UN officials warn of malnutrition threat as Gaza border crossings continue

29 January 2008Every border crossing into the Gaza Strip from Israel remains closed, except for the import of fuel supplies, United Nations officials said today, warning that Palestinians face the rising threat of malnutrition if the current lockdown continues. Only 32 truckloads of goods have entered Gaza since 18 January, when the comprehensive Israeli closures were imposed, the Office of the UN Special Coordinator (UNSCO) reported. This compares to a daily average of 250 truckloads before June last year. UNSCO said a backlog of 224 trucks, belonging to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), has now accumulated. WFP distribution programmes in some areas of Gaza – home to an estimated 1.4 million Palestinians – have already run out of sugar and salt, and UNSCO said the threat of malnutrition is increasing. Stressing that UN operations must continue, UNSCO officials note that the influx of goods across the border from Egypt into Gaza is only temporary. They add that the situation is being further complicated because the UN’s Palestinian staff that have permits to exit Gaza are currently not allowed to do so. WHO is also concerned that Gaza’s fuel distributors are on strike in response to the Israeli border restrictions, which means the territory’s health care facilities are not getting the fuel they need. A team of UN staff is planning to meet with representatives of the Distributors Union tomorrow to encourage them to allow the fuel to flow. Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports that some water wells are functioning again after being reconnected to electricity and functioning generators. But 40 per cent of Gazans still have limited access to safe water. Israel has said its restrictions on border crossings and imports of goods aim to force an end to the daily rocket and mortar attacks launched against Israeli residential areas by militants in Gaza. read more

UN lauds sporting values of teamwork and tolerance at US Open tennis

Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Shashi Tharoor said the world of sport can play a key role in achieving sustainable development and other global goals.Mr. Tharoor said leading sportsmen and sportswomen have strongly supported the UN’s efforts to reduce poverty, help children and fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS.”By its very nature, sport is about participation and inclusion. It is a way of bringing individuals and communities together, as players and audience, showcasing what we have in common and bridging differences,” he said in a speech at the draw ceremony.”Like you in the world of sports, the UN upholds the principles of tolerance, cooperation, understanding and respect.”This year’s theme of the International Day of Peace, which the UN observes on 21 September, is “Peace through sport,” and 2005 has been designated the International Year for Sport and Physical Education.This was the second consecutive year that the draw ceremony for the US Open, one of four Grand Slam tournaments in tennis, was held at UN Headquarters – the inspiration for the venue came from Vijay Amritraj, a former top tennis player from India and, since 2000, a UN Messenger for Peace.Mr. Amritraj told the UN News Centre that sport, along with music, is among the most effective methods of communicating across cultural, national, ethnic or religious divides.“If you’re competing at the highest level, it doesn’t matter where you’re from, or what your background, religion or nationality is. It just matters how good you are,” he said.“And if you’re an average person playing sport, well then it’s the best way to communicate with people…anywhere in the world, if you go to a public park somewhere, you can be invited to play – and the next thing you’re having dinner with these people. It’s a wonderful way to make friends.”Wearing national dress, UN tour guides from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, the Republic of Korea, Syria and Zimbabwe helped US Open officials conduct the draws to determine the singles match-ups at this year’s tournament, which starts on Monday.Mr. Tharoor was the first person to reach into the trophies and select a chip with number corresponding to one of the US Open players. He chose Russia’s Anastasia Myskina, the French Open singles champion and one of the leading contenders in the women’s singles. read more

Thad Matta Still too early to pick out Buckeye leaders

Thad Matta (center) instructs his team during a timeout of a game against North Dakota State Dec. 14 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 79-62.Credit: Lantern file photoThad Matta has had rosters led by standout freshmen and teams led by hardened veterans. This season, he’ll have a mix of both.The Ohio State men’s basketball coach is entering his 11th season at the helm in Columbus as the team boasts a roster of four true freshmen, one redshirt-freshman and six seniors.Matta sat down with The Lantern on Wednesday and discussed the task of melding together a team with a strong freshman class and experienced veterans on the same roster.‘Still early to tell’ who leaders will beA year ago, Matta knew exactly who the leaders of his team would be. Then-senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had been key contributors and leaders on the team for multiple seasons and were handpicked go-to guys off the court.This season, the Buckeyes’ roster still boasts seniors who have been contributors — guard Shannon Scott and forward Sam Thompson, for example — but Matta said it’s still too early to say exactly who will step into leadership roles this season.“Just in terms of how the season works and once you get into practice and you hit the tough days, you’re going through a stretch where it’s the fourth practice in four days, you’ve been going hard, at what point, what guy steps forward and says ‘Hey, this is what we’ve got to do, this is how we’ve got to do it’?” Matta said.But the former Xavier University coach said he still has an idea of who exactly could step up this season.“With that said, I think that Shannon and Sam have been guys that have played huge roles in this program,” Matta said. “I would expect all of our seniors to be — in terms of leadership — supplying some (leadership), but obviously we have to grow that as the season continues.”Outside of Scott and Thompson, the other four seniors on the OSU roster include two centers, a transfer playing his first and only season for the Buckeyes and a walk on who Matta said “may come back another year.”Forward Anthony Lee transferred to OSU from Temple during the offseason, but will be eligible to play right away because he has already graduated college. Fellow forward Jake Lorbach is a walk on who has never made an impact for the Buckeyes, and would not be expected to step into a leadership role.The two centers — Amir Williams and Trey McDonald — are set to battle it out for playing time, but Matta said both could still find their ways into leadership roles on the team.“Trey’s personality lends him to be a leader,” Matta said. “I think from Amir, I’m hoping he’ll come to the forefront in terms of saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to do my part, I’ve got to help these guys and get them to understand how we do things here.’”Thompson and Scott have the most experience for the Buckeyes, having played in 111 and 108 games, respectively, while Williams has donned a scarlet and gray uniform 101 times.Freshmen “have the potential”Even with veterans leading the way on the floor, Matta said his freshmen have a chance to step into roles as leaders.He added most freshmen “lead by example,” and singled out guard D’Angelo Russell and forward Jae’Sean Tate as players setting the standard within their class.“(Russell) likes to take command of his group and get guys where they need to be,” he said. “I think that’s just his winning mentality. I think a guy like Jae’Sean Tate is a guy who’s going to play so hard, he has so much energy, that you hope that permeates throughout the team in terms of, ‘Boy, he’s so productive.’”Apart from Russell and Tate, the freshman class consists of center David Bell, forward Keita Bates-Diop and redshirt-freshman guard Kam Williams.Matta singled out Bates-Diop as a player he hopes could step into a leadership role, but has room for improvement.“He understands leadership. We just need him to be a little more vocal at times,” Matta said.While he said he has some ideas of their leadership qualities, Matta said he goes into seasons without too many specific expectations for his freshman classes. He said he wants to take time to watch this year’s class before making judgments about their on-the-court status.“I go into it with a very broad vision of what I think they’re going to be,” he said. “I want to see their play over the course of time.”Matta said one of the keys will be to watch how the young players respond to both success and adversity in practice.“A guy has a great practice, does he back it up with a really good practice?” he said. “Guy has a bad practice, does he have the toughness to bounce back and have a really good outing the next day?”Even though he’s still in the evaluation process, Matta said each new player on the team has done something to make him take notice.“All the new guys have done things that have caught my eye in terms of what they’re going to be able to bring to this basketball team,” he said. “Now getting it consistently is going to be the key for any freshman.”The Buckeyes’ season is set to begin Nov. 14 when they host the University of Massachusetts-Lowell at the Schottenstein Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

