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first_img My location zoom Western Marine Shipyard has signed a new agreement for the construction of one more container ship for Aryan Traders Ltd.The deal was signed by the Technical Director of Western Marine Shipyard Mr. Arifur Rahman Khan and the Managing Director of Aryan Traders Mr. Hasan Saife Jalil on behalf of their respective organizations.The vessel will be built at a cost of BDT 22 crore and under Germanischer Lloyd class, especially designed for carrying containers in inland route of Bangladesh & coastal region.Drawing & design of the container vessels has been approved by the Department of Shipping as it complies the rule of navigation in Chittagong-Pangaon route. With the length of 82 meters the newbuilds will be able to carry 176 containers at a draft of 3.5 m. They will have a maximum speed of 10 knots.So far Western Marine has secured orders for building 6 container ships and 3 are under construction at the shipyard. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Western Marine Shipyard, December 23, 2013last_img read more

South Bengal to face heat wave as monsoon continues to elude state

first_imgKolkata: South Bengal will continue to burn under the scorching sun for the next couple of days before monsoon finally sets in. Meanwhile, thundershower is predicted in North Bengal in the next 48 hours, said the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore.Rains have already entered the North Bengal districts, which will further intensify in the next few days, the weather office said. The MeT office also predicted that mercury may slide up, resulting in discomfort for people in the South Bengal districts, at least for the next two days. The Western districts will continue to experience a hot spell as well. The districts like Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore will witness high temperature, with the humidity shooting up as well. A heat wave will continue to sweep through the region. However, there will be relief for the people in North Bengal districts, as the weather office has forecast thundershower and gusty winds in various parts, while the South Bengal districts are expected to face very hot and humid conditions. “There will be extremely hot and humid conditions in various South Bengal districts. Temperature will continue to remain above 40 degree Celsius in Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore and Jhargram. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature may remain between 36 and 39 degree Celsius in the next few days,” said a weather official. The weather office is yet to announce the date of arrival of monsoon in South Bengal. There will be intense heat spell in all the South Bengal districts, including the city. The discomfort level will be high during the day but during the night, the temperature will go down slightly in South Bengal. There is no prediction of rain in the city and its adjoining districts in the next 48 hours.last_img read more

Indian jailed for molesting minor girls in Singapore swimming pool

first_imgSingapore: A 37-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 20 weeks’ jail on Wednesday for molesting six minor girls at a Singapore swimming pool last year. Job Mathew Panakkal, who was working in Singapore as an infrastructure engineer, pleaded guilty to three charges of outraging the modesty of a minor, with another four charges taken into consideration. The girls were aged between 10 and 13, the Channel News Asia reported. According to a police report filed by a social worker, Job pursued the girls by swimming faster than them even when they tried to swim away from him at the Hougang Swimming Complex in September in the north eastern suburb housing estate. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’The court heard that Job entered the adult pool at about 7pm and began swimming laps in the first lane. A group of boys and girls entered the pool after him, and some girls began swimming in his lane. “When he swam in the direction of the girls in lane 1, the accused felt the urge to touch them and formed the intention to outrage their modesty,” said Deputy Public Prosecutor Victoria Ting. One of the victims, who was 13, was in the pool when she noticed Job swimming quickly on her right. As he swam past her, he stretched out his hand and touched her right thigh. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingAfter she felt this, the girl swam faster, but Job continued following her until she swam between other swimmers who were in a group. The youngest victim, who was 10, felt two fingers on her left thigh and turned to see Job. Feeling “disgusted and outraged”, she went to the end of the pool and told her swimming instructor about what had happened, court documents said. A 12-year-old victim was molested on her buttocks as Job swam past her, tapping her with his hand.last_img read more

UNbuilt prison training centre opens in southern Sudan

The Lologo regional training centre, which opened yesterday, is expected to receive up to 1,500 ex-soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the former rebel group from the south, over the next six months, UNDP said in a press release.The first 550 ex-soldiers have started on a three-month orientation course, while specialist courses will also be offered soon to train instructors, welfare officers, medical officers and management.UNDP is jointly funding the project with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and the training will be undertaken by instructors from the Sudanese prison service and staff from the rule of law and corrections team with the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).Jafet Enriquez, UNDP’s Head of Office, said the agency “is committed to supporting the building of effective and accountable governance and rule of law institutions.”He announced that the agency is building its second prison centre in Rumbek, southern Sudan.The prison service improvement programme is part of UNDP’s efforts to implement the January 2005 comprehensive peace agreement that ended the 21-year civil war between north and south in Sudan. 14 September 2007A prison staff training centre in southern Sudan has opened as part of efforts by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to rehabilitate the country’s dilapidated prison service and to help reintegrate former combatants from the north-south civil war into civilian life. read more

Food security at risk in Ethiopias Somali region UN warns

The humanitarian situation in the region has been compounded by poor rains and the decreasing availability of pasture and water, while food prices are being pushed up by restrictions on the cross-border movement of goods, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).OCHA noted that there have been some reported cases of malnutrition, and it also expressed worries over a potential desert locust outbreak, especially as the dry season begins.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed more than 17,000 tons of food, while the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is working with the Government on a locust response plan.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has supported and trained five mobile health and nutrition teams, and also intends to restock ten major health facilities with emergency drug kits.Earlier this month, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes noted that fears are growing that up to 4.5 million people could soon face famine-like conditions in the region.“There are strong reasons to believe such a catastrophe could occur in the next few months if all the necessary action to avert it is not taken,” Mr. Holmes said, following a visit to the area. He added that insecurity and Government restrictions are making it difficult for aid workers to even reach those in need. 31 December 2007United Nations officials are increasingly concerned about food security in Ethiopia’s impoverished Somali region where conflict between Government forces and the Ogaden National Liberation Front has intensified this year. read more

