10 days agoGiroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea return

first_imgGiroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Michigan State Board Of Trustees Member Epically Trolls Jay Harbaugh On Twitter

first_imgMichigan State Board of Trustees member Mitch Lyons.Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.last_img read more

Trudeau says theres been erosion of trust between PMO WilsonRaybould

first_img“His is a government that cannot be redeemed,” tweeted Scheer. “It must be defeated.”Scheer claimed the prime minister has lost his moral authority to govern.What we heard from Justin Trudeau was an attempt to justify and normalize corruption. It’s clearer than ever that inside his government, political interference and contempt for the rule of law are a matter of course. This is a PM who has lost the moral authority to govern.— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) March 7, 2019Meanwhile, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh criticized Trudeau’s statement, noting a lack of accountability or an apology.WATCH: Jagmeet Singh says he’s ‘disappointed’ Trudeau did not apologize for SNC-Lavalin affair OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is addressing Canadians on the SNC-Lavaliin file, admitting things could have been handled better. But he’s not making any apologies for the controversy.Trudeau is expressing some regret, saying there was clearly “an erosion of trust” between his office and former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould. He says he should have been aware of that.“Many lessons to be learned. Many things that we would like to have done differently,” he said.Trudeau says discussions with Wilson-Raybould continued the way they did because she signalled she was willing to re-visit the SNC decision but never told him she felt the interactions were inappropriate.“One of the things central to my leadership is fostering an environment where my ministers, caucus, and staff, feel comfortable coming to me when they have concerns, indeed, I expect them to do so,” Trudeau said. “In Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s case, she did not come to me and I wish she had.”The prime minister is not offering any apologies. “In regards to standing up for jobs and defending the integrity of our rule of law, I continue to say that there was no inappropriate pressure.”Trudeau says every decision made from his office was focused on the well being of Canadians #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 7, 2019Wilson-Raybould testified she was subjected to relentless, inappropriate pressure — and veiled threats about being removed as justice minister and attorney general — to intervene to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin on bribery and fraud charges related to contracts in Libya.RELATED: A timeline of the SNC-Lavalin affair“The context is a tough one, with potential job losses in the thousands,” Trudeau added. “These are the types of situations that make governing a challenge. And when there an erosion of trust within the people involved, it further complicates what is already a difficult decision for the Attorney General. These have been a tough few weeks.”Trudeau was also basically asked what didn’t he understand when she first told him her mind was made up. The PM says he asked @Puglaas in Sept if she was open to revisiting the decision and she said she would be. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 7, 2019Trudeau said he continues to believe there was no inappropriate pressure.“What I can tell you is my team and everyone in this government always remains focused on how we make sure that we’re protecting jobs and building a better future for Canadians and doing so in a way that protects our institutions,” he added.Trudeau now plans to seek external advice on a variety of issues, including the option of splitting the justice and attorney general roles.When it comes to Wilson-Raybould’s status in the Liberal caucus, the Prime Minister’s Office says Trudeau is still reflecting on that but doesn’t want to make a decision until he hears from his caucus. The next meeting is two weeks away.When it comes to @Puglaas’ status in caucus, I’m told the Prime Minister is still reflecting on that but wants to discuss the matter with his caucus before any decision. Next caucus meeting is scheduled two weeks from now #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 7, 2019The Vancouver-Granville MP resigned from cabinet last month.Attempt to ‘justify and normalize corruption’Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling Trudeau’s statement an attempt to “justify and normalize corruption.”Referring to Trudeau’s comments on an “erosion of trust,” Scheer said the real erosion of trust is between Trudeau and Canadians.WATCH: Andrew Scheer responds to Justin Trudeau’s comments on SNC-Lavalin affair “It was the PM discrediting the detailed testimony of Canada’s first Indigenous woman AG,” he tweeted. “The ‘erosion of trust’ is with Cdns.”What we saw this morning from PM Trudeau wasn’t accountability or an apology – it was the PM blaming everyone but himself.It was the PM discrediting the detailed testimony of Canada’s first Indigenous woman AG.The “erosion of trust” is with Cdns – we need a public inquiry.— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) March 7, 2019-With files from Dean Recksiedlerlast_img read more

SARAH MCLACHLAN SET TO PERFORM CANADIAN ANTHEM AS RAPTORS AIM FOR TITLE

first_imgSarah McLachlan is pictured at the Juno Awards Nominations event in Toronto on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. The 12-time Juno Award winner will host this year’s awards show. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Advertisement Sarah McLachlan will sing Canada’s national anthem tonight as the Toronto Raptors attempt to win their first NBA championship.The league has announced the Halifax-born singer-songwriter will perform O Canada prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.The American anthem will be sung by Pat Monahan of pop-rock act Train. Advertisement It is the last Warriors game at the Oakland, Calif., facility before the team moves to San Francisco. The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.Previous renditions of O Canada at the NBA Finals in Oakland have been met with mixed reviews.Saskatchewan-born country singer Tenille Arts faced some backlash on social media after Game 3 as several people accused her of “butchering” the anthem by veering away from its familiar tune.Walk Off the Earth, Burlington, Ont., band, divided audiences for Game 4 when the four members gathered around a triple-necked string instrument for an acoustic folk version of “O Canada.”Longtime Toronto national anthem performer Doug Tranquada delivered the opening stanza to O Canada in Game 5 before letting fans at Scotiabank Arena take over on Monday night.McLachlan, a Juno and Grammy winner, has a history of singing O Canada to usher in historic sports moments.She performed the anthem at Canadian football team the BC Lions’ first game back at their newly refurbished home stadium in 2011. Two years later, she sang for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks home opener. Twittercenter_img Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

