Winners And Losers

first_imgSoon after Mebrahtom Keflezighi became the first American in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon on Nov. 7, an online debate erupted over whether the 34-year-old Eritrea-born U.S. citizen was legitimately an “American winner.”Although Keflezighi migrated to the United States in 1987 when he was only 12 and became a naturalized citizen in 1998, a New York Times headline noted, “To Some, Winner Is Not American Enough.” The online controversy ricocheted into the mainstream media. CNBC.com sports business reporter Darren Rovell commented that Keflezighi is only “technically American,” adding, “Nothing against Keflezighi, but he’s like a ringer who you hire to work a couple hours at your office so that you can win the executive softball league.”Rovell later apologized, admitting: “It turns out, Keflezighi moved to the United States in time to develop at every level in America. So Meb is in fact an American trained athlete and an American citizen and he should be celebrated as the American winner of the NYC Marathon.”  The online debate parsed considerations such as U.S. birth, age at which one migrates or becomes a U.S. citizen, the length of time one has lived in the country, etc. Do you become a “real American”, as opposed to a “technical” one, when you are naturalized? Is a U.S. permanent resident of 30 years “less American” than a naturalized citizen who has lived in the United States for just five years? How about a long resident nonimmigrant or, for that matter, an illegal alien? Also, when an immigrant becomes an American citizen, does she lose her original nationality? Does that depend on whether you are, say, an Argentinean citizen (which permits dual nationality) or an Indian citizen (which does not)?It is ironic that America, the immigrant Mecca, has such difficulty embracing its naturalized citizens, when its law commands their allegiance and fidelity. By contrast, India, which has among the world’s most restrictive citizenship practices, can’t seem to break its bonds with overachieving nationals, who by law are obligated to renounce their Indian citizenship when they swear a foreign allegiance. Indeed, it claims into its bear hug even those without a credible association. Witness the joyous celebrations in India over NASA astronaut Sunita Williams and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, both of whom are U.S. born with no particular affinity for India. This October, after he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, British molecular biologist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, who emigrated in 1972 from Tamil Nadu, complained of Indians “clogging up” his mailbox with congratulatory messages. India clings tenaciously to its globally reputed naturalized citizens even in death. Recently, the Indian government rejected as “absurd” a claim from Albania to return Albanian born Nobel laureate Mother Teresa’s remains from Calcutta, who, an Indian spokesman insisted “is resting in her own country, her own land.”Curious how India and America seem to have their citizenship wires crossed.  Related Itemslast_img read more


Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 17. 2017, file photo, Slovenia’s Goran Dragic lifts the trophy after defeating Serbia in the Eurobasket European Basketball Championship finals in Istanbul. Here’s how Heat guard Goran Dragic spent his summer vacation. He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, File)MIAMI — A quick summary of the last few weeks in the life of Miami guard Goran Dragic:He led Slovenia, his mother’s homeland and the place he calls home, to an improbable gold medal at the European Championships. The title game came against Serbia, his father’s homeland and a place where he still has relatives.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Heat had a strange season a year ago — starting 11-30, finishing 30-11 and missing the playoffs in a tiebreaker. Dragic averaged a career-best 20.3 points, and emerged as a locker-room leader as the year went along. He also did what he could to persuade Heat free agents like Dion Waiters and James Johnson to stay.“It’s a lot of new challenges ahead,” Dragic said. “I’m looking forward to come to Miami and to battle for a title in Miami. Nobody gave us a chance, the Slovenian national team. Nobody is going to give us a chance in Miami. But I always believe. Why not?”An estimated 20,000 people stood in the pouring rain to greet the Slovenian team when it arrived home. The medal ceremony after the championship game became Slovenia’s most-watched television event in the country, at least since ratings started being kept. Dragic was told 94 percent of the nation was watching.“I’m just proud of him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “And I’m proud that we have him.”Before 1991, both Serbia and Slovenia were part of Yugoslavia. Hence, the family ties for Dragic still exist.“Playing for my national team for the past 12 years, you’re always waiting to achieve something, and as soon as we won the final all the burden from my shoulders fell down,” he said. “I felt so happy. And, of course, on the other side, I have family in Serbia. But I was born in Slovenia … it was not a question that I was going to do everything to bring them a title.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City He was the tournament’s MVP . He received one of Slovenia’s highest civilian honors. He was brought to tears by a gift of a jersey from the mother of his idol, the late star Drazen Petrovic.And through it all, the words of Heat coach Erik Spoelstra echoed in his head — winning a championship is usually more demanding mentally than physically.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Now I fully understand what he means,” Dragic said.It’s a lesson Dragic hopes to put to more use starting next week, when he returns to the U.S. and the Heatbegin training camp. The only true point guard on Miami’s roster, Dragic is going to be a major key if the Heat are to return to the playoffs and contend in the Eastern Conference. And coming off his MVP showing at EuroBasket, the Heat hope his game keeps elevating. “He looked sensational,” Spoelstra said of his point guard’s play at EuroBasket. “I’m so happy for him, so proud of that accomplishment, this most unlikely championship. Slovenia is a country of only 2 million.It’s smaller than the city of Miami. And to beat the powerhouses over there, but also to see how passionate Goran was about trying to lead this team to the title.”Dragic averaged 22.6 points and 5.1 assists in the nine games. His 35 points in the title game was the high for the tournament.He told Spoelstra in June he was all-in on trying to deliver Slovenia its first gold medal.“He trained extremely diligently for this,” Spoelstra said. “And he competed and led at such a high level. You could just see the emotions pouring out of him. I talked to him on the phone after they won and he said, ‘This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.’”The task that awaits in Miami won’t be easy.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IOC tries to calm Olympic concerns amid North Korea tension View commentslast_img read more


