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November 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThere’s a vibe of a fresh start for India in the four-match series as the Boxing Day Test vs Australia approaches. New openers. Three changes. Back to spin. And both captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane stressing that the past results are in the past and everything is about what happens next.India started the series with a bang as they registered a 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide — a historic victory in the first Test of the series. However, by the second Test the Australians got into the act as well and they carved out a massive 146-run victory at Perth, with the Indian batting line-up looking much troubled.Experts called out for change and ouster of KL Rahul, who has been in a woeful form, and the Indian team management responded — Rahul, Murali Vijay and Umesh Yadav are at bench now while the playing XI included Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja.Mayank Agarwal after scoring tons of runs in domestic cricket has finally got a chance in the Indian team while Hanuma Vihari has been confirmed as his co-opener by chief selector MSK Prasad.Vihari to open? The 25-year-old has opened for Hyderabad in domestic cricket and the management sees in him enough technique to put him to face Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins with the new ball.Over the last year and a half, the Indian Test team has seen a lot of chopping and changing and one would hope that Agarwal gets a long rope at the top and a solid chance to prove himself. Vihari has already been termed as a “short-term fix” by Prasad and so, his place definitely lies in the middle order.advertisementRohit Sharma has been nothing but rocky but he will get another chance in Melbourne. He played the Adelaide Test that India won but failed to make the best of the opportunity he got and was dropped from the Perth Test. He is back in the team now though he has not been trusted with opening for the team and remains after Kohli in the batting order.In Pujara, Kohli and Rahane, India have a solid middle order and perhaps all that India depend on. While Pujara and Kohli have both scored a hundred in the Adelaide and Perth Test, respectively, Rahane is yet to reach the three-figure mark even as he has scored two half centuries. It will be crucial for India’s chances that Rahane finds it in him to prolong his innings and get those big scores.Ravindra Jadeja has also found a place in the playing XI after much controversy surrounding his injury. Injured or not, Jadeja will come in handy with both his bat and ball at the MCG.India pace unit is perhaps the most settled part of this team — Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have been good so far and India would need them to be even better.With the Boxing Day Test just half a day away, Kohli and Rahane have both insisted that India will go in with a fresh slate.”As a team, I don’t think whether you are 2-0 up or 2-0 down or 1-1, what’s happened in the past has no significance at all to what’s going to happen in the next two Tests or what’s going to happen in the next Test which is quite immediate,” Kohli said on the eve of the Test.A day ago, vice-captain Rahane had said, “We will now look at it as a two-Test series going ahead. We got a break after the first two Tests, which was very important because sometimes the intensity of the Test match is too much.”It is the Boxing Day Test – an iconic part of Australia’s cricketing history and one that has yielded exciting matches over the years. One would hope that come Wednesday, an exciting contest begins at the MCG in front of what Kohli expects an “80,000-plus” crowd.Also Read | Tim Paine and I don’t want to do something unnecessary, says Virat KohliAlso Watch | India raring to go with renewed viguour in 3rd Test vs Australia on Boxing DayAlso Read | Merry Christmas: Indian cricket stars spread Christmas cheer in Australialast_img read more

October 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWomen’s soccer coach Phil Neville urges top clubs to open stadiums for women’s gamesWith the increasing number of viewers for women’s soccer games, English women’s soccer coach Phil Neville wants top clubs to host women’s matches at the main stadiums.advertisement Reuters New DelhiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 15:28 IST Women’s soccer coach Phil Neville wants top clubs to start hosting women’s games at top stadiums (Reuters photo)HIGHLIGHTSPhil Neville wants England’s top clubs to host women’s soccer matches at their main stadiums60,739 people watched Atletico Madrid play Barcelona — a record for a women’s club soccer matchNeville said clubs should also offer free tickets to supporters to fill bigger venuesEngland women’s coach Phil Neville has called on the country’s biggest clubs to host women’s games at their main stadiums.Attendance at women’s games in Europe has grown this season, with 60,739 watching Atletico Madrid play Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid earlier this month, a record for a women’s club soccer match.Juventus Women set a record for a women’s soccer match in Italy when 39,000 supporters attended their first game at the Turin club’s Allianz stadium against Fiorentina on March 24, and Neville said it was time English clubs get in on the act.”Some of the big teams in England have got to open their stadiums and fill them and let’s blow the rest of Europe away,” Neville told reporters. “Our game is in a far better place than Spain, Italy or Portugal.”If (second-tier leaders) Manchester United or (top-flight leaders) Arsenal win the league, throw open your stadium. Champions League game for Chelsea – why not play it at Stamford Bridge? Get 30,000 or 40,000.”England play Canada in a pre-World Cup friendly at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium on Friday, a venue that can seat 7,000, and Neville added that should offer free tickets to supporters to fill bigger venues.Also Read | India women’s football team beat Indonesia 2-0Also Read | U.S. women’s football players sue federation for gender discriminationAlso Read | Indumathi Kathiresan stars as India beat Hong Kong in women’s footballAlso Watch | Umpire fails to spot no-ball as MI beat RCB under controversial circumstancesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Women’s FootballFollow Soccer Nextlast_img read more

