first_img“From a sporting perspective we have stirred up the wasps nest, so of course there is a bit of buzzing,” quipped the Leipzig boss.Bayern are set to host Leipzig on December 21 in what is shaping up to be a pre-Christmas showdown.One big factor in Leipzig’s favour this season is that, having exited the German Cup in the first round, they are only involved in the Bundesliga.In contrast, Bayern are busy with the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup.Freiburg, who were promoted alongside RB Leipzig last season, are no pushovers at their Schwarzwald Stadium, winning four of their five home games this season.“Both teams run a lot and have good systems in place,” said Hasenhuettl. Freiburg were second-division champions last year ahead of us, that is why I expect a very difficult task. It won’t play a role that we go into this game as table leaders. Freiburg wouldn’t do anything different if we were second.”Leipzig will be without ex-Germany defender Marvin Compper, who has an ankle injury, with Greece’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos or wingback Stefan Ilsanker to deputise.Austria forward Marcel Sabitzer (head injury) and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita (foot problems) are also out.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bayern host Bayer Leverkusen today at Munich’s Allianz Arena looking to bounce back from straight defeats.Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern are “hunting” Leipzig – music to the ears of RB coach Ralph Hasenhuettl.last_img read more

first_imgThe Clippers were 12-5 ahead of Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Orlando Magic and had won five consecutive games. Their record was good enough for seventh in the standings. If they were the East, they’d be in second.Paul is in his 10th season, all in the West. He agreed this could be the toughest the conference has been during his time in the league.“Maybe, I guess time will tell,” he said. “My third year in the league was pretty crazy. That’s when Houston won 20-some games in a row, and they might have only moved up two spots (in the standings).”Houston won 22 games in a row during the 2007-08 campaign. The Rockets finished fifth in the conference standings.Bottom line is, the West being so tough makes its teams realize that they have to be at the top of their game, night in and night out. Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan both appeared a bit stunned Wednesday morning when told that the top eight teams in the Western Conference had won a combined 36 consecutive games heading into action that night.“I didn’t know that,” said Paul, point guard for the Clippers. “But it’s tough, man. The West is tough.”“Yeah, that’s nuts,” said Jordan, the Clippers’ 6-foot-11 post. “It shows everybody is starting to hit their stride a little bit.”Memphis and Golden State were tied atop the conference at 15-2. Memphis had won five in a row, Golden State 10. “Yeah, we know that for sure,” Paul said at the morning shootaround. “We knew that last year … so tonight’s a big game for us. Every night is; you can’t afford to take nights off.”Jordan echoed that sentiment.“Everybody in the West is playing great,” he said. “Some teams have some injuries, so you know they’re going to be a lot better. But I feel like we’re playing well as of late. We’ve just gotta keep it going.”Coach chimes inClippers coach Doc Rivers also realizes that a mental lapse or two could cost his team positions in the standings and, for the playoffs, that’s huge. But he also knows that, like it or not, they are going to happen.“You’re going to have them,” he said, “so you just don’t want to have as many as the other teams, I guess. Listen, no one’s going to be perfect. There are going to be games you’re going to regret, you know that going into it. But in the West, it could cost you. … But I guarantee you that team that is in front or behind, they had a couple of them, too, you know what I’m saying?“I think the way it’s going, it’s going to be that close. You could be a 2 seed or an 8 seed and it could be a one-win difference and that’s just the way it may be and that’s fine.”Rivers was queried as to whether he finds that scary or exciting.“That’s scary,” he said. “I don’t see anything exciting about that.” At No. 7, the Clippers were three games behind Memphis and Golden State.Praise for JordanPaul was asked to talk about what Jordan is doing for the team this season. Jordan is averaging 11.6 rebounds and 2.35 blocks. Paul said it’s more than that.