Carroll’s 24 points lead Nets over struggling Grizzlies

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA While the Grizzlies were grousing, the Nets were celebrating, at least for one night, after snapping a three-game losing streak.DeMarre Carroll scored a season-high 24 points and Trevor Booker added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Harris finished with 13 points for the Nets, who used a third-quarter spurt to put away the Grizzlies.The teams were tied at 47 at the break, but the Nets opened the second half with a 22-6 run, looking much more fluid on offense than in the opening half. Brooklyn connected on nine of its first 15 shots to build the lead, outscoring the Grizzlies 32-18.“We came out in the second half and got two big stops, scored,” Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We picked up our energy in the second half. The first part of the third quarter, that’s where I thought the game turned.”Memphis was able to get back in the game to open the final period, composing a 12-3 run. Memphis got the deficit to five points, but the Brooklyn lead was too much to overcome.ADVERTISEMENT Brooklyn Nets forward Trevor Booker (35) reacts after dunking the ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The misery remains for the Memphis Grizzlies, and friction seems to be building in the locker room.Memphis dropped its eighth straight on Sunday in a 98-88 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The Grizzlies made a fourth-quarter dent in a Nets lead that stretched to 19, all while center Marc Gasol was in a warmup on the bench. Despite matching Tyreke Evans for the team lead with 18 points, Gasol, who leads the team in scoring, rebounds and assists, wasn’t called on to play in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And he wasn’t pleased.“I do not know the why,” Gasol said of not playing down the stretch, later adding: “It’s a first for me, trust me, and I don’t like it one bit. I’m more (ticked) than I can show and frustrated.”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 shutoutSpeaking before Gasol, Memphis coach David Fizdale said his decision was based on the reserves playing well and cutting into the Brooklyn lead. He said not much has worked for the team during the skid, particularly Sunday, when the Grizzlies gave up the lead in a poor third quarter.Asked about Gasol’s reaction about not playing down the stretch, Fizdale said: “We’ll address it if it needs to be addressed, but it was a pretty simple decision what I did. It’s nothing against him. I’m trying to win a game. I’m desperate.” Gilas size key vs Taipei Grizzlies: Visit San Antonio on Wednesday. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ “We wanted to get out in transition and make them run,” Harris said, “and I thought we did better at that in the second half.”TIP-INSNets: Harris started in Allen Crabbe’s place. … Carroll’s previous season high was 18 on Oct. 25 against Cleveland. … The Nets shot 45 percent from the field, breaking a string of surpassing 50 percent the last two games and three of the previous four. … The Nets had 19 assists, breaking a streak of at least 24 assists in their last five.Grizzlies: Memphis had not lost eight straight since a similar skid from Feb. 11-March 3, 2009. … The team announced that Chandler Parsons tweaked his knee and did not return in the second half. The team characterized it as a precautionary move.MORE INJURY TROUBLESThe Nets, who already were without D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin with long-term injuries, had more setbacks. Crabbe, who was going to start, was a late scratch with a sore lower back. Then in the second quarter, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson went down with a right ankle sprain. “It’s unfortunate that we have so many injuries right now, but that’s why we have 15 guys on the team,” Booker said.MORE MARC MUSINGSGasol spent a lot of time answering questions about the fourth-quarter situation in the Grizzlies locker room. Even after the team’s public relations staff asked if everyone was finished, Gasol said he was willing to keep talking, expressing his displeasure about the situation. “I’m just as competitive as anybody,” he said. “I hate not playing. That’s what I value the most. If I’m not on the floor, I’m not valued. I’m sure (the coaching staff) knew that would hurt me the most.”UP NEXTNets: Visit Houston on Monday. 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Missouri Man Arrested For Posting Threats On Yik Yak Towards Mizzou Students

first_imgyik yak app logo.Twitter/@EMichiganEagles The issues at Missouri continue to escalate, following the resignation of system president Tim Wolfe after a string of racially-charged incidents across the Columbia campus spurred large-scale protests by students. Things took a frightening turn on Tuesday night, when a local man posted terroristic threats towards black Mizzou students on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak. Warning: some of the posts contain explicit language.University of Missouri police arrest suspect for posting online threats https://t.co/Beq5jfNSIK pic.twitter.com/8baXsfJXTu— Mary Georgantopoulos (@marygeorgant) November 11, 2015Update on Missouri University: Anonymous posts death threat towards black students on Yik Yak!#ConcernedStudent1950 pic.twitter.com/cIZGhhfFib— Ray Warren Symposium (@rwsymplc) November 11, 2015screenshotted this before it got removed #Mizzou pic.twitter.com/tK2MjCRvM9— Lara Haft (@badpriestess) November 11, 2015Early this morning, a local 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making the threatening posts, though it has not yet been confirmed that he was the poster. According to reports, he is not a Mizzou student, and was not near campus when the messages were posted.19-year-old Hunter M. Park for making terrorist threats towards the Mizzou campus on social media. pic.twitter.com/wx5YcjqhmW— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) November 11, 2015Have apprehended suspect who used multiple accts to threaten @Mizzou students. He was never physically near campus @MUalert— R. Bowen Loftin (@bowtieger) November 11, 2015The school sent out this email to students this morning.#Mizzou sent this email to students this morning. pic.twitter.com/PvbiK4YwJp— Brandon Kiley (@BKSportsTalk) November 11, 2015We hope these issues pass, and Missouri proves to be a safe, inclusive place for all students soon enough. Please stay safe, everyone.last_img read more

