Follow the news on United States August 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders asks the Oakland Police Department to apologize for its behavior during the Chauncey Bailey investigation Receive email alerts RSF_en United StatesAmericas WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information With the upcoming 4th anniversary commemorating the death of Chauncey Bailey, the first American journalist killed on U.S. soil in 30 years, and after examining the release of more than 1,000 pages of sworn statements from Oakland Police Department top commanders released by KTVU on July 10th, Reporters Without Borders is asking the Oakland Police Department to apologize for its opacity throughout the investigation and acknowledge that it harmed freedom of information and the public interest in this case.SELECTIVE CENSORSHIPTwo years ago, Oakland Assistant Police Chief Howard Jordan imposed a gag order on Sgt. Derwin Longmire, the lead detective in the Chauncey Bailey assassination, along with the rest of the department. This move prohibited them from discussing the case until it was over, and reporters were barred from interviewing Longmire and others about the case of their murdered colleague. Sgt Longmire accepted the chance to speak to KTVU in an interview released on July 10th, 2011. As it was leaked to the press at the time, the department looked into allegations that Sgt. Longmire had become far too close to the Your Black Muslim Bakery – the criminal business Bailey was investigating and headed by accused assassination mastermind Yusef Bey IV – and didn’t tell his boss or colleagues what he was doing. The documents however, contain sworn testimony from Longmire’s immediate supervisor saying he had ordered Sgt. Longmire to take those actions and that the district attorney also knew – and approved – of them. Additionally, Deputy Chief Jeff Israel, also in the sworn testimony, attested to the quality and approval of Sgt. Longmire’s work: – Attorney: “At some point, did you attempt to determine if the DA’s office or at least members of the DA’s office involved in the investigation were satisfied with the work that Sergeant Longmire was doing?” – Deputy Chief Israel: “Yes.” – Attorney: “And what did you find out?” – Deputy Chief Israel: “Not only did they both say they did not have any concerns, but they also said they thought he was exemplary, probably the best interviewer that we have, as far as criminal investigations and interviewing” – Attorney: “Do you recall at some point asking anyone if they believed Sergeant Longmire was trying to protect Yusef Bey IV from being implicated in the murder?” – Deputy Chief Israel: “There were several people I asked. Most of it was a result of people coming to me and telling me, you know, that there’s a perception that maybe he shouldn’t be on the case. I’d close the door and say ‘Okay, tell me about that. I’m willing to listen.’ At the end of the conversation, I would ask, ‘Do you think Sergeant Longmire would compromise the case?’ Every single person would say ‘Absolutely not.’“ “The documents make it obvious that the police manipulated the information toward the media and designated Sgt Longmire as a scapegoat for their misbehavior. The Oakland Police Department should apologize to him and the American citizens for not being transparent, covering up the case, forbidding reporters to access the truth and deluding them during the whole investigation”, declared Jean-Francois Julliard, Reporters Without Borders’ General Secretary.According to the documents, Sgt. Longmire warned the police command staff that the bakery was a “criminal enterprise”, as early as 2002 — five years before Bailey was shot in cold blood on a downtown Oakland street. But no serious, sustained action was taken on those repeated warnings until it was too late for Chauncey Bailey. Citing orders from the top brass to undertake “community policing” and keeping tabs on the bakery, Sgt. Longmire explained why he had such contact with Bey and his associates.Although those same bosses imposed a gag order on Sgt. Longmire, preventing him or others from telling the other side of the story, news outlets acquired confidential police information from his critics at the time, reporting that Sgt Longmire had been found guilty of misconduct and had been fired. From the sworn statement of Capt. Joyner: Capt. Joyner: “The gag order was an equivalent of asking me to put my hands down and allowing people to continually punch me in the face without being able to even defend myself.”When complaints about the leaks were brought to the command staff, Assistant Chief Jordan called for still another internal investigation — this time a probe into who was leaking information to the news media. The sworn statements indicate the internal affairs department checked phone logs, Web traffic and other actions taken by many Oakland police officers, trying assign the blame for the leaks. The only person immune to the scrutiny was the then-Chief Wayne Tucker. The documents show this