New Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Asserting that there is a need to see river conflicts “differently”, environmentalist Sunita Narain today said the solution to the Cauvery river water sharing issue requires the farmers to reduce use of water and the cities to become water efficient.The row over Cauvery has exacerbated in the last few years because farmers of Tamil Nadu in the Cauvery delta which is famous for growing rice, started growing summer rice which was never part of the tradition, she said.”With water availability, you start growing summer rice which leads to an increased demand at a time when water is even more scarce. That would have been okay if the neighbouring part which is Karnataka also did not start growing both rice in summer, but also farmers started growing sugarcane,” Narain said.”So on both ends you have these extremely high water-consuming crops. The second thing is that you have cities demanding the same water as well.”Bangalore for instance has a Cauvery 4 project and a large part of its water ? 1,2,3,4 comes from Cauvery,” she said during Facebook Live interaction organised by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on the Cauvery imbroglio.Today there is Cauvery water tribunal and it is very clear how the water is to be shared, while every dam that goes through a process of environmental clearance there is a clear allocation made based on which the dam is agreed upon, Narain said.”The problem is that every bit of our rivers water is being allocated. In fact you are beginning to see a 100 per cent to 150 per cent allocation of river water. The same thing with Krishna, the same thing with Cauvery. It is going to lead to more water scarcity, because remember, with climate change, rain will become a variable.advertisement”You will have more extreme rains and also a situation where you will have less rains and that is what you are seeing today in Karnataka, in parts of Telangana.”Bihar is facing such extreme rains that regions are under water, but you still have drought. We need to understand that Indias water future is going to be very different,” Narain said.We need to be “extremely wise” with use of water in the future, she said, adding, “So a solution to this problem requires the farmers to reduce the use of water and you need cities to become much more water efficient. This is very critical.”Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have witnessed violent protests in the wake of the Supreme Courts order over distribution of Cauvery river water. PTI TDS NSD RG NSD
Pakistan will have an improbable task of making it to the semifinals of the ongoing World Cup when they take on Bangladesh in the final group stage game at the Lord’s on Friday.After England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs on Wednesday, the equation for Pakistan is pretty simple: They need to bat first, score 400 runs, dismiss Bangladesh for 84, and win by a margin of 316 runs. Simple, but definitely not easy. It’s a victory margin that has never been achieved in the history of one-day cricket.However, if Bangladesh bat first, then Pakistan are out even before the game begins.Pakistan’s journey so far in this World Cup has been similar to that of 1992, except for the knockout stage where they don’t seem to enter.After registering back-to-back defeats against Australia and India, Pakistan came back strongly and registered three consecutive victories, all in must-win games, against South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. However, in order to make it to the last four, they needed England to lose one of their last two matches, which didn’t happen.What TV channel is the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh on?All World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD and DD Sports.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan vs Bangladesh be played?The World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh is being played at Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Friday, July 5.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh live?advertisementThe match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and DD Sports.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs Bangladesh?Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanBangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Abu Jayed, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim IqbalAlso See:
Twitter/@Barry_SwitzerBarry Switzer certainly has a sense of humor.The legendary former Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys head coach caused a stir two weeks ago when he was seen going into Trump Tower in Manhattan. Afterwards, he tweeted about an apparent meeting with the President-elect.Had great interview with @realDonaldTrump being his Secretary of Offense! He plans to run the ball! Said I’m his guy! pic.twitter.com/F2g1jNxJGD— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) December 7, 2016As it turns out, there was no meeting. Switzer’s trip to Trump Tower was spontaneous and consisted of a stop at Starbucks.Here’s Switzer in a piece for Politico explaining how he faked the media and public much like one of his old OU Wishbone quarterbacks faked out a defense:Media widely reported Trump met with Barry Switzer, the former University of Oklahoma and Dallas Cowboys coach who has known Trump for decades. But Switzer said he was shopping with his wife and daughter on Fifth Avenue and decided to walk into the Trump Tower lobby after seeing the Naked Cowboy. He had no meeting scheduled.“All the media people said, ‘Coach what are you doing here,’” Switzer said in an interview. “I told them I was here to see the president like everyone else.”Switzer said he instead went upstairs in Trump Tower, bought a coffee at Starbucks and came back downstairs.“I told the reporters I had a great visit, and that we were going to make the wishbone great again,” he said. “I told them I was going to be Secretary of Offense and that Trump knew how to run the ball down the field.”“Then I went back to my hotel and laughed my ass off,” he said, still laughing this week. “It went everywhere. Everyone believed it. I had all these calls, but I was just jerking people around.”That’s an incredible story, and a perfect embodiment of Switzer’s personality.You can’t make this stuff up. Well, actually, maybe you can.
Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men There are a plethora of men’s style books lining the shelves of bookstores around the globe.While some are good and others great, many are just shelf candy – they look good but have a limited depth. This is why David Coggins’ new book, Men and Style: Essays, Interviews and Considerations, is a welcome read.WEST GERMANY – CIRCA 1959: Jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis plays trumpet as he performs onstage in circa 1959 in West Germany. (Photo by Michael Montfort/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)While we all pour over lifestyle magazines, blogs and fan boy all over Instagram (#PittiUomo!), Coggins has gone right to the source for his book, the gentleman behind so much of what we see and read in the men’s lifestyle world including gents like:Aaron Levine – vice president of men’s design at Abercrombie & FitchFrank Muytjens – men’s design director – J. CrewPoggy – fashion director – United Arrows & SonsNick Sullivan- fashion director EsquireGuy Trebay – chief menswear critic – The New York TimesNick Wooster – fashion director and designerIn short it is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about the masculine identity within the world of fashion and explores the history of men’s style from some of the most notable tastemakers in the industry and beyond. As Glenn O’Brien states in the introduction, “…the diversity of expert witnesses here assembled is an excellent thing. It constitutes a demos, a community that welcomes considerable differences while sharing a common goal- in this instance, the practice of life as art.”Preston Sturges Helping Child Look Through Camera (Photo by John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)As Coggins explains, “This book is about the mistakes that are an integral part of the path to ultimately getting it right. The lapses in judgment are specific to each of us, but recognizable to all. We’ve all mistakenly worn red suspenders thinking we’re the best dressed one in the room.”One of our favorite mistakes? Our boy Randy Goldberg (co-founder of Pop Up Flea and Bombas): I have a picture with Sandra Day O’Connor, and I’m wearing purple jeans and a really ugly rugby shirt. It probably came from Structure. I can’t show the photograph to anybody.As for the author, David Coggins is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Esquire, Kinfolk, Man of the World, Interview, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a contributing editor at Condé Nast Traveler and a regular contributor to the men’s style website A Continuous Lean. And from personal experience, he is a very thorough and amusing drinker, a talent we applaud.Mr. David Coggins 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business Editors’ Recommendations
Nova Scotians, including industries, farmers, municipalities and environmental groups, are invited to review and respond to the province’s Water Resources Management Strategy discussion paper, released today, Jan.30. The purpose of the discussion paper is to generate comment to help develop a management strategy for Nova Scotia’s water resources such as lakes, rivers, wetlands, and aquifers. Management of waste water is also part of the discussion. “Creating a strategy to manage our water resources is key to protecting our environment, one of the province’s five immediate priorities outlined in the throne speech,” said Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour. “The release of this paper moves us well forward in developing that strategy.” Better management of the province’s water resources will contribute to the health of people, ecosystems, and the economy. It will also assist industries, such as tourism and agriculture, and help the province prepare for floods and drought. The Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act commits the province to developing a water resources strategy by 2010. The province announced the development of the strategy in March 2007. The committee co-ordinating strategy development will continue to work with key partners and public input. The committee includes representatives from the departments of Environment and Labour, Health Promotion and Protection, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, Economic Development; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Energy; Aboriginal Affairs; Tourism, Culture, and Heritage and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The Utilities and Review Board and Environment Canada are also represented. The committee welcomes written submissions on the discussion paper by June 1st. The paper, entitled Towards a Water Resources Management Strategy for Nova Scotia, and a feedback questionaire are available at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/water . Copies of the discussion paper and feedback questionaire are also available at public libraries and regional offices of Nova Scotia Environment and Labour. Public consultation forums will be held in the spring.
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is alerting investors that Weizhen Tang is not registered to sell securities in Nova Scotia. In 2012, Mr. Tang was criminally convicted of fraud for running a $50-million Ponzi scheme. Investors in the scheme lost more than $24-million. Tang is also the subject of permanent bans from participating in Ontario’s capital markets after his Overseas Chinese Limited Partnership was discovered to be a Ponzi scheme. For details go to, https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/en/Proceeding_rad_20160421_tangw-2.htm . Recently, Mr. Tang made statements in the media that he plans to launch a new investment fund offering returns of one per cent per week, adding that he intends to deal with investors outside of Ontario to get around Ontario’s April 2016 order permanently banning him from the industry. On May 28, 2019, the Ontario Securities Commission issued an investor alert warning the public not to invest with Mr. Tang or any associated companies including, Weizhan Tang and Associates Inc., Oversea Chinese Fund Limited Partnership Business and Weizhen Tang Corp. For details go to, https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/en/NewsEvents_20190528_osc-investor-alert-weizhen-tang.htm . “Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is,” said Stephanie Atkinson, senior enforcement counsel for the commission. “Always take time to check registration and understand the risks and costs involved with your investments. Becoming an informed investor is the best way to protect your money.” The commission urges Nova Scotians to exercise extreme caution when dealing with firms or individuals that are not registered in Nova Scotia. It is illegal to solicit investments in Nova Scotia without registering with the commission and complying with Nova Scotia securities laws. To see if a company or person is registered, you can check the Canadian Securities Administrators’ National Registration Search. For details on how to report a scam to the commission go to nssc.novascotia.ca . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities and derivatives in the province.
