Water scarcity haunts Odisha in middle of monsoon

first_imgMore than one month into southwest monsoon season, scarcity of water, both for drinking and irrigation purposes, continues to haunt people of Odisha.While a farmer in Bargarh district ended his life apprehending that the deficient rainfall could spoil his Kharif crop, the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) has decided to regulate water provisioning by restricting supply once in a day in the coastal town.A farmer identified as Baishnav Bhoi in Podamuda village in Bargarh district reportedly consumed poison on Wednesday and he died on Thursday morning.Baishnav, according to his family members, was under mental stress as he feared crop loss due to very erratic rainfall. He was said to have taken hand loan from local money lenders for taking up paddy crop on four acres.In Paradip, the PPT has been supplying drinking water after treating the water of Taladanda canal. However, due to a prolonged dry spell, the water level in Taldanda has dropped drastically making it impossible for the PPT to harness water as was required.“We monitor reservoir level regularly and accordingly regulate the supplies. We cannot spend water at one go. So we are taking precautions keeping the low water availability in mind,” PPT Chairman Rinkesh Roy said.Recently, the PPT decided to set up a 10-million litre per day capacity desalination plant at an estimated investment of Rs. 116 crore. A memorandum of understanding for consulting services was signed between the PPT and the National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai. The seawater reverse osmosis will be available for the PPT township. By Wednesday, of 30 districts, 29 had received deficient rainfall, while only Koraput district has recorded 1% surplus precipitation. In nine districts, rain deficit has been measured over 40%. Balasore was the worst hit, with 54% deficit rainfall. As many as 26 districts had deficit above 19%.Replying to a query on Thursday, Minster of State for Water Resource Raghunandan Dash said Odisha has lost 1.12 billion cubic metre (6.71%) of groundwater in nine years between 2009 and 2017.According to THE Central Ground Water Board, in 2009, Odisha’s groundwater volume was assessed at 16.69 billion cubic metre. It had dropped to 15.57 billion cubic metre in 2017.last_img read more

SPORT-DAVIS-COMMENTS 2LAST

first_imgNagal said the occasion was big for him but he hid his Nagal said the occasion was big for him but he hid his nerves. “I was nervous but I did not show it to the people or my opponent. I had never played before such a crowd. I think I did a decent job. I am pretty disappointed. I could have pulled it off.” Nagal, who is supported by Mahesh Bhupathi, said he was “everything for me. I am here because of him.” Ramanathan said he has learnt a lot by playing against the formidable Spaniards. “It was a great experience to play against Ferrer. I learnt many things. I was fighting every point. Sliced a bit, volleys, made a few points. We fought hard, gave our best,” he said. “I am going to train in Europe, playing lot of tournaments, results will come if I keep working hard. I played right way, missing a few points here and there. Could have taken more games. Ferrer showed me the way to improve. Next thing is to work harder, work on more aspects,” Ramanathan said. Asked about his training stint in Spain, he said, “To be honest, every player in Spain is good, their level is high, Futures or Challengers. Same system, put the ball deep, move the opponent. Thats they teach to everyone.” PTI AT SSC SSClast_img read more

Coach Thomas Tuchel hoping Borussia Dortmund stay focused on football

first_imgBorussia Dortmund face an uphill task to overturn a 3-2 deficit against French rivals Monaco and keep their minds on football after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final was marred by an attack on the German team’s bus. (Neymar confident of leading Barcelona to second miracle comeback)Three explosions rocked the Borussia coach on its way to the stadium last Tuesday and left the team’s Spanish defender Marc Bartra with a fractured arm.With the fixture rescheduled for the day after, a shaken Borussia looked all at sea against Monaco and their coach Thomas Tuchel acknowledged his side had been ill-prepared to play so soon after the attack.However, Borussia bounced back with a 3-1 Bundesliga win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday ahead of Wednesday’s visit to treble-chasing Monaco, who are top of the French league and through to the Cup semi-finals.”My players have shown an incredible character, already on Wednesday (against Monaco) and again (on Saturday),” Tuchel said after the Eintracht win.”I think it’s easier for the players to take their mind off things when they are on the pitch. We had a wonderful interaction with our fans whose instinct for such situations is probably second to none.”A packed Westfalenstadion, albeit under a visibly heightened police presence, gave the players a rousing reception before the kick-off and Borussia produced a promising performance ahead of the return leg against high-scoring Monaco.Having eliminated Manchester City in the previous round on away goals after a 3-1 home win cancelled out a 5-3 first-leg defeat, Monaco will be confident of finishing the job against Borussia on their own turf.advertisementThe French side are also in the driving seat in Ligue 1, three points ahead of champions Paris St Germain with six games left, having scored 90 goals in 32 games.They also meet PSG in a mouth-watering Cup semi-final on April 26 but the first thing on their minds will surely be to try to emulate their 2004 Champions League achievement, when they reached the final and lost 3-0 to Porto.Monaco’s Polish defender Kamil Glik stressed the back four would have to be wary of a similarly prolific Dortmund side likely to throw caution to the wind.”For us defenders, evolving in a team that attacks so much demands a lot of work and attention,” Glik told the club’s website (www.asmonaco.com).”The Champions League demands the utmost vigilance because you’re up against the best players. But we have to defend as a team as it’s a collective job.”last_img read more