Government to establish truth commission

The Government today informed the UN Human Rights Council that Sri Lanka will establish a truth commission and an office on missing persons.Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told the Council during its 30th session today that the Sri Lankan Government will also ensure a political solution is evolved through constitutional amendments. Upholding good governance practices, the Parliament, on 1st September, rightly appointed as the Leader of the Opposition, the head of the Tamil National Alliance, Mr. R. Sampanthan, who is the leader of the Party that obtained the third highest number of votes at the election.The appointment of the Tamil National Alliance leader as Leader of the Opposition, as well as the appointment of the 44th Chief Justice of Sri Lanka in January were clear messages that in the new Sri Lanka, extraneous considerations such as ethnicity, religion, class or gender would not be used to deny anyone their rightful place.Mr. President,From May 2009 post-conflict reconciliation eluded us as a result of the short-sighted policies and the triumphalist approach that was adopted immediately following the end of the conflict. The National Unity Government is now approaching reconciliation afresh as a matter of urgent priority.As a Government that is responsible and accountable to her people, the National Unity Government remains firm in its resolve to do right by the people of the country, not in the least because of assurances given to the international community at any point in time, but because this is the only path available to ensure justice, remove the causes of terrorism and achieve a durable peace for the long-suffering people in our country.Mr. President,As you would agree, reconciliation is a process and it will take time. Many, I know are impatient. We understand their impatience and their right to be so. However, this process must be carefully planned. Our nation has faltered far too many times since Independence and we cannot afford to fail once again.Mr. President,The Government of Sri Lanka recognises fully that the process of reconciliation involves addressing the broad areas of truth seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence and for non-recurrence to become truly meaningful, the necessity of reaching a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people.With the mandate granted by the people, the President, Prime Minister, and the Government have already taken some important steps to create the conditions required for initiating a dialogue aimed at a political settlement.As you are aware, Mr President, item 93 of President Sirisena’s manifesto in the lead up to the January 2015 election expressed the intention of the common candidate, if elected, to address issues of accountability through national independent judicial mechanisms.Accountability is essential to uphold the rule of law and build confidence in the people of all communities of our country, in the justice system. We also recognise fully, the importance of judicial and administrative reform in this process. These are essential factors that must be addressed for the culture of accountability and the rule of law which have eroded through years of violence to once again be ingrained in our society. We recognise how important this is to prevent impunity not only for violations of human rights but corruption and other crimes; and how vital these processes are for the long-term development of our country and for the peace dividend to be felt by all our citizens including generations to come. These are lessons we have not only learnt from the experiences of other countries, but also from our own history and recent past.The ideas that the Government has evolved for setting up independent, credible and empowered mechanisms for truth seeking, justice, reparations and guarantees of non-recurrence within the framework of the Constitution include the following:-For truth seeking, the establishment by statute, of two mechanisms:(i) a Commission for Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-recurrence to be evolved in consultation with the relevant authorities of South Africa. This mechanism is envisaged as having a dual structure: a ‘Compassionate Council’ composed of religious dignitaries from all major religions in the country and a structure composed of Commissioners. For many victims of human rights abuses, from whichever community, where the perpetrators are unclear for a judicial mechanism to handle, or where the practices of the state and society have resulted in discrimination, this Commission will allow them to discover the truth, understand what happened and help remedy any sense of injustice.(ii) an Office on Missing Persons based on the principle of the families’ right to know, to be set up by Statute with expertise from the ICRC, and in line with internationally accepted standards.-On the Right to Justice, what is being proposed is for a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel to be set up by Statute. This takes into account the right of victims to a fair remedy and aims to address the problem of impunity for human rights violations suffered by all communities. There have been previous instances as well in Sri Lanka when criminal justice mechanisms of different kinds have been set up. This, therefore, is not at all an alien concept. Neither is it aimed at a particularly group of persons, but something that is essential in terms of upholding the rule of law, and creating a society that respects the rule of law.-On the Right to Reparations, an Office for Reparations to be set up by Statute to facilitate the implementation of recommendations relating to reparations made by the proposed Commission on Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-recurrence, the Office of the Missing Persons, the LLRC and any other entity;Mr President,In order to guarantee non-recurrence, it is proposed that a series of measures would be undertaken including administrative and judicial reform, and the adoption of a new Constitution. A series of measures including amending the penal code to criminalise hate speech and enforced disappearances are also in process. The best guarantee for non-recurrence is of course a political settlement that addresses the grievances of the Tamil people. We hope that we can achieve this through the adoption of a new Constitution. A Constituent Assembly of Parliament will be set up for this purpose shortly.Mr. President,These mechanisms will be evolved and designed through a wide process of consultations involving all stakeholders, including victims. Moreover, each mechanism is envisaged to have the freedom to obtain assistance, both financial, material and technical from our international partners including the OHCHR.Additionally, Mr. President, the Government is committed to strengthening the National Human Rights Commission in line with the Paris Principles; sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances without delay; maintain the moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its ultimate abolition; release previous Presidential Commission Reports such as Udalagama and Paranagama by the end of this month; begin issuing Certificates of Absence to the families of the missing as a temporary measure of relief; disengagement of the military from commercial activities; undertake security sector reform; invite a series of Special Rapporteurs to undertake visits to Sri Lanka in 2015 and beyond; issue instructions clearly to all branches of the security forces that torture, rape, sexual violence and other human rights violations are prohibited and that those responsible will be investigated and punished; review and repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with anti-terrorism legislation in line with contemporary international best practices; review the Public Security Ordinance Act; and review the Victim and Witness Protection Act which was enacted this year. Steps are also being taken by the Office of National Unity and Reconciliation to extend psychosocial support to communities and individuals that are in need of such care. The pursuit of engagement of Sri Lankans living overseas belonging to all communities, and inviting them to assist in the Government’s peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts is another undertaking that we take seriously. In this context, the review of the listing of 16 organisations and 424 individuals last year, under the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1373, is currently nearing completion.Mr. President,Defeating terrorism in Sri Lanka was a necessity. Today, we have greater freedom to deal with the causes of terrorism and engage in nation-building and peacebuilding as a result of the cessation of hostilities. The armed forces of our country have been hailed in the past for their discipline and professionalism. However, the reputation of the vast majority of the armed forces was tarnished because of the system and culture created by a few in positions of responsibility.Therefore, to all those who have doubts about a process of accountability, I would like to say, please don’t fear. Maintain your confidence that a process of this nature would impartially observe due process and, in fact, help restore the good name of the armed forces.As we restore the credibility of the armed forces, we look forward to further contributing to peace and stability in the world through significantly greater engagement in peacekeeping and humanitarian activities. In fact Sri Lanka recently signed on to the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians.Mr. President,Today, we have a Government in place which acknowledges the suffering of victims across Sri Lanka’s communities; a Government which recognizes the mistakes of the past; and is all too aware of the weaknesses of our institutions. A Government that does not seek to take cover by distorting concepts and principles such as sovereignty for its own selfish ends, but instead remains firmly committed to the welfare of all its citizens, remains open to dialogue, and to address difficulties and deficiencies with help and assistance from the international community where required.Those who are sceptical about Sri Lanka’s ability to transform as a nation, and address all these issues, are many. They claim that there can never be justice in Sri Lanka; that there can never be recognition of all communities as equals. All I have to say to them is: look at what the people achieved on the 8th of January. The world had given up hope on Sri Lanka to such an extent that very few believed that what was achieved through democratic means on that day was within the realm of possibility in my country. This feat was repeated on the 17th of August when extremists on both sides of the divide failed to secure seats in Parliament. Therefore, I say to the sceptics: don’t judge us by the broken promises, experiences and u-turns of the past. Let us design, define and create our future by our hopes and aspirations, and not be held back by the fears and prejudices of the past. Let us not be afraid to dream. Let us not be afraid to engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at finding solutions to problems as opposed to pointing fingers, heaping blame and scoring political points at the expense of future generations.We are committed and we require the patient understanding not only of the international community but all the right-minded citizens of Sri Lanka in this endeavour; we seek their understanding and assistance in walking hand in hand with us on this journey.This journey may not be as fast as some may want it to be. And for some, we may have already gone too far. But the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has the political will and the courage of their convictions to ensure that we take the country forward, breaking the barriers of ignorance, fear, prejudice and hate.My plea to you Ladies and Gentlemen, is: trust us and join us to work together and create the momentum required to move forward and take progressive, meaningful and transformative steps to create a new Sri Lanka.Thank you. Distinguished delegatesI would like to begin by thanking you, and the members of the Council for the trust reposed in Sri Lanka at the 28th Session and agreeing to defer the release of the Report of the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka.The time granted by the Council gave the Government much needed space to begin implementing its reform agenda, renew its engagement with the international community, including the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and his Office, and start taking steps aimed at achieving meaningful reconciliation, strengthening democratic institutions, good governance, the rule of law, and confidence building among communities affected by conflict for many years. High Commissioner for Human RightsExcellencies Mr. President Mr. President, The victory of the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) at the Parliamentary election last month, enabled President Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to form a National Unity Government. Traditional rivals in Sri Lankan politics – the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) thus came together, heralding a new culture of consensual politics in the country and creating much needed political and policy stability.An important feature in the August 17th election was the return of centrists to power in the legislature and the resounding defeat of extremists on both sides of the divide. As a result, the moderates in Parliament have once again secured power which augers well for progressive reform. This includes ensuring that the universal values of equality, justice, and freedom are upheld by fostering reconciliation between communities and securing a political settlement.Inaugurating the 8th Parliament just two weeks ago on the 1st of September, President Sirisena drew from the example of South Africa where the main political parties came together at a historic moment in that country. He affirmed that similarly, in the post-conflict context in Sri Lanka, the formation of a National Unity Government is essential to obtain the bipartisan consensus that is necessary to face the important challenges before our nation, which include reconciliation and peacebuilding. Full statement: read more

