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  • Buccaneers rookie Wirfs prepares to do part to help Brady

    first_imgLast Updated: 5th August, 2020 07:24 IST Buccaneers Rookie Wirfs Prepares To Do Part To Help Brady Tristan Wirfs knows he has a critical role to play in helping Tom Brady transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The rookie is undaunted by the challenge of preparing for the task without the benefit of a normal preseason Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Tristan Wirfs knows he has a critical role to play in helping Tom Brady transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The rookie is undaunted by the challenge of preparing for the task without the benefit of a normal preseason.The former Iowa star was the 13th pick in this year’s NFL draft, addressing the need to bolster an offensive line responsible for protecting the team’s 43-year-old quarterback and opening holes for what has a chance to be an improved rushing attack.Although Wirfs, 21, is expected to be an immediate starter at right tackle, he concedes he and other first-year players have a lot of ground to cover in training camp. They must get up to speed after not being able to participate in a full offseason program due to the coronavirus pandemic.And with preseason games also eliminated, the Bucs won’t line up against anyone in opposing jerseys until the club’s scheduled regular-season opener at New Orleans on Sept. 13.“We missed out on 400 or 500 live reps of plays, so just trying to make that up as best we can is going to be really huge for us,” Wirfs said, adding he’s not overly concerned about potentially being at a disadvantage entering his first season.“I don’t really know how much different it’ll be for me coming from college. We didn’t really have preseason games. We just had camp and then started playing. They were non-conference, but still,” the 6-foot-5, 320-pound tackle said.“This time around, I know we have some good pass rushers on the Bucs, so just getting some work in with them and doing the best I can,” Wirfs added. “If the case is that I’m going against (Saints defensive end) Cam Jordan, I’ll be excited and just give it my best.”Tampa Bay traded up one spot in the draft to ensure an opportunity to select Wirfs, a dominant blocker in college who continued to impress at the NFL scouting combine. He had the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.85 seconds) among linemen and set a record for his position in the vertical jump (36½ inches).Bucs coach Bruce Arians said linemen probably are the players most affected by not having a normal offseason of work.“I think both lines of scrimmage, the offensive line and defensive line not being able to work on pad level,” Arians said. “We’re going to have 14 days in pads. That is not a lot of time to get ready to play in a ballgame against really quality opponents, but we’re going to have to get it done.”At Iowa, Wirfs became only the second true freshman to start a game at tackle under long-time Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz. Now, he’s unfazed by the prospect of stepping right in with the Bucs, who’ve missed the playoffs 12 consecutive seasons — the second-longest drought in the NFL behind Cleveland, which hasn’t earned a berth since 2002.“That’s kind of how my college career started. I was kind of just tossed in there. It happening this way, at this level, I’d be all right with it. I’ve just got to go out there and do my best – that’s all I can ask of myself,” Wirfs said.“You’ve got to prepare every week and come out and execute. That’s really what it comes down to,” he added. “If that’s the case where I have to get tossed in there, then so be it. I’ll be as ready as I can be and give it my all.”Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVEcenter_img COMMENT Written By First Published: 5th August, 2020 07:24 IST LIVE TVlast_img read more

