Quickly Export Still Images from Final Cut Pro X En Masse

first_imgA new FREE app supercharges still image exports out of Final Cut Pro X.There are many instances when you may need to export out a group of still images from your video editing timeline…maybe you’re pulling reference shots for a future video shoot, your clients want them for promotional use or you want to do some analog-style scene mapping.Previously with Final Cut Pro X this process could be cumbersome and time consuming if you were needing a big batch of stills (you’d have to pick each still frame and export it out individually).However a free app from Santiago, Chile based Orangutan Productions now makes exporting out a big group of still images from FCPX a breeze.Download the FREE fcpxImageExporter app.Add a marker on your video timeline to each frame you’d like a still image of. You can add as many markers as you’d like.Export an XML from FCPX and load it into fcpxImageExporter. Done!Many thanks to fcp.co for the tip on this super handy app…and to Orangutan Productions for making image export out of FCPX pain-free.See the app in action below:last_img read more

Spanish HIV Researcher Faces €210,000 Fine Over Unauthorized Clinical Trial

first_imgMADRID—A Spanish HIV/AIDS researcher is facing a hefty fine for violating clinical trial regulations. A court of appeals has upheld most of a lower court’s verdict against Vicente Soriano, a physician at the Hospital Carlos III here and a well-known clinical researcher with hundreds of publications to his name.Soriano is liable for €210,000 for conducting a clinical trial without approval from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, failing to obtain insurance for the trial, and informing participants he had his hospital’s ethical approval when he did not, according to the ruling, which was published 14 January. But the court overturned a €6000 fine for obstructing the initial investigation, which took place in 2010.The phase IV clinical trial, which Soriano registered on ClinicalTrials.gov in July 2009, sought to establish whether HIV patients with undetectable levels of the virus in their blood can replace so-called protease inhibitors in their treatment cocktail with a powerful new compound, raltegravir, the first in a class called integrase inhibitors that has fewer side effects. Soriano’s team divided patients into three groups with different treatment regimens; one group took raltegravir only once a day, instead of twice, the standard. (Simplifying a treatment regimen can help patients adhere to it.) The study enrolled 311 patients, 222 of whom completed 24 weeks of follow-up; a paper published in HIV Clinical Trials in 2010 showed that raltegravir suppressed the virus successfully in all but 13 of them.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)An anonymous tipster told Madrid’s health department that the trial lacked the proper regulatory and ethical approvals, according to the court’s ruling, and between 24 and 29 November 2010, the department sent inspectors to examine Soriano’s records. In October 2011, a Madrid court issued him fines of €216,000.Soriano appealed the fines on various points; the core of his defense, however, supported by three Spanish expert witnesses, was that the study was retrospective and observational, and that the treatment changes were within the normal realm of what doctors might recommend for any patient.One of the seven magistrates hearing the case in Madrid’s Superior Court of Justice agreed, but the majority did not. They wrote in the verdict that “the appeal seeks to avoid the fact that the project not only proposed a change in dose but also a change in the medicine.” One of the expert witnesses seems to gloss over the fact that patients were put on a new type of drug by claiming, without evidence, that they were already taking raltegravir, the court added. The fines, two for “very serious” infractions and one for a “serious” infraction, were the lowest allowed by the law.”This study was without doubt a clinical trial,” that would need proper ethical approval, says bioethicist Ruth Macklin of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. After studying Soriano’s study protocols, Macklin says they are incompatible with observational studies.Soriano declined to be interviewed about the trial or the appeal, but in an e-mail to ScienceInsider, he said that he and his group are victims of “harassment” related to a plan to dismantle the infectious diseases group at Carlos III. The hospital is in the midst of a merger with Madrid’s Hospital La Paz; both are owned by the Madrid regional government and parts were scheduled for privatization until this week, when a court ordered the cancellation of the plans.It’s unclear whether the hospital will take action against Soriano. While his appeal was pending, he continued his medical practice, but the ethics committee has not approved any clinical trials of his since March 2011, says Rafael Pérez-Santamarina Feijóo, the managing director of Hospital La Paz. Now that the court’s final ruling is available, the hospital will evaluate how to proceed, Pérez-Santamarina says. A spokesperson for Madrid’s Medical College told ScienceInsider that it has taken no formal disciplinary action against Soriano.last_img read more

Three NBA teams to host clubs from Australia’s NBL in preseason

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games US Open: Sandgren in, Nishioka out of tournament NBA MVP Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder will host the Melbourne United on Oct. 8, and the Phoenix Suns welcome the Brisbane Bullets on Oct. 13.This will be the first time NBL teams travel to the United States to play NBA teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe NBA said Monday (Tuesday Manila time) that there were a record-tying eight Australian players on last season’s opening-night NBA rosters. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum (11) lays the ball as San Antonio Spurs’ Derrick White, rear, and Cory Jefferson (55) defend during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 3, 2017, in Salt Lake City. APSALT LAKE CITY — Three NBA teams will host opponents from Australia’s National Basketball League for preseason games in October.The Utah Jazz, who feature Aussies Joe Ingles and Dante Exum, will host the Sydney Kings on Oct. 2. Ingles was chosen NBL rookie of the year after playing with the Melbourne South Dragons in 2006-07. Exum was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Vintage values

