Check out Samsung’s wireless charging phone case

first_imgInternet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Gear S3#Internet of Things#IoT#patent#phone case#Samsung#smartphone#wireless charging Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Follow the Puckcenter_img How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Samsung has patented a wireless charging smartphone case, capable of powering a separate wearable device, like the Gear S3. In the patent released last week, it showed how the case would be able to send energy from the smartphone to the wearable, as a top up.It is another solution Samsung has proposed to fix the problem of lackluster battery life on its smartwatches. Many customers are still put off by the meager battery life, which usually is unable to last over a day with moderate use.Samsung’s high-end flagship smartphones have been able to maintain over a day battery life with heavy usage, so it makes sense that owners of the Galaxy S8 and Gear S3, for example, should be able to move some of the energy from one device to the other.Even though the patent shows the possibility, Samsung has yet to make the case official. We see thousands of patents every year that hint at what manufacturers are up to, but often it turns out to be nothing more than an idea.Samsung has shown other ways it could improve battery life for its smartwatches, including movement that generates energy and solar charging. Neither of these ideas has made it to the company’s current selection of wearables.See Also: Wearable sales to double by 2021, says IDCThe company has started to see some growth in the wearables market, although it is sorely behind Apple and Xiaomi in total sales.The Gear S4, Samsung’s next smartwatch update, is expected to launch before the end of the year. David Currylast_img read more

You Can Succeed In Sales

first_imgYou can succeed in sales. You can acquire new clients.You can create value for people who have challenges and problems. You know what they need to do. You know how they should do it. You can help them get where they need to go.You can make more calls than you believe you can make. And a lot of success in sales comes from taking more action than you believe should be necessary. You can push back when you get a “no” to a meeting request, knowing that your dream client reflexively says “no” to everyone, being unable to tell who is worth meeting.You can help your prospective clients become unhappy with the status quo. And you can help them to understand the root causes of their problems and challenges. You can help them understand the forces at work that require that they change. And you can help them build consensus within their own company.You can ask for the commitments you need. You can explain why you need what you need, what you intend to do when you have it, and how it will benefit for your prospective client. You can ask for the things you need to better serve your clients, and you can push for these commitments when not gaining them would hurt your dream client.You can negotiate to keep some of the value you create. You can help your prospect to make the investment that will ensure the results that they need. You can also make sure that your company is profitable enough to create even greater value in the future.You can go from quarter to quarter, always creating new value for your existing clients. You can discover ways to improve what you are doing together, and you can have quarterly meetings to make those improvements. You can increase your wallet share.You can do these things. Succeeding in sales requires that you be willing to do these things and take action even when you don’t want to.You can do this!What is really preventing you from succeeding in sales?What are the two or three changes you need to make to massively improve your results?What fears stop you from acting? What should you fear instead?last_img read more

