NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely

first_imgJapan 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 PHlast_img read more

Semerad’s hot shooting lifts TNT past Ginebra for 2-0 lead

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Anthony Semerad gave TNT a big lift late and the KaTropa stunned the top-seeded Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings, 107-103, for a 2-0 semifinals lead in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Import Joshua Smith, who dominated the Gin Kings in Game 1 with 35 points and 13 rebounds, was held to just 16 points ad 16 rebounds, but the hefty big man still came up with a crucial basket–a putback that sealed the KaTropa’s victory with 8.1 ticks to go.Justin Brownlee and LA Tenorio each had a game-high 22 points for Ginebra, which took a 103-102 edge after a Tenorio triple with 1:12 remaining.TNT shoots for a sweep on Thursday night at Araneta Coliseum.Ginebra is facing a tall order down 2-0, but since 1993, the Gin Kings remain the only team to overcome such deficit in a best-of-five series when they shocked Talk ‘N Text in the 2010 Philippine Cup quarterfinals.Jayson Castro shot just 5-of-15 from the field after going 1-of-10 in the semis opener on Sunday but he did, however, closed in on a double-double with 12 points and eight assists with his last dish leading to Semerad’s go-ahead 3-pointer.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES MOST READ Semerad sank four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including a right corner triple that put TNT ahead for good, 105-103, with 52.7 seconds left.The Fil-Australian forward uncorked 12 of his 14 points in the finals five minutes and 18 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Tony (Semerad) made big shots today and again, those are the things that could really help us in the playoffs,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.“Teams will really focus on Joshua (Smith) defensively that’s why I said after the first game that the locals should contribute in Game 2,” he added. “And today, it was a collective effort but what Tony did was more glaring because everything he hit were all in the fourth quarter.” Valdez’ full focus now on national teamlast_img read more

Jwala, Ashwini win women’s doubles badminton gold

first_imgStarting the hunt for possible three gold medals at stake for the Indians on the final day of the Commonwealth Games, the showgirls of Indian badminton – Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa – made a golden start in the women’s doubles finals on Thursday, October 14, 201o.Playing at a comparatively packed Siri Fort Stadium, the Jwala-Ashwini combine beat a comparatively stronger Singaporean pair of Shinta Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games. The Indians won the match 21-16, 21-19.The Indians had a disappointing start as they conceded three successive points to the favourites Shinta-Yao. However, a confident Jwala continued with her attacks finally giving India a lead that continued till the end of the game.The Singaporeans tried to make a comeback in the match winning the in second game. But the Indians, cheered by home crowd, won the set.Poulomi Ghatak and Mouma Das bag bronze medal for India in women’s double table tennis.Saina takes on Malaysian Mew in singles finalIndia’s biggest hope in the badminton, world number three Saina Nehwal, will meet Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in the women’s singles final early in the afternoon.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl is just a step away from realising her dream of becoming the country’s first woman shuttler to win a Commonwealth Games gold. The Indian top seed has been in red-hot form this year and has not lost any singles match in the event so far, including in the individual and team events.last_img read more

Sanjeev Bhaskar to appear in Doctor Who

first_imgSanjeev Bhaskar, best known for starring “The Kumars at No. 42”, is set to appear in an upcoming episode of “Doctor Who”.The comedian will play an “important” role in the final episode of the new series, reports dailystar.co.uk. Sanjeev had previously lent his voice to “Doctor Who” audio stories, but this marks his first appearance on the show.Sanjeev Bhaskar is best known for starring The Kumars at No. 42″I’m thrilled to have made a small contribution to – and now be part of – the ‘Doctor Who’ universe. Another dream box ticked!” he said.The new series of “Doctor Who” will see Peter Capaldi take over the title role and he’ll be joined by a host of famous guest stars including Frank Skinner, “Line of Duty” actress Keeley Hawes and singer Foxes.last_img read more