“He does all the things for us on any given night that don’t show up on the stat sheets,” he said. “I think he’s the most athletic center to ever play the game. There are not too many people that athletic that are that big at that height, so it’s a luxury for us.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgWEST LONG BRANCH –  On Thursday, February 9 at 1 p.m. in the Club Dining Room, Magill Commons, Negro League Baseball expert Larry Hogan will present  “Before You Can Say ‘Jackie Robinson’: Black Baseball in America & NJ in the Era of the Color Line.”   Mr. Hogan will be accompanied by two former Negro League baseball players Mr. Robert Scott and Mr. Pedro Sierra.  Mr. Hogan was on the MLB Hall of Fame committee that voted on the recent induction of Black ballplayers.  He is the author of the definitive book on Black baseball “Shades of Glory.” Mr. Scott was a strong right-handed pitcher whose baseball career spanned from 1941 to 1955. Mr. Sierra had a twenty-two year career that began in 1954, when he left Cuba as a 16-year-old to play for the Indianapolis Clowns in the Negro League and included two stints in the Washington Senators’ system. He left baseball in 1976 and worked for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Recreation for 25 years. The event is sponsored by Monmouth University’s Office of Affirmative Action & Human Relations.For additional information on Black History Month at Monmouth University, call 732-571-3526.last_img read more

first_img(L-r) Assistant Registrar General Clifford Robinson and Registrar General, Prince Decker, The Assistant Registrar General for Copyright, Clifford Robinson, has been accused of attempting to forcefully take over as the acting director general of the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO). But Robinson has refuted the claim.“It’s a lie,” he told the Daily Observer.The agency’s director general, Atty. Roosevelt Gould and his two principal deputies, K. Rufus Moore and Fanta Barclay lost their jobs after the Executive Mansion issued a release relieving the heads of ministries and agencies, and ordering the human resource directors to run the affairs of such entities until new heads are appointed.The allegation against Robinson was corroborated by Ernest C. B. Bruce and K. Rufus Moore, board chairman and former deputy director general for industrial property, respectively. They said on Tuesday and Wednesday, Robinson took about six men with him to the office informing the staff that he was now the acting director general of the agency.They said he did not show any letter of appointment from the Joint Presidential Transitional Team (JPTT).“His attitude is deeply disturbing and has caused confusion among the staff. When I approached him about it, Robinson told me that he is not obligated to report to me and if I need clarity, I should call the president,” Bruce explained.But Robinson told the Daily Observer that the allegation against him is false and misleading and is intended to tarnish his reputation.“This is a CDC government, and no one should question the decision. These people are afraid that I’m qualified and may be appointed to the position by the government. I did not take anyone to the agency’s headquarters in an attempt to install myself as its new head. I have worked at the agency and know the line of succession,” said Robinson.However, Prince Decker, the registrar general of LIPO who, per agency leadership structure, is the acting director general, said Robinson attempted to impose himself as the agency’s head.“We have not received any communication from the Joint Presidential Transitional Team appointing him as the acting director general for the agency. Until then, he remains in his position as Assistant Registrar and Registrar General,” Decker said. “I’ve instructed the staff not to take instructions from him and the public not to do business with him.”Decker added that if Robinson is appointed as director general by the President, the staff will welcome him with open arms.“Mr. Robinson’s act is not only uncivilized, but also unspeakable; it’s disgusting. I am sick in my stomach to hear of such behavior in this modern day and age,” Decker added.Meanwhile, Fanta Barclay, director general for copyright, said she is shocked to hear that Robinson tried to impose himself as the head of the agency.