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800 Kashmiri youths appear for Army exam amid unrest

first_img “It is a clear rejection of regressive bandh calls, for choosing a brighter future,” the official said.Authorities in Kashmir on Sunday imposed curfew-like restrictions in many parts of the Valley to maintain law and order in view of the protests following the killing of Bhat in an encounter with security forces. Nearly 800 Kashmiri youths on Sunday appeared in the common entrance exam for selection of junior commissioned officers and other ranks in the Army amid unrest in the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Bhat, successor of Burhan Wani.“Defying bandh call from various inimical factions, 799 candidates appeared in the common entrance examination held at Pattan and Srinagar on Sunday,” an army official said.He said 16 of the 815 candidates, who had passed the physical and medicals tests held earlier, did not turn up for the written exam.Written Examination #IndianArmy JCOs & OR held at Srinagar & Pattan. 799 in Pattan & 493 in Srinagar appear today pic.twitter.com/f9af1ZOMrG— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) May 28, 2017last_img read more

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Oct 14: Events on Day 12

first_imgDay 11 eventsAthletics Morning: 6.30amMen’s: MarathonMorning: 6.45amWomen’s: MarathonBadminton Morning: 10am to 3pmMen’s singles (final): Lee Chong Wei (MAS) vs Rajiv Ouseph (ENG); Doubles (final): Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) vs Nathan Robertson/Anthony Clark (ENG)Women’s singles (final): Mew Choo Wong (MAS) vs Saina Nehwal (IND)Doubles (final): Shinta Sari/Yao Lei (SIN) vs Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Michimanda (IND)Mixed doubles (final): Nathan Robertson/Jenny Wallwork (ENG) vs Koo Kien Keat/Chin Eei Hui (MAS) HOCKEY MORNING: 9am to 2pmMen’s: New Zealand vs England (3rd place play-off); Australia vs India (final)NetballMorning: 11.30am to 4pmWomen’s: England vs Jamaica (3rd place play-off); Australia vs New Zealand (final)Gymnastics (Rhythmic)Morning: 11am to 2pm Women’s (apparatus): Rope; ball; hoop; ribbonTable tennisMorning: 9.30am to 3.45pmWomen’s doubles: 3rd place play-off; final Men’s (singles): 3rd place play-off; finalClosing ceremonyEvening: 7pm to 8.40pmToday’s medal huntAthletics Men’s: MarathonWomen’s: MarathonBadminton Men’s: Singles & doublesWomen’s: Singles & doublesMixed doublesGymnastics (Rhythmic)Women’s (apparatus): Rope; ball; hoop; ribbonHockey Men’s: 3rd place playoff & finalNetball Women’s: 3rd place play-off & finalTable tennisWomen’s doubles: 3rd place paly-off ; finalMen’s singles: 3rd place paly-off ; finalToday’s medal hunt 40AthleticsMen’s (marathon): Ram Singh Yadav, Bining LyngkhoiWomen’s (marathon): Preethi RaoBadmintonWomen’s (doubles): Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Machimanda vs Shinta Sari/Yao Lei (SIN)Women’s (singles): Saina Nehwal vs Mew Choo Wong (MAS)HockeyMen’s final: Australia vs IndiaadvertisementTable TennisMen’s (singles): Achanta Sharath Kamal vs Soumyadeep Roy Women’s (doubles): Mouma Das/Poulomi Ghatak vs Vivian Tan/Peri Campbell (AUS)last_img read more

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Indian chef de mission Ajitpal Singh a no show at London Olympics

first_imgThere seems to be some kind of a jinx with the Indian chef de mission for the London Olympics.First, it took the squabbling Indian Olympic Association (IOA) months to sort out the wrangle as to who would be the chosen man, with Randhir Singh and Vijay Kumar Malhotra differing over the name.And for the first time, when the IOA picked an athlete – 1975 World Cup winning captain Ajitpal Singh – as chef de mission, it was welcomed by the sporting fraternity.However, with just a day to go for the opening ceremony, Ajitpal Singh has not reached London. Sources told Mail Today that Ajitpal will not be coming to London as “he is not well.”When Mail Today contacted Ajitpal, he first did not answer the phone.Deputy chef de mission Brigadier PK Muralidharan Raja, who has been in London for over 10 days now, has been holding the fort.”I am the deputy chef de mission and I am doing whatever work has to be done. I have also heard that Mr Ajitpal Singh is unwell. I can confirm that I will be leading the contingent at the opening ceremony march past,” said Raja.Beijing Olympics bronze medal winning wrestler Sushil Kumar will be the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony on Friday.It is also learnt that IOA secretary general Randhir Singh was missing during the flag raising ceremony by the Indians at the Games Village on Sunday.There is intense speculation in London if Ajitpal is genuinely unwell or there is more to it than meets the eye.advertisementWhen Mail Today called Ajitpal again, he did answer but said nothing when asked if he was going to London for the Olympics.It may be recalled, in 2010, months before the Guangzhou Asian Games, the IOA had named National Rifle Association of India president Digvijay Singh as the chef de mission.However, after going to London for the Queen’s Baton relay in the summer of 2010, Digvijay took ill and passed away. The replacement for Digvijay was Abhay Chautala at the Asian Games.It now remains to be seen if the IOA names Muralidharan Raja as the chef de mission or Ajitpal makes a final dash to London. It seems unlikely though if he is really unwell.last_img read more

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Alaska posts 2nd straight win, spoils Magnolia’s debut

