Will Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb be ready for opener? “No doubt”

Memo to Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Derrick Henry and left tackle Taylor Lewan: Broncos outside linebacker Bradley Chubb expects to play in the teams’ Sept. 14 season opener.

“Yeah, no doubt, I feel like I’ll be ready to go,” Chubb said during a video conference Friday.

When the Broncos host Tennessee, it will be 16 days short of one year since Chubb tore his left ACL in a loss to Jacksonville.

The Broncos’ best player at the time of his injury, Chubb’s departure doomed the pass rush and allowed teams to pay additional attention to Von Miller, who had only eight sacks.

Chubb says he will be ready to face the Titans, but his activity will be managed during camp.

“We’re going to play it smart and just try and work back into it because, right now, I haven’t been doing anything physical like going against an offensive lineman,” said Chubb, who will wear a knee brace. “I feel like with my health, that’s going to be the next step for me, getting that whole confidence thing back and I feel like as we get into the flow of things, I’ll be good.”

Great was Chubb’s rookie year, when he had 12 sacks. Great was going to be last year, too. But then came the injury.

There is little doubt Chubb can regain his 2018 form once he gets his figurative football cleats under him.

“I feel like this is a very what-have-you-done-for-me-(lately) league,” he said. “My rookie year — that’s two years ago now. I have to come back with the same hunger I had, the same ‘dog’ mentality and just go out and prove everybody right or wrong. If they’re writing I won’t be the same, proving them wrong. Or if they expect great things from me, proving them right.

“My main thing is to play football like Bradley Chubb knows how to play football and everything will take care of itself.”

Chubb was able to take care of his rehabilitation at the Broncos’ facility. The only exception to the league shutdown was allowing players recovering from 2019 injures to continue supervised sessions.

Beginning in mid-March, the facility was empty save for security personnel, Chubb, tight end Austin Fort, head trainer Vince Garcia and assistant trainer Paul Burant. No coaches. No players. No front-office executives. Nobody else.

“We were competing against each other every day and that tight-knit group helped,” Chubb said.

Fort tore his ACL in a Broncos preseason game at Seattle last August.

“It was extremely weird because there was just a small handful of us there,” Fort said in a recent interview. “We had no other choice but to come in and work every day and enjoy the small company we had. Especially with Chubb going through the same rehab as me, we supported each other.”

Chubb tore his left ACL in high school (seven years to the day before he was injured against the Jaguars) so he had a road map to use as a reference — the ups, the downs, the willingness to accept support from others for support, etc. — during this rehabilitation.

“I would say it was probably the same, honestly,” he said. “I was locked in and had my family close and people in my circle really close to me and leaning on them whenever I needed to.”

Ironically, Chubb said the shutdown was a semi-blessing because he didn’t have to stand on the sidelines and watch the organized team activity workouts.

“With everything getting shut down, it actually allowed me to stay focused because I didn’t feel like I was missing anything and feeling like, ‘Oh, man, I could be doing this (football activities), but I’m rehabbing, blah, blah, blah.’ I got into a routine and it made me hungrier and ready to go.”

Lock’s race to opener. Quarterback Drew Lock also had a video conference (his first since May 5) and acknowledged the challenge of getting to the opener and clicking at some kind of level.

“Yes, we didn’t get enough time with each other and we’ll have a shortened period of time when we’ll have to pick up a lot of things extremely quickly and it may not be the prettiest at first,” he said. “But our job is to make the mistake, learn from it and try not to make that mistake more than once because you don’t have time to make the same mistakes.”

Lock saluted the Broncos’ logistical staff for preparing the facility with safety measures and protocols.

“Everybody is on their ‘A’ game, without a doubt,” he said. “It’s gotten to the point, even though there are so many people in this building, you feel safer knowing you’re in here. … Our No. 1 goal is keep everybody safe and healthy and I think the Broncos’ organization is doing a great job at that.”

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Eid-ul-Azha 2020: PM Modi sends Bakrid greetings to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, assures support in COVID fight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wrote to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, greeting the people of her country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha and assuring support for the country’s health sector amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

Highlighting that the “festival of Eid-ul-Azha which is also celebrated in several parts of India” shows “deep historical and cultural links” between both the countries, Modi said, “We hope that this festival will further enhance the spirit of peace and tolerance in our respective societies and promote fraternal ties between our two countries.”

