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first_imgFaridabad: The precision at which the entire event of murdering Vikas Chaudhary was carried have led Faridabad Police to infer that this was a well-planned attack that may have been carried out by known criminals.The real motive of the murder is yet to be ascertained by the police despite the murder being committed in the broad daylight and that too in the busy area of sector-9. According to sources, besides being involved in the political activities, Vikas Chaudhary was also involved in the financing activities where he used to give loans. What is however also being brought out is that Chaudhury was also involved in a host of criminal activities and it was due to the enemies he had made during this time led to his brutal murder. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkAccording to the police, the teams have already been dispatched to areas of Western Uttar Pradesh, Bahadurgarh, Delhi and Gururgam where they feel the murderers might have escaped. “As per the leads so far Vikas Chaudhary had a criminal background and 13 FIRs of extortion, kidnapping, attempt to murder etc were regd against him since 2007 in Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh. His murder appears to be connected to his own criminal background,” said Navdeep Singh Virk Additional DGP (law and order). Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsSources claim that he had made certain rivals in the business There is also a view that rapid growth of Chaudhary in the Congress party had cause envy among various senior leaders. A lot of small case often got registered against him for getting in a scuffle with the opposition leaders and policemen as he used to be at the forefront of the attacks. According to sources most of the Congress workers had already expressed their displeasure of his stature being risen at a very short time. At a time when there is believed to be a lot of groupism in the party, there was also unhappiness of Chaudhury moving away from Hooda camp to Ashok Tanwar camp. “As of now, it will be too premature for us to come to the conclusion of what may have happened. We have got certain leads in the case and am working towards it in cracking the case,” said Jaiveer Rathi ACP (crime ).last_img read more


first_imgLucknow: The Samajwadi Party has termed the withdrawal of the security cover to SP President Akhilesh Yadav as an ‘act of vendetta’. Senior Samajwadi legislator and leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary said, “The BJP governments are indulging in unmatched act of political vendetta. Never before has any political party behaved like this. Withdrawing security of top leaders without any apparent reason is unpardonable and the people will make the BJP pay for it. BJP has been targeting Akhilesh Yadav since long.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Another former SP minister Arvind Singh Gope said that political vendetta was the only reason behind the move to withdraw the security of the SP President. “Who is going to be responsible if any untoward incident takes place? We are not going to take this lying down,” he said. Senior BJP minister Satish Mahana said that the decision to scale down security had been taken after reviewing the threat perception. “The security of some BJP leaders has also been scaled down so there is no question of political vendetta. SP leaders have a habit of making unnecessary noise,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgPatrick Fabian was among the stars who attended the “More Than a Cone” art auction and campaign launch benefiting Best Friends Animal Society in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 21, where renowned artists re-imagined the “cone of shame” to raise awareness for animals in need.Patrick Fabian attends More Than A Cone Art AuctionCredit/Copyright: Michael Kovac/Getty ImagesBest Friends Animal Society is a national animal welfare organization focused on ending the killing of America’s shelter pets.Other stars included Natasha Leggero, Judy Greer, Sarah Burns, Mageina Tovah, Kaitlin Doubleday and more.last_img


first_imgThe Evacuation Alert has been issued to allow residents to either:evacuate their premises if they feel it necessary to do so. Residents who evacuate will be provided assistance with food and lodging in Fort St John through the Reception Centre at the Pomeroy Sports Centre, 9324 96th Street, Fort St. John; orstay in their homes and be self-sufficient. Residents who choose to stay will not be provided with additional support such as supplies, medication, etc. at this time.Those wishing to evacuate must contact the Peace River Regional District immediately at 250 784-3200 to make arrangements for safe transportation out of the area. Residents who have any concerns for their safety or the safety of their neighbours should call the Regional District 24 hours a day at 250-784-3200.The PRRD says that residents can be prepared for an evacuation by:Locating all family members, and preparing to move any disabled persons and/or children.Gathering essential items such as medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers (i.e. insurance), immediate care needs for dependants. Have these items readily available for quick departure.Gathering necessary clothing and toiletries.Preparing pets to move by gathering all necessary supplies (food, kennels, crates, leashes). Ø Arranging accommodation for your family if possible.Preparing to register with Emergency Support Services upon self-evacuation.Monitoring news sources for information on evacuation orders and locations of Reception Centres.Further information will be issued should the situation change. Updates will be posted at www.prrd.bc.ca. For more information contact the Peace River Regional District at 1-800-670-7773 or 250-784-3200. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has issued an Evacuation Alert for residents living in the Old Fort Subdivision due to Sunday’s landslide.The Evacuation Alert went into effect at 10:00 a.m. Monday and covers all properties east of 7605 Old Fort Road in the Old Fort Subdivision. 7605 Old Fort Road itself is not under an evacuation alert.The landslide that occurred on Sunday has caused significant damage to the Old Fort Road, which has been closed to all traffic. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has advised that the road will not be repaired for a number of days, and no alternate vehicle route exists at this time.last_img read more


