JJ Abrams regrets not directing Star Wars: Episode VIII

first_imgLos Angeles, Dec 25 (PTI) “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director JJ Abrams liked the script of “Episode VIII” so much that he is sad he will not be directing it.Filmmakers longtime friend, actor Greg Grunberg said, “He (Abrams) said something he never, ever says” when reading the script: Its “so good,” he wished he was the one directing the movie!”I never hear him express regret like that,” he added.Grunberg starred in Abrams TV dramas “Alias” and “Felicity”. ToNot directing but Abrams will serve as the executive producer on the next Star Wars.”Looper” helmer Rian Johnson is directing Episode VIII, which is slated for 2017 release. PTI SHD ARKlast_img

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Trained for Great India Run by running 3 marathons a week

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) National marathon champion in his age group, Denmarks David Bredo says he wants to make an impression in the upcoming The Great India Run despite not dedicating enough time on preparations owing to studies. Bredo said he wants to explore the culture of India. “I ran 154 marathons last year, and was one of the youngest runners in the world to run more than a 100 marathons in a year. This year has been quiet, and Ive only run 56 marathons this year because Im focusing a lot on University,” Bredo said. He added, “I am looking forward to meeting and learning from Arun Bharadwaj, who is a really famous Indian ultra-runner. Im really excited for the run as well as exploring the landscapes and beautiful culture that India is known for,” the 21-year-old said. Bredo started off his running career in order to aid his dream of playing football professionally. But soon after, he realised that its not the football pitch but the track which is his calling. His love for the beautiful game, however, has not abandoned him completely.”Its not that I am not in touch with football, whenever I return home, I do coach youth players in my town. My ambition now, is however, only to run. Training for the two is quite different as well. The only thing common is core strength, but not much more,” said Bredo. The 1480 kms long run has been conceptualised by ProSportify in association with MobieFit, to promote running as a sport in the country. Bredo will be joined by 14 of the best Ultra Marathoners from India and the world which include international champion Arun Bhardwaj, Pia Hansson and Yuri Esperson. The multi-city marathon will also have celebrity athelete Milind Soman and Gul Panag. Ironman Soman will run a special stretch of 570 kms from Ahmedabad to Mumbai via Silvassa. PTI Cor AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Sirajuddin Ajmal (AIUDF) said Assam was four times prone

first_imgto soil erosion and floods and 80 per cent of people affected were minorities. After the floods, people lose their documents and have no proof of citizenship and were hence faced with prospects of being considered as foreigners, he said while noting that his party was against foreigners. He urged the government to take necessary steps to avert such situations. Raising the issue of suspension of a BSF commandant and seven jawans for firing on gold smugglers which claimed the life of a Bangladeshi smuggler on the Indo-Bangla border, Chintamani Malviya (BJP) demanded that the action against these personnel must be revoked. He said such actions weakened the morale of the force. Naranbhai Kachhadia (BJP) demanded setting up of a Centre of Excellence in cotton in Gujarat, while Rajan Vichare (Shiv Sena) demanded expeditious completion of underground road connecting Thane and Borivali. K Geetha (YSRCP) demanded effective implementation of Mudra scheme meant for SC and ST enteprenuers. Prem Singh Chandumajra (Akali Dal) demanded that two MPs – one from the Lower House and another from Rajya Sabha – be nominated to the Nanded Sikh shrine. K Parasuraman (AIADMK) asked for having the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Suvidha mobile app in regional languages as well so that so that farmers can get valuable informtion. PTI PR ARClast_img read more

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Lenovo K6 Power quick review: If you can’t beat them, join them