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ LATEST STORIES Magnolia played its first game since losing to San Miguel Beer in a grueling seven-game finals series in the Philippine Cup more than two weeks ago.Alaska pulled away in the second quarter, building a 12-point lead, 50-38, at the half before putting the game to bed in the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsVic Manuel, who was sidelined for almost seven months, returned and capped off the Aces’ 20-8 run in third with a layup to put Alaska ahead, 80-58, with 3:09 remaining in the quarter. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Alaska clobbered a debuting Magnolia side, 103-80, in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Aces bumped their record to 3-2 to move behind NorthPort and TNT, which hold identical 3-1 cards, for the No. 4 spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Raptors think outside the box to stop Warriors in NBA Finals Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

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Rio Paralympic Gold medallist records better timing than Rio Olympic Gold medallist in 1500m race

first_imgThe Paralympic Games are often neglected and overlooked when compared to the kind of reception meted out to the Olympic Games. (Rio Paralympics: Mariyappan wins Gold, Varun Bhati bronze in high jump)However, it doesn’t mean that the differently-abled sportspersons are not capable of competing with the same intensity as shown by their able-bodied counterparts. Time and again the paralympians have defied all odds to display the similar vigour and strength and have proved that they are no less abled.This is exactly what happened at the ongoing Rio Paralympics where the top four finishers in the 1500m final ran so fast that they all bettered the time registered by American Matthew Centrowitz, who won 1500m Gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio last month.Alegerian athlete Abdellatif Baka clinched the T13 1500m Paralympic Gold with a record time of 3:48.29.Baka was 1.7 seconds faster than Centrowitz, who finished with 3:50.00 at the same stadium in August. (Mariyappan Thangavelu ecstatic after winning Paralympics Gold)Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia took the Silver with a time of 3:48.49, while Kenya’s Henry Kirwa came third (3:49.59).Baka’s brother Fouad Baka finished in the fourth place with a time of 3:49.84. Even Fouad recorded a better timing than Centrowitz.The T13 class race is exactly the same as the Olympics, except for the fact that the athletes are visually impaired. (Shotputter Deepa Malik bags historic Silver at Rio Paralympics)Earlier in the Summer Olympics, Centrowitz pulled off a shock victory in the 1500m final, stunning defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria (3:50.11) to secure USA’s first gold medal in the event since 1908.advertisementNew Zealand’s Nick Willis snatched the Bronze (3:50.24).”It wasn’t easy to get this gold medal,” Paralympic champion Abdellatif Baka was quoted as saying by The Daily Mail.”I’ve been working one or two years non-stop and it’s been very, very hard for me,” he added.last_img read more

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City buzz

first_imgA foodie’s delightThough originally concieved as a takeaway restaurant, the place has over time started enjoying immense popularity among those wishing to have a quick snack in an informal setting. The intimate, cosy space exudes a warm personal touch unlike modern restaurants in Chandigarh, which look like corporate office cafes.,A foodie’s delight Though originally concieved as a takeaway restaurant, the place has over time started enjoying immense popularity among those wishing to have a quick snack in an informal setting. The intimate, cosy space exudes a warm personal touch unlike modern restaurants in Chandigarh, which look like corporate office cafes. Dressed with fresh flowers, books on Rumi, the quintessential dose of love to get you through the day, ensure that the well-lit cafe is perfect for any occassion. The cafe is known for the kebabs in Turkey, Iran, Portugal, Spain and Greece with an interesting take on Adana Kebab from the city of Adana in Turkey and on the Koobideh Kebab, the national dish of Iran. Serving food created by the culinary cross-fertilisation from around Asia, the Middle East and Europe, the staff is always more than willing to narrate stories of the kebabs that travelled across the Silk route, crossing borders, taking various forms, shapes, and flavours. In fact, these mouth-watering flavours can be attributed to the age-old charcoal grill techniques. Meal for two Rs 260 plus taxes (veg) Rs 280 plus taxes (non veg); At Sector 10, Coal Depot, Behind Main Market, Chandigarh; Tel 01724800048By Sukant DeepakLaugh out loud Vipul Goyal is ready to tickle Punjab’s funny bone. As the main writer for ‘The Viral Fever’, the IIT Bombay graduate believes he has the distinction of being the only stand-up comic who performs in four different languages-English, Hindi, Java and C plus. At Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh; Price Rs 499 onwardsadvertisementTrending this seasonIt’s time to update your wardrobe with Ludhiana Exhibition Summer 2017’s vibrant collection. Promising to bring the best of temperature defying styles, the exhibition has something for diverse age-groups. At Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana Tel 8968098555Pizza mania Love pizzas and pastas? Here’s a chance to learn from the best. Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana is organising a pizza and pasta cooking session for all enthusiasts. At Hyatt Regency, Ludhiana Price Rs 1,000 plus taxes for adults, Rs 550 plus taxes for children Tel 8284000249A Himalayan expedition Enjoy driving and love the mountains? Here’s an opportunity to combine the two. Go for a self drive expedition to the Spiti Valley that teaches techniques of driving in the most demanding mountain roads. Of course, a view of the beautiful landscape is a bonus. The Spiti Valley lies in the Western Himalayan region at 3,680 meters, in Himachal Pradesh. The tour involves visiting remote valleys, villages and crossing over high mountain passes providing spectacular views of picturesque snow capped peaks, rugged terrain and old monasteries. It also lets you enjoy the local community’s hospitality and company. At Go Boundless, Chandigarh; Tel 9878025444; Details boundlessgo@gmail.comYugpurush marks its presence in Chandigarh The play Yugpurush-Mahatma’s Mahatma is an inspirational and riveting portrayal of the close association between Mahatma Gandhi and his spiritual mentor Shrimad Rajchandraji. Directed by Rajesh Joshi, the play was staged in Chandigarh in May. It explored the varied dimensions of their interactions that began as a sincere friendship and ultimately culminated in Gandhi’s proclamation of Shrimadji as his spiritual mentor. The year 2017 marks the 150th birth year of Shrimad Rajchandraji and Yugpurush marks its presence in Chandigarh. Six teams are now performing the play in six different cities, simultaneously.Culinary tour With Sarhad-e-shaam, join Chef Gurvinder Kaur as she transcends borders to highlight the finest culinary delights from Lahore and Amritsar. So, get ready to dig in. At Urban Haat, Amritsar. Meal for two Rs 2,600 Details www.eatwithindia.comFrench masala flick Transport Minister Bertrand Saint-Jean is awakened in the middle of the night by his chief of staff. A coach swung into a ravine. He goes, he has no choice. Thus begins the odyssey of a statesman in an increasingly complex and hostile world. Speed, power struggle, chaos, economic crisis-everything is chained and collides. One emergency chases the other. For what sacrifices are men ready? How far will they stand, in a state that devours those who serve it? Get your answers while watching this fantastic French film. At Art Gallery, Alliance Francaise, Chandigarh Time 5.30 p.m.Your dose of fitness If you are looking for a fun evening with athletics like group meditation, yoga, aerobics, zumba and networking then head to ‘Step Up!’. The activities will be followed by a wholesome dinner that will leave you feeling light but energetic. The best part is the fun group activities and drills that will make you sweat and burn calories while you enjoy every minute of it. At Sector 7, Sports Complex, Chandigarh Tel 815146200advertisementCasa Pop comes to Chandigarh Chandigarh opens its doors to products with colours that clash with a vibrant vengeance. Interior designer Raseel Gujral Ansal’s Csa Pop is now on display at Raya – The Lifestyle Store. Ansal has taken kitsch and made it classy with her collection. The unique wallpapers, textiles crockery, incidental furniture, home accessories, and fashion accessories will make your day. Casa Pop aims to attract the trendy urban customer. With bright cushions and eclectic furniture, the mood of the brand speaks of a effervescent India. Other attractions include carry-all bags, laptop bags and scarves to name a few. Ansal’s design philosophy emphasises a refined use of art, magnificent objects, patterns, strong silhouettes, textures and a sophisticated color palette that is beautifully balanced to provide a refined original signature.Funny side up Bored with the routine shows on television? Here is a chance to laugh while Sorabh Pant promises to talk about Kapil Sharma, Modi, feminism, hinduism, sexism and all things that make him popular during his latest show ‘Rant of the Pant’. At Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh Time 8 p.m. Tel 0172277 14last_img read more