Sabathia Hit, Jays Take Yanks, 4-2

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia gave up two runs and four hits over two innings in his first spring training start, a New York Yankees’ 4-2 loss March 18 to the Toronto Blue Jays.The 34-year-old lefty was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and was done after having surgery in July.“Felt good. No complaints,” Sabathia said. “I was really nervous, more than normal. It was really weird.”After Sabathia had a perfect first inning, Dioner Navarro opened the second with a single just to the left of Alex Rodriguez that many third basemen would have fielded. “I saw it perfectly,” Rodriguez said. “Just a rocket past me.”Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is returning from a one-year drug suspension and is mostly competing for time at DH.Dayan Viciedo and Devon Travis had two-out run-scoring hits in the second off Sabathia.A six-time All-Star and 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, Sabathia made only eight starts last year and finished 3-4 with a career-worst 5.28 ERA. He is 208-119 with a 3.63 ERA in 14 seasons.“First step, really positive to me,” New York manager Joe Girardi said.Toronto’s Drew Hutchison allowed two runs and four hits, including Mark Teixeira’s solo homer, in four innings.Hutchison had a small spot near his left elbow that he skinned while attempting a diving catch on Brian McCann’s second-inning foul ball just in front of the third base dugout.“It’s natural instinct,” Hutchison said. “I’m good.”Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched due to a mild right abdominal strain.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro global launch likely on May 14

first_imgA lot is being talked about the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro of late. This year, in 2019, OnePlus is expected to launch three smartphones instead of just two like every year. OnePlus has already confirmed to bring its own 5G phone very soon. Alongside the 5G device, rumours suggest that OnePlus will launch OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro too. A new leak now suggests that the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro may launch globally on May 14. However, take this with a pinch of salt considering OnePlus is yet to confirm the launch date of the OnePlus 7 series. The same leak suggests that OnePlus will be teasing the OnePlus 7 Pro with tagline “Go beyond speed”.Last week for the first ever time the OnePlus 7 Pro was leaked in pictures. The photographs showed the phone from all angles. The phone appears with pop-up selfie camera on the front and triple cameras on the back panel. The same features are expected to be present on the standard OnePlus 7 model too.Unlike the V15 Pro or Oppo F11 Pro, the placement of the pop-up selfie camera on the OnePlus 7 will be different. It will sit on the top left edge of the phone. The presence of pop-up camera hints that there will be no notch on the OnePlus 7 series of phones. On the hardware front, both the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro are expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset which also powered the S10 series of phones, Huawei P30 Pro and some of the other flagships launched recently.advertisementThe full specs sheet of the OnePlus 7 Pro was leaked last week. The sheet suggests that on the back the OnePlus 7 Pro will sport 45MP + 16MP + 8MP camera configuration and sport super optic 6.67-inch display. The front camera details are not known yet. The specs sheet further reveals that the OnePlus 7 Pro will come with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.On the software front, the OnePlus 7 Pro will run on Android 9 Pie based on the latest Oxygen OS, the specs sheet suggests. It also reveals that the model number of the OnePlus 7 Pro is will be GM1915. Rumours also suggest that the OnePlus 7 will launch in three variants — GM1901, GM1903, GM1905, while the OnePlus 7 Pro will launch in four variants including — GM1911, GM1913, GM1915, and GM1917. The OnePlus 5G phone is expected to come in one variant with model number GM1920.According to rumours expect the two OnePlus flagship phones to launch on May 14 globally. Following the past track records, the global launch of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro may follow with India launch. OnePlus is yet to officially confirm the launch date of the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro.ALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launching in India on April 22, can it beat Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro?ALSO READ | Apple iPhone XE: Design, specifications and all we know about Apple’s rumoured iPhone SE successorALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A50: Specs, features and price comparedlast_img read more

2015 Watch Guide: Week 7

first_imgOSU has a bye week which means we get to enjoy a weekend of stress-free college football. QB1 does too.“I’ll probably watch a few games,” Rudolph told the Oklahoman. “It’s always fun to kind of relive the high school days, kick your feet up and watch some ball.”Here’s this weekend’s schedule courtesy of Ryan Hartwig.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 7If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