Equifax takes down customer service web page after malicious content found

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Inc. is reporting that a third-party vendor the credit rating agency uses to collect performance data on its U.S. Equifax website was serving malicious content.“Since we learned of the issue, the vendor’s code was removed from the webpage and we have taken the webpage offline to conduct further analysis,” an Equifax spokesperson said in an emailed statement Thursday.“Equifax can confirm that its systems were not compromised and that the reported issue did not affect our customer dispute portal.”Earlier Thursday, Equifax Canada said its U.S. parent company was temporarily taking down one of its customer services pages amid reports that hackers had allegedly altered Equifax’s credit report assistance page so that it would send users malicious software disguised as Adobe Flash.“We are aware of the situation identified on the equifax.com website in the credit report assistance link,” Equifax Canada spokesman Tom Carroll said in an emailed statement.“Our IT and security teams are looking into this matter, and out of an abundance of caution have temporarily taken this page offline.”Carroll did not respond to direct questions about any potential breach to Equifax Canada’s website.The news comes as Equifax Inc. continues to deal with the aftermath of a cyber breach earlier this year which allowed the personal information of 145.5 million Americans, and 8,000 Canadians, to be accessed or stolen.Since news of Equifax’s massive data breach broke last month, the company is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.The massive data breach has also led to a number of high-profile departures at the Atlanta-based consumer credit reporting agency, including its chief executive, chief information officer and chief security officer.In early October, Equifax revised the number of consumers potentially impacted in the breach — bumping up the total in the U.S. to 145.5 million and reducing the number in Canada from an estimated 100,000 to 8,000.For these Canadian consumers, Equifax says the information that may have been accessed includes name, address, social insurance number and, in “limited cases” credit card numbers.On its website, Equifax’s Canadian division says it has not yet mailed out any notices and made clear it would not be making any unsolicited calls or emails about the issue.In September, Equifax reported that its investigation had shown that hackers had unauthorized access to its files from May 13 to July 30. Equifax Canada said at the time it was working closely with its parent company Equifax Inc. and an unnamed, independent cybersecurity firm conducting the ongoing investigation.The cyberattack occurred through a vulnerability in an open-source application framework it uses called Apache Struts. The United States Computer Readiness team detected and disclosed the vulnerability in March, and Equifax “took efforts to identify and to patch any vulnerable systems in the company’s IT infrastructure.”— With files from The Associated Press.last_img read more

Nova Scotia distiller sending four barrels of rum on roundtheworld voyage

first_imgLUNENBURG, N.S. – A Nova Scotia distillery is sending its spirits on an around-the-world trip on a tall ship, promising it will taste better for the journey.Four barrels of rum from Lunenburg’s Ironworks Distillery will spend the next 15 months in the cargo hold of the three-masted tall ship Picton Castle.The Lunenburg-based ship is best known for its adventurous sail training voyages, and “this will be their 7th and last complete around-the-world circle,” said Ironworks co-owner Lynne MacKay.They decided to mark its final around-the-world trip with rum that will be bottled upon return in May 2019 as ‘Round the World Rum.The tall ship had been scheduled to set sail out of Lunenburg on Monday, but the sailing was postponed until Tuesday or Wednesday.MacKay said Captain Daniel Moreland is keeping the rum secure in the hold, under lock and key.“Everybody’s making jokes — ‘You’re sending rum barrels to sea and your expect them to come back whole, that’s a joke!’ But they’re pretty well secured. We sent it out under the auspices of Excise Canada and all of those customs things so that what goes out will come back, and we have faith that it will,” she said.MacKay said the other main comment is “Why?”“Aside from the sheer sexiness of the idea, there is theory and chemistry that supports the fact that rum at sea ages better. The movement of the ocean changes the nature of the aging process. The movement of the spirit in the oak actually makes it a more complex and interesting spirit when it arrives back on land,” she said.It’s part of rum history: In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries when Caribbean rum was shipped to the U.K. and other points, people noticed the spirit was much better at the end of the voyage than when it started.Some of the Picton Castle rum has already been aging in Hungarian oak barrels for a few years.“We’re anticipating this one will come back kind of a medium amber colour, and we’re not going to be fussing with that colour at all. We want it exactly the way it comes out,” she said.MacKay said the lengthy voyage gives them more than a year to promote the rum and the programs offered by the Picton Castle to train people how to sail such large ships.Some of the proceeds from the rum will go to support the Picton Castle programs.Ironworks Distillery opened in June 2010 in a renovated blacksmith’s shop in the downtown of the coastal community, west of Halifax.MacKay said they originally looked at making different spirits but felt a moral imperative to make rum.“Just because of the history of Lunenburg, the history of the Atlantic Ocean, and the history of rum and sailing. So many things conspired to make it the logical choice,” she said.MacKay said a lot of people have asked to get their name on a list to be able to buy the ‘Round the World rum, but said they won’t consider a list until sometime next year.Links to the voyage will be posted on the distillery’s website and social media sites.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

City of Dawson Creek optsin on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw

first_imgAccording to the City, the findings from the review has Council concerned about the elevated levels of bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliforms and E.coli in multiple locations throughout the watershed.As a water purveyor, the City has an on-going legal responsibility to monitor water quality and respond to source water protection concerns.The City has requested that the Province address these water quality concerns by encouraging the adoption of beneficial management practices on both private and crown land. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed.Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek’s comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations.In response to that request, the City’s Watershed Stewardship Program completed a full review of past reports and management plans.last_img read more

PMs museum CPWD penalised for rejection of bid to build

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed CPWD to pay Rs 1.5 lakh to an architectural firm for unjustifiably rejecting its bid for constructing a museum for India’s Prime Ministers on the premises of Nehru Memorial at Teen Murti Bhawan.The court, however, did not quash the contract citing the substantial outlay of expenditure, which has already occurred pursuant to the award of tender, and the work progress at the site. “We do not consider it to be in the larger public interest to quash the award of the project and direct further processing of the petitioner’s (firm) bid, or to mandate that a de novo exercise be carried out in the present case by calling for fresh tenders,” said a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Prateek Jalan. The court directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to refund to Bangalore-based Flying Elephant Studio the amounts incurred on tender documents and fee. “…the present petition is disposed of without granting any relief to the petitioner… However, in the peculiar facts and circumstances, the respondent No.1 (CPWD) will pay the costs of these proceedings to the petitioner. The costs are assessed at Rs 1,50,000 to be paid within two weeks,” it said in a recent order. The petition concerned a ‘Notice Inviting Tender’ (NIT) issued by the CPWD for a Prime Ministers museum on the premises of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library at Teen Murti Bhawan here. The firm’s grievance was that its bid for the museum was rejected by the CPWD. The authorities told the court that they rejected the bid on the ground that the firm did not satisfy the eligibility criteria and that the previous projects executed by it do not fall within the categories of buildings enumerated in the definition of ‘Similar Comprehensive Consultancy Work’ contained in the NIT. The firm’s counsel submitted that it fulfilled all the eligibility criteria set out in the ‘Initial Eligibility Criteria’ provided by CPWD in the tender notice.last_img read more

