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Haiti UN peacekeepers urge political candidates to focus on plight of homeless

20 August 2010The plight of Haiti’s homeless since January’s catastrophic earthquake must be the top priority for all candidates in this November’s presidential and legislative elections, the United Nations peacekeeping force in the impoverished Caribbean country has stressed. The mission, known as MINUSTAH, yesterday urged the candidates to place concerns about the estimated 1.3 million people who were displaced from their homes by the quake above their own personal or partisan interests.“One of the essential elements of the reconstruction effort is to solve the problems of housing, employment, education and security that affect the daily life of millions of Haitians,” the mission said in a press release issued in Port-au-Prince, the capital.“The plight of the homeless affected by the quake should be the primary concern of political leaders.”The statement noted that Haiti’s candidates and political parties have a responsibility to encourage their supporters to respect the rules of the democratic process.The country’s election commission is reportedly set to announce today which of the candidates who have applied to run for president in the 28 November poll are eligible.MINUSTAH emphasized that successful elections and the democratic renewal of Haiti’s institutions are critical conditions to the country rebuilding and becoming stable in the wake of the quake, which killed an estimated 200,000 people and levelled numerous buildings and homes.Welcoming the high number of candidates as representing “a broad spectrum of national opinion,” the statement also called on the Haitian media to disseminate accurate information and promote responsible and calm debate. read more

UN chief allocates funds to support peacebuilding efforts in Guatemala

17 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced a $10 million contribution from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund to support efforts to entrench the respect of human rights and strengthen the security and justice systems in Guatemala. “Durable peace, in Guatemala and elsewhere, depends not only on a formal end to military hostilities.  It often requires fundamental structural transformations that address the tensions that give rise to conflict in the first place,” Mr. Ban said at the launch of the UN Peacebuilding Fund’s engagement in Guatemala City late yesterday.The Fund was set up in 2006 to support efforts to augment peace and stability in countries emerging from conflict.“We are all aware of how hard Guatemala has worked in pursuit of lasting peace and full implementation of the Peace Accords signed 15 years ago,” said Mr. Ban. “We are here today to seize this momentum and bolster the country’s peacebuilding efforts,” he said, adding that the country’s civil society must be an active participant in the process.The Secretary-General said he looked forward to working closely with the people of Guatemala to fulfil their aspirations for peace, development and dignity.At a separate function, Mr. Ban inaugurated a memorial in honour of Guatemalan soldiers who have died while serving in UN peacekeeping missions.“This is a day for their loved ones, the wives and mothers, the other family members and friends who still live with the sadness. This is a day for Guatemala, to mourn these heroes but also to be proud of their lasting contribution to peace,” Mr. Ban said of the 11 soldiers honoured yesterday.He said the courageous Guatemalans were also members of the UN family. “We mourn along with you,” he said, adding that the departed had shown what the UN stood for.“Let us remember their courage, their sacrifice, and their dedication to the ideals of the United Nations Charter,” said the Secretary-General.Eight of the men died in an ambush in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Mr. Ban urged Congolese authorities to bring the perpetrators of the “outrageous and cowardly attack to justice.”“In that incident and so many others, we see the grave risks that accompany United Nations peacekeeping. But there are also enormous rewards. Peacekeepers protect civilians. They take streets back from gangs. They move whole societies from chaos to calm,” he added.More than 300 Guatemalan peacekeepers are currently deployed in six UN peacekeeping missions, with large contingents in serving in Haiti and DRC.Mr. Ban also met with the leaders of many Central American States – Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Honduras – while in Guatemala, during which he briefed them on the unfolding events in the Middle East and North Africa, especially Libya.“Arab leaders must heed the voices of their people. There is no place for violence. Excessive force against non-combatants, the civilian population, is a crime against humanity under international law. Those responsible will be held accountable,” the Secretary-General told a news conference in Guatemala City.Mr. Ban announced that he will today travel to Tunisia and Egypt, where political changes are under way after the people took to the streets and forced long-serving rulers out of power.“Tunisia’s new leaders have worked with their people in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation. Together, they have agreed on a road-map to a common democratic future. Egypt, too, is moving forward in a similar spirit. For each of these brave peoples, the road ahead will be hard,” the Secretary-General said.On Japan, Mr. Ban said the UN was closely following the aftermath of the apocalyptic earthquake, especially the state of emergency at the country’s nuclear power plants. He said he spoke with the Prime Minister of Japan yesterday who assured him that the country was making efforts to bring the situation at the stricken nuclear plant under control.“With all of these natural disasters, which we have seen, starting with Haiti and Chile and Pakistan, now in Japan, the leaders of the world should pay more attention and give priority in their policies in making disaster risk reduction preparations,” Mr. Ban said.His discussions with the region leaders also touched on the situation in Haiti where, he said, the recovery and reconstruction efforts, initiated in the aftermath of the last year’s massive earthquake, are gathering momentum. The cholera epidemic is being brought under control, he added.“I also expressed the hope and expectation that the run-off presidential and legislative elections [in Haiti] will proceed smoothly in a credible, objective and democratic way. We all want to assist in reconstruction and development in Haiti.  For that, the country needs a stable and effective government,” the Secretary-General told reporters.The meeting between Mr. Ban and the regional leaders also dwelt at length on how Central American governments are working to consolidate democracy and the challenges of tackling organized crime and impunity.He said the UN initiative against impunity in Guatemala had generated considerable interest from other countries which are considering adopting the model.They also discussed the challenges of poverty and inequality, and touched on how fiscal reform and increased investment in State services can help improve people’s standard of living.The issue of climate change and sustainable development also came up, with the Secretary-General stressing that each country needs national prevention and preparedness strategies to cope with the inevitable impact, taking into account the region’s vulnerability to hurricanes.“The United Nations stands ready to continue to assist [on] all these issues – peace, justice and human rights; poverty reduction; education; food and nutrition security; women’s and children’s health; and increasing resilience to economic shocks and natural disasters,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General held bilateral meetings with the President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo; the Vice-President of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Alburquerque de Castro; the Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow; and the Foreign Minister of El Salvador, Hugo Martínez Bonilla. read more

