Is future now for Tampa Bay Bucs?

first_imgIn this Nov. 25, 2012, file photo, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith, right, is greeted by Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier after the Bears’ 28-10 win in an NFL football game in Chicago. A person familiar with the negotiations says former Vikings coach Frazier will be the Buccaneers’ defensive coordinator. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)TAMPA, Fla.—Nothing had been going right for Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith—until now.It’s unfortunate that starting quarterback Josh McCown has a sprained right thumb and is expected to miss at least one game. But that injury could be a good thing for the long-term future of this franchise.With McCown expected to sit out Sunday’s game at Pittsburgh, second-year pro Mike Glennon is expected to get the start. In a strange way, that’s a good thing for Smith. For better or worse, the coach is going to find out what he has in Glennon.Smith previously has called Glennon the quarterback of the future. That time period might be coming faster than Smith wanted, but he has no choice.Smith has to play Glennon and there are a couple of ways this situation could play out.Glennon could go out and play very well. In that scenario, Smith could say he’s staying with the hot hand and stick with Glennon. In that setting the Bucs wouldn’t be admitting a mistake in signing McCown. They simply would be getting to the future ahead of schedule.Or Glennon could not play well. In that scenario, McCown would return to the starting role as soon as he’s healthy. The fans that have been calling for Glennon would be silenced.Smith’s in a win-win situation. If Glennon plays well, the Bucs have their quarterback of the future. If he struggles, then it’s hard for fans to question Smith for going back to McCown.last_img read more

Follow Santa’s Tour of Atlantic Highlands on Twitter

first_imgSanta cuddles a puppy during last year’s tour of Atlantic Highlands. Photo courtesy the AH First Aid and Safety Squad ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Santa Claus, the famed jolly fellow in a red suit, will be making his annual rounds through the streets of Atlantic Highlands with special support by a gaggle of elves from the Atlantic Highlands First Aid and Safety Squad the week of Dec. 5.Each night, Santa and the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad will slowly travel block by block to visit with families, hand out candy canes and celebrate the holiday season throughout the borough. And this year, Santas elves will be using digital tools to let folks know exactly where he’s at during the tours.“We live for this week,” said Richard Huff, chief of the AHFAS. “For one week, we’re all kids, enjoying the season with our friends and neighbors.“Last season, Captain Tom Hayden completely redesigned our website to include nightly maps of where we were going,” Huff added. “This year, he’ll do that again and take it a step further by adding real time Twitter updates. It now will be even easier for residents to track Santa for the week.Monday through Thursday, Santa and the squad will head out to a specific part of town at 6 p.m. and move until 9 p.m. They’ll have holiday music playing, flashing emergency lights and occasionally the sirens. Residents can log onto www.ahfirstaid.org to see where Santa is going each night and follow on twitter (www.twitter.com/ahfirstaid) as Santa’s helpers update the location.Adding Twitter to the mix will help residents pinpoint our location during the night, Huff said. Likewise, using Twitter will also let residents and their children communicate with Santas helpers as they make their way through town.As they have in the past, members of the AHFAS will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items to donate to the Atlantic Highlands Food Pantry.The AHFAS is an all-volunteer emergency medical and rescue services organization serving the Borough of Atlantic Highlands and occasionally the surrounding areas.  The squad operates on donations from the borough and the community. For information call the AHFAS non-emergency number (732) 291-8118 or log onto www.ahfirstaid.org.“This really is a special event,” Huff said. “We get to see our neighbors at a great time of year and seeing how the kids experience the interaction is a wonderful experience. And if everyone can donate even one can of food it will go a long way to make the holiday season a better folast_img read more

NLEX achieved its goal in Macau, says Guiao

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Taulava says Road Warriors beat themselves in loss to Koreans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Photo from Asia League FacebookMACAU—The NLEX Road Warriors will leave Macau bringing only what they went with when they left Manila.Neither medals nor a trophy will be with the Road Warriors when they arrive at NAIA after they lost in the bronze medal game 67-62 to a Korean club in the Asia League Super 8 Sunday at Macau East Asian Games Dome.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Quiñahan and Belga bounced around teams at the start of their respective careers but became household names under Guiao and was eventually given the nickname “Extra Rice Incorporated” due to their bulk and sheer size.Fonacier was the No. 14 pick in the 2005 Draft but became his batch’s best rookie under the tutelage of Guiao in Red Bull.And Guiao seemed to have found new projects in Kenneth Ighalo and Mac Tallo.The two shone in Macau in place of Kiefer Ravena, who’s serving a suspension for doping, and the injured Kevin Alas.“We’re missing our core but we gave a good fight,” said Guiao. “We missed guys like Larry, Kevin, Kiefer, and Alex (Mallari) but it’s still good because this was an opportunity for the newer guys and the younger guys to learn some lessons in the international games.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There are no awards given to fourth placers but NLEX coach Yeng Guiao believes the Road Warriors achieved part of their objectives when they went to Macau to play against professional teams from China, Japan, and Korea.“This was a good chance for the players to be together and create a bond and camaraderie among themselves, especially with the new guys,” said Guiao. “Certainly, we accomplished our goal this tournament.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Guiao has been known to develop seldom-used bench players or unheralded draftees into–at the very least–viable role players in the PBA like Jonathan Uyloan and JR Quiñahan to name a few and help reach his players’ potential like what happened to Beau Belga and Larry Fonacier.Uyloan was a relative unknown before he eventually developed into a pesky defender and reliable shooter for the Elasto Painters. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