IT Dept searches premises of kin of JK exMin Imran Ansari

first_imgSrinagar: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at five places here, including at the premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, sources said.The searches were carried out against a group which is a “monopolistic wholesale distributer” of pharmaceuticals in the Kashmir Valley, a released issued by the I-T Department said. It was gathered that the group charged huge premium on life saving drugs which were exclusively sourced through it in the Valley and the extra normal profits earned by this modus operandi were used for investment in real estate in Srinagar, as well as for unaccounted expenditure by the promoter’s family not disclosed in their income tax returns, the release said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sources said Ansari’s sister is married into the family whose premises have been searched. However, the tax officials maintained that searches were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone. The I-T department release said the search action has yielded incriminating documents and digital evidence that suggest huge concealment of income by the promoter and his family members. Apparently, Rs 3.08 crore in transactions of two pieces of land in Srinagar has been earned by the group, which has not been disclosed in the returns of income. The digital evidence in the form of hard disc that has been seized, indicates that a part of the sales proceeds, approximating nearly 10 per cent of the turnover are kept outside the books of accounts to suppress profits, it said.last_img read more

Where The US Women Are Likely To Play In The World Cups

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Let’s begin with a confession …This article is 100 percent a selfish undertaking to determine if I will get to see the U.S. women’s national team play live at the Women’s World Cup, which begins Saturday. You see, I blindly bought tickets to “Match No. 49,” a semifinal matchup June 30 in Montreal. As a 27-year-old woman looking to relive her experience as an 11-year-old fanatic during the 1999 Women’s World Cup, I want nothing more than to see the USWNT play in that game.That’s what brings me to this article — a guide to following the USWNT.Below you’ll find the chances of seeing the U.S. in Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton in each knockout-stage round, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.For example, FiveThirtyEight projects that the U.S. has a 65 percent chance of making the semifinals. Based on the U.S.’s most likely path, there is a 51 percent chance that the Americans will participate in the semifinal game in Montreal (Match No. 49) and a 14 percent chance that they will participate in the game in Edmonton. 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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz-3ItHYeiQAfter 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 Basketball-Reference.com, 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 Basketball-Reference.com 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

The DAntoni Basketball Revolution Goes To College

Marshall basketball coach Dan D’Antoni was angry. His team had been down 20 points at halftime during a late December non-conference game against Pittsburgh (“We looked like we were running in mud,” he said), had exploded in the second half, scoring 1.45 points per possession on a variety of back-breaking 3-pointers and half-court cuts that led to easy layups, and still lost. Any team that can drop 68 points in 20 minutes should win the game, but the final score was 112-106 in favor of Pittsburgh. “We booted it,” he said. When a reporter questioned whether the team’s high number of 3-point attempts might explain the loss, he got testy.Decked out in his customary Marshall basketball t-shirt and a dark blazer, D’Antoni unspooled what he referred to as his “daggone analytics story”: “The last two championships have been Cleveland and Golden State,” he said, talking about the NBA. “What did they do? You don’t see anybody post up. They just spread that thing out and go.”D’Antoni became an overnight exemplar of analytics. But can an NBA blueprint remake a mid-major team with subpar talent in the NCAA?When I asked D’Antoni about his quote, he said that he didn’t mean to embarrass the reporter but, “I could’ve said, ‘Of all those five players on the floor, how many of them do you think we had rated higher for college play than [Pittsburgh] had?’ And we’re within a few points of them. That’s like going to the playground and giving the other team the first five picks, saying, ‘Let’s play,’ and then when they win, saying they outcoached us. Give me a break.”This is D’Antoni’s third season at Marshall, after roughly a decade as an NBA assistant, where he coached alongside his younger brother, Mike, in Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles. Thus far, his tenure has mostly been a success. Before he arrived in Huntington, Marshall had been known more as a stepping stone for rising coaches, such as Billy Donovan and Donnie Jones, than for any on-court successes: the team had finished under .500 nine times since 2001-02. The Herd won 17 games in 2016 (the record marked Marshall’s fifth-highest win total in the 2000s) and quickly notched 14 wins this season before a three-game losing streak the past two weeks sapped some of the squad’s momentum. Now tied for fifth in Conference USA, the Herd have an uphill climb to make it to the NCAA tournament. They face arguably the conference’s toughest February slate — UAB, Old Dominion, and Middle Tennessee all loom during this next week; they’ll likely need a run through the CUSA tournament to make it to the dance.D’Antoni isn’t your usual coach. As I prepped for our interview, I read an article about D’Antoni that mentioned he once said he hugged a tree in his front yard each morning. When I asked D’Antoni about it, he said, “I believe there is a connection between here and somewhere else, and since the tree is a living thing, I connect through it and thank it for everything I have been fortunate to have.” But perhaps even more compelling is his attempt to transform Marshall, a team composed of borderline DI players, a walk-on, and an ex-DII player, into one of the nation’s most analytically efficient offenses.“If you do just the ordinary, you’ll lose, so you have to do something unusual to beat people more athletically gifted than you,” D’Antoni said.For the Marshall coach, that means streamlining an offense so that his players are executing each possession with the intent of taking the most efficient shot possible. And D’Antoni knows all of the percentages. “I’ve told our players the numbers forever,” D’Antoni said. “When you look at offense, it’s not about the overall scheme — it’s about the actions within an offense, and you have to know the best odds for scoring.” Using data culled from the NBA, which D’Antoni contended still applies to the college game, a corner 3, which is worth 1.27 points per shot, is the best shot in basketball. The next best shot? “Any other three,” he said. A lay-up — “a clean lay-up,” D’Antoni stresses — is even better: 1.8 points per shot.1According to the NBA’s most recent data, a shot in the restricted area is worth 1.21 points per shot, while a 3-pointer above the break — that is, an attempt either atop the perimeter or on the wing — is 1.06 points and a corner 3 is 1.21 points.Which is why Marshall never stops shooting. Roughly 43 percent of the team’s attempts are from beyond the arc, squaring Marshall within Division I’s top 50 (per Ken Pomeroy), and according to Synergy Sports, Marshall scores 1.08 points per spot up (1.17 points per catch and shoot), which is bested by only 23 other DI squads. “I don’t know if there is another team in the country that does as many shooting drills as we do,” said Austin Loop, a junior guard with the third-best overall offensive rating in Division I and who has converted 49 percent of his 3’s. Perhaps not coincidentally, Marshall scores at one of the country’s most efficient clips, dropping 1.11 points per possession, which is the highest ever for a D’Antoni-coached team (and good for the top 60 nationally).“We go over every stat that the coaches keep,” Ryan Taylor, Marshall’s senior stretch-4, said. That includes game-by-game plus/minus reports, which are presented to the Herd via a white board in their locker room, as well as intensive film sessions and Synergy analysis (provided by D’Antoni and the rest of the coaching staff). “Coach D’Antoni wants us to make at least 36 percent of our 3’s, which equates to 52 percent on 2’s,” Taylor elaborated.2If Marshall were to connect on 36 percent from deep, it would actually equate to 54 percent of their 2’s. “Taking 3’s is easier for us — since it is farther away from the basket, it isn’t contested, and then it opens up our offense even more.”D’Antoni didn’t naturally warm to this style of play. During his initial years as a high school coach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he coached conservatively: “My teams were constantly posting up and taking contested 2’s, which are essentially worthless. Those shots only count for .78 points and are the worst shot in basketball.”His thinking didn’t change until a late-1980s conversation with Mike, then playing in Europe, who relayed the revolutionary impact of the 3-point shot overseas. Dan began to eliminate post ups and mid-range jumpers, and he emphasized 3-point attempts and pick-and-rolls. He continued to fine-tune his offensive approach after he ditched the high school ranks and followed his brother to Phoenix as an assistant, where the two coined the phrase “athletic ball,” a concept D’Antoni brought with him to Marshall: “Instead of a player creating a scoring opportunity, you move the ball quickly so that the ball creates the opportunity. That way, a player who isn’t as athletic but is skilled can play against anybody. As long as the ball is free flowing, it’ll get to the place where that guy is capable of making that shot.”As Mike explains, “Something has to be athletic enough on the floor if your players aren’t, and the ball zipping around accomplishes that.”That’s being put to the test at Marshall. D’Antoni arrived at the college game at a fitting moment. Since 2002, DI’s 3-point field goal attempts rate — the percentage of shots taken beyond the arc — has jumped from 32.1 to 36.2 percent, the highest it has ever been. What works for Cleveland, Golden State and the majority of the NBA — spacing the floor through the 3-pointer — has finally begun to saturate the DI level, and thanks to the years D’Antoni spent on the NBA sidelines, Marshall has been a leader in this strategic shift (the Herd’s 3-point attempts rate jumped from 34 to 42 percent in his first season).As the team’s 14-11 record makes clear, though, change takes time. What D’Antoni is preaching clearly works at the NBA level, but his players are not of that caliber, and the learning curve — even 90 games into his tenure — is still much steeper.During Marshall’s recent losing streak, the Herd made just 30 percent of its 3’s and scored an anemic 1 point per possession. D’Antoni spends each practice teaching his players what constitutes a good shot from a bad shot in his free-flowing and fast-paced offense, but the line separating the two is still very much open for interpretation when the players take the court.“If you watch us play, we still take a lot of bad shots,” said former assistant coach Chris Duhon, who spoke with FiveThirtyEight before he resigned in January after an arrest for driving with a license revoked stemming from a DUI. “We haven’t mastered that process yet.”“Obviously they take some bad 3’s, but heck, if I coached any other way, they’d take some bad 2’s,” D’Antoni said. “But I don’t want players looking over their shoulders to see what is a good shot or not. Our offense gives them a freedom to play the game and use their own smarts to create good shots. Let them choose.”This is the only way D’Antoni knows how to coach, and as a self-described “gunslinger,” the only way he believes Marshall will succeed is through what he calls his ‘organized chaos’ offense. “There is more to it than just saying, ‘Here’s an analytic game plan, let’s do it,’” he said. “I may have opened up how the game is played, but I never want to stand pat.”He continued, “I am a big believer in risk. You have to know how to bet, know the odds, and have a feel for everything. How far along I am with my coaching and whether it’ll work, I don’t know. I tried to figure out the odds, and I just know what I’m coaching at Marshall presents us the best odds for winning.” read more

