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Kluivert could still stay at Ajax

first_imgTransfers Kluivert open to Ajax stay amid possible transfer U-turn Joe Wright 18:52 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) justin kluivert - cropped Getty Images Transfers Ajax Eredivisie Despite publicly criticising the club this month, the Netherlands international has suggested he could decide to stay in Amsterdam next term Justin Kluivert says he would be happy to stay at Ajax, just weeks after criticising the club’s handling of his future.The 19-year-old appeared destined to leave the Eredivisie giants when he accused them of trying to force him to sign a new contract so that he would command a greater transfer fee.The forward, the son of legendary striker Patrick Kluivert, has been linked with a host of top European clubs including Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, Kluivert appears to have had something of a change of heart, saying he could still decide to commit his future to Ajax.”There are exciting moments coming for me. Let’s see what they’re going to be,” he told Fox Sports.”In the end, it’s my decision. I’m not a hundred per cent convinced yet. I have to think things through. To stay at Ajax is definitely an option. It certainly is.”Kluivert scored 10 goals in 30 league appearances for Ajax in 2017-18.last_img read more

An Historic Day for Touch Football!

first_imgTuesday, August 13, 2013The National Rugby League (NRL) and Touch Football Australia have today launched an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport. The two sports will work together as part of a strategic alliance to create the largest sporting community in the country which will reflect the wider support that exists for Rugby League and the game’s commitment to ensuring there is a ‘place on the field’ for everyone.The new agreement will bring more than 1.03 million participants together playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner. This is in addition to the 844,000 girls and boys who currently take part in NRL Development programs each year.The alliance delivers significant benefits for both sports: a unique and complete pathway for park players and elite athletes that includes contact and non-contact sports – designed so players never leave the game or the field at any point in time during the calendar year or period of their playing life; enhanced inclusiveness, retention, and access to greater, more diverse playing opportunities for all Australians; a better alignment and consolidation of people, resources and competitions across the country – working together on Touch Football and Rugby League under a joint NRL-TFA banner; curtain raisers for the elite Touch Football athletes to showcase their skills and speed on the world stage at State of Origin and Test matches and selected NRL/representative fixtures; a more effective, year-round calendar of events and utilisation of sporting fields’ and amenities under the NRL banner.At the heart of the strategic alliance is a reuniting of two kindred spirits – after over 40 years apart and now formally coming together as one sporting community. Establishing, arguably and compellingly, Australia’s largest sporting community – bringing together well over 1 million participants across the country involved in competitions.According to the CEO of Touch Football Australia, Mr Colm Maguire, the strategic alliance between Touch Football Australia and the NRL is a definitive ‘game changer’ for Touch Football (and Rugby League) and a watershed moment in the history and evolution of both sports.“Touch Football in Australia was born out of Rugby League and the opportunity to create Australia’s largest sporting community aligned with the NRL is as compelling as it is ambitious and fortuitous,” Maguire announced in Sydney today in conjunction with NRL Chief Executive, Mr David Smith. “And, there is a real opportunity to grow the profile of touch both as a recreational game and an elite sport,” he said.“Not only will our partnership with the NRL provide greater potential to expand the participation base and extend the reach and profile of Touch Football, it will also ensure the sport will benefit significantly from the NRL scale, brand and market and distribution presence,” Mr Maguire added.“Both parties will share in the potential synergies of alignment: particularly in terms of combined approach and effort, revenue growth opportunities, cost saving efficiencies including shared services, scale benefits and consolidated national resources. Another key feature of the partnership will be the creation of a dual track continuous pathway; from grassroots to elite for both contact and non-contact forms of the game,” he added.“The corollary to this is the NRL will position Touch Football as its primary recreational game providing greater options for players, catering for all shapes, sizes and skill levels: expanding significantly their age demographics from ages 5 to 70-plus years old and increasing their female participation base, product offerings and mutually beneficial commercial leveraging opportunities,” Mr Maguire added.“Significantly, the partnership enables Touch Football to realise its vision articulated in its strategic plan, to become Australia’s leading community sport through strategic partnerships,” Mr Maguire said.The alignment of Touch Football under the joint NRL-TFA umbrella and operations will be in effect an alignment of like minds, resources, people and approaches. Touch Football Australia Chair, Mr Michael Rush, added that while this has been a very carefully considered process over an extended period of time, the development of the partnership and the announcement at this junction is at the right time for both sports and tremendously exciting.“I can assure all stakeholders connected to our sport that the TFA Board of Management and executive have undertaken a very thorough and demanding assessment and consideration of what this partnership means for our future. We have been diligent and professional while speculating on the exciting outcomes that can be achieved within a collaborative proposition,” Mr Rush said.“It is our firm view that this strategic alliance is in the very best interests of the sport and our membership. What has truly been encouraging is the fact that our new partner has an identical view.“We are very fortunate to be in the position we are in today; our sport and our large and diverse membership naturally hold significant appeal to the NRL. And this is clearly both a validation and in large part a direct result of all the commitment, hard work and perseverance of volunteers, staff, players, officials and supporters everywhere that have made the sport what it is today,” he added. “I can assure all of our members and stakeholders that it is a very exciting time to be involved in the sport. It is a credit to all of our sport’s stakeholders that have built the sport and made this partnership possible. “The partnership also ensures we are best equipped now and in the future to meet the resourcing, positioning and pathway challenges impacting the crowded Australian sporting market,” he added.Mr Maguire added that from a whole-of sport perspective, the continued support of the Australian Sports Commission is pivotal to ensuring that the participation base of both sports expands and provides consolidation support for future growth.“The outcomes of the announcement will further support the participation targets funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Sports Commission. TFA is grateful for the ongoing contribution by the ASC ($570k in 2013-14) into the sport of Touch Football, particularly within the participation environment,” he said.Today’s official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding commits each party to finalise the terms of the partnership which will include discussions with the Australian Sports Commission.According to NRL’s Chief Executive, Mr David Smith, it is a time for great enthusiasm, excitement and optimism for the sport as the NRL enters into this significant growth stage in the game’s history.“The new agreement with Touch Football Australia is a key strategic step in growing opportunities for Rugby League,” Mr Smith, said today.“Not only will it see more than one million people play in unified competitions, it brings together people from every state and territory, from almost every age group and every demographic.“We have been very clear about our ambition to extend the profile and reach of Rugby League and working with Touch Football Australia will also enable us to pursue new commercial and marketing opportunities that we can leverage with new partners.”CONTACT:Julian Buckmaster – GM, Marketing, Communications and Partnerships, TFAP: 0438 777 993; E: julian.buckmaster@touchfootball.com.auFollow us through the week on Facebook (www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus) as well as YouTube (www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus); or keep up-to-date with all the news, event action and results by visiting us at the Touch Football Australia website – www.austouch.com.au.Related News:An Open Letter from TFA CEO; NRL-TFA Strategic AllianceMedia Releaselast_img read more

