Kerr comeback possible but Brown coaching Warriors for now

first_imgGolden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr APGolden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, sidelined by complications from 2015 back surgery, reportedly is feeling better and could return for Sunday’s second game of the NBA Finals.But Mike Brown, the assistant coach who has guided the Warriors to an 11-0 playoff mark in Kerr’s absence, still plans on guiding Golden State as he did in Thursday’s 113-91 game one victory over the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “Coach Kerr has been great,” Thompson said. “He’s a fighter, so it’s great to see him out here. He tries to help as much as he can and he has been. He’s just a calming presence. He’s great at deciphering the game and what we need to do right and what we need to do better.“We miss him out there. Hopefully he can come back. If not, we’ll play for him and still perform.”Kerr was the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year for guiding the Warriors to the winningest season in NBA history at 73-9, but the achievement was bittersweet given Golden State fell victim to the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, squandering a 3-1 edge to see Cleveland win in seven games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Brown has filled in perfectly and the Warriors have set an NBA record start to the playoffs at 13-0, also matching the longest win streak in NBA post-season history.“I imagine I’m going to coach until Steve tells me he’s ready. That’s kind of how I look at it,” Brown said.“He does seem like he’s getting better, but I’m going to keep coaching until he says he can or can’t.”Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he had heard nothing about Kerr’s possible return, but added, “I hope he comes back.”Kerr has spoken to the team in the locker room at times before games and at half-time while absent from the bench decisions during games. He continues to work with Brown and others on game plans as well.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Jimmy Alapag, LJ Moreno expecting 3rd child ESPN reported that if Kerr feels well enough in the next two days there was “optimism” he could return as coach for game two in the best-of-seven series Sunday in Oakland.But for now, acting head coach Brown is planning on guiding the team for what could be their final home game of the campaign.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He has the option to coach,” Brown said Friday. “I haven’t heard anything from him. I’m planning on coaching unless he or (Warriors general manager) Bob Myers tells me anything different.”Since coaching the Warriors to their first two playoff triumphs this year, Kerr has been sidelined with nausea and migraine headaches due to complications from back surgery two years ago. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Galaxy Note 5 vs Redmi Note 2: Xiaomi tries to steal Samsung’s thunder

first_imgIt’s pretty ironic that both Samsung and Xiaomi decided to launch their new phablets the very same day. While Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 4 successor, Note 5; Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 2 (and Redmi Note 2 Prime).We say ironic because both Samsung and Xiaomi’s offerings lie on two opposite sides of the market spectrum. The Note 5 is a high-end premium phablet and is likely to retail anywhere around the Rs.45,000+ price point, while the Redmi Note 2 lies in the budget segment, its price being around the Rs.10,000 bracket.Also Read: Note 5, S6 Edge+: Top features of Samsung’s bigger and sexier phablets The price difference is so huge, that even putting up a comparison piece between the two is non-justifiable. But, Xiaomi’s phones (and phablets) have done exceptionally well in the market, and the Redmi Note first generation was a major hit. The Redmi Note 2 is likely to be as good, if not better.At the same time, Samsung’s Note series is one that has helped cement the South Korean tech giant into the hearts and minds of business-savvy pros looking for a well-rounded premium phablet, to kind of let go of the need to have a tablet/laptop around all the time. Not that the Note is any less popular among other buyers.Let the price gap not be a reason for you to call off the Redmi Note 2. At the same time, let not the high price of the Note 5 be a deterrent for you to avoid it saying, it’s too pricy.advertisementThe following piece is intended to be a one stop guide to all specifications (differences) of the two phablets, put side by side, for quick reference:Design and buildThe Redmi Note 2 has an all plastic body. It is 8.3mm thin and weighs 160 grams. The Note 5 on the other hand has an all glass body with a metal frame. It is 6.9mm thin and weighs just 153 grams.DisplayThe Redmi Note 2 has a 5.5-inch FullHD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and 401ppi pixel density. The Note 5 has a 5.7-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution and 518ppi pixel density.SoftwareThe Redmi Note 2 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s own MIUI 7 on top. The Note 5 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based TouchWiz UI on top.PerformanceThe Redmi Note 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 SoC coupled with PowerVR G6200 GPU and 2GB RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal memory (non-expandable). The Note 5 is powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core Exynos 7420 processor with Mali-T760MP8 GPU and 4GB RAM. It will come in 32GB and 64GB memory variants (non-expandable).CameraThe Redmi Note 2 sports a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash along with a 5MP front camera. The Note 5 has a 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation, autofocus and LED flash along with a 5MP front-facing camera.   BatteryThe Redmi Note 2 has a 3,060 mAh battery while the Note 5 uses a 3,000 mAh battery.last_img read more

I Look for No Favours, Just Fair Play: Denied a Trial, Nikhat Zareen Sends SoS to Govt on Mary Kom

