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

Governor swears in New Leader of Opposition

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NewLeaderofOpposition #MagneticMediaNews#NewLeaderofOpposition  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 21, 2016 – In the afternoon of 20 December, His Excellency the Governor, also at Waterloo, signed and handed over a copy of the Appointment Instrument to the new Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Washington Misick.”last_img

Mamata congratulates Ranjan Gogoi on his appointment as CJI

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi after he was appointed the next Chief Justice of India. May I humbly congratulate Justice Ranjan Gogoi, appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India, who will assume office on October 3. We are proud of you, Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle this afternoon. Justice Gogoi was appointed as the next Chief Justice of India yesterday. He will take oath on October 3 after incumbent Dipak Misra retires. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Justice Gogoi will have a tenure of about 13 months, till November 17, 2019. Born on November 18, 1954, Justice Gogoi was enrolled as an advocate in 1978. He practised in the Gauhati High Court on constitutional, taxation and company matters. He was appointed as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court on February 12, 2011 and then a judge of the Supreme Court on April 23, 2012. Justice Misra had earlier this month recommended Justice Gogoi as his successor as per established practice of naming the senior-most judge after the CJI for the post.last_img read more

The fallout from the PRISM scandal has reached Sta

center_img I can’t manage without him. This is ugly stuff, but spousal abuse is, sadly, not uncommon. But notice that people routinely use variations of the same “it’s not so bad” slogans to justify government abuse: Mass surveillance is good because it also collects the data to prove people to be innocent! He said he’s sorry. It wasn’t like it seems. If I just ease up a little on him, it’ll be alright. I’d rather trust a computer and algorithm to spy on me than a human. This is the other side of the PRISM scandal, the one that most people don’t (or don’t want to) see: the subtle manipulation of our minds to ultimately turn us into sheep… those that will accept the role of the abused without question or complaint. And to me, that’s the most disturbing side of all. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more

In suits at common law where the value in controv

first_imgIn suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law. The right to a jury trial still exists, so far as I know, but only if you can make it through the legal process that far. First of all, the costs of a trial are far beyond the ability of most Americans to pay. Secondly, government prosecutors can wear you down and bully you in a dozen ways. Mixed reviews on this one. 8th Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. This one has been voided repeatedly and on many fronts. Here are just a few examples: And there are many more instances. You have free speech only until you reach the end of your leash. 2nd Amendment I know, I know. It’s a Russian thing. When we’re about to do something stupid, we like to catalog the full extent of our stupidity for future reference. – Susan Ivanova, Babylon 5 Perhaps I have some Russian blood in me. Even though I’m not particularly a fan of the US Constitution (I would have come down on the side of the Anti-Federalists), I still say it’s time to take a moment and catalog what has happened to America. I am under no impression that this is going to wake people up, by the way. Most Americans just don’t want to know. In fact, they pay people to tell them that everything is okay and that the people who complain are crazy, stupid, losers, or conspiracy believers. Still, I want to catalog the extent of the current stupidity for the next generation – and to kill the lie that no one from my generation “saw it coming.” Whatever our opinion of the US Constitution, it has clearly been the standard of reference in America and the trashing of this document matters for the future of the American people. So, I will briefly explain what has happened to each of the ten amendments which make up the crucial section of the US Constitution: the Bill of Rights. 1st Amendment Speaking for the Constitution, or Ron Paul, or against abortion (and much more) marks you as a dangerous person Wrong political speech gets you targeted by the IRS Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. Cruel and unusual punishments? Well, the boys in DC don’t draw and quarter people, so that’s good. But they did torture Bradley Manning (see link above), and the US government has tortured hundreds of people in Guantanamo. They can try to split hairs over US soil and citizenship all they like, but this amendment specifies what they shall not do. 9th Amendment The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. Like inhaling the smoke of plants? 10th Amendment Average working people generally break down into two camps: No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. There are too many trashings to be mentioned here. But we can start with the President of the United States killing US citizens with no trial, and then defending his right to do so. We could go on with the standard police tactic of intimidating people until they testify against themselves, and much more. 6th Amendment In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. A speedy trial? Tell that to Bradley Manning. As for the rest of this amendment, tell it to Brandon Raub. 7th Amendment The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. And what are our “papers”? That HAS TO include emails, which took over from “papers” very directly. The US government, on almost every level, has become a full-blown surveillance state, far beyond the Statsi’s wildest dreams. The National Security Agency alone spends billions of dollars per year to directly violate the 4th amendment. It’s not even close. Most people have seen the stories of whistleblowers, NSA rooms at AT&T, and covert agents admitting it all. Those who want to know, know. These organizations hide behind dozens of laws, stacked one upon another, but it’s all complication and misdirection: The right of people to be secure in their papers (correspondence) is plain. And this amendment is purposely trashed on a daily basis. 5th Amendment Please don’t let anyone tell you this is all because of terrorism. We’re supposed to be terrified of Al Qaeda, even though the US is supporting them in Syria? Like we were supposed to be terrified of the Taliban, until the US government started negotiating with them? One of these days, the people of my generation will go around saying, “We didn’t know.” Don’t let them get away with it. Paul Rosenberg Trashing the Bill of Rights: Where America Stands Now FreemansPerspective.com [“Trashing the Bill of Rights: Where America Stands Now” was originally published at StoryLeak.com] No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law. So far as I know, this one hasn’t been trashed yet. (There really is no need these days.) 4th Amendment Those who know that everything teeters on the edge but who aren’t emotionally prepared to face it. They hope it will all go away and grasp for reasons to believe. Those who trust their own minds and raise an alarm. (And who suffer in varying degrees for the crimes of seeing and caring.) The people taking government checks need the government and will not make the slightest motion against them. A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. More or less all levels of the US government (along with their sycophants) are openly at war with the right of the people to bear arms. I won’t bother itemizing anything here. 3rd Amendment Using coded speech brands you as dangerous The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. DC is king, and through abuse of the “commerce clause” they control almost every activity Americans undertake. RIGHT NOW… The people who have joined themselves to big corporations don’t care. They think government partnerships are good for them, and as long as the paychecks keep coming, they will oppose almost nothing government does.last_img read more