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After frustrating him in NCAA, Thompson looks to turn tables on Amer in PBA

first_imgPBA IMAGESFor Scottie Thompson, it’s time for the second part of his redemption tour against Baser Amer.With the upcoming Finals clash between Ginebra and  Meralco in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup,  the former Perpetual playmaker and the San Beda floor general also renew they rivalry.ADVERTISEMENT “They [San Beda] were the ones in red then. Now, I’m the one in red so I wish to eliminate them again,” he said smiling.Thompson was on the losing end thrice in the Final Four as his tough-as-nails Altas failed to knock off Amer’s Red Lions from 2012 to 2014.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 shutoutHe didn’t get his fourth crack at San Beda after Perpetual missed out on the playoffs in his senior year in NCAA Season 91.But Thompson did get one back on Amer after his Gin Kings won the 2016 Governors’ Cup at the expense of the Bolts last season. MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:40Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIEScenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While they may be rivals on the court, Thompson could not help but be impressed with Amer’s improvement this year.“Baser has been playing really good. They’re successful right now is because of the way he plays. It’s also a big boost for them when they added kuya Ranidel (de Ocampo) and Mike Tolomia, so they have more weapons this time compared to last year,” he said.But the goal remains the same for Thompson as he hopes win his second championship at his friend’s expense.“I’m thankful to be back in the Finals and we really want to win this one,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Blue Eagles move closer to PVL finals sweep View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Kaminsky, Okafor Lead All-Americans

first_imgFrank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball. The two, however, have a lot in common — both are in the Final Four and both were the top selections on The Associated Press’ 2014-15 All-America team.Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice March 30. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received all but one first-team vote.Notre Dame senior Jerian Grant, Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein and Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell rounded out the first team.Kaminsky worked his to the top by improving through four seasons in college. Okafor arrived with all the laurels out of high school and immediate talk about leaving for the NBA.“Not to be overly patriotic, but we’re an American story, that you can do that in this kind of a system,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said.“Sometimes where it looks like the privileged, the ones that are identified as being great players and can’t-miss-type guys, where there can always come that guy from behind in the race and then cross the tape first.“Frank is that guy who got a little bit later start as far as people noticing his abilities, but that’s just a great accomplishment on his part. … He took advantage of a chance and has made the most of it.”Kaminsky, projected as a top pick in the NBA draft, led the Badgers to their second straight Final Four berth, averaging 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 55.3 percent from the field, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range.He is one of those big men as comfortable on the perimeter as in the lane, and his outgoing personality has made him a media favorite.“It’s cool to be named first team All-American. It’s something you dream of as a kid,’” Kaminsky said. “To finally be able to do so, it’s a good thing and it shows how hard I’ve worked in my career. To be up there with Alando Tucker is a pretty cool thing.”Kaminsky is Wisconsin’s second All-America joining Tucker in 2007. He is the second unanimous pick in as many years following Doug McDermott of Creighton.Okafor is Duke’s 16th first-team All-America and is the Blue Devils’ second freshman in as many years, with Jabari Parker being chosen last season.Okafor, who received 64 first-team votes, averaged 17.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 66.9 percent, second in the nation.“His game has grown continuously and he’s got a lot more growth ahead of him,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “The main thing for Jah is that he’s gotten better as the season’s gone along.”At Notre Dame, Grant’s career was in jeopardy last season when he was suspended for the second semester for what he called an academic mistake. The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant star returned for his senior season and averaged 16.8 points and 6.6 assists while playing 36.6 minutes per game.“I can’t think of a better comeback story in college basketball the last couple years than Jerian,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said.“When I told him you need to come back because we have unfinished business, I didn’t know it would be this good and I am thrilled that it is this good because I was nervous it wouldn’t be this good. He came back for all the right reasons.”Grant, who received 53 first-team votes and is Notre Dame’s first All-America since Troy Murphy repeated in 2001, said receiving an honor like this makes his decision to return that much sweeter.“It’s great, especially with where I was last year,” he said. “The work I’ve put in, the guys having so much confidence in me to welcome me back like that.”Cauley-Stein and his teammates are chasing history with an undefeated season just two wins away. The 7-footer is the first first-team All-America to average less than 10 points per game. He averaged 9.3 points while grabbing 6.4 rebounds and shooting 58.8 percent. He anchors Kentucky’s stifling defense.“Coming in I felt like I was really overlooked and didn’t know if I really belonged but just worked and worked and worked and eventually became a player that everybody looks at like ‘Dude, you’re a freak athlete, you’re a beast,’” said Cauley-Stein, who received 45 first-team votes. “You can do so many things that I never imagined even happening and now it’s coming together.”He is the 18th All-American from Kentucky and first since Anthony Davis in 2012.Russell is another freshman who isn’t expected to be back for a second season. He averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists and received 51 first-team votes. Russell is 15th All-American from Ohio State and the first since Jared Sullinger repeated in 2012.“The level that he sustained was the most impressive thing,” Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said. “The other thing that I loved was that the mistakes early, he learned from. He got better as the season went on. He became a more complete player. We knew he was going to be really good but just seeing his dedication to becoming a great player was very, very impressive.”Utah senior Delon Wright led the second team and was joined by Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns, Northern Iowa senior Seth Tuttle, Arkansas sophomore Bobby Portis and Virginia junior Malcolm Brogdon.The third team was Gonzaga teammates Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos, Oklahoma junior Buddy Hield, Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas and Iowa State junior Georges Niang.The voting, by the same 65-member media panel that selects the weekly Top 25, was done before the NCAA Tournament.___By Jim O’Connell, AP Basketball Writer.AP Sports Writers Tom Withers and Will Graves in Cleveland; Beth Harris in Los Angeles; and Rusty Miller in Columbus contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Joey Lawrence To Host Hero Dog Awards

