Seen as the lead of Ekta Kapoor’s horror-thriller Ragini MMS, Kainaz Motivala, 24, has snatched a bit of the limelight with the controversial film. A former journalist who has worked with reputed newspapers in Mumbai, Motivala started her acting career with the film Pathshala in which she played a school,Seen as the lead of Ekta Kapoor’s horror-thriller Ragini MMS, Kainaz Motivala, 24, has snatched a bit of the limelight with the controversial film. A former journalist who has worked with reputed newspapers in Mumbai, Motivala started her acting career with the film Pathshala in which she played a school girl who has a crush on her teacher (played by Shahid Kapoor). Next up we saw her as Ranbir Kapoor’s friend in Wake Up Sid, and it was here that she met the stylist Sheena Satlani who introduced her to comfort styling and made her look glamorous.Personal style: “I look more for comfort in my dressing style. I do not follow any style icon,” she says. She prefers short dresses as they complement the young actor. Sunaina Puri is her favourite designer and she likes to sport the brand Diesel for a more casual look.Closet hues: Motivala likes a melange of colours such as red, blue, pink, white and black, and one can find all these shades in her closet. “I make a conscious effort to keep my wardrobe vibrant by not repeating the colours,” she quips.Stony look: She loves to wear chunky jewels with her short dresses and denim shorts. “You will see me adorned with bracelets, bangles, charms or long earrings all the time,” she says with a smile.On the spotAt the launch party of Divine Thought Production at Grand Hyatt, four upcoming Hindi films were announced. These films include Everybody’s Famous, Maximum, The Hunt and Challan. Celebs present at the event included Arya Babbar, Naseeruddin Shah, Hasleen Kaur, Ankita Shorey and Femina Miss India Divine Thought Surabhi Rao.The touring exhibition called Freedom to Create (FTC) showcased mix media art such as installation art, sculpture and photographs, at Colaba. It covered a diverse range of topics, including acid attacks in Bangladesh to public massacres in Zimbabwe by artists from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Myanmar, Rwanda, Georgia, Iran and Columbia.Miss Earth 2010 Nicole Faria made her presence felt at the launch of Amy and Farzad Billimoria’s new store at Santacruz. The duo showcased their new collection titled “I, Me, Myself”, created by using eco-friendly fabrics as a tribute to the cause of global warming. Complimenting the collection were the stylish headgear presented by Farzad, which are made out of natural fibers.advertisement
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man “I think I’ve been quick in some races and I’ve shown what I was capable of. Now it is up to management to decide,” Leclerc said.Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto said having two winning drivers is a luxury, not a problem.“They are all going for a single objective, which is winning,” Binotto said. “I think what again is more important is that at least between us we’ve got clarity and fairness and I think that’s key.With its impressive surge since the summer break, Ferrari is starting to look ahead to 2020 and taking aim at Mercedes for next season’s championship, something it hasn’t won since 2007. Ferrari will be keen to avoid the kind of tension that simmered in the Mercedes garage when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were fighting for the title in 2015 and 2016.The Hamilton and Rosberg rivalry ate at the team for two years and spilled out into on-track crashes and post-race bickering. Rosberg abruptly retired after winning the 2016 championship and Mercedes signed Valtteri Bottas, who has been a capable and quiet subordinate partner for Hamilton.The Ferrari garage is tranquil, Leclerc said.“The dynamic of the team is very good right now,” Leclerc said.That could be tested on the first corner Sunday if Leclerc and Vettel start on the front row and new team orders emerge. Vettel cautioned a 1-2 start isn’t guaranteed.The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez isn’t just about the long straight to the first corner. It’s also about navigating the twist and turns of the slow corners on one of the shortest tracks of the season.Just like within a team, it’s about finding balance. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, talks with teammate Charles Leclerc of Monaco as Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain prepares to put off his helmet after the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Hanai)MEXICO CITY — Across the Formula One paddock, Ferrari is seen as the front-row favorite in the Mexican Grand Prix.The challenge will be turning that into a win while avoiding another drivers’ duel.ADVERTISEMENT Ferrari has been the team to beat since the summer break with three victories. Its cars have started from the pole position the last five races.The issue isn’t whether Ferrari has finally outmuscled Mercedes on the track, but whether the team can manage the relationship between drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc through the stretch run of the season while keeping an eye on 2020.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThere has been some friction.The 32-year-old Vettel, a four-time champion, has been the defacto team leader since joining Ferrari in 2015. But his time with the Italian team has been most notable for losing head-to-head battles for the championship with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in 2017 and 2018. Hamilton is once again set to clinch the championship either in Mexico City or next week at the U.S. Grand Prix in Texas. 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He earned his first two career victories at consecutive races in Belgium and Italy and maybe should have more.The two clashed in Russia when Vettel got an early jump into the lead by riding Leclerc’s slipstream at the start, as was part of a team strategy. But Vettel then ignored team orders to give back the position. That caused a shuffling of pit stop strategies and Hamilton ended up taking the victory after Vettel had engine failure.Leclerc faced several questions this week about the team dynamic within the Ferrari garage and his relationship with Vettel.“Of course I respect him,” Leclerc said. “Everything he has achieved in the sport has been absolutely amazing. Growing up, watching Formula One, I looked up to him hoping to join him one day. Now to fight with him is a special thing.”Leclerc said he thinks he’s earned equal treatment within the team.ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect LATEST STORIES “Finding the right handling, the confidence in the car,” Vettel said. “All the small things make the difference.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
A month after the Biscuit trophy, Pakistan have unveiled another bizarre trophy for a Test series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates.Last month, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Australia’s limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch unveiled the TUC Cup Biscuit trophy ahead of a three-match Twenty20 International series.The look of the trophy, which actually was a shape of a biscuit, failed to impress the fans and social media had a field day as a few demanded sacking of the person who designed the “ridiculous” trophy.”Who ever designed this ridiculous trophy should be sacked.#PAKvAUS,” a Twitter user wrote.Who ever designed this ridiculous trophy should be sacked.#PAKvAUSAroosa Awais (@AroosaAwais) 23 October 2018″Hahahahah… This has to be one the most embarrassing piece of cup held by an Australian. They wouldn’t mind losing this one,” another user tweeted.Hahahahah… This has to be one the most embarrassing piece of cup held by an Australian. They wouldn’t mind losing this one. https://t.co/CSlTNRHudEAayush Jain (@aayushjtweets) 23 October 2018Well, this fan’s wish did come true as Pakistan went on to sweep the series and took home the ‘Biscuit’.Almost a month later, the same sponsors Brighto have now unveiled another bizarre trophy for the three-match Test series versus New Zealand.This time it’s Oye Hoye, a Hindi-Punjabi term used to express when someone is impressed with something. But did it really impress?The trophy has wickets, bails and ball but gets overshadowed by a big OYE HOYE written in the middle.advertisementThe fans once again found a way to keep themselves busy.”The trophy given in school matches is far better ??who designed this ?” a user tweeted.the trophy given in school matches is far better who designed this ?Ahsan Javed (@EssenJaved) 16 November 2018Next trophy Ho Ho Ho Ho …Jim (@gibberish_talks) 16 November 2018Names like OYE HoYE don’t bring much respect to this beautiful tournament. #PAKvNZAzfar Hassan (@Abuasjad) 15 November 2018Always Make worst Trophy @TheRealPCB seriously need a Marketing DirectorRomu Don (@RomeshRomu) 15 November 2018Please try to be more professional, Oye Hoye Cup sounds so ridiculous. For God Sake Please bring some professionalism in Cricket Board.K A M R A N (@iamKamran_S) 15 November 2018The three-match series got underway on Friday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The second Test will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium before the two teams return to Abu Dhabi for the third Test.
