first_imgMeghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma on Friday sought regulated mining with “utmost care on safety of miners and environment” to help the State tide over revenue loss and provide relief to people dependent on coal.“There is a need to have regulated mining in Meghalaya with utmost care on safety of miners and environment. The ban on mining has affected the socio-economic condition of the people who are dependent on coal as well as loss of revenue generation for the State,” Mr. Sangma told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi.The Chief Minister had called on Mr. Singh along with senior leaders of parties in his coalition government and officials from Meghalaya’s Department of Mining.State Mining Secretary C. Manjunath underscored how the ban on mining was affecting livelihood and pressed for tweaking provisions of rules governing mining in Meghalaya, a State covered by the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.Search haltedMeanwhile, the agencies engaged in the search and rescue operation at the coalmine where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13 are awaiting a decision from the local authorities on retrieving a body detected by an underwater Navy robot on Wednesday night.Efforts to pull the body up mechanically failed as it had decomposed. A few skeletons were also detected in the rat-hole mine at Ksan in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district.The search operation was halted on Friday since the district magistrate, doctor, forensics expert and the families have to be present to proceed forward, a Navy spokesperson said.last_img read more

first_imgGovernment’s efforts to deal with the menace of terror financing has hit a road block with no state government sharing information on national risk assessment on threats to various financial institutions and capital market.Following a recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body that looks after how to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats, the Centre set up a working group to asses the terror threat, its vulnerability in banking, insurance, capital market and financing institutions.The group had sent a letter on August 19 to all state governments and Union territories along with the three templates on ‘terrorism threat’, ‘terrorism financing threat’ and ‘terrorism financing vulnerability’ asking them to reply by August 30.”So far, no response has been received from any of the state governments or Union territories,” a senior government official said.ALSO READ | Rajnath slams Pakistan for terrorism against India, says IS not big challenge The first template on ‘terrorism threat’ aims to determine the extent of the threat based on the sources as identified through enforcement and intelligence data on terrorism in the jurisdiction and related financing information.The template collects data on the organisations and individuals that pose terrorism threat to the jurisdiction. It requires information on terrorism cases which includes number of reported or investigated cases, number of convictions, number of international assistance requests received, sent, property damage.Qualitative information on future trends, other intelligence, the level of terrorism threat – low, medium or high, level of sophistication of operation, organisation average costs of operation, annual operational budget of operation, main income sources, main sectors or channels abused and originating jurisdiction of funds, the impact of terrorism financing threat – low, medium or high are other information which the state governments have to provide.advertisementALSO READ | Modi skips foreign policy, terrorism in Independence Day speech The second template on ‘terrorism financing threat’ aims at identifying the direction of terrorism financing funds and the sources and channels that are being used for terrorism financing, using enforcement data and typology information as indicators.It seeks information on direction of funds, sources, criminal activity channels and overall terror financing threat.On terror financing cases, it requires information on number of cases investigated, prosecuted, convicted, number of persons convicted, number of case files sent to law enforcement agencies, number of international assistance requests, received, sent, amount of terror financing funds seized or frozen or confiscated.On qualitative data, it requires information of Financial Intelligence Unit-Intelligence on terror financing, FATF mutual evaluation report (reference to source and destination of funds if available) on terror financing and estimation of undetected terror financing funds (incoming and outgoing).Lastly, it requires information on terror financing threat whether it is high, medium or low.The third template on ‘terrorism financing vulnerability’ aims at determining the strength of terrorism financing controls in the country context.It requires information on quality of legislation, quality of intelligence, effectiveness of terror financing related STRs, monitoring and analysis, adequacy of resources, effectiveness of international cooperation, awareness and commitments of terror financing, geographic and demographic factors and over all vulnerability of terror financing.All these information are to be classified according to strengths and positive aspects, weaknesses gaps and challenges, data, input from FATF, mutual evaluation report and negative impact on vulnerability.last_img read more

