Security beefed up on Manipur border

first_imgManipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had asked police and district administrations in Tengnoupal and Churachandpur to beef up security to check infiltration of Rohingya Muslims. These two districts have common border with Myanmar.S. Ibomcha, Superintendent of Police, Tengnoupal district, said, “Armed police and paramilitary personnel are patrolling the border round the clock. There is no report of any infiltration so far.”Meanwhile, Muslim organisations in Manipur have been staging demonstrations demanding that India declare refugee status for Rohingya. An activist Mohammad Jalal said, “What is happening in Myanmar is a human disaster. India should not remain a silent spectator.” Arjun Telhieba, convener of the Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System, also conceded that it was a human tragedy.last_img read more

Leopard runs amok in Nashik city, injures four

first_imgNashik city in north Maharashtra was in the throes of fear and panic after a stray leopard ran amok in a crowded locality on Friday morning, injuring four persons, including two mediapersons and a Shiv Sena corporator before being caught by forest authorities.Forest department authorities finally managed to trap the beast after three hours of gruelling struggle. The incident occurred on Friday morning in Nashik’s Gangapur Road area. The startling presence of the leopard in the city’s upscale residential area resulted in massive uproar as forest department authorities and local residents attempted to rein in the wild beast.Excited crowds gathered round to witness the frenetic efforts of the authorities to catch the leopard, which kept hopping from the balconies of posh bungalows.“Two tranquilizer darts fired from the gun managed to hit the beast and helped neutralize his ferocity. We then took the animal in a forest department van,” said forest department official, Ravindra Sonar.Shiv Sena corporator Santosh Gaikwad, local journalist Kapil Bhaskar, cameraperson Tabrez Shaikh, and forest authority Uttam Patil were injured by the beast, while the forest authorities were trying to catch it. Mr. Bhaskar suffered injuries on his head, while the others had minor cuts after the animal scratched them. All the victims were being treated at a nearby hospital and are said to be out of danger.This is the second such incident to take place in the district in less than a fortnight.On January 15, two persons, including a policeman, were mauled by a leopard after it entered a house in the tribal-dominated Kalwan Taluka of Nashik.last_img read more

Most Influential Management Thinkers

first_imgNearly a quarter of the top 25 management thinkers in the world are Indian, according to the website The management  gurus are evaluated on the originality, practicality and impact of their ideas, presentation skills and the loyalty of followers.Top Indian Management Thinkers  Rank  1.  CK Prahlad, University of Michigan Professor 6.  Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank12.  Ratan Tata, Tata Sons Chairman13. Ram Charan, Business Coach15.  S Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys CEO24.  Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck University Professor  Related Itemslast_img

Nadal says it’s noisy under US Open roof, despite changes

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Read Next Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot from Dusan Lajovic, of Serbia, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — It’s too loud under the U.S. Open roof for Rafael Nadal.Even though the U.S. Tennis Association tried to lessen the noise in Arthur Ashe Stadium after the retractable cover’s debut during last year’s tournament, there was still quite a bit of ambient sound when the top was shut because of rain Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT —a cellphone tower above the stadium’s broadcast booths was moved;—old air conditioning equipment in the same spot was replaced with modern units that he said are much quieter;—sound-dampening material was placed above other AC units located outside of Ashe.Widmaier acknowledged that last year’s “background noise level … needed to be, at a minimum, reduced, if not eliminated.”Told of Nadal’s complaint Tuesday, Widmaier agreed “it was loud in there today, especially with the roof closed.” He said the USTA plans “to continue to work with sound experts” to see what else can be done.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “Too much noise, no?” the No. 1-seeded Nadal said after beating Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. “I was not able to hear the ball when you are hitting, no?”Nadal, who counts two U.S. Open championships among his 15 Grand Slam titles, missed the tournament because of an injury in 2016, when the $150 million sliding cover made its debut atop the event’s main arena.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 shutoutSome players and spectators described the sounds last year as being similar to a rushing waterfall, a result of a combination of equipment in the stadium and 20,000-plus fans speaking.The USTA pledged a year ago to try to improve the situation and spokesman Chris Widmaier said Tuesday that steps had been taken: Rose talks fame, fatherhood, Cavs and redemption Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Another player who spent some time under the roof in Ashe on Tuesday was French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, whose first-round victory was completed there after being shifted from Court 17 because of the rain.“For me, was fine, but I was there only, like, three games,” she said. “Probably not enough time to really hear that noise or realize something like that.”Nadal said the noise under the roof at Flushing Meadows is worse than when the covers atop arenas at Wimbledon and the Australian Open are closed.“I understand it’s a show, at the end of the day, and I enjoy that. I feel part of this, of course. But under the roof, we need to be a little bit more strict about the noise, in my opinion, no?” he said. “Because all the noise stays inside, and this is difficult, no?”Widmaier said the USTA expects things to be less problematic as the two-week tournament continues.“What we noticed last year is that during the first week of the competition, there was noticeable crowd noise, both with the roof open and closed. Of course, that’s exacerbated when the roof is closed. However, we also noticed that as the tournament progressed, and the matches became more compelling, the crowd noise reduced,” he said. “It is early in the tournament, and we expect that as the tournament goes on, there will be more of a hush in the seating.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Boateng reveals reason for rejecting Man Utd

