Closure of Patna museum sparks protests

first_imgPatna’s writers, poets, experts, historians, social activists and students of arts are up in arms over the closure of the century-old Patna Museum and the decision to shift precious artefacts and sculptures from there to the newly constructed Bihar Museum, registered under Societies Act.On Monday, poets Sri Ram Tiwari, Arun Shadwal, Srikant Vyas and Santosh Sahar and social activists including Mithilesh Yadav, Chandrika Mallik, former MLA Somprakash and activist-journalist Pushpraj gathered outside the gates of the Museum for a poetry reading programme protesting the closure.Students of the Patna Art College also have protesting the closure of Patna museum, saying, “The Patna Art College was set up just behind the Patna museum so that students could come and learn from the traditional paintings and sculptures…but, the government has snatched all this from us.” New homeSet to be formally thrown open to the public on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2, the newly constructed Bihar museum is spread in over 17 acres of prime land on Bailey Road in the capital — built at a cost of ₹498 crore under a foreign consultant.Ahead of the inauguration, the State government currently has closed the historical Patna museum which celebrated its centenary in April this year, for two weeks from September 9 to 25 to shift its most precious artefacts, sculptures, paintings and manuscripts to the newly constructed museum.“The Patna museum is one of the richest in the country, with several invaluable sculptures like Mauryan age female figurine Yakshini [the Didargunj Yakshi], Buddhist and other Mughal era stone and bronze statues, paintings… But now under a systematic plan all these priceless artefacts are being shifted to the Bihar Museum which is registered under the Societies [Registration] Act (1860) …we demand the government to stop all this and let the old glory of Patna museum remain intact,” Mr. Pushpraj told The Hindu. He has been spearheading the “Save Yakshini, Save Patna museum” campaign in the State along with several intellectuals, experts, archaeologists, social activists and students of the Patna Art College.Donor’s distressJaya Sankrityayana Parhawk, daughter of eminent Buddhist scholar Rahul Sankrityayana whose several invaluable Thangka paintings, Buddhist manuscripts and books brought from Tibet in 1930s were donated to the Patna museum, too has not only expressed her shock over the government’s move to shift all these artefacts to a new museum “without her knowledge” but also condemned it.“How can a government deprive a century-old museum of its invaluable artefacts for a private NGO registered under Societies Act…I’m pained and shocked,” she said while adding that she has also written an open letter to the chief minister Nitish Kumar requesting him to look at her pain and anguish and would stop transfer of the “rare and priceless artefacts which are the assets of the people of Bihar from being perished”. “My father’s paintings and Buddhist manuscripts, books were not sold to Patna museum but given as a provisional grant…our family should have been informed before shifting all these heritage stuffs from Patna museum”, she told The Hindu.Earlier, eminent sociologist Hetukar Jha who died recently, historian Imtiaz Ahmed, Prof Arun Kumar Sinha , Hari Kishore Prasad, former director Museum, Prof Rajendra Ram, Padma Shri Usha Kiran Khan, Prof Shatrughan Sharan Singh and Jaidev Singh too had to the Chief Minister appealing to him to save the Patna Museum.Danger of damageFormer Additional Director of the Patna Museum and former director of K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute, Chitranjan Prasad Singh said, “The government should have constituted an expert committee before taking decision to shift priceless artefacts… There is always a danger of damage to these sculptures and statures…who will take responsible for this?” Agreed the former director of Bihar museums, U C Dwivedi, “it’s a wrong decision of the government.” The lone curator of the Patna museum, Dr Shankar Suman informed The Hindu that altogether 101 artefacts have already been shifted from the Patna Museum. “They have planed to shift altogether 3,000 artefacts, sculptures, paintings, stone and bronze statures in two weeks time…but what will be left here in Patna museum after all these priceless heritage stuffs will be gone?” he asked. He also expressed apprehension that the Patna Museum will be closed forever after September 25, saying “who would come here and for what?”Earlier, in June 2015 the Patna High Court while hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by a research scholar Ashok Kumar against construction of Bihar museum had observed that it was not in the “public interest”. “The facts of the case were sufficient to stall the project at the initial stage but the question of stalling does not arise since the construction is said to be nearing completion”, observed the division bench of the then Chief Justice L. Narasimha Reddy and justice Sudhir Singh of the Patna HC.‘Global practice’But, the state chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said, “the [Bihar] museum will be world class…and the museum has been registered as a society because such institutions cannot flourish under bureaucracy…The global practice is to grant autonomy to such institutions… In any case, the development commissioner will be the chairman of the management committee and the finance secretary, art and culture secretary will be part of the team…so the museum will not become a private one”.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka wins US Open: Japan celebrate 20-year-old’s triumph in New York

