CWG badminton: Kashyap stuns Hasim, enters semifinals

first_imgRising shuttler P Kashyap produced a lion-hearted performance to stun higher-ranked Malaysian Muhammad Hafiz Hasim to advance to the semifinals of individual badminton event of the Commonwealth Games here today.Sixth seed Kashyap, playing his first Commonwealth Games, digged deep into his armoury to script a brilliant 19-21 21-19 21-16 victory over fourth seed Hasim, much to the amusement of the cheering crowd who packed the stadium to the brim here.Kashyap will next face second seed Rajiv Ouseph, whom he had beaten in the team event semifinals a few days ago, in the semifinals tomorrow.Chetan also breezed past Carl Baxter 21-17 21-9 in another quarterfinal match to set up a clash with world number 1 Lee Chong Wei, who beat eighth seed Chen Yza of Singapore at the Siri Fort sport complex here.However, fifth seed Aditi Mutatkar was not as lucky as the Indian lost 8-21 12-21 to second seed Mew Choo Wong in another match.Jwala Gutta and V Diju also bite the dust against Malaysian pair Koo Kien Keat and Chin Ei Hui 13-21 19-21 in another final eight match.Jwala, who had to play four matches in a day, however had some reasons to cheer as she and her women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa beat Heather Olver and Marian Agathangelou 21-9 21-14 to reach the semifinals.However, it was the men’s singles match between Kashyap and Hasim that brought the crowd to their feet.Locked in a battle of attrition, Kashyap showed his brilliance as he was quick on his feet and retrieved everything thrown at him. His smashes also came good as he edged past his rival in the marathon 58-minute battle.advertisementThere was not much to choose between the two as both Kashyap and Hasim played some brilliant badminton. While the nimble-footed Hasim used his height to perfection reaching out to the shuttle with utmost ease, Kashyap dived and stretched his limits to show his prowess in the game.In the first game, Kashyap opened up a narrow 2-4 lead and moved to 11-9 at the break but Hasim caught up with him at 12-12, before wresting the lead at 19-17 and sealing the game.The 24-year-old Indian came back strongly in the second game and led 11-5 but Hasim again narrowed it down to 20-18 with some deft netplay, but some unforced errors put paid to his hopes as Kashyap was back in the reckoning.In the decider, Kashyap was 11-8 at the break and although Hasim tried to claw his way back and made it 16-17, a few errors saw the Indian bursting into jubilation amid a boisterous crowd.”This is one of the biggest wins of my career. He is an experienced player and have been in the top 20 for quite some time now. He is also very cool mentally and so to beat him here is very satisfying,” Kashyap said after the match.”I have lost a lot of matches after losing the first game and I told myself that today I am not going to lose my confidence and this win have really boosted me.”His defence is very strong and he has a good cross court netplay and his shots are very sharper. He was playing a lot of drops and was retrieving all my smashes so I had to keep it steady and keep pushing. When I had a few points lead, his rhythm broke,” he said.Asked about his next match against Rajiv, Kashyap said, “He will be prepared for me this time. Last time we were meeting for the first time, so he didn’t know my strokes. I have to be more aggressive tomorrow,” he said.Chetan too hardly broke any sweat against Baxter. The Indian opened up a narrow 5-2 lead and held his fort moving from 12-6 to 20-15 before closing it comfortably after losing two game points.In the second game, the Indian grabbed 10 straight points to move from 3-2 to 12-2 as Baxter’s game crumbled.”I slowed down the game. I was playing my natural game. I started off well and it put pressure on him,” he said.Asked about his semifinal match against top seed Lee, Chetan said, “I have nothing to lose, I will go out and play.I have extended him last year in All England and I have to be mentally strong against him tomorrow. I hope the crowd turns the game in my favour.”Earlier in the day, top seed Saina spanked Nigerian Caroline Black 21-0 21-2, while Aditi beat Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland 21-11 21-17 in 24 minutes in the pre-quarterfinals.advertisementKashyap also beat Kieran Merrilees of Scotland 21-12 21-15, while third seed Anand thrashed Jamie Van Hooijdonk 21-8 21-2 in another pre-quarterfinals match here.Gutta and Diju beat fellow Indian pairs Rupesh Kumar and Ashwini Ponnappa 15-21 21-18 21-16 in a 25-minute battle but it was all over for Sanave Thomas and Aparna Balan as they lost 15-21 18-21 to Chris Adcock and Gabby White in another 28-minute match.Women’s doubles pair of Jwala and Ashwini also battled their way past the Malaysian pair of Chin EH and Woon KW 15-21 21-10 21-16 in a 41-minute clash.The men’s doubles pair of Rupesh and Sanave had also reached the quarters beating Jamaican pair Henry Gat and Palmer GT 21-11 21-7 in a 17-minute match.However, Aditi and Aparna had lost their pre-quarters match to Australian pair of Choo L and Vithi Veeran 21-16 23-21 in just under 30 minutes.last_img read more