ILO employment forum calls for global jobs rescue package

Some 700 political and economic leaders meeting for the Global Employment Forum at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, adopted on Saturday the Global Agenda for Employment in an effort to mitigate a stunning reversal in the global economy that threatens to plunge some 24 million people into joblessness, and millions more into poverty.The plan provides a framework for marshalling such forces as international trade, information technology, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, monetary and fiscal policy, education and training, health and safety, labour market policies, social protection and social dialogue to create jobs and alleviate poverty. The plan will be submitted to the ILO’s Governing Body meeting, which opens in Geneva next week, for further action.Delegates to the Forum also called for a global stimulus package designed to boost employment and reduce poverty, and appealed to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting from 9 to 13 November in Doha, Qatar, to join the fight for jobs by opening up international trade to developing countries.”We all feel very strongly a sense of urgency, for today, for now,” ILO Director-General Juan Somavia said. “But we all agree there will be no ‘quick fix’ solutions.”Mr. Somavia said the ILO would seek to unite its social partners – governments, workers and employers – behind a common front with the United Nations and its agencies, the Bretton Woods institutions and the WTO, to forge a global alliance for employment. read more

Indias Supreme Court gives green light for iron ore mining to resume

first_imgCRU reports that “in a move that will result in the restarting of iron ore mining in the state of Karnataka, India’s Supreme Court has accepted a number of the recommendations that were made by the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) in its report into illegal mining, dated March 13th. Even so, it may be two to three months before material reaches the market. Iron ore production in Karnataka will be capped at 30Mt/y (25 Mt/y in the district of Bellary and 5 Mt/y in Chitradurga and Tumkur combined).” In addition, the following recommendations have been accepted:The boundaries of mining leases should be clearly demarcated to ensure that the illegal encroachment of public land and forest areas does not take place in the futureEach mine must submit a Reclamation and Rehabilitation Plan, and this must be approved by the Supreme Court before mining can be restarted. This plan should address the issues that initially led to the mining banThe e-auction process, which has recently been used to allocate iron ore production to domestic customers, will remain in place for the next two yearsIron ore produced after the approval of a Reclamation and Rehabilitation Plan will firstly be used to meet the requirements of the domestic steel industry. In the event that production remains unsold after the e-auction process it can be offered to the seaborne market.The acceptance of these recommendations means that, subject to approval by the Supreme Court of the Reclamation and Rehabilitation Plan, mining can be restarted. For so-called ‘Category A’ mines, where minimal illegalities were discovered during the investigations by the CEC, CRU estimates that this may take two to three months. “For ‘Category B’ mines, the process is likely to take considerably longer, perhaps nine months.“Excluding mines operated by NMDC, we estimate that ‘Category A’ mines have the collective capacity to produce 11 Mt/y of iron ore. ‘Category B’ mines, meanwhile, can collectively produce around 13-14 Mt/y, and so between them these mines have the potential to account for a significant proportion of the 30 Mt/y production cap for Karnataka as a whole.“The Supreme Court’s verdict is unlikely to have much impact on the seaborne market. We expect that pretty much all of the iron ore mined in Karnataka will be consumed by the domestic steel industry and, as such, the Supreme Court’s verdict is unlikely to have much of an impact on the seaborne market. The exception to this is that the recent trend of Indian steel mills looking to import tonnages from countries such as Australia and South Africa may well be reversed. However, on the whole, we see the implications of this verdict being largely limited to its impact on the domestic steel industry:Domestic steel mills in and around Karnataka will gain increased certainty over supplies of iron ore. The stocks of iron ore available for e-auction are currently at very low levelsThe availability of higher quality iron ore will increase. This was falling as better quality iron ore was initially auctioned firstThe utilisation rates of steel mills in Karnataka will, all other things being equal, likely increase.last_img read more