first_imgNaomi Osaka on Saturday stunned Serena Williams in the final to win her maiden Grand Slam. Osaka, who was born in Japan but raised in the United States, beat her childhood idol 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows to lift the US Open.The result helped Osaka become the first Japanese player to clinch a Grand Slam singles title.However, the final was marred by Serena’s outburst after she was handed a code violation for on-court coaching. The runner-up also smashed her racket and verbally attacked the umpire for penalising her.Japan celebrated the 20-year-old’s victory, with fans putting her stunning success down to a steely focus and humble attitude as much as her powerful performance.”Osaka played so well that Serena wasn’t able to play her tennis and she (Williams) got upset,” said Mitsuko Sakai, 63-year-old amateur tennis player who woke up at 5 a.m. on Sunday in Tokyo to watch the final.”She remained so calm throughout the match” despite the brouhaha, Sakai said. “I was very impressed by her mental strength. The entire audience seemed to cheering for Serena but Osaka concentrated on the game and won.”Read – Naomi Osaka stuns Serena Williams in controversial final to lift maiden US Open titlePrime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Osaka on Twitter and thanked her for “giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship” — a likely reference to the earthquake that hit the northern island of Hokkaido on Thursday, killing at least 21 people.pic.twitter.com/Myw3yG1A7Jadvertisement(@AbeShinzo) September 8, 2018Kei Nishikori, who lost in the men’s semi-finals to Novak Djokovic and was runner-up in 2014, posted a video of Osaka lifting the U.S. Open trophy on his Twitter page along with the hashtag #proud and a Japanese flag.#proud https://t.co/hBSVu1LBJIKei Nishikori (@keinishikori) September 8, 2018Japan has been charmed by Osaka’s off-court humility and genuineness as much as her on-court ferocity and that unpretentiousness came through in her post-match comments.While standing on the podium waiting to be handed her trophy, Osaka heard only boos as an angry crowd took out their frustration on umpire Carols Ramos, whom they perceived to have been too harsh on Williams.”I know everyone was cheering for her and I’m sorry it had to end like this,” said Osaka. “I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”Osaka said it was “always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals,” and that, “I’m really grateful I was able to play with you.”Also read – When I step on court, I’m not a Serena fan: Naomi Osaka after US Open triumphWatching from Tokyo, 60-year-old tennis fan Kiyoshi Ogawa praised Osaka’s humility: “She tried to make all the attention go to Serena. That’s her beauty.”Tennis is nowhere near as popular as baseball, soccer or sumo in Japan, and the match was broadcast live only on the Wowow cable channel, not on any major television channel.The power of love…@Naomi_Osaka_ #USOpen pic.twitter.com/1iRhKjBWXbUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018But as Osaka prepared to face Williams in Saturday’s final, local media began to contemplate what victory might mean.The Yomiuri newspaper said: “The combination of her strength and childlike innocence is her charm,” and hailed Osaka as “a new heroine Japan can be proud of.””When I step on the court, I’m not a Serena fan – I’m just a tennis player playing another tennis player. But when I hugged her at the net, I felt like a little kid again.”@Naomi_Osaka_ lets us into her heart…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/GlCigEQUivUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018BIRACIAL IDENTITYOsaka, the daughter of a Haitian father and Japanese mother, is also helping break new ground in Japan as her biracial identity challenges the country’s self-image as a racially homogenous society.Read – Serena Williams calls chair umpire a thief, accuses him of sexismOsaka is the latest biracial athlete to enter the limelight in Japan following sprinter Asuka Cambridge and baseball player Yu Darvish.Osaka left Japan when she was three and was raised in New York and Florida. She holds both Japanese and American citizenship and addresses fans on camera in broken Japanese — which has helped win over the public here..@Naomi_Osaka_ picks up her first Grand Slam title at the 2018 #USOpen after a 6-2, 6-4 win over S. Williams!Tune into @espn Sunday at 1pm ET for more championship action in New York City.https://t.co/VtxXIMiYRS pic.twitter.com/MAdXSVVobZadvertisementUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2018While Japan is becoming more ethnically diverse — one of 50 births is to biracial couples these days — there is still plenty of prejudice against “haafu,” or half-Japanese, including cases of bullying mixed race children because they look different or have different names.Also Read – Is Serena Williams a bad loser? Opinions after Naomi Osaka wins US OpenPublic attitudes are slowly changing as Japanese society becomes more integrated with the global economy, and the emergence of more ethnically mixed celebrities, especially in sports, is helping.2 weeks of flawless tennis.2 weeks of steadfastness.2 weeks of composure.Congratulations to our 2018 champion @Naomi_Osaka_!#USOpen pic.twitter.com/0Z9y1ZbMrvUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mashu Baker won a gold medal in judo and Cambridge anchored the silver medal-winning 4×100 meters relay team.”Japanese are getting more accustomed to people from other cultures,” said Hirotaka Matsuoka, a professor of sports marketing at Waseda University in Tokyo.”If an athlete isn’t half-hearted and really makes it clear they are representing Japan, then the public will support them.”Your 2018 #USOpen champion…@Naomi_Osaka_ pic.twitter.com/yAPFaezBpzUS Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2018(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

EBERT SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON

first_imgA Cherokee, Iowa woman has been sentenced to ten years in prison for causing a September, 2015 Plymouth County two vehicle traffic accident .30 year-old Melissa Ebert had pleaded guilty in April to two charges of reckless driving causing serious injury by motor vehicle.That accident injured Ebert, her boyfriend Damian Johnson, and the driver of the on-coming vehicle, Dustin Bull.Ebert gave emotional testimony in court Monday, saying during the night of the accident, she got into an argument with her boyfriend in Sioux City and that he had been drinking.She says the argument escalated until she agreed to get into her car to drive him home:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/EBERT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….getting into the car. :22Ebert says the argument continued as she drove and she lost control of the car on county road C-38, southeast of Le Mars, colliding with an oncoming vehicle driven by Bull.Ebert told Bull’s family that she was sorry and never meant to hurt anyone.Judge Duane Hoffmeyer sentenced Ebert to five years on each count with the sentences to run consecutively.last_img read more

10 days agoChelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressure

first_imgChelsea winger Pulisic admits feeling American pressureby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic admits he’s feeling the pressure of being a top American player in Europe.The 21-year-old arrived from Borussia Dortmund this surrounded by much fanfare.But he has struggled to find consistency in his game under Frank Lampard.Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, the winger said: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe’.”You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.”This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.”Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe and I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report: Greece 0 Italy 3

first_imgItaly made it three wins from as many Group J matches with a 3-0 victory over Greece in their pursuit of a place at Euro 2020.Roberto Mancini’s side added to wins over Finland and Liechtenstein as Nicolo Barella, Lorenzo Insigne and Leonardo Bonucci all scored inside 10 first-half minutes in Athens. It leaves Italy – who are yet to concede in qualifying – with a maximum return of nine points, while Greece remain on four.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Andrea Belotti was thwarted by Zeca’s timely intervention as he sought to get on the end of a threatening throughball inside the opening five minutes. The Torino striker then showed poor technique in lifting a shot from the edge of the box well over the crossbar at the end of a promising move.But the breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Greece were overrun at the back and Belotti’s cutback was slammed home by Barella.#EuropeanQualifiers23’YES!!!! #BARELLA POPS UP TO OPEN THE SCORING! #GreeceItaly  0-1 #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/qaglYvd4N1— Italy (@azzurri) June 8, 2019Greece charged forward in an attempt to get back into the match but were caught on the counter-attack as Insigne darted past Andreas Samaris and poked a deft finish beyond goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas.The match as a contest was over before half-time, Bonucci’s header from Emerson’s delivery clipping the upright on its way in.With the points practically assured, Italy produced a composed second-half showing in which retaining possession took precedence over creating opportunities.And Greece could do little to instigate a turnaround, Georgios Masouras going close only to see an offside flag raised as the hosts’ frustrations grew.When substitute Manolis Siopis fired wildly over the bar from a decent position, it was clear that even a consolation goal was going to be beyond Angelos Anastasiadis’ side. What does it mean? Italy in cruise controlWith a 100 per cent record from their opening three games, Italy are already five points ahead of third-placed Greece and look well set to qualify. Mancini’s men have not yet conceded a goal, which further underlines the strides they have made since failing to reach the 2018 World Cup.Left flank woes for GreeceGreece struggled in general to contain Italy in the first 45 minutes, but it was down the visitors’ left side that the threat came, be it from Insigne or Marco Verratti. The former scored, the latter was typically industrious. Kourbelis bypassed in midfieldDimitrios Kourbelis was perhaps more a symptom of Greece’s first-half capitulation than a cause, but the way the game passed him by showed just how dominant Italy were.After managing just 11 touches and seven passes, he was substituted at the break.What’s next?Greece remain in Athens to welcome Armenia on Tuesday, while Mancini’s men host Bosnia-Herzegovina in Turin on the same night.  read morelast_img read more