US job openings fell in November to stillstrong 69 million

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. job openings fell in November from the previous month, but the number of available positions remained healthy.The Labor Department says job openings slipped 3.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 million. That is the fewest openings in five months, but still 16 per cent higher than a year ago.The job market remains strong despite sharp stock market declines last month, interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, and a slowing global economy that is also bedeviled by trade fights. Last week’s blockbuster jobs report helped assuage concerns about the economy, as it showed that hiring reached a 10-month high in December.The number of people quitting fell in November, the report showed, but the total also stayed at a solid level.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Moroccos FM sees positive prospects in Middle East peace process

first_imgParis- Morocco’s minister of foreign affair and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, saw on Sunday positive prospects to reach an agreement on various aspects in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The official who took part in a meeting of the Arab League’s follow-up committee of the Arab peace initiative, held in Paris in the presence of US Secretary of state John Kerry, Mezouar told MAP “convergences of viewpoints between various parties are starting to appear”, stressing that the Arab side requested during the meeting explanations on some points.He added that John Kerry has brought “concrete answers”, noting that there one or two items that need to be deepened. Mezouar was upbeat that a final solution will be reached in the coming weeks, stressing that “the Arab side has supported the US peace initiative and commended efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “.last_img read more

2014 NFL Preview The Broncos vs The Hopefuls

Last year, Kansas City went 11-5 despite a significant regression in QB Alex Smith’s statistics from the year before. How did they do so well (aside from having a highly favorable turnover differential)?Largely because of Alex Smith.5And, by extension, Andy Reid. He may not be the QB Chiefs fans wanted, but he’s the QB Chiefs fans needed. While Smith’s passer rating of 89.1 represented a 15-point drop from his 2012 season with San Francisco,6Fueled in part by Randy Moss. it’s still 25.3 points higher than Kansas City’s 2012 quarterbacks.7They also saw a huge improvement on the defensive side of the ball (going from -3.7 defensive SRS to +4.3), though part of that may be a result of the Chiefs’ offensive improvement.But Alex Smith isn’t even close to being the Chiefs’ best player.8At least relatively. Smith being “kind of OK” at QB might be more valuable than some non-QB being the best at his position, but that doesn’t make him the best QB. That would be all-star running back Jamaal Charles, who led the Chiefs in both rushing and receiving last year, and who has averaged 5.6 yards per carry over his career.While Fantasy Football players have been intimately familiar with Charles since his breakout 2009 season, the three-time Pro-Bowler has flown a little under the radar playing for a Kansas City team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1993.In my NFC North season preview, I mildly criticized Adrian Peterson9Or at least the running game he spearheads. for being better at the kinds of things the passing game already has covered (breaking long plays), and worse at the kinds of things that help keep the running game relevant (gaining yardage consistently, setting up high-leverage second downs). So with another star running back on my plate, I thought I should check to see if Charles has similar problems.The simple answer is “no.” The slightly more complicated answer is “no, and this is a silly comparison because Jamaal Charles is way better than Adrian Peterson.”Let’s start with what kinds of outcomes each back produces on first-and-10 runs from outside the red zone10I used slightly different filters from the ones I used in the NFC North article, so Peterson’s numbers may not match perfectly.:Charles runs for losses or no yards less often than Peterson does, has more quality (4-6 yard) and high-leverage (7-9 yard) gains, runs for first downs more often, and has more yards per carry on those first down runs.OK, fine. But there’s more to being a running back than just running on first down, right? For a more comprehensive comparison, I looked at a number of different scenarios11Still filtered to exclude red-zone possessions.:This is a bit of a split decision. AP is a little better on second-and-mid-distance (which is one of the more common running situations) and a little bit better on third-and-1 (though Charles isn’t used that way very often). On the other hand, Charles appears to be better at second-and-short-distance as well as third-and-medium to third-and-long (which Peterson is not asked to do very often, either).To try to boil it down in a way that’s neutral to team circumstances, I took each RB’s performance for all scenarios (including those above and rarer ones) and applied it to the frequency of those scenarios league wide. The result of that calculation is pretty lopsided: On a common set of runs, Charles would likely pick up first downs 5.7 percentage points more often and would gain 1.6 yards more per carry than an average running back, compared to 3.2 percentage points and 1.0 extra yards per carry for Peterson. In other words, per carry, Charles gains about 0.6 more yards and is 2.5 percentage points more likely to pick up a first down than Peterson.Meanwhile, Charles is also more of a threat to catch passes, wrangling in 222 receptions for 1,975 yards and 14 touchdowns in 80 games, compared to Peterson’s 206 catches, 1,697 yards and 5 TDs in 103 games. When throwing to Charles, QBs have a passer rating of 101.1, compared to 77.3 normally. QBs have a passer rating of 89.7 when targeting Peterson, versus 80.6 normally.In other words, not only does Charles catch more passes, but targeting him has led to better outcomes for worse quarterbacks. Also, he has had worse quarterbacks! This makes his performance less likely to be