Nova Scotias Energy Team Heads to Houston

first_imgNova Scotia’s energy team is targeting expanded exploration,development and investment opportunities at one of the world’sbiggest oil and gas shows. Energy Minister Cecil Clarke isleading a delegation of 37 companies and organizations to the2004 Offshore Technology Conference being held in Houston, Texas,from Monday, May 3 to Thursday, May 6. “Bringing these companies to Houston is a crucial part ofpromoting our offshore potential,” said Mr. Clarke. “There’s nosubstitute for face-to-face meetings, sitting down withprospective investors and partners to build relationships thatwill lead to future business success. The Department of Energy isproud to work with the Offshore/Onshore Technologies Associationof Nova Scotia (OTANS) to bring this impressive delegation ofNova Scotia companies to Houston.” The minister will meet with senior officials from several energycompanies and will make presentations on behalf of the NovaScotia government. The four-day conference includes a trade show,technical presentations, news conferences and industry meetings.This year, the Nova Scotia team will offer technicalpresentations on geological prospects, business capacity andskills and training at Café Nova Scotia, a networking andoperating centre located at the Nova Scotia booth. The companies and organizations heading to Houston represent NovaScotia’s growing oil and gas industry and have expertise inengineering, fabrication, supply and services, training andbusiness development. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency,Nova Scotia Business Inc., the Greater Halifax Partnership jointhe companies in Nova Scotia’s delegation. Irving ShipbuildingInc., will also have a booth at the conference. “OTANS members are doing business in Nova Scotia’s offshore andaround the globe,” said OTANS chair, Tim Brownlow. “Thisconference is a great opportunity for us to meet potentialcustomers from all over the world at one time. That’s what makesthis show such a valuable investment.” Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference is theworld’s foremost event for the development of offshore resourcesin the fields of drilling, exploration, production andenvironmental protection. With more than 2,500 exhibitingcompanies and 50,000 delegates, the Offshore TechnologyConference ranks among the 10 largest trade shows in terms ofattendance.last_img read more

Amherst Office Closed

first_imgThe Department of Environment office at 71 East Victoria St., Amherst is closed today, Aug. 28, because of air quality issues from a nearby structure fire. It is hoped the office will re-open Wednesday, Aug. 29. People can visit the nearest office in Truro, 36 Inglis Place, second floor. The department regrets any inconvenience this may cause. -30-last_img