first_imgThe 3rd Annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards will be hosted by Melissa and Joey star, Joey Lawrence, this Saturday, October 5th at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.The beloved television and movie actor has been suitably chosen to host the unusual and heart-warming national television special, joining a veritable galaxy of stars including Jennifer Coolidge, Bailee Madison and Naomi Judd, to celebrate some very special canines vying to become America’s top dog.Special celebrity guest, Betty White, will attend the event, along with the night’s special honoree, Miranda Lambert. The featured musical performer will be Frankie Moreno.Americans across the country have cast more than one million ballots for their favorite heroic hounds at www.herodogawards.org and their votes will be combined with those of a celebrity panel to determine the top 2013 American Hero Dog. The celebrity panel will include Whoopi Goldberg, Kristin Chenoweth, Michelle Forbes, J.R. Martinez, Megyn Price, Prince Lorenzo Borghese,Tinsley Mortimer, Blake Koch and Kristin Bauer Van Straten, among others.The culmination of this national campaign will be an outpouring of love and respect for the eight amazing finalists whose powerful stories of love, loyalty and sacrifice are the focal points of this unique and heart-warming effort.America will honor the nation’s leading Hero Dogs in the following eight categories: Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Service Dogs, Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Military Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Emerging Hero Dogs (ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things).Also expected to come out and honor the canine heroes are Lori Loughlin, Lisa Vanderpump, Danielle Fishel, Brian Baumgartner, Ryan O’Neal, Eric Christian Olsen, Victoria Stilwell, Redmond O’Neal, Daphne Zuniga, Pauley Perrette, Emanuelle Vaugier, Esai Morales, Austin Stowell and Matt Leinart.The third annual American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™, presented by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and produced by Emmy® award-winning MRB Productions, will air as a 90-minute special on Hallmark Channel on October 30th as part of Hallmark Channel’s Pet Project, the network’s cross-platform advocacy campaign designed to celebrate the joy and enrichment animals bring to our lives, while addressing the country’s epidemic of pet homelessness.For more information or to purchase tickets to the gala, please visit: www.herodogawards.org.last_img read more

Justice ministers ask Ottawa to hurry court delays slow down legalizing pot

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Provincial and territorial ministers of justice and public safety are urging the federal government to hurry up on solving court delays and slow down on legalizing pot.BC’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said today after the two-day political meeting that all provinces are concerned about the Canadian government’s refusal to reconsider its deadline of legalizing marijuana by July 1st, 2018. “I would like us to have more time,” he said. “But in the case of British Columbia, our job is to make sure that we can put in place that framework, and we’re working to that July date.”Quebec Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee said the rush to meet next summer’s deadline is interfering with the province’s own legislative plans for the fall session. “It’s asking for us to do a lot within a very short period of time,” Vallee said. “We also had a legislative agenda that’s been pushed because of this. We had no choice. I think it’s the same for all provinces,” she added.Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale, insisted at the conclusion of the two-day gathering that the July timeline still “appears to be a reasonable one,” despite a crescendo of misgivings from other governments, public health experts and police forces.“We are going to continue to work diligently with all of our partners to make sure that this is done in a thorough, competent, professional fashion,” Goodale said. “Public health and safety will always be paramount.”Quebec’s public consultations wrapped up two days ago and Vallee said she expects her government to unveil its regulatory framework for marijuana in the coming months.Alberta is partway through its own public consultation process and Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said she expects to use the results of a recent outreach initiative to release a draft in the coming weeks.“That framework will go back out to the Alberta public for further validation,” she said. “We’re essentially going back and asking, ‘Was this the view you took?’”Besides pot laws, the ministers discussed strategies to address the so-called Jordan decision from the Supreme Court of Canada which imposes strict time limits on criminal prosecutions and has resulted in numerous serious cases being tossed over court delays.Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the areas being considered for reform in an effort to accelerate the trial process include mandatory minimum penalties, the bail system, preliminary inquiries, the reclassification of some criminal offences and judicial case management.She did not elaborate when asked about specific details or a timeline for those reforms.“We had very detailed conversations about potential options,” Wilson-Raybould said. “We are going to proceed as quickly as we can,” she added, describing court delays as a priority. “I’m hopeful that we can have a package in the near future.”Quebec has borne much of the fallout from the so-called Jordan decision, with more than a thousand applications working their way through the province’s court system, including cases of alleged murder and sexual assault, Vallee said. “We need to do more than just cosmetic changes,” she said, emphasizing the need for changes to the criminal code and preliminary inquiries.Quebec has invested $135 million for more judges, prosecutors and court staff to deal with the backlog, she added.last_img read more

Suncor cites crude by rail woes as it calls for early end

first_imgIn order to support the higher cost of rail over pipelines, the differentials need to be higher than US$15-$20 per barrel, Imperial says. On a conference call to discuss Suncor’s fourth-quarter results, Williams said the production cuts are also having a long-term negative affect on investor confidence in Canada.The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments were designed to reduce.Calgary-based Suncor said its average realized price in Canadian dollars for raw bitumen in the quarter was just $7.96 per barrel, versus $42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average realized price for upgraded synthetic crude was $46.07, compared with $70.55.“If you look at what’s happened, the differential corrected _ and over-corrected _ very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … rail economics are severely damaged and a lot of the rail movements are stopping or have stopped,” said Williams.“That’s going to have the opposite impact to what the government wants.”The difference in price between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened to as much as US$52 per barrel in October, but shrunk to single digits in December and January. CALGARY, A.B. – Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.”CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable.The same charge was levelled last week by Imperial Oil Ltd. CEO Rich Kruger, who said his firm would cut its crude-by-rail shipments to near zero this month, a major setback in oil movements as it had been responsible for about half of Canada’s rail shipments in December.last_img read more

Gasoline companies to speak at public inquiry into BC pump prices Wednesday

first_imgThe utilities commission released a schedule and description of the so-called oral workshops, along with questions that will be asked, over the next two days. But it said it’s committed to staying on schedule and Parkland said Friday it would still participate.Other companies said they were reassured by the new confidentiality terms, including a spokesman for Husky, but didn’t commit to release the data.“The advance ruling on confidentiality does go a long way to satisfy Husky’s concerns,” Mel Duvall said in an email Thursday.“That said, we are still considering whether there are other measures that can be implemented by the BCUC that would provide further protection for the interveners.”Shell said it would provide the data ordered but requested the inquiry use the same confidentiality process that the National Energy Board used in proceedings dealing with pipeline access, including storing confidential material in a red folder.Suncor said it was preparing to submit the figures by Monday, while Imperial Oil said it still wasn’t comfortable doing so. Costco submitted two copies of a questionnaire Friday, one for the public and one with three additional answers it deemed confidential.Questions shared in advance by the utilities commission reveal some of the information the public may learn.They cover capacity and costs of using the Trans Mountain pipeline, whether refineries co-ordinate with one another to plan for maintenance repairs and shutdowns, and whether companies divert refined product from B.C. when gas prices are low.“We’ll be making findings on what we’ve found, whether it’s competitive or not, how the prices are set, why the prices are different here and why they fluctuate more than they do in other parts of Canada,” Morton said.The province has also asked the utilities commission to explore mechanisms the province could use to moderate price fluctuations and increases.Recommendations on the Trans Mountain pipeline are unlikely, Morton said, adding that he didn’t want to preclude anything prematurely.Ervin said there are a few options facing the province:— It can create a watchdog agency to monitor the elements going into the pump price and where they seem to change, in order to better understand and explain to the public what happens and why.— It can reduce taxes, which are among the highest in Canada, especially in the Metro Vancouver area where the carbon tax represents 9 cents per litre and the transit authority adds another 18.5 cents per litre.— Or it could pursue regulation of crude going into refineries, wholesale gasoline prices, or prices at the pump. Each of those regulations is “problematic,” he said.Crude and wholesale gasoline are globally traded commodities, he said. That means for example, that if wholesale gasoline prices are capped low, American wholesale buyers may buy them up leaving B.C. dry, he said.The Atlantic provinces regulate prices at the pump but that may have a counterproductive effect in B.C. Retail margins aren’t large and have actually declined over the last 20 to 30 years when inflation is taken into account, Ervin said.“It would most certainly have the consequence of putting gas stations out of business,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — An industry expert says a public inquiry into British Columbia’s record-breaking gasoline prices may increase the public’s understanding of a murky market but the provincial government’s options for response are limited.Michael Ervin, senior vice-president with consulting firm Kent Group that specializes in the downstream petroleum industry, said he also doesn’t expect the inquiry to uncover any bombshell revelations.The reason prices at the pump are so much higher in Vancouver and other B.C. cities than comparable jurisdictions all funnels down to supply and demand, he said. “We felt that under the circumstances it would not be unreasonable to provide them with that assurance,” Morton said in an interview.Calgary-based Parkland Fuel, which had raised concerns about confidentiality, also complained of tight deadlines in a letter from its lawyers to the commission on Tuesday.“The inquiry has the potential to profoundly impact Parkland’s business,” it said, adding that it is a voluntary participant and short notice on what the hearings would look like impedes their “full and fair participation.”“The only way to mitigate that harm is to delay the workshop.”center_img “It really comes down to very tight supply relative to pretty strong demand in the Lower Mainland and B.C. in general,” Ervin said in a phone interview.Premier John Horgan ordered the inquiry in May when prices at the pump reached $1.70 a litre, saying gas and diesel price increases were “alarming, increasingly out of line with the rest of Canada, and people in B.C. deserve answers.”He tasked the British Columbia Utilities Commission with overseeing the inquiry. A three-member panel chaired by CEO David Morton is set to begin its oral proceedings on Wednesday in Vancouver.But the inquiry has already encountered some hurdles.The utilities commission beefed up its confidentiality terms last week after six of seven fuel companies refused to share their retail margins, saying it would compromise their positions in a competitive market.The new terms grant advanced approval of confidential status to those who submit information that they identify as commercially or competitively sensitive under the new terms, rather than granting the status after the content is reviewed and deemed eligible.last_img read more

