The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday described Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s offer of fresh dialogue with stakeholders as “a golden opportunity for the Hurriyat.”“The Hurriyat and Pakistan should respond positively to the offer of talks on Kashmir. It’s high time for the Hurriyat to initiate a result-oriented and meaningful dialogue with the Government of India,” said PDP general secretary Mansoor Hussain Sohrawardhy.Ready for dialogueIn an interview to a New Delhi-based channel, Mr. Singh said, “If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it.”The PDP leader said the State government had taken a series of confidence and peace-building measures to put a lid on the violence and bloodshed and that “more [measures] could be taken in the future.” “The ball is in the Hurriyat’s court now. The onus also lies on Pakistan to hold dialogue with India and stop painting the borders and the LoC in Kashmir red,” said Mr. Sohrawardhy.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq maintained that the Hurriyat leadership would “extend its full support to every serious effort aimed at resolving the Kashmir [issue] so that peace prevails and bloodshed stops”. “It’s long overdue that India and Pakistan allow the leadership of the two divided parts of Kashmir to meet with each other and decide on their future course of action regarding their destiny. Such a step is of utmost importance,” said the Mirwaiz.Meanwhile, separatists forum Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) leader Yasin Malik, also JKLF chief, held a sit-in protest in Srinagar to demand release of all political prisoners.“We demand the immediate release of all prisoners, including Masarat Aalam, Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Andrabi and others,” said Mr. Malik.
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “This is on another level,” said Younghusband. “This is where we want to be as a football country and hopefully this is just the start.”Etheridge also reached new heights in his career as he played a huge role in Welsh club Cardiff City’s promotion to the English Premier League.With 19 clean sheets in the Championship, the Filipino international helped Cardiff to a second place finish. In August, Etheridge became the first Southeast Asian to play in the most lucrative football league in the world.“Emotions were running high when we made it to the Asian Cup, but making the Premier League was also a priority for me,” said Etheridge.The unbeaten run in Asian Cup qualifying, however, was not enough for coach Thomas Dooley to keep his job.ADVERTISEMENT No holiday break LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño That set Ceres up for another strong run to the AFC Asean zonal final, where it lost to Home United of Singapore. Still, the Busmen clinched a second straight PFL trophy and booked a return ticket to the Champions League next year.Kaya took the other domestic trophy—the Copa Paulino Alcantara—and also bagged the second AFC Cup spot allotted for the Philippines.There was also heartbreak for the women’s national team, which nearly made it to the Women’s World Cup in France next year.A campaign that started with plenty of promise ended with a whimper as the Malditas failed to follow up their 2-1 win over host Jordan.The Malditas atoned for their failed AFC Asian Cup bid by storming to the next round of the 2020 Women’s Olympics Football Tournament.On the heels of another year of mixed results, the year 2019 could be the most critical yet for Philippine football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In front of an electrifying crowd at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Azkals fought back from a goal down to beat Tajikistan, 2-1, to clinch qualification to the continental showcase in the United Arab Emirates.“We showed our character,” said a teary-eyed Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, after Phil Younghusband’s 50th goal for the country sealed the victory. “That was the Azkals I knew. Never giving up no matter what.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefThe feat also meant so much to the team’s biggest backer, Dan Palami, who has been bankrolling the team since 2010. “We’ve been through a lot, especially for me,” the Azkals team manager said. “We have not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage after all those heartaches, it’s fulfilling.”The 24-nation Asian Cup, which begins on Jan. 5, will be the biggest tournament yet for the Azkals, who will square off with heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In a year with ups and downs, the Azkals carved amemorablemoment when they qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time inPhilippine football history. —SHERWIN VARDELEONPhilippine football achieved huge milestones in 2018, but it ended the year on a subdued note with setbacks overseas and at home, leaving the sport still searching for more support and stability heading into the new year.The Azkals provided the year’s high note, nailing an Asian Cup berth for the country for the first time in history in March.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Former England captain Terry Butcher was hired, but he withdrew from the job without even meeting the team and it was coach Scott Cooper, a former champion in the Thai League, who took charge of the team as it began its buildup for the Asian Cup.In a bold and ambitious move before the year ended, the Azkals hired former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson to handle the team in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the Asian Cup with Cooper as assistant.The Swede guided the Azkals to another semifinal appearance in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Azkals lost two legs to eventual champion Vietnam in the last four.But even with the success of the national team, club football in the country remained unstable and with another club, Davao Aguilas, leaving the league before the year ended.The Philippine Premier League will take the place of the Philippines Football League, with kickoff set for March.But with Ceres Negros, Kaya Iloilo and Stallion Laguna the only clubs that are certain to participate, organizers of the PPL have a tough task establishing the league, which has struggled to draw support and sponsors.The home-and-away format of the PFL proved demanding for the clubs logistically and financially, with almost zero return from investment.“There was no revenue, no national sponsorship, no television media and limited attendance at stadiums with numerous restrictions being forced,” PPL commissioner Bernie Sumayao admitted. “The PPL is a new neutral independent league whose main objective is to contribute to the development of football in the country. We have to stay positive and never lose hope.”The difficult situation in the PFL has made the achievement of its reigning champion Ceres all the more remarkable.The Busmen got off to a flying start this year, reaching the third round of the AFC Champions League highlighted by a stunning 3-2 win over Australian club Brisbane Roar. Ceres made a good account of itself in a 0-2 defeat to Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments
In a major rejig, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday sacked a junior minister and changed the portfolios of 11 ministers including nine of cabinet rank.Yadav removed Minister of State for Entertainment Tax Pawan Pandey, an official statement issued said.Portfolios of nine cabinet ministers and two ministers of state were also changed.Balram Yadav who previously held Panchayati Raj has been given the Jail Administration, which was earlier with Rajendra Chaudhary.Chaudhary has been given the portfolio of Political Pensions, the release said.Senior minister Ram Govind Chaudhary was divested of Child Nutrition. He will now only have Basic Education department with him.Brahmashankar Tripathi has been divested of Vocational Education and Skill Development departments and has been left with only the responsibility of Home Guards department, the release said.The departments of Khadi and Gramodyog have been taken from Kailash and given to Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Narad Rai.Kailash has been given the portfolio of Panchayti Raj while Agriculture minister Manoj Pandey has been given Science and Technology.Iqbal Mahmood has been made the Minister for Fisheries and Public Enterprises divesting him of the Secondary Education department, which will be now be with previous Fisheries Minister Mehboob Ali.Minister of State (Independent) for non-conventional energy Vijay Kumar Misra has been given Religious Endowment department while Minister of State for Science and Technology Abhishek Misra has been given Vocational Education.(With PTI inputs)
MOST READ The team president and Hall of Famer spoke with reporters at Michigan State, where he and the 1979 national championship team he led were celebrated before the ninth-ranked Spartans beat Minnesota.The Lakers were in pursuit of disgruntled New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis and many of their players were mentioned as possibly being dealt before the deadline Thursday. The franchise ended up trading Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk in a pair of deals to acquire Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I love our team. I love the guys,” Johnson said. “It’s a tough part of our business whether you’re mentioned in trade talk, or you get traded. It’s a tough part of professional sports, but they came together and played great against Boston. My job is to make sure we stay together as a team and stay focused on the goal, which is to make the playoffs.”The Lakers, who are in 10th place in the Western Conference, play at Philadelphia on Sunday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Phoenix, SMBeer seek key victories US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Earvin “Magic” Johnson discusses the upcoming Los Angeles Lakers’ season at UCLA Health Training Center on September 20, 2018 in El Segundo, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFPEAST LANSING, Mich. — Magic Johnson plans to hug it out with the Los Angeles Lakers to help them cope with the fallout from the NBA trade deadline.“It’s a part of business, it’s a part of being a professional athlete,” he said Saturday. “I’m going to hug ’em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments
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. New York: Rafael Nadal will play Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the US Open semi-finals after the 18-time Grand Slam champion defeated Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.Second seed Nadal — a winner at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 — beat a spirited Schwartzman for the eighth time in as many meetings in a match that finished early Thursday morning. Schwartzman put up firm resistance against Nadal and twice fought back from double-break deficits in the first two sets, but the Spaniard found another gear at crucial moments to secure an eighth semi-final berth in New York.”Straight sets but big challenges especially after the first two sets, having 4-0 and 5-1 and losing both breaks in a row, but I know how good he is when he’s confident,” Nadal said.No holding back after that win! 😲🎥: @usopen | @dieschwartzman | #USOpen pic.twitter.com/owSTPb4eGG— ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) September 5, 2019 “I’m so happy how I accepted the situation and challenge and kept going, point after point. Here I am in the semi-finals. I’m super happy, it means everything.”Nadal also played down concerns over his left forearm as he received treatment early in the third set.”Physically I am fine. Today was a very heavy day, big humidity out there. I’m this kind of player who sweats a little, but sometimes under these conditions it’s tough,” he said.Nadal is the only former major champion left in the men’s field following the elimination of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, leaving him as the clear frontrunner in his pursuit of a 19th major title. diego schwartzmanMatteo Berrettinirafael nadaltennis First Published: September 5, 2019, 10:51 AM IST
NEW YORK — Music blared in the visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. Yordano Ventura, Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain helped the slumping Kansas City Royals to a big win.“I love to hear that sound. I love to hear their laughter, because I know they’re loose,” Royals Manager Ned Yost said after the World Series champions beat the Yankees 7-3 May 11 for only their fourth win in 15 games.Perez hit a three-run homer as the Royals burst to a 4-0 first-inning lead against Michael Pineda (1-4). After New York clawed back to 4-3, Cain hit a two-run single in the sixth against reliever Nick Goody.“Just have to keep going swinging the bats the best we can and, hopefully, start winning some ballgames consistently,” Cain said.Kendrys Morales added a solo homer in the seventh off Phil Coke. Ventura (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings.“He was aggressive, tried to get ahead in the count,” Perez said. “His secondary pitches worked tonight, too, so that’s good. Every time he comes like that, it’s going to be a great night for him.”Ventura had been coming off losses at Seattle and Cleveland. “Every pitcher likes a nice lead,” he said through a translator.Because Kris Medlen got only six outs on May 10, Kansas City’s bullpen was short. Ventura got the Royals through the middle innings.“He limited the damage really, really well and it was what we needed from him,” Yost said. “We didn’t have any long guy today, so we needed him to, at least, get us into the fifth.”Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined for one-hit relief.Kansas City (16-17) went ahead on Alex Gordon’s sacrifice fly. Perez followed by pulling a hanging slider for his fifth home run this season, a drive that came one day after his 26th birthday.“It’s still early in the game, but it was a pretty good lead,” Perez said.Carlos Beltran’s 399th home run, his third in three days, started New York’s comeback attempt in the second, when Chase Headley hit an RBI single. Starlin Castro, who hasn’t driven in a run since April 27, hit into an inning-ending forceout with the bases loaded.Rookie Ben Gamel stranded a runner on third in the fourth, and the Yankees got just one run in the fifth after Castro’s double put runners at second and third with no outs. Brian McCann hit an RBI grounder, but Beltran and Ackley grounded out.Pineda gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings and walked four, his most since 2011. Winless in his past six starts, he has a 15.43 ERA in the first inning this season.“The stuff is there. We know that,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “I think he’s better than what he’s pitched.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
By Saumojyoti S Choudhury Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 (PTI) Buoyed by the success of five-a-side hockey in the Youth Olympics, the international federation (FIH) is set to go big with promotion of the format next year, but seasoned coaches like Ric Charlesworth feel the game doesn’t need a shorter version like cricket. The FIH is planning an exhibition tournament of Hockey 5s next year but has ruled out the possibility of the format replacing the traditional 11-a-side contest in the Olympics. The format is part of FIH’s efforts to market the sport. But Charlesworth is against too much emphasis on the corporatisation of the game. “Lot of decisions are made because of money and it’s pretty unfortunate. I am worried that there are gladiators in the arena now,” the Australian told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing men’s hockey World Cup here. “Some of the decisions that are now made are not for sports but for the sponsors and I think that’s a great danger,” he added. Charlesworth felt the too much emphasis on commerce could end up alienating fans. “You do need money but you also want people to play sport and not just watch it. That’s not ideal. The proliferation of some of the money involved is silly. “There is pressure to change the way the game is being played. I don’t like that. Some sport needed a shorter product, cricket needed a three-hour product but hockey doesn’t need that. “It just goes for hour and a half. There is plenty of action. I don’t want to see five-a-side hockey,” said Charlesworth, who has also played first-class cricket for Australia besides being the High Performance Manager of New Zealand Cricket.advertisement Not just Charlesworth but other coaches at the ongoing event have also expressed their reservations. New Zealand coach Shane McLoed said while innovation is the need of the hour for the game, he too doesn’t want to see Hockey 5s taking the limelight away from the traditional game. “The one thing that works for our sport is that we are innovative. We probably haven’t seen massive effect with the quarter system. I just think it is a little bit of leveller,” McLoed said on the 15-minute four-quarter system that has replaced the 35-minute a side half. “Hockey 5s really good addition but I would hate for our sport to go in that direction fully,” he added. PTI SSC PM PMPM
Seventeen 4-H members will represent Nova Scotia in dairy and beef classes at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in early November. Participants were selected at the Nova Scotia 4-H Show in September. “We are proud of the 4-H members who will be representing Nova Scotia this year at the winter fair,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “Not only are they knowledgeable about the provincial 4-H program, but they are smart agricultural representatives that exhibit true sportsmanship skills in competition.” Nine dairy members will compete in the Scotiabank Dairy Classic against 4-H members from across Canada. The Nova Scotia participants include Patrick Thomson, Elise MacDonald, Tristan Grant and Daniel MacDonald from Antigonish Co.; Daniel Angus, Cumberland Co.; Brendan Lamb, Kings Co.; Andrea Crowe, Hants Co. and Bridget Wilson, Inverness Co. Brendan Grant of Antigonish Co., will attend as the winner of the Versteeg Memorial Award. This award is presented to a 4-H Holstein member based on a 50 per cent of the conformation of the calf and 50 per cent of their showmanship ability. Eight Nova Scotians will participate in the Scotiabank Classic Canadian Royal Junior Beef Heifer Show with their beef heifers. They are Nathan Greenough and Andrea Carter, Cumberland Co.; Carolyn Van den Heuvel, Antigonish Co.; Jane Ogilvie, Kenna Rousseau, Andre Horsnell from Kings Co., Megan Robertson, Pictou Co. and Rebecca Gilby, Halifax East Hants. While at the Winter Fair the 4-H members will compete in the 4-H showmanship and conformation classes and spend a day enjoying events at the exhibition. The fair is being held from Friday, Nov. 3 to Saturday, Nov. 12 at Exhibition Place in Toronto. The Scotiabank Dairy Classic Committee and the Scotiabank Classic Canadian Royal Junior Beef Heifer Show Committee obtain sponsorship funding so that 4-H members can attend the Royal Winter Fair.
Kiev: A court in Ukraine on Thursday released from pre-trial detention a man suspected of involvement in the downing of flight MH17, amid speculation he might be used in a prisoner swap with Russia.Ukraine captured Vladimir Tsemakh, accused of fighting for pro-Russian separatists, in June, but he is believed to be a person of interest in the downing of MH17. European lawmakers described him as a “key suspect” and asked Kiev to make him available for testimony in the probe. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAn AFP journalist saw Tsemakh being released after appellate court judge Yury Sliva in Kiev ruled to release him, cautioning him to remain available for questioning and not attempt to flee. Tsemakh is a Ukrainian who is believed to have been in charge of an air defence unit in the forces of the separatist Donetsk People’s Republic near Snizhne in eastern Ukraine. This is where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in 2014, killing 298 people, most of them Dutch citizens.Though his involvement in MH17 has never been confirmed by Ukraine, 40 European lawmakers on Wednesday asked President Volodymyr Zelensky to make sure he is available to be questioned by the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team. Russian and Ukrainian media have reported that Moscow is demanding that Tsemakh be handed over to Russia as part of an expected prisoner swap between two countries.
