The bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Fultz was seen by several shoulder specialists, who found a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder but no structural damage to the joint.Fultz had already changed the mechanics of his free throw shooting in a bid to solve the problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut his play has suffered and he averaged just six points and 2.3 rebounds in four games, before missing Philadelphia’s last two.He had averaged 23.3 points in his lone college season with the University of Washington. /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel seals its twin towers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Markelle Fultz (right) with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (left) after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (AFP FILE PHOTO)Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the top pick in last June’s NBA draft, will be sidelined indefinitely with the right shoulder injury that has hindered him this season, the Sixers said on Sunday.The 76ers said Fultz would be re-evaluated in three weeks.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
TORONTO – International cybersecurity company Trend Micro is setting up a new Toronto research lab for “ethical hackers” in collaboration with Canadian telecom giant Telus Corp.Trend Micro — a global company that originated in California but relocated its headquarters to Tokyo — said it expects the new office to house about 100 of the cybersecurity researchers within two years.“It’s a very difficult profile to find but I’m very confident that Canada has developed (an) incredible foundation over the years.” said Wael Mohamed, Trend Micro’s global president.In fact, Trend Micro already has a 200-person team in Ottawa that runs the company’s global cybersecurity operation for cloud computing.Mohamed co-founded the Ottawa operation, which began as Third Brigade, and joined Trend Micro when it bought the independent startup in 2009 for an undisclosed amount.Trend Micro also recently acquired a Montreal firm that does research into artificial intelligence and machine learning.The company hasn’t said what the financial commitment will be for the Toronto research lab but Mohamed said each of the highly-skilled staff will be paid more than $100,000 annually.About 25 members of Trend Micro’s new Toronto “threat” research team are currently working from a Telus office but they will move to a new Trend Micro location by mid-2018.Mohamed said Telus is a leader in detecting network vulnerabilities and its research is used by cybersecurity companies around the world, including Trend Micro.“What we’re doing is, we’re taking this nucleus that has proven that it’s very, very solid and putting on top of it (Trend’s) knowledge, insight, expertise and more investment,” Mohamed said.Telus said the strategic relationship with Trend Micro will result in increased Canadian-specific research into cybersecurity and enhance it with Trend’s global perspective.“Companies must co-innovate to solve tough problems for their customers, as they are directly faced with constant cybersecurity and privacy threats,” said Ibrahim Gedeon, chief technology officer for Telus.“This is why we are working with Trend Micro to increase the existing protection of our customers.”In addition to the Cybersecurity Research Centre in Toronto, Trend Micro has seven other research centres around the world in Taipei, Tokyo, Munich, Manila, Prague, Ottawa and Austin, Texas.“We chose Toronto because of the strength of the talent, as well as our overall increased investment in Canada,” Eva Chen, CEO of the parent company, said in a statement.Toronto and the surrounding area have been pushing to become a hub for advanced research on several fronts, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and automated vehicles.Companies in this story: (TSX:T)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version used an outdated title for Wael Mohamed, who is now Trend Micro’s global president.
New Delhi: Jet fuel price was on Monday hiked by over one per cent, the second straight monthly increase in rate coming on the back of firming global prices.The price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) was hiked by Rs 677.1 per kilolitre, or 1.07 per cent, to Rs 63,472.22 per kl in the national capital, according to price notification issued by state-owned oil firms. The increase comes on the back of a steep 8.1 per cent (Rs 4,734.15 per kl) hike in rates effected on March 1. Simultaneously, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) was increased by Rs 5 per 14.2-kg cylinder. It now costs Rs 706.50 in the national capital. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis is the second straight increase in LPG rate. Price was hiked by Rs 42.5 per cylinder on March 1. The hike will add to the burden of cash strapped airlines that are already reeling under pressure from cut-throat competition in the sector. Non-subsidised LPG is the gas that consumer buys after exhausting their quota of 12 cylinders of 14.2-kg at sub-market or subsidised rates. Price of subsidised LPG was almost unchanged at Rs 495.86. LPG, as well as ATF prices, are revised on 1st of every month based on the average international rate for benchmark fuel and foreign exchange rate in the preceding month. Also, the price of kerosene sold through the public distribution system (PDS) was increased to Rs 32.54 per litre from Rs 32.24. This is in accordance with the 2016 decision to raise rates by 25 paise a litre every month till subsidy on the fuel is eliminated. Non-subsidised kerosene costs Rs 64,460.83 per kl (Rs 64.46 per litre) in the national capital.