Sugar output up 6 to 27347 lakh tonne

first_imgNew Delhi: Sugar production rose by 6 per cent to 273.47 lakh tonne till March 15 of the current marketing year ending September 2019, helped by higher output in Maharashtra and Karnataka where mills started their operations early, according to industry data. The country had produced 258.20 lakh tonne sugar in the year-ago period, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. “During 2018-19 sugar season, 527 sugar mills were in operation and they have produced 273.47 lakh tonne of sugar till March 15, 2019,” the ISMA said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs many as 154 mills have stopped crushing and 373 sugar mills are continuing their crushing operations. Mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka are closing fast and their crushing season is on the verge of closing. According to the ISMA, sugar production in Maharashtra till March 15 was 100.08 lakh tonne as against 93.84 lakh tonne in the year-ago period. In Uttar Pradesh, production was almost flat at 84.14 lakh tonne compared with 84.39 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the 2017-18 marketing year. Sugar production in Karnataka stood at 42.45 lakh tonne as against 35.10 lakh tonnes. The ISMA had earlier pegged the country’s sugar production at 307 lakh tonne in 2018-19, down from 325 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 marketing year.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Elaborate traffic arrangements in place for IPL match in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, pedestrian movement and safety of persons in and around the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground here, which will host an IPL T-20 cricket match on Thursday, officials said. The match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will be played at the ground between 8.00 pm 11.30 pm. “Limited parking is available for labelled vehicles in the proximity of the stadium and no vehicles would be allowed to be parked on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to I.P. Flyover (both the carriageways) on the day of the match,” a traffic advisory said. Vehicles parked on these roads shall be towed away and prosecuted as per law, the advisory added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor unlabelled vehicles, ‘park and ride’ facility has been created at Mata Sundari Parking, Shanti Van Parking and under Velodrome Road, it said. All buses will start their services two hours before the match and will continue till one hour after the start of the match. The bus service from the stadium to their respective destinations will start as soon as the game ends and will continue for an hour after the match ends, a senior traffic officer said.last_img read more

Opinion Slow start shouldnt concern Cleveland Cavaliers fans

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James addresses an official during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cleveland won, 118-111.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he knew the team would have an adjustment period.“It’s something that I was ready for,” James told ESPN.com on Nov. 24. “I knew that it was going to be my biggest challenge of my career thus far, so I accept the challenge, and when we lose, I take full responsibility. When we win, the team wins. That’s what it’s about.”And a transition it has been. Through their first 16 games, the new “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have gone 9-7 and currently sit in sixth place in a weak Eastern Conference.However, it takes time for everything to play out.But what is everything though? Everything consists of team chemistry to off-court relationships and both offensive and defensive playmaking. James knew that the Cavs would go through all of this. And it’s because he’s done it before.Many fans and media expected the Cavaliers to start the regular season being a great team, and with James’ first “true” point guard in Irving, many thought this team could rely on its playmaking alone.Despite having a 5-3 record through the middle of November, the Cavs lost four straight, causing many to wonder if coach David Blatt was the right coach for one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Some fans have even wanted Blatt fired, as James has taken on a coaching role because Blatt has never played or coached in the NBA before.Blatt played collegiately at Princeton and then went on to play and coach in Israel, as well as coach the Russian national team in the 2012 Olympic games, leading the team to a bronze medal.But the NBA is different from any place Blatt has coached before, and it shows.Coming into Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee the Cavs, despite being 11th in the NBA in points per game with 103.3, ranked 24th in total rebounds per game with 41.1. Defensively, it ranks 17th in total points allowed per game with 99.3. They are also 27th in assists allowed per game with 24.8.Love was also on the record saying that his new team was going to have a transition period.“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we’re going to clean this up, I guarantee you that,” Love told ESPN.com. “Team morale is great. We get along, but we know we have a ton of work to do.”Through everything the Cavs have gone through this season, many fail to mention that James and his former team, the Miami Heat, had a transition period of nearly a month and a half, before the team started to get a feel for one another’s style of play.It wasn’t until Dec. 2, 2010, when the Heat played the Cavs, in what was James’ first game against his former team, that the Heat turned the corner. Despite Cleveland going into that game with two straight wins, the Heat beat the Cavs, 118-90. After that, everything seemed to click for the winning team. From there, the Heat continued their three-game winning streak and won 20 of their next 21 games.Before going on that run and heading into 2011 at 25-9, some were calling for the firing of coach Erik Spoelstra.Despite taking the Heat to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons coaching the team, its start was something many didn’t expect.In their first 18 games together, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James went 10-8, with key wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, who both made the playoffs that season. Rumors had spread that Heat President Pat Riley would relieve Spoelstra of coaching duties and take over. Instead, Riley did nothing, and the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals that season.Sixteen games in, the Cavs have key wins against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards and are still going through some growing pains, but have won four-straight.But like the Heat, it doesn’t matter what is going on now, the future is more important. That’s why people say it’s not how you preform in the first half of the season, it’s how you preform in May and June.So while fans may be worried about how the Cavs preform, remember that it just takes time.Time is one of the hardest things to live with as a sports fan because as a team is going through a rebuilding phase, the product you see on the floor isn’t necessarily the product you’ll see at the end of the day.By the beginning of January, I guarantee Blatt and the Cavs will have figured something out and will continue to fight toward a potential birth in the NBA Finals. Only so much can be learned during training camp, and time for adjustments in the regular season has to be learned in practice and during in-game situations. read more