Expedition to Mount Everest approved

first_imgItanagar, May 30 (PTI) An expedition to Mount Everest and Mount Nyagi Khangsang was today approved during a meeting between Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu.The meeting, chaired by Jaitley in New Delhi, was also attended by the executive council members of National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS), according to an official release.Established in 2013 at Dirang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, NIMAS offers training courses in adventure sports. It allows civilians to experience challenges and pursue a career in adventure sports.The first executive council meeting of the institute was held in July 17, 2013.During the meeting, it was decided that high altitude scuba diving would be introduced in the coming years besides the already existing courses like advanced mountaineering, para motor, skiing, trekking guide, water rafting, among others, the release said.The chief minister also assured to allot land to the institute for rafting, mountaineering, skiing and scuba, it said.A proposal to recruit additional staff in the institute, for mountaineering, aqua and air adventure sports, was also accepted, it added. PTI UPL AYPlast_img read more

ANDERSON TO CHAIR SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE

first_img**FILE** Shown in this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, file photo is State Sen. Bill Anderson, R-Pierson, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Republican State Senator Bill Anderson of Pierson, will serve as the new commerce committee chairman when the Iowa Senate convenes in January.He has spent the last five years as the ranking member of the Senate commerce committee.Anderson was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.The Senate Commerce Committee consists of 15 members and oversees legislation relating to the regulation of energy, banks, insurance, utilities, real estate, credit unions, and the sale of alcoholic beverages in Iowa.last_img read more

Health Minister Says Diaspora Adopt-A-Clinic Project Necessary

first_img “We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said. Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system. The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses. Story Highlights Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project is necessary for renewing faith in the primary healthcare system.Speaking at a special interest group meeting at the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in downtown Kingston on July 26, Dr. Tufton noted that many persons do not appear to have faith in that system because of a lack of belief in the quality of care they will receive.However, Dr.Tufton informed that the primary healthcare system is important in order to alleviate the burden experienced by the secondary and tertiary level healthcare system, which is where the Adopt-a-Clinic project becomes relevant.“We need those clinics to function in the communities, be relevant to the communities and maintain the credibility. The main objective of the (project) is to provide a longer term relationship between the adopter and the service that is being provided (at the facility),” he said.Following a needs assessment of 320 health centres, the Ministry of Health has prioritised 100 centres for adoption by the Diaspora and other friends of Jamaica.For the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, interested individuals can visit the established website at: adoptaclinicjamaica.co.uk to make donations of £5,000 or more as well as other contributions.Persons can also make donations through the Ministry’s Health and Wellness Foundation website, as some health centres require maintenance, infrastructural upgrades and equipment and furnishings.The Minister informed that outside of the Diaspora, corporate entities such as LASCO, Wisynco and Victoria Mutual Building Society have also played their part in adopting facilities close to their businesses.For his part, Chairman of Adopt-a-Clinic UK, Paul Harrison, pointed to the support the project has been receiving, particularly the Whitehall Health Centre in St. Thomas.He explained that a Nigerian man made a donation of £500 to the health centre based on his close association to a church pastored by a Jamaican.“He hears his pastor always talking about Jamaica and he said he wanted to adopt a clinic. He is going to head a team in his church and between them collectively, they will be making donations weekly and monthly to that particular clinic,” he explained.Mr. Harrison emphasised that the project will remain as transparent as possible.One of the committee members for the UK Diaspora Adopt-a-Clinic project, Dr. Nelda Frater, who owns a medical practice in England, is planning to support clinics in Wait-a-Bit, Trelawny, her birthplace.She plans to provide those clinics as well as others with water tanks and other equipment.last_img read more