16 February 2007Policy measures to generate productive jobs in a world where lack of employment poses a serious risk to millions have been put forward by the United Nations Commission for Social Development, which concluded its annual session in New York today. Faced with a global youth unemployment of 13.7 per cent, representing almost half of the world’s unemployed, the Commission agreed today on a resolution calling on governments to improve access of youth to technical, secondary and higher education, to adapt curricula to meet the needs of a rapidly changing labour market, and to equip young people with the skills demanded in today’s economy, including familiarity with information and communication technologies. During the 10-day session, participants discussed innovative measures in employment creation, such as macroeconomic policies to create an enabling environment for employment, labour market policies aiming at job creation, cash transfer programmes to alleviate poverty and create jobs, and enabling environments for the fast expansion of private-sector jobs through increased investments. Many speakers insisted that job creation should not only be a central goal in national policymaking, but should also be pursued through a more balanced and coordinated strategy on a global level. Costa Rica’s representative Saul Weisleder, while acknowledging that employment and decent work were a priority, said traditional recipes were not working. “We cannot have a frenetic race to attract investment, and neither should we ignore the realities of the markets and liberalization,” he said, calling instead for developing countries to better participate in the world economy through an “intelligent integration” built on respective strengths and adequate allocation of resources. On other demographic issues, Frederick Fenech, Director of Malta’s International Institute on Ageing, said the growing number of older persons – some 375 million people worldwide – should not lead to inter-generational stress and “ageism” sparked by fears of dwindling health-care funds and services. “Everyone must also work to ensure that older persons are not seen as passive and helpless, but rather as valuable resources that can benefit society as a whole,” he said. The Commission’s Special Rapporteur on Disability, Sheikha Hessa al-Thani, presented a new survey of government actions to implement UN guidelines on improving the situation of persons with disabilities. The responses from 114 countries revealed that countries had done far better than expected in providing medical care, rehabilitation and support and assistance services than they had actually reported. Less than half of the countries that responded, however, had involved disability organizations with respect to medical care, rehabilitation and supportive services, accessibility, education and employment. “These numbers speak for themselves,” Ms. Al-Thani said, “explaining one of the reasons why equalization of opportunities has not occurred.” Today the Commission adopted three other resolutions – on youth, ageing and Africa’s development. It urged governments to develop comprehensive youth policies in consultations with youth organizations; called on governments to implement the 2002 Madrid Plan of Action on Ageing – the first international agreement that specifically recognizes the potential of older people to contribute to the development of their societies; and welcomed the progress made by African countries to deepen democracy, human rights, good governance and sound economic management. read more


LONDON – British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids.The Metropolitan Police force said late Saturday that a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, including grievous bodily harm. The boy, who can’t be named because of his age, was arrested after five moped riders were sprayed with a corrosive substance during a 90-minute period last week.One man was left with life-changing injuries, police said. At least two of those attacked were drivers for food delivery services Deliveroo and UberEATS.A 15-year-old boy who was also arrested has been released on bail.Police say the number of reported attacks with corrosive liquids in London rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016. Some appear related to gang activity or the theft of cars and motorbikes.Amid mounting public concern, the British government said it is considering increasing sentences for acid attacks to a maximum of life.Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper that those who use noxious liquids as a weapon should “feel the full force of the law.” Teen charged in London acid attacks as UK plans crackdown by The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2017 4:11 am MDT Last Updated Jul 16, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


The United Nations Secretary-General said today that the World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and the planet, adding that this year’s commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.“New instruments such as the ILO (International Labour Organization) Protocol and Recommendation on forced labour and human trafficking are helping to strengthen global efforts to punish perpetrators and end impunity,” said Ban Ki-moon in a message marking the Day. “We must continue to do more. We simply cannot achieve development for all if we leave behind those who are socially and economically exploited.”In what he described as a crucial year for global development, he said more needed to be done to eradicate all forms of human exploitation.With Member States working to craft a post-2015 agenda and a new set of sustainable development goals, Mr. Ban called on the international community to build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.“Around the world, there is a rising call to secure a life of dignity for all with equal rights and respect for the diverse voices of the world’s peoples,” he said. “At the core of this movement lies the need for social justice.”In a separate message on the Day, ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, stressed: “There is no inevitability, no excuse: Forced labour can be stopped” He pointed out that the economic gap continues to widen, with the richest 10 per cent earning 30 to 40 per cent of total income while the poorest 10 per cent earn between 2 and 7 per cent. In 2013, 939 million workers – 26.7 per cent of total employment, were still coping on $2 a day or less“The situation is aggravated by the widespread absence of basic social protection. Millions of people are subjected to unacceptable conditions of work and the denial of fundamental rights,” Mr. Ryder emphasized. According to the ILO, about 21 million women, men and children are forced to work under inhuman conditions on farms, in sweatshops, on board fishing vessels, in the sex industry or in private homes. Their sweat generates $150 billion in illegal profits annually. And women and children are particularly at risk of being abducted and sold into slavery in times of violent conflict. Forced labour can also keep entire families in abject poverty for generations. The ILO calls for ending forced labour calls with an integrated approach. Governments, employers, trade unions and civil society, each have a role to play in protecting, defending and empowering those who are vulnerable, as well as creating opportunities for decent work for all. read more