Yanks Sink Mariners in 11, 5-3

first_imgSEATTLE — Garrett Jones hasn’t played all that much this season, but made sure to take advantage of his latest chance to help the Yankees get a win.Jones hit a go-ahead three-run home run with two outs in the 11th inning and New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 the night of June 2.“It was just nice to help the team win and be in there and just deliver,” said Jones, who gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead by drilling a fastball over the fence in center “It just put a big smile on my face to see them smiling and happy. It meant a lot to help the team.”New York needed a run in the ninth inning, too. Facing Seattle closer Fernando Rodney while trailing 2-1, Chase Headley walked and moved to third on a two-out, pinch-hit single by Brian McCann.Stephen Drew followed with an RBI double to the game.“Just trying to get a good pitch to hit,” said Drew, who entered the game hitting .160. “Not try to do too much. Been in these situations before. (Rodney) made a good pitch, I put a good swing on it.“It was all around a great team win tonight. It was a lot of fun. Game was going back and forth, it was fun to be a part of.”Justin Wilson (2-0) pitched a clean 10th for the win and Andrew Miller gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano before striking out Nelson Cruz with two on base for his 16th save.Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) allowed two-out hits to Drew and Brett Gardner before making way to Joe Beimel in the 11th. Jones greeted Beimel with his second home run of the season.Mike Montgomery was in line to earn the win in his MLB debut after leaving following six innings of work. The Mariners’ left-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.“It was definitely a lot of nerves going in,” Montgomery said. “By the third or fourth inning, I kind of settled in a bit and started to feel more comfortable out there.”Austin Jackson reached base safely in all six plate appearances and his RBI double gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The double also chased CC Sabathia from the game. The New York starter allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Birthday boy Rashid Khan becomes Afghanistan’s joint-highest wicket-taker

first_imgRashid Khan celebrated his birthday in remarkable fashion as he blazed off to a fiery unbeaten fifty in the first innings against Bangladesh and then came back in the second to end with the figures of 2/13 in the Asia Cup 2018.Rashid also became Afganistan’s joint-highest wicket-taker as he reached 112 wickets in just 49 ODI matches. Along with Rashid, Mohammad Nabi is the leading wicket-taker of Afghanistan with 112 wickets in 103 matches.Rashid has taken less than half of the matches to be equal with Nabi and on a day, when his quick-fire fifty allowed Afghanistan back into the match.Bangladesh vs Afghanistan : Match report | As it happenedAfghanistan thrashed Bangladesh by 136 runs in their inconsequential final group fixture ahead of their meeting with Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Rashid’s prized 112th wicket was that of Mahmudullah and it was a delightful delivery. Mahmudullah completely missed it and before he knew it, his off-stump was clipped off.Here is how Rashid outfoxed Mahmudullah:RASHID KHAN TO MAHMUDULLAH: OUT! It was just a matter of time. Rashid Khan has done what Rashid Khan does best, take wickets. This one is kept on a fuller length just around off. Mahmudullah comes forward to block it out but plays the wrong line, he actually plays it inside the line of the ball as the ball beats the outside edge and crashes into the off pole. Mahmudullah cannot believe it as he looks behind to confirm but he has to as the Afghans are seen celebrating and Mr. Khan does the dab celebration which Mr. Kohli and Mr. Rahul are famous for. Big wicket this for Afghanistan and they will look to wrap this up soon now.advertisementRight from the start of Bangladesh innings, they struggled in the chase of 256. Apart from Shakib Al Hasan (32), Mahmudullah (27) and Mosaddek Hossain (26*), none of the batsmen could reach double figures.Shakib and Mahmudullah added 36 runs for Bangladesh before Rashid Khan arrived to the scene and picked the big wicket of Shakib.After that it was only a matter of time as Bangladesh’s asking rate kept increasing and Afghanistan looked more and more dominating.Apart from Rashid’s 2/13, Naib and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked two wickets each. Earlier in the day, Rashid smashed a brilliant unbeaten half ton right at the end of Afghanistan’s innings to propel them to a competitive total of 255 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.Rashid shared a 95-run stand with Gulbadin Naib, who ended up not out at 42 runs. In the final 10 overs, the duo added 97 runs to Afghanistan’s total after they initially got together at 160/7.Rashid hit eight fours and one six in his superb innings while Gulbadin got five boundaries to his name. In the final over itself, Rashid smashed four boundaries and got to his half century with utmost ease and the Afghan crowd in Abu Dhabi was on its feet to celebrate their star cricketer.Afghanistan had won the toss and elected to bat and initially struggled against the disciplined Bangladeshi bowling.Afghanistan were reduced to 28/2 in the sixth over but Hashmatullah Shahidi steadied the innings. He stitched a 51-run partnership with opener Mohammad Shahzad (37) for the third wicket.Debutant pacer Abu Hider (2/50) opened the bowling for Bangladesh and he got his first ODI wicket in his fourth delivery. Afghanistan opener Ihsanullah (8) hit two consecutive fours before a big one from him landed into the hands of Mohammad Mithun at cover region.Abu Hider had his second wicket in the sixth over as Rahmat Shah (10) was completely beaten by a beautiful delivery which knocked off the stumps.It was at this point that Shahidi and Shahzad struck a partnership before Shakib broke the stand, which was threatening to get big. Shahzad was holed out at long on with Abu Hider taking a spectacular catch to give his senior team-mate the first wicket of the match.Afghanistan crossed the 100 mark exactly at the halfway stage but Shakib was only getting better as he bowled out Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan (8), who was beaten by the flight of the delivery and drove the wrong line to see his stumps uprooted.Shakib then added another wicket to his kitty in the 34th over by sending Samiullah Shenwari (18) back to the pavilion to reduce Afghanistan to 239 for 5.Shahidi was holding one end together all this while but he was also out in the 38th over as he edged a Rubel Hossain delivery to the wicketkeeper for a soft dismissal.At 160 for 7 in the 41st over, it seemed that Afghanistan would struggle to even reach 200 but Rashid and Gulbadin had other ideas.advertisement(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Increased Focus on Rehabilitating Youth Offenders – Spencer

