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first_imgThe U.S.-based ShareGrid will absorb the peer-to-peer equipment sharing company BorrowFox, and expand ShareGrid into the UK in 2020.In many ways, peer-to-peer marketplace companies have revolutionized a stale equipment industry that was largely based on buying and selling rather than renting, borrowing, or sharing.The U.S.-based company ShareGrid is one of the world’s leaders in marketplace sharing, buying, and selling film and photography equipment. The company quickly established itself as a solid option for filmmakers to make money off of their video (and photo) equipment that would otherwise be sitting dormant between projects.The U.K.-based BorrowFox operated in a similar peer-to-peer model and is one of the most-used brands in the United Kingdom. ShareGrid’s acquisition promises to launch a ShareGrid UK sometime in 2020 as part of an international expansion strategy. This strategy is expected to increase ShareGrid’s world marketplace to over 100,000 users and more than $1 billion (US) of film and camera equipment worldwide.What Is ShareGrid?ShareGrid Founders Brent Barbano, Marius Ciocirlan and Arash Shiva (via ShareGrid).If you aren’t familiar with ShareGrid, you should be. Whether you’re on the renting side of the industry and looking to gear up for a short film or corporate video project, peer-to-peer companies like ShareGrid are often much more affordable options to consider. And not just because of price, they also offer robust insurance packages and coverages to help protect you from unforeseen damages.Here’s a great article on how peer-to-peer marketplace companies like ShareGrid work, as well as the benefits of using one as a modern filmmaker or video professional, including:Maximizing your incomeLetting your investments work for youReclaiming your timeStaying for the communityOn ShareGrid alone you can get any manner of gear for the following:Cinema camerasCinema lensesStill lensesStill & hybrid camerasLighting and electricCamera support and rigsAudio equipmentG&E packagesDronesWhat is BorrowFox?Image via BorrowFox.BorrowFox has also proven to be a popular option for film and video professionals in the UK with their similar peer-to-peer equipment sharing offering. Speaking of the acquisition, Co-Founder and CEO of BorrowFox Arthur Pierse says:“We’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into creating and growing the BorrowFox platform in the UK over the last few years, constantly refining and improving the service to meet the growing needs of our passionate creative community. It’s exciting to know that our users will soon receive an expanded service from ShareGrid, having access to an even wider offering of film and camera equipment and joining a global community of talented creatives. Much like BorrowFox, ShareGrid offers affordable and immediate access to high-end equipment, and also includes innovative features such as custom quotations, a buy-and-sell marketplace, instant insurance, automated fraud monitoring, sophisticated ID checks, and dedicated customer support.”He goes on to cite stats that many of the BorrowFox users have reported earning “£3,000 to £5,000 a month from their idle equipment.” The company has remained focused on helping and supporting a growing community of passionate creatives and talented videographers, filmmakers, and video professionals in the UK.What Does This Mean for the Future?Image via ShareGrid.For filmmakers in the U.S., the U.K., and abroad, this is overall good news for the increased reach and resources of the peer-to-peer marketplace. ShareGrid plans to expand its inventory with cameras, gear, and equipment for both individuals and rental houses in the UK. If you live in the U.K., you should expect a greater range of options and hopefully a reduced price as options increase.Whether you’ve used peer-to-peer in the past, or a fan of it or not, the ShareGrid model is expanding rapidly for a reason. Few video professionals who have invested thousands of dollars in equipment are not going to be open to the idea of finding additional revenue streams. That’s in addition to helping out fellow creative collaborators with the backing, infrastructure, community (and insurance) of companies like ShareGrid.ShareGrid is expected to launch in the UK in 2020. You can follow BorrowFox’s website in the meantime for news and updates.Cover image via ShareGrid.For more industry news, tips and tricks, check out some of these articles below.215 Free Motion Graphics, Sound Textures, Social Designs, and MoreMassive Updates to the BMPCC4K Are Finally HereMeet the Pocket-Sized, Versatile Aputure MC Film Light5 Tips to Maximize the iPhone 11’s Filmmaking CapabilitiesFinding Perfect Music Is Easier and Faster with PremiumBeatlast_img read more

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first_imgFor 17 years, Kalavati Pardeshi had been in grip of a superstition: she feared divine retribution if she cut her matted braid of long hair.  On Tuesday, aided by counseling from activists of the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANiS), Ms. Pardeshi, a 50-year-old homemaker, finally rid herself of her the 4 feet long braid and her credulous beliefs.  Ironically for Ms. Pardeshi, her matted braid was both a product of social pressures — with many neighbours dissuading her from cutting what they termed a divine curse — and a cause for social ostracism. “I was shunned because of my hair,” said Ms. Pardeshi. “My relatives would not speak to me. People refused work saying that a curse would befall them if they employed me. Besides, I endured physical problems and had trouble sleeping owing to my matted hair,” she added.Even on the odd occasion when the sheer discomfort briefly overwhelmed her fears and she approached local saloons to help cut the hair, she found herself being asked to pay as much as Rs. 60,000 for a hair cut. “I come from a family with modest means and could not meet this cost,” Ms. Pardeshi said, adding the Anis activists had not only brought her relief by cutting the long matted braid, but also helped dispel all her fears and superstitions.ANiS, founded by the late rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, has so far helped free 75 women across Pune district from the ‘matted hair’ superstition.   “The campaign against this began sometime in 2013,” Nandini Jadhav of AniS. “The cases that we have encountered transcend economic and caste lines. The ladies often require counseling extending as long as six months to even a year before they are convinced of cutting their matted hair.” In parts of Maharashtra and southern India, women with matted hair, which forms owing either to a lack of hygiene or exposure to some sticky substance, often face ostracism on account of an irrational belief that these women have incurred “the wrath of gods”, Ms. Jadhav explained. “As a result, the women afflicted with this condition are deterred from doing away with their braids.  We have had cases ranging from an IT engineer to a folk artist to the wife of a bank employee who hesitated before mustering courage to do away with the burden of superstition,” she said. Like Ms. Pardeshi, ANiS provided physical and emotional relief to Reshma Bahnot from Pune’s Ghorpadi area in May this year after the lady got in touch with the outfit through the Khadki police. In March, three women from the city were provided relief after a police constable intimated the outfit about their condition. “My neighbours warned me against cutting off my ‘jata’ as it would anger the gods; so, I resisted for more than 15 years,” saidLata Khandekar, one of the women who was assisted by AniS. “Now, I feel light and the pain in my back and neck, owing to the strain of carrying my braid, has vanished.”last_img read more

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first_imgThree persons, including a child, were killed since Friday when elephants strayed into human habitation in different districts of Odisha. The three deaths took the human death toll in man-elephant conflict in the State to 86 in 2018-19 — the highest in a year.Dayanidhi Sahu, 65, on his way to the village pond, was trampled to death on Saturday. Kedar Nath Prasad, an octogenarian, was attacked by a wild elephant wandering since February 28 in the Deulabeda area of Angul district. A seven-year-old boy died when a wall knocked by an elephant collapsed in the Baraghat village in Sundargarh district on Friday night.Rising encounters“In 2017-18, 84 persons died in encounters with elephants. This year, 86 deaths have already taken place. The toll is likely to go up with another month’s time left to complete the estimation,” said Ranjit Patnaik, campaigner with the Wildlife Society of Odisha (WSO), an NGO.“This year, man-elephant encounters shot up to 159 against 120 last year. As many as 101 persons escaped with critical injuries after being chased by wild elephants,” said Mr. Patnaik.Dhenkanal remains one of the most affected districts. “Of the 159 encounters, Dhenkanal accounts for 50. Twenty-one persons died and 38 were injured in the attacks,” he said. According to government records, 680 people lost their lives in attacks by wild animals between 2011-12 and 2018-19. Of the 680 deaths, 535 human deaths were caused by elephant attacks.last_img read more

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first_imgHTC will launch its 2017 flagship phone, aka the HTC U, on May 16. Ahead of its scheduled unveiling in Taiwan, a new Bluetooth.org listing has confirmed that the HTC U will ship with the next-generation Bluetooth 5.0 standard. Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) is notably the world’s first smartphone to support Bluetooth 5.0, and chances are the HTC U could well be the second in line.Bluetooth 5.0 is successor to Bluetooth 4.2 and guarantees up to four times wider range than its predecessor. At the same time, the new wireless standard allows twice the data transfer speed and offers the ability to simultaneously connect two sets of wireless devices.As for the upcoming HTC U, the headline feature of HTC’s phone is said to be Edge Sense, a touch sensitive outer frame that would react to specific actions allowing users to open an app or launch the camera app directly. Whether or not it would see a design change — from the incumbent U Ultra — is yet to be seen.The HTC U will reportedly come with a 5.5-inch Quad-HD screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It is said to come with at least 64GB of memory and a 3,0000mAh battery inside. On the camera front it is said to sport a 12-megapixel shooter. The U will also reportedly come sans a 3.5mm audio jack but water-resistance is said to be on the cards.The USP of the incumbent HTC U Ultra is its virtual assistant, or Sense Companion that “can suggest that you dress warmer and leave a little earlier for work if snow is forecast; remind you to take a power bank on longer trips; and even recommend a restaurant when you’re away for the weekend and then book seats for you2. Best of all, it’s made to evolve and get to know you better over time,” according to the company. Whether or not the HTC U will also retain this feature is yet to be seen.advertisementAlso Read: HTC’s squeezable flagship U phone with Edge Sense set for May 16 launchlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Air Canada enRoute Film Festival finalists have been selected for the festival’s special 10-year anniversary. Award categories include Best Short Film, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, and Achievement in Documentary.The 2016 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Award Nominees are:Clouds of Autumn – Trevor Mack and Matthew Taylor Blais, BCThe Constant Refugee – Derrick O’Toole, PC Barfoot and Leila Almaway, ONFeathers – Hands on Deck, ONFrench Kiss at the Sugar Shack – Emmanuelle Lacombe, QCRobeth – Kevin T. Landry, QCAchievement Award winners will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, courtesy of Air Canada. The winner of Best Short Film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor, Cineplex Entertainment. Advertisement Facebook “This year marks the festival’s 10th anniversary and what makes it so exceptional is that for the first time we’ve taken the festival truly coast to coast adding more cities and helping to boost awareness of our incredibly talented emerging Canadian filmmakers,” said Andrew Shibata, Managing Director, Brand at Air Canada. “I look forward to a continued growth of the festival and discovering new ways we can help highlight Canadian content creators.”A free public screening of the nominated short films will take place in Montreal on Monday, November 14 at the Phi Centre (407 Rue Saint-Pierre) beginning at 7:30 p.m. and in Toronto on Thursday, November 17 at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (259 Richmond Street West) at 7 p.m.A private awards celebration hosted by Etalk Reporter, Liz Trinnear, will take place at The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond Street West) immediately after the public screening in Toronto.Also new this year and exclusively for film students, an intimate conversation