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) west Delhi candidate, Balbir Singh Jakhar, who was the last of seven candidates announced by the party, on Thursday became the first to file his nomination in the national capital. The 45-year-old filed his nomination papers in the presence of senior party leaders Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai among others at the District Magistrate’s office in Raja Garden. Jakhar is the President of the Dwarka Court Bar Association and Chairman of the Co-ordination Committee of the All Delhi District Court Bar Association. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Starting from the West Delhi, the other AAP candidates will file their nominations in the coming days, Rai said. Before filing the nomination, the AAP leaders along with Jakhar held a roadshow in west Delhi appealing to people to vote for the party to take up the demand of full statehood for Delhi. Addressing the public, Sisodia and Rai explained to the people about the importance of full statehood for Delhi. “In 2014, you voted for BJP. Their MPs have not done any work for the city. The BJP promised statehood for Delhi and did not say a word in Parliament about that,” Rai said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings He urged the people to vote for AAP to make the city a full state in just two years. The AAP had in March announced all its candidates for the national capital, where polling will be held on May 12. The AAP has fielded Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk, Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, Atishi from East Delhi, Brajesh Goel from New Delhi, Gugan Singh from North West Delhi and Raghav Chadha from South Delh
Casablanca- In a recent interview with news outlet Hesspress, Moroccan actress Latifa Ahrar denied having mocked the Quran in her previous interview with Hamid Berrada on his show Mais Encore, broadcast on Moroccan channel 2M. A video of her interview on Mais Encore, in which the controversial actress recited what sounded like altered, mimicked verses of the Quran, has set social media ablaze, as numerous Moroccans harshly attacked the actress with incriminatory comments.Ahrar affirmed that what she recited during the interview was nothing more than poetic lines from the text of one of her theatrical roles, from a scene depicting the reverence reciters of Quran display in their recitation. According to her, the video that sparked the outrage was “cooked up” by someone who fabricated the video in such a way that she appears mocking the holy Book. Latifa Ahrar also seized the opportunity to denounce those who have been accusing her of irreligiousness, saying that “no one is qualified to judge my or others’ religious devoutness.” The Moroccan actress recited the same verses she had shared with Mais Encore’s host, and asked Moroccans to make sure to watch the entire interview, from which the controversial excerpt was taken. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Last year was the second time Jeff Hornacek made history as an overachiever for the Suns.The first came in 1989. As the third leading scorer, at 13.5 points per game, on that year’s team, he was a key factor in its historic run. Even though the Suns were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals that season, they were the greatest overachievers — defined as actual wins relative to what we would expect before the season14These backward-looking retro-predictions use the Statistical Plus-Minus (SPM) metric devised by FiveThirtyEight’s Neil Paine, and the SPM projection system devised by FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver. They allow for estimates of how good a team “should have been” in a given season (based on how its players performed in preceding seasons) going back to 1979-80. — of any team going back to 1980. The 1989 team was expected to only win about 33 games, and finished a whooping 26 games better than expected.Last year, Hornacek’s Suns joined Hornacek’s Suns. Except this time he was their coach. In his first year as a head coach, he made the 2013-14 Suns the 13th-greatest overachieving team of all time, earning 48 wins instead of the projected 32.Those 16 wins over expectation were by far the best of any team last year.Last year’s Suns team was solid offensively. While fast-paced and led by speedy guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, it ranked eighth in relative pace. Fast, but not like Steve Nash’s “:07 Seconds Or Less” Suns. The 2014 Suns’ relative offensive rating was eighth. For overall efficiency, they were 10th.Offense aside, however, they were just average, ranking 15th in relative defense. We project the Suns to win 44 games this season, good for 14th in the league and ninth in the Western Conference, so just shy of the playoffs. To make it to the postseason, the Suns will have to overachieve again. — Andrew Flowers Anthony Davis cannot generate any more hype — there’s that much of it already. Fresh off a dominating performance at the FIBA World Cup (54 percent shooting from the floor, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game), Davis is poised to make the jump into the game’s elite.Last year, when he wasn’t on the bench with a fractured hand, Davis put together an offensive season that was nearly as good as any by a second-year power forward or center in the past 30 years. If we look at his Offensive Rating7Offensive Rating measures offensive efficiency by estimating how many points a player produces through made shots, free throws, assists and rebounds per 100 possessions. versus his Usage Rate,8Usage Rate measures how many of a team’s possessions he “uses” up — via shooting, drawing fouls or turning the ball over — when he is on the floor. Davis produced a season matched only by Shaquille O’Neal and David Robinson, scoring at an efficient rate while using more than 25 percent of his team’s possessions.Of course, not all of Davis’s stats were world-beating last season. According to Evan Zamir’s invaluable NBA WOWY9With Or Without You. database, New Orleans allowed as many points per possession (1.10) when Davis was on the court as when he was not. And despite his 6.7 percent block rate (most among players who played more than 2,000 minutes), Pelicans opponents took a larger percentage of their shots at the basket and made a larger percentage when Davis was on the floor.While Davis definitely has improvements to make defensively (see Zach Lowe’s excellent feature for details), New Orleans had other defensive shortcomings last season. Which is why the Pelicans signed Omer Asik. Asik was one of the best defensive centers in the league according to Real Plus-Minus,10Real Plus-Minus is the latest version of Adjusted Plus-Minus, a measure of a team’s point differential when a player is on the court vs. off it. Read more about it here. and should provide Davis with a legitimate defensive backcourt partner who might be able to complement his athleticism and uncanny ability to block shots.As long as Davis can remain healthy, his performance at the World Cup and the improvement of his supporting cast both point toward his ascension into the top five or 10 players in the NBA. — John Ezekowitz After an offseason of homecoming parties, failed coups and depressing injuries, the NBA is back. To celebrate, we took each player’s projected Real Plus-Minus and wins above replacement, calculated a total for each team, and ran 10,000 simulations of the NBA schedule to divine likely records and championship odds.1The rosters we used came from ESPN.com’s depth charts, and were current as of Monday, Oct. 20. We’ve split the teams into the lower and upper tiers in each conference; these are the seven teams that likely won’t make the playoffs from the West. So ease into your red wine bath (hi, Amar’e) and let us tell you the stats, x-factors or regressions that offer a preview of the coming season. (Editor’s note: This article was published before the Lakers announcement on Friday that Steve Nash would not play this season because of a back injury.)As Kobe Bryant returns from the leg fracture that limited him to six games in 2013-14, the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping he has one more playoff push left before he ends his illustrious career. But that’s going to be hard to do with this supporting cast. The Lakers are coming off a 27-55 season, the highest single-season loss total in franchise history. And perhaps more troubling, they received an unusually small amount of production from their future Hall of Famers, traditionally the franchise’s bread and butter.According to a wins above replacement (WAR) variant I computed based on a combination of Player Efficiency Ratings and Win Shares,2For those curious, I regressed PER and Win Shares per 48 minutes onto Real Plus-Minus (RPM); you can estimate a player’s RPM using the formula 0.15*(PER – 15) + 30.5 *(WS48 – 0.1). I then made sure the minute-weighted average of a team’s estimated RPMs scaled to the team’s efficiency differential for the season in question, and computed WAR using the same process FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver employed in this article. This statistic is useful in cases where RPM (for which data only exists going back to 2000-01) or even Statistical Plus-Minus (which extends back to 1976-77) are not available; Basketball-Reference.com computes WS and PER going all the way back to 1951-52, the first year the NBA kept track of minutes played. the Lakers have received an average contribution of 20.6 WAR per season from their Hall of Fame-bound players,3Or future Hall of Famers, as determined by Basketball-Reference’s Hall of Fame probability statistic. which places them second to the Boston Celtics’ 21.8 mark among NBA franchises since 1951-52. During the decade of the 1980s, and again in the first five seasons of the 2000s, the Lakers got more than 28 WAR per season from Hall of Famers alone. And from 2006-2013, as they won two more championships and another conference title, the Lakers received an average of 16.4 WAR from Hall of Famers per year. But last season, the Lakers’ future HOF contingent — which included Bryant (who has a 100 percent probability of making the Hall according to Basketball-Reference), Pau Gasol (61 percent) and Steve Nash (55 percent4Admittedly a lowball figure, this is an artifact of MVP awards not being factored into the Hall of Fame probability method.) — generated just 0.8 WAR, the lowest such output Los Angeles has received since 1994-95, when nary a single Hall of Famer suited up in forum blue and gold.The rueful joke about the Lakers, at least from fans of the league’s other 29 franchises, is that they consistently manage to “pick up a HOFer or two every 4 years or so when their team’s playoff performance starts to slide a little,” in the words of one Internet commenter after LA was on the verge of acquiring Dwight Howard in 2012. And it’s basically true: Shortly after George Mikan’s career wound down, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West reported for duty, to be joined later by Wilt Chamberlain. Soon came the next wave: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then Magic Johnson and James Worthy, whose departures were followed within a few years by the arrivals of Shaquille O’Neal and Bryant. And four years after O’Neal left, along came Gasol. The supply of Hall of Famers rarely goes un-stocked in Laker-land.That’s why, as a rule, the Lakers don’t stay bad for long. The team has only suffered back-to-back losing seasons twice since 1961, and in each case it snapped back above .500 — and stayed there for an extended period of time — starting the very next year.The Lakers appeared to follow their classic “pick up a HOFer” formula when they eventually did snag Howard. But the cycle was, for once, broken; after a single disappointing season in LA, Howard did the unthinkable, spurning the Lakers for the Houston Rockets. Now the only future Hall of Famers in sight are the 36-year-old Bryant and 40-year-old Nash, as newcomer Carlos Boozer has but a 7 percent chance of ever making the Hall, and overhyped rookie Julius Randle will probably be lucky to be more than a bench player in the