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Pakistan UN food agency to feed 13 million quake survivors through winter

The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) can guarantee winter food supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in remote high-altitude villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, but continuing donor support is vital for one of the most challenging logistical operations the agency has ever faced. Over the weekend WFP and the Government agreed that the agency should take on responsibility for providing emergency food to 400,000 people who can only be reached by air, double the previous target figure of 200,000. “With better information and more surveys, we now believe that up to 400,000 people can be reached only by air in high villages where access roads are blocked by landslides or will be covered with too much snow to pass in a few weeks,” WFP Executive Director James Morris said after touring some of the affected areas. “To help the people in areas only accessible by air, we will have to fly in 6,000 tons of food a month. Our helicopters will be more vital than ever and sustained donor support will be absolutely essential,” he added. In addition to the people reachable only by air, WFP has also accepted responsibility for 600,000 people who can be reached by land – including 250,000 living in camps – as well as 150,000 children in tented schools and a further 150,000 children under five and nursing and pregnant mothers who will receive supplementary feeding. In addition to the 1.3 million people aided by WFP, the Government will provide assistance to 3 million people and ICRC will help 150,000 others. The 8 October quake killed some 80,000 people, injured as many others and left up to 3 million homeless. WFP has to date distributed about 21,000 tons of food to 1 million people in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. “Winter has arrived. The first cold weather-related deaths have been reported. Our air operations, on which much of the humanitarian community relies, will face increasing disruptions because of poor visibility,” Mr. Morris warned. “Roads have already begun to become impassable because of slick conditions and rock- or mudslides. The worse the conditions become on the ground, the more heavily we will rely on our helicopters.” Out of a total of the $182 million required for emergency operations including support for the air shipment of various relief supplies, WFP is still seeking nearly $115 million. “Our donors have been supportive and I expect this shortfall to decrease soon – especially after the generous offer from the Government of Pakistan and the provincial government in Muzaffarabad to provide nearly 56,000 tons of food for WFP to distribute,” Mr. Morris said. read more

UNESCO chief urges investigation into murder of Pakistani reporters

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called on Pakistani authorities to investigate the killing of two journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice. “I condemn the murder of Adbul Kahliq and Mushtaq Khand,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “I am deeply concerned about attacks on journalists and media workers in Pakistan and call on the authorities to bring those responsible for these crimes to justice.” On 29 September, Abdul Khaliq, also known as Abdul Haq Baluch, was shot by unidentified gunmen in Khuzdar, in the south-western province of Balochistan, according to UNESCO. Mr. Khaliq had worked as a reporter for ARY News TV and two newspapers, the Daily Awan and Tawar. A reporter for the privately-owned Dharti TV, Mushtaq Khand, was killed when gunmen opened fire on a public meeting in Khairpur, in the south-eastern province of Sindh, on 7 October. Several other people were killed and injured in the attack, UNESCO added in a news release. “I wish a full and speedy recovery to those injured in the attack that cost Mr. Khand his life,” said Ms. Bokova, noting that it is essential that the basic human right of freedom of expression be respected, and that journalists are allowed to carry out their work without having to fear for their lives. According to UNESCO, eight journalists have been killed in Pakistan this year. read more

Turkish authorities urged to tackle antiLGBT violence and discrimination – UN rights

“In the past two weeks alone, reported incidents include the appearance of posters in Ankara encouraging the murder of LGBT people; a violent homophobic attack against a group of young gay men in Istanbul; as well as rape, assault and robbery against Kemal Ördek, a human rights defender and founder of the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva, Switzerland.He went on to say that the Office is “further concerned about allegations that in the last case, police officers trivialized the attack, used discriminatory language, tried to dissuade the victim from filing a complaint, and did not provide protection from additional threats by the alleged perpetrators.”In addition, Mr. Colville said, these incidents follow reports that the police used unwarranted force against individuals who were peacefully assembling and participating in the 13th Istanbul LGBT Pride Parade. “Everyone is entitled to the same fundamental human rights without discrimination or arbitrary restrictions of any kind, including the rights to life, liberty, physical integrity, privacy, equality before the law, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” he noted.“We call on the Turkish authorities to take active measures to combat homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, to uphold the rights of LGBT people to peacefully assemble and express themselves and to ensure that LGBT victims of crimes are treated with respect and dignity and have access to protection mechanisms and effective remedy,” Mr. Colville said.He went on to say that it is critical for authorities to prevent impunity for these human rights violations through prompt, effective, independent and impartial investigations and prosecution in line with fair trial norms and standards. read more

Howard leads Marquette past Louisville in NIT Season TipOff

NEW YORK — Markus Howard had the go-ahead basket in overtime to cap a 21-point night and lead Marquette past Louisville 77-74 in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Friday night.The Golden Eagles (4-2) were once again led by Sam Hauser, who followed up his strong semifinal performance with 22 points. His brother Joey hit the two free throws to put Marquette up by three with 18 seconds left in OT.Joey Hauser had a put-back of Howard’s miss to tie it at 68 with 20 seconds left in regulation. Darius Perry then missed a 3-pointer from the wing, and Louisville couldn’t get a couple of put-back attempts to drop before the buzzer.Christie Cunningham scored 16 points for Louisville (4-2). Jordan Nwora had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Steven Enoch hit his first three shots and finished with 10 points.Louisville led by as many as eight before Marquette took its first lead, 55-53, on a dunk by Theo John with 6:42 remaining. From there, it was back and forth.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Matt Sugam, The Associated Press read more