I am looking at massive mounds of garbage, but with a difference. This garbage — from our houses — has been sorted, segregated and made into almost neat piles of different stuff. I am at what can be called Asia’s largest wholesale market of junk—located in Delhi’s Tikri Kalan—obviously on the outskirts of the city, because our waste must be out of sight and out of mind. We then go to the Haryana side of the market, located in Bahadurgarh district, adjoining Delhi. Here again, there are mounds and mounds of sorted and unsorted garbage. While the Delhi market is formal in some way—the land has been provided by the Delhi Development Authority—the Haryana side is located on agricultural land. Also Read – A special kind of bondI asked farmers why they had leased their lands for this waste trade. They pointed fingers at development, ironically called the Modern Industrial Estate. Here, they say that the industry has pumped industrial discharge into the ground through reverse boring. As a result, their groundwater is contaminated; agriculture is not possible. We could see chimneys and smoke from this “Modern” ground. The pollution control board officials who were with us said, give us proof and we will close down industry that does reverse boring. It was a rhetorical question. Because just near the farms and coming from the factories, we could smell and see the massive drain full of stink and dirt. The same Haryana government has stipulated that its pollution board officials can only “inspect” an industry once in five years. Really rhetorical! Also Read – Insider threat managementSo, the cycle has closed. This could well be called the perverse circular economy of our times — we produce waste and destroy land and livelihoods and then provide no option to the poor but to make a business out of this waste. I was there with the chairperson of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, as we wanted to understand the steps taken to ensure that waste is not burnt in the open. The last time the chairperson, Bhure Lal, had visited the area, he found massive waste in the Mundka plastic factory area as well as in Tikri. He directed this waste be lifted and taken to waste-to-energy plants for controlled burning. It made a huge difference last winter. This time, there was much less “waste” in the open. The fact is waste is a resource, as the traders informed us. They cannot afford to let it be burnt. But it is also a fact that there is waste that cannot be recycled, and has to be burnt. For instance, there are items like uppers of our discarded shoes or indestructible multilayered plastics that cannot be burnt. But it is also undisputable that these markets, which employ the poorest of the poor, are the reason why we are not (yet) drowning in our own waste. These markets are built on the labour of the poor, who rummage through our waste, pick up the pieces of any value and then sell it to the recyclers. It is an informal trade but extremely well organised. I was told the market sorts out some 2,000 different products and the value ranges between Rs. 5 and Rs. 50 per kg. The traders pay GST. So, the government earns from this trade, which should by all logic, be supported as it provides a source to the resource business and saves us from building landfill sites. We know nothing about this business, but we believe it is considered dirty. The municipal corporations will provide land for dumping waste, but nothing for its recycling. Where are the spaces for junk shops in our city plans? But there is an issue that niggles and eats away my thoughts. What should be the right model for this waste business? Should we accept the fact that this trade provides livelihoods for the poor so it is good? That would mean that we should use more and reject more. Is this the way ahead? I ask this, not just in the context of Tikri, but the globalised world around us. Once China closed its borders on “foreign garbage”, recyclers have started looking for new countries to sell this waste. Is this the answer to our waste problem? Surely not. Let’s discuss this next fortnight. (The author is Director General of Centre for Science and Environment and the Editor of Down To Earth magazine. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Richard Branson has released a new video in which he celebrates his passion for the planet and explains why he believes everyone around the world should do all they can to help the environment.Video: My passion for the planet“We as people are 100% responsible for protecting the species that remain on the earth,” says Sir Richard. “I am a born optimist, I think it’s a lot more fun to be an optimist. But we have to make our own optimism. If you are in a position to make a difference, you’ve got to spend every waking hour trying to make a difference.”
In Vancouver 2010, new facilities cost $750 million, again, not covered through operations.Then there was the peripheral infrastructure such as the Sea to Sky Highway, the Canada Line and the convention centre, which cost $3.7 billion.When it comes to operational costs, security alone for Vancouver was close to $1 billion. (Trevor Tombe) Calgarians learned a lot about a potential Olympic bid over the last week: from government funding to who the city could be competing against, and as recently as Tuesday, another councillor, Diane Colley-Urquhart, started to lean towards the no side.The question for many remains: do the games make economic sense?A lot of people like to say the success of the 1988 Winter Games shows Calgary can do it again, but a lot has changed since then and it may not be a fair comparison.There are two big spending components, the venues, facilities and peripheral infrastructure projects, and operational costs.Without taking inflation into account, University of Calgary Associate Professor of Economics Trevor Tombe said in 1988, Calgary spent $500 million to operate the games, and $400 million in new facilities; the Saddledome, Calgary Olympic Park, and the Nordic Centre, mostly paid for by government.“The amount of savings left over from the organizing committee was about $30 million or so, and that’s kind of what went into the endowment that helps operate WinSport,” he explained. (Trevor Tombe) “The level of security nowadays for the Olympics is substantially higher than what was required in the past,” said Tombe.Those are just a few of the reasons why it’s hard to compare what might happen in 2026 with what did happen 30 years ago.Tombe said Calgarians need to ask if new facilities are worth it and if the city needs the Olympics to build them, adding the games can’t be viewed as a way to make money.“I think if people are provided with accurate costing information, not misled in terms of it somehow boosting the economy beyond what it actually would have, then yeah, I think people would be able to decide for themselves whether those costs would be worth the benefits,” he explained.
