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A New Way of Conquering PTSD?: US Army Research on Anesthetic Injection

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first_imgBy: Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTPixabay[Patch by ulleo, May 18, 2017, CCO]While we all experience some level of stress after a traumatic event, what distinguishes PTSD  is long-lasting symptoms that don’t subside, may get worse over time, and interfere with daily living. For years, the two main treatments for PTSD have been psychotherapy and medication; with some people choosing to use one or the other and some using a combination of both. However, the US Army is researching a new type of treatment; one that involves a single injection to the neck.The Washington Times published an article this week on the study of Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) which involves injecting an anesthetic into a bundle of nerves that sits near the base of the neck. According to the Military Times, this treatment technique is showing promising results “relieving symptoms in 70 percent of combat veterans who received it once or more”. This therapy “quelled symptoms of PTSD, such as sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression… according to the report published in October”.To see how this SGB treatment works, see the video below from the Wall Street Journal:As mentioned in the Washington Times, “Psychologist Ron Hoover, who oversees the study, told the Journal that military officials must take a conservative position when it comes to such treatment… [The Army doesn’t] want to risk service member’s lives or experiment on them”.  It will be interesting to see how this study evolves and what results are discovered. This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration area on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

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Manchester United’s Ed Woodward Hits Out at ‘Myths’, Backs Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

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first_img ed woodwardliverpoolmanagerManchester United First Published: October 18, 2019, 11:08 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Thursday backed manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to find a solution to the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years and said it is “a myth that we have non-football people making football decisions”.The 20-time English champions are just two points above the Premier League relegation zone and face bitter rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. “Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” said Woodward.”He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates. No-one is bigger than the club.”The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad.”But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.”Many fans have criticised the club’s recruitment policy especially after the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez while the future of Paul Pogba remains a subject of debate.”There is a myth that we have non-football people making football decisions, and I think it’s insulting to the brilliant people who work on the football side in this club,” said Woodward.”Many of the senior staff on the football side of the club have been in their roles for over 10 years. Some of our scouts have worked with us for more than 25 years.We’ve expanded our recruitment department in recent years, and we believe this now runs in an efficient and productive way.”Player recommendations and decisions are worked on by this department and by the first-team manager and his staff, not by senior management. last_img read more

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Sikh referee calls for unity after facing racial abuse online

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first_imgBy Gurdip SinghSingapore, Aug 4 (PTI) A 33-year-old Singaporean Sikh referee has called for unity within the football community after he was subjected to racial abuse on social media following a match here.Sukhbir Singh had reportedly made some controversial decisions while officiating last Saturdays International Champions Cup (ICC) match at the National Stadium in Singapore, where Inter Milan beat Chelsea by 2-1.Singh awarded a penalty to Inter after striker Stevan Jovetic was brought down by Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta, and the second was disallowing a late equaliser by Blues forward Michy Batshuayi.Fifa match agent Baljit Rihal tagged Kick It Out who said that it had “received reports from the public on the racist abuse on social media aimed towards Singaporean Sikh referee during Chelseas friendly against Inter Milan”.Some netizens took to Twitter to criticise Singhs decisions and commented on his ethnicity.”I wouldnt say Im affected by it because I havent read the tweets, but that doesnt mean I condone racism. Its (racism in football) something that definitely needs to be looked into. There should not be any bias towards anyones race,” Singh was quoted as saying by The Strait Times.Singh has called for unity within the football community and said everyone should be allowed to believe in what they believe in freely and participate in what they want to participate in, especially when it comes to sports. Sports is supposed to unite people and not divide us, he said.The anti-discrimination bureau Kick It Out is investigating the incident, a move praised by Singh.advertisementHe added that he had not experienced any racial abuse while refereeing locally, and has “not come under any circumstances where a report was needed”. PTI GS UZMlast_img read more

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Jio Institute chooses this scientist as its chancellor

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first_imgWith the big announcement of its business plan, Jio Institute, a proposed institute by Reliance Foundation, it has stunned a lot of people already. But clearly, this does not seems enough!Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Foundation has now come up with the first official member of its institution which is not even built yet. The company has pitched a name of Raghunath A Mashelkar, an eminent Indian scientist to take the post of Chancellor for the non-existent Jio Institute.The scientist currently heads the National Innovation Foundation under the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.Vice-Chancellor of Jio Institute selectedNot only this, the yet to be established Jio Institute has also got its Vice-Chancellor as per Indian Express report. Dipak C Jain who is the former director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok has been featured in the list of the institute.About Raghunath A MashelkarRaghunath A Mashelkar is a chemical engineer who served as Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) from 1995 to 2006He was also a member of the Prime Ministers Scientific Advisory Council from the years 1988 to 1990 and 2004 to 2014After retiring as the chief of CSIR in 2006, Mashelkar had joined Reliance Industries in 2007 as an independent member of its board and since then he has been associated with Reliance FoundationOther members for the instituteJio Institute will also have the Provost, Dean Research, Executive Vice President and nominees of the GC and Reliance Foundation as its members as per the Indian Express report.advertisementRs 100 crore from 1,000 students: Business Plan Recently, Jio Institute had announced their business plan to take students’ fee and earn from their tuition and hostel fee which will be paid by roughly 1,000 students in the first year of operation of the institute.According to their plan, it has projected to earn Rs 100 crore by the students’ money.This is how Jio Institute plans to spend this money?Operating expenditure for the first year: Rs 154 croreSalaries and benefits meant for faculty and staff: Rs 93 croreJio Institute to hire teachersAccording to the Reliance Foundation’s claim, it will hire teachers from the top 500 global universities.Seats and the courses proposed by the instituteAccording to its proposal, Reliance Foundation’s Jio Institute is planning to offer various courses with the following seats:Natural Sciences: 300Engineering and Computer Science: 250Humanities: 200Management and Entrepreneurship:125Law: 90Media and Journalism: 60Performing Arts: 50Sports Sciences: 80Urban Planning and Architecture: 50Non-existing Jio Institute gets into controversy on twitterPrakash Javadekar had announced Jio Institute to be included in the list of Eminence on July 9 this year. This rose twitter users to react over how a proposed university can be qualified for the Institute of Eminence tag.Many Twitter users had deeply criticized the move and questioned MHRD for Jio Institute being awarded the status.Few cartoonists shared their cartoons on Jio Institute in a satirical manner on platforms like Facebook and Twitter.Later, MHRD had released a document claiming the parameters under which Jio Institute became the ‘Institute of Eminence.’However, MHRD couldn’t convince people with the clarification provided on Jio Institute on twitter.last_img read more