first_img Recently appointed State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says greater emphasis will be placed on the rehabilitation of young people in juvenile facilities. Story Highlights This, he said, is in keeping with the Government’s thrust to repurpose the correctional system to focus on the comprehensive rehabilitation of offenders as part of the five-pillar crime-prevention strategy. “The work you are doing is extremely important because we have a chance to assist these children. Every care must be taken to ensure that they get the kind of assistance that can help them to make a meaningful contribution to Jamaica. All of these children can be and will be rehabilitated,” he said. Recently appointed State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says greater emphasis will be placed on the rehabilitation of young people in juvenile facilities.This, he said, is in keeping with the Government’s thrust to repurpose the correctional system to focus on the comprehensive rehabilitation of offenders as part of the five-pillar crime-prevention strategy.Mr. Spencer, who was speaking during a meeting with officials from the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) juvenile institutions at the Ministry’s Oxford Road offices in Kingston on April 5, said early intervention is a critical element in the fight against crime.“The work you are doing is extremely important because we have a chance to assist these children. Every care must be taken to ensure that they get the kind of assistance that can help them to make a meaningful contribution to Jamaica. All of these children can be and will be rehabilitated,” he said.During the meeting, the DCS officials, presented updates on the activities within the institutions and made recommendations for strategies to improve the experiences of juveniles.Attendees included Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter; Director of Juvenile Services, Claudeth Hamilton; Education Coordinator, Harold Bennett; Director of Probation Aftercare Services, Janet Davey; Superintendent of Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Remand Centre, Karen Elliot; Superintendent of South Camp Juvenile Remand and Correctional Centre, Maulette Whyte; Superintendent of Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre, Martin Dryden; and Superintendent of the Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre, Faydene Ferreira.The DCS is comprised of seven adult correctional centres, one adult remand centre, four juvenile centres and 17 community service (probation) offices located islandwide.The Government’s five-pillar security strategy is focused on effective policing, social development interventions, situational prevention of crime, swift and sure justice, and work to rehabilitate, redeem and redirect inmates.The fifth pillar, which aims to reduce reoffending through enhanced rehabilitation programmes within Jamaica’s penal institutions, will target youth offenders across the DCS juvenile institutions to arrest antisocial behaviour and assist in their successful reintegration into society.last_img read more

Mentoring the Youth Matters

first_imgStory Highlights Mr. Green, who was addressing the Jamaica Leadership Summit at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (July 19), noted that initiatives that match students who are not doing well in school with their high-performing peers help to boost academic results. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has underscored the value of mentorship programmes in improving outcomes for underperforming or unattached young people.Mr. Green, who was addressing the Jamaica Leadership Summit at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (July 19), noted that initiatives that match students who are not doing well in school with their high-performing peers help to boost academic results.He gave the example of Belmont Academy in Westmoreland, which has developed a model that pairs top-performing students with the weaker pupils as mentors.The nine-year-old institution was ranked as the most-improved high school in the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams by Educate Jamaica, with 93 per cent of its students passing five or more subjects, from 75 per cent in the previous year.“They (Belmont Academy) have been able to do well by using their mentorship model,” Mr. Green pointed out.The Education State Minister noted, however, that mentorship is not only needed in education but “right across the board”.“So (we need to) establish formal and informal mentorship that pairs more experienced persons with the younger people or models that focus on leadership competencies,” he said.He noted that many young people are unable to express themselves well, and peer-mentoring relationships will enable them to communicate their feelings and emotions more effectively.“So, you’re pairing people who can complement each other. Mentorship, in general, is more effective in communicating messages clearly among peers. They will know how to reach each other.You’ll see somebody who is doing much better and they will know how to help the other to do better,” Mr. Green said.“It is something that we’ve seen that has worked tremendously,” he added.The Jamaica Leadership Summit, hosted by Mind Food International, was targeted at leaders and aspiring leaders in the public and private sectors, equipping them with best practices to enable them to attain their goals and better lead others. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has underscored the value of mentorship programmes in improving outcomes for underperforming or unattached young people. The nine-year-old institution was ranked as the most-improved high school in the 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams by Educate Jamaica, with 93 per cent of its students passing five or more subjects, from 75 per cent in the previous year.last_img read more

