Young Lasquety wins in coaching debut for JRU

first_imgPBA IMAGESUntil now, Gio Lasquety still can’t believe that he’s at the helm for Jose Rizal University in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“It still feels awkward,” he admitted as he became the youngest coach in the developmental league’s eight-year history on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT This D-League stint, however, isn’t limited to just him as Lasquety reiterated that the reason why JRU is here is to begin its buildup for NCAA Season 94.“We’re here in the D-League to gain experience which can help us in the NCAA. We have to learn things in every game we play in,” he said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting It was a convincing win but Lasquety knows that he still has a lot of things to improve on before he can get at the level of some of the game’s elite minds.But that won’t stop him from adding some of his personal spin on this opportunity.“I think I still need to be a little strict so that I can gain their respect more. Of course, there will be time for joking, but when it’s time to work, we have to work,” he said. “We set aside that we’re friends, that we’re teammates before, and focus on our job at hand.”Luckily for Lasquety, he still enjoys some mentorship from Meneses and lead assistant Cholo Villanueva.“Coach Vergel told me to apply whatever I learned from his system. If I see things that I feel can help the team win, I shouldn’t hesitate from doing it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Wozniacki’s long, hard road back to the top Teammates with some of these players months back, the 24-year-old was entrusted by coach Vergel Meneses to lead the preparations for the Heavy Bombers in the offseason starting with this stint in the PBA D-League, a unique move given the slim age gap between him and the players.Some, like veterans Paolo Pontejos and Ervin Grospe, are even older than Lasquety, making his job tougher as he tries to gain the respect of the squad as a bench tactician.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut after calling the shots for JRU for the first time, steering his team to a 96-67 victory over Mila’s Lechon, there’s no question that Lasquety fits right at home.“It feels good to win. It feels better than playing because I’m the one who is guiding them. I’m the one doing the game plan and fielding the players,” he said. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

Carolina Marin stuns Li Xuerui to win World Badminton Championships

first_imgThe World No. 10 drubbed World No. 1 Li 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 to win the gold medal Spaniard Carolina Marin stunned reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China to become the first European in 15 years to clinch the women’s singles title at the World Badminton Championships on Sunday.The World No. 10, who had defeated India’s PV Sindhu in the semi-finals Saturday, drubbed World No. 1 Li 17-21, 21-17, 21-18 in an hour and 18 minutes to notch her first victory over the top seed in four meetings.Danish great Camilla Martin was the last European to win the World Championships in 1999 which were also held here.Li failed to clinch the coveted title for the second year in a row after losing in last year’s final as well to Thai Ratchanok Intanon.Carolina Marin kisses her gold medal after beating Li Xuerui in the finalThe Olympic champion had to settle for the silver while losing semi-finalists Sindhu and Japanese Minatsu Mitani went home with the bronze.Earlier, South Korean 12th seeds Sung Hyun Ko and Baek Choel Shin upset second seeded countrymen Yong Dae Lee and Yeon Seong Yoo 22-20, 21-23, 21-18 to clinch the men’s doubles title.The women’s doubles title, on the other hand, was taken by Chinese fifth seeds Qing Tian and Yunlei Zhao, who defeated fourth seeded compatriots Xiaoli Wang and Yang Yu 21-19, 21-15 at the Ballerup Super Arena.last_img read more

Liverpool Escape Expulsion from Carabao Cup for Fielding Ineligible Player But Get Fined

first_imgLondon: Liverpool were fined £200,000 ($246,000) by the English Football League on Wednesday after fielding an ineligible player in their League Cup win at Milton Keynes Dons.Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella featured as a substitute for Liverpool after coming on for the last 28 minutes of the 2-0 third-round win last week. Chirivella, who had been on loan at Spanish club Extremadura last season, was not registered to play for Jurgen Klopp’s side at Stadium MK.Liverpool had not secured an international transfer certificate, which was required after the 22-year-old’s return to Anfield following his loan.It was suggested Liverpool could be kicked out of the League Cup as punishment.But instead Liverpool have been fined, with £100,000 of the penalty suspended.”Following a comprehensive review of all the evidence, the board determined that it wasn’t appropriate to expel the club from the competition because of a number of mitigating factors,” a Football League statement said.A Liverpool club spokesperson said: “The club accepts the judgement, outcome and punishment imposed by the EFL.”We believe it is proportionate with the technical indiscretion committed and will be making no further representations.”Even though there were mitigating factors, which were beyond our control or jurisdiction, we believe it appropriate we apologise to the competition’s governing body and also to Milton Keynes Dons.”Liverpool requested the paperwork in July but the process can only be completed with the English Football Association’s intervention.It is believed that is where the Champions League holders think the error has been made.”In particular, the board noted that the club had sought the assistance of the Football Association in securing the return of the international clearance prior to the start of this season,” the statement said.Liverpool would be liable to pay the suspended £100,000, plus face an additional sanction, if they fielded an ineligible player again in the League Cup before the end of next season. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Carabao CupfootballliverpoolPedro Chirivella First Published: October 2, 2019, 11:50 PM ISTlast_img read more