first_imgLenovo launched a new battery-centric phone, the K6 Power, in India on Tuesday. During the press briefing, Lenovo talked about a lot of things, but one thing that really stood out was the company’s seemingly open letter to rival OEMs that said and I quote, “jam packing your phone with paper specs does not make your phone better, being different does.” Wiser words have seldom been spoken. And therein lies the K6 Power’s biggest irony. The K6 Power is a classic case of how a company does not practice what it preaches.Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hit Don’t mind me. The K6 Power looks like a pretty fabulous device, at least on paper. In fact, it has all the essentials that make a budget smartphone tick with the audience these days: an all-metal unibody design with a fingerprint scanner, a 1080p display, a potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3 gigs of RAM and expandable storage option available, good-looking set of cameras and above all a massive 4,000mAh battery that is claimed to offer up to two days of battery life on single charge…all this at just Rs 9,999. A couple of years ago, such specs — at such a price — would have made you go bonkers. Not anymore.Lenovo’s new phone is jam packed with specs, to the T, which is nice. But, so is the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, a phone that was indirectly mentioned — albeit briefly — during the briefing: a phone that (Lenovo hinted) isn’t as good as the K6 Power because well, it has a meager 720p screen and no stereo speakers onboard.Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime, just like K6 Power, comes with an all-metal unibody design with a fingerprint scanner, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3 gigs of RAM and expandable storage, good-looking set of cameras and a massive 4,100mAh battery…all this at just Rs 8,999.advertisementSpecs, as rightly mentioned by Lenovo, tell only half the story. Problem is the K6 Power also looks a lot like the Redmi Note 3, another phone from Xiaomi.The aftermath of all this — the K6 Power – is a phone that looks like a Redmi 3S Prime trapped inside a Redmi Note 3 body. Clearly, Lenovo’s point of contention is, if you can’t beat them, join them. The company harping about being different is, therefore, hard to understand. That, however, doesn’t take away the fact that the K6 Power is a pretty compelling smartphone. Here’s a closer look:The K6 Power is a phone that looks like a Redmi 3S Prime trapped inside a Redmi Note 3 body. Clearly, Lenovo’s point of contention is, if you can’t beat them, join them The K6 Power is a 5-inch phone with chamfered edges and physical capacitive keys — which are non-backlit — below the main display area. The fingerprint scanner lies on the rear, so do a couple of stereo speakers that also support Dolby Atmos sound technology, provided you have the content. It sports a 13-megepaixel camera (Sony IMX258) on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear shooter can record 1080p, slow-motion and time-lapse videos. The phone comes with 32GB of internal memory and supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and OTG connectivity.The K6 Power is not so much about hardware specs as it is about smartphone experiences though, according to Lenovo. To emphasise its multimedia prowess, the phone comes with TheatreMax (and Dolby Atmos sound tech over a pair of stereo speakers).TheatreMax, which is fast becoming a staple feature of most budget Lenovo phones is often confused with virtual reality, however, it isn’t exactly VR per se. “TheatreMax is not exactly VR, but a technology that creates a stereoscopic effect of the whole UI so that everything you view is rendered twice,” the company stressed. “A VR headset is required just to make the experience more immersive as it prevents the edges from distorting,” it added.The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery — to make all that multimedia usage count — that is claimed to offer up to 13.6 hours of video playback and up to 27 days of standby on single charge. If that wasn’t enough, the K6 Power comes with an ultimate power saving mode that can extend battery life of the phone by up to 3X, by cutting off data and leaving only the essential apps running. The phone also supports reverse charging, like the Asus ZenFone 3 Max, and can be used to charge other devices.advertisementWhile hardware and looks may not necessarily make the K6 Power stand out (from Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime), its user interface should impress (although, ever so slightly) stock Android fanatics. The phone ships with a near unmodified version of Android, that Lenovo calls Pure UI, with useful additions like the ability to run dual apps and lock specific apps that only you can access. Noted, these are not new and groundbreaking features — in fact, Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime running MIUI is already capable of performing a lot of these functions — but the fact that Lenovo’s phone also runs a near unmodified version of Android inside is something to really look forward to. Just don’t expect the same level of experience as the Moto G4 Play (or Moto E3 Power)and you’re good to go. Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime, although very functional, can also be a little too out there with animations and everything for some users.   The K6 Power, in my brief usage, performed well (mostly) and the screen legibility seemed fairly decent as well. The cameras were quick to focus and shutter speed was also fairly good. Is it any better than the Redmi 3S Prime though, I cannot say for sure, for now. But whatever be the case, the Redmi 3S Prime is a gold standard to beat, at its price. It looks good, feels good, has a neat display, dependable performance, good-enough cameras and killer battery life. More importantly, it’s super cheap. There’s an even cheaper option in the standard Redmi 3S. You’ll get lesser RAM (2GB), lesser storage (16GB) and no fingerprint scanner. But then, it also costs just Rs 6,999. Not bad, not bad at all.The trouble with Xiaomi’s phone is, it is very difficult to buy. Although, the company isn’t selling the phone via flash sales (which requires potential buyers to pre-register), the company sells them on pre-announced dates. Even on those days, the Redmi 3S Prime going out of stock in seconds is a common sight which can be frustrating for buyers. This is where Lenovo’s K6 Power can step in. It’s practically the same phone, after all.   Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power battery-centric phone launched at Rs 9,999 One of the primary reasons why Lenovo has been doing well in the online space is because its phones are easily available. The K6 Power can easily bank on Lenovo’s online sales strategy to set cash counters ticking for the company. Flipkart has, after all, sold 13,000,000 plus units of Lenovo phones so far since their collaboration, it said. Chances are the K6 Power will also sell like hot cakes. But is it any different from the crowd? 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St Johnstone vs Rangers: TV, stream & preview

first_imgRangers will look to respond to Celtic’s 3-0 win over Dundee when they travel to face St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park on Sunday. Steven Gerrard’s men fell to third in the league on Saturday as Aberdeen leapfrogged them, while there is now a four-point gap to bridge between themselves and Celtic before the Old Firm game on Saturday.Although that encounter is the main focus of the week, the Gers cannot allow their concentration to waver in Perth or for an awkward midweek meeting with Hibs at Ibrox. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game St Johnstone vs Rangers Date Sunday, December 23 Time 12:15pm GMT / 7:15am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be streamed via B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A B/R Live In the UK, the game will be shown on BT Sport 1 and can be streamed through the BT Sport Live app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position St Johnstone squad Goalkeepers Clark, Hurst Defenders Shaughnessy, Anderson, Kerr, Gordon, Easton, Tansfer, Foster, Comrie Midfielders Nydam, Davidson, Callachan, McClean, McCann, Wotherspoon, Alston, Craig, Swanson, Scougall Forwards Kennedy, Watt, Kane, McMillan St Johnstone go into this encounter without goalkeeper Conor Mitchell, defender Brian Easton and midfielder Drey Wright, all of whom would have expected to start the game.Danny Swanson and Blair Alston are set to come into the midfield, while Jason Kerr returned to full training late in the week and should start.Possible St Johnstone starting XI: Clark; Foster, Kerr, Shaughnessy, Tanser; Swanson, Alston, Davidson, Wotherspoon; Watt, Kennedy Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie Defenders Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Barisic, Worrall, McAuley Midfielders Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Arfield, Kelly, Grezda Forwards Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton Steven Gerrard has the familiar trio of long-term absentees – Lee Wallace, Jamie Murphy and Graeme Dorrans – to contend with. Additionally, Ryan Kent will miss the match and Scott Arfield is something of a worry, leaving the midfield somewhat depleted.In defence, meanwhile, centre-backs Gareth McAuley and Connor Goldson are both worries, which could open the door to a return for Nikola Katic.Ryan Jack will start after signing a fresh contract with the club that will run until 2021.Possible Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Barisic; Coulibaly, Jack, McCrorie; Candeias, Morelos, GrezdaBetting & Match Odds Rangers are priced as 11/20 favourites to win this game by bet365. St Johnstone are considered a 5/1 bet to win, while a draw is 3/1.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Alfredo Morelos RangersRangers might have fallen four points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership standings, but they still have designs on overtaking their great rivals before New Year.Victory over St Johnstone on Sunday would open the door to the potential of regaining top spot in the final matches of 2018, in which they face Hibs on Boxing Day before tackling Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday.No slips, however, can be afforded against the Perth outfit, with assistant manager Gary McAllister acutely aware of the danger such a fixture can pose.“Barring their little blip against Motherwell, St Johnstone have been on good form,” he said. “They’re keeping clean sheets. It never ceases to amaze me what Tommy Wright does through at St Johnstone, very rarely he gets money to go and build his squad or add to his squad.“It’s the same players and they’ve done extremely well so it’s a tough opponent. We go up to Perth and it’s going to be difficult, I think it always is when we go through there. So it’s game on, and then obviously it’s Hibs coming back to Ibrox.”St Johnstone had been on an eight-match undefeated run before losing 2-1 to Motherwell at home last weekend, with their defence especially impressive as they had kept seven cleansheets in those games.However, they lost 5-1 at Ibrox when the sides previously met this season.“I know the idea of revenge is used a lot in football but if we need revenge as motivation then we need to take a look at ourselves,” Wright said.“Our focus is all on getting three points and to do that we’re going to have to learn from the game back in September.“We created chances which was obviously positive but we were too open and we were punished for it.“We’re keen to finish this year strongly before the break so we want to pick up another three points on Sunday and that’s our main focus.”Eighth in the table, Saints find themselves in a battle for the top six, but an upset victory would draw them to within four points of Rangers with a game in hand.last_img read more