  • Doubting, Denying Till Death

    first_imgHow Doubting The Deadly Ebola Virus Disease Is Wiping Almost A Whole Family; But Does Gov’t Care More About The Dead Than The Living? For the second round in less than two months, a set of two persons have died from a single family allegedly, some say, convincingly, from the killer Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Gardnersville area of Monrovia. A month ago, a man affectionately identified as KK, lost his sister and then mother to the virus. The sister worked at the Swaray clinic in Monrovia and was among four nurses that contracted and died from the virus at that clinic.Over the weekend, KK lost his pregnant wife and a teenage daughter; and the man himself is currently sick. Though there was no medical examination before the deaths of the wife and daughter, reports say they were ones taking care of the first set of two persons that died from the virus. The mother got affected when she cared for the corpse of her nurse-daughter.Four down already, more members, even distant relatives of this New Georgia community family and people of the larger Mandingo and Muslim communities are feared to be at higher risk of contracting the virus because KK, an alleged carrier, is roaming unrestrained.After several failed attempts to call in the Ebola Taskforce set up by the Liberian government, officers of the Liberia National Police and health workers arrived at the New Georgia Mosque to seize the suspected Ebola-corpses that were being washed and prayed over. Instead of two, only the wife’s corpse was discovered and taken away by the police and health workers – thanks to family members whom confirmed reports say buried the daughter overnight at an undisclosed location.Denial from Start to EndAlthough KK admits he is sick, he denies carrying Ebola – same denial people say he had held during the times he lost his families. “I am sick. I went to the hospital and they told me I have typhoid; and I am taking typhoid treatment at a clinic in Jamaica Road,” KK told a friend via mobile phone. Though he did not indicate the particular clinic he is taking treatment, staffers at the main clinic on the Jamaica Road denied treating KK for whatever sickness.Alieu Konneh is the Administrator at the Al-Hilal Medical Center, commonly known as the Muslim Clinic.According to him, at no time did his clinic treat KK or any of his family members. However, he admitted talking to a pharmacist in the same vicinity, just around the Boatswain High School, who treated the KK’s deceased-wife with bare hands. “No, we never treated anybody from that family. His wife was taking treatment at one pharmacy around here. I spoke with the guy in that pharmacy, he told me ‘that he referred them to a bigger hospital since her condition was not improving. I think they went to Cooper’s Clinic,” Mr. Konneh said in an interview.For KK, there is no reason to report himself. “What are the people saying? I don’t have Ebola. I have typhoid and I am taking treatment. I am not going anywhere,” he told another friend who spoke with him on phone loudspeaker- encouraging him to report to health workers.Abdullai Mohammed Keita was around when health workers came over for the corpses. “Our problem is not with those that have died already. Our problem is with the husband who is sick, and we understand from the same Ebola virus disease that killed his family. He is still passing among us – infecting all of us. We are at huge risk here, especially considering the kind of community we have. What more does this man want to know about Ebola and the facts surrounding recent deaths in his family before he stops doubting and denying this killer-disease? He is infecting and killing us. Four of your members of the same family can’t just die from malaria, you are sick and other people around you are sick. This is no malaria. Why not report yourself. This is wickedness,” he told me.Higher Risk: Long Chain of Person-to-Person ContactsAt the moment, there is indication that more people might be risk of carrying the virus. Apart from KK’s mother who contracted the virus from her daughter during caretaking, KK’s teenage daughter is said to have contracted the virus while staying with her deceased grandmother. Both KK and his deceased wife are said to have contracted the virus during the same person-to-person contacts – although there is no authentic information on the sequence of contraction and infection.As confirmed information indicates, KK’s daughter was buried without the knowing of many people and circumstances surrounding the burial remain sketchy. However, there is no skepticism about people getting involved with the process. This means people involved with the burial might be possible Ebola-carriers. Also, his wife was taken at the New Georgia mosques where scores of Muslims prayed over the body for burial. Although the corpse was not washed by the group, it was transported from one point to another – whether from a hospital or a home before reaching the mosque. Since the body was lifted and carried by people, there is no doubt people might have contacted each other.One person put it squarely: “It was not machined that brought the body here. They were people and that means those who touched this body are infected. Moreover, KK himself was among us here today. He is sick yet he moves among us like there is nothing wrong with him.”On social media, comments over reports that an Ebola-suspected corpse was in the open at the New Georgia mosque were many but all pointed toward one direction: “Aren’t people aware of the Ebola circumstances these days?”One poster, Benedictus Doctu Yahn, said: “People will never learn. ‘Don’t wash dead bodies.’ They will never learn. We have a long way with a virus that can be stopped from spreading provided people follow the instructions.”Kla Edward Toomey: “Are they not hearing all the awareness?”Yonnah Saba Kra: “How wicked people are. They’re spreading the virus to random people. Oh! My God”Charlotte Wonasue is a neighbor to them. “This (report) is so true because they are my neighbors and we never knew until his sister and mother died and KK is seriously sick.”She continued: “He is lying because he was the one who held his mother on his back and put her in his car; and he is very sick. I saw him today but when he learned that the community people were calling the Ebola team – that was when he left. The deaths occurred in the New Georgia Oldfield behind Jonathan Paylaylay’s house – the first truck garage. Ask for Mr. Ansu Kromah, you will find the place because they had the feast for KK’s mother in the same area,” she added.“He is a friend. He needs to come out to go through the due processes to make sure that he is Ebola free or to be treated for his own safety,” Mohammed Segbemadee Konneh, a Liberian resident in Philadelphia said on Facebook.More Concern for the Dead, Not the Living-CarriersWhile the government insists it is exerting every effort and available resource to contain the spread of the virus, many people think its strategies only put more people at eminent risk.“See what the government is doing. They collect the dead bodies and never care to arrest or even ask for people the deceased might have contacted. This man lost his sister and mother; now his wife and kid are dead. Are there no conscious people to ask for people these dead people might have contacted while they were alive and sick? No! You collect dead bodies and never quarantine their houses, or people they have contacted. These people in turn will go about contacting and infecting other people. This way, there is no way to contain the spread of the virus. Let’s not pretend,” Marie Klay who stood watching the police and health workers take away KK’s wife’s corpse, said in frustration.During similar incidents at the St. Tolbert Estate Junction on Monday where two persons died, people became uneasy because health workers only took away the dead bodies when in fact they were told that other people in the same house were sick and carrying symptoms of Ebola. “They just took the dead bodies, threw them in the car and then pulled off. Nothing more! So, the government is deliberately allowing more people to carry the virus to infect other people. See what Nigeria is doing just because of one Ebola death,” Marcus Sheriff of Stephen Tolbert noted.In Nigeria, 177 primary and secondary contacts have been placed under surveillance or isolation just from one Ebola death. Nigeria’s Heath Minister, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu Monday confirmed the figures. “It has been 22 days since EVD first landed in Nigeria. As at today, 177 primary and secondary contacts of the index case have been placed under surveillance or isolation. 9 developed EVD, bringing the total number of cases in Nigeria to 10. Of these 10, 2 have died (the Liberian American and the Nigerian nurse) while 8 are alive and currently on treatment,” Prof. Chukwu is quoted by the Vanguard.In Liberia, where are more than 190 confirmed Ebola deaths, report of isolating contacts is rare. A prominent question asked by emergency responders is “is the person dead?” This, citizens believe puts more concern on the dead than the living. “If you just talk of sick people and not dead body, no one cares for your call,” a relative of dying lady said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Liverpool assess Enrique injury