Backcourt duo of DAngelo Russell Shannon Scott propel Buckeyes into Big Ten

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) both helped lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — The Ohio State men’s basketball team was struggling through a rough first half in the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota as it opened the game shooting 1-of-12 from long range.Enter the Yin-and-Yang combo of senior guard Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell.The pair combined for 44 points Thursday night as the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 79-73, in Chicago to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.Scott scored 21 points, setting a new career-high, in the win and said he was aggressive from the start of the game.“I just looked for my shot a little earlier in the game. I think a lot of times I settle and pass the ball around the perimeter,” he said. “I think I looked at the rim a lot more and when I felt I was open I attacked from there.”Scott finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds.He said a motivating factor for his performance, and the team’s performance as a whole, was a 72-48 drubbing at home on Sunday against Wisconsin.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now. We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play,” Scott said. “So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored just four points in his first college tournament game, said looking to seniors like Scott is important as March gets in full swing.“We definitely have to look close to them, because they have been there before,” Tate said. “They know the atmosphere, and being freshmen, they may know what we’re feeling.”OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that he was proud of the way his team responded coming off of a tough loss.“We had a couple great practices leading into this,” Matta said. “I talked about it before the game tonight, I think, in terms of the way we came out. I was excited to see that.”Russell who had five turnovers against Wisconsin on Sunday, started Thursday’s game 0-of-6 from long range with eight points in the first half. He said it was Matta who woke him up in the second half.“Coach told me, ‘It’s time,’ and I started making shots for some reason,” Russell said. “I don’t know what it was. They started calling plays for me and putting me in positions to score and capitalize and create for others, and that’s what I did.”Russell’s biggest play of the game came with 1:41 on the clock when the Louisville, Ky., native stepped into a 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down and buried it to extend the OSU lead to seven and ultimately out of reach for Minnesota.Scott said even though he has only played with Russell for one season, he has come to expect those kinds of plays from the freshman.“That’s what he does … The whole year he has made some spectacular plays for us. He is uncanny scoring the ball,” Scott said. “When he has the ball in his hands, we know there is a good chance it is going in.”The game marked Russell’s first post-season college game and now that it is out of the way, he said he is looking forward to Friday’s matchup with Michigan State.“It’s win or go home, anything can happen,” he said. “Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”The Buckeyes dropped their only matchup with the Spartans this season on Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich., 59-56, something Russell said he has not forgotten.“They only beat us by a buzzer beater,” Russell said. “I give a lot of credit to them. They played the gaps well, they were physical on me. They capitalized when we made mistakes.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup on Friday night. read more

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Heartbroken Serena Williams Not Dating for Next 10 Years

After playing the love game, tennis champion Serena Williams has decided to call dating quits.“I have given up on dating,” Williams told Celebuzz. ”It just hasn’t worked out well for me.”The 30 year-old superstar, who has dated rappers Common and Drake, has given up on dating due to her failed relationships in the past, according to Celebuzz. Williams claims that her past relationships have hurt her to the point where she doesn’t care to date anymore.“I’m a really emotional person. I give my all and everything. I do make mistakes—like every human does—but the last relationship just was too much of a heartbreak for me. I just can’t go through that anymore. It was hard,” Williams said.Williams told Celebuzz she is focusing her attention on playing tennis, not dating.“I just have to remove myself from that atmosphere for about the next decade or so,” Serena added. “I can’t get involved.”On Atlanta’s V-103 radio station, DJ Ryan Cameron read aloud a text he had received from Common in response to a text Cameron sent to him about whether he was responsible for breaking Serena’s heart.“‘It wasn’t me,’” Common wrote back, according to Cameron.Williams is set to compete in the London Olympics this summer. She told Celebuzz she hopes to reclaim her title as the No. 1 ranked female player. read more

Nato fears Donald Trump may pull troops out of Europe if countries

Donald Trump could threaten to pull US troops out of Ukraine and refuse to take part in joint Nato exercises if Britain and other European countries fail to commit to increased spending on defence, military figures and diplomats fear.Senior sources involved in preparations for this week’s  Nato summit are concerned that the US president will begin talks with Vladimir Putin about “redrawing the security landscape” across Europe if leaders refuse to meet Mr Trump’s demands to shoulder a bigger share of the military “burden”.Military and diplomatic figures told The Telegraph of fears over a possible offer that Mr Trump could make to Mr Putin at a planned summit between the two leaders in Helsinki on July 16 – four days after Thursday’s summit in Brussels.Separately, speaking to The  Telegraph, Tobias Ellwood, the defence minister, warned: “Given the US’s footprint in Europe and Putin’s recent hostile actions that has eroded continental stability, much hinges on the outcome of the two forthcoming summits. And Britain, as Europe’s largest and most capable military force, is right to play an influencing role in US thinking.”It comes as Britain’s ambassador to America today launches a staunch defence of the UK-US relationship under Donald Trump, insisting military ties remain “stronger than ever” despite some policy differences.  Nato forces, including US troops, take part in Sabre Strike exercise in Poland in June Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A diplomatic source said officials feared that Mr Trump would use this week’s summit to withdraw American military support over the spending row. “Ukraine is really in danger,” the source said.An official familiar with Britain’s preparations for the summit added: “We could be in a situation where, between them, Trump and Putin will come up with some dodgy deal that they’ll try to portray as a political win to both their countries but will ultimately leave Europe exposed and vulnerable at a crucial moment in our history with so much instability on the continent.”  Writing in the Telegraph ahead of Mr Trump’s UK visit, Sir Kim Darroch admits that both countries have had to talk “frankly” over issues such as steel tariffs and the Iran nuclear deal.   Mr Ellwood said: “As we make the case for further UK defence spending so should our Nato allies. The world is becoming more dangerous, the threats more complex and growing on multiple fronts. So it’s understandable for the US to air frustration and ask European nations to do more – especially as some  states are yet to meet their standard 2 per cent obligation. “And it’s in Europe’s direct interest to upgrade our defence posture,  as our economies,  heavily reliant on access to international markets, will be affected if we can’t guarantee security for that access as well as  put out potential fires in future markets.”Mr Trump wants Theresa May to go further on defence spending, and in a letter to Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis, his US counterpart said America was concerned that Britain’s military power and diplomatic influence were “at risk of erosion”.Last week it emerged that Mr Trump was already  considering transferring or withdrawing personnel from Germany, where the US currently has around 35,000 troops. For decades, America’s military presence in Germany has been viewed as a bulwark against a potential Russian invasion of Europe. The world is becoming more dangerous, the threats more complex and growing on multiple frontsTobias Ellwood, Defence minister Britain is one of only five states that currently meets a Nato targets of spending 2 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on defence, with Spain and Belgium spending 0.9 per cent, and Germany’s contribution set at 1.2 per cent.  Nato forces, including US troops, take part in Sabre Strike exercise in Poland in JuneCredit:Georgina Stubbs/PA The diplomatic source warned that Mr Trump could use the offer of cutting back the US military presence in Europe to secure a reciprocal assurance from Mr Putin in Helsinki that Russia will use its influence on Tehran to help secure the withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria. Israel views Iran’s presence in Syria as an existential threat. The source claimed that Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, has tried to persuade both Mrs May and Mr Trump of the need to enlist Mr Putin’s help.The source warned that Mr Putin’s ability to achieve Iran’s withdrawal from Syria was questionable, and warned against Mr Trump making any offer in exchange for a false promise.”Russia pretends it can deliver to achieve these short-term aims. They just need the hook to get [Trump] on.”We need to be in a very strong position in the West to negotiate with Russia … [which would be threatened by] cutting some kind of theoretical deal which sounds purely naive.” However he adds that it is only because Britain and America have a relationship that is “so close and open” that they can share their grievances with honesty.  The US has a military presence, ranging from troops to aircraft, in Ukraine, Poland, Germany,  Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.The US had been scaling back its presence in Europe until Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, when Barack Obama launched a major drive to support and train the armed forces of  Nato states on Russia’s borders, to guard against future aggressive moves.  Only last month America led a joint  Nato exercise in Poland and the Baltic states, involving 18,000 soldiers.  read more

