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Funniest New Orleans Saints memes after beating Atlanta Falcons

Funniest New Orleans Saints memes after beating Atlanta Falcons

first_imgWith the Falcons storming out to a 5-0 record and their bitter archrival New Orleans Saints sputtering like an old car to a 1-4 record, most sports pundits predicted a massacre on the Mississippi River, where the Louisiana Superdome sits.The pundits and Falcons fans forgot — and the Falcons team as well — that Drew Brees and the Saints sports a sterling record at their playing quarters near Canal Street, and that includes multiple convincing beatdowns of the Falcons the last several years.But the Saints entered the game with a record of 1-4. They were 8-13 since the start of last season. They were coming off an ugly, 22-point defeat at Philadelphia on Sunday.However, the Falcons literally fumbled the game away — committing three fumbles — while Brees found his quarterback stroke again, connecting on 30 of 39 passes for 312 yards and a touchdown.Meanwhile, the Falcons defense need a compass and a map to find veteran tight end Benjamin Watson, who was continuously wide open all night. Watson did a pretty good impersonation of Jimmy Graham, the once-prolific pass catcher traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason. Watson had 10 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.The result was a convincing 31-21 win that wasn’t even that close, and the memes that came were even more innovative and funny. Take a look:last_img read more

Catalonia 0-1 Basque Country: Aritz Aduriz does the damage

Catalonia 0-1 Basque Country: Aritz Aduriz does the damage

first_img Even though Barcelona stars Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra, Aleix Vidal, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto and Sergio Busquets featured, their side failed to pull level.  Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez impressed, denying Iker Muniain and Aduriz early on. Athletic Club striker Aritz Aduriz did the damage for the Basque Country after they saw off Catalonia on Saturday night in a friendly. Sport EN CET 27/12/2015 However, the latter eventually made his mark, firing home just before the interval after being set up by Asier Illarramendi. Upd. at 00:58 The closest they came was when Joan Verdu hit the bar in the second half, but nothing doing, and the Basques were triumphant at Camp Nou.last_img

Rebels rediscover form

Rebels rediscover form

first_imgWGCA DISTRICT AND SUB-DISTRICT DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 14 (DAY ONE) Top placed Cranbourne Meadows sent a message to the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Hayley Wildes last_img

Arteta urges Arsenal to show courage ahead of Olympiakos test

Arteta urges Arsenal to show courage ahead of Olympiakos test

first_imgArsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he wants his players to show courage when they face Olympiakos Piraeus in the Europa League at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium later on Thursday.Arsenal are expecting a hostile reception for the first leg of their round of 32 tie in Piraeus, where Olympiakos have lost just once – against Bayern Munich – this season.Arteta told reporters he wanted his side to keep their heads up even if things were not going their way.“They can have the best intention but they need to go to a stadium like here and when they make a mistake or a bad decision, have the courage to try again and play again,” he added.“And I want to see that in my players, whether they are 17 or 35. That’s what I expect from them. If they keep trying, they have my full support. If they hide after that, I don’t like it.”Arsenal have confirmed playmaker Mesut Ozil has not been included in the squad due to personal reasons, while Lucas Torreira will miss out through illness.Arsenal have the chance to leapfrog Everton in the Premier League on Sunday when they meet at the Emirates Stadium but Arteta says that will not influence what team he puts out against the Greek side.“We had a break of 15 days,” Arteta said. “We played just one game so I’m going to send out a team that I think is the best to play. The rest of the game will take care of itself.”last_img read more