SPORT-IND-BOARD 2 LAST

first_imgIndia innings:India innings: KL Rahul not out47 Mandeep Singh not out52 Extras (W-3, NB-1) 4Total (For no loss in 13.1 overs) 103 Bowling: DT Tiripano 3-0-11-0, N Madziva 2.1-0-19-0, T Muzarabani 2-0-17-0, AG Cremer 3-0-24-0, CJ Chibhabha 2-0-23-0, Sikandar Raza 1-0-9-0. PTI ATK ATKlast_img


J&Ks special status needs to be protected: Mehbooba

first_imgSrinagar, Aug 8 (PTI) Amid a fresh clamour for the abrogation of Article 35-A of the Constitution, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said the special status enjoyed by the state needed to be protected and preserved.Article 35-A of the Constitution empowers the states legislature to define its “permanent residents” and accord special rights and privileges to them.”The legislature of the state enjoys huge powers unlike any other state assembly. We need to preserve and protect this status,” Mehbooba told a public meeting after inaugurating the Randakdaji-Jawalapora-Gaffarabad road in central Kashmirs Budgam district.On the GST legislation passed by the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, she said that the state had enacted its own law.”The guarantees carried in the Presidential Order (on GST) reflect the special status Jammu and Kashmir enjoys within the Constitution of India,” she said.The chief minister said that the opening of historic routes along the Line of Control (LoC) in the state, frequent exchange of students, artists and other groups would bring a lasting peace in the state by promoting more people to people exchanges.Mehbooba said only a conducive and peaceful atmosphere can lead the state to prosperity and resolution of the issues.”The government has taken up several development programmes this year which could not be taken up last year due to unrest. The government has taken up developmental activities in areas which so far have remained neglected,” she said.The Randakdaji-Jawalapora-Gaffarabad road is to be built at a cost of Rs 15.05 crore and it would be completed in two years.advertisementWith the completion of the road project, the connectivity to Doodhpathri and Tosa Maidan tourist destinations would be improved.The chief minister also visited Khag where she laid the foundation of a 10-km Khag-Aripanthan road to be upgraded from the present single lane to double lane at a cost of Rs 13.08 crore. It would be completed by next year.Later, the chief minister also laid the foundation of a modern health centre at Khag to be set up by the Government Medical College, Srinagar at a cost of Rs 5.28 crore.She announced setting up of a fire station, a tourist facility in view of the scenic beauty of the area, and development of a sports field there.These demands were raised by the locals with the chief minister.The chief minister also visited Magam where she inaugurated a degree college. Built at a cost of Rs 9.83 crore, the college for 1,500 students has academic, administrative and library blocks. PTI SSB MIJ SMNlast_img read more


SOUTH SIOUX CONTINUES TO STUDY FUTURE OF BIG OX PLANT

first_imgTHE CITY OF SOUTH SIOUX CITY IS CONTINUING TO STUDY THE FUTURE OF THE BIG OX ENERGY PLANT.PRODUCTION AT THE PLANT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, AND MAYOR ROD KOCH SAYS THE CITY HOPES THE PLANT CAN SOMEHOW BE UTILIZED AGAIN IN THE FUTURE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KOCH3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….LOOK OVER THE EQUIPMENT. :22THE MAYOR SAYS THAT INSPECTION DOES NOT MEAN THE CITY WILL TAKE OVER OR PURCHASE THE PLANT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KOCH4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….PROACTIVE ABOUT IT. :28KOCH SAYS THE CITY WANTS TO MAKE SURE WHOEVER TAKES OVER THE $40 MILLION DOLLAR PLANT WILL OPERATE IT PROPERLY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/KOCH5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..INDUSTRIES OUT THERE. :15THE MAYOR SAYS THE STUDY ON THE PLANT’S FUTURE WILL CONTINUE AND THAT THERE IS NO ACTION PENDING ON IT BY THE CITY COUNCIL PLANNED ANY TIME SOON.last_img read more