The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

first_imgA soft landing for America 40 years from now? Don’t bet on it. The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. If Washington is dreaming of 2040 or 2050 as the end of the American Century, a more realistic assessment of domestic and global trends suggests that in 2025, just 15 years from now, it could all be over except for the shouting.Despite the aura of omnipotence most empires project, a look at their history should remind us that they are fragile organisms. So delicate is their ecology of power that, when things start to go truly bad, empires regularly unravel with unholy speed: just a year for Portugal, two years for the Soviet Union, eight years for France, 11 years for the Ottomans, 17 years for Great Britain, and, in all likelihood, 22 years for the United States, counting from the crucial year 2003.Future historians are likely to identify the Bush administration’s rash invasion of Iraq in that year as the start of America’s downfall. However, instead of the bloodshed that marked the end of so many past empires, with cities burning and civilians slaughtered, this twenty-first century imperial collapse could come relatively quietly through the invisible tendrils of economic collapse or cyberwarfare.But have no doubt: when Washington’s global dominion finally ends, there will be painful daily reminders of what such a loss of power means for Americans in every walk of life. As a half-dozen European nations have discovered, imperial decline tends to have a remarkably demoralizing impact on a society, regularly bringing at least a generation of economic privation. As the economy cools, political temperatures rise, often sparking serious domestic unrest.Available economic, educational, and military data indicate that, when it comes to U.S. global power, negative trends will aggregate rapidly by 2020 and are likely to reach a critical mass no later than 2030. The American Century, proclaimed so triumphantly at the start of World War II, will be tattered and fading by 2025, its eighth decade, and could be history by 2030.Significantly, in 2008, the U.S. National Intelligence Council admitted for the first time that America’s global power was indeed on a declining trajectory. In one of its periodic futuristic reports, Global Trends 2025, the Council cited “the transfer of global wealth and economic power now under way, roughly from West to East” and “without precedent in modern history,” as the primary factor in the decline of the “United States’ relative strength — even in the military realm.” Like many in Washington, however, the Council’s analysts anticipated a very long, very soft landing for American global preeminence, and harbored the hope that somehow the U.S. would long “retain unique military capabilities… to project military power globally” for decades to come.No such luck. Under current projections, the United States will find itself in second place behind China (already the world’s second largest economy) in economic output around 2026, and behind India by 2050. Similarly, Chinese innovation is on a trajectory toward world leadership in applied science and military technology sometime between 2020 and 2030, just as America’s current supply of brilliant scientists and engineers retires, without adequate replacement by an ill-educated younger generation.By 2020, according to current plans, the Pentagon will throw a military Hail Mary pass for a dying empire. It will launch a lethal triple canopy of advanced aerospace robotics that represents Washington’s last best hope of retaining global power despite its waning economic influence. By that year, however, China’s global network of communications satellites, backed by the world’s most powerful supercomputers, will also be fully operational, providing Beijing with an independent platform for the weaponization of space and a powerful communications system for missile- or cyber-strikes into every quadrant of the globe.Wrapped in imperial hubris, like Whitehall or Quai d’Orsay before it, the White House still seems to imagine that American decline will be gradual, gentle, and partial. In his State of the Union address last January, President Obama offered the reassurance that “I do not accept second place for the United States of America.” A few days later, Vice President Biden ridiculed the very idea that “we are destined to fulfill [historian Paul] Kennedy’s prophecy that we are going to be a great nation that has failed because we lost control of our economy and overextended.” Similarly, writing in the November issue of the establishment journal Foreign Affairs, neo-liberal foreign policy guru Joseph Nye waved away talk of China’s economic and military rise, dismissing “misleading metaphors of organic decline” and denying that any deterioration in U.S. global power was underway.Ordinary Americans, watching their jobs head overseas, have a more realistic view than their cosseted leaders. An opinion poll in August 2010 found that 65% of Americans believed the country was now “in a state of decline.” Already, Australia and Turkey, traditional U.S. military allies, are using their American-manufactured weapons for joint air and naval maneuvers with China. Already, America’s closest economic partners are backing away from Washington’s opposition to China’s rigged currency rates. As the president flew back from his Asian tour last month, a gloomy New York Times headline summed the moment up this way: “Obama’s Economic View Is Rejected on World Stage, China, Britain and Germany Challenge U.S., Trade Talks With Seoul Fail, Too.”Viewed historically, the question is not whether the United States will lose its unchallenged global power, but just how precipitous and wrenching the decline will be. In place of Washington’s wishful thinking, let’s use the National Intelligence Council’s own futuristic methodology to suggest four realistic scenarios for how, whether with a bang or a whimper, U.S. global power could reach its end in the 2020s (along with four accompanying assessments of just where we are today). The future scenarios include: economic decline, oil shock, military misadventure, and World War III. While these are hardly the only possibilities when it comes to American decline or even collapse, they offer a window into an onrushing future. Economic Decline:Present SituationToday, three main threats exist to America’s dominant position in the global economy: loss of economic clout thanks to a shrinking share of world trade, the decline of American technological innovation, and the end of the dollar’s privileged status as the global reserve currency.By 2008, the United States had already fallen to number three in global merchandise exports, with just 11% of them compared to 12% for China and 16% for the European Union. There is no reason to believe that this trend will reverse itself.Similarly, American leadership in technological innovation is on the wane. In 2008, the U.S. was still number two behind Japan in worldwide patent applications with 232,000, but China was closing fast at 195,000, thanks to a blistering 400% increase since 2000. A harbinger of further decline: in 2009 the U.S. hit rock bottom in ranking among the 40 nations surveyed by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation when it came to “change” in “global innovation-based competitiveness” during the previous decade. Adding substance to these statistics, in October China’s Defense Ministry unveiled the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, so powerful, said one U.S. expert, that it “blows away the existing No. 1 machine” in America.Add to this clear evidence that the U.S. education system, that source of future scientists and innovators, has been falling behind its competitors. After leading the world for decades in 25- to 34-year-olds with university degrees, the country sank to 12th place in 2010. The World Economic Forum ranked the United States at a mediocre 52nd among 139 nations in the quality of its university math and science instruction in 2010. Nearly half of all graduate students in the sciences in the U.S. are now foreigners, most of whom will be heading home, not staying here as once would have happened. By 2025, in other words, the United States is likely to face a critical shortage of talented scientists.Such negative trends are encouraging increasingly sharp criticism of the dollar’s role as the world’s reserve currency. “Other countries are no longer willing to buy into the idea that the U.S. knows best on economic policy,” observed Kenneth S. Rogoff, a former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund. In mid-2009, with the world’s central banks holding an astronomical $4 trillion in U.S. Treasury notes, Russian president Dimitri Medvedev insisted that it was time to end “the artificially maintained unipolar system” based on “one formerly strong reserve currency.”Simultaneously, China’s central bank governor suggested that the future might lie with a global reserve currency “disconnected from individual nations” (that is, the U.S. dollar). Take these as signposts of a world to come, and of a possible attempt, as economist Michael Hudson has argued, “to hasten the bankruptcy of the U.S. financial-military world order.” Economic Decline:Scenario 2020After years of swelling deficits fed by incessant warfare in distant lands, in 2020, as long expected, the U.S. dollar finally loses its special status as the world’s reserve currency. Suddenly, the cost of imports soars. Unable to pay for swelling deficits by selling now-devalued Treasury notes abroad, Washington is finally forced to slash its bloated military budget. Under pressure at home and abroad, Washington slowly pulls U.S. forces back from hundreds of overseas bases to a continental perimeter. By now, however, it is far too late.Faced with a fading superpower incapable of paying the bills, China, India, Iran, Russia, and other powers, great and regional, provocatively challenge U.S. dominion over the oceans, space, and cyberspace. Meanwhile, amid soaring prices, ever-rising unemployment, and a continuing decline in real wages, domestic divisions widen into violent clashes and divisive debates, often over remarkably irrelevant issues. Riding a political tide of disillusionment and despair, a far-right patriot captures the presidency with thundering rhetoric, demanding respect for American authority and threatening military retaliation or economic reprisal. The world pays next to no attention as the American Century ends in silence. Oil Shock: Present SituationOne casualty of America’s waning economic power has been its lock on global oil supplies. Speeding by America’s gas-guzzling economy in the passing lane, China became the world’s number one energy consumer this summer, a position the U.S. had held for over a century. Energy specialist Michael Klare has argued that this change means China will “set the pace in shaping our global future.”By 2025, Iran and Russia will control almost half of the world’s natural gas supply, which will potentially give them enormous leverage over energy-starved Europe. Add petroleum reserves to the mix and, as the National Intelligence Council has warned, in just 15 years two countries, Russia and Iran, could “emerge as energy kingpins.”Despite remarkable ingenuity, the major oil powers are now draining the big basins of petroleum reserves that are amenable to easy, cheap extraction. The real lesson of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico was not BP’s sloppy safety standards, but the simple fact everyone saw on “spillcam”: one of the corporate energy giants had little choice but to search for what Klare calls “tough oil” miles beneath the surface of the ocean to keep its profits up.Compounding the problem, the Chinese and Indians have suddenly become far heavier energy consumers. Even if fossil fuel supplies were to remain constant (which they won’t), demand, and so costs, are almost certain to rise — and sharply at that. Other developed nations are meeting this threat aggressively by plunging into experimental programs to develop alternative energy sources. The United States has taken a different path, doing far too little to develop alternative sources while, in the last three decades, doubling its dependence on foreign oil imports. Between 1973 and 2007, oil imports have risen from 36% of energy consumed in the U.S. to 66%. Oil Shock: Scenario 2025The United States remains so dependent upon foreign oil that a few adverse developments in the global energy market in 2025 spark an oil shock. By comparison, it makes the 1973 oil shock (when prices quadrupled in just months) look like the proverbial molehill. Angered at the dollar’s plummeting value, OPEC oil ministers, meeting in Riyadh, demand future energy payments in a “basket” of Yen, Yuan, and Euros. That only hikes the cost of U.S. oil imports further. At the same moment, while signing a new series of long-term delivery contracts with China, the Saudis stabilize their own foreign exchange reserves by switching to the Yuan.Meanwhile, China pours countless billions into building a massive trans-Asia pipeline and funding Iran’s exploitation of the world largest natural gas field at South Pars in the Persian Gulf.Concerned that the U.S. Navy might no longer be able to protect the oil tankers traveling from the Persian Gulf to fuel East Asia, a coalition of Tehran, Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi form an unexpected new Gulf alliance and affirm that China’s new fleet of swift aircraft carriers will henceforth patrol the Persian Gulf from a base on the Gulf of Oman. Under heavy economic pressure, London agrees to cancel the U.S. lease on its Indian Ocean island base of Diego Garcia, while Canberra, pressured by the Chinese, informs Washington that the Seventh Fleet is no longer welcome to use Fremantle as a homeport, effectively evicting the U.S. Navy from the Indian Ocean.With just a few strokes of the pen and some terse announcements, the “Carter Doctrine,” by which U.S. military power was to eternally protect the Persian Gulf, is laid to rest in 2025. All the elements that long assured the United States limitless supplies of low-cost oil from that region — logistics, exchange rates, and naval power — evaporate. At this point, the U.S. can still cover only an insignificant 12% of its energy needs from its nascent alternative energy industry, and remains dependent on imported oil for half of its energy consumption.The oil shock that follows hits the country like a hurricane, sending prices to startling heights, making travel a staggeringly expensive proposition, putting real wages (which had long been declining) into freefall, and rendering non-competitive whatever American exports remained. With thermostats dropping, gas prices climbing through the roof, and dollars flowing overseas in return for costly oil, the American economy is paralyzed. With long-fraying alliances at an end and fiscal pressures mounting, U.S. military forces finally begin a staged withdrawal from their overseas bases.Within a few years, the U.S. is functionally bankrupt and the clock is ticking toward midnight on the American Century. Military Misadventure:Present SituationCounterintuitively, as their power wanes, empires often plunge into ill-advised military misadventures. This phenomenon is known among historians of empire as “micro-militarism” and seems to involve psychologically compensatory efforts to salve the sting of retreat or defeat by occupying new territories, however briefly and catastrophically. These