2nd T20I: Faheem Ashraf records hat-trick as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in low-scoring thriller

first_imgSri Lanka suffered a narrow two-wicket defeat as seamer Faheem Ashraf (3-16) became the first Pakistani to achieve a hat-trick in a Twenty20 international on Friday. (Scorecard)Pakistan, who whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the ODI series, took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 series with the last match scheduled to be played at Lahore on Sunday.In yet another familiar batting collapse, Sri Lanka lost eight wickets in the last four overs and were restricted to 124-9 after being sent into bat.But Sri Lanka new captain Thisara Perera (3-24) brought his team back into contention before Shadab Khan (16 not out) hit a vital straight six in the last over and took Pakistan to 125-8 with a ball to spare.Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka (51) hit his maiden T20 half-century and Sadeera Samarawickrama scored 32 off 31 balls to provide Sri Lanka with an ideal launching pad to accelerate at 106-1.But the innings disintegrated when Samarawickrama was run out and then Gunathilaka, who hit four boundaries and a six, reverse swept legspinner Shadab Khan and was caught in the 17th over.Substitute fielder Mohammad Nawaz then ran out dangerman Seekkuge Prasanna and also took two smart catches in the deep, including the dismissal of captain Thisara Perera (3).Ashraf achieved a rare hat trick in the 19th over to make Sri Lanka 117-8 with Pakistan fielders holding onto sharp catches. Isuru Udana was brilliantly caught over his head by Hasan Ali at short fine leg and Mahela Udawatte was also smartly snapped close to the boundary by Babar Azam.advertisementAshraf completed his hat trick by having Dasun Shanaka leg before wicket as Sri Lanka could only score 18 runs in the last four overs.On a slow wicket Pakistan batsmen also had to pace their run-chase with singles and twos as boundaries were hard to come by.But Perera chipped in with the vital wickets of Ahmed Shehzad (27) and in-form Shoaib Malik (9) to reduce Pakistan to 55-4 by the halfway mark to its run-chase.Perera then held onto a catch to get rid of Mohammad Hafeez and then returned to have Imad Wasim leg before wicket before captain Sarfraz Ahmed (28) was run out as Pakistan slipped to 113-7.With 12 required off the last six deliveries Pakistan lost Ashraf off seamer Vikum Sanjaya’s first ball.Gunathilaka then couldn’t hold onto a sharp chance in the deep which could have dismissed Ali but instead cost Sri Lanka three crucial runs before Shadab lofted the seamer for a straight six and then scampered for two runs to raise the victory.last_img read more


first_imgThe United Way of Siouxland announced the recipients of their Funding Opportunity to Connect and Uplift Siouxland (FOCUS) grants and honored their top business supporters at their second annual Leadership Awards Luncheon in South Sioux City on Wednesday.The FOCUS program offers one-time grants between $20,000 and $50,000 to eligible Siouxland nonprofits to provide support to initiatives working to correct issues negatively impacting the community.Heartland Counseling Service’s South Sioux City Schools mental health counseling program and Siouxland Human Investment Partnership “Prime Age to Engage” kindergarten readiness effort each received a $30-thousand dollar grant.The Mercy Child Advocacy Center received over $21-thousand.United Way also recognized Barb Wingert of Women Aware as the Outstanding Services Professional of the year.Premier Bankcard, Baird Financial, the F and M Bank and Klinger Companies were also recognized for their business contributions to United Way.Photos courtesy Siouxland United Waylast_img read more

Rare Account Book of 18th Century Military Activities Available Online

first_imgHistory enthusiasts will marvel at the chance to take a detailed look at the controversial military activities of Col. John Gorham from 1747-1750. The Nova Scotia Archives recently acquired the account book used by Col. Gorham of Barnstable, Massachusetts to record his financial transactions in Nova Scotia. It has been digitized and is now available on the Nova Scotia Archives website. “The Gorham Account Book is a highly significant original document,” said John Reid, Department of History, Saint Mary’s University. “It sheds new light on a turbulent era in Nova Scotia’s past.” A controversial character in a complicated time, Col. Gorham recruited, organized and led Gorham’s Rangers, a small military unit that patrolled the province’s coastline by boat to enforce British authority during the Seven Years’ War. The account book shows how the rangers did business with the Acadians, but also how they attacked their communities and fought with the Mi’kmaq. “Col. Gorham’s account book offers the chance to look at a little known period of Nova Scotia history which helps tell the story of a conflict that happened close to home,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “I thank the Board of Trustees of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia and the staff at the Nova Scotia Archives for continuing to build on the province’s documented history, and for making more of it available online.” The account book contains 178 pages of poorly written lists, along with ink stains and dirt smudges. The details regarding preparations for expeditions give names, wages and locations of the rangers, along with the cost of merchandise and provisions including clothing, weapons, tools, and plenty of rum and molasses. To view Col. John Gorham’s account book, go to .last_img read more

