Mayweather, McGregor smack tour only free thing for fans

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as money rains down on Conor McGregor during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will earn perhaps nine-figure paydays while fight fans will be charged $100 to watch on TV in high def and can’t get into the arena for anything less than a $500 face-value ticket —if they’re lucky.But in New York, where a “Hamilton” seat can cost you a rent check, there’s still a deal to be found — even in the fight game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games McFaul, a McGregor fan, said he’ll watch the fight with friends to split the $99.95 bill for the high-definition pay-per-view.“You’re bringing the best of two worlds together,” he said. “But I think the press conference is going to be better than the fight itself.”READ: Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face-off Tickets were free and a limited number were still available at the box office about 5 hours before showtime. But security turned fans away 30 minutes later and told them there were no more available. The dejected fans would have to probably watch the insults and vulgarities exchanged online.Or they could turn to the web: eBay had press conference tickets available for $50 for the Brooklyn tour stop and were going for about $80 for the final one in London.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NCAA: Teodoro heats up as JRU nabs first win “I don’t think these guys necessarily hated each other before we started this thing,” White said. “But by the time we leave London, they might not necessarily like each other very much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “That’s just dirty, selling press conference tickets,” UFC President Dana White said. “You can’t sell tickets to a press conference.”READ: Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout The tour ends Friday with its fourth stop in London — who knows, that may be more rounds than the actual fight, which many experts believe will be lopsided for the undefeated Mayweather.“Mike Tyson back in the day knocked out people in the first round,” McFaul said. “I want to see the spectacle.”Yes, the hype could go down as a more entertaining time than the 154-pound fight Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. The fighters can entertain as much as anything on Broadway.READ: LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to MayweatherMcGregor wore a white Gucci mink coat and raised a steel chair high over his head during a press conference at Madison Square Garden in November to promote his last UFC fight. And Mayweather has been living up to his “Pretty Boy” and “Money” nicknames as both fighters try to hype the fight.McGregor encouraged the crowd to shout expletives at Mayweather and his family before launching into a nearly 10-minute profanity-laced tirade during a stop Wednesday in Toronto. Mayweather mocked McGregor for being less wealthy and answering to UFC chief Dana White. And some fans accused McGregor of being racially insensitive when he yelled, “Dance for me, boy! Dance for me, son!” during an exchange.’READ: Before Mayweather-McGregor … Ali v Inoki Mutual respect between the fighters has suffered a resounding KO.center_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFans lined outside the home of the Brooklyn Nets hours before they were allowed inside the arena. They flocked in TMT gear or draped themselves Irish flags as they waited for the pair to start trading insults weeks before they exchange blows.NEW YORK, NY – JULY 13: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor face-off during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPJon McFaul, 28 of South Jersey, ordered his ticket online not long after they were made available to the public. McFaul and his friends showed up at noon for their shot at being among the first through the doors. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes The fight angling to become the richest in sports history is offering fans a bargain-basement price for this weeklong smack-talking circus: Free. It’s the cleanest four-letter word uttered by the Irish UFC star McGregor and the undefeated boxer Mayweather during a foul-mouthed promotional tour that stopped Thursday at the Barclays Center.READ: Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New York FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Xiaomi launches smartphone dock that checks blood pressure, heart rate

first_imgForget reaching out for those use-at-home devices or the hospital to check your blood pressure and heart rate. Here comes a much handy gadget that can do the job for you, and it is none other than your smartphone!Xiaomi has launched a smartphone dock in partnership with iHealth Labs that will be used to monitor blood pressure and heart rate. The company reportedly invested $25 million in iHealth Labs this week.As reported by a website, the smartphone dock will go on sale exclusively via Xiaomi’s website in China at a price of CNY 199. It can measure both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure along with the heart rate.The dock sports an attached pad that is attached to the person’s arm to take readings using the app on your smartphone. It is easy to use as Xiaomi states, and is ideal for elderly users. The results of the blood pressure and heart rate can be shared with others via the companion app.iHealth Labs has launched similar blood pressure dock for the iPhone which was much expensive than Xiaomi’s dock with a price tag of $79.95. Xiaomi’s debut in health-related gadgets was in July when it launched Mi Band alongside the Mi4 smartphone.last_img read more

Sports Highlights

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 7 (PTI) The following are the top/expected stories at 1730 hours EXPECTED STORIES: *FIFA World Cup- Report of quarterfinal match between Sweden and England. Report of quarterfinal match between Croatia and Russia. *Stories related to Wimbledon. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEWKuldeep, Chahal under pressure after England fight back By Chetan Narula Bristol, July 7 (PTI) Rendered ineffective in the previous match, India’s wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would look to bounce back against ‘well-prepared’ England batsmen as the two teams clash in the series-deciding third Twenty20 International, here tomorrow. SPO-IND-MORGAN Difference in conditions from Manchester helped us: Morgan Cardiff, July 7 (PTI) England skipper Eoin Morgan said the difference in conditions from the first game in Manchester worked to their advantage as they levelled the three-match Twenty20 series against India 1-1 after winning the second game. SPO-IND-CHAHALEngland did well to curb mistakes: Chahal By Chetan Narula Cardiff, July 7 (PTI) England batsmen made fewer mistakes in the second Twenty20 as compared to the Manchester game and consequently won the second match, said India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.SPO-IND-KOHLIEngland tackled Kuldeep well and it made difference: Kohli Cardiff, Jul 7 (PTI) England could level the series since they came well-prepared to effectively tackle wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, India captain Virat Kohli said after they lost the second Twenty20 by five wickets.SPO-DHONI-BIRTHDAYPapa you are getting older, daughter reminds Dhoni on 37th birthday Cardiff, July 7 (PTI) Ringing in his 37th birthday sporting a thick, grey beard, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reminded that he was “getting older” through a song by none other than his toddler daughter Ziva.advertisement SPO-WC-BETIbrahimovic, Beckham make friendly bet on Sweden-England Los Angeles, July 7 (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham have agreed on the terms of a friendly wager ahead of the England v Sweden World Cup quarter-final today. SPO-WC-BRAZIL-CAMPAIGNFour years on, another World Cup ends in agony for Neymar and BrazilKazan (Russia), July 7 (AFP) Four years after the psychodrama of Neymar’s injury and a humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat as hosts, Brazil are forced to come to terms with the crushing disappointment of a failed mission in Russia. PTI APA APA APAlast_img read more

