Pope names 1st African-American as Washington DC archbishop

first_imgVatican City: Pope Francis on Thursday named Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the new archbishop of Washington DC, choosing a moderate, and the first African-American, to lead the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the US. Gregory, 71, replaces Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who resigned last year after being implicated in covering up abuse by a Pennsylvania grand jury report. Gregory headed the US bishops conference when it adopted a “zero-tolerance” abuse policy in 2002 to respond to the first wave of the scandal. He has run the Atlanta archdiocese since 2005 and is seen as a pastor very much in line with Francis’ progressive vision of the church. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe appointment was first reported by Catholic News Agency. It is the third major move by Francis to reshape the US hierarchy, which over the previous two papacies took on a culture war-influenced conservative tilt. Francis began elevating more moderate pastors in 2014, when he named Cardinal Blase Cupich as Chicago archbishop and followed up two years later by moving Joseph Tobin to Newark, New Jersey, and making him a cardinal. While relatively small, the Washington archdiocese has always punched above its weight in influence given its location in the nation’s capital. Its archbishops traditionally are made cardinals, meaning Gregory could become the first African-American cardinal. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe archdiocese, though, has become embroiled in the abuse crisis since its previous two leaders Wuerl and his predecessor Theodore McCarrick have been implicated in the scandal. Francis in February defrocked McCarrick after a Vatican-backed investigation concluded he sexually abused minors and adults over his long career. It was the first time a cardinal had been dismissed from the priesthood for abuse. Francis reluctantly accepted Wuerl’s resignation in October after he lost the trust of his priests and parishioners in the months following the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report. The report accused Wuerl of helping to protect some child-molesting priests while he was bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006. Simultaneously, Wuerl faced widespread skepticism over his insistence that he knew nothing about McCarrick’s misconduct, which was an open secret in US and Vatican circles. Gregory, by contrast, is still credited for his leadership of the US church during a moment of crisis, when as president of the US bishops conference he persuaded church leaders to adopt toughened penalties for abusers in 2002.last_img read more

45% of Moroccan Men Want Their Wives to Stay Home

Rabat – Almost half of Moroccan men would like their wives to stay at home, says a study published by the International Labor Organization (ILO).The ILO surveyed men and women in 2016 to understand their perceptions about women and work. In Morocco, the findings are not very reassuring: 22% of the questioned Moroccans men are in favor of women working outside their homes, against 45% who prefer to keep their wives at home.The ILO report correlates women’s refusal to work and educational attainment: 49% of men who have not passed primary education are against women’s work, compared to 42% of those with secondary education. Age also plays a key role in perception, as 29% of Moroccans under the age of 29 are in favor of women working, compared to 24% of those in the thirties and beyond. The study goes further and incorporates the opinions of women. According to the ILO, 78% of Moroccans men and women are for the work of women, while 21% are against, and 1% refrained from answering. For their part, 87% of Moroccan women agree to work outdoors provided their husbands agree.In terms of recruitment opportunities, 39% of Moroccans think that educated and experienced women have every chance of finding a job, while 33% give them the same opportunities as men. Finally, 20% were pessimistic and 9% did not respond.The results of this study, based on interviews with nearly 149,000 adults in 142 countries and territories, suggest that women might find support in their quest for productive employment and decent work coming from a rather unexpected source: men. According to the report, gender equality is still far from being achieved, and the findings show real divides still exist in many regions of the world. But it also appears men and women are not always as far apart in their attitudes as conventional wisdom might lead them.The findings of the ILO study show that women in North Africa are mostly similar to other women around the world, “the youngest women in the region are the most likely to prefer working only at paid jobs or being able to balance both, and those who are most highly educated would prefer to be working rather than staying at home.” However, men in the region are not in alignment with women: men younger than the age of 45 – particularly in Egypt, Morocco and Libya are more likely than older men to say they would prefer women to stay at home. And the most highly educated men are most likely to say women should work at paid jobs. read more

