Arunachal teen develops goggles to help the blind

first_imgA high school student in Arunachal Pradesh has invented a unique pair of goggles that uses ultrasound and infrared sensors to help the visually impaired detect obstacles on their path. On Friday, the State government pledged financial support for him to develop the gadget.Anang Tadar, a Class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli, was recently awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award for inventing a gadget called Goggle for Blind (G4B). Impressed by his innovation and keen to launch it in the market, the National Innovation Foundation, set up by the Department of Science and Technology, has asked Anang to create a few prototypes for the visually impaired to test.Anang, who comes from a poor family, approached Chief Minister Pema Khandu for assistance. The Chief Minister offered full financial support to him to develop the prototype.The teenager said the googles could be used to detect any obstacles on all sides within a distance of two metres. He says he used the principle of echolocation as used by bats at night. There are two ultrasound sensors on the left and right of the goggles to detect obstacles. “There is also an infrared sensor in the middle of the gadget to detect obstacles in case both the ultrasound sensors fail,” he said. When an obstacle is detected, a beep sound is heard through the audio output along with vibration to alert the person.last_img read more

12-hour West Bengal BJP bandh: sporadic violence, shops and offices temporarily shut

first_imgShops, business establishments and offices were partly closed in Kolkata and parts of West Bengal in the early hours on Wednesday following a 12-hour bandh call given by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).At least two buses were set on fire by the supporters of the bandh in Islampur in north Bengal where two students were killed during the alleged police firing last week. However, it is not clear yet if the police or unknown gunmen fired at the students.In many places the BJP supporters were seen in fierce fist fights with the supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC), opposing the day-long bandh. TMC’s Secretary General and Minister Partha Chatterjee called it’s a “flop show”.“BJP is a flop party and so is the bandh. People have not participated in the bandh and schools, colleges or business establishments are open. Both public and private offices are functioning despite BJP’s hooliganism,” Mr. Chatterjee said.BJP’s State President Dilip Ghosh said that the bandh was “spontaneous”.“We appealed to people and they have responded observing the bandh. It is successful. We have not stopped anyone or forced anyone to observe the bandh. We have resisted TMC cadres where they attacked our cadres,” Mr. Ghosh said.Clashes between TMC and BJP’s supporters broke out in South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur, parts of West Burdwan and West Midnapore districts when rallies taken out by the BJP in support of the bandh came face to face with processions taken out by the TMC denouncing it, the police said.Bandh supporters pelted stones at buses and tyres were set afire to stop the traffic in Midnapore district, said a district police official.Stone pelting incidents were reported in Shyambazar and Sealdah areas in the metropolis as well.Rallies were taken out by BJP leaders in Kolkata in support of the bandh, while TMC leaders were seen on the streets trying to ensure that the life remained normal.However, by the middle of the day majority of the shops were open in Kolkata and traffic movement increased. The number of commuters in the city’s streets remained less compared to other days.Party workers staged blockades at Chengail, Andul and Ramrajatala stations in the Howrah-Kharagpur section of South Eastern Railway, affecting suburban train services in the section.But services were normal by mid-day, said South Eastern Railway spokesperson Sanjoy Ghosh.(with agency inputs)last_img read more