Things already looking bleak for clubs near the Premier League basement

first_imgShare on Twitter Gareth Southgate claims Premier League season kicked off too soon There is a certain symmetry about the Premier League table at the moment. Three teams at the top are still unbeaten, and already it is being suggested that the title will end up at Manchester City, Chelsea or Liverpool, even though Arsenal should perhaps not be discounted.At the bottom, three teams are without a win after eight games, the first time in the Premier League era that this has happened. Already it is being suggested that Huddersfield, Newcastle and Cardiff are as good as relegated, even if Fulham and Southampton are not exactly accelerating up the table away from the danger zone. Sportblog comment Newcastle United Fulham Southampton Premier League Read more Read more Share on Pinterest Fulham, after a reasonably bright start, are beginning to conform to the unwritten rule that says the club coming up via the play-offs tends to struggle in the top flight, though at least they can take heart from the fact that last season’s Championship runners-up are struggling more.Aside from a brief period early last season, Huddersfield have rarely looked like a viable Premier League unit. They faded badly after picking up 15 points from their first 11 games, and though they kept going and managed to save themselves with a couple of matches to spare, things might have been a lot tighter if Swansea, Stoke and West Bromhad not endured such dreadful seasons.The fact that three established Premier League teams went down last season is probably what is unusual here. It meant the three promoted sides stayed up, for a start, when in a more normal season perhaps one or two of them might have made a quick return. The upshot is that the present top flight contains at least four sides who might be more at home in the Championship, and Wolves are not among them. While the finishing order remains uncertain, it is beginning to look as though two of the relegation positions might be filled long before the end of the season.center_img Share on Messenger Reuse this content Cardiff City Share on Facebook While it is clearly unsafe to make predictions at this stage, the stats for the bottom three sides make particularly grim reading. With just two points after eight matches Cardiff and Newcastle are averaging a quarter of a point per game. It is generally accepted that a side looking to escape relegation needs to be earning around a point per game so as to be in sight of 37-40 points at the end of the season, and if they cannot improve on their present rate both the bottom two clubs are on course to rival Derby County’s dismal 11-point record from the 2007-08 season. If they do not start winning soon they will probably lose too much ground to make up in the second part of the season.Huddersfield are scarcely any better. Although the Terriers have one point more than the two teams below them they have scored only four goals and their sole clean sheet came when similarly stricken Cardiff visited West Yorkshire in August. Derby managed 20 goals in their nightmare season of setting Premier League lows, and with two clubs averaging one goal every other game that record may also be in danger.So is it the case that the gulf in standards between Championship and Premier League has grown too wide to be bridged? Are the days of adventure and upward mobility for smallish clubs such as Bournemouth, Burnley and Wigan over?It cannot be as simple as that, otherwise Wolves would not be sitting in seventh position, a promoted side lording it for the moment over established names such as Manchester United and Everton. Yet maybe Wolves are a one-off; they won last season’s Championship by nine points, after all, and in the football they play and the quality of player they have attracted they cannot be regarded as top-flight tourists destined to spend a season looking around.Cardiff might fit that description more closely, with Neil Warnock admitting he would not be surprised to be sacked before Christmas, though the Welsh club is presently the only promoted club in the bottom three. Fulham may soon be joining them if some glaring defensive deficiencies cannot be addressed, but Newcastle and Huddersfield were around last season, with the same playing squads and managers. Newcastle finished 10th in 2017-18, a more than satisfactory achievement for such an unstable and capricious club, and in Rafael Benítez they certainly have a manager capable of making the most of scant resources. Of course it is a pity that a manager of Benítez’s pedigree is still having to do that, a wonder that he continues to put up patiently with such an unhelpful situation and a scandal that such an impressive football institution cannot find anyone at boardroom level to match the enthusiasm of the fans, but we are where we are and Newcastle are second from bottom.Benítez said before the international break that he did not think his side would go down. No one watching their last performance at Old Trafford would have disagreed, and after playing Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in their first eight games, Newcastle have a run of ostensibly easier fixtures to try to elevate their lowly league position. The next month or so brings games against Brighton, Southampton, Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley, and while none of those could remotely be described as a gimme, Newcastle supporters should have a much clearer idea of their chances of survival by December.Cardiff and Huddersfield have to play Liverpool in the next 10 days, though Fulham visit the bottom club on Saturday in what has to be regarded as a must-win game for Warnock and his players. Victory by more than a single goal would see Cardiff climb above Slavisa Jokanovic’s side – that is how fluid the situation at the bottom can be with only three points separating five sides – though rather than contemplating such a giddy rise supporters in south Wales are probably more worried about what might happen if the result goes against them. Leeds owner calls for a Premier League Two to replace Championship Share on WhatsApp Topics Huddersfield Share via Email Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

New Board Chair Elected

first_imgNova Scotia Business Inc.’s (NSBI) private-sector led board of directors has elected Marie Mullally as its new chair. “I am pleased to accept my new role as chair of the board at Nova Scotia Business Inc.,” said Ms. Mullally. “Together, the board and staff of NSBI will continue our work to attract innovative companies in Nova Scotia’s strategic growth sectors, connect local companies to global supply chains and build export capacity in our province.” Ms. Mullally is president and chief executive officer of CUA, a provincial banking institution, and currently serves as chair of the Halifax International Airport Authority and as a director of FICANEX Inc. She was formerly the president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation, executive director of Service Delivery and Operations with the former Department of Business and Consumer Services and provincial registrar of Motor Vehicles. “Marie has been a valuable member of Nova Scotia Business Inc.’s board since 2014 and will be skilled and effective in the role of chair,” said outgoing board chair Bert Frizzell. “I look forward to continuing on with the board, under Marie’s direction.”Mr. Frizzell has chaired the board since June 2016, and has been a director since 2011. He continues with the board as a director. “The experience provided by Bert Frizzell and now Marie Mullally supports our work for positive outcomes for Nova Scotians,” said Laurel Broten, President and CEO, NSBI. “Our shared objective is to strengthen and drive our Nova Scotia economy for this and future generations.” Nova Scotia Business Inc. board members are business leaders from a diverse range of industry sectors within Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Montrealarea Catholic diocese to let parishioners decide on church closures