a product of his team’s offense.All in all, the Chiefs should probably expect to regress somewhat after such a dramatic improvement (and such a favorable turnover margin) last year, but they definitely have some weapons to keep them competitive.San Diego ChargersExpected wins: 7.9Playoff probability: 35 percent (17 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 2 percent FiveThirtyEight is running a series of eight NFL previews, one division at a time, to highlight the numbers that may influence each team’s season. America’s favorite weekly soap opera is about to begin; get prepped.Denver BroncosExpected wins (using implied power ratings from Las Vegas point spreads): 10.3Playoff probability: 73 percent (56 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 11 percent The Denver Broncos are coming off a second straight 13-3 season and their first Super Bowl appearance in the post-Elway era. It was MVP quarterback Peyton Manning’s 10th time winning 12 or more games in a season — nobody else has done it more than eight times (Tom Brady holds that mark).Yet there are “whispers” that the Seattle Seahawks defense may have finally exposed Manning’s limitations. Doubting Manning is an ancient sport, and though it has changed somewhat over time, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.The last time Manning failed to win at least 10 games was 2001 (when Russell Wilson was still in middle school) yet Manning is only 11-12 in the postseason. Critics often say Manning is a good “regular season quarterback,” but not a great “playoff quarterback.” The theory is that there’s something about Manning’s game that makes him great at beating up on weak opponents, but that can’t handle the tougher, more complex defenses found commonly in playoff opponents.I’ll confess, before looking into this myself, I thought it was a plausible-sounding theory.1The best example of this phenomenon is very fast-paced offenses in the NBA that win a lot of games against weaker opponents by trading lots of possessions but with a tiny edge on each exchange; that strategy can backfire in the playoffs, when they face better opponents who have the edge on them. But for the most part, the reason Manning has had a harder time winning games in the playoffs is the same as it is for virtually everyone else: He has faced tougher opponents and tougher defenses. While it’s true that his teams haven’t won quite as many games as expected, and that he performs a little worse in the playoffs than in the regular season, he has actually performed better against playoff defenses that we would expect given the strength of those defenses.To examine this, I looked at ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) from 2006 to the present.2QBR is a bit less production-oriented and a bit more win-oriented than most QB metrics — this has its drawbacks, but seemed appropriate for the subject. I also tried a similar approach using adjusted yards per attempt to make sure the results were crudely similar prior to 2006. They were. In the regular season, Manning’s average QBR per game3I averaged across games weighting by number of dropbacks, which leads to slightly different numbers from each QB’s overall yearly QBR but makes it easier to combine quarterbacks. was 74.8, while the average QBR for other quarterbacks who faced the same teams in the same season was 50.8. In the playoffs, Manning’s average QBR was 68.4, for a decline of 6.4 points. But the average QBR for other quarterbacks who played his playoff opponents was 41.9, an average decline of 8.9 points.The chart below shows all of Manning’s games since 2006. Every dot above the line is a Manning performance that exceeded that of other quarterbacks against the same defense.Yes, Manning had a pretty terrible game against a terrific Seattle defense, but he has a long history of lighting up similarly accomplished opponents.4In case you’re wondering, the toughest defense Manning has faced in this data set was the 2008 Baltimore Ravens, against whom he went 19-27 for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns.Kansas City ChiefsExpected wins: 8.3Playoff probability: 42 percent (22 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 3 percent The Chargers have to be one of the NFL’s most frustrated franchises. In 2013, they led the league in average drive distance on offense — gaining an average of 37.6 yards per drive. They also had the lowest three-and-out rate, with only 25.6 percent of their drives failing to gain a first down. And overall they scored 2.32 points per drive, good for second in the league behind Denver’s 2.83. Their defense was mediocre, ranking 22nd in average points allowed per drive, but their net point differential between their drives and their opponents’ drives was ninth in the league. Despite all that, they finished only 9-7. The Chargers haven’t had a 10-win season since LaDanian Tomlinson’s departure in 2009.Since Philip Rivers took over as starting QB in 2006, the statistical darling and regular Pro Bowler has made the Chargers an offensive powerhouse, scoring 2.20 points per drive, the fourth-highest in the period, behind only the Patriots, Peytons,12i.e. the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos with Peyton Manning at quarterback. and Saints. This has put them in very good company among NFL franchises.Every team in the Chargers’ neighborhood has won a Super Bowl, and the only team with greater success to fail to win one over that period is the Patriots.Like Manning, Rivers has his detractors: He can’t win in the playoffs! He can’t win big games! He makes mistakes at key moments! These are the classic arguments against statistically sound quarterbacks who perform well year in and year out but then fail to perform well in a few games (or even a few parts of a few games) in January.But in this case, there may be something to it. At a cursory level, Rivers’s teams have not performed well in close games — which you see more of in the playoffs:Since good teams are less likely to get blown out, they will naturally lose closer games much more often than blowouts. For example, Tom Brady has won 92 percent of his games decided by eight or more points, but “only” 58 percent of those decided by seven or fewer. But even considering this, Rivers has