Sage Gardner a steady calm influence for Ohio State mens soccer

Senior defender Sage Gardner (5) heads the ball during a match against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State captain, Columbus Crew Soccer Academy captain, Worthington Kilbourne captain. Each experience for Sage Gardner has helped him progress as the leader he is today.Gardner, a senior defender for the men’s soccer team, has been a captain for the last two seasons. He said learning by example is what taught him the most.“Freshman year coming in I saw (former Buckeyes) Matt Gold, Konrad (Warzycha), and (Sam) Scales lead a successful team that went to the sweet sixteen,” Gardner said.Gardner attributed much of his growing up to the fact that he was one of three team captains last season. His ability to watch and learn helped developed his leadership.“Last year I got a learning experience being a tri-captain with two other seniors (Chris Gomez and Austin McAnena),” Gardner said. “I got to lead by example but it wasn’t necessarily my captaincy. I got to learn with the other two captains and it just evolved from there. Each year, I’ve progressed as a leader.”Gardner’s definition of leadership is geared toward inspiring his fellow teammates to achieve success.“I strive to come here and really gear myself towards the next level. Even if that doesn’t happen, I think that helps portray that I’m serious, but I also have fun while playing,” Gardner said. “Just showing a lot of confidence and passion, that’ll trickle down to everybody else.”Coach John Bluem noted Gardner has the qualities to be a good leader and has done well at it.“There is nobody on the team that works harder at his game, tries to get better every day and is consistent in his performance,” Bluem said. “Those traits and qualities are good in a leader.”Gardner was a four year letter winner in high school at Worthington Kilbourne, as well as captain his senior season. He also was captain of his U-18, U-19 and U-20 teams for the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy. He led his academy teams to the playoffs each year and to back to back national championships in his U-19 and U-20 seasons.Gardner said there is no difference between each level’s captaincy and the job does not change.“I would say it’s pretty much the same, same responsibilities,” Gardner said. “I’d say this (season) is a little different because it’s a more adverse situation in terms of our record (2-6-5, 0-2-2).”Bluem said he has noticed Gardner’s progression as a leader.“A year ago, he was a leader on the team, but only through his work,” Bluem said. “He’s been a very steady, calm influence on the team this year. He leads by example certainly more than anything else.”Redshirt-senior defender Ben Killian attributes Gardner’s leadership skills to his passion, ability to care for individuals and his communication.“His passion for the game shows he is always trying to get better,” Killian said. “He cares about each individual on the team – I think that’s huge. It’s easy to over look younger guys on the team, and he does a really good job of talking with them and communicating.”Killian said Gardner’s leadership carries off the field as well.“He communicates with everyone. He talks with you not just about soccer,” Killian said. “If you have any issues, he’s easy to approach and he’ll give you some good advice.”Gardner has started all 71 games of his Ohio State career. In his collegiate career, he has tallied three goals and two assists. He has also been a part of 22 shutouts thus far.One word came to mind when Bluem and Killian spoke about Gardner’s soccer abilities: “consistency.”“He plays hard every single game, trains hard every single practice and he is an intelligent player,” Bluem said.Killian agreed.“It is hard to be consistent at this level, especially since he’s been starting since he was a freshman,” Killian said.Gardner is a finance major, but hopes to continue his soccer career into major league play.OSU has four regular season games remaining until the Big Ten tournament begins in Columbus. The Buckeyes are slated to play Oakland Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