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! We’ve officially made it to football season, everyone. It’s football time in Oklahoma, and this video should fire you up for the season.The Wait Is Over! It’s GAME DAY in Stillwater. #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/bTCtd8w1ex— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) September 3, 2016
U17 World Cup U17 World Cup: India needs more physical presence Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:01 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media U17 World Cup India U17 v United States U17 India U17 v Colombia U17 India U17 United States U17 Colombia U17 The Indian national team put in a decent shift against USMNT however, the difference is size was apparent… Size does not matter in football is a statement quite overused. You would see coaches give example of an Andres Iniesta or Lionel Messi or Xavi. They will tell you if you have the talent and technique, your size does not matter.Agreed but in those cases the players have undergone training and played competitive fixtures from Under-8 level. They take to the game of football from the age of five or six. People often ignore this and believe that if a boy takes up the game around the age of 15, he can certainly learn those skills.Most of the skills, which will last until the lifetime, are learnt between the age of five and 10, according to most experts. Rafa Benitez opines that best age for football initiation is 10 years where a kid should be taught technical skills such as trapping the ball, half-trapping with the sole and inside of the foot, cushioning of the ball with the inside and outside of the foot, dribbling with the inside and outside of the foot, kicking with the inside and the instep of the foot and heading. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. In India, this kind of work at grassroots level is conducted only in certain catchments. You could probably say Mizoram or a Manipur or a few academies or soccer schools. Such work isn’t done on a district or state level.When India played USMNT in their first game of the Under-17 World Cup, the difference in technique and size was apparent. Except for Anwar Ali, Dheeraj Singh and to an extent, Amarjit Singh and Aniket Jadhav, most players would be easily brushed aside when put under pressure.Under pressure means when the opposition player closes in. On most occasions, they didn’t have to tackle either. Komal Thatal, who showcased some dribbling skills, except for one occasion when he actually managed to go beyond his marker and send a ball across the face of the goal, was too lightweight. The passes were overhit or the ball was simply taken away from him.On another occasion, Ninthoiganba Meetei, who was one of the impressive players, made a dashing run into the opposition half after turning a defender. However, all it took for a US defender was five long strides to close in and win the ball easily.Mind you, this isn’t a critical piece on players.The point here is that not every player in the Under-17 team started playing football at an early age. And unless you do not have exceptional skills on the ball, on the international stage, you will be brushed aside.As much as we ignore, physicality is very much a need. As Luis Norton de Matos said, “You cannot be a good gymnast if you are very tall or you cannot be an excellent basketball player if you are of 160 metres. For certain positions, height and size does matter.”It’s time the country realizes it.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd duo set for exit after De Gea announcementby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester Untied could lose two goalkeepers as a result of David De Gea’s contract renewal.The Spaniard has committed to a long term deal that could see him stay at the club until 2023.It would see De Gea complete more than 10 years at United, a club he was always expected to leave in his prime.But the Daily Express believes that De Gea renewing means that Dean Henderson and Sergio Romero may see their futures elsewhere.Romero is currently De Gea’s backup, while Henderson is on loan at Sheffield United.The latter is certain to want a chance to start at United, or he may see his career best served at another club.
Harry Kane described his sensational goal against Juventus on Sunday as “probably one of the best of my career”.Tottenham appeared to be heading for a deciding penalty shoot-out in their International Champions Cup clash with the Italian champions in Singapore before Kane’s spectacular intervention in stoppage time.The England captain spotted Wojciech Szczesny off his line and beat him from just inside Juve’s half with a precision strike to secure a dramatic 3-2 win in Spurs’ first pre-season game ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kane has scored some wonderful goals during his career, having netted 164 competitive goals for Tottenham since his first against Shamrock Rovers in 2011, but he believes the one against Juve ranks alongside his very best.”It’s probably one of the best goals in my career,” he said in a post-match interview.”I saw in part of the game the keeper [Szczesny] was quite far off the line, so I thought if I get a chance to shoot, I’m going to shoot and thankfully it went in.”The Tottenham striker made 28 Premier League appearances last season as he struggled with an ankle injury towards the latter part of the campaign.The 25-year-old missed out on Spurs’ dramatic Champions League semi-final comeback against Ajax as a result, and was unable to make an impact during their final defeat against Liverpool as he started the game with little match fitness.Kane was introduced as a half-time substitute against the Old Lady and is satisfied to start getting pitch time under his belt ahead of the new season.”It’s been great to get 45 minutes,” he added.”It’s been a good start to pre-season; everyone is working hard.”It’s very hot here so it will definitely get us fit. We’re looking forward to the next game [against Manchester United on Thursday] and we go from there.”The International Champions Cup will host an all-English clash next Thursday as Spurs meet Manchester United, who defeated Inter 1-0 on Saturday evening, in Shanghai.Kane’s side will open their Premier League campaign with a home fixture against newly-promoted Aston Villa on August 10.