Groom accidentally kills 10-year-old boy at wedding

first_imgIn a tragic incident, a groom accidentally killed a 10-year-old boy from the bride’s side while performing a ritual with a sword at his wedding in Neemuch district, police said today.The ceremony, being held in Rampura village of the district last night, was called off as the bride’s family refused to go ahead with the marriage after the incident, they said.The incident occurred when the groom was performing a ritual in which he had to cut the leaves of a tree by using a sword. However, he could not control the sword which slashed the boy’s belly, Rampura police station in-charge Amit Saraswat said.The boy, a cousin of the bride, was taken to the district hospital, which is about 60 km from the village.However, he succumbed to his injuries during the treatment, he said.A case has been registered in connection with the incident.Saraswat said no arrest has been made so far.An investigation into the incident is on, he said adding that the groom is likely to be booked under relevant IPC provisions for culpable homicide.last_img read more

Rosario practices but likely out of Gilas lineup vs Australia, Japan

first_imgMOST READ The 26-year-old Rosario attended practice on Tuesday at Meralco Gym, his first on court appearance after suffering a bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday, but could only watch his teammates during the scrimmage.His potential absence is an additional blow to the Gilas frontline, which already lost Raymond Almazan and Calvin Abueva after Reyes dropped them from consideration for the February window last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough the situation was tough, Rosario understood the precaution and accepted his fate given his health status.“The team knows my situation so I’m just practicing, doing shooting. I still can’t participate in scrimmages because anytime that I feel dizzy, it might be dangerous,” he said. “The neurologists advised that I could only do light practices for three days before we can assess my situation.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes isn’t willing to roll the dice as he virtually ruled Troy Rosario out for the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” Reyes said on Tuesday. “He’s cleared to do some light workouts, shooting drills, but not really full contact. We’re not keeping our hopes up high for him to be able to join the team.”ADVERTISEMENT Rosario did promise to make his presence felt by showing up to every Gilas practice, an evidence of his unwavering dedication to the program.“I’ll attend our practices everyday. [TNT] has a game tomorrow, but I’ll still go here first before I go to the game,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo PLAY LIST 02:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo02:19Charges: Ex-Google engineer stole self-drive tech01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Guard John Ragasa out of St. Mary’s University was the fastest in the shuttle run completing a course that measured a total of 60 feet in 21.97 seconds.Joe Allen Trinidad had everyone beat in running a straight line with the former Far Eastern University guard needing just 3.25 seconds to clear three quarters of a basketball court or 70.5 feet.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefCenter Jeepy Faundo had the most explosive jump of the 47 applicants who attended the Combine with the former University of Santo Tomas center recording a vertical leap of 33.29 inches.Former Ateneo guard Dan Wong had highest maximum touch when he reached 39.19 inches . Highly-touted Robert Bolick says ‘hateful messages’ from bashers fuel his fire PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—CJ Isit showed his wheels as a potential PBA speedster after topping the lane agility and reaction tests in the Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.The former Mapua gunner tallied an 84 percent score in the reaction test and was a whirling derby in the lane agility test after clocking in at 11.2 seconds while circling the paint.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Watch: Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali’s comical run out against Australia

