Government slams Radcliffe plans

first_imgThe government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space has urged the University to scrap its current plan for the Radcliffe Infirmary redevelopment scheme, criticising it as being “wholly inadequate”.The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) warned that, “unless a thorough reappraisal of the master plan is undertaken…we have little confidence that a high quality outcome can result,” claiming that the plans were simply re-hashes of earlier designs.The review of the University’s current plans for the half a billion pound redevelopment of the Radcliffe Infirmary site, which will provide a new library and teaching facilities, urged the Oxford City Council not to endorse the scheme in its current form and accused the University of failing to use the opportunity to be more innovative in its redevelopment plans.Construction is planned to start next spring and the first buildings are expected to open in late 2011.The planning document was developed by planning specialist Turnberry Consulting and was adapted from previous designs by Rafael Viñoly Architects (RVA).Accusing the University of simply re-hashing a previous scheme, CABE‘s report said, “this document fundamentally misunderstands the purpose of a master plan[…]“Rather than promoting key principles, fresh thinking and innovative design responses, it appears to post-rationalise elements of a previous scheme which had failed to meet the long-term needs of the university or adequately reflect the Oxford context.”CABE have asked the University to break from the Viñoly scheme, noting “key shortcomings” in its proposal.CABE also disagreed with the plans for an enclosed campus, arguing that the site should be open and “permeable to the public at large.” In response to the review, an RVA spokesman denied the architect’s responsibility for the plan criticised by the government. “The review was of a planning document produced by the planning consultants, not Rafael Viñoly Architects,” they said.“This document was not intended for a CABE design review. RVA presented the master plan to CABE in early 2008. It is due to go to committee shortly and has a recommendation for approval by the planning officers.”A University of Oxford spokesperson defended their current plans and both the firms they worked with on the plans. “Rafael Viñoly architects were selected to develop a masterplan for the Radcliffe Infirmary Site in 2005. In consultation with the University, the City Council, the University’s professional team including planning consultants, Turnberry Consulting Ltd, have produced a masterplan document which provides a framework for future development on the site,” the University said.“Since it is anticipated the site will provide expansion space for many of the University’s activities over the next 15 to 20 years, it is important that the masterplan should provide such guidance for the future.“The masterplan was discussed at the City’s strategic planning committee on Monday evening. At present various buildings are being designed and planned for the site.“These include a new Maths building, a new humanities centre and library, and a new health centre.“All of these are in the early stages of planning and design and will be brought forward to the City Council’s planning committee to obtain the necessary approvals, over the course of the next year.”The Radcliffe Infirmary redevelopment scheme has been described as the University’s most ambitious project in recent history and one of its biggest investments to date.last_img read more

