Supertech gets green nod for Rs 1,130cr Sports Village project

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) Realty firm Supertech has received green nod for developing a sports-centric housing project in Greater Noida that would entail an investment of Rs 1,130 crore.The proposed residential project Sports Village will be launched during Diwali this year and will be completed in four years. The 62-acre project will be developed in Sector 27 of Greater Noida (west), known as Noida Extension.The Union Environment Ministry has given its clearance (EC) to the proposed Sports Village project after taking into account the recommendations of its expert panel, said the EC letter issued to the company.The approval is subject to compliance of certain conditions, the letter said.When contacted, Supertech Chairman R K Arora said, “We are coming up with 62.5 acre project in Greater Noida (west) to develop more than 4,000 flats and villas.”We will also construct sports and recreational facilities including nine-hole golf course in 25-acre area,” he added.The company has informed the ministry that it will develop the proposed project in a plot area of 2,51,371 square meter and will offer 4,228 flats and 400 villas with club and enough space for sports (golf) and recreational activities. The built up area would be 7,55,817.89 square meter.It also informed that it has “no court case pending against the project” and the cost is estimated to be Rs 1,130.46 crore.Besides golf, Arora of Supertech said that the project will have academies for other sports like badminton and shooting.In 2015, the company had tied up with sports personalities such as Sania Mirza, Shikhar Dhawan, Jyoti Randhawa, Pullela Gopichand and Gagan Narang for setting up training facilities in its projects. PTI LUX MJH MR SRKadvertisementlast_img read more

Nets Deal Coach Kidd To Bucks

first_imgMILWAUKEE — New Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens admit they may have made some errors in luring Jason Kidd to Milwaukee.That doesn’t mean they aren’t happy to have him as Milwaukee’s coach.“Our one goal is to hire people to run it, that know what they’re doing,” Edens said. “Jason is someone I’ve admired as a player. He did a great job managing the Nets this year and we think he’s the best young coaching talent in basketball.”Kidd, who was formally introduced July 2 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, said there were no hard feelings over his abrupt and surprising departure from Brooklyn, where he won 44 games and reached the second round of the playoffs in his first season as a coach.Kidd dismissed the suggestion that he left after being turned down in seeking control of the Nets’ basketball operations department. And he said he had no plans to seek a similar role in Milwaukee, where General Manager John Hammond is under contract through the 2015-16 season.“They are not true,” Kidd said. “It’s not about power. You guys ran with that. It’s not about power. As I was introduced, I’m the coach.”Brooklyn agreed to deal Kidd to Milwaukee for second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. The Bucks fired Larry Drew, who had no indication he wouldn’t be back for a second season.The whole affair was messy and played out in the media for days before the deal was announced, overshadowing the positive buzz surrounding the Bucks’ selection of Duke star Jabari Parker with the No. 2 overall pick.Lasry said it was wrong to not bring Hammond into the loop earlier in the process, which began last week when the owners sought permission from the Nets to speak with Kidd. Lasry and Kidd are friends.“We were asked to keep it confidential,” Lasry said. “In retrospect, that was a mistake. I would tell you that it was very much newness. We’ve learned a lot in this process. Our view, and it hasn’t changed from the beginning, is that all the basketball operations goes through John. In this process, we learned we made a mistake.”Lasry and Edens said once the initial discussion took place and news leaked out, Hammond took over the negotiation with Nets GM Billy King.If Hammond felt threatened by Kidd’s presence, he wasn’t showing it.“The last four days have been have been great for this organization,” Hammond said. “I’ve never felt the kind of excitement that’s surrounding our team — people are talking about the Bucks and want to know what’s going on with our team — and that’s a great thing.”Kidd spoke confidently about Hammond, who spent seven seasons as an assistant to Pistons’ GM Joe Dumars before joining the Bucks in April 2008. “He is great. He’s a leader,” Kidd said. “He understands the league. He’s been doing it for a long time. I trust him like no other.”Kidd didn’t offer much explanation of his reasoning for taking the job in Milwaukee, where he inherits a team that finished a league-worst 15-67 but adds Parker to a group that includes 19-year-old Greek forward Giannis Antetokounpo, forward John Henson and center Larry Sanders.He downplayed questions about moving from the NBA’s largest market to its smallest.“I’ve played in big markets and I’ve played in small markets,” Kidd said. “It’s not about the market, it’s about being able to teach and I have a great opportunity here in Milwaukee to be part of a young, talented roster.”Edens and Lasry, both New York investment firm executives, recently purchased the team from former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl for about $550 million after they pledged to keep the club in Milwaukee.Lasry and Edens have committed to providing $100 million to help build a new arena. Kohl also announced he would donate $100 million for a facility to replace the team’s downtown arena that opened in 1988.(ANDREW WAGNER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Whatever I said was in fit of anger: J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik explains remark

