Dolphins Catch The Jets, 16-13

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan is simply out of answers.Going back to the ground-and-pound approach on offense that was so successful in Ryan’s first few years as coach, the New York Jets kept running the ball and gaining yards in chunks against the Miami Dolphins.It still wasn’t enough in a 16-13 loss on Dec. 1. “I feel sick,” Ryan said. “Our guys just played great, for the most part, in a lot of areas. Dang. We can’t buy a win.”Caleb Sturgis’ third field goal, from 26 yards with 1:57 remaining, gave Miami (7-5) a comeback victory — even after New York (2-10) rushed for 277 yards on 49 carries.“This one,” center Nick Mangold said, “stings for multiple reasons.”It was key errors in the second half, primarily on special teams, that sent the Jets to yet another loss in a brutal season that could prove to be Ryan’s last as coach in New York.“I can’t believe we’re 2-10,” a sighing Ryan said. “It’s a joke.”The Dolphins remained a factor in the AFC wild-card race thanks to rookie Jarvis Landry’s eight receptions, Lamar Miller’s 4-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and plenty of defense when the Jets needed Geno Smith to pass.New York threw only 13 times, fewest in the NFL this season, and gained 49 yards. The usually reliable Nick Folk missed two field goals.“It’s easy to sit back and say we didn’t throw the ball this much now, but we wanted to run the football against them,” Ryan said. “That gave us the best opportunity to win the game, both on offense and defense. We needed to keep that team off the field a little bit.”Smith threw for 65 yards on his seven completions, but also was sacked twice for minus-16 yards. “It has zero to do with us not having faith in our quarterback,” Ryan said.Smith’s final throw of the night was an interception that went off Jeff Cumberland’s hands as Reshad Jones picked it off to seal the win for the Dolphins with 34 seconds left.“I’ve got to make those plays,” Smith said. “I can’t tell you how hard it is for us to fall short after all we sacrifice every single week. You know, the effort and time spent by every man in that locker room and to fall short every single week, it’s gutwrenching, man.“I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am,” he said.The Jets turned back to Smith as their starting quarterback after Michael Vick was under center the last three games. Smith, who came in with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions, was picked off on three straight possessions in his last start, against the Bills on Oct. 26, before being replaced by Vick.New York introduced the offense before the game — but didn’t announce Smith’s name. Smith said it was his decision not to come out with the rest of the starters, not because he was worried about a rude reception from the fans.“I just wanted to run out with the team,” Smith said. “I wanted to run out with the guys.”The Jets’ problems with penalties on special teams hurt them all night — and a holding call against Saalim Hakim set up the Dolphins at New York’s 39 on the tying drive. On the winning possession, backup tight end Dion Sims had catches of 18 and 17 yards. Ryan Quigley had a punt blocked for the second straight game.“Scratch, claw, bite, kick, whatever you have to do make a play and win,” Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said.All of that offset a season high on the ground as Chris Johnson had his best performance for the Jets with 105 yards.After trailing most of the way, Miami tied it on Miller’s run with 10:24 remaining. That brought the loudest cheers of the night; thousands of Dolphins fans at MetLife Stadium braved the wet, windy conditions.Jets wide receiver Greg Salas got the home fans excited early by scoring on a 20-yard end-around reverse for his first career touchdown.As New York kept grinding away on the ground — it had 210 yards rushing in the opening half — it also ate up the clock. But Folk missed from 48 yards and Miami took advantage on Sturgis’ 43-yard field goal to end the half.Sturgis added his 44-yarder to start the second half, and Folk followed with a 45-yarder that bounced off the crossbar and through, making it 13-6.“Everybody in there’s hurting,” Ryan said. “They’re hurting for each other, hurting for our fans. We’d do anything for a win.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr.)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

3 injured in blast outside Pak Consulate General in Jalalabad

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has said that at least three persons, including a policeman, were injured in a blast outside its Consulate General in the volatile Jalalabad city in Afghanistan. Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded outside the consulate in Jalalabad. “IED exploded outside holding area of our Consulate General in Jalalabad. All Pakistani staff are safe. One policeman and two applicants are reportedly wounded,” he said in a tweet. “We are in contact with Afghan authorities to ensure strengthened security for Consulate General’s premises and personnel,” Faisal said. No outfit has taken responsibility of the attack. The consulate had been shut down in August last year, before resuming operations two months later, a media report said.last_img read more

