PIRAEUS – Olympiakos’ hoopsters thrashed Panathinaikos, 89-64 on May 26 to tie their series 1-1 in the best-of-five Greek basketball league finals, running away with an easy victory.The game was over almost as soon as it started as the Reds just pummeled their eternal rivals, jumping out to an 8-0 lead and 29-12 margin after one quarter, and had a 19-point gap, 48-29 at the half.Panathinaikos was without injured American star James “Airlines” Gist, who had intimidated Olympiakos under the boards in the first game. The Greens tried a comeback in the second half, opening with a 7-0 spurt, but the victors came back with an 8-0 return to pretty much end it right there.Olympiakos shot 52 percent from three-point land, hitting 13-of-25 to make sure Panathinaikos wouldn’t be able to claw its way back in to the game.Giorgos Printezis was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 18 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis notched up 19 for Panathinaikos.This was the second biggest margin of victory for Olympiakos over Panathinaikos. “Victory margins in the play-offs have no bearing on the series, except for the psychological factor,” Olympiakos coach Giorgos Bartzokas said after the game.In the battle for third PAOK leads Panionios 2-0 in the best-of-five series after its 81-63 home win on May 26.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Urban Meyer.It’s not something football related.Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated wrote this feature on the state of Urban Meyer’s Ohio State football program, published today.The story talks about Meyer’s mindset heading into the season, why he likes that Michigan and Jim Harbaugh have been all over the news (and his team hasn’t) and more.The thing the 52-year-old three-time national champion is most-excited about, though, is something away from the gridiron. It’s family related.Meyer’s oldest daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Corey (a graduate assistant for Ohio State) announced earlier this summer that they’re expecting their first child in December.From SI.com:The biggest smile on Meyer’s face Monday—even bigger than when he found out Ohio State got commitments from two top receivers for the 2017 class—came when he was asked about becoming a grandfather. His daughter, Nicki, and her husband, Buckeyes staff member Corey Dennis, are expecting their first child in December. “Mama’s feet haven’t touched the ground now,” Meyer said of his wife, Shelley. “She’s out of her mind excited.”By the baby’s birth, it’ll be clear if the hushed optimism around the Buckeyes translates into loud results like in 2014. Imagine the grin on Grandpa Meyer’s face in December if the uneventful off-season translates into a quiet juggernaut on the field. At first glance, the talent is certainly there for that scenario to unfold.Nicki and Corey posted this on Instagram earlier this summer, announcing the news.You can bet on that kid being into football.Ohio State opens its 2016 season on Sept. 3 against Bowling Green at Ohio Stadium.
Minnesota United has acquired 2017 MLS defender of the year Ike Opara in a trade with Sporting Kansas City.The Loons sent $900,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and up to $100,000 in future TAM considerations to Sporting KC in exchange for Opara, who leaves the club after five seasons in Kansas City.During his time with the club, Opara helped Sporting KC to the 2013 MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup titles in 2015 and 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Opara is the second MLS Cup winner joining Minnesota ahead of the 2019 season as the club also added former Seattle Sounders midfielder Osvaldo Alonso.“Going into this offseason we had targeted positions we felt were important to our success moving forward and this is another huge step to us achieving our goals,” Minnesota head coach Adrian Heath said.“We’ve just added a player who has challenged for U.S. Open Cup, Supporters Shield and MLS Cup virtually every year, he won’t accept anything other than winning. When you add him to the likes of Ozzie Alonso, Jan Gregus, Romain Metanire, and the core group of players returning this year, we’ve set ourselves up to be successful going into Allianz Field.”The move comes in the aftermath of an ESPN report stating that Opara had asked Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes to consider any trade offers for the defender.Vermes originally said Opara preferred to stay in Kansas City as part of that December report, saying that the conversations were not “abnormal”.Opara signed a contract extension with Kansas City just prior to the 2018 season that ran through 2019 with a club option for 2020. Opara made $342,916.63 in 2018, according to MLS salary data.The defender has made 157 league and playoff appearances, scoring 15 goals and adding five assists, while overcoming several injuries that limited his game time prior to 2016.Opara has earned one career U.S. national team appearance – a January camp effort against Bosnia & Herzegovina last year.“We’ve been laser-focused on adding starters in key positions of need this offseason and we feel that Ike [Opara] is an excellent addition to a really good core group of defenders already on our roster,” said Loons Sporting Director Manny Lagos.“He provides a wealth of MLS experience — he is coming off of two great years. We are thrilled to add his quality and leadership to our roster.”