internal investigation into the leaks did not result in any findings.GOING AFTER REPORTERS TO HIDE THE TRUTHWhile Sgt. Longmire and the rest of the department were under a gag order and an investigation into leaks was underway, the documents show that then-Chief Wayne Tucker and Assistant Chief Howard Jordan chose to speak to the press on several occasions.Assistant Chief Jordan was on a 60 Minutes story about the murder of Chauncey Bailey and Chief Tucker called a meeting with the Chauncey Bailey Project to talk about the fact that a massive police raid on the Your Black Muslim Bakery had been scheduled for Aug. 1, 2007. But then-Chief Wayne Tucker postponed the raid two days, to Aug. 3, so a member of his command staff could extend a backpacking trip an extra day.Bailey was gunned down the morning of Aug. 2.This turn in the sworn testimony indicates Tucker didn’t want to be in the news. Before this meeting, then-Chief Tucker engineered and ordered a cover-up with his top commanders about the date switch. From the sworn testimony of Oakland Police Captain Ersie Joyner, who was head of homicide when Bailey was assassinated :- Capt. Joyner: “Chief Tucker was adamant that we had only one date set and there was never two dates.” – Attorney: “And to your knowledge, did Chief Tucker know that there were two dates, August 1st and then August 3rd? – Capt. Joyner: “Yes.” – Attorney: “Was there anyone else in that meeting with Chief Tucker and Chief Jordan and others who believed that the department had knowledge of the two dates, August 1st and August 3rd?” – Capt. Joyner: “Yes.” – Attorney: “After that press conference, did you talk to Chief Tucker about what you perceived to be a dishonest statement?” – Capt. Joyner: “Yes.” Capt. Joyner also states in his sworn testimony that after the press meeting, when it was obvious the Chauncey Bailey Project had documentation proving then-Chief Tucker wrong, Tucker called two news organizations in the Project and tried to quash the story, saying his was “calling in a favor.”Both news organizations ran the story regardless.“The fact that reporters ran the story is not an indicator of the freedom they enjoyed but rather of the risks they took. Other reporters are still harassed today when reporting on corruption in the Country and we deeply regret that nothing is done to allow them to work in safer conditions”, said Julliard further.A Bay Area news outlet that published some of these statements in July 2011 called former Chief Wayne Tucker and asked him for a comment. He used a series of profanities and hung up. Assistant Chief Howard Jordan also refused to comment, saying through a spokeswoman he would not speak about an active lawsuit. The police department’s taxpayer-paid attorney also sent an email stating the story should be squelched.“It is intolerable that Police top commanders are not sanctioned for harming freedom of information. We ask Oakland Police Department to take its responsibility to guarantee that reporters will be able to perform their job normally”, concluded Julliard.For more information, please consult- The sworn statements- The timeline of the Chauncey Bailey case- The situation for freedom of the press in the United States to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News News June 7, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more
Tagged with: Days on the Market Home Home Prices Homebuyers Homeowners HOUSING Inventory Listing Price Reduction Realtor.com Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The housing market continued to cool down in December with properties staying on the market for a longer time, especially in the large markets and 15 percent of listings seeing price reductions, according to a report by Realtor.com.The report indicated that while inventory increased by 5 percent across the nation, it rose by 10 percent in the larger markets in December. While homes sold at a pace of 80 days in December, three days faster than December 2017, the pace at which they’re selling is decelerating. “December 2017 saw homes sell six days faster compared to the previous year,” the report said.Nineteen of the top 45 metros saw properties spend more time on the market compared to December 2017 and included real estate in the hot housing markets of San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; and Nashville, Tennessee. Homes in these markets spent 14, 10 and six more days on the markets respectively. In comparison, properties in Birmingham, Alabama; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Richmond, Virginia sold at the fastest pace at 12, 11, and 10 days respectively.Even as the median listing price grew 7 percent year-over-year to $289,000 in December, it was lower than the 8 percent listing price seen in December 2017. Despite the lower pricing, listings that saw price reductions increased to 15 percent in December compared with 13 percent in 2017 as home sellers adjusted their strategies in “slowing, pricey markets with growing availability of homes for sale.”The report found that some of the largest housing markets in the nation were driving these price reductions with 38 of the 45 top metros seeing an increase in such discounts. Charlotte, North Carolina, topped the list with the share of price reductions growing by 10 percent, from 14 percent in 2017 to 24 percent in December. It was followed by San Jose that saw an increase of 10 percent, Tampa (+9 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent).The steepest declines in median listing prices were seen in San Jose and San Francisco where listing prices declined by $130,000 and $33,000.Click here to read the full report. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Home / Daily Dose / The Housing Market’s New Normal? Print This Post Previous: The Impact of Government Shutdown on U.S. Housing Market Next: Analyzing Mortgage Delinquency Performance About Author: Radhika Ojha Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Days on the Market Home Home Prices Homebuyers Homeowners HOUSING Inventory Listing Price Reduction Realtor.com 2019-01-03 Radhika Ojha Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Housing Market’s New Normal? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago January 3, 2019 2,274 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
A “significant” amount of the $1 billion-plus the NFL pledged to its concussion settlement fund is being diverted from former players and their families, USA Today reported Tuesday.“The money was supposed to provide a measure of peace and stability for the wives, widows and children of tormented players who had died young or are fading away in nursing homes,” wrote co-authors Brett Murphy and Gus Garcia-Roberts. “Not disclosed, however, is the significant portion of the fund that is being …
(Visited 109 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Are Moses and Jesus corroborated by extra-Biblical artifacts? Here’s the good and the bad about two interesting yet controversial finds.Was Ancient Hebrew the First Language?An article on Science News, accompanied by a photo of a rock with scratch marks, is titled “Oldest alphabet identified as Hebrew.” Bruce Bower’s sub-headline states, “Controversial claim argues that ancient Israelites turned Egyptian hieroglyphics into letters.” Further down, a diagram shows the markings transliterated from one of several slabs. The “stone slabs” were found “at several Egyptian sites” not specified, and are thought to be 3,800 years old, putting them into the time of the Hebrew sojourn in Egypt before the Exodus.The meaning of the letters depends on the work of one Douglas Petrovich:Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilization’s hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at a time when the Old Testament describes Jews living in Egypt, says archaeologist and epigrapher Douglas Petrovich of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Hebrew speakers seeking a way to communicate in writing with other Egyptian Jews simplified the pharaohs’ complex hieroglyphic writing system into 22 alphabetic letters, Petrovich proposed on November 17 at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.The abstract of Dr. Petrovich’s upcoming paper begins on page 105 of the ASOR November 16, 2016 Paper Abstracts. Bower’s summary includes some eye-catching possibilities from Petrovich’s translation of the squiggles. Once he figured out the script, he found some Biblical names:Several biblical figures turn up in the translated inscriptions, including Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his half-brothers and then became a powerful political figure in Egypt, Joseph’s wife Asenath and Joseph’s son Manasseh, a leading figure in a turquoise-mining business that involved yearly trips to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt, is also mentioned, Petrovich says.In the comments after the article, Petrovich interacts with some critics, providing more detail and some corrections to Bower’s write-up. Petrovich is working on a book about his thesis. Other scholars are apparently taking this work seriously. The ID site Uncommon Descent mentions this article with interest. One commenter there thinks, “If this stuff holds up, it will be the final nail in the coffin for the longstanding JEDP style hypothesis.” The JEDP hypothesis (also called the documentary hypothesis) contended that Moses was not the author of the Pentateuch, but that different parts were written at different times and then stitched together by redactors. Perpetrated under the evolutionary assumption Moses could not have written such sophisticated material so long ago, the JEDP hypothesis has come under fire increasingly over the last century, now that earlier sophisticated writings have been found from other cultures.Are the Lead Codices the Work of Early Christians?A set of 70 codices made of lead plates bound together like notebooks, found in a Jordanian cave in 2008, has a checkered history of interpretation. They caused a media flap in 2011 with claims they contained the first