been terrible: He has won 77 percent of his larger-margin games, but just 38 percent of close ones. And as far as football goes, this isn’t a very small sample: Rivers is 19-31 in those games.13This is another area where criticisms of Peyton Manning are turned on their heads: Manning is a whopping 30-16 in close games.The only quarterback who has won more blowouts and lost more close games is Aaron Rodgers. As a Super Bowl-winner and one of the highest-rated quarterbacks of all time, he may sound like good company, but as I discussed earlier, while Rodgers’s skills aren’t in doubt, his win-maximizing tactics are.With that in mind, I used a similar method to look more closely at when Rivers throws interceptions and touchdowns14This is also similar to the analysis I did with Matthew Stafford (I’ve been doing this a lot lately). The full report looks like this., and a few things stuck out:Like Rodgers, Rivers’s interception rate is lowest relative to expectation when his team is trailing by two or more scores. This is typically the best time to be “aggressive” in the passing game.Rivers is good at not throwing interceptions when his team is way ahead. While fine, that habit inflates his statistics. Not throwing interceptions in those situations will help things like his passer rating or his team’s points-per-drive stats, but it won’t improve the team’s chances of winning games by much.Rivers throws 26.0 percent of his interceptions in the first quarter, compared to a league average 18.4 percent (the only quarter in which he throws more interceptions per attempt than average). I have nothing against gambling early, but this is a symptom of a common syndrome, wherein a QB will gamble early, or when it comes down to the wire, but will be overly cautious in between.Rivers actually does appear to play worse than his usual self in close situations. For example, he throws 71.2 percent of his interceptions when the two teams are separated by one score or fewer, compared to a league average of 60.2 percent. Meanwhile, he throws 59.3 percent of his touchdowns in those situations, compared to a league average of 63.1 percent.So overall it appears that there are markers of Rivers being a bit too conservative in some of the wrong places. On top of that, it’s likely that his stats are a bit inflated, and he has played worse than normal in the highest-leverage situations.But good news, Chargers fans! This is preferable to consistency across scenarios. As I said with Rodgers, strategic shortcomings are fixable. And while playing the worst in the most important spots may get a quarterback a reputation as a choker, those are the most likely spots for his play to improve (as he regresses toward his own personal mean).Oakland RaidersExpected wins: 5.4Playoff probability: 10 percent (4 percent to win the AFC West)Super Bowl win probability: 0 percent Last year, the Oakland Raiders went 4-12 for the second year in a row. Aside from two 8-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011, for more than a decade the Raiders have been the New England Patriots of stinking. Since 2003 their loss totals are 14, 12 (five times), 11 (three times) and 8 (twice).Over that period, their defense has given up the most points per drive, and their offense has scored the second-fewest, leading to a net difference of -0.56 points. This is the worst net difference in football; on the opposite extreme are the Patriots (+.79) and the Peytons (+.77).So do the Raiders have any reason for hope?Yes!Following a (single) great preseason outing against the Seattle Seahawks, the Raiders have announced that they’ll be starting second-round draft pick Derek Carr on opening weekend. Carr is perhaps best known for being former No. 1 pick David Carr’s younger brother, though he also threw for a nation-leading 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns in Fresno State’s 2013 Mountain West Conference campaign.15Full disclosure: My wife is from Fresno, and a number of her family members went to Fresno State, so I’ve been hearing about Carr for years.It would be quite reasonable to doubt the Raiders’ judgment after their recent history of high-profile coaching and quarterbacking disasters. But in a vacuum, having a QB drafted 36th starting on opening night should be good news to Raiders fans. I’ve modeled career success for rookie QBs based on a number of factors (such as weight and stature), including draft position. Combining this with data on how much each rookie played, we can estimate the expected number of wins following his rookie season for a QB drafted with the 36th pick like so16Technical stuff: This data represents QBs selected between 1970 and 2009 in the regular (non-supplemental) draft, taken between No. 2 overall and the seventh round (No. 1 picks severely skew the data), who recorded at least one game played (in whatever capacity) in the year they were drafted. I created linear models for each category using as predictor variables the logarithm of each player’s draft position and whether or not he played at least X games. I then plugged 36 and “yes” into each to get the Y values.:Without knowing how many games he’ll start, the expected number of post-rookie wins for a No. 36 pick is about 21. Knowing that Carr will start at least one game boosts him up to about 25 wins, and if he makes it to four games his wins go up to about 30. You can use other metrics as the predicted variable and the results are similar: His odds of “success” (which I defined as Career Approximate Value greater than 32.0) jump to 51 percent from 33 percent with four games started, and his average non-rookie AV jumps to 44.4 from 32.7.Four games seems to be about the inflection point — beyond that, as the number of rookie QBs in the data set who started that many games shrinks, it gets very noisy with a flatter trend.Note that I am absolutely not saying that it’s better to start rookie quarterbacks rather than let them develop. It’s likely that most (if not all) of the effect we’re seeing is merely a result of better quarterbacks being more likely to earn a starting nod than worse ones, independent of where they were drafted.All else being equal, the odds that Carr is the real deal are looking better.Read more of FiveThirtyEight’s NFL season previews. read more

