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first_imgAn independent expert group called together in the wake of the Ebola crisis to plot out ways to better prepare the world for the next global disease threat unveiled its findings today, among them a $4.5 billion yearly investment for better detection and response tools.Annual investments of that amount would be a bargain, compared with the estimated $60 billion per year in economic losses in a pandemic, according to the group, which was supported by eight major philanthropic and academic groups. The experts released their findings today at a briefing in New York City and published them on the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Web site, along with a related overview in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.The report joins others that looked at problems that tripped up the global Ebola response and comes the day before Liberia is slated to be free of the virus again, which would signal that transmission has ended in all three of the West Africa outbreak countries.The groups that convened and supported the expert commission include the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ming Wai Lau, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, and Wellcome Trust.Called the Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future (GHRF), the 17-member group was chaired by Peter Sands, MPA, senior fellow with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. NAM staff assisted the team with its work, which included four workshops and the input of more than 250 experts, covering four main areas: financing, governance, health systems, and research and development.Risks and expendituresBreaking down their $4.5 billion annual preparedness estimate, the experts said $3.4 billion would be earmarked for public health system upgrades for low- and middle-income countries. Another $1 billion would be set aside to speed the development of drugs, vaccines, and other medical products to counter emerging threats.Sands said in a press release that that world has neglected pandemic preparedness investments. “Pandemics don’t respect national boundaries, so we have a common interest in strengthening our defenses against infectious diseases in every part of the world.”Preventing and preparing for potentially catastrophic pandemics is far more effective—and ultimately, far less expensive—than reacting to them when they occur, which they will.”In their report, the group predicted that at least one pandemic will occur over the next 100 years, and they put a 20% chance on four or more such events occurring in that time span.Global capabilities can’t compensate for health infrastructure gaps in individual countries, the team noted, pointing out that Uganda has shown that health and disease-containment systems can be strengthened, even when resources are scarce.They suggested that the World Health Organization (WHO) lead an effort to define and set core public health benchmarks by the end of 2016, then establish an independent system to monitor and ensure that countries are making progress toward meeting their benchmarks. Experts said the system would be public, so that countries, the public, and the financial sector could gauge their infectious disease risks. Country participation in the assessment system would come with World Bank support for health system improvements.In addition, the group sees a bigger leadership role for the WHO to coordinate international response to global disease threats. It recommended that the WHO set up a Center for Health Emergency Preparedness and Response by the end of the year, with oversight from an independent technical board and funding from member states.Last year other groups recommended that the WHO set up a unified center to coordinate outbreak response. They included the WHO’s independent panel led by Dame Barbara Stocking and another effort headed by Peter Piot, MD, PhD, one of the scientists who helped discover the Ebola virus in 1976.The GHRF commission also sees a leadership role for the WHO in research and development and recommended that it set up an independent Pandemic Product Development Committee to prioritize and coordinate the efforts.Reactions to today’s reportVictor Dzau, MD, NAM president and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a statement that one of the report’s strengths is the global preparedness cost projections. “Importantly, it boldly assigns dollar figures and timelines to its recommendations. I believe this report is exactly what is needed to drive progress in this critical issue of global health and security.”In a statement of support today posted on the GHRF Web site, Dame Sallie Davies, MD, chief medical officer of the UK Department of Health, said she welcomed the report, especially its emphasis on strengthening local health systems. “I hope that the WHO will build on this report, alongside the other recent reviews, to continue their important reform work that that is already underway,” she said.Larry Summers, an economist who was US treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, introduced