Student expelled in Bihar for terming college staff ‘anti-national’ on Facebook

first_imgA student of the Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalay (MVM) here was expelled for one year after she termed its teaching staff as “anti-nationals” in her Facebook post. The post was uploaded after MVM authorities denied permission to hold a programme at the college auditorium marking the death of revolutionary Bhagat Singh. Officials said that Asma Khan, a member of the Bhagat Kranti Dal and second year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) student, was removed from the institute for a period of one year after she uploaded the social media post.College principal Niraj Agnihotri said the decision to expel Ms. Khan was taken by the college’s staff council.“She should either withdraw this post or submit an apology for such a comment. It is not acceptable. She also said that the college was patronising anti-national activities,” Mr. Agnihotri said. He added that instead of apologising, Mr. Khan had brought a lawyer and some supporters to “pressurise” the college management.“The student’s post went viral on social media. We are not against such events but the college auditorium had been engaged till March 20 for a training programme being conducted by the government. Moreover, there was a possibility that the duration of the training programme could be extended,” he said. He said the group could have conducted the programme in any other part of the college campus. Mr. Khan, meanwhile, expressed dismay at the college’s action and called it hasty. “It is surprising that the college authorities decided to rusticate me for one year on the basis of a Facebook post without issuing me a show-cause notice or following set procedures,” she said. She alleged that the action against her was taken under pressure from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which she claimed was out to “spoil” every activity of the BKD. She said that the post, which was uploaded on March 19, was deleted immediately. “The post didn’t name any person. My rights are being ignored,” she claimed.last_img read more

Punjab plans ordinance route for CM’s advisers

first_imgAmid the ongoing controversy over the appointment of six Minister-rank advisers to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, the Punjab government on Thursday decided to bring in an ordinance to exclude adviser (political and planning) from the ambit of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held at Dera Baba Nanak that was presided over by the Chief Minister.No disqualificationAn official statement said the ordinance will amend the law to add these posts to the list of posts that are not considered office of profit for the purpose of disqualification of MLAs. With the amendment, these MLAs will not be disqualified.The Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952, had been enacted in terms of Article 191 of the Constitution, to declare certain offices of profit as not disqualifying the holders of such office from being members of the State legislature.“Enacted in 1952, the Act has undergone minor amendments from time to time. However, such amendments have not taken into account the complexity of modern day governance. Further, these amendments to the said Act have not taken into account the reports and studies of various parliamentary committees which addressed the issue of office of profit. Therefore, the Cabinet felt the need to amend Section 2 of the Punjab State Legislature (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1952,” said the statement.The Cabinet also authorised the Punjab Governor to approve and recommend the draft ordinance for promulgation, said the statement.Six advisersThe Punjab government had earlier this month appointed six Minister-rank advisers to the Chief Minister. Five Congress MLAs were given the status of Cabinet Ministers while the sixth was given the rank and status of a Minister of State.last_img read more

Rene Catalan gets chance to bring gold medal for PH anew in SEA Games

first_imgPDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catalan assured that his decision to represent the country won’t serve as a stumbling block to his journey to a ONE world title.ONE has always been supportive of their athletes’ dreams of representing their country and Catalan’s case is no exception.“I had to ask the authorities regarding this decision. I can still accept a fight until October before I turn my focus to the SEA Games,” Catalan said. “They granted my request because I am ready from August to October, and then the competitions would only run ‘til December.”“Now that I have this chance to give a gold medal to the Philippines again, I can’t really say no.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarangani joins MPBL MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catalan’s stint with the wushu national team ended prematurely after he was forced to retire and give way to younger athletes despite being in his prime years at that time.That’s why he just can’t wait to show that he still has a lot left in him.“I was just starting in wushu back then. I had dreams of becoming a ten-time wushu champion and to bring home numerous gold medals to the Philippines, but I had no other choice because they’re the authority (the Wushu Federation of the Philippines),” he said.“I felt bad. I was in the peak of my powers, but they forced me to retire from the wushu team. They were seeing how much I sacrificed, but it fell on deaf ears.”As for his flourishing MMA career, Catalan is on a six-fight winning streak after scoring a first-round stoppage of Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor two months ago.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonycenter_img View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Opportunities keep knocking on Rene Catalan’s door.On his way to getting a world title shot in ONE Championship, Catalan is also set to represent the Philippines anew in the Southeast Asian Games in November.ADVERTISEMENT The 40-year-old Catalan look to add more SEA Games medals more than a decade since earning his last in 2005 when he took home the gold in wushu.Only this time, Catalan will be competing in a different sport of combat sambo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s been 14 years. I am just so happy to be given the opportunity to represent the Philippines once again,” he said.“Ever since I was a kid, my main goal has always been to give honor to my country. Now I have another opportunity to bring home a gold medal to the Philippines.” Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Emraan Hashmi has replicated me very, very closely in Azhar: Mohammad Azharuddin

