Mechanism to help farmers soon: Union minister

first_imgUnion Minister of State for Agricultural Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Saturday said the Centre is thinking of developing an institutionalised mechanism to help farmers. Mr. Shekhawat was addressing a gathering here after inaugurating the first phase of Agri Bazar, a multi-facility agricultural complex set up by the Goa State Agricultural Marketing Board at Ponda. He said that schemes like the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana have become a lifeline for farmers in distress. “The Ministry would like to come with a concept of ‘one nation, one Agri Bazar’ to enable farmers to market their yield from one single place.” Agri Bazar is said to be a ‘one-roof solution’ for farmers. The disabled-friendly complex is equipped with facilities such as cold storage, ripening facility, kiosks for self-help groups, markets for local produce and banks.last_img read more

Indian Farmers Fume at $430m Cost of Gujarat Statue

first_imgFor years Vijendra Tadvi, a 39-year-old farmer in the western state of Gujarat, has been struggling to find water to irrigate his three acres (1.2 hectares) of farmland.He grows chilli, corn and groundnuts. Like millions of farmers across India, he relies on monsoon rains to water his crops. or he pumps out groundwater, which supports 80% of the rural water supply and farm irrigation. But long dry summers followed by erratic rains have led to frequent drought and shrunk the incomes of farmers like Mr Tadvi.Read it at BBC Related Itemslast_img read more

At rally during mahajanadesh yatra, CM slams Opposition for anti-EVM stance

first_imgOn the third day of the second phase of his mahajanadesh yatra, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attacked his opponents for crying foul on Electronic Voting Machines. He also touched upon the abrogation of Article 370, a decision which had made everyone proud, he said. “We are heading towards a united and stronger India by taking this decision of abrogating Article 370. The entire country is proud of this,” he said while addressing a gathering at Bhusaval. Mr. Fadnavis also attacked the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party for being arrogant while they were in power. Instead of working for the people they focussed on getting their family institutions in place. “This is why the people are constantly rejecting them in election after election. The Opposition parties should understand that unless the voter believes in the party, he/she does not vote for it. Voting is done by the voters and not EVMs, he said.Bhosale is welcomeMr. Fadnavis also said the BJP will be happy if NCP MP from Satara Udayanraje Bhosale joined the party. His statement comes a day after Mr. Bhosale lavished praise on the CM for development works in Satara. The MP also accused the previous Congress-NCP government of creating “obstacles” in the progress of his constituency. Latching onto Mr. Bhosale’s comment, Mr. Fadnavis said what the MP had said was “true” as his government had approved several schemes, including one on National Highway, and irrigation, for the region.“I am thankful to him [Bhosale] and what he said is true. He has been with the NCP-Congress for several years. What our government has done for Satara and western Maharashtra, the Congress-NCP did not do,” he told reporters. He said Mr. Bhosale had acknowledged his government’s development works in the region in the past as well.Asked about the likelihood of Mr. Bhosale joining the BJP, Mr. Fadnavis said, “He [Bhosale] will have to take a decision, but we will be happy if he comes to us.” Mr. Bhosale, who is the descendant of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, is one of the NCP’s four MPs from Maharashtra. Amid murmurs of him joining the BJP, Mr. Bhosale had said on Friday that he would have to take a decision based on what was in the interest of the people of his constituency.When asked about the reports of BJP leaders being in touch with him, Mr. Bhosale had said, “I have friends in all parties. I have a personal rapport with them, but that doesn’t mean…let’s see, I will have to take decision based on what is in the interest of the people at a given time.” “My friend and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis only has done development works in Satara and constituency. Did anyone do it in the past? Earlier, obstacles were created,” he had said.Recently, his cousin and NCP’s Satara MLA Shivendrasinh Bhosale deserted the Opposition party and joined the BJP along with other legislators like Sandip Naik and Vaibhav Pichad. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Klay Thompson hits first 10 from 3 as Warriors rout Lakers