BlackBerry PlayBook Has Crappy Battery Life Rumor

first_imgRIM’s iPad competitor hasn’t even made its way into the hands of reviewers yet and it’s already starting to get poor marks. According to those familiar old unnamed sources, the business-minded tablet has a battery that only lasts “a few hours,” far shorter than that of its chief rival, Apple’s iPad (Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, meanwhile, claims six).Research in Motion, the sources continue, had to push the product back to 2011 from a planned September 2010 release, due to the aforementioned issues. RIM, for its part, is firmly denying the battery problems, chalking any reported issue up to incomplete versions of the hardware.AdChoices广告Says the company, “Any testing or observation of battery life to date by anyone outside of RIM would have been performed using pre-beta units that were built without power management implemented.”Expectations aren’t particularly high for the forthcoming device, with most analysts predicting that the Playbook will sell a fraction of what Apple moved in the iPad’s first year.last_img read more

Allo Allo star Gorden Kaye dies aged 75

first_img Image: YouTube ACTOR GORDEN KAYE, who was best-known for his portrayal of cafe owner Rene Artois in Allo Allo, has died aged 75.Kaye, who appeared in every episode of the long-running sitcom, passed away at a care home on Monday morning, the BBC reported.“Gorden Kaye was a terrific comic actor whose signature role, Rene Artois, earned his place in the comedy hall of fame,” Shane Allen, controller of BBC comedy commissioning said.“He was instrumental in making Allo Allo such a long running and well-loved series.”Kaye reunited with former cast members when Allo Allo returned for one-off special back in 2007. He is pictured here with Vicki Michelle, who played Yvette Carte-Blanche in the show. Her face was known to Irish audiences from a brief cameo in a 1980s Harp lager ad playing Sally O’Brien (“and the way she might look at you”). It caused a minor furore when it was revealed that the actress playing the sultry Sally was, in fact, English.Three years previously, Sam Kelly, who played Captain Hans Geering in the show passed away.Read: ‘Where there should be aspiration, there is sanction’ – Gardaí on their new ethics rules > Monday 23 Jan 2017, 4:14 PM Kaye as Allo Allo’s Rene and Vicki Michelle as Yvette on the Wogan Show in 1986. Image: YouTube By Garreth MacNamee 16,941 Views 28 Comments center_img Jan 23rd 2017, 4:14 PM Kaye as Allo Allo’s Rene and Vicki Michelle as Yvette on the Wogan Show in 1986. Allo Allo star Gorden Kaye dies aged 75 He appeared in all 84 episodes. Share200 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

John Stones criticizes Colombia

first_imgEngland defender John Stones says Colombia are the dirtiest team he ever faced, according to Sky Sports.Stones are his teammates triumphed over their Colombian counterparts 4-3 penalties, after a very tense game which ended 1-1 after extra-time.Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling and Colombia’s Julio Urtasu were both involved in an altercation, as Wilmar Barrios appeared to hit the chin of Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson with his head but American referee, Mark Geiger only awarded a yellow card to the Colombian.Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid, BrazilNeymar the reason Vinicius didn’t make Brazil debut, says Tite Andrew Smyth – September 7, 2019 Brazil boss Tite revealed that Neymar’s “perfect” body language meant Vinicius Junior was denied his long-awaited international debut Harry Kane score England’s goal from the spot after he was brought down in the penalty area by Colombia’s Carlos Sanchez. England appeared to be heading into the quarter-final until a late Yerry Mina header forced extra-time.Gareth Southgate’s men won the tie on penalties after Uribe and Carlos Bacca missed their spot kicks for Colombia.“The game was a strange one, probably the dirtiest I’ve played in my entire career. Their actions are the referee awarded us a penalty wasn’t nice in any way. They surrounded the referee and almost shoved him to the floor,” Stones said.last_img read more