first_imgThe 40 ft high dome perched atop the heritage mansionDominating the skyline of Kolkata’s Sambhunath Pandit Street is an octagonal dome, painted a dazzling shade of silver. At an approximate height of 40ft, the orb is seen perched on a four-storeyed vintage mansion. Clustered on its facade are windows with green wooden slats and antique-metal grilles that shove you inside a time capsule.Weave your way through a jumble of modern structures dotting the affluent neighbourhoods of Chowringhee and Elgin Road to gape at the 77-year-old residence of Janaki Nath Mukerji, the first Indian Post Master General of British India. A formal portico leads up to the main entrance where a JNM-stencilled Belgian glass door greets you. Also sharing door space are the family motto”Laborare est Orare” (Labour is worship) and mystic shlokas from The Upanishads.The drawing room is outfitted with ornate sofasStep inside the enchanted precincts of this Raj-era building through a Burma-teak main door. For design buffs who set foot here, it’s a veritable Mecca. The roster of objets d’art strewn generously include a stylish hat stand, opulent four-poster beds, Belgian stained-glass chandeliers and much more. Nearly everything in the 12,000 sq ft-sprawling structure spells heritage chic. There are more than 30 rooms in Santikutir, as the house has been fondly christened, spread out between its four levels. Of all the spaces, the black and white stone courtyard leading on to the foyer make the most fitting start to your sightseeing tour. Snaking up from the foyer is a well-waxed Italian marble staircase, which is indeed a glorious affair with 75 continuous steps that are not punctuated by landings. It is flanked on one side by a flamboyant wooden banister while the other side is a dado rail embellished with Italian grey marble along with red and green mosaic.An intricately carved dresserStroll through a maze of winding corridors and courtyards to discover a fantastic assortment of vintage bric-a-bracs. The roll call of collectibles displayed in various rooms is long and intriguing. You cannot miss Burma-teak secretariat tables, a single-unit dresser, a 1938 roll-top writing desk from the stable of 19th century carpenters Prabartak as well as cupboards from the city’s famed period furniture outfit C Lazarus and Company.Mukerji’s initials are stencilled on the glass doorBut the most treasured piece in this furniture cornucopia is Janaki Nath Mukerji’s very own double bed. A groovy four-poster, this early 20th century piece flaunts a delicate woodwork-detailed headboard and is still cherished by the Mukerji clan. Great grandson Soumen Mukerji recalls how the bed functioned as a single-sleeper unit when he was young. Almost always, he admits candidly, half of the bed’s sprawling expanse was piled high with thick volumes.Clearly, books outnumbered residents in this opulent building once upon a time. Mukerji, who was conferred the ‘Order of the British Empire’ for his contribution in the field of long-distance telephony, built a collection of over 10,000 titles on a wide variety of subjects ranging from history and philosophy to religion and science. Several first editions and rare volumes were part of this collection too.The courtyard is skirted by verandahs on three sidesBut the bibliophile’s family has moved on since then. Currently, frenetic refurbishment is a way of life here but it’s being carried out without toning down its legendary grandeur. The renovated drawing room sports an ornate look with walls painted a dark shade of peach accentuated with warm-yellow lighting. Highlights include floor to ceiling Victorian-style curtains with classic swag valances. They work as adornments for the room’s skylights which are offset by colourful mosaic niches outside. The crown jewel of the mansion is its central courtyard that whisks you off to a bygone era. Offering unfettered views of the sky and skirted by verandahs on three sides, it used to be the venue for several communal gatherings including musical soirees and condolence meets.May be the glorious days of yore are long gone and things have toned down. But as the sun goes down on the glossy dome, you cannot help but wonder how this majestic structure still manages to transform the landscape.advertisementlast_img read more

CWG scam: PMO examining Shunglu reports on Games venues, organisation

first_imgTwo reports of the high-level Shunglu Committee on alleged irregularities in Commonwealth Games projects and conduct of the mega sporting event are being examined by the Prime Minister’s Office for appropriate follow up action.Officials said that the two reports received by the PMO on March 28 and 29 respectively are “under examination”.So far, the Shunglu Committee has submitted six reports on CWG to the Government.The 361-page report on Games venues has found a loss of over Rs 1,600 crore in construction and renovation of venues for the Games by different government agencies.It has blamed senior officials of civic and construction government agencies like Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and RITES among others for inordinate delays, inflated prices and rigged tender process.The Committee found Rs 800 crore as cost of delay in completing construction of all the games and training venues across the national capital and said that financial oversight by different agencies resulted in undue gain of over Rs 250 crore to contractors.It said that there was an estimated Rs 574 crore of “wasteful expenditure” on certain types of assets. “It appears as if to economise was criminal and to splurge was civil,” the Committee had said in its report.In its 103 pages sixth report on “organisation and conduct of CWG 2010”, the Committee found managerial lapses and blamed sacked Chairman of Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi, lodged in Tihar jail in connection with alleged CWG graft, for setting up a “sham” committee with much lesser accountability and transparency.advertisementPrime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 25 last year appointed the high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu to investigate and report all irregularities in executing various projects by several government agencies during the Games held here between October 3-14 last year.The Committee has submitted a total of six reports to the PMO. The first findings on Host Broadcasting was given to the PMO on January 29, second on Commonwealth Games Village (March 7), third on city infrastructure was submitted on March 18 and fifth on Organising Committee was given on March 28, pointing out alleged wrong doings.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