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)The roster tells us that Ole Miss’ D.K. Metcalf is a wide receiver, a potential first-round NFL Draft pick at that. The eye test makes Metcalf appear to be a defensive end or linebacker.Metcalf is big. Really big at that. He was listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds by Ole Miss, but he looks even larger than that.Take this most recent pic of Metcalf that is going viral. It features him standing next to a couple of other players in the gym, and Metcalf is absolutely dwarfing the competition.Check it out:DK Metcalf has somehow gotten bigger since last we saw him pic.twitter.com/DdkEZ2my6g— Bunkie Perkins (@BunkiePerkins) February 11, 2019Metcalf’s college stats (67 receptions, 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns in 21 games) don’t jump off the page, but his physical gifts and stature do. It’s the reason why he is on the radar of teams in the first round.In the most recent Sporting News mock draft, Vinnie Iyer has Metcalf going off the board at No. 17 to the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Luke Easterling’s latest Draft Wire mock has Metcalf being chosen sooner than that.Easterling has the Buffalo Bills picking Metcalf at No. 9 overall as a new weapon for second-year quarterback Josh Allen.It is a long way to go until April, but Metcalf has seemingly positioned himself in a good spot as of now.
Ben Keene’s fill-in-the-blanks journal is the first step to better home-brewed beer.One of the most important tools in the home brewer’s arsenal is a brewing journal. These brewing diaries are collections of archived notes detailing each beer that you produce, from pre-brew expectations to tasting notes. While any old lined notebook is up to the task, using a template format ensures your logs are consistent from batch to batch. With uniform notes, comparing and evaluating your homemade beers is a fast, easy exercise.The Homebrew Journal by Ben Keene is the best home brewing diary available. In Keene’s book, the outline for each beer is divided into easy-to-follow sections with plenty of room for personal notes. The walkthrough begins with each beer’s background information, including the beer’s name, style, the brewers involved and preliminary notes. The ingredients list is smartly divided into fermentable items, hop additions, and yeast. The brewing day’s timeline format goes from mash to chilling and includes fun, unexpected line-items like the beers consumed while brewing and the day’s soundtrack. There is a substantial area for noting fermentation check-ins, including temperatures and additions. The beer’s packaging, aging information, first-time tasting notes and final thoughts wrap up each beer’s entry.The Homebrew Journal’s design is somewhere between a scrapbook and high school science textbook. Spiral bound, it’s a perfect format to lay out on a table and review. The plastic cover means that it will stand up to the rigors of brew day and beyond. The book’s final pages include a small glossary and extremely useful set of basic brewing equations for common tasks like determining alcohol by volume and bitterness units.The quickest way to go from clueless amateur to experienced home brewer is to keep a brewing journal. Reviewing past successes and missteps helps you to refine your process, revisit old favorites and become more confident at your craft. Ben Keene’s The Homebrew Journal is an ideal partner for your journey and a must-have on your beer shelf. The Lazy Man’s Guide on How to Make Hard Apple Cider Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) The Best Fresh Hop Beers to Celebrate the Hop Harvest The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About
Animal rescue charity Bideawee will welcome 300 guests at Gotham Hall in NYC tonight as Adrian Grenier hosts the 2012 Bideawee Ball.Sonja Tremont-Morgan of The Real Housewives of New York City is among the guests expected to attend this year, as well as Prince Lorenzo Borghese and Tinsley Mortimer. Last year saw vegan and animal rights activist Loretta Swit act as host.Having opened its doors in 1903, Bideawee is one of the oldest humane organizations in the United States, offering one facility in New York City and two in Long Island, all devoted to rescuing dogs and cats, caring for their needs and finding loving homes for them.To learn more about how you can support their work, visit the Bideawee website.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
Established in 1967, the Théâtre français de Toronto is one of the city’s most venerable theatre organizations, founded before Theatre Passe Muraille, Tarragon and Factory theatres, and the two companies that in 1987 merged to become Canadian Stage.But many non-French-speaking Torontonians may not think to attend its shows, because they don’t think they’ll be able to understand them.Think again. Joel Beddows, artistic director of Theatre francais de Toronto, says he is “shaking things up a bit” by including a lot of new work and by expanding its roster of established playwrights. (MANUEL VERREYDT) Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook It’s a not well known enough fact that, in 2005, TfT pioneered the use of English-language surtitles at selected performances, a practice that’s since been adopted at numerous other theatres across the country.“It’s always been central to TfT that there’s a place at the table for anyone who wants to come,” explains artistic director Joël Beddows. “So how do we make that as easy as possible?”Beddows underlines that the surtitles are not complete translations of the plays but rather “adapted versions of the text, a little bit like cheat sheets. Enough information to make sure you follow the dialogue, you follow the story.”
