M.P. govt. misleading SC, allege gas tragedy survivors

first_imgHundreds of survivors of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 staged a sit-in here on Thursday demanding that the State government stop misleading the Supreme Court in the matter of additional compensation by downplaying the damage caused by the disaster.Led by organisations working for the survivors, the protesters gathered at Neelam Park to call upon the government to state correct figures of deaths and the extent of damage to the health of survivors in a curative petition expected to be heard by the court soon. ‘Misleading figure’Speaking at the gathering, Rashida Bee, president of the Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmchari Sangh, said: “In March 2011, the government told the Supreme Court that 15,248 people had died as a result of the disaster. Yet, it has not corrected the misleading figure of 5,295 it has presented in the petition for additional compensation.” Claiming that while over 80% of the survivors continue to suffer health problems, according to the records of government hospitals, Rachna Dhingra of the Bhopal Group for Information and Action said the government maintained in the petition that 93% of the survivors were discharged after a day’s hospitalisation. “This is despite enough scientific literature, including Union Carbide’s, which says methyl isocyanate causes residual injuries that persist even after treatment.” she said.last_img read more

Alora aims to prove she deserves to be flag-bearer by winning SEAG gold

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games “Of course I’m proud to be the flag-bearer and we’re more inspired to strive harder because as the flag-bearer everyone will be looking at me” said Alora during the athletes’ send off. “We’ve prepared hard for this and I’m pretty sure we can produce the medals.”The Philippines had the second-best medal tally in taekwondo in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games winning three golds, three silvers, and two bronzes. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOnly Vietnam had a better record with five golds and three silvers.Alora, who represented the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said it’s either gold or bust for her and the team in the Kuala Lumpur Games and that she wants to prove that she deserved her role as the Philippines’ flag-bearer. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next “I’m the one carrying the flag because I know I deserve the role,” said Alora in Filipino. “And I also want to prove that I deserve to carry the flag by winning a gold medal in the SEA Games.”“When I heard that I would be carrying the flag, I told myself that I would I have to prove it in Malaysia by winning.” View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH women’s netball team begins SEA Games campaign vs Thais Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Kirstie Alora. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netFilipino jin Kirstie Alora is not the type who has a shortage of confidence.Alora will lead the Philippine contingent in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games and the 27-year-old is going to Kuala Lumpur with a goal she and the country would be proud of.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Veteran fencers shine in Asian tilt

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Other winners were Myra Cruz (bronze 60 to 69 women’s epee), and Lenita Otadoy (bronze, 35-49 women’s saber).The ladies’ saber team also captured a dramatic gold medal after one member had to check out of the hospital to play in the event. The team was made up of past SEA games medalists Aurea Dioquino, Lenny Otadoy and Bevery Alarcon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reynaldo Navarro wins the gold. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines put up a strong stand in the recent Asian Veterans Fencing Championship in Thailand, with Reynaldo Navarro bagging a gold in the men’s 50 to 59 saber competition.Former Philippine Olympic Committee president Celso Dayrit won a bronze in the men’s 60 t0 69 epee while three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Maria Leonor Estampador topped the 50 to 59 women’s foil.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Rain or Shine continues chase for top 4, downs Blackwater World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