image of the face of Jesus. Now, the UK’s Daily Mail claims the tablets contain interpretations of Jesus’ ministry that run contrary to the New Testament:The tablets suggest that Christ was not starting his own religion, but restoring a thousand-year-old tradition from the time of King David. They also suggest the God he worshipped was both male and female.Todd Bolen of Bible Places Blog, a Bible scholar and professor who lived in Israel many years, is our go-to guy for evaluating sensationalist claims. On March 11, 2011, he gave his first impressions of the codices, leaving room for the possibility they were authentic, because they didn’t seem like the kind of artifact a forger would make. He took great issue, however, with the leading promoter of the codices, a certain David Elkington, who Bolen feels has no credibility as a scholar and appears highly motivated to make money off the tablets. The artifacts themselves, additionally, have doubtful archaeological provenance, Bolen thought, because they were not found by archaeologists in situ, but had been shuffled between questionable characters in Jordan, including thieves.On April 4, 2011, Bolen followed up with additional evidence of forgery. He also poured cold water on the sensational write-ups coming from the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, adding more cold water in his April 11, 2011 blog entry that criticized the yellow journalism resulting from Elkington’s questionable claims. He was glad in his April 26, 2011 blog entry that the codices were seized by Jordanian police, saying, “This should allow a more thorough and honest investigation than has been done to this point.” By May 17, 2011, he joined in Thomas S. Verenna‘s condemnation of irresponsible journalists covering the story. Yet Bolen did not dismiss the artifacts themselves. “It is not clear if these items are authentic or forged,” he said in the March 11 entry. “….Personally I am inclined to believe that this find is genuine.” He based that partly on analysis of the inscriptions by a colleague. He took issue strongly, however, with the outlandish claim that they equal the Dead Sea Scrolls in significance.This is where the story gets interesting. The lead codices have resurfaced in the media with new results of dating methods that show they date back 2,000 years. Once again, the Daily Mail is at the forefront of sensationalist coverage, giving Elkington free rein to announce his ideas about what Jesus believed and taught. That’s a separate question from the date of the artifacts, which both Science World Report and Christianity Today agree look old, if the dating methods yielded correct results. From the Science World Report article:Now, to prove if the tablet is legit, the series of tests was conducted by Professor Roger Webb and Professor Chris Jeynes at the University of Surrey’s Nodus Laboratory from the Ion Beam Center. They confirmed that the tablet is compatible with a comparative sample of ancient Roman lead coming from the excavation site in Dorset.In a press statement, the experts mentioned that the tablet they tested “does not show the radioactivity arising from polonium that is typically seen in modern lead samples, indicating that the lead of the codex was smelted over one hundred years ago.”Furthermore, the crystallization analysis points out that the tablet is between the years 1800-2000 years old. The experts shared that “this provides very strong evidence that the objects are of great age, consistent with the studies of the text and designs that suggest an age of around 2000 years.”The codices, therefore, could present the earliest extra-Biblical mention of Jesus before the Tacitus inscription. The UK Mirror (another sensationalist newspaper) repeats the claims about an alternative view of Jesus, noting that the tablets also refer to Peter, James and John.Getting the dates right is an important step. Even accepting the antiquity of the objects, thereby disproving forgery, leaves enough wiggle room between the error bars to put the codices into the first, second or third centuries AD. Many questions remain about the authors of the texts, the identity of the “face” on one tablet, and the translation and interpretation of the text, which could differ from the age of the lead plates themselves. Answers need to come from more credible scholars than Elkington.Clearly, the last word is not with us on either of these finds. While interesting, we have, as Peter said, “a more sure word of prophecy” in the Scriptures themselves. How can anyone improve on the clear, cogent writings of the eyewitnesses of Jesus, like Peter, John, Paul, Mark, Jude, and close associates of the apostles, like Luke? How can one improve on five lengthy books written by Moses about contemporary events in Egypt? Those provide the supreme canon against which other sources must be measured.The secular media gets fascinated by extra-Biblical sources about Jesus and Bible characters, especially if they allegedly differ in some way from the Bible, and most especially