LeBron Is Still Getting Better

LeBron James might remain the best player in the NBA. He might remain the most valuable. He might even remain a player around whom a team can build a perennial Finals contender. But the question right now is, “Can LeBron remain this good for the rest of the season?” Because this LeBron is very close to as good as we’ve ever seen, in ways we’ve never seen before.Just so everyone’s clear at the top: James is not the sun-eater he was in 2012-13, with the third and greatest of his Miami Heat teams. He may not be quite as incontestable as he was at the end of his first tenure in Cleveland, when he won back-to-back MVPs and dragged meager rosters on long and doomed and occasionally brilliant playoff runs.But James is posting career highs in true shooting percentage (66.4), 3-point percentage (41.6), assist percentage (42.9) and block percentage (2.6). His free throw percentage (77.3) is the second-highest of his career. He’s shooting 80.7 percent within 3 feet of the basket and going to the rim about as often as he ever has. He has created more shots for teammates than anyone but Russell Westbrook, according to data from Second Spectrum, and he’s done it while playing 37 minutes per night — a heavy load for a player in his 15th season (who has also logged more than 200 playoff games).The easy answer to the obvious question — How? — is that his jumper is falling. According to data from Second Spectrum, James is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 58.8 on step-back shots and 63 on pull-up jumpers — his two most common shot types after brute-force drives. Those dwarf his normal rate of makes on those shots over the last three seasons.The large and sensible parts of the brain say this is unsustainable. That it’s fun to watch James play-act past glories while understanding that the underlying foundations have shifted, moved on — that James’s MVP-level start is a mirage of risky habits and clustered luck. The smaller, more rascally regions wonder: What if this is how LeBron goes late-Jordan?James is one of the most amorphous stars I’ve ever watched from season to season. In various offseasons over the past decade, he’s picked up a post game, lost and recovered his 3-point stroke, added sneaky perimeter dribble feints and pivots, and refined the drive-and-kick game to its most basic and brutally effective elements. Who’s to say he hasn’t gone out and added the step-back midrange game that Michael made art and Kobe made genre fiction?I mean, just look at this:I’ve been watching LeBron for a lot of years, and I don’t remember him looking so fluid on those shots, so smooth through the hips and shoulders. That shot has always been available to him, it’s just always looked more calculated than natural — a computer making an arcane chess move more than a master moving in on the hunt. Now, it looks more graceful, a little tighter in the footwork. They aren’t suddenly perfect shots — there’s still the occasional (and occasionally more than occasional) wild launch from 35 feet or with a foot on or just inside the line, but they look better in aggregate. Maybe it’s easier to see it like that because it’s going in; that’s one danger of applying the eye test.But it also makes sense given how well James has shot both from distance and point-blank. There’s simply more room to maneuver in the midrange if defenses must treat him as a 40-percent 3-point shooter and an 80-percent finisher at the rim — while also playing the lanes because he’s passing more than ever. That’s going to remain true for as long as James is canning 3s like this and remains unstoppable at the rim. The jumper can come and go, but it has been relatively steady since it went missing in 2015-16. The drives are more reliable.The Cavs score 125 points per 100 possessions when James drives and finishes himself, passes to a teammate for a shot or is fouled (or he makes a turnover), and 118 points per 100 possessions on scoring chances that come from multiple passes after a James drive, according to Second Spectrum. Both rank first among players with at least 100 drives this season, and both are unlikely to change as long as James remains unstoppable, crashing into defenders and creating space where the defender had previously been standing.One caveat: This isn’t the indomitable James. The onslaught is not exactly unrelenting. The pitch is not fevered. James is finding more success driving to the rim, but he’s also drawing fouls at a career-worst rate — his .294 rate of free throws per field goal attempt is down considerably from his career average .418 — and his turnovers are a hair under his career worst (from last season). These may be clues that James’s underlying skills have tailed off and his results will soon follow. Or they may be evidence that LeBron isn’t actually trying yet.His defensive numbers confirm that he hasn’t returned to his peak. The Cleveland defense has been nearly 11 points better per 100 possessions when he sits, and ESPN’s defensive Real Plus-Minus has him in the negatives, below James Harden and Kyle Lowry. RPM is famously skewed toward defensive-minded big men, but James has historically performed much better in the stat. So, no, James isn’t the clamp-down bear trap he was in his Heat years. But he’s in the top 40 for shots defended (a good sign he’s not getting blown out of plays) and opponents are shooting just a 46.6 effective field goal percentage against him (a very good number). While he’s giving up “good” shots (expected value 52.8 eFG percentage, adjusting for who’s shooting, which is one of the worst figures in the league), he’s depressing value on those shots by 6.2 eFG percentage points, sandwiching him between standout defenders like Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap once he’s actually engaged in the play.We expect more from James because we’ve seen more from him. We’ve seen him slip from the best player in history to merely the best at this moment, and so his deficiencies call out in a way other players’ do not. Maybe he’s playing catch-up defense these days, or not drawing fouls the way he used to, or not willing Jae Crowder into making his wide-damn-open 3s. But 15 seasons into his career, he’s still getting better, and so far this season, the pieces he’s added have more than made up for the ones that have fallen away.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Infrastructure Minister reports in House of Assembly