The Fullness of being

first_imgOne is a fashion icon of the 1960s and ’70s, the other a contemporary national award-winning actor. Asha Parekh, 68, and Kangana Ranaut, 23, compare notes on beauty and the role of women in Bollywood. Parekh, who is known for a string of hits in a career spanning nearly four,One is a fashion icon of the 1960s and ’70s, the other a contemporary national award-winning actor. Asha Parekh, 68, and Kangana Ranaut, 23, compare notes on beauty and the role of women in Bollywood. Parekh, who is known for a string of hits in a career spanning nearly four decades, tells Ranaut of a time when there were no vanity vans, hairstylists for men and certainly no botox. Heroines dressed behind trees, sported elaborate coiffures and had their make-up done by the side of the road. Curvy was in, skinny was out. The salwar-kameez was fashionable, skin show was not. What has not changed is that the audience is just as obsessed about the woman’s beauty and for all the talk about size zero, curves still count, even if they are artificially created. Q. How has the perception of beauty changed since the ’70s?”Now high fashion means shopping abroad with your designer. In films, high society girls don’t wear salwars. Those who do are poor girls.”- Kangana Ranaut”It’s sad that our saris and salwar-kameezes, which looked so fabulous are now considered outdated. The dresses worn now are not ours.”- Asha ParekhKangana Ranaut: A lot. I think in the ’70s, women were more feminine, they were seen as more vulnerable and polite. But these days, the female characters in films are portrayed in a way filmmakers think is contemporary but is actually very reckless. Especially me, in my films I am either doing drugs or killing myself. It is because the society we are in now is torn between India and the West.Asha Parekh: I think the reason for this is that we have become Westernised. We are no longer Indian and that’s the unfortunate part. Many girls have size-zero figures because they have to wear western dresses which won’t look good on a plump woman.advertisementRanaut: That’s true. Our women are very curvy. Now we are in an age where women are extremely fashionable and even wear bikinis. A man likes to see an actress in such clothes, but when he has to take a woman home, he would want her dressed in a sari.Parekh: That’s the thing, we have double standards. At that time, the actresses were all such beautiful women. They were all elegant and each had her own stature.Q. How has the trend of size zero changed things?Parekh and RanautRanaut: It’s died a natural death because you can’t really get attracted to someone who is all bones. This whole concept came from the ramp because there, you need hangars to hang clothes. For example, this film I am doing now, my director tells me everyday not to lose weight.Parekh: I think Indian men used to like buxom women. Our saris are supposed to be draped around a figure that has a bottom as well as something on top. I am being blunt and should not say this, but when you are skinny, it’s like the sari has been wrapped around a stick.Ranaut: The sari itself is such a teasing thing because it is transparent with a small little blouse and your tummy showing. You don’t really have to wear a bikini and shorts to catch the attention of a man. Every man without exception thinks that the sari is the sexiest outfit. So there must be some reason for it.Q. And how is the grooming different from what was done at that time?Parekh: It’s not changed much as we had make-up men and hairdressers even then. In fact, we had very complicated hairstyles. In our time, everyone had a different style and only the hero and heroine had a make-up artist and hairstylist. The rest of the crew had one make-up man. What we didn’t have back then was the trend of men having hairdressers. It’s quite shocking to see men with hairdressers on the sets now. They keep combing their hair.Ranaut: And they get paid so much. My hairdresser complains, I create so many hairstyles and I get paid less than the actors’ stylists because they are from fashionable salons. During one of my shoots, the actor had barely inch-long hair and the hairdresser kept fussing with it.Q. How important is fair skin now?Ranaut: I think it remains an obsession.Parekh: It wasn’t important. A dark girl can be very beautiful. Smita Patil was never fair, neither is Shabana Azmi. There are so many of them I can point to. They weren’t so very fair but they were such great artistes. You couldn’t help but be dumbfounded on seeing them perform on screen.advertisementQ. Is there an emphasis on cosmetic surgery now?Parekh: You shouldn’t play with your body. The effects are temporary and you don’t know what will happen after a period of time. The reaction may come years later. You have to respect what God has given you. We did do things like diet to lose weight. I once had to wear tuxedos for a film. I was plump at that time and felt I looked horrible in them. So I went on a crash diet but I don’t like the idea of going under the knife to lose weight.Ranaut: The camera can magnify even the tiniest flaw. I had an accident when I was small and no one could really see the stitches, but on screen they looked so stark. Cosmetic surgery helped me but there are things like botox that freeze your face forever and you can’t really express yourself.Parekh: If you have scars from an accident and use plastic surgery to remove them, it’s all right. But why do people need botox when they are growing old? One should age gracefully.Ranaut: It has allowed actresses to work for longer. But I personally feel that an actor is all about the characters he or she plays. If I am young, I can play a young seductress but when I get older, I would want to play roles befitting my age. As I age, experience motherhood and gain maturity, I would like to portray characters who reflect that life experience. If I am 40, why should I play a 16-year-old?Q. How has the body image changed since the ’70s? When did breast implants become popular?Parekh: I shouldn’t be naming them but one of the best known actresses today has had so many surgeries that you can see that doctors have actually sculpted her. It is shocking but even her face is completely done. When she speaks, you can see all her muscles are jammed.Ranaut: It’s an individual choice. It is mostly people who do stage shows who tend to go for implants. These have their own problems. To put it this way, when you jump, your house jumps more than your implants, and that’s not a good thing at all.(After recovering from peals of laughter, they continue)Parekh Indian clothes look nice if you have a little bit of flesh. It’s sad that our saris and salwar-kameezes, which looked so fabulous, are now considered outdated. The dresses worn now are not ours. And if you are wearing a dress and you are fat, you will look obnoxious. I see some very fat people wearing tight dresses and they look really terrible.Ranaut That’s not true. If you have curves, it always looks good. I liked the way all of you carried Western clothes even when you were all so curvy. When I was doing my first film, I was painfully skinny. People would ask me if I ate air but I was a teenager then and it’s normal for them to be thin. Actresses from your time ask me, why am I so thin but the point is they are so much older than me and when they were my age, they were even skinnier. When I become my mother’s age, I am sure I will look exactly like her.advertisementQ. Kangana, after working on Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, what is your perception of beauty in the ’70s?Ranaut: Women were more dressy then. I used to spend a lot of time getting my hair done. But these days, the director says I want you to be normal, like how you would be at home. They focus a lot on reality now which I didn’t feel in Once Upon… I felt like this woman who is like a dream girl. So she doesn’t have to be a reflection of reality.Parekh: At that time, everything looked like a dream. It wasn’t that we didn’t have plain dresses. But there are films where we had to look gorgeous and really done up. We had very complicated hairstyles and often it would take two hours to create a single hairstyle.Q. How has the sense of fashion and clothing changed?Parekh: A lot. Girls don’t wear saris now.Ranaut: Films now don’t have characters who wear salwar-kameez and even if they do, they are shown to be poor girls who don’t dress up. Like the way Saira Banu was dressed in Padosan. She was so sophisticated and she wore churidars and saris. But now high fashion means shopping abroad with your designer. In films, high society girls don’t wear salwars. Those who do are poor girls, like Priyanka Chopra in Kaminey or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Taal. It’s like you are poor and cannot go beyond a Rs-250 salwar-kameez.Q. Does skin show enhance beauty?Parekh: We did have skin show, but not so much. In our time, you wouldn’t find a lead heroine in a bikini. You would have a Helen in feathers and sequins, but never the lead actress because she was seen to be gharelu (homely).Ranaut: I agree. In those films, you wouldn’t see a mainstream heroine in a bikini because then the perception was that this is the girl the hero wants to marry. So if you put her in a bikini, you break the audience’s reverie. But today’s hero is confused and he doesn’t know whom he loves. He may like three actresses at the same time. It’s not about just actresses or changing fashion, it’s the whole society around us that has changed.Parekh: Yes. What is projected in films is what you see happening.Ranaut: Which hero can you imagine from the ’70s or ’80s who will say something crazy to his girlfriend like, I am in love with you but I’m not sure I want to marry you, or I’m in love with you but I need a break from you, or I’m in love with you but I think I’m in love with her too?Q. How differently were actresses treated then?Ranaut: Today filmmakers think all actresses are fools, they are dumb blondes, don’t know what they are saying and are stupid creatures who are lucky to be born beautiful. It is sad. You get to hear things like, “You are probably the first actress I have met who is intelligent.” If you ask why or how a certain scene happened, they will be surprised and happy to see you are thinking and will explain it to you. But the perception is that you don’t understand anything and you just want to know who the hero is, how much money you are getting and who is dressing you. They treat you like a baby who doesn’t know anything and doesn’t need to know anything.Parekh: That is shocking. In my time, there was a lot of dignity. A lot of people looked up to us and there was an aura about each artiste. I have been a great fan of Vyjayanthimala. I remember when she was shooting for Amrapali at Mehboob Studio, no one was allowed to go on sets. I was shooting for Teesri Manzil (1966) at that time with Shammi Kapoor and we thought we must go to see her because she is so gorgeous. We couldn’t just barge on to the sets because she didn’t allow anyone. He told me, “I am the distributor of the film so she can’t throw me out”, and when I said what about me, he said “You come with me”. So we crept on to the set. It was a round set with staircases all over and we watched from there. She just took our breath away; she was so gorgeous. Her figure looked like a sculpture standing in front of us. People looked up to these stars when they saw them. When Madhubala arrived on the sets, a hushed whisper would descend on everyone. That was the kind of aura the stars carried at that time.Ranaut: Today, the way a director treats my hero is not the same as he would treat me. It’s because the hero is like family to the filmmaker with an understanding that they have worked together for 15 years and will be together for the next 15 years. The actresses though are flavours of the season, here today, gone tomorrow. The life of an actress has become very short and most don’t last for more than three to five years. It is very unlike your time when actresses worked for up to three decades. Madhuri Dixit was the last one but even she had 20 years.Parekh: Filmmakers respected us. It was a different time altogether. It was like a family, an emotional tie. There was a lot of camaraderie in the unit. So much so that when a film ended, we would all be very upset at the thought that we would spread out again. Now it depends on the films. If your film clicks, you are on top.Ranaut: Earlier it was never just about the hero. Today the hero selects four girls and of these, whoever is available gets the part. That’s why actresses who don’t even know the language are on the top. It is because she is required just for a song and a few funny scenes, so it’s easy to replace her. Who could have replaced an Asha, a Hema or a Sharmila? That’s how you last 30 years, have a strong fan following and a relationship with people. That is how you command respect. It isn’t the same now. You can still go back and relive so many of your great performances but now heroes are so insecure they cut all your scenes. For Fashion, all UTV kept saying was there was no hero, so how could they put so much money in such a film.Parekh: In our time too, there were few heroine-centred films but we did have our individual styles. Everybody in the industry right now is so insecure-not just heroes. It is because all are trying to run fast and get the maximum mileage. So everyone is running and grabbing things. But it is commendable how you face the media today; it’s madness. I don’t know how much stress all of you go through. I don’t think I would have been able to cope with such pressure.Ranaut: I always wanted to know why you never married. I can’t understand how someone like you could remain single.Parekh: It was never destined. I am happier being single when I see the children of others going haywire.last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s win over India seen as victory of a small cricketing country with big ideas