MONTREAL — Several U.S. Republican members of Congress are urging the Trump administration to consider Bombardier’s economic impact south of the borders as it decides whether to impose duties on its CSeries plane.Three GOP senators and two representatives from Kansas and West Virginia, along with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, sent a letter last week to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.Without opposing the means to counter “unlawful activities” in international trade, the politicians said Bombardier and Boeing offer work to thousands of Americans.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) is active in 17 states and has more than 2,000 workers in Kansas and West Virginia, the letter said.They added that over the past five years Bombardier has generated US$14 billion in economic spin-offs with U.S. suppliers.The elected officials urged Washington to work with Boeing and Bombardier and the Canadian government to find a “responsible solution that acknowledges the material economic benefit both parties generate for the United States and allows their long-term positive influence on our economy to continue.”The Commerce Department is expected to announce Sept. 25 whether to impose punitive duties on Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft.Boeing (NYSE:BA) filed a trade complaint against Bombardier, alleging that subsidies granted to the Quebec aircraft manufacturer had allowed it to sell its commercial aircraft at low prices.The Chicago giant is seeking a countervailing duty of at least 79.41 per cent and an anti-dumping duty of 79.82 per cent on sales of CSeries aircraft in the United States.
Experts point out that of the Indians who travelled for jihad to Syria and Afghanistan, majority joined al-Qaeda instead of ISIS, and many of them hailed from southern states. They are believed to be helping the al-Qaeda with the translation work. (Colombo Gazette) This is the first time that al-Qaeda has attempted to target youth from south India and Sri Lanka. With pages like Tamil Ansar and Olivin Charathu targeting regional youths, the al-Qaeda has reportedly upped their social media reach, with counter-jihadists and hackers noting a visible rise in their online activity.The Facebook page ‘Syria through Indian Eyes’ also regularly updates information on al-Qaeda and its activities in Syria in Tamil and Malayalam, while many pages also invite users for group chats in Telegram, an encrypted platform for having a secure conversation. According to reports, the terror group’s media outlet, the Global Islamic Media Front, earlier this month formed a new group to translate the group’s videos, messages and articles into the regional languages. Al-Qaeda is attempting to recruit youth from Sri Lanka and south India, the Asian Age reported.In a attempt to counter the propaganda drive by Islamic State (IS), Al-Qaeda is now translating its publications and propaganda materials into regional Indian languages such as Tamil and Malayalam.