The OSU-TCU nerd box score is insane

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Nerd BoxI wasn’t emotionally prepared for this. Not after the Seales/Offray arrests, not after listening to Gundy’s weekly presser, not after listening to Travis Ford talk about how this is the best defensive team he’s ever had (!)This is the most NSFW nerd box score we’ve seen all year — maybe of the entire Gundy Era (although I bet that 2009 Bedlam one is a gem).A few thoughts:• OSU would have needed 31 drives to keep its 20-point scoring streak alive based on scoring 0.64 points per drive. The Mike Yurcich Era, ladies and gentlemen!• That “own 25” average starting spot for OSU is as bad as I’ve ever seen since I started doing these.• The scariest part about all of this is that TCU actually wasted more points than OSU did in the red zone.• I’m not sure why I didn’t realize this but OSU didn’t make it past its own 48 for the last 32 minutes of the game.• 179 percent offensive efficiency is this:You hired someone from Shippensburg instead of me. Sure, I’ll go for it on 4th down up 33 in the 4th. pic.twitter.com/HzK1aEnFGL— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 18, 2014last_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kids

first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kidsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to keep sticking with the kids.Solskjaer knows it’s a tough gap to bridge to the top two.The Norwegian said: “I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. “Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.”Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy Plays Pokemon GO At Team’s Stadium

first_imgPokemon Go at Oklahoma State's stadium.Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy likes to try and keep up with the latest trends. Last time it was hoverboarding; today, it was Pokemon GO.The craze, which is based on the old card game Pokemon, has taken the country by storm. Pokemon GO is played on a downloadable cellphone app, and CNN has a breakdown of what it is all about. Anyway, the app, which is free to download and play, uses GPS to make a cartoony map of your neighborhood and basically anywhere you go. In this colorful, slightly Big-Brother-y version of reality, Pokémon are interspersed throughout, and when you come within range of a Pokémon you can “approach” them and they will show up on your phone.Today, Gundy posted a picture of him catching a Pokemon named Pidgey inside T. Boone Pickens Stadium.Gotta catch ’em all! #POKEmon pic.twitter.com/j0Kd5CyD7J— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) July 11, 2016Ok, who had Mike Gundy as the first coach to publicly acknowledge that he plays Pokemon Go? Our bet would have been Jim Harbaugh, because, well why not? [ Pistols Firing ]last_img read more

IMO 2020 to Fuel MA Activity among Carriers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Financially vulnerable carriers could be pushed into M&A by the extra costs associated with the new low-sulphur fuel law, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.Although the rising demand and freight rates in the final quarter of 2018 helped the container shipping industry to return a profit of around USD 1.5 billion, the industry still hasn’t fully recovered from the global financial crash and the devastating losses incurred thereafter.As the deadline for the IMO 2020 mandate draws nearer carriers are inevitably getting jittery about its overall impact, Drewry said. Worries arise whether the carriers are in a position to deal with a myriad of extra associated costs, such as unrecoverable BAFs, capex costs to install scrubbers and extra funding requirement for bunker credit, among others.“Without wanting to be too alarmist, there is the potential for IMO 2020 to inspire another major carrier bankruptcy and/or trigger more defensive M&A. It could turn out that the IMO will inadvertently push industry consolidation along, closer to where it needs to be in order to achieve sustainable profitability,” Drewry said.The last round of M&A that started with the merger of Chinese carriers Cosco and CSCL in 2016 and concluded with the integration of the Japanese carriers NYK, MOL and K Line into the Ocean Network Express (ONE) in the first quarter of 2018, made some headway in the consolidation process to the extent that the leading seven carriers now control approximately three-quarters of the world’s containership fleet.However, while previous M&A has handed near-full control of the global market to a handful of lines, there is still varying degrees of competition at a trade-route level.“Even if IMO 2020 does spur another round of industry consolidation, the chances are that there will still be enough carriers left to prevent the big trades from being highly concentrated. It will require a couple of highly unlikely mega M&As to really move the dial,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more

Fodder scam 16 get jail term

first_imgRanchi: A special CBI court here on Wednesday sentenced 16 fodder scam convicts to three to four year prison terms in a case relating to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 37 crore from the Chaibasa treasury in the 1990s.The court of S N Mishra also slapped varying penalties ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs seven lakh on the convicts in connection with RC 20A/96 case, defence counsel Sanjay Kumar said. RJD president Lalu Prasad is among 44 accused who have been convicted in the instant case in 2013. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCPrasad is serving prison term here after conviction in cases of multi-crore fodder scam. Those awarded jail term Wednesday included former treasury messenger and technical assistant Lal Mohan Gope, ex-account assistant of the treasury Bharat Narayan Das and ex-assistant accountant of the treasury Sahadeo Prasad, all employees of the Chaibasa treasury when the scam was unearthed, the counsel said. The rest were suppliers, he said. The CBI had filed a supplementary charge sheet against 20 persons as they had not been included in the original list of accused after not getting sanction, the lawyer said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsWhile one person is absconding, three others died during trial, the counsel said. On September 30, 2013, a total 44 accused, including former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, had been convicted in the same case. Thereafter, Prasad was convicted in three other fodder scam cases, with maximum 14 years sentence he got in one of the cases. He is facing trial in a fifth fodder scam case in Ranchi. The scams surfaced in undivided Bihar in the 1990s.last_img read more