first_imgTRUE TRIUMPH: The Sri Lankan team celebrates after the victory at ColomboSo that should settle it. The Indian cricket team is the absolute pits, incapable of beating their mums, undeserving of mercy, money and precious minutes of their public’s time. What else could it be now that they’ve been beaten,TRUE TRIUMPH: The Sri Lankan team celebrates after the victory at ColomboSo that should settle it. The Indian cricket team is the absolute pits, incapable of beating their mums, undeserving of mercy, money and precious minutes of their public’s time. What else could it be now that they’ve been beaten by Sri Lanka, who not so long ago took an annual boat trip to play Tamil Nadu for the M.J. Gopalan Trophy?Thanks to this Indian team, the Sri Lankans have been treated to their first home series win in two years and the first-ever over their neighbours. It has come to this: the world’s biggest cricketing country taken out by one of the world’s smallest. Look closer. Size sometimes doesn’t matter and things are never what they seem. Sri Lanka are no longer the pushovers of international cricket. This is not an excuse for why the Indians lost both the one-day and the Test series there. It is the reason why the Sri Lankans are learning how to win. Sri Lankan cricket has none of what the Indians do – a long history of international contests, multi-million dollar deals, a team whose presence puts a 30 per cent premium on any TV rights contract, Sachin Tendulkar and telephone-number salaries. What the Lankans have had for a few years now and where the difference is beginning to tell down the line is in the fine print: it has a plan. In 1995 the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) outlined its mission to make Sri Lanka the “Best Test Nation by the year 2000”. That hasn’t happened but plenty else has – including the World Cup victory in 1996 which brought money flooding in. Their target now is the 2003 World Cup.advertisementIt dominates discussion and administrative time in Sri Lanka, the reason why telephone lines are buzzing and fast bowlers are being groomed. From 2000, Sri Lanka have won 31 of their 45 one-day internationals. It is a win percentage (69) better than that of South Africa (66 per cent, 52 matches, 33 wins), second in the world only to that of Australia (78 per cent, 44 games, 33 wins) and far ahead of India’s in the same period: 51 matches, 24 wins (47 per cent). If any good is to come from it, this series should help the Indians understand that they are, in reality, exactly where the Sri Lankans were five years ago: working with a foreign coach to take the first steps in developing a culture for physical conditioning that will support and enhance their skill and also trying to develop a synchronicity of purpose.Aussie Dav Whatmore had a core of experienced players when he took over the islanders six years ago. New Zealander John Wright has a bunch of raw recruits but that’s not the only difference. The Indians realise that unless they get the kind of support that the Sri Lankans do, good news will come only in a very thin trickle. “Cricket is an industry,” says Ranjan Madugalle, explayer, ICC match referee, television commentator and member of the Sri Lankan board’s cricket committee, “and to be a top international side you need ability but you also need to be supported by a top class group of administrators.”Sri Lankan’s current success may give the impression that the BCCSL functions like a Honda factory. In reality Sri Lankan board politics makes BCCI’s faction fights look like a family dispute over who will buy the groceries. In the past two years, the board has been sacked by the government twice and replaced by interim committees.Last year, there was a grenade attack during a meeting of regional cricket board officials and during the latest round of board elections, voters were intimidated by gun-toting thugs. So why is Sanath Jayasuriya’s smile still as big as a saucer? Whatmore has had two stints in Sri Lanka – the first truncated by the 1999 World Cup defeat – and he has seen all kinds of administrators come and go. His explanation is simple: “Whoever comes to power has a vested interest in the team doing well.” FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Sourav Ganguly’s team is where the Lankans were five years agoAt the moment it is an interim committee chaired by former cricketer Wijaya Malalasekhara, who held high managerial office in Ceylon Tobacco. Headed by CEO and another former skipper Anura Tennekoon, there are no less than 46 paid officials working for the BCCSL, including 10 former cricketers who are in executive positions. This is not the re-establishment of a happy clique of cricketing aristocrats. These are cricketers who have decided it is worth getting their hands dirty. What more feels their impact. “I have full autonomy in training. Anything that is needed to assist the team is automatically given the green light,” he says. It could be specialised batting and fielding coaches during practice or, like he ordered against the Indians, grassy Test pitches.The idea was not only to ground the Indians on green tops but also to get his own batsmen more used to playing on livelier tracks, which they encounter and struggle on away from home. It has also helped, he says, “test the ability of the groundsmen”.advertisementA set of fast practice pitches have been built at the Premadasa Stadium and after regularly sending their quick bowlers to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, Lanka’s own pace bowling academy is run by ex-Test bowler Rumesh Ratnayake. Madugalle chuckles, “We still talk of the Sri Lankan style of batting and the Sri Lankan smile on the field. At the same time we’ve quietly been developing our fast bowlers.” Tennekoon says his board tries to be especially “mindful” of itineraries. “We try to ensure that there is a break of at least a month between major series.” The Indians are scheduled to play Test series against South Africa, West Indies, England and Zimbabwe, but their board would like them to play one-day tournaments in Bangladesh and Singapore. If the players ask for clothing that is better suited for hot weather, they are called fussy. The coach needs to make a special trip to Chennai and BCCI President A.C. Muthiah before a computer analyst is permitted to travel with the team. Before the 1996 World Cup win the offices of the Lankan board had hard-board partitions, typewriters and glass-topped tables. Today it’s air-conditioned, carpeted and computerised but the area of critical change is two floors down. An ultramodern gymnasium named after physio Alex Kontouri is the envy of the Indians.At the end of every Test match day at the SSC Ground, Kontouri and the substitutes jog the 4 km back to the team hotel in the midst of the rush-hour traffic recognised but unharassed. The under 19s follow the same fitness programme as the seniors and the gym is also open to fringe players.Kontouri and Whatmore have drafted a five-year plan for a uniformity in physical training. The aim is to have a physio who is in touch with the most modern methods of training and treatment in each of the 17 cricket playing regions of the country, someone who will spread and monitor the level of physical conditioning of as wide a group of cricketers as possible.In India, physio Andrew Leipus cannot even get a clear-cut calendar for a year which would help him plan a training schedule to enable the team to reach peak fitness at critical points in a season. The BCCI has an annual turnover of Rs 300 crore and the Lankan board approximately Rs 45 crore. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who’s thinking more clearly. Says Sri Lanka’s team manager Air Commodore Ajit Jayasekara: “No one will allow the team to be derailed. They are the only thing that brings light into people’s lives.”advertisementAt the gates of their headquarters is the answer to how and why Sri Lankan cricket keeps moving ahead. Its cricket community has put the full weight of its beliefs and actions into the words of a granite plaque outside the board’s offices. It reads: “Behind every successful team, there is a nation.”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Italy, Uruguay to clash for last-16 berth