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In Pictures | Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2

first_imgThe new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have been unveiled in occasion of the company’s Capital Market’s Day at the factory in Maranello. These limited-edition special-series cars are the first in a new segment called Icona’ and draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and feature the most advanced sports car technology available today.Here are some gorgeous images of the Monza SP1 and the Monza SP2.last_img

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Video: Mike Davis’ Family Goes Nuts After He Gets Call From San Francisco 49ers

first_imgMike Davis on the phone with the 49ers on draft day.Mike Davis NFL Phone CallFormer South Carolina running back Mike Davis is off to San Francisco to become the newest member of the 49ers’ backfield. Davis was taken in the fourth round of this past weekend’s draft as the 125th pick overall. When he received the call from the team, his family, as you’ll see below, was beyond excited. Verizon captured the moment and put it on YouTube – check it out:Davis should help fill a void, now that longtime 49er Frank Gore is gone. Davis is also excited about getting to watch Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry play in person, for what it’s worth. oh man i get to see @StephenCurry30 play now !!!— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) May 4, 2015In his three years at South Carolina, Davis racked up over 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns.last_img read more

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Land reclamation of Colombo Port City proceeding rapidly

The 1.4-billion-U.S. dollar project, which is currently under construction near the Colombo Harbor, is Sri Lanka’s largest foreign direct investment (FDI). “As a Sri Lankan, I feel so proud that I can be participating in the project and really look forward to the completion of the project as early as possible, so that it would bring new opportunities to our people and our motherland which has just recovered from a 30-year civil war,” Chandana Gunawardena, deputy project manager of the Colombo Port City Project, told Xinhua on Thursday. With Jun Hai 1, Asia’s largest trailing suction hopper dredger joining the construction fleet, the land reclamation of Colombo Port City, as a future city and long awaited by Sri Lankans, has been proceeding rapidly, the Xinhua news agency reported. This brand-new “financial city” is taking shape gradually from the sea area right beside the Colombo International Container Terminals, which is being operated by the China Merchants Ports Holdings.Because of Colombo Port City, Chandana now has a stable job and a good outlook in his career. “With investment of 1.4 billion dollars, Phase 1 project has land reclamation of 269 hectares, out of which there will be 178-hectare developable land for commercial developments,” he said.“The total Gross Floor Area (GFA) will come up to 5.65 million sq meters, including residence, hotel, office and retail mall among others. Other iconic developments in the project include theme park, yacht marina, central park, medical center, international school and sand beach ect,” Liu said. “These will attract further 13 billion dollars investment of property developments within the city.”Liu believed the construction of Colombo Port City will not only contribute to Sri Lakan’s socio-economic development, but also play an exemplary role in attracting foreign investment, and furthermore, it will attract international high-end professionals and introduce world’s advanced technology so as to promote the competitiveness of local enterprise.The construction of the Port City will also create job opportunities for the locals, with a total of 83,000 jobs expected in the 20 years from implementation to completion of the project, he claimed.“As a father, I expect my kids to work in this city with a promising future, make contributions to the country while achieving their own career goals,” Chandana said hopefully. Invested and developed by the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC), Colombo Port City is the largest project between China and Sri Lanka under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, especially the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, known as Belt and Road Initiative, were proposed in 2013 with the aim of building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.Most of local construction and technical employees at the Port City project told Xinhua that the China-funded project has brought about jobs, higher salary and a better life, making them to be confident with their future careers.“Colombo Port City is a key project in South Asia under the Belt and Road Initiative and it has well matched Sri Lanka’s Western Megapolis development strategy,” CCCC Chairman Liu Qitao told Xinhua. He said the mega-project would boost the country’s economic development via spurring FDI and the private sector’s growth.“By making Colombo a better city, Colombo Port City will attract more and more Sri Lankan diaspora back to their homeland,” he said.Chandana believed that the project is going to transfer Colombo to an important commercial hub in South Asia and “a shining pearl of the Indian Ocean.” read more