Emmanuel Ogbah Comes up Gimpy After this Play

first_imgWith the Cowboys clinging to a 23-16 lead in the fourth quarter, Emmanuel Ogbah was in hot pursuit of quarterback Skyler Howard before coming up gimpy on this play.After Ogbah went to the sideline, trainers didn’t give him a look as he stood with his helmet on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more


Morecambe’s Kevin Ellison: ‘I’m probably one of the most hated players’

first_imgNothing is off limits over almost an hour of candid conversation. He says being transparent was deeply uncomfortable but necessary. “It is about looking at yourself in the mirror,” says Ellison, who believes Chris Kirkland and Danny Rose detailing their difficulties has led to an increased understanding around mental health. “It is hard, it is painful and it will bring tears but it’s the only way to come back a better person.” He does not want fans, teammates or anyone else to beat about the bush in his company. “As long as people continue to do that, I don’t think we will get rid of the stigma. People say: ‘You’re on X amount, you’ve got this, you go on these holidays, you have a nice house.’ Yeah, we have, but I’m the same as the person who works 9-5 in Tesco. I’ve still got feelings, I’m not a robot – I’m a human being … Football is what I do, it’s not who I am.”Ellison turns 41 in February and, after signing up for his 21st season as a professional, he is determined to savour every minute, with Salford City next up on Saturday. The mantle for the Football League’s oldest player has turned into a case of who blinks first, though it remains with Crawley’s Dannie Bulman, a month Ellison’s senior. “I still get butterflies before I go out and when they decide to leave me I’ll know it’s time to hang the boots up. If you had told me at 21 that I would play professional football for 10 years I’d have snapped your hand off. When you get to 31, you’re just thinking: ‘Another year, another year.’ And before you know it I’m 35, it’s: ‘You’re a pensioner, a dinosaur and all this.’ But here I am still going strong.” Share on Pinterest For years Kevin Ellison suffered in silence and put his depression on the back burner. It may not correlate with the terrace perception of the evergreen Morecambe winger – “I was seen as the macho man, a big, bald scouser, who’s quite mouthy” – and nor does it chime with another, self-proclaimed, tag – “I’m probably one of the most hated players in the Football League” – but that is the point the 40-year-old is at pains to make about an illness that does not discriminate. Ellison became an accomplished actor, who effectively wore a metaphorical mask into work until the dark clouds subsided.“The lowest I felt was driving up to training on the M6 and thinking to myself: ‘Would people’s lives around me be better if I just swung a right into the central reservation here?’” Ellison says, pausing for a second. “That was a very dark moment and I know my kids are going to read that in the future but that’s where I was at. Now I can control my thoughts a bit more and certain things don’t eat me up as much as they did back then. It is what it is, and if I can help somebody by speaking out then that’s brilliant.” Facebook Last year Ellison had a laugh by contesting his paltry “pace rating” of 35 on the Fifa 19 game after revealing sprint results, as tracked by GPS monitors, that prove he is quicker than several teammates rated twice as high. In a video, which has amassed 1.5m views on YouTube, Ellison pokes fun at himself by walking off with a Zimmer frame. “Straight away my son said to me, laughing his head off: ‘Dad, Dad, you’re on this, 35 pace, a snail moves quicker than you.’ My sprint speed was 33km/h but I’ve actually gone up a notch this season. If Fifa do put me down again, we’ll have to have round two …”Ellison grew up in Anfield and played for Liverpool schoolboys alongside Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen. He also played with Gerrard as an under-13 for Denburn Juniors. After moving to Hull, Sheffield and Lincoln, Ellison is back home in Liverpool. “The Liverpool players drive past my house in all of their flash cars – the Aston Martins and Range Rovers – and there’s me getting out of the Ford Focus. When I pick my kids up from school, they’ll be hanging out of the window trying to get a little thumbs-up off Mo Salah or Jordan Henderson.” Read more Twitter Football League blog Share on Facebook Pinterest Kevin Ellison in action action Crawley last season. Photograph: Ian Muir/ProSports/Rex/Shutterstock Matt and Joseph Mills: ‘Our parents can drive to the same ground now’ Share via Email interviews Pinterest Liverpool broke Ellison’s heart when they released him at 15. “They told me I that I wasn’t going to be a professional footballer … It gave me a determination and a desire to go and prove people wrong.”Ellison believes he has played some of his best football at Morecambe under Jim Bentley, though they did not always see eye to eye. “We had each other by the throat in one match at the Don Valley Stadium,” he says of a clash when they were players on opposing sides. “It was a nothing game really but we were effing and blinding; ‘I’m going to kill you,’ all of this. But I was his first signing as a manager and here I am today, hopefully repaying him.”In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org.center_img Twitter Share on Twitter Mental health Share on Messenger The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. League Two Morecambe Share on WhatsApp Kevin Ellison playing for Stockport against Burnley in 2001, aged 22. ‘If you had told me at 21 that I would play professional football for 10 years I’d have snapped your hand off.’ Photograph: Alex Livesey/Allsport Topics Facebook Today Ellison feels healthier and happier but continues to do all of the things that helped wrestle back control of his thoughts, including yoga and meditation. “The lads laugh and think I’m going crazy but your thoughts are sometimes not really your thoughts; they’re not always you and some people can cope better than others. I was one of them where my thoughts overran me and turned me into somebody I didn’t want to be.”He believes his struggles were triggered by his former partner suffering a miscarriage, the death of relatives and a form of job insecurity, with 12-month rolling contracts suddenly the norm on joining Morecambe eight years ago. Even now, Ellison replays angry confrontations with opponents and referees and wonders whether that was the depression seeping in.“I didn’t want sympathy, I just wanted to get the monkey off my back,” says Ellison. “It was a weight off my shoulders. Now if I go in [to training] and I am a bit moody, the lads will maybe step aside and ask: ‘Is he OK?’ But, back then, it was like: ‘Why are you snapping again? What’s up with you?’ And I’d be like: ‘Nothing, nothing, I’m fine.’ But I wasn’t fine. Deep down inside, I was broken, I was hurt and it was killing me. Away fans reached out and my first thing to them was: ‘I still want you to cane me, I don’t want you to feel sorry for me and, if anything, I want you to give me a bit more stick to drive me on.’” Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Nova Scotians Input Needed