Next Press Trust of India KarachiJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 23:30 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSPakistan cricket team returned home on Monday after crashing out of World Cup 2019Pakistan had lost against West Indies, Australia and India in the league phasePakistan failed to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the second time in successionRefusing to believe in the perception that India deliberately lost to England, hurting Pakistan’s semifinal chances, skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said it’s incorrect to cast aspersion on the Virat Kohli-led side.A lot of former Pakistan cricketers doubted that India did not give their best against England, putting obstacles in their side’s road to semifinals.”No, no, it is not right to say this. I don’t think India lost because of us. England played well to win,” Sarfaraz told reporters.Sarfaraz also gave a dressing down to a journalist at the press conference after she used the word ‘Bengalis’ while asking about the match against Bangladesh.”Please don’t use this word. It could become an issue for you on the social media. I think you should address them as Bangladesh. You are using objectionable word,” the Pakistan skipper told the television reporter after she asked why the team management did not give Shoaib Malik a farewell in the match against the “Bengalis”.”Shoaib is our senior-most player and though he did not have a good World Cup, he has served the country a lot. His presence in the team was very good for all of us,” Sarfaraz said.Malik announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup and will now only focus on playing T20 cricket.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Pakistan cricketFollow World Cup 2019 Don’t think India lost to England because of us: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz AhmedWorld Cup 2019: A lot of former Pakistan cricketers doubted that India did not give their best against England, putting obstacles in their side’s road to semifinals.advertisement
zoom Stena Bulk’s tanker Stena Polaris, with a cargo of 44,000 tons of naphtha, is sailing from the Gulf of Finland via the North-East Passage to South Korea. A route that passes through Arctic waters that make exacting demands on technology, know-how and experience. The 31-day voyage can be followed via reports, photos and films in part directly from the ship. There are also interviews with the crew and officers as well as experts in the field.The Stena Polaris left Russian Ust Luga in the Gulf of Finland on 17 September and is expected to arrive at the port of Yosu in South Korea on 18 October. The voyage is a joint project between Stena Bulk and South Korean Hyundai Glovis.“This will be one of the greatest adventures in my life and I have very high expectation with regard to what we will see and experience. I’ll also be getting a lot of useful experience, which we will be able to make use of in our continuous development work”, says Patrik Svahn, who works in Stena Bulk’s office in Gothenburg but is now “our” man on board.In the first Podcast, published today, Stena Bulk focused on “People on board”. Here, there is an interview with Captain Sasa Stipanovic and information concerning preparedness, daily routines and training as well as food on board.In the weeks ahead, the company plans to publish a further three podcasts entitled “The Commercial Aspect” with facts about the ship, the high safety requirements, the technology on board and the important icebreakers and “Nature/Culture” about the environment, weather and clothing, history and descriptions of locations. At the end of the voyage, there will be a podcast entitled “Economy and Future Prospects” where they take up general environmental issues, including the Polar Code. The Swedish Ambassador to South Korea, Lars Danielsson, will provide information on South Korea, the ship’s destination.Know-how and experience“There are a limited number of tankers that are equipped to sail through the North-East Passage. Operating in extreme Arctic conditions requires know-how and experience. Stena has extensive knowledge of the tough environment in the north and knows how to navigate safely through ice-covered waters. To maintain its leading position in safe transportation at sea, every year the company invests large sums in developing the necessary routines. Well-equipped vessels together with highly experienced crews are the only way to master Arctic conditions. This means that currently, only a relatively limited number of vessels are able to sail through these waters,” the company said in a press release,“One of the objectives of this special voyage through the North-East Passage is to transfer operational and technical experience from Stena to Hyundai Glovis. Accordingly, the focus is mainly on the experience we have gathered during all the years we have been operating in the icy conditions in the North-East Passage”, says Erik Hånell, President & CEO of Stena Bulk.About the P-MAX tankersThe P-MAX tankers were designed and built by Stena and Concordia Maritime. They have a double hull, optimum corrosion control, two engine rooms with full water and fire integrity and two propulsion systems. Double propellers and rudders and a specially designed bridge layout give the tanker extremely good maneuverability and a 360° view, which facilitate safe navigation in narrow waters.The Stena Polaris, which is owned by Concordia Maritime and has been time-chartered by Stena Bulk for this project, has the following technical data: Length: 183 m, beam: 40 m, draft: 11.3 m, deadweight: 65,000 tons.Stena Bulk, October 1, 2013
Rabat – Nissan’s board members made the decision through a unanimous vote during a meeting at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported today.The seven-member board also dismissed Greg Kelly as representative director.On Monday, Nissan said that its CEO, Hiroto Saikawa, would propose immediately ousting the 64-year-old Ghosn who has led Nissan for about 20 years. Mitsubishi is also preparing to dismiss Ghosn from his positions next week.Renault decided to keep Ghosn as company’s chairman and CEO after an emergency meeting that the board of directors held on Tuesday. The French carmaker has appointed the company’s chief operating officer, Thierry Bollore, as temporary deputy CEO, granting him the same powers as Ghosn.Read also: Renault Names Interim CEO After Carlos Ghosn’s ArrestJapan has been arresting Ghosn since Monday for alleged financial misconduct of underreporting his salary by $44 million over five years since 2011. The misconduct also included “personal use of company assets.”On Wednesday, the Tokyo District Court approved a request from the prosecutors’ judicial authorities to extend the detention of Ghosn and Kelly by ten days.Ghosn’s arrest caused a shock in the automotive industry, especially because Ghosn, who leads the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is considered a highly influential executive within the global automotive industry.The alliance sold over 10 millions vehicles worldwide in 2017.Read also: Japan Extends Ghosn’s Custody as Financial Misconduct Scandal PersistsOn Tuesday, Nissan’s shares fell by 5.45 percent, while Mitsubishi went down by 6.85 percent. On Monday, Renault shares tanked more than 8 percent in European trade.On Tuesday, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko said the alliance would be hard to manage without Ghosn, according to Reuters.