first_imgFormer India captain Mohammad Azharuddin said he was happy with the way ‘Azhar’, a biopic on his life, has taken shape. The movie opened to mixed reviews on Friday across India. (Read review) Based on Azharuddin’s controversial career, ‘Azhar’ looks at the match-fixing issue that plagued the legendary batsman from Hyderabad and his rags-to-riches story.Bollywood star Emraan Hashmi, who plays the role of Azhar in the movie, drew rave reviews from the former cricketer.”Emraan did a very good job. He is a thorough professional. He has come very, very close to replicate my mannerism.  He has imbibed my style by watching my videos,” Azharuddin told India Today.  (Also read: Mohammed Azharuddin downplays ex-wife Sangeeta Bijlani’s concerns) “He posed a hundred questions before the shoot. I felt it was easier to score a century than answer his 100 questions. I coached for more than three months – he was under me.”He was willing to understand, he was willing to learn. Anybody else in his place would have found it very tough. I am happy he worked hard for this role,” he said.Azhar said he got good reviews after the movie and lauded the duirector Tony D’Souza for a commendable job.”I am very happy with the way the film has taken shape. The director has really worked hard and the result will show. The actors Emraan, Nargis Fakhri (Sangeeta) and Prachi Desai (Naureen) have put in a lot of work. They got into the roles and have been professional in their approach,” Azhar said.advertisementAzhar was accused of fixing matches soon after South Africa’s tour of India back in 2000 and banned for life by the BCCI. He played 99 Test matches and 334 one-day internationals in a sparkling career that started with three back-to-back hundreds in his first three matches.Azharuddin was one also one of India’s most accomplished captains and is considered to be among the greatest fielders the country has ever produced.last_img read more

Olympiakos Gives Mitroglou 1M Euros

first_imgWith their prize striker being eyed by English Premier League clubs, the Greek soccer team Olympiakos kept star striker Kostas Mitroglou in the fold – by increasing his contract from 600,000 euros ($820,000) to one million euros ($1.37 million) that should keep him with the team for several more years.Mitroglou, 25, is the star of the national team as well and has become a hot prospect with his scoring ability in a sport where they aren’t many. He has scored 21 goals this year for Olympiakos and Greece.He had an eight million euros ($10.94 million) release clause but the new contract has no ceiling which means the team could demand an exorbitant amount from other clubs if they want to sign him away.Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal, all with deep pockets were all chasing Mitroglou, who has become a fan favorite with his flamboyant style and tatooed personage. The contract extension is for one year and takes him into 2017 if he stays.“I’m really happy that I renew once again with the team that belongs in my heart,” said Mitroglou, Eurosport reported.“I want to thank the club and the President Vangelis Marinakis who have always believed in me even at times when my career was not progressing as I dreamed. I will give everything in training and in matches to try and make our fans happy,” he said.“Olympiakos is a family and we all struggle for the red and white. We are all proud of this team and we will give everything to produce more glory the club,” he added.Olympiakos is atop the Greek Super League with a big 10-point advantage over teams scrambling to catch up and prevent the Reds from winning a fourth consecutive regular season title.It has also made the final 16 of the European Champions League against perennial powerhouse Manchester United.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgIndia are slated to play the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday after comprehensively beating Sri Lanka in their last group match in Leeds on Saturday. While openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struck twin centuries, it was fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah whose spell of 10-2-37-2 during the Sri Lankan innings ensured India never lost control of the game.Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking exclusively to India Today on Sunday heaped praise on Bumrah when he said that the bowler’s contribution to the team is at par with that of Rohit Sharma.When asked whether India should have a plan ready if and when Bumrah doesn’t fire like he is used to, Sachin said that he isn’t worried at all about such a scenario.”I wouldn’t want to worry about his off-day. I am glad that when he bowled against Sri Lanka, it was, for a change his lucky day. Because he’s been bowling so well but not getting as many wickets and I was really happy for him that he picked wickets. Even if he wasn’t getting wickets, he didn’t get rattled. He knew what his contribution to the team is to get all the way to the semis. I think he is one of our major contributors, just like Rohit,” said Tendulkar.Bumrah is currently leading the wickets tally for India at the World Cup 2019 with 17 wickets from 8 matches and is tied on the overall list at 3rd place with New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson who also has taken the same number of wickets. Only Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh lie ahead of Bumrah on the list of highest wicket-takers during World Cup 2019.advertisementBumrah’s economy of 4.48 is the best amongst the top-20 wicket-takers in the tournament and he also holds the distinction of bowling the most number of maidens (8) – a record he currently shares with England’s Jofra Archer.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s batting is poetry in motion, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Pressure will be a constant companion: Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India-New Zealand semi-finallast_img read more

