NEW DELHI: AAP’s South Delhi Lok Sabha candidate Raghav Chadha, who is himself a Chartered Accountant by profession, met with a delegation of CAs from South Delhi in presence of Rajya Sabha MP and Senior Chartered Accountant ND Gupta, Ex-ICAI President Naveen Gupta and Senior Chartered Accountant Pankaj Mangal on Saturday. The CAs presented a collection of cheques towards Raghav Chadha’s election campaign.The delegation held a brief discussion with him regarding his profile, his work experience and vision of Aam Aadmi Party for Delhi. They congratulated him on being one of the youngest candidates for the Lok Sabha elections from not just Delhi but the whole country. They also appreciated the fact that he was able to accomplish this without any political background or muscle power, but on the basis of merit alone. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRaghav Chadha thanked the delegation for supporting him; “As a Chartered Accountant myself, I know that CAs value hard work, diligence, transparency, merit and precision and thus I am humbled by your faith in me.” Speaking to the delegation, Raghav Chadha said ” South Delhi has immense potential for development but politics of muscle and money power has hindered its progress. Elected MP from South Delhi has not done any work in the past five years. Successive Congress and BJP governments have also neglected the core issues of providing basic amenities since independence.” Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsHe said, “The Aam Aadmi Party government is the first government to lay emphasis on education, healthcare and ensuring access to basic amenities for all. Working on improving sewage systems, pipeline infrastructure among other things. Arvind Kejriwal’s government has been able to achieve major milestones in the past four years but there is more to be done, which could not be possible due to obstructions by the Central Government. Hopefully, when all the seven MPs are elected from the AAP, Delhi will see exponential growth in its pace of development.”
Rabat – Morocco tops the list of African countries with maritime connections.According to its 2018 report, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) lists Morocco ahead of Egypt (2nd), South Africa (3rd), Djibouti (4th), and Togo (5th).Morocco also ranks second in the Arab world with 71.5 out of 188 points, behind the UAE. The kingdom owes its position to the number of conventions it has signed to improve its maritime connectivity.Last year, Morocco consolidated its position with a grade of 67, up from less than 10 in 2007.The 2017 report attributed the sharp increase to Morocco’s Tangier Med Port, which attracts international container vessels.Maritime transport is considered the backbone of international trade. Morocco’s Tangier Med Port has served as a productive North African hub.The port said in July that it has achieved a 7 percent increase in container traffic for the first half of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.With two terminals, the port processed 1,668,566 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) from January to the end of June 2018.The port’s two vehicle terminals handled 252,194 cars during the first six months of 2018, representing an increase of 18 percent compared to the first half of 2017.
CALGARY – One of the world’s largest supplies of shale natural gas is sitting beneath an area spanning the British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories boundaries, according to a new study.But with dismal commodity prices and no immediate way to export the gas to global markets, the prospect of a development bonanza in the Liard Basin is far from certain.The study was a joint effort by the National Energy Board, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, the Yukon Geological Survey, the Northwest Territories Geological Survey and the British Columbia Ministry of Natural Gas Development.The NEB said Wednesday that the Liard is Canada’s second-largest known gas resource after the Montney, which straddles B.C. and Alberta. Globally, it ranks ninth, according to the federal energy regulator.It’s estimated to contain 219 trillion cubic feet of marketable natural gas — enough to meet all of Canada’s demand for 68 years at 2014 consumption rates.Mike Johnson, technical leader of hydrocarbon resources at the NEB, said it was the first detailed look at the Liard and he was taken aback by its size.“We expected big,” he said. “It was bigger than we thought it was going to be.”The bulk of the Liard marketable resource — 167 trillion cubic feet — is in British Columbia, with 44 tcf in the Northwest Territories and eight tcf in the Yukon segment.“This report shows our long-term prospects are stronger than before and that the Liard Basin can create economic activity and jobs in our province for a very long time to come,” said Rich Coleman, B.C.’s natural gas development minister.There are already pipelines in the region, but links would need to be built to connect that gas to its logical outlets: liquefied natural gas terminals planned for Prince Rupert or Kitimat, B.C., which would enable exports to Asia.However, it’s unclear whether the companies behind those export proposals — whose price tags can run into the tens of billions of dollars — will ultimately decide to go ahead.Chevron Canada and Australia’s Woodside Petroleum have teamed on a project to develop gas, mostly from the Liard Basin, and liquefy it at a terminal planned for the Kitimat area.The partners expect to have drilled five wells in the Liard by year-end as they continue to appraise their holdings, said Ray Lord, a spokesman for the project.“These results are confirming, I think, what we’ve felt all along — that we are dealing with a world-class resource,” he said.But Lord provided no timeline for when the companies would make an official go-ahead decision.Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod said that with the downturn in oil and gas prices, pretty much all the exploration companies have “packed up and left” the territory.“It’s a high-cost environment and it’s usually the first place that’s affected when prices go down,” he said.But long-term demand forecasts give him hope.“We see this as an opportunity to get ready,” he said.Yukon Energy, Mines and Resources Minister Scott Kent said his government is using the slowdown to work on baseline testing for water and seismic activity.“Somebody once told me that winter’s a good time to buy a straw hat, so that’s what we’re doing now,” Kent said. “We’re doing a lot of that work and we know the markets will come back. We know British Columbia’s working hard to get LNG offshore.”Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 16, 2016 9:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 16, 2016 at 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report: huge gas resource in B.C., Yukon and NWT, but will it get to market?