Fears for seabirds after oil spill Theres probably a lot more oiled

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — At least 15 oiled seabirds have been spotted after Newfoundland’s largest-ever offshore oil spill, and one biologist says past spills indicate the number could be in the thousands.Husky Energy reported the sightings on Wednesday and confirmed one dead bird since an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean on Friday during an intense storm.The SeaRose platform was attempting to restart production when there was an equipment failure in a subsea line that released the oil.Experts on seabirds say an estimate on the number of birds killed from oiling could be months in the making, but is likely to grow.Gail Fraser, a leading seabird biologist at York University, said even a small number of oiled bird sightings are cause for concern and are likely a sign of much wider harm.“The fact that they have found oiled birds means that there’s probably a lot more oiled birds out there,” Fraser said.Prior oil spills have ended up with estimates of bird deaths that have grown into the thousands, she said.The 2004 Terra Nova spill that released 165,000 litres of oil into the ocean is estimated to have killed around 10,000 birds.The biologist noted the Terra Nova incident spilled less oil into the ocean, but it happened at the same time of year as the latest incident, meaning similar numbers of birds like murres and dovekies would have been in the area.Fraser said “millions” of birds migrate to the region from the Arctic around this time of year, and the weekend’s rough conditions mean getting an accurate count of killed birds may be impossible.“The conditions were terrible and that makes it a challenge to get good estimates of how many seabirds might be killed,” Fraser said. “It becomes kind of a hand-waving exercise and doing our best guess.”The region’s birds are particularly sensitive to oil pollution, Fraser said. The birds can die of hypothermia if even a small amount of oil slicks their plumage.They also have low reproduction rates and long lives, meaning a large hit to the population has a big impact.Fraser thinks these characteristics are not always reflected when companies are fined for hurting seabird populations.Syncrude Canada was fined $3 million in 2008 when more than 1,600 ducks were killed after landing in an Alberta tailings pond. By comparison, Petro-Canada was fined $290,000 for the Terra Nova spill believed to have killed 10,000 birds.“To kill 10,000 seabirds is a big deal ecologically and the fine should reflect that.”Scott Tessier, chief executive of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, said no oil sheens were spotted on the water on Monday or Tuesday, meaning the oil has likely broken down to the point that it cannot be cleaned up.The board is now focused on wildlife monitoring and its investigation into the incident.World Wildlife Fund Canada on Thursday called the spill “a stark reminder of the need for tougher regulations and stronger oversight” in the framework governing Canada’s oil and gas activities.In a statement, the group called for stronger regulations on spill prevention and response, a moratorium on new oil and gas licences in the Arctic and a ban on industrial development in marine protected areas.The statement addressed the risk to birds and fish, writing that oil exposure in adult female fish can lead to offspring deformities and cause internal damage to marine mammals like whales and dolphins.“The offshore boards have repeatedly assured the public that offshore operations are safe and there is nothing to worry about. This incident proves otherwise,” wrote Sigrid Kuehnemund, WWF-Canada’s vice president of oceans.“Crude oil is a poisonous substance and doesn’t simply disappear. It sinks into the marine environment and continues to wreak havoc in the food chain.”There are also concerns that the spill could pose a threat to the province’s fishery.The province’s Fish, Food and Allied Workers union last week expressed concern the spill could threaten the fishery’s standing in the global market if buyers fear tainted product.“An oil spill off of our coast, whatever the magnitude and source, threatens the livelihood of those who depend on the fisheries,” the union said in a statement.“The potential for socio-economic ramifications on the fishing industry cannot be ignored by industry and government.” Operators in Newfoundland’s offshore industry are responsible for following their own safety and environmental plans, and the regulatory board monitors and investigates when necessary.Trevor Pritchard, senior vice-president of Husky Energy in Atlantic Canada, said his team followed the company’s plans and procedures, and his company is investigating what caused the equipment to malfunction.“We’ve seen nothing that tells us we did not follow our internal procedures,” Pritchard said.Husky provides the procedures to the regulatory board but a Husky spokesperson said in an email that the company “does not disclose its specific operating procedures publicly for security and commercial reasons.”Pritchard says Husky won’t restart production until he has “full confidence” in the integrity of the subsea system.“Nobody wanted to see this incident happen. It’s a bad day for us. Can we change things, yes we can. I don’t know what they are yet,” Pritchard said.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

TSX lower on optimistic Chinese data lacklustre European numbers

The Toronto stock market added on more losses at the open, as traders digested a mixed outlook on global manufacturing in some of the world’s largest economies.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 34.90 points to 15,094.10. The Canadian dollar was up 0.08 of a cent to 90.73 cents U.S.The latest figures from China came in better than expected, and eased some concerns that growth outlook for the world’s second-largest economy had stalled. The numbers showed that factory orders went up to 50.5 this month from 50.2 in August. Anything above 50 indicates an expansion.Analysts had expected the reading to fall for a second month, dragged down by the slumping Chinese property market. Last month’s purchasing managers’ index reading was a sharp fall from the 18-month high of 51.7 reached in July.But that optimism didn’t play out in Europe, where more signs indicate that the 18-country eurozone economy hasn’t found much renewed momentum, despite stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.U.S. markets fell into negative territory with the Dow Jones industrials down 54.55 points to 17,118.13. The Nasdaq dropped 19.01 points to 4,508.68 and the S&P 500 index lost 7.59 points to 1,986.70. read more

