View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mavericks deal Harrison Barnes to Kings while beating Hornets Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 13 points while starting in place of Shumpert, who addressed his former Sacramento teammates in the locker room before the game and then left the arena. … Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph are reportedly being sent to Dallas as part of the trade for Barnes.FARIED’S NIGHTKenneth Faried had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Houston. He has settled in nicely after signing with the Rockets as a free agent on Jan. 21.He is averaging 16.1 points since joining his third team this season.“It’s always nice to know that, yes, he is a perfect fit,” D’Antoni said. “When Clint gets back and (Faried) comes off the bench, he can give us that spurt that we can have 48 solid minutes of high-energy centers running up and down the floor.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday.Kings: Host Miami on Friday. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call has not yet been completed.“Shump is a vet who can help us defensively, ball-handling, shooting,” Harden said. “He’s been playing very well this season. Once he gets here and gets a couple of practices in, let’s go.”Houston has won seven games by 20 or more points this season, including twice on its road trip.“That’s a good trip for us,” Chris Paul said. “To get three on this road trip, we’re playing the right way.”Sacramento also was working on a trade for Dallas’ Harrison Barnes in another deal ahead of Thursday’s deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Harden made eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Houston beat the Sacramento Kings 127-101 on Wednesday night.“We played very, very well,” Harden said. “We’re kind of catching a momentum and it feels pretty good. It’s even more exciting once we get our full roster back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Rockets closed out a four-game trip with their third consecutive victory, and they appeared to be on the verge of adding Iman Shumpert to their array of talented shooters. Gerald Green matched his season high with 25 points, and Eric Gordon scored 20 points.Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland were working on a trade that most notably will move Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks — now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah — will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings. Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, left, and others during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are finding their rhythm at the right time.Looks as if some help is on the way, too.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The Kings had won three in a row and four of five. Buddy Hield had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Marvin Bagley III added 10 points and 10 boards.“Tough night,” coach Dave Joerger said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, they did. It’s been a tough couple of hours and an interesting couple of hours.”Sacramento kept Harden off the line, but the reigning NBA MVP still scored almost at will.Harden collected 25 points while helping Houston to a 76-45 halftime lead. He made four 3-pointers during a 19-3 run over the final five minutes of the second quarter.Harden — the NBA leader in average free-throw attempts — was limited to two, matching his season low. But he went 13 for 26 from the field.“Guys set the tone early,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Pretty impressive finish of the road trip. There’s just a lot of good things that we did solid.”Things got chippy midway through the fourth when Harden was called for a technical foul after he exchanged words with Sacramento’s Frank Mason near midcourt.The Kings struggled to keep up. They trailed by as many as 37 in the second half.TIP-INSRockets: Paul had 15 points and 11 assists. … Gordon returned to the lineup after sitting out Monday’s win over Phoenix because of right knee soreness. … Houston is 8-4 without Clint Capela, who is sidelined with a right thumb injury. 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Success is coming naturally to the Walkers from Letterkenny as they bring their organic juices to stores across Donegal.Derek and Anna Walker are the founders of NatNoot- The Natural Nutrition Co. – an empowering healthfood company that grows certified organic wheatgrass and produces totally natural cold pressed juices.Their newest juices are called ‘Believe’ and ‘Achieve’ – and these principles are a core part of Derek’s inspirational story. The well-known local food ambassador has overcome adversity and blindness to follow his passion for natural living. Derek and Anna Walker – NatNoot Natural Nutrition Co.Derek tells Donegal Daily: “My whole life I’ve always been fascinated by nature and I always had an understanding and respect for how powerful nature is.