It’s “Christmas in January” for Conservatives

first_imgIt’s “Christmas in January” for ConservativesWayne Allyn Root for DownhillI predicted Trump would be amazing as president. I predicted his energy and “CAN-DO” attitude would make things happen…fast! I predicted he’d turn around America’s decline…fast. I predicted he’d quickly erase Obama and everything he ever did as president…fast.But this is ridiculous.It’s like “Christmas in January” for conservatives. Every day is a new present under the tree…or two, or three, or a half dozen. Trump is Santa Claus…if Santa never slept and worked 365 days a year!Donald Trump is the Harlem Globetrotters of politics. Trump vs the politicians of Washington DC isn’t even fair. It’s like the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals. Try as they may, the Generals can never win. The Globetrotters run circles around them. The Globetrotters bounce balls off their shoulders, heads, even butts, then shoot long jumpers that go…swoosh.That’s President Donald Trump. It isn’t even a fair match. The Democrats have no clue what they are up against. Trump will out-smart them, out-hustle them, out-work them, out-maneuver them. Like the poor hapless Washington Generals, they’ve already lost and they don’t even know it.By the way, it’s not their fault. Politicians just don’t have the brainpower of a brilliant businessman. Any businessman could run circles around any typical politician. But this isn’t just any businessman- it’s Donald J. Trump. He’s a billionaire businessman who outsmarted the biggest and toughest banks in the world when he was in a $4 billion hole.CARTOONS | KEN CATALINOVIEW CARTOONAnd these aren’t just any politicians. These are pathetic liberal Democrats who know nothing about business, or negotiating, or competition. Trump vs Democrats is like Barney Fife vs. Godzilla.Up until now, Ronald Reagan was my favorite president in modern history. But remarkably, Donald Trump has passed my hero Reagan in his first week on the job. If the first week is any indication of things to come, under President Trump every day will be “Christmas for conservatives.”Trump makes Reagan look like he was standing in quicksand. Trump makes Reagan look like a slacker. Trump makes Reagan look like a liberal (almost). I’m only half-kidding.It’s only been a week and already my wish list is in place.Trump withdrew America from the TPP treaty that kills middle class American jobs. Remarkably, even liberal unions applauded.Trump used Executive orders to give the go-ahead to the long-stalled Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines. America is open for business again (and high-paying middle class jobs).Trump issued an Executive order starting the funding and construction of “THE WALL.” Liberals heads must be ready to explode.He also announced the hiring of 10,000 new border agents.He will soon announce a temporary ban on refugees from Syria and Middle Eastern war zones.And a ban on visas from dangerous Muslim-majority countries with inadequate screening.Trump also announced the end of “Sanctuary cities” and the defunding of federal funds for any city that chooses to continue breaking the law. Liberals claimed Trump could never succeed. Really?Within 24 hours Miami surrendered and agreed to Trump’s terms. The dominoes are all falling.Trump signed an Executive order freezing the hiring of non-essential federal employees.Trump issued an Executive order to “ease the burden of Obamacare.” This is the beginning of the end for Obamacare.Trump said out loud the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” He did it in his inaugural speech- which means Trump did in his first 15 minutes as president what Obama would not do in eight years.Trump has announced plans to cut 75% of regulations…and “maybe more.” SEVENTY FIVE PERCENT! Pinch me, this must be a dream!The Trump State Department will begin an immediate review of Obama’s final hour giveaway of $220 million to the Palestinian Authority.The NY Times reports Trump is preparing Executive orders to drastically reduce funding and America’s involvement in the United Nations and international treaties. Conservatives like me have been waiting our whole lifetimes for this one.Trump erased all mentions on the White House web site of “climate change.” This made me so happy I walked outside my front door and screamed “VICTORY.”But Trump wasn’t done with the White House web site. Then he erased all Spanish language from the site. Our site. The site that belongs to the American taxpayer. The White House web site is now “English Only.” See what I mean about Christmas?Trump has even announced a major investigation into voter fraud. Trump is the first Republican who understands the best defense is a good offense. He’s taking it to the Democrats. He’s putting them on the defensive. And he’s not going to let Democrats win future elections with voter fraud.Lastly, corporations across the globe have all publicly announced they are bringing jobs and billions of dollars of investment monies back to America because of President Trump. Just in time too. On Friday Obama’s dismal 4th Quarter GDP results were announced. Obama’s economy managed to make even Herbert Hoover look good!All of this happened in Trump’s first week. Can you imagine what Trump will do starting in his second week?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Batesville Red Dirt Basketball Scores

first_imgDirt Road Boys Basketball League Scores 11/13/16 (Opening Day). 6th Grade Bulldogs @ Union County High School.  Batesville 33, Union County 11   Alec Bunselmeier and Noah Tuveson scored 8 points each.    Batesville 25, Cambridge City Lincoln 24  Benjamin Harmeyer and Jackson Renck scored 10 points each.   Coach John Harmeyer reported that the key to victory in both games was the tenacious team defense.        The 6th graders are in action next Sunday at Greensburg Middle School @ 1:00 vs. Rising Sun and 3:00 is the rematch of last year’s 5th grade DRBL Championship game vs. Greensburg.      5th Grade Bulldogs @ South Decatur High School.Batesville 27, Greensburg 13  Sam Johnson scored 8 pts., Conner Drake scored 7 pts. and dished out 3 assists, and Chris Lewis led the team in rebounding with 5.    Batesville 51, Morristown 8    Johnson led the way with 12 pts.; Gus Prickel scored 9, Jack Grunkemeyer scored 8 pts., dished out 3 assists and pulled down 6 rebounds, while Bradley Wirth led the team in rebounding with 9.     Coach Paul Drake reported that after a sluggish beginning to the first game of the season the young Bulldogs settled in and played aggressive team defense forcing several turnovers on both opponents with their full court press. Impressively, all 9 players scored in the second contest of the day.    The 5th graders are in action next Sunday at Union County High School @ 1:00 vs. Union County and @ 3:00 vs. Blue River Valley.     4th Grade Bulldogs @ Greensburg Junior High.     Batesville 30, Jac-Cen-Del 17   Batesville 11, Brownstown 9      The 4th graders are in action next Sunday @ Milan High School @ 1:00 vs. Brownstown Black in a rematch of today’s defensive gem and @ 2:00 vs. Brownstown Red.       3rd Grade Bulldogs @ Batesville Primary School.    Batesville 30, Rushville 4    Batesville 28, Greensburg 14Courtesy of Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