first_imgPrague: World number two and recent WTA Finals semi-finalist Karolina Pliskova said Thursday she was parting ways with her Spanish coach Conchita Martinez.”I decided I will no longer work with Conchita,” the 27-year-old Czech wrote on her Facebook page. “It was (a) tough decision as the season was great. Thank you for all this year and wish u only the best. Life is a change!!!” added the 2016 US Open finalist.I decided I will no longer work with Conchita.. it was tough decision, as the season was great. Thank you for all this year, and wish u only the best♥️ Life is a change!!! pic.twitter.com/UbBN9AVDxS— Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) November 7, 2019 Her manager and husband Michal Hrdlicka told the Czech news agency CTK they were in talks with a new coach, without disclosing the name.”It has been an incredible year full of great moments and emotions,” tweeted Martinez.”I wish Kaja and her team the best for the future,” added the 47-year-old Wimbledon champion from 1994.Pliskova hired Martinez during last year’s US Open and she immediately won the Pacific Open in Tokyo.She went on to win four WTA tournaments this year and reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and at last week’s WTA Finals where she bowed out to world number one and later champion Ashleigh Barty. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Conchita Martinezkarolina pliskovatenniswomens tennis association First Published: November 7, 2019, 4:56 PM ISTlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementYesterday was a good day for Indians at the Wimbledon 2018 in London. Indian pair, Sriram Balaji and Vishnu Vardhan who made their Wimbledon debut, beat Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof in the first round of Men’s doubles in London today 7-6,6-4,7-6 in straight sets. Now they will face Ben Mclachlan from Japan and Jan-Lennard Struff from Germany in the Round of 32.Indian pair Sriram Balaji and Vishnu VardhanAfter that, India’s Divij Sharan and his partner from New Zealand, Artem Sitak made a winning start at the Wimbledon championships as they won over Radu Albot and Malek Jaziri in London on Thursday. Sharan and Sitak eked out a 7-6(4) 6-7(8) 6-3 6-2 win in two hours and 41 minutes to book a second-round berth.Divij Sharan after the win.Again, Rohan Bopanna and France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated the pair of Alex de Minaur and John Millman 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 29 minutes. They did not face a single break point on their serve.Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Rohan Bopanna.Can be said that Indians are pretty much on a roll at the Wimbledon!Read Also:-Wimbledon 2018: Day 4 results: Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance forward for the next roundsWimbledon 2018: Day 3 results: Roger Federer increases his Wimbledon winning streak to 26last_img read more

first_imgShuttler Srikanth, who had sensationally beaten Olympic champion Lin Dan two years ago in the China Open Super Series mens final, said that the aim was to win a medal and not just go out and compete.”Its a kind of dream of every sportsman to be in the Olympics. Our aim is to win the medal at the Olympics and not just go out and play,” said the Hyderabad shuttler.”As individual player everyone is playing really well. We have our own chances at the Olympics. If we can give our best there we surely have a chance,” said the world no. 11.”We have to take care of injuries. Injuries are something which can destroy any sports person. You should be careful and know your body well,” said the 23-year-old shuttler.Srikanth said coach Gopichand has been supportive since the first day he joined his academy in Hyderabad.”He is the one who shifted me to singles and who has backed me. I am here because of him,” he said.Srikanth had reached the semifinals of the Australian Open and then pulled out of the US Open to concentrate on training for the Games. PTI NRB SSR PDS PDS RDSlast_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka batsman Dinesh Chandimal has been ruled out of the remaining two matches in the one-day international series against India after fracturing his thumb in the third ODI.Chandimal sustained the injury when he was caught on the hand by a Hardik Pandya bouncer in Sunday’s match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, which India won by six wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.”SLC confirms that Test captain Dinesh Chandimal will be out of action for the rest of the series after sustaining a hairline fracture to his right thumb,” Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. (Crowd trouble erupts in India-Sri Lanka ODI, MS Dhoni takes a nap on the field)”We will have a better idea of timeline of his recovery after consulting a specialist in Colombo tomorrow.”The teams move to Colombo for the fourth one-dayer on Thursday with the fifth to follow in the capital on Sunday. They will also face off in a Twenty20 international on September 6.last_img read more

first_imgRain may play spoilsport in the third and final T20 international between India and Australia with weather forecast indicating possibility of light to moderate rain, here on Friday.”The forecast is possibility of thunderstorm accompanied with rain today (Thursday) and a light to moderate rain tomorrow,” the Met office said.The city has been receiving good rainfall almost on a daily basis for about a week, throwing normal life out of gear. Arrangements have been made at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium, the venue of the match, to ensure that the match is held without any problem.Curator YL Chandrasekhar said the recent rain has not affected the wicket.However, the outfield was affected a bit and some fans were being used to dry the affected area. The T20I series is locked 1-1 after Australia defeated India by eight wickets in the second match at Guwahati on October 10.last_img read more