first_imgPakistan’s batsman Azhar Ali may have just had one of the silliest dismissals in the history of cricket.The incident took place on Day 3 morning in the 53rd over of Pakistan’s second innings of the second Test. Australia’s Peter Siddle was prodding away outside off with his sly out swingers, but on the third ball of the over, he got a slight edge off the blade of Azhar Ali’s bat.Fortunately for Azhar, the ball was safe and went through the gully region avoiding the stretched fingers of the fielders surrounding him. The ball, as it seemed was destined for the boundary ropes.Pakistan vs Australia – 2nd Test Day 3Azhar in nonchalant manner, walked over to his partner to discuss whatever that batsmen discuss in between overs.But plot twist! The ball had in turn slowed down as it rolled closer to the ropes and stopped just short. Mitchell Starc huffed and puffed his way over to the third man boundary to retrieve the ball, all the while the batsmen chatted away oblivious to what was going on. Starc collected the ball and returned it with darting throw to an eager Tim Paine behind the stumps.The batsmen looked on as Paine swiftly removed the bails. The Australian players cheered and congratulated themselves and yet still Azhar stood dumbfounded, rooted in the middle of the pitch.What did I jut watch on my telly… #AUSvsPAK Piddle (@iamreek0) October 18, 2018All the hard work from the previous day was undone by sheer naivety. He walked back to the pavilion, his 29th Test fifty meant nothing as his coach Mikey Arthur shook his head in disbelief. Australia needed a wicket as Pakistan kept piling on the mountain of runs for them to chase, and it came in the most ridiculous of ways.advertisementLabuschagne’s : Crap, I made a fool of myself yesterdayAzhar Ali: No you didn’t (@Azarobi) October 18, 2018When my friend is eating my share of pizza but I can’t do anything about it !!#PAKvAUS #AUSvPAK #Azharali Shinde (@imsgshinde) October 18, 2018Azhar Ali edged the ball through the gully thought it has gone for FOUR, both batsman stood at the center & started talking to each other without watching the ball.Starc ran behind the ball & threw it back to the keeper who ran Azhar Out.What a shame !#PAKvAUS #PAKvsAUS (@iSaadAwais22) October 18, 2018Azhar’s dismissal isn’t the only one that comes to mind when one talks about silly run outa. Here are some absolute treasures from the past.@Ian_Bell walks off for tea thinking that @Eoin16 has hit a four. However, the ball was actually stopped from reaching the boundary, and he’s run-out. @msdhoni then withdraws India’s appeal during the interval in Rome, dear boy (@WIR_DB) October 18, 2018last_img read more


first_imgSomeone who bought a Mega Millions ticket at the Sioux City Fleet Farm Fuel won a million dollars in Friday night’s drawing.The winning ticket came within one number of having at least a share of Friday’s $175 million jackpot, matching the first five numbers but missing the Mega Ball.No one matched all six numbers to win the jackpot, so the big prize climbs to an estimated $192 million annuity, $116.7 million lump-sum option, for Tuesday.Friday’s winning numbers were: 18-25-43-44-57 and Mega Ball 25.The Sioux City ticket was the only one in the country to win a $1 million prize in Friday’s drawing.It is the third prize of at least $1 million won in Iowa so far this year.Fleet Farm will receive a $1,000 bonus from the Iowa Lottery for selling the million dollar winning ticket at one of its stores.Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.If the winner or winners have questions, they are welcome to call the lottery at 515-725-7900.last_img read more

Summer Shoppers Active in Secondhand Market

first_imgThe sale and purchase market of secondhand vessels is experiencing positive vibes as summer shoppers avail of the asset prices on the market. According to the latest weekly report from shipbroker Lion Shipbrokers, the week was very active, as  3 panamaxes, 3 supras & 2 handies changed hands.“Almost all of the units have been committed to the usual Greek and Chinese summer shoppers,”  said Lion Shipbrokers.Lion reported that “the Chinese buyers continue to sweep nineties built panamaxes; Vogeman’s VOGE WEST attracted $5 mill (which translates to $471 per lt) while RZS JOY & CSK UNITY changed hands within China for a soft $5.5 mill and $6 mill respectively.Clients of Technomar have agreed to pay a soft $19-$19.5 mill for supramax BLUE OCEAN, almost the same level as three years older MANDARIN HARVEST sold for $19 mill also to Greeks, two weeks ago. Japanese controlled supramax BULK LEO has attracted a firm $22.7 mill from Greek buyers compared with this month’s earlier deal of one year older sister BRIGHT MOON  for $21 mill.At an auction by sealed tender, organized by the Admiralty Marshal in Falmouth, England, clients of Eastmed of Greece were the highest bidders, paying $17.2 mill for the open hatch 8 holds/8 hatches configuration box hold supramax SANKO MINERAL.Japanese controlled, 2-generator handy unit ATLANTIC ARROW was snapped by clients of British Bulkers of Greece for a soft $12.5 mill, while last month, one year older but similar unit BUMBI was sold for $13.25 million”, Lion Shipbrokers’ report reads.With respect to newbuilds,  Chinese yards benefited the most during this week, according to shipbroker Clarkson Hellas, COSCO being the most prominent one mostly for bulk carriers, seven of them exactly. The tanker market was not that active, with only Nova Shipping & Logistics (Singapore) contracting two firm 34,500 DWT coated chemical tankers at Taizhou Sanfu.Finally, in the demolition market, the  subcontinent market is keeping its momentum, as explained by Lion, with Pakistan “really hungry for tonnage and is taking advantage of the Indian bad weather conditions by offering more aggressively and acquiring the majority of demo-candidates out there. China has softened even further (by $10 per lt) since last week, as the local construction industry is absorbing less & less steel, and local experts do not foresee any significant improvement in the near future. Turkey remains stable but with negative prospects (at least until the end of the Ramadan month) resulting to fewer candidates choosing Aliaga shores for their final destination.”last_img read more