Barcelona approve historic €897m budget

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona approve historic Neymar-funded €897m budget Patric Ridge Last updated 2 years ago 20:39 10/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Barcelona - cropped Twitter (@FCBarcelona) Barcelona Primera División Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club have no plans to leave La Liga following the approval of a record budget Barcelona have approved their largest ever budget of €897 million for 2017-18, following a record revenue in 2016-17.The Liga giants’ earnings of €708m for 2016-17 were presented at the club’s General Assembly on Saturday, with club members then approving next year’s record budget with 391 votes for and 49 against.Barcelona -3 19/20 v Malaga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The huge revenues included the €188m received after tax from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar in a record-breaking move. It is the first time Barca have surpassed the €700m barrier in terms of revenue for a fiscal year, and the club have now accumulated a profit of €175m since 2010.Barca plan to have earned €1billion in revenues by 2021, though that strategy could be threatened by the political unrest in Spain following the Catalan independence referendum.Regardless of how the political situation is resolved, however, Barca have no plans to leave La Liga, with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisting a place in Spain’s top-flight is key to continuing their financial development.A summary of the statement of accounts for FC Barcelona’s 2016/17 season #FCBlive pic.twitter.com/xB3s400k69— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 21, 2017″Barca is more than a club and it must be a place of concurrence and respect,” Bartomeu told the assembly. “You must respect all, minorities and majorities, think about how you think.”Barca will not be manipulated by political interests, or where they came from. We want to continue playing in the League and our participation is guaranteed.”The viability of both institutions goes on.”last_img read more

Jamaica Boasts Most Seamless Airport System in Region – Tourism Minister

first_imgStory Highlights Addressing business interests and tourism stakeholders at the unveiling of 20 automated kiosks at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, on December 16, Mr. Bartlett said the new machines will ensure that visitors are processed “in the quickest time possible”. “The point of arrival is always that moment of truth, and these kiosks will ensure better facilitation and seamlessness for the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected for this winter tourist season and beyond,” the Minister explained. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica now boasts the most “seamless” airport system in the region. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica now boasts the most “seamless” airport system in the region.Addressing business interests and tourism stakeholders at the unveiling of 20 automated kiosks at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, on December 16, Mr. Bartlett said the new machines will ensure that visitors are processed “in the quickest time possible”.“The point of arrival is always that moment of truth, and these kiosks will ensure better facilitation and seamlessness for the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected for this winter tourist season and beyond,” the Minister explained.“This is the start of the traditional high season, which we expect to be a record-breaking winter season. One of the reasons for this record growth comes from the fact that we have 120,000 new seats from destinations around the world, 89,000 of which are from our main source market, the United States,” he noted.Cabinet, in July, signed off on US$1.3 million to acquire additional automated border-control kiosks to be used at the island’s two major international airports.The aim, Mr. Bartlett said, is to have world-class tools to significantly reduce the processing of passengers traversing through the Sangster International Airport and also at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.The kiosk project, he added, involves a partnership with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), through the Ministry of National Security, to reduce congestion at Immigration and Customs during peak periods.In the meantime, Mr. Bartlett said the United States market continues to over-perform, accounting for 65 per cent of Jamaica’s stopover arrivals and 15 per cent of cruise arrivals, totaling 80 per cent.“So, if we grow phenomenally from our main source market, growth will be secured. So this winter season we are expecting growth in the region of five per cent, and we are excited about that,” the Minister argued.“Air connectivity is another major strategy we have in our arsenal. We have also been aggressively pursuing new markets and gateways and today we have received the latest flight out of Canada, the inaugural Swoop Airlines out of Hamilton, which saw a full flight of 196 passengers. This will help us to grow our Canadian market and add to the many other air connectivity arrangements that have come on stream recently,” he added.Mr. Bartlett said that Eastern Europe is also emerging as a major market for Jamaica, noting that the numbers have been nothing short of phenomenal.“Croatia and Russia have been looking real good, and there are some other Eastern bloc countries that are slowly coming to fruition. We are on track to have another record-breaking year,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Sir Roger Moore Attends James Bond Auction For Charity

first_imgAn auction held at Christie’s to celebrate 50 years of James Bond has raised £723,600 for UNICEF.The event was one of many held on Global James Bond Day, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of the screening of Dr No.It was a star-studded night with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore in attendance. The screen legend acted as a celebrity auctioneer on the night alongside David Walliams and Dame Judi Dench, and expressed his delight about the incredible amount of money raised.“I am quite simply over the moon,” Sir Roger said. “UNICEF is a charity very close to my heart and knowing that these funds will help protect and support more vulnerable children across the world makes me extremely happy.”Bids for the 007 memorabilia came from every corner of the world. Lot highlights included Daniel Craig’s swimming trunks and the score from the latest Bond movie Skyfall.By the end of the night every lot was sold and the proceeds, which totaled £1,641,350, were shared between 12 charities including UNICEF, Art Fund, Women for Women International, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, the Science Museum, Barnardo’s, the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, First Light, Parkinson’s UK, ORBIS, Tickets For Troops, and ChildLine.Sir Roger added: “I give my sincere thanks to everyone who helped organize the auction, and of course the fans who bid with such generosity.”Source:UNICEF UKlast_img read more