operations, irrational even from an imperial point of view, often yield hemorrhaging expenditures or humiliating defeats that only accelerate the loss of power.Embattled empires through the ages suffer an arrogance that drives them to plunge ever deeper into military misadventures until defeat becomes debacle. In 413 BCE, a weakened Athens sent 200 ships to be slaughtered in Sicily. In 1921, a dying imperial Spain dispatched 20,000 soldiers to be massacred by Berber guerrillas in Morocco. In 1956, a fading British Empire destroyed its prestige by attacking Suez. And in 2001 and 2003, the U.S. occupied Afghanistan and invaded Iraq. With the hubris that marks empires over the millennia, Washington has increased its troops in Afghanistan to 100,000, expanded the war into Pakistan, and extended its commitment to 2014 and beyond, courting disasters large and small in this guerilla-infested, nuclear-armed graveyard of empires. Military Misadventure: Scenario 2014So irrational, so unpredictable is “micro-militarism” that seemingly fanciful scenarios are soon outdone by actual events. With the U.S. military stretched thin from Somalia to the Philippines and tensions rising in Israel, Iran, and Korea, possible combinations for a disastrous military crisis abroad are multifold.It’s mid-summer 2014 and a drawn-down U.S. garrison in embattled Kandahar in southern Afghanistan is suddenly, unexpectedly overrun by Taliban guerrillas, while U.S. aircraft are grounded by a blinding sandstorm. Heavy loses are taken and in retaliation, an embarrassed American war commander looses B-1 bombers and F-16 fighters to demolish whole neighborhoods of the city that are believed to be under Taliban control, while AC-130U “Spooky” gunships rake the rubble with devastating cannon fire.Soon, mullahs are preaching jihad from mosques throughout the region, and Afghan Army units, long trained by American forces to turn the tide of the war, begin to desert en masse. Taliban fighters then launch a series of remarkably sophisticated strikes aimed at U.S. garrisons across the country, sending American casualties soaring. In scenes reminiscent of Saigon in 1975, U.S. helicopters rescue American soldiers and civilians from rooftops in Kabul and Kandahar.Meanwhile, angry at the endless, decades-long stalemate over Palestine, OPEC’s leaders impose a new oil embargo on the U.S. to protest its backing of Israel as well as the killing of untold numbers of Muslim civilians in its ongoing wars across the Greater Middle East. With gas prices soaring and refineries running dry, Washington makes its move, sending in Special Operations forces to seize oil ports in the Persian Gulf. This, in turn, sparks a rash of suicide attacks and the sabotage of pipelines and oil wells. As black clouds billow skyward and diplomats rise at the U.N. to bitterly denounce American actions, commentators worldwide reach back into history to brand this “America’s Suez,” a telling reference to the 1956 debacle that marked the end of the British Empire. World War III:Present SituationIn the summer of 2010, military tensions between the U.S. and China began to rise in the western Pacific, once considered an American “lake.” Even a year earlier no one would have predicted such a development. As Washington played upon its alliance with London to appropriate much of Britain’s global power after World War II, so China is now using the profits from its export trade with the U.S. to fund what is likely to become a military challenge to American dominion over the waterways of Asia and the Pacific.With its growing resources, Beijing is claiming a vast maritime arc from Korea to Indonesia long dominated by the U.S. Navy. In August, after Washington expressed a “national interest” in the South China Sea and conducted naval exercises there to reinforce that claim, Beijing’s official Global Times responded angrily, saying, “The U.S.-China wrestling match over the South China Sea issue has raised the stakes in deciding who the real future ruler of the planet will be.”Amid growing tensions, the Pentagon reported that Beijing now holds “the capability to attack… [U.S.] aircraft carriers in the western Pacific Ocean” and target “nuclear forces throughout… the continental United States.” By developing “offensive nuclear, space, and cyber warfare capabilities,” China seems determined to vie for dominance of what the Pentagon calls “the information spectrum in all dimensions of the modern battlespace.” With ongoing development of the powerful Long March V booster rocket, as well as the launch of two satellites in January 2010 and another in July, for a total of five, Beijing signaled that the country was making rapid strides toward an “independent” network of 35 satellites for global positioning, communications, and reconnaissance capabilities by 2020.To check China and extend its military position globally, Washington is intent on building a new digital network of air and space robotics, advanced cyberwarfare capabilities, and electronic surveillance. Military planners expect this integrated system to envelop the Earth in a cyber-grid capable of blinding entire armies on the battlefield or taking out a single terrorist in field or favela. By 2020, if all goes according to plan, the Pentagon will launch a three-tiered shield of space drones — reaching from stratosphere to exosphere, armed with agile missiles, linked by a resilient modular satellite system, and operated through total telescopic surveillance.Last April, the Pentagon made history. It extended drone operations into the exosphere by quietly launching the X-37B unmanned space shuttle into a low orbit 255 miles above the planet. The X-37B is the first in a new generation of unmanned vehicles that will mark the full weaponization of space, creating an arena for future warfare unlike anything that has gone before. World War III: Scenario 2025The technology of space and cyberwarfare is so new and untested that even the most outlandish scenarios may soon be superseded by a reality still hard to conceive. If we simply employ the sort of scenarios that the Air Force itself used in its 2009 Future Capabilities Game, however, we can gain “a better understanding of how air, space and cyberspace overlap in warfare,” and so begin to imagine how the next world war might actually be fought.It’s 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday in 2025. While cyber-shoppers pound the portals of Best Buy for deep discounts on the latest home electronics from China, U.S. Air Force technicians at the Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) on Maui choke on their coffee as their panoramic screens suddenly blip to black. Thousands of miles away at the U.S. CyberCommand’s operations center in Texas, cyberwarriors soon detect malicious binaries that, though fired anonymously, show the distinctive digital fingerprints of China’s People’s Liberation Army.The first overt strike is one nobody predicted. Chinese “malware” seizes control of the robotics aboard an unmanned solar-powered U.S. “Vulture” drone as it flies at 70,000 feet over the Tsushima Strait between Korea and Japan. It suddenly fires all the rocket pods beneath its enormous 400-foot wingspan, sending dozens of lethal missiles plunging harmlessly into the Yellow Sea, effectively disarming this formidable weapon.Determined to fight fire with fire, the White House authorizes a retaliatory strike. Confident that its F-6 “Fractionated, Free-Flying” satellite system is impenetrable, Air Force commanders in California transmit robotic codes to the flotilla of X-37B space drones orbiting 250 miles above the Earth, ordering them to launch their “Triple Terminator” missiles at China’s 35 satellites. Zero response. In near panic, the Air Force launches its Falcon Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle into an arc 100 miles above the Pacific Ocean and then, just 20 minutes later, sends the computer codes to fire missiles at seven Chinese satellites in nearby orbits. The launch codes are suddenly inoperative.As the Chinese virus spreads uncontrollably through the F-6 satellite architecture, while those second-rate U.S. supercomputers fail to crack the malware’s devilishly complex code, GPS signals crucial to the navigation of U.S. ships and aircraft worldwide are compromised. Carrier fleets begin steaming in circles in the mid-Pacific. Fighter squadrons are grounded. Reaper drones fly aimlessly toward the horizon, crashing when their fuel is exhausted. Suddenly, the United States loses what the U.S. Air Force has long called “the ultimate high ground”: space. Within hours, the military power that had dominated the globe for nearly a century has been defeated in World War III without a single human casualty. A New World Order?Even if future events prove duller than these four scenarios suggest, every significant trend points toward a far more striking decline in American global power by 2025 than anything Washington now seems to be envisioning.As allies worldwide begin to realign their policies to take cognizance of rising Asian powers, the cost of maintaining 800 or more overseas military bases will simply become unsustainable, finally forcing a staged withdrawal on a still-unwilling Washington. With both the U.S. and China in a race to weaponize space and cyberspace, tensions between the two powers are bound to rise, making military conflict by 2025 at least feasible, if hardly guaranteed.Complicating matters even more, the economic, military, and technological trends outlined above will not operate in tidy isolation. As happened to European empires after World War II, such negative forces will undoubtedly prove synergistic. They will combine in thoroughly unexpected ways, create crises for which Americans are remarkably unprepared, and threaten to spin the economy into a sudden downward spiral, consigning this country to a generation or more of economic misery.As U.S. power recedes, the past offers a spectrum of possibilities for a future world order. At one end of this spectrum, the rise of a new global superpower, however unlikely, cannot be ruled out. Yet both China and Russia evince self-referential cultures, recondite non-roman scripts, regional defense strategies, and underdeveloped legal systems, denying them key instruments for global dominion. At the moment then, no single superpower seems to be on the horizon likely to succeed the U.S.In a dark, dystopian version of our global future, a coalition of transnational corporations, multilateral forces like NATO, and an international financial elite could conceivably forge a single, possibly unstable, supra-national nexus that would make it no longer meaningful to speak of national empires at all. While denationalized corporations and multinational elites would assumedly rule such a world from secure urban enclaves, the multitudes would be relegated to urban and rural wastelands.In Planet of Slums,** Mike Davis offers at least a partial vision of such a world from the bottom up. He argues that the billion people already packed into fetid favela-style slums worldwide (rising to two billion by 2030) will make “the ‘feral, failed cities’ of the Third World… the distinctive battlespace of the twenty-first century.” As darkness settles over some future super-favela, “the empire can deploy Orwellian technologies of repression” as “hornet-like helicopter gun-ships stalk enigmatic enemies in the narrow streets of the slum districts… Every morning the slums reply with suicide bombers and eloquent explosions.”At a midpoint on the spectrum of possible futures, a new global oligopoly might emerge between 2020 and 2040, with rising powers China, Russia, India, and Brazil collaborating with receding powers like Britain, Germany, Japan, and the United States to enforce an ad hoc global dominion, akin to the loose alliance of European empires that ruled half of humanity circa 1900.Another possibility: the rise of regional hegemons in a return to something reminiscent of the international system that operated before modern empires took shape. In this neo-Westphalian world order, with its endless vistas of micro-violence and unchecked exploitation, each hegemon would dominate its immediate region — Brasilia in South America, Washington in North America, Pretoria in southern Africa, and so on. Space, cyberspace, and the maritime deeps, removed from the control of the former planetary “policeman,” the United States, might even become a new global commons, controlled through an expanded U.N. Security Council or some ad hoc body.All of these scenarios extrapolate existing trends into the future on the assumption that Americans, blinded by the arrogance of decades of historically unparalleled power, cannot or will not take steps to manage the unchecked erosion of their global position.If America’s decline is in fact on a 22-year trajectory from 2003 to 2025, then we have already frittered away most of the first decade of that decline with wars that distracted us from long-term problems and, like water tossed onto desert sands, wasted trillions of desperately needed dollars.If only 15 years remain, the odds of frittering them all away still remain high. Congress and the president are now in gridlock; the American system is flooded with corporate money meant to jam up the works; and there is little suggestion that any issues of significance, including our wars, our bloated national security state, our starved education system, and our antiquated energy supplies, will be addressed with sufficient seriousness to assure the sort of soft landing that might maximize our country’s role and prosperity in a changing world.Europe’s empires are gone and America’s imperium is going. It seems increasingly doubtful that the United States will have anything like Britain’s success in shaping a succeeding world order that protects its interests, preserves its prosperity, and bears the imprint of its best values.Reprinted with permission from Tom Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgDu Plessiss optimism stems from his conviction thatDu Plessiss optimism stems from his conviction that this is the most balanced squad the country has assembled so far in ICC events.”We are well balanced squad, probably the most balanced squad we have had and not only in the playing 11. We have real depth in our squad. I think for the first time we have got real balance and every area has been covered,” said the South Africa captain, whose 119 against the West Indies last year is a T20 record for his country.South Africa are in Group 1 in the Super Ten stage of the competition along with defending champions Sri Lanka, 2010 champions England, 2012 winners West Indies and first round Group B qualifiers.They are to open their campaign against England at the Wankhede Stadium here on March 18.Conceding that the squad had been scarred mentally by the 3-0 defeat handed out by India in the last Test engagement between the two countries, the South Africa captain insisted those are completely forgotten now.”We did carry those scars soon after the series. We were lacking in confidence against England in the Tests. Thats what happens when you suffer a big defeat. But thats out of our system. We have played great cricket later against England and against Australia. Anyway half this squad was not even here for the Test series.”On the menace of drugs affecting sports he said, “Its difficult to say whats happening in our sport. Cricket is one sport where you dont get much benefit by getting such things into the system. But we have to keep the game clean.” PTI SSR RSY BS BS SREadvertisementlast_img read more