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England’s Eddie Jones to boycott ‘waste of time’ referees’ meetings

first_imgEddie Jones is so disillusioned about inconsistent decisions in Tests he plans to boycott all official meetings relating to the game’s laws. England’s coach believes a failure to stick to agreed protocols is undermining rugby and that attending talks on such issues is now “a waste of time.”With his side only halfway through their November schedule, Jones clearly feels the sport’s governing body, World Rugby, has a problem. “I don’t think I’ll go to another referees’ meeting in my life,” he said, reflecting on England’s 16-15 defeat by New Zealand. “It’s a waste of time. If we have a policy then we have to follow it. If we don’t follow it, then what is the point in being involved in those policies and decision-making?“I would rather just accept it and get on with it. Smile at the end of the game if it doesn’t go our way and know if it does go our way, it won’t the next time. I don’t have any sour grapes at all about [Saturday’s] game. You win some, you lose some and get on with it, but there is something wrong somewhere.” England providing ‘public service’ to other nations, says Eddie Jones Jones is one of several leading figures who has been helping World Rugby to identify ways of enhancing player safety, only for numerous inconsistencies to crop up in Tests across Europe over the past two weekends.The experienced former Australia and Japan coach sounds less than keen to be involved on advisory panels. “If I’m not going to go to the meetings, I won’t know what’s said. We’ll let it take its own course. We are happy to take every decision they make. The referees have a tough job but all we want in rugby is consistency in decision-making.”Jones did not specifically mention the decision to disallow a spectacular late try by the flanker Sam Underhill against the All Blacks when the television match official persuaded the referee, Jérôme Garcès, to alter his decision. World Rugby had made clear only recently its preference for such decisions to be determined by the on-field referee unless there is “compelling evidence” for the TMO to intervene. Read more Rugby won’t flourish as it should while its laws remain so twisted The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Read more England will be without George Kruis for their remaining two internationals against Japan and Australia because of the calf injury the lock sustained against New Zealand. Jones says Maro Itoje and Bath’s Charlie Ewels will be England’s two primary lineout callers, with Courtney Lawes and Elliott Stooke also included in a 30-man preliminary squad preparing for Saturday’s game against Japan.There is no room once again for the full-back Mike Brown, while Jones has reiterated that Manu Tuilagi is highly unlikely to feature as he continues his recovery from a nagging groin injury. “He needs to go at absolutely 100%” Jones said. “He’s like your racehorse that has to be their absolute best to run a mile. Not someone you can put in a mile-and-a-half race at 99.98%. He is a finely tuned athlete. It is no use playing him when he is not right because all you do is cause damage, physical and psychological.”While Tuilagi’s medical history provides no great cause for optimism, Jones is confident the centre will make a full recovery. “We have got all the best medical advice and we believe he is moving in the right direction.”He also allayed concerns about his co-captain Dylan Hartley, who was substituted at half-time against the All Blacks. “He has got a thumb problem, so he struggled gripping the jersey of the tighthead,” Jones said. “That caused us problems in the scrum which is why we took him off a bit earlier than we normally would. “He could barely train until last Friday but he didn’t get another knock on it so he should be all right. Otherwise he is in better nick physically than he has been for a long time. By the World Cup he will be in even better nick.” Support The Guardian Share on Twitter England rugby union team Share on LinkedIncenter_img Rugby union Topics news Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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USMNT’s generations combine to clinch Gold Cup final trip

first_imgWhen Gregg Berhalter settled on his Gold Cup squad, it wasn’t nearly young enough for some critics who were tired of seeing some of the same familiar faces who were part of the team’s World Cup qualifying failure. Berhalter wasn’t about to just throw together a team of all youngsters, and anyone who really paid attention to the 2018 calendar year, with its youth national team feel, should have figured out why. Wednesday’s Gold Cup semifinal win over Jamaica put into action what Berhalter envisioned for his team. The limitless potential and bags of skill of young stars mixing with the experience, savvy and leadership of proven veterans.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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 Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie showed why they are the present and future of the U.S. national team program, and Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley showed why they are still needed to help carry the program into the new era. That quartet was at the heart of a lightning-fast start by the Americans, which saw them overwhelm Jamaica in the first 15 minutes. That hot start included an opening goal from McKennie, assisted by Altidore. Pulisic’s cat-quick moves carved up Jamaica’s defense while Bradley’s control of the middle of the field became the focal point of Jamaica’s defensive structure. The Americans were well on their way to a romp when a weather delay, lasting 88 minutes, threatened to steal away precious momentum. It did to a degree, the Americans didn’t dominate the same way when play resumed, but the team’s control of the match remained intact long enough to see the Americans add a second goal, one started by McKennie and finished off by Pulisic. Jamaica gained new life after Altidore exited the match in the 56th minute, replaced by Gyasi Zardes.  Zardes proceeded to miss a pair of clean chances while also committing a costly turnover that sparked a Jamaica counter leading to the first goal allowed by the U.S. defense at the Gold Cup. Christian Pulisic USA USMNT Gold Cup 2019The Americans showed some shakiness down the stretch, as Jamaica pressed for the equalizer, but it was young stars McKennie and Pulisic who delivered when they needed it the most, securing the vital insurance goal when Pulisic raced through Jamaica’s defense and followed up a saved Paul Arriola shot for his second goal of the night, securing his first trip to a Gold Cup final. It is difficult to dispute that McKennie and Pulisic were the stars of the night for the Americans, and they showed all the qualities that have U.S. fans so excited for the future. What also can’t be disputed is the role veterans Bradley and Altidore played in helping the Americans return to the Gold Cup final.  The day will come when Altidore and Bradley are replaced by other members of the next generation of promising talents, but for now, and especially for this Gold Cup, they remain vital pieces to the USMNT puzzle. That puzzle has new centerpieces in Pulisic and McKennie, and it just might produce a Gold Cup title on Sunday.last_img read more