first_imgMONTREAL — The packed holiday masses that took place as scheduled in the St-Antoine and St-Paule churches north of Montreal seemed extra special this year, given that a few months ago it looked like they might not happen at all.That’s because the churches were two of more than 30 that were on a list to be considered for closure as part of the Diocese of St-Jerome’s tentative plan to radically slash its 54 churches by more than half.But amid the uproar that followed in the early months of 2018, the diocese reversed course and is now trying a different experiment: letting the congregations decide their own futures.Bishop Raymond Poisson, who was brought in from the neighbouring Joliette diocese this summer to help manage the file, said the fact remains that there are too many church buildings and not enough worshippers.However, he admitted that the original committee’s plan to unilaterally close and sell off churches — with no input from their members — was a mistake.“These buildings are filled with emotions,” he said. “We can’t do just anything with them.”Poisson, who recently completed a tour of all the diocese’s parishes, said no churches will be closed without the community’s consent.Instead, the diocese is asking each parish to provide building inspections and repair estimates for each church, as well as a report on attendance and finances.These reports, he said, will be shared with the community, who will collectively decide whether to close and merge with another church or develop a plan to stay open.While it seems unlikely a congregation will vote to close its own church, Poisson believes that church communities will be willing to make tough choices if given the right information.But at the same time, he said, money won’t be the only factor.“A church isn’t (a business), it’s a family, and decisions aren’t made only based on money,” he said. “In a family, sometimes you make a decision that seems strange, but it’s out of love.”Poisson said the rumours of impending closures was devastating to congregations, which saw their attendance decline and financial offerings drop by up to 25 per cent.But he said it also had a positive effect, as congregations and local communities formed citizens’ groups and brainstormed to find solutions.Gauthier Elleme, the priest at St-Antoine and St-Paule’s churches, also believes the threat of closures served as a wake-up call.“The parishioners were shocked, because they saw the churches were closing, but at the same time they saw there was a problem,” says Elleme, who helps co-ordinate activities in four parishes.In response to the bishop’s challenge, Elleme said the churches are looking at ways to raise revenue, including renting out rooms and forming more partnerships with community organizations.Church buildings are expensive to maintain, and some congregations will be faced with raising tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for major repairs that have been put off too long.But most importantly, Elleme and other priests are asking the faithful to step up and become increasingly involved in welcoming new members into a “living community” that goes beyond the priest.He acknowledged that reversing a decades-long attendance decline will be difficult, and it’s not always easy for elderly church-goers to change their ways.But nevertheless, he sees signs of hope.Elleme said that while the church is emerging from a “dark period” where many turned away, he’s seeing a growing core of young members who are willing to embrace faith.And the 36-year-old priest has plenty of ideas on how to appeal to them, from “redynamizing” traditional church music to sermons that emphasize love and joyful living rather than the prohibition of sin.And while he said congregations will never rebound to the numbers they reached in the past, when many attended out of a sense of duty or obligation, he believes they’ll live on in a smaller and maybe better way.“People (who attend) will have made a choice, rather than submitting to social pressures, and as a priest I prefer that than to see churches full of people who didn’t choose to come,” he said.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

With malaria epidemic threatening 6 million Ethiopians UNICEF calls for funds

With more than 6 million Ethiopians, most of them children, threatened by a potential nationwide malaria epidemic, and polio continuing to spread, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned that it urgently needs nearly $22 million to ward off the danger of tens of thousands of additional deaths. “While polio is continuing to spread, a UNICEF-supported nationwide vaccination campaign planned for October and November is badly underfunded,” it reported in its latest update on the Horn of Africa country.“Emergency health and nutrition interventions are funded for 41 per cent. Vital water and sanitation programmes only received 20 per cent of their funding. UNICEF urgently needs $21.9 million to fight Ethiopia’s looming malaria epidemic, fund a nationwide polio immunization drive and reach 963,855 people in critical need of water,” it said. While full mortality figures for the last major epidemic from April to December 2003 are not yet available, it is estimated that 6.1 million malaria cases occurred and between 45,000 and 114,000 people died, according to a study published in the East African Medical Journal in April.Similar figures are expected if there is another full-blown malaria epidemic in 2005, UNICEF said. These figures are over and above the 100,000 Ethiopians who die of endemic malaria in an average non-epidemic year, 80,000 of them children under the age of five.UNICEF noted that a sharp rise in malaria cases and deaths from June to August, together with a widespread increase in malaria parasites and other worrying signs, are raising fears of a nationwide malaria epidemic. High rainfall and epidemiological trends are adding to concerns that an epidemic could occur during the ‘long’ transmission season from October to December. Supplies of the new anti-malaria drug Artemether-Lumefantrine (brand name Coartem), have already been consumed in large quantities to control malaria earlier in the year, it said. Although there are signs that the initial surge from June to August has subsided due to prevention and control by UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and other members of the Roll Back Malaria partnership, the current rise in parasites and other worrying factors are adding to concerns that Ethiopia is merely experiencing a lull before the onset of a full blown epidemic, UNICEF said. Such an epidemic would exhaust its stocks of Coartem and quinine. Ethiopia needs another two million doses of Coartem, costing $4 million, to ensure adequate stocks for this year and maintain overall emergency response capacity. An additional $125,000 is also requested for emergency quinine for the treatment of severe cases including infected infants and pregnant women. read more

US consumer confidence slides for 2nd month on gloomier outlook for economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 27, 2013 10:27 am MDT US consumer confidence slides for 2nd month on gloomier outlook for economy, income WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence declined this month as Americans turned more pessimistic about the economy, their own finances, and government budget policies.The University of Michigan says its final reading of consumer sentiment dropped to 77.5 in September from 82.1 in August. It was the second straight decline after confidence reached a six-year high of 85.1 in July.A potential budget impasse in Washington, which if unresolved could shut down the federal government Tuesday, spurred twice as many negative comments about government policy as three months ago, the survey found.Americans are also less hopeful about their paychecks. Half of all households expect no pay increase in the year ahead. And a majority expects their income will trail inflation for the next five years. read more