London Tube passengers to get 4G reception from next year

Tube passengers will have access to the 4G network anywhere on the London Underground by the mid-2020s, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed.The Jubilee Line will be the first to benefit, with the eastern half to get full mobile connectivity on both the platforms and the tunnels from March next year, the network announced on Friday.The trial section will stretch from Westminster to Canning Town – excluding London Bridge and Waterloo stations – and will also cover ticket halls and corridors.London Bridge and Waterloo stations are due to become fully 4G enabled later during 2020 subject to final approval, TfL said.There are already 260 wifi-enabled stations on the London Underground and on TfL rail services.Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “This is a really important step for the millions of people who use the Tube each year.”Introducing 4G and, in the future, 5G will help Londoners and visitors keep in touch and get the latest travel information while on the go.”London is the best place to live, visit and work – and projects like this will help make it even better.”Shashi Verma, chief technology officer at TfL, said: “The London Underground network is an incredibly challenging environment in which to deliver technological improvements, but we are now well on the path to delivering mobile connectivity within our stations and tunnels. “We have begun the complex work to allow our customers to be able to get phone reception within our tunnels from March 2020, with more stations and lines coming online during the coming years.”The entire project is expected to require 2,000 kilometres of cabling with engineers working week-night shifts to minimises disruption to passengers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

