Mercedes-AMG GT R sets fastest production car lap at BIC

first_imgThe leaderboard for the fastest lap around the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in a production car, India’s only F1 track, has a new name at the top. It is the Mercedes-AMG GT R with a lap time of 2 minutes, 9 seconds and 853 milliseconds.The Mercedes-AMG GT R’s India debut is set for August 21 and it will become the latest sports car from the German carmaker to come to India. Underneath its bonnet, it is powered by a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 that is capable of  putting out 585hp. It can dothe 0-100kmph sprint in just 3.6 seconds before going on to hit a top speed of 318kmph.Mercedes-AMG driver Christian Hohenadel was behind the wheel of the GT R when the record was set and the entire proceedings were monitored by FMSCI officials.Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India: “We are highly thrilled with the accomplishment of the ‘Beast of the Green Hell’, which spearheads Mercedes-AMG’s model range globally. The Mercedes-AMG GT R which has spent a large portion of its development time at the Green Hell of the Nurburgring has proven its racing mettle at our very own Buddh International Circuit. It is only fitting that ahead of its India debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, holds the title of clocking the fastest lap ever by a production car in India. Mercedes-Benz has a formidable presence in the racing and motorsports arena, and this strong lineage is present in our vehicle design and technology, both in performance and aesthetics. The AMG GT R is an embodiment of Mercedes-AMG’s global expertise in creating a sports car that every performance enthusiast around the world, would like to own and experience every day.”advertisementMr. Akbar Ebrahim , President FMSCI , commented, “The FMSCI is happy to have been part of this record attempt by Mercedes-Benz India . Our Technical delegate Mr. Raj  Kapoor supervised the entire test and is happy to note that a new lap record has been created at the Buddh International Circuit by a production car, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The FMSCI congratulated Mercedes-Benz India on this achievement and wishes them the very best in the introduction of this sports car in the Indian market.”The previous car to hold the record was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, in March 2013.Also Read: Mercedes-Benz can drive in BS-VI models to India by 2018Also Read: Mercedes-Benz launches GLC43 4MATIC Coupe in Indialast_img read more

Betsy DeVos Criticized Over Plan to Cut Special Olympics Funding

first_imgEducation Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing sharp pushback over a proposal to cut federal funding to the Special Olympics.Celebrities, politicians and activists have taken to social media to rebuke DeVos for her plan to cut funding for the group as part of $7 billion in reductions in 2020. The organization received $17.6 million from the Education Department this year, but DeVos says it should be supported through philanthropy.House Democrats grilled DeVos in a budget hearing Tuesday, with Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., calling the cut “appalling.”Others calling on DeVos to rethink the decision include former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, and Julie Foudy, former captain of the U.S. women’s soccer team.A department spokeswoman says DeVos supports the organization and has donated to it in the past.By: Collin Binkley, AP Education WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tanker Operator to Pay USD 2 Mn for Dumping Oily Waste

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Vessel operator Interorient Marine Services was convicted and sentenced in Louisiana for maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of oil from a tanker.Senior ship officers employed by the company aboard the Ridgebury Alexandra Z discharged oily waste into the ocean by flushing the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment sensor with fresh water.This flushing of the sensor tricked the system into detecting a much lower effluent oil content than what was actually being discharged. These senior officers then falsified the vessel’s Oil Record Book, recording that 87,705 gallons of oily wastewater had been discharged properly through the pollution prevention equipment.The company admitted to illegally dumping the oil cargo residues and oily bilge water directly into the ocean and falsifying Oil Record Book entries to conceal the illegal dumping.Interorient Marine Services Limited pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, 33 U.S.C. § 1908(a), for failing to accurately maintain the Ridgebury Alexandra Z’s Oil Record Book. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the company will pay a total fine of USD 2 million and serve a 4-year term of probation, during which all vessels operated by the company and calling on U.S. ports will be required to implement a robust Environmental Compliance Plan.The vessel’s captain, Vjaceslavs Birzakovs, was charged in a six-count indictment by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Louisiana on Nov. 29, 2018, for his involvement in this case. The indictment alleges that Birzakovs directed circumvention of the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment, falsified records, obstructed justice, made false statements, and conspired with other crewmembers to falsify the vessel’s Oil Record Book. The charges are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.last_img read more