Klopp tells Ozil Gundogan critics Shut up

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has jumped to Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s defence in the fallout from Germany’s dreadful World Cup campaignThe midfield duo caused controversy before the start of the tournament following their meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London.Both players are of Turkish descent and Gundogan later insisted that there was no political intent behind the meeting, although Ozil has chosen to remain silent on the matter.The Arsenal playmaker has been on the receiving end of most the criticism with Germany’s general manager Oliver Bierhoff even claiming that Ozil should have been left out of their World Cup squad after their first group stage exit in 80 years.But Klopp has called for an end to the nonsense and backed Gundogan’s claims that their meeting with the Turkish president was innocent.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The intelligent people of this country demand tolerance. And the others should shut up and not question the boys,” Klopp told Sport Bild, via SportsKeeda.“Both were certainly not very well advised in this matter. Older, more experienced people should have helped them there.“We should not forget that the two of them have Turkish roots even though they grew up here in Germany.“But it is the same as always: the one who cries the loudest is the one who hears the most. But that’s never been my thing.”Ozil was unable to either score or have an assist for Germany in his two starts at the World Cup, while Gundogan made just the one substitute appearance in the national side’s only win of the competition against Sweden.last_img read more

Girona hoping to upset Real Madrid Eusebio

first_imgEusebio Sacristan believes Girona have what it takes to repeat last season’s 2-1 triumph over Real Madrid.Girona host Madrid on Sunday, almost 10 months to the day they astonishingly beat the then-champions, and Eusebio was in a confident mood ahead of the match.“We want to repeat the sensations and results of last season,” the Coach said at a Press conference.“I see it as a good opportunity to get my first win against Madrid, although it’s a statistic that doesn’t worry me too much.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We know that preseasons for teams with many players at a World Cup are somewhat strange, but we must have a lot of respect for Madrid because of their recent history and because they’ll come here hoping to do things well.“For us to have a chance, we must make the most of our quality, stick together and remain as united as we have been in recent seasons.“I don’t see Madrid weaker without Cristiano Ronaldo. Others will take responsibility.”last_img read more

Former Arsenal legend talks about Bob Wilson

first_imgFor David Seaman, the chance he had to work together with Wilson was perfect and praised the work of his former teammateEnglish goalkeeper David Seaman played with Arsenal in the English Premier League from 1990 to 2003.And with the Gunners, he worked closely with former footballer Bob Wilson.“What makes Bob special is that he used to give you confidence in training, so you didn’t have to go and play well in a game,” Seaman told the club’s official website.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In training, he would do exercises where you would have to make two or three worldie saves, ones that really turn a game or are really special.”“But what he used to do is, if you made one of those worldie saves in the first two or three minutes, he’d say ‘Right, out,’ and you’d go out of that session feeling so full of confidence because you’d make this great save,” he added.“That was a specialty of Bob’s because you could make that worldie and then the next ball that comes in you could mess it up and as a goalkeeper you will remember the one that you’ve messed up and that would get you down, but Bob knew ‘Right, you’ve made a great save, out you go,’ and you’d keep that confidence.”last_img read more