Pascale James celebrated in emotional service

Pascale James celebrated in emotional service

first_imgPresident of the MVP Track Club and noted athletics analyst Bruce James, during the funeral at St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way-Tree yesterday, gave a wonderful story about his wife, Pascale, who passed away from cancer last Sunday. James in his remembrance speech spoke glowingly of his late spouse, who was born in Amsterdam, Holland, on September 6, 1969, and died of cancer on July 22, 2018. An emotional James had to be escorted to the podium as he fought hard to hold back tears and stopped three times during his presentation. “These men believe that I will break down,” James told members of the congregation as he tried to make light of the situation. James shared that Pascale was the firstborn to her Haitian parents Eric and Michelle Malebranche. “On that day, they welcomed their first child. She demonstrated amazing timing as the doctors advised that if she was not born by 10:00 p.m., a Caesarean section would be done. However, Pascale arrived on time,” he said. In a moving tribute, which spoke to his wife’s commitments and passions, James reminisced about his late wife’s support and love she enjoyed in her personal and professional lives, her love for sport, particularly football, and the Haitian and Jamaican football teams. “On October 1999, Pascale gave birth to our first child, Lia, and Pascale quit work to dedicate the first few years to her. In 2005, Pascale gave birth to our second child Savana. She stayed with Lia until she was in pre-school then got work as a language teacher at Wolmer’s Prep. Our family was completed. As the Jamaican saying goes, ‘two is better than too many’ was observed,” James also shared. “Pascale was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. On Saturday, July 21, her parents visited for their 50th wedding anniversary. It was not a pre-arranged visit. Then on July 22, in the presence of her family, in a serene and peaceful moment, she died. Pascale, I love you and always will,” he concluded. The officiating clergy included Rt Reverend Howard Gregory, Bishop of Jamaica; the Rt Reverend Robert Thompson, Bishop of Kingston; the Reverend Canon Sittano Kitson; the Reverend Father Michael Elliott, and the Reverend Mark Jones. In attendance were a number of sporting luminaries including MVP coaches Stephen and Paul Francis, as well as former world 100m world record holder Asafa Powell along with president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association Dr Warren Blake, among many others.last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgAs soon as we agreed on the fatality of Ebola Virus Disease, one of the first noticeable actions by the Government of Liberia was the closure of the education system. Sadly, this decision to close schools led to a big decline in school standards and eroded some of the pre-Ebola gains which includes but not limited to increasing school enrollment but saddled with dilapidated buildings, poor teaching tools and learning materials.Majority of our technical and in some instances, management and financial degrees are not considered employable, according to the Human Development Index (HDI) 2014 which measures key dimensions of being knowledgeable and having a decent standard of living, as well as years of schooling for adults, Liberia is ranked 175 and the trends since 1980 is not encouraging. The primary school dropout rate is at 32.23 percent and there is no information available for cross enrolment ratio for pre-primary and tertiary education.Our education system consistently struggles to achieve the scale and impact that could sustain the next generation beyond the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for education. The condition of students in our schools are unbearable and we need to fix the structure, facilities, equipment and tools so as to catch-up with the digital age of technology.So where do we begin? Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia can begin by expanding and strengthening its peace clubs programme by brining young people to peace building and consolidation initiatives. Foundations, other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Governments and new corporate social responsibility (CSR) as well as wealthy individual donors all have roles to play in ensuring the rights of children and youth to education.While we do not advocate for donor dependency, we believe in the added value of globalization in our rights to education.Conflict resolution, the right to quality education and increased coverage in education demand in-depth knowledge of the complex dynamics at the level of early childhood education to the provision of tertiary education both within and outside the country.Young people can no longer remain just recipients and beneficiaries of education but advocates and contributors to education. We believe in the involvement of young people in the provision of functional education. The same principles should apply in the development of curriculum and educational tools that are relevant to our culture and level of development.MOP-Liberia is pleased to see the involvement of young people in research activities and their recommendations for the inclusion of civil education to the nation’s education curriculum for school children.The Ebola epidemic has brutally exposed the weakness of our healthcare system as well as the limitations of our rights to healthcare and it would be in our best interest to benefit from the lessons learned. We need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them.Support the “Ebola Educates” Campaign in kind through your stories or with your generous cash donation.Until next week when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates-The Right to Social Services,” Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A lie detection test may be helpful