if they present a politically-correct Jesus they can feminize or turn into a Hindu guru or non-supernatural moral teacher. The Gnostic gospels and Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code come to mind. Beware. Such claims usually rely on questionable artifacts stretched beyond what the original information can bear, sold to the gullible by hucksters seeking fame or fortune.The doctrine of inspiration (that the Bible is God’s word) includes the doctrine of preservation. The word of God does not entail secret missing portions that people needed to wait centuries later to dig up in some remote cave in Jordan or find under a hill Cumora in New York. The doctrine of inspiration includes consistency. It doesn’t allow a self-proclaimed prophet to appear six centuries late to contradict what the Lord Jesus said, or another to appear in New York with the “real” uncorrupted gospel. The doctrine of inspiration also includes the concept of perspicuity, meaning that the ordinary meaning of the text is clear. We don’t need to use the Bible like a crystal ball, looking for hidden messages or codes.We don’t re-interpret the Pentateuch based on what a rock in Egypt says. We don’t re-interpret Jesus based on what some lead tablets say. Those authors were not inspired to communicate God’s word to man. For all we know, the authors of the lead codices were members of a cult who had heard of Jesus and the disciples but made up their own ideas about them, just like Gnostics did in the second century, or like off-brand teachers do today. At best, archaeological finds confirm the historicity of the Bible and shed light on cultural and historical events of the time. These two discoveries might have value in those regards. Evaluation will require further analysis by scholars having the technical specialties in epigraphy, ancient languages and ancient customs. We share them only as developments worth watching.
Peju Alatise is the 2017 winner of the FNB Art Prize. The Nigerian mixed-medium artist explores strong African narratives with a focus on the experiences of contemporary African women.Peju Alatise’s mixed-medium installation Flying Girls was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in June 2017. (Image: Peju Alatise)CD AndersonAlatise’s various early paintings, later sculptures and current installations will be the showcase exhibit at the tenth annual FNB Joburg Art Fair, to be held in Sandton from 8-10 September 2017.The fair, one of South Africa’s leading art events, will feature more than 60 exhibitions across five categories, including traditional and modern art. Artists and cultural organisations from 11 countries, including the United States, will be part of the event.Alatise’s work was nominated for the award by Johannesburg’s Red Door Gallery. Gallery founder Bola Asiru felt that her work best communicated both the African and female experience. “Peju’s work is filled with strong societal narratives on the realities of life in Africa,” Asiru said.Born in 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria, Alatise studied architecture before being inspired by the jarring and honest visual art of fellow Nigerian artist David Dale. She later trained with Dale, as well as worked with traditional artisans around Africa, learning to incorporate materials such as beads, cloth and natural resins into her increasingly ambitious works.Alatise has exhibited around the world, including at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art in the US and the Venice Biennale in Italy, one of the world’s longest running and most respected art events. Her earlier paintings and more recent multimedia pieces are also in a number of private collections as well as permanent exhibits around the world.“It’s time for [her] message to be taken to the rest of Africa and there is no better platform for this than the FNB Joburg Art Fair,” Asiru said.“[The Biennale is the] highest level of exhibiting an artist can be honoured with,” Alatise told CNN earlier this year. “It is the Olympics of the arts.” The particular work exhibited in Venice, titled Flying Girls, is an eight-sculpture installation of winged girls in mid-flight, representing “a strong societal narrative on the realities faced by women in Africa”. The piece will on show at the Joburg Art Fair.Peju Alatise’s mixed-medium installation Flying Girls was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in June 2017. (Image: Peju Alatise)Announcing her win on its website, the Art Fair describes Alatise’s work as “installations using materials such as cloth, beads, wood, cement and resin. Addressing several social, political and gender-related issues as her primary subject matter, her works have also captured the joys and pain of womanhood as experienced in modern-life-African traditions, with all their consequences. Her subject matter has evolved with her continued experiences, moving her focus from advocating the equal rights of women to broader political and philosophical issues.”Speaking about Alatise’s winning contribution to the Joburg Art Fair, jury member Pulane Kingston from Webber Wentzel Attorneys said the judges were unanimous. “The quality of all shortlisted candidate proposals was high this year, but… Peju Alatise’s proposal… stood out. The innovative, universal social relevance and poignancy in the themes underpinning her work were some of the deciding factors in tipping the scales in her favour.