Womens volleyball Buckeyes Sweet Sixteen bound

Members of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate after scoring against LIU Brooklyn on Sept. 2, 2016. OSU won, 3-0. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Multimedia EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team upset arguably their most important opponent this season, No. 14 Kansas State on Saturday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes eliminated the Wildcats in five-sets, 25-20, 25-22, 22-25, 23-25 and 17-15. OSU secured their spot to play in Saturday’s second round by knocking off Missouri State in three sets on Friday, while the Wildcats swept Lipscomb, also on Friday. A pinch of sibling rivalry added to the competitiveness of the evening. OSU senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe looked through the net at her younger sister, freshman middle blocker Elle Sandbothe. Before the match, Taylor took to Twitter and expressed her excitement at the opportunity to play “her best friend.” The front row match-up would prove to be a factor during the entire match.The Buckeyes made their presence known from the beginning of the first set. A variety of hitters went to work, which resulted in an early 9-1 run for OSU. As Kansas State closed in on the OSU lead, the arena erupted, showing the home team support for the Wildcats. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes wrangled in the final two kills of the set to give the Buckeyes the 1-0 advantage. OSU jumped out to an early lead again to start the second set, but the Wildcats weren’t letting the Buckeyes escape without putting up a fight. Kansas State battled to put the score within two points at 14-12, but OSU’s consistency and patience shone through to maintain control of the lead. Elle Sandbothe assisted on a major block for Kansas State, but it was immediately followed by a kill from her sister, Taylor. OSU held a narrow lead at 24-22, but sealed another set victory with a kill by sophomore outside hitter Audra Appold. After the second set, OSU was hitting .225 collectively, compared to Kansas State’s .056. However, it was the Wildcats who came out of the intermission with the momentum on their side. They held onto the lead for the first time in the match to begin the third set as the Buckeyes’ defense and serve reception began to unravel. OSU came back with aggressive swings and gained the lead for the first time in the third set at 15-14 before a back-and-forth battle ensued between the teams. The Wildcats focused on Taylor Sandbothe’s path and another block by her younger sister shifted the energy back to Kansas State. The Wildcats saw their first set point of the match, and the Buckeyes couldn’t counter back. Despite the Wildcat win, OSU still held the advantage 2-1 going into the fourth set. The Kansas State crowd made their voices heard to start the fourth set, cheering after every point that dropped on OSU’s side. The noise was egged on by the point-for-point play that characterized the entire set. When the dust cleared, it was again Kansas State who stole the set victory and forced a sudden-death final set. Errors are critical any five-set contest, and unforced errors by OSU allowed the Wildcats to take the two-point advantage 8-6 before switching sides of the court. The Buckeyes quickly changed their tone and after a handful of nail-biting final points, OSU claimed the crucial win to stay alive in the NCAA tournament. Junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer combined with Taylor Sandbothe for 36 kills. Sophomore setter Taylor Hughes finished with another triple-double to her name with 14 kills, 41 assists and 15 digs. The Buckeyes are off to the Sweet Sixteen to face Big Ten rival, the Wisconsin Badgers. read more