HAMILTON, N.J. – With giant inflatable whales, signs that read “Drilling Is Killing” and chants of “Where’s our meeting?” opponents of President Donald Trump’s plan to open most of the nation’s coastline to oil and natural gas drilling have staged boisterous rallies before public meetings held by the federal government on the topic.That’s because the public cannot speak to the assembled attendees at the meetings. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is meeting one on one with interested parties and allows people to comment online, including typing comments on laptops it provides. People also can hand bureau officials written comments to be included in the record.What they can’t do is get up at a microphone and address the room.That has led drilling opponents on both coasts to hold their own meetings before the official ones begin. The latest took place Wednesday in Hamilton, where one attendee wore a furry red lobster hat with claws protruding from both sides.“They’re dodging democracy,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of New Jersey’s Clean Ocean Action environmental group, which held a citizens’ hearing before the bureau meeting. “The government works for the people. I understand it’s uncomfortable to have a bad idea and be held accountable for it, but that’s what they’re proposing.”The Republican president’s decision last month to open most of the nation’s coast to oil and gas drilling horrified environmentalists, and many elected officials from both major political parties oppose it. But energy groups and some business organizations support it as a way to become less dependent on foreign energy.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s chief environmental officer, William Brown, said Congress has mandated five-year energy plans since the Arab oil crisis of the 1970s sent prices rising.“The charge is to develop a program that provides for the energy needs of the United States, balancing environmental risk with energy need,” Brown told The Associated Press. “We all know renewable energy is something we should develop more of, but renewables are not going to take the place of fossil fuels immediately. The people who are going to read your story are mostly using cars.”Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the environmental rally by video link before the bureau meeting Wednesday, sending a message to Trump: “You will not drill off our precious shores! No way!”Bureau spokeswoman Tracey Blythe Moriarty said the open house format lets people speak directly with agency staff to learn about the drilling proposal.“We find this approach to be more effective than formal oral testimony,” she said.But many attendees at past meetings disagree.Environmentalists rallied on the steps of the California state capitol in Sacramento before a bureau hearing there, citing damage from a 1969 oil rig spill in Santa Barbara and a broken oil pipe in Refugio Beach three years ago. People upset at not being able to speak publicly chanted “Where’s our hearing?”The bureau set up informational displays at its Feb. 8 meeting, including one titled “Why Oil Is Important.”Before a Feb. 8 meeting in Tallahassee, Florida, drilling foes invoked the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which fouled the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and said they want to ensure that Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s promise to exempt Florida from the drilling plan — the only exception publicly announced — remains in place.In Oregon, some meeting attendees said bureau staff were unable to answer their questions about the drilling plan and were frustrated at being directed to a row of laptops to type out comments.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC
2TennesseeJacksonville32:49190.05 1JacksonvilleHouston20:49180.29 Times when teams clearly should have gone for 22017 NFL season through Week 2 2New OrleansNew England45:04-170.10 2DallasDenver414:24-190.05 Magnitude is the amount that a team’s expected win percentage is improved by making the right decision.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group. Teams made the correct decision in four of those 16 cases, for a 25 percent rate. (For comparison: Since 2015, regular season and playoffs combined, teams have gone for 2 points 27 percent of the time in “clear go” scenarios.)Of course, a decision being clear-cut doesn’t mean that it matters a whole lot, but note that even among the decisions with the most significant consequences, teams are still making the wrong choices regularly (most likely because of adherence to Dick Vermeil’s rigid and outdated system that leads them to repeat the same mistakes over and over). In particular, the aforementioned scenarios of being down 4, 8, or 11 points late are both quite clear and quite important.Another significant case is when a team scores to pull within 2: Go for 2! This may seem like an obvious one, but since 2015, teams in this situation have chosen to kick the extra point as late as the fourth quarter (once, which is way too many times), and they’ve done so half the time in the third quarter (6 of 12, and still very bad) and 77 percent of the time in the second quarter (10 of 13, and still pretty bad, especially for such an early decision).This season, teams down 4, 8 or 11 late are holding steady at a 0 percent correct rate, having attempted extra points five out of five times when they “clearly” should have gone for it. That means that over the past three season, they’ve gotten these right exactly zero times in 105 chances.On a slightly brighter note, teams have been down 2 points after a touchdown twice this season — both in the third quarter — and they’ve correctly tried to tie the game both times! It’s not quite the revolution — it isn’t really even shots fired. But maybe, just maybe … 1DetroitArizona33:07-21.28✓ 1L.A. ChargersDenver47:00-41.62 2ClevelandBaltimore24:56-80.24 1ClevelandPittsburgh43:36-52.23✓ 1DetroitArizona49:2740.43✓ Before the Super Bowl in February, we published a fairly comprehensive guide for when to go for 2, simplified into one slightly complicated (but very easy to use once you get the hang of it!) chart. In addition to hopefully demystifying how to judge a lot of borderline situations, we identified some fairly clear-cut cases in which NFL coaches should choose to go for 2 but don’t. Ever.My hope, of course, was that teams would read this (or figure it out on their own) and that we’d see an immediate and cataclysmic shift in 2-point strategy — like going for it when down 4, 8, or 11 after scoring a touchdown late (which are not only real cases, but ones that are usually clear-cut and significant). But, alas, no such luck.The logic is pretty simple: If you can estimate your team’s chances of winning with an X point lead/deficit (X points being how many points you are up or down following a touchdown) and your chances of winning with X+1 and X+2, the decision follows from simple arithmetic. In fact, given that 2-point attempts and extra-point attempts taken from the 15-yard line (under the new rules implemented in 2015) now have roughly the same expected point value (both around 0.95 points), the choice is easier than ever. Simply calculate (or estimate):The improvement in win percentage if your point margin changed from X to X+1.The improvement in win percentage if your point margin changed from X+1 to X+2.If the first number is greater, kick the extra point. If the second is, go for 2.Now, you can estimate or intuit these differences on your own on the fly, or you can use a fancy win probability model like we have,1Specifically, a version of the model built by Brian Burke of ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. but the logic is the same.Of course, we’ve taken it a bit further — our chart uses multiple sets of assumptions to create a range for each scenario covering teams that are relatively better or worse at 2-point conversions than our baseline. In case you missed it, here’s the chart:2You should be able to use this chart to pretty accurately assess most decisions you see. If you’re skeptical of the chart, you could intuit your own using the method outlined in that article. 