first_imgzoom The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have set out aggressive near-term and long-term strategies to cut harmful air pollution from all port-related sources to ultimately achieve zero emissions for trucks and terminal equipment.In a draft document titled 2017 Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) Update the ports revealed detailed steps to be undertaken.“These ports are going where no port has gone before,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka.“Based on what we’ve already accomplished to promote healthy, robust trade through our gateway, we’re ready to make history again, looking at a new array of technologies and strategies to further lower port-related emissions in the decades ahead.”According to a preliminary analysis the cost of implementing the 2017 CAAP rages between USD 7 billion and USD 14 billion. Given the magnitude of the investment, the draft plan calls for the ports to intensify their funding advocacy and increase collaboration with their partners to finance the new strategies.The ports claim that the draft 2017 CAAP ushers in a new era of clean air strategies that seek to reduce harmful emissions from port-related sources: ships, trucks, cargo handling equipment, locomotives and harbor craft.Furthermore, the document is said to be in line with local, regional, state and federal standards and regulations, and anticipates clean air regulations under development by the California Air Resources Board.The 2017 CAAP sets new clean air goals focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. The plan carries over previous 2023 targets for cutting other primary pollutants aimed at reducing diesel particulate matter (DPM) 77 percent, sulfur oxides (SOx) 93 percent, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) 59 percent below 2005 levels.The most recent emissions inventories show the ports have surpassed the 2023 DPM and SOx reduction targets and are within striking range of the NOx target. The 2017 CAAP identifies the tougher measures needed to ratchet down harmful emissions to zero or near-zero levels, the statement further adds.The document’s release kicks off a public review and comment period that extends through Sept. 18.The Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach handle approximately 40 percent of the nation’s total containerized import traffic and 25 percent of its total exports.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Ontario-based Algoma Central Corporation has reached a tentative agreement with the navigation and engineering officers at Algoma Tankers Limited, thereby ending a strike that began on October 21.Vessels tied up as a result of the strike will commence operations as soon as arrangements are made to return the crews to the ships, the company informed.Canadian Merchant Services Guild represents 54 employees of the company’s domestic product tanker fleet.Algoma Tankers Limited previously operated two foreign tankers carrying cargo in Canadian waters, both of which were crewed by foreign workers.Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU Canada) earlier urged the company  to “cease illegal strike breaking” as Algoma Tankers Limited temporarily employed foreign workers in Canada, thereby conflicting the Temporary Foreign Worker Program rules which state that foreign workers cannot be used to replace striking Canadian workers.In its financial report for 2016, the company said that navigation and engineering officers are represented by six separate bargaining units of the Guild. Four of these agreements expired on May 31, 2016, and two other agreements on July 31, 2016.last_img read more

first_imgMeredith Corporation, the leading media and marketing company serving 100 million American women and 72 percent of U.S. millennial women, today announced that Natalie Morales, TODAY show News Anchor and Third-Hour Co-Host; Erica Hill, NBC News’ Anchor and National Correspondent; and Carolyn Manno, NBC Olympics Host, will host and run the 2016 MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon and kick off one of the largest women’s-only half-marathons in the country.The race, held by Meredith’s SHAPE magazine in conjunction with the New York Road Runners (NYRR), will take place on Sunday, April 17, and draw 10,000 female runners and walkers of all ages, from around the world, to New York’s Central Park.Morales and Hill are returning for the second year, after hosting the 2015 MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon and completing the race in an impressive 1:38:59 and 2:06:52, respectively.