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TrailKeg is a Trail-ready Growler Designed to Take Your Beer Anywhere

first_img Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Editors’ Recommendations America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The Best Kegerators for Serving Fresh, Cold Draft Beer Right at Home TrailKeg/FacebookHiking is awesome, and craft beer is awesome. However, marrying the two in a way that makes sense has long been a sticking point for outdoorsy hop-heads. TrailKeg is looking to tackle that problem with the world’s most innovative, trail-ready growler.TrailKeg is a high-tech growler that’s designed to go anywhere. The entire unit is  constructed of durable, double-wall stainless steel to ensure that it can withstand a beating on the trail. It’s also vacuum-insulated and guaranteed to remain cold for up to 24 hours.TrailKeg’s most significant selling point — and what differentiates it from other growlers — is the CO2 pressurization. Like with a full-size home kegerator, the CO2 ensures the beer stays well carbonated and pours like fresh tap beer. The manufacturer promises that the tech your beer remain perfectly carbonated for weeks.The portable system is designed to be used with industry standard equipment. Keezers, kegerators, permanent beer taps, and other gas systems can all connect directly to TrailKeg. If your local laws allow, the growler can be filled like any other at your favorite craft brewery or brewpub. The included lid will fit almost any standard barrel-style growler from Hydroflask, Lifeline, Reduce, and more. The TrailKeg lid can also be used to upgrade internal thread-lidded growlers like those from RTIC and Yeti.At 4 lbs empty, the gallon growler is portable, but, for weight-conscious backpackers, it certainly isn’t light. It is, however, a clever solution in the same vein as previous “portable beer” products like the line of beer concentrate packets from Pat’s Backcountry Beverages. TrailKeg is clearly for the outdoorsmen who values good beer on the trail, and is willing to dump other essentials like fruit, water, and a tent from their pack to get it.The base, 64-ounce TrailKeg Package (pictured above) starts at $99; the supersized gallon TrailKeg Package can be pre-ordered for $135. Both are available for purchase online and include the TrailKeg lid with a manual pressure vent, tap, and regulator, plus the stainless steel growler itself. CO2 cartridges are sold separately.While we’re on the subject of brews and the outdoors, check out are our favorite beer accessories for camping.Feature image courtesy of TrailKeg/Facebook. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play Applast_img read more

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MaryLouise Parker To Host Second Annual Hope North Gala

first_imgThe Second Annual Hope North Gala will take place Saturday, November 1, at City Winery in Manhattan.Hosted by Mary-Louise Parker, the celebration will honor Forest Whitaker for his commitment to Hope North and Okello Sam’s vision for peace.Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.Founded in 1998 by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by Ugandan educators. Thousands of vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North and today 255 incredible students are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.Sponsorship packages, which start at $2,500, include complimentary tickets, your name or logo on gala materials, unique celebrity perks and much more. If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, please email gala@hopenorth.org for more information.If you are ready to purchase your tickets, a limited number are available now with pre-sale VIP benefits. Please email gala@hopenorth.org for details.Find out more here.last_img read more

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X Company Shoots Final Season

first_imgAdvertisement Fans of the CBC series X Company will be disappointed to learn this season will be the last. Taken from the pages of history, with some very liberal retelling, viewers may have to be reminded that, like in the real world, World War II did come to an end too.Set in the thrilling and dangerous world of wartime espionage, this final season will see the first group of trained operatives from Camp X complete their final covert mission when the series returns on CBC in winter 2017.CBC and Temple Street today announced that production is underway on the third and final season. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Executive producer Stephanie Morgenstern will come full circle and make her television directorial debut with X Company’s final two episodes of the final season, 15 years after directing the award-winning short that inspired the series. “It’s been 15 years since we first wrote Remembrance,” said Mark Ellis and Morgenstern, who will co-write the final episode. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Relief for New Town residents: App to locate empty slots for best use of parking spaces

first_imgKolkata: Has it become a bit frustrating for you to park your vehicles in New Town because you fail to find a slot in the parkingplace? Don’t worry, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is going to put in place one of the most advanced mechanisms in New Town by ensuring that not a single slot for parking is left empty. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority is coming up with a smart parking app which will help people identify the empty slots for cars and maximum use of the parking place. The whole operation would be done through a sensor system. The new system will be felicitated by an agency which will be engaged by the NKDA. Debashis Sen chairman of the NKDA on Wednesday said that they are planning to introduce a smart parking app only to ensure that none of the slots in a parking area remains empty. Often it was found that people face inconveniences as the empty slot could not be navigated properly. The slots at the farthest corner remain empty due to the manual parking system. He was talking at a symposium “Infrastructure Development and Management in Future Cities” organised by RCG School of Infrastructure Design and Management (RCGSIDM), IIT Kharagpur at a city hotel. The sensor aided system will help the driver to reach to the slot demarcated for him/her. As the people at the parking places go by the toll data at the gate they cannot determine where exactly the empty slot is situated. The new system will help people to reserve the empty slot and easily access it. A demo has already been given by a startup company, Sen maintained. He also said that they are bringing in new innovations to reduce the road accidents in New Town. There will be a new mechanism operated with the help of the CCTVs to identify and intercept the errant drivers. A real time alert will be delivered to the traffic sergeant in the area the accused driver is heading to. If any irrational behavior is detected on the part of the drivers, an alert would be triggered and the details of the vehicle would be shared with the on duty traffic police officers. Sen also reiterated how E-governance has been given a paramount importance and services are being provide to the people online. The NKDA is also introducing online sanction of building plans which is the first in the country. Online filing of taxes would be conducted. Many graduate youths are being trained on how to help elderly persons to submit their taxes online. The youths will be provided incentives.last_img read more

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IMF approves Liberals handling of economy warns of longer term challenges

