Her foray into films has been lucky for this 27-year-old. Pernia Qureshi, the woman behind Sonam Kapoor’s chic look in the movie Aisha oozes exuberance and is the quintessential stylist. A trained Kuchipudi dancer and a disciple of the renowned Raja Radha Reddy, Qureshi started her career in New York,Her foray into films has been lucky for this 27-year-old. Pernia Qureshi, the woman behind Sonam Kapoor’s chic look in the movie Aisha oozes exuberance and is the quintessential stylist. A trained Kuchipudi dancer and a disciple of the renowned Raja Radha Reddy, Qureshi started her career in New York as a fashion stylist and costume designer.Style check: “I dress according to my moods. My dress sense is eclectic but always feminine. I would never go for the grunge look. I love wearing dresses the most. They’re very flattering to any kind of a body. For example, when I’m having a fat day, I will never wear jeans,” laughs Qureshi.Accessory alert: The stylist believes in accessorising one at a time. So, if you spot her with a cocktail ring, she wouldn’t be wearing a necklace or earrings with it. “I love wearing vintage jewellery of brands like Chanel and Givenchy,” she says.Brand talk: “I can wear clothes even bought from Janpath. But I’m quite fussy about my footwear because with cheaper brands, my feet suffer. I love sporting Louis Vuitton and Prada,” says the young lady.Tip toe: Her style tip, “Don’t ever buy clothes smaller than your size thinking you’ll soon lose weight. Instead, I often buy clothes which are bigger and get them altered to my size.”-Rewati RauOn the spotDesigner Divya Gupta introduced her new line of club wear ‘Yell’, in her recently opened store at Khan Market. Former Miss India finalist, Donna Katherine Masih co-hosted the event along with Gupta.Pia Pauro recently unveiled her label ‘Pia Pauro’ showcasing her spring summer collection. The launch was over high tea at The Imperial Hotel, New Delhi. Ayesha Thapar, Simar Duggal, Puneet Juneja, Aparna Behl and many others were spotted at the do.The Delhi Jazz festival held at Nehru park earlier this month saw a number of International bands performing for the very first time in India. Italian band Be Why and Ceasre Picco from France debuted at the festival this year.Compiled by Ekta Marwahaadvertisement
Zimbabwe President Robert MugabeBetween February 9 and March 23, 2003, the eighth cricket World Cup will unfold in the African continent. Most of the 54 matches will be played in South Africa.Six are planned in Zimbabwe and two in Kenya. In 1993, South Africa had won the right to play,Zimbabwe President Robert MugabeBetween February 9 and March 23, 2003, the eighth cricket World Cup will unfold in the African continent. Most of the 54 matches will be played in South Africa.Six are planned in Zimbabwe and two in Kenya. In 1993, South Africa had won the right to play host. As Ali Bacher, executive director of the tournament, explains, “We decided to give some games to Zimbabwe and Kenya to spread cricket in Africa. That was our viewpoint.”While Bacher’s “viewpoint has not changed”, his region’s politics has. Zimbabwe is in turmoil; President Robert Mugabe’s regime, condemned as repressive, is an international pariah. There is serious danger of Australia, England and, probably, Holland refusing to play their preliminary matches in Harare and Bulawayo.The apprehensions were voiced at the recent Champions Trophy in Colombo. In November, an International Cricket Council (ICC) inspection delegation is visiting Zimbabwe-its recce will coincide with a tour by Pakistani cricketers-to take a look.The ICC delegation will comprise Chief Executive Malcolm Speed, administrators from every country- India, Pakistan and Namibia are the others-due to play in Zimbabwe and a players’ representative. Accompanying them will be an official from Global Cricket Corporation, the ICC’s partner for the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, and an insurance specialist.Since cricket is a polite, genteel pastime, coarse expressions such as “boycott” aren’t part of its lexicon. “Opting out due to security reasons” is another matter. In 1996, the World Cup was co-hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. After a Tamil Tiger attack in Colombo, Australia and the West Indies refused to travel there-and lost points.advertisementLand before wicket: Robert Mugabe’s anti-white farm laws have targeted even cricketer Heath StreakWill there be a replay seven years later? Lucia Muvingi, Zimbabwe’s high commissioner to India, says her Government “will ensure the safety of players”. “You have to distinguish,” the lady argues, “between a political problem and a security problem.”Mugabe’s Government has been in the doghouse primarily because of an unorthodox, state-approved land “reforms” programme that, to independent minds, seems little more than smash and grab. In essence white farmers-many of British descent- are being thrown off their substantial homesteads. Even the family of Heath Streak, Zimbabwe’s best known cricketer, has been targeted.Earlier this year, Mugabe also conducted an election amid allegations of rigging and violence. After this the Commonwealth suspended Zimbabwe. A London-based diplomat rates the chances of Nasser Hussain’s men not playing as “very high”. In Canberra, Prime Minister John Howard had asked the Australian Cricket Board to cancel a tour of Zimbabwe earlier in 2002.On his part, Bacher points to a “high powered security directorate comprising 85 close protection officers and budgeted at 16 million rands” to allay all fears. He warns that any team that doesn’t turn up to play as promised is likely to forfeit points. While the ICC is “not open” to playing the matches elsewhere, Mark Harrison, the council’s communications manager, says it is “realistic to the need to be flexible”.India, neutral on Zimbabwe and refusing to read any analogies with Pakistan-which it fought to isolate in the Commonwealth after the 1999 coup-is not really involved. Even so, if cricket gets divided yet again along a supposedly “racial” faultline, you know who’ll be thrusting his sweaty nose right in the middle.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Angel Gomes thrilled to see action in Man Utd winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAngel Gomes was delighted with his cameo for Manchester United in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town.Gomes, who was handed his Premier League debut by Jose Mourinho in 2017, came on as a second half substitute to replace Juan Mata with United 3-0 up.And the 18-year-old was asked by MUTV what advice his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gave to him before he came on.”He told me enjoy myself get on the pitch,” Gomes explained. “He said to come inside and get on the ball and get as many touches as you can and enjoy the atmosphere and I tried to do that coming on and it was a great experience.”The academy graduate is hopeful of more opportunities under United’s interim manager as he has promised to give more youth team players a chance.”Of course it’s just the start. It was good me and Jimmy travelled last game too, so to travel again and to get some minutes was an added bonus,” Gomes said. “I think United is about bringing youth through and I think with the new manager and how things are going it’s there for the taking really.”He’s a legend at the club and the fans will get behind him because of the things he won at the club and how great of a player he was. For me to learn from a manager like Solskjaer is great for me and the other younger lads because growing up we were watching him. It’s a great feeling.”