first_img 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. New Delhi: 23-year-old boxer Nikhat Zareen wrote to Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju raising her voice against Boxing Federation of India’s (BFI) supposed decision to facilitate Mary Kom’s direct entry into the Tokyo Olympic qualifiers, to be held in Wuhan from February 3 to 14.Zareen had said on Wednesday that she had tried to contact BFI president Ajay Singh several times after he hinted that there would no trial between her and Mary Kom in the 51kg category but to no avail. Zareen, who competes in the same category as Mary Kom, earlier had her trials for the World Championships also cancelled and Mary Kom was sent directly to Ulan-Ude, Russia where she bagged a bronze medal – her eighth Worlds medal.Ahead of the World Championships, BFI had said that gold and silver medallists from the Worlds will directly go for Olympic qualifiers but now BFI president has said that since bronze medallists in men’s division make direct qualification, women will too – a tweak of rule that directly benefits Mary Kom and puts Zareen at a disadvantageous position.With the turn of events, Zareen decided to write to Rijiju, asking him for a fair chance of going for the Olympics qualifiers.”Sir, the very basis of sport is the concept of fair play and the need to keep proving oneself each and every time. Even Olympic Gold medallists have to fight again to qualify to represent the country.”I have been inspired by Mary Kom since I was a teenager. The best way I can do justice to this inspiration was to strive to be as great a boxer as her. And Mary Kom is too big a legend in sport to need to hide from competition and not actually defend her Olympic qualification. After all, if 23-time gold medallist Michael Phelps had to requalify every time for the Olympics, the rest of us must do the same.”Sir, I look for no favours. Just fair play. And whether Mary Kom or I or any other boxer qualifies after the trial, we can at least sleep at night knowing that every one of the candidates got the best possible opportunity to make India proud at the Olympics,” Zareen wrote in a letter to Rijiju that she posted on Twitter.Zareen concluded the letter expressing her belief that Rijiju, a former sportsman as well, “will not let me down” and asked him to “protect the honour of sports”.Here is the full text of the letter written by Zareen:All I want is a fair chance.If I’m not given the opporunity to compete what am I training for. Sports is about FairPlay & I dont want to loose faith in my country.Jai Hind @KirenRijiju @RijijuOffice #AjaySingh @Media_SAI @DGSAI @BFI_official @kishanreddybjp @PMOIndia #TopsAthlete— Nikhat Zareen (@nikhat_zareen) October 17, 2019 To,Mr Kiren RijijuMinister of Sports and Youth AffairsNew DelhiDear Sir,I am writing to you as a sportswoman trying to make her mark in sports and bring India glory on the international stage.I started my career winning the gold medal in the flyweight division in the 2011 Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships in Turkey and then a silver medal at the 2013 Youth World Boxing Championships in Bulgaria. More recently, I won the silver medal at the Thailand Open Championships in 2019 and defeated the current world champion Aitbayeva Liliya at an AIBA event in 2018 in Belgrade.On the 6th and 7th of August 2019, I was invited to a trial in Delhi for selection for the World Championship. To my utter dismay, the trial was cancelled and Mary Kom was sent.After this decision, the BFI announced that gold and silver medallists from the World Cup will be exempt from Olympic trials. Today, I have been reliably informed that the rule is now being changed again to accomodate my senior, Mary Kom as the Indian candidate without a trial.Sir, the very basis of sport is the concept of fair play and the need to keep proving oneself each and every time. Even Olympic Gold medallists have to fight again to qualify to represent the country.I have been inspired by Mary Kom since I was a teenager. The best way I can do justice to this inspiration was to strive to be as great a boxer as her. And Mary Kom is too big a legend in sport to need to hide from competition and not actually defend her Olympic qualification. After all, if 23-time gold medallist Michael Phelps had to requalify every time for the Olympics, the rest of us must do the same.Sir, I look for no favours. Just fair play. And whether Mary Kom or I or any other boxer qualifies after the trial, we can at least sleep at night knowing that every one of the candidates got the best possible opportunity to make India proud at the Olympics.I know, not just as the Minister but as a former sportsman, that you will not let me down. Request you to help protect the honour of sports.Warm Regards,Nikhat Zareen 2020 tokyo olympicsbfiboxingKiren Rijiju First Published: October 17, 2019, 1:44 PM ISTlast_img read more

Kei Nishikori upsets Andy Murray to reach US Open semis

first_imgJapan’s Kei Nishikori overcame second seed Andy Murray for a gruelling 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 see-saw victory on Wednesday to reach the US Open semi-finals.Nishikori, who became the first Asian man to reach a grand slam final when he finished runner-up here in 2014, broke the Scotsman in the 11th game of the fifth set with a brilliant reflex volley and served out to complete the triumph.The upset ended a stellar run by Murray that had taken him to seven successive finals, including victories at Wimbledon, the Rio Olympics, Queen’s Club and Rome.”It was too exciting on the court, but I tried to stay calm,” Nishikori said in an on-court interview. “It was really tough to stay calm. There were many ups and downs.”In the end it was great tennis, so very happy.”The four-hour match was a roller-coaster ride of emotions and momentum swings from the start.Murray hit a low point in the fourth set when Nishikori was serving at 1-1. The world number two held double break-point at 15-40 when chair umpire Mariana Alves called a let and a replay during a point Murray was controlling because of a loud, intrusive sound from the public address system.Murray was annoyed because when he had complained of a sound disturbance earlier in the match, the umpire said in such instances the players would play on.The distracted Briton squandered his chances and lost the game. Between the changeover Murray complained to the tournament supervisor and when play resumed he never won a game again until he was down 0-2 in the fifth.advertisementStill, Murray was gracious in defeat. (Serena Williams edges Simona Halep to enter semis) “I’m not too disappointed. It was a good match,” he told reporters. “Disappointed not to have won, but I’ve had a good run. I would’ve loved to go further but that wasn’t to be today.”Murray had been masterful in the opening set, taking Nishikori’s second serves early to put the Japanese sixth seed on the defensive, while benefiting from his 14 unforced errors.Nishikori gathered himself after a light rain forced a closing of the roof at 3-3 in the second set that interrupted play for some 20 minutes and allowed him to meet with his team in the locker room.”That helped me a lot to regroup the tactics,” he said. “It definitely helped for my game today.”Nishikori traded ground strokes more patiently, taking advantage of his chances, and the two players battled fiercely with sharply angled ground strokes, drop shots and net play.The match between two of the best returners in tennis produced a whopping 17 service breaks that kept tensions high at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I just didn’t hold serve enough,” said Murray, who was broken nine times.Nishikori will meet either double grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka or 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the last four at Flushing Meadows.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar baffled by lack of swing in England

first_imgIt is inexplicable when a white ball refuses to offer swing for seamers in English conditions and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has altered his strategy after failing to understand why this is happening during the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy here.Bhuvneshwar has bowled 22.3 overs across three games taking four wickets for 100 runs at a very decent economy rate of 4.44, given the field restrictions in Powerplays are loaded heavily in favour of batsmen.”It’s very difficult to point out why the ball is not swinging in England. The wickets are not generally this hard in England during this time of the year. During the Champions Trophy in 2013 and the next year during Test series, wickets were soft.”Not very soft that batsmen would encounter problems but soft enough for some deviation,” Bhuvneshwar told mediapersons at the mixed zone after India reached the semi-finals.India’s leading seamer is, however, baffled and failed to pinpoint whether it is the quality of white kookaburra to be blamed.”I don’t know whether that’s the reason or something to do with the quality of the balls, but as everyone is watching that it’s difficult for the bowlers to get swing.”Swing bowlers normally have to pitch it up in order to either move the ball away or into the batsman but Bhuvneshwar decided to hold the length back a little in order to stifle runs. Something he successfully did against South African duo of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla during their 76-run opening stand.”When the ball doesn’t swing then you have to alter the length. You have to bowl a bit back of the length. Normally, we bowl fuller lengths to get wickets but here we are holding the length back.advertisement”The par score is 300 and the main aim is to take wickets and if, then build up adequate pressure so that we can get wickets later to restrict them to a small total,” Bhuvneshwar explained.But doesn’t a bowler feel helpless when there is nothing to look forward to and that too in England, a dream destination for bowlers.”In these circumstances, the idea is not to bowl at their strengths. Look, they will still find ways to score but idea was to keep it at bare minimum. I feel the pressure that we created in the first 15 overs helped us get wickets later on, not to forget the three brilliant run-outs,” he added.According to Bhuvneshwar, one of the main factors that worked during the South Africa match was the 40 runs that they saved in the second Powerplay, thereby increasing the pressure on the opponents.”When (Quinton) De Kock and (Hashim) Amla were batting, we knew that their strategy was to not lose too many wickets till the 30th over, before going for the kill. But our plan was to ensure that we build pressure with dot balls.”The 40 runs that we saved during the second Powerplay helped. If you are only 130 at the end of 30th over, you are mentally under pressure,” he said.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola left frustrated after Manchester City’s missed chances