One in three people suffers malnutrition at global cost of 35 trillion

FAO/WHO International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition Session at FAO headquarters in Rome. Photo: FAO/Carlo Perla No country is immune from malnutrition – either undernutrition or overweight and obesity – whose “human, social, environmental and economic costs are overwhelming,” said the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, during his opening remarks at the International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition. “Nutrition must be considered a public issue, a State responsibility,” he said, adding that “consumers must be empowered to choose healthy food and diets” through nutrition-sensitive social protection, nutrition education, and effective and accurate labelling and advertising. According to a press release, the two-day event, co-organized by FAO and the World Health Organization (WHO), examines country-level challenges and successes to shed light on effective approaches to reshaping food production, processing, marketing and retail systems to better tackle the problem of malnutrition, which blights the lives of billions of individuals and can trap generations in a vicious cycle of poverty and malnutrition. Mr. Graziano da Silva pledged FAO’s support to help countries adopt a food systems approach to address all states of the food chain: from production and processing to marketing and consumption. Speaking at two-day international symposium in Rome, FAO Director General, José Graziano da Silva, says that one in three people suffers from some form of malnutrition. Credit: UN News CentreGovernments should encourage diversification of agriculture, improved post-harvest management, facilitate market access for poor family farmers and guarantee food-safety, he added. The FAO Director-General also announced that King Letsie III of Lesotho is FAO’s newest Special Ambassador for Nutrition. Also addressing the symposium was Francesco Branca, the Director of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (WHO), who delivered remarks on behalf of the agency’s Director-General, Margaret Chan. “Nutrition is a challenge for all countries. Whether it is stunting, wasting, anaemia or obesity, no country is exempt. With the sustainable development goals we are committed to end all forms of malnutrition by the year 2030,” in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Ms. Chan said in her message. “With the great leadership of many Member States, the energy of civil society, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the private sector we can collectively achieve in a short time dramatic change in food systems and the food environment, for the improvement of everybody’s nutrition,” Ms. Chan added. Over two billion people on the planet suffer from health-affecting micronutrient deficiencies, and an estimated 150 million children under 5 years of age are stunted due to poor diets. At the same time, 1.9 billion people are now overweight – 600 million of them are classified as obese. This past April, the UN declared the start of an “International Decade on Nutrition” to follow through on commitments made at the second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in 2014 and meet the nutrition-related targets of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

Was Jalen Ramsey Right About Gronk

*YAC = Yards After CatchSource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Gronk fares worse against more defensive backsChange in key receiving metrics for Rob Gronkowski by number of opposing defensive backs on the field, 2016-18 Opposing DefenseTargets Per RouteAir Yds. per TargetCatches per TargetYAC* per CatchAdj. Catch Yds. per Route Percent change-41.4%14.5%-2.6%-1.4%-37.6% Although Gronkowski’s ability to rumble downfield after the catch isn’t overly affected by facing more defensive backs — which isn’t a surprise when a man of Gronk’s size is facing tiny cornerbacks — and his average depth of target actually increases a lot (meaning he’s running deeper routes), Gronk’s ability to get open and make plays dips significantly when there are fewer mismatches to exploit in the opposing coverage. As a result, Gronk’s Adjusted Catch Yards (a measure of receiving productivity that gives bonuses for touchdowns and moving the chains) per route run are down nearly 40 percent against five or more DBs over the past three seasons. By comparison, the average NFL tight end only sees his Adjusted Catch Yards per route fall by about 18 percent under those circumstances.So in that sense, Ramsey is right. And given how dependent the Patriots are on Gronk’s stat-stuffing, Jacksonville could gain a disproportionate edge if Ramsey and his fellow DBs neutralize the Pats’ big, lovable human wrecking ball. Against the Jags in the first half of last year’s AFC title game, Gronkowski was limited to one catch on three targets, with zero touchdowns (before a concussion took him out of the game for the second half). Not coincidentally, between Gronk’s limited impact and subsequent absence, the Pats barely mustered enough points to pull past Jacksonville and make the Super Bowl.That said, it should be noted that even a Gronk limited by opposing defensive backs is better than just about every other tight end on the planet. Since 2016, Gronkowski’s Adjusted Catch Yards per route against five or more DBs (3.25) was still 30 percent better than the overall average for NFL tight ends (regardless of opposing coverage). To paraphrase Dan Patrick, you can’t truly stop Gronk; you can only hope to contain him. And that goes even for Jalen Ramsey. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the NFL’s undisputed best at his position, and he might even be the best of all time. Well, OK, that’s according to most football-watchers. Not everyone is buying Gronk’s greatness — and by “not everyone,” I mean Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who was considered to be the best in the game last season. In an … ahem, wide-ranging interview with ESPN’s Mina Kimes last month, Ramsey had this to say about Gronkowski:“I don’t think Gronk’s good. Let me say — I don’t think Gronk is as great as people think he is.”With the Jags and Patriots lined up to play Sunday, that quote has seen plenty of recirculation. “It motivates you to hear that,” Gronkowski told reporters when asked about Ramsey’s remarks. But there is something to Ramsey’s criticism, even if it means that Gronk can be reduced to merely regular-dominant, rather than ridiculously so.Ramsey’s central critique of Gronk surrounds the way he feasts on linebackers and safeties but isn’t as dominant against cornerbacks. “Any time Gronk has been matched up with a corner, he’s had a very bad game,” Ramsey told Kimes, “and that corner has had a very good game.” This echoed Ramsey’s comments in an earlier GQ story — the guy really made the media rounds last month! — where he said, “I think I match up well against him. Gronk’s never played a corner like me.”As Kimes notes in her story, Gronkowski’s numbers do drop when he is lined up on the outside rather than in the slot. “His catch rate drops from 71 percent to 56 percent,” she writes, “which is lower than that of the average NFL tight end.” Ramsey himself referenced similar numbers from Jacksonville’s analytics department. With more defensive attention from coverage specialists, Gronkowski doesn’t get as many favorable matchups — and unequal matchups are what he thrives against.Using the same key receiving metrics we employed when assessing Falcons wideout Julio Jones’ greatness, here’s how Gronk’s production changes depending on how many defensive backs he has to face (which, presumably, increases the odds he’ll face a cornerback like Ramsey): Five or more DBs18.912.767.16.123.3 Avg. NFL TE-7.2%5.6%2.3%-30.8%-17.6% Four or fewer DBs32.311.168.96.215.2 read more