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Aug 2015 – Hon. Amanda Missick ensures that the use and function of basic amenities such as water consumption along with fundamental government services throughout the TCI remains the main goal of her government. Strides have been made within Grand Turk to increase water supply per day. However, certain areas in the Ridge are still operating in limited quantities.Additionally, the minister noted that as a result of upgrading the plants’ technology, there would ultimately be an increase and continuous distribution of water throughout Grand Turk.Furthermore Minister Missick spoke about completed repair works to the Blue Hills Jetty as well as ongoing efforts to repair and redesign roadwork throughout the TCI some of which to be completed this year. Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Related Items:amanda missick, infrastructure Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolutionlast_img read more

Police Investigate weekend Robberies

first_img Related Items:#BlueHillsrobberies, #helpstopcrimeinTCI, #weekendrobberiesinProvo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are investigating a number of Robberies that occurred over the weekend in the Blue Hills area of Providenciales.Around 5:08am on Sunday 3rd March 2017, a complainant reported that he heard rambling from his neighbor’s apartment as if someone was burglarizing it.   Police responded to the scene located on Bay Road where the victim was met.   He told officers that he had just arrived home when two men (one short and the other tall) with firearms approached him demanding money. He gave them a small amount of cash.   The culprits took him to his room where they assaulted him, took his cell phone and another sum of money.Another male reported that while at the same location, as he was about to exit his vehicle an unknown masked man approached him with a gun and demanded money.  The gunman ordered him to lay on the ground as he searched the victim.   A black Samsung cellphone was stolen.  Checks were made in the area for persons fitting the descriptions given but no one was found.  Investigation are ongoing in both matters.If anyone has information relating to this incident contact the police at Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901 or contact Crime stoppers at 1-800-8477.   The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.   We remind you not to report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter page.Press Release: RTCIPF#BlueHillsrobberies#weekendrobberiesinProvo#helpstopcrimeinTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Hearst Corp Buys Controlling Interest in Digital Billing and Payments Firm

first_imgHearst Corporation last week announced it bought an 80 percent stake in digital billing and payment services firm Kubra. The service, which manages billing and payments for the utility, insurance, financial services and healthcare industries, will be closely aligned with Hearst-owned CDS Global, a fulfillment and data processing company. Terms were not released, but it’s an interesting deal for Hearst to make. On the one hand, it fits with the revenue diversification theme the publishing market has been hungry for, but in this case it’s a service-based operation—not one dependent on advertising. It also puts Hearst in a position to make money from out-of-market industries like healthcare and utilities. In announcing the deal, Hearst Magazines president David Carey referred to it as “building new service businesses that have scale.” Third, it taps into the growing electronic payment and billing market, and that includes mobile. “As the consumer shift to electronic payment becomes more rapid, companies offering fully integrated billing and payment services are in high demand,” says Hearst Corp. president and CEO Steven Swartz in a statement. By matching up Kubra with CDS Global, Hearst can leverage the payment-oriented services the two companies provide. Kubra, like CDS, will remain an independent unit, with Kubra president and CEO Rick Watkin reporting to Carey. “Kubra’s experience in billing and payments is a great complement to the services CDS Global offers, and we have been working together in some capacity since 2011,” CDS Global president and CEO Debra Janssen tells FOLIO:. “While many of the day-to-day business and technology details will be more fully determined as KUBRA is integrated into the Hearst family, the great working relationship we have already built will allow us both to derive quick benefit from an expanded partnership.”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Wilmington Selectman Frank West Endorses Dave Robertson