first_img Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms When we saw Robert Downy Jr. turn up to the Avengers movie premier in the spring of 2012 piloting an Acura NSX convertible, we were convinced it was a one-off stunt to promote Iron Man’s new supercar. Turns out, though, Acura was giving us a glimpse at a drop-top variant of its forthcoming hybrid supercar.That’s right. Acura plans to rip the roof of the NSX, creating a roadster, spider, convertible, or drop-top version, depending on how you care to refer to it.Although the broader concept has been agreed upon by Acura brass, what form the NSX Roadster – that’s the one I’m going with – will actually take is still up in the air. Principal NSX Designer Jun Goto told Autocar that the Japanese automaker isn’t sure if it’ll fit a hard- or soft-top to the all-new incarnation of its iconic supercar.While I am sure Acura’s clever enough to create a distinctive hardtop convertible, I’d really rather see a soft-top, as there’s just something timeless about a soft spider roof.Not only would the cloth roof bring a classic look to the all-new Japanese supercar, it will also bring some much-needed lightness to the hybrid-powered, all-wheel drive rocket ship.Although the all-new NSX will be powered by a twin-turbo V6, which is aided by three electric motors, I can only assume the mass of aluminum pistons and sensors is a hefty beast indeed. Add to that curb weight some extra scaffolding to keep the topless NSX rigid in the corners, and a complicated retractable hardtop could make the thing heavy on a cosmic scale.Regardless, looking at the images of the conceptualized NSX Roadster and I almost wishing Acura designers had planned it as an open-air convertible from the get-go. If you can’t get sunburn your bald spot in your $300,000 hybrid supercar, what’s the point?(Main photo credit: Cardiction) (Secondary photo credit: EGMCartech) The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Editors’ Recommendations The All-New 2020 Corvette Stingray Is a Mid-Engine Supercar for the Everyman last_img read more

first_img How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite Editors’ Recommendations The Best Natural Tattoo Aftercare Tips and Suggestions 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts If you’re using the wrong aftercare products, healing your new tattoo can be more painful than the needle. You want keep the ink colors vibrant and of course, avoid infection. Most tattoo artists will advise against using petroleum jelly as it clogs pores and seals the skin depriving it of healing oxygen. It’s important to follow your tattoo artist’s instructions to the letter. The first few days are critical. Like with any open wound, keeping it clean is key. Don’t touch it with dirty hands and don’t double dip into a tub of ointment. These tattoo balms will help you through the healing process and preserve your body art.Soap Revolt Naturals Tattoo Aftercare, $7Natural healers like Calendula infused olive oil, beeswax and lavender essential oil in this balm will prevent infection and prevent itchy scabs. Just apply a little bit, three times a day with clean fingers.Brooklyn Grooming Company Tattoo Balm, $22These folks believe in the natural healing process. This balm contains nourishing, regenerating anti-fungal oils and butters known to ease swelling and calm irritation. This soothing salve will boost the healing process and preserve the color. Warm and soften the balm between your fingers so that it’s easier to work with then apply to dry skin. Sorry Mom Tattoo Balm, €20Regenerate and protect your skin with this anti-bacterial, vitamin-enriched balm. This ink lube in a tube is more sanitary than dipping your fingers in a tin or tub. Use this product long after you heal to keep the colors vibrant and help restore older tattoos.Hustle Butter Deluxe, $16.00This rich tattoo glide can be used to moisturize before, during and after the tattoo process. It’s made from soothing Shea, mango and aloe butters. Artists love this butter because it keeps the skin workable and allows the colors to absorb. When used during the process, it won’t remove stencils. It’s all natural, cruelty free and certified vegan.Ink Fixx Aftercare Salve, $5.99A dermatologist collaborated with tattoo artists across the country to formulate this ointment of essential vitamins and minerals. It’s an unscented beeswax based salve with Soy Oil, Grape Seed Extracts, Vitamins A and C. It moisturizes and helps reduce scar tissue.Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $12This tattoo artist favorite can be found in your local drug store. It’s promotes healing with Petrolatum, a unique ingredient that allows air to flow to your skin. It seals your skin while  Panthenol and Glycerin moisturize and nourish. Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard last_img read more

first_imgzoom  Germany’s Maritime Carrier Shipping GmbH & CO. and US-based Moran Towing Corporation are being taken to court by Spartan Offshore Drilling.Namely, the US drilling company filed a lawsuit on March 24 with the Texas Southern District Court seeking compensation damages worth USD 7.8 million for an incident that dates back to 2014.Specifically, the shipping company’s cargoship M/V Grey Fox hit a moored drilling rig in Lousiana, the Spartan 303, while being maneuvered by Moran’s tugs.The tugs reportedly lost control of the ship which struck the rig, causing it to break free from its moorings and sustaining damages that required the rig to be dry-docked.Both MACS and Maran are yet to reply to World Maritime News seeking comment on the matter.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Media reports indicated that Guinea-Bissau’s navy commander has been arrested after disturbances yesterday, which some of the country’s senior officials described as a coup attempt. The reports quoted the army as saying there were more clashes in the capital, Bissau, overnight.Mr. Ban, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, encouraged the country’s authorities to respect due process in the investigation of the reported events, saying he is following the situation. He reaffirmed the support of the United Nations to the peacebuilding process in the country.“The primacy of the lawful civilian authorities according to the constitution must be respected,” the statement noted.A week ago the Security Council renewed the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) until February 2013 to consolidate peace and stability and urged the Government and other political actors to work together towards that goal.Established by the Council in 2009, the UNIOGBIS is tasked with promoting stability in Guinea-Bissau, which has been beset by coups and political instability since independence from Portugal in the early 1970s.Last month, Joseph Mutaboba, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNIOGBIS, told the Council that while Guinea-Bissau has made important progress, including in police reform, it is vital that the country presses ahead with other challenges such as the launch of a pension fund for ex-military and security personnel and improving the judicial sector.Mr. Mutaboba added that it is important to build on recent gains as the country prepares for legislative elections next year.Guinea-Bissau is one of six countries on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission – along with Burundi, Guinea, Sierra Leone, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia – set up in 2005 to help countries emerging from conflict make an irreversible transition from war to sustainable peace. 27 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the use of force to settle differences in Guinea-Bissau and called for the respect of the lawful civilian authorities in the West African country. read more