first_imgDrilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ He predicted other states will introduce similar legislation. Two lawmakers in South Carolina have already announced plans to do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The new law applies to all sports, though the big money to be made is in football and basketball. It bars schools from kicking athletes off the team if they get paid. It does not apply to community colleges and prohibits athletes from accepting endorsement deals that conflict with their schools’ existing contracts.The NCAA, which had asked Newsom to veto the bill, responded by saying it will consider its “next steps” while also moving forward with “efforts to make adjustments to NCAA name, image and likeness rules that are both realistic in modern society and tied to higher education.” FILE – In this Sept. 16, 2019, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom answers a question during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom announced Monday, Sept. 30, he signed a law that would let athletes at California universities make money from their images, names or likenesses. The law also bans schools from kicking athletes off the team if they get paid. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Defying the NCAA, California’s governor signed a first-in-the-nation law Monday that will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements — a move that could upend amateur sports in the U.S. and trigger a legal challenge.Under the law, which takes effect in 2023, students at public and private universities in the state will be allowed to sign deals with sneaker companies, soft drink makers or other advertisers and profit from their images, names or likenesses, just like the pros.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges02:51’Mamatay man:’ Bato says no ‘money-making’ at NBP when he was BuCor chief02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On Instagram, James exulted over the signing of the law, saying it will “change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it!”He added: “NCAA, you got the next move. We can solve this for everyone!Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner, the bill’s author, said the measure lets athletes share in the wealth they create.“For decades, college sports has generated billions for all involved except the very people most responsible for creating the wealth. That’s wrong,” she said.Newsom likewise portrayed the law as righting a wrong.“Other college students with a talent, whether it be literature, music, or technological innovation, can monetize their skill and hard work,” he said. “Student athletes, however, are prohibited from being compensated while their respective colleges and universities make millions, often at great risk to athletes’ health, academics, and professional careers.”The NCAA has steadfastly refused to pay players in most cases. But a committee led by Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith and Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman is studying other ways players could make money. Its report is expected in October.The NCAA does let some athletes accept money in some instances. Tennis players can accept up to $10,000 in prize money per year, and Olympians can accept winnings from their competitions. Plus, schools in the big “Power 5” conferences can pay players yearly cost-of-living stipends of between $2,000 and $4,000.The NCAA reported $1.1 billion in revenue in 2017. Centers of attention: Chabi Yo leads Kouame in tight race for UAAP MVP For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “It’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interest, finally, of the athletes on par with the interests of the institutions,” Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a tweeted video. “Now we’re rebalancing that power arrangement.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ The NCAA, which has 1,100 member schools and claims nearly a half-million athletes, said that “changes are needed to continue to support student-athletes,” but that such changes must be done at a national level through the NCAA, not through a patchwork of state laws.Before the governor signed the bill, the NCAA cautioned that the law would give California universities an unfair recruiting advantage, which could prompt the athletic association to bar them from competition.Powerhouse programs like the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, could find themselves banned.But while the NCAA is the top governing body for college sports, membership is voluntary. If the California schools are forced out, they could form a new league.Professional athletes have endorsed the law, including NBA superstar LeBron James, whose 14-year-old son is a closely watched basketball prospect in Los Angeles and will be 18 when the measure takes effect.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

New Delhi: Dec 04, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with

first_imgCaptions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Kolkata: Fog in Kolkata(B) Mumbai : London Mayor Sadiq Khan pays tribute to the 26/11 martyrs(A) New Delhi: Ram Nath Kovind pays floral tributes to former president R. Venkataraman(A) New Delhi: Congress President nomoination(B+A) Puri: Artistes perform Odissi dance(A+B) Patna: Nitish addresses press conference(B+A) Patna: Protest in Patna(B) Patna: Nitish Kumars Lok Samvad programme(B) New Delhi: Ramnarayan Sharma National Ayurved Award (A) Bodhgaya: 13th International Tipitaka Ceremony(B) New Delhi : 15th Finance Commission meets(B+A) INTERNATIONAL Turin : a charity to rise money for the hospital(B) Barcelona : Demonstrators attend a concert in support of the politicians(A) Buffalo : A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue(B) Gwangju:U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors taxi on the runway upon landing at a S Korean air base(B) Syria : Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bomber strikes the Islamic State targets in Syria(B) Pyeongtaek : U.S. Air Force EA-18G Growler fighter jets fly over the Osan U.S. Air Base(B) Seoul : A rally against the joint South Korea-US Air-force exercises(B) Bielefeld: Weather in Bielefeld(B) SPORTS Adelaide : Ashes cricket test match in Adelaide(B) Nassau : Hero World Challenge golf tournament(B) Newry : ski resorts 18th annual Santa(B) New Delhi: Sri Lanka VS India test match(B+A) PTI PHOTO GCS OSSlast_img read more

No Kolkata Classic golf in 2018 due to lack of sponsors

first_imgKolkata, Dec 24 (PTI) In a big blow to the sport in the eastern region, the Professional Golf Tour of Indias annual event – Kolkata Classic has been dropped from next seasons calendar due to the lack of sponsors.”It is not happening because of lack of sponsors. It all depends on sponsorship,” PGTI CEO Uttam Singh Mundy said on the sidelines of the final round of McLeod Russel Tour Championship.The event, that carried a prize purse of Rs 40 lakh, ran for two years with Shubhankar Sharma winning the inaugural edition in 2016 and Shamim Khan emerging champion this year.The PGTI is yet to ink a fresh contract with McLeod Russel whose three-year agreement for the Rs 1.5 crore Tour Championship got over today.The Tour Championship is a much-anticipated last meet of the PGTI calendar involving the top 50 in Order of Merit and 15 invitation entries, an event that has been in the run for six years.Mundy, however, sounded hopeful that the season-ending event will remain intact.”We are working on it and we are hopeful. But I can not say now,” Mundy said about the future of the Tour Championship. PTI TAP APA APAlast_img read more

