LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ (L-R) Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the audience during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball is pulling his 16-year-old son LaMelo out of his Southern California high school to be home schooled and so he can be made into “the best basketball player ever.”LaVar told The Los Angeles Times that LaMelo, a junior, will leave Chino Hills High School on Tuesday so he will have fewer distractions and better focus.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role LaMelo is considered one of the nation’s top high school recruits and has committed to play at UCLA, where his brother Lonzo played last season. Lonzo is now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers and their brother, LiAngelo, will be a freshman at UCLA.LaMelo, who scored 92 points in a game for Chino Hills, will focus on playing for his father’s travel team, Big Baller Brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLaVar has grabbed attention over the past year with exaggerated claims and headline-grabbing antics. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds PLAY LIST 01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

No water sports during BRICS summit in South Goa

first_imgPanaji, Oct 6 (PTI) Goa government has directed water sports activites in a stretch in Southern part of the state to be stopped during forthcoming BRICS summit as part of the security preparedness.The government has also asked fishermen to not operate along Betul mini harbour.In a notification issued here, Captain of Ports Department has directed all the water sports owners operating from Cansaulim to Cavelossim beaches (in South Goa) and in the riverine area to stop the activities from October 14 to 17 due to security aspects.Fisheries Department has also directed closure of Betul mini harbour and disallowed fishing vessels and trawlers from operating in and around Betul.The government has warned to take seriously any violation of its directives.BRICS summit will be held in Goa on October 15-16, during which heads of participating nations will stay in the coastal state.The stretch from Cansaulim to Cavelossim and Betul area are adjacent to hotels which would host the heads of participating nations and other delegates.Police have already begun rehearsals and mock drills as part of security preparedness.Apart from paramilitary forces, Delhi Police are also assisting Goa government in law and order during the high-profile event. PTI RPS NSK DIP BASlast_img read more

Nawazuddin is an unpredictable actor: Murli Sharma

first_imgMumbai, Oct 8 (PTI) Actor Murli Sharma will be seen working with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in “Babumoshai Bandookbaaz” and he is all praise for his co-star, describing him as an extremely special performer.Murli, who has worked in films like the “Golmaal” series and “Dilwale”, feels Nawazuddin always adds something extra to his character.”Ive no words for Nawazuddin. It is a big pleasure working with him. He is always surprising. Whatever he does, he manages to add something extra. He is a very unpredictable actor,” Murli told PTI.The film is directed by Kushan Nandy and the 44-year-old actor says the “Raman Raghav 2.0″ stars best quality is he doesnt try too hard to please anyone.”You dont know what he (Nawaz) is going to do. He is so prepared when he comes on sets. I dont know how he does it. I loved working with him. He surprises you every-time, without trying too hard. He is effortless,” Murli added.Murli is currently excited for his recently released comedy film “Tutak Tutak Tutiya”.The actor plays the role of a secretary to film a star, played by Sonu Sood.Directed by AL Vijay, the film also stars Prabhudheva and actress Tamannaah Bhatia.”The experience of shooting was fun. There was a very good sense of comfort level with the Prabhu sir, Sonu, Tammannah. We could improvise, do something. And Prabhu sir is such a sport, if a scene works better, he is always up for it.”For the film, the actor dubbed in three languages, Hindi Telugu and Tamil, the last one being the most difficult one.advertisement”It was initially difficult to get a hold of it. Ive done a couple of Tamil films but I had never dubbed for them. This was the first time I did this so for the first two-three days I did find it difficult. It is a very beautiful script and there are certain scenes which are highlight. I am really proud of it,” he added. PTI JUR NRB JCH RDSlast_img read more