Silver Spitfire fighter plane visits Fort St John as part of World Expedition

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Regional Airport welcomed a special visitor on Thursday, September 5, to Fort St. John.As part of an expedition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force, a newly restored British Silver Spitfire fighter plane from the Second World War landed in Fort St. John.The Mk IX Spitfire is being flown by British Pilots and is en route to Alaska after having left Britain five weeks ago. As of Friday, the Spitfire is 6,450 miles into its 27,000-mile four-month expedition of flying around the world.According to expedition organizers, the Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was built in 1943 and was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after World War II.To follow the Spitfire’s expedition, you can visit silverspitfire.com.last_img read more

UNbacked tribunal processing over 500 Khmer Rouge victims complaints

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), which has been operational since July 2006, received most of these complaints since last October.Most of them come from people who have been aware of their right to take part in the Court’s process through the efforts of civil society organizations.“Information received from victims is crucial to our success,” said Robert Petit, one of the ECCC’s co-prosecutors. “The Court is lucky that so many people have come forward and submitted complaints, because it gives us a lot of information to work with.”The complaints have all been scanned, processed and analyzed, and will be sent to the Co-Investigating Judges for use in their current investigations.Co-Prosecutors will determine whether the complaints warrant new investigations.Where information is missing in the complaints, the Court will contact those who submitted them to fill in the gaps. Currently, one-fifth of the more than 500 complaints are lacking some key information.“The ECCC is the first court in the history of international criminal law to offer victims full participation in the proceedings, and everyone at the Court is working hard to ensure that this participation is meaningful for them,” said Gabriela Gonzalez Rivas, the Deputy Head of the Victims Unit.She added that it is crucial that the ECCC give each complaint the “careful, individual attention it deserves.”Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. 7 February 2008The United Nations-backed tribunal trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes is currently processing and responding to more than 500 complaints submitted by Cambodians on crimes which took place three decades ago. read more

DR Congo UN peacekeepers prevent rebel advances in volatile North Kivu

Blue helmets fired warning shots this morning to armed militiamen from the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) in the vicinity of the town of Nyanzale, according to a press release from the UN mission to the DRC, known as MONUC.The warning shots were aimed at preventing further movements of CNDP elements in the Rutshuru area, especially in the town of Kikuku, MONUC reported. This area is about 65 kilometres north of Goma, the provincial capital.On Saturday, CNDP troops retreated from their positions in Nyanzale – which had been previously occupied by the Congolese army (known as FARDC) – after MONUC exerted a strong military presence in the area and demanded the militia withdraw.MONUC said the advance on Nyanzale by CNDP forces was a flagrant breach of the Acts of Engagement of Goma, of which the militia was a signatory in January.Noting the fragile security situation in North Kivu, the mission urged all signatories to the Goma deal to return immediately to the process of disengagement from fighting. The province has recently endured some of the worst violence in nearly a year. 8 September 2008United Nations peacekeepers today stepped up their efforts to prevent a militia operating in the far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from taking a key town in North Kivu province, the scene of renewed deadly fighting between Government forces and rebels. read more

At Sierra Leone forum UN mission chief stresses importance of collective goals

Speaking at the opening of the National Consultative Conference on Peace and Democracy, Oluyemi Adeniji said the success of the Conference “depends not only on the range of constituencies involved, but also the extent to which the conference is focused, as well as by the civility of the exchanges the conference generates.” Such a conference will be judged by the seeds it leaves behind for the germination of democratic values, he told the participants of the three-day meeting, among them representatives of the Government, political parties and civil society groups. Reviewing the history and the current status of the peace process, Mr. Adeniji noted that the completion of the disarmament exercise would facilitate the extension of Government authority and the deployment of the Sierra Leone Police throughout the country. He said that the presence of UNAMSIL, as the UN mission is known, had created an environment that facilitated the convening of national consultations on the country’s political future.Mr. Adeniji told the gathering that UNAMSIL would continue to offer its assistance as the country moved from the military aspects of the peace process to the political realm – especially those geared towards the consolidation of democracy – and that the Security Council and ECOWAS would feel comfortable if they were assured that their assistance was rooted in a national consensus.In other news, UNAMSIL’s Force Commander Lt. Gen. Daniel Opande yesterday witnessed the final phase of disarmament in the central town of Magburaka, in Tonkolili District, where several combatants of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) handed over their weapons – AK-47s, rifles, and self-loading machine-guns – to UN peacekeepers. read more