New Year eve bash for Pakistan in Chennai

first_imgThe original itinerary of Pakistani team’s visit to India in December-January was changed apparently to have the visitors enjoy the New Year’s eve in Chennai, instead of Delhi. A function would most probably be organised for the two teams on December 31.The change in the itinerary was effected on the behest of N Srinivasan, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), who is based in Chennai, and he wanted to host the two teams in his city, according to sources.According to the original itinerary, the Pakistani team was supposed to play the first One-day International in Delhi and also enjoy the New Years eve here.This is the first time the Pakistani team will be touring India in five years, though they will play only ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals. On their previous visit in late 2007, Pakistan had played a three- Test series and five ODIs The BCCI had initially informed the Delhi and District Cricket Association ( DDCA) that Delhi would host the first ODI, after Bangalore and Ahmedabad had hosted the Twenty20 Internationals.The two T20 Internationals and three ODIs were to be played between Dec 24 and Jan 6. Now, theyll be played between Dec 25 and Jan 6, with the venues being inter- changed,?? the source told M AIL T ODAY . Then, at a DDCA executive committee meeting, our president Arun Jaitley told the gathering that the Ferozeshah Kotla would now host the third ODI on December 30. He also dropped enough hints that there would be a special New Year function for the Pakistani and Indian teams in Chennai,?? he said.After the day match in Delhi, the teams would fly off to Chennai on December 31 and would enjoy the New Years eve. On January 1 and 2, they would have practice sessions and play the fourth ODI on January 3 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. They would finish off their short tour with an ODI in Kolkata on January 6 and leave for Pakistan the next day.Meanwhile, it is learnt that Delhi, Mohali, Kanpur, and Chennai, will host the four Tests against Australian between February 22 and March 26, after the five- match ODI series against England.The first five- day Test will be played at the Ferozeshah Kotla from February 22. The second match starts on March 2 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, and the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur will host the third Test from March 14. The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai will stage the fourth and final Test from March 22.And just a week after the Australia series, the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League will start, thus providing no respite to Indian players. The 54- day long tournament will start on April 3 and the final will be played on May 26.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan win 5th World Cup Hockey Championship, display perfect traditional playing style

first_imgThe victorious Pakistani players with the trophy: A dazzling line of forwardsWhen Pakistan annexed the 5th World Cup Hockey Championship in Bombay, its win was undoubtedly a triumph for the Asian style of hockey. Playing their traditional game of short passes building up an attack, Pakistan walked away with the,The victorious Pakistani players with the trophy: A dazzling line of forwardsWhen Pakistan annexed the 5th World Cup Hockey Championship in Bombay, its win was undoubtedly a triumph for the Asian style of hockey. Playing their traditional game of short passes building up an attack, Pakistan walked away with the trophy for the third time. The team’s superiority was never in doubt. West Germany and the other strong European and Australian teams with their emphasis on defensive play, looked ineffective by comparison.At the beginning of the tournament it was by no means certain that Pakistan would dominate it so effortlessly. The team had suffered a reverse in the Pakistan International Airlines tournament early in 1981. In the final itself West Germany led 1 0 during the early stages of the match. Pakistan however was quick to retaliate with some of the most exhilarating hockey of the tournament and put in three goals to win the handsome trophy.Positive Attitude: Part of the reason for Pakistan’s success is its positive attitude towards the game. Says Islahuddin Siddiqui a former Pakistan captain who led his team to victory in Buenos Aires: “Our players are told to assume that we begin the match two goals in arrears and so play attacking hockey even if the rival team scored first as West Germany did.”But besides this commentators also point out that another reason for Pakistan’s success is the fact that it has stuck with total dedication to the traditional style of playing. Pakistan has organised itself so that it is able to pick the best players who can continue playing this kind of hockey. Says Siddiqui who was a commentator for Radio Pakistan at the Wankhede stadium: “We have tended a wealth of talent capable of facing an international challenge.” Even in this tournament Pakistan was able to play four under-21s.Pakistan’s performance was a perfect lesson in the traditional playing style. Its superb forward line dazzled throughout the tournament: Samiullah and Kalimullah on the flanks combined perfectly with inside forwards Abdul Hanif Khan, Hassan Sardar and Manzur Hussain. They were fed intelligently by skipper and centre-half Akhtar Rasool. Says Rasool: “Attack is the best form of defence. The forward surge makes all the difference between victory ayid defeat. The accent on defence of the European teams takes away the artistry and dynamism.”Accurate Analysis: Rasool’s analysis hits the mark. The Europeans play a drab workman-like game which is unexciting compared to the verve of the Asian style of play. The European style requires vigour and stamina and needs tight man-to-man marking, sheer pace and persistence. If the teams are evenly matched or somewhat similar, the game swings from end to end as it did for the full 100 minutes of the Australia-West Germany semi-final before the outcome could be resolved by the tie-breaker.But the Asian style of play shows up weaknesses more mercilessly. With the emphasis on attacking play any poverty of talent can be disastrous, as is now India’s predicament. Says M.H. Atif, the tall and dignified manager of the Pakistan team: “No team can hope to win with a non-scoring spearhead. If we give you Hassan Sardar and with Rajinder Singh to score the penalty corners India could have made it.” Soon after the tournament some people were attributing India’s weaknesses to the fact that the switch to synthetic surfaces from natural grass is sounding the deathknell for Asian artistry.Atif disagrees and explains: “Europeans may have an initial advantage because of their physique but with better toned muscles any Asian player can outplay and outmanoeuvre them by clever body dodges and efficient passes. Astroturf is more even than a grass surface and conducive to ball control and dribbling. One only has to get used to playing on it.”However others point out that astroturf is more demanding and playing spans are reduced such that many will have to quit after a three or four-year career. Says the Indian team manager Jhamanlal Sharma: “With the systematisation of training and building up of a team India can certainly put a number of players in the cauldron of international competition in the next few years.”Only India and Pakistan still play aggressive hockey. The other teams have settled comfortably into the mould of defensive play. The Asian Hockey Federation has at last become active and the eight-nation Asia Cup hockey tournament at Lahore in March may well effectively promote the Asian style of play. But India needs to expand its skills if it is not to come to grief once again.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Bodybuilder Shweta rues lack of support ahead of World Cship