Achieving any real growth impossible without inclusiveness Baghel

first_imgThere is a reason Chhattisgarh’s third Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel wants to include his state’s tribal population in the growth plan he has put together. The 57-year-old Congress politician believes that without recognising the state’s tribal population’s immense potential to boost Chhattisgarh’s growth, it is impossible for the state to achieve any real success. Baghel speaks to Abhay Singh and Abhinay Lakshman of the Millennium Post, in an exclusive interview, outlining his plan of inclusiveness and growth for his state. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ With respect to your 100-day-plan, what have you managed to achieve so far and what remains to be done? Here in Chhattisgarh, we are very quickly fulfilling the promises made to the electorate during the polls with the utmost commitment. Our biggest first step has been in the way of forgiving farmer loans. Secondly, we have made it a point to buy paddy, directly from the farmers who grow it, at an astounding rate of Rs 2,500/quintal. Thirdly, we have decided to make it a priority to give tribals their land back. The indigenous population of the area that had their land taken over in the supposed interest of building industry, have now started getting their land back. Now, we have returned 4,200 acres of land to almost 1,700 tribal farmers and this remains to be one of our top priorities. Fourthly, we are promoting tribal families who collect tendu patta (leaves), by buying it from them at a rate of Rs 4,000 per sack, which is currently the highest rate in the country. Fifthly, we have managed to find a way to halve electricity bills of houses using less than 400 units. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K What is your vision to promote education in your state? Where my government is coming from is that education should not be bolstered just for the sake of education, but with the purpose of providing opportunities and most importantly jobs and employment. Our mission here is to provide quality education in a wholesome manner and we are constantly striving towards that goal. We have also stressed the importance of vernacular languages in enhancing learning capabilities of students, which in turn, also works as a way to preserve such local languages. For example, we have started this concept of “Niji Duniya”, where children are being taught in their local vernacular languages and teachers also use animation to impart lessons. However, there were systemic problems in the way education was looked at before, which had resulted in a large number of vacancies for the posts of teachers and professors in government schools and colleges. Around 1,300 to 1,350 assistant professor posts were lying vacant in government colleges before and now we are trying our level best to fill those vacancies so that the students are afforded the best our government can provide. How do you plan to bring the tribal population in Chhattisgarh into the mainstream of society? As I’ve said before, bringing the tribal population into the mainstream of society, while still preserving their culture is extremely important to our government and to the development of the state. One of the core problems tribals have consistently faced has been the violence and disturbance that comes with living in Naxal-infested regions, as a result of which even basic amenities like a warm meal and healthcare are denied to them. We are first, looking to provide these basics to the tribals in the area so that eventually they can be fully part of our social fabric. Increasingly, wildlife and humans in the state have had avoidable encounters. How do you plan to minimise such incidents? See, the most recent example of what we are doing to address this problem is the Lemru Elephant Reserve, which has been established with the intention of minimising human-elephant conflict, that has become common in the state over the last few years. Spanning over 450 sqkm, the reserve will provide a huge protective area for the conservation of wild elephants. While we plan to increase the area of the reserve to almost 2,000 sqkm, we still need to work with all state agencies and other resources at hand to make sure we create an environment where these animals feel safe and drawn towards the reserve. How do you plan to put the youth in the state to work? We have now finally been able to make farming in our state profitable. So many people are now choosing to produce crops in the state because of our efforts to make it feasible. In fact, people who had left the villages to go to the cities are now returning to farm their lands and make profits out of it. More than 3 lakh people have come back to farming because of this. We are also trying to set up small industries for people who are working on minor forest produce, boosting jobs and allowing farmers to make more out of what they sell. Are you planning to grow industry in the state in a bid to boost employment? Look, maximum employment is created by medium and small enterprises and we will have more of an advantage if these industries somehow transform to include agriculture-based products and services. We can use food processing units to incorporate and make farmers in the state a participating stakeholder of Chhattisgarh’s economic progress. This will help farmers increase their revenue and in turn, will also increase the state’s revenue. So, a start would be to simply set up such food processing units in each block and then take it from there. What about Chhattisgarh’s Public Distribution Scheme? What was the driving force behind the scheme? Our vision under this scheme was a simple idea that no one should fall short of food. So, we came up with this scheme where everybody gets “anaj” and no family is left behind in this attempt. We are also giving out specific ration cards for people Above Poverty Line and Below Poverty Line in addition to specifically providing essentials like grams, salt, and jaggery so that citizens can at least have access to the basics. How are you looking to deal with corruption? Previously, people used to decide their commissions before even deciding to work on a file. But the way we are looking at it is from a people-based view. We want to transform the governance system into one that can benefit every single person, be it in the sphere of health, education or socio-economic progress. What is your masterplan for healthcare policy in Chhattisgarh? As far as cities are concerned, it is usually easy for people to get to a hospital and get the treatment they need. But in tribal areas, people often second-guess the need to visit a doctor and it becomes difficult to get the proper treatment to them. The recently announced Chief Minister’s Haat Bazaar Clinics are solving this problem creatively. This is the first time we have done something like this and it works because tribal people always find a way to visit these haat bazaars, be it for social or practical purposes. So we have these mobile medical clinics at these locations which give tribals access to basic healthcare. The vans have a doctor, nurse, staff, and basic medical equipment. And the numbers do look very promising, with the number of tribals visiting the clinics having increased by up to 4 to 10 times. People are getting treated now and getting the required medication. How do you plan to address urban development issues in the state? I agree that certain areas in the urban parts of the state need to be looked at. A large problem was that the urban population was not being able to get their small plots registered. As a result, plot-related formalities and paperwork used to be put on hold. But, we have decided to address this. After we took up the matter, we got around 60,000 such small plots registered by eliminating the massive red tape that existed. Under the new system, we have provided for plot owners to declare their land use and accordingly visit the Sub-Divisional Magistrate to get their diversion paperwork cleared and proceed as they please. You have often spoken about the need to curb the vice of “fake news”. How do you see your government go about this? On the one hand, we are making laws to protect journalists, but on the other hand, we also need to take action against fake news because of its detrimental effects on society. If someone is disseminating wrong information, then action must be taken against them. But we are also making sure that there is legislation to protect journalists from misuse of prosecution under fake news charges. The way we want to go ahead is to use the cyber cell of our police force. Every police district has a cyber cell and it will be responsible for collecting the data on fake news and we will prosecute cases accordingly.last_img read more

Supreme Court says NEB can support Indigenous communities with robust process

first_imgOTTAWA – The country’s highest court has ruled that the federal government can rely on the National Energy Board (NEB) to fulfil its duty to consult Indigenous communities about development projects in their traditional territories, but only if the process is robust.In unanimous decisions in two separate appeal cases, which were heard together because of their similar issues, the court found the NEB did indeed fulfil the duty properly in one case but did not in the other.The cases go to the heart of how Indigenous consultation is required when resource development projects are proposed on their territories.The court sent a sharply worded message to the government and the NEB that proper consultation ahead of time is always better than asking the courts to undo it later.In the first case, involving the Inuit Hamlet of Clyde River in Nunavut, the court found the NEB failed miserably at fulfilling the duty to consult the Inuit regarding proposed seismic testing in and near marine areas where they have treaty rights.In the second case however the court found the NEB did properly consult the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation about an Enbridge pipeline project expansion in its territory.last_img read more

Montreal police officers overwhelmingly approve new contract

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police officers have voted in favour of a new contract to put an end to a long-running dispute over pension reforms.The Montreal Police Brotherhood says more than 80 per cent of its members cast ballots and more than 95 per cent voted approved the new six-year deal running from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2021.No details of the new contract were announced.The dispute had seen police officers wearing camouflage pants since July 2014 to protest the lack of a contract and imposed changes to their pension plans.The switched back to their proper uniform pants earlier this summer when it appeared the union and the city were inching closer to a new contract.Police did occasionally wear proper attire for events like funerals after receiving heavy criticism for wearing camouflage pants and jeans at the funeral for former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau in June 2015.“It’s a good deal for both parties, a negotiated agreement, a win-win agreement,” said union president Yves Francoeur in a statement.Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre called the agreement “good news for Montrealers. “last_img read more