BP to Offload MR2 Tanker Trio

first_imgzoom UK-based oil major BP has been linked to the sale of three Medium Range 2 (MR2) tanker veterans, data from VesselsValue shows.The three tankers, built in 2005 by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, are British Courtesy, British Serenity and British Tranquility.The British-flagged ships form part of BP’s Virtue class comprising five ships. The vessels are operated by BP Shipping Limited and classed by Lloyds Register.The identity of the buyer has not been disclosed.The vessels, the sale of which is put on due diligence, is expected to bring BP a total of USD 36.6 million, according to VesselsValue.BP has 31 vessels in its live fleet, including 15 tankers, three LPG and two LNG carriers, with six more being under construction.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Legislation to improve accessibility for those with disabilities planned for spring

first_imgTORONTO – The federal minister responsible for crafting Canada’s first national accessibility legislation says the law should be ready by next spring and should benefit not only people with disabilities, but their caregivers.Kent Hehr says the timeline for the new law has shifted slightly since he took over the portfolio for sport and persons with disabilities in a recent cabinet shuffle.The legislation, which is highly anticipated by Canada’s disabled community, was originally set to be unveiled either late this year or early 2018.Hehr says he is up-to-speed on past consultation efforts and is moving ahead with future ones. He hopes to table the legislation before the House of Commons by next spring.Hehr says he intends to focus on the issues disabled Canadians identified as priorities during an eight-month consultation process, including high unemployment levels and accessibility of federally run buildings and services.But Hehr says his own experience as a quadriplegic has made him particularly aware of how the new bill could also benefit caregivers.Hehr, who has used a wheelchair since being struck by a bullet while witnessing a drive-by shooting 27 years ago, said he has personally witnessed the essential role caregivers play and wants to be certain their contributions are never overlooked.“I rely a tremendous amount on my mom, my girlfriend, my sister, as well as my caregiver … without their help, their assistance, their contributions to my life, I simply could not do the job I’ve been entrusted to do,” Hehr said in an interview with the Canadian Press. “I understand, first-hand, that they have to be part of this mix.”Hehr did not disclose details of what caregiver benefits might entail, but said the legislation was part of a government-wide approach to removing barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in society. He said he hoped the legislation would improve the lives of people with disabilities, thereby easing the load on those who provide support to them.Hehr’s reflections on caregivers came as good news to at least one advocacy group representing their interests.Disabled groups from coast to coast have made it clear that Canadians have lofty expectations of the federal legislation, which they maintain is long overdue to bring Canada in line with countries such as the United States.In a report released to Carla Qualtrough, Hehr’s predecessor on the file, Canadians laid out six areas of focus for the new bill.Those who took part in consultations wanted to see laws that would help lower unemployment rates that hover around 50 per cent for those with disabilities, reduce the number of buildings inaccessible to those with physical and intellectual disabilities, and remove accessibility barriers for the country’s air, rail, ferry and bus transportation systems.Those consulted also named government program and service delivery as another key area of focus.There was also a desire for an independent body to make sure the new law has teeth.Hehr, who served as Veterans Affairs minister before taking over from Qualtrough in August, said the new law will address these priorities but declined to offer concrete details at this point.Joanne Bertrand of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition said the group’s voice had not been included in consultation efforts to date, adding there are myriad ways in which federal legislation could make life easier for those providing support to disabled people.New laws, she suggested, could make it easier and less expensive to travel with a disabled person.The legislation could also put measures in place at banks, which would fall under the purview of the new laws.Bertrand suggested caregivers often act as substitute decision-makers for disabled loved ones, saying existing systems make it very difficult to carry out those duties effectively.“I think it’s very important that there be an awareness by employees in various businesses and organizations that substitute decision-makers are not only representing, but expressing the wishes of the people that they are the decision-maker for,” she said.Bertrand said the health care sector as a whole is moving towards treating patients and caregivers as a unit and addressing the needs of each, adding she hopes the federal government will follow suit.Disability rights advocates, too, welcomed news that caregivers’ needs were on Hehr’s radar.“It’s something that’s been missing for awhile,” said Marcia Yale,a visually impaired activist who has been involved in soliciting input on the legislation. “No one gets compensated for human work or for doing the right thing.”The proposed legislation would govern areas that fall under federal jurisdiction, such as banks, telecommunications, and interprovincial transportation.last_img read more

