Phish Will Webcast All Four Of Their New Year’s Run Shows At Madison Square Garden

first_imgCouch tour is back, and just in time for the holiday season! Iconic jam band Phish will once again broadcast their multi-night run at Madison Square Garden, via their platform. The band will broadcast all four nights of the run, starting on Wednesday, December 28th, and culminating with their traditional three-set New Year’s Eve blow-out on December 31st.As per usual, there are Standard and High Definition options available, as well as bundles if you plan on watching all four shows, to help make things more affordable. You’ll also be able to stream each night’s show after it ends for 24 hours. Learn all the details at this link, where you can also pre-order the streams.Be sure to also follow along with our Phishmas series, highlighting Phish’s top performances at the famed MSG venue leading up to the four night run. You can see the most recent edition here, which captures the band’s 12/29/98 show.Don’t miss out on any of our fantastic pre-shows and after-parties around NYC during Phish’s upcoming MSG New Year’s Run!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets12/30: Phan Art w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish Pre-Party) – FREE SHOW12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

Are you complying with these two acronyms?

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CU Times is reporting this morning that the number of ADA website compliance lawsuits filed against credit unions has more than doubled in the last month to at least 23 and is likely to grow even more in the coming weeks. It’s good that credit unions are paying attention to these lawsuits but I’m afraid that the industry is in danger of shifting from neglectful indifference to an unproductive frenzy when it comes to reacting to this litigation.In contrast, today is the final day to submit initial comments in support of CUNA’s petition to the Federal Communications Commission, requesting that credit unions be given greater flexibility to contact their members on their cell phones without fear of violating the increasingly confusing requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).The ADA has gotten the lion’s share of attention in this battle of the acronyms. This makes sense in the short-term since, unlike the TCPA, every credit union with a website could potentially be sued. But in the medium to long-term it’s actually the TCPA proposal from which credit unions have the most at stake. Here’s why: continue reading »last_img read more