5-Star C Diamond Stone, Who Got Bashed By Wisconsin Fans For Picking Maryland, Seems Pretty Happy Right Now

first_imgIn late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man.  — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.last_img read more

Predicting The Next 9 National Champions In College Football

first_imgA fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Championslast_img read more

Moyes open to joining Beckham’s MLS ‘magic’

first_imgDavid Moyes has expressed his interest in joining the “magic” of David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, with Inter Miami an opportunity he would not pass up.Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham is set to see his expansion side join the elite ranks of Major League Soccer in 2020 .The club is currently in the process of tying up loose ends, such as getting players on board and a manager in place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It has been suggested that former United and Everton boss Moyes, who has been out of work since leaving West Ham in 2018, is among those in consideration for a coaching post.The Scot admits he would be keen on taking the role, with the chance to work in the United States something that appeals to him.Moyes told talkSPORT on his links to Beckham’s new venture: “It is something which looks a really interesting project.“I watch the MLS quite a bit and it is getting better. I don’t know how many people have seen Atlanta. The soccer team are getting more support than the NFL team.“We talk about Tottenham’s stadium and that is incredible but wait until you see Atlanta’s stadium, it is unbelievable. So MLS is growing and Miami is a great city. It is something which I would consider as an option.“Miami has got a bit of magic about it. Atlanta’s training centre is as good as anything in the Premier League and I know Miami are trying to do the same over there. The MLS is an exciting league.”Moyes is still looking for a job in England at this stage, having rebuilt his reputation during a brief stint at West Ham, but concedes that anything could happen as he keeps all of his options open.He added: “My preference would be to be back in the Premier League bit if the opportunity came around, I would have to look at it.“I do know David from our time at Preston so there is a bit of history but we will have to wait and see.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