Twinkle Sharma case Bollywood reacts with shock after 3yearolds murder in Aligarh

first_imgTwinkle Sharma was murdered in Aligarh after her parents couldn’t repay a loan of Rs 10,000.TwitterThree days after toddler Twinkle Sharma went missing in Aligarh her mutilated and burnt body was found in a dumping ground in Tappal, Aligarh district, Uttar Pradesh, on June 2. Twinkle, aged between 2.5 to 3 years, was brutally murdered by accused Mohammed Zahid, according to reports. The motive behind the murder was a meagre sum of Rs 10,000 that Twinkle’s parents owed Zahid.Bollywood has reacted with shock after the 2.5-year-old’s murder in Aligarh. Zahid and his accomplice Aslam were arrested on June 4 by the Aligarh Police, who have as of now ruled out rape. Zahid reportedly admitted to killing the child by choking her with a dupatta (stole). The child’s partially burnt body was found in a bag with her eyes gouged out.The murder has sent shockwaves across the country, with some people giving a communal angle to it, including actress Koena Mitra. Bollywood actors like Abhishek Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Raveena Tandon, Sunny Leone, Sidharth Malhotra, Gul Panag, Twinke Khanna, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and some others have reacted strongly to the heinous act.Some people on Twitter questioned the silence of Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Swara Bhasker on the murder case, when the actresses were pictured holding placards during the Kathua rape case of Ashifa. Sonam Kapoor posted a fresh message but got further trolled, even by filmmaker Ashoke Pandit. It is sad that the two cases of Twinkle Sharma and Asifa are being given a communal angle. Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhasker protest Kathua rape.TwitterHere’s what Bollywood celebrities have said on Twitter after the Twinkle Sharma murder came to light:Akshay Kumar: Horrified, upset and angry to know about baby #TwinkleSharma! This is definitely not the kind of world we want for our children. We need immediate and strictest punishment for such a heinous crime. #JusticeForTwinkle.Twinke Khanna: It is heartbreaking to hear about the horrific murder of the two and a half year old little girl In Aligarh. I would request @smritiirani to ensure that swift action is taken against the perpetrators of this heinous crime. #JusticeForTwinkle.Sonam Kapoor: What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.Raveena Tandon: The horrible, barbaric rape,murder of a 3 year old In Aligarh,the criminals,who gouged her eyes, mutilated her body,depraved evil,inhuman & barbaric. Must Hang. The law must act fast! #justicefortwinkle @smritiirani #twinklesharma.Abhishek Bachchan: Just so disgusted and angered hearing about #TwinkleSharma. How can somebody even think of doing such a thing?!?! Speechless….Ayushmann Khurrana: This is inhuman and barbaric.. My prayers for her family. Justice must be served! #TwinkleSharma.Sidharth Malhotra: Extremely disturbed by the news of #TwinkleSharma. It’s scary to be living in a world where even innocent children are not safe. I urge our authorities to take action to ensure that such a heinous crime is never repeated again! #JusticeForTwinkleSharma.Gul Panag: That we live in a country where even toddlers aren’t safe, fills me with horror. That #TwinkleSharma had a her life snatched away in this cruel, barbaric manner, makes me feel capital punishment is not enough for the sick, depraved culprit who did this to her.Sunny Leone: Im sorry Twinkle that you had to you live in a world where Humans no longer understand Humanity!!!! May God look over you for Eternity as you are an Angel !!!! #ImSorry.Sanjay Dutt: Disturbed and hurt to hear the news about #TwinkleSharma. I urge our authorities to take necessary action! #JusticeForTwinkle.Anupam Kher: Angry, horrified, ashamed and deeply saddened beyond words at the barbaric rape of the three year old #TwinkleSharma. The rapist should be hanged in public. No other punishment is enough for this heinous crime. I demand #JusticeForTwinkleSharma .Arjun Kapoor: The barbaric rape and murder of #TwinkleSharma is a shame on humanity. Justice must be served.Riteish Deshmukh: Deeply pained, saddened & shocked. We as a society have failed little #TwinkleSharma – my heart goes out to her family & loved ones. What kind of an unsafe world are we creating for our children. Strictest punishment & immediate justice is the only way to reduce these crimes.Genelia Deshmukh: It’s horrific, I am absolutely angered by what’s happening to the women and more so the little girls in our country.. #TwinkleSharma we have failed you and a zillion like you time and time again .. people responsible of such crimes should be hanged publicly.. Can’t imagine the plight and the pain of #TwinkleSharma’s family and loved ones.. I’m so so sorry #JusticeForTwinkleSharma .Boman Irani: Is our planet spinning in the opposite direction? Is this what humans were meant to be? Whatever the answer. NO PUNISHMENT IS TOO HARSH. #JusticeForTwinkleSharma #TwinkleSharma .The Aligarh Police is posting latest updates on the case on social media. The latest Aligarh Police statement on the Twinkle Sharma murder case is as follows. Aligarh Police statement on Twinkle Sharma murder case.TwitterIm sorry Twinkle that you had to you live in a world where Humans no longer understand Humanity!!!! May God look over you for Eternity as you are an Angel !!!! #ImSorry— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) June 6, 2019What has happened to baby twinkle is. Heartbreaking and horrific. I pray for her and her family. I also urge people to not make this into a selfish agenda. This is a little girls death, not a reason to spread your hate.— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) 7 June 2019#JusticeForTwinkle@aajtak @abpnewshindi @ndtv @ANINewsUP @BBCBreaking @ZeeNews @WeUttarPradesh @ANINewsUP @NDTV_24X7 @TimesNow @timesofindia @brajeshlive @WeUttarPradesh @dibang @chitraaum @anjanaomkashyap @Uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh pic.twitter.com/UKz7nGpd6t— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) 7 June 2019Dear Women, you can change the world by not giving birth to morons. When you can’t raise them, don’t create them!Dear lawmakers, we need dangerous punishments for Acid attacks and Rapes. Crimes against girls should come to an end!!#JusticeForTwinkle #Aligarh #TwinkleSharma pic.twitter.com/vuxbgfcG5S— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) 6 June 2019Hindus have the responsibility to remain secular I guess, hence no outrage for you. I am Hindustan. A proud Hindu. I’m not liberal enough to support your Rapists.I’m no secular from today. With you and yours…. #TwinkleSharma #Aligarh #Mohammedjahid pic.twitter.com/W58PlUVy8o— Koena Mitra (@koenamitra) 6 June 2019Angry, horrified, ashamed and deeply saddened beyond words at the barbaric rape of the three year old #TwinkleSharma. The rapist should be hanged in public. No other punishment is enough for this heinous crime. I demand #JusticeForTwinkleSharma . pic.twitter.com/7EwCTQxsUh— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) 6 June 2019 आज दिनांक- 08-06-2019 को @sspaligarh @ips06akash महोदय द्वारा थाना टप्पल क्षेत्र में हुए ए लिटिल गर्ल मर्डर केस मे अपहरण व हत्या के सभी आरोपी गिरफ्तार, के सम्बन्ध में दी गयी बाईट ।@Uppolice @dgpup @adgzoneagra @digrangealigarh pic.twitter.com/p5fMeoPEfu— ALIGARH POLICE (@aligarhpolice) 8 June 2019last_img read more