first_imgJerome Boateng has confirmed reports that both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were interested in him this summer while revealing that Jose Mourinho was unable to convince him to leave Bayern Munich.The German defender was the topic of transfer rumours throughout the summer window, but opted to remain with Bayern for his eighth season with the club.Boateng had previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City, but the 30-year-old defender could not be tempted to leave Bayern, even if the thought of a new club intrigued him. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,’ Boateng told Bild. “I did not want just to get away from Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge.”I feel well at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.”Boateng went onto reveal that he personally spoke to Mourinho regarding Manchester United’s interest.Mourinho was adamant on bringing another centre-back to Old Trafford, with Harry Maguire also viewed as a target.However, Maguire said he never had concrete thoughts of leaving Leicester City  and Boateng also revealed he wasn’t fully convinced of a move.”I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me,” Boateng said.”I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.”last_img read more

Trieste half-marathon backtracks on exclusion of Africans

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Support The Guardian Europe Marathon running Athletics Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Share on Messengercenter_img Italy The organisers of a half-marathon in the northern Italian city of Trieste have backtracked on their decision to exclude African athletes from the race following accusations of racism.“After launching a provocation that hit a nerve, drawing great attention to a fundamental issue, contrary to what was communicated yesterday, we will also invite African athletes,” Fabio Carini, the manager of the Trieste running festival, said in a statement.Carini provoked fury on Saturday after saying only European professional runners would be invited to take part in the event on 5 May in order to draw attention to the exploitation of African athletes.“This year we decided to only take European athletes to make a point that measures must be taken to regulate what is a trade in very high-worth African athletes, who are simply exploited,” he originally told La Repubblica. “This is something we can no longer accept.”Carini argued that African runners were paid much less than they were worth.Isabella De Monte, an MEP with the centre-left Democratic party, led the outrage, suggesting the organisers were “cleansing sport”.“The exploitation of athletes is being used as a fig leaf – regarding such questions, there are places and appropriate bodies to turn to,” she added. “This is truly absurd: professionals are being prevented from taking part in a competition because they come from Africa.”Luigi Di Maio, the deputy prime minister, said while it was correct to call out the exploitation of African athletes, barring them from taking part in the race was “not the way to do it”.Giancarlo Giorgetti, the junior sports minister with the far-right League, pledged to open a parliamentary inquiry.As the controversy raged, the Italian Federation of Athletics said it had opened an investigation “to examine the facts and possible violations of its standards and regulations committed by affiliated clubs or licensees”.Olivier Irabaruta, an Olympic athlete from Burundi, was the male winner of last year’s Trieste half-marathon. Elvanie Nimbona, also from Burundi, won the women’s race. Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook news Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Bret Bielema Spent Flight To NFL Draft Writing Mother’s Day Cards To Recruits

first_imgBret Bielema writes a mothers day card to recruits.Bret Bielema Mother’s Day CardsRecruiting college football players doesn’t just mean recruiting the actual athletes – coaches often have to convince a player’s family that their school is the right place for their loved one. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema gave us a reminder of that Friday morning.Bielema, who took a flight to the NFL Draft to support his players, posted photos of Mother’s Day cards he’s sending to recruits’ mothers. He also mentioned that he’s willing to write to girlfriends of recruits – if need be.Productive flight to draft. Mother’s Day cards for prospects #WoooPig … Can write girlfriends if needed!— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) May 1, 2015This isn’t anything new – but usually, we see the finished product from recruits, not coaches. The Razorbacks have done a nice job on the recruiting trail the past few years – we’ll see if it continues.last_img read more