Goodbye, Rahul Gandhi?

first_imgOn May 25, two days after the disastrous performance of the Congress in the Lok Sabha election, when Rahul Gandhi offered to resign as party president at a Congress Working Committee (CWC) session, many Congress insiders and almost everyone outside the party saw it as nothing but drama. It was expected to proceed along predictable lines: Rahul will offer to resign but CWC members will persuade him to stay on, he will take back his resignation and the party will continue to conduct its affairs as usual. Though Rahul kept reiterating that his intent was serious, the party veterans were unwilling to accept his decision and kept requesting him to reconsider.Young and mid-level office-bearers offered their resignations; there was even a farcical suicide attempt outside the Congress headquarters. However, nothing could shake Rahul’s determination and, on July 3, the Congress scion posted a letter on Twitter, stating unequivocally that his decision was irreversible. Placing the party in an unprecedented position, this development has precipitated three major challenges before it: find a non-Gandhi leader who can keep the Congress united; urgently rebuild its organisational structure and strengthen its presence across the country and, finally, create an acceptable, alternative narrative to electorally counter the unbeatable duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his deputy and home minister, Amit Shah.What next?The first challenge before the Congress is to find a president or, at least a provisional president, as a CWC member puts it, till the name is ratified in a Congress plenary. Though the Congress constitution provides for election of a president, it’s unlikely to happen under the current circumstances. There have been only two occasions when the party has elected its president, and though Rahul in 2017 opted for an election, no one stood against him and he was elected unopposed.advertisementThe Congress in its current avatar was formed in 1969 when Rahul’s grandmother Indira Gandhi led a successful coup against the then leadership of the party to form the Congress (R). These leaders had blamed her for the disastrous performance of the Congress in 1967 in the assembly elections to several Hindi heartland states and wanted to dethrone her as the prime minister. The Congress (R) became the Congress (I) in 1978 and, finally, the Indian National Congress, in 1996. The original Congress, meanwhile, died a silent death.Between 1970 and 1977, Indira Gandhi appointed three loyal lieutenants as presidents. Kasu Brahmanand Reddy, another choice of hers, was elected in 1977 but by 1978, Indira Gandhi officially took charge of the party. Since then, it was only between 1992 and 1996 that a Gandhi has not been at the helm of the Congress. This was in the interim between Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991 and Sonia’s reluctance to join politics.In 1991, the CWC had chosen P V Narasimha Rao, a retired politician who had packed his bags to head home to Hyderabad. The idea was that a leader in his fading years would remain submissive to the veterans who would control the party till a member of the Gandhi family was ready to take charge. But Rao turned out to have a mind of his own, taking firm control of the party and government and sidelining several veterans. His tenure saw multiple splits in the party and the departure of several heavyweights, such as Madhavrao Scindia, Arjun Singh and Narayan Dutta Tiwari, who went on to form their own parties. Following the defeat of the Congress in the 1996 general election, the party chose its treasurer Sitaram Kesri, to replace Rao. Kesri, only the second Congress president to have been elected after 1969, was unceremoniously removed from the post once Sonia Gandhi decided to join politics and took charge of the party in 1998.Ever since, the presidency stayed with the Gandhi family, with Rahul taking over as recently as in December 2017. His resignation has flung the already beleaguered party into a fresh crisis. With the FamilySonia, Rahul and Priyankaitself reluctant to get involved in the process of choosing the next president, the CWC will have to accomplish this challenging job. Like in 1991, Gandhi family loyalist and Sonia Gandhi’s political advisor, Ahmed Patel, will have to lead this process of selection of the new president.The CWC members will do well to remember the lessons from the Rao and Kesri stints and be extremely cautious in selecting Rahul’s successor. There is one big difference, though, between 1991 and 2019. In 1991, the Congress had returned to power and Rao wielded the official authority to extend his grip over the party. Whoever is chosen Congress president now will not have that luxury. Rao was also dealing with a BJP that was just beginning to emerge as a force, on the back of the Rath Yatra wave and the Ram temple movement. The new Congress president will have to fight a now firmly entrenched BJP, armed with a formidable electoral machinery and in an India where the Hindu nationalist sentiment is running high. He or she will also have to preside over a party electorally devastated and organisationally hollowed out.advertisementFormula for a new president?On July 6, Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh posted a sensational tweet asking for the leadership of the party to be vested with someone young. Many assumed he was indirectly hinting at giving the charge to Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, who is close to the Punjab veteran. After all, Pilot spent five years working on the ground and, in December 2018, led the party to a victory in Rajasthan, earning huge political capital in the process. Pilot’s elevation to the top post will also bring an end to his power tussle with Rajasthan chief minister, Ashok Gehlot. However, a senior CWC member, who spoke to Singh after the tweet, claimed that the Punjab chief minister was talking of someone in his 60s. Irrespective of the age bracket that Singh chooses to define as young, his tweet is an explicit reminder to the CWC members that the party must make a statement of intent by choosing a young and energetic president instead of finding a stopgap arrangement in someone who will be a puppet in the hands of the Gandhis. The new India needs a face they can bank on, not a low-profile consensus candidate.Under these circumstances, the party is gradually evolving a formula to retain a balance between the wisdom of the veterans and the energy of the young generation. A veteran will be chosen as the provisional president of the party and several young vice-presidents will be appointed under him. Every vice-president will be given independent charge of a particular region or organisational department and will be held accountable for deliverance. Another alternative