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A closer look at the OSU secondary

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New Zealand swat Wales aside to win Rugby World Cup bronze final

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first_imgRugby World Cup 2019 Share on Facebook Read more Since you’re here… The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Rugby union New Zealand’s first two tries were typical of their ability to find space in the tightest of areas. Read and Retallick combined to free the prop Joe Moody for the first and then Aaron Smith fixed the defence for Beauden Barrett to cut back, wrong-foot the prop Dillon Lewis and skate away from two defenders.It was looking grim for Wales, but a characteristic they have developed under Gatland is to remain upright no matter the blows they receive. Within 14 minutes they had cut the deficit to four points, Rhys Patchell’s long pass giving Hallam Amos the room to cut inside Ben Smith and score before Patchell kicked a 20-metre penalty.And then Williams and Ben Smith stepped in, the former driving through Patchell to force a turnover. There is no side more ruthless when confronted by a disorganised defence than the All Blacks. Ben Smith moved against the flow of tacklers across the field to step away from them for his first try and his second, with the last move of the opening half, was created by Aaron Smith’s crisp, flat pass. Topics Pinterest Facebook Share on Pinterest When Williams’s off-load two minutes after the restart set up Crotty, it again looked all black for Wales but after Smith was denied his hat-trick because Reiko Ioane’s attempt to pluck Williams’s one-handed lob out of the air was ruled to have gone forward on its way to the wing, they rallied again.Their replacements made a difference, especially Aaron Shingler and Rhys Carré, and they were rewarded with Josh Adams’s seventh try of the tournament, breaking Wales’s record of six set by Shane Williams. With Justin Tipuric playing more like a three-quarter than a flanker, they threatened to score more, but they were not as assured in open spaces as their opponents.New Zealand had the final word four minutes from time when Richie Mo’unga weaved a spell on tired minds and legs. Then it was time for the goodbyes. Hansen and Gatland were cheered after they had given their immediate post-match interviews on the field, and the players walked slowly around it as if unwilling to concede their World Cup had ended a day early.The fervour for the All Blacks here remains undimmed. Their kit supplier has twice run out of replica jerseys such has been the demand.Hansen spoke afterwards about how he hoped that in the future rugby would be governed with the global game in mind rather than the Six Nations. Japan may hold the key to that and, after a World Cup unlike any other before it, things may never be the same again. Read more New Zealand rugby union team Share on Twitter Rugby World Cup Australia sportcenter_img Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland, the two longest-serving tier-one coaches in the tournament received standing ovations from the crowd, having taken charge of their sides for the final time, but after the double espressos that were the semi-finals, the bronze-medal match was more of a latte – frothy and nowhere near as hot.It was a night of farewells. As well as Hansen and Gatland taking their final bows, the New Zealand captain Kieran Read was making his last international appearance along with the wing Ben Smith, who was denied a hat-trick of tries by a harsh forward pass call, and Sonny Bill Williams who was never going to take his leave without an array of audacious off-loads. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp New Zealand 40-17 Wales: Rugby World Cup 2019 bronze final – as it happened Wales rugby union team Wales, playing New Zealand five days after losing to South Africa, were outclassed but a quality they have honed in the Gatland era is defiance. They were 14 points down after 12 minutes and trailed 35-10 when Williams created a try for his midfield partner Ryan Crotty two minutes after the restart, but they kept coming and it was not until three minutes from the end that the All Blacks scored their sixth and final try.The bronze medal won is unlikely to be displayed prominently at the union’s headquarters in Wellington, probably destined for a bottom drawer, but the bitter taste left by the defeat to England was at least rinsed away.Brodie Retallick showed that the All Blacks were in the mood with a shuddering clear-out at the first ruck, but it was six days too late. The second row was named man of the match after playing it hard and fast, but for all the individual and collective moments of brilliance here, the evening was an adjournment in the inquest into what happened in the semi-final. Warren Gatland departs Wales warning of backward slide after World Cup defeat Share on Messenger match reports Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Ryan Crotty touches down to score New Zealand’s fifth try. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Honoring Members Of Basketball Program Who Died In Plane Crash 14 Years Ago Today