A lie detection test may be helpful

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to thank the media for their expeditious handling of my letter on the Cox matter, albeit in different ways. I, however, wish to clarify some issues raised by Cox, since they represent his trend of trying to mislead and bamboozle the public.Cox is reported as saying that ‘Alexander wrote him to the effect that since he was not a student, the University hadn’t any examination results for him; however, simultaneously, he received additional letters from UG officials acknowledging that he was a student who needed to settle all his outstanding balances before receiving his examination results’.It is true that some time in the 2012-2013 academic year, he received the latter letter which was issued at the behest of the new Vice Chancellor. It is not true that the contradictory letters were issued simultaneously. However, the said Vice Chancellor, subsequently, in his affidavit to the court, indicated that the issuance of the letter was a mistake on his part and that in fact Cox was not a student and was not entitled to examination results. Cox seeks to mislead the public by omitting to tell the entire story.Secondly, rather than producing some document of 2012 in relation to a 2000 transaction, Cox should produce the 2000 agreement, which clearly stipulated his obligation and commitment to repay the loan, granted in 2000, in monthly instalments immediately thereafter. He defaulted on that agreement and was not granted loans in 2001 and 2002.Let’s assume that Cox is right that he had six years to repay the loan granted in 2000, why is the document to that effect dated 2012? And why if that was the case, he failed to acquire loans for the years 2001 and 2002?Further to that, the repayment of the loan and payment to UG are quite different transactions. As a loan student, Cox was required to acquire a loan at the commencement of each academic year. The transmission of the loan document to the University would have been his payment of his fees and would have had nothing to do with when the loan is to be repaid to the Ministry of Finance. UG’s regulations clearly and publicly stipulates the deadline for payment, be it by cash or loan; that non-payment by the deadline incurs a late fee for which there is also a deadline; and that, at the time of examinations, if the fee is not paid, the student is not entitled to write the examinations.Cox’s claim, after defaulting for two years (2001 and 2002), that he still had the latitude of time to pay in 2012 is clearly a figment of his imagination. In fact, under the law of contract, which would have established Cox’s relationship with the University, by 2012 and much earlier, the University would have lost its claim on his debt due to the statutes of limitation.This case provides a good opportunity for investigative journalism, using primary sources, thus pulling the rug from under the feet of Cox or Alexander, whoever is the stranger to the truth. A lie detection test may also be helpful. On all fronts, I am game. Is Cox?Yours truly,Vincent Alexanderlast_img read more

GECOM is supposed to be neutral

GECOM is supposed to be neutral

first_imgDear Editor,I read with intrepid interest, the daily newspapers of Saturday March 9, 2019, of the situation faced by GECOM which, as all Guyanese know, is tasked with holding elections particularly in relation to the position of house-to-house registration taken by a few Commissioners, and of the passing of Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos, with a heavy heart.There could be a simple solution and a rather straightforward one to the situation faced by GECOM.The Commissioners should be looking at how other election officials deal with the Guyana situation in their jurisdictions and scrutinise the local pertinent three legislations affecting its work, and make a decision concerning a specific date which must be reasonable, while simultaneously addressing the issue of the more than 40,000 new voters.GECOM is supposed to be neutral and make decisions based on fairness or else Guyana can be seen as undemocratic, which is truly not in Guyana’s best interest.I would, therefore, suggest viewing the decision-making processes employed of the personnel attached to decision-making of their respective countries when it came to the very important time of the calling of their national elections, and in identifying a suitable day, except any Sunday, which is always set aside as the Lord’s Day, in particular, some of the English originated countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, Somalia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Nevis and Anguilla, and Jamaica.The Charter expresses the commitment of member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all peoples of the Commonwealth.The Charter also acknowledges the role of civil society in supporting the goals and values of the Commonwealth.On a personal front, I have worked with the elections commission in Canada since 1978 in various roles during all three strata of electoral elections, ie, municipal, provincial and federal, and would suggest that GECOM cater for the (expected to be at least 40,000 voters) persons who are not on the List of Electors by Special Ballot.This process would allow Guyana to avoid house-to-house registration yet cater for these aforesaid voters.For example, Canada has been using Special Ballot. It takes an additional 5 minutes for that particular voter (as such a voter is directed to a special table set up beside the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer which is manned by a Special Poll Clerk who is tasked with taking particulars of the voter – ie, things like driver’s licence, utility letter showing name and address, etc) to get authenticated, and then issued a ballot. Also, a period of one week is usually set aside prior to the date of election to allow any of those desirous to vote from either stream Special Ballot or regular ballot to cast an advance vote.Whatever the route GECOM takes, I am not perturbed in any way, as I see seven excellent persons grappling with the issue of completing the elections in a reasonable speed, some being former Ministers of Government.According to our current law, which is based on a Westminster model from our former mother country, England, Guyana needs to hold an election any time after March 20, so a date must now be set by the said seven persons.In this way, whichever date is chosen whether in early July 2019, which seems to me, a reasonable one, given the current stalemate between the GECOM Commissioners, the date of the elections will be set, and thus, all candidates can then get themselves into campaigning mode officially.Guyanese are very lucky people because in some countries, several people who are responsible for holding elections either get fired immediately or dismissed shortly thereafter when they do not perform diligently at their paid job functions. If the Honourable Chief Justice Chambers, tremendously busy as those Chambers are, could have ruled in the relevant court case due to the aftermath of the NCM, within a mere 25 business days, why can’t the relevant official in his/her neutral and non-partisan capacity and tasked with the job of holding elections not do so I ask.I was under the impression that those two wonderful politicians, Amna Ally and Gail Teixeira, were supposed to have sorted out this matter by now, as the two major parties in Parliament try to find headway in our nation’s affairs. Perhaps, the seven persons dealing with this matter should consider having a tri-partite Meeting with themselves, Ally and Teixeira.Yours truly,M Shabeer Zafar,Barrister and Solicitor(Ontario)Former Berbiceattorney-at-lawlast_img read more