The Thunder Are Falling Apart Without Andre Roberson

In a typical year, the NBA’s All-Star break offers the league’s most dysfunctional contenders a chance to reset, take inventory and right what ails them heading into the final stretch before the playoffs. This season, thanks to Cleveland’s moves at the trade deadline, the post-All-Star watch likely will fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder and how it weathers the loss of Andre Roberson, the beating heart of its defense.After an offseason that included acquiring Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to combine with reigning MVP Russell Westbrook, the Thunder expected to compete at the highest levels. It hasn’t worked out that way. The team is 33-26 at the break and has lost six of its last nine games. There are all manner of reasons for this, from the obvious difficulties of integrating three high-usage stars to the decline of key players on an already-thin squad. (Offseason acquisition Patrick Patterson, who was a reliable stretch 4 for years in Toronto, has disappointed and tanked the offense while he’s been on the court.) Despite all that, the team seemed to have figured something out by January, when it ran off eight straight wins on the strength of its defense and a newly thriving offense. But late in that stretch, Roberson went down with a ruptured patellar tendon. He was lost for the season, and the Thunder had a whole new sort of crisis.Roberson is a singular player in the NBA. He is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, and at 6-foot-7, he has the size and quickness to guard four positions. Roberson’s effect on the Thunder defense is tremendous. He can switch practically any matchup, cover opposing stars and not only challenge their shots but also dissuade them from even attempting them. His defensive Real Plus-Minus — a stat that heavily favors big men — ranks fourth in the league. Overall, the defense was 12.5 points worse per 100 possessions when he left the floor. His effect doesn’t grade out at quite the same level of Golden State’s Draymond Green or Utah’s Rudy Gobert, but he just about maximizes the impact a perimeter defender can have on a game.Or as Westbrook put it: “I think people outside our building, people across the world always complained about different things Andre didn’t do instead of embracing all the great things he did do. I’ve always embraced Andre and I was always very, very happy he was on my team because of things he did on both sides of the ball. Setting screens, cutting, running the floor. A lot of things that you can’t teach.”Those “things Andre didn’t do,” of course, refer to Roberson being one of the worst regular offensive players in the league. Roberson is a notoriously inept and unwilling shooter. He is shooting 22 percent from the 3-point line this season on a diet of wide-open shots the opposing defense is thrilled to see him take. And yet, his overall effect on the offense doesn’t seem to have been as dire as advertised.Since Roberson went out, Oklahoma City’s defensive rating has been 112.3, which would rank 27th in the league, ahead of only the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. That’s extreme though not unexpected with Roberson no longer there to cover for weaker defenders like Westbrook or Anthony. But here’s the kick in the head: The team’s offensive ratings has barely budged despite losing one of the worst offensive players in the league, going from 110.9 before Roberson’s injury to 111.8 after it. This is much harder to explain.Roberson didn’t simply deprive his offense of a player who could do a better job of shooting, passing or dribbling. He shrank the court, allowing defenders to roam guilt-free, to harass ballhandlers and make life difficult for anyone establishing post position or running around off-ball screens.So clearly the team would be expected to show more improvement than it has in his absence. But while the overall offense has been flat, the individual stars have thrived with Roberson out. With Roberson on the floor, the Thunder pick and roll barely worked at all, producing just 87 points per 100 chances, according to data from Second Spectrum. It didn’t much matter if it was Westbrook handling the ball (90 points per 100 chances), George (73), Raymond Felton (91) or Carmelo Anthony (94). Without Roberson there, the team’s pick-and-roll points jump to 95. Westbrook and George see especially large jumps without Roberson, landing at 100 and 91 points per 100 chances created on the pick and roll, respectively.It gets stranger: George produced only 77 points per 100 chances on drives with Roberson on the floor; without him, that shot up to 96 — on a significant number of shots. Westbrook, too, goes from 98 points per 100 chances to 105, or the difference between Ish Smith and Victor Oladipo this season. And while Roberson didn’t actually affect the team’s effective field goal percentage overall, both Westbrook and George suffered large drop-offs in their shooting numbers when they shared the court with him.But the Thunder have yet to capitalize on the additional space available with Roberson out. Westbrook has played well in some ways, creating at James Harden/Chris Paul levels on the pick and roll, and poorly in others, shooting just 43 percent from the field and 18 percent from the three in the games since Roberson’s injury. George has been hot from the three — he’s hit at least five 3-pointers in four consecutive games — and has averaged 29.6 points on a 62 effective field goal percentage through those 10 games. But Anthony has gone absolutely dormant, and both he and Westbrook missed two games to injury.There’s plenty to be encouraged by over these past few games. George looks like a different player without Roberson, and all may be right if he and Westbrook are both firing at close to optimal levels by the playoffs. Further, second-year shooter Alex Abrines, seeing increased minutes with Roberson out, has run hot and cold, shooting 35 percent on threes overall since the injury. That should improve over time.But even so, the offense taking a dip despite subtracting a guy who may be the single worst offensive player who’s actually allowed to play s troubling, and Oklahoma City doesn’t have an obvious source of those unteachable qualities Westbrook mentioned — the cutting, the running, the screens. The Thunder’s stars may finally have the room to operate as stars, but its problems are now ones not solved easily by star power.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Prime Minister highlights impact of Climate Change