Lauding the steps taken by Hasina govt to deal with the COVID crisis, the Prime Minister said he is “confident that Bangladesh will tide over these challenging times.”

Adding that India remains “available to support your efforts in any way, including through capacity-building in the health sector.”

India in its second tranche of COVID-19 emergency medical supplies to Bangladesh sent 1,00,000 Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) medicine tablets and 50,000 sterile surgical latex gloves. The first tranche consisted of 30,000 surgical masks and 15,000 head-cover. 

Both leaders had spoken to each other on April 29 to discuss the regional situation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Nuggets veteran Paul Millsap: National anthem moment “signified what our purpose is down here”

For NBA players stuck in the Orlando bubble, Thursday’s slate of opening games may as well have been the first day of school.

“I got excited, man,” Nuggets veteran Paul Millsap said after practice Friday. “I got excited watching the games.”

From the comfort of his Gran Destino hotel room, Millsap saw Utah stave off New Orleans and then watched as the Lakers staked their superiority over the Clippers. Not that anyone’s counting yet, but both results could end up helping the Nuggets, whose re-start tips off at 11 a.m. Saturday against Miami. They’ll begin their trek just one game back of the No. 2 seed Clippers.

As the focus slowly turns to basketball, Millsap and the NBA at large were quickly reminded of their larger purpose in Orlando. All four teams playing Thursday knelt during the national anthem, with their arms locked, alongside a court emblazoned with the statement “Black Lives Matter.”

It was a profound moment for the NBA and a fitting way to jumpstart the season amid so much social unrest.

“I thought it was a great moment, not only for ourselves but for the country,” Millsap said. “I think that signified what our purpose is down here. It’s not only just to go and try to win a championship but raise awareness and actually do something about what’s going on in our society.”

Millsap didn’t say directly whether the Nuggets would do something similar, but another player told The Post this week that “we’re definitely doing something as a whole, as an NBA.” Presumably, Thursday’s moments weren’t singular to the opening games.

The 35-year-old was almost giddy talking about Denver’s chances and the potential he sees for the Nuggets. He lauded Nikola Jokic’s physical preparation and mentioned the tone that Jamal Murray had set from the outset. At 43-22, the Nuggets are comfortably in the playoffs. Their injury situation could grant them an excuse to ease into the eight seeding games, but Millsap said that’s not an option.

“We have to take every game serious,” he said. “And when I say serious, I mean doing the right things, practicing good habits. … We’re going to take these game serious.”

The Nuggets were so shorthanded for the majority of the three scrimmages that it was almost unfair to make concrete deductions. With that said, turnovers, 3-point defense, transition defense and communication will all be emphasized as they get their roster whole again. The early seeding games (Miami, Oklahoma City, San Antonio) should act as their original scrimmages, serving as a workshop to fine-tune their operation.

And yet for all the team’s moving parts — their injuries, their unknown rotations, their potentially problematic depth — Millsap said his criteria for a future champion isn’t complicated.

“It’s pretty simple to me,” he said. “The teams that take these things serious. The team that wants to be here, I think that’s a big thing. Wanting to be here, wanting to win. Not caring about the situation or the circumstances but planning to be here for the long haul. I think that’s the championship team that’s going to come out. Whatever team can lock in and keep their focus throughout that time and who’s prepared to stay for the longest, is going to be the champion.”

In essence, it doesn’t matter if it’s a bubble or a beach.

“For us, as hoopers and as basketball players, doesn’t matter the scenario, the scene,” Millsap said. “True hoopers and true basketball players are going to get out and perform.”

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Eid-ul-Adha 2020: SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook messages to wish your loved ones on Bakrid

Eid-ul-Adha or Eid-al-Adha is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Muslims all over the world. While people in some countries celebrated Eid on Friday, most parts of India will mark the day on Saturday.  

Also called Bakrid in India, Eid-ul-Adha falls on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah, marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. 

The festival is celebrated to honour the sacrifice made by Ibrahim. According to Islamic scripture, God appeared in the dream of Prophet Ibrahim and ordered him to sacrifice his son Ismail. He obeyed the order but before he could slaughter his own son, God spared him and Angel Jibrael (Gabriel) placed a goat under his knife. 

The festival of Bakrid comes nearly 70 days after the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. 

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has marred the Eid celebrations with most places restricting the congregational prayers because of social distancing guidelines, 

However, this must not stop us from wishing our near and dears.