An Emery High student questions Congressman John Curtis and Lt. Governor Spencer Cox during their visit to Castle Dale.By Julie JohansenGuests at Emery High on Wednesday afternoon included Congressman John Curtis, Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, Michael Mower from the office of Governor Gary Herbert, Senator David Hinkins, Emery County Commissioners Lynn Sitterud, Gil Conover and Kent Wilson, as well as Ray Peterson, Emery County Public Lands, as they joined with students and members of the community to celebrate the passing of the Emery County Public Lands Bill.Emery High student body president Jesse Braun welcomed the dignitaries to the school and turned the time over to Mower for a special award. The award was presented to Gwen and Neal Peacock for 36 years of service to the school and the community, which comes on the heels of Neal directing his 200th play just the previous weekend. The declaration was signed by Gov. Herbert and Cox.The next award was a large check in the amount of $382,437 presented to Braun. This check represented the SITLA (School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration) funds to the Emery School District. Then, certificates were given to the county commissioners and Peterson for their work on the Emery County Public Lands Bill for the past 20+ years.Seven members of the student council prepared questions, which were posed next to Congressman Curtis and Spencer Cox. Some questions pertained to the Emery County Public Lands Bill and/or a national monument. Both Curtis and Cox responded that the bill was a win-win for Emery County and the entire State of Utah. The three main wins they recited were future certainty of no monument, funds from STILA and economic development (jobs) for the future. They reminded all that any roads or trails that are legal now will be legal once the bill is implemented. When asked what is the difference between monument, wilderness or recreation, they responded the degree of restrictiveness.Other questions included preventing a government shutdown to which Curtis responded that he is sponsoring two bills to help prevent this. One bill would be no work/no pay for Congress and the other included budget cut percentages increasing as the number of days go on. When asked about fraud with mail-in votes, Cox answered that there is a small chance, but signatures are matched and voter participation dramatically increases. A question on polarized legislation brought an answer from Curtis, who responded that it is important to get to know each other. He also said people can disagree on things but still be friends.As the event drew to a close, an attentive audience and the prepared presenters were recognized by their guests.
Anyone writing for kids television has an obligation to tell the truth, present facts in their entirety, and not attempt to influence children through any form of propaganda. But the writers on Disney‘s sitcom Shake It Up seemingly overlooked the facts, or at least have no clue about technology, when writing Episode 28 of Season 2.Episode 28 aired over the weekend and saw two of the characters write some software which goes on to infect computers with a virus. The little geeky kid is asked to help after machines stop working and he jumps to the conclusion that they used open source code to save time, and that the virus was hidden in the open source files.Really, Disney?The episode has understandably been met with a lot of anger online. Not only is the suggestion of a general link between viruses and open source code ridiculous, it was also made during a kids show regularly watched by at least 2.5 million children aged between 6-14. Children who listen and take on board what they are hearing and may now believe open source code is dangerous and should be avoided.It’s true that technology is taking an ever more active role in our daily lives, and that children are being introduced to it earlier. But that also means script writers need to keep up with technology, or should avoid talking about it if they are not comfortable with the subject matter.For Disney’s part they need to change the episode so as not to suggest this link. I’d say they also need to issue an apology, but I’m sure it would have very little impact. Finally, they need to hire a tech consultant if they want to touch on technology in future episodes or other shows so as to avoid such a mistake happening again.The funny thing is, if the kid had mentioned a link between using Windows or OS X and getting infected then Microsoft or Apple’s lawyers would have been on the phone to Disney demanding an apology while spinning up the PR machine to counteract any bad press. As it’s open source being attacked it’s left up to a whole range of organizations and the general community to put pressure on Disney to do anything about this mistake.via TechCrunch
The 2011 inaugural Vancouver USA Marathon raised nearly $9,000 in support of the Children’s Cancer Association, Fort Vancouver National Trust and the Parks Foundation of Clark County. Each agency will receive a donation of $2,521 from the race registration fees; also, an additional $1,177.29 in individual donations will be divided among the three nonprofit agencies.Children’s Cancer Association is a Portland-based organization that serves seriously ill children and their families at no cost. The Fort Vancouver National Trust works toward recognition of Fort Vancouver National Site as a premier historic destination through preservation, education and advocacy.And the Parks Foundation raises money for parks, trails, and recreational programs across Clark County. Money from the Vancouver Marathon will support the foundation’s efforts to seek and secure outside grants for special projects and programs.