ISRO looking at July 2122 for the relaunch of Chandrayaan2

first_imgThe Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is looking at a relaunch for Chandrayaan-2 as early as Sunday afternoon July 21 or the early hours of July 22, Monday. The space agency has two tentative schedules. Isro is yet to commit to this officially, and an announcement may be pending. The Isro had to postpone the launch of Chandrayaan-2 on July 15 following the detection of the last-minute leak in the cryogenic stage of the GSLV-MkIII. Also Read – Apple September 2019 Event: What Apple may Launch on September 10 Advertise With Us Sources that are aware of the ongoing rectification process has told that the new release date could arrive as early as Wednesday and that the launch could be scheduled for July 21. According to sources: “First we thought it could be early July 22 morning, similar time as the July 15 schedule. Now that has been reconfigured even to be launch sometime Sunday afternoon.” Also Read – Samsung Galaxy M30s – Price, Features and Specifications Advertise With Us While ISRO did not commit anything officially on this, an announcement may be pending. A senior scientist from Isro’s rocket confirmed that the space agency is “hopeful” of the launch by Monday. “That is what we hear from teams at the spaceport. It’s either Sunday or Monday,” another source said. “That’s what we hear from the teams at the spaceport, it’s Sunday or Monday,” said another source. Advertise With Us As per scientists, if we miss the July 31 window would affect the programme, as it would need more fuel to achieve the desired destinations. “It could even bring down the life of the orbiter to six months from the current one year around Moon,” a source had said. Also, in an indication of Isro’s urgency to launch in the July window, a fresh NOTAM (notice to airmen- an alert issued ahead of every launch) has been published on July 15. The alert is valid on July 17 between 2.30am and 3.30am, and for July 18 to 31 between 2 pm and 3.30pm.last_img read more

CM to inaugurate new cultural centre in Cooch Behar

first_imgCooch Behar: A new cultural centre called Utsav will be inaugurated here on October 29 by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Built at an estimated cost of Rs 14 crore, the new cultural complex has come up near the office of the District Magistrate.The air-conditioned auditorium has a seating capacity of 570 persons. There is a guest house and a conference room. On Thursday, Rabindranath Ghosh, state minister for North Bengal development, along with senior district officials including Bholanath Pandey, Superintendent of Police, inspected the site and held a meeting over the security arrangements. Ghosh said that final touches are being given to the building. The Chief Minister will come to the district and attend an administrative meeting on October 29, when she is likely to open the auditorium. On October 30, she will address a meeting at Rashmelar Math and will distribute the benefits of various social security schemes among the people.last_img read more

Tourists learn about the history of Ladysmith

first_imgNo less than 54 tourists from different countries are currently visiting Ladysmith.The tourists – from Switzerland, Germany and other countries – arrived on the Shongololo Express on Monday morning.They will be here for 13 days and are eager to learn about our town’s history.For many of them, this is their first time in Ladysmith and they are excited about broadening their knowledge and getting to know the townsfolk.The tourists exclaimed at how informative and well-kept the museum is. They had an enjoyable morning tour of the Siege Museum and the battlefields, including Wagon Hill and the Burgher Memorial.They also want to do some shopping around town!After their visit to Ladysmith, they will head off to Bloemfontein.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more

