ST. LOUIS — Pete DeBoer often uses colorful language to describe games in which the Sharks have put forth the type of performance they threw out on the ice in St. Louis Friday.He’s called his team’s most-lopsided losses “eggs” and “clunkers,” telling reporters to “burn the tape.”On Friday, he spoke in more sober terms about the Sharks back-to-back losses to the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues.“Yesterday, we were reckless, but we had energy. Today, we were reckless without energy,” the …
NEW YORK — Bruce Bochy stood at the doorstep of history, needing just one win to become the second manager in Giants history to record 1,000 victories with the franchise.With help from some loud knocks by the Giants lineup in a six-run 10th inning, Bochy turned the knob and walked into an exclusive club after securing a 9-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday at Citi Field.“You see things coming to an end, your gratitude meter gets dialed way up,” said Bochy, who will retire at the end of the …
22 November 2012 At least 800 forensic analysts are to be employed in the current financial year to beef up South Africa’s forensic science laboratories, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said in Cape Town on Wednesday. He was responding to a Parliamentary question on how many cases were brought to the South African Police Service (SAPS) forensic science laboratories from 2009 and how many are still outstanding. In 2009/10, 207 660 entries were received at the SAPS laboratories. In 2010/11 the number of entries received increased by 26% to 260 826. “The number of entries received in 2011/12 increased by an additional 23% to 320 729,” Mthethwa said. “Between 1 April and 30 September 2012, they received 209 431 entries, which is a 67% increase in comparison to the same period in the previous financial year.” Increased confidence in forensic services The substantial increase in the number of exhibits submitted to the laboratories is evidence of the increased confidence that the investigating officers have in the ability of the forensic services to contribute to the investigation of crime and bring perpetrators to book, according to Mthethwa. “The increase in the number of cases presented to the forensic science laboratories will be addressed through the employment of additional 800 forensic analysts within the current financial year,” he said. One of the fundamental components of the criminal justice system was ensuring that the evidence that is presented before a court of law is accurate and can enable police to secure convictions. He said central to the collection and analysis of such evidence, is ensuring that the SAPS forensic science laboratories are effectively capacitated and effective. Over the past few years, there have been unsatisfactory reports around how courts could not finalise cases on the court roll, including the reasons for postponement of cases in criminal courts – all were attributed to forensic delays. “However, we are now beginning to experience a positive turn-around strategy. What becomes important is to ensure that we sustain these best practices, continue to capacitate this division and ensure that it continues to become an additional arsenal in the fight against crime,” he said. “This progress can be attributed to the modernised systems, coupled with adequately equipped human capital which ultimately resulted in improved turn- around time in terms of processing forensic case work.” Source: SANews.gov.za
Amid disagreements over seat sharing within the Bihar grand alliance for the byelections, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said the elections in the State would not have any impact on the health of the secular coalition.Mr. Yadav also described Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as a “chameleon-like” character, and ruled out any possibility in the future of him returning to the secular alliance fold.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader hit out at the BJP-JD(U) government’s response to the flood situation in Bihar, saying the entire State had helplessly watched the “insensitivity” of the Nitish Kumar dispensation and would speak out at the polling booth.“Floods, water logging, acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) deaths and Muzaffarpur shelter home case are not natural calamities but government-created disasters due to corruption,” the former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister said.Asked about the disagreements over seat sharing among grand alliance constituents, Mr. Yadav said: “Let us understand this in perspective. These bypolls are for only five Assembly segments and the age of this Assembly is hardly ten more months.” Disagreements among grand alliance constituents came to the fore when Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) fielded its candidate against the RJD in Nathnagar, while the Vikassheel Insan Party led by Mukesh Sahni named its candidate for the Simri Bakhtiyarpur seat.Polling will take place on October 21 for the Samastipur Lok Sabha seat necessitated by the death of the LJP MP, as also for Daraunda, Nathnagar, Simari Bakhtiarpur, Kishanganj and Belhar Assembly seats with JD(U) MLAs and a Congress MLA elected to the Lok Sabha.