Sri Lankan appears in New Zealand court to face rape charges

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.Crown prosecutor Jackson Webber said while there had been a “very brief” consensual sexual relationship between the pair, the complainant had “put a fairly rapid end” to it. “She has made up these allegations. They are wrong, they are lies, they are something that was created in her head,” Bamford said.He told the jury the Sri Lankan man had been busy with tertiary studies at the time of the alleged offending, and had been looking for alternative accommodation as the arrangement with the complainant no longer suited.He also said the defendant’s account would state that he had been the one to end the initial sexual fling and had not engaged in any further sexual contact.During initial cross examination, Bamford asked the complainant why, if the offending had taken place, text messages between the pair after the alleged incidents had been both personal and friendly.Bamford pointed to a message where the complainant referred to the defendant as “hun” and shared information about her recent doctor’s visit and weight loss.“You’re comfortable communicating with him in a friendly and personal way,” Bamford said, and asked why that was the case if, as she alleged, the defendant had already assaulted her.The complainant said she was just a “friendly” person, referred to a lot of people as “hun” and didn’t think the information had been particularly personal.She earlier told the court that she had been trying to keep the peace and hadn’t wanted to make the defendant angry.The trial continues. “The Crown case is that the defendant did not and would not accept her decision,” Webber said.It’s alleged the Sri Lankan man raped her on two occasions during June and July last year. He had been living at the Nelson house since November 2015, after coming to New Zealand from Sri Lanka.The Crown case also includes several other instances between June and July where the defendant sexually assaulted the woman, touching her inappropriately. The jury heard while the woman had initially felt flattered by the advances of a younger man and consented to have sex, she then wanted to end the relationship as she understood he had a wife and child in Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan man appeared in a  New Zealand court today to face charges of raping a woman.A brief fling between the man and woman living at the same house deteriorated into allegations of rape and sexual assault, a Nelson jury heard. The alleged offending took place over two months before the woman reported it. She said she tried to appease him and had hoped the sexual contact would stop as the man assured her there would be no further incidents.However the defence case is that there was no sexual contact between the pair at all, other than the brief consensual relationship during the start of their living arrangement.Defence lawyer Tony Bamford said for whatever reason, the complainant had fabricated her account. The Sri Lankan faces 12 charges including five of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, two of sexual violation by rape, four of indecent assault, and one of male assaults female. The woman alleged she woke to find the man in her room, where he pinned her down, raped her and left her shaking on the bed, the Stuff website reported. read more

PCs say Liberals plan to raise payroll taxes

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say that Liberal finance documents they’ve obtained show that the government intends to increase payroll taxes.Finance critic Vic Fedeli and PC leader Tim Hudak say this will eliminate up to 150-thousand jobs across the province and the premier was warned by her finance cabinet about the impact.“Moving ahead with this, Kathleen Wynne is ignoring the advice of Ministry of Finance experts her own transit panel experts and even her own hand pick pension advisor, former prime minister Paul Martin,” said Fedeli.Tuesday afternoon, the PCs plan to introduce a motion at Queens Park demanding that no new programs be implemented which will increase payroll taxes. read more

Annan asks Côte dIvoire authorities to reimburse UN for riot damage

Mr. Annan wrote Mr. Gbagbo presenting the UN’s costs and expressing his dismay that the Ivorian authorities had not shouldered their responsibility to protect UN facilities during the four days of disturbances in mid-January, his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, told journalists at UN Headquarters.Asked whether Mr. Annan would follow up on the letter, Mr. Dujarric said the United Nations was already following up. Among other things, he said, UN officials had already found some of the equipment that had been taken from their offices in the western town of Guiglo.During the disturbances and siege, Mr. Annan condemned “the orchestrated violence directed against the United Nations, the population, as well as the inaction of some national authorities in responding to the situation,” noting that disturbances were taking place in Abidjan, Daloa, San Pedro, Guiglo and other parts of the country.The peacekeeping UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) said firebombs thrown into the UN Police office in San Pedro caused serious damage. Roadblocks throughout Abidjan, the commercial centre of one of the world’s top cocoa producers, prevented some UN personnel from getting to work and ONUCI chief Pierre Schori ordered the evacuation of certain mission employees to Gambia and Senegal.Mr. Schori told reporters in New York that he slept on a mattress in his Abidjan offices during that period.Côte d’Ivoire was divided into a Government-ruled south and rebel-held north after the failure of an attempted coup against Mr. Gbagbo in September 2002 triggered a civil war. UNOCI troops and UN-authorized French Licorne forces have been guarding the Zone of Confidence separating the former belligerents. read more