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first_imgOklahoma State honors 2001 plane crash victims.On January 27th, 2001, the Oklahoma State basketball program suffered an unthinkable tragedy when eight members of its family (two players and six staffers and broadcasters) died in a plane crash while returning from a game in Colorado. In the years since that traumatic event, the 10 people who died in the crash –including the pilot and co-pilot–have been memorialized with a banner hanging in the rafters of OSU’s home court, Gallagher-Iba Arena, and a memorial located inside the Athletics Center. Also, each year, at the home game closest to the date of the crash, Oklahoma State honors the 10. This post from the Cowboys’ official athletics Instagram account has all the details on the ceremony before tonight’s game against Baylor: Very touching and appropriate tribute for those whose lives were inexplicably cut short, and it’s incredible to think 14 years has passed since this tragedy happened.last_img read more

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JAMPRO Taking Steps to Improve Investment Facilitation

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first_img The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been coordinating various initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness in facilitating investment projects and activities.Addressing a JIS Think Tank on June 26, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, said that the entity has reviewed its three-year development plan and established new strategies to build global partnerships and transform the business environment.“We are in the process of transforming the business environment and getting to top 10 in the Doing Business Report, and this will mean that persons will be able to transact all their business online with the Government as a result of the improvements that will take place,” Ms. Edwards said.She explained that the transformation will enable persons to pay taxes and start a business online, apply for all their business approvals, and apply for and track their applications for building permits through the Application Management and Data Automation (AMANDA) system.AMANDA aims to improve the ease of doing business with municipal corporations and key government agencies.“Business interests will also be able to look at an investment map of Jamaica and see where the investment opportunities are… [and] the specific public-sector facilities that they need to be close to,” Ms. Edwards noted further.“They can look at where all the ports are… so the whole question of the transformation of the business environment means that every Jamaican business will find it easier to do business,” she added.Another major thrust to improve operations is the establishment of a national investment policy, which will serve as a pivotal blueprint through which the Government will attract and facilitate investments.“There are many different ministries, agencies and departments that impact investment, but we see the need to bring together all the agencies of government in a cohesive attempt to attract inward investment and to ease the doing business flow. So what we want is for everybody to be joined up and understand their role in the process,” Ms. Edwards pointed out.As it relates to global partnerships, she noted that JAMPRO has been facilitating several marketing activities and engagements towards this thrust.She explained that the idea is to build international collaborations through trade shows, conferences and international missions to reach particular investors for specific investment projects.“Our intention is to leverage the potential of our 23 service offices internationally and also to work with honorary councils overseas in very deliberate partnerships to get them to expand our network and outreach capability in the international market,” Ms. Edwards said. “We are in the process of transforming the business environment and getting to top 10 in the Doing Business Report, and this will mean that persons will be able to transact all their business online with the Government as a result of the improvements that will take place,” Ms. Edwards said. The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) has been coordinating various initiatives to improve efficiency and effectiveness in facilitating investment projects and activities. Addressing a JIS Think Tank on June 26, President of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards, said that the entity has reviewed its three-year development plan and established new strategies to build global partnerships and transform the business environment. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Train runs over ninefoot crocodile in Kekirawa

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Wildlife officials said that they are making a desperate attempt to save the life of the crocodile. (Colombo Gazette) A train ran over a nine-foot crocodile in Kekirawa today resulting in the crocodile suffering serious injuries.The Wildlife Department said that the crocodile had been crossing the railway tracks when it was run-over by the train.

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Tecumseh Centre shares research with the Aboriginal community

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The Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education hosted a Dinner and Drum Social recently to share research with the Aboriginal community.The social was held at the Niagara Regional Native Centre. It began with an address from Michael Manley-Casimir, professor of Education, who spoke about the importance of supporting Aboriginal women in education. He was followed by the keynote speaker, Kim Anderson, a Cree/Metis scholar, educator and author of A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood and the co-edited anthology Strong Women Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival.Jennifer Brant, program developer at the Tecumseh Centre, presented her research on the development of an Aboriginal Women’s Certificate program.There were also performances by Keysa Parker (jingle dress dancer), Adrienne Smoke (fancy shawl dancer) and Nicole Shawana (hoop dancer). Champion powwow drum group Whitefish Jrs. facilitated a Round Dance Social and offered teachings on both the Cree Round Dance and the Haudenosaunee Social Dances. More than 150 people attended.For more information on the development of the Aboriginal Women’s Certificate Program, contact Jennifer Brant at jbrant@brocku.ca read more

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With strong international support Mali must set its own path to recovery