DEARBORN, Mich. — AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide are down 12 cents in the past week to about $2.49 per gallon ahead of the Thanksgiving travel period .The Dearborn-based auto club says early Monday the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is at its lowest level since February amid continued declines in oil prices.AAA says gas prices in Michigan for Thanksgiving are at their lowest level in two years.The state’s highest average was $2.71 per gallon in the Marquette area. The lowest was in the Grand Rapids, Holland and Muskegon areas at $2.34 a gallon.The Detroit-area’s average was down about 12 cents from a week ago to about $2.55.AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.___Online:http://www.fuelgaugereport.comThe Associated Press
The United Nations is highlighting the important role that population trends play in promoting sustainable development, during the annual Commission on Population and Development, which began at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday.This year’s Commission is also an opportunity to take stock and review progress made since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which took place 25 years ago in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The 1994 event resulted in a Programme of Action, based on the idea that investing in individual human rights, capabilities and dignity, is the foundation of all sustainable development.The Programme was described by the UN as “revolutionary”, because it succeeded in bringing together diverse views on human rights, population, sexual and reproductive health, gender equality and sustainable development, in the search for a global consensus.This year’s Commission will examine the many gains that have been made in implementing the Programme of Action, but also the gaps and shortfalls in achieving its goals and objectives: these must be addressed, says the UN, if we are to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s plan of action for bringing about a better and more sustainable future for all.Speaking on behalf of Liu Zhemin, Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, and head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, drew attention to the four demographic “mega-trends” that are shaping the world in fundamental ways: population growth, population ageing, international migration and urbanization.The two latter trends, international migration and urbanization, “affect the spatial distribution of population,” she said, “and are linked in various and complex ways to the process of sustainable development. While it is right to celebrate achievements, we must also prepare for a world that is larger, older, more mobile and more urbanized than ever before.”In her address, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), credited “national strategies and leadership, United Nations agencies, civil society, communities and our partners,” for their role in bringing about the progress made since the International Conference on Population and Development.“The vision and values of the ICPD, that development must be people-centred, and attention paid to strengthening equal access to health, education and human dignity for all persons, anticipated the vision and values of the 2030 Agenda, our common blueprint for peace and prosperity, for people and the planet now and in years to come.”UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, speaking on behalf of Secretary-General António Guterres, warned that efforts on some Sustainable Development Goals are not keeping pace with population growth, citing targets on poverty in the least developed countries, child marriage, and people living in urban slums.“While the percentage of affected persons may be declining,” she said, “their number is still rising. It is time for the world to show greater ambition and urgency around SDG implementation that is fully aligned with the Cairo Programme of Action.”Ms. Mohammed emphasized the importance of gender equality in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the involvement of women and girls as “agents of change,” with the ability to make decision that affect their bodies and lives, including reproductive rights, and access to quality education. We must engage women & girls as agents of change, not merely as beneficiaries or victims. Empower women as this benefits them & their families, communities & nations. Thanks @AshleyJudd & @Atayeshe for the passionate call to action for the rights of women & girls. #ICPD25 #CPD52 pic.twitter.com/i8QnHFonS0— Amina J Mohammed (@AminaJMohammed) April 1, 2019 Also speaking at the opening session was film and TV actress, and Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, Ashley Judd, who said on social media that she was appearing as a messenger for “the 6.7 million girls who will be forced into marriage this year, as well as the 214 million women who are unable to access family planning, the 300,000 women who will die preventable deaths whilst giving life this year.”Ms. Judd followed the deputy UN chief’s remarks on gender equality by describing the ICPD as a “paradigm shift,” that placed the future of the world’s development firmly in the hands of women and girls, and demanded that we have the rights to make decisions over our own bodies, to have our bodily integrity and our sexual autonomy. 25 years of evidence and practice continue to support this consensus and prove that this mission is as vital and critical today as it was then.”Progress unevenly distributedData from the UN shows that progress has been made in many population-related areas, but that there is a significant regional disparity. In all regions, for example, people are living longer, with average global life expectancy rising from 65 to 72 years, but there is a 15-year gap in that figure, between citizens of the most and least-developed countries.Child mortality is also moving in the right direction, having fallen by half in the last quarter-century but, here again, there is a marked regional disparity. Child mortality levels in Sub-Saharan Africa have dropped from 180 to 78 deaths per 1,000 births, but the child mortality rate in the region is still 15 times higher than that of children born in developed regions. As for family planning needs, 78 per cent of women who are married, or living with a partner, have access to modern methods of contraception – up from 72 per cent in 1994 – but that figure drops to less than 50 per cent in 44 countries, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and the southern Pacific island nations. 90 per cent of urban growth is projected to take place in Africa and Asia over the next two decades, and the share of the world’s population living in urban areas is expected to rise from 56 per cent now, to 68 per cent by 2050.The Commission will look at several population-related topics which contribute to sustainable development, including government policies to expand access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including family planning; policies to improve education quality and access; and ensuring sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