Tighter Enforcement For Workplace Safety

first_imgThe Department of Environment and Labour has a new tool to helpenforce laws that protect Nova Scotians in the workplace. Nova Scotia’s occupational health and safety officers can nowissue summary offence tickets for two offences under theOccupational Health and Safety Act. A summary offence ticket, with a fine of $450, can be issued topeople and organizations in a workplace who do not provide acompliance notice indicating they have complied with an officer’searlier order. A summary offence ticket, with a fine of $800, canbe issued for failing to comply with an order. “The health and safety of workers in this province is a priorityof government. We are continually improving our health and safetysystems to help reduce accidents and injuries in the workplace,”said Minister of Environment and Labour Kerry Morash. “The use ofsummary offence tickets is an additional tool to help bringworkplaces into compliance with the occupational health andsafety laws.” The minister said the Department of Environment and Labourfocuses first on educating people in the workplace and workingwith them to bring businesses into compliance. When this does notwork, officers can turn to enforcement options which includeissuing a summary offence ticket or laying charges against theoffender. Employers or employees found guilty of an offenceagainst the Occupational Health and Safety Act can be subject tofines of up to $250,000 and/or up to two years in jail. “It’s important for the officers to have options for enforcementwhen orders are not being followed,” said Mr. Morash. “Continuedoffences by a workplace are unacceptable and will result in apenalty.” The occupational health and safety division joins other divisionsin the Department of Environment and Labour who use summaryoffence tickets as part of their enforcement system. For more information on occupational health and safety laws, seethe website at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/ohs or call 1-800-952-2687.last_img read more

Overdose Emergency Response Centre set up in BC to combat overdose deaths

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia has established a command centre to provide a co-ordinated response to the overdose crisis, using expertise from some of the public health experts who worked to stem the spread of HIV in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.Mental Health and Addictions Minister Judy Darcy told a new conference Friday that staff at the Overdose Emergency Response Centre at Vancouver General Hospital will work with five new regional response teams and community action teams to deliver tailored services.She said that could mean linking people who end up at emergency departments with overdose prevention sites, setting them up with housing or providing culturally appropriate services for those who are Indigenous and are likely to fatally overdose at three times the rate of others.The minister said she is working with various mayors to determine what services their communities need, such as distribution of naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses.“We’re putting this emergency response centre in place to fuel urgent local action and rapidly implement locally driven solutions on the ground — actions to prevent overdose deaths and actions to support people towards treatment and recovery,” she said.The centre will include staff from the Health Ministry, the First Nations Health Authority, first responders, addiction specialists and “people with lived experience,” Darcy said.She said people who show up at emergency departments after an overdose will get help from regional and community action teams to fast track them into treatment.Dr. Patricia Daly, chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health, will lead the centre and said data will be collected regularly so health experts are not waiting for statistics that are released every few months by the coroners service.“We will work with our colleagues in regions around the province who will in turn work with local first responders and community partners,” she said.Treatment of opioid use disorder with drugs such as suboxone is becoming more widespread but therapy with injectable drugs such as hydromorphone must also be expanded, she said.She said only about 200 people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside are currently using injectables almost two years into a public health emergency declared by the province.“That is unacceptable and will be one of our first orders of business,” Daly said, adding the response will be “nimble” in a province where people with HIV were identified as early as possible to prevent a further spread of the disease.She pointed out some of the experts who implemented that program and said they will be part of the team at the Overdose Emergency Response Centre.“These people are implementation experts and these are the people who will lead this next phase of the response to the opioid crisis.”John and Jennifer Hedican said they were on their own in trying to get their 26-year-old son Ryan help before he died in April from fentanyl-laced heroin and they’re hoping the centre will provide others the resources he didn’t get.“Ryan asked for help many times before he was poisoned and our whole family experienced the horrendous lack of support this disease receives,” John Hedican told the news conference.Hedican said their son needed intervention numerous times as he went into recovery and relapsed, but it was critical in January 2016 when he needed housing after the family could no longer deal with his substance use in their home.Ryan Hedican was found unresponsive during a lunch break after returning to work as a third-year electrician, Hedican said of his son, adding the stigma against people who use illicit drugs was another issue the family had to battle.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Canadian dollar lower amid disappointing US jobs data mixed commodities

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday as U.S. job creation figures came in worse than expected.The U.S. Labor Department reported that the economy created 162,000 jobs during July, less than the 183,000 that markets had expected. However, the jobless rate ticked down to 7.4 per cent from 7.6 per cent.The Canadian dollar was down 0.39 of a cent at 96.25 cents US after going as low as 96.14 cents US. The loonie had lost almost 3/4 of a cent Thursday amid a strong reading on the U.S. manufacturing sector.The jobs data raised questions about when the Federal Reserve can let up on a key stimulus measure, its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases.The data also showed sharp revisions to the previous two months, as the Labor Department said 26,000 fewer jobs were created.Traders have come to expect that the Fed would start to taper its bond purchases starting in September. But the Fed has been consistent in saying that such a cut in purchases would only take place if the economy showed sufficient strength.The loonie lost about 1.1 US cents this past week and further declines could be registered next week.“The U.S. dollar has rallied against almost everything over the past week and should carry that momentum in to next week despite a mildly disappointing employment report,” said Greg Anderson, Global Head of FX Strategy at BMO Capital Markets.Markets also looked ahead next week to Canadian employment data for July, building permits figures and the latest house price data.Commodities were mixed as the September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down 95 cents to US$106.94 a barrel.September copper rose for a third day, ahead one cent to US$3.17 a pound. And December gold shed most losses following the release of the jobs report and was down 70 cents at US$1,310.50 an ounce. Canadian dollar lower amid disappointing U.S. jobs data, mixed commodities by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 8:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Milka criticised for advert casting call demanding no overweight children and very