Local Recording Artistes’ Children to Perform at ‘Kingston Reggae Night’

first_imgStory Highlights The children of several well-known local recording artistes will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents at the inaugural Kingston Reggae Night show, slated for the National Arena on August 5. Among the young artistes slated to perform are: Meleku Collins, son of Miguel ‘Sizzla Kalonji’ Collins; Pashion Minott, daughter of the late Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott; Garnett Silk Jr, son of the similarly named late top flight singer; Tony Rebel’s daughter, Davianah; and Imiru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica, center_img The children of several well-known local recording artistes will be afforded the opportunity to showcase their talents at the inaugural Kingston Reggae Night show, slated for the National Arena on August 5.It is one of several nightly events scheduled at the Independence Festival Village at the National Stadium throughout the Emancipation/Independence period, from July 29 to August 5.Among the young artistes slated to perform are: Meleku Collins, son of Miguel “Sizzla Kalonji” Collins; Pashion Minott, daughter of the late Lincoln “Sugar” Minott; Garnett Silk Jr. son of the similarly named late top-flight singer; Tony Rebel’s daughter, Davianah; and Imiru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica,Much is expected from these youngsters, who will be paying homage to their parents’ legacies through their performances.Patrons will also be entertained by former Third World Band member, Michael “Ibo” Cooper; Queen Ifrica; Chaka Demus; Bugle; Keznamdi; and LUST, among others.Other activities to be staged throughout the period are the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Coronation show on August 1; Festival Fashion Flair – August 2; Mello-Go-Roun – August 3; and World Reggae Dance Championship – August 4.The Village opens at 12 noon daily, with the nightly events beginning at eight o’clock.The activities are being spearheaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaicans Home and Abroad’.last_img read more

Royal Caribbeans Newest Ship to Sail from AsiaPacific

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Royal Caribbean International has unveiled future plans for the first Quantum Ultra-class ship to be based in the Asia-Pacific region.With nearly a decade since Royal Caribbean’s first cruise in China, the company will send the new ship to the region specifically designed for guests in the Asia-Pacific.Set to be launched in spring 2019, the yet-to-be-named ship will join its sister ships, Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean said as it presented its full roster of 2018-19 China, Singapore and Australia itineraries.As part of the deployment plans for 2018-19, Mariner of the Seas will reposition to a new home in Miami, Florida embarking on a “Global Odyssey” from Asia that features three long sailings from Singapore to Dubai; Dubai to Barcelona; and Barcelona to Miami. Voyager of the Seas will have its first full season in Singapore in 2018-19, offering 3- to 7-night adventures throughout Southeast Asia with stops that include ports in Thailand and Malaysia.The new 2018-19 deployment season also includes an expanded offering of itineraries between Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne or Sydney, Australia on Radiance of the Seas. During the winter, Ovation of the Seas will reposition to Sydney for its longest season in Australia.Royal Caribbean International sails 24 cruise ships to destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand.last_img read more

MONTREAL STUDIO AUDIO Z LAUNCHES MICROWAVESTUDIO

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment With production budgets getting smaller and smaller, and content creators having to develop multiple skills such as video and audio, micowave.studio offers on array of recipes developed over the years, and tested on thousands of advertising projects. “Technology has only recently allowed us to bring this project to fruition” says Martin Rouillard, who runs research, development and innovation at Audio Z.YouTubers, podcasters, video editors and multimedia studios, will now have the possibility to offer a better audio experience, without having to go through the painstakingly complex process of putting a professional audio mix together. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On May 23rd 2018, Montreal studio Audio Z launches it’s latest service: microwave.studio (https://microwave.studio/) ; an innovative intelligent audio mixing platform, created specifically with digital content creators in mind. Just like the microwave in our kitchens never replaced a high-end restaurant or a master chef’s talent and skills, microwave.studio doesn’t replace professional sound recording studios. “But for projects like a 3 hour podcast, a quick radio ad or an audiobook, microwave.studio can be a great solution”, stated Serge Laforest, Audio Z’s founder and président.Audio Z – Located on the 26th floor of the Stock Exchange tower, Audio Z has made a name for itself as a key player among Montreal’s audio post-production studios. Aside from 8 fully-equipped studios, music composition and mixing services, Microwave.studio is the third online service created by Audio Z, the two others being Webcargo.net and MSTR.TV.last_img read more