first_imgIt was a familiar tale for Manchester City — waves of attacks, relentless pressure but missed chances meant Pep Guardiola’s side needed an 82nd minute equaliser from Raheem Sterling to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Everton.In City’s defence, they had to play the entire second half with 10 men after full-back Kyle Walker was shown a red card on the stroke of halftime.But while pleased with the spirit his team showed, City’s Spanish coach could not disguise his frustration with his side’s failure to convert their chances.”The second half we made a good performance, similar like last season when we played them here. We created the chances in the first half but we did not finish them,” said Guardiola.”We created chances, before their goal, three or four… our amount of opportunities on target or close to target was good, we were there all the time but we never gave up.”All you can do is try to create the chances. Maybe one day it will change. I think last season we were the team who made the most chances,” added the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.Everton manager Ronald Koeman said despite the disappointment of conceding a late equaliser he was pleased with a point from a difficult trip.”When you play at City it is always tough, how they play, how they try to play but I think the gameplan was perfect, we had a good defensive organisation… it was really tough, we had good man-marking. (Also Read: Wayne Rooney joins the 200 club and shows he isn’t done yet)advertisement”But with the quality they have they will always create chances and you need to be a little bit lucky,” he said.That luck perhaps came with the red card for Walker but Everton faced relentless pressure from a City team down a man.”We scored the goal, of course I am disappointed now to be one-nil up, 11 against 10, but I think we did wrong thing in the second half, we played too much long ball,” said the Dutchman.”It is a good point. I am happy, we worked hard for that point.”last_img read more

4-Year-Old Boy Dies After Accident During SEC Football Game

first_imgView from the corner of Kroger Field's end zone section during a Kentucky football game.A 4-year-old boy that was hit by a car on gameday of an SEC college football game has passed away, the school announced on Monday night.The child was hit at about 2 p.m. E.T. on Saturday while on campus for Kentucky’s football game this past has more of the tragic details:Marco Lee Shemwell, 4, died Monday at UK Healthcare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital, according to the University of Kentucky.The child was hit around 2 p.m. Saturday while he and his family were waiting to cross Cooper Drive near Scoville Drive, according to police.The driver, 18-year-old Jacob R. Heil, was driving east on Cooper and his car might have “veered off the road a little bit,” Lexington police Sgt. Stephen Yoder said Saturday.Our thoughts are with the child’s family. May he rest in peace.last_img read more

William Wood Watches Are as Affordable as They Are Refined

first_img On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process William Wood WatchesYou know that exciting feeling you get when you’re about to introduce two people you’re certain will hit it off beautifully? Whether you’re setting up a pair of friends on a blind date or bringing a friend into the gang, you’re happy to know that someone else is about to made even happier by the acquaintance you’ll be making.That is the exact feeling I have right now as I introduce you to William Wood Watches. My Peacock Edition William Wood Watch from the brand’s Chivalrous Collection became my favorite chronometer the first time I strapped it on, and I’d be surprised if many of you gentlemen out there didn’t have the exact same love at first sight reaction. Big statement, right? Well I stand behind it, sir.Let’s talk about a few of the reasons William Wood chronometers are something special. As it happens, the first reason has nothing to do with the actual hardware.Steven John/The ManualWilliam Wood Watches Ltd. is named for the grandfather of the company’s founder, Jonny Garrett. Mr. William Wood served as a firefighter for more than a quarter century, thus the brand’s logo of the classic British fireman’s helmet, which can be found on a handsome brass coin inset into the back of every William Wood watch case. But more of note here than the detailing of the case is the fact that the company donates a portion of every sale to a charitable foundation that supports firefighters and their families.While we’re talking about things other than the actual watches, let’s talk about presentation, because it matters. And these guys nailed it. Your William Wood watch arrives in a black cloth sack. Inside that sack is a handsome green box with gold lettering and the William Wood logo. Inside that cardboard box is a stunning wooden box wrapped in fabric upon which sit your certificate of authenticity, a thank you card, and warranty info. Inside that shiny wooden box is your new favorite watch.Steven John/The ManualAt present, William Wood offers five watches in one collection. All have the same shape of hands, the same layout and design on the faces, which is crisp and uncluttered, with Roman numerals for the 12 and bar markers around the rest of the dial. A single crown pops out to let you set the time. All of the watches  have a case diameter of 41 mm and a depth of 10.7 mm. One (mine, in fact, the Peacock Edition watch) has a white face, two have black faces, and the collection is rounded out with blue and green faces. The cases are all made from stainless steel and come in steel-toned, gold, and rose gold coloring. The movement is Swiss, and the face is covered by a subtly curved crystal glass with anti-reflective coating.The elegant simplicity of a William Wood watch catches the eye, and the detailing keeps it there. From the arrowhead shape of the hands to the fire helmet logo perched beneath the XII, these handsome watches assert their style with effortless grace. The Italian leather straps and finely-engineered clasp hardware doesn’t hurt, either. I’ve worn my Peacock Edition William Wood timepiece with ripped jeans and a t-shirt while pushing a stroller around the neighborhood and with a pressed button-down when headed into New York City for a meeting, and it has yet to look out of place. You’re going to feel the same way, I just know it. And at £299.99, which equals a little over USD $420 at the present exchange rate, these are luxury watches priced well in range for most consumers. And they are certainly worth it.For other watches coming in under the $500 mark, read more here. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know How to Pack a Dopp Kit (aka Toiletry Bag) for When You Won’t be Sleeping at Homelast_img read more