“The body of her work over the years has been varied and compositionally strong and we think that it palpably reflects the intense vibrancy of the African continent. We have no doubt that the integrity of the overall body of her work will propel her career meaningfully.”As sponsor of the award and the event, Aneesa Razack, CEO of FNB Share Investing, said Alatise’s work was a fine representation of the bank’s commitment to art in Africa. “We recognise that artistic expression involves creativity and imagination, which we know to be key drivers of innovation… the social and political commentary of Alatise’s work embodies so much of what we hope to find in the recipient of the prize.”Read an indepth interview with Peju Alatise by Aljazeera here. For more information about the Joburg Art Fair, visit the website here. View more of Peju Alatise’s work on her personal website here. Source: All Africa, FNB, Joburg Art FairWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Kawasaki Ninja 300The price of sports bike Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been increased by Rs 10,000, making it available for Rs 3.96 lakh (on-road Mumbai). No change in the product has been reported so far to justify the increase.Reasons for increase in price have not been disclosed by Kawasaki. It still comes with the same set of features, colours and body work. For a sports bike priced close to Rs 4 lakh, it is surprising that it does not even come with Antilock Braking System (ABS), which is considered vital for a high speed vehicle. Given that the new KTM RC 390 has been priced attractively, it was expected that prices of Ninja 300 would be reduced, which appears to create doubts on the product.Ninja 300 is powered by a 296 cc four stroke engine with 38 bhp of power and 27 Nm peak torque, mated to 6 speed return type transmission. Its closest rival, KTM RC 390, powered by a single cylinder 373.27 cc engine produced 42 bhp power and and 35 Nm peak torque at 7,000 rpm, also mated to 6 speed gearbox. With the RC 90 priced Rs 1.5 lakh lower than the Ninja, will Kawasaki really be able to sustain itself? To get an answer to this question, keep watching this space for more.
MLS Pirlo endures rough night as Timbers succeed in neutralizing the Italian star Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 2 years ago 12:39 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vincent Carchietta MLS New York City v Portland Timbers New York City Portland Timbers The World Cup-winning midfielder had a night to forget as Portland focused on taking him out of the game, a plan that led to a big win NEW YORK — Maybe two games in four days was too much to ask of a 38-year-old midfielder who hadn’t been a regular starter all season.Just four days after turning in a commendable performance in New York City FC’s 1-0 win against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, Andrea Pirlo suffered through a forgettable 67 minutes. A shift that included the turnover that led to Portland’s winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.Pirlo’s costly miscue came just before halftime, in what had been an even match up to that point, but when Darren Mattocks pressed him into a turnover, then picked out Diego Valeri for the winning goal, all the veteran could do was raise his hand, hoping for a foul call that never came. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Portland came into Saturday’s match with a clear game plan: neutralize Pirlo, who serves as the passing hub of NYCFC’s possession-oriented system when he’s in the starting lineup. Portland’s attacking players, led by Valeri, did their best to try and smother the Italian whenever the World Cup winner was in possession.”(Valeri) took away Pirlo, which was the job we gave him to do,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter told Goal. “I would think it was a very quiet game for Pirlo.”It was much more quite than his showing on Wednesday. Against the Timbers, Pirlo managed just 30 completed passes out of 39 attempted, with just eight of those completed being received in the attacking half of the field. Conversely, against Sporting KC, Pirlo completed 52 of 62 passes, with a whopping 20 of them being delivered to the attacking half of the field.Portland’s concerted effort to neutralize Pirlo played a part in his quiet night, but fatigue surely also played a role. This was clear when viewing his defensive work on Saturday, which saw him manage just two recoveries, as opposed to the six he managed against Sporting KC.NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira wasn’t about to make Pirlo the scapegoat for his side’s first loss in five matches, even though it was his turnover that ultimately led to Portland’s winner.