Habitat For Humanity Carter Work Project In Nepal Has Been Canceled

first_imgHabitat For Humanity International regrets to announce the cancellation of this year’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, formerly scheduled to take place November 1-6, 2015, in the Chitwan District of Nepal.As reported by news media, Nepal has been experiencing civil unrest due to the country’s recent announcement of its new constitution. Habitat has been closely monitoring the situation and new circumstances have proven to be safety risks for volunteers and staff. Currently, many goods and materials coming into the country — including gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and cooking fuel, as well as food and medical supplies — have been halted or slowed to a critical point, hindering Habitat’s capacity to effectively and safely execute the planned project.Additionally, the U.S. Embassy located in Kathmandu today issued a message recommending travelers evaluate any upcoming plans in Nepal, stating that due to the nationwide fuel shortage and blockages at the border, “many of the safety measures that would normally be relied on in an emergency situation may become unavailable.”“I am saddened that we have had to cancel this year’s Carter Work Project,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “It’s the first time in 32 years that we have found ourselves in such a position. However, the severity of the shortages has proven to be insurmountable and given the circumstances, we would not be able to guarantee volunteer care and safety. Additionally, a large-scale event like this would only take away precious local resources already in short supply. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the responsible thing to do. We are grateful to our supporters and ask for their understanding and patience at this time.”Habitat for Humanity remains committed to addressing adequate housing needs in the country. Nepali families who were selected as partner homeowners for the project will still be served through local construction resources.“While I am disappointed that we are unable to build in Nepal due to such uncertain circumstances, Rosalynn and I understand and support Habitat’s decision. We will keep the people of Nepal in our prayers and ask everyone to do the same,” said President Jimmy Carter. “We look forward to our ongoing work with Habitat and continuing to help shine the light on the need for affordable housing.”Habitat has been fortunate to receive commitment from 1,500 volunteers from within Nepal and around the world for the 2015 Carter Work Project, and will work directly with them to address questions regarding the unforeseen cancellation of the build in Nepal.last_img read more