Kamal unites with antiliberation forces says B Chy

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury. File PhotoPresident of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Badruddoza Chowdhury on Saturday warned that people will not forgive if any party tries to foil the election, reports UNB.Speaking at a discussion at BDB’s Badda election office, he also urged the Election Commission to create a level-playing field by discharging their duties independently.B Chowdhury, also the chairman of Jukta Front, said his party did not make any coalition with those who betrayed the blood of martyrs of the 1971 liberation war.He accused Kamal Hossain of forging a coalition with the anti-liberation forces. “They’ve recognised them (anti-liberation forces).”The BDB leader said they deeply respect and remember historic leaders Bangabandhu, Ziaur Rahman, Moulana Bhasani, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq and MAG Osmani.He bemoaned that no other parties mention the names of these leaders in their election manifestos.At the programme, Sunamganj district BNP ex-general secretary Rafiqul Islam Chowdhury formally joined BDB.last_img read more

California Wildfires Leave Seasonal Agricultural Workers In Limbo

first_imgFarida Jhabvala Romero/KQEDLuis Guerrero fills barrels with crushed grapes at Valley of the Moon winery in Sonoma, Calif., Oct 16, 2017. Guerrero says he’s struggling to pay for rent after the wildfires forced the winery to close.For more than a week, Marisol Paniagua has been living at an evacuation center. She had been scheduled to pick grapes at a vineyard near the city of Santa Rosa, Calif. But that work was canceled because of the wildfires ravaging Northern California.“It’s very difficult right now because we just have a little bit of gas left in our car. That’s how we are still able to drive around,” said Paniagua, 37. “But the fact is, we have nothing.”The wildfires in Northern California have already done more than $1 billion in damage according to the state’s insurance commissioner. In Sonoma County, one of the hardest hit areas, about a third of the economy is related to agriculture, wine and tourism.Now, seasonal workers in the region like Paniagua are facing the loss of jobs and income.Paniagua, who’s originally from Mexico, has lived in the Santa Rosa area for more than 20 years. All three of her children were born in the U.S. But now she wonders whether she’ll be able to afford to stay in the area.“Without money and without work, what are we going to do here?” says Paniagua.In California, Latinos make up 71 percent of agricultural workers. The fires ravaging wine country are hitting this population hard. The lack of jobs and the destruction of affordable homes due to the fires could force people to move elsewhere. That’s a concern for grape growers in the region.“We cannot afford to lose our labor force. Nobody can whether it’d be in agriculture or anything else,” says Chad Clark with Allied Grape Growers, a California wine-grape marketing cooperative that represents more than 100 wineries in areas affected by wildfires.He says dozens of vineyard owners have sustained damage. He says that could displace seasonal agricultural workers. Still most vineyards are standing, and Clark says the priority there is to pick the grapes left on the vines as quickly as possible.“That’s proving to be very difficult, just because of all the road closures,” Clark says. “And you know, what people have lost — they’ve lost their vehicles, their means of transportation.”Valley of the Moon is one of the oldest wineries in the region. It wasn’t damaged, but many of its workers had to evacuate their homes. General Manager Dave MacDonald says grape growers are concerned about their workers and will try to help them.The winery subcontracts crews of farmworkers, plus has about 25 workers in other areas. MacDonald said only 10 workers were around the day I was there — and only for half a day.“I know that you know every company in this industry will do their best to help to absorb some of that workforce and help to find some work for others that need it,” says MacDonald.Valley of the Moon was closed last week, and it is only slowly beginning to return to normal operations. Some grape growers have said they’ll pay their seasonal agricultural workers anyway.Luis Guerrero has 25 years of experience in wineries. He is working near Valley of the Moon’s cellar, using a big metal hose to fill wooden barrels with crushed grapes.“I really needed to start working again,” says Guerrero, who makes $16 per hour working in wine production. “The work that I lost last week, that was money that would have paid for my rent.”Typically, seasonal hires in the area don’t get paid if they don’t work.“While the fires continue, there’s a lot of uncertainty,” said Guerrero. “Yesterday we came to work and they told us, ‘No,’ so we turned back.”Karissa Kruse, president of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, says some vineyard owners have said they will pay workers anyway for last week because the fires were an event completely out of the ordinary.Farida Jhabvala Romero is a reporter with member station KQED in San Francisco.Copyright 2017 KQED. To see more, visit KQED. Sharelast_img read more

Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique

first_img Cesar Monzon of Enig Associates, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland, has presented this new technique in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. As Monzon explains, many (but not all) subwavelength imaging mechanisms involve a complicated implementation and offer narrowband operation, such as lenses using metamaterials. He hopes that his technique could overcome these challenges with purely resistive means, simply by using a thin electrically conducting sheet to counteract the effects of space’s filtration properties. “An important advantage of the present method is that the resolution of the image so produced is not limited by the extent of a wavelength as in a common lens, but by the separation from the image to the conducting thin sheet,” Monzon told PhysOrg.com. “In fact, the analysis presented in the paper indicates that we can easily form images 10 times sharper than a conventional lens (or 5% of a wavelength of operation). Actually, depending on the frequency of operation, achieving images that are over 20 times higher resolution than possible with diffraction limited optics seems feasible. Hence the proposed technique is that of a ‘superlens,’ because it beats the diffraction limit.”Basically, space acts like a low pass filter for highly evanescent components, and makes evanescent waves very short-lived; these waves usually decay exponentially with the distance from their light source. Monzon found that, when he placed a thin sheet of conducting material close to the light source, the sheet could restore the evanescent components of the light that had been diminished by the air in between. “Saving” these evanescent wave components results in near-field subwavelength imaging right behind the resistive sheet. The “spot size” (imaging area) depends on the separation between the light source and the sheet, meaning that extremely high resolution is possible for very small separations. As an additional benefit, the effect is found to be broadband.”An evanescent wave is essentially a near field wave component that is not propagating away from a radiator, but remains standing in its neighborhood,” Monzon explained. “Evanescent fields are responsible for the reactive energy around a radiator, and generally decay quickly with distance. Just like radiating waves, evanescent waves are a general property of wave equations, and since they basically form the near field of a radiator, they are needed for its proper reconstruction (via focusing or imaging). Now suppose we have a point radiator; if evanescent waves are not used in the reconstruction, such as done by a typical lens (which operate in the far field), then we get a diffraction limited image where the minimum spot size is commensurate with the wavelength. If on the other hand we utilize the evanescent fields, as done here, then we are not bound by a diffraction limited spot size, as the evanescent field spectrum has the ability to form the very near field. For a point radiator this means, in principle, extreme resolution, with a minimum spot size clearly a very small fraction of the wavelength, hence enabling very high resolution imaging.” (PhysOrg.com) — Since the first demonstrations of subwavelength imaging just a few years ago, scientists have been making great improvements, developing a variety of new methods for realizing high-resolution imaging. Recently, a new superlens for subwavelength imaging has been developed that offers a simplified and wide broadband operation. The superlens could potentially shrink the size of features on computer chips to make faster transistors, as well as increase the storage capacity of computer memory. Unlike in previous subwavelength imaging techniques that use surface plasmons (electron density fluctuations) and that are plagued by losses, the new technique has a different physical cause based on harnessing the spectrum of evanescent fields. As Monzon explained, the smaller wave impedance of the conducting sheet enables researchers to trade definition for amplitude.”What is shown here is that a simple conducting thin sheet acts like a special type of ‘lens’ for evanescent fields, allowing the details of a nearby image to be transferred to the other side of the sheet faithfully (this happens because accurate reconstruction of the evanescent fields of the original image takes place there),” Monzon explained. “Now, it happens that the more conducting the sheet is, the more faithful the reconstruction. However, as we know, the more conducting the sheet is, the more reflective it becomes, resulting in smaller transmitted fields, and a lower amplitude image being formed. Thus better definition can be obtained at the expense of sacrificing amplitude, and vice versa.”This technique could have useful applications, showing that micrometer or nanometer layers of resistive materials can be used to achieve subwavelength imaging in the optical and elusive infrared regions. The method could also be applied to other areas of physics where wave motion exists.”The sharper images, the simplicity of the scheme, and the broadband operation are definite advantages for applications,” Monzon said. “A superlens such as this, capable of creating images of objects or features much smaller than the wavelength of light, could be use in novel types of microscopes, of the super-resolution type. The method can also be used to shrink the size of features on computer chips, so to make smaller transistors that will result in faster computer chips. There is also potential to use this technique in computer memory technology such as read and write devices, so as to be able to access even smaller bits, which can definitely increase general storage capacity/density, and the corresponding data transfer capability.”More information: Cesar Monzon. “Subwavelength Imaging Using Conducting Sheets.” Physical Review Letters, 102, 173901 (2009).© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Novel Superlens Offers a Simplified Subwavelength Imaging Technique (2009, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-superlens-subwavelength-imaging-technique.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Goal of nanoscale optical imaging gets boost with new hyperlenslast_img read more

Just released New details images of Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda

first_img TORONTO — Club Med has released new details about its first Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas – Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda – opening in the Dominican Republic in December 2019.First announced in May 2018, the new resort will be the first to debut in the lush region of Michès, located approximately 90 minutes north of Punta Cana. At 93 acres, it will represent Club Med’s biggest project of its type in the Caribbean in the past 40 years. And as the first full Exclusive Collection resort in the Americas, it will boast premium accommodations, personalized services and refined dining concepts.While in Montreal this summer, Club Med President Henri Giscard d’Estaing said that the new resort is being built “in our image”.“We will be the first to own a hotel on this beach while everyone thought that the best places in the D.R. were already taken. On site, there is a real local life and we will create partnerships for our guests to discover,” he said at a press conference with trade media, which included Travelweek’s sister publication, ProfessionVoyages.com.Here are exclusive new details about the resort:Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda will feature four boutique villages, each one presenting its own unique environment, activities and accommodations. These include Archipelago, Caribbean Paradise, Emerald Jungle, and Explorer Cove.The beach at Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, D.R.The Archipelago boutique village will be an adults-only oceanfront sanctuary offering top-tier privacy, private pools, personal outdoor showers and personal oceanfront daybeds.Archipelago RenderingCaribbean Paradise village will offer couples and families poolside activities, nightly shows and rooms inspired by the local flora.Caribbean Paradise RenderingEmerald Jungle boutique village will be a relaxing eco-chic retreat with accommodations and a natural pool part of Club Med’s Zen Oasis concept, an adults-exclusive escape. Here, guests can participate in treetop yoga classes and immerse themselves in the greenery of Michès.Emerald Jungle RenderingExplorer Cove was specifically created for families and features world-class children’s clubs for children from four months to 17 years of age.Explorer Cove RenderingPrior to construction, Club Med worked with local government agencies to perform an in-depth environmental impact study to minimize the resort’s footprint and impact to the Michès area. As construction ensues, the company has enacted a tree re-planting program as well as a no plastic straw initiative. Educational mini-sessions and a community garden for guests will also be available.Upon opening, the resort’s daily operations will perform under the Green Globe certification to meet the highest standards of sustainability.For more information go to www.clubmed.ca/l/miches-resort. Share Tags: Club Med, Dominican Republic Monday, October 22, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Just released: New details & images of Club Med Michès Playa Esmeraldalast_img read more

December 10 2005 The visitors center prepares for

first_imgDecember 10, 2005The visitors center prepares for a busy Saturday. Mrs. Santa Claus, gallery employee Lisan Hughes-Sawyer. [Photo & text: sa] Cosanti foundry produced a beautiful selection of bronze tiles with burnish or patina finish. [Photo & text: sa] Arcosanti foundry staff Gabrial Hendrix and Eleanor Gillis bring a batch of additional bells. [Photo & text: sa] And there is very nice collection of hand-carved ceramic bells and tiles. [Photo & text: sa] Cosanti foundry produced a beautiful selection of bronze tiles with burnish or patina finish. [Photo & text: sa]The visitors center prepares for a busy Saturday. Mrs. Santa Claus, gallery employee Lisan Hughes-Sawyer. [Photo & text: sa]last_img

Rep Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities

first_img State Rep. Martin Howrylak last week introduced a bipartisan measure requiring the governing boards of Michigan’s public universities to open all of their meetings to the public.“Currently, the state constitution is interpreted to allow the governing boards of public universities to decide when to hold formal and informal sessions,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “It’s unfair to Michigan citizens and students that university board members can avoid the public eye and hold secret meetings. While it’s sometimes difficult to have to face the public when making tough decisions, it’s a moral obligation of elected officials to ensure that their actions are made in a public forum.”Rep. Howrylak said informal meetings allow public university governing boards to meet in private with a voting quorum in order to make collective decisions without the input of the public. House Joint Resolution O will add language to the constitution to ensure that these meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.Rep. Howrylak said: “This amendment will not only increase transparency and accountability in our public universities, but it will also hold our universities’ governing boards to the same standards as other elected officials in Michigan. This will help ensure that the boards partner with residents and students in crafting the highest quality public policy.”The constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the members in both the House and the Senate. Upon receiving the necessary votes from the Legislature, the measure would be decided upon by Michigan citizens via ballot proposal.HJR O has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Ethics for consideration.### Categories: Howrylak News 24Apr Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universitieslast_img read more

UK TV platform Freeview is due to launch a new mob

first_imgUK TV platform Freeview is due to launch a new mobile app on January 22, 2019 that it says will act as a “one-stop-shop” for the nation’s most-watched content.The free-to-use app will let viewers stream live channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, and UKTV Play.Further catch up players and live channels have been promised “in due course”, with the app to launch on iOS initially followed by an Android rollout in early 2019.Freeview announced the app at its Outside the Box event at BAFTA in London today, claiming it to be a “significant step” for the platform.The app will allow viewers to watch live Freeview programming without using a TV aerial for the first time, marking a major evolution of the Freeview service in line with changing viewing habits.“In an increasingly fragmented media landscape, the new Freeview mobile app is an excellent example of broadcaster and industry collaboration in action,” said Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK – the organisation that leads the development of Freeview.“Today’s viewers value having access to their favourite shows when and where they want and the new app provides the aggregated experience that consumers increasingly expect from a TV provider.“We’re putting the best of free-to-air content – public service and commercial – in to one place on mobile just as we have on TV, ensuring that great free tv is available to everyone wherever they are”.The app is the result of a collaboration between Digital UK and Freeview’s common shareholders – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and infrastructure firm Arqiva. The latter led the software build and integrated the app with the content providers’ metadata feeds.News of the app comes after Ofcom CEO Sharon White in March urged the UK’s public service broadcasters to work together in order to compete in an age of changing viewing habits and large digital rivals like Netflix and Amazon.“Our PSBs may increasingly need to join forces to increase their bargaining power, just as they are doing with TV manufacturers. Increasingly, they will need to collaborate to compete,” White told delegates of Deloitte and Enders Analysis’ ‘Media and Telecoms 2018 & Beyond’ conference in London earlier this year.The new Freeview app will replace the current Freeview TV Guide app, which lists what’s on the TV service for the next seven days.last_img read more