Declining food prices very good for importing countries – UN agricultural agency

The FAO Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index monitoring five commodity group price indices– cereals, meat, dairy products, vegetable oils, and sugar. In October, it dipped to 192.3, technically its seventh consecutive monthly decline, but a marginal 0.2 percent drop from the revised September figure. The ongoing slight decline in the index is “very good for food importing countries,” FAO senior economist Concepción Calpe said in statement. Dairy prices fell by 1.9 percent, as butter and milk powder prices dipped due to increased output in Europe, where many producers are grappling with Russia’s ban on cheese imports. The sub-index for dairy products dropped to 184.3, down 3.5 points from September, and 66.8 points, or 26.6 percent down from October 2013.Meat prices also broadly declined, as pig production recovered in several countries hit by endemic porcine diarrhoea and growing cattle herds in Australia pushed down beef prices. FAO’s Meat Price Index fell by 1.1 percent or 2.3 points from September to 208.9, still more than 10 percent above its level a year ago.The Cereal Price Index, which fell sharply over the recent months as global wheat and maize production appeared set for record harvests, was broadly stable at 178.4 points in October as maize harvest delays in the United States and deteriorating prospects for Australia’s wheat crop led to firmer prices. Rice prices declined, however, as newly harvested supplies came to market. The cereals sub-index is now down 9.3 percent, or 18.2 points below the level of one year ago.Overall, the Food Price Index is at its lowest levels since August 2010.Meanwhile, the Sugar Price Index rose to 237.6 points, a brisk 4.2 percent increase from the previous month, due largely to drought in parts of Brazil, leading to reports that the sugarcane crop will be smaller than expected. Despite the month’s gains, international sugar prices remain more than 10 percent below their October 2013 level.The vegetable oils sub-index rose for the first time since March, clocking in at 163.7 points in October, up 1.0 percent, or 1.6 points from September. Palm oil production slowdowns in Indonesia and Malaysia, combined with a revival in global import demand, sustained the increase. FAO’s monthly Cereal Supply and Demand Brief also released today trimmed back the Organization’s forecast for 2014 world cereal production by about one million tonnes. At 2.5 billion tonnes, the full-year production figure would be 3.7 million tonnes below 2013’s record output.Meanwhile, the forecast for global wheat production has been raised, as output from Ukraine is on track to be higher than previously expected. This growing season’s wheat crop is now expected to top last year’s record harvest with a total output of 722.6 million tonnes.For rice, the forecast for global production remains unchanged at 496.3 million tonnes in milled rice equivalent. This would be 0.3 percent less than in 2013, and would mark the first decline since 2009.Global inventories of all the main cereals remain on course to hit a 15-year high, although the forecast was marked down by 2.7 million tonnes from October’s projections to 624.7 million tonnes.This figure is 8.0 percent above the level at the start of the 2014/15 growing season and would raise the global cereal stock-to-use ratio to a twelve-year high level of 25.1 percent.Wheat reserves are projected to rise by 9.3 percent this year, while rice inventories are forecast to fall by 2.0 percent, reflecting expected inventory drawdowns, especially in major exporting countries such as India and Thailand.FAO’s November brief also observed that global cereal utilization for direct human consumption is set to expand by 0.9 percent – in line with the global population, leaving per capita consumption stable – while utilization for livestock feed is expected to rise by 2.6 percent. read more