Out of 7000 UG students only 400 voted in UGSS Presidential

Registrar at the University of Guyana, Dr Nigel GravesandeAlthough the University of Guyana (UG) caters for more than 7000 students, it was announced at a recent installation ceremony, that only some 400 students would have participated in a democratic election process to select a new President for UG’s Students’ Society (UGSS).This is according to a Registrar of the University, Dr Nigel Gravesande who shared remarks during the brief ceremony convened at the University’s Turkeyen Campus.He said, “Student governance here at the University of Guyana generally goes unnoticed by the average UG student but your efforts are felt everywhere on our two campuses and four centers…having less than 400 students participating in a democratic process that involves in excess of 7000 students needs us to urge and work assiduously to do better next time”.Gravesande told this publication that the number of students who participated in the election process, happens to be about the same each year although the hopes the number of voters can be increased.“I wanted to see much greater involvement in the democratic process, its important and I hope that as the years go progress that we would have a larger turn out to select the representatives that will lead the governance structure of the students,” the Registrar added.He said he believes it is because the students try to stay focused that they choose not to participate in such events, although it does not take away their focus.Nevertheless the University had its new President of the student body sworn in.New UGSS President Devta RamroopElected to serve was Devta Ramroop of the Natural Sciences Faculty. Along with her, several other representatives were elected to serve in various capacities.Ramroop will be responsible for making representations on behalf of her fellow students at decision making meetings and at other forums.She was also elected to serve in the capacity of a faculty representative in Natural Sciences.She was warned by the past president of the UGSS that she will no longer have time for herself as it will go towards the development of the University, even as he congratulated her.While giving her remarks, the newly elected president expressed how happy she was to be appointed to the position, as a female.According to her, “In recent years women throughout the world have been tirelessly working towards breaking the glass ceiling. At nearly every decision-making firm in our country men have been the dominant voices, I mean nothing is wrong with that but today I stand on the strong shoulders of two females presidents before me…the 16-years drought is finally over”.Ramroop said she hopes her sincere service will embolden others to rise to take up the challenge as well. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUG students complain of exorbitant graduation fees, threaten boycottJuly 16, 2016In “latest news”Over 3,000 new university students enrolled at Turkeyen CampusAugust 29, 2018In “latest news”US based family gifts land, property to UG towards bursary for Berbice studentsJanuary 20, 2018In “Business” read more

Poll Do you agree with the Vaticans stance on scattering ashes

first_img File photo By Órla Ryan Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 26th 2016, 10:09 AM 198 Comments Share65 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3046529 No (13087) 27,862 Views Image: Shutterstock/TunedIn by Westend61 THE VATICAN HAS urged Catholics not to scatter the ashes of the dead after cremation and instead to store them in places approved by the Church.The new guidelines also say that the ashes of the dead should not be kept at home, rather at a cemetery or other sacred place.Doing so reduces “the risk of shielding the dead from prayers for them and the memory of their family and the Christian community”, German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the prefect of the doctrinal watchdog, said yesterday.“We also avoid eventually forgetting (them) and the lack of respect which can happen, especially after the passing of the first generation.”We want to know: Do you agree with the Vatican’s views on ashes? Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 10:09 AM Yes (2011) YesNoI’m not sureVoteContains reporting from © – AFP 2016 Poll Results: Poll: Do you agree with the Vatican’s stance on scattering ashes? The Catholic Church has said ashes should not be scattered or kept at home. I’m not sure (791) File photo Image: Shutterstock/TunedIn by Westend61last_img read more

Threat of a farright French presidency is real but France will not

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3272920 By AFP Image: Michel Euler Short URL 6,605 Views Threat of a far-right French presidency is real ‘but France will not give in’, says Hollande Alain Juppe ruled himself out as a candidate today. Francois Holllande Share12 Tweet Email center_img Francois Holllande Image: Michel Euler Mar 6th 2017, 12:16 PM Monday 6 Mar 2017, 12:16 PM FORMER FRENCH PRIME minister Alain Juppe ruled himself out today as an alternative to his rightwing party colleague Francois Fillon whose campaign has been thrown into chaos by a fake job scandal.Juppe, 71, was the most likely candidate to step in for Fillon and try to unite their deeply divided Republicans party only seven weeks from the start of the two-stage election.Polls suggest Juppe would be more popular with voters, but the centrist is considered too soft on immigration and other social issues for many of Fillon’s supporters and the right flank of the party.The current French leader, Francois Hollande, also warned in an interview with six European papers published today that the threat of a Le Pen presidency was real but that he would fight to prevent it happening.“The far right has not been so high (in the polls) for more than 30 years but France will not give in,” the president said.France “is aware that the vote on April 23 and May 7 will determine not only the fate of our country but also the future of the European project itself,” he added.Le Pen, 48, has vowed to ditch the euro as France’s currency if elected and hold a referendum on the country’s membership of the European Union.“Confused” conditions“I confirm for a final time that I will not be a candidate to be president of the republic,” Juppe said in a downbeat statement that criticised Fillon and the “confused” conditions for the election.His decision removes a major rival for Fillon, whose bid for the presidency remains on track despite mounting criticism within the party and falling poll numbers.The conservative 63-year-old was once a clear favourite to be France’s next leader but his campaign is mired in accusations he used public funds to pay his wife hundreds of thousands of euros for fake parliamentary jobs.“No one today can prevent me being a candidate,” he told France 2 late last night, adding that the accusations against him were “aimed at stopping me being a candidate.”The chaos in Fillon’s camp has made an already unpredictable election even harder to call.It appears to have benefited centrist pro-business candidate Emmanuel Macron in particular, as well as far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who are shown by polls as the top two candidates in the first round on April 23.Polls suggest that Macron, 39, would beat Le Pen in the decisive second round, but after the shock of Donald Trump’s rise in the United States and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, analysts caution against bold predictions. Alain Juppe Source: Bob EdmeCrisis meeting laterAhead of a crisis meeting of leaders from the Republicans party later today, former president Nicolas Sarkozy piled pressure on Fillon to meet Juppe and find a way out of the crisis.Sarkozy, who picked Fillon as his prime minister from 2007-12, urged him and Juppe to meet “to find a dignified and credible way out of this situation which cannot continue and which is creating serious problems for the French people.”A number of Sarkozy’s closest allies have called on Fillon to step aside.Juppe has consistently ruled himself out of contention.“Never under the fifth republic have we had an election in such confused conditions,” he said, stressing the dangers of Le Pen’s “anti-European fanaticism” and Macron’s “political immaturity.”Turning to his own party at the press conference in his hometown of Bordeaux, he commented “what a waste!” before chastising Fillon.Fillon’s defence founded on a “supposed plot” against him from the justice system and the media “had led him into a dead-end,” Juppe said.Fillon under fireFillon, a devout Catholic, beat Juppe in the Republicans’ primary in November, pulling off a surprise victory by campaigning as a “clean” candidate.“If the voters of the right and the centre wanted Alain Juppe, they would have voted for Alain Juppe,” he said on Sunday.But even his TV interview was not without controversy as he came under fire on social media for repeatedly stressing he was “not autistic” and could recognise the problems his campaign was suffering.He was the frontrunner in the presidential race until Le Canard Enchaine newspaper revealed in late January that he paid his wife Penelope and two of their children nearly 900,000 euros ($950,000) as his parliamentary assistants.- © AFP, 2017Read: Allegations that his wife earned €830,000 in a “fake job” could end a man’s bid for France’s presidency> 32 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Exit polls indicate a Labor win in Australian elections 2019

