49ers will ride throwback playoff dominance right through Packers in NFC championship game

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8f/c1/jimmy-garoppolo-011120-getty-ftrjpg_1ub4usiw663x91wm6d0pbhne0r.jpg?t=-1759206217&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9c/b5/richard-sherman-011120-getty-ftrjpg_1t0ji3n0h1zgf1uyt29xehh3vj.jpg?t=-1750544217&w=500&quality=80 Forget Shanahan’s team challenging Jim Harbaugh’s success. The 49ers’ blowout victory, which wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates, channeled the five-ring heyday of Bill Walsh and George Seifert.MORE: Takeaways from 49ers’ win over VikingsThere was the familiar precision and efficiency on offense. There was the fully loaded shutdown mentality on defense. Although Jimmy Garoppolo’s playoff debut (11-of-19, 131 yards, TD, INT, 6.9 yards per attempt, 74.9 rating) won’t go down with the best of Joe Montana or Steve Young, or even Jeff Garcia, Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick, the fact that the 49ers won so easily despite that was incredible.The 49ers had only two relevant blemishes in an almost perfect game — Garoppolo throwing the ball to linebacker Eric Kendricks on a telegraphed play-action pass, and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon being outrun by wide receiver Stefon Diggs for a 41-yard TD on a deep ball from Kirk Cousins. Otherwise, the Niners outrushed Dalvin Cook and the Vikings, 186-21. They had three times as many first downs (21 to 7) and sacks (6 to 2) and nearly doubled up Minnesota in time of possession (38:27 to 21:33). The 49ers were 5-of-12 in converting third downs and 3-of-5 in converting touchdowns in the red zone.The first possessions of the game set the tone. The 49ers’ defense forced an easy three-and-out. The 49ers’ offense opened with an eight-play, 81-yard TD drive that involved two running backs (Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman) and four receivers (Deebo Samuel, Emmanuel Sanders, George Kittle and Kendrick Bourne).There was a methodical approach to get everyone involved and prove just how many great players the 49ers have, with some old-school swag. They had the “Joe Cool” free-and-loose feelings with Montana in the building. That was fueled most by the energy of Kittle, their All-Pro tight end who sported shoes inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in pregame warmups. Just like Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders once did from the secondary, Richard Sherman brought the physical, wire-to-wire intensity to the defense. The Packers got destroyed 37-8 in November in San Francisco. They couldn’t stop the 49ers’ principal backs and receivers, with Kittle (6 catches, 129 yards and a TD on 6 targets) being the most unstoppable. They also couldn’t protect Aaron Rodgers or find anything downfield in the passing game.This is more about the 49ers than who they are playing. There was plenty of evidence against the Vikings they are an undaunted, well-oiled machine, one that takes them back in time to resemble their best-ever playoff teams.The 49ers and the Super Bowl used to be synonymous. Shanahan’s version is just getting started writing a similar chapter. In their three seasons under Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, the 49ers have aggressively stacked their roster with starting-caliber draft picks, key free agents (such as Sherman) and one big trade target (Garoppolo) in adding to previous first-round assets. The 49ers’ Super Bowl dynasty took advantage of both before and after (see Sanders) modern free agency.With Shanahan and Lynch having great Super Bowl experience from their pedigrees and past influences, they have created a throwback juggernaut in San Francisco. The only question with the 49ers down the stretch in 2019 was how healthy they would be, a question that has derailed past promising versions.That has been answered in resounding fashion.MORE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS:Picks against spread | Straight-up predictionsGetting defensive end Dee Ford, linebacker Kwon Alexander and safety Jaquiski Tartt all back after the first-round bye was monumental for the 49ers against the Vikings. Ford helped free up Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner for sacks, too. Alexander raised the play of Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw on the second level. After Witherspoon’s lapse, Tartt boosted Sherman, Jimmie Ward and Emmanuel Mosley in the secondary.Even with a rash of injuries offensively, the 49ers aren’t lacking in diverse weapons, down to the ever-underrated fullback play of Kyle Juszczyk. The personnel and formations give Shanahan endless possibilities. Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is now having the same kind of fun with his depth restored, inside and out.The 49ers didn’t have a sudden turnaround to get to this point. It was a slow build, completed by the drafting of Bosa and Samuel, the signing of Coleman, Ford and Alexander and the trade for Sanders.The fading and limited Vikings had little chance to compete with that. Don’t expect the Packers to figure the 49ers out in the latter’s current state, either. So much for the playoff inexperience of the 2019 San Francisco 49ers. Their first postseason experience with coach Kyle Shanahan in Levi’s Stadium could have been confused with the great performances of their storied playoff past.The 49ers dominated the Vikings 27-10 in Saturday’s divisional playoff game, advancing to host next week’s NFC championship game (6:40 p.m. ET, Fox) against the Packers, who beat the NFC West runner-up Seahawks on Sunday. Regardless of that result, San Francisco is headed to its first Super Bowl in seven years. Green Bay was spared the full wrath of the 49ers in the regular season, as their matchup featured San Francisco being short of key difference-makers on either side of the ball. last_img read more