first_imgA day after he said that terrorists should gun down those who have looted the country and their state, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that as a Governor he should have avoided the comment while adding that whatever he said was in a “fit of anger”.”Whatever I said was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption. As a Governor, I should not have said this. But if I was not holding this post, I would have said the same and would have been ready to bear the consequences,” Malik told ANI.”Many of the political leaders and top bureaucrats are steeped in corruption here, they are criminals. As a Governor I should have avoided making such a comment, but as an individual this is what I feel,” he added.Addressing a gathering at the inaugural event of Kargil Ladakh Tourism Festival 2019 at Khree Sultan Choo Sports Stadium Kargil on Sunday, Malik opined that the biggest disease in Jammu and Kashmir is corruption.”The biggest disease in Kashmir is corruption…These youth with guns, they are killing PSOs and SPOs for no reason, why are you killing them? Kill those who have looted your country and all the wealth from Kashmir, have you killed anyone out of them? Nothing will be achieved by this,” Governor had said.Hitting out at former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, the Governor called him a “political juvenile” after Abdullah criticised him over his statement on Sunday.”He is a political juvenile who tweets on everything. See the reaction to his tweets and you will find out, go on the streets and ask about him,” Malik said.advertisementEarlier, the National Conference leader had taken to Twitter and said that if any politician or bureaucrat is killed in the state then it must be considered as the execution of Governor’s order.”Save this tweet – after today any mainstream politician or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in Jammu and Kashmir has been murdered on the express orders of the Governor of J and K Satyapal Malik,” tweeted Abdullah.Also Read | J&K Governor tells militants to kill the corrupt who looted Kashmir, Omar Abdullah respondsAlso Watch | Omar Abdullah hits back at J&K Governor for telling militants to kill the corrupt in Kashmirlast_img read more

Pulisic to Chelsea: Why Sarri brought in USMNT star

first_imgPaying £58 million (€64m/$73m) for a player who has made just one Bundesliga start over the past three months might seem like a remarkable decision, but that is exactly what Chelsea have done by splashing the cash on Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic.The 20-year-old had long been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge and BVB announced on Wednesday that he will join Chelsea at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, spending the remainder of this season on loan at the Bundesliga leaders as they challenge for both the German title and Champions League glory.Initially, Dortmund demanded £70 million ($89m) for Pulisic, but Chelsea eventually successfully drove down the asking price, with the winger’s contract in Germany due to expire in June 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? On top of his contract situation, there is also the fact that the USMNT international is no longer a key protagonist in BVB’s renaissance, though, as Pulisic slipped down the pecking order due to the fantastic form of teenage sensation Jadon Sancho.Pulisic had been struggling to get Bundesliga starts at Dortmund in recent months amid the ongoing uncertainty over his long-term future at the club and a move to Chelsea appears to make sense for everybody involved.Certainly, with Eden Hazard once again flirting with a move to Real Madrid, and both Pedro and Willian now in their thirties, the Blues could do with adding an exciting young winger to their squad.After all, this is a club that does not offer more than one-year extensions to players over 30 and then there’s the issue of Callum Hudson-Odoi appearing keen on a move to Bayern Munich.Pulisic is not the only player Chelsea have considered signing to rejuvenate their ageing attack – Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, Barcelona bad boy Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s versatile forward Richarlison have all been scouted – but the USMNT star was the most viable target.Christian Pulisic USA PSAs for Pulisic himself, he has always dreamed of a move to the Premier League.Speaking ahead of his country’s November friendly against England at Wembley, he stated, “England and the Premier League, it is a league where lots of kids dream of playing, so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”Certainly, he should have little trouble settling in, particularly at Stamford Bridge.As an attacker schooled at Signal Iduna Park – initially under Thomas Tuchel and now Lucien Favre – he should have little trouble understanding what Blues boss Maurizio Sarri demands from his wingers.The Italian is a fan of small, skilful forwards who press the ball intelligently – Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne both excelled under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli – meaning he would fit seamlessly into the Chelsea line-up.Christian Pulisic Premier League PSSarri takes huge pride in his ability to improve his players and that should help this transfer work as Pulisic aims to make a name for himself in the Premier League next season.Pulisic is still young but he will be charged with improving his end product, having only netted three times in 20 games for club and country this term.His talent is there for all to see, though, and given his age, it’s easy to understand why both Sarri and Chelsea were keen on the American attacker and eventually opted to meet Dortmund’s demands.last_img read more

Photos: This Is The Most-Embarrassing Field Rush Of The Season

first_imgNorthwestern Wildcats' football stadium.EVANSTON, IL – SEPTEMBER 29: A general view of Ryan Field as the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers on September 29, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. Northwestern defeated Indiana 44-29. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, No. 20 Wisconsin walked into Evanston, Illinois as a four-point favorite. Four hours later, the team walked out with its third loss of the season after Northwestern dominated the Badgers.The Wildcats now own a significant hold in the Big Ten West – which will get even stronger if Penn State takes care of Iowa later this afternoon. Northwestern owned both sides of the ball en route to a 31-17 win.After the game was over, the Northwestern faithful did what any program who just took down a top-25 program would do – they rushed the field.Unlike the team’s win over Wisconsin, the field rush was less than impressive.Take a look.Lol Northwestern is rushing the field.— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) October 27, 2018Sure, winning a game against a rival while said rival is ranked in the AP and Coaches’ Polls is great, but if you’re going to rush the field, at least cover a significant portion of it.Next up for Northwestern is a home game against Notre Dame. We’d expect to see a better field rush if the Wildcats can take down the Fighting Irish.last_img read more