Here are some Eid greetings you can send your friends and family via Facebook, WhatsApp, SMS:

* Wish you a very happy and peaceful Eid al-Adha. 

* Sending you my wishes on the joyous occasion of Eid al-Adha. Eid Mubarak!

* May Allah bless you and your family. Eid Mubarak!

* Eid Mubarak! Have a safe Eid!

* May you be blessed today and every day. Wish you a very Happy Eid!

* Have a blessed Eid-ul-Adha. 

* Happy Eid al-Adha.

* May Allah flood your life with happiness, your heart with love, your soul with spirituality and your mind with wisdom. Wishing you a very Happy Eid-ul-Adha!

* Let’s celebrate this Eid by sacrificing our egos! This Eid, may Allah bless you with good health and happiness. Eid-al-Adha Mubarak!

* May Allah shower His divine blessing and fulfil all your dreams on Eid-al-Adha. Eid Mubarak!

* May Allah shower countless blessings upon you and your family. Eid Mubarak to you and yours!

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Denver Film names civic, business powerhouse James Mejia as new CEO and president

James Mejia will take over as CEO and president of Denver Film on Aug. 10. (Provided by Schechter PR)

Denver Film on Tuesday named Mile High City civic and business veteran James Mejia as its new CEO and president after a 15-month stretch without a permanent leader.

Mejia, a Denver native who was selected after a nationwide search, will begin his new role at the state’s largest nonprofit film organization on Aug. 10.

“I’ve watched and admired Denver Film’s impact on this community for decades and I’m excited to bring my skills and experiences to a team of talented professionals as we help grow and expand this organization in the decades to come,” Mejia said in a press statement.

Mejia has served as manager for the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation; deputy director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade; executive director for the Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations; and president/COO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Denver Film officials said.

In addition, he worked as the founding president and CEO of the Denver Preschool Program, as well as project manager for the $425 million bond project to build the Denver Justice Center. Meija also ran for mayor of Denver in 2011, where he finished third out of 10 candidates.

“James impressed our search committee, our board and our staff the way he has impressed our business, political and cultural communities throughout his career,” said Kevin Teng, chair of the Denver Film board of directors, in a statement. “Our board was unanimous in approving his appointment and we’re excited to welcome him to our Denver Film family in the weeks ahead.”

RELATED: Denver Film Festival is still on for 2020. Here’s what it could look like.

Mejia does not, however, seem to have much (if any) experience in film, instead spending the last 25 years of his career on complex civic and commercial projects. His announcement as CEO ends more than a year of uncertainty at Denver Film, which programs and produces the Denver Film Festival and Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as running the arthouse Sie FilmCenter on East Colfax Avenue.

Last year, Denver Film artistic director Brit Withey died in a single-car accident in southern Colorado, followed weeks later by the resignation of then-CEO Andrew Rodgers. Staffers such as Britta Erickson, who directs the Denver Film Festival, stepped in as interim CEO for a time.

“From his work behind the scenes to playing a leading role, James is a highly respected and proven collaborator and leader in our community,” Erickson said in a press statement.

As CEO, Mejia will direct Denver Film’s overall operations, program delivery, outreach efforts and fundraising, as well as planning for the future — such as recruiting younger, more diverse members, given that Denver Film’s membership base skews heavily older and white.

“When the diverse cultural patrons of our community look at their annual memberships and charitable commitments, I want Denver Film at the top of their list, right up there with the Denver Zoo, Art Museum, the Botanic Gardens and the Museum of Nature and Science,” Mejia said.

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Portion of under-construction building collapses in Noida; 4 rescued, operation underway

A portion of an under-construction building collapsed in Noida’s Sector 11 on Friday evening, trapping several persons under the debris. 

Four persons have been rescued from the site. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on the site and the rescue operation is underway. 

According to reports, the multi-storey building under-construction. The incident took place around 7.30 pm. 

Police personnel, teams of the Fire Department and NDRF are present at spot for the rescue operation.

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Scroll, swipe, and click through LIV Sotheby’s International Realty’s e-edition of LIV Magazine Resort

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, Colorado’s leading real estate brokerage with a focus on luxury and lifestyle, is proud to announce that is has launched the latest edition of its signature publication LIV Magazine Resort, on a new, digital platform.