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — Nothing could stop Klay Thompson, certainly not the Lakers’ defense.The Golden State Warriors made sure of it, too, setting screens and calling plays for the star guard, who tied an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range on his way to scoring 44 points in a 130-111 victory Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We kind of sold out to look for Klay, to be honest,” Kevin Durant said. “When you’re knocking shots down like that, you have to continue to feed him until he goes cold and tonight I didn’t see that in sight.”Thompson had 23 points in the third quarter, connecting on seven 3s as the Warriors stretched their lead to 36. He hopped and let his right arm hang in the air after hitting his seventh while Golden State fans at Staples Center cheered. He finally missed from deep late in the period.“We had two, three guys flying at him,” Walton said.Durant added 20 points and Stephen Curry had 11 points and 12 assists, going 2 of 10 from 3-point range for the Warriors.“We had 41 assists tonight, so the ball was moving and Klay was just spectacular,” coach Steve Kerr said.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lakers: Host Minnesota on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Boston guard Marcus Smart $35K after DeAndre Bembry altercation SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIEScenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Warriors: All 12 players scored. … Their other eight-game winning streak this season was Oct. 22 to Nov. 5. … Evened the season series 1-1, having lost 127-101 on Christmas.Lakers: Walton hopes James is able to return this week when the Lakers have five straight games at Staples Center. … Ball is out four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain. … Walton said Rondo (right ring finger surgery) could return on Thursday, but he’s not as confident about James. … Josh Hart had six points, one assist and four fouls starting in place of Ball. … Jack Nicholson made a rare courtside appearance. Mahershala Ali, Snoop Dogg, James Franco, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao were in the crowd.PLEASING THE PARENTSThompson was going to catch up with his father, former Laker Mychal Thompson, afterward.“He’ll probably just tell me, ‘Good job, should have had 50. Should have gone for 50,’” the younger Thompson said. “It’s never good enough for your parents.”BELL VS KERRWarriors reserve Jordan Bell had a sideline exchange with Kerr. Bell scored two points in seven minutes.“Coach will always, especially the younger guys in the league, definitely be on them a little bit more because he expects a lot out of them,” Durant said. “He lets us know what he sees out there and if you have something to say to him back, he’s not going to be afraid to go back at you. He sees the potential in him. That stuff happens, so we’ll move on.”UP NEXTWarriors: At Washington on Thursday in the third of a four-game trip. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Emblematic of his quiet offensive night, Curry came dribbling in alone for a fast-break dunk, but slipped and fell, drawing gasps from the crowd. He scrambled to his feet, got the ball back and put up an air ball.“That was funny,” Thompson said. “That’ll definitely be on ‘Shaqtin a Fool.’”Ivica Zubac led Los Angeles with 18 points. Brandon Ingram added 17 and Kyle Kuzma had 16.The Lakers were without their primary ball-handlers and playmakers in LeBron James, Lonzo Ball and Rajon Rondo. They fell to 5-9 without James, whose left groin strain has forced him out for the longest stretch of his 16-year career.Coming off a split in two straight overtime games, the Lakers kept it close in the first half, trailing 65-55 at the break. Golden State had just six 3s at halftime.But Thompson fired up a 3-pointer — the first of Golden State’s nine in the third quarter — and the Warriors went on to outscore the Lakers 45-25 to lead 110-80 going into the fourth.Golden State’s sharpshooting silenced the crowd and allowed the Warriors to sit four of their five starters in the fourth, leaving DeMarcus Cousins in for a bit until he also went to the bench.Cousins had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four fouls in his second game for the Warriors since being out nearly a year with a severe knee injury.The Warriors have made 141 3-pointers to 93 for opponents during their eight-game winning streak.TIP-INS “I’ve never hit 10 3s in a row in a game. That’s hard to do,” Thompson said. “I just happened to be on tonight and I’m happy I was able to do it in front of my family.”The Warriors equaled a season high with their eighth consecutive victory. The two-time defending champions won their seventh straight road game, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“They’re starting to find their stride, not just against us, but against the league,” Los Angeles coach Luke Walton said.Thompson stopped and popped from everywhere, finishing 10 of 11 from beyond the arc and 17 of 20 from the floor overall.last_img read more