    first_imgLiverpool are assessing a hamstring injury suffered by Jose Enrique during the 3-0 victory at QPR.Enrique was taken off during the second half at Loftus Road, where his team scored all their goals before the half-hour mark.“Unfortunately it looks like he’s had a little tear in his hamstring,” said Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe.“He’s been a joy to watch, so the injury is a shame. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long.”More reaction to follow later.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Browns vs. Raiders: Five questions with opposing beat writer

    first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.Checking in with longtime beat writer Tony Grossi, who covers the Cleveland Browns for ESPNCleveland.com and 850 WKNR SportsOhio:1. You’ve covered the Browns for a long time. What was your first impression of Baker Mayfield when he was drafted, and what about now after his performance against the Jets?Grossi: Honestly, I was deeply disappointed they drafted him. I was on record before and after the draft. I wanted Sam Darnold. …last_img read more

  • The ‘Wally’ Bed: Accessorizing with Salvage

    first_imgOf all the practices in the green building ethos, salvaging and recycling seem to inspire artists and artisans the most. That turned out to be true, at least, for participants in Salvations 2011, a juried competition for furnishings made from wood, metal, and other materials salvaged from buildings in the New Orleans area.Presented by The Green Project, which sells salvaged materials and operates a recycling center in New Orleans, Salvations 2011 attracted the attention of Thomas Dutel, a former contractor who specializes in making furniture from wood salvaged from homes facing demolition. Dutel’s entry, called “Wally,” is a bed made from antique heart pine “pulled from the rubble” of homes in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood. It also features wrought iron gates donated by a Mid-City resident.Old-growth wood from old homesNamed for Wallace Thurman, a longtime Mid-City resident who resisted a redevelopment project that eventually forced him, and Dutel’s workshop, out of the neigbhorhood, “Wally” landed among the top six in the show and took its “Best Traditional Design” award, Dutel says in a press release.He adds that with all of the rebuilding in the area, salvage opportunities are plentiful, and demolitions of old homes often yield wood whose density and strength are superior to those of freshly milled lumber. Dutel says a greater effort should be made keep this old wood – and other recyclable materials – out of landfills. “We are at a crossroads in New Orleans,” he says. “I believe we can rebuild in the same tradition of a hundred years ago, and do it in an environmentally friendly way.”last_img read more