Divorced parents who pit children against former partners guilty of abuse

first_imgDivorced parents who “brainwash” their children against ex-partners are guilty of “abuse”, the head of the agency that looks after youngsters’ interests in family courts has said.Anthony Douglas, chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), warned against the danger of “parental alienation”.He said the deliberate manipulation of a child by one parent against the other has become so common in family breakdowns that it should be dealt with like any other form of neglect or child abuse.According to Cafcass, parental alienation is responsible for around 80 per cent of the most difficult cases that come before the family courts.   Alienation can include a parent constantly badmouthing or belittling the other adult, limiting contact between the child and the targeted parent, forbidding discussion about them, creating the impression the parent does not love the child and forcing the child to reject the parent.“It’s undoubtedly a form of neglect or child abuse in terms of the impact it can have,” said Mr Douglas. “I think the way you treat your children after a relationship has broken up is just as powerful a public health issue as smoking or drinking.”One mother, who wants to remain unnamed, described how she was cut off from her son two years ago by her ex-husband.She said her former partner made “false and fabricated allegations” against her in order to gain custody and “manipulate my son so deeply that he now has no memory of his loving childhood with me”.Now her contact with the 14-year-old is limited to Skype conversations and visits once a month.“If I had been sent to prison I would have been able to see my son more than I do now,” she said. “My son is brainwashed – he is emotionally dependent on his father and behaves as if he were in a cult. My son has no idea what is going on, only that he feels angry at me.“The more parents who stand up to this and say it is unacceptable the better. Emotional abuse is just as horrible and controlling as physical abuse. It’s unacceptable and things need to change in the way it is dealt with.”  In some countries, governments have put in place legislation to prevent such behaviour. In Italy parents can be fined, whereas in Mexico, guilty adults can be given a 15-year jail term.And in America “parenting coordinators” are ordered and supervised by the courts to help restore relationships between parents and children identified as “alienated”. I think the way you treat your children after a relationship has broken up is just as powerful a public health issue as smoking or drinkingAnthony Douglas, Cafcass Mr Douglas said: “There isn’t a specific criminal law that outlaws parental alienation in the UK. But we do have family law and through assessments and enforcement proceedings, we do have the ability to send parents to prison or give them community sentences.”But this is hardly ever the case because ultimately the punishment on the parent will rebound on the child.”However, judges in the UK are starting to recognise parental alienation, which is leading to some children being removed from the offending parent.“But this is fraught with difficulty,” said Mr Douglas. “It’s a rocky road and a difficult process.”Joanna Abrahams, head of family law at Setfords Solicitors, is one of the country’s few specialists in parental alienation.She said: “The amount of enquiries we are getting about this type of behaviour is growing all the time. At the moment we get about three calls a day about this – and that’s a lot.“It’s always been there but people are now beginning to understand more about it and how harmful it can be. You can run into the tens of thousands on cases like these.“The frustration when you can’t see your child takes over people’s entire lives. Some kind of legislation needs to be put in place but what that is I can’t say.“Each case is of course very different and it’s not always that someone is doing this on purpose. It might be subconscious behaviour.”center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Abrahams is looking to draw up a team of experts to see if a committee could be formulated to tackle parental alienation.“It’s in the embryonic stages at the moment but it would include myself, Cafcass social workers and mental health workers – a cross-range of experts with the hope of developing something.“I think we need to all work together to have a more joined-up approach to this behaviour which can be so damaging.”last_img read more