Province Prepping Parents with Career Coaching Skills

first_imgParents will get tips and tools to help their children choose a career path at the Parents as Career Coaches program at Dartmouth High School tonight, Feb. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Labour and Workforce Development Minister Marilyn More will speak with some parents enrolled in the program, which is offered across the province. Sessions have been held at Prince Andrew High School, Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School and Citadel High School. The program will continue until May in other communities. “Young people continue to turn to their parents first when they have questions about choosing a career,” said Ms. More. “This program gives parents the latest information on today’s job market along with the tools to support their child while they make these important decisions.” Topics for the two-session workshop include, changing trends in today’s labour market, identifying interests and skills and connecting them to potential career options, and, how to use online government resources such as and . This is the fourth year the department has offered the sessions, facilitated by the career and transition staff at the Nova Scotia Community College. Last year, the program was offered at 33 high schools with more than 600 parents participating. A full list of this year’s venues and dates can be found at .last_img read more

Shes Gotta Have It Lyriq Bent Cast As A Male Lead In

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Rookie Blue alum Lyriq Bent has been cast as male leads opposite DeWanda Wise in Spike Lee’s 10-episode Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, a contemporary update of Lee’s groundbreaking 1986 indie film.The series centers on Darling (Wise), a Brooklyn-based a sexually liberated, free spirited painter/mixed media artist in her late 20s struggling to define herself and divide her time amongst her friends, her job and her three lovers, played by Bent, Cleo Anthony and Anthony Ramos. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccan Women to Become Public Notary Officials

Rabat – King Mohammed VI on Monday authorized Moroccan women to hold the position of public notary officials (adoul).An unprecedented decision in Morocco, the King issued a royal decree on January 22, allowing women to exercise several duties as notary officials, including documenting marriages.The position of adoul (public notary official) was traditionally held by a religious man who is certified by the government to manually draw up marriage papers and manage inheritance cases. The royal decree allows Moroccan women throughout the country to carry out several duties in accordance with the Islamic law (Sharia), such as documenting witness testimonies in courts and managing inheritance cases and real estate transactions.The King’s announced his decision in conjunction with a Council of Ministers he chaired on Monday at Casablanca’s Royal Palace. Following the ministerial meeting, Abdelhak Lamrini the spokesman of the royal palace said that “the King has instructed the Minister of Justice to open up many adoul positions for women and to take the necessary measures to achieve this objective.”During the Council of Ministers, the King also appointed five new ministers to fill the positions that have remained vacant since October 2017, when the King dismissed the ministers due to development delays in Al Hoceima.The list of the newly appointed ministers includes: Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, Minister of National Planning and Housing; Said Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research; Anas Doukkali, Minister of Health; Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Mohamed El Gharass, Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education. read more