October 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Feb. 5———FATAL FARM SHOOTING A ‘FREAK ACCIDENT,’ DEFENCE SAYS: An Indigenous man who died in a shooting on a Saskatchewan farm was the victim of “a freak accident that occurred in the course of an unimaginably scary situation,” court was told Monday. Gerald Stanley’s lawyer was making his opening arguments before a jury at the man’s second-degree murder trial. Scott Spencer told jurors that 22-year-old Colten Boushie’s death wasn’t justified, but they must put themselves in Stanley’s shoes. He said the Stanley family faced intruders on their farm near Biggar, Sask., in August 2016, which created a panic situation. Court has heard an S-U-V with a flat tire carrying five people drove onto the Stanley farm. Boushie was sitting in the driver’s seat of a grey Ford Escape when he was shot in the back of the head. Spencer suggested it was reasonable for Stanley to fire some warning shots and says his gun misfired. He told court it was a tragedy during the course of what he likened to a home invasion.———ONTARIO PUBLIC BROADCASTER TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HOST: Ontario’s public broadcaster says the host of its flagship current affairs program will remain on the air while being investigated for alleged sexual harassment. TVO said Monday that Steve Paikin is alleged to have made inappropriate comments to a woman during a lunch in 2010. The broadcaster said it became aware of the allegation on Saturday, when Paikin notified TVO of an email he received from the woman. TVO’s chief executive officer said in a statement that an independent third party will investigate, during which time Paikin will continue to host “The Agenda with Steve Paikin.” The move comes amid a social justice movement under the #MeToo and Time’s Up banners that have undone the careers of several personalities named in sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. CTV News reporter Paul Bliss was suspended hours after a woman made a sexual misconduct allegation against him, while politician Patrick Brown resigned as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party after two women accused him of sexual misconduct.———B.C. RECREATIONAL POT WON’T BE SOLD WITH LIQUOR: Recreational marijuana will be sold online and through both private and government-operated retail stores in British Columbia once it becomes legal later this year. The provincial government has announced retailers will not be able to sell marijuana at stores where liquor or tobacco is sold. The government says it will launch a registration process for those who are interested in applying for a cannabis retail licence, but licences will not be issued without the support of local governments. The province will also allow pot to be smoked in public places where tobacco smoking and vaping are permitted, although it will be banned in vehicles and in areas frequented by children, including beaches, parks and playgrounds. Provincial rules for cultivation will align with the federal government’s proposal, allowing adults to grow up to four pot plants per household, but growing will be banned in daycares, and landlords are allowed to prohibit cultivation.———PMO TEAM TO HANDLE HARASSMENT COMPLAINTS: The Prime Minister’s Office has set up a small team to handle harassment complaints from political staffers working for cabinet ministers. Eleanore Catenaro, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says the two senior aides on the team respond to questions and complaints from ministerial staffers — including those in the PMO — regarding sexual harassment and other inappropriate workplace behaviour. The Harassment Resolution and Investigation Office, which was set up last October, can also arrange for an independent investigation into allegations. “We have been working with various experts and counsellors and lawyers on making sure that we have all the right processes in place,” Trudeau said Monday on his way into question period in the House of Commons. News of the office came to light after HuffPost Canada published allegations by Myriam Denis, who alleges she was contacted by Claude-Eric Gagne — then a senior official in the PMO — with a flirtatious message months after he had interviewed her for a job she did not get. Gagne resigned last week after being the subject of a since-concluded third-party investigation into other allegations, which he denies.———TORIES UPDATE VETTING IN WAKE OF ALLEGATIONS AGAINST DYKSTRA: The Conservatives are now ready to ask potential candidates specifically whether they have ever been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Cory Hann, a spokesman for the party, says the questionnaire that anyone seeking to join a nomination contest must complete was updated Jan. 31. That was the same day Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promised an independent, third-party investigation into how party brass handled allegations of sexual misconduct against former Conservative MP Rick Dykstra. Last week, a report in Maclean’s magazine said allegations involving Dykstra and a Parliament Hill staffer were brought to the attention of the 2015 Conservative campaign team, but seemingly resulted in no action being taken against the longtime Ontario MP. Two of the most powerful figures in the party at the time — former prime minister Stephen Harper and his then-chief of staff, Ray Novak — have now acknowledged publicly they were aware of the allegations. Both said last Friday they allowed Dykstra to remain on the ballot because no criminal charges were laid.———NAFTA DEAL POSSIBLE BY END OF MARCH, CANADIAN AMBASSADOR SAYS: Canada’s ambassador to the United States says he believes NAFTA negotiators can reach an agreement in principle by the end of March. David MacNaughton says enough progress has been made on the “wiring and plumbing” of the agreement that all three countries can iron out their differences on the more substantial issues in the next two months. “I would love to see a deal done,” the envoy said Monday in Ottawa after at an event with his U.S. counterpart, Kelly Craft. “We’ve made tremendous progress on some of the less spectacular things.” The time has come to leave political rhetoric behind and find a workable agreement in principle that officials can hammer out later, MacNaughton continued. Two more rounds of negotiations are set to take place before presidential elections in Mexico and the U.S. congressional mid-terms, which observers fear could prove disruptive. MacNaughton said the continued uncertainty is bad for the U.S. economy and business in general.———RAILWAY, EX-WORKERS SETTLE OVER LAC-MEGANTIC CHARGES: The railway at the centre of the Lac-Megantic train explosion, as well as several of its former employees, settled with federal prosecutors Monday and were ordered to pay fines totalling $1.25 million while one ex-railway worker was given a conditional jail term. Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway, the company that owned the train that derailed in the small town killing 47 people, pleaded guilty to violating the Fisheries Act and was ordered to pay $1 million. Six ex-MMA employees pleaded guilty to violating the Railway Safety Act, namely for failing to ensure the convoy was properly secured the night before it moved on its own and derailed into the small town. Five of them — Michael Horan, Jean Demaitre, Kenneth I. Strout, Lynne Labonte et Robert C. Grindrod — were ordered to pay $50,000 each. Ex-train engineer Thomas Harding, who improperly parked the train on July 5, 2013, before leaving for the night, was given conditional sentence of six months in prison, which will be served in the community. Meanwhile, railway controller Richard Labrie was acquitted. Harding, Demaitre and Labrie were charged separately in Quebec Superior Court with one count each of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people but were acquitted in January.———WOMAN TELLS TRIAL TORONTO COP RAPED HER: A woman who accused a Toronto police officer of raping her told his sexual assault trial Monday that she was afraid of being hurt if she didn’t comply with his demands. The woman, who cannot be identified, told Const. Vincenzo Bonazza’s trial the alleged incident took place nearly a decade ago during what was supposed to be a casual encounter at her apartment. “He didn’t take my words, didn’t take my body language,” she said. “I was afraid he was going to hurt me.” Bonazza has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault at the judge-alone trial. Court heard that the woman only reported the incident in 2015, after becoming a police officer herself. The woman told her supervisor about the alleged incident and then contacted Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, which examines allegations of sexual assault involving police. Bonazza was charged in 2016. The officer came over on Sept. 11, the woman said, and while the pair watched a movie, Bonazza kissed her, then unbuttoned her jeans. The woman said Bonazza went on to have sex with her without her consent and later forced her to perform oral sex.———XAVIER DOLAN CUTS JESSICA CHASTAIN FROM UPCOMING FILM: Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan says he has cut Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain from his upcoming movie “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.” Dolan said in an Instagram post on Sunday evening that he had to rework the first cut of his film — his English-language debut — which was more than four hours long. “We loved every (one) of the assembled scenes, but knew a more profound reflection on the film’s form and focus awaited us,” Dolan wrote. “All sorts of developments unfold during the shooting of a film, as we know. Often, it isn’t before late into a production that it finds its tone…. It was an extremely difficult decision to make. I feel, toward Jessica, a very sincere love, and a great admiration. The decision was editorial and narrative, in that it has nothing to do with a performance, and everything to do with a character, and the compatibility of its storyline.” Dolan, who has been editing the movie since May, said that Chastain’s villainous character simply did not fit with rest of the film’s pared-down story, but added he hoped to work with her again. Chastain also posted a statement on Instagram saying she had heard in advance about her character being cut and the process was “handled with the utmost respect and love.”———PARTI QUEBECOIS LEADER GETS EARFUL OVER JOKE: The head of Quebec’s official Opposition apologized Monday for making fun of a female politician’s conspicuous — and relatively famous — fuzzy upper lip. Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee told reporters he wasn’t trying to ridicule his gender non-conforming colleague in a radio interview broadcast Sunday night. Rather, Lisee said he was comically affirming that Manon Masse wears her salt-and-pepper lip hair as a political statement. Masse, elected in 2014 with the left-wing political party, Quebec solidaire, worked as a feminist and LGBTQ activist before entering politics. She wears her facial hair proudly and has told interviewers on several occasions she refuses to adhere to society’s heteronormative standards about beauty or how women should dress and look. Quebec solidaire is arguably the most progressive and left-leaning party that holds seats in Quebec legislature. And instead of having leaders, the political formation has one female and one male “spokesperson.”last_img read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