Energy Sector Connects Young Nova Scotians to Jobs

first_imgCompanies in Nova Scotia’s energy sector will continue to provide opportunities for students and recent graduates with support from government through the Energy Training Program. Applications are now available for employers for the 2019 program, which connects young people to jobs through specialized training and work experience. “Our students, recent graduates and our energy sector have great potential and government has a role in helping young Nova Scotians make the most of opportunities,” said Energy and Mines Minister Derek Mombourquette. “A strong energy sector supports inclusive economic growth for all Nova Scotians and gives our brightest young minds the chance to find fulfilling careers at home.” Through the program, small- and medium-sized companies in the energy sector can apply for wage support to hire post-secondary students and recent graduates. The program provides eligible employers with 50 per cent of a student’s salary, up to $7.50 per hour, during a student’s employment with the company. Work terms run from 12 to 17 weeks between April and August. The application deadline is Jan. 11. Since 2002 the Energy Training Program has funded 438 student placements at more than 100 companies. For more information on the Energy Training Program, visit .last_img read more

334 soldiers killed in areas where AFSPA is in force

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 334 soldiers were killed from 2016 to 2018 in areas where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is in force, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament on Monday. In a written response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Singh said 113 soldiers were killed in 2016, 125 in 2017 and 96 in 2018 in areas where the AFSPA is in force. The AFSPA, which gives special powers to the armed forces, is in place in Jammu and Kashmir and certain parts of the north-east. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaSingh said 69 soldiers were killed in border skirmishes from 2016 to 2018. Responding to another question, he said the Army suffered 31 casualties during tactical actions in the said period. Replying to another question, the defence minister said 87 soldiers were killed in terrorist attacks in 2017 and 2018. “The Army carries out a periodical review of the security arrangements of all its camps, garrisons and installations, based on threat assessment and analysis of past incidents,” Singh said. On the basis of these reviews, suitable drills and procedure are adopted to counter such threats, he added.last_img read more

Justice system making slow but sure steps to more timely justice top

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s top judge says there is slow but sure progress toward more timely justice in Canadian courts after years of backlogs and delays.Supreme Court Chief Justice Richard Wagner says things are on the right path almost three years after the high court set out strict timelines for completing criminal trials.Wagner told a news conference today that governments, judges, law societies and lawyers must work together to continue trying to improve the system.He says it’s important to change not only procedures and guidelines, but the way people think about access to justice.The Supreme Court plans to visit Winnipeg in September to hear two appeals and meet with Manitobans — the first time the court will sit outside of Ottawa.Taking the high court on the road is part of an effort to make it more accessible to the public.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Contract killer involved in multiple murders arrested

first_imgNew Delhi: When Vijay Farmana went to meet his girlfriend in a mall in Lucknow, the other occupants of the Mall had no idea that he is a contract killer and wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders in Haryana until the Delhi Police team surrounded him armed with pistols.What followed was a filmy style confrontation between the cops and the criminal. He was finally overpowered with a loaded pistol that he pointed towards the Police team. “He is wanted in 11 murders including 3 triple murders and various cases of robberies and carjackings of luxury vehicles such as Fortuner, Ford Endeavour, Innova and Creta which happened in last many years from Vasant Kunj, Saket, IGI Airport, NH 8 Gurgaon and so on. He is carrying a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 and 10,000 separately from Haryana and Rs 50,000 from Delhi on his arrest,” said Additional CP Crime Branch Rajiv Ranjan. According to police records, in March 2016, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Deepak, Anil, and Amit had kidnapped three boys Rahul, Deepak, and Ashish from MIT Rohtak and murdered them and thrown their dead bodies in Gang Nahar. A case was registered in Sonipat Sadar, Haryana. In 2016 Vijay Farmana along with his associates Ramesh Pehalwan, Kaptain Amit Lamba, Naresh Bandri, Shila Kancha, Danney, and Hansraj committed triple murder in which they killed Rajesh, Gulab, and Naresh. A case in this regard was registered in Karnal. In Feb 2017, Vijay Farmana along with his associates Sumit Chitania, Sharad Pandey, Shila Panchi, Ajeet Fuaji, Sunil, Mohit, and Ramkaran committed triple murder in Gohana, Haryana, and thrown the dead bodies in Gang Nahar. Later, a case was registered in Gohana City, Haryana. “Vijay Farmana was also infamous for several car theft cases where the drivers were abducted on gunpoint and later thrown midway on roads,” said a Police officer.last_img read more