Whos who in the federal cabinet shuffle new faces and old faces

first_imgOTTAWA — David Lametti loves the law, he said just after being sworn in as Canada’s new justice minister.“I know it’s a cliche to say that, but I do,” the 56-year-old said outside Rideau Hall. “I have done my best to teach and to think about the ways in which law has an impact on our daily lives. I’ll continue to do that.”Lametti is the child of Italian immigrants. As a boy, he went to construction sites with his father, a carpenter who founded his own construction company. His mother was a caterer in the Niagara region after his father’s early death.His education took him from the University of Toronto to McGill University, to Yale Law School and Oxford University, where he co-captained the Oxford Blues men’s hockey team with Mark Carney, who’d become governor of the Bank of Canada.Ex-teammate Trevor Farrow called Lametti smart, funny and highly organized, a guy who took charge of the team and organized trips and games. Farrow, now associate dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, said Lametti always had something nice to say about teammates and never took himself too seriously even when he was focused on the game.During a 2012 lunchtime seminar at the University of Cambridge — the video of which is posted online — Lametti spoke about how he was a bit of a philosophy junkie and sat in on lectures at Oxford, which led to him focus on the intersection of legal and ethical ideas.Lametti became a law professor and a founding member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill. Pierre-Emmanuel Moyse, the centre’s current director, said Lametti’s interest is in how the law influences public policy and where both need improvement.“He’s a good scholar, a good academic, but he needs a position where he can make a difference … and translate what he knows into something concrete,” Moyse said, adding it was partly why Lametti go into politics.Lametti won the riding of LaSalle-Emard-Verdun — once held by former prime minister Paul Martin — in 2015 and served as a parliamentary secretary for the last three years.The father of three was also involved in his community, including as an assistant coach for an under-16 competitive soccer team.Here’s a quick look at the rest of the ministers involved in Monday’s cabinet shuffle.Bernadette Jordan– First woman elected to represent the Nova Scotia riding of South Shore-St. Margarets– Spent eight years prior to politics as part of a team raising millions of dollars for health care in the region around Bridgewater, N.S.– A former president of the Atlantic Community Newspaper AssociationSeamus O’Regan– Former television personality who spent a decade as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM show– From St. John’s, Newfoundland, and raised in Goose Bay, Labrador– Former executive assistant to justice minister and later senior policy adviser to premier in the Newfoundland and Labrador government– Appointed minister of veterans affairs in 2017Jody Wilson-Raybould– First Indigenous woman to hold the post of justice minister and attorney general– Worked as a provincial prosecutor in Vancouver after being called to the bar in 2000– Former regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.– Descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoplesJane Philpott– Spent three decades as a physician — in Niger and then as a family doctor in Stouffville, Ont.– Former chief of family medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and taught medicine at the University of Toronto.– Previously served as health minister and Indigenous services ministerThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

Seattle police video depicts shooting of carver Williams

first_imgAPTN National NewsA First Nations artist from Vancouver Island was shot dead by a police officer in Seattle, Wash., last August.The video of the shooting has now been released for an inquest slated for January.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson is on this story.last_img

Grains mixed, Livestock mixed

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1.2 cents at $5.1640 a bushel; Mar. corn was up 1.2 cents at $3.782 a bushel; Mar. oats fell 2 cents at $2.8920 a bushel; while Mar. soybeans dropped 3.8 cents at 9.1180 a bushel.Beef was higher and pork was lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Feb. live cattle was up .59 cent at $1.2627 a pound; Feb. feeder cattle rose .12 cent at $1.4372 a pound; Mar. lean hogs was off .53 cent at .5837 a pound.The Associated Press read more

Presidential Task Force for child protection

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Dewapriya, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Dulip Wijeysekara also participated in this occasion. President Maithripala Sirisena says he would appoint a special Presidential Task Force for the protection of children of the nation.He said that as a comprehensive social discourse has been raised on the safety and protection of children, the Presidential Task Force will be implemented by engaging it directly. President Sirisena also pointed out when Vidya and Seya was brutally murdered, some media institutions acted in a way to further destroy their lives. “Everybody should have an understanding about how to perform to build a better and moral society in the country amidst these kinds of incidents.The three storied building named “Pannila Sri Ananda Na Himi’ is a donation made by the Chief Incumbent of Atanagalla Purana Raja Maha Viharaya, Ven. Dr. Pannila Ananda Nayaka Thero. “Working for the safety and protection of children is today an unneglectable national responsibility of all”, he said. The President made these remarks at the opening ceremony of newly built three-storied building at Urapola Madya Maha Vidyalaya, Attanagalla today. read more

With UN support Afghanistan rolls out new currency

Different parts of the UN system in Afghanistan have been supporting the process by helping with logistical coordination and providing procurement advice for the Afghan authorities, a spokesman for the mission, known as UNAMA, said in Kabul.UNAMA also provided one international liaison officer for each of the 13 currency exchange points that opened today, spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said. The officers will facilitate area-based coordination, providing the interface between the Central Bank, area managers and international observers.The new currency, still known as the afghani, was printed in Germany and Sweden in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. The new notes are to be distributed to money exchangers in Kabul over the next few days and later to provincial capitals.The new currency is signed by Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady, a UN Volunteer and professional banker and professor who returned to his native country this year as governor of the Central Afghanistan Bank.While his job has been to implement a new banking system in the country, the currency reform has taken most of his time. “We will be collecting all old banknotes and destroying them,” he said. “It is a massive operation and it will last for two months.” read more