SASKATOON — CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. is urging its shareholders to reject a hostile takeover bid by competitor Aurora Cannabis Inc., admonishing the value of the proposed deal and its effect on its share price.In a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, the Saskatoon-based medical marijuana producer said its shares are trading above Aurora’s offer of $24 and would likely be higher if it were not for the all-stock hostile bid.CanniMed said the Edmonton-based company is offering shares that were worth only half as much just two weeks before its hostile bid was announced last fall and that it is inferior to its own proposed acquisition of Tragically Hip-backed Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP).“The combination of CanniMed and Newstrike creates a major player across the Canadian recreational and global medical markets and will be valued as such,” CanniMed said in the letter to shareholders.“We see a clear path to $37 per CanniMed share — or more.”Aurora formally launched its hostile takeover bid for CanniMed in late November on the condition that CanniMed cancel its own planned acquisition and said its offer will remain on the table until March 9.Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora, said in an emailed statement that he took issue with what he called “misleading” information attributed to him in the shareholder letter that he said was taken out of context.The acrimonious takeover battle between the two marijuana companies was in the regulatory spotlight last month at a joint hearing involving the Saskatchewan and Ontario securities commissions.The Ontario Securities Commission ruled on Dec. 22 that any securities issued by CanniMed as a defence against a hostile takeover by Aurora will be cease-traded. Aurora, for its part, will be required to amend its takeover bid circular and related press releases to include certain information that could affect CanniMed’s shareholders when they decide to accept or reject an offer.Shares of CanniMed (TSX:CMED) and Aurora (TSX:ACB) were at $26.00 and $13.88, respectively, in early afternoon trading. read more