with acclaimed filmmaker, Matt Johnson, presented by VICELAND will be hosted on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. at VICE Canada (78 Mowat Avenue, Toronto).This year’s finalists were selected by a special jury composed of actors, directors and animators who have all held positions on the jury in previous years for the 10th year anniversary of the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. The jury is led by Patricia Rozema (director) and includes (in alphabetical order):Caitlin Durlak (director and Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Best Short Film Winner 2015)Chris Landreth (animator)Jason Priestley (actor)Jennifer Baichwal (director)Karine Vanasse (actor)Sarah Gadon (actor)Stephen Dunn (director and Air Canada enRoute Film Festival alumnus)The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival supporters include Cineplex Entertainment, TELUS Optik Local / STORYHIVE, Sterling Wines, CTV’s Etalk, Spafax, Entertainment One, VICELAND, Telefilm Canada, Directors Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., National Film Board of Canada and Hot Docs.For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.Twitter:          @enRoutemag and @AirCanadaFacebook:      enRoute magazine and Air CanadaInstagram:     enroutemag and aircanadaPinterest:       enRoute Magazine and aircanadaHashtag:        #enRouteFilm16About Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment:Air Canada enRoute Inflight Entertainment offers over 600 hours of on-demand entertainment available free of charge at the touch of a finger. Its gate-to-gate in-flight entertainment programming features up to 150 movies in all genres, including the latest Hollywood and independent titles produced locally and internationally in more than 20 languages, up to 200 TV shows including the most popular TV series, interesting documentaries and our very own ACTV channel, over 100 albums and playlists in all musical genres and entertaining and informative audio books and podcasts. Air Canada enRoute In-Flight Entertainment is programmed by Spafax, one of the world’s leading custom publishers and providers of in-flight media, with offices in fourteen cities around the world. The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival is produced by Bookmark, the global content and communications company and one of the leading providers of content solutions in the form of content marketing, experiences and brand alliances. Spafax and Bookmark are part of the #1 agency network in the world: WPP. http://enroute.aircanada.com/About Air Canada:Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 90 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries.  Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada’s premier loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners.Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  According to the 2015 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 80 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada.  In 2014, readers of Global Traveler magazine again voted Air Canada “Best Airline in North America,” the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada “Best North American Airline for International Travel” and “Best North America Airline Inflight Experience,” and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada “Best Flight Attendants in North America.”  For more information on Air Canada visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. 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first_img Login/Register With: DAMIAN LEWIS AS ROB FORD (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images, TheImageDirect.com) FIRST PHOTOS SURFACE FROM ROB FORD MOVIE SHOOT IN TORONTOSuave British actor Damian Lewis is in Toronto this week filming for his upcoming movie Run This Town, a political drama set against the backdrop of Rob Ford’s last year in office.Not a whole lot is known about the film just yet, but Lewis did reveal earlier this month that he’d be wearing prosthetics to portray Toronto’s famous late former mayor. READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook Oh wow – Damian Lewis as Rob Ford – this is creepy as hell pic.twitter.com/eunGEEwBfQ— Gabriel Hurl (@gabehurl) April 24, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Damian Lewis is UNRECOGNIZABLE as he dons a fat-suit to play crack-smoking former Toronto mayor Rob FordDamian Lewis has completely transformed to portray former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his next film, ‘Run This Town’.On set in Toronto on Monday, the usually svelte British actor was utterly unrecognizable as he walked around in a fat suit and a thick layer of make-up and prosthetics. READ MOREBe the Damian Lewis halfway dressed to play Rob Ford you wish to see in the world pic.twitter.com/QVfJZezsxt— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 24, 2018Damian Lewis Is Unrecognizable as Rob Ford on Run This Town SetDamian Lewis, is that you? The Billions star was spotted on the set of his new film, Run This Town, in Toronto on Monday looking a little different than usual.In the snaps, Lewis shows off the drastic transformation he went through to play Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford. He is seen wearing heavy make-up and prosthetics as he walks down the street, quite a departure from the handsome Brit’s usual appearance.  READ MOREDAMIAN LEWIS – FIRST CRACK AT PLAYING ROB FORD … Nailed It!!!“Billions” star Damian Lewis looks totally unrecognizable on set, which is a good thing … because he’s playing Toronto’s former crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.Lewis was spotted in character on the set of “Run This Town” in Toronto on Monday, after spending nearly 7 hours in makeup to transform into the disgraced ex-Mayor … and the resemblance is uncanny.  READ MORElast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders is in the works, but it won’t happen before the fall, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Monday.Duncan said the government is involved in talks with Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and developing an “action plan” to deal with the litany of outstanding issues facing Indigenous communities in the country.“We are having discussions with the national chief. We are looking at an action plan that we can work on together,” said Duncan, during question period responding to a query from Liberal leader Bob Rae. “Part of that dialogue will be to discuss this very gathering that the member is bringing up. So, that is something we will flesh-out over the next period of time. Hopefully we will come to something quite solid in the fall.”Rae was taking aim at the Conservatives over their failure to deal with poverty in the country.