“We’re so excited to have Natalie, Erica and Carolyn join us for our 13th annual race,” says Elizabeth Goodman Artis, Editor-in-Chief of SHAPE. “Their positive energy, and passion for health and fitness make them the perfect race hosts, and our runners will be thrilled to run alongside them on race day.”Morales, Hill and Manno will be joined on race day by more than 30 TODAY and NBC Olympics staff members, running as on behalf of Team Run for TODAY and Team NBC Olympics.In addition, Jennifer Storms, Chief Marketing Officer of NBC Sports Group, will be honored as part of the first-ever Women Run the World Relay & Mentorship Program. The program celebrates the 13th anniversary of the 13.1-mile race by recognizing 13 notable female leaders and highlighting the importance of supporting, inspiring and empowering the next generation of women. Additional honorees include Sara Bareilles, Danielle Brooks and Padma Lakshmi.To watch the hosts kick off the partnership on TODAY, click here.Race sponsors include Danskin Now, Lane Bryant, Maui Jim and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co. CARE, a leading humanitarian organization that empowers women and girls around the globe, serves as the Charity Partner. Bloomingdale’s serves as the Retail Partner.On race day, supporters and spectators are invited to cheer on the runners along the course in Central Park, and visit the Race Day Festival at Naumburg Bandshell to enjoy live music, free samples, giveaways, fun activities and more. There will also be an awards ceremony following the race to celebrate the runners and Women Run the World honorees.To register for the 2016 MORE/SHAPE Women’s Half-Marathon, click here. For race details and additional information, click here.last_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Cash-strapped Newfoundland and Labrador has launched a 12-year plan to speed and increase offshore oil and gas development while drawing coveted global investment.The province will review regulations, enhance seismic data and advance cost-saving tie-back technology to extract more from existing sites. Its goal is to double overall production to more than 650,000 barrels a day by 2030.Premier Dwight Ball called it an ambitious but realistic plan as his province grapples with mounting debt and successive deficits. Offshore oil earnings once accounted for about one-third of revenues but collapsing prices starting in 2014 blew a major hole in provincial finances.“We can wait no longer,” Ball told a news conference Monday in St. John’s. “We are at a critical point. The time for action is now.”The province also wants to enhance subsea and seismic technology to develop what it estimates is an offshore oil potential of at least 37 billion barrels.And it wants to kick-start commercial production of largely untapped natural gas reserves by 2030 as it counts on growing global demand.Four major oil sites now operate off Newfoundland.The plan also sets targets of 100 new exploration wells, a shortened timeline of about 10 years from discovery to oil production, and integrating oil and gas with renewable sources to create a “world-class energy cluster.”Carman Mullins, president of ExxonMobil Canada, said Monday the industry has transformed since the price crash. Still, the plan sets a course to keep Newfoundland and Labrador on the corporate radar for big-ticket investment, she added.“Every opportunity needs to be competitive on a global scale,” she told reporters. “Having regulations that provide clarity, as well as are efficient and effective, are key. We need to develop the resources as well as protecting the environment.“We’re looking at how can you do things more efficiently? How can you leverage technology? How can you be creative and innovative and bring new research together?”last_img read more

Rabat – Morocco’s Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane has taken a step back and reportedly been forced to make an offer to teacher trainees following the protests that resulted in the “excessive use of force” by the Moroccan police in several cities.Benkirane’s first concession is that the implementation of the decree separating the training of teachers from recruitment will be postponed until 2017, according to Arabic daily Assabah in its Tuesday issue.The daily added that the decision responds to the initiative launched by civilians, university professors, and human rights activists, who have called for postponing the decree until next year. Teacher trainees had already passed all the educational access process such as entrance examinations, results announcement at training centers this year before the announcement of the government decrees in the Official Gazette.Furthermore, the Moroccan government may create 3,000 additional job roles not covered by the 2016 fiscal year budget in order to solve budgetary issues.The 2016 fiscal budget stipulates that 7,000 job positions must be in existence in the public education sector, the same source noted.The government and the Ministry of Education are exploring the possibility of recruiting 3,000 teachers to fill the new positions through several procedures, including an amendment to the finance law and the opening of budget lines. read more

