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Vine: Kansas State Star Receiver Tyler Lockett Made A Defender Look Silly During Senior Bowl Practice

first_imgGeneral view of Wagner Field.30 Oct 1999: A general view of the cloudly sky and the packed stadium taken during the game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Baylor Bears at Wagner Field in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats defeated the Bears 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Elsa Hasch /AllsportThis year’s NFL Draft features a number of standout wide receivers, including Kansas State star Tyler Lockett. The Wildcat star caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, and is showing off some of the skills that led to that remarkable season during Senior Bowl practices this week. Northwestern State cornerback Imoan Claiborne got the worst of it during today’s practice. CBS Sports projects Lockett as a second or third rounder. He can certainly help himself with a big week in Mobile in front of the many scouts at this week’s Senior Bowl.[@JoeGoodberry]last_img read more

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CP Rail reports lower profits as Teamsters IBEW serve 72hour strike notice

first_imgCALGARY – Severe winter weather that left grain farmers complaining about poor rail service is being blamed for disappointing first-quarter earnings at Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. as it deals with the potential for further disruption amid a possible strike this weekend.The company, which was handed 72-hour strike notices Wednesday by two unions representing about 3,400 of its workers, reported after markets closed that it earned $348 million in the first three months of the year, down from $431 million a year ago, despite a four per cent increase in revenue to $1.66 billion.Reported diluted earnings per share were $2.41, an 18 per cent decrease from $2.93 a year earlier, and short of analyst expectations of $2.64 according to Thomson Reuters.“The results we’ve just issued represent a very challenging quarter on the operating side with extreme cold temperatures and record snowfall,” CEO Keith Creel said on a conference call, adding the issues were compounded by supply chain constraints and increasing demand in some territories.On the labour dispute, Creel said he spoke with federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu and Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Wednesday morning and said they are hopeful a deal can be worked out to prevent a work stoppage that would hurt Canada’s economy.“I’m remaining open-minded and optimistic as well but I also have to be a realist and we have to plan with our customers to make sure they have contingency plans,” he said.“I hope that we do not have to execute our’s or their’s but certainly we’re taking steps as if we will.”The railroad is seeking a fair and balanced contract with its workers, he said, adding CP Rail won’t sign a “bad short-term deal.”Commodity shippers fear further disruptions in getting their products to market if the strikes go ahead.“A strike would just be another nail in the coffin of another really bad year for shipping,” said Ron Bonnett, president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.“All winter, the railways were only delivering about 40 per cent of the cars that were requested for shipping grain so there’s a tremendous backlog of grain in the system right now.”He said some farmers are running short of cash because their crops aren’t being sold, adding the glut from a near-record crop last summer could last until next fall and cause problems with this year’s crop sales.Rail shipping of grain has been better recently, but still not satisfactory, with shippers reporting Canadian National Railway supplied cars for 83 per cent of demand while CP Rail rated 53 per cent in the week of April 2-8, said Greg Northey, director of industry relations with Pulse Canada, a member of the Ag Transport Coalition.A CP Rail work stoppage would also be “extremely detrimental” to the member companies of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada who rely on rail to ship about 80 per cent of their products, CEO Bob Masterson said in an open letter to Hajdu.Hajdu said in a statement Wednesday she is calling on the unions and CP Rail to negotiate in good faith and arrive at an agreement.Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said earlier this week the government is watching the situation because of its implications for grain and other commodity movements, but remains hopeful the bargaining process will result in a solution.Both the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, representing about 3,000 CP Rail engineers and conductors, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, with about 365 signal and communications workers, cite a lack of progress at the bargaining table in issuing the strike notices.Absent a negotiated settlement, the unions say their workers will walk out at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.CP Rail said it presented the Teamsters with new three- and five-year agreement options on Monday and planned to present the IBEW with three- and five-year options on Wednesday.The Teamsters union reached a tentative deal with CN Rail last month for a new contract for about 1,700 workers. CN’s IBEW members ratified an agreement in April 2017.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:CP, TSX:CNR)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had inaccurate information about CN Rail’s IBEW contract.last_img read more

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Cambodias biggest hydropower dam now producing electricity

first_imgPHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Cambodia’s largest hydropower project has begun producing electricity as the country tries to increase its energy capacity to support a jump-start to industrial expansion.Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday inaugurated the 400-megawatt Lower Sesan II hydropower dam in the northeastern province of Stung Treng.It was built over four years at a cost of nearly $800 million and is a joint venture of China’s Hydrolancang International Energy with a 51 per cent stake, Cambodia’s Royal Group with 39 per cent and Vietnam’s EVN International with 10 per cent. Ownership will be handed over to the government after 40 years.Opponents say the dam will damage the biodiversity of two tributaries of the Mekong River and devastate the livelihoods and homes of thousands of people.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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CEO’s office calls for probe to clear air on ‘intimidation of voters’ by Central Forces