Weather Forecast: Cloudy Skies Ahead

Rabat- The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) forecasts windy and cloudy conditions to persist in several regions of the kingdom on Monday, April 16.Clouds and rain showers are expected to linger on the morning of Monday in both Tangier and Loukkos, meanwhile low-level clouds are expected to remain through the day on the plains, Northern and Central coasts.The minimum temperatures are expected to be between -01 and 04 degrees Celsius on the reliefs of the Atlas; 03 to 08 degrees Celsius on the Rif regions, the oriental and the plateaus of phosphates and Oulmes; 07 to 12 degrees Celsius on the The maximum temperatures are expected to reach 10 to 16 degrees Celsius on the reliefs; 28 to 33 degrees Celsius on Tensift, Souss, south-eastern regions and Saharan provinces; 18 to 23 degrees Celsius on the Mediterranean, the Atlantic coasts, the Oriental, Saiss, Oulmes, and the plains of phosphates; 23 to 29 degrees Celsius on Doukkala, Abda, Chaouia, Rhmana, Chiadma, and GharbWeak to moderate winds will sweep the northern, southern, and south-eastern slopes.  High sea-levels are expected on the Mediterranean, Larache, Tan-Tan, and other regions. read more

Ministry Secretaries told to comply with circular when making appointments

The Secretary to the President chairs the Committee to review the appointments, while other members of the Committee are President’s Senior Advisor W.J.S. Karunaratne, two representatives appointed by the Prime Minister and a representative of the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance. The circular numbered PS/PCMD/19/2018 signed by the Secretary to the President has been issued on December 31, 2018. Furthermore, the President took steps to appoint a Committee to submit recommendations after inquiring the qualifications of the individuals to be appointed as Chairpersons or members to Director Boards of State enterprises. Ministry Secretaries have been told to comply with a circular issued by the President’s Secretary when making key appointments.President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the Ministry Secretaries to comply with the circular appointing Chairpersons and Boards of Directors to State Owned Enterprises (SOEs). The President also instructed the Secretaries of Ministries to forward the names of the currently appointed Chairpersons and members of the Board of Directors to this committee to submit their recommendations after examining the qualifications of them. President Sirisena further stated that he will send written instructions to all ministers in the near future.The President also pointed out that irregularities were emerging due to the fact that regular reports on vehicles of the government were not regularly maintained. As such, he instructed the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport to jointly schedule a programme to regularize the details and facts of the vehicles of the government in order to evade such circumstances in the future. President Sirisena also instructed the officials to maintain the details of the vehicles belonging to the government in a manner where any person can obtain the facts easily through the internet.Thus the President instructed that the each secretary of the ministry should visit the departments and institutes under their ministry at least once in three months to meet the office staff and to find out its procedure and issues.The President also highlighted the importance of taking action in all the Ministries to assist the initiatives to prevent the drug abuse and pointed out the importance of establishing a Drug Prevention Unit in each state institution, and fulfill their respective duties according to circulars issued in recent years. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Opinion NBAs Hacka strategy frustrating but reasonable