first_imgBill Shorten  and Scott Morrison have cast their votes with millions of Australians across the country. Exit polls indicate a Labor win in the next federal government with the final Newspoll of the campaign placing Labor ahead with 51.5 per cent and the Coalition at 48.5 per cent on a two-party preferred basis. One exit poll has Labor ahead of the Coalition 52-46.If accurate, Labor would make a net gain of 12 seats, giving it 81 MPs in the 151-seat parliament in the country’s 46th Parliament. To win a majority, either side needs to reach 76 seats in the House of Representatives.READ MORE: Does the Greek vote still count in Australian Federal Elections?Morrison has only been in the government for nine months, but Shorten has promised to bring much-needed stability to the country.The former union leader has promised a range of reforms, including the government paying for cancer treatments and a reduction of tax breaks for landlords. Voters also seek stronger action on global warming. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Comportement animal quand les chiens imitent la gestuelle de leur maître

first_imgComportement animal : quand les chiens imitent la gestuelle de leur maîtreAutriche – Une étude expérimentale démontre pour la première fois une  tendance de la gent canine à copier les mouvements de l’homme, parfois même au détriment d’un comportement instinctif plus “logique”.Le Dr Friederike Range, spécialiste de biologie cognitive à l’université de Vienne, a procédé à une série de tests sur dix chiens, dressés à ouvrir une porte coulissante. Les cinq premiers devaient imiter pour ce faire la méthode de leur maître, utilisant la patte quand celui-ci avait utilisé sa main, et employant leur tête lorsque l’homme avait procédé ainsi. Les cinq autres chiens, eux, ont été dressés à agir de façon inverse à celle de leur maître.  À lire aussiVictime d’un mal étrange, cette femme voit des têtes de dragons à la place des visagesRésultat : le second échantillon a mis un temps sensiblement plus long à réussir l’opération. Plus surprenant encore : d’après les chercheurs, les chiens, bien “qu’imprégnés” de logique humaine du fait de leur développement évolutif en contact permanent avec notre espèce, sont avant tout imitateurs de leur propre maître, même lorsque celui-ci adopte un comportement contre-intuitif et inefficace.Si l’on savait que nos amis à quatre pattes se mettent parfois à bailler en voyant un humain le faire, voire, comme le suggère une autre étude, à imiter l’accent régional de leur propriétaire dans leurs aboiements, il semble donc qu’ils poussent l’empathie encore plus loin.        Le 1 août 2010 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

1218 NXT Results Tampa Florida Tag Match

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Videos Articles Videos Articles 12/18 NXT Results: Tampa, Florida1. NXT Tag Team Champion Kalisto def. Wesley Blake2. The Shoot Nation def. Cal Bishop & Mike Rawlis* Kevin Owens promo3. Hideo Itami def. Solomon Crowe4. Baron Corbin def. Tye Dillinger5. Alexa Bliss def. Carmella and Dana Brooke6. The Mechanics def. Shoot Nation7. Bull Dempsey def. CJ Parker8. The Jersey Boys def. The VaudevillainsSource: Figure Four Online/The Wrestling ObserverRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Reportedly InjuredVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Trish Stratus Now Playing Up Next Google+ Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injuredcenter_img Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Alexa Bliss Alexa Bliss Injury Update Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Facebook 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) 8/24 NXT Live Results: Tampa, FL (#1 Contender Battle Royal, NXT Title Match) More details released on WWE Superstar Jimmy Uso DUI arrest in Pensacola, FLlast_img read more

Astronauts get wakeup from Michael Stipe

first_imgHOUSTON – Flight day 7 of the STS-135 mission started out with a serenade for the crew of space shuttle Atlantis.In a special message recorded before launch from Venice, Italy, Michael Stipe, lead singer of R.E.M., sang an A capella version of the band’s song “Man on the Moon,” then followed it with a greeting to the astronauts.“Good morning, Atlantis,” he said. “This is Michael Stipe from R.E.M. We wish you much success on your mission, and thank all the women and men at NASA who have worked on shuttle for three decades. From Earth, a very good morning to you.”More unpacking of the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module is on tap today for Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. But they’ll also take some time out for a few special events.At 5:59 a.m., Ferguson and Magnus will be speaking with reporters from Fox News Radio and KTVI-TV and KSDK-TV in St. Louis. Then, at 8:19 a.m., the entire crew will be interviewed by WBBM-TV in Chicago, KTVU-TV in Oakland, Calif., and WTXF-TV in Philadelphia.In addition, both the shuttle and station crews will have the opportunity to enjoy an “All-American Meal” of barbecue brisket or grilled chicken and baked beans, southwestern corn and apple pie, and the public is invited to share in it, virtually. Visit < a href="http://go.nasa.gov/AllAmericanMeal">http://go.nasa.gov/AllAmericanMeal for recipes, or “formulations” as they’re called by NASA food scientists, as well as more information, video and imagery.last_img read more