Fearon led study into perceptions of Toronto Police

Brock University President Gervan Fearon and Ryerson University Professor Carlyle Farrell have co-authored a landmark research study that examines public perceptions of the Toronto Police Service across different demographics of the GTA.The study — Perceptions of the Toronto Police and Impact of Rule Changes Under Regulation 58/16: A Community Survey — was commissioned by the Toronto Police Services Board, which received the researchers’ final report and recommendations this spring.In the first such initiative ever undertaken by the police board, the researchers examined perceptions of Toronto police and the practice of carding to see how they influence public attitudes toward and trust in the police.Using a questionnaire approved by the Brock University Ethics Review Board, the authors surveyed more than 1,500 randomly selected Toronto residents over a two-month period at the end of 2017.To help officials understand perspectives from different groups across the Toronto community, the results were statistically analyzed on the basis of a number of socio-demographic categories, including gender, ethnicity, education, income levels, age and the neighbourhoods where respondents live.The findings of the study have been widely reported the news media, including articles in the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail.After Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle thanked the authors for what he called “an excellent piece of work,” the board voted unanimously for the recommendations to be used by the board’s Anti-Racism Advisory Panel to develop benchmarks in its ongoing monitoring and analysis.  They also called on the police chief to develop a best-practices plan for all police divisions, using positive results highlighted in the study.Fearon became President of Brock University in August 2017, after holding the same position at Brandon University in Manitoba.  Prior to becoming an academic, his career included senior staff roles in provincial government ministries as well as president of a community social services agency in Toronto.Farrell, an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Business, has been involved in a broad range of international projects throughout his career. read more