OTTAWA — The International Monetary Fund has given the Trudeau government a passing mark for its handling of the economy since coming to power, but warns that “more difficult challenges lie ahead.”The comments are contained in an annual report released by the Washington-based organization Thursday that credited the Liberals with helping the Canadian economy regain momentum.“To support the economy, the government introduced tax cuts for the middle class, expanded family benefits, and raised infrastructure spending,” the report said.The billions of dollars in additional spending combined with the Bank of Canada’s historically low interest rates, “has succeeded in revitalizing the economy after a tough year in 2015,” the report said.At a news conference on Parliament Hill to announce former astronaut Julie Payette as the next Governor General, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted his government’s approach to the economy.“We’re going to continue to deliver on the commitments and the promises we made in the last election and in the throne speech we presented 18 months ago,” he said.“Now is not the time to change from the strong approach that’s delivering for Canadians. Now is the time to continue on the hard work we’re doing to help Canadian families.”Yet the IMF also raised alarm bells about the amount of uncertainty in Washington, and its potential impact on Canada’s economy over the long term.Among the issues was whether the Trump administration would significantly cut corporate taxes, which would make Canada less attractive to investors, and the future of NAFTA.The IMF also cited major concerns about Canada’s housing market, warning that any sudden decline in prices could send shockwaves across the country.“The main risk on the domestic side is a sharp correction in the housing market that impairs bank balance sheets, triggers negative feedback loops in the economy and increases contingent claims on the government,” the report said.There were also worries about the impact of further oil price declines.One of the IMF’s prescriptions for maintaining the economy’s momentum was to keep interest rates low. After the report was written, but before it was released, the Bank of Canada raised its key interest rate for the first time in seven years on Wednesday, from 0.5 per cent to 0.75 per cent.Cheng Hoon Lim, the IMF’s mission chief for Canada, said the rate increase reflected the fact the economy has been doing well over the past few months, though he advised the Bank of Canada to take things slow.“We welcome the good news on the economy and note that even with the rate hike, monetary policy remains appropriately accommodative,” Lim said.“Given the considerable uncertainty around the growth and inflation outlook, the Bank should continue to take a cautious approach in further adjusting the monetary policy stance.”The report also advised the federal government to continue with its plan to invest billions more on infrastructure over the next decade, though it said the deficit should start to come down next year.The Liberals said in their last federal budget they expect to rack up $142 billion in new debt between 2016-17 and 2021-22.Despite signs the economy was starting to turn around, the IMF found that two important engines of growth had not met expectations: private sector investment and non-energy exports. read more

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Welgama wants to attract women

He says there are pretty MPs in parliament in the likes of MP Rosy Senanayake and Upeksha Swarnamali, whose eyes he would like to attract. Transport Minister Kumara Welgama says he has decided to do away with his traditional sarong in Parliament and wear trousers to attract female parliamentarians.Speaking at a public event, Welgama said that when he walks into parliament wearing the sarong no one looks at him. As a result he says he had decided to wear trousers in parliament and now some female parliamentarians look at him. This is not the first time that the Minister has openly spoken about his interest in women in parliament.Last year, in parliament, he described MP Rosy Senanayake as being a charming and beautiful lady. (Colombo Gazette)

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Kruger Products investing 55 million on new paper machine in Quebec

by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2016 2:06 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kruger Products investing $55 million on new paper machine in Quebec CRABTREE, Qc – Tissue manufacturer Kruger Products L.P. has announced it’s investing $55 million to add a paper machine at its Crabtree plant in the Lanaudiere region of central Quebec.The project will increase the facility’s overall production by approximately 20,000 metric tonnes annually and will help preserve about 600 jobs.Kruger received a $39.5-million loan from Investissement Quebec, a provincial investment agency, as part of the expansion.The new No. 8 Paper Machine will be installed in a new building and is expected to start operating by the end of next summer. read more

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Stay together and step up action to meet Global Goals ECOSOC President

Goal 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Goal 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Goal 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts “Even though the global picture is mixed”, she stated during the closing of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), “we have made encouraging progress, sometimes despite political and other headwinds”.We aspire to realize the world we want in 2030. We understand the strategic importance of achieving the #SDGs & halting #ClimateChange. But to deliver, we need to move out of our comfort zones in pursuing new ways of collective action. #2030Agenda #GlobalGoals pic.twitter.com/D3z6jlESfc— UN ECOSOC President (@UNECOSOC) July 18, 2019 Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Goal 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries. According to Ms. King, during the past two weeks, the chief global forum for reviewing successes, challenges and lessons learned on the road towards reaching the 17 SDGs, has mobilized and inspired action towards fulfilling the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and yet “we are currently not yet on track to achieve the SDGs by 2030”. “To deliver, we need to move out of our comfort zones in pursuing new ways of collective action”, she stressed, “and we need to adapt and transform at a much swifter pace”.  The HLPF has heard how countries are pursuing the goals, including detailed plans from 47 seven nations who presented voluntary national reviews. “At a time of intense domestic pressures and significant challenges to multilateralism, their determination is an indication of the robust engagement and meaningful country ownership of the 2030 Agenda”, the ECOSOC president underscored. Looking ahead, she pointed out that “we can expect that the SDGs will be more systematically incorporated in designing plans and policies, with a focus on interventions that have potential multiplier effects across the SDGs”.  She also acknowledged the need to include SDG planning in national budgets as well as integrated financing strategies and to “enshrine them into our institutions and societies”.  Empowerment, equality and inclusion The Forum also reviewed, analyzed progress and looked at the influence of, six individual SDGs in supporting empowerment, equality and inclusion.  “You have heard from countries in special situations and delved into issues related to multidimensional poverty, inequality, education, prosperity, the planet, peaceful societies and international cooperation”, she said, adding that she will capture key messages and recommendations in her President’s summary.,SDG goals under the spotlight: Goal 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development,“The actions we projected will contribute to accelerating implementation”, Ms. King affirmed.  “They will help to enhance coherence and integration in our efforts at home and the world over”. ‘Ambitious decade of action’ Ms. King said it is “essential that we launch an ambitious decade of action that puts the world on a new trajectory for SDG achievement” to “kick-start a new phase of SDG implementation, with concerted, transformative action to end human suffering and protect our planet”. In September, she flagged that Member States and others can take the HLPF’s messages to the SDG Summit, Climate Action Summit and the high-level meetings on universal health coverage, financing for development and the SAMOA Pathway, an action strategy for Small Island Developing States.  “Let us commit to take transformative actions between now and the 2020 summit on the UN anniversary”, she urged.She thanked all who contributed the Forum, especially the participants “for their unwavering commitment to ensure we deliver on the promises of the 2030 Agenda”.,“I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow at the High-level Segment of ECOSOC, where we will have the opportunity to look out into the future and discuss visions and projections for the SDGs and as well as other related long-term trends and scenarios”, concluded Ms. King. read more