Instagram/American_confComing into the season, Temple looked to be one of the easiest games on Notre Dame’s schedule. Two months later, Temple is 7-0 and a favorite in a very solid AAC conference, and Saturday’s game in Philadelphia is one of the best on the schedule. Now, College GameDay is officially heading to the City of Brotherly Love, making this potentially one of the biggest weekends in Temple football history.We’re coming to Philly! See you Saturday, @Temple_FB and @NDFootball. pic.twitter.com/g0EVhjJMAn— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) October 26, 2015Temple is very excited..@CollegeGameDay @Temple_FB @NDFootball pic.twitter.com/Ty29yP0eXV— Temple Owls (@TempleOwls) October 26, 2015While we love seeing GameDay at places with a ton of history and classic college football Saturday atmospheres, it is always cool when the show heads somewhere new and unique. Temple certainly fits that bill. The Owls and Fighting Irish kick off at 8 p.m. on Saturday night. Notre Dame opens as a 10.5 point favorite in the game.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has permanently restrained 30 torrent sites from hosting, streaming, reproducing, distributing or making available to the public by any means the movies, music, shows or any content which violates the copyright of film production companies like Twentieth Century Fox and UTV Software.Justice Manmohan, in the order, directed internet service providers (ISPs), like Airtel, Reliance Jio and MTNL, to block access to these websites. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Directions were also issued by the court to the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) to ensure that the ISPs registered with them block access to such “rogue websites”. While issuing the directions based on a plea by the film production companies, the court said website blocking was a “cumbersome exercise” and majority of the viewers who access and download the infringing content are youngsters who are unaware that the content is pirated. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIt directed the DoT and the MEITY to “explore the possibility of framing a policy under which a warning is issued to the viewers of the infringing content, if technologically feasible in the form of e-mails, or pop-ups or such other modes, cautioning the viewers to cease viewing/downloading the infringing material. “In the event the warning is not heeded to and the viewers/subscribers continue to view, access or download the infringing/pirated content, then a fine could be levied on the viewers/subscribers,” the court said. It added that such a measure would go a long way in curbing piracy and the dark-net as well as in “promoting the legal content and accelerating the pace of Digital India”. The court, in its 99-page verdict, also noted that such websites were “hydra-headed”, who on being blocked, “actually multiply and resurface as alphanumeric or mirror websites”. Therefore, to meet the ends of justice and address the menace of piracy by such hydra-headed websites, the court permitted the plaintiff production companies to implead as a party in the matter the mirror/redirect/alphanumeric websites. However, the plaintiffs would have to file affidavits confirming that the newly impleaded sites are a mirror/redirect/alphanumeric website along with “sufficient supporting evidence”.
New Delhi: Several women including lawyers, activists and members of NGOs on Tuesday protested outside the Supreme Court after an in-house panel of the court cleared Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment charges.The women were detained by the police and taken to the Mandir Marg Police station. Soon after, prohibitory orders banning the assembly of four or more people were imposed outside the Supreme Court in the heart of Delhi. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkThe women held placards as they protested against the clean chit given to the Chief Justice by the in-house committee of his colleagues. “Do Constitutional rights to protest not apply to the Supreme Court?” tweeted noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan. CPI-M leader Brinda Karat said: “The procedure seems to be totally unjust. Why can’t the victim be given the report? It’s wrong. When they are dismissing the matter, more questions are being raised about the procedures adopted by the Supreme Court. It’s an injustice.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe protest comes after a three-judge top court panel headed by Justice S.A. Bobde found no substance on Monday in the sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former apex court employee against Chief Justice Gogoi. On Tuesday, the woman asked the in-house probe committee for a copy of the report giving a clean chit to the CJI. “I have a right to know how, why and on what basis have your Lordships found my complaint to have ‘no substance’,” she said, adding she was “deeply shocked” on the outcome of the committee’s findings. “Despite my detailed affidavit, ample corroborative evidence and clear, consistent statement reiterating my experience of sexual harassment and consequent victimization, the Committee has found no substance in my complaint and affidavit,” she said.