Healey Demands Answers From Columbia Gas On Safe Restoration of Gas Service

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today sent a letter to Columbia Gas demanding answers about the company’s plans for the safe and expeditious restoration of gas and fair compensation for affected residents in the Merrimack Valley following the devastating fires and explosions earlier this month.“In the wake of this tragedy, I have heard from many residents and businesses who have suffered significant losses yet remain in the dark about Columbia Gas’ claims process and the plans for restoring gas service,” said AG Healey. “I am demanding information from Columbia Gas about their specific plans because these people need and deserve answers and clarity as they rebuild their lives and communities.”In her letter, AG Healey notes that the failure of the Columbia Gas distribution system resulted in death, serious injury, the loss of homes and small businesses, and disruption of gas services for heating, hot water and cooking for thousands of residents in the company’s Merrimack Valley territory.As the state’s ratepayer advocate and chief law enforcement officer, AG Healey is committed to ensuring that Columbia Gas lays out their plan for implementing the recovery process, including gas restoration and compensation for those affected, and that ratepayers do not bear any of the costs associated with those efforts.The letter requests a meeting with Columbia Gas executives next week to discuss how they plan to implement the recovery effort, specifically:Ensuring that pipes are replaced in a safe manner and that the new pipes will result in a safe gas distribution service going forward.Ensuring the safety of all its Massachusetts territories while working on recovery efforts in its Merrimack Valley territory.Making sure that customers are receiving timely and complete information regarding the company’s restoration plan, including considering a text-messaging or similar real-time communications system (with an opt-out provision) that would reach all affected customers.Developing a plan for paying the electric bills of its customers who are forced to rely on electric space heaters and hot plates.Accommodating customers who choose to make alternative housing arrangements.Clarifying how the company intends to pay customers for losses incurred related to this disaster.Providing the AG’s Office with copies of the company’s internal claims procedure and any claims form it intends to use.Ensuring affected customers can easily obtain alternative heating sources for their homes and, if they choose, permanently transition to energy efficient, clean technologies without any additional costs.Addressing how work will be completed if a property owner is not present to authorize repairs.Clarifying in a written statement its plan to not bill affected customers for any gas service until service is restored.Confirming and ensuring that customers will not pay for any part of this disaster through the regulatory ratemaking process.Earlier this week, AG Healey sent Columbia Gas and NiSource orders to preserve documents for a potential state investigation.AG Healey has also issued two advisories offering guidance and resources in her office to support Merrimack Valley residents and businesses recovering from this tragedy. The AG’s Office issued an advisory about giving wisely to charities and knowing your consumer rights and this week announced a new hotline for residents and business owners with questions and concerns to connect with specialists in the office. The AG’s Office also provided guidance about legal representation and home improvement scams. The AG’s Office has been and will continue to send staff to assist individuals at the claims center in Lawrence.For more information or assistance, contact the Attorney General’s dedicated hotline for Merrimack Valley residents at (617) 573-5370. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Consumers can also obtain guidance and resources at the AG’s dedicated webpage at mass.gov/ago/merrimackvalley.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Files Comments with FERC Urging Caution on Kinder Morgan PipelineIn “Government”Lender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Anonymous Internet Troll Is Misusing My Familys Name

first_imgDear Editor,As an Everett, I was irate to learn that my family’s name was used in an attempt to smear a political candidate.  The Everetts were long time residents of Wilmington.  My mother ran a successful dancing school and donated proceeds to help build the Health Center.  My father volunteered for years in Little League, Pony League and Pop Warner.  He helped to build the Little League field by the Police Station and a skating rink behind the South School.  I grew up in Wilmington and taught for 30+ years as Miss Everett, Mrs. Mosca, or Mrs. Farrar.The name Jack Everett comes from the Urban Dictionary. As copied from the Urban Dictionary:“Jack Everett – a strong leader that sticks up for other people and he will always put others first. lovely eyes and hair. good at sports, he isn’t arrogant, girls drop even when he is standing. he will fight to protect his friends and family”Perhaps, the person who hid behind a cartoon character and our name sees this as themselves.  However, I question their integrity.  Our family will fight to protect our friends and family, which is why I am writing this.   We do not want to be attached to negative campaigns.For 63 of my years, I have lived and/or worked in Wilmington.  I am invested in Wilmington.  I am angry that our family name has been used in this way and to have been called on this by another hurts all the more.I hope that the people of Wilmington will vote on Election Day and will vote wisely.Sincerely,Sheryl Everett FarrarLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now I Know Why Residents Don’t Attend Board Of Selectmen’s MeetingsIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons, Care About ALL ResidentsIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

TSA Checkpoint At Bush Airports Terminal B To Remain Closed Until Further

first_imgWikimedia CommonsThe Houston Airports System (HAS) announced Friday that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint and the ticketing counters in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will remain closed until further notice, even though the Senate passed Friday a short-term deal to reopen the federal government with the endorsement of President Donald Trump.The checkpoint and ticketing counters originally closed on January 13 in response to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government.All other operations at Terminal B are open, and flights scheduled to depart from and arrive at Terminal B will operate as normal. Passengers with flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B are being directed to the ticket counters and TSA checkpoints located in Terminal C and Terminal E.For passengers flying out of Terminal B, once checked in and through security at Terminal C or Terminal E, they can walk or take the Skyway tram to Terminal B to reach their departing gate. Passengers can utilize the interactive terminal map available on fly2houston.com or the terminal maps available on the interactive visitor kiosks to help navigate their way back to Terminal B.The HAS said there are six TSA security lanes at Bush Airport still operating as normal.Passengers choosing to use the Terminal B parking garage can still do so and use the terminal subway system to reach either Terminal C or Terminal E to check in and go through security screening. Sharelast_img read more