Aimia rejects US180 million Grupo Aeromexico offer for PLM stake

first_imgAimia Inc. has rejected an unsolicited US$180-million offer by Mexican airline operator Grupo Aeromexico to buy the Montreal-based company’s stake in their joint loyalty program PLM.The proposed transaction to buy Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake in Premier Loyalty & Marketing (PLM), a joint venture which owns the Club Premier frequent flyer program, would have given Grupo Aeromexico full control.“The Company has promptly rejected the offer as it believes that its stake in PLM is worth significantly more than the offer price, which reflected no improvement whatsoever to the terms previously proposed by Aeromexico to Aimia in prior discussions between the parties,” Aimia said in a statement Thursday.Aimia noted that PLM generated adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization of US$77.4-million in 2017, and the contract between the two parties runs until 2030.The offer came one day after a group led by Air Canada offered to buy Aimia’s loyalty business Aeroplan in a deal valued at $2.25 billion, including points liabilities they would assume.Grupo Aeromexico is “playing hardball” said Adam Shine, an analyst with National Bank in a note to clients.“If it wasn’t obvious yesterday, it’s increasingly clear today that Aimia is being pushed into selling off its pieces by larger partners who always had a stronger bargaining position in these assorted relationships.”Grupo Aeromexico, which currently owns 51.1 per cent of PLM, had said the offer for Aimia’s 48.9 per cent stake would expire at midnight on Aug. 3, but such deadlines are often amended.Club Premier has more than 3.7 million members and more than 100 partners, according to Aimia’s website.Grupo Aeromexico, which also operates its namesake airline, said it has informed Aimia that its current contract will not be extended beyond its current expiration date in 2030.“If completed, the Proposed Transaction would result in a positive outcome for Aimia’s shareholders as it provides an opportunity to realize an immediate return on the disposal of an asset, the divestiture of which would have otherwise been challenging,” the group said in a statement. “The Proposed Transaction would also provide benefits to Aimia’s stakeholders as it would provide material financial resources which Aimia can use to strengthen its core business.”Air Canada told its clients that the proposed transaction, which expires Aug. 2, would allow customers to transfer their points to the airline’s own loyalty program when it launches in 2020.Grupo Aeromexico said Thursday that the US$180 million price tag, including dividends and marketing fees paid to Aimia since its investment, represents an annualized rate of return for the Montreal-based company of approximately 18 per cent. The group also said launching an initial public offering of PLM is not an option.“For this reason it is Aeromexico’s view that the best long-term solution for all stakeholders is for Aeromexico to acquire the equity stake currently held by Aimia,” it said in a statement.last_img read more

Army probes Weliweriya incident

Meanwhile army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that most soldiers placed at Weliweriya have been withdrawn and only a few still remain there. The army spokesman however noted that the soldiers never directly attacked the protesters and only defended themselves against a group who had attacked the police and army using petrol bombs.Weliweriya was tense last night with soldiers patrolling the area after violence broke out last evening leaving one person dead and at least 23 injured. “They are there to assist the police and we expect them to be removed from there soon. While assisting the police in its investigations the army is conducting it own internal investigation,” he said. The army has launched an investigation into the clashes at Weliweriya amidst allegations soldiers mishandled the situation.Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake appointed a special board of inquiry headed by Major General Jagath Dias to investigate the army role in the clashes. Television footage showed soldiers firing in the air and at times directing their guns at the protesters who pelted stones and other objects at the troops during the violence earlier in the evening. (Colombo Gazette)CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO read more

Republic of Koreas foreignersonly HIV test violated New Zealand teachers rights –

The Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) was considering the case of the woman, whose contract was not renewed in 2009 after she refused to undergo a secondary mandatory HIV test required only of foreigners, arguing it was “discriminatory and an affront to her dignity.”In a statement released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today, CERD members noted that the Republic of Korea did not provide any reasons to justify the mandatory testing, from which Korean and ethnic Korean teachers were exempt. They also noted that, during arbitration proceedings, the woman’s employers, the Uslan Metropolitan Office of Education (UMOE), said that HIV/AIDS tests were viewed as a means to check the values and morality of foreign English teachers.The testing policy, the Committee wrote in its findings , “does not appear to be justified on public health grounds or any other ground, and is a breach of the right to work without distinction to race, colour, national or ethnic origin.” The Committee called on the Republic of Korea to grant the woman adequate compensation for the moral and material damages she suffered. The Committee also urged the authorities to take steps to review regulations and policies related to the employment of foreigners and to abolish, in law and in practice, any legislation which creates or perpetuates racial discrimination. “The Committee recommends the State party to counter any manifestations of xenophobia, through stereotyping or stigmatizing, of foreigners by public officials, the media and the public at large,” members wrote. The Committee has asked the Republic of Korea to inform it within 90 days of the steps it has taken. In its submission to the Committee, the Republic of Korea said that, since 2010, its guidelines on the employment of foreign teachers do not specify that they have to submit results of HIV/AIDS and drugs tests to have their contracts renewed, and that mandatory testing is no longer required by the UMOE. read more

2014 NBA Preview The Lakers Are Even Worse Than They Were Last

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 read more

Sex education to be compulsory for school children

Primary school pupils will also learn about the perils of social media, according to the proposals.All age four to eleven-year-olds should be taught a set of rules and principles to protect themselves online, the draft guidance will say, as well as how to spot risks and harmful content.Pupils at primary school should also be taught why computer games, online gaming and social media sites have age restrictions, it will add.Last year, the Government tabled an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill as early as today that will make “age appropriate” sex and relationship education (SRE) part of the English national curriculum in primary and secondary schools. Under legislation passed last year, relationships education is now compulsory in all primary schools, while sex and relationships education is compulsory in secondaries.As part of the move, guidance on the subject is being updated, amid concerns that the current advice is out of date and fails to address modern day issues such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online safety. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ministers have faced mounting pressure from across the political spectrum to bring about the change, following concerns children are being left ill-equipped to cope with the new realities of online porn, cyber bullying and sexting.It will become a statutory requirement for all school children to be given sex and relationship education classes from September 2020.Currently only pupils attending local-authority run secondary schools, which represent around a third of secondary schools, are offered sex and relationships education. Sex education will become compulsory for school children from September 2020, the Government has announced.Pupils as young as four are to be given lessons in well-being and healthy living, according to Department for Education (DfE) proposals.Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secondary schools in England from autumn 2020.Under the plans, which are now open to consultation, pupils will learn about “resilience” and well-being to help guard against mental health issues.Classes will also cover physical health, such as the importance of exercise, and healthy eating and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle as well as preventing health problems.The proposals are being published alongside draft guidance on relationships and sex education.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said that good physical and mental health is “at the heart of ensuring young people are ready for the adult world”.”By making health education compulsory we are giving young people the tools they need to be ready to thrive when they leave school.” read more