October 3, 2019 | | Post a Comment

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Clothing store offers Stampede fashion (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 News) Gearing up for the Calgary Stampede, many Calgarians are still searching for to that perfect outfit.Megan Andre is the owner of Blondie Boutique and says denim is still the hot seller for the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, but there are some other options.“Lots of two pieces, and jumpsuits, and rompers are really big, the double buckle belt, and just lots of fun accessories: chokers. I love to throw on a bandana with anything — and it just makes it Stampede right away,” she said.Andre said sales have been strong so far, and she may have to order more stock soon. by Mike Tarasko Posted Jul 5, 2017 7:06 am MDT read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

“Hindering the work of humanitarian organizations affects first and foremost the most vulnerable people – the men, women and children for whom humanitarian assistance is often a question of survival,” said Ms. Gasarabwe, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Mali.In a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), she described the most recent incident, saying that just two nights ago, an explosive device was set off at the entrance of a building housing a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Menaka, in the Gao region. Fortunately the explosion caused no injuries and material damage was limited, however the incident is nevertheless part of a recent disturbing trend, said OCHA.According to the UN relief wing, since the beginning of the year, humanitarian personnel and facilities have been targeted with violence some 30 times. “Attacks against the personnel and facilities of humanitarian organizations are violations of international humanitarian law,” declared Ms. Gasarabwe. “The recent signing of the peace agreement by all parties to the conflict represents an opportunity to build a lasting peace in Mali,” she said. “Humanitarian actors have a key role to play in continuing to respond to urgent needs and strengthen the resilience of people and communities, while longer-term recovery and development actions are being implemented. Areas that were difficult to access during the conflict are now more easily accessible. This will allow for more aid to reach the people in need.”Some 140 aid organizations work in Mali, about 100 of which are located in the north. They provide essential water, food, health services, education, shelter and livelihood support to hundreds of thousands of people. Their work is guided by the core humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality. read more

September 29, 2019 | | Post a Comment

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code It only took 108 years, but our sports podcast Hot Takedown finally got to discuss a Chicago Cubs World Series win. We break down the strange managerial decisions in Game 7, discuss whether this year’s Cubs or the 2004 Boston Red Sox are Theo Epstein’s crowning achievement, and FiveThirtyEight’s Oliver Roeder joins us to discuss the legacy of this year’s Cubs team.