Students to Celebrate Jamaica Day Feb. 22 at National Arena

first_img The event will be held under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Embracing Positive Values… Envisioning Inclusive Education for a Better Jamaica’. Story Highlights Scores of students from across the island are expected to participate in Jamaica Day celebrations, slated for Friday, February 22 at the National Arena in Kingston.The event will be held under the theme ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Embracing Positive Values… Envisioning Inclusive Education for a Better Jamaica’.In an interview with JIS News, Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, was buoyant about this year’s celebration.“This collaboration between the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is to show just how important Jamaican culture is to all of us,” he said.The celebration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony, which will feature a keynote address from the Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, as well as an address from the State Minister, Hon. Alando Terrelonge.There will be a ‘Jamaica Day Village’ at the front of the National Arena, which will host cultural, technological and other displays from organisations, including the Ministries of Health, and Education, Youth and Information; Jamaica College; Jamaica Information Service (JIS) and the Steer Town Academy, among others.Additionally, there will be a tactical display by members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JCF).Students and other attendees are encouraged to visit the various booths to learn about the different aspects of the organisations and their impact on Jamaican culture.Mr. Williams said that entertainment will be a strong element of the celebrations, with cultural performances throughout the day from groups, including the Energy Plus Mento Band, Alpha Boys’ Band and the Charlemont High School Band.The day’s entertainment will culminate with a concert at 1:00 p.m., under the theme, ‘Put Some Pep Inna Yuh Step’, featuring dancehall sensation, ‘Ding Dong’; Jermaine Edwards; Roy Rayon; dance group, ‘Dance Xpressions; 2018 JCDC Festival Song winner, ‘Nazzle Man’; and other 2018 JCDC competition entrants.Mr. Williams is encouraging Jamaicans to support the event. “Jamaica Day is everybody’s business… I’m imploring all of us to take this day to show the world that we are serious about the retention of our culture – embracing it while embracing the culture of others.”The national celebration of Jamaica Day is being executed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. In an interview with JIS News, Chairman of the Jamaica Day Planning Committee, Marlon Williams, was buoyant about this year’s celebration. Scores of students from across the island are expected to participate in Jamaica Day celebrations, slated for Friday, February 22 at the National Arena in Kingston.last_img read more

Federal government proposes changes designed to drop cost of patented drugs

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government says it is trying to drive down drug prices by proposing changes to the regulations governing patented medicines in the first major update to those rules in more than two decades.The potential changes include an expanded list of countries Canada can use when comparing patented drug prices, Health Canada says.They also include new factors the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board can take into consideration when assessing whether a drug is overpriced.The review board has previously benchmarked Canadian prices against seven other countries — nations with some of the highest prices in the world, including the United States, where patented drugs cost twice as much. The new list will have 12 countries, which the department said will offer a more balanced look at market prices.The board, a quasi-judicial body operating at arm’s length from the Health Department, is designed to provide a vehicle for informing consumers about patented medicine prices.The government’s suggested changes were published online today in the Canada Gazette — a publication considered to be the government’s newspaper of record.Only the U.S. and Mexico have higher patented medicine prices than Canada, when compared with the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, the posting said.The posting says the proposed amendments could save consumers an estimated $12.6 billion over 10 years by reducing prices for patented medicines.“Lower prices would alleviate financial pressures on public and private insurers and improve affordable access for Canadians paying out-of-pocket,” the department said in the gazette posting.One of the changes put forward includes a requirement that companies report all cost reductions to allow the review board to consider this information when setting price ceilings.Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said the government is committed to making drugs more affordable and the new regulations will help that effort.Last spring, then-health minister Jane Philpott pledged to bring down “unacceptably high drug costs” when she announced consultations on proposed regulatory changes.In a speech to the Economic Club of Canada, Philpott acknowledged the price review board was limited in its ability to protect consumers from high drug prices.New regulations will mean the board can be modernized to give it more relevant and effective tools to shield consumers from excessive prices, Health Canada said Friday.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Curbing potential spread of weaponsgrade uranium could take 10 years – IAEA