The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized an agreement Saturday to ship All-Star power forward Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA Draft.This was no surprise, given stories this month about a verbal agreement between the clubs, but the details of the transaction are much clearer now — including the presence of a third team, the Philadelphia 76ers, in the deal. The Timberwolves not only snagged Wiggins and 2013 No. 1 overall selection Anthony Bennett from Cleveland, but also former 76er Thaddeus Young to help ameliorate the loss of Love.A veteran who was stranded amid Philadelphia’s ongoing franchise overhaul, Young has been the subject of countless trade rumors over the past several seasons. It’s a fact that speaks as much to his on-court usefulness as his reasonable contract (he’s still owed $19.4 million over the next two years, although he can opt out before the 2015-16 season). Because he has played for usually mediocre Sixers teams throughout his career, largely coming off the bench during the team’s most successful stretch of 2010-11 and 2011-12, Young has remained under the radar nationally. But while he’s no Love, Young has quietly been a decidedly positive presence throughout his NBA career, and — as Yahoo’s Dan Devine put it — a darling among “a certain segment of NBA obsessives.”In 2012-13, Young’s best statistical season, he scored with versatility and efficiency, ranking above the 75th percentile of all players (according to Synergy’s points per play metric) on both transition and half-court opportunities, which fueled a top-20 finish among qualifiers in effective field goal percentage. And though he only used an average percentage of Philadelphia’s possessions during his time on the court — Young has never been a huge scorer — he made his presence known in other ways, rebounding well for a non-center and playing above-average defense against multiple positions (both by adjusted plus/minus and Synergy’s metrics).When at his best, the only major holes in Young’s game are his passing and lack of shooting range. That combination can be limiting in a league increasingly focused on small-ball skills from its big men, but Young is good enough in other areas to make himself a useful part to a good team. And although it seems like he’s been in the NBA forever, Young will be just 26 years old next season. While his 2013-14 season wasn’t as good as the one that preceded it — Young’s offensive efficiency buckled under the strain of a larger role, while his defense and rebounding also slipped — it’s tough to judge a down year too harshly when it comes on a team that lost 63 of its final 79 games. Young still garnered positive plus/minus marks at both ends of the court despite the trying campaign.In Minnesota, Young will be part of another rebuilding project, and the popular prognosis is that the new-look Timberwolves, sans Love, will struggle in 2014-15. (For what it’s worth, though, our rough projection system suggests Minnesota — with Young — would be better than the ESPN Forecast’s 26-win projection.) Young probably deserved a better fate, but his skill set and still-in-his-prime age means he’ll either help a fledgling Wolves team buck those odds, or he’ll be sought-after in next summer’s free-agent market. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDog gives birth to first identical twin puppiesAugust 31, 2016In “World”Eight women honoured for contributions to local aviation sector; calls echoed for re-engineering of Guyana AirwaysOctober 10, 2013In “Local News”Elderly Fly Jamaica crash-landing victim succumbs to injuriesNovember 17, 2018In “Business” (BBC) A US service dog unexpectedly gave birth to eight puppies in the middle of the Tampa International Airport, just before her owners boarded their flight.Larry Glanton (second from left) and Natalie Brown (right) helped deliver the puppies (TAMPA FIRE RESCUE/TWITTER)Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Rigby, a two-year-old yellow Labrador who serves as a guide dog, delivered the pups with the help of Tampa Fire Rescue’s medical team.Her owners knew she was pregnant, but did not realise how close she was to going into labour.Ellie and father Nugget are now parents to seven males and one female pup.Service animals are trained to assist people with disabilities, including guide dogs for the blind and hearing-impaired as well as for mental health and seizure alerts.An airport spokesperson told Fox 13 that Ellie and Nugget’s owners, a woman and her daughter, were set to board their flight to Philadelphia with the two service dogs when Ellie went into labour.The family – and their eight new additions – missed their flight.Airport officials posted on Twitter: “Ruff day for this mama at Gate F80!”The surprise delivery ended with applause and barks in the concourse.The family and all 10 dogs will be driving all 1,000 miles (1600km) from Tampa to Philadelphia instead, the Miami Herald reported. read more

first_imgSamsung and BlackBerry may have beaten it to the punch, but Apple has now secured U.S. Department of Defense certification for iPhones and iPads running iOS 6 (and even the iPod touch).The U.S. military has been experimenting with iPhones and iPods for years, and the DOD. cert clears the way for more widespread government use. Around 40,000 staff had been given iPads and iPhones as part of a pilot program, and there are 600,000 users in total within the Department.BlackBerry once ruled the secure mobile device space, but the market has shifted in recent times. At the DOD., nearly half a million users are currently using BlackBerry devices. That could change dramatically now that both Apple and Samsung have received certification. It’s now a three-way brawl between the world’s top two smartphone sellers and the former undisputed champion.Sure, selling tens of thousands of devices to one of the largest U.S. government departments would be a nice win for Apple or Samsung. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, really.DOD. certification is another important step in altering perceptions about secure smartphones. As the Department’s staff and its contractors move to devices like the iPhone and Galaxy S4, word will eventually trickle down to the general public.Device security isn’t necessarily a primary concern for the majority of smartphone shoppers, but it’s becoming more and more important all the time. And if you’ve got concerns about whether your shiny smartphone is properly protecting your digital wallet and all the personal data it’s carrying, wouldn’t you feel better buying something that the Pentagon has signed off on?last_img read more