BBC Saudi Arabia Sent Team to Remove Proof of Khashoggis Murder

Rabat  – On Monday, BBC reported on exclusive information about Khashoggi’s murder.According to the British news outlet, Turkish officials said that Saudi Arabia sent a “toxicologist and a chemical expert” to its consulate in Istanbul to clean up evidence of the murder.Turkish investigators have claimed that the journalist was strangled to death and his body dismembered. The Saudi team were reportedly sent before Saudi Arabia allowed Turkish police to search the Saudi consulate.Saudi Arabia has admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, first saying that he was killed in a fistfight and then that it was a premediated killing by “rogue agents.”Khashoggi’s case has brought international pressure on the Saudis to explain their role in the murder and to reveal details about the body of the journalist.Khashoggi’s sons recently spoke up in an interview with CNN. During the interview, Salah and Abdullah said they have asked Saudi Arabia to return Khashoggi’s body.“I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” said Abdullah.Salah said that the only thing Khashoggi’s family wants is to “bury him in Al-Baqi [cemetery] in Medina with the rest of his family.”After receiving backlash from the international community, Saudi Arabia said that it has detained 18 people involved in the murder of Khashoggi.Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Commission President Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban told the UN on Monday that Saudi Arabia will prosecute all suspects involved in the murder.He said that King Salman of Saudi Arabia ordered the Saudi public prosecutor to “proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws and preparation to reaching all facts and bringing all the perpetrators to justice.”On October 23, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to hand over the 18 suspects in Khashoggi’s killing to stand trial in Istanbul where the murder was committed. read more

UN agency defending press freedom condemns murder of Pakistani journalist

Mukarram Khan Aatif was killed on 17 January while praying in a mosque in Peshawar. He had been a correspondent for the private television channel Dunya News and also worked for Deewa Radio, a Pashto-language station.Mr. Aatif had previously been forced to move his family because of death threats he and his family had received from militant groups operating in his home region, Mohmand.In a statement, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said it was “essential for democracy and the rule of law that the authorities investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice. “I appeal to the authorities so this crime does not go unpunished. This would be an important step towards improving the security of journalists working in Pakistan.”Twenty-two journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 2002, according to UNESCO figures. In a news release, the agency noted that it is working to improve their working conditions by regularly organizing activities in Pakistan to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of expression and freedom of the press.In 2010, UNESCO set up training for journalists reporting in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, with the focus on reporting in dangerous areas, security, and journalistic ethics. Last year, the agency organized workshops to reinforce the skills of more than 330 radio and press journalists who work in small cities and rural zones. 8 February 2012The head of the United Nations agency in charge of defending press freedom today condemned the recent death of a Pakistani journalist and called for measures to improve security conditions for reporters in the Asian country. read more

Death toll of bombings in Sri Lanka reaches 290

As the death toll in Sri Lanka rises, officials continue to look for answers as to who was behind the Easter Sunday suicide bombings.A little-known Islamic extremist group has been linked to the explosions that have killed nearly 300 people, but officials say the complexity of the terrorist attack leads them to believe an international group may have played a role.Another explosion today in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo as police were trying to defuse a bomb in a parked van near a religious shrine. No one was hurt.Yesterday, chaos and hysteria.Local officials say 7 suicide bombers blew up 3 Christian churches during Easter celebrations, and 3 luxury hotels.290 people dead. Over 500 wounded.Sri Lankan officials have blamed the terrorist attack on a local militant group named National Thowfeek Jamaath.Officials say the group hasn’t carried out any serious attacks before, but add that the complexity, and sophistication of the suicide bombings has them investigating the potential role of any international terror groups.39 foreigners have been identified among the dead. Some from the U.S, Portugal and Britain. So far, no word of any Canadian victims.Justin Trudeau released a statement yesterday condemning the terrorist attacks. Today, U.S. President Donald Trump says he has spoken with Sri Lankan government officials.“Its a terrible terrible thing.”In his Easter Monday address in Vatican City, Pope Frances condemned the attacks and prayed for the victims and wounded.In recent years tourism has boomed in Sri Lanka, known for its Buddhist temples, beaches and wild life.The capital city’s airport is still operating despite the bombings, but a nation-wide curfew has been imposed. Global Affairs Canada is warning Canadians travelling to the country to exercise extreme caution saying the situation is volatile and that more bombings could occur.So far 24 people have been arrested in connection with the explosions.Its been reported that Sri Lanka’s security forces were warned of the church bombings 10 days before, but took no action. A leaked police advisory dated April 11 documented a threat from the radical group that has since been linked to the attacks. The mistake being called a catastrophic intelligence failure. read more