Rwanda, Modelling Leadership for the People in the African Context

first_img‘I’ve haven’t seen a government that does so much for its people!’ — shared Carson G., an executive of a global consulting group who was in Rwanda on a scouting mission to understand the economic empowerment landscape. It was mid-afternoon as we stood on the hilltop that oversees the Rwamagana Agakiriro Centre. An extensive facility that had been recently opened for young people in the region to start their businesses in wood works. The centre which offers free access to machinery and storage for their first 6 months into business, was filled with a positive buzz from the young women and men who are working out of the space. A few weeks earlier, the Ministry of Commerce (MINEACOM) had announced the enforcement of the Made in Rwanda policy on a whole new scale. Furniture and other interior fixtures that consumed a considerable public budget annually, would now be purchased from local manufacturers in a bid to empower the local industry. Young cooperatives and businesses established in centres like the one in Rwamagana, now get to produce furniture that can be consumed by local offices.The changes and progress in Rwanda are the results of a focused and organized leadership. H.E Paul Kagame has demonstrated the power of uniting people towards a common vision and building a culture of accountability in public governance in an African context. He has promoted economic diversification and south-south collaboration, with the intent of positioning Rwanda as a knowledge based economy and a beacon of intra-african trade. To fully apprehend the depth of his leadership, the choice of policies and his values, one must understand a leader who has stood continuously for the greater good of the entire nation and inspired practices of great leadership.A leadership with and for the people: Rwandans at the centerIn 2000, under Kagame’s leadership, Rwanda established a clear vision for its growth into a middle income nation by 2020. The foundations of this vision are the people of Rwanda. Thanks to innovative home-grown initiatives, decentralization and inclusiveness, Rwandan citizens are actively involved in the decision making process and policy implementation of their country.Social Cohesion and UnityIn the aftermath of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide, the nation was destroyed by what has been defined as one of most horrific genocides of the 20th century. The number one priority was to rebuild a broken nation and to re-establish a sense of belonging, hope and trust in government. The so-called ethnic distinctions which had led to the destruction of our social fabric were eliminated and all Rwandans were given new identity cards with no mention other than “Rwandan”. This ensured that all have equal access to services, education, and healthcare and were equal before the law without distinction.Seeking wisdom in our own culture, the traditional community-based court, also known as “Gacaca” were used to judge millions of genocidaires and accelerate their reintegration into society. Had we used a western justice system this process would have lasted hundreds of years. This would have been unproductive, and possibly resulted in a vicious cycle of the elements that led to instability. The ‘Gacaca’ courts closed in 2012 making a major contribution to legal history and conflict resolution.Good GovernanceThe Rwandan government has put in place systems and autonomous institutions whose main mandate is to serve as an eye on good governance, namely the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) and the national Ombudsman Office.RGB is an autonomous public entity that serves to promote principles of good governance, and conduct research and policy analysis related to good governance. The Ombudsman Office works closely with communities to educate and resolve issues related to corruption and injustice. Here, leadership and politics mean serving people.One example of inclusiveness and public accountability is the “Umushikirano” forum — also known as the days of the “National Dialogue” — an annual fora convening all members of the Government, civil society leaders, members of the diaspora, and followed on media by the entire nation. Over the duration of two days, citizens are given access to a toll-free number and are able to speak directly to any of the leaders seated in the room including the President. Leaders report back on the performance contracts “Imihigo”, that they laid one year earlier — and their communities are invited to provide feedback. The discussions are live-streamed on TV and radio across the whole country.Women are also strongly encouraged to play a central role in the development of the country and currently make up 64 percent of the members of parliament (a world record). Political will and pro-active policies have increased their financial inclusion and empowered women to be stronger economic players.A Skilled Workforce and the Making of a Knowledge EconomyOne of the pillars of the “Vision 2020” was to ensure universal access to education. In Rwanda, this was unprecedented. In 1994, the nation was partly illiterate mainly because of previous apartheid-like policies that favored the education of one part of the population versus the others, as means to ensure that opportunities were only passed on to a few. In a nation that is the most densely populated in Africa, with few natural resources, this policy was disastrous. The population was then largely involved in agriculture, with poor use of technologies to ensure optimum production.Under the leadership of Kagame, education has been widely accessed and promoted. In addition to primary education, the government of Rwanda has invested into increasing technical and vocational training to increase the numbers of skilled workers. The ministry of education also oversees the integrated polytechnic and vocational colleges that are training electricians, plumbers, construction technicians and more.A technology ecosystemA countrywide fiber optic infrastructure connects the entire nation to 4G Internet. Heavy investment into the ICT ensure that the cost of access to the internet by individuals, businesses and homes is within reach. Attached to this is the country’s continued investment in building human capital that can export skills. Since 2012, a tech incubator, kLab has been home to Rwanda’s young techpreneurs as they develop market driven products. This year, kLab partnered with technical colleges to establish presence across the country. This will increase community-based innovations that respond to local challenges. Leveraging mobile penetration of its people, Rwanda is re-engineering access to government