Medically redflagged Sullinger backed by family members on Twitter

Former Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger has been medically red-flagged by NBA doctors, according to a report from ESPN.com. Members of Sullinger’s immediate family then began to defend Jared, a potential lottery selection in the NBA Draft, on Twitter. Doctors who examined the former sophomore forward, according to the report, said they were worried about Sullinger’s back – something that kept him out for two games including a high-profile matchup against Kansas in December. Sullinger did not immediately respond to an email request for comment from The Lantern. His father, Satch Sullinger, told ESPN’S Andy Katz that he doesn’t think the issue with his son’s back is serious. “He had a bulging area that was due to his hamstring and quads being so tight. It pulled on his hip flexor and he’s been taking care of it to loosen it. You can call it a red flag if you want. But it’s tight hamstring and tight quads,” Satch Sullinger told Katz. “He’s been to doctors, he’s doing yoga and deep tissue massage. The flexibility is helping take the pressure off the area.” The Lantern was unable to contact Satch Sullinger on the matter. J.J. Sullinger, Jared Sullinger’s older brother and also a former OSU player, came to the defense of his younger sibling on Twitter. At about noon on Tuesday from his Twitter account, @MrOH1O, J.J. Sullinger said: “Jared’s back is fine!! Anyone “Could” have back problems!”  At approximately the same time Tuesday, Satch Sullinger questioned the sources in the ESPN report in a tweet to J.J. Sullinger from his account, @satchsullinger: “Multiple sources coming from one medical team in Chicago equals hidden agendas. God has his hands all over this.” According to the ESPN report, several NBA team doctors “have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger’s back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.” Sullinger, who is projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has worked out with Golden State, Portland and, most recently, New Orleans. He’s scheduled to work out with Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit within the coming weeks. A Columbus native out of Northland High School, Sullinger came to OSU as a highly decorated recruit. During his two-year career at OSU, Sullinger was the 2010-11 Big Ten and National Freshman of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection. Sullinger was 64-10 in his career at OSU and finished with 1,281 points and 717 rebounds. read more

Lego contraption is great at moving balls

first_imgThe Great Ball Contraption is a friendly competition amongst hardcore Lego fans, the point of which is to move Lego-sized balls in a circuit in the most complex way possible. The event (and “event” might be too strong of a word, it’s not clear how organized it is) has people develop amazingly complicated, Rube Goldberg-esque machines that move the tiny spheres with the most advanced Lego machines you’ve ever seen. It’s a bit like the Obfuscated C competition, but for Lego fanatics.The contraption above looks to be the best-of-breed. It uses at least 26 GBC modules–like pneumatics, escalators, and an automated staircase–to get the balls from their starting point to the final destination, at which point a robotic crane starts their journey again.AdChoices广告As you probably guessed this is all made possible with Lego’s Mindstorms kits, any number of which would be combined to make each of the modules. In addition to Mindstorms, Technic kits would have been used as well for some of more advanced components, like gears and axles.The BGC is more involved than moving the balls, it has standards, shared module plans, a number of very committed participants. You can see the fruits of their labor here.You can read more about the GBC herelast_img read more

Marotta hints on Perisics move to Arsenal

first_imgBeppe Marotta admits Ivan Perisic is likely to complete a switch to Arsenal with the sporting director confirming the player doesn’t want to stay at the club.Perisic has reportedly agreed to personal terms with Arsenal but a sticking point remains the structure of his transfer, and Marotta warned time was running out for the Gunners.“The meal went well,” the Nerazzurri chief disclosed to Football Italia after a meeting with Inter Coach Luciano Spalletti and the club’s board.“It’s a normal situation and it happens at all clubs because yesterday the President couldn’t come to Turin.“We took stock of the situation, it’s normal. Perisic? I repeat, it’s difficult to keep players who don’t want to stay, but no real offer has come in yet so there are no grounds [for him to leave right now].Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“It’s up to us to manage this situation. I was hoping for a very quiet transfer window. Instead, there have been very few developments and plenty of dissatisfaction.”Morning. Here’s a video of Perisic making defenders fall over, pic.twitter.com/ZT3oMsuoWY— Aido (@HandofEmery) January 28, 2019last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday April 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uThe Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network will be on for the first hour reporting on the breaking news in the race for Baltimore mayor, Councilman Nick Mosby dropping out and supporting the candidacy of Sen. Catherine Pugh. Plus, Baltimore City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl Stokes joins us to talk about the controversial Port Covington development deal. Also…this week is WEAA’s Spring Membership Drive, please call and make your pledge of support to WEAA and AFRO First Edition, with Sean Yoes! 410.319.8888!These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