first_imgAS Roma defender Kostas Manolas explained he could have left the Giallorossi a few times in the past year or so but eventually deciding to commit his future to the club.The 27-year-old Greek has recently extended his contract at the Stadio Olimpico, having pledged his allegiance to the 3-time Serie A champions until 2022.The Italian news outlet, Football Italia, have broadcasted Manolas’ interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, pointing out his “modest” €36 million release clause.“I’ve never been asked to remove the clause. In any case, I don’t think the clause is that low. Football prices have gone through the roof and beyond normality, so if Roma consider it inadequate as a sum, they can call me to discuss it.“I had been very close to Zenit St Petersburg, but I saw the figures were all in Rubles. I asked them to change it to Dollars and they refused. When they changed their minds days later, I’d already made my decision. It was destiny.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The author of a winning goal in Roma’s astonishing Champions League comeback against Barcelona last season also expressed his opinion on a potential departure in the future.“If a club like Real Madrid or Barcelona were to come along, apart from Francesco Totti who turned them down, I think everyone would think about it. We’d then have to evaluate the conditions because I can assure you that it’s not easy for anyone to leave Roma.“Totti was fundamental in convincing me to stay. I spoke to him more than I did (director of sport) Monchi.“I don’t feel like a leader and I am not the captain. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been here for many years. We are all the same in the locker room. Now talented young players have arrived and they need our help. All I can pledge is that I’ll give my all.”Manolas arrived at the Italian capital from Olympiacos back in 2014 for a reported fee of €15 million, having collected a total of 180 appearances for Giallorossi ever since.last_img read more

first_imgHeineken has entered into a longevity transaction for its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme with Friends Life, which is now part of Aviva.The longevity swap transaction covers £2.4 billion of pension liabilities and insures the longevity risk for 19,000 pensioners who are part of the Scottish and Newcastle Pension Plan.The transaction is aimed at providing funding security and protection against the financial risks of pensioners living longer than originally expected.Towers Watson served as advisor to the joint trustee and working group for the transaction, while Travers Smith and Linklaters acted as legal advisors for the working group and for Friends Life, respectively.Neil Parfrey, UK head of pensions at Heineken, said: “By hedging against longevity, we have reduced a significant amount of the plan’s risk should the overall life expectancy of members exceed our projections.“This should help bring peace of mind to plan members, and we are delighted that it has been achieved in a cost efficient manner.”Parfrey will be speaking at Employee Benefits Live 2015, alongside Virgin Media’s head of pensions and benefits, David Roberts, about how the election has impacted workplace pensions so far. The session will also focus on communications, and how employers can help their workforce better understand their pension and equip them for the future.Employee Benefits Live 2015 will take place on 21-22 September at Olympia National, London.View the full conference programme and register to attend.last_img read more

first_imgEmployee benefits and pensions consultancy organisation Broadstone Group has acquired Manchester-based independent actuarial consulting business Mitchell Consulting, and independent trustee organisation 2020 Trustees.The acquisitions have increased Broadstone Group’s employee headcount to 170 staff in total, and has also expanded its regional UK network to reach across five locations. This includes Falkirk, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield.Grant Stobart (pictured), chief executive officer at Broadstone Group, said: “[This] announcement represents an important step in the growth of Broadstone’s business and in the delivery of market-leading defined benefit, defined contribution, risk and healthcare consulting solutions to clients. We welcome the Mitchell Consulting and 2020 Trustees’ employees who join the Broadstone Group and I look forward to working together to enhance the service offering to all of our clients.