Arrow showcases breadth of industrial IoT expertise at Hanover Fair

first_imgArrow Electronics is demonstrating the strength and breadth of the solutions it provides for the industrial Internet of Things at the Hanover Fair. The Arrow stand showcases a range of industrial IoT demonstrations relating to predictive maintenance, machine vision, connected logistics, device management, and energy harvesting. Arrow is showing how to connect sensors, controllers, actuators and smart devices to one another, and over the Internet. The demonstration also includes how to integrate that data to provide performance-enhancing feedback. Arrow’s approach takes into account the fact that much existing industrial equipment and critical infrastructure predates IoT and has, at best, only local connectivity. Solutions will be discussed that bring this connectivity up to date and prepare systems for potential future technology changes. Increased connectivity brings greater security challenges. Arrow’s IoT solutions provide security “from sensor-to-sunset” and Arrow will show a series of software solutions covering real business-use cases.In the MindSphere Lounge, Arrow is demonstrating several solutions including an end-to-end smart asset tracking use case in collaboration with Siemens. This combination of indoor and outdoor asset tracking enables users to track assets throughout the entire lifecycle of the manufacturing process. The resulting location data, combined with condition-monitoring information, can help to improve process workflows and productivity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components, Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Cervoz: choosing the right flash storage for industrial applicationsNext Manhattan Skyline: compact ARM COM with NXP i.MX 8MMlast_img read more

1st Test: Bowlers put Australia in control vs Sri Lanka in Brisbane

first_imgBrief scores: Australia (72/2 in 25 overs) at stumps, trail Sri Lanka (144-all out) by 72 runs. Marcus Harris (40*), Dilruwan Perera (1/4), Suranga Lakmal (1/27)Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 144 in just over two sessions before their new-look batting order reached 72 for two to put the hosts in a commanding position on day one of the series opening day-night test at the Gabba on Thursday.Mitchell Starc also claimed his 200th test wicket to add to a satisfying day for the Australians who came into the two-match series on the back of a 2-1 series loss to India.Marcus Harris was 40 not out at close with nightwatchman Nathan Lyon yet to score with Australia trailing by only 72 runs at a venue where they have not lost a test in 30 years.Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers claiming 4-39 while Jhye Richardson (3-26) made an impressive debut as Australia rolled Sri Lanka in 56.4 overs after touring captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat.”The way the guys performed as a collective today, credit to them,” Richardson said.”Credit to Patty (Cummins), credit to Starcy (Starc) who bowled really aggressively, you can’t fault anything they’ve done.”They were a big help for me.”Only Niroshan Dickwella offered stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka scoring an enterprising 64 with six boundaries and a six.Classic! With Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble, Niroshan Dickwella pulled out this spectacular shot!#AUSvSL | @MastercardAU (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019advertisementIN THE SWINGCummins and Richardson set the early tone, striking in successive overs to remove Lahiru Thirimanne (12) and Chandimal (five) in the first hour before Lyon claimed Dimuth Karunaratne (24) to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 56-3 at tea.After the break, Richardson produced a near unplayable delivery to bowl Kusal Mendis for 14 and then had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind for five to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 66-5.”To see the ball swing that’s a big key for me,” Richardson, 22, said.”If the ball is swinging I’m instantly more confident in what I’m doing and to get that first wicket it releases a lot of emotion.”Roshen Silva (nine) lasted 56 deliveries before he edged Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.In Cummins’ next over, Dilruwan Perera received a nasty blow to his right thumb from a rising ball and was forced off the field.Sri Lanka eventually reached 100 in the 46th over, before Suranga Lakmal was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at slip giving Starc his landmark 200th test wicket.Starc is the 17th Australian to achieve the feat.Enjoy a look back at Mitchell Starc’s milestone wickets from his Test career so far… A few at the Gabba! #AUSvSL (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019Perera (one) returned to the field but survived only minutes before becoming Starc’s (2-41) second victim, offering another catch to Labuschagne.Cummins dismissed Dickwella and Chameera in the same over shortly after the dinner break, leaving Australia’s new opening pair of Joe Burns and Harris with 25 overs to bat in tricky conditions under lights.Burns made 15 in his return to the test team before edging to slip off Lakmal (1-27) and Usman Khawaja (11) fell just minutes before close when he played on to his stumps from Perera to give Sri Lanka a much-needed boost ahead of day two.”We need to dry up the runs,” said Karunaratne. “Otherwise if they score freely it’s really tough for us.”If we can get a couple of early wickets and if Dilruwan (Perera) can bowl really well, I think we’re in the game.”Also Read | BBCI lifts Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspension, Koffee with Karan controversy continuesAlso Read | Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs KeralaAlso Read | Manish Pandey stars as Karnataka fight vs Saurashtra on Day 1Also Read | Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti Mandhanalast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says Gavaskar