More than 60 world leaders slated to attend upcoming special UN session

More than 60 heads of State or government are slated to attend a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in May to examine global progress for children and the key role that investment in youngsters can play in building international peace and security, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.”I cannot imagine a truly better world that does not have at its foundation civilized treatment for up and coming generations,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said in a statement issued in New York. “Quality basic education for all children, decent health care, opportunities for positive participation in society, and protection from exploitation – these are basics that in too many places, for too many children, remain distant dreams.”Originally scheduled to take place last September but postponed in the wake of the terror attacks against the United States, the Special Session on Children will be held from 8 to 10 May in New York and is an end-of-decade follow-up to the 1990 World Summit for Children. The conference is expected to focus on how investment in children’s education, health, and protection contributes to global stability and peace and conclude with the adoption of a new set of goals focused on children and an action plan to reach them.”The world has fallen short of achieving most of the goals of the World Summit for Children, not because they were too ambitious or were technically beyond reach,” UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan wrote last June in a progress report detailing what had been done towards the targets set in 1990 and what had been left undone. “It has fallen short largely because of insufficient investment.”The Secretary-General’s report, “We The Children,” contains some alarming statistics: out of every 100 children born today, the births of 40 will not be registered at all; 26 will not be immunized against any disease and 19 will have no access to clean drinking water. One in three will suffer from malnutrition in the first five years of life, 17 will never go to school – of these, 9 will be girls – and of every 100 who begin the 1st grade, only 25 will reach the 5th grade.”We have the resources and the knowledge to overcome these challenges,” Ms. Bellamy said. “Our aim at the Special Session is to convince world leaders that investing in children is their number one responsibility – and that investing in children is the only lasting strategy for reducing poverty, stopping AIDS, and avoiding conflict.” read more

Liberia UN humanitarian envoy calls for end to sporadic fighting in northeast

Ross Mountain’s plea for calm came following reports of renewed outbursts of violence in Kakata – 50 kilometres northeast of the capital Monrovia – and looting in nearby Salala. Although the fighting was not prolonged, preliminary reports indicate that as many as 3,000 civilians fled the area.The clash in Kakata, between Government militia and Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD), seriously endangered the lives of war victims and those trying to help them, Mr. Mountain said.”It is unacceptable that these internally displaced persons (IDPs), already displaced, should find themselves once more caught in the crossfire. Frequently, combatants intentionally spook IDPs with gunfire, sparking their mass-movement, with the intent of moving into their villages and homes and looting goods and property left behind,” he added.Mr. Mountain also urged all signatories – including the Government and LURD – to honour the 17 August accord on the distribution of humanitarian aid and assistance, following confirmation yesterday that armed combatants had stolen three vehicles belonging to the Lutheran World Service/Foundation (LWS/F), which manages a major IDP camp in Salala, and a fourth from Phebe Hospital.Although the vehicles were later recovered, all the internal communications equipment had been removed. Phebe Hospital has been evacuated and the condition of its patients, two of which underwent major surgery last weekend, remains unknown.”These acts are in direct contravention of the agreement. It is vital that humanitarian actors can undertake their work, unencumbered by these violent and [threatening] tactics,” Mr. Mountain said. “Theft of equipment belonging to international organizations and [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)] must now end.”The instability comes as the humanitarian community had begun to make inroads into addressing some of the needs of Liberians who had fled recent fighting. Some 650 West African peacekeepers from Guinea-Bissau deployed and established a base in Kakata just hours after the clash. read more

US stock indexes are little changed as investors weigh mixed earnings from

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Weak earnings forecasts from Procter & Gamble and AT&T held the Dow Jones industrial average back on a mixed day for the stock market.P&G, which makes Tide detergent and Gillette razors, fell 5 per cent after predicting weaker profits than analysts were expecting. AT&T dropped 6 per cent after losing subscribers from contract-based plans for the first time as smartphones sales slow.The Dow was down 24 points at 14,695 as of midday Wednesday, a fall of 0.1 per cent.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up a point, less than 0.1 per cent, at 1,579. The Nasdaq composite was down five points, or 0.2 per cent, at 3,263.A weak report on sales of durable goods also discouraged investors.Oil and gold prices rose. Bond yields were little changed. US stock indexes are little changed as investors weigh mixed earnings from Boeing, P&G, others AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 24, 2013 12:04 pm MDT read more