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Reporting to the wider Council, Ambassador Gerard Araud, of France, said that one of the most salient lessons the diplomats learned during their 1 to 3 visit to the slowly recovering West African nation was the fact that any lasting political solution regarding northern Mali must be decided by Malians themselves and fully supported by the international community.The Government is seeking to restore stability and rebuild following a series of setbacks since early 2012, including a military coup d’état, renewed fighting between Government forces and Tuareg rebels, and the seizure of its northern territory by radical Islamists.The Council last April authorized the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) to assist the authorities in their efforts, with support from the French security mission in Mali, known as Serval.Mr. Araud, who briefed the Council alongside the mission’s co-leader Bante Mangaral, Deputy Permanent Representative of Chad to the United Nations, added that the team had also found that ensuring lasting security in the north of Mali would require a compressive policy that, first and foremost, is nationally-led and internationally supported.As for the Council’s activities, he said the delegation met in Bamako with Malian authorities who had come to power through successful elections in 2013 – including President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, members of his cabinet, and Prime Minister Oumar Tatam Ly. The delegation also met with armed groups that signed the preliminary Ouagadougou Accords, as well as those that adhere to the tenets of the deal. Mr. Araud said the Council also travelled to Mopti which is 600 kilometres northeast of Bamako, and met with local authorities and civil society representatives from the town as well as from Goa and Timbuktu. They also visited the MINUSMA base and evaluated the status of the Mission’s deployment.Of his overall impressions, Mr. Araud said it became clear that any political agreement should be reached in Mali itself. The members of the Council also recalled that rebel factions must be disarmed in accordance with the Ouagadougou Accords, while the authorities felt that disarmament and dialogue should be part of the same movement. He said that while the armed groups asked that the preliminary Accords be implemented swiftly the Council delegation reminded them that they needed to agree to cantonment and thus enter the disarmament process. Mr. Araud said the Council was very pleased that close to the end of their visit, Malian authorities had presented the basics of a roadmap for helping the country emerge from the crisis. He also saluted the recent adoption by the Government and armed groups, supported by MINUSMA, of a method for cantonment and encouraged all the parties “to take this path in a determined and committed fashion.” “We will be watching them as they meet their commitments,” he added, also reiterating the Council’s call for MINSUMA to deploy fully in the North, particularly as French troops drew down.Stressing that there is can be no peace without development, he said that young people in the North of Mali must not become prey to either terrorist groups or drug traffickers. With that in mind, during the visit, he said that during the visit MINUSNMA chief Bert Koenders noted the importance of mutual agreements between Malian partners and international donors to help spur broader development in the country.For his part, Mr. Mangaral said that Council’s visit “raised much hope among Malian people because they believe that dialogue is the only path to returning to sustainable peace.” A real will to move towards inclusive dialogue was shown. “Malians are unanimous that the cause of the crisis affecting their country is neither religious nor tribal,” he said, explaining that the populations are mostly Muslim and the presence of various ethnic groups throughout the territory had led to mixed unions and created links which increased intolerance. The Malian parties believed in the merits of the preliminary Accords and felt it was time to move forward with their finalization.Yet despite progress, real challenges remained in the security, political, food, health, law and education sectors. In addition, he said that persistent criminal activity due to a lack of judicial authority, especially in the North was also noted.Further, Mr. Mangaral said the fact that there are signatories to the Accords along with armed groups who adhere to it is a cause of dissension; those who adhere to it must be included in the ongoing political talks. For example, he said the Aswad movement has two separate factions, each claiming legitimacy, a situation that, if left unaddressed, might complicate negotiations. He emphasized however that the road map drawn up by the Malian parties “is a sign of hope and a good trigger for resuming peace talks”. The international community represented in the country expressed its willingness to assist Malian authorities in achieving a sustainable peace. read more

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The Reds Pitching Might Be The Worst Of All Time

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GAMES 2013Houston Astros16251111+2.0 “This ball is killed into left center field,” Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman intoned glumly on Monday as Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward blasted a ball deep into the Chicago night. “And that’s a home run” — the Cubs’ third of the night.Brennaman could be forgiven for his lack of enthusiasm. The Reds are 63-87, 32 games out of first place in the NL Central, and he’s had to make the same call 242 times so far this season. With two weeks left to play, the Reds’ pitchers have allowed the most home runs of any team in major league history. It’s a staggering total: Cincy hurlers allow an average of 1.6 homers every 9 innings, or one every 21.2 at-bats (meaning they effectively turned average NL hitters into Larry Doby or Joe Carter).But it’s also symptomatic of a pitching staff that is, by another measure, the worst ever — and the only one in history that would have been better off being stocked with replacement-level players instead.The Reds have struggled to build an effective staff for a looooong time, having broken league-average in fielding independent pitching only twice in the past 21 seasons. (And this is even after accounting for Cincinnati’s home parks, which have tended to inflate scoring.) But this season’s version has taken bad pitching and elevated it into some kind of twisted art form.Last year’s Reds staff also struggled. It posted MLB’s sixth-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio and allowed its ninth-most homers per 9 innings despite having access to a few pretty good pitchers — most notably, Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman — for most of the season. But Cueto and Chapman were both gone by the start of the 2016 season, and that’s when Cincinnati’s real problems began. In April, the Reds posted the league’s worst FIP, and they haven’t looked back: They were also the worst in May, in June and in September. (They were “only” 10th-worst in July and eighth-worst in August.)The cumulative effect of all that badness has been, in FanGraphs’ estimation, the least-valuable staff by wins above replacement in modern MLB history1Going back to 1901, when the American League started. That is widely considered the beginning of modern MLB history.: 1955Kansas City Athletics1556391+1.8 2006Kansas City Royals16262100+0.5 1915Philadelphia Athletics15443109+0.3 1982Minnesota Twins16260102+0.9 1964Kansas City Athletics16357105+1.4 1998Florida Marlins16254108+1.5 1977San Diego Padres1626993+1.7 1966New York Mets1616695+1.7 YEARTEAMTOTALWINSLOSSESPITCHER WAR 2016Cincinnati Reds1506387-1.0 Source: FanGraphs MLB’s worst pitching staffs since 1901, by WAR Indeed, that’s an understatement. Somehow the Reds have been the only staff in MLB history to post a cumulative WAR below the replacement level. Not every Cincinnati hurler has been historically bad — Anthony DeSclafani has done admirable work, leading the team with 1.9 WAR, and Raisel Iglesias has 1.3 WAR with a superb 3.30 FIP. But by the logic of the theory that underpins WAR, the Reds’ sub-replacement tally means they could have stocked their entire pitching staff with nothing but freely available fringe players and AAA callups, and they’d have won an additional game. To find another team that could say that, you’d need to hark back 127 years (!!) to the 1890 Pittsburgh Alleghenys, whose 23-113 record still stands as second-worst in the long annals of major-league failure.But that’s just according to FanGraphs’ model of WAR, which parcels out pitching credit (or, in this case, blame) based on FIP. Baseball-Reference.com’s competing WAR model2Which, in the interest of full disclosure, I helped design. uses runs allowed — a fielding dependent statistic — as its starting point, before accounting for a pitcher’s defensive support using fielding metrics. Oftentimes, the two varieties of WAR will be in agreement, but they do not see eye to eye on Cincinnati’s place in baseball history: According to the B–R version, not only are the Reds not the worst staff ever, but their 4.3 pitching WAR is only the fourth-worst tally of 2016.The reason is simple. As gawdawful as the Reds’ fielding-independent numbers have been, Cincinnati pitchers have also overseen a .289 batting average on balls in play, seventh-lowest in baseball. FanGraphs’ WAR doesn’t care about this, seeing it as an artifact of luck and good fielding behind the Reds’ dreadful pitchers — but B–R’s version gives the pitchers some measure of credit for suppressing opposing BABIP, particularly because Cincinnati’s defenders score poorly in advanced fielding metrics such as defensive runs saved above average.Which approach is correct? That’s been a matter of no small debate among baseball wonks, but uber-wonk Tom Tango (MLB’s newly minted Statcast Czar) probably has the right idea when he advocates for averaging the two methods. Luckily, Dan Hirsch’s excellent site, The Baseball Gauge, allows users to create their own custom WAR metric,3And to download the raw data from their custom metric here, which is a great service to the research community. with an option to average B–R’s WAR with a FIP-based method à la FanGraphs. By that combined method, the 2016 Reds are bad — 29th-worst since 1901 — but not the worst. (That mantle belongs to the 1995 San Francisco Giants, whose combination of a horrible FIP and a mediocre BABIP — despite league-leading fielding metrics — was enough to dissatisfy all versions of WAR.)But even though this year’s Reds (probably) aren’t the worst staff ever assembled, it’s been a painful season for Brennaman and anyone else forced to watch them give up one gopher ball after another. Fans in Cincinnati can only hope that an offseason spent scouring the free-agency market for pitching will help close the book on one of the ugliest performances since people first started hurling a mass of hide-covered yarn and cork into a catcher’s mitt. read more

