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ALAMEDA — The Raiders placed veteran offensive tackle Donald Penn on injured reserve Wednesday, Jon Gruden announced.Gruden said rookie Brandon Parker will start at right tackle in his place. The Raiders hope to have Penn back at some point this season.Penn injured his groin during Sunday’s 45-42 win over the Browns, and Parker played 57 of 92 offensive snaps (62%) compared to Penn’s 35 (38%). The Raiders traded up in April’s draft to select Parker with the first pick of the third round, and …
4 October 2005The government had launched a new bimonthly magazine, Vuk’uzenzele, to provide information on opportunities and services to South Africans with limited access to mainstream media.Vuk’uzenzele, which translates loosely as “get up and do it for yourself”, comes after three years of government discussions on the need to improve communication with South Africans, to highlight progress and problems and create awareness of existing socioeconomic opportunities and services.The various editions of Vuk’uzenzele will be published in all official languages, as well as in Braille and online, and will be distributed free of charge in all nine provinces, reaching some of the country’s deepest rural areas.To support the magazine, the government’s Batho Pele Getaway call centre (1020) is ready to help readers follow up on information they get from the magazine.Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad said at the launch at the end of September that Vuk’uzenzele was not government propaganda, but a tool to disseminate information to people who could not afford newspapers.“The magazine will enable people in the rural communities to access information about what government can do for them,” he said.Pahad said he initially opposed the initiative – first suggested by Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) chief Joel Netshitenzhe three years ago – as he was “not sure a magazine that would be regarded as government propaganda would fly.”Pahad’s second concern at the time was the cost. “Treasury officials scrutinised it closely, and the minister of finance agreed to make the budget available,” he said.While Vuk’uzenzele is to carry advertising, GCIS will fully fund the publication, to the tune of around R20-million for the 2005/06 financial year.At 32 pages, the first issue has articles highlighting progress made in providing clean water, the more than 220 000 jobs created by the Expanded Public Works Programme, and the relative success of poverty alleviation community projects. It also has advice on accessing small business finance, budgeting household income, and baby care.Of great importance, Pahad said, is that the magazine would also allow for interaction with readers.“People must be able to have their voices heard – to engage us on their difficulties in accessing information and services, and we will respond,” he said.Vuk’uzenzele editor Rafiq Rohan, the former editor of the Independent on Saturday, also tackled notions that the magazine was government propaganda funded by taxpayers.“There are people who need information that will change their lives, but are deprived of it because of distribution challenges in the mainstream media,” he said.“If the perception out there is that the magazine is meant to forward government propaganda at the taxpayer’s cost, I want to dispel that. This magazine appears at a time when the demand for government services is at a peak.”The core function of the 32-page magazine is to meet people’s need for information on socioeconomic opportunities – especially those who do not have access to such information.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Vine/CMTomlinYou can’t accuse Hampton head coach Edward Joyner of not having a sense of humor about his team’s chances against undefeated Kentucky. During today’s post-game press conference following the Pirates’ win against Manhattan, Joyner pretended to call Jesus to ask about his team’s odds against the Wildcats. Apparently, Jesus went chalk in his bracket.Hampton’s coach just pretended to call Jesus about their odds against Kentucky and Jesus hung up on him. https://t.co/hr87mfqoG0— C.M. Tomlin (@CM_Tomlin) March 18, 2015During a media session earlier in the week, when asked about a possible match-up with Kentucky, Joyner said “you’ve got to hope you’ve got Jesus on speed dial”. This is your second installment of “Hampton is your new favorite 16 seed.”