Bradley Beal Is Finally The Player He Was Meant To Be

2016-174.822.896.3109.560.4 PICK-AND-ROLLOVERALL 2012-132.416.5%5692.351.5% 2015-165.229.58197.954.7 Sources: synergy sports technology, Basketball-Reference 2014-154.326.16692.452.1 2013-142.010.789.792.250.7 2016-174.722.1101109.560.4 2013-144.524.47392.250.7 OFF-SCREENOVERALL Bradley Beal’s pick-and-roll points per play Until this season, Beal ran the pick-and-roll the way most guards in the NBA do. He’d hold the ball, wait for his screen to arrive, and then feel out the space the defense gave him, looking to drive or pass. He has improved this part of his game over the years, but he was never better than about average (and often was far worse than that). That’s mostly because, while he has a good first step, he has never been a strong dribbler; when he can’t go in a straight line to the basket, he’ll often lose his handle and have to reset or will dribble ball off his foot and out of bounds.Having Beal play as though he were a prototypical star shooting guard was not a great use of his talents. So the Wizards have switched things up, getting him open in other ways, away from the ball. After years of spending the greatest portion of his possessions churning out mediocre pick-and-rolls, Beal now gets more shots from running off of screens than from any other play type. And focusing on the off-ball movement has opened up the rest of his game, making him much more effective when he does have the ball. This season’s Wizards commonly start plays with Beal on the wing (or making a run across the baseline to emerge on the opposite wing) and run off a screen that gets him toward the middle of the floor. Because Beal is a threat to shoot off of the screen, the defender has to chase him over it and the screener’s defender has to help discourage a shot. If neither closes him out, Beal can rise up for a shot. If one or both defenders contest, he can use his first step to drive to the rim, which is less congested than it would be if he’d begun the play holding the ball and staring down the defense.That’s a fairly common play type in the NBA, and one that the Cleveland Cavaliers will often run to get Kyle Korver open. But the important thing about these plays isn’t how effective they are — though at 95 points per 100 plays, they’re a perfectly good option for Beal in the half-court — but how much they’ve helped Beal improve those same pick-and-roll plays that had been weighing him and the Wizards down. Last season, Beal scored a career-high 81 points per 100 plays as a pick-and-roll ball handler; this season, he’s taken that to 103 points per 100 plays. That’s due in large part to the space and matchups he’s able to create coming off of screens, which comes from excising a bunch of the slow, pounding, high pick-and-rolls that get him into trouble.Many of this season’s Beal pick-and-rolls are hardly recognizable compared to those of past seasons. In fact, some are more like extensions of Beal’s off-the-screen work than they are traditional pick-and-rolls.Instead of beginning possessions with the defense set, and therefore having to create openings with his dribbling, Beal now often receives the ball after coming around a screen — essentially the play you see above — and then re-engages with the screen for the pick-and-roll going back the other way, or he runs around a second screen set by another Washington big. Instead of immediately exploring the space, however, his first move is now to look for the pull-up 3. It may not sound like much, but the idea is to build Beal’s biggest strength (his jumper) into a primary weapon while minimizing his reliance on things he doesn’t do as well (dribbling and passing).Not every play can be quite that complex. But even when Beal isn’t curling around screens, he’s finding more opportunities to begin the pick-and-roll action early in the shot clock, when the defense is not yet set (which is when he’s looked his best in previous years). Other times, Beal simply needs to run a standard high pick-and-roll while Wall takes a break. Even then, however, it seems like he goes to his jumper more quickly than he used to and looks a little sharper driving into traffic (though he’s still not above occasionally dribbling the ball off of his shin or missing a rolling Marcin Gortat by several feet).These tweaks put several kinds of pressure on the defense. First, it has to guard Beal’s initial run off of the screen, which he’s perfectly happy to use to create a shot. But then, if the defense is successful, Beal can turn his defender back the other way around the same screen to begin the pick-and-roll, where he’s also a threat to pull up. And because all this is happening on a dynamic play instead of in a grinding two-man game, Beal has more clear lanes to the hoop that don’t require any of the fancy moves that get him into trouble, like “changing direction” or “avoiding a defender.”We have to go back to the crates to find someone who both runs a lot of pick-and-rolls and uses them the way Beal does. It turns out that this new-and-improved version of Beal plays a lot like the player he was compared to coming out of college: Ray Allen.Allen didn’t have a partner like Wall to draw attention away from him, but the way he navigated his screens and made defenders come to him would be right at home in 2017’s NBA.For the Wizards to make much noise this spring, a lot of things will have to break their way. The defense will have to snap out of a troubling recent downturn (they’ve allowed 111 points per 100 possessions since the All-Star break, compared to 108 before it), and fellow Zards breakout Otto Porter will need to emerge from a cold spell (he’s shooting 35 percent from three since the break, down from 47 percent before it). But those are more temporary, will-they-or-won’t-they type problems. The biggest change to the Wizards this season is more hardwired than that: Bradley Beal has developed a game that suits his skills, and it’s the game of a perennial All-Star. Even with all the puzzling players floating around the NBA, Bradley Beal has always stood out. He was drafted as a dead-eye shooter, a seemingly ideal foil for John Wall, the Wizards’ supersonic point guard. But despite shooting about as well as can be expected from long distance, and despite possessing many of the tools required of an All-Star guard, Beal has never quite matched his potential.But this season, amid the Washington Wizards’ rise to legitimate Eastern Conference dark horse, Beal has become the version of himself that Washington fans have always hoped would show up.The change looks simple: Beal is attempting more 3-pointers than ever before (he’s up to 7.4 per game this season) and making them as well as he ever has (40.6 percent). This has brought his true shooting percentage up to an elite level (60.4 percent), and it has been crucial to the Wizards posting their best offensive efficiency in his time with the team. But Beal’s transformation from a bundle of unrealized potential into a true partner for Wall is not merely the result of taking more threes. He has also made fundamental changes to his game in search of those shots.Let’s start with the basics: Beal has always been a perfectly good spot-up shooter, but being an NBA star who specializes in shooting is about more than just stroking open jump shots. Just about any NBA-level guard can stand in the corner and hit a decent percentage of the threes that come his way. In the past, the Wizards tried to get Beal to fill out his game by acting like a traditional star guard, running the high pick-and-roll and doing his best Kobe Bryant impression. This didn’t work out so well. 2015-162.715.290.597.954.7 SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % Bradley Beal’s off-screen points per play SEASONPLAYS/GAME% OF ALL PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSPTS/100 PLAYSTRUE SHOOTING % 2012-132.718.3%86.492.351.5% Sources: synergy sports technology, basketball-reference 2014-152.817.077.492.452.1 read more