the report today at the New York City briefing and lauded its focus in a blog post today. He put the threat of pandemics over the next century on par with that from global climate change.Summers said he and his colleagues have calculated what the cost would be for a repeat of the 1918 pandemic, which they will publish soon. They project that global cost for such an event would approach $1 trillion a year.”This underscores the urgency of doing all that can be done to counter pandemic risks,” Summers wrote.See also:Jan 13 GHRF reportGHRF report portalJan 13 NAS press releaseJan 13 N Engl J Med reportJul 7 CIDRAP News story “WHO independent panel calls out Ebola response flaws”Nov 19 CIDRAP News story “Panel suggests separate WHO subgroup for outbreaks”Jan 13 Larry Summers blog postlast_img read more

first_imgOriginal PostA family pet went missing during the double fatality accident between an RV and a pickup which closed the Kenai Spur Highway yesterday. Wiesneth said if someone finds Tucker, local vets and shelters have been notified and will contact her and her husband. On top of that, their family cat Tucker was travelling with them and has not been seen since the accident. *Photo of Tucker courtesy of Robin Wiesneth* Wiesneth: “He’s about five years old and he’s black with some white markings, he’s a tuxedo. His white markings are around his nose and his mouth and then his chin and a little bit into his chest, kind of tapers into his chest. And then his front paws are white and he’s got some white on his rear paws too.” She added she appreciates the amount of people who have come forward to help find Tucker. Wiesneth: “Our two choices are he’s somewhere in the coach and we can’t find him or he went through the windshield at the time of impact and somehow made it to the other side of the road in which case he could be okay or he could be injured.”center_img Robin Wiesneth was the passenger in the motorhome from Florida and said she and her husband are emotionally distraught over the accident. Wiesneth: “In whatever shape he’s in, we still need him.” Tucker is not wearing a collar but is microchipped. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享August 10 Update: *Robin and Charles are offering a $500 reward for anyone who assists in locating their beloved cat Tucker who went missing after being involved in a vehicle accident. Currently they are searching a two mile radius around the accident site at mile marker 2-3 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Tucker is microchipped so if found, any local shelter or vet can verify his identity and get in contact with the Wiesneths. Full details below.* Wiesneth said Tucker was riding on her lap when the accident occurred. Firefighters searched the coach but were unable to locate him.last_img read more

first_imgRugby League BY KEVIN TEME Proper incentives for athletes in any sports can lift their performance, says Minister for Commerce and Industry Wera Mori (pictured). Whether it is an individual or team sport, incentives have become one of the major catalysts of lifting players’ performances in the modern era. While proper discipline, training and preparations are just as vital for athletes or teams, incentives play a major role,” he said. Mori said this during the Digicel Cup preliminary finals between Lae Snax Tigers and Bintangor Goroka Lahanis at the Oil Search National Football Stadium on Sunday. Mori, who is also the Chuave MP and a strong rugby league supporter, said proper incentives also played a big part in the Lahanis’ victory. “For Lahanis, we are complete footballers and we play our game to the last minute. As you can see the way the boys came back, it is the stamina and it’s an indication of the amount of effort and quality of time that the coaching staff put into to mould the Lahanis,” he said. Mendi Muruks is another franchise club facing similar setbacks with players not being paid their fortnight salaries and match payments, among others. Former Muruks coach Jack Kereme said: “Most of these players have families to look after and if you put in proper incentives for them, they will perform to the best of their ability as they are playing for something. “At the end of the day, you got to look after your players and they will perform.” Mori said he had to provide incentives for the Lahanis and it showed in their strong performance on the day. “These were new players and we had to provide incentives in this game now. What will happen is that for every tackle I am putting K50 and the Lahanis boys have to win to take that so its a win to win it or lose to lose it,” Mori said. Mori said it was quite a task but it worked out for the team. Asked if he would consider taking more supporters to Lae for the game against the Gurias, Mori said: “I think we should win the game against Gurias and besides, I am sure Lae can be reached as it’s along the Highlands Highway. You could see the entire Eastern Highlands Province there.”last_img read more