is to appoint a provisional president who will remain accountable to a core committee chosen by the CWC. But that will need some tinkering of the party constitution. Whichever formula the party adopts, the big question remainswill this be a workable solution? The party certainly needs more than a workable solution as it’s in a desperate need to jump-start the organisational structure. This delay in filling up the leadership vacuum will certainly have a disastrous effect on the electoral outcome in three states going to polls later this yearMaharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand. Not only is there no clarity on who will lead the party in these states, there’s nothing like a coherent strategy either to fight the electoral battle, right from choosing winnable candidates to finding a narrative that could convince voters.What happens to the Gandhi family?The departures of Rao and Kesri made it evident that were two sets of rules for Congress presidentsone for those from the Gandhi family and another for non-Gandhi presidents. Rao and Kesri were blamed for the party’s poor performance in 1996 and 1998 but Rajiv Gandhi had escaped such allegations even when the party’s tally in the Lok Sabha plummeted from 414 in 1984 to 197 five years later. Under Sonia Gandhi’s leadership, the party won lesser seats in 1999 than it had won under Kesri a year ago, but there was no demand for her resignation. She was the Congress president in 2014, too, when the party touched the historical nadir of 44 seats in the Lok Sabha.advertisementIn this context, Rahul Gandhi’s offer to resign is a first in the history of the party. However, more than that, his departure could lead to the irrelevance of the Gandhi family in Indian politics. One of them has always controlled the central government or the party or, at times, both. Indira Gandhi always had loyalists as presidents of the party when she was prime minister; Sonia Gandhi relinquished the post only to have her son installed on it. Neither does Rahul have a loyalist to succeed him nor is the party in power at the Centre.Even as he is stepping down as party president, Rahul has already stated emphatically that none of his family membersmother Sonia or sister Priyankawill take up the top post. Does that mean that the Gandhi family will fade into oblivion? The answer is a categorical no. As he makes it clear in his letter on Twitter, he will continue to be a member of the party. And if his actions in the past one month and especially in the past week are any indicator, he is certainly going to be more vocal and visible in the future. He delayed his trip abroadto see his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who had a surgeryto appear personally in two defamation cases. Outside the court, he reiterated that he will continue to fight the RSS and BJP idea of Indiaan RSS sympathiser had filed the first case in Maharashtra and Bihar deputy chief minister Sushilkumar Modi had filed the other in Bihar. This was his way of sending out the message that he outlines in his letter as wellhe will continue his battle against the BJP-RSS in a new avatar–as an ordinary Congressman.In doing so, Rahul is hoping to achieve two goalsto nullify the campaign that Prime Minister Modi and the BJP have built around him, and tell his party leaders to focus more on performance than on posts. Unhappy with how top Congress leaders sought tickets for their children, he openly admonished two chief ministersKamal Nath and Ashok Gehlotand former Union finance minister P. Chidambaram. And by giving up his post, he hopes to lead by example in eliminating nepotism in the party. Emphasising twice in his letter that the Congress needs radical changes, he has begun the process right at the top. Much to his dismay, however, the top leaders have not followed suit. He resigned to set an example. And he expected those who were in key positions to do likewise if they had failed to deliver results, and to make way for new leaders, says a CWC member who lost the Lok Sabha election.But the larger goal has been achievedof nullifying the Modi-BJP charge of him enjoying the privilege of being a dynast. From calling him shehzada and naamdaar, Modi has not spared any occasion to highlight that Rahul owes his political ascendancy solely to his lineage. The prime minister will not have this line of attack against the Congress the next time he goes out to campaign. Rahul’s associates see his resignation and the family’s determined decision to stay away from the top post as a throwback to the sacrifice his mother made in 2004 when she declined the prime minister’s job. His decision to step down is possibly also influenced by the realisation that in the changing shape of the Indian democracy, which seems to be listing toward a presidential style of election, Rahul will need to reinvent himself to counter the personality cult of Modi. And the first step towards doing that is to present himself as a commonerfrom appearing in a lower court to watching films like an ordinary man.Whether Rahul manages to achieve this or not, the Gandhis will never be commoners within the party. Their influence cannot be wished away in the top organisational structure and political narrative of the party. As a CWC member puts it, their approval will most likely be sought while finalising the name of the new president. While Rahul will now just a member of the party, Priyanka has not quit as general secretary. In fact, in the past one month, not only has she held a review meeting in Uttar Pradesh, admonishing workers for not working hard enough, but also been very active on Twitter, responding to developments in different fieldsfrom politics to sports. The unusual influence that a Gandhi family member wields in the party has resulted in multiple power centres in the past and it could well happen again. When Sonia had not even joined politics, several veterans had woven their political web around her to counter the authority of Rao and Kesri, reiterating the sloganSonia lao, Congress bachao. Between 2014 and 2017, there was a cold war between the old guard, who expressed loyalty to Sonia, and the young turks, who preferred Rahul. If the new president is not given enough space and the Gandhi family continues to indirectly call the shots, there will soon be a clamour to bring back a Gandhi to the top post.The challenge for the Congress and the Gandhis, therefore, is not just to find a new president but also create a healthy working environment where roles and domains are clearly demarcated. Rahul has till now walked an unconventional path. For the party to have a smooth journey ahead, he will have to chart out a safe path for his successor too.READ | Small is beautifulWATCH | Will fight 10 times harder than I did in past 5 years, says Rahul Gandhilast_img read more