first_imgDear Editor,It is with pride that I write this letter for David Robertson who is seeking to be our next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District. I have known Dave Robertson since he began working for our late State Rep Jim Miceli. I see Dave as a man who has a positive attitude and would be able to hit the job running as Dave has been late Rep Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff for a number of years.I have had many conversations with Dave Robertson over the years and find him extremely intelligent and competent in how to get things accomplished within the maze of our state government. Dave has a working knowledge and understanding of issues affecting both of our communities. Most importantly, I see Dave as a man of compassion who takes the time to listen to people and help solve individual issues as well.As a lifelong Wilmington Resident and local business owner, I am confident that Dave Robertson will be an amazing State Representative and am proud to give him both my vote and this endorsement and hope the voters of both Wilmington and Tewksbury will do as me and VOTE DAVE ROBERTSON STATE REPRESENTATIVE.Sincerely,Frank WestFormer Wilmington SelectmanNOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

Electric cars are not maintenancefree

first_img More From Roadshow 0 How to maintain your electric car 4:17 My recent video lambasting car engine head gaskets got a few of you electric car haters to remind me that EVs aren’t exactly maintenance-free. Fair enough. So this week, I give you my list of the top 5 things that need tending to underneath an electric car hood, or wherever it is they hide these parts.  2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: Cooley On Carscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 5. Tire rotation I put this at the bottom because it’s common to all cars (and you don’t do it anyway), but it’s extra important on an EV because they have a heavy footing with that big battery and exert a lot of torque on the driven wheels. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you were saving the environment with electric power only to be polluting it excessively by tossing out tires more often than you need to? 4. Brake fluid serviceEven though electric cars do most of their everyday stopping via regenerative braking, where the mechanical brakes aren’t used, they all have normal brake discs and pads. Those are pressed together via the same hydraulic fluid found in a conventional car, and that fluid is hygroscopic, meaning it likes to absorb water from the air and will corrode your brake system unless you flush it regularly. Tesla says 80 percent of the service its cars need can be done by a mobile service tech who arrives in a Tesla with a cool stripe. Tesla 3. Coolant service Battery electric cars have no engine but they still have coolant keep that big battery from doing what it naturally wants to do: catch fire. Coolant system-flush intervals vary widely, from every four years or 50,000 miles for a Tesla Model 3, to every 150,000 miles for a Chevy Bolt. 2. Brake service Separate from brake fluid are the brake pads and discs. How often an EV needs them serviced depends on how much you drive, how hard you drive, what regeneration settings you use and the terrain in your area. The best EV pilots read the traffic ahead and try never to use their brakes, and the lesser ones mash the brake pedal frequently and will be facing brake jobs. leaf-motorThe unseen battery is where a huge amount of cost and residual value resides. Take care of that battery with a new set of habits you never needed on your old car. CNET 1. Battery care Your electric car’s battery, not its motor, is more analogous to a regular car’s engine in terms of cost and value. It’s the heaviest assembly, the most expensive and a big factor in the car’s future residual value. Take care of it like you would an engine by knowing that it can suffer when it’s sitting in overly hot or cold temps for too long, allowed to go totally dead, or charged too much or too often. The details of those parameters are in the owner’s manual and if you read nothing else of it, at least read that section. Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment Tags Chevrolet Nissan Teslalast_img read more