first_imgPerisic spent much of last summer as the subject of a transfer drama between his club and Manchester United.Jose Mourinho had identified the player but efforts from Old Trafford to get a deal done ended up fruitless.Despite at one stage seeming like he’d be disgruntled, Perisic got on with his life in Milan and had another good season in Serie A, helping Inter qualify for next season’s Champions League.Embed from Getty ImagesFC Inter News say Tottenham have contacted the player’s agent Fali Ramadani to let him know of their interest. However, Spurs have been informed that Inter Milan once again have no intention to sell the player, and therefore would only consider a transfer if a very high offer arrived.Given Perisic is 29 years of age, Tottenham would likely think twice about spending a €40m+ fee on the player. But given what happened with Manchester United last year, they’d surely have known a move would be difficult anyway.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndo熱門話題生髮率無敵高!96%的禿頭都獲得改善!←這會不會長太多?熱門話題Undo FC Inter News have a big claim on Tuesday afternoon, with the club specific website reporting Tottenham have initiated contact over signing Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.last_img read more

first_img 1,292 13,075 Posted August 21, 2013 1,005 Sports Logo News Astroturf in baseball LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU Followers 1 12,401 posts Sport Posted August 22, 2013 ltjets21 1,292 Sport Location:in phone Members Link to post Share on other sites the user formerly known as NJTank 0 Bring Back the Trident Members By ltjets21, August 21, 2013 in Sports Logo News Link to post 320 posts Share this post 191 1,005 Share on other sites 48 48 5,835 posts 0 Posted August 21, 2013 1 1,204 191 8,818 posts 191 13,075 Share on other sites Location:Cincinnati 191 Banned 13,075 0 13,075 Share this post 0 191 Members I have heard that pitchers always wore metal spikes on astroturf because it gave them better traction on the mound, but since the other players rarely touched dirt, they mostly wore turf shoes.You know, I’ve thought about this before. Metal cleats don’t dig into the dirt unless it’s really wet. So when a guy’s batting, he essentially is just stepping on those 8 or so cleats, and the bottom of the shoes are never touching the ground. Well, wouldn’t those few tiny metal edges make runners more likely to slip and fall? I can understand what they do on grass, but I can’t see how they would give better traction on the infield.Metal spikes dig into the dirt regardless of whether it’s wet or dry so the bottom of your shoes actually do touch the ground. They’re far better for traction than rubber cleats on the dirt and I immediately could tell a difference when I got to the age when metal spike were allowed. Unless I’m not understanding what you’re saying. No, I think you understood what I was saying. I just didn’t think the thin, rectangular-shaped metal cleats would actual sink into hard dirt. I had only used molded cleats when I played in little league, and even then, I seem to remember the cleats “standing on top” of the dirt.Well yeah, molded cleats aren’t gonna dig into the dirt but metal would. Besides in MLB they water the field a few times a game in between innings. It’s not as solid as one may think. Share on other sites Link to post 0 Share on other sites 191 Some of you are confusing the next-gen Field Turf or NexTurf with old Astroturf. You can wear regular molded cleats on Field Turf (maybe even metal – not sure) but you wouldn’t do that on Astroturf.Back in the day, they wore shoes with a million little “nipples” on the sole. Later, the grips got a little more stylized.Not metal you would shred it to pieces Metal spikes are frequently worn on the new style of artificial turf. It doesn’t tear it up at all. My bad I thought you ment old school Members Share on other sites 12,401 posts Share this post Share on other sites Posted August 22, 2013 Forums Home phutmasterflex 0 “Hail To The Victors” Share on other sites 0 Sport 191 Members LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU jojotarantino I have heard that pitchers always wore metal spikes on astroturf because it gave them better traction on the mound, but since the other players rarely touched dirt, they mostly wore turf shoes.You know, I’ve thought about this before. Metal cleats don’t dig into the dirt unless it’s really wet. So when a guy’s batting, he essentially is just stepping on those 8 or so cleats, and the bottom of the shoes are never touching the ground. Well, wouldn’t those few tiny metal edges make runners more likely to slip and fall? I can understand what they do on grass, but I can’t see how they would give better traction on the infield. 26,438 posts 191 LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU Share this post 786 Link to post 1,005 1,204 Members 414 Share this post #Grateful 0 Members Some of you are confusing the next-gen Field Turf or NexTurf with old Astroturf. You can wear regular molded cleats on Field Turf (maybe even metal – not sure) but you wouldn’t do that on Astroturf.Back in the day, they wore shoes with a million little “nipples” on the sole. Later, the grips got a little more stylized. phutmasterflex Location:West Coast 1,005 Link to post Members Posted August 22, 2013 Share on other sites Share this post 414 This topic is now closed to further replies. 