PC Case or Foosball Table Its Both

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Soccer (football) fans around the globe are anxiously awaiting the start of World Cup 2018. Tech fans, meanwhile, had their attention fixed on Computex this week.The proximity of the two events on this year’s calendar clearly some folks thinking. What can you take to the Computex show floor that appeals to both the World Cup crowd and computer enthusiasts?Why, a computer stuffed inside a foosball table, of course! That’s what MSI, Hong Kong-based Klevv, a manufacturer of DRAM and solid-state storage devices, and Taiwan’s I.I.D Maker Studio cooked up.As far as foosball tables go, this one is mostly standard-issue. It’s a 3-4-2 alignment of red vs. black players with a goalkeeper acting as the last line of defense on either end. There are a couple noteworthy differences, however.One is the translucent pitch. It’s suspended above the computing components, which, according to Engadget, include a pair of MSI mainboards equipped with Geforce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X graphics cards. Klevv kicked in 8 16GB sticks of RAM, a 460GB 2.5-inch SSD and a pair of 240GB M.2 SSDs.A Thermaltake watercooling rig keeps the systems’ temperature under control and there’s no shortage of LED illumination — some of which is backed into the Thermaltake-supplied Smart RGB power supply.Another high-tech touch is a series of six small, full-color displays mounted on the sides of the table. They appear to have been configured to show promotional images from the companies behind the build, close-up views of the hardware, and even a glimpse at the players as they compete for foosball dominance.Computex has a history of epic case mods, and this year was no different. Thermaltake and Klevv had several other builds on display. You can check them out in Cnet’s gallery along with a handful of other slick designs from other manufacturers.Image: Engadgetlast_img read more

Netflixs New Stranger Things Game Takes Cues From Pokemon Go

first_img Play These E3 2019 Video Games Right NowThe 10 Biggest Games of E3 2019 Stay on target With the big video game publishers (outside of Nintendo) in a bit of a boring holding pattern until the console transition next year, the resulting power vacuum at E3 2019 has let some pretty weird trends emerge. Just look at all the new arcade machines getting announced. And another trend we’ve noticed is Netflix’s slow but steadily increasing presence in video games. The streaming TV service may dominate your time when you want something to watch, but now it wants you to consider its franchises when you want something to play. And we aren’t just talking about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.Famous goth Jim Henson puppet show The Dark Crystal is returning as a Netflix show this August with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. And at Nintendo’s E3 show we got the surprise announcement of a tie-in video game The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics. A strategy game is totally the right choice for a serious but mystical fantasy series like this. It is weird though to see Nintendo reveal this when Netflix itself still isn’t on the Switch.Meanwhile, we’re getting another Stranger Things game timed to correspond with the third season premiering this Fourth of July. The team talked about making sure to include new characters like psychic-powered Eleven as well as creating fake demos and other extreme secrecy measures to protect the plot of the hit show. Like the previous game, this is a retro affair that wouldn’t feel out of place in the nostalgic 1980s genre universe of the show itself.AdChoices广告But that wasn’t the only new Stranger Things game announced. Netflix also revealed that it is partnering with Next Games on a new Stranger Things mobile game coming in 2020. We didn’t learn many details beyond the slick Saturday Morning Cartoon art style in the top image. However, Next Games’ previous work on The Walking Dead: Our World showed the team is equipped to tackle the geolocation-based augmented reality mobile game you need to compete with the likes of Pokemon Go. The new Stranger Things game will have you “exploring the Upside Down in your own backyard” presumably after Minecraft: Earth becomes too tame.Despite a brave request from the audience to make Striking Vipers X a real game, this was it as far as Netflix’s E3 game announcements go. But hopefully next year they’ll blow us away with new interactive versions of Russian Doll, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Santa Clarita Diet, and more. I need my American Vandal private dick investigation game.For more on E3 2019 watch these trailers.last_img read more