Who is Pramod Sawant Meet Manohar Parrikars successor and new Goa Chief

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/1:07Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:02?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … BJP’s Pramod Sawant sworn in as the new CM of Goa on March 19 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos COPY LINK Close Sawant went to the Raj Bhavan after Bharatiya Janata Party chose him as Parrikar’s successor. This was done after both the allies of BJP – Goa Forward Party’s Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP)’s Sudin Dhavalikar – were offered the posts of deputy chief ministers.To lay claim on the state’s top position, the 45-year-old had the backing of Nitin Gadkari and BJP president Amit Shah. Gadkari, who was a key player in bringing the allies together, told Indian Express, “Our alliance partners and MLAs are going to meet the Governor. Signed letters establishing our majority will also be submitted to the Goa Governor.” Goa Chief minister Pramod SawantTwitterThe swearing-in ceremony was presided by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha.”I don’t know if I will be able to fill in the shoes of Manohar Parrikar, he was a very tall leader …It is a very big responsibility that the party has given me. I will try my best to fulfil it. I am what I am today because of Manohar Parrikar,” Pramod Sawant was quoted as saying by Economic Times. AFP/Getty ImagesA two-time MLA from Sanquelim constituency, Sawant is an Ayurvedic medical practitioner and his wife Sulakshana Sawant is the president of BJP Goa Mahila Morcha. She is also a chemistry teacher at Shri Shantadurga Higher Secondary School in Bicholim.Sawant was a close confidant of Manohar Parrikar. During Parrikar’s last days, he had asked Sawant to perform all state duties, including hoisting the flag on national days. He has the strong support of the RSS and this closeness, according to ET, is one of the reasons why MGP and GFP did not support him in the primary stages. He has been a member of the RSS since his childhood and was also a Yuva BJP leader during his adolescence. Sawant’s swearing-in came at a period of high drama after Parrikar’s death with rumours floating around that two MGP MLAs had defected to BJP on Monday morning. However, after Sawant was sworn in, he clarified that there was no defection and that the BJP and the MGP were allies.At 1.50 am on Tuesday, Sawant was sworn in along with 11 others to form a fully functioning Goa cabinet. However, with the death of Parikkar and Francis D’Souza and the resignation of two Congress lawmakers, the Goa Assembly population has dwindled to 36 MLAs. Close Manohar Parrikar: The epitome of efficiency and simplicitylast_img read more

Taj Mahal tourists injured by marauding monkeys

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 16 December, 2016, macaques monkeys playing next to a tourist in the grounds of a temple in Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Photo: AFPIndian officials on Tuesday urged tourists to steer clear of monkeys after two French visitors were attacked by apes while taking selfies at the Taj Mahal.The tourists were left with bloody scratches and bite marks after being chased and set upon by the monkeys as they took photos at India’s most famous attraction.Footage captured on a mobile phone showed scores of monkeys chasing tourists from the legendary monument to love in the city of Agra early Tuesday.Tourist police officer R. V. Panday told AFP the international visitors were given first aid after being attacked.”They were taking selfies in front of the Taj when a group of monkeys attacked them,” Panday said.In this file photo taken on 7 May, 2018, a monkey shouts as it sits in a pond during a hot summer day in Allahabad. Photo: AFPHordes of monkeys roam the vast Taj complex and authorities have struggled to stop them harassing visitors.Panday advised tourists to avoid the monkeys and refrain from feeding them, adding the cheeky primates were known to snatch food and other items from unsuspecting visitors.Last year a tourist was injured after she tried to retrieve her purse from a monkey at the Taj.India has an estimated monkey population of 50 million and roughly 10,000 are believed to roam Agra.They are fed by Hindus who revere the monkey god Hanuman but their numbers are difficult to contain.Nationwide figures are not available but nearly 1,900 people were bitten by monkeys in the capital New Delhi in 2016, government figures show.last_img read more

In Baltimore More Officers Accused of Faking Evidence

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Public defenders in Baltimore say charges against a client have been dropped because police body-camera video “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”This case involves seven officers, two of whom have been referred to the police department’s internal affairs division.Baltimore Police Officer (AP Image)Media outlets say the public defender’s office won’t release the video because it shows a co-defendant whom it doesn’t represent.Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dismissed charges in 34 cases relying on the testimony of three other officers after the Office of the Public Defender released a different video they say shows an officer planting drugs. That officer is suspended and two others are on administrative duty.Separately, seven other Baltimore officers on a gun crimes task force are accused of faking reports and false detentions.last_img read more