“Our strategy is to grow both organically, with a particular focus on small and medium sized organisations that are often poorly serviced by the larger consultancies, and by acquisition. Looking ahead, backed by Livingbridge, we will continue to pursue further acquisitions with firms that share our cultural values and complement our expertise and service.“This acquisition widens Broadstone’s geographic reach into the north of England and strengthens its position as a full-service provider of employee benefits and pensions in our target market. Additionally, it widens the group’s service capability by adding 2020 Trustees, a leading independent trustee firm. 2020 Trustees, which is known for its expertise in working with distressed schemes and their sponsoring employers and is one of the five firms on the Pension Protection Funds (PPF) Trustee panel, will remain independently managed.”Nigel Jones, chief executive officer at Mitchell Consulting, who will lead the new combined consulting actuarial business, added: “There is a strong cultural fit between our [organisations].  Broadstone has an excellent reputation in the marketplace with an impressive range of client solutions. Mitchell Consulting is well known in the north of England and, like Broadstone, shares a deep understanding of [small and medium-sized enterprises] that are often under-served by the large consultancies. The acquisition is good news for clients, who will benefit from an expanded network, access to a larger pool of consultants providing expert guidance and solutions, and access to new tools, platforms and support services that will help meet their needs.”Antony Miller, chief executive officer at 2020 Trustees, said: “We have been considering ways to build on 2020 Trustees’ rapid growth for some time. The market has a growing need for a more progressive approach and our style of balanced, pragmatic, commercial trusteeship offers that. The Broadstone Group will help us reach a wider market and provide the support that we need to expand.”last_img read more

first_img “The magazines promote and cover our events and the events provide bonus distribution to over 103,000 art collectors, gallery owners, designers, archicects and dealers,” Smith writes in an email exchange. Red Dot Art Fair, part of Miami Art Week, and international contemporary fair Art Santa Fe will join Spectrum, Artexpo New York, and Art San Diego under Redwood’s events portfolio, where the shows will benefit from Redwood’s operational and marketing support, according to the company. Art and framing industry publisher Redwood Media Group purchased a pair of annual art shows, the Ohio-based company announced last week. “Art shows account for over 95 percent of total revenue for Redwood Media Group,” Smith tells Folio:. “The art show category continues to grow as galleries and artists continue to go outside their gallery and studio walls in search of collectors.” Live events continue to serve as a key source of revenue for trade publishers as they look to counteract shrinking dividends from print advertising. This week alone, Vendome Group expanded its exhibitions business, while NAMCO Media shut down the print editions of its publishing industry magazines, in part to focus more on events. In addition to the live events, Redwood publishes quarterly art industry magazines Decor and Art Business News, and the newly-acquired events will be integrated with Redwood’s media brands, Redwood president and CEO, Eric Smith, tells Folio:. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.last_img read more

first_imgChina: The death toll from a huge explosion that rocked a gas plant in central China rose to 10, state media said Saturday, with five people still missing. Friday’s blast at the Henan Coal Gas Group factory left another 19 people seriously injured and more with light injuries, said state broadcaster CCTV. The blast shattered windows and doors of buildings in a three-kilometre (1.9-mile) radius. Also Read – Prominent Hong Kong activists targeted in wave of arrests Advertise With Us It occurred in the air separation unit of Henan Coal’s factory, said, with those hurt sent to four different hospitals. All production at the plant has been stopped. “Many windows and doors within a three-kilometre radius were shattered, and some interior doors were also blown out by the blast,” CCTV said on its Twitter-like Weibo social media account. Also Read – Weak European inflation bolsters case for stimulus Advertise With Us Local media showed amateur videos of a massive column of black smoke billowing from the factory and debris littering the roads. Other images showed the doors and windows of homes blown out and shuttered shops with dented metal fronts. A bloodied man was seen being helped out of a van in a video posted on social media. AFP could not immediately verify the authenticity of the footage. Advertise With Us – Industrial accidents – Deadly industrial accidents are common in China, where safety regulations are often poorly enforced. In March, a blast at a chemical plant in eastern Jiangsu province killed 78 people and injured hundreds. The powerful explosion in the eastern city of Yancheng toppled several buildings in the industrial park, blew out windows of nearby homes and even dented metal garage doors. Authorities detained two dozen people in connection with the March 21 blast, which prompted the government to order a nationwide inspection of chemical firms. A week after that explosion, seven died following a blast at an electronics component manufacturer in the same province. In November, a gas leak at a plant in the northern Chinese city of Zhangjiakou, which will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, killed 24 people and injured 21 others. Leaked chloroethylene came in contact with a fire source causing the explosion, authorities said in a February report, which also claimed the Chinese chemical firm responsible for the accident had concealed information and misled investigators. In 2015, China suffered one of its worst industrial accidents when giant chemical blasts in the northern port city of Tianjin killed at least 165 people.last_img read more