Fresh peace deal first step in resolving South Sudan crisis – Security

“The Security Council acknowledges that this Agreement is the first step in reversing the difficult political and economic situation, and humanitarian, and security catastrophe resulting from this crisis, calls upon the parties, with support from the United Nations and international community, to fully implement the Agreement,” the 15-member body declared in a press statement. The deal towards ending the months-long crisis was signed by President Kiir two days ago and the Council expressed its concern with any statement by any party suggesting a lack of commitment to implement it. Confirming its intention to move swiftly to update the mandate of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) to support implementation of key tasks in the Agreement, the Council also expressed its readiness to consider “appropriate measures to ensure full implementation of the Agreement…and address any violations or failures of any party to implement its provisions, including through the imposition of an arms embargo and additional targeted sanctions.”Through its statement, the Council expressed deep appreciation for the work of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in leading the mediation since the onset of the crisis, and commended the recently expanded efforts of the “IGAD-Plus” configuration involving 19 countries and organizations including the United Nations “to develop and achieve a comprehensive solution that has now established a foundation to deliver a peace to South Sudan. “The Security Council urges the continued close engagement of IGAD and IGAD-Plus partners in the critical period ahead,” continued the statement.Underscoring the pressing need to ensure accountability for serious violations and abuses of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law, the Security Council takes note in this regard of Chapter V of the Agreement. It also further recognizes the work of the African Union Commission of Inquiry in independent and public human rights monitoring, investigation and reporting, and anticipates with interest its findings and recommendations and encourages the public release of the final report as soon as possible on South Sudan. read more

New York Jets select former Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith in

Then-senior wide receiver Devin Smith (9) catches a touchdown during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 55-14. Credit: Lantern file photoFormer Ohio State wide receiver Devin Smith has been selected by the New York Jets with the 37th pick in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft. This marks the fourth consecutive year a former Buckeye has been taken in the second round.Smith ended his OSU career with 2,503 receiving yards and 30 touchdown receptions. During his senior season in 2014, he had a team-leading 931 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches. He led the nation among qualified receivers with an average of 28.2 yards per reception and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention in both 2013 and 2014.In 2011 as a true freshman, Smith saw considerable playing time, catching 14 passes for 294 yards. He also caught four touchdowns — including a 40-yard heave from then-freshman quarterback Braxton Miller as time winded down to pull off the upset of Wisconsin.As a sophomore, Smith started 10 games. He more than doubled his receiving yards from the previous season, racking up 618 yards on 30 catches and a team-leading 6 touchdown receptions. Much like as a freshman, one of his touchdowns came in highlight reel fashion. This time, it was a spectacular one-handed grab as he tumbled to the turf against Miami (Ohio).The following season, he continued on his upward trajectory. As a junior, he tallied then-career highs in receptions (44), receiving yards (660), and touchdowns (eight).He established himself as a legitimate NFL prospect during OSU’s three-game national title run, specifically against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game and Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Against the Badgers, Smith caught four passes for 137 yards and three scores. Then versus the Crimson Tide, he tallied 87 yards on two receptions, with a touchdown.The Jets were lead in receiving by Eric Decker during the 2014-15 season with 962 yards. They traded for receiver Brandon Marshall during the offseason.New York is scheduled to open the 2015-16 season Sept. 13 against the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. 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