Dwight Howard (12) of the Houston Rockets shoots a free throw against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of the Rocket’s 119-98 victory on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Houston.Credit: Courtesy of TNSThose of you who have been watching the NBA playoffs — or have been trying to watch it — have seen a free-throw contest as opposed to a basketball game while following the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets series.Both teams have been using the heavily debated “Hack-a” strategy against one another. This is when a team intentionally fouls a poor free-throw shooter away from the play in order to put him at the line, in hopes that he misses at least one of his free-throw attempts. That allows the team to avoid playing defense for a possession and having to guard a couple of the most dominant players in the league in Rockets guard James Harden and Clippers forward Blake Griffin.While this strategy has worked over the course of the season and in the playoffs, it has taken a lot away from the natural flow of the game for the fans. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said this rule will be looked at in the offseason.In Game 2 of the Clippers vs. Rockets series, there were 96 free throws attempted, 64 of them by the Rockets. Rockets center Dwight Howard went 8-of-21 at the line and is now shooting 40 percent at the stripe in the series.The Rockets have not utilized fouling Clippers center DeAndre Jordan as much as the San Antonio Spurs did in their previous series, as Jordan has been shooting surprisingly decent in the first two games at 59 percent.These fouls not only put a poor free-throw shooter at the line, but they also change the flow of the game and have forced head coaches Doc Rivers and Kevin McHale to remove their big men from the game. Look for the “Hack-a-Jordan” and “Hack-a-Howard” strategies to continue to be used throughout the remainder of the series.Currently, teams are able to foul away from the play throughout the game except for the final two minutes. I do think it is bad for the game in its entirety, but I do not think it should be adjusted.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said it best after he utilized it against Jordan: “If someone can’t shoot free throws, that’s their problem.” The player should be the one working to improve his free-throw percentage to prevent this game plan from being used against him.One of Popovich’s own players, Tiago Splitter, used to be hacked early in his career. As a rookie, Splitter shot an atrocious 54 percent at the line, but he has improved that percentage to a respectable 75 percent this season.The most impressive player in the 2015 playoffs so far, Griffin, shot 52 percent from the line early in his career and is now up to 73 percent this season.Every player in the league has weaknesses that they must improve on. Chauncey Billups used to struggle finishing in traffic, so he learned how to draw fouls. J.J. Redick has learned how to put the ball on the floor and hit a floater or pull-up jumper when defenders close out aggressively on him. The rules were never adjusted for Billups by letting him shoot uncontested layups, and the same for Redick by letting him shoot open three-point attempts.When Silver and the league look at the rule this offseason, they will have a few options to modify it. First, they could keep it exactly how it is, where a team can intentionally foul except for the final two minutes of the game. I am not sure why something is allowed for the first 46 minutes of the game, but then all of a sudden during the final two minutes it changes. I am not complaining, though, as the last two minutes are the most exciting part of the game.Another option I have thought of is not allowing a foul away from the ball in the first 16 seconds of the shot clock, and then allowing it the last eight seconds. This gives teams an opportunity to score before a foul is given, while the opposing team must decide to foul or play out the last third of the shot clock.Finally they may discard the “Hack-a” policy throughout the entire 48 minutes. If this happens, Jordan, Howard, Andre Drummond and other poor free-throw shooters will benefit drastically. These players will earn larger contracts in free agency from teams due to the impact they create on the defensive end and rebounding, while they do not have to worry about them being hacked anymore on the offensive end.I strongly believe from a basketball standpoint the players must take responsibility to improve on their weaknesses. I expect the rule to be looked at this offseason, and possibly altered to make the games more enjoyable for the fans of the NBA to watch. read more

Duchess of Cambridge dubbed a natural as she takes controls of flight

first_imgKate sits in a light aircraft at RAF Wittering that cadets use each year for air experienceCredit:Joe Giddens/PA The Duchess of Cambridge participates in a personal development training session with cadets at RAF Wittering The Duchess, Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets, enters the aircraftCredit:Joe Giddens/PA During a visit to RAF Wittering near Peterborough Cadet Sergeant Jordan Bertolaso, a qualified aerospace instructor, talked the Duchess though the controls of the Grob tutor, a light aircraft which cadets use each year for air experience.Wearing a burgundy blazer, by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and a black ensemble of polo neck jumper, jeans and boots, the Duchess seemed to acknowledge February 14 as the most romantic day of the year by wearing a pair of heart-shaped earrings. Kate sits in a light aircraft at RAF Wittering that cadets use each year for air experience Credit:Joe Giddens/PA The Duchess, Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets, enters the aircraftcenter_img The Duchess of Cambridge has shown off her flying skills during a visit to an RAF base where she sat in a plane similar to the one her husband flew while training.Sat at the controls of a flight simulator, Kate revealed she has what it takes to become a military pilot and was dubbed “a natural” by her instructor.The Duchess had come to meet air cadets taking part in a half-term skills development camp at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, in her role as royal patron and Honorary Air Commandant of the RAF Air Cadets.With William an experienced flyer, both with the RAF and now as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, it should be no surprise the Duchess had the right touch to become a pilot.At first she appeared a little apprehensive when she sat in front of the flight simulator’s three screens and put her feet on some pedals and took hold of the joystick.But under the guidance of Flight Lieutenant Michael Salter, she was soon tuned into the delicate movements needed to pilot the mock motor glider.Flt Lt Salter said: “She was extremely good – she was a natural. She was very gentle on the controls, very often people are too rough. If you feel it, it’s extremely sensitive.”She said she hasn’t flown before and wanted to understand what the feeling was like in the air.” Kate took up her role with the RAF Air Cadets in December 2015, taking on the post from the Duke of Edinburgh who had been involved with the organisation for more than 60 years.The Duchess now represents 42,000 air cadets aged from 12 to 19, and 15,000 adult volunteers at more than 1,200 units across the UK and abroad. The RAF Air Cadets comprises both the Air Training Corps (ATC) and the Combined Cadet Force (RAF).Group Captain Richard Pratley, RAF Wittering Station Commander, said: “It has been an honour to welcome Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge to RAF Wittering to see some of the facilities we offer to cadets to help inspire the next generation.” Earlier, Kate sat in a light aircraft similar to the type used by her husband when he learnt to fly with the RAF.In 2008, the Duke of Cambridge was pictured in a training plane at RAF Cranwell, near Sleaford, Lincolnshire.The Duchess was given privileged access to the tutor aircraft in which generations of RAF Air Cadets have had their first experience of flying. The Duchess of Cambridge participates in a personal development training session with cadets at RAF Wittering Credit:Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