“In light of the statements by the government with respect to its desire to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people, I would say that Chief Atleo, in his statements on the Speech from the Throne, made it very clear that…the meeting had to take place on a government-to-government basis, on a basis that fully respects the jurisdiction of First Nations and Aboriginal people.”Harper has already expressed his interest in meeting with First Nations leaders and directed his officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and in Duncan’s office to explore the issue, according to a Dec. 8, 2010 letter to Atleo.“With respect to the proposed Crown-First Nations gathering, I remain open to participating and I ask that you work with my office and minister Duncan’s office to assess the viability of such an event,” said Harper in the letter.Harper’s letter followed an Oct. 28, 2010, meeting with Atleo where the prime minister pledged his support for improving reserve education.last_img read more

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Rabat – Moroccan pilgrims who finished  the rituals of Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, this year will start returning to Morocco on Friday, August 16.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the first group of Moroccan pilgrims who will return to Morocco will be divided into three flights.The first flight will head to Rabat, while the other two flights will land in Casablanca, the official Moroccan delegation for the 2019 Hajj said. Read Also: Nearly 32,000 Moroccan Pilgrims Perform Hajj Rituals in 2019The pilgrims who are not in a hurry to comeback and will return to Morocco after they have finished Hajj rituals. The final ritual for the pilgrims will be the “stoning of the devil”  ritual at Mina, Saudi Arabia.The act is one of the major rituals in Mina, 5 kilometers to the east of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The ritual marks the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage in Mina.Tens of thousands ofMuslims from different countries worldwide chant “Allah Akbar” (God is great) and throw stones at pillars or “jamrat.” The three pillars, called jamarat, represent Satan in Mina.Pilgrims pelt seven stones at each pillar.The ritual honors the prophet Abraham’s stoning of the devil, who attempted to convince him to disobey God’s order.The prophet’s determination to obey God and sacrifice his son Ishmael overcame the devil’s temptation, according to the Qur’anic account.Just before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead to honor Abraham for obeying God’s command.Hamou Ouehli, the secretary of state for Rural Development and Waters said that the Moroccan pilgrims performed the Hajj rituals in “peace and serenity and under very normal conditions.” Ouehli led the Moroccan official delegation for pilgrims this year.The number of Moroccan pilgrims who performed the Hajj in 2019, is estimated at nearly 32, 000 pilgrims.Saudi Arabia said that the nu overall number of Hajj this year reached 2,489,406, including 1,855,000 pilgrims from abroad. read more

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TOKYO – Toshiba, whose U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse has filed for bankruptcy protection, is reporting a 950 billion yen ($8.4 billion) net loss for the fiscal year ended March.The Japanese electronics giant’s results have failed to win auditors’ approval from the previous quarter, after questions were raised over the acquisition of U.S. nuclear construction company CB&I Stone and Webster.Tokyo-based Toshiba Corp. called the results released Monday as projections, rather than results, since they lack the company’s auditors’ approval, but it was in line with what it had said recently.The loss was about double the 460 billion yen ($4.1 billion) loss racked up the previous fiscal year.Toshiba, whose products include computer chips and household appliances, acquired Westinghouse in 2006. Its president, Satoshi Tsunakawa, has recently said the strategy based on Westinghouse was a mistake, and has promised it won’t take on new nuclear projects.Toshiba has been trying to sell its computer-chip business to shore up its finances, but has become embroiled in a dispute with U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital, which is demanding that Toshiba not sell it to anyone else.Western Digital said that several of its SanDisk subsidiaries have filed a request for arbitration with the ICC International Court of Arbitration over its NAND flash-memory joint ventures with Toshiba.The request seeks to stop Toshiba’s sale without SanDisk’s consent, arguing that it would be violation of the joint venture agreement. The arbitration will take place in San Francisco, it said Sunday in a statement.“Seeking relief through mandatory arbitration was not our first choice in trying to resolve this matter. However, all of our other efforts to achieve a resolution to date have been unsuccessful, and so we believe legal action is now a necessary next step,” said Western Digital Chief Executive Steve Milligan.Tsunakawa said he doesn’t think Western Digital can block Toshiba.“With regards to your first question as to whether this may delay bidding procedures, we will make effort to dispel such concerns by explaining to all potential bidders the validity of Toshiba’s position,” he told reporters.Toshiba also said it expects to return to profit for the fiscal year through March 2018, of 50 billion yen ($442 million).Costs in the nuclear industry have ballooned since the March 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan, when three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant sank into meltdowns, and stricter safeguards are required to operate and build reactors.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2017 9:27 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toshiba reports massive loss for year over Westinghouse woes read more