McLaren deal allows Fernando Alonso to chase Triple Crown

first_imgouble world champion Fernando Alonso will race on with McLaren in 2018, the team said on Thursday in an announcement that finally ended one of the sagas of the Formula One season.”I’m extremely proud and happy to be part of the project for next year. The challenge is big,” the 36-year-old Spaniard told reporters at the U.S. Grand Prix. “I am motivated more than ever, and happy to start working for 2018.”McLaren executive director Zak Brown said the multi-year agreement “allows Fernando to be with us for quite some time”.”Our desire is that for however long Fernando wants to keep driving, and whatever that is that he wants to keep driving, that he does it with McLaren,” added the American.Alonso dreams of becoming only the second driver to achieve motorsport’s Triple Crown but needs to win Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500.He missed the Monaco Grand Prix this year to compete at Indianapolis and Brown said the Spaniard would be able to enter other events when that did not compromise McLaren’s F1 interests.Le Mans does not clash with any F1 race next year, but Alonso said he had yet to talk to anyone about that.Reuters Photo NIGHTMARE YEARSThe Spaniard has endured three nightmare years at McLaren and had refused to commit to staying until the former champions felt they could provide him with a competitive car.He said he had considered leaving Formula One and had also talked to other teams, who had won this season, during the August break.advertisementMcLaren then ended their troubled partnership with Honda, under increasing criticism from Alonso, and will switch to Renault engines in 2018.Alonso won his 2005 and 2006 titles with Renault but has not been on the podium since 2014, when he was with Ferrari. His last win was in Spain in 2013, again with the Italian team.McLaren are currently ninth overall, out of 10 teams, and the season ranks as the worst of Alonso’s career with the exception of his debut year with now-defunct tail-enders Minardi.He has six retirements in 16 races in 2017 and failed to start in Russia while also missing Monaco to compete at the Indianapolis 500. The Spaniard has scored points only twice.”Something inside always told me to stay at McLaren,” he said on Thursday. “I think this year we have proved that the chassis was capable of fighting at the front. We saw a lot of progress.”The organisation now is much more logical in the way of winning in the short-term in Formula One. After the summer break, maybe around Spa or Monza, I was ready to make an extension to the contract.”Asked whether he felt he could win a third title with McLaren, he replied: “That’s why I stay.”Brown said continuing with Alonso, as team mate to Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, was “very, very important for McLaren’s future”.”Obviously the last few years have been a big challenge and what you want is the best team and the best drivers in the world that you can get,” he said.”Our shareholders have ambitious plans for the whole Group, and success within Formula One is a central pillar of that strategy. With Fernando, there is no doubt that we have a driver who can help us achieve our goal of winning again in F1.”last_img read more