Brock hosts Niagara Escarpment conference

Delegates at this week’s Leading Edge conference at Brock will explore environmental issues from inside the woods, not just from the conference rooms.Retired Physics professor John Black, author of Niagara Birds, will lead a bird walk through the woods surrounding Brock Friday morning as part of the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) conference.Several Brock researchers have teamed up with the NEC for the two-day event, which starts this Thursday, to consider economic and tourism opportunities related to the escarpment.Employing the themes of sustainable tourism and economic development, the conference is a forum to explore the incredible resources of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve. The conference, titled “Ontario’s Natural Edge,” is being hosted at the first university in Canada to be located within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.Brock faculty served on the organizing committee and will showcase their research at the conference. Highlights include: Black, who in addition to the bird walk will present a Thursday morning session on Niagara birdsDon Cyr, Business professor, and Tony Shaw, Geography professor, will present on the changing Niagara weather and the use of weather contracts in tourism on ThursdayBrian Calvert, graduate student in Earth Sciences, will present his research on the Louth Conservation Area flora, fauna and geology on ThursdayFrancine McCarthy, Earth Sciences professor, will make back-to-back presentations Friday. The first is about the historical implications of climate change on the beach off Flowerpot Island, and the second is about the contents of core samples from the bottom of Crawford Lake.Brad May, a lecturer at Brock and part of the Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Unit, will present a session on local adaptation to climate change in Niagara on FridayOrganizing committee members include Tourism and Environment researchers Dave Brown (who will co-chair proceedings on-site), Danuta De Grosbois, John Middleton and Tony Ward. The event is co-chaired by Karen Carruthers of the NEC. read more

The Warriors Klay Thompson Only Needs 079 Seconds To Beat You

PLAYERTEAMTOTAL Eric GordonHouston Rockets183 The Warriors’ offense already has a cheat code of sorts because of how thin they spread defenses with their shooting, but they also get a ton of mileage out of the threat Thompson poses aside from his 22 points per game. Thompson’s star teammates find far more openings when playing alongside him because defenders know they can’t step too far away from the lethal shooter. That gives the two former MVPs on the roster true single coverage as opposed to double-teams. Curry and Durant each took advantage and shot nearly 50 and 57 percent from the field, respectively, when playing together alongside Thompson, per NBA Wowy. Watch here as the Clippers lose track of Durant while trying desperately to account for each member of the Warriors’ three leading scorers. The threat of Thompson’s jumper helps create an easy bucket underneath.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaykdsteph.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Unsurprisingly, Curry and Durant’s field-goal percentage numbers fell to 46 percent and 50 percent, respectively, in their almost 400 minutes without Thompson.In turn, the other Warriors are engaging in near-perpetual motion to help spring Thompson free. Many of his jumpers stem from the Warriors’ unusual network of screens and picks — with the stars often setting improvisational back screens for role players and guards springing free big men. Still, Golden State works hardest to get Thompson open: He had a whopping 516 separate plays in which they brought him off a screen — a figure that led the NBA by a country mile. For context, Thompson got more shot attempts following a screen than 20 different teams in 2016-17, according to Synergy Sports.His role this past season was a far cry from what it was just four seasons ago, before Steve Kerr took over as coach, when the young Warriors utilized a much different style of offense. Back then, their attack was heavily rooted in stagnant 1-on-1 plays as opposed to the free-flowing system they currently run to perfection. In the course of one year, Golden State went from being dead-last in the NBA with 246.6 passes thrown per game in 2013-14 to seventh in the league with 315.9 passes per night in 2014-15 under Kerr.Under former coach Mark Jackson, Thompson got a steady diet of entry passes on the block and finished the 2013-14 season with an eye-popping 130 post-ups — the fifth-highest total among NBA guards that year, according to Synergy Sports. As jarring as that number sounds, consider this: Thompson has only posted up 137 times total in the three seasons since then.“I knew I wanted to install plenty of movement, and it just so happened that Klay turned himself into Reggie Miller and Rip Hamilton,” Kerr told me this week, citing two of the more elite shooters off screens in modern times. “To me, Klay’s the best guy in the league now at moving without the ball. It just comes natural to him, and it made him a natural fit with our offense.”One of Thompson’s best skills is his ability to score in bunches without possessing the ball all that much. These outbursts have become his trademark since his heroic 41-point, 11 3-pointer performance two seasons ago when the defending champion Warriors were on the cusp of postseason elimination in Oklahoma City. Among those averaging 20 points per game last season, Thompson tied with Brook Lopez for the league lead in lowest time of possession per game, at just 1.6 minutes, while the Warriors guard averaged the highest points-per-touch average. “This is a gunslinger that’s spitting out the ball before anyone can even get to him,” said Fraser, the Warriors assistant.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klaydefendedbykd.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Thompson told me that he’s made it a point since the age of 15 — when he attended a shooting camp and watched renowned shooting instructor Dave Hopla drill dozens of jumpers — to unload the ball faster.“[Hopla] said, ‘It doesn’t matter where your feet are as long as your shoulders are squared,’ ” Thompson said. “That’s really resonated with me ever since I was a kid. So now, every time I just try to get a good shot off and make sure my shoulders are square toward the rim, even if my feet are in an awkward place. If I’ve got a good base, and I can get some lift, that’s all I need.”Thompson’s uncanny ability to find the basket while barely able to see it — he tested this notion by taking, and making, triples in a Sports Science lab with the lights turned off — simply confirmed what many already knew about him: He can make the sorts of shots others wouldn’t even dream of taking.Asked about having a teammate of that stature, Durant smiled. “That’s the great part about it. I don’t have to play against that no more,” he said. “You can’t relax for a split second, or he’s gonna get a shot off.”Check out our latest NBA predictions. Thompson connected on 131 of 302 attempts within that release window, for a mark of 43.4%. For context, the leaguewide average percentage on all 3-pointers was 35.8%.Source: STATS SportVu C.J. MilesIndiana Pacers192 Trevor ArizaHouston Rockets152 OAKLAND, Calif. — Humans need oxygen, plants need sunlight, and NBA shooters need space to breathe. A cushion from a defender allows a player to do his job successfully: It gives him time to turn and face the basket, bend his knees to develop rhythm and square his feet.Then there’s Klay Thompson, who often does none of these things yet still hits threes at a better-than-40-percent clip and strikes fear in just about every NBA defense. “You ever had someone walk right up on you and talk a few inches away from your face?” asked Warriors assistant Bruce Fraser. “That’s Klay. It’s like he doesn’t mind not having space when he shoots.”Any number of things would correctly explain why the Warriors, who open their season tonight, are on the cusp of becoming a dynasty. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is a game-breaking playmaker capable of bringing defenses to their knees in a way we’ve never seen. Pair his skill set with that of Kevin Durant, and you have a legitimate title contender. None of that even speaks to the defensive presence and edge Golden State often gets from Draymond Green.Yet Thompson’s quick-trigger attempts from deep might be the best barometer of success for the Warriors. Golden State won 95 percent of its games last season (going 43-2) when the swingman hit at least 40 percent of his shots from 3-point range, but the Warriors won just 69 percent (23-10) when Thompson connected on less than 40 percent.Guarding the 6-foot-7 Thompson is like a formal job interview: If you merely show up on time, rather than getting there a little early, it often means you’ve arrived too late. And God forbid you actually show up a little late — you might as well turn around and go home. Part of this is because Thompson is such a talented, pure shooter, but it’s also because he gets the ball out of his hands faster than any player in the NBA and can connect on his jumpers without having to dip his knees to generate a rhythm.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/klayquicktrigger2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While Houston coach Mike D’Antoni has his Seven Seconds or Less strategy, Thompson has established his own version of hot potato this past season, in which he launched a total of 302 catch-and-shoot triples within 0.79 seconds of touching the ball, according to an analysis run by STATS SportVu at FiveThirtyEight’s request. The next-closest player, C.J. Miles, had just 192. What’s more, Thompson hits the quick-trigger triples at nearly the same clip, 43.4 percent,1131 of 302 as when he takes his time and composes himself. When told of these numbers, Thompson put it best: “Sheesh.” Tobias HarrisDetroit Pistons184 Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors180 Kristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks163 Channing FryeCleveland Cavaliers182 Nicolas BatumCharlotte Hornets160 Klay Thompson is the fastest sharpshooter, East or West3-pointers attempted within 0.79 seconds of catching the ball, 2016-17 Klay ThompsonGolden State Warriors302 Tony SnellMilwaukee Bucks157 read more