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Environment ministers at UN meeting seek to reduce global levels of mercury

According to a report by UNEP circulated at the weeklong meeting, curbing pollution from power stations could significantly reduce mercury poisoning of the planet. Coal-fired power stations and waste incinerators now account for around 1,500 tons, or 70 per cent, of new, quantified man-made mercury emissions to the atmosphere, with the lion’s share now coming from developing countries and emissions from Asia, at 860 tons, the highest.“As combustion of fossil fuels is increasing in order to meet the growing energy demands of both developing and developed nations, mercury emissions can be expected to increase accordingly in the absence of the deployment of control technologies or the use of alternative energy sources,” the report says.Artisanal mining of gold and silver, which is happening in an increasing number of less developed nations, is another significant source of mercury pollution, releasing an estimated 400 to 500 tons of mercury annually to the air, soils and waterways, according to the expert report.Mercury is used to extract these precious metals from ores, resulting in elevated exposures and risks for the miners and their families, as well as contamination of the local and regional environment.Once in the atmosphere, this hazardous heavy metal can travel hundreds and thousands of miles, contaminating places far away from the world’s sites where the pollution was originally discharged. read more

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Senior safety Christian Bryant breaks ankle against Wisconsin

Senior safety Christian Bryant (2) is helped off the field after breaking his ankle during a game against Wisconsin Sept. 28 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State football team won their game against Wisconsin Saturday, 31-24, but lost one of its leaders when senior safety Christian Bryant suffered a broken ankle. OSU coach Urban Meyer did not hide his emotional reaction to the injury during his postgame press conference. He slammed the podium with his hand at one point during his opening statement, and called Bryant’s injury the “hard part of the game.”“That’s the hardest part of this whole job,” Meyer said. “That darn kid has done so much for our program, he’s come so far. Incredible leadership skills, and he’s going to be even more valuable outside of football. I love that guy.”Bryant’s injury occurred on the Buckeyes’ second-to-last defensive play of the game, with less than a minute remaining in the game. He had to be helped off the field by two OSU trainers and was unable to place any weight on his injured ankle.Bryant, who is in his third season as a starter on OSU’s defense, is one of the Buckeyes’ eight captains. He had 22 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in OSU’s first five games.Bryant was a second-team all-Big Ten selection in 2012. He was named to preseason watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski and Jim Thorpe awards. read more

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The Case For Russell Westbrook MVP