United Arab Emirates and Egypt Involved in Libyas Capital Tripoli bombardments

Rabat – Four senior American officials reportedly said that United Arab Emirates was behind the unidentified war plane that bombarded the Libyan capital Tripoli on August 18, leaving five militants killed and several others injured.Egypt and United Arab Emirates allegedly teamed up to carry out an air attack against Islamist-allied militias that were on the verge of victory over anti-Islamist forces based in eastern Libya under a renegade former general, Khalifa Heftir, According to N.Y. Times.New York Times quoted a US official as saying that Egypt and the Emirates, both close allies and military partners “have secretly launched airstrikes against Islamist-allied militias battling for control of Tripoli, Libya, without informing Washington.” On Sunday, Egypt’s president denied any military involvement in Libya. However, US officials confirmed that “U.A.E. provided the pilots, warplanes and aerial refueling planes necessary for the fighters to bomb Tripoli out of bases in Egypt.Mahmud Turkia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Italy Adopts New Law Against Building Mosques

Taroudant – Right-wing politicians in the northern Lombardy region approved a bill on January 22 that will make it almost impossible to build new mosques in the region and that will austerely monitor the existing Muslim places of worship.Considered an “anti-mosques bill,” the bill, which was submitted by Governor Roberto Maroni, the secretary of the ‘anti-immigrant’ Northern League party, will tighten the procedures for building new mosques and also implement security cameras in existing Islamic places of worship in the region.The new law makes potential construction subject to a regional referendum. To make administrative procedures more complicated, the law requires that the new mosques be constructed in line with the architecture of the “landscape of Lombardy.” Any new religious building should have a parking place “at least twice the size of the structure itself.”Another condition that will annoy most worshippers is that the new law requires any new places of worship to be open publically to everyone – including nonbelievers.The bill has sparked an outrage among the Italian Muslim community – the second largest religion in Italy after Catholicism – and controversy among Italian civil liberties advocates.“The new rules are discriminatory and inopportune,” Milan’s socio-political city councilor Pierfrancesco Majorino told the Daily Beast.“They are a slap in the face to any attempt at dialogue between cultures,” he added.Roberto Bruni, a center-left politician from northern Italy, said that, “this measure is the result of Islamophobia.”However, Roberto Anelli of the Northern League has a very radical view regarding those opposing the new law –  “I say to anyone who doesn’t like this law: go home.” read more

UN through the lens Looking back on a year in Haiti

The re-appointment followed more than a year spent in Haiti as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – his second time in those roles. Mr. Mulet was re-deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake which struck the Caribbean nation on 12 January 2010, devastating parts of the country and killing many Haitians as well as UN staff. His service there also coincided with the region’s hurricane season, crucial elections in Haiti and a cholera outbreak. Mr. Mulet spoke with the UN News Centre, sharing some of his thoughts and memories on his time in Haiti in the accompanying audio/photo montage and a “Newsmaker” interview. 11 July 2011UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon re-appointed Edmond Mulet to his former post of Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations in March 2011. read more

