Raiders need Carr running smoothly for brutal stretch ahead

first_imgGoing forward, the Raiders can’t afford six such … OAKLAND — It looked promising at the outset.Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr was in command, taking the Raiders 65 yards on their first possession for a 28-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson, then directing a 74-yard six play drive to make it 10-0. He even passed Ken Stabler as having the most career passing yardage in franchise history.And then?Punt, punt, punt, punt, interception, interception . . . Chiefs 28, Raiders 10.last_img

Let there be a Lokpal for judges: Prashant Bhushan

first_imgAn independent ‘judicial Lokpal’ with power to take up complaints and initiate action against judges should be set up to ensure accountability of the judiciary, senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said here on Saturday. “There should be an independent institution for lodging complaints against judges. The institution should be independent from both the judiciary and the government like a judicial Lokpal,” said Mr. Bhushan.He was addressing a conference in the city’s Jadavpur University held for the launch of the West Bengal Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (WBCJAR). The WBCJAR will be affiliated to the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR) led by Mr. Bhushan. “There should be an independent selection committee, similar to the one for selecting the Jan Lokpal, for appointment of the judicial Lokpal which will have complete power to entertain complaints against judges and take action,” he said.Mr. Bhushsan alleged that the independence of the judiciary was being undermined for several reasons: the absence of any concrete system to ensure their accountability; post-retirement jobs granted by the Centre and the government’s power to grant funding for foreign trips.Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Centre of “promoting and patronising” a culture of “telling lies and spreading fake information”, Mr. Bhushan said that ensuring the independence of the judiciary has become even more important in such a situation.“In such a situation the role of the Supreme Court becomes more important than ever,” said Mr. Bhushan.last_img read more

Video: Maryland’s OL Is Reportedly Describing Ohio State As “Spoiled, Entitled, And Not No. 1”

first_imgOhio State's band does a performance against Ohio.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 06: The Ohio State Buckeyes marching band perform before the game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ohio State is likely going to hang on against Maryland, but once again, the Buckeyes didn’t look as dominant as they did a year ago. Apparently, even some players on the Terrapins aren’t impressed.BTN’s Rick Pizzo told viewers that some players on Maryland’s offensive line called Ohio State “spoiled, entitled, and not No. 1” on the sideline during the game. Ironically, during the play after the comment, the Buckeyes registered a sack.Well then, Maryland— Dan Lyons (@Dan_Lyons76) October 10, 2015Maryland did score 21 points and rack up over 300 yards of offense. But you’re supposed to do the talking when you win, not lose by multiple touchdowns. Still, this will make for some interesting commentary during the week.last_img read more

MMIWG Inquiry taking time for teambuilding

first_imgKathleen Martens Martha Troian APTN News Canada’s embattled national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is holding a team-building event in Toronto next week, APTN News has learned.Commissioner Michele Audette confirmed the exercise will be held at the Four Points Sheraton hotel, saying it should have happened a long time ago.“We are running at resource capacity,” she said Friday. “We are burning (out) staff.”The commission of inquiry has been mired in controversy, with criticism coming from families, Indigenous leaders and politicians.Nearly two dozen employees – and one of five commissioners – have resigned or been fired. Current commissioners have been told to step down and the Trudeau government advised to re-set the proceedings.But Audette suggested the meeting in Toronto could help focus the inquiry team for the final 10 months remaining on its two-year mandate.Unless it receives the two-year extension it is seeking.She confirmed it is tweaking the request it plans to submit in the coming weeks.“For sure it will be a document presented to the prime minister and the minister responsible for this inquiry very soon,” she said. “Maybe next week or in two weeks.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller promised to submit the request before Christmas but missed the self-imposed deadline. She was not made available for an interview to explain why.A resolution supporting an extension if Buller resigned was passed at a recent special chiefs meeting of the Assembly of First Nations. But it hasn’t been received by the government yet either.Audette explained the deadline was missed for a few reasons, not the least of which was her desire to have the request translated.“We said clearly that it was going to be presented before Christmas…we were hoping to present it in December we said. And when I saw the document I said I would need to have it in French to make sure I understand every word of it, and that brought a small delay.”Audette, who lives in Quebec, said an extension would give them time to “breathe” between cross-Canada hearings, which are intense and emotional experiences for survivors, families and commissioners.She also said they needed time to hire more employees.Two sources told APTN News between 50 and 70 inquiry employees would be attending the all-staff event at a cost of $6,000 each for travel, accommodation and meals.The inquiry operates three offices in Vancouver, Winnipeg and Ottawa but not Toronto.It has a budget of $53.8 million announced by the Trudeau government in August 2016.last_img read more