“At the age of twelve, I was diagnosed with a very rare degenerative eye condition called Stargardt Disease. This condition means that I am progressively losing my eyesight. By the age of 16, I was registered blind. School became very difficult as I found the persistent sight loss difficult to adjust to. In my early 20’s I found it hard to get a job due to my sight. This is when NatNoot was started.”Derek was taking wheatgrass juice to help ease inflammation on his knee when he was struck with the idea of making it easier for people to take wheatgrass juice by producing ready made wheatgrass juice shots. He set up his own company in 2014 and his products were on the shelves of Kelly’s Centra Mountain Top within six months. “Kelly’s Centra store owner Mairtin Kelly was a huge support and this outlet generated revenue for me to expand more,” Derek said.“Our list of outlets grew and grew. We were receiving amazing feedback from people who took our products and this gave us real motivation to continue what we were doing.”Derek and Anna joined the Supervalu Food Academy in September 2018, which gave them the opportunity to be listed by Musgraves.Through this, they created two new products – ‘Believe’ and ‘Achieve’ – which are cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice drinks that come in 250 ml bottles.Derek and Anna Walker – NatNoot Natural Nutrition Co.Believe is a blend of cold pressed Celery, Apple, Kale and Organic Wheatgrass.Achieve is a blend of cold pressed carrot, Orange, Ginger and Turmeric Root.In January of this year, NatNoot was successful in their bid to get listed with Musgraves and stocked in many local Supervalu stores. NatNoot Natural Nutrition Co.Derek added: “We are both so excited about this journey and we are really grateful to each and everyone who has helped us along the way, this is a massive step for us and our wee family. I could not have done any of this without my wife Anna who is a huge support to me in every way.“Together we have become a small family business doing what we are passionate about and we hope that you and your family enjoy our products. “I named the products Believe and Achieve because I know for a fact, that if you truly Believe in yourself, you can Achieve great things. Thank you, Derek and Anna.”NatNoot is stocked in the following Supervalu Stores: Kavanagh’s Supervalu in BallybofeyKavanagh’s Supervalu DungloeRooney’s Supervalu KillybegsCosgrove’s Supervalu BundoranKavanagh’s Supervalu Donegal TownKavanagh’s Supervalu BuncranaSupervalu CarndonaghOther stockists include:Simple Simons Healthfood Store, The Counter Deli, Dry Arch Complex Letterkenny, Sweeneys Spar Express, Kernans, Glencar Spar, Maples Milford, Maples Castlefin, Whoriskeys Ramelton, Simpsons Letterkenny, Sonder Cafe, Number 6 Café, Dalys Circle K Lifford, McGranaghans Raphoe.If you are interested in stocking NatNoot give Derek a call on 0860675274You can follow NatNoot social media on: Instagram @Natnoot_naturalnutritionFacebook @Natnoot- The Natural Nutrition Co.Failing eyesight won’t dull Donegal man’s vision for the future was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:anna walkerBusinessderek walkerjuicesnatnootnaturalorganicwheatgrass
The official launch of the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head took place on Wednesday afternoon by Cathaoirleach of Inishowen Municipal District Cllr. Martin Farren.Cllr Farren described the investment to date as an essential step in the creation of a top class visitor experience at Ireland’s most northerly point which is now considered as a signature discovery point or a ‘must visit’ site on the world renowned Wild Atlantic Way.Visitor numbers to Ireland’s most northerly point has grown substantially in the last number of years with an estimated 172,000 visitors in 2018 thanks to a number of factors including its position as either the starting or finishing point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the filming of Star Wars and the hosting of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at nearby Ballyliffin Golf Club in 2018. To facilitate this rise in visitor numbers to this iconic site Donegal County Council has been working closely with a number of key stakeholders including Failte Ireland to put in place essential services to help capitalise on the visitor experience.These works included road widening to accommodate passing bays, drainage improvements and surfacing of 600m of road to the existing lower car park at Malin Head; road widening adjacent to the lower carpark to accommodate bus parking; extending existing car park facilities to incorporate additional car parking spaces and construction of toilet facilities adjacent the lower carpark, including installation of a wastewater holding tank.Launching the €400K Phase II works at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Cllr. Martin McDermott and Cllr. Albert Doherty.This phase of the development also included the provision of services and utilities including water, electricity and telecoms to the site and these services will also be vital for future development at Malin Head.