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Red king crab (Photo via Alaska Department of Fish & Game)The National Marine Fisheries Service annual summer survey across the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands came back with the not good news that crab stocks were down. State fisheries biologist Miranda Westphal in Unalaska said this year’s findings are keeping with a recent trend.Listen Now “Overall we’ve been seeing the last couple seasons of them surveying that crab stocks in general have been in decline,” Westphal said. “So this season certainly wasn’t a surprise for anyone either.” (BSAI are federal fisheries managed by the state.)The news releases from Fish and Game on the coming crab fisheries trickled out all last week. First, the quota for the Bristol Bay red king crab, which opens this Saturday, will be cut 15 percent. Announcements then came down for the closure of Pribilof red and blue king crab, then the closure of tanner crab, and then the closure of Saint Matthew Island blue king crab. The last announcement of a near 50 percent reduction of the Bering Sea snow crab harvest came Thursday.Westphal calls this a down year for BSAI fisheries, but said crabs are cyclical and things will hopefully improve in a year or two.“I feel like, just looking at past fishery data, past stock data, that we’re just in one of the low cycles right now,” Westphal said. “The NMFS trawl survey happens every summer, so we’ll just have to wait and see what it looks like next summer. But the hope is that it will turn around fairly quickly.”The BSAI crab industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars every year. In 2014 for example, 108 vessels fished, employing 1200 crew and landing some 81 million pounds of crab with an ex-vessel value of $246 million. The wholesale value of the processed 53.2 million pounds was estimated at $331 million, according to NOAA.The Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation partners with nine vessels that fish crab. CEO Norm Van Vactor said this year’s quota reductions and crab closures will be costly for the CDQ, probably in the millions of dollars of lost revenue.“There’s less crab for the boats to catch,” Van Vactor said. “There’s less crab for our salespeople to sell. There’s less opportunity on a margin basis per pound for BBEDC to generate revenue. And of course it’s these types of revenue that feed and support our programs,” he said.Right now, with Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab opening Saturday, crabbers are making tough choices on how to fish this season. For BBEDC, that means “optimizing the efficiency of the fleet,” according to Van Vactor.“Do we tie a boat up, do we move quota from one boat to the other boats that are fishing, do we just kind of share the pain equally between the vessel? Because remember, we’re in this with partners, with other people and with the crew, and so everybody kind of shares in the good times and everybody shares in the bad times,” Van Vactor said.He said if there is a silver lining, smaller landings could translate to higher prices, though that’s far from guaranteed.Decisions about crab harvest quotas are made after the NMFS summer trawl survey data is in. Van Vactor said industry is calling on NMFS and the state managers to reconsider this sole, standard method to count the crabs on the ocean floor.“There is a strong feeling, and we’re certainly seeing it in our other fisheries and in particular around our cod boats, they’re seeing more crab than they’ve seen in a long time,” Van Vactor said. “So the feeling is we’re dealing with changing water temperatures. We’ve had a warm ‘blob’ in the Gulf of Alaska, there have been different temperature currents in the Bering Sea. The feeling is that the crab resource is probably actually quite healthy, but they’re just not in their traditional areas.”Conversations about the survey and management of BSAI crab fisheries will continue this fall and winter. Nothing is likely to change what is now set to be a down year of reduced opportunity for crabbing in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. It’s going to be a down year for crabbing in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands fisheries. Several fisheries will be closed, and others will have reduced harvest quotas. The unwelcome news from Alaska’s Department of Fish & Game last week was not unexpected after a summer survey reported in late August that crab stocks were down.