Whos Who in the Baltimore Mayoral Race

first_imgJoshua HarrisCommunity organizer and communications worker Joshua Harris outlines his solutions to things like housing, energy and social justice on his campaign website. In the speech he gave announcing his candidacy for mayor, he said that some of the city’s woes stem from a communication breakdown between city leaders and residents “[In communications], the traditional and older model is send a message-receiver, and I also believe that that is the common mode that the city operates under . . . we are the sender, we want to get [the message] out, and you receive it. We also now have to incorporate the feedback,” he said. Officially filed: yes Baltimore’s primary election is not until April 26, but a major milestone is coming up. The candidates looking to become the city’s next mayor must file their paperwork with the State Board of Elections by February 3. Here are the current frontrunners. Some of the candidates had not officially filed as of press time. (The following candidates appear in alphabetical order.) Carl StokesOn his website, the city councilmember writes that he believes that investing in neighborhoods and redeveloping abandoned housing are keys to making Baltimore better. He underscores this statement with a reprint of the speech he gave when he announced his candidacy back in December. “When I am mayor, there will be new standards for Tax Increment Financing. You want help? You show that you will benefit a community – parks, jobs, capital improvements. And the community will decide what they need before any TIF is granted. We will invest in neighborhoods and there will be accountability,” the speech reads. Officially filed: no Patrick GutierreGutierrez is a former bank executive who believes he can take the skills he learned in that job, and use them to make Baltimore better. “Seeing the dysfunction in city government and knowing my background as an operations manager was specifically to go in and address the same problems that city government has. You know, there’s no accountability anywhere, there’s no transparency, the communication is poor and when you have those things you get the results that we’re getting,” he said in an interview with the AFRO. On his website, he has posted his five steps to a better police department – a plan that calls for body cameras, a better civilian review board and incentives for officers to live in the communities they police in, among other things. Officially filed: yes Elizabeth EmbryEmbry, who is currently on leave from her job as Chief of the Criminal Division for the Attorney General, says that she will roll out a comprehensive plan detailing what changes she’d make as mayor in the coming weeks. In an interview with the AFRO, she said her experience prosecuting crime could be a big asset to the city. “I’ve seen what can work, but what I’ve also seen in the criminal justice system is what happens when every system does not work. To me, the criminal justice system is what you see when everything fails,” she said. Officially filed: no Sheila DixonIn early January, Dixon released a four-point plan aimed at making the city safer. In it, she suggests ways to stop gun violence, make changes to the police department and make city agencies more unified. “This has been a year of profound hardship for our city. With the painful loss of Freddie Gray, the entrenched conflicts that his death brought to the surface, and the horrifying spike in violence that followed, we all strive to find words of healing and actions to match. But that takes leadership, and that is what I’m offering the citizens of this city,” she writes on her website. Officially filed: nocenter_img David WarnockThe businessman and philanthropist told the AFRO that he is working on a comprehensive plan detailing the changes he’d make as mayor, with help from people like former Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick and Community College of Baltimore County president Sandra Kurtinitis. “I think this election is about ideas, it’s about change and it’s about whether we’re ok with business as usual,” he said. “There are tactical things that are in her [Sheila Dixon’s] plan and in Nick’s [Mosby] plan that we’ll all do. The question is, are you really going to create sustainable significant change for the city?” Officially filed: yes Nick MosbyNick Mosby, who currently serves on the Baltimore City Council and is the husband of State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, has issued a 15-point plan of what he would do as mayor called “Connecting the Dots.” The plan targets things like education, public safety and jobs. “City Hall’s job is to Connect the Dots that define our wellbeing, providing an honest, reliable vision that guides our residents along their individual paths to shared success,” he writes on his website. Officially filed: no Catherine PughThis is the current state senator’s second run for mayor of Baltimore. She has also served on the Baltimore City Council and was appointed to the Maryland General Assembly, House of Delegates. On her website, she points to her long career in politics as proof she’d be a good mayor for the city. She says she has passed over 150 pieces of legislation. Officially filed: yes Calvin YoungIn a September interview with the AFRO, Young said that his work as a jet engine engineer and as National Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers could help him lead the city. He said that as mayor, he would focus on education, removing lead from city homes and improving the relationship between the police and he community. “I’m running to provide a counterpoint to what we’ve heard about our city for decades – crime, drugs, homicides – that does not have to be what Baltimore is about moving forward,” he said. Officially filed: yeslast_img read more