1ChicagoAtlanta47:26-41.33 2PhiladelphiaKansas City40:08-80.05 2ArizonaIndianapolis47:38-41.28 A quick note on reading this chart: It may look a little “loud,” but that’s a feature for looking up scenarios lightning-fast. For a quick approximation, you first look at the minichart corresponding to the point spread (after the touchdown). If the quarter you’re in is shaded bright purple, you probably want to kick; if it’s bright orange, you should probably go for it. If you’re in a rush, you could stop there and be in pretty decent shape.Through the first two weeks of this NFL season, teams have gone for 2 (from the 2-yard line) eight times overall. More importantly, of the 30 times that the numbers say they should have gone for 2, they did so just four times, for a rate of 13 percent. Since 2015, in the regular season and playoffs, teams that should have gone for 2 have done so around 15 percent of the time.Now, of course it’s possible that some teams are better or worse at going for 2 than average, but it isn’t possible that 85 percent of teams are worse than average. I’ve also calculated how often teams should “clearly” go for 2 — meaning situations in which they should go for it even if they are relatively quite bad at 2-point attempts3I set this threshold at a 40 percent expected conversion rate (the same as the bottom of the range lines in the chart above). Or 7.5 percentage points lower than the baseline conversion rate assumption of 47.5 percent. This is a rough best estimate (after discussion with Burke, among others) for how bad teams who are very bad at 2-point conversions actually are). — and there have been 16 such cases through Week 2:4For this season’s scenarios, I’ve analyzed each attempt individually (down to the second), while the chart above is calculated minute by minute, so there may be slight variations between the two. WEEKTEAMOPPONENTQUARTERTIMESCORE AFTER TDMAGNITUDEWENT FOR IT 1N.Y. JetsBuffalo32:00-21.24✓ 1HoustonJacksonville39:09-130.24 1L.A. ChargersDenver48:10-110.43 1BaltimoreCincinnati21:28160.29
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have celebrated their first wedding anniversary by issuing a showreel of black-and-white photographs from their May celebrations.The one minute-long video uses images from their personal wedding photographer Chris Allerton, giving fans a glimpse into the previously unseen moments from the day. It includes pictures of the couple signing the register at St George’s Chapel, which was not captured by television cameras. Other pictures show Prince Harry and his best man Prince William walking down the stairs to begin their day, and Meghan holding hands with her mother, Doria. A message published with the picture reads: “Happy one year anniversary to Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrate their first wedding anniversary on Sunday as a family of three following the arrival of baby Archie.Their son’s birth came less than a year after the royal nuptials at Windsor Castle, a wedding attended by A-list stars like Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney as well as the Royal Family led by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The baby, who is the seventh in line to the throne and an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and Philip, arrived at 5.26am on May 6, weighing 7lb 3oz.Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Harry and William get ready for the big dayCredit:Chris Allerton Meghan Markle signs the register, watched by Archbishop Justin WelbyCredit:Chris Allerton The following year saw the Duchess launch the Grenfell cookbook, a major Commonwealth tour to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand, and move to Frogmore Cottage and a baby. A first wedding anniversary is traditionally celebrated with paper gifts, with couples sometimes exchanging presents featuring a paper ticket.Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland – now a grandmother for the first time – is thought to be staying with the couple and could perform babysitting duties if the duke and duchess choose to have a romantic dinner to mark their anniversary. “Today marks the one year anniversary of the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.”Their Royal Highnesses exchanged vows at St George’s Chapel within the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19th, 2018.”The selected song ‘This Little Light of Mine’ was chosen by the couple for their recessional.”We hope you enjoy reliving this moment, and seeing some behind the scenes photos from this special day. Archie’s birth was registered on Friday, revealing the couple had their baby at London’s Portland Hospital, a private hospital favoured by celebrities. The bridal party from a different viewCredit:Chris Allerton Harry, 34, and Meghan, 37, announced their engagement following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London.Their wedding was seen around the world, with fans travelling to the UK to share their good wishes with the new American member of the Royal Family. “A message from The Duke & Duchess: ‘Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful.'”
…Burnham’s deathFor an administration whose leader, David Granger — not so coincidentally, also leader of the PNC — has vowed to complete the legacy of Forbes Burnham, their “founder leader”, the commemoration of his death was pretty low-keyed. A few members of the National Congress of Women (NCW), the women’s arm of the PNC, laid wreaths at his bust at Kitty, and gave Basil Williams a squeeze-in!Even the Chronic didn’t report on the ceremony! What’s up? The PNC big-wigs were all worn out after their emancipation soirees? Last year, since the commemoration was state-funded and it was announced this largess would be extended to the death anniversary of all previous presidents annually, the event should’ve been even bigger. Was it because the state didn’t bother to fund President Jagan’s death anniversary commemoration over at Babu Jaan in March that the PNC passed up on Burnham’s??But whatever your views on the man, Burnham certainly had an impact on Guyana, and his death anniversary should be cause for reflection. Your Eyewitness could only find a report of the NCW’s commemoration in the Times newspaper – and he wonders if the report was based on a press release from the PNC ladies. After all, it mentioned that “He (Burnham) won re-election in 1968, 1973, and 1978, although his critics accused him of fixing the elections.”!!His CRITICS accused him of fixing the elections?!! What about EVERY team of international observers!! Not to mention England’s Granada TV showing the horses that voted there in 1968 to give the PNC the lead in the overseas vote? For what it’s worth, 1978 wasn’t an election – but the referendum by Burnham NOT to have a referendum to approve his new 1980 Constitution!! The election was in 1980 – which the British Parliamentary Group of observers called “more crooked than barbed wire”!!The death anniversary came hot on the heels of one trade unionist remembering that WPA’s Walter Rodney had dubbed Burnham “King Kong”. One overseas WPA member defended Rodney’s language by claiming it was “done spontaneously at a public meeting on Bourda Green as the army helicopter flew overhead, reminiscent of the movie. Context is important”!!What’s this WPA fella trying to say? That Rodney didn’t mean to ridicule Burnham? What nonsense!! To the masses, Rodney’s most potent weapon wasn’t his Marxist analyses, but his ability to ridicule!! Let’s not forget he also dubbed Burnham “Fat Boy” and “King Midas”.Only that in Burnham’s case, according to Rodney, everything he touched turned to “sh*t”!!Anyhow, the WPA made up to the PNC on Burnham’s death anniversary, since they held an event to reflect on Eusi Kwayana and Emancipation on that day at Buxton.All is forgiven!?…Kwayana?As mentioned above, there was a “Eusi Kwayana Emancipation Symposium” held at Friendship Primary School on Burnham’s death anniversary, Aug 5th. While Kwayana undoubtedly almost singlehandedly ushered in the fight against “mental slavery”, which Bob Marley was to famously sing about so much later, he was also linked to Burnham in one way or another during the latter’s lifetime.When Burnham launched his bid to take over as leader of the PPP from Cheddi, even before the dust from the 1953 elections had settled, it was Kwayana – then still called “Sydney King” – who stood him down – just as he did on two later occasions. But Burnham still accepted Kwayana as one of the founding members of the PNC when that party was launched in 1958.Kwayana finally broke from Burnham in 1973 – after he’d been placed in charge of the Guyana Marketing Corporation to facilitate the rural PNC supporters becoming viable farmers.He was for emancipation in all its forms.…Georgetown foundingThere are some who’re miffed the City Hall Mafia are spending $19 million to commemorate the 175 anniversary of the funding of the Garden City.Your Eyewitness doesn’t know why some people can be so bad-minded. Why shouldn’t the Mayor and her chief sidekick celebrate the launching of their gravy train?It shows gratitude!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Means, ends…August 8, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Mout’ open…March 21, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Legitimacy…July 5, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”