NBA.The Lakers have a history of grabbing all-time greats to plug holes, and they will have salary cap space available starting next season. But as it stands now, they’re looking at the distinct possibility of painful Hall of Famer withdrawal after Bryant retires. The franchise has essentially never had to deal with that before. — Neil Paine As Gordon Hayward went, so went the Jazz. And last year, neither went far. Heading into restricted free agency, Hayward finished last season with a career-low true shooting percentage of 52.0 percent and an ugly career-low 3-point percentage of 30.4 percent. The Jazz were 25-57.Given those shooting struggles, it may seem strange that the Charlotte Hornets signed Hayward to a max offer sheet this summer, and that the Utah Jazz matched that contract, retaining him. But Hayward has a diverse array of offensive skills and, perhaps more importantly for a Jazz team without many standout players, he’s a workhorse.The full nature of Hayward’s offensive responsibilities are probably best shown by Seth Partnow’s True Usage statistics, which measure total offensive involvement, including a player’s assists and potential assists (as calculated by SportVU Player Tracking statistics). True Usage can be read as the percentage of a team’s offensive possessions involving a player when he takes a shot, gets fouled, turns the ball over or creates a scoring opportunity for a teammate.Hayward’s True Usage was 42.33 percent last season, 11th among all wing players and roughly the same as Carmelo Anthony’s. He also had an Assist Usage5Assist Usage measures the percentage of possessions a player is on the floor in which he creates a scoring chance for a teammate. of 18.38. That number was fourth among all wing players, and roughly the same as LeBron James’s. Even though Hayward didn’t shoot well, the Jazz’s offense was better by 3.3 points per 100 possessions with him on the floor.From the Jazz’s perspective, the key to getting value from Hayward’s massive new contract, and getting the most out of his versatility on the court this season, is asking him to do less. Alec Burks and Trey Burke will both have another year of experience, and explosive rookie Dante Exum will probably have the ball in his hands plenty. Hayward’s shooting percentages should climb this season as he works slightly more off the ball, finding shots by spotting up, cutting to the basket or driving against a defense that has already shifted.It may seem counterintuitive for a team to ask its best and highest-paid player to take on a smaller offensive role, but in the Jazz’s case it may be the answer to many of the team’s offensive challenges. — Ian Levy With Kevin Love gone, the Minnesota Timberwolves are starting over after trading away a homegrown superstar. (Sound familiar?) Rather than sit through another season of rampant Love speculation,11Love could have opted out of his contract after the 2014-15 season, opening up the very real possibility that he would leave Minnesota as a free agent with no compensation at all. Timberwolves coach/general manager Flip Saunders decided to move on with whomever he could get for Love — a haul that included the No. 1 overall picks from each of the past two NBA drafts (Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett), plus under-appreciated veteran Thaddeus Young.Minnesota preemptively unloaded Love in part because it was unable to convince him that his teammates were good enough to win. And certainly the Timberwolves didn’t do enough winning to even make the postseason a year ago, finishing just 40-42 in what was supposed to be a strong playoff push for the team.12Although they did increase their win total for the fourth consecutive season. Amid the rubble of another frustrating season — which came in spite of Love’s ongoing statistical brilliance — the weak-supporting-cast argument was tough to overcome.But the 2013-14 Timberwolves were a better team than their wins and losses indicated. Their Pythagorean record — i.e., the record we would have predicted them to have based on their point differential — was 48-34, good for seventh in the Western Conference. After adjusting their average margin of victory for strength of schedule, Minnesota was the ninth-best team in the NBA last season.That would have shown up in the standings if not for Minnesota’s dismal record in close games, which led to the seventh-most negative disparity between actual and Pythagorean wins of any team since the 1976 ABA-NBA merger. And as much as we extol the virtues of execution in crunch time, these differences are, traditionally, mostly the product of bad luck.It’s very possible the Timberwolves would have enjoyed a reversal of fortune in 2014-15, had they simply kept Love.Instead, the Wolves are counting on the development of Wiggins, Bennett and 2014 No. 13 overall pick Zach LaVine to boost an existing core that includes Nikola Pekovic and FiveThirtyEight darling Ricky Rubio. But although Wiggins was regarded as a once-in-a-generation prospect in high school, his college numbers suggest a future better described by “solid starting wing” than “next LeBron.” Meanwhile, Bennett is coming off one of the worst rookie seasons in NBA history,13By any rookie, much less a No. 1 overall pick. and LaVine’s undistinguished stats at UCLA have me wondering if he’s doomed to follow in Joe Alexander’s footsteps as a workout warrior turned draft bust.Minnesota was in a difficult position with Love, and trading him to Cleveland yielded as good a package as the team was likely to get, given its relative lack of leverage. Even so, Love was a true franchise player, and Minnesota pulled the plug on his Timberwolves career a year early, leaving the team’s future in some very unproven hands. — Neil Paine The Kings began their offseason with a move that confused many in the NBA, especially those who do analytics. In July, they decided against re-signing excellent young point guard Isaiah Thomas, and replaced him with Darren Collison.Last season, Thomas scored 20 points per game with a 57 percent True Shooting Percentage, the 10th-best mark for a point guard in the