Robert Griffin III Dominates Michael VickLess Eagles

Robert Griffin III looked forward to playing opposite the Philadelphia Eagles’ Michael Vick on Sunday. But a concussion kept Philly’s quarterback sidelined. Vick had to be impressed with what he saw in Griffin, though, who played virtually a perfect game in leading the Washington Redskins to a rare easy win, 31-6.Griffin was 14-f0r-15 passing for 200 yards and a career-high four touchdowns for a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. Griffin also rushed for 84 yards.The newly appointed rookie captain had touchdown passes to of 6 yards to fullback Darrel Young, 49 yards to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, 61 yards to wideout Santana Moss and 17 yards to tight end Logan Paulsen.The Redskins, coming off their bye week, ended their losing streak at three games and improved their record to 4-6. In the oh-so-forgiving NFC East, that’s good enough for them to be two games behind the idle New York Giants and a game behind the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins play a Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas.It was the Redskins’ largest margin of victory under their third-year coach, Mike Shanahan. Their most lopsided win under Shanahan previously had been 14 points.The last-place Eagles (3-7) extended to six the longest losing streak of coach Andy Reid’s 16-year tenure in Philadelphia. With Vick concussed, rookie starter Foles did nothing to secure the position. He looked lost most of the time and threw a pair of early interceptions and led the Eagles to only a pair of field goals. Tailback LeSean McCoy lost a fumble in the final seconds of the first half to set up a Redskins a field goal that gave Washington a 17-3 halftime lead.Cornerback DeAngelo Hall and safety Brandon Meriweather had the Redskins’ interceptions, but Meriweather, playing his first game this season, also suffered what the team called a sprained right knee.The Redskins go to Dallas for a Thanksgiving Day match that pits bitter rivals trying to move up the NFC East and earn a playoff spot. read more

