Inside Conditions…’Tailor’ made

first_imgIn today’s world of professional sports where mediocrity often begets loot, an unselfish athlete who not only gives up his body for the team but also sacrifices financially is almost never seen. Most of the young men (and some young women) from today’s bling-bling era tend to take the side of the “yen” rather than the yang. They would rather take the side of the “bucks” rather than the boys. It’s is usually all about me, me, me as opposed to us, us, us.There is always an exception to every rule. One of the most notable that comes to mind, at least for this writer, is Steelers starting right cornerback, Ivan (Ike) Taylor.He is one of the few starting shutdown corners, who will also play special teams, knowing that it only takes one illegal block in the back while running at full speed to end a career or one illegal chop block by a special teamer from the opposing team to use as a negative statement for his peers to give him a few high fives as they hit the club after the game.Ike Taylor is also one of the best run stopping cornerbacks in the NFL. But hold on boys and girls, will he play out the rest of his days as a Pittsburgh Steeler before he is put out to pasture or will he be forced to seek greener pastures elsewhere?Over the past few years Ike Taylor has restructured his contract a few times so that the core personnel of the Steelers could remain intact without violating any salary cap rules.But you know what boys and girls? Although Ike and the Steelers are rumored to be discussing his future with the team, a deal should have been done following Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.Recently I talked about Big Ben Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu gambling on the field. Well it seems as if the Steelers took a huge gamble off the field and may have lost miserably if they fail to sign Taylor to a multi-year deal that will allow him to finish his career in Pittsburgh. Ike is the only constant in a defensive backfield that has been decimated by incompetency and injury. Game after game, weekend after weekend Taylor is assigned to cover the opposition’s best receiver and except for a few instances there have not been many touchdown dances at his expense.Usually the only way the opposing team’s wide-outs can escape the coverage of Taylor is when frustrated offensive coordinators use disguised route running schemes placing receivers in the slot or putting them in motion just to escape the scrutiny and coverage of the “Dean of Swagger.”Recently a franchise tag was placed on Steelers linebacker Lamar Woodley, justifiably so. But now hear this, Woodley will have to be compensated at least for one year a payout that will equal the average salaries of the top five linebackers in the league. Woodley started in Super Bowls XLV and XLIII. Ike Taylor started in Super Bowls XL, XLIII and XLV and a percentage of his compensation was delayed and deferred. You do the math. Taylor has given up money so that his team could prosper, now will the Pittsburgh Steelers “family” give one of their “sons” the proper allowance that he deserves?First and foremost over the past two years they have tried many “experiments” in the defensive secondary and I will only say that their concepts at least so far seem to have been ineffective. The Steelers in just the past two years allowed left corner Bryant McFadden to defect to the Arizona Cardinals but after only one year they were forced to run back tails tucked between their legs and re-sign McFadden after their ill-advised attempt to convert nickel and dime defensive back William Gay into a starting corner not only failed, but failed miserably.If they allow Taylor to depart, well let’s just say that you would be better served putting your money in a high yield CD (for you hip-hoppers that means certificate of deposit, not compact disc) than making reservations for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis next February. The defense is only permitted to have 11 men on the field. Ike Taylor can play his man one-on-one. If he is not manning the right side, Pittsburgh will be forced to play cover two most of the time on both sides of the field especially in passing situations. That means the middle of the field will have huge gaps for opposing quarterbacks to exploit and safeties will not be able to cheat when it comes to stopping the running game.Now don’t get me wrong, I understand fully as does Ike Taylor that the game of professional football, at least to the owners is 90 percent business and 10 percent “game.” Why do I say this you ask?Well because of this looming possible lockout in regards to the upcoming collective bargaining agreement. There is not anything that should be defined as a collective bargaining agreement. It should be called a collective greed agreement. The players did not have anything to do with the bogus ticket sales and distribution of approximately 2000 tickets that left people stranded in regards to attending Super Bowl XLV. These were not counterfeit tickets sold to an unsuspecting public by unscrupulous “scalpers” were they? No these tickets were sold by the NFL to a very loyal and trusting fan base. The owners are going to get loot. Ike Taylor did right by Pittsburgh and trusted the Steelers to do right by him, whether they will do so remains to be seen. If not, they may just have a recipe tailor made for disaster.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)last_img read more