Family of 5 from Hamilton dies in Ethiopian Airline crash

Residents of an apartment building at the corner of Queen and Duke in Hamilton, are having a hard time coming to terms with the loss of the family of five who died in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlanes plane crash.The family, originally from Kenya has lived in Hamilton since 2014.  34 year old Carolyn Karanja and her 60 year old mother Ann, as well as her three children, 7 year old Ryan, 4 year old Kelly and her youngest, 7 month old Rubi, were among the 157 killed when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 went down minutes after takeoff Sunday in Addis Ababa killing everyone on board.The family was headed to Nairobi, so little Rubi could visit her grandfather for the first time.Boris Kindeke lives across the hall from the family’s apartment and can not believe they are gone. Originally from the Democratic Repulbic of the Congo, Kindeke says he was helping the family get travel documents together, for the trip back home to Kenya.“She came to me before, because she told me she booked the flight to go back home, because she didn’t finish her child’s passport, so she was asking me to help her fill it out and I did help her a little bit.” says KindekeNeighbours say the family had only been living in the building for about a year, but their kindness made a lasting impression.According to another neighbour, they were always helping other people if they could.The Kenyan community in Ontario says they are planning a vigil in the coming days for the family and all those who died in the devastating crash. read more

Darfur UN signs deal setting out terms of support to African Union

At a meeting on Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the two organizations signed a memorandum that follows the UN’s announcement earlier this year of a $21 million support package to the 7,000-strong African Union Mission in Sudan (known as AMIS).The memorandum details the terms of command and control for the UN personnel, as well as accountability issues for the UN material assistance to AMIS, which is trying to halt the spiralling violence in the remote and impoverished Darfur region.The support from the UN includes staff in public information, civil affairs, administration and finance, humanitarian coordination and mine action, as well as military staff officers and police advisers. Communications and night vision equipment are also being provided.The signing ceremony comes as Secretary-General Kofi Annan awaits a letter from Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir regarding the agreement reached earlier this month with Khartoum on AMIS becoming a hybrid UN-AU force.Speaking today to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said he expected the letter would arrive either today or tomorrow.“The letter has to be available before the African Union summit, which is taking place in Abuja on 29 November [Wednesday], where the leaders will be discussing the situation in Darfur, the deployment of troops, and hopefully endorse the agreement that we reached in Addis Ababa,” he said. “And so the Government’s response is urgent.”The hybrid UN-AU operation will have about 17,000 troops and 3,000 police officers, according to a communiqué issued after the meeting on 16 November in Addis Ababa between representatives of the UN, AU, Sudan, Security Council members and others.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today that Darfur continues to be plagued by attacks and security problems. In the latest attack, members of rebel groups which did not sign the Darfur Peace Agreement fought Sudanese armed forces yesterday near Abu Jabra in South Darfur state.Meanwhile, the Security Council heard a closed-door briefing today on the sanctions on Sudan by Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis of Greece, the chairman of the Council’s sanctions committee for that country.At least 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed in Darfur since 2003 as a result of the conflict between Government forces, allied militias and rebels seeking greater autonomy, and more than 2 million others have been displaced. read more

November van and truck registrations power towards biggest year since 2008

11.7% Total28,057 48,446 November Click through to download the full November 2013 commercial vehicle news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 22.7% 6.5% 8.8% Vans22,647 “The November commercial vehicle market rose 22.7%, continuing the strong upward momentum we’ve seen over the past four months,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “With engine technology developments driving up the truck market, plus van owners and operators responding positively to this year’s economic recovery, the sector is on course for its best performance in five years.” UK van and truck registrations: 2013 and % change on 2012 3.7% Trucks5,410 294,991 265,929 39.3% 44,867 % change 19.4% 9.8% Rolling year 10.9% % change % change 314,375 Total commercial vehicle registrations up strongly in November, rising 22.7% to 28,057 units in the month.Year-to-date CV market up 10.9% at 294,991 units and on track to top 300,000 units for first time in five years.Vans rose 19.4% in November with 22,647 registrations and 11.7% growth over the year so far.Truck demand saw significant growth in the month rising 39.3%, pushing year-to-date volumes to 44,867, 6.5% ahead of 2012. 250,124 Year-to-date read more

