Report: Raiders looking to trade for linebackers, pass rushers

first_imgThe Raiders had just nine sacks before Sunday, which was fifth-worst in the NFL.Their defensive issues were a large part of Sunday’s disastrous game in Green Bay as the Raiders allowed six touchdowns in the Packers’ first seven possessions in a 42-24 loss. Aaron Rodgers, who hadn’t had one 300-yard passing game this season, eclipsed that barrier in the third quarter on his way to going 25-for-31 for 429 yards and five touchdown passes.Passer rating vs #Raiders the past 2 seasons: 105.3QBs with passer rating of 105.3 in NFL history (min 200 att): Patrick Mahomes, 113.6— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) October 20, 2019 Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon With the NFL’s trade deadline approaching, the Raiders are reportedly shopping for linebackers and pass rushers as they look to upgrade their defense for a possible playoff run.The Raiders will be buyers before the Oct. 29 trade deadline as they’ve been calling multiple teams looking to deal, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday. No particular players targeted by Oakland were revealed, but two intriguing edge rushers said to be available are Vic Beasley Jr. of the Falcons and Carlos Dunlap of the Bengals. Beasley, a free-agent-to-be has just 1.5 sacks this season and 11.5 since leading the NFL in 2016 with 15.5 sacks. Dunlap, who made two Pro Bowl appearances while working with current Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther in Cincinnati, would seem to be a perfect fit in Oakland. The 30-year-old Dunlap has two years left on his three-year, $40.6 million contract but has missed the past two games with a knee injury.The Raiders lost an important part of their defense when oft-penalized middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the season after a helmet-to-helmet against the Colts on Sept. 29. It also hasn’t helped that Oakland hasn’t received much help from three of their top draft choices, defensive end Clelin Ferrell, safety Johnathan Abram and cornerback Trayvon Mullen. Ferrell has the third-worst pass-rush win rate among all pass rushers, according to In addition, Mullen hasn’t been seeing much action — has him with a sub-par 55.5 grade. Abram, the promising first-round pick from Mississippi State, suffered a torn rotator cuff injury and is on injured reserve.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Despite some issues on defense, the Raiders were a surprising 3-2 before getting blown out by the Packers on Sunday. The Raiders defense came into the game 21st in the league in points allowed (24.6 per game) and 17th in yards allowed (355.6 per game). Their unit was ranked 29th out of 32 teams, according to Pro Football Articleslast_img read more

New Kenyan home for black rhinos

first_imgBecause Africa’s black rhino population is much smaller than that of the white rhino,the animals are more vulnerable to threatssuch as poaching and habitat loss. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Richard Emslie  African Rhino Specialist Group  +27 33 343 4065 RELATED ARTICLES • Black rhinos return to Serengeti • Rhinos to get revenge on poachers • Big Five cat moves into new reserve • Raggies to help shark conservation • EWT making tracks in conservationLyndon JafthaThe World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Services, has completed the second, and final phase of its US$72 250 (R560 000) project to transport 21 black rhinos from the privately owned Solio Ranch and Mugie Rhino Sanctuary, both in the Rift Valley province, to Ruma National Park in the southwestern Nyanza province.Home to a wide variety of birds and animals, including roan antelope which are found nowhere else in Kenya, the 120-square-kilometer Ruma National Park is managed by the Kenyan Wildlife Services (KWS) and was declared a rhino sanctuary at the end of 2011.Another advantage is that it is free of tsetse fly, that large biting insect that transmits diseases such as sleeping sickness.While the move was underway, the country’s forestry and wildlife minister Noah Wekesa reaffirmed Kenya’s stance on poaching, saying: “I want to send a strong message to the poachers that they shall be dealt with severely according to the law.”He then said that his ministry will review current penalties for those caught poaching, and if necessary would make them harsher.The move was also done to help encourage tourism in western Kenya. While it was once normal to see several rhino at once on a game drive, that is no longer the case, and the mighty animals were last seen in the area more than 50 years ago.Saving the black rhinoKenya’s black rhino (Diceros bicornis) population now numbers just 620, when a few decades ago it stood at over 20 000. The lowest numbers were seen in the mid-1980s, when just 300 individuals remained.The country, which once had one of the largest rhino populations on the continent, is working tirelessly to help save the remaining individuals, and has seen its efforts rewarded with the doubling of the population of black rhinos in recent years.The ever-present poaching situation is a serious threat to the goals of KWS to boost the numbers.However, Kenya has still escaped relatively lightly compared to the poaching toll in other countries. Of the almost 500 rhino killed in Africa over the past five years, 70 died in Kenya. In South Africa, 52 animals have been poached in 2012 alone – around one every day.Most poaching activity occurs in South Africa and Zimbabwe because of the bigger populations found there.The greatest demand for rhino horn comes from Asian countries, whose citizens mistakenly believe it has near-miraculous medicinal properties, and Middle Eastern nations such as Yemen, where the horn is carved into a highly prized dagger handle.The sophistication and the level of organisation of poachers and illegal traders has soared in recent years. Poachers are becoming almost military in the precision and speed of their operations and it has been noted that some former soldiers, with their combat training, have taken to poaching.Various groups such as the WWF, the International Rhino Foundation, the African Rhino Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and Saving Rhinos, to name a few, as well as national wildlife authorities, are fighting a constant battle to protect the sought-after beasts.Because of the poaching problem, KWS conducts a rhino census every year between July and October in the Tsaveo West Sanctuary. A few months after the census, which provides information on the number and distribution of black rhinos, the animals’ ears are notched to help with identification and tracking.During the 2010 exercise, transmitters were also inserted into the rhino horns. Under sedation, the animal received the device, which was placed into a hole drilled into the horn. The hole was sealed and the animal was marked, allowed to recover and then released.last_img read more