James42.4 PER 100 POSSESSIONS PLAYERCRUNCH TIMENET RATINGASSIST %TS %USAGE %PIE 1’16-’17Westbrook97.844.815.114.721.5 Russell Westbrook is the MVP. You are likely already familiar with Westbrook’s claim to the award because every conversation that suggests someone else is the MVP must do the work of explaining why it is not, obviously, Westbrook.Westbrook’s case for MVP is self-evident. His season-long triple-double is a historic accomplishment, and its grandeur only grows when adjusted to account for the way the game is played today. Here are the top seasons for the triple-double stats sorted by John Hollinger’s Versatility Index, which shows how good players are at those three metrics, combined1Versatility Index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists per 100 possessions., which adjusts for pace: DeAndre Jordan105+3.21.968.818.723.4 Kawhi Leonard137+24.023.055.440.428.5 PLAYEROFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFFOFF PASSES FROM PLAYEROTHER SHOTSDIFF 2-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE3-PT SHOT PERCENTAGE Isaiah Thomas163+18.225.065.446.026.4 4’14-’15Westbrook95.741.110.612.517.6 Stephen Curry90+10.827.361.836.123.3 Nevertheless, clucking about the righteousness of one MVP candidate over another inevitably returns to an epistemological debate about “value.” And there are a variety of cases to be made for players who had less outstanding, but perhaps more “valuable,” seasons than Westbrook did. James Harden moved to point guard and turned in a season that was two parts Steve Nash, one part Corey Maggette, and his Houston Rockets have faint yet plausible finals hopes. LeBron James had the best statistical season of his career at age 32, in his 14th year in the league. And Kawhi Leonard squeezed 61 wins out of a depleted San Antonio Spurs roster on which Dewayne Dedmon has a reasonable claim to being the second-best player. Each of those players’ teams has a far greater chance than Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder of making the finals and winning a championship.But what if a player is uniquely valuable when the stakes are highest? We’ve seen an example of this before: LeBron James during the 2015 Finals. During that series, James took two games against the ascendent Warriors basically all by himself. James led all players in points, rebounds and assists, and did so while carrying a true shooting percentage of 47.7 and a usage percentage of 39.3. It was a marvelous series for James despite his poor efficiency, in part because his efficiency remained basically in proportion to what’s expected of the most efficient stars despite an altogether absurd workload.Russell Westbrook has done over 82 games what James did for six. He has scrambled our sense of what game-altering dominance looks like in the age of advanced stats, and he’s done it largely without the benefit of the most important tool of the modern game: reliable 3-point shooting, from himself or his team. Westbrook’s success this season has argued convincingly that top-end efficiency isn’t an absolute requirement for success in today’s NBA, so long as you can make up for a dip in quality with sheer force of quantity.Efficiency is not a vacuumAmong a certain part of the advanced stats-minded crowd, Westbrook is easy to dismiss as an outdated, high-usage, low-efficiency volume shooter in an NBA that has moved beyond ball hogs. This makes sense if you view the split between Westbrook and high-efficiency players like Harden as a proxy battle in some broader war for the aesthetics of basketball. On one side you have the game played as a brutal, Pat Riley-style combat sport, and on the other the spread-’em-out game of the Rockets or Warriors. But Westbrook is defying the norms of efficiency, too. He’s just doing it in his own way.Take a look at this chart showing usage percentage and true shooting percentage, which originally ran in an article by my colleague Ben Morris, in which he made the case for Steph Curry as the MVP: STATS DURING CRUNCH TIME Source: NBA.com DeMar DeRozan139+16.128.854.842.926.1 Russell Westbrook148 min+21.758.3%56.9%62.3%40.3 When a Westbrook pass leads to a 2-point shot, his teammates are shooting 58.2 percent; when they take 2-pointers not directly following a pass from Westbrook, they shoot 48.6 percent. This is a massive difference, but also a logical one: Players shoot better when their point guard sets them up for shots.Things go downhill quickly once OKC ventures out beyond the arc. There, Westbrook passes lead to makes on only 33 percent of attempts; without Westbrook passing to them, his teammates make 31.4 percent. Both numbers are staggeringly bad. The Thunder simply don’t have players who can shoot NBA 3-pointers. Versatility index is the geometric mean of points, rebounds and assists (per 100 possessions).Source: basketball-reference.com 34’61-’62Robertson124.926.710.89.914.2 How teammates shoot after passes from their stars Curry40.0 Leonard41.4 Which stars have teammates who can shoot? Curry58.555.5+3.041.835.6+6.2 LeBron James126+15.140.667.332.124.6 Top NBA players by involvement during crunch time 5’04-’05Garnett89.131.419.18.016.9 The best pace-adjusted triple-double seasons James55.152.3+2.840.937.2+3.7 SEASONPLAYERPOSS. PER GAMEPTSREBOUNDSASSISTSVERSATILITY INDEX James Harden133-3.040.055.651.021.5 In general, the more possessions a player uses,2Plays on which a player takes a shot, draws a shooting foul or commits a turnover. the less efficient his personal offense becomes. You can see the frontier of exceptional player seasons forming a rough diagonal, sloping down from Kevin Durant’s 2016-17 in the upper left to Westbrook’s in the lower right. Generally, that’s the frontier of achievement for maximizing efficiency and usage, and anything that breaks past the outer rim is in the running for the best season in NBA history. Curry’s 2015-16 was more or less unprecedented, but was followed up quickly by Isaiah Thomas and Harden this season, each putting up absurd efficiency numbers with what have traditionally been extremely high usage rates. Then there’s Russell Westbrook.While a glance at the advanced stats (55.4 true shooting; 41.7 usage percentage) will give you the gist of the relationship — less efficient, more usage — they mask just how far out of the norm Westbrook has been. He has bucked the trend that’s afflicted super-high-usage NBA players for as long as the league has existed: Westbrook’s usage has exploded … and his efficiency hasn’t really changed. As a challenge to the basic makeup of NBA efficiency trends, Westbrook’s season is just as much of an aberration as Curry’s 2015-16.This is the final entry in our series making the case for five NBA MVP candidates. We’ve also made the cases for James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James and Stephen Curry. Also, check out our NBA predictions.That said, just because Westbrook’s season has been impressive does not necessarily make it useful or valuable. And while it’s undeniably hard to do what Westbrook has done, it’s been an open question how much value there is in his tirelessly filling up the box score while also eating up possessions. Players such as Curry and Harden, who shake up the ratio by adding efficiency to a standard-issue star player workload, are far easier to evaluate. But a player who can take on limitless responsibility with seeming immunity to defensive attention is a dangerous tool in situations where good possessions are hard to come by, even if he isn’t the most efficient guy on the floor. We’ve seen Westbrook deliver in those situations this season.An unstoppable, moderately efficient forceWestbrook has been laboring under LeBron-esque playoff demands all season long as the late-game anchor for a severely offensively handicapped team.Westbrook’s crunch-time numbers this season are comical. We’ll define “crunch time” here as