“The completion of this phase of works, which represents a substantial investment by both Failte Ireland and Donegal County Council, is an important milestone in our journey at Malin Head” said Cllr. Farren speaking at the official launch on Wednesday afternoon. “We are now embarking on the next part of this journey with the preparation of a Visitor Management Plan for Malin Head that will set out a framework on how to build on the unique heritage and culture of the area whilst leveraging its position as the most northerly signature discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.“I am delighted to see the strong collaborative approach between all stakeholders including the local community in developing this plan.”Speaking about Fáilte Ireland’s support of the plan, Fiona Monaghan, Head of Activities at Fáilte Ireland, said “Fáilte Ireland is delighted to see the completion of Phase II of the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan.Pictured at the new visitor toilet facilities at Malin Head marking the completion of €400K Phase II works at Malin Head on Wednesday are Cllr. Martin Farren, Cathaoirleach of Inishowen MD with Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, Cllr. Bernard McGuinness, Cllr. Martin McDermott, Cllr. Albert Doherty, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Joan Crawford, Failte Ireland, Liam Ward, Donegal County Council, Joe Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Geraldine Diver, Malin Head Community Development Association, Catriona Doherty, Malin Head Community Development Association, Jim Mullin, Malin Head Community Development Association, Aideen Doherty, Donegal County Council, Fiona Doherty, Donegal County Council, Shaun Murphy, Donegal County Council and James Kelly, Donegal County Council and representatives from Keys and Monaghan Architects and Cooney Architects.“The plan will guide the future development of a motivating and sustainably managed visitor experience at Malin Head Signature Discovery Point and the wider destination and the next phase, public consultation, is essential if we are going to produce a plan that works for both the visitor and the local community.”Seamus Neely Chief Executive of Donegal County Council described this project as a product of partnership and highlighted the importance of managing the success of Malin Head as a visitor destination in a sustainable way saying: “The real challenge is how we grow on the success to date without damaging what makes this place special. “This is a complex challenge but I believe that it is achievable and that is why we are embarking on the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan.“We look forward to hearing from all interested parties and especially the local community about what their ideas and plans are and how they can be best achieved going forward.”Public consultation workshops for the Malin Head Visitor Management Plan are set to take place this week and next from 6.45pm – 9pm each evening as follows:Wednesday 8th May: St. Mary’s Community Hall, Carnmalin, Malin HeadThursday 9th May: McGrory’s Hotel, CuldaffTuesday 14th May: The Station Room, Public Services Centre, CarndonaghWednesday 15th May: St Patrick’s Parochial Hall, Malin VillageBooking is recommended and you can book your place by email to MalinHeadSDP@gmail.com or book online at http://bit.ly/MalinHeadWorkshops. 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Junior GirlsJenna Ward/Brittany Petersen 5:46.14 Kerry Shuter/Camilla Pennefather (U16) 5:59.00Bianca Haw/Jordan Peek (U16) 6:05.10 The pair was in superb form, shooting Keith’s Flyover rapid with aplomb on the first day, and they oozed confidence in their form and preparations on the river. Under-23 MenAndy Birkett/Pierre-Andre Rabie 4:53.57Lance Kime/Stuart Maclaren 4:57.49 Andrian Bam/Rory Sandberg 5:12.58 The Germans were thrilled to make it onto the podium at the end of a race littered with accidents and misfortune. SAinfo reporter “It was a long day for us and we’re pretty tired,” said a tired Hodson. “Both of us are actually sprinters, so this sort of distance is a big ask.” “We conserved ourselves during the first hour as we knew we were out on our own, but we dug in after Gauging Weir, when we realised