No to an upgrade of the pseudostates status

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Despite the growing optimism for a solution to the Cyprus issue, Australian Cypriots remain committed to their struggle for justice. During the 44th Pan-Australian Convention of the the Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia & New Zealand convention held in Adelaide last weekend, a statement was issued warning of the attempts to upgrade the Turkish-Cypriot ‘pseudostate’s’ status in the international community, as part of the talks for a unification of the torn country. The gradual approach of the Cypriot state and the Turkish Cypriot community has led to a prevailing sentiment of hope among the international community and the prospect of a federation seems to be more realistic than ever. Recently, Cypriot president Nikos Anastasiadis pledged that he will deliver a unified Cyprus by the end of his term in 2018, but this should not be the cause of complacency, noted Constantinos Prokopiou, president of the Pan-Australian Justice for Cyprus Coordinating Committee (PASEKA), in a statement he made during the convention. “At this stage of talks, we should not allow any upgrade of the pseudo-state’s status that could influence the course of negociations, or even the increase of the Turkish-Cypriot community irrational demands, when we reach the final stage. “There are cases of recent such attempts in Australia, which we should address effectively.” Echoing this sentiment, the president of the Federation of Cyprus Communities of Australia & New Zealand, Michael Christodoulou, made an impression with his personal address to the federal MP of Hindmarsh, Matt Williams, in which he sent a message to the Australian government to refrain from withdrawing its police precence in Cyprus, before a viable solution to the Cyprus problem is reached.last_img read more

Skype sinvite sur les smartphones Android

first_imgSkype s’invite sur les smartphones AndroidÉtats-Unis – Cette semaine, le logiciel de VoIP (téléphonie sur internet) Skype a intégré plusieurs smartphones tournant sous Android. Ainsi, il est désormais présent sur la grande majorité des terminaux mobiles.Skype cartonne dans le milieu de l’internet mobile. Le logiciel de voix sur réseau IP est déjà présent sur l’iPhone, les Windows Phone mobiles et les appareils équipés de Symbian. Désormais, il va aussi falloir compter avec lui sous Android. Les utilisateurs de l’OS de Google pourront désormais appeler des interlocuteurs à l’autre bout du globe à des tarifs très compétitifs : “L’expérience Skype est aujourd’hui omniprésente. De plus en plus de personnes utilisent Skype lorsqu’elles sont éloignées l’une de l’autre. Avec l’ajout d’Android, nous sommes ravis que Skype soit maintenant disponible sur trois des plateformes mobiles les plus populaires à l’heure actuelle : Android, iOS et Symbian”, a déclaré un cadre d’Android. Néanmoins, pour utiliser Skype en France, il faut soit payer 15 euros par mois, soit souscrire à l’un des forfaits les plus coûteux. Il faut également bénéficier d’Android en version 2.1 ou 2.2. Le 7 octobre 2010 à 12:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Naufrage du Costa Concordia la menace dun désastre écologique

first_imgNaufrage du Costa Concordia : la menace d’un “désastre écologique”Le naufrage du Costa Concordia près de l’île du Giglio fait craindre à l’Italie un véritable “désastre écologique”. Le ministre de l’Environnement Corrado Clini a fait part de ses inquiétudes, évoquant la menace de voir le carburant du navire se sédimenter au fond de l’océan.Le ministre de l’Environnement italien, Corrado Clini, a exprimé sa grande inquiétude après le naufrage du Costa Concordia près de l’île italienne du Giglio, située dans une exceptionnelle zone naturelle toscane. “C’est notre cauchemar depuis l’autre nuit”, a-t-il déclaré dans les colonnes du quotidien La Stampa.”Le navire a des réservoirs pleins de carburant, c’est un gasoil dense, lourd, qui pourrait se sédimenter dans les fonds, ce serait un désastre”, a-t-il expliqué.À lire aussiLe Vésuve, ce redoutable volcan dont l’éruption a détruit PompéiLe ministre craint de voir ce gasoil “se disperser en mer, contaminant une côte exceptionnelle avec les effets, connus en pareil cas, sur la faune marine et les oiseaux”. Mais il affirme que le gouvernement italien est “prêt à intervenir en cas de fuite dans la mer”. Corrado Clini affirme que le carburant sera extrait du navire “dès que ce sera possible”. Mais pour l’heure, “la priorité est encore de sauver les éventuels survivants, jusque-là commencer à vider les réservoirs est dangereux”, souligne-t-il.Le naufrage du Costa Concordia a relancé la polémique au sujet de ces immenses navires qui longent les côtes de bien trop près. Le ministre de l’Environnement italien promet de “définir les instruments les plus adaptés pour que des situations de ce genre ne se répètent pas”, déplorant que les règles et limitations déjà existantes soient “en partie tempérées et quelquefois détournées”.S’interrogeant sur la nécessité ou non de “prendre des mesures autoritaires”, telle qu’une interdiction de la navigation près des côtes, Corrado Clini estime que “la mesure de prévention sera probablement de lier la gestion de ces routes aux bonnes pratiques, les ancrer aux objectifs de protection de l’environnement déjà établis”.Le 16 janvier 2012 à 16:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This Compact Electric Backhoe Cuts Construction Noise