STUB GRAY SHOOTING RANGE CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

first_imgWOODBURY COUNTY’S STUB GRAY SHOOTING RANGE AT THE LITTLE SIOUX PARK NEAR CORRECTIONVILLE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON.THE RANGE CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY AND WILL RE-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON MARCH 1ST.INDIVIDUAL OR FAMILY ANNUAL PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON AND MAY BE PURCHASED ONLINE FOR 450-DOLLARS THROUGH THE COUNTY CONSERVATION BOARD WEBSITE AT WWW.WOODBURYPARKS.COM.last_img

Stat man scores for Gabriel Jesus

first_imgEcuador v Brazil English statistician secures extra Brazil goal for Gabriel Jesus Rupert Fryer 07:36 11/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Gabriel Jesus Brazil Venezuela Getty Ecuador v Brazil Brazil Ecuador Manchester City WC Qualification South America 56-year-old Selecao fanatic Dennis Woods keeps his own records and, after raising a discrepancy with FIFA, has secured the forward his 7-goal total An English football statistician has helped convince FIFA to amend their records and award Gabriel Jesus an extra goal for Brazil.Gabriel struck twice in a 3-0 win over Ecuador on his international debut in a September 2016 World Cup qualifier but FIFA ruled his first as an own goal by Walter Ayovi, who deflected the forward’s near-post effort into the net.READ MORE: Brazil’s WCQ campaign in full | All 60 players called by Tite | Tite names Brazil squad Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Match reports from both the referee and the match commissioner recorded it as an own goal, but CONMEBOL records showed Gabriel as the scorer.56-year-old Brazil fan and keen statistician Dennis Woods of Essex spotted the discrepancy and took it to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), who in turn took the case to FIFA.On Tuesday, world football’s governing body confirmed it would amend its records and award the goal to Gabriel.Woods’ intervention ensures Gabriel Jesus now has seven goals for Brazil, taking him one clear of Neymar and Paulinho as the Selecao’s top scorer under current coach Tite.Gabriel Jesus Brazil Ecuador 01092016“I’ve previously only corrected the odd commentator here and there, but this is the first time I’ve changed FIFA records,” Woods told Brasil Global Tour“I’ve been keeping complete records of Brazil since the early 1980’s and in 2006 I teamed up with four others to publish the book ‘Todos os Jogos do Brasil’.”Dennis fell in love with the Selecao in 40 years ago and has since followed the five-time world champions all over the world.“I saw my first game in 1978 (against England) and my interest just grew and grew to the point where I am now,” he said. “I have now attended 71 full Brazil internationals.”Jesus, and Woods of course, will be in Lille next month as the Brasil Global Tour sees Brazil take on Japan at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on November 10.last_img read more

G6 Switches to Seattle amid Congestion Woes

first_imgzoom G6 Lines has decided to temporarily shift its Pacific Atlantic 1 service from Tacoma to Seattle amid the ongoing congestion across the US West Coast.The move is aimed at avoiding further delays in congested ports, as informed in a customer advisory.The first vessel calling Seattle instead of Tacoma was MV “Augusta Kontor” 002E eta on December 14, 2015.Based on the announcement, the shifting is agreed for five consecutive weeks, ending with MV “NYK Nebula” 040E.A review of the congestion situation will be done in due time, the liner said.Just two weeks ago, G6 Lines decided to suspend the eastbound Los Angeles call on its Pacific Atlantic 1 service due to the same reason.Terminal congestion has been a mounting issue at Southern California port terminals due to a variety of factors, including talks between ILWU and PMA on a new contract, a surge in cargo volume, shortage of chassis and rail cars, along with insufficient numbers of truck drivers.Terminal operators at Seattle and Tacoma reported 40-60% productivity reductions in loading and discharge of vessels that threaten to disrupt schedules and delay receipt and delivery of cargo to a regional economy highly dependent on waterborne international trade. This has resulted in huge additional costs for ocean carriers that had to speed up ships on the westbound leg, charter in more tonnage and pay labour overtime and extra quay rent.The G6 Alliance is made up NYK, Hapag-Lloyd, OOCL, APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine and Mitsui OSK Lines.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Afghan Prez says hell visit Pak to improve ties

first_imgKabul: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says he will visit Pakistan on June 27 to open a new chapter in his country’s uneasy relationship with its neighbour and mend ties that are often characterized by mistrust and tit-for-tat accusations. In his message to mark Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan, Ghani said he agreed to visit Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan after the two leaders met last week on the sidelines of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Saudi Arabia. “I hope the visit will be positive,” Ghani said.last_img