Holder content with underdogs tag … ODI series bowls off today

first_imgTWO of the most unpredictable teams in World cricket – West Indies and Pakistan – will commence the three-match One Day International (ODI) series today at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.West Indies during their net session yesterday.However, West Indies captain Jason Holder says he has no issues with his team being branded the underdogs going into the series, but he believes they can prove a few people wrong.“Pakistan have been hard on us. They have beaten us in the last series we played in the UAE and they started this tour well. So we probably are the underdogs right now … it’s not a bad tag to have.“The expectations are pretty much on Pakistan to beat us and that is an incentive for our guys. We must go and must show that we can beat Pakistan.“They are just a step ahead of us in the ICC rankings and I don’t think they are impossible to beat,” Holder told media operatives at a press conference yesterday.Further Holder said he expected a different approach from his side in the 50-overs format, as batsmen would have the benefit of time on their side to explore the Pakistan attack, especially leg-spinner Shadab Khan.West Indies captain Jason HolderThe 18-year-old (Khan) made his international debut in last week’s Twenty20 series and could hardly have been more impressive, capturing 10 wickets against the world champions to be named player-of-the-series.His main attacking weapon is the googly – a delivery that spins from the off side towards leg – baffling batsmen expecting the ball to turn the other way.“He obviously had some success so far in this series. He is something new. Everybody is now getting accustomed to seeing him but what I can say is that this one-day format you have a bit more time than the T20. Having said that we have our game play against him,” Holder reckoned.Meanwhile, notwithstanding carrying the favourites’ tag, the Pakistanis will also be wary of the conditions as well as the opposition.Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said, “It is important that we continue the momentum and sustain the same kind of focus.”Both teams have faded away in terms of performance, but the West Indies are under pressure to reverse a run of poor form that could see them face the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019.Pakistan captain Sarfraz AhmedThe top eight teams in the International Cricket Council (ICC) ODI rankings at the end of September 2017 automatically advance to the event in England.Pakistan are currently No. 8 in the ICC’s ODI rankings, holding the final automatic qualification spot for the 2019 World Cup; West Indies are ninth, with five ranking points separating the sides.Failure to beat Pakistan would leave West Indies – who will be absent from this year’s Champions Trophy – struggling to catch them ahead of September’s cut-off and facing the prospect of having to come through the ICC Qualifier.Today’s match will be followed by another on Sunday and the final match of the series next Tuesday; all matches bowl off at 09:30hrs.West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt.), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.Pakistan ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt. & wkp.), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar.last_img read more