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Why Is The US So Good At Womens Soccer

Even though the United States is a bit insecure about its place in the world’s most popular sport, the U.S. women’s national soccer team has been dominant on the world stage for nearly a quarter-century. Tonight it will face off in the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup against Germany, with nothing less than the title of “greatest of all time” at stake. Each team has two World Cup championships, and they’ve been the two top-ranked teams in the world since FIFA’s rankings began in 2003. The winner will take the lead in World Cup finals appearances and will have the inside track to finish atop 2015’s rankings.So how did we get here? Basically, it boils down to two things: 1) Women’s soccer has been on a great run for the past 30-plus years in the U.S., to the point where it’s poised to become our most popular women’s sport, and 2) the rest of the world has been relatively apathetic and/or hostile to the women’s game.U.S. women’s soccer truly seemed to arrive in the public’s attention after the 1999 World Cup. If you’re old enough to have experienced the excitement and drama of it, there’s no way you could ever forget:This success didn’t come from nowhere. Since almost immediately after the implementation of Title IX (which became law in 1972, with compliance required by 1978) U.S. women’s soccer has grown like crazy. Probably the cleanest and easiest venue to see how this has played out is at the high school level; the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has high school athletics participation data going back to the ’70s:In the late ’70s, the number of high school women playing soccer was in the low five figures. By the time America won the World Cup in 1991, there were more than 120,000. By the time it won in 1999, there were more than 250,000. Now it is approaching 20 percent of all high school female athletes — about 375,000 — and has surpassed baseball/softball as the third-most-played team sport.Soccer has grown both by taking women from other sports and by capturing a disproportionate share of “new” female athletes as more young women began to play sports. Note that the percentage decline for basketball — by far the most mature women’s sport in the country — looks steep, but the change in total number of players is fairly small (there were more women playing high school basketball in 2013-14 than in 1976-77.) Soccer, though, has still been adding numbers to its ranks rapidly, despite a bit of a slowdown in its growth shortly after 1999:Soccer looks like it has a good chance of taking the top spot in the next 10-20 years. Yes, volleyball has been on a nice run of late, and looks likely to pass basketball as the most-played sport as early as this year. But volleyball is down from its peak (see chart above), and the upper limit for soccer is still unknown.For as much as the rest of the world loves soccer, it has been much slower to embrace the women’s game than the U.S. In England, women playing soccer was effectively banned (at least at venues that hosted men’s teams) from 1921 to 1971, and in Germany it was banned from 1955 to 1970. At around the time Title IX was heating up in the United States, women’s international soccer basically didn’t exist. According to FIFA, there were only three national teams and two international matches played in 1971.And while the women’s game is still growing worldwide, it has a long way to go. The latest comprehensive statistics from FIFA come from its “Big Count” in 2006. In it, women made up about 11 percent of registered soccer players worldwide, and just 13 percent of youths. While the Big Count hasn’t been updated, more recent studies haven’t suggested any major shifts, and FIFA still uses a figure of 12 percent in its literature.What’s worse, even those numbers are being skewed — by the United States. In that same report, the U.S. had more than 1.5 million registered female youth players — more than half of the world’s total. Take all U.S. youth out of the equation, and just 8 percent of the young soccer players in the rest of the world were female in 2006.Also, in the U.S., women’s soccer has more parity the higher up the ladder you go. Of all FIFA-registered youth in the U.S., 40 percent are female. In high schools, young women make up 47 percent of all soccer players. In the NCAA, 53 percent of soccer players are female, including 61 percent of those in Division I.Given that we pretty much started out on a similar playing field and have devoted more interest to women playing soccer in this country, I’m actually led to wonder why it is that we’re not even more dominant.For example, Germany has probably the most robust network of young women playing soccer outside of the U.S. Per capita its network is about the same as America’s: The U.S. has about five times as many registered youth women’s players as Germany (based on the data in the FIFA country-by-country factbook), fitting well with a population difference of about 5x for 15-24-year-old females (judging by here and here).If all else were equal, the U.S. should be smoking Germany: Both countries have similar youth participation rates, and we have five times more youths to draw on.This isn’t the type of sports mystery that can be easily solved, but the best answer is probably something along the lines of “they take soccer more seriously.” And there are some pretty good hints of that in FIFA’s data: For example, 94 percent of all the FIFA-registered players in the U.S. are youths, compared with only 31 percent in Germany. In raw numbers, that means we have a little more than 100,000 relatively serious adult female players compared with Germany’s 650,000 plus. While I generally think youth or high school participation is a great proxy for potential talent pools, in this case I think the adult participation disparity tells you quite a bit about each country’s soccer culture. We may have the numbers advantage, but we don’t treat soccer as a national passion project.At least not yet. Give us a couple more wins in Canada and we’ll see.CLARIFICATION (July 1, 10:30 a.m.): The “rise of soccer” chart has been labeled to reflect that hockey includes both ice and field variants. UPDATE (July 1, 7:20 a.m.): Tuesday night, the U.S. women’s national team beat Germany 2-0, making this article’s headline even more prescient than usual. Below, Benjamin Morris looks at how America’s unique youth soccer culture has helped ensure the dominance of the USWNT. read more

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Transfer Quarterbacks Are All The Rage But Do They Deliver At Their