“I don’t think there is anyone else on Earth like Ghosn who could run Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi,” Masuko told the press in Tokyo.Japan’s top government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Wednesday, “It’s important that Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi maintain a stable relationship.”Read also: Renault, Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn Faces Dismissal for Misconduct
11 September 2008The former warring parties in Sudan’s long-running civil conflict that ended three years ago have made “significant progress” in implementing their peace accord and resolving outstanding differences over a disputed area in the centre of the country, the top United Nations envoy to Sudan said today. Ashraf Qazi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Sudan, told journalists in Juba, where he was holding talks with senior members of the Government of Southern Sudan, that the two sides deserved commendation for their recent progress.The Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) signed the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA) in January 2005 to end their 21-year north-south civil war, but the full implementation of the accord has since fallen behind schedule.In May, Government military forces and SPLM forces clashed in deadly fighting in Abyei, a town at the centre of an oil-rich area close to the boundary between north and south Sudan. Tens of thousands of civilians had to flee and much of the town’s infrastructure was destroyed before a peace deal was signed the following month.Speaking today, Mr. Qazi welcomed the recent move to appoint a joint interim administration in Abyei. He said it was important to note that significant progress has made despite “the numerous challenges” facing the two sides.Mr. Qazi added that the deployment of joint integrated military and police units need to be accelerated so that civilians can safely return to Abyei. He also stressed the importance of progress in disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating former fighters from the north-south war.During his visit to Juba today, the envoy met with Salva Kiir Mayardit, the President of the Government of Southern Sudan and the First Vice-President of Sudan.
“And you wonder where are the people, what happened to them?” he added after taking a helicopter tour over Aceh, the worst-hit province on the north of Sumatra island in Indonesia, which accounted for about two-thirds of the 150,000 people so far estimated to have died in the disaster.The helicopter took Mr. Annan, World Bank President James Wolfensohn, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Rodrigo De Rato and Asian Development Bank President Tedeo Chino to the town of Meulaboh on Sumatra’s west coast, an area UN officials have called “ground zero” of the disaster that struck a dozen countries bordering the Indian Ocean.The death toll in Meulaboh, just 150 kilometres from the epicentre of the undersea earthquake that spawned the tsunami on 26 December, has been put as high as one-third of the town’s population of 120,000.Mr. Annan touched down at the town’s airport where the military commander briefed him on clean-up operations, the restoration of potable water and electricity and the rebuilding of schools, and told him he did not have enough tents for tens of thousands of displaced people.The Secretary-General, accompanied by his wife, Nane, then examined the damage done to the town and saw frogmen searching for bodies offshore, while fishing boats lay overturned in the streets amid buildings that had collapsed.“I believe that in time, given support and effort by the government and the international community, the people will be able to pick up the pieces and carry on,” Mr. Annan told a news conference in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh on his return from the tour. “But they are going to need lots of help.”Yesterday Mr. Annan launched a $977 million flash appeal for immediate emergency aid, including food, clean drinking water, medicines and shelter for up to 5 millions survivors in five of the worst-hit countries – Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Seychelles and Somalia – and called on world leaders to pay in full the more than $3 billion already been pledged for relief and reconstruction operations.“We saw many people who were traumatized,” he said today. “We visited some of the displaced people in the camps, and they are going to need help with post-traumatic stress. They’re going to need help to build their homes. They’re going to need help – I was going to say they’re going to need help to go back to fishing, but of course, you need to build the houses along the coast if you are going to build before you can fish.”Mr. Annan praised the efforts of the so-called core group, the United States, Australia, India and Japan, as “absolutely crucial.”“They have the logistical capability to be able to come in and ensure that, despite the lack of infrastructure and logistics, we will be able to get things [done],” he said. “And they helped with heavy equipment, they helped with the airport and now, of course with the helicopters and all other [things], they’re also helping with distribution, getting the food to the needy. And they are working with the UN team and others, and the government.”Despite some minor problems, “on the whole, the cooperation is going well,” he added.He called criticism that the UN was slow in starting the relief effort unfair. “I think we move as quickly as we can,” he said. “And you also have to understand, the UN is as strong as its members. We are as capable as the members help and allow us to be. We have no assets; we need to rely on governments.“Without the support, as I said, of the United States and other people with logistic capability, we would not have been able to move. And in fact, you would have said, we’ve been very, very late. I think we’ve moved as fast as we can and the government and the people in the region do agree with me that we are doing everything we can to act fast.”