NBA, while maintaining a 35 percent assist rate and shooting 52 percent on drives to the basket. Collison is an effective shooter, but he is inferior to Thomas in almost every other statistical category. He had one of the worst assist rates (22 percent) for a point guard who played more than 2,000 minutes last season, turned the ball over more frequently than Thomas, and had one of the worst Defensive Real Plus-Minus marks (-3.23) for a point guard. What makes the move even more puzzling is that the Kings didn’t save that much salary: only $1.5 million per year.The Kings’ roster turnover has been dramatic since the beginning of last season (when 23 different players suited up for the Kings). Both point guards, Collison and presumed backup Ramon Sessions, are new to the team this year, as is rookie shooting guard Nik Stauskas.They’ll have to mix in with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, who are coming off successful World Cup campaigns for the U.S. national team. It’s a defining season for both players, as Cousins is entering what should be his prime and Gay is in a contract year at the end of a much-maligned max deal. Both of them love to shoot — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are the only pair of teammates who can match the duo’s elevated Usage Rates (32.7 percent for Cousins, 27.6 percent for Gay) — and it’s likely their Usage Rates will climb with Collison running the point instead of Thomas.With DeMarcus Cousins, anything is possible, but given the depth and quality of the Western Conference, any realistic hopes of the Kings contending likely left with Thomas. — John Ezekowitz Last year, under first-year head coach Brian Shaw, the Nuggets learned to love the long ball. Denver attempted almost five more threes per game last season than in 2013, despite not playing all that much faster. That increase was the second-largest year-over-year jump in the NBA.6Beaten only by the Phoenix Suns’ amazing 7.3 threes per game increase.Shaw’s push for more threes was aided by the arrival of Randy Foye, a gunner for hire, who hoisted 498 3-pointers last season (11th most in the NBA). Wilson Chandler, too, set a career high for threes attempted. The return of Arron Afflalo, acquired from Orlando in the offseason, figures to increase Denver’s 3-point launching. Afflalo shot 42 percent from three on 300 attempts last season.But Afflalo’s threes — especially the corner threes — are welcome. Afflalo shot 49 percent from the corner three spots last season, a success rate that will bolster the Nuggets’ already potent attack. Denver was the third-best team from the corners last season, connecting on 42 percent of its attempts.Much of Denver’s ability to generate corner threes will depend on Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson. Both excel in getting to the rim and causing the defense to collapse, but Lawson is the better at finding 3-point shooters. Thirty-one percent of his 542 assists last season were on 3-pointers, and 52 were from the corner.With the uncertain timing of the return of JaVale McGee from a stress fracture in his leg, the Nuggets figure to play small again this year (other than Timofey Mozgov). This means their race for a playoff spot in the West again could come down to their 3-point shooting. — John Ezekowitz
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has thrown David De Gea’s future into doubt after revealing he is not confident the Spaniard will sign a new contractThe 27-year-old has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.But De Gea has just 18 months left on his current contract at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have been delayed by two months.De Gea had been close to sealing a switch to Real Madrid in 2015 – only for a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the transfer window putting an end to it.But following Real’s capture of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer, United were reportedly confident of sealing a new deal for De Gea.However, Mourinho appears to have suggested otherwise now ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Everton.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club wants to be better than it is and not worse.He added: “Obviously it would be very important to keep David.”The Spain international has struggled this season for United and has conceded 16 goals in nine Premier League games.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also been reportedly interested in De Gea.
Dundee United have released a statement saying they have “disciplined” defender Jamie Robson for painting his face black for a party this month.Earlier this month, pictures from the fancy dress party released on social media showed the defender in ‘blackface’ and the club immediately started an investigation into the racially insensitive behavior.“Dundee United can confirm Jamie Robson has been disciplined in relation to his actions at a players’ social event earlier this month,” a statement on the club’s website read.“As a club, we have high standards concerning the behavior and actions of our staff, and on this occasion, Jamie has fallen short of these expected standards.“Dundee United is also fully committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity.Rangers agree Kamara and Jones signings Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 6, 2019 Dundee United midfielder Glenn Kamara and Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones have both signed pre-contract agreements with Rangers.Both players are expected to join the Ibrox…“The player’s actions were potentially offensive and with, the club’s support, he will undertake some diversity and inclusion training.”As part of the statement, Robson said: “I fully accept the naivety of my actions and can see that my actions fall short of what is expected by a professional footballer.“As soon as I became aware that I could offend, I took immediate action and removed both the make-up and costume.“I want to apologize for any offense I have caused, and I have also apologized to the club for not adhering to the standards expected.”