A proud night for the son of a Kerry GAA legend and

first_imgA proud night for the son of a Kerry GAA legend and more Ireland-Iceland talking points John Egan was one of four Ireland debutants last night, with Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle and Conor Hourihane also making their international bows. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article John Egan made his senior Ireland debut last night. Mar 29th 2017, 7:05 AM Short URL Honoured to have made my debut for my country tonight 🇮🇪☘️ pic.twitter.com/Cb2g6n6AYm— John Egan (@JohnEgan92) March 29, 2017 10 Comments 1. A proud night for John Egan MARTIN O’NEILL AND John Egan go back a long way.The pair first encountered one another when both were at Sunderland — O’Neill as manager and Egan as a promising youth team player.When the Cork-born defender was just 19, O’Neill gave him a squad number and played him in the club’s pre-season tour of South Korea ahead of the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.When Egan broke his leg in two places during a loan spell at Bradford, the Derry native was one of the first people to visit him in hospital.In addition, one of O’Neill’s last acts as Sunderland manager before getting sacked was to hand Egan a contract extension.“If heart and desire are anything to go on, John will cakewalk his career,” O’Neill said almost four years ago to the day. “I gave him a squad number in the first-team at the start of last season, almost as much for attitude as anything else. He’s got a fantastic attitude to do really well.”Unfortunately for Egan, O’Neill’s successor at Sunderland, Gus Poyet, failed to take as much of a shine to him and it wasn’t long before the Cork native was shown the exit door at the Stadium of Light.Yet whereas so many young Irish footballers never get over failing to make the grade with a Premier League side, Egan had the resolve to recover from this setback.In his first full season with Gillingham, he played in all but one of their matches and was named the club’s Player of the Year. Last season, he continued to excel, earning in a place PFA League One team of the season.After joining Brentford in the summer, he has already established himself as a key figure and fan favourite at the club, recently signing a contract extension to boot with the Bees, who are currently 14th in the Championship.Last night saw him link back up with old friends Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick, both of whom he played with and against in his younger days. Egan and Hendrick were both part of the Irish U19 team that reached the semi-finals of the 2011 UEFA European U19 Championship. The trio, along with Cyrus Christie and Daryl Horgan, were part of a strong contingent of 1992-born Irish players to feature last night. The quintet’s progression through the ranks provides hope that the future of Irish football will not be as gloomy as many have predicted.Indeed, Egan has rarely been one for negativity. Asked about his international prospects in an interview with The42 last year, the-then Gillingham player sounded confident.I’ve had a good season — I’m happy with my form,” he said. “I believe in my ability to go on and do it at a higher level and so hopefully, I can break into the Ireland team.“But I need to get myself to that stage and that platform first, and if I’m producing the goods on the pitch, stuff like that will follow. So I’ll have to keep my head down and keep doing well on the pitch.” Last night, he finally fulfilled a lifelong dream, though his senior international bow was not perfect. Within two minutes, Egan had drawn blood after a nasty elbow from striker Kjartan Henry Finnbogason, but this incident wasn’t going to spoil a momentous night.The 24-year-old also will have been disappointed at conceding a needless free-kick from which Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson curled home the game’s only goal, but otherwise looked solid in what O’Neill — once again a key figure amid a seminal occasion in Egan’s career – described afterwards as a “fine” performance.The son of the late John Egan Senior — a Kerry GAA legend and winner of six All-Ireland medals and nine Munster titles, and who captained the side that narrowly lost out to Offaly in the famous 1982 five-in-a-row final, the young centre-back was in reflective mood after playing the first 64 minutes against Iceland.He would have been proud, tonight’s a night you’d miss him a bit more because you would have loved to see him here,” he said of his father. “The rest of my family were here and I think they enjoyed it.”2. Ireland’s attacking deficiencies a cause for concern Kevin Doyle suffered from a lack of service in attack. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOIt’s been a mixed week for Ireland and Martin O’Neill. Last Friday, they earned what could turn out to be a crucial World Cup qualifying point against Wales, but all that was overshadowed by the broken leg which captain Seamus Coleman suffered.Similarly last night, there were positives in the fact that O’Neill had a chance to give fringe members of the squad some invaluable experience at international level, with a few — most notably Daryl Horgan — showing flashes of promise, while the former Dundalk player’s fellow Ireland debutants Conor Hourihane, John Egan and Andy Boyle also acquitted themselves relatively well.Yet overall, it was a poor enough performance from the Irish side against a similarly understrength Iceland outfit. Yes, it was only a friendly, but there were familiar problems for the side.In 180 minutes during their two games this week, the Boys in Green managed a paltry total of two shots on target. On both occasions, they didn’t ever really look capable of scoring, despite all their admirable endeavour and impressive defensive organisation.It is consequently the backline that remains this Irish side’s key asset. Some of the Europe’s most highly rated sides — Italy, Germany, Wales, Austria and Bosnia — have all failed to score in games against Martin O’Neill’s men. Only once — the decidedly below-par Belgium match at Euro 2016 — have they conceded more than two goals in a single competitive match.The team have been less successful down the other end of the field, however. In their World Cup qualifying group, Ireland have managed just seven goals in five games — only Georgia and Moldova have a worse record. It was a similar story in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, with only Georgia and Gibraltar managing less goals.Moreover, if you exclude matches against Gibraltar, the 3-1 victory over Moldova last October was the first time a Martin O’Neill-managed Irish side had scored more than two goals in a competitive fixture.Another issue of late has been the conspicuous absence of a certain individual. At the FAI awards the other week, it was noticeable that of Ireland’s three goal-of-the-year nominees, one was scored by Hoolahan while the other two were set up by the Norwich man.The ex-Shelbourne player may give the ball away more often than others in the side, as was patently evident in the aforementioned Moldova game where he also had a major hand in two of the goals, but what separates the 34-year-old from most of his teammates is his commitment to taking risks in possession. His tendency to concede possession on occasion is more noticeable because he is always trying to do something clever. All too often last night, Ireland’s players took the safe option of a sideways pass or a punt up the middle. These conservative decisions won’t attract groans from the crowd in the same way as an unsuccessful dribble or inaccurate through ball will, but in matches where the Dubliner attempts such audacious feats, invariably at least a couple do come off.And just as vital as Hoolahan’s assists is his tendency to make those around him play better. Having one player who desperately wants the ball all the time can bring others out of their shell. But without the Dubliner, who will be 36 by the time the next World Cup rolls around, Ireland for the most part lacked the confidence to play through midfield against both Wales and Iceland.Jeff Hendrick and Conor Hourihane, last night, seldom demanded a pass, even in the fairly laidback circumstances of a friendly. As a consequence, the ball continually sailed over their head as attack after toothless attack petered out in dispiriting fashion, with Kevin Doyle and subsequently Shane Long not getting much joy out of a resolute Icelandic backline.Elsewhere in the team, despite his admirable work ethic and explosive pace, James McClean never really looked totally comfortable as a makeshift second striker, and it seems unlikely that O’Neill will persist with this experiment in the long-term.Man-of-the-match Robbie Brady, meanwhile, was arguably Ireland’s brightest player going forward, and the Ireland boss suggested in his post-match press conference that he would ideally have liked to play the Burnley star in a more advanced role. Unfortunately though, the 65-year-old coach was hamstrung by a lack of alternatives at left-back, with first-choice Stephen Ward presumably tired after playing the full 90 minutes against Wales the other night.O’Neill also conceded afterwards that Ireland’s attacking ineptitude was an issue.First of all, first half, we didn’t do well at all,” the Ireland boss admitted. “The second half, I thought we had loads of possession. But you’re right — creating some clear-cut chances is something we have to try to do better.”3. Inconsistent Aiden McGeady continues to frustrate Aiden McGeady has impressed for Preston recently but struggled to make an impact for Ireland last night. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOAiden McGeady has done remarkably well in recent weeks, as recognition in the form of his recent Championship player-of-the-month award underlines.On Tuesday, however, the winger had a bad day at the office.Last June, after a pre-Euro 2016 friendly with Belarus, Roy Keane infamously said of McGeady: “He can do a lot better but maybe that’s the story of Aiden’s career.”Those words could have applied last night as well. Every time the 30-year-old got the ball, there was a sense of hope and expectation audible among the 37,000 people who attended the Aviva Stadium, and only in that sense was it reminiscent of past days in Dublin when another talented winger, Damien Duff, regularly tormented defenders.McGeady was not short of tricks, as usual, and he clearly had the beating of his marker, but every time the former Celtic star found space, the final ball in was poor.When Preston teammate Daryl Horgan came on, the difference compared to McGeady was noticeable. Instead of tame, lofted crosses that were easily cleared or dealt with by the goalkeeper, Horgan drilled balls in that created a genuine sense of panic in the visitors’ defence, even if they didn’t always pick out a green shirt.McGeady deserves to be cut some slack on account his excellent form at Championship level, but while the stakes were reasonably low, last night still felt like a missed opportunity for the talented winger to prove that he still has a major role to play in this Irish team.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Player ratings: How the Boys in Green fared against Iceland>James Rodriguez causes middle finger storm> Source: John Egan/Twitter By Paul Fennessy Follow us: the42.ie Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 7:05 AM Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Share8 Tweet Email1 John Egan made his senior Ireland debut last night. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO http://the42.ie/3311989 22,826 Views last_img read more