first_imgLuis Suarez after scoring a goal against England.Italy and Uruguay will clash on Tuesday to decide which team will proceed to the last 16 stage from Group D in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2014. While a draw will be enough for Italy to proceed to the next round, a win is a must for Uruguay to advance to the last 16.While Italy will be banking on its experienced line up, Uruguay will be hoping that Luis Suarez will perform like he did against England.Team wise Italy looks in better shape. However, they will not like to take Uruguay lightly especially after losing to Costa Rica. Uruguay, after defeating England 2-1, are in a upbeat mood and will prove to be a difficult challenge for Italy.Considering that only one team will proceed to the next round, a high-octane competition is expected from both the teams.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova fails drug test, Porsche, Nike, Tag Heuer suspend sponsorship

first_imgThree of Maria Sharapova’s major sponsors are cutting ties with the Russian tennis star after she acknowledged failing a doping test at the Australian Open.Sportswear giant Nike, Swiss watch brand Tag Heuer and German luxury car company Porsche moved quickly to distance themselves from the five-time Grand Slam winner after she announced the positive test at a news conference in Los Angeles on Monday. (Things to know about Meldonium, the drug that disgraced Maria Sharapova) “We are saddened and surprised by the news about Maria Sharapova,” Nike said in a statement. “We have decided to suspend our relationship with Maria while the investigation continues. We will continue to monitor the situation.”TAG Heuer said its deal with Sharapova will not be renewed. The sponsorship expired at the end of 2015 and discussions had been taking place on how to extend it. (Hold your horses on Maria Sharapova, says Martina Navratilova) “In view of the current situation, the Swiss watch brand has suspended negotiations, and has decided not to renew the contract with Ms Sharapova,” TAG Heuer said in a statement. A busy day of shoots today! Getting my glam on for an afternoon with @TAGHeuer #DontCrackUnderPressure pic.twitter.com/tLEjK4MsDk Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) February 16, 2016Porsche said in a statement Tuesday that it has “chosen to postpone planned activities” with Sharapova “until further details are released and we can analyze the situation.”Sharapova said she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for the little-known drug meldonium, which became a banned substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency code this year. The former world No. 1 took full responsibility for her mistake and could face a lengthy ban from the International Tennis Federation, possibly ending her season and preventing her from competing for Russia at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.advertisement”I know that with this, I face consequences,” Sharapova said. “I don’t want to end my career this way, and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game.”The 28-year-old Sharapova said she has been taking meldonium, a blood flow-promoting drug, for 10 years for numerous health issues. Meldonium was banned because it aids oxygen uptake and endurance, and several athletes across international sports have already been caught using it.Sharapova and all players were notified of the changes in the WADA banned substances list in December. Sharapova claimed she simply missed the change, neglecting to click on the link.last_img read more

52nd Andros “John B. Goulandris” International Yacht Race to Be Held on Thursday

first_imgThe 52nd Andros ‘John B. Goulandris’ International Yacht Race will be held this Thursday, with the participation of more than 30 sailboats from Greece and abroad.The race will begin off the Attica seaside resort of Vouliagmeni, near Athens, and end on the island of Andros.The race is organised by the Andros Yacht Club and the Yacht Club of Greece, two of the oldest sailing clubs in the country with a long tradition in the sport.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Open Trans-Tasman Men’s Open – Game 2 Report

first_imgNew Zealand have squared up the Trans-Tasman Mens Opens series in a tight and tense affair that went down to the wire.The Kiwis jumped out of the blocks to score in the opening set of the match through Ashton Robinson before Dylan Hennessey picked up from where he left off in game 1 strolling over to even things up six minutes into the contest.The visitors hit the lead shortly after when Scott Buckley squeezed through a hole on the short side to push the score out to 2-1. As was the case for most of night the Kiwis responded and they did so with a classy pass from Shaq Stone to Michael Cavanagh.Stone’s pass was classy but Pete Norman’s response was just as sublime as he hit Jordan Marshall-King on the chest to give the Australians a 3-2 half time lead.Shaun Francis had a chance to extend the lead 4 minutes into the second half but couldn’t hang onto a difficult chance on the right wing. Stone made the Aussies pay at the other end when he laid it on for Reihana Soutar-Finch and when Pamatatau the Kiwis suddenly found themselves in front approaching the final quarter of the match.With the score sitting at 5-4 a controversial repeat set to the Australians gave Hennessey the chance to tie it up which he did with a deft pass to Jordan Marshall-King. With the clock ticking into the last minute Michael Cavanagh broke the deadlock for the Kiwis who held on in the frenetic final moments to set up a thrilling finish to the series in tomorrow’s final test of the series.last_img read more

Redmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Does flagship killer 2.0 beat the original one? Here’s what matters

first_imgRedmi K20 Pro vs OnePlus 7: Does flagship killer 2.0 beat the original one? Here’s what mattersThe Redmi K20 Pro is the latest flagship-grade smartphone in India and it poses a challenge against the OnePlus – which has been the segment benchmark. Main question: Do we truly have a new flagship killer?advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJuly 19, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 11:43 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Redmi K20 Pro starts in India at Rs 27,999, offering 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.OnePlus offers the OnePlus 7 at a starting price of Rs 32,999 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.The OnePlus 7 runs on Oxygen OS 9.5 whereas the Redmi K20 Pro runs on MIUI 10.Earlier this week, Xiaomi launched its flagship offering – the Redmi K20 Pro, with mega fanfare. After two months of serious hype building, the Redmi K20 Pro has been established as Xiaomi’s take on an affordable flagship phone, offering the best of what the Chinese company has to offer. Starting at Rs 27,999, the Redmi K20 Pro is the cheapest phone to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset and borrow some premium features you usually find on ultra-premium flagship phones from Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei. On paper, this truly impresses unlike anything else in the market.However, ever since the teasers began, Xiaomi has been mentioning the OnePlus 7 series as the phones to beat and this phone is designed to primarily beat OnePlus at its own game. OnePlus, while not choosing to mingle in this brand war, has been fairly confident about its OnePlus 7 (the regular one) and it feels that’s enough to deliver a premium user experience consumers need at this price. Hence, even with a higher price tag, OnePlus isn’t worried about its original flagship killer.As a smartphone enthusiast, it is difficult to choose between these two phones, given that both of them are spectacular in their own ways. If you had to buy one of these, which one could have been your pick? I try to make it a tad easier.Redmi gets the heart while OnePlus appeals to the brainKeep these two phones alongside each other and your eyes are going to be drawn to one of these effortlessly. Which one will it be? Undoubtedly, the Redmi K20 Pro. The Redmi K20 Pro offers a fresh design perspective with a stunning glass-metal build being adorned by a jaw-dropping gradient colour. In blue and red, the Redmi K20 Pro looks its best and it’s hard to use this one without a case. The layout of the triple cameras gives it a unique presence while the front gets a nearly bezel-less display. And a cherry on top is the illuminated pop-up camera that glues eyeballs, unlike anything.advertisement On the other hand, OnePlus 7 has signature OnePlus design. Unlike the Redmi K20 Pro that will excite the 9-year-old inside you, the OnePlus 7 is a phone you can take out in your office or incorporate meetings without a case. It’s elegant and beautiful at the same time. The design looks familiar to the OnePlus 6T but that’s not a bad thing considering the 6T was a good looking phone. At the front, you get a big 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch and a noticeable chin. Compared to the Redmi K20 Pro, it looks slightly old but OnePlus has gone for a curvy and tasteful design, and at times, it commands more attention from a matured crowd.Redmi K20 Pro edges ahead in specifications but OnePlus scores elsewhereXiaomi builds its phones around lofty specifications and a brief look at the K20 Pro’s spec sheet suggests the same. You get the Snapdragon 855 chip paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. For the display, there’s a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution housing an in-display fingerprint sensor. As with all Xiaomi phones, it runs on MIUI 10 with the latest version of Poco launcher installed on top. For the triple cameras at the back, there’s a 48-megapixel primary camera from Sony with F1.8 lens along with an 8-megapixel 53mm 2X zoom camera and 13-megapixel wide-angle camera. For selfies, the pop-up module houses a 20-megapixel camera. The whole thing is powered by a 4000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.OnePlus, on the other hand, has been gentle with the OnePlus 7, giving it all that a buyer wants in this premium category. Therefore, the Snapdragon 855 chip makes an appearance along with a faster UFS 3.0 storage. You can equip it with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 9.5 based on Android 9 Pie is managing the errands. For the display, there’s a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with an in-built fingerprint sensor. The dual rear camera setup sports the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 camera along with a secondary 5-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, you get a 16-megapixel camera sitting in the notch. The phone is kept alive by a 3700mAh battery that comes with support for OnePlus’ 20W Fast Charge system. When it comes to everyday usability, the Redmi K20 Pro goes for a different path by offering as many options as it can to the user. The 6.3-inch bezel-less display is amazing for watching videos or play games. MIUI 10 as an operating system offers countless personalization options – you can apply hundred of themes and customise every aspect of the interface. The Poco launcher offers a smoother user experience. As of the cameras, they perform on par with the OnePlus 7’s camera but the extra two cameras offer more versatility for shutterbugs. Battery life is good for a flagship phone while the 27W fast charging is a boon.advertisementThe OnePlus 7 is a different personality altogether. It may be short of the Redmi K20 Pro in terms of specifications but it nails it in the user experience. OnePlus’ Oxygen OS offers the most polished Android experience you are going to get this year. The phone is consistently smooth and fast with no lags or stutters. The minimal interface has a focus on ease of use and the tasteful customisation options can make the experience elegant. The in-display fingerprint sensor is lightning quick, it’s leagues ahead in speed when compared to the one on the Redmi. The rear camera takes great photos but the lack of telephoto and wide-angle camera limits the opportunities shutterbugs can avail with this. The 3700mAh battery has been optimised well to easily last more than a day under normal usage.Xiaomi aces the price gameThe major deciding factor between these two phones comes down to the pricing. Xiaomi has an unmatched lead in this regard, with the Redmi K20 Pro starting at Rs 27,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage costs Rs 30,999.The OnePlus 7 starts at Rs 32,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage comes for Rs 37,999.ConclusionBoth these phone are great options for a premium smartphone. However, the Redmi K20 Pro wins the comparison on paper with its extremely affordable starting price of Rs 27,999 and an impressive spec sheet. It’s built well, looks jaw-dropping and has so far proven to be fast in everything it does. For value-conscious buyers, you can’t get a better deal than this.That said, spec sheet and a lower price take a backseat to polished user experience and this is where the OnePlus 7 shines. OnePlus offers the best Android experience with its Oxygen OS and it also does everything fast. But, it differentiates itself with a smooth and consistent user experience over a longer period of time. If you use a OnePlus device once, it’s difficult to migrate to any other ecosystem. On top of that, it does everything one expects from a premium device. It’s suited for a matured consumer and starting at Rs 32,999, it’s the best phone you can get in this price range – the best.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A80 with 48MP rotating triple camera launched in India: Price, specificationsALSO READ | Exclusive: Huawei to launch its first pop-up camera phone in India this month, will be priced under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Google removes apps allowing spying on partner, kids, employees: Check this list, delete them from your phoneadvertisementGet 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 bySneha Saha Tags :Follow RedmiFollow XiaomiFollow Oneplus Nextlast_img read more