The LIV Magazine Resort Summer 2020 issue will be a completely digital edition of the quarterly publication. The magazine, which is read by more than 85,000 consumers, has long served as a resource for the latest real estate market information, local happenings, and catalog of incredible homes for sale in Colorado’s resort communities, including Summit County and the Vail Valley.

Now, in its entirely online medium, consumers will be able to engage with the content like never before. Readers will be able to easily scroll through the pages of the magazine on any device and interact with clickable links that lead them to additional information about the various articles and homes within the magazine.

The e-edition of LIV Magazine Resort will reach consumers in more than just Colorado communities. This publication will be marketed to consumers in some of the resort region’s most crucial out-of-state markets, such as New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and major metropolitan areas of Texas, via targeted, geo-fencing campaigns. These campaigns expose LIV Sotheby’s International Realty’s listings to a much larger audience and enhance readership.

“LIV Sotheby’s International Realty is constantly finding exciting new ways to promote our sellers’ properties and bring consumers the latest market updates and trends,” explained Shannel Ryan, President, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, Denver Metro. “The transition to a digital magazine, with a proprietary curated promotion plan, allows us to capture an audience that we know is very attracted to Colorado living.”

Within this issue, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty explores the latest technology trends within the real estate space, sits down with Cathy Ritter to discuss travel and tourism in Colorado during this time of social-distancing, highlights the features that buyers are prioritizing in their house hunts, and showcases hundreds of amazing, available listings throughout Colorado’s resort regions.

To browse through hundreds of mountain homes, learn about the latest trends in real estate, and more, check out the Summer 2020 edition of LIV Magazine Resort by visiting livmagazine.com. For more information or to service all of your real estate needs, visit livsothebysrealty.com or call 303.893.3200.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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Marcus Patterson: a celebrated sportsman and patron

Marcus Patterson: a celebrated sportsman and patron – lifestyle

Published: Jul 31, 2020, 21:05 IST | Partnered Content | Mumbai

Marcus Patterson is a sportsman turned philanthropist, who has blended sports with social welfare and making the most out of his life by promising good health of the people

Marcus Patterson

Marcus Patterson

Sportsmanship, polite and generous behaviour, especially while playing a sport or a game. It not only means taking part in sports and playing games with set rules but also leading a life with the same behaviour displayed on the playing field. Someone showing strong sporting spirit in his life which is they cultivate during their training process and the experiences that life makes them go through.

Marcus Patterson is one such sportsman turned philanthropist, who has blended sports with social welfare and making the most out of his life by promising good health of the people. Running private initiatives, for the public good, focusing on the quality of life. Starting business initiatives, which are private initiatives for the betterment of the society, which are public initiatives for the public good, focusing on the provision of public services.

Patterson consists of all the qualities a true sportsman should consists like passion, sincerity, honesty, fairness, kindness enthusiasm and many more. Never taking advantage of the weakness of the opponent, Marcus has delivered equally well on field that he has in real life. He has shown his humanitarian presence by not only working hard to gain the confidence of his team but also working hard to gain the confidence of the people suffering from mental illness. He has proved to be a passionate player and a social worker who not only wants to work towards the betterment of his team but also towards the of the people undergoing mental stress.

Marcus achievements are something to look up to. At the age of 25, he has proved himself to be one of the youngest and beloved international sportsperson. His contribution in the England’s National Basketball League and Portimonense is commendable. A delightful human being who has to do so much for mentally troubled souls in such youth is something to look up to. Marcus is going on making a mark in this world with his extravagant career and heartfelt contributions towards social welfare.

Mental health is a serious problem. And no one should turn away from it. Marcus is a firm believer of supporting people who are undergoing this issue. With his initiatives, he wants to help the ones who are unable to help themselves. He always believed in giving a feeling of cheerfulness even in the times of defeats and failures, not only to his team but also to mentally ill people. Patterson teaches us to cope with these failures and disappointments that come our way and to make renewed efforts to achieve success next time.

Generating true sportsman spirit and an emotional heart that goes out for the people in need. Marcus is one of a kind athlete who maintains sports and environment discipline at the same time. Marcus preaches that one should make efforts always to cultivate a sportsman spirit and go through life happily. He understands the quality of humanity in an individual, contributing for the betterment of people’s well being and expecting nothing in return to the favour he has offered. Marcus believes in caring and helping others whenever and whenever possible.