The 5.11 RUSH 12 is the Ultimate Urban Emergency Prep Bag

first_img 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? Emergencies and disasters happen, and despite best laid drills and evacuation plans, often your best resource for getting out safe is simply whatever gear you have on you.In a perfect world that freak storm, multi-day power outage or (god forbid) riot happens while you’re in the safety of your own home. However, if Murphy rears his ugly head while you’re on the road or in the office, do you have the gear and skills to navigate your way home on foot? If there is a major urban disaster forget taxis, public transit, or anything resembling a direct route home. We’ve put together our essential “Get Home Bag” for when you are looking at an unplanned urban adventure.Backpack: 5.11 RUSH 12 ($100)A proper disaster kit will protect you from the elements, have enough food and water to last for your trip, and have the tools you need to handle any obstacles. Of course, you can’t fit all that in your pockets, and likewise can’t carry a fifty pound pack around everywhere you go. Your every day carry kit has to be reasonable in size, comfortable to carry, and easy to access. We chose the 5.11 RUSH 12 backpack because its compact size is easy to stash behind your front seat or under a desk at the office. It helps that it’s got multiple organziation pouches, an incredibly comfortable yoke system, and is built from bomber 1050D ballistic nylon. In the short time we’ve had ours, it hauls our office and camera gear (more on that kit soon), carries weights at the gym for our ski season training, and easily hides our entire emergency kit. If you are looking for one bag to do everything (and not break the bank), this mighty little pack is it.Clothing and Shelter How to Shave With a Straight Razor center_img How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Your first concern when navigating home is protection from the elements. Whether you’re fighting through a tropical storm or bitter cold, having a few extra layers with you is a must.lululemon Einn Shell ($398): Cut from a one piece pattern, the Einn is our go to rain shell. A generous fit in the chest and waist makes it a great option for pulling duty trail running, or layering up. Laser cut back vents, reflective hits, and a bottom hem silicon gripper round this out as your first line of defense against bad weather.SOL Survival Blanket ($7): The wind and water proof blanket is one of our favorite emergency prep tools. From first aid to shelter, it pays to have one of these stashed in your pack.Give’r 4 Season Gloves ($114): These leather work gloves come in handy for cold weather yard work, cold mornings on skis, and everything in between. Get your initials burned into them for a little touch of personalization.Kaenon Montecito ($229): Kaenon’s SR-91 lenses have better optical qualities than Acetate, and are more durable than glass. These feather light glasses go everywhere with us.UV Buff ($17+): Buff’s necktube design is perfect for all seasons. The UV protective version are polygeine treated for anti-microbial properties and made of swift-wicking, coolmax fabric.Eddie Bauer Downlight Vest ($104): Down is the best insulator. Eddie Bauer’s Storm Repel treated down will keep performing even when you get wet. It packs into the left hand pocket, so it fits nicely in any pack.Food and WaterAfter protection from the elements, water and food are your next primary concerns. If you’re on the move a relatively short distance from home, it doesn’t make sense to carry a bulky stove with you everywhere. We keep our water and food to the bare essentials in an urban setting.Voke Tabs ($7): These little chewable tablets pack as much energy as a tall coffee or energy drink, with none of the potential mess. We’ve got a tin of them in every pack we own.Tailwind Endurance Fuel ($16): Tailwind’s single serve sticks pack in two hundred calories and essential electrolytes to keep your muscles firing. It’s the perfect drink to keep you moving.Hydroflask 21 oz ($28): We love Hydroflask’s growlers, and their smaller bottles are just as sturdy. We use this smaller bottle for our drink mix, but also hot coffee or broth when we need it.Gu Stroopwafels ($24): These little waffles feature a delicious filling between two soft wafers. We recommend the Wild Berry and Salty Caramel flavors.Vapur DrinkLink ($30): We love Vapur’s foldable bottles. The new DrinkLink system adds in a hose adapter, so you can turn their 1.5L bottle into a hands free hydration system. It fits perfectly in our 5.11 RUSH. The hose has a quick release so you can use a regular cap, sport valve, or run the full length hose at your convenience.Tools and GadgetsYour best bet for navigation these days is with your phone or a GPS unit. However, you’ve got to keep them powered – even in a blackout. You’ve also got to light your way, and be able to either repair your gear or break down other useful items along the way.Outdoor Tech Kodiak Battery ($50): This rugged power pack will keep you phone, GPS, and smartwatch juiced up long after the power goes out.GoalZero Lighthouse Micro ($20) This little USB powered light has both flashlight and lantern settings. Used conservatively, it will run for 170 hours on a full charge, keeping you out of the dark for the duration.Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight .3 ($9) This little kit will handle most day to day scrapes. It is the bare minimum we recommend carrying. If you can find a local first aid class, get some training and upgrade to a larger kit along with some more heavy duty trauma gear.SOG PowerAssist ($126): This multi-tool has lasted us ten years, multiple Army training courses, and been to the highest peaks in five states. SOG’s 420 stainless steel will far outlast similar tools.Moleskine Two-Go Notebook ($20): From notes on beer tasting to conference calls at the office, to sketching our route home, we never leave a trusty Moleskine notebook out of the pack.Benchmade Mini Griptilian ($105): Benchmade’s Mini Griptilian knife is quite simply the best American made pocket knife we’ve ever used. We opted for a Sheepsfoot blade with a smooth edge.eCase 9 ($25): If you’re navigating with a GPS app, you need to protect your phone. We started using eCases while SUPing. They are fool proof and will keep your electronics safe in any weather.last_img read more