The Draw Play Is Dying In The NFL — But It Shouldnt

This is despite the success rate of the play used on first or second down being better than that of all rushes by running backs on those downs.1Third-down draws are often in long-yardage situations in which a team is simply setting up for a punt. According to the ESPN Stats & Information Group, the success rate2Measured by whether the play resulted in positive expected points added. on first- and second-down draws this year is 41.8 percent, compared with 38 percent on all RB runs on those downs. And draws on any down result in longer gains on average (5.29 yards per attempt) than other running back runs (4.35).The Los Angeles Rams called only one draw play all season. (It didn’t work.) The New Orleans Saints waited all the way until Week 10 to run their first draw play of the season — a successful one. That two of the league’s most innovative offensive coaches — Sean McVay and Sean Payton — basically ignore the play seems like a bad harbinger for its survival. But the maestro of the NFL’s best offense, Kansas City’s Andy Reid, is one of the league’s greatest proponents of the play. That makes perfect sense: He’s essentially a Brown disciple, given that his West Coast offense was originally conceived by Bill Walsh when Walsh coached on Brown’s staff with the Bengals. For decades, the draw play has been one of the NFL’s most reliable tricks to fool overeager defensive lineman. The play mimics a pass — in the action of both the quarterback and the offensive line — until the last second, when the ball is handed off to the running back. When it works, the runner can often slice through holes untouched because defenders are busy trying to evade offensive linemen for a sack of the quarterback.The play may seem like the perfect countermeasure to keep a defense honest in the modern NFL. Yet for some reason, the draw play has been all but erased from teams’ playbooks.As the story goes, the draw play was invented in the middle of a game to slow unblockable pass rushers. It quickly became a staple of the modern offense by the sport’s “master innovator” Paul Brown, after a desperate hand-off on a busted passing play ended up working. “You fool one guy with a trap block,” Brown said. “You fool a whole pass rush with a draw play.”Offenses today are more pass-happy than ever before. And defenses have had to respond with more aggressive stunts and blitzes by rushers quicker and more desperate to pressure passers. So what better way to cross them up than by using a draw play? But during the 2018 season, teams ran the play just a little more than once every two games, down from well over two per game just 10 years ago. The Chiefs, who will play Indianapolis in the divisional round this weekend, have run a draw 16 times this year and have had success 10 times. That success rate of 62.5 is by far the best of the 10 teams that have run more than 10 draw plays. The Chargers also have used the draw well, generating 64 rushing yards in 10 attempts, six of which graded as successful.The draw is often thought of as a play of last resort: When teams are faced with virtually hopeless distance to convert a third down, they can use the draw to stop the bleeding before punting. But only 37 third-down draws this past season were in situations when the offense needed at least 7 yards to convert. The vast majority were used on first and second down (256 out of 307 draw plays) and out of the shotgun (253 total draw plays). Of course, the latter makes sense given that the main purpose of the play is to mimic a pass.Reid primarily uses the draw when teams have virtually no defenders dedicated to the run, meaning no more than six defenders “in the box” at or near the line of scrimmage. That was the defense deployed 13 of the 16 times Reid called a draw this season, and the call was successful eight of those times. If defenses continue with this look, a draw could be the perfect call.With the Chiefs offense setting records and NFL coaches looking at it for design and play-calling inspiration, there’s a good chance that teams will soon discover that one of the oldest forms of NFL deception may have even more relevance in the modern game.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Football Freshman have big impact against Nebraska