ISL, I-League merger by 2018, says AIFF

first_imgThe AIFF is looking to bring its two flagship football tournaments – Indian Super League and I-League – together by 2018 but is averse to the idea of calling it a merger, general secretary Kushal Das said on Wednesday.Das insisted it is not necessarily just a mere merger of two tournaments but a holistic approach to unite all top clubs of the country under a common umbrella.”We are not viewing it as a merger of ISL and I-League. It is a review of Indian club football structure. So far, we have held only initial discussions. There will be several more discussions regarding it,” Das told IANS on the sidelines of a programme.”No benchmark or time frame has been targetted to complete the process. But we are trying to do it as soon as possible. We are trying to do it by 2017, or else it will be done in 2018,” he added.”We are looking at how to do it, when to do it, so it is not simply a merger. The top league will be opened to allow bids from other clubs. But it would be wrong to call it a merger.”Das was speaking at a programme at which an Indo-French joint initiative to develop football in the country was announced.The I-League’s failure to connect with the masses paved way for the Indian Super League’s (ISL) emergence in 2014. The new tournament, laced with a heavy dose of glitz and glamour, has diminished the prominence of I-League even further.advertisement”The existing calendar in the country is problematic. First ISL, then I-League, then Federation Cup — that forced such a step. The new league will stretch from October to March. It will solve the prevalent problems regarding scheduling and calendar,” Das said.The existence of two leagues in a country’s football calendar is not approved by world governing body FIFA, which still identifies I-League as the country’s premier competition That has forced the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to consider a merger of the two tournaments.Das refused to divulge details about the merger process but said discussions are at a preliminary stage and are developing satisfactorily. He believed an agreeable consensus will be reached, benefitting all the involved parties.According to reports, Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and newly-crowned I-League champions Bengaluru FC are the clubs to be incorporated in the unified league.Das added that national chief coach Stephen Constantine’s performance is being reviewed after India lost seven of the eight 2018 World Cup qualifying matches. But he has been given time till India’s Asian Cup play-offs in June against Laos to salvage his job.”Let’s see what happens. We have a contract with him till 2017. In June, we have the play-offs against Laos. Let’s see how India performs there. No one has been approached or identified as his successor. We are waiting for June.”Das also said the infrastructural development regarding the Under-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India next year, is moving ahead satisfactorily.last_img read more

Rudiger responds after scraping studs down Pavard’s neck

first_imgChelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has apologised to Benjamin Pavard after scraping his studs down the Frenchman’s neck.The pair clashed in the opening moments of Germany’s scoreless Nations League draw with France on Thursday at the Allianz Arena.As Rudiger tried to burst past his French counterpart down the left near the byline, the pair took a tumble, resulting in the Stuttgart man receiving treatment after he was trodden on. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The scars from the clash were clearly visible down Pavard’s neck for the remainder of the game.Rudiger has since claimed that the incident was entirely unintentional and has stressed that he immediately apologised to his opponent.”Sorry for @BenPavard28, it wasn’t intentional,” he posted on Twitter. “I have apologized to him right after it happened and I also want to use this opportunity to wish him a speedy recovery!”Pavard, for his part, has also excused his rival. “It hurts a lot, but I don’t think he did it on purpose. I’ve not seen the footage again,” he said. “I tackled him, took the ball and he scraped me with his studs. I’ve not looked in the mirror yet, but I’m told it’s quite impressive!”It’s football – I don’t think he meant it.”Rudiger was later booked for a foul on the same player in an encounter in which Germany fashioned the better opportunities but could not find a way past France goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who had a fine game on debut, notably keeping out a header from Mathias Ginter with a stunning reflex save.Germany will tackle Peru in a friendly on Sunday, while world champions France will play their second Nations League match against the Netherlands in Paris that same day.last_img read more