SecretaryGeneral Ban arrives in Tehran meets with Iranian leaders

Soon after arriving in Tehran, the UN chief attended a working lunch at the Parliament building with the Speaker, Ali Larijani, and other officials, and later had meetings with President Ahmadinejad, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili. “In all these meetings, the Secretary-General conveyed the clear concerns and expectations of the international community on the issues for which cooperation and progress are urgent for both regional stability and the welfare of the Iranian people,” the spokesperson told a news briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “These include Iran’s nuclear programme, terrorism, human rights and the crisis in Syria,” he added. The UN chief is in Iran to attend the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Taking place in the capital, Tehran, and under the chairmanship of the Government of Iran, the NAM Summit began on Sunday and ends on Friday, and is expected to draw representatives from its 120 members, as well as from various associated observer countries. The UN chief will address the Summit on Thursday. “This is very important opportunity for Iran to play a very important role as moderate and constructive leader of the international community in addressing all the challenges,” Mr. Ban said in a media encounter upon arrival at Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport, earlier on Wednesday, adding that Iran has a “very important” role to play in the region, particularly when it comes to the situation in Syria. A UN spokesperson who addressed the same news briefing by telephone from Tehran said that while discussing the nuclear question in his meeting with President Ahmadinejad, the Secretary-General said he has been following closely Iran’s talks with the P5+1 grouping, made up of the five Security Council permanent members – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – along with Germany. The spokesperson in Tehran stated that the UN chief regretted that little tangible progress has been achieved so far during the talks, and that the talks needed to be serious and substantive. “He said that Iran needed to take concrete steps to address the concern of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and prove to the world that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes,’ the spokesperson noted. “He said that there is no alternative to peaceful, diplomatic and negotiated settlement which should be reached step by step and based on reciprocity.” The Secretary-General made the same point on the nuclear question in his meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran’s nuclear activities have been of international concern since the discovery, in 2003, that Iran had concealed its nuclear activities for 18 years, in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has repeatedly stated that its nuclear programme is for the peaceful purpose of providing energy, but many countries contend it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Mr. Ban has previously expressed the hope that the parties can quickly achieve a negotiated solution that restores international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. In 2011, the Security Council imposed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, citing the proliferation risks of its nuclear programme and its continued failure to cooperate with the IAEA. On Syria, in his separate meetings with the President and the Supreme Leader, Mr. Ban urged them both to use Iran’s influence to impress upon the Syrian leadership the urgent need for the violence to stop and to create the conditions for a credible dialogue and a genuine political process that meets the will of the Syrian people, the spokesperson in Tehran said. He added that the Secretary-General reiterated his opposition to the further militarization of the conflict and he called on all States to stop supplying arms to all sides in Syria. Syria has been wracked by violence, with more than 17,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 17 months ago. Over the past month, there have been reports of an escalation in violence in many towns and villages, as well as the country’s two biggest cities, Damascus and Aleppo. In addition, the conflict has displaced many people, both inside the country and into neighbouring countries. On human rights, in his meeting with the President, Secretary-General Ban said that the human rights situation in Iran remains a source of concern, and that fundamental, civil and political rights should be respected. In that meeting as well as his meeting with the Supreme Leader, the UN chief also mentioned that he strongly objected to recent remarks from Iranian officials denying the Holocaust and Israel’s right to exist, the spokesperson in Tehran noted, adding that Mr. Ban said that such offensive and inflammatory statements were unacceptable and should be condemned by all. The Secretary-General had similar exchanges with the Speaker of Parliament and with the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, with the talks with the latter focussed primarily on the nuclear issue. read more

The Raptors Arent A Major Contender But That Doesnt Mean They Arent

After losing superstar Kawhi Leonard in free agency last month, it’s highly unlikely that the Raptors will repeat as NBA champions in 2020. But on some level, Leonard’s departure could make Toronto the league’s most interesting club this season.The team was an impressive 17-5 during the regular season1Although it’s worth pointing out that the Kawhi-less Raptors were 13-0 against teams that failed to reach the postseason, while going just 4-5 against clubs that made the playoffs. when Leonard sat out. The Raptors play in the weaker of the two conferences, and might be looking at an Eastern Conference in which three or four rosters, at most, will enter the campaign clearly more fortified than their own. Forward Pascal Siakam showed signs last year of being a burgeoning star and now, without the ball-dominant Leonard, will likely be asked to do far more on the offensive end.There’s an additional aspect of the Raptors worth watching. The team has a number of solid vets on the team who are headed into the final season of their contracts, leaving Toronto in a spot where it could push as far as possible for a playoff run, or, if its ceiling becomes obvious, pivot and trade to bolster their future.If Toronto is to exceed expectations again, Siakam — the league’s Most Improved Player — would almost certainly have to take another step (or spin move) forward by becoming the team’s No. 1 offensive option. And while there are some metrics that inspire confidence on that front — his field-goal percentage last season, for example, was almost as good without Leonard on the court as it was with him2It was just over 55 percent when Siakam shared the floor with him, and 54 percent when Leonard was on the sideline. — there are a handful of things to look for, and perhaps even some reasons to doubt that another seismic leap is on the way. For starters, his usage rate last season, at just under 21 percent, was one of the NBA’s lowest among those who averaged 15 or more points per game. His usage will almost certainly need to increase, which could then dent his efficiency. (As a sidenote: This concept is what made Leonard’s ascent in San Antonio so incredible. His usage spiked, but he was somehow just as efficient despite taking on more offensive responsibility.)Though it seems easy enough to accept the notion that Siakam will need to shoot more, it’s worth considering at least two more things. First, he’ll likely see each team’s best defender now that Leonard is gone; and secondly, without Leonard, he won’t be able to play off the ball as much.The second factor is significant because of where Siakam is most comfortable shooting. He developed into a solid 3-point shooter from the corners — where he could hang out while sharing the floor with Leonard and All-Star Kyle Lowry — last year, at better than 41 percent. But Toronto’s need for him to handle the ball,3Related in all this: The 33-year-old Lowry has set career-lows in free-throw rate each of the last two seasons, perhaps an indication that he’s been less aggressive the past couple years as he’s beginning to age. especially in screen-and-roll scenarios, will likely put Siakam at the top of the key more often, which complicates things since he shot just 27 percent from above the arc, tied for the NBA’s 10th-worst mark.4Of those who took at least 50 such shots.If Siakam isn’t quite ready for the role of a lead scorer night in and night out, it helps that the Raptors are a team that often thrived without relying too heavily on one player throughout most of the 2018-19 regular season. Of course, Leonard was an enormous part of that and picked up all the necessary slack come playoff time. But no other club enjoyed such a variety of players driving to the basket. Backup point guard Fred VanVleet shone in the later stages of the postseason and can play with the starters at times to help ease the ball-handling responsibilities on Siakam and Lowry.One other key in all this: Toronto may not have to score all that much. Yes, Leonard and Danny Green were huge contributors to the Raptors, who ranked in the top five in effective field goal percentage defense. But even without those two, Toronto enjoys a pretty solid defensive core that can still orchestrate switches (they were this postseason’s most efficient switch defense by a mile) and reliably step up in help scenarios, while Lowry is one of the best charge-takers in the game. OG Anunoby, who missed the playoffs after an emergency appendectomy, will be integral in replacing Green on that end. Aside from him, Toronto picked up a pair of free-agent wings in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson, who underwhelmed in their initial stops after being taken in the first round of the 2015 draft, but are low-risk gambles for a team that’s looking for more young talent to put around Siakam.In a way, Hollis-Jefferson and Johnson being under the microscope is emblematic of the team as a whole. Team president Masai Ujiri is going to want to take constant stock of just how good this team is to get a sense of how he should handle things come February, when his phone figures to be ringing off the hook ahead of the trade deadline. Lowry, VanVleet, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka are all set to be free agents next summer,5Potentially leaving Toronto with considerable cap space next July and could appeal to teams seeking to make the sort of magical run Toronto did last season.Barring an injury or something else unforeseen, the Raptors should still have more than enough to make the playoffs this season. FiveThirtyEight’s projection model gives them an 85 percent probability of reaching the postseason, and a 4 percent chance of reaching the NBA Finals. But it will be even more interesting to see exactly where Ujiri’s dividing line falls, between deciding that it’s worth pursuing another deep playoff run versus selling off assets to pivot toward the future. read more