first_imgNova Scotia needs you. From farmers to certified accountants, professional boxers tophysicians, urban dwellers to people with firmly embedded ruralroots, Nova Scotia is made up of men and women with widespread work and educational backgrounds, physical abilities, as well ascultural and ethnic influences. And all their experiences can be of assistance as governmentbodies try to reflect the needs and concerns of Nova Scotia’scitizens. “An agency, board or commission is a place someone can use theirpersonal experience and know-how to help make a difference,” saidRon Chisholm, chair of the legislature’s standing committee onhuman resources. “Government needs help from people who representdiffering aspects of this province’s life so it can betterreflect everyone in society.” Twice a year, the province advertises vacancies on districthealth authorities, library boards, professional, educational,cultural and many varied special interest organizations. Thisfall, for example, 83 of the province’s agencies, boards andcommissions will seek applications for their pool of qualifiedcandidates. Individual agencies, boards and commissions involve differentlevels of commitment. A scholarship review committee, forexample, may only meet a few times a year while people on anadvisory council may need to spend more time on the job. While many positions are voluntary, some are not. As part of theprocess, people who apply for positions on agencies, boards andcommissions that pay $100 or more per day consent to the publicrelease of their application information. Qualifications also vary. Life experience in a certain field maybe of more value to a specific group than academicaccomplishments. Most applications are reviewed by department screening panels andby cabinet ministers before names of qualified individuals areforwarded to the standing committee for final decisions. In 2003, non-partisan advisory committees were established toreview all applications to boards that are required to receiveevidence, make finding of facts and law or that make decisionsthat can affect a person’s liberty, security or legal rights.These agencies, boards and commissions — known as adjudicativeboards — advertise separately. Advertisements for this fall’s vacancies on non-adjudicativeagencies, boards and commissions will appear in select localnewspapers on Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24. The ad willalso be available, for a limited time, on the What’s New sectionof the government website at www.gov.ns.ca .last_img read more


Gary Sinise And Lt Dan Band To Headline Rockin For Our Troops

first_imgHelp Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), a national nonprofit, is partnering with Operation Support Our Troops – America (OSOT-America) for the 10th annual Rockin’ for Our Troops event.The concert will take place Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois. Emmy Award winning actor Gary Sinise will headline the event along with his band, The Lt. Dan Band. Rockin’ for Our Troops will also feature musical acts by Maggie Speaks, The Voices and Chicago Blues All-Stars. More than 11,000 people are expected at this daylong event.OSOT-America’s mission is to support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return. HHV’s mission is to provide art-based craft projects, free of charge, to active duty military personnel and veterans as a means of therapeutic recovery and renewal.“We are excited and proud to partner with OSOT-America, an organization that, like HHV, is dedicated to helping to improve the lives of those that give so much to our nation – our veterans,” said John M. Meagher, Judge (Retired), Chairman of the HHV Board of Directors.Since its launch, the one-day concert has raised more than $2.5 million for OSOT-America. Funds raised from the event will help OSOT-America ship comfort items to the troops, provide grief support for families of the fallen, offer intervention to veterans in crisis and fund traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder care.For more information about Rockin’ for Our Troops visit RockinForTheTroops.org. For more on OSOT-America go to OSOTAmerica.org. For more on Help Hospitalized Veterans’ extensive arts and crafts program, visit HHV.org or call 888-567-VETS (8387).last_img read more