Agriculture Minister Commends Winners of PLPU Competition

first_img Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has lauded winners of this year’s Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) Essay and Poster competition. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has lauded winners of this year’s Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit (PLPU) Essay and Poster competition.He was speaking at the competition’s awards ceremony, held today (August 28), at the Ministry, Hope Gardens, in Kingston.“Your bold step to enter this competition shows that you are all motivated to make a change. You are all forward thinkers and you are leaders; therefore, no matter what the decision of the judges, you have all won and Jamaica is all the better for having such bright young minds as you,” the Minister told the students.The competition was held as part of the PLPU’s public education campaign to sensitise Jamaicans about the devastating impact of praedial larceny on the agricultural sector and the livelihood of farmers.The main objective of the competition was to engender greater awareness of the preventative measures that could be implemented by farmers on their farms in order to reduce praedial larceny. It was open to primary and secondary schools across the island.Students at the primary level were required to design a poster depicting the theme ‘Praedial Larceny is Everybody’s Business. What measures should be taken to combat the theft of agricultural produce in Jamaica?’.Meanwhile, students at the secondary level were required to write an essay on the same theme.Eleven-year-old student of Belmont Park Primary in St. Catherine, Sehu Ra, emerged the winner in the poster category. For her effort, she was presented with a trophy, tablet, gift basket, gift bag, a scholarship valued at $10,000, a book voucher valued at 15,000, and a goat.Alaine Preston, Angelique Forrest and Angel Anderson of Ocho Rios Primary School in St. Ann were awarded second, third and consolation places, respectively. They were presented with trophies, gift baskets, bags, book vouchers, farm tools, seedlings, chicks and fruit trees.Meanwhile, Akeila Salmon, a 15-year-old student at Belair High School in Manchester, emerged winner in the essay category. For her winning essay, she received a tablet, a trophy, gift basket, gift bag, a scholarship valued at $20,000, a book voucher valued at $15,000, and a goat.Camara Hamilton, Herbert Morrison High School in St. James, placed second; Shaneka Davidson of Seaforth High School, St. Thomas, third place; and a consolation prize was awarded to Daren Brown of Campion College, in Kingston. They were also presented with trophies, gift baskets, bags, book vouchers, farm tools, seedlings, chicks and fruit trees.National Praedial Larceny Prevention Officer at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Sergeant Damian Harry, said he was impressed with the quality of entries submitted in both categories.He lamented, however, that “we have a culture that sees farmers and issues concerning farmers as unimportant”.“One of the ways that we know would bridge this gap is through public education, and where best to start but with our students, our young minds,” he said.Mr. Harry said he is appealing for more organisations to come on board. “We need your support; we need to make people aware; we need to make the competition bigger and better for next year,” he said.Sponsors for this year’s competition were Crime Stop Jamaica, Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre, Jamaica Dairy Development Board, Jamaica Small Ruminants Association, JP Tropical Foods Limited, and Seprod Limited. “Your bold step to enter this competition shows that you are all motivated to make a change. You are all forward thinkers and you are leaders; therefore, no matter what the decision of the judges, you have all won and Jamaica is all the better for having such bright young minds as you,” the Minister told the students. He was speaking at the competition’s awards ceremony, held today (August 28), at the Ministry, Hope Gardens, in Kingston. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Province Supports Arts Sector with New Legislation

first_imgNova Scotia recognizes the role that arts and culture play in making Nova Scotia communities vibrant. Legislation introduced today, Dec. 1, will establish Arts Nova Scotia and formalize the structure and mandate of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister David Wilson introduced the two pieces of legislation, acting on commitments in the province’s five-point plan to support the arts and culture sector. “Artistic expression celebrates our diverse culture and contributes to the quality of life enjoyed by Nova Scotia families,” said Mr. Wilson. “Arts and culture spur creativity and innovation which makes communities better places to live and build a future.” Arts Nova Scotia is an independent body that will oversee provincial government funding that goes directly to artists and will be established in legislation. The province will appoint an interim board to carry out transition to Arts Nova Scotia early in 2012. A second bill to formalize the structure and mandate of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council underlines the importance of the sector-led group in advising the province and leading the development of a cultural strategy for Nova Scotia, as mandated by the five-point plan. Pam Birdsall, MLA for Lunenburg and ministerial assistant for Communities, Culture and Heritage, chaired a transition committee of sector members that recommended the structure, mandate and membership for Arts Nova Scotia. Ms. Birdsall is a founding member of the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and the former Mahone Bay Business Association, now the Mahone Bay and Area Chamber of Commerce. She is the co-owner of Birdsall-Worthington Pottery Ltd. and has a strong connection to the arts and culture community. Arts Nova Scotia will administer $2.4 million in provincial grant funding that goes directly to artists. “The province has listened to the voices of the arts and culture sector and is acting on the priorities identified by them to help our creative economy grow,” said Mr. Wilson. Other transition members were: “We were very pleased with the independence and support we were given in our process of developing recommendations for Arts Nova Scotia,” said Leah Hamilton. “We believe the resulting legislation provides the structure for a strong arts funding body and look forward to seeing the Arts Nova Scotia board build on the foundation established today.” A copy of the committee’s report is available at under What’s New. The Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council has begun its work on a cultural strategy by reviewing literature about the creative economy and has formed a sub-committee of sector members to advise government on Status of the Artist legislation to reflect the importance of arts and culture to Nova Scotians. “With the introduction of legislation for Arts Nova Scotia and Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, government has shown that the arts and culture sector is an intrinsic part of the fabric of this province,” said Ron Bourgeois, chair of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. “These pieces of legislation help promote the development of the entire sector.” Status of the Artist legislation is expected to be introduced next year. Paul Caskey, artistic director with Live Art Dance Productions Leah Hamilton, an arts consultant with Genesis Consulting Christopher Shore, executive director of Theatre Nova Scotialast_img read more