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How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the perpetual disaster that is the NFC East. At this time last year, my colleague Walt Hickey and I mocked Washington’s chances of winning the NFC East. Oops. Defying the 4 percent division odds that our Elo ratings gave them in the preseason, the Suing Snyders won their final four regular-season games to capture one of the weakest divisions in recent memory (before promptly losing by 17 points in their first playoff game). The big question for 2016 is whether the team can capitalize again on the weakness of what Elo considers the NFC’s worst division and become the East’s first repeat winner since 2004.By most accounts, Washington had a productive offseason, adding All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and using the franchise tag to re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a reasonable make-good deal. Now the team’s fortunes might hinge on whether Cousins can repeat a 2015 performance that was easily the best of his career. On the one hand, Cousins’s track record heading into last season was subpar at best. On the other, three of his four most similar passers last season were Drew Brees, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly. (The other was Jeff George.) If Cousins can prove that he belongs in the same paragraph as that trio, Washington could have a stranglehold on the East. But things are rarely so easy in this division. Elo ratings suggest that it’s the most wide open in all of football, with Washington holding by far the worst division odds (29 percent) of any division favorite in the NFL.1Also, the standard deviations of NFC East teams’ preseason Elo ratings and division winning percentages were the lowest of any division in football. At 27 percent, the Philadelphia Eagles are right behind Washington. The tumultuous reign of Chip Kelly is over — for better or for worse — and Philly regained some measure of normalcy in an offseason spent undoing many of Kelly’s personnel gaffes: GM Howie Roseman did a good job of rebuilding the franchise for the future, particularly with a recent trade that jettisoned maligned QB Sam Bradford for draft picks. But Roseman’s roster shuffling left rookie Carson Wentz as the team’s opening day starter. Without much of a safety net beneath Wentz on the depth chart, his inexperience could mean that Elo — which doesn’t directly account for personnel changes — is overrating the Eagles.If so, the New York Giants will be there to fill the void. They, too, will be operating under a new coach (for the first time since 2003). Ben McAdoo takes over a team that last year featured good special-teams play and an efficient passing offense led by Eli Manning. The 2015 Giants’ main problem was a leaky defense — third-worst in the NFL — and the team took steps in the offseason to address that flaw, though it didn’t come cheap. Manning is getting older but is still effective, so if those roster moves end up working on D, the Giants could ride a favorable schedule to their first division crown in five years.The Dallas Cowboys should also benefit from soft scheduling — Elo ranks their slate eighth-easiest in the NFL — but Tony Romo’s preseason injury might negate that edge. The Cowboys have been here before, pressing inadequate QBs into action with Romo on the sidelines. This time, they’re rolling with Dak Prescott, one of the lowest-drafted Week 1 rookie starters in NFL history. (The alternative is accomplished butt-fumbler Mark Sanchez.) And even if Dallas does somehow improve on last year’s dismal showing through the air, the team has holes on defense that were only partially addressed in the offseason. No. 4 overall draft pick Ezekiel Elliott may instantly run wild behind the Cowboys’ tremendous offensive line, but without Romo, the team may win even fewer than the seven games Elo projects for it.If we’ve learned one thing from this division in recent years, however, it’s to expect the unexpected. (Washington’s rise last season was the norm in a division that’s changed hands in each of the past 11 seasons.) The NFC East probably won’t be pretty in 2016, but it could once again be the most competitive division in the NFL.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

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The best 8-start stretches of Tony Romo and Dak Prescott’s careers Dak Prescott9/11/1611/6/1630438.562.080.2 15Colt McCoy2010274+2.8+24.150.1 19947-1-01741 6Matt Leinart2006343+4.4+31.058.7 8Mike Glennon2013327+8.3+33.856.9 DATE RANGESTATS DURING 8 GAMES 10Russell Wilson2012287+5.0+27.353.4 5Matt Ryan2008273+9.9+30.961.8 Tony Romo12/6/099/26/1035333.761.177.2 13Teddy Bridgewater2014327+2.1+27.452.1 20146-2-01585 Best rookies through first 8 starts, 2006-2016 11Sam Bradford2010353+3.9+31.252.7 PLAYERYEARPLAYSAVERAGEREPLACEMENTTOTAL QBR Tony Romo9/21/1411/23/1426036.656.980.0 Source: ESPN Stats & Info Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4Cam Newton2011381+18.8+48.563.5 12Derek Carr2014327+1.3+26.652.6 9Andy Dalton2011306+4.8+28.455.7 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is sailing into uncharted territory for a rookie passer. Prescott shined again in Dallas’s 35-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns Sunday, completing 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards (9.1 per attempt), three touchdowns and zero interceptions. According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Prescott had the NFL’s top quarterbacking performance of the week,1Pending stats from Monday night’s Seahawks-Bills tilt. the second time in nine weeks he’s claimed top honors. All told, Prescott’s first eight starts are easily the best of any rookie signal-caller since ESPN began tracking QBR in 2006: PLAYERSTARTENDPLAYSPAAPARTOTAL QBR Tony Romo11/6/1112/24/1127334.055.376.1 Tony Romo9/23/0711/18/0731042.867.082.1 1Dak Prescott2016304+38.5+62.080.2 19936-2-01734 Romo’s 2007 stretch was actually preceded by two additional excellent starts (if we included overlapping stretches, parts of ’07 would show up as three of Romo’s top four stretches), so Prescott has to keep this up for a few more games to truly match Romo’s best stretch, but through eight games, he’s right there.3It’s also worth noting that Romo’s best stretch came early in his career — his second year as starter — so Prescott’s best days could be front-loaded as well.Prescott’s no mere game manager, either. In addition to ranking highly in QBR, he also ranks highly in stats that focus more on production — meaning yards, touchdowns and first downs. According to expected points added (EPA) relative to both the league average and the replacement level, Prescott’s current eight-start run is better than all but one of Romo’s eight-game stretches — that same 2007 period mentioned above. Rather than riding his teammates’ coattails, Prescott’s play has been one of the driving forces behind a squad that ranks second in offensive EPA but only 14th in EPA on both defense and special teams. 