MobileMe user iCloud storage drops to 5GB on September 30

first_imgApple’s iCloud service matches much of its competition with 5GB of free storage, but that amount is a significant drop for their old MobileMe users. Before the company moved over to iCloud, MobileMe accounts had a whopping 20GB that could be split between email and iDisk. To make the transition easier, Apple let existing users keep their higher cap until June 30 of this year, and then extended that deadline for another three months. But the grace period is finally coming to a close on September 30, at which time those long-standing accounts will be knocked down to 5GB along with the rest.Users who will be over the limit after the change recently got an email from Apple with suggestions on how to prepare. No data will be deleted from accounts that have more than 5GB after September 30, but they will no longer be able to sync files, upload documents, or even receive new emails. To get iCloud working again, or prevent it from locking up in the first place, users will need to either remove enough data to get under the 5GB limit or pay for a higher tier of storage. Currently iCloud offers an additional 10GB for $20/year, 20GB for $40/year, and 50GB for $100/year — and that’s all on top of the free 5GB.Apple claims that 5GB is more than most people need, and that’s probably true. When Microsoft dropped the free storage limit on SkyDrive from 25GB to 7GB, they noted that less than 1% of their users were storing more than the new cap would allow. It’s worth noting however, that Microsoft let registered users who had uploaded files to SkyDrive opt out of the downgrade, and automatically opted out anyone who had more than 4GB stored.Via CNetlast_img read more