Kyler MurrayTexas A&M109.19Oklahoma203.26+94.07 Brock BerlinFlorida161.09Miami (FL)128.65-32.45 Greyson LambertVirginia108.02Georgia139.50+31.48 Tom SavageRutgers123.45Pittsburgh138.24+14.80 Brandon McllwainSouth Carolina99.15California104.41+5.26 Beyond sheer volume, this year’s group of transfer quarterbacks is especially fascinating because it might also be the most talented bunch the sport has seen. Jalen Hurts’s father was not far off when he speculated after the 2017 season that Hurts could be the “biggest free agent in college football history.” The quarterbacks potentially debuting in new uniforms next weekend include a national champion in Hurts and three former five-star recruits (Fields, Washington’s Eason and Northwestern’s Johnson). This could have a major effect. Oklahoma does not need Hurts to do much more than his numbers would already indicate. Even an average 4.9-point bump in passer rating from his career 148.8 would put him among last season’s 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the major conferences.No matter what becomes of this year’s crop of transfers, schools will surely keep swapping quarterbacks in the future. Transfers can be good for the coaches, who find a one- or two-year solution to their quarterback vacancies. After two of his quarterbacks transferred, Arkansas coach Chad Morris replaced them this past offseason with graduate transfers Ben Hicks, originally at Southern Methodist, and Nick Starkel, from Texas A&M. “As I’ve shared all along, we are always in the quarterback market. It doesn’t matter — we are always in that market,” he said last winter. And it appears quarterback reps are going to remain scarce at Clemson, for example, with Heisman co-favorite Lawrence only a sophomore.Still, high expectations will follow a transfer anywhere. It would be hard to ask Hurts to replicate the Heisman-winning seasons of Mayfield or Murray. Expecting Fields, a sophomore with 39 career passing attempts, to equal what NFL first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins did last season is also a stretch.But that doesn’t mean those teams won’t try. “If Jalen does win the starting job from everything I’ve seen, I’m not sure there’s anything we’ve done before I wouldn’t do with him,” Oklahoma’s Riley said in a radio interview last month. Defenses should buckle up. The twists and turns are just getting started. Russell WilsonNC State135.47Wisconsin191.78+56.31 Ryan WillisKansas104.36Virginia Tech138.01+33.65 Jake LutonIdaho100.19Oregon St.129.33+29.14 Kevin CraftSan Diego St.109.18UCLA101.72-7.46 Everett GolsonNotre Dame138.21Florida St.149.16+10.94 A.J. SuggsTennessee113.27Georgia Tech113.35+0.08 Joe DaileyNebraska111.92North Carolina114.10+2.18 Robert MarveMiami (FL)107.19Purdue125.91+18.72 Clint TrickettFlorida St.151.55West Virginia132.40-19.15 Jake HeapsBrigham Young114.13Kansas97.00-17.13 Ryan FinleyBoise St.115.63NC State140.04+24.40 Ryan MallettMichigan105.69Arkansas158.11+52.42 Steven ThreetMichigan105.26Arizona St.133.41+28.15 Not every QB transfer is a program saviorQuarterbacks who threw at least 50 passes at another FBS school before transferring to a Power 5 program and how their passer rating changed, 2000-18 Brandon HarrisLSU133.86North Carolina72.34-61.52 Baker MayfieldTexas Tech127.66Oklahoma189.39+61.72 Jordan WebbKansas118.11Colorado103.72-14.39 Keller ChrystStanford128.89Tennessee130.78+1.90 Sam KellerArizona St.142.15Nebraska133.74-8.41 Will GrierFlorida145.61West Virginia169.18+23.57 Davis WebbTexas Tech138.37California135.63-2.74 Tyler MurphyFlorida121.05Boston College126.19+5.14 Scott McBrienWest Virginia110.42Maryland142.04+31.62 Jarrett StidhamBaylor198.95Auburn144.35-54.60 Pete ThomasColorado St.121.17NC State115.07-6.09 Patrick TowlesKentucky116.80Boston College113.16-3.64 Gardner MinshewEast Carolina127.10Wash. St.147.56+20.46 Peyton BenderWash. St.106.30Kansas113.66+7.36 Danny O’BrienMaryland123.54Wisconsin120.73-2.80 Matt LoVecchioNotre Dame125.27Indiana114.24-11.03 First schoolSecond school Jeremiah MasoliOregon130.56Mississippi121.11-9.45 Mitch MustainArkansas120.53USC110.47-10.06 Shea PattersonMississippi141.22Michigan149.85+8.63 Wilton SpeightMichigan132.20UCLA125.99-6.21 Kyle BolinLouisville141.56Rutgers98.21-43.34 PlayerNameRatingNameRatingChange You don’t have to look hard at college football these days to find somebody, somewhere, talking about transfers. More players are switching teams each year, and more are seeking waivers that grant immediate eligibility at their new school — and it seems like just about everybody in the sport has an opinion about it.“The issue with the transfer portal is we’ve gotten very liberal in giving people waivers, so, when we do that, it becomes free agency,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said last month. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, too, has cautioned against “free agency in college football.”But even calling it “free agency” is understating the flurry of moves. Of the top 25 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, as many as eight could start a transfer at quarterback later this month. Five of those eight quarterbacks1This figure could be as high as six, depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle at Washington State University. Anthony Gordon, a junior-college transfer, appeared in two games for the Cougars last season. He is currently competing with Gage Gubrud, who recently transferred from neighboring Eastern Washington, for the starting job, though the current rumors coming out of Pullman appear to favor Gordon. were not active for their current team last season. For comparison, in the NFL — which, of course, has literal free agency — only about four of 32 starters weren’t on their current team last season.2This includes rookie Kyler Murray in Arizona and traded quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Nick Foles in Denver and Jacksonville, respectively. Depending on the outcome of the quarterback battle in Miami, either recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick or trade acquisition Josh Rosen will start. A few other quarterback competitions remain unresolved as of publication.In the last decade, transferring in college football has increased in frequency. Some of this is due to changes in NCAA guidelines and the establishment of a transfer portal that facilitates contact between players and coaches. The NCAA’s evolving stance on immediate-eligibility waivers — which allowed Michigan’s Shea Patterson to play last season after transferring from Ole Miss, and Justin Fields to suit up for Ohio State this season — has expedited the transfer movement.The optimal approach is to find an elite talent and develop him, as Clemson has done with Trevor Lawrence and Alabama with Tua Tagovailoa. But those who miss out on that chance sometimes turn to the next-best option — and it often works. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, entering his fifth year with the program, has coached the last two Heisman Trophy winners. Both were transfers, Baker Mayfield from Texas Tech and Kyler Murray from Texas A&M. It’s no longer only bench players who move schools in search of more playing time; athletes of all levels and abilities are taking advantage of their newfound mobility to develop their careers.The impact of this wave of transfers is evident at both the college and professional level. Alabama and Georgia produced the current starting quarterbacks for four of the top five teams: the Crimson Tide’s Tagovailoa, the Bulldogs’ Jake Fromm, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Fields. Five of the 11 quarterbacks taken in the 2019 NFL draft were transfers.3The five were Kyler Murray (Texas A&M to Oklahoma), Will Grier (Florida to West Virginia), Ryan Finley (Boise State to North Carolina State), Jarrett Stidham (Baylor to Auburn) and Gardner Minshew (East Carolina to Washington State).The college football programs themselves have also incentivized player movement. Teams’ increasing reliance on younger quarterbacks chases away the rest of the depth chart: If a freshman has a firm hold on the starting job, there’s no playing time available for three years, barring an injury. Lawrence’s emergence at Clemson in 2018, for example, sparked two departures — Kelly Bryant to Missouri and Hunter Johnson to Northwestern — while Georgia’s Fromm pushed out two more, Fields to Ohio State and Jacob Eason to Washington.The search for playing time creates a ripple effect: Soon after Fields showed up at Ohio State, quarterback Tate Martell, previously expected to start in 2019, transferred to Miami. After Hurts arrived at Oklahoma, Sooners quarterback Austin Kendall left for West Virginia.It’s not just at the highest level of the sport. In addition to the eight top 25 teams, Mississippi State (Tommy Stevens, formerly of Penn State), Virginia Tech (Ryan Willis, previously at Kansas) and Missouri (Bryant) are among the power-conference schools who have settled on or considered starting transfer quarterbacks.But what gets lost in the drama of the quarterback carousel is that these transfers are rarely a magic solution. Yes, Mayfield and Murray were the two most successful transfer quarterbacks this century, based on passer ratings.4Three of the pair’s five combined seasons at Oklahoma — Mayfield’s 2016 and 2017 campaigns, and Murray’s 2018 season — rank among the four most efficient passing seasons in NCAA history, according to Sports-Reference.com. But schools turning to a transfer to transform their program often end up disappointed.Since 2000, 94 players have attempted at least 50 passes in a season for two different schools. Here we see the trend over time: five quarterbacks joined a new team between 2000 and 2004, while 13 transferred schools between 2005 and 2009. Twenty-eight quarterbacks transferred between 2010 and 2014, and 48 of those 94 have departed for greener pastures since 2015.Of that group, 58 transferred to a Power 5 school. (This includes both quarterbacks who transferred from non-Power 5 schools as well as quarterbacks who transferred between Power 5 schools.) Nineteen Power 5 transfers improved their passer rating from their first stop to their second by at least 15 points, an impressive rise. But 12 more saw their passer rating drop by at least 15 points.5This also omits the quarterbacks who seek greener pastures but didn’t end up earning enough playing time to merit inclusion on our list. The average change in passer rating is plus-4.9, and the average bump in completion percentage is 2 points, both modest upticks. However it may seem, it’s just not that easy to move towns, learn a new offense, adjust to new teammates and coaches and blossom into a completely different player. Jon BeutjerIowa129.16Illinois126.77-2.39 Jake RudockIowa129.96Michigan141.50+11.54 Allan EvridgeKansas St.104.44Wisconsin116.50+12.06 Kenny HillTexas A&M154.84Texas Christian138.36-16.47 Michael MachenKent St.100.56Baylor82.09-18.47 John O’KornHouston123.90Michigan105.48-18.42 Dayne CristNotre Dame127.00Kansas96.52-30.48 Matt MooreUCLA101.47Oregon St.131.69+30.22 Darell GarretsonUtah St.137.68Oregon St.103.97-33.71 Source: Sports-Reference.com R. KovalcheckArizona108.91Vanderbilt119.07+10.16 Wes LuntOklahoma St.137.31Illinois119.54-17.77 Zach MaynardBuffalo124.42California128.36+3.94 Danny EtlingPurdue110.95LSU144.36+33.41 read more