Video Heungmin Sons incredible nutmeg gives South Korea their revenge

first_imgHeung-min Son let his football do the talking in South Korea’s recent friendly with Chile on Tuesday with an incredible nutmegThe match itself has been at the centre of controversy of late following a “racist gesture” made by Chile’s Diego Valdes.The 24-year-old midfielder, who plays for Mexican club Morelia, was made to issue a public apology after a photo of him emerged on the internet producing a stereotypical eye signal.But Valdes was made to properly pay for his misconduct against South Korea on Tuesday when Son produced an incredible piece of skill to backheel the ball through his legs and leave him in the shadows.While the game remained goalless, Valdes will want to forget about this one as quickly as possible.Lautaro Martinez, ArgentinaLautaro Martinez talks about his time with Argentina Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is becoming a regular at the international level, and he’s delighted for the opportunity with his national team.Meanwhile, Son will now finally return to Tottenham after helping South Korea win the Asian Games.It means that he will now be exempt from military duty and can continue with his football as he pleases.With Champions League clashes against Inter Milan and Barcelona coming up, Son can’t wait to get back to action for Spurs.“This is just the beginning,” he told Evening Standard.“I miss my team. I am happy to be back playing in the Premier League and Champions League. Over the summer, I think I’ve learned a great deal about football.”last_img read more

San Diego County Supervisors OK review of building permit process

first_img Posted: July 24, 2019 San Diego County Supervisors OK review of building permit process Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday directed the chief administrative officer to find ways to streamline the building permitting process.Counyt Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer will return to the board within 180 days with recommendations on:— implementing a self-certification process for engineers, along with permit and California Environmental Quality Act evaluation requirements;— increasing final engineering flexibility and opportunities to expand checklist exemptions for certain permit processes;— implementing a project issue resolution process; and— increasing coordination and accountability between departments.Recommendations will also involve input from a working group featuring industry professionals.Supervisor Jim Desmond, who made the original proposal, said affordable housing is a major problem in the county, due to numerous federal and state regulations.“By speeding up some of the county permitting processes, we can do our part by making housing more affordable,” Desmond said.Supervisor Kristin Gaspar said another reason for the lack of housing is that numerous projects are tied up in environmental litigation.“Environmental attorneys are laughing their whole way to the bank,” she said.Gaspar requested added a working group to Desmond’s proposal, which also received support from building industry representatives during the supervisors’ meeting.Matt Adams, vice president of the Building Industry of Association of San Diego County, said housing production in the county is down, and his organization stands ready to help the county in the streamlining process.“Talk doesn’t get you housing — production gets you housing,” Adams said.Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said the board has approved thousands of maps for building projects which haven’t been built, and asked Adams what the impediments were. “We’ve done our job here,” Jacob added.Adams said when it comes to land use and production, developers have to consider if a project is economically viable and if not, “the project is going to sit.”“We can only do so much,” Jacob replied.John Seymour, an executive with the National Community Renaissance building company, said the city of San Diego has an expedited building permit process, and “they save a ton of money.”Seymour said affordable housing developers are risk-averse because of capped rents, and a less discretionary process is better.He also suggested that the county review and update its community plans for zoning. July 24, 2019last_img read more

On Mammals and BtoB Media

first_imgM&A activity is one of the most direct signs of the health of any industry, including media. Why? Because unless it’s a distress situation, if someone’s selling it means they’ve done well. And if someone’s buying, it means they’re bullish about the future. So all of a sudden, there are some interesting deals occurring in b-to-b media that tell us something about its current state and its future outlook. This month alone produced two of the biggest non-distressed transactions in a long time. First, Access Intelligence sold off several pieces, including Chemical Week, SRI Consulting, the market info and price-discovery service Harriman Chemsult and The Energy Daily. Together, the divested assets represented a bit less than half the Access Intelligence portfolio, some sources say. Last week, Apprise Media divested Canon Communications for $287 million. This is a big-time transaction, especially considering the deep, deep freeze in M&A activity in the traditional print-based b-to-b space over the last few years.  And just today, Northstar Travel Media acquired, a media company serving the global corporate travel management market. Founded in 2006, publishes—a quarterly magazine with a circulation of about 13,000—as well as three e-newsletters. A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with some old friends at the U.S. Open that was decidedly pessimistic. We debated whether the b-to-b executives who took over the divested pieces of Reed, Nielsen and other companies were true opportunistic entrepreneurs, or just the same old dinosaurs, only now no longer in the herd. But now, with the recent flurry of transactions, I’m thinking that might not be the right context at all. It may be the b-to-b media—and I mean the traditional b-to-b media, the industry that used to rely almost entirely on trade magazines for its revenue—is gaining strength. If you look closely, most b-to-b media companies are no longer print centric. Yes, it’s true they may get most of their revenue from print media, but these companies have for the most part come to recognize their future is in being something more diverse.Over the last four or five years, media companies responded like this: • Losing advertising revenue? Then create products that produce revenue from readers. • Perceive a need for more industry training and education? Create virtual events and Webinars that supplement live events.• Looking for a way to produce meaningful leads for marketers? Create Virtual events and Webinars.• Looking for ways to exploit your industry-leading databases? Create automated marketing programs for suppliers. • Need a more diverse revenue mix? Create data products and a variety of online information sources. • Lose half your revenue? Do more with less, sometimes much less. I’ve learned from my conversations around the industry that you can be well staffed and still be a mediocre brand, and you can be a very strong brand with a lean staff—and I mean very lean.What these recent transactions are telling me is that there’s a lot of juice left in this industry, and that like the mammals after the asteroids hit, b-to-b media companies are quietly adapting and getting stronger even as they watch the dinosaurs die off around them.last_img read more