Burnley winger Aaron Lennon says “something has to be done” to get rid of racism in football after the incident at Stamford Bridge last weekend.Sterling was the subject of an alleged racist abuse on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Lennon believes that only a severe punishment for such behavior will eradicate the issue.“There’s always going to be a small group, a minority of fans who act stupidly and come out with crazy things but in this day and age, I can’t believe it’s still going on,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“Something has to be done for it to be stopped and hopefully it will get sorted in the near future.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“It’s not for me to decide, I think they need to come down harder on things like this because there’s no need for it in the game, there’s no need for it anywhere, to be honest.“Football has come a long way, and it just needs to be stamped out.“It’s never nice in any walk of life to see this, especially in football because like I said it has come such a long way.“But it’s a small minority of people, you have to think football as a whole has improved a lot, but there’s still a lot to be done.”
Jonathan Halvorson FacebookTwitter Posted: July 1, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Categories: Local San Diego News SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Starlight Theater in Balboa Park was damaged when a large tree fell Monday morning.A Save Starlight spokesperson said no one was injured.Tree removal crews worked to cut and remove the tree from Monday morning. July 1, 2019 Large tree falls onto the Starlight Theater in Balboa Park
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are job listings previously published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 4, 2018:Part-Time Medical Office Receptionist/Administrator at Wilmington Family Chiropractic & Disc CenterFull-Time Warehouse Person (Loader) at Pepsi Co.Full-Time Customer Service Representative at Heilind ElectronicsPart-Time 2019 Design & Decor Intern at Art of the EventFull-Time Supervisor (Member Services) at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Business Intelligence Analyst at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Medical Provider Network Manager at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Marketing Coordinator at Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Product Manager (Outdoor LED Drivers) at OSRAMFull-Time Lamp Assembler at Xenon CorporationFull-Time Warehouse Sort Supervisor at Optima CourierPart-Time Cargo Van Delivery Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Morning Loader & Backup Driver at Optima CourierFull-Time Customer Service Representative at AramarkPart-Time Seasonal Apparel & Accessories Team Member at TargetFull-Time Marketing Automation Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Product Marketing Manager at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Business Development Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Senior Production Control Manager at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time School Psychologist at Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolFull-Time Business Account Executive (Direct Sales) at ComcastFull-Time Facilities Maintenance Technician at K&B CompaniesFull-Time Dispatcher/CSR at Super Service TodayFull-Time Drain Cleaning Experts at Super Service TodayFull-Time Electrical Service Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Heating & Cooling Technician at Super Service TodayFull-Time Business Development Representative at Security InnovationFull-Time Cyber Insurance Marketing Representative at HUB InternationalFull-Time Delivery Helper at Gypsum Management & SupplyFull-Time Compliance Services Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Deployment Specialist at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Sales Executive at Locus RoboticsFull-Time Relief Route Driver at Coca-Cola CompanyFull-Time Supplier Business Manager at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Community Associate (Contract To Hire) at Analog DevicesFull-Time General Warehouse Worker at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Counter Sales Representative at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Case Coordinator at CLASS, Inc.Full-Time Local Route Delivery Driver at Gordon Food ServiceFull-Time Certified Electrician at SunRunFull-Time Service Support Technician II at MKS InstrumentsFull-Time Laboratory Animal Technician at AerotekFull-Time Senior Quality Engineer at ViantFull-Time Delivery Drivers at FedExPart-Time Package Handler at UPSFull-Time Grill Cooks & Pizza Makers at Wilmington Pizza PlacePart-Time Seasonal Drivers at RandstadFull-Time Journeyman & Master Plumber at Kevin Scott Plumbing & Heating Inc.Full-Time Document Control Specialist at SymboticFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Lead Receptionist at CareOnePart-Time Nanny For 1 Wilmington ChildPart-Time Package Handler at Fed Ex WarehousePart-Time Host & Hostess at 99 RestaurantFull-Time Client Relations Representative I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Customer Service Representative at Parts4HeatingPart-Time Salesperson at Advanced Auto PartsPart-Time Overnight Baker at Panera Bread(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at email@example.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 50 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 28, 2019)In “Business”
TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (February 26-March 4):Tewksbury Selectmen, School Committee, & Board of Health Debates ScheduledGrand Jury Indicts Tewksbury Resident For Allegedly Embezzling From Lowell Public SchoolsRedmen Work Overtime To Reach D2 North Hockey SemifinalsThe ‘Beatles’ Are Coming To Tewksbury For A Sons Of Italy Scholarship FundraiserLions Club Recognizes Into Action Recovery As Corporate SponsorBest Tewksbury Restaurants To Gather For Rotary Club’s Annual ‘Taste Of The Town’ Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”