The stars of Modern Greek

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Monday morning, more than 49,000 students across Victoria awoke in anticipation of their VCE results. Of the 274 students that completed their studies in Modern Greek this year, 18 – four of whom are of Greek origin – excelled, having obtained a study score of 40 and above. Ranking in first place was 16-year-old Sophia Vamvakidou with a perfect score of 50.The Victorian School of Languages student says she was surprised by her impressive achievement, which places her in the top two per cent of VCE students to obtain a ranking above 45. “I received the results and all I could do was sit and stare. I honestly could not believe it!” Miss Vamvakidou told Neos Kosmos.Born in Thessaloniki, the top pupil migrated with her family to Belgium at the age of seven, before relocating to Melbourne earlier this year. She recalls always speaking Greek at home, but would often resort to speaking Greek with a mixture of English and French words. Paving the way for a bright future, she says her “dream is to be an actress”, but that her love of literature will likely lead her to study journalism.Saint Catherine’s Greek Orthodox College student Magdalini Maligani wasn’t far off, with a score of 47, closely followed by Konstantina Karava from the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria’s (GOCMV) Monday school with a score of 46. In equal fourth with a score of 45 were Anthea Digiaris of Nestor Greek College and Anna-Maria Salatas of Omiros College. Though enrolment numbers in Modern Greek remained low in 2015, principal of GOCMV language schools Manos Tzimpragos told Neos Kosmos this year’s higher than average study scores were particularly important. “Although this year the number of students who sat for the VCE exam was less than last year, next year’s community schools enrolments will make up 40 per cent of the total number of pupils studying Greek in Victoria,” said Mr Tzimpragos.Across the state regarding VCE as a whole, Mac.Robertson Girls’ High emerged as the best-performing. The selective-entry school with 508 students enrolled in at least one VCE subject emerged with a median study score of 41, and 38.2 per cent of its VCE students received a score over 40. Beth Rivkah Ladies College ranked second, followed by Bialik College, Melbourne High School and Mount Scopus Memorial College.Greek Orthodox Colleges across Victoria also celebrated another successful year, with the majority of VCE enrolments successfully completing their exams.At St John’s Greek Orthodox College, of the 20 students enrolled in units 3 and 4, 15 per cent ranked in the top nine per cent of the state with a study score of 40 and above, and a median score of 33, ranking the college at 66 out of 526 schools. Meanwhile, Alphington Grammar School, ranked 137, saw 8.4 per cent of its 81 VCE students attain a score above 40, the median being 28; while 6.4 per cent of the 68 Oakleigh Grammar VCE students ranked highly with a score above 40, and an average median score of 31, classing the school as 178th in the state.Victorian Education Minister James Merlino MP gave a congratulatory message to students in the Herald Sun VCE supplement, while also taking the opportunity to remind students that while education is important, marks are not the be-all and end-all.“Right now your study score and ATAR are probably very much on your mind, but remember that this is just one step in a long journey and VCE results do not have to define you,” Mr Merlino said, reminding students that university is not the only pathway to a successful future.Students with a study score in Modern Greek of 40 and above:Athanasia Panagopoulou – Oakleigh Grammar – 44 Alexander Vounisios – Parish of St Vasilios Brunswick Greek Language School – 44 Fotini Kazakeou – Omiros College – 43 Georgia Kazi – South Oakleigh Secondary College – 43 Georgios Mastrogiannopoulos – St John’s Greek Orthodox College – 43 James Tomazos – Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria – 42 Theodoros Benehoutsos – VSL Distance Education – 41 Filitsa Kapeleri – VSL (Box Hill/Blackburn/Doncaster) – 41 Freideriki Laftsoglou – Alphington Grammar School – 41 Daphne Saropoulou – Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria – 41 Natasha Kotsakis – Nestor Greek College – 40 Anastasia Moutsos – Omiros College – 40 Christina Tsopela – VSL Distance Education – 40last_img read more

US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

first_imgSEATTLE — The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation’s most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the agreement represents a major win for hundreds of workers who have been getting sick for years while cleaning up the nation’s nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.“Those workers deserve to be protected,” Ferguson said.He added that the U.S. Department of Energy did not take the issue seriously and resisted putting protections in place.“There’s no way to sugar coat this,” Ferguson said.The Energy Department will for the first time test a new technology that Ferguson called “game-changing” that would protect workers from the vapor exposures.Under the agreement, the agency will pay $925,000 in fees and costs to the state and Hanford Challenge, a watchdog group that has for decades been warning about worker safety. The agency will also install a new vapor monitoring and alarm system and maintain safety measures that are currently in place, including supplying air and respirators.The Department of Energy said in an emailed statement that the agreement “acknowledges the extensive actions” that the agency, and its contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions LLC, have taken to protect workers from potential exposure to chemical vapors.last_img read more