services with the introduction of IREMBO, an e-government portal, which for the past two years is innovating and increasing the number of government services that are accessible online.Green GovernanceSince 2008, non-biodegradable polythene bags are illegal. At the Kigali Airport, a sign informs visitors that plastic bags are not welcome in the country and staff of the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) ensure that the regulations are respected. Global Rankings have recognized Kigali as one of the cleanest cities in Africa. Rwanda is committed to both mitigating further growth in greenhouse gases emissions and signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Paris agreement is a historic international treaty that aims to limit global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius, with an ambition of keeping increases below 1.5 degrees. In October 2016, the country hosted the 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. This global rendez-vous gathered more than 200 countries to sign an agreement on phasing out toxic gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration (hydro fluorocarbons). Every year, Rwandans plant millions of trees to protect the country’s forests, rivers and wetlands. All these efforts have one objective which is to make Rwanda a developed, climate-resilient and low carbon economy by 2050.Universal Healthcare CoverageAnother significantly important policy has been that of universal access to modern healthcare. Rwanda like many third-world countries had very poor health infrastructure. Given levels of education that existed previously, a pronounced poor usage of the existing infrastructure led to premature deaths of children and women particularly. In 1999, through its Ministry of Health, the Government of Rwanda initiated a universal health insurance which today reports over 85% coverage of the population. The insurance paid annually is affordable and covers every member of the family; it covers access to public health centres and referral hospitals. This increase in insurance coverage has in turn increased usage of health care services. In December 2016, a long time partner to Rwanda’s Healthcare system, the Gates Foundation, recommended that Rwanda’s Healthcare infrastructure become a model that can be adopted given the impact and results it yielded. Rwanda has demonstrated that even in resource constrained situations, there is a possibility to establish access to quality primary care.Made in RwandaWith the opportunity to diversify into previously non-existent or segmented industries, the economy has seen the rise of young micro and SMEs which are leveraging the positive business environment to get on their own feet. Agribusiness for local and export markets is an area that is continuously being developed with extensive Research and Development supported by the government. Private sector entities are in foras engaging the government to innovate in addressing hindrances that hold back growth. Tourism, ICTs, Financial Services, Fashion and Artisanal Production are some of the growing industries where entrepreneurs are connecting the dots to build stronger value chains and create new jobs that didn’t exist on the market before.To further incentivize growth, the Government has established a privately run guarantee fund that backs investments that banks traditionally view as high risk, supporting particularly youth and women. The Business Development Fund now also makes equity investments in scalable businesses, creating room for access to more patient capital for businesses that require that type of investment.A More Connected AfricaIn addition to internal policies that have improved human development in Rwanda, Kagame envisions a more connected Africa, one that trades more, and creates infinite opportunities for its people. He is now driving this by actively engaging governments to create more open trade policies and has supported the growth of the nation’s airline RwandAir that is looking to bridge the current cost of traveling and trading across the region. In the last two years, the airline has increased investments to create weekly connecting flights that reach cities in West, South and East Africa and most recently connecting directly to cities in Europe too.Tasked to lead the efforts to reform the African Union in 2016, H.E Paul Kagame put together a team of 9 eminent African advisors among which, Dr. Carlos Lopes, the outgoing Executive Director of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Strive Masiyiwa, the Econet Wireless Founder, Amina J.Mohammed, Nigerian Environment Minister, Mariam Mahamat Nour, Minister of Economy and international cooperation, Vera Songwe, the International Finance Corporation Regional Director for West and Central Africa, Tito Mboweni, former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, Former President of the African Development Bank, Acha Leke, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co-Founder of the African Leadership Network, and Christina Duarte, Cape Verde’s Finance Minister. The key task for the team has been to ensure the AU weans itself off of foreign aid, thereby making the organization more efficient and economically independent. Handling Agenda 2063 with a sense of urgency, H.E Paul Kagame stated: ‘This process is not about what each country can do on its own but what we can all do together; for each other and with each other.’ Top priorities are to make Africa accessible to all Africans #visafreeAfrica, build one airspace, increase intra-Africa trade and wave roaming fees.Moving Forward FasterAll of the above and much more not mentioned cannot happen in a vacuum. It has taken a devoted, forward-looking leader who has modeled integrity, accountability, and service above self — #Agaciro.The 2017 Presidential Elections gave Rwandans a platform to voice their choice. Young and old came out in a #ClimateOfCheer to exercise our rights and over 6M people lined up at their community electoral posts. It is a statement of faith and if you come to Rwanda today, you will be inspired by the positivity, the hope and resilience of its people.While western media has continued to publish content questioning or perhaps one should say falsely accusing the leadership of President Kagame, we, the People of Rwanda have decided. We have chosen continuity to cement what has already been achieved, and to address the challenges yet to be addressed.Ibyiza Biri imbere (The best is yet to come!) #RwandaDecides2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Co-authored by Grace Mugabekazi and Michaella Rugwizangoga, Curators of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers — Kigali Hublast_img read more

Williams wins at US Open to stay in No. 1 hunt; Konta out

first_imgVenus Williams, of the United States, serves to Viktoria Kuzmova, of Slovakia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Venus Williams stayed in the crowded hunt for the No. 1 ranking — even though she had no idea that she has a shot at that spot.Johanna Konta, a Wimbledon semifinalist just last month, dropped out of that chase with a first-round exit as the U.S. Open got started Monday.ADVERTISEMENT The No. 9-seeded Williams overcame a mid-match lapse to pick up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory in Arthur Ashe Stadium against Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia, a 19-year-old qualifier who is ranked 135th.It was the first tour-level, main-draw match of Kuzmova’s career, and the 967th for Williams, who won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, in addition to her five Wimbledon championships. Williams is in her 19th U.S. Open; she reached the final in her 1997 debut, about eight months before Kuzmova was born.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I had no idea what she looked like, who she was, anything. But she played amazing. She played well, served well, competed well. Definitely a match I had to earn,” said Williams, who at 37 is the oldest woman in the field. “I definitely wasn’t expecting or planning on dropping sets today. But things happen. That’s why we play the match, because you have to win the match. So it’s just all about regrouping. It’s the first round. You figure out what’s going on.”She was up a set, plus a break in the second at 2-0, when she faltered. Kuzmova broke for 2-1, then pulled at even at 3-all before taking three games in a row to force a third set. But Williams righted herself there, breaking for a 2-0 lead, then digging out of a love-40 hole with five consecutive points for 3-0 and was on her way. Canelo-GGG to MayMac fans: We’ve got a real show for you SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Konta, who lost to Williams in the Wimbledon semifinals, figured to be Britain’s best chance for a deep run these two weeks, because the country’s top male player, Andy Murray, withdrew on Saturday with an injured hip.Instead, she was among a crop of seeded players on the way out the door at a tournament already missing several top names, including the biggest in women’s tennis: Williams’ older sister Serena, who is expecting a baby.“We always coach each other, pretty much,” Williams said.While the most anticipated matchup of Day 1 was scheduled for Monday night — five-time major champion Maria Sharapova’s first Grand Slam action since her doping suspension, against No. 2 seed Simona Halep — the afternoon was filled with quite a few seeded players joining Konta on the way out.For every victory by someone such as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza or 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, there was a surprise or two.The men’s seeded losers included No. 21 David Ferrer, who was the runner-up at the 2013 French Open, No. 25 Karen Khachanov and No. 32 Robin Hasse. On the women’s side, there as No. 21 Ana Konjuh, No. 24 Kiki Bertens and No. 32 Lauren Davis. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Williams entered the U.S. Open as one of eight women with a chance to rise atop the WTA rankings by tournament’s end.Not that it was foremost on her mind. Indeed, she said she was unaware of that possibility.“I just want to win, and if you get the win, you get the ranking,” said Williams, who was already at No. 1 in 2002.Before the American’s match was over, that number of ranking contenders was reduced to seven, because the No. 7-seeded Konta was bounced by 78th-ranked Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.“I don’t take anything for granted,” said Konta, who was a semifinalist at Wimbledon just last month. “I think it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting I have a right to be in second week.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

International federations fret over Tokyo Olympics budget cuts

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “There are concerns over cuts in accommodation, transport and venue upgrades,” an ASOIF official told AFP.A series of questions were posed to Koji Murofushi, Japan’s former world and Olympic hammer champion who is Tokyo 2020 sports director.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Eight federations, including sailing, judo and tennis, and ASOIF have today asked some questions,” Murofushi told AFP.“They asked questions about accommodation, food at the venues, transportation and the look of the venues. The look is important for the broadcast.”center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Murofushi added: “Tokyo is reducing the budget as much as possible.“We have to find what the good solution is to optimize the budget.“It’s a good chance to open up discussions with the international federations.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games CEO, Toshiro Muto, speaks during a press conference after an executive board meeting of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo on March 28, 2018. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Eight international sports federations expressed their concerns Tuesday at new budget cuts made by the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The federations were gathered at a meeting of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) on the sidelines of SportAccord in Gold Coast.ADVERTISEMENT Game 5s await for Nuggets-Blazers, Raptors-76erslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal rout

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp unhappy with Fabinho after Arsenal routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pulled up Fabinho after their thrashing of Arsenal.After the 5-1 win, Klopp admits he wanted better from the Brazil midfielder.Klopp said: “Fabinho hit two very average passes and he was shaky in the next couple of moments. That can happen – it’s all part of the process.”Football is a game full of mistakes and it’s how you deal with it. “Then we could bring Jordan Henderson on and he was so fresh. Arsenal didn’t have a lot of chances but that allowed us to close all the space in midfield.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

FSIN upset with premiers choice of minister to handle First Nations and

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe appointment of a new minister of Aboriginal Affairs is causing a bit of a stir in Saskatchewan.Premier Brad Wall made the appointment this week.And the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations isn’t happy about the winning candidate.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf has this story.last_img

Day school survivors deserve more than 10000 judge hears

first_imgFormer day school students Ray Mason (left) and Chris Stranger outside federal court in Winnipeg. (APTN)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsNearly 30 people said the Indian day school settlement agreement needs changing Tuesday, starting with paying former students more money.“I object to $10,000,” said former student Clarence Sumner of Pinaymootang First Nation in Manitoba.“That’s a slap in the face.”Sumner was one of 28 objectors – mostly former students of the federally run institutions – to address federal court Judge Michael Phelan in Winnipeg.The judge is hearing three days of arguments on a multi-million-dollar offer from Ottawa to settle a $15-billion class-action lawsuit filed by former students for neglect and abuse.The compensation package proposed by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett offers former students a one-time payment of $10,000.Then it makes additional compensation available in amounts from $50,000 to $200,000 depending on the severity of physical and sexual abuse.Josephine Anderson, another former student, agreed with Sumner that $10,000 was too low.She said most of the estimated 120,000 to 140,000 living day school students in Canada were harmed at the schools run by churches.“A higher amount for everyone is more fair,” she told the court before a packed gallery.Day school students were forced to attend the same schools as residential school students but didn’t board at the buildings.Several day schoolsGlenda Chief, who said she attended several day schools in northern Manitoba, pleaded for the court to extend the time period for survivors to learn about and respond to the settlement.A sentiment echoed by Harold Linklater of Pelican Narrows in Saskatchewan.“There is a lack of information,” he said. “We need more time to understand the agreement.”Beatrice McDonald of Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan agreed there were too many people without access to computers and the internet in her community to get a handle on the offer.She also questioned how one firm – Gowling WLG of Ottawa – would process all the applications for compensation.“They are in Ottawa, far from Onion Lake,” she said. “I don’t trust them. I don’t know them.”Gowling said it would contract a claims administrator to process the applications at no charge to claimants.Ottawa would pay the firm more than $50 million to fulfill and settle the suit.Audrey Horn questioned why there needed to be a grid that paid different amounts depending on the kinds and severity of abuse.“Abuse is abuse,” she said. “Everybody should get the same.”Most of the objectors liked something about the agreement, giving Ray Mason hope the judge would approve the deal.“I hope they don’t scrap it,” he said during the afternoon break. “It would take years to re-do.”Mason is one of the original plaintiffs who filed suit against Canada for omitting day schoolers from the package that compensated students taken from their families and forced to live at residential schools.The schools operated between 1920 and the 1980s.The hearing is scheduled to wrap up [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

Minerva train but miss prematch meet AIFF calls it blatant disregard

first_imgBhubaneswar: Barely hours before the tournament’s scheduled kick-off, the Super Cup was shrouded in uncertainty with Minerva Punjab FC giving the customary pre-match conference and meeting a miss, prompting the All India Football Federation to label it as “blatant disregard”. A cloud of uncertainty hung over the fate of the tournament after eight I-League clubs Tuesday pulled out citing unfair treatment by the All India Football Federation (AIFF). “While representatives from three clubs — FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and Indian Arrows — were present on both occasions, Minerva Punjab FC did not attend either despite being present in Bhubaneswar,” the AIFF said in a statement. “This is extremely disappointing, and a blatant disregard for the federation,” the apex body added. As per the schedule, former I-League champions Minerva Punjab are slated to play Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City on Friday, the opening day of the qualifiers. In case Minerva Punjab stick to their decision to withdraw, the AIFF said the “rules and regulations of the tournament will be invoked”, and the matter forwarded to the relevant authority for further action and decision. The Super Cup is scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar, with the qualifiers starting from March 15. The final is slated for April 13. Minerva, along with seven other teams, had Tuesday pointed out that the I-League clubs are being neglected in all aspects by the country’s football federation. The clubs said it had written a letter to the AIFF in February regarding multiple concerns such as the future of the league but they are “yet to hear back” from the federation. Minerva also highlighted how the AIFF has “not provided any financial assistance to the participating teams” despite having a title sponsor for the event. With no AFC competitions also on offer, the club felt the competition lacked any incentive for the teams.last_img read more