Natalie Morales and Colin Farrell to Attend Moving Families Forward Gala

first_imgNatalie Morales, News Anchor of NBC News’ TODAY & Co-Host of the third hour, is set to host the Moving Families Forward Gala benefitting The Ackerman Institute for the Family, in New York City.This will be the third year Natalie Morales has hosted the evening, which benefits the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.“I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because it helps conventional and unconventional families address and overcome deep and sometimes painful personal and societal issues,” says Natalie Morales. “Ackerman is a dynamic institution that is continuously evolving and keeping pace with today’s families in a society that is more complex every day. Family is important to me, and Ackerman believes that strong family bonds and communication are important to the strength of our communities. And I agree wholeheartedly.”“We are excited to have Natalie Morales once again emcee our biggest fundraiser of the year: the Ackerman Institute’s Moving Families Forward gala,” says Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “By giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success, she is speaking volumes about the importance of family in our society and in our lives. I am grateful to Natalie for lending her support and celebrity in this way.”Colin Farrell, actor & family advocate, is to be honored with the Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award at the October 21st event.“It is my deep privilege to be honored by the Ackerman Institute for the Family,” says Colin Farrell. “Throughout the years, Ackerman has provided a platform of shared knowledge and experience that is essential for the sense of community that all parents long for, for themselves and their children. For parents who have been blessed with a child with Special Needs, this sense of community and togetherness takes on an even more immediate importance. The involvement and support offered throughout Ackermans various programs have made a great difference in so many lives and so I am truly humbled to accept this award. As a proud father of a child with Special Needs, I accept it in honor of all parents everywhere, who work tirelessly to ensure that their children get all the care and support that they both need and so richly deserve.”“Raising a child with special needs puts the family in a category all of its own,” says Lois Braverman. “The child’s needs become a powerful organizing force within the family and at the same time create intense challenges and strong emotions affecting family life and relationships. Families with special needs children often are underserved by the medical, educational and mental health communities. Colin Farrell’s work with Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) reflects his deep understanding about the many challenges that families with special needs children face. We are grateful to him for accepting our Moving Families Forward Award and for helping us raise awareness about our work promoting family resilience for families with special needs children.”The entertainment for the Gala will be John Pizzarelli Quartet with Bucky Pizzarelli.Jeannie Ackerman Curhan, an Ackerman Board Member, will be honored with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award, and Christopher J. Spano, President, CJS Builders, will be honored with the Ackerman Partner Award.The host of the auction will be C. Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President, Sotheby’s.To purchase tickets to the Moving Families Forward Gala call 914-579-1000 or email: AckermanGala@BuckleyHallEvents.com.last_img read more

Bangladesh Delhi mission celebrates Poila Baishak

first_imgOn this Poila Baishak, the Bangla New Year’s Day 1426, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi wore a festive look.Children in coulourful dress, women in red-bordered sari and men in pyjama-punjabi greeted each other with Shubho Naboborsho in celebration of Poila Baishak, the first day of Bangla Naboborsho. This has been an ancient tradition of the Bengalis since Mughal Emperor Akbar introduced it in 1556 to facilitate tax collection in the harvesting season. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIt was a day of music, dance, Mangal Shobhajatra and enjoying the traditional Bangla food, as the Delhi mission joined the compatriots at home and all over the world to welcome the day with Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Esho heh Baishaikh Esho…’ (Come on Baishakh, Come.) With the beat of drums and dugdugi (a traditional musical instrument), children accompanied by women, went round the mission’s Maitree Hall in staging the Mangal Shobhajatra (the procession of good wishes) waving replicas of birds, animals, boats, palank and masks highlighting the spirit of secularism and cultural tradition of Bengalis. They were greeted with thunderous applause from the audience comprising the Bengali community of New Delhi and the members of the mission. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe Mangal Shobhajatra is a tribute to the secular feature of the festival that has evolved over the years and became an integral part of Bangladesh’s struggle for political and cultural freedom from the tyranny of Pakistan, of which Bangladesh was a part until its independence. It has been a part of the tradition since late 80s, organised by the teachers and students of Bangladesh Fine Arts Institute. The UNESCO has recently recognised the pageant as the intangible cultural heritage of the humanity. Syed Muazzem Ali, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, wrote in one of his Poila Baishak article, how Chhayanaut, a premier cultural organisation, used the celebration of Pahela Baishakh as a tool to fight the religious oppression of Pakistan regime. It was Chhayanaut which first held a public music event at Ramna Batamul in 1967 in celebration of Poila Baishak. “That marked the beginning of the Bengali Nobobarsha in the capital city of Dhaka,” wrote the high commissioner. “The Pakistani authorities did not look at this development favourably and various attempts were made to kill this initiative. The more they tried to suppress the indomitable Bengali spirit, the more fiercely we resisted and the crowd kept getting bigger every year.” The programme rounded off with a musical soiree by a cultural troupe led by artist Samina Dey Urmi.last_img read more

Moroccan Laila Lalami’s ‘The Other Americans’ up for 2 Literary Awards

Rabat – Two highly-coveted awards in the US have nominated Moroccan author Laila Lalami, who is based in California, US, for her latest book “The Other Americans.”The novel is one of ten titles up for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, and one of six finalists competing to receive the $50,000 Kirkus Prize, also one of the highest awards that an author can receive in the US.Lalami expressed her excitement over the National Book Award nomination on Twitter, saying she was so grateful she could “barely type.” I was packing for the Brooklyn Book Fest when my phone lit up with a text of congratulations. I’m stunned and grateful and shaking so hard I can barely type. https://t.co/XJm8i1c4tB— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) September 20, 2019In regards to the Kirkus Prize, she said it was an honor to be among “such fine company.”What a thrill and an honor to be included in such fine company!! My heart is full. https://t.co/7L2SP9MHyC— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) September 17, 2019“The Other Americans” tells the story of a Moroccan immigrant in the US who is killed in a mysterious accident and how his death affects the people he left behind. The book has received wide-spread praise from literary critics.Lalami was born in Rabat and received her education in Morocco, the UK, and the US. She is also the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.One of her other highly-praised works, titled, “The Moor’s Account,” also tells the story of a Moroccan in America. Instead of a crime novel, the book is historical fiction, set in 1527.The book won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was also on the Man Booker Prize longlist and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.Judging by her track record with awards, Lalami’s outlook is hopeful for “The Other Americans.”Read also: Moroccan Author Meryem Alaoui Out of Running for 2018 Goncourt Prize read more