19965-3-01662 PAA = Points above averagePAR = Points above replacementResults were filtered to remove stretches that included games contained in a higher-ranking stretch.Source: ESPN Stats & Info POINTS ABOVE… 2Andrew Luck2012399+23.3+54.467.0 YEARRECORDELO RATING Although we don’t have QBR before 2006, Prescott also has the third-highest adjusted yards per attempt of any qualified2Minimum 100 pass attempts (or about 12.5 per team game). rookie passer through his team’s first eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He trails only Mark Rypien and Dan Marino, and although those two produced their numbers in a less passer-friendly environment than today’s NFL, they also threw less than half as many passes as Prescott has. Given all that, it’s tough to find a QB in history whose career has gotten off to a faster start than Prescott’s.Prescott has played so well, in fact, that he’s put the return of incumbent Cowboys starter Tony Romo on hold — perhaps indefinitely.As a stathead, I never bought into those silly arguments that Romo isn’t clutch, or that Dallas could never win a Super Bowl with him under center. Underneath all the hot takes he attracts, Romo has been one of his generation’s finest quarterbacks and one of the most efficient passers of all time — even after adjusting for the high-octane passing environment of the modern game. In terms of individual accomplishments, Romo has few quarterbacking peers.And yet, the case can be made that Prescott’s first eight starts have been as good as any eight (consecutive) starts Romo made in his entire career. According to QBR, Romo’s best set of eight straight starts came in 2007, between Weeks 3 and 11 of the 2007 season, when Romo posted an 82.1 mark on QBR’s 0-to-100 scale while throwing to Terrell Owens. That was the sole eight-start stretch of Romo’s career that was better than the only eight NFL starts Prescott has ever made: 7Ryan Tannehill2012289+0.5+23.158.4 19927-1-01663 14Marcus Mariota2015324+5.9+31.251.6 20167-1-01595 19957-1-01723 Speaking of which, the Cowboys are also off to one of their best starts in recent memory. This is the first time Dallas has won seven of its first eight games since 2007, and only the second time since 1995, the last time the team won the Super Bowl. And the Cowboys’ current Elo rating (our pet metric for estimating a team’s strength at a given moment) through eight weeks is the third-highest it’s been since Dallas’s dynasty days of the mid-1990s.Prescott is hardly the only Cowboy having a great season. Running back Ezekiel Elliott also leads the NFL in rushing yards, helping to power the second-best rushing attack in the league according to EPA. And, given his track record and what we know about his recovery so far, Romo would likely also be successful if he were slotted into Dallas’s lineup. (Though individual football players are often so interconnected with each other that it’s difficult to predict what will happen to the team when personnel changes.)But right now, Prescott has made just about as strong a case as possible that the Cowboys should stick with him going forward. Not only has he produced one of the best-ever first halves by a rookie QB, but he has also instantly played as well as Romo ever has. Now the only question is what he has in store for the back half of Dallas’s schedule. 19974-4-01579 20096-2-01617 3Robert Griffin III2012320+18.7+43.763.6 Best Cowboys teams through 8 games by Elo Rating, 1992-2016 20077-1-01619 read more

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first_imgPuppies found covered in urine and faeces with no access to food or water The ISPCA has received over 53,000 calls in the past three years. Mar 12th 2017, 7:40 AM Warning: this story contains graphic images. A NUMBER OF puppies and dogs across Ireland have been discovered in horrific conditions by ISPCA inspectors.The ISPCA launched their 2016 Inspectorate Report this week, which outlines the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts in 2016.Six Labrador puppies and six dogs were found in a shed covered with urine and faeces in Donegal.The ISPCA visited the property following concerns reported to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline.The animals were discovered in the filthy conditions with no access to food or water, they were also suffering from internal parasites.The dogs and puppies were signed over to the ISPCA and following veterinary treatment and rehabilitation, they were all responsibly rehomed.A woman in her 50s was ordered to pay over €2,000 in veterinary costs.In Cork, an ISPCA inspector found three Jack Russell Terriers and a nursing bitch living in poor condition with no access to food or water. All of the dogs were removed from the Charleville property and were rehabilitated and rehomed following a veterinary assessment.A man in his 30s was fined €300 for obstruction of an authorised officer, while a man in his 70s was fined €200 for providing contaminated water to the three dogs and €200 for providing a false statement.Meanwhile in Wicklow, a number of six week old Jack Russell Terrier puppies with docked tails were discovered.The ISPCA visited the Ashford property following information received from a website that had flagged an advertisement of puppies for sale with suspected docked tails.The accused was obstructive and ISPCA Inspectors were forced to leave the property and return shortly after with garda assistance. However, upon return the puppies were no longer at the property and the accused refused to disclose their location.Under caution, the accused admitted that a veterinary surgeon had not been involved in the tail docking procedure.A man in his 40s was ordered by pat €625 donation to the ISPCA and €625 in state costs.Another puppy was discovered with cropped ears at a property in Bray, Wicklow. The cropping of dogs’ ears is a painful procedure for cosmetic purposes only.When an ISPCA Inspector visited the property, a man in his 20s described purchasing the American Pit Bull Terrier at a dog show in Dublin and that the seller had offered the option to have the puppy’s ears cropped.The man opted to have the ears cropped, an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.He was ordered to pay a €500 donation to the ISPCA and €1,230 in state costs.These are just some of the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts last year. The 2016 Inspectorate Report reveals that 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations where 995 animals were seized or surrendered.Read: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no water> Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 7:40 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3278926 center_img By Cliodhna Russell 18 Comments 25,718 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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first_imgA Vancouver woman who allegedly grabbed at a sheriff’s deputy’s holstered pistol during a traffic stop, causing it to fire, was acquitted of multiple assault charges after a judge found her not guilty by reason of insanity.Jessica D. Farias was facing first-degree assault with a firearm enhancement, hit-and-run injury accident, attempting to elude, three counts of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and second-degree assault. In addition to struggling with the deputy, she was accused of attempting to run down a convenience store clerk earlier that same day.Doctors for both the prosecution and defense found that Farias, 33, was suffering from a mental health problem leading up to and on the day the incidents occurred. They determined that she could not distinguish right from wrong, court records show. The doctors said she poses a “substantial danger” to the community; it’s likely she will commit other crimes that would jeopardize people’s safety, court records state.As a result, Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier ruled Jan. 5 that Farias was legally insane at the time of the crimes and committed her to Western State Hospital, according to court documents. Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said Tuesday that Farias will be assessed at the hospital and can potentially be held there for life, based on the first-degree assault charge.Several 911 callers reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2015 that a light blue Acura coupe was being driven recklessly on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue. The car reportedly drove through red lights, weaved in and out of traffic, drove in circles in the middle of the road and caused at least three separate crashes, a probable cause affidavit states. The driver was later identified by law enforcement as Farias.last_img read more

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first_imgChelsea striker Alvaro Morata has confirmed his wife Alice Campello has given birth to twins.The Chelsea striker and Italian model have decided to name the new arrivals Alessandro and Leonardo.The former Juventus star posted a photo with his wife and the twins to his Instagram page on Sunday.Alongside the image, he wrote: “And the day arrived … July 29, 2018, a day I will never forget.“The wait has been long, very long. It has been only nine months, but for us, it has been like three years.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I have no words to thank you, Alice, thank you for making me the most beautiful and incredible gift in the world.“Every day since I know you I thank God for having put you in my way, you are the cornerstone of my life.“These months you have fought like a lioness, I can not be more proud of you; nights in the hospital, dehydrated days, whole days together in bed without being able to move… but in the end the day arrived, it arrived, and everything was worth it.“Welcome to the world, Alessandro, and Leonardo.“I only ask that you have health and be happy with the love that is breathed in our house, in our family.last_img read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 15, 2019 San Diego apartment complex reopened as new affordable housing Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Commission on Monday announced a grand reopening of an apartment complex in Mountain View that is now rebranded as affordable housing.The 143-unit Town and Country Apartment complex in the predominantly low-income of neighborhood of Mountain View was renovated on an accelerated schedule. It was purchased by the San Diego Housing Commission to turn the entire complex into affordable housing for the next 55 years. There are 145 units in all, two for the on-site managers.There is also a new community center housed in a brand new building with triple the amount of space of the old center. It includes a meeting room with kitchen and a computer lab, as well as after-school programs and adult education.Housing Commission Vice President Colin Miller and Senior Vice President Emily Jacobs stopped by to discuss the project. July 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

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first_imgAmerica’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is again giving students the chance to earn a $1,500 scholarship in an ag-related field of study, with more than a half-million dollars in scholarships available. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is projecting an average of nearly 60,000 annual job openings in ag over the next year years, so there has never been a better time for students to pursue a career in our industry. That’s why we need your help to spreading the word about America’s Farmers Grow rural education.Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are available to students in 1,331 eligible counties across 41 states. High school seniors and college students can click here to learn more about the scholarship and may apply online through Feb. 1 here. The program is administered by the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarship Program, but students need not be members to apply.Farmers also play an important role in the program, as students must seek at least two endorsements from local farmers, submitted by Feb. 1. They may endorse a student application here or by calling 877-267-3332.  Scholarship recipients will be announced in the spring.Today’s students are tomorrow’s ag innovators. Join your colleagues in supporting Grow Ag Leaders and the future of our industry by promoting the program to farmers and students in rural communities. Details are available here. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which works with farmers to support local community groups, youth and schools. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, these programs have awarded more than $36 million in rural America since 2010. Learn more here.last_img read more