first_imgBrief Score, 5th ODI: India 252-all out (49.5 overs) vs New Zealand in Wellington. Rayudu (90), Hardik (45); Henry (4/35), Boult (3/39). (Full Scorecard)Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said he enjoyed watching Hardik Pandya’s late blitz in the ongoing fifth ODI vs New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday.Gavaskar said Hardik Pandya’s cameo (a 22-ball 45) has boosted the morale of the Indian team, which was reeling at 18/4, days after being bowled out for their lowest-ever total (92) in Hamilton in the third ODI.Pandya had walked into bat at a better situation as Ambati Rayudu (90) and Vijay Shankar (45) had stabilised the team with a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket. After the latter’s dismissal, Rayudu added 74 runs for the sixth wicket with Kedar Jadhav (34).Pandya took it upon himself after Jadhav’s dismissal and launched a fierce onslaught. He smashed leg-spinner Todd Astle for three consecutive sixes in the 47th over and helped push India past the 250-run mark. A pull over the mid-wicket boundary off Trent Boult and a scoop against a Matt Henry yorker were, as Gavaskar points out, delightful.”There was no desperate hitting today at all. It was a calculated assault. It was magnificent to watch, it was delightful to watch. He [Hardik], with those hits, apart from the runs that have been added also lifts the mood in the dressing room. He has got those 40-50 extra runs,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.5th ODI: India vs New Zealand live score and updatesStressing Hardik can be promoted to bat higher up the order, the batting great added: “Yes, this is exactly what the Indian team wants from him. That is the reason, he was held back and Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav were sent ahead. But sometimes, why not give him a few more overs?advertisement”Instead of the last 10 overs, if he gets to bat may 15 overs, those extra five overs could mean another 25 or even 45 runs.”Innings Break!A 22 ball 45 run cameo from @hardikpandya7 propels #TeamIndia to a total of 252 runs. Will the bowlers defend this total in the 5th and final ODI?Scorecard – #NZvIND (@BCCI) February 3, 2019Hardik Pandya has made an immediate impact after returning from his ban over controversial comments on Koffee With Karan. The Baroda all-rounder had picked up two wickets and took a stunning catch to dismiss Kane Williamson in the third ODI in Mount Maunganui last week.Rayudu unlucky to miss out on hundred: GavaskarMeanwhile, Gavaskar also pointed out that Ambati Rayudu has learnt from his mistake from the 4th ODI in Hamilton. Rayudu was dismissed for naught after he tried to counter-attack when his team was in trouble in Hamilton. The lack of fight from the middle-order after a rare failure from the top-order saw India getting bowled out for 92.However, Rayudu didn’t panic even as he consumed quite a lot of dot balls towards the start of his innings. The Andhra Pradesh batsman paced his innings well and finished with 90 from 113 balls.”There were questions being asked after he got out in the previous game [Hamilton]. The situation was similar and he had looked to play the aggressive game and got out. He has learnt from that,” Gavaskar said.He added: “Today the first 20 deliveries, he scored only one run and then another 11 odd runs in the next 20 deliveries because that was the time the New Zealand bowling was at its top.”When the innings started to stabilise, he opened his shoulders and upped the ante. Unlucky to have missed out on the hundred.”Also Read | Holder dedicates West Indies 10-wicket win over England to Joseph’s late motherAlso Read | I am almost back to 100 per cent, says Ravichandran AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