Stanley Cup champion Binnington given heros welcome in return to Richmond Hill

St. Louis Blues goalie and Stanley Cup champion Jordan Binnington was given a hero’s welcome in Richmond Hill Friday.The rookie brought hockey’s biggest prize – the Stanley Cup to his hometown today.Binnington – with the cup in tow – stood out front of one the Richmond Hill population signs.Those signs will now include “Welcome to the city of Richmond Hill, home of Stanley cup champion Jordan Binnington.”Welcome to Richmond Hill, home of #StanleyCup Champion @binnnasty. pic.twitter.com/1hffBkTksl— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 12, 2019He also participated in a mini parade and rally to show off the trophy.The Blues beat the Boston Bruins in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals to win the first championship in franchise history. read more

Hurricane Harvey impacting Houstonnative Ohio State athletes

Ohio State women’s volleyball middle-blocker Jasmine Koonts and her teammate, setter Becca Mauer are both Houston-area natives. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorA week ago, Ohio State gymnast Alex Wilson’s dad sent a text to the Sugar Land, Texas, native that said a lot of rain was heading their way. Wilson’s mother decided to go home from work early and his 88-year-old grandmother, who lives in a one-room apartment in downtown Houston, headed to the Wilsons’ house.Wilson, a 2016 All-American on vault and a 2017 Academic All-Big Ten honoree, assumed Houston would be fine since he and his family had experienced torrential rain on many occasions.But a day after Wilson received the texts, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas coast. Wilson wasn’t prepared for what he heard just a couple days later from his family, which was hunkered down in their house.“I was texting my dad on Saturday and Sunday, and he was sending me a bunch of pictures of roads I grew up on right down the street from me, and there was a giant sinkhole in one of the bridges I used to go over,” Wilson said. “I remember going over that bridge every day since I was a kid.”Wilson was petrified. In Columbus, more than 1,000 miles away from his hometown, there was nothing he could do.Credit: Courtesy of TNS“It hurts knowing the best thing I can do is just focus on my school and gym, and really hope that everything ends up OK,” Wilson said. “There’s nothing physical I can do; it’s hard. How do you let your family or friends who you’ve known for your whole life just struggle through that without being able to go down and help them?”In the meantime, Wilson has tried to stay in semi-constant contact with his parents, just enough to know they’re safe, but not too much so he doesn’t feel overwhelmed. “My parents and my grandmother being safe is more than enough to make me feel confident and good enough to be able to do the things I need to do on a daily basis,” Wilson said. “That’s honestly the only thing that makes it bearable because I usually have to turn off social media because the pictures and everything is catastrophic, and you always want to go back and do something to help, but what can you really do at that point in time besides just hope?”Harvey is just the latest in a long line of major storms the family of Ohio State baseball utility man Noah McGowan has faced.McGowan’s family in Tomball, Texas, has not been forced to evacuate, nor has it sustained heavy damages to its property. He said so far, the electricity has been on and off in the house and floodwater had, at one time, reached his grandmother’s house.But as the storm subsides, McGowan’s family is now able to at least leave the island that had been their home.“All of them were actually able to leave the house today and go to the grocery store,” McGowan said. “The water in the street, it was just too high to drive a car through.”McGowan said his mother’s side of the family used to live in New Orleans, and though most had moved before the devastating Hurricane Katrina, McGowan still had cousins and other family members impacted by the Category 5 storm.Junior outfielder Noah McGowan steps to the plate during the Scarlet and Gray World Series on October 7, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletics“They stayed with us for a while during that whole ordeal,” he said.His family’s past experience with storms, such as Hurricane Ike in 2008, eased McGowan’s mind this week, but he said he still wishes he could be home to help out as much as he can and just be there to support his family.“It does suck not being able to be able to help my friends and family if I can,” McGowan said. “Just because it’s something that I would like to be down there helping them out obviously. But at the same time, I know that they’re OK right now and that it’s hopefully getting better and they’re going to be fine.”Another native of Tomball, Texas, Ohio State women’s volleyball middle-blocker Jasmine Koonts, and her teammate Becca Mauer, a native of Houston, have only been able to watch from afar as their hometowns were hit by Harvey. “I feel bad because they’re experiencing the worst and we’re both experiencing sunshine and 63-degree weather,” Koonts said. “There’s nothing that we can really do physically, but emotionally, give them support.”Unlike Wilson’s family, which congregated in one house, Koonts’ parents and grandparents remained in their own homes during the storm. At one point, while both grandparents were in their house, a tree fell and hit the house, but didn’t damage anything.Neither Koonts’ nor Mauer’s families’ houses have suffered any damage. But just a few miles away, there was widespread flooding and devastation.“From celebrities to sporting team, and specifically J.J. Watt, and how much money he’s raised and how much he’s really done for the city, has been awesome,” Mauer said. “I just think it’s cool how, not only people from Houston and from Texas, but other places have been pitching in to help.”Wednesday morning, Ohio State’s football team announced it will donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help with the relief efforts necessary after the hurricane. The money will be raised by players and coaches and will be donated on Friday. On Tuesday, Ohio State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams tweeted they will be sending shirts and shoes to University of Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, who requested teams send donations. read more