Torstar Corp hopes paywall will revive revenues after profits tumble to $4.2M by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted May 8, 2013 7:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO, Cananda – Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) hopes its digital paywall, expected to launch in the third quarter, will provide a new revenue stream as the newspaper and book publisher struggles with declines in print advertising.John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star, said the launch is taking longer than expected because of technical challenges in trying to link the existing circulation system to the metering and content systems.“It’s actually fairly complex,” said Cruickshank. “There are three different pieces that need to be linked together. It’s never been done before in the way that we want to do it and that’s why it’s taken rather more time than we might have hoped.”The company, which operates a number of digital properties along with publishing the Toronto Star and other newspapers in Ontario as well as Harlequin books, reported a decline in both revenue and net income in the first quarter.Net income attributable to equity shareholders tumbled $13.3 million to $4.2 million, or five cents per share. That’s compared with $17.5 million, or 22 cents per share, in the same 2012 period.At the company’s annual general meeting on Wednesday, CEO David Holland said Torstar is struggling to attract national advertising online, but is seeing some growth in digital ad revenue from local sources.The company also said it will continue to restructure its operations at the Toronto Star newspaper and focus on growing its Metro franchise across Canada.Torstar expects to reduce costs in its media business by $14.8 million for the balance of the year due to restructuring initiatives including the recent outsourcing of pagination to Pagemasters North America.The Canadian Press — which is jointly owned by the parent companies of the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and Montreal La Presse — started operating Pagemasters North America in 2009.Cruickshank said the company will continue to look for ways to reduce costs.“We don’t have anything else in mind at this point, but we need to continue to look at ways that we can reduce costs and maintain the very high quality that we have,” said Cruickshank.“For us what’s important is preserving the core; making sure there’s always a core of great journalism there. Because that’s what the future will be all about.”Adjusted earnings per share were 14 cents, down from 22 cents in the first quarter of 2012. The adjusted earnings excluded restructuring and other charges and non-cash foreign exchange in both years, and gain on the sale of assets in 2012.Total segmented revenue in the three months ended March 31 was $332.4 million, down $18.4 million from $350.8 million in the same 2012 period.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Torstar shares were down 3.9 per cent, or 26 cents, at $6.33 in afternoon trading.EBITDA from the segments was down $9.4 million to $29.4 million with the Media operation down $5.7 million due to lower results at Star Media Group.But Holland said Torstar is encouraged that its community media operations, Metroland Media, reported a modest increase in earnings in the quarter.EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, is a non-standard accounting term that many companies feel gives a better understanding of their business.EBITDA at Harlequin was down by $2.8 million to $18.2 million, excluding the impact of foreign exchange. Lower results were anticipated due to comparison to a very strong first quarter in 2012 and the impact of higher year-over-year digital author royalty rates.Holland said Torstar is focused on trying to adapt to the financial challenges it is facing.“These challenges include an acceleration of headwinds that newspaper organizations are facing, navigating through a changing environment for book publishers and dealing with the fragile, global economic conditions that continue to persist,” he said.“Evolution is not a choice, but a necessity for Torstar.”
The NBA draft is a time for optimism, the launching pad for 60 pro careers full of aspirations of championships and star-making moments. In reality, though, only a couple will likely become stars; many more will become key role players, while others will barely sniff the league. Here are the biggest questions about those future careers — and the teams investing in them — that arose out of Thursday night’s proceedings:Who’s the best prospect — Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III … or somebody else?The Phoenix Suns didn’t surprise many fans and observers when they took Arizona’s Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick. Ayton had been at the top of the mock drafts for a long time, and he ranked as the best prospect in the draft according to ESPN’s resident scouting guru, Jonathan Givony. But Ayton doesn’t arrive in Phoenix without risk; his college defensive numbers in particular have drawn questions about whether he can have the kind of two-way impact today’s star big men are expected to provide.That’s one reason why, according to the draft projection model developed by ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Ayton wasn’t the best — or even the second-best — young player available Thursday night. The model, which accounts for scouting assessments but also statistics (including at the international and AAU levels) and combine measurements, thought both Marvin Bagley III (who went second overall to the Sacramento Kings) and Luka Doncic (who was picked third and traded to the Dallas Mavericks) had better NBA potential.In the case of Bagley, the difference largely came down to AAU numbers, where Ayton wasn’t nearly as impressive as his future Duke rival. Time will tell whether those numbers prove prescient — and all three could end up being stars. But the Suns are banking the franchise’s future on Ayton’s edge in the eye test, rather than Bagley’s superior track record in high school.Will Luka Doncic defy European worries?Despite being traded on draft night, Doncic is a rare talent, a young 6-foot-8 point guard prospect who averaged plenty of assists and shot better than 80 percent from the free throw line while playing against much older competition in Spain. Fairly or not, though, his selection at No. 3 overall comes with the baggage of European picks from years gone by. Since 2001, 10 European players1Meaning players who were born in Europe and didn’t play for an American college. This includes Enes Kanter, who signed with Kentucky but never played for them, though he did play a year of high school in the U.S. were taken with top-5 picks, and only two of them — Pau Gasol and Kristaps Porzingis — ended up becoming All-Stars. But with the third-highest All-Star probability (according to the ESPN Stats & Info projection model) of anyone in this class, Doncic is poised to break that trend.Can Jaren Jackson Jr. overcome his lack of star potential in Memphis?No. 4 overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. wasn’t a major scorer in college — he averaged only 10.9 points per game during his lone season at Michigan State — but he made up for it with amazing efficiency and tremendous defensive numbers. So it makes sense that the 6-foot-11 Jackson’s calling card in the pros projects to be his solid all-around game and versatility on defense. According to the ESPN Stats & Info model, Jackson has a 42 percent chance of being a starter-level player in the NBA and only a 10 percent chance of turning into a bust — both of which rank best among this entire class of prospects. The downside, though, is that Jackson has just an 8 percent probability of becoming an All-Star, lower than 16 of his peers. Is a low-risk, low-upside player a good choice at fourth in the draft? The Grizzlies will find out.Do the Hawks have a star — or a bust — in Trae Young?Newly minted Hawks guard Trae Young drew his share of Stephen Curry comparisons as a freshman at Oklahoma, thanks to a gaudy 27.4 points-per-game average and plenty of deep 3-point range. Certainly that parallel must be on the mind of Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk, who worked in Golden State’s front office while the team was building to historic levels of greatness with Curry leading the way, and on Thursday Atlanta traded Doncic to the Mavericks for Young and a future first-round pick. Young is one of the highest-upside players in the draft: He has roughly the same All-Star probability — 12 percent — as Ayton, according to the Stats & Info model, but he also comes with significant risk. If we isolate every player’s All-Star and bust probabilities and take the harmonic mean of the two numbers, Young carries the highest combination of those opposing possibilities: For a team that hasn’t had an All-NBA first team selection since Dominique Wilkins in 1986, the Hawks may have reeled in a rare superstar. But by giving up Doncic — another potential star — in the process, they’ve set themselves up for plenty of second-guessing if Young doesn’t pan out the way Atlanta hopes.Odds and EndsThe best value pick near the top of the draft was probably 6-foot-7 swingman Mikal Bridges (who was eventually traded to the Phoenix Suns) at No. 10. Bridges ranked fifth overall in the Stats & Info model, thanks to his combination of highly efficient offense and strong defensive indicators. … Falling to the No. 14 pick, Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. is one of the most intriguing potential steals in this draft as well. Before an injury plagued freshman season at Missouri, Porter was the No. 2 high school prospect in the country according to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index. Although Porter comes with durability concerns, former top prepsters do become NBA stars at a disproportionate rate. … As for first-round reaches, it’s hard to find one more glaring than the L.A. Clippers’ selection of Boston College guard Jerome Robinson at No. 13. Robinson ranked 59th overall in the Stats & Info model, with a 44 percent chance of being a bust. … The Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton had a great freshman season at Alabama, averaging 19.2 PPG, but the eighth overall pick was even better in AAU ball, grading out as the top prospect at that level in the Stats & Info model. … “Wingspan” is one of those tired draft buzzwords, but it has to be mentioned in the case of Mohamed Bamba, who was picked sixth by the Orlando Magic. Bamba’s 7-foot-10 wingspan was the longest of any player in NBA.com’s archive of draft-combine measurements (since 2001). … Some Knicks fans booed Kevin Knox after he was picked at No. 9 overall, particularly with the more exciting Porter still available, but Knox is far from a bad prospect. He had solid college and AAU stats, plus very impressive measurements at the NBA draft combine — with under 5 percent body fat and a 9-foot standing reach. … Looking for second-round sleepers? According to the Stats & Info model, USC guard De’Anthony Melton — who left the Trojans in February amid the school’s bribery scandal — could be a great upside pick by the Houston Rockets at No. 46, with a 10 percent chance of becoming an All-Star someday (which ranks seventh-best in this prospect class). Trae Young could be the next Curry … or the next washoutBiggest risk-reward picks of 2018′s draft class, according to a combination of predicted All-Star and bust probabilities Marvin Bagley IIIF/C196’11”Duke16.411.013.1 Jalen BrunsonPG226’2”Villanova8.036.813.1 De’Anthony MeltonG206’4”USC10.024.814.3 Mikal BridgesSF226’7”Villanova15.011.513.0 DeAndre AytonC207’0”Arizona12.015.113.4 Omari SpellmanPF216’9”Villanova7.936.913.1 Trae YoungPG206’2”Oklahoma11.9%23.1%15.7 Collin SextonPG206’2”Alabama10.521.114.0 PlayerPos.AgeHt.CollegeAll-StarBustBoom-Bust Index* Goga BitadzeC196’11”Georgia8.233.613.2 * Boom-Bust Index is the harmonic mean of a player’s probabilities of becoming an All-Star or a bust, according to the ESPN Stats & Information Group NBA draft projection model.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Mitchell RobinsonC207’1”—9.423.013.3 Probability of being …
Golden Star Resources (GSR) was recently awarded a prestigious Nedbank Capital Green Mining award in recognition of the creation of and continuing efforts on the Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation project (GSOPP). It isthe first non-South African company to receive a Nedbank Capital Green Mining award in any category. This award follows the July 30 transfer of 4-ha farm plots to each of the first group of 69 smallholders. GSR expects to have over 800 ha planted at the end of 2008 and aims on expanding to more than 4,000 ha in the next few years. Eventually, it is expected that GSOPP will provide more than 4,000 new jobs in the Western Region of Ghana and produce more than 60,000 t/y of fresh fruit bunches as feed for the local palm oil processors.Tom Mair, President and CEO said: “We are very proud of this recognition from Nedbank Capital for our innovative oil palm project in Ghana. Thanks to the efforts of our GSOPP personnel we have gained the support of the local farmers and chiefs and to receive wider global approval of our efforts is very gratifying. This project is still in its infancy but we are gaining traction and look forward to GSOPP’s expansion and continued success.”Golden Star holds a 90% equity interest in Golden Star (Bogoso/Prestea) Ltd and Golden Star (Wassa) Ltd, which respectively own the Bogoso/Prestea and Wassa open-pit gold mines and the Hwini-Butre and Benso properties in Ghana. In addition, Golden Star has an 81% interest in the currently inactive Prestea Underground mine in Ghana, as well as gold exploration interests elsewhere in Ghana, in other parts of West Africa and in the Guiana Shield of South America.
Darko DjukićHC Meshkov BrestSandro Obranovic The best team of Belarus, Meshkov Brest, announced signing of two quality players. In the next two years, blue t-shirt of the team who played at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 last two seasons, will wear Croatian left-back Sandro Obranovic and Serbian right wing Darko Djukic.The 24-years old Djukic coming from Polish PGE Vive Kielce, where he played since 2016 after move from Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ.The 26-years old Obranovic playing at French Chambery Savoie. He exploded as a member of RK PPD Zagreb afterwards he went on loan to PICK Szeged.TEXT: Djordje Pevcevic ← Previous Story Three German teams to defend honour of DKB Bundesliga at Men’s EHF Cup Final4 Next Story → Thierry Anti brings HBC Nantes to Cologne: Exceptional adventure!
Although Microsoft would point to the games, the hardware, and the marketing as what made Kinect the success it is, I would point to the hacker community who embraced it and made it cool as having a major influence on sales too.Off the back of that Microsoft has already announced it is going to officially support experimentation with Kinect through an SDK release. Now Sony is set to do the same for PlayStation Move.A new page has appeared on the PlayStation.com website introducing a forthcoming software tool called move.me. Sony is describing it as a software server application allowing for the development of innovative applications by anyone. Sony list academic researchers, university instructors, college students, programming hobbyists, and HCI developers as potential users of move.me. Sony also list the following as expected areas of development:Games and tools that support kids’ physical fitness and nutritionKid-friendly programming interfaces for computer/technology classes or individual learningPhysical therapy and rehabilitationSports physiology or fitness trainingMusic and the creative artsThere’s no specific date for the release of the toolset, but Spring 2011 is listed as the release window. If you want to experiment with it once released, it will require a PlayStation Network account in order to download to your PS3. So this looks to be a toolset that works on a PS3 rather than on a PC and transferring over, or it just requires the PSN account to pair with your Move for testing.For now you can sign up to be informed of when the product launches. There’s also a separate sign-up for showing interest in actually downloading the toolset, although you have to specify if you are affiliated with a school, university, or workplace.Read more at PlayStation.comMatthew’s OpinionI’d be surprised if this was a tool that only worked on the PS3. That would make it easier to use by everyone as the interface would be visual, but Sony want a lot of experimentation and the motion controller used for very different functionality. To achieve that you need to be able to program it which requires a keyboard and therefore a nice IDE on a PC.There’s no reason we won’t see similar levels of activity developing for PS Move as we have seen for Kinect. I think the full body motion tracking of Kinect does get experimenters a little more excited with what they can achieve, though.Thankfully, we don’t have to wait that long to find out exactly what Sony is going to let us do with the Move. How low level will it let us go?
…And it’ll probably beat you.A company called Adept Technologies has built a robot, Quattro, which apparently does a pretty good job of playing iPhone games. Its “show off” game is 1to50, a simple title that asks players to do nothing more than tap the numbers “1” to “50” on a screen of jumbled numbers as quickly as possible.A mere human can probably do it in 15-20 seconds if he’s good. The record currently sits at 7.85 seconds, but Quattro handily completed the task in just 6.67 seconds.Quattro wasn’t designed exclusively to play casual mobile games. It’s used in industrial applications on assembly lines and sorting facilities. Gaming just happens to be something it does on the side.Via Physorg.com
Two men and a woman arrested after knife and hammer shop robbery No one injured in the incident. Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3325317 Share Tweet Email TWO MEN AND a woman have been arrested following a robbery at a shop in Tullamore, Co Offaly last night.Gardaí said that at about 9.25pm last night two men entered a shop in Cappincur in Tullamore armed with a knife and a hammer.They threatened staff and left with an undisclosed sum of money. The pair then made off in a car with a third person.No one was injured in the incident.The car drove in the direction of Dublin on the motorway.Three people – two men and a woman all in their 20s – were later arrested in Clonard, Co Meath after ramming a Garda vehicle.They are currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of The Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Tullamore Garda Station.Gardai recovered the property taken and the weapons used.Read: Elderly man dies in house fire in rural ClareRead: ‘We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland’ – Family of tragic car crash victim Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 6:52 PM Apr 5th 2017, 6:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps 12,267 Views 5 Comments Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald
Suryapet: Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy expressed his concern over low forest cover in Suryapet district. The minister conducted a special meeting with district officials and village secretaries on green drive. Addressing the meeting, he said officials have to play key role in making Suryapet a model district by making it ODF, clean and green district with huge plantation drive under Haritha Haram programme. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us He said that Suryapet is lagging behind in forest coverage in erstwhile Nalgonda district. He informed that the district is spread in 12,000 hectares has only 2.4 per cent forest area against recommended 33 per cent reservation for greenery. He directed officials and village secretaries to pay special attention on Haritha Haram to improve the position of district in forest coverage. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Quoting the former president late Abdul Kalam’s warning on poor forest coverage in the country and its consequences by year 2070, he urged the people of the district to plant saplings in their residences and at bunds of fields to improve the green coverage for ecological balance and to get sufficient rains and to control increasing temperatures year by year. Advertise With Us Stating that Suryapet is the first district which started buying water from water plants for drinking purpose in the State, he warned if plantation of saplings is not carried out as a movement, people of Suryapet district will have to buy oxygen in future Jagadish Reddy directed officials to pay special attention to make Suryapet as ODF district. In this programme district Collector Amoy Kumar, ZP chairman Gujja Deepika, MLAs Gadari Kishore Kumar, Bollam Mallaiah Yadav, ZP Vice Chairman Venkatnaryana Goud, DRDO PD Kiran Kumar and others participated.
August domestic car sales would be a key influencing factor on Indian stock markets next week, in the wake of any other significant trigger. Moreover, volume sales of companies that sell diesel cars would be keenly watched in the context of the Supreme Court lifting the ban in Delhi on sale of diesel cars beyond a certain engine capacity.In August 2015, domestic car sales rose 6.05 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis to 1,63,093 units from 1,52,781 vehicles sold in August 2014. However, sales of utility vehicles fell 4.07 percent YoY to 44,608 units. The growth in August 2015 was despite the country suffering from a second straight year of drought, impacting demand in rural areas. The adverse conditions led to a 9.5 percent YoY fall in motorcycle sales to 8,23,053 units. Scooter sales bucked the trend to register 15.6 percent growth at 4,27,165 units in August 2015.Car sales last month are likely to have got a boost from the lifting of the ban in Delhi on diesel cars with an engine capacity of 2,000 cc or more; the ban was imposed by the apex court in December last year.The Supreme Court lifted the ban on Aug. 12 with a condition that car manufacturers/dealers will have to deposit 1 percent ex-showroom price as tax with state-run banks for compensating pollution caused in the capital as a result of these vehicles.Mahindra, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and Mercedez are likely to post better volume sales in August 2016 as a result of lifting of the ban.In other news, Tata Motors reported a 57 percent fall in consolidated net profit for the first quarter (Q1) ended June 30, 2016 as a result of massive forex loss of Rs. 2,236 crore due to Brexit.The company’s Q1 net profit stood at Rs. 2,236 crore despite a Rs. 478 crore one-time gain. Tata Motors had posted a net profit of Rs. 5,231 crore in the corresponding period last year.”Higher volumes in both standalone as well as Jaguar Land Rover business more than offset by the adverse FX impact of Rs. 2,296 crores and adverse commodity derivatives impact of Rs. 167 crores in the operating profit mainly in the Jaguar Land Rover business, lower local market incentive in the Jaguar Land Rover business as compared to the corresponding quarter last year and higher depreciation and amortization expenses as compared to the corresponding quarter last year,” the company said in a statement.The company’s revenues rose to Rs. 67,056 crore in Q1 from Rs. 61,510 crore in the year-ago period.India’s foreign exchange reserves rose $1.34 billion to touch a historic high of $367.16 billion in the week ended Aug. 19, according to the data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday.Maruti Suzuki shares closed at Rs. 4,920.70 apiece on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Tata Motors ended at Rs. 503.65 and Mahindra at Rs. 1,424.05. The BSE Sensex ended 54 points down at 27,782.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs. 341 crore on Friday, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in New York on Sunday afternoon to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), reports UNB.An Etihad Airways flight carrying the PM and her entourage landed at the JFK International Airport at 4:35pm (local time).Bangladesh ambassador to the USA M Ziauddin and permanent tepresentative of Bangladesh to UN Masud Bin Momen received her at the airport.Leaders of USA Awami League and huge expatriate Bangladeshis living in the USA gathered at the airport to give a hearty welcome to the prime minister.From the airport, Hasina went to Hotel Grand Hyatt in New York in a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her tour. US AL leaders and expatriate Bangladeshis also welcomed her at the hotel lobby.Sheikh Hasna will address the UNGA on the afternoon of 21 September. On the same day, she will hold a bilateral meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.On 18 September, the prime minister will attend a high-level meeting on UN Reform to be hosted by US President Donald Trump.She will also attend high-level meetings on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse at the UN Headquarters (UNHQ) and High-Level Follow-up Meeting of Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth at Convene Conference Centre.On 19 September, the prime minister along with other heads of state and government will join the official lunch to be hosted by UN the Secretary General. The lunch will be followed by a high-level roundtable of the UN secretary general’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment for Leaving No One behind.She will join the OIC Contact Group meeting on Rohingya minorities at the UNHQ in the afternoon.In the evening, Hasina will attend a reception for the Commonwealth heads of state and government to be hosted by British prime minister Theresa May and prime minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, current Commonwealth chair-in-office.She will join a welcome reception by US president Donald Trump in the evening at Palace Hotel at Madison Avenue. Later, the prime inister will attend a reception to be hosted by the Bangladesh community at New York Marriot Marquis.On 20 September, she will attend the signing ceremony of the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UNHQ.Hasina is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Estonia at the UNHQ.She will attend a side event titled ‘SDG Implementation, Financing and Monitoring: Sharing Innovations through South-South and Triangular Cooperation’ to be organised by Bangladesh in partnership with UNDP and UN Office on South South Cooperation (UN-OSSC) at the UNHQ.After that, the prime minister will attend the opening segment of a high-level side event titled ‘Creating a Policy Vision for SDG Finance: Facilitating Private Sector Investment in the SDGs’ to be organised by Bangladesh and Canada in partnership with UNDP at the UNHQ.She will attend a luncheon roundtable meeting to be arranged by Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU). Later, Hasina will hold a bilateral meeting with queen Maxima of the Netherlands, UN secretary general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.The prime minister will attend a high-level open debate on UN peacekeeping issues to be organised by Ethiopian Delegation in its capacity as the president of UN Security Council for September 2017 at Security Council Chamber of the UNHQ.She is scheduled to hold a meeting with Prof Claus Schwab, executive chairman of World Economic Forum, and give an interview to Sadanand Dhume of Wall Street Journal.On 21 September, president of IBM Virginia Marie Rometty will meet Hasina before a bilateral meeting with Hasgim Thaci, president of Kosovo, at her hotel. Later, she will join the 4th meeting of the High-level Panel on Water at the UN head office.Later, the prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba.She will brief the press on her UN visit on the evening of 21 September at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York.Hasina will leave New York for Virginia by road on September 22. After staying in Virginia for a week, she will leave for home on September 29 and return to Dhaka on October 2 via London.