Nolan trying to team on track despite injuries

first_img How bad has it gotten for the 49ers? Just look at what’s happened at inside linebacker, where Ulbrich started in the 49ers’ last game. Ulbrich tore his biceps in that game and is out for the year. Jamie Winborn, who probably would have replaced him, was basically dumped when he was dealt to Jacksonville for a seventh-round pick. Rasheed is out and the 49ers are moving Derek Smith from his strong-side inside-linebacker position to the weak side and inserting Brandon Moore at Smith’s spot. The injuries, the 1-4 start, and the combined record of 11-5 for the 49ers’ next three opponents (Washington, Tampa Bay and the Giants) make Nolan’s unmitigated optimism appear hollow. The difference from last year is that most players back Nolan. “I think we are a special defense this year,” Moore said of a unit that has yielded an average of 32 points a game — second-worst in the league. “We have a lot to prove. We have a lot of good things ahead of us.” Defensive players have a belief that the concepts they are learning will override injuries and pay dividends this year. “You see signs of a special defense,” Smith said. “We are just a little bit off. I think we have good players who play hard and have heart.” Spacing is an issue. Smith said if players drop a little deeper or spread a little wider in their zones, everything could come together. Despite the obvious problems and poor results, Moore likes the underlying defensive philosophy. “We attack a lot more. It’s a more go-get-’em defense,” he said. “I think everybody has bought into owning (the defense) and making it our own. It’s very much a family atmosphere. We support each other.” Meanwhile Nolan, at times, faces the reality of the 49ers’ talent-challenged predicament. “(In other places), the backup has played four or five years,” Nolan said. “Whereas here, the starter is a young guy, the backup might be off the practice squad. You got to get to this next level with everything.” But basically, Nolan is paving the road ahead with good intentions and committed players, even if that road looks remarkably similar to last year’s. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARA — The 49ers appear to be headed down the same road as last year, the one with the weeds poking through cracked pavement. Coach Mike Nolan, however, refuses to see the blight. He marches on, trying to keep his team together despite the mounting injuries and discouraging losses. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “(The trainers) were able to bend (the knee) and tweak it and do all that stuff,” said Nolan, who took the manipulations as a good sign. In fact, Nolan refuses to see anything but good signs, despite the obvious dark cloud that has settled over the team the past two seasons. Nolan still makes impassioned appeals about competing in the division and about “building” despite the fact his roster is crumbling. Rasheed joins tackle Jonas Jennings, cornerback Ahmed Plummer, linebacker Julian Peterson and wide receiver Arnaz Battle as starters who are out indefinitely. Peterson (hamstring), though, could be back sometime this week, and Battle (knee) and Jennings (shoulder) could be available next week, Nolan said. Meanwhile, fellow starters Jeff Ulbrich, tight end Eric Johnson and defensive back Mike Rumph are out for the year. center_img Take Monday, for example. On the team’s first day back from its bye week, linebacker Saleem Rasheed didn’t make it through a noncontact drill before leaving with a knee injury. Rasheed, who has a prolific injury file, was awaiting results of an MRI exam late Monday. The 49ers are hopeful it’s just a small tear in cartilage, which could have him back to practice today. last_img read more