ReutersIndividuals or corporate entities acting as guarantors and who deny clearing the debt despite having the means to do so can also be tagged as wilful defaulter, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced on Tuesday.”Where a banker has made a claim on the guarantor on account of the default made by the principal debtor, the liability of the guarantor is immediate. In case the guarantor refuses to comply with the demand made by the creditor/banker, despite having sufficient means to make payment of the dues, such guarantor would also be treated as a wilful defaulter,” RBI said in a statement.Vijay Mallya’s trouble continues: Vijay Mallya declared wilful defaulter by UBI.ReutersAfter being declared a wilful defaulter by Kolkata-based United Bank of India in the first week of September, Vijay Mallya and three other directors’ were tagged as wilful defaulters by SBI too, on Tuesday.”We have already sent a notice to KFA (to declare it a wilful defaulter). There is a mandatory time that needs to be given to it to respond and that time is currently on,” Press Trust of India quoted SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya.The State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank which leads the consortium has an exposure of over Rs.1,600 crore. Mallya’s Kingfisher Airline has debt worth Rs.7,600 crore to 17 banks, reported PTI.So far, banks have recovered around Rs.2,000 crore via sale of pledged shares and are now looking ahead to acquire two pledged properties — Kingfisher Villa in Goa and Kingfisher House in Mumbai.After UBI and SBI, Punjab National bank (PNB), IDBI Bank, Federal Bank and Axis Bank Ltd are also in the process of terming KFA a wilful defaulter. PNB has already appealed the Delhi High Court for permission to slap KFA with wilful defaulter tag.Corporate Defaulters in Indian Banks record:An overall loan default by 50 companies in India amounts to over Rs.40,000 crore.”Most of these corporates have refused to pay despite having capacity for repayment. Banks will have to declare them wilful defaulters,” The Indian Express quoted a banking source on condition of anonymity.Following the RBI’s decision on Tuesday, Ashvin Parekh, senior expert-advisor from Ernst and Young said that this step will execute a new line of discipline.”The move will result into creating a boundary that will cover the group entities that act as guarantor and the promoters, directors and managers of the company,” Ashvin added.
Flourishing apple trade in Shimla town boosts business7.7K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Flourishing apple trade in Shimla town boosts business7.7K viewsBusinessShimla, Oct 14 (ANI): Apple business is booming in northern hill town and famed tourist destination Shimla, registering an annual growth from 35 billion to 45 billion rupees, proving a boon for the economy. Apple farming, which is the biggest business of the state, is not only giving good business to its farmers and traders, but the state government is also launching different schemes and initiatives to help grow the trade. Different varieties of the fruit are being sold out in large quantities at the local markets in Narkanda, Shimla, Dhali, Solan and Parwanoo during the onset of winter. On an average, the farmers get 1,000 rupees for a box containing 20-25 kg of apple. But this year, farmers are getting between 1,000 to 2,200 rupees for the same box. Vice-chairman, Himachal Pradesh, Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Mohinder Satan, said that with each year passing, more are more farmers and traders are joining this business considering its profit. Besides, the government is also giving 80 percent subsidy to the apple farmers.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Shimla, Oct 14 (ANI): Apple business is booming in northern hill town and famed tourist destination Shimla, registering an annual growth from 35 billion to 45 billion rupees, proving a boon for the economy. Apple farming, which is the biggest business of the state, is not only giving good business to its farmers and traders, but the state government is also launching different schemes and initiatives to help grow the trade. Different varieties of the fruit are being sold out in large quantities at the local markets in Narkanda, Shimla, Dhali, Solan and Parwanoo during the onset of winter. On an average, the farmers get 1,000 rupees for a box containing 20-25 kg of apple. But this year, farmers are getting between 1,000 to 2,200 rupees for the same box. Vice-chairman, Himachal Pradesh, Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), Mohinder Satan, said that with each year passing, more are more farmers and traders are joining this business considering its profit. Besides, the government is also giving 80 percent subsidy to the apple farmers.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tasked a team of ethical hackers to test the vulnerability of Indian banks against cyber attacks. Indian banks to re-issue 3.2 million debit cards following security breachRecently, the banking regulator has set up a small team, which consists of a few young ethical hackers and former senior police officers. Nandkumar Sarvade, a retired IPS officer and an expert in bank fraud and terrorism cases, would head the team, the Economic Times reported, citing “sources involved with the operation.” During the first phase of the test, as the RBI decides to ethically break into the IT systems of banks, the focus will be on PSU banks that are understood to be more susceptible compared to their private bank counterparts. “RBI is looking at international standards when it comes to protecting itself and banks from cyber-attacks. The regulator is planning a mix of ethical hacking, planned and unplanned audits of banks’ security systems to ensure that best practises are followed strictly,” a person who is involved with the matter told ET. In October last year, Indian banks were hit with a suspicious malware-related security breach in the ATM network, which compromised the financial data of card holders and as many as 3.2 million cards had to be replaced or re-issued. The worst-hit banks were SBI, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, YES Bank and Axis Bank.According to the finance ministry, top 51 banks in India have lost close to Rs 500 crore from April 2013 to November 2016 and about 56% of this amounted to net-banking thefts and card cloning.Rough estimates point out that at least 15 ransomware attacks take place per hour in India and one in three Indians falls prey to it.