The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after a school bus and a horse drawn carriage collided in Arran-Elderslie. It happened shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday on Concession 10 and Sideroad 5.Police say all five passengers in the buggy were injured. One person was taken to hospital via air ambulance while another was transported by land ambulance. Both victims suffered life threatening injuries. The other three passengers were also taken to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. Police say there were students on the school bus when the crash happened but they were not hurt. The bus driver was brought to hospital for a medical assessment. Members from the West Region OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Team have been called in to assist with the investigation.No charges have been laid at this time. Anyone with information that could help police with the investigation is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
What seemed destined to be an ongoing holdout saga between Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys came to an abrupt end Wednesday when the two sides reached a deal for a five-year, $70 million contract with $32 million fully guaranteed (with up to $45 million sort of guaranteed). Right around the same time, the Broncos re-signed Demaryius Thomas for an eerily similar amount.While not quite as precedent-shattering as the $100-million-plus with $50 million(ish) guaranteed that Calvin Johnson — perhaps the premier wide receiver of our time — got in 2012, these are still staggering numbers. This isn’t receiver money, it’s quarterback money. The contract’s $14 million per year average is right around the median for starting quarterbacks, and the guaranteed money is approaching the top 10. In March, two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger signed a new deal with the Steelers, with $31 million guaranteed. Can this possibly be worth it?Let me preface by saying that Bryant and Thomas have elite-level production. If we look slightly beyond the headline stats such as yards and touchdowns, we can see that their teams lean on them substantially and are rewarded with good results. Below is a chart of the average yards receivers gained each time they were targeted, plotted against how often they were targeted (for all qualifying receivers from the 2014-15 season). Keep in mind that teams typically throw at their better receivers more often, but they’re also likely giving those receivers worse opportunities on average (sort of like how high-volume shooters in basketball have to take more bad shots). So the better a receiver is, the more passes he gets, but the harder it is to consistently make catches and put up big gains.In that chart, the closer a receiver is to the upper right, the better he is. You can imagine a boundary connecting DeSean Jackson and A.J. Green, and anyone falling along or close to that boundary has a strong case for being top tier. Call it the “presumptively good” zone. Thomas has one of the largest target rates, yet is well above average in yards gained per target. That’s impressive given the more-passes-means-worse-passes dynamic I mentioned earlier. Bryant’s offense ran through him a little less than Thomas’s last year, but he gained more yards on average and is in the upper tier for both.But this is where the NFL gets hard (and/or fun, depending on your perspective). In baseball, statistical production is pretty much the same as actual production — either a player has high WAR or he doesn’t. In basketball, things are a little trickier: Good stats correlate strongly with good value — that is, take away a productive and efficient player, and a team is likely worse off, but we’re still just modeling value with statistical proxies. In football, however, individual statistics pretty much don’t exist. The statistical results for players are so hopelessly entangled with each other that it is often impossible to accurately assign credit (at least at the current level of granularity).Bryant and Thomas are particularly hard to decipher: First, they’re receivers, and trying to make sense of a QB/WR pairing can be frustrating at best, futile at worst. It can take a virtually unprecedented data set to conclude anything with much certainty. That they both play with amazing quarterbacks only furthers the difficulty. Tony Romo was an award-winning MVP candidate last year and had the highest passer rating and Total QBR in football. And having Peyton Manning throw to you is pretty much steroids for receivers (possibly even affecting legacies the same way suspicion of PED usage does). But more importantly, both quarterbacks were doing fine without them:Net yards per attempt doesn’t capture everything about an offense, but it captures about as much as any other metric. Manning has seen an improvement since playing with Thomas, but of course Manning has also been playing with an entirely new team. Romo’s 2014-15 season was the best he has had in a while, but Bryant has been producing at his current level for three or four years now, and Romo has been no better in those years on average than in years previous.Which brings us back to those big contracts. In general, my reflex is to think that most huge contracts given to non-QBs are too large. In addition to worrying about injury, aging, etc., a general manager also has to worry that he might be wrong about someone because of some other factor on the team. A seemingly great player may really be only kind of good, or worse (and you may never even know).The 2015 salary cap is set at $143 million, which means the yearly salaries for Bryant and Thomas will be close to 10 percent of the cap (and their guarantees are somewhere between 22 percent and 32 percent of the cap, depending on which guarantee you use). Filling out a 53-man roster with “replacement” players already costs $30-million-plus, and a good quarterback costs another $15-20 million.1And the great quarterbacks like Manning or Romo are likely woefully underpaid. That means these teams are choosing to exhaust somewhere north of 15 percent of their available cap space for one player on one side of the ball who will be one option in the passing game.A lot has to go right to make this strategy work. Even if a GM is right, and a player actually is that good, and the player doesn’t get injured, and he performs up to standard for the length of his contract, and he has enough impact to justify the cost, a team still doesn’t contend for championships by paying players what they’re worth. It does it by paying them less than they’re worth. Here’s a blueprint: top quarterback (because top QBs are underpaid), rookie contracts, veterans that everyone else undervalues, spare parts that work well together, and coaches that can make the most of it all. Sound like any team you know?Perhaps the Broncos and Cowboys are good enough elsewhere that their best shot of winning a championship is to let a significant amount of their cap space tread water (best case) for a few years. For 2015-16, all that matters is putting the best team they can on the field. But impatience has rarely been a successful strategy in the NFL.