Colombia UN relief chief meets with minority groups affected by floods violence

25 February 2009Meeting with members of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities impacted by floods, displacement and violence in Colombia, the top United Nations relief official today called for stepped up assistance for these minority groups. On the second day of this three-day visit to Colombia, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes travelled to the north-west Chocó region.In the Afro-Colombian community of Bebedó, he heard first-hand from community leaders and families, whose homes were destroyed by severe flooding last year, of their needs given that their town, situated on the San Juan River, is prone to flooding and suffers from high levels of poverty.“I was impressed by the resilience of the community,” Mr. Holmes said yesterday. Although the people of the town are receiving assistance from the Government as well as UN and partner agencies, “it is clear they are doing everything they can to try to help themselves and restore their livelihoods,” he added.Also in the town, the official met with representatives of the Wounaan indigenous tribe who told him how they had been uprooted in 2005 by violence related to narco-trafficking and conflict. The tribe also told Mr. Holmes, who also serves as Emergency Relief Coordinator, that they continue to face critical challenges in pursuing their traditional way of life and cannot leave their village due to the presence of armed groups and landmines. Further, they lack education, health care facilities and livelihood opportunities.Mr. Holmes also visited with 22 indigenous people from the Katio tribe from Vira Vira, who have been displaced after the murder of one of their members by an illegal armed group three weeks ago. They told the Coordinator that they wish to return to their community as soon as possible, but are held back by fear of further violence.“This visit illustrated in vivid fashion the problems of those minority communities and the need for a determined response by the Government and the international community, working together, to find durable solutions,” he stressed.Today, he will wrap up his visit to Colombia, returning to Bogotá to meet with President Alvaro Uribe. read more



Diabetics needed to participate in study

People with Type 1 diabetes are needed to pedal for a unique study by a Brock graduate student.Matthew Smith, a Master’s student in Applied Health Sciences, is studying the effects of different ambient temperatures on blood glucose levels during exercise.Smith needs Type 1 diabetics between the ages of 18 to 50 to do moderate bike riding for 30 minutes in the lab. Participants will be asked to ride in cold, neutral or hot temperatures.Smith is working with Stephen Cheung, associate professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology and Canada Research Chair in environmental ergonomics. Cheung’s lab is dedicated to studying the effects of extreme temperatures.Smith’s study is intriguing, Cheung told the St. Catharines Standard in a May 18 article, because it will improve the understanding of how people with Type 1 diabetes should use insulin based on exercise.Volunteers will receive a free blood glucose monitor.Potential participants can contact Matthew Smith at matthew.smith@brocku.caLink• Volunteers needed to pedal for study — St. Catharines Standard read more


Global cooperation vital to maximize benefits of migration says UN envoy

While there are challenges, including changing demographics, stresses in the environment, poverty and conflict, human mobility offers immense benefits, such as the promise of more sustainable development, more attuned to international labour market needs and improved working standards, highlighted Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration. “We stand today tasked with the mandate to weave these challenges and opportunities into a global effort to enhance State cooperation in the management of migration,” she said Wednesday at the end of a three-day meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that reviewed and analysed the data and recommendations gathered during the consultation phase. In her remarks, Ms. Arbour reminded the meeting of the “tragedy of large mixed flows of people on the move and how to deal with those who are ineligible for international refugee protection yet for whom humanitarian assistance and longer-term solutions are no less urgent.” She also expressed the determination of the UN system to support all Member States in the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.VIDEO:UN envoy Louise Arbour emphasizes the need for global cooperation to capitalize on the benefits of international migration. The next step in this process towards the Global Compact is the Secretary-General’s report on migration, expected to be released before mid-January 2018, followed by intergovernmental negotiations (expected to begin in February and conclude in July). The Global Compact will be presented for adoption at an intergovernmental conference on international migration that will be held in Morocco at the end of 2018. Also speaking at the closing of the meeting, Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly, spoke of the results achieved so far and added that “tough negotiations” lay ahead. The path forward, Mr. Lajčák suggested, is to focus on the “strong common positions,” the first of which is the acknowledgment that the current response to international migration is not sustainable and this is a global phenomenon that needs an international response. “The UN is the best – and, in fact, the only – forum in which this response can be formulated,” Mr. Lajčák said, noting that this does not mean a diminution of State sovereignty, stating “Member States will determine their own migration policies.” The meeting in Puerto Vallarta was co-chaired by Juan José Gómez Camacho, the Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN, and Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, who serve as the co-facilitators of the Global Compact process. AUDIO: Director General William Lacey Swing speaks about what is at stake for the millions across the world fleeing their homes. read more