De-listing of wildlife officers disappointing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I just learned that the Ohio Department of Natural Resources no longer plans to offer each county’s wildlife officer’s name and voicemail phone number in the 2018/19 Fishing and Hunting regulations booklets. Instead, we are supposed to call one of the five district offices “where staff will answer many of the questions immediately or route the call to the appropriate county officer, if needed,” according to an agency spokesman, who added: “The intent is to answer non-enforcement questions at the district offices immediately rather than having the caller leave a voicemail. We believe this change will be helpful to our customers and officers, and we will evaluate the results.”One major result will be one less opportunity for one-on-one interaction between sportsmen, landowners and their local wildlife officers. I can’t tell you how often I consult the back of those booklets to get the name and phone number of the officer in a county about which I need information — or wish to share some. Or just want to have the name and contact info handy when I visit a particular county. Is delisting a way to hide the fact that not every county has an officer these days?I also worry that this is another step towards the Department of Natural Resources establishing a single law enforcement authority. They’ve already combined Parks with Watercraft, the result being skilled watercraft enforcement professionals directing RV traffic at state parks while busy pubic reservoirs over-run with boats go un-patrolled. Between this and attempting to reduce funding for local sportsmen clubs to offer recruitment programs — and the lack of news I am receiving from the agency anymore, and the quality of that I do receive — I am concerned about the direction our Department of Natural Resources is headed.If you are too, we have our opportunity to voice opinions in person at the March 3 open houses held from noon-3 p.m. at each district wildlife office. Open houses held March 3 Sportsmen are invited to offer public comment regarding the proposed and future hunting,trapping and fishing regulations at open houses scheduled across the state. The open houses will be held on Saturday, March 3, between noon and 3 p.m., and online comments will be accepted from now through Sunday, March 4.Open houses provide opportunities for anyone interested in sharing input and participating in Ohio’s professional fish and wildlife management process. ODNR Division of Wildlife biologists and law enforcement officers will be available to answer questions and receive comments. Those unable to attend an open house can provide comments online at house locations are:• Central Ohio: Wildlife District One office, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus 43215; 614-644-3925;• Northwest Ohio: Wildlife District Two office, 952 Lima Avenue, Findlay 45840; 419-424-5000;• Northeast Ohio: Wildlife District Three office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron 44319; 330-644-2293;• Southeast Ohio: Wildlife District Four office, 360 E. State Street, Athens 45701; 740-589-9930;• Southwest Ohio: Greene County Fish and Game, 1538 Union Road, Xenia 45385; 937-372-9261.Directions to the open houses can be found at or by calling 800-WILDLIFE (945-3543). Public input gathered at these open houses and online is critical and will be considered during the formation of future hunting and fishing regulations. A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s District One office on Thursday, March 15, at 9 a.m.The Ohio Wildlife Council is an eight-member board that approves all ODNR Division of Wildlife proposed rules and regulations. The council will vote on the proposed rules and season dates during its meeting on Wednesday, April 11, after considering public input. Council meetings are open to the public. Individuals who want to provide comments on a topic that iscurrently being considered by council are asked to preregister at least two days prior to the meeting by calling 614-265-6304. All comments are required to be three minutes or less.last_img read more