Consider yourself warned City begins issuing tickets to Uber drivers

by News Staff Posted Oct 30, 2015 6:26 pm MDT Consider yourself warned: City begins issuing tickets to Uber drivers UBER AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email There’s a new undercover operation going on in Calgary: ticketing Uber drivers.The City of Calgary’s Manager of Compliance Service and Animal and Bylaw Services Marc Halat announced Friday that Uber drivers are now being ticketed through covert means, until a bylaw can be put in place regulating the operation of the service in the city.The City is not releasing numbers on how many tickets have been issued through the day or how many will be.“Violations on individuals are being processed as we speak, so critical that we address the real crux of why we’re here is the safety,” he said.Next month, Halat will be presenting options on how to accomodate services like Uber to the Taxi and Limousine Advisory Committee, as well as City Council.“Those options are to provide for new market entrants to be able to participate in the vehicle-for-hire industry as we know it,” he said. “In a collaborative and again safe network of opportunity to exist.”As for enforcement, they are being handed out through covert operations, but Halat will not divulge how it works.“The operation is undercover, that’s why you haven’t seen a uniform, that’s why you haven’t heard, because when you’re dealing with this type of enforcement and the technology we’re up against, it’s extremely complex and extremely difficult,” he said. “I want to do this right and I want to have meaningful outcome.”Halat reiterated that the City welcomes new market entrants and it’s a good thing that Uber is here, but there has to be regulation regarding safety.Since Uber’s launch, Halat acknowledged they haven’t gotten direct complaints of users concerned for their safety, but there have been discussions over uncertainty regarding safety.“You shouldn’t have that uncertainty, you should have a confidence level whether it’s a Uber car or a Legacy taxi that I’m going to get the same service, the same scrutiny,” he said.Following those presentations in November, the hope is to have a bylaw in place relatively soon.“I’m hoping that we can get a two to three-month deliverable to have a bylaw in place that allows for new-market entrants to participate in this industry,” he said. “It’s happened in 361 jurisdictions throughout the world, let’s get on this, let’s be a front-runner and find a solution to just get on with getting this service in place and safe.”Uber released the following statement:“As we saw from recent court rulings in Alberta and Ontario, Uber is a unique business that is distinct from taxi. We believe that a regulatory solution is the best path forward. A recent poll indicated 85% of Calgarians support having the opportunity to experience Uber while regulations are being considered. We remain committed to working with City Council and staff to establish a permanent regulatory framework for ridesharing in Calgary.” read more

UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attacks in southwest Syria

According to news reports, the attacks were claimed by the terrorist group ISIL, or Da’esh, which has been defending territory in the region from a major government offensive.“He is appalled by the utter disregard for human life displayed by ISIL,” said UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, stressing that “those responsible for the attacks must be held accountable”.The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, Ali al-Za’tari called for better “protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and sparing them the brunt of violence and conflict wherever they are” in the war-torn country.Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria who is attempting to bring the warring parties to the negotiation table, briefed the Security Council on Wednesday behind closed doors from Geneva, on the latest political and humanitarian situation. read more