Week 2 Uniform Review: Black-Gray-Black Looked Amazing, Was a Surprise

first_imgOklahoma State threw a curve ball and wore Black (Phantom Pete)-Black-Gray for the home opener against Central Arkansas. Everyone was probably expecting White-Orange-White with that combination being the trend since 2012. This was the first time OSU has worn this combo, even though we have seen Black-Black-Gray before vs. Kansas in 2013.I like this combo for a few reasons:1. The black Phantom Pete helmet looks great with black and gray, and this was the first time we really got to see that. Another thing that I noticed last season was the black numbers on the back of the helmets. It’s subtle, but it shows that OSU is all about the details.2. This look is consistent from head to toe. The black socks even have the gray design in the back (see below).3. Not a lot of schools can pull off the black and gray look because it’s not part of their color scheme, but Oklahoma State can and they should.(USATSI)(USATSI)One of the combos that I’ve really wanted to see is Black (Phantom Pete)-Gray-Black, especially since the gray jerseys have black numbers now. The combo we wore Saturday might be as close as we get to that since OSU has seemingly shunned the gray jerseys[1. Fun fact: the Cowboys are 2-0 in gray jerseys.]Oklahoma State added another tick to the win column for the black jerseys this past weekend, but I’m wondering why we busted out such a slick combo for a non-conference game. One can only assume that we’re about to see a lot of awesome new looks for the Pokes this season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Michigan DL Michael Dwumfour Carted Off Field After Lower Leg Injury

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling the University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan just finally took the lead against Maryland on Saturday afternoon, but Wolverines fans now have something else to worry about. Defensive lineman Michael Dwumfour suffered what appeared to be a serious injury near the end of the second quarter.Dwumfour, attempting to make a play, appeared to injure his right lower leg. Some have speculated that it looks like an Achilles injury – others think it might be his knee.Either way, he was unable to put weight on his leg and was walking with a noticeable limp. Michigan’s entire team eventually came out onto the field in support of their teammate.Dwumfour was able to avoid getting on the stretcher, but he still needed to be carted off the field.Stretcher came out for Michigan DL Michael Dwumfour but he didn’t need it to get onto cart that will take him off the field and it looks like he hurt his right knee. His teammates came on the field to show support with many giving him a tap and some words.— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) October 6, 2018The team comes out as Dwumfour is carted off— Aria Gerson (@aria_gerson) October 6, 2018Dwumfour looked pretty sullen as the cart went up the tunnel. Radio says it looked like a non contact injury— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) October 6, 2018Michigan, with just one minute until halftime, holds a 10-7 lead. Despite the scoreline, they’ve dominated the Terrapins.We’ll keep you updated on Dwumfour’s status – but it’s a sure bet he won’t be playing the rest of the day.last_img read more

Documentary of Cumberland County African Nova Scotian Women Premieres

first_img Norma Ruddick remembers the day her husband came out of theSpringhill mine, after the bump in 1957. It was one of thehappiest days of her life. Mrs. Ruddick is one of six women whose stories are told inWeaving the Story, the Journey of African Nova Scotian Women. Thevideo documentary that celebrates the lives of African NovaScotian women in Cumberland County will premiere at the WandlynInn Hotel Amherst today, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p.m. “The stories of women in Nova Scotia are integral to the story ofthis province, and these African Nova Scotian women played amajor role in our community’s development,” said Doreen Paris,chair of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women.”This video will give future generations the opportunity to hearfirst-hand accounts of the struggles and the joys of thesewomen.” Liz Sumbu, executive director of the Cumberland African NovaScotian Association, and Lorrie Melanson-Jones, Status of Womenfieldworker, approached EastLink Television to become a partner.The group sought potential participants, researched black historyof the county, collected photos and identified potentiallocations for filming. “This documentary is a legacy for all Nova Scotians because itpreserves an oral history about our communities,” said Ms. Sumbu.”Community records hold very little information about NovaScotians of African descent, which is an important part of thestory Nova Scotia’s people.” The women in the video generously share their memories of growingup black in Cumberland County, mostly in rural areas, beginningat the turn of the last century. Their stories reflect a timewhen women’s accomplishments were rarely celebrated, and thecontributions of Nova Scotians of African descent often wentunrecognized. Doll (Amelia) Martin, Ruth Henry, Dorothy Jones and Audrey Jonestalk about growing up in large families and raising their ownchildren. They also worked outside the home, which was unusual — rural women in Nova Scotia in the 1930s mostly worked at home,raising children and managing households or doing farm labour. The stories of the six women reflect rural life in Nova Scotia inthe early 1900s as many experienced it. The difference for thesewomen, of course, is that they all recall racism as part of theirlives. Marjorie Elaine Martin was raised to have a positive attitude tolife and to just “hop over” obstacles. Her mother’s advice ondealing with prejudice was “It’s only a problem, tomorrow isanother day and it will be different.” She dealt with racism inher community by staying away from where she felt she wasn’twanted. The video detailing the lives of these women came about after thefirst Black Heritage Tea, held in Amherst during Black HistoryMonth in 2003. The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association(CANSA) and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women broughttogether 25 women who were members of the black community toenjoy each other’s company, and to share good food and memories.Their fascinating stories about families and events in ruralCumberland County inspired the documentary. The enthusiasm, hard work and dedication of the three sponsoringorganizations has generated funding from 12 sponsors and supportfrom many groups, organizations and individuals. Many businesseshave donated products or provided other support, and music forthe video was composed and performed by local musicians. “The Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, the advisorycouncil and EastLink have given us a permanent record of a partof Nova Scotia’s oral history,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson,status of women minister. “I thank them for recognizing theimportance of this project and for their dedication to it.” After the premiere, the video will be shown on EastLinkTelevision, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 20. Copies of thedocumentary are also available in VHS and DVD from the CumberlandAfrican Nova Scotian Association by calling 902-661-1509. -30- STATUS OF WOMEN–Documentary of Cumberland County African NovaScotian Women Premiereslast_img read more