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 26, 2017 – Montego Bay – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says climate change is real and presents a clear and present danger to countries across the world.“We must mention our sister islands that were devastated by hurricanes. In some cases, tourism was the single industry and in many cases the major industry in those islands, and they must and will rebuild,” Mr. Holness said.“However, this time they must factor in disaster resilience, recovery and adaptation in a systematic and institutional way.   The world has been forced to acknowledge that there is urgent need for responsibility, adaptation and resilience as we recognize our changing realities.   Climate change is real, and it will disproportionately affect those of us who are least prepared to respond,” he said.The Prime Minister was giving the keynote address at the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on September 24.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference will be another opportunity for Jamaica to be showcased on the world stage.   The Prime Minister said it is only fitting, with 2017 being designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, that Jamaica will proudly host such a prestigious conference.Mr. Holness pointed out that sustainability is a core feature of Jamaica’s growth agenda, adding that “we must find the right balance so that we have growth”, but not at the expense of the environment.He noted that Jamaica has a well-known and well-loved brand, and that through events like JAPEX, “we harness our collective capabilities and build on our strengths.”“Our brand is a fusion of our music, our hospitality, our culture, our food, our entertainment, our creativity and our innovativeness, all coming together to create a distinct meaning of a Jamaican product or service,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister welcomed the participants and urged them to “take advantage of the world of business opportunities all in one place”.Released: JISPhoto credit: NASA Related Items:last_img read more

Voguecom Site Director Departs People on the Move – 8316

first_img Incidentally, in 2014, Code and Theory redesigned Vogue.com. “Ben is joining Code and Theory in a senior director role, focusing on expanding and developing new service offerings to help our clients continue to shift their businesses within the fast-changing world of content creation and content marketing,” Mike Treff, managing partner at Code and Theory, told WWD. Mediagazer has hired Matthew Kassel as a part-time editor, following the departure of Patricia Sauthoff. Most recently, Kassel was a staff writer and editor at The New York Observer. The Wrap has promoted Tim Molloy and Thom Geier to executive editor and managing editor, respectively. Most recently, Molloy and Geier both served as deputy managing editor. Prior to joining the brand, Molloy worked at the AP and TV Guide Magazine, while Geier served as a senior editor for Entertainment Weekly. Jeremy Keehn has joined Bloomberg Businessweek as a features editor. Most recently, Keehn served as a news and business editor at NewYorker.com. Previously, he was a digital director and editor at Harper’s Magazine and senior editor at The Walrus. Hitomi Sato and Raymond Ho have joined Men’s Health as art director and deputy art director, respectively. Both will work with creative director Tom O’Quinn and co-art director Pete Sucheski. Previously, Sako served as senior art director at Condé Nast Traveler, while Ho joins the brand from House Beautiful and Travel + Leisure, where he was the art director. TV Guide Magazine has appointed Jim Halterman west coast bureau chief and Christine Petrillo vice president of brand partnerships, both effective August 1. Most recently, Halterman served as an editor at Xfinity.com and TVFanatic.com, while Petrillo was director of branded entertainment sales at iHeartMedia. Vogue.com site director Ben Berentson has left the brand to join digital creative agency Code and Theory as senior director. Meredith Corporation has named Lauren Iannotti executive editor of Rachel Ray Every Day magazine, effective August 3. As executive editor, Iannotti will oversee editorial content and design of the magazine. She joins the company from Condé Nast, where she served as executive editor of Brides.  Christine Mitchell will join Government Executive Media Group as its digital general manager. Mitchell comes to the company from Uber, where she served as general manager for the Orlando and Tampa Bay area. In her new role, Mitchell will focus on digital revenue and growing Government Executive’s audience. Additionally, Bridget Forbes has been promoted to senior director of digital strategy and operations. Sandeep Hulsandra and Bobby Moran have been promoted at Politico. Hulsandra was promoted from senior director of software engineering to VP of engineering. Moran was promoted from VP of business development and strategy of Politico Pro to VP and general manager of Politico Pro. Traci Schweikert has also joined Politico as VP of human resources. She comes from NPR, where she served as senior director of talent acquisition and development. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Mashable has named Damon Beres deputy tech editor. He comes from The Huffington Post, where he was senior technology editor. Esquire has hired Kevin Sintumuang and Jeff Gordinier. Sintumuang will serve as culture and lifestyle director while Gordinier will assume the role of food and drinks editor. Sintumuang joins the brand from The Wall Street Journal, where he was digital director for life and style. Previously, Gordinier was as a food writer and contributor to The New York Times’ T Magazine, as well as its book reviews, styles, and travel sections. Business Insider has appointed Anthony Iaffaldano to the newly created position of VP of corporate marketing. Most recently, he served as VP of marketing for digital agency Undertone. Columbia Journalism Review has named Kyle Pope its next editor and publisher, effective in September. Pope most recently served as editor-in-chief of Straus News, and has also previously served as editor-in-chief of The New York Observer. Scott Gold will join Time Inc.’s breakfast site Extra Crispy as bacon critic. Gold is a food and drink writer, and has contributed to Gourmet, Edible Brooklyn, Thrillist, Eater, Tasting Table, and more brands. Berentson was instrumental in relaunching Vogue Runway and helped build Vogue.com’s digital team. Prior to joining Vogue, he held a range of roles at Condé Nast over the course of 11 years. Aaron Edwards, Adrianne Jeffries, and Amanda Hale have all joined co-founder of The Verge and former Bloomberg digital editor Joshua Topolsky’s new media project, The Outline. Previously, Edwards worked at BuzzFeed News, Jeffries served as a managing editor at Vice, and Hale worked for Talking Points Memo. Melissa Bell, vice president for growth at Vox Media, has been promoted to publisher. In this position, Bell will help develop Vox Media’s brands and identify opportunities to grow its audience across different platforms, working with the sales, product, and editorial teams. Omeda has announced James Capo will join the company as chief revenue officer responsible for sales, marketing, and product development. Capo previously served as VP of digital business development at Access Intelligence. O, The Oprah Magazine has hired Kristina McMahon as associate publisher of marketing. She joins the brand from Women’s Health, where she served as senior associate publisher, brand innovation, creative services and marketing. Anne Sachs, Condé Nast’s executive director of social content and strategy, will serve as Vogue.com’s site director in the interim.last_img read more