September 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

INDIANAPOLIS — If there’s one thing that’s become almost painstakingly clear about the Indiana Pacers this season, it’s that they’re an acquired taste among basketball fans.Unless you’re from the state of Indiana, chances are you’re not going to find this club all that sexy. In a league flush with pace, dunks and threes, the Pacers rank near the bottom in all three. Their franchise player, high-flying All-Star Victor Oladipo, went down with a devastating, season-ending injury in January, supposedly ruining whatever chance the club had of making a deep playoff run — if it could even finish the job and reach the postseason to begin with.But focusing on what the Pacers don’t have, or won’t accomplish, might make you miss something important: Indiana possesses perhaps more grit than any NBA team.Of course there are two concerns with a statement like that. First, as numbers-heavy as we are at this site, we couldn’t quite come up with anything to measure the Pacers’ heart (although we pieced together a number of things to make a solid argument). Second, and perhaps more important for the time being: For all the heart Indiana possesses, looking at the team’s recent results might lead you to believe the struggling team is on life support.Before their home win here over the Pistons on Monday night, the Pacers had lost seven of their past eight and were coming off a dismal 4-10 record in March, by far their worst month of the campaign. They’ll head into Detroit on Wednesday in the midst of a 10-game road-losing streak — concerning for a team in danger of falling to the fifth seed and losing home-court advantage in the first round.Aside from a much tougher schedule lately (of those 10-straight road defeats, nine have come to teams that will make the playoffs),1This rationale might comfort Pacers fans. But if Indiana can’t beat playoff-caliber teams on the road anymore, that probably speaks volumes about the team’s prospects of making it out of a second-round series, if it even gets that far. Indiana has struggled to generate consistent offense in Oladipo’s absence. The team logged just 106.5 points per 100 possessions during the month of March, the league’s fourth-worst scoring attack during that span, according to NBA Advanced Stats.More and more, the Pacers’ hardscrabble offense has been putting too much pressure on the team’s third-ranked defense. Before Oladipo’s injury ended his season, Indiana was 16-12 when giving up 100 points or more. But since he left the lineup, and the team’s margin for error shrank immeasurably, the Pacers have gone just 6-17 when surrendering 100 or more.Understandably, the team was a mess immediately after Oladipo’s injury, which required him to be carried off on a stretcher before the home crowd. General manager Kevin Pritchard gave an emotional rallying cry in the locker room after the game, reminding the players that they’d gone 7-4 without Oladipo already this season (as opposed to 0-7 the season before) and were still 5 points per 100 possessions better than their opponents with him off the floor. But that didn’t stop Indiana from falling into a season-worst four-game skid. Adjustments were needed.“It’s a totally different thing to play those 11 games without him when you know in the back of your mind that you’re going to get him back healthy,” coach Nate McMillan said of Oladipo, who was also an All-NBA defender. “But after the injury, we knew he wasn’t coming back. So we had to change everything [in our offense] and hit the reset button.”That meant shifting from a relatively open system — one that often encouraged players (especially Oladipo) to take midrange shots if opponents sagged off — to one that’s more heavily synchronized. Indiana has tripled its number of ball screens for Bojan Bogdanovic,2Since February, Bogdanovic has gotten a ball screen 12.7 times per 100 possessions — up from just 4.2 per 100 possessions prior to Oladipo’s injury, according to data from Second Spectrum. giving him a downhill advantage to set up open teammates if and when defenses collapse into the paint.With more playmaking responsibilities, Bogdanovic has upped his scoring average from 16 points before the Oladipo injury to almost 22 per game since then. He and Wes Matthews, who signed with the Pacers after being bought out following the trade deadline, have replaced the vast majority of Oladipo’s shot attempts. Thaddeus Young’s play has been noteworthy, too, as he has basically doubled his assist average since Oladipo went down. All three players factored into Indiana turning things around in February, winning eight of nine — albeit against suspect competition.Effort has been one of Indiana’s defining traits, both this season and in previous years. After posting that 0-7 mark without Oladipo in 2017-18, the Pacers now stand 21-21 in games without their star this season. They’re highly physical, almost always preferring to fight through screens as opposed to switching on defense, like most teams do. They dive on the floor for extra possessions and rank near the top in recovering loose balls on D. And they’ve developed an attitude that suggests that no deficit is too big for them to overcome. In one of their best wins of the season, the Pacers rallied from 19 down last month to beat ex-Indiana star Paul George and the Thunder. It marked a league-high 19th time over the past three seasons that Indiana had come back to win a game it once trailed by 15 points or more, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.But the struggles over the past month and change have illustrated that effort, which these Pacers are built on, can take you only so far — especially now that Indiana’s foes are bona fide playoff clubs again.“When you’re struggling offensively, it’s hard to grind on these guys and yell, ‘C’mon guys: Keep guarding! Get your intensity up!’ when you can just see their confidence oozing out of them and slipping away with each missed shot,” Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke told me.Put another way: At a certain point, you can only get so much defense out of a team that isn’t producing anything on offense.That isn’t to suggest there isn’t talent on the roster, because there is. It just hasn’t been reliable from top to bottom. Take the two biggest acquisitions from last summer: Tyreke Evans and Doug McDermott. Evans, who figured to be an enormous insurance policy as a ball-handler in case anything happened to Oladipo, has been the NBA’s worst finisher at the rim.3Literally the worst. Out of the 85 players who have taken at least 250 shots from the restricted area, Evans — at 45.7 percent — is the only one shooting worse than 50 percent. And while McDermott has been fine, he’s had unusually wild shooting swings, depending on whether he’s playing at home (just over 30 percent from 3-point range) or on the road (where he’s slightly better than 48 percent from 3-point range).Indiana uses cutters better than most teams. But the Pacers are often slow to identify the mismatches they have when opposing defenses counter their screen-and-roll action with a switch. In fact, no team generates less efficient offense than the Pacers (who score a minuscule 0.81 points per possession) do when getting a switch, according to data from Second Spectrum.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SWITCHES.mp400:0000:0001:38Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.And as you might guess, crunch-time offense has often been a struggle for Indiana, one of a handful of teams to average less than 1 point per possession in those scenarios since Oladipo’s injury.There are obviously plenty of things the Pacers do well, and they still somehow have an outside chance of reaching the 50-win mark. Domantas Sabonis has become one of the NBA’s most efficient bench scorers. Indy shoots very well from three; they simply don’t take many (29th in attempt rate). Yet the team’s bread and butter is its defense, where players like Young and block machine Myles Turner (both of whom deserve All-Defensive Team consideration)4And in Turner’s case, Defensive Player of the Year consideration. frequently force opponents into mistakes. Indiana has occasional breakdowns, too, of course. But the fact remains that the Pacers usually keep themselves in games on that end of the floor.Whether their defense will keep them in the playoffs for long is a separate question. But even if it doesn’t, we can rest assured that the Pacers — warts and all — will leave whatever they’ve got on the court.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