Tony MartinesBEAR Press ReleaseThe speaker for the general Business Expansion and Retention (BEAR) meeting on Jan. 31 will be Tony Martines from BODEC, a local electrical contractor that serves clients throughout the West.From the beginning of the company’s operations in 1996, BODEC, Inc. has acquired a team of professionals who supply a full range of services for electrical projects. In conjunction with its sister firm, Bruno Engineering, P.C., the company employs electrical engineers and a large number of licensed electricians.From project coordination to planning, permitting, design, contract preparation, equipment procurement, construction management and project close-out, the firm is committed to providing their customers with a customized construction experience with the technical expertise to back it up.The presentation will take place at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center Alumni Room and it will start at 8 a.m. and last about one hour. The public is welcome.Light refreshments will be served at the session. read more


Singapore01045 Sources: Sports-reference.com, CIA World FACTBOOK 1Bangladesh0169.0– 8Sudan136.1– 2Philippines9101.0– 3Vietnam294.3– Total2724192090 Indonesia19100130 7Iraq137.1– 4DR Congo079.4– 11Malaysia630.5– A few countries dominate the chart above. Two-thirds of all medals since 1928 have been won by Indonesia and Thailand, and five of the region’s 11 countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Timor-Leste — still have never made it to the podium. In terms of events, over three-quarters of medals have been won in badminton, boxing and weightlifting: COUNTRYSILVERS & BRONZESPOPULATION (MILLIONS) COUNTRYBADMINTONWEIGHTLIFTINGBOXINGOTHERTOTAL Most populous countries with zero gold medals through 2012 14Ghana426.3– 12Saudi Arabia327.8– Thailand01114530 13Yemen026.7– Vietnam01034 15Madagascar023.8– 10Nepal031.6– 6Tanzania251.0– As the Olympics wind down, it’s customary to argue about which parts of the world performed best relative to expectations. The U.S. is a reasonable answer. Maybe Armenia. Probably not India. Definitely not Russia. Here’s a dark horse candidate: Southeast Asia.Despite a population over 600 million, Southeast Asia hasn’t seen a lot of Olympic success.1 We’re using the standard definition of Southeast Asia, which comprises 11 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. In terms of historical Olympic results we’re also including the now non-existent entities of South Vietnam (1952 to 1972 Olympics), Malaya (1956 and 1960) and North Borneo (1956), although none medaled. In fact, going into Rio, three of the five most populous countries never to have won gold were in the region: 5Myanmar056.3– MEDALS On Aug. 6, Vietnam broke through, as Hoang Xuan Vinh won his country’s first-ever gold in the 10m air pistol. Six days later, Joseph Schooling of Singapore captured another inaugural gold, in the 100m butterfly. With several events remaining, Southeast Asian athletes have secured medals in weightlifting (seven), badminton (four), shooting (two), taekwondo (two), swimming, cycling, and diving. The region has set new highs in total medals and golds, bouncing back from a disappointing 2012 Olympics: How Southeast Asia has gotten its medals, 1928-2016 9Afghanistan232.6– Malaysia800311 Philippines015410 Through Aug. 19, 2016. Includes a 2016 medal for Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei, who is guaranteed silver or gold in men’s singles badminton. Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Brunei have never won Olympic medals, nor did now-defunct South Vietnam, Malaya and North Borneo.Sources: sports-reference.com, rio2016.com The weightlifting specialization may explain some of the 2016 bump. Many of 2012’s best weightlifters were absent from Rio following doping allegations, and the Russian and Bulgarian teams were outright banned. Southeast Asian countries won just two silvers and two bronzes in these events in 2012; in 2016 they snagged two golds, four silvers and a bronze.There are more medal opportunities to come. On Saturday, Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia, seeking her country’s first-ever medal, will compete in the round of 16 in women’s over 67kg taekwondo, as will Kirstie Alora of the Philippines. And Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei — silver medalist in men’s singles badminton in 2008 and 2012 — will compete in his third straight gold medal match. read more


Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly has not decided who will be the starting quarterback this week.Quarterback Michael Vick hurt his hamstring last week and has been sidelined. Nick Foles replaced the injured Vick for the second straight week, and led the Eagles (3-3) to two straight wins. Now, the team will play Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys (3-3) at home for sole possession of the NFC East, but Kelly has not named who will be at the helm.In a news conference on Monday, Kelly answered several questions about his QBs, but didn’t give any definite answers.“Until we know what the health is, I’m not saying what anybody or anybody is,” Kelly said. “All our decisions on who is going to play… [are] based on health.”Two games back, Vick strained his left hamstring during a win over the New York Giants. Foles entered the game and threw for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Foles then played even bettter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he passed for 296 yards and three TDs. He also ran for another score.“All of our decisions are made on what’s going to give us the best opportunity to win,” Kelly said. “And we have to put healthy guys on the field and make sure we can get a scheme together that’s going to help us beat the Cowboys.”Vick had played very well too, before the injury. So far this year, he has thrown for 1,185 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Vick has had another 307 yards on the ground and two more TDs. read more