first_imgNew Delhi, May 13 (PTI) Indias Shweta Rathore, silver medal winner at the prestigious Asian Body Building and Physique Championship in 2015, is gearing up for her next challenge at the World Body Building championship but rued lack of support from the government. She will be first Indian to compete in the World Championship to be held in Hungary in October. “This is a proud moment for me and my country. I am vigorously taking all types of training to win the title at the championship. But I am sorry to add that our government is not paying any attention to provide us major support,” Shweta said. “All government departments be it health or sports ministry is only after the film stars for appointing them a brand ambassadors. At least these ministries should promote people like us. Body building is a costly affair. Without our governments help and support, we cannot be well prepared and achieve better results,” she said. PTI AT BS BSlast_img read more

No hockey player issued notices by NADA: SAI DG

first_imgBengaluru, July 16 (PTI) Sports Authority of India Director General Injeti Srinivas today made it clear that no Rio Olympics-bound hockey player was issued notice by the National Anti-Doping Agency for whereabouts filing failure as has been reported in a section of the media. Srinivas, who accompanied new sports minister Vijay Goel to inspect the facilities at the SAI Centre here, disclosed that two “individual athletes” were issued notices for not updating their whereabouts status to the NADA. “There was a case of two athletes who had not updated their whereabouts status with NADA. They later explained the reason for their difficulties to update their whereabouts on NADA website. NADA was satisfied and therefore this matter is behind us,” Srinivas told reporters. “No hockey player was involved. They are individual athletes,” he added. A section of the media had reported that three Rio-bound Olympians have been issued show-cause notices by the NADA for whereabouts failure and two out of them were senior men hockey players. NADA Director General Navin Agarwal had also told PTI that a few sportspersons had committed whereabouts failures but all the Rio Olympics-bound contingent have undergone tests and were dope free. Sportspersons included in the reserve testing pool need to provide their whereabouts on a quarterly basis and a 60-minute time slot between 6am and 11pm each day to be available for testing at a specific location for out-of-competition testing. Three such whereabouts failures is treated as a doping violation. PTI BDN PDS PDSlast_img read more

Clashes at PAOK-Dortmund Game

first_imgTHESSALONIKI — Eight visiting German fans have been arrested following clashes with Greek police that briefly stopped play during a Europa League match between PAOK and Borussia Dortmund in Thessaloniki.No injuries were reported from the violence, which started when Borussia Dortmund supporters in the stands started throwing flares and fireworks at riot police keeping them apart from home fans.The clashes forced play to be stopped for a few minutes in the second half. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Another Greek team, Asteras Tripolis, lost to another German team, Schalke, 4-0, in an away contest for the Greeks.PAOK scored when Robert Mak broke through in the 34th minute to fire home a diagonal shot. But with 18 minutes to go in the game, Borussia scored for the Germans when PAOK goalie Robin Olsen misjudged a Gonzalo Castro cross. The Germans continued to press hard but couldn’t score again, iring their fans.This was the second point for PAOK in as many games. It will next play the Russian team Krasnodar on Oct. 22.Franco di Santo scored three goals in a row for Schalke from the 28th to 44 minute before Klaas Jan Huntelaar finished off the Greek side which will next plan APOEL in Nicosia on Oct. 22.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Bellerin admits to ‘doubts’ within Arsenal squad