191 Location:New Jersey 13,075 Location:Cincinnati Posted April 2, 2014 1,292 All Activity Favourite Logos:Colorado Avalanche Denver Broncos Michigan WolverinesColorado Rockies Share on other sites Sign in to follow this   BigBubba Share on other sites Posted August 22, 2013 Share this post Share this post Location:Missouri 17,998 ^ really helpful picture there. Glad this question got answered so succinctly.The players generally wore small molded cleats like you’d see on little leaguers, but some guys just wore their regular baseball spikes 1,875 postscenter_img Posted August 22, 2013 0 Sports Logo News 1,574 posts All Activity 1,621 posts BBTV A pic of José Bautista from 2010 or 2011…He’s wearing cleats, though they’re the rubber “stub” type, not metal cleats (or is he?). Now one from this year…He’s wearing Reebok ZigTech shoes with added metal spikes. And one from Spring Training this year…Same shoes, even though he’s playing on grass. So he doesn’t have a different pair of shoes for home and road games. Link to post “Hail To The Victors” Share on other sites 1,292 Posted August 22, 2013 LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU 1,204 jojotarantino 1,621 posts Share this post 13,075 LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU Share this post Share on other sites TheOldRoman 0 #Grateful When baseball was played on astroturf what kind of footwear was worn by players? It would be hard to run on the base lines with cleats but turf shoes wouldn’t give you enough footing in the batters box. 1,292 Share this post Link to post Sports Logos 15,496 posts 0 Some of you are confusing the next-gen Field Turf or NexTurf with old Astroturf. You can wear regular molded cleats on Field Turf (maybe even metal – not sure) but you wouldn’t do that on Astroturf.Back in the day, they wore shoes with a million little “nipples” on the sole. Later, the grips got a little more stylized.Not metal you would shred it to piecesMetal spikes are frequently worn on the new style of artificial turf. It doesn’t tear it up at all. Astroturf in baseball Posted August 22, 2013 18 Followers 1 McCall Favourite Logos:Colorado Avalanche Denver Broncos Michigan WolverinesColorado Rockies TheOldRoman Formerly & Currently McCall Location:Peoria, AZ McCall Sign in to follow this   what the hell is ccslc? Share this post Members Recommended Posts Posted August 22, 2013 Some of you are confusing the next-gen Field Turf or NexTurf with old Astroturf. You can wear regular molded cleats on Field Turf (maybe even metal – not sure) but you wouldn’t do that on Astroturf.Back in the day, they wore shoes with a million little “nipples” on the sole. Later, the grips got a little more stylized.The new generation of American made AstroTurf! A new field sponsored by the Nationals in SE DC. Since this is a youth field, there will probably not be any metal spikes worn on it. TheOldRoman Link to post 17,998 Posted August 22, 2013 Posted August 22, 2013 Link to post Members Go To Topic Listing Members 5,835 posts 1,621 posts Link to post Share on other sites 26,438 posts 1,292 Posted August 22, 2013 Members LETSGOBLUEBEATMSU 1,005 Link to post I have heard that pitchers always wore metal spikes on astroturf because it gave them better traction on the mound, but since the other players rarely touched dirt, they mostly wore turf shoes.You know, I’ve thought about this before. Metal cleats don’t dig into the dirt unless it’s really wet. So when a guy’s batting, he essentially is just stepping on those 8 or so cleats, and the bottom of the shoes are never touching the ground. Well, wouldn’t those few tiny metal edges make runners more likely to slip and fall? I can understand what they do on grass, but I can’t see how they would give better traction on the infield.Metal spikes dig into the dirt regardless of whether it’s wet or dry so the bottom of your shoes actually do touch the ground. They’re far better for traction than rubber cleats on the dirt and I immediately could tell a difference when I got to the age when metal spike were allowed. Unless I’m not understanding what you’re saying. Posted August 22, 2013 Yeah, just simply use Google image Ken Griffey Jr. He wore a variety of different shoes during his early Mariners days. Favourite Logos:Mariners Star Trident. Utah Jazz music note. Milwaukee Brewers ‘MB’ mitt. White Sox batterman. Location:Hill Valley, CA 18 Link to post Astroturf in baseball 786 Share on other sites 1,005 1 TheOldRoman 786 “Hail To The Victors” I have heard that pitchers always wore metal spikes on astroturf because it gave them better traction on the mound, but since the other players rarely touched dirt, they mostly wore turf shoes.You know, I’ve thought about this before. Metal cleats don’t dig into the dirt unless it’s really wet. So when a guy’s batting, he essentially is just stepping on those 8 or so cleats, and the bottom of the shoes are never touching the ground. Well, wouldn’t