“This is the first time in several years we have been able to use the Nile River to deliver food across the border between Sudan and South Sudan, and we are grateful to everyone who made it possible to re-open this vital supply line,” said WFP Acting South Sudan Country Director Stephen Kearney. “This will make an enormous difference in our efforts to bring food assistance to people in critical need.”River transport of humanitarian supplies across the Sudanese-South Sudanese border ground to a halt in 2011 after the border’s closure following South Sudan’s independence. Its resumption – made possible by collaboration between the two governments – will now permit the UN and its agencies to deliver much-needed humanitarian cargo to thousands of South Sudanese civilians displaced by the country’s ongoing civil conflict. The UN agency noted that river shipping is not only extremely cost effective but helps to reduce dependence on air operations, which costs six to seven times as much as moving food by river and road. The initial shipment will now deliver a total of 450 metric tons of food for the towns of Renk and Wadakona, in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state, and is expected to provide food for an estimated 28,000 people over the following month. An additional 21,000 metric tons of food is expected to follow in the coming days.In an interview with UN Radio, Challiss McDonough, a WFP spokeswoman, warned that the food security situation in the country remained “very precarious” amid continued fighting and the increasing mass displacement of civilians fleeing the violence. The UN has, in fact, estimated that some 2.5 million people could be in need of food assistance in the first three months of 2015, especially if hostilities in the country continue through the dry season. “It is a very delicate situation and we are very concerned that if the fighting continues in the New Year that we could be looking at a continued threat of a hunger catastrophe,” explained Ms. McDonough. “The river corridor from Sudan is something that has not been available to us for the last several years so we’re very pleased that the two governments have made it possible to reopen this very critical supply line.”The security situation in South Sudan has been steadily deteriorating since political in-fighting between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, started in mid-December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict that has sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UNMISS bases around the country. The crisis has uprooted an estimated 1.9 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.As a result, the country has experienced several intense bouts of violence over the past few months, including an incident in which the UN base in Bentiu came under fire resulting in the wounding of one child. Meanwhile, a prior attack caused hundreds of people to seek shelter at the nearest airport. Approximately 340 civilians took shelter with UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) troops, and then were escorted to safety. read more

In a statement from his office, Secretary-General António Guterres said that he was “saddened by the loss of life, destruction of property and displacement of people’ due to flash floods and landslides in Sentani, Jayapura and Papua, and of the earthquake in West Nusa Tenggara Province.” The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Indonesia”, the statement continued. According to news reports, rescue workers have struggled to reach the remote parts of Papua, and there are fears that the death toll may rise. Roads are blocked and bridges have been damaged, along with more than 100 houses.The rain began on Saturday evenig and continued into Sunday, triggering flash-flooding and landslides. News reports said that at least 50 were killed in the town of Sentani, where the search for victims continues.In January, at least 70 were killed on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi due to flooding and heavy rain in West Java earlier this month, displaced hundreds of people.Responding to the flooding and earthquake reports, Mr. Guterres said that “the United Nations expresses its solidarity with the Indonesian authorities and stands ready to work with them as they respond to the humanitarian needs resulting from both natural disasters.” read more