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Zack Greinke Is One Of A Kind

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Here, we point out that the goal of a changeup is usually to fool the batter by presenting a speed different from that of the fastball. Greinke does not do that. Just over a month ago, the Houston Astros pulled off the biggest move of the season: In a deal reported minutes after the trade deadline had passed, the Astros acquired Cy Young winner Zack Greinke from the Diamondbacks to form baseball’s best rotation alongside Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the two likeliest Cy Young candidates.Greinke, a future Hall of Famer, has been stellar this season — a 2.99 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP. According to FiveThirtyEight’s pitcher ratings, he would be the top pitcher on two-thirds of teams and the No. 3 on just three — and that’s the one he’s on. The move already has paid dividends for the ‘Stros, who are 5-2 in Greinke’s starts and have baseball’s best run differential since the trade — by nearly 50 runs.Now six weeks into team No. 6 (remember when he was traded to the Angels for the 2012 stretch run?), Greinke continues to adapt. At 35 years old, it’s anyone’s guess how long he can keep up this performance, but he’s signed through 2021 and should contribute through then. And because of the way he’s dealt with his decreasing velocity by relying on command and movement, he should be set up well for continued long-term success.According to Statcast, Greinke throws eight pitches: four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curve, sinker (or two-seam fastball), split finger, cutter and eephus. (We’ll get back to that last one.) Only Yu Darvish has as many listed on his Statcast page, with the same eight (though the classifications may hide some of Darvish’s arsenal). Anibal Sanchez, Rich Hill and Odrisamer Despaigne are the only pitchers with seven.But it’s not just the variety of pitches that makes Greinke special. It’s how he throws them.Consider his changeup. Greinke throws his offspeed on 21.9 percent of pitches — a fairly steady increase from 7.9 percent back in 2008. Yet as his fastball has lost velocity, from once hitting more than 100 miles per hour in 2010 to averaging below 90 in 2019, his changeup has gotten faster. Instead, Greinke uses a power changeup with devastating late movement. Only Edubray Ramos has a smaller average speed difference. Greinke’s pitch has surpassed his slider, which used to be considered his best pitch, as the second option. Along with this, Greinke’s cutter, a staple of his arsenal in 2012 and 2013, has all but disappeared.Then there’s the curveball, a slow sweeping pitch. Greinke’s curveball is the second-slowest among qualified starters, behind the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin, at just over 70 miles per hour.This is where the eephus comes in. Greinke’s curve can be thrown so slow that Statcast registers it as the arcing pitch. But it’s not clear whether it’s a different pitch or just a curveball thrown slower. Nobody is throwing a true eephus, though six pitchers are credited with the pitch this year; only Greinke has one under 60 miles per hour. But even if you consider his eephus and his curveball as the same pitch, Greinke would still be tied with Sanchez and Darvish for the lead with seven different pitches.MLB pitchers have struck out 16 hitters on sub-67 mph pitches this year. Greinke owns eight of those (and four of the rest are from position players) with his slow curve that can make batters look silly.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/d20e23b5-749c-4869-9845-d5b61e1ee064.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The newest one is the split-finger, which he threw in April for the first time since pitch tracking began in 2008. He’s thrown five so far in 2019, including three to Jacob DeGrom in the same at bat. If he’s experimenting with it now, there’s a chance it becomes a regular part of his arsenal in the future, especially with the Astros’ penchant for getting the most out of pitch selection.But beyond his wide repertoire of pitches, Greinke’s pitching style is one of a kind. He throws most pitches low but gets strikes. Even though he throws fewer pitches in the strike zone than average, he almost never falls behind. And his .198 wOBA allowed on pitches out of the zone is second in MLB, also behind Corbin.Greinke has faced just 11 3-0 counts this year and had thrown a fastball every time, almost always on the edge, until he gave Christian Yelich a perfect changeup last week. None of the 20 other pitchers with as many pitches this year has seen fewer than 15 such counts. In the month of July, Greinke threw 479 pitches and none was in a 3-0 count. He threw eight pitches with a 2-0 count — seven were in the strike zone and the other was fouled off. He’ll throw in the strike zone when he falls behind; that just doesn’t happen very often. And even when he does, batters can’t take advantage — they’re just 2-16 on 2-0 counts this year despite seeing 65 percent of pitches in the strike zone.When he’s ahead, it’s a different story. That’s when the sub-70 curveball becomes devastating. Ahead in the count, Greinke throws just 27 percent of pitches in the strike zone; the league average is 38 percent. And 76 percent of his strikeouts have been on pitches out of the zone, well higher than the league average of 56 percent. And his plan of attack is to go low. On 1-2 counts, specifically, Greinke throws in either the lower third or below the strike zone more often than any other pitcher.Greinke is truly a unique pitcher. His fastball and offspeed have nearly the same velocity, but his curveball is one of the slowest. He throws outside of the strike zone but never falls behind, and batters can’t seem to figure out any of his pitches.Through his impressive career, the one thing Greinke lacks is a ring. He has 11 postseason appearances, but his biggest impact was probably his lone start in the 2014 NLDS (in which he scored more runs than he allowed in seven innings). He makes the top 10 list of career games started without a World Series appearance. But if he earns a huge postseason moment, he could move from likely Hall of Famer to potentially first ballot. Perhaps he’ll have that chance in Houston this October.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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EURO 2012 Qualification Round 2 Portugal took a point against Poland