The AFC South May Get Good Again — But Not This Year

1996-97.2442011.125 8Rodney Peete1989DET7.58 Tennessee TitansThe Tennessee Titans had a big offseason, bolstering their offensive line by drafting tackle Jack Conklin (No. 8 overall) and signing center Ben Jones. They also added weapons in running back DeMarco Murray and wide receiver Rishard Matthews. They appear to be sort of going for it.All these moves hinge on Marcus Mariota. The rookie QB had one hell of a first game in 2015 and a solid season overall. His 7.6 yards per attempt is the seventh-best mark for a rookie QB since 1970. It wasn’t always so dire. Back in the late 2000s, Peyton Manning was still a Colt, the Tennessee Titans had a 13-win season, and even the Jacksonville Jaguars were pretty good. The AFC South was one of the best divisions in the NFL: 3Matt Ryan2008ATL7.93 How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » 9Jameis Winston2015TB7.56 SEASONSWIN %SEASONSWIN % At least those strength of schedule ranks look good — these bad teams get to play each other twice. RANKPLAYERSEASONTEAMYARDS PER ATTEMPT Best rookie QB seasons by yards per attempt, 1970-2015 1989-96 (D. Robinson era).6671998-2010 (P. Manning era).678 To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division.The AFC South has been the punching bag of our NFL preseason previews. In 2015, we called it “perhaps the most imbalanced division in football,” and in 2014, we wrote that the division “can’t be any worse than it was last year.” (We were correct: The division won 25 games total, up from 24 the year before.)Going into 2016, the AFC South is still awful — awful enough that our Elo-based projections put the division’s best team — the Houston Texans — at just 8.3 wins for the season.1If you haven’t encountered them on our site before, Elo ratings are a measure of overall team strength that update after each game. 7Marcus Mariota2015TEN7.62 Source: Pro-football-reference.com, Basketball-reference.com 1Ben Roethlisberger2004PIT8.88 Since 2010, Manning’s final season playing for Indianapolis, the division has taken a nosedive. But the AFC South can still be saved. The NFC West was the worst division in football for five straight seasons, from 2006 through 2010, but in 2013, it was on top and one of the best of all time. Can the AFC South manage the same kind of revival?Houston TexansHouston’s defense — led by the extremely talented and extremely corny J.J. Watt — allowed just 19.6 points per game last season, tied for 7th in the NFL (and just a hair behind the Carolina Panthers at 19.3). Unfortunately, four quarterbacks made starts for Houston’s offense. That’s never a good sign, but it’s especially bad when those four quarterbacks are as dispensable as these guys:Brian Hoyer: Has played for New England, Arizona, Cleveland and Houston.Ryan Mallett: New England, Houston, Baltimore.T.J. Yates: Houston, Atlanta, Houston again.Brandon Weeden: Cleveland, Dallas, Houston.As a unit, these mediocre journeymen averaged just 6.6 yards per attempt, good for 29th in the NFL,2They did throw 28 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. Good work! while somehow still feeding DeAndre Hopkins enough (192 targets!) to have him finish third in NFL receiving yards. They were good enough for Houston to make the playoffs at 9-7, before being humiliated by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans will now put their offense in the hands of Brock Osweiler, a very tall man with seven career starts. He can’t be expected to dominate out of the gate, but some consistency would be nice. If he starts at least 13 games, he’ll be the first Houston QB to do so since 2012.Indianapolis ColtsThe mid-1990s San Antonio Spurs were masters of timing. After a solid stretch under David Robinson, San Antonio had a single terrible season at the perfect moment, capturing the consensus No. 1 draft pick. The Spurs then rode that pick — Tim Duncan — to a new era of even greater success.Through 2014, the Colts looked (to the untrained eye) like they’d pulled off the same trick. Peyton Manning’s absence in 2011 meant the Colts were terrible enough to draft his replacement, Andrew Luck: 10Jim Kelly1986BUF7.49 4Russell Wilson2012SEA7.93 2Robert Griffin2012WAS8.14 Minimum eight startsSource: pro-football-reference.com 1997-2016 (T. Duncan era).7102012-14 (A. Luck era).688 SPURSCOLTS 5Cam Newton2011CAR7.84 And then they hit a wall in 2015. The Colts went 8-8, but were lucky to have done so well. Over the course of the season, their -75 point differential was worse than that of the Baltimore Ravens and Jaguars, who both went 5-11. The Colts have been propped up by their division, going 20-4 against the AFC South over the last four seasons and 21-19 against everyone else. The Colts’ roster is weak once you look past the QB, and it’s suddenly not so clear that Luck is the next big thing.This offseason, the Colts added very little. It could still be enough to win the AFC South — we give them a 36 percent chance of doing that — but don’t expect much past that.Jacksonville JaguarsThe Jaguars have not had a lot of success recently. The last time they finished above .500 was in 2007, and the 2013 squad had a real shot at being the worst team in NFL history. At the Jaguars’ low point that season, Vegas set them as 28-point underdogs against the Denver Broncos.But in the past couple of years, the Jaguars, while still definitely bad, have become kind of exciting. In 2013, they listed draftee Denard Robinson’s position as “offensive weapon,” which was stupid, but in a fun way! In 2014, they had their biggest comeback ever, and in 2015, two Jaguars reached 1,000 yards receiving (after none did in the previous nine seasons). Jacksonville’s defense is still a disaster (31st in points allowed in 2015), but this has become a non-depressing team that lost close, watchable games.Add to all that one of the best draft classes in both 2015 and 2016, and the confidence of Jaguars fans may soon be rewarded: It once looked like the Colts were pulling a Spurs 6Dennis Shaw1970BUF7.81 There are a lot of great quarterbacks on that list, but a few flameouts as well. RGIII and Dennis Shaw never matched their rookie seasons, and Rodney Peete became a successful but unexceptional journeyman. The Titans are making a big bet that Mariota is the real deal. If he is, Tennessee could start contending sooner rather than later.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

GOG Gudme Svendborg back in the top Danish league

Denmark Handballgoggog gudmegog svendborg ← Previous Story GlobalCaja Ciudad Encantada sign Agustín Vidal and David Jiménez Next Story → Nenadic and Mandegia to Pick Szeged! GOG Svendborg TGI is back in the top Danish league, where they belong according to many. One of the successfull clubs in the history of Danish handball last won the title in 2007, and then the club faced some problems which led them to the First Division, but this season after only 23 rounds they’re convincingly first in the First Division, and with three rounds to go they’re already back in the top league.