Dorial Green-Beckham10.910.16.90 On Tuesday, we looked at four players who changed teams during the offseason and could tip the scales of balance in the AFC. Now, we turn our attention to the NFC, where last season’s division champions — the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks — all appear vulnerable, while several of the also-rans they bested have made significant additions.NFC East: Alshon Jeffery, WR, EaglesOpportunity: The Dallas Cowboys were the class of the NFC East last season, going 13-3. But a spate of off-field issues and the potential of regression for second-year quarterback Dak Prescott may open up an opportunity for Philadelphia. Despite finishing last in the division at 7-9, the Eagles were among the best teams in the NFL according to Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, finishing fourth in the league (Dallas finished second).What needed to be addressed: Last year’s No. 2 pick of the NFL draft, Carson Wentz, took the league by storm — at least until fans, media and opposing defenses figured out that he was relying so heavily on the screen pass. According to TruMedia, Wentz threw more passes to or behind the line of scrimmage in 2017 than all but three other quarterbacks. And the Eagles ranked 29th in yards per completion last season.Potential impact: Jeffery and fellow free-agent acquisition Torrey Smith will add serious field-stretching ability to Philadelphia’s dink-and-dunk passing attack. Jeffery averaged an outstanding 15.8 yards per reception in 2016; since Jeffery became a full-time starter in 2013, only Julio Jones and T.Y. Hilton have averaged more yards per reception over more receptions. He also provides Wentz with a much more reliable catcher of the ball: Jeffery had the 14th-lowest drop rate of 87 qualifying NFL receivers in 2016, while Eagles WRs Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green-Beckham and Nelson Agholor ranked 59th, 81st and tied for last, respectively. Jordan Matthews11.09.64.50 YARDS/RECAIR YARDS/TGTDROP RATE Source: TRUMEDIA Alshon Jeffery15.813.11.10% Carson Wentz is getting an upgradeHow new Eagles wideout Alshon Jeffery’s 2016 performance compared with that of Philadelphia’s receiving corps. Nelson Agholor10.110.59.10 Question mark: At age 27, Jeffery already has a history of nagging muscle pulls and soft-tissue injuries. He also served a four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drug use in the middle of last season as a member of the Bears, making his gameday availability an ongoing concern.NFC North: Jarrad Davis (R), LB, LionsOpportunity: The Lions were just over half a game of head-to-head football away from claiming the NFC North crown when they squandered a 14-7 lead against the Green Bay Packers — and a 9-4 start to the season. They finished the year with three straight losses to fellow NFC playoff teams, including that Week 17, winner-take-all home game against the Packers. This spring, Detroit seriously outspent Green Bay in free agency, eyeing a possible first division title since 1993.What needed to be addressed: Detroit had the worst defense in the NFL last season, according to DVOA. Their pass coverage was an absolute disaster, allowing opponents to be 38.1 percent more effective than average through the air — by far the worst in the NFL. But none of the Lions’ major signings were on the defensive side of the ball.Potential impact: Davis, whom Detroit drafted with the No. 21 overall pick this spring, has been the unquestioned starter at middle linebacker since his first day on the team, according to the Lions’ official site. Head coach Jim Caldwell told the Detroit Free Press he expects Davis to “quickly” make an impact. Davis’s college defensive coordinator, Randy Shannon, described Davis as an amalgam of three linebackers Shannon coached at the University of Miami: Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and Ray Lewis. Those three boast 19 Pro Bowl appearances between them. If Davis’s athleticism and attitude are as advertised, he’ll fill a sizable portion of the hole in the middle of Detroit’s defense.Question mark: There’s no such thing as a can’t-miss rookie. Projecting a college player’s impact on an NFL unit is closer to superstition than art, let alone science. Further, Detroit’s problems with depth and quality up front were just exacerbated by pass-rusher Armonty Bryant’s latest suspension; it’s hard for linebackers to make impact plays when opposing quarterbacks are unpressured and tailbacks have free passes to the second level of the defense.NFC South: Adrian Peterson, RB, SaintsOpportunity: In 2016, the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers finished 6-10, good for last place in the NFC South. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons improved from a lackluster 8-8 in 2015 to winning the NFC for themselves last season. Somehow, in all the churn around them, the New Orleans Saints have finished 7-9 for three consecutive seasons. But with the Falcons losing the architect of the offense that took them to the Super Bowl, Kyle Shanahan, to the 49ers, the division could be there for the taking.What needed to be addressed: Saints tailback Mark Ingram had the fourth-highest per-carry rate of yards before contact in 2016; he didn’t run into a defender until he’d run an average of 3.26 yards. After the crack of the pad, Ingram was solid, averaging a 14th-best 1.82 yards after contact. But he can’t compare to Peterson:If Ingram needed any guidance learning how to make defenders looks silly, he now has the perfect mentor — albeit one who wants to steal his job. From 2011, the year Ingram entered the league, through 2016, Peterson had the highest average after-contact yardage rate of any back with at least 150 carries.Potential impact: Peterson’s historical lack of effectiveness out of shotgun alignments seemingly makes him an odd fit for Sean Payton and Drew Brees’s spread-style offense, but the Saints actually used shotgun formations at the eighth-lowest rate of any team in the NFL last year, according to Football Outsiders. Moreover, New Orleans ranked fourth in average yards-per-play when under center, roughly the same as in the ‘gun, and had one of the smallest gaps in efficiency between the two alignments. Though they still passed 63.4 percent of the time, the Saints are a strong fit for Peterson’s skill set. No wonder Peterson told Bleacher Report earlier this month that he was impressed by Payton’s passion about the dimension the veteran running back would add to the Saints’ offense.Question mark: Peterson is a 32-year-old running back with 11,747 of the hardest-earned yards in recent NFL history already on his odometer. The jury is out on how effective he could be moving forward.NFC West: Haason Reddick (R), LB, CardinalsOpportunity: At this time three years ago, the NFC West was one of the two best divisions in football. The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks had a death grip on the rest of the NFC, but the Arizona Cardinals were right on their heels. Since then, attrition has taken a toll on all three squads; a Cardinals team that went 29-9 with Carson Palmer under center from 2013 to 2015 finished second in the division last year at 7-8-1.What needed to be addressed: A host of defenders from recent years left in free agency this past offseason. The Cardinals lost Calais Campbell, Kevin Minter, Alex Okafor and Tony Jefferson, who finished first, third, seventh and 10th, respectively, on the team’s defense in Pro-Football-Reference.com’s Approximate Value from 2013 to 2016.The Cardinals boasted a top-three DVOA defense in three of those four seasons, but to keep that up, they’ll need the best of whoever is left — including Karlos Dansby, who returns at age 35 after three years elsewhere. Arizona desperately needs a young impact defender who can run, cover and hit at all three levels of the defense.Potential impact: Reddick, a Temple product who put up an outstanding combine performance, has the size and athleticism to run with the Cardinals’ outstanding secondary. The 6-foot-1, 237-pound No. 13 overall pick was among the top-performing linebackers in the 40-yard dash (4.52 seconds), vertical jump (36.5 inches) and broad jump (133 inches). General manager Steve Keim told the media that he expects Reddick to have a “huge” impact, according to the team’s official site — and Reddick’s timetable to contribute has since been accelerated, with linebacker Deone Bucannon slated to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.Question mark: As with Davis, measurables and fit alone don’t guarantee anything in the NFL. Reddick will have to prove that his knack for playmaking in the AAC can translate to the NFL.