The Carolina Panthers on Thursday released Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, and he was snapped up Friday by the Baltimore Ravens — so it’s a good time to take stock of his career. The numbers say Smith is one of the best, and most underrated, wideouts of all time.As my former colleague Chase Stuart has repeatedly noted, Smith’s raw numbers have always understated his worth because of an unfortunate combination of injuries, a mediocre supporting cast at quarterback and receiver, and the team’s run-heavy strategy. But when Smith was healthy, he was as valuable as any pass-catcher.After the 2012 season — and before the 2013 season, when it became clear Smith had exited his prime years — Stuart found that Smith rated as the sixth-best receiver ever in two important yet under-the-radar stats: individual percentage of team receiving yards and receiving yards per team passing attempt. Neither metric is the final word on a receiver, but both reflect aspects that are central to the position.A player’s share of his team’s receiving yards is important because it represents a receiver’s market share of available statistics. As Pro-Football-Reference.com founder Doug Drinen once pointed out, receivers are the only players in football who directly compete with their own teammates for touches. (Other positions have their skirmishes, but they rarely battle while on the field at the same time.) So it really means something when a team funnels so many of its passes to one guy.Yards per passing attempt is also crucial. It accounts for how much a team throws the ball. Stuart and I conducted research last summer suggesting that when a team increases its passing attempts by 2 percent, its receivers will see about a 1 percent boost in production — a factor that can really add up at the extremes. Smith’s numbers were stunted relative to his peers because he played in rush-focused offenses that passed about 8 percent less than the NFL average over the course of his career.After we account for these handicaps, Smith looks like an all-time great. His 2005 campaign ranks extremely high in the aforementioned metrics, and his performance in 2008 stands out as one of the most commanding ever by a receiver. That year, Smith led the NFL in receiving yards per game despite the Panthers attempting the fewest passes in the league — the only time that’s happened since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.Smith’s numbers have dropped off in recent years (no surprise; he’ll turn 35 in May), so it’s not clear how much production he’ll bring to Baltimore in 2014. But when he was at his peak, few receivers ever dominated their team’s passing game more. read more