1,00,000th Datsun car rolls out from Chennai facility

first_imgMumbai, Nov 9 (PTI) Datsun, the sister brand of Japanese auto major Nissan Motor, today rolled out its 1,00,000th car, a redi-GO 1.0L, from the Chennai manufacturing facility.The Datsun currently accounts for more than half of the total sales of Nissan Motor in India.The Renault Nissan Automotive facility at Oragadam near Chennai is a joint venture between French auto maker Renault and Nissan Motor. It has an installed capacity of producing 4.80 lakh units.The landmark moment was celebrated in the presence of Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd managing director Jerome Saigot and Renault Nissan Automotive India Pvt chief executive officer Colin MacDonald.”The 1,00,000th roll out of Datsun is a strong testimony of customer acceptance and their confidence towards our brand, products and value based offerings.”On behalf of the Datsun India team, I would like to thank all our customers and dealer partners for the commitment towards our brand,” Saigot said.Since the launch of the Datsun redi-GO in June 2016, Datsun India has offered three refreshed variants — redi-GO Sport, redi-GO 1.0L and redi-GO 1.0L Gold — so far.”We are very confident that the future is bright and exciting for the Datsun brand in India. We are confident that our challenger brand positioning, unique product differentiation and best in class cost of ownership will continue to drive the customer?s owning and experiencing our products,” Saigot added.Besides Datsun models, the facility also produces Nissans sedan Sunny, SUV Terrano and B segment hatchback Micra. PTI IAS RSY BASadvertisementlast_img read more

Korea Open: Saina reaches pre-quarterfinals; Sameer, Vaishnavi Reddy crash out

first_imgSaina Nehwal reached the round of 16 round of the Korea Open after her win over Korea’s Kim Hyo Min at the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament on Wednesday.Saina, who is now the only Indian survivor in the tournament, defeated Kim Hyo Min 21-12 21-11 in a lop-sided opening round contest.The former world no 1 Indian, who won a Commonwealth Games gold and a bronze at the 18th Asian Games this year, defeated Kim Hyo Min 21-12 21-11 in a lopsided opening round contest.The fifth seeded Saina will next face local qualifier Kim Ga Eun in the single’s competition.On the other hand, Sameer Verma and rising shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka’s campaigns came to an end.While Sameer, who had secured the Hyderabad Open title early this week, ran out of steam against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, going down 21-15 16-21 7-21 in a men’s singles match, young Vaishnavi was ousted 10-21 9-21 by sixth seed Beiwen Zhang of USA.Saina didn’t face much competition from her first-round opponent as she opened up a 6-2 lead early on and then jumped to a 12-3 advantage before slowly and steadily moving ahead to pocket the first game.In the second game, Saina again moved to a 5-2 lead first and kept distancing herself from Kim, who tried to stay close to the Indian. But Saina was too tough for the Korean as she moved to 18-10 and then sealed the contest comfortably.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

A Look Inside NYC Design Firm STUDIOSC

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design Editors’ Recommendations Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat center_img 1. Bar Prima 2. Brooklyn Desks 3. Medellin House Style doesn’t stop when you lace up your shoes or button your jacket in the morning. It should be about how you live your life, from the restaurants you love to the city you call home. Even your workspace is a reflection of your taste and personality. So when we heard about the NYC-based architecture and design firm STUDIOSC and how they transform spaces from the inside out while keeping the character of each building in tact, we had to learn more about the philosophy behind the company.Founded by architects and designers Stephen Conte and Carolina Escobar in 2013, STUDIOSC is a mindful creative firm that wants to make its mark by contributing to the growth and preservation of NYC. They’ll work with any budget across development, renovation or full-scale interior design to create something beautiful with a respectful nod to history. They hand-select the architects and designers they employ and collaborate with, upholding their client-focused mentality and dedication to telling each building’s story.STUDIOSC’s small creative team works collaboratively on all their commissions, bringing a cohesive vision to each project. Whether they’re working on a residential or commercial space, they focus on adaptive reuse, a process of using an old site or building for a purpose other than which it was originally built. It’s seen by many as a key way to conserve land and reduce urban sprawl. The character of a building is important to them, so they’re always mindful not to strip an old structure of the features that made it so special in the first place.Related: Illuminate Your Home With Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.One of the things we love most about the work STUDIOSC does is the variety of projects they take on. Some of their past projects include Brooklyn Desks (“We literally turned trash into treasure,” Conte said), Brooklyn Night Bazaar, Lexington Greene, 21 Monitor and Bar Prima. Whether the space is residential or commercial, they always work with scale and proportion by applying rigorous thought on how materials and light can affect the exterior and interior environment and experience.Want to know more? Check out their other projects at studiosc.net. Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn last_img read more