Bartomeu hints at more Barcelona signings

first_imgBarcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says more signings are anticipated before the close of the La Liga transfer window as speculation over a bid for Neymar continues.The Spanish champions secured the arrival of Junior Firpo from Real Betis on Sunday in a deal that could be worth €30 million (£27.4m/$33.3m).Barca have spent upwards of €230m (£210m/$256m) on new players in 2019, with Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Emerson among those to arrive in the close season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? They are reportedly in negotiations for the season-long loan of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is pushing to leave the Ligue 1 champions just two years on from his world-record €222m (£200m/$249m) move from Barca.Such a deal, that would likely include an option to buy in 2020, would help Barca balance their spending while negating the need to sell several first-team players before the window closes on September 2.Bartomeu thinks more arrivals at Camp Nou are certainly possible in the coming weeks.”We have a stronger squad, with more potential,” he said. “There are still several weeks left for the market to close and we could have more incomings.“[The challenge] is to continue the best era of success in the history of Barca.”We have an ambitious and incredible squad, led by the best player in the world and in history, Leo Messi.”With the signing of @JuniorFirpo03 we continue to strengthen the team for a 2019/20 season full of challenges. Welcome to Barça!— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) August 4, 2019Bartomeu was talking at the World Congress of Pena Azulgranas and he presented his club’s new signings to a rapturous reception.There have been changes off the field for the Blaugrana this summer as well. Jordi Mestre and Pep Segura have moved on from roles as Vice President and General Manager respectively, and are replaced by Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes.Abidal is not the only former player taking up a backroom position in Catalonia, as Patrick Kluivert returns to the fold.Kluivert has been hired as director of youth football, following his dismissal as Cameroon assistant manager after the African Cup of Nations.Bartomeu thanked the outgoing executives, saying they “steadfastly and successfully directed” the team.“Now Abidal and Planes will continue to lead it and I take this opportunity to welcome Patrick Kluivert on his return to the club,” he added.Neymar watched on as PSG beat Rennes 2-1 in Shenzhen to win the Trophee des Champions for the seventh year in a row.The Brazil international was dragged into medal celebrations by Marco Verratti and appeared in good spirits, despite PSG sporting director Leonardo confirming last month the player wants to leave.There was then a moment of controversy when Kylian Mbappe, who scored PSG’s first goal, appeared to push Neymar out of the way as the team celebrated with the trophy in front of photographers on the pitch.last_img read more

CONQUEST MB1 Barge Arrives at Giglio

first_imgApril 21, 2014 zoom A new sophisticated crane barge arrived yesterday evening at Giglio Island in order to carry out operations related to the fourth stage of the Costa Concordia removal project.After the successful parbuckling that took place on September 17, 2013, the offshore crane barge, CONQUEST MB1, will take part in the installation of the 19 sponsons to be completed before refloating of the Concordia that is scheduled for summer 2014.The barge is fitted with a sophisticated rotating/luffing crane and associated automated heel/trim compensation system. It is designed on a modular concept and accommodation modules suitable for 60 persons.Furthermore a full air-range diving spread has been arranged on board and the diver teams involved in the installation of the sponsons will operate from the barge.The latest timing based on the progress of work on the project envisages that the wreck will be removed by the summer of 2014.last_img read more

Tsonga ousts Khachanov at Washington ATP

first_imgWashington DC: France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated his first top-10 rival in nearly two years, ousting Russian second seed Karen Khachanov 6-4 2-6 7-5 at the ATP Washington Open. The 34-year-old Frenchman, ranked 70th in the world, on Tuesday outlasted eighth-ranked Khachanov after one hour and 58 minutes, turning back the clock to reach the third round of the US Open hardcourt tuneup event. “I played very good tennis,” Tsonga said. “Everything went OK. Just very happy to go through. It’s good to see some results for all the hard work.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhTsonga, who lost his only Grand Slam final to Novak Djokovic at the 2008 Australian Open, had dropped six matches in a row against top-10 rivals since beating fifth-ranked German Alexander Zverev in October 2017 in a Vienna quarter-final. There’s a revitalized spark in Tsonga, who won his 17th ATP title in February at Montpellier as a 210th-rated wildcard. He fired 13 aces and won 80 percent of his first-serve points. “When you play so long, sometimes you don’t feel like yourself,” Tsonga said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Sometimes you lose your personality. I try to keep it and bring it back on court. When you are like this, it’s a lot better.” Tsonga advanced to a third-round match against British 13th seed Kyle Edmund, who defeated South Africa’s Lloyd Harris 6-1 6-4. Russian third seed Daniil Medvedev reached the third round by ousting US wildcard Bjorn Fratangelo 6-3 6-4. The world number 10 might face an injured rival in the third round as 40th-ranked hometown favorite Frances Tiafoe beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-1 7-6 (7/5) then quickly departed with a foot injury. “I’m very happy to return home with a win,” 16th seed Tiafoe said in a statement. “Unfortunately at the end of my match I felt a tweak in my foot. In the interest of making sure I can play my next match to the fullest, I will be getting my foot checked out.” ‘ Australia’s Bernard Tomic wasn’t so lucky, withdrawing from his first-round match with a finger injury. German lucky loser Peter Gojowczyk replaced him and outlasted Russian Andrey Rublev 7-6 (8/6) 4-6 7-6 (7/2). Khachanov, who earlier this month became the first Russian in the top 10 since Mikhail Youzhny in 2011, is coached by Vedran Martic but has worked the past couple weeks with former world number three Nikolay Davydenko.last_img read more