Although much progress has been made, among the biggest challenges is developing the types of uranium fuel that converted reactors require. More than 60 civilian research reactors worldwide still run on HEU fuels and are targeted for conversion over the next 10 years, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says. Some 200 experts from across the globe gathered at IAEA headquarters in Vienna last week to take stock of developments at an International Meeting on Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors, focusing on converting research and test reactors running on HEU to low-enriched uranium (LEU), which is unsuitable for use in a nuclear weapon. For more than 20 years the IAEA has supported international efforts to reduce the amount of HEU in international commerce. It plays an active role in helping countries convert their reactors to LEU fuels. Through its technical cooperation programme, the Agency currently has more than 20 projects on research reactors that tackle issues concerning fuel, decommissioning, waste management, reactor use and safety. read more

UN Security Council urges all Libyans to support calls for national reconciliation

The Joint Declaration was issued after a meeting on 25 July between Fayez Al Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, and General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the LNA, hosted in Paris by President Emmanuel Macron. In its statement, the 15-member Council praised “recent efforts to strengthen an inclusive political dialogue among all Libyans, supported by Libya’s neighbours, international partners and regional organizations.” The efforts are done within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement endorsed by UN Security Council resolution 2259 (2015), which endorsed the Rome Communiqué to support the Government of National Accord as the sole legitimate Government of Libya. The statement also stressed the “importance of the United Nations’ central role in facilitating Libyan-led political dialogue,” and Secretary-General António Guterres’s “personal involvement” in helping to build stability, security, and national unity in the country. The Council also welcomed the appointment of Ghassan Salame as the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General, succeeding Martin Kobler. Mr. Salame will head the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), which was established in 2011 by the UN Security Council at the request of the Libyan authorities following six months of armed conflict to support the country’s new transitional authorities in their post-conflict efforts. read more