Govt retains power to tell RBI to send defaulters to NCLT

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court’s order quashing the RBI’s February 12 circular will give the government discretionary power to issue direction to the apex bank for referring a defaulting company to the NCLT on case by case basis in public interest, official sources said. The Supreme Court Tuesday quashed the RBI circular of last year that pertains to the provisions for referring the defaulter to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) even on a one-day overdue. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalHowever, the SC had upheld the constitutional validity of Section 35AA of the Banking Regulation Act, which empowers the Centre to act, either directly or by directing RBI to take action against defaulters. Section 35AA empowers the central government to authorise the RBI to issue directions to any banking company or banking companies to initiate insolvency resolution process in respect of a default under the provisions of the IBC. Sections 35AA and 35AB were introduced by an amendment to the Banking Regulation Act in May 2017. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had on February 12, 2018 issued the circular saying that lenders have to provide for resolution plan within 180 days in case of large account of Rs 2,000 crore and above. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to sources, the Supreme Court order on the RBI’s circular does not limit government powers to give directions to PSU banks in resolving non-performing assets. Prior to February 12 circular, the resolution mechanism available to banks were CDR, Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A), and JLF. Following Tuesday’s SC order restructuring schemes like S4A may come back. Revised framework for resolution of stressed assets issued on February 12, 2018 invited criticism from various quarters like a parliamentary panel. The RBI substituted the previous guidelines with a harmonised and simplified generic framework for resolution of stressed assets in view of the enactment of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. “Although the new guidelines have been termed as harmonized and simplified generic framework, yet they are far from being so,” Standing Committee on Energy in its report tabled in Parliament last year said.last_img read more