2 dead 8 swimming athletes hurt in SKorea balcony collapse

first_imgSeoul: An internal balcony at a nightclub in South Korea collapsed on Saturday, killing two people and injuring 16 including American and other athletes at the world swimming championships, officials said. Hundreds were at the nightclub in the southern South Korean city of Gwangju when the collapse occurred next to the athletes’ village. Two South Korean men died while 16 others were injured, police said. According to a police account, the injured include 10 foreigners, eight of them athletes who were in Gwangju to participate in the swimming championships. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US Among the athletes were three Americans, two New Zealanders, one Dutch, one Italian and one Brazilian, a police officer said, requesting anonymity ahead of an official announcement. He said most had minor injuries but an American female water polo player required surgery. The other two Americans a man and a woman are also water polo players, the police officer said. Police said they detained one of the nightclub’s co-owners and summoned three other club officials to investigate whether the collapsed balcony was an unauthorized structure. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “This is an awful tragedy,” said Christopher Ramsey, CEO of USA Water Polo. “Players from our men’s and women’s teams were celebrating the women’s world championship victory when the collapse occurred at a public club. Our hearts go out to the victims of the crash and their families.” Among the Americans, Kaleigh Gilchrist suffered a deep left leg laceration and underwent surgery at a hospital in Gwangju, said Greg Mescall, director of communications for USA Water Polo. He said that Paige Hauschild suffered lacerations on the right arm and Johnny Hooper on the left hand that required stitches. Ben Hallock suffered minor scrapes on the legs, he said. The anti-disaster agency said the injured also included two Uzbekistan exchange students. None of the injured is in life-threatening condition. Members of the New Zealand men’s and women’s water polo teams were also at the nightclub. The men’s captain, Matt Small, described a chaotic scene and said that his team tried to help the injured. “(It was) business as usual and then it literally collapsed beneath our feet,” Small said, speaking to New Zealand Radio Sport by phone. “None of the boys are hurt or injured though so that’s good. But everyone’s a bit shaken up at the moment.” “We did what we could but we couldn’t really do too much. Some of them were pretty dire cases,” he said. “We were more so just concerned about everyone else, we were trying to do a number count and make sure all the boys were there.” The local organizing committee for the world swimming championships said that eight of the athletes attending the event were injured, most slightly. A committee statement said seven of them had already returned to the athletes’ village after minor treatments at hospitals. It said one player had a leg lacerated and was to receive stitches at a hospital. The organizing committee said it won’t disclose other personal information about the athletes at the request of their national teams.last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The broadcaster, which is owned by an Ontario Crown corporation relies heavily on funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Education, says it has not seen an increased in the last two years despite rising operating costs and declining cable revenues, so programs and people must be cut.“We need the Ontario government to urgently review operational funding for TFO to maintain its critical Canadian cultural, political and social programming,” said Naureen Rivzi, Ontario Regional Director.The union received this grim news while in bargaining trying to reach a new collective agreement for the 80 technical staff at TFO.“These cuts will have a devastating impact on our members and on our francophone viewers who have limited options for local in their first language,” said Alfred St-Aubin, Vice President of local 72M which represents 80 technical staff at TFO.Unifor is Canada’s largest media union representing 12,000 workers in the sector across Canada and a total of 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future. TORONTO, June 13, 2018 – Canada’s largest media union is alarmed to see Ontario’s only French public broadcaster, Télévision française de l’Ontario (TFO), cut programs and lay off 37 workers, including 11 Unifor members.“Lack of provincial funding means the more than 600 thousand Ontario francophones will have fewer options to see Canadian programming, and our members are losing their jobs needlessly,” said Richard Paquin, Unifor National Representative. Advertisement TFO provides unique Canadian educational programming for children and adults in Ontario, but cable providers in Quebec, New Brunswick and Manitoba also carry it. The cuts include camera operators, editors, switcher directors, archivists, a purchaser, production assistant, props, and marketing staff represented by Unifor as well as journalists and non-union staff. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

UN agency says it is facing stalemate with Iran over nuclear programme

Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told a meeting of the agency’s 35-member Board of Governors that although Iran had cooperated on some issues, such as improving safeguards at a fuel enrichment plans, “on all other issues? there is stalemate.“Iran has not suspended its enrichment-related activities or its work on heavy water-related projects as required by the Security Council, nor has Iran implemented the Additional Protocol [of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty],” Dr. ElBaradei said at the board meeting, held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.He called on Iran “to respond fully to all the questions raised by the agency in order to exclude the possibility of there being military dimensions to its nuclear programme.“To this end, it is essential that Iran substantively re-engage with the clarify and bring to closure all outstanding issues, including the most difficult and important questions regarding the authenticity of information relating to the alleged weaponization studies, by granting the agency access to persons, information and locations.”Dr. ElBaradei said that if Iran does not implement the Additional Protocol, the IAEA “will not be able to provide credible assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear activities in Iran, especially given Iran’s past record of failing to declare material and activities.”Iranian authorities must also clarify their future intentions regarding the nuclear programme, he stressed.“This is essentially a question of confidence-building between Iran and the international community through comprehensive dialogue and other measures. I call on all parties to begin this dialogue as soon as possible and urge Iran to respond positively to the recent United States initiative in this regard,” said Dr. ElBaradei, referring to an offer of talks.Elsewhere in his report to the board, the Director General also said he was dismayed by allegations of some Member States that information concerning Iran’s nuclear programme had been withheld from the board by the IAEA secretariat, calling them “politically motivated and totally baseless.”Turning to Syria, he said that while authorities in Damascus had cooperated with the IAEA over its verification activities at the Miniature Neutron Source Reactor, they have not yet granted the agency access to information, locations, equipment or materials concerning a destroyed building at Dair Alzour, which has been alleged by some to be the site of a nuclear reactor.“I urge Syria to cooperate with the agency in its verification activities related to the nature of the Dair Alzour site. It is in Syria’s interest to enable the agency to corroborate its statements. I also call on other States which may possess information relevant to the agency’s verification to make such information available.” 7 September 2009The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog warned today that the agency has reached a deadlock with Iran over most aspects of its nuclear programme as he urged the country to credibly answer the international community’s concerns over potential military dimensions to the programme. read more

Anura Senanayake further remanded till June 9

Former senior DIG Anura Senanayake who was taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) recently in connection to the murder of former Sri Lanka national rugger player Wasim Thajudeen, was today further remanded till June 9.Senanayake was accused of concealing evidence when he was involved in the investigations over the murder. Earlier this month the police DIG in charge of motor traffic Amarasiri Senaratne was also questioned by the CID over Thajudeen’s murder. He was questioned previously as well in connection to the controversial case. The Colombo Additional Magistrate in February ordered the CID to arrest the suspects linked to Thajudeen’s murder.Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. According to police reports in 2012, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road.The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim.However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was murdered. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Microsofts quarterly earnings revenue exceed analyst forecasts as Windows sales rise

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Microsoft’s quarterly earnings, revenue exceed analyst forecasts as Windows sales rise by News Staff Posted Apr 19, 2012 5:37 pm MDT REDMOND, Wash. – Microsoft’s fared better than analysts anticipated in its latest quarter, boosted by a surprising rise in sales of its Windows operating system for personal computersThe fiscal third-quarter performance announced Thursday comes as investors look forward to the release of Windows 8 later this year. The next version marks the most radical overhaul of the widely-used operating system in decades.Microsoft Corp. earned $5.1 billion, or 60 cents per share, during the three months ending in March. That was down from net income of $5.2 billion, or 61 cents per share, a year ago.Last year’s results were boosted by a $461 million.Revenue rose 6 per cent from last year to $17.4 billionAnalysts had anticipated earnings of 58 cents per share on revenue of $17.2 billion, according to a FactSet survey.“We’re driving toward exciting launches across the entire company, while delivering strong financial results,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.One of the quarter’s bright spots came in Microsoft’s Windows division, which has faltered in the past year as more people bought Apple Inc.’s iPad and other tablet computers instead of desktop and notebook computers. Analysts also have assumed that many businesses and consumers thinking about buying a PC would hold off until Windows 8 hits the market in the fall.That didn’t turn out to be the case during the three months ending in March as revenue in the Windows division edged up by 4 per cent from last year to $4.6 billion. Microsoft attributed the gain to an uptick in businesses who bought licenses for Windows 7. It marked only the second time in the past six quarters that Microsoft has registered a year-over-year gain in the Windows division.On the flip side, Microsoft’s entertainment division sagged in the past quarter as demand weakened for its Xbox video game console. The division’s revenue fell 16 per cent from last year to $1.6 billion.Microsoft’s long-suffering online division, which has struggled for years to compete against Internet search leader Google Inc., managed to narrow its losses in the latest quarter. The division’s operating loss of $479 million compared to a loss of $776 million at the same time last year.Microsoft shares added 90 cents, or nearly 3 per cent, to $31.91 in Thursday’s extended trading. read more