Drew Brees Deserves Credit For The Saints Running Game Too

Excludes plays that are obvious passing or rushing situations: when a team is down by at least two scores, is in a short-yardage situation, is at the goal line or is showing three or more WRs; or when the game is in the final six minutes.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Tennessee3.931.0239 Indianapolis3.620.02727 Cleveland4.123.21022 New Orleans5.121.5%125 San Francisco4.127.31316 LA Rams4.522.6324 Atlanta4.217.3732 New England4.427.7515 Carolina3.642.0282 Denver4.021.21826 Arizona3.444.0301 NY Giants4.033.9168 TeamYards/Rush8+ Box RateYards/Rush8+ Box Oakland4.137.5113 Philadelphia4.534.547 Detroit3.318.03131 Chicago4.119.51429 Washington3.627.92614 Minnesota4.028.31912 NY Jets4.030.52010 Kansas City4.722.9223 Dallas4.336.665 Pittsburgh4.037.2174 LA Chargers3.924.12221 RANK Teams don’t crowd the line to stop New OrleansNFL teams by rushing yards from running backs in 2017, with how often each offense faced at least eight defenders in the box Cincinnati3.719.62528 Tampa Bay3.525.22918 Jacksonville4.236.296 Buffalo4.028.92111 Seattle3.318.23230 Miami4.128.01513 Baltimore4.227.0817 Green Bay4.124.61220 Houston3.824.82419 After more than a decade of tearing teams to shreds through the air, the New Orleans Saints made a stunning change this season to their offense: They grounded their arsenal. The 2017 Saints are the most dominant rushing team in football, comfortably leading the league in yards gained by running backs. So the obvious solution for the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s wild-card game is to stack the box with too many defenders for the Saints offensive line to block.But this won’t happen. And here’s what makes the New Orleans offense something that previously existed only in a defensive coordinator’s night terror: Drew Brees is still one of the NFL’s most effective passers, even when he’s leading the game’s best rushing attack. To put it another way, the Saints are winning because of their running game, and the Saints running game is winning because of Brees.Despite racking up more than 2,000 rushing yards by mostly Mark Ingram (1,124) and Alvin Kamara (728), the running backs and the team’s offensive line rarely had to account for eight or more defenders near the line of scrimmage. Saints’ opponents have been unwilling to commit to stopping the run — which is what you generally do against great running teams. To measure this fairly across the league, we first need to get rid of all the obvious pass or run scenarios based on down and distance or game situation.1We threw out any play where there were more than two wide receivers in the formation or an offense was down two or more scores because this suggests to a defense that a pass is coming. We also dumped all short-yardage plays (1 yard from a first down) and goal-line situations (3 or fewer yards from the end zone). Lastly, we ignored the final six minutes of the game because an offense’s intentions here are frequently obvious — whether it’s to play catch-up (pass) or to kill clock (run). Looking at what’s left, the Saints faced stacked fronts of eight or more defenders on just 37 of their 172 rushing plays, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group — a rate of 21.5 percent that’s 25th in the league. The average for all NFL teams is 28 percent. The Saints weren’t the only team that seemed to be preventing defenses from loading the box, but they had by far the most running success. Like the Saints, the Chiefs and Falcons ranked in the top five in yards per pass, which was enough to keep defenses from committing to stopping the run. While the Rams appear to fit this profile too, they played so many three-plus WR sets that teams simply could not commit that many defenders to the line of scrimmage.Playing against conventional fronts even when employing run-friendly personnel (no more than two WRs) is the key to the Saints’ success in generating yards before contact. Their running backs led the NFL in 2.85 yards on average before encountering a defender. Yes, a lot of this is good vision by the backs and effective offensive line blocking. But the fact that there weren’t often too many defenders at the line of scrimmage was Kamara and Ingram’s secret weapon.On paper, Brees’s role in the offense seems more minimized than ever: 23 touchdown passes after nine straight years of 30 or more, just 536 pass attempts after averaging 656 the prior seven seasons, and a Saints career low of 4,334 yards. But this isn’t 2015 Peyton Manning clearly wheezing to the finish line and needing the team to dominate in other areas in order to win. Brees, 38, led the NFL this year in yards per pass attempt, and his 103.9 passer rating was his best since 2013.Look no further than the Saints’ opponent on Sunday for an example of a team that has to deal with stacked fronts because defenses don’t fear the passing game. Carolina running backs had to face at least eight defenders in the box on 42 percent of the rushing plays in our sample, the second-highest rate in the league. And why not? Cam Newton ranks 21st in passing yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating, and he’s more a threat when he’s running himself.But even Ben Roethlisberger’s Steelers (37.2 percent) and Tom Brady’s Patriots (27.7 percent) were forced to send running backs into defenses with extra run-stoppers at the line of scrimmage far more often than the Saints. Maybe defenses have been slow to adjust to the Saints’ new offensive model, but Brees’s presence helping the running game find room is no recent phenomenon. Since 2010, the Saints’ average of 4.5 yards per rush by their running backs is the third-best rate in football.The even worse news for Carolina on Sunday is that perhaps no team has been more flustered by the multidimensional Saints than these Panthers. In their two prior meetings, both Saints wins, Carolina allowed 149 and 148 rushing yards. Those are the two worst performances by the Panthers’ run defense all year. And it’s not like they’re stopping Brees either: The future Hall of Famer posted a 117.8 passer rating with four TD passes in those two contests. The Panthers seem to have been caught in between the new Saints and the old-model Saints — and able to stop neither.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Carbon emissions – Australian coal could save money and still achieve the