Anthony Horowitz has suggested all his characters might have to be Jewish men from London from now on, after being warned off creating a black protagonist.The author of Foyle’s war and the bestselling Alex Rider series of teenage spy novels made the comment after an editor told him it would be “inappropriate” to draw from experiences other than his own.He told Event magazine: “’This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters. 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. Luther star Idris ElbaCredit:Ian West/PA Wire Horowitz apologised in person, and said the Luther actor “could not have been more charming, more delightful and more humane.”In a wide-ranging interview, the millionaire writer also launched a broadside at the press for “bloating out of all proportion” recent terror attacks in Europe and London, and said that the tide of interest in children’s fiction is receding after a heyday which included the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games.A new Alex Rider story, Never Say Die, comes out on June 1 and an ITV series based on the character will screen next year. “That it is actually not our experience and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought, disturbing and upsetting.”He went on: “Taking it to its logical extreme, all my characters will from now on be 62-year-old white Jewish men living in London.”Foyle, who is working on a second new James Bond novel with the blessing of the Fleming estate, made the comments in an interview in which he also described apologising to Idris Elba, whom in 2015 he called “too street” to play James Bond.The comments – which were truncated from a longer quote in which he also said “it’s not a colour issue” and named other black actors he felt would be suitable for the role – caused a firestorm on Twitter and forced a public apology.This weekend Horowitz described approaching Elba “nervously” at a charity film screening later that year.
When councillors from Bovey Tracey in Devon contacted their twin town in France, they were excited to discuss plans for a cultural exchange.The feeling was not mutual. Officials in Le Molay-Littry in Normandy informed them that their love for Bovey Tracey had cooled. To add insult to injury, they had taken up with a rival in Essex, the French-sounding village of Theydon Bois.The bombshell was dropped in a Bovey Tracey council meeting this week. Chris Robillard, the councillor who delivered the bad news, explained that Le Molay-Littry had found a new twin town because it felt unloved.“We haven’t had any official contact with them for many years and they have now gone and twinned with another town near Epping Forest,” he said. The main road is named after Le Molay- Littry Credit:MARK PASSMORE/Apex George Gribble, a fellow councillor, set up the twinning arrangement around 40 years ago when he was the town mayor.He said the relationship was once close. “We spent a lot of time together, over there and over here, with as many as two coachloads visiting a couple of times a year. They even have a Rue Bovey Tracey.“It was jolly good fun. We would go over there and have far too much wine to drink, they would come over here and have far too much cider to drink, and it was all tickety-boo. I even took a red phone box over there, which they put outside the town hall, and a lawnmower.“But the interest drained away. There are still one or two people who have stayed in touch with friends but that’s an individual thing. Getting youngsters involved is very difficult.”However, Bovey Tracey does not need to rename its road just yet. In Le Molay-Littry, a pretty tourist town close to the D-Day beaches and the site of the Bayeux tapestry, the mayor held out the possibility of a ménage-à-trois rather than a divorce. “It’s very important to keep up ties with our English friends, especially in this time of Brexit. We will get the twinning back on track again,” said Guillaume Bertier.Monsieur Bertier is travelling to Theydon Bois in April but said he would also visit Bovey Tracey and hoped to maintain a relationship with both.Brigitte Mottin, the deputy mayor, added: “The twinning programme is not dead, it is just dormant. There may well be a renaissance.” “They were initially positive about the idea of renewing our friendship when I made contact towards the end of last year.”But in the meantime they’ve had a change in the local government, a new mayor and other officers and the new regime has decided to say ‘au revoir’. I can’t say I blame them. It must be 15 years since we last had contact. They thought we’d forgotten them.”Mr Robillard, who has French ancestry, added: “I’m very much for l’entente cordiale and had planned a twinning event in March as well as a possible cultural exchange and tennis visit but now I’m not sure what we should do. Molay Littry “We’ll need to find a new twin town now.”Besides hurt feelings, the decision presents practical problems: will they now need to rename the main road, Le Molay-Littry Way?
Although both the jukebox and the photo booth are effectively extinct, they both conjure romantic memories. The jukebox, of course, has been killed off by the likes of the iPod: why does any establishment need a coin-operated box the size of a refrigerator to play music when most people’s pockets contain a device that can hold every song they ever want to listen to? As for photo booths, they’ve been similarly killed off by camera-equipped smartphones. Yet both jukeboxes and photo booths remain evocative relics of a time when a gadget could be at the center of a date: teenagers dancing around a juke, then cramming themselves into a curtained photo booth for a kiss. A company called TouchTunes seems to think that these evocative memories don’t have to be a thing of the past, even in the post-iPod, post-iPhone age. Partnering with a company called Frog Design, TouchTunes wants to make the venerable juke box relevant again, not just by fitting it with a touchscreen… but by giving it the abilities of a photo booth.Called the TouchTunes Virtuo, this jukebox eschews CDs and 45s for an all digital music collection. Browsable by touch screen through an interface that bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s Cover Flot, the Virtuo wants to make jukeboxes both easier to browse and smarter to find the music you want. How does TouchTunes intend on making its juke smarter? The Virtuo can search song lyrics, display historical music info pulled in from the web and create customized playlists downloaded from a person’s MyTouchTunes account. It can also take pictures of you and even run some apps.DVICE describes the TouchTunes Virtuo as “like a gigantic iPhone or iPosd Touch bolted to a wall in a bar.” They’re skeptical, but that actually sounds pretty awesome to us.Read more at Design Mind
Gareth Bale has been voted as Real Madrid’s Player of the Month for August following a solid start to the new seasonThe Cinco Estrellas Mahou award was presented to the Welsh winger at the club’s Valdebebas training ground on Thursday morning.The prize is organised by a local brewery called Mahou.Fans voted for Bale as Real’s best player in August on social media after he scored three goals in as many games in La Liga.@GarethBale11 recibe el trofeo como #Jugador5EstrellasRM de agosto en el @realmadrid. ¡Enhorabuena! ? pic.twitter.com/r8FPfdGDcxZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— Fútbol Mahou (@futbolmahou) September 13, 2018Julen Lopetegui’s side have won all three of their opening league games and the coach himself stated just how well Bale and fellow forward Karim Benzema are doing in the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era.“They are like kids in training, very enthusiastic,” said Lopetegui earlier this month.“Nobody has changed from before (his arrival), we are talking about excellent players who are the very best in the world but the difference is their motivation to keep improving.”
Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Elizabeth Warren on tech 7:49 Warren and Jayapal have also asked for any communications between Pai or an FCC member and any members of the panel since Pai became chair.The senator has been targeting technology issues in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election: Warren’s presidential platform includes a call to break up tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple because they have too much power over the economy, society and democracy.Last month, she also asked Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim to remove himself from heading up the antitrust investigation into Google and Apple, arguing his previous work as a lobbyist on behalf of the two tech giants makes for a conflict of interest. The US Department of Justice is investigating Silicon Valley’s tech juggernauts over whether they’re engaging in “anticompetitive conduct.” Preview • Get a workout in while watching the game with the Tao Chair Senators grill Twitter and Facebook over alleged political… Elizabeth Warren wants DOJ antitrust chief removed from Google, Apple investigation Who dominated the first Democratic debate on Twitter? Warren, Trump Elizabeth Warren tech breakup billboard hits San Francisco 13 Photos Share your voice Tao Chair 5 Comments FCC Now playing: Watch this: Tags Angela Lang/CNET A panel that provides policy advice to the Federal Communications Commission is “stacked with corporate insiders,” Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Monday. She cited a blog post by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO), which showed more than half of all Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) members are direct employees of private companies or of industry trade groups.This could lead to allegations that rather than working for American consumers, the FCC is working for “giant telecom companies”, Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts, tweeted Monday.”This is the definition of corruption: industry members writing the rules to benefit themselves & their rich friends,” she added in another tweet. Sen. Warren has called on FCC Chair Ajit Pai to “explain the extent to which CSRIC may be corrupted by corporate influence.” POGO POGO’s analysis of membership looked at the affiliations of the 183 people who have served on the council since 2011.”In total, 124 members — over 67 percent — represented industry,” POGO said. “And that figure is likely conservative because it does not take into account that some groups our methodology categorized as representing civil society or academia receive substantial financial funding from industry.”A letter from Warren and Rep. Pramila Jayapal dated June 27, spotted earlier by The Hill, asks for information from Pai on whether the panel is “inappropriately dominated by industry (pdf) insiders.””The industry-dominated personnel on the panel have recommended policies that are directly in line with the wishes of the companies from which their members are drawn,” the letter says, adding that POGO says a lack of expertise among FCC members means they rely increasingly on the panel’s recommendations.The FCC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Mobile Politics
The F/V Akutan is still moored in Unalaska’s Captains Bay. (Berett Wilber/KUCB)The F/V Akutan no longer has a crew and the ship’s 130,000 pounds of salmon has been offloaded.Listen nowThe processor has been anchored in Unalaska’s Captains Bay since late August and there’s no indication the boat will be leaving soon.“The reality of it is, there’s just a huge legal ball that needs to be worked through before any real decision can be made,” Unalaska Ports Director Peggy McLaughlin said.After a disastrous fishing season as a processor in Bristol Bay, the vessel’s owner went broke, the crew went unpaid. and now the ship is disabled and unable to move.McLaughlin said the interagency task force that united to prevent the boat from spilling fuel, oil and other chemicals into the bay are in limbo unless the situation turns dire.“Right now — with the exception of the possibility that the responsible party is willing to step up — there’s kind of this big gaping hole of no jurisdiction until something more dramatic happens with the vessel,” McLaughlin said.McLaughlin thinks the boat is stable for now and not in danger of sinking. That said, there is still fuel on board and the ship is in a precarious location for the environment.“It’s in front of salmon streams, it’s in front of native allotment land,” McLaughlin said. “It’s also in close proximity to Westward Seafoods’s intake. It’s not in a good place to have a problem.”In late August, responders removed almost 16,000 gallons of oil and sludge from the Akutan. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation estimates 20,000 to 23,000 gallons of marine diesel and other chemicals remain on board.McLaughlin said the city’s ultimate goal is to keep the vessel intact and get it out of Unalaska waters. A team of responders is monitoring the vessel.