Sustainable Thurston to receive 2015 Local Government Excellence Award

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston Regional Planning CouncilFour years ago, the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) kicked off its landmark Sustainable Thurston project with a simple question: How do you want your community to look, feel and function in 2035?Residents from around the region spoke up and helped craft Creating Places—Preserving Spaces: A Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region, which integrates sustainability principles into decision-making to achieve a healthy environment, robust economy, and thriving society. Now, as local planners and policymakers begin to implement the ambitious sustainability plan, folks from beyond the region are taking notice.On March 17, Futurewise — formerly 1000 Friends of Washington — will honor Sustainable Thurston, TRPC and its partners with the 2015 Local Government Excellence award. The Seattle-based nonprofit’s award recognizes policy or planning initiatives and programs that support the principles of smart growth.“This award is another confirmation of the great and innovative work the region’s policymakers undertook,” said TRPC Executive Director Lon Wyrick. “The thousands of hours of staff work and citizen involvement paid off in the development of a detailed vision of how we all want our region to grow.”The Sustainable Thurston project has garnered recognition from several other organizations, including the: Planning Association of Washington/American Planning Association—Washington Chapter (2014 Planning Award, Sustainability Category; State of Washington (2014 Governor’s Smart Vision Award); Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (2013 Honorable Mention, Outstanding Achievement).TRPC — Thurston County’s metropolitan planning organization — developed the comprehensive, long-range plan over three years and adopted it in December 2013. TRPC convened an unprecedented partnership of local policymakers, business and nonprofit leaders, and ordinary residents who engaged in a frank conversation and deep analysis of a wide range of topics, including: transportation, housing, land use, economic development, food systems, water, energy, solid waste, air quality, social equity, and climate change. TRPC planners developed data-based scenarios that showed what our fast-growing region would lose during the next quarter-century under business-as-usual patterns — chiefly, sending 13 percent of residential growth to rural areas, resulting in longer commutes, greater carbon emissions and fewer forests, farms and prairies. To curb sprawl, reinvigorate our communities, and protect our natural capital, project participants articulated a bold sustainability vision for 2035, prioritized actions, and assigned roles and responsibilities.  For more information about the plan, visit www.trpc.org.last_img read more

Apprentice Harvey steals show with triple at Caymanas Park

first_imgApprentice rider Bebeto Harvey highlighted the United Racehorse Trainers’ Association (URTA) meet at Caymanas Park yesterday with three winners, including the 43-1 outsider PRINCESS SALLEMA for trainer Rowan Mathie in the eighth race, confined to apprentices over the straight five course. Harvey, a past student of Waterford High who started riding on September 26 after graduation from the Jockeys’ School, became only the second apprentice from the latest batch of 17 to ride a triple. Linton Steadman holds the distinction of doing so twice, the more recent on the November 14 Superstakes Day programme. Harvey booted home SIK THE BISMARK at 9-5 for trainer Victor Williams in the fourth race over 1300 metres, followed by GANJA MAN at 12-1 for dreadlocked trainer Terrence McWhinney in the sixth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds and PRINCESS SALLEMA, who held on by three-quarter length from the fast-finishing 2-1 favourite TERRA MARIQUE. Harvey, who is apprenticed to big-race trainer Richard Azan, could not contain his glee. “Having ridden two winners on a programme prior to today, I was looking forward to my first triple and had a feeling it would come today,” he said. “However, after winning aboard the first two, I was looking to the highly fancied Our Creation to close it out in the seventh race, not knowing it would come aboard the outsider Princess Sallema. “For me, it’s a marvellous feeling and I will continue to work hard to maintain my fitness level and weight,” added the promising 20-year-old. MARVELLOUS FEELINGlast_img read more