first_imgAnalysis from carbon and energy advisory firm, RepuTex, indicates that the Australian coal industry could save A$800 million through the shift from the Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) to the government’s proposed Direct Action Plan, and may yet be able to achieve the same emissions reductions. RepuTex modelling indicates that the Direct Action Plan will provide relief to the coal industry through avoiding carbon liabilities – and if calibrated to meet Australia’s commitment to reduce emissions by 5% from 2000 levels by 2020 – could achieve emissions reductions at far lower cost through direct investment by industry, with support from government.According to RepuTex, under the CPM the Australian coal mining industry is estimated to face a net carbon cost of $1.5 billion from 2015-2020, however, should the CPM be replaced by Direct Action from July 2015, the coal industry could achieve the same level of abatement through a net investment of $700 million from 2015 to 2020, a saving of A$800 million.RepuTex analysed abatement under Direct Action in order for the Australian market to achieve its 5% emissions reduction commitment, with emissions reductions purchased by the government up to its allocated budget of A$5.6 billion through to 2020.All other emissions abatement on top of this allocation was assumed to be paid for by industry in order for Australia to meet its emissions reduction target.“Should Direct Action be calibrated to meet equivalent emissions reductions achieved by the CPM, the coal industry could face an emissions reduction target of between 2-6 Mt/y CO2-e, which will cost approximately A$1.2 billion to abate through coal mining emission reduction projects” said Bret Harper, head of energy and carbon research at RepuTex.“Under the Coalition’s Emissions Reduction Fund, lowest-cost abatement will be rewarded, meaning the coal industry, with high abatement costs, is only estimated to be able to capture around $440 million in government funds – leaving a funding shortfall of just over $700 million for the industry to abate its full 2-6 Mt/y CO2-e.”According to RepuTex, the savings could amount to a more efficient emissions reduction market in Australia, yet would require some critical amendments to the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan in order to drive emissions results.“At present, Direct Action removes the carbon price and fails to replace it with any effective incentive or target for industry to reduce emissions, so as a result, we would see emissions rise under Direct Action as it is currently structured” said Harper.“Should Direct Action be reconfigured to implement a declining emissions baseline and a high penalty price, it could drive equivalent abatement as the CPM, but at far lower cost through direct investment.”According to RepuTex, the use of domestic or international carbon offsets could further reduce the cost to industry, while keeping emissions on a downward trajectory.“The rules around Direct Action could be set in a way that significantly lower costs and reaches Australia’s emissions reduction target if it provides an mechanism for the coal industry to pay to offset its share of emissions, either locally or via global markets.“As Australia develops a new strategy to meet its 5% emissions reduction target it’s is unlikely the coal industry will be able to continue to increase production without contributing to the national emissions reduction goal. The use of offsets in the new Direct Action market may enable the coal mining industry to more cost effectively pay for their share of emissions reductions, meaning Australia’s climate commitment could be met at a lower cost” said Harper.In an email to its customers, RepuTex stated that it currently anticipates that the earliest the Direct Action Plan could be implemented is 1 July 2015, with the carbon tax repealed by the end of 2014 – mid way through the carbon tax’s final compliance period.RepuTex also noted that it expects the final design of Direct Action to ultimately place some form of obligation on industry to offset or pay for its emissions.“It is very unlikely for any scheme that costs tax payers or industry but doesn’t achieve Australia’s 5% emissions reduction target will be agreed to by the new Senate.“The market is assuming that there will be no free lunch, and moreover, most firms are willing to pay to offset their emissions, so we anticipate more fine-tuning of the Direct Action Plan, particularly with respect to baselines, penalty prices, targets and the use of offsets said Mr Harper” See more at: http://www.reputex.com/media-centre/australian-coal-industry-may-save-800m-through-direct-action-on-emissions/#sthash.wPpcEpw6.dpuflast_img read more