first_imgArsenal Bellerin admits to ‘doubts’ within Arsenal squad after slow start Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 05:06 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Hector Bellerin Arsenal Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Chelsea v Arsenal Chelsea The Gunners stumbled out of the Premier League blocks, but their Spanish defender believes confidence is building heading into a clash with Chelsea Hector Bellerin admits that Arsenal’s slow start to the 2017-18 season sowed seeds of doubt within Arsene Wenger’s squad.Having opened with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leicester, the Gunners then stumbled into the international break on the back of a narrow defeat at Stoke and a 4-0 mauling at the hands of Liverpool.Chelsea and Arsenal 14/1 for 0-0 draw Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Questions were once again being asked of the club’s top-four credentials at that stage, but a positive response has been offered with convincing victories over Bournemouth and Koln in Premier League and Europa League competition.Bellerin says belief has been returned to the Gunners ranks, just in time for them to take in a crunch derby clash with London rivals Chelsea.The Spain international defender told Arsenal Player: “After the four games that we’ve played, there’s been a lot of doubts in the team and I think it’s a game where we can put those things to bed.“We’re playing Chelsea and we’ve beaten them three times in the last four games, so we have a good record against them, but we know it’s always different playing at Stamford Bridge. They won the league last year so we obviously know they are a very strong team. “With [Antonio] Conte there, they work really hard, they do very well tactically, so we have to be ready for the challenge and we know as a team we can beat them because we’ve done it before. Now it’s up to us to turn up and do things right. “We’ve come [into this game] from beating Bournemouth with a very good team performance, especially defensively, which is what was lacking in the last two games. The team was really solid at the back, but the good thing was that from the striker to the  goalkeeper, everyone was running in the same direction. “That was missing from the last few games. We just need to play in the same way we’ve played before against Chelsea, in the FA Cup or in the Community Shield. We know that the team’s really strong, but we know that when we play 100 per cent and everyone turns up, we know we can beat them.”Arsenal edged out Chelsea in the 2017 FA Cup final, before repeating the trick at Wembley in the Community Shield as they prevailed in a penalty shoot-out over the 10-man Blues. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Minister Neita Headley Meets With WADA

first_img These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level. Minister Neita Headley met with the WADA Director General David Howman. Story Highlights WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions in the report. Consequent on the receipt of the report prepared by the WADA Review Team which visited Jamaica, October 28 – 29, Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon Natalie Neita Headley, who is in South Africa attending the 4th World Conference on Doping in Sport, met with the WADA Director General David Howman on Thursday, November 14.Minister Neita Headley responded to the recommendations made in the report. WADA says it is satisfied that the Minister has accepted the practical suggestions made and now looks forward to the full and speedy implementation of the recommendations.These include the invitation to a National Anti-Doping Organisation to work with JADCO at an operational level; undertaking of a review of Jamaica’s anti-doping legislation, and the evaluation of JADCO’s governance and management structure. Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that additional budgetary resources will be made available to JADCO, and reconfirmed that that the process was advanced for the filling of vacant posts at the Commission.Minister Neita Headley assured WADA that the Government of Jamaica was fully committed to addressing any deficiencies that exist and to improving the efficiency and efficacy of the anti-doping programme in Jamaica. For its part WADA said it will continue to work with JADCO in the interest of dope- free sport and the protection of its clean athletes.last_img read more