Publication du rapport du comité ministériel sur léducation

first_img Les points clés soulevés par les Néo-Écossais pendant les consultations sont les suivants : Ce rapport constitue le premier examen approfondi du système scolaire de la Nouvelle-Écosse depuis 25 ans. Le rapport intégral, qui s’intitule « Pour en finir avec le statuquo – Les Néoécossais exigent un meilleur avenir pour tous les élèves », peut être consulté au Le gouvernement provincial doit apporter des changements considérables à la façon dont l’éducation est offerte en Nouvelle-Écosse. Le comité ministériel sur l’éducation a publié un rapport, aujourd’hui 30 octobre, qui présente sept domaines dans lesquels près de 19 000 Néo-Écossais ont affirmé que des changements étaient importants. « Le comité est ravi de présenter les résultats de son examen. Nous avons adopté une approche holistique, et nous sommes fiers d’aider la Province de la Nouvelle-Écosse à établir une feuille de route pour le changement dans notre système d’éducation », a dit Myra Freeman, présidente du comité. « Grâce au niveau élevé de participation des Néo-Écossais, le comité est bien placé pour cerner les problèmes que le gouvernement et le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance doivent aborder en priorité. » Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, a accepté le rapport et a annoncé que le travail débutera immédiatement sur l’élaboration d’un plan d’action pour créer des changements dans le système d’éducation. « Je remercie le comité pour tout le travail effectué au cours des neuf derniers mois, et je remercie également tous les Néo-Écossais qui ont pris le temps de soumettre leurs commentaires au sujet du système d’éducation de la province, a dit Mme Casey. Je sais que les Néo-Écossais ont une passion pour la qualité de l’apprentissage et de l’éducation des élèves. J’ai hâte de lire le rapport et de créer un plan d’action pour le changement. » Les Néo-Écossais ont des points de vue mixtes sur la qualité du système des écoles publiques. Cinquante pour cent des répondants ont indiqué être insatisfaits. Le rapport met l’accent sur les domaines dans lesquels les Néo-Écossais sont d’avis qu’il est le plus urgent d’apporter des changements. Les thèmes du rapport sont les suivants : Renforcer le programme d’études pour susciter une transformation de l’enseignement et de l’apprentissage Favoriser un enseignement de grande qualité dans toutes les salles de classe Préparer les élèves d’aujourd’hui aux débouchés qui se présenteront à eux à l’avenir S’assurer que l’intégration fonctionne pour tout le monde Créer un climat favorable à l’apprentissage Collaborer pour améliorer la santé et le bien-être des élèves Mettre sur pied une structure moderne pour l’enseignement et pour l’apprentissage De nombreux enseignants, parents, administrateurs et élèves ont exprimé que le programme d’études couvre trop de choses et qu’il devrait se concentrer davantage sur les matières fondamentales, comme les mathématiques et la littératie. En ce qui a trait au programme d’études au premier cycle de l’élémentaire, il faut intégrer toutes les matières, et faire des mathématiques et de la littératie la base du programme d’études. La formation, l’obtention du certificat d’aptitude à l’enseignement, la discipline, l’embauche et le perfectionnement professionnel des enseignants ont été soulevés comme des domaines où une amélioration est essentielle. Les élèves ont besoin de plus de soutien lors des transitions à l’entrée et à la sortie du système scolaire et entre les niveaux scolaires. De nombreux Néo-Écossais trouvent que les élèves ne sont pas prêts à entrer dans le marché du travail ou à se lancer dans des études postsecondaires à l’obtention de leur diplôme au secondaire. Les gens s’inquiètent du fait que les élèvent passent au niveau scolaire supérieur avec leurs pairs avant d’être prêts sur le plan scolaire. Bon nombre de gens sont d’accord sur le principe de l’intégration, mais la mise en oeuvre du modèle actuel ne fonctionne pas. En l’absence de structures de soutien d’un niveau approprié, l’intégration a fait augmenter la complexité de la situation dans la salle de classe et les enseignants ont du mal à bien répondre aux besoins de l’ensemble des élèves. Le respect entre les élèves, les enseignants et les parents était un thème commun, tout comme l’importance de faire en sorte que les écoles offrent un milieu accueillant et réceptif aux groupes culturels. La création d’un climat positif à l’école est une responsabilité que se partagent tous les membres du personnel, les élèves, les parents et les partenaires communautaires, qui doivent s’associer pour donner l’exemple d’un comportement respectueux et prendre des mesures face à l’intimidation et à la violence dans les écoles. Le rôle des écoles s’est élargi au fil des années. Il est attendu que les écoles doivent faire en sorte que les élèves réussissent du point de vue scolaire, mais elles doivent aussi faire face à des enjeux tels que l’obésité, la santé mentale, la planification de carrière, la santé et le bien-être. Il est urgent de poursuivre les efforts visant à améliorer la santé physique des enfants et des jeunes dans la province. Les Néo-Écossais sont d’avis que les écoles sont en train de prendre des mesures afin de favoriser la bonne santé et le bien-être des élèves, mais ils s’entendent pour dire qu’il faut davantage d’éducation physique pendant la journée scolaire et un plus grand accent sur la sensibilisation à la santé mentale. Le gouvernement provincial doit explorer des moyens d’améliorer le mode de financement et de gouvernance du système scolaire. Il a été soulevé que le système scolaire ne fonctionne pas aussi bien qu’il le devrait pour les élèves.last_img read more

New integrity regime will add flexibility to procurement bans minister

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Canada’s minister in charge of procurement says the Trudeau government wants its integrity regime for corporate wrongdoing to be more flexible — a change that could help beleaguered SNC-Lavalin.The engineering and construction giant faces corruption and fraud charges over bribery allegations while pursuing business in Libya and, if the company is convicted, the new integrity regime could reduce the punishment it faces.Carla Qualtrough says proposed changes to the federal government’s integrity rules were brought forward after hearing from industry players who felt the existing tool was too rigid.The current regime automatically disqualifies most offenders from getting federal contracts for 10 years, though the period is sometimes reducible to five years.  Qualtrough says the updated policy would still carry a potential ban from federal contracts of up to a decade, depending on a number of factors including the severity of the transgression, but much shorter periods would be allowed.Speaking to a parliamentary committee, Qualtrough said the new policy will be finalized in four to six weeks and will cover a wider range of offences. read more

Australian PM WTO needs mending to keep up with the times

SINGAPORE — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the World Trade Organization needs mending to keep up with the times.He said Friday that many leaders attending the Group of 20 summit in Osaka later this month share the view that there is a need to modernize the WTO and its rules.“We need to mend it, we don’t need to break it, and mending it requires a lot of partnership,” he said. “Just now it’s the technical practical things that need to get done.”Morrison was speaking at a meeting organized by the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore.The Associated Press