Rosmorport Director Meets with Port of Zeebrugge Delegation

first_img My location Rosmorport, October 23, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close zoom Deputy General Director O.A. Gubina on October 22, 2013 held a working meeting with the Vice -president of the port of Zeebrugge Mr. Vincent De Saedeleer, as well as representatives of the Association to support the interests of the port of Zeebrugge (Association Port of Zeebrugge Interests), the ICO Terminals stevedoring company and the Belgian- Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for relations with Russia and Belarus, who attended the Russian Federation with a two-day visit in order to find business partners in Russia, attract Russian investments for the development of port facilities and the exchange of management experience.The meeting was focused on the prospects for mutual cooperation between the FSUE “Rosmorport” and the port of Zeebrugge.The parties agreed to proceed with the preparation of relevant documents on the basis of which it is supposed to implement joint projects in the field of employees training, exchange of best practices of port infrastructure management companies, improvement the quality of port services rendered in the ports of the two countries, as well as in other areas of cooperation.At the end of the meeting Oksana Gubina invited guests from Belgium to visit the exhibition space of “Rosmorport” at the upcoming VII International Exhibition “Transport of Russia”, which will be held in the period from 2 to 7 December, 2013 in Moscow as the part of Transport week 2013.last_img read more

Government Announces New Geoscience Investment

first_imgThe province welcomed BP Exploration Canada’s fleet of 10 exploration vessels today, May 13, to kick off one of the largest seismic programs in the world. During the event, Premier Stephen McNeil announced a $12-million investment in geoscience research to help the offshore sector grow. The investment will build on the Play Fairway Analysis, which provided a geological map of Nova Scotia’s offshore potential. BP Canada president Stephen Willis said the analysis contributed to the company’s decision to explore Nova Scotia’s offshore. “The Play Fairway Analysis work undertaken by the province of Nova Scotia was the foundation for our exploration team’s decision to bid on these leases in late 2012,” said Mr. Willis. “We are delighted to be working with great people in Nova Scotia and BP looks forward to getting our seismic acquisition program, the Tangier 3D Seismic Survey, safely underway.” BP Exploration Canada’s 14,000 square-kilometre lease shows international oil and gas companies are considering Nova Scotia, and the way the province is developing the offshore is working. The report from the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy, led by Ray Ivany, recommended economic development focus on parts of the economy with export potential, including oil and gas. “Our oil and gas sector represents one of the single biggest opportunities for the future economic growth of our province,” said Premier McNeil. “We’ve only just begun to explore the full potential of our offshore. Our investment, combined with private-sector efforts, will help maximize the benefits for Nova Scotians.” The province, with the private sector and research community, developed the Play Fairway Analysis to identify Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum resources. It found a potential of more than 120-trillion cubic feet of gas and eight-billion barrels of oil. The province is investing $12 million over the next four years for geoscience research before the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board’s next calls for bids. “Government has taken a very deliberate approach to developing our offshore sector,” said Energy Minister Andrew Younger, who toured the seismic vessel with the premier and other guests. “As each new call for bids comes up, we are committed to doing the research necessary to ensure the geoscience is there for industry. The approach works, and we’re seeing the results.” Shell Canada and BP Exploration Canada have each committed to $1-billion exploration bids in Nova Scotia. Shell Canada completed its seismic work last year, and is reviewing the data collected over 10,000 square kilometres. It also plans to drill up to seven exploration wells, starting in 2015. BP Exploration Canada will use its 3D offshore seismic vessels to study the subsurface geology of its offshore licences, for future exploration plans.last_img read more