DeMarcus Cousinss Kings Loved To Blow Leads — And Mount Huge Comebacks

There’s been no shortage of attention on the Sacramento Kings in the wake of their mind-boggling choice to deal DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for pennies on the dollar. But one thing that’s garnered almost no scrutiny is the inconsistency of the team’s play.The Kings this season have lost a league-worst five games in which they once held a lead of 15 points or more, according to NBA Miner, a site that tracks advanced and unusual statistics. But they’ve also tied for an NBA-best four wins in contests that they once trailed in by 15 points or more. How are those two things even possible?Well, it helps when you’re as inconsistent as the Kings are. Sacramento is the NBA’s worst team in first halves by far yet owns the league’s 10th-best net rating1A net rating measures how many points a team outscores an opponent by — or is outscored by — for every 100 possessions. in second halves (even better than the defending-champion Cavs). Those numbers fit the pattern of what’s happened in the team’s craziest outcomes: Three of Sacramento’s four major comebacks this season began during the third quarter, while four of the Kings’ five collapses began unraveling in the second quarter.In the comebacks, the Kings often had trouble containing opposing forwards — Andrew Wiggins, Gordon Hayward, Tobias Harris and Paul Millsap, among others — in the early going. But Sacramento wisely dumped the ball into Cousins, who repeatedly drew fouls and visits to the line during second halves, which allowed his team to play catch-up with the clock stopped. This especially worked in a 94-93 win over Utah, in which Cousins shot 10 free throws in the fourth quarter without taking a single field-goal attempt.During the back-breaking losses, the slow-paced Kings have often been outrun by their opponents. In a game on Nov. 10, the Lakers outscored Sacramento 13-4 in second-half fast-break points, according to The Warriors outscored the Kings 21-3 in fast-break scenarios during the second half of their Jan. 8 comeback. And the Pacers finished with a 22-0 second-half advantage in fast-break scoring over the Kings en route to a come-from-behind victory on Jan. 18. (Sacramento’s 3-point defense, one of the worst in the NBA, was also less than stellar in those second-half efforts.)Cousins obviously had a ton to do with the Kings’ outcomes in these games — particularly in a 3-point loss to the Sixers in which he had 46 points but fouled out in the final minute. But the loss of Rudy Gay, out for the season, arguably had a bigger impact in some cases.Gay tore one of his Achilles tendons in the midst of one of the collapses, with the Kings up by 10 against Indiana in a Jan. 18 contest that Sacramento once led by 22. Gay’s injury took a psychological toll on the club that night, Cousins told reporters after the game. Cousins shot 0-for-9 with six turnovers after halftime.And there was a tangible difference in the team’s play. Without Gay’s ability to ease some of the scoring burden (his 26 percent usage rate was the team’s second-highest before the team remade itself at the trade deadline), Cousins was overworked in some fourth periods. His fourth-quarter usage rate jumped to 57.5 percent during the last week and a half of January, after Gay’s injury, up from 37 percent earlier in the same month. That’d be asking too much of anyone — let alone the NBA’s most double-teamed post player.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Things will change considerably now that Cousins is in New Orleans. The Kings can only hope that the move allows for increased stability, and perhaps fewer blown leads, going forward.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Tower of London is running out of ravens as Historic Palaces say