To all the residents of the great town of Wilmington, Massachusetts,Yes, I said “great town of Wilmington” and I and you all should want to keep the town going in the positive direction it has been going for the past several years.This is the reason I feel I need to write this letter and I’m asking for your support of two great volunteers in town, Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel, both have been caring about this town for so many years. Recently I spent two years on the Board of Selectman with both, where they are both respectful and professional, not only to me, but all citizens.Greg and Kevin care for everyone in town by being fiscally conservative and keeping all our services without fees.Both are hard workers for you. Please join me and my family in voting for both Kevin Caira and Greg Bendel on April 27th.PLEASE GET OUT THE VOTE ON APRIL 27TH.Thank you,Ed Loud Sr.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Trustworthy & Keep Their Campaign PromisesIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectman Mike Newhouse Endorses Bendel & Caira For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington recently posted the following job posting for a senior clerk at the Wilmington DPW:SENIOR CLERK AT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKSUnit: AFSCME IIReporting To: Director of Public Works Wages: $786.66/weeklyHours: 35 Hours, Monday – FridayLocation: DPW Administration Office, 115 Andover StreetApplication Deadline: Open Until FilledDefinitionThe Senior Clerk position is responsible for providing higher level clerical support of a more-than-ordinary-difficulty to department heads and staff.Essential FunctionsWorking under the supervision of the Department Head and/or designee:Greet visitors and customers, answer the telephone and general emails, answer basic questions and provide general information. For more complex questions and needs, assist callers, customers, and visitors with reaching the proper staff person or resource. May assist with registering visitors and customers for programs or activities.Prepare or review bills, payroll, invoices, and/or receipts. Maintain moderately complex financial records of revenue and expenditures for the department. Process and track intake of grants, gifts, fees, and donations, and track expenditures. Work with Accounting Department to resolve discrepancies in accounts.Assemble and compute data, prepare statistical reports, summaries, and other municipal records and documents, may assist in assessment procedures including abatement and exemption applications, payroll, purchasing, tax collection, and other related department functions, and monthly statistical reports.Sort, file, record various materials, classify materials according to subject matter or other classification.May provide administrative support to a Board, Committee, or Commission, posting meetings in accordance with Open Meeting Law, recording agenda and minutes, assembling and distributing documentation, and assisting with setup of meetings.Collect, sort, and distribute mail.Prepare correspondence, reports, newsletters and documents, assemble or research content information, provide drafts, final documents, and distribute through inter-office mail, email, us postal service, or otherwise as directed.May manage department supplies and materials, and order supplies and materials as needed.May manage the department webpage, ensure content is timely, accurate and useful, update and add content on a regular basis.Maintain department files in an orderly manner, file documents, and retrieve documents from files as requested.Perform other similar tasks or related works as assigned by the department head and designee.Ability to work overtime during snowstorms or other emergencies.Minimum QualificationsHigh School diploma.A minimum of two years of clerical or administrative experience in a customer service or municipal setting, or any equivalent combination of experience and education.Ability to provide excellent customer service and work effectively with the public.Experience with Microsoft Office products and ability to effectively utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other standard administrative software.Ability to communicate effectively with others, orally and in writing.Ability to exercise initiative and use good judgment, work with limited direction in the completion of tasks and assignments.Ability to organize and perform multiple tasks effectively.Job EnvironmentWork is generally performed inside a building. Work environment is characteristic of an office environment, with even walking surfaces and generally low noise levels. Noise levels may be elevated during certain programs or performances that may be scheduled in the building.Physical RequirementsThe work is generally of an intellectual nature. While performing the functions of this job, the employee is required to stand and sit for prolonged periods. Frequently required use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reaches with hands and arms, bends, stoops, kneels, and/or crouches. Specific vision abilities required include close and medium distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice and communicate through human speech. Required to lift and carry equipment and supplies weighing up to 50 pounds. This position requires the ability to operate a keyboard, computer mouse, telephone, fax, copier, writing tools, scissors, and other standard office equipment.EOETo Apply:Submit resume, cover letter and completed application to: Town Manager’s OfficeAttn: Town Manager121 Glen Road Wilmington, MA 01887 orvia email at: email@example.comIf submitting by email please use “Position: Senior Clerk Department of Public Works” in the subject. Resume, cover letter and completed application may be attached as a PDF to the email. Please note, we will not reformat or fix formatting issues if sending electronically and in a file type other than PDF.