Can NFL Coaches Overuse PlayAction They Havent Yet

PA PassLB Wasted yards * Fewer than 20 observationsSource: NFL Next Gen Stats 1st7.1– Distance traveled by a defender while biting on a play-action fake is a fairly precise way to quantify just how fooled a defender was on a play. Continuing to move toward the line of scrimmage when the offense is passing is a problem; defenders want to “get depth” as soon as they can if they identify pass. Any movement toward the line of scrimmage is usually wasted.After summing up the total distance traveled for each of the plays, I calculated that on the average play-action pass play, the middle linebacker covers 7.5 yards of wasted ground. In seven instances in our sample, teams ran 15 or more play-action plays in a single game. Those games would have offered the middle linebacker the most opportunities to figure out the play-action, but the average distance traveled was 8.2 yards — even higher than the overall average.I broke out the average wasted distance traveled by linebackers by the number of times a play-action pass was called in a game to see how teams reacted. It turns out that the wasted distance traveled was remarkably stable. 3rd7.8– 15th*11.1– The play-action pass is one of the most effective calls in all of football. The three teams that use the play-action the most — the Rams, the Patriots and the Chiefs, according to data from Sports Info Solutions — each locked down a first-round bye in the playoffs. Across the league in 2018, quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts average 1.39 yards per attempt more out of play-action than they do on all other plays.1And it’s not just guys like San Francisco’s Nick Mullens and his +4.2 yards per attempt play-action differential who are bringing up the group average. Of 40 qualifying quarterbacks, 77.5 percent have a higher yards per attempt on play-action passes than on other plays. This pattern of play-action success holds true for every year that we have data.22005 through 2018. Yet despite this success, the league average share of plays that are play-action passes is just barely above 20 percent.Why is play-action so effective? When defenders bite on a play-action fake, they move out of position for defending the pass and create clear lanes for the QB to throw to the intermediate and deep parts of the field.But NFL coaches tend to run them only a handful of times per game because they appear to believe that overuse of play-action will cause linebackers to stop biting on the fake. Diminishing returns will set in, defenders will stop respecting the run, and the superiority of play-action will vanish. But is this actually the case? Do linebackers start to ignore the fake handoff if they see it many times in a single game?Until very recently, we had a hard time answering this question with the data that was available. But in the past couple of weeks, the NFL released a tranche of Next Gen tracking data for 91 games from 2017 via its inaugural Big Data Bowl. Michael Lopez, the NFL’s director of analytics, spearheaded the effort to allow analysts to dig into the tracking data and mine it for insights. I was able to use this data to quantify the effect of play-action on the movement of middle linebackers — and to see if a high number of play-action plays had any effect on the outcome of the plays.I took each of the 1,235 play-action plays in the sample and isolated just the middle linebacker’s movement from snap to throw.3Both outside linebackers and box safeties are also influenced by play-action, but their run fit responsibilities are sometimes less clear, so for this study, I focused just on the middle linebacker. I measured the distance traveled by the defender while moving forward toward the line of scrimmage at any angle, and I stopped counting the distance as soon as he turned and retreated into coverage. If two linebackers were playing on the inside, I included only the player who moved the most toward the line of scrimmage during the play. Below are three animations that help illustrate the process.4Animation code courtesy of the NFL.The first shows the entire play with all players involved: 5th7.5– 6th7.3– More play-action passes do not mean fewer wasted yardsAverage yards wasted by the middle linebacker on each play-action pass in a game 10th7.9– There is a lot of good research showing that teams don’t run enough play-action. Most of the arguments for limiting its use are unsupported by the evidence. Now, thanks to the NFL’s Next Gen data, we can add evidence that middle linebackers won’t stop biting on the play-action, even if it’s used more than NFL coaches have been comfortable running it. 9th8.4– The third shows when I stopped counting the linebacker’s movement as “wasted” for the purposes of the study: 16th*4.7– 4th7.1– 11th7.2– 14th*6.4– Linebackers bite just about the same amount the 11th time a play-action pass is called in a game as the first time it’s called. It’s only after we get to 12 play-action passes in one game that things start to get wonky — but that may be because of the small sample sizes of those instances.Across the entire sample of 91 games and 1,235 plays, I found no correlation at all between the number of times a team ran the play-action and total yards of wasted ground by middle linebackers.5R-squared of 0.001775, p-value of 0.5766. We’d love more data to examine, to look closer at what happens when more play-actions are run. But given what we know about the effectiveness of the play, the self-imposed threshold set by play-callers of roughly six to nine play-action fakes per game is likely too low.Stopping the run is a major focus at every level of football, and the NFL especially makes it a high priority to effectively defend the run. Teams do this by coaching their linebackers and box safeties to play the run first in nonobvious passing situations. This emphasis on run stopping comes at a cost, however. Defenders must read their “run keys” — movements by the offense that indicate a run is coming — and react quickly to fill their gaps and prepare to make a physical play. It could be the case that defenders simply don’t think about how often the team is faking the run but instead just read and react to their run keys.To play fast in the NFL, it’s often said, you can’t think but instead must react based on instinct and training. Perhaps that instinctual reaction explains why play-action continues to be effective no matter how often it’s used. It’s also probably the case that certain teams and players are more susceptible to play-action than others, and smart NFL teams will identify and exploit their opponents’ tendencies.Those smart NFL teams should also pay attention to exactly how they use the play-action. According to the Sports Info Solutions data, passes thrown 7 yards deep or less are caught less frequently on play-action than on other passes. This could be because defenders have moved toward the line of scrimmage and are in better position to make a play on the ball. Play-action is only more effective than other passes when the ball travels at least 8 yards in the air — over the head of the linebackers who’ve been fooled. 12th*8.5– The second shows the entire play with the middle linebacker and quarterback isolated: 8th7.2– 2nd7.7– 13th*10.5– 7th7.2– Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more