Extremists Extradited to Morocco Adhere to ISIS Interior Ministry

Rabat – Investigations led by the Central Bureau for Judiciary Investigations (BCIJ) with ISIS extremist supporters extradited to Morocco from France on August 28, 2016, revealed their complete adherence to ISIS’s strategy and terrorist ideology, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.One of those arrested was recruited by an ISIS’s leader on the Syrian-Iraqi scene, who called him to suspend his plan to join this hotbed of tension, in order to coordinate large-scale terrorist operations in France on behalf of the “Islamic state,” the ministry added in a statement.As part of this terror plot, this individual scouted out several public and sensitive sites in France, his country of residence, particularly those frequented by a lot of people during weekends, with a view to perpetrating attacks using firearms or vehicles with the intention of ramming into crowds or triggering fires to kill the biggest number of people possible. Moreover, the individual has joined ISIS’s broad campaign of incitement within ISIS supporters to carry out large-scale terrorist attacks in Morocco by targeting vital areas and elements of the various security services, in response to the fight led by these services against ISIS terror cells and ISIS-supporters at the national and the international levels.The two men will be brought to justice pending the completion of the probe led under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office.With MAP read more

King Mohammed VI Calls for Regional Solidarity as IsDB Meets in

Rabat – King Mohammed VI called for collective action in remarks he sent to the annual meeting of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Marrakech, which opened officially on April 5. The King’s message explained that IsDB member countries face a multitude of challenges and must collaborate to surmount them. “The aim is to serve our nations and contribute to economic development and to our peoples’ social advancement,” the King  said.Read Also: Islamic Development Bank to Hold Annual Meeting in MarrakechEach year, IsDB’s annual meeting gathers politicians, development specialists, and bank staff to deliberate on the latest matters of development. This year’s theme, “Transformation in a changing world,” is a reference to IsDB’s call for a new development strategy—one that intersects with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IsDB is based in Saudi Arabia and has 57 member countries, though it works with Muslim communities worldwide. On April 3, it announced it would create a Global Muslim Philanthropy Fund for Children with UNICEF, in another sign of increased collaboration with the UN.The announcement that its 2019 meeting would take place in Marrakech cemented Morocco’s status as one of the bank’s strongest partners. Last year, the bank launched a multimillion dollar fund in Rabat for science and technology, and has since promised to increase its financial assistance to the kingdom over the next three years.While the IsDB has done much to promote solidarity and development in the Islamic world, the King said in a message his advisor Omar Kabbaj read to attendees, it must do more to push collaboration.“We believe that our progress and our development cannot be envisaged without the advancement of sister nations on the African continent,” he said. read more

TC Energy selling stake in Northern Courier pipeline to AIMCo for 115

CALGARY — TC Energy Corp. has signed a deal to sell an 85 per cent stake in its Northern Courier Pipeline to Alberta Investment Management Corp. for roughly $1.15 billion.The company formerly known as TransCanada says the 90 kilometre pipeline transports bitumen and diluent between the Fort Hills mine site in northern Alberta and Suncor Energy’s terminal north of Fort McMurray, Alta.TC Energy will retain a 15 per cent stake and remain the operator of the pipeline.The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.TC Energy chief executive Russ Girling says the sale helps the company’s efforts to fund its capital program.The company recently completed the sale of its Coolidge Generating Station in Arizona to a subsidiary of Southwest Generation Operating Co. LLC.

Heads of the six main bodies of the UN meet to discuss

The Secretary-General and the Presidents of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Trusteeship Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) met on Thursday to exchange views, facilitate coordination and improve efficiency in the workings of the Organization, according to a press release.The meeting, which was initiated by Mr. Annan in 1998, also discussed progress made by the strengthened Human Rights Council and the recently established Peacebuilding Commission, as well as measures to expedite and enhance the workings of the ICJ. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, briefed the gathering on the UN response to humanitarian crises, and highlighted that changes in the nature and magnitude of humanitarian challenges required more strategic resourcing and closer coordination with non-UN actors.He also noted that the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a key reform proposal of the Secretary-General, was a significant development that allowed the UN to deploy staff, goods and services immediately where needed, while also devoting much needed attention to forgotten crises.The CERF, which was launched in March to jump-start relief operations for natural and man-made disasters, has so far committed $174 million to more than 250 projects in 26 countries, the UN said earlier this month. read more