Two major eligibility changes for 2016 Diamond Mile

first_img BIG MONEY UP FOR GRABS Last year, the winner, subsequent ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM, received a record $6.5 million, while lucrative purse money was paid to the first 10 past the post, an unprecedented move. In addition, a commemorative trophy valued at $500,000 donated by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission will be won outright by the owner of the winner, while the winning trainer, jockey, breeder and groom will also receive trophies. The launch, though put on this early for a race scheduled to be run in December, attracted the top executives from related entities, including Cedric Stewart, CEO of Caymanas Track Limited; Paul Hoo, chairman of Supreme Ventures Limited and Gary Peart, chairman of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission who conceived the idea for the Diamond Mile in the summer of last year. In a brief address, Peart said: “The BG&LC is pleased to report on the highly successful inaugural staging of the Diamond Mile , held just seven weeks ago, on Saturday, December 5, 2015, exceeded all expectations. The main objectives of the event were to stimulate growth of the racing sector, to increase revenue for the Government of Jamaica and to attract new target groups to racing, thereby also creating a positive cultural shift for the racing community and I am happy to report we achieved all of that and more. “The record for the highest handle ($66 million) for any one race was broken, so too the record for the most money spent on any one race, despite the fact that the inaugural Diamond Mile was held against competing high-profile events. “The turnout was excellent and all guests enjoyed themselves thoroughly,” said Peart, who disclosed that plans are in the pipeline of creating a five-year plan for the Diamond Mile including a week-long festival of racing. – O.C. Two major changes have been made for the second running of the $13.9 million Diamond Mile to be run on Saturday, December 10 this year. This was announced at the recent launch by CTL’s racing secretary Denzil Miller Jr, following consultations with racing stakeholders and the organisers of the event, the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission and corporate sponsors, including Supreme Ventures Limited. The organisers were responding to concerns among owners and trainers that last year’s inaugural running on December 5 saw the omission of a number of good horses who, despite their form, did not have the requisite lifetime earnings to force their way in the field (first 16). These horses include the Caymanas Invitational Mile winner PHINEAS, Caribbean Sprint Champion POKER STAR, as well as CAMPESINO and the vastly improved filly LONG RUNNING TRAIN. This has prompted two major conditional changes going forward. First of these is that the winners of the Jamaica Derby, the Superstakes, Caribbean Sprint Championship and Invitational Mile will get automatic entry into the race. The second change is that instead of lifetime earnings, the other horses will earn their place based on their year-to-date earnings from January 1, 2016 to December 3. Earnings gained from claiming races will not be considered. This year the race will offer a record $13.9 million (US$115,000) which represents an increase over last year’s purse due mainly to the movement of the Jamaican dollar against the US dollar.last_img read more

Govt pushes ahead with barring single moms from night shift

first_img…as Minister Scott directs guard services to implement measuresDespite the concerns raised by stakeholders regarding Junior Social Protection Minister Keith Scott’s plan to bar single mothers from working the night shift for security firms, he is forging ahead.In a missive on Monday, it was communicated that Minister Scott has “no intention”Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scottof abandoning what the Ministry described as a “noble idea”. The Ministry made it clear that it planned to minimise and eventually eliminate night work for single mothers within the private security industry and as such, directives were issued to other Ministries.“In pursuit of this noble idea, the Hon Minister is with immediate effect requesting his colleagues and other senior Government functionaries to take all feasible steps to give efficacy to the initiative,” the missive said.“Accordingly, they are asked to ensure that with immediate effect the contracts for the provision of private security services provide for the exclusion of single mothers from night work,” it continued.But while the missive noted the Government’s plan to eventually eliminate night work for single mothers, it went on to state that whatever policies were developed and implemented, they “should not run counter to the individual desire of a single mother who may elect to work at nights”.The Ministry’s statement said that Minister Scott “wishes to assure all interested stakeholders that this proposition is merely intended to promote the interest and safety of the family unit”.The desire to bar single mothers from night work was first expressed by Scott during a seminar hosted by the Minister on August 24, 2017. Minister Scott had noted that his Ministry was concerned over the work arrangement for female security personnel in the field and the effect it has on single mothers.“Many days when I report for duty, I am pained and grieved to be greeted at 7:30 am by a female security officer who had worked the night before,” he had expressed. “I’m unsure whether or not the private security industry has carefully examined the impact which night work has had and continues to have on women…”According to the Department of Public Information, the Minister had called for the development and implementation of policies to completely prevent women from working the night shift.But in the days after this pronouncement, a number of persons, particularly on social media, had expressed concern over the Minister’s statement, and it had been labelled an infringement on gender equality. According to the Government in the statement, it is mindful of the criticisms it initially attracted during the workshop last month. However, it said Government was “confident” that feminist organisations would agree with eliminating night work.“Being mindful of the concerns raised by certain sections of the wider society, the Ministry remains confident that the feminist organisations would find favour with the elimination of Night Work by single mothers that would go a far way in repairing the moral fabric of our society which is seriously negatively affected,” the Minister’s statement said. It was only in March of 2017 that Social Protection Minister Amna Ally had urged developed Caricom countries to adhere to their commitments to make gender equality and women empowerment a priority.last_img read more

