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Bills Earn 1st Sweep Of Patriots Since ’99 With 38-9 Win

first_imgStefon Diggs (14) touchdown; Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020. Photo by Craig Melvin / BuffaloBills.com.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills put a cherry atop the changing of the guard in the AFC East.A week after unseating the Patriots as division champions, Buffalo became the first AFC East team in two decades to sweep New England in a season series with a 38-9 victory Monday night.Josh Allen passed for four touchdowns to help the Bills stay in the mix for the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs.The Bills (12-3) last swept the Patriots in 1999. The last division opponents to sweep the Patriots were the Jets and Dolphins in 2000. The Patriots’ 19 straight seasons without losing both games to a divisional opponent was an NFL record. New England (6-9) will finish with its first losing record since coach Bill Belichick’s first season in 2000. Allen was 27 of 36 for 320 yards. He now has 34 touchdown passes, surpassing Jim Kelly to set a franchise single-season record. With his eighth 300-yard game, he also surpassed Drew Bledsoe’s single-season team record of seven.“We’ve got one game left. And all that, it’s cool, the records, this and that,” Allen said. “But the plan is to get to 13-3 and give ourselves a chance in the playoffs. It doesn’t mean much if we can’t get it done.”Stefon Diggs had nine catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns, setting a Bills single-season record for receiving yards.“I’m new to this team so I’m basking in (the) ambience of everybody,” Diggs said. “I’ve got a young quarterback who’s balling.”The Patriots struggled to move the ball for most of the night with running back Damien Harris out for the second straight game with an ankle injury. Cam Newton had a touchdown run but was just 5 of 10 for 34 yards passing before being pulled in the third quarter for backup Jarrett Stidham.Newton’s 34 yards passing are the fewest by a Patriots starting quarterback since 1993.He said the season has been frustrating because the work he has put in hasn’t translated into wins.“I’ve sacrificed so much this year, and it hurts when you have an outing that you have tonight,” he said.Belichick said he hasn’t made any decisions about who will start the Patriots’ finale Sunday against the New York Jets.“It was the opportunity to give him a chance to play,” Belichick said of inserting Stidham. “Cam did a good job for us. I mean, that wasn’t the problem. We were just not very competitive in the beginning.”The Bills had no trouble moving the ball against a depleted Patriots defense that was missing linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley and defensive tackle Lawrence Guy due to shoulder injuries.Their absences were most glaring in the passing game. New England struggled to put pressure on Allen, allowing him time to find open receivers. The Patriots allowed a season-worst 474 yards overall.“They outplayed us across the board, outplayed us and out-coached us,” Belichick said.The Patriots closed to 10-9 on Newton’s 9-yard TD run in the second quarter, but Nick Folk missed the extra point and the Bills pulled away from there.Buffalo used its passing game to march down the field on the ensuing drive. Allen completed 5 of 7 throws for 59 yards and a 4-yard TD to Lee Smith.After a quick three-and-out by New England, the Bills went right back to work.Allen misfired on his first pass of the drive, and then connected with Diggs for 17 yards to get the ball to midfield. Diggs got free again on the next play, slipping behind J.C. Jackson on a slant and sprinting the final 32 yards for the touchdown to make it 24-9.The Allen-Diggs connection worked again on the opening drive of the second half. Allen found Diggs three times during an eight-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 18-yard TD play by the star receiver.INJURIESBills: S Jordan Poyer was helped off field late in second quarter to be evaluated for a head injury.Patriots: DE Tashawn Bower left in the first quarter with a neck injury. … LB Josh Uche exited in second quarter with a foot injury. … LB Terez Hall left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. … S Devin McCourty exited in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. … C David Andrews left in the third quarter with a calf injury. … RG Shaq Mason exited in the third quarter with a foot injury. … LB Anfernee Jennings left in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury.MILESTONEDiggs became the third player in the 51-year history of the AFC East to top 110 receptions and 1,400 yards receiving in a season. The other two are Wes Welker (New England, 2011) and Marvin Harrison (Indianapolis, 1999).MOVING ON UPWith his TD run in the second quarter, his 12th of 2020, Newton tied Steve Grogan for the franchise single-season record for rushing TDs by a quarterback. It also marked Newton’s 70th career rushing TD, extending his NFL record.UP NEXTBills: Host the Dolphins on Sunday.Patriots: Host the Jets on Sunday. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNG and renewables to drive future profits at leading Japanese power generator