Spotifys Top 10 most streamed tracks

The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 15:UNITED STATES1. Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball” (RCA)2. Lorde, “Royals” (Republic)3. Avicii, “Wake Me Up” (Avicii Music AB)4. Katy Perry, “Roar” (Capitol)5. Drake, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (Cash Money Records)6. JAY Z, “Holy Grail” (Roc Nation)7. Lady Gaga, “Applause” (Interscope Records)8. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak, LLC)9. Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop” (RCA)10. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope)UNITED KINGDOM1. Katy Perry, “Roar” (Capitol)2. Avicii, “Wake Me Up – Radio Edit” (Avicii Music AB)3. Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?” (Domino)4. Ellie Goulding, “Burn” (Polydor Ltd)5. Arctic Monkeys, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” (Domino)6. Miley Cyrus, “We Can’t Stop” (RCA)7. Drake, “Hold On, We’re Going Home” (Cash Money Records)8. Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines” (Star Trak, LLC)9. Arctic Monkeys, “R U Mine?” (Domino)10. Lady Gaga, “Applause” (Interscope Records) by The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2013 3:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks read more

Ohio State mens hockey set to start freshman Logan Davis in goal

Junior forward Chad Niddery (19) fights for the puck during a game against Bowling Green Oct. 29 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFreshman goalie Logan Davis is expected to make his first collegiate start as the Ohio State men’s ice hockey team sets its sights on a two-game series against Canisius College.Originally third in the depth chart, Davis is set to take over the reins from fellow freshman Matt Tomkins, who won’t be in the lineup because of a lower-body injury he sustained in the first four minutes of OSU’S 6-1 win against Niagara Nov. 9. Tomkins’ playing status is day-to-day. Davis’ projected start also comes less than two weeks after Collin Olson, who was Tomkins’ backup, elected to leave the team to play junior hockey in the USHL.“At this point, I feel like I might’ve gotten over the nerves a little bit after getting that first game under my belt, but I’m still a little jittery,” Davis said.Coach Steve Rohlik attributed his team’s 4-1 and 6-1 victories against Niagara Friday and Saturday, respectively, to his defensive unit, and said he wants the team to carry the success over into the series with the Golden Griffins (2-5-0, 1-3-0).“You’re only as good as your D-zone. Our D-zone leads all of our offense,” Rohlik said. “We’re doing a decent job on the penalty kill now, and I think we’ve given up quite a few goals early in the year, so we’re trying to clean that part of it up, but everything starts in the D-zone. If we can shut down teams defensively and still put up three, four, five goals, then we’re doing something right.”Junior forward Chad Niddery said the Buckeyes have to continue to build on the momentum they’ve generated in the last few games.“We’re having upbeat practices, just making sure everybody’s still going hard and getting ready for the weekend. These teams are coming in, they’re fast. They work as hard as they can,” Niddery said. “We’ve got to match their work ethic, and we’ve got guys with a lot of skill, so as long as we show as much work ethic — and Logan (Davis) is there backing us up in the net — so we’ll definitely be on top of our game.”The series will conclude a seven-game homestand in which the Buckeyes (6-4-0, 0-0-0) have only lost once, a 3-1 decision against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 1. OSU is set to open up Big Ten play at Ann Arbor, Mich., against rival Michigan Nov. 29.The Buckeyes and Canisius are slated to face off Friday and Saturday at Schottenstein Center, with the puck set to drop at 7:05 p.m. for both games. read more

Is Tom Brady Finally Getting Old

On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 SeasonFromToAction PlaysTotal EPAPatriots Record 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Guyana hosts 44th COTED meeting