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — The Hotel Association of Riviera Maya says that a new face will soon be heading the association for the region with the announcement of a new president and board.After 14 years at the head of the Hotel Association of Riviera Maya Jean Agarrista will leave his position to Conrad Bergwerf, who has been elected to be the new head of the association.Bergwerf will have a heavyweight management team that includes Lolita Lòpez Lira from Grupo Lomas and Carlos Constandce from Xcaret Destination among other important owners and executives of the hotels located in Riviera Maya.Bergwerf says their mission will be to promote initiatives such as security, sustainability, promotion, training and inclusion.The Hotel Association of Riviera Maya represents 135 lodging centers that total more than 30,000 rooms placing it as a top destination in Mexico, surpassing Cancún.Conrad Bergwerf will lead the organization for the period 2018-2020, which will begin in October when the management of Agarrista ends. With this new leadership also comes a new board of directors.Conrad Bergwerf is currently Managing Director of Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla & La Esmeralda and has more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, a majority of which has been with Meliá Hotels.Bergwef has also managed hotels in Vietnam, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Spain and the Dominican Republic.His new position as president of the Hotel Association of Riviera Maya will begin October first. His Director General will be Manuel Paredes. The main board will consist of Carlos Constandse (Xcaret Experiences and Destination Group), Dolores López Lira (Royal Dorado Hotels), Andrea Lotito (Posada Barrio Latino), Ramón Rosselló (HM Playa del Carmen) and José María Figuereo (Barceló Group). Treasurer will be Nestor Ospina from The Reef Resorts.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

first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “I’m excited about it, man,” Ellington said. “I’ve been working at it — I’m starting to get a little comfortable back there, but I’m still a while away from where I want to be. But it’s still early, so we’ll see.” Andre Ellington waits during a training camp practice Aug. 5. (Photo by Adam Green/Arizona Sports) Comments   Share   Just as it is for a running back, a player can only do so much without at least adequate blocking. This time of year special teams can be a work in progress, since many of the players who are filling the role will ultimately not make the final roster.Besides that, though, there is also the fact that Ellington is still learning all the nuance that comes with returning punts.“Punts, you have to be able to judge how the ball is kicked off their foot and you have to kind of be aware of the gunner play, guys are coming down there 100 miles per hour, you have to be aware of that,” he said. “And just feeling the catch and making sure you feel the catch before trying to run.”Ellington admitted it’s tough to get down, but he likes it because once the ball is in his hands there is a chance to make something happen. He smiled at the notion that the coaches want to get the ball in his hands however they can, noting, “it’s a nice feeling” to have that kind of support.Arians said he believes Ellington is getting used to the new role, adding the plan right now is for him to be the team’s punt returner Week 1 when the Cardinals host the New England Patriots. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires A couple years ago, the Arizona Cardinals talked about getting the ball into Andre Ellington’s hands 25-to-30 times a game because he proved as a rookie in 2013 just how dynamic a player he was.Injuries soon robbed him of his explosiveness and ability to be on the field, though, and in the coming years additions to the roster took his role as the lead back.Entering the 2016 season, the 27-year-old is third on the running back depth chart behind David Johnson and Chris Johnson, and though he is finally healthy again, will likely need injuries ahead of him to carve out any significant role within the offense. With that in mind, and with the idea of once again getting the ball in his hands as much as possible, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has decided to make Ellington the team’s primary kick and punt returner.Ellington has some experience returning kicks, as he averaged 24.7 yards on 26 returns with one score in college, and as a rookie in 2013 gained 21 yards on a return.As for punts, however…there isn’t much to go off of.According to, Ellington returned one punt for three yards in 2009.That’s the extent of his experience in that role, yet this training camp and preseason has seen him take over there, too.Ellington returned one punt for eight yards against San Diego and gained three yards on his lone effort against Houston.