Dutch Queen Maxima hails Bangladeshs progress over financial inclusion

first_imgQueen Maxima speaks at a views-exchange meeting with development partners and financial technology (Fintech) sector at the UN offices on Wednesday. Photo: UNBUN secretary-general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development (UNSGSA) Queen Maxima on Wednesday said financial inclusion can empower women and accelerate Bangladesh’s progress as she noted significant progress made so far in the country.”Financial inclusion has increased from 31 per cent in 2014 to 50 per cent in 2017 and so this is actually very exciting,” she said, adding that she is excited with Bangladesh’s progress during the two and half years from her last visit.The visiting Dutch Queen made the remarks at a views-exchange meeting with development partners and financial technology (Fintech) sector, organised and hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the UN offices in the city.She said: “This is primarily has happened through mobile financial services, so basic technology has played a very important role. Just to give an idea, it went from 2.7 per cent in 2014 to 21 per cent in 2017.””So of course, given the high-density population of Bangladesh, it’s actually very good because with that amount of people, all the distance you need to move to actually have any access is a lot higher than other countries,” said the Dutch queen.However, Maxima also pointed out a number of issues that are holding Bangladesh back in terms of full financial inclusion, or financial inclusion that ‘affects’ all of the Sustainable Development Goals, with gender disparity on top of the list.”Sixty-five per cent of Bangladeshi men have accounts, compared to only 36 per cent of women. Bangladesh’s gender gap in financial access grew a staggering 20 percentage points from 2014 to 2017,” she added.Earlier Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP, welcomed the queen and thanked her for visiting Bangladesh twice as the UN secretary-general’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.He said Queen Maxima’s second visit shows her commitment to improving women’s access to financial services and supporting women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh.Representatives of the Fintech stakeholders and development partners pointed out their observations, suggestions and areas of development to increase financial inclusion and lower inequalities to aid Bangladesh in its progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.Members of key Fintech organisations like Grameen Phone, bKash, Brac Bank, Bank Asia, Surecash, D Money, Shop Up, IFDC and regulators Bangladesh Bank were present in the roundtables.Key development partners like DFID, IFC, Swiss Embassy, World Bank, UNCDF, Nathan Associates, USAID, IMF, GiIZ, Swisscontact and Helvetas were also present.Sudipto urged all to finalise and implement the people-centric National Financial Inclusion Strategy soon, to reduce the inequality and fight poverty.Following the roundtable, the Queen met the beneficiaries of UNDP’s strengthening women’s ability for productive new opportunities (SWAPNO), which is a social transfer project for ultra-poor women to be engaged in public works essential for the economic and social life for rural communities.One of Swapno’s key agenda is financial inclusion so that the beneficiaries – ultra poor women who were widowed, divorced, abandoned or left with a disabled husband – can reap the benefits of financial services to make their lives and that of their children more secure.In a pilot initiative of the project, more than 2,700 beneficiaries got access to bank accounts and more than Tk 120 million in wages have been disbursed. Around 1,000 women were given financial literacy training.Afterwards, the queen visited UNDP’s Access to Information Programme (a2i)’s union digital centre at the union parishad office of Narsingdi’s Zinardi union and learnt of how it provides services to the people specially women through its digital centre.The union digital centres have revolutionised financial inclusion in Bangladesh by bringing banking services to the people at the union level.Queen Maxima arrived here on Tuesday evening to promote people’s access to financial services and see the financial inclusion progress in Bangladesh.Bangladesh is currently developing a national strategy to improve people’s access to financial services.Queen Maxima, who was appointed UNSGSA in 2009, visited Bangladesh in her capacity as UNSGSA in November 2015.In her capacity, she advises the UN secretary-general and works worldwide to make safe and affordable financial services available to all, including low-income groups and small and medium-sized enterprises.She has been honorary patron of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) since 2011.last_img read more