LeBron Doesnt Get Better In The Playoffs Hes Always This Good

Best regular-season statistics, among players who declined as little in the playoffs as LeBron James Hakeem Olajuwon1985-0224.4.184+4.5+1.2+.003+0.1 Walt Frazier1968-7520.0.203+3.9-0.1-.010-0.3 Kevin Durant2010-1727.1.253+6.4-3.6-.077-3.0 PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 LeBron James’s postseason legend continues to grow with each passing year. In recent campaigns, the Cleveland Cavaliers star has even appeared to flip a switch in the playoffs and instantly perform at a higher level. Certainly he did last season, elevating his production markedly from the regular season,1His Player Efficiency Rating (PER) jumped from 27.5 during the regular season to 30.0 in the playoffs, and his Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) from 0.241 to 0.274. and he has shown signs of a boost so far this postseason as well.Playoff LeBron — the destiny-fueled superhero sent to the postseason to capture the Larry O’Brien Trophy — is mostly an optical illusion to basketball fans. Over the course of James’s career, he’s pretty much played the same in the playoffs as we’d expect from his regular-season stats. But because James is so good, just maintaining his remarkable regular-season numbers is by itself a feat — and something that many other stars (past and present) have been incapable of doing.To compare a player’s regular season and playoff production, I gathered advanced stats — including Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Win Shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) and a composite “statistical plus/minus” (SPM) that blends the other two metrics together2The resulting metric is adjusted for team and weighted so as to best align with ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, and is also scaled to represent points above/below per 100 possessions. You can read about it more in this story I wrote about Chris Paul’s incredible career stats. — for all NBA and ABA players since 1963.3For accounting purposes, that was the first season for which we know exactly how many minutes a player split between teams if he switched teams mid-season. Then I tracked how much each player improved or declined when he reached the playoffs.4Specifically, I took a career average for each player, weighted in accordance with how many regular-season and playoff minutes he logged each season.The vast majority of NBA players play worse in the postseason, which makes sense given that the playoffs contain the league’s most difficult opponents. The typical player tends to see his PER drop by 1.1 points, his WS/48 by 0.028 points and his SPM by 1.1 points during the playoffs. James is not immune to this dynamic, but he’s managed to resist the drag of the playoffs more than most. Here are the best regular-season players in my sample, along with how their stats changed in the playoffs (through Sunday’s games): REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS Bob Lanier1974-8420.1.179+3.3+0.8-.002-0.1 Wilt Chamberlain1964-7323.9.239+5.8-1.9-.044-1.5 Who maintains their skills in the postseason? (1963-2017) Stephen Curry2013-1726.7.259+6.5-4.1-.074-2.9 Dirk Nowitzki2001-1624.4.224+5.1-0.7-.037-1.4 So, no, James isn’t Hakeem Olajuwon, who somehow managed to play better in the postseason than he did in the regular season. (Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs is adding to his own legend in that department as we speak.) But James’s regular-season numbers are also better than Hakeem’s, or Magic Johnson’s, or basically everyone else in NBA history. Whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, you can pretty much expect the same LeBron. He’s great all the time.Check out our NBA playoff predictions. David Robinson1990-0325.5.245+6.4-2.4-.047-1.8 Michael Jordan1985-9828.8.275+7.5-0.2-.019-0.6 Magic Johnson1980-9623.9.222+5.1-1.0-.014-0.6 Chris Paul2008-1726.7.272+6.8-0.5-.054-2.0 Average qualifier17.3.144+1.8-1.1-.028-1.1 Rick Barry1967-8021.6.167+3.0+0.1-.013-0.5 Karl Malone1986-0424.4.214+5.1-3.2-.075-2.8 Shaquille O’Neal1994-1127.4.219+5.8-1.3-.035-1.4 PLAYERPLAYOFF YRSPERWS/48SPM*PERWS/48SPM* Charles Barkley1985-9924.3.216+5.1-0.1-.024-1.0 Jerry West1963-7423.5.226+5.0-0.3-.025-0.8 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1970-8923.4.216+5.0-0.3-.022-0.7 REGULAR SEASONCHANGE IN PLAYOFFS * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com LeBron James2006-1728.6.258+6.9-0.9-.021-0.8 Kawhi Leonard2012-1720.2.203+4.3+1.4+.012+0.5 Bill Russell1963-6917.6.179+3.3+0.6-.021-0.4 Tim Duncan1998-1624.4.210+5.3-0.1-.018-0.8 Michael Jordan is always a popular comparison point for King James when it comes to playoff heroics. Jordan did retain more of his output in the playoffs than LeBron has over his career, but MJ is also the exception here — like he is in most basketball-related things. Contemporary stars Chris Paul, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have all experienced far bigger drop-offs in the playoffs than James, as did legends of yesteryear such as Karl Malone and (gasp!) Larry Bird.5I was shocked to see how much Bird’s production dropped during the playoffs over his career, given that he won three championships. All told, James’s regular-season-to-playoffs dip is roughly the same as Tim Duncan’s — pretty good company.James’s ability to maintain his output in the playoffs is even more impressive when you consider that his regular-season numbers are really, really good. It’s easier to display postseason improvement when you are starting with a lower bar. The players who raised their production the most during the playoffs — think Pistons legend Isiah Thomas or ex-Warrior Baron Davis6Amazingly, Davis had the biggest leap in SPM between the regular season and playoffs of any player since 1963! — tend to be moderately good, but not great, regular-season performers. Among players who retained as much of their regular-season selves in the playoffs as James, only Jordan played at a higher level during the regular season: Larry Bird1980-9224.1.212+5.1-2.8-.040-1.7 * SPM, or Statistical Plus/Minus, is a mixture of PER and WS/48 that weights each according to how well it correlates with ESPN’s Real/Plus Minus. It is scaled to represent a player’s net points above average per 100 possessions. Data is throughSunday’s games.Source: Basketball-Reference.com read more

