Raiders mailbag: ‘How many years till a winning season lol’

first_imgI say two.@Lilbarb13: Why is Jared Cook off the field so often?The Raiders ran the ball 33 times for 152 yards against the Cardinals, both single-game highs this season. Lee Smith and Derek Carrier are more run-blocking … Time for only the second post-victory mailbag of the season, folks. How does that sound?In this one, we talk Jared Cook’s usage, the 2019 running back situation, Tom Cable and much more.Let’s get it rolling.@__wavypuz: How many years till a winning season lollast_img

2G, CWG scam: Tihar jail turns home for high-profile inmates

first_imgTihar Jail gives jobs only to convicts. So Manu Sharma is the unofficial Chief Financial Officer of Indias largest jail; former Youth Congressman Sushil Sharma, Naina Sahni’s killer, who walks around Jail No. 2 in a daze, helps others in legal cases as does Santosh Singh, who was convicted in,Tihar Jail gives jobs only to convicts. So Manu Sharma is the unofficial Chief Financial Officer of Indias largest jail; former Youth Congressman Sushil Sharma, Naina Sahni’s killer, who walks around Jail No. 2 in a daze, helps others in legal cases as does Santosh Singh, who was convicted in the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder. Now not to be ghoulish, but seeing the talent that is accumulating there, may I suggest an alternative establishment, to ensure the famous undertrials have something to do through a long, hot summer? It would help a jail which has to house nearly double its capacity and it would certainly help their public image. So herewith, a list mixing youth and experience.Minister of Telecommunications: A. Raja. He’s the most comfortable of the undertrials. He will perform best given he has both his former PA P.K. Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura for company.Minister of Culture: Kanimozhi. The experience she has gained both as a poet and as the brain behind the formerly five star cultural event Chennai Samagam should stand her in good stead.Minister of State for Internal Security: R.K. Sharma, given life imprisonment in the Shivani Bhatnagar case, was a senior police officer in his other life.Minister of State for External Affairs: Well, we’ve been told she’s not to be trusted but the advantage is she knows our neighbour well, having spent time in Pakistan. Who else but former second secretary Madhuri Gupta for the job?Ministers of Urban Development: This portfolio has to be shared between two experienced gentlemen. Tihar is overcrowded and needs better facilities. No more three people to a cell and 50 people to a barrack. Sanjay Chandra and Shahid Balwa, over to you. Balwa’s brother Asif, formerly cfo of DB Realty, could assist Manu Sharma.advertisementMinister of Agriculture: Vinod Goenka. His wealth began with his father’s dairy business in Baramati. He may also have had an opportunity to observe Sharad Pawar from close quarters. Manu Sharma can help, given the work he has put into the bonsai, cactus and herbal gardens in Jail No. 2.Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting: Who better than Sharad Kumar, MD of Kalaignar TV? Granted the tv channel was not too successful but perhaps he can look into the matter of inmates getting access to only 30 channels? Even prisoners need to be informed and entertained.Chief Secretary: ADAG md Gautam Doshi is an efficient executive, with the ability to remain calm under pressure. His colleagues, group president Surendra Pipara and group vice president Hari Nair, can help in reorganising the administrative set-up.Minister of State for Sport: Former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi? Or maybe not. The last thing we want is a scam inside Tihar. After all, where would he go next?last_img

Playing Muttiah Muralitharan on debut was an unforgettable experience: Venugopal Rao

first_imgFormer Indian batsman Venugopal Rao believes it was an unforgettable experience for him on his debut to face spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan.On Tuesday, Rao announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.The former middle-order batsman had made his international debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla on July 30, 2005, a game which the hosts won by three wickets.Batting first, India had scored 205 runs out of which debutant Rao had scored 38 off 74 balls. Sri Lanka chased down the target with 10 balls to spare and took a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.”Playing Muttiah Muralitharan on debut was an unforgettable experience,” Rao told ESPNcricinfo. “As batsmen, we grew up playing spin, but I felt nothing quite prepared you to face him. He was an exceptional bowler. I have fond memories of that game (even though India lost).”He represented India in 16 ODIs, the last of which came in May 2006 against West Indies at Basseterre.The 37-year-old, during his two-decade long career which effectively ended in 2017, had earned praise from then coach Greg Chappell and batted alongside legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.”Ahead of my India debut, I was a little nervous. Many thoughts ran through my mind. Greg had just taken up as coach, and he told me ‘Look, for me, where you come from doesn’t matter. I know you are good enough to be here, and that is why you are here.’ Those words gave me a lot of belief,” Rao said.Rao, who holds the distinction of being India’s first super-sub, also recalled how people in early 1990s used to laugh whenever a cricketer from Andhra had a desire to play for the national team.advertisement”In the early 1990s, they used to laugh whenever someone from Andhra desired to play for India. To be one of only two cricketers from the region (MSK Prasad being the other) to play for the country proved that you can achieve your goal,” he said.”To come from a fishing village near Visakhapatnam, where my father worked for a modest salary of Rs 7,000 to support five children, and playing was a big thing. All credit to my parents,” he added.He played 121 first-class matches scoring 7,081 runs, which included 17 hundreds and 30 fifties. He also played 65 IPL matches for Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad between 2008 and 2014.last_img