What Has — And Hasnt — Surprised Us This NBA Season

As we cross the one-quarter mark of the NBA season — with the Clippers in first place out West, the Kings playing .500 ball, and the Jazz and Rockets near the bottom looking up — things are starting to come into clearer focus. That clarity is more than welcome, given how topsy-turvy the league has been for the first month and a half of play.We know a lot will change between now and April, but for the time being, here are the five things we’ve been most and least surprised by so far this year.Surprising: The Celtics haven’t been good, and the Jazz have been even worse.Boston, finally healthy after losing two of its best players last year, has been one of the bigger mysteries of the season. The Celtics have been elite defensively again this year,1At least from a statistical standpoint. They haven’t been very good at limiting individual scoring outbursts at all. but the offense — which almost never gets to the line — can’t get out of its own way much of the time.Before the season began, Jaylen Brown expressed a belief that the starting wings (him, Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum) have nearly identical skill sets, which was affecting chemistry. And after watching them for a month and a half, we can’t say that he was wrong. With that in mind, Brad Stevens’s recent lineup shift to bring the struggling Hayward off the bench could help matters.Hayward and Brown, in particular, have both shot far better from the floor when playing apart from each other. Hayward sports a solid 53.9 percent effective field-goal rate without Brown but just 39.7 percent with him. And Brown’s 50.5 percent effective field-goal rate without Hayward is well above the 38.5 percent mark he posts while sharing the court with Hayward.Their net ratings also improve when playing apart. The Celtics outscore opponents by 9 points per 100 possessions with Hayward but without Brown, and Boston wins by a margin of 1.5 points per 100 when Brown is on the court but Hayward is on the sideline. But the Celtics hemorrhage 2.2 points per 100 possessions with the two playing together.Using floor-spacing forward Marcus Morris as a starter may work better because of his rugged screen-setting ability. His off-ball screens, useful for a lineup with so many scoring options on the wing, produce the best scoring efficiency of any player on the team2Minimum 15 screens. at 1.12 points per possession when both Tatum and Hayward are on the floor and a whopping 1.53 points per possession when Tatum and Brown are playing together, according to Second Spectrum.It’s also worth keeping an eye on Terry Rozier, who, to this point, has regressed badly on the offensive end after a highly encouraging postseason run, in which he filled in admirably for the injured Kyrie Irving.As for the Jazz, this — 10-12, and third-to-last in the West — is what happens when your league-best defense from last season is merely a middle-of-the-road one, and your offense not only fails to improve but actually morphs into one of the NBA’s five worst in that same window.What’s behind Utah’s slide? A handful of theories have been discussed. But two things stand out to me: 1) The team’s schedule — the toughest in the league3Similar to last season, when their December schedule was the toughest individual month played by any NBA team. So perhaps this is reason for optimism. — has been front-loaded, and 2) a number of players aren’t playing to their capabilities.Outside of a one-week stretch at the end of October, Donovan Mitchell has been terribly inconsistent, struggling badly from outside. Dante Exum’s offense still isn’t catching up to his defense. And perhaps the biggest issue: Ricky Rubio has been awful on both sides of the ball thus far — even more than he was to start last season, when he had just joined the club and was learning the ropes.Rubio has generally been able to hang his hat on his defense and his passing whenever he’s struggling to shoot. But this season, he has sometimes looked a half-step slower laterally on D, allowing nearly a 10th of a point more per drive he defends, at 0.98 points per play, than he did last season, according to Second Spectrum. And while opponents have long sagged off Rubio, daring him to shoot, that experiment has paid far greater dividends this season, as he’s logged just a 46.6 percent effective field goal rate on jumpers when given 6 or more feet of open space4Shots from at least 10 feet away. — down from 53.5 percent just last year, and the worst percentage he’s connected on since the 2013-14 campaign, according to NBA Advanced Stats.It’s still a little early to consider changing the lineup — especially after Rubio played so well at times last postseason. But if he doesn’t turn it around in the next month or so, it might be worth trying a new starting five and letting Mitchell handle the ball more. (Utah, realizing it needs more punch on offense, traded guard Alec Burks and two future second-rounders Wednesday for sharpshooter Kyle Korver.)We wrote this summer that we believed the Jazz could be true contenders this season — which looks incredibly wrong at the moment. But we said then that much of Utah’s hopes would hinge on Rubio’s play. For better or — to this point — perhaps for worse, that seems to be the case.Not surprising: The Grizzlies got back to Grit ’N’ Grind.A lot of people either wrote off or simply forgot about the Grizzlies after a dismal 2017-18 campaign in which they finished with 22 wins and the second-worst record in the league. But the case for believing in Memphis this season was relatively straightforward: This group, finally healthy with the return of Mike Conley and a more motivated Marc Gasol, had its best players back and added considerable two-way talent over the summer through a handful of deals.Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. looks like a potential star at times and is already the real deal defensively. The Memphis defense can be overly aggressive at times in helping from the weak side, which leaves corner shooters open more often than most teams. But the Grizzlies’ D is a top-5 unit, and it gets downright nasty when Jackson and Gasol play together, surrendering just 96.8 points per 100 possessions in 287 minutes. (Oklahoma City, which leads the NBA in defensive efficiency, allows 102.6 points per 100 possessions.)In case you need a sign of how smart the Grizzlies’ offseason pickups were, consider this: The team’s three most-efficient rotation players5By effective field goal percentage, counting only those who have played at least 100 minutes. to this point — Omri Casspi, Shelvin Mack and Jackson — were all acquisitions from this summer. Gasol is fourth on that list, but right behind him is Garrett Temple, for whom the Grizzlies traded.So don’t be too surprised if Memphis continues to hang around in the playoff race. There were indications all along that the Grizzlies would find themselves in the midst of this conversation.Surprising: Derrick Rose’s offense came back to life.Rose’s first career 50-point game earlier this year got considerable attention, but that game was no fluke: This whole season in Minnesota has been a consistent one for the former MVP. From an efficiency standpoint, he’s actually never played this well before.He’s shooting a career-best 49.8 percent from the field, and his 60 percent mark from a true shooting standpoint is 5 points better than he’s had in any other season. Rose used to be among the NBA’s worst 3-point shooters — enough of a liability that he essentially stopped taking triples altogether in New York — but he’s been good from that range, too. The 30-year-old, who’s long been a surprisingly good midrange shooter despite having the flattest shot in the game, is better than 48 percent from 3-point distance on almost four attempts per game to this point. His hot start even has him ranking as one of the NBA’s 15 most efficient offensive players, according to ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus metric.It’s still early, but this shooting display — even if his numbers fall off some — figures to lengthen his career, a meaningful development based on how things were going 10 months ago. We knew his otherworldly athleticism wouldn’t be the same after all his injuries, but a steady jumper has changed his outlook.Not surprising: The Rockets-Melo marriage failed.We, like many others, fully recognized the potential pitfalls with Houston’s Carmelo Anthony acquisition this summer. He seemed a less-than-ideal fit, particularly as a sort of replacement for the switchy wing defenders the Rockets lost in Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. So it’s not necessarily shocking that the experiment didn’t work.But never did we imagine that the team would pull the plug as quickly as it did. Houston cut bait on the fallen star just 10 games in — even though other clear problems seemed to exist (like the lack of depth behind Clint Capela, or Eric Gordon shooting far worse than he ever has). Still, it’s somewhat difficult to knock the haste with which the Rockets made the decision: They couldn’t afford to fall too far behind in the loaded Western Conference, where the playoff race figures to be a bloodbath, and they began playing far better after making the pragmatic choice to hold Melo out of the rotation. But even after winning five straight at one point earlier in the month, Houston now finds itself mired in a four-game skid, meaning that there’s more for this club to figure out.Surprising: California’s other NBA teams have been legitimately good.It was totally fair to wonder whether Los Angeles might be a factor in the Western Conference playoffs this season, but who would’ve thought that the Clippers would be the team making that kind of noise at this point in the year? (In fairness, LeBron James and the Lakers have played well lately, too, and may very well find themselves in the same conversation as we move forward.)A number of things illustrate how and why Doc Rivers’s team finds itself atop the West for the time being. The guard rotation of Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has done a fantastic job of defending; the Clippers have held opposing starting guards to 40.9 percent shooting, the NBA’s fourth-lowest figure through Tuesday’s games, per the ESPN Stats & Information Group. Danilo Gallinari, who hasn’t played more than 65 games in a campaign in six seasons, has missed only one game thus far and is shooting better than he ever has from outside.But above all else, the Clips have thrived because Tobias Harris — tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for the league’s best effective field-goal percentage among wing players with at least 300 shot attempts — has quietly pieced together the offensive profile of a superstar this season. Between the huge leap he’s made and the gains of Victor Oladipo, the Orlando Magic front office has to be beside itself after trading away both players.And while Golden State has been Golden State so far, another Northern California team has been making a move. The Kings own a 10-10 mark and have been one of the more entertaining clubs so far. Just about everything begins and ends with their blistering pace. It seems possible that their ability to maintain that 106-possessions-per-48-minutes tempo for entire games may work to their advantage in the clutch, when Sacramento’s opponents simply don’t have anything left.Sacramento ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency in the first quarter, 25th in the second period and tied for 16th in the third, yet it sits sixth in fourth-quarter defense, right behind the defending champ Warriors. And get this: Despite the pace at which they play, the De’Aaron Fox-led Kings have yet to commit a clutch-time turnover this season — they’re the only team that can still make such a claim this late in the season. It’s part of the reason they are 8-3 — best in the Western Conference — in contests separated by 5 points or fewer with five minutes or less remaining, per bad for the NBA’s third-youngest team, one whose young players all seem to have taken a step forward this season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Lemnos painting donated to NSW parliament