The car park site of Richard III s grave is to be

first_imgThe Leicester car park where the remains of Richard III were found has been given protected status by Historic England after being listed as a scheduled monument.The last Plantagenet king was hastily laid to rest after his death in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 in a medieval monastic site, the remains of which now lie beneath a council car park. Now, the 13th century Greyfriars has been listed as a scheduled monument.It is thought the archaeological site – “one of the most significant in our national history” because of its connection to the dramatic events around the final battle of the War of the Roses – is well preserved under the city centre car park.Making the friary into a scheduled monument means it is preserved for future generations, with special consent required before any work or changes can be made.Richard’s skeleton was found during an archaeological excavation at Leicester City Council’s car park in 2012 and was confirmed as his remains following DNA analysis of the bones which matched that of living descendants. The former burial place of Richard III, a medieval monastic site which now lies under a car park in LeicesterCredit:University of Leicester/PA 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. Heritage minister John Glen said: “The discovery of Richard III’s skeleton was an extraordinary archaeological find and an incredible moment in British history.”By protecting this site as a scheduled monument, we are ensuring that the remains of this once lost medieval friary buried under Leicester are preserved for future generations.”Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England, said: “The site of Greyfriars, where Richard III was hastily buried in the days following his death in the final battle of the War of the Roses, is one of the most significant in our national history.”The archaeological remains on the site are now well understood and fully deserve protection as a scheduled monument.”He said the protection of the area would mean it remained “as a tangible and evocative reminder of this significant episode in our nation’s history”.City mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The discovery and identification of King Richard III’s remains was a remarkable achievement.”We’ve already honoured this discovery with a world-class tourist attraction in the King Richard III visitor centre and the scheduling of this site will help to ensure this remarkable discovery is protected for future generations to enjoy.” A memorial stone for Richard III at Leicester CathedralCredit:University of Leicester/PAcenter_img The former burial place of Richard III, a medieval monastic site which now lies under a car park in Leicester A memorial stone for Richard III at Leicester Cathedral He was reburied in 2015 at Leicester Cathedral.The Greyfriars site dates back to the 1220s when Franciscan friars first arrived in Leicester, and it was at their church where Richard was buried with little ceremony in 1485 after the battle which saw Henry Tudor become king of England.Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII, paid for a modest tombstone to be placed over Richard’s grave 10 years later.The friary was dissolved in 1538 and the church demolished as the next king, Henry VIII, broke with the Catholic church in Rome, and the friary appears to have been knocked down during the following decade.Although parts were built on over the following centuries, much of the area was occupied by gardens and became car parks serving the council offices by the mid 20th century.As there has been little disturbance to Greyfriars from buildings and foundations, the area has great potential for the survival of archaeological remains, experts said.It has been granted protection by the Culture Department on the advice of government heritage agency Historic England.last_img read more

Lazarov to stay until 2021 in Nantes

HBC NantesKiril Lazarov ← Previous Story BURIC WITH 100 HANDS: SG Flensburg smash RNL for 13th win Next Story → Vote for NBSC World Handball Player 2018! The unofficial TOP goalscorer in the history of VELUX EHF Champions League (there is no any official evidence in EHF system), Kiril Lazarov, will stay at HBC Nantes until 2021. The 38-years old lefthander, famous as “goal-machine” in all the clubs in which he was playing in the last two decades, extended contract with the French third side and EHF Champions League finalists from the last season.Lazarov came to Nantes in 2018.I am loyal person. I will try to give everything for the people from the club who believe in me – said Lazarov after contract announcement. read more

Fidelma Healy Eames vindicated by Irish Daily Mail apology

first_imgSENATOR FIDELMA HEALY Eames has said she feels ‘vindicated’ by an apology from the Irish Daily Mail about two articles it published about her in 2012.The newspaper had printed two articles in August of that year about work the Senator and her husband had done as volunteers with the Voluntary Service Overseas charity in Rwanda.The High Court case was struck out today because an agreement was reached between the two parties. RTÉ reports that, in an apology to Healy Eames, the newspaper said it accepted that the “articles gave the wholly inaccurate impression that the Senator had benefited from public or charity funds”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie about the settlement today, Healy Eames said she was “relieved and delighted”.“I feel like I’ve been vindicated and those are the key things,” she continued. “I’m grateful for all the help along the way and in particular for family, friends and supporters who believed me all along, because it was a very difficult time”.An undisclosed sum of money was also included in the settlement and the Senator said she will be making a donation to a charity for widows and orphans of the Rwandan genocide.She added that she fully accepted the apology of the Irish Daily Mail and is just pleased now that she can move on.Read: ‘With a heavy heart’: Fine Gael senator confirms she won’t support abortion bill>Read: RTÉ apologises for ‘confusion caused’ by Gaza woman footage>last_img read more