NEW DELHI: Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad was stopped at Srinagar airport on Thursday after he landed in the city, which has been on a security lockdown since midnight Sunday to head off trouble over the centre’s big decisions to end special status under Article 370 and to split the state into two union territories. “He is being sent back by 3:30 pm flight. He was to attend a meeting and visit his home,” said a Congress leader, who asked not to be named, agency news reported. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Azad, the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, was trying to enter Srinagar city and meet with Congress leaders. Around 400 people have been detained across the state, as “precaution”, and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah remain in custody at safe houses. “The people of Jammu and Kashmir are sad. I am going there to be a part of their sadness, to be with them,” Azad told reporters. “Probably for the first time, all 22 districts have seen a curfew. Have you heard of this before?” He also implied that visuals on Wednesday showing National Security Adviser Ajit Doval chatting with Kashmiris in Srinagar and sharing a meal with them on the streets – seen to be an attempt to convey that the situation is returning to normal – were a set-up. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”You can pay anyone to get these done,” Azad said. NSA Doval on Wednesday undertook a whirlwind visit to the militancy-infested south Kashmir and was seen eating food on a footpath outside closed shops and talking to locals. The pictures and videos went viral on social media. “Paise dekar aap kisiko bhi saath le sakte ho (Anyone can be brought along with money),” Azad said when asked about Doval’s visit. The former Chief Minister, however, faces a divide within his own party on the government’s Jammu and Kashmir move. While he has argued strongly in parliament against what he calls the “murder of democracy”, several Congress leaders have come out in the government’s support. They include Jyotiraditya Scindia, Janardhan Dwivedi, Deepender Hooda and Milind Deora. At a meet on Tuesday of the Congress Working Committee, the party’s top decision-making body, Azad spoke at length about the Kashmir decision, explaining his strong opposition to the move. Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra avoided speaking directly against the government’s move but criticised the way it was pushed through without consultations. The CWC finally put out a resolution condemning the Kashmir move as “unilateral, brazen and undemocratic”.
3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NE61NE66NE+0.1– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ Source: Pro-football-reference.com QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 DET63DET59CAR+2.6– SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9–
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee expressed her unhappiness over the way the elections have been conducted in the state. After casting her vote at Bhowanipore Mitra Institution, Banerjee alleged that the BJP used the Central Forces to inflict atrocities on the people. She also accused the Central Forces of being “extra-active”. Banerjee was accompanied by Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens) at the KMC Debasish Kumar.”I have never seen this type of election in the past. The torture that was inflicted on TMC workers and the people in general is simply unprecedented. BJP used the Central Force jawans to create trouble in the state and inflict atrocities on people,” Banerjee told the reporters while leaving the polling booth. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAn official statement issued by the Trinamool Congress on Sunday afternoon alleged that the Central Forces took orders from the BJP and mercilessly beat up citizens and Trinamool workers. Even bombs were hurled. The statement says: “After being briefed from the BJP headquarters, the Central Forces are performing an unprecedented role in Bengal. They have now resorted to intimidation and torture. They are mercilessly beating up Trinamool workers. We are against violence and want the polling process to be peaceful…” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHigh handedness of the Central Forces and incidents of intimidating voters by a section of the jawans were reported from various places under Barasat Parliamentary constituency on Sunday. Trinamool Congress candidate from Barasat Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar alleged that the Central Force jawans asked the voters standing in the queue outside Deganga Gobindapur Primary School to cast their votes in favour of the BJP. Ghosh Dastidar went to the school on Sunday morning and an altercation broke out between her and the Central Force jawans at the polling booth. She alleged that the jawans deployed at the polling booth urged the voters to cast their votes in favour of BJP. Later in the day, Ghosh Dastidar staged a sit-in demonstration in front of New Town police station to protest against the activities of the Central Forces. She added that the Central Force jawans were chanting ‘Jay Shri Ram’ slogan and tore apart the flexes of Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee. “The Central Force jawans acted as BJP’s goons. Can a jawan damage the flexes in this manner with a slogan of ‘Jay Shri Ram’. Service rule does not permit them to do so. Steps would be taken against them. We have the video in our possession,” Ghosh Dastidar said. It may also be mentioned that some local villagers from Pakda area of Sashan under Barasat constituency staged demonstration in front of the Central Force jawans alleging that they tried to convince people to cast their votes in favour of BJP. A mob also ransacked a police vehicle. The Central Force jawans had to resort to lathi-charge to disperse the mob. In another development, some local residents from Haroa’s Bakjuri village caught a BJP activist who impersonated as a police officer and tried to indulge in false voting. In the face of police interrogation, the accused broke down. He was later arrested.