those few tiny metal edges make runners more likely to slip and fall? I can understand what they do on grass, but I can’t see how they would give better traction on the infield.Metal spikes dig into the dirt regardless of whether it’s wet or dry so the bottom of your shoes actually do touch the ground. They’re far better for traction than rubber cleats on the dirt and I immediately could tell a difference when I got to the age when metal spike were allowed. Unless I’m not understanding what you’re saying. No, I think you understood what I was saying. I just didn’t think the thin, rectangular-shaped metal cleats would actual sink into hard dirt. I had only used molded cleats when I played in little league, and even then, I seem to remember the cleats “standing on top” of the dirt. Sport 46,551 posts 17,998 Members 414 Link to post SportsLogos.Net Favourite Logos:Colorado Avalanche Denver Broncos Michigan WolverinesColorado Rockies Share this post Forums Home Location:West Coast SportsLogos.Net 48 0 PhantomDreamer phutmasterflex Share this post ltjets21 PhantomDreamer Share this post Members BBTV Sports Logos Initialisms Suck Some of you are confusing the next-gen Field Turf or NexTurf with old Astroturf. You can wear regular molded cleats on Field Turf (maybe even metal – not sure) but you wouldn’t do that on Astroturf.Back in the day, they wore shoes with a million little “nipples” on the sole. Later, the grips got a little more stylized.Not metal you would shred it to pieces phutmasterflex 0 18 BigBubba Link to post Link to post what the hell is ccslc?last_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Pippa Middleton tied the knot Saturday with her nephew, Prince George, and niece, Princess Charlotte, by her side.George, who turns 4 in July, served as a pageboy at Middleton’s wedding to financier James Matthews, while Charlotte, 2, served as a bridesmaid.The children’s mother, Princess Kate, was seen guiding the bridal party out of a car and into St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, Berkshire. Kate was also seen at points reminding the young children to be quiet.George and Charlotte joined the other page boys and bridesmaids in wearing custom-made outfits designed by Pepa & Co. Charlotte and her three fellow bridesmaids wore dresses accented by a sash and flower crowns atop their heads.George and his three fellow page boys wore gold, knee-length trousers and collared shirts.George and Charlotte’s nanny, Maria Turrion Borrallo, was also photographed at the church with the children.Middleton, 33, and Matthews, 41, tied the knot at St. Mark’s, located just six miles from Bucklebury, where Middleton was raised. Middleton donned a white gown designed by Giles Deacon and a bespoke veil designed by milliner Stephen Jones that featured tulle and embroidered pearls.While the American wedding tradition is to include bridesmaids closer in age to the bride, the British tradition varies.Queen Elizabeth selected women close to her own age as bridesmaids in her 1947 wedding. Princess Diana used school-age girls as bridesmaids, rather than flower girls, at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles and did not have a maid of honor.Queen Elizabeth’s sister, Princess Margaret, also selected young attendants as bridesmaids at her 1960 wedding as did the queen’s daughter-in-law, Sophie Wessex, in 1999. Conversely, Autumn Phillips, the bride of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, Peter Philips, featured bridesmaids close to her age at her 2008 wedding. Kate’s 2011 wedding to William included young bridesmaids led by Middleton as maid of honor.Middleton led the bridal party down the aisle at Westminster Abbey holding the hands of the two youngest bridesmaids, Lady Grace van Cutsem and Lady Eliza Lopes, both then 3.Kate’s four young bridesmaids each wore ballerina-length dresses using the same fabric as Kate’s wedding gown, adorned with a pale gold sash made of wild silk.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgFILE – In this Oct. 4, 2015, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Griffin III is getting a chance to revive a career that once seemed unstoppable.One of the NFL’s brightest and flashiest stars just a few years ago, Griffin signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Cleveland Browns, a franchise on a perpetual mission to find a quarterback. Financial terms were not immediately available.Griffin hasn’t been the same since his dazzling rookie season in Washington in 2012, when RG3 — possessed with a rocket arm, a tailback’s speed and endless swagger — burst onto pro football’s stage. The Browns, who tried to trade up and select Griffin four years ago, believe he can still lead on and off the field and they’re giving him a chance to revive his career and win their starting job.“I’m just excited to come in and compete,” Griffin said. “Nothing’s ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that’s all I’m really focused on. I cherish the opportunity to get another chance to play this beautiful game.”Griffin met last week with new Browns coach Hue Jackson, who was impressed by the 26-year-old’s candor and eagerness to begin anew.