Work Advanced on National Identification System

first_img NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans. The civil and identification database being established under the National Identification System (NIDS) is now 90 per cent complete. Story Highlights The civil and identification database being established under the National Identification System (NIDS) is now 90 per cent complete.This was disclosed by Project Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, who noted that work is advanced “in terms of defining all of the features and the requirements in order to deliver the system”.He was speaking at a town hall meeting at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Tuesday (December 5).NIDS, which is scheduled for implementation in 2019, will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Under the system, each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.Mr. Vernon said the NIDS team is also in the process of developing the cybersecurity strategy to deal with all of the threats and risks related to the system.“We are also in the process of developing a plan to generate awareness, because how we use technology now, it’s very clear that there are so many persons that are not aware of the various threats and risks that are out there,” he noted.Mr. Vernon gave a presentation regarding the security of the system. Presentations were also made by Acting Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister, Jacqueline Lynch Stewart, who spoke on the legal and institutional framework of the system; and Chief Executive Officer, e-Gov Jamaica Ltd, Maurice Barnes, who focused on the information and communications technology (ICT) aspect.State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in his address sought to dispel some of the misconceptions on the NIDS. He also joined the NIDS team in a panel discussion to answer some questions from the audience.The town hall meeting was the first to be held across the island as part of the Government’s public education campaign on the NIDS.Implementation of the NIDS is supported by the National Identification and Registration Bill, which was passed in both Houses of Parliament last month.With anticipated funding of US$68 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Government intends to put the NIDS infrastructure and systems in place over the next 12 months, beginning with a pilot project.This is expected to be followed by the national roll-out in September 2019, over a three- to four-year period.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provide more enhanced services.For more information, persons can visit the website:; follow @NIDSfacts on Twitter and Instagram, NIDS Facts on Facebook; or call: 927-9941-3. This was disclosed by Project Director for NIDS, Warren Vernon, who noted that work is advanced “in terms of defining all of the features and the requirements in order to deliver the system”.last_img

Love Island Comes to Canada

first_img Twitter TORONTO – hayu – As of today, Love Island FOMO is officially over for Canadians thanks to hayu – the all-reality subscription video on-demand (SVOD) service from NBCUniversal. For the first time, and exclusively on hayu, Canadians will be able to experience Love Island UK: the ITV series that attracted Britain’s second biggest millennial TV audience this year outside of World Cup matches. During ITV’s first-time airings, the series’ viewing average rose to five million viewers per episode across TV and non-TV viewing.* Celebrity fans of the show include Ed Sheeran, Robbie Williams, Margot Robbie, and Paris Hilton. Plus, one couple from the series has gone on to have a Love Island baby!The Love Island fever is real, and it’s coming to Canada exclusively on hayu! Love Island Comes to Canada (CNW Group/hayu) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment So what makes this series so popular?The path to true love is littered with unexpected twists and turns: Imagine a group of twenty-something singles placed in a luxury villa, looking for a chance to find love. When the Islanders first arrive, they are coupled with complete strangers sharing everything including a bed! Those not in a couple are at risk of being dumped from the island and new Islanders arrive at the villa at different stages.When the show aired live in the UK, local residents could vote for who should stay, who should go, and which couple should be sent on a date, which adds to the tension Islanders reflect on-screen. In a final twist, one half of the winning couple is awarded £50,000 and he or she must decide whether to keep it all or share it with his or her new partner.Love Island UK has sold as a finished show to more than 75 territories, with eight additional broadcasters launching their own local version, including CBS which will launch a US edition next year, produced by ITV Entertainment. This series is so huge that a version of Love Island will be on air somewhere around the world every day between today and Christmas.About hayuFrom NBCUniversal International, hayu is the first all-reality subscription video-on-demand service of its kind – curated and fully integrated with social media – available in the UK, Ireland Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Canada on a full array of devices (mobile, tablet, laptop & connected TVs) at in Canada.Over 200 shows and 6,000 episodes are downloadable to watch-on-the-go, with more than 750 new episodes added per year, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-offs – along with The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing franchises. The majority of US shows debut on the service the same day as their broadcast launch for CDN$5.99 on a rolling monthly subscription that starts with one month free.About ITV StudiosITV Studios produces more than 8,400 hours of content annually across its UK and international production labels. It has production offices in the United Kingdom, USA, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands. ITV Entertainment is an ITV America Company Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img