we could still break the race record. Fastest final stage timeThey posted the fastest time on the final stage to snatch the Canoeing South Africa silver medal ahead of the flying Germans, Tobias Bong and Achim Overbeck, and overtook the flagging crew of sprinters Greg Louw and Mike Arthur, who slipped back to fourth place from their overnight second. MenHank McGregor/Grant van der Walt 4:40.38Tom Schilperoort/Jasper Mocke 4:45.20 Tobias Bong/Achim Overbeek 4:46.21 Greg Louw/Michael Arthur 4:48.59 Jacques Theron/Piers Cruickshanks 4:50.27 Robert Knebl/ Tomas Slovak 4:50.28 Andy Birkett/Pierre-Andre Rabie (U23) 4:53.57 Alasdair Glass/Edgar Boehm Jnr 4:56.09 Mark Mulder/Lance King 4:56.58 Lance Kime/Stuart Maclaren 4:57.49 SilverThe silver medal fell to the plucky sprinters Tiffany Kruger and Jen Hodson, who had to battle through the pack after being started in the A-batch because they failed to make the elapsed time cut-off. McGregor and Van der Walt won by five minutes from the Cape surfski duo of Tom Schilperoort and Jasper Mocke, who provided the biggest surprise result among the elite men by upstaging the strong field of the country’s best river marathoners. “We had a much better day today, no trees and no blood, which was great, but we have realised we are no good at portaging,” said Tobias Bong. “We are extremely happy with our third.” The pair, racing in the colours of the newly formed Team Best 4 Kayak Centre, posted a flawless final stage to lower the 2006 race record set by McGregor and Len Jenkins by a minute and one second. Women’s titleThe women’s title fell to Abby Adie and Hilary Pitchford, who also led the race from start to finish to post a 10-minute victory margin that included a conservative option to portage Cradock Weir to eliminate any further risk to their race. WomenHilary Pitchford/Abby Adie 5:26.17Jen Hodson/Tiffany Kruger 5:36.16 Kim Brugmann/Angie Gafney 5:44.33 Jenna Ward/Brittany Petersen (U18) 5:46.14 Debbie Germiquet/Carmen Blakeney 5:48.56 Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt became the first crew to win a hat-trick of victories in South Africa’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on Saturday, and shattered the race record too after dominating the event from start to finish. “It came down to a sprint finish,” said Mocke, who got engaged just days before the race. “We came over Gauging Weir first and put in a huge sprint, which gave us a nice gap going into Marlow portage, and that’s when we went for it. We paddled our hardest until the end to beat the Germans.” 11 October 2011 ‘Something special’“It’s my fourth win overall and my third with Grant in three years, and to have broken the record at the thirtieth anniversary is something really special,” said McGregor. The last place on the podium went to Kim Brugman and Angie Gafney. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We were doing 200m sprints only three weeks ago and so our lack of endurance was exposed,” said Arthur. “We’re so happy to have paddle into fourth place.” “It was a completely different race from last year when we were completely blown at the finish. Things really worked out for us this time. Last year we had problems that cost us, but this year we had a really clean race,” he concluded. “This is my first time on the podium and first time on the top step and I’m absolutely over the moon,” said Pitchford. “It’s a dream come true. (Her boyfriend) Deon Bruss won it in his tenth Fish and so to have done it in my tenth is so special for me,” she added. Under-23 WomenJenna Ward/Brittany Petersen (U18) 5:46.14 Kerry Shuter/Camilla Pennefather (U16) 5:59.00Tamika Haw/Jenna Starr 5:59.49 Junior BoysDonavan Wewege/Gavin Shuter 5:04.49Blaine Beresford/Murray Starr 5:12.12 Murray Haw/James Speed 5:21.19 RESULTS McGregor now holds every national single and doubles paddling title after having won a clean sweep of surfski, flatwater marathon and river marathon titles in the calendar year. He goes into the World Marathon Championships in two weeks’ time in prime form. “We were more than happy to run Cradock Weir. It’s a 50/50 shot and we didn’t need to shoot it at that stage of the race,” said Pitchford, who is currently leading the women’s standings on the International Canoe Federation’s world tour.