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← Previous Story Rastko Stojkovic: “Vive as a new Vezsprem – Denmark isn’t a TOP NT” Next Story → Valero Rivera after fantastic start of Spain: “Defense is the key” Second Round of EURO 2012 Qualification process gave us some interesting results. Portugal took a point against Poland 27:27. Another draw we saw in Sarajevo, where played BiH and Macedonia 28:28. Problems without Ivano Balic (injury) had Croatia in Lithuania, but second best World’s national team won 21:19. Favorites as Hungary, Spain, Denmark, Russia, Slovenia, Germany and Norway celebrated secure wins as a visitors.2012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 1Estonia vs. Hungary 19:31Bosnia Herzegovina vs. FYR Macedonia 28:282012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 2Lithuania vs Croatia 19:21Romania vs  Spain 20:352012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 3Portugal vs Poland 27:27Ukraine vs  Slovenia 25:312012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 4Montenegro vs  Slovakia 25:35Israel vs Sweden 28:322012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 5Austria vs. Iceland 28:23Latvia vs. Germany 18:362012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 6Netherlands vs Czech RepublicGreece vs Norway 25:322012 Men’s European Championship – Qualification 2 – Group 7Switzerland vs. Denmark 25:36Belarus vs. Russia 32:39Further Qualification RoundsThe playing dates for the following qualification matches are as follows: Round 3: 09/10 March 2011 Round 4: 12/13 March 2011 Round 5: 08/09 June 2011 Round 6: 11/12 June 2011 read more

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Oireachtas agenda Budget 2013 water charges and cyberbullying

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first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILThe live televisual spectacle of Leaders’ Questions kicks off at 10:30am, with 30 minutes devoted to agreeing the day’s agenda afterwards.There are two Bills to be debated with the rest of the day:The Finance Bill 2013, which will be given its final once-over before being sent to the Seanad – this gives legal effect to the tax changes of the Budget; andThe Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) (Amendment) Bill 2012, which widens the remit of Science Foundation Ireland so that it can fund projects in all 32 counties, and can fund advanced research as well as more basic work.Debate on these Bills is interrupted for lunch (1:30pm); Questions to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltachtat 2:30pm, and discussion of four topical issues at 3:45pm. The legislative work resumes at 4:33pm.At 7:30pm debate resumes on Sinn Féin’s motion criticising the government’s progress on economic growth, and calling for a new 32-county strategy to create new inward investment.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s day also begins at 10:30am, with 75 minutes of debate on the day’s agenda. There’s a break from then until 1pm, when it holds the Oireachtas’ final debate on the legislation behind the new system of water charges – rubber-stamping changes made by the Dáil.At 5:30pm the Labour senators will introduce their Employment Equality (Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2013 – which they hope will end recruitment discrimination against gay teachers and medical workers in institutions with a religious ethos. A vote probably won’t be needed, but will be held at 7:30pm if so.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESIt’s a relatively quiet day, with only three public committee meetings:The Transport and Communications committee resumes its discussion on social media abuse at 9:30am, this time hearing from the National Anti-Bullying Coalition. More regular service is resumed afterwards, when members are briefed on a forthcoming meeting of EUFORES – a European group of parliamentarians who support a sustainable energy future. (Watch here.)The Education and Social Protection committee meets at 1pm when it hears from the online-only Hibernia College to discuss the delivery of college education online, and from Schoolbag.ie to hear about how technology can improve interaction between schools and parents. (Watch here.)At 2pm the Justice, Defence and Equality committee meets the National Federation of Retail Newsagents to discuss the black market for certain products, and how it can be tackled. (Watch here.)Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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Guinness Facebook and drink driving The week in numbers