Police urge public to report insults that hurt feelings but arent crimes

South Yorkshire Police has stood by its campaign, with Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts saying: “We record non-crime hate incidents in the same way we record non-crime antisocial behaviour incidents and non-crime domestic abuse incidents, so we can gain a fuller understanding of actions which cause distress to people within our communities. “By doing this, we aim to support those affected and prevent this behaviour from escalating into crime. One of the basic principles of British policing is that prevention is more effective than detection.Dr Alan Billings, police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire, said: ‘‘Acts of hatred cause great damage to our life together. They divide and weaken communities. ‘‘I am totally supportive of the efforts by South Yorkshire Police to protect anyone who is the subject of a hate incident or a hate crime – because that could be any of us. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. ‘‘The incident in Barnsley town centre on Saturday sparked a lot of rumour and racist language which left some members of our communities feeling vulnerable. ‘‘The Force responded by reiterating a campaign that has been running for some time to ensure that those affected know how and where they can report crimes and incidents should they be targeted.’’ In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents, which can include things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. Hate will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. Report it and put a stop to it #HateHurtsSY pic.twitter.com/p2xf6OLoQZ— SouthYorkshirePolice (@syptweet) September 9, 2018 Despite the attack, number of local leaders have questioned the feasibility of the new initiative, particularly in light of squeezed resources.  In May this year, South Yorkshire Police faced a violent crime wave, which saw them deal with five murders in just 13 days, and local officials have questioned the wisdom in using police time to deal with non-criminal actions. Forensic police in Barnsley A police force has urged people to report insults which make them feel bad even if they are not crimes.Under the slogan ‘Hate Hurts’, South Yorkshire Police have called upon members of the public to report incidents they know not to be criminal in order to build up a wider picture of actions which cause distress to people within the community.Non-crime hate incidents can include offensive or insulting comments made online, in person or in writing, but the campaign has drawn criticism from people who say the police have enough work to do.The move has come after an incident in Barnsley’s market square involving a woman wielding a foot long kitchen knife, who was heard shouting ‘Kill, Kill, kill’’ by witnesses.  28-year-old Ayaan Ali has been charged with attempted murder, but police have said that since the incident, there has been an increase in Islamophobic outbursts on social media and in the streets of south Yorkshire. A woman has been charged with attempted murder after the knife attack in BarnsleyCredit:Danny Lawson/PA  Councillor Robert Bernard said: “How do they propose to investigate incidents that are not crimes? If it’s not a crime then there is no way to investigate it, it should be so obvious.  ‘‘I think somebody working in PR or social media has not thought this through.  I don’t know where they are going to find the resources from. ‘‘If they don’t have the resources to investigate other things, how are they going to find the resources to investigate these?  Fortunately tweeting doesn’t cost anything.’’ read more


Man freed of rum shop murder eyewitness might face perjury charges

Antonio Jaisingh was this afternoon freed of the 2010 Sarah Johanna rum shop murder but a key witness is now under investigation for lying that he saw the attack.Freed: Antonio JaisinghJaisingh was standing trial before Justice Navindra Singh, accused of fatally stabbing Randy Joseph after a heated argument at Brian’s Liquor Bar, Sarah Johanna, East Bank Demerara in November 2010. After some 2 hours of deliberations, the 12-member jury unanimously found Jaisingh not guilty of murder and the lesser count of manslaughter.However, Damon Ramgulan who had said that he was the only eyewitness to the fatal crime, recanted his statement on the witness stand where he admitted that he did not actually see the stabbing.INews understands that Ramgulan is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department on perjury charges.  Meanwhile, Jaisingh after being freed, ran into the arms of relatives.Justice Singh told the accused that he hopes that he doesn’t get into trouble again. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDochfour murder accused freedNovember 30, 2016In “Crime”Narinedatt’s murder: Former Magistrate, eyewitness in custody for alleged witness tamperingOctober 23, 2017In “Court”Man accused of Quamina St. fatal stabbing freedFebruary 22, 2018In “Court” read more