Twin suicide attack kills 3 in northeast Nigeria

first_imgKano (Nigeria): Two female suicide bombers killed three civilians and wounded eight in a suspected Boko Haram attack in northeast Nigeria, emergency services said Wednesday. The twin blasts tore through a crowd late Tuesday in the town of Mafa, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from regional capital Maiduguri. “The female bombers killed three people and wounded eight others,” Bello Danbatta, head of security for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in Borno state, said. The assailants entered the town among a group of local women who had gone to fetch firewood for cooking, Danbatta said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USLocal district spokesman Adamu Mohammed, who gave the same toll, said the bombers waited until around 8:30pm (1930 GMT) before launching their attack. Boko Haram has been waging a 10-year insurgency in northeast Nigeria that has seen it repeatedly use female suicide bombers to attack soft targets such as mosques, markets and bus stations. Many of the bombers are young women and girls. The last suicide attack was in June when a triple bombing outside a hall where football fans were watching a match killed at least 30 people.last_img read more

Saints right arm to tour Canada in honour of countrys 150th birthday

first_imgMONTREAL – A Catholic group says it is bringing the right forearm of a 16th-century Jesuit missionary on a cross-Canada tour to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday.A spokesperson for Catholic Christian Outreach says the relic of Saint-Francois-Xavier will visit 14 Canadian cities during a month-long tour that kicks off on Jan. 3.Debra Proulx says the saint’s right forearm is considered an important religious relic that is rarely allowed to leave Rome.She says the relic is well-preserved since it never fully decomposed after the Spanish-born saint died in 1552.She said that while the arm may be a curiosity for some Canadians, venerating the physical remains of saints is an important aspect of some Christians’ faith.The tour’s organizers, which include the Ottawa archdiocese and the Jesuits of Canada, say they expects over 100,000 visitors once the tour begins in Quebec City.last_img read more

Golden Globes Ryan Gosling Honors Wife Eva Mendes Late Brother in Emotional

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Ryan Gosling won the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy for his role as a struggling jazz musician in “La La Land,” and ended his speech on a somber note.In an emotional speech, Gosling thanked his wife, Eva Mendes, and dedicated the award to her late brother, Juan Carlos, who died of cancer in April at the age of 53.“You don’t get to be up here without standing on the shoulders of a mountain of people. There’s no time to thank everyone,” he said. “I would like to try and thank one person properly and say that while I was singing and dancing and playing piano and having one of the best experiences I’ve ever had on a film, my lady was raising our daughter, pregnant with our second, and trying to help her brother fight his battle with cancer. Twitterlast_img read more

Casablancas Airport Police Arrest Nigerian Traveler with Cocaine

Rabat – Police at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca have arrested a Nigerian national for attempting to smuggle 5.13 kilograms of cocaine.The 36-year-old Nigerian national concealed the cocaine in his personal luggage, according to a statement from the General Directorate of National Police (DGSN).Police put the suspect in custody for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor. The operation follows a similar arrest at Mohammed V International Airport. Police arrested a Nigerian traveler with 72 capsules of cocaine inside his stomach on January 1.Read Also: Morocco Arrests Nigerian with 72 Cocaine Capsules in Stomach at AirportPolice seized 1.65 tons of cocaine in 2018. Among other drugs seized were 1.5 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills and 52 tons of cannabis resin.The spokesperson of the Moroccan government, Mustapha El Khalfi, said in December 2018 that Morocco has adopted a “multidimensional national strategy to fight illegal drugs.”According to El Khalfi, the danger of the drug trafficking phenomenon is “increasing because these networks developed their methods to produce and promote new dangerous and cheap pills which quickly destroy young people’s lives.” read more