CBL: Bedrock for Economic Growth

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) remains a strong institution with potential to support the growth of the Liberian economy.Delivering her Annual Message to the 53rd National Legislature on Monday, January 27, the Liberian leader reported that significant progress has been made by the CBL in regulating activities of insurance companies, especially in modernizing the payments system and establishing a collateral registry in the country.According to the Liberian leader, the issuance of a 90-day Treasury Bill denominated in Liberian dollar commenced in the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2012/2013, primarily to facilitate revenue smoothing as well as initial step towards the creation of a domestic money market.She further pointed out that a four-year roadmap has already been formulated to address the dual currency issue through a rational and gradual transition process of de-dollarization by the removal of barriers to increase demand for transaction in Liberian dollars.The President noted that the financial system will continue to expand under the guidance of the CBL in branch networks, foreign exchange bureaus and credit unions.The exercise, she said, has resulted in significant expansion in credit, which was buoyed (maintained) by policy measures relating to more stringent action by the CBL and the commercial court, resulting in a decrease and non-performing loans.According to the President, there is a need for more effective cooperative role by the monetary and fiscal authorities, which will ensure that the economy performs as planned and roadmap is implemented as it is intended.President Sirleaf also said that credit expansion will also have greater potential and maximum impact when citizens demonstrate their responsibility by repaying loans, a factor which continues to weaken access to credit for local companies.Relatively stable since 2010, the Liberian dollar came under enormous pressure under the year, resulting in a depreciation of 15 percent, she added that the high level of dollarization moderated the effect of the depreciation, keeping inflation at a single-digit 7.5 percent, which compares a favorably with other countries in the region.“This was due in part to deteriorating terms of trade caused by rising demand for imports and decline in exports from rubber which, along with iron ore, represents 95 percent of total export.” President indicated.In her annual report to members of the 53rd Legislature, she indicated that UNMIL draw down also impacted the injection of foreign exchange into the Liberian market.President Sirleaf said depreciation was also due to speculative capital flight which, was addressed by CBL intervention in the foreign exchange market, mopped (cleaned) up excess Liberian dollar liquidity that contributed to the exchange rate volatility.At the same time, the Liberian leader said international reserves fell from US$14million below the target level required under our (Liberian Government) program with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), implying less than three month cover.Based upon that, the CBL’s decision placed US$22 million in commercial banks as economic stimulus lending to the agricultural and construction sectors and to Liberian businesses.“However, the beneficial results of this action can only be assured through better coordination by the leadership of CBL and the Ministry of Finance,” President Sirleaf stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Technical glitch” responsible for delay – acting CEO

first_imgAnnandale Secondary’s CSEC resultsActing Chief Education Officer, Marcel Raymond Hutson, stated that the teachers at the Annandale Secondary School did not err with respect to the submission of School Based Assessments (SBAs) to the Caribbean Examination Council.Following a report that many students were unable to obtain passes in certain subjects due to the school’s alleged non-submission of the SBAs, the Education Ministry had sought to clear up the issue by contacting the Caribbean Examination Council.“This is not a situation that the teachers did not do what they had to do, it was a technical glitch,” Hutson indicated, adding that the children would be in receipt of their rightful grades soon.This publication was informed that the teachers had received the requisite training in sending the SBA grades via online to the CXC, but nonetheless did not adhere to the deadline.Many of the high school students were disappointed since they were failure grades barring them from qualifying for Sixth Form or entering the University of Guyana.The exact number of students affected is still unknown.Hutson, nevertheless, emphasised that the ministry is prepared to do everything in its power to ensure that those children are enrolled to tertiary institutions. He promised that the situation would be rectified.When the CXC results were announced last month, it was revealed that there was an overall pass rate of 64 per cent of students who scored between Grades One and Three after the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate results were analysed across the Caribbean.last_img read more