Three Things to Know about the TCU Horned Frogs

first_imgFor free, something to look at with TCU is a macro level question: Gary Patterson has to be wondering is about Hill’s progression. In 2014, he employed co-OCs (Tech guy Sonny Cumbie and Poke alum Doug Meacham) when Trevone Boykin went from an erratic throwing wide receiver to All-Big 12 dime dropper which leads to the question – who was responsible?Meacham is calling plays in Lawrence now and if he was the culprit in the HGTV worthy makeover of Boykin and Cumbie wasn’t, the Frogs could be in for a rocky ride.Running AwayGary Patterson is nothing if not a brilliant defensive mind. His capacity to develop defenders on all levels and stress offenses likely landed the Frogs in the Big 12. And while they have some saucy players in the secondary, the big question is how well the Pokes can run the ball on TCU’s front seven.If you had to zoom in on a couple of battles, it’ll primarily be about the interior of the Cowboy line against some beefy TCU defensive tackles and All-Big 12 linebacker Travin Howard, a Jordan Sterns-esque tackler that regularly gets 100+ tackles a season.It’s most evident along the defensive line, with tackles Ross Blacklock and Corey Bethley playing at over 300 pounds. Under Patterson, TCU tackles traditionally have been much lighter for the sake of quickness.But Blacklock, a four-star recruit from Fort Bend Elkins in 2016, and Bethley, a three-star recruit from state power Katy, are not slow. As part of the defensive line rotation, they made a difference in Fayetteville. [Fort Worth Star Telegram]With that being said, it’s sort of a Jekyll-and-Hyde scenario with this group. After absolutely extinguishing Arkansas’ offense (seven points and 267 yards of total offense), the Pony Express wreaked havoc last week with 36 points and 463 yards of offense, allowing numerous big plays.It’s safe to assume that after last year, the Frogs will have plenty of motivation coming to Stillwater. Nothing breaks the spirit (and endurance) of a team like mercilessly pounding them down the field and for Gundy’s offense to establish balance, it’ll be huge.Think 2016 TCU game where Chris Carson plowed for 146 yards through the TCU defense.Chris Carson trucking 2 TCU defenders back-to-back. The NFL may need to do something to prevent injuries to defenders when Carson is around. pic.twitter.com/rLai6wkpQI— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) August 10, 2017And while death, taxes and Gary Patterson defensive backs are the only certainties in life, Mason doesn’t sound super concerned about “Texada on one side and *mumbles* there’s a guy on the other side I forget his name.”Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph on the challenge TCU’s secondary presents: pic.twitter.com/3Y0yWwtVSF— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 19, 2017 The Cowboys blew through the non-con slate, stifling fledgling offenses and overwhelming outmanned defenses. Flying into SWO this week are the Fort Worth Frogs, ready for a shot at the class of the league.Coming In HotLooking to be one of the more improved teams in the league, the No. 15-ranked veteran Frogs will be the biggest test yet for the Cowboy defense.Oklahoma State’s defense had a confidence-assuring fall camp, often holding its own against an offense that looked like the best in the nation in Saturday’s 59-21 win over Pittsburgh. In August, after OSU’s second scrimmage of camp, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy was encouraged. They’re containing big plays, he said of the defense.Three games into this season, the offenses Oklahoma State has played have all ranked outside the top 60 in yards per play. Greater tests await, beginning Saturday with a TCU unit that averages more than 500 yards per game. [TulsaWorld]While OSU returned proven, productive depth on the offensive side of the ball, TCU returned nearly all of its mediocre production (they finished eighth in the Big 12 in points scored in 2016) with another year of seasoning and development.They’ve improved … a lot, it appears.This year (so far, anyway) TCU has plenty of pint-sized playmakers making dynamic plays. Remember names like Kennedy Snell, Desmon White and KaVontae Turpin who have the capacity to turn something small into something big.FLY KENNEDY SNELL FLLLLLYYYYY pic.twitter.com/MhuM7txmnn— Barstool Frogs (@BarstoolTCU) September 16, 2017 Kavontae Turpin turns on the Jets for TCU pic.twitter.com/nm81lhcNOi— Clayton Stefan (@DFF_Clayton) September 3, 2017These are the kinds of plays that tweak the offensive output for TCU from 21 and 28 points to 35 and 42 points a game. And when the Frogs get you concerned with these guys around the edges, they have a few running backs capable of running by you (assuming Kyle Hicks is healthy).Will Kenny Thrill or Spill?Maybe the biggest question of the game – and TCU’s season – is the progression of quarterback Kenny Hill. Is he the same guy that threw 13 interceptions last year or has he turned a corner in maturity and skill?Senior quarterback Kenny Hill has been willing to let his teammates do some of the heavy lifting through the first three weeks, but he might need to become more involved in Stillwater.Patterson recognized that Hill will need to “take some shots,” but also acknowledged the danger of measuring success by yardage. [Dallas SportsDay]That leads me to ask, does TCU have to keep this a go-kart match between two offenses or can they compete in a high-flying formula one matchup? Does Hill have a tendency to press and make bad decisions if you expect too much?Check out his throwing chart from the SMU game where the Frog offense racked up 56 points and oodles of yards.That’s a lot of dink-and-dunk throws – with the only long throw being the half-time hail mary. Can that work playing Oklahoma State? Maybe.But playing an athletic, talented Razorback defense, Hill looked pedestrian – throwing for 166 yards, no scores, and a pick. I get the feeling the defense in Stillwater will look more like the Fayetteville version than the Shetland Pony Express.Look at the highlights from the SMU game and it’s easy to build an argument that OSU’s team speed and Hill’s lack of downfield threat feel like something this OSU defense can handle.Great way for @StoolSMU and TCU to start off the week: Iron Skillet Battle highlights in under a minute pic.twitter.com/J1Xg6RjGgP— Barstool Frogs (@BarstoolTCU) September 18, 2017center_img If 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!last_img read more