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:JERA, Japan’s biggest thermal power generator and the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (LNG), aims to double its profit by the financial year through March 2026 by stepping up investment in LNG and renewable energy, its new head said.The joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power Co became a major electricity generator this month with the takeover of 26 power stations owned by its two shareholders and representing about half of Japan’s thermal power capacity.“Our top priority is to smoothly combine the two companies’ power operations and bring synergy,” Satoshi Onoda, who became president of JERA on April 1, said in an interview last week. “We also want to become the global leader in LNG and renewable energy to enhance the transition to a clean energy economy,” he told Reuters.To meet growing demand for cleaner energy from its customers, JERA plans to increase its renewable energy capacity to 5 gigawatts (GW) in seven years, up from 650 megawatts now and increased from an earlier target of 3 GW.“Large-scale off-shore wind power abroad and at home will be our main targets,” Onoda said.“We will fade out the use of old and low-efficient coal-fired power plants,” Onoda said. “But we’ll keep a certain level of coal power, in line with the Japanese government’s policy,” he said.More: JERA aims to double profit by FY25/26 with focus on LNG, renewable energy LNG and renewables to drive future profits at leading Japanese power generatorlast_img read more

The best wellness house in Europe is located in Zminj – Villa Vinčenat

first_imgAt the recently concluded selection of the European family accommodation organization EHHA (Best European Holiday Home) in Brussels, which was attended by 18 countries from all over Europe, Croatia is the absolute winner in choosing the best holiday homes in Europe, and the best wellness house was declared Villa Vinčenat from Žminj!Villa Vinčenat from the village of Vadediji in the Žminj region entered the finals of the “European Holiday Home Award” in the competition of the best tourist apartments and holiday homes in Europe. After the first phase, the expert jury selected eight finalists in each category, and among the finalists were as many as 12 houses from Croatia. Villa Vinčenat was ranked among the eight best family accommodation facilities for health and wellness holidays, and at the gala dinner in Brussels on September 14, it was named the best wellness house in Europe.Superbly designed Villa Vinčenat, measuring 260 square meters, located on the outskirts of Vadedija near Žminj. Modern and well decorated, it provides real comfort and is able to accommodate eight people. The ground floor has a spacious living room with dining area and kitchen, with one toilet and a bedroom with bathroom. On the first floor is a large gallery from which one enters three bedrooms, each equipped with a bathroom. In the basement there is a mini wellness with sauna, bathroom, tavern and fitness room with a view of the outdoor pool through a large glass wall. Next to the house there is a large swimming pool with outdoor whirlpool and a beautiful covered terrace equipped with quality garden furniture, as well as a children’s playground located in a fenced yard.Peace and quiet is a new “luxury” in tourism, and these are cleverly recognized and marketed by some destinations as well as entrepreneurs as a tourist product. Žminj is the seat of the municipality of the same name in the heart of Istria, and the equal distance from Istrian towns on the coast is its real advantage for an optimal tourist vacation. While the towns on the coast are crowded in summer, visitors who long for a complete vacation here can find peace and quiet and enjoy the natural beauty and excellent gastronomic offer. “In the area of ​​the municipality of Žminj, 170 accommodation facilities are registered. Most of them are holiday homes, followed by apartments and rooms. There are no hotel capacities, but that is why there is attractive camping accommodation. This year, the Robinson camp “Freedom” was opened, which offers guests accommodation in nature and sleeping under the stars by the campfire. ” stand out from the Žminj Tourist Board. A place of rich tradition, history and the seat of the Čakavian Parliament, Žminj is also known for its specific speech, which the Ministry of Culture has included in the list of protected intangible cultural assets of Croatia.From year to year, Žminj grows into a real tourist destination, included in the list of “must see”. From the beginning of this year to the end of August, 61.913 overnight stays were recorded in the Žminj region, which is 16,5 percent more than in the first eight months of last year. In terms of the number of tourist arrivals, of which there were 7.084 this year, they recorded a growth of as much as 20,6 percent compared to the same period last year. The structure of guests visiting Žminj is 56,70% from Germany, 7,25% from Austria, 5,23% from the Netherlands and 4,00% from Belgium. “Already recognizable events throughout the year attract many guests to the Žminj region, starting with Easter when a festival dedicated to Istrian pinca and traditional breakfast is organized. In July, one of the most interesting festivals in Istria is held – the Istrian Pasta Festival, which is a real paradise for all lovers of homemade pasta. In addition to numerous other gastronomic events, at the end of August in Žminj is held the largest folk festival in Istria – Bartulja, which brings together visitors from all over the region. Bartulja is recognizable by its rich and colorful fair, where a special place is occupied by autochthonous and traditional handmade products, with which numerous cultural, sports-recreational and entertainment programs are organized. ” they conclude from the Žminj Tourist Board.last_img read more

Consent for Bishopsbridge

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Woman of the moment

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Quintain sees second director go