Youth entrepreneurial excellence will be celebrated for the first-time in South Africa at the inaugural Maverick Awards; SA Young Entrepreneur Awards gala dinner on Friday 13th of June 2014. The Maverick Awards, hosted by Under 35 Mavericks – a dynamic youth owned enterprise development consultancy – will be launched to coincide with the country’s annual Youth Month. Key strategic partners include, amongst others, South Africa’s marketing and reputation management agency – Brand South Africa and the Wits Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurship as an academic thought leadership partner, Glenfiddich, Parker and Intel Corporation just to mention a few.Under 35 Mavericks, seeks to lead the accelerated development of a new generation of young, innovative entrepreneurs from today’s young, enthusiastic and inspirational young people. It is intended that these young entrepreneurs will go on to make valuable contributions to the South African economy which will contribute to improving the lives of all South Africans.By uniquely positioning themselves, Under 35 Mavericks will rollout initiatives and programs which will assist young entrepreneurs in the critical areas of market access, creativity and value innovation for sustainable competitive advantage, business growth strategy, marketing for growth in depressed economies, leadership for entrepreneurs, investor readiness as well as value asset creation.This momentous and prestigious inaugural award ceremony promises to bring together the brightest and most influential minds from government ministers, and senior public office bearers, captains of industries, seasoned entrepreneurs and of course, the successful young entrepreneurs from across the country upon whom awards will be inferred on the night.The Maverick Awards will acknowledge, honour and celebrate the sterling efforts as well as pioneering spirit of the most successful and innovative young entrepreneurs in South Africa. “The Maverick Awards seek to carve out a space for young entrepreneurs to be the ‘wind’ that drives the sails of our job creation and economic growth endeavours. In a country where a significant proportion of the young population is without employment or sustainable economic opportunity, it is imperative to acknowledge youth success and unleash new role models who can inspire numerous other young South Africans to be the creators of their own destinies” says Bokang Seritsane, Founder and Chief Maverick at Under 35 Mavericks.Theme: The Innovative MaverickInnovation has become the blueprint to sustainable entrepreneurial success, handsomely rewarding those that embrace it by affording them creative disruption ability, market access, competitiveness, growth and ultimately grand success. It is for this reason that the Maverick Awards are looking to identify and acknowledge young entrepreneurs across all industries and sectors who display future oriented, solutions driven, innovative methods, strategies, business models and technologies as their mainstay to success along with sustainable turn-over, increasing market share, growth, employment creation and service excellence.The Maverick Awards will recognise 10 categories of young entrepreneurs and nominations are open to all young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-35 who operate their businesses within the borders of South Africa and have been in operation for at least 3 years, turning over a minimum of R1 million in revenue per annum. Nominations are open from Monday 10th March and will close on Friday 28th March. For more information on how to nominate yourself or a young entrepreneur(s) you know go to www.under35mavericks.com/awards or follow @under35maverick on Twitter and Facebook Page: Under 35 Mavericks.Winners are in line for some amazing prizes in business growth, support and development opportunities to the tune of R1million.Corporates and public sector players are encouraged to purchase tables for the Mavericks Awards Gala Dinner to be held on Friday 13th June 2014 from 6pm till late at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni from 6pm till late.For any other enquiries or corporate sponsorships please email: email@example.comFor more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comBokang Morake SeritsaneFounder and Chief Maverick Officer: Activate AfricaTel: +27 11 704 4097 Mobile: +27 61 424 0224Email: email@example.comVisit: www.under35mavericks.com/awards
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Union minister and senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday welcomed former President Pranab Mukherjee’s decision to accept an invitation to attend an RSS event, saying it is a “good start” and “political untouchability” is an outdated concept.Mr. Gadkari, the Lok Sabha MP from Nagpur, also said the RSS was not Pakistan’s ISI, but an organisation of nationalists.Mr. Mukherjee has been invited to be the chief guest at the valedictory function of Sangh Shiksha Varg — a training camp for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteers — at its headquarters in Nagpur. The event is to be held on June 7 and a senior RSS functionary had said on Monday that Mr. Mukherjee has accepted the invitation.