Washington: President Donald Trump on Friday announced a six-month delay in imposing steep tariffs on auto imports, seeking to pressure Europe and Japan into bargaining table concessions on trade. The decision marked a temporary reprieve from what would have been a sizable escalation in Trump’s multi-front trade wars. Trump’s threat targets a major chunk of global economic activity with profound disruptions. Hundreds of billions of dollars in autos are manufactured, shipped and sold internationally every year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report In a proclamation, the president directed US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to update him within 180 days on the outcome of negotiations with the EU, Japan and “any other country” Lighthizer deems appropriate. By leaving the threat of tariffs hanging, Trump’s move raises the temperature in European capitals already angered by the imposition of punishing US duties on steel and aluminum last year. Trump’s decision also preserved a truce declared last year with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in which both sides agreed to cease trade hostilities while efforts continued to resolve the trade dispute. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Despite the decision, Trump continued his attacks on EU trade policy. “The European Union treats us, I’d say, worse than China — they’re just smaller,” Trump said at an event. “They don’t want our farmers, they don’t want our cars… They send Mercedes-Benz here like they’re cookies,” Trump said, adding that “they take advantage of us on trade.” “We all love Europe but it’s not fair.” In response to the US metal tariffs, the EU last year imposed stinging duties on American exports like motorcycles, orange juice, whiskey and blue jeans, and threatened to retaliate further should the auto tariffs be imposed. European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom confirmed an existing offer that “the EU is prepared to negotiate a limited trade agreement including cars.” The six-month delay had been expected this week as industry sources confirmed media reports that Trump would hold off — delighting markets which had feared sharp economic consequences of such a move. In his proclamation, Trump described the US auto sector as facing decline due to unfair foreign competition. A report by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concluded that America’s shrinking share of the auto market jeopardized its research, development and manufacturing — all “vital to national security,” according to Trump. In a conclusion likely to invite challenges from manufacturers and industry analysts, Trump said America’s defense industrial base relied on the domestic auto sector for technological advances essential to US “military superiority.” Citing Ross’s conclusions, Trump pointed to a doubling of US imports over the last 34 years but accused Europe and Japan of raising “significant barriers” to accepting American exports in return. In that same period, the domestic market share of American-owned manufacturers fell to just 22 percent from 67 percent, he said. “In light of all of these factors, domestic conditions of competition must be improved by reducing imports,” Trump said. Reacting to the announcement, Dieter Kempf, head of the German industrial federation, said “cars do not threaten the national security of the United States.” Japanese automaker Toyota, which has factories and research centers in the United States also strongly rejected the notion. “Today’s proclamation sends a message to Toyota that our investments are not welcomed, and the contributions from each of our employees across America are not valued,” a statement read. “If import quotas are imposed, the biggest losers will be consumers who will pay more and have fewer vehicle choices.” Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, said that by jacking up tariffs on 200 billion worth of Chinese merchandise last week Trump had shown Brussels his tariff threats were not idle. “I think it’s a signal to everybody that he means business,” Chesbrough told AFP. “I think in general it’s a good news story in that it buys the industry a little more time to try to get the president to change his mind about the tariffs.” The United States imported almost 200 billion worth of autos in 2017, according to the proclamation. But, while foreign-branded cars are popular in the United States, many automakers have championed their US-based manufacturing operations in places like Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina.
In preparation for the 2015 NFL season, FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight division previews, each highlighting the numbers that may influence a team’s performance (including projections and rankings based on ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index). Today we turn to the AFC South — perhaps the most imbalanced division in football. Andrew Luck’s Colts are potentially the league’s best team; the Texans, Jaguars and Titans are just hoping to keep things competitive. Bruce Gradkowski20.14-934.42-5 FIRST 13 STARTSREST OF STARTING CAREER Indianapolis Colts2014 Record: 11-5 | 2015 Projected Wins: 10.5 | Playoff Odds: 84.0%Offensive Rank: 2nd | Defensive Rank: 20th | Special Teams Rank: 17thSteadily, the Indianapolis Colts are climbing toward the Super Bowl. In Andrew Luck’s first two seasons under center, the team went from out of the playoffs to the wild card game in 2012 and then to the divisional round in 2013. And in 2014, a third straight 11-win season yielded a trip to the AFC Championship game. Now, the Colts enter 2015 with the AFC’s best chance (25.6 percent) of making Super Bowl 50, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI).But as much as that probability attests to Indy’s progress as a team, it’s also an indictment of the rest of the AFC South. Luck is the division’s only top-tier quarterback, the Colts are its only top-15 preseason FPI team, and Indianapolis is projected to play one of the easiest schedules in the AFC. So while the Colts have the NFL’s best odds to win their division (73.4 percent) and make the playoffs (84 percent), merely getting to the postseason out of a weak division is no longer enough.And in order for the team to reach the next stage in its ascent, Luck needs help. Last season, he was asked to do more than any other quarterback in the NFL, as the Indianapolis offense passed on 67 percent of its snaps. Saddled with that workload, Luck ranked first in touchdown passes but also 32nd (out of 33 qualified quarterbacks) in turnovers, with many of those miscues resulting from Luck trying to do too much.To take the pressure off of Luck, the Colts need to improve their running game. Last season, Indianapolis ranked seventh1According to TruMedia’s proprietary data, which I accessed as an employee of ESPN. in passing expected points added (EPA) per game but 29th in rushing EPA per game — the biggest such rankings disparity of any team in the NFL. The addition of running back Frank Gore is an upgrade over Trent Richardson,2Really, just about any running back would have been an upgrade over Richardson. but the offensive line, patchy at best (with 11 starting combinations) a year ago, needs to open more holes after ranking 22nd in yards before contact per rush.3A stat that quantifies both O-line run-blocking effectiveness and RB vision by measuring how far, on average, the