“It’s cool, man, I’m getting used to it,” Ellington said of his new job. “I’m actually liking it. I’m just ready to get loose, open space.”When talking about the special teams’ issues, Arians pointed to the blocking as why Ellington has struggled to get much out of his returns. Multiple times this offseason the coach has talked about how the player has a chance to score a touchdown every time he touches the ball, so there’s an understandable excitement — and perhaps disappointment — in the inability to give him any kind of room to run. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_imgAlong with the four, Arizona had a total of eight exclusive free agents on the roster from last season, including cornerback Ronald Zamort, offensive linemen Vinston Painter and Daniel Munyer, and tight end Ifeanyi Momah. The Arizona Cardinals have officially signed four exclusive free agents for the 2018 season, the team announced Tuesday morning.After tendering the four in March, the Cardinals inked cornerback C.J. Goodwin, running back Elijhaa Penny, defensive lineman Olsen Pierre and offensive lineman John Wetzel to one-year deals.Goodwin joined the Cardinals last season after he was claimed off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15. As an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014, Goodwin spent his first two seasons in the NFL on the practice squad for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Falcons. Top Stories He made the transition from wide receiver to cornerback before the 2016 season, playing in 24 games for the Falcons over the course of two years primarily on special teams.Penny joined the Cardinals in 2016 as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Idaho, spending his rookie season on the practice squad. In 2017, Penny played in all 16 games for the Cardinals after injuries plagued the Cardinals’ run-game.He rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. He also had four catches for 38 yards.Like Penny, Pierre joined the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent. He spent the duration of the of his rookie season on the Cardinal’s practice squad, and was inactive in all 16 games during the 2016 season.However, he found his way to the field in 2017. In 14 games for the Cardinals, Pierre recorded 32 tackles and 5.5 sacks, the second-most on the team.Wetzel, the most tenured member of the Cardinals to receive the offer Friday, joined the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders.He spent his first three years in the league on the Cowboys and Colts practice squads before joining the Cardinals’ in 2015.Wetzel started eight games for the Cardinals in 2016, making an appearance in all 16. In 2017, he again played in all 16 games for the Cardinals, making 11 starts at both right and left tackle. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim watches Cardinals players warm up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Raiders defeated the Cardinals 31-10. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)center_img 18 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

first_img FILE – In this April 24, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby, left, arrives with his wife, Camille, for his sexual assault trial, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Bill Cosby’s wife is calling for a criminal investigation into the prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case was “mob justice, not real justice” and a “tragedy” that must be undone. Camille Cosby commented on the case for the first time on Thursday, May 3, in statement issued through a spokesman a week after her husband of 54 years was convicted of aggravated indecent assault. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) PHILADELPHIA – Bill Cosby’s wife called Thursday for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case that could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life was “mob justice, not real justice” and a “tragedy.”Camille Cosby made her first comments on the verdict in a three-page statement sent to the media through a family spokesman, as institutions from Hollywood to Madison Avenue continued to wipe away the remnants of his legacy. He was expelled on Thursday from the motion picture academy and the Advertising Hall of Fame.Camille Cosby compared her husband of 54 years, convicted a week ago on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, to Emmett Till and other blacks mistreated by the justice system.