“Mukherjee’s acceptance of the invitation is a good start. Political untouchability is not good,” Mr. Gadkari told reporters here when asked about reported reservations in the Congress over the former President accepting the RSS invite.“It is the prerogative of the organisers to invite someone and it is the prerogative of those invited to accept it or not,” he added. Calling political untouchability “outdated”, Mr. Gadkari said, “I believe political untouchability in a democracy is not good. We should meet each other, discuss each others’ views. If we don’t agree with the views, we should express it.” Citing an example, Mr. Gadkari said, “When I became BJP national president, I went to the CPM headquarters to seek the blessings of A. B. Bardhan, who hails from Nagpur and whom I consider an icon.” Hitting out at opponents who often refer to the BJP as a “communal” party, Mr. Gadkari said that such people themselves were “small hearted”.“Those calling others communal are communal themselves and small hearted people,” Mr. Gadkari said. Even though there has been no official reaction from the Congress on Mr. Mukherjee’s decision, several party leaders had expressed surprise over the development.
When Brady arrived at the Patriots, the starting quarterback was Drew Bledsoe, the No1 pick in the 1993 draft. Brady entered the Patriots as the 199th pick in the 2000 draft. Then, in Brady’s second season, Bledsoe got injured; Brady, still lightly regarded, took his place; with Brady calling the shots, the Patriots won the 2001 Super Bowl. If ever a moment summed up everything the Patriots have gone on to achieve in the 17 years since, it was that shift from a record of underachievement with a star quarterback to almost total domination of the sport with a refitted draft also-ran at the helm of the team’s play. Bledsoe left for the Bills the season after that first Super Bowl win, and the Patriots have not looked back. Belichick continues to have a knack for getting the best out of the league’s tired, its poor, its huddled masses yearning to breathe free. In this post-season Danny Amendola, a player who once languished unwanted in the practice squads of the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, has emerged as a clutch performer of rare nerve and determination – a classic Belichick find, the good-not-great receiver turned master of the pattern play. Since you’re here… Read more Memory Lane: the Super Bowl down the years – in pictures The Patriots have dominated football since the turn of the century in two main phases: the first lasting from 2001 to the almost-perfect season of 2007, and the second starting in 2014 and stretching to today. What makes all this so profoundly irritating for non-Pats fans is that the Patriots have forged dynastic success despite a system that’s designed, at least in part, to prevent it. The draft (introduced in 1936) and the salary cap (1994) are supposed to ensure parity between the teams, on both the field and the balance sheet. The loot is supposed to be shared. New England have exploded that schema of enforced equality through a strategy in which canny recruitment, the subordination of talent to data, luck, expert man management, and the simple dynamic of success feeding on success have all played a role. Other franchises are free to copy that model – indeed, many have tried – but none have succeeded. The Patriots are simply too good, but no element of their success is closed, in theory at least, to any other team in the NFL.Arrivistes, when they arrive, are supposed to be gauche and gaudy. Sure, there have been some minor on-field infractions for the critics to gripe about as the Pats have taken their tricorne hat to the top. But they haven’t made it there with the help of a sugar daddy, or thanks to some chronic institutional distortion of the rules of financial fair play. 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Share on WhatsApp Tom Brady A Philadelphia Super Bowl victory would counter two centuries of US history New England Patriots Super Bowl LII: Patriots and Eagles set for showdown – video Share on Facebook The American people are uniquely triggered by traits of physiognomy, so let’s start with that dimple. In the face of every one of America’s most hated men there’s a feature that provides the lodestar for a nation’s rage. But neither Donald Trump’s flame-head nor Martin Shkreli’s tripod nose comes close to matching the torrents of bile and resentment generated by Tom Brady’s chin dimple. Faced with a smorgasbord of options on which to home its Brady-hate – his Cristiano Ronaldo-like habit of referring to himself as “TB12”, his marriage to a supermodel, his $180m personal fortune, his on-again, off-again bromance with the president, his many crimes, both documented and undocumented, against ice cream – America has instead focused on a