Video: The Fastest 40-Yard Dash At The NFL Combine Has Been Run

first_imgnfl coaches watch the scouting combineINDIANAPOLIS, IN – FEBRUARY 28: Scouts look on as a player runs the 40-yard dash during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Former Ohio State wide receiver Parris Campbell appeared to be the fastest man at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this weekend. The former Buckeyes’ star ran a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash.Campbell has been topped, though. An SEC defensive back has taken the title of “fastest man” at the NFL Combine.Former Auburn defensive back Jamel Dean has officially ran the fastest 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine this year.Dean, a former Ohio State commit, ran a 4.30..@AuburnFootball CB Jamel Dean runs a 4.31u 40-yard dash!Tied for the fastest 40 of the 2019 #NFLCombine 🔥— NFL (@NFL) March 4, 2019Dean’s 40 was initially listed as a 4.31, but that was an unofficial time. It’s since been updated to a 4.30.Jamel Dean’s OFFICIAL 40 time: 4.30!The fastest 40 of the 2019 #NFLCombine 🚨@jmd0074 | @AuburnFootball— NFL (@NFL) March 4, lists Dean as a potential NFL starter, though there are some questions about his medicals, as he’s had multiple knee surgeries.Dean’s combination of height, weight and speed will get the conversation started off in the right direction for NFL evaluators, but there is no way around the fact that multiple knee surgeries will be a cause for concern in those same circles. His length and ability to disrupt catch space is a big plus in his favor and he has the athletic ability to play in a variety of coverages. However, he needs more consistent competitiveness and better technique for the next level.The knees certainly looked good today.last_img read more

Quebec nurse donates Taylor Swift tickets to Michigan teen with brain injury

first_imgDETROIT – When Taylor Swift takes the stage at Detroit’s Ford Field Tuesday night, tens of thousands of fans will likely be singing along to every word.For one 15-year-old fan who’s attending the show with the help of a nurse from Quebec, that would have been impossible just a few months ago.Tiffany Kleinschmidt of Waterford, Mich., is a lifelong “Swiftie,” as the pop star’s legions of fans are known. Before she suffered a traumatic brain injury in April, Kleinschmidt could easily sing along to hits like “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space.”But since that day when she went into cardiac arrest during class, depriving her brain of oxygenated blood, Kleinschmidt has had to relearn basic skills like how to walk, talk and eat. It’s been a painstaking ordeal, but Swift’s music has been a major boost throughout her recovery so far.So when Quebec-based nurse Laken Tiller donated two tickets to Swift’s Tuesday concert to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, it didn’t take long for officials there to decide who would get them.Tiller grew up in Windsor, Ont., just across the river from Detroit, but now lives in Granby, Que. She bought two tickets to the Detroit concert during a presale period about a year ago, but later found out her work schedule conflicted with the show. Thankfully, she had backup plans.“I went to her Chicago show and her New York show,” the 26-year-old Tiller — another confessed “Swiftie” — said in a phone interview from Windsor on Saturday.“I’m a big fan.”Tiller could have put her tickets up for sale on the secondary market, but she said it was an “obvious choice” to donate them to the children’s hospital instead.“I see tonnes of families who are consumed with their health. When they’re sick and they’re in the hospital, your life is completely turned around. So I wanted a child who’s been in the hospital for a while to be able to relax and take a night off and forget about what’s going on,” she said.Since that initial donation, which will allow Tiffany and her recreational therapist to attend the show, Tiller has bought and donated an extra pair of tickets so that Tiffany’s mother and sister can go, too.“That donation that Laken made means a lot to us,” said Dawn Kleinschmidt, who added her daughter “lit up” when she learned she would get to see her idol in person.Even that basic expression of joy points to the progress Tiffany has made since her injury, which dramatically altered not only her physical and language abilities, but also the way she shows her emotions, according to her recreational therapist.Dawn Grenier said Tiffany is “beyond thrilled” about the show, and while she can’t jump up and down to show her excitement, “She’s got the best smile. Her smile is what shows us.”Tiller and Grenier have also been co-ordinating on a plan to get Tiffany to meet Swift face-to-face, even holding a T-shirt decorating contest at the hospital in an effort to make the teen and her family stand out in the crowd.“I guess Taylor’s mom and her people wander the crowd before the show and during the opening act and look for true Swiftie fans to invite backstage,” said Grenier, who credits Tiller for leading a social media push to make the meeting happen.“Just going to the concert is a dream for Tiffany…. The topper, obviously, would be if she could meet Taylor.”— By Adam Burns in Torontolast_img read more

Healthrope Organizes Second Annual Tree of Health In Rabat

Rabat – Youth-led NGO, Healthrope International, hosted the second edition of its annual “Tree of Health” Conference on December 10th. The conference was held at Cité Universitaire Internationale in Rabat and was organized in collaboration with the Association of Student Doctors and Pharmacists in Rabat (AMPER).Other stakeholders participating were the Confederation of Students and Trainees in Morocco (CESAM), Africa Health Service (AHS), Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), Ghana Students’ Association in Morocco (GHASAM), Yenda NGO and Africarisme Group. The conference brought together youth from different regions across Morocco and from different national and cultural backgrounds.The theme for this year was “Diabetes, an underestimated danger,” which was examined in a panel discussion jointly led by Dr. Bernard Baudouin Boanimbek, General Secretary of Yenda and Samuel Opoku Gyamfi, Founder of Healthrope International. There was also a session on “Sexually Transmitted Infections,” jointly animated by Dr. Maria Achour and Dr. Aaicha Benarfa, from the Africa Health Service as well as a session on stress management, presented by Samuel Opoku Gyamfi.Other speakers included Mr. Olivier Bassock. As part of the conference’s agenda, the Morocco Chapter of Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) launched the “Africa Youth for SDGs” program for SDGs 1,2,3,4 and 13. Through this program, young people were enlightened on how to have a positive impact in their respective communities, using community-adapted methods.This year’s conference ended with an exercise on Sophrology – A stress-management exercise for mind and body relaxation. read more

NSBI Approves Payroll Rebate

Quick facts: payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount of the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs it receives between five and 10 cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Fund Information on NSBI transactions can be found at . -30- Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of a payroll rebate for VERB Interactive Inc (VERB). Established in Halifax in 2004, VERB is a full-service digital marketing agency serving leading global brands in the travel and hospitality industry. The company is expanding its Halifax operations and has a second location in Victoria, B.C. VERB has the potential to create up to 130 jobs under the five-year payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, NSBI estimates the company could spend $24.3 million in salaries. It is also estimated the new employees would contribute provincial tax revenues of $3.113 million through their income and consumption taxes. As a result, the company would earn a rebate up to $1.458 million over five years. VERB will be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 130 new jobs. read more

Government Amends Public Utilities Act

Quick Facts: a large utility is defined as having annual revenue of $100 million or more the Utility and Review Board hears about 40 applications per year for spending under $1 million replacing a transformer at a Nova Scotia Power hydro station generally costs more than $250,000 Government is changing the Public Utilities Act to help keep power and water rates stable by reducing the number of approvals large utilities need to acquire. Nova Scotia Power, Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link and the Halifax Regional Water Commission will no longer be required to get approval from the Utility and Review Board to spend $1 million or less. Previously, the limit was $250,000. In other jurisdictions, limits range from $50,000 to $50 million. Submissions like this generally cost utilities $50,000 or more per application. “Making our system more efficient is an important way we keep costs down for utilities and rates stable for Nova Scotians,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “Spending by these organizations will remain transparent and accountable and the regulator will still have the ability to determine if expenses are in the best interests of ratepayers.” These amendments also clarify long-term natural gas pipeline contract regulations announced in June. Additional Resources: Natural gas pipeline contracts news release: -30- read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Fort Point Road, LaHave Fort Point Road, LaHave, from Route 331 to the end of the road, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvements and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice.A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls Hurlburt Falls Bridge, Tusket Falls, on Lake Vaughan Road is closed until the bridge is replaced later this year. Detour is in place. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101, Exit 6, Windsor Highway 101, Exit 6, Windsor, northwest bound ramp will be closed for bridge repairs from Monday, Oct. 7 until Saturday, Nov. 30. Traffic trying to access downtown Windsor using Nesbitt Street will be detoured using Exit 7 and Highway 101. Detour signs will be in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: East River Bridge, Trunk 3 East River Bridge, Trunk 3, East River, about 150 metres west of Route 329, has alternating lane closures for bridge work until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Tuesday, Oct. 15. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. NEW WORK CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125 Highway 125 will be down to one lane between Kings Road and Grand Lake Road until Thursday, Oct. 31 to allow for asphalt concrete patching and repaving. Related work will include bridge repairs to the Kings Road overpass in Sydney River. Expect some delays. Signs are in place. PICTOU COUNTY: Egerton Bridge, Egerton Egerton Bridge, Route 245, Egerton, will be closed for repairs from Monday, Oct. 7 until Saturday, Oct. 25. Detour signs will be in place. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102, Lantz There will be work on the Lantz Connector between Highway 102 and Trunk 2 (Shaw Drive) and the Nine Mile Bridge on Highway 102 north of Exit 8. The scope of the project includes building a detour bridge for the replacement of the Nine Mile Bridge, building up the highway for an additional exit with four ramps, roundabouts, Highway 102 widening for one kilometre of both north and southbound lanes and the connector road from Highway 102 to Trunk 2. Temporary speed zone changes over the Nine Mile Bridge detour will be 80 kilometres an hour. Speed limit decrease will be in effect 24 hours a day until completion of the project. Hours of operation will be from sunrise to sunset and there will be no overnight work. End date for Nine Mile Bridge northbound work will be Oct.31. End date for Nine Mile Bridge southbound work will be July 31, 2021. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Pentz Road, LaHave Pentz Road, LaHave, from Route 331 westerly to Route 331 easterly, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Stonehurst Road, Stonehurst Stonehurst Road, Stonehurst, from South Side Road to the end of the road, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Halls Road, Aylesford Halls Road, Aylesford, from Route 201 to Victoria Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101, Greenwich Overpass Bridge rehabilitation is now taking place on the Greenwich Overpass on Highway 101, Exit 11A, from sunrise to sunset. A traffic light will be in place on the bridge during the day. However, the highway will be closed for night work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until Thursday, Oct. 10. A detour on Trunk 1 will be provided. LUNENBURG COUNTY: School House Road, LaHave School House Road, LaHave, from Route 331 south to Route 331 north, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Upper Tantallon Route 213, from Trunk 3 to Westwood Blvd., Upper Tantallon, has alternating lane closures for asphalt repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place in the evening from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Trunk 16 There will be alternating one lane closures along Trunk 16 between the intersection of Queen and Church Streets, in the village of Guysborough, north to Route 344, to allow for ditching, widening, cold planing and asphalt patching and repaving. The work continues until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control people, with the use of an occasional pilot vehicle, will be in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Tanner Road, Martins Brook Tanner Road, Martins Brook, from Stonehurst Road to the end of the road, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Prospect Bay Prospect Bay Road and Tidal Way Road, both connected to Bayshore Road, will have alternating lane closures for gravelling and asphalt paving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: St. Peters Hall Road, West LaHave St. Peters Hall Road, from Route 331 south to Route 331 north, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Old Port Mouton Road, Liverpool Old Port Mouton Road, Liverpool, from Liverpool Town Line just past Dr. John C Wickwire School, has alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and repaving until Thursday, Oct. 31.Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Elm Road, New Elm New Elm Road, New Elm, from Route 210 northerly for five kilometres, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Magazine Hill Magazine Hill and the Dartmouth Road ramp are undergoing repaving and guardrail repairs until Oct. 31. Work takes place overnight from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers can expect lane reductions. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn Eastern Shore Road, Brooklyn, from Brooklyn Shore Road to East Berlin Road, has alternating lane closures for repaving and upgrading until Thursday, Oct. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. read more

ED carries out fresh raids in Mumbai in PMC Bank scam

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate said on Monday it is carrying out raids at two places in Mumbai of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) Chairman Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan following fresh revelations in the Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank fraud case, as the ED found another jet and a yatch registered in the names of the HDIL promoters. “During raids today (Monday), we identified a huge bungalow of 22 rooms in Alibag. It will be attached shortly,” said a senior ED officer, adding that one more private jet has been found to be in the name of the promoters of HDIL. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The officer also said that the agency, during searches, has also found that the owners of HDIL gifted a number of houses in posh locations in Maharashtra to top politicians. However, the agency is tightlipped about the names of these politicians as of now. On Saturday, the agency attached a private jet and jewellery worth Rs 60 crore of HDIL chairman Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan. The agency said it is in touch with authorities in Maldives to attach Wadhawan’s yacht which is anchored there. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports ED has also frozen bank accounts of Waryam Singh, former Chairman of PMC Bank, and also deposits/fixed deposits of around Rs 10 crore. On Friday, the agency had seized 12 high-end cars which included two Rolls Royce, two Range Rovers and one Bentley of the HDIL chairman during raids at six places in Mumbai. The agency carried out raids, including at head office of HDIL at Bandra (East) and residence of Rakesh Wadhawan which is known as Wadhawan House at Bandra (West). The financial investigating agency also raided premises of Waryam Singh and former PMC Bank Managing Director Joy Thomas. The agency had filed a money laundering case against HDIL promoters in the Rs 4,355 crore bank fraud case. The ED has said that they are also looking into the roles of seven directors of HDIL, including Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan. Both were arrested on Thursday by Mumbai Police for not cooperating with the investigators. The agency is also looking for details of other 18 companies linked to HDIL. The ED has started probe taking cognizance of Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing’s (EOW) FIR into the matter. It is alleged that HDIL, which is facing bankruptcy proceedings, and its group companies had taken huge loans from PMC Bank. The FIR with Mumbai police was filed by by Jasbir Singh Matta, manager, recovery department, of PMC Bank. It is alleged that as many as 21,049 fictitious bank accounts were allegedly created to hide the loans, which were disbursed in violation of RBI norms. It is also alleged that HDIL accounted for nearly 73 per cent of the bank’s total loans. Out of the Rs 4,355 crore of loans under the scanner, around Rs 2,146 crore were transferred to accounts held by the Wadhawans. An account belonging to Wadhawan had a balance of Rs 2,009 crore on August 31, 2019, according to the FIR. During probe by the Reserve Bank of India, it has been found that directors of PMC Bank had replaced 44 suspicious loan accounts with 20,149 fictitious bank accounts whose individual balances were low. The 44 borrower accounts allegedly linked to HDIL were masked by tampering with bank software. Former Managing Director Thomas was behind the masking of the borrower accounts. read more

Marc Anthony and The Maestro Cares Foundation Announce 4 projects Serving Disadvantaged

The Maestro Cares Foundation, co-founded by music icon Marc Anthony and prominent businessman Henry Cardenas, continues to fulfill its mission of improving the quality of life of orphaned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the United States by providing safe and loving environments for them to live, learn and play.This past week Maestro Cares Foundation, along with its partners and supporters, have welcomed children in four new projects in three different countries!Casa de Gozo in Santo Tomas, El Salvador is a home inaugurated Wednesday, September 4th for Fundación La Casa De Mi Padre which will be part of a bigger complex of homes for children. In this particular home for girls, they will receive basic needs, such as private schooling and enrichment programs. This project was possible thanks to the support of their partners Mr. Macario Armando Rosales Rosa and SISTEMA FEDECREDITO.Escuelas Palo Verde in Jalapa, Guatemala officially opened its doors to the children and 4,500 families in the community on Thursday, September 5th. This projects consist of a pre-k, primary school and middle school, serving 700+ students with a clean and healthy facility to increase attendance rates. Computers, books and furniture was also donated to the schools and this would not have been possible if not for their amazing partner, Mr. Mario Lopez Estrada and Fundación Tigo.Fundación Jeison Aristizabal-Asodisvalle in Cali, Colombia opened its doors to a new facility this past Friday, September 6th with an addition to its third floor, kitchen and rehab center to increase the quality of care for the institute’s children who have cognitive and physical disabilities. With this new infrastructure, Fundaicón Jeison Aristizabal-Asodisvalle will be able to serve over a thousand children everyday. This project would not have been possible if not for the support of Latin icon Juan Luis – better known as Maluma, Luis and Manuela Londoño with their foundation, El Arte De Los Sueños and Fundación Tecnoglass ESWindows.That same Friday, September 6th, Casita de Belen also in Cali, Colombia opened a new wing and recreation space to better serve the infants and children who live in partial abandonment, or physical or psychosocial danger. This new addition will also allow them to receive 80+ more babies and offer them a safe and loving space to live, learn and play. This project was possible thanks to the invaluable support of Mr. Eduardo Trujillo and Grupo Trusot and Fundación Tecnoglass ESWindows. read more

Bankruptcy judge OKs deal on government lawsuit clearing way for AmericanUS Airways

by David Koenig, The Associated Press Posted Nov 27, 2013 9:07 am MDT Bankruptcy judge OKs deal on government lawsuit, clearing way for American-US Airways merger AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to complete their merger and create the world’s largest airline.The judge ruled Wednesday that this month’s settlement of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the federal government didn’t upset American’s bankruptcy-reorganization plan, which is built around the merger. He rejected a request by a group of consumers to block the deal temporarily.American said immediately after the ruling that it plans to complete the deal on Dec. 9.The Justice Department had sued to block the merger in August, saying that it would hurt competition and lead to higher prices. But regulators settled their case in exchange for the airlines’ promise to surrender some coveted landing rights at Reagan National near Washington and LaGuardia in New York and a few gates at five other airports.The new American Airlines will be slightly larger in revenue and passenger traffic than United Airlines, and four airlines — American, United, Delta and Southwest — will control more than 80 per cent of the U.S. market. Since 2005, mergers will have cut the industry from nine big airlines to just those four.U.S. District Court Judge Sean Lane in New York had approved the merge-and-emerge-from-bankruptcy plan of American parent AMR Corp. back in September, but said it was conditioned on the company winning or settling the lawsuit filed by the government.At a hearing in Lane’s courtroom Monday, a lawyer for a group of consumers asked the judge to block the merger until a trial could be held on his antitrust lawsuit, which made many of the same arguments that had been raised — and dropped — by the government.Lane denied the request by the lawyer, Joseph Alioto of San Francisco, saying that his clients had failed to show that letting the airlines merge would hurt them. The judge said that if Alioto wins his lawsuit, he can demand additional divestitures by the two airlines but can’t hold up the merger.At the same time, the judge granted American’s request that it be allowed to complete the merger without submitting the settlement with the Justice Department to a vote of creditors and shareholders. Lane called the settlement “fair and equitable” and said that the benefits for AMR creditors far outweighed any concessions that the company had to make.AMR creditors pushed hard for the merger, and they stand to be repaid in full. Among the creditors: American’s three labour unions, who will get stock and the new management that they wanted, led by US Airways CEO Doug Parker. Shareholders are usually wiped out in bankruptcy cases, but AMR’s shareholders could wind up owning more than 30 per cent of the new company, depending on future stock prices.AMR filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011 after losing billions of dollars in the previous decade. Almost immediately, US Airways began pursuing a merger. AMR management was initially reluctant, but the two sides announced a deal in February 2013. The new company will be called American Airlines Group Inc. and be based in Fort Worth, Texas.A separate federal court will oversee a 60-day period in which the public can comment on the government’s settlement with AMR and US Airways Group Inc., but that won’t stop the merger.Shares of US Airways rose 17 cents to close at $23.98, and AMR shares, which are traded only over the counter, gained 28 cents, or 2.3 per cent, to $12.25 — they were worth $1.62 the day before the company filed for bankruptcy.___Follow David Koenig at read more

Children of ISIL terrorists likely held in secret detention facilities UN human

The UN office cited information suggesting that Kurdish authorities are responsible for holding youngsters over 12 years old in al-Hassakeh governorate, in the far north-east of the country.“Reportedly, they are neither allowed to communicate with their families nor have the families been informed about their whereabouts or status”, OHCHR Spokesperson Marta Hurtado said.Children must be treated primarily as victims, not perpetrators – UNICEFIn Syria alone – highlighting families of extremists who came to be part of the now militarily defeated so-called Caliphate – the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) estimates that there are close to 29,000 foreign children, most of them under the age of 12. Some 20,000 children are from Iraq, while more than 9,000 are from around 60 other countries.Addressing the fate of thousands of vulnerable children of foreign fighters who are living in camps, detention centers and orphanages in Syria, Iraq and other places in the world, UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore said on Tuesday they were being forced to live in generally “appalling conditions”.Underlining the “constant threats to their health, safety and well-being”, she said they were being “doubly rejected – stigmatized by their communities and shunned by their governments”.In the statement, Ms. Fore also said the children faced “massive legal, logistical and political challenges in accessing basic services or returning to their countries of origin”.  With an additional 1,000 children of foreign fighters believed to be in Iraq, Ms. Fore said that “all of them are victims of deeply tragic circumstances and egregious violations of their rights” and reiterated the importance of “treating and caring for them as children.”Syria’s crowded al-Hol camp still hosting 70,000In a related development, OHCHR also expressed concern about the fate of people in Syria’s al-Hol camp – also in al-Hassakeh Governorate – who fled the last ISIL-held areas in the country as they were being reclaimed by Kurdish-led forces. Today, the camp hosts more than 70,000 people who face dire living conditions.This includes some 2,500 children under 12 years old who were born to ISIL-affiliated fathers and have been allowed to stay with their mothers.While the temporary restrictions of movement imposed on civilians at al-Hol and in other camps for internally-displaced people (IDPs) run by the Kurdish authorities may be part of a screening and vetting process, Ms. Hurtado said that OHCHR was concerned about the “lack of clarity regarding how long these restrictions will last”.Ceasefire in Syria’s north-west fails to halt attacksIn north-west Syria, meanwhile, the UN official said that airstrikes and ground-based attacks continue to pound Idlib and Hama governorates, despite the announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire.Since this latest military escalation started at the end of April, at least 105 civilians have been killed, and at least 200,000 people have fled the hostilities in southern Idlib and northern Hama, according to the UN office.Both pro-Government forces and non-State armed groups have failed to respect international humanitarian law, Ms. Hurtado insisted.From 8 to 16 May, “multiple attacks” by pro-Government forces claimed the lives of at least 56 civilians – including many women and children.The assaults also caused severe damage to five schools and one hospital, according to OHCHR, while in the same period, attacks by non-State armed groups were reported, causing at least 17 civilian deaths, mainly women and children.“Military objects have been placed in close proximity to civilians and civilian objects, resulting in civilian deaths and injuries, and causing significant damage to civilian infrastructure, such as hospitals, mosques, schools and markets,” the UN human rights office said in a statement.Non-State armed groups have launched ground-based attacks on areas under the control of Government forces, hitting residential neighbourhoods and refugee settlements in Hama governorate and Aleppo city, it said.’Targeted killings’ rights violations in south-westIn Syria’s south-west, meanwhile, OHCHR’s Ms. Hurtado expressed concern for reported “targeted killings” of people who have returned to areas retaken by Government forces last year.Citing rights violations by State and non-State actors, she told journalists in Geneva that the abuse also included “arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, looting and seizure of property”.The development comes 10 months after so-called “reconciliation agreements” in Dar’a Governorate between the Government of Syria and some armed non-State groups. Under the deal, the Government re-established its civilian authority across the whole province, but some of the armed groups continued to retain effective military control in some areas.“We have received reports that between 26 July 2018 and 31 March 2019, a number of former members of the armed groups and civilians who took up positions in Government entities including in civilian local councils or military or security forces have been killed in what appears to have been targeted killings,” Ms. Hurtado said. “We have been able to document 11 such incidents.During the same period, OHCHR also received reports that at least 380 people were arrested or detained. “In many cases, the reasons for such arrests remain unclear, and little or no information is given to the families of the detainees about their whereabouts and status,” Ms. Hurtado said.While 150 detainees were released after a few days at least 230 “have been subjected to enforced disappearances,” she noted, adding that in March this year, two detainees died in Government custody, only days after being arrested.“Their families were only officially notified of their deaths, with no information on why or how they died,” Ms. Hurtado explained. “Their families did not receive their corpses. Many families in Dar’a continue to have limited or no information about their missing or detained relatives.” read more