first_img The 11 Best Movie-Based Lego SetsWorld’s Longest 3D-Printed Bridge Unveiled in China Vehicle and equipment manufacturers aren’t slowing down in their quest to electrify all the things. This compact excavator is the latest to ditch the diesel.Interestingly enough, one of the companies who worked on this machine was Cummins, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of diesel engines. Cummins now has its sights set on being a dominant force in electrics.Power for the excavator is supplied by an array of Cummins’ 4.4kWh battery modules. The excavator packs eight modules in total — enough to run for an entire eight-hour shift. It takes just three hours to fully recharge.This prototype unit was built by Cummins and Hyundai, and it boasts a few major advantages over its diesel-powered predecessors.Anyone who lives or works next door to a construction site where it’s deployed will appreciate two in particular.First, there are no smelly, harmful diesel emissions to deal with. And because there’s no diesel engine chugging away constantly it’s also a much, much quieter machine.As for the companies who purchase the excavator, they’ll enjoy the reduce maintenance that comes with the change to an electric platform with fewer moving parts.Hyundai’s customers have already expressed their interest in electrified equipment. It’s not just the cost savings that has construction firms pondering the switch. Municipal governments are providing motivation, too.Diesel hasn’t exactly been getting a lot of positive press in recent years. The massive Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal was the final straw for some legislators, who responded by passing diesel bans.Beyond legislation, municipalities are also making a statement with their purchases. They’ve targeted another major source of diesel pollution in urban areas: buses. Electric bus sales have taken off and are actually growing more rapidly than consumer EV sales.Hyundai thinks this model will be a hot seller, too.CTO D. S. Kim said the company “anticipates mini excavators, which operate in urban workplaces close to residential areas, will be a prime candidate to electrify to meet zero-emission and low noise requirements in the near future.”More on‘Harmless Home’ Built From Lego-Inspired Bricks Made From HempStudents Create World’s First Bricks Made From Human UrineModular 3D Printer Builds Sustainable Houses Stay on targetlast_img read more

ASA Announces WinField as a Premier Sponsor of the Soy Social and

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes WinField as a Premier Sponsor of the annual ASA Soy Social and Auction celebration on March 3, at Commodity Classic, in New Orleans. This important event for the soybean industry provides a fun opportunity for farmers and industry supporters to come together and celebrate, while helping to further the goals of ASA.“We’re very excited that WinField has decided to support our auction event this year,” said Jerry Bambauer, ASA Soy Social and Auction Committee Chairman and a farmer from New Bremen, Ohio. “WinField’s support and participation in this event demonstrates their commitment to the success of our industry and ASA’s efforts to advocate on behalf of all U.S. soybean farmers on key legislative, regulatory and trade policy issues.”In New Orleans, there is a popular French saying, “Laissez les bons temp rouler,” which translates to “Let the Good Times Roll.” That’s exactly what ASA plans to do at the Soy Social & Auction. At this annual event, ASA members have the chance to bid on numerous items that range from basic tools needed on the farm, to larger pieces of equipment, tickets to sporting events, vacation packages and more. Proceeds raised through registration fees and the sale of auction items benefits ASA’s SoyPAC (Political Action Committee).“As a member owned organization, WinField is committed to helping our farmers realize the full potential of their soybean acres,” said Jack Carlson, WinField Soybean Director. “We seek to do this by not only offering high-performing seed and the latest management practices and technology, but also by supporting organizations like the American Soybean Association.”WinField joins Syngenta as Premiere level sponsors of the event. Additional sponsorship support is also being provided by Champion level sponsor REG, and Supporting sponsors BNSF Railway, Liberty Link, MacDon and Rabo AgriFinanace.Click here for more information about the Soy Social & Auction, including details on how to register for this exciting event. An early registration fee discount is available through February 24, 2016.last_img read more