“He brings starting experience to our team and organization,” Jackson said. “He’s a young, athletic, talented passer and he’s really just starting out in this league. Just like every player on our team, Robert will have to earn every opportunity he gets. He will compete with the rest of the quarterbacks on our roster and he helps improve our QB room, which was one of my goals upon taking the job.”Cleveland has started 24 quarterbacks since 1999 and the team is expected to take one with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. That rookie — possibly California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz — will compete with Griffin, the second selection in 2012. Jackson and other members of the Browns attended Wentz’s pro day Thursday in North Dakota.The Browns recently released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, who they once thought would solve their problems. They also have quarterbacks Josh McCown and Austin Davis on their roster, but as is always the case with that position in Cleveland, nothing stands still.After winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, Griffin was taken in the draft just after Andrew Luck was plucked by the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns attempted to swing a deal to move up and get him but were outbid by the Redskins.Griffin took the nation’s capital by storm. He led the Redskins to the NFC East title and was named the league’s top offensive rookie. It didn’t take him long to become one of American’s most celebrated athletes and there seemed no limit to what he could accomplish. Griffin, however, sustained a significant right knee injury in a playoff game against Seattle and things would never be the same.The indelible image of Griffin lying face down on the turf is one that will haunt Redskins fans for years. In a way, it symbolized what might have been.Griffin underwent reconstructive surgery, but there was little he could do to fix a fractured relationship with then-Washington coach Mike Shanahan. Griffin wound up being benched at the end of his second season, and he missed a big chunk in his third year after dislocating his ankle.Last year, coach Jay Gruden named Griffin his starter during preseason, but then came a concussion. Griffin lost his job and spent the season behind Kirk Cousins. He was eventually demoted to third-string behind Colt McCoy.When the Redskins placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Cousins last month for $20 million, Griffin, who went 14-21 with 40 touchdown passes as a starter, was let go with little fanfare.In search of a team, he and the Browns will try to restore each other.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier,CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Griffin III is getting a chance to revive a career that once seemed unstoppable.One of the NFL’s brightest and flashiest stars just a few years ago, Griffin signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Cleveland Browns, a franchise on a perpetual mission to find a quarterback. Financial terms were not immediately available.Griffin hasn’t been the same since his dazzling rookie season in Washington in 2012, when RG3 — possessed with a rocket arm, a tailback’s speed and endless swagger — burst onto pro football’s stage. The Browns, who tried to trade up and select Griffin four years ago, believe he can still lead on and off the field and they’re giving him a chance to revive his career and win their starting job.“I’m just excited to come in and compete,” Griffin said. “Nothing’s ever been given to me in my life, so I just want to go out and compete with the guys and grow with this team. I feel like that’s all I’m really focused on. I cherish the opportunity to get another chance to play this beautiful game.”Griffin met last week with new Browns coach Hue Jackson, who was impressed by the 26-year-old’s candor and eagerness to begin anew.“He brings starting experience to our team and organization,” Jackson said. “He’s a young, athletic, talented passer and he’s really just starting out in this league. Just like every player on our team, Robert will have to earn every opportunity he gets. He will compete with the rest of the quarterbacks on our roster and he helps improve our QB room, which was one of my goals upon taking the job.”Cleveland has started 24 quarterbacks since 1999 and the team is expected to take one with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. That rookie — possibly California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz — will compete with Griffin, the second selection in 2012. Jackson and other members of the Browns attended Wentz’s pro day Thursday in North Dakota.The Browns recently released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, who they once thought would solve their problems. They also have quarterbacks Josh McCown and Austin Davis on their roster, but as is always the case with that position in Cleveland, nothing stands still.After winning the Heisman Trophy at Baylor, Griffin