11 Cool Korean Shows We Want Netflix to Bring Over

first_img What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Netflix’s original shows get a lot of love, but just as good is the slate of foreign programming they’ve translated and brought over. From stylish noir Babylon Berlin to the utterly creepy Dark, they have a killer eye for overseas shows that will appeal to American audiences. The recent premiere of Kingdom (stream it here) is just another hit in the line. If you haven’t binged it yet, it’s a South Korean fantasy/horror/action joint where a young prince must deal with his dead father and the army of zombies he brought with him.Real heads know that Korea’s TV industry is thriving, so here are our picks for other shows that the streaming service can bring to our eyeballs.Are You Human?One of the most interesting things about South Korean sci-fi is how they use it as a storytelling tool in other genres of programming. Case in point: Are You Human?, which on the surface is a workplace drama involving a young man struggling to maintain his position as the leader of a business conglomerate. Here’s the twist, though: the young man is a humanoid android made by his mother, who takes his place after the real one slips into a coma. Dealing with issues of identity and humanity, it’s a compelling exploration of modern social issues with an interesting spin.My Love From The StarKorean TV has definitely established a foothold in the States with romance fans, so why not spotlight one of their more sci-fi flavored takes on the concept? The smash hit My Love From The Star features Kim Soo-hyun as an alien who made Earthfall 400 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty and has lived incognito among us ever since, taking a new identity every decade. But when his people finally show up to take him home, an unexpected romance with his next-door neighbor will test his resolve. Throw in a love-crazed stalker and you’ve got an irresistible mix of romance, science fiction and drama that was a smash hit.CircleKorean TV isn’t immune from high-concept ideas, and Circle is one that works. Each episode is split into two stories — one taking place in 2017 and the other two decades later. The present-day bits follow a pair of brothers who were the only witnesses to an alien landing when they were kids. The future bits are even more interesting, with South Korea divided once more into two nations — “General Earth,” a polluted hellhole, and “Smart Earth,” a well-scrubbed, crime-free utopia. The twins have vanished, and a detective must cross between Earths to investigate where they’ve gone. It’s beautifully filmed and remarkably clever.City HunterBased on a Japanese comic that also inspired a Jackie Chan film, City Hunter is one of the best Korean action shows. It follows a a team of soldiers who undertake a covert mission in North Korea but are ambushed. One survives, but when he returns home he finds that all of his records have been erased. He kidnaps a child and raises him for revenge on the officials that sent him to die. It’s a taut and violent thriller with some fun performances and great set pieces. The show’s been licensed in a dozen countries but has yet to show up on American streaming services.HwayugiIf you want to talk influential fiction, Journey To The West might top the list. The 16th century Chinese novel has inspired hundreds of homages, adaptations and spin-offs from Dragon Ball to this 2017 series. Hwayugi, also known as A Korean Odyssey, takes a lot of liberties with the source material, transplanting the quartet of animal heroes to the modern era. Instead of being tasked with bringing Buddhist wisdom from India, they’re protecting a young woman who could lead to the end of the world. This is a charming, visually kicky series that was a big success in Korea. Netflix has even bought the rights to this one in other countries, but so far it hasn’t shown up on their American lineup.Blade ManOne cool thing about science fiction is that it lets storytellers use new and different visual metaphors for emotions we all experience. 2014 series Blade Man is a prime example. Lee Dong-wook stars as a wealthy businessman who is afflicted by a strange condition – when he’s upset or angry, metal knives sprout all over his body. This isolates him from the world until a young woman learns his secret and tries to help him contend with both his inner feelings and their outer expression. This one benefits from a great lead performance, with Dong-wook really plumbing the unusual nature of the Blade Man.Save MeWhen a group of unemployed slackers find a young woman in an alley whispering “save me,” it kicks off a twisty psychological series that’s unlike any other K-drama out there. The woman, Im Sang Mi, has seen her entire family brainwashed into a religious cult and she’s struggling to get herself free after three years of relentless brainwashing. Struggling to hold on to her perceptions of what a “normal life” looks like, she turns to the odd group of friends to bring down the cult and rescue her parents, who have gone over completely to the other side.BloodHere’s another example of how fluidly Korean TV blends supernatural and sci-fi premises into existing genres. At first glance, Blood seems like an everyday medical procedural along the lines of House, with a gifted surgeon who has trouble getting along with his colleagues or showing his emotions. But here’s the twist: specialist doctor Park Ji Sang isn’t just a jerk, he’s a vampire. Suppressing his desire to feed on humans, he’s a remarkably interesting, tragic hero, and when he comes into conflict with the hospital director who is human but more of a monster than Ji Sang could ever be, things really get interesting.Joseon X-FilesHistorical dramas are big business on Korean TV, and some of the more interesting ones give supernatural spins to real-life events. Joseon X-Files takes the odd couple dynamic of the 90s FOX franchise and transplants it back to the Joseon dynasty of the 17th century. Two investigators — one a believer in the supernatural and one a more grounded scientist — are tasked with uncovering the truth behind a variety of tall tales and legends. Tackling things like UFOs through the eyes of people living centuries ago is a daunting flex, but the show pulls it off with aplomb and it’s very worth a watch.DuelThe one-sentence concept for Duel could go a bunch of different ways: a cop’s daughter is kidnapped, and the only clue is that two men with the same face were spotted at the crime scene. When they bring in the suspect, he has no memory of the incident because he’s a clone, and his malevolent copy is out there with the girl. Actor Yang Se Jong shines in the dual role, really making both characters seem distinct and individual while never letting us forget that they’re clones. There’s bits where one impersonates the other that are particularly compelling. It’s a fast-paced series that suffers from a little shoddy plotting but is a fun ride despite that.GoblinOne of the most critically acclaimed Korean dramas of recent years, Goblin set viewership records with its oddball fusion of mythology and romance. Gong Yoo (from Train to Busan) stars as the titular character, an immortal protector of souls who has lived on this planet for nearly a thousand years. The only thing that can free him is having a mystical sword pulled from his chest by the love of his life. He meets a young woman with the power to see ghosts and it kicks off an oddball fusion of supernatural intrigue and romance that’s compelling to the end.More on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in February 2019Zack Snyder Is Directing Netflix’s ‘Army of the Dead’ Zombie ThrillerSteve Carell to Lead New Netflix Series Inspired By Trump’s Space Force Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hong KongZhuhaiMacau Bridge helps February Macau arrivals grow 155