Sprint raises buyout offer for Clearwire by 14 per cent still opposed

Sprint raises buyout offer for Clearwire by 14 per cent; still opposed by minority shareholder OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sprint Nextel Corp. is offering 14 per cent more than before for the stake in wireless data network operator Clearwire Corp. it does not already own, but a large shareholder said the offer was still inadequate.Sprint said Tuesday that it is offering $3.40 per share, or $2.5 billion, for the remainder of Clearwire Corp. Its previous offer, from December, was for $2.97 per share.Sprint said this is its best and final offer, but investors appear to hold out some hope of an even better offer. Clearwire shares jumped 15 cents, or 4.6 per cent, to $3.41 in afternoon trading, just above Sprint’s offer.A vote on the previous offer had been scheduled for Tuesday, but Clearwire said it is postponing it until May 31.Clearwire’s board had already accepted the earlier offer, but minority shareholders have opposed it. A vocal shareholder, Crest Financial, said Tuesday that the new offer was also inadequate. It said Sprint, as the majority shareholder, was strong-arming smaller ones. It wants Clearwire to pursue a competitive bidding process instead.Sprint is Clearwire’s only major wholesale customer and uses its network to provide “Sprint 4G” service. Sprint has accepted a buyout offer from Softbank Corp. of Japan, giving it the financial means to consolidate its ownership of Clearwire. But both Sprint and Clearwire have gotten competing bids from satellite TV broadcaster Dish Network Corp., which wants to get into the wireless business.Clearwire’s main asset is its wireless spectrum — space on the airwaves — that could be used to provide high data download speeds. Those are a crucial competitive factor in today’s wireless industry. But Clearwire’s frequencies are difficult to use. They require many cell towers to cover an area, and the signals don’t penetrate well into buildings.Clearwire is based in Bellevue, Wash.Separately, Sprint said it can now let Dish see its books and talk with Dish to see whether its competing offer to buy Sprint is better than its current deal with SoftBank. Sprint said late Monday that SoftBank had waived provisions of its deal with Sprint that will allow Sprint to talk with Dish.SoftBank currently has a $20.1 billion deal with Sprint to buy 70 per cent of the company. Dish last month offered $25.5 billion for the whole company. Softbank says it brings expertise and cash to Sprint. It says it still wants to close its deal by July 1. Many Wall Street analysts view Dish’s bid as superior but risky, as it will result in a combined company with high debt. by The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2013 9:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Football OSU routs Rutgers runs away with victory

Former Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce dotted the “i” during Script Ohio to open the day’s action at Ohio Stadium, but it was the Buckeyes’ offense that stole the show against Rutgers. After a slow start by both sides, No. 2 OSU dominated the game in all aspects, topping the Scarlet Knights 58-0.Rutgers received the opening kickoff and started to march down the field against the Silver Bullets, but an untimely mistake on a trick play quickly stalled the drive. A fumbled lateral pushed the Scarlet Knights backwards before having to punt.After Rutgers’ opening drive, it was all OSU.Led by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, the Buckeyes could not be stopped during the first half, amassing 360 yards and four touchdowns during the first two quarters. Barrett was responsible for all four of those touchdowns, connecting with a different Buckeye receiver in the end zone each time.During the first quarter, Rutgers redshirt senior linebacker Greg Jones was carted from the field after a helmet-to-helmet hit. Although a scary moment in the game, ESPN’s Austin Ward reported that Jones had feeling in all extremities and was communicating with trainers on the field, per a Rutgers team spokesperson.Barrett connected with redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin and redshirt junior tight end Marcus Baugh for touchdowns in the second quarter, tying and then breaking the OSU career passing touchdowns record of 57 previously held by Bobby Hoying. Connecting on one more touchdown in the second half, Barrett has now thrown for 59 touchdowns in just 27 games.“I’m a Ohio State fan. So I know all the great quarterbacks at Ohio State, all the great players,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “And to see J.T. Barrett throw 60 in 21 starts, averaging almost three touchdowns per game, and that’s just incredible feat when you consider the school that he broke that at.”Meyer mentioned 60 touchdowns thrown by Barrett, although his total currently stands at 59. However, much like Meyer said, there is still plenty of football to be played, which will likely lead to Barrett further increasing his number.The poise and maturity shown by Barrett shows, and his teammates are quick to mention just how much influence he has on the Buckeyes.“His leadership; when J.T. talks, everybody listens,” McLaurin said. “His command of the huddle; He didn’t like our before the game but he came at us and I feel that’s what got us off to a pretty good start.”Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber exploded in the first half for 91 yards rushing, averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Weber benefitted from a consistent push on the right side of the offensive line by sophomore tackle Isaiah Prince.Junior H-back Curtis Samuel continued to be a dynamic threat, amassing 129 total yards in the first half. Once again leading the Buckeyes in receiving, the junior picked up his first score to close out the first half on a 5-yard touchdown reception.Much like the first three games of the year, OSU’s defense smothered the opposing offense. Rutgers failed to produce more than 100 yards in the first half, ending each one of its first half drives in its own territory.Rutgers junior quarterback Chris Laviano was put under constant pressure, and was sacked two times. Connecting on just 25 percent of his passes, Laviano did not produce a touchdown for Rutgers.Laviano was replaced by true freshman quarterback Tylin Oden in the third quarter. The Columbia, Tennessee, native did not fair much better, finishing the game without a pass completion.Weber recorded his best game as a Buckeye to date, churning out 144 yards on the ground and picking up a touchdown on a 46-yard carry. Even with an outstanding output by the Detroit, Meyer jokingly critiqued his running back on a breakaway run Weber was tripped up on.“The guy we had last year would not have been caught,” Meyer said through a smile.Barrett and Weber were replaced with four minutes remaining in the third quarter by redshirt freshman quarterback Joe Burrow and freshman running back Demario McCall.McCall’s second carry of the day resulted in a 20-yard scamper into the endzone, giving him his second career touchdown. Following in the footsteps of Weber, McCall finished the game with 85 yards.Overall, OSU limited the Scarlet Knights to 116 total yards, and prevented Rutgers from finding the entering the red zone through all four quarters. The Buckeyes have now prevented an offensive touchdown in three of four games in 2016.“Everybody’s making plays, and everybody’s having fun,” OSU junior defensive end Jayln Holmes said. “It’s an exciting feeling knowing that what we practice everyday actually works and be putting it on the field.”The Buckeyes failed to record a turnover for the first time this season. However, the Scarlet and Gray have now produced 400 yards on offense in all four contests so far.With a perfect 4-0 record overall, a 1-0 conference mark and a No. 2 AP ranking, the Buckeyes will return home next Saturday against Indiana at 3:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more