We have this intrinsic idea of masculinity Talking about mental wellbeing or

first_img Share77 Tweet Email 28,946 Views Apr 6th 2019, 8:00 AM Subscribe 3 Comments BACK IN NOVEMBER 2017, Nicole Owens first shared her story. Dublin star forward Nicole Owens. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOA documentary called Blues Sisters aired on RTÉ which captured the hearts of the nation. It charted Dublin’s path to All-Ireland success as they finally got over the line after three failed attempts and heartbreaking final defeats in a row.About 13 minutes in, Owens appears on the screen. Confident and self-assured, or so it seems, she first speaks about the sense of camaraderie on the team, the bonds and how nothing compares to football.Two team-mates then echo her sentiments, and share a few words on the highs and lows, the ups and downs, the journey that they’re all on together to achieve a common goal.Then it cuts back to a much less confident and self-assured Owens. Visibly upset, her eyes filled with tears as she opened up about her battle with depression and how it was something she had struggled with for as long as she’d played with Dublin.***It’s March 2019, and a very different Nicole Owens settles into her seat in a Temple Bar hotel. Well, different in appearance anyway. Maybe she seemed confident and self-assured when she first appeared on our television screens 16 months previous. But truth be told, she wasn’t. She is now.She’s spoken candidly about her mental health and sexuality many times since: from interviews with this publication and elsewhere, to podcasts and public speeches.It’s far from the first topic of conversation, there’s plenty on the agenda to discuss. But the main thing is that Owens is in good place, and all is going well both on and off the field. With another All-Ireland crown in their cabinet, Dublin were back in league action and finding their rhythm once again. The 26-year-old was eager to talk all things football.That weekend’s win, the league itself and how tough it is, blooding new players and giving up-and-coming talent their deserved run. That’s where she started out, sure.Cork in the league five or six years ago, she recalls. 2012 it would have been. Feeling old now, she laughs.“That was my first year, then I had a year off and this is my sixth year straight or something now,” the St Sylvester’s star explains, each and every campaign since flashing before her eyes.“I came in just in time for a quarter-final loss and then three All-Ireland final losses. Good timing,” she jokes. Owens is a Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon ambassador.All is good now though, she agrees with a smile. The time really has flown. She still feels like she’s just in the door, but no, she’s one of the more experienced players at this stage. One of the more established members of the team, one of the real leaders. Both on and off the pitch.The dark days, the three decider defeats in a row to Cork in 2014, 2015 and 2016, how that’s all a blur. Then, finally reaching the Holy Grail in 2017 and following that up with a sweet, sweet victory over the old enemy last September: it’s all discussed at length.As she speaks about the game, her enthusiasm shines through more and more. She’s delighted to be to the fore, blazing a trail and leading the charge as ladies football breaks more and more new ground.Sheer enjoyment. It brings her back to her childhood. She’s always loved it.Well, loved it more than anything else.Those endless days as the only girl in the nursery age-group in St Sylvester’s have lived right through with Owens. They’re to the forefront despite all else.She was the type that played every sport going as a kid. She did cross country in school, played plenty of basketball and soccer too. She had a particularly soft spot for the latter, actually, and balanced it with her Gaelic football until she was 17 or 18.She wasn’t half bad at it either.“I had trials for the Ireland U17s,” she remembers. “I went away with them at one point for a training weekend but I didn’t make the team for what would have been the European qualifiers or something at that stage. Then, U19 trials were coming up…”She was having none of it though. As a vulnerable teenager, not making the cut surely knocked her confidence and played some part in her decision-making when it came down to choosing one or the other.“It was a tough one. I dunno maybe if I was fair. I kind of backed GAA more maybe, I probably enjoyed it more. I think there’s a great sense of community and the groups of people that I knew through GAA, I just had a closer affinity to.“That’s obviously a big factor because you’re going to be spending four, five days a week with people, you want to get on with them really well.”The people, the friendship, the camaraderie; those are the things that really matter on a team. And she’s learned that, more than anything, through the years. Silverware is great and all, but it’s about much more than that. Celebrating the 2018 final win. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO“If you’re looking out for everyone off the pitch and on the pitch, you do form a special bond,” Owens continues. “You spend a lot of time with people. You’re seeing everyone’s ups and everyone’s downs.“It’s hard to find it outside of sport, that sort of sisterhood I suppose.”Well, that sisterhood was most definitely evident in Blues Sisters in November 2017. And telling her story, well, that was part of the bigger picture, so it had to be done.“As we were going on our journey to the All-Ireland, I was going through that journey,” she explains. “Mick [Bohan] and the team in general would have been a huge part of that.“When he broached it: would I feel comfortable talking about it in a documentary? I felt I was being true to myself to talk about it. That was such a big factor for me that year.“It got a brilliant reception and it impacted a lot of people and that’s, I suppose, the point of it: to be honest and give people an insight into what does go on. The same way as when we watch Match of the Day or whatever, you’re looking at this one moment in time and not the fact that these people have lives outside of it.“You can’t just compart parts of your life. Often, you bring whatever worries you have to training so it’s a massive part of it obviously.”The reaction and the response has been something else. But not only has sharing her story helped others, it’s helped her first and foremost. Last November, she penned an eloquent and touching piece entitled ‘Silence Is Not The Answer’ for The Sports Chronicle and that, she says, was a huge experience in itself.A refreshingly honest and deeply personal in-depth read, it was therapeutic to put pen to paper herself, and bash everything out in her own words.While it was an extremely difficult period in her life, she’s gotten more and more comfortable in her own skin looking back on the depressive episodes.Talking helped her deal with it, after all. And she’s gotten better at it with time.“It’s kind of funny looking back. Obviously, touch wood…”She leans forward to place her hand on the table before realising it’s not wood, it’s glass, but that doesn’t matter.“…I’m in a much better place now, but I’m very cognisant of the fact that it’s one of those things that is always going to be there to manage. Talking about it helps me but I think talking about it in general is just so important.  Owens speaking on the Blues Sisters documentary. Source: RTÉ Player.“Doing things like that, bringing it to the fore, continuing the conversation and being more pro-active about it is just so important. With the article especially, anyone who was reading that might have identified with those feelings.”That was a big thing for her: she couldn’t verbalise those feelings, she didn’t understand what she was going through as she came to terms with her sexuality. She’s not religious but she prayed every night that the homosexuality, and that those feelings, would go away. Perhaps had she seen other people express and verbalise those feelings, she’d have understood more.“Maybe had I been able to say, ‘Ok this is what it is, this is what I’m feeling like,’ that might have helped. It would have given me some sort of framework to deal with it.“Whereas for me it was like, ‘This is just part of me and I have to just hide it away’.”There were very few open about suffering with depression, and basically no openly gay athletes, back then. No examples for her to follow. And for a sports-mad teenager, that was difficult.Thankfully, now there are more.“I suppose it’s sort of a conversation that has been happening the last five or 10 years, it’s really been prevalent,” she says. “Maybe the stigma has been somewhat removed.“In the past, sportspeople didn’t want to talk about it because of the preconception that it may be seen as being weak.“GAA players are now talking about issues they have: the likes of Cathal McCarron talking about gambling and mental issues… young boys look up to him. With Dublin, there’s a lot of young girls looking up to us as a team.“It’s important that people have a bit of perspective as well and they understand that not everything’s going to go right. And people, maybe at the moment they’re succeeding but they’re having or have had some hard times. That that resonates with them almost.”While she mentioned recently-retired Tyrone defender Cathal McCarron, she agrees that female sportspeople are more open. Men don’t want to let down a wall or be seen as weak, for one. But there’s more to it than that, she feels.“I think an element of it is that men’s football seems to have this level of sledging that we just don’t have in women’s football, thank God,” she notes, adding that she’s never experienced anything along those lines herself.“Whereas the men, it does get very personal. People don’t want to have a chink in their armour because then maybe people are going to go at it… I don’t know, maybe they’re politically correct in their sledging,” she grins to lighten the mood. She mentions Tyrone footballer Cathal McCarron. Source: James Crombie/INPHOBut then she’s serious again.“It’s been in and out of the men’s game: getting a weakness to try and get a rise out of someone. I’d say that’s a factor. “In general, it’s changing very gradually but we still have this intrinsic idea of masculinity and as far as that’s something, talking about your mental well-being or sexuality is probably still stigmatised.”Then though, she references David Burke’s acceptance speech on the steps of the Hogan Stand after Galway won the All-Ireland in 2017 — and his touching nod to his former team-mate Niall Donohue, who died by suicide. Short URLcenter_img ‘We have this intrinsic idea of masculinity. Talking about mental well-being or sexuality is stigmatised’ Dublin star Nicole Owens delves deeper into her story, and explores how and why the GAA is a heteronormative environment for men but being openly gay is accepted in the women’s game. By Emma Duffy https://the42.ie/4575389 “That was brilliant. At the peak of sport and masculinity, introducing that as part of the conversation was so important.”She takes encouragement now that over the past few years, several ladies Gaelic games players have been open about their sexuality. Cork legend Valerie Mulcahy was the first to do so four years ago, and that led to more and more.On the men’s side, things have been different. Yes, Donal Óg Cusack is regarded as the first openly gay elite Irish sportsman after he came out in 2009 — while his brother Conor also spoke out in 2014.There is no actively inter-county playing openly gay GAA player out there right now, and that’s a worry.It really is fear, she believes. And that fear is supported by the fact that inter-county referee David Gough has been targeted with homophobic abuse from the stands at Croke Park.“I think so. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone’s intentions if people don’t want to talk about it, but I think it probably is fear. Unfortunately it’s really damaging for young guys growing up in that culture.“It’s very… GAA still is quite a heteronormative environment for men, I would say. It’s something that’s kind of accepted as part of the women’s game. “If you look at sport in general, with the exception of the likes of Tom Daley and there was a gay MLS player in America (Robbie Rogers, while Colin Martin came out in 2018) and Donal Óg came out after he stopped — but there’s no current, active player who is out. That’s probably really damaging.” Signing the jersey of a young fan. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHODoes she think we’ll see it?“I think there’s probably a reason why it’s not [seen]… it’s impossible that there’s no well-known gay male athlete out there. It’s just impossible.“I don’t know if it’s a case of agents telling them to keep it on the down low… I obviously don’t have any insight into that but it’s probably easier to not talk about it.”So basically, no, not in the near future anyway.Thankfully, that fear of being targeted or sledged on the pitch was never something that crossed Owens’ mind. She didn’t see the fact that she was open about her sexuality as a weakness that could be used against her by the opposition.It just never occurred to her.“I never thought that it would be used against me in a game situation,” she continues. “Like we’ve alluded to, it’s a lot more accepted in the female game.“I was more worried that my team-mates would look at me differently or see me differently because of it. That just hasn’t happened, it was just unfounded worries.”“That’s been the side of it I didn’t expect at all,” she smiles when the positive reaction comes up once again. Everything that’s come off sharing her story has been nothing but brilliant — especially considering the amount of young girls that have reached out.“Even through Instagram and things like that. If it helps people now to even start a conversation, helps them think about how they would phrase it or verbalise it to someone who’s close to them, it’s a good start.“Often admitting it to yourself is the first step and then you can deal with it and deal with the feelings you’re having around it.”Owens is happy to have that in the past now. She’s in a good place and all is going well, she smiles as she reaches forward to ‘touch wood’ again. Busy both on and off the field, in work and in football.She recently started a new job at digital news organisation Storyful, and her happiness in the role shines through as she explains it. And another new job she’s landed is an ambassador role for the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon.  Owens is part of the 2019 Vhi squad.Again, the enthusiasm radiates as she speaks about it. Perhaps a fitting way to round off an interesting and in-depth chat is on that note.“For me, part of my journey has been exercise being so important for me, for my mental well-being,” she concludes. “When I was younger and I didn’t really know how to verbalise it, I’d just go for a walk or go for a run.“I’d go to training in an awful mood and by the time I was finished training, I’d be in a great mood. It’s always been really important for me, and well, there’s a load of studies done that show exercise can have the same effect as a mild anti-depressant. If anything, that can help.“I’d encourage people to get involved in it. It’s very social, it’s not competitive — it’s more being involved in getting out, doing some exercise and feeling really good off it.”Feeling really good, that’s what Nicole Owens is now.And at the end of the day, that’s the main thing in life.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