small, button-like depression in the flesh of Brady’s chin.It’s a non-verifiable fact that close to 90% of media previews of this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which most people agree the New England Patriots will win for the sixth time in 17 years, have included some reference to that dimple. A dimple that sums up everything non-Patriots fans (ie every part of America that’s not within a 100-mile radius of Boston) find so detestable about the most successful NFL franchise of our time. Share on Messenger Super Bowl LII American sporting heroes aren’t supposed to look this good. Joe DiMaggio had bug eyes and funny teeth. Joe Montana looked like he should be running a sandwich shop. But Brady is altogether too perfect, too handsome, too successful, and too good. How can anyone like this attract anything but a nation’s hatred?There are, of course, myriad other explanations for the unique antipathy that so many in this country feel for the Patriots. There’s the long history of (alleged!) cheating, from Spygate to Deflategate; the gruff spikiness of coach Bill Belichick; the retirement (Deion Branch, Tedy Bruschi) or departure (Adam Vinatieri) of all the vaguely likable players from the Patriots’ first rush of early-century success; the bitter spectacle of a team that’s from the city that gave American independence its initial spark thickening into its own kind of evil empire. Mostly, though, it’s about the winning. And it’s not just the fact the Patriots have won so much that makes them a magnet for a million jealousies and resentments. It’s the way they’ve done it, with a formula for success that should be replicable but is somehow not, and therefore all the more unique and providential, almost religious. Their success is a mystery of timing and luck; a mystery of nature. Things were not always this way. In the early 1990s the Patriots were something like the Buffalo Bills today: the perennial underdog (or the butt of the league-wide joke, however you prefer to look at it), a hardscrabble team of mostly clueless pluggers and journeymen (yes, they’d reached the Super Bowl in 1986, but they’d been destroyed by the Bears). When Belichick arrived as head coach on the stroke of the new century, the Patriots had momentum – they’d been to the Super Bowl again under Bill “The Big Tuna” Parcells in 1996 – but were still, largely, a work in progress. Belichick threw away the manual on how to win in the NFL, ignoring the received wisdom that said teams needed to pick high in the draft or build their core axis around a star quarterback and a star receiver. Instead, the Patriots became something like value investors in the NFL draft – cleverly going after down-round picks they felt were undervalued, instead of splashing their cash on razzmatazz first-round names – and Belichick set about building a team in which the system, the pattern, were far more important than the individual virtuosity of its brightest lights. This approach was part of a shift across all sports to place data and pattern analysis, rather than a simple reliance on raw talent, at the center of coaching – a shift that included Sabermetrics in baseball, Phil Jackson’s triangle offense in basketball, and today’s fashion for pressing in soccer. The Patriots were the first team in the NFL to fully embrace this analytical turn, and no player better encapsulates it than Brady. View gallery Share on Twitter features US sports Play Video Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Super Bowl NFL Topics Reuse this content
(Attawapiskat ice road diamond mine blockade. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Nakogee)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News ATTAWAPISKAT–Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence says the OPP have arrived in the community and the people blockading an ice road leading to a De Beers diamond mine would likely be served with an injunction ordering them off the site on Saturday evening.Spence said the band received a call from De Beers saying a sheriff would be flying into the community and then escorted to the ice road blockade to serve the people at the site with the injunction notice.“We had a call from De Beers saying the sheriff is coming in town,” said Spence. “Two OPP are in town and they are the ones who are going to escort the sheriff to hand over the notice to the blockaders.”Spence said she was trying to confirm a rumour that the OPP would also be escorting De Beers-bound trucks toward the Victor mine site later Saturday.“I have to go find out,” said Spence.The blockade outside Attawapiskat on the ice road leading to the mine has been in place since last Sunday.De Beers obtained an injunction against the blockaders on Friday.firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera