October 16

Jimmy Breslin: Sign Of The Times

first_imgMarvelous.Last week I was among several journalists asked to say a few words in memory of the late, great newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin at a street naming in his honor on 42nd Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan near the old New York Daily News building.The ceremony was crowded so most of us didn’t have time to say all we’d planned about Breslin, who was among the best people to ever come out of Queens. It was fitting that Breslin was being memorialized in the same week when Trump, maybe the worst person ever raised in the history of Queens, was continuing to celebrate violence against journalists; in the same week that a Washington Post columnist was tortured, beheaded, and dismembered by a hit team linked to Trump’s royal Saudi Arabian pals in an embassy in Istanbul.We could have used Breslin to link the Kashoggi murder to the son of the Saudi king and the spoiled rich son of a real estate sultan from Queens. But even in his absence we can guess that Breslin’s lede might have been his sarcastic trademark:Marvelous.The first time I saw Breslin at work was in 1971 in the City of Derry, Northern Ireland. I was there with my brother Pete Hamill who was covering The Troubles, and we ran into Breslin in a tiny café on a narrow lane where he was sipping coffee from a dainty tea cup and holding a saucer. We were running late to see a speech by Bernadette Devlin — Irish Civil rights movement firebrand — and Breslin turned to the woman behind the café counter and asked, “How much is a coffee to go?”“Very sorry, sir, we don’t do takeaways,” the lady said.Breslin said, “I need it.”“We don’t have any wee takeaway cartons. Sorry, sir.”“I’ll pay for this one here,” Breslin said. “I need it.”Breslin handed her a five-pound note and the dumbfounded lady nodded as Breslin hurried out onto the street patrolled by British soldiers and armored vehicles, carrying his ceramic cup and saucer, sipping his coffee from the dainty cup with sausage-thick fingers, draining the last drop a block later before tossing the cup and saucer into a trash bin.“I needed that,” Breslin said.Then Breslin pulled out a dog-eared notebook and a ballpoint pen and waded into the crowded rally in the neighborhood called the Bogside, talking to the rugged women and stocky men with faces hammered flat by war at home, collecting honest news from real people for street-smart readers across the Atlantic.Breslin needed that coffee to fuel the reporting for the column and to inform the timeless pages of his novel called World Without End, Amen.Jimmy often wrote about his stable of colorful characters from Queens Blvd. like Fat Thomas, Klein the Lawyer, Shelly the Bail Bondsman, chronicling their inventive lawlessness, assorted indiscretions, and mounting gambling debts. They would also ask him why he had to share their secrets with millions of readers. “I needed it,” Breslin would say, puffing a cigar.I spent a week in 1977 trailing Breslin for a profile in More magazine when he was receiving fan mail from Son of Sam who was terrorizing the city with a .44 caliber handgun. Every morning Jimmy would storm into the Daily News office — often after a night of running high a tab at the bar of Bill Chan’s Gold Coin Chinese restaurant — shouting that it was “the worst f—ing day of my f—ing life.” He’d shuffle through the morning mail to see if there was any new correspondence from the crazed killer. “If this a—hole doesn’t write again soon it’s quits,” he shouted.The lede for my story was, “These days every day is the worst day in Jimmy Breslin’s life.”For the rest of his life you would only hear from Jimmy when he needed something.But in the morning, I and millions of others, would rush to the newsstand to buy the Daily News newspaper and turn to Breslin to get the fix we needed. We needed Breslin to make us laugh, to think outside the box, or to be outraged enough to rocket us through the worst days of our lives the way he needed that cup of coffee in war-torn Derry. We needed Jimmy Breslin because he was a true man of the people — never, as Trump calls journalists, the enemy of the people — who spent his life wearing out scuffed shoes across the sidewalks of the toughest neighborhoods of his city, doing the same in Dallas, and Washington, D.C., Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Mexico, and the Middle East — to bring real news from real people into the pages of the morning newspaper and picking up a Pulitzer Prize for his efforts.In these dark days, when a phony rich kid from Queens flush with daddy’s dirty money accuses the hardworking people of the news business of peddling fake news, we need to remember another real Queens guy named Jimmy Breslin.In a time when Trump, who has endorsed an alleged pedophile for the United States Senate, an accused sexual predator to the Supreme Court, and now has gone for the MAGA hat trick by trying to cover up the alleged murder of Jamal Kashoggi, think of Jimmy Breslin, who would cover Trump like just another cheap hood.Now that he’s gone, Breslin’s work will have to speak for him.I teach journalism at Brooklyn College and at the beginning of each new semester I tell the students that if they want to distinguish themselves in the news business, they can start by reading Jimmy Breslin’s famous Gravedigger column, written after the assassination of President Kennedy. When most reporters were fighting for interviews with Kennedy’s family, friends, and other pols, Breslin interviewed a black man named Clifton Pollard who earned $3.01 an hour to dig JFK’s grave and told Breslin “it was an honor” to do it.Breslin wrote that column because he needed it. He needed a working man with a shovel and a backhoe and a pair of muddy boots to make sense of that unimaginable national horror. He needed a common man to literally ground the short-circuiting nation to earth. Breslin needed it. We needed it.We still need it.Every new kid who reads that Gravedigger column knows all she or he needs to know to think outside the box in a proud profession known as the Fourth Estate. History will report that when the cowards of the legislature, judiciary, and executive branch folded under Trump like a squeaky ironing board, the press stepped into the breach to expose Trump as the most corrupt president in history. I tell the students that this is still a noble profession of which Jimmy Breslin will forever be a [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

September 29

BBC assists island expansion

first_imgHulhumalé was reclaimed in order to establish a new land mass required to meet the future housing, industrial and commercial development demands of the Maldives’ Malé region; and has just begun a second phase of land reclamation, which should accommodate a population of 100,000 in the future.The equipment transported by the 12,780 dwt vessel BBC Oregon will be put to use for this project, which is expected to cost around USD59 million.  www.bbc-chartering.comlast_img

September 24

MotoGP: Marc Marquez signs with Repsol Honda until 2020!

first_imgFour-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has announced that he will be staying with the Repsol Honda team until the end of 2020. The 25-year-old Spaniard signed a two-year deal with the factory Honda squad which means that he has guaranteed his seat on the factory Honda RC213V for a total of eight seasons until the end of his contract.Coming into his sixth season now in 2018, the young and very talented Marquez moved up to MotoGP back in 2013 and impressively won four out five titles in his first five seasons racing at the premier class. He only lost once back in 2015 to Jorge Lorenzo which was the last year Lorenzo rode for the Movistar Yamaha squad before making his move to Ducati.According to Marc Marquez himself, “I’m excited to continue to race for Honda’s factory team in the MotoGP class. I’m proud to race as a member of the Honda family, and I appreciate how Honda and the team always do their best to provide me with everything I need. I would also like to thank everyone who has given me such warm support over the years.”“The first two official tests went well and, with my contract renewed, I can focus on racing in the new season. I will continue to enjoy racing, share my joy with everybody and do my best to reach our shared goals. Thank you!” added Marquez.The MotoGP convoy is already making their way to Qatar as we speak for the final pre-season testing where the teams and riders will finalise their 2018 machines ahead of the season opener. Stay tuned to Bikes Republic for more updates.Source: MotoGPMotoGP: Repsol Honda launches 2018 Honda RC213V in Indonesia!–Ads– Marc Marquez has signed a new deal with Repsol Honda which will see him race with the squad until the end of 2020.The four-time MotoGP world champion first came with Repsol Honda in 2013 and has only lost one championship in 2015.This contract renewal shuts down all other gossips about Marquez moving to other teams in 2019.last_img read more

August 30

Sanford’s 1st NHL Tally is the Game Winner for the Caps

first_imgZach Sanford probably could not have picked a better time to score his first NHL goal.With the game tied at four with just under three minutes remaining, #82 took a great feed from Brett Connolly and blasted it off of John Gibson (33 saves) and into the cage to give the Washington Capitals a 5-4 lead with 2:39 remaining. From there the Caps held off a furious final push from the Anaheim Ducks and Marcus Johansson closed out the deal with 13 seconds left by scoring into an empty net.Sanford’s goal was huge in so many ways.First, it was the first game that the Capitals were playing without Andre Burakovsky, who broke his hand in the first period against Detroit on Thursday. Zach was put in #65’s slot on a red hot third line with Connolly and Lars Eller and his marker kept that lines point scoring streak alive. Connolly now has points in six straight contests.Second, Washington had a 3-0 lead after a super first period and then a 4-1 advantage following a sensational shorthanded tally by Daniel Winnik (1 goal, 1 assist) before the Ducks came storming back to tie this game up on a Ryan Getzlaf breakaway with 8:12 remaining.Finally, the goal extended the Caps winning streak to six games overall and their 12th straight at home to send the team off on their bye week on a high note.Saturday’s tilt against the “Dirty Ducks” was quite the affair. After a Kevin Bieksa high hit on Alex Ovechkin bothered the captain, Corey Perry blatantly tripped former teammate Winnik on an Anaheim power play. That uncalled for move by #10 lit a fire under Washington and allowed the Caps to take a 1-0 lead when Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom set up T.J. Oshie for his 23rd tally of the season just 6:45 into this contest.At the 14:35 mark Backstrom made it a two goal cushion when he buried the rebound of an Ovechkin shot in the slot that Gibson saved, but could not control. Winnik then set up Tom Wilson for his 4th goal of the season to make it a 3-0 Caps lead. Jay Beagle had an assist on that goal, as well. It was as perfect a first frame as the Caps have played all season, according to Winnik.The Caps started period two on the power play and despite not scoring, they earned another advantage situation 1:52 into the middle stanza. Washington would not convert and at the 7:18 mark Jakob Silverberg scored from the right wing circle on Braden Holtby (14 saves), top shelf. The puck appeared to nick Karl Alzner’s stick on the way to the cage and that caused the biscuit to ramp up. That made it 3-1, but Winnik notched his shorthanded marker and things were looking great for the Caps with just under 28 minutes of hockey left.The Caps, primarily the second line, then had numerous chances to build on the 4-1 lead, but Gibson came up big and Washington missed a couple of open looks. That inability to bury the Ducks would prove costly and a poor defensive zone shift by the top line enabled Hampus Lindholm to make it a two puck difference heading into the final frame.In the first part of the third period, Coach Barry Trotz’ crew was doing a decent job of not sitting back and managing the game, but then Dmitry Orlov came out from behind his own net and tried to skate through several Ducks defenders instead of making the smart play up the boards. Ryan Kesler pounced on #9’s poor decision making and snapped one by Holtby. It was a play that Orlov just cannot make there and he had done a good job over the last two months of getting those types of mistakes out of his game.The Orlov blunder set the stage for the Getzlaf breakaway and ultimately Sanford’s game winning goal.So what does Zach get for scoring the GWG? A trip back to Hershey while the rest of the Caps at the NHL level enjoy their bye week.Coach Trotz noted afterwards that a game like this crazy one with the Ducks was something his team needed, a tight contest against a very good hockey team. Sure, Washington probably should’ve blown out the Ducks once up three pucks, but Anaheim gets paid to play too.The win was a big one in many ways for the Capitals.They are the second team in NHL history to score five or more goals in 11 consecutive home games, joining the 1970-71 Boston Bruins.They have a +71 goal differential overall and a 63-25 first period scoring advantage.They are 27-2-2 this season in games in which they have one day of rest.They have a 39-11-6 overall record, good for 84 points.The above are some pretty amazing numbers that apply to this Caps team.They are truly a special crew and it’s becoming clear that this club is on a mission and is likely better than last season’s Presidents’ Trophy winning squad.Last season, Coach Trotz stated that after the snow storm in January, Washington was not the same team down the stretch and into the playoffs. Since New Year’s Eve, this season’s Capitals team has been on fire and Oshie attributed the goal scoring success to all 20 guys getting pucks deep, backchecking, and forechecking and playing with desperation.You can certainly see the results of that desperation. It has given the Caps a nine points standings lead. Columbus and Pittsburgh are tied for second, but both do have two games in hand on Washington. We’ll see how they and the New York Rangers do over the Capitals bye week.What’s more important, though, is how the Caps play after this bye week. It’s imperative that they don’t lose momentum and that they get healthy for the playoffs, which start in mid-April.Notes: the Caps top line was -2. Winnik and Beagle were +2…shot attempts were 61-44 for the Caps. Washington did not sit back with the lead, but they did make some careless mistakes that they’ll need to clean up going forward…the Ducks won the faceoff battle, 34-21. Eller was 4-3…Ovechkin only played 14:54…Matt Niskanen was +2 and led the Caps in ice time with 22:40…Washington was 2-2 on the PK and scored shorthanded. They were 1 for 3 on the power play…the Caps are off until Saturday, February 18th when the take on the Detroit Red Wings in Hockeytown at 2 pm.last_img read more

August 14

Demario Davis explains why NFL won’t let him wear his ‘Man of God’ headband

first_imgMORE: 2020 NFL mock draft full first round predictionsAccording to Davis, his headband fell under the “personal messages” article in the NFL rulebook.”I don’t think a lot of people were aware of the policy that was in place — I wasn’t even fully aware of it,” Davis told The Times-Picayune. “I just wanted to put it out and just kind of help fans who care about the game understand a more intricate part of the game.” Saints linebacker Demario Davis wore a headband during the first three weeks of the regular season that read “Man of God” across the top. Photos also show him wearing the headband during preseason games as well. But heading into Week 4, Davis said the league fined him for the apparel.In his post, Davis asked, “Should I continue to wear it, or nah?” He received several messages telling him to continue wearing it, but he opted out of wearing it in Week 4. He was fined $7,017 after Week 3 and the minimum fine for a second offense is $14,037. Here’s what the NFL rulebook says about personal messages:Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items affixed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, and non-controversial; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a specific team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.Since Davis is no longer allowed the wear the headband, he’s decided to sell it and donate the proceeds to charity or a Christian organization.”I can’t wear it and represent God and glorify him,” Davis told The Times-Picayune. “It’s something that’s important to me so I’m just trying to figure out a way to still turn it into a way he can get glory from it. I’m hoping to put it out where fans can wear it, and I can wear it through them.”last_img read more