DAL1992-9421748SF1989-9421720 Teams needed at least two Super Bowl wins during the span of seasons to qualify.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 7Pittsburgh197517607Indianapolis20051742 PIT1972-8041685DAL1971-8221671 SF1984-9841696SF1981-9851681 MIA1972-7421739NE2011-1621720 TeamYearElo Blend 15-Year Dynasties18-Year Dynasties The New England Patriots are back in yet another Super Bowl — No. 9 since 2001, for those keeping track — and this time they’re the favorite to beat the Los Angeles Rams, according to both Las Vegas and our Elo model. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and friends have been doing this kind of thing for so long that sometimes it’s easy to take their greatness for granted. But with another championship potentially looming, we thought we’d zoom out and take stock of just how incredible New England’s success has actually been. Because, love or hate the Patriots, we’ve never seen anything like what they’ve accomplished over the better part of the past two decades.New England has enjoyed some of the most dominant seasons of all time.Let’s start at the single-season level. To grade a team’s Elo dominance, we like to use a blend of its final end-of-season rating, its peak rating and its season-long average rating.1Excluding the first four games of the season, to give Elo the chance to “catch up” to a team’s true potential in a given season. According to that metric, the Patriots own a number of the greatest teams of the Super Bowl era (since 1966) — including both the greatest team to win a Super Bowl (in 2004) and the greatest team to not win a Super Bowl (in 2007). 1New England200417921New England20071824 NE2010-183?1714NE2006-1721712 TeamSeasonsTitlesMean EloTeamSeasonsTitlesMean Elo 10Pittsburgh2004-11821656+93.9 9Washington199117569Indianapolis20071737 11Green Bay1966-68321688+87.7 9Washington1982-921131653+99.1 Despite their loss to the New York Giants in one of the most thrilling Super Bowls ever, the 2007 Pats, who went 16-0 in the regular season, remain the highest-rated team in NFL history — in addition to being one of the most talented and influential teams ever assembled.2For the Giants’ part, they can take joy in knocking off both the No. 1 and No. 10 best teams to not win the Super Bowl. And unlike that 2007 squad, the 2004 Patriots finished the job and capped off a 17-2 season with a Super Bowl crown, in a campaign that contained part of an NFL-record 21-game winning streak.This year’s Pats are not in that conversation. But the 2016 version was the 16th-best team to win a Super Bowl, according to Elo, and the 2017 version that lost to the Eagles last February ranks as the 14th-best nonwinner of the Super Bowl era.The Pats’ dynasty is the most impressive of the Super Bowl era (according to Elo).Sometimes it’s difficult to pin down when a dynasty begins and ends, but one way to look at it is to find the stretch of seasons that would be the most difficult for a generic contender to replicate. (We also did this for the NBA last summer when looking at the Golden State Warriors’ place in history.)To do that for any given franchise, we take the single-season blended ratings from above and calculate their harmonic mean over every possible span of seasons. (The harmonic mean is a special kind of average that rewards high marks across every value in a set — in this case, elevating teams that were consistently great.) Then we compare that number to what a team with an initial Elo rating of 16173The average Elo through four weeks for historical Super Bowl champs. would be expected to have over the same number of seasons. Since it becomes progressively harder to maintain a high mean Elo as more seasons pass, this helps balance short bursts of greatness against longer, more sustained periods of dominance.The most impressive dynasties are the ones that exceed expectations the most. And after filtering for teams that won at least two Super Bowls in a given span (plus tossing out duplicate overlapping stretches for the same franchise), the NFL’s best stretch of seasons belongs to the Patriots since 2003 — potentially including this year, if they beat the Rams. (And if not, then the stretch from 2003 through 2017.) 2San Francisco1984-951241706+155.1 13Baltimore2000-141521599+54.6 NE2003-1741714NE2001-186?1699 SF1988-9021727PIT1974-7941712 TeamSeasonsTitlesMean EloTeamSeasonsTitlesMean Elo TeamYearElo Blend 4Pittsburgh1974-79641712+139.0 3San Francisco198917703Washington19831762 7Oakland/L.A. Raiders1967-851931654+115.3 Pick a span of years; the Pats are one (or two) of the bestBest dynasties of N seasons during the Super Bowl era (since 1966) based on Elo ratings over that span 4Miami197317674Green Bay19971758 8Denver1996-98321704+103.9 Most great teams get only one truly historic period of dominance before they begin to break apart — particularly in the salary-cap era, when talent became tougher to hold on to and build around. The Troy Aikman/Emmitt Smith/Michael Irvin Dallas Cowboys, for instance, rank as our third-most impressive overall dynasty, but that run ultimately lasted only a few years: Aikman, Smith and Irvin stayed in Dallas for the rest of the 1990s, but as they got older, the rest of the roster wasn’t strong enough to compensate, in part because the cap forced the Cowboys to shed talent. The Patriots, though, have numerous nonoverlapping subsections of years that would each be the pinnacle of most franchises’ entire histories, and they’ve done it all in an era when the NFL is (theoretically) trying to promote parity.And one of the most interesting things about the Patriots’ micro-dynasties is that many were accomplished with different styles of football, despite the constant tandem of Belichick and Brady. As my colleague Mike Salfino pointed out last week, the Pats’ playoff offenses this decade have run the gamut from some of the least dependent on running backs to some of the most. It’s a testament to the chameleon-like way Belichick and staff have been able build their teams that they’ve maintained New England’s run of dominance despite constantly shifting their strategic tendencies.2018 might be Belichick’s most impressive coaching job yet.Sure, we’re tired of the Patriots’ current “nobody believes in us” schtick. But it is true that this incarnation of the Patriots is comparatively underpowered, at least compared with previous versions of the team in the Brady-Belichick era. By whatever measure you want to use to account for New England’s talent level — star performances or team strength — this team looks less impressive on paper than usual. 9-Year Dynasties12-Year Dynasties OAK1966-8021653OAK/LA1967-8431655 TeamSpanSeasonsTitlesMean Elovs. Expected New England*2003-18165?1711+169.4 10Miami1972175410New England20111734 Among stretches of anywhere near the same length, the only other dynasty in the same neighborhood as the Patriots is the San Francisco 49ers’ run during the 1980s and ’90s. Built by Bill Walsh and quarterbacked by Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Steve Young, the Niners won their five Super Bowls in a span of 14 years (including four in the 12-year span listed as their most dominant above). That’s two fewer than it took the Patriots to get five of their own from 2001 to 2016. (Those 49ers also weren’t embroiled in various cheating scandals, but that’s a matter for another story.) But the 21st century Pats have also visited almost twice as many Super Bowls as did the Niners (who, granted, won all five they made it to in this stretch). With the chance to tack on a sixth championship in 18 years, the Patriots would solidify the most impressive stretch of football the game has ever known.New England’s main dynasty also contains several GOAT-level mini-dynasties.As incredible as the entirety of the Brady-Belichick era has been, you can also pick out just about any subset of it that you want, and there’s a good chance that the Patriots will be the best in NFL history over that length of seasons. For example, using the same mean-Elo approach as above, the best five-season span of the Super Bowl era4Again requiring the team to win at least two Super Bowls. is the Patriots’ run from 2003 through 2007. But they also own a separate, nonoverlapping five-season span from 2013 through 2017, which is the third-best such “mini-dynasty” since 1966. They also own both the best and third-best seven-year mini-dynasties, the best and fourth-best eight-year mini-dynasties, the best and fourth-best nine-year mini-dynasties, and so forth. (You get the picture.) 3Dallas1992-95431740+150.7 PIT1974-7621725DAL1991-9631694 Not only is this the worst Pats Super Bowl team since 2001, according to our blended Elo dominance metric from above, but New England also had its fewest Pro Bowlers (two) and players with double-digit Approximate Value5Pro-Football-Reference.com’s single-number approximation of a player’s contribution in a given season. (five) in any of its Super Bowl seasons over that span, and its second-fewest first-team All-Pros (one, Stephon Gilmore). In fact, there were numerous Patriot teams that fell short of the Super Bowl entirely that, according to all of the categories above, had more talent than the 2018 version. Suspensions (Julian Edelman) and off-field headaches (Josh Gordon) certainly played a role in New England’s reduced star power, but it was also a roster Belichick had to cajole more wins out of than usual.Regardless, it worked — and it helped the Patriots extend their historic dynasty. The only thing left is to see whether Brady, Belichick and company can add yet another ring to their collection versus the Rams, the opponent it all started against. Check out our latest NFL predictions. 5Chicago198517675Seattle20141749 NE2014-1621728NE2003-0821720 NE2001-0931683PIT1972-8341659 6Dallas199317656Green Bay20111748 2Denver199817712Baltimore19681766 12Green Bay1995-152121619+81.7 8San Francisco198417598San Francisco19901742 SF1987-9531711SF1984-9541706 DAL1971-7921676OAK1969-8021653 *The current Patriots’ run will be No. 1 if New England wins Super Bowl LIII.Mean Elo is the harmonic mean of a team’s seasonal blended Elo ratings (which mixes the average, final and peak Elo during the season) over the span of the seasons in question.Expected Elo is the mean Elo we’d expect for a generic Super Bowl contender (from a starting Elo of 1617) over the span of the seasons in question. Teams are ranked by how much they exceeded this expectation.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 3-Year Dynasties6-Year Dynasties 5Miami1972-74321739+138.5 TeamSeasonsTitlesMean EloTeamSeasonsTitlesMean Elo 6Dallas1968-831621667+125.7 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1New England2003-171541714+169.8 The best single-season teams of the Super Bowl eraNFL teams ranked by a blend of their final, peak and season-long average Elo ratings, since 1966 MIA1971-8521643MIA1970-8721625 Super Bowl winnersDidn’t win Super Bowl The Super Bowl era’s most impressive dynastiesAmong franchises with at least two Super Bowl titles, the most impressive (nonoverlapping) spans of seasons, according to Elo ratings, since 1966 DAL1969-8321668DAL1966-8321658 14N.Y. Giants1985-90621627+54.3 read more