the last five minutes of a game (or overtime) in which neither team has a lead greater than five points. In those situations, Westbrook has been unstoppable. His already absurd usage percentage jumps from “just” 41.7 to 62.3. (Sixty-two point three!!!)Something else interesting happens to Westbrook during crunch time: As his usage goes up, so does his efficiency. His true shooting percentage creeps up to 56.9, and his assist percentage goes to 58.3. While he’s on the court in crunch time, the Thunder is outscoring opponents by 21.7 points per 100 possessions (up from +12.5 overall). In fact, Westbrook’s work rate late in games is so prolific that he produces as much value as entire teams. No, really.We know this thanks to a little-noticed stat on the NBA’s stats site called Player Impact Estimate, or PIE. PIE is the share of all box score activity in a game (so points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) with deductions for negative stats (turnovers, missed shots, personal fouls). The average for a player should be about 103Since there are 10 players on the court., and the average for a team about 50.4Since each team makes up half the players. It’s an especially useful stat when used in tandem with net rating, because you can then see both how well a player is doing individually (the PIE rating) as well as how well the team is performing overall (the net rating).5Net rating is just a team’s scoring differential per 100 possessions.Anyway, Westbrook’s PIE in crunch time is 40.3, meaning he accounts for about 40 percent of both teams’ combined activity all on his own — a greater share of game stats in his clutch minutes than five teams6The Pistons, Heat, Lakers, Nets and Suns. collect as a whole. The Thunder as a team has a 61.4 PIE in crunch time, fourth in the league, which tracks more or less with its 19.9 net rating, which ranks second overall. Source: NBA.com Westbrook30.9% 2’16-’17Harden100.038.410.714.818.3 3’15-’16Westbrook96.733.911.315.118.0 Harden38.3 Source: NBA.com PLAYERTEAMMATES’ WIDE-OPEN 3-PT % Westbrook58.2%48.6%+9.633.1%31.4%+1.7 Harden62.652.5+10.134.037.6-3.6 Jimmy Butler141+12.831.563.041.329.4 A player totally unfettered from the effect of a defense is dangerous all game long, but a particular nightmare late in games.Team composition mattersOK, so Westbrook can get his whenever he wants to get his. No one really doubts this. But Westbrook’s ability to get his teammates quality shots is a lingering question because Westbrook is not Curry, who distorts the parameters of the game without even touching the ball. Curry’s teammates find better shots and make more of them without Curry ever having to generate a traditional assist. But Westbrook’s teammates … let’s just say not even Curry could charm Andre Roberson into hitting his wide-open 3s.The Thunder roster is not quite as bereft of talent as it’s sometimes made out to be — Steven Adams is a very good center, and Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo and a few young players like Domas Sabonis all have their uses. But the team’s players are the worst long-range shooters in the league.This is made clear when we separate out the team’s doomed long range shots. Anthony Davis163-2.78.351.736.124.8 Leonard47.249.6-2.443.838.3+5.5 … As a team, the Thunder were a bit above average at creating wide-open 3s (meaning the nearest defender was six or more feet away). Getting open 3s is good! Except, they shot 32.4 percent on those wide-open looks, good for dead last in the league. Westbrook himself shot 40 percent, which means the rest of the team shot 30.9 percent. Again, on wide-open 3s. No defender within six feet. Thirty point nine percent. A tabletop cactus could shoot 30 percent with the defense out to lunch.So while Westbrook does not have as profound an effect on his teammates’ shooting as his peers, this is hard to pin on Westbrook himself when he’s holding the bag for an Oklahoma City front office running back the ’93 Knicks.“Stat hogging” is not a phenomenonOne final line of suspicion about Westbrook’s stat line revolves around the notion that the numbers are inflated by methods unnatural to the game. One of those allegations: that Westbrook’s teammates let him collect rebounds to help stuff the stat sheets.But it’s not that simple. For one thing, stars have always received preferential treatment on cheap rebounds. There’s an old story about Rockets players getting gassed up when Yao Ming finally began to yap at teammates who tried to scoot in on missed free throw rebounds — generally the easiest to collect — because those are reserved for the star big man, and the NBA runs on hierarchy. And Kevin Love made a habit of grabbing the ball at the ends of quarters, just after the buzzer sounded, and doing a quick turn, point and grin in the direction of the scorer’s table trying to get credit for the board.7These anecdotes came from Bill Simmons interviews that are lost to history after Grantland was shut down.The Thunder also aren’t as blatant about giving Westbook rebounds as they’re made out to be. Yes, it’s conspicuous that Westbrook is pulling in 8.5 uncontested rebounds per game, up from 5.9 a season ago. But we can track how often teammates give up a rebound so that a nearby teammate can pick up the ball: It’s a stat called deferred rebound chances. This season, the number of the Thunder’s deferred chances has decreased to 16.8 per game from a league-high 17.7 a season ago. What’s changed? Well, the 6.6 uncontested rebounds per game Kevin Durant collected in 2015-16 needed to be redistributed somewhere.Unlike shooting or passing, rebounding suffers from severe diminishing returns. There are only so many rebound opportunities, and only so many bodies needed to corral them. Oklahoma City finished first in overall rebound rate, and third in defensive rebound rate. The Thunder have decided to use this surplus of rebounding to leak extra bodies out into the break, knowing their point guard can collect the rebound and start the break. In other words, the Thunder have made a conscious effort to let Westbrook get the rebounds because they think it helps them win, not just because they wanted Westbrook to hoard triple-doubles. The Thunder are fifth in percent of points scored via transition, so it’s working out for them.But there’s a downside: This strategy often leads to Westbrook playing abysmal defense as he hunts for the rebound — the number of shots he contests is dismal, and by far the lowest among league leaders in defensive rebounds, though they are more or less in the same range as those contested by Harden and LeBron. But then, Westbrook has never been a great defender, and it makes a certain amount of sense to have him sacrifice already questionable defensive attention in service of the offense, especially since the defense manages just fine (10th in efficiency) without him. That’s not an ideal outcome, of course. In a perfect world, Westbrook would be more engaged defensively, and have teammates with shooting range that extends beyond the college 3-point line. But the Thunder’s willingness to let Russell be Russell is its own sort of progress.For years now, we’ve been hearing about how evolutionary players such as Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis or even Steph Curry were set to move the NBA game forward. That has largely turned out to be true: Offense in the league has improved at record rates, primarily because players and front offices have maximized efficiency at every opportunity. The league has found a way to squeeze more production out of more specialized players. And that works just fine as a general rule. But Russell Westbrook’s season proves that’s not the only way to remake the NBA in your image. Shaving away minor imperfections in pursuit of the ideal less-for-more ratio isn’t necessary if you come equipped with a never-ending supply of more. read more