Who Might Be In Donald Trumps Cabinet Plus More About The Transition

first_imgGETTY IMAGESFormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon have all been mentioned as possibilities for major roles in the president-elect’s administration. L: Alex Wong, Brett Carlsen, Mandel Ngan/Getty ImagesThe election just ended and the new president doesn’t even take office until Jan. 20. But the transition planning starts now.Who’s going to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state? His chief of staff? His education secretary? Now that the news of Trump’s election has settled, speculation over how the president-elect will fill out his administration has consumed Washington.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Keeping in mind the truism that nobody who knows is talking, and those who are talking don’t really know, here are some of the names being floated, leaked and speculated about.Let’s start with chief of staff, a key position that will influence the filling of many others. The name of Reince Priebus, currently chairman of the Republican National Committee, has often been mentioned. Priebus was a steady backer of Trump, when many in the party establishment wanted nothing to do with the brash businessman, and put the party’s apparatus behind Trump’s campaign.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who quickly gave his support to Trump after being vanquished by him in the primary campaign, has also been mentioned in connection with this job or another post in the incoming administration. Christie has been serving as head of the Trump transition team.Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, was spotted taking a long walk on the White House grounds with Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during Trump’s Oval Office visit with President Obama Thursday, leading some to speculate that he could be in line for the post.Also add to the list of potential chiefs of staff Steve Bannon, who served as Trump’s campaign chief after coming over from the conservative website Breitbart News.Another longtime Trump backer is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Could he be the next secretary of state? Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City who acted as Trump’s attack dog on the campaign trail, is said to be interested in becoming attorney general.A couple of members of the U.S. Senate might also be tapped for posts. Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions for secretary of defense? Or maybe Tennessee’s Bob Corker for secretary of state.For homeland security, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas could make the list. Another Texas congressman, Jeb Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, is reportedly under consideration as Treasury secretary.Another Trump aide, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that she has been offered an unspecified White House job.And if Trump wants to go rogue, Sarah Palin is among those rumored to be interested in becoming secretary of the interior.Beyond the names, here are five things to know about the transition, including how many jobs the new president needs to fill and whether the Obama administration will need to help.1. Why all this talk about the transition now?Because this is a really big deal. Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, calls it “the most complicated takeover, not only on the planet, but in history.” Handing over the keys of the government means taking control of an operation with some 4 million employees, both civilian and military, and a $4 trillion budget. Huge numbers, even by the standards of Donald Trump. In fact, the Trump and Clinton campaigns actually began work preparing for the transition back in August.2. How many jobs does the new president have to fill?There are some 4,000 political appointments for the incoming administration to fill. Every Cabinet agency needs a secretary and top staff. Each federal agency, an administrator. And of the 4,000 top jobs, one-quarter of them require Senate confirmation.According to the Partnership for Public Service’s Center for Presidential Transition, “best practice generally dictates having White House positions filled by Thanksgiving, and the most important Cabinet positions ready to announce between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” to give time for the nominees to prepare for their confirmation hearings.3. Is the Obama administration helping or hindering the president-elect’s team takeover?It seems President Obama, who called Trump “temperamentally unfit” for office during the campaign, and Trump, who questioned Obama’s American birth, have moved on, at least publicly. The White House has long said Obama wants to ensure that the transition to the Trump administration is smooth. And federal legislation passed in 2010 ensures a degree of cooperation, including providing government office space for the president-elect’s team as well as IT support. Trump transition team members will soon be visiting individual agencies for briefings with what’s been dubbed “landing teams.” The Government Services Administration, which oversees the logistics of the process, has a website here that explains the transition process.4. Have presidential transitions always been so coordinated?No. In 1960, for instance, President-elect John F. Kennedy didn’t even meet with the man he succeeded, President Dwight Eisenhower, until nearly a month after his election. And until recently the transition process had been sort of an underground operation, to avoid the perception of a candidate “measuring the drapes” of the Oval Office before even being elected.5. How can I get a job with the new administration?Not sure we can help you there, but you might want to check out Trump’s transition website.And this may not help you find employment, but the Government Accountability Office has a list of recommendations here about issues it thinks the new administration should address.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Is Culbersons Congressional Seat Vulnerable in 2018

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Abner FletcherConstituents speak with Congressman CulbersonSeveral congressmen are now under scrutiny for possible insider trading, including Houston Republican Rep. John Culberson. In 2018, he’s seeking a 10th term serving District 7. Earlier this year, Culberson was one of several elected officials who bought stock in an Australian biotech firm just as the price soared. The company’s stock tanked in June. One congressman is under review and more could be added, but that’s not Culberson’s only headache.His seat, District 7, is also attracting an unusually high level of national interest. It’s one of 23 districts in the country that elected Republicans to Congress in 2016 but also voted for Hillary Clinton.Democrats are already lining up around the block to challenge Culberson. Seven have campaign websites.At the Harris County Democratic Party headquarters, volunteer Neil Aquino made phone calls to District 7 voters about Culberson’s support for the GOP health care bill. Aquino didn’t have a hard time convincing one voter over the phone.“I know he’s terrible, ma’am, I know it,” he said. “We’re going to keep at him and see if we can help him see the light, or maybe get a better congressman next November- November of ’18.”Aquino hopes the health care bill will send voters to the polls, but Harris County Republican Party Chair Paul Simpson said Democrats eyeing the seat are overly optimistic.“The race in Georgia was a perfect example of that, a district very similar to the congressional District 7 here,” he said. “Democrats believed that they could win that election.”A campaign spokeswoman for Culberson said the congressman doesn’t mind the abnormally crowded field and is “more than ready to face Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked liberal nominee.” 00:00 /01:16 Listen Sharelast_img read more

Get some France in your system Delhi

first_imgAfter a successful stint in 2009, Bonjour India is back with its second edition in India.This three-month event from January to April will take place across the country over 16 cities. Organised by the Embassy of France in India and the Institut Français en Inde, in association with the Alliance Française India and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), this event is something they have been planning for two years. Speaking at the unveiling of the Bonjour India website, H.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France said: ‘Bonjour India is an invitation to discover and re-discover France through its whole artistic dimension. As a real cultural dialogue between French and Indian artists, Bonjour India shows the friendship that links France and India.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Max Claudet, director, Institut Français en Inde, cultural counsellor French Embassy in India  highlighted the programmes scheduled and also gave an insight into the main purpose behind  the festival.He said: ‘The event will be inaugurated by Luminocity, by light sculptor Patrick Rimoux and Nandita Palchoudhuri in Delhi and Mumbai, also Ballet Preljocaj on the stage designed by Subodh Gupta as part of an exchange between India and France in the field of art, literature, cinema, education, sports, architecture, fashion, photography and performing arts.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe programme will kickoff with contemporary ballet, and then, One thousand years of peace by Bolshoi Theatre, and a grand show by Subodh Gupta, an aerial acrobatic show, Flying Angels, and a multidisciplinary show, Luminocity. In the dance section, there will be urban ballet Ganga, a choreographic piece uniting poetry, music and dance. In the music section, there will be a concert of sarod and symphony orchestra with electronic music. Composer Pierre Thilloy and Avignon Symphony Orchestra will  be in  performance with sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Pain and Pleasure at the Court of Versailles is a Baroque music presentation by Amarillis ensemble. Christohe Chassol Indiamore and Scratch Bandits crew will also be performing.Gates to India Song will be a love story performed by Marguerite Duras with Indian artist Nandita Das. For visual arts, there are installations and interactive choreographic navigations called Bangalore Fictions, France Heritage bringing in the historical landmarks of France, Quintessence will showcase paintings by  Dominique Paulin and  photographs by Michel Kirch. There will also be exhibitions on urban development and sustainable architecture, photography and painting exhibitions by Anay Mann and Gigi Scaria, respectively revisiting French heritage in India,.Another aspect of this event will be the strong presence of French literary circle at the Jaipur Literature Festival. The celebrated Albert Camus’ birth centenary will also be celebrated across India through the event. Gear up Delhi.DETAILAt: 16 cities across IndiaWhen: January to April 2013last_img read more