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCOTED must position itself to address rapidly changing trade environment – ChairMay 17, 2018In “Regional”‘We must make CARICOM work’ – Chair of COTEDNovember 16, 2018In “latest news”COTED meeting urges partnerships with private sector to support region’s economic growthNovember 18, 2016In “Regional” The Chairman of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED), has called on members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to work together to strengthen relations to achieve economic growth.The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED)The current COTED Chairman, Suriname Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism Ferdinand Walzijn issued the charge to the Council at yesterday’s opening of the 44th regular meeting of COTED held at Pegasus, Kingston, Georgetown, a release from GINA stated.The Minister noted that member states must not be hindered doing business in the Region. “I wish to stress the need for full, safe and unhindered access for all business society in the Caribbean Single Market,” Minister Walzijn said.CARICOM’s Secretary General, Irwin LaRocquePublic private partnerships are important for economic development in the Region, Minister Walzijn added. According to GINA, he warned member states to strengthen the capacity of the Community and “strongly support”, each other to achieve economic growth and welfare for the Region.Meanwhile, Secretary General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque noted that COTED can send a clear signal of its determination to make a difference by reaching an agreement on the regional policy for micro, small and medium enterprises.LaRocque said, “(This) is an opportunity to open the way for the small entrepreneur to benefit from our single market,.”. The Secretary General also charged the Council to work towards meeting the “critical aspect” of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).“The onus is on COTED to make the required decisions, determine the actions to be taken to fulfil the obligations, and agree on timelines for implementation which we must adhere to,” Ambassador LaRocque said.COTED is responsible for the promotion of trade and economic development in the Caribbean Community.  The two day meeting here in Guyana will focus on moving the CSME forward, the regions foreign trade policy and Brexit among other matters. read more

EHF CL TOP 16 SG Flensburg VS THW Kiel

VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase will provide amazing experience for all the fans across Europe. SG Flensburg and THW Kiel will fight for the TOP in the replay of last year EHF CL Final in Cologne. A lot of interesting matches ahead of us…Naturhouse La Rioja – MKB MVM VeszpremMontpellier Handball – KS Vive Tauron KielceSG Flensburg – THW KielAalborg – FC BarcelonaOrlen Wisla Plock – RK VardarUS Dunkerque – PSG HandballRhein Neckar Lowen – PICK SzegedPPD Zagreb – KIF Kolding KobenhavnThe first matches are scheduled for March 11-15, while the second leg will be played between March 18-22. Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Ivan Sliskovic loaned to Qatari Al Ahly Next Story → GOODBYE PRESOV: Dainis Kristopans moves to Qatari Al Rayyan until end of the season read more

Wave The White Flag – 15 of the best Gaelic football points

first_imgYouTube: officialgaa9. August – Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone) in All-Ireland SFC quarter-finalGo to 0.30YouTube: officialgaa10. August – Joe McMahon (Tyrone) in All-Ireland SFC quarter-finalGo to 0.48YouTube: officialgaa11. August – Andy Moran (Mayo) in All-Ireland SFC quarter-finalGo to 1.10YouTube: officialgaa12. September – Ger Brennan (Dublin) in All-Ireland SFC finalGo to 1.33YouTube: officialgaa13. October – Roland Whelton (Castlehaven) in Cork SFC finalGo to 2.47YouTube: donring14. November – Brian Looney (Dr Crokes) in Munster SFC club semi-finalGo to 0.37YouTube: nemetonSPORT15. December – Cathal McInerney (Cratloe) in Munster SFC club finalYouTube: nemetonSPORTWhat have we missed? Let us know in the comments section below.Could some of Clare’s hurling stars join the Banner football ranks in 2014?Sublime Michael Murphy backheel sets up Glenswilly goal 1. January – Paul Geaney (UCC) in Sigerson Cup first roundGo to 0.30YouTube: HEGAATV2. February – Michael Murphy (DCU) in Sigerson Cup quarter-finalYouTube: HEGAATV3. February – David Givney (DIT) in Sigerson Cup semi-finalYouTube: HEGAATV4. April – Shane Walsh (Galway) in Connacht U21FC finalGo to 3.13YouTube: kilkennyfootball5. April – Chris Conroy (Cavan) in Ulster U21FC finalGo to 0.38 YouTube: kilkennyfootball6. April – Patrick McBrearty (Donegal) in Ulster U21FC finalGo to 5.44YouTube: kilkennyfootball7. April – Stephen O’Neill (Tyrone) in Division 1 FL semi-finalYouTube: Kevin O Reilly8. July – Kieran Hughes (Monaghan) in Ulster SFC finallast_img read more