Agreement Helps Students Advance Their Education

first_imgGrade 12 students who complete advanced computer networkingcourses could earn a credit towards a Nova Scotia CommunityCollege (NSCC) Information Technology (IT) diploma, as they earna high school credit. The IT training is the result of an agreement signed today,Oct.20, between NSCC and the Department of Education, to givestudents career options in technology. The agreement means thatstudents in the Applied Network Technology programs will be ableto earn Cisco Systems Network certification at highercertification levels in a shorter time frame. “By studying advanced IT skills while in high school, studentsare getting a very good introduction to computer networking, anda path they may wish to choose as a career,” said Jamie Muir,Minister of Education, who met with students and NSCC presidentRay Ivany today. The Applied Network Technology 11 and 12 courses teach studentsabout networking communication including servers, routers andswitches. Students learn about the hardware operations of thesevarious devices and how they communicate via wires, fibre-opticand wireless media. Students also learn about software andcomputer applications, including the parts of a computer, theproduction and testing of cables, the analysis of e-mail networkpackets and the operations of a router. Auburn Drive High School was the first school to offer the pilotprogram in 2000. Five schools across the province now offer thecourse to high school students. The networking courses were developed by the Halifax RegionalSchool Board with the help of Auburn Drive High teacher, EdButler. They were approved by the Department of Education as alocally developed course. The Department of Education and NSCCcollaborated to train more teachers to deliver the courses. Twenty-two teachers are now qualified to teach the programsacross the province. “In addition to providing a college credit learning experience tohigh school students, every teacher who delivers this coursecompleted a 10-day professional development program, sponsored byNSCC and Department of Education,” said Ann Jones, NSCC directorof CollegePrep, and team leader for the agreement. “Students andteachers have benefited from this partnership.” Cisco Systems Network Academy was developed by Cisco to teachstudents how to design, build and maintain computer networks. High school courses based on Cisco Systems Network AcademySemester 1 and Semester 2 are offered as high school creditcourses in most other Canadian provinces.last_img read more

Shikhar out of World Cup for 3 weeks with injury

first_imgNEW DELHI: Team India suffered a major setback as opener Shikhar Dhawan, century scorer against Australia in the World Cup 2019, was ruled out for at least three weeks with a thumb fracture. Dhawan was the hero of India’s win over Australia on Sunday with a knock of 117 off 109 balls. Shikhar Dhawan played through pain after being hit on his left thumb by a rising delivery from pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile.last_img

Order issued to reinstate fired Saskatoon police constable Jarett Gelowitz

Cooper, for whom firing Gelowitz was one of his first major decisions upon taking on the force’s top job last year, said it’s extremely rare for the force to terminate an officer, and rarer still for a terminated officer to be rehired.Gelowitz was deemed unfit for duty and fired on Aug. 24, 2018 after three charges of on-duty assault were laid against him. At the time, Cooper said the decision to fire him was based on maintaining public trust in the police force.Two of the charges were stayed or withdrawn by the Crown. On Aug. 1, Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Danyliuk acquitted Gelowitz of the third assault charge, which alleged he used excessive force during an arrest. Saskatoon police chief Troy Cooper speaking to reporters in August 2018, after firing Const. Jarett Gelowitz. Jarett Layne Gelowitz, 32, has been reinstated as a Saskatoon police officer just over a year after he was fired. Mitchell said the criminal matters being resolved “change(d) things significantly,” which in turn allowed negotiations with the police to change. Ultimately, he said, the resulting order is good for all of the parties involved.Cooper said those changes included a more thorough examination of Gelowitz’s conduct and a “very public airing” of the criminal matters, which led the force to understand he was willing to accept responsibility for his behaviour.“It’s that willingness to step up and accept responsibility and accept serious discipline that allowed us to move forward and made that agreement that we reached possible. It’s significant discipline but these are serious allegations and I think it was appropriate,” Cooper said.“Having said that, I believe we could not have considered discipline short of dismissal or as an alternative to dismissal without the type of order, the mechanisms and the content of what was in that order.”Mitchell offered a similar assessment, saying Gelowitz “gets his job back, but it’s not without consequences. The message has been sent, and the message has been sent the other way too — he’s not terminated as a result of what happened.”amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated Saskatoon defence lawyer Brad Mitchell represented Jarett Layne Gelowitz as he successfully appealed his dismissal from the Saskatoon police force. Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Matt Smith / Saskatoon StarPhoenix More: Jarett Gelowitz Saskatoon police agree to reinstate fired constable Gelowitz Fired police constable Jarett Gelowitz found not guilty of on-duty assault Saskatoon police chief explains dismissal from duty of constable Liam Richards / Saskatoon StarPhoenix Hearing officer Jay Watson issued the order one day after Mitchell and police lawyers made the joint submission, under which Gelowitz admitted to one major workplace disciplinary offence and three minor ones.The offences include discreditable conduct involving a purse at the police service centre, failing to show up for duty, destroying a picture from a special constable’s work space and using excessive force during an arrest.The major offence will remain on his record for five years, while the minor ones will be removed after two years.Under the terms of the order, which was read into the record during a brief hearing Monday morning, Gelowitz will be placed on administrative duties until deemed fit to return to policing on the street, and spend one year on workplace probation.“Const. Gelowitz is looking forward to getting back to work,” Saskatoon Police Association President Dean Pringle said, adding that he is not aware of a similar instance of a terminated Saskatoon police officer being reinstated. A Saskatoon police constable who was fired last summer after being deemed unfit for duty amid a series of criminal proceedings, none of which ended with convictions, is “ecstatic” about having his job back, says his lawyer.Jarett Layne Gelowitz was reinstated late Tuesday afternoon when a Police Act hearing officer approved a joint submission from his lawyer and Saskatoon police recommending that he get his job back and be given back pay.“He’s happy to have it resolved and he’s anxious to get back to work. He’s always wanted to be at work, and now he’s going to be able to go back to work,” Brad Mitchell, who represents the 32-year-old constable, said Wednesday morning.Saskatoon police Chief Troy Cooper said while it was “not an easy decision,” the contents of the order balance the needs of the community, the police and accountability under the Police Act.“When I looked at the big picture of what had occurred and what would be the best resolution, I think that public trust has been maintained by strict adherence to our policies, by significant discipline and then a safe, progressive reintegration plan.” read more