The 12 bad kissers weve all experienced

first_imgYOU CAN’T DENY that a bit of kissing is great craic.It can be very romantic, feel lovely and even signal the start of a new relationship.When it goes well kissing can be a bit like this:Via Celebuzz But if it goes badly it can be more like this:GifMovie / TumblrSadly, life is not like the movies and we’ve had a think about some of the worst kinds of kissers you could encounter.We’d tell you to pucker up but this lot will probably put you off kissing for life.1. The person who hasn’t a clue what to do with their tongueEither they’ve decided to poke it back and forth or they’re darting it around your gob like an escaped snake.Whatever they end up doing this is the person who is failing at the French kiss.RealityTVGifs / Tumblr2. The person with bad breathImage via ShutterstockOh dear.Oh dear.When you snog someone with bad breath it is truly tragic.It doesn’t matter how good looking they are if someone has bad breath it will be a bad kiss.This is the person who needs to pop a few breathmints before they go dropping their mouth over yours.Honestly.3. The person who doesn’t know what to do with their handsImage via ShutterstockYou don’t technically kiss with your hands but knowing what to do with them is very important.This person is the one who either gropes you within an inch of your life mid-kiss or just leaves their hands at the side as if they are afraid to touch you.Finding a middle ground is preferred if we’re being honest.4. The sudden kisserThis is the one who thinks they can just throw a kiss at you at a moment’s notice.A little bit of a warning is nice.It looks like Shakira is having that problem here:Alan Diaz/AP/Press Association Images5. The one who tastes like a bag of crispsImage via ShutterstockOr a bucket of KFC, or sixteen bottles of beer or whatever.These are the kissers who forgot to chew gum every now and then and inflict their own food tasting breath on you.This is the person who you find yourself kissing and thinking “I am better off going home and burying my own tongue into the centre of Tayto Cheese and Onion bag?”The answer would be : Yes.6. The practiserThis is the person you’ll see practising on their hand to perfect their technique.Or if they’re a famous person then any awards they win and / or their co-workers.For example:Matt Sayles/AP/Press Association ImagesDamian Dovarganes/AP/Press Association Images7.  The slurperFunny Britney / Tumblr That would be the person who makes it sound like they’re taking a lump out a lollipop while kissing you.It is as vile as it sounds.8. The groanerA bit like the slurper but with added groaning.This is the person who think it is good to make loads and loads of noise while you kiss.But it’s not so we try to avoid them.9. The head holderWe understand that grabbing the back of someone’s head can be very romantic but sometimes you can grab a bit too much.The head holder is the one you have to watch out for so that they aren’t holding for dear life, as seems to be happening here:Dave Thompson/PA Archive/Press Association Images10. The person who is a bit stiffThis is the person who you probably really like but won’t loosen up enough for you to give them the kiss of their life.And so this happens:What Should Theatre Call Me / Tumblr 11. The tooth terrorImage via ShutterstockThis is that person who is giving you all teeth throughout a kiss.It can be kind of painful as you feel your mouth get an awful hard time from the other person’s pearly whites.Stop kissing us with your teeth. Please.12. The biterTigre86 / LiveJournalThis is the person who thinks they are auditioning for a True Blood spin-off and go to town on your lips and your neck.The whole point of kissing is to enjoy it, not to have someone tear strips off of your flesh.Honestly.Feel free to share your kissing horror stories below.19 soundtracks you need to get if you don’t already have them>6 celebrity arrests that may surprise you>last_img read more

Pollution sonore 4 800 poules meurent suite au passage davions militaires

first_imgPollution sonore : 4 800 poules meurent suite au passage d’avions militairesCôtes d’Armor, France – Mardi 24 août, les milliers de poules d’un élevage de Pléguien, en Bretagne, ont été prises d’un mouvement de panique qui a coûté la vie à 4.800 d’entre elles. Mis en cause : le passage de deux avions militaires ayant survolé les volatiles à basse altitude. La gendarmerie enquête.”Quand ils sont passés, ça nous a fait des vibrations dans le dos, tellement c’était fort”, explique Étienne Le Méhauté, éleveur à Pléguien, pour décrire le passage des deux avions qu’il tient pour responsables de la panique de ses poules. Les 68.000 gallinacés se sont agglutinés dans un coin de leur poulailler pour y trouver refuge, provoquant vraisemblablement l’étouffement de 4.800 animaux. L’éleveur, qui estime avoir perdu 12 à 15.000 euros, a prévenu la gendarmerie locale, et c’est la gendarmerie des transports aériens qui devra établir les responsabilités. Une expertise vétérinaire a établi que les volailles étaient toutes bien vivantes avant le passage des avions. L’armée, de son côté, reconnaît le survol de la zone par deux de ses appareils à ce moment-là, dans le cadre d’un “vol programmé, à une altitude conforme au règlement en vigueur”. Un commandant a ajouté : “Nous avons un service contentieux qui est habilité à indemniser les personnes et les biens”. Le 27 août 2010 à 15:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Cosmic Gas Could Answer Questions About the Early Universe

first_img Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on target Astronomers have solved another space mystery.Scientists from the University of California discovered far fewer galaxies than expected in an exceptionally large region of space.More than 12 billion years ago—1 billion years after the Big Bang—gas in deep space was more opaque in some areas than it is now, though levels varied from place to place. To understand the cause of these disparities, researchers used the Subaru telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii to search for galaxies of young stars in a cosmic sector 500 million light-years across.They were working toward two possible conclusions: An unusually small number of galaxies means starlight couldn’t penetrate as far as expected through intergalactic gas. But an unusually large number of galaxies implies the region cooled significantly over the last several hundred million years.(It is not entirely clear what constitutes a usual number of galaxies.)“It was a rare case in astronomy where two competing models, both of which were compelling in their own way, offered precisely opposite predictions,” Steven Furlanetto, a UCLA professor of astronomy and study co-author, said in a statement. “And we were lucky that those predictions were testable.”What they found was a region with “far fewer galaxies than expected”—evidence that starlight could not break through the wall of vapor.A lack of galaxies, according to UCLA, could be the reason this area is so opaque. Because the gas in deep space is kept transparent by ultraviolet light, fewer nearby systems might make it murkier.“It is not that the opacity is a cause of the lack of galaxies,” Furlanetto explained. “Instead, it’s the other way around.”The research was published in full by the Astrophysics Journal.Moving forward, the team will further study the interplay of galaxies and gas in deep space, hoping to reveal clues about how the intergalactic ecosystem initially materialized.Keep up to date on all outer space and NASA things here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sheriffs office IDs deputy who fired gun during Monday night chase in

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday identified the deputy who fired his weapon during a Monday night pursuit of a fleeing suspect as Deputy Sean Boyle.Boyle fired his weapon during the pursuit of a man in Hazel Dell, who allegedly drove away from police after crashing into a parked vehicle in the Felida area, according to court records. The suspect, identified as Christopher Franklin Rollins, 23, eventually crashed his pickup, fled on foot and then was brought custody.The sheriff’s office has not disclosed specifics but said Boyle fired his weapon during the chase. He was placed on leave as the Regional Major Crimes Team investigates the shooting, per agency procedure.Rollins appeared Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of hit-and-run against an unattended vehicle, third-degree driving with a suspended license and two counts each of eluding police and first-degree criminal impersonation. He is also accused in an earlier police pursuit.Rollins was back in court Thursday for allegedly stealing the pickup and trailer he was driving in the police pursuit from Columbia Machine, Inc. He’s also accused of stealing about $1,600 worth of tools from the business, according to court records.last_img read more