There have been a handful of seismic shifts since NBA free agency began earlier this month — LeBron James heading west to join the Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins signing with Golden State and Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard being shipped to Canada for DeMar DeRozan — but the dust is finally beginning to settle some, allowing us to make sense of what has happened.Two things have become relatively clear: 1) This was a lean, challenging year for players who might have otherwise taken long-term deals, as around half of the pacts this summer have been for a single season; 2) With Cousins in tow, the Warriors may be in a league of their own again when it comes to contending for the title.But that doesn’t mean we can’t give a brief rundown of the teams that have wowed, disappointed or befuddled us this offseason. Here’s our look at the good, the bad and the confusing from the past month.WinnersIndiana PacersThe Pacers were arguably the league’s biggest surprise last season, going from what many analysts figured would be a lottery team after the Paul George trade with Oklahoma City to one win away from knocking out LeBron and the Cavaliers in the first round. An enormous part of that, of course, was Victor Oladipo having a better statistical campaign than George en route to becoming an All-Star and winning the Most Improved Player award.The other element flew under the radar but was just as integral: Indiana’s offense, gladly taking what the defense gave it, went against the grain and launched far more midrange jump shots than any other club, essentially making the Pacers the antithesis of the Rockets. With a group of decent jump-shooters, the strategy worked. But as a team that doesn’t shoot a ton of threes or get to the line much (Indiana had the NBA’s fifth-lowest 3-point attempt rate and the fifth-worst free-throw rate), the Pacers could have entered the 2018-19 season somewhat vulnerable to opponents who can score in bunches more quickly and efficiently.But inking perpetual-motion sharpshooter Doug McDermott should make Indiana less predictable and more of a threat from outside. And Tyreke Evans — who has quietly shot nearly 39 percent from the arc over the past three years after shooting about 28 percent in his first six seasons — was a solid, under-the-radar pickup who should be a huge upgrade over Lance Stephenson.Kyle O’Quinn, who came over for the room exception at one year and $4.5 million, will fit right in with the Pacers’ offensive philosophy; he hit better than 44 percent of his long 2s last season. He can get himself in trouble as a playmaker, but he’ll be a more-than-adequate backup to Myles Turner or Domantas Sabonis.Almost no analyst will pick the Pacers to land a top-three seed in the East. But should the Celtics, Raptors or Sixers struggle out of the gate, it wouldn’t be that surprising if Indiana did just that. The Pacers finished just outside the top 10 last season in both offensive and defensive efficiency — a hint that they weren’t far from contention. If things break right for them this year, they could reach that level with their improved roster.Memphis GrizzliesJust when we thought we had left the Grit-n-Grind era behind us, it found its way back into our hearts and, soon enough, onto the court at FedEx Forum.The Grizzlies battled through a miserable year that included the firing of coach David Fizdale after he and center Marc Gasol failed to see eye-to-eye, and that was after losing point guard Mike Conley to a heel injury that eventually led to season-ending surgery. From the outside, a total teardown might have seemed like the best course of action. But for a small-market franchise — which has big-money deals on the books and is already dealing with attendance problems — that avenue might have been too dire, leading the club to reload instead.Memphis did so by trying to get back to what made it special a few years ago: It loaded up on solid players who aren’t the most glitzy but tend to get the job done on both ends of the floor.While they started that process at the draft with forward Jaren Jackson Jr. — a player whom FiveThirtyEight’s projection models like a great deal — the Grizzlies also landed advanced-stats darling Kyle Anderson, who ranked second among small forwards in Defensive Real Plus-Minus this past season. With his ball-handling ability and size, Anderson is a lower-scoring, better-defending version of the Grizzlies’ Chandler Parsons, who has been sapped by injuries in recent years. Memphis also picked up wing Garrett Temple, a reliable defender and 39-percent 3-point shooter this past year, from Sacramento via trade.It’s not often that a 22-win team jumps into the playoff conversation without adding a bona fide star. But merely getting healthy again after adding this many capable two-way players could let the Grizzlies improve by leaps and bounds.LosersPortland Trail BlazersSimilar to how the Raptors needed a shakeup after multiple seasons fizzled out in a similar manner, the Blazers seemingly needed one in 2017-18, too. Even after realizing they couldn’t go about things the exact same way and altering a handful of schematic details, those fixes weren’t nearly enough, and the club got swept in the first round by Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.But the beatdown didn’t bring about big changes for the West’s No. 3 seed. Instead, the Blazers brought back restricted free agent center Jusuf Nurkic (who’s highly productive when he’s not getting whacked in the face) while losing solid bench contributors in guard Shabazz Napier and reserve big Ed Davis.1Seth Curry may be able to replace Napier’s production, and the hope is that skilled big man Zach Collins can play a bigger role in his second year.If there’s a sour taste in the mouths of Blazers fans, though, it should stem from the notion that Portland could have — and possibly would have — completed a sign-and-trade for Cousins had it not been that he and Nurkic have representatives who work for the same agency, potentially creating a conflict. Such a deal would have provided the sort of shakeup that a capped-out team like Portland needs. Instead, we may see this team — one of the few that enjoyed good health last year — finish near the bottom of the playoff pool in the West.Houston RocketsAny way you slice it, it’s tough to make sense of the Rockets’ offseason. This team was one decent half away from knocking off the vaunted Warriors and reaching the NBA Finals when its players short-circuited and couldn’t make a 3-pointer to save their lives.The Rockets were close enough that you could almost understand bringing back the same team to try again. But instead, Houston lost starting forward Trevor Ariza right out of the gate (granted, for big money at $15 million this season with a young Phoenix team). Then Luc Mbah a Moute followed suit, rejoining the Clippers about a week later for just one year and $4.3 million. Both were enormous contributors to the Rockets’ vast defensive improvement, and they played key roles in the team’s switch-everything scheme, a must-have against a club like Golden State, which screens away from the ball so well.Houston’s interest in Carmelo Anthony wasn’t terribly surprising, after it pursued him the year before. Yet while there’s a chance Anthony plays far better with the Rockets than he did in a down year with Oklahoma City, it’s hard to see him being much better than either of the two aforementioned wing players, given how Anthony is frequently exploited on defense.James Ennis may help in replacing the lost production on D, and getting guard De’Anthony Melton in the second round of the draft was seemingly a steal. Still, with the gap between the Rockets and Warriors as small as it was in the postseason, you get the feeling that these moves might have widened the chasm.Somewhere in betweenChicago BullsEven if you don’t think Zach LaVine is worth the four years and $78 million that the Bulls ponied up to keep him from becoming a Sacramento King, the logic is clear: LaVine, at one point, was the centerpiece of what Chicago got in the Jimmy Butler deal last summer.What’s tougher to understand is the logic behind pairing LaVine with free agent Jabari Parker.Yes, this ACL-hobbled duo has clear scoring chops, and both are just 23. But neither can really defend on the wing just yet, potentially making life far more challenging for impressive youngster Wendell Carter Jr. than it should be this early on.“Well, I don’t know — I just stick to my strengths,” Parker said when asked about defense during a Chicago radio interview. “Look at everybody in the league. They don’t pay players to play defense. … I’m not gonna say I won’t, but to say that’s a weakness is like saying that’s everybody’s weakness. I’ve scored 30s and 20s off of guys who say they try to play defense.”The Parker deal, for two years and $40 million, isn’t awful. The second year of the contract is a team option, giving the Bulls an out if he doesn’t return to form. But the biggest challenge, and one that gives analysts around the league pause, is his defense. Statistically, Parker has surrendered2By percentage, with a minimum of 5,000 possessions against. more blow-by opportunities on D than any other NBA player over the past three seasons, according to data from Second Spectrum. Some of that, of course, stems from the head-scratching scheme the Bucks used for so long. But other times, it was a function of Parker playing out of position at small forward, where he’s not quick enough to stay in front.It’s safe to assume that someone — be it Parker, the guy he’s guarding or both — is going to score a lot next season. We look forward to seeing who gets the upper hand.Los Angeles LakersNo one is knocking the LeBron signing itself. (How could you?) But add me to the list of people who have struggled to understand the free-agent signings around him.Regardless of whether you plan to have James control the ball a ton or you prefer that he operates more from the post, he would benefit most by having a stable of capable jump-shooters to give him the time and space he needs to create scoring chances.For the better part of eight years, James’s rosters have generally featured several shooting specialists who afford him ample room to drive and kick. A number of players — James Jones, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, Matthew Dellavedova, JR Smith, Kyle Korver, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, just to name a few — have logged seasons in which they shot 40 percent or better3On 100 attempts or more. from deep when playing alongside James. By contrast, no one on this Lakers roster — outside of James — has ever logged even one season of 40 percent or better.4On 100 attempts or more.This might be an arbitrary threshold. Aside from the fact that many players on this club are in the early stages of their career, Brandon Ingram shot 39.0 percent from there last year, and Josh Hart was at 39.6 percent. And it seems a given that the team’s best young players stand to take massive steps forward by playing with a great setup man who demands so much of the opponent’s attention.The bigger question, in light of comments he made during the NBA Finals, is whether this team will possess the sort of collective basketball IQ that James feels he needs around him. We know Rajon Rondo, however combustible he might be, is set in that regard. But the additions of Stephenson and JaVale McGee were tougher to square from that standpoint.At their best, with the right surroundings, Stephenson and McGee can lead the NBA in triple-doubles and wreak havoc in pick-and-roll scenarios, respectively. At their worst, they create blooper reels. We have no idea which versions will emerge. But rest assured: LeBron and the youthful Lakers will be anything but boring as we tune in to find out. read more