Study effort leads to estimates of number of tree species in tropics

first_img Inga spiralis are plants in the bean family (Fabaceae) is only found in Panama. Many areas in the tropics have still never been thoroughly explored by botanists. Credit: ourtesy of STRI/ Carmen Galdames Faster evolution not responsible for tropical biodiversity Citation: Study effort leads to estimates of number of tree species in tropics (2015, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-06-effort-tree-species-tropics.html The team also notes that the three main tropical regions far outpace other regions in tree diversity—North America, for example, they report has less than a thousand individual species, and the temperate forests in Europe have as few as 124. They also note that a large number of species in general does not equate to large numbers of individual members of a species—many of the species samples they found turned out to be quite rare, suggesting that many of them may be at risk. Explore further More information: An estimate of the number of tropical tree species, J. W. Ferry Slik, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423147112 AbstractThe high species richness of tropical forests has long been recognized, yet there remains substantial uncertainty regarding the actual number of tropical tree species. Using a pantropical tree inventory database from closed canopy forests, consisting of 657,630 trees belonging to 11,371 species, we use a fitted value of Fisher’s alpha and an approximate pantropical stem total to estimate the minimum number of tropical forest tree species to fall between ∼40,000 and ∼53,000, i.e., at the high end of previous estimates. Contrary to common assumption, the Indo-Pacific region was found to be as species-rich as the Neotropics, with both regions having a minimum of ∼19,000–25,000 tree species. Continental Africa is relatively depauperate with a minimum of ∼4,500–6,000 tree species. Very few species are shared among the African, American, and the Indo-Pacific regions. We provide a methodological framework for estimating species richness in trees that may help refine species richness estimates of tree-dependent taxa. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—An unusually large team of researchers (over 140) from all walks of life have worked together to provide a new estimate on the total number of tree species in the three main tropical regions on planet Earth: the Americas (neotropics), Indo-Pacific and tropical parts of Africa. In outlining their findings in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team reports that assumptions about species diversity may have been over-generalized in the past. For many years, the general consensus has been that the Americas have the richest diversity of tree growth in the world, also estimates of such diversity have ranged from thirty-seven thousand to fifty thousand worldwide—the researchers with this new effort say both assumptions are wrong. They found that the number of species in the Indo-Pacific tropics was nearly equal to that of the Americas, and that species numbers are closer to forty to fifty thousand in total. The researchers conclude that their findings regarding species variety numbers in the Indo-Pacific tropics make sense when considering the geography, history and topography of places such as India, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, etc. They also noted that there appeared to be few species shared among the tropical regions.To come to these conclusions, the researchers collected data from a variety of sources, covering approximately 657,000 individual trees and over 11,000 species. More specifically, they found that tree species in the Americas and the Indo-Pacific tropics amounted to 19,000 to 25,000 each. Africa on the other hand had far fewer species, likely due, the team claims, to extinctions that have occurred since the Pleistocene and shrinkage of forests in general on the continent. Tropical forest in Martinique near the city of Fond St-Denis. Credit: Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Bolly number for Chinese new year

first_imgChinese opera singer Bowang surprised one and all when she belted out a hit Bollywood number from the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Mohabbatein at the Chinese Spring Festival 2013.After her opera performance, she sang the hit Hindi song Ankhein khuli ho ya hon bandh at the FICCI Auditorium here Monday.The festival, organised by the India China Economic and Cultural Council here on the occasion of the Chinese New year, which fell on 10 February, also saw a spectacular display of acrobatics, group dances, and traditional music of China. The highlight of the festival was acrobatics performed by Peng Li and Guang Zhang.   There were performances by Sihong Zho, a dance performance, bits of Peking Opera, solo dance. Baba Deep Singh Ranjeet Akhara did the gatka (a form of Indian martial arts).last_img read more