“While I was at the office on Tuesday, I saw him entering the building with a few people. But I don’t know what happened at the end since I left earlier,” she said.LIPO is the agency that formulates policies on intellectual property rights and/or intellectual property regulations and grants applications for patents, including utility models, copyright/related rights, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications and layout-designs (topographies) of integrated circuits, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMagic tree air fresheners, old spice aftershave, the whiff of Brylcreem from my father on a Sunday morning.Pioneer radios and supper tickets for Bella’s nightclub in the Golden Grill. Advertisement All memories of touring around when I first started to drive.You will always remember your first car, the first one you got on the road, especially if it was a car you grew up with.It also can spark the memories recalling other things other than driving that were in your life at that time.The transformation of growing up, from sitting in as a passenger daydreaming of the day you drive the car on the road by yourself for the first time. Advertisement My father owned an old Hillman Avenger. He bought it second-hand from the late JJ Reid. It was yellow with a black vinyl roof.A photo out our very young motoring columnist Brian Mc Daid with his father’s old Hillman Avenger in the background.Picture by the Late Fred McDaid.They were quite trendy in Letterkenny back then because the Hillman Avenger also made a good club man rally car.Our car was four years old when we bought it with a 1974 Donegal registration, WIH 211.The late Eamon Harvey’s latest rally car back then was also a Hillman Avenger, a green one, two doors with a 1973 Donegal registration of UIH 131.While I was getting on the road complete with my ‘L’ plate front and rear back then two young up and coming local lads were teaming up to build their own rally car from a bare shell up.It came to Donegal with a Dublin number plate from 1970, 799 RI was a four-door Avenger. All them years ago we didn’t know it but we were watching history in the making. Looking on in the Church Lane to see if the lights were on late at Caddye’s garage and find any excuse in to see the white rally car taking shape.A four-door family car transforming from a bare white shell to a rally car in a tin shed on the church lane in Letterkenny.Back of the fieldThem young hopefuls received an entry seeded at 112 on the road, then started the 1979 Donegal Rally on a Friday morning, and over the weekend, passing nearly everybody to finish 100 places up in 12th overall on Sunday evening at the finish ramp and first in their class. The local boys, and now heroes, were on their very first Donegal Rally.Over the following decades between them, they went on to win the Donegal Rally no less than six times outright in their separate career paths.The mighty Hillman Avenger in the hands of James Cullen and Rory Kennedy in their first ever Donegal International RallyThat young Letterkenny crew were of course driver James Cullen and his navigator Rory Kennedy.With a car prepared by Danny Caddye and Sons, they proved what could be achieved with a little bit of belief and a huge amount of talent.“And make no mistake about it,” as the late Danny Caddye would say.Mystery AvengerWinding the clock on to the present day and while trying to restore some old rally photos this week, I came across a picture of a Donegal registered Hillman Avenger VIH 330 rally car that I had never seen before.My nose was out of joint because I thought I knew all the Avenger rally cars in Donegal back in the 70s and 80’s as they were passed from driver to driver, but this was the first time I had ever seen this one.The driver was the late Derek Mc Mahon, he is pictured in it on ‘The Tour of Britain’. I’m guessing it was a 1600GT version by the half vinyl roof, proudly promoting Mc Mahon Bros, Letterkenny on its back quarter panels complete with bog standard steel wheels.The late Derek and Anne McMahon pictured with one of their sons Arthur. Photo Brian McDaid.Derek rallied many cars over the years all were well known from Stilettos, Renault Gordni, BMW, RS2000, Series 7 Avengers and Sunbeams all well known in the rally circles but this Series 6 version has mystified a lot even some of the mechanics that worked and prepared his car over the years.After spending the bank holiday Monday this week trying to find out anything about this car, I felt a bit better because no one else seemed to know about this car either.A train of thought was that this Donegal car might never have competed in Donegal, and might only have competed in England where Derek ran a motorsport team, ‘Derek Mc Mahon Racing’.Derek may have proudly registered the car in his native Donegal, a county “Big D” as he affectionally called it and was very proud to be from.All WinnersIf we drew a blank this week in trying to find out the history on this ‘Tour of Britain’ classic Avenger, I hit the jackpot with a chance conversation with Arthur McMahon, a son of the late Derek McMahon, when