El Paso shooting Will continue responsible sale of guns says Walmart

first_img #GunControlNow Trends After Gilroy Shooting In California That Left 3 Dead IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:58Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:58?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … On Sunday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon posted a note on Instagram saying that “he can’t believe” that the second shooting took place in less than a week. He called people to join him in praying for the victims. Walmart also tweeted that the company is “in shock” and is “praying for the victims, the community and our associates, as well as the first responders.”However, the retail giant received public condemnation for continuing to sell firearms despite increasing public debates demanding ban of the sale on weapons in the country.But despite traditionally selling firearms for “hunting” purposes, the company has made several changes in its sale policies of ammunition across America over the years. After last year’s Parkland shooting in Florida, Walmart changed its gun sales policies by raising its minimum gun purchasing age to 21.The company spokesperson also mentioned that Walmart has paid attention to public discourse on gun violence and has initiated a ban on the sale of “modern sporting rifles” which he described as “military-style semi-automatic rifles”. The weapons were removed from the website and any air gun or toy that might resemble assault weapons were taken off the shelves, he added. Representative ImageScott Olson/Getty ImagesA day after 20 people were killed and 26 injured inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, a spokesperson of the retail giant said that Walmart has no plans to stop selling guns and ammunition.”Our focus has always been on being a responsible seller of firearms,” company spokesman Randy Hargrove said, cited Bloomberg. “We go beyond federal law requiring all customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm,” he said.Within 13 hours of the El Paso shooting, around nine people were killed and 27 injured when a shooter opened fire at a Dayton bar in Ohio.The Sunday shooting took place four days after a disgruntled Walmart employee opened fire, killing two co-workers and wounding a police officer in Mississippi. Other instances of gun violence, including the shooting in a Californian food festival, has raised questions regarding the state of gun control laws in the United States. Closelast_img read more

Noakhali gangrape cant be imagined in democratic country

first_imgKamal Hossain.File PhotoExpressing deep concern over the gang-rape of a woman in Subarnachar of Noakhali, Jatiya Oikya Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain on Friday said it has belittled all as a nation, reports UNB.“Such an incident can’t be imagined in a democratic country. The incident has put the democratic rights, basic rights and the freedom of expression into jeopardy,” he said in a statement.Kamal also said, “This shame is not only of the victim but also of the entire nation. Not only the victim was tortured through the incident, but also our democracy and basic rights were humiliated.”He expressed his resentment at the drop of the name of the person who ordered the gang-rape and demanded that those involved in the incident be brought to book immediately.The opposition Oikya Front convener alleged that ruling Awami League ‘terrorists’ threatened the woman with dire consequences after she cast her vote for the candidate of her choice defying their order.He further alleged that the government has apparently helped the criminals flee trying to hush up the incident.Kamal also said the country’s people will have to take initiatives to prevent such incidents.According to the victim’s husband, a group of hoodlums stormed into their house in the early hours of Monday and tied up all the family members except his wife.They took the woman outside the house at gunpoint where they raped her in turns for casting her vote for ‘sheaf of paddy’, the victim’s husband claimed.After the rape, they also threatened the victim not to disclose the matter to anyone, saying they would kill her if otherwise, he said.With the help of neighbours, the victim was taken to hospital on Monday and a case was filed against nine people over the incident.last_img read more