NonStars Like Channing Frye Are The Best Kind Of Trade Deadline Pickup

T. Hardaway1996MIA2.8+7.5-1.0Lost first round The best trade deadline pickups rarely swing the playoffs R. Allen2003SEA5.5+4.6+1.2Missed playoffs D. Mutombo2001PHI2.2-2.2-2.6Lost NBA Finals C. Drexler1995HOU5.5+2.4-5.9Won NBA Finals G. Wallace2011POR2.6+2.6+0.8Lost first round L. Nance1988CLE3.3+3.8-3.0Lost first round T. Kukoc2000PHI2.2+2.7-0.5Lost conf. semis D. Ainge1989SAC2.6+4.9-0.7Missed playoffs PLAYERYEARNEW TEAMPOST-TRADE WAROFFDEFPLAYOFF OUTCOME S. Marbury1999NJ2.8+11.6-6.6Missed playoffs B. Miller2002IND2.6+2.3+0.6Lost first round J. Mashburn1997MIA2.8+2.2-4.3Lost conf. finals J. Hornacek1994UTA2.2+3.3-1.5Lost conf. finals Historically, productive deadline pickups don’t often go hand in hand with deep playoff runs. They can help their new teams’ bottom lines — since 1987, each additional WAR produced by a newcomer after the deadline has been associated with a 0.9-point improvement to his team’s efficiency differential, compared with the team’s differential before the trade. But oftentimes those players are shipped into situations where no amount of productivity can keep the ship from sinking or drag an average roster to playoff greatness.And even the stars who go to good teams can arrive to mixed results. Drexler, like Jamal Mashburn in 1997 and Dikembe Mutombo in 2001, played well after landing in his new destination, but his team’s net efficiency sank dramatically down the stretch of the regular season before righting itself in the playoffs.Furthermore, because trades involve, uh, trade-offs between teams, sometimes star deals simply re-allocate strengths from one side of the ball to the other. The biggest post-deadline boost in offensive efficiency since 1987 belongs to the 1999 New Jersey Nets, which added offensive dynamo Stephon Marbury and improved their efficiency at that end by 11.6 points per 100 possessions … but also got worse on defense by 6.6 points per 100 possessions. (Marbury didn’t exactly lock opponents down on D.)Likewise, the biggest boost in defensive efficiency belongs to last year’s Jazz, which improved by 10.6 points per 100 possessions on D after jettisoning defensive sieve Enes Kanter and installing Stifle Tower Rudy Gobert as starting center … but also got worse by 2.3 points per 100 possessions on offense. That’s still a clear win for the Jazz, but it shows that blockbuster deadline trades rarely come off perfectly clean, without some downside to go with the benefits.Which brings us back to Frye and the Cavaliers. Frye’s no superstar — his wins added are modest despite his impressive RPM because he logged only 17 minutes a night in Orlando, a number that isn’t likely to increase given Cleveland’s existing frontcourt situation. But he’s in what’s historically been a sweet spot for deadline pickups: He’s coming to an existing title contender at very little cost, where he’ll be asked to fill a specific (yet important) role. There are no guarantees on the NBA trade market, but low-risk/moderate-reward moves like the one the Cavs made to grab Frye are often the deadline deals most associated with solid playoff outcomes. A. Robertson1993DET2.8+2.5-0.9Missed playoffs B. Davis2005GS3.1+11.0-1.9Missed playoffs M. Camby2010POR2.6+0.8+1.8Lost first round B. Sura2004ATL2.2+8.5-6.7Missed playoffs M. Thornton2011SAC2.4+1.2-1.1Missed playoffs Source: Unlike last year, the 2016 NBA trade deadline was a bit of a snoozer. Nineteen players were dealt on Thursday, deadline day itself — the 12th-most since 1987. In the traditionally busy two weeks leading up to the cutoff, however, only seven others were moved, which means the raw activity around this year’s deadline was basically average. Quality wasn’t exactly bursting out over quantity, either. As a group, the traded players averaged almost exactly zero wins above replacement per 82 games this season, the eighth-lowest rate among trade deadlines since ’87. (Of course, it could be worse — sometimes an entire crop of trade targets can average out well below the replacement level, as happened in 1992.)Most of this year’s trades were made by teams jockeying for playoff position (Charlotte’s Courtney Lee pickup comes to mind), collecting future assets (Detroit snagged Tobias Harris and Donatas Motiejunas in separate deals this week) or dumping disgruntled players (Markieff Morris and Lance Stephenson were sent packing by the Suns and Clippers, respectively). These are the kinds of incremental moves that help a franchise in the long run. But nobody would characterize them as blockbusters, and hardly any involved the handful of teams that have a chance to win the 2015-16 NBA championship.If any contender received consensus praise at the deadline, though, it was Cleveland, which snagged Channing Frye for Anderson Varejao, Jared Cunningham and a couple of draft picks. The advanced analytics have always crushed hard on Frye — he currently ranks eighth among power forwards in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus, ahead of Anthony Davis (!) — with his classic stretch-big mix of long-distance shooting, decent-enough rebounding and surprisingly solid defensive metrics. (To that last point, RPM actually thinks Frye’s defense is a far bigger contributor to his bottom-line impact than his offense.) Let’s face it — nobody will be shocked if Frye ends up hitting a huge shot or two for the Cavs during what’s probably going to be another deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.And when it comes to deadline pickups, players like Frye often make a more indelible postseason mark than the types of big-name superstars everyone was hoping to see moved Thursday, anyway.Statistically, the best deadline acquisition of the past 30 years1Including players acquired within two weeks of each season’s deadline. was Clyde Drexler — clearly not a role player, even in his twilight — who produced 5.5 WAR for the Rockets after getting shipped to Houston for Otis Thorpe in 1995. Drexler went on to help Houston capture its second straight NBA title, but that makes him an exception among hyper-productive deadline pickups: T. Kukoc2001ATL2.2+5.0-8.9Missed playoffs P. Gasol2008LAL3.5+4.1-2.3Lost NBA Finals R. Jackson2015DET2.2+2.1-0.4Missed playoffs TEAM EFF. CHANGE J. Salmons2010MIL2.4+2.7+3.2Lost first round V. Radmanovic2006LAC2.2+1.1-0.7Lost conf. semis T. Gugliotta1995MIN3.3+5.1-1.8Missed playoffs T. Ratliff2004POR3.5-0.8+3.6Missed playoffs W. Williams1996MIA2.2+7.5-1.0Lost first round J. Kidd2008DAL3.9+1.4+1.4Lost first round read more