Faced with a shortage of legal breeders to supplement their number, the tourist attraction hopes to protect its precious flock.Credit:Ashley Cooper Pics/Alamy It is said that the Kingdom of England will fall if less than six ravens are kept in the Tower of London.According to King Charles II’s infamous decree, if the birds leave the site, then its White Tower will crumble and the country will be plunged into chaos.Now, in order to make sure “the prophecy will never come to pass” , the tower will build its own breeding aviary to ensure that the current ravens survive.There are fears surrounding the seven ravens who live at the tower – Jubilee, Harris, Gripp, Rocky, Erin, Poppy and Merlina- as the animals breeding prospects have been cast into doubt.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Historic Royal Palaces has been granted planning permission by Tower Hamlets Council for the aviary in an effort to avert the “raven crisis” which has seen the birds numbers steadily decline in the UK. An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We’re hopeful that the ravens will be cared for at the highest standard and that the British Crown and the country are safe for the foreseeable future.” A recent petition against new government powers that allow farmers across Dorset to legally cull ravens has gained traction because the birds were blamed for the slaughter of hundreds of lambs and piglets.The birds first gained notoriety as ‘spotters’ for enemy planes during the Blitz , and Winston Churchill made sure for their flock be increased from just a single raven guard at the tower to a minimum of six afterwards.However, they are now more commonly known for their intelligence and ability to mimic sounds, play games and solve problems.The tower’s breeding programme will be overseen by the Ravenmaster, Chris Skaife, who feeds his charges 170g of raw meat a day – including mice, chicks, rats and blood-soaked biscuits.Breeding pairs must have their own territory, and so cannot share the Tower’s current enclosure. The report says: “The Tower of London comes under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which states clearly that we should not resupply … from birds in the wild as done in years gone by. The Tower of London will use this opportunity as an educational tool showing the brilliance of nature and nurture.”Ravens were once common in Britain, but after being decimated by Victorian gamekeepers there are now only 7,400 protected breeding pairs left. Faced with a shortage of legal breeders to supplement their number, the tourist attraction hopes to protect its precious flock with the enclosure due to be built next year.It would be 12m long, 5m wide and 3.5m high and located in the moat next to the Salt Tower.In a report submitted to the council, Historic Royal Palaces warned it was becoming “increasingly difficult” to source the birds because “there are very few legal captive raven breeders in the UK”. Faced with a shortage of legal breeders to supplement their number, the tourist attraction hopes to protect its precious flock. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Afrique subsaharienne lépidémie de choléra tue 1800 personnes

first_imgAfrique subsaharienne : l’épidémie de choléra tue 1800 personnesAfrique subsaharienne – L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) a fait savoir à travers un dernier bilan que sur les 40.468 personnes touchées par le choléra, 1.879 individus ont déjà succombé à l’infection.Du Cameroun au Niger, en passant par le Nigeria, le Tchad et d’autres pays d’Afrique subsaharienne, une épidémie de choléra sévit en raison des pluies diluviennes qui s’abattent sur cette région du monde, favorisant la prolifération et la multiplication des bactéries et autres microbes. Ainsi, bien que l’OMS tente par tous les moyens d’apporter soins et hygiène au cœur de cette épidémie, 1.879 personnes en sont déjà décédées.A l’heure actuelle, Afrique Actu explique que le Nigeria est le pays le plus touché par l’épidémie, juste devant le Cameroun. L’OMS cherche aujourd’hui à mettre en place plus d’opérations de désinfection de l’eau, et de surveillance de l’évolution de l’épidémie de choléra. Le 11 octobre 2010 à 16:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Primary question paper now leaked in Natore

first_img-Authorities have postponed final examinations of mathematics of class-I and IV at 102 government primary schools in Sadar upazila of Natore on Monday following an allegation of question paper leakage, reports UNB.Acting district primary education officer (DPEO) Anwar Hossian said Monday’s examinations of Mathematics were postponed after a person showed a hand-written question paper at Agdigha Government Primary School prior to beginning the examination.It matched with the real question paper that created a row in the area, the DPEO said, adding that on information, upazila administration and education officers visited the spot.Later, deputy commissioner of the district formed a three-member probe body, headed by assistant commissioner (land) in Sadar upazila Shamim Bhuiyan, to investigate into the matter.last_img read more