Spotlight released a statement on Twitter, saying the call is “totally unacceptable”.A Mondelēz International spokesperson said: “We’d like to thank people for bringing this casting notice to our attention.“We take our advertising responsibility very seriously and this is not representative of the brief we shared with the casting agency and does not meet our high standards.“We would never approve the use of such a notice, and are urgently reviewing the situation with Spotlight UK to understand how and why it has happened. 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 casting call seeking a thin young girl with “very good teeth” to star in a Milka chocolate Christmas TV advert has been criticised by health campaigners. The request for child actors to play the role of “Mia” asked for “no red hair” and for the girl to be no older than 12 so she is “childlike”.It insisted “no overweight children as this is advertising chocolate”.The advert was published on Spotlight, a talent agency which helps performers find employment, and later on Twitter.A spokesman for Action on Sugar, a health campaign group, said it was “sure the Advertising Standards Authority would not stand for this”. Show more read more

Irelands Six Nations hopes on the line with confident France in Dublin

first_imgIreland’s Six Nations hopes on the line with confident France in Dublin It’s make or break for Joe Schmidt’s men against les Bleus. Feb 25th 2017, 8:00 AM 13,325 Views By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments France ‘don’t really care’ that Sexton’s fit, they’re worried about Ireland’s back row‘When I first came into the squad, it was a real rarity that we’d beat them’ Share Tweet Email center_img Android Short URL IT’S GOOD FOR Ireland to be back in the thick of it. After a stroll in the Rome sun two weekends ago, today should bring a genuine Six Nations contest for Joe Schmidt’s men.Rain is forecast for Dublin and one hopes the weather doesn’t force this to be another attritional battle between Ireland and les Bleus [KO 4.50pm], but it promises to be fascinating even if that transpires. France captain Guilhem Guirado at the Aviva yesterday. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOGuy Novès’ men believe they are in better shape than ever. It seems crazy that this wasn’t the case up until now, but the leading French internationals did not play in last weekend’s Top 14 action as the Six Nations took a break.Previously, the French players have been battered in the Six Nations down weekend, while their rivals put their feet up and recuperated.“It’s a reason that makes us think we will be better than last season,” says France assistant coach Yannick Bru. “With the intensity of the international games, in particular in the Six Nations, we know it’s important for the guys to rest after two rounds.“And the new convention between the FFR and the LNR allows us to rest the guys, so we had the opportunity for the first time in a long time to be fresh, the whole week, to work Monday and Tuesday, which is quite new for the French guys.”No excuses this time around and you’d expect the French to bring a great deal of ferocious energy as a result. The pressure lies on Ireland’s shoulders, as Joe Schmidt’s side look to keep their title bid alive at home, and les Bleus will be happy with that.With that mental weight on Ireland, it will be intriguing to see how they approach any early penalties the French cough up. Recent games have seen Schmidt’s men pursue tries, even when given kickable chances, and returning captain Rory Best says it has been a concerted move to do so.“I think with Johnny [Sexton] and when Paddy [Jackson] was there, they’re two great tactical out-halves, they feel the game as well as I will and we’ll always have a wee chat about it,” said Best. Best and Sexton will call the shots for Ireland. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“But we want to stay attacking. It’s something that we’ve tried to push, definitely, this season and even last season in those last two games we really tried to push that attacking mindset.“Every penalty, we’ll judge the merits of it, we’ll balance it up and I suppose we’ll either go for the corner or go for the posts, accordingly.“But certainly it’s something that we want to be encouraging, we want to be a team that is attacking and constantly looking to apply pressure.”Ireland’s defence under Andy Farrell will be tested by the French ambition, their penchant for offloading and moving the ball to the impactful Louis Picamoles, who often waits in in the wide channels.France will also be targeting a huge performance at scrum time, having excelled there against England and Scotland.Ireland loosehead Jack McGrath says starting French tighthead Rabah Slimani and gigantic replacement Uini Atonio are both “really dangerous,” and he also remembers how France got the nudge on in this area last year.On a miserable day in Paris in 2016, the game was decided by a Maxime Médard try after a relentless series of scrums underneath the Ireland posts.“In that moment of the game, they were under our posts and if the shoe was on the other foot, if we were under their posts and we were putting pressure on and there was a few collapses… the referees just want to look and see who is going forward essentially and so they did it on the day,” says McGrath. France fans in Dublin yesterday. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“It was a difficult time, we learned a lot from it and have gotten a lot more street smart from that that game alone, because there was a few things that happened that we probably didn’t prepare for.”Referee Nigel Owens will have a tough task on his hands in that department today, but the returning Sexton will also look to ensure that Ireland don’t spend great amounts of time in similar areas of the pitch.His kicking game, combined with Conor Murray’s, will be essential for Ireland, both in exiting and targeting Noa Nakaitaci. It’s likely that Best will ask Owens to keep an eye on Sexton after he has passed and kicked, with last season’s clash in mind.A new element in the French line-up for Ireland to deal with is scrum-half Baptiste Serin, the daring, skillful and confident 22-year-old who brings a crisp passing game and good decision-making alongside Camille Lopez.“Baptiste is a really special player,” says Ian Madigan, who has been playing alongside Serin in the Top 14 with Bordeaux. “Deceptively very quick, fast pass, very accurate pass, gets to the breakdown really quickly, he is fit.“He can box kick off both feet, loves a quick tap and he has got really flair – he can pull a rabbit out of his hat. He is one of those guys in training that regularly has guys standing still and saying, ‘That was incredible.’“He is someone that Ireland definitely have to keep a close eye. He is a scrum-half that weighs up his options – he is not just thinking ‘service’, he is a threat himself.”Ireland have been warned, and one has to think that the likes of Donnacha Ryan and CJ Stander will be looking to give Serin a reminder or two of their physical power whenever possible. Serin has impressed at scrum-half for France. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOOf further interest is how Ireland approach their attacking game. We have seen the development of their attacking palate continue in the opening two games of the Six Nations, with the frequency of one-pass phases steadily declining.With the weather that has been forecasted, that may have to reel the passing and width in slightly, but the confidence Ireland’s forwards have in their ability to pass is always growing.“I think the main thing is guys being able to run lines off each other and reading each other a little bit more. That comes with playing more with each other,” says McGrath.“We’re definitely more comfortable with the ball and I think that’s the way the game has gone now; it’s gone quicker and there are more phases, so you’re guaranteed to get the ball a little bit more.”The tactical and technical interest in this game is multi-layered, but there is an important mental battle to be played out to.The loser of this tie can wave good bye to their Six Nations hopes, while the victor advances with their belief continuing to grow.“It will decide who will compete for first place and who will be disappointed for the two last games,” says Bru. ”It’s the first home game for Ireland, so we know it will be a big challenge for us, but I think we’re ready for it.” Ireland:15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Jonathan Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Devin Toner6.  CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Peter O’Mahony21. Kieran Marmion22. Paddy Jackson23. Andrew TrimbleFrance: 15. Scott Spedding14. Yoann Huget13. Rémi Lamerat12. Gael Fickou11. Noa Nakaitaci10. Camille Lopez9. Baptiste Serin1. Cyril Baille2. Guilhem Guirado (captain)3. Rabah Slimani4. Sébastian Vahaamahina5. Yohann Maestri6. Bernard Le Roux7. Kevin Gourdon8. Louis PicamolesReplacements:16. Christopher Tolofua17. Uini Atonio18. Eddy Ben Arous19. Julien Le Devedec20. Charles Ollivon21. Maxime Machenaud22. Henry Chavancy23. Djibril CamaraReferee: Nigel Owens [WRU].Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: iTunes Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM http://the42.ie/3257392 last_img read more

Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during

first_img Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland OVER 110 SERIOUS acts of physical violence were made against Dublin City Council staff in the last year, TheJournal.ie has learned. Records released under the Freedom of Information Act show a total of 110 incidents of physical violence were experienced by staff.Those who fell victim to physical attacks included library staff, park workers as well as street cleaners. A small number of social workers reported being attacked while one attack was registered in an ambulance on the way to St James’ Hospital.Those working on behalf of the council in community sports centres were also assaulted last year.Oftentimes gardaí have been called to provide protection to council staff when they are carrying out duties in areas which have anti social problems. Last month, we reported how council workers were protected by officers as they built a plinth wall in the Sheriff Street area of the north inner city. Garda assistance was sought by the council to make sure the construction work went smoothly. ‘Disgusts me’Fianna Fáil councillor for Ballyfermot Daithí de Róiste said he was shocked when he heard the news.  De Róiste said he was also frustrated to hear that many of the attacks happened in his neighbourhood.He said: “This is a shocking figure. Absolutely disgusts me to see that amount of assaults against people who simply try to make our area a better place to live in.These people are simply trying to earn a living by cleaning our streets, fixing our paths and roads and maintaining houses. Apr 20th 2019, 12:06 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4598113 Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 12:05 AM Share Tweet Email1 center_img 21,845 Views 22 Comments It’s an utter disgrace that people feel they can attack these workers and no more than anyone who attacks our emergency service works, in my eyes they are nothing but  the lowest of the low. They are scumbags.Many times, council workers carry out their duties in areas where drug dealing is rife. Locals in the north inner city are not satisfied that gardaí are on hand to protect workers but have not dealt with the ever-present drug problem in the vicinity. One local told TheJournal.ie that garda cars can be seen from 6am around the area, either protecting workers or monitoring what the local described as “free-for-all drug dealing”.Drug dealing has always been a problem in the area, but one woman detailed how the level of dealing has escalated to such an extent that she won’t let her children out the front door due to her fear they could become involved in criminality.She said that Sheriff Street has great people living there and that it is the actions of a handful of people who are giving the area a bad name.She added: “They start at half six in the morning while the street cleaners are going by. There are people hanging around already at the time looking for crack. It’s just everywhere now.” Sheriff Street and its surroundings have borne the brunt of a lot of criminal activity in the past 20 years.Dublin City Council has been contacted for comment.  By Garreth MacNamee Library staff and social workers among 110 Dublin council staff assaulted during work last year Those who fell victim to physical attacks included library staff, park workers as well as street cleaners. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Indonésie le gouvernement propose des couples de tigres à ladoption

first_imgIndonésie : le gouvernement propose des couples de tigres à l’adoptionIndonésie – Le gouvernement indonésien est en passe d’autoriser l’adoption de tigres de Sumatra par des particuliers.Dans une soi-disant optique de sauvegarde de l’espèce, le gouvernement indonésien a annoncé jeudi qu’il allait autoriser l’adoption de tigres de Sumatra nés en captivité par de (riches) particuliers. Il faudra en effet débourser 1 milliard de roupies (soit environ 75.000 euros) pour pouvoir s’acheter un couple de tigres. Il faudra également offrir aux félins un espace d’un minimum de 60 m². C’est peu, très peu pour ce genre d’animal qui a pour habitude d’évoluer sur un territoire de plusieurs kilomètres carrés.À lire aussiCes 18 animaux méconnus à l’aspect étonnant pourraient disparaître avant vousIl ne reste plus que quelques centaines de tigres de Sumatra à l’état sauvage. Cette nouvelle autorisation pourrait malheureusement inciter les braconniers à capturer le peu d’entre eux qui ont la chance de ne pas encore vivre en captivité, pour les vendre à prix d’or. Les associations de défense de la faune pensent, à juste titre, que le gouvernement devrait plutôt contribuer à préserver l’habitat naturel des tigres que la déforestation menace dangereusement. L’Etat a répondu à cela qu’il ne s’agissait pas vraiment d’une vente en tant que telle, mais plutôt d’autoriser des gens richissimes à s’occuper de ces animaux.Quelque trente tigres nés en captivité sont prêts à être adoptés : triste “sécurité”, que celle qui attend ces animaux. Et si leur descendance devrait être recensée et surveillée par les associations de protection des animaux, l’avenir de ces tigreaux n’est pas garanti, au vu des prix de la fourrure et des os de tigre. Le 24 janvier 2010 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Senghore Harps On Genuine Representation