ball carriers behind them make it before making first contact with a defender.As long as the Colts have a quarterback and the rest of the AFC South does not, they’ll have a successful season. In fact, with 10 games against what FPI considers the two weakest divisions in football (the NFC South and the rest of the AFC South), don’t be surprised if Indy earns the AFC’s No. 1 overall playoff seed.4A feat that FPI gives them an NFL-best 29 percent chance of achieving. But if the Colts want to keep rising ever closer to the league’s summit, they can’t rely on Luck alone. Kellen Clemens24.24-943.14-4 FiveThirtyEight is previewing the 2015 NFL season ahead of the first game of the year. Check out our coverage of every division » QUARTERBACKTOTAL QBRW-LTOTAL QBRW-L Tennessee Titans2014 Record: 2-14 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.7 | Playoff Odds: 5.3%Off. Rank: 29th | Def. Rank: 32nd | S.T. Rank: 5thGood luck finding a 2015 Tennessee Titans preview that doesn’t focus on the No. 2 overall pick in this past spring’s draft, quarterback Marcus Mariota. After a disappointing 2-14 season in which the Titans started three different QBs,18Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger — all of whom posted a below-average Total QBR. the Titans and their fans are counting on Mariota to step in and revive the offense.At least one projection system (full disclosure: it’s the one developed by my colleagues in ESPN’s Stats & Information Group) expects Mariota to be the top quarterback in his class by 2018, but there are bound to be growing pains as he adapts to the NFL. And even if we pretend Mariota has no trouble transitioning from the spread offense he operated with Heisman-winning efficiency at Oregon to Ken Whisenhunt’s more vertical, pro-style scheme, who is he going to throw to? And how will Tennessee’s rushers help take pressure off Mariota and the passing game?Fantasy rankings have their flaws (for instance, a team might have two good players at the same position), but they can serve as a decent proxy for evaluating individual offensive talent. And they build a pretty convincing case that the Titans possess the least-talented group of non-quarterback skill-position players in the NFL.For starters, Tennessee’s top-rated fantasy player — running back Bishop Sankey — ranks 95th in ESPN’s Fantasy Rankings,19All rankings are as of Sept. 3. 27 spots lower than any other team’s highest-ranked player. The rankings also assign a dollar value to each player (with replacement-level players20In fantasy football terms. receiving no value), and Tennessee’s entire roster of fantasy-eligible players21Including defenses, kickers and offensive skill-position players. is worth a whopping nine bucks. That’s the lowest of any team in the league — and $46 less than the value of Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell, the most expensive player in ESPN’s rankings.After ranking 30th in offensive EPA per play22Again, including an adjustment that reduces the effects of blowouts. (and 29th defensively) last season, the Titans would truly need a “Super Mariota” performance to elevate this group into playoff contention. So though Mariota is getting all the headlines, the true determinant of Tennessee’s success may be whether any other player can step up to take some pressure off of its rookie QB. John Skelton28.98-511.00-4 There’s also no doubt that Bortles needs help. Last season, Jacksonville’s top pass catcher (Allen Hurns) ranked 67th in receiving yards, its top rusher (former quarterback Denard Robinson) ranked 30th in rushing yards and its offensive line ranked 29th in pass protection.16ESPN’s pass protection metric measures the percentage of pass plays in which the offensive line controls the line of scrimmage.Maybe the aforementioned Jaguars defense can come to Bortles’s aid. It ranked 17th in the NFL in EPA per play17This includes a weighting adjustment that downplays the effects of blowouts. and held opponents to the league’s 14th-lowest Total QBR last season. But even if the defense ascends into the NFL’s top 10, the offense will still likely be too much to overcome. That’s why FPI predicts that Jacksonville’s cycle of high draft picks will go unbroken, assigning the Jags a nearly 50 percent chance of picking in the top five for a fifth consecutive season. Jacksonville Jaguars2014 Record: 3-13 | 2015 Proj. W: 5.5 | Playoff Odds: 4.2%Off. Rank: 32nd | Def. Rank: 18th | S.T. Rank: 9thIt’s been four painful seasons since the Jacksonville Jaguars finished with a .500 record (they went 8-8 in 2010).10In fact, they haven’t had a .500 record at any point in a season since Week 2 of the 2011 season. During that span, the team has the worst record in the NFL (14-50) and hasn’t won more than five games in any season.Unfortunately for the Jaguars, that record cannot be attributed to bad luck — they also produced an NFL-low 15 pythagorean wins11A better measure of how many wins a team “deserves” after stripping away the luck of winning close games. — or a lack of draft picks. Despite Jacksonville picking in the top five of a record four consecutive NFL drafts, and having had at least one top-10 pick for eight years running, the talent gap between the Jaguars and the rest of the league continues to grow. And it isn’t likely to decrease in 2015: first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr. has already gone down with an ACL tear, while prized free-agent tight end Julius Thomas may be out until Week 4.Jacksonville’s defense isn’t awful (more on this later), which might offer hope. But as any football fan knows, today’s NFL is all about the quarterback, and in order for the Jaguars to take steps toward respectability, they need Blake Bortles to improve on the NFL-worst 25.2 Total QBR he put up in 2014.Based on an admittedly small sample, quarterbacks who start their careers as badly as Bortles has rarely get better. Going back to 2006,12The first year in which Total QBR can be calculated. there have been eight passers13Among the names on the list is Jacksonville’s previous first-round quarterback, Blaine Gabbert. (other than Bortles) who produced a Total QBR of 30.0 or worse through their first 13 starts.14Using data from only games in which the quarterback was his team’s starter. After such rough debuts, the octet combined for a winning percentage of 38.1 and an average Total QBR of 29.7 in their subsequent starts; only Mark Sanchez started more than 16 additional games.15In fairness, these guys’ careers aren’t uniformly over, so they may start again someday. But only Geno Smith and Bortles were projected to be starters going into training camp, and Smith’s status as starter was short-lived. Houston Texans2014 Record: 9-7 | 2015 Proj. W: 8.5 | Playoff Odds: 43.2%Off. Rank: 23rd | Def. Rank: 4th | S.T. Rank: 21stThe Houston Texans are so defined by their best player that the latest edition of “Hard Knocks” should have been renamed “The J.J. Watt Show.” Last season Watt, the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year, became the first player since 19825The season the NFL began to officially tally sacks. to post multiple 20-sack seasons in a career, and his impact goes beyond just pressuring the quarterback.Watt led the league in batted passes,6Based on ESPN’s video tracking. fumbles recovered and tackles for loss. Add in five total touchdowns (the most by a defensive lineman in a season since 1944), and it’s not surprising that