The Herd Hierarchy NFL Week 1

first_imgEvery Tuesday during the football season, after all the NFL games have been played, Colin releases his Herd Hierarchy. Only the 10 best make it, the rest just need to do better. It causes tears of joy from some fan bases, and stacks of hate mail from others.There was a lot to digest after a busy NFL Week 1. Dak Prescott, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Trevor Siemian made their NFL debuts. Derek Carr and Jameis Winston are ascending. Seattle struggled, and Osweiler and the Texans were better than expected. So who made the cut?Colin’s finally seen all the NFL teams with his own eyes and he’s got a beat on which are the real contenders after Week 1.Here’s the rundown of Colin’s first Herd Hierarchy of the 2016 NFL season. 7. Panthers –  Cam and the Panthers started 2016 the same way they ended 2015; by getting their faces pounded in by the Broncos D. It’s Ok, so does everyone. The good news is they converted on 9 of 15 third downs against the best defense in the league. The Carolina D also forced 3 turnovers. They’ll be fine and should roll over weaker teams. No need to panic.Cam’s pass is TIPPED.And PICKED by @ChrisHarrisJr.@Broncos ball DEEP in @Panthers territory. #Kickoff2016. https://t.co/sxdIlJKnje— NFL (@NFL) September 9, 2016 Steelers –  The Steelers were ruthlessly efficient in their destruction of the Redskins. They converted 64% of their 3rd downs on the road without their full compliment of receivers. Throw in young studs Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates in the mix and they just keep rolling. DeAngelo Williams is the best backup running back in the league in Le’Veon Bell’s absence, and Big Ben to Antonio Brown form the top pass catching combo in the NFL. Steelers are the top dog this week. 4. Bengals – Impressive road win in New York without stud tight end Tyler Eifert. Met Life will be a tough road test for teams all year. Walking out with a W is something any team would take. AJ Green scorched Darelle Revis all day long, and good, but not great, Andy Dalton looks good enough to make Cincy the second best team in the division and a good bet for the playoffs.Deeeeeeeeeeep TD to @AJGreen_18.… And he beat @revis24 to do it. #CINvsNYJ https://t.co/na8NaZKrn5— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2016 5. Packers – Jordy Nelson is back from the knee injury that cost him all of the 2015 season and no one is happier than Aaron Rodgers. A-Rodg had 3 TD’s in the opener to start what he hopes is a bounce back season after a disappointing 2015. Green Bay didn’t play great against the Jags, but playing on the road in Florida is a uniquely physically draining experience for snow bird road teams. Tough road win and the Pack has a nice roster. They should be in the conversation at the end of the year.Rodgers was being pulled to the ground…But that was NOT stopping him.Crazy throw. Crazy catch. @Packers TD! https://t.co/fAEcLqELri— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2016 10. Cardinals –  The Cardinals got Garoppolo’ed in the opener, but the Patriots played flawlessly, and it wasn’t all bad news for the Cards. Colin still isn’t entirely comfortable with where the offense is headed with Carson Palmer pulling the trigger. He likes the Arizona defensive personnel, and loves bell cow running back David Johnson. Johnson averaged 6.6 yards per touch in the loss and looks like he’ll be a load to handle. The Cardinals were efficient in the red zone, scoring 3 TD’s in three trips. Still a lot to like.9. Vikings – Colin still loves Minnesota’s stacked roster and ball hawking defense. Sean Hill was awful in the opener and proved why Minnesota made the right move to trade for Sam Bradford. A Bradford led Vikings offense is a legitimate threat to win playoff games this year. This team will look totally different in Week 10 than it did in Week 1, as in, better..@DHunt94_TX will take that all the way home. pic.twitter.com/mTIvazZUz7— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 11, 2016 .@AntonioBrown84 laughs at your double coverage.TD @Steelers! #PITvsWAShttps://t.co/VZ68uaAF3q— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2016That’s the Herd Hierarchy for Week 1, check back next Tuesday to see who’s in and who’s out.center_img 3. Broncos – Trevor Siemian didn’t blow anyone’s mind, but neither did Peyton Manning at the end of last year. The Broncos defense lost some key players, but somehow looks more intimidating this year than last. They forced 3 turnovers and beat up Cam Newton to the point where people were calling for a league inquiry. On offense, Denver is averaging 5 yards per carry, even though they have no threat of a passing game. They’re good in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Colin is a believer.When @DeMarcusWare gets the edge …#CARvsDEN pic.twitter.com/DzOesn9wIP— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 9, 2016 Advertisement 6. Giants – The G-Men went out and bought a defense. The impact of Olivier Vernon and Janoris Jenkins was apparent to anyone who has functioning eyes, even if it was against the Cowboys in Dak Prescott’s first start. New York has a 3-headed monster at receiver and it looks like they found a stud in Sterling Sheppard out of Oklahoma. Eli and a young team still have a lot of room for improvement. Good and getting better.So… @Giants WR @sterl_shep3 is a PROBLEM.Amazing. #NYGvsDAL #GiantsPride https://t.co/Rv4X2AQ9Xn— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2016 2. New England – Belichick does it shorthanded in Jimmy G’s debut on the road against a legitimate Cardinals team. Remarkable. No Gronk, no Brady. The game ball should go to organizational excellence. Colin has seen enough of Garoppolo to call him a franchise quarterback. 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