TBV Lemgo were worthy opponent for about 55 minutes, but in the final 5 minutes of the game and a run of 3:0 THW Kiel were certain of the win in this game that proved hard game for them. TBV Lemgo had the lead after the first half with 16:13, but with the start of the second half THW Kiel fought back and took a slight lead 42nd minute. Goal-for-goal game went on until the 55th minute, when THW Kiel with two goals from Filip Jicha and one from Palmarsson and Vujin made the outcome known – at the end 31:28 victory for THW Kiel. Marko Vujin scored 10 goals for THW Kiel, while Hendrik Pekeler was Lemgo’s best with 7 goals.On Tuesday THW Kiel will host Rhein-Neckar Loewen at home, and with a victory, they can start celebrating the title as it would be impossible for RN Loewen to make up 5 points with two rounds left. Aron PalmarssonFilip JichaKiellemgopekelerrhein-neckar loewenrn loewenTBV LemgoTHW Kielvujin ← Previous Story New Święta Wojna: Vive Kielce and Wisla Plock meet in Polish league finals! Next Story → Swiss Final: Kadetten with away win at the start! read more

first_imgFuel prices in Vancouver are on the rise again, up by 4 cents this week to top $4 per gallon for regular unleaded after remaining below that level for several weeks, according to AAA Oregon/Idaho. Higher fuel prices here and across the nation indicate demand for fuel as the summer travel season wraps up, AAA said. Prices also reflect climbing crude oil prices as Hurricane Isaac entered the heart of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and refinery operations, according to NPR. The average price of regular unleaded is $4.39 per gallon in Washington state this week, the fourth-highest price among all 50 states. In Oregon, the average price for a gallon of unleaded also is $4.39. Across the nation, the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.77 per gallon.last_img

first_imgWednesday 9/5Audio PlayerJennifer-0905.mp3VmJennifer-0905.mp300:00RPdBorough Assembly Supports Residents Right To Vote On Annexation, Excise Tax On Tobacco Products Taken Off The Table, KPBSD Reports Increase In Homeless Students, September Designated As Hunger Action Month Thursday 9/6Audio PlayerJennifer-0906.mp3VmJennifer-0906.mp300:00RPdOlson Announces Write-In Campaign For Borough Assembly, Early Numbers Show Decline In Enrollment For KPBSD, Alyeska Pipeline To Cut Workforce By 10 Percent, Should We Be Concerned About Bacteria In The Kenai? Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 14th, 2018 at 07:25 amThe KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 9/4Audio PlayerTuesday-0904.mp3VmTuesday-0904.mp300:00RPdThe Division Of Elections Has Certified The 2018 Primary Election, FERC Announced New Date For EIS Schedule For AK LNG Project, Soldotna Elks Donated $4,000 Worth Of School Supplies To KPBSD, CES Crews Filled Their Boots To Benefit MDAcenter_img Monday 9/3Closed Friday 9/7Audio PlayerJennifer-0907.mp3VmJennifer-0907.mp300:00RPdGillham Officially Launches Write-In Campaign For Senate District O, 1,353 Pounds Of Metal Was Collected On Kenai Beaches, Borough Has No Backup Plan For K-Selo School Funding, Freedom House Begins Expansion Of Hope Winglast_img read more