Baseball No 7 Ohio State survives elimination game with 53 win over

OSU sophomore Seth Kinker (37) fires a pitch during a game against Morehead State at Bill Davis Stadium on April 12. OSU won 1-0.Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer had been through this game before. Navigating through the loser’s bracket of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament, the right-handed pitcher started Ohio State’s 11-4 win over Michigan to continue its championship run. As the Buckeyes faced another elimination game against the Wolverines in the 2018 tournament, Niemeyer took the mound again, coming to the same result with No. 7 Ohio State defeating No. 3 Michigan 5-3 on Friday afternoon. In the first meeting between Ohio State and Michigan in 2018, Niemeyer allowed one run on five hits, walking one batter with five strikeouts. Even though the Wolverine offense had opportunities to score, Niemeyer and the rest of the pitching staff limited its production with runners on base, allowing three hits in 20 plate appearances with runners on. The first time through the order, Ohio State could not get anything going against Michigan left-handed starter Ben Dragani. With only two base runners, including one walk, the Buckeyes recorded five flyouts in the first two innings of the game, striking out only once. As the lineup turned over, so did the outlook for the Ohio State offense. Starting with sophomore designated hitter Dominic Canzone hitting a double down the left field line, the Buckeyes recorded four hits on four consecutive pitches, scoring their first two runs of the day on an RBI double by senior left fielder Tyler Cowles and an RBI single by senior right fielder Noah McGowan respectively. After a three-run sixth inning, including senior first baseman Bo Coolen’s first home run of the season, the Buckeyes finished the day with five runs on nine hits, hitting .364 with runners in scoring position. Michigan cut Ohio State’s lead down to two in the seventh inning on a two-RBI single by Brock Keener. However, senior right-handed pitcher Seth Kinker closed the door on Michigan with 1.2 scoreless innings. Ohio State will face No. 1 Minnesota in the tournament semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday. read more