British engine manufacturing holds steady in 2015 with one million units reached

Year-to-date engine manufacturing volumes on trend, surpassing one million units in May.1,038,110 units built in 2015, down -4.1% as new plants gear up for production.European demand for UK’s latest low emission Euro-6 engines poised to drive exports.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “UK engine manufacturing remains relatively stable for the year-to-date and although May registered a drop in production, it is encouraging that despite retooling efforts for Euro-6 production, volumes surpassed the all important one million unit mark last month. We are optimistic that growth will return to the sector over the coming months as UK-produced Euro-6 manufacture gets underway ahead of the September deadline and major new engine plants come on stream later in the year.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Scott has 22 Cincinnati beats Northern Kentucky 7865

CINCINNATI — Trevon Scott scored a career-high 22 points as part of his second double-double on Tuesday night, and Cincinnati’s bigger front line dominated in a 78-65 victory over Northern Kentucky, the school that shared its home court with the Bearcats last season.The Bearcats (8-1) have won eight straight since an opening 64-56 home loss to Ohio State.Scott went 12 of 13 on free throws, making his first dozen attempts. He also matched his career high with 10 rebounds.Northern Kentucky (8-2) fell behind by 20 points in the first half and never got closer than 12. The Norse are off to their best start since moving up to Division I two years ago.The schools shared Northern Kentucky’s home court last season while the Bearcats’ on-campus arena was renovated, with Cincinnati going 15-1. The only blemish was a loss to Wichita State.Scott made 10 free throws in the first half and had 14 points — one shy of his career high — as the Bearcats took control. Their taller front line dominated the Norse, outrebounding them 19-4 at the outset. Cincinnati went 26 of 33 on free throws overall.Tyler Sharpe scored 16 for Northern Kentucky. Junior guard Drew McDonald, the Horizon League’s preseason player of the year, missed all seven of his shots in the first half and his first eight overall before scoring with 16:25 left. McDonald finished 3 of 15 for eight points.BIG PICTURENorthern Kentucky: The Norse have prospered by driving to the basket and drawing fouls. Coming into the game, their 228 free throws ranked 11th nationally. They couldn’t get inside Cincinnati’s defence and got only five free throws in the opening half. They finished 6 of 15 at the line.Cincinnati: The Bearcats are playing four games against Northern Kentucky over seven years as part of the arrangement to share its arena last season. Each team gets a pair of homes games in the arrangement. They hadn’t played since the 1980s.UP NEXTNorthern Kentucky plays at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday.Cincinnati hosts crosstown rival Xavier on Saturday. The Musketeers have won eight of 11 in the series, including an 89-76 win last season on Xavier’s campus.___More AP college basketball: and Kay, The Associated Press read more