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has asked the District Election Officer (DEO) North Kolkata, Dibyendu Sarkar, to conduct a probe to know if Central Force personnel are intimidating the voters.The move has been taken up after Trinamool Congress leaders lodged a complaint with the commission, alleging that some Central Force personnel were trying to intimidate voters. It has been learnt from the CEO’s office that Sarkar will ascertain if any such incidents happened. He would file a report to the commission in this regard. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to a senior election official, the allegation against the Central Forces has been looked into with utmost sincerity, like any other complaint. It was alleged that Central Force jawans had talked to many people in the Ultadanga area. TMC has alleged that this type of activity might create fear among the voters. It may be mentioned that some senior Trinamool Congress officials on Monday met an election official at the CEO’s office, alleging high-handedness by some Central Force personnel. They told the commission that a television channel has showed how a Central Force personnel engaged in a conversation with a woman, allegedly giving her some instructions. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, mock drills of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were conducted in various districts on Tuesday. Demonstrations were conducted at various places in the city to ascertain that the EVM and VVPAT machines were functioning correctly. It has been learnt from sources in the CEO’s office that police observers may arrive in the state next week. The police observers will be assigned in various districts across the state for keeping a tab on the election procedures. It may be mentioned that seven expenditure observers have already been deployed by the commission for the first two phases of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

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Lessons from Tehri

first_imgSustainable approaches for urban water sanitation have gained firmer voices and more spaces for implementation in recent years. But some issues in our water management systems persist. One of them is the excessive dependence on water supply. Most urban areas have resorted to importing water from further and further away. Many large Indian cities have to source water from long distances, ranging between 50 and 200 kilometres due to exhaustion of remaining sources or pollution in nearby ones. Also Read – A special kind of bondAlong with an increased cost of raw water and losses due to leakage, such methods are ecologically unsustainable. The example of Tehri dam highlights this clearly. Popularised in national imagery as the tallest dam in Asia and as a technological feat, the dam supplies water to Delhi, situated about 300 km away. At 260.5 metres, the structure was built upon the waters of the Bhagirathi and Bhilangana tributaries of the Ganga. The river has been embedded in the cultural cosmology and livelihoods of the local population. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe Tehri jheel (lake), which formed as a result of this dam, submerged nearly 55 square kms of the fertile river valley. In Garhwal, where over 70 per cent population depends on agriculture for livelihood and only 12 per cent land can be used for cultivation, this proved to be calamitous. Even before the dam began functioning in 2006, it had submerged the town of Tehri and affected close to 125 villages. This led to the displacement of over 1 lakh people. But the sequence of such displacements continues due to silting and landslides along the reservoir’s periphery. The region is situated along the highly active Lower Himalayan fault line, where earthquakes with a magnitude of 8.5 or greater are highly probable. A study carried out by the National Geophysical Research Institute in 2012 found smaller earthquakes in a radius of 20 km linked to changes in reservoir levels at the Tehri dam. These added to the already existing menace of landslides which were common in the area due to deforestation and incessant constructions. There are several Tehris in the pipeline. To avoid this we must encourage knowledge which leads away from incessant supply of water. India’s future water needs stand compromised due to overdependence on conventional water supply and consumption frameworks. This demands a renewed focus on an inclusive approach towards urban water management. So, when the water gushes out of our taps next time, let’s be aware of its journey. (Saakshi Joshi is a Senior Research Associate with the Urban Water-Waste Management Unit, CSE. Her current work includes capacity building and policy research for urban water and sanitation management. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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The Great NFL Passing Boom Is Over Hope You Enjoyed It