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance is a joint venture between Europe’s insurer Allianz SE and Bajaj Finserv Limited, the de-merged entity of Bajaj Auto. (L): The corporate office of the Pune-based Bajaj Auto and (R): The logo of Europe’s biggest insurer Allianz SE is seen on the company tower at La Defense in Courbevoie near Paris, France, February 22, 2016.Bajaj Auto website, Reuters fileBajaj Allianz Life Insurance on Wednesday said that its policyholders have an opportunity to revive their lapsed life insurance policies subject to certain conditions. The window is open from October 14 to November 30, 2016 and is applicable to traditional life insurance policies only.”During this campaign, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance customers will be given a 50% waiver on the interest amount on traditional policies lapsed. Revival of a life insurance policy will ensure continuance of life cover, tax advantages and bonus for the period during which policy was lapsed,” the company said in a statement.A similar initiative rolled out last year netted Rs 95.84 crore in premium for the company from the revival of 66,826 policies, it added.”The campaign is aimed at extending a helping hand to those who were unable to continue their policies due to some financial crisis,” Anuj Agarwal, MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance, said.Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance collected Rs 442.70 crore in first-year premium in September 2016.Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance is a joint venture between Allianz SE, the European insurer and Bajaj Finserv Limited, the demerged entity of Bajaj Auto Limited.There are 24 life insurance companies in the country, including the state-run Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Private sector insurers include ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, HDFC Max Life Insurance and SBI Life Insurance.Bajaj Finserv Limited is the holding company for the businesses dealing with financial services of the Bajaj Group. Bajaj Finserv shares closed at Rs 3,352.50 a piece on the BSE on Wednesday.
Anushka Sharma is one of the actresses who tied the knot at quite a young age compared with their counterparts. The actress, who is happily married to Virat Kohli, explained why she chose to marry Virat and that also so early.In an interview with Filmfare, Anushka said that she married Virat because she was in love with him, and also explained why it is perfectly fine for actresses to marry early. She said that an actress’ marital status does not have any impact on her career or popularity among fans.”Our audience is way more evolved than our industry is. Audiences are just interested in seeing actors on screen. They don’t care about your personal lives, whether you’re married or whether you’re a mother. We need to get out of this headspace. I got married at 29, supposedly young for an actress. But I did it because I was in love. And I am in love. Marriage was a natural progression,” she said. Anushka added that while a man never worries about his career when getting married, why should a woman?” she told the publication.Talking about her bond with Virat, Anushka further said that they got along so well because of the similarities in their characters. Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma.Instagram”His honesty is something I deeply value. I’m an honest person and have suffered on account of that. He’s brutally honest too. I’m so happy that I met someone like him because we both lead our lives with complete honesty. It’s so transparent and clean. I have a life partner with whom nothing is pretentious. Everything is real. Also, the fact that we both support each other. He’s someone, who’s constantly trying to get better professionally and as an individual. I’m also like that. We don’t take ourselves so seriously. We’re similar as people. That’s why we get along,” she added.Meanwhile, Virat and Anushka had a good time together in England during the World Cup tournament. Although India could not win the competition, Anushka was there all throughout to support her hubby and the team.
Marcia BernicatUS ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat on Monday held a meeting with foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali at the latter’s residence in the capital, according to UNB.Confirming the meeting an official told UNB that the meeting lasted for an hour and 45 minutes but he did not share what was discussed in the meeting.”I can tell you the meeting began around 5:00pm and ended around 6:45pm,” said the official.State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam and foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque were also present, said another official.It could not be known what they discussed in the meeting.Earlier on Sunday, the vehicle carrying the US ambassador came under attack while leaving Badiul Alam Majumdar’s residence in the capital. Later the US embassy appreciated efforts taken by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) and security officials for their quick and professional response.”We express our appreciation to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and security officials for their quick and professional response following the incident,” said the embassy in a statement.An official vehicle from the US Embassy in Dhaka, which was transporting Ambassador Marcia Bernicat, was attacked by a group of armed adult men, some on motorcycles, in the Mohammadpur area on Saturday where she attended a dinner, said the statement.There were no injuries to the ambassador, her drivers, or security staff; however, two security vehicles sustained some damage, said the US Embassy.
Stepmother sent to jail in girl rape, murder caseThe chairman of Bishwambharpur upazila parishad in Sunamganj district allegedly raped a mother of four children inside his office on Wednesday promising to provide her a sewing machine.The alleged perpetrator is Harun-or-Rashid, chairman of the upazila and former president of Biswambharpur upazila unit of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), reports news agency UNB.On information, a team of police, led by sub-inspector Arif of Biswambhar police station rescued the woman from the spot and took her to the station.The victim filed a case against the chairman accusing him of rape. Locals demonstrated against the incident.According to the case statement, Harun called the woman to his office over phone and seduced her.Later, locals informed Biswambharpur police station and staged a demonstration seeking immediate arrest of the chairman.Police said they were trying to arrest the accused.