first_imgBy: Kebba MamburayBubacarr Senghore, another Independent candidate vying for the Mayoral seat of the Kanifing Municipality, said he is a social worker and has been engaged in politics and developmental work for over forty years and is a co-founder of many local NGO’s.Senghore said he was the vice chairperson for KMC in 2002 and served as an activist for many years. Senghore said he has traveled within and outside Africa, to work towards reducing poverty and closing the gap between the haves and the have not.Senghore said he wants to rectify all that has transpired within the forty years which is one of the reasons why he is vying for the mayoral position. He said he had been in touch with different people and has never disconnected himself from the community and people, so as to establish the necessary structures on the ground; that his ideas and campaign slogan should be supported by everyone. He added that he can provide the necessary services in terms of development and portable water to the people, when elected.On the issue of waste collection, Senghore said this has been an obstacle to development. He talked about unity under one umbrella with good orientation and aspirations. He further said the local government is important because it is where the power of the people lies; that people have to manifest themselves that development belongs to them and to know that their hard-earned money should be best utilized for their development. ‘‘People should fully participate in these elections. Without their participation, they are not exercising their democratic rights. People should look for the right candidate who is competent and responsible, to run their public Offices for them and to do away with partisan representation,’’ he said. He said representatives should deliver to the expectation of the electorate.Senghore added that it is important for people to participate in this coming election because there is no representation without contribution; that if people contribute, there will be development and there will be nobody to blame if people choose wisely because most of the decisions will come from them. Senghore said he believes this local government election is the turning point as far as the politics of this country is concerned; that hence a transitional government is here to serve the people of this country up to 2021.He said Council should be neutral and should not be politicized; that this is to make sure that people vote for independent-minded people like him, to govern their affairs.Senghore further added that he will put up the necessary structures and make sure the people are involved in running their own affairs of development; that this is what we call local government because decisions should be coming from the grass root level to the higher authorities.last_img read more

FortisTCI Limited Secures US90 Million Private Placement Loans

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (December 18, 2014) – FortisTCI (the Company) announces today the closing of a US$90 million private placement consisting of US$80 million 4.75% Senior Notes, Series 2014-A, due December 18, 2029, and US$10 million 4.75% Senior Notes, Series 2014-B, due January 15, 2030.The debt offering was privately placed with institutional investors in the US Private Placement Market. Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as sole placement agent for the Company. Proceeds will be used for repayment on short term debt and to finance ongoing capital expenditures. The process started in September and the FortisTCI team had to promote the Company and the Country to the high-quality institutional investment community. Prior to this, the Turks and Caicos Islands were not an approved investment jurisdiction for these blue chip institutional investors.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “This is a historic achievement for the Company and the Country. Having achieved a BBB; Outlook Stable credit rating this year, we are pleased to be the first corporate entity in the Turks and Caicos Islands to secure financing in the US Private Placement Market. The electricity utility business is very capital intensive and the Company must have access to the international capital markets. Also, we would not have been able to achieve this without the full support and backing of our parent Company, Fortis Inc.”The debt issuance was led by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ruth Gardiner-Forbes and the Company’s Director of Financial Services, Archie Gaviola. Mr. Powell added “while this is an enterprise-wide achievement, I would like to recognize the salutatory work done by Ruth and Archie in bringing this to fruition. In addition, we recognize the cooperation of our local banking partners. Indeed, there were four law firms in the United States and the Turks and Caicos Islands working concurrently on this debt issuance which speaks to the complexity of the exercise.”The Notes will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (The“Securities Act”) as amended, nor will they be registered under any state securities laws. Unless so registered, the Notes may not be sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.FortisTCI is the sole provider of electricity on the Islands of Providenciales, North Caicos, Middle Caicos, East Caicos and adjacent Cays, and South Caicos. TCU, a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisTCI, is the sole provider of electricity on the islands of Grand Turk and Salt Cay. Together the two companies serve over 13,000 electricity customers in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:archie gaviola, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, East Caicos, eddinton powell, FORTIStci, middle caicos, North caicos, providenciales, Ruth Gardiner-Forbes, south caicos Editorial: Listen to your Mama Premier salutes FortisTCI on round the clock work to restore electricity and visits 14 resorts after June 4 black out FortisTCI ready for the building boom and consumer demand for electricity; plans in place and new ones coming says CEO Recommended for youlast_img read more

Nintendos mobile Dr Mario World cures your iOS Android ills on July

first_imgThe doctor is a-coming to mobile devices on July 10. Nintendo Nintendo’s mustachioed mascot brings his medical knowledge to iOS and Android in Dr. Mario World on July 10, and you can register for virus-killing puzzler now.In this match-three puzzler, you use colored capsules to kill corresponding viruses. Nintendo posted a video showing how it plays.The video also reveals how the game’s microtransactions work.You can use diamonds to continue gameplay, get items and restore stamina. A pack of 20 costs $2, and they’re available in various increments up to 1,050 for $70. Tags Mobile Video Games Nintendo’s E3 2019 Direct, T-Mobile and Sprint merger… Inside Nintendo’s E3 2019 booth Now playing: Watch this: Apparently fungi and dinosaurs can get medical licenses in the Mushroom Kingdom, because the video also shows the other doctors you can add to your roster using in-game coins or diamonds — Dr. Peach, Dr. Luigi, Dr. Toad, Dr Yoshi and Dr. Bowser. As you’d expect, each has different abilities. “Over 200 stages across many different worlds will be available at launch, with new doctors, stages and worlds continuing to be added to Dr. Mario World on a regular basis after launch,” Nintendo wrote in its emailed release. “Dr. Mario World can also be played together with friends and family around the world. Players can earn and receive stamina-giving hearts from friends and use the hearts to play Stage Mode. In Versus Mode, players can turn up the intensity by challenging others online to a one-on-one showdown in real-time.”Mario and friends won’t just be in the doctor’s office this summer — Mario Kart Tour is due out sometime in the coming months as well. If you need a Nintendo fix on mobile now, you can try out Dragalia Lost, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.Nintendo Switch owners can play the original NES Dr. Mario as part of its $20-a-year subscription service, and he’s playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.First published at 4:03 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:52 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.center_img Nintendo Share your voice Comment 1 13 Photos 1:29last_img read more