Seizing epileptic boys cannabis oil at Heathrow signed his death warrant mother

The Home Office said it is “sympathetic to the difficult and rare” situation faced by the Caldwells, but defended the seizure.”Whilst we recognise that people with debilitating illnesses are looking to alleviate their symptoms, Border Force has a duty to stop banned substances from entering the UK,” a spokesman said.”Ms Caldwell has therefore had cannabis oil seized this morning at Heathrow Airport upon landing from Canada.”Billy started the treatment in 2016 in the US, where medical marijuana is legal. She said Billy was due his next dose at 3.30pm, and warned of the dangers of missing his first treatment in 19 months. A mother who had the cannabis oil used to treat her son’s severe epilepsy confiscated at Heathrow Airport has said the Home Office minister has signed her son’s “death warrant”.Charlotte Caldwell made the trip to Toronto and back with 12-year-old Billy to get a six-month supply to treat up to 100 seizures a day, but said border officials seized the oil on Monday.Ms Caldwell, from Castlederg in Co Tyrone, accused Home Office Minister Nick Hurd of having “likely signed my son’s death warrant” before heading to a London meeting with him.”It’s Billy’s anti-epileptic medication that Nick Hurd has taken away, it’s not some sort of joint full of recreational cannabis,” she told a press conference.”I will just go back to Canada and get more and I will bring it back again because my son has a right to have his anti-epileptic medication in his country, in his own home.”Let me tell you something now: we will not stop, we are not going to stop, we are not going to give up, we have love, hope, faith for our kids and we are going to continue.” Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy outside the Home Office in London Credit:Yui Mok/PA “The reason they don’t do it is that it can cause really bad side-effects – they wean them down slowly. So what Nick Hurd has just done is most likely signed my son’s death warrant.”She said she would be meeting Mr Hurd at the Home Office on Monday afternoon to plead to him “parent to parent” to get the oil back.Ms Caldwell, 50, said she was “absolutely devastated” to have the supply taken away after declaring it to border officials, and claimed one welled up with tears while doing it.”They are parents themselves and they were very conflicted about removing the medication from me; in fact. one of them had tears in their eyes when he was doing it. They did not want to do it,” she said. Charlotte Caldwell, with her 12 year son Billy at Heathrow Airport after arriving from CanadaCredit:David Dyson Charlotte Caldwell, with her 12 year son Billy at Heathrow Airport after arriving from Canada He became the first person in the UK to receive a prescription after his local GP, Brendan O’Hare, began writing scripts.The doctor was summoned to a meeting with Home Office officials recently and told to desist. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Charlotte Caldwell and her son Billy outside the Home Office in London  read more

University of Toronto working with partners for Indian Centre of Excellence

first_imgThe University of Toronto’s (UofT) Lassonde Institute of Mining has signed an agreement to establish the Centre of Excellence in Mining Science and Technology in India. A workshop with India was held at UofT in November 2011. As a part of an MOU establishing the Centre of Excellence another workshop was held in New Delhi, India (July 22, 2012 – August 6, 2012). The Centre will be for hard rock mining.The latter included the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), the Indian School of Mines, Laurentian University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto and Western University.International Mining is working with Mining India to present a two-day conference for the mining industry at The Taj Vivanta, Bangalore, India, February 22-23. The conference aims to bring together like minded people from the industry to discuss, debate and learn new technologies that are being used in mining today. India offers tremendous potential for the sale of modern mining equipment. As a great mining nation it has trailed behind many other countries in the mechanisation of its mines. Today, there is the desire to achieve greater efficiency and better safety through mechanisation.Listen to industry professionals from Sandvik, De Beers, International Mining, NMDC, Coal India Ltd, Singareni Collieries Ltd, Kudremukh Iron Ore Co and more speak about the future of mining in India, one of the world’s most dyanmic growth nations today.This event will allow you to network with:- key officials from the Mining Ministry, major Indian mining companies, quarry owners, exploration companies, contractors, EPC companies, commodity traders, import/export houses, fund managers/ PE investors, the Indian investment community and Stock exchanges from India and abroad. Contact devksingh2005@gmail.comInternational Mining is also attending India’s premier mining exhibition, IMME 2012, December 5-8, Salt Lake Stadium Grounds: Salt Lake, Kolkata, India.last_img read more

Emoticon Keypad Will Help You Share Your EFeelings

first_imgFor anyone who likes to make sure the person on the other end of an instant message knows their true feelings by using emoticons, you’ll be happy to know that a prototype of a special emoticon keypad was shown at ces earlier this month. Displayed at the Lavatelli booth, the keypad has a 4×4 grid of bubble buttons that make it easy for you to hit the right emoticon. No more accidentally typing the wrong letters or symbols to create a nonsensical emoticon.The keypad looks more like a Boggle game, and this device will surely end up on gadget gag Web sites, rather than serious retailers. You must know someone in your life that overuses emoticons. Send that person a hint by buying him or her the emoticon keypad when it’s eventually released. We’ll keep you posted on the date. :-D[Via]AdChoices广告last_img read more