Well Never Know Whether Stephen Curry Deserved To Be MVP And Thats

Up until his Golden State Warriors failed to mount a second-half comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night, it had been a great week for Stephen Curry. Late Sunday, word leaked out that the Warriors’ guard would be named MVP for the 2014-15 NBA season, and Curry accepted the hardware Monday.Curry’s chief rival for the award, Houston’s James Harden, was reportedly disappointed over the outcome of the voting. It’s a completely understandable reaction: The best advanced metrics had Curry and Harden neck-and-neck in the MVP race for most of the season, so Curry’s big edge in first-place votes likely owes more to the Warriors’ incredible team record than any real difference between the two players. In fact, according to our wins above replacement (WAR) metric, Harden slightly edged Curry in value, 16.8 to 16.6.The truth is, we’ll never know which player really deserved the award … in part because a phrase like “most valuable” is very hard to quantify. Metrics are imperfect, probably to a much greater degree than any stathead would like to think. But one thing we can do to combat a false sense of certainty is assign probabilities to each player’s case for adding the most value. Along the way, we can also compare the results to past MVP races — for instance, how did Curry-over-Harden compare to other MVP decisions in history?To measure the uncertainty between a player’s measured WAR and his actual “talent” — that is, the number of WAR he would earn if we were omniscient and knew the exact contributions of every NBA player — we can look at the confidence interval around a player’s measured value.1In this case, since we need to use Statistical Plus/Minus (SPM) for historical seasons, I looked at the standard error between a player’s multi-year projected SPM talent and his Real Plus/Minus (RPM), a new metric that melds a player’s boxscore stats with his on-court influence over the team’s scoring margin. I then combined that with the standard error between RPM and “true talent” to estimate the probability that any given player had the league’s true best WAR in a given season. In turn, those confidence intervals can tell us the probability that a player was truly the most valuable (by WAR) in a given season.This year, Harden was the most likely “true” WAR leader — but with a mere 22 percent probability of being the best. In the past 37 NBA seasons,2The 1978-79 season is the earliest for which this calculation can be run. this year is the seventh most uncertain in terms of whether a WAR leader was actually the league’s true most valuable player. Meanwhile, Curry came in third this season with a 12 percent probability of being the true best player in the league (the Clippers’ Chris Paul was sandwiched between Harden and Curry at 19 percent).In some ways, 12 percent is very low probability. Since 1978-79, only 12 players have won the award with less certainty that they actually produced the league’s greatest value. But the 2014-15 season also featured an unusually wide-open MVP race. Kevin Durant, last year’s winner and the presumptive favorite going into this season, missed 55 games with injuries and only recorded 4.5 WAR. And LeBron James, who’d been projected as the league’s best player on a per-minute basis every season between 2005-06 and 2013-14, produced his lowest WAR (13.1) since his rookie season — yet still had a 9 percent probability of being the true best player in the NBA. And that’s without even getting into the cases to be made for Russell Westbrook (9 percent probability of being the best) or Anthony Davis (4 percent).On the other hand, the gap between Harden and Curry’s odds of being the best player was just 10 percentage points. Excluding the 17 seasons since 1978-79 in which the most likely true WAR leader was also named MVP, that’s the sixth-smallest gap between any MVP and that season’s leader in “true best player” probability:By that standard, Curry’s win was a far cry from past miscarriages of MVP justice, such as Michael Jordan losing out to Magic Johnson in 1988-89 despite Jordan having a 55 percent probability of being the league’s true best player — the second-highest “best player” certainty of any season since 1978-79, trailing only James’s 66 percent mark in 2009-10.Conversely, there was no such certainty in a season like 2014-15, where several of the usual MVP suspects were absent from the front of the race. In such a situation, you can’t really go wrong (or, perhaps, you can’t really go right) no matter which MVP you choose. read more