Treat for theatre lovers

first_imgComedy of Terrors is all about ‘confusion within confusion’. It is an adaptation of Dario Fo’s one of the best plays. Directed by S P Singh and written by Ajay Shukla, the act was staged at Shri Ram Centre on May 31. The story of the play revolves around industralist Mr. Bidla, who due to some confusion meets an accident. Mr. Bidla had to undergo as plastic surgery as his face gets damaged in the accident. But again due to some confusion his face turns to look alike one of his employees ‘Shaligram’. His wife, Savitri, takes him home thinking him as her beloved husband.  Meanwhile, real Shaligram also returns home. It creates a utterly confusion.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The play is one of the best works of Dario Fo and we always try to present something new along with our existing popular plays. We found this play unique with a new idea of changeover. This play was a big challenge for the director as well as the actors.” said one of the actor.“The play is written so beautifully that there is hardly any scope for even thinking of any change in it.  However, if I have to, than I would like to show some shades of the character of the ‘Industrialist Bidla’.  Perhaps it would have given a better picture of the conflict between the protagonist and Bidla,” said the director. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe next play staged was Taj Mahal ka Tender. What would have been the fate of Shahjahan’s Taj Mahal had the emperor lived in the present times? Taj Mahal Ka Tender narrated how, if the Taj  Mahal were to be built today, the bureaucratic machinery would never let it build. The play written by Ajay Shukla and directed by SP Singh Senger is a hilarious burlesque. It also looks at how corruption at every level of governance would make it difficult, even impossible, to execute something of this kind.  The persistent Shahjahan, in no mood to accept excuses for delays, and sends the somnolent Government construction department into tizzy. The engineers and overseers get down to business to fulfill emperors wish, as if they really could. An outbreak of activities ensues but in a typical sarkari manner.  Tenders are issued. Contractors are hired. But, does the project see light of the day? Or, does the mogul emperor, fast forwarded in time, become a victim of the system himself? Whatever may happen to the wonder tomb, but it was a lofty laughter castles as the curtains came down of  Taj Mahal ka Tender.last_img read more

Bill Belichick is putting Tom Brady in his place by banning his

first_imgIf he retired today, Aaron Rodgers’ career is comparable to Steve YoungToday, Colin discussed where Aaron Rodgers would rank historically, compared to other all-time great quarterbacks.While Colin wouldn’t include Rodgers in the top echelon with Brady, Manning and Joe Montana, he still thinks he’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer whose career most closely mirrors Steve Young. He also thinks Favre has the slight edge on Rodgers, currently, but that could change depending on how much longer Aaron decides to play.Guests:Jason Whitlock – FS1 Analyst and co-host Speak for Yourself is in-studio talking Kobe’s jersey retirement; why he saw the Seahawks’ implosion coming; and why Michael Bennett is part of the problem.Albert Breer – NFL Writer for the MMQB joins the show to talk the latest NFL buzz, and the Belichick/Brady trainer drama in New England.Jim Mora – Former UCLA and NFL coach is in-studio talking recruiting; coaching Josh Rosen; if being outspoken might hurt him in the NFL;Ralph Sampson – All-time college basketball great is in-studio discussing how the college game has changed; his take on one and dones; and the time Red Auerbach showed up with a bag of cash to try to convince him to skip college for the NBA. Bill Belichick is putting Tom Brady in his place by banning his trainerThe Patriots are known for being a drama-free organization, but there have been surprising reports out of New England that Bill Belichick has banned Tom Brady’s personal trainer/life guru, Alex Guerrero from the team plane and is no longer permitted on the sidelines.Colin thinks the move is Belichick’s way of showing Brady who runs the show, even if Brady is the favorite son of owner Robert Kraft. Bill still calls the shots, and Colin approves of the move.last_img read more