I regret my actions that led me here Conor McGregors statement at

first_img‘I regret my actions that led me here’: Conor McGregor’s statement at Brooklyn Criminal Court McGregor was ordered back in court on 26 July. http://jrnl.ie/4069534 By Rónán Duffy Jun 14th 2018, 6:11 AM 66,487 Views No Comments IRISH MIXED MARTIAL Arts star Conor McGregor arrived at Brooklyn Criminal Court today on charges relating to an incident in New York in April.McGregor’s court appearance was scheduled for 9am local time (2pm Irish time) and follows on from an earlier court appearance McGregor made on 6 April.The athlete has just left the court minutes after arriving there this afternoon. McGregor’s attorneys and prosecutors are discussing a plea deal and the court gave them more time to work out an arrangement.McGregor was ordered back in court on 26 July.Before leaving, he gave a brief statement to the media gathered outside: Updated Jun 14th 2018, 3:06 PM McGregor faces charges of criminal mischief, misdemeanor assault and menacing and reckless endangerment after he and his associates were filmed storming a UFC event in New York City, sparking a melee.Video footage appeared to show the 29-year-old throwing a hand truck at a bus full of fighters after a news conference at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.The incident saw a bus being damaged and two UFC fighters allegedly injured.McGregor faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on all counts, but he is not expected to receive such a severe sentence.USA Today reports that prosecutors have not indicted McGregor to a grand jury, something that would likely be required if he were to face more serious felony charges.Fellow Irish MMA fighter Cian Cowley (25) has been charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief and is also due in court today.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha and AFP Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 3:06 PMcenter_img I regret my actions that led to today. I understand the seriousness of this matter and I’m hopeful that it gets resolved soon. Thank you everyone.McGregor then left in a black SUV. Short URL Source: Brian O’Donovan/Twitter A Conor McGregor fan awaits the arrival of the @TheNotoriousMMA at the courthouse in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/96K9lVPJVe— Brian O’Donovan (@BrianOD_News) June 14, 2018 Brief words from Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) after criminal court proceedings lasting less than 60 seconds upstairs. pic.twitter.com/DsCal72FwV— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) June 14, 2018 Share11 Tweet Email1 Source: Matthew Chayes/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Biocarburant lE10 peine à sinstaller en France