Racine White Host AntiViolence Town Hall

first_imgThe District of Columbia’s attorney general Karl Racine and the council member representing Ward 8, Trayon White, teamed up recently to talk about fighting violence in the ward.On July 19, Racine and White convened a town hall, “Violence Prevention and Interruption” at THE ARC in Southeast to talk to Ward 8 residents on the best ways to address public safety.Karl Racine is the attorney general of the District of Columbia is assembling a plan to further reduce crime in the city. (Courtesy photo)“We have some issues in our community,” White said to the crowd of 250. “Bad things happen when good people do nothing.”The panelists for the event included Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor for Public Safety and Justice; Andrae Brown, a violence interruption expert; Patrol Chief Robert Countee of the D.C. Police Department and Ivan Cloyd, an anti-violence activist in the District.Racine said he convened the meeting because he felt that violence was too prevalent in people’s lives.“Recently, a grandmother in Ward 8 told one of my staffers ‘I care for my 8-year-old grandson, and every time he hears gunshots outside our apartment he screams, ‘Grandma, hit the ground,” the attorney general said. “This story is heartbreaking and, sadly, not unique.”The latest police department statistics available for the Seventh Police District, which covers the overwhelmingly majority of Ward 8, show that there has been a 31 percent reduction in violent crime that is categorized as robbery, assaults, sexual assaults and homicides. Police statistics also show that there has been a 47 percent reduction in robberies specifically, a major offense that takes place in Ward 8.However, statistics reveal that there has been an 18 percent increase in property crimes. Nevertheless, Countee was upbeat about crime trends.“Crime is at an all-time 10-year low and it is headed in the right direction,” he said.Donahue said that a change in mindset has taken place among the District’s public safety sector, citing the passage of the NEAR (Neighborhood Engagement Achieves Results) Act of 2015 that was authored by D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The act focuses on a non-traditional mode of fighting crime.“The NEAR Act tries to solve violence with a public health approach,” Donahue said, noting that many criminals have mental and, in some cases, physical ailments that contribute to their lawlessness. He said that the Act has enabled the administration of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to look at creative ways to engage offenders and victims.“We are working on ways where there will be social workers at emergency rooms to counsel patients if they are there as a result of a criminal act and a legal advocate at the hospital to advise people, whether they are criminals or victims, of their rights,” Donahue said.The general consensus among the panelists is that the community must play a more active role in fighting crime.Brown has done anti-violence work in Los Angeles and notes America’s second largest city has made significant headway in reducing crime.“The Los Angeles government had a full comprehensive strategy where all agencies of the government worked to reduce gang violence,” Brown said. “There was an effort to get more members of the community engaged in the work of the police. In addition, we worked to get the police to change the way it sees the community.”Countee agreed with White that anti-violence non-profits should get more city and private sector funds and he supported a contention of Brown’s.“People should call-in to the police when there is trouble,” he said.Cloyd said many young people want to do the right thing but face so many problems that they can’t deal with.“When I was young man in the early 1990s, I became disaffected with education,” he said.“For example, if you don’t have the reading skills that are required of your grade level you become frustrated and decide to tune out school. If you don’t have reading skills, you can’t reason and you become educationally disengaged.”Racine said he has a plan to confront violence that consists of identifying people who are at high risk of getting involved in violence and connect them with services that can help; mediate disputes and prevention retaliation; and help change norms around violence and organize community responses when violence does occur.However, the event lacked the woman’s perspective, according to Barbara Morgan, a former president of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, who questioned why there were no female panelists.“It was very informative,” Morgan told the AFRO. “I asked about the females because there are a lot of issues that females have to deal with. It takes two [male and female] to be a part of the solution.”last_img read more

Dishs New AirTV Device Is a Connected Tuner for Free Broadcast TV

first_imgConsumers who don’t want to subscribe to Sling TV can also opt to watch their AirTV’s local broadcast feeds in a dedicated AirTV mobile app, or sign up for a free Sling TV account without paying for any of the service’s bundles.AirTV integrates two TV tuners, which means that households can watch two separate programs simultaneously. The device connects directly to an over-the-air antenna, and comes with Wifi and Ethernet connectivity for network access.Networked TV tuners like these aren’t entirely new. HDHomerun has been making similar devices for a number of years, and cord cutting-focused DVR upstarts like Tablo have been using networked devices to record and stream broadcast programming for some time as well.Speaking of which: At launch, AirTV won’t have any DVR capabilities, but a spokesperson confirmed that this functionality will be added later this year. Consumers who attach an external hard drive to the device will then be able to record broadcast TV, and access their recordings alongside Sling TV’s cloud DVR recordings in the service’s app. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img Dish is doubling down on cord cutting: The company’s AirTV subsidiary introduced a new device Wednesday that allows users to watch free live feeds from broadcast networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox on TVs and mobile devices around their house and on the go. Later this year, AirTV plans to add DVR functionality to the device as well.AirTV, as the device is simply called, retails for $120, and comes with a $25 credit for Dish’s Sling TV streaming service. That combination is no accident: Sling TV has since its launch primarily focused on cable channels, and shunned broadcast networks for its most popular bundles.The AirTV device is a networked TV tuner, which means that it doesn’t plug directly into a TV, but instead streams local programming over Wifi. AirTV now allows Sling TV subscribers to pipe in local stations directly into their Sling TV app, adding free broadcast TV to Sling TV’s cable network bundles.last_img read more

Shop confirms it is not closing down after rumours spread in town

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA newsagents at a Staffordshire Moorlands bus station has confirmed it is not closing down – after rumours started to circulate in the town. Smithfield News, on the Smithfield Centre near Leek bus station, said they had been asked a number of times about the shop shutting. In a statement posted online at the weekend, the store said:  “Just to clear up a rumour we keep getting asked about – we’re not closing down.” “No idea where the rumour started, don’t really care either, but you’ve heard it from the horses mouth, we’re here to terrorise you for the foreseeable.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Nat Geos Bears Of The Last Frontier Kabel BW is c

first_imgNat Geo’s Bears Of The Last FrontierKabel BW is claiming to offer more HD channels than any other German TV operator having added Nat Geo Wild HD to its line-up. The cable operator now carries a total of 40 HD channels.The addition of Nat Geo Wild HD takes the number of HD channels launched since January to 10.The operator offers six free-to-air HD channels, the HD channels of RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, its own Mein TV HD package and the HD channels of pay TV operator Sky Deutschland.last_img read more