DeSean Jackson Makes His Teams Better

Source: The numbers in Jackson’s last year with his teams are especially noteworthy. Among all teams since 1970 — that’s out of 1,445 team seasons in the period — they rank 57th (2013 Philadelphia), 32nd (2016 Washington) and 23rd (2018 Tampa Bay) in yards per pass play.2Using net yards per attempt, which counts sacks as pass plays and subtracts those yards from the total passing yards. This means each one finished in the 95th percentile or better.Each of Jackson’s teams immediately gained in passing efficiency once he arrived. And both Philadelphia and Washington significantly declined once he left, by nearly 1 yard net per pass play. To put that into context, ranking last year’s teams by that measure, just 0.9 net yards per attempt separated the ninth-ranked Colts (6.7) and the 25th-ranked Lions (5.8). Those teams were 10-6 and 6-10, respectively, which is not surprising given that teams that win the yards-per-pass-play stat by any margin have won about 74 percent of games since the merger, according to my reporting for The Wall Street Journal.Of course, it’s possible that these teams became more prolific at passing coincidentally upon Jackson’s arrival, via coaching, play-calling, quarterback performance or the skills of the team’s other receivers. Jackson has struggled with durability during his career, missing nine games in his first stint with the Eagles, eight with Washington and six with the Buccaneers. So if there is a significant Jackson effect, it should be apparent when looking at his team’s performance when he plays versus when he’s inactive. And it is: Philadelphia2008-1366.27.46.7 StatWithoutWith Pass yards5,53540,772 Jackson’s active-and-inactive effect is even more pronounced than the difference before and after he joined his teams, at 1.03 yards per pass play.Not surprisingly, given the impact of yards per pass play on wins and losses, Jackson’s teams with him inactive are 8-15 (.348 win percentage) compared with 75-76-2 (.497) when he plays.It’s also possible that the effect Jackson seems to be creating for his team is really just a result of his own efficiency. After all, he’s averaged 9.7 yards on the 1,057 passes he’s been thrown in his career, counting incompletions.But last year, Jackson’s ability to threaten defenses deep did seem to significantly benefit his team’s primary receiver. Mike Evans averaged a career-best 11.0 yards every time a pass was thrown his way, a startling 2.4 yards greater than his prior season high (in 2014). And Evans was thrown the ball 138 times, nearly twice as frequently as Jackson (74 targets). For Washington, Jackson’s tight end teammate Vernon Davis (2016) boosted his yards per target by over 3.0 yards from the prior year. And another Washington tight end, Jordan Reed, averaged 7.8 yards per target with Jackson from 2014 to 2016 and since has dropped to just 6.5. During Jackson’s last stint in Philly, Riley Cooper averaged 9.9 yards per target, 10th-best in the league that year. But the next year, without Jackson, that collapsed to 6.1. Cooper has been out of the NFL since 2015.The question now is whetherJackson can be expected to maintain his fleet feet entering his age-33 season. The Eagles sure seem to think so, awarding him a three-year, $27.9 million contract this offseason with more than half the money guaranteed.Jackson’s 18.9 yards per catch in his age-32 season was third-most since the merger (minimum 40 catches). The average age-33 season of the other seven receivers with more than 17.0 yards at age 32 was 53 catches for 769 yards. Two of them, Irving Fryar and Frank Lewis, subsequently made the Pro Bowl. Another, Steve Smith, had two 1,000-yard seasons. But unlike Jackson, none of these other seven receivers led the NFL in yards per reception even once, never mind a record-setting four times.While there’s no way to know for certain the player the Eagles have, there’s little question about what Jackson has been so far in his career. Pass attempts8615,478 Yards per pass by when Jackson joined the team DeSean Jackson makes the offense betterNet yards gained per team passing attempt for DeSean Jackson’s teams, by when he was on the team The splits on Jackson’s teams when he’s on and off the field Washington2014- Tampa Bay2017- TeamYearsYear beforeFirst yearLast yearYear after Net yards per pass attempt counts sacks as pass plays and subtracts those yards from the total passing yards.Source: DeSean Jackson may seem like a pedestrian NFL wide receiver — very talented but far from spectacular in an era when wideouts regularly post 100-catch campaigns. Since he came into the NFL in 2008, Jackson is 17th overall in receptions and 15th in touchdown catches.But Jackson, now with Philadelphia, has led the NFL four times in yards per receptions, including last year for the Buccaneers at age 32. That’s more than any other player in NFL history.1Since 1932, when the NFL began keeping individual statistics. And his electrifying speed seems to dramatically enhance his team’s overall passing game. Having Jackson in uniform has boosted the yards per pass play of his teams. And when he’s gone, his former teams have quickly lost these games. That bad news for Tampa Bay, Jackson’s team last year, which had the 23rd best season in the statistic since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.Jackson’s newest quarterback noticed quickly that Jackson’s ability to take the top off the defense by getting behind the secondary makes the rest of the field easier to attack. Defenses have no choice but to play deeper.“(This) takes pressure off all the other guys,” Carson Wentz said. “He’ll open up a lot of things underneath, we truly believe. … He just threatens defenders in a different way.”Still, teams seem to have a hard time reconciling Jackson’s team value with his often underwhelming personal statistics. Since he broke into the league, he’s been on four squads, if you count his two stints with Philadelphia.Jackson’s nomadic career makes it easier to quantify his impact. This effect can be seen at the team level when looking at how they perform during Jackson’s stay there compared with before as well as immediately after he leaves. Net yards/pass play5.636.56 read more