The Kings Got Fleeced In The Cousins Trade

CARMELO projection for DeMarcus Cousins 2018-199.25.354.5 2017-1810.65.7$59.6m 2019-207.84.946.8 SEASONWARBPMVALUE 2020- 2023- 2022- Word broke late Sunday night why DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes in that evening’s All-Star game: He’d been traded. The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans agreed on a deal that will send Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a protected 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder. While the Kings may have been concerned about Cousins’s surliness and ongoing feud with referees, they were absolutely fleeced in basketball terms.The tradeAccording to an updated version of FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections, which assumes Cousins’s production will remain steady for the remainder of this season, we’d expect Cousins to produce 46.5 Wins Above Replacement over the next six seasons, and value equivalent to $284.4 million on the open market. That’s a top-10 projection in the league over that period, and one that dwarfs the expected production of the players coming back to Sacramento. Of course, usage rate is a broad indicator, and doesn’t account for the other big unknown: How will two dominant big men fare in a league increasingly run by guards? It’s probably too early to answer that, but there will be plenty of complications to work through. Take the logjam in the post: Cousins posts up on 20.9 percent of his possessions, according to Synergy Sport Technology, and Davis on 16 percent of his. Both are good but not great at these possessions — Davis is in the 58th percentile in points per possession, Cousins the 65th — but the bigger concern is that post-ups tend to engage only one big man in the play, lessening the impact of the other star. Cousins has shot 36.4 percent on spot-up threes this season, so the Pelicans have some options there, but they likely didn’t trade for him with the intent of sitting him in a corner where he could jack league-average threes.That said, there are also reasons to think Cousins may be even better on the Pelicans. For instance, Cousins has been assisted on just 42.4 percent of his 2-point attempts this season, a staggeringly low number for a big man, especially one who uses as many possessions as Cousins does. That isn’t a one-season phenomenon, either — throughout his career, Cousins has ranged from the mid-40s to low 50s on percent-assisted.On the one hand, a center putting up a 37.5 usage rate while also having to create most of his own shots, while also putting up a career-high true shooting percent (56.2) is incredible. Alleviating some of the pressure to create every shot on his own should free Cousins to be even more devastating. That’s generally how the usage-to-efficiency relationship works. On the other hand, a career-long history of grabbing the rock and going it alone may be a hard habit to shake.And that’s the conundrum a team trading for Cousins faced: Cousins has not had much help, but Cousins has not accepted much, either. How he deals with that help coming in the form of an All-NBA power forward will determine whether this deal remains as lopsided as it appears today, or becomes a bad time for everyone.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Hield has been a disappointment in his first season, shooting 39.2 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from three while having minimal impact in other facets of the game. He’s only a rookie, so he has time to improve, but at 23 years old he is also a good deal older than most NBA rookies. (He’s also in the mold of other shooting guards favored by the Kings in recent drafts, such as Nik Stauskas and Ben McLemore, so it’s possible the Kings think Hield is a bigger asset than he’s shown himself to be so far.) The version of CARMELO that isn’t updated with this season’s stats expects him to produce around $37.4 million in value over the next five seasons. Evans, 27, is expected to produce around $77.4 million in value over the next five seasons, though he is only signed through the remainder of this season.The real value for Sacramento, such as it exists, is of course the draft picks. The 2017 draft pool is widely considered to be full of franchise-altering players, such as Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, and securing an extra lottery pick is a big deal. However, the top-3 protection is a bigger deal than it may seem.While the draft lottery largely slots teams into a range of picks relative to their standings, all teams have a set chance to jump out of their place in line and into the top three slots. As it stands today, the Pelicans have a little under an 8 percent chance to luck into a top-3 pick. But if they begin to struggle and fall just two games in the standings relative to the other lottery teams, supplanting Philadelphia for the fifth-worst record, that chance shoots to over 31 percent.It’s more likely than not that the Pelicans will remain outside of the top three, but even that doesn’t swing things entirely in the Kings’ favor. Because of the top-heavy nature of the NBA draft, the first few picks are disproportionately valuable compared to later picks, even in the lottery. This means the Pelicans retain the rights to the biggest prizes. In other words, a small chance at a big reward (a top-three pick) can be nearly as valuable as a far greater chance at a just-OK one.By making this trade, the Kings are implicitly betting against Cousins. They’re betting against his living up to his projections and being a difference maker on an imperfectly constructed team. But in a perverse way, that’s why the top-three protection on the draft pick is such a killer. Let’s say everything breaks the Kings’ way — Cousins turns out to be a player who isn’t conducive to winning, the Pelicans struggle to integrate Cousins into the team, and the team struggles down the stretch. But if the Pelicans do tank with Cousins, the only way that affects the Kings is to lower the odds they actually get their hands on that 2017 lottery pick. And if things go the other way and the Pelicans make the playoffs, the pick can be no better than 15th.Re-signing CousinsCousins has one year remaining on his deal, and can’t become a free agent until the summer of 2018. However, due to terms in the new collective bargaining agreement, Cousins was up for a five-year, $209 million “Designated Player Extension” this summer, which would have been added to the one year remaining on his deal and locked him up through 2023.Unlike other contract extension rights, however, the right to sign this designated player extension does not transfer with a trade, so the most Cousins can sign for now is five years and $180 million.It’s far too early to begin speculating whether Cousins will re-sign in New Orleans, but as we evaluate the trade, it’s important to remember that Sacramento had a massive advantage in re-signing Cousins if it chose to do so, making fear of losing him for nothing a much smaller issue than it often is for other teams trading superstars.Cousins and DavisThe big question will be whether Cousins and Davis can both continue to produce as prolifically as they have on their own. The answer pretty obviously is “no,” since there is only one basketball and their current combined usage rates (32.5 for Davis, 37.5 for Cousins) would leave barely any possessions for their teammates. But usage also tends to find equilibrium among teammates, especially ones who aren’t occupying the same areas of the floor and getting in each other’s way. That’s a problem if you’re, say, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who both loved to hang out on the left wing.A glance at their shot charts, via StatMuse, shows that while both big men operate out of the post, they shouldn’t be fighting for space outside of the immediate basket area. 2021- Updated with 2016-17 stats through Feb. 19. read more