  • Man in Thane dies after scooter hits pothole

    first_imgA 42-year-old man died after he fell off his scooter when it hit a pothole and rammed into a road divider in Maharashtra’s Thane district, police said on Monday. The mishap took place on Sunday evening when Rajendra Dongre was going from Bhiwandi town to his home in Wada taluka, an official at Ganeshpuri police station said. Dongre lost his balance and fell on the road when his two-wheeler skidded over a pothole on Ambadi bridge and rammed into a road divider. He received severe injuries in the mishap and died on the spot, the official said, adding that a case of accidental death was registered. Earlier this month, a 21-year-old woman doctor died after being run over by a truck when she fell off a two- wheeler as it slipped on a pothole in Bhiwandi. The Shramjeevi Sanghatana, a local outfit working for tribal welfare, expressed concern over such incidents. Its youth wing president Pramod Pawar said the pothole-ridden roads in Bhiwandi claimed several lives this year, and blamed the contractor for shoddy repair work.“We want safe roads, specially between Wada and Bhiwandi,” he said.last_img read more

  • Central Railways announces job vacancies for Group D posts

    first_imgCentral Railways has invited applications for recruitment to ‘Group’ D posts. Interested and eligible candidates can apply latest by September 8.Post details:Total posts: 5 postsPost names:Badminton (Men): 1 postHockey (Men): 1 postAthletic (Men): 2 postsSwimming (Men): 1 postEligibility criteria:Educational qualifications:The candidates applying for this post should possess SSC/ matriculation certificate. Or the candidates should have qualified ITI.Age limit:The candidates applying for this post should be aged between 18 and 25 years.How to apply:In order to apply, candidates are required to submit application forms to “Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, Divisional Railway Manager’s Office, Central Railway, Kingsway”. The candidates are required to send the copies of duly attested certificates/ documents. Besides, candidates are required to affix a recent passport size photograph on the application forms which is to be written in English or Hindi on A4 size good quality paper.Selection process:The candidates will be selected on the basis of the trials in the DOPE TEST, assessment of achievements in sports and general intelligence/ personality test.Pay Scale:Applicants may receive salary of Rs 5,200 – 20,200 per month with grade pay Rs 1,800 per month.last_img read more

  • 16 days agoReturn pushed back for Newcastle winger Ritchie after surgery

    first_imgReturn pushed back for Newcastle winger Ritchie after surgeryby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United winger Matt Ritchie has undergone an operation on his ankle.The Scotland international has been out of action since August. He has been recovering from a nasty challenge by Hamza Choudhury in the League Cup lost to Leicester City.The Chronicle says a decision was made to have the surgery to “clear up the area” around his ankle. Ritchie had recently returned to first-team training but his return now looks likely to be further away than anticipated. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

