Loosen Up: NFL to allow some flair in celebrations

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — The NFL wants to put some flair back into touchdown celebrations, allowing players to use the football as a prop, celebrate as a group and roll around on the ground again if they choose.In an email from Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to fans in an effort to deliver “a more exciting game experience,” the commissioner said the new guidelines came after conversations with more than 80 current and former players.The league, however, will continue to penalize any celebration deemed offensive, including those that embarrass opponents or mimic the use of weapons.“Players have told us they want more freedom to be able to express themselves,” Goodell wrote.That freedom had been stripped in many cases, with fans and media criticizing the NFL as being the “No Fun League.” A 15-yard penalty often was the price paid for excessiveness.Goodell’s email also mentioned how the league is placing an emphasis on speeding up the pace of games. To go with that, he said the league knows “that you love the spontaneous displays of emotion that come after a spectacular touchdown.”___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) leaps on the goal post after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 45-10. (AP Photo/Don Wright)last_img read more

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Running away in first

first_imgSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) Blaise Ferro, who is seen here placing second at the Meet of Champions on Nov. 21 at Holmdel Park, won the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional Nov. 28 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York. The senior clocked 15:45.90 for the 5K course. The meet was a qualifier for the Dec. 5 Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon. CBA finished second at the regional, grabbing one of the two automatic qualifying places. CBA last won the national title in 2011.last_img read more

Taha excited to learn under Cone, Ginebra vets

first_imgWhere did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taha knows he’s starting from scratch in Ginebra, but vowed to do everything he can to help the team prove that its recent conquest isn’t just a one-off.“Talagang ang goal ko dito is to maximize every opportunity, so kung anong ibigay, trabaho lang,” he said. “Defense, hustle, kahit anong ipagawa sa akin, basta lang makatulong ako sa team, masaya na ako.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Taha is humbled to be a part of the Gin Kings, which are coming off a confidence-boosting triumph in the 2016 Governors’ Cup. But what he looks forward to more than anything is being mentored by some of the league’s elite guards in the Ginebra camp.“Excited to learn ako from the best lalo na sa mga coaches and teammates ko,” he said, mentioning guys like LA Tenorio, Jayjay Helterbrand, and assistant coach Olsen Racela who have helped him so far in his short time with the squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentIt also helps that the 25-year-old is confident that he can easily make the adjustment, especially with his former coach Richard del Rosario part of Cone’s coaching staff.“Sya yung nag-recruit sa akin sa St. Benilde at alam na nya yung laro ko,” he shared. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK Match Preview: Philippines vs Singapore Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Paolo Taha. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter a promising rookie year in Mahindra, Paolo Taha is seeking to sustain that groove as he joins Ginebra.“Thankful lang ako na napunta ako dito. Once in a lifetime opportunity ito kasi di naman lahat napupunta sa Ginebra. Blessed lang talaga na mapunta ako under coach Tim (Cone),” he said.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Taulava says he’s sticking with NLEX

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFormer MVP Asi Taulava had a talk with NLEX management and coach Yeng Guiao on Monday night and said that he would stay as a Road Warrior and help the team the best he can for the rest of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations.Reports of the 43-year-old Taulava asking to be traded surfaced a couple of weeks ago after his playing time under new coach Guiao diminished significantly.ADVERTISEMENT Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books A yearly holiday visitor Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ MOST READ But Guiao has introduced a new system—the same one that made all his past teams great—which Taulava couldn’t fit in. NLEX also brought in Bradwyn Guinto from Mahindra and he has taken the starting center spot for the Road Warriors.NLEX is at the bottom of the 12-team pack, tied with the Floodbusters at 1-5, after losing its last five games.It is not unusual that this team is struggling, considering that Guiao had just taken over and is trying to instill a totally different game—the run and gun type that made his last team, Rain or Shine, champion for two conferences in his six years at the helm.NLEX has five games to go and would need nothing less than a sweep to get into the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Team and player, according to team manager Ronald Dulatre, were able to agree on something, with Taulava reportedly telling Guiao that his statements were just “out of frustration.”“Asi wants to stay,” Dulatre said. “And he promised that he will do whatever he can to help the team win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTaulava was NLEX’s pillar of strength under Boyet Fernandez,averaging more than 30 minutes and a double-double last season. View comments Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