Mining rope giants Bekaert and Bridon in merger

first_imgThe Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, owner of wire ropes major Bridon, and Bekaert, also a leader in wire ropes and coating technologies, have announced a merger of their global ropes and advanced cords businesses in the new company Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group, a new joint venture in which Bekaert will hold a majority 67% stake. The new group will combine the ropes and advanced cords capabilities of almost 3,000 employees, 19 manufacturing entities across 11 countries, market-focused R&D, and a global sales and service network. The definitive merger agreement is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals and is expected to complete in the first half of 2016. Until closing, both businesses will operate separately and continue to serve their customers autonomously.Bruno Humblet, currently Chief Financial Officer of Bekaert, has been appointed CEO of Bridon Bekaert Ropes Group. Andrew Caffyn, currently Non-Executive Chairman of Bridon, has been appointed Chairman of the Board. The intended combination “will leverage the scale and complementary strengths of Bekaert and Bridon and will pursue value creation for customers and for the new group.” Bekaert is contributing its advanced cords business and a well-established ropes presence in Latin America, Canada and Australia. Bridon holds strong positions in Europe and the US with a portfolio of rope wire, strand and steel and synthetic ropes. The merger will also create opportunities for further growth in Asia. The combined business will account for approximately €600 million in sales on an annual basis.Bridon mining rope markets include hoist and balance ropes, dragline drag and hoist ropes, rope driven conveyors, shovel hoists and haulage ropes. Bekaert also has a high performance wire rope portfolio for both the underground and surface mining markets, as well asDramix® reinforcement steel fibre for shotcrete applications in tunnels and other underground structures.last_img read more

Bugatti Removes Rape Yellow From Color Options

first_imgFast. Cool. Sleek. Advertisers spend a lot of time and money trying to plant buzz words into your head when selling you a product like an expensive car. “Rape,” for obvious reasons, has never been at the top of the list. Thanks to a little linguistic misunderstanding, however, the word has come to be associated with the Bugatti Veyron.On Bugatti’s site, the company offers a number of customizable features for the top of the line roadster, including color choice. Until this week, one of the choices was the decidedly un-Crayola-friendly “Rape Yellow.”The name was the result of an unfortunate mistranslation of a color derived from the rapeseed plant. The issue was brought to the attention of the French car manufacturer, which quickly–and embarrassedly–apologized.“Although based upon the French name for the rapeseed plant, the translation is one that should have been given more thought from our side,” wrote John Hill, the carmaker’s U.S. director marketing. “We are thankful that it was brought to our attention and you will find that the name for this color has already been revised on our site.”“Rape Yellow” has since been changed to “Traffic Yellow.”last_img read more

Truckers continue protests over wages police shut down road

first_imgCalderon decided to stay home Wednesday night. There were no visible confrontations with police Wednesday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — Truckers lined up along a busy Hialeah Gardens roadway once again, Wednesday afternoon, to protest what they call unfair business practices.Police were forced to shut down Okeechobee Road in Hialeah Gardens as truckers and their families protested. They said they were upset over pay, high fees and government regulations.“The brokers are staying with most of the money,” said Belcys Lopez. “It’s not fair, we’re asking for the government to make regulations for the payment of the miles.”“We are tired of low pay,” said Amarilys Gonzalez, “we’re the people that provide your food, your clothes.”One trucker, Luis Calderon, was subdued with a Taser and arrested in a protest on the road the night before.“I had to take care of my people and protect what we were doing,” said Calderon.Calderon was charged with resisting with violence and battery on an officer, Tuesday night, after he had been tased twice during a protest that also shut down Okeechobee Road. He told 7News that while he can’t be sure whether or not he hit the officer, he never would’ve done it intentionally. last_img read more