first_imgBiocarburant : l’E10 peine à s’installer en FranceProposé dans certaines stations services depuis avril 2009, le biocarburant E10 devait d’ici à la fin 2010, représenter la totalité des ventes de sans Plomb 95 en France. Mais à cette date, il n’en représentait que 13%. Dans un communiqué cité par GoodPlanet.info, la filière bioéthanol annonce que fin 2010, le carburant SP95-E10 était proposé dans 2.412 stations, soit près de 20% des points de vente d’essence, contre 15% en 2009. Mais si cette augmentation a permis de doubler la consommation de SP95-E10 en 2010, passée d’une moyenne de 13% contre 6,5% en moyenne en 2009, les objectifs du gouvernement sont loin d’être atteints.À lire aussiKLM fait voler ses avions à l’huile de fritureL’E10, qui contient 10% d’éthanol quand le SP95 classique n’en contient que 5%, devait représenter 80% des ventes d’essence en 2009, puis la totalité en 2010. Une ambition qui devait contribuer à réaliser l’objectif global visant 10% de biocarburants en 2015. Dans son communiqué, la filière évoque en outre le superéthanol E85, dont la concentration en bioéthanol varie entre 70% et 85%. Lancé en France le 1er janvier 2007, il devait être distribué dans 500 stations essences au 31 janvier de cette même année. Mais fin 2010, seuls 316 pompes le proposaient.Le 8 février 2011 à 17:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Inter Milan revive their interest in Barcelona flop

first_imgInter Milan have reportedly set their sights on Barcelona outcast, hoping to take advantage of frustrating player’s situation as early as JanuaryThe Brazilian winger Malcom, was one of the most exciting players in the summer transfer market. AS Roma and Bordeaux virtually agreed all the terms of Malcom’s passage to Serie A, but Barcelona’s last-minute involvement eventually blow up the whole thing.The 21-year-old forward has opted to stand Giallorossi up and move to Catalonia, which proved to be the worst choice he could’ve made.Former Corinthians star has barely collected 25 minutes under Ernesto Valverde this season, as he desperately looks to find the new accommodation and revive his career.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.According to the Italian newspaper, Corriere dello Sport, Inter Milan would be willing to offer Malcom an escape route, as they’ve already initiated first contacts with the Blaugrana.The Nerazzurri, who also tried to sign the youngster during the summer, are now looking to exploit a complex situation and bring the player at the Stadio San Siro.Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have both showed their affection towards Malcom although they are yet to concretize their interest.However, the Catalan giants are not ready to renounce the pacey winger unless some interested party is to come up with a €40 million bid.last_img read more

Infant killed 3 injured in accident on I5 near Hazel Dell

first_imgA 3-month-old boy was killed and three more were injured in a two-car accident on Interstate 5 near the Main Street exit on Sunday night.The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. when an 1999 Acura driven by Christopher A. Roman, 26, of Beaverton lost control and smacked into the median and a second disabled car on the northbound lanes of I-5, according to the Washington State Patrol.An infant in the disabled vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the state patrol.Tera Pina, 21, of Burien was driving the disabled vehicle and was transported to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center with neck and back pain. Her passenger, Angel A. Pena, 23, of Kent was transported to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center with a head laceration and an injury to his right leg.Roman was transported to Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center for multiple lacerations and was later arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide and DUI, according to the state patrol.Both vehicles were totaled in the incident.last_img read more

Rolling Stone Courts Hispanic Market Spanish Speakers With Latest Issue

first_imgAs the U.S. Latino population continues to soar, the need to actively court this demographic does as well. Here, FOLIO: checks in with Matt Mastrangelo, publisher of Rolling Stone (pictured below left), to get the details on this new focus for his brand and the industry at large. FOLIO: Rolling Stone will have a Spanish-language cover and advertisements in the latest issue. Why the push in this space?Matt Mastrangelo: We’re looking at an environment right now that is so much about the Latin community and a cultured, Latin consumer. You have this big group of consumers that are kind of living in and straddling worlds both from at Latin perspective and English perspective. We felt like the timing was really right to create and celebrate the whole ideal—the ideal of a music, pop culture enthusiast that is a cultured Latin consumer who may be as interested in Pitbull, who is mainstream, as some emerging young artists that are doing really well in the Latin music scene. We wanted to create an environment that was very much like the cultured Latin consumer, which is balancing between both the Latin and Spanish worlds as well as the English world. Someone like Pitbull is appropriate, especially if you see how he communicates to his fan base—it’s in both English and Spanish. He goes across both languages when he blogs, posts on Facebook or tweets. FOLIO: How did you approach advertisers about running Spanish-language ads? How many Spanish-language ad pages are running?Mastrangelo: We worked with Lápiz Advertising, which is the Hispanic agency for Proctor and Gamble. Some ads were in English and some were in Spanish. Garnier Fructis was another advertiser that ran, and they have a strong commitment to the multicultural Hispanic market as well. It was looking at these brands that have an interest in reaching a multicultural consumer and doing it in a way that is not just about the Hispanic market but a cultured, young, influential consumer bouncing between these cultures. Three of our advertisements are in Spanish and two (Latin-focused ads) are in English.FOLIO: Will this be a nation-wide issue or will it be available in areas that have higher populations of Latino and Hispanic communities? Do you have any projections as to how it might perform on the newsstand and hit with readers?Mastrangelo: It’s the full circulation of Rolling Stone so it will go to our full subscriber file as well as all newsstands. Right now, we don’t have any hard or cold facts because it goes on sale today. The response that we have gotten from people and Latin media like Telemundo or Univision and other Hispanic press outlets has been very positive. We’re anticipating great success with this—about 20 percent of the Rolling Stone readership, according to MRI, speaks Spanish as their main household language, which is a higher index than the national market and a growing market. Rolling Stone is a magazine that can celebrate that type of community from a music, entertainment and pop culture perspective. FOLIO: Any plans to integrate Spanish-language advertising, or more content geared toward Latino populations, online or through other channels outside of print?Mastrangelo: At this point, it’s something that’s on the table as we move forward. We’re very interested in continuing a Rolling Stone Latin section edition into 2013 so that’s something we would definitely be interested in doing. A cultured Latin consumer is very immersed in technology so (online) is absolutely something we’d like to leverage.FOLIO: Do you think magazine publishers need to be more aggressive in targeting Spanish-speaking markets in the way Rolling Stone is? Is that where the industry is headed?Mastrangelo: I think that all publishers need to think outside of their natural or normal comfort zone. When you look at the trends of the Latin marketplace, it is a huge growth opportunity. When you see what’s going on in music, it’s a natural thing for us to do—the key thing is making sure it’s authentic to the brand and making sure you have the credibility to be in that market, meaning the cultured Latin consumer marketplace, and executing it in a way that doesn’t compromise any of that.Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! Rolling Stone is trying to get closer to the Hispanic market by introducing Spanish-language advertisements and a secondary Spanish-language cover on the back of its November 22 issue. last_img read more