September 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDesperate to try the blocky indie sensation Minecraft but can’t afford the $26.95 price tag? “Just pirate it,” says creator Notch, and you can pay him back later if you love it.A gamer asked Markus Persson, aka Notch, if he could have a free account since he couldn’t afford the game. His only alternative, the gamer lamented, was pirating it. Notch responded with the quote above. Buy it when you can afford it if you still like it, he added.The move is the latest in a string of public-facing moments that have satisfied Notch’s fans and followers. Persson’s celebrity has served as a great promotional asset on PC game communities like Steam and Reddit. PC gamers, ever a thrifty bunch, have applauded Notch’s permission for the would-be pirate to become the actual pirate.“Don’t forget to feel bad,” Notch quipped in his tweet.via TwitterBlake’s OpinionGamers, you’ve just been offered free-to-play in a way you may not even recognize.For game publishers, the free-to-play model is based on the assumption that a lot of gamers will play for free, but a few will eventually pay up. That few may even be as small as 1% to 5%. For Notch, if 100 players pirate the game now, maybe 1% to 5% will pay the $26.95 later, when they can honestly afford the expenditure.Rampant retweeting of Notch’s statement shows that PC gamers dig his stance. That’s great, but consider Notch’s situation. Those would-be pirates, or at least their vast majority, would have pirated anyway. His tweet just opens the door for that 1% to 5% to pay up later.Notch deserves all the love he gets from the Minecraft community, but he’s also a shrewd businessman.last_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHubert Reeves : livres, citation, biographie, tout savoir sur ce scientifiqueHubert Reeves est un scientifique de renom, auteur du livre “J’ai vu une fleur sauvage” et vulgarisateur scientifique célèbre. Qui est réellement cet ardent défenseur de la planète ? Maxisciences vous raconte toutBiographie :Naissance : le 13 juillet 1937 à Montréal au QuébecTrès jeune, Hubert Reeves se passionne pour les sciences quand son père lui rapporte l’Encyclopédie de la jeunesse. La lecture de l’ouvrage lui donne envie d’explorer le cosmos. A l’âge adulte, il s’inscrit à la faculté des sciences de Montréal où il obtient une licence de physique en 1953. En 1955, il présente un mémoire à l’université McGill intitulé Formation of Positronium in Hydrogen and Helium.Il continue ensuite ses études en astrophysique nucléaire à l’université de Cornell. Il y rencontre son directeur de thèse : Ed Salpeter, mais aussi George Gamow et Phulip Morrison. Il y présente sa thèse en 1960, Thermonuclear Reaction Involving Medium Light Nuclei. De 1960 à 1964, il enseigne la physique à l’Université de Montréal, tout en étant conseiller scientifique à la NASA, à New York. Suite à des tensions entre des universités francophone et anglophone, Hubert Reeves décide de quitter le Quebec et s’installe en Belgique. Il enseigne à l’Université Libre et fait un séjour en URSS après une invitation de l’Académie des sciences soviétique et rencontre notamment Iakov Zeldovitch. Il déménage en France en 1965 pour prendre un poste au CNRS. En 1971, Hubert Reeves publie The production of the elements Li, Be, B by galactic cosmic rays in space and its relation with stellar observationsavec deux de ses étudiants, Jean Audouze et Maurice Meneguzzi. Cet article scientifique permet de combler un vide qui existe entre les éléments fabriqués lors du Big Bang et ceux produits lors de la vie des étoiles. L’article est connu sous le nom de  MAR12.C’est dans les années 70 que Hubert Reeves commence la rédaction d’ouvrages de vulgarisation scientifique. Patience dans l’Azur est publié en 1981 et connaît un grand succès après sa médiatisation dans l’émission de télé Apostrophes de Bernard Pivot. En 1984, il sort Poussière d’étoiles : il y rappelle que les atomes qui composent les humains et la Terre ont été créés uniquement à l’intérieur d’étoiles énormes qui ont été disséminées dans l’espace. À lire aussiRéchauffement climatique : l’étonnante raison qui rend les araignées plus agressivesDans les années 2000, Hubert Reeves s’engage et devient un militant environnemental. Il devient le président de l’association Humanité et Biodiversité de 2001 à 2017. Citations de Hubert Reeves :- “A l’échelle cosmique, l’eau liquide est plus rare que l’or.” – “A l’échelle astronomique, la lumière progresse à pas de tortue. Les nouvelles qu’elle nous apporte ne sont plus fraîches du tout !”- “Observer, c’est perturber.” Le 8 décembre 2017 à 17:07 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