Mother Jones Adds Seven — People on the Move 070617

first_img Finally, BPA Worldwide elected six new board directors at its annual meeting, each of whom will serve a three-year term: “We are incredibly grateful for the surge of reader support that has allowed us to expand our newsroom at such a crucial time for investigative journalism,” said CEO Monika Bauerlein in a statement. The publication also found a new senior news editor in Amanda Silverman, who had been story editor at Foreign Policy, and a director of audience in Julia Chan, who had been a digital editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Glen Gudino, founder and president of Applied Technology Media Additionally, Mother Jones announced the first two filmmakers who will be part of a new documentary film residency, Al Kamalizad and Mark Helenowski. The pair will collaborate with newsroom reporters and editors on film projects. David Fineman, VP of media at T. Rowe Price’s Enterprise Marketing Services Stephanie Flanders has been hired to lead a new Bloomberg economics unit. Flanders, who has an array of experience in both the journalism and business worlds, is currently chief market strategist for the UK and Europe at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. She joined the organization in 2013 from the BBC, where she had been economics editor. Greg Cira, VP, group publisher and CFO at Babcox Media  Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…center_img Lauren Buzzeo has been appointed managing editor at Wine Enthusiast. She most recently served as senior editor, and has also served as Tasting Director since 2012. Buzzeo joined the publication as Tasting Coordinator in 2006. Kevin Arsham, partner and director of B2B operations at MediaCom  The Atlantic has added foreign policy experts Kori Schake and Amy Zegart as contributing editors covering national security and international affairs. Schake and Zegart have recently written for The Atlantic and are both fellows at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Schake served in various policy roles, including as the Director for Defense Strategy and Requirements on the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. Mother Jones has announced the hire of seven new staffers, made possible by record donations that followed the 2016 presidential election. Among the new hires is Ari Berman, who has long covered voting rights and voter suppression issues at The Nation. Jamilah King is joining from Mic, where she has been a senior writer, and will grow Mother Jones’ race and justice coverage. Also, Dan Friedman, who had been previously been a weekend editor at The Washington Examiner, is now a reporter taking on the foreign influence and national security beat. Roni Jenkins, VP of interactive marketing at Assembly Joann Kropp, VP of global data strategy and business development at Informa Business Intelligencelast_img read more

NASAs Dragonfly drone will search for life on Saturns largest moon

first_imgDragonfly will aim for a 2.7-year initial mission, with dozens of landing sites on the menu. “Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multirotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone,” NASA said.NASA engineers are gearing up Dragonfly to cover more than 108 miles (around 175 kilometers) of Titan’s surface. That would make it one of the most accomplished interplanetary robots, nearly doubling the distance which all of the Mars rovers (combined!) have traveled to date. Fly, #Dragonfly, fly! Our next destination in the solar system is Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, where our rotorcraft-lander will explore dozens of locations across the icy world. Discover why:— NASA (@NASA) June 27, 2019 34 Photos The Dragonfly drone will be able to take off and land across the surface of Titan NASA We’re going to Titan, and we’re going in style. NASA announced on Thursday its next great solar system exploration mission. “Dragonfly” involves an ambitious plan to send a rotorcraft — essentially a large drone — to Saturn’s moon, Titan. The flying vehicle will be designed to touch down in multiple locations, from dunes to the floor of an impact crater carrying out science missions to look for the building blocks of life.Titan is an icy land of wonder and intrigue, home to massive methane lakes and mysterious disappearing islands. It’s the second largest moon in the solar system. NASA calls it an analogue to the very early Earth and at least one NASA engineer has suggested we look to Titan for a future human colony.”Dragonfly will visit a world filled with a wide variety of organic compounds, which are the building blocks of life and could teach us about the origin of life itself,” said NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen. See Saturn’s secrets through NASA Cassini’s finest views Share your voice 0 Sci-Tech Originally published June 27, 3:08 p.m. PT.Update, 7:13 p.m.: Adds more context about New Horizons mission. Wild Titan Post a comment The Titan mission is made possible in part by NASA’s dearly departed Cassini spacecraft, which studied Titan while it was investigating Saturn. Cassini helped NASA scientists delve into potential Titan landing sites.NASA plans to launch Dragonfly in 2026, which would put it on track to arrive at Titan in 2034. The mission is part of the agency’s New Frontiers program, which includes the New Horizons mission to Pluto (and beyond) and the Juno mission to Jupiter.The program originally selected two finalists for the next New Horizons mission in December 2017. The unlucky second finalist was the Comet Astrobiology Exploration Sample Return (Caesar) mission, which aimed to send a spacecraft to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko and return a sample to Earth.The comet was the destination of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, which rendezvoused with the space rock in 2014. It even landed a smaller spacecraft, Philae, on the surface, providing us with some stunning images.Titan is a worthy target because it is really strange but its atmosphere and environment contains molecules that could have kick-started life as we know it. That doesn’t mean we will find a race of purple Titans on the icy moon — and certainly not any particularly mad ones, either — but it may tell us a thing or two about how life starts.”Visiting this mysterious ocean world could revolutionize what we know about life in the universe,” said NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine. Tags NASA Space NASA engineer looks to Saturn moon Titan for human colony Titan’s gigantic methane lakes could be encrusted with crystals Cassini finds disappearing ‘phantom lakes’ on Saturn’s largest moonlast_img read more