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Using quantum measurements to fuel a cooling engine

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Michele Campisi, one of the researchers involved in the study, has been studying quantum phenomena for several years. In his recent work, he investigated whether quantum phenomena can impact the thermodynamics of nanoscopic devices, such as those employed in quantum computers. “Most colleagues in the field were looking at coherence and entanglement while only few were looking at another at genuine quantum phenomenon, i.e., the quantum measurement process,” Campisi told Phys.org. “Those studies suggested that you need to accompany measurements with feedback control, as in Maxwell’s demon, in order to exploit their potential. I started thinking about it, and eureka—since quantum measurements are very invasive, they are accompanied by energy exchanges, hence can be used to power engines without the need to do feedback control.”The second law of thermodynamics states that heat naturally flows from hot bodies to cold ones. Past studies found that there are two ways to reverse this natural flow of heat: using work supplied by an external, time-dependent driving force or by implementing a Maxwell demon, which steers the heat via a feedback control loop. In their study, Campisi and his colleagues showed that there is, in fact, a third method to reverse the flow of heat, which is based on quantum mechanics. This technique entails the use invasive quantum measurements as a fuel that powers refrigeration, without any feedback control. The researchers refer to this mechanism as quantum measurement cooling (QMC). “The general mathematical framework is standard quantum mechanics, but we had to use a mix of advanced numerical and analytical methods to investigate all facets of quantum measurement cooling,” Lorenzo Buffoni, another researcher involved in the study, told Phys.org. “For example, in order to assess its the robustness to experimental noise we used extensive Monte Carlo sampling of the high-dimensional space of possible measurement projectors, and used machine learning techniques to analyze and visualize the data.” Citation: Using quantum measurements to fuel a cooling engine (2019, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-quantum-fuel-cooling.html Campisi and his colleagues illustrated QMC by means of a prototypical two-stroke two-qubit engine. This engine interacts with the measurement apparatus employed by the researchers, as well as with two heat reservoirs set at different temperatures.”We also embarked on the task of finding the optimal thermodynamic performance by analytical methods, which was very challenging,” Andrea Sofanelli, another researcher who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “We employed Birkhoff theorem to express the so-called transition matrix (containing all relevant information about the energy exchanges in our problem) in terms of permutations, which simplified the problem. But we remained stuck with that until we found a little-known theorem of linear algebra dating back to the early 1990s, which finally led to the solution.”Campisi, Buffoni, Cuccoli, Solfanelli and their colleague Paola Verrucchi demonstrated that the invasiveness of quantum measurements can be used to fuel a cooling engine via the QMC mechanism they have reported. QMC does not require feedback control, but entanglement must be present in the measurement projectors. The researchers calculated the probability that QMC will occur when the measurement basis is randomly selected. They found that this probability can be very large compared to the probability of extracting energy (i.e. operating the heat engine), yet it is smaller than the probability of the least important operation (i.e. dumping heat in both baths). “Showing that measuring a quantum system made by two qubits can produce by itself (i.e. without feedback control) useful thermodynamic effects surely represents the most meaningful outcome of our research,” Alessandro Cuccoli, another researcher involved in the study, told Phys.org. “This follows from looking at the quantum measurement process from a wider perspective, where both the system and its environment, and the energy exchanges accompanying the measurement, are considered.”According to Cuccoli, the two-quibits thermal engine developed by the researchers could easily be engineered to work as a cooling device. This would, among other things, enable the fabrication of a quantum computer’s processing units to be integrated with auxiliary devices that can keep them at the required low temperature, as both can be achieved using qubits. “A further insightful observation is that in order to get useful thermodynamic effects, the measurement process has to involve ‘entangled’ states, i.e. peculiarly quantum correlated states of the two qubits, thus revealing the intimate connection between information and energy exchanges,” Cuccoli added. “Deepening our understanding of such relationship in nanoscopic quantum engines is one of the major challenges driving our current and future research in the field of quantum thermodynamics.”The study carried out by Campisi, Buffoni, Cuccoli, Solfanelli and Verrucchi introduced an entirely new mechanism that can reverse the natural flow of heat, intervening with the second law of thermodynamics, without feedback control requirements. In the future, their findings could have many applications, for instance, aiding the development of devices to cool quantum computers. The team of researchers involved in this study is part of a collaboration consortium that involves 12 world-class research groups, including experimentalists and theorists from eight E.U. countries. They are currently seeking the resources necessary to support their work in the forthcoming years. “We are looking forward to collaborating with experimental groups that might be interested in building a functioning quantum-measurement cooler,” Campisi said. “The full understanding and mastering of the energetics of quantum systems and devices is urgently needed, and calls for a joint international effort in order to speed up technological development.” Explore further In quantum measurement cooling, the heat current is powered by energy provided via invasive measurements on an appropriate measurement basis fjψkig, without performing feed- back control. Solid arrows represent flow of energy. Credit: Campisi et al. Maxwell’s demon extracts work from quantum measurement More information: Lorenzo Buffoni et al. Quantum Measurement Cooling, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.070603 Researchers at the University of Florence and Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, in Italy, have recently proved that the invasiveness of quantum measurements might not always be detrimental. In a study published in Physical Review Letters, they showed that this invasive quality can actually be exploited, using quantum measurements to fuel a cooling engine. © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