OSU freshman running back Demario McCall breaks into the open field in the fourth quarter against the Bowling Green Falcons on Sept 3, 2016. OSU won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorYouth has been discussed as the driving force of the Ohio State football team by coaches all season, but the impact of the young players has been mixed at best this season. Team members such as redshirt freshman Mike Weber, who is playing his first season with the Buckeyes, have contributed since the first game of the season. Weber has picked up 842 yards on the ground on 140 attempts, paired with seven touchdowns. These numbers are good enough to put him in the fourth spot in the Big Ten in rushing yards. While his numbers are impressive, the fact that Weber has been playing since Week 1 would cause most fans to expect this kind of production.Against Nebraska, other first-year players stole the show from Weber.Freshman running back Demario McCall – 16 carries for 73 yardsMcCall is the near-opposite of Weber. Standing at just 5-foot-9 and 182 pounds, the North Ridgeville, Ohio native depends on his speed and agility to rack up the yardage. Although McCall’s biggest run of the day was just 10 yards, the freshman took a bulk of the carries late in the game after Weber sustained a shoulder injury, later revealed to be an AC joint sprain by OSU coach Urban Meyer. The dynamic ability of McCall to hide behind blockers along with his relatively small stature and burst around the edge with elite speed is one big reason why OSU recruited the Ohio native, and could see him returning punts in the near future after senior H-back Dontre Wilson continued a trend of muffing the ball on returns.Meyer said McCall has some things to work on before he can be a big factor in the offense or on special teams. “Stronger, better ball security. Just physical strength, experience,” he said. “He’s a little loose with the ball. But his future is nice. He’s a wonderful young man.”The comments were high praise from a guy who doesn’t throw around compliments often.Freshman tight end A.J. Alexander – 3 receptions for 24 yardsAs a statline, this output by Alexander doesn’t seem to be too impressive. But the reserve tight end played well after coming in early in the second quarter. Redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh has been a key target of Barrett for the past few weeks, but has been known to drop a few wide-open opportunities.Baugh also seemed to be limping after coming out of the pile after a play in the second half.Alexander performed admirably in the blocking game and showed off his hands with a tight-window catch on a third down. He certainly has the size to play well, and his ability might become clearer if he is used more Saturday.Freshman safety Jordan Fuller – 5 tacklesFive tackles for a first-year player is a nice mark for someone who is mostly a special-teams player. Fuller was all over the field on kick coverage, and came into the game late at safety to replace redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker.Fuller is an enormous player, standing at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds. He as the frame of a linebacker, and can really lay the load when he gets ahold of an opposing player. Meyer praised him on Monday.“Kicking game — Special Teams Player of the Week was Jordan Fuller, who is really coming on as a young freshman and playing well for us,” he said.Fuller is unlikely to pass Hooker for the starting spot, but Saturday’s game served as a testament to the ability of the young safety. read more