Unions say pipeline operator risks spill in Prince William Sound

first_imgCrowley Marine Services currently holds the contract to provide oil tanker escorts and spill response and prevention in Prince William Sound. Photo: Eric Keto/APRNTwo unions representing workers on tugboats and barges in Prince William Sound are calling out the operator of the trans-Alaska pipeline.They say the plan to bring in a Louisiana-based company to take over oil spill prevention and response in the Sound risks another spill, 27 years after the Exxon Valdez.Download AudioSpeaking at a press conference Tuesday morning, Alan Cote, president of the Inlandboatment’s Union (IBU), called the public campaign “unprecedented.”“I have never endeavored anything as big as this and as important as this in my career in the union,” he said.Together, the IBU and another union, the International Organization of Masters, Mates and Pilots, represent about 230 people in Prince William Sound. That’s everyone from cooks to captains on the tugboats that escort tankers in and out of the Sound, and on the barges available 24-7 in case of a spill.They work for Crowley Marine Services, which has held at least part of the contract since the response system was first put in place after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.Earlier this spring, Crowley announced it was no longer in the running to renew its contract, raising concerns about the future of the program.This week, the company that operates the trans-Alaska pipeline, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., confirmed that it’s in final negotiations with a different company — Louisiana-based Edison Chouest Offshore — to take over.The unions have launched a campaign to stop that contract, airing ads in Anchorage and Juneau that warn darkly of Louisiana workers coming for Alaska jobs.And in part, it is a fight over jobs: Edison Chouest isn’t unionized. The current Crowley workforce is about half Alaska residents, and unions worry they’ll be replaced by Outsiders.But Cote argues the fight is bigger than that. He points out that it was an Edison Chouest tugboat that was pulling Shell’s arctic drill rig, the Kulluk, when it grounded off Kodiak in 2012. And he warns that Alyeska, and the oil majors that own it, are trying to cut costs at the expense of Prince William Sound.“I was there in 1989,” Cote said. “I saw what happened to Prince William Sound. It was devastating. I never want to see that again.”Carl Jones worked as an engineer on Crowley tugboats for about 15 years. He said there’s no good reason to replace a system that’s working with newcomers who are unfamiliar with the weather, tides, and geography of a notoriously difficult place to operate.“Everyone down there has years of training and experience,” he said. “To think that a company from outside could come in and replace 25 years of experience in one day, ten days or a hundred days — it can’t happen.”Edison Chouest did not reply to an interview request in time for this story.But Michelle Egan, a spokesperson for Alyeska, said the pipeline operator is confident the Louisiana company will meet its safety and environmental standards.“Any company that works with us has to meet the expectations of the response plan in Prince William Sound, which are very rigorous, and they have to be demonstrated repeatedly through drills and exercises,” Egan said. “So there are many opportunities for us to identify if there are gaps and then help bridge those gaps. But we expect them to be an outstanding contractor.”Egan said there’s no specific Alaska hire requirement in the contract. But Alyeska does require all contractors to employ 20 percent Alaska Native workers, and she expects Edison Chouest would hire locally, at least in part.Alyeska expects to finalize the contract this summer. Edison Chouest would take over in July 2018.last_img read more

Fairbanks community mourns fallen officer

first_imgFairbanks is mourning the loss of a police officer. Thirty four year old Sergeant Allen Brandt, who was shot earlier this month, died Friday of complications following surgery to remove shrapnel from one of his eyes. Community members gathered for a candlelight vigil Friday night to honor and remember the 11 year FPD veteran.Listen Now Hundreds gather in front of Fairbanks Police station for a candlelight vigil Friday night to honor Sargent Allen Brandt, who died Friday. (Photo by Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks)Hundreds of people held candles as acting police chief Brad Johnson, visibly shaken by the unexpected death of Sergeant Brandt, addressed the gathering.“I want you to know that all of us here feel your love,” Johnson said. “We love you too, and we’ll pass your love on to Allen’s family.”Sergeant Brandt, by all accounts, seemed to be on his way to recovering from multiple gun shot wounds, and his death Friday shocked the city. Mayor Jim Matherly recounted how earlier in the week Sergeant Brandt had walked into city hall and addressed the council members.”He spoke to us about being united, about what it was like to be a police officer,” Matherly said. “But this man was so selfless he actually said other cops have done more than he has done. He was the one who suffered this horrific event, yet he was thinking of his fellow officers.”Mayor Matherly closed by asking the public to keep Sargent Brandt’s wife and four children in their thoughts and prayers.According to the Fairbanks Police Department, Sergeant Brandt was shot when he responded to a report of gunfire on a downtown street after midnight, on October 16th. 29 year old Anthony Jenkins Alexie of Anchorage, has been charged with multiple felonies, including attempted murder — a charge that Fairbanks prosecutors said may be amended, now that Officer Brandt has died.Sergeant  Brandt is the second FPD officer to be killed in the line of duty in recent history. Officer Kevin Lamb was shot and killed in 1998.Services for Sergeant Brandt are still being planned.last_img read more

Lightning kills 20 in Jharkhand

first_imgRanchi: With monsoon hitting Jharkhand there has been some relief, but at least 20 people have also been reported dead due to lightning in different parts of the state over the last three days, police said. Nine people died on Thursday, seven on Wednesday and rest on Friday. According to the police three deaths were reported from Lathear, two from Palamau, four in Gumla and Lohardagga district. While there were similar deaths in Jamshedpur, Bokaro, Hazaribagh, Sahebganj also.Every year 50 to 60 people die due to lightning in the state.last_img

Laurus Labs IPO Shares list at 145 premium over issue price on

first_imgHyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Laurus Labs on Monday made a strong debut with its shares listing at a premium of more than 14 percent to Rs 490 over its issue price of Rs 428 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).The stock touched an intraday high of Rs 498 per share, up 16.35 percent over the issue price in early morning trade.The healthcare company’s Rs1,332 crore Initial Public Offering (IPO) had seen a sound response from both institutional and retail investors. The public offer, which opened for subscription on December 6-8, was oversubscribed by 4.54 times.While the portion set aside for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) were oversubscribed 10.54 times, the quota for high networth individuals (HNIs) was oversubscribed by 3.58 times. The retail investors’ participation was also encouraging with the portion witnessing bids worth 1.61 times.According to the company, it would utilise the net proceeds from the IPO for pre-payment of loans, apart from using them for general corporate purposes.Laurus Labs manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for antiretrovirals and Hepatitis C. It had posted a total revenue of Rs 1,791.4 crore during the last financial year, up 31.65 percent over the same period of previous fiscal. Its net profit stood at Rs 132.7 crore in 2015-16, 94 percent rise over the same period a year ago. The company’s operating margin had also improved to 21.2 percent in FY16 against 17.2 percent reported in the previous fiscal.The pharma firm has three manufacturing units in Visakhapatnam and two of them were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).last_img read more