BCCI announces replacement for injured Deepak Chahar for third West Indies ODI

first_imgAdvertisement lxeNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg5wWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyqld( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 432slWould you ever consider trying this?😱c9gCan your students do this? 🌚23nd46Roller skating! Powered by Firework Deepak Chahar has been ruled out for the third and final ODI against the Windies after suffering from a back injury. The BCCI have named Navdeep Saini as the replacement for the fixture.Advertisement The pacer complained of pain in the lower back after the ODI in Vishakapatnam after which the medical team examined the 27-year-old. After the examination, a statement was provided.Advertisement “Deepak felt mild pain in his lower back following the second ODI played in [Visakhapatnam] on Wednesday. The BCCI medical team examined him and has suggested that the fast bowler needs some rest in order to fully recover, He has thus been ruled out of the final ODI.”Navdeep Saini is currently playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy where he already made his mark with a five-wicket haul against Andhra Pradesh.Advertisement The 27-year-old lanky pacer made his debut for India earlier this year in the Caribbean where he made his mark immediately with a three-wicket haul in his debut fixture before following it up with a tidy performance in the final fixture in the 3-0 series win.Injury crisis for India continues with Deepak Chahar joining the treatment table along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan.India head into Cuttack with the series leveled at 1-1. Virat Kohli asserted the need for sharp fielding in order to win the series. He stated:“Catching has been disappointing. It is not the representation of the kind of standards that we set. It’s very important to maintain standards and live up to it. We are one of the best fielding sides in the world. Fielding is all about wanting the ball. As long as we are enjoying that, we will be right up there.”Here’s the updated squad for the final ODI scheduled to be held in Cuttack on Sunday:Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep SainiRead Also:Cricket’s Thor: Richard Madley gives a glimpse into the world of IPL Auction.Ind vs WI 2nd ODI Review: Openers make merry and Kuldeep creates history with series leveling win  Advertisementlast_img read more

Allan captures top prize at No-Frills Squash Tournament; Club hosts membership drive

first_imgMike Allan of Nelson edged out Joel Casey of Vernon 3-1 to capture the Men’s A Title at the No-Frills Tournament Sunday at the Nelson Squash Club.The tournament attracted almost 40 players for the two-day event from Vernon, Cranbrook, Trail, Castlegar, Revelstoke and host Nelson.Darwin Horning of Nelson won the A-Consolation title.Paul Lamoureux defeated Darren Hedstrom, both of Nelson, to claim the Men’s B-Plus crown while Steve Limbert of Trail defeated Keira Zaslove of Nelson in the Men’s B.Lindsay Hewson defeated Nelson clubmate Anne Bokser-Wislow to win the Ladies C event while Abby Napora got past Sophie Dorrius of Revelstoke to win the Ladies D.Kevin Limbert of Trail, Poul Henriksen of Nelson, Cathy Heyland of Nelson and Carrie Snaychuk of Cranbrook won consolation trophies in the Men’s B-plus, Men’s B, Ladies C and Ladies D, respectively. The Nelson Squash Club is making a splash back into the Heritage City Sports community.After having its bid to take over the Civic Theatre squashed, and an opportunity to join forces with the Nelson Curling Club defeated by the curling membership, the movers and shakers in the squash community decided to build on what they have at the current facility.The club has approximately 70 members with more than 30 joining in the past few months.The club is hosting a membership drive for more players with a offer of $150 for anyone joining before September 15, 2015.A membership comes with a key to the facility, online court booking and unlimited play.New facility includes a lounge and our two brand new courts –  making four in total  to be ready by September 15.Wednesday is set a side for Men’s league while Monday is Ladies Day.There is a new mixed league starting Thursdays for all beginners to enjoy.There are two major tournaments and two annual Pentathlons per year there is plenty to do on and off the courts as a member of the Nelson Squash Club.For more information contact Paul at 250-551-2714 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Let the FIFA Women’s World Cup Begin

first_imgThe Nelson Daily was there with a brief video of the Canadian anthem to start the game between Canada and China.Have a look. Was it a penalty, or was it a “play-on”?Who cares as Canada won its opening match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Saturday in Edmonton.last_img