Missing Durban Park records indicative of corruption – Jagdeo

Making reference to the Auditor General’s pronouncement that missing financial records were stalling a special audit into the controversial Durban Park project, Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo posited that it is ironic that the APNU/AFC Administration has missing records  pertaining to the Durban Park Project, when documents for the former Administration can be readily accessed.Opposition leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo“It tells you a pattern…[They expended] $1.4B but we can’t find the details of this bidding process that was concluded two years ago, yet they found elements of the bid that was done 12 or 13 years back,” he told media operatives during a press conference on Thursday.He was at the time making reference to the criticisms levied against the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) by the APNU/AFC Government that it wasted $38M on filling the land at the Durban Park site and had presented documents from 13 years ago to support its arguments.“…imagine that was done some 13 years ago and they still could have found documents to show when the tender went out and who won the bid, we finished this project just two years ago and we can’t find any documents about the bidding process and who the contractors were, who supplied the material?,” Jagdeo questioned.Last year, Auditor General of Guyana, Deodat Sharma had told media operatives that the missing financial records for the project was prolonging a special audit which had been launched among concerns of corruption and mismanagement of the State’s resources.Works on the controversial $1.4B project, which was shrouded in secrecy, started in 2015.The exorbitant project has been the subject of fierce debate between Government and the OppositionAfter months of intense pressure from the parliamentary opposition, a motion was presented in the National Assembly forcing Government to divulge information on the project.In 2016, while utilizing his time in the budget debates former Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnarine broke his silence regarding his role as a Director in the Homestretch Development Inc (HDI), the private company that was created to overlook the development of the Durban Park.He revealed that HDI was set up to manage the project with donations from the public/ private sector.Some $400M was reportedly facilitated by HDI after which the project was then transferred to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, since HDI ran out of funding and could no longer complete the project on time for the country’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.It was at this point that more taxpayers’ dollars were taken to complete the project.Government in 2016, approved an additional $500 million to be paid out from the Consolidated Fund to a number of contractors and other persons owed varying amounts for works done on the controversial project.Contractors however, were still significantly underpaid, approximately $298M, for works done at the D’Urban Park complex.Finance Minister Winston Jordan told them they however, they could could either “take it or leave it.”According to Jagdeo, this project will go down in history as one of the most corrupt projects the incumbent Administration still has to answer for. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t perpetrating brazen heist of Guyana’s Treasury – Opposition Leader JagdeoNovember 6, 2016In “Politics”Jagdeo calls for an investigation into Govt’s procurement, tenure policiesSeptember 2, 2016In “Politics”Govt hijacks PPP/C business in ParliamentNovember 5, 2016In “latest news” read more

Kiel for free only in Zagreb

← Previous Story Bartosz Jurecki to leave Magdeburg after 9 years! Next Story → Velimir Petkovic to become new Romanian head-coach? handball in zagrebppd zagrebTHW Kielzagreb The new season in VELUX EHF Champions League begins this week. One of the matches who will have the biggest number of spectators in the hall will be played in Zagreb, where PPD Zagreb will host German THW Kiel. The clash of the two famous club didn’t change the “politics” of the Croatian team. All the fans can watch battle with prestigious rival for free. They have just to visit the ticket-office and pick up the tickets – not more than six per person.Even financial status of the Croatian champions isn’t pink, income from the selling tickets is still something less important than the full stands at “Zagreb Arena”. Exactly 15.200 seats waiting for the sunday’s clash at 19.30hrs.PPD Zagreb have a new head-coach – Veselin Vujovic, who took charge three days ago. read more

Jeûner pour se soigner

first_imgJeûner pour se soigner ?Plutôt qu’un recours excessif au médicament, le jeûne pourrait-il être prescrit à des fins thérapeutiques ? D’après plusieurs études étrangères, le jeûne permettrait de se soigner. Les réalisateurs de documentaires Thierry de Lestrade et Sylvie Gilman (auteurs de “Le jeûne, une nouvelle thérapie ?”) expliquent comment cette thérapie peut porter ses fruits.À lire aussiPourquoi certains s’évanouissent-ils à la vue du sang ?Dans Le Nouvel Observateur, les documentalistes indiquent que le jeûne ne doit pas effrayer et que “le jeûne n’est pas la panacée. Il ne sera pas la solution à lui seul des problèmes de notre système de santé. Mais le jeûne est un révélateur. Révélateur de la capacité à penser autrement.” Au Norris Hospital de Los Angeles, un des plus grands centres de cancérologie de Californie, David Quinn, chef du service des essais thérapeutiques explique : “nous suivons avec beaucoup d’intérêt cette piste. Une méthode simple, facile à mettre en œuvre, et pas chère, potentiellement applicable à tous les cancers : pourquoi la négliger ?”En France, championne du monde de la consommation de médicaments, le jeûne est “à proscrire en cas de maladie” pour certains. Valter Longo, auteur d’une étude sur le jeûne et la chimiothérapie chez la souris détaille : “c’est difficile d’imaginer que vous pouvez supprimer la nourriture à quelqu’un et qu’il devient plus fort.” Ce à quoi le professeur Valentin Nicolaïev ajoute : “c’est encore plus difficile pour un médecin. Jeûner, c’est un peu mettre sa tête à l’envers.”Le 30 mars 2012 à 18:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more