Obama Changes Rules for NSA Data Collection

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 17, 2014 In a speech delivered at the Department of Justice in Washington today, President Obama announced a change to the way your personal cell phone metadata is stored by the U.S. government. In the past year, revelations about the National Security Agency’s policy of gathering and saving vast quantities of personal cell phone data have been a subject of national outrage. The angst over personal security was catalyzed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s disclosure of U.S. government surveillance policies. While Obama said back in June that he “welcomed” debate about the policies, he certainly didn’t start the conversation unprovoked. That’s because it’s messy, complicated and both civil liberty advocates and national security advocates are very passionate. For example, one civil liberties group, Demand Progress, has called for the end of the government collection of metadata completely. Related: Marissa Mayer, Tim Cook & Other Tech Titans Meet With Obama on Health Care, SurveillanceWhile Obama said Friday that the current practice of collecting bulk cell phone metadata will continue, he did say that an independent third party will hold the data, not the government itself. Also, the U.S. government will only be able to pull phone records from that third party storage facility that are two steps removed from a terrorist organization. Previously, phone records have been able to be pulled if they are suspected to be as far as three steps removed from a terrorist organization, according to a fact sheet released by the White House. In his speech, Obama laid out out the importance of secret surveillance action in protecting civilians from foreign military threat. He started by ticking off the U.S.’s long history of using military intelligence to defend the country, referencing Paul Revere and ‘The Sons of Liberty’ in the Revolutionary War to code-breaking during World War II that allowed the American military to intercept Japanese war plans. But the President also acknowledged the importance of protecting the civil liberties of individuals, particularly in an increasingly digitally-connected world where hackers have more opportunities than ever. “There is a reason why BlackBerrys and i-Phones are not allowed in the White House Situation Room,” he said. Related: Uh, Did Your Refrigerator Just Send Me an Internet Virus?In addition to announcing changes to data collection, Obama revealed several other national security strategy changes today in a presidential policy directive. For example, once a year, a panel of advocates with a broad spectrum of policy agendas will sit down and review current surveillance policies. Also, the policy directive clarifies what communications between U.S. and foreign nations will be examined by national securities officials. And the State Department will include a new position specifically designated to developing diplomatic policy surrounding technology and privacy.Obama said that because of the pace of technological developments, the discussion of how best to protect individual privacy while also protecting U.S. civilians from foreign terrorist threats will need to happen regularly in the future. “When you cut through the noise, what’s really at stake is how we remain true to who we are in a world that is remaking itself at dizzying speed,” said Obama today. “One thing I’m certain of: This debate will make us stronger.”  Related: Your Password Is 123456? Wow. Seriously? Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min readlast_img read more

SIAs nofrills offers Scootitude

first_imgSingapore Airlines (SIA) has given the world a sneak-peek of its new low-cost subsidiary, revealing the “down-to-earth” airline’s name, website, Facebook page and ad agency.With the airline planned to take-off from mid next year, SIA is creating hype around the new subsidiary, so much hype in fact that Scootairline.com exceeded its bandwidth limit from an overwhelming number of visitors early this morning.Utilising the B777-200, the new no-frills service will operate out of Changi Airport Terminal 2 on medium to long haul routes and has been described by its chief executive Campbell Wilson as owning an “attitude that’s unique” and fun.“We chose the name ‘Scoot’ for many reasons, not least because it’s different,” Mr Wilson said. “Rather than the tried and tired “airlines” this, “airways” that or “air” yawn, it’s short, sharp and snappy. It stands out. “Besides difference, it conveys spontaneity, movement, informality and a touch of quirkiness – all attributes we intend this Company to be known for.”The carrier’s head added that the name “personified” the uniqueness of the brand and captures its “values and styles”.“An airline with a different attitude,” he added. “People with a different attitude. Scootitude.”Among the destinations in the airline’s portfolio for the first year include Australiasia, China and others, with hopes to expand to India, Europe, Africa and the Middle East overtime. The airline said it will start recruiting staff and pilots early 2012 but has already signed on Sparkfury and Tangoshark to handle the carrier’s image and advertising.The Creative Agency said it had designed the look and feel of the airline to portray its “upbeat, fun, leisure-orientated and slightly quirky” attitude.“Getting the opportunity to develop a brand for an airline named Scoot is a creative person’s dream,” Sparkfury and Tangoshark executive director Michael Lim said. “It’s so different from a traditional airline name, and lends itself to so many applications. “We wanted to reflect this difference and unconventionality during the pitch process, and to create a brand that changes the way people view travel. “Our whole team is energised and excited with this assignment and, like Scoot itself, aims to demonstrate something different, something unique in all we do.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J FlyScootcenter_img Until the airline kicks-off mid-2012, fans and potential flyers can check out the look and feel of the new LCC carrier at its website or on its Facebook page; FlyScoot.last_img read more

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first_imgI believe the Arizona Cardinals are going to win tonight. I still think Arizona is going to the playoffs. Keim and Arians deserve the credit if I’m right. If the Cardinals lose in Lambeau, Seattle or anywhere else on the road in January, most analysts will “break down” the game. I won’t point the finger at a bad turnover, a bad play call or a blown referee’s decision, I’ll look back to August and September. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, left, and general manager Steve Keim watch practice at the NFL football team’s training camp, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img The Arizona Cardinals’ success over the last three-and-a-half years rests almost wholly on the shoulders of Michael Bidwill, Steve Keim and Bruce Arians. They deserve every ounce of credit they’ve received.A loss tonight for Arizona would fall squarely on Keim and Arians. No, this isn’t a hot seat column. If the Cardinals lose, Keim and Arians are 100 percent the right men in the right roles to get the problems solved. For some reason in sports, when mistakes are made, there’s a faction of fans who immediately believe that job loss is the only solution. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A loss tonight would remove a large amount of shine.Steve Keim’s first-round pick over the last two drafts has played in one of an available 20 games in their respective rookie seasons and it will be 21 if Robert Nkemdiche doesn’t play tonight.Marqui Christian was either a bad draft pick to get cut five months after he was drafted or an example of poor roster manipulation to lose him in order to keep an ineffective, injured punter on the roster.Drew Butler was kept for a week and then released. If Butler was cut sooner, Christian would still be a Cardinal.As of now, the entire 2016 draft class for Arizona has done more to lose games than they’ve done to win them.Bruce Arians chose to do very little with his offense in the pre-season, believing beating the defense in training camp was a more effective gage of preparation than beating an opposing team in a “game” like setting. Any offensive play-caller has an entire week to study the defense and come up with an effective gameplan. In the regular season to this point, the only team to not score in the first quarter is the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals were not prepared to start the season and the offense hasn’t been prepared to start the games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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