QPR round-up: Freeman set to sign, Smith a possible option, Chery delay explained

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are poised to complete the £300,000 signing of Bristol City winger Luke Freeman.Rangers recently had an offer rejected for Freeman, whose contract at Ashton Gate is due to expire at the end of the season.He made it clear he would not sign a new deal – and further forced the issue by telling City he wanted to leave and did not want to play in their FA Cup match at Burnley on Saturday.That prompted Rangers to make an improved offer for the 24-year-old, who will undergo a medical on Monday.Freeman’s arrival will push the out-of-favour Nasser El Khayati even further down the pecking order at Rangers.Embed from Getty ImagesOxford United have expressed an interest in taking El Khayati on loan for the rest of the season.Meanwhile, Fulham’s Matt Smith is among the strikers QPR are considering as a potential pre-deadline signing.Rangers have so far been unable to agree a fee with Rotherham for Danny Ward.West London Sport today revealed why Tjaronn Chery’s move from QPR to Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng took several weeks to go through.The reason for the delay was that Rangers were concerned by recent administrative issues involving transfers to China and, more importantly, reports that some payments for big-money deals had not been made.QPR therefore refused to process the final documents needed for Chery’s move to go through until the payment had been received.Rangers fear Grant Hall could be set for a spell on the sidelines after he suffered an Achilles injury during Saturday’s defeat against Burton.And boss Ian Holloway has explained his decision to leave out Jamie Mackie and Ryan Manning, saying he was concerned about the number of matches both men have recently played in.    Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Three ways the Raiders can keep it close against the Chiefs

first_imgThe Raiders are 15-point underdogs against the Chiefs, and you’d be wise throwing your life savings on the red and white with that spread.Even without star running back Kareem Hunt, who the Chiefs released Friday after this video surfaced, Kansas City is arguably the AFC’s best team. The Raiders, on the other hand, are undoubtedly the AFC’s worst team. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce will more than likely make the Raiders’ defense look silly all afternoon.But allow yourself to …last_img

Undersea Lost World Found in Caribbean

first_imgNo sooner had news spread about a treasure trove of animals in the jungles of Papua (see 02/07/2006 story) than scientists announced another in Neptune’s realm.  The BBC News and MSNBC reported that “An underwater mountain with some of the richest diversity of marine life in the Caribbean has been found by scientists.”    The seamount lies in the Netherlands Antilles in the Saba Atoll, third-largest coral atoll in the world.  A group of international scientists including some from the Smithsonian participated in a two-week dive exploration of the area.  Two new species of Goby fish and a dozen new species of seaweed added the excitement of discovery to the 200 species of fish counted, many more than the 35 previously known for the area.  One new Sargasso seaweed has fronds bearing a resemblance to holly leaves.  The mile-high seamount reaches up to about 24 feet below sea level in places and is crowned with coral and a rich diversity of colorful organisms.Here we are exploring the surfaces of other planets, and much of our own remains undiscovered.  Neither of the news stories mentioned evolution, which would have been superfluous.  Discovery and description do not depend on a tale of origins.  Everyone can marvel at the color and diversity of these complex organisms in the present.    The ocean remains one of the last frontiers, and the most vast on Earth.  Little was known in ancient times, but enough for the anonymous author of Psalm 104 to speak awe-inspired of “This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, Living things both small and great.”  Perhaps this writer had visited the Mediterranean coast or Ezion-Geber on the Red Sea, and had heard mariners’ tales.  Little did he know what was out there by experience – but his description still holds true today.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Neanderthals Admired Beauty