How Randall Cunningham Taught NFL Quarterbacks To Fly

4Michael Vick2002679218330 27Greg Landry1971861113200 9Steve Young19921,737142263 20Kordell Stewart2001610132217 5Michael Vick2010860202327 23Colin Kaepernick2013803125216 Embed Code 10Greg Landry1972547167256 26Donovan McNabb2000232178201 In the latest installment in our documentary podcast series Ahead Of Their Time, we examine how Cunningham frustrated defenses not only with his speed and agility but also with his ability to throw the ball. It was a combination of skills that no quarterback had ever really possessed before, and it helped Cunningham transform the way people thought about the game’s most glamorous position. 3Russell Wilson2014659225335 2Robert Griffin III2012847218347 8Cam Newton2015633169266 28Russell Wilson2012952111199 Scan a list of the NFL’s best quarterbacks nowadays, and you’ll find names such as Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Tyrod Taylor and even that of rookie sensation Dak Prescott — dynamic passers who can run the ball, too. The question of whether a team can succeed with that kind of dual threat under center has basically been settled in today’s game; such a QB has led his team to the Super Bowl in each of the past four seasons.1Colin Kaepernick did it in 2012; ditto Wilson in 2013 and 2014, and Newton in 2015. And no five-year period in modern NFL history2Going back to the start of the Super Bowl in the 1966 season. has seen quarterbacks gain more rushing yards per game than they have over the past five seasons. The golden age for mobile passers is right now.In the not-too-distant past, a quarterback was supposed to stay in the pocket, survey the field and make the throw — not take off and run. Not only was rushing mostly absent from the job description, it was often seen as a bad habit that needed to be discouraged. But Randall Cunningham helped change all that when he took the NFL by storm in the mid-1980s. 17Steve Grogan1978484146224 16Michael Vick2011593140226 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 12Daunte Culpepper20001,558129239 Greatest dual-threat QB seasons, 1966-2016 13Kordell Stewart1997422159231 14Rich Gannon2000947129227 1Randall Cunningham1990750249374 6Cam Newton2011512224311 7Cam Newton2012608195295 18Steve McNair1998450149224 25Donovan McNabb2002419141211 YARDS ABOVE BACKUP 21Randall Cunningham1992445144217 22Tyrod Taylor2015682129217 More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine After flashing abilities as a passer, runner and punter at UNLV, Cunningham was selected in the second round of the 1985 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. And almost immediately, his unique skill set grabbed his teammates’ attention.“You knew there was something special about Randall,” former Eagles defensive back Eric Allen said. “[He was] extremely athletic, played with a great sense of self, understood that he was good, understood that he could do a lot of things that other quarterbacks in the game could not do, and he had a great deal of confidence.”Despite his talent, Cunningham sat behind Ron Jaworski, a more traditional dropback passer, for most of his first two NFL seasons. But he became Philly’s starter after Jaworski was hurt late in the 1986 season — and the Eagles’ iconoclastic coach, Buddy Ryan, soon let Cunningham loose as the game’s first true dual-threat QB.“Buddy Ryan allowed me to be the player he believed I could be,” Cunningham told me. “He saw something in me and gave me an opportunity to flourish as an athlete, and not just a quarterback, but to really take it to a whole other level.”Cunningham wasn’t the first mobile QB in NFL history. Before 1986, six quarterbacks had put up 500 or more rushing yards in a season; in 1972 alone, two of them — Bobby Douglass of the Chicago Bears and Greg Landry of the Detroit Lions — combined for a whopping 1,492 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Those were the two best pre-Randall QB rushing seasons according to my yards above backup QB (YABQ) metric, which assigns a value to a quarterback’s passing and rushing statistics in a way similar to Football Outsiders’ yards above replacement (and can also be calculated throughout history).3Specifically, YABQ converts Chase Stuart’s calculations for a QB’s passing and rushing value above average into a measurement of total value that uses as its baseline a backup-level quarterback, a la Football Outsiders’ YAR metric. But Landry’s days as a scrambler were limited — he only had a couple more 200-yard rushing seasons in his 15-year NFL career — and Douglass, as great as he was running the ball, couldn’t throw.4Douglass generated fewer passing yards that season than a backup-level QB would have in the same number of attempts. There was the occasional outlier, like Minnesota’s Fran Tarkenton, who was a strong passer and able scrambler, but before Cunningham, those players were seen as unicorns more than archetypes.Cunningham ushered in the age of the running QB. In 1987, his first full season as Philadelphia’s starter, he passed for 349 more adjusted net yards than a backup-level QB (16th best in the NFL that year) and rushed for an additional 125 yards above backup (which easily led the league). It was the third time in history a quarterback had hit both of those benchmarks in the same season, after Landry in 1972 and Steve Grogan with the New England Patriots in 1978.5Along with Landry and Douglass, Grogan was another of the few pre-Cunningham QBs who could run; in 1976, he scored 12 touchdowns on the ground, a record for QBs until Cam Newton scored 14 in 2011. And Cunningham was just getting warmed up.In 1988, he piled up 336 YABQ through the air and 171 on the ground, the first time in league history that combination had ever been achieved. In a “down” 1989 season, he notched 248/147, a combo that had only been reached twice before (by Landry in ’72 and Cunningham himself in 1988). And in 1990, Cunningham set a standard for dual-threat seasons that has yet to be eclipsed in the 26 years since. That year, he was 750 yards better than a backup through the air, and he tacked on another 249 YABQ on the ground; if we take the harmonic mean of those two numbers (a particular kind of average that emphasizes high values in all numbers being averaged, in order to capture seasons when a player produced a lot of passing and rushing value), it’s the single best combined passing-rushing season by a QB in the Super Bowl era: PLAYERYEARPASSINGRUSHINGHARMONIC MEAN 19Daunte Culpepper2002288181222 11Steve Young19981,474133244 29Steve Young19911,030110199 30Steve McNair20011,102109198 24Cam Newton2013423143213 15Randall Cunningham1988336171226 There have been better pure passing seasons by mobile QBs; Steve Young had more than a few of them. As Cunningham told me, “People cannot forget about Steve Young, because [he] and I were battling out every single year to be the No. 1 rushing quarterback.” There have also been better QB rushing seasons; in 2006, Michael Vick became the first quarterback to break the 1,000-yard barrier in a season, though his passing was below the backup level that year. But nobody combined the two aspects of quarterbacking in a more prolific way than Cunningham did during that magical 1990 season, one which earned him league MVP honors from the Pro Football Writers of America.Alas, Cunningham would injure his knee in the Eagles’ 1991 opener, and miss the entire season. He returned in 1992 to produce what was, at the time, the sixth-best dual-threat season in modern history (according to my method above),6It ranks 21st now. but ongoing battles with injury and inconsistent play eventually paved Cunningham’s way out of Philly in 1995. After a year away from football entirely,7He spent the season running a granite company. a rejuvenated Cunningham joined the Minnesota Vikings and, in 1998, he enjoyed the 25th-best passing season of the Super Bowl era, according to YABQ — a testament to his skills as a pocket passer after his athleticism had eroded with age and wear.Cunningham finished his 16-year NFL career with the 40th-most total YABQ of any quarterback since 1966 and the second-most rushing YABQ — trailing only Vick. (He also generated about twice as much value through the air as Vick did.) But Cunningham’s biggest football legacy might be in the number of dual-threat QBs that followed in his footsteps. Before Cunningham’s 1987 season, only four quarterbacks had produced at least 200 passing and 100 rushing YABQ in the same season: Tarkenton, Landry (twice), Grogan and Doug Williams. Afterwards, 16 different quarterbacks pulled off the feat in 36 seasons, not including Cunningham himself. And 21 of the 25 best dual-threat seasons in modern history have taken place since Cunningham’s banner 1990 campaign.There are still quarterbacks in today’s NFL who play like the traditional archetype of the drop-back passer. But there are also a number of top QBs whose playing styles resemble that of Randall Cunningham. By proving that a quarterback could dominate the game with both his arm and his legs, Cunningham opened up a new path to success for subsequent generations of signal callers. So anytime a passer rolls out and fires a dart to a receiver who broke free because the defense was worried about the QB running, remember that in some small way, that play was made possible by the influence of a Philadelphia Eagle who changed the game three decades ago.This is part of our new podcast series “Ahead Of Their Time,” profiling players and managers in various sports who were underappreciated in their era. read more