Womens lacrosse Buckeyes eye third straight win over Cincinnati

OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanReturning home from their brief trip to Florida, the OSU women’s lacrosse team (2-0) is hoping to continue to rack up wins before reaching the heart of Big Ten play. The Buckeyes will face the Cincinnati Bearcats (0-0) for the third consecutive year this Sunday at 2 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.OSU is undefeated against Cincinnati, boasting a 5-0 record that dates back to the 2008 season. The closest game that the Bearcats have given the Buckeyes came at Cincinnati in 2015, when OSU won 13-8.The Buckeyes struggled to score early in their eventual win over Jacksonville last week, but they are confident their attack will generate offense during games. Senior midfielder Christina Turner said there was no panic when the Buckeyes were down five goals last week.“We just tried to stay calm and composed,” Turner said.  “We knew we’d be able to come back from that deficit so it was really just staying calm and trusting what we had been practicing.”The Buckeyes will continue to look to their whole team for offense, with 10 different players scoring so far. Sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott and freshman Liza Hernandez have been a source of constant points in the first couple of weeks. Parrott has been near perfect on the offensive end, converting on five of six shots she’s taken this season with three of them coming off of free position starts.“We have threats everywhere,” Parrott said. “Playing against us opponents have to worry about all seven players at one time so it opens everything up and it’s giving me and my teammates more opportunities.”Hernandez has continued to impress her team in the opening two weeks, but she’s also caught the attention of the conference. For the second consecutive time she was named Big Ten Freshman of the week after her six point outing against Jacksonville.“We think she’s someone who, with the ball, is really a triple threat,” OSU coach Alexis Venechanos said. “She can dodge, she can feed and she can create for others around her. We knew that this was going to happen and opportunities are coming to her and she’s making the most of them.”Scouting CincinnatiThe game Sunday will be the Bearcats’ first game of the season, so it is hard to know exactly what their identity this season will be. Cincinnati finished last year with a 4-13 record, losing all of their conference games. Cincinnati coach Gina Oliver graduated from OSU in 2005 and during her time as a Buckeye she was a four year letterwinner and three time All-American. She is OSU’s current leader in ground balls (236) and caused turnovers (201) and sits sixth in goals scored at 125.Oliver will need to find new sources of offense as, similarly to OSU, their top two points getters have graduated. This could, however, be a tough task for the Buckeyes’ coaching staff. There will be a good number of fresh faces playing for Cincinnati, which is already a team that OSU does not have a breadth of knowledge about.“I think their coach is the best player in our program’s history,” Venechanos said. “She’s going to get them ready and they are always prepared for us so we’re going to have to be sharp from the start.” read more

Why Are The New York Giants This Good

The New York Giants are not a particularly good football team — at least going by most surface-level analysis that goes beyond their win-loss record.Before defeating the Detroit Lions 17-6 on Sunday, the Giants ranked 27th in yardage offense, 14th in yardage defense, average in takeaways and pass rush, and were outscoring opponents by less than a point per game and had a minus-five turnover differential. Quarterback Eli Manning was the NFL’s 22nd-rated passer, and the running game had the third-fewest yards in the league.After their impressive win over the Lions, though, the Giants are 8-1 in their last nine games — including their second of two wins over the Dallas Cowboys, the NFC’s current No. 1 seed. If the Giants aren’t better than average-to-middling at passing the ball, running the ball, stopping other teams from gaining yards or making disruptive plays, how are they winning all these games?The short answer: Their defense is built to stop modern NFL offenses.In today’s NFL, short passes have replaced power runs as a NFL offense’s bread and butter. Per ESPN Stats & Information Group, 66.7 percent of this season’s pass attempts — and 38.8 percent of all offensive snaps — have been throws that traveled less than 10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.As Neil Paine wrote for FiveThirtyEight back in 2014, the Giants’ offensive coaches were targeting a 70 percent completion rate for Manning in the 2014-15 season. He didn’t come close (63.1 percent), but what seemed like a historically high target in 2014 is today a plain reality: Both Minnesota’s Sam Bradford and New Orleans’ Drew Brees have completed more than 70 percent of their passes on the season so far, and several more are within striking distance.With a leaguewide average completion rate of 63.1 percent, per Pro Football Reference, the coaches’ canard about the three things that can happen when you throw the ball has been upended: Now the one good thing happens nearly two out of three times.The Lions are a useful example: Over the past season and a half, Matthew Stafford has been one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, largely on the strength of short passes under new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. On the season, 47.7 percent of the Lions’ passes have been thrown less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranks ninth in the NFL. Detroit runs the ball less than any other team but the Cleveland Browns, per Pro Football Reference, and came into Week 15 as the league leader in both average plays per drive and average length of drive. It’s a Woody Hayes-approved three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, except when Stafford drops back it’s 7.4 yards and the cloud is a vapor trail.But in Week 15 he ran into the New York Giants.Stafford quickly discovered his array of screens to backs, tight ends and receivers weren’t going anywhere, as New York sniffed them out and schemed them away. Though pass rushers Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul have drawn well-deserved attention for their work up front, it’s the back seven’s outstanding coverage that has suffocated pass-happy offenses such as the Lions’. On Sunday, the Giants defensive backs flew to the ball and wrapped up: Safety Landon Collins, corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, corner Eli Apple and safety Andrew Adams each were among the leaders in solo tackles for the day.The Lions abandoned the short pass and tried to establish the run. It didn’t work.Per Tim Twentyman of the team’s official site, nine first-down runs by the Lions gained a total of just 19 yards. And while Stafford has thrown nearly half of his attempts less than five yards beyond the line of scrimmage this season, against the Giants that figure was just 35.9 percent.Forced to throw fewer, deeper passes, Stafford’s effectiveness numbers were down across the board: He completed just 61.5 percent of his passes, per, posted an NFL passer efficiency rating of 71.8 and a QBR of 69.2. These numbers were all down from his season averages to that point of 66.7 percent completion rate, 97.8 rating and 72.5 QBR. His usual method of moving the chains denied, a quarterback under serious MVP consideration led his team to just two field goals.Over the course of the season, the Giants defense has allowed the second-lowest completion rate, and second-lowest passer efficiency rating, of any in the league, per Pro Football Reference.It’s little wonder ball-control teams such as the Lions, the Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles have done so poorly against them. Pass-reliant, hurry-up offenses such as the New Orleans Saints’ haven’t fared well, either; the Saints scored less than half their season average in Week 2.Offenses that go downfield more aggressively and more often, like Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s, have fared better against New York. But it’s impossible to argue with the results: The Giants defense has now allowed an average of just 17.9 points over their first 14 games — and they’re getting trending stingier at the best possible time.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more