first_imgOne hundred years to the day after the landing of Australian soldiers on Lemnos on 4 March 1915, the Greek community in Sydney marked the occasion with the donation of a unique work of art to the collection of the New South Wales parliament.An initiative of Greece’s Consul General to NSW Dr Stavros Kyrimis, the donation took the form of a commissioned painting inspired by a photograph of the arrival of Australian nurses on Lemnos in August 1915.The painting was presented to the parliament at a special ceremony attend by state parliamentarians and Greek community leaders. Those present included representatives of AHEPA, the Pan-Arcadian Association, the Joint Committee for the Commemoration of the Battle of Crete and Greek Campaign, the Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association and the Pan-Macedonian Association.Andrew Fraser MP, secretary of the Parliamentary Friends of Hellas, congratulated the artist, Nikolaos Foteinos, on his achievement, as well as the Consul General on nurturing the initiative.In his speech Mr Fraser said he had been unaware of Lemnos’ relationship to the Gallipoli campaign until he was made aware of it by the Consul General. “This is a most important contribution to the parliamentary art collection, which will be displayed in a prominent position for the duration of the Centenary of Anzac,” he said.Mrs Liz Kaydos, a member of the Lemnos 1915 Commemorative Committee, stressed the important legacy of Corporal Albert William Savage, the photographer of the Anzacs on Lemnos whose work ensured the island’s role in WWI was recorded for posterity.Consul General Dr Stavros Kyrimis described Lemnos today as a place “where someone can literally walk in the footsteps of heroes, where the terrain is so little changed”, adding that the painting’s donation to the NSW parliament, “the birthplace of Australian democracy”, was highly appropriate. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Crooks steal spare tires from company vans in Davie