first_imgLOS ANGELES — Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side.Tributes from friends, co-stars and disciples poured in immediately.“That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute!” Jim Carrey wrote Sunday on Twitter. “I am because he was!”Comedian Dane Cook considered Lewis to be a mentor.“The world has lost a true innovator & icon,” Cook wrote.Lewis’ career spanned the history of show business in the 20th century, beginning in his parents’ vaudeville act at the age of 5. He was just 20 when his pairing with Martin made them international stars. He went on to make such favorites as “The Bellboy” and “The Nutty Professor,” was featured in Martin Scorsese’s “The King of Comedy” and appeared as himself in Billy Crystal’s “Mr. Saturday Night.”“Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat. Or a punchline,” Lewis’ “The King of Comedy” co-star Robert De Niro said in a statement.In the 1990s, he scored a stage comeback as the devil in the Broadway revival of “Damn Yankees.”In his 80s, he was still traveling the world, working on a stage version of “The Nutty Professor.” He was so active he would sometimes forget the basics, like eating, his associates would recall. In 2012, Lewis missed an awards ceremony thrown by his beloved Friars Club because his blood sugar dropped from lack of food and he had to spend the night in the hospital.last_img read more


first_imgJoseph Chandler Jr. is being held in the Monday shootings that killed Dustin Marx, 28, and Michael White, 40, in the small port community of Seward about 120 miles (193 kilometers) south of Anchorage. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Seward man charged with two counts of first-degree murder told authorities he fatally shot two men inside their van after an argument broke out when he told them to leave the property, according to court documents. “I presumed to execute Michael White as he was reaching for something,” Chandler told the trooper. Chandler, 30, also told King the Seward men were “not supposed to be on the property,” according to a court affidavit by King. The men spoke for up to 20 minutes and got into a heated conversation, according to the trooper, who wrote that Marx called Chandler names, “made verbal threats and ‘gestures’ with his hands in his pockets.” “I asked Chandler if there was something specific in the incident that caused him to draw his gun, and he indicated it was when Marx said he would kill him ‘eventually,’” King wrote. He said no weapons were found in the van. An affidavit by Alaska State Trooper John King said Chandler called troopers shortly after 6 p.m. Monday to report he shot and killed the men. When King arrived, he said he was going to check on the two men and asked Chandler if he confirmed they were dead. Chandler replied, “I shot Dustin Marx in the head and I expended the rest of my magazine into Michael White as he was scurrying” from the front seat to the back of the van, according to the affidavit. No attorney is listed for Chandler in online court records. Chandler made a first appearance in state court Tuesday morning, but the Kenai District Attorney’s office, which handles Seward cases, didn’t immediately return phone calls to The Associated Press with the outcome of the hearing.last_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — 4EverFab, New England’s best Beatles Tribute Band, is performing at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 1pm. Space is limited — register at the Senior Center’s Front Desk.4EverFab brings to life timeless Beatles music through brilliant lead vocals, precise three-part harmonies and true-to-the-record musicianship. 4EverFab will play this show “By Request” so that the audience will hear the songs that they want to hear. In addition, 4EverFab engages the audience with stories behind the songs, placing them in musical, cultural and historical context. This show is family-friendly and attracts fans from every generation. All the well-known hits will be featured including “She Loves You,” “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever,” plus sing-alongs like “Yellow Submarine” and “Hey Jude.” Learn more about 4EverFab HERE.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 9, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”Free Beatles Tribute Concert In Wilmington Set For October 21In “Community”last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: A day after publicly announcing his resignation as Congress president, Rahul Gandhi Thursday said he will engage in the ‘ideological fight’ with BJP and RSS with 10 times more vigour than he did during the last five years. Gandhi was speaking to reporters after appearing in a local court in a defamation case filed by an RSS worker. “I am with the poor, farmers and labourers. This fight (against BJP and RSS) will continue,” he said. Gandhi described the fight as a fight of ideology. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “I will continue the fight with 10 times more vigour than I did during the last five years,” he said. “Aakraman ho raha hai, maza aa raha hai (aggression is happening and I am enjoying,” Gandhi said. He did not elaborate, saying he had said “whatever he had to say” in the four-page resignation letter he made public Wednesday.last_img read more