Lowincome services ordinance heads to Vancouver City Council

first_imgIt’s taken nearly a dozen meetings and more than two years to develop a plan to repeal and replace the rules that govern how and where low-income people are assisted in Vancouver.On Wednesday, the Vancouver Planning Commission, which is an advisory group, voted to send the revised Human Services Facilities ordinance to the city council.The planning commission doubled down on its initial recommendation, known as Option A, to reclassify human service facilities and implement conditional use permits and performance standards for shelters, day centers and soup kitchens. This recommendation comes despite the city council’s request to reconsider tacking on additional standards and fees that may unintentionally burden service providers.Essentially the question is this: Should the city hold homeless service providers to high standards, even if they are cost-prohibitive? Or should the regulations be relaxed in hopes more providers will deliver more services?There’s a legal component too. Since Vancouver’s current siting ordinance was adopted in 1991, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected similar laws, raising concerns the city could be sued. Specifically, the city is concerned about lawsuits relating to discrimination against physical abilities and familial status as outlined in the Fair Housing Act.last_img read more

SWAT standoff in North Park connected to Midway District homicide

first_imgSWAT standoff in North Park connected to Midway District homicide February 25, 2018 John Soderman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SWAT SCENE UPDATE: The search for a homicide suspect at an apartment complex in the 3000 block of Upas has ended. Out of an abundance of caution our SWAT team was used for the search. The suspect was not located. Thanks for your patience to those who were impacted by the scene. pic.twitter.com/Qx4CeuFW1g— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) February 26, 2018 Posted: February 25, 2018 Updated: 7:02 PM John Soderman, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The fatal shooting of a man outside a gym in the Midway District today led to an hours-long standoff at an apartment complex miles away in North Park.The shooting was near a 24 Hour Fitness in the 3600 block of Midway Drive just before 11 a.m., San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.Details were unclear, but Delimitros said the shooting was connected to a SWAT standoff at an apartment complex near the intersection of 30th Street and Upas Street, just a few blocks east of Balboa Park.Officers responded to the apartment about noon. Roads in the area were blocked off by police for more than six hours while the standoff continued.Around 6:15 p.m. the SWAT team made entry into the apartment but the suspect was not there, according to police.The SWAT wrapped up their operation and left the scene, police said.No suspect description was immediately available.last_img read more

Starbucks unveils new maple pecan latte

first_img(WSVN) – Starbucks’ famous pumpkin spice latte might have some competition.The coffee chain celebrated the first day of fall by unveiling the maple pecan latte.The maple pecan latte is a mix of maple pecan syrup with espresso and milk, topped with a sprinkle of orange and golden-brown sugar crystals.Starbucks also unveiled their new fall cups, which come in shades of plum, teal and orange.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

India may ban imports of 24carat gold jewellery to avoid misuse of

first_imgIndia is planning to ban imports of 24-carat gold jewellery in an attempt to curb the misuse of free trade agreements (FTAs) with Asian countries, the DNA newspaper reported on Friday.The world’s second biggest gold consumer raised the import duty on the metal to 10 percent in 2013 to curb demand but that has boosted smuggling and prompted some importers to use India’s FTAs with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to import 24-carat gold jewellery at just two percent import duty.The imported jewellery is then melted to make coins and bars and sold in the local market, industry officials said.The government is now planning to change existing rules to allow imports of only lower-quality 18 and 22-carat jewellery, the newspaper said, citing unnamed government officials.Finance ministry officials were not immediately available for comment on the report.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told parliament on Friday that authorities at Indian airports seized 8.32 billion rupees ($124 million) of smuggled gold in the year that ended in March. Seizures came to 4.3 billion rupees from April 1 to the middle of November.India’s gold buying in the key December quarter is likely to fall to the lowest level in eight years, hurt by poor investment demand and back-to-back droughts that have slashed earnings for the country’s millions of farmers.Mining.com reports that 2015 has been an especially bad year for gold in India. December quarter demand could fall to 150 to 175 tonnes, Bachhraj Bamalwa, a director with the All India Gems & Jewellery Trade Federation. That would be the lowest in eights year and compares to a 5-year average for the quarter of 231 tonnes, according to the World Gold Council.This year 302 of the 640 districts in India experienced at least a 20% shortfall compared to normal rainfall. The lack of demand is being blamed on a severe drought now in its second year that has hurt incomes for the country’s more than 50 million small scale farmers and depressed buying in rural areas which account for the bulk of India’s gold demand.last_img read more