How We Calculate NBA Elo Ratings

Anderson Packers–19491562 ELOEQUIVALENT RECORDTEAM DESCRIPTION Baltimore Bullets–19471419 Fort Wayne PistonsDetroit Pistons19481495 120015-67Historically awful 150041-41Average Sheboygan Red Skins–19491405 There are just a few NBA-specific parameters to set, which we’ll describe below.The K-factorElo’s K-factor determines how quickly the rating reacts to new game results. It should be set so as to efficiently account for new data but not overreact to it. (In a more technical sense, the goal is to minimize autocorrelation.) If K is set too high, the ratings will jump around too much; if it’s set too low, Elo will take too long to recognize important changes in team quality.We found the optimal K for the NBA to be 20. This is higher than we expected; it’s in the same range as the K used for NFL and international soccer Elo ratings even though the NBA plays far more games than those sports. It’s much higher than the optimal K for baseball. It implies that you ought to give relatively high weight to an NBA team’s recent performance.One way to interpret this is that NBA data is subject to relatively little randomness. This makes it different from sports like baseball and hockey, whose game-by-game results are pretty noisy; in those sports, your default assumption should be that a winning or losing streak is mostly luck. That isn’t so true for basketball. Streaks may reflect true, if perhaps temporary, changes in team quality. When the Atlanta Hawks went on a 19-game winning streak this season, for instance, they were undoubtedly getting a little lucky, but they were probably tougher to beat than at other points in the season.There are still some cases in which Elo seems too slow to catch up to reality, like when Michael Jordan left the Bulls or LeBron James left the Cavs. But remember: Elo is only looking at game scores and not the composition of the roster. If that’s all the information you have, setting Elo to react more quickly to these cases would make it overreact to others. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Elo rating never dipped below 1508 this year despite its 3-12 start, for instance, and that proved to be prudent since the team went 42-25 the rest of the way and ended the year with an Elo rating of 1583.Home-Court AdvantageHome-court advantage is set as equivalent to 100 Elo rating points. One hundred Elo points is equivalent to about 3.5 NBA points,1As for our NFL Elo ratings, it’s possible to translate NBA Elo ratings into point spreads. Here’s the formula: Take the difference of the two teams’ Elo ratings, add 100 points for the home team and then divide by 28. That gives you a projected margin of victory for the game. For instance, in Game 1 of the 2013-14 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs had a 92-point Elo advantage over the Miami Heat, as well as home court, for an overall advantage of 192 Elo points. Dividing that by 28 would make San Antonio roughly 7-point favorites in the game. so that’s like saying the home team would be favored by 3 or 4 points if the teams were otherwise evenly matched.In practice, the magnitude of home-court advantage has waxed and waned over the NBA’s history. Home teams won by an average of 5.8 points in the 1987-88 regular season, for instance, but by just 2.4 points in the past season. And some teams (especially those like Denver and Utah that play at high altitudes) have historically had slightly larger home-court advantages.Still, the spirit of the Elo system is to keep things simple. We experimented with a dynamic home-court advantage rating that changes over time, but we found that it made almost no difference to the overall ratings, partly because each NBA team plays about half its games at home and half on the road. So we’re using the constant 100-point home-court advantage instead.Margin of VictoryElo strikes a nice balance between ratings systems that account for margin of victory and those that don’t. While teams always gain Elo points after wins and lose Elo points after losses, they gain or lose more with larger margins of victory.This works by assigning a multiplier to each game based on the final score and dividing it by a team’s projected margin of victory conditional upon having won the game. For instance, the Warriors’ 4-point margin over the Rockets in Game 1 of this year’s Western Conference finals was lower than Elo would expect for a Warriors win. So the Warriors gain Elo points, but not as many as if they’d won by a larger margin. The formula accounts for diminishing returns; going from a 5-point win to a 10-point win matters more than going from a 25-point win to a 30-point win. For the exact formula, see the footnotes.2The margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows.Take a team’s margin of victory, add 3 points and then take the result to the power of 0.8.Divide the result by the following formula: 7.5+.006*(elo_diff), where elo_diff represents the Elo rating difference between the teams, accounting for home-court advantage. Elo_diff should be negative in games won by the underdog.For instance, in Game 1 of the Warriors-Rockets series, the Warriors entered the game with a an Elo rating 118 points higher than the Rockets’ and had home-court advantage, for an elo_diff of +218. They wound up winning the game by 4 points. Thus, their margin of victory multiplier is calculated as follows:What if the Rockets had won by 4 points instead? Since they were underdogs, they’d get a larger multiplier:While this formula may seem clunky, it accounts for the fact that favorites tend to win games by larger margins than they lose them. Failing to correct for this will introduce autocorrelation into the system and make the ratings less stable. See here for further discussion.Year-to-Year Carry-OverInstead of resetting each team’s rating when a new season begins, Elo carries over a portion of a team’s rating from one season to the next. In our NFL Elo ratings, teams retain two-thirds of their rating from the end of the previous season. In our NBA ratings, by contrast, they keep three-quarters of it. The higher fraction reflects the fact that NBA teams are more consistent from year to year than NFL squads.For example, the Miami Heat ended the 2012-13 NBA season with an Elo rating of 1754. The team’s Elo rating for the start of the 2013-14 season is calculated as follows:(.75 * 1754) + (.25 * 1505) = 1692Detail-oriented readers may see something that seems amiss here. Each team’s Elo rating is reverted to the mean, and — as we’ve said — the long-term mean Elo rating is 1500. So why does a slightly different number, 1505, appear in the formula?Expansion, Contraction and MergersThe reason has to do with the way we handle expansion teams. In principle, the implementation of this is pretty simple. Each franchise begins with an Elo rating of 1300 in its inaugural professional season. The reason we revert to a mean of 1505 rather than 1500 is that there are liable to be a couple of relatively recent expansion teams in the league at any given time. Giving established teams a rating very slightly higher than 1500 counteracts the expansion teams and keeps the league average Elo close to 1500 over the long run.But the league average Elo rating will be slightly different from 1500 in any given season, depending on how recently the league has expanded. It was 1504.5 during the 2014-15 NBA season, for instance, slightly higher than the long-term average because the NBA hasn’t expanded much recently.The league average tended to fluctuate more in the early years of the NBA because of constant expansion, contraction and mergers with other leagues. (We’ve learned way more than we wanted to know about the early history of American professional basketball, like that you could have once watched a game between teams named the Indianapolis Kautskys and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.) The league average reached a peak of 1534.5 in 1954-55 after a number of losing teams had disbanded. By contrast, it was just 1440.5 in the 1970-71 season after the NBA expanded rapidly.There’s one other tricky part. We said a team begins with a rating of 1300 in its first professional season. That doesn’t mean its first NBA season. Instead, teams get credit for their performance in predecessor leagues that merged with the NBA:The Basketball Association of America (BAA), which began play in 1946-47, is usually considered the official predecessor of the NBA. So we track all BAA teams’ Elo ratings explicitly, starting them at 1300 in 1946-47.We also track American Basketball Association (ABA) Elo ratings explicitly — yes, that includes The Floridians! — starting them at a rating of 1300 in the ABA’s inaugural season of 1967-68. The year-end adjustment takes care of the rest, allowing the ABA’s performance to gradually improve over time. The four ABA teams that joined the NBA in 1976-77 simply carry over their ratings from ABA. Because these teams — the Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets and New York Nets — had been among the more successful ABA franchises, Elo ratings imply that the merger with the ABA did not weaken the NBA much. The four ABA imports averaged a respectable 40-42 record in their first three NBA seasons, in fact.The National Basketball League (NBL) was a competing professional basketball league that began play in 1937-38 and included colorfully named franchises like the Non-Skids. It merged into the BAA in advance of the 1949-50 season, at which point the combined league was renamed the NBA. In fact, most of the better franchises in the early days of the NBA originated in the NBL rather than the BAA, including the Minneapolis Lakers, Rochester Royals and Fort Wayne Pistons. While we could not track down game-by-game results for the NBL, we inferred Elo ratings for NBL teams based on the season standings and playoff results, and these ratings carry over when teams enter the NBA. For instance, the Syracuse Nationals (now the Philadelphia 76ers) begin with a rating of 1458 in their first NBA season in 1949-50.Finally, one early NBA team, the Baltimore Bullets, originated in a third early league, the American Basketball League (ABL). Confusingly, that original version of the Baltimore Bullets bears no relationship with the team that would later play as the Baltimore Bullets from 1963 to 1973 (and which is now known as the Washington Wizards). However, Elo gives the original Baltimore Bullets credit for the seasons they played in the ABL.3Since data on the ABL is very hard to come by, the Bullets’ initial rating is simply calculated by starting them with a rating of 1300 and then reverting them toward the mean of 1505 for each season they played in that league. You can find the starting Elo ratings for the Bullets and NBL teams below: 180067-15All-time great 130022-60LOL 140031-51In the lottery Rochester RoyalsSacramento Kings19481535 Minneapolis LakersLos Angeles Lakers19481527 Waterloo Hawks–19491382 Tri-Cities BlackhawksAtlanta Hawks19491430 Teams retain their prior Elo ratings when they change cities or nicknames. This includes the teams now known as the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets. The NBA, in a bit of revisionist history, considers the current Charlotte Hornets (who were known as the Charlotte Bobcats until this season) to “own” the statistics of the team that played as the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-89 through 2001-02, before they moved to New Orleans. We instead link those Hornets seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, who are now the New Orleans Pelicans. Denver Nuggets–19491295 Syracuse NationalsPhiladelphia 76ers19491458 160051-31Playoff bound Hopefully if you’re reading this, you’ve had a chance to explore our new interactive graphic, “The Complete History Of The NBA,” which tracks each NBA and ABA franchise’s performance through every game of its history.So now for the exciting part: 2,000 words about autocorrelation and the Akron Firestone Non-Skids.Actually, this won’t be too bad because Elo is a pretty simple formula. The guts of the system are the same as we used for the NFL and which other researchers have applied to competitions ranging from chess to soccer. For those new to Elo, here are its essential features:The ratings depend only on the final score of each game and where it was played (home-court advantage). They include both regular-season and playoff games. The principal source for game-by-game scores is always gain Elo points after winning games and lose ground after losing them. They gain more points for upset wins and for winning by wider margins.The system is zero-sum. When the Denver Nuggets gained 30 Elo points by upsetting the No. 1 seed Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1994 NBA playoffs, the Sonics lost 30 points.Ratings are established on a game-by-game rather than a season-by-season basis. So you can see changes in a team’s “form” over the course of the year: The Toronto Raptors had a much higher rating early in the 2014-15 season than at the end of it, while the reverse has been true for the Cleveland Cavaliers.The long-term average Elo rating is 1500, although it can vary slightly in any particular year based on how recently the league has expanded (more about that below). More than 90 percent of team ratings are between 1300 (pretty awful) and 1700 (really good), but historically great or truly execrable teams can fall outside that range: Indianapolis Jets–19481366 170060-22Title contender NBL/ABL TEAMCURRENT FRANCHISEFIRST YEAR IN NBA/BAASTARTING ELO read more