was taken in the draft just after Andrew Luck was plucked by the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns attempted to swing a deal to move up and get him but were outbid by the Redskins.Griffin took the nation’s capital by storm. He led the Redskins to the NFC East title and was named the league’s top offensive rookie. It didn’t take him long to become one of American’s most celebrated athletes and there seemed no limit to what he could accomplish. Griffin, however, sustained a significant right knee injury in a playoff game against Seattle and things would never be the same.The indelible image of Griffin lying face down on the turf is one that will haunt Redskins fans for years. In a way, it symbolized what might have been.Griffin underwent reconstructive surgery, but there was little he could do to fix a fractured relationship with then-Washington coach Mike Shanahan. Griffin wound up being benched at the end of his second season, and he missed a big chunk in his third year after dislocating his ankle.Last year, coach Jay Gruden named Griffin his starter during preseason, but then came a concussion. Griffin lost his job and spent the season behind Kirk Cousins. He was eventually demoted to third-string behind Colt McCoy.When the Redskins placed the nonexclusive franchise tag on Cousins last month for $20 million, Griffin, who went 14-21 with 40 touchdown passes as a starter, was let go with little fanfare.In search of a team, he and the Browns will try to restore each other.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement uq0zNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsnpnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) kshzWould you ever consider trying this?😱7or6uCan your students do this? 🌚qjsRoller skating! Powered by Firework Following Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday at Goodison, manager Solskjaer had stern things to stay. However, United fans will be reassured that even the players are owning up their errors and lacks.Advertisement Nemanja Matic was quick to take up the blame for his poor performance. Emerging team leader Paul Pogba didn’t hold back either in criticizing himself and his colleagues. The team has been warned of a summer revamp and deadweights will be offloaded as per now permanent manager OGS.Advertisement ‘Not to be disrespectful and I am not disrespectful on Everton, but the way we played and the performance of myself, of the team, of everyone is disrespectful,’ Pogba told Sky Sports News. ‘We didn’t respect ourselves, the club or the fans.‘Everything went wrong but the most important thing is the mentality that we put on the pitch – that has to changeAdvertisement ‘[In the dressing room after the game] we let the manager speak, the staff speak and they spoke the truth. They said what happened in the game and it is not respectful for ourselves.‘What we did on the pitch is not respectful for the team-mates, for the staff, for the people, for the kitman, for everyone.‘For their work, they put their life on us, the team and this club. What we showed on the pitch, we did not give them the joy back and that’s why we are angry with ourselves. We want to do better for sure and we have to. The reaction has to be there.‘I want to say [to the fans], and I know it may not be enough, but the fans want a reaction from the players and the only way to apologise to them is to give everything on the pitch, do our best, create chances, score goals, defend, work for the team and we can even lose games, but with a good performance and pride on the pitch’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Nelson Neptunes charged up the pool lanes to win to finish third at the Castlegar Aquanauts Meet as the Kootenay Summer Swim Association entered its final stage of the season.The Neptunes, which has struggled for most of the indoor swimming campaign, finished behind Kootenay powers Castlegar and Trail in the seven-team meet Sunday in the Sunflower City.
Nelson was led division three boy’s sensation, Sam Matthew.Matthew has won gold medals in every meet this season, once again capturing the top prize.Neptune assistant coaches Kiandra McLaren and Melissa Afford, won silver in division six and seven girls, respectively.Kourtney Brager took home the bronze in division three girls.The Neptunes were inspired by the spectacular swims of the winter-club swimmers.Jordan Andrusak won the gold medal in O cat 1 girls while Kelsey Andrusak claimed the bronze.Meanwhile, in O cat 2 boys, Niallan Collier also won gold.Jordan Andrusak also set no less than four new records during the meet.Andrusak set new marks in 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley.Not to be outdone, Collier smashed records in 100-meter breaststroke, 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter individual medley.The Neptunes travel to Kimberley this weekend for the final meet of the season.The team then prepare for regionals August 6-7 in Castlegar.The top swimmers advance to the B.C. Summer Swim Championships August 15-21 in Richmond.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more