Putting Information on the Balance Sheet

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… RedMonk‘s James Governor and EMC VP of Global Marketing Chuck Hollis are calling for enterprises to put information on the balance sheet. In other words, start considering useful information as an asset and poorly managed information as a liability.“If you’ve got an expensive manufacturing machine, you invest periodically to keep the asset running in top shape, otherwise its value falls sharply over time,” writes Hollis. “Are information bases any different? How many databases in your organization are providing declining value simply because there isn’t a regular program of data maintenance and enhancement?”Not a bad idea. Taking it a step further, Gartner and Forrester have been agitating for IT to be a profit center, and putting information on the balance sheet would be a step towards quantifying the value IT provides an organization.One way to make information even more clearly an asset is to sell information in a marketplace like Azure DataMarket. And, for organizations that simply can’t do this, paying attention to these markets may help determine the value of information.Even though the CIO role is increasingly under fire, it’s also an increasingly important role. Intel CIO Diane Bryant said in a recent interview:It’s remarkable how dependent the business is on IT. Every business strategy we’re trying to deploy, every growth opportunity we’re pursuing and every cost reduction all funnels back to an IT solution. How do you go from hundreds of customers to thousands of customers? You do that through technology. You don’t scale the sales force by 10 times. I look across Intel’s corporate strategy and I can directly tie each one of our pillars to the IT solution that’s going to enable it. It’s a remarkable time to be in IT. All of a sudden the CIO had better be at the table in the business strategy discussions because they can’t launch a strategy without you.The new role for IT will be to make money for companies, not to just support operations. That’s a big shift in thinking, and it’s time to start making plans.Photo by Philippe Put Tags:#enterprise#Trends klint finleycenter_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

2 days agoJuventus chief Paratici confirms Mandzukic exit plans

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Juventus chief Paratici confirms Mandzukic exit plansby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici admits they’re ready to sell Mario Mandzukic.Paratici has opened the door for Mario Mandzukic to start training with another side ahead of a January transfer move.The striker is still being linked with Manchester United.”We are talking to Mandzukic to find the best possible solution,” Paratici told Sky Italia.”We remain open to any scenario, so staying here or going elsewhere. We are discussing it to find the best solution for both parties.”Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club. If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.” last_img read more

Can The Thunder Keep Their Comeback Rolling

By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On Thursday’s show (April 26, 2018), Neil and Kyle talk about two Western Conference series: Oklahoma City vs. Utah and Golden State vs. New Orleans. Russell Westbrook helped the Thunder force Game 6, but can his team really win two more consecutive games against the Jazz? And can the Pelicans take advantage of the Warriors while Golden State is without Stephen Curry?The Lab will be back with another episode next week. In the meantime, keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s NBA predictions, which are updated after every game. read more

Mens soccer OSU loses to Akron on Senior Night

OSU junior forward Nate Kohl (27) fights for a ball during a game against Akron on Oct. 26. Credit: Harrison Reber | For The LanternComing off a big win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Ohio State men’s soccer team looked to take down a rival of a different sort on Senior Night in-state foe Akron.The Buckeyes would not be as fortunate in this one, however, dropped a 2-0 contest against the Zips in their final regular season home game.“Akron is an explosive team with very good athletes and a lot of pace,” said OSU coach John Bluem. “We knew that would trouble us going in. We conceded a couple of bad goals early on. It put us in a hole that, against a team like that, you are probably not going to get out of.”Akron opened the scoring early in the first half.In just the 5th minute, Zips freshman forward Jonathan Lewis received the ball on a deflected pass and fired it into the back left of the net from 12 yards out, giving the Zips an early 1-0 lead.Later, in the 24th minute, freshman defender Nick Hinds received a pass at midfield and beat the keeper from the right wing, extending the Akron lead to 2-0.The two goals proved to be more than enough for the Zips, as they were able to hold the Buckeyes scoreless through 90 minutes. Akron outshot OSU 15-8, with both teams garnering five corner kicks apiece.The Buckeyes were without sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed and senior forward Danny Jensen, who both sat due to injury.Despite the loss, coach Bluem felt good about the intensity the team played with until the final whistle.“Its senior night and we just asked our guys to give it the best effort we possibly can and make sure we don’t give up,” Bluem said. “I think this team has given us that all year through a lot of adversity and a lot of challenges. We have never given up hope and always give it our best effort.”As part of the Senior Night festivities, the eight seniors on the roster were honored with their families before the start of the match, giving them time to reflect on their time at OSU.“It is crazy,” senior defender Tyler Kidwell said. “I just think about all the memories I’ve made in this stadium. I’ve had a little bit of success, but the friendships I have made have been awesome. I’ve met some lifelong friends. That’s the biggest part of it.”Senior defender Austin Bergstrom echoed his classmate.“It has been great,” Bergstrom said. “Coming in as a freshman I looked at the seniors and didn’t know how I was ever going to get to where they were. Now that I’m here, it’s pretty strange but it was really nice.”For the Buckeyes, there is only one game remaining on the regular season schedule: an away match against Wisconsin. For OSU, a win in the game could mean capturing a top-four seed in the Big Ten tournament.“We have a lot to look forward to still,” Bergstrom said. “The season isn’t over. I think we will go up to Wisconsin and give them a run for their money. We should come back with a win.” read more