XCMG signs 100 million cooperation agreement with Russian dealer KBA

first_imgXCMG, one of China’s leading construction machinery manufacturers, says it has “concluded a successful trip to bauma China 2018 by reaching milestone deals with leading international companies, including a $100 million cooperation agreement with KBA…and celebrating the first deliveries of its record-breaking machinery products.” KBA stands for KuzbassBelAvto and it is a major mining and construction industry dealer for XCMG based in Kemerovo, Siberia. XCMG’s cooperation agreement with KBA is says will result in “deals in mining equipment and solutions.”During the event, XCMG delivered the first batch of its GTBZ58S aerial work platforms, which at 58.6 m and with a maximum gradeability of 45%, is the tallest work platform in the world, to Sinopec Heavy Lifting & Transportation Co Ltd (SHLTC).“With the support of global dealers, suppliers and partners, as well as the hardworking XCMG staff, the company is progressing fast in the international market towards the goal of achieving 50% of its revenue from overseas sales,” said Wang Min, Chairman and President of XCMG.Valery Aleksandrovich Tubabba, General Manager of KBA, said at a signing ceremony that “XCMG is one of the most renowned construction machinery multinational corporations in the world, with top-notch mining equipment performance, top quality products and a comprehensive after sales and service network. KBA is a very confident to partner of XCMG.”Developed under the brand’s “Advanced and Endurable” gold standard, the GTBZ58S is among the 14 new aerial work platform products that XCMG showcased at bauma China 2018 and it says represents the company’s new strength in the aerial work sector.XCMG also said it hosted an overseas dealers’ appreciation banquet during bauma China 2018. “The company has experienced explosive growth in the global market with more than $1.3 billion in total export value, which marks a 40% year-on-year increase. Its products are now present in 182 countries and regions.”last_img read more