“Once again, an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law,” she said. “This is mob justice, not real justice. This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country.”Camille Cosby, 74, said chief accuser Andrea Constand was a liar whose testimony about being drugged and molested at Cosby’s home in January 2004 was “riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions.”She echoed Cosby’s lawyers, who contended that Constand framed him to score a big payday.Cosby is on house arrest while awaiting sentencing. His lawyers have vowed to appeal.Her statement did not address behaviour Cosby has admitted to, such as philandering and contention that he was having a consensual affair with Constand.Constand’s lawyer bristled at the statement and asked, “why would any reputable outlet publish that?”“Twelve honourable jurors — peers of Cosby — have spoken,” lawyer Dolores Troiani said. “There is nothing else that needs to be said.”Constand said in a tweet last week that “Truth prevails.” The jury said in a statement Monday that she was “credible and compelling.”Prosecutors opposing a request for juror names from The Associated Press and other news media outlets urged a judge on Thursday to consider a “cooling off” before they’re disclosed. They cited a 90-day wait in the case of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted in 2011 of charges she killed her young daughter.Camille Cosby stayed away from both of her husband’s trials, except for the defence’s closing arguments. She and Bill Cosby had five children — two of whom have died — and she served as his business manager.Before the jury came in last week to hear from Cosby’s lawyers, she went to the defence table and put her arm around Cosby, who is legally blind. They embraced, smiled and chatted, and he gave her a peck on the cheek.When it was the prosecution’s turn to argue, she left the courtroom, and Constand entered.Constand sued Cosby in 2005 when prosecutors dropped a criminal investigation after four weeks. Cosby wound up settling for nearly $3.4 million after giving four days of depositions, including testimony about giving quaaludes to women before sex, that a juror said Monday was instrumental in his conviction.Camille Cosby compared the dozens of other women who’ve accused her husband to a “lynch mob” spurred on by the media’s “frenzied, relentless demonization” of the man who earned a reputation as America’s Dad playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated family sitcom “The Cosby Show.”She compared his treatment to Till, the black teenager who was kidnapped and murdered after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955, and Darryl Hunt, a black man wrongly convicted of raping and killing a white woman in North Carolina in 1984. Constand is white.“Someday the truth will prevail, it always does,” Camille Cosby said.She said her husband’s prosecution was politically motivated, repeating his team’s contention that he had been a pawn in a heated race for district attorney.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele attacked opponent Bruce Castor in campaign ads over his decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 and announced Cosby’s arrest a month after winning the November 2015 election.She said Steele and his team were “exploitive and corrupt” and that their “primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life.”“If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone,” she said.Steele’s office declined to comment.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done.___Follow Sisak at more coverage visit Wife: Cosby convicted by ‘mob justice, not real justice’center_img by Michael R. 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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: Way Down Wanderers bend genres in soaring set The Way Down Wanderers, “Illusions”Somewhere on the spectrum between Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons lies the spirited bluegrass-based artistry of the Way Down Wanderers.With their second release, “Illusions,” the Illinois quintet puts its own hybrid imprint on the lickety-split brand of Americana that draws rock ‘n’ roll power from a banjo, a standup bass, a mandolin and other traditional sounds.For band members and listeners alike, the desired effect is the adrenalin rush.The album ranges around some, mostly between runaway jams and balladry. The lyrics are descriptive if not especially groundbreaking, and the musicianship is first-rate. The airtight harmonies and cohesive ensemble work reward repeat listening.The opener, “Principles of Salt,” veers toward the Old Crow end of the spectrum, jaunty and celebratory but filled with provocative declarations. America, for example, has given up and “overdosed on Adderall.”But then comes “Frozen Through,” a song that accelerates the pace. Standup bass and harmony drive the speeding train, kind of in the Mumford and Sons way but with a refreshingly less studied vibe. This one probably sounds great live, though it feels like the band could spin right off the stage.A ballad, “Crooked Pines,” might be the album’s most anthemic song. The lyrics paint a shimmering pastoral portrait that gradually becomes the setting for heartache, but the effect is majestic.The album’s lyrical sentiments veer toward sadness in that way, but the playing throughout “Illusions” rarely does. It is joyful, daring and occasionally sublime.Scott Stroud, The Associated Presscenter_img by Scott Stroud, The Associated Press Posted Feb 25, 2019 12:16 pm PDTlast_img read more

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