Ventura not doubting Italy’s World Cup hopes

first_imgItaly Ventura not doubting Italy’s World Cup hopes: ‘We’re all convinced that we will make it’ Tom Webber Last updated 2 years ago 08:39 11/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) GianPIeroVentura - cropped Getty Images Italy WC Qualification Europe Sweden v Italy Sweden The manager is not overlooking the play-off with Sweden but has said he can’t imagine a scenario in which the Italians fail to qualify for Russia Italy may have a World Cup play-off with Sweden to get through, but head coach Gian Piero Ventura is not considering the possibility that they’ll fail to qualify for Russia 2018.The Azzurri were beaten to top spot in Group G of UEFA qualifying by Spain and face a two-legged clash with Janne Andersson’s side to advance to next year’s finals, with the first match taking place in Stockholm on Friday.Italy 13/10 to win in Sweden Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Because of my mindset, I never considered the possibility of missing the World Cup. We’re all convinced that we will make it,” said the 69-year-old.| The work begins at #Coverciano for the play-off. pic.twitter.com/Oqr9wiM0ru#SwedenItaly #VivoAzzurro— Italy (@azzurri) November 6, 2017″I believe there is a possibility to do something much more important that we can think of in this moment. Now it is time to channel our energies.”I am not thinking about whether we will play in the World Cup or not. I am already thinking about the group stage as well as the friendlies we have to play, against England and perhaps Argentina if I am not wrong.”I think about Russia, of course, but first of all I am focused on Sweden, which is a mandatory step.”last_img read more

Falcons Rise Up to 60 Start Only Unbeaten Team

Falcons owner Arthur Blank high-fives cornerback Asante Samuel on the way to franchise best 6-0 start.The Atlanta Falcons have risen up to a franchise best 6-0 start after Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders, leaving them as the only undefeated team in the NFL.Quarterback Matt Ryan has been the key to this power surge by the Falcons.  Over the first six weeks Ryan has thrown for 1,756 yards, 14 touchdowns with six interceptions.Not only has the offense been stellar, which was expected with so many weapons, but the defense has made big plays to keep the team undefeated. Cornerback Asante Samuel came up with a huge interception late in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown. And defensive lineman John Abraham forced a fumble on a sack of Carson Palmer and provided pressure much of the day.Even though the Falcons’ record is flawless, head coach Mike Smith knows this is no time to get complacent.“They’ll watch the tape and they’ll realize that we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Smith said. “I can assure you that. They don’t need to have myself or any of the coaches in there watching it. They’re off during the bye week, but they will be in there watching tape. That’s the way we do things. That’s a great locker room and they realize that we haven’t played the best football that we’re capable of playing.”Indeed, they have needed late fourth quarter drives to beat the Panthers, Redskins and Raiders. But the fact is, Ryan accomplished the goal.“We need to strive to play our best,” Ryan said. “I don’t think we’ve done that the last couple weeks. It’s going to be critical for us to use this week to find ways to improve.”“I think we can improve so much,” cornerback Dunta Robinson said. “We’re not where we want to be as a defense. We want to be perfect.”The bye week allows linebacker Stephen Nicholas to get healthy after aggravating an ankle injury. The Falcons may also get back defensive tackle Corey Peters, who has been on the physically unable to perform list.  That will help a defense that allowed 149 rushing yards on Sunday.With the Falcons being the only undefeated team left in the NFL they know the challenges will be significant.“The thing now is we know we’re going to get everyone’s best shot,” Robinson said. “We’ve got to take our game to another level.”After the off week, the Falcons go to Philadelphia to take on old friend Michael Vick and the Eagles. read more

Illegal boat voyage to TCI deadly for 60 Haitians

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Apr 2015 – More Haitians are expected to be found dead after a boat load of them, said to be TCI-bound sank on Friday. Some 21 bodies washed ashore in the North of Haiti, which is home to that nation’s second city – Cape Haitian. The US Coast Guard says many as 40 are feared dead. There was reportedly an attempt to return to shore in Haiti when the boat encountered rough seas; the boat ran aground on a reef and went down. Gulf News of the Americas is reporting that: “In the past six months, the US Coast Guard said it has intercepted 309 Haitians at sea. That is a much lower rate than the previous 12-month period, when 1,103 Haitians were rescued, according to the Coast Guard.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas PM warns “Price Gouging is a criminal offense” 108 Haitians intercepted thanks to radar Related Items:boat, cap hatian, illegal, sink, US coast guard UWI, Caricom, FCO to aide in removal of Mega One Tritonlast_img read more