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Location, location for shopping lovers and golf enthusiasts

first_imgWestside Apartments at Indooroopilly features a beautiful rooftop terrace with city views.CONSTRUCTION has commenced on the $66 million luxury apartment project at Indooroopilly.Already more than half of the 119 apartments have sold at Village Building Co’s nine-level Westside Apartments project. In a suburb where new developments are rare, Westside will have a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments with a rooftop terrace including a pool and barbecues. Remaining unsold apartments are priced from $365,500. Village Building Co acquired the site in 2015, and Queensland development manager Sam Burgess said it had a lot of locational advantages.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Westside Apartments at Indooroopilly.“The early sales success is a testament to our decision to develop in Indooroopilly,” Mr Burgess said. “It’s the right type of project in the right location, and as a result we are attracting strong interest from a wide range of buyers.“For both owner occupiers and investors, the key drawcard is always location.” The project is adjacent to the redeveloped Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, and close to the Indooroopilly golf course and public transport. Mr Burgess said the project was being built on an elevated site. “Many apartments will have views of either the city, Mount Cootha or the Brisbane River,” he said.last_img read more

UK roundup: PPF 7800 Index, Partnership, medically underwritten buy-ins

first_imgThe deficit among UK pension funds has increased by one-third after a significant fall in yields over the month of November, research from the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has shown.The lifeboat fund’s monthly 7800 Index update, which calculates the ability of UK pension funds to provide PPF-level benefits, found a shortfall among the 6,057 schemes of £221.bn (€280.5bn) at the end of November.This was a 34% increase from the £164.9bn figure a month earlier.The fund said the chief reason for the sudden increase was a 31 basis point drop in the yield of 15-year UK Gilts. It also pointed out that the increase in liabilities came despite a 2.9% rise in the value of assets after positive stock market movements.Over the month, assets rose to £1.23bn from £1.2bn, but the increase was offset by a 6.6% rise in liabilities going from £1.36bn to £1.46bn.The PPF said funding ratios, over the year to the end of November, deteriorated by more than 13 percentage points, falling from 97.5% in 2013 to 84.8%.In other news, Partnership, the medically underwritten annuity provider, has announced a record-breaking £206m buy-in with an undisclosed UK pension fund.The multi-billion pound pension fund requested to remain anonymous until all affected members had been informed.The latest transaction, in a growing market of medically underwritten transactions, was won by Partnership after an open tender among four providers.Partnership insured the pension scheme’s highest valued members in a process known as ‘top-slicing’, which sees the members with the greatest individual liabilities insured.The first medically underwritten bulk annuity was insured by Partnership only in March 2013, but the combined market now accounts for more than £600m of liabilities.Hymans Robertson, a consultancy, said it expected the market to reach £1bn by the first half of 2015, given the pipeline of deals.Partner James Mullins said the most popular transaction type remained the ‘top-slice’.“This allows the pension scheme to remove a significant concentration of risk at a highly competitive price,” he said.The record-breaking medically underwritten deal in 2014 adds to fellow record deals for buyouts and traditional buy-ins also seen this year.Last month, the TRW scheme broke the buyout record in a £2.5bn deal with L&G, which followed on from the insurer’s £3bn record buy-in with the ICI Pension Fund.Fore more on bulk annuities from IPE, click herelast_img read more

Digital addiction a growing trend in New Zealand – survey

first_imgNZ Herald 19 February 2015A new consumer behaviour survey backs other research that there is a growth of “digital dependency” in New Zealand, according to a leading academic.Online interaction is overtaking real-life socialisation and lack of access to the internet is causing anxiety for some Kiwis, according to the results of a Canstar Blue consumer satisfaction survey released this week.Of the 1127 people who participated in Canstar Blue’s survey, 41 per cent said they felt stressed without internet access and 26 per cent said they socialised more online than in person.Thirty-six per cent also admitted to checking or updating their social accounts multiple times each day, 40 per cent said they “wasted a lot of time” surfing the internet out of boredom and 18 per cent said they downloaded music and videos they did not pay for.When results were broken down further, Generation Y respondents – those born between about 1980 and 2004 – were more adversely affected by the internet trends.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11404205last_img read more

Valencia eye April 13 training return from Covid 19 lockdown

first_imgRead Also: La Liga clubs to lose up to €957m if season is cancelledThe state of alarm was extended by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez last week, but there remains the potential for a further lock down, as the country continues to fight against the virus.La Liga is suspended indefinitely, with UEFA yet to announce details of the expected return of domestic football across Europe.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, reports from Diario AS claim the club have now received a clean bill of health, with a complete set of negative results. The positive news has encouraged the club to restart first team training at the Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna ahead of schedule. Training sessions will be staggered in small groups, with the club maintaining strict adherence to official health guidelines. Valencia are reportedly targeting a return to training on April 13, with the current Spanish state of alarm ending 24 hours earlier. Los Che had previously confirmed five positive Covid 19 tests at the club, including first team stars Ezequiel Garay, Jose Gaya and Eliaquim Mangala.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One MovieWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayZodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look Incredible20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory” Loading… last_img read more