Per-game scoring rose from an average of 22.0 points in 2010 to 23.4 points in 2013 — an all-time high — before holding at 22.8 in 2015 and 2016. Total yards per game was already at an all-time high in 2010 (336.0); it rose almost every season afterward until peaking at 352.7 in 2015. The average number of first downs gained per game climbed from 18.9 to a best-ever 20.3 last season.But this year is different. NFL teams have averaged 22.0 points per game, the fewest since 2010. Same goes for per-game yardage (337.1) and first downs gained (19.4). Per-game pass attempts have also dropped, to 34.2, the lowest since 2011.Teams are passing less often, and they’re less effective when they pass. As a result, offensive output is down across the board.As with the explosion, there are plenty of factors that are likely contributing, from the law of diminishing returns to a spate of quarterback injuries. The latter has forced the likes of Jacoby Brissett, Tom Savage and Brett Hundley into headlining roles for their offenses. It also seems that college and pro defensive coaches finally held their own secret meeting; NFL defenses have adjusted how they cover shotgun and spread-style offenses, smothering the short passing game.Defenses are also getting after the passer much better than last year, sacking quarterbacks on 6.5 percent of dropbacks (up from 5.8 percent); that’s the second-highest sack rate since 2006.Payton and the Saints set off the passing explosion, but now they’re on the leading edge of the implosion. The Saints used shotgun less frequently in 2016 than all but seven teams. This season, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, they’ve run fewer plays in shotgun or pistol than all but four teams.Payton was part of that 2011 roundtable interview, and what he said then still resonates.Teams always pay close attention to how the Super Bowl champions play, Payton said. That year, the champs were the Aaron Rodgers-powered Green Bay Packers, whom Payton said “threw a lot more than they ran it, played good defense and broke the formula of what wins.” That’s “a good starting point in terms of 2011’s passing spike,” he said.The team that everyone’s copying right now didn’t win the Super Bowl, but they came close.The Atlanta Falcons used shotgun less than any other team during their 2016 run to the big game, lining up under center on 60 percent of snaps. The Falcons led the league in scoring, racking up 71 more points than the second-best Saints. They threw the ball just 537 times, seventh-fewest in the NFL, while finishing fifth in rushing yards thanks to a hot tailback tandem of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.Payton seemed to follow suit. He bolstered his running game, adding tailbacks Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara, as well as free-agent guard Larry Warford. Peterson didn’t work out, but Warford and Kamara did — and now Kamara and Mark Ingram are one of the best running-back tandems of all time and the Saints are No. 1 in offensive yardage.It’s difficult to imagine the NFL returning to the shotgun-averse state it was in when Bailey entered the league. Giving quarterbacks more time, a better look at the field and more options just has too many inherent advantages.But teams that can both run and pass the ball well from under center will always be harder to defend, and teams that can’t throw the ball well are no longer putting up big numbers just by throwing it more.Check out our latest NFL predictions. In 2011, Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints spearheaded an aerial assault on the NFL’s record books. Brees not only broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing record by 392 yards, he also led a small army of quarterbacks who either approached (Matthew Stafford, Eli Manning) or also surpassed (Tom Brady) the 27-year-old mark.But that was just the beginning of a six-year offensive explosion that saw repeated leaguewide increases in passes thrown, total yards gained and points scored per game. In 2017, the Saints again boast the league’s most prolific offense1In terms of total offensive yards. — but this time, Brees is leading the charge in the other direction.The Saints currently rank 18th in pass attempts — after finishing either first or second in eight of Sean Payton’s 11 full seasons as head coach. Brees is on pace for Saints-career lows in per-game pass attempts and yards — and the rest of the NFL is following suit. In one season, leaguewide passing attempts, passing effectiveness, total yardage and scoring rate stats have all reverted to pre-lockout norms. The revolution appears to be over; the question is why.To understand the factors behind the NFL’s offensive implosion, we have to look at what ignited it in the first place.Halfway through the 2011 season, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had a roundtable of experts advance various theories — from the offseason lockout to the weather. Denver Broncos defensive back Champ Bailey hit on something big: a dramatic increase in the use of shotgun formation.“What I want to know is, did college and pro coaches have some sort of secret meeting or something?” Bailey said. “Seems like there’s not the prejudice against the shotgun there used to be. Basically, what I see when I line up now is no more smashmouth football.”In 1996, three years before Bailey entered the NFL, pro offenses lined up in shotgun formation on just 7 percent of snaps, according to Football Outsiders. By 2011, that figure had increased to 41 percent. In 2016, Chip Kelly’s San Francisco 49ers set a record, using shotgun on 99 percent of their plays. The leaguewide average for last season, 68 percent, matched the league high from just five years earlier.In this decade, teams began throwing more and more. In 2010, the leaguewide per-game pass attempt average was 33.7; last season, it was 35.7. Offenses didn’t have a reason not to throw; it was working. In the 2015 season, NFL teams posted 6.41 net yards per attempt, the highest mark in half a century. read more

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Ohio State ranked No 4 in AP poll