Half-dozen local leaders receive `05 Arabian Awards

first_imgVAN NUYS – A half-dozen civic and public officials were honored Friday for community service as recipients of Justice Armand Arabian Leaders in Public Service Awards, given by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. More than 400 people attended the luncheon honoring Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich of Glendale; retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Ron Bergmann of Winnetka; philanthropists Jane and Bert Boeckmann, owners of Galpin Motors in North Hills; City Controller Laura Chick of Silver Lake; and U.S. District Court Judge Dickran Tevrizian of Pasadena. “These are a tremendous collection of outstanding individuals who have dedicated their lives to working for the public good,” said Arabian, a retired California Supreme Court justice for whom the awards are named. “They could have done many other things, but they decided to serve the public, and that’s what makes us proud of them.” In introducing Bergmann, who served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 32 years, including more than four years as commanding officer for the Valley, Arabian said, “When you see the door of a police car that says `To protect and serve,’ this is the poster boy for that message.” Bergmann thanked the group for the honor and added, “More than anything, the Valley is full of great people.” Antonovich, whose Fifth District includes the San Fernando Valley, said the field of public service “needs to have people who have the ability to say `no’ when `no’ is called for,” and with the strength to pursue ideas and goals without being discouraged by naysayers. And Chick talked about the potential for the city’s residents, noting, “We’re in an extraordinary time of opportunity.” Ruth Sepanian, 18, a graduate of North Hollywood High School, also was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the event. She currently attends California State University, Northridge, where she is majoring in biology and aspires to become a doctor. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The award honors public- and private-sector leaders who have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism and used creativity in enhancing the areas they serve. Tevrizian said it meant a lot to him to be honored by the Encino Chamber of Commerce. “This is the pulse of the Valley,” he said. “They are the buffer between government and the people trying to bring high-quality jobs to the city.” The Boeckmanns were honored for their philanthropic support of the community. Jane Boeckmann said she started Valley Magazine, for which she is editor-in-chief and publisher, in order to shine a positive spotlight on the San Fernando Valley – “to raise the image of the Valley – that there are people who not only have value, but are of value.” last_img

Second-Half Rally Allows Drake Men’s Basketball To Cruise Past UIC, 83-62

first_img Preview Story Links at Bowling Green 12/5/2015 – 3 p.m. Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – A pair of 23-point scorers and a big run to open the second half allowed the Drake University men’s basketball team to cruise past visiting UIC, 83-62, Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center. Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) each had 23 points for Drake (4-3) on combined 9-of-15 three-point shooting . The Bulldogs shot 52.5 percent from the field in the win and 52.6 from three-point range while holding UIC (1-3) to 39.7 percent shooting. UIC was led by Dikembe Dixson’s 13 points and six rebounds.”Today I’m most happy and proud of the way this ended a segment of our season,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “We’ve played five games in a seven-day period with a lot of travel. To be able come out like this when we were fatigued, they were able to push through those things for us to find a way to get a win.”Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) helped engineer Drake’s offense with eight of the Bulldogs’ 18 assists.”I see 18 assists and if you’re sharing the basketball, you’re getting good looks,” Giacoletti said. “We have good shooters and they were able to step up and knock down shots.”C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) added four assists and a career-high 13 rebounds from his guard position.”He’s a multidimensional play that does whatever it takes to win,” Giacoletti said of Rivers.Drake built up a six-point, 36-30, lead at halftime thanks to 10 points from Timmer. The Bulldogs quickly expanded that lead in the second half by opening the period on a 15-3 run to take a 51-33 lead six minutes into the half. Abrahamson and Timmer combined to score 11 of those points. The Bulldogs kept that lead at 10 or more points for all but 26 seconds of the remainder of the second half. An 8-0 run that started with three minutes left gave the Bulldogs a 24-point lead heading into the final minute of the game.Following the last week’s rigorous schedule that the Bulldogs navigated with a 3-2 record, the team will have a week off from competition before traveling to Bowling Green for a Dec. 5 contest against the Falcons.”We need it badly. We haven’t had a day off in a while,” Giacoletti said. “Mentally and physically we’ll have a day and half off and be ready to come back Monday and get ready for Bowling Green.”Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Livelast_img read more