Old unfit launches ready to carry Eid passengers

first_imgWorkers are busy in repairing and refurbishing old and unfit launches to deal the excessive pressure of passengers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: UNBWorkers of some 30 dockyards in and around Keraniganj, on the outskirts of the capital, are busy in their dockyards, refurbishing old and unfit launches (ferries) to earn extra money ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.One of the main features of the Eid-ul-Fitr festival among Bangladeshis is the almost ritual practice of going home to the village for the holidays. Millions leave their cities where they work, to celebrate Eid with their families back home.Visiting different dockyards, including the Rahman Dockyard and Baby Shaheb Dockyard in Keraniganj, the UNB correspondent found that a number of dilapidated launches are being given facelifts.The workers are busy in repairing and refurbishing launches and adding new cabins to the launch to deal the excessive pressure of passengers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.Official sources said launches are the lone mode of transport vehicle for some 5-7 million people on 37 river routes during Eid.A total of 80-90 luxury launches, which ply the Dhaka-Chandpur and Dhaka-Barishal routes, have fitness certificates but 70 unfit launches ply the 27 river routes including Matlab, Bhedorganj, Damudya, Muladi, Gournadi, Patarhat, Rangabali, Gosairhat, Kalaiya, Patuakhali and Morelganj.Workers are busy in repairing and refurbishing old and unfit launches to deal the excessive pressure of passengers ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Photo: UNBThe passengers travel by the unfit launches during the mad rush of Eid, at the risk of their lives.However, the launch owners claimed that the papers and documents of the launches are valid and that these are fit for carrying passengers to tackle the huge pressure during Eid.In reality though, they have only undergone some cosmetic changes like a new paint job, as part of a facelift to attract passengers.AKM Arif Uddin, joint secretary of Dhaka River Port of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said, “A special team of BIWTA and river police will strongly monitor and conduct drives at different launch terminals including Sadarghat, Chandpur and Barishal between 2 and 12 June to check overloading and charging extra fares for ensuring smooth journey of the passengers.”last_img read more

The Show Is a Showcase For Home Grown Talent

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected] Rochon, an actress and producer is all too familiar with one of Baltimore’s essential rules; if you didn’t graduate from high school here there are certain customary “restrictions” placed on claims of Baltimore citizenship. Although she didn’t graduate from a Baltimore high school, she is fully invested in the city.“I’m born in Baltimore, my family is from West Baltimore, I live in Baltimore,” said Rochon who is also a graduate of Morgan State University. Baltimore is also the backdrop for Rochon’s new play “The Show,” which opens at the Motorhouse next month (Feb. 10).Actress, producer and director Megan Rochon’s new play “The Show” opens in February. (Courtesy Photo)“It’s a feel good musical…centered around a festival, The Show (modeled along the lines of AFRAM) that occurs once a year…Where Black artists have been coming since the 1960’s,” said Rochon. “It’s about a girl who is having relationship issues and decides to go to The Show to cheer herself up and release stress.” Rochon plays the lead role of Lekeisha Jones, whose character is comforted by her mother and grandmother in her time of distress in the wake of a broken relationship, before she makes her way to The Show. “She goes and while she’s there she runs into her boyfriend,” added Rochon who wrote, directed and is executive producer of The Show. In addition to being entertaining, the multi-talented performer hopes her new play and her professional example will inspire others in Baltimore who are pursuing a career in the dramatic arts.“I wanted to showcase the talent here,” Rochon said. “People have such a negative and distasteful look on the city. But, there’s so much talent in the city…fashion, hip hop and theatre.”Ultimately, Rochon is determined to be an integral part of Baltimore’s burgeoning cultural scene and to make it more viable for herself and others. “I’m a star; I’m an actress. I don’t want to just do community theatre and small TV stuff, I want to eat as an actress…I want to be able to eat and take care of my family with the acting,” Rochon said.“I’m at a place where I don’t feel like I have to leave Baltimore. All you need is the right people to see the potential that is here,” she added. “I want to be a part of the renaissance period of Baltimore.”last_img read more