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3rd PetraLimacol Football tournament officially launched

New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company (GPC), under its Limacol brand, has again thrown its support behind the Petra organisation for the third edition of the Limacol Knockout Football tournament, which will kick-off on August 30 and conclude on October 7.New GPC’s Company Secretary Zulfikar Ali (2nd R) hands over the sponsorship cheque to Petra’s Mark Alleyne in the presence of GFF President Wayne Forde (L) and Petra Director Troy MendoncaThe company, through its secretary Zulfikar Ali, expressed its excitement at being onboard for another edition of the highly anticipated tournament.According to Ali, they are always interested in sports and its development, and have seen the progress from the first two installments, hence their return for a third time.Petra Director Troy Mendonca outlined that the tournament provides an avenue for the teams not involved in the Guyana Football Federation’s Elite League III, even though he would love for it to be used as a catalyst for teams to be promoted to that league.GFF President Wayne Forde, who was also on hand, expressed his pleasure at seeing the company onboard for a third year, citing their extended input in football.The 12 teams involved in this year’s tournament are as follows: Police, Georgetown Football Club, Pele, Sunburst Campton, Riddim Squad, Beacon United, Santos, Northern Rangers, Mahaica Determinators, Buxton Stars, Pouderoyen and Grove Hi-Tech.These teams will trash it out for the top prize of $600,000, while the runner up will have to settle for $300,000, third – $150,000 and fourth – $100, 000.Each top finishing team would have a trophy to accompany their cash prize. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNew GPC refreshes Limacol Tournament for fourth yearAugust 23, 2019In “latest news”Youth Football takes centre stage in Petra/Milo U20February 7, 2014In “Sports”Limacol Football teams rewarded handsomelyMarch 22, 2017In “Sports” read more

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Apple marks one year since Steve Jobs death

first_imgJobs died on 5 October 2011 at the age of 56 due to complications from a relapse of pancreatic cancer. He was not only the co-founder of Apple, but the inventor of gadgets that have transformed life as we know it, from the personal computer to the iPod to the iPhone.Jobs started Apple with a high school friend in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976. He was forced out a decade later, but returned in 1997 to rescue the company.During his second stint, it grew into the most valuable technology company in the world, with its popularity exploding in the 2000s, kicking off with the release of the iPod and growing even further in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone.Cupertino, the city where Jobs grew up and went to school, will fly its flag at half mast today at its City Hall to mark Jobs’ death, reports Mercury News.- Additional reporting APRead: Aaron Sorkin to adapt ‘Steve Jobs’ film>Watch: ‘lost interview’ shows a young Steve Jobs TODAY MARKS THE one year anniversary of the death of entrepreneur and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.The company has a moving video on its site marking Jobs’ life, inventions, and inspiring quotes.It ends with a message from the company’s CEO Tim Cook, who says that one of the “greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple”.last_img read more

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WATCH Video captures Dublin in 60 seconds

first_imgEVEN IF YOU’RE not a fan of Ireland’s capital city, you will probably enjoy recognising some of its most famous spots in this video made for Visit Dublin.It features one shot per second and shows exactly what the city has to offer. Source: visitdublinThis is the most amazing finger snapping you will ever see>Deer’s incredible escape from car caught on camera>last_img

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7 brief moments in your life when you feel like a badass

first_imgEVERYONE’S A LITTLE BIT of a badass, sometimes.OK, so we may not be shooting up bad guys and showing scumbags what’s what, but the most simple things can occasionally make you feel like the coolest person in the world.Here are some of those things.When you make it across the road just in time Source: College HumorJust as you’re crossing the road, the little man turns from green to red. Do you speed up to avoid the oncoming cars? No! But you manage to make it to the other side just in time without sprinting like a madman, looking cool as a cucumber all the while.When you think of a killer comeback on the spot Source: GifrificYou usually only think of witty things to say after being the butt of the office smartarse’s jokes when everyone else has forgotten about it. But that one time you manage to actually come up with a sassy comeback on the spot…oh yeah.When you’re walking with a posse of friends Source: Elite DailyFeelings of badassery optimised if you’re in the centre, and bonus points if everyone is dressed in suits/evening gowns.When you get rid of nasty bugs all by yourselfEveryone else is screaming and cowering in fear, but you walk right up there and squash that little rascal. Or help it out a window, if you’re allowed to let it live.When you’re walking and listening to music Source: JunkyardartsAnd a song comes on that makes you feel like you’re in a movie/music video. STRUT.When you impress the person you fancy Source: Replygif“You did a sky dive? When you spent that summer in Australia? And you weren’t at all nervous? Wow, you’re so cool!” Yes, yes you are. You’re also in there like swimwear. Get you.When you smoothly catch something Source: Purin the Super BeagleSomeone chucks a pen/phone/sweet at you. There’s a moment of panic, but then you reach up and it just falls into your hand. Triumph. 7 ways Mary Robinson shaped Irish culture in the 90s>75-year-old BBC presenter gets a scorpion tattoo>last_img read more

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PM warns against NXT

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has warned voters against voting for independent Senator Nick Xenophon’s Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), claiming party members would “not be Nick”.The centrist party was formed in 2013 and is looking to make inroads into federal politics.“I like Nick. I’ve known him for a long time and we have a lot of interests in common,” Mr Turnbull told ABC radio in Adelaide.“But Nick will be running Xenophon Team candidates. They are not robots or clones of him.“Whether they in practice work as a team with him remains to be seen.”Mr Turnbull referred to Xenophon’s ill-fated pairing with fellow South Australian independent Ann Bressington in 2006 to make his point.“Nick’s track record to date is that when he last ran with a running mate, he and she split up.”In August Xenophon stated his intention to have 11 lower house seat candidates in the next federal election.last_img read more