Senior guard Aaron Craft (4) defends and Iowa player during a game Jan. 12 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 84-74.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorNo matter how you slice it, something just seems off with the Ohio State men’s basketball team.The mystery continued against Minnesota Thursday, as the No. 11 Buckeyes fell to the Golden Gophers, 63-53, for their third straight loss.It is the first time since February 2009 that the Buckeyes have lost three straight games.OSU (15-3, 2-3) never could get anything going on the offensive end, shooting just 11-29 from the field in the first half.Despite the shooting woes, the game was tied at 29 at halftime thanks to a basket by OSU junior forward LaQuinton Ross just before the buzzer sounded. The Buckeyes were unable to take advantage of 10 turnovers by the Golden Gophers in the opening 20 minutes.The cold shooting for OSU continued early in the second half, as Minnesota (14-4, 3-2) built a lead early. The Buckeyes had five straight possessions that ended in a turnover, until Ross hit a three to cut the lead to 36-35.Minnesota extended its lead to 57-46 after a turnover by senior guard Aaron Craft led to a wide-open layup by Minnesota senior guard Austin Hollins.A free throw by junior center Amir Williams cut the lead to 10, but OSU would never get within double digits before the clock ran out as the Buckeyes could simply not find the shooting stroke.OSU shot a dismal 18-51 from the floor, and were outrebounded by the Golden Gophers, 37-25.Ross, who finished the game with a game-high 22 points, did not have much help from his teammates, as the only other Buckeye to score in double figures was junior forward Sam Thompson with 12.Up next, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel to Nebraska (8-8, 0-4) Monday. Tipoff against the Cornhuskers is set for 7 p.m.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAlleged mastermind wanted for CJIA cocaine bust remandedSeptember 29, 2017In “Court”Ranks ‘infamous for negligence’ being investigated for missing cocaine- RamjattanSeptember 28, 2017In “Crime”Head of Police Narcotics branch transferredSeptember 30, 2017In “Crime” Several members of the Police Narcotics Branch are now under close arrest following the disappearance of close to two kilograms of cocaine from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.Acting Police Commissioner David RamnarineThe cocaine was tendered as evidence against 31-year-old Travis Mendonca who was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a trafficking in narcotics charge.Acting police commissioner, David Ramnarine has confirmed that an investigation was launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility.He also told media operatives that the cocaine was discovered missing on Tuesday evening. The acting top cop however, was reluctant to divulge any additional information, other than an investigation is underway.Meanwhile, following the bust two Mondays ago, police had issued a wanted bulletin for 27-year-old Delvor Bunbury of Lot 37 Victoria Road, Plaisance. His name was given to the police during the investigation.
Prepay meters must become available to all customers should they wish to use them. This would help families to better manage their electricity and gas bills.Today’s CER report on the retail energy market shows a significant increase in the number of bill-related electricity cut-offs since the peak of the boom.There were almost 4,000 fewer disconnections in 2008, compared to last year’s figure.Read: €20 million seismic survey hopes to reveal Ireland’s true oil and gas wealth >Read: Risk that Ireland won’t meet its EU emissions targets > MORE THAN 7,000 households had their gas cut off last year for non payment, according to the latest figures from the Commission for Energy Regulation.The figure represents an 82 per cent increase on 2011.Around 14,650 homes had their electricity disconnected for not paying bills – a marginal increase on last year.The CER says there are now strict obligations in place on suppliers to make sure people are only cut off as a ‘last resort’, and that all providers now offer pay-as-you-go meters to households at risk of disconnection.According to the Commission, there’s anecdotal evidence to suggest that ‘a significant number of disconnected properties are in fact vacant’.Sinn Féin has described the level of cut-offs as ‘worrying’, with the party’s energy spokesperson Michael Colreavy calling the large increase in gas disconnections a ‘startling number’.The Sligo-North Leitrim TD is calling for prepay metering to be made more widely available, saying the current system means only customers in significant arrears can avail of it.According to the deputy “customers who are not in arrears must use private companies to install prepay meters on which they pay a charge, resulting in higher energy costs”.