With a new subscription service for Mojang’s craft-em-up, Minecraft, it would seem the hit game’s popularity is far from stalling just yet. Minecraft Realms, a new subscription service for the game, aims to provide customers of the game with online play, but free from the tyranny and vulgarity of the anonymous internet.For a monthly free, a Minecraft server can be leased that is tailored to the subscriber and free of random people making a mess of things. The initiative is more focused on providing parents with a worry-free PG experience than it is focused on preventing griefers from logging on and destroying intricate build projects. The subscriber will have complete control over who can access the world and friends list. Only one person will need to subscribe, and regular, non-subscription users will be able to log on so long as the owner of the server allows it.Though Realms is intended to be self-contained, Mojang is open to the idea of allowing portals between different Minecraft worlds, so friends can play on each others’ servers.Currently, Realms is in closed alpha, and Mojang plans to launch a beta in May. Mojang is also working on a version of Realms for the mobile Minecraft. At the moment, there isn’t a price set for the subscription, but Mojang feels it’ll fall somewhere around $10 to $15 per month. If Realms takes off, then it could be a new way to generate revenue for the game as it grows older and the hype eventually dissipates. As it stands, some of us have been playing the game for a few years, so interest is bound to die down at some point. If Mojang can use Realms to turn Minecraft into a pseudo-MMO, then that could heavily reinvigorate player activity. If player activity ever dwindles to dangerous levels, that is.[Image credit: Stanto]
Today’s cars, trucks, and vans already boast a long list of safety features. There’s always room for improvement, though. One that Mitsubishi is pondering involves the use of projectors and displays.The Japanese automaker just announced a concept they call Safe and Secure Lighting. One part of he system looks a lot like the numerous high-tech bicycle safety Kickstarters that have been pitched in recent years. Projectors mounted on the outside of a vehicle beam indicators onto the road surface.Mitsubishi’s release notes that “60 percent of pedestrian fatalities on roads occur at night,” adding that “illuminated projections that are clearly visible to pedestrians in the dark are expected to help reduce such fatalities.”When you put your vehicle in reverse or start to open a door, Safe and Secure Lighting projects an image onto the pavement to indicate your intentions to nearby drivers and pedestrians. The arrows for reversing are obvious enough, but the door opening symbol may need to be refined. It looks a bit like you’re offering free WiFi in your vehicle.In their render, you can also see how Mitsubishi plans to use displays as part of the Safe and Secure Lighting system. One placed at the back of the vehicle can provide bright, clear warnings to drivers approaching from the rear. It could be as simple as that yellow caution triangle, or, if that full-width black bar is indeed all screen, the car could provide very explicit (not sweary, the other kind… though it’s inevitable someone will definitely try to hack a system like this to display arbitrary text) alerts.Mitsubishi sees Safe and Secure as a good fit for both traditional vehicles and autonomous ones. When there’s no human behind the wheel to do things like give someone the “nah, you go first” wave, systems like this will have to fill in.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo
8. Detroit Lions – Colin loves Matt Stafford as a franchise quarterback, and the Detroit defense has only allowed opponents to score on 12 of 47 drives (2nd in the NFL). They’ve also been opportunistic in forcing an NFL high 11 turnovers, and have the best turnover differential in the league (+9). Creating turnovers isn’t sustainable or predictable, but the ball is bouncing their way so far, this year. 5. L.A. Rams – The Rams 23 plays of 20+ yards is tied for the most in the NFL, and they lead the NFC in yards per play on 1st Down (6.88). Jared Goff has the league’s 3rd Best passer rating (112.2) after finishing last year with the league’s worst. Todd Gurley is 2nd in the league with 149.0 total yards per game and leads the NFL with 7 touchdowns. The defense is led by unblockable Aaron Donald, who is arguably the best defensive lineman in the game. L.A. is the real deal. Every Tuesday during the NFL season, Colin puts out his Herd Hierarchy NFL power rankings, and there’s plenty of movement after Week 4.The Patriots drop down because of their defense; The Titans, Falcons and Steelers drop out; the Redskins are in; and the Bills crack the Top 10 for the first time ever.Here are his Top 10 teams after Week 4:10. Green Bay Packers – Green Bay doesn’t have much other than Aaron Rodgers, but they still have Aaron Rodgers so they get in at 10. They’re the only NFL team ranked in the Top 5 in 3rd Down (3rd) and Red Zone (1st) offense, and have scored touchdowns on 68.8% of possessions inside their opponents 30. They don’t have a running game, are injury prone, and Colin doesn’t like their secondary, but with Rodgers they’ll still win games. 4. Dallas Cowboys – They lost against the Rams on Sunday, but Colin still likes their offensive personnel and coaching staff in the long term. The loss of linebacker Sean Lee hurts them, but their pass rush has been getting to the opposing quarterback. Dallas’ 28 Sacks since Week 13 of last year is the 2nd most in the NFL, and Demarcus Lawrence leads the NFL with 7.5 sacks. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs have the best roster in the league, playmakers all over the place, a swarming defense, and the second-best head coach in the league. Alex Smith leads the NFL in passer rating (124.2), Kareem Hunt leads the NFL in rushing (125.5 ypg), and Travis Kelce has emerged as the best tight end in the NFL.They lead the NFL in yards per play (6.78), and touchdowns over 20+ (6), and lead the NFL in 2nd half point differential (+41). Chiefs stay on top.For the first time in #HerdHierarchy history, the Bills crack the Top 10.@ColinCowherd unveils his Top 10 NFL teams pic.twitter.com/xhQPWD6Z3M— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 3, 2017 3. Philadelphia Eagles – Colin has been on the Eagles all year, and comes away more impressed by Carson Wentz every week. They lead the NFL in time of possession (35:29), thanks to a dominant offensive line, and their 9 drives lasting 5+ minutes is further evidence of their control of the line of scrimmage. They’re also converting on 50.8% of third downs, which is a credit to Wentz’s development and ability to extend plays. Advertisement 2. Denver Broncos – The Broncos are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t allowed a rushing TD, and are only allowing 143.0 rushing yards per game on the ground (T-3rd in the NFL). They run the ball effectively and Trevor Siemian has been good enough. The Broncos have been stepping on opponents by outscoring them 27-0 in the first quarter. 9. Buffalo Bills – The Bills make the Hierarchy for the first time in 5 years of Colin’s rankings. The new coaching staff has brought in a new culture, and these aren’t the same old Bills. They run the ball almost 55% of the time, which leads the NFL, and they’re defense has been outstanding. The Buffalo D has only allowed 4 offensive TD’s so far this year (fewest in the NFL), and their 15 quarterback pressures is the most in the league. 6. Washington Redskins – The Redskins have 2 losses so far, but Colin doesn’t base the Hierarchy on record. He likes their physical defensive front, they’re well coached, and over the last 3 weeks, Kirk Cousins has completed 70.4% of his passes with 6 TD’s, 0 INT’s, and a passer rating of 124.7.Washington has also only had 6 drives end in 3 and outs this season , which is tied for the fewest in NFL. 7. New England Patriots – The Patriots awful defense is the reason they drop down to 7 from 2 last week. Some of the problems in the secondary can be fixed by Belichick’s scheming, but they still don’t have a pass rush. Right now, New England is allowing the most points per drive of any team in the NFL, and just got lit up by a struggling Cam Newton and Carolina.Offensively, they’re still dangerous. They’re 1 of 2 teams averaging 30 points per game and 400 yards per game. Tom Brady leads the NFL with 349.8 yards per game and hasn’t thrown a pick yet.