TSX up more than 100 points New York indexes also higher loonie

TORONTO – North American stock markets rebounded strongly to close the trading week, with the Toronto stock market posting a triple-digit gain in advance of the Victoria Day holiday weekend.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index soared 102.26 points to close at 13,919.58 on Friday.In New York, markets turned higher after big drops Thursday as traders appeared to come to terms with the renewed possibly of a June rate hike.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 65.54 points at 17,500.94, the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 12.28 points to 2,052.32 and the Nasdaq composite rose 57.03 points to 4,769.56.For the past couple of days, the markets have been driven by reaction to minutes from the April meeting of the Federal Reserve which showed a possible interest rate hike in mid-June is back on the table, said Philip Petursson, chief investment strategist at Manulife Investments.All four indexes posted losses Thursday in reaction to the Fed news, which appeared to catch traders by surprise.“I think this is maybe just a bit of a rebound from the past couple of days that have been a little bit more negative in reaction to the Fed meeting minutes,” Petursson said.He thinks it’s more likely the Fed will raise rates when it meets in late July, considering how close the June 14-15 meeting is to the United Kingdom’s June 23 referendum on whether it should leave the European Union.But there’s still an outside chance the next hike could come in June, he said.Despite the market rebound, the Canadian dollar posted its fourth consecutive loss, down 0.11 of a U.S. cent at 76.20 cents US.The loonie is facing headwinds from a resurgent U.S. dollar following the news from the Fed on interest rates. However, that’s unlikely to keep dragging the commodity-sensitive loonie down, said Petursson.While the July crude contract was down 26 cents at US$48.41 a barrel on Friday, Petursson said the long-term outlook is more positive. A conservative estimate for the price of oil is US$55 a barrel at some point this year, he said, and that should move the loonie higher too.“If this is a tug of war between oil prices and the Fed, I think oil prices are going to win and ultimately we’ll see the Canadian dollar higher through the rest of the year,” he said.Elsewhere in commodities, June natural gas was up 2.3 cents at US$2.06 per mmBtu, the June gold contract fell $1.90 to US$1,252.90 a troy ounce and July copper was little changed at US$2.06 pound.New York markets will reopen as usual on Monday, but Toronto remains closed for Victoria Day.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. TSX up more than 100 points; New York indexes also higher; loonie wanes by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted May 20, 2016 9:32 am MDT Last Updated May 20, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Afghanistan UN mission condemns attack on election office in Kabul

“The IEC and its civilian workers are conducting a public service so that Afghans can vote. It is reprehensible that they have been deliberately targeted,” Nicholas Haysom, the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a statement.Civilians are said to be among those killed in today’s incident, for which the Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility. According to media reports, a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle outside the election office while two other gunmen stormed into the building. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reiterated that such attacks on civilians are serious violations of international humanitarian law and may amount to war crimes.The attack on the IEC is the latest in a series of recent violent incidents – including a deadly attack on a hotel in the capital and a suicide bombing of a market in Faryab – ahead of the 5 April elections, which will lead to the country’s first democratic transfer of power. “These are extremely important elections for Afghanistan,” said Mr. Haysom, who is also the acting head of UNAMA. “Afghans from all parts of the country should have an equal opportunity to have their say on the future direction of their country.”The Mission welcomed the efforts of the IEC and Afghan security agencies to create conditions which permit the broadest possible participation in upcoming elections.“Afghans want to vote and to have the chance to forge their national destiny,” said Mr. Haysom, “They have a right to vote and those Afghans that believe they have a patriotic duty to participate in the elections must be given the chance to do so.” Noting that security remains a challenge to the goal of achieving an inclusive election, he stressed that continued efforts by the Afghan security forces to reinforce the security of candidates, election workers and voters are vital. “It is just as important,” he added, “that the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission take every measure to reassure those Afghans who make the noble choice to participate that their vote will be respected.” read more

LeBron May Be The Most Clutch Playoff Shooter Of His Generation

On Sunday afternoon, LeBron James offered another reminder of how silly it was to ever doubt his performance in the clutch. the game, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst tweeted that James has now made more go-ahead shots at the end of playoff games than Michael Jordan. (It’s not the only area in which James is Jordan’s statistical peer in the postseason.)Windhorst’s definition for what constitutes a game-winning shot is as good as any — it covers all potential go-ahead field-goal attempts with five or fewer seconds remaining in the fourth quarter (or overtime) of playoff games. At, I was able to find 10 such attempts for James: five makes and five misses.1I’m not sure what accounts for the discrepancy with Windhorst’s numbers (he has James as 6-for-10), but for the remainder of this post, I will use as my data source. How does that stack up to other playoff performers over the years?Unfortunately, Jordan’s playoff career predates BBR’s shot-by-shot database by three seasons, but the site does have a record of every such shot attempted since the 2001 playoffs. And in those go-ahead situations (after accounting for the leverage of the game in which each shot occurred), nobody has a better record relative to expectations2As measured by points generated per shot above what would be expected from the distance of the shot. than James — particularly not his longtime nemesis Kobe Bryant, who sits at the opposite end of the list.Relative to the league-wide average, James generated 4.8 more total points than expected on his go-ahead shots, which translates to about one entire playoff win beyond what an average shooter would have contributed from the same field-goal distances. And those numbers become magnified when you consider that James’s average go-ahead shot came in a playoff game with championship implications 34 percent greater than the typical postseason contest. After we weight by the leverage of his specific game-winning shot attempts, James generated the equivalent3At normal playoff conditions. of 8.5 more points than expected, or roughly two playoff wins above average, with his clutch end-of-game shooting alone.(By contrast, Bryant generated 3.2 fewer points than expected and did it in games that were about 64 percent more important than the average playoff game, compounding the damage of his 1-for-10 performance.)So there’s no doubting James’s history of knocking down big playoff shots. But what’s also interesting about the list above is that the trailing section contains slightly better players, on balance; the bottom 10 players have tallied 1,090 wins above replacement (WAR), versus 987 WAR for the top 10.Granted, there’s essentially no relationship between career WAR and leverage-weighted net expected points for the entire sample of players … but maybe that’s the point. Role players can be called upon to hit huge shots with championship implications just as readily as stars. While James (and Dirk Nowitzki, and Chris Paul, to name a few) are all-time greats, the fact that the likes of Rashard Lewis and Metta World Peace also rank so highly — and Bryant fares so poorly — might speak as much as anything else to the unpredictability of who steps up and changes the course of NBA history with a clutch shot or two.One thing’s for sure, though: James has shown that he’s better at knocking down such consequential buckets than any other player of his generation. read more

DDay 75th anniversary sail past Route times and where to watch the

The Royal British Legion have chartered a cruise liner, the MV Boudicca, to take the Normandy veterans on a tour of D-Day commemorative events. As the vessel departs it will be escorted by a Type-23 Royal… The crew of HMS Queen Elizabeth will form Procedure Alpha – lining the decks around the ship, wearing their No 1 uniform, with medals. A Royal Marine Band and a Guard of Honour – formed by the company of the HMS Queen Elizabeth – will join Prime Minister Theresa May, Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt and First Sea Lord Sir Philip Jones to honour the veterans as the MV Boudicca passes. Up to 300 veterans will be honoured during D-Day commemorative events at Portsmouth on Wednesday.