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It was not immediately clear how much money Jet owes.Jet did not respond to multiple requests for comment but has said it is “actively engaged” with all its lessors. Naresh Goyal did not respond to requests for comment.”Aircraft lessors have been supportive of the company’s efforts in this regard,” Jet said in its most recent statement to the Mumbai stock exchange on April 2.The loss of aircraft and friction with lessors is just the latest major setback for Jet, which has been struggling for years, beset by an insurgent group of low-cost Indian competitors.Purchases of wide-body aircraft 13 years ago and ambitions for the international market may have set Jet on its current course, industry insiders say.The 26-year-old airline has posted losses in eight of the past 10 years and its share of the domestic passenger market has fallen to about 15.5 percent in 2018 from 22.5 percent in 2015. About 60 percent, or more than $600 million, has been wiped off Jet’s market value over the past year. Now, with the airline’s running out of ways to make money, state-run banks, led by SBI, took a temporary stake in Jet, promised a new loan of 15 billion rupees ($216 million) and forced 69-year-old Naresh Goyal to resign as chairman.On Monday, Jet’s lenders laid out terms for potential bidders to buy up to 75 per cent stake in the carrier. Expressions of interest are due on Wednesday (April 10), with final bids due on April 30.But lessors remain concerned, and some, such as Avolon, SMBC Aviation Capital, Aircastle and a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp, have asked India’s aviation regulator to de-register a combined 18 planes, according to the regulator’s website.”Despite Naresh Goyal’s departure from Jet, lessors don’t seem to think the carrier can be rescued, judging by the urgency in repossessing aircraft,” said Shukor Yusof, the head of an aviation consultancy Endau Analytics.That adds complications for any potential new investor, two industry sources said. “How we do business with Jet in the future will depend a lot on the new investor and how they manage the relationship,” said one of the executives who was at the January meeting.Aercap Holdings, GE Capital Aviation Services, Avolon and BOC Aviation are among the big lessors grounding Jet’s aircraft, leasing and industry sources say. Aercap, Avolon and BOC Aviation declined to comment. GE Capital Aviation Services said Jet was a long-standing customer and it remains in regular contact with the airline.SURVIVAL OF THE FITTESTThe humbling of one of India’s most successful international brands illustrates the challenge of making money in the country’s aviation sector, dominated by low-cost carriers such as IndiGo and SpiceJet Ltd.The Indian market is also highly price-sensitive, and airlines compete to keep fares low, even at a loss, to continue expanding. The domestic market has seen around 20 percent growth in the number of passengers over the past few years.Carriers including IndiGo, SpiceJet and Vistara, a joint venture between Singapore Airlines and Tata Sons, have over 1,000 planes on order from Boeing Co and Airbus SA.”India’s aviation market is cut-throat and it is survival of the fittest. One needs not only deep pockets but a deep threshold for pain,” said Yusof, adding that lessors will still seek business in the country despite the inherent risks.When India’s Kingfisher Airlines went bankrupt in 2012, lessors were forced to write off millions of dollars in losses and thousands of people lost their jobs. Workers cover the cockpit window of a Jet Airways aircraft parked at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai, on March 26.ReutersIn early January, Jet Airways and its main lender, State Bank of India (SBI), met with aircraft lessors to assure them there was a plan to rescue the debt-laden carrier so it could pay them, sources familiar with the matter said.The idea was to shore up confidence in one of India’s biggest brands, squeezed by low fares and high costs. But some lessors quickly lost patience as the bank did not provide details and Jet’s founder angrily defied them to take backplanes.At one point, the airline’s usually jovial founder and chairman, Naresh Goyal, banged his fist on a table, jarring some of the lessors who had flown to Mumbai from Dublin, Singapore and Dubai, said one person who attended the discussions. “That meeting went horribly wrong,” recalled the executive from a global leasing firm, who did not want to identify because the meeting was not public.Naresh Goyal’s emotional outburst and Jet’s subsequent failure to pay up as promised may have pushed the relationship between the airline and its lessors to a breaking point, two other executives who were at the meeting said, prompting some to take the drastic step of pulling their planes from its fleet.That has led Jet, which blazed trails in one of the world’s fastest-growing air travel markets, to cancel hundreds of flights. Saddled with more than $1.2 billion in debt, and with dwindling revenue, the airline has said it also owes money to banks, pilots and suppliers. FALL FROM GRACEWhen Naresh Goyal and his wife, Anita, started Jet in 1993, state-run Air India was the only formidable opponent, and the country’s aviation market was just taking off.Goyal’s pitch was ensuring the country’s biggest private carrier had impeccable service – a world-class product built in India, industry executives said.Jet’s problems began when it embarked on an aggressive international expansion plan, said an industry executive who has been associated with the airline.The carrier ordered 22 wide-body aircraft for delivery over about 18 months, starting in 2006, depleting cash, the executive said.Then Jet bought a struggling Indian airline called Sahara for 14.5 billion rupees ($209 million) in 2007 that had an ageing fleet and did not fit Jet’s corporate culture, the industry executives said.Meanwhile, a newcomer, low-cost carrier IndiGo, had begun chipping away at Jet’s market share with cheap fares, one of the executives said.In 2013, Jet was close to running out of cash, but survived collapse when Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways bought a 24 percent stake in the Indian airline. As part of the deal, Etihad also bought three pairs of Jet’s landing slots at London’s Heathrow airport and 51 percent stake in its frequent flyer program.To compete with low-cost carriers, Jet has lowered prices without reducing its expensive services. High fuel prices and hefty taxes have compounded the spending issues, industry executives said.Naresh Goyal, however, said in a statement last week after stepping down that the airline will “regain its rightful place in the company of global greats”.HUMONGOUS TASKGoyal’s penchant for control, which helped him build the airline, has been a stumbling block for potential investors. Tata Sons were in talks with Jet in November for a deal that never materialised, sources have said.Etihad has also been reluctant to increase its stake in the carrier for similar reasons, sources have said.If no suitable investors turn up at the auction, lenders will pursue alternative plans, they said, without specifying what those might be.SpiceJet has been in talks with lessors to take some of Jet’s aircraft, a source has said.Indian rules cap foreign airline investment in domestic carriers at 49 percent, and the government is eager to see Jet remain with an Indian entity, sources have said. That narrows the list of potential investors, aviation financiers and leasing executives said.”It will be a humongous task for whoever comes in,” one of the industry executives said.