How every Premier League game should have finished, according to statistics

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 12 12 Had they scored, as one might have expected, they would have got themselves an 4-3 victory, changing the complexion of their start to the Premier League season.As it happened, though, the poor finishing sees them just above the relegation zone. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade SORRY possible standings Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 12 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 12 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Expected goals result: Leicester City 0.2 – 1.0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 Real result: Tottenham 3-1 Fulham Real result: Cardiff City 0-0 Newcastle United Real result: Burnley 1-3 Watford 12 Arsenal found out the hard way you need to take every chance that comes your way in the Premier League.He and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed two incredible chances for the Gunners in their 3-2 defeat, which all concerned will be rueing. revealed Real result: Manchester City 6-1 Huddersfield smart causal Most Popular Premier League News 12 gameday cracker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks devastated after missing a glorious chance against Chelsea. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? 12 12 Expected goals result: Brighton 1.6 – 1.6 Manchester United Real result: Brighton 3-2 Manchester United Kenedy was gutted to have missed a penalty for NewcastleShould a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or come up against a poor defence.So, how did every team perform compared to their xG in the opening round of Premier League matches? Find out below thanks to shot-based expected goals statistics from FiveThirtyEight.com…Expected goals result: Cardiff City 1.2 – 1.8 Newcastle United predicted Real result: Chelsea 3–2 Arsenal Real result: Everton 2-1 Southampton Expected goals result: West Ham 1.1 – 1.8 Bournemouth Last season we saw the rise of ‘expected goals’ (xG) with it becoming a household term thanks to Match of the Day following extensive use by the football analytics community.‘Expected goals’ is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match, with every shot taken given an ‘expected goal’ value based on the difficulty of the attempt. Expected goals result: Manchester City 4.5 – 0.7 Huddersfield Expected goals result: Tottenham 3.1 – 1.3 Fulham New Arsenal boss Unai Emery feels the pressure on the touchline. changes 12 latest 12 Expected goals result: Chelsea 2.2 – 2.5 Arsenal Based on a number of factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders, the ‘expected goal’ value reveals the likelihood a specific shot will end in a goal; the higher the value, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shotThe ‘expected goal’ value of every shot in a game is used to calculate the ‘expected goals’ of a match. Click here to find out more about the calculations used to work out xG. Real result: West Ham 1-2 Bournemouth silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Expected goals result: Burnley 0.8 – 1.7 Watford 12 Real result: Leicester City 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Expected goals result: Everton 1.9 – 1.8 Southampton whoops last_img read more

TRAGIC SHANNON PLANNED NEW LIFE IN SCOTLAND AFTER SISTER ERIN’S DEATH

first_imgTragic Shannon Gallagher had planned to start a new life in Scotland after her sister Erin took her own life.Erin and Shannon GallagherShannon, 15, who was found dead last week, had agreed to move overseas to start a new life.Grandad Seamus revealed how he asked Shannon to move to Scotland to start a fresh life with him after Erin’s tragedy. The sports-mad fourth year pupil at Finn Valley College in Stranorlar agreed to move but said she wanted to finish her Leaving Cert first.Grandfather Seamus said he is heartbroken that he never got the chance to give Shannon a second chance.Heartbroken Seamus said “I spoke to her about it and she said she wanted to finish her Leaving Cert first and then come over.“We all know Shannon was sports-mad and she told me she wanted to become a PE teacher. “I live only 20 minutes from a college in Scotland and Shannon said she would come over and try and start afresh over there.“It’s just so sad that she couldn’t see that she had so much to live for.”Erin took her life amidst claims that she was being bullied at school and also online.The girls’ devastated mum said she believes Shannon then took her life because she couldn’t go on without her sister and best friend.“They did everything together and I know Shannon just couldn’t go on without Erin. “Part of her already died when Erin died and she just couldn’t go on,” she said.Lorraine Gallagher said she is now concentrating on making Christmas as normal as possible for her other child Sean James, 4.“Sean was the light of the girl’s lives. I don’t know how I am going to celebrate Christmas and, to be honest, it means nothing to me now.“But I need to make sure that Sean James has the best ever Christmas. “He knows Erin is dead but I haven’t told him about Shannon – it’s too much for him.“I will tell him in time but I just have to get over Christmas first,” she said.Lorraine also confirmed through her solicitor Patsy Gallagher that she is suing Donegal Vocational Education Committee (VEC) for negligence over the death of her daughter Erin.EndsTRAGIC SHANNON PLANNED NEW LIFE IN SCOTLAND AFTER SISTER ERIN’S DEATH was last modified: December 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Erin GallagherScotlandshannon gallagherlast_img read more

UPDATED NEWS….’YES’ VOTE AHEAD BY A NOSE IN DONEGAL SOUTH WEST

first_imgTHE voting in Donegal South West is a close run thing.Estimates say that the ‘Yes’ campaign is ahead by just 27 votes.But it is expected that at the final count Donegal will vote ‘Yes’ for the marriage reforms.   UPDATED NEWS….’YES’ VOTE AHEAD BY A NOSE IN DONEGAL SOUTH WEST was last modified: May 23rd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:UPDATED NEWS….’YES’ VOTE AHEAD BY A NOSE IN DONEGAL SOUTH WESTlast_img read more

