for 12th place.The Associated Press
201011 200711 201325Bye 20031T1Possible home adv. 20012T4Bye 201111 Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP; Tom Brady, NFL icon; Tom Brady, scofflaw. The Deflategate punishments have been handed down by the league office, and the official report on the incident refused to speculate about whether the New England Patriots got any advantage from their deflated balls, saying: “It is impossible to determine whether this activity had an effect on the outcome of games or what that effect was.” But suspending Brady (and taking away draft picks) is almost sure to have an effect.The Patriots owe the league $1 million, one first-round draft pick in 2016, and one fourth-round draft pick in 2017. All of that for “violation of the playing rules and the failure to cooperate in the subsequent investigation.” Meanwhile, for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL,” Tom Brady — the Patriots’ reasonably well-known quarterback — received a 4-game suspension, which he is planning to appeal.The best spin on this news for Patriots fans is that Brady’s value is relatively unknown. While he has a history of great accomplishments and stats, QB success is much more of a team accomplishment than an individual one. Unlike certain other quarterbacks who have played for multiple teams and multiple coaches, Brady has only played for Bill Belichick’s Patriots. We don’t know if the Patriots would collapse without him — the one season where he missed significant time (in 2008), the Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel under center.1I certainly look forward to some empirically significant games next year if Brady’s appeal fails. The Patriots’ backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, actually had a higher passer rating than Brady last year, though he only had 27 attempts and was sacked five times.But while I don’t know what Brady is really worth, I can lay out a couple of estimates and see what the effects of his suspension might be. Let’s use history as our guide and look at the past 14 years to see what might have happened had Brady been forced to sit the first four games of each season.While I’m not always in love with how Vegas values QBs, it’s a decent place to start: According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, the betting line in the Patriots opener against the Steelers has shifted by about 5 points, though Bell claims gamblers usually consider Brady’s value to be closer to 7 points. So for this first test, I took each game that Brady played for the Patriots in the first four team games of each season and took away 6.5 points. In other words, if the Patriots won by 7 or more, I assumed that they would have won even without Brady, while if they won by 6 or less I counted it as a loss (if he didn’t play, I left the result as is). I then re-jiggered the playoff standings to see how the Patriots’ new record would have affected their playoff position each season. This recalculation cost the Pats eight wins since 2001, knocked them out of the playoffs in 2005 and 2009, and cost them a first-round bye in 2013.2Assuming everything else had played out the same — which is unlikely, but counterfactuals are pretty much always just mind candy. However, it also leaves all of their Super Bowl-winning seasons unscathed: 200311 2008outout This one looks a lot worse. If you took one win away from every Pats team since 2001, not only could they have missed the playoffs two more times (depending on whom they lost to), but they would also lose a playoff bye at least twice and possibly four times, again depending on which game they lost and by how much. It’s also probably worth noting that the 2008 Patriots, who had Brady for less than one quarter of one game, would have been a No. 3 seed if they could have squeezed out one more win, or even been a bye team if they managed two more wins. Instead, they missed the playoffs.More importantly, losing one more game would have had negative effects on New England’s playoff position in three of its four Super Bowl-winning years. And that’s why four games of Brady might be even more valuable than the draft pick — to the Patriots. For most teams, a first-round draft pick is probably worth more than a single win. But if that one win is crucial to your Super Bowl chances, you take it. 20093outPlayoffs 20054outPlayoffs 201222 YEARSEEDSEED W/ ONE FEWER WIN IN FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST 20093T4Possible playoffs 200122 200422 2002outout 2002outout 200711 200644 20111T1Possible home adv. 201011 200644 20141T2Possible bye 201223Bye But that version of this examination is probably too granular. In the Patriots’ four games without Brady, there are only so many outcomes — they can only win zero, one, two, three or four games with or without Brady. While technically every swing has some probability (they might have won zero games with Brady but now win four games without him), the most likely effect is that the Patriots drop zero or one games — that’s the outcome the 7-point estimate produced in 10 of the 12 years in which Brady played in all of the season’s first four games. That is, if they would have gone 3-1 with Brady, without him they’d probably stay at 3-1 or drop to 2-2. Now let’s focus on the most likely negative scenario. What would happen if we just took one teensy-tiny win away each season? 20054T4Possible playoffs 201411 200422 20132T2Possible bye 2008outout YEARSEEDSEED W/ BRADY OUT FIRST FOUR GAMESCOST
The Ohio State Men’s Basketball team fell to Maryland at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 18 in a 75-61 loss. Photos by Casey Cascaldo The Buckeyes exit onto the court prior to the start of the game against Maryland. Ohio State lost 75-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor
EHF EURO 2012 Last night in “Don Quijote” Arena in Ciudad Real, Croatia showed that didn’t forgot to play TOP handball, after boys of Slavko Goluža dissapointed handball world with fifth place at WC 2011 in Sweden. Balić and Co win over Spain 26:24 (8:9) on their soil and secure a place at the EHF EURO 2012, practically, three rounds before the end of Qualification. Another match of these handball giants are in Saturday in Split.In second match of this group, Lithuania made a surprise over Romania 24:23.Standing:Croatia 6Spain 4Lithuania 2Romania 0 ← Previous Story France to host World Cup 2017 for men? Next Story → Draw for EHF EURO 2012 on 15 June in Belgrade
For a $25 or $35 tiny computer, the Raspberry Pi is capable of some amazing things. With a bit of ingenuity, it can be turned into an open-source alternative to Google’s equally priced Chromecast, or it can become a portable Tor gateway so you can get up to some safe, anonymous browsing on a throwaway computer. While seeing how far you can push the Raspberry Pi is fun, we shouldn’t discredit simpler creations — case in point, this RasPi turned into an Asteroids controller.Modder Tim Barlett didn’t just want a controller that could play Asteroids — he wanted the actual Asteroids controller. So, he copied vector art of the original Atari control panel, and modeled the layout after that. He used an acrylic frame, which wraps around two plywood end caps. Not wanting to leave the plywood end caps plain, he made some vector art in the old Asteroids arcade style, then used a laser cutter to etch it.Then, he created some rails to hold everything together, and attached the pieces.He inserted buttons from the original Asteroids arcade cabinet, and attached the Raspberry Pi to a PermaProto RasPi Breadboard. The Pi runs a MAME emulator, and the audio and video cables lead out the back of the controller so it can be plugged into a display without getting in the way.To check out more details of Barlett’s project, head over to his blog, where instructions are provided for each step.
The most dangerous time for mobile phone theft is between 10pm and 4am at weekends Gardaí are boosting patrols in danger areas as part of a new campaign. 7,447 Views Image: Shutterstock/stedalle “This campaign is a reminder to people to be streetwise when out in public as 40% of all thefts and robberies took place on a street, road or footpath with a further 20% taking place in a licensed premises or restaurant-type location,” Sergeant Kelvin Courtney said, in a press-released comment.“We want people to enjoy their nights out and the best way to do that is to have a plan.Think about how you are getting to and from a location. Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back. Avoid walking alone and in dark locations. Never engage with drunk or aggressive people, use your brain not your fist. Finally be streetwise, take care of your property, particularly mobile phones and purses or wallets. Mind yourselves, mind your stuff and have a plan.The Garda public awareness campaign will include advertising outdoor, indoor and digital advertising. On social media the force will be promoting the campaign with the #mindyourstuff hashtag.There will also be increased patrolling at night in locations identified as having high levels of robberies and assaults.Read: Man charged over the murder of Waterford pensioner Paddy LyonsRead: “Lincoln was right”: Trump offers restrained version of priorities in landmark address to Congress Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 1st 2017, 7:37 AM 21 Comments By Daragh Brophy Share12 Tweet Email TWO OUT OF five mobile phone thefts happen late at night or in the early hours of the morning on Fridays and Saturdays, gardaí have said.The force’s Garda Síochána Analysis Service released the stats today as part of a personal safety campaign which will run throughout March. The ‘Streetwise’ campaign is targeting 18 to 39 year-olds with a message to mind their personal property and possessions – particularly on nights out.GSAS found:2 in 5 thefts occur between 10am and 4am between Friday and SundayTwo-thirds of ALL thefts and robberies involve mobile phones being stolen3 in 4 victims of phone theft are aged between 18 and 39There were 5,703 phone thefts in 2016, down 14% on 2015498 phones were reported stolen last March, compared to 641 in 2015€2.5m worth of mobile phones were stolen in 2016 Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 7:37 AM Image: Shutterstock/stedalle http://jrnl.ie/3264489
By Daragh Brophy Friday 3 Mar 2017, 7:11 PM 43,610 Views Short URL Sinn Féin – 24 seatsDUP – 21 seatsAlliance – 8 seatsUUP – 9 seatsSDLP – 9 seatsOther – 3 seatAs you can see, things are looking very rosy indeed for Sinn Féin.Though the Republican party leads at present, the DUP is slightly ahead in terms of first preference votes and looks set to be the (slightly) dominant party once more.However, Foster’s party looks certain to lose a chunk of the 38 seats it garnered in last year’s election, leaving her own position especially vulnerable given the recent ‘cash for ash’ scandal that brought down the last Assembly.Things are not good for the Ulster Unionist Party, with its party leader Mike Nesbitt announcing his decision to step down following the party’s poor performance.He said the electorate “did not give [him] a mandate big enough to feel justified in continuing in this position”.Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill was earlier elected on the first count in her Mid Ulster constituency.Turnout meanwhile is projected at 64.8%, a large increase on the 55% that voted in the 2016 election.The election that could potentially bring Northern Ireland back under direct rule unless the DUP and Sinn Féin can break the deadlock.The vote was triggered at the start of the year after Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness resigned over First Minister Arlene Foster’s stance on the Cash for Ash controversy – although tensions over support for the Irish language, and other factors, had also been bubbling under in the months leading up to Sinn Féin’s decision to pull out.The DUP won slightly more seats than Sinn Fein in last year’s election.A similar result is forecast this time around, but Sinn Fein have said they will not work with the DUP if Foster is re-nominated.Final results are not expected until tomorrow at the earliest. Counting began at 8am.If the two parties cannot resolve their differences within three weeks of the vote, the assembly’s executive could be suspended and the North fully governed from London.Related: As the North votes, why do Sinn Féin keep going on (and on) about crocodiles?“We’re up for going back into government but only on the basis of equality, respect and integrity,” O’Neill said.We cannot go into government with Arlene Foster as First or Deputy First Minister while there is a shadow hanging over her, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find a way forward.The number of seats in the assembly drops from 108 to 90 this year. The change was decided on last year as a cost-saving measure.- With reporting from AFP, Cianan Brennan and Sean MurrayRead: The Northern Ireland elections explained, in five controversiesRead: Arlene Foster couldn’t take questions at manifesto launch due to ‘man flu’ Share6 Tweet Email1 Mar 3rd 2017, 7:11 PM 122 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesUpdated 22:45ARLENE FOSTER HAS, after a scare, retained her seat in the Northern Irish Assembly with a third of seats now filled.Foster in the end topped the poll in her Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency after missing the quota on the first count.At present, with more than 70 of 90 seats filled the vote breakdown is: It’s looking like a very, very good day for Sinn Féin in the North The assembly’s executive could be suspended if Sinn Féin and the DUP can’t sort things out. https://jrnl.ie/3268043
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CARSON, Calif. — Robbie Keane scored twice to help the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Portland Timbers 3-1 on Saturday.Keane broke a tie in the 73rd minute, beating defenders to the back post to head home Landon Donovan’s left-footed service. Keane converted a penalty shot in the 85th minute to seal the victory. It was his 12th goal of the season, moving him to fourth in MLS.“The first half is what cost us,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter said. “After we got the goal, we stopped playing. We played very reactionary. It was as if we tried to ride out the 1-0 result, and that’s just not us.”The Timbers opened the scoring when Diego Valeri converted a free kick into the upper right corner from just outside the box in the 14th minute. Los Angeles nearly tied it in the 29th minute, but Gyasi Zardes’ header hit the bar squarely.The Galaxy (9-4-6) drew even in first-half stoppage time as Zardes didn’t miss his next chance, heading Robbie Rogers’ left-footed cross past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.Porter said his team should have reacted better on both Galaxy goals.“For me it’s managing the cross, but also box defending better in those two moments,” Porter said.Porter said injuries that kept Darlington Nagbe from playing and forced Gaston Fernandez out of the game before halftime were not an explanation of the lackluster effort. Also not an excuse, the coach said, was the heat or playing on a field that was re-sodded on Wednesday.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Spending on military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2016 would rise $1.3 billion over current year funding to $8.1 billion, under the spending bill marked up Tuesday by a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The milcon spending level recommended by the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee would be $400 million higher than the amount included in the appropriations bill passed by the House on April 30. Both versions, though, take a significant step toward restoring milcon funding to levels allocated as recently as FY 2014. Spending on military construction programs dropped about one-third in the current year as the department opted to defer a portion of its construction program to fund higher priorities such as operations and readiness.Despite the increase, the Senate subcommittee’s recommendation still falls below the Obama administration’s request for $8.4 billion in FY 2016, according to a summary released by the Appropriations Committee.Specific accounts within the bill would receive:military family housing – $1.4 billion to fund construction, operation and maintenance of family housing, $223 million above the FY 2015 level and the same as the budget request.military medical facilities – $678 million for construction and alterations for new or existing medical facilities, an increase of $192 million above the FY 2015 enacted level.DOD education facilities – $334 million for essential safety improvements and infrastructure work at 10 DOD schools located within the United States and overseas. The full Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up the spending bill on Thursday.