Dennis Olands retrial in fathers murder set to resume after unexpected delay

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. — The stalled retrial of Dennis Oland for the second degree murder of his father, Richard Oland, is due to resume on Tuesday morning in a Saint John courtroom.It has been more than a month since 16 jury members were selected for what is expected to be a lengthy, four-month trial, but an unplanned, two-week delay has set back the trial schedule.Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Terrence Morrison told jurors on Nov. 7 when he announced the adjournment that an “unexpected legal issue” had to be resolved before the trial could begin.“Unfortunately, it has become clear that we need some more time,” Morrison said, as he dismissed the jurors until Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.Information relating to the delay is under a publication ban.This is the second trial of Dennis Oland, 50, a financial adviser, in the bludgeoning death of his multi-millionaire father.Richard Oland’s body was discovered on the morning of July 7, 2011, in his uptown Saint John office. The 69-year-old businessman and former executive of Moosehead Breweries Ltd. had been beaten to death.Dennis Oland, his only son, was charged with second degree murder in 2013. He was tried in 2015 but the jury verdict in that case was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered.Oland has been present throughout the jury selection and legal proceedings. At the start of jury selection last month, he once again pleaded not guilty to killing his father.Oland, supported by his family, has steadfastly maintained his innocence.Earlier this month, the Oland family once again issued a statement of support for Dennis. His mother and Richard’s widow, Connie; his wife, Lisa, and his uncle Derek, executive chairman of Moosehead, and his wife Jacqueline, all signed the statement.“We wish to restate our steadfast support for Dennis and our faith that the judicial process will prove his innocence,” the family said in the statement“Our family has endured an unimaginable ordeal since Dick’s death in 2011 which has been compounded by Dennis’ groundless arrest … During this time our faith in Dennis’ innocence has never wavered.”The prominence and wealth of the Oland family combined with the violent killing and the exhaustive legal proceedings have made the murder case the most high-profile in New Brunswick history.Chris Morris, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rio Theatre to host An Evening with Kevin Smith as filmmaker keeps

first_imgKevin Smith. LEWIS JACOBS/AMC / VSUNWP Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Kevin Smith is headed to the Rio.The Hollywood filmmaker will be hosting “An Evening With Kevin Smith” at the Rio Theatre on March 30th, as he makes good on his promise to help save the popular East Vancouver venue from the threat of redevelopment.After its building was listed for sale, raising the possibility that a developer might attempt to tear it down, Smith said he would do whatever it takes to save the Rio, including “literally (holding) the doors open,” if needed. Facebook Advertisementlast_img

Judge says Papa Johns founder entitled to corporate records

first_imgDOVER, Del. — A Delaware judge has ruled that the embattled founder of the Papa John’s pizza chain is entitled to corporate records that the company has refused to turn over to him.John Schnatter sued Papa John’s International Inc. last year, claiming he needs the records to inform himself in order to fulfil his corporate duties, and to ensure that other directors are doing the same.The company argued that Schnatter, who was pressured to resign as chairman in July, wanted the records to further his own self-interests.The two sides eventually resolved disputes over 13 of 17 categories of documents.The judge ruled Tuesday that the company failed to prove that Schnatter’s purpose for seeking to inspect the remaining four categories of documents was improper.Randall Chase, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Offshore oil disaster in Azerbaijan leaves 1 dead 9 missing

Offshore oil disaster in Azerbaijan leaves 1 dead, 9 missing by The Associated Press Posted Dec 15, 2016 2:39 am MDT Last Updated Dec 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Friday, June 19, 2015 file photo, skyscrapers stand in the background as an oil pump works a nearby hill in Baku, Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani oil officials say one worker has been killed and nine others are missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds. The state oil company, known as SOCAR, reported that a 150-meter (490-foot) section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea amid 90 mph (145 kph) winds and 10 workers were swept away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) BAKU, Azerbaijan – Azerbaijani oil officials say one worker has been killed and nine others are missing after part of their offshore oil installation broke off in strong winds.The state oil company, known as SOCAR, reported that a 150-meter (490-foot) section of walkway fell into the Caspian Sea amid 90 mph (145 kph) winds and 10 workers were swept away Thursday.President Ilham Aliyev’s office said in a statement that “the body of one of the missing has been found. Search and rescue operations are continuing.”The company said five victims had been working on the installation and another five were in a cabin dislodged by the high winds.Senior oil official Balmirza Agarahimov said 10 boats were in the area carrying out the search, which would continue for a long time despite stormy, snowy conditions.He added that the structure that was destroyed by the winds had been built in 1978 and had last undergone repairs in August.The event comes one year after the worst disaster in the history of Azerbaijan’s oil industry, when a fire and lifeboat sinking on the Guneshli oil platform left 30 workers either confirmed dead or lost without trace. read more

KPMG pledges 200000 for smart classroom

A $200,000 pledge from KPMG LLP will help complete a major renewal and expansion of Brock University’s Goodman School of Business in St. Catharines.The announcement was made Wednesday by KPMG representatives Bobbi-Jean White and Ruth Todd and by Brock President Jack Lightstone. The gift will support the Goodman School expansion project and is specifically earmarked for a new 45-seat smart classroom on Level 300.“At KPMG, we are passionate about giving back to the communities in which we work and helping young people develop to their full potential,” said Ruth Todd “Our donation to the business school’s capital infrastructure campaign is just one way we can help support post-secondary education.”“We are thrilled that KPMG has made this contribution to Brock University,” said Lightstone. “This commitment to our business school plays a significant role in helping to develop Canada’s future leaders.”The Goodman School of Business has 2,890 undergraduate and 519 graduate students. It offers three undergraduate and three graduate degrees, as well as some of Ontario’s most successful co-op programs.A groundbreaking event will be held Friday to kick off the $22-million expansion project of the Goodman School. Besides reconfiguring and modernizing Goodman’s current facilities in Taro Hall, the project will increase the number of classrooms and add interview rooms, offices and a large atrium that will become a striking new feature adjacent to two other University landmarks: the Schmon Tower and the bronze sculpture of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock. read more