Watt led the entire league in Approximate Value (AV), Pro-Football-Reference.com’s cross-positional player value metric. He’s also produced more AV through his first four seasons combined than any other defender since the common draft era began in 1967.In other words, Watt might be the best player in football today. And with the Texans adding Vince Wilfork and a healthy Jadeveon Clowney to line up alongside him, Houston’s defense could be even more dominant than it was last season, when it ranked second in defensive EPA.But will any of that matter if Houston’s quarterbacks can’t pass the ball?While developing FPI for the NFL, ESPN’s Stats & Information Group needed a way to estimate each team’s quarterback quality for the upcoming season in order to account for QB injuries when making predictions. The solution: for each starting quarterback (and his backup), FPI generates a per-game EPA projection based on his past performance.7Adjusted for age. In Houston’s case, starting quarterback Brian Hoyer ranks 27th out of 32 expected starters in projected EPA.8Only Josh McCown, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles and rookies Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are lower. Compared with an average starter, Hoyer is expected to cost the Texans about 2.9 points per game. To put that in perspective, if he were an average QB instead, the Texans would rise from 16th overall in preseason FPI to seventh (and fourth in the AFC).There is good news for Houston, though: FPI projects its schedule to be the AFC’s easiest, with interconference games against the historically awful NFC South. Last season, the AFC North drew that division and ended up placing three teams in the playoffs.9It went 12-3-1 versus the NFC South and 26-22 against other divisions. With that schedule and Watt spearheading the fourth-best projected defense in football (according to FPI), Houston might get back to the playoffs in spite of its poor quarterbacking. Mark Sanchez27.46-736.831-26 Read more: 2015 NFL Previews Blaine Gabbert21.03-1024.02-12 JaMarcus Russell23.33-1017.64-8 Blake Bortles24.73-10—— Brandon Weeden29.75-818.90-8 Geno Smith27.76-751.95-11
Crunch time. Do or die. Win or go home. Whatever sports cliché you can think of for needing to win, the unranked Ohio State men’s hockey team is at the point of using it. “It’s getting to that time of year where points are really becoming important,” said junior forward Cory Schneider. “The league standings are pretty tight, so this is a huge series for us.” Under the weight of the series, even OSU coach Mark Osiecki jumped onto the cliché bandwagon. “It’s starting to get down to crunch time,” he said, “and people are looking for points.” The Buckeyes have won six of their last eight games — including a sweep of then-No. 7 Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 7–8 — and will look to continue on that track this weekend against No. 8 Notre Dame. The series between Notre Dame (15-8-3, 12-5-1) and OSU (12-9-2, 7-7-2) will be the Buckeyes’ third straight against a team ranked in the top 20. But they aren’t complaining about it. “It’s fun,” Osiecki said. “I think it’s great for our guys.” Osiecki said his players don’t let the tough matchups mess with their heads. “They’re pretty focused,” he said. “You don’t have to say much during the week — they know what’s coming at them.” Osiecki said he also knows that to beat the Fighting Irish, his Buckeyes can’t stray from who they are and begin to worry about the other team. “If we started to worry about what Notre Dame is doing,” he said, “we’re in trouble.” This week’s series is especially important because of the team’s performance against Western Michigan last weekend. The Buckeyes left “that state up north” with a 4-2 loss Friday and a 2-2 tie Saturday, which they clinched, 2-1, in a shootout. Senior forward John Albert said the team didn’t play as well as it should have, despite pulling off a shootout win, but that it shouldn’t dwell on its subpar effort. “We can’t look back at last weekend and be down on ourselves,” he said. Osiecki agreed, focusing on the team’s improved effort Saturday. “We did not play well in the first two periods Friday night. Certainly it was not our best effort,” Osiecki said. “We certainly played a lot better on Saturday.” Osiecki said that rather than focusing on whom they’re playing, the Buckeyes are focusing on how they’re playing leading up to this weekend’s series. OSU will face off against Notre Dame at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks to the media at a press conference at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Jan. 22, 2015. The press conference centered around the fact that 11 of 12 Patriot game balls were under-inflated according to NFL rules during the first half of Sunday’s AFC Championship victory over the Colts. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe NFL announced its punishment for the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Monday for the underinflation of footballs used in the 2015 AFC Championship Game, five days after league-appointed attorney Ted Wells released the findings of his lengthy investigation.Wells concluded that it is “more probable than not” that members of Patriots personnel — specifically, Jim McNally, who is the officials’ locker room attendant for New England, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant for the Pats — deliberately released air from game footballs after they were inspected by the referee.The report also found that Brady, who would go on to be named this year’s Super Bowl MVP, “was at least generally aware” of McNally and Jastremski’s illegal actions “involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”New England was fined $1 million and was stripped of two future draft picks — a 2016 first-round selection and a fourth-rounder in 2017. Brady received a four-game suspension, without pay, for the start of the 2015-16 NFL season. Additionally, McNally and Jastremski were suspended by the league indefinitely.The Wells report has garnered plenty of criticism. Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said in a statement that there was “no fairness” in the investigation and that it had a “pre-determined” outcome. The use of the language “more probable than not” in the report has drawn flak for not being definitive enough.As for the punishment, Yee called it “ridiculous.” He said they will appeal the suspension.Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement Monday night after he was informed of the discipline.