Caterpillar says its 621H, 623H and 627H wheel tractor-scrapers are designed to deliver superior productivity and enhanced operator comfort and efficiency through the use of increased power and capacity, new structures, electronic controls and ergonomic design. The new H Series designs change the way wheel tractor-scrapers look, run and ride-and increase their capabilities to move material at the lowest cost per tonne.H Series Wheel Tractor-Scrapers build on the proven durability and productivity of previous models with use of innovative technology. Sequence Assist and Load Assist automate many of the operator’s most demanding tasks, and when combined with Cat Grade Control, the new systems unburden veteran operators and help less experienced operators reach high productivity levels quickly. With the H Series introduction, Caterpillar is offering the 621 in a push-pull configuration for the first time. The system enables two scrapers to work together when loading, rather than requiring a push tractor. Other scraper models have proven that the push-pull configuration is the low cost solution in many applications.The new H Series machines replace the equivalent G Series machines when commercial production begins in August of this year. Each of the three models will be available with engines that meet US EPA Tier 4 Interim and EU Stage IIIB emissions standards and with engines for use in other regions.The 620H Series maintain the G Series configurations. The 621H is a single-engine, open bowl machine; the 623H has an elevating scraper and a single engine; and the open-bowl 627H has twin engines-one on the tractor and one on the scraper-and all wheel drive. Capacities are increased 1.5 m3 to 18.3 m for the 621H and 627H. The new bowl design is easier to load than the G Series bowl and has proven to enhance production. The 623H bowl maintains 17.6 m3 capacity, but the elevator is stronger, more powerful and easier to adjust. The result is greater reliability and durability.The new H Series wheel tractor-scrapers feature a more powerful engine in the tractor, and a more powerful engine in the scraper of the 627H. The Cat C13 engine in the tractor produces 304 kW-18% more power compared to the G Series. And the C9.3 on the 627H scraper produces 216 kW, an increase of 19% from the G Series machine. The new torque converter coupled to the scraper engine is designed to put more power to the ground.New software ensures integrated performance of the engine and transmission. The eight-speed planetary powershift transmission hardware is the same as the G-Series unit, but new controls and software drive greater performance. The system manages the torque converter and transmission to provide smooth operation, which enhances operator comfort and extends component life. Performance on grades and coming out of the cut is noticeably better through sustaining torque through shift points. On flatter hauls, shift points are optimised for a balance between fuel economy and performance.Complimenting the new power train and higher capacity are wet disc service brakes. The new brakes are similar to Cat off-highway truck brakes and deliver predictable and durable stopping power. The H Series machines also introduce engine compression retarding and the elimination of hydraulic retarding. Engine compression retarding can be modulated within low, medium or high ranges to optimise cycle times.Caterpillar offers three new integrated technology options on H Series Wheel Tractor-Scrapers. Sequence Assist is available on all three models and uses integrated software and position sensing cylinders to automate many of the tasks an operator performs when loading, hauling and dumping. The operator simply sets preferences for bowl and apron height and subsequently pushes a button to ready the machines for loading, then for hauling, then dumping, and then the return to the cut. The system automatically sets the cushion hitch, bowl height, apron, ejector and elevator. Sequence Assist comes with a convenient load counter for tracking material moved.Load Assist is available on the 621H and 627H models. It builds on Sequence Assist by loading the bowl with the push of a button. As the machine enters the cut, the operator can activate Load Assist so the system takes over control of the cutting edge height, limiting tire spin based on integrated sensors and GPS technology to ensure consistent and full bowl loads. The operator is responsible only for the throttle and steering. Load Assist helps make inexperienced operators productive very quickly.Cat Grade Control is available on all three models and is designed to work seamlessly with Sequence Assist and Load Assist. Using satellite positioning technology, the system ensures cut protection by limiting how deep the scraper will dig. The optional system is available from the factory and fully integrated into the machine. The system also puts the site plan in front of the operator for increased efficiency and elimination of rework. Another benefit of Cat Grade Control is site mapping using the scraper.The new cab is designed specifically to accommodate the tasks involved with operating scrapers. It’s 21% larger than the G-Series cab, which gives the operator more room for movement and allows more window area for an expansive view of the work area. Also new and designed specifically for scrapers is the Cat Advanced Ride Management System. This new system, which is in testing and will be available soon after H Series machines go into commercial production, is a seat suspension that dampens vibration and prevents end-stroke shock loads.As part of the improved ergonomics, the steering column and pedals align with the right front post of the cab. This puts the operator in a more comfortable position when the seat is turned 30o. A T-handle implement control is designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand and is aligned with the seat armrest for comfortable operation. The new wheel tractor-scrapers also feature multi-function hydraulics. The optimized hydraulic system, which uses piston pumps rather than vane pumps, enables the operator to operate the apron, ejector and bowl height control at the same time for faster cycle times. An integrated dash group offers displays for the optional Work Area Vision System (WAVS). Cameras on the machine provide views of the cutting edge, right side and rear. The system enhances safety and provides a new way to see the cutting edge during loading and to see to the rear of the machine when performing push-pull work with another scraper.An optional powered access ladder facilitates getting in and out of the machine. The ladder raises and lowers, tucking up under the cab when not in use.A new cushion hitch configuration also enhances operator comfort. The 620 Series hitch has two accumulators-one high pressure and the other lower pressure. The high pressure accumulator softens the ride when the machine is loaded, and the lower pressure accumulator optimizes dampening an empty bowl.