Lionel Messi reveals his son Thiago as his greatest critic

first_imgDuring an interview with World Soccer magazine, Lionel Messi revealed that his greatest critic is his son Thiago when Barcelona or Argentina lose.Losing matches has always been very hard to take for Lionel Messi, whether it’s for club or country, he used to never want to talk about the defeat until his son Thiago came of age to discuss these hard moments.When he was very little still, the eldest of Leo Messi’s sons wasn’t that interested in football at the beginning but things have drastically changed as of late.Now that he is able to understand the sport better, Thiago Messi loves playing, watching all the matches, and even discussing technical aspects with his father after every single game.Lionel Messi hadn’t revealed just how much of a critic his eldest son can be towards him, the Barcelona star knows that he will have to talk shop with Thiago every time he comes back home and especially when the squad doesn’t win a match.Lionel still has no clue if any of his sons will become footballers when they grow up, but he can already tell that they are just as crazy about football as he was when he was only a child.Messi aseguró que habla mucho de fútbol con Thiago, su hijo mayor, y reveló cómo son sus charlas después de una derrota: “Ya no es como antes. Recibí un par de críticas y cuando no ganamos me obliga a comentar lo que ocurrió” ➡ https://t.co/NB4s2ySD7f pic.twitter.com/Hjj0JB4k70— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 28, 2019In an interview with World Soccer Magazine for the February issue, Lionel Messi spoke about his son Thiago’s passion for football: “Thiago and Mateo really love football,” said Messi on World Soccer as quoted by Diario Sport.“But Thiago is the one who understands football better because he is older and he talks everything about football.”“He is very involved in everything related to the game. I already have received a few criticisms here and there from him… He follows Barcelona, La Liga, and the Champions League. The kid follows absolutely everything.”“He can’t get enough of it, he asks questions all the time and even gives me notes when things aren’t going that well,” he added.During the interview, Lionel Messi also approved of both Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to play for FC Barcelona.We all know that the midfielder has already reached an agreement with the Catalan club but the defender is still negotiating a deal with Barcelona.“Both of those players come from a school that is very similar to ours and they work in a very similar manner.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“They tend to play like us, with the ball always at their feet. Both of them are very young footballers, they both have great precision and I really like watching both of them play.”¡INMESSIONANTE! Thiago, el crítico más exigente de Leo Messi, mirad lo que dice Leo Messi que le hace cuando no gana: https://t.co/gYBvNcUVHa pic.twitter.com/yUytdwJ9UM— ORGULLOSODESERCULÉ! (@OrgullosoculeES) January 28, 2019Turns out that maturity has gotten the best of Messi now that he is past 30-years of age, it’s very interesting watching him react to different scenarios now when compared to past seasons when he was younger.Back in the day when he lost an important match with his club or country, Lionel Messi preferred to be isolated from everybody but he can’t do that anymore thanks to his son.In regards to his input when they ask him about new players, Messi also gives an informed opinion that tells us he gets his homework done because he is the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world and he always needs to be up to speed with every single one of his teammates.We still haven’t seen the last of the best Lionel Messi, but we are now getting closer to the dreaded day when he decides to retire.Nobody is ready for the day in which this happens, same as it will be when Cristiano Ronaldo also decides to hang up his boots.Those days will be some of the saddest moments in football history, when the two greatest players in football history make de decision to call it quits.#LaLiga 🇪🇸Messi: “Thiago me obliga a explicar por qué no ganamos” 😅https://t.co/FmzNYILViB pic.twitter.com/k5xbbicgbW— Solo ⚽ Fútbol (@SoloFutbolPlus) January 28, 2019What do you think about Lionel Messi’s son getting the same football bug than his father? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Ice Jams On the Anchor River Are Causing Localized Water Level Increases

first_imgThe National Weather Service will continue monitoring water levels on the Anchor River and this statement will be updated if  necessary. This has resulted in water levels rising 2-4 ft in the vicinity of the Old Sterling Highway bridge and the beach road. Local officials confirm there is no flooding at this time. However, if additional runs of ice come down the river and reinforce the existing ice jam, water could rise higher than current levels. Residents and other interested parties should pay close attention to the readings from the river gage over the next few days. This ice jam formed during the midwinter breakup back in December, and is causing water to flowoverbank and around the ice jam in the surrounding undeveloped land.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday August 3

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From 5-7 P.MWe’ll talk to Julian Jones, 4th District Councilman for Baltimore County about an anti housing discrimination bill that was killed in the County Council recently. Plus, we’ll discuss the tragic death of Korryn Gaines, the young Baltimore County woman who was killed by police after allegedly brandishing a shotgun during a standoff at her home.
These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes .last_img

Rs 5L compensation job each for families of martyrs Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a government job each for the families of two Bengal soldiers who were among the 40 CRPF personnel who were martyred in Pulwama on February 14.”We extend solidarity to the families of Bablu Santra and Sudip Biswas who died in Pulwama. We are giving a compensation of Rs 5 lakh and a government job to the families of the deceased soldiers,” Banerjee told reporters while leaving Nabanna on Wednesday evening. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBablu Santra (38) of Bauria in Howrah district and Sudip Biswas (27) of Nadia were killed in the IED blast at Lethpora in Pulwama. Santra was a head constable with the CRPF’s 35 Battalion while Biswas was a constable with the 95 Battalion. Biswas had joined the CRPF four years ago and had been posted in Srinagar in the 98th Battalion since then. He had joined back the battalion on February 14 after being on leave for 20 days. Santra is survived by his wife, four-year-old daughter and his mother. Soon after the incident, Banerjee had called up the kin of the victims and expressed her condolences. She assured that the state would provide all sorts of assistance to the family members of the deceased soldiers. Banerjee, while speaking to reporters at the state Secretariat, two days back, had said: “So many jawans have been killed. We seek punishment for the perpetrators. There should be an investigation into the incident.” It may be noted that the Centre is yet to announce any compensation for the martyrs.last_img read more