Nigeria celebrates 1 year with no new polio cases

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Flexible strategy was needed for the campaign to succeed. “Initially there was this wrong approach … we thought we could overcome it with global pressure and scientific information,” Tomori said. “It didn’t work.”The campaign had to win over religious and community leaders and grass-roots women’s groups, he said.Nigeria tracks vaccinators through GPS on their cell phones and has emergency operations centers that provide “real-time information,” said Tomori. “If someone refuses vaccination, we know within minutes and can go back and take action. Before, it could take weeks.”The polio tracking system has additional benefits. It formed the backbone of Nigeria’s successful efforts to fight Ebola.The WHO will not declare Nigeria out of the woods until 2017.“It will take another two extra years of no polio to be polio-free and that is why we cannot relax,” said Tomori, who has been fighting polio for 20 years.He said monitoring, surveillance and vaccinations all must increase to ensure no backsliding: “On no account must we lose focus and take our eye off the polio radar.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Patients with chronic pain give advice Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “We are celebrating the first time ever that Nigeria has gone without a case of polio, but with caution,” Dr. Tunji Funsho, chairman of Rotary International’s polio campaign in Nigeria, told The Associated Press.If there are no new cases and laboratory tests remain negative in the next few weeks, the World Health Organization will take Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, said Oliver Rosenbauer of the U.N. agency’s polio unit.Nigeria is the last African country on that list.The two remaining countries are Pakistan, which recorded 28 new cases this year, and Afghanistan, with five, said Rosenbauer. It’s a 99 percent reduction since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began in 1988, when one of the world’s most feared diseases was endemic in 125 countries and was paralyzing nearly 1,000 children every day.Polio shows up unsuspiciously as a fever and cold, followed quickly by acute paralysis as the virus destroys nerve cells. The disease mainly affects children under 5. The virus invades the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine, then is spread through the feces. It is highly contagious with infected but asymptomatic carriers able to spread it silently and swiftly. FILE- In this Sunday, April 13, 2014 file photo, an unidentified health official administers a polio vaccine to a child in Kawo Kano, Nigeria. Nigeria celebrates its first year with no reported case of polio on Friday, July 24, 2015 overcoming obstacles from Islamic supremacists who killed vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims. Just 20 years ago this West African nation was recording 1,000 cases a year of the crippling disease _ the highest number in the world _ and was stigmatized as the polio-epicenter of the world. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba, File) That’s why “surveillance takes place in every nook and cranny of this country, even in those areas that have been free for years,” said Rotary’s Funsho.In Nigeria, where Boko Haram Islamic extremists held a large swath of the northeast for months until March, that means testing sewage and stool samples of refugees from areas too dangerous to access.The extremists opposed the campaign and Boko Haram gunmen killed nine women vaccinators in northern Kano state in February 2013, but the vaccinations continued.The milestone has been reached despite the government’s failure to deliver the most basic services: 100 million of Nigeria’s 170 million people defecate in the open, while the percentage with piped water has shrunk from 12 percent in 1990 to 2 percent today, according to U.N. estimates.Nigeria has been on the brink of recording no new cases before, only to fall back during elections in 2007 and 2011 when money was lavished on political campaigns instead of vaccinations, said Dr. Oyewale Tomori, chairman of the government’s Expert Review Committee on Polio Eradication.Politicians spent unprecedented amounts on March elections that for the first time ousted a sitting president. But 2015 also brought the government’s biggest commitment of $80 million to fight polio. LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Once stigmatized as the world’s polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims.Just 20 years ago this West African nation was recording 1,000 polio cases a year — the highest in the world. The last recorded case of a child paralyzed by the wild polio virus endemic in Nigeria’s impoverished and mainly Muslim north was on July 24, 2014. Top Stories 4 must play golf courses in Arizonalast_img read more

Malpe beach to provide free WiFi facility from January 15

first_imgDistrict tourism department would be providing free WiFi facility at Malpe beach commencing from January 15 this year. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is making arrangements to facilitate this initiative, under which one number would be eligible to get an hour of WiFi, free of cost.“For the benefit of tourists, development works have been undertaken, priority is being given at the beach to cleanliness and safety, and maintenance of the district tourism website has been entrusted to Omega Solutions through e-tender process,” explained Deputy Commissioner of the district, Dr Vishal R. Even Reliance has come forward to provide WiFi facility for tourists.D Manjunathayya, Commissioner of Udupi City Municipal Council, has been directed to issue notices to illegal mobile carts selling snacks on Malpe beach and also to those carts which were not maintaining cleanliness. The police should hold talks with the Coastal Security Police on enhancing security on St. Mary’s Island, he said.He directed the Nirmiti Kendra to use Rs 33 lakh, which was remaining with it after the construction of a tourist jetty at Malpe, for installation of high-mast lamps, laying of inter-lock tiles, construction of gazeboes and a ticket issuing room there. These facilities would help the tourists at the jetty.The construction of basic infrastructure and roads to connect other beaches in the district such as those at Padubidri, Trasi, Maravanthe, Kaup and Othinene had been entrusted to the Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Development Ltd.last_img read more