September 16, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWashington State University Vancouver will observe the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964 and the Civil Rights Act with a two-day free symposium, “The Power of Racial Coalition,” on Oct. 29-30. It will feature film footage, lectures and panel discussions. Participants will explore the value of interracial unity, coalition-building, political education and activism.• Recalling the Power of Racial Coalition: 4 – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. Through film and discussion, this event will focus on coalition-building and activism, centering on Freedom Summer of 1964. The Civil Rights Act was established on July 2, 1964. With white youth and black organizers joining in the cause, the coalition registered voters, established Freedom Schools and drew attention to violence and murders in the Jim Crow South.• Racial Coalition in 2014: Noon – 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Dengerink Administration Building, Room 110. The Rev. Donald Matthews, author of “Honoring the Ancestor,” a scholar of religion and black studies, will discuss the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “beloved community.” Panelists will represent the Vancouver and Portland National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Urban League and WSU Vancouver.The campus at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave. is accessible by C-Tran bus. Parking is available at meters and in the blue daily pay lot for $3. Learn more at www.vancouver.wsu.edu.last_img read more

September 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFaizan Ahmed, who attempted suicide on Thursday by shooting himself with a handgun in point blank range at Manchirevula Outer Ring Road in Narsingi Police station limits died on Friday morning in the hospital at Gachibowli while undergoing treatment. In a pool of blood in an unconscious state battling for his life, the Narsingi Police shifted him to the hospital on Thursday evening hours. He battled for his life for more than 17 hours as he sustained serious head injuries and underwent treatment in critical condition.last_img read more

September 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Share PexelsA computer screen.Cybersecurity experts have been deployed by the state to assess the damage from a “coordinated ransomware attack” that struck 23 Texas cities on Friday, state officials said.Investigators hadn’t determined the origin of the attacks as of Friday evening and were still working to bring cities’ systems back online, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Information Resources. The department believes, however, that the attacks came from a “single threat actor.”Ransomware attacks involve a type of malware that accesses an organization’s files, locks and encrypts them until a ransom is paid to get them back. The malicious software is often delivered through email attachments or links, and has cost cities across the country millions in damage to computer hardware.The department declined to name the specific cities that were attacked, but said the majority were smaller local governments. On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered a “Level 2 Escalated Response” to the attacks, one step below the Texas Division of Emergency Management’s highest level of alert. The designation means the emergency is beyond the scope of local responders.The Texas ransomware incidents follow recent attacks in other states including Florida, Maryland and New York.center_img This piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata-based Cancer specialists conducted an awareness camp on the gravity of tobacco abuse at Rangaroon tea estate in North Bengal.Dr Ruma Sen Gupta, founder, Chetna Foundation and Dr Priyadarshan Kumar, Oral Cancer surgeon discussed in detail the dangerous effects of tobacco like stroke, Cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases and cancers. The Kolkata-based NGO comprising doctors adopted Rangaroon village to make it tobacco free.The team of doctors under the leadership of Dr. Priyadarshan organised the camp at the local community Hall in which large number villagers took part. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDr Priyadarshan, who specializes in Oral Cancer Surgery at Chitranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), said tobacco consumption is one of the most important reasons for head and neck cancers including oral cancer. He demonstrated the role of tobacco in causing cancer through verbal and visual presentation.Villagers were interested in the camp and clarified their questions and various myths related to tobacco uses.The Mukhiya of the village Buddha Rai, Nrimal Khaturi, Dugrabhadur Shaw said the use of tobacco has affected the women of the villages and the younger generation also. Nrimal Khaturi, a state government official said tobacco has affected the residents of the village badly and time has come to take stringent steps to bring down the malice.Smoking and tobacco chewing have gone up alarmingly among the tea garden workers.This is affecting their health. The villagers agreed to give up the habit and follow the guidance laid down by the doctors.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWhen it comes to better memory skills, the fairer sex seems to score more than men, researchers have found.However, the memory of women tends to fade as the oestrogen – female sex hormones – levels decline or as women enter the post-menopause phase.Memory loss is a well-documented consequence of the ageing process. In a study published online in the journal Menopause, the findings showed that as women enter the menopause transition period, they develop increased forgetfulness and “brain fog”.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, women are also disproportionately at risk for memory impairment and dementia when compared with men. In addition, declines in oestrogen levels in postmenopausal women were found to be specifically associated with lower rates of initial learning and retrieval of previously recalled information, while memory storage and consolidation were maintained. Despite these conditions working against them, middle-aged women still outscore their similarly aged male counterparts on all memory measures, the researchers said.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“Brain fog and complaints of memory issues should be taken seriously, as these complaints are associated with memory deficits,” said Jonn Pinkerton, Executive Director at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) – a US based non-profit organisation. For the study, the team included 212 men and women aged 45 to 55 years and assessed their episodic memory, executive function, semantic processing, and estimated verbal intelligence through cognitive testing.last_img read more

August 31, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgKolkata: A day after meeting Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Monday, sources said. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president will meet Banerjee as part of his efforts to unite opposition parties against the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha election results on May 23. “Naidu will hold a meeting with Mamata Banerjee at West Bengal secretariat this afternoon. Both will hold talks on the strategies of the ‘mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance),” a highly placed source said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata During his interaction with Banerjee, Naidu is expected to brief her about his meetings with all political leaders in New Delhi over the weekend, the source said. Naidu had a busy Sunday as he called on the Gandhis, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury. On Saturday, he had met Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Dubbing the exit polls “gossip”, Banerjee Sunday said she doesn’t trust such surveys as the “game plan” is to use them for “manipulation” of EVMs. Her remarks came after most exit polls forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some predicting that the BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats, comfortably crossing the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.last_img read more