first_imgThis may be the last evidence needed to debunk the image of Neanderthals as dim-witted brutes: they wore make-up.  The BBC News reported the discovery of their cosmetics containers: seashells with pigments kept for the purpose of improving their self-image.  If that is not a human characteristic, what else is?    The shells contained complex recipes of pigments.  There were also painted shells apparently used as jewelry.  “The team says its find buries ‘the view of Neanderthals as half-wits’ and shows they were capable of symbolic thinking,” the article said.  What’s more, according to the dating scheme, this evidence existed 10,000 years before contact with modern humans.  Study leader Joao Zilhao [Bristol U, UK] said, “The association of these findings with Neanderthals is rock-solid and people have to draw the associations and bury this view of Neanderthals as half-wits.”    Chris Stringer of London’s National History Museum agreed that this evidence appears to disprove the Neanderthal = Dimwit equation – but it just adds to growing evidence over the last decade.  “It’s very difficult to dislodge the brutish image from popular thinking,” he lamented.    PhysOrg reported more on this story, describing the pigments and the shells that were found, and evidence why they could not be attributed to other modern humans.  It seems that the final distinction between Neanderthal and modern human behavior has been falsified: “This is significant because until now the practice of body ornamentation has been widely accepted by archaeologists as evidence for modern behaviour and symbolic thinking in early modern humans and not Neanderthals.”  New Scientist commented, “Add this to other recent evidence that Neanderthals hunted, painted and perhaps even spoke like anatomically modern humans, and the dumb caveman hypothesis becomes even more untenable.”So why does the BBC News include an artist rendition of a brutish-looking Neanderthal with the article?  Talk about perpetuating a myth.  They should have posted a Neanderthal version of Paris Hilton in the Cave Beauty Pageant.  You can put lipstick on a Neanderthal, but it’s still a human being.    This shows the damage that visualization can do with the power of suggestion.  Once an image gets implanted in the public consciousness, and the name associated with it becomes associated with less-evolved, it’s very difficult to dislodge, as Stringer said.  This myth has gone on for decades – for over a hundred years!  Think of all the damage this myth has done.  Students have been misled in textbook portrayals of our Neanderthal brethren, presenting them as less than human.  It’s historical racism.  If Neanderthals were with us today, boy would they be mad.  Undoubtedly they would form an Association for the Advancement of Neanderthal People and seek court injunctions against discrimination.    We need to pay reparations.  We should rehabilitate our Neanderthal brethren by promoting good looks, strength and intelligence in our portrayals of them, much like Polish were rehabilitated through their Solidarity Movement after years of being the butt of Polack jokes.  What can you do to help the Neanderthal Wannabee movement?  If nothing else, help stop the evolutionary paleontologists from committing this sin again the next time they try foisting a sub-human transitional form on the media.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s place in the centre of the world