Stornoway chooses MacLean utility and bolter fleet to equip Renard diamond mine

first_imgMacLean Engineering’s Val d’Or, Quebec office recently marked the shipment of a fleet of scissor bolters and utility vehicles to Stornoway Diamond Corporation’s Renard Project in northern Quebec. “Stornoway’s ability to bring the Renard Diamond Project forward to its imminent operational phase is a remarkable achievement, made even more so by the degree of collaboration required across sectors and suppliers,” noted MacLean Engineering President, Kevin MacLean. “We are honoured to be supporting these efforts, and that we are able to play our part in making Quebec’s first diamond mine a reality.”“The continuous innovation commitment we have made to Stornoway is how we have been doing business for over 40 years,” added MacLean Engineering, Founder and Chairman Don MacLean. “I’m thrilled that the MacLean approach to designing safe, practical, and durable equipment solutions for the hard rock environment will now be put to use supporting Stornoway’s resource development vision in the province.” MacLean Engineering is a global provider of underground mining equipment and service solutions, with its head office and manufacturing facility in Collingwood, Ontario, and a branch office in Val d’Or, in the heart of Quebec’s Abitibi mining region.last_img read more


All Star team of Norwegian league 20152016

← Previous Story PERFECT SEASON: Triple crown for El Jaish Next Story → RK Gorenje and RK Celje PL postpone title decision for May 27 elverumElverum HKNorway handballNorwegian handball Norwegian GRUNDIG League has choosen the best players of the season 2015/2016. The player of the season is Serbian back Luka Mitrović from Elverum.Here are the ALL STAR team 2015/2016:Goalkeeper: Svenn Erik Medhus, ØIF ArendalRight wing: Magnus Søndenå, Haslum HKRight back: Eivind Tangen, FyllingenBergenPlaymaker: Gøran Johannessen, Viking HåndballLine player: Petter Øverby, ElverumLeft back: Luka Mitrovic, ElverumLeft wing: Magnus Jøndal, ØIF ArendalNewcomer: Gøran Johannessen, Viking HåndballGRUNDIG league player of the season: Luka Mitrovic, ElverumFans vote: André Lindboe, ElverumOrganizer: KolstadCoach of the season: Tom Eirik Skarpsno, HaslumPHOTO: Elverum FB read more


nLIGHT cofounder took circuitous path to success in laser tech

first_imgLooking back, Mark DeVito may have once been the world’s most overqualified cashier and dishwasher.In 1981, DeVito was 23 years old with a new master’s degree in electronic science under his arm. Yet he could not find work at the region’s tech companies.“I just wanted to work at an Intel or a National Semiconductor,” said DeVito, a lifelong Portland resident. “But then Mount St. Helens blew and all those companies were no longer hiring. So I spent seven months working at Pizza Hut during the day, Plaid Pantry at night, while trying to find a job in the area.”DeVito recounted this last week while sitting in a much different place: the second-floor conference room at nLIGHT, the Vancouver laser manufacturer he co-founded at the start of the millennium.nLIGHT went public last month, jolting in value and gaining market share in a burgeoning industry. The first sales of company stock raised about $100 million and established the firm’s value at more than $1 billion.The firm makes semiconductor lasers powerful enough to cut and weld. Their power can be harnessed for jobs such as precision manufacturing of electronics or helping U.S. aircraft shoot down hostile projectiles.last_img read more


Fisheries Minister on Safe Clean Drinking Water

first_imgBy Awa B. BahThe Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly matters, on Tuesday 26th March 2019, faced deputies at the national assembly complex in Banjul.The Minister was before deputies to orally respond to questions on matters under his purview from Lawmakers, and for which due notices were given during the first ordinary session of the National Assembly in the 2019 Legislative year.Responding to questions from deputies, Minister Gomez said portable water remains a challenge in Sami and the surroundings in the Central River Region (CRR); that the community of Dobo, Changai Toro, Changai Wolof and Banni, will have access to safe drinking water in 2019. He informed deputies that all the boreholes for the communities have been sunk and overhead tanks have been ordered to arrive as early as this month; that foundation for the overhead tanks are presently under construction in the beneficiary communities, and that by end July 2019, all works in these communities related to water supply, would have been completed and made available and accessible for the people. Gomez said the provision of portable water is placed on project by project basis; that the project has twenty nine boreholes spread throughout the country; that his Ministry is mapping out the availability of water countrywide, with plans for other communities. He said they are working with partners to map out communities with high demand for portable water and their technical team will advise them on how to distribute and make this vital resource available for the citizenry.On the mechanisms put in place in case the boreholes have future problems, Gomez said his Ministry takes the insurance of the boreholes into consideration by ensuring their security for five years; that after this period the responsibility of the boreholes is passed to the community. Gomez said the beneficiary communities have been urged open a community savings account, where they would be saving funds in order to solve the problems of the borehole, should it arise.Gomez said they are working with partners such as the African Development Bank and the Japanese to finalize the project; that the French government is interested in providing resources for water in the country; that there are hopes that most vulnerable communities will benefit from this project. He further said that cattle drinking points, remain a priority in these projects; that water for human consumption is key but cattle and small ruminants also face the same problem, and the boreholes will provide drinking ponds for cattle and small ruminants.last_img read more