KNOWING ONE’S IDENTITY: A KEY REQUIREMENT FOR LIVING A SUCCESSFUL LIFE (PART FIVE): THE…

first_imgThe thrust of this sixth article on the necessity of knowing one’s true identity in light of who God is and his plan for one’s life, is on the individual’s identity in relationship to other human beings. Common experience and social scientists teach us that human beings are social beings and their identities are partly determined by their particular social groups (tribes, clans, communities and families), their own DNA and carving out their own unique place in society. How is the individual’s identity partly tied to his/her environment? How should he/she relate to other people in carving out his/her own identity? What kind of relationship is healthy for the individual’s own wellbeing? This article will seek to explore below. The fifth article on “the individual and God made the following points: To satisfy the perpetual void in every normal person that purely material things and human efforts cannot remove there is a need to have a relationship with God. The Bible makes the point again and again that God yearns to have fellowship with human beings. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives to me will come to me and I will never cast out anyone who comes to me” (John 6:37). In the Old Testament the prophet Ezekiel make it emphatically clear that it is not the will of God that any soul should perish (Ezekiel 33:11; 18:23) . The writer of Revelation puts it like this, “Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens, then I will come in and eat supper with him” (Revelation 3:20). John sums it up beautifully: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The believer’s relationship with God is like any important relationship. It has to be honestly and earnestly attended to if it is to grow and be maintained. How stable, healthy and beneficial it is depends on the quality time and efforts that are put into it. God has shown in experience, in the biblical and Christian history that he is always willing to keep his part of the bargain. It is often the human partner that fails him again and again. But God is so great and gracious that he is willing to forgive and support the sinner who repents.The believer-God relationship is characterized on the part of the believer by faith, trust, prayer, obedience, openness and the ability and willingness to repent and return whenever she/he discovers she/he has fallen short and gone astray. God on his part rewards trust and obedience with peace, security now and eternity, and joy. He gives and maintains a joy that no amount of difficulties and misfortunes can take away. And now we turn to the individual and others. John Mbiti quotes an African proverb that says, “I am because we are and, since we are, therefore I am”. This quotation points us to the interconnectedness of all human beings. John Donne wrote: “No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main”, Martin Luther, Jr., puts it vividly when he writes: “In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.” On another occasion Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”All these quotes make the single vital point that every person’s security, progress, health, happiness, and prosperity are dependent on other people’s security, progress, health, health and prosperity. Therefore if I ignore the plight and welfare of others I indirectly jeopardize my own security and peace. This has been proven again and again in history. Every now and then the marginalized, the excluded poor, and the exploited get pushed against the walls and then rise up and overthrow. Then pay day comes. The lives of those secured privileged few and those of their families and all who are closely connected to them are made miserable forever.Hence, the individual must always seek to improve self in light of helping others improve their lives and living conditions. Self-seeking, self-protecting and self-promoting at the expense of others or ignoring the same needs of others is self-defeating.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Communities Ministry stifling local authority system

first_imgDear Editor,The Ministry of Communities has made a mockery of the Local Government Elections (LGE) system, as it relates to the binding legal framework for the expected necessary Government to provide support, contrary to the expectations of elected councils, however, the Ministry has been partisan and administratively suppressive in the context of Local Government jurisdiction. Their adjusted strategy is now premised on countering lost image in view of the obviously inexorable elections. As such, the Government has set about creating another deceptive framework intent on fooling citizens with undelivered promises.It is a fact which should be widely recognised that the Government, over the past three years, through their Ministry of Communities, imposed policies to take the wind out of the sail of councils won by the PPP/C. This turned out to be futile in light of the LGE results, forging some very desperate measures. Administratively, they initially moved to deflate decisions made by the councils by flagrantly encouraging abuse of authority by Overseers and Regional Executive Officers (REOs). The Ministry of Communities has been commandeering and approving actions by these officers regarding where finances should be expended which run in conflict with decisions made by councils.One can obviously deduce from the Ministry’s concurrent actions that they seek to run things at the NDCs from the inside. The Government imposition of delaying tactics related to the full establishment of the Local Government Commission (LGC) has been deliberate, given that this entity has the constitutional authority for investigating and monitoring Local Authority Area Councils. This is clear after the numerous delays and continued manipulating manoeuvres which negatively affect the timely release of appropriated financial appropriations for the effective operations of the LGC.It is quite embarrassing that the cabal seems to have succeeded in pauperising and limiting the investigative teeth of the LGC, which in effect, makes the entity an ineffective paper tiger. Chairpersons of LAA Councils have informed that the LGC frequently fails to formally acknowledge or treat with convenient speed, their complaints and reports. At the same time, the Government-appointed Chairman and leaders of the Commission remain disappointingly silent. It is notable that the Ministry continues to drive a system in which approvals of spending on projects by NDCs are subject to approval by Government controlled REOs when such actions fall under the functional mandate of the LGC.This situation runs counter to the position of Government Ministers who were part of the Select Committee of the National Assembly prior to 2015. The records of Parliament confirm that they advocated for amendments now adopted in existing legislation that correctly recognises the need for expansive empowerment at the Local Authority level together with appropriate monitoring by the LGC.Now that they have been found wanting for breach of contract to the people, however, the strategy has changed in accordance with their true nature. In reality, the new position can be described as nothing but a woeful attempt to neutralise citizens’ rejection of their incompetent, fraudulent, vindictive and increasingly unpopular behaviour.The sinister guile contemplated in the design of the so-called ‘bringing the Government to the people outreach’ approach is obvious. It is nothing but short of vacuous gaff intent on overriding the LAA Councils in some respect, which significantly undermines their empowerment while creating a false image of the Government’s ineptness in the system of local governance across the country. They simply do not have the time to fulfil these promised announcements and it is evident that they are illegal and on borrowed time.As if the foregoing is not shamefully revealing enough for the coalition, the appalling manipulation seems to be everywhere. It stems from the slaughtering the APNU/AFC received at the 2016 Local Government Elections when the PPP/C captured forty thousand votes more than the coalition.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Eid-ul-Adha moon notice