“I think it happened that he lost the ball. It just so happened that this time it was Andrea,” Vieira said after the match. “A lot of players have lost the ball in a really difficult area, but it happened that we conceded the goal. That’s part of the game. You make a mistake and you get punished right away. We have players who make mistakes and make the wrong decision, and sometimes we concede the goal and sometimes we don’t concede the goal, but that is not the reason why we lost the game.”Pirlo was the easy scapegoat on a night when NYCFC clearly missed David Villa (injured) and Alexander Ring (rested), as well as Yangel Herrera (rested). All three were casualties of the recent international break, and without its two best midfield workhorses in Ring and Herrera, Vieira was forced to partner Pirlo with Tommy McNamara and Maxi Moralez, a central midfield trio that was destined to be outworked by the Timbers trio of Valeri, David Guzman and Diego Chara.Though it certainly didn’t seem so on Saturday, Pirlo showed last Wednesday against a tough Sporting Kansas City side that he can still be a serviceable starter on occasion, but given the makeup of the current NYCFC squad at full strength, he isn’t a player who fits in club’s best lineup. Moralez has arrived in 2017 and been an outstanding playmaker for NYCFC, while Ring and Herrera work very well in supporting roles behind him. Play Pirlo for either Herrera or Ring and you wind up with a midfield that can be outworked, and given how good both Ring and Herrera have looked, Vieira will be in a rush to get them back in the lineup next week.Pirlo could work well playing in a midfield with Ring and Herrera serving as the workhorses necessary to do the heavy lifting that the likes of Gennaro Gattuso and Massimo Ambrosini did for Pirlo at AC Milan, and then Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba did for him at Juventus. Unfortunately for the aging star, he isn’t about to unseat the impressive and dependable Moralez any time soon.That leaves the World Cup winner to try to make the most of opportunities when they come, and he surely knew he hadn’t done that on Saturday. You could see it on his face as he rushed out of Yankee Stadium after the match, one of the first players to leave the building.Vieira has continued to stand by Pirlo, even in moments when it has seemed every bit like a player who has come to the end of his usefulness. The manager still sees a player who he believes can help NYCFC as it tries to make a run at an MLS Cup title, and based on Portland’s approach Saturday, opponents also still believe he is a player who can make a difference.”Pirlo’s a great player,” Porter said. “In their system he works, but also if you can’t get him on the ball and into a rhythm then they’re not going to get going quite as well.”The Timbers made Pirlo look every bit like a fading 38-year-old on Saturday, and as much as fatigue from two games in four days may have played a part in that, it felt more like a harsh reminder that we are witnessing the final days of his amazing career. We’ll keep watching, hoping for some more special moments from the Italian maestro, but we’re also just as likely to see forgettable matches that will be painful to watch, and make us long for the days of seeing Pirlo at his magical best.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery hopes Arsenal defeat acts as wake-up callby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hopes defeat to Southampton was a wake up call.The Saints ended Arsenal’s 22-match unbeaten run and won their first home league game since April thanks to Charlie Austin’s 85th-minute header with Hasenhuttl running on to the pitch to celebrate with his players on the final whistle.In a see-sawing encounter, the hosts took the lead after 20 minutes as Danny Ings muscled home a header from Matt Targett’s cross.Henrikh Mkhitaryan nodded in shortly after for Arsenal, following good work by Alex Iwobi and Nacho Monreal – but Ings struck again just before the break.Nathan Redmond’s floated cross was precise and Ings cushioned a looping effort into the far corner.Arsenal turned the screw in the second half and restored parity as Mkhitaryan’s shot deflected in off Jannik Vestergaard.The Gunners had their chances with Alex McCarthy impressing in the home goal, but Southampton were dangerous on the break and Shane Long had a goal rightly ruled offside before providing a teasing cross for Austin’s winner.Emery stated: “We could have lost at any time and it was today.”If we won’t win like today, we cannot be in the top four.”After 22 matches unbeaten we didn’t lose and we are only fifth position in the table and the reason is because other teams are very well.”Other teams usually they are winning but we need to do our way and continue to build. The objective is therefore top but we know it’s not easy because the other teams are at a high level.”We need to be very, very demanding.”