Stay on target CRISPR-Modified Babies Cursed With Short LifespanAntidote to Deadly Box Jellyfish Venom Discovered He Jiankui, a Chinese researcher who claims to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, is defending his actions as “safe and ethical.”“For this specific case, I feel proud, actually,” He told the audience of Wednesday’s Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, as reported by The New York Times.The only thing the scientist apologized for, in fact, was that the news had “leaked unexpectedly.”According to the Associated Press, He allegedly revised embryos for seven couples during fertility treatments.“Two beautiful little Chinese girls, named* Lulu and Nana, came crying into this world as healthy as any other babies a few weeks ago,” he boasted in a YouTube video.The girls are home now with mom Grace and dad Mark.Grace began her pregnancy via in vitro fertilization (IVF)—but with a twist: After inseminating her eggs, an embryologist sent in “a little bit of protein,” plus instructions for a gene surgery intended to protect the girls from future HIV infection.Only one pregnancy has so far been successful, but another may be on the way, according to New Scientist.Speaking at the Hong Kong conference, He said that “there is another potential pregnancy,” but it is still at an early stage.This week’s announcement set the scientific community alight; an angry mob of researchers carried proverbial pitchforks and torches, calling He’s conduct unethical, the Times said.The Southern University of Science and Technology, from which the scientist is on non-paid leave from teaching through January 2021, heard the news “through media reports.”“The university was deeply shocked by this event and has taken immediate action to reach Dr. Jiankui He for clarification,” it said in a statement.SUSTech made it very clear that the project was conducted off campus (though He has a lab at the school) and without official approval. An independent committee is expected to investigate the incident and release its results to the public.China’s National Health Commission also wasted no time ordering an investigation into the claims.“For the sake of people’s health and scientific principles, NHC will follow the matter closely and make public the investigation results in a timely manner,” the agency said.In its current form, CRISPR/Cas9 is poised to become the gene-editing tool of the future.The technology is banned in the United States, but that hasn’t stopped rogue Chinese researchers like He.* Names of the twins and their parents have been changed by the He Lab for privacy reasons.More coverage on Geek.com:New Genetic Test Lets IVF Patients Screen Out Risky EmbryosGenome Editor CRISPR Targets AIDS Virus HIVScientists Use Low-Key CRISPR Technique to End Marfan Syndrome
The Italian Lega Serie A club, together with legendary goalkeeper Francesco Told, is working towards the prevention of violenceWith the presence of legendary goalkeeper Francesco Told, Inter Women’s captain Regina Baresi and WeWorld Onlus, Internazionale Milan is launching a campaign to “Show Violence The Red Card.”The initiative is being promoted together with the Italian Lega Serie A, to combat violence against women in the world.“Violence is a cultural problem. In order to solve this problem, our sons need to be taught the right values and that they need to show respect,” the retired Inter keeper told the club’s official website.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Youth academies can contribute to shaping athletes and men, but what they learn from their families should underpin everything.”“Violence against women is something I feel strongly about,” Regina Baresi, captain of Inter Women’s first team added.“I’m happy to be here again this year and in particular to be able to make my own contribution in highlighting such an important campaign.”
India is home to 58% of world buffalo populationReutersSanctions-hit Russia is turning to India for supply of buffalo meat just days ahead of President Vladmir Putin’s visit to India.”Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor together with Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry has included Indian buffalo meat producers to the register of organisations and individuals involved in the production, processing and storage of goods transported to the territory of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan),” the Russian veterinary regulator said, reported Businessline citing a PTI report.Russia and India have deep economic and defence ties but efforts to boost trade to $20bn by 2015 remain stuck at just half the forecast.Indian companies have been permitted to start exports from 4 December, with local Russian companies making necessary efforts for the import and distribution, reported Itar-Tass, the official Russian news agency.India is set to receive a permanent inspector, representing the Russian veterinary regulator to exert control over consignments of buffalo meat destined for the regional Customs Union.India will replace Russia’s traditional suppliers from Central and Western Europe, who are suffering retaliatory sanctions from Russia in the face of Western and European Union sanctions over Russia’s role in the breakup of Ukraine.Export of other agricultural products including poultry, powdered eggs and dairy is expected to provide a fillip to the local producers.Russia is the world’s largest importer of tea, and India the second largest producer, but the high price of Indian tea has stifled Russian purchases, allowing Sri Lanka and Kenya to become major players in the Russian import market.Russian market has been made available to Indian exporters after a significant gap, say sources in New Delhi.India is home to 58% of the world’s buffalo population, with about 88 million buffalos.The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) lists India as the largest buffalo meat exporter, with 14.49 lakh (1.5 million) tonnes exported, helping bring valuable foreign exchange to the tune of 26,457.79 crore in 2013-14.More deals are expected to be announced, coinciding with Russian President Putin’s visit to strengthen bilateral strategic ties.