UN tribunal backs earlier decision to quash most convictions of Bosnian Croat

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled yesterday that it had “dismissed in its entirety” the request for review of the case of Tihomir Blaškic. Prosecutors had argued that the ICTY should review its judgement in the light of six new facts discovered, but the court found that these were not “new facts” as defined by its rules of procedure and evidence, but additional evidence in relation to facts considered earlier in the case. In March 2000, the court’s trial chamber sentenced Mr. Blaškic to 45 years’ jail after finding him guilty on 19 counts for war crimes and crimes against humanity for his actions as a commander of the Croatian Defence Council in central Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1994. But in July 2004 the appeals chamber overturned all but three of the 19 convictions and reduced his sentence to nine years. Mr. Blaškic was granted early release the following month. At the appeal the judges said “an enormous amount of additional evidence” had emerged since the trial because Croatia had not cooperated previously and had not opened its archives until after the death of former President Franjo Tudjman in 1999. Mr. Blaškic had been accused, among other actions, of ordering the massacre of about 100 Muslims in the Bosnian village of Ahmici in April 1993. The villagers, who had been hiding in the cellars of several houses, were discovered and shot dead. The houses were then set on fire. But the ICTY ruled that, once the additional evidence was taken into account, it was not reasonable to find that Mr. Blaškic had control of some of the forces that participated in the massacre, or that his order to attack Ahmici was issued “with the clear intention that the massacre would be committed.” The judges also said the extra evidence showed there was a Muslim military presence in Ahmici and that it was reasonable for Mr. Blaškic to believe they could launch an attack. But the judges upheld the trial court’s finding that Mr. Blaškic was guilty of illegal detainment and the inhumane treatment of prisoners. He forced Muslim prisoners to dig trenches and build fortifications to use in operations by Bosnian Croats against Bosnian Muslims. The former general also used prisoners as human shields to protect his temporary military headquarters during fighting at Vitez in April 1993. read more