Womens Volleyball Ohio State faces Michigan State Maryland for second time

Ohio State sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fry (11) and sophomore setter Becca Mauer (1) block the ball on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorFor its second time this season, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will face Michigan State (15-12, 3-11 Big Ten) and Maryland (15-11, 6-8 Big Ten) this week. The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday and return home Saturday to host Maryland for Ohio State’s senior night.The Buckeyes will honor senior setter Olivia Dailey and senior outside hitter Audra Appold after the match against Maryland. Ohio State will also honor former Ohio State volleyball players Jasmine Koonts and Taylor Hughes. The Buckeyes swept Michigan State in their last match and are seeking redemption against Maryland after their 3-2 setback earlier in the season. Michigan State is on a seven-match losing streak, five of which were hard-fought battles against nationally ranked teams. Despite those losses, head coach Geoff Carlston anticipates the Spartans to be stronger than they have been in the past. “They got everyone back and they’re playing better,” Carlston said. “We were a different team when we played them. We had Audra (Appold) and Madison (Smeathers) both healthy, so we’ll be different, and they’ll be different.”Maryland freshman libero Allegra Rivas was awarded Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week last week,  currently ranking No. 6 in the conference with an average of 4.54 digs per set this season. Sophomore setter Nicole Alford also records 9.91 assists per set. The Buckeyes have dropped their past six matches.  “Once we get to 20 points we need to get better at stepping on the gas a little more,” Dailey said.Carlston plans to use scrimmage time to practice exactly that. “We’ll do a lot of stuff at 20-20 and try to play those games because we do it all the time anyway,” Carlston said. “We just need to keep establishing our personality and confidence in those moments as best as we can.”The Buckeyes will face Michigan State at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Maryland at 7 p.m. on Saturday at St. John Arena. read more

Linux developer joins Humble Bundle team fulltime

first_imgThe Humble Bundles that appear on a regular basis do a lot not only to raise money for charity, but also to highlight a whole bunch of indie games everyone should play. In more recent bundles the Humble team has also been pushing into new areas, more specifically getting the games to run on Android and Linux. The one problem with this is ensuring all games in each bundle support those platforms.When the Humble Indie Bundle 6 went live back in September, it promised Linux support for the 6 games on offer. However, one of those games, Vessel, has yet to appear in a working form on Linux due to a number of unforeseen setbacks mainly to do with porting between Direct3D and OpenGL. It has even got to the point where the Humble team is now offering refunds to those who want them.Clearly, they don’t want such a scenario to happen again and so have done something about it. Edward Rudd has joined the Humble team as a full-time Linux developer. He’s already credited with getting 17 Humble games to work with Linux, so for future bundles compatibility should be assured.This isn’t just good news for Linux gamers, it also offers up an opportunity for developers wanting to port their games to Linux (and Mac). The Humble team wants to actively encourage and help train those developers to work with platforms other than Windows.If you bought the 6th Humble Bundle and still want to play Vessel on Linux, don’t worry, work continues on the port and it will arrive eventually.More at The Humble Mumblelast_img read more

AntiBrexit campaigners create mock customs post amid hard border fears

first_img Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images AN ANTI-BREXIT protest on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland today saw traffic grind to a halt this morning as a number of vans, trucks and tractors formed a “go-slow” convoy on the M1 motorway.A fake customs post was erected to express fears about a return to a hard border after the UK leaves the EU.To emphasise their point, the protest simulated how a hard border would affect a farmer bringing a trailer-load of sheep to market, and a requirement to show your passport as you pass through. Source: Niall CarsonThe protest was organised by Border Communities Against Brexit, who say that a return to a customs border would be a “huge step backwards” for their communities.They fear that Brexit would affect ordinary communities in the North badly, saying that farm incomes will be hit and jobs will be lost.It is believed at least 100 people took part in the protest, which saw traffic backed up near Ravensdale, Co Louth between the border of north and south.Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy expressed his support for today’s protest. He said:There is a real and deepening concern now, right across the border region, as to how Brexit will impact on businesses, tourism and on people who cross the border on a daily basis for work and education. 79 Comments Share678 Tweet Email4 Feb 18th 2017, 3:52 PM If you can’t see the video, please click here. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly insisted that she did not want to return to “the borders of the past” when Britain leaves the EU.In the recently published white paper on Brexit from the British government, it said that it wanted to have “as seamless and frictionless a border” as possible between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Source: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA ImagesTaoiseach Enda Kenny has also insisted on several occasions that he would fight against a hard border returning to this island.In recent days, the second All-Ireland Forum on Brexit heard Kenny reiterate, again, that “we must not return to a hard border”.Read: In the cold North Sea, the Shetland Islands flirts with independence from Britain (and Scotland)Read: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit Source: Niall Carson/Twitter 20,418 Views By Sean Murraycenter_img The mock customs post near Ravensdale, Co Louth Border Communities Against #Brexit hold a protest and stage an old style customs post border crossing between Newry & Dundalk. @pa— Niall Carson (@niallcarsonpa) February 18, 2017 Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 3:52 PM The mock customs post near Ravensdale, Co Louth Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images Anti-Brexit campaigners create ‘mock customs post’ amid hard border fears Border Communities Against Brexit staged the protest this morning. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Les catastrophes en Europe ont coûté 150 milliards deuros entre 1998 et