Canada first to ratify the UN cultural agencys diversity convention

Welcoming the first ratification of Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, said that “UNESCO has elaborated a range of standard-setting instruments to protect cultural diversity, to be found not only in tangible and intangible heritage, but also in contemporary forms of creativity.”As examples of the kind of cultural consolidation threatened by globalization, UNESCO pointed out that 50 per cent of the world languages are in danger of extinction and that 90 per cent of them are not represented on the Internet. In addition, it said that some five countries monopolize the world cultural industries. In the field of cinema, for instance, 88 countries out of 185 in the world have never had their own film productions.Besides promoting diversity in those areas, the Convention seeks to reaffirm the links between culture, development and dialogue and to create a platform for international cooperation, UNESCO said. The Convention also supports UNESCO’s Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity adopted in 2001, which recognized cultural diversity as “a source of exchange, innovation and creativity,” a common heritage of humanity that “should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations.”The new Convention reaffirms the sovereign right of States to elaborate cultural policies with a view “to protect and promote the diversity of cultural expressions and reinforce international cooperation” while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.The Convention will enter into force three months after its ratification by 30 States Parties. read more

Armenian President reports to General Assembly on increasing tension with Azerbaijan

“I shall note that aggressive policy pursued by Azerbaijan resulted in the absence of any meaningful progress in negotiations for the conflict settlement, and the situation drifts toward increasing tension,” said President Serzh Sargsyan at the annual debate in New York.An autonomous region during Soviet times, Nagorno-Karabakh has been at the centre of a dispute between the neighbouring countries since they became independent in the early 1990s.“Just a few days ago in the bordering area of Armenia, three women fell victim to Azerbaijani bombardment,” the President recalled. “It is obvious for us that the Azerbaijani leadership has irreversibly lost both the sense of reality and of norms of human conduct.”He further noted that Azerbaijan “completely disdains” five joint statements issued by the leaders of the United States, Russia and France, as well as the efforts of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group. “Shall it continue such an aggressive policy, it will not leave Armenia any other choice but to take necessary legal and political-military steps to provide the Republic of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh Republic with the opportunity to develop in security and peace,” President Sargsyan warned.Meanwhile, he recalled that last year, one the eve of the Armenian Genocide Centennial, he expressed gratitude to the nations that recognized the Armenian Genocide and named them all individually.“Today, from this very podium, I thank Pope Francis, and acknowledge the historical Mass he served; the European Parliament, and recall the Resolution it adopted; the German President, and, believe me, his well-known statement will thenceforth take part in the pages of our nation’s history textbooks,” the President continued.He also thanked the legislative bodies of Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands, for their recent recognition of the 1915 genocide.“Our determination to keep the prevention of the crime of genocide on the international agenda is [exemplified] by the resolutions we periodically table at the Human Rights Council,” Armenia’s leader underlined. Furthermore, President Sargsyan said the global community is today witnessing “unspeakable cruelty” in the Middle East, and that his country has been directly affected by the atrocities unfolding there, since they result in the destruction of the Armenian spiritual and cultural heritage artefacts, as well as the murder and expulsion of the numerous Armenians residing in Iraq and Syria. “The Armenian community of Syria, whose history is centuries-long, shares and experiences all hardships that the Syrian people are undergoing in these difficult times,” he declared. “We are trying to aid the refugees to the best of our abilities: until this day, Armenia received more than 16,000 refugees from Syria. By this sheer figure, Armenia is one of the first among recipient European countries.”He also highlighted the historical agreement made on the nuclear programme of Iran, which he noted is an “immediate neighbour” of Armenia. “All these come to prove that when there is political will to bridge disagreements and emphasize the spirit of cooperation, it is indeed possible to find solutions for the most complicated issues,” the President highlighted. read more