Construction to go ahead on Site C dam but cost soars to

first_imgVICTORIA – The B.C. government had no choice but to complete the Site C hydroelectric dam rather than absorb a $4 billion hit to its bottom line by cancelling the project, which would have jeopardized plans for more spending on schools, hospitals and bridges, Premier John Horgan said Monday.The price tag for Site C is rising, with the $8.3 billion dam on the Peace River in northeast B.C. now estimated to cost $10.7 billion.The government estimated the $4 billion cost of terminating Site C would amount to $860 for each B.C. resident. Horgan said he could not ask people to take on such a debt and get nothing in return.The province also risked a credit downgrade and debt-servicing costs of up to $150 million annually if the project was cancelled. It could also mean a one time, 12 per cent rate hike that would last for a decade, Horgan said.“We have listened,” said Horgan. “We have deliberated and we have debated and at the end of the day we have come to the conclusion that although Site C is not the project we would have favoured, and it’s not the project we would have started, it must be completed to meet the objectives of our government.”The decision on the project’s future is one of the first major challenges the minority NDP government has faced since it came to power this summer.Site C has been at the centre of a polarized debate between politicians, environmentalists, First Nations, labour groups and landowners in the Peace River Valley.Horgan said he has met with Indigenous groups, construction workers, environmental activists and residents about Site C.“I can say without hesitation this is a very very divisive issue,” said Horgan, adding he and his wife have argued about the dam.The decision to complete Site C, which has been under construction for more than two years, caused intense debate in his caucus and cabinet, he said.The $4 billion cost of cancelling the project could fund 66 secondary schools or 11 hospital projects, 12 highway improvements or three bridges in Metro Vancouver, Horgan said.Former premier Christy Clark gave Site C the green light in December 2014, saying the decision to approve the province’s most expensive megaproject marked a historic milestone that would be felt for a century.Horgan said the Liberals have taken Site C to the point of no return.“They gave us, sadly, just one clear choice,” he said. “That was to proceed with a $10.7 billion project or cancel a project and absorb $4 billion in construction and remediation costs.”National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations said Indigenous people will likely take the matter to court.“I am confident that First Nations will continue their efforts to stop Site C and the next step will be legal challenges,” he said in a statement.The government asked the B.C. Utilities Commission to determine if Site C would be finished by 2024 and on budget, while providing advice on proceeding with the project, suspending construction until 2024, or terminating it.The province’s independent energy regulator concluded in its report last month that the dam is over budget and behind schedule.The Opposition Liberals, who started Site C, applauded the NDP’s decision.“For the businesses, for the families, for the local First Nations in the area, this is the right decision,” said Mike Bernier, who represents Peace River South in the legislature.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said the decision could end up costing more than the new estimate of $10.7 billion.“Today, it’s $10.7 billion projected cost,” he said. “So, who believes the $10.7 billion? I certainly don’t.”Site C has been part of the province’s hydroelectric generation plans since 1958.It will be the third dam on the Peace River in northeastern B.C., flooding an 83-kilometre stretch of valley near Fort St. John. It will provide enough power to light up to 450,000 homes a year.BC Hydro’s environmental impact statement for Site C forecasts flooding more than 5,550 hectares of land, of which at least 3,800 hectares is agricultural. Site C would also flood Indigenous heritage sites and force up to 20 families, many lifelong ranchers, to move.last_img