Swoop adds 7th aircraft ahead of summer 2019 schedule

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group Share CALGARY — Low cost carrier Swoop has released its summer 2019 schedule in full with new destinations, domestic markets, two new transborder markets and an extension of two international routes.Swoop says it’s adding London ON, Kelowna B.C. and Oakland CA. The new domestic markets include service between London, ON and Halifax six times per week and daily service from London, ON to/from Abbotsford and Edmonton. Service between Kelowna and Winnipeg will be offered three times a week. The schedule also sees the return of the seasonal route between Abbotsford and Winnipeg four times per week.Edmonton will get increased transborder capacity with three times weekly flights to/from Oakland, CA and a weekly flight to/from Orlando.Swoop will also continue its Hamilton service to Montego Bay and Cancun, with a weekly return flight throughout the summer.Among the routes that will end for the summer are Hamilton to Puerto Vallarta and Tampa Bay, and Abbotsford to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán. Edmonton to Mesa will take a short hiatus and suspend service at the end of May, before resuming Oct. 5, 2019.“The summer 2019 schedule focuses on realizing economies of scale,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop.  “We have created a schedule that leverages our existing network while expanding to a limited number of strategic destinations.”All of the nonstop flights are available for travel from April 28 through Oct. 26. Tuesday, January 22, 2019 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: 2019, Schedule, Summer, Swoop Swoop adds 7th aircraft ahead of summer 2019 schedulelast_img read more

Felix Pastorius descendant of music dynasty to jam at Jazz Café Escazú

first_imgWith his scruffy face and dressed-down demeanor,Felix Pastorius seems as relaxed onstage as a musician could. Yet as he plucks the strings of his bass, Pastorius wears an expression of focused curiosity, as if he is discovering the riffs as he goes. If a jazz fan saw the Floridian artist perform and had no idea who he was, Pastorius would seem effortlessly skilled. Related posts:PHOTOS: Grinding out the blues over the weekend, Barrio Amón ‘felt like New Orleans’ The Prague Ballet, an international blues festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Hey NFL, are you out of your #$@% minds? Tico stand-up, founding father, and other happenings around Costa Rica Pastorius arrives in Costa Rica this week to play a two-night engagement at Jazz Café Escazú, southwest of the capital. At only 31 years old, Pastorius has played with the decades-old Yellowjackets, but for this concert he will arrive with his own quartet, The Social Experiment. If you’re familiar with the Pastorius dynasty – which goes back to his grandfather, the acclaimed drummer Jack – this concert should make you swell with nostalgia. But any jazz fan should appreciate Pastorius’ long, free-form jams.Felix Pastorius and The Social Experiment perform Sept. 25 & 26 at Jazz Café, Escazú. Fri. & Sat., 9 p.m. 20,000 ($40). Info: Jazz Café website. Facebook Commentscenter_img But a serious jazz fan would probably know that Felix Pastorius is the son of John Francis Anthony Pastorius III, the acclaimed funk bassist known for his nickname “Jaco.” Jaco Pastorius collaborated with the Weather Report and Joni Mitchell, earning global acclaim for his musicianship before his accidental death in 1987. Friends and fans have long remarked about the uncanny similarity between father and son.last_img read more

House Insurance Committee approves Rep Bellinos air ambulance legislation

first_img30Nov House Insurance Committee approves Rep. Bellino’s air ambulance legislation Categories: Bellino News The House Insurance Committee today unanimously approved air ambulance reform legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Bellino, of Monroe.Bellino’s measure requires hospitals to transport patients via ground ambulances, rather than air ambulances, unless medically necessary. Many times, patients are transported to hospitals by air ambulance without it being necessary and are eventually slammed with outrageous medical bills.“This legislation is a much-needed remedy for patients in hardship,” said Bellino, who serves on the committee. “Through no fault of their own, patients bear a heavy cost when being transported by air rather than ground.”Air ambulance companies currently participate in “balance billing” where the patient’s health care provider will pay for a portion of the bill, but not its entirety. This leaves patients with medical bills in the tens of thousands of dollars.“We are simply trying to protect patients and their pocketbooks,” Bellino said. “As a Legislature, we need to make sure residents across the state are not faced with unnecessary financial burdens.”House Bill 5217 now moves to the full House for consideration.last_img read more

TDCowned multiplay service YouSee has unveiled a

first_imgTDC-owned multi-play service YouSee has unveiled a new packaging structure designed to provide more flexibility and a wider range of options for customers.Dubbled YouSee More, the offering will enable multi-play customers to mix and match a variety of TV options and other services as they choose.Customers that take two out of the three services out of TV, fixed-broadband or mobile w ill be able to choose up to three flexible packages or ‘benefits’, while customers that take all three services will be able to choose up to five packages or benefits.YouSee is making nine packages or benefits available on this basis initially, includining TV4’s premium pay TV service C More, YouSee Premiere, Pling Lite, YouSee Music, Book Mate, Nick Jr Play. Other benefits available as part of the choice include an online security package, the choice of being able to double up on mobile data andThe programme is being rolled out to multi-play customers in a phased way. YouSee will contact its customers over the next six months offer them the combination of products that suits them, the company said.Jaap Postma, YouSee CEO, said that YouSee More would provide a flexible series of additional benefits to reward multi-play customers at no extra cost.last_img read more