201516 NBA Preview This Could Be The Rockets Year

Here’s a case where I disagree with CARMELO, which projects Ty Lawson to produce about the same WAR as he did last season. The Rockets love what Lawson brings to their backcourt in terms of pushing the pace and creating for others. Expect his WAR to improve. And here’s how CARMELO sees the Rockets’ key players: Is this the beginning of the end for Dwight Howard? In 2013, he produced 8.1 wins above replacement, and his WAR has declined each year since. However, last season’s 1.6 WAR was a result of his playing in just 41 games because of injuries. Howard’s WAR should increase this season; it’s projected to be 3.3. But CARMELO has Howard on the downslope of his career: He turns 30 in December and has a history of injuries. Howard’s poor foul shooting doesn’t help his cause, making him a liability on the floor late in games. When healthy and on top of his game, he’s a dominant center, but CARMELO is skeptical, putting Howard in the “key role player” category. Before every game, Trevor Ariza (the Rockets’ third offensive option) plays EA Sports FIFA 16 on PlayStation. It relaxes him. He’ll lose some minutes to Lawson, but Patrick Beverley’s value to the Rockets has never been higher; he’s a defensive point guard who’s expected to create havoc this season. The Houston Rockets lost 180 man-games to injuries last season; only two teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, had more players receive DNPs. And the Rockets still won 56 games — mostly because of shooting guard James Harden, who led the team in scoring 60 times while playing in 81 games. A healthy Rockets team should compete for a title, and while keeping the core group together was important, the trade for point guard Ty Lawson brings an added dimension to the offense. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projects the Rockets to go 52-30. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. James Harden is one of the best players in the NBA — just check out his top five comparables. But the Rockets expect Harden to do less ball handling thanks to the addition of Lawson, and the team is trying to speed up the pace this season. Both those things may help Harden cut down on his turnovers. Lawson becomes the main ball handler, thus pushing Harden into more of a traditional two-guard role where the Rockets want him to catch and shoot, and play off the ball. Injuries slowed Terrence Jones’s game down, but in training camp Rockets coach Kevin McHale said he’s making quicker and smarter decisions, which is a positive step. Jones is expected to start at power forward this year.Read more: 2015-16 NBA Previews read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEmancipation Messages 2018August 1, 2018In “latest news”EYEWITNESS: Why give up…July 31, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Free…July 30, 2018In “EYEWITNESS” …real emancipation?Your Eyewitness is getting some not quite comfortable vibes about what “Emancipation” means to some people. Now, the word itself means “to free” or “to liberate”…and we all know Africans were enslaved for hundreds of years by Europeans to labour on plantations; and finally, they were “freed” on August 1, 1838 in the British Empire. Slavery continued elsewhere – like in the US, where they had to fight a civil war in 1863 to free their slaves. In Brazil, which took over 40% of the slaves brought into the New World, slavery wasn’t ended till 1888!!In countries like Brazil and the US, where slaves were a minority, Emancipation might’ve given the ex-slaves formal freedom, but in so many ways, there were so many restrains on their rights as citizens, one would be hard-pressed to call them “free”. Imagine, it wasn’t until the 1960s that, in the US South, African Americans could even ENTER some restaurants. Dr Cheddi Jagan, who studied in the US between 1938 and 1943, observed these restrictions first hand, and was permanently scarred by the experience.But the slave experience went far beyond the physical constraints on the slaves; there were the more insidious and damaging mental aspects. What Bob Marley was to call “mental slavery” – and which controls the minds of most, 180 years after “Emancipation” — began with the insistence of the Europeans that Africans, at the very best, were not equal to them in their mental and cultural facilities; and at worse, weren’t even quite “human”. The rest of “coloured” humanity was then placed on a scale where the upper end was European and the lower end African. And that’s something still deeply embedded in so many aspects of the Western Education, which is our standard.However, we can rail all we want about what goes on in the US or Britain…but what about right here in our neck of the woods? Back when Walter Rodney was around, he shook up our just-independent British territories by showing that most of the leaders who’d inherited the “British mantle” took the description VERY literally. In Jamaica, where he was teaching by 1968 (just 50 years ago!), he showed how PM Shearer was actually “anti-African” in his orientation by suppressing the efforts of the Rastafarian community to create a lifestyle more consonant with their African Heritage.Today, we see the remnants of this kind of mental slavery when our governments go along with the sale of alcohol and tobacco under regulated conditions, but dig their heels in against the controlled sale of ganja, a sacramental herb used by the Rastafarians!Only when we free ourselves from mental slavery will we be free!!…this duty-free giveaway?Your Eyewitness is quite bemused by the episodic scandals involving “duty free” vehicles in this country. That NYTimes reporter being pilloried right, left and centre after writing about our “sh*thole” country somehow missed this distinguishing feature of “shitholeness”! Imagine cheating to bring in USED cars!! In your Eyewitness’s opinion, the entire scheme’s a recipe for encouraging corruption.Imagine, you have a country where the average ANNUAL salary is charitably $1million. Now with the total “duty” on vehicles — even with the “reconditioned” euphemism used to cover the “used car” tag – amounting to an average of $3 to $10 million, can you imagine the inducement for corruption?We’re talking about raking in 3-10 years of wages in one fell (corrupt) swoop!! But in this latest Nortonion caper, your Eyewitness thinks the corruption was made just a bit TOO OBVIOUS for even the jaded AFC Ministers Ramjattan and Gaskin.To some folks, this might be a sign of some backbone developing in these invertebrates.But, as Darwin said, that’ll take millions and millions of years!!…this Speaker’s power?In England, their Parliament retained sovereignty — unlike ours, where the PEOPLE are supposed to be sovereign. But a new principle’s being pushed by the PNC-Government – SOVEREIGNTY OF THE SPEAKER!!The man certainly holds himself above the law!! read more

Dumpling Day kicks off the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Dublin

first_imgDumpling Day kicks off the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Dublin Chinese New Year Celebrations will continue on until 4 March and see events taking place across Ireland. By Andrew Roberts 11,448 Views Share25 Tweet Email Source: FREE DUMPLINGS WERE being dished out to the public on Friday in Dublin as Chinese New Year Celebrations got underway. This year, the celebrations welcome in the Year of the Dog.The day was hosted by Asia Market which had stalls that taught you how to make your own dumplings as well as a talk on the history of dumplings.A range of businesses will be demonstrating their sauces and food products for customers in Asia Market throughout this weekend.We met Eva Pau, director at Asia Market, to talk to her about dumplings and their importance in Chinese culture.The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is celebrating it’s 11th year and there will be numerous cultural events surrounding food, art and exploration of Chinese traditions and history over the next two weeks.Chinese New Year celebrations will last until 4 March. You can find out more information about events around Dublin here. Read: ”Better BBQ than Hong Kong’: The insider’s guide to finding fantastic Chinese food in Dublin’ Subscribe for more videos Feb 17th 2018, 9:01 PM 20 Comments Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 9:00 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tacticos now a Councillor on bankings peak body