first_imgDespite arrivals using ferry services decreasing 23.7% year-on-year, land entries were up 30.9% year-on-year in February to more than 2.5 million.Notably, use of the HZMB Bridge comprised 19.7% of all land-based arrivals during the month. Air-based arrivals also increased by 23.5% year-on-year.Same-day visitors comprised 57.4% of the total entries, up 21.5% year-on-year, while the number of overnight visitors rose 8.2%.The number of visitors from mainland China increased 11.9% year-on-year in February, while arrivals of Hong Kong visitors were up 31.1%. Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More Visitors arrivals to Macau increased 15.5% year-on-year in February, with more than 3.5 million entries during the month.The positive figures have been attributed to a combination of factors including the Chinese New Year holiday and increased use of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB), Macau’s Statistics and Census Service said on Friday. RelatedPostslast_img read more

Air Force sergeant serving overseas surprises son for Halloween

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida boy whose father is serving overseas got the sweetest treat for Halloween: a surprise visit from his dad.Four-year-old Jayden Hayes was at a neighborhood party in Gainesville with his mother over the weekend. He was dressed up like his military dad, when his hero father, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jermaine Hayes, pulled off quite the surprise.“It’s Daddy! Daddy!” said an overjoyed Jayden as he jumped up and down and ran into his father’s arms.“Hey, buddy,” said Jermaine.Jermaine had been deployed overseas for the past eight months.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

McLaren teases new GT again debut set for May 15

first_imgWe don’t know much else about McLaren’s latest car. McLaren says the car shares some of its DNA with the 250-mph Speedtail. That might mean clever tech like the Speedtail’s “flexible” body panels, or it might mean they share some powertrain bits, we’re not entirely sure. Nevertheless, that’s one hell of a car with which to share anything.Then again, there isn’t much longer of a waiting period before McLaren dishes all the deets. The automaker confirmed that the GT’s debut will take place on May 15 at 5 a.m. PT. Exotic Cars Future Cars Performance Cars Coupes Enlarge ImageIf those taillights get any thinner, they’ll disappear. McLaren While we’re still not quite sure where McLaren’s upcoming grand tourer will live in its lineup, we do know that the teasers coming out of Woking are very, very promising.McLaren on Tuesday issued a new teaser for its future GT car. Whereas the first teaser showed off a great deal of the car’s silhouette and front end, it’s time to take in the tuchus. The back end has a shape that’s evocative of both the 570S and 720S, although it appears some of the more extreme elements have been toned down — GTs are all about livability, after all. There’s still a big ol’ wing back there, integrated into the body work, and the size of the tailpipes hint that this should make just as much glorious noise as its siblings.But that’s not all! McLaren also gave us a video teaser that shows off even more of the car’s details. While there isn’t much that couldn’t be surmised from the first teaser of a camouflaged car on a country road, it reaffirms that this is going to be one attractive coupe. More about 2020 McLaren 720S Spider McLaren Tags Preview • 2020 McLaren 720S Spider first drive: World-class performance now comes with a view More From Roadshow 18 Photos Review • 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo selfcenter_img 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self McLaren Speedtail: A hybrid hypercar unlike any other 2019 McLaren 600LT: Balanced and bonkers 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride Post a comment 0 Share your voice McLarenlast_img read more

7 Baltimore Officers Arrested on Robbery Other Charges

first_imgBA LTIMORE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say seven Baltimore police officers have been arrested on charges of racketeering, including allegedly robbing people, filing false affidavits and making fake claims for overtime.A news release Wednesday morning from the U.S. attorney’s office says one officer also is charged with drug distribution.The U.S. attorney, the FBI, the DEA and Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis plan to discuss the charges at a late-morning news conference.last_img