Dow Jones down over 1100 points as global equity slump continues

first_imgTORONTO – North American stock indexes extended last week’s slump, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged nearly 1,600 points during Monday’s trading session — bringing an end to a period of record-setting calm in the market.In New York, the Dow finished the day down 1,175.21 points to 24,345.75, or 4.6 per cent, erasing its gains for the year. The S&P 500 index fell 113.19 points to 2,648.94 and the Nasdaq composite index dropped 273.42 points to 6,967.53.The Dow’s point loss would be its biggest of all time, though in percentage terms, its 5.6 per cent decline wasn’t as big as its worst drop during the financial crisis.The market’s sharp drop began on Friday as investors worried that creeping signs of higher inflation might push the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more quickly, which could slow down economic growth by making it more expensive for people and businesses to borrow money.“I look at the broader factors that are driving this sell-off, and it’s really the pick-up in interest rates that seems to be at the heart of the anxiety in the marketplace,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“And I look at a driver like that — and to the extent that interest rates are rising because economic optimism is picking up and that’s stoking some concerns about rising inflation — that for me is a healthy backbone for the fundamentals.”“That means, in my opinion, this sell-off while certainly aggressive is probably likely to prove more temporary then to be a harbinger of an imminent bear market,” Fehr said.“Any pullback that’s driven by increasing optimism, that’s a buying opportunity.”North of the border, Canada’s largest stock market also experience a sharp drop Monday.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 271.22 points to 15,334.81 in a broad-based decline that saw all sectors finish in the red.Stocks in Europe also fell Monday, as Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 1.5 per cent while France’s CAC 40 slid 1.5 per cent. The DAX in Germany shed 0.8 per cent.Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 tumbled 2.6 per cent and the South Korean Kospi shed 1.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index sank 1.1 per cent.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.11 cents US, down 0.67 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the March crude contract fell US$1.30 to US$64.15 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was down 10 cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU.The April gold contract gave back 80 cents to US$1,336.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was up three cents to US$3.22 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.last_img

Air Canada and Jazz parent extend agreement securing regional airlines future

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:CHR)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Air Canada and Chorus Aviation Inc. have extended a purchase agreement by 10 years that will see Chorus subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP continue to provide Canada’s biggest airline with regional service through to 2035.Analysts say the deal will quell concerns around Chorus’s future after Air Canada announced last February it would expand its Rouge fleet and fly the lower-cost airplanes on Canadian regional routes — Jazz’s traditional stomping grounds.Chorus says the agreement, announced Monday, will grow its revenues by $940 million for a contracted total of $2.5 billion in aircraft leasing and fixed fees over the next 17 years. The deal also amends a 2015 agreement by lowering the fixed fees and incentive revenue Chorus receives by about $50 million annually.Under the new contract, Air Canada will make an equity investment of $97.3 million in Chorus, giving the carrier about 9.99 per cent of Chorus’s Class A and Class B voting shares, cumulatively.Chorus aims to put some of the proceeds from the investment to its leasing business, facilitating the purchase of new, larger-gauge aircraft, including nine CRJ900s in 2020.Chorus, a Halifax-based holding company, saw its stock shoot up 15 per cent to $7.21 from $6.29 in midday trading following the announcement.last_img

