One year ago, Prince William and Kate Middleton began a logistically complex five-day tour to Pakistan. The most memorable event on the tour was almost certainly an airplane emergency that caused some serious turbulence, but this week the couple proved that they also valued some of the less surprising moments. To commemorate the visit, Kate and William did a video call where they played Pictionary with some of the students they met last year at the Islamabad Model College for Girls.
A video posted to the couple’s Instagram account showed Kate and William guessing answers while the students drew pictures. “I’m really glad you guys are drawing and we’re not having to draw. You’re much better, you guys,” William said, before the students asked if he liked to draw. “We both like a little bit of drawing,” he replied with a laugh. “Catherine is very good, I am really bad.”
They also heard how the students, all of whom were wearing masks to protect against coronavirus, had adjusted to the difficulty of life during the pandemic. “You’re doing an amazing job, particularly now when things have been so difficult.” Kate said to a pair of teachers. “You’re a real lifeline to families out there, so congratulations on all the hard work.”
On last year’s tour, the couple was sure to honor their host country with thoughtful and culturally appropriate dress, and Kate wore plenty of outfits that featured shalwar kameez, a tunic-and-pants combination common in the country. For this week’s call, she brought back a cream satin brocade tunic that she wore while visiting a hospital and playing a game of cricket on last year’s trip.
While talking to another set of students this week, William recalled that game of cricket. “I do very much remember that,” he said. “You were very good at cricket. We had a good game going and everyone told us we had to stop.” One student showed William a drawing he made of them playing cricket together.
The Pakistan tour was also a moment where Kate and William telegraphed their intention to focus on work involving the environment and climate change. The tour’s itinerary took them to locations where the effects of climate catastrophe are already being felt, and William delivered a speech about the issue during a banquet. Last week, he returned to similar themes in a TED talk, just days after announcing the Earthshot Prize, a multimillion-dollar effort to honor activists who are making progress on climate issues.
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Packers: Jaire Alexander has another strong game vs. Bucs
Jaire Alexander had another strong game for the Packers in Week 6.
Another week, another dominant performance by Green Bay Packers cornerback .
Not much went right for the Packers in Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but despite all of the struggles the defense had, you may have noticed one thing: Mike Evans didn’t have a big game.
Entering Week 6, Evans had caught a touchdown in every game of the season and quickly established himself as Tom Brady’s number one target.
That all came to an end this past week. Brady only threw Evans’ way twice, with the wide receiver catching one pass for 10 yards. Alexander was the reason why.
, Alexander shadowed Evans on 79 percent of his routes. Of those routes, Evans was targeted once but didn’t have a single reception in Alexander’s coverage.
This comes two weeks after Alexander covered Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley for most of the game, not allowing a catch. For perspective, Ridley has put up over 100 yards four times this season, and this past week finished with 61 yards and a touchdown. Against the Packers, he had zero catches.
Clearly, as we saw on Sunday, Alexander can’t do it all. He needs his teammates to step up. But it’s encouraging to see Alexander dominate matchups against not only talented wide receivers, but pass catchers who are on top of their game.
Alexander has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL this season and, the way he’s played in the Packers’ opening five games, should be an All-Pro. Let’s hope the poor performance of the Packers defense doesn’t hurt his chances; he’s been doing his part.
The Packers will be tested again this week against Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans. Alexander will be key for the defense to get off the field.
Buffalo Bills: Is it time to call Lorenzo Alexander about returning?
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Is it time to call Lorenzo Alexander about potentially returning to the Buffalo Bills?
The Buffalo Bills are at a point where they need to add talent to supplement a fast start to the year. The past few weeks, and frankly almost the entire year, the defense has struggled to match the performance from the previous season.
The team lost a number of players from this group including , and . However, the biggest loss may have been outside linebacker , who retired after the season.
Alexander did see his playing time drop when Sean McDermott took over as head coach but he was still a key contributor for this defense. However, he was a versatile player that the coaching staff was able to line up at different parts of the field.
One of the things Alexander would bring to this defense is helping with their pass rush, which has struggled at times this year. Last season, Alexander played only 48% of the defensive snaps but was able to register two sacks and 13 pressures in that playing time.
The biggest hurdle for the Buffalo Bills would be to convince Alexander to return. However, during the summer he did mention that he was open to a . It remains to be seen if his feelings have changed since then if he is enjoying being retired.
A return of Lorenzo Alexander would be a nice boost for this defense and there wouldn’t be much in terms of a learning curve. The team would have to evaluate where he is in terms of conditioning but with the injuries the team has had at the position, combined with what Alexander brings to this defense if the veteran is open to returning this would be a great addition for the Buffalo Bills.
US presidential debate live: watch the final Trump-Biden duel with our columnists
Peter Spiegel, US Managing Editor
Can a second presidential debate really alter the course of an election? If history is any guide, it’s usually the first debate that gets the biggest audience and sets the tone, which would be bad news for Donald Trump, whose first debate performance may go down as one of the most fatal in presidential history.
John Kennedy was able to look young and vigorous in the first-ever debate in 1960, and Richard Nixon never really caught up. Al Gore rolled his eyes and sighed melodramatically in his first debate with George W Bush in 2000, an image of arrogance and pompousness that he never shed. Gerald Ford claimed there was “no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe” in his first 1976 debate with Jimmy Carter, a gaffe that would help doom his re-election chances.
But there are examples where a candidate was able to turn things around later on in the debate series. The most significant — and perhaps most relevant to tonight’s duel — was Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984. In the first debate against former vice-president Walter Mondale, Reagan stumbled over budget details and other policy minutiae, leading to questions about whether the incumbent’s age, then 74, was catching up with him.
Those close to Reagan, including his wife Nancy, accused campaign staff of overwhelming the president with facts to remember. Paul Laxalt, a Nevada senator and longtime Reagan confidant, famously said that in the second debate, they would “let Reagan be Reagan”. The result was one of the most famous zingers in presidential debate history. When asked about his age, the incumbent quipped: “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent’s youth and inexperience.”
The line had even more impact because a camera at stage right cut to a two-shot that showed Mondale laughing uproariously at the joke. And it was a joke: Mondale was 56 at the time, and had not only spent four years as vice-president, but had two terms as Minnesota senator under his belt — and had worked in national politics, including as an aide to fellow Minnesotan Hubert Humphrey, since the 1940s.
Reagan’s age ceased being a campaign issue and he went on to win 49 states in November, losing only Mondale’s home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia. Trump has never been particularly Reaganesque. But he may need the Gipper’s deft touch to turn things around tonight.
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