Vettel on pole for Russian GP in Ferrari 1-2

Vettel on pole for Russian GP in Ferrari 1-2

first_imgThe 29-year-old German outpaced Raikkonen by 0.059 seconds with another Finn, Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes, third fastest with less than a tenth of a second separating the top three.Britain’s Lewis Hamilton was fourth fastest, the first time Mercedes failed to have a car on the front row for 31 races.“If you have a rhythm here it feels fantastic,” said Vettel, who has won the last nine races at which he started from pole position.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the practice sessions ahead of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi © AFP / Jonathan STOREY“And I am glad I got it back. It is great to have both cars on the front row, but it is only part of the job done.“I knew it would be tight, I knew I would be the first one crossing the line. I got Valtteri’s time — and he did not manage to improve — and when I got the message I had got it… I was over the moon.“In qualifying, Mercedes have been very, very strong. I am sure it will be very close tomorrow, especially over the long run“We will see, but for now we are full, of joy. We are back — at least if you talk about the front row!”It was Vettel’s first pole this year, his second for Ferrari and the 47th of his career.Ferrari also achieved a front row lockout for the first time in 127 races going back to the 2008 French Grand Prix, where Raikkonen took pole.“It’s hard to understand how we’re going to make it better, said Raikkonen.– ‘Upper hand’ –Vettel’s success also brought to an end Mercedes’ run of 18 straight pole positions dating back to last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.“To be honest, Ferrari have had the upper hand all weekend, but as always Sunday is the day that counts,” said Bottas.Hamilton, rarely away from the front row, said he had plenty of homework overnight.“I need to find out what we are missing,” said the former three-time world champion.Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fifth for Red Bull ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams, Dutch teenager Max Verstappen in the second Red Bull and German Nico Hulkenberg of Renault.Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India ahead of his team-mate Frenchman Esteban Ocon.On a warm sunlit day at the Black Sea resort, with a track temperature of 40 degrees Celsius, the opening Q1 session saw Mercedes top the times.Vettel and Raikkonen were second and third for Ferrari behind Bottas and Hamilton while a late accident saw two cars -– Briton Jolyon Palmer’s Renault and German Pascal Wehrlein’s Sauber — go off and into the tyre barriers.That signalled an early exit for the pair along with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren Honda, Swede Marcus Ericsson of Sauber and grumbling Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Haas.The luckless Palmer had earlier had the engine in his Renault car changed between final practice and the start of qualifying.When Q2 began, Raikkonen was the early fastest man as the teams prepared their tyres –- to be used again on Sunday to start the race -– before Bottas took over top spot in 1:33.264.The session ended with Bottas ahead of Raikkonen and Hamilton third ahead of Vettel while out went Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and Canadian rookie Lance Stroll of Williams.Also out went local hero Russian Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso, Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso in his McLaren Honda.The top ten shootout began with the two Mercedes waiting in the pit lane and then, on a warm-up lap, a bizarre scrap between Hamilton and Hulkenberg, the German appearing to hold up the Englishman.“He’s driving quite dangerously,” said Hamilton, while Raikkonen went fastest and Vettel second for Ferrari before Bottas grabbed second.Hamilton, fighting his car for rear grip, was only fourth after the first runs, the Mercedes men clearly affected by Hulkenberg’s antics.All four pole-contenders were soon out on fresh rubber for their final showdown –- and Ferrari’s takeover at the top.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel during the practice sessions ahead of the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi © AFP/File / Alexander NEMENOVSOCHI, Russian Federation, Apr 29 – Championship leader Sebastian Vettel admitted it felt “fantastic” to lead Ferrari to their first front row lock out in nine years after he took pole position in Saturday’s thrilling qualifying session for the Russian Grand Prix.The four-time world champion’s blistering fastest lap and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen’s second place on the grid brought to an end rivals champions Mercedes long and dominant supremacy in qualifying.last_img read more