Ohio State womens golf qualifies for NCAAs

After a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. April 27-29, the Ohio State women’s golf team will enter post-season play at the NCAA Central Regional Tournament. The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee announced the team’s bid on April 30, where the tournament’s sixth-seeded Buckeyes play host at the Scarlet Course Thursday through Saturday. The regional bid marks 18-consecutive under coach Therese Hession, and the team has appeared in the national tournament 12 times. Twenty-four teams will compete in the regional tournament along with six individuals. National Championship bids will be awarded to the top eight teams and top two individuals. The National Championship will be held at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn. May 22-25. The Buckeyes finished sixth in the regional tournament at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. in 2011, qualifying for nationals, claiming the regions final spot. The squad went on to card a 905 and finish 21st. OSU is one of only three Big Ten schools competing in their region, along with Purdue and Michigan. read more

Sandhurst cadets charged with battery against trainee after reports of waterboarding

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Royal Military Police launched an investigation after the alleged incident last year at the Royal Military Academy in Camberley, SurreyCredit:Tim Ockenden The Royal Military Police launched an investigation after the alleged incident last year at the Royal Military Academy in Camberley, Surrey The three cadets involved were moved on to different platoons as the allegations were investigated.An Army spokesman said: “Following an RMP investigation two service personnel have been charged with battery in relation to an incident at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This case is now with the Service Prosecuting Authority”.Speaking at the time of the alleged incident Brigadier Bill Wright, Deputy Commander  of the Royal Military Academy, said: “The Army and I expect the highest standards of behaviour at Sandhurst; anyone found to have fallen short is dealt with robustly, including dismissal, if appropriate.” Two Sandhurst cadets have been charged with battery against a trainee army officer after prosecutors investigated reports of waterboarding.The Royal Military Police (RMP) launched an investigation after the alleged incident on August 7, 2018, at the famous Royal Military Academy in Camberley, Surrey. The Service Prosecution Authority today charged the two cadets, who will appear at Bulford Military Court near Salisbury, Wilts on Feb 26.They were alleged at the time to have pinned down the victim before pouring water over a cloth covering his face, in an act that was said to induce the feeling of drowning, but have instead been handed a lesser charge of battery.The Telegraph understands that the incident did not take place during training. The cadets involved are understood to be in the same all-male platoon and no instructors were involved.  read more

Tartaglia snags spot in national final

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria’s Award winning Greek and Cypriot/Italian Australian butcher Tony Tartaglia is at his best again, taking out the Australian Meat Industry Council’s (AMIC) Sausage King competition. After taking out the regional championship earlier this year, Tartaglia faced off against five other Victorian regional champions to claim his first state wide gong.His North Balwyn butchery, Tony’s Gourmet Delights, in Melbourne’s east, is his very own ‘art factory’. A place where he creates his finest art pieces that have landed him an array of accolades. Some of the unique flavours of his Mediterranean Sausage, which won him through his continental category, can be traced back to Greece.“We actually got the olives from Kalamata, which we shred ourselves and put in the pork and veal mixture. Some beautiful tasty cheese we put in there as well, shredded ham off the bone which we cook and smoke ourselves and then the fresh oregano, which is actually the sporo from my mother-in-law, which she got about 50 years ago from Kefalonia. That fresh oregano gives it a lovely fresh unique flavour… “It’s a bit like a pizza in a skin if you like, we call it our Mediterranean.”Tartaglia says that he finds inspiration from his mother’s and yiayia’s cooking and much of his successes have come from trial-and-error.“We have a kitchen with a qualified chef, so we do a lot of prepared meals, and often for lunch we’ll do different little experiments… We’ll put in a few olives and put a bit of cheese, put a bit of chilli and it might need a bit of this or a bit of that and we might just play around with different flavours and come up with something that we think is quite nice and sort of go with that.“We do it for a few weeks and let the customers have a taste and get their feedback and that’s how I pretty much come up with our 13 or so different flavours that we do have.”Aside from the fresh ingredients and an insistence on using minimal fat in his sausages, Tartaglia insists that one of the keys to a winning formula is a simple philosophy. “I was always taught as an apprentice that if I wouldn’t eat it, I wouldn’t give it to anyone else to eat.”And in a health conscious society, he ensures that all of his products meet the needs of the whole community.“We’ve converted all our pre-mixes to a rice based pre-mix, so they’re all gluten free, all our sausages, which is a big thing these days with a lot of people being diagnosed with coeliac disease and wheat problems, so that also is a big plus that we make them all gluten free.”Tartaglia will travel to Adelaide in February to take on winners from all the remaining Australian states.last_img read more