Twitter/AntoniettaESPNESPN revamped its flagship program SportsCenter towards the beginning of 2016, adding some new faces along the way. One of those new faces – Antonietta “Toni” Collins – has done a terrific job since stepping in as one of the newest anchors on SportsCenter, also providing ESPN Now news updates within the weekday 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. editions of the ESPN news and information program. Collins, a graduate of Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, is a rising star at the Worldwide Leader of Sports, looking to follow in the footsteps of her mother María Antonieta Collins, a television reporter for more than 40 years in Mexico and the U.S.Where is she from? How did she get her start? Is she single? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Antonietta Collins >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
MONTREAL – A Quebec court judge convicted a provincial police officer Friday of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a teenager in 2014.The ruling triggered a strongly worded condemnation from the union representing provincial police officers, who called the decision “incomprehensible and unacceptable.”Judge Joelle Roy said in his ruling that officer Eric Deslauriers was guilty of manslaughter for intentionally discharging a firearm without regard to the life or safety of others.The charge goes back to January 2014, when Deslauriers stopped 17-year-old David-Hughes Lacour in a parking lot after a short car chase in the town of Sainte-Adele Que., about 80 kilometres north of Montreal. Lacour had been driving a stolen vehicle.Deslauriers testified Lacour hit him with his car and, fearing for his life, he discharged his weapon. But Roy found that video evidence proved the car never struck the officer.“The young man had nothing in his hands and the accused had no information that could lead him to believe the teenager was dangerous,” Roy wrote in his ruling.“Was it necessary to shoot twice? The court does not believe so,” he continued. “Video (evidence) is unambiguous … the car did not touch the accused.”The provincial police union released a statement saying its members and the police community were “dumbfounded that a decision like this could be rendered.”It said the “excellent” officer acted in good faith, and he had “barely a few seconds to react.”“It is foreseeable that this event will cause a deep uneasiness in the police community,” the statement continued. “And is likely to provoke in some a disengagement of their professional actions in order to protect themselves from similar circumstances.”Deslauriers is due back in court in January for sentencing arguments and faces a minimum term of four years in prison, but could face the maximum sentence of life in prison.His lawyer said she will contest the constitutionality of the four-year minimum sentence.
New Delhi: BJP National Secretary RP Singh on Thursday registered a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer in Delhi, in connection with a Parent-Teacher Meeting called by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, saying that the meeting is being held to publicise the Aam Aadmi Party under false pretexts. The meeting has been scheduled for April 20 in a government school run by the Delhi government. Singh said, “The Deputy CM of Delhi is going to misuse this PTM for the publicity of AAP with the help of a committee on the pretext of a meeting with the parents of children studying in Government schools.” Singh said that Sisodia is trying to influence the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by holding this meeting at the cost of the public exchequer and also claimed that it is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The BJP leader said that while the meeting has been called to suggest ways to improve students’ ability to learn and make the education system better, most of the team that is to meet the parents are party workers.
New Delhi: IT major HCL Technologies Thursday posted a 14.3 per cent increase in its consolidated net profit to Rs 2,550 crore for the quarter ended March 2019. The company had registered a net profit of Rs 2,230 crore in the year-ago period as per the Indian Accounting Standards (Ind-AS), it said in a statement. HCL Technologies saw its revenue growing 21.3 per cent to Rs 15,990 crore in the quarter under review from Rs 13,178 crore in the January-March 2018 quarter. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe company expects its 2019-20 revenues to grow between 14-16 per cent in constant currency basis. “We once again, for the third time this year, set a new bookings’ record. These numbers are an emphatic testimonial of the brilliant execution of our chosen market strategy and our ability to provide an annual guidance and deliver to it for three years in a row,” HCL Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer C Vijayakumar said. For the full year, net profit was higher by 16 per cent to Rs 10,120 crore, while revenue grew 19.4 per cent to Rs 60,427 crore from 2017-18. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn 2018-19, HCL Technologies delivered revenue growth at 11.8 per cent year-on-year in constant currency (CC) exceeding the upper end of its guided range, the statement said. The company had given a revenue growth guidance of 9.5-11.5 per cent in constant currency basis for 2018-19. In dollar terms, the net profit rose 5.9 per cent to $364.3 million for the March 2019 quarter, while revenue was higher by 11.8 per cent to $2.2 billion as compared to the year-ago period as per the US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