August 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 14, 2014 GameStop shares were down as much as 20 percent Tuesday morning as the company issued a weaker-than-expected forecast for the fourth quarter and full year due to declines in video game sales.The world’s largest video game retailer lowered its fourth-quarter earnings expectations of $1.85 to $1.95 a share from a previously set range of $1.97 to $2.14 a share. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were anticipating earnings of $2.14 a share.The company also revised its full-year earnings to a range of $2.96 to $3.06 per share. Interestingly, the company had raised its full-year guidance in November to $3.08 to $3.25.GameStop’s holiday sales period was marred by a 22.5 percent decline in software sales as consumers shied away from games for former generation consoles, such as the Xbox 360 and PS3.Related: Crocodile Tears? Crocs Blames Earnings Drop on the WeatherWhile software sales were down, the release of several blockbuster consoles over the holidays — including the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — resulted in a 99.8 percent increase in hardware sales during the period.”The higher percentage of sales in the hardware category resulted in better than expected comps, but lower gross margin dollars during the holiday selling period,” said GameStop’s chief financial officer, Rob Lloyd. “In addition, new software sales came in below our expectations.”GameStop’s total global sales for the nine-week period ended Jan. 4 were $3.15 billion — a 9.3 percent increase over last year. Total comparable sales also increased 10.2 percent. The gaming giant also announced that during the holiday period, it repurchased 800,500 shares of stock at an average price of $49.39 for a total of $39.5 million. Related: Game On: China Lifts 14-Year Ban on Video Game Consoles Register Now »center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min readlast_img read more

August 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGoogle plans to unveil a new gaming-related announcement on March 19th at the Game Developers Conference. This could possibly be based on their Project Stream announced last year. Google teased this announcement to members of the press with a GIF that shows light at the end of a tunnel followed by the date March 19th and at the end are the words “Gather around”. There is no concrete information available about this but it is speculated that it’ll be a subscription based game streaming service using Project stream. Unveiling this service at the GDC would make a lot of sense as the conference will attract a lot of gamers. A Hacker news user suggests: “Project Stream will probably allow those on Linux, macOS, and especially ChromeOS to play most games, including recent ones. Which may let people switch platform more easily and/or avoid dual-booting.” Source: Engadget Another user thinks that the subscription service would need a partnership with gaming companies: “If it is Project Stream, Google better announce some serious partnerships alongside the service. Their best bet would probably be to outright buy a major publisher,” Google is not alone or first, in this space, Microsoft also has a game streaming service called xCloud. Amazon is also building a game streaming service. The idea is to handle the graphics-heavy computation at the server end and the users will be able to ‘stream’ the game without the need for high-end hardware. Read next Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox Live gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more Amazon is reportedly building a video game streaming service, says Information Now you can play Assassin’s Creed in Chrome thanks to Google’s new game streaming servicelast_img read more

August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Posted by Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: Agent Incentives, Caribbean, Marriott MIAMI — Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts is rewarding the travel trade with ‘Paradise Perks’, offering incentives to travel agents who book six qualifying reservations within a six-month time period at any of the eight participating properties.Those who meet the requirement are designated ‘Paradise Elite’ agents, unlocking perks and incentives including free nights for personal use and exclusive benefits. Marriott says Paradise Perks is open to all agents, including Canadian agents. As long as the agent is booking trips to properties listed, they are eligible to become a Paradise Elite member.Benefits include:Access to Paradise Elite website with exclusive offers and promotions;Designated resort Account Executive assigned to the agent’s company;Access to Paradise Elite Specialist at each resort to assist with processing VIP forms and all other special requests;Response to requests within eight business hours taking into account time zones;Automatic entry to Marriott travel agent incentive programs from such as ‘Dollar Days’ and ‘Book & Stay’ with completed and submitted VIP Form; andPriority given to clear space in sold out situationsMore news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesParticipating resorts include Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino; CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort; CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa; Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort; St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino; JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa; Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort; and JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa.Frenchman’s Reef Marriott Beach ResortJW Marriott Los CabosSee paradisebymarriott.com/travel_agent for terms and conditions. Free nights at Caribbean resorts with Marriott’s ‘Paradise Perks’ agent incentive program << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

August 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMall Multiplaza del Este, located east of San José, will be expanded by some 53,000 square meters, with an additional 80 new stores, including a Simán department store, and two floors of parking.Work began this month and will be performed in two stages. The first includes the construction of a two-story tower to add 1,100 parking spaces and a department store, behind PriceSmart supermarket. The next phase will add more area for the stores.Grupo Roble, owners of Multiplaza, expect construction to be completed by 90 percent by the end of 2013, and the inauguration is planned for May 2014.Workers also will renovate the existing building, which currently houses 130 stores, food court areas and a cinema complex.Grupo Roble, a Salvadoran group, opened Multiplaza del Este in 2003 and also owns Mall Multiplaza Escazú, southwest of San José. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more