“Today’s punishment, however, far exceeded any reasonable expectation,” he said. “It was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence.”He added that they still believe there was “no tampering with footballs” but that their “intention was to accept any discipline levied by the league.”I believe this discipline is fair — for the most part.First off, the comments from Yee and Kraft are expected. Of course they would not flat out say they agree.I looked through the report and read the text messages between McNally and Jastremski. I took note of the other evidence Wells brought forth, and my personal conclusion was that a calculated and purposeful effort was made to deflate the footballs and that Brady knew about it. I do not think that such actions to deflate the balls would happen without the man who would be throwing them during the game — Brady — knowing about it.And because of my personal conclusion drawn from the Wells report, I feel a four-game suspension for Brady is spot on. The argument is that an underinflated football becomes softer, which make it easier to grip, throw and catch. The extent of this competitive advantage is unknown to me but regardless, it is inconsequential.If a cyclist uses banned performance-enhancing drugs but still loses in the Tour De France, he still broke a rule. Or if a wide receiver uses Stickum but still drops a pass, he still broke a rule. The fact of the matter is that a violation occurred. There are rules for a reason. A rule was broken and punishment rightfully should follow.Do I think that if Brady played the AFC Championship Game with properly inflated footballs that they would have lost the game against the Indianapolis Colts? Obviously I can’t say for sure, but I do believe New England still would have won and advanced to Super Bowl XLIX.The fact that they still might have won the game without committing the violation does not make the fact that Brady was “at least generally aware” of the violation any better. He needed to be punished, and I believe he received the proper discipline. It is a matter of protecting the integrity of the game.To me, anything more than a four-game suspension would have been excessive. Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer recently was suspended for four games in 2015 for sending text messages to the sidelines during games. Considering this, I think four games for Brady being “at least generally aware” that the game balls for a crucial AFC Championship Game were being tampered with is totally reasonable and fair.As for the rest of the punishment, there is no question McNally and Jastremski should be suspended indefinitely. The $1 million fine — tied for the largest in league history — given to the organization is also adequate, in my opinion. Bear in mind that this occurred in a game that determined who would play in the Super Bowl. Violating a rule in such a pivotal game should have harsh consequences.The league also took two future draft picks away from the Patriots. This is a relatively common disciplinary action. Since 1980, 14 teams have lost draft choices because of infractions.New England forfeits next year’s first-round selection and a fourth-round pick in 2017. It is only the second time since 1980 that a first-round pick was lost. The first time was in 2008, when the NFL took took away New England’s as a result of illegally videotaping an opposing team’s sideline.The one in 2017 makes sense. However, I feel taking away a first-rounder is steep. The New Orleans Saints did not even lose a first-round pick because of their illegal paying of players to purposely injure the opposition. They lost second-round choices in 2012 and 2013.Losing multiple draft picks is certainly reasonable, but taking away such a high selection seems to be slightly excessive. Vacating a third-round selection next year, instead of the first-rounder, would have satisfied me.With that said though, I believe the NFL handed down mostly appropriate punishments. The “deliberate effort to circumvent the rules” deserved severe discipline, and the league issued just that.The impact this has on Brady’s legacy and the Patriots franchise in the future remains to be seen.But one thing is for sure: Brady’s first game back from his looming suspension is scheduled to be on Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. in Indianapolis against the Colts — the same team the Patriots faced during the AFC Championship Game with the deflated balls.Interesting timing, to say the least. Mark your calendars for that one.
This season hasn’t been an easy one for Everton but it seems like they have finally reached the safe places and can focus just on ending the season positively – which is what Phil Jagielka wants.The Toffees are about to face Manchester City in their upcoming game and the experienced defender believes that with a possible win, they can end the season on a positive note despite it hasn’t been that successful.The former England international spoke about his side’s remaining games, according to evertonfc.com:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We want to be pushing on. Since the new manager came in, results wise it has been a steady incline and it is putting us back on a steady footing.”“Our league position is not too bad and there is a chance – if we go on a run – we can finish not too far off where people may have expected us to finish, having had a positive season. That is what we need to look for from now until the end of the season.”“They’ve [City] gone to a new level this year. Their movement is brilliant at times but there are chinks in the armour, it has been proven this season and is up to us to look at those. I expect a busy day off the ball but on the ball, we must make sure we put them under as much pressure as possible.”
It was already announced that Naby Keita from RB Leipzig will join Liverpool in the summer as the Reds decided to pay his release clause and signed a new deal with him.However, Jürgen Klopp insisted that this midfielder won’t be the only player who will come to strengthen his squad and he is planning to bring more players when the summer transfer window will begin.The German coach spoke about his transfer plans as he said, according to ESPN:“We already have Naby Keita coming and that is really good and we will probably sign a couple more players because that’s how it is.”Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We have to strengthen, first of all, the squad. To bring in players who are 200 percent better than the players we already have will be quite difficult, but we still need to do a few things to have more depth in the squad. That is very important.”“We had a weak problem in the winter. Phil left and Adam Lallana was not here then, which would have been a perfect replacement but he was not involved. And then Emre Can disappeared with an injury.”“That was our problem, so we need to prepare as good as possible so that it will not happen again.”
One might confuse Marcelo Bielsa as a vain individual for the way in which he speaks about tactics and goes over the rules. He is just Argentinean.There has been a very split opinion in regards to Marcelo Bielsa’s latest stunt, the type that has earned him that “El Loco” (Crazy Man) nickname and people might confuse his personality as vain.But anybody who could go on this train of thought doesn’t have the full story about who Marcelo Bielsa really is, the man is Argentinean first and foremost.People who were born in that country are born with a natural arrogance that separates them from the rest of people who were born in Latin America, not even Lionel Messi is forgiven by this personality trait.The Barcelona star is the perfect example that you simply cannot elude the personality that most perfectly describes your race or country, for he is arguably one of the most grounded people you will ever meet and yet he still appears above the rest of simple mortals just by the way he conducts himself with others.But don’t let that idea of him confuse you, Messi only appears arrogant and yet he is merely a very shy man.Something very similar happens with Marcelo Bielsa, a true genius of the craft who loved immersing himself in the tactical analysis that can become quite obsessive.Las portadas de los diarios ingleses, dedicadas a Marcelo Bielsa 😂 pic.twitter.com/GotD12uLIT— La pizarra de Bielsa (@pizarrabielsa) January 17, 2019As I saw Bielsa’s explanation that he used to defend himself from those football espionage accusations, I can easily understand how some people might have gotten the idea that he was mocking them by not only accepting he spied on Derby County before facing them on a match, but also revealing that he’s been spying on every single squad that will face them down the line throughout the current season.It’s also easy to understand how some people might fall under the idea that Marcelo was just bragging by letting everybody know how much of a genius he is by recollecting this information that no other manager would dare to gather.The study of a single match from only one club takes over four hours of analysis with all the players present, just imagining how much time it took Bielsa to gather information from every club boggles the mind and could bring about some envy from his peers.But all these people who criticize Bielsa fail to understand his true intentions, Bielsa doesn’t care about leaving everybody else as an obsolete excuse of a manager and he even loves the idea of sharing all his knowledge with anybody who is humble enough to listen.In a sense, Bielsa is even naive for thinking that people wouldn’t dare to see his actions as a threat rather than an honest invitation to spread the gospel.Dani Ceballos, the most underrated Spanish player today Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We’ve been looking for the next great Spanish player and we had him under our noses all along, meet underrated Dani Ceballos.Even though you’ve…”Toda la información que necesito para estar claro la recolecto sin mirar las sesiones de entrenamiento de mis oponentes…” pic.twitter.com/hLSB7M2Gx0— Marcelo Bielsa (@Frases_M_Bielsa) January 17, 2019The perfect example of what we say is within a video that recently surfaced from the time in which Marcelo Bielsa still managed Olympique Marseille, the Argentine manager received a very special visit from none other than Zinedine Zidane.The Frenchman is humble enough to understand Bielsa’s intentions are not wicked or perverse, the Argentine manager offered to explain the tactics with pleasure and ‘Zizou’ gladly accepted the tremendous offer.Bielsa even noted that he didn’t want the proposal to be perceived as vain, all he felt was a responsibility to share the knowledge with someone who took the time to pay him a visit in order to learn more about the craft.This famous visit by the French manager was made all the way back in 2014 as reported by Marca, which was just before Zidane took control of the squad that eventually won three consecutive Champions League titles.One might say that ‘Zizou’ learned a thing or two from that generous offer that Bielsa gladly extended, an intention that might be confused with vanity by many.But the ones who really know what football is all about, are fully aware that Bielsa is nothing but a misunderstood genius.Hasta Zidane busca la asesoría de Bielsa… pic.twitter.com/TILrBfwxCT— Fernando Cevallos (@FerCevallosF) January 18, 2019What’s your take on Marcelo Bielsa’s way in which he carries himself with others as a professional manager? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
September 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Foundation is celebrating 20 years with its annual “Gold Shield Gala” later this month. The event is scheduled for September 22, 2018 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. The event is the 7th annual fundraiser that will support the K9 Crimefighters Campaign.Gold Shield Gala Chair Kristi Pieper, San Diego Police Foundation President Sara Napoli, and Police Chief David Nisleit told us all about it on Good Morning San Diego.The press release for this year’s Gold Shield Gala is below:Celebrate the San Diego Police Foundation’s 20th anniversary and join San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit and “America’s Finest” officers for the 7th annual Gold Shield Gala Saturday, September 22 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront located at 1 Park Blvd.The Gold Shield Gala is produced by the San Diego Police Foundation, which works to ensure that those who protect and serve have what they need to do their jobs safely and with excellence. This year’s gala theme is “Hearts of Gold.” Community support of the Police Foundation helps provide the funding for much-needed equipment, training and outreach programs in support of a safer San Diego.Donations received during the Gold Shield Gala will support the work and mission of the San Diego Police Foundation. The special charitable focus of this year’s Gala is the K9 Crimefighter Campaign. The San Diego Police Foundation’s K9 Crimefighter Campaign funds all the new police dogs for America’s Finest K9 Unit as well as equipment and training to keep this renowned unit at its peak.Attendees will enjoy a dinner and dancing soirée. It is with great pleasure to announce Kristi Pieper as Gala Chair, Denise and Bertrand Hug as Honorary Chairs and Guest of Honor Chief David Nisleit. Chief Nisleit’s Command Staff and K9 Unit Officers will also be in attendance.Individual tickets for the evening event are $300 and tables for are only $3,000. For sponsorship information please contact Rosa at (619) 232-2130 or email email@example.com. For more information on the event or the Police Foundation, please call (619) 232-2130 or visit, www.sdpolicefoundation.org San Diego Police Department Foundation Gala preview Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: David Nisleit FacebookTwitter Carlos Amezcua, KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 6, 2018 Carlos Amezcua, KUSI Newsroom,
In a social media post from Governor Dunleavy: “In the coming days, I will review and scrutinize the budget passed by the Legislature and determine the best path forward, including options to accept the budget as passed, to veto the budget in its entirety, or to veto portions of the budget to better align expenditures and revenues. I am absolutely determined to address the budget issues that have haunted Alaska for years.” Prior to the vote on the operating budget the Senate voted deadlocked 10-10 on a vote of whether to rescind their action last week, when they voted down the full payout. Senate Bill 1002, proposed by the Senate as part of a compromise, which would have given Alaskans a reduced PFD, to allow a vote on the rest of the state’s operating budget, was defeated last week. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate unanimously passed the Fiscal Year 2020 operating budget during a floor session on Monday. The Alaska House of Representatives passed the same operating budget on Sunday which does not include a PFD. Governor Mike Dunleavy has said lawmakers should follow a longstanding formula and pay a full dividend. Some lawmakers share his position. But there are legislators who contend the formula is unsustainable. House and Senate leaders expect the budget bill, HB 39, to be ready for Governor Mike Dunleavy’s review within three days. The vote averts a government shutdown and allows state services to continue with the next fiscal year beginning July 1. If the Legislature passed a reduced dividend and Dunleavy rejected it, such a scenario almost certainly prompt another special session. The current special session is set to end this Friday. Representative Ben Carpenter: “I think one way or another we are going to be paying a full PFD.”