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured two men stealing spare tires off of vans outside a Davie business, last week.The two men were seen taking five spare tires from the vans outside Over The Top, a party supply store, Nov. 4. They then loaded them into a truck and drove off.The burglary cost the business $1,500. The duo also caused $750 in damage to the tire mounts.If you have any information on this burglary, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Video shows robber aiming gun at gas station manager before shooting

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured a robber pointing a gun at the manager of a Deerfield Beach gas station, Monday, before shooting him.The robber shot the 70-year-old manager in the ear, then took off from the Mobil along Hillsboro Boulevard and Southwest 12th Avenue.The victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to recover.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY Town Seeking Volunteers For Open Space Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Starting this fall, the Town of Wilmington will be updating its Open Space & Recreation Plan.The Open Space & Recreation Plan provides an inventory of the Town’s open space and outlines open space goals and action items for the next five years.If you are interested in serving on the Open Space Committee to help update the Plan, please submit an application to the Town by July 31, 2019.If you have any questions about the upcoming Open Space & Recreation Plan update, please contact the Department of Planning & Conservation at 978‐658‐8238.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 6 Things That Happened At This Month’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Analog Devices Expansion, Ristuccia Arena, Open Space, Flood Insurance On Agenda For MeetingIn “Government”last_img read more

Yunus gets honorary citizenship of Paris

first_imgParis mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus.Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo on Monday formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus at the inaugural session of the 8th edition of the annual Global Social Business Summit (GSBS).The summit was kicked off in French capital, Paris.Mayor of Paris formally handed over the honorary citizenship of the French capital to professor Yunus at the inaugural session of the summit.The summit has brought together more than 700 delegates from around the world, said a press release of Yunus Centre Monday.The summit is being held with the theme ‘New Wave of Hope!’Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, during the inauguration, acknowledged and thanked Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus’ contribution for the entire world through his work for poverty alleviation, gender equality and environment, the press statement added.She also appreciated Nobel laureate’s initiative to bring sports and social business together by supporting Paris to host the Summer Olympic 2024 as the first ever social business centric Olympic.The Mayor reaffirmed her commitment for making Paris world’s social business city during her speech.HM Queen Sofia of Spain, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg HM Maria Theresa, mayor of Paris Anna Hidalgo, deputy mayor of Paris Antoinette Guhl, Thomas Gass, UN asstant secretary general for SDGs and Perer Bakker , president of World Business Council were also present at the inauguration programme.last_img read more

EC appoints returning officers for national polls

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission has appointed deputy commissioners of all the districts and two divisional commissioners as Returning Officers (ROs) to conduct the 11th national elections to be held on 23 December, reports UNB.Besides, upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) have been appointed as assistant returning officers. In some constituencies, assistant commissioners (land) have been made assistant returning officers.The EC issued a notification signed by EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed appointing the returning officers and assistant returning officers, said EC joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman on Friday.The deputy commissioners have been made returning officers for all the constituencies of the district concerned except Dhaka and Chattogram.In Dhaka, the divisional commissioner has been made the returning officer for 15 constituencies while the deputy commissioner for the rest five constituencies of the district.In Chattogram, the divisional commissioner has been made the RO for six constituencies while the deputy commissioner for the rest 10 constituencies of the district.On Thursday, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the schedule for the next general election.According to the schedule, the last date for submitting nomination papers is 19 November while the date for scrutinising nomination papers is 22 November and the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers is 29 November.last_img read more