UPDATE CBS Suspends Charlie Rose PBS Halts His Show Following Sexual Harassment

first_imgWomen on the recordThree women went on the record in the Post’s deeply-reported story. Reah Bravo, a former associate producer for Rose’s PBS show who began working for him in 2007, told the newspaper: “He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.” She said Rose groped her on multiple occasions and once, during a business trip to Indiana, called her to his hotel room where he emerged from a shower naked.Kyle Godfrey-Ryan, one of Rose’s former assistants, was 21 when she said Rose repeatedly called her to describe his fantasies of her swimming naked at the pool at his Long Island home while he watched from his bedroom. She said she was fired when Rose learned she had spoken to a mutual friend about his behavior.Megan Creydt, who worked as a coordinator on Rose’s PBS show in 2005 and 2006, told the newspaper that she was sitting in the passenger seat as Rose drove in Manhattan one day when he put his hand on her thigh. Five women interviewed by the Post described similar grabs to their legs in what many interpreted as an attempt to see their reactions.Rose said that he has behaved insensitively at times “and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate. I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken. I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will, too.”My statement in full.— Charlie Rose (@charlierose) November 20, 2017 PBSCharlie Rose, the host of PBS’ Charlie Rose show, has been suspended and his program cancelled after sexual harassment allegations against him on November 20th, 2017. Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday following a Washington Post report with the accusations of eight women.The women, who all worked for Rose or tried to work for him, accused the veteran newsman of groping them, walking naked in front of them and telling one that he dreamed about her swimming nude.Rose, 75, said in a statement that he was “deeply embarrassed” and apologized for his behavior.“PBS was shocked to learn today of these deeply disturbing allegations,” the public broadcasting service said in a statement. “We are immediately suspending distribution of ‘Charlie Rose.’”Houston Public Media, Houston’s NPR and PBS member station, issued the following statement:“In light of the recent allegations of inappropriate behavior by Charlie Rose toward women involved with his production company, PBS is immediately suspending distribution of Charlie Rose. This week, Houston Public Media will be re-broadcasting Antiques Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Nature in place of Charlie Rose.Charlie Rose is produced by Charlie Rose, Inc., an independent television production company. While PBS distributes the show, PBS does not supervise its production or have any involvement with the management or human resource functions related to the show.” Rose’s interview show is seen in 94 percent of the country on PBS stations. It is rebroadcast on Bloomberg’s cable network, which also announced Monday it was suspending the show.He interviews a wide circle of people in the media, politics and entertainment — this month including Harvard President Drew Faust, rapper Macklemore and the Post’s Robert Costa, who talked about that paper’s sexual harassment investigation of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.He also hosts “CBS This Morning” with Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, a critically-acclaimed morning news programs which has been gaining the past few years on its better-known rivals. Rose also conducts interviews for “60 Minutes.”Despite his age and heart troubles in the past, Rose had been one of the busiest figures in television.Two hours after the Post story went online, one of its authors, Amy Brittain, tweeted that “sadly, my inbox is already flooded with women who have had similar, disturbing encounters with Charlie Rose.”Rose owned his interview show, even though PBS distributed it, and that raised questions of what recourse women who had complaints about his behavior could do. The Post quoted Yvette Vega, his longtime executive producer, as saying she failed and deeply regretted not helping women who complained about his behavior.But it apparently was a poorly-kept secret in the industry. Two former employees interviewed by the Post said young women hired by the show were known as “Charlie’s Angels.” A Post contributing writer who worked on the story said she was reporting on some of the allegations while working at another news organization in 2010 but could not confirm them.Stories of sexual misconduct have been coming in a flood since The New York Times first reported on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s behavior in early October. Even on Monday, the Times suspended White House reporter Glenn Thrush while it looked into a story about him making drunken, unwanted advances on women.In the news business alone, NBC political reporter Mark Halperin and top National Public Radio news executive Michael Oreskes have lost their jobs.Interviewed last April outside a Time magazine gala, Rose was asked by The Associated Press about Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who lost his job when it was revealed his network had paid millions of dollars to settle claims women had made against him.“All of the cases that raise the issue of sexual harassment, which is a terrible thing, (and) has probably been not exposed enough,” Rose said. “Not enough in the sense of the attention in the past, so that people were afraid to come forward. I think people are coming forward now.”center_img Sharelast_img read more