first_imgLes catastrophes en Europe ont coûté 150 milliards d’euros entre 1998 et 2009Les catastrophes naturelles et industrielles ont causé la mort de près de 100.000 personnes et coûté 150 milliards d’euros entre 1998 et 2009, selon un rapport publié hier par l’Agence européenne pour l’environnement.”Bien que la part attribuable au changement climatique en termes de pertes humaines est impossible à déterminer avec précision, elle devrait augmenter dans le futur puisque la fréquence et l’intensité des événements climatiques extrêmes devraient augmenter”, indique le rapport de l’Agence européenne pour l’environnement, cité par l’AFP.C’est lors de la canicule de 2003 qu’a été recensé le plus grand nombre de victimes : plus de 70.000 décès supplémentaires enregistrés en Europe, selon l’agence.Les événements qui ont coûté le plus cher sont les inondations et les tempêtes. Le montant global s’élève à 96 milliards d’euros. Entre 1998 et 2009, la facture des séismes s’est, elle, élevée à 29 milliards d’euros.Les accidents industriels les plus marquants ont été les marées noires provoquées par l’Erika (1999), le Prestige (2002), et les pollutions survenues à Aznalcollar en Espagne (1998) et Baia Mare en Roumanie (2000). Le 13 janvier 2011 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Reports RAW tag team requests release from the WWE at TV taping

first_img WWE RAW Ratings: Viewership sees a 15% drop against the return of Monday Night Football Facebook WhatsApp Twitter The Revival reportedly want out of WWE.A new report by Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that both Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, while still in their wrestling gear, requested to be released from the company after they took part in a match on RAW this past Monday in Memphis.Dawson and Wilder, who held the NXT Tag Team Championships twice and first started on the RAW brand back in 2017, got a win over Kalisto and Gran Metalik on Monday night. As of this week, the team has not been granted a release from the company.Sean Ross Sapp of first reported the news earlier this week, noting some changes in terminology on whether they “quit on the spot” or simply asked for a release from the company at the RAW taping on Monday.Was told yesterday morning Revival quit on the spot, but the terminology was phrased in such a way I could hardly report that they’d formally asked for their release. Several wrestlers and employees confirmed that WWE didn’t want to release them and hoped to fix things.— Sean Ross Sapp of (@SeanRossSapp) January 17, 2019The report by the Observer noted that WWE is not expected to be granting any releases at this time with the launch of All Elite Wrestling taking place in the coming months. Google+center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Pinterestlast_img read more

Vancouver Battle Ground Hockinson Ridgefield teachers on picket lines

first_imgTeachers who gathered to strike on campuses in Vancouver Public Schools were joined by some of their smallest supporters: their children.To be clear, their actual children — though as Hudson’s Bay High School math teacher Joanie Hahn puts it, she’s got her home family, then her school family.She held her 4-year-old daughter, Charlotte, on her hip while her 7-year-old son, Jared, watched his mom’s co-workers picket. Wednesday was supposed to be Jared’s first day of school at Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School, too.“It’s important for them to be a part of this,” Hahn said. “It’s a special moment, not just for their mommy as a teacher, but for their future as students.”Wednesday was the second day of teacher strikes across Clark County. Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield and Hockinson teachers took to the picket lines.last_img read more