FYROM to pass draft amendments as soon as possible

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After the vote in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Parliament last Saturday which ratified the agreement with Greece to change FYROM’s name and constitution, Zoran Zaev’s government now wishes to move ahead with reforms to the laws as soon as possible.However, according to a statement made by government representative Mile Bosnjakowski on Wednesday, no actual time frame can be given as to when the new draft amendments will be brought to the table in order for the constitution to be changed: “There is intensive work on the constitutional amendments, but we do not have a specific date on their completion. However, as you already know, we would like to shorten the time frame as much as possible, forwarding the amendments to Parliament as soon as possible.”The FYROM government wants these procedures to move forward quickly so that they can wrap up the agreement with Greece. These changes will need to be voted by all lawmakers in the country.last_img read more

Appeal to be filed seeking highest punishment of Tarique Quader

first_imgOn behalf of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Awami League leaders place wreaths in memory of the martyrs of the 21 August grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka on Wednesday.Photo: Hasan RazaRuling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the ‘mastermind’ of 21st August grenade attack Tarique Rahman will be exposed for the highest punishment.“We’ve the opportunity to go to the higher court and we will fight for the highest punishment of Tarique Rahman,” he told newsmen after placing wreaths at the memorial erected on the spot of the grenade attacks at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital paying homage to the martyrs.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said the then Harkat-ul-Jihad leader Mufti Hannan in his statement said that they carried out the attack after getting order from Tarique Rahman.“All of the masterminds of the killing would be exposed to trial,” he added.Awami League general secretary and the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoThe AL leader further said the gruesome grenade attack, on 21 August 2004, was launched on an anti-terrorism public rally of the Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital during the rule of BNP-Jamaat alliance to eliminate the party top leader and the then opposition leader in Jatiya Sangsad and now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.“For blessings of the Almighty, our leader and Bangabandhu’s daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina escaped the carnage,” Quader said, adding the trial of the masterminds of the heinous attack will be held in this soil and the people of the country are waiting to see it.He said, “The promise of the day is that we will face terrorism and fundamentalism in the country’s politics under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina.”last_img read more

Grab A Cherry Blossom McFlurry At Your Local Japanese McDonalds

first_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan Stay on target Springtime in Japan means plenty of cherry blossom-flavored items, with delicious sweet treats, sodas, candies, cookies, and even beer available and infused with the beautiful flowers. We talked about cherry blossom beer before, and similar items of that ilk. But now McDonald’s is joining in on the fun with the Cherry Blossom McFlurry, an ice cream delicacy at the fast food restaurant that you’ll be able to gobble down if you live near a Japanese McDonald’s or are going to be in the area. It’s one of those ice cream creations that looks just as good as it probably tastes.The Cherry Blossom McFlurry is vanilla ice cream blended with sakura-colored waffle cone pieces and pickled cherry blossom leaves as well as a Sakura Mocha (cherry blossom rice cake) sauce. It’s all swirled up together much like a Dairy Queen Blizzard or regular McFlurry (in case you’ve never had one, it’s essentially the same thing.) It looks like a bright, pastel spring treat, but if you’ve never actually tried anything cherry blossom-flavored, you might be advised that it doesn’t actually taste like cherries. It’s got more flowery undertones, so don’t go into it thinking it’s going to be deliciously sweet and cherry-like. You might be taken by surprised by its actual flavor. So if you’re not really into trying new things, you might want to stay away.via en.rocketnews24.comIn fact, according to Kotaku, there was a Sakura McFlurry out on the market in Singapore McDonald’s, but it seemed to taste more like blackcurrant instead of cherry blossoms. You can’t win them all, I suppose. If you want to taste this new frozen dessert, you’ll be able to pick it up beginning March 1 through early April in Japan, so if you’re going to be in the area make sure you swing by and grab one to test out for good measure. And now I’m ready for some ice cream. Thanks.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Modder proves SimCity can run offline indefinitely