first_imgIn a release from the borough, this declaration follows the City of Seward’s declaration of emergency also released today. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has declared a state of emergency for the Kenai Peninsula Borough due to flooding events affecting the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Communities included in the borough declaration are City of Seward, Bear Creek and Lowell Point, all within the Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area boundaries. Local resources are addressing impacts caused by storm water and debris that is damaging roads, bridges and public facilities. The assembly will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, October 17, at 2pm, at the borough building in Soldotna. The declaration has been formally submitted to Governor Walker. With the governor’s approval, the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will provide assistance to the borough and to affected areas as directed.last_img read more

first_imgPicture of a diamond-bearing kimberlite rock, from a mine somewhere in the US. (Diamonds are not visible). Image: Wikipedia. Citation: New research explains how diamond rich kimberlite makes its way to Earth’s surface (2012, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-diamond-rich-kimberlite-earth-surface.html More information: Kimberlite ascent by assimilation-fuelled buoyancy, Nature 481, 352–356 (19 January 2012) doi:10.1038/nature10740AbstractKimberlite magmas have the deepest origin of all terrestrial magmas and are exclusively associated with cratons. During ascent, they travel through about 150 kilometres of cratonic mantle lithosphere and entrain seemingly prohibitive loads (more than 25 per cent by volume) of mantle-derived xenoliths and xenocrysts (including diamond). Kimberlite magmas also reputedly have higher ascent rates than other xenolith-bearing magmas. Exsolution of dissolved volatiles (carbon dioxide and water) is thought to be essential to provide sufficient buoyancy for the rapid ascent of these dense, crystal-rich magmas. The cause and nature of such exsolution, however, remains elusive and is rarely specified. Here we use a series of high-temperature experiments to demonstrate a mechanism for the spontaneous, efficient and continuous production of this volatile phase. This mechanism requires parental melts of kimberlite to originate as carbonatite-like melts. In transit through the mantle lithosphere, these silica-undersaturated melts assimilate mantle minerals, especially orthopyroxene, driving the melt to more silicic compositions, and causing a marked drop in carbon dioxide solubility. The solubility drop manifests itself immediately in a continuous and vigorous exsolution of a fluid phase, thereby reducing magma density, increasing buoyancy, and driving the rapid and accelerating ascent of the increasingly kimberlitic magma. Our model provides an explanation for continuous ascent of magmas laden with high volumes of dense mantle cargo, an explanation for the chemical diversity of kimberlite, and a connection between kimberlites and cratons. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Kimberlite, a type of magma that is normally found deep within the Earth’s crust is known to somehow make its way to the surface at times, and when it does, it quite often has diamonds in it. Scientists have long believed that some process whereby some unknown substance being dissolved in water and carbon dioxide was responsible and that the rise was likely rapid, but other than that, had no real good explanation of how they moved upwards. Now, the riddle appears to be solved. Canadian volcanologist Kelly Russell and his colleagues at the University of British Columbia, as they describe in their upcoming paper in Nature, believe that when hot rising magma runs into silica rich minerals, carbon dioxide laden foam is released, forcing the minerals to the surface.center_img Russell says the leap was made when he and some colleagues tried heating rock samples to 1000°C to mimic the conditions found beneath the Earth’s surface. At one point, he tried sprinkling a silica rich mineral on the hot rocks to see what would happen. After just a few minutes, he writes, there was this foaming, and he and his colleague all knew at once that they’d solved the mystery.It works like this, they say. When molten rock heavy with carbonate bubbles upwards, it at some point comes into contact with silica laden minerals. All this happens in an upper part of the mantel, where the rock typically has some amount of orthopyroxene in it. Carbon dioxide then bubbles upwards and out of the molten material making the magma buoyant. As it encounters more silica material, it becomes foamier and rises even faster, pushing its way to the surface in as little as just a few hours. The whole process keeps going because of the heat generated by the crystallization of other minerals. When they are exhausted, the process stops.The whole process results in rocks, such as kimberlite being pushed to the surface, where many thousands or millions of years later, humans find them and begin extracting the diamonds that went along for the ride.Because kimberlite, named for the town of Kimberly in South Africa where many early diamond mines were dug, is dense with crystals, it should be rather heavy, which would suggest trouble in pushing it up towards the surface. And while it does indeed appear to start out very heavy, it gets lighter as carbon dioxide is released in the reaction with the silicate material, allowing it to more easily be forced to the surface. Geologists Discover Magma and Carbon Dioxide Combine to Make ‘Soda-Pop’ Eruption Journal information: Nature This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more