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first_imgWe can’t imagine Kuch Kuch Hota Hai without Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. But very few know that Rani Mukerji was not the first choice to play ‘Tina’. Karan Johar had offered the role to several top actresses, but when everyone rejected the role, K Jo took it to Rani Mukerji. And the rest, as they say, is history.From Twinkle Khanna to Aishwarya Rai, Karan had taken the script to many A –list actresses. Talking about why she rejected the role of Tina, Aishwarya had said in a Filmfare interview in 1999, “I’m in a catch-22 situation really. Though I’m a newcomer, I’m compared with all the senior actresses.””So if I’d done the film, it would have been tittered that, ‘Look, Aishwarya Rai is back to doing what she did in her modelling days—leaving her hair straight, wearing minis, and pouting glamorously into the camera.’ Ultimately, the hero goes back to the more real person. I know if I’d done Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I would have been lynched,” she added.Talking about how the beauty of some actresses didn’t work in their favour, Aishwarya had said, “Look, I can’t fight the looks I’ve been born with. If I’m blessed with good looks, so be it. But for Pete’s sake, don’t knock my hard work, my professionalism. I’m only three-films-old. I haven’t given any of my directors any reason to complain.”Well, in a way, we are glad that Aishwarya Rai rejected the part which went to a relatively new Rani Mukerji back then. Otherwise, without KKHH, we would have lost out on another gem from the industry – Rani Mukerji.last_img read more

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first_imgNikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss leadership and global challenges in a special address to students at the University of Houston.Haley was picked by President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the UN, a position she has held since January 2017. She also serves as a member of the National Security Council and as a member of Trump’s cabinet. Sharelast_img

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first_imgChris Johnson, the chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, one of the world’s oldest LGBT publications, is among those uninvited.The first Mr Johnson knew of his awol invite was over Thansgiving.“My first reaction was I assumed it must have been an oversight,” Mr Johnson told The Independent.After emailing White House officials, he was passed between numerous spokespeople, none of which could answer his question.“It is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings,” he told the newspaper, noting that he had been called on just twice in the last six months.He believes that the issue over the invite is “just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people”.April D Ryan, the White House correspondent and DC bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, who is black, was also excluded from the invite list.“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ms Ryan told the Washington Post of this year’s party.“I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”Ms Ryan had been invited for the previous 20 years.Reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico have been invited as usual.CNN, however, has opted to boycott the event this year.A spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump said: “As with Christmas parties in past administrations, this is off the record.“This is not meant to be a news event, rather, it is an opportunity for the media and their guests to enjoy a reception at the White House this Christmas season.”It’s not the first time Trump has ignored the LGBT community in recent days. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesUS President Donald Trump ignores LGBT Pride MonthPINK NEWS- President Trump gave a statement to mark World AIDS day that somehow does not feature a single mention of the LGBT community.In a signed statement on the White House website, President Trump has said: “Today, on World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in combatting this disease, and we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat.”Trump continued: “Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 76 million people around the world have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS.“As of 2014, 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. On this day, we pray for all those living with HIV, and those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.”This statement stands in comparison to President Obama’s final World AIDS Day address where he urged then President-elect Trump to maintain HIV/AIDS prevention work and highlighted the impact of HIV on the LGBT+ community.As LGBT+ people are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS, previous presidents have used their World AIDS Day proclamations as an opportunity to reach out to the LGBT community.President Obama explicitly mentioned the LGBT+ community in his 2016 statement, saying: “In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV.“Gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, black and Latino Americans, people living in the Southern United States, and people who inject drugs are at a disproportionate risk.”Unlike Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Trump did not release any policy information regarding HIV/AIDS prevention during his campaign, prompting concern about funding early on.President Trump’s failure to mention the LGBT+ community in this statement has been met with significant criticism.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Trump White House has excluded LGBT and black reporters from its annual media Christmas party.It is the first time since President George W. Bush that LGBT reporters have been left off the invite list, and the first time in 20 years that black groups have been excluded. last_img read more

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first_imgCancun, Q.R. — UPDATED: An American woman has been arrested at the Cancun International Airport after she was found carrying drugs into the country.A woman from New York has been arrested at Terminal 3 in the Cancun airport after federal authorities found her tennis shoes stuffed with bags of marijuana.The woman, who has been identified as Jenifer Lidia N, was traveling on Jet Blue from New York. Upon a search of her luggage, police found three pair of tennis shoes stuffed with plastic bags of marijuana.The American woman was placed at the disposal of the police authorities along with the marijuana.UPDATE: The State Attorney’s Office reports that after hearing the evidence against Jennifer N, she will be held in pretrial detention at a state prison. There was no word as to how long prosecutors requested to build their case.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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