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Speed up lake front development work Warangal Urban District

first_imgWarangal: With the work on Bhadrakali Lake Foreshore development, one of the major components taken up under the National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY), Central government’s ambitious project aimed at holistic development of heritage cities, continue to lag, Warangal Urban District Collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil has on Thursday warned contractors to face the music if they make any further delay in completing the task. The Collector who along with Kakatiya Urban Development Authority (KUDA) chairman Marri Yadava Reddy and Municipal Commissioner N Ravi Kiran inspected the progress of work expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work. “The contractors had already crossed stipulated time and they will be blacklisted if they fail to expedite the pace of work and complete it within a short period,” Patil warned. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us He suggested the officials to illuminate the hillock adjacent to Bhadrakali shrine on the lines of Golconda and Charminar. He also suggested officials to engage the services of Narendra Naidu, the C&MD of AV & Multimedia Consultancy Company, under whom beautification of Golconda and Charminar is being carried. The Collector said Bhadrakali Lakefront promenade could well be a huge attraction once the work on foreshore development was completed. There could be spurt in the tourist footfall to historical Warangal city, he added. He directed the officials to review the progress of lakefront works every day. Retired professor M Panduranga Rao, KUDA EE Bheem Rao, DE Venkateshwarlu, AE Siddharth, GWMC SE Bikshapathi, EE Rajaiah, DE Santhosh and Lee Associates team leader Anand Voleti were among others present.last_img read more

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Dengue kills three hospitalises 1870 more

first_imgDengue kills 3, hospitalises 1,870 moreThree people, including the wife of an additional inspector general of police, died of dengue and 1,870 new patients were admitted to different hospitals across the country in 24 hours till Sunday morning, reports UNB.The overall situation, in fact, worsened as the number of infected patients jumped to 1,870 from Sunday’s 1,649.Sayeda Akhter, 54, wife of additional inspector general of police (Finance) at the Police Headquarters Shahabuddin Koraishi, died of dengue in the capital early Sunday while undergoing treatment at the Square Hospitals, said Kamrul Ahsan, public relations officer at the Police Headquarters.He said Sayeda was first admitted to Samarita Hospital on 30 July and then shifted to the Square Hospitals on Saturday.In Khulna, dengue claimed the lives of two — Morjina Begum, 70, and Monjur Sheikh, 13, of Khaja Danga village in Rupsha upazila.Assistant registrar (medicine department) at Khulna Medical College Hospital Partho Pratim said Morjina was admitted to the hospital a week ago and died there early Sunday.Besides, Monjur Sheikh died at Gazi Medical College and Hospital at 11:00pm on Saturday, seven hours after his admission there, said chairman of the hospital Gazi Mizanur Rahman.According to government data, 136 people were hospitalised in Khulna with dengue.As many as 1,053 of the patients were infected with the mosquito-borne virus fever in Dhaka alone with one of them suffering from hemorrhagic dengue and two others from dengue shock syndrome.According to the Health Emergency Operations Centre of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), a total of 24,804 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1 January.At least 6,858 patients, including children, are undergoing treatment at hospitals now, while the rest were discharged after treatment. During the period, 18 dengue patients died, all in the capital, it said.Unofficial estimates, however, suggest the death toll is much higher.Meanwhile, a handout issued by PID on Sunday said the number of beds have been increased by 100 in Mitford Hospital and by 200 in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University for accommodating dengue patients.Besides, Sheikh Hasina National Burn and Plastic Surgery unit and Suhrawardy Hospital have been provided with 1,000 beds each for the same purpose.According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, a number of people were infected with dengue in many districts.In Bagerhat, a total of 15 people have so far been found infected with dengue, said civil surgeon GKM Shamsuzzaman.Ten of them, he said, have already been discharged from different hospitals in the district while five others are still undergoing treatment at Bagerhat Sadar Hospital.In Thakurgaon, 31 people have so far been infected with dengue, said civil surgeon Anwarul Islam.Twenty-three of them are still being treated at Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital while eight of them were released after treatment.Most of them were infected in the capital and returned home later, said the civil surgeon.In Keraniganj, 120 people have been infected with dengue till date.Nirmal Kumar Sen, a deputy director at Mitford Hospital, said the hospital has opened two dengue cells to provide better treatment to patients.In Jhalkathi, a total of 28 people were affected with dengue. Among them, 15 are undergoing treatment in government hospitals while others at different clinics, said civil surgeon Shaymol Krishna Hawlader.last_img read more

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Animal Abuse Task Force Gets Hundreds of Reports in First Months of

first_img 00:00 /00:50 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X – / 4Animal abuse includes acts such as neglect, dumping, hoarding, torture, and dog fighting.In its seven months of operation, authorities say the Harris County Animal Abuse Task Force has received over 2,700 reports, a big jump from the same period last year. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has gone on to file 172 charges.The D.A.’s Office is part of the task force, along with local law enforcement agencies and animal welfare groups.“When we have a unified effort like this we will see a difference,” said Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap.Animal Cruelty Prosecutor Jessica Milligan added that the task force has streamlined the process for taking complaints, either by phone or by going to their website. That means investigators can get on the case quicker and compile evidence as to the nature of the suspected abuse.“There are still people out there who are choosing to take the law into their own hands, and with good intention of course, of removing animals from property to try to heal them, to try to bring them to our office for investigation, and we’re here to encourage you not to do that,” said Milligan.There is also a new organization that will help raise funds for the task force called “Paw and Order.” That money will help pay for animal care and other needs.You can contact the Harris County Animal Abuse Task Force online or by calling (832) 927-PAWS. Sharelast_img read more

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