They were forced into defaulting. They wanted to reach a settlement, but they faced a negotiating brick wall, and were pushed towards repaying everything. FOR THE SECOND time in 13 years, Argentina defaulted on its debts this week, after the collapse of 11th hour talks with so-called holdout bondholders in New York.“We’re not going to sign an agreement that jeopardizes the future of all Argentines,” said Finance Minister Axel Kicillof, after meeting on Wednesday with US hedge fund creditors he had dubbed “vultures.” Fightin’ talk: Argentina’s Finance Minister Axel Kicillof addresses the media after negotiations in New York this week. Source: Craig Rutle/AP/Press Association ImagesThe holdouts, who were led by US billionaire Paul Singer’s NML Capital, had spent the years since Argentina’s 2002 debt crisis pushing for full repayment of their bonds, with interest – amounting to roughly $1.5 billion.The aggressive posture taken by Kicillof, and the spectre of “reputational damage” have conjured memories of our own crisis, and the decisions facing Irish politicians in that period.So TheJournal.ie has enlisted the help of two experts to answer these questions:Could we have burned the bondholders too? And what makes Argentina now different from Ireland then? Whereas the debate in Ireland was largely over the debts of Anglo-Irish Bank.And if the Irish banks had defaulted on their debts, that would have been one thing. The markets could have viewed this as just one or two institutions acting alone. Default in Our Stars“The first point to make is that this Argentinian case has to do with sovereign debt,” says Philip Lane, Professor of International Macroeconomics at Trinity College Dublin. The ECB [European Central Bank] wouldn’t have kicked us out of the Eurozone for it.Read: Argentina burns bondholders for the second time in 13 years>Motion to ‘burn the bondholders’ defeated in Dáil vote> The Eurozone is not a suicide pact. If we had, for example, decided we wanted to repay the Anglo debt over the course of 1,000 years, as opposed to 30, it wouldn’t have brought down the Euro. A protest outside the Dáil in September 2011. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandA debt-defying leap?Philip Lane, for one, is doubtful that Argentina’s decision this week should serve as an example for Ireland. The message from this week is that a default is not a clean break. Argentina defaulted 13 years ago, and they’re still dealing with the consequences now. But we have to be careful not to conflate the two cases. Nobody was ever talking about Ireland defaulting on our national debt. What was suggested was that we revisit a bank debt that had been covered by the government. What this case reflects is the ability of investors to keep pursuing a defaulting country. Defaulting isn’t as easy as you might think.“When Argentina defaulted on its debts in 2002, they did it chaotically,” says Brian Lucey. “And there have been long-lasting, ongoing effects from that.” Source: Photocall Ireland…I’m part of the unionAnother major distinction between the Argentinian and Irish cases is that, as Lucey points out, the South Americans are not part of any monetary union.Not that being a member of the Eurozone should have automatically ruled out some sort of renegotiation of our debt. But once the government guaranteed the banks, it ensured the Irish government itself would be liable for any defaulted debt.Argentina, by contrast, most definitely owned the debt they defaulted on this week, says Brian Lucey, Professor of Finance in the School of Business at TCD and editor of the book What if Ireland Defaults?
If you’re looking to draw the ire of environmentalists, there’s no better place to do it than in San Francisco–and really, there are few more immediately visible ways to do so than releasing 10,000 brightly-colored balloons into the sky. It was all part of a promotion stunt for THQ’s upcoming Homefront game.THQ released the balloons yesterday, during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, immediately landing itself on the s-list of pretty much every environmentalist in the Bay Area. Here’s a quote from Rod Fujita, an oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, that about sums it up, “When I looked out the window and saw thousands of balloons dropping straight into the bay, I was flabbergasted. I never expected to see something like this in San Francisco, where there’s such concern about the bay and pollution.”THQ released the 10,000 read “messages of hope” to “simulate a method used by South Korea to send messages of hope to the North.” The balloons rose and the dropped almost immediately into the bay, thanks to rainy weather.Complaints quickly put the game company on the defensive. THQ insisted that the balloons, “were made from a 100 percent organic product and are 100 percent biodegradable.”