Welcome to the most ridiculous ritual in sports W

first_img Welcome to the most ridiculous ritual in sports:When the NFL released its official schedule on Thursday, the sequencing of games sent fans into a frenzy. It became a headline story across the country, even though teams like the Cardinals have known the identity of their 13 opponents since late December. Conclusions were drawn and predictions will soon follow, even though the folly of this exercise should be obvious to all. Week 7: This is already a loss for the Valley. The Cardinals play a home game against Denver on Thursday Night Football, making their only primetime appearance of the season following a short week of practice. If that wasn’t bad enough, ASU hosts Stanford on the same night, splitting the audience and local allegiances.Week 8: Home game against San Francisco, the perfect launching pad into the second half of the season. Win here, against a team that always causes problems in Glendale, and the Cardinals will enjoy their bye week.Week 9: OFFWeek 10: Road game in Kansas City, at a time when Patrick Mahomes might be an overwhelmed rookie hitting the wall, or a breakout star in the NFL. I’m betting on the former, but it’s still not enough to win this game.Week 11: Home against the Raiders. Jon Gruden is back on the sidelines after a lengthy stint in television, just like ASU head coach Herm Edwards. Except one guy is still considered an impact coach while the other is a dinosaur targeted for ridicule. Maybe the Cardinals will do the Sun Devils a favor, changing that narrative when this game is over.Week 12: Road game in Los Angeles. Former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy (now the Cardinals offensive coordinator) against former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt (now the Chargers offensive coordinator). I like their chances, especially in a small stadium, where attendance will resemble the dark days at Sun Devil Stadium. Smart football fans and scarred bettors realize that every week is its own season, impossible to forecast and subject to injuries, matchup problems, time zones, weather patterns and bad bounces.This is also one of the treasured mileposts of the offseason, and not the time for cold-hearted reason. This is the emotional equivalent of Opening Day in Major League Baseball, when optimism trumps logic and defies hard lessons learned in the past.Related LinksArizona Cardinals 2018 schedule: By the numbersArizona Cardinals 2018 schedule features TNF vs. Denver, home openerOn the surface, the talking points are compelling. In 2018, the Patriots will open at home against the Texans, allowing Tyrann Mathieu to make an immediate splash with his new team. The Giants host the Jaguars in Week 1, marking the first time that Jacksonville executive Tom Coughlin will face the team he led to a pair of memorable Super Bowl victories.Coughlin’s last public appearance at MetLife Stadium occurred when he was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor. Like a defiant actor at the Academy Awards, he refused to leave the stage when his time had expired, even though players had already returned to the field. And when Coughlin showed up in Arizona last season, monitoring his Jaguars from the press box at University of Phoenix Stadium, his volatile temperament and table-banging antics astounded those who are duty-bound to mute their rooting interests and keep their mouths shut. 80 Comments   Share   Meanwhile, the Patriots host the Colts in Week 5, where contentious embers of Deflate-Gate have been reignited, courtesy of Josh McDaniels’ withdrawing from his verbal commitment to take over as head coach in Indianapolis.The NFL clearly understands the confluence of conflict and drama. They appreciate good television and the power of cliffhangers, scheduling nothing but division games in the final week of the season. And in Arizona, where the team hasn’t posted a winning record in two seasons, the road map is complicated and hard to decipher.The Cardinals have road games in Minnesota, Green Bay and Atlanta, where they haven’t posted a win in 135 years combined. They travel to Kansas City, where the weather and crowd noise are always more formidable than expected. Arizona hasn’t posted a victory here in four previous visits, playing so poorly that the post-game barbecue is little consolation.They also are gifted with three home games in the opening month of the season. Their one primetime appearance should benefit a team that flourishes when flying below the radar. The bye week comes in Week 9, landing at the midpoint of the season. Only one road game is slated for a breakfast start in Arizona (10 a.m.), where body clocks and disrupted routines have frequently led to erratic performances. There are no games on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, when the collective mindset can be scattered and full of distractions. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Week 13: Road game in Green Bay, where the average temperature bottoms out at 19 degrees and where half the city’s population has a Brett Favre jersey hanging in the closet. Enough said.Week 14: Home against Detroit, where familiarity breeds apathy. This is the fifth consecutive season the Cardinals will play the Lions, and the 14th time since the 2000 season. Neither team has won a Super Bowl, and their dueling histories make their battles feel small.Week 15: Road game in Atlanta, where the Cardinals have a history of showing up in a sleepy funk, leading to lopsided losses. Somehow, the worst professional sports town in America has served as kryptonite to our NFL franchise.Week 16: Home game against Los Angeles. If the Cardinals exceed expectations, this could be the most important game of the season.Week 17: Road game against Seattle. After Bruce Arians arrived in Arizona in 2013, the NFL learned that the Cardinals and Seahawks always save the best for the last. The Cardinals have won four of their last five games in Seattle, a road trip that has come to symbolize the ultimate consolation prize.In other words, W-L-W-W-L-L-L-W-L-L-L-L-W-L-W-LRecord: 6-10.But history proves that playoff projections based on a team’s schedule are beyond futile. They’re absurd. And with all these moving pieces in the Valley, from Bradford’s health to the impact of a new regime, that’s good news for football fans in Arizona. Arizona Cardinals NFL football team president Michael Bidwill, left, and head coach Steve Wilks watch their team run drills during a voluntary team activity Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at the Cardinals’ training facility in Tempe, Ariz.(AP Photo/Matt York) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Here are the easy takeaways that seem important at the moment, and will mean very little once kickoffs commence in September:Week 1: Home game against Washington, pitting the quarterback the Cardinals wanted (Alex Smith) against their third option (Sam Bradford).Week 2: Road game against Los Angeles, an early opportunity for the Cardinals to make an impact statement, atoning for two losses to the Rams in 2017. Including an embarrassing 33-0 defeat in London that marked the end of Carson Palmer’s career.Week 3: Home against the Bears. Good break for the Cardinals and a bad deal for Chicago writers, who will lament a trip to the Valley that arrives in September, before ice scrapers are part of their morning commute.Week 4: Home game against Seattle, and a wonderful opportunity for new head coach Steve Wilks to emerge from the shadow and legacy of Bruce Arians, who was 0-4-1 against the Seahawks in Glendale.Week 5: Road game in San Francisco, where the Cardinals will experience a vested fan base and not relish in the sound of crickets.Week 6: Road game in Minnesota, where Kirk Cousins is the new quarterback, where the Cardinals haven’t won since 1977 and where the decibel level can cause thunderclap headaches. If he’s still standing, it’s the perfect platform for Bradford to show Vikings fans what could’ve been had he not succumbed to another injury in 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterViking Cruises this week declared that American chemist, emergency room physician and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Anna Fisher will be honoured as godmother to its fifth ocean ship, which will debut in July 2018. The new ship has been named Viking Orion after the constellation and in honour of Dr. Fisher’s contributions to NASA’s Orion exploration vehicle project. The announcement was first made by Viking chairman, Torstein Hagen, during a press conference in New York City celebrating the first call in Manhattan for the company’s third ship, Viking Sky.The 930-guest Viking Orion reached a construction milestone on 28 September, when the ship met water for the first time during her “float out” ceremony at Fincantieri’s Ancona shipyard. Dr. Fisher attended the ceremony and assisted with several maritime traditions. Viking Orion will spend her maiden year sailing itineraries in the Mediterranean, before making her way to Asia, Australia, New Zealand and then Alaska.“Vikings were the original long-distance explorers and the first to use the stars and constellations as a way to navigate uncharted territory,” said Torstein Hagen. “The spirit of exploration is at the heart of everything we do, and so I am especially proud that an astronaut will be honoured as godmother to our new ship. Dr. Fisher is a past Viking guest, a fellow scientist and a true explorer. As one of the first women in space, she has inspired generations of curious minds, and I look forward to welcoming guests onboard Viking Orion to learn more about her impressive career in space exploration.”Viking Orion’s float out began at approximately 11.00am local time, and in keeping with maritime tradition, Dr. Fisher assisted with the ceremony, first “mast stepping,” by welding coins under the ship mast. The commemorative coins she welded represented her birth year, as well as the birth year of Chairman Hagen. Two special coins were also welded to represent members of the Hagen family: 1911 to represent Ragnhild “Mamsen” Hagen, the mother of Chairman Hagen, and 2012 to represent Finse, the yellow Labrador of Karine Hagen, Viking’s senior vice president and daughter of Torstein Hagen. Dr. Fisher then cut a cord to allow water to begin flowing into the ship’s building dock. Following a two-day process that set Viking Orion afloat, the ship was then moved to a nearby outfitting dock for final construction and interior build-out.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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