QuarkXPress 9 also includes design for the Blio eReader, a free app that displays eBooks. The program is the sole page layout software with direct support from Blio. There is also an option to export to ePub, the free and open e-book standard from the International Digital Publishing Forum. QuarkXPress 9 will be available in April 2011 at the current price of $799 for a full product license. Upgrades for QuarkXPress 7 and 8 will be available for $299. Quark has announced the latest version of QuarkXPress, QuarkXPress 9. The newest version of QuarkXPress will allow designers to publish directly to digital devices. It also contains new features which will allow design automation. Previous versions of QuarkXpress gave designers the ability to create layouts for print, the Web and interactive Flash (SWF) media. QuarkXPress 9 gives designers the capabilities to publish to e-readers, smartphones and tablets. QuarkXPress features an App Studio, which allows users to create customized apps and content, as well as distribute their apps through the App Store. Users will be able to utilize video/audio players, slideshows, scrollable regions, Web overlays, pop-up windows, buttons and hyperlinks to manipulate current and/or create new content.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has also promised to bring Nusrat’s killers to justice. Speaking to reporters, she said, “Nusrat’s killers won’t be spared. I personally believe they would have to face exemplary punishment so that none can dare to commit such heinous crimes in future.”She then added, “None of the culprits will be spared from legal action.”At least 14 people were taken into police custody by April 15. On Sunday, two of the main suspects, Nuruddin and Shahadat, confessed to their crimes and said that they planned the girl’s murder along with five other people, Daily Star reports. The police discovered that the girl was attacked by three men and one woman. [Representational image] Creative CommonsNusrat Jahan Rafi, an 18-year-old Bangladeshi girl, died after being set on fire by four men after she refused to withdraw the complaint of her school principal sexually harassing her.In her complaint, Nusrat, who was studying at a madrasa in Feni, said that her school principal, Maulana Siraj Ud Doula, used to touch her inappropriately whenever she was called to his office. She felt uncomfortable and tried telling her teachers but they hushed the matter.When the girl went to the police to file a complaint on March 27, her statement was illegally filmed by the police. In addition to this, the video was also uploaded on Facebook.This increased the risk of the girl getting into danger since her identity was revealed and the school principal was a very powerful man. After she filed her statement and the video was uploaded, the girl and her family started receiving death threats from many of the Maulana’s supporters, Buzzfeed reports. The Maulana was then arrested and many students of the madrasa took to the streets protesting against his arrest. In addition to this, the girl’s family was also threatened with dire consequences if she did not withdraw her complaint.On April 6, Nusrat was called to the terrace of her school where four men in burqas told her to withdraw the complaint. When she refused, she was set on fire after being doused in petrol. She suffered almost 80 per cent burns and succumbed to the injuries on April 10. She was initially admitted to a local hospital and was later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.This act was condemned by many across the country with the principal, his students and the police called out for the unethical direction in which the case went. TwitterAfter the news came to light, protests were carried out across the nation against the unjustified killed of the 18-year-old girl.A social media campaign with hashtag #JusticeforNusrat was launched with many demanding that the culprits should be brought to justice. Unicef chief Henrietta H Fore took to Twitter to express her support for the movement. She tweeted, “I join the UN family in Bangladesh & all Bangladeshis in calling for justice for Nusrat, who was brutally killed for having the courage to report her abuse. Every girl must be safe at school, supported to speak up & protected from retaliation #ENDviolence.”
Priyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019 and Mamata Banerjee meme.TwitterBJP activist Priyanka Sharma was released on bail on Tuesday after she was arrested for making a meme on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The meme was an image of the face of Banerjee superimposed on the face of Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra at the Met Gala.The image went on social media on May 10 was shared by Sharma, who is BJP’s Yuva Morcha leader.This image drew the ire of many Mamata Banerjee supporters who called her out and led to her arrest. The Supreme Court on May 14, Tuesday, let her out on bail and asked her to apologise to the West Bengal chief minister for the insensitive image.An official of Howrah City police’s Cyber Cell told TOI that a complaint against Sharma was lodged at the DFasnagar Police station. The FIR accused her of uploading and sharing Mamata Banerjee’s meme which featured a morphed image of the West Bengal chief minister ion the face of Priyanka Chopra. This image allegedly violated the community guidelines on Facebook. Those who were on Priyanka’s side were against her arrest and started a social media campaign with the hashtag #ISupportPriyankaSharma. The users of the hashtag commended Priyanka Sharma’s act and mocked Mamata Banerjee and her supposed intolerance for the freedom of speech and expression. They asked why Priyanka was not given the fundamental right in the constitution of India.Here are some of the reactions after news broke out that Sharma was released but had to apologise to the West Bengal chief minister.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROIn an abrupt turnaround, Mayor Catherine Pugh suspended Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa with pay. Federal charges that the veteran top cop failed to file tax returns-and his personal admission they were true-made it likely he would enter a plea of guilty to a series of federal crimes.“Upon review of the circumstances surrounding Commissioner Darryl De Sousa’s failure to file tax returns for successive years, I have placed him on paid suspension, effective immediately,” the Mayor said in written statement released Friday.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh stands next to Baltimore Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa, during his official swearing in ceremony Feb. 28. (Courtesy photo)The move comes after Pugh initially defended DeSousa, releasing a public statement that the commissioner she appointed in January, after the firing of then commissioner Kevin Davis, would work to resolve the charges while continuing to serve as the city’s top cop.But documents filed by prosecutors related to the case hint that DeSousa’s charges may have broader implications for a department already under a federal consent decree.In a motion to seal charging documents, federal prosecutors stated that DeSousa was still under investigation for possibly committing federal crimes, and that the release of documents tied to the case could compromise ongoing inquiries risking “witness tampering” and “destruction of evidence.”The tax charges were announced Thursday by Federal prosecutors, who allege DeSousa didn’t file tax returns in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The charges, all misdemeanors, are punishable with a $25,000 fine and a year in prison.Shortly after they were announced, De Sousa all but admitted to the crimes in a written statement.“I fully admit to failing to file my personal Federal and State taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015. I did file my 2016 taxes and received an extension for my 2017 taxes,” the statement said. “I have been working to satisfy the filing requirements and, to that end, have been working with a registered tax advisor.”Baltimore city entered into a consent decree with the Department of Justice after an investigation found its police department regularly engaged in racist and unconstitutional tactics targeting Black neighborhoods. The troubled law enforcement agency also made national headlines when now nine members of an elite unit called the Gun Trace Task Force were indicted for robbing residents, stealing overtime, and drug dealing.
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