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first_imgEVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.€230 million – The value of Ireland’s food and drink exports to Russia last year. Russia has now banned most EU food from the country.€75 million – The amount that Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone is to pay to avoid facing trial on bribery charges.€1.5 million – The amount that Ireland is donating to fight famine in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country.204,000 – The number of flights that went in and out of Ireland’s five main airports last year.25,000 – The number of people who have signed up to support a lawsuit against Facebook over the company’s alleged violations of its users’ privacy.440 – The number of visitors to Ireland last year who reported a crime.165 – The number of people sent to jail in Ireland last year for drink driving offences.35 – The number of years it took an Argentine campaigner to track down her grandson who was kidnapped during the country’s brutal military dictatorship.29 – The number of complaints received by SIPO, the political ethics watchdog, last year compared to 427 the year before.9.8% – That’s what the ESRI predicts Ireland’s unemployment rate will fall to by next year. The current unemployment rate is 11.5%.6% – The drop in sales of Guinness in America over the last year. The company is introducing a new lager in the US to attract a new market.3 – The number of years fugitive intelligence operative Edward Snowden has been given to live in Russia.3 – The number of points by which Ireland’s women’s rugby team beat New Zealand at the World Cup on Tuesday – the  first time the Black Ferns have lost in more than two decades.Want more? Check out our previous ‘In numbers’ pieces >last_img read more

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La flore intestinale enfin décryptée

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first_imgLa flore intestinale enfin décryptéeUn consortium de chercheurs internationaux est parvenu à identifier trois types distincts de flore intestinale. Une découverte qui pourrait faciliter le diagnostic de maladies inflammatoires de l’intestin et de l’obésité.Composée de quelque 100.000 milliards de bactéries, la flore intestinale joue un rôle essentiel dans notre organisme. Depuis plusieurs années, les scientifiques tentaient donc d’établir un lien entre un déséquilibre de cette population bactérienne et l’apparition de certaines maladies comme l’obésité. Seul problème : jusqu’ici, on ignorait la composition précise de la flore intestinale. Aujourd’hui, le mystère semble élucidé. En effet, des chercheurs internationaux ont expliqué qu’ils avaient réussi à identifier trois types de flore intestinale.À lire aussiUlcère gastroduodénal : définition, symptômes, causes, traitements, de quoi s’agit-il ?Décrite dans la revue Nature, la découverte permettrait ainsi de classer les individus en trois groupes distincts ou “entérotypes”. Une distinction d’autant plus importante que celle-ci s’avère totalement indépendante de l’origine géographique, de l’âge ou de l’état de santé des personnes, l’étude ayant porté sur plusieurs dizaines d’Européens, Américains et Japonais. “Ces trois entérotypes pourraient expliquer pourquoi les effets de médicaments ou d’aliments varient d’une personne à l’autre”, a expliqué Jeroen Raes de l’Université VUB de Bruxelles et l’un des principaux auteurs de l’étude. Selon les chercheurs, la distinction des flores intestinales permettraient alors de conduire des recherches beaucoup plus fiables sur les aliments, les probiotiques ou les maladies en comparant des individus de même entérotype. Par ailleurs, cette découverte a apporté une meilleure connaissance de cette population bactérienne et ouvert des voies dans la compréhension de maladies. En étudiant cette flore, les chercheurs pourraient en effet identifier les facteurs “à risque” ou susceptible de provoquer des perturbations dans l’organisme. “L’étude semble montrer qu’on peut identifier les marqueurs biologiques qui nous permettraient de faire le diagnostic”, a précisé à l’AFP Stanislav-Dusko Ehrlich, coordinateur du projet européen MetaHIT (Metagenomics of Human Intestinal Tract). Déjà, “on peut prédire avec une bien plus grande précision si quelqu’un est obèse ou pas en regardant les gènes des microbiotes plutôt que les gènes de notre génome”, a également indiqué le chercheur.Une flore que l’on pourrait “rééquilibrer”Sur le long-terme, l’identification des entérotypes pourrait également ouvrir des voies dans le traitement des maladies. “L’objectif, c’est de voir comment intervenir et guérir” lorsqu’il y a une “perturbation de l’écosystème intestinal”. Par exemple, il pourrait s’agir de “stimuler la croissance des bonnes bactéries” tout en freinant celle des “mauvaises”. Une technique qu'”on ne sait pas faire aujourd’hui”, a souligné le Pr Ehrlich.Le 21 avril 2011 à 11:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Defamation case Court exempts Rahul from personal appearance

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first_imgA magisterial court in Bhiwandi in Maharashtra’s Thane district on Tuesday granted exemption to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi from personal appearance in a case in which he has been accused of making defamatory references to RSS while campaigning during Lok Sabha polls.First Class Judicial Magistrate SV Swami granted Rahul’s prayer for exemption moved by his counsel citing his busy schedule due to assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISwami had directed the Congress leader to be present in the court on Tuesday in connection with a case filed by secretary of Bhiwandi unit of RSS Rajesh Kunte, who had claimed Rahul had ‘distorted history’ and ‘defamed’ the organisation by alleging that ‘RSS people had killed Mahatma Gandhi’.The court directed that Rahul be present himself before it on 7 January, the next date of hearing.The magistrate had on 11 July ordered processes to be issued against Rahul under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (defamation) to ensure his presence before the court for allegedly accusing RSS of killing Mahatma Gandhi, while addressing an election rally at Sonale village on 6 March.last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