The Seahawks Dont Stand A Chance Unless Russell Wilson Can Keep Up

The most anticipated matchup of the divisional round of the NFL playoffs might be the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 1 scoring offense against the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 3 scoring defense. But the game between the two teams may be decided when the ball is in Russell Wilson’s hand.When the two met in Week 6, the Seahawks edged the Falcons in Seattle, 26-24. But both teams have played a lot of football since then, and though Wilson has already led the Seahawks to eight playoff wins in his young career, he might not have enough talent around him to go into the Georgia Dome on Saturday and end the Falcons’ season.The most obvious change to either team has been the Seahawks’ loss of safety Earl Thomas; his five-year Pro Bowl streak ended when he missed five of the Seahawks’ last six regular-season games with injuries. With him patrolling the backfield, the Seahawks allowed just 16.4 points per game. In the Seahawks’ five regular-season games without him, opponents averaged 22.4 points, including 34 points in a home capitulation to the already-eliminated Arizona Cardinals.But as much as the Seahawks have missed Thomas, it is their offense that has struggled with explosiveness and consistency all season. The 26-6 final score of last week’s wild card game against the Detroit Lions might make it look as though the Seahawks are back to business as usual. But going into the fourth quarter the score was just 10-6.While the Seahawks’ offensive line earned praise for its dominant run-blocking performance against Detroit, it also allowed slumping Lions pass-rusher Ezekiel Ansah to register two sacks, as many as he tallied throughout the regular season. The Seahawks will have a much tougher task on Saturday when they face the Falcons’ Vic Beasley, who had 15.5 sacks in the regular season.Tailback Thomas Rawls set a franchise playoff rushing record against the Lions, but going into the rematch with the Falcons there’s little depth behind him. Christine Michael, the Seahawks’ top rusher in the first Atlanta game, now plays for the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that C.J. Procise, who has been out since Week 11 with a shoulder injury, will be a game-time decision; fifth-round rookie Alex Collins would be the only option behind Rawls if Procise can’t go.Between Michael, tailback C.J. Spiller and receiver/returner Tyler Lockett, 43 percent of the Seahawks’ 333 total yards in Week 6 were produced by players no longer on the Seahawks active roster, and the Falcons still outgained them 362-333 in that game. Wilson targeted wideouts on just 43.2 percent of his attempts; according to Pro Football Reference’s charting, he attempted only two passes deeper than 14 yards all day. He threw no touchdowns.The lack of deep passing that day was partly by design, to keep opposing pass-rushers off the banged-up Wilson.“We’ve been careful in how we would expose Russ,” head coach Pete Carroll later told the team’s official site. “He was begging us to do more and all that, but we were trying to do the right thing by him, and he was doing phenomenal things just to play for the last two months.” But Wilson’s adjusted yards-per-attempt didn’t increase meaningfully after that interview.Though three rushing touchdowns got Seattle the points they needed to win in Week 6, they might not have happened if the Falcons hadn’t set them up: Ryan’s sack-fumble on his own nine-yard line led to the game’s first score; his interception near midfield set up the last one.Even then, it almost wasn’t enough. The Seahawks’ final go-ahead field goal still left Ryan and company with a 1:57 to drive for a game-winning score; a controversial fourth-down no-call sent them packing:Since that play, however, the Falcons spent the season improving — and proving themselves the better team.In Football Outsiders’ Weighted DVOA, which prioritizes recent performance, the Falcons are the No. 4-ranked overall team at 19.8 percent; the Seahawks are ranked 14th at 4.7 percent. While the Seahawks’ offense ranked 17th in both season-long (-2.7 percent) and weighted (-2.1 percent) DVOA, the Falcons’ defense rises from 27th (8.1 percent) to 22nd (5.6 percent) when recent games are more heavily weighted.Now Wilson will have go on the road and score more points against the improved Falcons than Ryan can score against the Seahawks’ struggling defense.Check out our latest NFL playoff predictions. read more

Portuguese derby for the Championship Porto VS Benfica for No1

3SPORTING C.P.49870123820731 1SL BENFICA52860223517362 6SP. C. HORTA/ELITE SECURITY349108221301-80 The decisive match in which Portuguese champion could be decided will be played on Friday between two eternal rivals – SL Benfica and FC Porto Vitalis. Both teams are on the TOP of the Play-Off League two matches before the end. The third team this season, Sporting Lisbon also is interested in the clash between first two teams with possibility to catch the “last train” for the trophy…In the last round, Benfica will host Sporting.STANDING: 4ÁGUAS SANTAS – MILANEZA418404209219-10 2FC PORTO VITALIS52860222819335 andebolBenficahandballportoportuguese handballsporting 5ABC/UMINHO369108209247-38 ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Who will win the first F4 in Nantes? Next Story → Polish Stal Mielec sign Balkan boys read more