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Bank of Cyprus Australia is delighted to announce Mr George Tacticos Managing Director has been appointed as a Council Member of The Australian Bankers’ Association (ABA). “This is the first time in the history of the ABA that a Hellenic Bank has been represented on the council,” said George Tacticos.“I look forward to representing our customers and our community on the council and working with the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments to ensure a fair banking system for all Australians.”The ABA is an incorporated association under the provisions of the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 1984, led by Mr David Bell, Chief  Executive Officer.The ABA works with its members to provide analysis, advice and advocacy, and contributes to the development of public policy on banking and other financial services. The ABA works to ensure the banking system can continue to deliver the benefits of competition to Australian banking customers.There are 15 members of the ABA Council. The Council is led by the Chairman, Ralph Norris, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Bank, and the Deputy Chairman, David Liddy, the Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Queensland. The ABA’s Council provides guidance and leadership to the ABA on policy issues that affect the banking and financial sector.last_img read more

La Corée du Sud veut renforcer sa lutte contre la pêche illégale

first_imgLa Corée du Sud veut renforcer sa lutte contre la pêche illégaleAprès le meurtre d’un garde-côte par un pêcheur chinois, la Corée du Sud a décidé d’étendre son dispositif de lutte contre la pêche illégale, en équipant ses garde-côtes d’armes à feu et en intégrant des militaires aux équipes de surveillanceA l’heure où de plus en plus d’espèces marines sont menacées, de nombreux pays ont décidé de renforcer leur contrôle de le pêche et surtout de lutter contre la pratique illégale afin de limiter les prises. Une lutte que menait déjà la Corée du Sud dont les eaux sont très fréquentées par les bateaux chinois. Mais alors que les affrontements étaient de plus en plus violents entre les pêcheurs et les équipes de surveillance, le 12 décembre la lutte a pris une tournure tragique avec la mort d’un garde-côte poignardé par un pêcheur chinois. À lire aussiUn énorme crocodile surprend un aventurier en pleine partie de pêcheAujourd’hui, le pays a ainsi décidé de renforcer considérablement son action en équipant les patrouilles en mer Jaune d’armes à feu et en intégrant des militaires aux équipes de surveillance, comme l’ont annoncé les autorités coréennes. Pour cela, le Bureau du Premier ministre a promis d’investir 932,4 milliards de wons (620,77 millions d’euros) entre 2012 et 2015 pour mieux équiper les garde-côtes. “Seuls deux membres des équipes de huit personnes sur les embarcations rapides avaient des armes à feu. Depuis mercredi, les huit sont armés”, a ainsi expliqué Lim Jong-Ryong, responsable du Bureau cité par l’AFP.”Les directives vont en outre être simplifiées pour autoriser l’utilisation des armes à feu dès que les garde-côtes sentent leur vie menacée”, a-t-il ajouté précisant que des forces spéciales vont également être recrutées pour former des équipes spéciales d’attaques maritimes. Celles-ci passeront de 342 à 533 membres. Par ailleurs, les patrouilles en mer Jaune disposeront de bateaux plus puissants et plus nombreux.Selon le Bureau du Premier ministre, jusqu’à 3.000 bateaux chinois ont pratiqué la pêche illégale chaque jour, d’avril à mai et d’octobre à décembre cette année, dans la zone économique exclusive de Corée du Sud. Un quota qui ne semble pas diminuer alors que Séoul a demandé à plusieurs reprises à Pékin de prendre des mesures pour empêcher cette pêche illégale par ses citoyens. Cette année, les garde-côtes ont ainsi arrêté 475 embarcations contre 370 en 2010.Le 31 décembre 2011 à 09:52 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more