ABCD: American Born Confused DesiTwitterYoung actor Allu Sirish has announced the release date of his upcoming Telugu movie ABCD: American Born Confused Desi, which will hit screens a week after superstar Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi.Allu Sirish is one of the young actors from the noted mega family in the Telugu film industry. Unlike other star kids, he has made it big with low budget films. He is all set to return with his next movie ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi, which is a remake of 2013 Malayalam comedy film of the same name starring Dulquer Salmaan.ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi is about two spoilt brats from New York, who are tricked into going to Kerala. How they rebuild their lives from scratch, when they get into trouble there forms the crux of its story. Its promos have struck a chord with the audience and generated a lot of curiosity about the film.Allu Sirish took to his Twitter account today to announce the release date of his upcoming movie. The elated actor tweeted, “Please mark the date on your calendar. ABCD – American Born Confused Desi arrives on the 17th May 2019. Trailer will be out soon. See you soon at cinemas!”ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was initially slated for release in the cinema halls in March, but it was said to have been postponed to avoid its clash with Lakshmi’s NTR and few other movies. Now the movie will have to compete with Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi, which is slated for worldwide release on May 9.The Malayalam version of ABCD: American-Born Confused Desi was made on a budget of Rs 4.5 crore and it has collected about Rs 12.5 crore at the box office. Now, its Telugu version is also made on a small budget, but it should be seen whether the movie would get a much-needed big break to Allu Sirish.
By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThe 2017-2018 school year is just about done. In a couple of weeks, the school bell will ring for the last time, and children will excitedly begin their summer break. Even though children are happy to be done with school, parents will need something for them to do. Many churches are offering activities, including summer camps to keep children busy during the summer. Rehoboth Light of the World Church is one church dedicated to giving children a memorable summer experience.Camp Rehoboth begins June 25 and runs to August 3, Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5: 30 p.m. Children between the ages of 5-12 will experience free breakfast, free lunch, Bible lessons, academics, sign language, dance, tae kwon do, arts and crafts, swimming and weekly trips. Founded in 2005, Rehoboth Light of the World Church has been operating Camp Rehoboth for 8 years.Rehoboth Light of the World Church (Courtesy Photo)First Lady Tammy Long is the director of the summer camp and is there with the children every day. Her love for children stems from her 19-year career in the Baltimore City Public School System. She believes that the camp is successful because of the family environment created between the children and staff. “At Camp Rehoboth we do our best to create and maintain a safe, welcoming, wholesome environment for children and youth to participate in a wide variety of activities and experiences that foster human and spiritual development to benefit individuals, families, community and church. Some children enter as “strangers” and they leave with a new family…and friendships that will last a life time. Together we create a family, not by blood, but by choice.”The staff of Camp Rehoboth go out of their way to make sure each child has an unforgettable summer. Long said, “Our goal is that by the end of their Camp Rehoboth experience, the campers, as well as our teenage staff, grow mentally, physically, socially and spiritually to utilize the full potential of God’s gifts to them for positive participation in the Kingdom of God. Camp Rehoboth gives us the opportunity to plant seeds that will bear fruit for a lifetime.”This year, the camp theme is heroes. Each week campers will learn about heroes in the bible, Black History heroes, play with some comic heroes and take on weekly community service projects where they will become heroes.The vision of Rehoboth Light of the World Church is to grow people through the Word, Worship, and Witness. Camp Rehoboth is one way they fulfil the vision. For more information call (410) 417-7592.
By Brianna McAdoo, Special to the AFROAs the 2020 race for Presidency of the United States unfolds, climate change is amongst one of the most pressing issues that the candidates are being asked to share their plan of action for. Americans across the United States are collectively acknowledging the climate crisis that has been unfolding over the years, 53 percent of Americans identify global warming as an “urgent problem that requires immediate government action,” according to a 2018 survey conducted by Langer Research Associates. Accordingly to the Union of Concerned Scientists, people of color are being disproportionately affected by global warming due to alarmingly high exposure of PM2.5, a dangerous air pollutant. (Courtesy Photo)While the collective consciousness in America and throughout the world is building around the climate crisis, there is an urgent need to recognize that people of color in America are disproportionately left the most vulnerable to the effects of global warming and climate change. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have released a new study that highlights the disproportionately detrimental implications of air pollution on Asian American, Latino and African Americans in the District of Columbia. The UCS Air Quality Report looks at the alarmingly high exposure of PM2.5, a dangerous air pollutant. PM2.5 is an air pollutant that is about 2.5 microns or less. The pollutant can be emitted into the air through the burning of both diesel and gasoline fuel. Due to its size, PM2.5 can spread rapidly and easily into one’s bloodstreams and can cause short term effects including irritation, sneezing, coughing and trouble breathing. The air pollutant is also known to put people in jeopardy of long term health effects including respiratory and cardiovascular issues, some of which have resulted in hospitalization and deaths. Children, the elderly and people with a history of respiratory and heart problems are at higher risk if exposed to PM2.5. The report will provide more detail about the exposure levels of PM2.5 in these communities of color in Washington D.C. in addition to more details about the source of exposure, a way forward for a more environmentally friendly transportation system and the District’s involvement in the Transportation & Climate Initiative.For more information about the Union of Concerned Scientists, you can visit www.ucsusa.org.