It Took Seven Years but Winter Came to Westeros

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future The phrase “Winter is Coming” has been repeated on Game of Thrones since its premiere back in 2011. Well, they can finally stop saying it because it’s here. After an episode full of politics, stare-downs and dramatic reveals, Winter reached all of Westeros. And coming with it is the Night King and his army. It’s what the entire series has been building toward since season one. That kind of payoff is what this episode was all about. Everything the rest of this seven-episode season set up finally happened in last night’s near-movie-length finale.It needed the length too. As is Game of Thrones’ way now, “The Dragon and the Wolf” gave us nearly everything we wanted to see. The long-awaited meeting of Cersei and Daenerys happened. Theon Greyjoy finally got his courage back. The Stark siblings worked together to take Littlefinger out of the picture. Jon Snow was confirmed to be the legitimate son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Then he boned his aunt. It’s like this finale knew ahead of time what the complaints about this season would be, and addressed every one of them.Courtesy of HBOLet’s start with that meeting. We’ve been waiting for this moment for years now, and the show gave it exactly the weight and room it deserved. This episode needed to be nearly 80 minutes long not because of a gigantic battle, but because of scenes like this. The first meeting of Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen couldn’t be rushed. It had to breathe, letting the tension and dread build as the situation became more hopeless. This season has been criticized for its pacing. Everything happened too fast, leading to logistical errors (like last week’s lightning-fast travel), and moments not being allowed to land as they should. Last night’s episode didn’t have that problem. The build-up to the meeting was slow and worth it. When we saw all of Daenerys’s armies arrive at King’s Landing without her, we knew she would show up on a dragon. Even knowing what was coming, the wait made it all the more exciting when she did. It also had the delicious side effect of pissing off Cersei to no end. She tried to act unimpressed and inconvenienced, but we know she wishes she had one of those.The meeting itself was tense and uncomfortable. Everybody took the opportunity to air their beef with one another. We didn’t get the Clegane-bowl we’ve been looking for, but the brothers stared each other down. Hey, this episode gave us pretty much everything else, it had to save something for season eight. Euron taunted Theon about Yara, and Cersei made it clear that she didn’t trust anybody. Until Jon and The Hound brought out their captured White Walker. No better wake-up call than a bloodthirsty zombie running straight towards you. Cersei accepts Daenerys’ truce as long as Jon agrees to stay out of it and not take sides. That’s a problem, considering he just pledged his allegiance to Daenerys last episode. Proving he truly is a Stark, he tells Cersei he can’t promise her that. The deal is over, and the trip to King’s Landing was seemingly for nothing.Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)Tyrion tries to smooth things over with his sister, who won’t listen to him until he figures out she’s pregnant. We don’t get to see the rest of the conversation after that, but Cersei agrees to send Lannister troops to fight alongside Targaryen and Stark forces against their common enemy. She appears to, anyway. She’s still Cersei Lannister. She always has a larger game in mind. Looking back at the last couple episodes, you may remember Tyrion’s concerns that his sister would use the meeting as a trap. In its finale, the show threw us a clever twist: She totally did, just not in the way we would assume. The trap wasn’t meant to kill Daenerys; it was to distract her while she built up her army. Upon seeing the White Walker in person, Euron ran, claiming he was going to hole up on the Iron Islands where the dead couldn’t get him. Really, he was running to Essos to hire the Golden Company. Cersei reveals to Jaime that she has no intention of sending her men to fight alongside enemies. Like their father, she put all her stock in the gold they have. With it, they can hire enough sellswords to defeat whatever comes south for them after the war with the Night King.That is the final straw for Jaime, though. Cersei’s refusal to fight the coming threat is what finally disillusions him. She even threatens to have the Mountain kill him for treason, but he calls her bluff. It’s funny. She came that close to killing both of her brothers this episode, but couldn’t follow through on either. Jaime leaves King’s Landing just as snow begins to fall. Winter is here. Now, we see the central conflict of season eight start to come together. It may have been interesting to see the North, the Vale, the Dothraki, the Unsullied and the Lannister armies all unite against the Night King, especially given the sticky political mess that would be left afterward. That conflict is too simple for Game of Thrones. We were never going to have a straightforward living vs. dead conflict. This show needs to have infighting and external threats that go unknown or ignored. Jon and Daenerys will be in a much more desperate situation now. Without the Lannisters, they’ll have to defeat the Night King and immediately take a weakened army back south to fight another, very well funded, military. It adds a conflict and tension to an otherwise clear and straightforward final season. At this point, anyway. Who knows what complications await us whenever the next episode airs?Maisie Williams (Credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)At Winterfell, they finally gave the season’s worst plot a decent resolution. Though, not before torturing us with an extended Littlefinger-Sansa scene. At least this one paid off. Littlefinger told Sansa about a game he plays where he assumes the worst about someone and asks how well those assumptions explain their current actions. Sansa plays along, seeming to agree that Arya wants to kill her and become the Lady of Winterfell. Like Arya wants to be the lady of anything. The show finally shows its hand, revealing that Arya and Sansa have been working together against Littlefinger. I guess the show decided we didn’t need to see those scenes. What appears to be a trial for Arya turns out to be for Littlefinger. They accuse him of murder (which he did) and conspiracy against the Stark family. Thanks to Bran’s new superpower, they’re able to bring up dirt from season one to condemn him. Satisfying Arya kills serve as great bookends for this season. It opened with her slaughtering the Frey family, and it ends with her cutting Littlefinger’s throat. We don’t know if she makes a mask out of his face, but man, it’d be great to see that next season.As satisfying as this ending was, it doesn’t quite excuse everything that led up to it. We had to sit through multiple weeks of Arya and Sansa appearing to have suddenly become stupid. So what, were they discussing this plan in secret? If that’s the case, what made those secret conversations any safer than the one with the knife and faces from last week? Assuming that was performative, anyway. We weren’t given any indication that Littlefinger was listening in or that either Arya or Sansa was aware that Littlefinger was listening. Their performance of infighting had only one clear purpose: To fool the audience. Well, congrats, you got me. I thought you were showing me all the cards, when really you had a full extra pack backstage. What a cool magic trick. I can’t complain too much when it led to such a great scene, but it really highlights how pointless most of this entire plot was. There was a way to pull this off without making it appear like two of our favorite characters lost all semblance of sense overnight.Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)The show ended by giving us exactly what we’ve been demanding all season. Daenerys and Jon finally get down. Yes, this comes right after Samwell Tarly, and Bran confirm that they are aunt and nephew, but hey. There’s nothing more traditionally Targaryen than getting dirty with your relatives. Hey, by that family’s standards aunt and nephew are barely related at all. Also, even as a straight guy, I have to admit: Kit Harrington has a nice butt. Though come on, Sam. Really? YOU found out that Rhaegar had his marriage annulled? The evidence that he and Lyanna were secretly married is here thanks to YOUR transcribing? I think you’re forgetting that someone else pointed out that particular piece of information to you and you ignored her. Gilly better get one hell of an apology next season.This season of Game of Thrones has been called fan fiction, usually by people saying that’s a bad thing. Everything that’s happened this season has been exactly what fans want to see. And the problem is…? We’re far enough into the story at this point that we’re pretty sure who will live, and who can still die. That would be the case whether the show was still working from novels or not. We can be pretty sure we’re not going to get another event like the Red Wedding, where two beloved main characters die unexpectedly. Since that tension is lessened, the show is just going for spectacle. After years of anguish, it’s giving the audience a few wins. We are getting everything we want, and everything we want makes for some pretty exciting television.Brendan Cowell, Alfie Allen (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)Besides, I get the feeling this isn’t going to be the new normal for next season. With the Night King using blue dragon fire to take down the wall and Tormund possibly (though probably not yet) dead, things aren’t going to remain this easy. Winter is here, and there are hard times ahead. It wouldn’t be out of character for Game of Thrones to give us a season of triumph before a brutal final season. Of course what’s really going to be brutal is the wait for said final season. HBO has said it may even come as late as 2019. After this amazing season finale, we hope we only have to wait a year to see what happens next.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Govt to seek relaxation from SC over supply of burnt mobil in