first_imgThe Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) wishes to inform the Guyanese public and the Muslim community that the month of Dhul- Hijjah1437 AH will commence today.The 9th of Zul Hijjah (the day of Arafa) will be Sunday September 11th 2016.Eid-ul-Adha (10th Dhul Hijjah) will be celebrated on Monday September 12th 2016.last_img

Parade panel to draft foul-weather guidelines

first_imgPASADENA – On New Year’s Eve, when most people were popping corks and watching Dick Clark on TV, workers for Sharp Seating Co. were scrambling to find copper wire and metal rods.Lightning was in the forecast, and more than 100 metal grandstands along the Rose Parade route had not been grounded.“We hadn’t been required to do it,” said Mike Brown, a parade seater for 50 years. “I got a lot of people that rallied to get it done. We were grateful for the supply houses of Home Depot and Lowe’s being open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.”The deluge at this year’s parade has spurred a re-examination of several safety procedures. For one, Tournament of Roses officials agree that all grandstands will be grounded well ahead of time next year.But the first rainy parade in more than 50 years has also highlighted several other areas of concern. Neither the Tournament of Roses nor the city had a policy on lightning safety. There were also no standards for float wind tolerance.“Those sort of restrictions, particularly on the wind, are things we’re going to want to take a look at,” said Tournament CEO Mitch Dorger. “I don’t think anybody’s quantified it.”The City of New York passed new wind regulations after an accident with a balloon at the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.But Pasadena officials seem generally inclined to allow the Tournament to set its own policies, without imposing new city ordinances. Only in the event of public outcry on the subject would the City Council step in, said Mayor Bill Bogaard.“I would say that based on the relationship between the city and the Tournament, there’s no role for legislation by the city to deal with these issues,” Bogaard said.In a speech before the Pasadena Rotary Club last week, outgoing Tournament President Libby Evans Wright detailed the steps parade and city officials took to ensure the safety of the event. Officials even considered delaying the parade until the afternoon or until the next day – something that has never happened in the parade’s 117-year history.Officials checked with float engineers, who said that the floats had been designed to withstand sustained winds up to 45 mph. With no regulations on the books regarding lightning, officials looked to National Collegiate Athletic Association standards. The NCAA rules state that if lightning strikes within six miles of an outdoor event, the event must be delayed until the lightning passes.If the situation had warranted it, City Manager Cynthia Kurtz could have ordered that the parade be delayed. The Tournament’s 14-member executive committee, headed by Wright, also could have voted to postpone the event.“If either side felt it was unsafe, it wasn’t gonna go,” said Fire Chief Dennis Downs.Tournament officials had several meetings with Kurtz, Downs and police Chief Bernard Melekian on the evening of Jan. 1. Shortly before midnight, the officials were sufficiently confident that lightning would not be a factor to decide that the parade should go forward as planned.“Everything was agreed to unanimously,” Kurtz said.The parade was a soaking success.In the weeks and months aheadnear future, the Tournament’s Parade Policy Committee will meet to draw up new regulations.At the top of the list will be grounding the grandstands. Grounding is required by statute in the Midwest and the East, but not in California because electrical storms here are relatively rare. “What we did this year was a quick fix,” Brown said. “We will now see to it that it’s done as a matter of regularity.”The grandstands were all grounded – some more than once – by 12:30 p.m. Jan. 1, just before the rain started.“My corporate culture has always been: `If no one knows who did what we do, we did it right,”‘ Brown said. “In my humble opinion, it’s a story that didn’t become a story.” gene.maddaus@sgvn.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

MORE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE AUTUMN SUN

first_imgYOUR pictures have been coming in thick and fast.So here’s a few more of them.We are keeping the competition open for a few more hours so keep them coming to info@donegaldaily.com. Pic above: Muckish from Marble Hill by Pauline Edwards.Below: Crohy Tower, Maghery by Stephen Gallagher.Heavenly Sky by Louise Doherty Above: Below: Malin Beach by Pauline DohertyMichael Glynn took the next one below in Glenties:Damian Callaghan took this scene below at Glebe House.And Sunrise over Raphoe by Liam Porter Below:MORE OF YOUR INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE AUTUMN SUN was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal in the autumn sundonegaldaily.com picture competitionlast_img read more