The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes check in at  No. 4 in the second week of the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Amway Coaches’ Poll also had OSU at No. 4.The Buckeyes were ranked No. 6 in the AP poll before Saturday’s 77-10 blowout of Bowling Green.Week 1 of the college football season saw seven top 25 teams lose their 2016 season opener, including three in the top 10 and two in the top five.OSU’s week 3 opponent, the Oklahoma Sooners, lost to former Buckeye offensive coordinator Tom Herman and his Houston Cougars 33-23. The Sooners dropped 11 spots to No. 14 in the poll, and the Cougars rose to No. 6.Wisconsin, who was unranked in the preseason AP poll, climbed to No. 10 after defeating the fifth-ranked LSU Tigers, who fell to No. 21.A total of five Big Ten teams are featured in the top 25. Michigan sits one spot behind OSU at No. 5.Notables: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Florida State, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 16 Iowa. read more

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Hong Kong leader halts extradition bill but opponents vow fresh rally

first_imgPeople pray outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on 15 June 2019. Hong Kong`s embattled leader on 15 June suspended a hugely divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China in a major climbdown after a week of unprecedented protests and political unrest. Photo: AFPHong Kong’s embattled leader on Saturday suspended a hugely divisive bill that would allow extraditions to China, in a major climbdown following unprecedented unrest, but protesters vowed to press ahead with a mass Sunday rally.The concession from chief executive Carrie Lam was swiftly rejected by protest leaders, who called on her to resign, permanently shelve the bill and apologise for police tactics.The international finance hub was rocked by the worst political violence since its 1997 handover to China on Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets.Those clashes came three days after Lam refused to be budged by a record-breaking rally in which organisers said more than a million people marched through the streets calling for the Beijing-backed bill to be scrapped.Critics fear the law will tangle people up in China’s notoriously opaque and politicised courts as well as hammer the city’s reputation as a safe business hub.After days of mounting pressure — including from her own allies — Lam relented on Saturday, announcing that work on the bill would be halted.She set no deadline for its reintroduction but stopped short of saying it was permanently scrapped.Jimmy Sham, from the main protest group the Civil Human Rights Front, likened that offer to a “knife” that had been plunged into the city.”It’s almost reached our heart. Now the government said they won’t push it, but they also refuse to pull it out,” he told reporters as the front announced they would push ahead with a planned massive rally on Sunday.- Rare concession -Lam’s about turn was a rare concession from the city’s pro-Beijing leaders who have successfully faced down demands from pro-democracy demonstrators in recent years.But anger over how police and city leaders treated predominantly young demonstrators is still simmering and opponents hope another huge turnout will pile pressure on Lam.The chief executive — who is appointed by a committee stacked with Beijing loyalists — said she had no plans to resign. She defended the need to overhaul the city’s extradition laws and said she retained the support of China’s central government.But she admitted her team had misjudged the public mood.”I feel deep sorrow and regret that the deficiencies in our work and various other factors have stirred up substantial controversies and disputes in society following the relatively calm periods of the past two years,” she said.The unprecedented chaos in Hong Kong comes at a sensitive time for China, already on edge over the 30th anniversary of the deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown.”We support, respect and understand this decision,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement.- Temporary truce -Political analyst Dixon Sing said tensions would likely dissipate in the short term if Sunday’s rally remains calm.”In the next few months there will be at least a truce,” he told AFP. “But the anxiety that this draft bill will be passed in the future, that will remain for quite some time.”Jason Ng, from the Progressive Lawyers Group, said protesters were incensed by Lam’s refusal “to take responsibility for the excessive police force unleashed on protesters and for tearing society asunder.””This is unlikely to mollify civil society and we are expecting another big turnout at the march tomorrow,” he told AFP.Opposition to the Beijing-backed bill united an unusually wide cross-section of Hong Kong from influential legal and business bodies, to religious leaders, western nations and the huge crowds hitting the streets.- Sliding freedoms -But the furore was also the latest expression of public anger over fears that an increasingly assertive Beijing is stamping down on the city’s freedoms and unique culture.Under a 1997 deal signed with Britain, China allowed Hong Kong to keep key liberties denied to people on the mainland — like freedom of speech and independent courts — for 50 years.Critics accuse Beijing of reneging on that deal with the complicity of the city’s unelected leaders.They point to the huge 2014 pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” that failed to win any concessions, the imprisonment of protest leaders and the banning of some critics from standing for election, as recent examples.The writing on the wall began to emerge for Lam on Friday when she found herself facing growing calls from within her own political camp to reverse course and tamp down spiralling public anger — including from hardline pro-Beijing lawmakers.Beijing had vocally supported the bill and earlier this week threw its full support behind the Lam administration, calling protesters “rioters”.But it has since sought to distance itself, with China’s envoy to Britain saying the idea for the bill came entirely from the Lam administration.last_img
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