first_imgKolkata: The state government will seek some sort of relaxation from the Supreme Court which, on Monday, restrained the government from processing tenders issued by it for the supply of burnt mobil oil to keep herds of elephants away by using fire torches.”We are examining the order of the apex court. A meeting will be conducted consisting of senior officials and legal experts. Our Chief Wildlife Warden is currently in North Bengal. We have been using such fire torches to scare the elephants in order to avoid the jumbos’ conflict with man. Now, if there is a restriction we have to look for alternative means,” state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNK Pandey, the principal chief conservator of forests of the state and the head of forest force said some foreign countries use alternative techniques like taking some heavy lights to scare the pachyderms. “It is difficult for our guards to carry such heavy lights. There are hamlets inside forests, the road is not congenial for taking such lights and it is difficult to have those type of lights here. We have been asked to file an affidavit within two weeks in which we will point out the difficulties,” Pandey said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior Forest official said we are continuously taking awareness drives among people to minimise man animal conflict. “We do not inflict torture on the jumbos by throwing fire torches we only use these to scare them away. When they enter villages and create havoc to farmlands, they flee if shown such torches. There has not been a single case of inflicting torture on elephants by throwing torches,” a senior official of the Forest department said. The bench has also asked the Bengal government to file affidavit stating the name and designation of the person who will be responsible in each forest division in the event of a mishap due to fire. The bench has also directed the Odisha government to file an affidavit in this regard. It may be mentioned that the Centre through Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, assured the bench that a meeting is scheduled on December 1 for forming a task force or a steering committee to assist the Centre and the states to formulate and implement measures to deal with conflicts with elephants. The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Prerna Singh Bindra, a well-known conservationist and author, seeking the formation of such a task force in different parts of the country to prevent the elephants from being subjected to violence.last_img read more

One killed when bus car collide outside Cancun

first_imgAccording to preliminary information, the ADO bus was minutes away from arriving in Cancun from Mérida when it collided with a car. The accident was recorded on the outskirts of the city when the right side of the bus made contact with the car, causing it to cartwheel. The driver of the car was pronounced at the scene. People on the bus were not injured. They were loaded onto another bus and taken to the city center ADO terminal. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Q.R. — An accident between a bus and car has left one dead after their collision along the Cancun-Merida highway. center_img The accident happened Sunday at 12:00 noon when a transport bus collided with a car, which was left overturned. last_img read more

Regulatory Authority approves lower electricity rates starting October

first_imgThe Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) approved a drop in electricity rates for all generation and distribution companies that will take effect the last quarter of this year. Depending on the utility company, rates will decrease by 1.15 to 3.82 percent starting on Oct. 1.That applies to electricity rates from the country’s eight power distribution companies and corresponds to ARESEP’s most recent calculation of variations in fuel prices conducted last week.Annual projections in December 2014 showed that the country during the last quarter of 2015 would be required to spend ₡2 billion ($3.8 million) in fuel for thermal generation.“The current estimates are that generators will not be required to use any of the thermal plants over the next three months, therefore, the purchase of fuel for that period will cost zero colones,” ARESEP reported.The Costa Rican Electricity Institute supported ARESEP’s evaluation and reported that according to their latest projections, reservoir levels at hydroelectric plants will remain stable for the last quarter.ARESEP also stated that the launching of new generation projects and opportunities to buy imported energy at lower prices in the regional electricity market also favored lower rates.The complete list of approved decreases by company can be found on ARESEP’s website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Electricity rates: regulator says drop ’em, utility companies say raise ’em Costa Rica’s main electricity supplier asks for big rate hike Electricity rates to rise 19 percent in January Electricity rates for ICE customers to drop in January read more

The production didnt wane much from his final yea

first_img The production didn’t wane much from his final year in New England to his first in Arizona, but Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones fell 37 spots over the past two offseasons in NFL Network’s list of the top 100 players for 2017.Jones was voted by his peers as the 85th-best player in this offseason’s list after being ranked as the 48th-best player heading into his debut season with Arizona. Jones backed up the NFL-wide respect by recording 49 tackles, including 11 sacks, to go with four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2016. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones, left, hits Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford as he tries to pass during the second half of an NFL football game, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) 0 Comments   Share   “What? Chandler Jones had a good year? Shocking,” Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels told NFL Network with a hint of sarcasm. “He’s like that guy who as a kid, everyone wants him on your team because he can just play ball. He clearly is having fun out there. He enjoys what he’s doing — it’s obvious. That’s why he makes the plays he makes.”.@ChanJones55 has the third-most sacks in the @NFL over the past two seasons. #NFLTop100 pic.twitter.com/jkai0jdUEL— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) May 2, 2017The 2016 season for Jones was on-par with his numbers posted in 2015 for the Patriots: 44 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and one interception.Jones was a Pro Bowl alternate last season, and his production was strong enough to earn him a hefty five-year extension with Arizona that could reach $83 million in earnings.As for the Cardinals, Jones is the team’s first representative to make NFL Network’s list, which will be released in groups of 10 over the course of the next few weeks.Former Cardinals teammate Calais Campbell appeared just ahead of Jones at 83rd on the list. With Arizona last season, the 30-year-old Campbell registered 53 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception.center_img Campbell credited some of his own success with playing next to the 27-year-old pass-rusher.“Chandler is as good as they come,” Campbell told NFL Network. “He loves playing the game of football and rushing the passer, man. You need guys around you to be exceptional. I’ll miss playing with him.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more