Confident Pellegrini hoping to turn things around

first_imgWest Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini believes that his managerial experience has equipped him for adversity as he prepares to face Everton after a four-game losing streak.West Ham sit bottom of the Premier League table after losing all their four matches this season, but Pellegrini insists that he’s no stranger to difficult spells and wants to use that experience to steer West Ham out of danger this season.“Of course I have been in this position before,” Pellegrini told journalists at his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Everton.“I started with Villarreal and we had three points from the first 15 and we finished third in the table.Report: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United moveReport: Rice is committed to West Ham not a United move George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Declan Rice is committed to his West Ham contract and not a move to Manchester United.In an interview reported by football.london, Rice opens up…“After that with Malaga when I arrived in the first season, the team was in the relegation zone. We lost five or six games in a row but we continued in the same way. We were improving every day a little bit more until the results arrived.“We recovered by believing more than ever in what we were doing. We kept talking in the same way with the players. We followed the way we believed was correct and we had no doubt in the bad moments.“I am more confident than ever. In the five years, I was at Villarreal, every time I had the same problem. We finished second, we finished third, we finished fifth and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. At every club, you have a bad moment in the season.”last_img read more

Allegri Emre Can will likely need surgery

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri confirmed that Emre Can will “very likely” have to undergo surgery on a thyroid problemThe 24-year-old midfielder joined the Old Lady in the summer on a free transfer from Liverpool and has since made 10 appearances in all competitions with three of those being starts.But Emre has been sidelined for Juventus’ last two games against Genoa and Manchester United.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Upon detecting a thyroid nodule, Emre has since undergone further tests with Allegri resigned to a long absence from his summer recruit.“He is finalising his medical tests,” said Allegri in a press conference on the club website. “Doctors will decide whether he needs surgery but at this point, it’s very likely.”Allegri also confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will start ahead of Saturday’s game against Empoli in the Serie A.last_img read more

Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival Day 2

first_imgDay three will be headlined by Garth Brooks in his first-ever festival performance. Stagecoach 2018 also features Florida Georgia Line as day one headliners, plus Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Isbell, Gordon Lightfoot, Ronnie Milsap, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, and many other outstanding artists emerging on the scene.Billed as “California’s Country music festival,” this year will feature a HonkyTonk Dance Hall, affordable car-camping, and a chance to disprove naysayers who think California’s Country culture is fading, a condition brought on by nostalgia for the classic Bakersfield Sound.Urban’s sizzling country licks began in New Zealand, of all places, and earlier this year, he was celebrated in Washington, D.C., at the 2017 GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards for his advocacy on behalf of the music community. With his refreshing love of music, Urban’s set is bound to stand out as a “must-see” at next year’s Stagecoach festival.Watch Keith Urban Perform “Blue Ain’t Your Color” At CMA Fest 2017Read more Stagecoach, “California’s Country music festival,” announces the 4-time GRAMMY winner leading its second-dayPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Sep 13, 2017 – 4:03 pm Spring 2018’s Stagecoach music festival will be held in Indio, Calif. on April 27 –29. The fest’s day two headliner will be none other than Keith Urban, the man Nile Rodgers described as “the brother I have never had” and “the greatest gentleman in all of music.” Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival Day 2 NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jun 8, 2015 – 3:16 pm Keith Urban Wins Best Male Country Vocal Performance Twitter Email Facebook News Keith Urban To Headline Stagecoach Music Festival keith-urban-headline-stagecoach-music-festival-day-2last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension System

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press release from the campaign of 19th Middlesex State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury):On Monday, Pina Prinzivalli, the Republican nominee for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, announced that she will be opting out of the state pension system when elected, calling it the “Give Back Pledge.”“I’m not running to enrich myself with taxpayer dollars,” said Prinzivalli, a 34 year old career professional who has worked in the private sector since she was a teenager. “I hear a lot of candidates, including my opponent Mr. Robertson, say that they’re running because they want to give back. I can’t think of a better way to give back than by opting out of the pension system. As someone who is getting married at the end of next year and has dreams of becoming a mom, I want to make the district the best place to live, work and raise a family. That’s my priority and commitment to you.”In January, Prinzivalli pledged to never vote herself a pay raise and if there is ever an increase in base salary, Prinzivalli will donate the amount to charity.“It’s the right thing to do and standing up for what is right is what my campaign is all about,” said Prinzivalli. “Whether it’s standing up against the boycott of Dandi-Lyons or committing to voting ‘NO’ on becoming a Sanctuary State, I will be a bold voice for the district on Beacon Hill.”Prinzivalli points to the January, 2017 pay raise vote as the reason why she wanted to run for State Rep. Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) was chief of staff for the office that voted for the pay raises.“At the debate, my opponent made it perfectly clear that this is a career for him when he announced that he was against term limits,” said Prinzivalli. “It’s time we send someone from the working class, and not the political class to the State House. I want to be your family’s voice on Beacon Hill and that’s why I’m asking for your vote.”Early voting is underway through November 2. The general election is November 6th.Pina Prinzivalli and The Giving Back” Pledge(NOTE: The above press release is from State Rep. Pina Prinzivalli’s campaign.)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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Speaks At Large GOP Rally, Shares Message On TaxesIn “Government”last_img read more