An individual’s life is successful not by the number of degrees he or she attains but by the degree of humanitarian activities that an individual is into on a day to day basis. An athlete having such nature and willingness to lift the people who are mentally troubled is just another level of kindness that Marcus portrays. He serves the needy and believes in sharing his share with the one who is underprivileged. Marcus is not only remembered for his terrific performance on in the game but also for the good deeds, the humanitarian services that he offered.

Having Patterson’s name cheered across Europe for his game-changing performance. The day isn’t far when soon his name will be cheered by millions across the globe for his social deeds. He has always taken part in or making an organization for the less fortunate. Marcus thus has had a lasting impact on society. Wholeheartedly providing donations and working towards the betterment of the mentally affected individuals to understand their traumas and help them heel. Marcus left no stone unturned to his best on and off-field in life.

Marcus Patterson surely fits in the saying “If God has made us humans there has to be some reason behind it” as only human beings can understand the importance of humanity. A constant practitioner of socialization and providing a helping hand to the one in deepest need for it. We are truly blessed to have people like Marcus Patterson who not only is an outstanding performer playing selflessly for his team but also donating for social causes and spreading the philanthropic culture.

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Priyanka Raina narrates heartwarming post on hubby Suresh Raina’s 15 Years of International Career

Suresh Raina on Thursday (July 30) completed his 15 years in international cricket as his wife Priyanka took to social media to post an emotional post on this special occasion.

Priyanka took to Instagram and curated a long post for her hubby and wrote: “Fifteen years since you played your first ODI! 15 years of success, ups & downs, hard work & a lot more. World has seen your passion, dedication & the rewards you got in return. I have seen your hardships, madness, sleepless nights & your reluctance to settle down with any non sense thrown at you.”

“I have seen the amount of hard work you have put in & how true you have always been to yourself when it came to giving back to your game, people who supported you & everyone who wished best for you during this journey. You always acknowledged how blessed you are to receive the love & faith people have shown in you. And you worked tirelessly to stand upto their expectations & deliver your best,” she added.

“You are a gem person with a golden heart who is always willing to give wholeheartedly. Stay the way you are! keep shining, keep growing & keep giving your best unconditionally & rest will follow!”

HERE IS THE FULL POST:

Fifteen years since you played your first ODI! 15 years of success, ups & downs, hard work & a lot more. World has seen your passion, dedication & the rewards you got in return. I have seen your hardships, madness, sleepless nights & your reluctance to settle down with any non sense thrown at you. I have seen the amount of hard work you have put in & how true you have always been to yourself when it came to giving back to your game, people who supported you & everyone who wished best for you during this journey. You always acknowledged how blessed you are to receive the love & faith people have shown in you. And you worked tirelessly to stand upto their expectations & deliver your best. We all know It’s a world where you can’t be perfect all the time, yet there was no tolerance or constructive approach shown towards even the smallest lacking you may have shown, despite all your contribution, records & achievements! what I truly appreciate is your resilience & the ease with which you always kept your cool to deal with any criticism or unfair treatment. I have always been proud of you & will always be. You achieved incredible heights but you deserved much more & you still do. You are a gem person with a golden heart who is always willing to give wholeheartedly. Stay the way you are! keep shining, keep growing & keep giving your best unconditionally & rest will follow! We love you @sureshraina3 & are super proud of everything you have done. Love, Rio, Gracia & Priyanka #15yearsofraina

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The aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler is also regarded as one of the best fielders in world cricket. 

The Uttar Pradesh born cricketer had made his ODI debut in July 2005 against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. 

As for his Test debut, it came about five years later, in July 2010, against the same opposition. He scored a hundred on his Test debut and was also an integral part of the Indian squad that won the 2011 World Cup.

When it comes to the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was the captain of Gujarat Lions (GL) and is the vice-captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

On Thursday, the man celebrates 15 years since his debut in international cricket. Raina also took to social media to share his happiness and wrote, “Thank you so much guys, really overwhelmed with your love & support…These 15 years have been the greatest moments, and you guys as my family members keep me motivated. Love & Peace.”

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St. Louis-Milwaukee game postponed after Cardinals positives, AP source says

NEW YORK — Friday’s game between St. Louis and Milwaukee has been postponed after multiple Cardinals employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the postponement in Milwaukee had not been announced.

Two other games scheduled for Friday involving the Marlins, Nationals, Blue Jays and Phillies had already been postponed because of an outbreak among Miami players and two positive tests on Philadelphia’s coaching staff.

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