I showed him a picture of our old Hillman Avenger parked up at the back of our house.My brother Nelius stood at the wheel with a head full of curly hair and my father, Fred, also known as ‘Big Fred’ alongside our dog, Rover, giving him a paw.Our old family car in the 70’s a Hillman Avenger, which started out life at the top prize in the Letterkenny Golf Club Prize, which was won by Anne Mc Mahon in 1974. Photo Brian McDaidLooking at the faded photo and spotting the number plate Arthur asked was the car yellow with a black vinyl roof.I was to find out that even my fathers old Hillman Avenger was also a winner in its day.WIH 211 came out of Mc Mahon Bros brand new and was transported to the Golf Club in Letterkenny as the top sponsored top prize in the Barnhill Golf Club Members draw in 1974.A rare glimpse of this Donegal’s registered Avenger competing on the Tour of Britain with Derek Mc Mahon behind the wheel.Arthur remembers the car so well because it was his mother the late Ann McMahon who landed home with it after her name was drawn out of the hat in the clubhouse draw and she was the winner of the car.So, what ended up as our run about family car, and the car that I so fondly started on the road in, was also the family runabout in the McMahon family in the years before it made it way to the McDaids.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Avengers assemble was last modified: June 6th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCorning >> It’s been more than five years since the Corning Cardinals football team beat its neighbor and rival Orland Trojans and Friday night they were due.It took every second of the game, but the Cardinals didn’t disappoint the home crowd, taking 27-25 win on a Junior Gonzalez field goal at time ran out. The team rushed the field and mobbed Gonzalez at midfield as the grandstands roared.“They’ve been really strong but our kids battled hard,” said coach John Studer after the win. “It’s not …last_img read more

first_imgThe use of seat belts has improved substantially among bus and truck drivers after the new law on traffic violations came into force, according to a survey conducted by NGO Save Life Foundation.The study was conducted at different sites in two States — at Burari, Bhalswa and Mukundpur in Delhi and Mumbai Pune Expressway and Old Mumbai Pune Highway in Maharashtra. As many as 1,190 vehicles were observed before the implementation of the Act on August 29 and on September 11 a total of 1,294 vehicles were monitored after the rules came into effect.80.5% increaseThe findings show that in Delhi there was an 80.5% increase in use of seat belts by bus drivers with 88% of them wearing seatbelts after the implementation of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, whereas only 7.5% wore them earlier. Similarly, the use of seatbelts among bus drivers in Mumbai went up by 26%, with 50% of those monitored wearing them instead of a mere 26.5% earlier. About 120 buses were monitored in Delhi and 108 in Mumbai before the study and after the study 105 were observed in Delhi and 110 in Mumbai.There is a remarkable improvement among truck drivers, too, with 27.7% increase in their use in Delhi and 21% in Mumbai. A total of 92 trucks before the new rules and 105 trucks after were observed in Delhi, where 127 trucks were monitored before and after implementation of the rules.Light motor vehiclesSeat belt compliance improved by 17.8% for light motor vehicles in Delhi, while for Mumbai it improved by 1 percentage point.As per the amended Act, the fine for not wearing seat belts has increased from ₹100-₹300 to ₹1,000 with effect from September 1.These findings for heavy vehicles stood out among other offences which were monitored including non-usage of helmets, not providing passage to emergency vehicles, load protrusion and overloading for two-wheelers, buses, trucks and light motor vehicles.According to government data on road accidents for 2017, trucks (along with tempos and tractors) and buses together accounted for nearly 27% of crashes or 1,24,000 of the total 4,60,000 accidents.While seat belts don’t avert accidents, their use helps in mitigating fatalities and serious injuries. According to a forensic examination of 500 crashes conducted by the Road Safety Foundation, nearly 33% of deaths were caused due to seat belts not being worn by road users.last_img read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– NE61NE66NE+0.1– In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– Source: Pro-football-reference.com Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– DET63DET59CAR+2.6– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more