first_imgMandapeta: The 75th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was organised at Congress office here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Congress Mandapeta in-charge Kamana Prabhakara Rao said that late Rajiv Gandhi was instrumental for technology development and voting right. Rajiv also played key role in development of computer technology. On this occasion, the statue of the former Prime Minister was garlanded in main market junction. Congress leaders in large numbers participated.last_img


first_imgA staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage after a group picture with foreign ministers and representatives of the US, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, Germany, France and the European Union during the Iran nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna, Austria on 14 July, 2015. Photo: ReutersThe Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, US officials familiar with the matter said.More than half a dozen current and former officials said the campaign, supported by secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, is meant to work in concert with US president Donald Trump’s push to economically throttle Iran by re-imposing tough sanctions. The drive has intensified since Trump withdrew on 8 May from a 2015 seven-nation deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.The current and former officials said the campaign paints Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.The White House declined comment on the campaign. The State Department also declined to comment on the campaign specifically, including on Pompeo’s role.A senior Iranian official dismissed the campaign, saying the United States had sought in vain to undermine the government since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He spoke on condition of anonymity.“Their efforts will fail again,” the official said.A review of the State Department’s Farsi-language Twitter account and its ShareAmerica website – which describes itself as a platform to spark debate on democracy and other issues – shows a number of posts critical of Tehran over the last month.Iran is the subject of four of the top five items on the website’s “Countering Violent Extremism” section. They include headlines such as “This Iranian airline helps spread violence and terror.”In social media posts and speeches, Pompeo himself also appeals directly to Iranians, the Iranian diaspora and a global audience.On 21 June, Pompeo tweeted out graphics headlined: “Protests in Iran are growing,” “Iranian people deserve respect for their human rights,” and “Iran’s revolutionary guard gets rich while Iranian families struggle.” The tweets were translated into Farsi and posted on the ShareAmerica website.On Sunday, Pompeo will give a speech titled “Supporting Iranian Voices” in California and meet Iranian Americans, many of whom fled the Islamic Revolution that toppled Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.“Let me be clear, we are not seeking regime change. We are seeking changes in the Iranian government’s behavior,” a State Department official said in response to questions from Reuters.“We know we are driving Iran to make some hard choices. Either they can change their ways or find it increasingly difficult to engage in their malign activities,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “And we believe we are offering a very positive vision for what we could achieve and what the Iranian people could have.”Aggressive CampaignSome of the information the administration has disseminated is incomplete or distorted, the current and former officials said.In a 21 May speech in Washington, Pompeo said Iranian leaders refused to spend on their people funds freed by the nuclear weapons deal, using it instead for proxy wars and corruption.By contrast, in March testimony before a US Senate committee, the US Defence Intelligence Agency director, Robert Ashley, said social and economic expenditures remained Tehran’s near-term priority despite some spending on security forces.Pompeo also accused “Iran-sponsored Shia militia groups and terrorists” of infiltrating Iraqi security forces and jeopardizing Iraq’s sovereignty throughout the period of the nuclear agreement.While opponents accuse the Iran-backed Iraqi militias of human rights abuses against civilians, which the groups deny, the militias fought Islamic State extremists and helped keep them from overrunning Iraq in 2014 after Iraq’s army collapsed. They then aided the US-backed offensives that liberated ISIS-held territory and some units are being incorporated into Iraqi security forces.The State Department official acknowledged that the militias, known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, are by law part of Iraq’s security forces and played a role in countering Islamic State in 2014.“We understand, however, that some of the undisciplined PMF are especially close to Iran, responsive to Iran’s directives, and have a history of criminal activity and terrorism,” the official said. “Those groups are as problematic for the Iraqi state as they are for us.”Experts said the administration also is exaggerating the closeness of the relationship between Iran and Afghanistan’s Taliban militants and al Qaeda by calling them co-conspirators.The State Department did not respond to requests for comment about the accuracy of the information it was disseminating.It is too early to determine the impact of the administration’s communications campaign, US officials said.Two possible outcomesKarim Sadjadpour, an Iran expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank, said the strategy to economically strangle Iran and stoke public discontent with the leadership aimed to produce one of two outcomes.“Outcome one is capitulation, forcing Iran to further curtail not only its nuclear program but also its regional ambitions,” Sadjadpour said. “Outcome two is the implosion of the Islamic Republic.”But some US officials and other experts cautioned that by fuelling turmoil in Iran, the US administration could foster greater authoritarian rule and a more aggressive foreign policy, raising the threat of a US-Iran confrontation.Washington has long called Iran the world’s leading “state sponsor of terrorism” because Tehran arms and funds proxy militant groups like Lebanese Hezbollah. Iranian leaders urge the destruction of the United States and Israel, and Iranian proxies have killed hundreds of US soldiers and diplomats since the Islamic Revolution.That record provided previous administrations with ample material for waging their own public relations campaigns against Tehran, including trying to communicate directly with the Iranian people.President George W Bush’s administration established Radio Farda, a US-funded broadcaster that beams into Iran what it says is “objective and accurate news and information to counter state censorship and ideology-based media coverage.” The Obama administration launched a Farsi Twitter account – @USAdarFarsi – in 2011.last_img read more