During TNT’s studio show following the Houston Rockets’ victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, Charles Barkley ripped Rockets GM Daryl Morey — and the NBA’s burgeoning advanced stats movement by extension — saying: “I’ve always believed analytics was crap. … I never mention the Rockets as legitimate contenders ’cause they’re not. And, listen, I wouldn’t know Daryl Morey if he walked into this room right now.”“The NBA is about talent,” Barkley added. “All these guys who run these organizations who talk about analytics, they have one thing in common — they’re a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school, and they just want to get in the game.”The debate over using advanced metrics in sports is nothing new, and Barkley’s comments aren’t out of place with what baseball traditionalists were saying after “Moneyball” was published more than a decade ago. But what I found humorous in Barkley’s remarks is that there are no greater champions of Barkley’s legacy as a player than proponents of advanced metrics.As Will Leitch pointed out, Barkley’s sentiments echo those of baseball’s Joe Morgan, the player-turned-broadcaster who famously hated sabermetrics despite posting numbers that statheads could only drool over.Yes, Barkley is well-regarded by the establishment — he is a Hall of Famer, after all. But his career has been dogged by the criticism that weighs more on stars in the NBA than any other sport: He never won a championship. Fellow power forward Tim Duncan, on the other hand, has won five — and counting. Barkley also lacked the sheer stat totals of Karl Malone, another contemporary at the position, who came within 1,459 points of setting the NBA’s all-time scoring record. These time-honored considerations are what keep Barkley a distant third behind Duncan and Malone on most mainstream “Greatest Power Forward Ever” lists.Statheads, on the other hand, often decry the outsize role that championships have taken in assessing NBA players’ legacies and have little use for raw numerical accumulation. Instead, they marvel at numbers such as Barkley’s outrageous per-possession offensive efficiency rating, which is the highest ever among players who used as many possessions as he did.Malone may have outscored Barkley by 13,171 points (and Barkley even trails Malone in points per game), but according to more advanced metrics, there’s little doubt that Barkley was the better player. Over a common range of ages (22-36), Barkley was worth about 2.1 more points per 100 possessions to his team’s efficiency differential than Malone (in the estimation of Box Plus/Minus) and produced about 10 more wins of Value Over Replacement Player (VORP). For BPM nonbelievers, Barkley also leads in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) and Win Shares per 48 minutes.And as much respect as we have for Duncan, it’s not clear that he performed better in his prime than Barkley did, either. Over the same range of ages, Barkley leads Duncan in BPM — by a whopping 1.8 points per 100 possessions — VORP and WS/48. (Granted, Duncan’s PER does edge out Barkley, 24.7 to 24.6.)Now, Malone and Duncan each logged more minutes than Barkley — in Malone’s case, about 323 full, 48-minute games’ worth — and there’s value to be added in simply showing up and playing at a high level day in and day out. But when you look at the career leaderboard for VORP, which blends per-possession effectiveness with durability, Barkley outpaces Duncan and is within 9.0 units of Malone’s total despite the latter’s huge playing-time advantage.In other words, the advanced stats tend to hold Barkley in much higher esteem than the conventional wisdom does. Barkley may not care for analytics, but his legacy as a player would benefit from greater acceptance of the analytical point of view.
Part of me wants to hop on Interstate 70 West and drive to Indianapolis to revel in the misery of the Indianapolis Colts fans on this trying day. You see, I’m from Northwest Indiana and that’s Chicago Bears territory. Compounded by the fact that Peyton Manning has his only Super Bowl at the expense of the Bears, today should be a day of celebration for me. But it’s not. I have far too much respect for what Manning has accomplished during his 14 years with the Colts’ organization. He made Indianapolis a football city. For anyone who has ever driven through or had the chance to visit Indianapolis, it is clear that Manning was considered nothing short of a god. Manning’s likeness could be found around every corner. In short, Peyton Manning was Indianapolis. That will no longer be the case as the Colts officially announced Wednesday that they will be releasing Manning. The decision came one day before the team was scheduled to give Manning a $28 million bonus and begin the second year of the five-year $90 million deal that he signed before last season. Manning choked back tears as he thanked Colts fans and expressed his gratefulness to the city of Indianapolis. It was apparent that Manning truly didn’t want to leave. Manning and Colts’ owner Jim Irsay insisted the decision had nothing to do with money, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Irsay would have been making a significant financial investment in a player who missed an entire season to recover from a neck injury. On one hand, it’s hard to understand Irsay’s reasoning in letting Manning go. If your quarterback of 14 seasons tells you that he is confident he’ll play again, and at the same high level that he was at, wouldn’t you listen to him? And on the other hand, it’s rather impressive how Irsay has been able to emotionally remove himself from the situation and assess the situation from a neutral standpoint. If Manning isn’t healthy, $28 million is a lot of money to invest in a damaged asset. Irsay’s decision has no doubt been made easier by the knowledge that his organization owns the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. In Manning’s first season the Colts finished 3-13. That was 1998. With Manning under center, the Colts would only have one more losing season (2001) until last season. He is a four-time MVP, owns every major Colts franchise passing record and helped the team to eight division titles, two AFC championships, and a Super Bowl win during the 2006-07 season. He’s had a hall of fame-caliber career up to this point and still believes he has more left in the tank, telling reporters at his press conference that he is “confident” that he will play again. Manning will never again suit up in Colts’ blue and white and put on that customary No. 18 jersey. And according to Irsay, neither will anyone else. “It’s a difficult day here of shared pain between Peyton, myself, the fans, everyone,” Irsay said at the press conference. “I think in that vein as well. The 18 jersey will never be worn again by a Colt on the field.” Fans in Ohio are all too familiar with bad divorces. Irsay and Manning seem to have proven that it is possible to leave on good terms. Any team that lands Manning in the future will be lucky to have him. He’s a classy individual who clearly wants nothing more than to be back on the field playing football. Here’s hoping that the team doesn’t happen to reside in the NFC North.