Happy Is a Glorious Violent Assault on the Senses and Good Taste

first_img Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Syfy has been back in the original programming game for a while, and it’s still real good at it. As someone who loved watching Eureka and Warehouse 13 back in the day,  it’s nice to see that the network can still produce great genre TV. It has the hard sci-fi space opera of The Expanse, the deconstructive fantasy of The Magicians, and now it has a comic book adaptation that wouldn’t work on any other network. Happy! is based on a comic written by Grant Morrison about an ex-cop turned hitman who starts seeing a winged unicorn creature named Happy. The comic is unapologetic in its strangeness, playing with audience expectations of what’s real and what’s not. It’s overwhelmingly fast and violent, and the show is uncompromising in its adaptation.Watching the pilot episode, which aired last night, it made me think of Preacher. Happy! is, in a way, the opposite of AMC’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s Vertigo series. Where the Preacher comic is fast, action-packed, and never stops moving, the TV series takes its time. Its two seasons were methodical affairs. The violence was still there, but it took its time getting to it. Happy! doesn’t do that. Happy! is just as loud, fast and mad as the source material that inspired it. Watching it, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The show sets out to assault your senses to the point where you can’t tell what’s real anymore. The cool part about that is that it doesn’t allow the audience to get lost. It can make you feel like you’re going insane, but the pilot is careful to keep one toe in reality. There’s just enough here to make sure you know what’s going on and can keep up with the story.Christopher Meloni (Photo via Syfy)That’s as long as you make an effort to pay attention, anyway. This isn’t a show you can watch while doing something else. And while you may know what’s going on, it might take a few minutes’ thought before you can describe it to someone else. There’s so much going on at any given moment; your senses never get a break. It’s constant overload, but the way it overwhelms you is fun, rather than frustrating. What really helps is that the show is much more upfront with us about what’s real and what’s not than the comics are. It establishes early on that our main character, Nick Sax has a history of drug-induced hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. At the same time. The way it does it is spectacular too, with Sax appearing to shoot himself in the head, leading to a blood-spurting disco dance. That turns out to be a hallucination in the bathroom of a dive bar. That one moment lets you know exactly what kind of show you’re in for. If the image of a man with half a head, disco-dancing and turning himself into a blood fountain doesn’t make you laugh, you should probably change the channel.Then there’s the matter of Happy. When the character is first introduced, you neither see nor hear him. He’s a little girl’s (Hailey) imaginary friend. It’s only when Hailey is about to be kidnapped that that you realize he isn’t entirely imaginary. Or rather, if he is imaginary, that doesn’t mean he’s not real. Hailey is a fan of children’s performer Sonny Shine, who is super creepy in his own way, and may turn out to be more connected to Hailey’s disappearance than the show is letting on. There’s no real evidence of that yet, but I don’t trust this dude at all. Hailey tries to get a better look at him and ends up wandering off stage. That’s when Happy warns her of an evil Santa Claus lurking around. So he’s real enough to see things that she can’t. The evil Santa Claus kidnaps the girl and puts her in a box, drilling holes in the top for air. It doesn’t look like it’s the first time he’s done it either. He has multiple boxes, each displaying a poster of a missing child. The show doesn’t tell us what Very Bad Santa plans to do with these kids, but it’s the most legitimately scary part of the episode.Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt (Photo via Syfy)Christopher Meloni is fantastic in the role of Nick Sax and easily carries the whole show. He is the perfect action star for this kind of trippy holiday series.  (Also the Christmas theme makes the show feel like a Shane Black production on drugs. Well, more drugs than usual.) Meloni makes the whole hour work, even though the set up is a little weak. He gets a contract to kill the nephews of a mafia family. He does, and one of them whispers the password to an encrypted list of names into his ear. We don’t get a good sense of the significance of this list. There’s a vague mention of demons, but no real indication of whether that’s literal or metaphorical. All it does is serve to set up the fact that Sax is now on the run from both the mob and the cops, who are in the mob’s pocket. What helps this go down easier is that Sax doesn’t care about the password and doesn’t even want the information. He’s just annoyed that people are after him for it and takes them out in increasingly bloody ways. I do hope the list and the supporting characters get more fleshed out as the series goes on though. Pilots are hard, especially when they have to introduce as many strange concepts as this one did. Since it had to prioritize that stuff, certain characters, like Detective Meredith McCarthy, are left unexplored. That will need to be addressed soon.Christopher Meloni (Photo via Syfy)Patton Oswalt is also hilarious as Happy. The dude’s a talented voice actor and naturally funny, so that’s not a surprise. What is cool is how well Meloni and Oswalt play off of each other despite one of them being a computer-animated creation. That’s really hard to do, and is just as much a credit to the animation team as it is to the actors. The way they bicker back and forth is natural and hilarious amidst all the carnage Sax causes. By the time the credits rolled, after Happy revealed that Hailey is Sax’s daughter, I wasn’t ready for the show to end. It was an overwhelming, trippy roller-coaster and I didn’t want to get off. Even though the story maybe didn’t receive as much attention as it could have, the characters, action and tone have me hooked. Besides, in the pilot at least, the story is just a means of getting us to the next big action scene. While that probably can’t sustain over a full season, it’s fine for one episode. Especially when the action scenes are this good. There’s just something fun about watching a guy cut open a torturer with his own surgical equipment and then beat a bunch of henchmen to death with a fire extinguisher. Then pretend to piss on said henchmen with the fire extinguisher. That right there tells me we’re in for something special.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Hindus celebrate the dual gender of God

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The Hare Krishna Movement invites you to Srimati Radharani’s Appearance Day Celebration on Friday, September 9, from 6.30pm to 8pm.The Vedic culture is one of the few cultures that acknowledge the female aspect of God. Radha and Krishna together form the dual-gendered divinity which is God.They are explained as the male and female dimensions of the Absolute Truth.Just like fire is never without its heat, Radha and Krishna are one, non-different and inseparable from each other.Krishna is further described as the compete energetic source and Radha the complete energy. You cannot have one without the other. They are one, but with two separate forms.Fruits, flowers and incense are welcome. Supper will be served. All are welcome to attendDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Hot meals handed out for Eid

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A large group of Muslims handed out fresh, hot food to the community of Ladysmith this morning (Wednesday).Every year, the Muslim community does this on Eid by distributing meals to the less fortunate in different areas around town.Breyani was handed out in Meena Place, at AK’s, in Steadville, Limit Hill and other areas.This kind gesture is solely for the pleasure of God.The Muslim community is wished a happy and blessed Eid-ul-Fitr. Eid Mubarak! DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us therelast_img read more