Bangladesh faces challenge to end child labour by 2025 Experts

first_imgParticipants pose for a photograph at a roundtable on progress and challenges in eliminating child labor at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban on Tuesday. Photo: Shuvra Kanti DasBangladesh needs to take measures to eliminate all forms of child labour within 2025 as per its commitment to attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), experts have said. “Complete elimination of child labour by next six years is a challenging task for Bangladesh,” ILO’s country director Tuomo Poutiainen told a roundtable.Prothom Alo in association with International Labour Organisation organised the roundtable at Karwan Bazar’s CA Bhaban in the capital on Tuesday. Tuomo Poutiainen underscored the need for a coordinated work among civil society, government and development partners to this end. Child labour experts said there should be policy so that no underage children freshly join work.They also called for a social movement and safety net programme for rehabilitation of those engaged in child labours. More than one speaker emphasised on strengthening effort to fight child labor to attain SDG 8.7 goal.According to the goal, immediate and effective measures should be taken to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, and end child labour in all its forms by 2025.Labour ministry’s additional secretary Sakiun Nahar Begum said it is not possible to stop child labour by force; rather there should be a social movement against it. Motivating the parents of children can be a viable option to stop child labour, she added.Labour ministry’s deputy secretary Ruhul Amin said the National Action Plan on child labour should be reviewed and implemented to fight child labor in Bangladesh.He also underscored the need of child budget.Bangladesh Employers Foundation’s (BEF) SDG coordinator Samiur Rahman Khan pointed out the failure of government primary schools to attract students.“As a result, dropout rate is increasing among the children and they are subsequently joining labour force,” he added.World Vision’s deputy director Sabira Nupur said bringing a huge number of children out of labour force is a difficult task. The families should be provided with alternative income source so that they do not go back to earlier works after being brought out of it.Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments (DIFE) joint inspector general Mustafizur Rahman said providing the children with vocational training can be an effective way to rehabilitate them.Save the Children’s director Abdulla Al Mamun said Bangladesh should ratify ILO convention 138 concerning minimum age for admission to employment.Referring to a study of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), the organisation’s joint secretary general Jafrul Hasan said as many as 182 domestic workers were killed and 146 injured between 2014 to 2018.“Against this backdrop, how can the domestic work be kept out of the purview of the labour law,” he raised question.Bangladesh Shishu Odhikar Forum’s director Abdus Sohid Mahmud said thousands of children are involved in risky informal sector jobs. No goals can be achieved by leaving them behind, he added. Child labour monitoring committee’s co-chair Salma Ali, INCIDIN Bangladesh’s executive director KM Masud Ali, Actionaid Bangladesh’s Nishita Islam, Manusher Jonno Foundation’s Rafeza Shaheen and ILO’s national project coordinator Suraiya Banu, among others, spoke at the roundtable moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum.last_img read more

Shootings in Texas and Ohio Spark Local Protests

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, mgray@afro.comThe aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio have led to groups around the country calling for stricter gun control measures.  Several groups rallied in front of the White House and U.S. Capitol demanding lawmakers make sweeping legislative changes.According to the Associated Press (AP) these marches were prompted by the fatal incidents that took the lives of 29 people over 13 hours in what  appear to be non-coordinated attacks in the Texas and Ohio cities. Two organizations who have been at the front of the gun reform movement staged an impromptu march while in the District for their national conventions.The mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that killed over 30 people combined and injured many others, sparked local protests in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Photo)The groups – Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action – were reportedly visiting the Nation’s Capital to continue developing an agenda for Congress regarding gun control from the grassroots level.  However, their plans for the weekend changed last Saturday when the first reports from El Paso about the Walmart massacre became public.Several hundred volunteers for groups seeking tougher laws on guns marched on the White House and the Capitol in a demonstration- at least partly inspired by the shootings in El Paso. Amber Gustafson, a volunteer leader for Moms Demand Action confirmed to the AP,  the organization was already holding their national meetings in Washington when they heard about the fatal Texas incident and decided to take their march to the White House.Gustafson also told the AP her group also works with groups at all levels of government.  However, she added, “We need a federal remedy.”With President Donald J. Trump on vacation at his resort in New Jersey, the contingent of vocal protesters lined up outside the White House in Lafayette Square for the unplanned march. The groups, wearing their traditional red T-shirts, began their organic display of non-violent civil disobedience a short distance from the Oval Office.Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, also told the Associated Press that volunteers from her group and Students Demand Action marched Saturday to make a point to federal lawmakers. These groups have joined a bi-partisan group of national legislators who are now pushing for the Republican controlled United States Senate to act on passing laws that would require background checks for people wanting to buy guns that passed the Democratic controlled House of Representatives earlier this year. The groups are also advocating for the future gun reform laws to close the loop in background checks that some experts feel would reduce the number of deaths and limit the availability of semi-automatic weapons to consumers.The peaceful, but passionate gun reform protagonists lined up en masse and used their ad hoc forum to bring attention to the tragic crisis by pumping fist and waving signs of discontent in the air.  In many of the videos that were posted on various social media channels members of the organization are shown vehemently starting the protest with chants of “This is what democracy looks like,” and “Not one more,” before taking their march up to Capitol Hill.last_img read more