Four Greeks killed in Turkish bus crash

first_imgFive people were killed, four of them Greeks, and several more injured in a road accident on Friday morning near the town on Malgara in the Marmara region of Turkey when a Turkish bus en route to Athens from Istanbul veered off the road and plunged into a ravine.According to the Turkish authorities, the Greek citizens who were killed are Sofia Mariadi, Minas Solakidis, Arkadios Moisidis and Foto Mytakidi, who also had Turkish citizenship. Yassar Demirer from Turkey also lost his life. The bodies of those killed have been transferred to the Malkara state hospital.The names of the Greeks who were injured are Panayiotis Paletidis, Maria Mariadi and Vasilis Naris.The fifth person reported killed is a Turkish national.The Turkish authorities believe that the cause of the accident was the slippery road surface due to icy conditions.A Greek C-130 military transport plane was dispatched to transfer the unharmed passengers back to Greece.The Greek Consul General Paraskevi Tzivelekou in Edirne (known as Adrianoupoulis in Greek) was at a hospital in Malgara where the injured Greeks were being treated. Source: Kathimerini, Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Orange says opponent’s oil spill claim is false

first_imgPort of Vancouver commissioner candidate Don Orange said he’s filed a cease-and-desist order against his opponent for making what he says is a false claim that his automotive business was cited by state and federal authorities for spilling up to 1,000 gallons of toxic oil.A flier circulated earlier this week by Kris Greene’s campaign for port commissioner claims that the alleged pollution caused by Orange’s business runs contrary to his professed concern for the environment and opposition to a proposed oil terminal at the port.“Don Orange promotes environmental protection, yet his automotive business was cited by state and federal authorities for toxic oil spillage of up to 1,000 gallons resulting in severe environmental contamination,” reads the flier. “It does not appear this toxic spillage was ever cleaned up.”Orange called the claims made in the flier “a lie.”He said that the contamination happened before he purchased Hoesly Eco Automotive from the Hoesly family in 2008. He said that the company had a leaking underground storage tank that had been used to store waste oil in the 1990s. Orange said the tank was removed and the site cleaned up before he took ownership of the business.Information from the Washington State Department of Ecology supports Orange’s statement.An email from Ecology spokesman David Bennett said the tank was removed in 2001, the contaminated soil was excavated and the company submitted a report confirming that sampling results showing the facility was in compliance with state pollution law.last_img read more

Commissioners approve flat fee for septic owners

first_imgWith the new year will come a new county septic system fee structure.Beginning in January, Clark County septic system owners will no longer pay county inspection and tipping fees. Instead, the approximately 34,000 septic owners in the county will see an annual fee of $16.50 added to their property taxes in the spring.The Clark County Commissioners, serving in their role as the board of health, on Wednesday morning approved an ordinance to replace the two county fees with one flat fee. The decision came after a discussion and public hearing that lasted about an hour and a half.Under the multiple-fee structure, the county charged a $20 electronic reporting fee for inspections and a tipping fee of 6 cents per gallon of liquid pumped. Depending on the type of septic system, inspections are required every one, two or three years. Septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years.On average, the new flat fee system will reduce the annual cost to residents, said Marni Storey, deputy director of Clark County Public Health. The new fee does not cover the cost of the actual inspection or tipping by contractors.The fee revenue funds a county “operations and maintenance” program. The program offers guidance for residents who need to repair their systems or have questions about the inspection process. Program employees also field complaints and conduct performance audits of private pumpers, inspectors and installers. State law requires the county program.last_img read more