CALGARY – Negative market reaction to a slight rise in its 2018 spending plan by natural gas producer Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (TSX:VII) shows how little patience investors have for anything but conservative management in the oilpatch, analysts say.On Thursday, shares in the company plunged by as much as 10 per cent after it announced it would increase its budget by five per cent to about $1.75 billion next year compared with 2017. The stock closed at $16.58, down $1.37 or nine per cent from Wednesday.The reaction was in sharp contrast to the eight per cent rise in shares of Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) on Nov. 9, the day after it announced it would chop its 2018 capital budget by 29 per cent to $1.08 billion from the previously planned $1.52 billion because of low gas prices.Both Calgary-based companies produce liquids-rich natural gas from wells near the sparsely populated northern Alberta-B.C. border.“I think the capital discipline within the sector seems to be getting some traction, the focus on capital allocation and returns rather than growth,” said National Bank Financial analyst Travis Wood.He said he was surprised at the Seven Generations selloff because its 2018 budget was very close to analyst forecasts and its production next year is expected to be only slightly reduced by ongoing outages at a third-party gas processing plant.Seven Generations CEO Marty Proctor said at the company’s investor day on Thursday it will “outspend” cash inflows in 2018 to increase production and complete construction of a new gas plant but will return to a balanced budget in 2019.“We are targeting cash flow self-sufficiency — that is, a balanced budget — in 2019,” he said. “We are targeting continued profitable growth … by around 100,000 boe/d to reach 300,000 boe/d by 2022.”The company plans to grow its output by around 15 per cent to roughly 205,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018, with 55 to 60 per cent natural gas liquids.Tourmaline, meanwhile, cut its production target range for 2018 to a midpoint of 275,000 boe/d from the previous 290,000 boe/d, containing about 16 per cent liquids.“The company has elected to moderate growth in its natural gas business until the Western Canadian and North American supply/demand outlook is more transparent and balanced,” it said in a news release.Wood said investors were likely also attracted to Tourmaline’s introduction of a modest dividend of eight cents per quarter.“We have noted a strong theme of budgets funded by internally generated cash flows which is resonating with investors, and which differs from the previous mantra of ‘growth at all costs’,” wrote RBC analyst Michael Harvey in a report earlier this week.“However, we do expect upward revisions to most company budgets if commodity prices and access to capital improves in the medium term.”RBC said it believes Western Canadian producers will spend about seven per cent less in 2018 than in 2017 but production will increase by about 15 per cent as accelerated drilling in the fourth quarter comes on line early next year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
Workers at the General Motors plant in Oshawa have stopped working as they wait for details on the company’s plan to close the facility.A source familiar with the situation has told The Canadian Press that General Motors Canada will shutter the plant as part of a shift in global production that will also affect operations in other countries.Unifor, the union representing more than 2,500 workers at the plant, said it has been informed that there is no product allocated to the Oshawa plant past December 2019.On Monday morning, dozens of workers were seen walking out of the Oshawa Assembly Plant, with some saying they were very unhappy with news of the planned closure.One man said the union had told workers at the plant to go home and would be speaking with employees at an afternoon meeting.A spokeswoman for GM Canada said Sunday that the company had “no news or comment tonight” and would not be commenting on speculation.According to GM’s website, the Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2,522 workers with Unifor Local 222. Production began on Nov. 7, 1953, and in the 1980s the plant employed roughly 23,000 people.