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Hunt master filmed telling female activist Id quite like to s you

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Tory councillor appears to try and silence claims he was illegally hunting a fox Mr Carter, a member of Breckland Council in Norfolk, made the remarks after being challenged at a hunt meet in North Yorks. Police confirmed they are investigating the incident. Mr Carter, who has not commented, was last night suspended from the Breckland council Conservative group.The footage, filmed on Jan 23, shows a woman confronting Mr Carter while he is on horseback. She says: “Hunting is banned and I have seen video chasing a fox along there.” Mr Carter, who has represented Saham Toney in Norfolk since 2011 but now lives in Yorkshire, then takes his own mobile phone out, prompting the irate woman to retort: “What, you want to take a picture of me?”He responds: “I’d quite like to s—- you actually.” The Tory councillor appears to try and silence claims he was illegally hunting a foxCredit:SWNS.com A Tory councillor on horseback was caught on film appearing to tell a female anti-hunt activist: “I’d quite like to s—- you.”Charles Carter, 33, master of the Middleton hunt in North Yorkshire, tells the woman that she is “very pretty” before requesting her number and asking: “Can I take you to bed please?” center_img Charles Carter on horseback with houndsCredit: Ian Burt/Archant The West Norfolk Foxhounds Boxing Day hunt at Raynham Hall led by master of the hunt Charles Carter Cllr Carter resigned on Wednesday night.Breckland Council said: “Cllr Charles Carter is to step down with immediate effect from his role as a Breckland Councillor for Saham Toney ward.”Earlier today he was suspended from the Conservative Group at Breckland”His resignation was this evening received and accepted by the Leader of Breckland Council, William Nunn.”last_img read more

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EHF CL BEST 7 Three Croats Mem Myrhol Svan Hansen and Bodo

EHF TV announced list of BEST 7 players of the VELUX EHF Champions League – Round 2.Three Croatian players are among the best alongside Dika Mem, Lasse Svan Hansen, Bjarte Myrhol and Richard Bodo.Here is the BEST 7:Goalkeeper: Ivan Pesić (Meshkov Brest)Left wing: David Mandić (RK PPD Zagreb)Left back: Richard Bodo (Pick Szeged)Playmaker: Luka Cindrić (PGE VIVE Kielce)Right back: Dika Mem (FC Barcelona Lassa)Right wing: Lasse Svan Hansen (SG Flensburg-Handewitt)Line player: Bjarte Myrhol (Skjern Handbold) bjarte myrholDavid MandicDika Memehf cl best 7handballIvan PesicLassen Svan HansenLuka CindricRichard BodoTOP Handball ← Previous Story VIDEO: Goal or no goal? Next Story → Slavko Goluza about series of Tatran: Presov breathes with the club!

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