Zaza Pachulia returns to Warriors organization

first_imgZaza Pachulia, a Warriors fan favorite and a contributor to a pair of Warriors championships, retired from the NBA and joined Golden State as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.The 35-year-old Pachulia, who was the starting center for the Warriors during their title years in 2017 and ’18, spent last season with the Pistons. After ending his 16-year playing career, he’ll contribute to Golden State in both the business and basketball operations, according to Marc Stein of the New York …last_img read more

Considering growing wheat in wide rows?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers are interested in wide-row wheat production due to reductions in equipment inventory (i.e., lack of grain drill) and to allow intercropping of soybean into wheat. With funding from the Ohio Small Grains Marketing Program and the Michigan Wheat Program, we’ve conducted row width trials to examine variety selection and seeding rate. Here are some considerations if you plan on growing wheat in wide rows this fall:Variety selectionVariety selection is very important when growing wheat in 15-inch row spacing as yield is influenced by wheat variety. Each year, we conduct a 15-inch wheat variety trial in Wayne and Crawford County. Varieties selected for evaluation in 2015 were the top 25 yielding varieties in the 2014 Ohio Wheat Performance Test. In 2015, varieties averaged 81.2 bushels per acre with a range of 72.0 to 85.1 bushels per acre across both locations. Seeding rate was 25 seeds per foot of row (871,200 seeds per acre) for all varieties. The Ohio Wheat Performance Test for 15-Inch Row Spacing can be found here: http://stepupsoy.osu.edu/node/35.Seeding rateIn the Ohio Wheat Performance Test for 15-Inch Row Spacing, we used a seeding rate of 871,200 seeds per acre. However, many farmers were curious how wide-row wheat yielded at higher seeding rates. Three trials were established during the 2013-2014 growing season and one trial was established during the 2014-2015 growing season in Fulton County to compare wide-row wheat grown at 1 million and 1.5 million seeds per acre to the standard practice of wheat grown in narrow rows at 2 million seeds per acre. Averaged across the four site-years, the standard practice of wheat grown in 7.5-inch row width yielded 15% greater than wheat grown at 15-inch row width. However, there was no difference in yield when wheat was grown at 1.0 and 1.5 million seeds per acre. Planting 1 million seeds per acre was adequate to maximize yield in wide-row wheat production. A draft of the 2014 report can be viewed at: www.go.osu.edu/fultononfarmresearch3. Plant dateWe recommend planting wheat within 10 days of the Hessian Fly Safe Date. Fall wheat growth is reduced when planting is delayed resulting in reduced winter hardiness. The Hessian Fly Safe Date for each county can be found at: http://ohioline.osu.edu/iwy/flydates.html4.Weed controlWide row wheat should be planted into a weed-free seedbed accomplished with tillage or burndown herbicides. With wider row spacing and more sunlight reaching the soil surface, we recommend using an approved post-emergent wheat herbicide in the spring as well. Be sure to observe label restrictions if you plan on a second crop into wheat or after wheat. Herbicides labeled for use in wheat are listed on page 131 of the 2015 Weed Control Guide for Ohio and Indiana found at: http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/.5. Disease Management in wide-row wheatChanging management practices such as row spacing, planting density (seeding rate), and N-rate may lead to changes in the microclimate within a wheat field. And these changes may affect the spread and development of diseases. As part of the same OSGMP-funded research project, we evaluated the development of foliar and spike diseases in wide-row (15-inch) wheat compared to standard or narrow-row (7.5-inch) wheat. In two of the three years of the study (2014 and 2015), both the average incidence (number of head with scab out of a 100 heads) and severity of head scab (percent of head area with scab symptoms) were higher in 15-inch rows than in 7.5-inch rows.Since our results also showed that wheat grown in 7.5-inch rows generally had higher yields and test weights than wheat grown in 15-inch row, we also evaluated higher N-rates as an option for increasing grain yield and quality in wide-row wheat. In all three years (2013, 2014 and 2015), increasing N resulted in higher leaf rust severity. For instance, in 2015, leaf rust severity was 18% in plots that received 80 pounds of N per acre, 24% in plots that received 120 pounds of N per acre acre, and 31% in plots that received 160 pounds of N per acre. The good news is that a single application of a fungicide (Prosaro), effectively controlled leaf rust (when applied at boot) and suppressed head scab (when applied flowering) in both wide-row and narrow-row wheat. So, is you are thinking of planting wheat in wide rows, you should have a disease management plan, particularly if you plan to use higher N rates.last_img read more