Shacks bears and isolation an Irishmans summer in a remote Alaskan town

first_img Source: Paul ScannellTHE TOWN OF McCarthy, Alaska – population 28 – is not a place that’s easy to get to.For starters, it’s nine hours from the city of Anchorage, and four to five hours away from the nearest town.But for Irish photographer Paul Scannell, the small town had such a draw that on his first visit there, he skipped his flight home so he could stay. He wound up camping in the town for a few months, becoming a volunteer gardener in exchange for food.He became fascinated with McCarthy – which swells to a population of over 300 in the summertime, but sees people leave en masse before the big freeze of the winter sets in – so set out to capture what he saw there. Source: Paul ScannellNow he has compiled his best shots into an exhibition (McCarthy, Alaska – A Frontier Town) that shows off the wildness, isolation and grand scale of the town.During his time in McCarthy, Scannell lived in a tent in Wrangell St Elias National Park. It truly was a life in the wilderness – he couldn’t even bring toothpaste into the tent, for fear a bear would approach.Into the WildHe ended up in Alaska after going on a trek with a group of friends to see the bus from the movie Into the Wild.This was the location where Christopher McCandless tragically died, aged 24, in 1992 after going on a solo trek in Alaska. After a book and subsequent film on McCandless’s death, the bus has become somewhat of a pilgrimage spot for people to visit, despite its location.“Alaska had always been on the list so I thought now or never, so I rounded up a group,” he explained. “It’s not a good idea to try and get to the bus on your own, it’s 20 miles into the wilderness.” Source: Paul ScannellThough his intention was to do a Greyhound bus tour of the United States afterwards, something about McCarthy captured his imagination.  As he and his friends were reversing out of the car park to head to the airport, Scannell suddenly announced: “I’m not going.” By Aoife Barry 18 Comments My mate, she handed me an Icelandic kronur – she said flip it and if it lands you need to stay. So I landed it on heads, and I stayed.The attitude towards creators in McCarthy is one of openness, said Scannell – many people living there are creative people themselves. So when he told them he had decided to stay for an extended holiday, the locals were happy to feed him in exchange for volunteer work, like gardening.When you’re so remote – they are in the middle of nowhere – they are quite outward-looking, they aim to bring artist and musicians and glaciologists and all these people to the town.McCarthy has somewhat of a shaded past – some of the residents were killed by another resident in a massacre in 1984. But it’s not a dark or foreboding place.“When you get there it has this sense of history,” recalled Scannell. “Everyone you meet is quirky, everyone is creative. It’s at the end of an eight-hour drive, you can’t go any further.” Source: Paul Scannell“The area is amazing, as regards the history it’s pretty spectacular,” continued Scannell, who ended up being “one of the last men standing” as the winter approached. He described how isolated the town was:“McCarthy is really two streets – if you go through the forest you’ll see the old main street and tiny lanes of wooden shacks.”“The shacks are slowly disappearing. The new saloon is the only bar in town – the old saloon collapsed after 110 years a month ago, because of the weight of snow.“It was the best trip of my life,” said Scannell. ”There is such a sense of human history there, the remoteness, the buildings were just spectacular.” He particularly enjoyed capturing photographs of derelict, run-down buildings “where humans were but are not anymore”.The town emerged as a place to stop on the way to a copper mine at Kennecott (named after the Kennicott Glacier – complete with spelling mistake). “McCarthy was the centre of vice,” explained Scannell. Originally named Shushana Junction, it grew to look after the needs of people travelling to and from Kennecott. Source: Paul ScannellWhile there, he lived in a place called the meadow, where he was alone for most of the time, and would go on regular hikes, hiking over the Kennicott Glacier and into the mountains.“Bears are an issue. If you walk between a cub and its mother you are in serious trouble.You’d have to bring bear spray with you – it is like very intense pepper spray. A lot of people said it would take you a serious gun to take things down.”‘He can use a sewing machine and an axe’Most of Scannell’s photographs from the series are of buildings or landscapes – there is only one person featured in the series, a man named Mark who moved to the town aged 29. He’s now 60 years old.“He cut a path a mile into the forest and built a cabin,” said Scannell. “He has supported himself on $4,000 a year for 30 years. He can use a sewing machine and an axe.” Source: Paul ScannellIt’s how people learn to live and support themselves in such a remote place that really fascinates Scannell.  ”It’s like they have six seasons – they have the usual four, but they also have freeze and melt. What they have to do is go out and stockpile wood make sure it’s dry.”Mark, he literally encapsulated every man that’s there – their capacity for survival. He can as easily use a sewing machine and make clothes as they can use an axe. He’s 60 years old and would have a tree down in a second.Because of the nature of the climate, people in McCarthy have to be very aware of each other’s needs. “They support each other.  If any of them needed anything they’d rush to it.”‘They welcome your quirks’One of his friends there was “a 70-year old woman called grandma Pat” who had been married four times. “We ended up the last two in town me and grandma Pat,” said Scannell.“Everyone is so welcoming in McCarthy. It’s a place where you are welcomed warmly and they welcome your quirks.” Source: Paul ScannellHe was particularly fascinated by the hardy folks who stayed put for the winter. “Big burly men with their axes. Wild mountain men but are the most earnest people you would ever meet. The best folk you could meet.”On the last night in town, one of the McCarthy residents would cook up all his meat and produce and give away all his beer – otherwise it would freeze in the winter.But as winter began to set in, Scannell got set to leave. ”The weather turns, it’s like we have the seasons that morph into each other. Literally I was in a tent the whole time, the last three weeks in a hardware store. You would wake up and you just knew winter was coming.” Source: Paul ScannellIt was when he was getting ready to leave that Scannell felt particularly creative.“A lot of my photos were taken around that period because I felt you could present McCarthy as this party town but that’s not where I was coming from. It’s the people who visit in the summer who are the anomaly,” he said. His photos aim to show the real McCarthy, the one that’s there all-year round – not just in the summer.“The real McCarthy is the 28 people. They enjoy the fun of us coming but they are happy they get rid of us as well. It just returns to this really quiet community.” Source: Paul ScannellMcCarthy, Alaska – A Frontier Town will run from 29 March for the whole month of April at the Powerscourt Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin. Read: Wars, brothels and passionate love: Images from some of the best photographers in the world> 20,859 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article center_img Short URL Shacks, bears and isolation – an Irishman’s summer in a remote Alaskan town McCarthy, population: 28. Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 7:00 PM Share141 Tweet Email14 Mar 26th 2017, 7:00 PM last_img read more