College girl found dead

first_imgPolice recovered the hanging body of a college girl from her residence at Shibpara village in Tarash, Sirjajganj on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Mousumi, 17, a Class-XI student of Gultabazar Shaheed M Mansur Ali College and daughter of Mozdar Hossain of the village.Mostafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tarash police station, said on information from locals, they recovered the hanging body of Mousumi in the morning and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.He said they were investigating whether the incident is a suicide or planned murder.last_img

Dinosaurtimes cockroach caught in amber from Myanmar

first_img More information: VRŠANSKÝ, P. & BECHLY, G. (2015): New predatory cockroaches (Insecta: Blattaria: Manipulatoridae fam.n.) from the Upper Cretaceous Myanmar amber. – Geologica Carphatica, 66(2): xx-yy (early view: DOI: 10.1515/geoca-2015-0015 ). PDF: http://www.bernstein.naturkundemuseum-bw.de/odonata/Vrsansky+Bechly_2015.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Mico Tatalovic in New Scientist said that “This exotic, praying-mantis-like cockroach that lived at the same time as dinosaurs was caught in amber about 100 million years ago. It is part of a new family of extinct predatory cockroaches that hunted at night.”Dragos Mitrica in ZME Science said the insect was found at a mine in Noije Bum, Myanmar. “The specimen was one of many found in the area, and is related to today’s praying mantises. Out of all the predatory cockroach lineages that evolved in the Cretaceous, only praying mantises survive today.”Big predatory dictyopterans are represented mostly by praying mantises (Mantodea), which can be derived from extinct cockroaches. The authors described “the holotype specimen of a new species belonging to a morphologically-deviant new family.”They said this species was probably a pursuit predator, “filling a niche previously not exploited by extinct cockroaches.”The specimen was collected in a quarry in the Hukawng valley. The cockroach was found trapped in amber.The specimen was studied with a Leica M80 stereo microscope. They observed a male cockroach with detached right mid and hind femora. Its elongated head and large eyes were protruding beyond the head outline. All the leg segments were described as “extremely elongated and covered with dense setation (short trichoid hairs – sensilla chaetica).”As for the body, they wrote that “the preserved body length is about 4.5 mm, width is difficult to measure, but the body is very wide as in standard cockroaches (over 2 mm), a little narrower basally, pale, with black lateral maculas.”In their discussion section, the authors said that they endorsed “a reclassification of Dictyoptera, in which the order Mantodea is phylogenetically subordinate within the Corydioidea (=Polyphagoidea) – a superfamily that includes diverse extant but also extinct cockroaches sometimes placed within Dictyoptera but outside the standard order of cockroaches.”They said that the absence of spines on the walking legs suggested that this species was an active runner and pursuit predator, which evolutionarily lost the passive protection of spines.The authors felt that “the erection of a new family” was well justified as a result of “the unique habitus with numerous autapomorphies along with several plesiomorphies.”Vrsansky is from the Geological Institute, Slovak Republic; Bechly is from the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany.Vrsansky said in New Scientist that the specimen was one of dozens of preserved insects found in the area, making it the most important site of dinosaur-age amber in the world. Tatalovic wrote, “Many large pieces of amber contained complete adult insects, which should help reconstruct the history of the animals and their ecosystem.” © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Dinosaur-times cockroach caught in amber, from Myanmar (2015, May 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-dinosaur-times-cockroach-caught-amber-myanmar.html Explore further Manipulator modificaputis gen. et sp. n. (Manipulatoridae fam.n.) holotype SMNS Bu-116 (deposited in the Stuttgart Museum of Natural History) from the Cretaceous Myanmar amber. A – left view, B – dorsal view, C – detail on the forewing articulation, D – forewing surface hexagonal structure. Scales 0.5 mm. Credit: Geologica Carphatica, doi:10.1515/geoca-2015-0015 The invasive Turkestan cockroach is displacing the oriental cockroach in the southwestern US Geologica Carpathica has a paper on a new family of predatory cockroaches. Predatory? The authors, Peter Vrsansky and Günter Bechly, from the Slovak Republic and Germany, respectively, said that “unique adaptations such as strongly elongated extremities and freely movable head on a long neck suggest that these animals were pursuit predators.”last_img read more