Related posts:Increased rainfall expected over Costa Rica this week Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May More heavy rains over Costa Rica expected starting Thursday night Heavy rains cause flooding in Costa Rica’s southern Pacific region Forecasts from the National Meteorological Institute (IMN) state that a new tropical wave expected to arrive in Costa Rica on Wednesday will increase rains across most of the country in the coming hours.Meteorologist Rebeca Morera said the first rains are expected Tuesday evening in most of the country except for the lowlands of Guanacaste province, where dry conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.The tropical wave, number 18 of the season, will cause partial cloudiness in most provinces and will favor higher temperatures and humidity levels during the mornings, IMN reported.Cloud cover will increase during the evenings and will cause showers and thunderstorms mainly in the South and Central Pacific. Intermittent showers also are expected in the Central Valley, the northern region and the mountainous areas of the Caribbean region.Morera said rains over Guanacaste are only expected in some areas of the Nicoya Peninsula.President Luis Guillermo Solís began a tour Tuesday of several cantons of Guanacaste, which will celebrate the 191th anniversary of the annexation of Nicoya on Saturday.In recent years, Guanacaste’s agricultural sector has suffered serious losses caused by drought and low rainfall levels and Solís is expected to announce the allocation of more emergency funds to help local producers. Facebook Comments
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We’re the dream.”DuVernay directed the films “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma.” She is also a producer and screenwriter.Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday.While his politically tinged monologue poked fun at the presidential administration and Omarosa Manigault, others used their time onstage to encourage more civic involvement and the fight for social justice.Producer Will Packer took a dig at President Donald Trump’s recent comments about immigration as the producer accepted an award for “Girls Trip,” which won for outstanding film.“Sisters, especially the ones from Haiti and Africa, we love you as your brothers,” he said.Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Jurnee Smollet-Bell, Lena Waithe and Angela Robinson set the tone for the evening when they emerged onstage holding hands to dramatically issue a get-out-the-vote call.The six women declared support for the Time’s Up initiative to stop sexual harassment and gender discrimination and urged viewers to speak up at the polls as well.“The midterms are a perfect moment for us to use our voices,” Robinson said. “If we can take back a Senate seat in Alabama …”“Then we have the ability to shift the imbalance of power,” Smollet-Bell said.Barris’ show “black-ish” was the night’s big winner. The ABC hit was named best comedy series and took acting honours for stars Ross and Anderson.“It’s an extraordinary thing to be able to show what a beautiful black family looks like on television,” Ross said as the cast accepted the comedy series honour.“Power” was named best drama series, and star Omari Hardwick won for dramatic actor.Other winners included “Gifted” actress Octavia Spencer and “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson, who were both absent, and Daniel Kaluuya, who won for his leading role in “Get Out.”The British actor was clearly delighted at his victory.“I don’t think you’re allowed to beat Denzel Washington in acting competitions,” said Kaluuya, who bested Washington for the prize. The 28-year-old actor thanked his mom and “Get Out” writer-director Jordan Peele.“So many people didn’t believe in me, and you did, and you made all of us feel included,” Kaluuya said. “Thank you so much for letting us be seen.”NAACP president Derrick Johnson asked viewers to text in their pledge to vote in 2018 before presenting the President’s Award to Danny Glover.Glover was recognized for his professional and philanthropic contributions, particularly his work with the United Nations and his advocacy for labour unions.Glover spoke specifically of a Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi, where 80 per cent of employees are black, that has yet to organize.“Civil rights and labour rights have always been one and the same,” he said.The special awards provided some of the night’s most poignant moments.Halle Berry talked about the significance of presenting the NAACP Image Awards on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.“We need to take heed to his eloquent words: ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter,’” she said. “Today is an affirmation that we will never ever, ever, ever be silent again.”She presented the Music Makes a Difference award to Charlie Wilson, who talked about his road from addiction and homelessness to musical success and philanthropy.He said he prayed and promised that if he could survive the streets, he would return to serve others. Wilson said Monday that he has been sober for 22 years and is focused on helping homeless addicts.Labour organizer William Lucy received the Chairman’s Award for his more than 40 years of service. Beyond his union leadership, Lucy was also an activist who fought apartheid in South Africa.He dedicated his award to the Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968, several of whom were in the audience at the Image Awards. King spoke to the striking employees the night before he was assassinated.Another arresting moment in the show came during singer Andra Day’s chilling performance of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit.” Rapper Common joined her for their song “Stand Up for Something,” and the whole audience rose to its feet.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy.___This story corrects the spelling of Derrick Johnson. 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