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first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Every week as part of my show prep (and because I’m genuinely interested), I read through as many research notes I can find. Sometimes I research my own stats to see if there’s a statistical trend that backs up what I think I’m seeing when I watch games. Unfortunately for my time-efficiency, occasionally those stats show me nothing and I throw them out.Here are the stats (or interesting tidbits) from the NFL and college football that I’m using on the show this week. 0 Comments   Share   9) Only five players have rushed for 125 yards in a game more often than Adrian Peterson: Barry Sanders, Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson and Emmitt Smith. — NFL press release10) Andy Dalton had zero play-action touchdown passes against actual NFL teams but two against the Browns. — ESPN Stats and Info11) Andy Dalton went 8-for-8 with 126 yards and two touchdowns against Cleveland’s blitz. –ESPN Stats and Info12) Cam Newton had 3 pass completions where the ball traveled 30 yards downfield in his first seven games and three in the first half against Green Bay. — ESPN Stats and Info13) The only tight ends with five touchdown receptions per year for 8 straight years are Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez and Greg Olsen. — ESPN Stats and Info14) If the Patriots score in the first quarter against the Giants, New England will become the first team in NFL history to score in 32 straight quarters. — ESPN Stats and Info15) The only quarterbacks who haven’t thrown in interception versus the blitz are Marcus Mariota, Bryan Hoyer, Tyrod Taylor and Andy Dalton. — ESPN Stats and Info16) Against Miami, Buffalo had a 100-yard receiver and two 100 yard rushers for the first time in Bills history. — ESPN Stats and Info 1) The only quarterback in NFL history to throw for 350 yards, 4 TD’s and no INT’s in a single game during his rookie year is Marcus Mariota.– Elias2) On all punts that are not punted out-of-bounds to the Chargers, San Diego averages 1.8 inches in returns.– ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast and me3) In the last four games under Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans had four touchdowns which is the same amount they scored in their first game without him.– Me4) Green Bay became the first team to face back-to-back undefeated teams after Week 6.– FOX TV broadcast5) 2015 is the first year in NFL history with three 8-0 teams.– NFL press release6) The Steelers became the first team in history to have one player earn 300 yards from scrimmage (Antonio Brown) and another with 200 yards from scrimmage (DeAngelo Williams). — NFL press release7) Marcus Mariota is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for four touchdowns without an interception in two different games during his rookie year. — NFL press release8) Andrew Luck needed 55 games to throw for 100 touchdowns, only Dan Marino, Kurt Warner and Johnny Unitas did it faster. — NFL press release The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 17) Eric Dickerson and Adrian Peterson are the only players with more yards rushing in their first 6 games than Todd Gurley. — ESPN Stats and Info18) Nick Foles completed 27% of his passes against the Vikings blitz for his worst performance against extra pressure in his career. — ESPN Stats and Info19) DeAngelo Williams is the oldest player in the Super Bowl era to rush for 150 yards and two touchdowns. — ESPN Stats and Info20) Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes last year of at least 15 air yards and nine this year. — ESPN Stats and Info21) Antonio Brown had 284 yards receiving, the most in a single game in Steeler history.– Elias22) Matt Ryan threw for 137 yards when targeting Julio Jones and 17 yards when targeting any other Falcon. — ESPN Stats and Info23) Devonta Freeman entered the 49er game leading the NFL with 470 before contact yards but San Francisco held him to -6 yards before contact. — ESPN Stats and Info24) Blaine Gabbert won his first game in 37 months. — ESPN Stats and Info25) Peyton Manning missed passing Brett Favre on the all-time passing yards list by two yards in his return to Indianapolis. — ESPN Stats and Infocenter_img Top Stories Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) warms up prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 26) Jay Cutler had only one touchdown pass between the numbers in 2015 with three interceptions before facing the Chargers defense and hit two TD’s without a pick against San Diego. — ESPN Stats and Info27) Jay Cutler went 0-for-3 targeting Alshon Jeffrey and following the pick-6 went 10-for-10 targeting Jeffrey. — ESPN Stats and Info28) In the years Jeff Fisher has been a head coach, his teams have 236 more penalties than their opponents for 1,937 more yards and Oilers/Titans/Rams’ opponents against Jeff Fisher have 116 more first downs via penalty.– Bernie Miklasz29) Since Jay Cutler entered the NFL, he has the same number of 4th quarter comebacks as Peyton Manning. — ESPN Stats and Info30) In Peyton Manning’s first half against Indianapolis, he completed 41% of his passes, his lowest “one-half” percentage in seven years. — ESPN Stats and Info31) Since 2004, Carson Palmer has the most losses as a starting QB when throwing for 250 yards, with at least one TD pass and no interceptions. — ESPN Stats and Infolast_img read more

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News podcast heatwave in Cyprus

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first_imgThe Cyprus News Digest, in collaboration with the Cyprus Mail brings you an in-depth analysis of some of the latest developments in international and local news – in audio form.Presented by Rosie Charalambous, this week:Was Napoleon Bonaparte in the Dublin Post Office in 1916?The unions say it’s a failure – we discuss the rights of outdoor workers during heatwaves in CyprusFor more, visit: http://cyprusmail.libsyn.com/You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoCity BeautyDo This To Fix Sagging Jowls Without SurgeryCity BeautyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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