Roma hero Nicolo Zaniolo stunned by his twogoal haul

first_img19-year-old Nicolo Zaniolo was lost for words after scoring both of AS Roma’s goals in their 2-1 first win over FC Porto in their last-16 Champions League tie.The Italian midfielder, who arrived at Roma last summer from Inter Milan as part of a trade deal for Radja Nainggolan, proved to be the difference at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night for the Giallorossi with two second-half goals.Zaniolo got his first of the game in the 70th-minute after controlling Edin Dzeko’s pass and then slotting the ball past former Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas.The teenager got his second six minutes later after Dzeko’s effort from 20 yards out hit the post for Zaniolo to then put it away to become the youngest Italian player to score a double in a Champions League match and help seal Roma a 2-1 first leg win over Porto.“I have no words, it’s a memorable day. I’ll never forget it in my life,” Zaniolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Now I want to focus on the return leg because the goal we gave up can be bothersome. We have to play like we did today without conceding anything to the opponents.“We had prepared it this way. I ran a lot, but I’m happy for the result. It’s a unique emotion to score under the Curva Sud, I can’t describe it. I hope to score many more.”Roma captain Daniele De Rossi also paid tribute to the youngster in what was also his first knockout Champions League game.“It’s another small milestone, perhaps not even a small one, that adds to what he is showing game after game and even training session after training session,” De Rossi said.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“He has an incredible natural physique for someone who is only 19 and also has great technical quality.“In my opinion, as perhaps with everyone now, he is already a very good player – and can become a great one.”Substitute Adrian Lopez capitalised on Tiquinho Soares’ mis-hit shot to score a crucial away goal for Porto to settle the scoreline at 2-1.The return leg between Porto and Roma will take place at the Estádio do Dragão in Portugal on March 6.😮 Remember the name!🇮🇹 Nicolò Zaniolo = youngest Italian player to score 2 goals in a #UCL match ⚽️⚽️— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) February 12, 2019last_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Dec 2014 – A testimony from one of the students benefiting from the feed the hungry program at Clement Howell High came in yesterday’s Poor Man’s Luncheon fundraiser. This moment of sharing highlighted the importance of the Salvation Army’s work in feeding people across the planet, and here in the Turks and Caicos. The Christian Organization which during the holiday season also has bell ringers placed at highly trafficked stores held the luncheon which featured what was meant to be a meager meal of soup, a small glass of switcher or lemonade and cake; the Poor Man’s Luncheon was held at the Seven Stars resort. Tickets were $50. And as for taste and ambience… there was nothing lacking there! Well done Seven Stars. Salvation Army does exceedingly abundantly more in Red Kettle Drive Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clement howell high sachool, poor man’s luncheon, salvation army Recommended for you Magnetic Media recommended Valentine’s Day Events Salvation Army gets big gift to boost donations; One Week at the Palms Resortlast_img read more

PDA to hold Provo rally tonight

first_img PDA takes rally to Five Cays Related Items:oswald skippings, progressive democratic alliance, rally, sam’s building PDA Candidate says representation lacking in Govt & Opposition Recommended for you PDA Leader calls for Ministry of Health to be more visible in their fight against Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Feb 2016 – The Progressive Democratic Alliance will hold its first Providenciales political rally tonight and it will do so at the very same site at the PDM Headquarters. The leader of the PDA, Oswald Skippings as many already know is a former chief minister and the former leader of the PDM. Skippings broke off the party he helped to establish and since Monday has been politically pitching his group of candidates ahead of the 2016/2017 General Elections. The Meeting is at Sam’s Building down town tonight at 7, in Provo. Monday it was Grand Turk and by Friday, the PDA rally will move to North Caicos. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more