García Márquez made his most recent public appearance on March 6, when he came out of his Mexico City house to greet journalists who visited him for his birthday.The author smiled, accepted gifts and posed for photographs, but he did not speak to reporters. Bottelho/FlickrMagical realismWinner of the 1982 Nobel literature prize, García Márquez pioneered the storytelling genre known as magical realism, writing epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America.Known affectionately as “Gabo,” the author of “Love in the Time of Cholera” became the most-read Latin American author in the world and the godfather of a literary movement in a continent in turmoil.García Márquez was born on March 6, 1927, in the village of Aracataca on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. His father was a telegraph operator.He was raised by his grandparents and aunts in a tropical, mixed culture that inspired his work.His most famous novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” has been translated into 35 languages and sold more than 30 million copies.The book, first published in 1967, is a historical and literary saga about a family from the imaginary Caribbean village of Macondo between the 19th and 20th century.The Nobel Committee awarded him the 1982 prize “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”Diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1999, which he overcame, García Márquez has seldom appeared in public in recent years.He lives in Mexico City with his wife, Mercedes Barcha, mother of his two children.His most recent novel is “Memories of My Melancholy Whores,” published in 2004. Facebook Comments MEXICO CITY – Colombia’s Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez was being treated at a Mexico City hospital Thursday for a lung infection but he was doing well, his son and officials said.The Health Ministry said the 87-year-old author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” has been in a hospital since Monday due to dehydration as well as lung and urinary tract infections.The novelist “has responded to treatment and once he finishes taking antibiotics, his discharge will be examined,” the ministry said in a statement.His son, Gonzalo García Barcha, said his father was doing “very well and progressing very well” and could be discharged from the capital’s National Medical Science and Nutrition Institute early next week.“He had a small infection a few days ago and we preferred to take him to the hospital because he is older,” García Barcha told reporters.“It was never an emergency,” he said, adding that his father was conscious.García Barcha denied reports that his father, who made Mexico City his home more than three decades ago, had pneumonia.Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican counterpart Enrique Peña Nieto wished García Márquez a speedy recovery in Twitter messages.“All of Colombia wishes a quick recovery to the greatest of all time: Gabriel García Márquez,” Santos wrote. Colombia entera le desea una pronta recuperación al más grande de todos los tiempos: Gabriel García Márquez— Juan Manuel Santos (@JuanManSantos) April 3, 2014 Related posts:Legendary novelist Gabriel García Márquez leaves hospital, in ‘delicate’ condition The great and magical Gabo Texas university acquires Gabriel García Márquez’s personal archive Peru warns against ritual New Year effigy-burning
The National Crisis Management Centre has removed its non-essential Christchurch travel warning, a step towards recovery for the city’s travel industry. While the city remains in a state of emergency key attractions are now operational including the Air Force Museum, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and the Tranz-Alpine train service. Hotels across Christchurch are also returning to business with the Chateau on the Park hotel re-opening their doors to visitors. According to Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism chief executive Tim Hunter despite last month’s earthquake many travellers in the city were happy to divert their trips to non-affected sections of Christchurch. “We’re very pleased that a lot of travellers have chosen to push ahead with their plans to holiday in Canterbury because in doing so they’re helping our economy and our industry at what is a very difficult and challenging time,” Mr Hunter said. “In the months ahead we’re going to need people to support us and one tangible way they can do that is to continue using Christchurch as the gateway to Canterbury and the South Island.’’ Mr Hunter added that over the coming weeks businesses selected to receive government grants will be able “asses their options and sort out a strategic plan for the future”. “It’s going to take time and money to re-establish Christchurch as a top tourism destination and our industry is grateful for any assistance the government can give us, both in the short-term and in the long-term,” Mr Hunter concluded. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J