The Cavs Might Actually Be In Trouble

POINT DIFFERENTIAL PER 100 POSSESSIONS 2010-11Miami8.57.3 SEASONTEAMFULL SEASONAFTER ALL-STAR BREAK 2013-14Miami6.15.8 2014-15Cleveland3.76.9 2016-17Cleveland2.8-2.8 2012-13Miami9.911.9 2015-16Cleveland5.85.9 2011-12Miami7.23.0 After making six straight NBA Finals, LeBron James and his teams have earned the benefit of the doubt when they hit a rough patch. His Heat and Cavaliers teams have shown they can turn things around in a hurry, almost as if all they needed to do is flip a switch to revert to their dominant selves.But, my, what a rough patch they’re in. The club, which entered Thursday in a virtual tie with Boston for first place in the East, has dropped 10 of its last 17 games. Six of those defeats have been by double digits, including each of their last four1The team’s Big Three missed two of those five shellackings, while only Kyrie Irving played in a blowout loss against the Bulls back on Feb. 25.. Perhaps most troubling: The team’s defense has been the NBA’s worst throughout the month of March, which is saying a lot, given how many teams aren’t really trying to win anymore.It’s becoming harder and harder to ignore what Cleveland’s play might mean for the Cavs’ chances of repeating as champs. This may be the weakest LeBron team we’ve seen this late in a season since his finals streak began in 2011. Our NBA win prediction model gives Cleveland a 2 percent chance of winning it all, less than teams such as Boston, Washington and Toronto.2This is noteworthy since the Celtics are virtually tied for first with the Cavs, while the Wizards and Raptors are currently behind Cleveland in the standings. And while that seems surprising, it shouldn’t be: Cleveland’s recent struggles are testing the limits of how strong a team’s defense needs to be to win a championship.At the moment, the Cavaliers are tied for 22nd in defensive efficiency, a mark that would rank as the worst among any team that’s reached the finals in modern history.3The Cavs managed to reach the finals two seasons ago with the 20th-ranked defense. But they improved considerably at that end of the floor after making midseason trades for wing stopper Iman Shumpert and center Timofey Mozgov.There are several reasons the Cavs aren’t good defenders. Unlike much of the Big Three era in Miami, where players had the athleticism and smarts to fly around and cause havoc on defense, Cleveland is slow footed. Some of that is a function of the Cavs’ roster being long in the tooth; six members of the rotation are at least 31 years old. Other times, it looks as if players aren’t hustling, which partly explains why the club ranks dead last in transition defense, according to Synergy Sports. The Cavs also really struggle to keep the ball in front of them, and are tied for worst in the league at containing pick-and-roll ballhandlers.As the Cavs seek to work out their kinks, opponents have found that they can often generate fantastic looks against Cleveland with minimal effort and ball movement. Last year the club was pretty solid — 12th best in the NBA — at forcing foes to use nearly all of the shot clock. This season, Cleveland is tied for last in the NBA in terms of how often it forces clubs to use the final four seconds of the shot clock. (That lack of pressure also speaks to how seldom the Cavs force their opponents into turnovers compared with the rest of the league.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/loveinbetween.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/lackofattntodetail.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Still, context for the Cavs’ struggles is important. Yes, the team looks mediocre and is in real jeopardy of finishing with the No. 2 seed, or worse, in the East. But James hasn’t really needed the top seed to make the finals over these past six years; in four of those seasons, his team finished in second place before going on to win the East anyway.4Looking at this season’s contenders in the East, these teams don’t really stand out as extraordinary compared with what James has seen in the past; at least not when gauging their point-differential strength against teams the four-time MVP has faced in the playoffs before.“It matters more that we’re playing better basketball than where we’re at,” James told reporters after a 29-point loss in San Antonio this week. “If that results in us having the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed, 3 or whatever the hell it is, we need to play better basketball. That’s what it comes down to.”Most clubs would gladly take Cleveland’s problems, given that the Cavs — for all their struggles — have continued to boast a top-flight offense, scoring 110 points per 100 plays (eighth best) over this 17-game span. Coach Tyronn Lue, in a somewhat odd comment, said he has a potential antidote for the team’s defensive woes but that he doesn’t want to unveil it until the postseason begins. (Making the comment even odder: Lue also said he’s not necessarily confident the fix will work.)Yet there are a couple of warning signals worth noting as the Cavs hit the homestretch that simply weren’t there in years past. No James-led team the past six seasons has finished the second half of the season with a negative point differential per 100 possessions, but this one is on the cusp of doing so. Cleveland, with nine games left in its season, is getting outscored by 2.8 points per 100 plays since the All-Star break. Love’s defense has also regressed. It had improved a bit during the first half of the season, but now looks problematic again since he returned from an injury. The Cavs, who were 4.5 points better than normal when Love and James shared the court before Love got injured, have been 24 points worse per 100 plays when that duo plays together since Love came back. And much of that decline is on the defensive end; particularly when offenses find ways to pull Tristan Thompson out of the paint in hopes of punishing Love in the middle of the floor, with no one to guard the basket.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/backdoorplay.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/cavsmiscommunication1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Defensive rebounding is the other area that’s marked a clear difference from last year. Cleveland ranked fifth in defensive-rebounding percentage last year but now is tied for 24th; a decrease due in part to Thompson’s full-time shift to the center position, where he’s been tasked with increased rim-protection responsibility as opposed to just gobbling up misses.5Advanced tracking statistics suggest that Thompson has held his own defensively at the rim this season. The 26-year-old has held foes to 52 percent from close range, 9 points beneath their average marks, good for seventh best in the NBA among players who’ve had to defend at least four shots per game from within six feet.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/thompsonrebound.mp400:0000:0000:07Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As such, the Cavaliers aren’t the stingy team they once were. Last season, they allowed the third-fewest second-chance points; now they’re the NBA’s sixth-weakest team in that regard. The Cavaliers have enough problems when they limit opponents to one shot, let alone two or three.But how much of the Cavs’ defensive struggles will matter come June? Knowing what we know about LeBron’s ability to flip the switch, analyzing the Cavs’ late-season struggles this closely may prove to be silly. But if the Cavs do indeed fail to reach the finals, there will have been at least some writing on the wall from earlier in the season. Is it time for LeBron and the Cavaliers to hit the panic button? *The amount of points a team outscores its opponent by over a span of 100 playsSource: NBA.com read more

LIAT hit by industrial action

(Barbados Today) Pilots at the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT have taken industrial action.The company issued an advisory this morning in which it notified the travelling public of industrial action by the members of the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA).“In the ongoing negotiations for higher wages, which includes the operation of the ATR aircraft, the pilots have taken action to refuse to fly the ATR 72 aircraft until an agreement is reached,” the airline said.“As a consequence of this action we have not been able to operate flights scheduled with ATR 72 aircraft at this time,” the company added.The company said these actions have already resulted in a number of delays to services and cancellations.“LIAT apologises for these disruptions to our passengers and their plans and wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with LIALPA to resolve any issues,” Chief Executive Officer Julie Riefer-Jones said.LIAT and LIALPA have been at odds for several months now over the issue of an increase to pilots to fly the ATR 72 aircraft.LIALPA had threatened to stage sit-ins and picketing at various airports late last month but industrial action was averted when Attorney General of Antigua and Barbuda Steadroy Benjmain intervened. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew plane returns to LIATAugust 19, 2013In “Other Stories”LIAT flights grounded following strike action by pilotsNovember 5, 2013In “Regional”CAL pilots strike after refusing to fly ATRsJuly 17, 2017In “latest news” read more

Selwyn completes winter mobilisation of mining equipment

first_imgSelwyn Resources has announced that Selwyn Chihong Mining and its contractors completed the successful mobilisation of mining equipment and supplies at its Selwyn zinc-lead project in Canada’s Yukon Territory. The mining equipment and supplies were purchased by Selwyn Chihong to undertake an advanced exploration program on the XY Central deposit. The proposed underground development work is expected to commence mid-summer 2011, upon completion of the underground portal and environmental support facilities.In total, 82 B-train truck loads were hauled into the XY camp along the all-season access road from the Nahanni Range Road to the Selwyn Project. The Nahanni Range Road is part of the Yukon highway system and connects to the Robert Campbell Highway. The ice bridges along the access road that had been used to cross creeks have now been removed, satisfying permitting and regulatory conditions. Selwyn Chihong’s winter road contractors – Mackay Range Development Corp, a Sahtu First Nations enterprise from Tulita, and Arctic Construction of Fort St John, British Columbia – are now demobilising. Roktek Service of Prince George, British Columbia, integral in the procurement of mining equipment and supplies, has finished the staging of equipment at XY camp.Selwyn’s primary focus is the exploration of the Selwyn project. The known deposits at Selwyn have the potential for large scale production, and to provide a secure supply of zinc and lead to meet the future needs of these markets in Asia. The recently-announced proposed acquisition of the assets of ScoZinc Ltd provides Selwyn with a second opportunity for growth and the potential for production revenues in 2012.last_img read more

Guillaume Joli joins Dunkerque

French NT players are going home could be a conclusion of this summer. Many French players from Spain has found way back to home. The last among them is one of the best 7-meter shooter, Guillaume Joli, who is coming to Dunkerque. Former player of BM Valladolid was in connection with THW Kiel, but Niclas Ekberg was more interesting to the EHF CL winner.source: handnews.fr ← Previous Story Johan Sjostrand is free! Next Story → HSV without Pascal Hens to “Wild Card” tournament! BM ValladolidDunkerqueFrench handballGuillaume Joli read more