first_imgFor whatever reason, the powers that be have bestowed upon us a wealth of giant robots this coming holiday season. If you’ve been waiting for some quality mech on mech action in the gaming space, you stand on the verge of several great titles coming to a variety of platforms.If you’re of the PC gaming inclination, a couple of these titles have offered some really exciting beta programs. While it is hardly fair to judge a game by its beta, I feel like two of these titles have come far enough along to get a pretty good idea of which style of gameplay you might favor. So, I took a look at the upcoming MechWarrior Online and Hawken PC games to see which game had what I needed.HawkenBeing the new kid in town is awesome if you’re a mech game. You can make your own world, your own rules, and your own robots. Gameplay can be as sci-fi or as fantasy as you want, and in the end no one can fault you because you’ve managed to create a game that involves blowing up robots.Hawken puts you in a crazy dystopian future world that isn’t exactly earth. The beta allows you access to a few kinds of gameplay that make the whole title feel like a first person shooter. The game is developed using Unreal, which has proved itself may times over as an engine well-suited to the FPS-style of gameplay.Hawken is fast paced, designed for constant movement, and seemingly constant shooting. Very much like a traditional FPS, you rush to an objective and shoot your way to the goal. Especially in “siege” mode, where the objective seems to be to siphon enough energy from the battlefield to power a massive ship that will cruise across the sky and attack the enemy base for you. If missions aren’t really your thing, you can always enjoy some good old fashioned deathmatch and fight until your mech overheats or is blown to pieces by the enemy.Hawken’s mechs are unusual to say the least. In the mech upgrade and design stage before the beginning of each match you are offered some basic bolt on tools, which are mostly just swapping one gun out for another or changing the paint scheme on your mech. The process feels very similar to how you would choose a character in an FPS, where you pick the armor color and weapon loadout. There’s very little time spent making your mech particularly different from any of the others on the field.If you are ready for robot smashing action that does a great job of combining the twitch-shooter skills you built up in Call of Duty with the fantasy elements of a ruined robot siege world, Hawken is exactly what you are looking for.MechWarrior OnlineI doubt that the creators of BattleTech envisioned a future in which their franchise would grow and change so many times that, nearly 30 years later, the concepts they created would be considered guidelines for massive robot combat. MechWarrior Online is the latest in the evolution of that franchise, rebooting the ancient feud between the Inner Sphere and the Clans for an MMO-style action game. The CryEngine 3-based game puts you in a team based assault match with players of every skill level during the beta. You have two choices, kill everyone on the other team or capture their base.The whole game is based on teamwork, typically achieved through a voice chat system that is built into the game . Matchmaking will put you with total strangers, or throw you into a group of friends if you have paired up before you start a match. Once you are in the game, extra points are given for cooperative attacks like spotting an enemy mech so a teammate can light them up with missiles from a distance. As long as your mech makes it to the end of the match, you walk away with a healthy supply of experience and C-Bills.MechWarrior Online is incredibly granular. You pay for ammunition used, armor that needs to be repaired, and every single part on your mech. You choose how many heatsinks you have, and where they go on your mech. You choose where on your mech you store your ammo, and whether or not you protect that ammo from exploding if that body part takes a hit. The end result is incredible diversity in the mechs being created, but also a steep learning curve for those who want to just jump in and play.This is a game for serious mech pilots, ready to build the best machine possible from the ground up. If you’re looking for a game to really sink your teeth and time into, MechWarrior Online is for you.Final ThoughtsI was surprised to find that I thoroughly enjoyed both of these games. Hawken is absolutely a faster-paced and far more energetic experience than MechWarrior Online, but lacks the kind of detail and team oriented gameplay that I have enjoyed in the mech games of the past. MWO’s free-to-play MMO style of gameplay will lure a lot of gamers in, but the learning curve for actually enjoying the game is so much larger than Hawken’s that it’s easy to see some gamers passing over the reboot for something more exciting.In the end, I felt that MechWarrior Online was the better beta experience. Hawken has a lot of potential to be a great game, but I feel like the experience will become repetitive very quickly, while MWO will provide a lot of variety and a ton of customization to kep players coming back for more.last_img read more


first_imgThe main objective of the evening was to spread awareness about saving the girl child.Famous singer of T-series and finalist of Channel V’s Super Singer Muqabla Mandakini, who has contributed a lot to the Assamese music and also has performed with famous celebrities like Ghulam Ali, Bhupen Hazarika and Zubin Garg, livened up the evening with her sweet voice and famous comedian from Laughter Champions and Comedy Circus Sunil Saawra also entertained the audience with some great jokes Social Awareness Society has already organised campaigns about Save the Girl Child in Haryana and Punjab and now made their presence felt in Delhi. DD Cinevision has been appraising the public about today’s prejudices and problems with the aid of ad films, short films and children’s films and they supported Social Awareness Society in this campaign.last_img read more