Chine une réserve naturelle menacée par un projet de barrage

first_imgChine : une réserve naturelle menacée par un projet de barrageLancée il y a quelques jours en Chine, la construction du barrage du barrage de Xiaonanhai, le dernier du projet des Trois Gorges, suscite la colère des défenseurs de l’environnement. Ce barrage inondera une réserve naturelle et mettra en danger la survie des quarante espèces de poissons d’eau douce qu’elle abrite. La société Three Gorges vient de donner le coup d’envoi de la construction d’un nouveau barrage sur le Yangtsé, le dernier d’une série de douze installations le long du fleuve aujourd’hui toutes terminées ou en cours de construction. Un projet contre lequel les écologistes s’insurgent car il implique l’inondation d’une réserve naturelle créée pour protéger une quarantaine de poissons d’eau douce. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ce barrage, baptisé Xiaonanhai, nécessitera un investissement de quelque 3,6 milliards d’euros. Censé produire 1,76 gigawatts, soit 7,8 % de la future production du barrage des Trois Gorges à pleine capacité, il “est la toute dernière section le long du Yangtsé qui restait préservée pour les espèces de poissons menacés ou locaux. Ce serait leur dernier habitat” souligneMa Jun, un environnementaliste qui se bat depuis deux ans contre la construction du barrage, cité par Reuters. Xiaonanhai vise à faire du cours moyen du Yangtsé une série de réservoirs qui ne laissera “aucun espace pour les poissons”, s’insurge l’écologiste.Pour l’heure, le projet n’en est qu’à ses prémices, avec la construction d’une route et la pose de câbles électriques et de conduites d’eau, a expliqué un responsable de la société Tree Gorges. Mais “la construction du barrage lui-même ne commencera que lorsque nous aurons obtenu l’approbation finale” a-t-il souligné. Et d’assurer que “le gouvernement prendra dûment en considération tous les aspects, y compris l’impact sur l’environnement, avant de délivrer un permis”.Le 4 avril 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shane McMahons CoastToCoast Stephanie congratulates new champs Trish Stratus

first_img Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Pinterest Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live WWE uploaded a video of Shane McMahon’s double Coast-To-Coast on both Jey and Jimmy Uso during the Elimination Chamber PPV on Sunday night.Shane was successful on the first attempt, but not the second.You can view the clip above courtesy of WWE.Stephanie congratulates new champsStephanie McMahon tweeted her congratulations to the first-ever WWE Women’s tag team champions, Bayley and Sasha Banks.Congratulations @itsBayleyWWE & @SashaBanksWWE, the 1st ever @WWE #WomensTagTeamChampions! And to every woman who competed in that match – your heart & souls are still out there! You all made this movement & moment happen! #WomensEvolution #YouDeserveIt! #BossNHugConnection— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) February 18, 2019Trish Stratus congratulates The Miz and MaryseTrish Stratus congratulated The Miz and Maryse on their announcement. As reported earlier, Miz and Maryse are expecting their second child.Félicitations @MaryseMizanin and congrats @mikethemiz!!! So exciting!! Welcome to the fam of four club! #ITcouplestylebabyannouncement #cantwaitforthegenderreveal #WWEEliminationChamber— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) February 18, 2019center_img Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Overnight Security Officer at Securtias Security ServicesFull-Time Retail Salesperson at Mattress FirmFull-Time Technician I at Charles River LabsFull-Time Sales & Client Management Representative at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time (Temp) Animal Care Technician I at Charles River LabsPart-Time Event Design & Decor Intern at Art Of The EventFull-Time Service Technician at Cochrane Ventilation Full-Time ABA Teacher Assistant at May InstitutePart-Time Shift Leader at DunkinPart-Time Crew Member at Dunkin(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster mimics a boxer but is actually electric

first_img 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise BMW Motorrad BMW 2019 BMW X7 first drive: Big-time Bavarian BMW’s riderless, self-driving motorcycle goes for a spin… Motorcycles Electric Cars Concept Cars 1:30 Comment More From Roadshow Tags Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 1 2019 BMW X5 xDrive50i review: A potent and tech-rich SUV 27 Photos Enlarge ImageI don’t think I’m cool enough to even look at this bike. BMW Motorrad Electric motorcycles aren’t new, but they’ve been gaining some serious steam as companies like Harley-Davidson finally pick up the pace and accept 21st-century technologies into their products. BMW Motorrad’s motorcycles have a very important history with a specific combustion engine, but because the future doesn’t wait for anyone, BMW gave its bread-and-butter setup a heapin’ helpin’ of electrification.BMW Motorrad, the automaker’s motorcycle division, unveiled the Vision DC Roadster concept on Tuesday. The manufacturer did away with the Beemer’s staple flat-two “boxer” gas engine and replaced it with — I’ll pause so you can grab your pearls for later clutching — an electric motor and battery. Yet the company didn’t want to eliminate that link to the past in its entirety. Given the small nature of the electric motor, and the relatively not-small nature of the batteries required for decent range, BMW Motorrad shuffled things up a bit. The battery is now where the boxer engine used to be, and the OEM did the best it could to arrange things so that they still bore a passing resemblance to an internal combustion engine. The cooling elements are exposed and placed in the air stream to keep temperatures manageable, and when the bike starts up, the cooling elements move outward. Instead of using a chain to drive the rear wheel, it uses a universal shaft.BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster ConceptEnlarge ImageNo fuel tank? No problem. BMW Motorrad Since there’s no gas engine, that means there’s no need for a gas tank, which means there’s more space to get expressive with the design. The whole thing looks like something out of a dystopian anime, sharp and aggressive with a healthy dose of cool. The bike’s electric drive is surrounded by a milled aluminum frame and some minimalist fairings. Further adding to the sci-fi theme is a set of fluorescent elements on the sides of the tires that can create designs while the bike is in motion.Heck, even the rider’s gear is plucked from some 23rd-century megalopolis. In addition to looking more like street wear than traditional armor, the suit has built-in magnets, to which a rucksack can be attached. Whenever the rider needs something from the bag, just pull and detach the magnets. Just don’t stand too close to any old-school CRT televisions.The BMW Motorrad Vision DC gives us a pretty interesting look at the future of BMW’s motorcycle division. With an emphasis on applying new technologies without losing sight of the design that made the old one so cool to start, this new concept looks right at home alongside BMW’s other new concept, the Vision M Next. BMW Motorrad Vision DC Roadster is an all-electric thrill ride BMWlast_img read more

Tara Sutaria hails Hrithik Roshan as the hottest teacher

first_imgHrithik RoshanPR HandoutIt is no surprise that Tara Sutaria, who is going to essay the role of a student, finds Hrithik Roshan the hottest teacher considering the fact that he has been voted as the sexiest man in Asia.Actress Tara Sutaria who is soon making her silver screen debut with Student Of The Year 2, alongside Tiger Shroff feels that Hrithik Roshan will make for a great and hot teacher, amongst all the names from the industry.In one of the interactions, the debutant actress said, “I think Hrithik Sir would be a great teacher, a hot teacher also”. Taking cues from the aforesaid, this makes the student couple- Tiger and Tara big fans of Hrithik.Hrithik Roshan, who is hailed as the millennium superstar for the pan Indian appeal he holds, is a constant favourite of all people belonging to different age groups. Tara Sutaria in Student of the Year 2 (SOTY 2)InstagramThe superstar will be seen playing the character of a Maths teacher in his highly awaited film, ‘Super 30’ and the students of tinsel town are already swooned over by the actor.Hrithik has always surprised the audience and critics with his versatile portrayal of varied roles in his movies. Currently, the actor is shooting for another project with co-star Tiger Shroff.Hrithik, who has earlier delivered stellar performances essaying varied characters across genres, has yet again given the testimony of his versatility.The posters of the film added to the excitement of Super 30 as Hrithik posed with 30 kids who play his students, giving a peek of the look that the character carries.Releasing on July 26, 2019, Hrithik’s next is one of the most awaited films of the year.last_img read more