first_imgAs Team South Africa returns from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene reflects on the common challenges faced by different countries across the globe – including ours – and reports back on the message communicated to the forum about the South African success story. Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene (centre) joins other global leaders during the session “The BRICS Agenda” on 22 January 1995 at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (Image: World Economic Forum/ Michael Buholzer) Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene For one week of the year, Davos becomes the centre of an increasingly complex world. Corporate, political and thought leaders join representatives of civil society groupings in this snow-covered town in the Swiss alps. For this one week, rank and status fall away as we seek solutions to the challenges facing the global community.In our discussions this year, what struck Team South Africa is that developed economies face similar challenges to those in developing countries like South Africa. Youth unemployment, achieving faster inclusive economic growth, job creation, competition for global investment, cost of energy – all of our respective nations are tackling these problems.Of course there are differences. The scale and depth of the challenges differ. For example, 90% of the world’s youth population lives in developing countries. And as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) points out, labour markets for young people in developing economies are very different from those in developed economies. The irregular nature of employment among youth and the tendency for young people in developing economies to leave education early are the labour market characteristics that contrast most directly with those of youth in developed economies. Compared with advanced economies, the ILO says, developing countries face the additional challenges of underemployment and working poverty, with young people making up the bulk of the workers in the informal economy in both rural and urban areas.As emphasised in the National Development Plan (NDP), reducing the cost of living for low-income and working-class households is essential for broadening economic participation and inclusive growth. Government contributes to reducing the cost of living in three ways:• Investment in the social wage, made up of education, health services, social development, public transport, housing and local amenities• Support to vulnerable households through the old age grant, the child support grant and other social assistance grants• Contributory social security, including unemployment insurance, injury compensation and death or disability benefitsThe government is also working to ensure there is sufficient infrastructure to lower the cost of doing business. South Africa needs to invest in a strong network of economic infrastructure designed to support the country’s medium- and long-term economic and social objectives. Economic infrastructure is a precondition for providing basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation, telecommunications and public transport. It must be robust and extensive enough to meet industrial, commercial and household needs.In South Africa we have identified a few key things that must be done to ensure we close the gap between expectations of our people and the reality they live.1. Leadership of our institutionsWe cannot build the country envisaged in the National Development Plan without strong leadership. In fact this is so important that it is included as the sixth pillar of the National Development Plan. When one looks at definitions of leadership, there are common features – trust, inspirational, common vision, ability to motivate and inspire others to participate in achieving a common goal. And in South Africa we need to combine this with an ethos of service to ensure that our public institutions serve the needs of constituencies they were established to serve. Leadership cannot be legislated – it must be something we must cultivate within ourselves and exercise for the greater good.2. The implementation of the policies we have draftedSouth Africa’s growth and development will not be achieved by writing more policies and legislation. At the same time, the mere presence of policies and legislation will not result in the growth and development of our country. We need to begin to fill the execution deficit – the gap between policy and legislation, and implementation. This is the only way in which we can ensure that South Africa achieves the goals we have set for ourselves. We must begin to implement what are often described as some of the most progressive legislation and policies in the world.3. Common purposeThe common purpose by which we should all be united is the National Development Plan. This plan will, if implemented in earnest, ensure that that we address the great disparity and inequality in our country – at all levels and in all spheres. We need to bring all our focus and determination to the implementation of this plan. The leadership in our country should be at all levels and in all sectors should be focused towards growing our economy in a way that meets the needs of our people. I am not suggesting that we do away with our respective roles – I am suggesting that we find, within our respective spheres, the common purpose of working towards South Africa’s sustained growth and development.South Africa’s message to the worldSo how did South Africa fare at the centre of the world this week? I believe that for an emerging economy we were able to communicate consistently and strongly that South Africa is open for business.We were able to contextualise our growth and development imperatives for our investors and other members of the global community. We communicated awareness of our challenges, but equally explained how we are addressing them.We communicated that we are committed to the growth and development of our southern Africa neighbourhood and the rest of the continent. We also contextualised for investors the many opportunities available in South Africa, SADC and the rest of the continent. In this context, South Africa will be hosting the African chapter of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town from 2 to 6 June 2015.This year’s WEF Africa will be especially significant as the World Economic Forum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in terms of meetings held in Africa.This year’s theme will be “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future” with the following subthemes:(a) Marshalling Resources(b) Enabling/Expanding Business(c) Inspiring CreativityI am positive that the deliberations in Cape Town between government, business and other stakeholders will be vibrant and that it will also provide a platform to share and exchange ideas on how we can collectively position Africa to become a greater force in the global economy.I was proud to be part of Team South Africa to Davos and I look forward to 2016 when we will be able to communicate to this microcosm of the global community the achievements and progress we would have made this year in delivering on our developmental agenda.last_img read more

NESEA Will Hold a Conference in New York City

first_imgThe Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) will hold a one-day conference in New York City on November 3, 2016. Called BuildingEnergy NYC, the conference will focus in part on efforts by the city of New York to reduce the carbon footprint of the city’s buildings.Speakers will include Lois Arena of Steven Winter Associates, Floris Keverling Buisman of 475 High Performance Building Supply, and Steven Strong of Solar Design Associates.Commenting on the upcoming conference, conference co-chair Ken Levenson, president of 475 High Performance Building Supply, said, “It is one thing for the City to mandate an audacious goal like 80% reduction in carbon emissions within 35 years. It is quite another to marshal the troops to get there.It’s a bit like re-routing the Titanic with the iceberg in sight — but in this case the iceberg is melting and threatening to drown us in the process.”The conference opens at the TKP Center in New York City at 7:00 am on Thursday November 3.For more information, including a complete list of speakers, check out the BuildingEnergy NYC conference web site.last_img read more