first_imgEver since SimCity launched, there has been a suspicion that the need for the game to always be connected to a server was mainly a form of DRM, not for social game features and multiplayer. Then a Maxis developer came forward to confirm the game doesn’t actually need a server to function, suggesting the information coming out of EA wasn’t the whole truth. Now EA and Maxis have some explaining to do as a modder has managed to get the game running offline indefinitely.The video above shows the game being played offline. The modder states that this can be done for as long as you like without issues. The only real downside being you can’t save the game because it utilizes cloud saves. However, if you reconnect the game it does save, so you can play all day then just go online to save your progress at the end of a session.In order to achieve this offline state, modder UKAzzer had to edit the game code to enable debug mode. This exists so the developer can play around with additional features and test the game. Most of those features are disabled unless you have a developer build of the game, but apparently enabling it on a consumer version removes the need for a server connection while retaining everything you need to play.In fact, it actually improves the game in some ways. City populations are actually tracked correctly and you can edit outside of your city boundaries. Those additional edits are also saved when you reconnect.This revelation will put EA and Maxis in a difficult position. They’ve been adamant all along that the game won’t work without a server connection and offloads a “significant amount of the calculations.” That’s clearly not true, so why has it been used as a reason to explain why an always-connected game was necessary?last_img read more

Get ready for spring shopping

first_imgThe event is being organised by The Great Indian Bazar and will be hosted by Kuwait embassy and NGO Gunjan Foundation. Some of the labels that are exhibiting at the embassy includes Rashi’s Creations, Deb & SHO home Accents, La Femme, Pashm collections, Vani, Zarya, Chic – Tae – Toe, Sonu Nahar, and shimmer jewels by Navneet.For the jewellery lovers A dazzling array of exquisite statement jewellery will be presented by Rashi’s Creations also Shimmer Jewels by Navneet brings silver jewellery for the modern yet traditional look.  Chic-Tac-Toe will be a one stop shop for all the budding fashionistas. For ones who love traditional dressing Vani will present ready to wear kurtas, fabric sets, exclusively handcrafted, handwoven and block printed sarees. Label Zarya will present semi western women wear in silk wool and cotton, silk quilted jackets in jewel tones. If you are not looking for clothes but some good home décor DEB & SHO, Pashm Collections and Mairaah are your places to be.When: 18 JanuaryWhere: Embassy of Kuwaitlast_img read more

Intels Upscale Bracelet Has Google Alerts ATT Data Plan

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Upcoming bracelets with technology from Intel Corp and design cues from fashion brand Opening Ceremony will connect the wearer with Facebook, Google and Yelp via an AT&T data plan without having to carry a smartphone.Called My Intelligent Communication Accessory, or MICA, the snakeskin bracelets are aimed at fashion-conscious women and are an attempt by the two companies to stand out in a growing field of often-clunky smartwatches and fitness brands that have yet to catch on widely with consumers.”We really approached this first and foremost about why would a woman want to wear this everyday, and how can it be incorporated into her wardrobe,” Humberto Leon, creative director at Opening Ceremony, said in a phone interview last week.As well as lapis stones, obsidian and an 18k gold coating, the devices include a sapphire curved screen on the inside of the wrist that displays text messages, calendar items and events from Google and Facebook, and recommendations of nearby restaurants and stores from Yelp.After Intel was late to smartphones and tablets in recent years, Chief Executive Brian Krzanich has been determined to make sure the top chipmaker is at the forefront of future trends in mobile computing.Krzanich gave the green light for the chipmaker to develop the bracelet with Opening Ceremony after his wife wore a prototype for several days and liked it, he recently said.Incoming alerts discreetly vibrate the bracelet instead of making a noise. Its $495 price tag includes a two-year data plan with AT&T, which means it does not rely on a smartphone for connectivity, as do most smartwatches, the companies said in a press release on Monday.As well as working with Opening Ceremony, Intel in March bought fitness bracelet maker Basis Science and it has teamed up with watch retailer Fossil Group to develop other wearable computing devices.The bracelets, which Intel says have a battery life up to two days, will be sold starting by early December through Opening Ceremony and Barney’s upscale department stores.(Reporting by Noel Randewich; Editing by Tom Brown) This story originally appeared on Reuters November 18, 2014 Register Now »last_img read more