  • Winning at wining despite the weather new tech on trial at Ontario

    first_imgOntario’s wine makers and grape growers are nervously watching the weather, fearing that this year’s harvest could be literally nipped in the bud by an unusually cold winter.“We’ve gotten very close to the critical temperatures for bud survival for vines for next year’s crop,” says Matthew Speck, the viticulturist at his family’s vineyard and winemaking operation near St. Catharines, Ont., in the heart of Ontario’s best-known wine region. He said this winter reminds him of 2014-2015, when his winery lost 30 per cent of its yield.Speck notes what others in the industry know well — that temperatures are vitally important and can vary a great deal from place to place, even within a single property.But this winter has been harsh for all of southern Ontario, including the Niagara region, where Speck helps run the Henry of Pelham Family Estate winery operation, founded by his parents in 1984.“We’ve hovered, a few nights, very close to where some damage may or may not appear — right on that threshold. So it has been nerve-racking, those nights.”This winter, Speck is trying out a new cutting-edge sensor and monitoring system.The solar-powered devices — about the size of a large cellphone — have GPS locators in them and a connection to a new wireless “internet of things” service that Bell is preparing to roll out commercially.The system is being developed through a partnership between Shenzhen-based hardware manufacturer Huawei, Bell Canada (TSX:BCE) and Toronto-based BeWhere Holdings. Inc., which specializes in asset-tracking systems.Together, they have equipped Henry of Pelham with new monitoring technology that Speck thinks could be a big improvement because its sensors are easily moved as needed — rather than placed in fixed locations like traditional sensors that can’t easily be moved.“It allows me to make better, more precise decisions,” Speck says.One of those decisions is whether to start up the huge wind machines that Henry of Pelham and others across Ontario use to warm their vines.If conditions are right, the machines can raise temperatures on the ground by four or five degrees — enough to prevent cold damage to the grape buds.But Speck says his tower-mounted propellers cost his operation hundreds of dollars per hour to run, so he needs to know how to optimize their use.“You may not want to run them on the whole vineyard,” Speck says. “It might be one section or a low-lying area that’s colder than another. And different varieties are sensitive at different temperatures.”In general, Ontario’s grape growers get nervous if temperatures get close to minus 20 degrees Celsius — since whole crops of even hardy varieties can be wiped out if temperatures fall too low below freezing.Tom O’Brien, the founder and president of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants near Kingsville, Ont., hadn’t heard about the Pelham trial being conducted about 350 kilometres to the east — but he said he can “absolutely” see its potential.He would like to find a cost-effective alternative to his older generation of weather monitoring system.“My machine is old,” he explains. “I have it programmed so that if it hits a certain pre-set number — like minus 16 — it calls me and gives me a warning that it’s cold. But I would love to have more technology.”At the Pelham operation, Speck says he’s still running his old monitoring system in parallel to the trial system, but can’t yet say which one’s better.“It has been back and forth,” Speck says. “They’re doing quite a bit of work on the background of it … so I haven’t had much of an opportunity to do a direct comparison.”In addition, Speck says he doesn’t yet know how much the system will cost once the trial is over and, no matter what, there’s only so much that he can do about the weather — even with those big wind machines.“They always help (but) nothing’s as good as a mild winter.”— Follow @DavidPaddon on Twitterlast_img read more

  • Malda student tops in state city shines in CBSE 2019 results

    first_imgKolkata: Sumaita Laisa of Usha Martin School in Shimuldhabi under Gajole police station area in Malda has topped from the state in the CBSE Class X examination, the results of which were declared on Monday. Laisa scored 99.4 percent marks, bagging 497 out of 500.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated the students of the state. “Congratulations to all students who excelled and those who passed the CBSE exams. Good wishes to your parents and good luck for all your future endeavours,” she tweeted. “I had expected 95 to 96 percent marks but 99.4 percent came as a surprise for me. I want to be a doctor so I will take up Biology in my higher studies,” Laisa said. The schools in Kolkata affiliated to the CBSE board also fared well, with South Point High School emerging at the top with Suchana Haldar scoring 496 out of 500. However, Saumodip Das of Khalsa Model High School in Dunlop scored the same marks as Suchana. “I want to study Chemistry in my higher education. The support from my parents and my school has contributed to my success. I was confident of scoring high marks but 99.2 percent has come as a surprise,” Saumodip said. His father Amarnath Das, who works in an MNC, said that he studied six to seven hours daily and would never keep any school assignment pending. “He has been topping the school right from nursery,” Das added. Suchana wants to become a doctor like his father. “The credit goes to my parents who devoted calculative time despite their busy schedule. I had a single private tutor,” she said. Her father D K Halder, who is an ENT specialist at Panihati State General Hospital, said: “I have twins studying in South Point. My son Saswata also got 95 percent marks. He has also taken Bio-Science in higher secondary level like my daughter. They both are very good in table tennis and have represented their school team in other states and have bagged prizes.” A total of 725 students appeared from South Point High School, out of which 223 scored 95 percent and above. Rounak Roy and Sreyashi Holme Choudhury have both scored 495 out of 500. Abhirup Mistry of Birla Bharati School at Santoshpur located in the southern fringes of the city scored 495 out of 500. Interestingly, Abhirup did not have a single private tutor. “Our teachers have been so cooperative. I cleared doubts if any from them only,” Abhirup said. DPS Ruby Park also performed very well with four of the students bagging more than 98 percent marks. Lokesh Somani of Birla High School emerged as the topper in the school with 98.4 percent, in which 53 got more than 90 percent marks out of 163 students.last_img read more