APEX EXPO for the first time ever opens with an exclusive event

first_imgSource = Lufthansa Group APEX EXPO for the first time ever opens with an exclusive event above the cloudsAPEX EXPO for the first time ever opens with an exclusive event above the cloudsThe upcoming APEX EXPO, the world’s largest event on the passenger experience in the aviation industry, will be held from 24 to 27 September in Boston. This year, for the first time in the history of the event, the kick-off will take place above the clouds. On 22 September, Lufthansa will treat guests to the Lufthansa FlyingLab APEX EXPO on an Airbus A350, an exclusive pre-conference on board Flight LH424 from Munich to Boston. A special gate event in Munich will set the mood for the passengers. Lufthansa is organizing this FlyingLab in cooperation with APEX and Lufthansa Systems. The IT subsidiary of Lufthansa is a pioneer in aviation digitalization and is providing the technical basis for the conference, among other things.“What better place to present and test new trends for passengers than in a plane?” said Joe Leader, CEO of APEX. “We are delighted to kick off our conference this year with the Lufthansa FlyingLab. In addition to exclusive presentations by renowned industry experts, we will give APEX participants and all passengers the opportunity to try out innovative products on board and discuss new trends.”Expert presentations and innovative test gadgetsDuring the conference 10,000 meters over the Atlantic, passengers will enjoy six short presentations on the passenger experience of the future. The topics will range from innovative lighting concepts – which can already be experienced first-hand on Lufthansa flights – through modern cabin designs, to new seating and communication options. Videos of each 15-minute presentation on board will be streamed live via WiFi to the passengers’ own smartphones, tablets or laptops – regardless of where they are sitting in the plane. During the presentations, passengers can use their devices to send questions to the speakers, which will be answered live afterwards.To ensure that all of the technology runs smoothly, Lufthansa Systems has installed a WiFi network on board. This is based on the multi-award-winning BoardConnect digital platform, the new features of which Lufthansa Systems will unveil at the APEX EXPO in Boston.Along with presentations, the Lufthansa FlyingLab APEX EXPO will offer the opportunity to test new passenger experience products on the eight-hour flight to Boston. There will be innovative in-flight entertainment (IFE) with stylish VR glasses from Skylights as well as a smart temperature regulating blanket with an integrated neck pillow from feel.flight, among other things. Participation in the Lufthansa FlyingLab APEX EXPO is free. Passengers simply need a ticket for Flight LH424 on 22 September 2018, from Munich to Boston.More information about the speakers and the technical devices can be found at LH.com/FlyingLab-APEX2018Digitalization above the cloudsThe Lufthansa FlyingLab is a component of the Group’s digitalization strategy. With this unique in-flight conference, Lufthansa is once again positioning itself as a leader in the field of digitalization, where it is pursuing a strategy of what is called “fast prototyping”. Relevant digitalization topics are implemented in FlyingLabs in order to get direct feedback from the participants. Lufthansa FlyingLabs have already been held on the topics of virtual reality as well as fashion & technology.“We are pleased to be able to hold this special event together with APEX and other partners. The Lufthansa FlyingLab enables us to make efficient use of flying time and offer informative added value. The digital BoardConnect platform from Lufthansa Systems is the key technology for making an aircraft part of a digital journey, enabling us to create extraordinary experiences. BoardConnect is being used by many airlines inside and outside of the Lufthansa Group,” explained Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals claimed linebacker Tanner Vallejo on Tuesday after he was waived by the Cleveland Browns.The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker appeared in 13 outings with Cleveland in 2018 and recorded 20 tackles. He forced two fumbles and on special teams added seven more tackles.As a rookie in 2017 with the Buffalo Bills, Vallejo played in 14 games, racking up four tackles.Vallejo, a Boise State product, was selected by the Bills in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft as the 195th overall pick. Related LinksKingsbury and Cards can capitalize on Rams Super Bowl hangoverKliff doesn’t boost Cards in ESPN’s way-too-early NFL power rankingsThe ongoing saga of the Cardinals’ second cornerback spotCardinals LB Deone Bucannon stays in the moment as free agency loomsArizona will be active in upgrading at linebacker. Outside of veteran Josh Bynes, it was one of their most problematic positions in terms of consistent production last season. The Cardinals early on benched first-round picks Haason Reddick and Deone Bucannon while struggling through a 3-13 campaign under since-fired first-year head coach Steve Wilks.Bucannon and veteran Gerald Hodges are among the position group’s notable free agents this offseason.The Cardinals, due to their 2018 record, are first on the waiver wire. 9 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

Bruce Arians and James Bettcher worked together on

first_img Bruce Arians and James Bettcher worked together on the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff from 2013-17 and over the past two offseasons brought several players from the desert to join them on their new teams.After one year of retirement, Arians is returning to the sidelines to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There are five players on the roster who played for him on the Cardinals.Meanwhile, Bettcher is entering his second season as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants. He now has six former Cardinals on his team. Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians (AP photo), left, and former Cardinals DC and current Giants DC James Bettcher (Getty Images), right. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Linebacker Kareem MartinMartin only started 12 games but played in 45 of 48 under Bettcher with Arizona from 2015-17. He joined the Giants with Bettcher last season and started seven games, posting 48 tackles and 1.5 sacks.Running back Elijhaa PennyAfter joining the Cardinals in a reserve role in 2017, he stuck with Bettcher and joined him in New York last season.Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Pierre started seven of the final eight games under Bettcher in 2017 and recorded 20 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and forced a fumble during that span. He only started one game in 2018 and was placed on injured reserve.Cornerback Ronald ZamortLook at Zamort’s Pro Football Reference page and you’ll see a lot of bouncing back and forth between waivers and the practice squad. He first joined the Cardinals in May 2016 but stuck with the organization through 2017. He was signed to the Giants’ practice squad in October 2018. Linebacker Kevin Minter(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)Like Bucannon, Minter was an important piece of Arizona’s dominant defensive units under Arians and Todd Bowles, and, later, Bettcher. He played every game from 2014-16 and was integral in the latter two years, recording a combined 166 tackles and 4.0 sacks.Offensive guard Earl WatfordEven during the Arians years, the Cardinals offensive lines were often plagued by injury. Watford was no exception. The backup played more than 10 games just once in the four years he saw any game time (15 games in 2016), but Arians liked him enough to bring him on board to Tampa.GiantsFree safety Antoine BetheaBethea produced well in his first season under Bettcher in 2017, leading the team with five interceptions and adding 57 tackles and a sack. He started all 16 games last season (under defensive coordinator Al Holcomb) and had 121 tackles.Defensive end Markus Golden(Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)Assumed to be the future of the Cardinals’ line after recording 12.5 sacks in his second season as a pro, an ACL injury cost Golden all but four games in his third year, Bettcher’s final in the desert.  Golden played in 11 games last year, recording 30 tackles and 2.5 sacks as he attempted to round into shape following ACL surgery. He and Bettcher reunite as Golden continues to return to form. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Here’s a look at each player the coaches brought on with connections to their Arizona pasts.BuccaneersLinebacker Deone BucannonRelated LinksCardinals have the most defensive production to replace in NFLArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?ASU receiver N’Keal Harry to meet with Arizona CardinalsBucannon established himself as an important part of Arians’ defense early in his career, playing all 32 games over his first two seasons and recording 109 tackles, 3.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a touchdown in his second year alone.But he fell off the depth chart under head coach Steve Wilks last year, playing limited time in the 13 games he appeared in. After recording only 36 tackles, by far a career-low, he returns to play under Arians, former Cardinals DC and current Bucs DC Todd Bowles and outside linebackers coach Larry Foote, who both served under Arians during their times in Arizona.Running back Andre Ellington(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)Ellington was the primary running back for Arizona in 2014, a season in which he was a solid runner and proved himself as an effective pass catcher. Injuries e emergence of David Johnson changed his role, though, and he was waived in 2017 and did not play in the league last year.Quarterback Blaine GabbertHe and Arians’ time together in Arizona was limited, but he was the third-string quarterback for the majority of 2017. Injuries to quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton allowed him to play five games as the Cardinals evaluated him as a potential future quarterback. While they did not elect to re-sign him, Arians saw enough to feel comfortable with Gabbert on his Buccaneers team. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 4 Comments   Share   last_img read more