MCBREARTY – “PROMOTION OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FOR NEXT COUNCIL”

first_imgIndependent Councillor Frank McBrearty, has today (Wednesday) said that promoting positive mental health in the county must be one of the priorities for the next elected members of Donegal County Council. McBrearty told Donegal Daily, “Irrespective of the make-up of the next council, I am calling on all newly elected Councillors to pledge to do all they can to ensure that positive mental health becomes a key issue for the Council.Speaking of the work which he has done to encourage positive mental health in the County, Cllr McBrearty said that breaking the silence around mental health as well challenging the stigma and discrimination which surrounds the issue was something which he prioritised during his year as Mayor – an issue which he feels very passionate about. McBrearty added, “The office of Mayor enabled me to highlight issues pertaining to mental health and well-being.“I’ve always been very vocal and passionate about this issue as mental health is something which can, and does affect everyone at some point in their life.“When I was Mayor of Donegal I used the office to promote positive mental health, drawing attention particularly to the strong link between physical activity and the beneficial impact it can have to encourage positive mental well-being. It was while Mayor of the County that Cllr McBrearty officially launched the National Conference on Sport aiding Mental Health (SAM), a national conversation concerning mental health, which aimed toincrease awareness of issues relating to mental health and strived to educate people as to how best to support those who sufferfrom mentalillness. McBrearty continued, “There is no health without mental health, and speaking as someone who has personally experienced the negative effects of poor mental health.“I am very much aware of its impact and I understand just how vital reinforcing the message of positive mental health is to our community.“During my tenure as Mayor,I was delighted with the positive response that SAM received from the various organisations, groups and individuals involved in the campaign.McBrearty concluded, “Everyone has a role to play in promoting mental health awareness, and I feel that local authorities have a responsibility to promote this issue and make positive mental health a key theme as part of their activities.“Should I be successful in my bid to get re-elected to Donegal County Council following the elections this Friday, I vow to make the promotion of positive mental health a priority in Council discussions. MCBREARTY – “PROMOTION OF POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY FOR NEXT COUNCIL” was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:Election 2014:Frank McBreartynewsPoliticslast_img read more

Shasta Creations volleyball team takes third in Bayview Classic

first_imgSan Mateo >> The Shasta Creations volleyball team wrapped up a very successful season with a third place finish at the Bayview Classic over the weekend.The team went into tournament ranked 21.Saturday the team had a 3 team pool. They beat Endine, which was ranked 17th, from San Jose 21-25, 25-12 and 25-17 and beat Vertical Extreme, ranked 20th, from Visalia 25-21, 25-23 and 25-23.Going into Sunday, the Shasta Creations were ranked 17th. They beat the No. 9 ranked Titans from San Jose 25-13, …last_img

Singapore Airlines flying high

first_imgSingapore Airlines is a big winner in the annual AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards taking out Best Long Haul Airlines Asia/Pacific, Best Economy Class and being rated 3rd in the rating agency’s Top Ten.AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website promotes excellence and innovation in the airline industry and the pinnacle of these efforts is its Airline Excellence Awards.Best Long Haul AirlineThere is little surprise that Singapore Airlines has won Best Long Haul Airline for Asia/Pacific as the airline has been at the forefront of long-haul flying for decades.It was the launch customer for the Boeing 747-400 which started non-stop flights from Singapore to London in the early 1990s and it also operated A340-500s on the ultra-long-range non-stop routes from Singapore to New York and Los Angeles.The airline also pioneered seat back videos for economy passengers and has been relentless in its innovations for all cabin classes.Recently the airline unveiled a new business class along with premium economy.This year Singapore Airlines started taking delivery of a large fleet of revolutionary Airbus A350s and it will soon receive the Boeing 787-10.Best EconomyThe airline has always been a leader in the economy class product going back to the 1960s, when as Malaysia-Singapore Airlines, it introduced free headsets and free drinks to economy passengers.And the innovation has never stopped with the airline continually upgrading its in-flight entertainment system which has always been an industry leader.Read Geoffrey Thomas’s review of Singapore Airlines service hereWorld RankingTo be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.AirlineRatings.com developed its unique seven-star rating system after two years of evaluation and consultation with the industry’s governing body the International Civil Aviation Organization.For the yearly ranking the editors of AirlineRatings.com, some of the most experienced and awarded, combine four major international industry and government audits, with another nine key criteria that include: fleet age, passenger review ratings, profitability, investment rating and key product offerings to arrive at a ranking.According to AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief the editorial team is “looking for leadership, airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.”This year Singapore Airlines is ranked 3rd.last_img read more