Wasilla city council votes to ban plastic bags effective July 1

first_imgThe Wasilla City Council voted Monday night to ban single-use plastic bags in the city.Listen nowIt’s the first such ban for a community in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where a larger effort to tax plastic bags borough-wide is also underway.When Wasilla’s bag ban goes into effect July 1, stores will be prohibited from providing those thin, disposable plastic bags commonly used for groceries, retail items or takeout food.Unless the ban is rescinded, as happened in Homer, Wasilla will join Bethel, Cordova and Hooper Bay as Alaska communities that have outlawed plastic bags.Wasilla Mayor Burt Cottle introduced the ordinance last year, and after two public hearings, a town hall and public testimony that mostly favored the ban, the council passed it five to one.Councilman Tim Burney was the lone vote against the ban.“At the end of the day, the only thing I could conclude was this isn’t the government’s role,” Burney said.Burney said he personally tries to avoid using plastic bags as much as possible. But the way he sees it, that’s his choice, he said. If someone wants the option of using the bags, that’s an issue of personal freedom, however small, Burney said.The government shouldn’t be dictating what sort of relationship customers have with the stores they shop at, and vice versa, Burney said. It’s a slippery slope, sets a bad precedent and causes people to think government intervention will always be the answer to societal problems, he said.“To me, it’s just another nip at our freedoms and another nip at government limiting our choices. If I want to shop at a store that has plastic bags, I should have the right to do so. So I don’t think the government should be involved with getting in the middle of that,” Burney said. “These little bites out of our liberties turn into a lot of little bites, which turns into a big bite, which turns into, you know, we’re looking for government to answer all of our questions for us.”But the bag ban’s supporters say it’s a tiny example of government getting involved in residents’ lives and that it is desperately needed. Ban proponents, including the Mat-Su Zero Waste Commission’s Plastic Bag Committee, say strong wind in the region blows the bags all over, endangering wildlife and introducing harmful chemicals to an ecosystem that produces food that people eat, like salmon.Carol Montgomery, the committee’s unofficial chairwoman, said the errant bags also generally make the Mat-Su look messy. Even when people are being personally responsible by properly disposing of plastic bags, Montgomery said, the bags can still blow out of trash cans or the landfill.“Those bags, you see them skittering across the street everywhere. There’s no way to safely contain plastic bags here in the Valley. There’s no way to really dispose of them without them flying away,” Montgomery said. “This is a minimal amount of government regulation to solve a really big problem.”The Plastic Bag Committee will support a bag ban in the city of Palmer, if a proposal for one is introduced, and they have plans to hand out free, reusable bags to Valley residents at an upcoming public event, Montgomery said.Meantime, there are broader efforts underway to reduce the use of disposable shopping bags.At its meeting next Tuesday, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly will again take up the idea of putting a borough-wide tax on plastic bags. That would be 10 cents per bag for retailers of gross annual sales of $1 million dollars or more.And at the state level, Anchorage Rep. Andy Josephson has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would put a statewide, 20-cent-per-bag fee on disposable bags. In its current form, the bill provides exceptions for certain things, including newspapers, but it does not make a distinction between paper or plastic bags.last_img read more

PM pushes country to the edge

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s stance on the election-time government will only deepen the country’s existing political crisis.”We didn’t find any sign in the prime minister’s speech for a political negotiation and resolving the current crisis. It’s a matter of utter frustration,” he said a few hours after the PM addressed the nation, reports UNB.”We think there’s nothing in the prime minister’s address to resolve the crisis. Rather, it’ll push the country towards another crisis,” Fakhrul said while talking to reporters at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.Earlier, the prime minister in her address made it clear that the next general election will be held as per the Constitution, and expressed her high optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country’s democratic process.Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the nation marking the completion of her government’s four years in office after the January 5, 2014 national election.Fakhrul said people had an expectation that the prime minister will come up with some directions for holding a credible and meaningful national election overcoming the current problem. “It’s regrettable that she couldn’t do it which made the nation disappointed.”He said the county’s people want a fair and credible election and they will not accept any unjustified move of the government.Referring to the PM’s statement, the BNP leader said it had only demonstrated that the 11th parliamentary elections will not be held in a fair and acceptable manner.last_img read more