Wanyama returns as Saints sink Liverpool

Wanyama returns as Saints sink Liverpool

first_img0Shares0000Mignolet and Skrtel celebrate the missed penalty, feeling the decision by Roger East to award it in the first place was somewhat dubiousMANCHESTER, March 20 – Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama returned to inspire Southampton rally two goals down to beat Liverpool 3-2 at St Mary’s on Sunday.Sadio Mane scored twice and squandered a penalty to help Southampton check Liverpool’s charge towards the top four. Jurgen Klopp’s charges went 2-0 up inside 22 minutes, Philippe Coutinho curling in a fine effort from 25 yards and Divock Origi teeing up Daniel Sturridge to score.Senegal international Mane, a half-time replacement for Dusan Tadic, saw a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet early in the second half after Martin Skrtel was adjudged to have fouled Graziano Pelle.But Mane sped past Mamadou Sakho to reduce the arrears and after Pelle equalised with a vicious shot in the 83rd minute, the Italian freed Mane to run through and score an 86th-minute winner.It meant that Liverpool failed to put pressure on Manchester City and Manchester United, who face off at the Etihad Stadium later on Sunday.Liverpool had started the day with hopes of claiming a fourth successive Premier League victory and boosting their hopes of staging a late challenge for a Champions League place.They ended it ninth place and facing a battle to claim a spot in next season’s Europa League, while Southampton are now firmly in the hunt for a European berth.Jurgen Klopp’s side overcame an early scare when referee Roger East took a lenient view when Saints striker Shane Long was sent tumbling inside the Liverpool area after a push from Dejan Lovren.A Virgil van Dijk header flew narrowly wide and Pelle shot over when he should have tested Liverpool keeper Mignolet as Klopp’s side struggled to gain a foothold in the game.Klopp was growing increasingly animated on the touchline but his mood was eased when Southampton demonstrated they were equally vulnerable and gifted Liverpool the chance to take control of the game.Perhaps fuelled by their success at making early inroads against their opponents, Southampton pressed forward, leaving gaps at the back that were ruthlessly exploited by a succession of Liverpool breaks.First, Philippe Coutinho exposed the space left behind Saints right-back Cuco Martina in the 17th minute, surging forward before cutting inside and curling a right foot shot inside the far post.Southampton keeper Fraser Forster was slow to react having been left unsighted but should have done much better.– Undermanned –The home side attempted to respond quickly but were caught out again five minutes later, with Divock Origi this time leading the charge against an undermanned defence.The Belgian played the ball to his striker partner Sturridge who placed his shot between Ryan Bertrand and Jose Fonte and inside the far post.Now it was Koeman who was pacing his technical area furiously and his side’s plight could easily have been worse had Sturridge not wasted an opportunity after three Liverpool attackers advanced on two defenders.And another let off quickly followed when Joe Allen – starting in place of Jordan Henderson who has been linked with a close-season move – saw his snapshot ruled out for offside as the prospect of a repeat of the Liverpool’s 6-1 League cup victory at St Mary’s grew stronger.Unsurprisingly Koeman made a double change at half-time, introducing Mane and Victor Wanyama for Jordy Clasie and Dusan Tadic, while Klopp brought on Martin Skrtel for Lovren.The changes had an impact on the game, although not in the manner either manager had hoped.Four minutes after the restart, Skrtel was guilty of pulling Pelle to the ground as the forward attempted to reach Steven Davis’s pass and this time the referee pointed to the spot.Mane was entrusted with the responsibility of bringing Southampton back into the game but saw his penalty well saved by Mignolet.The forward went some way towards making amends when he finally beat Mignolet with a well executed finish after being set up by Pelle in the 64th minute.Southampton continued to press and were level in the 83rd minute when Pelle beat Mignolet with a superb 20 yard drive.With Liverpool falling apart, Italy forward Pelle set up Mane for the sensational winner three minutes later.-Newcastle draw-In the day’s other early game, Aleksandar Mitrovic scored an 83rd-minute equaliser as Newcastle United prevented northeast rivals Sunderland from escaping the Premier League relegation zone in a 1-1 draw.Seeking a seventh successive win over Newcastle, Sunderland took the lead in the 44th minute at St James’ Park when Jermain Defoe volleyed home left-footed after Rob Elliot had parried a shot from Fabio Borini.But with seven minutes remaining, Georginio Wijnaldum crossed for Serbian striker Mitrovic to score with a downward header, sparing Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez from defeat in his first home game and keeping both teams in the bottom three.With eight games each to play, third-bottom Sunderland are two points from safety, with Newcastle a point behind in 19th place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more