The Dome Effect Isnt Real The NRG Effect Is Complicated

Teams playing late-round NCAA Tournament games in open domes score fewer points4We used end of regulation scores for overtime games. and shoot worse on 2-point field goals and free throws than do teams playing in arenas or traditional domes. But 3-pointers — often at the heart of the dome effect critique — are converted at a lower rate in traditional domes. In fact, teams shoot threes better in open domes than they do anywhere else, including standard arenas. Overall, teams playing in open domes have an effective field goal percentage of 47.4 percent, 0.5 percentage points worse than teams in standard arenas and traditional domes.These themes hold up when we compare teams’ performances to their season averages — an important consideration given that certain venue types host later rounds and better teams. Free throws aside, teams don’t shoot as well or score as much in the regionals and Final Four as they do over the course of the entire season — which makes sense, considering that they’re playing against top competition. Here, we’re interested in how much worse they shoot and how that varies by venue and shot type. OFF. PERFORMANCE (SWEET 16 AND BEYOND, 2006-15)OPPONENTS’ FULL-SEASON DEF. PERFORMANCE Sources: SPORTS Reference, Ken Pomeroy How have open-dome teams fared and what have they faced? VENUENO. OF GAMESAVG. POINTSEFF. FG%2P%3P%FT%ALLOWED FG%ADJ. EFFICIENCY Georgia Dome369.250.6%48.8%35.9%68.9%40.0%90.3 AT&T Stadium664.950.449.834.768.340.192.7 Lucas Oil Stadium965.449.646.937.073.440.891.4 Ford Field670. In line with our previous observations, points, 2-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage suffer most in open domes, while 3-point field goal percentage suffers most in traditional domes. Relative to their full-season performance, teams playing in open domes see their effective field goal percentage decline by an average of 4.8 percentage points, 0.5 percentage points worse than teams playing in arenas or traditional domes. For a typical late-round NCAA Tournament team, that differential equates to about two-thirds of a point per game.5Teams in open domes also attempt slightly fewer shots and free throws per game.Team offense and opponent defense matter — venue type does notSo we’ve determined that teams shoot a little worse and score a little less in open domes — but they also play against better defenses. This makes sense — open domes host later-round games.The defenses that play in these open dome games allow opponents to shoot 40.2 percent from the field during the season; they give up 62.7 points per game, and have an adjusted defensive efficiency of 91.7 — all weighted by number of appearances. This compares to season-long averages of 40.4 percent, 63.2 and 92.1 for teams that play in traditional domes and 40.7 percent, 63.5 and 92.0 for teams that play in standard arenas. So defenses do get better as venues progress from regular arenas to traditional domes to open domes.In fact, how well a team shoots in a late-round NCAA Tournament game is most related to its full-season effective field goal percentage and the other team’s full-season field goal percentage allowed.6Certain data required to calculate advanced opposition shooting metrics does not extend back to 2006, so we had to lean on the “simpler” opposition field goal percentage. Likewise, how much a team scores in a late-round NCAA Tournament game is most related to its full-season points per game average and the other team’s full-season points per game allowed.7Good old points per game allowed boasts a slightly stronger relationship than full-season defensive efficiency or pace-adjusted metrics. These relationships are noisy but meaningful. (That is, there is a statistically significant relationship between the full-season offensive and defensive stats and offense in all venue types, even though the individual data points are a little all over the place.)On the contrary, there is no statistical relationship linking open domes as a venue type to poor shooting or to decreases in shooting performance — including, importantly, when you control for the quality and efficiency of the offenses and defenses playing in each. NRG Stadium on its own is another story. NRG Stadium is unique — open domes are notIn line with its reputation, NRG Stadium has produced lower-than-average scoring and worse-than-average shooting, both overall and among open domes. Defenses there have been a mixed bag — tough against the shot, middle of the pack in points allowed, and toward the bottom in defensive efficiency.8Full-season stats; relative to other Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, and championship game defenses. (Other open domes — Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta — have been the site of good or very good shooting performances, on average.) Superdome363.744.441.536.871.438.388.2 NRG Stadium1265.444.543.830.772.740.293.1 read more

Big Ten and Pac12 reach scheduling agreement in multiple sports

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced Wednesday that they have reached a scheduling agreement in multiple sports, including basketball and football The agreement will entail significant reconfiguration of future schedules in Olympic sports, basketball and football to include matchups between the 24 teams from the two conferences. Pac-12 commisioner Larry Scott and Big Ten commisioner Jim Delany addressed reporters in a conference call and said the deal is beneficial for both conferences. “To me, this is a creative and inventive approach through collaboration to achieve some of the same objectives that expansion can help you with,” Scott said. “It gives our conference more of a national platform, more play on the Big Ten Network and higher quality programming on our network without having to expand.” The deal would likely begin during the 2012-13 seasons in all of the sports with the exception of football, which will honor non-conference scheduling agreements previously in place. By 2017, the football schedule is expected to include a 12-game schedule that will feature each member of the Big Ten playing a team from the Pac-12. The Big Ten had previously planned to play a nine-game conference schedule in football starting in 2017, but because of the deal, the conference will continue with an eight-game conference schedule. The way the matchups will be determined has not been completely worked out, but Delaney said that “competitive equity” would “play a significant part.” This likely means that top-level teams would be paired against each other on a year-to-year basis. Both commissioners acknowledged that possible-marquee matchups could hinder their conferences chances of being represented in the national championship, but said the benefits outweigh the negatives. “I think it helps our football programs,” Delaney said. “I think it will engage fans, help our recruiting, help in the presentation of television. If fans follow it, our partners will be rewarded and we will ultimately be rewarded. Although nothing has been decided, the football matchups will most likely take place early in the season before conference play begins. The two conferences are already linked through the Rose Bowl, which annually pits the champion from the Big Ten and Pac-12 on a New Year’s Day bowl, but this agreement furthers the relationship between the conferences across multiple sports. Despite the strengthened relationship, the commissioners said not to expect any form of official merger in the future or any similar agreements with other conferences. “We have a common DNA but a tremendous recognition that 90 percent, 80 percent of what we do is in our region,” he said. “Those who think regional rivalries and local rivalries don’t mean anything any more, I think that’s erroneous…Our goal is to build something new here on a very strong foundation of history.”